Category Archives: las vegas

… and they wonder why boxing is in serious decline

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 [...]

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first shots from pacquiao-bradley

First released shots from Saturday night’s controversial Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight in Las Vegas.

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pacquiao-bradley weigh-in

Shots from Friday’s Pacquiao-Bradley weigh-in at the MGM in Las Vegas . . . |more|

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photos from pavlik vs. sigmon

Shots from Friday night’s Pavlik vs. Sigmon card at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas . . . |more|

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pacquiao, bradley final presser

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|

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pacquiao, bradley arrive in vegas

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. For more photos . [...]

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report & gallery from saturday night: shumenov v. ornelas

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 [...]

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chavez jr. opens up vegas camp for el paso

Shots from 5.16.12 at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. sets up camp for June 16 fight in El Paso with Andy Lee.

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tyson still a show-stealer

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 [...]

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opponents rise to the occasion at texas station

Surviving a devastating knockdown, a pro-Cuban crowd and judges who’d seen fit to ignore the boxing lesson given by the out-of-towner in the co-main, Cleveland’s Willie Nelson is back on the road again to contention after upsetting formerly undefeated, former Cuban Olympian Yudel Jhonson . . . Click here for full report & gallery from [...]

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mayweather-cotto: closer than the cards

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 [...]

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ponce pounces on chucky

In a war of neighboring Mexicans, Daniel Ponce De Leon, of Chihuahua, battered Juarez pug Eduwardo “Chucky” Lazcano Friday night at the Hard Rock. For more shots, click here.

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mayweather, cotto laugh it off

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 [...]

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‘money’ and cents show at the mayweather gym

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 [...]

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abril beats ‘bam bam’ rios but loses decision

. . . And they wonder why boxing is in decline. Shots from last night’s debacle in Las Vegas. Brandon Rios gets a gift win over Richard Abril; Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera steal the show with a war . . . For full gallery: Click here

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katsidis loses again

Shots from last night’s Michael Katsidis vs. Albert Mensah fight at the Hard Rock. For more, click here.

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rios dries out, gains weight

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 [...]

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rios, alvarado, gesta end vegas drought

Out of hibernation and into a seven week stretch of fights in Las Vegas: Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, Richard Abril, Mike Alvarado, Mauricio Herrera and Mercito Gesta opened up fight week with a media workout at the Top Rank Gym.

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taking a break

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 [...]

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‘lass’ vegas: women’s boxing returns

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 [...]

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