Category: las vegas

10 Jun

… and they wonder why boxing is in serious decline

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Reason No. 4,589 why boxing continues to slip into obscurity: Pacquiao vs. Bradley. Not a single reporter I spoke to last night gave Bradley more than four rounds. Call me a ‘tard, but controlling the fight, landing the harder shots and staggering your opponent more than a few times, at least in my book, equates to a win.

Something stinks in Las Vegas.

Something stinks in boxing.

Again.

06 Jun

pacquiao, bradley final presser

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The usual . . . short speeches by the usual suspects. Thank God for Timothy Bradley, who woke up those in attendance by bringing out oversized tickets touting a November rematch between him and Pacquiao – billed, of course, as “Bradley vs. Pacquiao.” For more shots . . . . |more|

05 Jun

pacquiao, bradley arrive in vegas

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Yes, it was still a media circus. But no, there wasn’t the usual horde of fans you see at a typical Manny Pacquiao arrival.  Might not mean a thing for, as the week goes on, the events leading up to Saturday night’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight at the MGM will get increasingly crazier.

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05 Jun

report & gallery from saturday night: shumenov v. ornelas

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It was a safe bet that WBA Light-heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov would retain his strap, last night against super-middleweight “challenger’ Enrique Ornelas. But the shallow crowd in attendance was not expecting to find themselves lulled to a deep sleep after watching the usually gutsy champ fight so cautiously, especially against an opponent afflicted with earmuff-itis . . . |more|

12 May

tyson still a show-stealer

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Still a show-stealer, former great Mike Tyson came out of the crowd to join another former legend, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, walk his fighter, Badou Jack, into the ring for last night’s co-main at the Texas Station in Las Vegas. Jack won a split decision in yet another controversial outcome that made the Brandon Rios-Richard Abril fight look almost legit. Poor Alexander Brand came all the way from Bogota, Colombia, to put on a boxing clinic over Jack, only to get jacked by the judges.

06 May

mayweather-cotto: closer than the cards

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Floyd “Money” Mayweather might’ve had the bigger payday, but $32M couldn’t buy rally a pro-Cotto crowd last night at the MGM Grand. Miguel Cotto might’ve lost his title, but bloodying Floyd and winning a full house that booed the decision just might entice the Powers-Dat-Be to think about another Pacquiao match-up.  Then again, Cotto did not have Justin Bieber in his corner.

02 May

mayweather, cotto laugh it off

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Anyone hoping the drama would break out at today’s sleepy presser at the MGM were in for a disappointment. Though the two faced off with steel intent, before long, Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto were smiling at one another. (Above) Earlier on, while WBC boss Jose Sulaiman droned on and on about the glory and history and respect of the green brand, Floyd stifled a yawn and stretched. (Below).

25 Apr

‘money’ and cents show at the mayweather gym

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Does “Money” make “Cents” or does “Cents” make “Money?”

Floyd “Money” Mayweather may be slipping. Not only does he show up but an hour late, instead of the usual hour-and-a-half, but the usual 100+ degrees of stifling, unbearable heat in his gym was only at double digits during Tuesday’s media circus. Halfway into the usual routine of blazing mitt work,bag work and occasional chorus of “Hard work! Dedication!” most of us started wondering who Fifty Cents was fighting on the May 5 mega-card in Vegas. At yesterday’s workout, 50c was milking the media while hedging the sweating boxing press for anyone willing to drop a buck on Miguel Cotto against his boy, Floyd. There were no takers.

14 Apr

rios dries out, gains weight

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Rios unable to make weight for title fight with Richard Abril: There were no staredowns, no shoving, no smack talk at yesterday’s weigh-in. The drama – or mystery – centered on the scale, when Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios came in two pounds heavy, at 137. One hour later, after an attempt to sweat out two pounds, Rios re-weighed, only to come in two pounds heavier.

06 Mar

taking a break

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With a book slated for fall release and a hiatus in the dried-out boxing scene of Las Vegas, I’ll be taking a step back from my usual 24/7 coverage of boxing. I am pursuing other fields and projects for now, though you can catch my coverage of upcoming megafights in Las Vegas in April through June. In the meantime, you may catch me on the streets, in a classroom (on either side of the desk), at the gym or on an ambulance.

21 Nov

‘lass’ vegas: women’s boxing returns

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If Las Vegas fight fans left Texas Station disappointed last evening, it wasn’t due to lack of action, but because the hometown girl did not measure up.

There might’ve been a lack of crowd, at Sampson Boxing’s first show, but the three girl fights on the six-bout show provided more than enough proof that women’s boxing is not dead and buried. In two ten-round title bouts and a prelim, six females showed the guys how to fight with a pair of cohones, figuratively speaking, of course . . . |more|