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Joel Diaz Jr. 140.5 vs. Joaquim Corneiro 139
Rico Ramos 126 vs Justin Savi 123.5
Virgilijus Stapulionis 153.5 vs. Nathaniel Gallimore 152
David Lopez 148.5 vs. Rasheed Lawal 150
Damien Lopez 146 vs. Jose Mejia 144
Jessy Martinez 150 vs. Tavorus Teague 150
Madiyar Ashkeyev 153.5 vs. Hector Mercado 152.5
Mike Melikian 141.5 vs. Eddie Diaz 141
Enriko Gogokhia 152 Steven Chad Mckinney 152
Venue: Los Angeles Badminton Club, El Monte, California
Promoter: PR Sports/Bash Boxing
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru “Spartan” Marin will take the biggest challenge of his young career when he takes on Johnny “The Law” Determan of Dallas, TX in a 10-round bout for the vacant International Boxing Organization International Bantamweight title on Saturday, June 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The card is the main event of the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card.
The undefeated Marin, a native of Iasi, Romania (11-0, eight KO’s) is coming off a third-round knockout win over Miguel Del Valle on March 5 in Norfolk, VA. Determan (10-1, eight KO’s) will try to bounce back from his first loss, a six-round unanimous decision to Oscar Mojica on January 16 in Dallas. Both men have never gone past 10 rounds and both will take steps up in competition. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley
RJ Laase 146 vs. Benito Tovar 146.2
Al Sands 199 vs. Damon reed 195.2
Ryan Watson 199.6 vs. Tommy Ray 199.8
Joe Amouta 167.4 vs. Adam Willis ??
Markus Morris 146.2 vs. Wayne Martell 147.6
Winston Anderson 134.2 vs. Aaron Ely 134.8
Patrick Cape 139.6 vs. Homar Rios 136
Gavino Guaman 130 vs. Philip Adyaka 129.4
Venue: Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN
Promoter: Jim Loons Promotions
Professional boxing is set for this Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The eight bout fight card features the comeback of Duluth, Minnesota super lightweight RJ “T-Rex” Laase (12-2, 8 KO’s) as he faces Wisconsin State super welterweight champion Benito Tovar (7-2-4, 5 KO’s) in the eight round main event. “The Haitian Temptation” Al Sands (16-2, 14 KO’s) of Duluth, Minnesota will clash with veteran “Dangerous” Damon Reed (48-18, 32 KO’s) of Topeka, Kansas in the co-featured cruiserweight bout which is also scheduled for eight rounds. (more…)
Chris Traietti 184 vs Mike Sawyer 184.8
Wang Zhimin 138 vs Matt Doherty 138.6
Zhang Zhilei 255 bs Jamal Woods (weighs in tomorrow)
Brandon Montella 174.5 vs Demetrius Thomas 170.4
Gabriel Duluc 143 vs Oscar Diaz 145
Charles Foster 174.2 vs Ralph Johnson 175
Darmani Rock 247.4 vs Bobby Favors 402
Venue: Marina Bay SportsPlex, Quincy, Mass.
Doors open at 6:45pm, First Fight 7pm
Tickets sold online at TicketRiver.Com (Search Word: SportsPlex)
Tickets will also be sold at the door
Virgil Green 142 vs. Jonathan Chicas 142
Isaac Tadeo 165 vs. Tommy Turner 161.5
Andres Reyes 137 vs. Marco Cardenas 140.5
Jeremy McCleary 129.5 vs. Giovanni Cabrera 130
Antonio Neal 149 vs. Will Hughes 146.5
Damian Savino 183.5 vs. Will Marshall 184
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions
The man who sued Adrien Broner for beating him up and robbing him outside of a bowling alley has suddenly dropped the lawsuit … TMZ Sports has learned. According to docs filed in Cincinnati … the man is dismissing the suit he brought against Broner, claiming the boxing great beat the crap of him and stole more than $12k. The whole altercation was allegedly over a bowling bet gone bad. It’s unclear why the alleged victim’s had a change of heart, but Broner doesn’t care much. His lawyer tells us he’s “moving forward” … and added he couldn’t comment on the possibility that a settlement deal had been struck. Broner’s still facing criminal charges — including felonious assault and aggravated robbery — for the alleged incident. The trial is set to begin next month.
Photos: Manny “Mitts” Murillo/RJJ Boxing Promotions
Lightweight Demond “Body Shot” Brock (12-3-1, 4 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Chuy “El Hurracan” Gutierrez (14-1-1, 4 KOs) on hot Friday night at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) in Las Vegas. It was an entertaining fight with good two-way action for all ten rounds. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 97-93 for Brock, who retained his WBC USNBC title.
In a clash of unbeaten junior middleweights, Rolando “Rola” Garza (9-0, 6 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Erasmo “The Reckoning” Garcia (5-0-1, 3 KOs). Garza was deducted a point for a low blow in round six, but still won by scores of 59-54, 59-54, 58-55.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Jeremy “J-Flash” Nichols (5-0, 2 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Adam Vasquez (5-1-1). Nichols dropped Vasquez twice in round four, en route to a 40-34 verdict on all three cards.
In an upset, heavyweight Johnathan “Johnnie” Rice (4-1, 2 KOs) stunned four-time Mexican National amateur champion Edgar “El Chato” Ramirez (1-1, 1 KO), winning a shutout four round unanimous decision. (more…)
IBF #8 lightweight Denis Shafikov (36-2-1, 23 KOs) will not be appearing on Saturday’s “L.A. BATTLE CLUB” card at the Los Angeles Badminton Club in El Monte, California. Shafikov pulled out to take an ESPN fight versus 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) on July 2 in Reading, Pennsylvania.
“L.A. BATTLE CLUB” will feature former WBA super bantamweight world champion and nearby Pico Rivera native Rico “Sauvecito” Ramos (24-5, 12 KOs) against Justin “The Vodou” Savi (28-5-2, 18 KOs). Also, undefeated Joel Diaz Jr. (21-0, 17 KOs) will take on Joaquim Carneiro (23-8, 21 KOs).
The return of former light heavyweight contender Rocky Gannon (30-11, 23 KOs) after nearly 15 years is also off the card.
Los Angeles Badminton Club is located at 10410 Valley Blvd. in El Monte.
Cruiserweight Dmytro Kucher (24-1, 18 KOs) destroyed former WBO world champion Enzo Maccarinelli (41-8, 33 KOs) in the first round of a fight for the vacant European cruiserweight title on Friday night at the famous York Hall in London. WBC #9 and WBO #12 rated Kucher rocked Maccarinelli with a left hook and a follow-up right/left combination put him down and out. Time was 2:48. After stopping the legend Roy Jones Jr in December, Maccarinelli suffered his eighth loss, all by KO.
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Ruslan Provodnikov 140 vs. John Molina 140
Demetrius Andrade 154 vs. Willie Nelson 154
Dejan Zlaticanin 134 vs. Franklin Mamani 133.5
(WBC lightweight title)
Willie Monroe, Jr. 160 vs. John Thompson 159
Andrey Fedosov 225.5 vs. Mario Heredia 286
Stivens Bujaj 200 vs. Sergio Ramirez 201.5
Oscar Sarmiento 146 vs. Jose Miguel de la Rosa 144.5
Miguel Trejo 152.5 vs. Latorie Woodberry 148.5
Promoter: Art Pelullo (Banner Promotions)
Venue: Turning Stone Casino
TV: Showtime/Showtime Extreme
First bell: 6 p.m.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez WBC
Rey Vargas 120 vs. Alex Kabore 117.50
Eduardo Hernàndez 128.70 vs. Warren Mambuanag 127.60
Juan Hernàndez 115.50 vs. Omar Niño 112.90
Jacky Calvo 122 vs. Edith de Jesús 122
Venue: Arena Coliseo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Rocky Martinez 129.8 vs. Vasyl Lomachenko 129.6
(WBO super featherweight title)
Felix Verdejo 134.8 vs. Juan Jose Martinez 133.8
Zou Shiming 112 vs. Jozsef Ajtai 111
Mike Reed 142 vs. Abraham Cordero 139.4
Julian Rodriguez 144.6 vs. Adam Mate 143
Christopher Diaz 126 vs. Neftali Campos 125.8
Jean Carlos Rivera 125.2 vs. Heriberto Delgado 124.8
Jose Gonzalez 125.2 vs. Sean Acosta 125.2
Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City
Promoter: Top Rank
Moises Flores 119.5 vs. Paulus Ambunda 118.25
(WBA interim super bantamweight title)
Venue: Ramatex Factory, Windhoek, Namibia
Before a record crowd of 1,482 fans and a record ticket gate of $59,470 the packed Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, witnessed a fight card that didn’t disappoint. It was a night that saw three pro debut boxers score upset wins, two heavyweight prospects stay undefeated, and an appreciated crowd toss $314 into the ring.
Scoring wins in their pro debuts were Santa Ana’s Mauricio Gomez with a MD win over 1-0 Guadalupe Arroyo in a good featherweight battle; Ivan Marquez out of Oxnard and trained by Hugo Centeno Sr stopping 1-0 Garrity Mcosker in the second round; and Riverside’s Alfredo Hernandez with a MD over 1-2 Daniel Kim.
In Heavyweight action, former Australian rugby star turned boxer 3-0 Trent Rawlins, who is trained by Chris Byrd, had to settle for a draw over 1-2 Mike Kyle; and Huntington Beach’s Adam Stewart scored a UD over 2-1 Rafael Rios.
Former WBO world champion Enzo Maccarinelli (41-7, 33 KOs) fights Ukrainian Dmytro Kucher (23-1, 17 KOs) tonight for the vacant European cruiserweight title at the famous York Hall in London. After stopping the legend Roy Jones Jr in December, a win here could put Enzo back into contention for another shot at World honors as Kucher is ranked in the top 15 with the WBC and WBO. BoxNation will televise in the UK.
The court case in Miami between Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. of All Star Boxing and Canelo Alvarez/Golden Boy Promotions is getting near the end. All the principals have already testified. Zabala’s legal team brought forth forensic accountant Carl Fedde, who testified that according to his analysis Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions made $135 million each between 2010 and 2015 and he estimates they can make $438 million apiece over the next decade.
Zabala is seeking damages from Canelo for breach of contract and from Golden Boy Promotions for tortious interference by signing Canelo when he was still under contract to All Star Boxing. Canelo and his manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso acknowledged they signed the document presented in court, but testified they didn’t understand it since it was written in English and believed it to be a visa application. The document was a four-year promotional agreement with an extension if Canelo wins a WBA, WBC, IBF or WBO title. Zabala is seeking $27 million, plus punitive damages that could triple that number, plus he wants Canelo back under his promotional banner to fulfill his contract.
By Ron Jackson
Fights fans can look forward to a feast of boxing at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night, headlined by the vacant IBO minimumweight title clash between Simphiwe Khonco and Siyabongo Siyo, and the first round of the “Super Four” cruiserweight contest. The boxing will be broadcast live on SS 4 from 19:30 – 23:30. There is nothing like local rivalry and the Siyo versus Khonco match-up promises to be a war of attrition between two classy little fighters from the Eastern Cape, which is often described as the Mecca of boxing. (more…)
Demond Brock 135 vs. Chuy Gutierrez 134
Rolando Garza 155 vs. Erasmo Garcia 154.5
Jeremy Nichols 145.5 vs. Adam Vasquez 145.5
Edgar Ramirez 248 vs. Jonathan Rice 259
Max Ornelas 117.5 vs. Robert Ledesma 116.5
Cashton Young 197.5 vs. Tracey Johnson 219
Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC)
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions
By Brad Snyder/The Undercard
Photos: Phil DiMaria
Chico Crout 146.8 vs. Eric Hall 142.4
Stephanie Spehar 138.6 vs. Carolyn Biskup 142.4
Winford Harris 152.2 vs. Lional Jimenez 151.8
Anthony Barnes 170.2 vs. Robert Guerra 170
Darryl Cunningham 159.6 vs. William Johnson 163.4
Ryan Pokryfky 267.2 vs. Robert Sims 238.4
Alexis Hloros 156.2 vs. Jeremy Marts 157.2
Ray Darden 176.6 vs. Eric Moon 183.4
John Chalbeck 154.2 vs. Marcus Wheeler 153.6
“Night of Knockouts VII”
Motor City Casino-Hotel Sound Board
June 10, 2016, Doors at 7PM
Tickets for “Night of Knockouts VII” are available at ticketmaster.com or the Motor City Casino-Hotel Sound Board ticket office. First bout scheduled for 7:30PM photos
Photos: Amanda Westcott/Showtime
Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) and John “The Gladiator” Molina (28-6, 23 KOs), who will compete on this Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader, participated in the final press conference Thursday at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.
Ruslan Provodnikov: “Words are not so much associated with explaining this because anybody can talk and anybody can say words. I think the fans or the people have to see how my fights have been and the way that I’ve fought those fights. For me to say right now that I’m going to ‘die in the ring,’ they’re words right now. The fight will show, then the fans will have an understanding in their mind of was I just saying that or is that really the way it is. The actions show, not the words.”
John Molina Jr: “I believe in my heart of hearts the fans are going to get a treat with Ruslan Provodnikov coming forward, not wanting to take a backward step with myself coming forward not wanting to take a backward step. We’re both going to try and go in there and pose our will on each other and you’re not going to see a boring fight. It won’t be Dancing With The Stars, it’s going to be a fight.” (more…)
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Golden Boy Promotions returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on July 15 with former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (29-5-1, 21 KOs) facing KeAndre “The Truth” Gibson (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in a ten round welterweight battle, airing live on Estrella TV. Also, former world title challenger Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (23-2-1, 16 KOs) takes on former WBC silver featherweight beltholder Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (23-7, 16 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight fight.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBO junior lightweight world champion Rocky Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) faced off with WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs) in advance of their HBO-televised world title showdown on Saturday night in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City. In the HBO co-feature, WBO #2 rated lightweight champ Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs) faces WBC #11 Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs) for the WBO Latino championship. Also, two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (7-1, 2 KOs) meets Jozsef Ajtai (15-2, 10 KOs) for the WBO international flyweight chmpionship.
Rocky Martinez: “If you want to beat me, than you have to kill me, but to kill me you have to prepared to be killed in the ring too.”
Vasyl Lomachenko: “I’m ready to put up $300,000 of my purse as long as Rocky Martinez will put up $300,000 if I win.”
Felix Verdejo: “In Muhammad Ali’s honor, I will give a great fight.”
JJ Martinez: “We will take that title to Mexico.”
Bob Arum: “We will probably have a bigger audience in China than all of the HBO fights for the last three years combined. We expect an audience of perhaps as many as 50 million homes will be watching the Chinese star Zou Shiming.” photos
Photos: Ryan Greene / Premier Boxing Champions
Former world champion Shawn Porter hosted a Las Vegas media workout Wednesday at the Porter Hy-Performance Center in advance of his welterweight world title showdown against undefeated Keith Thurman on Saturday, June 25 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, live on CBS.
Shawn Porter: “Keith’s injury gave me enough time to make extra sure that I had everything I needed to get ready for this fight. Not to say I wouldn’t have been ready March 12 but it’s given me more time to reflect and visualize. On June 25, I know I will be 100 percent on every level. I think he can do some things. He can box very well. He throws good off balanced shots. I can box as well, but I have the pressure, quickness, foot speed and hand speed that it takes to not only outbox him, but to pressure him and hurt him. I think that’s what makes it a great fight. I want to win each and every round. We want to make him have to adjust to what we’re doing. If we control the fight, we win the fight.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Australian Dwight Ritchie (14-0-4NC, only one KO), 158.75, captured the OPBF middleweight belt as he scored a nearly shutout decision (119-109, 118-110 twice) over defending champ Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7 KOs), 160, over twelve lopsided rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. For Japanese fight fans it was a horrible and disgraceful scene that our champ Nishida, too stiff and nervous, forfeited his belt in such a disappointing fashion since he seldom threw punches in the first eight rounds given Ritchie’s elusiveness coupled with his shifty footwork and constant jabbing. Nishida, in every round before the ninth, lost a point without doing anything but stalking the footworker without throwing punches. After the eighth, the official tallies were announced as 79-73 twice and 78-74, all in favor of Ritchie, a soft-punching but fast-moving speedster. The last four rounds witnessed Nishida barely start his engine, which was too late to overcome his great deficits on points. Although Nishida dethroned the OPBF champ Akio Shibata and forced him into a farewell to the ring action last March, he lost his belt in his initial defense and had the audience greatly disappointed at his unsatisfactory performance. Dwight displayed his Eisenhower dominance on his D-Day.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
During the early hours on Thursday, Jose “Olivaritos” Morales, a former professional boxer, trainer and father of former world champions Erik and Diego Morales, and current contender Ivan Morales, passed away at the age of 60. On May 18, Morales suffered a stroke and remained in a coma for a week. He was born in Valle de Santiago in Guanajuato and he moved to Tijuana since 1974. He trained many champions and top fighters in of his Gimnasio Zona Norte gym, including Mauro “Betillo” Gutierrez, Juan Soberanes, Miguel “Maykito” Martinez, Luis Ramon “Yori Boy “Campas, Cesar Bazan, Jorge” Travieso “Arce, Antonio Margarito, Javier” Cobra “Mendoza, Abner Lopez, Adam Mares and Jorge Paez Jr.
By Ron Jackson
Paulus Ambunda from Namibia and Moises Flores of Mexico meet in a clash for the IBO and interim WBA super bantamweight belts at the Ramatex Factory in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday night. The 35-year-old Ambunda (24-1, 10 KOs) a former WBO bantamweight champion will be making the second defense of his IBO belt and Flores, 29, who has a record of 24-0, 17 KOs, makes the second defence of the interim WBA belt. (more…)
Former British, Commonwealth and European super bantamweight champion Kid Galahad, a.k.a. Barry Awad (19-0, 10 KOs) is back on July 9 at the Manchester Arena. Galahad, as part of the undercard to Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, looks to follow up a routine April comeback win and once again put the super bantamweight division on notice.
“The opponent in April (Simas Volosinas, 6-46) wasn’t the best but it felt good to be back,” says Galahad, who’d been out the ring for 19 months due to a suspension for steroid use. “It felt like I’d been away on holiday for a very long time and then came home and everything was nice and comfortable. You’re back in your old bed, you’re surrounded by home comforts. It felt right. It felt like that’s where I should be.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBC female mini-flyweight champ, Japanese southpaw speedster Yuko Kuroki (15-4-1, 7 KOs), 105, kept her belt when she kept battering Filipino challenger Nori Guro (7-6-1, 4 KOs), 104.5, and finally dropped her for the count at 2:09 of the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a contest of southpaws, but Kuroki, making her fourth defense, was much faster and more aggressive from the outset, having her kneel down in round three. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated Kuroki was leading on points after the fourth: 40-35 twice and 39-36. Accelerating her attack, Kuroki finally caught up with the fading challenger and floored her for the full count. The jubilant victor, a police executive’s daughter, said, “I wish to unify the 105-pound belts in the future.” Good luck.
WBO cruiserweight champion Krzystof Glowacki and #1 rated Oleksandr Usyk have reached an agreement, thus today’s scheduled WBO purse bid has been cancelled. According to Glowacki promoter Andrzej Wasilewski, the fight will take place in Poland on September 10 or 17/Przemek Garczarczyk
Looks like former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could return against J’Leon Love on July 16, possibly at the StubHub Center. Junior has reunited with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.
Saturday’s Vargas-Salido viewership on HBO: 833,000
Saturday’s Beterbiev-Maderna viewership on ESPN: 394,000
Friday’s Barthelemy-Bey viewership on Spike: 486,000
Trent Rawlings 237.2 vs. Mike Kyle 225
Jacob Rosales 155.4 vs. Jake Albinio 155
Daniel Kim 134.2 vs. Alfredo Hernandez 133.2
Garrity Mcosker 142 vs. Ivan Marquez 142.4
Gabriel Green 169 vs. Hakop Ter-Petrosyan 170
Adam Stewart 231.4 vs. Rafael Rios 242.6
Guadalupe Arroyo 126 vs. Mauricio Gomez 125.8
Venue: The Hangar in Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Notes: The show is sold out, doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7pm
By Karl Freitag
The belated ruling by the AIBA allowing professional boxers to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, which came after most countries were deep into their qualification process, has sent a handful of pros scrambling for Olympic spots.
Unbeaten WBO #7 heavyweight contender Michael Wallisch (16-0, 10 KOs) has applied to the German Amateur Boxing Federation for a place on the German Olympic team. The problem is for Wallisch is that AIBA boxer and 2012 Olympian Erik Pfeifer long ago qualified for the Rio Games in 2015.
GB Boxing, the British amateur boxing ruling body, has rejected WBA #2, WBC #3, IBF #6 middleweight Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1, 17 KOs) for their team in favor of amateur boxer Anthony Fowler, who has already qualified for the Rio Games.
As previously reported, it looks like IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) will likely land a spot on the Russian Olympic team.
USA Boxing, which governs amateur boxing in the United States, announced in a press release that they “appreciate AIBA’s continuing efforts toward the evolution of international boxing, and we recognize that the admission of professional boxers is an inevitable development. However, USA Boxing’s Olympic Selection procedures, on which our amateur athletes have relied for the past two years, preclude us from making the last minute changes that would be required to invite professionals to compete.” So no U.S. pros will be competing.
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Three-time WBO jr lightweight champion champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) and WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1, 3 KOs) looked sharp in a media workout on Wednesday at the Mendez Gym in New York City. They collide Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in a bout televised by HBO. Also showing their skills furing the workout were WBO #2 lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs), his opponent J.J. Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs), two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou SHiming, unbeaten featherweight Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz, unbeaten super lightweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (12-0, 9 KOs), and unbeaten super lightweight Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (18-0, 10 KOs). photos
Photos: Eric Walker / Premier Boxing Champions
WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman opened training camp to media Wednesday in St. Petersburg as he prepares to defend his title against former world champion Shawn Porter on June 25 on Showtime at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Thurman worked out at St. Pete Boxing Club along with longtime trainer Dan Birmingham.
Keith Thurman: “I’m ready for Shawn Porter. We’re going to box harder, box stronger and box better. I will be the better man. Training is the fundamentals of getting one prepared. We’ve always known that Shawn Porter was going to come into this fight in tremendous shape. That’s what his training methods are all about. But the Energizer Bunny has never been hit by Keith Thurman, and I’m pretty sure I could stop it in its tracks.
“I’m going for the knockout. I’ve stated it before. My hands are itching for a knockout. I’m ‘One Time,’ all the time. That’s my philosophy. Every single time I step into the ring I’m looking for the knockout. We don’t get paid for overtime. I want to be the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. That’s my ultimate goal. There have only been so many in the history of boxing. I want to be a part of that history.” (more…)
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