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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 Sports Programming.

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 boxing’s best no nonsense boxing talk program. Joining Billy C on a regular basis is Sal “Rocky” Cenicola, Larry Hazzard, Daxx Khan, Alex Pierpaoli, and the most interesting collection of different guests ever assembled. The show covers boxing; it’s past, present and future presented in an entertaining opinionated way.

The Talkin Boxing With Billy C TV & Radio Show is in its 14th year and is available via TV, Radio, YouTube, Internet, FaceBook, Twitter and Podcast. Check your local TV & Radio providers for channel air times. Watch LIVE daily from 8-10 am EST via YouTube at www.youtube.com/TalkinBoxing or download our app at http://fite.tv/billyc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primetime Battle Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS

Presented by Premier Boxing Champions

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.ticketmaster.com, 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:

KEITH THURMAN

"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 knockout power.

"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 exciting fight."

DANNY GARCIA

"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 me.

"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 work.

"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 Trainer

"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 & Trainer

"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 fights here.

"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 beat.

"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 DiBella Entertainment

"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 the sport.

"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 calendar."

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 night."

DBE

 

 

 

 

HEATHER HARDY - SHELLY VINCENT LOOKING TO STEAL THE SHOW IN CONEY ISLAND

UNDEFEATED FEMALE 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 in Brooklyn.

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 August 21st.

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 anticipated fight.

"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 DiBella.

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 of it."

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 www.ticketmaster.com and fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com.

 

 

 

Training Camp 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 "INNOPROM-2016."

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 training."

Kovalev Overlooking Armenian Mountaintop/Photo 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."

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throne boxing PRESENTED BY ROC NATION SPORTS AND CORONA EXTRA WASHINGTON, D.C.’S UNDEFEATED DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON 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 media members.

Below is what the fighters had to say during the workout:

DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON:

“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 everything right.

“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 fights.”

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.”

MIKE BALOGUN:

“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 like myself.

“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 to know.

“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.”

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TWO-TIME WORLD 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 $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com (bit.ly/WardBarreraTix) and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

  Operator:                    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 p.m. ET/PT.

                                         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 Arena.

                                         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 Andre.

 

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 sure.

 

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.

 Eddie 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

(cont'd)         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 the two?

Andre Ward:   Not really. Not really. I don’t think they're similar at all between Barrera and Kokalev?

 

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.

Operator:      Our next question comes from Gayle Falkenthal with Community Digital News.

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 consider it?

 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 you.

 David Itskowitch:     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 in weight?

 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 career?

                                         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.

 Keith 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 basically?

 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 with.

 Operator:                    Our next question comes from Richard Bioceros with Boxing News.

  Richard 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?

 

Andre Ward:              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 certain things.

                                         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 doing?”

                                         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.

 David Itskowitch:     All right Andre, you want to give any closing thoughts before you sign                         off?

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 it.

 David 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 Events, Kathy                         Duva.

 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 division certainly.

                                         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.

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 fans.

 Operator:                    Our first question comes from Dan Rafael with ESPN. Please go ahead.

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 either way.

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.

 Operator:                    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 breathe.

                                        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 calm.

 Operator:                    Our next question comes from Gayle Falkenthal with Communities Digital News.

 

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 cooperate. 

Gayle Falkenthal:     So the question is have you ever had to turn someone down for that reason?

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.

 David Itskowitch:     Okay. Sullivan or Abel anyone have any closing thoughts?

 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 March 26.

 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 QUILLIN; BARCLAYS RECAP

New York Dec 6, 2016

The plan was simple. Daniel Jacobs was supposed to box Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin early, build up a points leads, then have Quillin play "catch-up" and desperate for 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 Dock 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 -- Quillin got 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 seconds longer.

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

Cruiserweights -- 2012 US Olympian undefeated "Sir" 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 over before round four. TKO 4 Marcus Browne.

Light Heavyweights: 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.

Jr Middleweights 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 verdict went to Forman 77-75 3X . . . Forman record is now 33-2 9 KO's.

Jr. Welterweights 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 UD 10 95-94, 97-92 

Super featherweights 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.

Featherweights 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.

JLM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 p.m. PT.

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 (800) 745-3000.

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 www.fathomevents.com/event/cotto-vs-canelo-live.

 

 

 

 

SPOTLIGHT BACK ON AMERICAN HEAVYWEIGHTS
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 the job."

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 prized division.

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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Kovalev-Mohammedi Press Conference
Quotes and Photos

Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev - WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

"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 belts.

"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 times.

"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 in mind.

"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."

About Kovalev-Mohammedi
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.

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Training Camp Notes & Video: Undefeated Cuban Sensation Sullivan Barrera Takes on Veteran Jeff Lacy Jan. 30 at Foxwoods
 

Mashantucket, CT: 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.
 

Sullivan Barrera
Photo Credits:
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!"
 

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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 Events

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, man down!"

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."

-ME-

 

 

 

 

 

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 starting."

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 home.

"The fans bring something out of you when you fight in Brooklyn. It is something that comes over you."

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 fight.

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.

Log on to http://www.dsalita.com to buy your tickets today.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND CREDENTIALS, CONTACT:

Marc Abrams at phillyboxing@gmail.com or 856 287 7611

 

 

Mayday – May-weather and Mai-dana Will Create Fireworks on May 3

By Adam J. Pollack

Dubbed “The Moment,” I predict that the May 3 Showtime PPV card at the MGM Grand will have a lot of moments worth watching. This card is stacked with very competitive, intriguing matchups.

Love him or hate him, Adrien Broner, 27-1, 22 KOs, is an entertaining fighter, both inside and outside of the ring. Coming off his comeuppance against Marcos Maidana in a fight of the year candidate, he looks to bounce back against Carlos Molina, 17-1-1, 7 KOs. Molina is the right type of first fight back for Maidana, for he doesn’t have the biggest punch. This is important, given that Broner suffered a great deal of punishment against Maidana. That said, Molina’s only loss was to Amir Khan, when he retired after the 10th round owing to a cut, so he’s durable, and like Broner, used to winning until his last fight. This fight will give fans a chance to see how much both men learned from their first loss, and how much it affected them physically and mentally.

J’Leon Love, 17-0, 10 KOs, is fast, skilled, and has more strength and power than his record suggests. He recently moved up to super-middleweight and appears to be wearing the weight well. He is taking on Marco Antonio Periban, 20-1-1, 13 KOs, who is a dangerous test. Periban is a crafty and tough boxer, having lost a majority decision to the very strong Sakio Bika in a fun fight, and is recently coming off a draw against undefeated Badou Jack. This fight will prove whether Love belongs in the upper echelon.

Amir Khan, 28-3, 19 KOs, holds victories over two of the fighters on this card. He has beaten Marcos Maidana and Carlos Molina. He also holds victories over guys like Kotelnik (who had beaten Maidana), Malignaggi, and Judah. For the most part, Khan’s fights have been very entertaining. His war with Maidana was a fight of the year candidate, in part because of Khan’s tendency to hit and get hit, doing both a lot. Amir is very fast, has good power, is game, and always comes to fight in great shape, but his defensive liabilities have a tendency to hurt him, even sometimes when he wins. His most recent knockout loss to Danny Garcia and his less than stellar victory over Julio Diaz cost him enough prestige such that the now hot Maidana got the fight with Mayweather.

Khan’s fight with Luis Collazo, 35-5, 18 KOs, will give Khan the chance to prove that he deserves to be in the ring with Mayweather, assuming Floyd beats Maidana. Collazo is an experienced veteran southpaw with speed and skill, and he showed some real power in his last fight, a KO2 victory over Victor Ortiz. Collazo is best-known for his very close decision loss to Ricky Hatton. He is also very durable, having lost decisions to Mosley and Berto, both fast fighters with pop, like Khan. The game Collazo is on a four-fight win streak, and is a legitimate threat to Khan.

And of course the main event is the one I am most excited about. Everyone knows about Floyd Mayweather, Jr., 45-0, 26 KOs. He is the one whom no one has been able to defeat since he turned pro way back in 1996. Did you read that? He has been a pro since 1996, and is still undefeated! He has won titles from junior lightweight all the way up to junior middleweight. He has speed, reflexes, defense, ring generalship, and boxing intelligence that simply must be appreciated.

Marcos Maidana, 35-3, 31 KOs, is exactly the type of fighter who can test all of it. Maidana is the antithesis of Mayweather. He is what he is, and he knows it. He doesn’t try to be a fancy boxer. Maidana tries to bludgeon foes to death. He is there to inflict pain, and he usually does. He doesn’t have Mayweather’s skill or speed, but then again, no one does. At age 30, Maidana appears to be in his prime, and one thing some might overlook is that Floyd is 37 years old, and although he has been looking as good as ever, you never know when age will play a factor in his fights.

The beauty about this matchup is that I have a feeling there will be many different contrasting moments. There will be moments where Mayweather will shine, and we will look on in awe at what he can do, even against such a strong veteran bull who has been pummeling good fighters for years. But there may also be moments where Maidana in his relentless power-punching fashion makes Mayweather uncomfortable, and possibly even hurt. He is going to press, push, and whack away to the head and body in nonstop fashion, such that even Floyd will have to suck it up at times. And that is what we want to see from great fighters – their having to dig deep and show us all of what is inside them. Hence, perhaps this card is aptly named The Moment.

I just hope that referee Tony Weeks does not spoil this one with excessive and premature breaking, but instead allows the fighters to fight it out and determine the outcome.

 

 

THE FIGHTING RABBI STEALS THE SHOW

- Ron Ross

Hollywood, FL

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.

-RR-

 

 

 

 

THUNDER AT GULFSTREAM
- Ron Ross
Hallandale, Fl November 16, 2012 Reprinted from Boxing News, UK
 
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 10 rounder.

 

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 fired back.

 

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 round.

RR

 

 

 

ADAMEK WINS 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 one. 

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.  

 

 

 

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(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 TIDAL.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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