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Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios poses with Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and actor Kevin Hart during media day at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy Tuesday in preparation for his upcoming world championship fight against Superstar Manny Pacquiao. Hart, stars as a savvy boxing promoter in the upcoming movie “Grudge Match” opening in December. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Report and video by Przemek Garczarczyk
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Curtis Stevens had their final press conference Thursday at The Refinery Hotel—Rooftop Lounge in New York City for their clash Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Curtis Stevens: Abel [Golovkin's trainer Abel Sanchez who has repeatedly stated that Golovkin will KO Stevens] is writing a check that Gennady can’t cash. Come Saturday I’m gonna f**k Gennady up.
Gennady Golovkin: I have just one question for Stevens. Are you serious right now?
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
According to Anne Wolfe, jr. middleweight contender James Kirkland, 31-1, 27KOs, could be coming home. She is set to meet with Kirkland this week at her gym. Wolfe stated, “Yes it’s true… I turned my phone off so many calls… James Kirkland is coming to the gym tomorrow or Friday to talk with me about training him.” Kirkland recently signed a promotional agreement with 50 Cent and his company SMS Promotions. Many believe Wolfe is the best fit for Kirkland as she is a very strong disciplinarian which is what Kirkland seems to need.
A pair of unbeaten lightweight prospects are scheduled to clash in the much coveted co-feature slot on the next edition of Fight Night on NBC, on November 16th. Philadelphian Karl Dargan (13-0, 7 KOs) faces Long Island, NY southpaw Michael Brooks (10-0-1, 2 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, in Verona, NY. The eight round bout will be nationally televised just before the main event, a 12-round heavyweight contest between Tomasz Adamek, 49-2, 29 KOs, and Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KOs. The fight will be broadcast as the co-feature during a special afternoon presentation of the popular NBC boxing series beginning 2:30 PM ET.
Video and report: Przemek Garczarczyk
Great Britain’s Ola Afolabi, one of the world’s top cruiserweights, who currently makes Los Angeles his home, talks about fighting Poland’s Lukasz Janik (25-1, 15 KO) for the IBO championship belt on the undercard of Saturday’s Golovkin-Stevens fight.
“Lucky Look” did not waste any time in New York, working hard for two hours at Manhattan’s Mendez Boxing Gym. “I have too much energy. I’m ready to break some doors with my fists,” said Janik. “This is the most important fight of my life and I’m ready to deliver.”
The two sons and nephew of the legendary champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, known as the “Hawk’s Flock” will take on the primary Argentinean sparring partners of middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in separate bouts on December 7 at the 20,000-seat Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes (Chateau Carreras Olympic Stadium) in Cordoba, Argentina. In the 10-round middleweight main event, Julius “The Chef” Jackson (16-0, 12 KOs) will face Marcos Hector Vergara (28-3, 21 KOs). Also in featured 10-round bouts will be promising super welterweight John “Dah Rock” Jackson (17-1, 14 KOs) taking on Carlos Adan “El Malevo” Jerez (37-16-3, 18 KOs) and super welterweight Samuel “The Hunter” Rogers (14-0, 8 KOs) going against Guillermo Suarez (14-3, 4 KOs). The card is promoted by Sampson Boxing, Tello-Box, and 340 Boxing.
He is the man that started it all, winning three bouts in one night on November 12, 1993 to win the first UFC tournament and basically give birth to a new sport in the United States. 20 years later, Royce Gracie looks at the UFC’s past and present . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Unbeaten heavyweight Richard Towers (14-0, 11 KOs) is determined to prove a point to British fight fans when he faces fellow unbeaten Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (17-0, 15 KOs) in Hull on Saturday night. Despite not engaging in a paid fight for almost 17 months, Towers is adamant that he is free of ring rust. In the past few months he’s sparred a who’s who of top level heavyweights and he feels that will give him the edge.
“Since my last fight I’ve sparred Wladimir Klitschko for five weeks, I’ve sparred David Haye for six weeks, I’ve sparred Chisora, Pianeta and Mike Perez. I feel like I’ve picked bits up along the way and I’m ready to execute that now.” (more…)
Undefeated prospect Joebert “Little Pacman” Alvarez of the Philippines recently signed with Tuto Zabala’s Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc and is ready for his US invasion. Alvarez 23, of General Santos City is ranked #10 WBO and #11 WBA and had a stay busy fight last Saturday, October 26 at the Elorde Sports Complex in Paraneque City, Philippines where he stopped Ronerex Dalut in the second round and improved his record to 13-0-1, 6 KOs.
As soon as his work visa is ready he will travel to the United States in a couple of weeks to train under the tutelage of Nonito Donaire Sr. and manager Vinny Scolpino and join stablemate WBO #8, WBA #10 bantamweight contender Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait (19-1-2-12 KO’s) who recently stopped Johnny “Laberinto” Garcia in 1 making a successful debut on the Boxeo Telemundo series.
“We are excited to have signed a young good prospect in “Little Pacman” and be able to work with Nonito Sr. and Vinny, we have a perfect team and look forward to a world title bid in the near future,” said promoter Zabala.
By Karl Freitag
Unbeaten WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) is a heavy favorite to defeat Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) when they collide Saturday night topping the big K2 card in the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Various online sportsbooks have “GGG” as a -900 to -1500 favorite, while Stevens ranges from +500 to +1000. Odds have been holding steady all week.
Maybe more interesting is the over/under set at 6.5 rounds, over is +220, under is -260. Seems hard to imagine Golovkin-Stevens going the distance.
The intriguing co-feature between unbeaten heavyweights Magomed Abdusalamov (18=0, 10 KOs) and Mike Perez (19-0, 12 KOs) is a pick ‘em fight.
Also, in an IBO cruiserweight world title bout, Ola Afolabi (19-3-4, 9 KOs) is a -450 to -800 pick to defeat Lukasz Janik (26-1, 14 KOs), whose backers can get +300 to +450.
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…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #10 Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) is confident he can cause a major upset on December 11 when he clashes with WBA #1 Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA interim middleweight crown at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Wood’s most impressive ring performance was in 2010 when he scored a KO in five rounds over former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine. “My fight with Martin Murray will be a war,” said Wood. “But I am going to win the war!” (more…)
By Kelly Swanson
After 20 years publicizing some of the top names in boxing and experiencing every aspect of those fighters’ lives outside of the ring, I have decided it is time for me to see what it is like for them inside the ring too. On Saturday, November 16, for one night and one fight only, I am going to enter the squared circle and fight my butt off for a great cause. I have signed up to be a part the Fighters 4 Life Showcase, a special night of charity fights at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York. The event will raise money for Gleason’s Give a Kid a Dream. The program, started in 1991, gives disadvantaged and at-risk youth the opportunity to work with a professional trainer, learn boxing and help themselves see their way to a better life. (more…)
Has the David Tua-Alexander Ustinov delay benefited or hindered the Belarusian? More
The L.A. Times looks at Nonito Donaire, post-Rigondeaux. More
Report/photos: Przemek Garczarczyk
WBO/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Curtis “Showtime/Kryptonite” Stevens attended the New York Knicks opening night on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. Both walked the “blue carpet” as special guests before their highly anticipated clash on Saturday at the “Theater” inside the same arena.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Headlining fighters for “Poder vs. Poder” (Power vs. Power) drew hundreds of fight fans to a meet and greet event on Wednesday at the Municipal Market. Hernan “Tyson” Marquez, Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura, David “Tornado” Sanchez, Jean Piero Perez and Miguel Berchelt spent more than an hour with the people, signing autographs and posing for pictures with who requested them. “Tyson” Marquez (36-3-0, 26 KOs) will face Giovani Segura (30-3-1, 26 KOs) with the winner to face Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada for the WBO world championship in early 2014. The bout will be televised on UniMas. (more…)
On November 30th at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania, King’s Boxing will present two WBU title bouts. In the ten round co-feature, WBA #10 rated heavyweight Travis Kauffman (26-1, 19 KOs) will take on Manuel Quezada (29-7, 18 KOs) for the WBU intercontinental belt. In the main event, Harry Joe Yorgey (27-2-1, 12 KOs) will take on Irishman Lee Mertagh (33-15-1, 1 KO) in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds for the WBU middleweight belt. (more…)
The officials have been assigned for this Saturday night’s WBA/IBO Middleweight World Championship between boxing’s fastest rising superstar, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and top rated contender Curtis Stevens at Madison Square Garden, “The Mecca of Boxing” and LIVE on HBO. The referee for the middleweight world title bout will be Harvey Dock (NY) and the judges of the fight will be Michael Pernick (FL), Max DeLuca (CA) and John Poturaj (NJ).
For the clash between undefeated heavyweight fighters, Mike “The Rebel” Perez and Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov the referee will be Benjy Esteves. Judges for the HBO televised co-feature will be Julie Lederman, John Stewart and Don Trella. Abdusalamov will be defending his WBC US-NBC Heavyweight Title.
In the 12-round IBO Cruiserweight World Championship between Ola Afolabi and Lukasz Janik, the referee will be Earl Brown. The judges will be Waleska Roldan, Jerry Roth and Joseph Pasquale.
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Former multi-world champion Roy Jones Jr., 56-8, 40 KOs, and rough-and-tumble journeyman Bobby Gunn, 21-5-1, 18 KOs, met at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia to announce their fight for the WBU world cruiserweight title. The event was presented by legendary matchmaker Don Elbaum. The scheduled 12-round bout is slated to for Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia.
“We’re here to announce a 12-round fight between former world champion Roy Jones Jr. and the world bare-knuckle champion Bobby Gunn for the WBU cruiserweight championship,” said Don Elbaum. “December 4th, at the Armory, that’s a Wednesday. It’s going to be a thrilling night.” (more…)
Report/photos/video by Przemek Garczarczyk
WBO/IBO middleweight champion Gennadyi “GGG” Golovkin (27-0, 25 KOs) was smiling a little bit less and title challenger Curtis Stevens was confident as always at the Wednesday media training at the new Chase Square at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “GGG” presented fans and reporters with shadow boxing and Curtis Stevens did some pads with his trainer, but both of them cannot wait to be in the ring.
“I can fight him, I can box him, makes no difference to me,” said Golovkin, with his trainer Abel Sanchez adding “In the end the outcome will be the same – Gennady will knock him out.”
Stevens praised his training camp and his preparation for the November 2 fight. “I’m not scared of him, not at all,” repeated Stevens. “I asked for this fight so why should I be worried?” (more…)
Heavyweight contender Amir Mansour today signed a managerial contract with Joe Hand, Sr., chairman of Joe Hand Promotions, Inc. The signing took place in the offices of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc. Mansour, 41, of Middletown, DE, is ranked #15 in the world by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and he is the United States Boxing Association (USBA) champion. A pro since 1997, the left-handed Mansour is 19-0, 14 K0s. He has defeated Maurice Harris, Dominic Guinn and Epifanio Mendoza.
“I’m looking forward to working with Joe Hand,” Mansour said. “I’ve known Joe since 1997 when I turned pro and first trained at his gym. I would never train anywhere else. A lot of good fighters train there. Whenever Joe comes into the gym he always says hello and he’s very respectful. The main thing is that I trust him and there are not a lot of people in boxing you can trust. He has explained the ins and outs of boxing to me, telling me things that most promoters and managers would never tell me.” (more…)
Flyweight Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura (30-3-1, 26 ko’s) arrived Tuesday to Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico where on Saturday he’ll take on Herman “Tyson” Marquez (36-3-0, 26 ko’s) in an important WBO flyweight elimination bout. Segura arrived in Hermosillo afternoon from Los Angeles accompanied by his trainer Javier Capetillo and coach Jose Luis Soto Karas. Segura-Marquez can be seen in the USA on UniMas.
Giovani stated that after a great camp he feels stronger, faster and more accurate than in recent years. “I don’t think Tyson can endure my pace and my power and also he’s not comfortable with lefties.” He added that Tyson’s style is lent to taking repeat power shots and Segura expects to stop him before the tenth round. “I’m used to fighting on the road or at the hometown of my opponents, so I’m not intimidated by Tyson being a local in Hermosillo. I can assure you it will be a real war!”
Also hitting town was Jean Piero Perez (20-6-1, 14 KOs) who will take on David “Tornado” Sánchez (22-2-2, 17 KOs) in the co-feature.
The postponed heavyweight clash between WBO #1 rated Denis Boytsov (33-0, 26 KOs) and WBO #8 rated Alex Leapai (29-4-3, 24 KOs) has been rescheduled for the November 23 card headlined by the IBF Cruiserweight championship showdown between Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Alexander Alekseev at the Brose Arena in Bamberg, Germany. A win could put Boytsov close to a fight with WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
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…)
The word came down on fight day in Cincinnati, hours before UFC 77 took place: Brock Lesnar was coming to the UFC. After hearing this, there was a definite buzz around the UFC’s makeshift office in the host hotel, and while fans flooded the place for the opportunity to meet the fighters on that night’s card, Lesnar and his lawyer, Brian Stegeman, were at another hotel a few blocks away . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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