Coming into this Friday Night Fights main event at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib (35-2, 21 KOs) was a world champ of the ‘wink, wink, nudge, nudge’ variety, only. After Friday, his people can’t even claim that.
by Tim Harrison ESPN Friday Night Fights delivers its second straight world title fight when Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1, 21 KOs) defends his IBF featherweight strap against late replacement Evgeny Gradovich (15-0, 8 KOs) at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantuckett, Connecticut. The co-feature pits Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) against Michael Medina (26-3-2, 19 [...]
Jesse Ian Lardies offers his own Year-End Awards in this week’s Sunday Brunch.
Jesse Ian Lardies debuts his new regular feature, Sunday Brunch: Bite-sized boxing news analysis for those enjoying a lazy Sunday brunch or suffering through a thudding Sunday hangover.
Cuban featherweight Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) will make his return after more than a year on the shelf when he challenges IBF featherweight champion, Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16 KOs), who retained his title with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Victor Barros on Saturday night. Super middleweight contender [...]
What does a successful run for TMT Promotions mean to boxing and its chances for reform? Read this week’s Rant and learn why 50 Cent is about to feel the wrath of the buffet-diving boxing media and their cash-rich promotional sugar daddies.
by Rico Aguirre In the period of a week Floyd Mayweather and his associate have revolutionized boxing and reinvigorated it by aggressively pursuing talent. Though they have signed some very good fighters the best is yet to come. Though the signing of Gamboa and Dirrell is newsworthy it is safe to expect more announcements [...]
by Tim Harrison After last week’s shopping spree which included signing former Olympians Andre Dirrell and Yuriorkis Gamboa to promotional deals, TMT Promotions capped off the week with the signing of IBF featherweight titlist, Billy Dibb. The Money Team (TMT) Promotions has reportedly signed former two-time welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) to an [...]
by Tim Harrison Boxing Tribune Editor-in-Chief Paul Magno is on vacation until August 12, so “Magno’s Monday Rant”, the one column openly reviled by the Boxing Writers Association of America, will be absent until his return. In its place will be “Portions of a Scotch-Stained Notebook”, an actual, physical notebook I keep notes and thoughts [...]
Former Olympic medalists, Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs) have reportedly signed promotional agreements with rapper Curtis Jackson, aka “50 Cent’s” new promotional outfit, TMT Promotions (The Money Team), according to Jackson’s website www.thisis50.com. Gamboa, the 2004 flyweight Olympic Gold Medalist and former IBF/WBA [...]
“Once the fight with Miguel Cotto actually started, though, it became clear that an elite prizefighter was at the center of this motley crew of fair-weather friends and media misfits.”