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BENAVIDEZ STOPS PORKY MEDINA IN SPECTACULAR FASHION

Super-middleweights beware, there is a new fighter on the horizon

Just like the old days, unbeaten super middleweight prospect Davis Benavidez turned heads Saturday night with an impressive 8th round stoppage of Regulio "Porky" Medina.

And Medina came to fight --- he put the heat on Benavidez throughout the entire fight, and had his moments, no doubt, but he was fighting what seemingly was an indestructible force who would not give an inch. Benavidez eventually wore Medina out, then connected in the 6th with a body shot that stopped Medina in his tracks. Again in the seventh, Benavidez found a home to the body and dropped Medina again, but the Veteran would still continue his pressure tactics -- but at a much slower pace. In the 8th, Benavidez connected on a dazzling five punch combination that sent Medina through the ropes, dazed, confused, and a beaten fighter.

Medina was a proven veteran who has fought a whose who in the super middleweight division. It was a sensational win for a fighter who is just 20 years old. Look out --- Benavidez just put the division on notice.

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JACOBS, AFTER GIANT EFFORT, SNAPS MORAL VICTORY

New York, March 19th: He was supposed to be another KO victim, another "notch" in the ledger of Gennedy Golovkin's resume, but in todays boxing world, Brooklyn's Daniel Jacobs found a way --- a way not only to stay upright, but to look relevant and aggressive in the fight that few gave him a chance of winning.

And whether you like either fighter or dislike them, at least they had fans on the edge of their seat wondering which blow was going to connect and what would happen soon after.

And whether you realize the weight difference and the politics that fighters play with the scales  --- you still were presented with a good tactical power jab fight, and one that surprisingly lasted 12 thrilling rounds.

And we were wondering whether Jacobs would start withering, as it looked after the fourth round knockdown, but it never came. Daniel Jacobs, the number one contender in the world, would fire back, and counter back, leaving GGG little option on where and when to set up his power punches. 

And even when some questioned Jacobs turning southpaw (a tactic he has utilized since his amateur days), it did seem to befuddle Golovkins output, with the exception of the fourth round, when a counter right hand (2x) seemed to puncture Jacobs defense and send him to the canvas.

Golovkin respected Jacobs power and boxing ability, and to his credit, didn't press the issue too much that would have played into Daniel's counterpunching finesse. If Golovkin had been more aggressive, he may have well lost the fight on the scorecards --- Jacobs kept him honest enough, and threw his timing off just enough to have a chance of stealing this one and taking a belt home for himself.

Jacobs may have fell short, but his stock may has risen.  Other than the weight issue, which is a big issue in boxing and its future, Daniel won many fans hearts and snapped the KO string of GGG. He has a future still in this sport. And he may have shown the blueprint of how to eventually conquer the reigning middleweight champion.

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Five-time world champion MIGUEL COTTO Vs. James Kirkland showdown CANCELLED DUE TO INJURY

NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2017) Roc Nation Sports today received notification from James Kirkland’s team that Kirkland has suffered an injury which will force him to withdraw from his match against Five-Time World Champion Miguel Cotto on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The reported injury is a fractured nose. Unfortunately, the entire HBO Pay-Per-View show at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas is cancelled.

For customers who purchased through Ticketmaster via phone, online or mobile channels, you will receive a credit to the method of payment used. If you purchased in person at Ford Center or AT&T Stadium ticket office, bring the tickets and method of payment used at time of purchase to the AT&T Stadium North Ticket Office, located adjacent to Entry A, to receive your refund. If you purchased tickets from any other source, you will need to contact that point of purchase for your refund.

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NEW HAVEN'S LUIS ROSA JR. FACES JAPAN'S RYOSUKE IWASA IN IBF JUNIOR FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE ELIMINATOR ON BROADWAY BOXING

KOVALEV-WARD PPV TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON FOXWOODS PROPERTY FOR FANS IN ATTENDANCE

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE BOXING ASSOCIATION

TO OPEN EVENT WITH EXCITING AMATEUR BOUTS

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO, MASHANTUCKET, CT

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

New York, NY (11/18/16) - Tomorrow, DiBella Entertainment will return to the Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT, for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House. New Haven's undefeated Luis Rosa Jr. (22-0, 10 KOs) will headline the card facing Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa (22-2, 14 KOs), in an IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds.

Opening up the event will be a six-bout amateur card presented by the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) featuring boxers from the United States Military Academy (West Point), United States Coast Guard Academy, University of Massachusetts, University of Connecticut and Trinity College.

As an added bonus, boxing fans in attendance will not have to worry about missing the highly anticipated Kovalev-Ward light heavyweight championship pay-per-view, as the event will be shown live on Foxwoods property that night as well.

Tickets for the November 19 Broadway Boxing event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Teiken Promotions and presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are priced at $125, $75 and $45. Tickets can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00pm.

"New Haven's Luis Rosa Jr. headlines Saturday's action-packed Broadway Boxing at Foxwoods Resort Casino against Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa in an IBF junior featherweight world title eliminator," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "The loaded undercard features the the New England heavyweight championship, Russian prodigy Radzhab Butaev vying for the NABF junior middleweight title in his fourth pro bout, Army Reserve Captain Boyd Melson fighting to raise awareness for Staten Island's heroin epidemic, as well as other local prospects. The event will open with amateur bouts staged by the NCBA and fans in attendance will also be able to watch the Kovalev-Ward pay-per-view broadcast that will be shown live on-site."

Trained by his father Luis Sr. and managed by his mother Marilyn and Mike Criscio, 25-year-old Puerto Rican Luis Rosa Jr. was an accomplished amateur who quickly built a local fan base upon turning pro. After establishing himself as a formidable prospect, Rosa burst onto the national scene in 2014 with signature victories over the highly regarded Jorge Diaz on ESPN and the top-rated Orlando Del Valle on HBO Latino. A perfect 4-0 last year, including a fifth-round stoppage over Jonathan Perez on ESPN, Rosa, now ranked no. 7 by the IBF, is determined to prove against Iwasa that he is ready to win a world title and conquer the junior featherweight division.

"I know Iwasa has faced good competition, but I'm looking to do damage quick and end the fight early," said Rosa. "I'm going for the knockout. I know he's a slick southpaw, but he's a bit basic and I will take advantage of that. The world title is within my reach and there's nothing that will stop me from achieving my ultimate goal. I am ready to take over the junior featherweight division."

Japanese southpaw Ryosuke Iwasa, from Kashiwa, Chiba, rated no. 3 by the IBF, turned pro in 2008 at age 18 following a successful 60-6 amateur career that included winning the High School, Interscholastic and National Festival titles. As a pro, he has won the Japanese and OPBF bantamweight belts. After losing to Englishman Lee Haskins for the interim IBF world bantamweight championship in his only fight outside of Japan, Iwasa moved up to junior featherweight. He has earned three impressive wins since then and will be making his US debut against Rosa.

"I would like to thank DiBella Entertainment, Teiken Promotions and Celes Boxing for this opportunity," said Iwasa. "I had a great training camp in Japan and am in the best condition of my career. I have been here in Mashantucket for a few days and am fully acclimated, no jet lag issues. I am excited to be fighting in the United States for the first time. It has been my dream to fight here and I am very motivated for this bout."

Army Reserve Captain and middleweight Boyd Melson (15-1-1, 4 KOs), of White Plains, NY, last fought in May of 2015, seizing the WBC USNBC 154lb. title with a victory over Mike Ruiz. Though happy in retirement, Melson felt compelled to return to action for a very important cause. As fatal drug overdoses are on the rise, Melson is fighting to bring awareness to the heroin epidemic currently plaguing the borough of Staten Island. Throughout his pro career, Melson regularly donated his fight purses to stem cell research via the Fight To Walk foundation. However, his purse for Saturday's eight-round bout against Brooklyn's Courtney Pennington (8-4-1, 4 KOs) will be donated to Big Vision, a nonprofit that helps those battling addiction. Melson, who graduated from West Point as a Lieutenant, made it to the Olympic trials in 2004 and 2008 as an amateur, and won the 2004 World Military Boxing Championships as well. Turning pro in 2010, Melson's only loss came in a 2012 war against the unbeaten Delen Parsley, in which both boxers hit the canvas.

Popular heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos (16-1, 14 KOs), of Lawrence, MA, will square off against local rival Jesse Barboza (11-2-1, 7 KOs), of Hyannis, MA, with the vacant New England heavyweight championship at stake, scheduled for eight rounds. Santos had a brief amateur career ending with an 18-2 record and two New England Golden Gloves titles. Barboza, also a successful amateur, was a three-time New England Golden Gloves champion. With a style better suited for the professional ranks, six of Santos' 14 knockouts since his 2009 debut have come in the first round. His only loss came to Daniel Martz, having suffered a torn ACL in the opening round. However, Santos avenged that defeat on April 9, with a seventh-round knockout of Martz to win the IBO International heavyweight crown.

Russian amateur prodigy Radzhab Butaev (3-0, 3 KOs), co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. and managed by Vadim Kornilov, will challenge for the NABF junior middleweight title against the experienced Hungarian Gabor Gorbics (22-3, 13 KOs), of Budapest. The 22-year-old Butaev, born in Salsk, Russia, and now living in Los Angeles, was a highly accomplished amateur, having compiled an incredible 304-12 record, with 164 knockouts. He participated in the World Series of Boxing as well, finishing at 9-1. Gorbics is a former Hungarian junior welterweight and welterweight and Slovakian welterweight champion, who also has a 35-3 record as a kickboxer. Gorbics has wins over six undefeated opponents and has never been stopped in his three losses. Incredibly active, he has already fought 12 times this year.

Debuting in April, 18-year-old local favorite Mykquan Williams (4-0, 3 KOs), of East Hartford, CT, will seek his fifth straight victory at Foxwoods, in a four-round welterweight bout versus Puerto Rican Jimmy Rosario (2-3, 1 KO). 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 Championships. Rosario has never been stopped and has a win over 3-0 Hector Rivera in his last bout in September.

A native of County Cork, Ireland, former Irish National champion Noel Murphy (6-0, 2 KOs), now living and training in Yonkers, NY, will box Mohamed Allam (3-1, 1 KO), of Holyoke, MA, in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for six rounds. Allam is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over 4-0 prospect Travis Demko in May.

Following a first-round stoppage victory in his July pro debut, middleweight Christopher Davis-Fogg (1-0, 1 KO), of Framingham, MA, will also be on the card in a four-round bout versus Quincy Brown (1-3), of Milbrook, AL. Davis-Fogg was a three-time Rocky Marciano Tournament winner and a Lowell Golden Gloves champion as an amateur.

Tickets for the November 19 Broadway Boxing event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Teiken Promotions and presented by Cedars Mediterranean Foods, Nissan of Queens, Azad Watches, OPTYX, and Christos Steak House, are priced at $125, $75 and $45. Tickets can be purchased online at Foxwoods.com, Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-200-2882, or visiting the Foxwoods box office. Doors open at 6:30pm, with the first fight scheduled for 7:00pm.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unbeaten Contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko Meets

Former World Champion Sam Soliman in Main Event of

Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes

Thursday, July 21 from Foxwoods Resort Casino

in Mashantucket, CT

(8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)

Plus! Undefeated Brawler Ievgen Khytrov Meets

Middleweight Contender Paul Mendez in Co-Main Event

MASHANTUCKET, CT (June 27, 2016) - Rising middleweight contender Sergiy "The Technician" Derevyanchenko (8-0, 6 KOs) will take on former world champion Sam "King" Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN & ESPN Deportes on Thursday, July 21 from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a middleweight showdown between hard-hitting Ievgen Khytrov (13-0, 11 KOs) and California's Paul Mendez (19-2-2, 9 KOs) in 10-rounds of action.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to headline against an experienced former champion," said Derevyanchenko. "Soliman has accomplished a lot, but right now he is standing in the way of me being a world champion. You will see the best version of me on July 21 and I will show why I am a dangerous fighter in this division."

"This is a crossroads fight so I am leaving nothing to chance and will do every bit of training needed to win this fight," said Soliman. "We are both fighting for world title position and I know Sergiy will fight hard for this win. This all makes it a great contest."

"On July 21, PBC on ESPN will feature two Ukrainian amateur prodigies and former Olympians who are now tearing through the middleweight division," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Sergiy Derevyanchenko, just eight fights into his pro career, will meet the experienced former champion Sam Soliman in a world title eliminator. The explosive Ievgen Khytrov, known as the 'Ukranian Lion', will open the telecast facing contender Paul Mendez in the toughest test of his career."

"Foxwoods Resort Casino continues to offer the most compelling nationally-televised boxing events, featuring the very best fighters in the world," said Felix Rappaport, President & CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. "For nearly 25 years, Foxwoods has been considered the 'Fight Capital of the Northeast,' and our Summer Boxing Series will only build upon that fact. In true Foxwoods fashion, boxing fans can expect non-stop action and excitement from the moment the bell rings."

A highly decorated amateur who represented his native Ukraine in the 2008 Olympics, Derevyanchenko now lives and trains in Brooklyn. The unbeaten 30-year-old defeated a slew of experienced contenders in 2015 with wins over Elvin Ayala, Alan Campa, Vladine Biosse and a thrilling third-round stoppage of Jessie Nicklow. He began 2016 by stopping Mike Guy in March and will look to keep that momentum going on July 21.

An experienced fighter who was once a kickboxing champion, Soliman won his middleweight world title in 2014 when he defeated Felix Sturm in Germany. Representing Melbourne, Australia, Soliman owns a victory over former world champion Sakio Bika in addition to triumphs over veterans Enrique Ornelas, Les Sherrington, Giovanni Lorenzo and Sean Sulivan.

Another Olympian who represented his native Ukraine, Khytrov also won an Amatuer World Championship before turning pro in 2013. Since then, the 27-year-old has dominated on his way to stopping contenders Josh Luteran and Nick Brinson in addition to previously unbeaten fighters Maurice Louishomme and Aaron Coley. Now training out of Brooklyn, his last outing saw him dominate Kenneth McNeil in his first 10-round bout.

Fighting out of Delano, Calif., Mendez is undefeated in his last 15 bouts including four victories in 2015. A pro since 2009, the 27-year-old will be making his east coast debut on July 21 after stopping Andrik Saralegui in August and defeating veteran David Alonso Lopez.

 
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

WORLD-CLASS EVENT SAT. NIGHT IN MONTREAL

JEAN PASCAL VS. GEORGE BLADES

ALVAREZ VS. MIRANDA, LEMIEUX VS. UPSHAW

The return of "Superman" Stevenson Vs. Tavoris Cloud.

MONTREAL (September 26, 2013) - While media attention has focused on Saturday night's "The Return Of Superman" main event (airing live on HBO in the United States), featuring World Boxing Council (WBC), The Ring Magazine and lineal world light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) in his first title defense against former world title-holder Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs), the remainder of this stacked card at historic Bell Centre in Montreal also showcases five other Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) world-class fighters in action.

First, former WBC, The Ring Magazine and lineal light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (22-2-1, 16 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since defeating Aleksy Kuziemski last December. His opponent is American George "Honey Boy" Blades (23-4-2, 16 KOs). The last time the WBC #2-rated Pascal did not participate in the main bout of a major event was back in December of 2007, when he faced Brian Norman at the Bell Centre. Joachim Alcine then successfully defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) light middleweight title belt against Alfonso Mosquera in the main event.

Jean Pascal

"It is a privilege and a luxury to have Pascal's participation in Saturday night's event," said President Yvon Michel of GYM. "He is still considered one of the biggest stars in the light heavyweight division and we all look forward to seeing him back in action. He's fighting for all the right reasons on Saturday and it was good to see him happily smiling during training camp. Currently there is no opponent who is more important for Jean's career than Blades. I expect an inspired performance from him as HBO executives watch him in action."

The 39-year-old Blades has been a professional boxer since 1999. From his pro debut through 2007, he won 20 of his first 22 pro fights to join the ranks of world heavyweight contenders. In June of 2007, he had a world title shot against World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (26-0-0), who won by 11th round technical knockout in Hungary. Blades has won his last two fights, most recently against James Morrow (12-19-3), on February 16 in his home state of Indiana.

Another world light heavyweight contender from Montreal, whose return has been long anticipated, is North American Boxing Association (NABA) and North American Boxing Organization (NABO) light heavyweight champion, Eleider "Storm" Alavarez (12-0, 8 KOs). The WBA and WBO #4 Alvarez faces fellow Colombian, Edison "Pantera" Miranda (35-8-0, 30 KOs). Alvarez has won his last three fights by knockout, including the last two against the world-rated opponents Danny McIntosh and Nicholson Poulard. Alvarez wants his world title shot soon and a convincing victory on his part could precipitate many things in the short or medium term.

Storm (R) explodes on opponent

Miranda is a dangerous puncher, whose early meteoric rise resulted in a pair of unsuccessful world title fights, seeks to revive his career. According to his promoter Leon Margules, Miranda doubled his training workouts, "Edison is only 32 years old but he is aware that he must absolutely win September 28th because it is his last chance, explaining why he has trained in Florida with so much determination.

Because he and Alvarez are both Colombian, their fight is so much more personal, passionate and emotional for both warriors."

Another GYM fighter patiently waiting to explode on the international scene, middleweight prospect David Lemieux (29-2-0, 28 KOs), will also be in action Saturday night at Bell Centre. Now ranked #14 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and #15 by the WBC, Lemieux takes on American upset-specialist Marcus Upshaw (15-10-2, 7 KOs) . The latter is well-known in Quebec having shocked Quebec fighter Renan St-Juste three years ago in Quebec City "At 6' 4'' with an aggressive style, it is possible that David may look bad at times in this fight, but this is the kind of strong and complicated opponent that will allow David to grow," Lemieux' trainer Marc Ramsay commented. Lemieux has won his last four fights by KO and his opponents lasted a total of only six rounds during this sequence.

Welterweight Antonin Decarie (27-2, 7 KOs) fought his last two times before HBO cameras and, despite losing his last fight to Argentina Carlos Abregu (35-1, 28 KOs), he showed the right stuff to evolve into a potential world champion. The 30-year-old Decarie, rated #10 by the WBC, still has a very bright future ahead of him. He has also been selected to represent North America in the WBC's World Cup tournament that should get underway in late 2013. In a six-rounder to stay active, Decarie will face the Frenchman Salim Larbi (17-3-2, 5 KOs) this Saturday evening. Larbi fought for the WBO world title as recently as 2012.

IBF I / C and NABA welterweight contender, IBF #3 rated Kevin Bizier (20-0, 14 KOs), of Quebec, will also be back in action after fully recovering from a painful ankle sprain. His opponent is veteran Giuseppe Lauri (53-14, 31 KOs), a native of Italy who now lives in Hungary. Bizier could be one of the main headliners of a GYM event tentatively scheduled for November in Quebec City.

Finally, Saturday night's event will allow former world amateur champion Artur Beterbiev (1-0, 1 KOs) to continue learning, this time in a six-round, light heavyweight fight. To demonstrate the confidence that GYM places in Beterbiev, in only his second professional outing, the Russian prospect will fight a veteran of 47 professional fights, Rayco Saunders (23-22-2, 10 KOs). It's highly usual for a young prospect like Beterbiev, who hasn't lost since a cut cost him an amateur match in 2003, to fight a veteran such as Saunders so early into his pro career.
"Superman Returns," headlined by the world light heavyweight championship between defending champion Stevenson and challenger Cloud, is being presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), Don King Productions (DKP) and Gary Shaw Productions (GSP), in association with Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron.

Saturday night's gala event at Bell Centre promises to be memorable, featuring an awesome line-up of fighters in significant matches.

Doors at the Bell Centre will open Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. ET with the first fight scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET. Stevenson vs. Cloud on HBO in the U.S. is slated to start around 10:30 p.m. ET.


 

GGG TKO THREE . . .

GOLOVKIN IS FOR REAL!!
-       Ron Ross
 
            WOW!! Gennady Golovkin may just be the very best fighter on the planet today. His dominance and stoppage of the UK’s Matthew Macklin was his 14th consecutive knockout victory and 23rd in his 27 all-winning career bouts, as he retained the IBO and WBA middleweight titles. The baby-faced Kazakhstanian terror nailed Macklin with a paralyzing left hook to the solar-plexus that completely immobilized the tough Irishman at 1:22 of the 3rd round. The knockout served as an exclamation point to a performance so impressive, as Golovkin’s cat-like moves and speed kept him in punching range and as hard as Macklin tried – and he made a gallant effort – there was no holding off the punching prowess of Golovkin,  Next stop – he wants Sergio Martinez. The question is, does Sergio or any clear-thinking fighter want to step in against Golovkin.

 
            In the ten-round super-middleweight semi-windup featuring two undefeated battlers, South Africa’s Thomas Oosthuizen, 21(13)-0-1, was fortunate to come away with a draw against  the aggressive Californian, Brandon Gonzalez, 17 (10)-0 who kept the pressure on throughout the ten rounds. Gonzalez dominated the early rounds and was throwing the harder punches but tired slightly at the end, giving Oosthuizen the opportunity to inch his way back into the fight, at least in the minds of the officials, if not the crowd.
 
            

 

 

MATTHYSSE DESTROYS PETERSON

By Sean Sullivan

 In a highly anticipated SHOWTIME-televised battle of top junior welterweights, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, interim WBC titlist Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse, 140, 34-2 (32 KOs), Trelew, Argentina, impressively stopped IBF belt-holder Lamont Peterson, 141, 31-2-1 (16 KOs), Washington, D.C. inside three exciting rounds. Because the IBF does not allow unifications with interim titles, the contest’s weight limit was moved up one pound so that Peterson’s belt was not at stake.

 At the outset, Matthysse set a fast pace with his stalking aggression. Following a feeling-out first round, the Argentinean threw a right hand to the body that missed followed by a left hook that grazed the top of Peterson’s head to drop him. He arose and, with only seconds remaining in the frame, was saved by the bell.

 Matthysse came out looking for the knockout in round three and a brawl broke out, with Peterson doing his best to fend off his adversary. As he has in the past, when Peterson has been hurt, he tends to trade leather with his opponent. However, that was clearly the wrong strategy against “The Machine”. Leaving himself open, Peterson went down again from another monstrous left hook. He wearily climbed to his feet only to be met with another right hand-left hook combination to floor him for the third and final time. Referee Steve Smoger waved the fight over at the 2:14 mark.

 “Now we all know who the best 140-pound fighter is,” said Matthysse after the bout. It looks like he’ll have a chance to prove that soon, as Golden Boy has penciled in September 7th for a showdown pitting Matthysse against the undefeated WBC/“Super” WBA titlist Danny Garcia, who was watching the action from ringside. Garcia is coming off a decision victory over former champion Zab Judah in April.

 ALEXANDER “THE GREAT” OUTCLASSES PURDY 

IBF welterweight titlist Devon Alexander, 146¾, 25-1 (14 KOs), St. Louis, MO, opened the telecast facing late replacement Lee Purdy, 147¾, 20-4-1 (13 KOs), Colchester, England, who was filling in for the injured Kell Brook. Since Purdy weighed in above the welterweight limit, he was ineligible to win the crown. The much-faster Alexander kept a safe distance, looking to pot-shot the Englishman with straights, hooks and uppercuts. With absolutely nothing to lose, Purdy’s only chance to win was to turn the bout into a brawl and hope to land a lucky shot. Round after round, Alexander was the busier fighter repeatedly pot-shotting a gun-shy Purdy. Prior to the start of round eight, Purdy’s corner threw in the towel—against the wishes of their fighter—feeling that the Englishman was taking too much punishment. It was the first time that Purdy had lost via stoppage and the first TKO victory for Alexander since 2010. During post-fight comments, Alexander said that he hurt his left hand in the first round. Purdy’s trainer, middleweight contender Darren Barker cited previous issues with his fighter’s nose as reason for halting the contest.

 Amir Khan’s brother Haroon Khan, 116½, 2-0 (1 KO), Bolton, England, made his US debut quickly dispatching of Vicente Medellin, 115, 0-6, Riverside, CA, by dropping him twice within 57 seconds of round one. The first knockdown was the result of a straight right upstairs and the second trip to the deck came from crippling body shots.

 Coming off a draw against former lightweight titlist Julio Diaz, Shawn Porter, 150, 21-0-1 (14 KOs), Las Vegas, used the aggression of Phil Lo Greco, 150, 25-1 (14 KOs), Toronto, Canada, against him as he found openings to land powerful counter hooks from in close. As the rounds went by, Lo Greco’s offense grew more and more desperate, reduced to throwing wild swings. Frustrated by his lack of success, in round four, Lo Greco resorted to using verbal jabs to attack Porter. The Las Vegas-resident remained poised, tattooing his adversary’s face with straight rights and left uppercuts. Over the latter rounds, Porter darted in and out with quick bursts of combinations. At the end of round eight, Porter landed a straight right that, combined with Lo Greco’s slippery feet, resulted in a knockdown. An exhausted Lo Greco was felled again in the 10th and final frame as well. Scorecards read 100-89, and 100-88 twice, all for Porter via unanimous decision.

 Washington D.C. southpaw Thomas Williams Jr., 175, 14-0 (10 KOs), was extended eight lumbering rounds by Sacramento, California’s durable Otis Griffin, 175, now 24-13-2 (10 KOs)—and 1-6 in his previous seven bouts. Neither boxer provided much substantial offense. Williams had more success with his right hook than any other punch. A unanimous decision was awarded to Williams on scores of 80-72, and 79-73 twice.

 In his American debut, former British Olympian middleweight Anthony Ogogo, 159, 2-0 (1 KO), of East Anglia, England, took on Edgar Perez, 159, 5-5 (3 KOs)—coming in having lost four straight fights—of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It would have served Ogogo well to go to the body to bring down Perez’ high guard. Instead, the inexperienced Englishman spent many rounds punching the gloves of Perez, who used his mitts more as a pair of earmuffs than an offensive weapon. After six rounds, the judges tallied 60-53, and 60-54 twice, all for Ogogo.

 The speed, accuracy and defense of former IBO flyweight titlist Cesar Seda, 117½, 25-1 (17 KOs), Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, proved too much for fellow southpaw Miguel Tamayo, 117½, 13-6-2 (11 KOs), Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Only when Seda decided to stop boxing on his toes did Tamayo have success in exchanges. Seda really pressed the action in round six breaking down Tamayo’s body then finishing with overhand lefts to the head. It was also Seda’s assault to the midsection that had Tamayo in retreat in the eighth and final stanza. Scorecards read 80-70, 80-72, and 79-73, all for Seda. The sixth and eighth rounds were scored 10-8 by judge Lawrence Layton.

 Lamont’s younger brother Anthony Peterson, 136½, 32-1 (21 KOs), Washington, D.C., chased Dominic Salcido, 136½, 18-5 (9 KOs), Rialto, CA, around the ring and when in close range, he would drop left hooks to the body to set up quick straight rights upstairs. After two rounds, the bout was stopped when Salcido declined to come out for round three having suffered a broken nose.

 Three-time Olympian Rau’Shee Warren, 118, 12-0 (2 KOs), Cincinnati, OH, floored Angel Carvajal, 116, 2-2, Chicago, IL, in every round en route to a TKO4 at 2:05 of the frame. 

Robert Easter Jr., 133½, 4-0 (4 KOs), Toledo, OH, TKO2 (1:30) Eduardo Guillen, 132, 0-3, Brownsville, TX. 

Jamel Herring, 134, 3-0 (2 KOs), Coram, NY, stopped Victor Galindo, 134½, 1-2, San Juan, Puerto Rico, in just 121 seconds of round one.

 

 

 

PITTSBURGH KID VICTORIOUS AGAIN

Paul "The Pittsburgh Kid" Spadafora (47-0-1, 19 KO's) won his second fight this year, securing a ten-round unanimous decision against rugged Solomon Egberime (22-4-1, 11 KO's) in a welterweight battle. Spadafora won by scores of 98-91, 97-94 and 100-90.

Spadafora, 37, utilized terrific feints and worked behind a reliable right jab to dictate the pace of the fight. At times, Egberime landed some firm right-hand shots. Yet, Spadafora's peerless reflexes allowed him to roll with Egberime's punches to avoid the full effect.

Both men battled blow-for-blow in round four. Spadafora remained poised, and ripped off a series of methodical combinations. Spadafora's right jab really made it difficult for the 34-year-old to get into a groove.

Although Spadafora was decisively putting rounds in the bank, Egberime undoubtedly made him work.



In the eighth and ninth rounds, Spadafora's punch volume dropped and Egberime took full advantage, connecting with blistering right-hand shots to the body and head. Spadafora acquired a small cut under his right eye. However, Spadafora stepped up the pace in round ten, nailing Egberime with an accumulation of punishing shots off the right jab to close the show strong.

With the victory, Spadafora may have cemented a clash against Brooklyn's Paul Malignaggi for Malignaggi's WBA World welterweight title in the near future.


In the co-main event, lightweight Monty Meza-Clay (34-3, 21 KO's) defeated Emmanuel Lucero (26-13-1, 14 KO's) by an eight-round, unanimous decision in their second meeting via scores of 77-75 twice and 80-72. Lucero has now lost seven fights in a row. Previously, Meza-Clay captured an eight-round, majority decision versus Lucero on July 14, 2012.

Meza-Clay, 31, and Lucero, 34, battled in close quarters, striking each other with brutal body shots the entire fight. Both fighters displayed similar styles, which enabled them to engage in a fan-friendly slugfest.


Peter Oluoch (12-6-2, 6 KO's), 34, of Nairobi, Kenya, handed Jake "The Bull" Giuriceo, 27, of Youngstown, Ohio, (16-2-1, 3 KO's) his second consecutive loss, winning a five-round, split decision in a highly-competitive, junior welterweight showdown.

Oluoch's stiff left jab, along with a distinct height and reach advantage kept Giuriceo off-balance in the first two rounds. Giuriceo attempted to close the distance, but ate many punches in his effort doing so because he lacked a steady jab. However, Giuriceo began to find his rhythm in round three, unleashing a higher punch output.

In round four, Oluoch successfully connected with countless, flush right crosses to Giuriceo's head.

During the early moments of the fifth round, Oluoch discharged a vicious right uppercut, snapping Giuriceo's head back. Giuriceo continued to employ a relentless attack, but Oluoch was much more consistent finding the target.

At the end of the round, the ringside physician deemed Giuriceo unable to continue due to a cut sustained from an accidental clash of heads. Official scores were 49-46 and 48-47 in favor of Oluoch, and 48-47 for Giuriceo.
 

Morgan "Big Chief" Fitch (8-0, 4 KO's) remained unbeaten, stopping Cameron Allen (4-12, 2 KO's) in the first round of a super middleweight contest. Fitch, 29, hit Allen with a paralyzing left hook to the liver. Time of the stoppage was 2:28. Originally from Louisiana, Fitch now resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


In a welterweight match-up, Bill Hutchinson, 23, (5-1-2, 3 KO's) stopped Jose Caraballo (5-5, 1 KO) at :39 of the second round. After landing numerous left hooks to Caraballo's head in round one, Hutchinson dropped him with a powerful overhand right. Moments later, Hutchinson landed a rock-solid, overhand right that sent Caraballo sprawling to the floor as the bell rang ending round one. Caraballo did not last much longer. Hutchinson struck Caraballo with an overwhelming right cross-left hook combination, prompting the referee to halt the action.


Joey "The Hitman" Holt (1-0, 1 KO) scored a first-round knockout in his professional debut against Alan Moore in a light middleweight contest (3-18, 2 KO's). Holt, who is also an MMA fighter, floored Moore three times, as the bout was halted due to the 3-knockdown rule in West Virginia.

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Posted By Michael Gerard Seiler to BOXING LEDGER | LATEST BOXING BLOGS | BOXING ARTICLES | BOXING BLOG FIGHT at 12/02/2012 12:02:00 AMBRONER STOPS DEMARCO TO BECOME WBC LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION

 

BRONER STOPS DEMARCO IN ATLANTIC CITY

By Sean Sullivan

 From Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, NJ, Golden Boy Promotions staged a doubleheader featuring Adrien Broner vs. Antonio DeMarco and Seth Mitchell vs. Johnathon Banks, televised by HBO’s “World Championship Boxing.” Just two weeks following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that devastated the tri-state area, Golden Boy Promotions made sure to donate two dollars per ticket sold and $1,000 per knockout scored during the event to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City. Since every fight on the card ended in a knockout, that sum totaled $7,000. Oscar De La Hoya and Caesars Atlantic City both promised to match those funds to add to the pot as well.

 After failing to make weight for his WBO junior lightweight title defense back in July, Adrien Broner, 134½, 25-0 (21 KOs), Cincinnati, OH, moved up five pounds to dominate Antonio DeMarco, 134½, 28-3-1 (21 KOs), Los Mochis, MX, over eight frames to win the WBC lightweight title.

 Broner and the southpaw DeMarco started out by circling each other at a distance, calculating to land their signature punches. Although, the challenger’s superior speed enabled him to control the action. DeMarco upped his aggression in rounds three and four but was still only able to land glancing blows at best. In round four, Broner settled in to stay in the pocket to repeatedly pot shot his foe, a style he refers to as “shake and bake”. Adrien’s consistent pot shots snapped DeMarco’s head back so often in round five, it almost warranted a 10-8 score. DeMarco’s lack of defense was startling and Broner continued to employ his game plan over the middle frames.

 Broner focused on body shots in round eight and when DeMarco began to wilt, bending at the waist, a left hook upstairs dropped him. DeMarco’s corner waved the white flag of surrender and when it was clear that their fighter would not rise to his feet, referee Benji Esteves halted the bout at 1:48 of the round. All three judges scored the bout 69-64 through eight rounds. Broner outlanded DeMarco 241 to 93 overall.

 Entering the ring with a string of 10 consecutive knockouts, all within five rounds or less, American heavyweight hopeful and NABO titlist Seth Mitchell, 242, 25-1-1 (19 KOs), Brandywine, MD, took on former disciple of the late Emanuel Steward Jonathon Banks, 218½, 29-1-1 (19 KOs), Detroit, MI. Prior to tonight, Banks had accrued a record of 8-0-1 (4 KOs) as a heavyweight since moving up from cruiserweight following his lone defeat to Tomasz Adamek in 2009. The vacant WBC International belt was also on the line.

 Mitchell slowly waded his way inside, swinging wildly, until a right hand high on the head caught Banks’ attention. Banks was content to stay on the outside using his jab, looking for counter shots. In round two, Banks’ strategy paid off as a left uppercut-right hand combination caught Mitchell wide open and dropped him. Mitchell arose and wild trading ensued until an overhand right floored Mitchell a second time. With Mitchell up again but still unsteady on his feet, Banks finished the job landing another overhand right to score the third and final knockdown.  

Banks, now the NABO and WBC International heavyweight champion, won by TKO at 2:37 of round two. One week earlier, he stepped into the late Steward’s role as head trainer in the corner of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko during his defense against Mariusz Wach in Germany. 

“The fight is dedicated to Emanuel Steward and everything he did in me life since I was 15,” said Banks. “Seth never saw my left hook. He was not experienced enough to hold, therefore I was able to hurt him at will.” 

After the fight, Mitchell acknowledged, “He’s a counter puncher. I threw a punch that was out of reach and he caught me.”

OFF-TV UNDERCARD RESULTS

 Daniel Sostre, 11-8-1 (4 KOs), 146, Highland, NY, who went 0-4-1 in his previous five bouts, stunned Toronto’s aggressive Phil Lo Greco, 149, 25-0 (14 KOs), in round one with a right hand counter then seized the opportunity following up with a barrage that felled the Canadian seconds before the bell. In round two, Sostre banged to the body to bring down Lo Greco’s guard and then he let loose with left hooks upstairs that found their mark. By round three, Lo Greco was in command of his senses and was pressuring Sostre, who remained in pursuit of the perfect counter shot. From round five on, Lo Greco hammered Sostre against the ropes for long stretches, while the New Yorker fired back in combination when he could. With Lo Greco dishing out more punishment in round seven, the referee intervened to halt the action at 0:45 of the frame. For Lo Greco, it was the second time in a row that he hit the canvas in the first round only to rise onto victory.

 Toward the end of round one, Bernard Hopkins’ nephew Demetrius Hopkins, 154½, 32-2-1 (12 KOs), Philadelphia, began to find a home for his right hand against Joshua Snyder, 158, 9-8-1 (3 KOs), York, PA. The right hand remained Hopkins’ most effective weapon in between the consistent grappling and clinching that marred the contest. After suffering a standing eight-count having been hit by a right upstairs, Snyder was hurt by the same punch upon rising to his feet and Hopkins teed off until referee Earl Graham jumped in to end the bout at 1:26 of round five.

 Philadelphia’s Julian Williams, 154, 10-0-1 (5 KOs), used proper footwork and combinations to break down the high guard of Jonuel Tapia, 154½, 8-3-1 (5 KOs), Bronx, NY. By round two, Williams’ leather was already getting through, as Tapia’s mug began to redden. Looking to do further damage, Williams leaned in shoulder-to-shoulder against Tapia and engaged in trench warfare. Tapia simply wasn’t active enough. Round five was competitive featuring some exciting exchanges, but Williams maintained control. Feeling that Tapia was taking too much punishment, referee Huggins call a halt to the contest at 2:10 of round seven.

 Bushwick, Brooklyn’s junior welterweight prospect Zachary Ochoa, 140½, 3-0 (3 KOs), immediately rushed across the ring to drop Michael Salcido, 145, 1-5, Casa Grande, AZ, with a jab-right hand combination. He arose only to be felled again by a right to the body and a follow-up right upstairs. A left hook-right hand combination floored Salcido for a third and final time at 2:09 of round one.  

Junior lightweight Terron Grant, 130, 5-0 (3 KOs), White Plains, MD, stopped southpaw Abraham Esquivel, 131½, 5-3 (3 KOs), Monterey, MX, at 2:14 of round one. Grant pressured Esquivel, who was more than happy to trade, leaving himself open to counters. Grant’s brutal assault to the body resulted in Esquivel hitting the deck twice. On his feet once more, Grant finished the job with a combination atop the head. 

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CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING RETURNS TO BROOKLYN

- Ron Ross
 
Brooklyn is back on the fistic map! It’s over 81 years since Maxie Rosenbloom outpointed Jimmy Slattery in a light heavyweight title bout that Brooklyn has hosted another championship fight but some things are worth waiting for. Saturday night’s pugilistic extravaganza at the magnificent Barclay’s Center, featuring four world championship fights on the nine bout card, falls into that “worth waiting for” category. Over seven hours highlighted by spectacular punching prowess, some artistic ring craftsmanship and an all-around unforgettable evening. It was the first of an intended series of boxing events to be put on by Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions at this venue.

 

The beginning of Boxing at Barclays was ushered in with what should be the finale to a great career as legendary former 5-time world champion Erik Morales suffered an electrifying fourth round knockout at the hands of undefeated dynamite-fisted Philadelphian Danny Garcia who previously took Morales’ WBC 140-pound crown via a 12-round unanimous decision in January. This time a devastating left hook blasted Mexico’s pride, Morales, through the lower strand of ropes, draped there like a broken rag doll. The end was signaled immediately. No count was necessary. It was all over at 1:23 of Round 4, giving Garcia, now 25-0, 16 KO’s the WBA and WBC and Ring Super Lightweight Championships. Morales’ career should close at 52-9, 36 KO’s.

 

The battle for the WBA Welterweight Championship between the brash champion, Paulie Malignaggi and Mexican warrior Pablo Cesar Cano, started out as an artistic showcase for the Brooklyn Magic Man. A win was a step in setting up a probable Brooklyn mega-fight against Dmitriy Salita. So Paulie worked like any good –no, GREAT – artist at work painting a design in blood-red over the left side of Cano’s face, his source being a cut on the left eyelid of his opponent. For seven rounds, he captivated his audience –then, the tide changed as Cano finally zeroed in on his tormentor and became effective in backing Malignaggi up and walking through Paulie’s punches, flicking them aside and firing back, Paulie showed heart and continued fighting back, but now he was coming in second on most exchanges. In this sport, there are no medals for second place. When Cano dropped Malignaggi with an overhand right in the eleventh round, much of the crowd was roaring for the gutsy Mexican to pull it out. However, Paulie’s early lead was just a bit too much to overcome as he copped a razor-thin split decision victory with two judges giving him a 114-113 nod.
 

Holding up his end of the needed dual victories, Salita rushed to the arena as soon as he completed his Sabbath observance by not traveling until after sundown and climbed into the ring at approximately 7:40 PM for his six round bout. He was the complete workman against his opponent from Hannibal Missouri, Brandon Hoskins, sporting a 16-2-1, 8 KO’s record, staying on top of his man and controlling the action throughout the six rounds, landing well with a left jab that kept Hoskins on the defensive and permitted Salita to move and vary his attack, working well with brief body attacks, then moving upstairs, occasionally working short combinations, hooking off the jab and following with the right, which for the most part was used more as a diversion than as a weapon. It was a competent, well-executed performance that earned him a near-shut-out win with tallies of 60-54, 59-55-59-55. It should set the stage for a championship fight with Malignaggi

 
In one of the evening’s outstanding fights, New York’s Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillen decisively outpointed WBO Middleweight Champion Hassan N’Dam, a guy with no quit in him, who, although being dropped 6 times – 5 from from Quillen’s whip-like left hook and once from a left hook-right cross combination –continued fighting back. All three judges scored the fight 115-107 for the new champ, Peter Quillen, still undefeated at 28-0, 20 KO’s while N’Dam tastes his first defeat, 27-1, 17 KO’s.
 
Even the boo-birds had a chance to vent themselves as they hooted their displeasure at the lackluster 12-round IBF Championship between titleholder Randall Bailey of Miami, FL – now former titleholder- and St. Louis, Missouri’s Devon Alexander. With the arena sounding like a chorus of unhappy owls, Alexander won a rather easy, though uninspiring, decision, 116-111,115-110, 117-109, to improve to 24-1,13 KO’s. as Bailey dropped to 43-8, 37 KO’s.
 

 

 

 

 

 

ROSADO - WHITTAKER STEPS INTO MAIN EVENT

KOVALEV FACES THOMPSON

September 21, Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

NBC Sports Network 'Fight Night'

Philadelphia's "King" Gabriel Rosado will step up into the main event on Friday, September 21st when "NBCSN Fight Night" returns to the Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. Rosado, ranked #3 in the world among junior middleweights, will take on #2 ranked Charles Whittaker of the Cayman Islands in a bout for the #1 position in the IBF Junior Middleweight division. The victor will be guaranteed the opportunity to fight for the IBF Middleweight Title now held by Cornelius "K9" Bundrage. 

New Rosado Photo Gabe Rosado

The change was made when top rated light heavyweight Gabriel Campillo, who had been slated to face hot Russian prospect Sergey Kovalev in the main event, was sidelined yesterday with a back injury suffered in training.

A native of Chelyabinsk, Russia now living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Kovalev (18-0-1, 16 KO's) will move into the swing bout position where he will take on Buffalo, New York's Lionell "Lonnie B" Thompson. (12-1, 8KO's)

"Lonnie B" Thompson

In the co-feature, Bethlehem's own Ronald Cruz will take a big step up in class when he faces Antoine Smith in what promises to be an all-action welterweight bout.

"It is unfortunate that Campillo cannot compete on September 21st," said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. "But his promoter, Sampson Lewkowicz, has assured me that we can reschedule this match just as soon as Campillo recovers. In the meantime, the fans will still get to see what Kovalev has to offer in a great bout with Thompson, who has been in the gym working with Chad Dawson to prepare him for this weekend's fight with Andre Ward."

According to NBCSN Fight Night matchmaker J. Russell Peltz, the match between Kovalev and Thompson should be outstanding. "I looked at footage of Thompson and I was quite impressed, especially after checking out his amateur background. He's got the style to give Kovalev trouble and after getting in shape by working with Chad Dawson for the last month, who knows what can happen? In his last fight he lost by split decision to a world-rated Canadian light-heavyweight in Quebec. So you can draw your own conclusions."

A highly-decorated amateur who counts five New York Golden Gloves titles among his many championships, Thompson followed up his stint sparring with Dawson in Las Vegas by moving on to help prepare Isaac Chilemba for his upcoming bout. Coming off a 10-round disputed decision loss to Nicholson Poulard (brother of Jean Pascal) in Poulard's home town, Thompson has also worked as a sparring partner with Carl Froch, Troy Ross and Pascal. He is trained by former world title challenger Ross Thompson (no relation).

 

 

"FREIGHT TRAIN" WALKER

READY TO ROLL OVER ADAMEK

NEWARK, NJ - Travis "Freight Train" Walker, 39-7-1, 31 KOs, has waited a long time to make his move in the heavyweight division. The eight-year pro originally from Tallahassee, FL, has fought all over the world against major competition. But he will get his biggest opportunity to gain attention from the boxing public when he faces former two-time world champ Tomasz Adamek, 46-2, 28 KOs, in the 12-round main event at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center on Saturday afternoon, September 8, 2012. Adamek's IBF North American Heavyweight Title will be on the line in the fight.

"This is probably my biggest chance," Walker said. "I'm very confident, and feel really good about it. I've been at this place before, and I'm very proud of myself for getting here again. It was a long, long road I travelled to get back here."

At 6'4 ½" tall and weighing in at about 245 pounds, the 33-year old Walker is taller, heavier, and younger than Adamek. The Tallahasse native will look to leverage these advantages when he meets the former champ in the rare afternoon-set fight card.

Walker looked like a "Freight Train" in his last bout, when he brutally halted Kali Meehan in the sixth round of their IBF Pan Pacific Heavyweight Title Fight in March. Meehan could not take the punishment dealt by Walker, and the contest was stopped less than one minute into round six.

In contrast, Walker feels Tomasz Adamek had a tough night in his last outing--a 12-round points win over Eddie Chambers at Newark's Prudential Center in June. Walker hopes that he can prove that Adamek's difficulties with Chambers were signs of slippage that will help to improve his own chances.

"I don't think he's the fighter he was," Walker said of his opponent.

With 31 knockouts in his 39 victories, it is clear that Travis will be looking to over-power the tough former champion, who is currently ranked #3 by the IBF. However, Walker knows that he will have to do it in Adamek's adopted backyard.

Prudential Center has been "home field" for the Polish-born Adamek, who attracts big crowds of loyal and loud supporters every time he fights in Newark. Although competing in enemy territory is never easy, Walker has made a career of it, and he takes such assignments in stride. After being the underdog in distant locales such as Germany and Australia, fighting in New Jersey seems like a piece of cake.

"I've been doing it my whole life, so it's nothing new to me," Walker said. "I've been to everybody's backyard. I'm going into this fight with the mind frame that I'm not going to win unless I stop him. I'm not going to force the knockout, but I really believe that I have to have one."

On September 8th, the "Freight Train" pulls into Newark for his chance to shake up the heavyweight rankings. All aboard!

 

 

 

 

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