March 7, 2013
Wladimir Klitschko will defend his four heavyweight titles against Francesco Pianeta in May. Klitschko's management said the fight will take place on May 4 in Mannheim, Germany. Klitschko holds the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight belts. Pianeta (28-0-1, 15 KOs) was briefly Klitschko's sparring partner last year. Klitschko is 59-3 with 51 KOs. British boxer John Donnelly was suspended for two years after a positive doping test. TENNIS: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Mardy Fish in the American's return to the court after a six-month absence caused by a heart condition in the inaugural Los Angeles Tennis Challenge exhibition.
January 21, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A pair of brown-tinted sunglasses concealed Gabriel Rosado's bludgeoned left eye, an injury that cut short the gritty North Philadelphian's bid for a world championship. Gennady Golovkin, the WBA and IBO middleweight champion, opened two cuts near Rosado's eye early in Saturday's fight at Madison Square Garden and continued to target the wound until Billy Briscoe, Rosado's trainer, threw in the towel during the seventh round to end the fight on a technical knockout. "Billy is going to look out for my best interests," Rosado said as he dabbed a bloodied white cloth underneath the sunglasses.
June 21, 2012 |
FOR A FIGHTER with only 14 professional bouts under his belt, there sure is a lot of boxing-circle buzz around Philadelphia heavyweight Bryant Jennings. Earlier this month on NBC Sports Network, renowned trainer Freddie Roach called him "the best prospect America has right now in the heavyweight division. " Then on Saturday night in Newark, N.J., Jennings dismantled Steve Collins to capture the vacant USBA title. Fighting on NBCSN for the third time this year, he won all 10 rounds on all three score cards in dominating fashion.
June 6, 2012 |
ROB MURRAY SR. had the same dream as most people who train boxers for a living — to reach the ultimate big time with one of their fighters, a world heavyweight championship. Rob came close, but never realized his dream. However, Rob Murray made so many contributions to the local boxing scene and the Philadelphia community in general, and mentored so many young men, taking them from the temptations and dangers of the streets into the boxing gyms, where they learned pride and sportsmanship, that it didn't really matter.
February 21, 2012 |
DERECK CHISORA apologized "wholeheartedly" yesterday for the brawl with David Haye that followed Chisora's loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko . Haye blamed Chisora for the clash that followed his fellow Londoner's defeat in Munich and the beaten challenger has acknowledged that violence at the news conference had marred the biggest night of his career. Chisora, who was questioned for 7 hours by German police and is being investigated by the British Boxing Board of Control over the incident, did not say what provoked him to descend from the top table and confront Haye.
January 12, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Ricky Gervais; Wladimir Klitschko. The Colbert Report (11:31 p.m., COM) - Mike Allen. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Sen. John McCain; Johnny Winter performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Gerard Butler; Betty White; Ledisi performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Meryl Streep.
November 29, 2011 |
When Blue Bell's Michael Grant stepped between the ropes in Madison Square Garden more than 11 years ago to challenge Lennox Lewis for his undisputed heavyweight title, he did so with a 31-0 record, with a No. 3 world ranking, and harboring more self-doubt than at any other point in his career. "I sensed it," said Grant, who was then 28 and a sculpted 6-foot-7, 250 pounds of sinewy muscle, reflecting on Lewis' second-round knockout victory over him. "I'm not naive to that fact.
October 4, 2011
A FEW YEARS ago, heavyweight Eddie Chambers made the difficult decision to cut ties with his father-trainer, Eddie Chambers Sr. , because he believed it would benefit his boxing career. Now, after a 19-month period in which he has fought just once, Chambers, still only 29 and ranked No. 1 by the IBF (he is not rated by the WBC, WBA and WBO), gets back to work on Oct. 28 when he takes on veteran Tony "The Tiger" Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout at Bally's Atlantic City.
July 8, 2011 |
Eager to prove their recent performances were just an aberration, undefeated Erislandy Lara and former two-division world champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams will face off tomorrow night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. HBO will air the welterweight fight. Lara, 28, of Miami, is trying to overcome his lackluster draw against Carlos Molina, while Williams, of Aiken, S.C., is making his first appearance since a second-round knockout loss against Sergio Martinez last November.
July 4, 2011
British fighter David Haye found little sympathy Sunday after blaming a broken toe for his points loss to Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight unification fight Saturday night in Hamburg, Germany. Even in Britain, boxing experts said Haye should have either withdrawn from the fight or kept quiet about the injury he said he had sustained in training three weeks before Saturday's fight. "He shouldn't be in the fight if he had a broken toe," British boxing promoter Frank Warren told BBC Radio.