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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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Welsh star Nathan Cleverly will begin his campaign to become a two-time world champion when he makes his big ring return as a cruiserweight on November 30th November at London’s Copper Box Arena. Cleverly goes straight back into title action when he takes on Australian Daniel Ammann for the Vacant Commonwealth title, featuring alongside Dereck Chisora who makes the first defence of his European Heavyweight title against Matteo Modugno. The 25-year-old lost his unbeaten record and WBO World Light-Heavyweight crown to big-hitting Russian Sergey Kovalev in August, but after a break and refocussing himself on his career, Cleverly is desperate to get back in the ring and win a second world title in 2014. (more…)
Former two-time jr welterweight champion Amir Khan, who is widely considered the leading candidate for Floyd Mayweather’s next fight, weighed in on the topic during Monday night’s Golden Boy telecast from Redwood City, California. “We’re still working on a few things,” he said. “We were looking at a fight against Alexander. That fell through. There’s a lot of talk about the Mayweather fight happening, but at the moment, I’ve left it up to my team and Golden Boy.”
Khan also discussed his ideas on solving Mayweather’s style. “With Floyd Mayweather, if you’re going to be a puncher, you’re going to walk towards him and you’re going to walk into his shots. To fight Floyd Mayweather, you have to box him at his own game. You have to box him. You have to use speed, good footwork, make them old legs move.”
From training camp at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California, we have former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and his trainer, “Trainer of the Year” Robert Garcia, and Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum. They are here to discuss their upcoming historic battle against Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach, taking place Saturday, November 23 and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View at 9:00 PM east coast and 6:00 PM west coast time.
BOB ARUM: Hello everybody, I don’t know if it’s morning or night but we just got back from the Philippines last night in time for this conference call with Brandon Rios and Robert Garcia. Everyone is pumped and ready to go. The buzz in Asia is just tremendous. Over 70 media members from all over – mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore attended Manny’s media day, and now we shift the focus to America with Brandon Rios on this conference call and his media day on Thursday.
BRANDON RIOS: Training camp has been going great. It’s awesome. I won’t say it been my best training camp ever, but it’s been great. Now I am just ready to go out there and do what I’ve got to do. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Joe Horn, a welterweight boxer who became an excellent ring official, has died in Johannesburg. Horn, who fought in the 1960s, was 72 years old when he died on Monday. He was born in Johannesburg on December 22 1940, and made his professional debut in March 1963. He twice fought Boela Meyers, the 1960 Rome Olympic bronze medallist, losing on points on both occasions. Their first encounter was Horn’s third professional fight, at the Ice Drome in Durban. The second was at the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg four months later. Horn, a southpaw, beat Mickey Ravell, Jannie Jacobs, Gert Maritz, Nelie Hoffman and former SA featherweight, lightweight and welterweight champion Charlie Els. (more…)
Video/Report: Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (27-0, 24 KOs) stopped traffic in New York City’s Times Square Tuesday when he was posing for photographers. He then announced that he ready to do the same this Saturday to his hard-hitting challenger Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs).
Anybody who still has any questions whether the man from Kazakhstan can feel at home in “The Big Apple” should see dozen of fans who lined up to have a “selfie” with “GGG.” (more…)
Former champ Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko has joined the camp of Floyd Mayweather. More
Manny Pacquiao is looking to make Macau a boxing capital. More
Former champ Daniel Geale calls on Anthony Mundine to retire, calling him a detriment to the sport of boxing. More
Nice flashback piece on former great George Chuvalo. More
Pacquiao declares readiness for Rios. More
By Ron Jackson
Unathi Gqoma has a chance to regain the SA junior bantamweight title in East London on Sunday. The former champion fights Siphosethu Mvula for the title, which was declared vacant when Minyakhe Sityatha failed to renew his licence. (more…)
Hey I didn't put that out but it is what it is I'm sorry y'all
— Adrien Broner (@AdrienBroner) October 29, 2013
By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/GeorgetownProductions.com
Featherweight Manuel Avila (13-0, 5KOs) shredded Jose Angel Cota (15-10-1, 11KOs) on Monday at the Sports House in Redwood City, Calif., in the main event of a Golden Boy Live! card televised on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes, with fan favorite Paulie Malignaggi on the mike – and Floyd Mayweather Sr. working the corner for the night’s opening fight.
Avila, from nearby Fairfield, Calif., took his time in the first round as Cota, from Mexicali, Mexico, tried to press the action, but Avila opened up in the second, catching Cota before unleashing a big barrage that had his foe covering, slipping some punches and bloodied before the referee stopped it at 32 seconds of round two. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios talks with undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia and Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy Tuesday. Rios is preparing for his upcoming mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China which will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View. Rios will hold his only U.S. media workout this Thursday, October 31, at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, beginning at Noon PT. (more…)
By Pete Myers
For the final time in 2013 boxing lands at Danceland Ballroom in Davenport, Saturday, November 2nd. The scheduled six fight card is headlined by Quad City favorite Feliciano Correa (17-6-1, 9 KOs) who makes his third comeback fight after 14 years out of the ring. Boxing aficionados may remember Correa from his KO loss to the late Arturo Gatti in 1996. Correa is still popular with local fight fans and takes top billing against professional opponent Jason Medina (3-12, 3 KOs). Expect a showcase bout, the matchmaking kind to the 43 year old Correa, who once retired with health concerns related to his brain. (more…)
Undefeated WBA welterweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner, former WBA champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, undefeated WBA interim welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, undefeated WBC super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, super bantamweight title challenger Cesar Seda, former WBC welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov will hold a San Antonio press conference on Thursday to officially announce their respective title bouts on December 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Start time is 2PM at the Alamodome.
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