Best Upcoming Boxing Pay Per View Fights


Boxing fans are most likely aware already of the big events coming their way. Like most headlining events, these attention grabbing bouts will be held on pay-per-view channels. Okay, that means that they aren’t necessarily going to be cheap, but this may be a good reason to grab a few friends and head out to the local pub for some beers and great action. The truth is, can you really afford to miss guys like Pacquiao or Ward battling it out, regardless of the venue or expense? I didn’t think so, so here is a recap, just in case you weren’t aware or if you just wanted to hear it again.

Saturday, November 5

The aforementioned Manny Pacquiao will square of with the rock solid chin and fast hands of Jessie Vargas. Pacquiao at this stage of his career is, well – legendary. Bringing with him a total of 66 fights, 58 of them wins with 38 of those victories being of the knockout variety. That’s probably why has him listed as a 7/1 favorite.  But make no mistake, Vargas with his loud 27 victory against one defeat record is no laughing matter. Chances are good neither fighter will be laughing before, and may not be able to after this one. Look for an interesting and entertaining fight as each fighter will attempt to press their will early on in this one.

Saturday, November 19

Sergey the “Krusher” Kovalev faces off against Andre “S.O.G.” Ward in this unifying light heavyweight world championship 12 round bout. Arguably the most anticipated fight of the year in large part due to the power that could be displayed inside the ropes in this one, and that Ward is considered in many circles as one of if not the best fighter in the ring today. It honestly may not get any better than this in the world of boxing. Both fighters coming, unbeaten with 30 wins each, and a combined 40 K.O.’s between them speaks for itself. What to expect? I have to believe this can only go one of two ways. A blistering power battle resulting in an early knockout or a bloodbath to the end. This is a fight for those who love the brutality of the sport and definitely not one for the faint of heart!

Saturday, November 26th

Vasyl Lomachenko will make the first defense of his WBO super featherweight crown against Nicholas Walters. This promised-to-be fast action non stop fight may not carry the weight of those household names of some other fighters (although Walters perhaps should?), this one is gonna be fun. Lomachenko will either prove his doubters right or his fans right as he takes his 7 total fight history with a 6 – 1 record into the ring versus the 26 – 0 Walters. What may surprise many is that Walters with his obvious power evidenced by his 21 knockouts, may have his chin tested as the defending champ has 4 K.O.’s among his six victories.

Grab your drinks, snacks and buddies because November is going to be action packed month, and these fights should give us more than we bargained for, this is boxing at its best.

Best Boxing Training Routines


It is not easy for anyone to become a boxer. Only a select few can handle the blows to the head, stomach and anywhere else they may have contact. For those two men fighting one another in the ring, they have the stamina, drive, knowledge, and correct fitness routines that help them be their own version of Rocky.

A boxer has their own workout routine they feel is fit for them. Not every persons body is the same so neither will a diet or fitness plan. The one obvious thing that each boxer does have in common though is the punching bag and the ring where they continuously practice their jabs and blows. The problem with this is that even though the whole body gets a complete workout, eventually after time it will have its moment of plateau, allowing the body to stop growing muscle (unless that is what you want).

What should a boxer do in order to have the perfect fitness plan? Each day that a boxer practices on the bag, he will most likely also be working out in another form. Each day planned for this workout should be scheduled for a particular body part(s). With each body part you decide on, there should be a list of different workouts that you can choose from in order to keep the muscle flowing beautifully. Below is a basic workout schedule used by most personal trainers as an example for their clients.

Monday: Upper Body (Arms, Neck, Shoulders, Pectoral, and Upper Back)

Wednesday: Mid Body (Torso, Back)

Friday: Lower Body (Legs, Butt)

Using this basic breakdown, a boxer can choose between what they know will work for their size, weight, and liking in order to achieve that swollen feeling at the end of the day. Some examples of these workouts include doing things such as pushing the weigh a bit and trying to max out with out hurting yourself. You can apply this to each days workout. Listen to the body when it tells you that you have had enough though. no need to snap any bones. Also, challenge yourself to new routines that you have never tried. Doing this will make your body thank you and you will surely see the results sooner than later.

Some great workout ideas for a boxer to apply to his/her routine are dips and squats of any kind. Dips help the whole upper body while allowing you to workout your stomach while it helps you back up each tip. Squats are perfect for the whole lower body and if you through in a kettle bell or any other type of weight, you will be working out the whole body. These two ideas alone are a great way to workout if you cannot make it to a gym with weights.

Some other really effective ways to bulk up and stay in fighting shape is by doing some curl ups, chin ups, and push ups. Another great way to mix up the routine is by using the workout bands. These elastic bands allow you to workout almost anywhere on any part of your body. Some examples are triceps extensions, inner thy extensions, and anything else that one could be doing when using them.

Using a yoga ball for particular workout moves can be a huge beneficial tool. When anyone is new to using the yoga ball, it takes a bit of time to gain their balance on it, which takes using muscles one probably never knew they had before. Applying this into a few push ups, sit ups, or planks will show phenomenal results.

As you can see, becoming a boxer may not be for everyone but getting the body of one can be. There are many ways to achieve the result that you want, even if you start out by releasing aggression onto a bag. Eventually, that will work its way up to a full fledged insane routine that give you the best body of your life.

Rodriguez v. Ward Odds


Edwin Rodriguez will challenge Andre Ward for the Undisputed Super Middleweight world title on November 16th, 2013 in Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California.  According to the Vegas boxing odds, Ward is a 12/1 favorite over Rodriguez.

This should be a great fight as both boxers come into the game undefeated.  Ward is 26-0 with 14 knockouts.  He fights out of Oakland, California.

Edwin Rodriquez is a perfect 24-0 with 16 knockouts.  He fights out of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ward is widely regarded as the second best pound-for-pound fighter in the world behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  But, he hasn’t been in the ring for over a year due to his recent shoulder surgery.  Rodriguez should be a difficult test for him after the layoff.

Ward hasn’t been beaten since he was 14 years old.  When you look at his credentials it’s easy to see why some think he might be the best in the world.  At full strength I think he would easily win this fight, but he is likely to be a little rusty.

In his last three fights nobody has even been close to beating him.   He possesses the rare combo of talents and a keen boxing mind.  He is subtle at times and just knows how to win.  He’s not the fastest.  He’s not the most powerful, but he manages to make his opponents less effective at what they want to do most.

The former Olympic gold medal winner has a lot of tricks up his sleeve.  He can fight inside or with space.  He gets in the trenches and also wins slugging matches.

But, this is as good of a time as any for Rodriguez to pull off the upset.  Edwin’s last outing with a one round blowout of heavyweight contender Denis Grachev in Monte Carlo.  Grachev was supposed to be a light heavyweight contender.  Grachev was coming off wins over top-ranked contenders Ismail Silakh and Zsolt Erdei.

The rest of Rodriguez’s undefeated record has been amassed by beating less than stellar competition.  But that last win validates Edwin as a possible threat for Ward.

Listen, you don’t win gold medals and professional titles if you aren’t an excellent fighter.  Ward has beat the best guys in the division and is going to be hungry after his layoff.  All reports suggest he wants to make a statement that he is back and a force to be reckoned with.

Rodriguez is going to be in the mix here, but Ward is a very good fighter and will have his hands full.  I think this fight goes the distance and the champion just edges out Rodriguez on the judge’s scorecard.

Team Rodriguez



Larry Army Jr. always thought his career in professional sports would revolve around basketball, not boxing.

Army has been a certified NBA (National Basketball Association) player agent since 1994 And while he always has been an aficionado of boxing, it wasn’t until 2005 that Army began to move from fan to active participant. It was that year Army–lawyer, developer, financier, realtor, husband, father and generally considered to be of sound mind–decided he wanted to box. So, he had his one and only amateur bout. Soon after he determined his role in boxing lay outside the ring.

Less than two years later Larry Army launched his managerial career with two-time national amateur middleweight champion Edwin Rodriguez. Both live in Worcester, Mass., and Army had been following Rodriguez’s career for several years.

“I’ve never been involved in anything as fascinating and exciting as boxing nor anything as rewarding as my relationship with Edwin and his family,” says Army. “I have no doubt that the principals which have served me well in my other endeavors, diligence, imagination and integrity, will do the same in boxing.”

When not attending to Rodriguez or his numerous enterprises, Army enjoys golf as well as boating and traveling with his wife, Kelly, and his daughter, Isabella.

Army, who was born and raised in Massachusetts, graduated from Seton Hall in New Jersey and Suffolk University Law School in Boston.


Peter Manfredo trains approximately one dozen pros and amateurs, including his son, world-ranked super middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr.

“Edwin has a tremendous upside,” said Manfredo Sr. “He’ll certainly be a force to be reckoned with as a pro. He’s very strong and has a solid jab, good snap on his punches, great stamina and quickness.

“But Edwin also has determination, focus and heart. He has plenty of desire, works hard and wants to learn. Edwin’s smart, too; he listens and understands quickly. He realizes that being a pro is completely different, and that he has to step it up because he’s not in the amateur world any more,” said Manfredo Sr.

“I’m really excited about working with someone as knowledgeable and successful as Peter,” said the 6-foot, 22-year-old Rodriguez. “He’ll help immensely in getting me to where I want and expect to be, and that’s a world champion one day.”

“In Peter we’ve found the perfect trainer, a teacher who’ll give Edwin the solid foundation he needs starting out as a young pro,” said Larry Army Jr., manager of Rodriguez.

“Peter will help Edwin entrench the fundamentals, hone and take full advantage of Edwin’s natural abilities and attributes and allow him to fulfill his potential and reach his goals. Of course, Edwin’s long-time amateur trainer, Carlos Garcia, will still be with the team; none of us would have it any other way.”


Dave Tenny, a 35-year veteran of the sport of boxing with more than 40 world championship fights and 7 different world champs as a top outman.

Mr. Tenny was an amateur boxer before continuing professionally in the sport as a trainer, manager and top cutman for more than 35 years. He has worked the corner for several championship fights.



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