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by Jackie Kallen When heavyweight Steve Cunningham fights Natu Visinia in Philly this weekend on NBC, he will have more on his mind than getting the win. He will be thinking about when the phone will ring, telling he and his wife Livvy that a donor heart has been found…

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by Jackie Kallen While most of the boxing media seems fixated on all things Mayweather, they really should shift their emphasis over to the baddest man around — GGG. Gennady Golovkin, at 30-0 with 27 knockouts, is probably the most feared opponent out there today. Only three men he’s fought…

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By Jackie Kallen This Saturday night at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT, the IBF super featherweight title will be on the line when Rances Barthelemy (20-0) defends his belt against Fernando David Saucedo (52-5-3.) The 28 year-old native Cuban, now living in Miami, will face a tough Argentinian who is 32…

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By Jackie Kallen Back in the late nineties, I was asked to be commissioner of an organization called the IFBA (International Female Boxers Association.) I eagerly accepted, anxious to help these women move forward in a sport they love. There were many talented females fighters from all over the world…

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By Jackie Kallen There are going to be some really interesting fights at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati this Saturday night. Native son Adrien Broner is bringing the action home when he faces 18-2 Emmanuel Taylor. Broadcast on Showtime, this promises to be a solid night of action. Photo:…

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By Jackie Kallen With all the emphasis on police brutality today and the troubled relations between law enforcement and the public, I can’t help reflecting on a wonderful heavyweight boxer I worked with in the early 1990’s. As we mourn the loss of Michael Brown, I want to take a…

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The fight that most people are taking about this weekend is the face-off between Mike Jones (26-1) and Jaime Herrera (11-2) at Bally’s in Atlantic City. First off, it’s obvious that Herrera has had less than half as many fights as Jones and is at a disadvantage experience-wise. Then there’s…

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By Jackie Kallen Karim Mayfield, from Oakland, CA, has had a run of bad luck lately. They say when it rains, it pours. Well, Mayfield got caught in a hell of a storm. To put things perfectly open and up-front, I used to manage 33 year-old Mayfield. He’s a good…

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By Jackie Kallen Erislandy Lara is a great fighter. With a record of 19-1-1, he is a solid, viable opponent for anyone in the top echelons of the middleweight division. On Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Vegas, he will face 43-1-1 Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who is no doubt…

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By Jackie Kallen It’s not even Christmas and Marcos Rene Maidana may get an early gift this year. Being granted a second fight with Floyd Mayweather would be like winning the lottery. No other opponent on the planet would offer Maidana the same payday or exposure and having been in…

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By Jackie Kallen These past couple of weekends we’ve had some really great boxing to watch. The Froch fight delivered all that it promised and who didn’t love Cotto’s win over Martinez? Good matches, well-fought, and satisfying results. This weekend will continue the momentum. HBO’s show from the Barclays Center…

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By Jackie Kallen This weekend will be an east coast party. Madison Square Garden will be filled with boxing fans cheering for either Martinez or Cotto. In either case, the crowd will be loud, boisterous, and hungry for a knockout. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank Cotto, who hails proudly from Puerto…

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By Jackie Kallen While boxing fans on this side of the Atlantic are anxiously awaiting the Cotto-Martinez fight next weekend, their UK counterparts are salivating over this weekend’s fireworks. Carl Froch is putting his IBF and WBA Super-middleweight belts on the line against George Groves in what could be one…

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