Twenty years ago today, a crisply delivered one-two from George Foreman drove lineal heavyweight champion Michael Moorer to the floor, ignited explosive cheers that tested the MGM Grand’s foundation and allowed Foreman to shatter records, annihilate conventional wisdom and exorcise two-decade old demons.
Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will face Juan Carlos Candelo on the undercard of the Dec. 14 main event featuring Adrien Broner against Marcos Maidana.
The late Emanuel “Manny” Steward trained Thomas Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Mike McCallum among his seemingly endless list of current and former world champions.
Tavoris Cloud’s trainer, Abel Sanchez — who trained Terry Norris to brutally defeat Sugar Ray Leonard — says his fighter is “about to retire another legend on Saturday night” when Cloud faces 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins.
Tavoris Cloud on Bernard Hopkins’ outfit at Wednesday’s press conference: “It was funny to just turn around and to just see a grown man with a ski mask on standing there and not saying nothing to nobody.”
Don King, who promotes IBF light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud and once promoted Cloud’s March 9 challenger Bernard Hopkins, is expected to make an appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” tonight.
Ageless Hall of Fame ring announcer Michael Buffer will be profiled on HBO’s debut series “Cornered” on March 5.
Former RING light heavyweight and middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins is being targeted for a comeback on March 9 opposite 175-pound titleholders Nathan Cleverly, Beibut Shumenov or Tavoris Cloud.
Thomas Hearns commented exclusively to RingTV.com about his trainer and father figure Emanuel Steward. “In my opinon,” said the hall-of-fame boxer. “Emanuel Steward was the best trainer that ever lived.”
Brooklyn’s Paulie Malignaggi is part of a championship legacy that includes Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Michael Moorer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Zab Judah.
Former undisputed Lennox Lewis, who turns 46 in September, lists his children, contentment and induction into the International Hall of Fame among the reasons he will never fight again.