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Fights to Watch This Weekend

Fights to Watch This Weekend

Fights to Watch This Weekend By: José A Maldonado, MFA Marco Antonio Rubio vs. Jorge Cota – Coahuila, Mexico   “El Veneno” Rubio has challenged for numerous world titles, most recently against Julio César Chávez Jr., a WBC title bout he lost in February via unanimous decision.  Including Chávez, Rubio (53-6-1-46 KOs) has faced such […]

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Game Theory: A Review of the Pacquiao-Bradley Conspiracies By José A Maldonado

Game Theory: A Review of the Pacquiao-Bradley Conspiracies Photo:  boxingscene.com By: José A Maldonado, MFA   Were you angry?  Did you throw the remote control across the room before yelling at the TV screen?  Or did you simply sit in a silence brought on by disbelief?  Whatever your reaction to the Pacquiao-Bradley decision, I’d be willing […]

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Real Combat Media Boxing Weekend Preview 5/12/12 By José A Maldonado

Real Combat Media Boxing Weekend Preview 5/12/12 By: José A Maldonado, MFA Maybe the 3rd time will be the charm for Brian Viloria as he defends his WBO flyweight title against 35 year old Omar Niño Romero in an encounter seen twice before. The two first met in 2006 when Romero (31-4-2-13 KOs) claimed the […]

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What’s Next for Chad Dawson?

What’s Next for Chad Dawson? By: José A Maldonado A lot has been made of “Bad” Chad Dawson’s rematch victory over Bernard Hopkins, and rightfully so.  Coming into the bout at 52-5-2-32 KOs, The Executioner, though not necessarily loved, is universally hailed a legend.  He defended his middleweight crown a record 20 times, he’s faced […]

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Chad Dawson – Keys to Victory By Jose Maldonado MFA

Chad Dawson – Keys to Victory By: José A Maldonado MFA This Saturday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins have some serious unfinished business to attend to in a rematch featuring absolutely zero love lost and the WBC light heavyweight title at stake. The two hope to put on a much […]

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Bernard Hopkins – Keys to Victory By: José A. Maldonado, MFA

Bernard Hopkins – Keys to Victory By: José A. Maldonado, MFA   This Saturday at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins have some serious unfinished business to attend to in a rematch featuring absolutely zero love lost and the WBC light heavyweight title at stake.  The two hope to put on a […]

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Real Combat Media Boxing (4/21/12 Weekend Preview) – Abner Mares, Jermain Taylor, and More

Real Combat Media Boxing (4/21/12 Weekend Preview) – Abner Mares, Jermain Taylor, and More

  Weekend Preview – Abner Mares, Jermain Taylor, and More By: José A. Maldonado, MFA   Saturday’s “Showtime Extreme” from El Paso, Texas will be headlined by Abner Mares as he makes his debut in the super bantamweight division.  After cleaning out bantamweight, Mares (23-0-1-13 KOs) will look to make a splash at 122 to […]

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Show Me the Money: José A. Maldonado’s Recap and opinion of the Rios vs. Abril Fight

Show Me the Money: José A. Maldonado’s Recap and opinion of the Rios vs. Abril Fight

Show Me the Money By: José A. Maldonado, MFA   A hush fell over the crowd as the scores were read: 117-11 for Abril, then 116-112 and 115-113 for Ríos.  Online message boards lit up immediately.  Commentators met the result with derision.  Somewhere up there the late Bert Sugar no doubt snatched his fedora off […]

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What to Expect This Weekend- Real Combat Media Boxing Preview 4/12/2012

What to Expect This Weekend- Real Combat Media Boxing Preview 4/12/2012

        What to Expect This Weekend 4/12/2012 By: José A. Maldonado, MFA   So if you beat Manny Pacquiao in three fights, he won’t give you a fourth; at least, that’s what Juan Manuel Márquez found out recently.  On Saturday he’ll be fighting in his hometown of Mexico City for the first […]

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What We Learned This Weekend – 4-9-2012 Boxing Edition

What We Learned This Weekend – 4-9-2012 Boxing Edition

What We Learned This Weekend – 4-9-2012 Edition By: José A. Maldonado, MFA   36 year old Vic Darchinyan looked every bit his age Friday, falling to WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka in Tokyo.  This could mark the end The Raging Bull’s fighting days at the elite level.  Once one of boxing’s most feared punchers, […]

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What to Expect This Weekend in Boxing 4/7/12

What to Expect This Weekend in Boxing 4/7/12

    What to Expect This Weekend By: José A. Maldonado, MFA   This Friday on an excellent fight card in Tokyo’s International Forum, former flyweight and super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan will challenge the relatively inexperienced Shinsuke Yamanaka for the WBC bantamweight title.  Darchinyan, who came up short in Showtime’s Bantamweight Tournament, will look […]

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What to Expect This Weekend in Boxing 3/31/2012

What to Expect This Weekend in Boxing 3/31/2012

          What to Expect This Weekend By: José A. Maldonado, MFA In what is surely his quest for 100 victories, Luís Ramón Campas, better known as “Yori Boy” Campas, will fight in his native Sonora, Mexico on Friday against former title challenger Mauro Lucero (46-16-1-32 KOs).  Campas’ best fights took place […]

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Real Steele – The Meldrick Taylor vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Affair

Real Steele – The Meldrick Taylor vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Affair

Real Steele – The MeldrickTaylor vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Affair By: José A. Maldonado, MFA  Two seconds.  What can you do in two seconds?  By the time you finish this sentence, two seconds will have already passed.  In fact, it probably took less time for your computer to load this page.  Take a look around […]

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The Hottest Weight Divisions Today

The Hottest Weight Divisions Today

The Hottest Weight Divisions Today By: Boxing Writer José A. Maldonado, MFA In a boxing community so obsessed with Pound for Pound discussions and matchups, one has to wonder: what weight divisions are the most compelling?  Where can we find not only dynamic personalities and storylines but, above all, the best, most competitive matchups?  After […]

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Afolabi Stops Brudov, Awaits Huck’s Decision

Afolabi Stops Brudov, Awaits Huck’s Decision

Afolabi Stops Brudov, Awaits Huck’s Decision By: Boxing Writer José A. Maldonado, MFA ESPRIT Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany – Ola Afolabi took care of business in an interim WBO bout, stopping his Russian opponent Valery Brudov in cruiserweight action this Saturday.  The Brit, known as Kryptonite and residing in Los Angeles, dominated the fight, dropping Brudov […]

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5 Reasons to Believe Timothy Bradley Can Pull the Upset

5 Reasons to Believe Timothy Bradley Can Pull the Upset

5 Reasons to Believe Timothy Bradley Can Pull the Upset By: José A. Maldonado, MFA  Boxing’s Consolation Prize.  The Manny Pacquiao Sweepstakes.  The Sparring Session.    Manny Pacquiao’s next bout has been called everything except a highly anticipated fight.  That is because on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, undefeated junior […]

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Where Does Marcos Maidana Go From Here?

Where Does Marcos Maidana Go From Here?

  By: José A. Maldonado, MFA In a highly anticipated matchup, junior welterweights Marcos Maidana, 28, and Devon Alexander, 25, were meeting at 147 to try to make a splash in one of boxing’s most loaded divisions.  The winner would no doubt move on to a become a major player in the division while the […]

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The Jury is Still Out on Paul Williams

The Jury is Still Out on Paul Williams

  By: José A. Maldonado, MFA This past Saturday, Paul “The Punisher” Williams fought Nobuhiro Ishida in what was his first fight in seven months.  Of course, in the sport of boxing, this is hardly considered an extended hiatus, particularly when one considers that top fighters often fight once or twice a year.  Williams’ break, however, seemed […]

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