Holly Holm Knocks Out Ronda Rousey in Huge UFC Upset: Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to take the UFC women's bantamweight championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday night. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports called it "arguably the biggest upset in UFC history" and said Rousey "was never in the fight." Vegas took a big hit on the fight after giving Holm bettors 6-to-1 odds.
How Big Will Mayweather-Pacquiao Be Saturday?: On Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a welterweight title bout that is expected to generate more pay-per-view revenue than any bout in history. Pent-up demand for the fight has fostered expectations that it will exceed the records for pay-per-view boxing purchases (2.48 million for Mayweather's win over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007) and for revenue ($152 million for Mayweather's defeat of Saul Alvarez two years ago). The cost of watching Pacquiao fight Mayweather -- at a suggested price of $89.95 to $99.95 -- is a record for boxing.
Don't hit me in the mouth, I gotta play tonight: Miles Davis and boxing. "The legendary jazz trumpeter and composer isn’t the only person to ever make the comparison—George Foreman famously stated that “Boxing is like jazz. The better it is, the less people appreciate it.”—but few are as uniquely qualified to ponder the relationship between music and pugilism as Davis was. Over the course of his life and career, the man’s connection to the sweet science was almost as complex and fascinating as his music was. It was a source of childhood inspiration, a muse, and even a lifesaver."
Annotated list: the 25 best photos of Muhammad Ali, inside and outside the ring.
Miguel Cotto Shows He's Better Than Ever in Dominant TKO Win vs. Sergio Martinez: Miguel Cotto was everything he could be Saturday night. He was fast. He was powerful. He was precise. He was dynamic.
On boxing and stereotypes: "Many years ago, more indeed than I care to number, I had a discussion with my fellow-students that had a permanent influence upon my views and attitude to life. It concerned, of all things, the ethics of professional boxing, a subject to which until that moment I had not given a moment’s thought. But youth is an age at which it is felt necessary to have a strong opinion about everything, and mere ignorance is no bar to passionate advocacy. The same is true, of course, of journalists. There is nothing like passionate ignorance to keep one young at heart." ~Theodore Dalrymple
Ken Norton, a Championship Fighter Who Broke Ali’s Jaw, Is Dead at 70: Ken Norton, who fought three memorable fights with Muhammad Ali, breaking his jaw in winning their first bout, then losing twice, and who went on to become the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion, died Wednesday in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nev. He was 70.
Floyd Mayweather puts on dominating display in win: Canelo Alvarez proved nothing more than easy money for Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. Mayweather turned one of the richest fights ever into just another $41.5 million payday Saturday night, dominating Alvarez from the opening bell and winning a majority decision in a masterful performance that left no doubt who the best fighter of his era is.
Still 'Money': Floyd Mayweather Jr. picks apart Robert Guerrero to win unanimous decision: The countdown to the end of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s legendary career began on Saturday with a brilliant performance in a victory over Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand Garden. Mayweather rolled his record to 44-0 and kept alive a dream to end his career with a perfect mark.
'Macho' Camacho Shot in Face: Hector "Macho" Camacho was clinging to life Wednesday after being shot in the face a night earlier in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, while in a car. "The situation with Macho is very delicate," said Dr. Ernesto Torres at the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. "The prognosis is not good." Camacho was parked outside a liquor store with a friend when he was shot. Cocaine was found on the friend, who was killed. Two assailants fled in an SUV.
Legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward dies at 68 : Hall of fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who directed the careers of several champion fighters including Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, has died.
Boxer Orlando Cruz: I'm a 'Proud Gay Man': Orlando Cruz, 31, the fourth-ranked featherweight in the world, announced this week that he's gay. "I have always been and always will be a proud gay man," he said. "I want to be me. I want to be Orlando Cruz, and I don't want to pretend." Cruz faces Jorge Pazos in his next bout Oct. 19 in Kissimmee, Fla.
Olympic Boxing Scandal: Japan's Satoshi Shimizu knocked down Azerbaijan's Magomed Abdulhamidov five times in the third and final round of their bantamweight bout yesterday. And yet, the judges scored the round in favor of Abdulhamidov, who spent more time on the canvas than on his feet.
WBO Scores Fight for Pacquiao: A five-judge panel assembled by the WBO championship committee unanimously favored Manny Pacquiao over Timothy Bradley in a video review of their fight.
Legendary Boxing Writer Bert Sugar Dies: The boxing writer and historian Bert Sugar died Sunday after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 74. Sugar published Boxing Illustrated and The Ring magazine and wrote many books on boxing. He worked in the '60s as a Madison Avenue advertising executive at the agencies McCann Erickson and J. Walter Thompson. While battling his illness In December, Sugar sized up his life this way: "Half the people are rooting for me to recover, half are not. I've been an editor, lawyer, adman, writer, announcer. I've gotten away with things. This has been fun but maybe I'm paying for it. Somewhere, some way, somehow, it's going to come back and revisit you. But I don't regret a step."
Boxers David Haye, Derek Chisora Fight at Press Conference: A mixed martial arts bout broke out at the press conference after Derek Chisora lost to Vitali Klitschko in a WBC title fight in Munich. Haye, a boxer working as a TV pundit for the fight, was insulted by Klitschko's manager and then got into it with Chisora. After they traded insults, Chisora yelled "tell me to my face" and came down into the crowd. The fellow Brits and others fought for five minutes and at one point, Haye wielded a camera tripod and Chisora a bottle.
Ali's Trainer Angelo Dundee Dies: Angelo Dundee, the legendary boxing corner man who trained Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and 13 other world champions, died Wednesday at his home in Tampa, Fl. He was 90. Dundee stuck with Ali through all the controversies in his career, including his conversion to the Nation of Islam in 1964 and his conviction on draft evasion charges, and was on hand to celebrate the boxer's 70th birthday last month. "He let me be exactly who I wanted to be, and he was loyal. That is the reason I love Angelo," Ali wrote in the foreword to a book by Dundee.
UFC Fighter Fired for Tweeting Rape Joke: The UFC has dropped fighter Miguel Torres after he reposted the following joke from the sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Twitter: "If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn't mind going for rides in them. Everyone like surprises." He also posted "Your mouth says no but my roofies say yes" and "I'm not a gynecologist but I'll take a look."
Disabled’ MMA fighter Nick Newell, without a forearm or hand, submits opponent: Nick Newell's dream run continued on Friday during a Legacy Fight championship event. He remained unbeaten at 6-0 in his young MMA career with a win over Denis Hernandez at XFC 15. What he's accomplishing without a forearm or fist on his left arm is simply incredible.
Smokin' Joe has passed away.: The boxing legend passed away tonight.
Smokin' Joe Fighting Cancer: Former heavyweight champion "Smokin'" Joe Frazier has liver cancer and is under hospice care. The 67-year-old boxer was diagnosed four or five weeks ago, Frazier's personal and business manager said Saturday. "We have medical experts looking into the all the options that are out there," said Frazier's manager Leslie Wolff. "There are very few."
An Underdog on the Undercard: Dewey Bozella will be in his first professional fight at age 52, having spent 26 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
1961 Larry Merchant Would Kick Floyd Mayweather's Ass: After Floyd Mayweather's controversial sucker-punch knockout of Victor Ortiz in their welterweight title fight Saturday night, Mayweather went off on ring announcer Larry Merchant during a live interview (video). Merchant responded to Mayweather's insults by telling the enraged boxer, "I wish I was 50 years younger and I'd kick your ass."
De La Hoya Admits Posing in Fishnets, Heels, Panties: Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has admitted that four-year-old photos that show him in boxing gloves, fishnet stockings, women's undergarments and high heels are real. For years De La Hoya associates have attacked the reputation of 23-year-old stripper Milana Dravnel, who posed with him in some photos as they trysted in a Philadelphia hotel. "Let me tell you, yes, it was me," said De La Hoya in an interview with Univision. "I'm tired of lying, lying to people, lying to myself."
The first man to floor 'The Greatest' passed away: Henry Cooper fought Ali, who was then known as Cassius Clay, at London's Wembley Arena in 1963 and sent the American falling into the ropes with a fierce left hook in the fourth round.
Requiem for boxing: the decline of the Sweet Science: And the MMA fights themselves feel like fast food – sometimes extraordinarily good fast good – compared with what boxing at its best can produce, a three-hour, three-star meal. They feel like a tweet (though sometimes, a great, clever, provocative tweet), not a sonnet, and certainly not an epic, a really catchy jingle, not a fully realized popular song. There's no arguing with the marketplace. Fifty-five thousand people can't be wrong. There's no turning back the clock. And there's no point in trying to explain what's missing, because what's missing has already been, and is already gone.
Boxer Doesn't Regret 'Gang Rape' Remark: World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Haye said that he does not regret saying last year that an upcoming fight would be "as one-sided as a gang rape" and his opponent Audley Harrison would "get violated in that ring." "I don't regret anything I say," Haye explained. "To be honest, the most controversial things I've said actually give me more column inches. So the more controversial you are, the more column inches you get. The more column inches you get, the more people are aware you're a boxer. The more people know you're a boxer, the more people are interested if you win or lose ... the more they pay pay-per-views."
Alvarez Becomes Youngest Super Welterweight Champ: Mexican boxer Saul Alvarez became the youngest world champion in super welterweight history by defeating Britain's Matthew Hatton for the vacant World Boxing Council crown Saturday. Alvarez, 20, improved his record to 36-0 with one draw and 26 knockouts, taking a belt vacated by Manny Pacquiao.
Bob Arum: Only Whites Like MMA: Although boxing promoter Bob Arum credits mixed martial arts with a "marvelous job of marketing," he said the rival sport doesn't have broad appeal. "It's white males, and they have never been able to expand their demographic," he said. "The Hispanics don't care anything for it. Most African-Americans don't watch it. ... So the future success of UFC is limited. ... The only demographic that boxing has lost is the white, young males, period."
Herschel Walker Wins Second MMA Fight: Former NFL running back Herschel Walker, 48, improved his mixed-martial arts record to 2-0 with a first round TKO of Scott Carson (4-2) Saturday. The match aired as part of Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg on Showtime. "When they told me he was coming, I thought it was a joke," said MMA instructor Javier Mendez. "He was very green, mind you, but his dedication and his learning curve was like nobody I'd ever trained."
New to Boxing Hall: Tyson, Chavez ... and Rocky?: Two of boxing's biggest stars of the 1990s are going into the Boxing Hall of Fame. It was no surprise that Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez, who combined for 157 wins, got the nod. Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champ while Chavez was a title winner in three divisions. The day's shocker, though, was that the name Sylvester Stallone appeared alongside the boxing legends. That's right, Stallone is going into the BHOF for his contributions to the sport through film. Stallone gained worldwide fame between 1976-2006, playing the fictional character "Rocky Balboa" in six movies. An interesting inclusion, considering the impact the character may have had in reclaiming some popularity for professional boxing at the time. Consider the fact that Abbott and Costello are enshrined in the Baseball Museum at Cooperstown (though NOT the Hall of Fame).
Martinez Scores 'Knockout of the Year': WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez landed a devastating one-punch knockout of Paul Williams during the second round of their fight in Atlantic City Saturday night, avenging a loss last December in a 12-round decision. "Williams was out cold before he hit the canvas," Tim Smith of the New York Daily News reported. "There was no need for referee Earl Morton to count." Video.
Pacquiao Beats Margarito, Wins WBC Title: Boxer Manny Pacquiao dismantled the larger, taller Antonio Margarito on Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium to claim the vacant WBC super welterweight title. In the final rounds, Pacquiao (52-3-2) clearly took pity on Margarito (38-7-0-1), doing just enough to win the rounds as his opponent's eyes were swollen shut.
Mayweather's Racist Pacquiao Rant Ignored: One week after boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. went on a racist tirade in an Internet video chat about rival Manny Pacquiao, making such comments as "we're going to cook that little yellow chump" and "we're going to cook that [bleeper] up with some cats and dogs," USA Today sports columnist Mike LoPresti doesn't understand why the comments didn't spark outrage or draw wide media attention. "Is it because nobody cares about boxing?" he asks. "One more time, boxing has given us a reason to dismiss it as a sport that's turned into grimy carnival act."
Couture makes short work of boxer Toney: As almost everyone expected, mixed martial arts legend Randy Couture dominated and then defeated boxer James Toney at UFC 118, causing the heavyweight boxing champion to tap out with an arm triangle that choked Toney in 3:19 of the first round.
Canadian Medical Association Urges MMA Ban: The Canadian Medical Association has voted to urge the country to ban mixed martial arts. "This is an activity that leads to serious issues, including damage to people's brains, and we must speak out against that," said CMA President Anne Doig.
The Ghost With a Hammer in His Hand: And other tales from the golden days of fairground boxing booths. Harry Pearson in The Guardian.
Mike Tyson Interviews Above His Weight: Mike Tyson continues to be a great interview, as shown by these outtakes from a piece in the current Sports Illustrated. Tyson talks candidly about sex, drugs, prostitutes, prison, bathroom hygiene and Clovis, King of the Franks: "Clovis was king at 15. He gets to be king at 15 with some of his father's ragtag army. Still, he would conquer people and take all their lands."
Australian Cruiserweight Bout Sparks Fix Investigation: An IBO Cruiserweight fight in Australia last week ended with Paul Briggs knocked out at the start of the first round by a punch that didn't appear to land. See the video. Opponent Danny Green was livid in a post-fight interview but later backed off his remarks. A retired Supreme Court judge is investigating whether it was fixed.