QUESTION: The tragic death of Duk Koo Kim sparked two suicides: his mother’s and who else?
ANSWER: Referee Richard Greene
On Friday night, August 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC, King’s Promotions will present a spectacular night of boxing that will feature some of the best talent in the United States.
In the main event, Brandon Bennett will square off with former world title challenger Jonathan Maicelo in a Lightweight bout scheduled for 10-rounds.
Bennett of Cincinnati, OH has a record of 19-1 with 8 knockouts. The 27 year-old has been a professional for seven years and won his first 16 bouts which included a win over John Nater (9-1). Since suffering his only defeat, Bennett has won three in a row which has been highlighted with a with a win over previously undefeated Rodney Pierre-Paul (7-0) and his last bout when he stopped Rondale Hubbert (10-1-1) in three rounds on May 29 in Philadelphia. Continue reading
Madison Square Garden will host the clash of the Titan middleweight blockbusters on October 17th with World Boxing Council Interim middleweight Champion, Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO), colliding full tilt with Canadian colossus David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO´s).
“GGG” has already made the American market sit up and take notice. His power and boxing skills described by him as “Mexican Style” have helped him to become one of the most feared and respected middleweights of today. This year he’s TKO’d Martin Murray and KO’d Willie Monroe.
Lemieux defeated Gabriel Rosado last December, then signing with Golden Boy Promotions. On June 20th He defeated France’s Hassan N`Dam by UD sending him to the canvass five times.
This fight will be broadcast via HBO, and it’s also very possible that WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez will be part of the card.
This past Saturday night Sullivan Barrera improved his record to 16-0 with 11 knockouts when he stopped Hakim Zoulikha in the 8th round of their fight at the Mandalay Events Center. On the same card, former champion Jean Pascal won a hard fought decision over Yunieksy Gonzalez of Cuba.
Barrera has been looking for a big fight and after taking a short rest, he plans to return to Big Bear and resume training with Abel Sanchez.
“I wanted to fight Pascal and after he beat my countryman I want to fight him even more. I proved once again with my fight against Zoulikha that I will stand and trade and put on a show for the fans. I want Pascal next,” said Barrera. Continue reading
By Matthew Baker
What builds the fighting spirit that professional boxers need? For Ria Ramnarine, it may be the resilience that came from long days of harvesting fruits and vegetables and selling them by the highway. Or the mental toughness coming from searching for oysters with her father in the mangroves of her native Trinidad & Tobago. Or the determination resulting from long nights studying by flickering kerosene. Or simply the spite derived from being a woman in a man’s world.
Ramnarine was born to a hardworking family in Carapachaima, Trinidad. A good student and devoted daughter, she walked into a boxing gym one day in a rare act of teen rebellion. Hiding her athletic prowess from her family, knowing her parents would “freak out” if they knew (which did, ultimately, happen), she trained in boxing and entered the professional world with no amateur fights to her credit.
Quitting her day job as the only female plant operator at a flour mill, Ramnarine pursued her boxing full-time, only to find her toughest opponent to be her own country’s government. The twin-island nation subsidizes professional boxers but Ramnarine could not get the funding that many male fighters would normally be able to count on. At the same time, she found the usual difficulties in women’s pro boxing, needing to accept terrible mismatches in weight and experience level, just to have a fight at all.
Painful losses against Claudette Alexander and Leona Brown were ultimately made worthwhile when Ramnarine won her first world title, the WIBA Minimumweight Championship against Yvonne Caples in 2005.
In 2010, Ramnarine tested positive for a banned substance. Although the incident was finally attributed to an error on the part of her physician, there are many who feel this controversy is a stain on her career. Ultimately a survivor, though, Ramnarine has continued to fight and has a record of 14-4-1. In her own words, “Staying down is not an option”. And she has the title belts, the national awards, and the sportswriters’ honors to prove that she lives by this code.
By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico is set to take on former three-division world champion Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, onSaturday August 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles live on Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN main event.
“I am happy this fight got made we were getting the support from the fans that they really wanted this fight. A lot of people are happy. If they are happy, I’m happy. I want to show them I am not scared of anybody and I am willing to fight the best,” Leo Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com “This is the fight that takes us to the next level. Whoever wins this fight is going on top.”
This fight has been building up in the last three years since both fighters fought for Golden Boy Promotions as they were featured on the same cards. Beginning in November of 2012, when Santa Cruz scored a ninth round TKO over Victor Zaleta as he was the co-feature on the Abner Mares vs. Anselmo Moreno card as Mares went on to decision Moreno at the Staples Center. Continue reading