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By Jackie Kallen He may not be a household name over here yet, but Kazakh (Russian) Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin–known as GGG–has won my heart. I am a sucker for the middleweight division, having managed former champ James “Lights Out” Toney. I am always following the division with interest and wondering…

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By Jackie Kallen I sure wish I was going to be on the Atlantic City Boardwalk this weekend to watch the big Showtime fight card in person. This is going to be a terrific card. The top two fights are both interesting match-ups and I smell a possible upset in…

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By Jackie Kallen Few boxing fans of any age can think of a better trilogy of fights than the Gatti/Ward series. These three matches were as exciting as it gets and fans had trouble deciding who to root for since both guys were such great men. They had heart, passion,…

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By Jackie Kallen Well the facts are the facts. When Timothy Bradley fought Manny Pacquaio in June 2012, he squeaked by with a highly controversial split decision win. The crowd booed their heads off, the writers denounced the decision, and Manny knew he had been screwed. Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank…

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By Jackie Kallen Will Freddie Roach be Miguel Cotto’s secret weapon when he faces off against Delvin Rodriguez October 5 in Orlando on HBO? He is banking on it. He knows that another loss (he has dropped his last two in a row) could send to him the dreaded “Palookville”…

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After the mega-fight on the 14th, is anyone thinking about any other fights? Life goes on in the boxing world and I am interested in seeing the fight this weekend in Carson, CA between Julio Cesar Chavez, jr. and Brain Vera. It could end up being a really good one….

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The first time I remember seeing Ken Norton was in the 1975 blaxploitation film “Mandingo.” He played a slave named Mede, whose owner trained him to be a fighter. He also appeared on TV’s “The A team” with Mr. T and on “Knight Rider” with David Hasselhoff. He was a…

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By Jackie Kallen As excited as I am for the Mayweather/Alvarez fight, I am just as pumped to see the Garcia/Matthysse bout. I can’t imagine this one will go the distance so don’t blink or go to the kitchen for a drink. In my mind, this battle will start out…

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By Jackie Kallen I remember when I was part of “The Contender” TV series on NBC and we were selecting the first season’s contestants. There were plenty of good boxers to choose from and Mark Burnett and his group were looking for future champions. They hoped to be able to…

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By Jackie Kallen Although the Chavev, Jr. fight for this weekend was postponed, there is still a good fight card to watch on Showtime. Heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell is stepping up his game a notch by facing the banger Chris Arreola at Fantasy Springs. The fight is a turning point…

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By Jackie Kallen They called him The Duke” because he was distantly related to the old actor John Wayne. At 6’2″ and handsome as a movie star himself, Tommy Morrison burst on the heavyweight scene in the late 1980s and made his mark. White heavyweights were always a rarity and…

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by Jackie Kallen You hear so little about female boxing these days that even the diehard fans barely know it still exists. Gone are the days of Christy Martin, Lucia Rijker and Laila Ali. Mia St. John recently retired, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a female…

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By Jackie Kallen Can Rico Hoye finally realize his dream? It’s been over 12 years since he made his pro debut at the age of 27. That’s pretty old to start a boxing career, but Rico didn’t give it a thought. He got in there and racked up 18 wins…

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