Articles by author: Keith Idec(3295 results)

Gvozdyk: Stevenson is 40 & Inactive; Not Sure He'll Beat Jack

NEW YORK – Oleksandr Gvozdyk wants to challenge whoever wins the Adonis Stevenson-Badou Jack fight as soon as possible. The newly crowned WBC interim light heavyweight champion can’t quite decide, tho...Read More

Liam Smith: Canelo Ruined Legacy, Look How His Body Changed!

Liam Smith doesn’t believe Canelo Alvarez’s explanation for how clenbuterol turned up in his system. The former WBO super welterweight champion cannot see other skeptics accepting the Mexican supersta...Read More

Arum Wants Ramirez, Prograis to Take Interim Fights on Same Card

NEW YORK – The WBC has mandated that Jose Ramirez must make his first title defense against Regis Prograis. Bob Arum, Ramirez’s promoter, has another idea. Arum wants to pair Ramirez, who won the WBC ...Read More

Kovalev-Marcus Browne Deal Done for HBO Bout; Date Not Set

Sergey Kovalev will fight another southpaw in his next fight, this time an unbeaten American Olympian. has learned that an agreement was reached Sunday for Kovalev to defend his WBO li...Read More

Arum: Felix Verdejo Very Disappointing; It's a Lack of Discipline

NEW YORK – Before Saturday night, Bob Arum still held out hope for Felix Verdejo. Even after all the injuries, subpar preparation and drama that slowed the lightweight contender’s development, his pro...Read More

Roach: Linares Has Fight Left in Him; Might Be Too Old for Loma

NEW YORK – Like most boxing observers, Freddie Roach favors Vasyl Lomachenko over Jorge Linares. But Roach, Linares former trainer, was impressed enough by what he saw from the WBA lightweight champio...Read More

Michael Conlan Demolishes David Berna in Two Rounds

Hulu Theater, Madison Square Garden, New York City - Two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan (6-0, 5 KOs) demolished overmatched David Berna (15-3, 14 KOs) in two rounds....Read More

Jose Ramirez Lands Gold, Decisions Amir Imam For WBC Title

Jose Ramirez Lands Gold, Decisions Amir Imam For WBC Title

By Keith Idec - NEW YORK – It wasn’t as spectacular or as quick as his last performance, but Jose Ramirez’s determination earned him a 140-pound world title Saturday night. The 2012 Olympian remained ...Read More

Gvozdyk Wins Tough Decision Over Amar, in Line For WBC Shot

At The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, a battle for the interim WBC light heavyweight title saw Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs) won a tougher than expected twelve round unanimous de...Read More

Ramirez: I'm Ready To Fight Best, No Matter What Critics Think

NEW YORK – Jose Ramirez read and heard criticism even after he dismantled Mike Reed four months ago. Ramirez knocked out the previously undefeated Reed in the second round of their November 11 bout to...Read More

Antonio Lozada Drops, Stops Felix Verdejo in Tenth Round

NEW YORK – Felix Verdejo was supposed to be boxing’s next Miguel Cotto, a Puerto Rican icon who headlined huge shows at Madison Square Garden. Instead, Verdejo got knocked out by an unknown opponent i...Read More

Christopher Diaz Wins by TKO, Rodriguez Suffers Hand Injury

NEW YORK – His win was unconventional, but Christopher Diaz continued his move toward a 130-pound title shot Saturday night. The unbeaten super featherweight contender from Puerto Rico beat Braulio Ro...Read More

Jose Pedraza Sheds Rust, Pounds Out Decision Over Rodriguez

NEW YORK – Jose Pedraza showed some rust Saturday, particularly defensively. The former 130-pound champion still performed well enough to overcome Mexico’s Jose Luis Rodriguez in The Theater at Madiso...Read More

McKinley: Ramirez Doesn't Have Power, Imam By Far Best Opponent

NEW YORK – Stacey McKinley was stunned when he learned Jose Ramirez had signed a contract to fight Amir Imam. The WBC had ordered a bout between the top-rated Imam and the third-ranked Ramirez for its...Read More

Roach: Imam Isn't Anything Special; Ramirez Should Stop Him

NEW YORK – Freddie Roach doesn’t expect Jose Ramirez’s next fight to be nearly as easy as his last bout. Nevertheless, Ramirez’s renowned trainer does think Ramirez will leave The Theater at Madison S...Read More

Prograis Leaning Toward Ramirez Over Imam in '50-50 Fight'

Regis Prograis doesn’t have a preference. The strong southpaw is confident he’ll knock out Amir Imam or Jose Ramirez, assuming the winner of their 12-round, 140-pound title fight Saturday night faces ...Read More

Don King: Imam Will Knock Out Ramirez; Give Us Pacquiao Next

NEW YORK – After a lot of political pontificating and meandering statements, Don King got to the point Thursday. The legendary promoter predicted that his fighter, Amir Imam, will knock out Jose Ramir...Read More

Imam-Ramirez ESPN Tripleheader Weights From MSG Theater

Amir Imam and Jose Ramirez each held a piece of the WBC super lightweight title as they posed for photos following their weigh-in Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Once they separated, both b...Read More

Joshua Doesn't Want Wilder In Ring Post-Parker to Hype Fight

Anthony Joshua hopes to avoid another WWE-like post-fight confrontation following what he expects will be a win against Joseph Parker on March 31. The British superstar knows Deontay Wilder will be ri...Read More

Gvozdyk Unsure WBC Will Make Stevenson-Jack Winner Face Him

NEW YORK – Oleksandr Gvozdyk expressed skepticism about what will happen if he defeats Mehdi Amar on Saturday night. The WBC has informed the unbeaten light heavyweight contender, a heavy favorite ove...Read More