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Coverage: Pacquiao vs. Bradley

Ringside report: You could make a case that the third man in the ring with Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, was referee Kenny Bayless. It was obvious, I mean, he was right there, the man in blue, doing such a good job you hardlynoticed he was there. But [...]

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‘crowing pains’: garcia has last word over khan

“Why be nice to someone who wants to kill me?” was the question posed by unified WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, a half-hour after crushing Amir “King” Khan Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . |more|

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johnny tapia: requiem for a hometown champion

“Albuquerque, I’m still your hometown champion . . . .” Those were the words Johnny Tapia never failed to yell into the camera, in between the rounds of his countless TV fights. That and “I love you, Grandma, Grampa.” Those two sentences said more about the man than his 162 amateur bouts (150-12), two National [...]

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generation neXt

A great fighter once told unbeaten Jessie Vargas, “This sport is about making the most money, and coming out clean and pretty.” . . . |more|

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nino heads into the storm

Hang out long enough in El Paso and you’re going to find two different camps, both with valid arguments, among local boxing fans. One camp will swear that David “El Nino” Rodriguez is the next great American heavyweight. The other? Call ‘em haters, call ‘em critics, but these guys will fill your ear with talk [...]

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postfight coverage: guerrero, ishida

In much the same way most of press row will be dining on crow all week, having earmarked the return of Erik Morales something closer to a funeral than the epic battle it turned out to be, the campy billing of “Action Heroes” had most of us rolling our eyes . . . |more|

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maidana-morales postfight coverage

“I knew he was a great warrior and would put up a great fight,” were the first words out of Marcos Maidana after he made his entrance into the media room, an Argentinean flag draped over his shoulders . . . |more|

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good night, ‘el terrible’

“I’m going to come out throwing punches, guns blazing,” Marcos Maidana says about his April 9 showdown with Erik “El Terrible” Morales. “If he can withstand it, great. If not – ‘Good night.’” . . . |more|

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‘big’ trouble or little china?

“Tye Fields is going to be the next heavyweight champion of the world.” That was Bob Arum three years ago. Yesterday, we heard it again, only this time it was from Sterling McPherson and Ron Johnson, promoters of Friday night’s card at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas . . .  |more|

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postfight coverage from vegas

The heir appears Donaire: The punch that knocked out Vic Darchinyan in 2007, launching Nonito Donaire into stardom might’ve been “pretty sweet,” according to the “Filipino Flash.” But the shot that leveled Mexican legend Fernando Montiel, last night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, crowning Donaire king of bantamweights and launching the Filipino on the path [...]

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‘friendly fire’: donaire vs. montiel

Good friends don’t mean bad fights – just ask Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel . . . |more|

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big fish

Austin Trout expands pond rule with world title Austin “No Doubt” Trout has proclaimed a new era for New Mexico: “The Age of ‘Doubt.’” Last week, Trout was a big fish in a small pond – at the top of the heap of local hopefuls. But after Feb. 5, after defeating Rigoberto “Espanol” Alvarez for [...]

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clock ticks on for ‘junior time’

Once upon a time, it was “Junior Time.” . .  |more|

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swimming upstream

For someone who will be fighting rust, a hostile hometown, uncooperative promoters, a lunatic sanctioning body, elevation and nearly a year-and-a-half of delays, Feb. 5 in Guadalajara, Mexico, Austin “No Doubt” Trout shows remarkable composure going into his first world title fight. His opponent, WBA Light Middleweight Champion Rigoberto “Espanol” Alvarez, brother to acclaimed prodigy [...]

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abie han on the rise

There’s a thin line between humility and exaggeration. Five minutes talking with undefeated Abraham “Abie” Han, you’ll be asking yourself whether it’s better to believe this kid is the best thing to come out of El Paso since Chico’s Tacos, or if it’s better to second guess yourself that what you saw in the ring [...]

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alvarez hope or hype of mexico?

When a promoter starts ranting and raving about the next great fighter, most of us in the fight game find it hard not to start rolling our eyes . . . |more|

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marquez wants pacquiao

“When he’s ready to knock on my door, I’m right here,” says lineal lightweight champion Juan Manual Marquez, of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. “There’s no hiding. No running. I’m waiting for him.” Last night, in front of 8,300 people at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) defeated Juan Diaz (35-4, 17 [...]

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an end and a beginning

May 22, 2010, Staples Center @ Los Angeles: One of boxing’s greatest rivalries ended, when Rafael Marquez evened the score at 2-2 with Israel Vazquez, stopping him in round three. The fight was disappointing – short-lived and dominated by Marquez – who had little problem slicing open Vazquez’s heaping mass of scar tissue over his [...]

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“mad” coverage in N.M.

Alderete “Mad” dog, not underdog: “Mad” Mike Alderete says you can forget about “Mad” Max Heyman’s 25-fight and seven-year advantage in experience Friday night . . . |more| Max is “Mad” as hell: Fighting a guy like “Mad” Mike Alderete, says “Mad” Max Heyman, equates to taking a tune-up. At least, that was until the [...]

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guerrero, donaire ready for showdown

Guerrero ready to upset |  Donaire ‘floating on air’

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