Saturday, March 04, 2006
Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME
IBF champion Jeff Lacy (right) weighed 167 pounds at Friday's weigh-in while WBO champion Joe Calzaghe (left) weighed exactly 168 pounds for their super middleweight title unification fight Saturday night in Manchester, England.
In the U.S., this fight will be shown live on Showtime (9 PM ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) and begin in England at about 2 AM GMT early Sunday to accommodate American television. In the UK it will also be shown live on a telecast on ITV1, running from 2310 Saturday night to 0310 early Sunday morning.
Despite this being one of the most important fights of the year, and one that is not on pay-per-view but the regular premium Showtime network, HBO is running a boxing show the same night. Starting at 10:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM PT, HBO will replay last week’s Mosley-Vargas bout followed by the live Miguel Cotto-Gianluca Branco fight from Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
It is possible that Lacy-Calzaghe may actually be over by the time the HBO show starts. Plus, both networks will have replays of these shows, especially using their digital channels. Here are the replays we have found, all times U.S. EST and for the HBO and Showtime East Coast feeds:
Gianluca Branco vs. Miguel Cotto HBOHD Mar 04 10:00pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOTOO Mar 05 01:00am
Gianluca Branco vs. Miguel Cotto HBO2 Mar 05 08:00am
Gianluca Branco vs. Miguel Cotto HBO2 Mar 05 04:30pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOWX Mar 06 08:00pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOTOO Mar 07 10:00pm
Gianluca Branco vs. Miguel Cotto HBO2 Mar 07 11:45pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOW Mar 08 11:00pm
Joe Calzaghe vs. Jeff Lacy SHOWHD Mar 08 11:00pm
But if there is an overlap and you have to choose, pick Showtime. And other live events like UFC on pay-per-view and the free webcast of the NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships will just have to wait.
Friday, March 03, 2006
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Thursday, March 02, 2006
Media members were provided with plastic construction helmets, but this was a gimmick to hype the “Danger Zone” theme of the fight, not protect us if, as had happened earlier this week at other similar events on this national press conference tour, a scuffle erupted.
This time there was no such brawling between anyone. But Mayorga did continue his verbal assault on De La Hoya, including calling him a “maricon,” one of the harshest slur words used by Latinos. De La Hoya refused to take the bait, but did say that “I have more hatred” for Mayorga than any other fighter he has faced. After the formal press conference, when the journalists were trying to get interviews and photographs, De La Hoya marched out of the building.
Perhaps the biggest news was that De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions has lined up two major sponsors for this fight, Bacardi and Coca-Cola. The Golden Boy people, however, were not at all amused by Mayorga’s antics, and must hope that these corporate types do not feel that the build-up to this fight is presenting the wrong image for them. According to Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, Coca-Cola is slated to use this fight to introduce a new drink.
Mayorga’s trainer, Stacey McKinley, formerly with Mike Tyson, promised a brawl. De La Hoya’s trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr., read a poem promising victory for his man. At least these veterans gave interesting if brief presentations.
Bernard Hopkins confirmed that he will indeed be facing light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver June 10 in Atlantic City. He noted that the first fight of his pro career, in which he lost a four-round majority decision to Clinton Mitchell, was also at light heavyweight and was also held in Atlantic City. He also vowed to do what Sugar Ray Robinson couldn’t do, and that is win the light heavyweight title, which he pointed out was for “no belts” but everyone knows that Tarver is the real champ. Robinson failed in 1952 to beat Joey Maxim when after the 13th round he could not answer the bell in a fight held in 104-degree heat outdoors in Yankee Stadium. The Hopkins-Tarver fight will, of course, be held indoors, and at Boardwalk Hall.
HBO Pay-Per-View head Mark Taffet also confirmed that last week’s Mosley-Vargas event got more than 400,000 buys, with an official announcement coming out today. De La Hoya-Mayorga will also be on HBO Pay-Per-View and go for $49.95.
The date of this fight, May 6, is one day after Cinco de Mayo, a major Mexican holiday commemorating the victory of the Mexican Army in 1862 over the French invaders at the Battle of Puebla.
More to come on the web sites.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
It is called “I Ain't Mailing Anymore”.
Apologies may seem to be in order to Phil Ochs, as I referenced the title of his anti-war song “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” for an article taking a rather combative position. But don’t forget, or rather make sure to read all about it if you weren’t aware, that those who take a stand against an unfair or unjust practice still have to find a way to fight. Hopefully this article demonstrates clean punching, effective aggressiveness, defense, and online generalship.
On that night, Iran will not be throwing punches but instead will be throwing punchlines as he makes his debut in the world of stand-up comedy.
The location is the Laugh Factory at 669 8th Ave and 42nd Street in Manhattan. For more information, call (212) 586-7829.
Of course, boxing is not completely out of his blood. While being interviewed Tuesday night on the “Joey Reynolds Show” on WOR radio in New York, Iran noted that he had heard that Thomas Hearns was interested in making yet another return to the ring. Iran indicated that he would welcome a third go-round with the Hit Man. And that was not one of the jokes he will tell this Thursday night.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Iran “The Blade” Barkley is best known for being a former world champion in the middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions. His 1988 TKO victory over Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns was The Ring’s “Upset of the Year,” and his 1999 split decision loss to Roberto Duran was its “Fight of the Year.”
Now retired as a boxer, Iran has recently begun appearing on a different sort of stage: he is now a participant in the sweet art of stand-up comedy.
Iran will be a guest later tonight, Tues., Feb. 28/Wed., March 1, on the nationally-syndicated "Joey Reynolds Show" on radio to discuss all this. I will be joining Iran and Joey as well.
The "Joey Reynolds Show" is heard on over 80 radio stations. This talk show airs live beginning at 1 AM ET and runs to 5 AM, on WOR 710 AM in New York.
You can also listen to the "Joey Reynolds Show" online. For more information on the show's webcast, go to: http://www.wor710.com/listen.shtml .
For more information on the "Joey Reynolds Show," go to: http://wor710.com/joey_reynolds.shtml .
For more information on Myra Chanin, who is a producer for the show, and also about Joey and the show, go to: http://motherwonderful.com/ .
Monday, February 27, 2006
The latest edition of SecondsOut Radio, hosted by yours truly, is now up.
On this week’s show, we speak with undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe (40-0, 31 KOs) and undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (21-0, 17 KOs). They fight a title unification bout Saturday, March 4, at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. This fight will be televised live in the U.S. on Showtime at 9 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) and also live in the UK on ITV.
It is free to listen to SecondsOut Radio, but you must register to gain access to it. Just click here, and listen, learn, and enjoy.
On TheSweetScience.com, Phil Woolever has an interesting report from ringside called “Cyclops Last Stand”.
Another take on the fight is offered on BraggingRightsCorner.com by that site’s redoubtable editor, Elisa Harrison. Her report, entitled “VARGAS IS IN DENIAL, MOSLEY REMAINS SWEET AND LAMPLEY WAS MISSED...”, comes from the TV side, and also includes a telling critique of the actions of the ringside physician in Mosley-Vargas and also Calvin Brock’s knockout earlier on the card of Zuri Lawrence.
As usual, the best boxing journalism can be found online.
Sunday, February 26, 2006
It's a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents the exclusive delay broadcast of the compelling junior middleweight showdown: FERNANDO VARGAS VS. SHANE MOSLEY, airing SATURDAY, MAR. 4 at 10:00 P.M. ET/ 7:00 P.M. PT, on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcast team, which was ringside for the live event in Las Vegas, will call the action.
In a much anticipated 154-pound showdown between southern California natives Fernando Vargas and Shane Mosley, the two met on Feb. 25 in an HBO Pay-Per-View telecast from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The exclusive HBO replay will be broadcast Saturday night and paired with the live junior welterweight fight from Puerto Rico as Miguel Cotto meets Gianluca Branco in a 12-round battle.
The two-fight telecast will also air on HBO2 on Sunday, Mar. 5 at 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 11:45 p.m. All times are ET/PT.