From her unnerving ring debut to the fight that earned Raquel Miller a qualifying spot in the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team trials, it’s been an amazing year for the San Francisco boxer.
The Bayview district resident recalled the night in December 2010 when she experienced her first organized fight.
“I was a mess. I was nervous out of my mind,” Miller said. “They put my gloves on and I said, ‘Oh my God, I forgot how to box.’” Read More
It’s hard to not lose at anything, especially boxing. But that’s what Andre Ward — so far — has managed to do.
Saturday in Atlantic City, Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will close Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, a tourney meant to crown the best 168-pounders.
But in order to establish super middleweight supremacy, Ward will have to dethrone England’s Froch, an ornery battler with an equal penchant for toughness and ring smarts. Read More
It’s been nearly 10 years since boxing fanatics in San Francisco have been able to witness a live championship bout.
Back on Nov. 11, 2001, five-time world championship and future Hall of Famer Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought for the Super Featherweight World Championship — a card that also featured icon Manny Pacquiao when the Filipino was fighting for the Super Bantamweight Championship. Read More
Amid camera flashes and the din of the boxing gymnasium, trainer Robert Garcia knows how to get his fighter’s full attention.
He leans in close to Nonito Donaire and whispers, “Let’s get to work.”
Rising boxing star Donaire is nearing the biggest fight of his career — a Feb. 19 showdown with Fernando Montiel, the top bantamweight in the world, in Las Vegas. Read More
A lot of people were never the same after they faced Pat Valentino, and the same was true for me, except for a different reason.
The others were punished in a boxing ring. The things I learned from him happened mostly across a dining table.
And valuable lessons they were. I found out in one day that the only thing worth fighting Valentino over was a lunch check. And that the only place more dangerous to be with him outside of a boxing arena was to be a passenger in his car. Read More