Billy Finegan.
A decent highlight of Mayorga for any MMA fans unfamiliar with him.


Not all eyes will be on Strikeforce's MMA card this Saturday night. Boxing fans will have an opportunity to watch Roy Jones Jr. take on Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy in a light heavyweight bout that can be seen only on Here's the official press release: NEW YORK (August 10, 2009)—This Saturday night one of most anticipated Light Heavyweight battles will take place between the legendary Roy Jones Jr. and former Super Middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy and the action can be seen world-wide on The cost for this exciting night of boxing is $34.95 for viewers in the United States and $19.95 for ALL international viewers. Jones is the former Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light heavyweight and Heavyweight champion of the world and brings in astounding record of 53-5 with thirty-nine knockouts. Jones defends his NABO light heavyweight title against Lacy in “Hook City,” presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions. “We are very excited to be promoting “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi to settle the question, once and for all, of who is the best professional hooker in the sport of boxing,” said John S. Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “While Jeff claims to have the best left hook, come the morning of the 16th, I think he may well be in the market for a new ring name.” The Hall of Fame bound-Jones, fighting out of his native Pensacola (FL), has been a world champion in four divisions – middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight – and currently ranks among the top seven light heavyweights in all four major boxing organizations (WBO #2) and The Ring magazine. St. Petersburg (FL) power-punching Lacy, rated No. 6 by the IBF and No. 9 by the WBO, is moving up in weight to fight living legend Jones as a light heavyweight for the first time. Former IBF and IBO super middleweight title-holder Lacy is coming off of a win by 10-round decision against Otis Griffin this past April. Two-time world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green (26-3, 23 KOs), the power-puncher from Down Under, dreams of fighting Jones later this year in Australia. His opponent in the 12-round IBO cruiserweight title fight is South American light heavyweight title-holder Julio Cesar “La Furia” Dominguez (20-4-1, 14 KOs), who has fought in relative obscurity in his native Argentina. All he’s been dreaming about is knocking out Green. Which one’s dream will come true? That, too, will be decided in “Hook City.” NABO cruiserweight champion B.J. “El Peligroso” Flores (23-0-1, 14 KOs) has a display case filled with regional title belts. He’s rated as high as No. 3 by the WBO and No. 6 by the WBA and positioned for a major world title fight. Standing in his way in “Hook City” is former world title challenger Epifanio “Diamente” Mendoza (29-7-1, 25 KOs), the Colombian hit man who specializes in putting opponents to sleep, as well as knocking-off unbeaten contenders. Two highly-regarded lightweight prospects — Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough (21-1-2, 7 KOs) and challenger Jason “American Boy” Litzau (24-2, 20 KOs) — go toe-to-toe in “Hook City” in a 10-round Special Attraction for the vacant NABF belt. Both have rich amateur pedigrees and Kimbrough is trying to get where Litzau has been and plans to return — a world title shot. All bouts are subject to change. “We are very excited to be able to distribute this incredible event around the world”, said David Klarman of “We have worked hard the past 2 years in building a strong and secure web platform, and marketing and support teams to serve our customers, both viewers and promoters of events. Being asked not only to stream this event, but to help monitor and secure the content is a validation of all our efforts. Roy Jones is one of the legends of the sport and to be able to broadcast this event along with three other title bouts will make for a great evening of boxing for everyone around the globe.” About GoFightLive GoFightLive is a pioneer and leader in the Internet Broadcasting industry, providing the public with access to fight events worldwide, daily news shows, feature interviews, and a comprehensive database of fighter information, fight photos, and event information. “GFL” has streamed more than 200 Boxing, MMA, Wrestling and other fight events since its inception in 2007 and currently has a database of more than 3000 fighters and 1500 videos in our library.


After a long and illustrious career, legendary boxing Oscar De La Hoya is hanging up the gloves. He made his retirement known at a press conference today. You can read the press release after the jump. Good luck, Oscar! Thanks for participating in some of the most exciting fights of all time!

LOS ANGELES (April 14) -Famed boxing champion and future Hall of Fame fighter Oscar de la Hoya, one of the most decorated pugilist in the history of the sport, retired as a professional today during a noon press conference in Nokia Plaza LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. "After heartfelt discussions with my family and my closest friends, it is with deep gratitude and appreciation that I announce my retirement from professional boxing," said De La Hoya, who retires from the ring with a 39-6, 30 KOs record. "Boxing has been the single, most consistent part of my life and although I will miss the ring, I know that it is time for me to step away from the sport competitively and become more active in the other aspects of it that are already in place and ready for me to pursue." "My career has been nothing short of magical and I am forever grateful to all of the people who made it possible," continued De La Hoya. "Most importantly I deeply appreciate all of my fans who showered me with their cheers and support, consistently holding me up throughout my 17-year professional career. I believe the true meaning of my career was not in the winning or losing, but in the gift of sharing my fights with all of them, as I never imagined it would mean so much to so many. It has been an honor to fight all of my fights for each and every one of you." De La Hoya will now take an even more substantial role in Golden Boy Promotions, working alongside the company's CEO Richard Schaefer to continue to deliver quality boxing events around the world. "This is truly a bittersweet day for boxing and its fans throughout the world as Oscar's name has been synonymous with the sport for nearly two decades," said Richard Schaefer, CEO Golden Boy Promotions. "It is been a privilege and honor for me to work with this amazing champion and watch the brilliance of his career both in and out of the ring. As one of my closest friends, both personally and professionally, I look forward to working with Oscar as he takes a more active role in Golden Boy Promotions now that he is no longer competing in the sport." Originally from East Los Angeles, where as a young child he laced up a pair of boxing gloves for the first time at four years old, he began his amateur career several years later and started dreaming of professional success. The 10-time world champion, who collected titles in six different weight divisions, has long been considered the most influential fighter of the sports modern era. "Oscar de la Hoya has left an indelible legacy in and out of the ring," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "This son of East L.A. has made the City of Angels proud, not only for his ten championships in six weight divisions, but for never forgetting his roots and giving back to his community." Having turned professional immediately following his 1992 Olympic gold medal victory in Barcelona, Spain, De La Hoya immediately turned in to a box office success. His popularity and following made him the highest grossing non-heavyweight fighter the history of the sport. Participating in 19 pay-per-view fights, De La Hoya drew over 14.1 million pay-per-view buys and over $696 million dollars in pay-per-view revenue throughout his career. He appeared in three of the top eight highest grossing pay-per-view boxing events including the granddaddy of them all - hissuper-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May 2007, which shattered the all-time pay-per-view record with 2.4 million homes in addition to generating a record-setting live gate of $19 million. It was the first pay-per-view fight to be purchased by over two million homes. "Oscar de la Hoya has fashioned a storybook career through hard work, dedication, talent and the commitment to fighting the best fighters in the biggest fights," said Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports. "HBO has had the privilege of televising his fights since 1993 and we watched him develop into a champion and a gracious ambassador for the sport." "The Golden Boy's" Hall of Fame-bound career has seen him win 10 world championships in every division from 130 to 160 pounds while facing the elite of the sport including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Julio Cesar Chavez, Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Felix Trinidad, Pernell Whitaker, Ike Quartey, Fernando Vargas, Arturo Gatti, Genaro Hernandez, Jesse James Leija and Hector Camacho Sr. Along the way, De La Hoya has become boxing's undisputed superstar and his acclaimed career and popularity will be remembered for decades to come. "I marvel at my son's success and know that all of the hard work and dedication he had when he was a kid and during the formative years of his boxing training made him the champion he became," said Joel De La Hoya Sr. "I am extremely proud of my son and know he has achieved everything possible in the ring. It is now time for him to enjoy his family and pursue in earnest all of the other opportunities that await him." In addition to his success inside the ring, De La Hoya has made a conscious effort to generously give back to the same community which played such an integral role in making it possible for him to achieve such success. The Oscar de la Hoya Foundation was created in 1995 to bring a better quality of life to the people of East Los Angeles. The foundation provides funding for a number of projects including the Cecilia Gonzalez de la Hoya Cancer Center, the Oscar de la Hoya Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit and the Oscar de la Hoya Labor and Delivery Center, all located at the White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles. In addition to his efforts to support medical care for citizens of East Los Angeles, De La Hoya's dedication to education in the East Los Angeles area led him to establish the Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School in 2003 which now serves over 500 students in grades nine through twelve and is ranked among the top 10 percent of schools in the state of California that serve similar communities. US News and World Report ranked the Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School #53 out of the top 100 in the entire nation. Most importantly De La Hoya will now have more time to spend with his wife Millie and children. "In closing, I want to acknowledge my wonderful wife Millie, my children and my entire family who have been extremely supportive and patient with me, sacrificing a tremendous amount of our time together in order for me to pursue my career," said De La Hoya. "Now it is time for me to be there for them."


I met former Golden Gloves champion Billy Finegan recently and discovered that he has a book out. It's a boxing instructional and it's awesome. Here's the blurb for it"
Perfect for anyone who wants to learn to box and get in shape, Boxing for Beginners guides readers through boxing fundamentals and mechanics, basic boxing drills, acquiring the necessary equipment and more. High-quality, professional photographs and a step-by-step approach make this book highly accessible and easy to understand. Readers will learn to strengthen the mind, sharpen reflexes, form intelligent fight strategies and implement the necessary tactics it takes to be successful.
I highly recommend this book. To purchase, check out this link. Have fun!
New Jersey's Boxing Hall of Fame will be having it's 39th annual dinner and induction ceremonies on November 13 at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ.  Among the inductees will be Eddie Cotton, a referee from Paterson,  Danny Milano, a cut man from Clifton, and former heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon. Also being inducted is one of the most important and influential figures in the sport of MMA, my good friend Nick Lembo.  Nick is the general counsel for the NJSACB, which regulates MMA and Boxing in the state of New Jersey.  Nick is a key figure in the development of Mixed Martial Arts and he is currently working on revamping the unified rules. Congratulations to Nick and to all the inductees.  I will definitely being going to this event and if you're interested in going, please contact NJBHOF President Henry Hascup at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . See you at the Hall of Fame!


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