NEWARK, N.J. — We’re just getting underway as I write this. I’ve managed to snag a ringside media seat and I’ll keep a running diary/undercard results tally. To the right is a photo of my view. Since, as I said, some of the non-televised undercard bouts might make the Versus broadcast if things run short, […]
NEWARK, N.J. — Nothing for me to do before 4 p.m., when media check-in begins for this evening’s cruiserweight (200 lbs.) championship bout, so let’s work through the news with some Quick Jabs. Besides the items in the headline, we’ll hit Joe Calzaghe’s goofy pronouncements; some trainer switcharoos; and the Hall of Fame.
NEWARK, N.J. — During a weekend in which the heavyweights are again treading water, the cruiserweight division (200 lbs.), the neglected cousin among big men boxing divisions, are going for the gold on Versus Thursday night. Steve Cunningham, the #1 ranked cruiser, and Tomasz Adamek, the #2 man in the weight class, are squaring off […]
Most – including myself – view today’s heavyweight division with a sense of apathy. Standing atop the mountain of mediocrity that is today’s behemoths is Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko. After being written off following a devastating loss to Lamon Brewster in 2004, Klitschko has rebounded going undefeated since that loss. Thought many consider Wladimir to be […]
NEWARK, N.J. — Greetings from not-Asbury Park. As I write this, I sit in the Gateway Center near the Prudential Center, which will host a televised Versus show Thursday night headlined by a battle for the real cruiserweight (200 lbs.) championship of the world. I’ve just returned from the weigh-in for the card, consumed a […]
Newark, N.J. — According to HBO, the Manny Pacquiao-Oscar De La Hoya fight from this past weekend did 1.25 million buys on pay-per-view. To me, that’s a pretty big success, even if it’s significantly less than originally anticipated. It falls short of Pacqiao promoter Bob Arum’s bullish 2 million and the 1.5 million or so […]
Two thoughts about the video after the jump, which depicts Carl Froch and Jean Pascal going to war for a 168-pound title belt over the past weekend: 1. The low-dangling left hand, one of my biggest pet peeves in boxing because it leaves a pugilist so very open to being hit and for no really […]
For the second time this year, after a short marriage and divorce with BoxingScene.com, Maxboxing.com is merging with another major boxing site: SecondsOut.com. Seems like it’s been a tumultuous year over at Maxboxing.com, what with the various marriages and the loss of long-time writer Doug Fischer to the revamped www.thering-online.com, but through it all, Steve […]
It’s not as solid as I’d want it to be to throw a great big happy party with delicious cookies and confetti, but news of a Floyd Mayweather, Jr. return to fight Manny Pacquiao is now coming from a couple different places, and that’s mighty encouraging. Mayweather’s hometown Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press quotes numerous Mayweather […]
Because I’m going to be covering the undisputed cruiserweight (200 lbs.) championship fight Thursday between Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek live in Newark, N.J., I’m going to give it more deluxe treatment than I might otherwise. It’s not that the fight’s undeserving; is completely is. That I knew it would be further under the radar […]
I just spoke to a Showtime representative who confirmed a BoxingScene account that one of the last remaining important fights of the year, Kendall Holt-Ricardo Torres III, is off. Torres informed everyone that he was having trouble making weight due to an illness and probably wouldn’t be able to get down to 140 lbs. — […]
We have a busy week ahead at The Queensberry Rules: I’ll be heading to Newark, N.J., for a couple days to cover the undisputed cruiserweight (200 lbs.) championship fight between Steve Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek Thursday evening, and Sean will be previewing bouts such as the rubber match between junior welterweights (140 lbs.) Kendall Holt […]
It doesn’t tell the whole story, but here’s what Oscar De La Hoya told his former trainer and longtime Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach after Pacquiao stopped De La Hoya in eight: “Freddie, you are right. I don’t have it anymore.” I hope Oscar recognizes this tomorrow.
In an historic win, Manny Pacquiao thoroughly destroyed Oscar De La Hoya in such a way that De La Hoya’s days as the main attraction in the sport are over, Pacquiao’s 2008 has to be compared to the greatest single years of all time, and the only fight I would give Pacquiao a chance of […]
We’ll start at 9 p.m. with live coverage of the Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view. If you want to check out some of the undercard that won’t be broadcast for your $54.95, you can view it here beginning at 7:30 p.m.