Category “Jackie Kallen”

By Jackie Kallen Talking smack is not necessarily new to the sport of boxing. It’s as old as the sport itself. Adrian Broner didn’t invent it and he won’t be the last to talk trash. But is it an effective way to win fans? In his case, it seems to…

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By Jackie Kallen Boxing fans are familiar with the Victor Ortiz story. It’s a doozy of a tale. Alcoholic father, mother who abandoned the family, raised in the foster care system. But he prevailed and became a world champion and a popular contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” Photo: Rich…

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By Jackie Kallen Boxing fans have been clamoring for an American Heavyweight champion since the Tyson era. Wladimir Klitschko has dominated the division for over 14 years and is considered the #1 man in that weight class. He is from Kazakhstan. Tomasz Adamek fights out of New Jersey, but is…

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By Jackie Kallen Tonight on FOX Sports, 40 year-old Cornelius (K9) Bundrage will dig deep and try to put his career back on track. Despite his age, he has no plans to sit on the porch and watch the younger pups chase cars. After losing his IBF Junior Middleweight title…

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By Jackie Kallen So 30-year old Timothy Bradley feels he’s worth $10 million to fight a rematch with Pacquaio (who actually beat Bradley before–but lost the decision.) Boxing fans find that interesting because Bradley has never been a marquis name. He doesn’t possess great KO power and his fights are…

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By Jackie Kallen What do light heavyweights Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal have in common? First of all, both live in Laval, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. On Saturday on HBO, the two local favorites will fight one another for the NABF Light Heavyweight title. This will be a huge…

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By Jackie Kallen As I think back on this year in boxing, my mind goes to the most interesting fights–not necessarily the best fights. All fans have their own ideas about what makes a fight great. I tend to remember the fights that were memorable. These are the fights that…

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By Jackie Kallen Detroit was once an esteemed boxing city. This was even before the Kronk Gym ruled the roost from the late 1970s until last year when Emanuel Steward died. During Joe Louis’s heyday, the city was bustling with gyms in every neighborhood and amateur shows just about every…

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By Jackie Kallen This is the season to celebrate and there are holiday parties every weekend. I usually DVR the fights and head out to a good party. But tonight I am planning to be sitting right in front of my TV when the Showtime fights start. The fights are…

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By Jackie Kallen Friday night in Shelton, WA at a place called Little Creek Casino Resort, Mayweather Promotions is highlighting some of their undefeated prospects on Showtime. They have put together their own version of the Night of Future Champions. The main event is a 10 round Middleweight showdown between…

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By Jackie Kallen It was July 21, 1992 and it was a hot night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Tim Witherspoon was headlining the card against Everett Martin. He lost. But on the undercard, I turned a young fighter from Monroe, MI pro. His first fight was a 1st…

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By Jackie Kallen Normally I don’t pull for one fighter over another. Unless I manage one of the boxers, I just hope to see a good, well-fought bout. But this weekend I am actually hoping that Manny Pacquiao hands Brandon Rios his second loss in a row. Photo: Chris Farina/Top…

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By Jackie Kallen Back in 2009, Jewish bomber Yuri Foreman, originally from Israel, now fighting out of Brooklyn, won the WBA Light middleweight title against Daniel Santos. Miguel Cotto took it away from seven months later, stopping him in the 9th round. Nine months after that, Foreman fought Pawel Wolak…

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By Jackie Kallen This Saturday night in Brooklyn at the Barclay Center, former WBA Light Welterweight champ Dmitriy Salita steps back into the ring for the first time in more than a year. His last fight was October 10, 2012 against Brandon Hoskins. Surprisingly, the “Star of David” is coming…

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