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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (40-0, 34 KOs), 112, collected his third world championship when he lopsidedly kept whipping defending titlist Akira Yaegashi (20-4, 10 KOs), 112, floored him in the third, steadily piled up points and finally decked the bruised and battered champ to halt him at 2:24 of the ninth rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Yaegashi didn’t utilize his footwork as expected and gamely mixed it up from the second round on, but couldn’t win even a point although he showed his heart and gameness. Gonzalez was a much better boxer than Yaegashi, as expected, and he showed his excellence in mercilessly hitting the target whose face was puffed and whose left eyebrow was badly swollen with the Nicaraguan’s accurate and effective combinations. (more…)
Kiko Martinez 121 vs. Carl Frampton 122
(IBF jr featherweight title)
Venue: Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Promoter: Barry McGuigan/Sergio Martinez
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten WBC light-flyweight champ Naoya Inoue (7-0, 6 KOs), 107.75, Japan, kept his belt as he battered Thailander Samartlek Kokietgym (17-5, 5 KOs), 107.25, from all angles, dropped him twice and finally halted him with furious combinations at 1:08 of the eleventh round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Inoue, a 21-year-old genius who acquired the throne in his sixth pro bout (after an amateur mark of 75-6, 48 stoppages), caught the game Thailander with effective shots upstairs and downstairs, and send him to the deck in the fourth and sixth so that people expected an earlier stoppage. But Samartlek, 29, displayed his unbelievable durability after his last visit to the deck in the sixth. When Inoue accelerated his attack midway in round eleven, Mexican referee Gelasio Perez made a well-timed and well-received halt to save the battered loser from further punishment.
Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, Japan’s middleweight prospect, WBC#12 Ryota Murata (5-0, 4 KOs), 161.25, defeated Mexican national champ Adrian Luna (17-3-1, 11 KOs), 162, by a unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91, 100-90) over ten hard-fought rounds.
Unbeaten 115-pound prospect, Ryo Matsumoto (12-0, 10 KOs), 117.5, looked very impressive when he dispatched former WBA flyweight and super-flyweight titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (63-5-1, 26 KOs), 117.73, with a vicious body shot at 0:32 into the second round of a scheduled eight. Matsumoto, ex-national high school champ, floored Denkaosen with a long overhand right early in the second and then displayed a coup-de-grace to the breadbasket.
World-rated light-fly, unbeaten Takuma Inoue (3-0, 1 KO), 111.75, the younger brother of the world titlist Naoya, still 18, beautifully finished Thailand’s Chanachai Sor Siamchai, 112, at 0:51 of the second session in the first bout of this show.
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Former two division (light heavyweight and cruiserweight) world champion and heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-3, 29 KO) will take on one of the new talents Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO) in what was an unthinkable fight just six months ago. Everything changed when Adamek lost to professionally inexperienced Vyacheslav Glazkov. The 37-year-old Adamek seriously thought about retiring. “Coming back after the Glazkov fight was an Adamek and family decision. I had nothing to do with that. It’s up to the fighter to dedicate himself again. But it’s great, that Tomek is coming back against Szpilka in his native Poland. Adamek does not need extra motivation, but he will have one, no doubt,” said Adamek’s trainer Roger Bloodworth in a Fightnews.com interview. Adamek-Szpilka, promoted by Polsat and Sferis Knockout Promotions, will be Polsat Boxing Night “Moment of Truth” main event on November 8 in Krakow, Poland. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that the Argentinian champ Juan Carlos Reveco (34-1, 18 KOs) will defend and unify the current WBA flyweight title against the Thai interim WBA flyweight champ Yodmongkol Saengthep Vor (34-2, 20 KO’) on October 17 in a venue to be determined in Argentina.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In the last hours there has been information about a possible fight between former world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and current WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. Although there is no official statement from either party, Marquez’ trainer Ignacio Beristain said the bout would seem an excellent choice provided it is agreed at a weight between the welter and super welter weight categories.
Cotto recently surprised fight fans on his personal Twitter account when he informed that he wouldn’t fight in December but will appear to the first quarter of 2015. Márquez continues to mull over his boxing future with his family, but a source confirmed to Fightnews.com that this weekend Marquez would be meeting with his promoter Fernando Beltran in Mexico City.
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing are delighted to announce they have teamed up with Top Rank to help explore opportunities for the IBF Super Bantamweight mandatory challenger Chris Avalos. An exemption was given to champion Kiko Martinez to fight Carl Frampton in Belfast this weekend on the understanding that the winner will face IBF number one ranked Avalos within 90 days. “There are lucrative opportunities for Chris Avalos within the division, particularly on this side of the pond,” said Hearn. “We’ll be working closely with Carl Moretti and Top Rank on Chris’ challenge for the IBF title against the winner of Kiko and Carl’s fight at the weekend.”
That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another New England edition of the Downes Side! Fun fact: even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why did they change it? I can’t say . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Souza vs. Mousasi is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 TONIGHT at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Floyd Mayweather retiring in 2015? Is “Money” knocking on that door? More
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More on the Kell Brook stabbing.
Knockout punches that turned certain defeats into unlikely victories. More
The long, arduous journey continues later this month for 5-time world light heavyweight champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs). The ultra-confident 45-year-old southpaw returns to the ring September 29 against veteran heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event, on a Golden Boy Promotions card, airing live on Fox Sports 1 from State Farm Arena in Hildalgo, Texas.
“Al (Haymon, his adviser) has given me this chance,” Tarver explained. “If I retired tomorrow, I would feel unfulfilled despite so much I’ve done as a fighter. The only reason I get up every morning to train hard is to win the world heavyweight championship. I’m on a dream path again. Outside of falling a little short in Atlanta (he won a bronze medal, losing to eventual champion Vassiliy Jirov), I’ve never had a dream in or out of the ring that I didn’t accomplish. I won the world light heavyweight title, made it to Hollywood (starring as Mason Dixon in Rocky VI), and did commentary for a major network.
“I will be world heavyweight champion and I’ll break George Foreman’s record as the oldest. I don’t want to beat just any guy with the world title belt, I want Wladimir Klitschko, and to set-up that fight I will challenge and defeat David Haye, if he has the guts to fight me. Even at 45, I have so much fight in me, and there isn’t a heavyweight I can’t beat in a 12-round fight, unless they knock me out, something nobody’s been able to do in my entire career.” (more…)
The stacked September of exclusively live fights on UFCFIGHTPASS.com begins this Saturday, with the inaugural Invicta FC event live and on-demand from Kansas City.
The Invicta FC 8 event is headlined by Invicta atomweight champion Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson defending her title against Japanese challenger Yasuko Tamada, while the fight for the vacant strawweight belt between Stephanie Eggink and Katja Kankaanpää co-mains the 10-fight card. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO jr. welterweight champion Chris Algieri rang the closing bell with Thomas W. Farley, (2nd R) President, New York Stock Exchange, Ed Tracy,(L) President and CEO of Sands China and Joe DeGuardia, (R) Star Boxing at the New York Stock Exchange Thursday in New York City to wrap up their worldwide tour.
Pacquiao and Algieri, along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., completed on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, that began on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour included press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. More photos
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Gegard Mousasi and the heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Ben Rothwell, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also see six prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.
Gegard Mousasi (186) VS Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (185)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Ben Rothwell (264) VS Alistair Overeem (248)
Derrick Lewis (264) VS Matt Mitrione (255)
Michael Chiesa (156) VS Joe Lauzon (155)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Charles Oliveira (150*) VS Nik Lentz (146)
Justin Scoggins (126) VS John Moraga (126)
Rodrigo Damm (156) VS Al Iaquinta (155)
Chris Camozzi (186) VS Rafael Natal (185)
Chris Beal (135) VS Tateki Matsuda (135)
Chas Skelly (145) VS Sean Soriano (145)
*Oliveira missed weight – he will forfeit 20% of his purse and the fight will go on as scheduled.
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Souza vs. Mousasi is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 FRIDAY at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME
Mark Zerof – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
The Adrien Broner show continued on Thursday during the final press conference for Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati. “The Problem” debuted “Bronish,” his own style of trash talking translated by fellow Cincinnati native and undefeated prospect Robert Easter, Jr. Then he reverted back to English and called out Lucas Matthysse. Just a few minutes later, he put his arms around the throat of his opponent on Saturday, Emanuel Taylor, while facing off for media in attendance.
In other words, typical Adrien Broner.
Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) and Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) will meet in Saturday’s 12-round super lightweight main event. In the co-feature, former WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (35-3, 33 KOs) will square off with Mexico’s highly touted and unbeaten Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (31-0-1, 24 KOs) in a 12-round bout for Ortiz’s WBC Silver Super Lightweight Title. Opening the telecast will be the return of former welterweight world champion Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) against Steve Upsher (24-3-1, 6 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout.
Adrien Broner: “I really don’t know how to say it. I could say it in English, I could say it in Bronish – I’m just going to kick your (expletive). You know you’re not going to win. He’s not coming to win; he’s just coming to not get stopped. I’m going to stop this guy. He’s shaking right now. He already knows what’s up. (more…)
Middleweight star Peter Quillin announced today that he is vacating his WBO middleweight title, effective immediately, in order to pursue bigger opportunities at 160 pounds. In doing so, Quillin passes up a career high $1.4 million payday by defending against mandatory challenger Matt Korobov.
“I’d like to thank WBO president Paco Valcarcel and his organization for their support throughout the years,” said Quillin. “Winning the WBO world championship was a highlight in my career and something I’ll never forget, this is a difficult decision, but in order to make the fights the fans and I want against my fellow middleweights at the top of the division, I needed to relinquish the title. This is an exciting new chapter in my life, and I’m looking forward to cementing my spot as the best middleweight in the world.”
With over 873,000 workouts logged over the last two months in support of the Wheaties NEXT Challenge, America has spoken by selecting UFC ® lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis to be featured nationally on the famed Wheaties box. This marks the first time in the cereal’s 91-year history that Wheaties put the power in the hands of the voters to choose the next elite athlete to appear on the box. Pettis’ Wheaties box will be available in early 2015. (more…)
By Jerry Glick
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The 27,273-Mile Pacquiao-Algieri Media Tour, that began 12 days ago at The Venetian Macao and includes press conferences or public and private appearances in Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles wrapped up on Thursday in New York City as WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri conducted one last kickoff press conference to promote their November 22 clash of champions that can be seen live on PPV from The Venetian Macao.
Here’s what they had to say:
Chris Algieri: Our job is to go out there and be ambassadors of the sport. And to promote the fight and promote the sport in general and I believe the Pacquiao Team does it better than anyone in the world. It was a real honor to watch them and to learn and to take notes in the process…really it’s just going to be a great fight.
Manny Pacquiao: This coming fight on November 22 in Macau, I hope you support this fight 100%. It’s going to be a good fight….the journey of Manny Pacquiao will continue.
Promoter Bob Arum: Isn’t this refreshing. Here you have two camps. Two fighters gonna fight each other on November 22 who will prepare like hell and give it all in the ring. And yet when they appear in public, there’s not only no trash talking, there’s only compliments for each other. And that’s how sports should be. That by and large is how the NFL is and that’s why it’s so successful. And that’s why I’m so proud of both of these camps for the way they’ve behaved and truly feel because it’s a credit to the sport. It’s a noble sport boxing is. We don’t need trash talking. We don’t need cursing. We just need the participants to show the proper respect for each other which they’ve done here.
Report and photo by Joe Koizumi
Who is this pretty Japanese girl next to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman who is now in Tokyo to supervise tomorrow’s WBC flyweight title bout? Don’t make it a scandal, even though the beauty has something to do with him. She is Yuko Kuroki, a newly crowned WBC female strawweight champ who has come up to the capital Tokyo from her native Fukuoka city to make a courtesy call. The president Sulaiman disclosed that Kuroki (11-4-1, 6 KOs), 23, would defend her belt against mandatory challenger Katia Gutierrez (19-4, 4 KOs), 25, from Mexico, in Fukuoka on November 1. Mauricio described Kuroki as one of the prettiest world champions he had ever seen. She is not only cute but also a good southpaw boxer with speed and skills. Kuroki attracted Sulaiman and other officials as well with her charming smile.
Result of today’s weigh-in ceremony:
Akira Yaegashi 112 vs. Roman Gonzalez 112
(WBC flyweight championship)
Naoya Inoue 107.75 vs. Samartlek Kokietgym 107.25
(WBC light flyweight championship)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that WBA super lightweight champion Jesse Vargas will defend his title against Antonio De Marco on the November 22 Pacquiao-Algieri PPV card in Macau, China. Other undercard fights include WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko defending against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo and a flyweight title eliminator between Zou Shiming and Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym.
Scott Harrison will make his return to the ring after an 18-month absence under the banner of the newly-formed Phoenix Promotions in Glasgow on October 31. The former two-time WBO featherweight world champion had his boxing licence reinstated by the British Boxing Board of Control last month after a year-long suspension.
Harrison said, “I am looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career, working with Jay Anderson at Phoenix Promotions, a boxing promotional company that I believe will shake up Scottish boxing.”
Anderson stated, “I am delighted to have Scott on board, who in my opinion is one of the best fighters Scotland has ever produced. We are looking forward to the journey ahead with ambitious plans and exciting times in Scottish boxing.”
Last Saturday at a mid-day free open air show in the center of Ghent, Belgium, lightweight Bauwens Jr had a harder than expected fight against Alex Bone from Ecuador via Spain.
Bauwens dominated the early rounds but seemed to get frustrated when he could not stop his opponent. Troubles started when he punched Bone clearly after the bell ending round 6. Referee Daniel Van de Wiele deducted 1 point from the local star at the start of round 7 for the foul. It got worse for Bauwens moments later when he was briefly dropped from a right to the body. He was more out of balance than hurt but still found himself on the canvas.
Bauwens Jr finally won a unanimous decision on scores of 76-74 and twice 77-74. Bauwens, the current EBU-EU lightweight champion, improved to 35-1-1(21) but still needs to be tested at higher lever. Alex Bone dropped 10-18-2(4).
On the undercard Kevin Ongenae decisioned Hovhannes Kishmiryan.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
“I am glad and happy to fight again in Macao. It’s good for us to promote boxing in Asia and China,” eight division world champion and reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) told Fightnews.com on Wednesday. Pacman is set to take on WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs) on November 22 in the Cotai Arena at the Venitian Hotel in Macao, China live on HBO Pay per view.
We caught up with Pacquiao in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. The international tour started in Macao, then made stops in Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and will wrap today in New York. “The tour has been good. It’s been really fun. After this we’ll start to train,” Pacquiao said. (more…)
Full fight video is now available for the recent WBA interim light flyweight title fight between unbeaten Randy Petalcorin and Walter Tello in Shanghai, China. Petalcorin looked good in winning the vacant title by seventh round KO.
Reports are coming in that IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has been stabbed in the leg while vacationing in Tenerife. Details are sketchy, but Brook is reportedly in the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. More to come…
By Felipe Leon at the scale
Photos: Bobby D. Presents
Jolene Blackshear 108 vs Susan Reno 108
Kenia Enriquez 110 vs Mayela Perez 109
Miguel Sanchez 145 vs Ivan Zavala 142
Haley Pasion 124.5 vs Jilian Lybarger 131.5
Mulapi Enjani 122 vs Juan Urbina 118.5
When: Thursday, September 4th, 7:00PM
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents
Ticket and Info: (619) 420-8866 or SanDiegoFights.com
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Leading IBF Asian promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang welcomed IBF #1 mandatory challenger McWilliams Arroyo (15-1) and Team Arroyo including Peter Rivera/PR Best, trainer Anthony Otero and assist trainer Alexander Santos, who arrived in Thailand to challenge IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng on September 10 at Liptanphanlop Hall, Nakornratchasima, Thailand.
Arroyo said he is ready to fight. “I am confident to win the fight in Thailand. I will take the IBF belt back home to Puerto Rico.”
The UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi preliminary card on Friday will feature four fights with competitors looking for redemption after recent losses . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Souza vs. Mousasi is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, September 5 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (16-0, 8 KOs) the current USBA Atlantic Coast Region lightweight champion looks to add another belt to his collection on September 20 at Foxwoods Resort Casino when he faces Angino “The Nightmare” Perez (16-5, 14 KOs) for the Junior NABF lightweight title as the ten-round co-feature live on the broadcast NBC edition of Fight Night. The main event during the NBC broadcast will feature Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) against Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) for the NABF cruiserweight title.
Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Youri “El Toro” Kalenga (20-1, 13 KOs) will defend his title November 15 against undefeated, No. 4-rated “Dangerous” Denton Daley (12-0, 6 KOs) at Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Kalenga-Daley will headline “World Championship Boxing,” promoted by United Boxing Promotions (UBP). It will mark the first world title fight ever held in Mississauga, as well the first in the province of Ontario in 4 1/2 years, since Mississauga-native Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor defeated Takalani Ndlovu in Rama by 12-round decision for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight championship. Kalenga-Daley will also be the first major world championship fight held in the Toronto market since March 29, 1966, when hometown hero George Chuvalo lost a 15-round unanimous decision at Maple Leaf Gardens to world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #3 featherweight Joel Brunker (27-0, 15 KOs) talks to Fightnews about his scheduled IBF elimination bout against Lee Selby (19-1, 7 KOs) at the Millennium Dome in London, England on October 11th. Brunker said he will depart soon for New York where he’ll have sparring sessions with top class 126 pounders for three weeks in the USA before arriving in London in early October. Brunker also mentioned he has been sparring with the son of English great Nigel Benn who now lives in Sydney.
San Diego boxing and sports legend Charlie Powell has passed away at the age of 82. More
Manny Pacquiao takes a break from promo tour. More
Photos: Pete Susens
Houston’s former world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz enjoyed a fast paced workout today at The Cigarroa Rec Center here in preparation for his UniMas-televised showdown against Venezuelan Carlos Cardenas on Saturday night at The Laredo Energy Arena. Diaz, working with trainers Tim Knight and Derwin Richards, shadowboxed, hit the pads and worked on the speed bag at the beautiful boxing club. Hall of Fame boxer and former world champion Orlando Canizales enjoyed the action.
Ticket prices are: $40 / $20 / $10 (single seats), tables prices are: $500 (ten top) / $400 (ten top) / $150 (four top). To reserve tables call 956-791-9192. Vouchers for free general admission tickets (while supplies last) are available at the LEA box office.
“He’s going to come to fight,” said Broner. “When people fight an Adrien Broner or a Floyd Mayweather they’re going to come to fight. I’m sure he trained to his best, he’s in tip-top shape and he’s ready to go. I learned I need to stay in shape. Before the Maidana fight it felt like I was unstoppable, I could do anything. I could just go back in the ring and everything would be normal. But after the fight I realized I have to slow down. I can still be me and have fun, but I can’t be beating up my body. I have no more flaws. I put down everything. Now I just have fun, I stay in shape and I keep positive people around. (more…)
Looks like WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto won’t be fighting on December 13 as expected.
Fans I wanted to share with you all that my return to the ring will be in early 2015!!. Thank you for the amazing support. #WarCotto
— Miguel A. Cotto (@RealMiguelCotto) September 3, 2014
On Wednesday, October 8, IBF middleweight champion “King” Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) defending his crown against former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) at the beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 5, 9:00am CT, and are priced at $89.95, $69.95, $49.95 and $29.95, plus tax and service charges, and can be purchased at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office, or through any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com. Doors open at 4:45pm, with the first bout scheduled for 5:30pm.
Sam Soliman: I’m going to be stepping into the ring against a former world middleweight champion and super middleweight contender, who is chasing a comeback dream. Jermain Taylor has nothing to lose, and that makes him a very dangerous opponent. I know how dangerous that mindset is. It’s the same ‘all or nothing’ approach that I’ve taken into my last 10 fights to win the title. I’m bringing the same intensity to my preparation for this fight. It has taken me 20 hard years to get to where I am. Being a world champion is a special feeling, and one I plan on keeping. This is my first title defense, and I’m leaving no stone unturned to make sure it’s not my last.”
Jermain Taylor: Things have come full circle for me. I have another shot to become a world champion and I’m not going to let this opportunity pass by without being victorious. I’ve made a bunch of mistakes in boxing, losing to fighters I shouldn’t have lost to because of a lack of training, but I’m ready to clear all that up. With hard work and dedication, I will be 110 percent ready. I think Sam Soliman is a great fighter. He’s had a great career and he comes to fight, but I have to go in there and beat the hell out of him.”
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