HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION DEONTAY
WILDER MAKES 7th DEFENSE OF WORLD TITLE AGAINST UNDEFEATED CONTENDER
LUIS ORTIZ SATURDAY, MARCH 3
IN ACTION! UNDEFEATED FORMER WORLD CHAMPION JERMALL CHARLO BATTLES
ONCE-BEATEN HUGO CENTENO JR. FOR INTERIM
160-POUND TITLE IN CO-FEATURE
BROOKLYN (Jan. 23, 2018) - Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World
Champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber'' Wilder will face his toughest
opponent to date when he meets hard-hitting Cuban southpaw Luis "The
Real King Kong'' Ortiz Saturday, March 3 from Barclays Center, the
BROOKLYN BOXING™ and presented by Premier Boxing Champions.
co-feature of the evening will see the return of undefeated former
154-pound world champion Jermall Charlo, a powerful knockout artist
who is looking to prove that he a serious contender in the star
studded middleweight division. Once beaten Hugo Centeno Jr. will
test Charlo's 160 pound credentials when they meet in a 12 round
match to determine the WBC interim champion, with the winner
immediately stepping into the picture for middleweight supremacy.
Tickets for the show, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and
TGB Promotions, start at $50 and are on sale now. To purchase
tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, or call
800-745-3000. Tickets for the event can also be purchased at the
American Express Box Office at Barclays Center
very excited to bring the heavyweight champion of the world, Deontay
Wilder, back to Brooklyn for his seventh title defense and third
appearance at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™," said
Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "This fight is
happening because Deontay wanted to silence his critics by taking on
the biggest challenge available. Deontay has an axe to grind with
Ortiz and will swing it on March 3. Former
154-lb. champion Jermall Charlo is already a top player at
middleweight and plans to prove he's carried his power with him by
facing one of the division's best prospects, Hugo Centeno Jr., who
is coming off a huge knockout victory in his last fight.
fans in Brooklyn always show me a lot of love. . I've got the same
feeling that I had before I won my first world title. I want to be a
champion at 160 more than I did the first time at 154. More than
anything I just want to get back in the ring. Centeno is a tough
fighter. He'll be a hard test for someone who isn't at my level. I'm
not taking anything away from him. But he's just another fighter
that's in my way. I don't feel like I have anything to prove to
this fight." stated Charlo. "I'm all about proving things to myself
now. In the 160 pound division you're hearing my name more and more.
It's more than you did when I was at 154 pounds."
26-year-old Centeno (26-1, 14 KOs) caught everyone's attention when
he scored a stunning knockout of Immanuwel Aleem in his last fight
on Aug. 25. It was enough to springboard Centeno into middleweight
title contention. Centeno of Oxnard, California successfully
rebounded from a tough TKO loss to Maiej Sulecki on June 18, 2016
with a victory over Ronald
Montes before his match with Aleem.
m excited for the opportunity" said Centeno. "I think my last
outing had a lot to do with this/ It helped to put me in this
position. Charlo is a great fighter with a lot of talent. I feel
like we have similar statures. It's going to be an interesting
fight. I think it's going to come down to who is the smarter fighter
that night and who has more left in the tank toward the end. This is
a life-changing, career-changing fight for me that could lead to
bigger and better things. I am coming here to win."
Billy C TV & Radio Show Now Part of
Holyfield TV Network Sports Programming
May 1, 2017
Lake George, NY
– Billy C’s “Talkin Boxing With
Billy C TV & Radio Show” has been added to Holyfield Television’s
Holyfield TV is currently available through DirectTV, Comcast,
Amazon, Google, ITunes and many over the air TV channels from coast
to coast. The Holyfield network is expanding rapidly. It currently
has over 53 million combined subscribers.
“This is just another step in our growth plan”, stated Bill
Calogero, host & founder of the show. He continued, “We started this
show a long time ago and have battled our way to where we are today.
I want to thank Louis Lewow of Lewow Media for his hard work and
dedication to getting this deal done. With his continued guidance,
we hope to be announcing several more networks the show will be
available on very soon.”
The Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show is professional
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Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS
Presented by Premier Boxing
Saturday, March 4
at Barclays Center in Brooklyn
BROOKLYN (January 18, 2017) -
Undefeated welterweight world champions Danny Garcia and Keith
Thurman hosted a press conference in Brooklyn Wednesday to discuss
their primetime showdown that headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPION
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions,
Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The broadcast, which will air live from 9-11 p.m. ET/6-8 p.m. PT,
is just the second primetime boxing presentation on the CBS
Television Network in nearly 40 years.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella
Entertainment, are priced at $750, $500, $400, $300, $150, $100, and
$50 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting
www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are
also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays
Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.
Thurman and Garcia were joined by their trainers at the press
conference Wednesday afternoon at Barclays Center. Here is what the
participants had to say:
"It's a pleasure to be here again. This is where it's at. I get
the most love out here, since the first time I ever fought here. The
fans in New York make me feel like I've made it.
"This fight March 4 has two undefeated champions. Two of the best
welterweights going toe-to-toe. Someone's '0' has to go.
"I'm blessed to get this fight because I've been asking for it.
I'm looking forward to it. We're working hard down in Florida. You
don't want to miss this fight.
"This fight is going to have action. There's too much on the
line. I remember Danny from the amateurs. I applaud him for
everything he's done in this career. He signed the wrong contract
though, because Keith Thurman's got this. Danny Garcia, you're
getting knocked out.
"At the end of the day it's your actions that speak louder than
words. We will make our statement on March 4. You will know after
that night, who the champion truly is.
"Angel will talk to try to get people off of their game. Danny is
an elite fighter, and he can talk for himself. These father trainers
seem to like the limelight as much as the fighter, if not more. At
the end of the day, I'm only fighting Danny Garcia.
"Danny Garcia has some power. He has enough, even compared to me.
But if you look at a lot of his fights, he knocked guys down. But
they got back up. There is a difference between knockdown and
"He's dangerous but we believe I'm more dangerous. He hasn't
fought a true welterweight with punching power. I believe I'll be
the last man standing on March 4.
"We'll see what kind of camp he has. If he works hard, then he'll
be geared up for a tough fight. A fighter's performance is based off
of training camp, not any past fights.
"He's a champion and I'm a champion. You will see the results on
March 4. I'm eager to unify these titles and this should be an
"You know I'm already in shape. I've been active and in the gym
getting ready. I feel great. Come March 4, I'm going to be the
unified champion again.
"This is nothing new to me. I've been the underdog in a
unification fight. At the end of the day, Angel and I, we're going
to come out with a great game plan and get the victory. I will have
my hand raised at the end of the night.
"I just had to tell Keith to be careful what he wished for. He
wanted this fight, but now that he's got it, you have to deal with
"I'm going to take this one round at a time to get the victory.
If the knockout comes, it comes. I'm not going out of my element.
I'm going to do what I do best.
"We're definitely going to work the body. But we'll work the head
too, wherever we can hit him. We're just working smart and hard in
camp. Nothing is changing from past camps. We're going to put in
"I'm excited to fight on CBS. The fans deserve fights to be on
free television so that everyone can watch it. I'm excited to unify
titles in another division.
"At the end of the day he's a world champion and you have to
respect that. He's nothing I haven't seen before. I've been fighting
people like him since I was a little kid in Philadelphia. I've been
boxing my whole life for this moment. I just have to go in there and
make sure I'm ready mentally and physically.
"I just have to have tunnel vision on fight night. I'm going to
show composure during every round and keep the momentum going my
way. If it switches a little bit, then I'll make adjustments and
adapt like a true champion. I'll be prepared like I always am.
"I feel very comfortable at Barclays Center. It's like another
day in the gym with me in here. It's a fantastic atmosphere. This is
the best place in the world to fight and I'm happy to be back.
"I hope everyone comes out to Barclays Center on fight night. I
know there are a lot of Puerto Ricans in New York and I hope they're
here to support. Barclays Center is my home away from home.
"I just want to make sure I'm mentally and physically ready. If
I'm ready, nobody can stop me. We're going to do what we always do.
Put the hard work in, talk a little trash and back it up."
DAN BIRMINGHAM, Thurman's
"Were here. We're going to be ready. We're focused on Danny
Garcia. Keith Thurman will be the victor that night and stake his
claim as the best in the division.
"Danny Garcia is a very good fighter. He's like a mirror image of
Keith Thurman. He boxes well, punches well and has good defense. But
he's facing a kind of fighter that he's never faced before. Keith
Thurman is the most talented welterweight in the world.
"Keith will bring the strength. He's not a built-up welterweight.
He comes down to make welterweight from about 170 pounds so we
expect size to be an advantage."
ANGEL GARCIA, Garcia's Father &
"Danny was the first man to headline here. Danny holds the
attendance record at this venue. We knew Brooklyn was where we
wanted to have this fight.
"It doesn't take a genius to figure out where this fight should
be. I love this venue and it's been great to Danny every time he
"March 4 you will see the champion of the world, Danny Garcia,
become a unified champion. Danny is a great fighter and he won't be
"We're not the underdog here. Danny is the undefeated champion of
the world. Thurman is in for a long night. Believe me.
"Thurman is a good fighter and he's been around for a long time
like Danny. I respect him, but they made him a champion. Danny
became a champion, and there is a difference. Danny is a true
champion. March 4 he will still be undefeated. Thurman won't have an
answer for Danny."
LOU DIBELLA, President of
"On the heels of what was a tremendous fight card this Saturday
night in this great arena, it's great to be able to say that it
doesn't get any better than this fight.
"Thurman vs. Garcia is the best against the best, which is really
what we have to do to elevate our sport to the sport of kings like
it once was. We have two kings sitting at this table.
"It's a privilege to promote another great PBC card and at
Barclays Center in my hometown. Say what you will about what is the
cathedral of boxing in the U.S., but I'll take this building over
just about any venue in the world. They have a great commitment to
"In an era where some people think that PPV is a good thing, it's
incredibly important that a fight of this magnitude is on broadcast
television. These two champions have the opportunity to do their
thing in front of a huge audience. It's great for boxing.
"We're very proud that 80 percent of the seats in the building
are available for between $150 and $49. We want this to be
accessible to all boxing fans. That's a tribute to everyone involved
in this event and to serve all these great fans."
BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Brooklyn
Sports & Entertainment
"Brooklyn Boxing is defined by 50-50 fights, dramatic moments and
a regular schedule of big-time boxing events. Last Saturday night
was a great start to our 2017 lineup. Every fan left wanting more,
and they will get more, on March 4.
"We're talking about world class championship boxing at its best.
March 4 will be that, and more. This is the best welterweight fight
of the year, with two spectacular undefeated fighters.
"We are honored to host the welterweight world title unification
showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia. We expect to host
the biggest fight night crowd ever at Barclays Center.
"Thousands of tickets have been sold for this fight and we are
gaining incredible momentum. I'm looking forward to a great night on
March 4. Buy your tickets now. This is going to be one of those
moments at Barclays Center that you need to circle on your
STEPHEN ESPINOZA, Executive VP
& General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports
"This is truly an event that doesn't need to be sold. I am here
to share that this fight will be the second installment of SHOWTIME
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS. The obvious question is why? It's
because this fight merits it. As we saw on Saturday, when the best
fight the best, the results are often spectacular.
"It's not a surprise that we get impressive results when elite
fighters take on other elite fighters. Special things happen. New
fans are created and rivalries are born.
"Danny Garcia and Keith Thurman are the two best welterweight in
the world. End of story. They will fight on March 4, it will be a
huge audience here at Barclays and on CBS and it will be a special
HEATHER HARDY -
SHELLY VINCENT LOOKING TO STEAL THE SHOW IN CONEY ISLAND
FOES SET TO GO TO WAR
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21
AT FORD AMPHITHEATER AT CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK IN BROOKLYN
New York, NY (8/12/16) - On Sunday,
August 21, undefeated rising star Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr.
(20-0, 17 KOs) is set to take on once-beaten contender Leonard "The
Lion" Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight world title
eliminator that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC
Sunday, August 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
The action on NBC begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT following
coverage of the Olympic Men's Basketball Gold Medal game. While much
of the focus and buildup to the event has been on the 2012 US
Olympian Spence Jr., there is another fight on the card that has the
boxing world buzzing with anticipation and that is the WBC
International Women's featherweight championship between Brooklyn's
Heather "The Heat" Hardy and her longtime rival Shelly "Shelito's
Way" Vincent, of Providence, RI.
If you are a fan of women's boxing, there is no bigger fight that
can be made in the sport right now. Hardy (17-0) and Vincent (18-0),
both world-rated and undefeated, have been baiting and verbally
accosting each other for years. There is a legitimate hatred between
the two that will surely not subside after they share the ring on
Vincent began appearing at Hardy's fights at Roseland Ballroom,
which has since closed down, calling out the former amateur national
and New York Golden Gloves champion, dating back to 2012, and the
two have been combative ever since.
A longtime supporter of women's boxing, and promoter of Hardy
since her pro debut, Lou DiBella knew how big this fight could be
not just for women's boxing but for boxing in general. Hardy is one
of the biggest draws in all of New York, while Vincent has an
extensive fan base throughout the New England area. So when DiBella
signed Vincent at the beginning of this year, potential for the bout
to finally happen picked up major steam.
The two nearly came to blows at Vincent's DBE debut in January at
BB King Blues Club and Grill in NYC, and would have agreed to fight
anywhere, any time, if it were up to them. DiBella, though, knew
they deserved more. Their fight deserved the proper platform, and
the proper stage to showcase this long talked about, and eagerly
"This fight needed to be on TV, given everything these girls have
been through, for how hard they have worked to get to this point,
and for how long the buildup to this fight has been. My job as their
promoter was to make sure that the fight was televised," said
Enter PBC and NBCSN. Since its inception in March of last year,
Premier Boxing Champions has brought boxing back to the forefront,
accessible to mainstream sports fans, providing coverage of some of
boxing's biggest fights, televised live, for free and in primetime
on major cable networks CBS, NBC, and FOX. Now, on August 21st, the
ladies will finally have their shot. The Hardy-Vincent bout, which
will serve as the co-main event on the NBCSN telecast, will air in
primetime starting at 9 p.m. ET.
"I was given the opportunity by PBC to put this bout on NBCSN and
I think that's a big thing for women's boxing to have a fight like
this on television. Hopefully, this is going to open the door for
more females to have these types of opportunities because they
deserve it. They deserve to have the opportunity and the ability to
continue to grow in a sport that, for centuries, has been dominated
by males. This is a major step in that direction," continued DiBella.
DiBella held a media luncheon for Hardy and Vincent last week to
officially announce the bout, and while the two women were
respectful and civil for the most part, there was a definite tension
in the air. Now, with just a little over a week to go until fight
night, both Hardy and Vincent are more than ready to put on a show.
"This fight is a long time coming," said Hardy. "Shelly has been
very vocal about how I'm not good enough, I'm not strong enough, and
I'm not smart enough. I stayed quiet though, minding my own business
and going about my career, because my mother taught me never to
wrestle with a pig. She said that if you wrestle with a pig, you'll
both get dirty and that's what the pig wants. Come fight night, she
will be forced to eat every word she has ever said about me. It'll
just be me and her alone in that ring, and she has nowhere to run,
no mask to hide behind and nothing more to say. We will see who the
real champion is on August 21."
Hardy continued, "I am very thankful to PBC and especially to Lou
for everything that he's done to make this fight happen. I know it
wasn't easy and he put up a hell of a fight to get this bout
televised. In 2016, it's not acceptable for doors to still be closed
to women. It's my responsibility, as the parent of a young girl, to
fight for her and for every little girl banging away at a punching
bag in the boxing gym with dreams of fighting on the biggest stages
throughout the world. We deserve the chance to showcase ourselves,
and on August 21, we finally have our moment."
"I have wanted this fight for so long, it's all I have thought
about. I wanted this as bad as I have wanted to bring my mother back
to life," said Vincent. "The hype, the attitude, all the talk is
almost over. This is going to be a great fight. Everyone says Lou
signed me to use me as an opponent for her, but I know that's not
the case. She wants to be called 'The Heat', well I am telling you
right now, she's about to walk through hell. I know how hard that
is, because I have been there before in life. I have been fighting
my entire life. When I get in the ring, that's fun for me. Heather
has improved in the last couple of years because she has been
training for me. She knows that she has to be her absolute best to
beat me, and I know that she will be. Unfortunately for her, it
still won't matter. I want to thank PBC and NBCSN and of course Lou
for giving us a chance and an opportunity that we have been fighting
to achieve for years. This fight is huge for women's boxing as a
whole. This is an opportunity of hope. Hope for all those young
girls out there in the world training day in and day out, dreaming
of making it big. This fight is history, and I am happy to be a part
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella
Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting
Notes: Krusher Kovalev Prepares for Chilemba in Armenian Mountains
Ekaterinburg, Russia: WBO, WBA and
IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev
recently completed the first phase of his training camp in the
mountains of Armenia as he prepares to face Isaac "Golden Boy"
Chilemba on July 11 in his first fight in his home country of Russia
since 2011. The champ will return to the DIVS Sports Palace in
Ekaterinburg, Russia to defend his three titles as part of the
opening night ceremonies for the International Industry Trade Fair
The event, sponsored by Russian Copper Company and Igor Altushkin
and presented by Main Events and Krusher Promotions in association
with German Titov Promotions, will be televised in the United States
at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape-delayed) exclusively on HBO.
This is the first time Krusher has trained outside the United
States since he won his first WBO crown against Nathan Cleverly in
2013. For his much-anticipated Russian homecoming, the 33-year old
from Chelyabinsk, Russia opted to change-up his training camp in
preparation for Chilemba. According to Sergey, "I try to look for
mountainous regions which provide the right elevation and terrain
for my conditioning training (biking, running). Armenia is
well-known for their mountains and terrain, plus it was also a good
opportunity to get away from the attention, to focus solely on
Kovalev Overlooking Armenian
Courtesy of: Sergey Kovalev
Kovalev was not alone in Armenia. He said, "The Russian Boxing
Olympic team had their training camp in the same area (Tsaghkadzor,
Armenia) as well, so I had good company around me, the right
training mentality and focus level. Help from the local trainers and
Russian national team boxers was quite handy with finding the new
trails for my runs and biking."
Although Sergey changed the location of training camp, his team
and routine remains the same. He added, "I am known for sticking
with my plans, for adhering to the established system that works for
me. New places, but old routines. I will have my trainer, John David
Jackson, joining me in Ekaterinburg's sport base "Kurganovo", along
with my long-time friend and training assistant Eduard Abzalimov
from Chelyabinsk and massage therapist. I will have my sparring
sessions (will have three partners for that) and mitt work."
It has been a long-time dream of Sergey's to return to Russia and
bring his belts home to his fans. He is grateful to those people who
helped make his dream a reality. He said, "The main sponsor of the
event, Igor Altushkin of "Russian Copper Company", manager of the
sport base "Kurganovo", Vitaliy Kochetkov, and the governor of
Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Evgeniy Kuivashev, have all put a lot of
effort in exceeding all of my expectations with making the training
atmosphere as comfortable as it could get. I am very thankful for
their involvement with the preparation and making my team and I feel
very welcome in Ekaterinburg. It truly feels as if the entire
country is behind my back in this fight! I can tell I'm fighting at
home. This support means a lot for me."
throne boxing PRESENTED BY
ROC NATION SPORTS AND CORONA EXTRA
WASHINGTON, D.C.’S UNDEFEATED
VS. MIKE DALLAS JR.
MAIN EVENT & UNDERCARD MEDIA
WORKOUT QUOTES AND PHOTOS
FIGHTS SET FOR FRIDAY, MAY
13 AT THE DC ARMORY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
TELEVISED LIVE ON BET AND
STREAMED LIVE GLOBALLY ON TIDAL.COM
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 11, 2016) –
On Tuesday, May 10, Washington, D.C.’s undefeated Dusty
Hernandez-Harrison (29-0, 16 KOs) and Bakersfield, California’s Mike
“The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KOs) participated in a
media workout at Urban Boxing DC in Washington, D.C. in advance of
their May 13 fight at the DC Armory. Hernandez-Harrison vs. Dallas
Jr. will headline a throne boxing event in a 10-round
welterweight bout that will be televised live on BET beginning at
10:00 p.m. ET/PT and streamed live on global music and entertainment
platform, TIDAL.com. Co-featured fighter Thomas “KO” Snow (18-2, 12
KOs) of Washington, D.C., who faces Dorado, Puerto Rico’s Orlando
“Orlandito” Del Valle (20-2, 15 KOs), and undercard fighters Mike
Balogun (5-0, 4 KOs) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, who will fight
Capitol Heights, Maryland’s Devon Mosley (0-4-1), and Greenbelt,
Maryland’s Sam “Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed (2-0, 1 KO) of who takes on
Damion Reed (2-13, 1 KO) of Danville Virginia were also in
attendance during the media workout on Tuesday.
After shadow boxing around the ring and a few rounds working the
bags, all five fighters participated in interviews with invited
Below is what the fighters had to say during the workout:
“I think a lot of people are underestimating Mike Dallas Jr. I
think they’re counting him out too early. A lot of times when people
come back from a tough loss they train harder, they take it more
seriously and erase all the mistakes they made in previous training
camps, so that’s what I’m expecting him to do. Luckily Barry Hunter
[Hernandez-Harrison’s trainer] knows him well as a fighter, so I’ve
been going off of what he says.
“I’ve been getting great sparring in. I came home from sparring
Canelo Alvarez and went right into to sparring with Lamont Peterson,
Austin Trout, Demetrius Hopkins and other fighters on the card. Just
really good sparring.
“I’m excited to fight on BET. It’s pretty cool. I think it’s good
to bring boxing to a new audience. Hopefully, I put on a good fight
to get them entertained. And we have Justine Skye performing before
our bout. She’s got a completely different fan base than I do and I
think it’s another good way to add a new audience to our event.
“I took a lot of things out of training with Canelo at his
training camp. It was good to get a different perspective of a
training camp. Usually it’s all about me, everything is catered to
me and everyone is concerned about me, so it was good to take a step
back and see how someone like him at the top level prepares for a
world title fight. Luckily, I walked away knowing I’ve been doing
“Fighting in my hometown of Washington, D.C. is better for me. I
feel like I have more to fight for. I have more to lose, which for
me helps. You’ll never hear me say “no mas” in D.C.
“At my age, my preparation changes with every fight. I remember
fighting in Connecticut in April then Miami in August, which seems
really close, but Billy Briscoe [Hernandez-Harrison’s assistant
trainer] was there and said ‘you’ve gotten so much stronger.’ That’s
just the age that I am right now. I’m really maturing and getting
that man strength. Every fight I feel a lot stronger.”
MIKE “THE SILENT ASSASSIN” DALLAS JR.:
“I feel very good ahead of this fight…confident and strong. I’m
just ready to go out there and perform. There’s more pressure on him
than me fighting in his hometown.
“I’ve gotten good training in for this fight. The Bay Area has a
lot of good sparring out there right now. I had good training with
Ben Bautista [Dallas Jr.’s trainer] and we’ve been pushing it. I had
to dig deep in training to get through it and I’m ready to dig deep
in the fight.
“I took some time off to let my body rest and heal and to let my
mind get together. Now I feel great. I’m ready to come back and get
back on top of things. I’m going to go out there and do my thing.
“I know Dusty is a pretty good fighter. I know he can box. I’m
just ready to go out there, be smart and execute the game plan. I’m
ready for people to know I’m back and there mentally. I’m ready to
get back in the game and take care of these people in these bigger
THOMAS “KO” SNOW:
“I know my opponent [Orlando Del Valle] is a conventional fighter
from Puerto Rico. He’s a basic fighter…a basic one-two puncher. He’s
the best opponent I’ve faced to date. Both of us have two losses, so
I know it’s a crossroads fight for us. We’re going to go in there
and do what we came to do.
“I’ve fought in D.C. a lot of times. It’s my home.
“It’s awesome because I’ve known Dusty since he was six years
old. We used to run together. We were just talking about that over
in the corner. If you watch at any of his amateur fights, you’ll
hear me in the background cheering him on. I’ve been in his life for
a long time and it’s awesome seeing a young guy get his opportunity
and make the sport of boxing grow.
“I know our amateur program in D.C. is awesome so you have to
give a shout out to all the amateurs. D.C. is about to be the mecca
of boxing once again. We will have six, seven or eight champions in
the District of Columbia. It’s rich with boxing.
“I think fighting on BET is a great thing. I think it’s great
that boxing is on free TV now and people don’t have to pay for it.
For those people who can’t afford those things, I think it’s awesome
for them and I think it will make the sport of boxing better.
“I’ve changed a lot over the years. I’m supposed to be dead,
locked up or in jail. Having God in your life, your perspective of
life and everything changes. I’m calm and comfortable in my
situation. I thank God for the opportunity. I thank Roc Nation
Sports for the opportunity and I thank everybody who is supporting
Thomas “KO” Snow. We’re ready to do it.”
“During my career, when I was playing football, I used boxing as
another form of training for cardio. After my career was over, it
was natural for me to keep training and now we’re here. Football is
a business. I got released and had another opportunity to play in
the Canadian Football League as well as the Arena Football League,
but football takes a toll on your body and I played the game for a
long time. It was just natural for me to transition. I still needed
something to stay active, because without activity, I didn’t feel
“I don’t know a lot about my opponent [Devon Mosley]. I know he’s
a southpaw just like me That’s pretty much all I know and all I need
“I’ve prepared for this fight just like any other fight…hard work
and dedicating myself to my craft. At the end of the day I’ll reap
the fruits of my labor.”
SAM “VANILLA GORILLA” CROSSED:
“I don’t know much about my opponent [Damion Reed]. I know he is
a tall left-handed guy. I only watched a little video of him. I’ve
been sparring a lot of left handers and then we just happened to get
a left-handed guy, so it worked out pretty well.
“I’m still a little disappointed about my last performance in
D.C., so I am going to come out and put on a show on Friday, May 13.
“Anyone you get in the ring with poses a threat, but at the same
time, I am confident in what I have done to prepare. I’ve been
sparring guys with 20 pro fights, so, I think I’m good.
“I played football and baseball growing up. Basically, what got
me into boxing was that I got picked on when I was younger and
smacked around on the basketball court. I always said when I grow up
I want to be able to beat up the dudes that picked on me. What’s
funny is that a lot of guys that bullied me are now begging me for
tickets to my fights.”
CHAMPION ANDRE WARD AND UNDEFEATED SULLIVAN BARRERA HOST FINAL
INTERNATIONAL MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL
MARCH 18, 2016
Two-Time World Champion and top-rated
pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) and undefeated,
number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera
(17-0, 12 KOs) hosted their final international media conference.
Ward vs. Barrera, a 12-round IBF number one position and mandatory
position eliminator which is presented by Roc Nation Sports in
association with Main Events, takes place Saturday, March 26, 2016
at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The event is sponsored by
Corona Extra, Ticketmaster, Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms),
Glad, Lyft, Zappos, BodyArmor, SAN Nutrition, Shoe Palace, The
Waterfront Hotel and Visit Oakland. The event will be televised live
on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Opening the HBO telecast will be Joseph Diaz Jr. vs. Jayson Velez in
a 10-round fight for the NABF Featherweight title presented by
Golden Boy Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions.
Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $50 and
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Andre Ward versus Sullivan
Barrera Final International Media Conference Call. Your host for
today, Dave Itskowitch, will now begin.
David Itskowitch: Thank you very
much and thank you, everyone, for joining us today. We’re less than
two weeks away from Andre Ward versus Sullivan Barrera on Saturday,
March 26 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California which will be
televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45
The 12-round IBF Number 1
position and mandatory position eliminator is presented by Roc
Nation Sports in association with Main Events. Opening the HBO
telecast will be Joseph Diaz, Jr versus Jason Velez in a 10-round
fight for the NABF feather weight title which is presented by Golden
Boy Promotions in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions.
Our event is sponsored by
Corona Extra, Ticketmaster, Corporate Travel Management Solutions (ctms),
Glad, Lyft, Zappos, BodyArmor, SAN Nutrition, Shoe Palace, the
Waterfront Hotel and Visit Oakland. Tickets priced from $25 to $300
are available at Ticketmaster. They're going fast. We urge everyone
to get out there and get your tickets as soon as possible.
Before we begin I’d like to
acknowledge and thank several people who were instrumental in
getting this fight made: Andre’s manager James Prince and attorney
Josh Dubin, Main Event CEO Kathy Duva, Executive Vice President of
HBO Sports Peter Nelson, as well as Ryan Northcott and the entire
team at Oracle Arena.
Two of the light
heavyweights on the planet will collide on March 26. They have a
combined record of 45-0 with 27 knockouts. Neither has tasted defeat
as a professional. While each man has a formidable opponent in front
of him they both have their eyes on Unified Light Heavyweight World
Champion Sergey Kovalev and his three belts and only one will move
on to meet him.
Before we get to Andre for
his opening statements and questions I just want to say that
unfortunately, Virgil Hunter is not going to be joining us on the
call. He had a last minute conflict arise. But if he were on the
call I’m sure he would tell everyone that camp is going great and
Andre is right on schedule. And will be ready to execute the game
plan on March 26.
The next gentleman I’m
going to introduce really doesn’t need much of an introduction. He
was a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, the last U.S. boxer to bring home
a gold. He destroyed the super-middleweight division with wins over
Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Saio Bika. He
dominated and knocked out former light heavyweight world champion,
Chad Dawson in the 2012 showdown and his last fight he dominated
former two-time world challenger, Paul Smith on June 20 at Oracle
On March 26 he makes his
move up to light heavyweight with designs on doing what he did at
super middleweight, cleaning out and dominating everyone that stands
in his way. It’s my pleasure to introduce one of the best
pound-for-pound fighters on planet; the future of the light
heavyweight division with a record of 28-0 and 15 KOs, a man who has
an unblemished record dating back to the age of 12 from Oakland,
California, Andre Ward.
Andre Ward: Hey, David.
Excited to be on the call as usual. Excited that the fight is a
little under two weeks away. We got a really great camp. And, you
know, excited to answer any questions. And I want to also thank
everybody that’s associated with the event, my team, obviously HBO
and everybody on the other side, Barrera side as well.
David Itskowitch: All right thank
you, Andre. I guess we can turn the call over to questions now for
Operator: Our first
question comes from Eddie Goldman with No Holds Barred. Please go
ahead. Eddie, your line is open.
Eddie Goldman: In the time since
the other conference call a couple of weeks ago, what have you
learned about your opponent, Sullivan Barrera? And what can you tell
us other than obviously you record and your experience, you see as
your advantages over him?
Andre Ward: Well it’s
tough to get into what I, you know, what I want to exploit and
capitalize on. But he's a solid fighter; he's a good fighter. He
seems to be technically sound. He seems to have a good pedigree. And
he's got a good team. So, yeah, we’ve taken him very seriously like
we do every opponent. And, you know, he's a formidable opponent for
Eddie Goldman: What do you see
the level of – the role of experience plays? Because he's fought
some former champions who were at the end of their career, and he
got the knockout over Murat. But he's never fought like a fighter on
your level. How much does that really play into it?
Andre Ward: I mean, time
will tell. You know I feel he's going to see the difference in the
fight. No question about that. You know, you can watch film, your
team can tell you what they want to tell you. You can talk. You
know, but at the end of the day when you get in there that’s a
different story, man, and I’ve said that my whole career. And I
think that’s one of my biggest strengths is for whatever reason what
happens in that ring, you know, guys don't see it on film. And, you
know, when they get in there and figure out everything that’s going
on, the fight’s over.
At the same time, you know,
you can’t put too many eggs in that basket because at one point in
time I was a young fighter back in 2009 and that same type of thing
was said about me and I knew in my heart that I’m going to do this
and nobody else believed it. So, you know, it’s tough. We know what
we know, we see what we see and we look at records, we look at
performance and we say okay, we take a mental note. You can’t put
too much into that because, you know, guys tend to rise to the
occasion sometimes so you got to be ready for that too.
Eddie Goldman: He's had a
string of knockouts and TKOs in shorter fights. Do you see this, you
know, being a long fight or plan for that?
Andre Ward: Yeah, I mean,
I always train for 12 rounds, a strong 12 rounds. And I think that’s
something else he's going to realize when he gets to the fight is
the pace is not the normal pace he's used to. And I believe he's
going to get tired. And I don’t mean he's going to stop fighting but
I mean, he's going to feel it, there’s no question about it.
Goldman: Okay. Do you want to make a prediction?
Andre Ward: I think
predictions are overrated. That’s never been my style, that’s never
been how I approach a fight. The one thing I do is I always
guarantee that I’m ready. And, you know, I’ve never come in a fight
overweight. I’ve never come in a fight not prepared. And you can’t
predict what happens in a boxing ring. I know that I’m prepared for
war. You have to be ready for anything and that’s what I’m prepared
for. I’m prepared for a tough-tough fight. But I expect to get my
hand raised at the end of the night.
Operator: Our next question
comes from Martin Gallegos. Please go ahead.
Martin Gallegos: HBO is back in
Oakland for the first time since your Dawson fight in 2012. And, you
know, since that time we’ve seen fighters like Terrence Crawford do
big numbers in his hometown. Are you going to be looking to continue
fighting in Oakland and perhaps replicating that type of success in
Oakland like we’ve seen Crawford in Nebraska and stuff like that?
Andre Ward: Yeah, no,
first of all it’s always an honor and a privilege to have the HBO
team here in the Bay. You know, when you see that HBO truck you know
it’s time to go to work, you know, the whole team is here, the whole
production is in town and, you know, it’s a big deal so that’s first
and foremost. But, you know, I’ve heard people talk about all he
does is fight in Oakland. But, you know, I’m coming up on almost 30
fights as a pro and
I think this may be my 8th time fighting in Oakland. So it’s a
huge disparity versus the amount of times I have fought here
versus when I haven’t.
But we take it a fight at a time. We don’t just predict that the
next five fights are going to be here. We look at the fight, we
look at the opponent and we look at everything and the team
makes the decision. So, you know, anytime I’m afforded that
opportunity knowing what I’ve come from and knowing these type
of moments do for the city and the Bay area as a whole, I’m
going to jump all over it and I’m always excited about it. I
train and prepare for every fight but there’s something special
about fighting at home.
Martin Gallegos: Okay. And I
think just getting to the fight a little bit, obviously, you
know, you have a tough match up with Barrera coming up. With
this being your first fight at 175 do you see any, you know, a
lot of people are wanting to see you fight, you know, obviously
Sergey Kokalev later in the year, do you see from the time that
you’ve seen Kokalev fight in the past, any similarities between
Andre Ward: Not really. Not
really. I don’t think they're similar at all between Barrera and
Martin Gallegos: Yeah.
Andre Ward: No. I
don’t really see any similarities.
Martin Gallegos: Okay.
Andre Ward: Different
body types, different styles, just different all together.
Our next question comes from Gayle Falkenthal with Community
Gayle Falkenthal: Thank you
very much. Andre, following up that last question, what
differences do you feel at this new weight division? How would
you describe those?
Andre Ward: Oh I get
to eat more. That’s #1. I mean, you definitely feel stronger
when you don’t have to strip extra pounds off, you definitely
feel stronger. I mean, that’s just, you know, it’s kind of a no
brainer. But I still feel like I have my speed. I still feel
like I have all the things that made me who I was at super
middleweight but I also feel a lot stronger at 175. You know, to
be honest I’m a lot happier because I didn’t have to kill
myself, per se, to make weight. So just definitely happier. I
feel very strong and I feel like I still maintained all the
things that made me who I was at 168.
Gayle Falkenthal: And changing
gears a little bit, there’s been a lot of discussion about
professional boxers competing in the Olympic games. You are the
last American man to win a gold medal for the U.S. so I’d love
to know what you think about that and whether or not you’d be
tempted to go for two.
Andre Ward: Yeah, I read that and
it’s pretty interesting. It’s pretty interesting. I think right
now its just about maybe getting more information about how
something like that will work. But it definitely has sparked my
interest and has gotten my attention.
Gayle Falkenthal: And would you rule it out? Would you
Andre Ward: You can’t rule
anything out. You know, you’ve to get all the facts on the
table. You’ve got to get all the details. I don’t have all of
that right now. And obviously I’m preparing for a fight but I
would just want to see everything and then just kind of digest
it and then make a decision from there. But definitely
interesting, very interesting.
Andre Ward: Thank
Andre, I have a question for you. And I think it was sort of
touched on a little bit. But, how has this camp gone differently
from the other camps that you’ve had based on now being higher
Andre Ward: For the
most part everything is the same. Same mentality, same work
ethic. I think, from a preparation standpoint you add certain
things in that you otherwise couldn’t add it, you know, at a
lower weight. It’s not really about adding anymore armor or
anything, more muscle, but you're just able to implement other
training strategies to prepare for the heavier weight. More
explosion work, a little bit more strength work and I definitely
think that the fans will see the results of all of this a few
weeks from now come March 26.
Operator: Our next question
comes Mitch Abramson with Ring TV.com. Please go ahead.
Mitch Abramson: Just wondering,
what was your reaction when you heard the news about the
Olympics, you know, potentially allowing pros to compete? I’m
just curious about what your gut reaction was to that.
Andre Ward: I was surprised and
intrigued at the same time. You know I was like, wow. Like I had
to read it a couple of times over to make sure I was reading
what I thought I was reading.
So my publicist, she’s
heavy into USA Boxing. She’s been a focal point in USA Boxing
for a long time. So I picked up the phone and I was like man,
did you see this? She was like yes, it’s legitimate. You know
we’re trying to get more information.
So I think that’s where
I am with it. You’ve got a lot of thoughts like wow that would
be amazing for your country. Just wanting to know more about the
process and what that would actually look like. But I’m very
interested and I think it’s a very interesting proposition.
Mitch Abramson: Do you think
that a lot of other professional fighters will take the plunge
and actually compete in the Olympics?
Andre Ward: It’s
tricky, you know. I think it just depends on the individual
because there’s an argument for doing it and there’s an argument
for not doing it.
I mean you - you know
I’ve heard a quote - I read a quote rather that, Manny Pacquiao
said that he, you know, paraphrasing a little bit, where
basically that he’s excited about it. Not to say that he’s going
to do it, but he’s willing to do anything for his country.
So you have guys like
maybe a Manny who’s just very gung ho and he’s ready to go. And
you’ve got other guys who, maybe like a Floyd Mayweather where,
does it really, even though he felt like he got robbed in ’96
for an opportunity to want to go, does it really make sense to
him to do something like that at this stage in his career and
with all that he’s accomplished?
It’s a three minute
round fight. And do pros and in his case, a legend like that,
want to take a risk of something happening where he takes a L,
or it just doesn’t look good or anything can happen. Is that
something you want to take a risk doing at this stage in your
I really think it
depends on the individual. It’s going to be really interesting
to see if this is legitimate, what decision I make. Because I’ve
got a lot of reasons to do it and a lot of reasons not to do it.
So, I don’t know, it’s tough to say.
Operator: Our next question
comes from Keith Idec with The Record. Please go ahead.
Idec: I was just wondering if you’ve given more
thought to, if everything goes well on
March 26, would you like to get another fight in before you
fight Kovalev, or is that something you haven’t decided yet?
Andre Ward: Yes,
I think that I’ve left that in the hands of my manager and my
promoters. I think that’s the plan.
I’ve been entrenched in
this fight and haven’t even talked anything past this fight. The
reality is, without this fight and without a victory in this
fight, there is no fight too. There is no Kovalev.
So, you know with
situations like this, I really got to kind of put my blinders on
and any other distractions and really just focus on this.
Because that is the reality of the situation.
Keith Idec: So do you feel like kind of - it depends on how
you feel after this fight and then you’ll decide from there
Andre Ward: Well again, I’m the type of person that I literally
put my blinders on and I don’t deal with it, you know.
And after the fight
it’s something that I can sit down with the team about. And I
believe they’ll get something worked out that everybody is happy
next question comes from Richard Bioceros with Boxing News.
Bioceros: Hey, I just got one question for you. How
did it change you to be in a big movie like Creed with Sylvester
Stallone? And do you see yourself wanting to be in more big
movies like that again?
Absolutely. I communicated that to my team and I hope I get some
other opportunities because even more so than just the exposure
and the opportunity, the process was really, really, fun. The
process was really fun. And it’s work.
I mean I couldn’t
believe that I - the scenes that everybody saw in the movie, I
think that was either three or four 12-hour days that I shot in
Philadelphia. I mean 12-hour days straight and you get small
breaks when they’re trying to set up new scenes or go over
But you’re not really
breaking for an extended period of time. And I’m going back to
my hotel room icing my shoulder, taking Epsom Salt - I was like
man, this is crazy. Like this is a movie but its work. You know
you literally have to work.
So I left the set being
appreciative and thankful but then really feeling like man, I
enjoyed that. And I would love to do more of it.
Richard Bioceros: Hey Andre,
Stallone he’s a big huge boxing fan. How is he outside of not
working. Does he talk about a lot of boxing?
Andre Ward: He’s a
regular dude from what I can tell. He’s a regular guy. We knew
each other for years. You know I’m not a guy that’s going to be
like hey, Sylvester Stallone. Like I just fall back you know,
and just kind of play my role. And if he speaks I’ll speak or
maybe I’ll wave. And he came up and was like “Hey Andre, how you
We just talked. We sat
there and talked. And on the Red Carpet we talked for a long
period of time. I talked to his brother. He’s an amazing man.
And as storied as his career and his life has been, he seems to
be just a regular person, which is really cool to see.
Itskowitch: All right Andre, you want to give any
closing thoughts before you sign
Andre Ward: It’s March
26, it’s around the corner. Everything that I’ve done as a super
middleweight; that book is closed. And the same hunger that I
had in 2009 when I was unaccomplished and I had my opportunity
against Mikkel Kessler, that’s the same drive that I have right
now, years later. It’s the same mindset that I have.
So I’m just thankful for
the opportunity. I’m excited to showcase March 26. Don’t miss
Itskowitch: All right I think we’re now ready to
continue. I’d like to introduce now to
say a few words and introduce Sullivan Barrera, the CEO of Main
Kathy Duva: Hello.
Thank you Dave. Welcome everyone. It is going to be my distinct
pleasure to introduce to you a fantastic young fighter who has
been in the background working hard, earning his shot. And he is
one of the most exciting fighters I think, in his weight
And somebody who’s
coming in to win and is going to go in there and make a
statement on next Saturday. So it is my pleasure to introduce
Sullivan Barrera: Hello
everyone, good afternoon. Camp has been great. I feel great. I’m
ready to make history on March 26.
Kathy Duva: Also,
Luis Molina is on the phone and Abel Sanchez. Luis and Abel,
would you like to say something? Luis, do you want to go first?
Luis Molina: Yes
Kathy, thank you. I appreciate the opportunity that was
presented to Sullivan to fight Andre Ward on the March 26. I’d
like to thank HBO, everyone involved and looking for a great
turnout on March 26.
Kathy Duva: And
Abel, do you have anything to say? Is Abel there? I guess not.
So, we’ll open it up to questions for anybody.
Abel Sanchez: Well
we’re happy to be involved in this promotion that we feel is a
big opportunity for Sullivan. We feel that it’s at the right
moment for Sullivan being that he is 34-years-old. We’re
fighting a great fighter in Andre Ward. I know a lot about him
because of my other client.
Andre is undoubtedly
one of the top three fighters in the world. So we’re looking
forward to a very, very hard fight and hopefully it pleases the
Our first question comes from Dan Rafael with ESPN. Please go
Dan Rafael: Thank you
very much. Everybody, hello. My question is for Sullivan. If you
could ask Sullivan you were very vocal on social media, calling
Andre Ward out for this fight which is unusual. There’s not a
lot of boxers who actively seek out fights with Andre Ward.
I’d like to know from
you, what was the reason that you targeted Andre Ward and that
you wanted this fight specifically so much? No title on the
line. Obviously you’re the underdog. What was it about this
matchup that had you calling him out so vocally, for a while?
Sullivan Barrera: One of the
main reasons that I targeted him was because he is considered
one of the top three or four fighters in the world. I admire him
a lot. He’s a great talent. I love what he’s done. But I also
consider myself a great talent and I also consider myself one of
the best fighters in the world. And this opportunity is
something that will prove to the world that I am at the top.
Dan Rafael: Abel,
when you heard his desire for this fight as his trainer what
were your thoughts about what he was doing and when this fight
was made? I mean, I’m sure you have confidence in him. I know
you see him regularly in the gym. But, you know, it’s a big step
up for him in terms of the guys he’s faced previously. So when
you saw that your guy was really, really dogging Ward on social
media, calling this fight what were you thinking?
Abel Sanchez: Well as a
coach you’re excited because your guy really wants to go at the
best. That’s something that’s consistently a topic in the gym.
And to have him put it out like that on social media. I want to
have a guy that wants to go to fight - wants to go get his and
become the star that everybody else is around you.
Dan Rafael: Could
you ask Sullivan about the fact that Andre has not been the most
active fighter in the world. He’s moving up in weight. Does he
feel like it’s sort of the sweet spot of where he can get him? I
know he had that Paul Smith fight but that was a while ago
already and it didn’t really do a whole lot for him. But that
what it means to him that he’s getting him in this right spot I
think possibly, moving up in weight and the level of inactivity,
they’re sort of right there to maybe catch him off guard a
little bit possibly.
Sullivan Barrera: Yes I think that I’m getting him
at the right moment not only because
he’s moving up. He didn’t say anything about the inactivity by
the way Dan, but
he is moving up and I am ranked - rated number one in the IBF.
So it’s a
perfect time for me to prepare for the future.
Dan Rafael: All
right. I just have one more question for Sullivan. Andre has
been a consummate boxer. Maybe not the most power but he’s had
some knockouts here and there. I wondered if when he looks at
the - and you can answer this too Abel -- when you make your
plan for how you’re going to approach this fight do you think
Sullivan needs to stalk him and bring it to him offensively or
because of his background as also a quality amateur fighter,
comes from a Cuban system, knows how to box also, or is he going
to be the guy that’s going to try to box in Andre Ward and
maybe, you know, how point him? It seems like a tough call
Sullivan Barrera: So
obviously right now I’m not going to divulge my strategy but I
have - we have a plan and if I have to box, I’ll box. If I have
to attack him, I will attack him. But I will be ready for
anything that - as the fight goes on.
Abel Sanchez: As far as for me Dan, Andre Ward is a
great fighter. Andre Ward has been inactive but he still has a
history of some great, great fights in the past. For me as a
coach I’ve always believed that I have to prepare my guys to the
best of my guy’s ability and go in doing the things that we do
best. We’re not going to adapt to Andre Ward. We’re going to do
what we do best and if that’s not good enough then we’ll have to
go back to the drawing board and start again. But if I start to
adapt to Andre Ward then my guy’s not doing what he does best.
Our next question comes from Eddie Goldman with No Holds Barred.
Eddie Goldman: Thank you
very much. Hello everybody. A question for Sullivan: obviously
Andre Ward is very well known, Olympic gold medalist,
undefeated, Super Six Champion and so forth. You’re coming into
this fight also undefeated but not as well known a fighter to
the TV audiences. Could you explain why you think you’re going
to be able to win this fight and be the first person to defeat
Andre Ward since he was basically a kid?
Sullivan Barrera: I like
everybody else, recognize that Andre is a great boxer. But I too
am a great boxer I believe. The only thing that’s missing in my
resume is that I haven’t had the opportunity. I think this is
the opportunity for me to prove that I am just as good.
Eddie Goldman: And a
question for Abel Sanchez. Abel, Andre has described his own
style in the past as being a chameleon. In other words, he could
be a boxer, he can get into a slug fest, he could be a boxer
puncher and he’s proven that in the ring. How do you - since
Sullivan’s gotten a lot of knockouts and TKOs recently how do
you prepare and what kind of Andre Ward do you think is going to
show up for this fight?
Abel Sanchez: Well the
Andre Ward that we’ve watched in the past we haven’t seen
lately. But it’s the best that I can do is prepare Sullivan to
take what’s given to him, to take what’s in front of him.
Sullivan has a style that is from the - I meant to say from part
of the Cuban school and part of my school. The attacking style
that he has now and the knockouts that he has now are some of
the stuff that we practice in the gym. It’s just a matter of
going at Andre and taking what he gives us but not to let Andre
It’ll make for a great
fight because Andre I think has to prove - in my opinion anyway
has to prove that he belongs at 175. He’s starting a
full-fledged 175-pounder that’s very athletic, that has a long
history of a Cuban background and has had a great history with
me. So if Andre can handle that more power to him if he’ll come
out. We don’t think he can. We think that we’ll be too good for
him at this moment in Andre’s career. So that remains to be seen
I guess on March 26.
Eddie Goldman: And if this
fight goes long Sullivan’s never fought 12 rounds before. How is
he prepared physically and mentally for those 9th, 10th, 11th,
12th rounds if it goes that long?
You know, all coaches that have that level fighters,
we always train for 14, 15 rounds. We never train for 12. It’s
just a matter of making sure that we convince him and we take
care of him in the corner so that he can continue to perform at
the level that he does at the beginning of the fight. You’re
right, he has never been that distance but there’s always a
first time. We’ll see how he reacts. It’s up to us to keep him
next question comes from Gayle Falkenthal with Communities
Gayle Falkenthal: Hi Abel. You
just mentioned merging your style with the Cuban style of boxing
in working with Sullivan. I’d like to know a little more about
how you go about doing that. How do you merge a style of boxer
that is a little different than your approach and get the best
of both working for you?
Abel Sanchez: First you
have to have a willing fighter. There’s a lot of Cuban fighters
that just will not change. On my own with Sullivan, Sullivan was
willing to do anything that I asked him to do. So if I’m having
that luck in the gym that just shows him that we can change,
that we can combine styles and make them better.
I wasn’t trying to
change his Cuban style. What I was trying to do is just make him
a little more aggressive, make him sit down on his punches a
little bit more, have better balance, a little better
positioning and technique with his legs. But we haven’t really
changed it. We’ve added to it and by adding the two styles
together I think that it just gives more opportunities to do
what he has to do.
Gayle Falkenthal: Now I’m not
going to ask you to name names but have you ever had a Cuban
fighter come to you and want to work with you that you had to
turn down for the reasons you just described?
Abel Sanchez: Actually
no. I had Mikey Perez for a little while and he went off
somewhere else. But I’ve never had anybody decline because
whether it’s Cuban, Mexican or whatever if you’re not willing to
work to what I do in the gym there’s no sense in me having them.
So right off the bat we would’ve separated. There was no way
that I would’ve worked with somebody that didn’t want to
Gayle Falkenthal: So the
question is have you ever had to turn someone down for that
Abel Sanchez: No.
Gayle Falkenthal: No - don’t
need any names.
Abel Sanchez: No
Cubans, no. I’ve turned other fighters down but no Cubans.
Itskowitch: Okay. Sullivan or Abel anyone have any
Sullivan Barrera: Yes I’d
like to thank my team, I’d like to thank HBO, I’d like to thank
everybody that’s concerned that has something to do with me
fighting Andre Ward. I promise that I will - to all the TV
viewers that I will put up a great fight and I look forward to
David Itskowitch: Thank you.
Kathy, anything to say in closing?
Kathy Duva: I want
to think you Dave and Roc Nation Sports for the opportunity. And
we’re all looking forward to March 26. It’s going to be a blast.
David Itskowitch: Thank you
very much. And just in closing I wanted to thank everyone for
being on the call today. Thank you to Andre and Sullivan, Kathy,
Abel, Luis and everyone that joined us. Again March 26, Oracle
Arena, Oakland, live on HBO. If you’re in the Bay Area get your
tickets on Ticketmaster now. If you’re not going to be in the
Bay Area you don’t really have a good excuse. But if you
absolutely can’t be in the Bay Area please tune in on HBO at
9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
JACOBS STOPS QUILL
York Dec 6, 2016
The plan was simple. Daniel Jacobs was supposed to box Peter "Kid
in early, build up a points
leads, then have Quillin play "catch-up" and desperate
a KO -- making mistakes in the process -- this what Jacobs stated at the
post press conference last night . .
So much for plans, as Daniel caught Quillin with a right to the jaw that
had the former champion reeling and in desperation to survive a
surprising first round onslaught. Quillin punched back wildly, as Jacobs
put his punches together -- the last a right to the temple that had
Quillin spaghetti legged and dazed as referee Harvey
called a halt to the contest at 1:25 of the first round.
After the fight, one realized what Jacobs did was an
old trick -- drop your opponents guard with a left hook feint, pull down
Quillin's hands, leaving him out of defensive posture -- then smash
through with a right hand -- a slick move that started the stunning and
quick end of the bout.
There is nothing more to be said -- Quill
caught early and it is clear that the referee made the correct call --
Quillin was out on his feet and hopeless, the only
thing that would happen is that the fight would have lasted perhaps 20
The next step for Jacobs is to await the Andy Lee - Billy Joe
Saunders winner, possibly for the spring.
Historically the middleweight division as been the pinnacle of the
sweet science, and it reflects what boxing is these days -- a very
talented yet split division. Fighters from all over the globe claim
titles, yet business interests keep them from fighting each other.
With Jacobs impressive performance, however, he is definitely now
in the sweepstakes for a for a future mega-fight with some of the other
elite champions in the division.
Some undercard results
-- 2012 US Olympian undefeated
Marcus Browne. vs Francisco Sierra, Coacalco, MX 27-9-1. A good right
cut Sierra s eye in the first round and it looked like an easy night for
Browne. Browne was in command throughout and the referee waved the bout
Joe Smith Jr. proved he was the superior fighter with a convincing
points win over 10 rounds against Will Rosinsky in their light
heavyweight bout. The fight ironic at the core because the taller Smith
fought on the inside while Rosinsky was content to moving and jabbing
his way in. Smith Jr. tore into Rosinsky at close range and got the
better of the exchanges. Rosinsky suffered a cut in the 6th round
beneath his left eye, and as the fight wore on, the eye swelled up Smith
Jr. got the better of the exchanges round after
round.. . At the end of 10 rounds, the fight Scores 98-92, 97-93 and
96-94 UD Joe Smith Jr., who now goes up to 20-1, 16 KOs.
Yuri Forman stayed on
his toes and thwarted off his opponent Enwood Dozier, Suitlind MD en
route to a unanimous 8 round decision. The fight as a tactical and
territorial one, with neither fighter giving in. The bout lacked any
excitement as the
went to Forman 77-75 3X
. . .
Forman record is now 33-2 9
Chris Algieri 20-2, 8 KO's
vs Eric Bone Quito, Equidor 16-2 8 KO's
Did not expect a KO in this one, but a good boxing match with a lot of
movement and skill. Bone, the underdog brings a good
chance and tagged Chris early in the bout. Akgieri, although
not the harder puncher, lands more. As round 4 starts Algieri has a
slight lead, but Bone is connecting with left hooks, but Algieri finds
the range with the uppercut. Again Algieri hits Bone with more punches,
but not power punches. Round 8 was Algieri's courtesy of a gift
knockdown -- Bone tripped over Algieri's foot. The ninth round was more
impressive for Algieri, as his output increased and connected 45 of 100
punches thrown landed-- it was his biggest round and convincing as far
as who the victor would be. Algieri
Titus Williams Elmont NY 3-0 2 KO's vs Emmanual "Manny" Castro Los
Mochis MX by way of Los Angeles.2 KO 's
In an exciting first round, where both fighters exchanged knockdowns.
Titue Williams recovered to score a 6 round decision over the southpaw
Castro. The first round may have been the best round all night. (on the
undercard) A big right dropped Castro in the third, but Castro recovered
to keep Williams at bay with his right jab. Castro suffered a cut in
round five (bled from the nose). . . Both headhunting through the entire
match -- each looking for the knockout.
Verdict Williams UD 60-53, 60-54, 59-53.
Jesus Cuellar Buenos Aires Arg. 27-1 21 KO's vs Jonathan Oquendo 25-4,
16 KO's Vega Alta PR WBA featherweights CHAMPIONSHIP12 rounds.
Southpaw Cuellar KO artist makes USA debut against the
orthodox Oquendo. After a feel out first round in which saw nobody do
anything substantial Cuellar started pressing the action looking to set
up his left hand. Although Oquendo wasn't buying into the plan, Cuellar
did enough to win the round. Oquendo got on the bicycle in the third,
and as Cuellar pressed on the crowd booed the seemingly unwilling
Oquendo. Ducking, dashing nad holding when needed, Oquendo may have won
the third, but did little, other then clever defensive moves, to clinch
it. Cuellar started to press in the fifth, but Oquendo slipped punches
well until half-way when Cuellar
scored a flash knockdown. Again it was a trip over the foot in a
southpaw/orthodox style confliction. A good left by Cuellar connected as
round 5 came to a close.
The action was quiet in the sixth and seventh round -- as both threw
punches but with little connect or fanfare. Cuellar picked up the pace
in the 8th . . .and won it big with many more pinches.... Round 10 saw
Cuellar reaching in and being cautious --- while being content in
going the distance.
Scores were: 116-111
,120-107 winner and still
champion Jesus Cuellar.
FORMER WBA & WBO SUPER
BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX TO FACE DRIAN FRANCISCO
AS PART OF STELLAR UNDERCARD OF MIGUEL COTTO VS. CANELO ALVAREZ ON
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 AT THE MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER IN LAS VEGAS
LIVE ON HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®
Las vegas (Nov. 14, 2015) – The
night of Saturday, Nov. 21 is one for which many are predicting a
showdown of epic proportions when Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Canelo
Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) do battle at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in
Las Vegas. In addition to the already announced televised pay-per-view
undercard bouts, warming fans up for the scintillating main event will
be former WBA and WBO Super Bantamweight World Champion Guillermo
Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba against Filipino
Drian Francisco (28-1-3, 22 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout.
The addition of Rigondeaux vs. Francisco, which is presented in
association with Caribe Promotions, adds even more star power to the
mega-event which will be produced and distributed live by HBO
Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
“We are thrilled to add Guillermo Rigondeaux, one of boxing’s best
pound for pound fighters, towhat we believe is the biggest night in
boxing this year,” said David Itskowitch, COO Boxing of Roc Nation
Sports. “On Nov. 21, fans at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and those
watching at home on HBO Pay-Per-View are in store for an event that will
bring them even more bang for their buck with the addition of Rigondeaux
vs. Drian Francisco. It’s a rare treat when three of boxing’s top ten
pound for pound best fighters appear on the same telecast.”
“I'd like to thank Roc Nation Sports, as well as Golden Boy
Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions, Canelo Promotions, HBO, and Caribe
Promotions for giving me the opportunity to be on one of the most
anticipated Pay-Per-View cards of the year,” said Rigondeaux. “This is a
great platform to take my career to the next level, and to showcase my
talents on the big stage. While I've been sidelined for the past year, I
am grateful for the opportunity to deliver a show to all the boxing fans
that have supported me throughout this journey, and I look forward to
delivering my best come fight night.”
“I’m elated to be able to fight in Las Vegas once more and against a
great champion like Rigo,” said Francisco. “I want to make a statement
and steal the show. I was prepared to fight this month and when the call
came, I didn’t think twice about it. This is a great night to be part of
on Nov. 21."
Cuba’s Guillermo Rigondeaux is widely considered to have been one the
best amateur fighters of all time. His troph y case includes two Olympic
Gold Medals (2000 and 2004 Olympics) and a seven Cuban National
Championships. After amassing an astounding amateur record of nearly 475
fights with only 12 loses, Rigondeaux made his professional debut on May
22, 2009 against Juan Noriega in Miami scoring a third round technical
knockout win. On Nov. 13, 2010, in just his seventh pro fight,
Rigondeaux challenged Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant WBA Interim Super
Bantamweight World Championship and left the ring with the belt after
scoring a split decision victory. Four successful title defenses
followed which included three knockouts. On April 3, 2013, Rigondeaux
took on WBO and Ring Magazine World Champion Nonito Donaire at Radio
City Music Hall in New York in a unification fight. Rigondeaux came away
with the victory by unanimous decision after out landing and out
punching Donaire throughout the fight to unify titles. In his last bout
on Dec. 31, 2014, Rigondeaux traveled to Japan to face Tokyo’s Hisashi
Amagasa. After getting knocked down in the seventh round, Rigondeaux
scored a knockdown of his own in the ninth before scoring a technical
knockout victory in the eleventh round.
Born in the province of Mindoro in The Philippines, Drian Francisco
is known for his powerful punches and aggressive style. After growing up
in the shadow of his father Joe, a former professional boxer, the
33-year-old made his professional debut on April 29, 2005 against Jessie
Caballes and came away with a second round technical knockout victory.
On Dec. 30, 2006, Francisco won the WBO Asia Pacific Flyweight Title
over Pichitchai Twins Gym via a seventh round technical knockout and
went on to defend that title against Wanmeechok Singwancha on Aug. 4,
2007. Francisco won the vacant WBA International Super Flyweight title
on Oct. 3, 2009 against Roberto Vasquez with a tenth round technical
knockout. On Nov. 30, 2010 he faced Duangpetch Kokietgym in Thailand for
the WBA Interim Super Flyweight World Championship and came away with an
impressive tenth round knockout victory. Since that fight, Francisco has
won eight of 11 bouts, including his last outing on September 6 in which
he scored a first round knockout win over Jilo Merlin in General Santos
City in The Philippines.
Cotto vs. Canelo, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring
Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, Nov. 21
at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight is presented
by Roc Nation Sports, Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and
Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Corona Extra; Mexico, Live it to
Believe it!; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Tequila Cazadores and Corporate Travel
Made Simple (ctms). Also on the pay-per-view telecast will be Takashi
Miura vs. Francisco Vargas in a 12-round co-featured fight for the WBC
Super Featherweight World Championship presented in association with
Teiken Promotions and Jayson Velez vs. Ronny Rios is a 10-round
featherweight bout which will open the pay-per-view telecast. 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.
Randy Caballero vs. Lee Haskins, a 12-round fight for the IBF
Bantamweight World Championship, is presented in association with
Bristol Boxing Ltd. and will be featured as part of the preliminary
undercards available on digital platforms starting at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00
In addition to the great action inside the ring, the event will
feature a special live performance by 2015 Latin Grammy nominee Yandel.
The performance will be produced and distributed live by HBO
Pay-Per-View after the second fight of the pay-per-view telecast.
A limited number of tickets priced at $2,000, $1,750, $1,250 and
$650, not including applicable service charges, can be purchased at the
Mandalay Bay box office, ticketmaster.com, mandalaybay.com, all
Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket orders are
limited to four per person.
Tickets for closed circuit viewings of Cotto vs. Canelo at select MGM
Resorts International properties in Las Vegas are priced at $75, not
including applicable service charges, and can be purchased at all MGM
Resorts International Ticket Offices,
http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations
or by calling
Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez will be presented live with Fathom
Events in select theaters nationwide. Tickets for theater screenings of
Cotto vs. Canelo can be purchased online by visiting
www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box
offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit
SPOTLIGHT BACK ON
HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION DEONTAY WILDER AND
TOP CONTENDERS DOMINIC BREAZEALE AND CHARLES MARTIN
LOOK TO SHINE ON UPCOMING PBC ON NBC CARD
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 LIVE FROM THE
LEGACY ARENA IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
BIRMINGHAM, AL (September 16, 2015) - Next Saturday
night, heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder
(34-0, 33 KOs) will make his second world title defense in his home
state when he takes on France's Johann "Reptile" Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs)
in the feature bout of the evening on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on
NBC live from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. In the co-main event, 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated
heavyweight prospect Dominic "Trouble" Breazeale (15-0, 14 KOs) will
enter the ring against the crafty "Big" Fred Kassi (18-3-1, 10 KOs) in a
10-round heavyweight showdown that kicks off the televised coverage at
8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. Also being featured on the televised portion of the card,
heavyweight knockout artist Charles "Missouri" Martin (21-0-1, 19 KOs)
squares off against Vicente "Bufalo" Sandez (15-4, 10 KOs) in a 10-round
heavyweight affair. The Martin-Sandez bout will be part of the NBCSN
broadcast, which begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
"People are finally excited again about the heavyweight division," said
Wilder. "There are a lot of young guys coming up looking to make a name
for themselves, like Dominic and Charles. For the first time in a long
time, an American is the heavyweight champ and the title is staying
right here. For the longest time, our division was THE division in
boxing and now you are seeing a resurgence of that. Fighting on network
TV gives us the opportunity to showcase ourselves to such a wider
audience. People in our country have been waiting for a star in the
division for a very long time, and I can promise you, I am the man for
Already a superstar in his native Alabama, Wilder has seen his
popularity grow exponentially since winning a piece of the heavyweight
crown in January of this year. Wilder made the first defense of his
title in June in a stirring homecoming before a raucous sold-out crowd
at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham. He knows that another spectacular
performance on Saturday, with primetime TV exposure, will help bring
back the interest of the every day sports fan to what was boxing's most
The California-native Breazeale played quarterback at the University of
Northern Colorado before picking up boxing and, like Wilder, making the
U.S. Olympic team after a short amateur career. Breazeale is coming off
his most impressive showing to date, a devastating third-round TKO over
previously undefeated fellow knockout artist Yosmany Consuegra.
Breazeale is looking to parlay his latest victory and show the world
that he is ready to compete at the elite level of the heavyweight
division when he makes his primetime TV debut on September 26.
"This is a huge opportunity for me to show the world that I am one of
the best in the entire heavyweight division. Deontay has brought real
life and real interest back to the division here in the U.S. We are here
to show the world that we are the best that the heavyweight division has
to offer and we are here to stay," said Breazeale.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, but fighting out of Carson, California,
Martin has stopped his last 10 opponents within the distance. The
29-year-old was the 2012 National P.A.L. champion and 2012 National
Golden Gloves runner-up before turning pro in October of that same year.
Martin has kept a very busy pace throughout his barely-three-year
career, and has already notched three victories this year alone. Like
Wilder and Breazeale, Martin is excited about the opportunity to
showcase his skills.
"I am excited that PBC is putting the spotlight back on the heavyweights
and that it is giving us the opportunity to showcase ourselves to a much
wider audience and fan-base. You have the three best American
heavyweights in boxing all fighting on the same card, one of which is
the heavyweight champion. It is something that you haven't seen in many
years," stated Martin.
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Quotes and Photos
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev - WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World
"Hello everybody. Thank you for comes here. What I can
say? I already said enough for my side. I am sure it is going to be very
interesting fight. Why? Because Nadjib has very good and big motivation
to be champion and my desire is to get my four titles. I think that will
happen this year, that I fight a unified fight. Fight against Nadjib is
for me next step. I am not going to say that I will, I will and I will,
is words of trash talkers. I am going to show what I can in the ring.
"Everyone welcome to Vegas July 25 to Mandalay Bay and
have a nice time. Thank you very much for your attention, for my
promoter, Kathy Duva, and manager [Egis Klimas] that they turn their
attention to me, sign me and now my career is in their hands. I like it.
Everything I have right now is good.
"Also I am very happy that my fight is on HBO. I am
happy and I am going to be best in my division. I am not finished of my
collection of all of my belts. I shoot and I must to get one more, WBC
title. Just give me opportunity to fight against WBC Champion. I don't
care whether it be Adonis Stevenson or another guy. I don't care.
"Right now I am not even thinking about this because my next fight will
be big fight and not an easy fight against Nadjib Mohammedi. I think so
enough to say. Thank you very much again."
Nadjib "Iron Djib" Mohammedi - IBF Mandatory
Challenger "For me is big opportunity. My first time in USA just one years now.
I respect Sergey Kovalev now is champion of light heavyweight but I
don't come here for joke or for play or for game. I want be world
champion. I work with Abel Sanchez in Big Bear for this. I am not
stupid. I know what you think about me. I am not naïve. This fight is
very, very difficult for me but I say it is very difficult for Sergey.
It is not difficult just for me because I am very smarter, I am faster.
"On 25 of July I am ready with my team, I am ready for
this fight. I am ready for Sergey. I am the new generation of light
heavyweight because I don't want the same fight of another opponent.
Thank you very much to Kathy Duva, my promoter. Thank you very much my
team. Thank you very much my co-managers, Vince Caruso and Jon Ali.
Thank you, Abel Sanchez. I will see you 25 of July for the big fight. I
promise you this is a big, big fight. Thank you very much."
Kathy Duva - CEO of Main Events "Less than two years ago Sergey Kovalev was a struggling fighter
trying to make a name for himself. Since then he has fought on HBO six
times. He is about to go into his seventh fight on HBO. He has become,
not just the light heavyweight champion of the world, but he has unified
three of the light heavyweight titles. Last year he was named the
fighter of the year by Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report, The New York
Post, USA Today, SherDog and UCN Live. Some of you are here today and
thank you so much. It I a hell of an accomplishment to be the Fighter of
the Year, you can't do that every year, no matter who you are. To go
from being completely unknown to being the man in the light heavyweight
division in less than two years is a remarkable accomplishment.
"I don't think any of us would be here without the
support of the fine people at HBO. Today I get to proudly announce that
Sergey Kovalev gets to remain with HBO, the company that has taken him
this far. It is his intention and our intention to remain with HBO for
the rest of his career, if that is possible. This is the company that
has led boxing for the last 30 odd years in this country. It is
unquestionably the #1 boxing network in the world. It is the place to be
if you want to have a high-profile career in this sport and maintain it
for a long time.
"About a year ago Nadjib Mohammedi came to the United
States for the first time. He earned his shot at a title by becoming the
#1 contender. He has worked hard over the last year to maintain that
position and prepare himself for the opportunity to fight for the world
title. Now he gets the privilege of fighting for all three of those
"Now that Sergey has moved to the west coast and has
made a home for himself and his family here in Los Angeles we are moving
his home base. I had a lovely meeting with Richard Sturm at MGM a few
weeks ago and he confirmed to me that MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay want to
be in the Sergey Kovalev business. As I see a vacuum opening up in Vegas
for big names I think Sergey Kovalev is the kind of guy who can step in
there and fill that vacuum. His fights are electrifying and exciting and
thrilling. That is what boxing fans should expect when they put their
money down to come and see a fight.
"Main Events has a great history with Mandalay Bay
which is one of the best facilities in the country, in the world. On a
personal note it is great to be going back there. We brought Fernando
Vargas there years ago and had some great, great nights there and some
great, great memories there. We are going to make some new ones now. It
is a new beginning. It is a new beginning with HBO. It is a new
beginning with Mandalay Bay. Yet it all feels very familiar because this
was the same team that was making Fernando one of the biggest box office
attractions in the country.
"Peter Nelson from HBO is not here because of your
famous LA traffic but if he were here he would tell you that the event
will start at 10:00 PM on July 25 on HBO. There will be a co-feature and
we are still working on what that is going to be and we will announce
that when we know. The tickets will be going on sale next week and will
be priced very affordably for the fans from $25 up to $300. We want to
fill up the room. We want to encourage the true boxing fans. Something
that I noticed when I went to the big fight a few weeks ago at MGM that
the crowd was missing the true fight fans but I want to see those people
come out for this fight. Those fans will be very pleased. I have had the
great pleasure to be ringside a number of times for Sergey's fights and
it is thrilling.
"This will be a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and
IBF Light Heavyweight World Championships. It is an IBF mandatory bout.
Sergey is 27-0-1 with 24 knockouts from Russia and Nadjib is 37-3, with
23 knockouts from France.
"To Vince's point, that is one of the things that is
great about boxing, everybody has a story. Everybody has been through
adversity. If not for miracles I think everyone standing on this dais,
myself included, would not be standing here right now. I think that is
part of what keeps this sport alive and is what makes it so compelling
is the stories behind everybody. The truth is Nadjib came here last June
as an opponent basically. He came here and won a fight he wasn't
expected to win; he earned his place and has worked for a long time with
Abel Sanchez. He has taken advantage of this time to work with a great
trainer in Abel Sanchez and believe me we are very well aware of it.
With an awkward style and a great trainer, his great heart and drive
that this is not going to be an easy night for anybody.
"Having said that, Sergey Kovalev is something very special, we all know
that. To me he is exactly what boxing is supposed to be, somebody who
goes out there and gives their all gives 1,000% every time. He keeps the
crowd entertained. He keeps the fight exciting. He makes it fun to be
there. That is why we tend to focus on him and his future. We don't mean
it as an insult to anybody. That is what we have, it is called a star."
Egis Klimas - Manager of Sergey Kovalev "Good afternoon everybody. Thanks for coming for this press
conference in the beautiful city of Los Angeles. Thank you Kathy [Duva].
She is doing a very good job. When I brought Sergey to Kathy a couple of
years ago at that point nobody knew him. Some people knew Kovalev in
boxing but not much and not like he is known today.
"Vince [Caruso] was talking about how we have not seen
bad days in Sergey's career but I would say it is completely the
opposite. I brought Sergey in 2009 from Russia I put him in Don Turner
training camp in North Carolina which is in the middle of nowhere. The
closest store is about five miles away. All around there are corn
fields, bugs, bears, snakes and he stayed where Don had built his boxing
gym. At that time I had many fighters going to that camp and besides
Sergey and Gradovich I would say the longest somebody was there was like
three months before they would call me and tell me they were done. They
would go to New York or Chicago and today they are nobody and I have not
even heard about them. Some are taxi drivers now but this gentleman
stayed there and didn't complain a single word for a year and a half.
"I used to go to Don's camp, me and Don would jump in
a van and drive around the country just to get the fights. I saw big
talent and Don Turner saw big talent in him but I could not convince any
of the promoters. I talked to Top Rank. I talked to Golden Boy. I talked
to Lou DiBella. I talked to everybody about giving him a chance until
one day Don Turner introduced me to Kathy see said she would try and see
what is going to happen.
"The biggest fight that we had in our career was
Darnell Boone. Sergey wasn't ready for it so it went all eight rounds
and was not a good fight. Main Events asked me how I felt about fighting
Darnell Boone again. I thought Sergey was not going to like that. I
called Sergey and I told him, he said he it was great and he wanted to
do that. He said, 'I want to see how I improved from almost two years
past. That's a fight I want.' That was when I realized I really had a
good fighter here with a good heart. Of course the second time he did a
great job with Darnell Boone. It was two rounds. He was a completely
different guy. He was on TV. He was on the big stage. He has had hard
"I want to thank HBO for giving us this very good
opportunity for the rest of his career. I wanted to thank again Kathy
and Mandalay Bay for having us there. Don't miss fight on July 25."
Vince Caruso - Co-Manager of Nadjib Mohammedi "There is not much to say when you fight the #1 guy. Whether I like
him or not Sergey Kovalev is the #1 guy in boxing today, especially
after what we saw two weeks ago I would say he is undoubtedly #1. He is
the top tier. He is a very bad dude and we are going in there with that
"I am not going to get up here and say that Nadjib is
going to come in there and do this or we are guaranteeing a win. You
can't guarantee anything in this business. The only thing I can
guarantee you is that on the 25th of July Nadjib Mohammedi is going to
make the 175 pound contracted weight limit, that will be a guarantee. #2
he is going to come in there with a game plan that if he does execute
and he does listen to Abel Sanchez, his trainer, he has a very good shot
at winning this fight. Because even though Sergey might be stronger, and
he might be bigger, and he might have been on the big stage a lot more
than Nadjib has, there is one thing that I believe we have the edge in,
and that is desire.
"When you have been held down your whole life, your
whole career, a career that started in 2005, and you have to fight in
rooms that are smaller than this, with no TV coverage, no press, that is
hard times. I don't think Sergey Kovalev goes through hard times. Nadjib
Mohammedi has gone through hard times. He came to Big Bear before his
fight on the Hopkins-Kovalev undercard back in November. His trainer
that he has been with for 14 years got detained at the airport and could
not get in for that fight. So me and his co-manager, Jon Ali, had to
figure out who was going to work the corner. Sullivan Barrera, our
friend who is also here today, was on that card already and he was
working with Abel Sanchez. I have always said after I watched Nadjib on
June 21st of last year, that he is the perfect style fighter for Abel
Sanchez's training methods. He fights that Mexican style. He is a
straight-ahead blood and guts fighter. There is nothing really special
about him. His strength is his heart. Show me a guy with heart who is
sick and tired of being broke and sick and tired of getting the short
end of the deal and I am going to show you a winner. Nothing ever lifts
adrenaline more than the desire to change your life. That is what we
need to look at going in against this guy because he is a killer. He is
#1, the big cheese. That is what we want. We want high risk because we
want high reward.
"With all due respect to Kathy, she talks about all
these great future plans she has with Kovalev but I would have waited
until this Mohammedi fight was in the books before you made any long
term plans. I know nobody gives us a chance and he is probably a 15-1
underdog. We are the dog but everybody on this team has overcome
something. This guy has overcome the temptations of the mafia-ridden
streets of France. He went into the food business and took care of his
mother and his brothers and his sister. He worked hard. He wanted to
become a professional fighter. He is here. Jon Ali, my co-manager, is a
professional singer. He is a great pop singer and that is why he is not
here today. 11 years ago I was a junkie and I was in a Las Vegas rehab.
I never thought I would be on the big stage again but I am. This team
has a lot of desire. We are going to win this fight and we are going to
win it with heart."
WBO, WBA an:d IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher"
Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) will compete in his first mandatory title
defense against Nadjib "Iron Djib" Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on July 25
at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be
telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing® and ticket and undercard
information will be released shortly.
Training Camp Notes & Video:
Undefeated Cuban Sensation Sullivan Barrera Takes on Veteran Jeff Lacy
Jan. 30 at Foxwoods
January 21 Light Heavyweights Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs)
and Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) will face off for eight rounds
of action on the undercard of the Dargan-Luis card Friday, Jan. 30 at
Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Barrera, 32, is from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
and made his professional debut in his new home state of Florida in
2009. He won all four of his fights in 2014, three by way of stoppage,
and is making his second appearance at Foxwoods. In his last fight at
Foxwoods, he stopped Eric Watkins in the sixth round. Sullivan has an
impressive 64% (9 of 14) knockout-to-win ratio and his last three
victories have come by way of knockout.
Mike Gladysz/Main Events
"I've been in camp since the week after my last fight
in November," explained Barrera. "Camp was excellent. I had the chance
to work on a lot of different things. I want to thank my team members,
including the one and only GGG [Gennady Golovkin], who's taught me a
lot. I am very thankful to have such a great team."
Barrera's manager, Luis Molina added, "I am happy to
once again have a chance to showcase Sullivan and continue working
towards the ultimate goal to be world champion one day."
This will be Sullivan's third fight with
world-renowned trainer, Abel Sanchez, the same trainer known for his
work with middleweight world champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin and fellow
Main Events' stable mate Nadjib Mohammedi. Sanchez said, "Jeff Lacy is
an experienced, ex-world champion, which cannot be taken lightly. Camp
went well. The more time Sullivan and I spend together the easier it
becomes for him to see our vision for his career and development towards
a world championship and division domination."
Sullivan added, "I have really worked on many things during this camp;
it's amazing how much there is to learn. I am eager to get in the ring.
Facing an ex-world champion in Jeff Lacy is going to be a tough test. I
know he cannot be underestimated but I'm ready to go out there and give
the fans what they want to see on January 30. It will be another victory
and another step towards a world championship."
Lacy, 37, made his professional debut in 2001 and
remained undefeated for over five years. He is coming off an eight-round
unanimous decision victory over Timothy Hall, Jr. in his hometown of St.
Petersburg, Florida last month. "I'm looking forward to this fight with
Barrera," explained Lacy. "I am sure that by him wanting this fight with
me he is too, and that is what hungers me more!" Lacy also has an
impressive knockout-to-win ratio of 67% (18 of 27) so this fight is
unlikely to go the distance.
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "After 14 fights,
it's time for Sullivan to start stepping up. Jeff Lacy was with Main
Events early in his career. He's a former world champion and a tough
competitor. This is the right fight for Sullivan at this point in his
career and an opportunity for Jeff to jump-start his own. We're looking
forward to a big year for Sullivan Barrera and it starts on January 30!"
Curtis "Showtime" Stevens
Adding Speed to Power
Brooklyn, NY: This Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, Curtis
"Showtime" Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) will face Hassan N'Dam (30-1, 18 KOs)
for the #1 position in the IBF. Over the last several weeks and months,
he has stepped up his training camp routine to prepare for this fight
and put himself in the best possible position to win on Oct. 1.
The 29-year old from Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY has
always been known for his power with an impressive 74% (20 of 27)
knockout-to-win ratio but, this time around, in addition to his power,
"Showtime" has added speed to his game. The new training routine
developed by his trainer/uncle, Andre Rozier, includes a huge cardio
component to strengthen Stevens' endurance and improve his speed.
"For the [Gennady] Golovkin fight I had a personal
trainer. For the Saul Roman fight that was just all me. I noticed that
when I do it myself it is more of a push. I am the only one that knows
what I am doing. If things go bad, it's on me," explained Stevens. "I
fight for three minutes so if I can hold a sprint for two minutes,
somebody's in trouble. You fight twelve rounds but it is different when
you are holding a two minute sprint with 30 seconds' rest. With the
power I got, if I am on your ass for two minutes, it's a blood bath."
Stevens & Rozier
Photo Credits: Mike Gladysz/Main
Rozier also added a program he calls "box and rumble"
into Stevens' camp, which combines intervals of speed punches with
intervals of targeted combinations over five to ten minute sets. "'Box
and rumble' is a continuous exercise for endurance and exertion,"
explained Andre. "Nobody likes it but it builds up your endurance and
your consistency with punching. It is a long one and it makes you work."
Stevens also altered his diet for this fight and, with
the increased cardio, he is ahead of schedule to make weight for Oct. 1.
"In the past, after the weigh in I would go get steak and eggs. I am not
eating steak while I am training, I eat fish. Once I hit 164 last week,
I went and had some pasta. The next morning I went running and I felt
great." He added, "By me eating red meat the night before the fight I am
taking the speed out of me. Power is there. I need to keep that speed
there. He's [N'Dam] worrying about the power but once he sees the speed,
Curtis knows that he is most effective when he lets
his hands go and does not overthink in the ring. Andre believes that by
Curtis taking control of his own conditioning he has the added
confidence he needs. According to Rozier, "I think N'Dam is really gonna
get it. I think as long as Curtis understands that he is ready for
competition; he won't come up short. If he feels 'I haven't done enough
to prepare for whatever it is I am going to be facing' then he sort of
does a mind game with himself. But now he knows he can run right through
N'Dam when he wants to. He can run through anybody when he wants to."
BOXING BACK AT THE
MILLENNIUM THEATER MAY 15th
Amanda Serrano to battle Belinda Laracuente at
Millennium Theater in Brooklyn on May 15
Steve Bujaj to battle Junior Wright in WBC
International and WBC USNBC Cruiserweight title headlines a stacked card
BROOKLYN, NY (May 5, 2014)---On Thursday, May 15 Dmitry Salita's Star
of David Promotions presents a huge night of boxing that will be
headlined by a 10-round WBC International and WBC USNBC Cruiserweight
battle between undefeated fight's Steve Bujaj (12-0, 9 KO's) of New York
and Junior Wright (10-0, 9 KO's) of Evanston, Illinois.
One of the featured undercard will be a 6-round Super Featherweight
bout that will pit one of the best female fighter's in the world,
Brooklyn's own Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (20-1-1, 15 KO's) and
Belinda "Brown Sugar" Laracuente (26-28-3, 9 KO's).
Besides being one of the best, Serrano always brings excitement as
she has a non-stop, come forward style. She boasts a record of 20-1 with
15 knockouts and is currently 6-fight knockout streak.
She is a 4-time champion as she has captured the NABF Featherweight
title. The IBF World title with a 2nd round stoppage over Kimberly
Conner (9-1-2), the UBF Intercontinental Super Featherweight title as
well as the WIBA International Featherweight title.
"Training has been great. I always train hard and camp is coming to a
close and I am ready," said the 25-year old Serrano.
Serrano knows that the 57-fight veteran, Laracuente will be a tough
fight for her.
"We knew she would take the fight. She is a tough Puerto Rican like
me. She has been around a long time and has fought the best so I
consider this a step up. I remember her fighting when I was just
This will be Serrano's 2nd bout in Brooklyn (her 1st was the title
winning knockout over Connor) and she is very excited about returning
"The fans bring something out of you when you fight in Brooklyn. It
is something that comes
Serrano is looking to fight anybody, any place at anytime.
"I will fight anybody between 122 and 135 pounds. Whoever they put in
front of me, I will fight.
"This is going to be a great fight. We are 2 top Puerto Rican
fighters and we will steal the show," finished Serrano.
Besides those two great bouts, the rest of the card looks as follows:
In 6 Round Bouts:
Jarrell Miller of Brooklyn (8-0-1, 8 KO's) will battle Joshua Harris
(9-7-1, 7 KO's) of Youngstown, OH in a Heavyweight bout.
Jr. Middleweight Steven Martinez (14-1, 11 KO's) of Bronx, NY will
fight Antonio Chaves Fernandez (4-17-2) of Brockton, MA.
Undefeated Welterweight Mikkel Lespiere (4-0-1, 3 KO's) of New York,
NY will battle Rapahel Luna (4-8-3, 1 KO) of Albany, NY.
In 4 round Bouts:
Dimash Niyazov (5-0-2, 4 KO's) of Staten Island, NY will fight Jose
Del Valle (2-5-3) of Corozal, PR In a Lightweight fight.
Middleweight Akil Auguste (3-1, 3 KO's) of Brooklyn will square off
against Juan Zapata (3-7-1, 2 KO's) of Bronx, NY in a Middleweight
Marcos Suarez (2-0-1, 1 KO's) of Bronx, NY will box against Ian James
(2-6-1, 1 KO) of Brooklyn in a Lightweight fight.
Marc Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856 287 7611
THE FIGHTING RABBI STEALS
- Ron Ross
The lesson for the day was “Do not mess with The Fighting Rabbi”.
Obviously, no one ever imparted that message to Javier “Pelon” Gomez who
came all the way from Tiajuana, Mexico to learn the hard way at the Hard
Rock Live where he was pitted against Yuri Foreman of Belarus, Israel
and Brooklyn, who will be ordained as a Rabbi in the very near future,
in the eight round Junior Middleweight co-feature on the “Knockout Night
At Hard Rock Live” card in Hollywood,Florida.
When the bell rang, signaling the start of festivities, Foreman
bounced out, content with moving around the ring and testing the knee
that was damaged more than three years ago causing him to lose the title
to Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium but Gomez, who heard the same bell had
very different ideas. He came out swinging wildly. It was when he caught
Foreman with an eye-watering bop on the nose that Yuri decided to change
his lesson plan. He lashed out with whip-like left hooks and followed
with strong overhand rights, nailing Gomez who still continued to fight
back – or at least try. But when Foreman nailed him with a slashing left
hook that virtually lifted Gomez off his feet and sent him crashing to
the canvas, it was all over for the gritty Mexican who lay motionless
throughout the count. It was a hushed arena for a few anxious moments
until Gomez finally moved and came back to the world. A stunning
knockout at 1:56 of the opening round.
For Foreman, 32-2, 9 KO’s, who is a master technician in the ring,
using speed, dazzling footwork and boxing skills, it was his first
knockout since 2006!
Somewhere in the very near future there will be a very observant,
no-nonsense congregation in some Brooklyn synagogue. They will be very
attentive, polite and obedient because they will know not to mess with
their Fighting Rabbi !
Roberto “Demonio” Gonzalez, 20-2, 13 KO’s, former Mexican
Welterweight Champion, scored a solid upset 10 round victory over
Brazilian Michael Oliveira, 21-2, 16 KO’s, dropping Oliveira twice en
route in a junior middleweight slugfest.
In a light heavyweight brawl scheduled for 10 rounds, former Cuban
Olympian Yunieski Gonzalez, 13-0, 9 KO’s, stopped Ecuador’s Jinner
Guerrero, 7-2, 6 KO’s at 1:36 of the 8th round.
THUNDER AT GULFSTREAM
- Ron Ross
Hallandale, Fl November 16, 2012 Reprinted from Boxing News,
It is said that a little rain never hurts anyone. Well, the
rain that fell over this fabled racetrack in South Florida
was provided by Mother Nature and did not create any
noticeable pain. The same cannot be said about the
accompanying thunder and lightning which was provided by the
swinging-from-the-heels combatants in Don King’s exciting
five-bout promotion . Unlike the thoroughbreds that usually
have center stage at this Florida landmark, none of
tonight’s performers ran – they all came to fight and what a
helluva show they put on.
In a fitting finale to the night’s explosive action
undefeated two-time Cuban National Champion, now residing in
Miami, Angelo “The Cobra” Santana, 13-0 (10 KO’s) hooked up
in a shootout with another undefeated contender, Juan
Garcia, 13-0 (8 KO’s), Holland, Michigan, in a lightweight
Garcia came out firing from the sound of the opening bell.
In a free-swinging first round neither man let up but Garcia
threw more and landed more in an eyebrow-raising beginning.
The flush of his opening round showing was not long-lasting
as the southpaw Santana, living up to his nickname, lashed
out like a Cobra with a whistling overhand left that dropped
Garcia who, upon arising, realized that he was in for a
tough evening. Santana, landing that big left well
throughout the remainder of the round seemed to have the
situation well in hand. But Garcia showed that he is one
tough young man, slugging it out with the obviously
harder-punching Santana on relatively even terms in the
third and fourth rounds.
Just as it seemed that Garcia’s confidence was growing,
the Cobra struck again. Santana came out for the fifth round
banging away with a two-fisted attack, capping it with an
overhand left that dropped Garcia who might have been better
off staying down as when he got up, he was tagged with a
spectacular left cross that virtually sent him sailing
across the ring crashing to the canvas, banging his head
with a frightening thud. There was no reason to count. It
was all over at 1:41 of the fifth round.
In the co-featured welterweight 10 round bout, the only
fight to go the distance, Miami favorite Joey “Twinkle
Fingers” Hernandez, 22-1-1(13 KO’s) hooked up with
Greensboro, N.C.’s James “Shotgun” Winchester 15-5 (5 KO’s)
in a bout that saw Hernandez controlling with his far
greater output of punching and power. Winchester’s best
round was the third, which he won, nailing Twinkle Fingers
with a big overhand right and making it a 10-8 round when
Hernandez was penalized a point for hitting on the break.
The Miami battler came back in the fourth, dropping
Winchester with a sizzling four-punch combination
–left-left-right-left – and pretty much dominated from there
on. Winchester didn’t take another round until the tenth,
when, swinging in desperation with everything he had, he
gave better than he took as both men were staggering as the
final bell sounded. Judge Michael Pernick scored 96-92, with
Mark Streisand and bill Ray scoring 97-91, all for
Hernandez. It was a case where the Winchester kept firing
but just didn’t have enough ammunition against a target that
The night’s festivities began with a heavyweight
six-rounder. Undefeated Trevor “America’s Dream” Bryan,
Albany, NY, 224 ½ , 4-0, (3 KO’s) was more of a “nightmare”
than a “Dream” to Philadelphia’s Hassan Lee, 224 ½, 4-2, who
was leveled and out for nearly three minutes by a huge Bryan
right to the head at 1:45 of the 3rdround.
The Punch Parade continued as Ukrainian contender Oleg
Platov, 218 ¾, 29-1(23 KO’s) knocked out Clearwater, FL
veteran Harold Sconiers, 223 ¼, 18-25-2 (11 KO’s) with a
picture-perfect left hook at 1:46 of the 2nd
round of a scheduled six.
In the final six round prelim, Amir Imam, Albany, NY, 140,
5-0, (4 KO’s) took another step up the ladder with an
impressive stoppage of Tony “Sugar Boy” Walker, 138 ¾, 5-1-1
(3 KO’s). After Walker pulled himself up after being floored
by a solid overhand Imam right in the second round, Imam was
savaging him with a two-fisted flurry when referee Frank
Gentile stepped in, halting the bout at 2:59 of the second
HEAVYWEIGHT BRAWL AGAINST WALKER
By Sean Sullivan
Fighting on the same day as the only two men to
have beaten him—Chad Dawson and Vitali Klitschko—Poland’s Tomasz Adamek,
headlining a six-bout card promoted by Main Events, improved his record
to 47-2 (29 KOs), with a dramatic TKO5 (1:08) victory over Travis
Walker, now 39-8-1 (31 KOs), ending what was an exciting heavyweight
brawl, at the Prudential Center, in Newark, NJ.
After a slow-paced opening round, Walker, 235,
Tallahassee, FL, floored Adamek, 222½, hard with a jab-straight right
combination early in the second frame. Adamek arose on wobbly legs and
another right hand had him hurt again. However, he managed to recover
enough to drop a tiring Walker, who has had stamina problems, with the
same combination that felled him. Walker climbed to his feet, though
still dazed, and Adamek assaulted him with a barrage that continued well
after the bell, as the referee was unaware that the round had ended.
This was a clear candidate for “Round of the Year.”
ADAMEK ANSWERS QUESTIONS AFTER THE BOUT.
Photo Bazooka Press
Adamek dominated rounds three and four and had
Walker in trouble on several occasions, but the Floridian returned
enough leather to keep the Polish fighter aware that he could be hurt as
well. In round five, a straight right staggered Walker and Adamek went
in for the finish, trapping his adversary in a corner and unloading
until the referee jumped in to end the contest.
Fighting as a heavyweight for the first time was
former two-time IBF cruiserweight titlist Steve Cunningham, 207, 25-4
(12 KOs), Philadelphia, returning from back-to-back losses in title
bouts against Yoan Pablo Hernandez. Opening up cautiously, Cunningham
popped his jab and began circling around perennial trial horse Jason
Gavern, 239, 21-11-4 (10 KOs), Kissimmee, FL. An accidental head butt
opened a cut next to Cunningham’s left eye, but it never seemed to
bother him. As the rounds went by, Gavern was game and durable—though
more of the latter—as Cunningham adjusted to the heavyweight division.
Much of the action consisted of grappling and sloppy infighting.
Straight rights were Cunningham’s most effective weapon whenever he
created a proper distance to land cleanly. After 10 rounds, the judges
tallied 100-90 twice, and 99-91, all for Cunningham.
Tonight, Cunningham fought at the Prudential
Center for the first time since losing a war against the man who won the
main event, Tomasz Adamek, when their memorable fight opened the venue
to boxing in December 2008. Now, given the trajectories of their
careers, a rematch between the two makes sense.
Rising heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings, 230,
15-0 (7 KOs), Philadelphia, faced off against Chris Koval, 226, 25-10
(18 KOs), Youngtown, OH, who once infamously resorted to spitting on
Shannon Briggs when his punches had no effect on the hulking Brooklynite.
Koval entered the ring tonight with a 2-6 record since that 2006
encounter. An overhand right-left hook combination moments after the
opening bell dropped Koval and a follow-up barrage felled him a second
and final time, ending the contest by TKO just 35 seconds into round
In a battle of junior lightweight prospects, Jerry
Belmontes, 129, 17-0 (5 KOs), Corpus Christi, TX, demonstrated a nice
jab-straight right hand combination, but showed defensive flaws as he
would often back straight up with his hands down while in retreat,
inviting Joselito Collado, 129, 13-2 (3 KOs), Queens, NY, to throw
counters at an open target. Bleeding from a cut on his forehead, Collado
aggressively bore his way in close with flurries. Belmontes effectively
established enough distance in round three to maintain control with his
jab and left hooks. An increasingly desperate Collado’s offense
deteriorated to wild swings. A right hand-left hook caught Collado flush
in round four, drawing gasps from the crowd. Thanks to Collado’s
persistence, a trench war briefly developed in round five but it only
seemed to tire him out, as many of his punches missed badly. Belmontes
dictated the action for the remainder of the contest, creating a gap
with his stiff jab, although his defensive flaws allowed for the
occasional counter punch to land. Scorecards read 78-74 twice, and
77-75, awarding a unanimous eight-round decision to Belmontes.
As he looked to apply pressure, Jose Peralta, 141,
10-1 (6 KOs), Passaic, NJ, wisely opted to dig downstairs early on
against Philadelphia’s Christian Steele, 140, 3-5 (1 KO). A left hook to
the side of the head dropped Steele in round two. While going in for the
kill, Peralta left himself open to counters, but remained undeterred.
The same shot sent Steele to the canvas in round three and when the
referee did not like the way he was responding, the bout was stopped on
a TKO at the 0:46 mark.
Jesse Carradine, 130, 8-2-1 (4 KOs), Cincinnati,
OH, was able to penetrate the defense of lightweight prospect Karl
“Dynamite” Dargan, 136, 11-0 (6 KOs), Philadelphia, throughout round
one. It was also during that round that referee David Fields called a
dubious knockdown; however, he began to administer a count to the wrong
fighter. Realizing his mistake, Fields walked over to the correct boxer,
customarily wiped off his gloves, and then called for the action to
continue. Dargan found a home for his straight right in round two, but
he neglected to set it up with jabs, which might have enabled him to end
matters during this frame. By the third stanza, Dargan was still not
utilizing his jab as he should, but he began timing straight right
counters as Carradine walked in close. Much more aggressive in round
four, Dargan bobbed and weaved inside with powerful body shots before
coming up top with a right hand that dropped Carradine. The Cincinnati
resident arose but never regained his full composure, which prompted
Fields to halt the bout via TKO at 1:04 of the frame.
Photos by BaZooka
(From left to right) Undefeated welterweight Dusty
Hernandez-Harrison, heavyweight prospect Darmani Rock, featherweight
Orlando Del Valle and Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. pose on May
11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. at the final press conference for thier May
13, 2016 fights at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.
where Hernandez-Harrison will face Dallas
Jr. in the main event, Del Valle will face Thomas “KO” Snow in
the co-main event and Rock will face Carlos
Black, all of which will be televised live on BET at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT
and streamed live on global music and entertainment platform
Mohammedi and Kovalev Face-off
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
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