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GARCIA OUTWORKS BRONER; MILLER STOPS WASHINGTON

12,084 FANS TURN OUT TO SEE A NIGHT OF BOXING IN BROOKLYN NY

Brooklyn, NY 07/30; A record 12, 084 boxing fans showed up at the Barkley  Center last night, and witnessed an offensive display from Mikey Garcia in his 12 round decision over Adrien Broner in a 140lb contest.

Garcia out landed Broner almost at a 2-1 ratio, kept his opponent at bay with a strong jab, and worked the body in detail -- while Broner had to posture and recoil, and never seemed to get a chance to open up on the lightweight champion.

"This is definitely one of my best performances ever. I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds and I kept the activity up. [Broner] is a great fighter who has great skills. I was the superior fighter tonight." stated Garcia.

"It was the timing, I've always said I have very good timing. It is underestimated when you are outside the ring but once you get inside the ring with me, I'm a step ahead."

"We trained for 10 weeks, we had a great training camp and great sparring. We knew it was going to be a tough fight so we had to be in great shape."

"It was part of the strategy to be a little busier than the fights I have previously had. Anybody that wants to come join us on SHOWTIME, give us a call, we are ready for anybody. Maybe I'll go down to 135, stay at 140 or go up to 147."

MILLER STOPS WASHINGTON

In heavyweight action, Jarell "Big Baby" Miller took a strong direction upward in the heavyweight division when he stopped Gerald Washington in 8 rounds. Miller just proved too busy for Washington, who could not stop the onslaught as the rounds progressed.

After the fight Miller told the press that "I definitely felt the ring rust. Gerald was very tough. It was a very good fight that had me thinking. My power was there, but I couldn't put it together the way I wanted to today.  I took the hard way back coming in off of a layoff. Gerald definitely pushed me and motivated me. I had to rely on my brain and my power. I knew there would be a give and take in this fight. It's one thing to fight when you have stamina, it's another to fight when you're tired. I was trying to outthink him."

CHARLO DEFEATS HEILLAND

Middleweight Jermall Charlo defeated at 2:13 of round 4. Charlo was the bigger opponent and Heiland twisted his knee in the first round. This was a one sided contest.

“Sometimes the injury can be a decoy, you never want to just jump in and think it's part of his game plan. My coach told me to stay behind my job like I did; continue to work and it’s going to come. I’m ready, bring on the biggest names at 160… I’m the real Tommy Hearns… I feel like it’s my turn and I’m going to go get it”

JLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Common Man" Joe Smith Jr. Battles Sullivan Barrera Saturday, July 15 From The Fabulous Forum and on HBO Boxing After Dark

NEW YORK CITY:  "The Common Man", Joe Smith Jr., (23-1, 19 KO's), boxing's best story of 2016, will make his first start of the new year, defending his WBC International Light Heavyweight Title against world ranked Sullivan Barrera, (19-1, 14 KO's) on Friday, July 15 from the iconic, Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles and live on HBO's Boxing After Dark (9:50 p.m. ET/PT).

Smith vs. Barrera is presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing® in association with Main Events.

The 27-year-old Smith of Long Island, New York said, "I'm thrilled to be back on HBO against another top light heavyweight, Sullivan Barrera, I've already started training and will be 'more than ready' on July 15. There's a number of great fighters in our division and I'm looking forward to another victory on my way to a world title shot."

"This is a great opportunity for me. I want to thank my entire team for making this happen. I respect Joe for taking this fight. He is a great fighter and I have a tough test on July 15. I will work hard to put on a great show for all the fans," stated Barrera.

"This should be a spectacular fight," said Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star Boxing. "Over the past few months many have refused to fight Joe Smith Jr., so I give credit to Sullivan Barrera, who, like Joe, is a tough fighter willing to fight anyone. Joe's captivating rise as a humble working-class 'Common Man' has resonated with sports fans all over the world and I look forward to being at the Forum on HBO as Joe and Sullivan battle for the future."

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, stated, "This is a really interesting fight. It is a can't miss because Barrera and Smith are both finishers. We are all eager to see how this plays out and I give credit to both men for wanting a challenge."

Smith bursted onto the international boxing scene last June, knocking out the highly favored, former world title challenger, Andrzej Fonfara in the first round of a nationally televised contest from the Pole's hometown of Chicago.

Six months later Smith challenged future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins at the Fabulous Forum and live on HBO. Dominating the legend on December 17 through the first seven rounds, the construction laborer Smith drilled Hopkins to the canvas and out of the ring earning the knockout in the eighth round.

Barrera is riding a two bout knockout streak with victories over Paul Parker on April 15 and Vyacheslav Shabaranskyy on December 16, 2016. His only loss was to light heavyweight champion A
ndre Ward in March 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GGG-JACOBS ALL SET FOR MARCH 18th

“Chocolatito” Gonzalez to defend against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in co-feature

New York 1/10/17  . . . Gennady Golovkin (36-0) and Daniel Jacobs (32-1) met today at Madison Square Garden, to announce their showdown on Saturday March 18th.

The  GGG - Daniel Jacobs bout for the unified middleweight title has been confirmed, and both fighters will be training in California starting Thursday January 12th. Both fighters appeared at a press conference to thank those who long have been working out the deal that would bring both fighters to center ring.

The bout has been in negotiations over the past 6 months, with certain dates anticipated but never coming to fruition. Finally the deal was announced and both parties are happy with the agreement. The fight will be televised by HBO/PPV.

The two actually met, with their camps and entourage, just feet away from where they will meet on Saturday March 18th. 

To GGG, the fight is a dream, a fight in New York to solidify his position in the middleweight rankings, and an opportunity to finally fight someone willing to challenge him. As for Jacobs, his career started as a Golden Glove amateur at Madison Square Garden, winning mega championships until turning professional in 2007.  GGG is on a 23 fight KO streak, and Jacobs is on a 12 bout KO streak, so it looks like this fight will not last the distance.   

Last fighter to go the distance with Golovkin? Amar Amari 6/21/2008. And the two others to go the distance was American Ian Gardner and Mehdi Bouadha. The last time Jacobs went the distance was with Ishe Smith 08/22/2009. However Jacobs was defeated by Dimitry Pirog 7/31/2010, his only loss. Pirog was later scheduled to face GGG, but back injuries cancelled that fight as Pirog has been limited ever since.

   

Trainers Sanchez and Rozier pose with their fighters -- photo Richard Schwartz

GGG has been installed a a prohibited favorite.  Jacobs however, told the audience that many will be surprised in the first few rounds of the fight.

WBC super flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez defends his world title against former champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on the March 18 Golovkin-Jacobs PPV at Madison Square Garden in New York. K2 Promotions manager Tom Loeffler made the announcement Tuesday. The deal for Gonzalez-Sor Rungvisai was finalized over the weekend and the winner will face Carlos Cuadras.

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SERGEY KOVALEV VS. ANDRE WARD

"POUND FOR POUND" TICKETS GO ON SALE

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

MEGA SHOWDOWN SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

AT T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

LAS VEGAS, NV (Aug. 27, 2016) - Tickets for the most anticipated fight of the year go on sale to the public on Friday, Sept. 2 at 11:00 a.m. PT. The Saturday, Nov. 19 showdown between No. 2 Pound-for-Pound* and WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and No. 4 Pound for-Pound* and Two-Time World Champion Andre "S.O.G." Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) will crown the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets start at $55 and are available on axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office.

Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" is presented by Main Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions and sponsored by the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

The mega-fight will be only the third bout in the history of The Ring Magazine pound-for-pound list to pit two undefeated Top 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighters against each other.

Kovalev, the Russian Wrecking Ball, 33, has been dominating boxing's light heavyweight division with his aggressive, fan-friendly style since his breakout performance against then-unbeaten Nathan Cleverly in 2013. His rise to boxing stardom has been meteoric, as he has gone from an unknown fighter from Chelyabinsk, Russia to headlining HBO Pay-Per-View in just four years after signing with his first promoter, Main Events. Out of of Kovalev's 30 career victories 26 have come by way of knockout. Additionally, he has entered into championship rounds only twice in his professional career. Kovalev has always sought to test himself against the best boxing has to offer; he wants to prove in the ring that he deserves that mantle.

Ward, 32, the last American man to win an Olympic Gold Medal in boxing (2004), reigned as the WBA Super Middleweight World Champion from 2009 to 2015 while fighting mostly out of his hometown, Oakland, CA. He announced his intention to move to up to the light heavyweight division in search of a bigger challenge in 2015, shortly after signing with his current promoter, Roc Nation Sports. He has been a top rated pound-for-pound fighter since 2011. Ward is seeking to assume his place and leave a legacy at the top of the sport.

Kovalev said, "I am very excited to finally get my chance to face Andre Ward on November 19. I want to face the best competition. I want to be the best Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world. Thank you to all of my fans and I hope everyone will come out and see this great fight on November 19 in Las Vegas."

Ward responded, "I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world... We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn't have any soft touches. He wasn't protected. He wasn't really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1."

Main Events' CEO, Kathy Duva, added, "There is no greater thrill for a boxing promoter than putting together a fight that the fans want to see Sergey has always strived to be the best and face the best and on November 19 the new Pound-for-Pound king will be crowned. I think it is fitting that this fight is taking place in Las Vegas. Las Vegas has been home to many of the biggest and best fights, including both Taylor-Chavez I and De La Hoya-Trinidad. Now it will be the venue for the first Pound-For-Pound showdown of the new millennium. This should be a great night!"

Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy, Michael Yormark, said, "From its inception, Roc Nation Sports Boxing has remained committed to promoting the biggest fights featuring the world's best fighters. That is exactly what we have in Kovalev-Ward - a fight that transcends boxing, transcends sports, and enters the rarefied realm of seminal cultural events. On Nov. 19, on boxing's most legendary stage, we will find out who the best boxer in the world truly is. It will be a clash of cultures, styles, strategies and personalities and we are proud to represent Andre and be a part of history."

"This pound-for-pound battle between two great champions will be a sensational matchup at T-Mobile Arena," said Richard Sturm, president of Entertainment and Sports for MGM Resorts International. "We look forward to working with both Main Events and Roc Nation Sports on this championship event which should be one of the most anticipated fights of the year."

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BROADWAY BOXING RETURNS TO QUEENS

FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS

RICHAR ABRIL AND YURI FOREMAN

HEADLINE IN SEPARATE BOUTS

AT RESORTS WORLD CASINO

New York, NY (5/23/16) - On Friday, June 3, Broadway Boxing returns to the beautiful Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY, with an exciting 10-bout card presented by DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing, sponsored by Nissan of Queens.

Featured on the card, in separate bouts, will be former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman. Abril (19-3-1, 8KO's), making his much anticipated return and DiBella Entertainment (DBE) debut, will take on the always-tough Jerry Belmontes (21-8, 6KO's) in a 10-round junior welterweight showdown. Foreman (33-2, 9KO's), fighting for the first time in 2016, is set to take on Jason Davis, of Vancouver, WA, in an eight-round junior middleweight matchup.

A gifted boxer with exceptional hand speed and movement, Abril will be returning to the ring for the first time in over a year and a half. Following his world title defense against previously unbeaten Edis Tatli (23-0) in September 2014, Abril was stricken with dengue fever that he contracted from a mosquito bite while training in Cuba to defend his title against Derry Matthews in early 2015. Abril was forced to vacate his title as he battled through the illness. Now back and 100 percent healthy, Abril will look to quickly regain his world championship under the DiBella Entertainment banner. The 33-year-old Cuban Abril's three losses are highly debatable having all come via split decision against then-undefeated contenders Hank Lundy and Breidis Prescott, with the last defeat coming at the hands of Brandon Rios for the vacant WBA world title. Following the controversial loss to Rios, who failed to make weight for the bout, Abril, then the interim WBA champion, was elevated to regular champion. Abril twice defended his title, first against 23-0 Sharif Bogere in March of 2013, before traveling to Finland where he defeated the aforementioned Tatli. In Belmontes, Abril will get no pushover. Belmontes began his career at a perfect 17-0, and challenged Omar Figueroa for the WBC world lightweight title in 2014, dropping a close split decision. Belmontes is coming off back-to-back victories, including an upset unanimous decision over previously undefeated Valentyn Golovko in his most recent outing in January of this year.

The bout on June 3 will be Foreman's first since December 2015. Foreman, the former WBA welterweight world champion and now ordained rabbi, stepped away from the ring in 2011 following back-to-back losses, to focus on his studies. He then returned in 2012 and reeled off four consecutive victories before once again stepping away to finally finish his rabbinical studies. Determined to remain active in 2016, Foreman hopes to make another run at capturing a piece of the junior middleweight crown.

Additional bouts on the card will be announced shortly.

Tickets are priced at $125 ringside, $75 reserved seating and $50 general admission. Tickets may be purchased by calling DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the fight. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLY HOLM KO2 RONDA ROUSEY

by Adam Pollack 11/15/15

 

Shocker of the night! Holly Holm KO2 Ronda Rousey. Holm completely outboxed her, had enough ground game to prevent takedowns and submissions, wisely kept it standup as much as possible, utilized beautiful consistent footwork to keep her outside, and quick straight southpaw lefts to nail her and expose her relative lack of world-class boxing skill and defense. Ronda had zero defense for the straight left. Holm utilized the perfect, intelligent strategy. Shows what a boxer can do if they take the time to become competent in muay thai and have just enough jiu jitsu to prevent takedowns and submissions. 

 
What helped Holm was she was southpaw, taller, had the superior reach, and had been a quick-footed consistent mover throughout her boxing career, so she was used to moving a lot. Holm is no stranger to combat. She went 33-2-3 in her boxing career. Also not to be underrated is her strength. She fought at 147 and 140 pounds in her boxing career, so at 135 in MMA she was big and strong enough not to get bulled around on the inside, and with those little gloves, her punches had just enough pop to affect Ronda. 

 
She just had to know enough about martial arts to prevent getting taken down and submitted, and she certainly did. The few times they were on the ground, Holm did a great job of not allowing Ronda to do anything. And she got back to her feet as soon as she could. She even threw Ronda down at one point, and also fired in some knees and lead kicks on occasion, and an elbow or two, showing she had learned muay thai.

 
Ronda tried as hard as she could to punch and charge in to the inside, mostly to no avail. Overall, Rousey was working really hard, expending a lot of energy chasing in futility. And she was getting nailed from the outside right on the jaw. Unlike Holm, Rousey had no head movement or angles. Those punches took their toll, for at one point Ronda even backed up momentarily after getting nailed on the jaw with the straight left. 

 
Ultimately, Holm ended it with a left leg kick to the neck area that decked Rousey, and then followed up with some blows as Rousey was helpless and out on her back, forcing the referee to stop it. 
 

Tremendous win over a woman who had been utterly dominant in her MMA career. Keep in mind, almost every Rousey opponent failed even to make it out of the first round, and she usually won by submission within one minute. Some didn't even make it 20 seconds. This is a huge upset!

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PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS STARS
OFFER PREDICTIONS FOR TONIGHT'S PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON NBC BATTLE BETWEEN ADRIEN BRONER & SHAWN PORTER

LAS VEGAS (June 20, 2015) - Stars of Premier Boxing Champions hosted a media luncheon Saturday afternoon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and offered their thoughts and predictions for tonight's PBC on NBC main event, which features a battle between former world champions Adrien "The Problem" Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and "Showtime" Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs). Televised coverage begins on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

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The fighters in attendance were Heavyweight World Champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder, former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Welterweight World Champion Keith "One Time" Thurman, former world champion Paulie "The Magic" Man Malignaggi, Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz, rising super welterweight stars Jermell and Jermall Charlo and Middleweight World Champion Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs, who could not offer a prediction as he is on the announcing team the NBC telecast.

DEONTAY WILDER
"I have to stay neutral because I'm good friends with both guys. This is the true definition of a boxer versus a brawler. Broner is going to have the ability to box and move and he adapts well to the fighter he's facing. Porter has power and will. He's nonstop and he's definitely not going to give up."

JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.
"Broner by decision. He's the better boxer and also fought better opponents. He's had a weight problem in the past but I don't think it will affect him. Porter is strong and tough but it's not enough to beat Broner."

KEITH THURMAN
"I favor Porter in this fight. I think he's going to bring high intensity and possibly outwork Broner for the victory. Broner will have sharp defense to counter Porter's high intensity. I think it'll go the distance."

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI
"Broner by decision."

LEO SANTA CRUZ
"Porter by decision. He has to pressure Adrien because Adrien has a hard time with pressure. If Broner boxes and keeps him away and ties him up that's the only way he wins, but I don't see it happening."

JERMALL CHARLO
"I'm taking Broner. He has the skill, the speed, the athleticism and the punching power. Styles make fights, Porter is going to be right there for Broner. Porter won't be able to outclass Broner."

JERMELL CHARLO
"Porter by decision. People are not considering his rehydration. He's going to be way stronger and bigger fighter. He's going to wear Adrien down with his skills."
 

 

BERNSTEIN REFLECTS ON HAGLER-HEARNS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

On April 15, 1985, when Marvelous Marvin Hagler battled Tommy Hearns in their epic match, Al Bernstein was there to announce the fight. Thirty years later, on May 2, 2015, Al Bernstein will, again be ringside to announce the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquaio mega fight. In between those two great events Al has fashioned an announcing career that earned him a long list of accolades and landed him in The International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Bernstein is the bridge to these two major events in boxing history. He said: “As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hagler-Hearns and look back at what those two great athletes created, it’s also exciting to look forward to another milestone in the sport’s rich history. To be a part of both those events is and honor and responsibility that I don’t take lightly. In 1985 I was in the first part of my career filled with excitement to have such an important assignment—now 30 years later, with all the big fights I’ve done, I am just as excited to be ringside. The atmosphere at the Caesar’s Palace outdoor arena 30 years ago was electric. It was a night I will never forget.That same intensity will be felt at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when Floyd and Manny do battle. I can’t wait to be ringside and help chronicle that event.”

In his book, “30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths About Boxing, Sports and TV”, Al details many of the colorful events and personalities surrounding the Hagler-Hearns mega fight.

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HYLAND HALTS HERRERA IN FOUR
FDNY'S ROSINSKY TRIUMPHANT IN RING RETURN
O'SULLIVAN DOMINATES NUNEZ

New York, NY (3/14/15) - On Saturday night, highly touted Irish featherweight contender Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland, of Dublin, headlined an exciting 11-bout pro-am card held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, in New York City, titled "McMayhem in Midtown". The evening was promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Ring of Fire Promotions and Murphys Boxing, and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Everlast.

(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Facing southpaw Manuel De Los Reyes Herrera, 128, of Planeta Rica, Colombia, Hyland, 127¼, kept pumping his jab forcing his foe on the back-foot for the entire first round. Whenever in close, Hyland would unleash swift, crackling combinations to the head and body. In round two, with Hyland pinning Herrera to the ropes, the pair stood toe-to-toe trading power shots to the delight of the crowd. Setting up stinging straight rights that snapped Herrera's head back in the third, Hyland was visibly breaking down the Colombian. A pulverizing right uppercut to the midsection brought Herrera to his knees for a full count at 1:04 of round four. With the victory, Hyland, now 30-1 (14 KOs), moved another step closer toward title contention. Herrera's record dropped to 21-16-1 (15 KOs).

(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Ozone Park, New York's popular light heavyweight contender-turned-firefighter Will "Power" Rosinsky, 174½, ended a two-year-plus ring absence, impressively halting Paul Gonsalves, 173¾, at 2:59 of the opening round. Looking very sharp, Rosinsky, a four-time New York Golden Gloves champion, scored four knockdowns overall. The first came halfway through the frame when Rosinsky landed a left hook to the body. After Gonsalves got to his feet, Rosinsky, now 18-2 (10 KOs), was determined to finish him off, scoring the final three knockdowns with dynamite straight right hands to the head. Gonsalves, from Harwich, Mass., is now 7-6-1 (3 KOs).

(Photo credit: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

Promoted by Murphys Boxing, which is fronted by Ken Casey of the Celtic rock band Dropkick Murphys, Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan, 164¼, of Cork, Ireland, took on the tough Milton Nunez, 165, of Barranquilla, Colombia, in a scheduled eight-round super middleweight contest. From the opening bell, O'Sullivan applied pressure, often trapping Nunez against the ropes and pounding away at the body with powerful hooks. O'Sullivan was particularly effective when following up with his overhand rights upstairs. Nunez tried to counter O'Sullivan's aggression, but none of what he landed had any effect on the Irishman. In round three, a combination finally put the tiring Nunez on the canvas. When he arose, O'Sullivan stalked him around the ring, rarely missing a punch, until a sweeping left hook to the chin staggered Nunez once again, leading to the referee's stoppage at 2:20 of the frame. O'Sullivan upped his record to 20-1 (13 KOs), while Nunez fell to 28-13-1 (25 KOs).

The amateur portion of the card featured the tie-breaking third meeting between the FDNY's Bravest Boxing team and the Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force. Winning seven of the eight matches, the FDNY earned the 2015 Transatlantic Championship.
 

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On Tuesday Nov 11, The Day Before Departing for Macau, We Have the

CHRIS ALGIERI CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

With Trainer TIM LANE, Promoter JOE DeGUARDIA and

Hall of Fame Promoter BOB ARUM

We bring you Chris Algieri today live from his training camp at the Venetian Las Vegas and joining him today is his trainer Tim Lane and his promoter Joe DeGuardia.  Chris Algieri is the undefeated champion and the only world champion representing New York right now and a renaissance man by any definition.. After sparring session on Wednesday, he will depart for Macau that evening.  To tell us more about Chris and the promotion, here is Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum.

 BOB ARUM:  What do you mean he is the only champion that New York has?  The Jets just beat the Steelers over the weekend!  I'm glad to be on this call and we are all getting ready to go across the world to Macau and our hosts, The Venetian.  Everybody is really looking forward to this event.  It is building up tremendously.  All of these great fighters leaving who will be participating on the card and we are thrilled to have Chris Algieri with us today because he has really stirred the pot.  People are paying tremendous attention to this fight and I think everyone should watch "Under the Lights" this weekend on HBO because it is a true analysis of the fight.  Tim Bradley did a great job with Virgil Hunter analyzing the fight so without further ado, I know Tim Lane is here and Joe DeGuardia, but I would like to now turn the call over to Chris Algieri.

 CHRIS ALGIERI:  Thank you, Bob.  I am glad to be here and it's great to be involved with this promotion and have the opportunity for this fight. Before we get started I would just like to take a moment to pay tribute to the real warriors that are out there on this Veterans Day and give them the honor and tribute that they deserve for going above and beyond in fighting for our country and our freedom. With that being said, I am happy to be here and training camp has gone fantastic and it has been a tremendous lead-up going into fight week and Team Algieri is very excited about our trip to Macau.  All of our work is done here and now we are ready to travel across the world and shock the world.

 TIM LANE:  Thanks to everyone for joining in and thanks to Top Rank and Star Boxing for allowing us to be in a show like this.  Training has been wonderful.  Chris is in shape.  He is mentally and physically ready to go and we are ready for our road trip.

 JOE DeGUARDIA: It is a pleasure to be on this call. So much has been said about Chris already. He has been a great ambassador for the sport. I am proud of our relationship and it has been a great promotion going from Stony Brook to Wall Street to Shangahi and Macau. It's going to be a great fight and we are looking forward to taking on Manny Pacquiao on November 22nd. .

BOB ARUM: You forgot to mention Joe that because we stopped at AT&T Park in San Francisco a lot of people are crediting Manny and Chris for bringing good luck to the San Francisco Giants, who went from Wild Card to World Champions.

How is Chris handling the pressure?

TIM LANE: Chris has been handling the pressure like there is no pressure. There is a lot of relaxation and meditation and ice baths after workouts. This is the Chris Algieri Show, like I said before, this is what he had visualized for years and now he has the situation the way he has always dreamt about having it. This is a dream come true so there is no pressure. There is great energy and Chris is feeding off all of it and he is stronger than ever.

Is Medical School still in your future?

CHRIS ALGIERI: Medical School is the next step in my career. There is no doubt about that. My mind is still hungry and I want to continue my education. But that is on hold right now. Now I am focusing full time on my boxing career. We are at the elite level right now and it takes 100% focus.

Where do you wish to go to Medical School?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I had always planned to go to a New York institution because I love New York and had a great experience in college back on Long Island. Stony Brook is my Alma Mater from undergrad and they have a fantastic, competitive medical school and that would be a great place to look into. But there are other great schools in New York and we'll see what's available when the time comes. In terms of what I want to study, I have a lot of friends that have gone through the process and often times you don't know what your expertise will be until you go through your rotations to experience it first-hand. My background is health and fitness and cardiovascular interests me. A lot of the issues we are having in the country right now are directly related to a lack of good fitness and nutrition and since I have a background in that already it does make logical sense. There is also Sports Medicine, so we'll see. There are a lot of options when it comes to medicine and health care.

Since Manny is in the Philippines and you are in the USA, how has it been for you to carry this entire promotion?

CHRIS ALGIERI: It's been fantastic. It's the kind of stuff that you want as a fighter coming up. I am now a champion and fighting at the elite level and you want this kind of exposure. A lot of guys say this, but when it comes they really don't want it. I'm not that kind of guy. This stuff gets me up. My open workouts are like fight day. I've got a lot of pressure on me and I ride it to the top. I am enjoying my time here and my time under the microscope and I believe that has helped out whole team step up to perform that much better.

Do you feel as though you are being taken advantage of because you are here doing all of the interviews and Pacquiao is all by himself?

CHRIS ALGIERI: See, this is actually the first time I am fighting when I am not working as well. I have been a full-time boxer for this camp, so all of this other stuff I have been doing is kind of in par with stuff I have been doing anyway. I am a guy that does a million other things in addition to boxing. I have a lot of other stuff that I have been into my entire career and I have put all of that on hold now I am doing more stuff involving the actual promotion of the fight like doing interviews and making appearances. So for me I am no busier than I have ever been - I have always been a busy guy.

If Chris Algieri wins, what do you think that does for the sport?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I would hope that it would attract a more mainstream audience and have a crossover appeal - we need to get more people watching boxing. I love this sport and anything we can do to help it is great. The more attention that is drawn to any of the fighters, especially in a positive way, is good for the sport. And if it's elevating my career, what the hell, let's do it.

When you hear a Freddie Roach talking smack, do you feel a need to go back at him or just sit quietly by?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I am not going to change just to promote a fight. My stance is to not go back-and-forth and I am not fighting Freddie. That's not the man I have to box with so I am not going to go back-and-forth firing darts at each other. You don't see Pacquiao doing that. That's Freddie's prerogative and that's what he likes to do. That's not me, even if it helps the promotion of the fight, that's not my style. It is what it is. If he wants to say that, that's fine by me. What matters is fight night and myself and Pacquiao.

If Algieri beats Pacquiao, is he in line to fight Mayweather? BOB ARUM: How can I talk for Mayweather? As far as the Pacquiao fight is concerned with Mayweather, as much as a lot of people surrounding it would want it to happen, myself included and Manny included, Floyd is reluctant to fight Manny Pacquiao, period. If people don't see that by now, they are never going to see it. In as far as if Chris Algieri wins the fight against Manny Pacquiao, then there is a provision in the contract for a rematch. If he beats Pacquiao then beats Manny in a rematch and Floyd wants to fight him, that's not my business - that's up to Joe DeGuardia and it's up to the Mayweather camp.

How do you feel about putting Long Island back on the map? This is the most anyone has talked about boxing on Long Island in a very long time - since Buddy McGirt was champion.

CHRIS ALGIERI: Boxing on Long Island - there is history there. It's been a while since Buddy McGirt and Gerry Cooney, but you know, we are in kind of a resurgence now. We are putting our show there constantly - Star Boxing shows at the Paramount have drawn big crowds over the years and there is a lot of up and coming talent there now. You see more and more gyms with competitive professional fighters. It's really come up and it's great. When I was a kid, I did martial arts because boxing wasn't really available on Long Island. I think now kids are able to begin boxing earlier. So it's great and whatever can promote the sport on a whole is a good thing. And if we can do it on Long Island, where I am from, it's a beautiful thing.

Do you ever it back and think 'Wow, I can't believe I got to this point in my career this quickly?'

CHRIS ALGIERI: It's zero to one hundred and that is just the nature of the game. I told my mother a joke the other day and she said 'Chris, it's just the way you said it would happen.' It's nothing then boom! it is a full on sprint. It's the nature of the business and I'm not surprised by it. I've been watching this sports for years and I have seen it with other fighters. I knew my time would come I just had to stay focused and disciplined and if you work hard good things happen. I am right where I am supposed to be.

How does preparing for Pacquiao differ from preparing for Provodnikov?

CHRIS ALGIERI: Let me touch on Provodnikov's style. He is a lot better than people think. Every fight he has lost has been a very close fight. He really brought it and he is a great champion. On top of being an exciting fighter the guy is good. And to tell you the truth the Ruslan I fought was the best Ruslan I have ever seen. They guy was cutting off the ring and his technique was very sharp and he was faster than usual. I made a mistake early and we all know how that went. I don't want to downplay Ruslan's power at all. He's a fantastic fighter but in terms of his style and Manny's they are completely different and the preparations for each are completely different but that is no different for me because I am always fighting guys with different styles. I have not been one of those champions that have been fed perfect guys to make me look great. I have had to fight every single style coming up on my way to get here I wasn't fed anyone in any point of my career. I fought every style you could think of - righty, lefty, tall, short, power-puncher, fast guys, counter guys, so for me it is the norm - training for guys with different styles. Provodnikov has a totally different style than Manny Pacquiao and that's what training camp is all about and that's why I stay in shape year round, so I can work on strategy in camp instead of getting in shape.

Is your size an advantage?

CHRIS ALGIERI: It's genetic. I'm tall for the weight class. I am built to go in and stand in front of the man and trade bombs - why would I do that? I've got length, I've got reach, I've got speed; I've got footwork and defense, but that's not what's going to be the difference in this fight. It's not a tall guy versus a short guy - It's Chris Algieri versus Manny Pacquiao. It's what I bring to the table versus what he brings to the table. I think a lot of it has to do with my mental preparation and mind going into this fight as well as what we know from Manny. We know Manny is a living legend and a hall of famer for sure. He's one of the greatest fighters that has ever lived. For me, I have to go out there and be myself. I have the talent and the tools to win this fight - I just have to go out there and perform.

How do you feel about the WBO wanting to take the belt away?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I am just focused on what's in front of me. I really can't worry about or complain about the WBO situation at this point. I am just focused on winning another WBO title on November 22nd. It's one of those things that can't matter to me. I've got other things to focus on and I've always been good at that. If it doesn't make a difference right now, I can't worry about it.

BOB ARUM: That decision from the WBO is now on hold. Paco [Valcarcel] will be over in Macau and you will be too. You can talk to him there. Obviously if Chris beats many all of this is moot, so a decision will be made after the fight. But you will have the opportunity to question Paco in Macau because I think he will be arriving on Tuesday or Wednesday of fight week.

How do you feel about Freddie trying to intimidate you with the comments he is making?

CHRIS ALGIERI: For one, he is wasting his time because I don't even read those reports. So that's the first thing. Secondly, I hear about them from other people around me and it doesn't make a difference to me. It seems kind of odd for him to be coming out so much and saying so many different things and every day it's a new thing. But like I said, I don't read them and I don't care about them and it doesn't make a difference come fight night. I would imagine it is some kind of strategy, a kind of mental game or whatnot. Freddie's been around a long time and maybe this has worked for him in the past but it's not going to work on me.

Some would compare you to the San Francisco Giants with you both being the Wild Cards...

CHRIS ALGIERI: It's not just this fight. It has been like that for many of my fights in my career, especially this year, and people seem to think I came out of nowhere. I was given an opportunity as a Wild Card and I ran with it and I think I've done that. So yes, I think that's a fair association.

Do you think, since most of the fans will be Pacquiao backers, you will need a knockout to win?

CHRIS ALGIERI: No, I don't think so. The judges are much closer to the action than the fans are. Fans sure can sway the way a fight looks. I am confident in the ability of the judges and if I do what I need to do and things go the way that we plan, we will come out with the victory regardless of the fan support.

BOB ARUM: Also, I wanted to say, you have to understand, if a fighter was fighting in America, and he was Mexican, would you say that the American judges would favor him because they come from the same continent? And the answer is 'no.' Manny Pacquiao is a Filipino and most of the people at the fight will be Chinese, whether they are from Hong Kong or mainland China. To think that someone would favor a Filipino over a US guy is to not understand the geo-political nature of different countries. The Chinese have as much affinity for a Filipino as they would an American, just as Americans would not necessarily favor a Mexican who is fighting over here. We can't get into the narrow thinking that an Asian is an Asian. That's silly - that just isn't the case. Thai's, Indonesians, Chinese, Filipinos - various groups and they are not always particularly friendly to each other.

Do you feel as though you are carrying the Argentinean torch?

CHRIS ALGIERI: It's great to see part of my culture doing so well in the sport that I'm involved in, a sport that I have a passion for. I grew up hearing about a lot of Argentine fighters, the great Carlos Monzon and even the fighters on ESPN lime Omar Vaez; and now guys like Marcos Maidana and Sergio Martinez. More often you see Argentine fighters doing big things on a major stage. To be associated with those guys is really an honor and it's great to see so many people from my culture do big things in the sport.

You drink the mate-tea made from the Argentinean yerba mate plant?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I drink mate every day during training camp, and just in general. It's packed full of vitamins and nutrients and a lot of B vitamins that you would normally get from meat. The caffeine in there affects me less and it's more like a stimulant. I can drink more of it and it's hydrating as well. It's one of my favorite drinks, especially on a cold morning. It gives me just enough of a pep after a workout. It helps also with fat loss and staying lean. It really is an overall incredible health drink and on top of it it's part of the culture. It's something my whole family and does and what we have always done. It's warm and soothing for the belly and it helps you digest as well. I drink it all the way up until fight day. It's a part of my routine.

CHRIS ALGIERI: I feel like I fight an aggressive style - smart / aggressive. I would have been more aggressive in the Ruslan fight if not because of my eye early in the fight. I had to protect that eye and be even smarter than I normally would. Don't be confused with my style just from that one fight, because I know a lot of you have only seen that one fight. I am an aggressive style boxer and I will be in there to mix it up, but it's going to be in a smart way.

How does you medical / nutritional background help you in training?

CHRIS ALGIERI: If I can think of anything, but nothing specific that I have learned, is the time management and discipline and stay focused. Mentally focused to be aware. Our training sessions are mentally packed. We work on very specific game plans and strategies. So I have been dealing with those types of complicated things and my scholastic background, so I think that helps me - my nutrition and my understanding of the human body, and the processes for recovery and proper dietary restrictions.

CHRIS ALGIERI: Stony Brook is a great school scholastically and I enjoyed my time there. It taught me a lot about life and about the future that I am living now. It is an honor to have graduated from there and to be recognized as an alumnus.

Coach Tony Walters?

CHRIS ALGIERI: Tony was one of the first international world-class athlete I had ever dealt with and I was lucky enough to have him as a coach and he taught me a lot about the mental aspects of training and competition. It was great to be around him - he was like a father figure to me especially in my athletic background. That is a person I will never forget and share in all of my victories since I left there until I am done.

What type of work did you do recently?

CHRIS ALGIERI: Well, I was a full time student either at Stony Brook or NYU getting my masters degree. After I graduated with my masters I was working as a nutritionist and a personal trainer. So I have always had other business or other things going on while training for a fight.

Were you training people prior to the Provodnikov fight?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I was training people on Tuesday of fight week.

Did they get in shape when you trained them?

CHRIS ALGIERI: Absolutely, I had some very fit people. I worked with a lot of athletes helping them, especially combat athletes, MMA fighters, Bermudez, Weidman, and guys on the lower levels - boxers and MMA fighters. Then also moms, middle aged mothers that want to get back in shape after pregnancy or just being home and not training. I had a very varied client list.

You've never been in a big fight such as this, so do you think you are doing the right things to be mentally prepared? Guys have always said they know they are ready then they get in the ring and they realize they are not ready. Why do you think you will be different?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I guess you won't know until November 22nd. But that being said, there are tell tales on the way up. At press conferences, and everything leading up to this fight has been kind of like a dress rehearsal for the big show. All the attention and being under a microscope for the past five months I think has prepared me well. But like you said, I guess we won't know until that night.

Do you try to entertain as you box?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I box but I have never heard anyone say that I was a boring fighter or that they didn't really like watching my style. I use a lot of the sweet science as they say but that sort of stuff is exciting to watch. I throw a lot of punches. I am an active fighter. All of my fights have been exciting, even the lopsided ones. I am not concerned about taking a conscious approach to making my style more exciting. I think I go out there and fight in the manner that works best for me getting a win and it just so happens that it's good to watch.

Would you compare your style to Floyd Mayweather?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I throw a lot more punches than Floyd. He's very efficient with his punches and when he throws he lands a very high percentage but he's not exceptionally busy every round. I think I bring a lot of energy and combinations and punches every single round. Even when I'm not throwing I am moving my upper body, I'm moving my feet, I'm moving my head, I am changing levels - all those things are important and they count and they are a part of boxing. It's kind of a lost art because it is difficult to teach and unless you are an educated fan or a trainer or a fighter you don't even see those kinds of things. Bringing some of the finer elements of the sport to the ring.

CHRIS ALGIERI: Bernard Hopkins' style is the way...everything he does is for a reason - little head feints, little hand movements, little shoulder rolls and gestures are all finer points of the sweet science. Before contemporary times everyone did that kind of stuff. I have seen videos of Sugar Ray Robinson and Willie Pep who did a million other things than just punch, to set up a perfect shot or to offset their opponents' rhythm. Boxing is incredibly complicated. It's not Rock'em Sock'em Robots.

When you had the competition with Manny on the press tour, what did you play?

CHRIS ALGIERI: We played pool, we bowled then we had batting practice then we went to ESPN Deportes they had a basketball shooting game Pop-a-Shot.

Did you win all the games?

CHRIS ALGIERI: I did, yes.

In Closing...

BOB ARUM: I just want to say that this has been a fantastic conference call. The promotion is really interesting. You have promotions where guys just trash-talk each other and that to me is boring. This has been a very intelligent kind of promotion with both fighters. I think everybody should watch on Saturday night, HBO's "Under The Lights" because the different styles of the fighters are discussed extraordinarily intelligently by Max Kellerman, Tim Bradley and Virgil Hunter. It's a program that I recommend that everybody watch because a lot of questions that you have just might be answered by watching that program.

BOB ARUM: I want to say something else...this promotion and this event has been like a real-life Rocky story. Now we know that Rocky came from the streets of Philadelphia and was uneducated, and we have a Rocky here that is highly educated and very articulate, but this is truly a Rocky story nevertheless. If I had scripted this and sent the script in to HBO, it would have been rejected because of being unrealistic. But here we are; it's real, it's real life, and Chris Algieri is the modern day Rocky. And this should be a tremendous event and fight on November 22nd and I want to thank everybody for participating in this conference call.

CHRIS ALGIERI: Thanks for all of the kind words. This has been a tremendous promotion and I have enjoyed every moment of it. I hope I was able to answer your questions today, and I will see you all on the other side of the world when it's fight week. Team Algieri is very excited and very much looking forward to this fight. We are done with the hard work and we are ready to rock.

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10/10/14  BAZOOKA

Quillen; Love, Loyalty...Betrayal?

The boxing community has always spoke of the lack of love, and loyalty within the business of boxing. Betrayal is the common norm. We are all aware of the height of betrayal in boxing and life; personally.

Peter “Kid Chocolate “ Quillin exhibiting a new provenance and the new zeitgeist, by cloaking himself and his decision to vacate his WBO middle weight belt and passing on defending it against Matt Korobov the mandatory challenger, with altruistic meanings. Not withstanding the erstwhile statement but his kissing a career high remuneration to the tune of 1.4 million.

He offers a challenging explanation. Ameliorate his life style for the betterment of his family.

LOVE. LOVE PERIOD.

Simply love, for family, dad ,wife Allison's' concerns and love for new born son Joaquin. Quote; “ I just want to make sure she (wife Allison) knows that the baby birth is more important to me than boxing”. I am so googly-eyed with the baby. I don't want to leave my baby right away. I made a decision that I can live with. I get some precious moments with my little one”. He's putting family and love above $. He's listening to his heart, instead of the crowd. Maverick?

Kid Chocolate and his first trainer , (Loyalty), Rafael Ramos, are talking of gaining another belt. One thought is to go after Danny Jacobs ersatz middleweight title. Thoughts of a match with Gennady Golovin is in the vista. Chocolate said, “ Lets sit down and make it happen”.

Kid Chocolate takes his advise from dad, and his original trainer from Grand Rapids Michigan, Rafael Ramos , the all encompassed love and loyalty. Peter “ Kid Chocolate” Quillan shows loyalty to WBO for giving him his path to the WBO Middleweight championship. He was indicative to loyalty again. But, then choose to vacate the title he earnestly deserve on the advise of adviser Al Haymon. Betrayal?

Loyalty is certainly served up for adviser Al Haymon's representation. To quote the Kid, “ I'm advised by Al to do what is best for me and my family'. Which entails “Had to relinquish title”.

It seems Kid Chocolate is confident and comfortable with his decision and , threw the dice. He sacrificed his belt and biggest purse, he lost everything. Al Haymon sacrificed nothing, and lost nothing and has everything to gain, no lost to him.

Smart thinking and wise advise would be for the Kid to fight Korobov in Washington DC. and Danny Jacobs later at the Barclay in Brooklyn in both their neighborhoods, what a loyal gate. Possibility an element of betrayal is somewhere in this kerfuffle? Maybe the factor of a new inexperience promotions that won the purse bid, Rock Nation Sports will inject betrayal in the equation. We'll have to wait and see.

Kid Chocolate is throwing seven come eleven in this imbroglio.

Sweet chocolate kisses!!!

This is dedicated to the author, Welcome to my world... won't you come on In.

Journalist: Bazooka Chairman of Champions World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) and United States Boxing Council (USBC)

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Main Event Highlights Night of Boxing

Las Vegas Action, Results May 3, 2014

By Adam J. Pollack

 Las Vegas, NV – As I predicted, the Floyd Mayweather vs. Maros Maidana fight was one heck of a battle. Floyd Mayweather might have won the fight, but Marcos Maidana won the show and the crowd. Upon their entrance into the ring, there were far more cheers for Mayweather, but when the decision was announced, the crowd vehemently booed for several minutes. They believed Maidana had won. The judges awarded it to Mayweather via majority decision - Michael Pernick 114-114, Dave Moretti 116-112 Mayweather, and Bert Clements 117-111 Mayweather. Regardless of what the judges said, it was the roughest, toughest, closest fight of Mayweather’s career.

 Maidana was just as relentless, ferocious and strong as advertised. From the start, he came after Mayweather in nonstop fashion, and would not be denied. He used more jabs and head movement than usual, moving in quickly and doing what he usually does on the inside, clubbing away anywhere and everywhere, over, under, and around. He had Mayweather on the ropes quite often, and the usual Mayweather defense was not enough, so Floyd had to hold quite often. Maidana kept Mayweather very defensive.

 Supposedly, the unofficial day of the fight weigh - in showed that Mayweather was 148 to Maidana’s 165 pounds, and the difference in strength was noticeable. Maidana was as strong as a bull. When Floyd held, Maidana did not simply accept the clinch, but tried to maul his way free.

 Floyd often looked to Referee Weeks for assistance, mostly to no avail. Marcos was not opposed to the occasional low blow, rabbit or back shot, and Floyd was not opposed to grabbing hard and often and using his forearm.

 The early rounds appeared to be Maidana’s. He was so aggressive and active with his punches, thudding away, while Mayweather seemed too defensive and minimalist.

 Mayweather’s eye appeared to be cut in the 4th round. Later, Floyd said the cut was the result of a head butt, and it affected his vision.

 The scoring of Clements and Moretti was odd. All you need to know about them is that when Maidana was doing his best work, in the first four rounds, they had Mayweather ahead after the 4th, 3 rounds to 1. Only Pernick had Maidana up 3 to 1.

 The 5th round was more of the same, with Maidana plugging away with heavy blows. However, Maidana got more frustrated by Floyd’s holding, and ducking, and foolishly tried to knee Floyd in the head, something the referee failed to notice and which easily could have cost Marcos a point. One could sense that Maidana was starting to slow down in that round just a bit, and Floyd was starting to adjust. All three judges gave Marcos the 5th.

 In the 6th round, Mayweather started sharpshooting some nice hooks and rights, holding less. Floyd also landed some good right uppercuts to the head and body. He was letting out his offense a bit more; at the same time that Marcos was slowing his down.

 In the 7th, Mayweather seemed more comfortable, landing more and eluding better. He did nice work to the body, both with jabs and uppercuts.

 In the 8th round, both landed low blows. This was a close round. Two of three judges gave it to Mayweather.

 The 9th saw Floyd using jabs and hooks to the body and some decent rights to the head, earning the round.

 In the 10th, both used their jabs effectively, and both did good body work. The round was fairly even, though Floyd landed the cleaner shots. All three judges gave this one to Floyd.

 In the 11th, Mayweather did good body work. He also continued sharpshooting here and there, holding and defending well. But in spots Maidana still clubbed away at him all over. Maidana even tackled Mayweather into the ropes as he was held. Floyd was landing but still holding a lot. Maidana had the better work rate and inside shots, but Floyd was landing more cleanly. Two of the three judges gave this one to Mayweather.

 In the 12th round, Maidana again outworked Mayweather as Floyd was again defensive and holding a fair amount. Two of the three judges gave this round to Maidana.

 The fight was very close, much closer than two of the three judges had it. The story was Maidana early, until Mayweather adjusted. That said, most every round of the fight was very competitive and combative. The overall feel of the fight was that Maidana dictated its style. He was the more active, aggressive, and powerful. However, Mayweather landed the cleaner blows.  

Afterwards, in the post-fight press conference, Floyd complained about the referee’s performance, and said that Maidana was a foul fighter – hitting low, in the back, with the knee, behind the head, head butting, twisting his arm back, and wrestling. He also said Cotto and Alvarez hit harder. Still, he gave Maidana a lot of credit, saying he was very rugged and tough. Addressing Maidana, Floyd said, “You are a great champion and a hell of a fighter, but next time don’t hit me in the dick so much.” Maidana replied, “Next time let me use my own gloves.”

 Richard Schaefer said Maidana landed more blows on Floyd than anyone ever had.

 Maidaina believed he had won. He said no one ever attacked Floyd or landed on him the way he did, for most have too much respect for him. Marcos badly wants a rematch. He earned it.

 Mayweather claimed that he could have won more easily, but it would have been more boring, so instead he gave the fans what they wanted. Others might say that Floyd had to fight that way, given Maidana’s strength and relentless attack. Plus, at 37, Floyd can no longer move away from a guy that relentless, so instead he blocked, rolled, ducked, and grabbed. Floyd also said the victory was a testament to his brain – his ability to make adjustments.

 Regarding the gloves, Maidana’s trainer, Robert Garcia noted that the Athletic Commission had approved the gloves, but Mayweather objected, so they were forced to change them. Floyd said that whoever is the A-side fighter, the bigger name and moneymaker, gets to dictate. Floyd noted that when he fought De La Hoya, he had to accept Oscar’s terms regarding the gloves. He also made the valid point that when it comes to safety; he has to look out for his health. The original gloves used by Maidana had too little padding.

 Floyd said that if the public or Maidana feels he won, then he was open to doing a rematch in September.

 Schaefer said the gate was 15 million, the 4th largest in Las Vegas history, with 16,268 paid admissions.

 Undercard bouts

 Amir Khan was able to defeat Luis Collazo with height, reach, fast combinations, consistent movement, and clinching. Collazo walked him down, but was conservative with his offense, hoping Khan would tire so he could land the big one to change the fight.

 Khan decked Collazo in the 4th round with a right. Luis recovered well though.

 In the 8th round, Referee Vic Drakulich took a point off Collazo for a low blow, but truth be told it was low because Khan was pulling his head down, something Amir did a lot. In that same round, Collazo badly hurt Khan with a left, causing Khan to hold on for dear life until the referee took a point off for holding.

 Khan resumed smart boxing in the 9th round.

 The 10th was again dramatic. Khan flurried well and put Collazo down with a barrage of blows that ended with a right and left hook. Soon thereafter, Collazo was again decked, but he showed his great ability to recover.

 The last two rounds saw Khan cautiously outboxing him again. In the 12th Collazo appeared to intentionally hit him low as Amir pushed his head down.

 Khan won unanimously, 117-106, and 119-104 (twice).

 Afterwards, Khan said he had the style to beat Mayweather, though he said he could not fight in September owing to Ramadan.

 Adrien Broner comfortably outboxed Carlos Molina to earn a 10-round unanimous decision, 99-91, 98-92, and 100-90.  During the fight, Broner engaged in his usual cocky clowning antics. Afterwards, Broner said it was a mere sparring match on television. Also, “I’m an Afr-I-Can and I just beat the f**k out of a Mex-i-can.’

 J’Leon Love won a unanimous decision over Marco Antonio Periban, 95-93, 97-92, and 96-93. The crowd booed the decision. The early rounds were close, for both men were cautious.

 The 5th was very dramatic. Periban badly hurt Love, and referee Jay Nady suddenly jumped in between them as if he was stopping the fight, which was premature, but then he allowed the bout to continue. Periban then decked Love with a barrage of blows. However, Periban then hit Love with several punches while he was down. Referee Jay Nady did not take off any points, nor did he give Love a 5-minute recovery period. 

 However, after the 5th, Periban slowed down a great deal, and Love outworked him and was more effective.

 In other news, Oscar De la Hoya announced that he had sat down with Bob Arum in an attempt to end their business feud. He felt optimistic that progress had been made towards re-establishing a relationship that would allow them to do business in the future.

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UNDEFEATED QUILLEN FIGHTS FOR RESPECT

NEW YORK CITY (April 14, 2014) - Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion of the World, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, is fighting for respect this Saturday night on SHOWTIME against No. 2 ranked Czech challenger Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs).

Quillin vs. Konecny is part of a Golden Boy Promotions event, sponsored by Corona and AT&T, and headlined by the world light heavyweight unification fight between IBF champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and WBA title-holder Beibut Shumenov. The live SHOWTIME tripleheader telecast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

Quillin is a victim of a network war. The 30-year-old Cuban-American fights on Showtime but other top world middleweight champions such as Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin are tied to HBO. Critics, however, have unfairly write about whom Quillin hasn't fought instead of his many accomplishments.

"If the money is right," Quillin has said over and over to no avail thus far, "I'm up for fighting any of the top names, especially Martinez and Golovkin. But everybody's aware of what's going on behind the scenes (networks). My job is to work hard and be ready."

Only two current undefeated world champions have better records than Quillin's 30-0 (22 KOs): junior middleweight/welterweight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (46-0, 26 KOs) and super featherweight Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs).

Quillin has somehow morphed into the "Rodney Dangerfield of Boxing." As the late Dangerfield famously said, "I can't get no respect." Neither can Quillin, it seems, despite defeating everybody he's fought as a pro, 30 up and 30 down.

"Some things can't be explained," Quillin spoke about not gaining the respect he deserves. "I'm not a matchmaker, never have been and it's too late now. I have the most powerful team in boxing (promoter Golden Boy, adviser Al Haymon and co-managers John Seip and Jim McDevitt). I let them decide who I fight. I learned not to worry about what some people say. Hey, I want to fight the best middleweights in the world, but I understand that boxing is a business. I just stay focused on who I'm fighting and Konecny has 50 wins.

"I've been undefeated for 9 ½ years and not many can say that. I'm the only American middleweight champion, the only world champion from where I grew up in Grand Rapids (MI) since Floyd. I fight for my family, fans and friends. I'm proud to be American and Cuban. I enjoy being an inspiration for people, especially immigrants like my father who came to America looking for a better life. I even got my GED a few months ago to better myself outside the ring. I am living the American dream."

All "Kid Chocolate" does is win, baby!

TRE

 

 

 

GARCIA LEADS PARADE ON SATURDAYS CARD

By Adam J. Pollack

 Tonight, boxing fans will be treated to a great evening of boxing, the type that is rarely seen these days. Sure there may be cards with one or two good matchups, but today there are several really interesting fights that should be highly competitive and entertaining.  The best card will be televised on Showtime starting at 9 p.m. eastern time. 

Danny Garcia, 27-0, 16 KOs, may be one of the most underrated talents in boxing today. He’s strong, sturdy, and skillful, with fast hands, solid power - particularly in his left hook, and he has a good defense, chin, balance, and veteran poise.  His resume is amongst the strongest in boxing, including victories over Nate Campbell, Kendall Holt, Erik Morales (twice), Amir Khan, Zab Judah, and Lucas Matthyse. Anyone who knows boxing recognizes all of those names, and knows they were all very dangerous tests in different ways to Garcia, who always emerged victorious.

 Garcia is taking on 20-3 Mauricio Herrera. The tall Herrera holds a 12-round unanimous decision victory over one of the most powerful, dangerous, and feared men in boxing, Ruslan Provodnikov, the man who decked and concussed Tim Bradley and beat up and stopped Mike Alvarado. Herrera has never been stopped, only suffering three decision losses. 

This should be an interesting technical boxing match between two skillful fighters for the WBA/WBC world junior welterweight championship.

In what I think will be an unexpectedly interesting, exciting, and competitive heavyweight bout, 227-pound Deontay Wilder, 30-0, 30 KOs, will be taking on 238-poundMalik Scott, 36-1-1, 13 KOs. The very tall 6’7” Wilder is a former Olympic bronze medalist who has stopped all 30 of his opponents. Wilder has been way too powerful for all of his opponents, and even some of his more experienced and durable foes have been unable to last rounds with him, let along come close to winning. Wilder perfectly uses his height, reach, and power to control his opponents from the outside, but in a more entertaining fashion than the Klitschkos. The question folks have is how he will respond when he gets cracked on the chin or when he meets a really good boxer. He did seem to get a bit shaken in his last fight by the game Nicolai Firtha, though Wilder, who has never gone past the 4th round, still stopped Firtha in 4.

 Malik Scott has been expert at winning rounds and decisions. Unlike Wilder, who has fought only about 53 rounds of boxing in his entire pro career and has never gone the full distance, Scott has fought 224 rounds and has gone the scheduled distance 23 times. He keeps a nice pace, fires consistent quick long left jabs, and is a fine boxer. He’s the type of skillful and quick heavyweight whom few have wanted to meet, and if he can avoid Wilder’s massive power, he should be able to provide a stern test. Scott’s only real blemish in his 38-fight career is a 6th round KO loss to the very strong Dereck Chisora, though he also fought to a draw with undefeated Vyacheslav Glazkov, a fight which most thought Scott won.

 A potential sleeper hit will is a well-matched bout between Daniel Ponce De Leon, 45-5, 36 KOs, and Juan Manuel Lopez, 33-3, 30 KOs. As their records indicate, both men are game and hard punchers, so there will likely be fireworks in this battle between two veteran former world champions.

 This fight is actually a rematch. Way back in 2008, Lopez stopped De Leon in the 1st round. Don’t expect that again, for both are much different fighters now. Lopez had been an undefeated champion, with victories over Gerry Penalosa, Rogers Mtagwa, Steven Luevano, and Rafael Marquez, until he was twice stopped by Orlando Salido, and he was also stopped in his last fight against Mikey Garcia. There is no shame in losing to very powerful world champions. The question will be how much those knockouts have taken out of him.

 Since the loss to Lopez, De Leon lost decisions to Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa, showing a sturdy chin and giving Broner his toughest test at 130 pounds. De Leon’s biggest victory was a technical decision win over current world champion Jhonny Gonzalez, who recently knocked out Abner Mares. However, Mares stopped De Leon with his relentless quick nonstop punching style.

 So, both Lopez and De Leon have suffered relatively recent knockout losses, both are experienced hard-punching veterans with some solid wins, and both have something to prove in this career cross-roads junior lightweight fight.

 In what should be another very interesting and entertaining bout on NBC Sports, also at 9 eastern, is 219-pound Tomas Adamek, 49-2, 29 KOs, against 218-poundVyacheslav Glazkov, 16-0-1, 11 KOs. Glazkov is a strong plodding Russian with heavy hands, who comes forward and tries to land thudding blows to the head and body. Adamek is the experienced beautiful boxer with fast hands and feet, who keeps a good pace for a heavyweight, exhibiting game qualities even when he’s moving and boxing. Adamek has the far superior resume, with heavyweight victories over Andrew Golota, Chris Arreola, Michael Grant, Eddie Chambers, Steve Cunningham, and Dominick Guinn, and a 10th round TKO loss to Vitali Klitschko. 37-year-old Adamek has the superior class and experience, but at age 29 Glazkov is stronger and younger.

AJP

 

 

 

 

 

ARMY vs. NAVY  NCBA Boxing Classic

Philadelphia December 13, 2013   - Bobby Breen

On Friday December 13th Army and Navy boxing teams went head to head in nine exciting bouts, seven of which were televised live on CBS-Sports Network. Sanctioned by the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) the collegiate group member of USA-Boxing and sponsored by Rowan Technologies Solutions, the show was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. This show was on the eve of the 114th football classic between the two prestigious military academies. Both institutions have been around since the 1800�s and boxing has always been part of the institution�s pastime and intramural sport. Both academy boxing teams have had their share of NCBA National Championships. The Army�s US Military Academy up in West Point, NY have won the NCBA nationals five of the last six years. The US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD., had a string of wins in the 1990�s  with their last national championship in 2005. Each has had very successful in between years finishing among the top five collegiate boxing clubs in the NCBA.

 

            The NCBA was formed in 1976 and has over thirty five college boxing programs competing in three regions (Eastern, Mid-West, and Far-West). They hold a National Championship every spring this coming year 2014 will be held at the US Military Academy and is scheduled to be broadcast live in ESPN. The show was overseen by NCBA President Ken Cooper of Lock Haven University and Vice President Eric Buller of Miami University (Ohio). Ring Captain was Jeff Jowlet with boxing officials coming from Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York.  

 

            A repeat broadcast of this excellent amateur boxing competition will be this Wednesday night (yes, Christmas night) at 10pm EST on CBS Sports Network. If you missed it live from Philadelphia, one of the boxing capitols in all of the USA, tune in! You will see some fierce competition, exciting crowd-pleasing bouts, and great athleticism to boot as these future leaders of our military go toe-to-toe representing their respective programs. And if you are keeping score, CBS will only broadcast seven bouts four or which Army won, but for the real record, Navy won the two preliminary bouts and took the fight night�s honor with a total 5-4 decision over Army.

 

 See you around the ring, B. Breen!

 

 

Results of the Army vs. Navy NCBA Boxing Classic:

 

1.      Dave Von Savage  USNA   dec.   Miguel Archuleta USMA  156 lbs.

2.      Reuben Druckrey  USNA  dec.   Joe Broderick       USMA  170 lbs.

3.      Patrick Samuels   USMA   dec.    Kellen Lewis       USNA    156 lbs.

4.      Sebastian Mims   USMA    dec.    RJ Garcia            USNA    160 lbs.

5.      Sean Hunt            USNA     dec     Shawn Gray        USMA    165 lbs.

6.      Jackson Matheson USMA dec.   Ben Matson          USNA     165 lbs.

7.      Jourdan Looney   USNA    dec.    Josh Quintana     USMA   175 lbs.

8.      Anthony Alexander USNA dec.  Jacob Conley       USMA    185 lbs.

9.      Artem Boyev       USMA      dec.   Max Goldwasser USNA Heavyweights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov

Returns to the Ring on in San Antonio for Fifth Title Defense

LAS VEGAS (November 18, 2013) - World Boxing Association (WBA) Super and International Boxing Association (IBA) Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KO's) will make his fifth title defense Sat., Dec. 14 on SHOWTIME from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

The 30-year-old Shumenov, the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian fighting out of Las Vegas, set a light heavyweight record for capturing a world title in the fewest career fights, 10, when he won (Jan. 10, 2010) a 12-round decision over Gabriel Campillo in Las Vegas. Shumenov has successfully defended his WBA/IBA titles four times against No. 1 mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (DEC12), three-time world champion William Joppy (KO6) and multi-world title challengers Danny Santiago (TKO9) and Enrique Ornelas (DEC12). Shumenov's last fight was June 2, 2012 against Ornelas.

"We tried to make a couple of unifications and different fights that for one reason or another fell through," he explained. "We tried to made unification fights with [Nathan] Cleverly and [Chad] Dawson when they held belts, but they weren't interested in fighting me. I've wanted to unify since I first won my WBA belt and we tried against then WBO champion [Juergen] Braehmer who literally ran out of town instead of stepping in the ring. A unification fight is still a goal of mine.

"We are now looking ahead to the future, working with Golden Boy, my team and SHOWTIME. I am looking forward to my first fight on SHOWTIME and fighting on this amazing card that Golden Boy Promotions has put together on December 14 with four world title fights. It will be a great night of boxing for fans at the Alamodome and those watching on Showtime. I am very appreciative to Showtime for putting me on its great network and Golden Boy Promotions for believing in me."

Shumenov faces undefeated, WBA No. 14-ranked challenger Tamas "Tomi Kid" Kovacs (23-0, 14 KO's). The Slovakian has held a number of title belts, including the World Boxing Organization (WBO) European and World Boxing Federation.

"Kovacs is a tough guy who doesn't know what it's like to lose," Shumenov said. "He has nothing to lose and I expect him to bring his best. I'm very excited to get back in the ring and fight on Showtime. I'm really looking forward to this fight."

 

 

 

 

 

Shumenov nails Ornelas (photo by Emily Harney)

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A NEAR-MASTERPIECE BY MARTINEZ

- Ron Ross
 
Maybe it’s in the genes – who knows? After receiving a thorough drubbing at the hands of Sergio Martinez, taking punches from every angle, being bloodied and bruised as he never has been before in a prize ring for eleven consecutive rounds, the Son of the Legend , had the crowd at the Thomas&Mack Center in Las Vegas join in a communal gasp as it momentarily appeared to be – borrowing from Professor Yogi Berra – déjà vu all over again.
 

It was slightly more than twenty-two years ago that Chavez, Sr., was in a similar situation in his epic bout with Meldrick Taylor. Like Son, Like Father, Chavez, Sr. was also undefeated as well as being a 3-time world champion. He was also well behind on points when the bell rang for the 12th and final round. That’s when the Legend did what only Legends can do. With 12 seconds remaining in the fight he knocked Taylor out!

 

Was young Chavez thinking about that as he came out for the final round? Having been artistically plastered by a slipping, sliding ring savvy veteran who completely dominated him throughout the first 11 rounds, pelting him from all angles, inside and long range, in the center of the ring and on the ropes, Chavez, with his Father’s blood coursing through his veins, threw the big bombs – the same punches he had thrown in earlier rounds with no effect. This time it was different. A huge left hook found its mark. The hands of the clock seemed to whirl backwards maddeningly – History repeating? Meldrick Taylor Counted Out With Two Seconds Remaining in the fight!!

 

Martinez crashed to the canvas. He arose on unsteady legs and Chavez came after him. But Sergio “Maravilla”Martinez showed why he was named “Fighter of the Year” in 2010. He hung in there and was fighting back at the final bell. It was the only round that he lost in what had been a truly masterful performance but that déjà vu final round may have been enough to earn the never-say-die Son of the Legend a rematch.

 

The newly WBC Middleweight Champ, Martinez, was so dominant that Chavez’ trainer, Freddie Roach, was contemplating stopping the fight after the 10th round unless Chavez fought back. A true class act inside the ring and out, Martinez, after the fight, praised Chavez for his punching prowess and stout heart.

 

It was one of the most exciting finishes to a fight in recent memory, For Chavez, suffering his first defeat, 46-1-1, his 3 million dollar walk-away guarantee makes it a bit more tolerable. 1.4 million plus a piece of the pay-per-view pot and the WBC middleweight belt made it a most enjoyable night’s work for Martinez, now 50-2-2. Next stop – Canelo Alvarez?? Wow!
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PHOTOS courtesy US Navy Boxing 

 Army heavyweight Artem Boyev (right) lands a right on Navy's Max Goldwasser (left).

Navy's heavyweight Max Goldwasser (left) returns the favor with a left hook on Army's Artem Boyev chin.

 Navy's coaches Jim McNally (facing ) with assistant coach Jim Searing giving
between round instructions to 156 lb. boxer Dave Von Savage. Von Savage won
by decision over Army's Miguel Archuletta.

 Referee Lou Codella (left) closing in on Ruben Druckery US Navy (gold)  mixing it up with Army's Joe Broderick (black) in a 170 lb. bout.
Druckery won by decision.

 


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