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14 Aug

mares win marred, king kong’s jewel’s crushed

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What could’ve been remembered as a classic will now be recalled as a controversy. In a battle of bantams to determine a co-king at 118 or a No. 1 to the recognized ruler – Nonito Donaire, of course – Abner Mares won a marred majority decision over Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, last night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The fight was marred by countless low blows by Mares – which went unpunished by referee Russell Mora. Two bad knockdowns – one a stumble without a punch – the other, a blatant low blow that was ruled a knockdown – further marred the fight, giving it to Mares. For a full report and a huge photo gallery, check out Fightnews . . . |more|

14 Aug

agbeko-mares: undercard highlights

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Why does one of the most anticipated showdowns of the year get a four-bout undercard of “gimme” fights? Got me. The highlight of the undercard was not so much Eric Molina, who took out his carefully chosen foe, but the heart of his opponent, Southern slugger Warren Browning.

And here’s a good question: How does the WBA allow a late, late sub like Ramzan Adaev, who came in at 148 pounds, to fight for the vacant Fedecaribe LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT title (that’s 140 pounds) against 139-pound Angelo Santana? Nice. Guess you can bend the rules as far as you want when there’s no one paying attention to “title fights” anymore, and while someone is there to sign the check.

13 Aug

agbeko, mares war tonight

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Okay, so only a handful of fight fans crammed into the Hard Rock’s Lounge to watch yesterday’s uneventful weigh-in. Tonight’s bantamweight showdown between Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko and Abner Mares should make up for the slow pre-fight “build-up.” Both fighters made attempts at yesterday’s weigh-in. Agbeko tried to get Mares to flinch during their face-off (it didn’t work) and Mares’ team wore black T-shirts depicting an Aztec warrior holding up the head of a gorilla with “The Death of King Kong” beneath it – not the most political thing to do (just ask David Haye how that worked for his fanfare.)

11 Aug

bantam battle for throne

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Photo: Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko says Abner Mares will still have a future and a chance to be a bantamweight champion  . . . when he recovers from the loss he will give him Saturday night on Showtime’s finale to their bantam tourney. The tourney will reveal the top champ at 118 pounds . . . or the No. 1 to bantam king Nonito Donaire, who was not part of the tourney.

27 Jul

million dollar beibut shumenov

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If you’ve had it with boxing’s overgroomed babies, meet undersold Beibut – Beibut Shumenov, that is.

With just a dozen fights and a quarter of the light-heavyweight championship tucked into his belt, Shumenov is on a mission to show the sport that years of coddling and a diet of fresh ducks will get you nowhere but stale . . . |more|

24 Jul

khan-judah ringside impressions

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Been spitting out crow feathers all morning from picking Zab “Super” Judah to upset Amir “King” Khan at last night’s HBO-televised card at Mandalay Bay. Not quite ready to enlist in Khan’s Army, but there’s little doubt who reigns at 140 pounds.  Judah, meanwhile, aged five years with every round and the beltline blow was a way out of an even uglier end for the former champ.

Undercard a snoozer: While the seven undercard bouts were all “gimme” bouts in favor of the favored, there were still a few pleasant surprises. Topping off the list was seeing Gary Russell Jr. for the first time. Matched up against the granite-chinned Windy City pug, Eric Estrada, Russell’s movement, speed and brilliance in the ring has marked him, at least for me, as THE kid to watch. We’re talking scary.

Peter Quillin put the hurt on game late sub Jason Lehoullier but it was “Kid Chocolate’s” treating the fans and media to handfuls of chocolate kisses and his charisma that has him marked as the man to watch at middleweight. The rest of the undercard? James Kirkland destroyed an overmatched, smaller foe, heavyweight Bryant Jennings showed less than hoped for; Ronnie Rios was handed a win and Josiah Judah .. less said, the better. In the opener, Jamie Kavanagh had to work for his win against game Marcos Herrera.

22 Jul

khan, judah weigh in

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Lacking the army brought across the Pond by Ricky Hatton, England’s Amir “King” Khan weighed in before a small, subdued crowd at the Mandalay Bay for tomorrow night’s showdown with Zab “Super” Judah. Both fighters were 140 pounds. For a complete slideshow . . . . |more|

20 Jul

khan, judah limber up at mandalay

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Public workouts are usually crap, meaning, don’t expect to really see your favorite fighter do much more than shadowbox, maybe hit the mitts. Today’s event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was no exception. Zab “Super” Judah was super-late, but at least he gave the fans several rounds of mitt work, while living legend Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker watched on. Khan spent most of the time talking to the media, answering what was probably the same handful of questions, over and over, while Judah did his thing in the ring. The highlight was Judah crouching down behind Khan for a split second – and one this photog (and every other one) failed to capture. Best I could do was try to get the two to share a frame (see above). After his interviews, Khan did a brief limbering up in the ring, giving nothing away, while Zab’s pop watched on. For more photos . . . |more|

19 Jul

revolving door traps khan

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Amir “King” Khan, Freddie Roach and Scott Ghertner of MGM/Mandalay Bay should’t feel too bad about momentarily getting trapped in the Mandalay Bay’s main lobby revolving door. Just minutes before, I was one of three photogs who were victimized by the same door. Question here is, does the “Wrong Way” sticker near Khan’s predict a rough night on Saturday when Khan steps into the ring against Zab “Super” Judah?

09 Jun

pre-fight albuquerque, new mexico

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Always nice to be back in the Duke City, even if it means choking on smoke from the east Arizona wildfires. Where else can you attend a weigh-in, only to hear one of the fighters will not be making the fight because she was arrested that morning for a parole violation? Where Holly Holm, despite ten years of publicity, is still called “Holms?” Or where the highlight of a weigh-in may not be a staredown or a shoving match, but the display of tattoos or a new ‘do. Spotted above: the new ‘do of Golden Boy prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado.