Just a year-and-a-half-ago, the notion of Robert Guerrero merely sharing the prize ring with the best boxer of this era was a laughable one.
He was just a lightweight then, nursing an injured left shoulder, and hardly seemed deserving of calling out Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But he did. Relentlessly.
“He talks a good game,” Mayweather said. “So now we’ll just have to see if he can fight the same way he talks.”
On Saturday, the Gilroy native gets his shot. Read More
In the midst of his first eight-round prize fight nearly 10 months ago, Bruno Escalante began to doubt.
The prospect had sparred countless rounds with Bay Area boxer Nonito Donaire, one of the best prizefighters in the world, but even that couldn’t keep his first pro loss — nor the doubt — at bay.
“I’m a warrior. I learned that even when I’m hurt, I could come back and fight strong,” Escalante, 24, said of the loss. “So that’s one thing I know about myself. I’m a fighter.” Read More
There have been days — recent days — when the drive has abandoned Nonito Donaire.
And admittedly so.
“With [Toshiaki] Nishioka, I’d get up, I’d train,” said Donaire, who lives and trains on the Peninsula. “This time, I just don’t feel that motivation. I just need to spar, because I can’t even hit the mitts without feeling bored, or feeling tired.” Read More
Former championship boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho died Saturday at the hospital in Puerto Rico where he has been unconscious since he was shot in the face in an attack in his hometown.
Camacho went into cardiac arrest in the pre-dawn hours and he was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. Read More
Judging from his left hook — a punch that has left numerous fighters quivering on the canvas of the ring — Nonito Donaire shouldn’t have much to fear.
But he does. Read More
Prizefighting — justifiably so — is closely associated with savagery.
But anyone, media type or casual fan, who attempts to attach such a brutish label to Saturday’s super middleweight championship bout between Oakland’s Andre Ward and his challenger Chad Dawson, will have erred.
Both combatants, who are among the best American professional fist fighters active today, favor the careful employment of boxing intellect over the blatant display of violent bravado. Read More
OAKLAND —But they won’t.
Rather, their respected fighters, Andre Ward and Chad Dawson, two of the finest American pugilists today, will.
In what is touted as one of the premier boxing bouts of the summer, the 168-pound champion Ward will stake his title against Dawson, the best 175-pounder in the world, on Sept. 8. Read More
A professional prizefighter she may be, but monetarily, Ava Knight has little prize to show for her toils in the boxing ring.
Her current training quarters — a 7-by-15-foot staff room above Oakland’s Boxing for Health gym — justify that.
There’s no shower. No kitchen. Not even for the women’s IBF flyweight champion of the world. Read More
At 4-foot-11 and 112 pounds, you wouldn’t look at Melissa McMorrow and think she had the nickname “Mighty,” and would be boxing for a world title this weekend.
Yet, that’s exactly what McMorrow will be doing in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Saturday, when she faces Arely Mucino for the WBA women’s interim flyweight world title. Read More
It’s been Nonito Donaire’s moniker for most of his professional fist-fighting life.
His exquisite speed of hand and foot while toiling in Bay Area boxing gyms led to his branding as “The Filipino Flash.” But flashy, in addition to fast, is how the elite Peninsula-based pugilist fights.
That’s how Donaire fought — or tried to fight — in his last contest against the defensively competent but offensively unwilling Argentine Omar Narvaez. Read More