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24/7 WARD/KOVALEV 2 PREMIERES FRIDAY, JUNE 2 ON HBO

May 19, 2017 - In advance of the highly anticipated light heavyweight championship rematch between world-class prizefighters Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev, HBO Sports will air "24/7 Ward/Kovalev 2," an exhilarating 30-minute special examining the upcoming encounter. The intriguing pay-per-view event featuring the two pound-for-pound aces takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

                                    

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The "24/7 Ward/Kovalev 2" special will premiere Friday, June 2 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The special will look back at their first fight and will preview the hotly anticipated rematch between two accomplished and tenacious ring warriors who first met last November under the red-hot Las Vegas spotlight. Ward, who has not lost a fight since his teen-age years, scored a razor-thin decision over Kovalev and collected all the title belts that the Russian knockout specialist had accumulated. The special will provide all-new content including portraits of both fighters' path to this impactful showdown. Each has set up training camp on the west coast; Ward in his hometown of Oakland, CA and Kovalev farther south in both Big Bear and Oxnard, CA.

The 30-minute special narrated by Liev Schreiber and produced by HBO's Emmy-Award-winning "24/7" production team will also be available on HBO On Demand®, HBO GO®, HBO NOW and affiliate portals as well as at www.hbo.com/boxing and various other new media platforms that distribute the show.

 

 

 

SHOWTIME TO TELEVISE MAJOR WELTERWEIGHT EVENTS

IBF Welterweight World Championship between defending champion Kell Brook and undefeated contender Errol Spence Jr. will air live on SHOWTIME this spring.

DiBella Entertainment, Barclays Center and SHOWTIME also announced the WBC Welterweight Eliminator between former 147-pound champions Andre Berto and Shawn Porter taking place Saturday, April 22, live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The winner of Berto-Porter becomes the mandatory challenger to WBC/WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.

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Barclays Center, Bklyn, NY March 4th, 2017
Result: Keith Thurman defeats Danny Garcia by split decision to become the new WBA /WBC unified welterweight champion of the world.
Result: Erickson Lubin defeats Jorge Cota by TKO in 1:25 of round 4

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ALANTEZ FOX ENTERS ENEMY TERRITORY
TO FACE ALABAMA NATIVE KENNETH MCNEIL
WBC USNBC MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE AT STAKE:
FOX-MCNEIL HIGHLIGHTS UNDERCARD OF DEONTAY WILDER'S WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE DEFENSE AGAINST GERALD WASHINGTON

AT LEGACY ARENA AT THE BJCC, BIRMINGHAM, AL

PBC ON FOX AND FOX DEPORTES

TELEVISED COVERAGE BEGINS AT 8 P.M. ET/5 P.M. PT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

BIRMINGHAM, AL (2/9/17) - On the undercard of the Wilder-Washington world heavyweight championship, unbeaten middleweight contender Alantez Fox (21-0-1, 10 KOs) will meet Birmingham-native Kenneth McNeil (10-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the vacant WBC-USNBC title.

Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will defend his title in his home state for the fourth time, as he faces challenger Gerald Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes, on Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will feature the only American heavyweight world champion headlining his third primetime show on network television, after Wilder most recently stopped Chris Arreola following eight rounds of action on FOX in July. The champion suffered hand and biceps injuries during the fight, but returns on February 25 fully healthy.

From Forestville, MD, middleweight Alantez Fox is trained by his father Troy out of Lloyd Irvin MMA/Boxing Gym. Following a 165-35 amateur career, highlighted by his gold-medal performances at the Ringside National and Under-19 tournaments, the 6'5" Fox turned pro in 2010. The only blemish on his record is a draw to then 7-0 prospect Frank Galarza in September 2012, in a war with the New York State title at stake. He has won 14 bouts since, including victories over 7-2 Julius Kennedy, 5-1 Zain Shah and former top-rated contender Eric Mitchell. In January 2015, Fox made his debut on SHOWTIME's "SHOBOX: The New Generation" series defeating 9-0 prospect Patrick Day via decision. Securing three victories in 2016, Fox knocked out 17-3 former Colombian champion Ronald Montes on national television, in his last bout on September 30.

Before turning pro in September 2012, Birmingham's Kenneth McNeil was a four-time Title National champion and a six-time Alabama Golden Gloves champion as an amateur. Showing promise early on, McNeil defeated spoiler Lekan Byfield in his second pro bout. His only losses have come to the very tough Samuel Clarkson via split decision and to Ukrainian Olympian Ievgen Khytrov by decision in a competitive fight for the NABF middleweight title. McNeil bounced back from the Khytrov loss to score a second-round knockout over 6-1 Robert Burwell in his last bout on July 16, underneath Deontay Wilder's world title defense against Chris Arreola in Birmingham.

"Alantez Fox is a tremendous prospect and, with his size and style, is a danger to any of the top middleweights," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "On February 25, Fox will be going into his opponent's hometown of Birmingham, where Kenneth McNeil will have a lot of local support in the crowd. This is the biggest opportunity of McNeil's career, so I know he will be ready for the challenge and I expect a great fight."

Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a pair of exciting matchups as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd meet in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus hard-hitting Dominic Breazeale battles undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in heavyweight action.

GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX VS. MOISES FLORES AND

DIEGO DE LA HOYA VS. YOANDRIS SALINAS

ADDED TO COTTO-KIRKLAND TELEVISED UNDERCARD

“THE RETURN” SET FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2017

AT FORD CENTER AT THE STAR IN FRISCO, TEXAS

PRESENTED LIVE BY HBO PAY-PER-VIEW®

NEW YORK, NY - (January 25, 2017) Two action-packed fights featuring world champions, emerging stars and fierce rivalries have been added to the televised pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland “The Return” on Saturday, February 25 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. The event, sponsored by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

The co-feature bout will spotlight reigning WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) in a mandatory 12-round WBA title defense against WBA interim titleholder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs). Both fighters are eager to contend for the top super bantamweight status and upset the other’s perfect record.

“I would like to start by thanking HBO, Roc Nation Sports and Caribe Promotions for making this fight happen. I'm very excited, it’s my first fight back in the states in over a year. I want to show the world and my loyal fans that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world,” said Rigondeaux. “I will be defending my title on February 25. I’d like to thank Moises Flores for having the courage to face me in the ring. He is a tough fighter and will have all his fans in Texas cheering for him. It's going to be a battle so fans, get ready to see me in action.”

"I'm very excited to be facing Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday, February 25 on HBO Pay-Per-View," said Flores. "I'd like to thank my team at Probox Management along with HBO for providing this opportunity. I'm training hard and look forward to making the Mexican fans proud when I defeat the great Rigondeaux."

“Just when we thought the Cotto-Kirkland event could not get any more exciting for sports fans Roc Nation Sports is thrilled to announce Guillermo Rigondeaux’s championship defense against Moises Flores on the televised undercard,” said Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy Michael R. Yormark. “One of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters, Rigondeaux is coming off his most impressive performance to date, shattering James Dickens’s jaw in Wales last June. The bout with Flores is set to be even more exciting as Ford Center at The Star looks to open its professional boxing account with a fight card for the ages."

"TGB Promotions is proud of this world title opportunity for Moises ‘Chucky’ Flores as he takes on one of the premier fighters in the sport, Guillermo Rigondeaux," said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. ‘'Chucky is well prepared and looking forward to making the Mexican fans proud of their new world champion."

The televised undercard will also include WBC Youth World Super Bantamweight Champion and Golden Boy Promotions top-flight prospect Diego De La Hoya (16-0, 9 KOs) against Cuban pugilist Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight contest. De La Hoya, already a Dallas-area fan favorite, drew a unanimous decision against veteran fighter Orlando Del Valle at AT&T Stadium on the undercard of September’s Canelo-Smith showdown. Salinas seeks a big return to the ring following 18 months away from boxing because of a hand injury.

“I want to be at the top, and leave a legacy behind that makes people look at me as one of the greats and that comes with accepting tougher fights like this one,” said De La Hoya. “Salinas has fought a number of great fighters, but with my discipline and hunger to become the best I can be, I will put it all on the line to come out victorious! I want to thank everyone at Golden Boy Promotions, Roc Nation Sports for the opportunity, and my manager Joel De La Hoya for giving me the chance to put on a great show for the amazing fans in Texas."

“Diego may be undefeated but I’m here to show the world that I’m back and still a contender” said Salinas. “Everything is bigger in Texas and the Texas fans can expect a big show on February 25 when we go toe-to-toe. This fight is about pride and a victory on the undercard of Cotto-Kirkland puts me one step closer to my goal of winning a world title.”

Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), was one of the most celebrated amateur boxers in Cuba before defecting and making his professional debut on May 22, 2009 in Miami, Florida. High expectations had no ill effect on Rigondeaux as he tore through his next five opponents. On Nov. 13, 2010, in just his seventh pro fight, Rigondeaux faced Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant WBA World interim super bantamweight title and left the ring with the belt after scoring a split decision victory. Rigondeaux turned his attention to supremacy in the 122-pound division and accomplished what many considered the unthinkable by knocking out WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Rico Ramos on January 20, 2012, becoming a world champion in fewer than 10 professional bouts. On April 13, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Rigondeaux scored his biggest victory to date by defeating WBO and Ring Magazine World Champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire. Rigondeaux came away with the victory by unanimous decision after out landing and out punching Donaire throughout the fight to unify titles. In November of 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Rigondeaux to an exclusive promotional agreement and featured him on the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez mega-fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, where he defeated veteran Drian Francisco via a 10-round unanimous decision. Prior to beating Francisco, Rigondeaux was stripped of his title belts due to inactivity, but remained the WBA champion in recess. In May of 2016, Roc Nation Sports announced that Rigondeaux was reinstated of his WBA belt ahead of a 12-round WBA World super bantamweight championship showdown against number 13 rated WBA super bantamweight contender Jazza Dickens on July 16 at the Cardiff Ice Arena in Wales. In his first ever appearance in the United Kingdom, Rigondeaux gave fans a thrilling knockout against Dickens. The southpaw landed a big left hook, shattering Dickens’s jaw, halting the fight in the second round with a referee’s decision. Rigondeaux will be raring to go on Feb. 25 in his title defense against interim champion Moises Flores.

Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) learned the fight game growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and spent the early years of his professional career building up his résumé in his home country. Now established as a title contender at 122 pounds, Flores looks to climb to the top of the division with his considerable talent. Flores is exceptionally tall for his weight class, measuring in at a rangy 5 feet 9 inches. As such, he tends to have a reach advantage over most of his opponents although, Flores isn’t one to merely fire punches from a distance and box from the outside. He likes to mix it up, and his record reflects that, with most of his opponents going down by knockout. Flores made his pro debut in August 2008 with a second-round knockout of Oswaldo Salgado in Guadalajara, Mexico. He fought exclusively in Mexico over the first six years of his career and made quick work of most of his opponents. Flores made his U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a six-round unanimous decision over Pablo Batres in Mesquite, Texas. He then gained a seventh round technical knockout of Mexican veteran Mario Macias in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in November 2014. That victory set up a 122-pound title shot against interim WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Oscar Escandon in Carson, California, in April 2015. In an electrifying, all-action brawl, Flores earned a split decision to win the title. In his last two fights, Flores was able to defend the interim WBA World super bantamweight title against Luis Emanuel Cusolito, while also adding the IBO World super bantamweight title against Paulus Ambunda. Flores looks forward to claiming the full rights to the WBA World super bantamweight title on Feb. 25 when he faces current champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in a 12-round championship showdown.

On September 12, 2013, 19-year-old Diego De La Hoya (16-0, 9 KOs) made his professional boxing debut, stopping Luis Cosme in three rounds to introduce the next generation of De La Hoya boxing, a family best known for the body of work turned in by Diego’s cousin, Oscar de la Hoya. A former member of the Mexican National Team with over 250 amateur bouts to his name, De La Hoya also won a silver medal in the Mexican Olympic Nationals. While expected to make a run at the 2016 Olympics, the talented prospect instead decided to turn professional, leading to a flurry of anticipation amongst fight fans and the boxing media. Currently training with Joel Diaz in Indio, California, De La Hoya followed up his win over Cosme with 10 more victories through the midway point of 2015. De La Hoya’s string of victories earned him a 10-round championship bout against Jesus Ruiz at September 2015’s LA FIGHT CLUB, where he defeated Ruiz via unanimous decision for the vacant WBC Youth World super bantamweight title. The Mexicali native kept rolling, and in his last fight of 2015 at the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in November, De La Hoya topped Giovanni Delgado via unanimous decision. De La Hoya then picked up where he left off, opening his 2016 campaign in the main event of LA FIGHT CLUB on February 19 with a fourth round knockout of Arturo Badillo. Part of the freeview of Canelo vs. Khan on May 7, 2016, De La Hoya displayed his power against Rocco Santomauro. Both fighters entered the ring with high energy and intensity, yearning to maintain their undefeated status. By the second round, De La Hoya sent him to the mat with a massive body punch - after Santomauro got back up, he was met with a series of combination punches from De La Hoya, trying to finish Santomauro off, though eventually cut off by the bell. The fight turned into an all-out brawl, as both hungry fighters entered into heated exchanges of punches throughout the bout. De La Hoya was able to get Rocco various times in the head, wounding Santomauro with a cut over his eye by the end of the sixth round, and was on the offensive with consecutive blows to the head. Santomuaro's corner decided to call the fight in the seventh round at 1:59, landing De La Hoya a very impressive technical knockout victory, pleasing the crowd with the show. In his last outing, De La Hoya made his pay-per-view debut against Orlando Del Valle on the undercard of the Canelo vs. Smith fight that drew more than 51,000 to Cowboy Stadium outside Dallas, Texas. De La Hoya defended his WBC Youth World super bantamweight title with a unanimous decision victory.

Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs) is a Cuban boxer fighting out of Miami, Florida. Salinas made his professional debut on Dec. 4, 2009 against Felix Flores at La Covacha in his adopted city of Miami. Amassing an undefeated record in his first 21 fights, Salinas was given the opportunity for a shot at a world title on November 5, 2013 against Scott Quigg at the O2 Arena in London, England. Contending for the WBA World super bantamweight title, the fighters went the distance for a draw. In his most recent fight on Aug. 8, 2015 vs. Manuel Avila, Salinas retired in the sixth round due to a hand injury.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JACK- DEGALE 7 COMPANY WORKOUT PICTURES 2017

Gervonta Davis  Photo by BaZooka.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ievgen  Khytrov and trainer Gary Stark Photo by "BaZooka"

 

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A True Championship - Gonzalez vs. Cuadras

by Adam J. Pollack

Los Angeles On Saturday September 10 at the Fabulous Forum, Nicaragua’s Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez maintained his unbeaten record, 46-0, moving up in weight from flyweight to the superflyweight class to win another world championship, handing Mexico’s Carlos Cuadras, 35-1-1, his first loss. The fight was a true championship contest before an animated crowd of 6,714, with each faction alternately taking turns supporting their hero, chanting “Mexico!” or “Nicaragua!” Both men justified their support, putting forth efforts worthy of the championship.

Gonzalez calmly applied consistent pressure, keeping a high guard, moving his head, and working consistently throughout the contest. Cuadras moved more, threw less often, and held more when hit, but he also threw the much harder, flashier punches in his attempt to outbox Gonzalez. At times he was successful. There were many close rounds, but at the end of the day, Gonzalez’s superior pressure, work rate, and accuracy gave him the edge. The judges had it unanimously for Gonzalez, 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113, and all three were legitimate scores. At the end of the day, Cuadras needed to do a bit more to earn the close rounds, and that cost him.

In undercard action, in a rematch of their prior draw, this time junior middleweight Yoshihro Kamegai, 27-3-2, boxed brilliantly to defeat Jesus Soto Karass, who retired in the corner after the 8th round. Kamegai clearly improved from their prior performance, demonstrating hard, clean punches, particularly to the body, but also the head, and a much improved defense, rolling, dipping, and countering nicely. Both remained in range, firing away throughout in a pleasing contest. Soto Karass was very game, but Kamegai was stronger and demonstrated the better skill against the slowing aging veteran of the game, who showed that all of the wars he has engaged in finally have caught up with him.

Lightweight Ryan Martin moved to 16-0, earning a clear 8-round unanimous decision over Cesar Villarraga. Martin was stronger, faster, and more compact with his punches.

Light flyweight Seniesa Estrada, 8-0, won a unanimous 8-round decision against the game Nancy Franco. Estrada might have outboxed her with superior speed, footwork, and clinching, but she never could deter the constantly attacking and stronger Franco.

“Rowdy” Brahmabigi Montgomery, 2-1-1, stopped pro debuting Chazz Moleta. Rowdy was very relaxed, decking the game Moleta in the 3rd and 4th rounds with short rights, until the referee stopped the contest.

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CHOCOLITO" VS CUADRAS

The Best vs. the Best

By Adam J. Pollack

On Saturday September 10, the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles will host a rare treat in boxing these days, two prime, excellent, dangerous, entertaining undefeated champions going at it to determine who is the best. Nicaragua’s Ramon “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, 45-0, with 38 KOs, the world 112-pound flyweight champion, considered amongst the best pound for pound fighters in the world, is moving up in weight to challenge world 115-pound superflyweight champion, Mexico’s Carlos “the Prince” Cuadras, 35-0-1, with 27 KOs.

This is the type of fight that fans and the press should be excited about. All too often these days, the best in the business find ways to avoid the tough fight, seeking safer fare for years before finally giving the fans what they want – the best fighting the best. And all too often it is when they are past their primes or after they have suffered losses that exposed their deficiencies, such that one side is no longer so afraid to take the risk. Sure, they usually have their excuses – the promoter, the money, the T.V. station, the drug testing, whatever the case may be. There are so many excuses that it practically is a miracle to find two prime undefeated fighters fighting. But this time, the stars have aligned. Both are hot, experienced, yet still young and frisky (ages 29 and 28), undefeated, and dangerous. And this is a wonderful style matchup. Both come to fight, both can punch, and both maintain a good pace.

Although they don’t have quite the hype of the “big name” fighters, excellent fighters they are nonetheless, and an excellent match-up this is. It is a true boxing fan’s fight. So if you want to see a real pick’em type contest, where both guys are dangerous and fun to watch, this one will be well worth your while. The fight will be televised on HBO, but the ticket prices at the Forum are very reasonably priced ($25, $50, $100, $200, $300, available via ticketmaster.com or the Forum box office), so if you have the chance, this is one that would be well worth coming to see live. You might not know who they are before the fight, but you will afterwards.

Making the card even tastier is the fact that the undercard features a rematch of a 2016 fight of the year candidate that wound up in a draw. Few draws have ever been so brutal. Given that both love to go to war, and really do not know how to do anything else, Yoshihiro Kamegai, 26-3-2, 23 KOs, vs. Jesus Soto Karass, 28-10-4, 18 KOs, Part II should be another Pier Six Brawl. 10 rounds, junior middleweights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION ANDRE WARD AND UNDEFEATED SULLIVAN BARRERA SET FOR LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN ON SATURDAY, MARCH 26 AT ORACLE ARENA IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

TELEVISED LIVE ON HBO®

NEW YORK, NY (February 9, 2016) Roc Nation Sports is pleased to announce that Two-Time World Champion and top-rated pound-for-pound fighter Andre Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) will return to the ring on Saturday, March 26, to begin his assault on the light heavyweight division when he takes on undefeated and number one rated IBF light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout at Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. The event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 5:00 PM PT and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.

“I don’t really have much to say other than this. On March 26, it will be very simple. I’ll be in a new weight class against a tough opponent but I’m coming with the same approach,” said Ward. “I’ll be in great shape and ready for battle. Sullivan Barrera has had a lot to say lately and I love it. He’s going to have an opportunity to back up every word that he has spoken. These are the type of challenges I like and on March 26, it’s go time.”

“We as a team had a tough choice to make crash the party by taking out Ward first or wait for the mandatory and take out Kovalev,” said Barrera. “We decided that the time is now. Ward will fall first and then we will go after the belts.”

“Having cleaned out the super middleweight division, Andre’s next challenge is to become the best light heavyweight in the world, and that challenge begins with the IBF’s number one rated contender in Sullivan Barrera,” said David Itskowitch, COO of Boxing Roc Nation Sports. “With both fighters having their sights set on an eventually showdown with Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey Kovalev, there’s a lot on the line in this fight, but only one man will move on. March 26 is a night of boxing that no fan should miss.”

“I’m excited to be on Team Ward as we enter the light heavyweight division. No weapons formed against us shall prosper,” said James Prince, Ward’s manager.

On March 26, before a hometown crowd, pound for pound star Andre Ward returns to HBO in his light heavyweight debut against undefeated Sullivan Barrera” said Peter Nelson, Executive Vice President, HBO Sports. “With a perfect record dating back to the age of 12 years old, Andre has risen to every challenge as both an amateur and a professional, including world titles and an Olympic gold medal. Now, he takes on Barrera, one of the toughest challengers as Ward moves up the scale. Boxing fans won't want to miss it."

Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his warrior’s instinct inside it, Ward’s skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating with a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold since 1996, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. He turned professional on December 18, 2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up 27 more victories since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process. After becoming the Ring Magazine and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion, rising to the number two spot on the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied boxing career. The Bay Area product returned to the ring on June 20, 2015 at the Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California and scored a ninth-round knockout over Paul Smith, continuing his unbeaten streak which dates back to when he was a 13-year-old amateur. Ward recently stepped in front of the camera for a completely different role, a part in the New Line/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Warner Bros. feature “Creed.” Fellow Bay Area natives, director Ryan Coogler and the film’s star Michael B. Jordan, reached out to Ward so that he could provide his expertise for the film. In addition to working in front of the camera with Ward, Jordan spent time at Ward’s home gym in preparation for his role as Apollo Creed’s son. Now it’s time for Ward to get back to his day job when he faces the undefeated Barrera on March 26.

Born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Barrera had an impressive amateur run with a record of 285-27. As an amateur, he was able to earn World Amateur Championships in Germany, Cuba, Venezuela and Central America. During his amateur career he also defeated former Light Heavyweight World Champions Chad Dawson and Beibut Shumenov. Following his defection from Cuba, where he was a member of the country’s national team, Barrera made his professional debut in 2009 with a first round technical knockout win over Anthony Adorno in his adopted hometown of Miami, Florida. He would go on to knockout the first five opponents he faced in his professional career in either the first or second round. Barrera made his television debut in January of 2015 with his appearance on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, when he scored a fourth round knockout win over former Super Middleweight World Champion Jeff Lacy. Barrera quietly rose through the ratings of the light heavyweight division until he was afforded the opportunity to fight former Light Heavyweight World Title Challenger Karo Murat to become the IBF’s number one rated light heavyweight contender. Barrera seized the opportunity, knocking out Murat in the fifth round on December 12, 2015 in his HBO Latino Boxing debut at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. Sullivan is trained by legendary trainer, Abel Sanchez, who is best known for his work with middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. When he is not at The Summit in Big Bear Lake, California training with Sanchez, Barrera resides in Miami, Florida.

Ward vs. Barrera, a 12-round fight which is presented by Roc Nation Sports in association with Main Events, takes place Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Follow the conversation using #WardBarrera.

For more information, please visit www.rocnation.com. Follow Roc Nation on Twitter and Instagram @rocnation and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RocNation.

For more information, visit www.hbo.com/boxing, follow on Twitter and Instagram at @HBOBoxing and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing.

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                LEE, QUILLEN BATTLE TO DEADLOCK; GARCIA OUTGUNS PETERSON

Jay Monte

BROOKLYN APRIL 12: In what turned out to be a pretty fine boxing card at the Barkley's Center, the two headlined bouts turned out to an ironic, unique twist and tale of fighters giving their all in "non-title" affairs.

The first bout, where the champ Andy Lee ( was fighting a man that had given up the belt a year before - Peter Quillen, it was a rare battle of a "tactical slugfest" which had fans on the edge of their seats anticipating which counterpunch was going to connect on someone's jaw.   Quillen had Lee down and shaky in round one, and again on spaghetti legs  in round two. Quillen had command of the bout through round three, although a knockdown of Lee was deemed questionable to say the least. Again the tactical warfare continued in round four, and one could sense that this bout would not go twelve, mainly on that the fact that Quillen seemed to get better leverage in the savage exchanges.

But with Quillen in command in the seventh frame, and ahead on the scorecards, Lee adjusted to Quillen's charges and dropped the thunder right that had Quiilen off step and on the canvas. Lee and Quillen traded blows in the eighth, but were more cautious of each others power. It was at this point where Lee seemed to make a small comeback - boxing more while Quillen basically did little toward the end of the fight. The window of opportunity late in the fight to box probably gave Lee the benefit of the doubt and a hard fought draw.  Lee retains his title (which he would have anyway because Quillen did not make weight), while Quillen remains unbeaten.

GARCIA STARTS WELL EARLY, PETERSON WINS LATE

The second bout was a totally different one, where the energy was high and the punches were flowing, especially for Danny Garcia early. He attacked Peterson's body  piling up the points as Peterson was in retreat.  Garcia continued the attack, outpunching his opponent 2 to 1, (although Peterson later commented that Garcia's punches mostly were blocked} The tide changed in the seventh when Peterson got a second wind and started to punish Garcia, especially when his counterpart was on the ropes. The action intensified in the championship rounds, which had the crowd standing and roaring its approval. And although in the end the decision read a majority verdict for Garcia, it could have easily turned out to be a draw.  The scores read 115-113, 2X, and 114-114 for Garcia. Garcia improves to 30-0, while Peterson, who fought very well,  drops to 33-3-1. Both fighters gave a spirited effort in this tale of two six round wars.

JLM

 

 

SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY
TRAINING CAMP NOTES
FROM MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION "IRISH" ANDY LEE
LEE SET TO DEFEND HIS TITLE AGAINST PETER QUILLIN APRIL 11 ON THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED
PBC ON NBC CARD AT
BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN, NY


New York, NY (March 17, 2015) - While we celebrate St. Patrick's Day today, perhaps enjoying a beer or two, middleweight champion "Irish" Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) is hard at work at his training camp in Monte Carlo with trainer Adam Booth as he prepares to defend his world title against former champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, April 11. Promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Lee vs. Quillin will air live on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET, along with the eagerly anticipated contest between Danny "Swift" Garcia and Lamont Peterson, as part of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series.
Below are a few quotes from Andy and promoter Lou DiBella:

ANDY LEE:
"I love St. Patrick's Day. It's a day for all Irish men and women to be proud and celebrate our history and culture. Unfortunately, for me this year there'll be no Guinness as I'll be in the gym, but I look forward to celebrating with all the Irish people after I win on April 11!

"Training is all going according to plan. My coach Adam Booth is putting me through my paces and we're working hard together to ensure that I beat Quillin and retain my title. I'm feeling very strong and sharp. I've been sparring with three undefeated fighters, Miles Shinkwin, Rocky Fielding and Deion Jumah. I'm looking forward to coming to Brooklyn and defending my title in front of everyone in attendance and those watching on NBC."

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment:

"Andy Lee has always been the pride of Limerick. His success has made him one of Ireland's great champions. The quality of person that he is makes him one of the most liked and respected athletes in boxing. As he prepares to defend his title against Peter Quillin on April 11, he's getting ready for the biggest fight of his career on the biggest stage possible as part of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC at Barclays Center. As they train and prepare to travel to Brooklyn, New York, both Andy and trainer Adam Booth know how high the stakes are and will be ready for primetime. Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone; today we're all Irish. Andy plans on making it feel like St. Patrick's Day again on April 11."

Tickets are currently on sale for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, and are priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets are available at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com, and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.

NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live "PBC on NBC" boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC will feature many of today's brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.
All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extrais available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.

Photo credit Sumio Yamada/DiBella Entertainment# # #
 

 

MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDERS
SERGIO "THE LATIN SNAKE" MORA
AND ABRAHAM "ABIE" HAN
COLLIDE WITH VACANT USBA TITLE
AT STAKE
 LIVE ON ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS
FEBRUARY 6TH AT THE BEAU RIVAGE RESORT & CASINO
IN BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI

New York, NY (1/27/15) - On Friday, Feb. 6, DiBella Entertainment and Goossen Promotions will present an exciting edition of ESPN "Friday Night Fights" when former junior middleweight champion and "The Contender: Season One" winner Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (27-3-2, 9KO's) takes on Abraham "Abie" Han (23-1, 14 KO's) in a 12-round middleweight contest with the vacant USBA title belt at stake. This event is set to take place at MGM Resorts International's beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Miss. It will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

"This will be a highly competitive fight between two world-ranked middleweights in Mora and Han, on Feb. 6. Both are coming off big victories on HBO Latino in 2014," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "The winner will establish himself as a future championship contender."

"Abie jumped right at this opportunity when it was offered," said Tom Brown of Goossen Promotions. "It's a big fight for Abie coming off his win over Marcos Reyes in October and he'll be well prepared."

"We're happy that DiBella Entertainment and Goossen Promotions were able to put together such a competitive fight for Sergio on short notice," said Brian Kweder, ESPN Senior Director of Programming and Acquisitions. "The winner of this fight will no doubt be placing himself in a good position for a title shot in the middleweight division."

While Sergio Mora, rated No. 13 by the IBF, is disappointed now that his world title shot will have to wait, he's already weathered his share of setbacks and has never given up on his dream. After bypassing on an offer to face Jermain Taylor for his unified middleweight crown back in 2007, Mora grew frustrated by several months of inactivity. However, once he did challenge for his first world title in June 2008, Mora rose to the occasion, moving down in weight to battle WBC 154lb. champion Vernon Forrest. Using his unorthodox style, Mora was able to outbox and outpoint Forrest over 12 rounds to seize the championship. Moving back up to middleweight, a fight with then-champion Kelly Pavlik in 2009 fell through when Pavlik pulled out for medical reasons. Following that disappointment, Mora endured a couple controversial decision defeats, as well as a draw with Shane Mosley.

Starting in 2013, Mora regrouped and signed with promoter DiBella Entertainment, and has since put together four straight victories. In June 2013, Mora dominated the 29-2 former world title challenger Grzegorz Proksa on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" en route to earning a unanimous decision. He then reeled off consecutive fifth-round knockouts over another world title challenger in Milton Nunez and the 14-1 prospect Samuel Rogers. In both of those contests, Mora employed a more aggressive approach than he had earlier in his career, looking to focus more on his power and entertaining the audience. He ended 2014 with a shutout win over the always-game Dashon Johnson in December. Although the chance to fight for a middleweight world title fell through, Mora is eager to continue on his quest toward achieving that goal and standing in his way is Abraham Han.

"It wasn't meant to be, with me and JT, so now it's on with Han," said Mora. "It's great to be fighting back on ESPN, and for the USBA championship. Han is a tough competitor and the fans should expect a terrific contest, but I am determined to once again prove that I am a world-class fighter. An impressive victory will springboard me toward a world title opportunity."

Coming from a fighting family, the popular Abraham Han, who is from Alabama but trains in Houston, Texas, first excelled at kickboxing, as per his family's legacy, before deciding to fully focus on boxing. As an amateur, Han gained considerable experience by competing against the likes of Tim Bradley, Daniel Jacobs, Karim Mayfield, Edwin Rodriguez, Fernando Guerrero, Dominic Wade, and others. He started his professional boxing career scoring three first-round knockouts before easily dominating the 6-0 prospect Ibaheim King to earn a six-round unanimous decision in May 2009. Another six consecutive explosive knockouts followed, all within three rounds or less, demonstrating the power that Han possesses.

Building his record to 19-0, Han was featured on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" in July 2013, facing the unbeaten Glen Tapia. Engaging Tapia in an exciting war, Han was not only hampered by having to move down to junior middleweight, but also by suffering a severe cut from a head clash early in the fight. He has since bolstered his career with four victories in a row, including a brutal second-round stoppage over veteran contender Juan Carlos Candelo, halting him quicker than anyone had previously, for the Universal Boxing Federation middleweight championship. In his last bout on October 18, at the Stub Hub Center, in Carson, California, Han, a considerable underdog going in, impressively earned a 10-round decision over the 32-1 heavy-handed, world-rated Marcos Reyes in a bout televised by HBO Latino. He is now ranked No. 15 by the IBF.

"I'm very excited to face Sergio Mora on Friday, February 6," said Abraham Han. "With my win over Marcos Reyes last October, I'm confident that I will be fully prepared to come out victorious against Mora as well."

For more information on the fight, visit www.dbe1.com, www.goossenpromotions.com, www.espn.com/boxing, and www.beaurivage.com. Visit us on Facebook at facebook/DiBellaEntertainment, facebook/goossenboxing, facebook/ESPNBoxing and facebook/beaurivage. You can also follow on Twitter @loudibella @DiBellaEnt @goossenboxing @ESPNBoxing @BeauBiloxi and #BeauBoxing.
 

SADAM ALI VS. LUIS CARLOS ABREGU ANNOUNCED AS BERNARD HOPKINS VS. SERGEY KOVALEV CO-FEATURE

WELTERWEIGHT BOUT TO OPEN LIVE

HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® TELECAST

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 FROM BOARDWALK HALL IN ATLANTIC CITY

Atlantic City, NJ (Oct. 2) - A member of the 2008 United States Olympic team who is rapidly speeding up the welterweight ladder, Brooklyn's Sadam "World Kid" Ali will look to announce his arrival on the international stage at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, November 8, when he faces his biggest challenge to date in the form of veteran Luis Carlos "El Potro" Abregu. The bout will open the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast headlined by the light heavyweight title unification showdown between Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev beginning at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT.

"This is the big fight I've been asking for, and I'm ready to perform on November 8," said the unbeaten Ali. "Abregu is a seasoned veteran. He hits hard and he comes to fight. It's the type of win that will put me in the title picture, and I can't wait to put on a great fight for the fans and bring the win back to Brooklyn."

"I've been sitting back watching my fellow Argentinian brothers Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse and Diego Chaves all get their opportunities to fight in the U.S. and now its my time to show the boxing world the best fighter from Argentina is me," said Abregu. "I have been avoided by Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios and Ruslan Provodnikov so I thank Sadam Ali for stepping up to fight me. November 8 I will show the fans why I am the best and most exciting fighter from Argentina! Viva!"

"The cold war is officially over - but that peace will not extend to the ring when two of the top contenders in the 147-pound division go head to head in Atlantic City," said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. "I have made a promise to the fans that nothing will stand in our way of putting on the best fights our sport has to offer - consider this monster match-up between a Top Rank fighter and a Golden Boy Promotions fighter another example of making good on that pledge."

"Can't miss this battle," said Carl Moretti, Vice President of Boxing for Top Rank, "This is youth versus experience. There is no chance of it going the distance - whoever wins, wins by knockout."

"A main event of the caliber of Hopkins vs. Kovalev merits a worthy co-feature like Ali vs. Abregu," Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming, HBO Sports said. "An even match-up, this fight is likely to be decided on whether Ali has perfected his multifaceted style to a greater purity than Abregu's lethal punch."

One of the welterweight divisions top young talents, 26-year-old Sadam "World Kid" Ali (20-0, 12 KOs) took a slow and steady approach to his professional career after representing the U.S. in the 2008 Olympic Games, but since signing with Golden Boy Promotions in 2013, Ali has been fighting in the fast lane and looking more and more impressive each step of the way. Winner of recent bouts over Jay Krupp, Jesus Selig, Michael Clark and Jeremy Bryan, the dynamic Ali can make a move into the 147-pound top ten with a victory over Abregu this November.

A shining example of the hard-hitting and rugged fighters produced by Argentina, Salta's Luis Carlos "El Potro" Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) goes for the knockout every time he steps into the ring making him a fan favorite both at home and abroad. Winner of seven straight fights (six by knockout) since the lone loss of his career via decision to Timothy Bradley in 2010, the 30-year-old power hitter and WBC Silver champion has scored victories over Thomas Dulorme, Antonin Decarie and Jean Carlos Prada in his last three bouts, and with that trio holding a combined 73-1-1 record, Abregu is more than ready for the unbeaten Ali.

Tickets priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50, plus applicable fees and service charges, are on sale now and available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROCK MEETS THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR

Remember this date and event: Saturday at 3:00 PM NBC channel and NBC Sports Live Extra streaming 'Fight Night' , taking place at Foxwoods Resort casino in Mashantucket CT.  Another formidable event in the Cruiserweight division presented by way of Main Events. We have a entertaining ten round fight for the North American Boxing Association (NABA) combatants.

Garrett Wilson and Thahiso Mchunu Cruserweight title on the line between two powerpunchers, one orthodox and the other converted south paw, respectively. Garrett “ The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson title holder, (13-7-1) 7KO'S 5'9” 197 lbs. Has punching power in both hands. Five of his six wins have come by way of knockout. He's shared the square circle with some noted opponents. Examples are Glazkov and Alekseev. Wilson is bereft of an effective jab and throws looping, wide punches.

Now his opponent Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu 200 lbs. 26 years of age 5'11” from South Africa is a converted southpaw with good counter punching skills, taught by his team brothers Sean and George Smith. Also possess good hand speed and power in both hands.

So, remember this date and stay tuned for power action in the usually mundane cruiserweight division.

RESULT: Mchunu UD

Contributing Journalist:

Bazooka

Chairman of Ratings World Professional Boxing Federation and United States Boxing Council

(WPBF- USBC), CIO Favourite IT, Cutman,

 

BUJAJ - WRIGHT ENDS IN A DRAW

TRUFANBOXING May 15th, 2014

On Thursday night at the Millenium Theater in Brighton Beach, New York, a showdown between unbeaten cruiserweight prospects Steve Bujaj (12-0-1, 9 KOs) and Junior Wright (10-0-1, 9 KOs) resulted in a ten round draw. The bout was a slugfest that ended in scores of 96-94 for Bujaj, 96-94 for Wright and 95-95. TRUFANBOXING scored the fight 96-94 for Wright, who appeared to be in control, backing up Bujaj throughout the contest and having Bujaj hurt in the 7th round. A tremendous 10th round, which was won by Bujaj, completed a rather entertaning bout.

 

 

 

Ruslan Provodnikov Returns, Headlines HBO Boxing After Dark On 6/14

On Saturday, June 14th, heavy-handed fan favorite, the “Siberian Rocky,” Ruslan Provodnikov, will make his return to the ring against Chris Algieri at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The fight will headline an HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast.

Provodnikov’s makes his highly anticipated return after dethroning then-140 WBO Champion Mike Alvarado in 10 brutal rounds. There were talks of Provodnikov facing John Molina or possibly Antonio DeMarco, but those talks went nowhere. Now, the 30 year-old Provodnikov(23-2, 16 KO’s) will be making the first defense of his title in a twelve round contest. Meanwhile, the unheralded Algieri(19-0, 8 KO’s), from Huntington, N.Y. will get his first shot at a world title. More details on the undercard will be available at a later time. The card is promoted by Banner Promotions, Top Rank, and in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.

DGA

 

 

 

 

 

Truax to Face Duran in ESPN Friday Night Fights Co-Feature, January 3 in Minneapolis

Friday Night Fights 2014 Kickoff Topped by
Mendez Defending Against Barthelemy

Ossie "The Ghanaian Gladiator" Duran (28-11-2, 11 KOs) will step in to face hometown hero Caleb "Golden" Truax (23-1, 4 KOs) of Minnesota, as the ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised 10-round co-featured bout on Friday, January 3, 2014, at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Presented by Iron Mike Productions, Seconds Out Promotions and Warriors Boxing, Truax vs. Duran will serve as the main supporting bout to the year's first installment of the 17th season of ESPN Friday Night Fights, featuring a 12-round main event for the IBF Super Featherweight Championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York via San Juan, Dominican Republic vs. #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) from Miami, via Cuba.

With original opponent Derek Ennis forced to withdraw, Duran says he's more than ready to step in and halt the momentum of the streaking Truax.


In a distinguished career spanning 17 years, 36-year-old Duran, born in Accra, Ghana, and now residing in Paterson, New Jersey, won the Ghanaian lightweight title, World Boxing Federation(WBF) Pan-European welterweight title, World Boxing Federation (WBF) European Welterweight Title, United States Boxing Association (USBA) Atlantic Coast Region middleweight title, Commonwealth welterweight title, and Commonwealth light middleweight title.

He also drew with Eromosele Albert for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Continental Africa light middleweight title, and was a challenger for the Commonwealth lightweight title against David Tetteh, World Boxing Organization (WBO) North American Boxing Organization(NABO) middleweight title against Fernando Guerrero, and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver middleweight title against Avtandil Khurtsidze.

Duran and Truax share a common opponent. Both have beaten Minnesota fan

favorite Matt Vanda by decision.

"Ossie Duran is always ready for war," said Leon Margules. "Caleb Truax had better take this challenge seriously because Duran has made a career out of surprising fighters who were favored to beat him. I am looking forward to watching how this interesting battle will unfold. It will surely be a great test of what Caleb is truly made of."

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On fight night, doors open at 6 pm, first bell is at 7 pm. ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will begin at 9 p.m. ET live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+.

ESPN Deportes - which will re-brand its coverage as Noche de Combates (formerly Viernes de Combates) with some telecasts on Saturdays - will air the bouts on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 9 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE ADRIEN BRONER POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW

INCLUDED IN REPLAY TELECAST OF SATURDAY'S SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING QUADRUPLEHEADER TOMORROW/TUESDAY ON SHOWTIME EXTREME® AT 10 P.M. ET/PT

NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2013) - SHOWTIME Sports® will replay last Saturday's remarkable year-end action-packed SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast twice-Tuesday, Dec. 17 (10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME EXTREME®); and again on Tuesday, Dec. 24 (10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME EXTREME®). The telecast also is available at SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and will be available via mobile devices on SHOWTIME ANYTIME®.

The event was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Leija*Battah Promotions and took place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Suggested Tweet: #BronerMaidana highlight vid: http://s.sho.com/IQnNOJ. Fight of Year candidate replays Tues night at 10pm on SHO EXTREME. #boxing

Perhaps the only thing missing during Saturday's stirring four-fight telecast was a post-fight reaction from the usually loquacious Broner. SHOWTIME cameras caught up with Broner after the telecast ended, and the interview will be included on the SHOWTIME EXTREME replays.

Suggested Tweet(with interview clip): Exclusive post-fight with @AdrienBroner http://s.sho.com/1fhLAS5. Full interview replays with 4-fight telecast Tues. 10pm on SHO Extreme

A rousing quadrupleheader from start to finish was capped by newly crowned WBA Welterweight Champion Marcos Maidana's scintillating performance. The fearless Argentine scored two knockdowns and held Broner along the ropes throughout, en route to a unanimous decision over the heavily favored, previously unbeaten Adrien Broner. The startling result becomes an instant candidate for not only Upset of the Year but Fight of the Year as well.

In the co-feature, undefeated Keith Thurman retained his WBA Interim Welterweight title with a sensational ninth-round stoppage over tough-as-nails Jesus Soto Karass in a Knockout of the Year candidate. The always-exciting Leo Santa Cruz kept his WBC Super Bantamweight belt with a unanimous decision over determined Cesar Seda in a 12-round slugfest. And WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov made an emphatic statement with an impressive third-round TKO over Slovakia's Tomas Kovacs.

MAIDANA COPS CROWN IN SLUGFEST VS BRONER

TRUFAN DEC 15th

In a thrilling main event bout Marcos Maidana won a portion of the welterweight title with a unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Adrian Broner last night in San Antonio, TX.  Maidana started fast, knocking Broner down with a left hook in round 1. Another left hook stopped Broner in his tracks in the 8th round, and for the second time Broner was on the canvas. As a desperate Broner clinged to his opponent, Maidana head-butted him and the theatrics started. Broner rolled around in pain trying to get a DQ, but the crowd booed and the referee did not buy it.  It was a classic, but dirty bout - but in the end the judges voted unanimously for Maidana - 115-110, 116-109, 117-109.

This may have been the fight of the year.

 

JLM

 

 

GUERRERO WINS SLUGFEST AT ONTARIO

Eyes closed on both fighters; Unanimous Decision

For welterweight Robert Guerrero, 38-1-1, it was war of tugging, slugging and non-compromising  attack that was brought upon a stubborn Andre Berto, 28-2, that made this elite match a candidate for fight of the year.

Stopping Berto in his tracks, Guerrero came out fast - bringing the fight to Berto, knocking him down in the first and second rounds, and seemed, as long as he could whether Berto's savage attacks, would win a decision if he was content to box his way for the rest of the bout.

But Guerrero came to fight, and he chose to make it on the inside, where Berto would take the middle rounds with some savage uppercuts and combinations, resulting in cuts and swelling in Guerrero's eyes. As the twelfth stanza closed both fighters eyes were nearly closed shut as both relied on instinct rather than savvy.

Guerrero  won on all scorecards - 116-110 (3X) and is now looking for a match with current champ Floyd Mayweather Jr.

JLM

 

 

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