ANDRE WARD VS. SERGEY KOVALEV 2: “THE REMATCH”
NEW YORK PRESS CONFERENCE
VIDEO, PHOTOS AND QUOTES
YORK, NY (April 10, 2017) – On Monday at Le Parker Meridien in
New York City, Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion Andre “SOG” Ward
(31-0, 15 KOs) and former Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion
Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-1-1, 26 KOs) formally addressed the media
on their highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay
Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The championship event, presented by
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Below is what the fighters and dais guests had to say at
the press conference:
– Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion
want to thank everybody for coming out today – the media, obviously,
HBO, Peter Nelson and their whole team, these guys work tirelessly to
get these kinds of things done. I appreciate my team, James Prince, Josh
Dubin, Roc Nation and everyone at Roc Nation, JAY Z, Juan and Desiree
Perez, Michael Yormark. It’s important to have a good team. We talk a
lot about fighting, we talk all about matchups, but when we talk about
support, it’s frowned upon. When we see fighters 10, 15, 20 years from
now shuffling in a room, nothing to show what they fought for, that’s
okay. By the grace of God and by way of my team, that’s not going to
happen to me.
there’s perception and there’s reality. Perception is every one thing
that’s written, every opinion but as you grow and learn this business,
it’s not about perception. Nobody can point to a fight where I turned.
Not one point. That’s not in my track record. So, I don’t mind the
perception. I don’t care about Instagram. This is chess, not checkers.
You can make all the rules you want to make, but it’s about the
checkmate. That’s when the game is over.
“My team is working on life after boxing. Educating me
on the ins and outs. A lot of people talk about money, but they don’t
talk about the upside. They’re not talking about the personal
sponsorships for the fight, and your obligations for the sponsorship.
They’re not talking about the television rights and foreign rights, the
merchandise. ‘Be tough, keep focus, destroy the fight’. I’m not with
that man. I want the whole thing, I want to understand everything. The
fight is not the end.
“They have to understand, there’s nothing scary about
this man. You realize we just fought 12 rounds four months ago? Everyone
wants to highlight the knockdown, that’s probably one of the most
beautiful moments of my career. And did you guys see the other 10
rounds? Nobody’s talking about that. But that’s what makes us who we
are. It’s hard concrete down there, we don’t want to fall. We’ve got
another drive, we’ve got another gear we’ve got to tap into when we hit
adversity and hit the cannons. You guys saw that, in the biggest moment
of my career.
“I didn’t get to where I’m at because there’s something
unique about me. I didn’t get to this point by happenstance. Some may
not like it, but you got to respect it. You don’t have to, but we’ve
earned the position that we have. We don’t mind being understated. The
fight is academic. When my team green-lighted it, I said go ahead and
announce it. The reality is, you’ve got to see me on June 17. That’s the
reality of the situation. I love to talk, it’s all good. We knocked
heads for 12 rounds, that’s the reality of the situation. He felt me, he
knows. On June 17, that’s how we’re going to do. We’re going to get
started a little early. Whether you’re with me, or whether you’re
against me, tune in. Appreciate everybody’s time. Don’t miss this fight,
June 17. You got what you asked for.”
“Krusher” Kovalev –
Former Unified Light
Heavyweight World Champion
everyone. I am thankful the fight will take place on June 17. Well, will
take place on paper for now. I’m appreciative of my team and Team Ward
that this fight will actually happen. I want to apologize to my fans for
my performance the last time but we’re going to get this squared either
way. We’re going to see who is the best fighter. I’m very excited for
June 17. The only thing I hope is that a week or two before the fight,
Andre Ward does not get injured and he has enough balls to come out and
fight me on June 17.”
Yormark - Roc
Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy
are built on seminal moments. When the lights shine brightest, when the
challenge seems insurmountable, when the eyes of the world are on you –
that is when great athletes see the rarest of opportunities to shape
their legacy, to ensure that their name lives on. Evander Holyfield
said, ‘a champion shows who he is by what he does when he's tested’.
Back in November the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world
tested each other like they had never been tested before in their
careers. On that night, World Champion Andre Ward faced a defining
moment and countered with an epic comeback victory over Sergey Kovalev.
After that showdown, there was a lot of talk, a lot of debate, a lot of
speculation, a lot of excuses. But on June 17 we put all of that talk to
bed, because Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” is officially on, and from
this day forward there will be no excuses.
“Andre Ward is the best boxer in the world – there is
simply no debate. He is undefeated, breathlessly talented, and has
gladly taken on any fighter with the guts to face him. For Andre, this
fight represents the final nail in the coffin for the rest of this
division and his would-be competitors, and the latest feat in a career
that can only be defined as flawless. For Sergey, he has a lot to prove,
which may be why he’s been so, let’s call it active on social media.
After falling short in November, Sergey has become his own personal hype
machine. In one of his latest tweets he demanded Andre, ‘pray to me’.
Sergey, I think what you were trying to say was ‘pray for me’, which we
all will do before you get back into the ring with Andre on June 17.
“We return to Las Vegas where all big fights belong,
live at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and on HBO Pay-Per-View. Roc
Nation is proud to be the lead promoter of this global event, presented
by Corona Extra and powered by Monster Products. This event would not
have been possible without the support of Richard Sturm and Sid
Greenfeig of MGM, and HBO’s Peter Nelson and Tony Walker - I’d like to
take this opportunity to specifically thank them. MGM and HBO are
synonymous with the biggest and best boxing events and Roc Nation is
honored to be working in partnership with them for yet another historic
fight. I’d also like to thank our chairman JAY Z and President of Roc
Nation Sports Juan Perez for their support of this sure to be epic
event. Additionally, a big thank you to our presenting partner Corona
Extra, as well as Monster Products. I would also like to acknowledge Le
Parker Meridien for their support and hosting us here today. Despite
what you read in some corners of the boxing world, this rematch was
always inevitable, both fighters wanted it, both promoters wanted it and
I would be remiss if I did not sincerely thank Main Events and Kathy and
Nicole Duva for their professionalism and class in negotiating and
finalizing the June 17 fight. Last but certainly not least thank you to
Team Ward – Andre, James Prince, Josh Dubin and Virgil Hunter – not only
for once again putting your unblemished, championship record on the line
under the bright lights of Sin City, but for being incredible partners
throughout this process and the best ambassadors the sport of boxing
could possibly ask for. Thank you.”
– CEO of Main Events
you, HBO, thank you Le Parker Meridien, Mandalay Bay and of course our
sponsors, Corona and Monster. I’ll make it short and sweet. My greatest
hope for June 17 is that the winner wins this time. Sergey’s going to do
everything in his power to make sure there’s no question on who that is.
“I expect he’s going to show us all how to get your
titles back. And here he is, future light heavyweight champ of the
world, Sergey Kovalev.”
– Manager of Andre Ward
like to thank God for this opportunity, HBO, Peter Nelson. I’d like to
thank Roc Nation, who has stood by us 1000%, solid as a Roc. We’re
looking forward to this fight coming up, David versus Goliath, part two.
Like I said, the last time, and I reiterate the same thing because not
much has changed, we’ve cracked the code. Sergey, your code has been
cracked, we know who you are now. Come June 17, you will see one of the
greatest fights ever. As I stated earlier in the interview with HBO,
don’t be surprised if Kovalev gets knocked out this fight. Don’t you be
surprised. So, we look forward to that moment and I notice that you’ve
been real vocal about a lot of things, but you need to know, we don’t
have no fear. So, understand that, once again, the United States will be
victorious against Russia as always.”
– Manager of Andre Ward
industry, unfortunately, has some nasty, ugly people in it that say and
do nasty things and show their behind too much. A lot of the things you
hear about our beautiful sport is true. I’m so fortunate to have been
blessed by kings, that have enriched my life, to be able to grow and get
to know these men. James Prince and Andre Ward have been all class and
dignity and professional. They don’t need to tell you what you think
might sell a fight, or what you think people might want to hear, but
just what’s real. What a breath of fresh air. I thank both of you for
enriching my life and allowing me to grow on this journey with you.
“We’re always hearing about role models, and why aren’t
athletes role models – well look no further. You’ve got a family man who
is spiritual, you can’t bait him and get him to say what you think he
should say or want him to say because you curse him out on social media.
We’re not into all that, these are kings over here. You can keep
tweeting on your phone over there, but we won already. We won in life,
we won in this sport, and we’re just going to continue winning. This is
a formality at this point. A formality. So, you can cry and complain and
all that, but that’s what bullies do when they don’t get their way.
Bullies make excuses, bullies try to intimidate when they don’t get
their way. Bullies of all sorts, in the ring and in business. Well, you
didn’t get your way, you ain’t getting your way and you’re not going to
get your way. Period. The reason that probably is, if we bring in
spirituality, is the moral arc of the universe does bend towards good
and greatness and kings. So, with that, I say this: you want to tune in
to this one, because you’ll want to be able to say, ‘I got to see the
best fighter to ever walk in the ring, fight again and conquer again’.
Don’t miss it. Thank you.”
want to thank the media and MGM. He’s happy about the rematch and that
it actually happened. We’re excited about it, we’re ready. Thank you to
all the promotions that have gone into the fight, thank you HBO for
making this happen. Thank you so much.”
– Executive Vice President, HBO Sports
want to thank all the media for being here, this fight came together
initially because of what you asked for. First and foremost, I want to
thank the fighters, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. The two of them at
the zenith of their careers and the apex of their undefeated records
deciding to get in the ring against one another, and that’s exactly the
expectation that fight fans should have. It’s something to be celebrated
and we’re excited we are going to have the rematch on June 17.
“Again, these two men decided they want to step up and
fight each other, the controversy of time when a lot of fighters walk
the other way from one another. Some fights, they’re so good, the
fighters earn each other’s respect. Some fights are so great that the
fighters earn each other’s disrespect. I’ll let all of you decide which
one this is.
“I think that what we’ve seen over the past few months
is people arguing more and more about who actually won that fight.
Again, the credit is to the fighters because every second of the first
fight, they were there to compete. Every second of this rematch, they’re
going to be there again. There is too much at stake, in terms of legacy
and in terms of pound stature, in terms of this moment and the future.
What we know to expect is that on June 17, the stuff of HBO PPV legend
gets made. Sergey Kovalev and champion Andre Ward are going to do
everything in their power to bring home the belt.”
David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens
Training Camp Notes
Lemieux is Training in
Montreal, Canada and Stevens is Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Lemieux vs. Stevens
Happens Saturday, March 11 at Turning Stone Resort Casino
Televised Live on HBO
Boxing After Dark
LOS ANGELES (March 2, 2017) - Former IBF Middleweight
World champion David Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) and WBC Continental Americas
Middleweight champion Curtis "The Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21
KOs) are making final preparations in training camp ahead of their
slugfest for the WBO Intercontinental, WBC Continental Americas and IBF
North American Middleweight titles. The event takes place Saturday,
March 11 at Turning Stone Resort Casino and will be televised live on
HBO Boxing After Dark® beginning at 11:00
L-R: Former IBF Middleweight champion David
Lemieux trains in Montreal, Canada. WBC Continental Americas
Middleweight champion Curtis Stevens with trainer John David Jackson in
Fort Lauderdale, FL.)
"After watching these fighters in their respective
training camps-I can tell it is personal for both to go in for the kill
on fight night," said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy
Promotions. "Lemieux is looking bigger than ever, and Stevens has been
working day in and day out with John David Jackson. Get ready, fans-
this is looking to be a surefire Fight of the Year candidate."
''I'm going to destroy Curtis," said Lemieux.
"Training camp is going great, and I'm ready for war. Let's go bum-let's
see how tough you are in the ring.''
'' David Lemieux just finished an excessive and
demanding training camp that was very productive and where every single
objective was met," said Marc Ramsay, trainer to David Lemieux.
"Everything is in place not only for a great performance from David but
also to make a statement. ''
"This should be a good fight. Me and Lemieux have the
same kind of come and get it style," said Stevens. "Some people think of
me as just a hard puncher but I'm an all-around fighter. I can slug, I
can box. My first reaction is to just take you out-but I can box you
"For this fight, I could try to box the first couple
rounds and then bring it to him for the rest of the rounds," continued
Stevens. "Lemieux is used to coming forward, so in order for me to not
allow that, I have to stay right there in the clutch and make sure he
backs up. We'll see. No matter what he brings-it doesn't matter, I'm
ready to adjust. I see myself winning this fight. Whether it be by
knockout or by decision, it doesn't matter. I am really well prepared
"Lemieux is a dangerous opponent, and he is definitely coming to put a
hurt on his opponent, said John David Jackson, trainer to Curtis
Stevens. "There are small things that Curtis needs to do in this fight,
to win the fight decisively and pretty much easily. He has to be smart
in his approach, so we are working on things that will allow him to win
this fight convincingly."
"Curtis is a better boxer than he gives himself credit for being,"
continued Jackson. "He just needs to be smart because Lemieux is a very
risky opponent. Every fight is different for Curtis, and this fight is
definitely different. For this fight, I think he is going to be a better
boxer than the fans have ever seen."
Tickets for this highly anticipated matchup are still
available and priced at $30, $45, $55 and $75 for ringside seats plus
applicable fees and are available at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office
by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster(www.ticketmaster.com).
Lemieux vs. Stevens is a 12-round middleweight bout
for the WBO Intercontinental, WBC Continental Americas and IBF North
American Middleweight titles, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in
association with Eye of the Tiger Management and Main Events, and
sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD." The HBO Boxing After Dark® telecast
begins at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Middleweight Contenders David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens to Square Off
in Can't-Miss Action Slugfest for the NABO Middleweight Title
Saturday, March 11 From
Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York
Televised Live on HBO
Boxing After Dark®
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 16, 2017) - In a fight that fans
have been calling for since the middle of last year, former IBF
Middleweight Champion and current NABO Middleweight Champion David
Lemieux (36-3, 32 KOs) will go toe-to-toe with Curtis "The Cerebral
Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) to battle for Lemieux's NABO title on
Saturday, March 11. Scheduled for 12 rounds, though few believe it will
go that, Lemieux vs. Stevens will take place at Turning Stone Resort
Casino in Verona, New York and will be televised live on HBO Boxing
After Dark beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The Montreal, Canada born-and-bred Lemieux is coming
off back-to-back impressive victories including a knockout over
perennial contender and Freddie Roach-trained Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia
and a hard-fought unanimous decision win against the always-rugged
Argentine fighter Cristian Fabian Rios.
"The time for talking is done, and after many long months of hearing
Curtis yell about all the things he's going to do in the ring, I'm
really looking forward to shutting his mouth on March 11," Lemieux said.
"I've told everyone my goal is to once again become middleweight
champion of the world. Curtis is in the way, and I'm going to go right
Stevens, who rose from Brownsville, Brooklyn to become former NABF and
now Continental Americas middleweight champion has also won two straight
fights, with a thunderous knockout over then-undefeated Patrick Teixeira
in May of 2016 followed by a unanimous decision victory over James de la
Rosa later in the year.
"The wait is finally over!" said Stevens. "No more talking. My hands
will do the talking on March 11."
With both Lemieux and Stevens appearing and convincingly winning on the
undercard of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan show at the T-Mobile Arena
in Las Vegas, boxing fans quickly began calling for the two contenders
to get together in the ring. Both fighters were happy to oblige,
engaging first in a war of words, and now in a war of jabs, hooks and
"We often see fighters pretend not to like each other
to help draw an audience - these two guys aren't faking it; they don't
like each other at all," said Oscar De La Hoya, CEO and Chairman of
Golden Boy Promotions. "Given the thunder each holds in both hands and
their desire to make a statement in the middleweight division, I think
fans are going to be in for a knockout - and a spectacular one at that."
"This is a fight of the year candidate," said Camille Estephan of Eye of
the Tiger Management. "We feel that 2017 is David's year to take over
through all the experiences he got in the last little while. He improved
by leaps and bounds, we want another world title and this is the next
step. We are happy to give the fans what they want they have been asking
for this fight-here it is! It is one of those that is best described by
the phrase, don't blink."
"The fans have been asking for this fight for a while now, and it's not
hard to see why!" said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, promoter for
Curtis Stevens. "This fight is a perfect, throwback Boxing After Dark
main event and I can't wait to see it!"
Host of this epic event, the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Resort
Casino, an award-winning destination resort, continues to distinguish
itself as a premier venue for blockbuster boxing. The March 11th fight
will mark Turning Stone's 20th nationally-televised boxing event, who
also hosted one of the first MMA events in New York this past October,
cementing the resort as a mecca for televised combat sports.
Additionally, boxing legend Mike Tyson selected Turning Stone as the
venue for his world debut as a promoter, Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila
Ali made her boxing debut at Turning Stone and in April 2015, Turning
Stone was selected to host "Fight of the Year" contender - Matthysse vs.
Provodnivkov - over arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. Turning
Stone features world-class amenities including four hotels, more than 20
signature restaurants and dining options, two luxurious spas, 125,000
square foot Las Vegas style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a
5,000 seat arena, five golf courses, several bars, cocktail lounges and
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Middleweight championship, presented by Golden Boy Promotions in
association with Eye of the Tiger Management and Main Events, and
sponsored by "Tecate, BORN BOLD." The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast
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Andre Ward Defeats
Sergey Kovalev in Close Decision
Results from T-Mobile Arena
Las Vegas, Nevada
In front of a packed house at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and
live on HBO Pay-Per-View, Andre "S.O.G." Ward (31-0, 15 KOs)* won a
close unanimous decision victory over Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-1-1,
26 KOs) to steal the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Titles in
a decision that most ringside media thought went the wrong way.
Both fighters were feeling each other out in the first
two rounds. The Krusher continued his come-forward attack and knocked
Andre down in the second. Ward managed to get up quickly and took
several hard shots from Sergey before the bell rang to end the second
round. The next several rounds included heavy shots from both fighters
and some wrestling-style moments. The majority of the rounds were
hard-fought and close. Many writers had the decision going to the other
way but all three judges scored the bout 114-113 in favor of Ward.
Andre Ward and Sergey
Kovalev Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
After the fight, Andre Ward said, "I was not surprised when I heard
the decision I don't know where you got that from. I know it was a close
fight. The crowd you can hear they thought I won. I have been a champ
before. I knew it was going to be a tough fight. It was the first time
in my career I was dropped. He did everything I expected him to do. He
started to show up as I expected. My coach did a great job. It's hard
for me to call myself great. At the end of the day I am a two-weight
division champion. Of course I would do a rematch. I am not going to
negotiate a fight right now. I will go home and relax and see what's
Sergey Kovalev replied, "It's the wrong decision. I don't want to say
my opinion. The witnesses are here; they saw it. It's my job. It was a
fight of my life. I am disappointed in the judges' decision. He got
maybe a few rounds; I agree with that. I kept control. I lost maybe
three rounds the whole fight. Of course I want a rematch and I will kick
his ass. I want to show good boxing. I am against here, it is the USA,
and all the judges were from the USA. He is a boxer. It's a sport. Don't
make it politics; it is a sport and I won the fight."
The second fight of the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast was a battle for the
NABF Light Heavyweight Title between undefeated prospect Oleksandr "The
Nail" Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) and Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-5-2, 10
KOs). Gvozdyk and Chilemba traded some heavy shots for eight full
rounds. After the eighth round Chilemba's trainer, Roy Jones, Jr.
stopped the fight because Chilemba had suffered a broken right hand.
Gvozdyk retained his title and remains undefeated.
Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
After the fight Gvozdyk said, "I'm very excited and happy. What more
can I say? This is the best feeling!"
Chilemba had little to say after the fight because he was in tremendous
pain and could barely speak. However, he did manager to add, "I am
devastated. If I hadn't hurt my right arm in the third round it would
have been a completely different outcome. I was in an incredible amount
of pain from the third round through the rest of the fight."
Fan favorite Curtis "Cerebral Assassin" Stevens (29-5, 21 KOs) opened
the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast against James "The King" de la Rosa (23-5,
13 KOs). Curtis knocked down de la Rosa in the first and immediately
attacked again as soon as The King returned to his feet but the bell
rang soon after to end the round. Stevens managed a cut over de la
Rosa's left eye that began to impede his vision in the third. However,
Stevens hurt his left hand in the fourth round and the momentum of the
fight slowed as a result. Stevens continued to dominate the remainder of
the fight despite the injury. A point was taken away from Stevens in the
eighth for a low blow but in the end it did not matter as Stevens
retained his WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Title with a
unanimous decision victory. Two judges scored the contest 96-92 and one
judge had the score 98-90.
and De la Rosa Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
After the fight Stevens gave an honest review of his performance when
he said, "I give myself a C minus. Could have thrown my jab a little
more. I am glad I got the W but I am a little disappointed in myself.
The jab was good but I could have popped that shit a little more. Hurt
my left hand in the fourth round. He's got a hard-ass head. But I am
glad I got the win."
When asked about the fight de la Rosa simply said, "I don't have any
comments. People saw what it was."
In the final bout before the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast began,
heavyweights Darmani "Rock Solid" Rock (6-0, 4 KOs) and Brice Ritani-Coe
(4-5-1, 3 KOs) fought in a four round bout. Rock walked away still
undefeated with two judges scoring the contest 40-36 and one score care
at 40-35 for a unanimous decision for the Philly native.
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (1-0) made
her professional debut against her long-time amateur rival Franchon "The
Heavy Hitting Diva" Crews (0-1) who also made her professional debut in
a four-round action-packed super middleweight bout. All three judges
scored the bout 40-36 in favor of Shields.
Featherweight Tyler "Golden Child" McCreary (12-0, 6 KOs) went the
distance against Vincent "Pooh Bear" Jennings (5-3-1, 4 KOs) and earned
a majority decision with the judges scoring the bout 57-57, 59-55,
The free view opened with junior welterweights Sonny "Pretty Boi"
Fredrickson (15-0, 9 KOs) and Gabriel Duluc (11-2, 2 KOs) squaring off
for the full eight scheduled rounds before Fredrickson was declared the
winner by unanimous decision 78-74, 77-75, 78-74.
Bakhram Murtazaliev (7-0, 5 KOs) made quick work of Botirsher Obidov
(6-1-1, 2 KOs) with three knockdowns in the second round before the
referee stopped the fight at 2:52 of the the second round.
and Nursultanov Photo Credits: David Spagnolo/Main Events
In the first fight of the evening middleweight Meiirim "The Sultan"
Nursultanov (1-0) made his professional and Main Events' debut with a
six-round unanimous decision victory against Henry Beckford with all
three judges scoring the contest 60-54.
*Note: All records have been updated to reflect tonight's results.
sERGEY kOVALEV & ANDRE WARD
GRAND ARRIVAL VIDEO &
“Pound FOR POUND” set for Saturday, november 19
at t-mobile Arena in las vegas, nevada presented live by HBO
Credit: Jim Laurie/Main Events
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NV (November 16, 2016) – WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World
Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and Two-Time World
Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) made their grand arrivals at
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Nov. 15, ahead of their ultimate
showdown on Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ward "Pound For Pound", a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA light
heavyweight title at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is presented by Main
Events, Roc Nation Sports, Krusher Promotions and Andre Ward Promotions
and is sponsored by MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Corona Extra, Monster
Products, JetLux and Zappos. The championship event will be produced and
distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00
p.m. PT. Tickets are available on axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box
– Boxing Alive and Well in Davenport
By Adam J. Pollack
An eight-fight professional boxing card held on
Saturday October 15, 2016 to a packed crowd at the Danceland Ballroom in
Davenport, Iowa, the largest I have ever seen there, proved that boxing
still has a market in Iowa. I was one of the referees.
In the first bout, Fort Wayne, Indiana middleweight
Rogelio Sanchez stopped Indianapolis’ Alec Ivy in the 1st
round. A barrage in the corner and along the ropes saw Ivy covering and
sagging down, not responding to the blows, and referee Bart Baker called
a halt to matters.
In one of the most competitive matches of the evening,
Moline’s welterweight Carlos “Rocky” Barbosa won a split 4-round
decision over Davenport’s Carlos Cabrera. Both were in shape and came to
fight. Barbosa was the more skillful and polished of the two, landing
the cleaner better thrown punches and demonstrating better defense, but
Cabrera was game to the core, firing hard blows throughout, perhaps the
heavier punches, and he was quite active and tough.
Marion, Iowa junior welterweight Jeff Farmer won a
unanimous 4-round decision over East Moline’s Lupe Jimenez. Farmer had
the superior speed, conditioning, and skill, as the rapidly fatiguing
Jimenez seemed to be doing all he could to survive and last the 4
rounds, ducking and holding often, forcing me to take a point off for
holding in the 4th round. Farmer won all 4 rounds.
Super middleweight Teddy Muller of Moline stopped
South Bend’s William Bokhart in the 1st round with a single powerful
wide right body shot to the side, decking him for the 10-count.
East Moline’s super-featherweight “Smoking” Joe Perez
stopped Brian Strickland of Indianapolis in the 2nd round. Perez scored
two knockdowns in the 1st round, the first time with a right to the
head, and the second time with a left hook to the body. Three knockdowns
were scored in the 2nd, the first two with body shots, and the third
with a single right to the head. Strickland tried as best he could, but
just was outgunned.
Welterweight Gilbert “the Lion” Venegas, Jr. of East
Moline won a unanimous 4-round decision over Thomas Allen of the Bronx.
Although Venegas was stronger and landed the harder, cleaner, more
effective blows, winning all four rounds on each judge’s card, Allen was
skillful, in shape, very game and active with his hands and feet, and
takes a great punch. He probably gave Venegas a tougher fight than
expected, but Venegas did what he had to do in order to win each
Rock Island middleweight Limberth “Limbo” Ponce won a
unanimous 4-round decision over the game Charon Spain of Davenport.
Spain used his footwork, height, and reach, firing solid blows, but the
clever Ponce maintained his defense, pounced on him in spurts, and
utilized his superior speedy inside combinations to remain in control
and in the lead.
In the main event, for the C.B.A. super middleweight
championship, Davenport’s “Stunning” Stephen Edwards won a unanimous
6-round decision over Sterling’s Bruce Rumbolz. The taller and much
older 40-something Rumbolz utilized lots of footwork, and a long quick
jab to try to remain outside, but Edwards made the more effective
charges to the inside, firing off as many blows as he could before they
became clinched or smothered.
FRAMPTON, SANTA CRUZ
DELIVER A CLASSIC
Brooklyn NY 7/31/2016
It was turn back the clock day in Brooklyn's Barklays
Center last night - reminiscent of the old fight days of days gone
by, a truly classic boxing theater classic delivered by two pugilists
who refused to stop throwing punches, refusing to give any ground. For
featherweights Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton, it was just another
fight in their careers that they would give their best.
And the 9000 in attendance loved it. And this is what
boxing was, and is all about.
Regardless of who you thought was the winner, every
round had fans on the edge of your seat, watching each and every punch
from both sides. There was no breaks and the 12th round did not have any
kinks. It was pure art and a blur and it came and went --- fast.
Although Frampton secured the victory with the
sharper, more powerful punches, it was Santa Cruz volume punching that
made the fight what it was, making Frampton rely on his excellent
Give credit to Santa Cruz, who forced the action
throughout and made the fight. He came right at his opponent winging and
many times abandoned the jab that could have been used more to set up a
The final tallies were 114-114, 116-112, and 117-111,
a majority win for Frampton.
ROC NATION SPORTS BOXER DUSTY
HERNANDEZ-HARRISON PARTNERS WITH FILA
Exclusive Deal with FILA Ahead of Fight
On December 5, 2015 at Osceola
Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida Live on HBO Latino® Boxing
NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2015) – FILA
and Roc Nation Sports boxer Dusty Hernandez-Harrison announced today
that they have entered into an endorsement agreement. In the multi-year
relationship, FILA will serve as the official training and fight apparel
of Hernandez-Harrison as he continues to dominate throughout training
camps and ring appearances. Hernandez-Harrison and his team will be
decked out in FILA branded apparel and footwear exclusively, starting
during fight week appearances for his showdown on Dec. 5 at Osceola
Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45
“We are very excited to welcome Dusty Hernandez-Harrison to the FILA
family, an announcement that puts an exclamation point on a terrific
year for the company,” said Jon Epstein, President of FILA North
America. “Dusty will add a new chapter to our lineage in the sport of
boxing, welcoming the brand back into the ring for the first time in
nearly two decades. A proven champion like Dusty is undoubtedly a
special talent, who has risen from his start at such a young age, to the
now reigning WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Champion. His record
in the ring is impressive, but outside of the squared-circle he is an
individual who is dedicated to his family and fans.”
“I am honored to join the FILA team ahead of my next ring appearance
on Dec. 5,” said Hernandez-Harrison. “As I continue to embark on my pro
boxing career, I am confident that FILA will provide me with the gear
and support I need to get my job done in the gym and in the ring.”
“Roc Nation Sports is thrilled to be bringing an iconic footwear and
apparel brand back to the sport of boxing with one of the sport’s
undefeated rising stars, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison,” said Michael Yormark,
President & Chief of Branding and Strategy for Roc Nation. “FILA is a
company with a rich history and tradition in the sport of boxing and we
are honored to be able to bring them together with Dusty on this
exciting and dynamic partnership. I strongly believe that this
partnership with Dusty represents the beginning of a new chapter for
FILA in boxing.”
Washington, DC’s Dusty Hernandez-Harrison made his professional debut
as the youngest licensed professional fighter in the United States on
June 11, 2011, just a month after his 17th birthday. Twenty-four
straight victories would follow before Hernandez-Harrison headlined Roc
Nation Sports’ inaugural throne boxing event at The Theater at Madison
Square in a fight televised by FOX Sports 1 on January 9, 2015,
capturing the vacant WBC Continental Americas Welterweight Championship
with a dominant ten-round unanimous decision victory over Tommy “The
Razor” Rainone. Since then, he’s continued his winning ways, scoring
three more wins, including a first round knockout over James Wayka in
his last fight on September 26. On Dec. 5, he’ll look to keep that
momentum going in a ten-round welterweight bout from the Osceola
Heritage Park Exhibit Hall A in Kissimmee, Florida which will be
televised live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Hernandez-Harrison will be decked out in FILA gear during the fight’s
official weigh-on on Friday, Dec. 4, the day before the fight.
DUSTY HERNANDEZ-HARRISON TO NOW
FACE AMMETH DIAZ
ON DECEMBER 5 HBO LATINO® BOXING
NON-TELEVISED throne boxing
UNDERCARD STACKED WITH
BOXING’S HOTTEST YOUNG PROSPECTS
AT OSCEOLA HERITAGE PARK
IN KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA
NEW YORK, NY (December 2, 2015) –
Due to a visa issue, Canada’s Steve Claggett will be unable to
participate in this weekend’s Dec. 5 televised co-feature bout against
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (28-0, 15 KOs). Hernandez-Harrison will now
face Ammeth Diaz (32-12, 23 KOs) of Panama City, Panama in the ten-round
welterweight bout which will be the chief support to former WBO Junior
Featherweight World Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (24-1-5, 19 KOs) of
Bayamon, Puerto Rico against Rafael “Big Bang” Rivera (20-0-2, 14 KOs)
of Tijuana, Mexico. Opening the HBO Latino Boxing series televised
event, which will air live beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT from Osceola
Heritage Park Exhibit Hall A in Kissimmee, Florida, will be a ten-round
light heavyweight bout featuring Colombian slugger Alexander Brand
(24-1, 19 KOs) and Russian knockout artist Medzhid Bektemirov (16-0, 12
Diaz, a former world title challenger who has won five of his last
seven bouts, will look to put a blemish on Hernandez-Harrison’s
undefeated record this Saturday. The Panamanian has held both the WBA
Fedelatin and WBC Latino Lightweight titles and owns a win over Raymundo
In addition to an exciting Dec. 5 televised lineup, some of boxing’s
hottest rising stars will be featured on the non-televised undercard.
Roc Nation Sports standouts Luis Arias and Wellington Romero along with
Miguel Cotto Promotions’ Angel Acosta, Charlie Clemente, Josean Figueroa
and Ricardo Rodriguez as well as Freddie Roach protégé Mike Melykian
will all see action on Dec. 5 and aim to keep fans on their feet from
the opening bell through beginning of the main event.
Tickets priced at $65 and $33, plus applicable service charges, are
available for purchase tickets at
www.ohpark.com. To charge by phone, call
Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase
at the Osceola Heritage Park box office which is open weekdays from
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 5 beginning at 8:00 a.m.
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin now residing in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, undefeated Luis “Cuba” Arias (12-0, 6 KOs) began boxing at the
age of seven and compiled an amateur record of 140-25, earning U.S.A
Boxing’s number one men’s junior ranking in 2006, the number one men’s
under-19 ranking in 2008 and the number one men’s ranking in 2010. He
captured the U.S.A. Men’s Under-19 National Championship in 2008 and two
U.S.A Men’s National Championships in 2009 and 2010. Arias’ professional
debut took place on November 10, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles
where he defeated Josh Thorpe via a four-round unanimous decision. He
has reeled off 11 victories since, including three in 2015 with his last
two coming by way of knockout. On Dec. 5, he’ll look to keep his winning
ways going in an eight-round super middleweight bout against Dinisio
Miranda 22-12-2 (19 KOs) of Miami, Florida.
Fighting out of Newburgh, New York, but hailing from Santo Domingo in
the Dominican Republic, Wellington “W.A.R.” Romero (8-0-1, 3 KOs) was a
highly decorated amateur who was a proud member of the 2012 Dominican
Olympic Boxing Team at the 2012 Games in London. Prior to that, he
captured a bronze medal at the 2010 Central American Games and made back
to back appearances at the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championship and
the 2011 Pan American Games. On October 26, 2013, Romero made his pro
debut, defeating Victor Galindo via a four-round unanimous decision at
Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Since then he has won seven
of his eight fights, with his lone set-back being an October 15, 2015
majority draw against Lazar Stojadinovic that many ringside observers
had him winning. In his most recent bout on October 17, 2015 Romero
scored a six-round unanimous decision victory against Ramesis Gil. On
Dec. 5, he faces Noel Echevarria (11-6, 6 KOs) of Winston-Salem, North
Carolina in a six-round junior welterweight bout. Guayama, Puerto Rico’s
Echevarria most recently challenged Rod Salka on May 16 for the vacant
WBA-NABA USA Super Featherweight title but came up short getting stopped
in the sixth round.
Another product of Puerto Rico, Angel “Tito” Acosta (11-0, 11 KOs)
will look to keep his perfect record intact on Dec. 5 against Felipe
Rivas (2-2, 1 KO) of Nogales, Mexico in a six-round flyweight bout. On
March 14 of this year, San Juan native Acosta took on Armando Vazquez
for the vacant WBC Fecarbox Light Flyweight Championship at Coliseo
Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico and came away with the title by
scoring a viscous knockout in the seventh round. The undefeated prospect
most recently faced Luis Almendarez on August 8, 2015 at Coliseo Hector
Sola Bezares in Caguas, stopping his opponent with a first round
Undefeated Charlie Clemente (10-0, 4 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico
will also look to continue his winning ways on the Dec. 5. In his most
recent bout on August 8, he scored two knockdowns en route to a
four-round unanimous decision win against Elias Polanco at Gimnasio
Wilfredo Rivera in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He will look to
improve on his undefeated record when he takes on an opponent to be
determined in a six-round flyweight bout.
In a six-round junior featherweight bout, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico’s
Josean Figueroa (9-3-2, 7 KOs) will face Antoney Napunyi (11-13, 6 KOs)
of Pahokee, Florida. In his last fight on June 6, Figueroa scored an
eight-round unanimous decision victory over Jonell Nieves at Coliseo
Ismael Delgado in Aguada, Puerto Rico.
In other non-televised undercard action, two Puerto Rico natives will
challenge one another in a six-round junior featherweight bout when
Ricardo Rodriguez (5-0, 4 KOs) of Mayaguez faces Bryan Perez (2-2, 1 KO)
of Carolina. Rodriguez will look to extend his undefeated streak as he
did most recently against Luis Hernandez on August 8 at Coliseo Hector
Sola Bezares in Caguas when he won a four-round unanimous decision.
Perez will be looking to rebound from a third round knockout against
Marquel Jones on March 14 at the Sphinx Club in Washington, DC.
Opening the show will be Freddie Roach protégé Mike Melykian of Los
Angeles who will be making his pro debut against Jimmy Rosario (0-1) of
Bayamon in a four-round welterweight bout. Rosario made his pro debut on
May 16, losing a unanimous decision against Ryan Pino at Coliseo Pedrin
Zorilla in San Juan.
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. vs. Rafael Rivera, a ten-round featherweight
bout, takes place Saturday, Dec. 5 at Osceola Heritage Park Exhibit Hall
A in Kissimmee, Florida. This throne boxing event is presented by Roc
Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions and sponsored by Tequila
Cazadores, ctms (Corporate Travel Made Simple) Venue Kings and
Sportslock. Also featured will be undefeated Dusty Hernandez-Harrison
vs. Ammeth Diaz in a ten-round welterweight bout and Alexander Brand vs.
Medzhid Bektemirov in a ten-round light heavyweight bout which is
presented in association with Camponovo Sports and Gary Shaw
Productions. The tripleheader will be televised live on HBO Latino
beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
For more information please visit
www.rocnation.com. Follow Roc Nation on
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Bryan Beats Rossy for Vacant NABF Heavyweight Title
By David Selwyn August 29, 2015
Last Night at Las Vegas Downtown Event
Center, Don King promoted a Five fight
card that featured three Heavyweight fights. The Venue was
outside . When the card started at 730 pm
it was 100 degrees .
The Main event featured Trevor Bryan (15-0)
facing veteran fighter Derric Rossy
(30-9) for the vacant NABF Heavyweight title In the first round
Bryan knocked down Rossy and it looked like it was going to be a
quick KO victory. Rossy survived the knockdown and fought back
hard and was able to connect a few good punches to finish round 1
In the second round Rossy looked sharp and landed many power
punches and easily won the round. Rounds 3-6 had good back and forth
action In round 6 , Bryan had Rossy hurt again but Rossy was
tough and refused to go down. After the sixth round Rossy was
physically spent and had trouble moving and finding his corner
after rounds . Bryan could not take advantage of Rossy’s
physical condition and the fight went the 10 round distance Bryan
won a UD and his first title. The scores were 97-92 98-91
The other featured Heavyweight fight was
Natu Vinsu (12-2) and Joey Dawejko (16-2), two heavy
punchers who were coming to fight.
In the first minute of the fight , Dawejko
hurt Vinsu with an overhand right. Dawejko then pounced on Vinsu
landing combinations that knocked down Vinsu. Vinsu could not
recover from the knockdown and Referee Russell
Mora called off the fight giving Dawejko a first round TKO
GLEN "JERSEY BOY" TAPIA
NEW YORK'S "IRISH" SEANIE MONAGHAN
HEADLINE TITLE DOUBLEHEADER
AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER
truTV® to Televise Main Events Live
on Friday, May 8 at 10 P.M. ET
Tickets On Sale
NEWARK (April 8, 2015) -- Local favorites and Top-10 contenders GLEN
"Jersey Boy" TAPIA and "Irish" SEANIE MONAGHAN will headline an
action-packed boxing card to be televised live on truTV at 10 p.m. ET -
on Friday, May 8 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Tapia, who hails from nearby Passaic, will defend his NABO junior
middleweight title against one-time world title challenger MICHEL SORO
of France. Monaghan, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC)
Continental light heavyweight champion from Long Beach, NY, will risk
his undefeated record, title and No. 3 world rating when he battles 2000
Olympian CLEITON CONCEIÇÃO from Brazil. The four warriors boast a
combined record of 91-8-3 (61 KOs) and a winning ratio of 89%, with over
two-thirds of their victories by way of knockout.
Promoted by Top Rank®, tickets to the Tapia vs. Soro /
Monaghan vs. Conceição boxing event
Tickets are available at $105, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable taxes
and fees, and may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, charge by
phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be
purchased at Prudential Center's box office beginning Monday, April 13,
at 11:00 a.m. ET.
"It will be great to be in New Jersey fighting in front of my hometown
fans," said Tapia. "Freddie Roach and I have been working very hard in
training camp to make May 8 a knockout of a homecoming."
"I am very excited to fight at Prudential Center and live on tru-TV,"
said Monaghan. "I am defending my title and I am delighted to fight at a
great venue where my army of fans can come support me. I want to fight
for a world title this year so watch me bring it on May 8 and show the
world why I really deserve a world title shot."
"Prudential Center is known as 'The Rock' and we
expect this crowd to be just that - ROCKING," said Carl Moretti, Vice
President of Top Rank. "Fan favorites Glen Tapia and Seanie Monaghan as
well as a host of undercard prospects including local rising star Julian
Rodriguez, from Hasbrouck Heights, will make the feeling at The Rock
like a Devils-Rangers game."
Trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and co-managed
by Pat Lynch, Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) enters this fight with six of his
last seven victories coming by way of stoppage, including his last
three. World-rated No. 6 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF)
and the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Tapia returns to the ring on
the heels of his biggest professional victory, a third-round knockout of
former Australian junior middleweight and middleweight champion Daniel
Dawson to claim the vacant NABO junior middleweight title. The fight
took place on March 7 in Macau, China, and the sellout crowd made up
mostly of Chinese boxing fans joyously chanted "Jersey Boy! Jersey Boy!"
as the referee raised his hand. It was the second time he hard-hitting
Tapia has reigned as the NABO junior middleweight champion. Tapia first
claimed the title in 2013 when he upset the previously undefeated
contender Abie Han via an eighth-round TKO.
Soro (25-1-1, 15 KO), a native of Abidjan, Ivory Coast
who now fights out of Villeurbanne, Rhône, France, enters this fight
riding a three-year, eight-bout unbeaten streak with his last three
victories coming by way of knockout, including two this year.
Boasting two-fisted power and experience against
quality opposition, Soro is a former French and WBO European junior
middleweight champion. The only blemish on his record was a 12-round
decision loss to International Boxing Organization (IBO) junior
middleweight world champion Zaurbek Baysangurov in 2012, though he did
knock the defending champion down in the second round and staggered him
in the fifth.
One of the top boxing gate attractions in his native
New York, Monaghan (23-0, 15 KOs) will be making his 2015 debut. He
captured the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title in 2012
via an eighth-round TKO of Romaro Johnson. He has successfully defended
the title four times during his three-year reign and has won five of his
last six bouts by way of knockout. Monaghan is currently world-rated No.
3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 6 by the WBC and the
International Boxing Federation (IBF).
Conceição (20-6-2, 16 KOs), of São Paulo, Brazil, has
scored his last five victories by way of knockout. His strong amateur
background included being a member of the 2000 Brazilian Olympic team as
well as being a two-time Brazilian National Champion. In his last fight,
on February 20, Conceição scored a first-round knockout of Nei De Lima.
Notes: Tony "Lightning" LuisOntario, Canada: When Tony "The
Lightning" Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) steps into the ring on Jan. 30 at Foxwoods
Resort Casino to face undefeated Philadelphian Karl "Dynamite" Dargan
(17-0, 9 KOs) many will consider him the opponent in their battle for
the WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship but Luis feels he
has already proved he has the perseverance and resilience to give
Dynamite a run for his money.
Perseverance and Resilience
"I have much respect for
Karl Dargan," said Tony. "He is slick and quick. In short he is good. To
be the best you have to beat the best. I am coming to fight and to win.
We both have our work cut out for us. I will be prepared for anything. I
know I am the 'B' side fighter and he has had the investment and
protection I have not had in my career and it will slant in his
favor. I have to fight harder and do
more. I have been here before. The pressure is on him to stay
undefeated. I have been there in his shoes. I will see Karl Dargan in
the ring on Friday, Jan. 30 and may the best man win. To the victor go
Lightning Luis did not take the typical road to professional boxing that
so many other fighters have. Instead he received a degree from St.
Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario in Police Foundations. He had
planned to become a police officer but then found that his true calling
was working with children. Luis decided to pursue a career in social
work and became a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor at a boys'
group home on an Indian reservation in his native Canada. This position,
which he still holds today, allows him to work with kids both inside and
outside of the boxing ring. His job also allows him to pursue his other
passion which is his professional boxing career.
Luis turned pro in 2008 after a rather impressive amateur career. He
decided he wanted to make his professional debut instead of waiting for
the next Olympic qualifiers. Although he won his first 15 professional
bouts, his early career was not without heartbreak. A week and half
before his third professional fight Tony's mother died suddenly from an
unexpected aneurism. Despite pleas from his father/trainer, Jorge Luis,
to withdraw from the fight, Tony proceeded. He defeated Mario Andrade
via a fourth round unanimous decision.
He suffered his first professional loss, and only career knockout loss,
on ESPN to Jose Hernandez. Despite the loss, Jorge believes it was the
best thing that could have happened to Tony at the time. He said, "In
retrospect it was a good loss because Tony was at a point where he felt
he was invincible. Sometimes, when these young guys get to a certain
point, they think they are invincible. They think that they got it down
pat. He had scored a few stoppages there. He felt they were all going to
go the same way. He got a harsh lesson that night from Hernandez who was
just a better man that night."
Tony won his next two fights before suffering a controversial unanimous
decision loss to Ivan Redkach for the USBA Lightweight Title. This loss
still leaves a bad taste in his father's mouth who said, "I have never
digested that loss. I still get comments everywhere I go that the fight
should have been at least a draw or we should have been on the winning
end of a split decision." However, just like the other hurdles Tony has
had to overcome in his career, this loss instilled in him a sense of
perseverance and resilience.
Luis's promoter, Greg Cohen, of Greg Cohen Promotions added, "As always,
it's terrific working with Main Events and I'm really pleased to be part
of this wonderful event. This is exactly the type of fight Tony needs to
win to get to the world championship level. He is one of the most
intelligent, professional fighters I have ever worked with and I know he
is going to perform on Jan. 30 and have the career defining performance
he needs. Karl Dargan is an excellent fighter as well and I expect a
terrific fight that will have the fans entertained from the opening bell
on. I'm really looking forward to this one!"
About January 30
Presented by Main Events in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, the
Jan. 30 edition of Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 and will take place at
the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. It features a ten-round
lightweight battle between undefeated contender Karl "Dynamite" Dargan
(17-0, 9 KOs) against Tony "The Lightning" Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) for the
WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship in the main event. The
co-feature is an eight-round middleweight bout between Thomas Falowo
(12-3, 8 KOs) against Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs). The remaining
undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Tickets are $40, $60 and $75
and available now through Foxwoods.com and the Foxwoods box office. The
doors will open at 5:00 PM ET and the Friday Night Fights telecast will
begin at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN2.
vs. Jean Pascal on March 14th 2015
. . . if Pascal wins on December 6
Boucherville, December 2, 2014 -
Main Events and InterBox are proud to announce that an agreement has
been reached to present a fight between the reigning unified WBO, IBF
and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev
(26-0-1, 23 KOs) and former WBC and The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion,
Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). The fight is to take place in Montréal or
Québec City on Saturday, March 14, 2015, but it is contingent on Pascal
prevailing over Bolonti on December 6 and on the IBF granting Kovalev a
special exception to postpone his mandatory title defense against Nadjib
Mohammedi. This mega-bout will be televised live in the United States on
HBO. Further details will be announced at a later date.
Pascal's fight at the Bell Centre December 6 was already a very
important one for his career, but this possibility brings it to a whole
new level. Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, will be watching the fight
with Jean Bédard, as she has accepted the invitation extended by the
InterBox president to join him ringside at the gala.
"The negotiation with Main Events went quickly and smoothly, so I
know we'll be able to organize a high calibre fight and a great night of
boxing. After a pretty mediocre 2014 so far, we're preparing to offer
Québec boxing fans one of the best fights we could make in the entire
division," said Jean Bédard.
Kathy Duva said, "Sergey has made it very clear since the moment we
signed him that he only wants to fight the best fighters. I promised
after his demolition of Bernard Hopkins that the next one would be for
the money. I'm thrilled to work with Interbox to bring boxing fans the
Krusher versus Jean Pascal, which delivers on both fronts! The truth is
that these fights are easy to make when both fighters want to be in the
big fights and the promoters and managers are willing to be reasonable
and work together."
Kovalev brings it all back home
After a grueling year that included being at a United States training
camp when his wife gave birth to their first child, the WBO/IBF/WBA
Super Light Heavyweight World Champion is currently in Russia enjoying
some well-earned downtime. On November 8, Kovalev cruised to a shutout
decision against Bernard Hopkins, adding the IBF World Light Heavyweight
and WBA Super World Light Heavyweight belts to his own WBO Light
Pascal wants it more than ever
This InterBox agreement with Main Events has already visibly given
the Laval native an extra shot of motivation - as if he needed it - as
he moves into the last rounds of preparation for the upcoming bout with
Roberto Bolonti. Pascal is certainly looking to a bright future. As
former WBC and IBO Light Heavyweight World Champion, Jean Pascal plans
to demonstrate his superiority in the division against a well prepared
Bolonti up as he works his way to the summit of his sport. Note that
he'll be supported by Roy Jones and Russ Anber in his corner on December
6, after a mutual decision to have coach Marc Ramsay join David Lemieux
Settles into Two New Roles:
Light Heavyweight World Champion and New Father
Shows Off Custom-Made Baby Gifts
Krusher Shows Off
Custom-Made Baby Gifts
Los Angeles, CA:
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) returned home late Monday
evening to his family after he added the WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight
World Championship belts to his collection, which already included the
WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship belt, when he held his newborn
son, Aleksandr Kovalev, for the first time.
Because the Baby Krusher was born on October 20 in Los Angeles after
Sergey had already left California for training camp in Ft. Lauderdale,
FL on October 12, this was the first time father and son got to meet
face-to-face. Sergey was able to Skype with his wife, Natalia, and the
baby just after she gave birth but Krusher could not take time away from
training camp with John David Jackson to fly back to Los Angeles.
Doctors had told the Kovalevs that the baby was due on October 18 so
they were hoping Natalia would give birth before Sergey left Big Bear
Lake to go to Florida; unfortunately, the baby arrived two days late.
Krusher Models Custom-Made
Baby Krusher Robe & Trunks
When he was finally able to hold his son in his arms he said, "I was
waiting for this moment for such a long time. The first night I met my
son was sleepless but I didn't think about that because I am just
finally enjoying time with my family. My newborn son is healthy and that
is most important thing to me. I am with my family now for the very
These last several weeks have been action-packed for the 31-year old
champ from Chelyabinsk, Russia. In addition to his three title
unification and the birth of his first child, he was also named the WBO
Fighter of the Year. Sergey explained, "I didn't know at the beginning
of the year that I would get three belts by the end of the year. I would
have been happy with the two and I am so happy I got three belts."
After his win on Saturday night Kovalev said, "I was too excited to
sleep." He left the press conference a little after 2:00 AM ET to call
his wife and son as the newly crowned unified champ. He spent all day
Sunday wandering alone on the boardwalk just basking in his win.
Monday morning, however, before catching a late flight back home to
his family, he travelled to Connecticut to visit his dear friend Magomed
Abdusalamov. Mago suffered grave neurological injuries following his
fight with Mike Perez earlier this year. After his last title defense
against Blake Caparello in August, Sergey auctioned off memorabilia from
the fight on eBay and donated the proceeds to help the Abdusalamov
family with his medical bills.
Krusher and Mago Pose with WBO
Along with Amin Suleymanov
His manager, Egis Klimas, travelled back with Sergey to Los Angeles
and said, "Now Sergey is the happiest person on earth. Finally he met
his son, finally he has three belts but he is not done yet. He is
looking forward for more sons and more belts."
Sergey's wife, Natalia, has been patiently waiting for her husband to
return home to her and her son. "I was waiting for my husband to come
home whether with victory or no victory but of course knowing him he
brought his newborn son a victory," explained Natalia. "Now we work
together to raise our son and we are very, very happy."
Donations can be made to the
Abdusalamov family at:
Sergey & Natalia Kovalev
Rich Graessle/Main Events
Training Camp Notes: Natu
Visinia Fights On
When Natu "The Truth" Visinia steps into the ring Saturday in
Philadelphia, PA, to face veteran Steve "USS" Cunningham, it will be
with a heavy heart. Visinia buried his long-time trainer, Charles
"Buddy" Bereal, on Oct. 10 after Bereal passed away suddenly from a
Visinia, 30, is from, Clinton, Illinois, a small town with a
population of 7,500. He travelled to California to train with Bereal for
the last five years. When Bereal passed away unexpectedly, Jermaine
Lefeiloai, Buddy's long-time assistant trainer, stepped in to finish out
Natu's training camp.
Natu said Buddy was excited for the match-up with Cunningham.
Natu "The Truth" Visinia
Photo Courtesy of Final Forum
"He was more excited than I was about this fight," Visinia said.
"This is what he always wanted for me. This fight will be dedicated to
Buddy. Jermaine has been with us from the beginning. He knows Buddy's
style. He knows my style. We fit in well. It is not like I am starting
fresh with someone I'm not comfortable with. I am definitely comfortable
Bereal was a former welterweight from Mexico and Visinia is
dedicating the Cunningham fight to him.
"The fact that we lost Buddy is the hardest part," Visinia said. "I
have to continue to fight. Having lost Buddy I think I am mentally even
stronger than I was when I started training camp. This fight is
dedicated to Buddy."
Visinia (10-0, 8 K0s) has managed to stay focused on Cunningham
through this tragedy.
Final Forum Promotions
"I am definitely going to be the bigger guy in this fight," he said.
"He's got power. He's obviously quick and a faster heavyweight. In my
training camp I have been bringing in a lot of faster, smaller guys to
spar with so I can get my eyes sharp to face a guy like Steve
Cunningham. I look at it like he's got the experience and the advantage
over me. It is going to be a great fight. I'm not looking at it any
"I respect Steve and all of the things that he is going through and
the sacrifice that he has been through with his family. He's where I
want to be. I need to win this fight to get where I need to be. In his
last fight with Mansour he showed a lot of heart. Mansour roughed him up
in that fight. Steve showed he deserves to be where he is."
Lefeiloai: "We haven't made any major changes. Just real fundamental
stuff. I believe he is in great shape. We understand that we are facing
a formidable guy."
About October 18
The Oct. 18 edition of NBCSN Fight Night
will take place at the 2300 Arena at 2300 Swanson Street in South
Philadelphia. It features a 10-round fight between Steve "USS"
Cunningham, of Philadelphia, and Natu "The Truth" Visinia, of Lakewood,
CA. A 10-round junior lightweight contest between Edner "Cherry Bomb"
Cherry, of Wauchula, FL, and Osumanu Akaba, of Accra, Ghana, is the
co-feature. Five additional fights open the show at 6PM. Tickets are $50
and $75 and are available by calling Peltz Boxing at (215) 765-0922 or
They also can be purchased at Wanamakers Tickets (215-568-2400). The
card is presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with
Final Forum Promotions and BAM Boxing. The NBCSN Fight Night telecast
will begin at 9 PM ET. Doors open at 5 PM and the first fight will start
at 6. The event is sponsored by Rocco's Collision.
Mansour and Kassi Collide on
Triple Header Edition of NBCSN Fight Night Nov. 8 Live from Sands
Sept 29, 2014 Bethlehem, PA: Heavyweight powerhouse Amir
"Hardcore" Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) headlines the final Fight Night
edition of 2014 with a ten-round heavyweight battle against Frederic
"Big Fred" Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) on Nov. 8live from Sands Resort Casino
in Bethlehem, PA. The Mansour-Kassi match-up will serve as the main
event on a triple header edition of Fight Night. Tickets are on sale
This will be the third Fight Night appearance for Mansour, the
Southpaw from Philadelphia, PA who lost a narrow decision in a Fight of
the Year candidate to Steve "USS" Cunningham in his last Fight Night
appearance on Apr. 4 in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Rich Graessle/Main Events
"If a guy sits there and bangs out with me, he's going down," said a
confident Mansour. "I just go in there with the mindset that whoever my
opponent is they are going to fight the best fight they ever fought
against me so that's what I prepare for. Whoever it is, I'm prepared for
them to come out to be their best."
Mansour is trained by Howard "Moses" Mosely who said, "From what I
gather, [Fred Kassi] is a slick-type of boxer with a lot of slick moves
and can give anybody problems, but he's not going to give Amir any
problems with the way I'm training him."
Joe Hand, Sr., Mansour's manager, added, "We're anxious to fight this
guy. Amir feels he has the power to take care of Fred Kassi. After his
last fight with Steve Cunningham, we were finding it hard to find
opponents because of Amir's knockout power, so we welcome this match-up
against Kassi. Top-ranked fighters refuse to take a fight with Amir.
With Amir's style against Kassi's, we expect him to take care of
Photo Courtesy of:
Kassi hails from Cameroon, Africa and now resides in New Orleans,
where he assisted with the recovery of the New Orleans community after
the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe. He has never been stopped and 10 of
his 18 wins (55.5%) have been by way of knockout.
Mansour may be the favorite, but Kassi isn't intimidated: "I like
being the underdog, it motivates me, whenever I was told I couldn't do
something, I did it," explained Kassi. "I have nothing but respect for
Amir Mansour. He's a big hitter and comes out swinging. I understand the
challenge and look forward to showing the boxing world what I'm about.
This is going to be a great fight."
The telecast will kick off a big night of boxing at at 8:30 PM ET
with a ten-round showdown between two undefeated light heavyweights,
Russian Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) and Brazilian
Jackson Junior (15-0, 13 KOs).
The current WBO Oriental and PABA Light Heavyweight Champion Vasily
Lepikhin, 29, is coming off a fifth round TKO over Robert Berridge in
his Fight Night debut in August where he earned both titles and
impressed many viewers with his skill and power. He said, "I am very
excited to be back fighting in United States. This is going to be my
second fight on NBCSN and I am looking forward to another victory."
Rich Graessle/Main Events
Brazilian Jackson Junior, known as "Demolidor" in the ring, has an
outstanding knockout-to-win ratio (13 of 15 for 87%). He impressed many
in his U.S. debut in January 2013 when he scored a first round KO of
former U.S. Olympian, Dante Craig. Jackson said, "I am thrilled to be
fighting in the USA again and grateful for this opportunity. I know my
opponent is good and will be ready to give a good fight. My goal is to
win this fight and get my rhythm, stay active and win a world
Championship for Brazil and for me."
The middle bout features ten-rounds of welterweight action between
undefeated Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KOs) of Russia and
Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs) of Ghana.
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
This will be the first Fight Night appearance for Mikhaylenko, 28.
Dmitry made his US debut last month with an eight-round unanimous
decision victory over Sechew Powell in Atlantic City, NJ after which he
signed a co-promotional agreement with Main Events and German Titov
Promotions. "I am very happy to be back with Main Events and fighting on
NBCSN," said Dmitry. "I will do my best to show to my fans what I am
capable of in the ring."
Emmanuel Lartey, known as "Ice Cold", hails from Ghana, Africa and
currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. He is a dynamic southpaw fighter who
has drawn many positive comparisons to Ghana's greatest boxer, Azumah
Nelson. "My goal is to be a world champion and a victory on Nov. 8 gets
me one step closer to accomplishing that goal. I'm working very hard to
ensure my arm is raised as the victor on Nov. 8," said Lartey.
Photo Courtesy of: Final Forum Promotions
Lartey is managed by Sidney Martinez Jr. who added, "We understand
that fighting Dmitry Mikhaylenko is no easy task and will be prepared to
go a strong ten rounds in order to pull off a decisive victory. Lartey
has made many sacrifices and traveled a long way from his native Ghana
to get this opportunity and will show the boxing world that he belongs
within the upper echelon of his division."
Both Mikhaylenko and Lepikhin are co-promoted by German Titov
Promotions. German Titov said, "I would like to thank Main Events for
giving us another opportunity to showcase these two very hot Russian
prospects, Lepikhin and Mikhaylenko, who are fighting here in United
States. We have no doubt these fighters will deliver a good
Both Russian fighters are also managed by Egis Klimas, the same
manager who advises WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey Kovalev. Egis
added, "It is my pleasure to represent both of these fighters here back
in the United States and I am sure they will do a good job in the ring
on Nov. 8."
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said, "Saturday, November 8th will be a
huge night for boxing. This card, featuring three bouts and six fighters
that have a combined record of 103-5 with 61 knockouts between them and
not a single stoppage loss, is a perfect way to start the night early at
pm PT. I expect all of the winners, and perhaps even some of
the losers, to go on to much bigger fights from their start here, as
we've come to expect from Fight Night."
Tickets ($50 and $75) are on sale now through ticketmaster.com, the
Sands Event Center box office (610-297-7400) or through Peltz Boxing (peltzboxing.com
BERNARD HOPKINS AND SERGEY KOVALEV NEW YORK CITY PRESS
CONFERENCE AND PHILADELPHIA MEDIA ROUND
NEW YORK (Sept. 2, 2014) -Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and Sergey "Krusher"
Kovalev held a press conference in New York City and a media roundtable
in Philadelphia Tuesday to officially announce their light heavyweight
unification bout on Saturday, Nov. 8 taking place at Boardwalk Hall in
Atlantic City live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.
Check out what the fighters and promoters had to say below:
BERNARD HOPKINS, WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
"When fighters want to fight, this is what happens. When we really
want to do it and our promoters do as well, we get it done.
"I take everything I do extremely seriously. But people ask me, how
can I continue to do this? I have no plan or timetable when I put my
mind to something.
"I want the best. Hagler fought the best. Ray Leonard fought the
best. The Alis of the world, they fought the best. I'm from the era
where I fought the best and that's important to me. I receive undisputed
status in 2001 and that was special.
"I bloomed late. I didn't bloom by the timing of the experts. I want
to make it as difficult as possible for you to come up with a headline
for me. I don't want to be on the pound-for-pound list because that
would make me human.
"What I'm doing now is making a new legacy and a new list and a new
way to judge. 'Where do we put this man? We can't put him in the top 10.
He's doing things no one has done!'
"Enjoy this while you can and come see it. Don't worry about when or
how I'm going to leave or break down. You guys are all humans, I
understand you, but you don't understand me.
"The last time I heard, he [Kovalev] can box. He's shown that he can
box...People are traumatized by the punch and the knockout.
"I've been in the game for almost three decades. I look for more of
what a guy brings to a gunfight other than bullets...The sweet science
is not based on only one thing you can do particularly well.
"If he comes in the game thinking a punch is all he'll need, he might
be right, so you should watch.
"I'm walking a tightrope hundreds of feet in the air. He crushes
people. Only three or four people survive his hammer.
"There's no pressure on me but one thing that is on Bernard Hopkins -
that no other fighter really has to do deal with because they've never
been in my situation is - how I continue to keep making history
"Anybody at the right time and the right place can get knocked out.
It is his job to do what others try to do. It is my job to do what I've
"Come November 8 on HBO you get to watch artwork. You're watching
Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong with gloves on.
"It's such a testimony to see a 50-year-old man - less than 100 days
from now - go 30 plus minutes with a young strong Russian puncher and
not get a scratch on him.
"I understand humans have a timeline of when they are supposed to go.
Age 35 and you're done - I don't care what sport you're in. It's a fact.
I don't know what type of evidence I need to show I'm an alien other
than what is there."
SERGEY KOVALEV, WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion
"It is not easy to overlook Hopkins. I think when he's 60 years old
he'll be in the same condition. He's an alien, but I have to send him to
the moon and maybe from there he'll go by himself to Mars.
"I want to say that one day in Big Bear when I trained, I met Oscar
De La Hoya and asked him to sign me and he turned me down, but now here
we are on different sides.
"I am not a talker, I am a fighter and I am sure Bernard will promote
the fight for both of us.
"I don't really understand what Bernard is saying. It doesn't matter
what he says. Even if I understood, I wouldn't care. I don't worry about
him. I'll go into the ring and do my job.
"Bernard talks and fights. I just fight.
"I can't say what the fight will be like. This is boxing and anything
"It is my secret what I will do on fight night. I will give it my all
and come out with the win."
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, President & Founder of Golden Boy Promotions
"This fight is the best against the best in the light heavyweight
"I really do feel that this is not just a fight, but an event. I am
glad that it's on HBO and I'm glad its not on pay-per-view, which it
easily could have been, but you have to give credit to the fighters who
are doing it for the fans.
"I believe that many people over the years have doubted Bernard
Hopkins. He's over 40-years-old, how can he win? All of those questions
are no longer being asked. Everything that he does, he deserves.
"At 49-years-old, being the oldest champion in any sport, he deserves
tons of respect. The fact that he's facing the 'Krusher,' is just
another of the many dangerous fighters that Bernard has faced.
"Being the best middleweight in the history of this sport, with 20
defenses and now to be 49 at light heavyweight, he's still going strong.
I'm now convinced he is an Alien."
KATHY DUVA, CEO of Main Events
"This fight is going to be the most anticipated fight of 2014. It's
so much fun putting together a fight like this that everyone wants to
see. Its great to see the excitement level and the anticipation, you can
feel it in the air.
"This is going to be a tremendous event. It's one of those fights
that when the bell rings you really won't know what is going to happen.
It's not about finding out who's best, its about who is going to win the
fight, because both are great.
"This is what boxing is supposed to be and we look forward to
"The first person I thought of when I saw Sergey Kovalev in the ring
was Ray Leonard. I saw the look in his eye and I could tell he was
different. I believe he is the most electrifying boxer in the world of
boxing and he will prove it on November 8."
CRUSHES CAMPARELLO; GETS DATE WITH HOPKINS
In the much-anticipated WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship
bout, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KO's*) takes down undefeated
Australian challenger Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KO's) in the
second round in the third defense of his WBO Light Heavyweight World
Title. Kovalev was under a microscope these last few days with the
possibility of a unification bout with Bernard "Alien" Hopkins looming.
Krusher did not let the pressure get to him, he focused only on the
opponent in the ring with him tonight.
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Kovalev and Caparello were feeling each other out in the first round.
Caparello knocked Sergey off balance in the first and his glove touched
the canvas, but Krusher got back up quickly. Blake went down in the
second from a crushing body blow but beat the count. He taunted Kovalev
to come back at him which Krusher did in relentless fashion. After two
more knockdowns, referee Sparkle Lee called it off at 1:47 of round two.
In the final bout before the live telecast on HBO Boxing After Dark,
junior middleweight Dmitry Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KO's) remained
undefeated by unanimous decision in eight rounds against Sechew Powell
(26-6, 15 KO's). In the third round, Mikhaylenko had Powell up against
the ropes. Dmitry came back out swinging in the fourth and kept Powell
in the corner for most of the round. Mikhaylenko came out strong in the
sixth but Powell managed to hold his own against the Russian. Dmitry
tried hard to finish off Powell in the eighth and final round. Powell
did not land many punches towards the end of the fight but the Brooklyn
native managed to go the distance against Mikhaylenko's continuous
attack. The judges scored the bout 78-74, 79-73, 80-72 all in favor of
Light heavyweight Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KO's)
stopped Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (17-7-1, 13 KO's) in the seventh
round. Early in the fight both fighters appeared evenly matched.
Cummings is much shorter than Chilemba but the height difference did not
appear to both Black Ice. Cummings connected a hard right to Chilemba's
chin in the fifth. Isaac came out with a vengeance in the sixth.
Cummings' left eye was starting to swell closed in the later rounds.
Finally, referee, Eric Dali, stopped the fight at 2:28 in the seventh
round to give Chilemba the victory via TKO.
Isaac said after the fight, "I feel good. It was a good fight. He was
well prepared for the fight. He came out strong and took some of my best
shots until he just couldn't take anymore. I want a title shot next. I
am hoping Jean Pascal is the next one; I am hoping to get a chance at
him or chance at Kovalev next." His manager, Jodi Solomon added, "I am
really proud of Isaac. The work he put in has really paid off and we
just need to keep pushing harder. If he keeps pushing I think he is
capable of anything."
Fan favorite undefeated heavyweight Adam "Baby Face" Kownacki (7-0, 7
KO's) kept his perfect 100% knockout-to-win ration alive knocking out
Wichita, KS native Charles Ellis (9-2-1, 8 KO's) at 0:15 of the fifth
round. Kownacki entered Ovation Hall to a rowdy crowd cheering him on.
The Polish native (now residing in Brooklyn, NY) came out swinging
trying to keep his perfect record in tact. Ellis was able to make
contact with a couple of hard shots in the early rounds but eventually
succumbed to Kownacki in the fifth. This was the longest fight of
Kownacki's professional career so far. Previously Kownacki's longest
fight was his fourth round knockout of Yohan Banks on May 22, 2010.
Light Middleweights DeCarlo Perez (12-3-1, 4 KO's) of Atlantic City,
NJ and Marcus Willis (13-4-2, 3 KO's) of Ft. Myers, FL faced off for six
rounds in the first fight of the evening to go the distance. The fight
was close the whole way but Perez managed to squeak out the majority
decision victory with the judges scoring the bout 57-57, 59-55, 59-55.
In a heavyweight fight for Philadelphia bragging rights Joey Dawejko
(11-3-2, 4 KO's) took down David Williams (7-9-2, 2 KO's) in the first
round at 1:48. Dawejko came out of the gates swinging and knocked down
Williams three times before the referee finally called the fight.
In the first fight of the evening a Philly vs. Jersey middleweight
match-up, Hakim "Braveheart" Bryant (2-0, 1 KO) of Middletown, NJ
remained undefeated by knocking out Anthony Watson (0-2) of
Philadelphia, PA at 0:38 in the fourth and final round of the contest.
Will Take On Tureano Johnson in Co-Feature Friday, April 4th at the
Liacouras Center on NBCSN Fight Night
Philadelphia, PA: Less than three months after middleweight Curtis
"Showtime" Stevens (26-4-0, 19 KOs) knocked out Patrick Majewski in the
first round at Resorts International Casino and Hotel, he will take on
the undefeated Tureano Johnson (14-0-0, 10 KOs) at the Liacouras Center
in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, April 4th. The Stevens-Johnson ten round
fight will be the co-feature on the NBCSN Fight Night card that features
the heavyweight showdown between Steve "USS" Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs)
and Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs).
Stevens, who just celebrated his 29th birthday on March 10th, vowed
to stay busy this year, "This is my life and my job. I like to fight and
I don't want to have a break too long. I could get a little bit too
relaxed. Hopefully I can go six times this year." "Showtime" fought four
times in 2013 with a 3-1 record with two knockouts. And after his first
round knockout of Majewski on January 24th he is ready for Johnson, "I
am back to the old Curtis. It looks like he likes to fight. He likes to
stay in the paint, in the dog house and get it on. He looks like a more
aggressive Derrick Findley so this fight I might just stay toe-to-toe."
Hall of Fame matchmaker, J Russell Peltz said this about the
match-up: "This fight features Curtis Stevens, one of the most exciting
middleweights in the division. It is going to be an explosive fight!"
Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva said, "We love Curtis. NBC loves Curtis.
Everyone is thrilled that he'll be back on Fight Night so quickly.
Johnson fought on the undercard of one of our Fight Night cards (Adamek
vs Chambers at the Prudential Center on June 16, 2012) and I was
impressed by what I saw. This should be a good one."
Stevens/photo Rich Graessle/Main Events
Johnson, 30, originally from Nassau, Bahamas, defeated Willie Fortune
via unanimous decision in his last fight at the Morongo Casino Resort &
Spa in Cabazon, CA on February 22, 2013. Tureano has only had three
fights go the distance in his career (all unanimous decision wins) and
has a 71% knockout-to-win percentage. However, Stevens is not
intimidated, he said, "He has a lot of knockouts but when you check the
guys that he has knocked out its guys with records that are like 6-30.
That is what he is supposed to do. If he wasn't knocking them out I
believe that would be a problem."
This will be Johnson's first ten round fight. This will also be
Johnson's first fight as a co-feature on a national broadcast. He said,
"I would like to thank Main Events and my promoter, Gary Shaw, for
making this fight possible. On April 4th, the world will be introduced
to Tureano Johnson. This has been a long, hard road for me filled with
blood, sweat and ruthless determination. I have been begging for this
opportunity to pit my skills against the so-called best in my division.
However, it is easier said than done in this world of boxing. No one
would fight me until now. I respect Curtis Stevens. He is a strong,
hard-punching fighter who has been in with the best. But he can't and
won't beat me.
Tureano Johnson/Gary Shaw Productions
To all the fans, don't miss this fight on NBCSN. I'm sure it is going
to be a throw-back fight. It has been said that I'm not the most
"technical" fighter out there. Well it's true. I like to mix it up,
throw hard punches, and get a little barbaric in the ring. I'm coming to
fight, win impressive, and after April 4th, I know I will get the fights
"Showtime" is training for this fight in his hometown of Brooklyn,
NY. He said, "I like training in Brooklyn because I am more comfortable.
It is home to me; my mind is clearer when I am around positive energy. I
can't be too secluded and bored. I need to be around family and friends.
So I can just go about my day as regular as possible. It is best to just
keep home and have fun."
Heavyweights Collide in
the Fighting City of Philadelphia
"USS" Cunningham to Take on "Hardcore" Mansour
at Liacouras Center on NBCSN Fight Night April 4, 2014
Philadelphia, PA: Former two-time world champion Steve
"USS" Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) is no stranger to NBCSN Fight Night.
The 37 year old heavyweight has appeared in two of the series' marquee
afternoon editions of Fight Night on the NBC broadcast network. On
Friday, April 4th Cunningham will return to Fight Night in his hometown
of Philadelphia, PA to challenge undefeated heavy-hitter Amir "Hardcore"
Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs), making his second appearance on the series,
for Mansour's USBA Heavyweight Title in a ten round battle at the
Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University. The fight is the
main event on NBCSN Fight Night beginning at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT.
Mansour, a southpaw from nearby Wilmington, DE, has been
banging away on the fringes of the Top Ten in recent years. He captured
the vacant USBA title last summer, scoring a unanimous 12-round decision
over Maurice Harris, of East Orange, NJ, at the Dover Downs Casino in
Dover, DE. In his last fight on the December 14th edition of Fight
Night, Mansour knocked out Kelvin Price, of Pensacola, FL, in seven
rounds at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ. "I'm looking forward to this
fight more than any other fight in the past," said Mansour, who recently
signed a managerial contract with pay-per-view mogul Joe Hand. "I'm
gonna train for Steve as if my life depends on the win. I greatly
respect Steve, but on April 4th I'm gonna speak to the boxing world,
using my hands. I will not be denied."
Mansour Defeats Price Photo Credits to Rich
Mansour did not compete professionally for over nine years
while he served time in Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in
Minersville, PA for drug possession. Coincidentally, the Liacouras
Center is only about one hour away from the prison where he spent the
majority of his thirties. He will be looking to prove that he is not too
late to the heavyweight party and that he can compete at the highest
level. At 6'1" and with an expected 20 pound weight advantage, Mansour
will not be intimidated by Cunningham's 6'3" stature. But with a lighter
weight comes quickness and boxing fans are wondering how Mansour will be
able to handle Cunningham's speed and agility.
Cunningham is coming off an important victory on December 14th
against Manuel Quezada in an eight round unanimous decision at Resorts
International Casino and Hotel. The win snapped a two fight losing
streak that began with his controversial points loss to Tomasz Adamek on
NBC on December 22, 2012 and continued with a seventh round TKO loss to
Tyson Fury on NBC on April 20, 2013. USS plans to keep his momentum
going against the powerful Mansour. A focused Cunningham said, "I'm not
going to talk this to death. I'm very focused and taking this
seriously." He added, "This time I'm fighting in my backyard and I want
to give my fans a spectacular performance. It's time to fight."
Main Events' President & CEO Kathy Duva said, "I'm really looking
forward to this fight. It has everything we want on this series
-heavyweights in an evenly matched crossroads bout at a great venue in a
location that really adds something to the match. You can't ask for
Co-promoter, J Russell Peltz said, "This is not an appearance fight.
Instead, this is one of the most intriguing heavyweight fights in recent
years. I'm talking about Adamek-Arreola and a slew of heavyweight fights
on NBC such as Jennings-Liakhovich, Adamek-Cunningham and the upcoming
Adamek-Glazkov match. This one fits right in. Cunningham has to win this
fight to remain viable in the heavyweight division. Mansour needs to win
to prove to people that despite beating the second tier of heavyweights
en route to his 20-0 record he is capable of taking the next step."
Cunningham - Quezada
Photo Credits to Larry Levanti/
About April 4th:
The event features a ten-round bout for the USBA Heavyweight Title
between Steve "USS" Cunningham and USBA champion Amir "Hardcore" Mansour
live on NBCSN Fight Night from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA.
The Fight Night broadcast will begin at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. The card is
presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with BAM Boxing
and Joe Hand Promotions. The co-feature bout and undercard fights will
be announced shortly. Tickets are going on sale soon; details to follow.
NOV 16th RESULTS AND PHOTOS
NBC - TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO
Photo Credits to Mike Gladysz
Vyacheslav Glazkov def. Garrett Wilson,
unanimous decision, 10 rounds, heavyweights (on NBC
Karl Dargan def. Mike Brooks,
unanimous decision, 10 rounds, lightweights (on NBC Sports)
Isaac Chilemba def. Michael Gbenga,
unanimous decision, 8 rounds, light heavyweights
Arias improved to 15-0, def. Latif Mundy,
majority decision, 4 rounds, super middleweights
Sevdail Sherifi vs. Quantis Graves,
fought to a majority draw, 6 rounds, cruiserweights
LATE SUB GARRETT WILSON
READY TO SEIZE THE DAY AGAINST CZAR GLAZKOV
VERONA, NY - On just three days' notice, Philadelphian Garrett
Wilson, 13-6-1, 7 KOs, has agreed to take on rising heavyweight prospect
Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KOs, in a nationally televised
10-rounder at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. The opportunity
came when Galzkov's original opponent, Tomasz Adamek, was forced to pull
out of the bout on short notice due to a stomach virus.
With the fight slated for Saturday afternoon and the chance to
perform in front of millions on the NBC network television platform,
facing Glazkov amounts to a chance of a lifetime for Wilson. And the
fighter known as "The Ultimate Warrior" is ready to make the most of his
"I think this is an excellent opportunity for me to showcase my
talent on NBC," Wilson said. "It's a gift, and I am going to make the
most of it. Everybody will get to see me. It's amazing!"
Wilson has always been a fighter ready and willing to take on the
world. It's not the first time he's stepped into the ring on short
notice, but this time the stakes - and possible rewards - have never
"I've taken fights on 24-hour notice," Wilson said. "I took this
fight because I like to fight guys who, on paper, look like excellent
fighters, and then show that I am better."
Wilson's resume includes several upset wins, as well as a few truly
spectacular knockouts. If the former USBA & NABF cruiserweight champion
can do it again on Saturday afternoon, he will make his mark in the
heavyweight division and jump-start his career like never before.
"I'm going to give the fans a show," Wilson said. "They call me the
"Ultimate Warrior", and this is what I do. I'm always in shape, and I'm
always ready for battle. This is the chance I've been waiting for and
I'm going to show the world who I am."
The NBC broadcast begins at 2:30 PM with a 10-round showdown between
unbeaten lightweights for the USBA Atlantic Coast Region Lightweight
Title, Karl "Dynamite" Dargan, 13-0, 7 KOs, and Mike "Lefty" Brooks,
10-0-1, 2 KOs, with the Glazkov-Wilson fight immediately following.
READY FOR CLASH
DARGAN & BROOKS: VASTLY DIFFERENT FIGHTERS WITH AN
VERONA, NY - When promising lightweight prospects Karl Dargan and
Mike Brooks square off on NBC national broadcast television, Saturday
afternoon, November 16th, fans will see two very different prize
fighters who happen to possess a distinctly similar goal - to make the
most of their first opportunity to impress a national TV audience.
Dargan and Brooks will clash over eight rounds, at the Turning Stone
Casino in Verona, NY, right before the 10-round heavyweight fight
between Tomasz Adamek, 49-2, 29 KOs, and Czar Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KOs,
gets underway. The live NBC broadcast begins at 2:30PM Eastern time.
The disparities between Dargan and Brooks come in several categories.
Karl Dargan, 13-0, 7 KOs, is a proud Philly fighter, while Mike
Brooks, 10-0-1, 2 KOs, hails from Long Island, NY. The ring rivalry
between Philadelphia and New York has been brewing for about a century,
and these 135-pounders are ready to add their two cents to the argument.
After eight rounds, only one will leave with bragging rights for their
Dargan said he has everything he needs to win, "I am just going to
listen to my corner. I didn't study anything he (Brooks) does. My
trainer does that and comes up with a strategy. My job is to execute it.
We had a great camp so I'm sure they taught me everything I need to
Dargan is right-handed, while Brooks is a southpaw. Lefties can often
give an orthodox boxer fits in the ring, and are frequently avoided.
However, Dargan has faced two other southpaws as a pro, and handled them
both. Brooks believes his left-handed style is one of his biggest
strengths, and even advertises it with his nickname of "Lefty".
JAM-PACKED UNDERCARD SUPPORTS ADAMEK-GLAZKOV
Turning Stone Resort Casino
NBC Fight Night Broadcast 2:30 PM ET/ 11:30 AM PT
VERONA, NY - A jam-packed undercard is scheduled for Saturday
afternoon in support of a nationally televised boxing double-header at
the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. In the main event,
heavyweights Tomasz Adamek, 48-2, 29 KOs, and Czar Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11
KOs, square off in a 12-round heavyweight eliminator that will determine
the #2 IBF contender.
Fight fans can watch that bout, along with an interesting 8-round
battle between lightweight prospects Karl "Dynamite" Dargan, 13-0, 7
KOs, and Mike "Lefty" Brooks, 11-0-1, 2 KOs, at home on NBC network TV,
beginning at 2:30PM. However, fans who come to the live event at the
Turning Stone will be treated to a stacked set of preliminary bouts
featuring a sampling of some of today's top young talent.
South African light heavyweight Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba, 20-2-2,
9 KOs, clashes with "The Amazing" Michael Gbenga, 13-9, 13 KOs, of Ghana
in an 8-round bout. Chilemba is the favorite, but he'll have to be on
the lookout for Gbenga's power shots which have taken out every fighter
that he's beaten.
In a 6-round cruiserweight fight, Albanian puncher, Sevdail Sheriffi,
9-2-2, 8 KOs, faces Houston's Quantis Graves, 9-0, 4 KOs. The promising
Graves is undefeated but "The Sherriff" is a hot, rising hopeful
fighting in the US for just the second time. Once the bell rings,
questions about each fighter will be answered.
In another 6-rounder, undefeated super middleweight Andy Mejias,
14-0, 6 KOs, Utica, NY, meets tough Philly trial horse, Latin Mundy,
10-8, 4 KOs. All eyes are on Mejias, but Mundy is determined to punch
his way back into the picture at 168 pounds, and can't be counted out.
In a 4-round middleweight fight, Trent Laidler of Palm Beach, FL,
makes his professional debut against Philadelphia's Anthony Watson, 0-1,
who will looking to ruin Laidler's introduction to the sport.
A pair of super middleweights are slated to open the live show in
another 4-rounder. Undefeated John Magda, 3-0, 3 KOs, has jumped out to
a good start since turning pro in August. He's knocked out everyone so
far, and will look to add Maurice Amaro, 2-5, 1 KO, to his budding
resume. However, Philly's Amaro is tough, and should give the streaking
Magda a real test.
The live, ringside action gets underway at the Turning Stone Resort
Casino beginning at 12:30PM.
Main Events Back on NBC
November 16th - Adamek vs.
TOTOWA, NJ - September 7, 2013 - Boxing is back on
network TV on Saturday afternoon, November 16th when Tomasz "Goral"
Adamek takes on Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov on NBC. The 12-round match for
Adamek's IBF North American Heavyweight title on NBC. The fight has been
sanctioned for the #2 position in the heavyweight division.
Adamek, 49-2, 29 KO's, is coming off an August 3rd 10
round unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn on NBC Sports Network.
Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KO's, scored a second round TKO against Byron Polley
on the same card. The November 16th afternoon broadcast will begin on
NBC at 3PM ET.
"We are quite pleased to present this classic
match-up between a tough, highly respected veteran and two-division
former world champion in Adamek, and an exciting, young up-and-coming
former Olympic medalist in Glazkov on our next NBC afternoon broadcast,"
said promoter Kathy Duva.
"Being back on network TV for the third time in just 11 months makes
this event that much more special. When Adamek appeared on NBC, last
December, he brought the biggest television audience of 2012. We won't
be surprised if Adamek-Glazkov garners the biggest audience on broadcast
or cable television for 2013, as well.
Duva added, "I cannot thank everyone at NBC Sports enough for this
incredible platform and the support that they have shown for
professional boxing over the past two years."
Fight venue details are being finalized and undercard
fights will be announced shortly.
"THREE TO SEE"
August 3rd Mohegan Sun
NBC Sports Network
Curtis Stevens vs. Saul
Eddie Chambers vs.
UNCASVILLE, CT - Heavyweight Tony Grano, 20-3-1, 16 KOs, has been
trying to punch his way through the heavyweight division since 2005, but
the boxer has yet to secure the signature win needed to truly make his
mark. Grano has battled and beaten a number of solid heavyweights and
took home a few minor belts, but nothing that Grano has accomplished
thus far has led to the breakthrough he so desires.
Grano could take a big step toward his goal on August 3rd when he
encounters the biggest challenge of his career, former two-division
world champion Tomasz Adamek, 48-2, 29 KOs. The 10-round fight is part
of the triple header to be nationally televised by NBC Sports Network as
part of their Fight Night boxing series.
The other bouts on the broadcast, from the Mohegan Sun Casino in
Uncasville, CT, are middleweight Curtis Stevens against Saul Roman, and
cruiserweight Eddie Chambers versus Thabiso Mchunu. The three
10-rounders begin at 10:30 PM ET.
A win over Adamek on Fight Night is exactly the feat Grano
needs to make his name and open the door for an even bigger opportunity.
Adamek not only has two world titles to his credit, he has been a major
player in the heavyweight division since moving up almost four years
ago, with his gutsy title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in 2011
being his only loss in the division. So if Grano can pull the upset next
month against this top contender, his options - and potential paydays -
will be better than ever before.
Grano's heavy hands are his best weapon - in his previous four
starts, three wins ended in knockouts, while he lost the fourth on
points to Eric Molina in April . Tony won the NABF belt with a 4th round
KO of DaVarryl Williamson last summer, and halted Brian Minto in three
rounds before that. Other recent knockout victims include Dominique
Alexander and Travis Kauffman.
Of course, Adamek is a tough customer with a granite chin, but Grano
will also hold an uncommon home-state advantage over the Polish-born and
New Jersey-based contender. Perhaps Tony's proven punching power and
hometown crowd can give him the edge he needs to shock the former champ.
Every fighter waits for that perfect opportunity to prove what he's
made of. For Tony Grano, that chance finally comes against Tomasz Adamek
on August 3rd.
"THREE TO SEE" FIGHT INFO:
August 3rd "Three To See" card at Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT. In the
main event Curtis Stevens and Saul Roman will clash for 10-rounds in a
middleweight war. Also co-featured will be a 10-round cruiserweight
battle between Eddie Chambers and Thabiso Mchunu. Heavyweight, Tomasz
"Goral" Adamek will take on Tony Grano, Hartford, CT, 20-3-1, 16 KO's,
for 10-rounds. Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov will be featured on the
undercard in an 8 round heavyweight fight, opponent TBA.
NBC Sports Network Fight Night will telecast the
August 3rd show beginning 10:30PM EDT.
KOVALEV AIMS TO KEEP
KO STREAK ALIVE
ON JUNE 14 NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT
|BETHLEHEM, PA - Unbeaten Russian KO
king Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 20-0-1, 18 KOs, not only has his
sights set on Cornelius "Da Beast" White, 21-1, 16 KOs, in their
upcoming 12-round title elimination bout on June 14th, at the
Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The fast-rising light
heavyweight contender is also aiming to keep his impressive
knockout streak alive when he meets White in the nationally
The fight is part of a big boxing triple header to be
televised live by NBC Sports Network on the next edition of
Fight Night. Also on the bill is a 10-round heavyweight bout
between Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 8 KOs, and Andrey Fedosov, 24-2,
19 KOs, and a 10-round welterweight battle between Ronald Cruz,
17-1, 12 KOs, and Ray Narh, 25-2, 21 KOs. The broadcast begins
at 8PM ET.
Kovalev has made quite a name for himself over the past year
with a collection of showy KOs that have not only disposed of
top-shelf opponents and attracted many fans, Krusher's big
knockouts have also pushed him up the 175-pound rankings at a
speedy pace. One more win on June 14th, and Kovalev will be so
close to title shot that he'll be able to taste it. And what
better way to win the critical bout than with another knockout.
Undefeated, Kovalev has dispatched eight of his last nine
opponents by KO.
In his last outing, Kovalev destroyed former world champion
Gabriel Campillo in just three rounds on another Fight Night
program. The skilled Campillo could not keep the raging Russian
off him, suffering three knockdowns before the fight was
stopped. Kovalev may have been favored to win the bout, but no
one expected such a dominant performance.
Prior to that, Kovalev halted Buffalo's Lionell Thompson in
just three rounds on Fight Night last September. Sergey
dropped Thompson twice in the second round and finished the job
by sending Thompson on another trip to the canvas just 14
seconds into round three.
Although there were others who recently wilted under
Kovalev's artillery, it is these two fights that carved Sergey's
reputation as a dangerous puncher and a true title threat. But
like any fighter in the spotlight, you're only as good as your
last fight. So the pressure is on Kovalev to put his heavy hands
to use and continue to exceed expectations by sending opponents
Sergey's latest opportunity to make another statement comes
on June 14th, and Cornelius White is the next man on the Kovalev
hit list. After this 12-round elimination fight the winner
becomes the No. 1 challenger for the IBF crown, currently held
by Bernard Hopkins, of Philadelphia, PA. With so much at stake
fans can be sure to expect an explosive battle.
BLOCKBUSTER TRIPLE HEADER
NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT
JUNE 14th - SANDS CASINO RESORT
Bryant Jennings vs. Andrey
Sergey Kovalev vs. Cornelius
Ronald Cruz vs. Jaime Herrera
Bethlehem, PA- World-class boxing returns to the Sands Casino
Resort Bethlehem on Friday evening, June 14, when a blockbuster triple
header of fights with international as well as national implications
headlines a card which will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network
as part of its popular Fight Night series, beginning 9pm ET.
In a 10-round heavyweight contest, fast-rising Bryant Jennings,
of Philadelphia, PA, will come up against powerful Andrey Fedosov,
of Shuya, Russia.
Knockout artist Sergey Kovalev faces Cornelius White of
Houston, TX, in a 12-round mandated bout for the vacant number 1
position in the IBF light heavyweight world rankings.
In the opening bout, a 10-round welterweight match, Bethlehem's
Ronald Cruz hopes to rebound from his first loss as a pro when he
takes on rugged Jaime Herrera, of Franklin Park, IL.
Jennings, 28, broke into the world ratings in 2012 by winning all
five of his fights (four of them televised by the NBC Sports Network),
topped by wins over previously unbeaten southpaw Maurice Byarm,
of Washington, DC, and former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei
Liakhovich, of Vitebsk, Belarus. Those wins pushed Jennings' record
to 16-0, 8 KOs, and landed him the # 3 spot in the world ratings by the
IBF. Pretty heady stuff for a fighter who turned pro in 2010!
Fedosov, 27, also is riding high after knocking out veteran
Darnell Wilson, of Takoma Park, MD, in his last fight April 20 in
Hammond, IN, bringing his record to 24-2, 19 KOs.
Kovalev, 30, is currently ranked #4 by the IBF, 20-0-1,18 KOs and
impressed Fight Night viewers in January with a dominant stoppage
of former champion Gabriel Campillo. The highly anticipated test
for Kovalev ended when Campillo made three trips to the canvas in round
three. Since then, everyone has been buzzing about the Russian puncher,
who now fights out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Kovalev's previous two starts
were also televised by NBC Sports Network.
Cornelius "Da Beast" White, 31, is currently ranked #5 by the IBF and
sports a record of 21-1, 16 KOs. The pair will enter the ring with
rather similar records, but White will have the size advantage.
In the welterweight matchup, Cruz, 26, hopes to get back on the
winning track after losing for the first time when he dropped a 10-round
split decision to contender Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, in his
last fight Sept. 21 in the same ring.
A pro since 2009, Cruz is 17-1, 12 KOs. Both Cruz-Brewer and Cruz's
previous fight against Prenice Brewer were televised by NBC Sports
Herrera, 24, likes to walk-in and bang, a style which should make his
fight with Cruz a war. A pro since 2009, Herrera is 10-2, 5 KOs, but may
have been unlucky to drop an eight-round decision to Adrian Granados,
of Cicero, IL, in 2012. Many ringsiders felt Herrera did enough to beat
Granados, who recently boxed a 10-round draw with Kermit Cintron,
of Reading, PA.
APRIL 20th DAYTIME MSG
A REAL AFTERNOON
DELIGHT FOR BOXING FANS
NEW YORK -There was a time when boxing on
Saturday afternoon TV was the norm. The old timers will tell you that
those were the good old days, when the top fighters and the biggest
fights happened during the afternoon, just about every weekend of the
year. Back then, boxing fans had to hustle to get their regular Saturday
chores and errands finished early, but then it was fight time!
On Saturday AFTERNOON, April 20th, boxing fans will
once again be transported back to those good old days, when heavyweights
Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham square off in a 12-rounder at The
Theater at Madison Square Garden in a throwback daytime fight to
determine the #2 heavyweight contender in the world. Doors open at
1:15PM. The main event and co-feature will be broadcast on NBC, as an
afternoon presentation of their Fight Night boxing series at
Die hard and casual boxing fans alike tuned in to see
the first afternoon presentation of Fight Night on NBC, which
featured Steve Cunningham vs. Tomasz Adamek on Saturday, December 22nd,
2012. With almost 4 million viewers catching piece of the action, it was
the highest-rated boxing program to grace American televison in 2012.
Fury, 20-0, 14 KOs, is the latest European hopeful, a
popular puncher who measures a staggering 6' 9" in height. He's made
waves abroad since turning pro in 2008, and will make his American debut
at the Garden on the afternoon of April 20th. Fury has KO'd most of his
foes, but in Cunningham, he'll be up against his first former champ and
most accomplished opponent to date. Does Fury have the power to topple a
fighter of Cunningham's ability?
Now a heavyweight, Cunningham, 25-5, 12 KOs, of
Philadelphia, has two world cruiserweight championship belts in his
trophy case, and is coming off a frustrating "loss" to Tomasz Adamek in
his most recent bout. Although the official verdict somehow went the
other way, Cunningham proved just how skilled a heavyweight boxer he
really is. But is he skilled enough to hold off Fury, a genuine giant of
A loaded undercard filled with rising boxing stars,
looking to steal the show, is scheduled to get underway shortly after
doors open at 1:15 PM.
Topping the set of preliminary bouts is middleweight
bomber Curtis "Showtime" Stevens, 23-3, 17 KOs, in an 8-round fight
against Derrick "Superman" Findley, 20-3, 13 KOs, that is sure to end in
fireworks. Also featured on the card will be undefeated Philly
lightweight Karl "Dynamite" Dargan, 12-0, 6 KOs, in a 6-rounder against
Sergi Ganjelashvili, plus a potential 6-round sock-fest between
cruiserweights Sevdail Sherifi and Josh Harris that may be a real war.
Rounding out the undercard is a pair of heavyweight 4-rounders. In the
first, Hughie Fury, Tyson's cousin, makes his American debut, while
undefeated Adam Kownacki battles Calbert Lewis in the second scheduled
The show will be the Garden's first daytime
professional boxing event in many years. You will have time to take in a
great day of boxing and still enjoy the NYC nightlife. Don't miss it!
APRIL 20TH FIGHT INFO
April 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden
in New York features a 12-round heavyweight battle between Tyson Fury
and Steve Cunningham in the main event. Curtis Stevens
will take on Derrick Findley in the 8-round middleweight
co-feature. Six additional bouts are planned for the undercard. Doors
open at The Theater at Madison Square Garden doors open at 1:15PM ET.
The main event and co-feature will be broadcast 4PM ET on NBC as a
special 2 hour afternoon presentation of NBC Fight Night.
The card is presented by Hennessy Sports and Main Events.
The main event is an official IBF Heavyweight
Voluntary Eliminator fight for the #2 position. The winner must meet #1
or the leading available contender to establish the mandatory challenger
for Heavyweight King Wladimir Klitschko.
Photos courtesy of Roc Nation Sports
Leo Santa Cruz