News in Boxing Boxing news, schedule, fight dates, previews, odds, predictions and results. We celebrate the legacy of all things boxing and provide health & fitness coverage Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:53:59 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Roy Jones Jr fighting again despite presumed net worth Roy Jones Jr fighting again despite presumed net worth
According to, fight legend Roy Jones Jr (64-9, 46 KOs) will step in the ring yet again.

Jones Jr, of course, was brutally knocked out a year ago by Enzo Maccarinelli in Russia and subsequently remained on the canvas for quite some time.

Last summer, to the joy of many of his supporters, there were rumors Roy had finally decided to hang 'em up to focus on training and promoting instead. But no, Roy, who turns 48 next month, apparently isn't finished with boxing.

Roy Jones Jr's opponent

The boxing great will face Bobby Gunn (21-6-1, 18 KO) on February 17th 2017 for a vacant cruiserweight title sanctioned by something called WBF.

So who is Bobby Gunn?
The 43 year old gun is a former World Heavyweight Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB) Champion who has competed in over 70 bare knuckle fights. 

A cruiserweight as a pro boxer, Gunn typically weighs between 185 and 200 pounds for his fights and was stopped inside the distance by James Toney and Tomasz Adamek in 2012 and 2009, respectively. And in most recent bout in December 2013, Gunn lost a unanimous decision to a well-past-his-rime Glen Johnson.

Gunn debuted as a 154 lb jr middleweight in 1989 and won 11 of his first 13 bouts before taking an 11 year hiatus from boxing in 1993. The fighter dubbed "Celtic Warrior" would return to the ring in 2004 as a cruiserweight.

Roy Jones Jr: Net worth
So why does Jones continue to fight and risk serious injury? According to, he boasts a net worth of $45 Million while other sources insist that number is closer to $20 Million.

Perhaps his liquid assets are low? Or maybe he simply can't help himself.

Roy Jones Jr dominated the boxing scene from 1993 to 2004 and was an exceptional multi-talented fighter with incredible speed, explosiveness and technical prowess. 

The consensus Fighter of the 1990s, Jones has won world titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight and is undoubtedly one of the greatest fighters ever.


Roy Jones Jr is KO'd by Enzo Maccarinelli in December 2015 (2 min, 7 sec)

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:56:57 +0000
Eva Wahlström: "Sanchez is just a little girl"öm-Sanchez-is-just-a-little-girlöm-Sanchez-is-just-a-little-girl Eva Wahlström:
"We have studied her and we're working on a plan," says Sanchez. "I'd like to quote Mike Tyson on this one: Everybody's got a plan until they get punched in the face," responds Wahlström.

Women's WBC super featherweight world title will be on the line on 17th December as the Finnish champion Eva Wahlström (18–0–1) defends her championship belt against Argentinian Anahi Esther Sanchez (14–0–0). It's a clash between two unbeaten fighters, and it's likely going to be the hardest challenge Wahlström has faced.

Sanchez definitely seems confident of victory. While the Argentinian praises Wahlström as a "great champion" and sends her "humble greetings" to Finnish boxing fans, she does point out that she has never tasted defeat – even as an amateur.

"My preparations have been excellent. I will come to the fight in great condition," says Sanchez.

"It will be a tought fight, for sure. But there are many great fighters in Argentina, so all the fights here are hard. We have analyzed her well and we're working on a plan. I know that if I want to win anything, I'll have to win clearly and show that I am better. I will bring the title to my country."

Wahlström isn't impressed. When asked for a comment by Finnish media, Wahlström said that she "respects Sanchez as a fighter" but the challenger is out of her depth.

"She might be a fine boxer, but compared to me she's just a little girl," blasted Wahlström.

"And about that game plan of hers, I'd like to quote Mike Tyson on that one: Everybody's got a plan until they get punched in the face. So bring it on."

Wahlström vs. Sanchez part of the "All In" boxing event held in Hartwall Arena, Helsinki. The event will also host two other title fights, as Edis Tatli defends his EBU lightweight championship belt against Manuel Lancia and super middleweight prospect Niklas Räsänen takes on Mariano Hilario for the EU title.

Another co-feature is a battle of two heavyweights as Robert "The Nordic Nightmare" Helenius faces the seasoned veteran Gonzalo Omar Basile.

The event is promoted by Dominus Boxing Group and will be televised by Viaplay.

For more information please contact:

Pekka Mäki (manager, matchmaker)
Tel. +358 40 568 9939

]]> (Press Release) News Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:55:18 +0000
Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan and WWE: Did Rocky III profoundly change pro wrestling in U.S.?,-Hulk-Hogan-and-WWE-pro-wrestling,-Hulk-Hogan-and-WWE-pro-wrestling Sylvester Stallone, Hulk Hogan and WWE: Did Rocky III profoundly change pro wrestling in U.S.?

In 1980, a little-known wrestler named Terry Bollea, donning the stage name 'Hulk Hogan,' faced the menacing Andre 'The Giant,' only drawing 1,200 spectators in a building that held 3,500.

But the pair would face-off again, and the after-effects of that match would forever change pro wrestling in the U.S.

In August of that year, Hogan and Andre would face-off under different circumstances at Shea Stadium in New York in front of 36,000 onlookers. And on a card headlined by Bruno Sammartino, Hogan, a relative newcomer on the wrestling scene, would defeat Andre and win the respect and admiration of WWF fans.

But what happened next was something not even the WWF could envision.

Actor Sylvester Stallone was so impressed with Hogan's performance and larger-than-life persona, he cast the red hot wrestler as "Thunderlips the Ultimate Male" in his 1982 movie, Rocky III.

The film was an enormous box office smash, grossing $16,015,408, even more than its predecessor, Rocky II, and was the fourh fourth highest earning film of 1982. Moreover, a new star was born. (Well, two if one includes Mr. T)

Bearing an uncanny resemblance to a comic book action hero, the charismatic, well-sculpted fella known as 'Hulk Hogan' would become a mainstream icon and WWF, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), would separate itself from the other 30 or so fledgling wrestling organizations and become a fabled American institution.


... But not everyone was immediately taken by Hogan's newfound stardom following the boxing movie.

After filming his scene for Rocky III against the wishes of Vince McMahon Sr, the then-owner of WWF, Hogan would be mysteriously - and unbelievably - ostracized by the organization soon thereafter.

A burgeoning star, Hogan would make American Wrestling Association (AWA) his new home and his legions of fans would continue to grow. But to the mainstream, Terry Bollea would remain 'Thunderlips,' the monstrous bag guy wrestler in the third installment of the Rocky series.

Hence, WWF, AWA and the 'Hulk Hogan' character eluded public consciousness. 

An emerging visionary, Vince McMahon Jr would replace his father as CEO of WWF in 1982 and launch an expansion process that fundamentally changed the industry. 

Looking to generate immediate momentum upon assuming control, the younger McMahon welcomed Hulk Hogan back to WWF and the organization would gain significant traction almost instantaneously.


Realizing Hogan's enormous reach,  a by-product of the wrestler's role in Rocky III, McMahon signed the enigmatic Roddy Piper to be Hogan's rival, and then seemingly built a quality roster around the soon-to-be entertainment legend.

Added to the new WWF stable were Jesse Ventura, Jimmy Snuka, The Magnificent Muraco, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Junkyard Dog, Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine and Ricky Steamboat.


Over the next two years, Thunderlips Hulk Hogan would become the face of pro wrestling while WWF would transform into a pop culture enterprise.

So what would have happened if Rocky III had not been produced or if Stallone selected someone else to play the role of Thunderlips?  

Would the WWE, and pro wrestling in general, have thrived in the U.S. for so long had Andre 'the Giant' or Bruno Sammartino been featured in that role instead?

One could argue pro wrestling became a mainstream institution as a result of McMahon's business tact. After all, he was the first to combine the traditional sport of wrestling with elements from the entertainment world. Instead of trying to push wrestling into the mainstream he brought the mainstream to WWF and attracted a massive audience as a result.

...And Hulk Hogan was arguably the centerpiece of Mr. McMahon's genius concept.

Although McMahon deserves credit for building a quality, successful brand, even many hardcore wrestling fans insist Hulk Hogan was the flame that ignited pro wrestling's proverbial firestorm.

So while it may be foolish to consider Sylvester Stallone the 'Father of Modern-Day Pro Wrestling,' one must wonder how far it would have gotten if not for a boxing movie. 

Rocky vs Thunderlips highlights below

Rocky III Facts

  • In the scene where Rocky body-slams Thunderlips out of the ring, Sylvester Stallone admitted that he couldn't dead-lift Hulk Hogan so he had Hogan jump into his arms.

  • Thunderlips (Hulk Hogan) is billed at a height of 7 feet despite Hogan only being 6'6''. This was because in the first two films, Rocky was billed as 6'1'', whereas Sylvester Stallone is only 5'9''. Because Hogan is genuinely 9 inches taller than Stallone, to maintain the illusion that Rocky was over 6 foot tall, Thunderlips had to be billed as being taller than the actor portraying him.

  • Earnie Shavers was initially the favorite to land the role of Clubber Lang.

  • Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) broke this movie's record for the biggest box office opening weekend ever for any film that opened in fewer than a thousand theaters.

  • According to Chuck Wepner, the match between Rocky and Thunderlips was based on Wepner's match with André the Giant. Wepner was tossed out of the ring in the same way that Rocky is in the film.

Facts courtesy of IMDb

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Tue, 29 Nov 2016 04:00:00 +0000
Lomachenko vs Walters highlights: The 'Axe' was dull and rusty Lomachenko vs Walters highlights: The 'Axe' was dull and rusty
Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Nicholas Walters by way of stoppage this past Saturday at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

The referee never physically stopped the fight, instead Walters quit in his corner after the seventh round.

Leading into the fight Lomachenko, 7-1, 5 KO's was a clear favorite for the sports bookies. However, nobody could have predicted the fashion in which he absolutely dominated. Larry Merchant once dubbed boxing, "the theater of the unexpected", last night was a perfect example of why this holds true.

Walters, 26-1-1, 21 KO's was never in the fight. In fact, Lomachenko had his way with the former feather weight title holder from the opening bell. The Ukrainian born fighter did as he pleased with Walters. It was a boxing masterpiece as he frustrated Walters with his unorthodox boxing movement.

It is no surprise why his nick name is "Hi Tech".

Walters was unable to deal with the slick lateral movement that Lomachenko possesses in his arsenal. The Jamaican born fighter, Walters, is a puncher with devastating power but he never found that big punch all night. Lomachenko simply had too much speed and movement and frustrated Walters.

His frustration boiled over into the interview which almost sounded as an excuse as to why he lost the bout.

"Almost a year without fighting. I went up in weight," Walters said. "He was more active. So if you watch the fight, you see he's been scoring more than I do. My good shots, they are not connecting. He's connecting more clearly than I am touching him. In the last round, he started catching me more and more. He's a good fighter."

Walters acknowledged that he was beaten by a better man and simply had no answers. He believed that it would be a waste to continue in a fight in which he was being outclassed and beaten to the punch.

"It wasn't about quitting," Walters said. "If you look at the last round, he caught me with some pretty good shots, and I was holding on just to survive the round. It would be stupid to come out ‎after that last round."

It was a special night for Bob Arum, the promoter for both Lomanchenko and Walters. The event marked the 2000th fight card that he had ever put together. It was a special performance by Lomachenko on a very special night, after such a brilliant performance sky is the limit for the WBO title holder Lomachenko.


Lomachenko vs Walters highlights

]]> (Jose Batista) News Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:14:01 +0000
Lomachenko vs Walters odds: Choppin' em down Lomachenko vs Walters odds: Choppin' em down

Lost beneath the rubble of last Saturday's unforgettable bout between Andre Ward against Sergey Kovalev is Nicholas "The Axe Man" Walters and his opponent tonight, Vasyl "High Tech" Lomachenko.

The action will be presented this Saturday by HBO at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

The matchup between both of these competitiors suggest a classic boxer in Lomachenko pitted up against a puncher in the hard hitting Walters. The bout will be for the WBO super featherweight title.


Lomachenko vs Walters odds
Lomachenko (-455)
Walters (+300)

Are the odds well-placed?

Walters, 26-0-1, 21 KO's, from Jamaica, is a hard hitting puncher whose biggest win came against Nonito Donaire via TKO.

Lomachenko, from Ukraine, 6-1, 4 KO's is a skillful boxer who has good power and has proven to be a complete fighter.

Despite Walters's devastating knockout power, he is a heavy underdog against Lomachenko.

Walters has more fights as a professional but no where Lomachenko's overall experience when the amateur level is taken into account.

Although Lomachenko is the clear favorite in tonight's bout it really will come down to whether Walters finds that big solid punch that can change the complexion of more than just the fight, but an entire division.

Lomachenko is arguably the best fighter at super featherweight, but one has to consider that if he takes another loss Walters may have a claim as the top gun of the division along with fighters such as Francisco Vargas and Jason Sosa.

Walters could be the man who knocks out the highly decorated Ukrainian fighter, just imagine what it could do for his career. Higher purses will definitely be in order as well as bigger high profile fights. There is always the possibly of moving up another weight class as well.

More Lomachenko vs Walters odds...


  • Lomachenko 1/7
  • Walters 19/4


  • Lomachenko 1/10
  • Walters 94/19


  • Lomachenko 1/6
  • Walters 32/5


]]> (Jose Batista) News Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:34:29 +0000
Vasyl Lomachenko vs Nicholas Walters: Next fight options after bout Vasyl Lomachenko vs Nicholas Walters: Next fight options after bout

In one of the best match-ups of the year, Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KO) faces Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KO) tonight.

And while it probably won't be a ratings smash, one fighter will take a giant step towards achieving mainstream appeal.

After the fight, the big question will likely be: Who will the winner fight next?

And will the winner generate tremendous momentum from this bout? Moreover, what will lie in store for the loser and how will his stock be impacted?


Lomachenko vs Walters
Date: Saturday, November 26
Time /Channels:
10:35 PM ET/ HBO | BoxNation 3AM London

Venue: Cosmopolitan Arena
Location: Las Vegas

Titles: WBO World super featherweight
Champion: Vasyl Lomachenko
Odds: Lomachenko is a strong favorite

So what are the fighters' next fight options? Obviously, it depends on what happens in the ring tonight.

Nicholas Walters next fight options
Win or lose tonight, Walters has many options. Should he win, his first and most likely option would be a rematch with Lomachenko. After all, the Ukrainian is the A-side, the strong favorite and the defending super featherweight champion.

A second option, win or lose, is the brutish, always-exciting Orlando Salido (43-13-4, 30 KO), the only fighter to defeat Lomachenko as a pro. Has Salido ever been in a fight that wasn't crowd-pleasing? Also, a rematch and title unification bout with WBA super featherweight champion Jason Sosa (20-1-4, 15 KO) might be in the offing. The pair controversially drew in December.

WBC super featherweight champ Francisco Vargas (20-0-2, 17 KO) might be thrust into the picture as well. Vargas, of course, recently drew with bad boy veteran Orlando Salido.

Vasyl Lomachenko next fight options
Obviously, a win for Lomo may set-up a mega superfight with boxing legend Manny Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO). PacMan's trainer, Freddie Roach, has made it no secret his man can drop to 140 lbs, and Vasyl insists he would happily accept a showdown at that weight.

Of course, Lomachenko must sizzle tonight to create the momentum for a Pacquiao fight.

Should Vasyl win tonight and the Pacquiao fight is not immediately available, the Ukrainian, like middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin, may attempt to collect as many belts as possible in his division. Should go that route, next fight possibilities might include Francisco Vargas 23-0-2 (17 KO), IBF Champ Jose Pedraza (22-0, 12 KO) and WBA belt holder Jezreel Corrales (28-1, 12KO).

... But would any of those guys satiate Lomachenko's presumed desire for a high-profile big-money fight?

Probably not.

He may also consider a fight at 140 against the likes of fellow Ukrainian Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KO) or flamboyant belt-holder Adrien Broner (32-2, 24 KO). But given the risk vs reward factor on all ends, those bouts are longshots for next year.

Who will Nicholas Walters and Vasyl Lomachenko fight next? Tonight will give us a little bit more clarity.

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:16:45 +0000
Boxing schedule | Nov 26,-results-HBO,-BoxNation-Nov-26,-results-HBO,-BoxNation-Nov-26 Boxing schedule | Nov 26
So who's fighting tonight?

Hardcore fight fans who tune in will see a crème de la crème match-up in boxing.

(Image courtesy of Round by Round Boxing)

Ultra-skilled Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KO) will face unbeaten Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KO), the conqueror of Nonito Donaire.

How good is Lomachenko, the WBO super featherweight champion?

A legend in the amateur game, the 28 year old Lomachenko boasted a magnificent record of 396-1, with only loss, to Albert Selimov, avenged twice.

And as a pro, his only loss came in his second pro bout when seasoned, rugged veteran Orlando Salido entered the fight much heavier than the negotiated maximum weight. And it was an advantage he would need to eke out a split decision verdict.

But the unbeaten Nicholas Walters is every bit as good as his record. Ask Nonito Donaire.

If Lomachenko sizzles tonight, don't be surprised to see Manny Pacquiao vs Lomachenko (at 140 lbs) on the boxing schedule in 2017.

Promoter Bob Arum told recently, “It’s beyond the realm of possibility that he and Manny could fight sometime next year. Vasyl Lomachenko wants challenges. And as I say, he’s a tremendous, tremendous talent."

“A lot of people are watching him, not just boxing fans, because he is such an unbelievable performer – and I’ve had a lot of people who are not really that into boxing, who have seen him whether it’s on YouTube or on HBO, and have said what an unbelievable talent he is.”

So, what time is boxing on tonight?

In the U.S., bigtime boxing starts at 10:35PM ET. And the U.K., high-profile boxing starts at 7PM London time.


High-Profile and Semi High-Profile Fights Only *
For a more in-depth schedule that includes lower-profile bouts, visit the ESPN Boxing Schedule


Las Vegas

HBO Boxing @ 10:35PM ET 
BoxNation @ 3AM London

Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters
12 rounds, for Lomachenko's WBO junior lightweight title

(Replay) Andre Ward vs Sergey Kovalev
12 rounds, for Kovalev's unified light heavyweight titles 


BoxNation, Cardiff, Wales

Billy Joe Saunders vs. Artur Akavov
12 rounds, for Saunders' WBO middleweight title

Terry Flanagan vs. Orlando Cruz
12 rounds, for Flanagan's WBO lightweight title

Liam Williams vs. Ahmet Patterson
12 rounds, for Williams' British junior middleweight title

Tommy Langford vs. Sam Sheedy
12 rounds, for vacant British middleweight title
Cebu City, Philippines
Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr. vs. Milan Melindo
12 rounds for vacant IBF interim junior flyweight title
Uncasville, Conn.

Virgilijus Stapulionis vs. Patrick Day
10 rounds, junior middleweights

Also on the boxing schedule in the coming weeks...

  • Terence Crawford vs. John Molina
  • Dillian Whyte vs. Dereck Chisora
  • Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares
  • Jermall Charlo vs. Julian Williams
  • Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Dominik Britsch
  • Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. 
  • Bernard Hopkins vs Joe Smith
  • Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina
  • David Haye vs Tony Bellew - New
]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Sat, 26 Nov 2016 16:45:56 +0000
Lomachenko vs Walters purses: What changed? Lomachenko vs Walters purses: What changed?
Vasyl Lomachenko, arguably one of the world's best fighters pound for pound, will face Nicholas Walters Saturday night.

Lomachenko vs Walters will be broadcast live on HBO and the former's WBO super featherweight title will be at stake.

This fight was first offered to Walters last March but Nicholas reportedly turned it down because the proposed purse of $500,000, which would have been a career high, was not enough.

Lomachenko was set to earn $850,000.

"Lomachenko is one of the better opponents that we're gonna fight," Walters told last Spring. "We asked for a certain amount; they said no."

"They said only $550,000 was available for the fight and I think fighting Lomachenko for $550,000 with the tax we're gonna pay to the government and everybody, we actually go home with nothing."

"We took the decision; we're not gonna fight for $550,000."

Walters is believed to have wanted in the $1 million range, and who could blame him?

Lomachenko is a high-risk opponent and Walters doesn't want to lose that "0" without getting paid well. Moreover, Walters would enter as the B-side and the challenger, so the onus would be on him to defeat Lomachenko, not vice versa.

Walters hinted if the fight were anywhere near close, Vasyl would get the nod. And he's probably right. He will probably need to knockout Lomachenko to win.

"You know what the odds are fighting a fighter like Lomachenko. You're not going to beat him on a decision; you got to knock him out. I fought (Jason) Sosa and I beat him clearly and they called it a draw."

"What do you think if it was Lomachenko?"

Lomachenko vs Walters purses (purported)

Unfortunately for Nicholas Walters, his purse will be substantially less than the purse he refused in March.

  • Lomachenko $1 Million (Guaranteed)
  • Walters $300,000 (Guaranteed)


So what changed?

Lomachenko increased his stock by viciously knocking out Rocky Martinez in June, winning his second world title in just seven pro fights. That bout was televised on HBO as was the main event.

Moreover, it produced arguably the 2016 Knockout of the Year to date.

Walters, on the otherhand, hasn't fought since December, drawing with Jason Sosa.

In his most recent bout against Rocky Martinez, Lomachenko earned $850K and the latter $425K.

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Sat, 26 Nov 2016 04:11:17 +0000
Vasyl Lomachenko Vs. Nicholas Walters: Odds favor one Vasyl Lomachenko Vs. Nicholas Walters: Odds favor one

Tomorrow night, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KO) faces perhaps his toughest test to date, Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KO).

Lomachenko, of course, halted phenom Gary Russell Jr (then 24-0 14 KOs) over twelve rounds to set a record by winning a major world title with the fewest professional fights (3) in Summer 2014.

A legend in the amateur game, the 28 year old Lomachenko boasted a magnificent record of 396-1, with only loss, to Albert Selimov, avenged twice.


Lomachenko vs Walters
Saturday, November 26 at 10:35 p.m. ET
Cosmopolitan Arena in Las Vegas
HBO, BoxNation

Titles: WBO World super featherweight

Can the athletic and savvy technician stave off Nicholas Walters?

According to oddsmakers, he certainly can.

Lomachenko enters this fight as the solid favorite across the board.

Favorite: Lomachenko 9-1 
Underdog: Walters 2-9

Favorite: Lomachenko 10-1
Underdog: Walters 2-11

Underdog or not, Nicholas Walters is certainly no slouch. He's undefeated as a pro who, two years ago, dominated Nonito Donaire. In that bout, the Jamaican dropped Donaire with an uppercut in round three before closing the show in Round 6 with a hard right hand that sent the “Filipino Flash” face first to the canvas. Donaire rose at nine but appeared too hurt to continue.

But Lomachenko appears to have it all... Speed, power, awesome footwork and head movement. So make no mistake, he is the solid favorite heading into the fight.

More Lomachenko odds... Updated 3:30 PM ET, Nov 26

Lomachenko 1/7
Walters 19/4

Lomachenko 1/10
Walters 94/19

Lomachenko 1/6
Walters 32/5

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:31:58 +0000
Mike Tyson vs Larry Holmes: How Don King stacked the odds for Iron Mike Mike Tyson vs Larry Holmes: How Don King stacked the odds for Iron Mike
Most fight fans don't understand the business end of boxing.

And many probably don't want to.

Despite being the purist of all sports, boxing, like the NFL, NBA and MLB, is a business too, and decisions are often made based on their perceived long-term financial repurcussions.

Hence, some things in boxing, like some things in life, aren't always what they appear to be.

Enter: Mike Tyson vs Larry Holmes, January 1988

To most observers, the great old king was thoroughly beaten by the great new king, a ferocious young lion we thought would reign for years to come.

The 21-year-old Tyson pummeled his 38-year-old foe, knocking him out in the fourth round. In fact, Mike Tyson, in knocking out Holmes, had done something no other fighter had done at that time or sense.

It was a pretty big deal.

The torched had been passed and Tyson's team, including promoter Don King, got what they wanted... An impressive, decisive win in a high-profile fight bout against a legend.

Mike Tyson's stock would surge.

What many don't know is how King used his influence as the promoter to stack the odds in Tyson's favor (As if he needed any to begin with).

Holmes recently told

"Mike Tyson was tough but you've got to remember something" he added "For two years I was off and did not fight."

"They come to me, offer me a lot of money to fight Mike Tyson and I said `Three and a half million dollars? Where's Mike? Let's go get him!'"

"He beat me but I think if I had more time to get ready and train for the fight then it would be no problem."

Don King offered Holmes big money to the fight with the then surging, undisputed champ but there was a catch. Holmes, after a two-year layoff, wouldn't be given the necessary time to get in shape for a fight of that magnitude.

And when Larry balked at the timing of the fight, insisting he wouldn't have enough time to prepare, King threatened to walk away and give the title shot to another fighter.

"They gave me the time I needed to prepare but then took it away," he explained.

"Being off for two years you get rusty. I was with my band singing and hanging out, and then they come to my house offering me that money and I couldn't turn it down."

It was likely Don King's plan all along to lure the great old champ out of retirement with the sole intention of not giving him ample time to prepare.

At the time, Mike Tyson was young, fierce, in-shape and obliterating opponents. And Holmes, close to 40 and out of action for two years, already had the odds stacked against him.

In limiting Larry's time to prepare, King further stacked the cards in Tyson's favor, taking away any reasonable chance Holmes would have had.

But in Don King's defense, that's what a shrewd promoter does.

Tyson vs Holmes highlights

]]> (Lee Cleveland) News Mon, 21 Nov 2016 01:53:00 +0000