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Friday, January 28, 2011

West Coast Watch: Conflicting Cards, a Swan Song for Drunken Master, and the Top Rank-Don King Alliance

Last weekend’s Watch was a marathon of ostentatious proportions but this midweek update covers a plethora of topics, namely an avoidance of a clash of cards in the Bay Area, a final look at the retiring Emanuel Augustus, and a brief hypothesis on what the new Bob Arum-Don King buddy picture might mean for Manny Pacquiao in the future.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Candid Cameron: Bradley’s Contract, Donaire Moving to 122, Pavlik on Pacquiao Undercard?

Last Sunday, I received an email from BWAA Manager of the Year 2008 Cameron Dunkin. The message was short and sweet.

“Sorry I haven’t called.”

A whirlwind of sorts has engulfed the usually responsive Dunkin lately, so it’s always nice to hear from the classy Cameron. Several of his marquee fighters are approaching the most impactful bouts of their respective careers over the next 30 days, namely WBO light welterweight champ Timothy Bradley, top ten pound-for-pound bantamweight Nonito Donaire, and lightweight contender Brandon Rios.

Yesterday, we finally got in touch when Dunkin called me; he had left his Las Vegas stronghold at D & D Boxing to support Bradley ahead of his Silverdome showdown with Devon Alexander this Saturday in Pontiac, Mich. The transcript of our conversation is below.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

West Coast Watch: The Saturday Morning Special Edition

It’s been awhile since I got back on the wagon but I did my due diligence and scoured enough reconnaissance from Interstate Highway 1 and U.S. Route 95 to bring you the latest Watch.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Tale of Three Prospects: Diego Magdaleno, Roberto Marroquin, and Jose Benavidez Jr.

Before they make the leap to contender, this Saturday’s edition of “Top Rank Live” offers fight fans an early opportunity to watch three of the brightest prospects in the sport.

The Fox Deportes-televised show will broadcast separate bouts featuring the undefeated trio of super featherweight Diego Magdaleno, featherweight Roberto Marroquin, and light welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr.

Here’s a primer on Top Rank’s version of “triple trouble” leading up to their respective battles at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas.


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez Embodies Dedication

All too often we hear fighters bombastically boast about taking on all comers and doing whatever it takes to be the best, pound-for-pound.

All too often, we are misled.

However, in the case of super middleweight prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, 17-0 (13), judging by his actions between bouts, it would be hard to question his commitment.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Ava Knight Gears up for the Spotlight

Bantamweight contender Ava Knight has been practically begging for a fight against anyone, both anytime and anywhere. If you look at her brief eight-bout résumé, you would notice that the combined record of her last four opponents was 56-9-8.

After a 16-month stretch of inactivity, one of boxing’s obscure talents is finally ready to take off once again against Gloria Salas, 3-5-1 (1), on the undercard of this Friday’s edition of Telefutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.”


Friday, January 7, 2011

My Fight Schedule for January-May 2011

Pacquiao v. Mosley, May 7, MGM Grand Las Vegas

Here are the fights I plan on covering live in the next few months. I probably won’t get to do all of them, but I’m going to try. If you happen to be at any of these events, feel free to swing by press row and say hello!

Jan. 7 (Fairfield, CA):

TV: Telefutura

Venue: Fairfield Sports Center

Featured Bouts: Brandon Gonzales v. Lester Gonzalez, middleweights; Alan Sanchez v. Cristian Favela, welterweights

Feb. 4 (Santa Ynez, CA):

TV: Showtime

Venue: Chumash Casino & Resort

Featured Bouts: Lateef Kayode v. Nick Iannuzzi, cruiserweights; Luis Franco v. Leonilo Miranda, featherweights

Feb. 11 (Vacaville, CA):


Venue: Vacaville Ice Sports Rink

Featured Bouts: Alan Sanchez v. TBA, welterweights; Manuel Avila v. Edgar Flores, super bantamweights

Feb. 19 (Las Vegas, NV):


Venue: Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort

Featured Bouts: Fernando Montiel v. Nonito Donaire, WBC/WBO bantamweight title; Mike Jones v. Jesus Soto Karass, welterweights

Feb. 25 (Richmond, CA):

TV: TV5 (Philippines)

Venue: Craneway Pavilion

Featured Bout: Ana Julaton v. Franchesca Alcanter, WBO super bantamweight title

Mar. 19 (Montreal, QC):

TV: Showtime

Venue: Bell Centre

Featured Bouts: Lucian Bute v. Brian Magee, IBF super middleweight title; Steve Molitor v. Takalani Ndlovu, IBF super bantamweight title

Apr. 30 (Toronto, ON):

TV: Zuffa Pay-Per-View

Venue: Rogers Centre

Featured Bout: Georges St. Pierre v. Jake Shields, UFC welterweight title

May 7 (Las Vegas, NV):
TV: HBO Pay-Per-View

Venue: MGM Grand Casino & Resort

Featured Bout: Manny Pacquiao v. Shane Mosley, WBO welterweight title

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Gonzales, Avila Stake Their Claims Among Northern Cali’s Elite

Manuel Avila

In a little over 48 hours, professional boxing comes to Fairfield, Calif., this Friday in the form of Telefutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” series.

The Golden Boy/Don Chargin-promoted card has a distinct Northern California feel to it; six of the eight bouts feature at least one fighter from the region.

For middleweight Brandon Gonzales and super bantamweight Manuel Avila, Friday represents an opportunity to inch closer toward earning their spots alongside Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, and Robert Guerrero in the upper echelon of Northern California’s pro fighters.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Another Climb for Otis Griffin

Sacramento light heavyweight Otis Griffin had lost 5 out of 6 and was faced with the prospect of hanging up his gloves. But after 4 straight wins, this modern day Cinderella Man is just 1 win away from a long-awaited world title shot! Read on for more.