Articles by author: Robert Morales(278 results)

Insider Notebook: De La Hoya on Schaefer, His Demons

By Robert Morales - Hall of Fame fighter and promoter Oscar De La Hoya was all smiles as he sat down with yours truly Friday in Carson, Calif. Many topics were discussed. Among them were his battle wi...Read More

Lou DiBella: Cotto Fight is Huge For Martinez's Legacy

WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, of Argentina, has had his own terrific career. His most impressive moments were a second-round knockout of Paul Williams and a 12-round unanimous decision ov...Read More

Insider Notebook: Schaefer, Golovkin-Geale, Cotto, More

By Robert Morales - Abel Sanchez had been worried that the WBA would make his fighter - middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin - fight his mandatory defense against unknown Jarrod Fletcher of Australi...Read More

Insider Notebook: Schaefer, Chavez vs. Golovkin, More

by Robert Morales - Oscar De La Hoya on Wednesday told the Los Angeles Times a couple of interesting things regarding himself and his former promoter, Bob Arum. Although Richard Schaefer - CEO of De L...Read More

Arum, Loeffler: Chavez-Golovkin Deal is Getting Close

Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, was asked if he had signed a contract to do a certain amount of fights at the Forum in Inglewood, California. He answered in the negative. "I don't believe in exclusive de...Read More

Insider Notebook: Arreola-Stiverne II, Marquez, Forum

By Robert Morales - People can criticize Chris Arreola and his past misgivings about training all they want. But if not for him, America would never have a heavyweight title fight on home soil. Remem...Read More

Schaefer Says De La Hoya Beef is Just a Rumor

Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, on Friday morning said he would not address in any way, shape or form the rumors that he and his boss, Oscar De La Hoya, are on the outs. Some of the...Read More

Goossen Hopes To Continue Pact With John Molina

Lightweight contender John Molina (27-3, 22KOs) recently signed with big-time adviser Al Haymon. Right after, he did a Q & A with and he was asked if signing with Haymon meant he would...Read More

Insider Notebook: Mayweather-Maidana, Khan, Golovkin

By Robert Morales - It wasn't too long after Floyd Mayweather Jr. tweeted the news about his next opponent, when Richard Schaefer returned a phone call we had made seeking comment. Knowing that Sch...Read More

Arum Scoffs at Notion That Pacquiao Has Gotten Soft

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum promotes both Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, so far be it from him to rip one of his own fighters. But he's not buying this business from Bradley and some experts who beli...Read More

Insider Notebook: Bradley Pumped; Lomachenko; Orozco

By Robert Morales - Perhaps Timothy Bradley didn't realize last week that the 24th anniversary of Buster Douglas' shocking 10th-round knockout of Mike Tyson in Japan was Tuesday, when he used that fig...Read More

Insider Notebook: Canelo on PPV, Ortiz's Return, More

By Robert Morales - For those wondering about the decision to put the March 8 junior middleweight fight between Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Alfredo "Perro" Angulo at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Showtime p...Read More

Goossen: Molina Will Get a Big Boost With a Holt Win

The book is still out on welterweight Javier Molina of Norwalk, Calif. But the 2008 U.S. Olympian will get a huge test Jan. 24 when he takes on former junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt in the ...Read More

Insider Notebook: Bad Scores, Mike Perez, Ortiz, More

By Robert Morales - The California State Athletic Commission on Feb. 9 in Arroyo Grande, Calif. will hold a mandatory seminar for officials who work boxing, MMA and Muay Thai kickboxing. Many things w...Read More

Chris Arreola's Promoter Focused on Vacant WBC Title

Dan Goossen promotes heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, who is ranked No. 2 to the WBC title just vacated by Vitali Klitschko, who was made champion emeritus by the WBC so he can focus on running fo...Read More

Insider Notebook: HBO Prez Reflects on 2013, Much More

By Robert Morales - Boxing is a sport that seems to have more imperfections than most others. One can deal with that and stay strong, or cry about it and go home. Ken Hershman, the two-year preside...Read More

Golovkin's Promoter Responds To Schaefer's Comments

Tom Loeffler was not thrilled to read Richard Schaefer's comments in's Insider Notebook this week. Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, for one thing complained about what he believ...Read More

Insider Notebook: Mayweather, Golovkin-Quillin, Wilder

By Robert Morales - Nothing has changed. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will never fight until Pacquiao is no longer associated with Bob Arum. So it seems, anyway. A recent story in the Gr...Read More

Insider Notebook: Andre Ward's New Chapter, Molina

By Robert Morales - Andre Ward thought about the question for a second, then talked about getting on with his career while still fighting under Dan Goossen and his Goossen Tutor Promotions banner. Ear...Read More

Insider Notebook: Wilder's Rise; Arreola; Sanchez-Rozier

By Robert Morales - Deontay Wilder had nothing but good things to say about growing up in Tuscaloosa, Ala. during a telephone conversation Monday. It was just like so many other places. "It was goo...Read More