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05 May

fight coverage: mayweather vs. guerrero

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Not a “Ghost” of a chance with Mayweather:

Ringside by Chris Cozzone

Thirty-six-year-old Floyd “Money” Mayweather may yet grow old.

But last night was not his time to do so.

Needing just two rounds to expel the specters of rust and age, Mayweather proved the naysayers wrong, yet again, by defending his pound-for-pound crown and one of the welterweight belts with a one-sided spanking of Robert “Ghost” Guerrero. The challenger proved dreadfully ineffectual against the drearily masterful, transforming what was a hoped-for war, into something of a sparring session, which evoked sporadic waves of boos from an anxious crowd.

The fight, billed as “May Day,” became less about a billing and more of a distress signal for Team Guerrero, as the rounds progressed. Despite two rounds of effective aggression behind an eager left hand, the Gilroy southpaw mounted a charged attack. That lasted as long as it took Mayweather to perfect a flawless plan. Once that happened, faith, family, not even the firearm that got him in hot water in New York last month, was going to stick a victory in Guerrero’s pocket, Floyd’s crown upon his head and another belt around his waist . . . More

05 May

fight coverage: Mares-DeLeon, Santa Cruz-Munoz, Rosado-Love

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“MayDay” undercard coverage in Vegas

In what should cement him a high pound-for-pound ranking, and the man to beat in the 120s, three-division world champ Abner Mares, 26-0-1, 14 Kos, moved up to 126 to dethrone WBC Featherweight Champ Daniel Ponce De Leon, 44-5, 35 Kos. Weathering the champ’s battering ram of a left hand, Mares unraveled his sparmate and friend, dropping him not once but twice en route to a knockout win in round nine . . . More

05 Oct

bare bones workouts at bones adams

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With only two of four fighters willing to oblige the media, at today’s (so-called) media workouts held at Bones Adams’ Gym in Las Vegas, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere, Francisco Contreras, Francisco Santana and Jermell Charlo minimized their efforts while a handful of desperate photogs snapped off a few shots. Bogere and Santana added a few rounds of mitt work to shadow-boxing while Contreras and Charlo were out the door of the converted garage, barely having broken a sweat. The results in images . . . . |more|


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|

13 Aug

strikeforce at the palms

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Sometimes the most boring fights on the planet can produce decent shots. Shouldn’t be that way. Crap fights should translate to crap photos. But at last night’s Strikeforce Challengers show at the Palms in Las Vegas, which had one mediocre fight (the main event), one controversial stoppage in 25 seconds (Ronda Rousey won by submission … again) and six snoozers, the shots were better than the action. Stay tuned for more at Fightnews.com later this morning.

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.)

03 May

pacman, mosley arrive in vegas

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I’m pretty sure there were four “Sugar” Shane Mosley fans in the horde of half a thousand fans who packed the main lobby at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Actually, I’m positive there were four, because I counted ’em. The rest? Manic Manny Pacquiao fans.  Call me spoiled, but since Ricardo Mayorga gave the so-called grand arrivals a departure from the norm, by stalking and glaring at Miguel Cotto, it’s been tough to shoot ’em.

Is it my imagination or does Manny Pacquiao have really long fingers?

13 Mar

cotto-mayorga postfight coverage

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If there’s ever been a stare colder than the one given Ricardo Mayorga at the many pre-fight events this last week, it was the one given Antonio Margarito by Miguel Cotto at last night’s post-fight press conference.

After making Mayorga eat his words in a near-distance fight, last night at the MGM Grand, forcing the profanity-spewing Nicaraguan into, both, a 12th round and career retirement, Cotto is likely to go into a July rematch with the man who may or not have beaten him down with wraps of stone in 2008 . . . |more|

09 Mar

cotto, mayorga arrive (re-arrive) in vegas

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Tell me that I have to shoot Miguel Cotto out of the ring and I might wince.  Shoot a guy who hardly ever smiles or drops his deadpan expression? Who wears his sunglasses indoors, keeps his headphones on and spends half the time texting someone on his Blackberry?  No thanks.

Today, at least, I was proven wrong. Cotto, sans cell, beats and sunglasses, even smiled occasionally as he made his way from the limo to the makeshift ring set up in the lobby of the MGM. Further shaking up tradition by ignoring the god-awful lion every fighter dutifully poses next to, Cotto greeted the crowd and gave TV media his attention – all the while Ricardo Mayorga tried his damndest to get a rise out of his opponent.

Mayorga and promoter Don King were quite a pair, and made quite an entrance. Predicting a fourth round stoppage of Cotto, Mayorga arrived first, then stuck around to up the drama. When Cotto had the spotlight, Mayorga stole it back by climbing up on the apron where he shadowboxed, glared, gestured and insulted Cotto – who never gave him the time of day.

For more images of today’s arrival, check out the slideshow.

27 Feb

gigantic gallery: rios vs. acosta

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Wham, ‘Bam Bam’, thank you, ma’am: Gigantic gallery from last night’s Top Rank card at the Palms in Las Vegas – Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios dethrones Miguel Acosta, Mike Lee, Jesse Magdaleno, Aaron Garcia, Andy Ruiz, Robert Marroquin, Anthony Lenk, and more . . . |more|

27 Feb

Top shots: “bam bam” makes rubble of acosta

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Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios celebrates victory over Miguel Acosta to win the WBA world lightweight title, last night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Rios weathered a tough first few rounds but wore Acosta down by the tenth. Also below: Mike Lee sends the mouthpiece flying out of his opponent’s mouth on the undercard.

26 Feb

new maturity level for rios

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After trading theatrics following a lengthy staredown (below), challenger Brandon “Whack Whack” Rios proceeded to show WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Costa how he pleasures himself – not once, but twice – bringing a sudden stillness to the cheering crowd at yesterday’s weigh-in held at the Palms in Las Vegas.