Question from our old friend Neil Janowitz, who recently found his way up to Section 325: What does the title that Rodriguez just won actually mean? Will he ever get a shot against the winner of Margarito-Cotto?
Skills do indeed pay the bills, as they say, but KOs such as the one above put butts in seats and earn fighters more opportunities to shine on bigger stages.
I did a double take, no, a triple take, when trainer Billy Giles gave a scouting report on Junior Wright, the man his fighter, Steve Bujaj -- pronounced Boo-yay -- will be taking on in the main event of a Dmitriy Salita show Thursday night in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
Oscar De La Hoya didn't think fighting the Cuban, who might well be, on any given night, one of the five best boxers on the planet, was the best plan of attack.
LAS VEGAS -- Luis Collazo took on a foe with maybe the best hand-speed of anyone he's scrapped with since turning pro in 2000, in Amir Khan, and the Brooklyner did his best to adapt to that at the MGM Grand on Saturday night on the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana undercard.
The cluster of people around Mike Tyson at the 89th Boxing Writers Association of America awards gala, held at the MGM on Thursday night, spoke volumes.
I asked Luis Collazo what he saw in the eyes of the man he will be fighting Saturday night, at the MGM in Las Vegas on the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana undercard.
Because the pool of talent is rather shallow, many of the best female fighters in the world find themselves getting frustrated at the lack of viable opponents and enticing matchups to choose from.
The main support bout on the May 3rd "The Moment" promotion is a clash between Amir Khan, a former champ at 140 pounds, and Luis Collazo, a former champ at 147 pounds.
He wasn't able to enjoy the piece of cake brought out for him. And he ate only about three-quarters of a cup of spaghetti at the NYC intimate media luncheon at Buca Di Beppo in Times Square on Wednesday.
Boxing has a rather unique ability to shoot itself in the foot. Sometimes with a rocket launcher...The freelance nature of the sport, the lack of a centralized base of power, is the reason that oftentimes, the participants in the dealmaking departments squabble like hungry rodents, and chew each others' faces off, while they vie for the biggest chunk of cheese.
Freddie Roach will bring client Miguel Cotto back to Madison Square Garden on June 7, to attempt to take Sergio Martinez's WBC middleweight title.Roach is on a nice run, with Manny Pacquiao looking good against Brandon Rios in November, and then showing the world he might not have the same firepower of old but is still a superb ring general, making superlative pugilist like Timothy Bradley look befuddled this past Saturday.
Saturday night, his top client turned in a damned fine performance, no matter what the nattering naysayers, the critique cabal, might be saying. Freddie Roach deserves a splash of sun, a session at a fancy resort kicking back, sipping cool beverages of funky hues while ogling poolside talent.
New York area boxers are getting some good looks on upcoming cards, with Paul Malignaggi, arguably, topping the list of striving pugilists.The "Magic Man," who will pick up a Boxing Writers Association of America award at their May 1 gala, as 2013 broadcaster of the year, for his work on Showtime, will first look to take care of in-ring business, against Shawn Porter.
We, the media, too often treat them, the athletes, the fighters, as objects, present to entertain and amuse us, and serve as punching bags when we see fit.
Manny at MSG.Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Can you picture it?Can you conjure the earlobe-wobbling decibel level that would be achieved if Pacquiao did his thing in NYC -- if the Manny-iacs jammed the Garden to the rafters, and made the Knicks pennants flap with the force of the sound waves?