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VANES MARTIROSYAN: "WHEN THEY CALLED I WAS READY"
Conversation with "The Nightmare" Whose Past Year
of Training For Fights That Fell Through Prepared Him
for Gennady Golovkin Showdown
Cinco De Mayo --
Saturday,May 5 -- at StubHub Center
Live on HBO®
GLENDALE, CALIF. (April 20, 2018)
world title challenger and 2004 Olympian VANES "THE
NIGHTMARE" MARTIROSYAN (36-3-1, 21 KOs), from Glendale,
Calif., challenges undefeated World Middleweight Champion GENNADY
"GGG" GOLOVKIN (37-0-1, 33 KOs), from Karaganda,
Kazakhstan. The recently announced world championship
rumble between the 2004
Olympians is only 14 days away and takes place on Cinco De
Saturday, May 5 -- under the stars at StubHub Center and
will be televised live on HBO
World Championship Boxing® beginning
at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
one of a handful of boxers in the conversation as Golovkin's
May 5 opponent following the cancellation of the Canelo
rematch. Martirosyan was ready to go when the call came.
He had been sparring with a couple of undefeated Russian
year, two camps started on and off. Every time we started
somebody pulled out.,' said Martirosyan. 'The last was the
WBC mandatory against Sulecki on March 17. We were getting
ready for that and that didn't happen because Sulecki pulled
out to fight Danny Jacobs. So then we took a week off and
got back in the gym again. It's been like that for the past
year - we would start camp then the fight falls through,
then we take a week off and get back to camp again.
"Every time I
talked to my promoter Don King, I would tell him my
passion. I would tell him 'give me a fight, let me show you
what I can do.' I knew he had been working hard to get me a
fight then he got me this fight. When they asked me if I
wanted it I said 'of course.' They asked me if I could be
176 by Friday and I said I am 176 right now. Thank God we
were training and in such good shape. King got me the
biggest fight and now it's time to go.
"As a fighter,
we train to fight and we are getting paid to fight. I am so
happy because GGG is a fighter and he comes to fight. The
fights that I didn't look good in are against the people
that ran from me like Lara and Andrade (recent decision
losses) - they just try to run and outbox. I couldn't make
them fight. But GGG is coming to fight and that's what I've
been looking for - to show the boxing world what I can do.
REMILLARD HALTS YARDLEY CRUZ IN MAIN EVENT
SHELLY VINCENT DOMINATES CALIXTA
STEVE ROLLS DEMOLISHES ANDRIK
FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO,
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
Mashantucket, CT (10/29/17)
- On Saturday night, DiBella Entertainment returned to the
Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT,
with another action-packed installment of its popular
Broadway Boxing series, presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad
Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House.
Headlining the event, Manchester, CT's Matt "Sharp
Shooter" Remillard, 129, lived up to his nickname, as he
just could not miss against the tough-yet-stationary Mexican
southpaw Yardley Cruz, 130, of Sacramento, CA. Once ranked
#2 in the world before his loss to future world champion
Mikey Garcia in 2011, Remillard's edge in speed and power
were on display as he picked up the third victory of his
comeback that began in April of this year. Trained by
Connecticut Boxing Hall of Famer Paul Cichon, Remillard
proved to be effective at cutting off the ring and trapping
Cruz in corners, tagging the midsection with stinging
straight rights. As the bout wore on, the very accurate
Remillard unleashed more of his arsenal, battering Cruz with
uppercuts and straights that snapped his adversary's head
back. The punishment continued until the referee felt Cruz
had taken enough, ending the contest at 2:31 of round four,
awarding Remillard the TKO victory and improving his record
to 26-1 (15 KOs). Cruz is now 22-9 (12 KOs).
Making her ninth appearance at Foxwoods Resort Casino,
women's junior lightweight contender Shelly "Shelito's Way"
Vincent, 129, of Providence, RI, dominated the
hard-punching, former world title challenger Calixta Silgado,
130, of Tolu, Colombia, over eight rounds. Vincent
immediately worked her way inside and kept the fight at
close quarters for the remainder of the contest, digging
hooks to the body and head. Whatever leather Silgado threw,
Vincent was able to easily evade by bobbing and weaving.
Round seven exploded with fireworks, as Vincent and Silgado
traded with abandon to the delight of the fans. Vincent
controlled the action in the final stanza to claim a
unanimous decision on scorecards of 79-73 twice, and 77-75,
improving her record to 21-1 (1 KO). Silgado's record fell
to 15-9-3 (10 KOs). Now three fights removed from her only
defeat, losing a decision in a heated battle against rival
Heather Hardy in August 2016, Vincent has feverishly sought
after a rematch of what was considered the "female fight of
the year" by Ring Magazine.
The 19-year-old "Marvelous" Mykquan Williams, 143, of
East Hartford, CT, fought at Foxwoods for the eighth time
out of nine professional fights and demolished southpaw
Somner Martin, 144, of Martinsville, VA, in the opening
stanza of a scheduled six-rounder. Williams pressed the
action from the outset, landing punishing left hooks and
short straight rights that had Martin in trouble and on
unsteady legs, forcing a stoppage at the 2:19 mark. Trained
by Paul Cichon and managed by the renowned Jackie Kallen,
Williams upped his record to 9-0 (5 KOs). Martin's ledger
dropped to 7-6 (4 KOs). Williams was a decorated amateur
with a 45-13 record, highlighted by three gold-medal
performances at the Ringside World Championships, in
addition to winning the PAL Tournament and Silver Gloves
The popular Nicholas DeQuattro, 141, of Johnston, RI, and
pro-debuting Andre Belcarris, 146, of Bennington, VT,
engaged in an entertaining four-round brawl. Both DeQuattro
and Belcarris dispensed with technique, intent on slugging
it out and playing to the crowd with moments of flash and
bravado. Belcarris, who entered the bout with an MMA
background, was the aggressor early, though DeQuattro shot
hooks downstairs that would tire his adversary later on.
DeQuattro and Belcarris each landed wild haymakers in the
third. A visibly winded Belcarris lost his mouthpiece twice
in the final frame, as DeQuattro outworked him to win a
unanimous verdict with tallies of 40-36 twice, and 39-37.
DeQuattro, now 2-0 (1 KO), made his pro debut at Foxwoods on
September 15, scoring a first-round knockout.
Canadian middleweight contender Steve Rolls, 162, of
Toronto, scored a highlight-reel knockout against Mexican
Andrik Saralegui, 168, of San Diego, CA, in round three.
Rolls dictated the pace, controlling the distance with a
steady jab and expert footwork, never letting Saralegui in
close enough to land solidly. Straight rights downstairs
added to Saralegui's discomfort over the first six minutes
of the contest. A three-punch combination in the third,
culminating with a devastating left hook to the body, sent
Saralegui to the canvas in pain, and the bout was
immediately stopped at the 2:17 mark. With the victory,
Rolls improved his record to 17-0 (10 KOs). Rolls has had
two impressive victories televised by Showtime's ShoBox
series. In December 2015, Rolls stopped the 9-0-1 Steed
Woodall in four rounds, and most recently, he earned an
eight-round decision win against the dangerous 17-1-1 Demond
Nicholson on June 9. Before turning pro in 2011, Rolls had a
very successful amateur career, competing on both the 2009
and 2010 Canadian National boxing teams, finishing with an
83-14 record overall.
A 2016 New England Golden Gloves champion, welterweight
Khiry "TNT" Todd, 146, of Lynn, MA, earned a unanimous
six-round decision versus the experienced Evincii Dixon,
148, of Lancaster, PA. While Todd employed textbook boxing
technique, pinpointing jabs to the body then following up
with combinations upstairs, an apprehensive Dixon remained
defensive-minded throughout. By the third frame, Todd was
caving in Dixon's midsection with vicious hooks. Scorecards
read 60-54, and 59-55 twice, all for Todd, to improve his
record to 6-0 (5 KOs). Dixon now stands at 7-21-2 (2 KOs).
Ending an eight-month absence from the ring, Puerto Rican
prospect Nicklaus Flaz, 156, of Bayamon, was taken the
distance for the first time as a pro, battling a game Elie
Augustama, 162, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, over six rounds.
Flaz applied pressure at the start, finding a home for his
straight right upstairs. When Augustama closed the gap, Flaz
banged the body. In the third, Augustama was cut near his
right eye as a result of Flaz' consistent jab. Augustama had
a late rally in the final frame, but Flaz closed the show
landing counter shots to seize a unanimous decision on
scores of 60-54, and 59-55 twice. Flaz, who was a three-time
National champion as an amateur, compiling a record of 88-7,
upped his pro ledger to 5-0 (4 KOs), while Augustama dipped
below the .500 mark to 6-7 (3KOs).
In his debut at Foxwoods Resort Casino, southpaw
Hurshidbek Normatov, 158, opened up the card quickly
dispatching of Toronto, Canada's Bruce Lutchmedial, 159,
inside round one. Normatov, born in Uzbekistan, but now
living and training in Brooklyn with Andre Rozier, was the
taller fighter and used his longer reach to keep Lutchmedial
at bay with the jab. Backing Lutchmedial against the ropes,
Normatov landed three right hooks to drop his foe. The same
punch felled Lutchmedial a second time moments later and the
bout was stopped by the referee at the 2:38 mark. Promoted
by DiBella Entertainment and managed by David McWater's
Split-T Management, Normatov, who was an experienced amateur
competing in 324 bouts and winning the 2014 European
National championship, improved to 4-0 (2 KOs).
Lutchmedial's record is now 2-4 (2 KOs).
OUTWORKS BRONER; MILLER STOPS WASHINGTON
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
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”
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.
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!
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
- 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
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
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!
courtesy US Navy Boxing
heavyweight Artem Boyev (right) lands a right on Navy's Max Goldwasser
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
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.