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By Jackie Kallen Watch out, middleweights. There’s a new sheriff in town. As a matter of fact, junior middleweights and super-middleweights should also be on the alert. This heavy-hitting boss man is gunning for all of you. American fight fans got a chance to see what all the commotion is…

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By Jackie Kallen OK, so I realize it’s not the popular choice to pick Martinez in his September fight against Chavez, jr. But I can’t understand why not. The bettors have it that way. As of now, Martinez is -220 and Chavez, jr. is +180. That actually makes it a…

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By Jackie Kallen I know that Josesito Lopez is a good fighter. He beat my kid Michael Dallas. He beat Victor Ortiz. He is strong and has never been stopped in 35 fights. But he has his work cut out against Saul Alvarez. At 40-0, with 29 knockouts, Canelo is…

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By Jackie Kallen It has been a bad year so far for boxing deaths. LeRoy Neiman, Bert Sugar, Bill Miller, and now former heavyweight champ Michael Dokes. “Dynamite” Dokes lost his battle to liver cancer after a noble, but futile fight. He was 54 years old. I first met Michael…

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By Jackie Kallen It was exciting to see women’s boxing for the first time in the Olympics. And it was a proud moment for American athletes when Clarissa Shields got her gold medal. But what happened to our male team? Why didn’t the US have a better group of boxers?…

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By Jackie Kallen As Meatloaf sang, “Two out of three ain’t bad.” Two of the three American women fighting in London are still in the running and are guaranteed at least bronze medals. On the men’s side, there is only one hope left: Errol Spence of Texas. Considering that there…

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By Jackie Kallen Finally! Female boxers get their chance at last. This weekend marks the first time in history that women can compete in boxing in the Olympics. I never thought I’d see the day. When I was commissioner of the International Female Boxers Association, we talked about this day….

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By Jackie Kallen What could be more entertaining than seeing two attorneys duke it out? Or how about a surgeon fighting a dentist or a corporate CEO facing off against an automotive exec? Former women’s champ Terri Moss has put together a series of events that answers that question. Known…

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By Jackie Kallen Boxing fans will occasionally ask me what happened to the 16 fighters who made up the cast of “The Contender” that first year on NBC back in 2005. I have kept in touch with some of them, but I was also curious what happened to the rest…

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By Jackie Kallen Back in the late 1990s, when I was commissioner of the International Female Boxer’s Association, the girls never dreamed that they’d one day be competing alongside the men at the Olympics. It was whispered about and hoped for, but it seemed like a remote possibility. Here we…

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By Jackie Kallen Where would I be without Bill “Pops” Miller? He single-handedly changed my life when he agreed to come on board and train my young middleweight James Toney back in 1989. He was training at the legendary Kronk Gym back then and he was kind enough to see…

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By Jackie Kallen I am shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Sylvester Stallone’s 36 year old son Sage. It was so sudden and unexpected that no one in the family had time to prepare for the horrible news. Friends had said that Sage was the happiest he’d…

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By Jackie Kallen During the 1990s when James Toney ruled the Middleweight and Super-Middleweight divisons, I ran the successful Galaxy Boxing Gym here in the Detroit area. All of my fighters trained there from Bronco McKart to Tarick Salmaci to Tom “Boom Boom” Johnson to a young Damian Fuller. We…

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By Jackie Kallen The Junior Welterweight division is a hot one right now and the Saturday contest between Mexican Humberto Soto and hard-hitting Argentinian Lucas Marrin Matthysse looks to be a barn-burner. At the Staples Center in LA, it is the main event on a card that also features Victor…

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