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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
HASEGAWA TO MAKE A RISKY COMEBACK
Former WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), 34, will make a comeback against strong criticisms and face unbeaten Mexican, WBC#9 super-bantam Horacio Garcia (29-0, 21 KOs), ten years his junior, in Kobe, Japan, on May 9. It was announced by Shinsei Promotions presided by Masato Yamashita. Asked why he dares to meet such a dangerous youngster, Hasegawa replied, “I don’t like to fight an easy opponent but a strong foe that will test my current power, which will certainly motivate me to work hard.” Having been demolished by Kiko Martinez in quest of the IBF 122-pound belt at stake in April of the previous year, Hasegawa, after a one-year hiatus, will risk his fistic future against the up-and-coming Mexican handled by Canelo Promotions. Good luck, ex-champ. (more…)
Photos: Sebastian Heger
Here are quotes from Wednesday’s final press conference ahead of Saturday night’s all-German WBA world light heavyweight championship clash between champion Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) and #1 challenger Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany.
Juergen Braehmer: Krasniqi is a young ambitious fighter who wants to take my title away from me. But that’s not going to happen. As always, I will defeat my opponent and retain my title.”
[On the possibility of an early KO] “Sometimes a single punch is all it takes. Whether this comes in the first round or twelfth round, it’s impossible to predict at this level. But when the opportunity does come, I will take it!”
Robin Krasniqi: “This is the most important fight of my life! A win on Saturday would change everything and I can write sports history. I would be the first professional boxing world champion from Munich and Bavaria and also in the countries where I come from, Kosovo and Albania.
[On his unsuccessful attempt at the WBO belt in 2013] “That opportunity may have come to soon for me. But now, I’m ready for the perfect match!” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“I think after this fight I’m going down to 168 and stay at that weight for one or two years rather than move to 175 right now,” former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. told reporters yesterday. “I don’t think my body is 175. Now my body is 168, but after one year off that’s why we’re fighting at 172.”
Junior said he’s going to make 172 for sure because otherwise he’d have to pay $100,000 per pound if he’s heavy. “I’ve never been more than 172 in a fight. The only fight at 172 was with Bryan Vera the first fight. In all my career, in all my championship bouts I never missed 160, and I don’t know why I’d miss 172. I never missed making weight in 12 years. I don’t have a problem. If he doesn’t make the weight, maybe we’ll have $100,000.”
Fanfara said he expects to make the weight also.
“I’m a light heavyweight fighter,” said Fonfara. “Because I’m fighting with Chavez, that’s why we have that catch weight, that’s why I go down….it’s not tough for me to go two or three pounds down. When I fought Stevenson last year I was 173.”
Chavez and Fonfara collide on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, live on Showtime.
Local unbeaten and ShoBox alumni Abel Ramos (10-0-2, 6KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona will face Luis Alberto Pelayo (11-5, 7 KOs) of Mexico this Friday. Ramos opened a lot of eyes with his valiant effort vs fellow unbeaten Maurice Hooker on ShoBox about a year ago. Ramos closed the fight strongly to salvage a draw. Ramos and Pelayo were originally to have fought last month in Los Angeles. They will now square off at the Glendale Renaissance Hotel, in Glendale, Arizona. The show will be promoted by Fighthard Promotions (Rigo Ledezma and Sonny Gutierrez). The bout will be a special six round featured attraction at a contracted max weight of 142 pounds. (more…)
This could have been a different conversation. If things went well for Amanda Nunes in rounds two and three of her UFC 178 bout against Cat Zingano, we might have been talking about her as the top contender for the women’s bantamweight crown, or perhaps even as champion if she, and not Zingano, got the February crack at Ronda Rousey’s title . . click here for more
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Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius’ agent Kari Uoti has informed the organizers of GIGA Estonian Boxing Night, that the Åland Islands Court decided to dismiss Sauerland Event’s claims and the therefore Helenius has no obstacles stepping into the ring in Tallinn, Estonia on Saturday. According to Uoti, Sauerland issued a claim to prevent Helenius from fighting in Tallinn, but the Åland Islands Court did not see a reason to institute the proceedings.
Helenius arrived in Tallinn on Monday and will appear in the ring today for a press workout. Also, today is the day everybody will get to see Helenius’ opponent Hungarian Andras Csomor, as well as WBO Europe middleweight champion Artur Akavov and his opponent Davit Makaradze. (more…)
The MGM Grand Garden Arena as witness to the Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown May 2.
Manny Pacquiao’s reaction to Floyd Mayweather’s wood-chopping.
“No room for error,” says Freddie Roach on Pacquiao.
Two week deadline for Carl Frampton to accept Scott Quigg offer.
By Karl Freitag
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is expected to make an announcement shortly on who his opponent will be on June 6 in New York City. According to some sources, IBF jr middleweight champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage is the opponent, either way it should be official soon.
Here’s another reason to be at the Forum in Inglewood, California on May 16. WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) says he will be defending on that card against former world champion Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs). Of course, the main event is WBA/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) against Willie Monroe Jr (19-1, 6 KOs).
Popular lightweight contender Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) has announced via social media that he will face Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO title on May 1. The bout is expected to take place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on the eve of the Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight.
Th WBA has announced that the camps of WBA cruiserweight champion Dennis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) and interim champ Youri Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs) have reached an agreement thus avoiding a purse bid. The fight will take place on April 10 in Moscow, Russia.
A WBO purse bid is scheduled for March 24 in Hungary for the WBO cruiserweight title clash between champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) and mandatory challenger Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0, 15 KOs). Minimum bid is $300,000.
Photos: Joel Colon/PRBBP
Roman “Rocky” Martinez trained today for the media in Puerto Rico focused in his new title shot against WBO junior lightweight champion, Orlando “Siri” Salido, in “The War”, to be held on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Zanfer Promotions which will be broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs), who reigned twice in the WBO junior lightweight division, works every day with his coach Raul “Papo” Torres at the Dorado Municipal Gym, where they worked also with trainer Freddy Trinidad.
“This has been the best training of my career. I know that I will face a strong rival, who comes to fight, who falls and rises, so I have to be in the best condition,” Martinez said after his training. “I’m getting ready to win by knockout or decision. If he drops and I don’t knock him out, I’ll be ready to win by decision.” (more…)
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) and former world title challenger Andzrej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) participated in an international media conference call Wednesday to discuss their Showtime-televised fight on April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “I feel great right now and 172 is no problem for me. I am in the gym working hard on my skills. I am pretty confident. I’m ready to win another world title…I’m doing more physical training than I’ve ever done and I’m going to be in great shape.”
“It feels great to get back in the ring. I have a tough fight in front of me and that’s all I’m focused on right now.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Sr: “I did not want this fight for my son. Fonfara is very strong. But Julio wants to show how good he is”
Andrzej Fonfara: “I’m ready for Chavez. I always train hard. When I go to the gym, I give it my all…I lost the fight to Adonis Stevenson, but I showed my heart and skill. I’ve trained much harder and I’m a better boxer now.”
Sounds like Sauerland Event has put the brakes on the planned comeback of unbeaten former European heavyweight champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (19-0, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn, Estonia. The 31-year-old Helinius, once considered a possible threat to heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko, has been out of the ring for two years in a bitter contract dispute with the Germany-based promotional company. It was announced that 6’6 Helenius would resume his career in a six-rounder against Andras Csomor (11-4-1, 9 KOs) under the EST Promotions banner, however, today Sauerland tweeted:
Middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is once again is a hit at the box office in Los Angeles with first day sales of over 2,500 tickets for his upcoming world title defense against #2 rated challenger Willie Monroe Jr. set for Saturday, May 16 at the Forum.
“It’s very similar to GGG’s last fight at the StubHub Center in October which sold out three weeks before the fight” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “We had a tremendous response from the media at the press conference yesterday and the fans are thrilled that he is fighting once again in his new hometown of Los Angeles.”
Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach has commented on the TMZ report that Mayweather had hired Las Vegas-based Chef Q to provide services 24/7 – at $1,000 per meal. “Whatever it is, it sure sounds expensive,” said Roach. “I hope she knows how to make crow and soft foods palatable because after he faces Manny that is all Mayweather will be eating…thousand dollar meals, give me a break.”
ESPN reaches multi-year agreement to televise Premier Boxing Champions series, ESPN2 FNF boxing series to end on May 22
ESPN will televise Premier Boxing Champions, a series created for television by Haymon Boxing, featuring top-level fights between many of boxing’s biggest names. The multi-year agreement was announced today. The first of 12 two-hour annual live Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) telecasts is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN (not ESPN2) and ESPN Deportes. ESPN telecasts will air live in primetime. ABC broadcasts will air on Saturday afternoon, with further details to be announced at a later date.
Card details of the first PBC on ESPN telecast and subsequent shows will be announced at a later date. After 17 years, ESPN2’s long-standing Friday Night Fights series will air its last show Friday, May 22 with the finals of the Boxcino 2015 tournament. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The distaff side of the sweet science will be the main focus of a Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brotherz card on Friday, March 20 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD . There will be three female title bouts on the card. In the main event, undefeated five-time world champion and two-time Beltway Boxer of the Year Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA will move to the super welterweight division and challenge Kita Watkins of Tyler, TX for the vacant UBF (Universal Boxing Federation) title. (more…)
Photo: Top Rank
The wildly popular Florida welterweight Clarence ‘Son of St. Pete’ Booth, of St. Petersburg has signed with Top Rank. He has eight straight wins and is 10-1 with 7 KOs.
“Clarence Booth has great size with power and speed,” said Carl Moretti, VP of Boxing at Top Rank. “He should be a force in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions. His fan base in the Tampa – St. Petersburg areas will make him into a major attraction.”
Manager Pat Lynch said “Clarence is a great young prospect with a very bright future. He’s an extremely hard worker with a great attitude.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan / Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
WBA, IBO, WBC Interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) is set to face middleweight contender Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday May 16 at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing. We caught up with “GGG” at the kickoff press conference announcing this fight as he talked about his upcoming match with Monroe.
“This is my second fight this year. Why Monroe? He is a southpaw. Everyone has problems with southpaws,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com “Sergio Martinez is a southpaw, Floyd is number one pound-for-pound in the world and he had trouble with Judah – a southpaw, Miguel Cotto against Trout, Canelo-Lara, everyone has problems with a southpaw and it’s a challenge.”
“It’s a unique style that Monroe brings to the table that Gennady has never seen before. A southpaw style, fast with great boxing skill,” Golovkin’s promoter K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler told Fightnews.com. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After an intense voting week, boxing fans have chosen. The winner of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao megafight will triumphantly hold aloft the WBC’s specially designed emerald belt. It was a very close decision, as fight fans voted in the emerald belt by the margin of 53% against the 47% for a proposed onyx belt.
By David Finger
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
For a fighter nobody knows much about, Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) is certainly creating quite a buzz this side of the Atlantic. Despite his lack of name recognition in America, many boxing fans nonetheless recognize that the Japanese welterweight contender has the power and the tools to push the cagy veteran Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) this Friday when the two clash at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. And even if there are questions about Kamegai, there no question about what happens whenever a fighter pushes Gomez…fans get a war. In fact, many insiders recognize that the Kamegai-Gomez fight has all the makings of a “fight of the year.” Both fighters have shown tremendous heart and exceptional power, and both have a history of gritty performances. In Kamegai’s biggest fight to date, he lost a decision to Robert Guerrero in a fight that earned him a level of respect and admiration from boxing fans. He showed heart. He showed toughness. But he also showed his inexperience. (more…)
Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2, 15 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico begins his journey for a fourth opportunity at a world title this Friday. He will face tough countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (26-0, 9 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico. Site of the fight will be the Auditorio Blackberry, in Mexico City, aired live on Telemundo. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds with the interim WBC FECARBOX bantamweight title at stake. Hernandez is just 28 years of age but already has had three different cracks at world titles. Hernandez gave a very good account of himself in all those opportunities but came up short each time. He is determined to get another opportunity and win it all the next time out. He also knows that his opponent for this Friday Casillas is just as hungry to pull off the upset and create his own opportunity for a world title shot. Hernandez is determined not to let that happen. (more…)
Do you like karate kicks?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: You’re going to love Katsunori Kikuno.
“Just like the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the past, if I have a skill that my opponent has no knowledge of, then my skill becomes very effective,” Kikuno said . . click here for more
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By Karl Freitag
Hot super middleweight Jason Quigley (4-0, 4 KOs), who just scored a KO1 two weeks ago, will glove up again on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA. “I’m really excited to be back in the ring so soon,” said the 23-year-old. “The plan is to keep me busy; the busier I am and the more fights I have the more I learn the more experience I gain and climb my way closer to fulfilling my dreams!”
Keep an eye out for light heavyweight Darren “Venom” Goodall (1-0, 1 KO). The enterprising 24-year-old sold over 200 tickets to his pro debut last Saturday night at the Jersey City Armory and just opened his own gym called Venom Fitness in NJ. He has 35,000 followers on Instagram.
This past Friday night at the Charles Doyle Convention Center in Texas City, Texas, light heavyweight Medzhidm “B-52″ Bektemirov (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round stoppage over James Johnson (28-45-4, 17 KOs). “I believe we have the next Sergey Kovalev,” says co-promoter Gary Shaw. Bektemirov is trained by Ronny Shields.
Roc Nation Sports heavyweight prospect Zhang Zhelei (3-0, 2 KOs) won a four round decision over Eric George (2-9, 0 KOs). Jr welterweight Wang Zhimin (2-0, 1 KO), another Roc Nation fighter, outpointed Jesus Lule (7-11, 1 KO) over six. Both bouts occurred on the above mentioned Jersey City Armory card.
26-year-old two-time Olympian lightweight Everton Lopes (1-0) is back in action on April 2 at the Belasco Theater in downtown LA.
Trainers of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao happy to exchange words before the May 2 showdown.
Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will be able to, literally, walk home from his next fight, April 11 at the Barclays.
Mitt Romney will step into the ring against former heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield
Wladimir Klitschko gets political on Vladimir Putin
Photos: Tom Hogan / Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
WBA and WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and challenger Willie Monroe Jr. kicked off the build-up for their May 16 HBO clash at the Forum in Los Angeles at a press conference today. Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) will be making his 14th world title defense and is looking for his 20th straight knockout. Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs), winner of the 2014 Boxcino tournament, is currently ranked #2 by the WBA, #5 by the WBO and #9 by the WBC. He is the son of former contender Willie Monroe, and the great nephew of Philly ring great Willie “The Worm” Monroe. The opening line for the bout is set at 100:1 for Golovkin at some online sportsbooks.
“I’m very excited to fight again in Los Angeles where I now live” said Golovkin. “Monroe is a skilled southpaw and I look forward to the test he will provide. I promise my fans another ‘Big Drama Show.'”
Said Monroe, “Its going to be one of those fights; speed vs. power, slickness vs. aggressiveness and the bull vs. the matador. I am ready. I’ve been in training already for three weeks before we even got this fight. We will be more than ready on May 16.”
“We commend Willie Monroe Jr. for accepting the challenge of fighting Gennady, which many other contenders and even title holders are unwilling to even consider,” said Tom Loffler of K2 Promotions.
WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) had his first day of sparring on Tuesday as he prepares for his May 2 welterweight world championship unification battle against undefeated WBC/WBA king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao went five hard rounds against two different sparring partners.
“After 13 days of strength and conditioning and boxing drills at Wild Card plus weeks more of working out in the Philippines in February, it was great to finally put on the headgear and spar,” said Pacquiao. “My sparring partners gave me good work today. They were perfect for testing the strategy Freddie and I have developed to beat Floyd Mayweather . I was very happy with my stamina and speed today.”
Trainer Freddie Roach added, “Manny looked so fresh today. I’m very happy with what he showed me. You couldn’t tell he had been away from the ring since the Algieri fight in November. Manny is on fire in the gym.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., the Mayweather-Pacquiao live pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by SHOWTIME PPV and HBO Pay-Per-View.
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson is currently preparing for his clash with Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika airing April 4 live on CBS from the Pepsi Coliseum in in Quebec City. “My dream is to unify all the titles and become the first fighter from Quebec to do so,” Stevenson said. “But I’m fully focused on Bika. I know he’s training hard to steal my belts. Yes, it goes through my mind, but I have to beat Bika and he (Kovalev) has an IBF mandatory defense before it can happen. And to be honest, his performance versus Jean Pascal did not impress me at all.”
For head trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill, to waste time thinking about a Kovalev fight during training camp to fight Bika is simply unthinkable. “We don’t talk about Kovalev in camp,” assured Hill, “only Bika!” (more…)
While many celebrate St. Patrick’s Day today, middleweight champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) is hard at work at his training camp in Monte Carlo with trainer Adam Booth as he prepares to defend his world title against former champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, at Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, NY, on Saturday, April 11. Promoted by DiBella Entertainment, Lee vs. Quillin will air live on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET, along with the eagerly anticipated non-title contest between 140lb world champions Danny “Swift” Garcia and Lamont Peterson, as part of the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series.
“I love St. Patrick’s Day,” said Lee. “It’s a day for all Irish men and women to be proud and celebrate our history and culture. Unfortunately, for me this year there’ll be no Guinness as I’ll be in the gym, but I look forward to celebrating with all the Irish people after I win on April 11! Training is all going according to plan. My coach Adam Booth is putting me through my paces and we’re working hard together to ensure that I beat Quillin and retain my title. I’m feeling very strong and sharp. I’ve been sparring with three undefeated fighters, Miles Shinkwin, Rocky Fielding and Deion Jumah. I’m looking forward to coming to Brooklyn and defending my title in front of everyone in attendance and those watching on NBC.” (more…)
Cunningham: he really had no answer for what I was doing to him… When will the fans get tired of all these bad decisions
In the aftermath of his IBF elimination bout this past Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, former two-time cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham wants to state his case to what the boxing world saw, and that is the wrong man had his hand raised.
The viewing public saw that Cunningham controlled the bout and out landed Vyacheslav Glazkov in eight of the twelve rounds with jabs being virtually even and Cunningham landing more power shots to the tune of 123-84.
In total, Cunningham out threw Glazkov by 208 punches and out landed him 180-144 over the twelve round battle.
“The numbers, the perception, the video, none of it lies,” said Cunningham. (more…)
Photos: Sebastian Heger
On Saturday night, Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) defends his WBA World Light Heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) at the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. Ahead of their sell-out world championship clash, both fighters took part in public workout today at the Ostsee-Park.
In his last championship defence, Braehmer set a record for the fastest knock out in a light heavyweight title fight since the formation of the major alphabet organisations, with his opponent Pawel Glazewski lasting just fifty-five seconds in the ring.
Today in Rostock, Krasniqi may have set a record for the shortest public workout in history. Having greeted the crowd and laced his gloves, the Munich fighter lasted only ten seconds before making his excuses and leaving the ring. (more…)
World ranked flyweight McWilliams Arroyo will face former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in one of the TV battles of “The War,” the show headlined by the world title bout between Orlando “Siri” Salido and Roman “Rocky” Martinez on April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will be broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada on all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
This new Puerto Rico vs Mexico clash between Arroyo and Garcia Hirales will be a ten rounder for the WBO Latino flyweight title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Ex-Japanese lightweight champ Akihiro Kondo (21-5-1, 10 KOs), 138, returned to ring warfare after an eight-month hiatus and decked a fine TKO victory over former OPBF ruler, southpaw Filipino Jimrex Jaca (39-8-4, 22 KOs), 138, at 2:45 of the fourth session in an eight-round main event on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kondo, 29, dethroned by Yoshitaka Kato in 2012, displayed a good form as he had Jaca reeling to the ropes and floored him there early in the fatal fourth. Jaca, who abruptly became a mellow jelly after his absorption of punishment, tried to withstand Kondo’s onslaught, but his apparent helplessness caused the referee Yoshida’s well-received halt. Jaca, 31, is a strange boxer who cannot show his potential strength when fighting in Japan, probably because Japan is located in an unlucky direction to Jaca.
Promoter: Ichiriki Promotions.
It’s official. Heavyweights Amir “Hard Core” Mansour, of Wilmington, DE, and Joey “The Tank” Dawejko, of Philadelphia, will collide in the most anticipated local showdown in years when they battle over 10 rounds—or less—for the vacant Pennsylvania State Heavyweight Title on Friday evening, May 8, at the 2300 Arena. The Mansour-Dawejko contest, which will be televised live by ESPN 2, tops a seven-bout card.
Mansour, a powerful southpaw, is one of the most feared heavyweights in the world and constantly has been avoided by the big names in the division. At 42, and with time running out, he makes his ESPN debut after piling up a record of 21-1, 16 K0s. A former USBA heavyweight champion, Mansour lost that belt to Steve Cunningham, who survived a pair of fifth-round knockdowns last year to earn a 10-round decision in Philadelphia. (more…)
Per Nielsen, Saturday’s epic clash on HBO between IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former champ Jean Pascal peaked at 1.2 million viewers. That number would have been higher if viewers didn’t have to endure 22 rounds of sleep-inducing prelims that even had the HBO announcers cringing. The full card averaged 956,000. Kovalev’s previous HBO appearance against Bernard Hopkins last November peaked at nearly 1.4 million, so “The Krusher” is deservingly getting to be a big star in boxing.
Olympian/NABF Champion Jose Ramirez returns Saturday to Avenal, CA for 1000 kids and won’t be empty handed
USA Olympian and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KOs) will return home to Avenal, Ca this Saturday March 21st to team up with RAP (Responsible Athletes Program) to give back to his community and stress the importance of the program he once was in. Ramirez will give a motivational speech and coach an all-star team this night as well as help make a few lucky winners dream come true and take them out to spend the day with the champion and buy them the equipment they need in their related sports and some words of wisdom.
“RAP keeps kids in school, out of gangs and provides guidance for the entire area for anyone that needs it, I am honored to be involved and help out with this amazing program,” said Ramirez. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a clash of former “world” champions Paulus Moses from Windhoek makes the fourth defence of his WBO International lightweight title against Malcolm Klassen of Johannesburg over 12 rounds at the Ramatex Hall near Katura in Windhoek, Namibia on Friday. The 36-year-old Moses who has a record of 35 wins and 2 losses, with 22 wins coming inside the distance was originally scheduled to meet the unbeaten Carlos Portillo of Paraguay who was forced to withdraw from the fight due to family problems. (more…)
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