Contest Time! Pick the winner of tonight’s Canelo Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto fight for a chance to win two tickets to see Creed next weekend. Anyone in the USA can enter as the tickets are good for any AMC Theatres in the country.
Canelo is currently listed by Vegas as roughly a 3-to-1 favorite with the money leaning towards a decision. The rules are simple – leave a comment choosing your predicted winner AND the method of victory. If you think there will be a knockout you must include the round the other man goes down for the count. If going decision, you must leave a score prediction- if your score matches any one of the three judges final tallies, you win granted that your chosen fighter is declared victorious. Simply saying “Cotto or Canelo by decision” does not cut it!
One entry per person. You can enter until this HBO PPV main event opening bell sounds around 11 EST televised from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Winners will be announced after the fight – multiple sets of tickets are available if multiple people make the correct pick.
NOTE – the tickets are ONLY good for next weekend Nov 28 & 29.
2006 was another year of great boxing and at the end of every season the best should be recognized, so here they are the second annual Philly Keith Awards!
Fighter of the Year – Manny Pacquiao
While it was another entertaining year of boxing, there wasn’t one fighter that truly stood out after Carlos Baldomir took the loss against Floyd.
But if I had to pick one, I am going with the PacMan who basically ended the career of legendary yet fading Erik Morales over two fights and in between put a severe beating on Oscar Larios in the Philippines.
The promotional free agent was thought to have signed with Golden Boy but at the zero hour changed his mind and went with Top Rank so that might put a damper on a rematch in 2007 against Marco Antonio Barrera.
If that fight doesn’t shape up how about a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez or giving Joan Guzman a shot?
What ever comes about, you can always count on Pacquaio to give a crowd pleasing performance. Continue reading 2006 National Boxing Awards
Photos by Mike McGuigan
On December 2, 2006 – Top Rank Boxing and the Showtime network came to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City to treat the fans to a night of Welterweight fights, offering four of the divisions very best squaring off against each other in the primary bouts of the evening.
The Main Event was a battle between two highly rated, undefeated Puerto Rican contenders with Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs) making his 147 pound debut against the highly regarded Carlos Quintana (22-0, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBA title which was recently vacated by Ricky Hatton.
This fight was thought to be a stern test for Cotto to see if he can hang with the big boys in this division. When the bell sounded, this one turned out to be a one-sided shellacking where Cotto branded himself as an elite fighter.
Things started out as expected with the traditionally slick Quintana playing the role of the boxer while the banging Cotto pushed forward, looking to quickly get on the inside.
Quintana would fire off the jabs as his younger opponent approached. His accuracy was decent though the power was not enough to stop the incoming charge.
Continue reading Miguel Cotto crushes Quintana to win the WBA Welterweight title, Antonio Margarito handles Clottey in Atlantic City
With just one professional boxing show under our belt – Philly Keith Sports got a call to the big time. Two floor press passes to cover an HBO / Top Rank boxing event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey!
The main event was a battle between Kiev, Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko and Nigeria’s Samuel “The Nightmare” Peter to see who would be named the #1 contender in the Heavyweight division. A big puncher against a guy with a tremendous boxing skill and a suspect chin. This one was bound to be interesting.
In the co-feature, Top Rank up-and-comer Miguel Cotto faced unknown WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Ricardo Torres of Columbia. Many say Cotto has the potential to be boxing’s next big Puerto Rican star. This fight certainly helped his cause as it turned out to be a classic.
Also on deck was North Jersey native Kendall Holt taking on Vladimir Khodokovski.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter
This was a make or break night for the career of Wladimir Klitschko. His glass jaw is well documented but his boxing skills are under estimated. His opponent Samuel Peter is a guy who is known strictly for his power, comes in with a record of 24 -0 and hopes of becoming king of the division.
Peter is widely considered one of the up and coming heavyweights in the circuit but lacks a big name to add to the list of taxi drivers and other unknowns on his resume. The steaks are high as the winner becomes the mandatory to fight Chris Byrd for the IBF Heavyweight Title.
Before both fighters are announced, Michael Buffer asks for a moment of silence and tolls the bell 10 times for fallen warrior and Atlantic City native Leavander Johnson, who tragically died after defending his IBF title last week. Continue reading Atlantic City Road Trip! Wladimir Klitschko squeaks past Sam Peter & Miguel Cotto stops Torres in a Fight of the Year candidate at Boardwalk Hall