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IN THE END SPENCE PROVED DOUBTERS WRONG.

Manchester, UK May 28//  . .  .Errol Spence was in a dogfight with Kell Brook Saturday night, but the dogfight turned one sided as the championship rounds became a reality.

And it was in this light that Spence proved his doubters wrong. While there was talk about Spence giving prestigious fighters a black eye in training, the only thing that mattered was that he gave Kell Brook one.

Also the doubts removed was the ability to take a punch. Spence was hit numerous times but came back when it mattered and put on an arsenal of his own. He chopped a tree down subliminally and won the mental warfare between the two --- a terrific bout that was championship caliber boxing.

And Spence reduced his opponent to a soggy mess. This wasn't evident, however, until the 9th round, when Brook slowed down, and his eye was blowing up.

The turning point in the match seemed to come in the sixth round, when Spence half slipped from a Brook combination that had the crowd standing. Spence came back soon after, and scored heavily when Brook was cornered on the ropes. Up to that point, it could be arguably said that the champion had the advantage, but from that moment on --- the momentum in the fight changed dramatically.

So where does Spence go from here? A big fight with WBC/WBA champion Keith Thurman seems to be hot property, but an elbow injury has Thurman on the sidelines till at least November at the earliest. Don't look for Spence - Thurman till at least the summer or fall of 2018.

But make no mistake about it, while the other welterweights have peaked or have maintained their status, Spence is still on the rise. And that is a scary proposition for the rest of the division.

Jay Monte

 

 

 

 

 

BETERBIEV IS BACK!

Arthur Beterbiev vs. Ezequiel Maderna

June 4 at Montreal's Bell Center

PBC on ESPN in U.S., PPV in Canada

MONTREAL (May 11, 2016) -- World light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev returns to the ring Saturday night, June 7, to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International and North American Boxing Association (NABA) title belts against Argentinian champion Ezequiel "El Olympico" Maderna in the 12-round main event at historic Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.

Presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), the "Grand Prix" boxing event is part of the prestigious Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series, which will air live in Canada on pay-per-views starting at 8:00 p.m. ET via Canal Indigo, Bell TV and Shaw TV. The main event and co-feature, commencing at 11:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. PT, will be broadcast on ESPN in the United States.

"We will launch the Grand Prix activities, which is the biggest sport week in Montreal, with this card", said the President of GYM, Yvon Michel. "Artur is the next boxing superstar in Quebec. He injured his shoulder, but the surgery fixed everything and we plan to give him three fights in 2016. We aim at Sergey Kovalev by the end of the year or the beginning of 2017."

The 31-year-old Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs), the adopted son of Montreal, is on a seek-and-destroy mission for his first fight in one year. The two-time Russian Olympian (pictured to the left) hasn't fought since last June, when he stopped Alexander Johnson in the 7th round, due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.

Beterbiev is world ranked among the top six in all four major sanctioning organizations: IBF #2, WBO & WBA #4, and WBC #6. The power-punching Betervbiev will be defending his WBO International and NABA titles against Maderna.

During his 3-year professional career, Beterbiev has defeated two former world champions, Gabriel Campillo and Tavoris Cloud.

Maderna (23-2, 15 KOs) is a veteran fighter from Argentina, the same country that has produced numerous championship boxers, from Luis Firpo to Sergio Martinez, as well as well standout contemporaries such as IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Ramirez, along with contenders Lucas Matthysse, Jesus Cuellar, Omar Narvaez and Juan Carlos Reveco. In his most recent action last May, Maderna stopped Rolando Wenceslao Mansilla in the opening round for the Argentina super middleweight championship.

Also airing on ESPN in the co-feature, undefeated American prospects Bryant "Goodfella" Perrella (13-0, 12 KOs), fighting out of Fort Myers, Florida, and David "Day Day" Grayton (14-0, 10 KOs), of Washington D.C., square off in a 10-round middleweight bout.

Unbeaten super welterweight Jamontay "Quiet Assassin" Clark (9-0-0, 6 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio, meets an opponent to be determined in a 6-round "TV swing" match.

Montreal's undefeated heavyweight Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs), also a 2008 Colombian Olympian, returns in an 8-round bout versus TBA.

Also fighting on the undercard is popular French-Canadian welterweight Sebastian Bouchard (12-1, 4 KOs) who meets an opponent to be determined in an 8-rounder; Montreal super bantamweight Vislan Dalkaev (6-0, 2 KOs) vs. Mexican invader Javier "El Chivero" Franco (25-17-4), Montreal super middleweight Dario Bredicean (8-0, 2 KOs) against TBA and Toronto's Parnell Fischer (0-1, 0 KOs) vs. Mexican opponent Larami "Sir" Carmona (1-2, 0 KOs) in a 4-round fight.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets are on sale at the Bell Centre box office, on www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666) or at Champion boxing club (514) 376-0980.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KRUSHER RETURNS HOME TO FACE CHILEMBA

Ekaterinburg, Russia:The Russian Wrecking Ball, WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (29-0-1, 26 KOs) returns to his home country of Russia to defend all three of his belts against Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-3-2, 10 KOs) on Monday, July 11 in Ekaterinburg.

Ranked as one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Kovalev, 33, a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia has not fought in his home country since 2011. Sergey earned his WBO belt in 2013 when he knocked out then-undefeated champion, Nathan Cleverly, in Cleverly's backyard of Cardiff, Wales. After three consecutive successful title defenses, all knockouts, Sergey faced the legendary Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins in 2014 and unified his WBO belt with the WBA and IBF belts. After his unanimous decision win over Hopkins, Krusher had three more successful title defenses, all knockouts, of his three unified belts, including two knockouts of former WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal. This will be his first title defense in Russia.

According to Krusher, "I am so excited to fight in my home country of Russia. It gives me great pride to bring my titles home at last. I would like to thank my manager, Egis Klimas, my promoter, Kathy Duva and Igor Altushkin of Russian Copper Company for making this dream of mine a reality. Chilemba is a tough opponent and I will be ready for him on July 11."

The challenger, 28, Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba, is originally from Blantyre, Malawi but now resides in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. Chilemba has quietly worked his way through the light heavyweight ranks and in 2015 he was offered opportunities from both the IBF and the WBC to fight for their mandatory positions. Isaac opted to face Eleider Alvarez, in Alvarez's backyard, for a shot at the WBC title. Golden Boy suffered a controversial majority decision loss to Alvarez in November. This fight with Kovalev offers Chilemba a chance at the other three belts and an opportunity to vindicate that controversial loss.

Chilemba said, "First of all I thank God for the blessings and opportunities. I thank my manager, Jodi Solomon, for standing up for me whether I'm on the top or at the bottom. I thank Main Events for yet another opportunity for me to redeem myself and I thank my trainer Buddy McGirt for believing in me. I have met a lot of obstacles and every time I think I've got it right, I fall again, but I know my goals and I never stop following my dreams. When I received a call from Jodi regarding this opportunity, I was over the moon. I thank Sergey and his team for putting their titles on the line to face me, all I want to say to them is: they are in for a surprise, they gave the wrong guy an opportunity. I'll work my ass off and I'm in to win it! Russia here we come!"

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events and promoter of both Kovalev and Chilemba, said, "I'm so happy that we are finally able to bring Sergey back to Russia to defend his titles in his home country for the first time. Many thanks to Igor Altushkin of Russian Copper Company for helping us make it happen. This is no easy fight for Sergey, though. Sergey wanted a challenging opponent for his return to Russia and someone who would help him prepare for Andre Ward in November, assuming he emerges with a win. Isaac Chilemba has the right style and came 'this close' to becoming the WBC mandatory contender. We, and many observers, thought that the scorecards easily could have gone his way. Fortunately, we are in a position to give Isaac his world title fight and the opportunity to become a unified world champion. This is a perfect situation for all involved and I can't wait to go to Russia!"

The fight will be televised live in Russia by Channel One. Regarding television in the United States, Duva said, "Broadcasting sports events live from certain regions of Russia can be a challenge. HBO Sports is exploring carrying the event in the U.S. It's too early to be definitive. We know they love Sergey."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adamek-Molina Heavyweight Battle Scheduled for Apr.2 in Kraków, Poland

Kraków, Poland: Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (50-4, 30 KOs) returns to native Poland to face Eric "Drummer Boy" Molina (24-3, 18 KOs) in Kraków on Apr. 2 at the Kraków Arena for the IBF International Heavyweight Title. The fight will be telecast live in Poland on pay-per-view as part of Polsat's Boxing Night series and presented by Polsat, Main Events and Don King Productions.

Zywiec, Poland native Adamek, 39, has fought his last two fights in his homeland. In his most recent fight he stopped Przemyslaw Saleta in the fifth round back in Sep. The former light heavyweight champion, former cruiserweight unified champion, and heavyweight contender, said of the fight "I am looking forward to fighting Molina and defeating him to show that I remain one of the elite fighters in the heavyweight division. My victory over Molina will be a step toward another chance at the heavyweight title."

Molina, 33, of Raymondville, Texas challenged Deontay Wilder for the WBC Heavyweight World Title in Jun. but was stopped in the ninth round by the champ. In his last fight he stopped Rodricka Ray in the sixth round in Pharr, Texas. When asked about this fight Molina said, "I'm at the point in my career where my back is against the wall. All I've ever known to do is bounce back and April 2nd I intend to do just that. The dream of becoming the first Mexican American heavyweight champion continues April 2nd in Poland."

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, Adamek's promoter said, "We are so excited to work with Polsat again. We have promoted many great Adamek fights with Polsat. Both of these fighters want to prove they are still a force in the heavyweight division so I expect sparks to fly in Kraków on Apr. 2."

The parties are currently exploring possible US telecast arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

FURY OUTPOINTS KLITSCHO IN DUSSELDORF

TRUFANBOXING NOV 28th

The heavyweight division is rumbling again -- courtesy of a Tyson Fury upset of longtime champion Wladimer Klitscho, a fighter who had ruled the division the last 11 years. Fury zig-zagged, shuffled, threw more punches, cut his opponent on each side, en-route to 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 unanimous decision victory.

The bout was not a pleasing one to watch, as Fury confused his opponent -- leaving little option as Klitscho swung at air in hopes of putting the hurt on Fury. In between much of the tactical match was plenty of clinches an holding, with a point being deducted by referee Tony Weeks in round 11 for repeatedly hitting behind the head. The twelfth round proved to be most entertaining, as Klitscho went for broke vainly trying to stop the Brit. Although Wlad seemed to win the last round, it was too little, too late and Fury is now the toast of the heavyweight division, as well as his hometown England, where he hopes to put on his first defense.

With the upset the heavyweight division has become a bit more appealing. Look for a Fury rematch with Wladimer  late next year.

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