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Tanaka to make history in fifth pro bout

Tanaka to make history in fifth pro bout

Report and Photo by Joe Koizumi Unbeaten 19-year-old Japanese prospect Kosei Tanaka (4-0, 2 KOs) will attempt to make history by winning the ...

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Khan-Algieri press conference quotes

Khan-Algieri press conference quotes

Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment Fight week activities for Premier Boxing Champions on Spike continued Wednesday as fighters participated in the final press conference ...

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Cotto: We’re working on defeating Geale without a problem

Cotto: We're working on defeating Geale without a problem

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Hector Soto/Miguel Cotto Promotions & Roc Nation Sports WBC middleweight world champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is a little ...

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The New Kronk Gym opens

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder After countless stops and starts, the new Kronk has finally opened. The latest incarnation (#4) of the world ...

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Khan-Algieri Fight Week underway

Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment Fight week for Friday's Premier Boxing Champions on Spike event kicked off today with Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs)and ...

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Boxing News

Bryan remains unbeaten in Nashville

Unbeaten Trevor “The American Dream” Bryan (14-0, 10 KOs) won a competitive but unanimous decision over a very game Jamal Woods (6-20-3, 6 KOs) Friday night. The main event took place at the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. The sold out crowd gave both fighters a standing ovation as they were entertained with two way action from bell to bell. Bryan clearly won the fight, 80-72 on all three judges scorecards, but Woods gave a very solid effort over the eight rounds. Arellano Boxing promoted the card.



May 23rd, 2015



Boxing News

Hunter destroys Escalante in one

Super featherweight Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (21-3, 11 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Antonio Escanate (29-8, 20 KOs) on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort in Indio, California. Hunter dropped Escalante twice in round one and had him going down again when the bout was waved off. Time was 2:45.

Unbeaten featherweight Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (18-0-1, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over 1996 Olympian Alfred Tetteh (19-4-1, 15 KOs). A body shot finished the 39-year-old Tetteh at 2:49.

Seven-foot heavyweight Taishan Dong (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round KO over 291 lb. Lance Gauch (5-9-2, 3 KOs). Time was 2:32.

Middleweight Paul Valenzuela (8-1-1, 5 KOs) surprised previously unbeaten Antonio Gutierrez (18-1-1, 8 KOs), winning an entertaining six round majority decision. It was a slugfest with Valenzuela prevailing 60-54, 58-56 and 57-57.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

ESPN2 FNF bows out as Fedosov and Thompson win Boxcino finals

The last telecast of the long-running ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” series took place Friday night in the temporary outdoor arena outside the Omega Products Center in Corona, California.

Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight Final
Andrey Fedosov (28-3, 23 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Donovan Dennis (14-3, 11 KOs). Fedosov looked good, dropping Dennis in rounds three, seven and eight before the bout was halted. Time was :54.

Boxcino 2015 Junior Middleweight Final
John “Apollo Kid” Thompson (17-1, 6 KOs) scored a brutal second round TKO over Brandon “The Cannon” Adams (17-2, 12 KOs). Adams, who failed to make the 154 lb limit, dropped Thompson in round one. Thompson came back to drop Adams twice in round two before getting the stoppage with a further barrage of punches. Time was 2:18. Thompson was originally an alternate in the tournament, but he ended up going all the way.

Lightweight Angel Martinez (6-1-1, 2 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of previously unbeaten Andres Figueroa (5-1, 3 KOs). Time 1:09. Figueroa down once in round five, then got battered.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Metepec, Mexico

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodríguez

Rey Vargas 121.7 vs. Edward Mansito 121.7
(WBC super bantamweight international title)

Ibeth Zamora 107.8 vs. Jolene Blackshear 105.2
(WBC female light flyweight title)

Juan José “Piquet“ Martínez 135.8 vs. Isidro Curiel 135.8
Enrique Ángeles Jr. 127 vs. Josué Veraza 127

Venue: Centro de Espectáculos del Recinto Ferial de Metepec, Estado de México
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)

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May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Herrera-Lundy update

The July 11 clash between former interim super lightweight titleholder Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) and “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) will be officially announced next Thursday in Los Angeles. The bout will be a ten-rounder for the vacant NABF super lightweight title and take place at the famed LA Sports Arena. HBO Latino will televise. The co-main event fighters will be announced next week. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday and start at just $10.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

DeGale and Dirrell clash at fiery weigh-in

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

James DeGale told Andre Dirrell he is ready for war as the pair meet for the IBF World Super Middleweight title in Boston tomorrow night live on NBC.
The respect at yesterday’s press conference was followed by a tense exchange outside of the historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston as temperatures rose between the rivals in the lunchtime heat. DeGale tipped the scales at 167.2lbs and Dirrell weighed in at 167.8lbs, and when the duo posed for photos they went nose-to-nose – and DeGale believes that his opponent has only just realized the scale of the fight ahead.

“He told me that it’s just got serious – I told him it was serious two months ago,” said DeGale. “I am ready and I am good to go. I said to him to make sure that he comes to have a proper fight, don’t try to nick the title. We’ll see, fight night is tomorrow so it’s all on and I’ll do my talking in the ring. I’ve trained for 16 weeks knowing that I can be a world champion and make history, it’s all on tomorrow, I’ve trained so hard and I am in fantastic shape. I have always said the better the opposition the better I will box. I am confident I am bringing the belt back.”

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May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Shabranskyy headlines in Philly June 30

Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes returns to Philadelphia on June 30 for a special night of boxing from the 2300 Arena. In the main event, current USNBC light heavyweight beltholder Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (13-0, 11 KOs) is scheduled for a 10-round bout. In the co-main event, east coast undefeated rising star, D’Mitrius Ballard (9-0, 8 KOs) will fight in an eight-round light heavyweight matchup. Opening up the telecast, Lamont Roach Jr. (7-0, 3 KOs) will face Christian Santibanez (3-4, 2 KOs) in a six-round lightweight event.

In the non-televised undercard, in a trio of respective six-round bouts, super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoove” Rivers, Jr. (11-0, 8 KOs) of Cheverly, Maryland, super lightweight Damon Allen (6-0, 2 KOs) of Philadelphia, and lightweight Victor Vasquez (18-9-1, 8 KOs) also of Philadelphia. Opening up the night, South Korea native Gang Yong Kim (4-1) fights in his adopted hometown of Philly in a four-round lightweight bout.

Opponents for all fights will be announced shortly.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

“Krusher” Merchandise Now Available At Fight Town Gallery

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Fight Town Gallery, the premiere Las Vegas Boxing Memorabilia and Souvenir store located right on the Las Vegas Strip and part of the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s, has announced the addition of the KRUSHER merchandise line from reigning Unified Light Heavyweight Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Fans that cannot make it to Las Vegas for Sergey Kovalev’s July 25th defense of his IBF, WBA, and WBO Light Heavyweight titles can now buy Official KRUSHER Merchandise online at www.fighttowngallery.com.

For a limited time only, FightTownGallery.com will carry a selection of t-shirts, hats, training gloves, souvenir mini gloves, and more from the Ring Magazine’s, 2014 Fighter of the Year. Stay tuned for additional items including original hand signed items from one of the most crowd pleasing, devastating punchers in professional boxing today.



May 22nd, 2015

UFC

UFC 187 at the scales

UFC 187, which is headlined by the UFC light heavyweight title fight between Anthony Johnson and Daniel Cormier and the UFC middleweight title fight between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

Main Event – UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Anthony Johnson (204.5) VS Daniel Cormier (205)

Co-Main Event – UFC Middleweight Championship
Vitor Belfort (184) VS Chris Weidman (185)

PPV Main Card
Donald Cerrone (156) VS John Makdessi (155.5)
Andrei Arlovski (241) VS Travis Browne (236.5)
John Moraga (126) VS Joseph Benavidez (125.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 Prelims
Zach Makovsky (126) VS John Dodson (125.5)
Josh Burkman (170.5) VS Dong Hyun Kim (170.5)
Rafael Natal (185.5) VS Uriah Hall (186)
Nina Ansaroff (120)* VS Rose Namajunas (116)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Colby Covington (170.5) VS Mike Pyle (171)
Leo Kuntz (155.5) VS Islam Makhachev (155.5)
Josh Sampo (126) VS Justin Scoggins (126)

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Povetkin pulverizes Perez in 91 seconds

By Karl Freitag

In a WBC heavyweight eliminator, Alexander Povetkin (29-1, 21 KOs) spectacularly destroyed Mike Perez (21-2, 13 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow, Russia. Povetkin, the 2004 super heavyweight Olympic gold medalist, staggered southpaw Perez with a huge right hand, then laid out Perez with another crushing right. Perez barely got up but he was gone. Povetkin quickly put him on the deck again and it was over. Time was 1:31. Povetkin is now the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder.



May 22nd, 2015

UFC

Cormier ready for “Bully” Johnson

No matter what Daniel Cormier says about him, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson insists he’s no bully.

When he gets hit, Johnson hits back. That’s his mentality . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Drozd retains WBC cruiserweight belt

By Karl Freitag

WBC cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd (40-1, 28 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over late sub Lukasz Janik (28-3, 15 KOs) in his first world title defense on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow, Russia. In a one-sided bout, Drozd dropped Janik in round seven and almost stopped him. The bout was finally waved off by referee Ian John-Lewis at :50 of round nine. All three judges had it a shutout. Janik took the fight two weeks ago after original opponent Krzysztof Wlodarczyk pulled out due to illness.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

WBC Donaire-Ruiz purse bid results

At a purse offer ceremony held today at the WBC offices in Mexico City, Promociones del Pueblo won the right to promote the super bantamweight final elimination bout between #1 ranked Hugo Ruiz and #3 ranked Nonito Donaire with a bid of $537,000.

The winner of this final elimination bout will become the mandatory contender in the super bantamweight division. The Donaire camp, however, is expected to go in another direction.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Chakhkiev KOs Wright in eight to win IBO belt

By Karl Freitag

Cruiserweight Rakhim Chakhkiev (23-1, 18 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Junior Anthony Wright (13-1-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow, Russia. The awkward Wright frustrated Chakhkiev for most the fight, but Chakhkiev put him down for the count with a body shot in round eight. Time was 2:39. Chakhkiev wins the IBO cruiserweight title.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Sanchez, Ramos make weight

WBA interim super flyweight champion David “Tornado” Sanchez (27-2-2, 21 KOs) and veteran Walberto Ramos (23-6-2, 16 KOs) both made weight for their clash on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The bout will be a non-title ten-rounder in the bantamweight division.

Sanchez weighed the division limit 118 lbs. Ramos weighed 117.7 lbs. The bout will be televised by beIN SPORTS en Español.

Other weights:
Yazmín Rivas 117.8 vs. Simone Da Silva 117.2
(WBC female bantamweight title)

Adrian Young 132 vs. Marco Antonio Juárez 131.7
Pedro Campa 142 vs. Noé Nuñez 143
Eduardo Ramírez 122.6 vs. Alem Robles 123
Juan Montiel 149 vs. Gabriel Agramon 148
Jonathan Sánchez 118.5 vs. Gabriel Enciso 119
Karim Arce 112 vs. Jairdo Miranda 113



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Dirrell, DeGale make weight

By Karl Freitag

Both fighters make weight for Saturday’s NBC-televised super middleweight showdown for the vacant IBF title between Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. DeGale weighed in at 167.2 lbs, while Dirrell weighed 167.8.

Other Weights:
Edwin Rodriguez 176 vs. Craig Baker 175.6
Danny O’Connor 147.4 vs. Chris Gilbert 146
Logan McGuinness 136.8 vs. Gerardo Cuevas 142
Ryan Kielczewski 127.6 vs. Anthony Napunyi 125.4
Gary O’Sullivan 159.6 vs. Melvin Betancourt 159.6
Jonathan Guzman 124.6 vs. Christian Esquivel 123.2
Danny Kelly 239.8 vs. Curtis Lee Tate 229.4
Immanuwel Aleem 159.2 vs. David Toribio 159.6
Edwin Espinal 171 vs. Alvaro Enriquez 123.2
Antonio Russell 117.2 vs. Brandon Garvin 118.6



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Kudryashov stops Meroro in six

By Karl Freitag

Unbeaten cruiserweight KO artist Dmitry Kudryashov (18-0, 18 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Vikapita Meroro (28-5, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow. Meroro frustrated Kudryashov early. However Kudryashov came on and dropped Meroro in round six. He then finished Meroro later in the round with a body shot. Kudryashov retained his WBA International title.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Charr outpoints Leapai over ten

By Karl Freitag

In a crossroads heavyweight clash between former world title challengers, Manuel Charr (28-3, 16 KOs) won a comfortable ten round unanimous decision over Alex Leapai (30-7-3, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow. Charr started to pull away midway as Leapai slowed down. The second half of the bout was one-sided. Scores were 98-94, 100-90, 97-92.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Sanchez-Claggett collide in Salinas June 26

Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will feature welterweight Alan Sanchez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) against Steve Claggett (21-3-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBA Americas title in a 10-round bout at the Salinas Storm House in Salinas, California on June 26.

In the co-main event, loal super middleweight Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez (18-2, 9 KOs) will take on David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-15-1, 25 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Also in a televised six-round lightweight bout, Andy “The Shark” Vences (11-0, 7 KOs) will face Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara (8-1, 3 KOs). Fighting for airtime, Oscar “El Tigre” Godoy (13-4, 6 KOs) will fight in a six-round welterweight bout against an opponent to be announced.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Atlantic City

Juan Dominguez 122.5 vs. Mario Antonio Macias 124
Antuwyan Aikens 175 vs. Edgar Perez 183
Gervonta Davis 132 vs. Alberto Mora 130
Keenan Smith ??? vs. Luis Rodriguez 142
John Magda 168 vs. Miguel Angel Munguia 166
Bryant Perella 152 vs. German Perez 157
Kareem Martin 150 vs. Donald Sanchez 150
Jermonta Clark 150 vs. Jonathan Garcia 152
Carlos Gongora 170 vs. Efigenio Perez 174

Venue: The Claridge
Promoters: King’s Promotions and DeeLee Promotions
1st Bell: 6:45 / Doors at 6:00 PM ET
Tickets can be purchased for $100, $75 and $50



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Donaire-Ruiz WBC Purse Bid on for today

By Gabriel F.Cordero

A WBC purse bid between Filipino icon Nonito Donaire and Mexican former world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz to seek the official challenger for current WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz is scheduled for today at the offices of the WBC in Mexico City. Osvaldo Küchle, President of Promociones del Pueblo, said “Our company is interested and ready to participate in the purse bid and we also have the resources to stage the Donaire-Ruiz fight in Mexico or the United States.”



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Hobson: Stuart Hall needs to get on with it

After resurrecting Stuart Hall’s career and guiding him to a world title, Dennis Hobson is hoping he can do the same for bantamweight Ross Burkinshaw. Under Hobson’s stewardship, Burkinshaw has amassed the Commonwealth and WBO European titles, and is hoping to move a step closer to a world title shot on May 30 at Rotherham’s Magna Centre. Ross ‘The Boss’ will battle South African Klaas Mboyane for the WBO Inter-Continental crown.

Hobson also things “Stuey” still has something left despite losses Paul Butler and Randy Caballero.

“Stuart still has mileage in him, will trouble people at bantamweight, and there are some great domestic matches there for him. There’s one or two international fights I could get him but if he wants to do something domestically we’ve got Ross, there’s Ryan Farrag, and Jason Cunningham. So there’s fights there for Stuart but he needs to get on with it. (more…)



May 22nd, 2015

UFC

Weidman enjoying moment; Belfort believes

Chris Weidman was in a very good mood Wednesday afternoon. He kissed a baby, smiled and waved at the crowd who came to watch him work out at MGM Grand, then led fans in singing happy birthday to his head coach, Ray Longo, who turned 57 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

Photos: Emily Harney / Banner Promotions

ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” final broadcast features ten-rounders in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions that will decide the 2015 Boxcino Champions.

Andrey Fedosov 220.5 vs. Donovan Dennis 219
(Boxcino Heavyweight championship)
John Thompson 153.2 vs. Brandon Adams 154.7
(Boxcino Jr. Middleweight championship)

Fernando Fuentes 122 vs. Isaac Zarate 122
Angel Martinez 131.8 vs. Andres Fabian Figueroa 132.2
Richard Tallmadge 118.4 vs. Humberto Rubalcava 120.7
Isaac Freeman 146.5 vs. Danny Leon 146.1
Adam Lopez 122.9 vs. Miguel Tamayo 121

Venue: Omega Products International Outdoor Arena
Promoters: Banner Promotions & Thompson Boxing
TV: ESPN 2 (10 PM ET/7 PM PT)
1st bell: 6:15 PT

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May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing News

Carl Froch interested in Gennady Golovkin fight at Wembley

Ghana’s Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe moves up the ladder

Johnny Tapia’s widow and father rage trademark battle in Albuquerque

James DeGale on the brink of British history



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Las Vegas

Richard Commey 135 vs. Bahodir Mamadjonov 134.4
vacant IBF Inter-Continental Lightweight Title

Arif Magomedov 161 vs. Darnell Boone 157
Jesus Gutierrez 138 vs. Angel Hernandez 133.4
Kimdo Boykin 225 vs. Keith Barr 215.4
Michael Gaxiola 126.8 vs. Salvador Lopez 126

Venue: “The D” Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Promoter: Championship Title Boxing/Square Ring
TV: CBS Sports Network, Same-Day Tape Delay



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Soliman-Wade confirmed for June 26

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman will fight up-and-coming Dominic Wade in Shelton, Washington, on June 26. Soliman, 41, who is making a comeback from a potential career ending knee injury is giving away 16 years to take on former US Olympic champion, 25-year-old Dominic Wade, who is undefeated in 17 professional fights, 12 by knockout.

“I live for the challenge and I have my sights set on regaining the world title,” Soliman said. “I was offered the fight with Dominic Wade and it’s not in my DNA to say no. It’s a dangerous fight because Wade is young and has nothing to lose. I’ve worked hard to overcome my injury and regain the form required to fight at the highest level. Now I’m back to my best, and hungry to be a two-time champion.”

The fight will be televised on the US’s Showtime Shobox New Generation, which is seen as a proving ground for young boxers looking for a world title tilt. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

FS1 Weights from Indio, California

Eric Hunter 126.6 vs. Antonio Escalante 129.4
Abraham Lopez 125.8 vs. Alfred Tetteh 125.6
Taishan Dong 284.4 vs. Lance Gauch 291.4 Lbs.
Antonio Gutierrez 158.2 vs. Paul Valenzuela 160
Joet Gonzalez 123 vs. Jose Beranza 123.4
Darius Ervin 148.4 vs. Abraham Calderon 149.2

Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Dirrell-DeGale final press conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

The final press conference for Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card took place today at historic Fenway Park in Boston. Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) in a 12-round super middleweight showdown for the vacant IBF title at Boston’s Agganis Arena. Live televised coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

Andre Dirrell: “A title means everything. It completes you as a fighter. That’s the top of the food chain in this sport, and that’s the pedestal we’re all trying to reach – world champion. Everybody wants to be a world champion. The greats had it and now we want it. It would mean more for my city, my family and my friends, and it’s something I’ll always be able to look back it. It would put me in the record books for life.

“DeGale is not quiet. Today he’s chilling, maybe because he’s a little out of his comfort zone. But there’s a lot of tension when you’re standing right there next to your opponent. He might just be a little cranky today. I like to lighten the mood and stay comfortable. This is all a part of the game. Let’s have fun now. It’s ass-kicking time when we get in that ring, but outside it’s all love.

“There was a time when I didn’t want to do interviews. I didn’t want to go to fights. I didn’t want to hear fans online and on social media. I closed all them down because I didn’t want to hear people ask, ‘When are you fighting again? Talking about talent wasted, or saying I’m glad he’s gone.’ It hurt because there was nothing I could do. I was powerless even with all the power in the world.”

James DeGale: “Andre says the belt doesn’t mean anything to him in the fight – well, the belt means everything to me and more. I am here to make history and it doesn’t happen without that title. I could win on Saturday night and retire a happy man – that’s how much I want to beat Andre Dirrell. But when I do win that title, I am going for the rest of the belts, creating a lasting legacy for my country, my fans and myself.

“Andre is a classy fighter and he showed in the press conference that he is a classy guy too – when two fighters who believe in their ability 100 percent and know they are going to win a fight, it is going to be explosive. There’s nothing but respect between us, but ultimately, we’re going to take each other to dark territory on Saturday night, it’s going to be a brutal battle – and one that I am going to win.” photos



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Povetkin-Perez undercard on ESPN3 also

ESPN3 will present live coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round WBC heavyweight title eliminator between contenders Alexander Povetkin (28-1-1, 20 KOs) and Mike Pérez (21-1-0, 13 KOs) on Friday. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight belt. The card, from Moscow is presented by K2 Promotions. ESPN3 will also include additional live undercard bouts beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will televise Povetkin-Perez on tape-delay at 9 p.m. leading into the Boxcino 2015 finals on the series finale of ESPN Friday Night Fights.

The Povetkin-Perez undercard includes:

– The 12-round WBC World Cruiserweight title fight between titleholder Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) and Lukasz Janik;

– A cruiserweight bout between 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (22-1, 17 KOs) and undefeated Junior Wright (13-0-1, 11 KOs);

– A cruiserweight matchup between undefeated Dmitry Kudryashov (17-0, 17 KOs) and Vikapita Meroro (28-4, 14 KOs).



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