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WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) hosted their fight week media workout today alongside WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (43-0, 37KOs) and his challenger Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria, (36-4, 22 KOs) at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in advance of their anticipated PPV matchups on Saturday at “The Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden.
Below are what the fighters and their teams had to say at today’s media workout:
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin: “This is the biggest test for me. He’s the IBF champ. It’s big situation, unification, Pay-Per-View. Right now it’s a very interesting situation to be in in the middleweight division. I think we have three or four fighters and it’s very important who is number one.”
David Lemieux: “I am aware of his record but I am also aware of who I am and what I can bring to the table. My concern is the present and making sure I win on Oct. 17. I am going to be a lion in there. Nothing is going to be in my way. It is kind of like David and Goliath. Everyone is impressed on this big GGG, he is impressive and talented but there is also David who is making a lot of noise. I know what I am going up against and I am going in with a nice package to deliver to Golovkin.” (more…)
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Unbeaten heavyweight battle between Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washingon (16-0-1, 11 KOs) barely kept his “0” with a ten round draw against Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. Washington won the early rounds but Mansour came on strong midway and seemed to pull it out. Scores were 97-93 Washington, 96-94 Mansour, 95-95.
2012 U.S. Olympian cruiserweight Michael Hunter (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jason Douglas (11-6, 4 KOs). Hunter dropped Douglas in round two. Douglas rocked Hunter in round three, but he rallied to knock down Douglas again. Douglas was on the deck twice more in round four. The bout was halted after the round. Hunter is the son of former heavyweight contender Mike “The Bounty” Hunter.
Power-punching light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (13-0, 11 KOs) was forced to go the full eight round distance against Mariano Hilario (12-4, 5 KOs). Scores were 78-73, 80-71, 80-71 for Elbiali. Hilario was deducted a point for holding in round six.
IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby plans to make a big splash on his American debut as he defends his title against Fernando Montiel at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, live on Sky Sports in the UK and ESPN in the US. Selby makes his maiden defense of the title he won with a superb performance against Evgeny Gradovich at The O2 in London in May, and the “British Mayweather” wants to grab the attention of the American fight fans with a dominant display against former three-weight World champion Montiel.
“I’m just really excited and looking forward to putting on a great show like I always do,” said Selby, who tipped the scales at 125.8lbs at this afternoon’s weigh-in, Montiel lighter at 125.6lbs. “I am so excited to be fighting in the States – people know me in the UK and I want to become a star in America too. (more…)
Lee Selby 125.8 lbs. vs. Fernando Montiel 125.6 lbs.
(IBF featherweight title)
Devon Alexander 146.9 lbs. vs. Aarón Martínez 147.1 lbs.
Venue: Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona
Promotor: Ring Pros Promotions
By Karl Freitag
Great Tuesday night heavyweight matchup this evening on Fox Sports 1 as unbeaten Gerald Washington (16-0, 11 KOs) takes on veteran Amir Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington. This is much more than a typical unbeaten prospect building his record against an aging gatekeeper type of matchup. In fact, oddsmakers are pegging the unbeaten Washington to lose against the 43-year-old Mansour. For example, The Greek Sportsbook has Mansour a solid favorite at -240 with Washington +190. Should be a very interesting affair.
A possible Mets-Cubs showdown has nothing on the upcoming Brooklyn brawl between Long Beach, New York’s undefeated #4 world-rated light heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan and Chicago’s Donovan “Da Bomb” George. Monaghan (25-0, 16 KOs) and George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) will be battling for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) light heavyweight title this Friday at Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. The 10-rounder will be televised live as the main event of “The MetroPC Friday Night Knockout on truTV,” beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Top Rank today released quotes attributed to both fighters:
Donovan George: “I want to wipe out Top Rank’s stable. It starts Friday with “Irish Stew” Seanie Monaghan, the easiest fight of the three Top Rank fighters I’m declaring war on. Then I want to get my hands on Jesse “Out of Work” Hart. I want to shut his trap. Philadelphia hasn’t been a fight town in decades and Hart is softer than a tub of Philadelphia cream cheese. Finally, I want Top Rank’s Mexican darling Gilberto “Zero” Ramirez — a fighter who lives up to his ring name.”
Seanie Monaghan: “I know the Cubs have been suffering from the Curse of the Billy Goat but I didn’t know the goat could talk until I heard Donovan George’s comments today. Poor Donovan is in for a shock on Friday night. It’s fitting that his professional demise will be in Brooklyn because ‘Da Bomb’ will leave as ‘Da Bum’ after I knock him out. The only thing Donovan will be wiping out are the cobwebs I put in his head.” (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and his trainer Abel Sanchez spoke to reporters in advance of Saturday’s PPV middleweight unification clash against IBF champion David Lemieux.
Video Credit: K2 Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Eye of the Tiger Promotions.
On Saturday, Granite Chin Promotions in association with Nick DiSalvo will present a boxing card to the spacious Marina Bay SportsPlex in Quincy, Massachusetts. Along with a venue change (from the Dorchester National Guard Armory), the card underwent a massive renovation including the addition of undefeated ROC Nation fighters Meng Fanlong, Zhimin Wang, Dustin Fleischer, and former Dominican Olympian Wellington Romero in separate four round bouts.
The main event will feature Quincy cruiserweight Chris Traietti (18-3, 14 KOs) going up against Missouri state champ Gary Tapusoa (7-4-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC (USNBC) belt. Traietti will be looking to extend his knockout streak to nine since reuniting with his childhood trainer Jimmy Farrell. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
For Philadelphia lightweight Hank Lundy, who turned 31 in January, it’s now or never. “This year, I’m going to shock the world and get what I’ve been chasing after,” Lundy said. “No more playing around.” Lundy (25-5-1, 12 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday to face Nicaraguan vet Carlos Winston Velasquez (23-21-1, 13 KOs) for WBC regional belt in the 10-round co-main event of CES Boxing’s show at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Three months removed from his last bout, a controversial loss to Mauricio Herrera on HBO Deportes, Lundy had some biting comments about that fight. “As the fight went on, I was going to hurt Herrera and stop Herrera, and Golden Boy didn’t realize that,” Lundy said. “You could tell the fix was in. I think [Herrera] knows better than to give me [a rematch]. At the end of the day, he knows I’m a more explosive fighter than most of those guys he’s been fighting. He found out in the first couple of rounds I could punch. I guess he didn’t know I was that fast. He didn’t believe the hype about ‘Hammerin’ Hank and he found out the hard way.” (more…)
Former world champion Amir Khan says he breaking off talks with the Team of Manny Pacquiao. “I’m really disappointed in Manny and his team,” Khan told The National in the UAE. “They aren’t playing ball. All that was left to do is to sign the contract. But they are stalling. I have pulled out of the negotiations. I am no longer fighting Manny Pacquiao…I am not going to wait around for Manny like I did for Mayweather.”
So who is still on Khan’s radar? He named Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Timothy Bradley and, yes, Kell Brook.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
WBO #6, WBA #13, WBC #14 heavyweight Joseph Parker (15-0, 13 KOs) will collide with his toughest ring assignment to date when he meets Kali “Mean Hand” Meehan (42-5, 32 KOs) over twelve rounds at The Trust Arena, Auckland, New Zealand on Thursday with WBO, WBA and WBC regional titles up for grabs. Former world title challenger Meehan, at 45 years of age, had one of his best ring performances in November 2014 when he scored a clear ten round points decision over Shane Cameron. Parker, at 23 years of age, is the youngest top ten world rated heavyweight and he is coming off a knockout in round one over former world ranked heavyweight Bowie Tupou in August.
The matchmaker for Duco Events Promotions , Stuart Duncan said, “We are pleased with Joseph Parker’s progress having scored impressive wins over Frans Botha, Brian Minto, Sherman Williams, Ireneu Beato Costa Junior, Jason Pettway, Yakup Saglam and the KO of Bowie Tupou. Kali Meehan has boxed the best heavyweights in the world and always performs well. He was unlucky not to be crowned WBO heavyweight champion when he lost a disputed split decision to Lamont Brewster in 2004. We are expecting a tough fight against Kali.” (more…)
Former three-division world champion Fernando “KOchulito” Montiel (54-4-2, 39 KOs) plans to spoil the U.S. debut of featherweight world champion Lee Selby (21-1, 8 KOs) when they collide on Wednesday night on ESPN in Glendale, Arizona.
“I honestly believe that (Selby) chose the wrong guy to fight,” stated the 36-year-old Montiel. “I’ve had great preparation for this fight. All the work has been put in. He just chose the wrong guy to make his US debut against. I was very happy when I heard that we were going to fight in Arizona. There are lots of Mexicans here, so I know I’ll have a lot of people behind me on Wednesday. It’s going to be great to fight here. I certainly don’t feel like age has anything to do with this fight. Look at me. I’m ready to go.”
Aisling Daly may have lost her chance to compete on the UFC’s return to Dublin card in 2014 due to her participation on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, but when the First Lady of Irish MMA found out about another event taking place in her hometown, she was not about to miss this one . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Gabriel F.Cordero
Sad to report that former WBA super bantamweight world champion Ricardo Cardona passed away last Sunday at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer in Barranquilla, Colombia. Cardona was one of the Colombia’s first world boxing champions, following the legendary Antonio Cervantes and Rodrigo Valdes. He won the WBA title on May 7, 1978 and made five successful defenses. He retired in June 1984 with a record of 26-10-1, 13 KOs. Ricardo’s brother Prudencio was WBC flyweight world champion and now suffers from Parkinsons. Ricardo and Prudencio are members of the select group of boxing brothers who both became world champions.
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Tribute to Dean Chance
Gerald Washington 246 vs. Amir Mansour 221
Michael Hunter 199 vs. Jason Douglas 199
Ahmed Elbiali 177 vs. Mariano Hilario 173
Phil Lo Greco 150 vs. Pablo Munguia 146
Wale Omotoso 146.4 vs. Gilberto Sanchez-Leon 147.6
Leo Hall vs. Ricardo Campillo
Javier Molina 148.8 vs. Lenwood Dozier 150.8
Mike Gavronski 172.8 vs. Jamie Campbell 169.2
Leo Hall 179 vs. Ricardo Campillo 176.4
Venue: Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington
Promoter: TGB Promotions
TV: Fox Sports 1
WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (43-0, 37 KOs) and four-time former world champion in two weight divisions Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) visited Madison Square Garden, “The Mecca of Boxing” on Monday for the first time in anticipation of their championship battle this Saturday night on pay-per-view.
The Gonzalez vs. Vilora clash is the co-feature to the middleweight world championship title unification between WBA champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (33-0, 30 KOs) and IBF champion David Lemieux, (34-2, 31 KOs).
Star Boxing’s undefeated WBC #10 super middleweight Zac Dunn (18-0, 15 KOs) is arriving at JFK Airport in New York today from his Australian homeland to begin final preparations for his clash against Denis “The Momma’s Boy” Douglin (19-4, 12 KOs) on Saturday night, October 24, at The Paramount in Huntington. Dunn, the just-signed “Wonder from Down Under” will train at the nearby Academy of Boxing, a stone’s throw where he will make his United States debut. Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia has also announced an action-packed undercard to accompany Zunn-Douglin (which will be for an IBO belt) for the next installment of the Rockin’ Fights series.
The co-feature will pit undefeated Alicia Napoleon (4-0, 4 KOs) in her Paramount debut against Kita Watkins (7-13, 1 KO) for the IWBF interim woman’s world title. (more…)
Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and #1 world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs) will risk his upcoming world title shot in a 10-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) International / North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super middleweight title defense against Gevorg Khatchikian (22-1, 10 KOs), of the Netherlands, making his U.S. debut, Friday, November 20, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Ramirez vs. Khatchikian will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with a 10-round junior lightweight rumble between once-beaten Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-1, 8 KOs) of San Antonio and unbeaten Saúl “Kid Dynamite” Rodríguez (18-0-1, 13 KOs), of Riverside, Calif.. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank and produced in association with HBO Sports.
“This is the second time that I have fought in Las Vegas. When I was younger I dreamed of fighting in Las Vegas because it was the boxing capital of the world where the best events took place,” said Ramirez. “November 20th is a memorable date for Mexico. I am dedicating this fight to all Mexicans. I have been training more than a month because this fight is so important. I’ve been promised a world championship fight if I win this one, so I am preparing like this is a world championship fight. It is do or die for me and my career to win and to have the opportunity to make history by becoming the first Mexican to win a super middleweight world title in this division.” (more…)
Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will continue with its fall season this Friday, October 16, at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event, another “Civil War” when WBO #2 contender and David “Severo” Carmona (19-2-5, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico gives q rematch to WBO #9, WBC #11 contender Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-2, 4 KOs) also from Mexico City in a bout between two world ranked contenders scheduled for 10 Rounds for the WBO Latin super flyweight title. (more…)
Ricky Burns (38-5, 12 KOs) will face Josh King (20-3, 9 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Lightweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 7, live on Sky Sports.
Burns held the WBO World crown at both Super Featherweight and Lightweight and after his rousing display in Texas against fellow former World king Omar Figueroa breathed new life into his career, ‘The Rickster’ can take a huge step on the road back to his old belt by beating the Australian.
Decorated amateur King is ranked at number ten in the WBO and enters the bout as the reigning WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific champion, and the 30 year old Queenslander is hunting the major scalp of the Scot to lay his own claim to the World title. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Peter Frutkoff/PeterFrutkoff.com
As the action at the very top of the light heavyweight division takes a reprieve with the announcement that champion Sergey Kovalev won’t fight again until 2016, the battles elsewhere in the weight class continue on. One of those will take place this Friday at the Aviator Arena in Brooklyn, New York when unbeaten Long Islander Seanie Monaghan (25-0, 16 KOs) faces off against arguably his toughest test to date with the faded but still dangerous Donovan George (25-4-2, 22 KOs).
It’s an assignment, Monaghan told FightNews, that he expects will propel him into bigger and more lucrative contests.
“I’m expecting the best Donovan George there is,” Monaghan explained. “He’s coming off a long lay-off (14 months) but I’m assuming he’s in top shape and he’s going to come fight his best fight. But even Donovan George at his best is not good enough to beat me. He’s too small and I’m just a better fighter than him. I’m on the rise and he’s on the decline right now. So, I’m expecting a good, tough fight. I’m expecting him to come give it his all. I’m expecting him to be in top shape but I’m just going to be too much for him.” (more…)
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, 21-year-old Tom Schwarz (14-0, 9 KOs) meets 19-year-old KO artist Ilja Mezencev (10-0, 10 KOs) on November 14 at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany, home of the famous “Bauhaus.” The bout will be for the inaugural WBO Youth heavyweight championship.
“Finally! I’ve worked my whole life for this first title opportunity and now my dream comes true,” said Schwarz. “I look forward to this strong opponent. But, “KO King” or not, so far I’ve had the tougher opponents and have boxed more rounds than Ilja Mezencev. I see that as my advantage!”
SES promoter Ulf Steinforth plans to move Schwarz very carefully over the next few years. “21 years of age is still very young for the heavyweight division,” he stated. The inaugural WBO World Youth Championship is an important building block in the development of Tom Schwartz. Two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz and Dominic Boesel, the current WBO #1 light heavyweight, from our boxing stable have also won junior world championships at a young age and thereafter developed in the international arena.” (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo by Darryl Cobb, Jr. – dcobbjr.com
The 8th Annual Briscoe Awards will be presented at a free public event on Sunday, October 18th at Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia (1:00 pm). The awards, named for 1970’s Philly middleweight icon Bennie Briscoe, recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the local boxing scene and include categories such as Fighter of the Year, Fight of the Year, as well as Rookie, Prospect, Amateur, KO, Upset, Breakout Fighter and Performance of the Year.
Heavyweight Bryant Jennings will take home one of the top prizes when he is named the “2014 Philly Fighter of the Year”. Jennings went 2-0 in 2014, and earned a shot at the world heavyweight championship in the process.
“It feels great,” Jennings said about winning the Briscoe Award. “Especially to be honored at home, because home is what really counts and what really matters. We all know the definition of home, and we all know how home is supposed to feel. So, it’s an honor and I love it. I love it. When names are being thrown around, whether in a small crowd or a huge crowd, you always want your name to be mentioned. You always want to be recognized for being one of the best. It’s an honor being honored by my hometown. That’s love. That’s respect.” (more…)
ALA Boxing International, in cooperation with Philippines’ largest TV conglomerate ABC-CBN and The Filipino Channel (TFC), will present a fight card at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA on Saturday. This is the first venture of an Asian promotion company in the US market. Headlining the event will be WBO light flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs), who will defend his belt against #8 ranked Juan “Pinky” Alejo of Mexico (21-3, 13 KOs). Nietes is by the longest-reigning Filipino world champion.
Also on the fight card, billed as “Philippines vs the World,” is unbeaten Albert “Prince” Pagara (24-0, 17 KOs), the IBF Intercontinental super bantamweight champion, who will face William “Chirizo” Gonzales (25-5, 23 KOs) of Nicaragua. Super lightweight Jason “El Nino” Pagara (35-2, 22 KOs) will exchange leather with Santos “El Toro” Benavides (25-7-2, 19 KOs) also of Nicaragua. And, fast rising Filipino featherweight star, Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (11-0, 9 KOs) will fight a fellow undefeated fighter in Yardley Suarez (13-0, 8 KOs) of Mexico.
Tickets start at $27, with ringside going for $105.
Former hot prospect Terrance Churchwell (20-1, 13 KOs) of Nashville, Tennessee, defeated journeyman Kevin Carter (11-74-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night by way of four round unanimous decision on a club show in Johnson City, Tennessee. It was the first time Churchwell had fought in nearly 14 years since retiring from boxing at the age of 24. The 38-year-old Churchwell will continue his comeback and return to training next week with his manager-trainer Ramon Arellano in Nashville. Churchwell has lost more than 70 pounds in the last year getting as low as 160 pounds. He says that the goal is for him to get down to his original fighting weight of 140 pounds in the next few months.
Former middleweight world title challenger Matthew Macklin believes that moving down to super welterweight can turn his world title dreams into reality as he faces Jason Welborn for the vacant WBC International title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday. Macklin has had three world title fights at middleweight. The 32-year-old first thought of the move down to super welterweight following his loss to Jorge Sebastian Heiland in Dublin in November and he has told fight fans that they can expect to see hard-hitting ‘Mack the Knife’ back to his best. Macklin was last down at the 154lb weight for his battle with Jamie Moore back in September 2006.
“I still think I can win a world title,” said Macklin. “After the fight with Heiland I did think maybe I am not what I was. He is a good fighter with a horrible style to fight, but after three rounds of feeling sharp, I just felt that I had no energy in there. I hadn’t been out of the gym all year and at 33, training like that, something has got to give. So I think that I still have plenty to give but it’s just been about changing the way I train a little bit, small adjustments, and I think that I am going to be more imposing at super welterweight and my power will be great. (more…)
This should not come as any kind of surprise, but Kyra Gracie’s one-year-old daughter Ayra already has a Jiu-Jitsu gi. That’s the Gracie way . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Avni Yilderim outscores Bernard Donfack over 12 hard fought and entertaining rounds to successfully defend his WBC International Silver Lightheavyweight title.
It was scored twice 117-111 and 118-113.
Mohamed Al Zein knocked out Zoltan Beres in 76 seconds. Beres should now consider to hang up his gloves.
Roman Alesin went down in round 6 and signaled to the referee that he had enough against compatriot Zura Mekereshvili. It was scheduled for 10 rounds.
Konstantin Airich cut and dropped Robert Filipovic in round 6 and it was waved off by the referee.
The show at the Shiraz Eventhalle in Herne, Germany was promoted by Ahmet Öener of Arena Box-Promotion and shown live on NTV Spor in Turkey.
Undefeated light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (20-0, 13 KOs) wasted no time in getting rid of Brazilian power-puncher Gilberto Domingos (24-4, 21 KOs) Saturday evening at the Florida Orange Event Center in Lakeland, Florida. Kalajdzic was on the attack from the opening bell. Kalajdzic connected with quick punches to Domingos’ mid-section, hurting him just seconds into the fight. A visibly hurt Domingos unsuccessfully attempted to move and tighten his guard, finding himself on the canvas courtesy of a stinging combination. Moments later, the popular Saint Petersburg, FL resident unleashed another combination to deck Domingos for a second time, mercifully forcing the stoppage at 1:32 in the first of a scheduled eight rounds.
“He left his body open and I knew if I connected he’d go down,” said Kalajdzic, who moved up to cruiserweight for this fight to accommodate Domingos and is now 20-0 with 13 wins by knockout. “It feels great to fight (close to home) and I would love to keep fighting here. I don’t care who I fight as long as the money is right, but I’ll let (my promoter) Lou DiBella handle that.” (more…)
Sad to report the death of International Boxing Association (IBA) President Dean Chance at the age of 74 at his home in Ohio. Chance started the IBA in the 1990s. The title was held by many big names including Roy Jones Jr., James Toney, Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Butterbean, Mia St. John, Holly Holm and many more. Sometimes the IBA title had major media exposure, such as in the 2000 rematch between Paulie Ayala and Johnny Tapia.
Before getting into boxing, Dean was a major league baseball star. In 1964 he threw a no-hitter, started the All-Star game, won the Cy Young award, won 20 games, had an ERA of 1.65, and tossed 11 complete game shutouts for the Los Angeles Angels. He played for 11 seasons in all.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
More and more, fighters like to use social media for finding opponents in the ring. Sometimes it works. Polish heavyweight Artur Szpilka got his dream fight starting Twitter words exchange with Bryant Jennings. But most of the time, it’s not so easy. Case in point: Another top polish fighter, undefeated middleweight Maciej Sulęcki (21-0, 6 KOs). Sulęcki, whose biggest win came when he defeated former world title challenger Grzegorz Proksa, has since fought twice at Premier Boxing Champions events. Sulęcki quickly knocked out both his opponents and immediately challenged fellow undefeated boxer Hugo Centeno Jr. (23-0, 12 KO).
“I want to fight Centeno for couple of reasons,” said Sulęcki. First of all, in his last fight, he beat my Polish colleague Lukasz Maciec and I want to avenge my buddy, because Centeno was lucky in this bout fighting a man who was traveling back and forth between Poland and US. Then, when I challenged him on Twitter, instead of responding like a man, he decided to block me! (more…)
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