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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Fed Cup women's boxing

Erode: Four-time world champion M.C. Marykom, L. Sarita Devi, N. Usha and K.C. Lekha will be the star attractions at the Federation Cup boxing championships starting here on Thursday. The finals are slated for February 1.

This is the first time that a separate Fed Cup is being organised for women.
Pugilists from All-India Police, Haryana, Delhi, Assam, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and host Tamil Nadu, will take part in the championships.


Monday, January 26, 2009

Boxers use training camp

The coach of the Acadie Boxing Club in Bathurst wants to give his fighters every opportunity to succeed.

That is why Ken Roy took four boxers to a training camp in Saint John earlier this month.

"It was at the Golden Gloves boxing gym," said Roy, who will be an assistant coach for Team New Brunswick at the Canadian boxing championships next month in Edmonton, Alta. "We started with a good cardio workout each morning and did technical sparring."

Roy was one of five coaches at the clinic that attracted a total of 21 boxers from throughout the province, including 10 New Brunswick champions. They included Mitch Boudreau of the Acadie Boxing Club who won a provincial title in the 130 pound weight class last fall and will represent New Brunswick at the nationals that will take place at the West Edmonton Mall, Feb. 23 to March 1.

"Mitch fought against a guy from Moncton that has 40 fights and is (a two-time) Canadian champion," said Roy. "It was open to anybody that wanted to go. I'm proud of all my boxers, they fought against some really experienced kids and did well."

Also attending the event from the Acadie Boxing Club were Steven Lagace, Lee Roy and Ty Cluett, who is also a New Brunswick champion but who Roy said needed another year of experience before stepping into the ring at the Canadian Championships.

"They were all there for the experience of the training camp, to learn more techniques and find out what they can improve on," explained coach Roy. "It helped them build up their confidence and showed them they can compete with guys who are Canadian champions or Maritime Champions."

"My goal with the training camp was to see where I was with the boxers and to see how strong they were compared to boxers from (throughout the province)," he continued. "I know they have good boxers in Saint John and Fredericton, and now I know my boxers can keep up with those guys."

Roy said one of the biggest benefits of training camps, like the one held in Saint John, is the opportunity for fighters to work with different coaches.

"All coaches do things a little differently and they can teach different techniques," he explained. "Plus, sometimes when you watch your boxers, you miss little things they are doing wrong. The other coaches will see that little thing and will tell him what they are doing wrong so they can improve."

He said camps like those are not just good for the boxers either.

"All of those training camps are a good learning experience for me also," he pointed out. "It showed me where I am with my training and my coaching and what I have to work on to advance even more. I always said, when a coach stops learning he should stop coaching. No coach is an expert. You always have to learn something and you always have to look for something better."

Roy will be holding a similar training camp of his own on Feb. 14 and 15 at his club, which is located in the basement of the Herman J. Good V.C. Branch No. 18 Royal Canadian Legion on St. Peter Avenue.

"It will be for (boxers in the) youth and cadet (categories) and kids that are getting ready to go to the Canada Winter Games in 2011," he concluded. "I always tell the kids to take everything they learn from all the coaches and put it in their bag and use it, that is how you make a good boxer."

Roy and his boxers are going to be busy over the next few months. In addition getting ready to go to the nationals and hosting his own training camp, Roy expects to be sending boxers to fight cards in Campbellton, Feb. 7; Edmundston, March 14; and Plaster Rock, April 24; before staging his own fight card at the Bathurst legion on April 24.


Friday, January 23, 2009

MMA's Andrei Arlovski could try boxing if he beats Fedor Emelianenko

Freddie Roach, the high-profile boxing trainer who is also a striking coach for Arlovski, says that with a win over Emelianenko, Arlovski would be ready to take on 7-feet-tall WBA heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev.

The rivalry between boxing and mixed martial arts may appear to be peaking tonight when world welterweight boxing champion Antonio Margarito of Tijuana defends his belt against Pomona's Shane Mosley at Staples Center, and world-renowned mixed martial arts heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko takes on Andrei Arlovski down the freeway at Anaheim's Honda Center.

Yet, the reality of the combat sports landscape is anything but a blood feud.

Both the Los Angeles and Anaheim fight cards are being co-promoted by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and are expected to draw a sellout crowd 20,000 at Staples Center and more than 10,000 to the Honda Center. Those attendance numbers have caught the eye of various promoters who are increasingly working to maximize fans' interest with hybrid boxing and MMA shows. And MMA fighters don't think twice about sharpening their attack in boxing gyms.

Tonight, for instance, famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach is trying to add to his reputation after the masterful win by his star fighter Manny Pacquiao over the world's most popular boxer, De La Hoya. Roach is working in Arlovski's corner as his striking coach and trying to direct him to victory over Emelianenko, considered the planet's greatest MMA fighter, in the Affliction main event.

"Fedor's boxing skills are not that good," Roach said bluntly. "His footwork's terrible. We have to take advantage of that."

The 6-foot-3 Emelianenko (29-1) already has beaten two former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champions, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Tim Sylvia, and is a gifted judo- and wrestling-disciplined fighter who has won eight of his last nine fights by submission. The exception was victory by a doctor's stoppage.

It's no wonder, then, that former UFC heavyweight champion Arlovski, 29, stakes his hopes of winning the fight by keeping it to a stand-up battle.

"The distance we keep him away from the other fighter is a little different" than in a boxing match, Roach said. "Andrei can't get as close as a boxer would. . . . He'll tell me, 'If a guy gets that close to me, I'll knee him in the head.' I'll say, 'OK, let's not do that then.' The [striking] stance has to be a little squarer than a boxer's. The way to beat Fedor is to back him up from a boxing standpoint.

"If the fight goes to the ground, I have no control."

Arlovski also works with an MMA/jiujitsu trainer, a wrestling coach and a boxing tutor when he is home in Chicago.

But the 6-foot-3 Arlovski is such a skilled fighter that Golden Boy signed him to also box in the future. Roach says Arlovski can handle the conversion because he adapts quickly to coaching. Roach has also worked to strengthen the punching skills of the UFC's top MMA fighter, middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Roach says if Arlovski wins tonight, he's going to renew his previous sales pitch to HBO to pit the mythical "world's best MMA heavyweight" against the 7-foot World Boxing Assn. heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev.

"If Andrei beats Fedor, I'd like to go after Valuev right away. Andrei's good enough to beat him right now, and I think pitting the Affliction champion versus the world boxing champion would be huge and sell," Roach said. "The heavyweight division needs that spark right now."

Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer said he'll "immediately start conversations with HBO," if Arlovski beats Fedor.

Although Schaefer said he still had some reluctance to "mix and match" major boxing and MMA fights on the same fight card, other promoters are doing it and profiting.

"This dual concept is the best concept, both for the sports and the venue," said Roy Englebrecht, the longtime Orange County boxing promoter who stages the Irvine Marriott's Battle in the Ballroom cards and last year conducted more boxing and MMA shows than any other promoter in California.

Although California law still forbids dual boxing/MMA cards promoted by the same company at one venue on the same night, Englebrecht and former boxing champion Fernando Vargas have organized a boxing/MMA tournament that will start Feb. 14 in Primm, Nev.

"This is for the young fighters who might never get to a large arena and for those who might have a chance to get to the next level," Englebrecht said. "It's the equivalent of double-A baseball."

At an Indian casino in Lemoore, promoter Dan Goossen's boxing cards have been followed by a separate promotion with an MMA card. The next hybrid event will be Goossen's Feb. 6 show featuring unbeaten super-middleweight boxer Andre Ward. Former world champion boxer Roy Jones Jr. is going to headline a boxing/MMA card he's promoting in Pensacola, Fla., later this year.

"There's crossover in the audiences," Goossen said. "Fight fans want great fights, and we've gotten that message in boxing from MMA to find the best ones possible."

Goossen said he attempted something similar to the Arlovski-Valuev idea earlier this decade, trying to persuade the UFC to pit its MMA star Tito Ortiz against Goossen's boxer, James Toney, in an MMA fight. "Any tough fighter is always going to be interested in a good fight," Goossen said.

But UFC vetoed the plan, Goossen said. The UFC is intent on keeping MMA separate from boxing and has also frowned on Silva's requests to box professionally.

Arlovski's MMA coach Dino Costeas said his fighter's interest in the sweet science should be tempered by the fact that "the distance he has to go to be the greatest MMA heavyweight is a lot shorter than being boxing's best heavyweight. Let's get on top of the MMA mountain first."

Englebrecht, meanwhile, will continue to sell both sports. At his and Vargas' Worlds Collide tournament in Primm, he'll alternate four four-round boxing matches with four three-round MMA fights. The tournament is scheduled to conclude in December.

"I want the boxing fans to see the MMA," Englebrecht said. "I want to grow the fan base."


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Boxing enrolment for Mary Kom Boxing Academy

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 20 2009: The MC Mary Kom Boxing Academy will be taking ten fresh women boxers within the age group of 14-20 years for coaching/training for the session 2009-10 .

Five seats are also reserved for other States of India, informed a press release issued by Mary Kom.

The Academy will also provide residential facility to those boxing students coming from outside greater Imphal area.

A selection test followed by physical and medical exmination will be conducted on February 14 .

Admission forms will be available at the Academy Centre, Game Village, Imphal West from January 25, added the release.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Can 'Free' Boxing Free Boxing?

HBO hopes less PPV means more fans
With the sport of boxing and the U.S. economy both taking a beating, HBO is shifting its strategy and relocating many of its big fights from pay-per-view (PPV) to its network.

HBO Sports chief Ross Greenburg hopes the move to make more top-tier fights available to HBO customers will infuse some life into the sport.

"The sport needs more eyeballs," he says. "It's ironic, but while in bad times you'd expect the sport to suffer, it could actually trigger the opposite effect."

In 2008, HBO Pay Per View offered eight events, bringing in $190 million in revenue based on 3.7 million buys.

But as the economy worsened, buy rates began to drop. Even midsize events that were projected at 300,000 buys were dipping below 200,000. A big December fight between PPV king Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao did garner nearly 1.3 million buys, but sponsor rebates may have padded that figure.

HBO's shift means satellite and cable providers will have fewer pay-per-view boxing events in 2009. The network probably won't do its first PPV bout until May, a proposed fight between fan-favorites Ricky Hatton and Pacquiao. By May of last year, HBO had already done four events.

"It's tough to get people excited about dishing out 50 bucks every month in this economy," Greenburg says. "Everyone overreached in 2008; there were too many pay-per-view events."

The first example of HBO's strategy is its World Championship Boxing airing of the Jan. 24 bout between "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito, which Greenburg says would have absolutely been on PPV last year.

Making matters worse for the sport and its PPV numbers has been both a terribly subpar heavyweight division - traditionally a huge PPV draw - and the aging of many other stars.

PPV money-printer De La Hoya was humiliated by Pacquiao in what should be De La Hoya's last big fight, while Floyd Mayweather Jr. has retired - at least for now.

All of this comes at a time when mixed martial arts outfits like the Ultimate Fighting Championship have continued to garner momentum, though Greenburg says he thinks the sports have "two different audiences."


Monday, January 5, 2009

Undercard to Pacquiao-Hatton: HBO vs. Showtime

Promoter Bob Arum said Monday it's no slam dunk to believe the May 2 Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton junior-middleweight fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.

Arum, who continues plotting to get boxing back on network television by arranging sponsors to buy the network's advertising time, says he likes the idea of having Showtime distribute Pacquiao-Hatton on pay-per-view with its parent company CBS advertising the bout or even airing a pre-fight show like HBO has done with its "24/7" reality series.

"Legally, we're free to negotiate with Showtime for this fight, and we will next week in New York," said Arum, who promotes Pacquiao. "This is being talked about seriously. In order for boxing to prosper, it has to be on free network TV. CBS, because of its relationship with Showtime, is best positioned to be the network that does this. [CBS President] Les Moonves is a huge fight fan."

HBO has been the dominant player in pay-per-view boxing, offering such battles as Pacquiao-Oscar De La Hoya, Hatton-Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the record-setting De La Hoya-Mayweather bout of May 2007.

Arum has shown he's not married to HBO, however, staging his own Top Rank pay-per-view bouts, and now newly empowered by Pacquiao's one-sided triumph over the popular, but likely retiring De La Hoya, the veteran promoter has a trump card to maximize the best possible deal.


Monday, December 29, 2008

New SecondsOut Radio: Boxing Vs UFC

On this week's edition of SecondsOut Radio, host Eddie Goldman begins by commenting on why Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez 3 should be considered the 2008 Fight of the Year, on UFC vs. boxing, and boxing's sanctioning bodies and rankings.

In our main interview segment, we speak with Larry Hazzard. He headed the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board for over two decades, and now is a top official with one of boxing's major sanctioning bodies, the International Boxing Federation (IBF). His title is personal assistant to IBF president Marian Muhammad, and chairman of officials' education, development, and supervision.

In a lengthy interview, we discuss the role of the IBF and the sanctioning bodies in boxing, his many contributions to boxing over the years, what he now wants to accomplish at the IBF, and more.

















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