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Floyd “Money” Mayweather went home Wednesday and an estimated 2,000 enthusiastic fans, friends and family members were there to see the legendary fighter and his upcoming opponent, Canelo Alvarez, at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids, Mich. It was the third stop of an unprecedented 11-city, two-country, nine-day media blitz to promote Mayweather’s eagerly anticipated Saturday, Sept. 14 showdown with Alvarez.
Floyd Mayweather: To the city of Grand Rapids, you believed in me when no one else would. I want to thank all my fans and Canelo’s fans, but one thing we know, fans can’t fight for you.
Immediately following the event, Mayweather, Canelo and their teams flew to Chicago where they will host the second of today’s two events at The Chicago Theatre (5:00 p.m. CT). The media tour continues tomorrow, Thursday, June 27, at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.
Two 4 block lines waiting. Some since 9:30 AM. Canelo and Money madness pic.twitter.com/Higl0HsUHn
— przemek garczarczyk (@garnekmedia) June 26, 2013
WBA/IBO champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin held their final press conference earlier this afternoon before a standing room only crowd at New York City’s famed Gallagher’s Steakhouse. Both fighters looked eager to get things underway after lengthy training camps and promised fireworks on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Gennady Golovkin: It is very good to see everybody, and I want to thank everyone who was involved in making this fight. We are very close right now to the fight night and I am very excited. I think this is a great fight for us. I am the champion, and Matthew is the best challenger out there for me. This fight will prove who is truly the best in the middleweight division.
Matthew Macklin: This is my third time fighting for a world title and I feel that I am a better fighter now than in either of those appearances. The biggest fights and the toughest challenges have always brought the best out of me, and I know that is what will happen on Saturday night. No disrespect, but he has never fought anyone of my caliber. The amateurs are the amateurs, this is the professionals. He was winning amateur championships when I was having 12-round wars. There is an old saying, ‘When the going gets tough the tough gets going’, and I know we have a tough task on Saturday night, but I know that on Saturday night I WILL be walking out of that ring as the new middleweight champion of the world.
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez is in the gym six days a week. The morning begins with a long run, five miles or more, around parks or on mountain paths or “on asphalt or concrete. I like to run outdoors in the fresh air and I like to run on high elevation.” Ramirez, 3-0, 2 KOs, of Avenal, California returns to the ring on Saturday night. He takes on lightweight Christopher Williams of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Ramirez vs Williams will open the Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas (11:30 pm et) (more…)
Last Saturday night’s Broner-Malignaggi fight attracted an audience of 1.3 million viewers, the second-largest viewing audience for a bout on Showtime since the network began tracking individual fights in 2009. The average viewership was also the second highest average since Nielsen began separating Showtime from the networks’ multiplex channels in 2004.
44-year-old former world light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (52-18-2, 36 KOs) continues his career with a ten round clash against unbeaten Isiah Thomas (13-0, 6 KOs). The bout will be part of an August 23 pay-per-view card in Las Vegas headlined by IBF super featherweight titleholder Argenis Mendez against Arash Usmanee.
2XU has re-signed 11-time National Boxing Champion, London 2012 Olympian and all-time USA Boxing lightweight record holder, Jose ‘The Future’ Ramírez. Ramírez (3-0, 2 KOs), of Avenal, Calif., returns the ring, This Saturday! June 29, at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK. He’ll be facing Christopher Williams, (1-1), of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, in a four-round lightweight battle. This bout will open Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” fight card and will be televised on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET.
The widely celebrated phenomenon and lightweight boxing prodigy will once again train, compete and recover in the brand’s Compression gear. “2XU Compression flat out works. I never train without it, and it keeps me in top shape and championship form,” states Ramírez.
“Jose is a wonderful young man and athlete for the brand to be associated with,” according to Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank. 2XU plans to utilize Ramírez’s image in advertising, point of purchase materials, catalogs, websites, and sales collateral. The brand will also feature Jose in its in-store marketing at national retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sport Chalet as well as online with e-retailers Amazon and Eastbay.
Photos: Ed Keenan
WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, his brother Max and trainer Abel Sanchez landed at Newark airport and were whisked away to Yankee Stadium for the Yankees-Rangers game last night. Golovkin was announced on the big screen in center field.
The champion, who prepared for the bout at high altitude Big Bear, California, will stay in New York City for today’s final press conference for Saturday’s HBO-televised showdown with Matthew Macklin, then head up to the fight venue at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. More photos…
The clash between WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia and WBC interim beltholder Lucas Matthysse still isn’t made due to a dispute over random drug testing.
Tickets for Mayweather-Canelo sold out the first day.
Promoter Ricky Hatton has signed a co-promotional agreement with Frank Warren and Hattons’ fighters will now be exclusively shown on Warren’s Box Nation network.
All-action lightweight Jason Litzau could be returning in August.
Jessica, the woman in the middle of last Saturday’s Broner-Malignaggi soap opera, says she’s been offered to do a reality show and they want to start filming next month.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder and former world champion Sergei Liakhovich will meet on August 9 at a site to be named in Alabama.
Olympian female boxer Marlen Esparza is one of 21 athletes who will pose nude in ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which will be on newsstands July 12.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Saturday at the Arena California in La Paz, Baja California a boxing event billed as “Peace in Flames” will feature welterweight Jose “Piston” Lopez (18-3-1, 11 KOs) against Felix Bojorquez (17-3-1, 11 KOs) and jr welterweight Mahonri “Russito” Montes (27-2-1, 20 KOs) against Joel Juarez (35-24-2, 30 KOs). Both are in search of a title shot in their respective divisions. Also seeing action that night will be undefeated prospect Patricio Moreno (8-0, 7 KOs) against Celso Gomez (1-20-2, 1 KO) in a jr lightweight six rounder and lightweight Daniel “Tocado” Echeverria (9-0, 8 KOs), the winner of Mexican tournament “Quien Pinta para la Corona?” against William Leyva (0-3-3). The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Cadena 3.
By Joe Koizumi
Japan-based American warrior, WBC#15/WBA#12/WBO#10 Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; 23-1-1, 16 KOs), 152, impressively kept his regional belt for the eighth time when he finally finished durable ex-Japanese titlist Koji Numata (20-7-1, 15 KOs), 153.25, at 2:40 of the ninth round in a scheduled twelve on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The sturdy Numata was the mandatory challenger to Charlie, who kept moving and scoring with light but more accurate combinations than the reckless and roundhouse Numata, piling up points steadily. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated the champ was leading on points: 39-38, 39-37 and 40-36. The fleet-footed champ had an upper hand as he remained southpaw entirely for three minutes in round five, and had Numata fall with vicious combinations midway in the sixth. However, it wasn’t an easy fight for the champ. Numata turned very desperate on a do-or-die strategy (if it might be called a strategy), shaking up the champ to dominate the eighth session. The second open scoring after the eighth read 77-74, 78-74 and 78-73 in Charlie’s favor. In a give-and-take affair, the end abruptly visited with Charlie connecting with very effective and accurate combos that badly dropped Numata for the count. His continual accumulation of damage had him make no actual effort to pull himself up since he looked really exhausted and mentally dejected as well. It was truly a crowd-pleasing contest. Promoter: Shinto Promotions.
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Fast-moving Japanese girl, Ayaka Miyao (11-1, 1 KO), 99.25, successfully kept her WBA female light-minimumweight belt as she defeated ex-champ and compatriot Mari Ando (10-5, 5 KOs), 101.5, by a unanimous decision (all 97-93) over ten two-minute rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was their grudge fight since Miyao, four years her senior at 29, dethroned defending titlist Ando at the champ’s home turf Osaka last September. Miyao, making her second defense, cautiously kept moving well and occasionally scored left-right combinations, while Ando tried to outjab the elusive target as she kept stalking the champ all the way. It was a closer fight than the official tallies indicated, but Miyao apparently controlled the last three sessions with better precision. (more…)
Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight world title against Raymundo Beltran at the SECC in Glasgow on September 7. The Scotsman makes the fourth defense of his title against the highly rated Mexican after coming through a tough test against José González in May in Glasgow, with the Puerto Rican rattling the champion before Burns held onto his title after González retired ahead of the tenth round. The 30-year-old Burns returned from an eight month absence from the ring to battle past González and is adamant he will turn on the style against Beltran.
“It’s great to be back out again in Glasgow and against another tough opponent,” said Burns. “It was a tricky night against José but I got myself through it like a true champion does and I will be looking to step up a gear against Beltran, who I know will be coming to Scotland full of confidence, so it should be another great night in Glasgow. Raymundo is coming over to cause an upset and take the title – and it’s a chance he has earned. But there will be no mistakes from me on the night and you’ll see the best of me in there.”
Beltran, 31, enters the fight on the back of three straight wins and is ready to grasp his first world title shot with both hands. “I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time,” said Beltran. “I have been on the wrong side of some close decisions but I have never quit on myself or my goal to be World champion. (more…)
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Toughest test or not, oddsmakers have established unbeaten WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin as a huge -800 favorite to defeat two-time world title challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin when they collide Saturday night at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Macklin backers can get +500. HBO will televise.
In other action this weekend, former Golovkin opponent Grzegorz Proksa is a -200 pick to defeat ex-world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora in a middleweight clash on Friday at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Mora is at +163. ESPN2 will televise.
Also, two-division former world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman is a healthy -550 to defeat Vicente “El Loco” Mosquera for the interim WBA jr welterweight title fight on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Mosquera is +350. Telemundo will televise.
Odds from bet365.com.
WBO Light-heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly is gearing up for his title defense against challenger Sergey Kovalev. More at WalesOnline.co.uk
Trainer Nacho Beristain is ruling out a final Pacman-Marquez showdown. More
The Manila Standard Today calls it a “distressing trend of over-matched Filipino boxers.” The latest saw three more Filipinos KO’d. More
Report and photos by Eric ‘Suga Foot’ Duran
On a cloudy but beautiful Saturday in Southwest Denver, Duran Hill and Sting Like a Bee Promotions presented a three-bout boxing event at PT’S Showclub. In the main event, the skilled and highly talented, Manny Lopez returned to action following his audition for Top Rank. Unfortunately, he was in against an over-matched opponent in Lance Dickelman. Lopez, a mere 15 seconds in, crushed Dickelman with an overhand right, sending the Wyoming native crashing to the canvas. Dickelman rose on unsteady legs but in hindsight, he should have just taken the 10 count. Moments later, Lopez landed a devastating four-punch combination, the last two landing on an already dazed and confused Dickelman. Lopez, who improves to 3-0, 3 KOs, is tremendously skilled and has all the tools; he is a fighter who local fans and prospect watchers need to keep an eye on.
In the co-main event, El Paso’s Jennifer Han, sister of Top Rank prospect Abie Han, won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Connecticut’s Karen Dulin. Han showed a crisp jab and great footwork. “I ask a lot of Jennifer and we hope to make some noise real soon,” was the comment from trainer Luigi Olcese. All three judges scored the fight 80-72. Han improves 9-2-1 while Dulin drops to 2-13. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime
The press tour for the September 14 Floyd Mayweather – Saul “Canelo” Alvarez bout landed in the Nation’s Capitol Washington, DC on Tuesday and hundreds lined the block around the historic Howard Theatre to greet them.
The recently refurbished venue which dates back to 1910 and has had some of the greats in music and entertainment grace its stage, showcased two of the major stars of boxing. The crowd was vocal in their support of both fighters. Mayweather paid homage to DC by hitting the stage to the tune of “Run Joe,” a song familiar to Washingtonians because it was performed by the late “Godfather of Go-Go,” Chuck Brown.
Prior to the main event of the afternoon, both fighters sat down with members of the press in a storage room converted into a media center. Alvarez walked in first and talked primarily about being confident for the bout. When asked what will give him the edge in the contest, Alvarez said it will come down to who wants it more. (more…)
Photos: Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment
Earlier this afternoon, top-rated middleweight contender and former two-time world title challenger Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin held an open media workout at The Trinity Boxing Club in downtown Manhattan ahead of his much anticipated world championship clash this Saturday, June 29, 2013 against (World Boxing Association / International Boxing Organization) WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
The Golovkin/Macklin bout is presented by K2 Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and will be televised live on HBO beginning at 9:45 PM ET/PT. Macklin looked to be in tremendous shape, having kept himself just 2 lbs. over the 160 lb. limit for the past three weeks, and was all smiles and oozing with confidence ahead of the championship clash this Saturday. (more…)
It’s official. Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City’s newest and largest casino resort, will host the middleweight showdown between IBF titleholder Daniel Geale (29-1, 15KOs) and #6 rated contender from the UK Darren Barker (25-1, 16KOs) on August 17th. Gary Shaw Productions in association with Grange Old School Boxing, and Matchroom Boxing, will promote the event which will be televised live on HBO. This is the first time a boxing event will take place at Revel Casino-Hotel since its grand opening in May of last year. “You know how amazing it will be to break in a venue like Revel with an HBO tripleheader,” said Shaw. “I mean that is one heck of a way to open up boxing at any kind of first class hotel and casino. We’re excited for the card, but now we get the chance to do it at a quality location. I’ve been to Revel and I can tell you that everything about this place screams boxing, action, and total entertainment.” The other two bouts on the tripleheader are TBA. Tickets prices start at $30 and go on sale Thursday, June 27th at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling 800-745-3000.
It will be a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico showdown when Gamalier Rodriguez defends his NABO featherweight championship against Jorge Pazos in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, Aug. 10, in the Events Center of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. The Rodriguez-Pazos contest will be on Solo Boxeo Tecate, aired on UniMas. It headlines a seven-bout card. First live fight at 7 pm.
Rodriguez, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will be making the first defense of the title he won May 18 when he knocked out Alicio Castaneda, of Galveston, TX, in three rounds in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. A pro since 2006, the 26-year-old Rodriguez has a record of 21-2-3, 15 K0s. He has not lost a fight in four years, going 13-0-1, 11 K0s, in that streak. Rodriguez (right) has boxed once in Nevada, twice in California, 10 times in the Dominican Republic and 13 times in Puerto Rico. The Aug. 10 fight will mark his East Coast debut.
Pazos, 24, of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico, is coming off a 12-round points loss last Oct. 19 to Orlando Cruz, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, in Kissimmee, FL, for the WBO Latino featherweight championship. A pro since 2000, Pazos has a record of 19-5-1, 13 K0s. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Dowayne Combrink won the vacant Gauteng middleweight title when he stopped Sylvester Zaki in their rematch on Monday night. The toe-to-toe battle at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park ended after 1 minute 25 seconds of the sixth round. It was sweet revenge for Combrink (72.16 kg) after Zaki (71.48) had won their first fight on points. But Combrink was lucky not to be disqualified early in the first round when he dropped Zaki with a vicious right to the body and then followed up with a shot to the head while Zaki was on his knees. Referee Wally Snowball would have been well within in his rights to disqualify Combrink but merely warned him after allowing Zaki to recover. The plucky Zaki did well to come back in the second round as the fight developed into a slugfest, with the bigger and taller Combrink having the edge. Early in the sixth round a series of punches to the head dropped the tiring Zaki to his knees. He beat the count but another onslaught persuaded the referee to stop the fight. Combrink improved his record to 6-1-1, with one win inside the distance. Zaki dropped to 10-6; 4. (more…)
Joe Calzaghe thinks Carl Froch will have a very difficult time if he fails to adapt in Andre Ward rematch
By James Slater
Welsh legend, the never beaten Joe Calzaghe has given his early thoughts on what might happen if Carl Froch again faces the gifted Andre Ward. Froch promoter Eddie Hearn recently stated that he feels the rematch of the December 2011 fight that Ward won on points will likely happen next spring in the U.K. And Calzaghe, who walked away from boxing an all-time great at 46-0 told Sky Sports how he feels Froch will have a tough time simply because “The Cobra” is unable to adapt.
“Very difficult because I don’t think Carl can adapt,” Calzaghe said when asked if Froch can avenge his loss to the unbeaten American. “I think Carl fights one way and that’s that. Some fighters can’t adapt much and I think a good boxer always beats a good fighter. I think he’s an exceptional fighter, Andre Ward. (more…)
Everything is set to go for All Star Boxing second installment of their Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford summer series this Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In the main event Joan Guzman, (33-1-1, 20 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic a former WBO and IBF world champion will face former WBA world champion Vicente Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs) of Panama City, Panama in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds for the World Boxing Association interim Jr. Welterweight championship.
WBO #1 featherweight contender Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will not fight on the card as he will fully concentrate on his world title challenge against Orlando Salido for which the WBO ordered for it to happen in 90 days, negotiations are underway.
The official weigh-in will be on Thursday, June 27 at 5 PM at the Kissimmee Civic Center and is open to the public.
Six more fights scheduled. Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise both starting at 11:35 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show. The Guzman-Mosquera bout is in association with Henry Rivalta, Aqcuinity Sports. Tickets are already on sale from only $20.00 at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.
Roberto Marroquin, with the help of lead trainer Paul Reyes, of Dallas is adding a hard jab to his attack arsenal when he takes on rugged Daniel Diaz of Nicaragua at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Saturday night. Marroquin, a world-class 23-2, 16 KO featherweight, and Diaz, 19-5-1, 15 KOs, are fighting in the main event of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate fight card. UniMas will televise beginning 11:30 pm eastern. Marroquin has been training at the Fort Worth Reyes Gym.
“I’m not totally familiar with my opponent. He seems like a tall, rangy contender. I usually leave all of the studying to my corner,” Marroquin said. “I just need to get in there, put on pressure, use a hard jab and outbox him. We sparred against bigger and taller guys to get ready for this. The best work I had came from my sparring partner Jose Hernandez. I am 100% percent ready for this fight both mentally and physically. Now it’s all up to me to put on a great performance at the WinStar.”
The first bell is set for 8 pm local time at the WinStar on Saturday night.
Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime
“THE ONE” we’ve been waiting for, Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez, was formally announced at a press conference in front of thousands of flag-waving, enthusiastic fans on a hot, summer Monday in Times Square in New York City. The streets were lined with camera-clicking fans for hours, while others watched the first stop of an 11-city, two-country, nine-day media tour that continues Tuesday in Washington, D.C. from their office windows high above “The Crossroads of the World.”
The fighters were introduced individually, posed for the fans and news cameras, produced an intense face-off and spoke at the podium. (more…)
Photo: SES Team / E. Popova
WBO Youth light heavyweight beltholder Dominic Boesel (11-0, 4 KOs) and Chris Mafuta (12-3, 6 KOs) faced off at a press conference for Friday’s clash in Halle/Salle, Germany. The bout was delayed for two weeks due to flooding. In one highlight, Mafuto’s trainer Frank Marchl accused Boesel of removing video of all his fights from YouTube, a charge denied by Boesel who promised to supply a DVD with his fights to the Mafuto camp.
Dominic Boesel: The first title defense is supposed to be the hardest, but still I feel no pressure. The excitement is slowly rising but that’s completely normal. In no uncertain terms: I will keep the title!
Chris Mafuto: “It doesn’t matter if we fight here in my hometown, the important thing is that we will finally box. I want the belt on me and my trainer and I predict a KO victory ahead. “
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Mike Mollo (20-4, 12 KO), who on August 16 at US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, will fight in a highly anticipated heavyweight rematch with Poland’s Artur Szpilka (15-0, 11 KO), has no doubt about what will happen in the ring.
Tony Thompson is ready to cause more Merseyside misery next week. The American star arrives in Britain on Thursday aiming to prove his shock second round KO of David Price in February was no fluke. Two time world heavyweight title challenger Thompson (37-3) is confident enough to give Price (15-1) an immediate rematch at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 6. The bout can be seen on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com.
Thompson is not taking Price lightly for the return and will even fly in with two extra trainers at his own expense. Washington DC’s Thompson weighed a career heaviest 262lb for their first meeting, but warned: “I’ll be even fitter this time. “People will not believe me but I was in good shape and fit for the last fight. There was a bloaty look, but I was in shape. (more…)
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Vitali Klitschko on a possible fight with David Tua: Why not? David Tua has a good name and a good fight record
David Tua’s heavyweight comeback has piqued the interest of arguably the greatest fighter of this generation – WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. Vitali, who along with brother Wladimir have dominated the heavyweight division for more than a decade, has admitted he will be a keen observer of Tua’s Hydr8 ZERO David vs Goliath bout against Alexander Ustinov – and not just because the Russian is on the books of the brothers’ K2 Promotions.
Vitali is always looking for his next challenge and he has confirmed that if Tua can defeat Ustinov on August 31 he will move much closer to a title shot.
“Why not? David Tua has a good name and a good fight record,” Vitali told Television New Zealand. “Let’s see. David Tua versus Alexander Ustinov is not an easy fight but after that why not? Everything is possible.”
Tua, of course, is coming off a loss to Monte Barrett and has been inactive for two years, but he sent a message to the boxing world when he accepted the Ustinov fight. (more…)
Photos: Robert Hughes / Top Rank
Featherweight Robert Marroquin of Dallas, Texas trains for his upcoming Top Rank main event against Daniel Diaz of Managua, Nicaragua which will be televised Saturday, June 29th on UniMas’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” beginning at 11:30 pm ET/PT from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla.
Also featured on the card is former U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez who is undefeated at 3-0. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former SA light-heavyweight champion Dawie du Preez has died in a Johannesburg hospital. He was 67 years old. Many boxing enthusiasts will remember him for his sensational first-round knockout of Mike Schutte, who later became the SA heavyweight champion. The two met at what was then known as the Goodwood Showgrounds in Cape Town on January 28 1974. (more…)
Team GB Olympic star Anthony Ogogo will compete for the third time as a professional on July 13 at the MS3 Craven Park in Hull, England, along with the professional debut of Olympic teammate Luke Campbell MBE. 2012 Bronze medallist Ogogo, who will face an opponent to be named in a six-round middleweight bout, features on the undercard in support of unbeaten Sheffield welterweight Kell Brook’s clash against Carson Jones in a rematch of their epic clash last July. Plus, Welsh featherweight sensation Lee Selby will be in action against unbeaten Romanian Viorel Simion, Derry Mathews and Hull’s Tommy Coyle clash for the vacant Commonwealth lightweight title as well as appearances by English Super Middleweight Champion Rocky Fielding, unbeaten middleweight sensation John Ryder, light welterweight Curtis Woodhouse and local talents Joel Haigh and Zak Collins.
The super fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is being billed as “The One.” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer explained the name at Monday’s press conference at Times Square in New York City.
“This is ‘the one’ fight everybody wanted,” said Schaefer. “The one fight everybody waited for. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is the one…he is highest-paid one, he’s the best one, he’s the pound for pound one, he’s the one in a generation and maybe the one in a lifetime, but will he be ‘THE ONE’ at the end of September 14 or will we have the next one, the new one, Canelo Alvarez?
“Canelo is the Mexican James Dean. He has a cult-like following. He’s the one Mexico has been waiting for. He’s the one who will give Mayweather the biggest test of his career. He’s the younger one, he’s the bigger one, he is the stronger one…and he is the better looking one. Sorry Floyd, just kidding.
“The one thing I know is that September 14 the world will be watching who will be ‘THE ONE.’
By Graham Houston
Did Adrien Broner disappoint in Saturday’s welterweight title fight on Showtime or was it that Paulie Malignaggi — not for the first time — had been sold short by the pundits? I think maybe the answer would be: A bit of both. Broner had promised a “spectacular” performance but instead barely eked out a split decision on the scorecards. Indeed, the fight was one round on one card from being a draw.
There was no doubt in my mind that Broner won, but as Al Bernstein noted in the commentary, this was a fight where widely divergent scoring was always likely. Broner was moving forward throughout and landed by far the more meaningful blows, but Malignaggi was busy, throwing clusters of what used to be called “pitty pat” punches. (more…)
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