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By David Robinett
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Following Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a few of the fighters from the “Mayhem” card spoke with reporters before the pound-for-pound king held court at the post-fight press conference.
Newly crowned IBF lightweight champion and Mayweather protégé Mickey Bey thanked the various people supporting him before good-naturedly revealing his incentive for beating the crafty veteran Miguel Vazquez. “I want to thank all of the people who went against me,” said Bey. “95% of the writers said he [Vazquez] was going to box my ears off and beat me easy. So that motivated me.”
Bey also countered critics who suggested his title reign may be a short one. “There’s more to come,” announced Bey. “I’m happy I won the title, but this is just the beginning.”
Although he fell short of a victory, Marcos Maidana struck a similarly defiant tone with reporters.
“I want to first say that I am happy to have fought twice against Floyd Mayweather,” began Maidana. “I think I did a terrific job. Many fighters have fought against him and I don’t think they’ve done what I’ve been able to do, which is land so many punches against Mayweather.”
Maidana continued, “I felt that I did enough to win but what can I say? If the judges like a fighters that runs as much as Floyd then there’s nothing I can do about it. I think he’s beatable, I think you just have to attack him.” (more…)
Flush with the success that he had from taking the WBO junior welterweight title from Ruslan Provodnikov back on June 14th, Star Boxing’s pride and joy, Chris “The Fighting Pride of Huntington” Algieri, was eager to talk about winning the belt and his challenge to the great Manny Pacquiao for Pac Man’s WBO welterweight belt scheduled to happen on November 22nd.
His right eye, badly damaged in his title winning effort, appeared to be completely healed, as well as the broken nose he suffered. Algieri looked in every way a superstar. (more…)
“The Pride of Huntington” Chris Algieri recently allowed FightNews to photograph his workout at his gym in Bellmore, NY.
Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) has over the last 18 months elevated himself to a world-class contender after accumulating significant victories over top prospect Jose Alejo, former USBA champion Mike Arnaoutis, and most recently highly-rated contender Emmanuel Taylor in February.
He’s as much a scholar as he is a brawler. He graduated from Stony Brook University with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology . . . Click here for more
By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/tringuyenphotography.com
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward acts like a man who’s seen the future and liked what he saw – much as the present is a snarled mess of legal disputes and no fights on the horizon.
Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) and promoter Dan Goossen are battling in court and have sharply disagreed about essentially everything, from the promoter’s level of effort to make fights and the super middleweight’s willingness to accept offers.
“I’m going to get what I’m supposed to get,” Ward said while sitting on the ring apron in his San Francisco Bay Area gym, looking and sounding supremely serene. “I have faith and I’m confident.” (more…)
Once heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) landed that devastating right hand early in the sixth round, you could hear a pin drop inside the beautiful Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. Most of the 3,992 in attendance found it hard to believe their warrior Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-4, 31KOs) was struggling to get to his feet. Another knockdown and then a barrage of punches forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest making the Haiti-born Stiverne the first crowned heavyweight world champion from the tiny Caribbean island as he captured the vacant WBC title . . . Click here for more
Redemption and revenge! The two actions that thirty-three year old hard hitting heavyweight title contender Chris “Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) is looking for this Saturday when he has a rematch with Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 2 KOs), the Haitian-born author of his last loss suffered in April 2013.
The bout will be broadcast live from the Galen Center located in the campus of USC in Los Angeles during a special ESPN telecast and presented by Goossen Tutor and Don King Productions. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
On Saturday, April 19th from the DC Armory in the nation’s capital, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs) makes the third defense of his WBO middleweight title against battle tested veteran Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs). The bout is one of three Showtime televised contests, the others being a light heavyweight title unification match between IBF champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA titlist Beibut Shumenov and Shawn Porter’s first WBA welterweight title defense against Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi.
Quillin won the WBO middleweight title in spectacular fashion last year, knocking down the previously undefeated Frenchman Hassan N’Jikam six times en route to a unanimous decision at the Barclays Center in his home borough of Brooklyn, New York. Since the victory, the 30-year-old has felt the pressures of becoming a champion and realizes that several other contenders are targeting him, some of which also call Brooklyn home. (more…)
Report by Chris Cozzone
Photos by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
You can’t go to a Manny Pacquiao post-fight press conference and not ask what it’s going to take the Powers That Be to put together the only fight that matters in this day and age – Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, for those who may have forgotten.
Saturday night’s presser, following Pacquiao’s retribution victory over Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, proved no different.
“It’s hard to talk about that,” said the soft-spoken Pacquiao, who, in a most Mayweatherlike way, kept the media waiting two-and-a-half-hours before making his (brief) appearance. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada, JPBA
Just prior to the world title bout last Sunday, the new WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman presented an honorary championship belt to “Japanese Hurricane Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former boxer who had been confined in jail for 48 years but was lately released from detention on March 27. The 78-year-old Hakamada, ex-Japanese #6 ranked featherweight, couldn’t attend the ceremony as he was recovering in hospital due to his diminished capacity caused by the long imprisonment, and his sister Hideko, 81, jubilantly received the belt in the ring instead and said on the microphone, “We really appreciate long and warm supports by boxing people and fans that finally regained my brother’s freedom.” It was a very emotional moment witnessed by 4,800 spectators at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
It was on June 30, 1966 that the Beatles performed their very first show in Tokyo, Japan. On the same day, a dreadful murder happened in Shizuoka (one hour from Tokyo by bullet train) with four persons of a family miserably killed and burnt by arson. The victims were a family of a managing director for a soybean processing factory with some young live-in employers staying in a dormitory close to the sufferers’ accommodation. (more…)
Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philadelphia’s Julian Williams has taken the slow and steady route in his boxing career.
Over the past four years, he has quietly built his record (14-0-1, 8 KOs, 1 NC) and developed into one of the Philly’s best prospects by fighting and beating an increasingly tougher parade of competitors.
After an excellent 2013, “J-Rock” is on the verge of a big breakthrough in the junior middleweight division. (more…)
In the first round of this week’s ESPN “Boxcino 2014″ tournament this Friday, Chicago’s Donatas Bondorovas (18-4-1, 6 KOs) takes on Willie Monroe, Jr. (15-1, 6 KOs) of Ithaca, NY, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN.
Although the bout is scheduled for only six rounds, it is significant because it features two relatively unknown fighters trying to move from amateur standouts to legitimate contenders in one of the hottest divisions in boxing. (more…)
Junior middleweight Boyd Melson has a fight scheduled for tomorrow night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan against Donald Ward. It’s a fight that Melson (13-1-1, 4 KO’s) says he expects will be difficult, despite Ward being a late replacement for veteran Mike Ruiz. It’s a fight, however, that’s relatively small in relation to the one Melson fights on a daily basis.
That’s because Melson, an Army captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also battling a much tougher foe: spinal cord injuries. As a boxer who donates his full purses to spinal cord research, it’s easy to say he has a dog in this fight and it’s one where he’s continuing to punch, despite the odds. (more…)
By Matheson Sports Media
Photo: Noel Thornberry
The message from the judge was like one of his jabs.
Short and succinct.
The man in the dock was 25 years old. He’d had something of a charmed life. He had a beautiful wife – Theresa, his high school sweetheart. She had given him three of the most precious things in his life – daughters Cyanne, Maria and Menime.
But there he was, very quickly coming to terms with the fact that for the first time in a long time, his fate was no longer in his own hands.
It was 2005, and Alex Leapai was in the court room facing a grievous bodily harm charge after his brutal attack on a couple of local bouncers.
The judge said the brutality – which left one of the men badly injured – warranted a four year prison term – and that’s what was delivered – but with a caveat. The judge, taking into account Leapai’s children, wife and his good work record gave him some hope. “If you behave yourself inside for six months, you will be released…” (more…)
Luis Collazo feels good about where he is in his career. There was a time when the former WBA welterweight champion had to travel to his opponent’s backyard for a title shot or a lucrative bout on television. When such a high profile fight was unavailable, the Brooklyn native sat on the shelf for months at a time waiting for a fight to be offered. In fact, Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) did not see a squared circle unless he was a spectator for all of 2010 despite being injury-free.
A lot has changed since those days. Signed by Golden Boy Promotions in 2011, Collazo is now fighting for the fourth time in fifteen months. He is also headlining a main event on Thursday against a high profile opponent at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. (more…)
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect “The Notorious” Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) is not your typical boxer, not by a long shot.
In his 28 years of life, the Brooklyn native of Puerto Rican descent has experienced the passing of both of his parents, is cultivating a burgeoning boxing career, and is running a non-profit organization for at risk youth while holding down a day job as a personal trainer.
This Friday, from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee, Galarza embarks on his biggest fight to date when he faces fellow undefeated prospect John “The Apollo Kid” Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) on a ShoBox telecast. (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo: John DiSanto
For the second year in a row, the main storyline of the Philadelphia fight scene had to be found with the local fighters and not with actual bouts that took place within the City of Brotherly Love. The reason was because fights in this famous boxing city were few and far between in 2013. A measly total of just four fight cards took place in Philadelphia during the year. That’s down from last year’s seven shows, which at the time seemed pathetic. Who would have guessed we’d only get about half that many in 2013? However, many Philadelphia fighters flourished during the year, especially the City’s current top dogs, Danny Garcia and Bernard Hopkins.
In addition to these champions, a number of rising stars made their way to the next level of success, while still another group of veterans fought in high-profile bouts on the national scene. In general, it was a good year, but the lack of local action was depressing. Luckily, neighboring shows in Chester, Bethlehem, Valley Forge, Essington, and Atlantic City helped to pick up the slack. It also helped that the Philly fighters who did well in 2013, did so in a big way. (more…)
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host two of the borough’s favorite sons this Saturday when former five-time, two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah and former two-time, two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi battle to determine who is the true King of Brooklyn.
A former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion known as “The Magic Man,” Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) built an early reputation for talking a good game, but when the bell rang, his skills backed up his boasts. Despite his flashy style in and out of the ring, the 32-year-old has proven himself to be a true warrior, as evidenced by his victories over Juan Diaz, Lovemore Ndou, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano, and his battles with Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. Coming off of a razor-thin split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June, Malignaggi’s return to the ring has him more amped up than ever. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Undefeated strawweight boxer Ali Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs) broke Tyrone Brunson’s record of 19 consecutive first round knockouts at the beginning of a pro career, when he stopped Akram Jafwi (5-1) in the first round last Sunday at the 22 May Sports Stadium in Sana’a, Yemen. Raymi, 39, who speaks excellent English, has a huge personality to match his aggressive take no prisoners body attack that none of his opponents have been able to survive three minutes against. While none of his victims to date have been world class, Raymi is now ranked by the WBC at #15 and the WBO at #12, which would qualify him for a world title shot against WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong or WBO champion Merlito Sabillo. Should either of those world champions choose to make a defense against Raymi, it would certainly bring much needed attention to the 105lb division.
Ali, first of all congratulations for entering the boxing history books. You have scored 20 first round knockouts, the new record. Even so, as you can probably guess, there are many skeptics out there that say that there is no boxing tradition in Yemen and that all your opponents have been Yemenis. What do you say to these people?
Thanks Robert, I congratulate you for being my first interview and it only makes me more obligated to achieve boxing immortality, so you can be known as the first writer to interview me. I didn’t enter boxing history yet, the record you are referring to insults me more than anything. I didn’t KO people to challenge Tyrone “Biggums.” I shouldn’t be put in the same sentence with him. That said, I also don’t want to be compared to the great Edwin Valero because we are two different animals. Edwin Valero was more skilled than I am, but many times he chose to lure opponents into war like I always do. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
For six years, featherweight Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) has been chasing Nonito Donaire (21-2, 20 KOs), the man who took his undefeated status by crushing fifth round KO. Tonight, at age 37, “The Raging Bull” will finally have his chance for revenge.
The date was July 7, 2007 inside the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In the fifth round Donaire dropped Darchinyan with a clean left hook on the jaw. A dazed Darchinyan rolled over, struggled to his feet at the count of six, then careened across the ring into the ropes as his corner entered the ring, forcing referee Eddie Claudio to stop the fight.
“It was the only knockdown in my life – amateur or professional,” says Darchinyan. “Never been knocked down. I jumped up right away. If I take a couple of seconds on the floor to recover, maybe it would be a different outcome, you know? I had no experience with a knockdown. Now it is good – I have experience with it. I want to say to everyone I have been waiting six years. It was my mistake and I have good skills and I have power and I will not make the mistake again.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Team Adamek
“When next time fans will ask me why I thank God every time I finish the fight and cross myself every time I step into the ring, I will remind them about Magomed fighting for his life” said heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs), who in 10 days on November 16 will fight on NBC against undefeated Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine Vyacheslav Glazkov (15-0, 11 KOs). “This is why, no matter what nationality we are, no matter what is being said before the fight, we are boxing brothers.”
Adamek, whose reputation is largely built on the extremely savage ring wars he had earlier in his career, offers a fighter’s perspective to the Magomed Abdusalamov tragedy. “What happened in New York is the reason why I treat every opponent with the greatest respect, wishing him the best,” the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion told Fightnews.com. “This is a war, almost literally, between two men. Everyone of us knows very well stepping into ring that this could be the last time we do that.
“Being a fighter you have to block the reality.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
In the north sphere of the world it is usually cold in winter, but Japan is ready to welcome a hot winter—in a fistic fashion. It’s not due to global warming. This country, holding eleven male champions and four female titlists, will watch many world title bouts with our great interests in the end of this year.
On December 31, the last day of the year, a couple of world title bouts will take place in Tokyo, where our WBA and WBC 130-pound champs will put their belts on the line against up-and-coming prospects to assure hot competition. WBA super-feather ruler, unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will face fast-rising national titlist, #8 compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12 KOs), while WBC kingpin in the same category Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs), a hard-hitting southpaw fresh from his impressive initial defense over Sergio Thompson in Mexico, will risk his belt against another Mexican hard-puncher, #2 Dante Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs). If both champs are victorious, they are supposed to face again for unification next summer since Uchiyama had once halted Miura to retain his WBA throne despite hitting the deck in 2011. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) discusses his November 9th HBO showdown with 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight championship.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) of Armenia is eager and ready for his rematch against former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs). Darchinyan will get his shot at redemption when he takes on Donaire next Saturday November 9 the American Bank Center in Corpus Christy, Texas as part of a big HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader.
“This is an important fight for me. I am training good. I will be in the best shape,” Darchinyan promised when Fightnews.com caught up with him at the Glendale Fight Club in Glendale, California. The 2000 Armenian Olympian turned pro shortly after the Olympics and launched his pro career in Australia. He has been training in Glendale for the last two months.
“Everything is good, I am very happy with my training. We have 9 more days. This is the moment,” Darchinyan said about his training camp. (more…)
As one of the more heavily-hyped boxers to come out of New York in recent years, middleweight Curtis Stevens was expected to do big things.
A ferocious power-puncher in the ring with respectable connections outside of it, many of those who closely watched the Brownsville-born fighter predicted a world title in his future.
Unfortunately for Stevens, that never materialized and after losing a unanimous decision to former “Contender” star Jesse Brinkley in January 2010, he stopped fighting all together for two years. (more…)
For a long while Andre Ward’s been a Ford pickup guy, living a life of a man driving his truck to work in the pre-dawn light, staying late, keeping it humble. Ward still drives a Ford pickup and grinds it, but there’s another car in his garage — a Porsche Panamera – which reflects another side of the man who’s months from turning thirty.
On November 16th, four years after dominating Mikkel Kessler and winning the WBA super-middleweight title, Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who drove his truck to that fight in Oakland when titles and German cars were hopes and dreams, faces Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) on HBO at Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, Calif. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/GeorgetownProductions.com
If Andre Ward felt hungry before his shoulder surgery in January, he said Monday that compared to where things stand now, the old hunger was like a mild interest in a small snack. Ward (26-0, 14KOs), who last fought on Sept. 8, 2013 when he scored a 10th-round TKO over Chad Dawson, is set to face Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) on Nov. 16 at the Citizen’s Business Bank in Ontario, Calif., in an HBO-televised fight.
“I had to find something deep within myself to stay ready,” Ward, said at a media event at King’s Gym in Oakland, Calif. “I’ve had a year of setbacks.”
In June, Ward, who will defend his WBA Super world super middleweight title, attempted to terminate his contract with promoter Dan Goossen, but his effort was rejected by the California State Athletic Commission.
Promoter and fighter said little about the matter.
Sitting next to his fighter, Goossen said, “We’re here and that’s all I care about.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (30-0, 12KOs) of Palm Springs, California and Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) are five days away from their showdown taking place this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay Per View. Bradley and Marquez kicked off fight week as they met with media on Monday morning at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Fightnews.com caught up with the four-division world champion Marquez as he talked about his preparation for Bradley.
“It was a great strong preparation as we gear up for this Saturday, everything was different this training camp. We emphasized more on speed than power, which will be important for this fight,” Marquez said about his camp. “Bradley has a very difficult style with aggression that changes through the course of the fight. A tough style, but we have prepared ourselves for Bradley’s style which is speed and aggression.” (more…)
Report & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 26-0, 16 KOs, has been on quite a roll over the past two years. He’s captured world titles, won fights big fights, and watched his per fight price go up with each start. He’s accomplished a lot in a short time, but for some reason, has yet to breakthrough to the upper echelon of the boxing world. Garcia had a stellar amateur career, engages in exciting high-profile punch outs, and is running out of room to drape championship belts on his body. But still he struggles for respect.
On Saturday night at the MGM in Las Vegas, Garcia will face off with tough Lucas Matthysse, 34-2, 30 KOs, in a 12-round mega-fight on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez mega-mega -fight on Showtime Pay-Per-View. It is the biggest bout of his career thus far. (more…)
Photos by DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller
Thomas Dulorme (18-1, 13 KOs) continues his road to redemption as he goes for his third consecutive win on August 17th against Francisco Figueroa (20-5-1, 13 KOs) at the Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City.
Last year Dulorme was considered a sure-shot prospect and Puerto Rico’s fastest rising star. Dulorme showed the power, speed and poise that reminded some of his countryman of the great Felix “Tito” Trinidad. Unfortunately, the title of heir apparent was emphatically shattered on October 27, 2012, when Dulorme stepped up against Argentinean strongman Carlos “El Potro” Abregu for the vacant WBC International welterweight title. (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll
Photos: Wojciech Kubik
IBF #3 middlewqweight contender Darren Barker (25-1, 16 KOs) took time out to speak to FightNews about his upcoming IBF middleweight title shot against world champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday at the Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City’s newest and largest casino resort. The bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
How does it feel to be back headlining a HBO show?
This is what I’ve worked towards since I was a boy, since I was 12 so it’s been 19 years and it has all led to this moment. It’ll be a bittersweet feeling actually being in Atlantic City, as you rightfully said I’m 0-2 if you’re counting my loss against Martinez and I was in Lee Purdy’s corner against Devon Alexander, it’ll be third time lucky. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Fightnews caught up with famed trainer Freddie Roach in Macau and discussed the upcoming fight of his prized ward from China, two-time Olympic gold winner Zou Shiming. Roach said it is imperative for Shiming to come up with a masterful performance as the hall-of-fame trainer felt the Chinese sensation had an unimposing debut last April in Macau. The Roach-Zou tandem is once again back in Macau to headline “Fists of Gold II” at the Cotai Arena of the posh Venetian Hotel in Macau.
For Shiming’s debut, the Chinese boxer scored a four-round decision shutout against a raw Eleazar Valenzuela of Mexico last April 6. The 32-year-old Shiming will face another Mexican Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KO’s) in a six-round main eventer. (more…)
This fight is for Russia: Interview with Andrey Ryabinsky, promoter of the mega fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrey Ryabinsky shocked the boxing world in April by offering $23,233,330 in the purse bid to host the heavyweight title fight between WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) and the WBA regular heavyweight champion, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated champion from Russia Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs). The fight between Klitschko and Povetkin is scheduled for October 5, 2013 at one of the largest sports-complexes in Moscow – the “Olimpiyskiy” Stadium. Ryabinsky’s bid, presented at the WBA’s headquarters in Panama City in April, more than tripled the bid from K2 Promotions of $7,130,000, while Povetkin’s German promoter, Sauerland Event, bid $6,014,444.
Sources close to the situation have confirmed that both HBO and RTL will be televising the event and that the selection of the Russian broadcaster is expected to be announced soon. For the Klitschko Management Group and K2 Promotions, this is a clearly a new experience to be on the sidelines for such an important and expensive event involving Wladimir Klitschko. Fightnews.com recently had the opportunity to catch up with Andrey Ryabinsky to ask him about his motivation behind his historic $23.3 million bid and the status of the preparations for the event. (more…)
By Sam Geraci
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Over 2,200 Chicago fight fans packed into the historic Chicago Theater to get a glimpse of the sport’s p4p king Floyd “Money” Mayweather and the Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the latest Latin American hope to challenge Mayweather. According to several Chicago Theater staff members, fans began lining the entrances of the Chicago Theater on State Street shortly after 9:00AM to insure a good seat when the doors opened at 5:00PM. When the doors finally opened, fight fans scrambled to the best available seats and chanted “Mexico! Mexico!” or “Canelo! Canelo!” or the Mayweather mantra of “Hard work! Dedication!” until Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer took the podium shortly after 6:00PM.
“Love him or hate him, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is the One. The question is, will he be the One at the end of September 14,” Schaefer added that Chicago was the loudest of all the stops thus far because of “Canelomania” and that Alvarez was a “Mexican James Dean and the One Mexico has been waiting for.”
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe attempted to speak after Schaefer but all that this reporter could decipher through the crowd’s chants of “Culero! Culero!” was that “when you think about winning, you think about Mayweather” and “Floyd Mayweather wanted it to happen. The fans have spoken.”
Just as it seemed that the Chicago crowd couldn’t get any louder, boxing legend and Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya took the podium. (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Matthew Macklin is ready to defy all the odds and take on Gennady Golovkin for the IBO and WBA World Middleweight title. Fresh off his intense training camp in Spain, Macklin took time out to let everyone know why his third attempt at a world title will be successful. Speaking about Golovkin’s power, Macklin reminded everyone about how he fared to Sergio Martinez’s power.
“I’ve got a solid chin, I went down twice against Sergio, the first one I was off balance, the second one was a knockdown but got up straight away. I’ve got a lot of faith in my chin and anyone can get knocked out. I have 20 knockouts as well, I KO’d Alcine who just went 12 rounds with Jason Williams who was supposedly the biggest hitter ever. He’s obviously a bigger puncher, he’s heavy handed and I think he’s got good skills as well. I’m focused on what I have to do and the tactics that I want to try and impose on him.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Joel Colon/PR Best
Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) was impressive in his stoppage over Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) on Saturday night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. “Fans came to see a fight I gave the fans a good fight and a spectacular victory. It was a good night for me,” Mikey Garcia told media at the post-fight press conference. “It’s a good victory this shows that I have what it takes. This is a good satisfying victory. We have to go forward there is a lot more to accomplish.”
Testing each other out in the opening round Mikey Garcia boxed from the outside using his jab while Lopez searched for openings countering. “We worked all of camp to jab, step back, and right hand. We practiced hard and executed,” Mikey said. “We tried to be extra careful. He does have heavy hands. I was able to land my jab and stay outside comfortably so I was ready to keep that pace.” (more…)
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