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Arturo Gatti, Wilfredo Vazquez, Ken Overlin, Pone Kingpetch deserve Hall of Fame induction

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Arturo Gatti’s resume may not be worthy of Hall of Fame induction on paper, but the late slugger remains a no-brainer on sheer entertainment factor. (AP)

The International Boxing Hall of Fame ballots were due today. Here is what my ballot looked like:

Arturo Gatti: I spelled out my reasons for voting for Gatti earlier this month, and nothing has changed. Gatti does not have Hall of Fame credentials — there are plenty of fighters that, based on performance, are more deserving — but he was arguably the most entertaining fighter of his era, a warrior who rarely, if ever, disappointed. There are exceptions to every rule when it comes to Hall voting, and Gatti is it.

Wilfredo Vazquez: A three-division champion — not to mention one of the greatest Puerto Rican fighters of all time — Vazquez shined when the spotlight was brightest: in 21 career title fights, Vazquez was 16-3-2. He was never afraid to fight in someone’s backyard and was dubbed El Viajero (“The Traveler”) for his willingness to fight outside Puerto Rico. In 1996. he scored a stunning victory over featherweight champion Eloy Rojas, when he rallied to drop Rojas twice in the 12th round to win by TKO.

Ken Overlin: Overlin was a warrior. According to boxrec.com, Overlin fought 163 fights as a professional, winning 135 of them. And that was with the two-year break Overlin took to serve his country in World War II. The names Overlin beat in his day aren’t household today, but his wars with Ezzard Charles and Al Hostak were big news in the ’40s. Overlin never shied away from a fight and his resume is littered with Hall of Fame-caliber fighters.

Pone Kingpetch: Great name, huh? Kingpetch was born Mana Seadoagbob but adopted Pone (which signifies the flight of an eagle) and Kingpetch (derived from a camp where he trained in his native Thailand). Kingpetch was a pioneer, the first great champion to come out of Thailand and one of the very first to emerge from Asia. Light-handed, Kingpetch was a stylist whose best attributes were his jab, footwork and agility. Kingpetch was an inspiration to Thai fighters — there is a statue in his honor in his hometown — and a true legend in his time.

– Chris Mannix


  • Published On Oct 31, 2012
  • Quick Jabs: Dulorme’s setback, Barclays boxing, Khan’s return and more

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    Zab Judah

    Brooklyn-native Zab Judah could potentially fight Danny Garcia at Barclays Center in January. (Chris Weeks/Getty Images)

    Some quick jabs…

    • Carlos Abregu’s win over Thomas Dulorme last Saturday night showed just how important matchmaking is in boxing. Dulorme was a hot, powerful, 22-year-old prospect with all the ingredients to be the next star to come out of Puerto Rico. But Abregu — a once beaten knockout artist with only a decision defeat to Tim Bradley tarnishing his record — was simply too much, too soon. Dulorme had never felt Abregu’s kind of power and didn’t have the wherewithal to hold when he did. Perhaps this will just a blip on the radar for Dulorme. But clearly he wasn’t ready for that level of a fight.

    • Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer said matchmaker Robert Diaz and representatives of welterweight Kell Brook have been discussing a possible deal to match Brook, the IBF’s mandatory challenger, against IBF titleholder Devon Alexander. Schaefer indicated a Alexander-Brook fight was something both sides were interested in. “Devon is not scared of fighting Kell Brook,” Schaefer said. “Our focus is to make a fight with Brook.”

    • The fact that Keith Thurman — who will face Carlos Quintana on the undercard of the HBO-televised show headlined by Andre Berto-Robert Guerrero — is getting another TV date is nuts. Thurman has no real résumé, save for being represented by influential and divisive advisor Al Haymon. Which, apparently, continues to be enough.

    • When Golden Boy cut an exclusive deal with Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, it was expected that the company would put on monthly shows in the building. According to Schaefer, that plan has been scrapped. Schaefer said he discussed the deal with Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark and will shift the focus to putting on big shows, beginning Jan. 19, when 140-pound champion Danny Garcia will make his second straight appearance in the building. Schaefer said he is considering two opponents, one of which is Brooklyn native Zab Judah.

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  • Published On Oct 30, 2012
  • Dos Santos believes he could knock out Wladimir Klitschko — in a boxing ring

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    Junior dos Santos

    Junior dos Santos says he sees holes in Wladimir Klitschko’s game and could knock him out. (Josh Hedges/Zuffa/Getty Images)

    BURBANK, Calif. — UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos is nothing if not confident. Or honest. Or just a little touched. Perhaps some combination of the three.

    How else to explain his stated belief that he could flatten WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko?

    Not under mixed martial arts rules in the octagon, mind you. In a boxing ring.

    “I could knock him out,” dos Santos said. “He’s good, but he’s kind of boring.”

    In a recent lunch gathering with Los Angeles-area reporters, dos Santos, who defends his title in a rematch against Cain Velasquez on Dec. 29 at UFC 155 in Las Vegas, launched unprompted into a monologue on why he feels he could beat boxing’s best on his own turf.

    Dos Santos has proven himself MMA’s consummate boxer, scoring 11 of his 16 victories by way of knockout or TKO, including his 64-second finish of Velasquez to claim the title last year. The native of Salvador, Brazil, says that as a fan, he’s tired of seeing the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, bog down boxing’s marquee division with a plodding style.

    “The [Klitschkos are], amazing, they have a brilliant strategy,” dos Santos said. “I like to watch them, especially Wladimir, but it’s kind of boring. It’s not like Mike Tyson time. He went out there and he finished fights. Heavyweights finish fights, you know, if you see a heavyweight fight, for sure you’re going to see knockout, someone’s going to get hurt. … [The Klitschkos] are too careful. They are very good, but they are too careful. They don’t go to the fight to finish the fights.”

    The words come out of dos Santos’ mouth in matter-of-fact manner, no different than if one asked his opinion of the 22-ounce bone-in ribeye steak he was in the process of devouring as he gave his take on the heavyweight boxing game. There was no sense he was trying to talk trash or drum up controversy for its own sake.

    Conventional wisdom has it that a boxer would get smoked if he had to fight under mixed martial arts rules and an MMA fighter would suffer the same fate in a boxing ring. But the UFC heavyweight champion appears to simply be stating an honest conviction that he could compete with boxing’s heavyweight king on the latter’s terms.

    “I don’t know about other MMA fighters,” said dos Santos. “I’m talking about me. I think I would have success against boxing champions. I’m very confident. I can say I’m going to knock this guy out. I say this because I believe it. I work hard for that. There’s truth behind the words. I watch a lot of Wladimir’s fights and I see a lot of holes.”

    You can’t blame dos Santos at this point if he’s beginning to feel like he’s living a charmed life. The 28-year old was, by his recollection, a shy kid who got into a total of three fights his entire childhood, none of which were by his choice. He showed up at the Nogueira brothers gym in Brazil seven years ago with no prior combat sports experience “because I was too fat and wanted to get in shape.”

    The Noguerias, former PRIDE and UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo and perennial light heavyweight contender Antonio Rogerio, didn’t take it easy on the “fat” newcomer, treating him to a trial by fire.

    “I used to train with ‘Minotauro,’ [Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira],” Nogeuira said. “I had days I couldn’t sleep, I had pain all in my body. But I learned from that, that’s how I learned. I know today how to defend myself better than I know how to attack my opponents. I am very thankful to them for letting me train with them.”

    Somewhere along the way, dos Santos the human punching bag morphed into dos Santos the fighter and then developed into dos Santos the champion. “They were beating me,” he said. “I liked it. I learned to depend on myself. When I put something in my head, I follow it. After my first fight, when I won the fight, the sensation was so good, I said to myself ‘I want that again.’”

    When dos Santos arrived in the UFC four years ago and knocked out Fabricio Werdum in what was considered a major upset at UFC 90, he didn’t speak a word of English. Eight more victories and a championship later, dos Santos is in the process of mastering his second language at the same clip he’s progressed in the octagon. The champ comes across as someone who understands the big picture.

    “I think its very important to take advantage of the opportunity I’m having now,” said dos Santos. “In Brazil, MMA is huge, but I know its huge in America too. After this fight I want to spend more time in the U.S. I want to work with a better choice of training partners and I want to work on my English.”

    If anything, dos Santos’ biggest challenge since defeating Velasquez for the title last November has been in warding off the opportunists, the human leeches who attach themselves to athletes and celebrities on their way up and scatter at the first sign of trouble.

    “I now have people offering to be coach, to be partners, all these people come and try to stay close to me,” dos Santos said. “I have a good sense of intuition and sensibility and I can detect who the good people are and who is irresponsible. The new people who show up, they’re not they’re for you, they’re there for them. I feel that. When I feel that, I come to my coaches and tell them to make them go away.”

    By sticking with the people who were loyal to him on the way up, dos Santos is able to keep his feet on the ground while shooting for the stars. Even if some might consider the idea of knocking out the heavyweight boxing champ nothing more than a fantasy.

    “When I’m not preparing for a fight, I train pure boxing,” dos Santos said. “No kicks, no elbows, just pure poxing. I love boxing. But if you match up the MMA heavyweight champion vs. the boxing heavyweight champion, who’s the best? Of course it’s the MMA champion.”

    – Dave Doyle


  • Published On Oct 30, 2012
  • Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward leaves behind rich legacy of accomplishment, dignity and grace

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    Renowned trainer Emanuel Steward (left) helped more than 40 fighters to world championships, operating with a dignity all sportsmen can aspire to. (AP)

    “You know what Chris,” Emanuel Steward told me recently. “I really hope Chris Arreola gets his s–t together.”

    It was last March, and Steward was sipping on a cup of coffee in a hotel ballroom in Dusseldorf, Germany, just days before his prized pupil, Wladimir Klitschko, was set to defend his heavyweight titles against Jean Marc-Mormeck. It wasn’t that Steward was especially excited about a fight with Arreola, a fringe contender who Klitschko would probably put down before the final bell; it was about where that potential fight would take place. Mormeck would be Klitschko’s seventh straight fight in Europe and, well, Steward was hoping he would find a fight on U.S. soil.

    “I’d really like to fight closer to home,” Steward said. “New York, L.A., anywhere. Just home.”

    Here’s the thing about Steward, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 68: He loved Klitschko, the man he morphed from a tall, chinny heavyweight into the most dominant big man of his era. But he loved everyone else the same. He loved Tony Harrison, his 22-year-old junior middleweight prospect, as much as he loved Tommy Hearns, loved Oscar De La Hoya as much as Lennox Lewis. He loved all the kids who came out of his famed Kronk gym. He bragged about his fighters like a father brags about his sons and he hated to be away from them for too long.

    Steward will be remembered first as a brilliant trainer, then as a polished, insightful commentator but what I’ll remember most about Steward was that he was, undeniably, a good man. Anyone who has walked the halls of a Las Vegas hotel with Steward, who has watched it take him 50 minutes to go 50 feet because he is stopped so often to pose for a picture or sign someone’s shirt, all without a trace of complaint, knows this. Anyone who has worked a press room with Steward, who has watched him take the time to do interview after interview, whether it’s with Sports Illustrated, ESPN or a blogger with a camcorder, understands this.

    Steward enjoyed arguing about his legacy, particularly his connection to the jab. Oftentimes when Steward’s name was connected to a fighter it’s because that fighter lacks that defensive, set-up weapon that Steward made Lewis and Klitschko so dangerous with. But Steward never wanted to be known as a finesse trainer, one content with decisions. Yes he taught the jab, Steward often told me. But he liked knockouts more.

    In Detroit, Steward turned Kronk into a welterweight factory, churning out contender after contender like he was piecing them together from body parts of past legends. “They had a lineup of guys,” said promoter Bob Arum, “that was absolutely unbelievable.” But what many remember about Kronk was that with Steward, simply winning was not what it was all about.

    “He tried to instill in all of them a sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie,” Arum said. “Manny would call me and say ‘Join me for dinner in Detroit.’ Well, he would have 20 to 30 people at dinner with us, mostly fighters from the Kronk gym. He was there for all of them.”

    In his dying days Steward wanted to be there for Klitschko, to work his prized pupil’s corner when Klitschko fought Mariusz Wach on Nov. 10, to be a teacher one last time. He held out hope that his body would grant him one more chance to be there for someone he cared about. Klitschko knew his mentor was failing but he kept his cornerman spot open for weeks, hoping for a miracle. He knew Steward was almost gone but he could not close the door on that chapter of his life.

    Steward is gone but his memory will remain, as strong as ever. The true measure of a man is how he he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good, and inside that oft repeated quote lives the reason why Emanuel Steward will be remembered as one of the most beloved men in boxing.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Oct 25, 2012
  • Gabriel Rosado will return Dec. 8 against Elvin Ayala with eye on title shot vs. Cornelius ‘K9′ Bundrage

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    Gabriel Rosado (right) won’t wait for his mandatory title shot against Cornelius ‘K9″ Bundrage, preferring to take a keep-busy fight in the meantime. (AP)

    Junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado, the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage, will return to the ring on Dec. 8 against Elvin Ayala. Rosado-Ayala will be the co-main event for the card headlined by heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Bowie Tupou on NBC Sports Network.

    In September, Rosado (21-5) earned the IBF’s No. 1 contender spot, knocking out Charles Whittaker. Rosado had hoped to land a shot at WBC 154-pound titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. However Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told the Los Angeles Times this week that Alvarez preferred to sit out until May, and then would only fight Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather or Sergio Martinez.

    While Bundrage does not have a fight scheduled, he is not required to face Rosado until Mar. 30. Rosado — who has already fought three times in 2011 — did not want to wait until then for his next fight.

    “It’s about staying busy,” Rosado told SI.com. “I don’t feel K9 is going to give me a shot right away. He is looking for a big payday. I prefer to stay active. Each fight I am getting better and better.

    Said Rosado’s promoter Russell Peltz. “Gab could sit around and wait until March when Bundrage has to fight him, but that’s not in Gab’s DNA. He’s a fighter and fighters want to fight. It’s that simple.”

    Because Ayala (26-5-1) has campaigned primarily as a middleweight, the fight will be at a catchweight of 156 pounds. Even though the fight is at a catchweight, IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker told SI.com that if Rosado loses, he would not retain his top-rated status.

    Rosado says he is not concerned with fighting a bigger opponent.

    “It doesn’t bother me,” Rosado said. “He might be a little bigger but I’m a strong 154-pounder. I’m probably the biggest 154-pounder in boxing. I’ve sparred with Bernard Hopkins when he weighed 190. I don’t think his size will be an advantage.”

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Oct 24, 2012
  • Don’t bet on Quillin-Golovkin matchup just yet; more quick jabs

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    Peter Quillin (above) had his way in a lopsided win over Hassan N’Dam. (Getty Images)

    Some quick jabs…

    • Peter Quillin-Gennady Golovkin, anyone? Quillin looked strong against Hassan N’Dam, scoring six knockdowns on his way to a lopsided decision win. There is a lot to like about Quillin; he is charismatic, entertaining and a good quote. Meanwhile Golovkin is a rising star, accomplished (an ’03 World Champion, an ’04 Olympics silver medalist) with crushing power. HBO would pay a premium for Quillin-Golovkin, and the winner would own two titles and be in line for a lucrative fight with Sergio Martinez in 2013. Alas, Quillin-Golovkin is doubtful to happen. Golovkin will fight anyone but it’s more likely Golden Boy will feed Quillin an easy opponent before lining up a rematch with N’Dam next year.

    • Speaking of Golovkin, promoter Tom Loeffler told me he has scuttled plans for Golovkin to fight in Europe in December and is negotiating with HBO for a date in January. The two strongest candidates are former title challenger Matthew Macklin, who is coming off a first-round knockout win over Joachim Alcine, and former WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog.

    • Heavyweight prospect Robert Helenius — who has been sidelined since last December with a shoulder injury — has an opponent for November 10th: Sherman “The Tank” Williams, a journeyman who most notably fought Evander Holyfield in a three-round no-contest last year. Helenius-Williams will be televised in the U.S. on Epix.

    • Here’s why Devon Alexander-Kell Brook won’t happen, despite the fact that Brook is the mandatory for the IBF welterweight title Alexander took from Randall Bailey last weekend: No site. Alexander isn’t going to England to fight Brook and I find it hard to believe Brook will want to fight in St. Louis, where Alexander is a solid draw. It’s too bad, too. Alexander-Brook is a solid fight.

    • I like Tim Bradley, but if he really turned down a reported $2.3 million purse because he didn’t want to fight Lamont Peterson again, he’s crazy.

    • Peterson-Kendall Holt would have been a great fight for NBC. Unfortunately, the network is out of shows for 2012, with Bryant Jennings headlining the December 8 date on NBC Sports Network against Bowie Tupou and the rematch between Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham serving as the main event for December 22.

    • No surprise, but Wladimir Klitschko made it official when he announced that Johnathan Banks would be his chief cornerman for his November 10 fight against Mariusz Wach, replacing an ailing Manny Steward. I’m told Steward badly wanted to work the fight but his ongoing health problems will keep him in the U.S. Banks is a longtime sparring partner for Klitschko and an aspiring trainer himself.

    • My last word on Erik Morales: Morales has had a long and decorated career, but it’s over, and it should have been over well before Morales was busted by USADA for using a diuretic before last weekend’s loss to Danny Garcia, calling into question everything he has accomplished before that. We have no proof Morales has used illegal substances before — and, if you believe his “tainted meat” argument, we still don’t — but a cheater isn’t usually caught the first time he does it, so you have to wonder just what Morales has been putting in his body all these years. Deep down, I probably wish Morales never came back, that he stayed retired after his 2007 defeat to David Diaz, because winning a worthless WBC junior welterweight title — a title that was unfairly stripped from Tim Bradley just to give Morales a shot at it — wasn’t worth this ending. As time passes, the body of Morales’s career may overshadow the ugly ending. We may remember the epic trilogies with Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao, the three legitimate titles and the countless exciting fights. Morales was a warrior in the truest sense of the word; when asked why he decided to brawl with Pacquiao in the 12th round of their ’05 fight despite being comfortably ahead, Morales said he wanted to give the fans what they paid for. That fighter will most certainly be missed.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Oct 23, 2012
  • Cancer survivor Danny Jacobs wins ‘greatest victory’ with first-round knockout at Barclays Center

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    NEW YORK — Danny Jacobs called it the greatest victory of his life.

    After what he’s been through over the past year-and-a-half, it’s easy to understand why.

    Jacobs, who has overcome cancer and paralysis caused by a large tumor on his spine, was back in action for the first time in 19 months on the undercard of Saturday’s fight card at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He needed just 73 seconds to knock out Josh Luteran, closing the show with a devastating left-right combination that left his opponent supine on the canvas.

    “Everyone in the world is affected by cancer, whether they have it themselves or whether they know someone with cancer,” Jacobs said. “For me to overcome this, I feel like I give people hope and I take pride in that. When I’m in there, I represent all cancer patients.”

    Nicknamed “The Golden Child,” Jacobs hails from Brownsville, the Brooklyn neighborhood that produced world champions Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Shannon Briggs. So the significance of fighting on the undercard of Saturday’s Danny Garcia-Erik Morales fight — which included the first world title bouts in Brooklyn since 1931 — was not lost on him.

    “To be able to be a part of this historic event, it doesn’t get any bigger than this,” Jacobs said. “Mike Tyson never had a Brooklyn venue such as this, (nor did) Zab Judah or any of the greats. For me to have this venue, it means the world to me.”

    Jacobs turned pro in 2007 after one of the most decorated amateur careers in New York’s storied fistic history, with a 137-7 record and four consecutive Golden Gloves titles. He was a rising star in the middleweight division, with a 22-1 record and 19 knockouts, when he was diagnosed with cancer in May 2011.

    “With everything that I’ve been through, this is my dream coming true,” said Jacobs of fighting before a hometown crowd that included the three doctors from New York Presbyterian Hospital who saved his life. “This was a goal for me to open up the Barclays. When I was laying in my house in bed, this is what motivated me, because I knew that this moment was a possibility even when they told me it wasn’t. That’s the hunger that kept me driving and pushing when I was getting better.”

    As he adroitly fielded interviews from dozens of print and TV media in the bowels of the Barclays Center, Jacobs said he was looking forward to staying active and fighting for a title in the not-so-distant future.

    “I want to fight,” he said. “I want to get back to the top.”

    For now, the title of cancer survivor will do.

    – Bryan Armen Graham


  • Published On Oct 20, 2012
  • Commission clarifies decision to allow Erik Morales to fight Danny Garcia despite failed drug tests

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    Danny Garcia (left) taunted Erik Morales (right) at Friday’s weigh-ins, calling him a “f–king cheater” due to the Mexican’s failed drug tests. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK — Why is the New York State Athletic Commission allowing Erik Morales to fight for Danny Garcia’s junior welterweight titles Saturday in Brooklyn after Morales failed two of three pre-fight drug tests conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency?

    Morales had tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol, which can be used to assist in weight loss, in two random tests conducted by the USADA at the 36-year-old’s training camp in Mexico on Oct. 4 and Oct. 10.

    But instead of prohibiting Morales from fighting in Saturday’s main event at Barclays Center, the NYSAC deferred the decision to Garcia, who holds the WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine titles at 140 pounds. Rather than pass on a career-high $1 million purse, the 26-year-old Garcia decided to go through with the fight after a third test given to Morales on Friday came back negative.

    Morales had blamed contaminated meat for the positive results of the two earlier tests, the same alibi given by cyclist Alberto Contador, who also tested positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France. Contador was banned from professional cycling for two years.

    The commission defended its decision to license Morales, a four-division champion who lost on points to Garcia in March, in a statement given just as the first undercard bout of Saturday’s nine-fight card was getting under way.

    “The New York (State) Athletic Commission has taken into consideration the testing of Erik Morales conducted by USADA, an independent non-governmental organization contracted by Golden Boy Promotions to conduct testing on its boxers,” NYSAC spokesperson Edison Alban said. “Based upon currently available information and the representations made by Mr. Morales that he unintentionally ingested contaminated food, it is the commission’s opinion that at this time there is inconclusive data to make a final determination regarding the suspension of Mr. Morales’ boxing license.

    “The commission will continue investigating the allegations and will wait until official laboratory results are available before making a final decision.”

    Alban clarified the statement to SI.com, saying that Saturday’s fight is “100 percent happening,” and any punishment stemming from Morales’ pending laboratory results will be issued retroactively. For example, a Morales victory could be altered to a no-contest if the commission’s investigation finds the Mexican’s excuse insufficient.

    That, of course, will only happen after the receipts are counted.

    – Bryan Armen Graham


  • Published On Oct 20, 2012
  • Danny Garcia appears on back page of Friday’s Philadelphia Daily News

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    Junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, who may or may not defend his WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine titles against Erik Morales on Saturday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, appeared on the back page of the Philadelphia Daily News on Friday.

    The story, written by veteran Daily News scribe John Smallwood, focuses on the young champion’s relationship with his trainer/father Angel.

    – SI.com staff


  • Published On Oct 19, 2012
  • Morales tests positive for banned substance prior to bout with Garcia

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    Erik Morales (right) had been vying for the welterweight title held by Danny Garcia (left). (AP)

    BROOKLYN — The U.S. Anti Doping Agency, which is administering blood and urine testing for Danny Garcia’s junior welterweight title defense against Mexican legend Erik Morales, has found “irregularities” in Erik Morales’s ‘A’ sample, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told SI.com.

    Schaefer declined to disclose what substance Morales tested positive for.

    According to Schaefer, USADA informed Golden Boy on Tuesday of the irregularities. On Wednesday, USADA informed both camps and the New York State Athletic Commission of the positive test.

    “USADA has now started the process,” Schaefer told SI.com. “The process will play out. There is not going to be a rush to judgement. Morales is a legendary fighter. And really, nobody deserves a rush to judgement. You are innocent until proven guilty.”

    Schaefer said as of Thursday night, the fight with Garcia was still on. Garcia-Morales headlines a show at the new $1 billion Barclays Center and is one of four world title fights on the card. In the event Garcia-Morales is canceled, the show — which will be broadcast on Showtime — is still expected to go on.

    – Chris Mannix


  • Published On Oct 18, 2012


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