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DEONTAY WILDER RETAINS WBC HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE WITH DEVASTATING FIRST-ROUND KNOCKOUT OF BERMANE STIVERNE SATURDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME® FROM BARCLAYS CENTER

Shawn Porter Scores Unanimous Decision Win Over Adrian Granados in SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Co-Feature

Catch The Replay Monday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHOWTIME EXTREME®

BROOKLYN (Nov. 5, 2017) - Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder retained his WBC title in his sixth defense with a dominant first-round knockout of mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.

Wilder (39-0, 38 KO's) knocked Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) to the ground three times before referee Arthur Mercante halted the bout at 2:59 of the opening round. After Stiverne took Wilder the distance in their January 2015 title bout, Wilder has now knocked out every single opponent that he has faced in his career.

"So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it's been crazy. So many guys using PED's", said Wilder, the only American heavyweight world champion. "I just want to prove that I am the best. I know I am the best but I want to prove I am the best."

Wilder first knocked Stiverne to the ground with a devastating one-two combination that caught the Haitian challenger on the nose. Seconds after Stiverne got back to his feet, Wilder landed another clean combination with a big left and an overhand right that sent a stunned Stiverne back to the canvas. The final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly Stiverne.

"You have to give props to Stiverne for getting in the ring," said Wilder. "It takes a lot of courage and it takes a lot of pride to step in the ring with someone like me. We do what we have to do in the ring and at least he stepped up. He was a clean fighter."

After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by SHOWTIME Sports® reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

"I've been waiting on that fight for a long time now," said Wilder. "I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge? I've been waiting for a long time. I know I'm the champion. I know I'm the best. Are you up for the test?

"A king doesn't chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he doesn't give me the fight we have other plans. The world wants Joshua, the world wants Wilder, I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more excuses. Make the date, don't wait."

PORTER DEFEATS GRANADOS

Former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) defeated Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision (scored 117-111 by all three judges) in an exciting fight between two all-action competitors that served as the co-featured event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The victory makes Porter the mandatory title challenger for unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman's WBC belt.

Porter, who injured his left hand in the sixth round, landed the sharper and more accurate punches throughout the fight, including 40 percent of his power punches. Both fighters came out aggressive in the early rounds and exchanged several powerful blows.

"He gave me a little trouble here and there," said Porter. "I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using it. I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me and by the 10th round I just couldn't throw it anymore.

"The strategy was to keep working the jab. I knew he'd come at me periodically. I was prepared and dug deep to get the win."

Granados, of Cicero, Ill., fought valiantly and withstood multiple barrages from the powerful Porter and countered with several quick combinations of his own. Granados, who landed just 24 percent of his total punches, disagreed with the judges' scorecard.

"I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping up with him the whole time," Granados told Jim Gray. "He was just trying to use his normal tricks. I rocked him multiple times and he never had me in any trouble.

"He's a brute. I thought the referee [Gary Rosato] did a good job breaking up the fight at the right times. It was rough but I definitely thought I did better than the scorecards said."

LIPENETS EARNS TOUGH VICTORY

In the opening bout of the telecast, unbeaten top contender Sergey Lipinets (13-0, 10 KOs) earned the vacant IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Japanese veteran Akihiro Kondo (29-7-1, 16 KOs). The judges scored the fight118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.

The back-and-forth 12-round world championship fight saw Lipinets control the early rounds with a diversified, creative attack targeting Kondo's body. An accidental clash of heads in the sixth round, which opened up a deep cut on the forehead of Lipinets, altered the momentum of the fight as Kondo gained confidence and was able to land some powerful punches to the head and body of Lipinets. The 28-year old Lipinets, who earned the title in just his 13th professional fight, was able to regain control in the later rounds to earn the unanimous win.

"I think the scorecards were accurate but it was a good fight," said Lipinets. "The head-butt really impaired my vision and it led to me walking into some stupid shots.

"I'm happy with my performance. I'm just going to keep getting better from here. I'm ready to take any on challenge thrown my way."

Kondo, who was fighting for the first time in the United States, proved a worthy opponent on the night. "It was a fair decision," said Kondo, through a translator. "He hit me with a lot of hard punches and I felt like I needed at least a knockdown in the last round.

"I made up my mind that I wasn't going to show any pain or fear from his punches. I was determined to keep fighting all night."

Saturday's telecast will replay on, Sunday, November 5 at 9 a.m. ET/PT and Monday, November 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

This event was sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina and promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions.

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SPENCE STOPS BROOK IN 11, CLAIMS IBF BELT

Errol Spence claimed the IBF welterweight title in England last night, stopping Kell Brook in the 11th round. In a terrific fight Spence was able to do what he does best --- wear out his opponent with an arsenal of straight jabs and body punching -- both of which played a major factor in the fight, having Brook take a knee from the injured eye ---out of gas, and taking the ten count.

Brook, 36-2, started off boxing his American counterpart and was having success with his counterpunching, but it was soon dissipated by the stronger Texan as Brook was tiring by the constant body blows.  By the sixth, Brook had used up his arsenal and was running out of bullets. By the ninth, he was almost out of gas as his output slowed dramatically, and by the tenth, Spence was totally in command. A brief rally near the end of the tenth was the last output from Brook, who, for the most part, was backtracking and being stalked throughout that round.

The eleventh was no different, and that is when Brook took a knee. Time was 1:47.

Spence, now 22-0, claims the IBF title and is the frontrunner in a division with many contenders.  Keith Thurman is the WBA/WBC undefeated champion in the division, which he unified when he defeated Danny Garcia in March.

 JLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS ERIC WALKER
TO EXCLUSIVE PROMOTIONAL DEAL MAKES DBE DEBUT ON BROADWAY BOXING HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO, BILOXI, MS

THIS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11

New York, NY (2/7/17) - DiBella Entertainment has inked an exclusive promotional agreement with undefeated talent Eric "Babyface Assassin" Walker (14-0, 7 KOs). The junior middleweight sensation will make his DiBella Entertainment debut on "Broadway Boxing", February 11, at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Walker had an unconventional amateur boxing career, going 61-1 over 13 years in Dixon Correctional Institution near his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Entering the prison system at only 15 years old, with no boxing experience, Walker quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming the captain of the institution's boxing team. Fighting alongside professional boxers Brad Solomon and Demond Brock, among others, Walker was a titleholder every year, gaining respect from the prison warden, staff and fellow inmates for his leadership of the team and dedication to his craft. Upon his release in June 2013, he began a five-fight amateur run with USA boxing, but quickly realized that he was ready for the professional ranks.

Walker made his professional debut in December 2013, besting Phillip Lars in a swift first-round knockout win, and
amassed a record of 11-0 before getting the call to face Mayweather Promotions prospect Chris Pearson in Las Vegas. In December 2015, Walker entered the ring an underdog against Pearson and exited the ring undefeated after eight rounds, handing Pearson his first loss, catching the attention of fight fans and media. It was an exciting time for Walker, who had become the father of twin boys just two weeks prior.

In his next bout, Walker won the WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Mexico's Josue Ovando. It was a win that would be a catalyst for the fighter's chance meeting with Lou DiBella at the WBC Convention in Miami last December. DiBella, who had teamed up with Mississippi-based Rite Hook Promotions for a planned February 11 card in Biloxi, was excited to learn that Walker, a local attraction across the South, was free from promotional ties. The two, along with Walker's manager, Al Ausbon, reached a deal, and DiBella Entertainment's newest signee set about preparing for the February card.

"Eric Walker is the best fighter you've never heard of," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "That's going to change. We're planning to keep him very busy and fast-track him to a title shot, and he's going to win."

For his part, Walker was thrilled to to team up with a promoter of DiBella's caliber. "I would like to thank God, because without Him, none of this would be possible," said Walker. "I also want to thank my family, friends and fans, along with my manager Al Ausbon and DiBella Entertainment for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to show the world what I can do, and further my career under such a tremendous promotional team. There are many great things that I will bring to DiBella Entertainment, including my work ethic, my willingness to compete against anyone in boxing, and my unique fighting style. I look forward to our journey together."

"I'm thankful that God has put us together with DiBella Entertainment," said Walker's long-time friend and manager Al Ausbon. "Eric Walker has great talents and, with Lou DiBella, those gifts will be showcased worldwide. I know that the future is bright for Team Walker."

Tickets for the February 11 "Broadway Boxing" event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Rite Hook Promotions in association with Hard Rock Casino, are priced at $75, $60, $50, $40 and standing room only for $20. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com (by clicking
HERE) or by calling 800-745-3000. The "Broadway Boxing" series is presented by Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. Doors open at 5:00pm CT, with the first fight scheduled for 6:00pm CT.

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Five-time world champion MIGUEL COTTO Vs. James Kirkland showdown SET FOR SATURDAY, February 25 @ Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Texas

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

NEW YORK, NY (December 19, 2016) Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions are pleased to announce that Five-Time World Champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, February 25, 2017 when he takes on James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Coming off respective losses to Canelo Alvarez, both fighters will be seeking redemption in a 12-round junior middleweight showdown. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Cotto and Kirkland will join Roc Nation Sports and the Dallas Cowboys organization on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT for a press conference at Ford Center at The Star to officially announce the fight. This will be the first event of its kind to be held at the state-of-the-art, 510,000 square foot indoor athletic facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco, and Frisco ISD’s high schools. Ford Center at The Star is also the home to the Dallas Cowboys Football World Corporate Headquarters.

Tickets priced at $304, $204, $154, $104, $79, $54 and $29 not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 and the AT&T Stadium box office.

"I’m excited to return to the ring and put on a great show. I can’t wait to start training camp and get ready for February 25," said Five-Time World Champion Miguel Cotto. “Fighting inside the beautiful Ford Center, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboy’s newest creation, and headlining the first ever boxing event there pumps me with a lot of enthusiasm and energy."

"I'm very excited to get back into the ring against a legend like Miguel Cotto. I'm going to train like never before so I can show the world that the old James Kirkland is back,” said James Kirkland. “You know the fight will be exciting while it lasts. February 25 can’t come soon enough."

"Miguel Cotto is back and ready to put on an exciting show against the always tough James Kirkland,” said Hector Soto, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions. “We can't wait to see Miguel back in the ring on February 25 on HBO Pay-Per-View."

"On behalf of Roc Nation Sports, we are so thrilled about Miguel Cotto's return to the ring and to bring the first public event to Ford Center at The Star," said Michael Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy. "This will undoubtedly be a historic event with an exciting, all-action bout in store for the fans in Frisco and all of North Texas along with those watching from home on HBO Pay-Per-View."

“We are excited to host an incredible matchup for the very first boxing match here at Ford Center at The Star,” said Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager. “This venue was designed with the idea of versatility in mind, and we expect a great crowd in Frisco, Texas to experience a world class fight between Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland.”

“Throughout his brilliant ring career, Miguel Cotto has never backed down from a challenge and on February 25 he takes on a dangerous knockout specialist in James Kirkland,” said Tony Walker, Vice President, HBO Pay-Per-View. “Fans watching live in Frisco and those tuning in on pay-per-view should not blink in what should be an all-action slugfest.”

Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) is a former WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight world champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes. He previously held the WBO junior welterweight world title, the WBA welterweight world title, the WBO welterweight world title and the WBA super welterweight world title. He also represented Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Cotto has competed in 24 world championship fights, compiling a record of 19-5 with 16 knockouts in those bouts. In Puerto Rico, he is hailed as a national hero and the successor of Felix "Tito" Trinidad as the island's most revered boxer. Cotto is one of the biggest gate attractions in boxing and one of the largest pay-per-view draws among active fighters. In June 2014, Cotto made history in his first fight as a middleweight by dominating Argentine southpaw and defending WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez. He is trained by legendary Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and has fought some of the biggest names in the sport including Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao. Cotto owns his own boxing promotional company in Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto Promotions, and presides over his charity La Fundación El Ángel de Miguel Cotto, a non-profit organization dedicated to combatting childhood obesity. In March 2015, Cotto and Roc Nation Sports announced that they had entered into a partnership that includes a co-promotional agreement with Miguel Cotto Promotions to promote Cotto's fights. On June 6, 2015, Cotto defended his WBC, Ring Magazine and lineal middleweight world championships against former two-time World Champion Daniel Geale at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cotto scored a thunderous knockdown early in the fourth round before finishing matters with a second knockdown midway through the round, which left Geale unable to continue. On November 21, 2015, Cotto cemented his status as one of the biggest pay-per-view draws among active fighters in his much anticipated mega-fight against Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, despite going the distance for a twelve-round unanimous decision loss. The hard-fought bout has been dubbed as the biggest fight in the history of the famed Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. The Five-Time World Champion is eager to return to the ring against James Kirkland on February 25.

A Texas titan, representing the city of Austin, 32-year-old southpaw James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) has built his reputation with explosive power. His fists have accounted for 28 knockout victories over the course of his nearly 14-year professional career. A former NABO and WBC Continental Americas Champion, Kirkland bounced back from his lone defeat against Nobuhiro Ishida in 2011 with five consecutive wins, four coming by way of knockout. Kirkland has defeated Brian Vera, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo and Carlos “King” Molina and handed Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia his first professional loss by way of a punishing sixth round technical knockout, prior to taking the stage for a 12-round super welterweight war with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 9, 2015 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Cotto vs. Kirkland is a 12-round junior middleweight fight presented by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions and Ford Center at The Star, and is sponsored by Corona Extra.

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Welterweight Champs who Fought for the Middleweight Championship

Brook Challenges For Middleweight Glory

 On September 10th, in London Kell Brook, welterweight champion (or pieces of it) will challenge Gennady Golovkin, the fantastic middleweight kingpin who is riding a 22 straight KO streak. It is considered a big money fight in a boxing world that has very little big money fights left.

But make no mistake, it is a big jump for Brook, who carries himself at about 170 and has struggled recently to make 147. At 5'9, he is just an inch and 1/2 (5'10 1/2) shorter than his counterpart, so making it at 160 is just considered an entrance into a new division. But fighting the champion is a big welcoming challenge, a challenge where some historical figures failed. Especially if they didn't fight in the division before the title bout.

And since this is a site of history, and the significance of it, we have decided to look at the past to see how successful the good little men were and who they were in tackling the champion of the middleweights. Here is what we found, doing research from bouts after 1900, when the middleweight and welterweight divisions were more defined. And the results may be a little surprising.

FIGHT #1  Sugar Ray Robinson TKO 13 Jake LaMotta (Chicago Stadium, Chicago IL Feb. 14, 1951)

 Robinson, the spectacular welterweight champion was installed as a 3-1 favorite, primarily because he had beaten LaMotta before. But this was for the title, and the stakes were never higher. LaMotta had given Sugar Ray his first and only loss in February of 1943, but with a 16 lb weight advantage. In a seemingly interesting scrap turned in favor of Robinson, who punished LaMotta from rounds 10 through 13. LaMotta would not succumb however, and never left his feet.  In the end it was LaMotta who quipped " Sugar Ray hit me so many times, I thought he would punch himself out." It was LaMotta who was drained and had nothing left on his punches, and the six pounds he dropped the previous day had affected him. Still it was one "helluva" fight.

This was one of the most famous fights in history and the fact that Sugar Ray was a welterweight challenging for the middleweight title was kind of overlooked. But it was fights like this that exemplified the legacy of Robinson, who clearly excelled when he had to.

Welterweights 1, Middleweights 0

FIGHT #2  Emile Griffith Vs. Dick Tiger  (Madison Square Garden, New York April 25, 1966)

The welterweight champion Griffith, all 150 1/2lbs of him, takes on Middleweight Champion Dick Tiger, who tipped the scales at an even 160, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Griffith proves his mettle with a close but unanimous decision (9-5, 7-6, 8-7) to win the title. Back then champions would fight many non title affairs to stay busy, and Griffith fought them, and some against middleweights. Griffith had defeated Luis Rodriguez via split decision in June of 1963, gaining the WBA and WBC Welterweight titles. Later that year he had fought Rubin Hurricane Carter at the Middleweight level, only to be disposed of within a round.

A successful defense against Rodriguez, again by split decision in Las Vegas, and a one sided loss to middleweight Don Fullmer, gave Emile the experience he might need to gain a fight with Tiger, who in 1965 had defeated Joey Giardello via the 15 round decision. Tiger was making his first defense against Griffith, and was an 8-5 favorite. And when Griffith was declared the winner, the experience of fighting top middleweights proved an asset that carried him to victory. (Griffith then vacated to campaign at middleweight, succeeded at welterweight by Curtis Cokes)

Welterweights 2, Middleweights 0

FIGHT #3  Carlos Monzon Vs. Jose Napoles, (Putepiux, Hauts De Saine, France  February 9, 1974)

Carlos Monzon 159¾ lbs beat Jose Napoles 153 lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 6 (of 15) In this battle of two legendary champions, Monzon used his height, weight and reach advantage to perfection that caused Napoles to go for broke with aggression. Napoles was never comfortable in this fight because he had to reach and try to stop Monzon's counters coming in. Monzon battered the welterweight champion from rounds three on --- and proved that a big skilled middleweight could beat the smaller skilled champion. This was a fight that was speculated for some time, and became a reality in 1974. It was a payday for Napoles, who at that time needed a big payday.  After this fight Napoles never fought outside Mexico again, and was for the most part, a shade over his prime years.

Monzon (l) was all over the fading welterweight champion.

Welterweights 2, Middleweights 1

FIGHT #4 Ceferino Garcia D 10 Henry Armstrong (Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles CA March 1, 1940)

Armstrong went for his fourth world title by challenging middleweight champion Ceferino Garcia. Armstrong at one time held three world titles simultaneously. On March 1, 1940, he was still the welterweight and lightweight champion. This was a huge step up for the "Hurricane Hank" or "Homicide Hank" a fighter who never stopped throwing punches and never ran out of gas.

                                                                                                                        Garcia (l), and a husky Armstrong weigh in

 The pride of the Philippines, Ceferino Garcia was basically a welterweight, and at best a small middleweight, weighed only 153 on fight night. Armstrong was 141. Garcia had won the title the previous October with a seventh round stoppage of Fred Apostoli, a full fledged middleweight. Garcia had fought Armstrong for his welterweight title only two years prior, losing a unanimous decision in New York. Ironically politics was in full play in this fight. Although California Athletic Commission branded this as a world title fight, the powerful NYS Athletic Commission ruled that it was a non title affair due to the scheduled limit of 10 rounds. Also ironic was that the referee was the sole judge, and after 10 round ruled the fight a Draw, although many spectators felt the edge went to Armstrong. 

Welterweights 2, Middleweights 1, 1 Draw

 

FIGHT #5 Bobo Olson MD 15 Kid Gavilan (Chicago Stadium, Chicago IL April 2, 1954)

Gavilan, "The Cuban Hawk" tries to wrest the crown from Olson, the middleweight kingpin who defeated Randy Turpin for the vacant title the previous October, only to fall short by Majority decision.  Gavilan admitted after the defeat that he had injured his right hand in a previous fight.  Most of the rounds were close, but the constant pressure Olson put on Gavilan was the key to winning the bout.

Ticket stub on Friday April 2, 1954

"Bobo Olson, last night, hacked and harassed a left handed punching Kid Gavilan, whose right eye was spurting blood from the 9th round on, for a majority 15 round decision before 18,562 roaring fans at the Chicago Stadium. Gavilan repeatedly flashed vicious left hooks to the body and head which seemed to stun Olson. But Bobo seldon took a backward step and was willing to match punching power whenever the Kid elected. Gavilan coasted through the 11th, 12th and 13th rounds, trying unsuccessfully to salvage each of those rounds with his patented flurries. In the final analysis, it was Bobo's persistency and crisp hacking combinations to the body and head which repulsed Gavilan's bid to emulate Ray Robinson's climb from the 147 to 160 pound championship." ---  Associated Press

Welterweights 2, Middleweights 2, 1 Draw

FIGHT #6 Michael Nunn MD 12 Marlon Starling (Las Vegas, NV April 14, 1990)

Starling challenged the undefeated Michael Nunn for the IBF version of the middleweight title. Starling 45-4, won the WBC welterweight title in 1989 against Lloyd Honeyghan (TKO 9) and was coming off his first defense of his welterweight title before facing Nunn. Nunn, on all accounts had been riding high, defeating Frank Tate for the title, and defending it against Juan Roldan and Sumbu Kalambay,  but had failed to produce an exciting victory in his previous bout against Iran Barkley.

And this bout proved no different. A stinker and a tactical boring fight, Starling fails to do enough to wrest the title from Nunn, who refused to engage with Starling from the outset. The end result was a Majority Decision for Nunn, and Starling returned to the welterweight throne, losing the WBC title in his next bout to Mauruice Blocker, and never fought again.

Middleweights 3 Welterweights 2, 1 Draw

FIGHT #7 Harry Greb UD 15 Mickey Walker (Polo Grounds, New York - July 2, 1925)

In a bout between two legendary fighters, The "Toy Bulldog" Walker, all 152lbs of him, challenges for Grebs middleweight crown, only to lose a unanimous decision in a tremendous slugfest over 15 rounds.  Originally scheduled for June 19th the bout was postponed for two weeks.  Greb, "The Pittsburgh Windmill" was installed a 4-1 favorite, was to have rumored to be toiling the streets of Manhattan playing "drunk" days before the match giving some stories for newspapers that Greb had not been taking the fight seriously. Also rumored was the famous street-fight hours after the match, with the two picking up where they left off after the 15th round. 

Walker had won the title from Jack Britton in 1922, and defended many times, even defeating light heavyweight champion Mike Mctigue earlier in the year. Greb was the only fighter to hand future heavyweight champion Gene Tunney his only loss, and beat many legendary fighters such as Tommy Loughran and Maxie Rosenbloom. The only sin is that this fight was not recorded on film.

Middleweights 4 Welterweights 2, 1 Draw

FIGHT #8 Stanley Ketchel KO 1 Mike "Twin" Sullivan (Mission Street Arena, Colma, CA Feb. 22, 1908)

The young middleweight champion, Ketchel defends his title against the 29 year old  welterweight champion Mike "Twin" Sullivan, in a bout scheduled for 25 rounds. Ketchel proves that Sullivan doesn't belong in the ring by stopping him in just 1:18 of the first round.

Sullivan had copped the welterweight crown from Honey Mellody in 1907 at 145 lbs and stepped into the ring against Ketchel at 150, giving up just 4 lbs to the 21 year old middleweight champion. Two years earlier Sullivan weighed 135 in  a bout against former lightweight champion Joe Gans. In an ironic twist Ketchel is said to have claimed both the welterweight and middleweight title in two bouts from Joe Thomas in 1907, weighing 147 1/2 for the first fight KO 32(45) and 155 lbs for the second one (UD20). So, as 1908 entered the calendar, both Sullivan and Ketchel had a score to settle, and it would be claim to Ketchel's middleweight crown.

Mike "Twin" Sullivan

Mike's twin, middleweight Jack "Twin" Sullivan would challenge for Ketchels title three months later, and would last longer than his brother, ultimately succumbing to Ketchel in the 20th round.

FINAL TALLY: Middleweights 5 Welterweights 2, 1 Draw

Lets see if Brook can get the welterweights the 3rd win.

JLM

A DOZEN "SUPER FIGHT" DUDS

So many so called “Super Fights” have turned out to be “Super Duds” over the years. True several have provided us with heart stopping thrills. Still some have left us cold and unfulfilled as one party of the match didn’t quite live up to their end of the deal.
I have come up with twelve such contests that left me most unsatisfied at their conclusion. I’m sure other fans can think of many more that had a similar effect on them.

1) Salvador Sanchez-Wilfredo Gomez… Sanchez was a young, solid champion but Gomez was, Gomez. The man that had destroyed the invincible Carlos Zarate. Well Salvador proved to the world and Gomez that he was an all-time great. Wilfredo was down in the first and outclassed the rest of the way until it was stopped in round eight.

2) Donald Curry-Milton McCrory… Curry had been long considered a pound for pound best. Milt was to be the second coming of Tommy Hearns. Milt was flattened in two rounds!

3) Michael Nunn-Sumbu Kalambay… Nunn was the heir apparent to Sugar Ray Leonard. Kalambay was a solid champion with wins over Mike McCallum and Iran Barkley. One well timed Nunn left hook ended what looked to be a competitive contest on paper in the first round.

4) Thomas Hearns-Roberto Duran… All I can say is OUCH !!! Roberto had just gone fifteen with the great Hagler. No one before or after ever did what Tommy did to Roberto that day.

5) Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Diego Corrales… NO CONTEST !!!

6) Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson… A contest for one round. Then Lennox dominated and halted the game but overmatched Tyson in the eighth.

7) Bob Foster-Vicente Rondon… When will this generation realize that Foster would have kayoed Roy Jones Jr.?

8) George Foreman-Boone Kirkman… Boone was so overhyped. This was almost laughable. Mercifully stopped in round two.

9) George Foreman-Gerry Cooney… Swan song payday for likeable but undeserving Cooney. Easy cash for George.

10) Mike Tyson-Michael Spinks… What were people expecting? At that stage of Tyson’s career, he was an ANIMAL !!!

11) Jerry Quarry-Earnie Shavers- Not quite what we expected was it ? The bomber got bombed !

12) Eder Jofre-Vicente Saldivar… If they only would have met years earlier before Vicente was a “shot” fighter. It could have been a classic !Instead Saldivar folded in the fourth.

So there you have it. Great fighters in great match ups that just seemed to fizzle when the first bell sounded.

Jim Amato
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO PREVIEW

April 29, 2015: The fighters have arrived in Las Vegas,  as the fight is in its final countdown, before the fighters meet in the center of the ring about midnight on Saturday night.

And with all the talk over the past five + years, the speculation is over and the answers  will be recorded into the annuls of boxing history.

Two of the best in the last decade meet to decide who is the best P4P fighter in the world today. The hoopla and hype, as well as the commercial $$$, are unprecedented as the world stops for a brief time to see who will come out on top - question is - who will be the one pounding his chest at the end?

The talent and skills favor the Money Man, the intangibles favor Manny and that in a nutshell of what makes this fight appealing. For those who think Mayweather will be using Pac's head as a speedbag, beware -- Manny is unlike anyone Mayweather has ever faced, and twice the caliber than any of Floyds last opponents.   

You can even see during Mayweather's training that he was quite docile, unusually quiet in a bout that will help define his career as it winds down to a precious few.

So we may see Floyd actually be forced to fight bas he battles the Pac onslaught and pressure, unlike the previous bouts where he used his clever defense and countered off it. I believe a combination of the two will happen, with Mayweather capitalizing on PacMan mistakes if and when he makes them.

But that is where the intangibles come in. How many mistakes will he make? What if he is back to 2009 form and he is not there for Mayweather to hit him? What if he walks through a Mayweather right hand counter, ready to unload a seven punch combo?

Mayweather's asset is that he doesn't show you his chess piece until he has to, a far and dormant underappreciated skill. For example, he set up Ricky Hatton with a jab to the body, dropping his antagonists guard, then stopping Ricky in his tracks with a left hook in the 10th round. Mayweather has a game plan, and it will be up to Manny to thwart it, to counter it, to make Floyd think.  But that is not Manny's strength, or at least it has not shown it in the past -- he is a southpaw who comes at you at angles, with power, so the only thing I see is that he hopes to bully Mayweather around, never stop throwing punches, a huge task against a bigger man. In short, Pac may have to rely on trainer Freddie's instructions to the letter to pull off the upset. 

My take is to simply look at boxing history, and it tells you a good big man will beat a good little man.

Monzon defeated Napoles in 1974, Maxim defeated Robinson in 1952, and a host of many others come to play here. There have been exceptions, however, as Pacquaio hopes to stand out on Saturday night as the exception.

I don't think so. I like the Money Man by decision or late stoppage, but anything can happen. It may be Manny bringing out the best in Floyd, as great fighters bring out the best in their opponents. If that happens it will be what the fans are expecting. Win or lose, we know PacMan is coming to fight. I didn't pick him against Oscar. I thought Cotto would destroy him, again the wrong button. I am not picking him in this fight, but then again . . .

JLM

 

DANNY GARCIA VS. LAMONT PETERSON AND ANDY LEE VS. PETER QUILLIN IN BROOKLYN BOXING SHOWDOWNS LIVE IN PRIMETIME ON NBC ON SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Comes to Barclays Center with Two Sensational Main Events

- Televised Fights on NBC Start at 8:30 P.M. ET -

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow!

BROOKLYN (February 12, 2015) - The eagerly awaited showdown between undefeated superstar Danny "Swift" Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) will become a reality as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC returns to primetime on Saturday, April 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

In the first main event of the evening, middleweight world champion "Irish" Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) takes on the undefeated Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) in a 12-round world title fight.

Marv Albert will call the fights in primetime on NBC alongside analyst "Sugar" Ray Leonard, the six-time world champion and 1976 Olympic gold medalist. Al Michaels will host.

"It's an honor to be fighting back in Brooklyn where I've experienced some of the best moments of my career," said Garcia. "Fans have been asking for this fight for so long and on April 11 I'm planning on giving them the show they've been waiting for. Doing it live on NBC will make it even sweeter."

"This is an amazing opportunity for me fighting in Brooklyn and on national TV in front of millions of people," said Peterson. "I'm going to go out there and give the performance of a lifetime. Danny Garcia better not underestimate me, because my time is now."
"I'm looking forward to returning to New York and defending my title against Quillin," said Lee. "I'm at the peak of my powers now. I cannot see myself losing to anyone. I want to be recognized as the best middleweight in the world and beating Quillin will go some way to proving that."

"To be able to fight at home in Brooklyn and win a title on such a big stage is a dream come true," said Quillin. "I'm honored and excited to be a part of something that is great for my career, but also for the sport of boxing as a whole. I know that I'm going to win on April 11, become champion once again, and then I'm going after anyone and everyone at 160 pounds."

"I am thrilled to be promoting this PBC mega event at Barclays Center in my hometown of Brooklyn," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson and Andy Lee defending his middleweight title against Peter Quillin are two of the very best bouts that can be made in boxing. On April 11, the fans are going to be the biggest winners and DBE is proud to be part of it."
 

"Quality championship fights are only in Brooklyn in April," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. "Danny Garcia always brings excitement to our ring and we are delighted once again to have Brooklyn's own Peter Quillin fighting in Barclays Center. Fans want drama and unpredictable fights, and we are confident our card will deliver that on primetime television."
Now in his fourth year as a world champion, Philadelphia's Garcia will return to headline at Barclays Center for a record fourth time. Garcia also fought in the main event in October 2012, the first ever-boxing card at Barclays Center. The 26-year-old has taken down some of the biggest names in boxing on his way to an undefeated record, including Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Zab Judah and Lucas Matthysse. He will once again have a chance to prove himself against the best, this time in the long anticipated clash with Peterson.

Washington, D.C.'s Peterson is a gifted boxer-puncher with as much heart as talent. Like Garcia, the 31-year-old Peterson is another longtime champion. Peterson has always faced the best and defeated Amir Khan in 2011. The only blemishes on his perfect record came against Timothy Bradley and Lucas Matthysse. He is coming off of two impressive victories in 2014 and now he gets the bout he and the public have clamored for as he takes a shot at beating Garcia in Brooklyn.

An accomplished amateur who was Ireland's sole boxing representative at the 2004 Olympic Games, Leegot his first taste of world championship gold in December 2014 when he defeated Matt Korobov for the vacant middleweight world title with a sensational sixth round technical knockout. The 30-year-old has fought in his home country of Ireland, the UK, Germany and most often in the U.S. throughout his career. His only career losses came against Bryan Vera, which he would later avenge and Julio Cesar Chavez in his first world title fight. On April 11, Lee will fight for the fifth time in New York City, looking to give the primetime national television audience a memorable night.

A former world champion looking to reclaim the belt he vacated last year, Quillin will return to the same arena where he won the middleweight belt in 2012 with his star-making, six-knockdown performance against Hassan N'Dam in the first boxing card hosted by Barclays Center. Born in Chicago but fighting out of New York City, the 31-year-old went on to defend that title against strong contenders Fernando Guerrero, Gabriel Rosado and Lukas Konecny. Now, "Kid Chocolate" looks to show off his superstar skills to a primetime audience.

Beginning with the first show, Saturday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC, NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live "PBC on NBC" boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC will feature many of today's brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extrais available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.
 

-DBE-

 

 

 

 

Top Contender Arash Usmanee Lands Huge Opportunity in Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 Co-Main Will face Raymundo Beltran for WBO NABO Lightweight title this Saturday in Las Vegas . . .

Afghani-Canadian super featherweight contender Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) will step into the highest-profile fight of his life on short notice and face WBO #1 ranked Raymundo Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) for the WBO NABO Lightweight title this Saturday, April 12, in the co-main event of the HBO Pay-Per-View card featuring the Timothy Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

An extended illness suffered by former two-time world champion Roman "Rocky" Martínez forced him to cancel, creating the huge opportunity for Usmanee, who was already in the gym preparing for another fight.

Usmanee is ranked #9 at super featherweight by the IBF. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, he and his family moved to Alberta, Canada, when he was three years old. He now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. The aggressive 32-year-old's career has been marred by controversy thus far, as his two biggest career fights have both ended with questionable outcomes. In his only defeat, Usmanee dropped a highly controversial 12-round decision to Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy on January 4 of last year. Fighting for the IBF #2 ranking and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Usmanee appeared to take the fight over at the midway point and grew more dominant as the rounds wore on. However, the judges saw it another way.

And then, in August of last year, Usmanee missed winning a world championship by a single point when he fought to a draw with Dominican champion Argenis Mendez at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.

Beltran has also seen his share of hard luck in the ring. He was last seen fighting to a very debatable draw with then-world champion Ricky Burns in September of last year. Burns was down in the eighth and suffered a broken jaw in the second round that subsequently required the insertion of a titanium plate to repair. And yet it was not enough to sway the judges, as the fight was held in Burns' homeland of Scotland.

As tough as they come, 32-year-old Beltran was born in Los Mochis, Mexico, but now lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

The pair will not only be vying for the WBO NABO Lightweight title, but also a place in the front of the line to face new champion Terence Crawford, who defeated Burns by decision in March of this year.

Usamanee's promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, says the match-up has explosive written all over it.

"Neither of these guys take many backwards steps in the ring. It's going to be a war of attrition from the first round. You could easily say this is a battle between the uncrowned IBF Champion and the uncrowned WBO Champion. It's a very high-level match-up between two of the toughest guys in the sport. It's going to be a sensational slugfest!"

 

BRADLEY-PACQUIAO SET FOR APRIL 12th

New York February 5th -- The official announcement commenced today in New York City as Manny Pacquaio will fight a second fight against a man that has beaten him, Timothy Bradley. The first fight was controversial as many believed that the Pacman had defeated his opponent easily.

Since that bout, which took place on June 9, 2012 Pacquiao has fought twice, being stopped by Juan Manual Marquez (KO 6) and winning a decision over Brandon Rios (W12) while Bradley continued his unbeaten record streak with wins over Ruslan Provodnikov (W12) and Juan Manual Marquez (W12).

The bout will take place at the MGM Garden Arena.

As of this fight Pacquaio  has faced 19 current or former world champions as he enters his nineteenth year as a professional boxer. Recently added to his resume was "Fighter of The Decade" status.This is Bradley's tenth year as a professional, and he has yet to taste defeat, although he recently had tough, controversial bouts.

JLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAZED AND OUT. Stiverne, right, couldn't deal with the Wilder onslaught this time around.

Photo: Courtesy of Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

 

Porter and Granados collide - watch those heads, Gents.

Photo: Courtesy of Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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