"The Common Man" Joe Smith Jr. Battles Sullivan Barrera
Saturday, July 15 From The Fabulous Forum and on HBO Boxing
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
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
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
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
Ward in March 2016.
ALL SET FOR MARCH 18th
Gonzalez to defend against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
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
The two actually met, with their camps and entourage,
just feet away from where they will meet on Saturday March
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
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.
KOVALEV VS. ANDRE WARD
POUND" TICKETS GO ON SALE
SHOWDOWN SET FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
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."
*According to The Ring Magazine
BOXING RETURNS TO QUEENS
ABRIL AND YURI FOREMAN
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
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
HOLLY HOLM KO2
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
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
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!
OFFER PREDICTIONS FOR TONIGHT'S PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON
NBC BATTLE BETWEEN ADRIEN BRONER & SHAWN PORTER
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.
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.
"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."
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."
"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."
"Broner by decision."
"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."
"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."
"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
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.
HYLAND HALTS HERRERA IN FOUR
FDNY'S ROSINSKY TRIUMPHANT IN RING RETURN
O'SULLIVAN DOMINATES NUNEZ
York, NY (3/14/15) -
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
(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.
On Tuesday Nov 11, The Day Before Departing for Macau, We
CHRIS ALGIERI CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT
With Trainer TIM LANE, Promoter JOE DeGUARDIA and
Hall of Fame Promoter BOB ARUM
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Where do you wish to go to Medical
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
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
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
Do you think, since most of the
fans will be Pacquiao backers, you will need a knockout to
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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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Event Highlights Night of Boxing
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
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
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
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
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
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
Schaefer said the gate was 15 million,
the 4th largest in Las Vegas history, with 16,268
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
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
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.
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
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
"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
"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!
GARCIA LEADS PARADE ON
By Adam J. Pollack
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
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,
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
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
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.
ARMY vs. NAVY NCBA
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.
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.
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.
you around the ring, B. Breen!
Results of the Army vs. Navy NCBA
Von Savage USNA dec. Miguel
Archuleta USMA 156
Druckrey USNA dec. Joe Broderick USMA 170
Samuels USMA dec. Kellen
Lewis USNA 156
Mims USMA dec. RJ
Garcia USNA 160
Hunt USNA dec Shawn
Gray USMA 165
Matson USNA 165
Looney USNA dec. Josh
Quintana USMA 175
Conley USMA 185
Boyev USMA dec. Max
Goldwasser USNA Heavyweights
Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov
Returns to the Ring on in San Antonio for Fifth Title
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
"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
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
Shumenov nails Ornelas
(photo by Emily Harney)
A NEAR-MASTERPIECE BY MARTINEZ