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Weights for Friday night’s King’s Promotions card at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia:
Christopher Brooker 168.8 vs. Antowyan Aikens 167
Kermit Cintron 153.9 vs. Eduardo Flores 156.7
Naim Nelson 139.4 vs. Carlos Velasquez 142.9
Scott Kelleher 139.4 vs. Terrell James 141.3
Erik Spring 153 vs. Justin Johnson 150.9
Aaron Brooks 165 vs. Ryan Bivins 165
Thomas Velasquez 130.4 vs. Grashino Yancy 131.2
Tyrone Crawley Jr. 137.7 vs. Korey Sloane 136.1
Amir Shabazz 174.4 vs. Tahlik Taylor 174.9
Emmanuel Folly 122.5 vs. Bryan Perez Nevarez 126.4
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Venue: 2300 Arena
1st Bell: 7 PM
Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Marvin Quintero 136.2 vs. Petr Petrov 134.4
(NABF/NABA lightweight titles)
Pablo Cesar Cano 146.4 vs. Alan Sanchez 147
(WBA Continental Americas welterweight title)
Alexis Rocha 147.6 vs. Abdel Vera 149
Horacio Garcia 121.8 vs. Erik Ruiz 122.4
Joet Gonzalez 121.8 vs. Ricardo Proano 125.6
Venue: Toshiba Plaza, Las Vegas (free admission)
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
By Héctor Villarreal
Newly crowned WBA 130lb super champion, Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales along with his manager Lesbia de Moss and his promoter Rogelio Espiño, met a group of specialized Panamanian journalists to thank them for supporting him since the beginning of his career. Mrs. Moss spoke about several informal offers received from different promoters for Corrales’ first defense. “We trust Corrales enough to go anywhere and face any challenger. As a champion he has to be ready to a accept challenges from the best of the best,” she said.
Espiño confirmed that Corrales is still tied to Japanese promoters because of an option clause in the contract of last week’s victory over Takashi Uchiyama. “We still have some compromises with the Japanese, but it doesn’t mean that I won’t manage to get the best opportunities for Jezreel.”
Asked about his preference between a rematch with Uchiyama or a mandatory clash with current champion Javier Fortuna, from the Dominican Republic, Corrales said: “I proved that I can beat Uchiyama so I prefer to demonstrate my quality against Fortuna.”
This Friday (May 6th) fast rising Turkish star Avni Yildirim (9-0) is set to defend his WBC Silver International Light Heavyweight Championship against Brazilian slugger Jackson Junior (20-5) in Berlin, Germany. Although 24-year-old Yildirim has only had nine pro fights so far he is already making his fourth defense of the prestigious title which he won by outworking veteran Glen Johnson in Miami last August. In his last fight on February 26th in Offenbach, Turkey’s “Mr. Robot” scored a unanimous decision win over WBC no. 15 Walter Sequeira from Argentina which boosted Yildirim to no. 9 in the WBC ratings.
But while Avni seems to be on the fast track to the top he can surely not underestimate 30-year-old Jackson Junior who scored 18 of his 20 wins by way of knockout. (more…)
By Hesiquio Balderas
Eddy Reynoso trainer of WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez talked to Fightnews.com® at the media center located at the MGM Grand about the possibility of facing WBA, IBF and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin if Canelo is able to defeat Amir Khan on Saturday at the T-Mobile arena here in Las Vegas.
“We are ready, we fear nobody. It’s a fight that has to be made. It’s a matter of doing some negotiations. Remember that Canelo is the A side now and we would fight Golovkin without a problem,” stated Reynoso.
Eddy even when on to predict how a fight between his star pupil and GGG would go. (more…)
Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz (17-1, 8 KOs) and former world champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (35-5, 13 KOs) will meet in a 10-round battle of super lightweight contenders that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FS1 and FOX Deportes from the Dancehall in San Antonio on May 28. Rather than the normal Tuesday night time slot, this marks the first Saturday primetime PBC card on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The telecast will be going head to head against a live CBS Sports Net presentation of WBA interim welterweight champion David Avanesyan against future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Diaz. “Miguel Vazquez is a great former champion and I’ll have to be at my best. I’m very thankful to be the main event again and I’m thrilled to fight in San Antonio for the first time.”
“I’m very excited for this opportunity to face a skilled Olympic Gold medalist like Felix Diaz,” said Vazquez. “He’s a good fighter, but he’s never faced someone as experienced and talented as I am. I look forward to a great victory in front of the great fight fans of San Antonio as I march towards becoming a world champion again.”
K2 Promotions’ Tom Loeffler has weighed in on comments by WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez that WBA/IBF/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin hasn’t “earned” a shot at the WBC middleweight title.
“GGG will be in Las Vegas to watch the Canelo vs Kahn fight to see who his next opponent will be as mandated by the WBC,” Loeffler told Fightnews.com®. “Canelo vs Kahn should be a great matchup between size and power vs speed and movement, he is looking forward to watching that fight.
“GGG has been the WBC Interim Champion and mandatory challenger since October 2014 for Miguel Cotto, long before Canelo ever fought for that title. He doesn’t care who he fights for the WBC title. Whether it would have been Sergio Martinez, Miguel Cotto, who we couldn’t make fights with, or Canelo Alvarez or Amir Kahn, he just wants to enforce his rights to fight for the title to be one step closer to his goal of unifying the middleweight division.”
WBO #11, WBA #12 and IBF #15 heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) will face Topeka, Kansas, slugger Nick Guivas (12-3-2, 9 KOs) for the WBO NABO Heavyweight Championship on May 27 at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The two power-punching heavies will meet in the main event of Greg Cohen Promotions’ next installment of “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network.”
In the night’s 10-round lightweight co-main event, red-hot Filipino prospect Harmonito “El Huracan de Gensan” Dela Torre (17-0, 12 KOs) will make his debut on US soil against capable veteran Guillermo Sanchez (15-18-1, 6 KOs) of Buffalo.
Greg Vendetti 153.8 vs. Malik Jackson 153.8
*For the vacant New England jr middleweight title
Mark DeLuca 156 vs. Salim Larbi 157.8
Charles Foster 180.4 vs. Jose Humberto Corral 191
Stevie Collins, Jr. 183 vs. Ralph Johnson 177
Timmy Ramos 134.8 vs. Emmanuel Valadez 139
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes 147.6 vs. Christina Campfort 148
Godson Noel 168 vs. Antonio Chavez Fernandez 164.8
Venue: Memorial Hall, Melrose, Massachusetts
Promoter: Ken Casey of Murphys Boxing
Event times: Doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:30p
Tickets are still available at the box office
By Ron Jackson
Nick Durandt, 52, who has produced more champions than in other trainer in the history of South African boxing has decided to retire from the game after nearly 30 years of training and managing fighters. Durandt, son of Cliff Durandt, who played professional football for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic, was born on December 26, 1963 in Wolverhampton, England and arrived in South Africa with his father as a youngster. He first learnt his trade under the guidance of former multiple South African champion and Empire champion Willie Toweel.
Flamboyant, colorful and even controversial at times, Durandt has continued to produce world champions, South African champions and numerous other divisional champions of the world bodies, and has always had the biggest stable of boxers in the country. (more…)
By Matt Thompson
Ken Casey of Murphys Boxing continues their “Memorial Series” at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA tonight in a special Cinco de Mayo card. “Memorial Series III” is headlined by undefeated middleweight prospect Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca (13-0, 10 KOs) battling former world title challenger Salim Larbi (20-5-2, 7 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight contest.
DeLuca, a former decorated US Marine, is returning to the ring after a year long layoff due to hand surgery, having injured his hand sparring for his previously scheduled bout last October.
“The hand feels 100%,” explained the amiable DeLuca. “It was a long process, but I followed doctor’s orders, and was patient to make sure it healed properly.” (more…)
Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi
There was a medical exam today (Thursday) for the forthcoming WBO/IBF world title doubleheader in Tokyo, Japan. The results were as follows:
For WBO junior bantamweight (115 lb) title bout
Naoya INOUE/David CARMONA
Height: 163.7 cm (5’4.5”)/162.7 cm (5’4”)
Chest: 91 cm (35’10”)/93 cm (36’7”)
Reach: 173 cm (68’)/168 cm (66’)
For IBF junior flyweight (108 lb) title bout
Akira YAEGASHI/Martin TECUAPETLA
Height: 160.8 cm (5’3”)/162.5ccm (5’4”)
Chest: 89 cm (35’)/91 cm (35’10”)
Reach: 165 cm (65’)/168 cm (66’)
To be frank with you, this reporter really realized the size of “Monster” Inoue at today’s medical exam. Every Japanese boxing people, including former world champions and influential promoters here, admit Naoya Inoue’s extraordinary talents in hard-punching, speed on food and hand, reflexes to avert punches of his opponent, and some describe him as the best ever produced in Japan, even including Fighting Harada, Kuniaki Shibata, Yoko Gushiken, Jiro Watanabe, etc. (more…)
The UFC will travel to the Netherlands for the first time ever this Sunday with home country favorite Alistair Overeem looking to take one more step towards a title shot as he faces former champion and current teammate Andrei Arlovski . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The final press conference for Saturday’s AWE-televised clash between WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (30-4-3, 12 KOs) and Ismael Barroso (19-0-2, 18 KOs) took place Thursday in Manchester, England.
Anthony Crolla: “When Barroso put on that performance against Kevin (Mitchell), people thought I wouldn’t take the fight – which got my back up. I will do whatever it takes on Saturday night to win the fight. When I do win, I will stake my claim that I’m the very best lightweight in the world!”
Ismael Barroso: “I think you are talking too much for the time you will spend in the ring. This is going to be a war and I will win. When I knocked Mitchell out I was just getting warmed up. I’m the best Lightweight in the world!”
NABA lightweight titlist Petr Petrov (36-4-2, 17 KOs) is set for his big showdown with NABF lightweight beltholder Marvin Quintero (28-6, 24 KOs) that will take place on Friday at The Toshiba Plaza, adjacent to the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena. The Toshiba Plaza is located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. This event is free and open to the public.
“(Quintero) is a good boxer,” said Petrov. “He is a southpaw who has a lot of experience. He is a slick fighter, but I am experienced as well, and I am ready for anything. This will get us the NABF title and get me ranked in the WBC, so this is the next step to getting closer to a world title. I am 100% ready to get the victory on May 6th. We have to win this fight, and we will be ready for anything else that comes after.”
Banner Promotions President, Arthur Pelullo added “We are very much looking forward to Petr having a great performance on May 6th and that will catapult him to the big opportunity that he has worked very hard to get.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Sydney-based lawyer and former two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou who extended Saul Alvarez over twelve rounds in 2010 says Canelo will stop Khan early because the extra weight the Englishman is carrying will slow him down and make him a target for the Mexican’s heavy punches in their Las Vegas fight on Saturday. Ndou also believes Canelo will shock Gennady Golovkin when they eventually fight. Also, according to Ndou, Australia’s world rated welterweight Jeff Horn can win a world title following his impressive win over Randall Bailey last week in Brisbane, Australia, and should take a world title opportunity against WBO champion Jesse Vargas who was extended by former Aussie-based Wale Omotoso.
By Bryce Wilson
In boxing when you think of the Light Heavyweight division at present the first word that comes to mind is ‘stacked.’ It may arguably be the most talent laden division in boxing with two of the sports top pound-for-pound protagonists in Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward cautiously lining each other up for a sure fire super-fight in the either this year or in early 2017. Add to that the always explosive WBC champion Adonis Stevenson alongside perennial challengers and former champions such as Jean Pascal, Lucian Bute, Artur Beterbiev and Andrzej Fonfara (even Bernard Hopkins hasn’t officially retired) and you have a roster of exciting boxer/punchers that runs as deep as any weight class in boxing.
Like a few other divisions in and around 175 pounds, Light Heavyweight is a landscape littered with a variety of Eastern European fighters, countries such as Russia, Poland and the Ukraine all having fighters in top 10 with the various sanctioning bodies. Russian fighter Umar Salamov (15-0, 12 KOs) is one such example. (more…)
The way WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez sees it, unbeaten WBA/IBF/WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin doesn’t deserve a shot at his WBC title. “He needs to work his way up, he needs to earn his shot,” Canelo told the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire. “He would have to fight somebody … who has skill, somebody that brings it. Yes, he has all these knockouts, but who has he fought?” The WBC has mandated that Canelo must fight GGG next or be stripped.
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When Stefan Struve burst on to the scene seven years ago, the almost seven-foot striker seemed to be just what the doctor had ordered for the heavyweight division: A young, exciting prospect with an enormous reach who people thought could make it all the way to the top . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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“I am not here looking to see the final round,” proclaimed unbeaten heavyweight contender Dominic Breazeale, who had an intense face-to-face meeting with undefeated IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua on Wednesday before a contingent of major sports media outlets in London to formally announce their June 25 showdown.
“I’m not here to look at the judges’ scorecards. I am here to knock Anthony Joshua out. Period. I am very excited. I wish this fight was this weekend.”
When asked if he expected to fare better than his counterpart Charles Martin, Breazeale stated “We are two totally different fighters. Anthony Joshua knows he is now getting in there with a beast. He knows he is in for a dogfight. He’s going to hit me and I am going to hit him. And whoever’s will breaks first will lose this fight. Charles Martin wasn’t prepared. He dropped the ball. He fought the wrong fight at the wrong time. He had just won the belt, was excited about that, and he took the wrong fight. I haven’t made that mistake. I won’t make that mistake.”
Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions
The final press conference for Saturday’s clash between WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) took place Wednesday in Las Vegas. Both fighters were brief in their comments.
Amir Khan: Canelo’s a tough guy. He’s strong, but we’re going to be ready for whatever he brings to the table. That’s the reason I chose this fight, because I really do believe I can win this fight. He’s a great champion, he’s a credit to boxing, but this is my time and I’m going to grab it with both hands. It’s been my dream to host a big fight like this in Vegas and I’m not going to let it go.
Canelo Alvarez: There’s not too much more to say. The fight’s near…I’m very happy with the work that I’ve done. I know what Amir Khan brings. He’s a very fast, very elusive, very tricky fighter. But I’m confident in the work that’s been done to be able to go in there and break this down…I’m honored to be opening T-Mobile (Arena), and I’m just anxious for Saturday so that we can all yell from the top of our lungs “VIVA MEXICO!”
Former world champion Paul Butler (21-1, 12 KOs) will face Thailand’s Petchbarngborn Kokietgym (38-7-1, 18 KOs) in a showdown that will guarantee the winner the mandatory position for the WBO super flyweight title. The bout will act as chief support for WBO super welterweight champion Liam Smith’s homecoming world title defense at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
“I’ve not seen him box but what we know is he doesn’t really like to work at a high work rate,” said Butler. “He throws between 30-40 shots per round so we want to take him out of that comfort zone by working him and that means me throwing between 80-100 shots. He’s a very good fighter if he’s getting his own way but we plan on making him work and taking that away from him. This is a massive fight for me as it will get me back to where I belong – the world level and winning a world title.”
Undefeated heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0, 10 KOs) will appear in a featured bout on the undercard of the world heavyweight championship rematch between unified champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko on July 9 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Fury is coming off a technical decision over Fred Kassi to capture the WBO Intercontinental belt.
“Hughie Fury is taking fights that no other heavyweights are taking,” said Peter Fury, his father and trainer. “Forget being built up on handpicked opponents, we’re facing guys that are here to win and give us a hard fight. He’s coming off of back to back tough fights. Look at his career so far compared to other prospects. Last year, we scored a clear win over Andriy Rudenko, who was 25-1 and his only defeat came via controversial decision to current heavyweight champion Lucas Browne. That will give you an idea where he’s at and I believe he’s the next force in the heavyweight division.”
Fury’s opponent will be announced shortly and the bout will be scheduled for either ten or twelve rounds.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Showtime Sports and Matchroom Boxing announced on Wednesday a multi-fight licensing agreement for Showtime Networks Inc., to be the exclusive U.S. television partner of undefeated heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua. The announcement was made today at the Hilton Syon Park outside London by Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Showtime Sports and Eddie Hearn, President of Matchroom Sports.
The multi-fight agreement kicks-off on Saturday, June 25 when Joshua attempts to make the first defense of his IBF Heavyweight World Championship against undefeated American challenger Dominic Breazeale at the sold-out The O2 arena in London. The addition of this heavyweight title fight, airing live on Showtime Networks in the late afternoon, bolsters a big day for boxing as later that evening on CBS, Showtime will present the first live primetime boxing event on the CBS Television Network in nearly 40 years. (more…)
Photos: Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi
Most of company men, in Japan, take ten consecutive holidays from April 29 to May 8, but boxing people and press people remain hard workers as we keep on working even during national holidays. On this coming Sunday we will see a world title doubleheader featuring title defenses of WBO junior bantam kingpin Naoya “Monster” Inoue (9-0, 8 KOs) and IBF junior flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi (23-5, 12 KOs) in Tokyo. The challengers both came from Mexico and arrived in Tokyo on Monday morning. They are WBO#1 115-pound contender David Carmona (20-2-5, 8 KOs) and IBF#10 108-pounder Martin Tecuapetla (13-6-3, 10 KOs).
The ambitious Mexicans participated in public workout for our press on Tuesday and expressed their motivation to dethrone our champions to bring home the belts. Last week we witnessed an unbelievable upset that formidable and unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama, in his twelfth defense of the WBA 130-pound belt, sank so quickly in only two sessions at the hand of unheralded Panamanian Jezreel Corrales. The fallout of the shocker prove that anything can happen in the ring, and even Inoue and Yaegashi, both prefight favorites, may fall if too overconfident and careless.
Carmona, 25, said “Inoue is a strong champion, but I’ve come to win his belt. I’m in perfect shape and will be victorious on Sunday.” Tecuapetla, 26, also boldly said, “Yaegashi is an experienced and strong champion, and is very brave and aggressive. But I’ll dethrone him to bring the belt to Mexico.” After their press interview our journalists might feel another earthquake, which may be overanxious disorder.
Super middleweight Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril (15-1, 11 KOs) will be opposed by Juan Camilo “La Boa” Novoa (25-6-1, 23 KOs) and welterweight Sanjarbek “War” Rakhmanov (4-0, 3 KOs) will take on Alfonso Olvera (7-2, 3 KOs) in what is now a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on May 13, live on Showtime from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Gavril-Novoa is a 10-rounder and Rakhmanov-Olvera is a six-rounder.
Four undefeated cruiserweightsn will be featured in previously announced 10-round fights. Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (12-0, 11 KOs) confronts Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (16-0, 11 KOs) in the main event collision of power punchers. 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (11-0, 8 KOs) will touch gloves with Isiah Thomas (15-0, 1 ND, 6 KOs) in the co-feature.
Dorian Price can be a hard man to find. Marcus Marinelli, owner and head coach of Strong Style Martial Arts and Fitness in Independence, Ohio, found him and brought him home to the United States . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke & U. Koch
On June 4, SES Boxing will return to the open air floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany with not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights. Headlining will be WBO Youth heavyweight champion Tom Schwarz (16-0, 11 KOs) in his second defense against Dennis Lewandowski (9-0, 4 KOs). In the co-feature, heavyweight Agit Kabayel (14-0, 11 KOs) meets Christian Lewandowski (9-0, 9 KOs), brother of main eventer Dennis Lewandowski.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at the kickoff press conference in the Jahrtausend-Tower in the Elbauenpark.
Tom Schwarz: “I’m delighted again to box in Magdeburg. Dennis and I also know each other, we’ve seen quite a bit together in boxing and we will show you a beautiful fight. After my last, very short fight, I’m already absolutely top form. To the ‘Baltic Hammer’ Dennis, when he meets ‘Tom’s Hammer,’ this is something else – he doesn’t yet know.”
Dennis Lewandowski: “My brother and I, we want to be the new Klitschkos. Tom Schwarz is a good man, we’re both undefeated. But, the WBO Youth Championship is just a stopover. With my brother, I want to get to the top – like the Klitschkos!” (more…)
Showtime Sports says they have “an exciting boxing announcement” that will be made today during a brief media conference call. Will it be the return of Floyd Mayweather? Probably not. The announcement is expected to be that Showtime has signed a deal with IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs). Stay tuned…
AWE TV has added Saturday’s heavyweight contest between former world title challengers Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora in Hamburg, Germany, to the telecast featuring WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla defending his title against Ismael Barroso in Manchester, England.
Greg Cohen Promotions has signed undefeated lightweight Maynard “Mr. Marvelous” Allison (4-0, 3 KOs) to a promotional agreement.
WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-division champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) will face off later today at their final press conference in advance of their PPV clash on Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Still no betting line from online sports books on Briggs-Dimitrenko.
If not for the scar on his head, Matt Grice looks like any other member of the Oklahoma City Police Department. And if you didn’t know the story of that scar, of how being rear-ended at a red light by a distracted driver going 65 miles per hour at impact nearly killed him, you might just assume he got that scar during his time as a professional mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions
WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time former world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) made their grand arrivals today at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas ahead of their middleweight championship showdown on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Below is what they had to say:
Canelo Alvarez: “There is a difference between wanting and doing. On Saturday night, we will see who will give who a boxing lesson. I want to thank all of my fans for the support. I am very honored to be celebrating on Cinco de Mayo, and I hope to put on a great show on Saturday night. I’m training hard for twelve rounds, I’m ready to go all of those rounds, and if the knockout presents itself-I’m ready to take it.”
Amir Khan: “All the hard work and training has been done. I have a great team, and I am conditioned and ready to fight and represent my country of England. Mentally, I have prepared by praying, being with my beautiful family, and the support from my fans. Even though Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, we are going to see a lot of British flags come Saturday night. This is a huge fight, as Canelo is a star in Mexico and America. I know I’m here as the underdog, but I’m ready to win and take this WBC belt back to my home in England. I wouldn’t have taken this fight if I didn’t think I could take it. I have trained for everything and worked on my speed and my power. A win against Canelo would be one of the biggest wins of my career because he is a superstar, especially on this Cinco de Mayo weekend in front of everyone. I have trained and worked on my speed and my power. The fans will be very happy on Saturday night. I will be the new world champion. I think it will be difficult to knock Canelo out, but I know I can give him a boxing lesson.”
Heavyweight David Price (19-3, 16 KOs) is back in action on the undercard of the clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title between Tony Bellew and Ilunga Makabu on May 29 at Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, England. “It’s a new start for me with a new trainer,” said Price. “The times I’ve slipped up have been on the receiving end of a man on a banned substance, so this is a new start for me.” Price’s opponent is TBA.
Also on the card is Stephen Smith (23-2, 13 KOs), who lost a decision to IBF jr lightweight champion Jose Pedraza a few weeks ago. “It’s great to be coming straight back in. My confidence is good, I think I showed against Pedraza that I belong at world level, so the aim is to get a good ranking in the WBC and then get into line for another go at achieving my dream of winning a world title.” Smith will face TBA for the vacant WBC silver title.
Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that he and the California Legislative Latino Caucus awarded professional boxer and Avenal native, Jose Ramirez with the 2016 Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Athletics. Since 2002 the Latino Caucus has held the special celebration to honor Latino men and women who are pioneers in their respective fields having overcome tremendous obstacles and rising to become role models and community leaders.
“I am proud to have nominated Jose Ramirez for this award and to recognize his tireless efforts in and out of the ring,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “In addition to being a world champion boxer, Jose has been a strong advocate for our community by fighting for water and giving back at our local community events and food banks.” (more…)
Kubrat Pulev (22-1, 12 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (25-5, 17 KOs) almost came to blows at today’s final pre-fight press conference ahead of their European Heavyweight title fight and IBF World title eliminator on Saturday night at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
During the customary head-to-head photographs, Chisora lived up to his bad boy reputation by grabbing Pulev by the neck and attempting to pull him to the ground.
“I’m not messing around,” said Chisora. “No more Mr. Nice Guy, I’m here to fight! I’m going to take Pulev to places he’s never been before, and I’m going to make him give up. He’s got nothing I’ve not seen before, and he’s never fought anyone like me. I can tell he’s nervous. He’s out of his depth and he’s going to get knocked out!” (more…)
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