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By James Slater at ringside
Photos: Scott Raven
Stuey Hall retained his IBF bantamweight title with an anti climatic second round technical draw after challenger Martin Ward suffered a nasty cut above his right eye after an accidental clash of heads on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK. The all-North East battle looked like developing into a good action fight after a lively start but the cut was indeed a bad one. Rematch? Hall is now 16-2-2, 7 KOs. Ward is now 18-2-1, 4 KOs. The end came after just 35 seconds of the second round.
Philly slickster “Fast” Eddie Chambers had his UK debut and looked good in stopping a game but vastly outclassed Tomas Mrazek of the Czech Republic. Sporting a muscular physique, Chambers at times enjoyed himself , at other times put real venom into his shots. Way too fast for the 61-bout veteran, Chambers – now trained by Peter Fury – cracked his man to head and body with fast bursts. Mrazek’s left eye was badly swollen but it looked like he might see it to the final bell. Instead, at 2:35 of the sixth and final round, the ref dived in and called a halt. A good workout for the 15-stone 7-pounds Chambers who is now 37-4, 18 KOs. Mrazek is now 9-46-6 with 5 KOs.
Frankie Gavin retained his Commonwealth welterweight title for the fourth time with a wide yet forgettable 12-round UD over Namibia’s Sacky Shikukutu. A battle of southpaws, the action never caught fire. The challenger was wild and he was credited with a knockdown in the 2nd but it seemed Gavin lost his balance – still a count was given. Gavin was soon back to work, making his man miss mostly. Shikukutu was always coming forward but his punches were too clumsy and missed their mark. Gavin won by scores of 119-109, 118-109 and 117-111 and he is now 19-0, 12 KOs, but he needs more impressive showings to win over the fans. Shikukutu is now 18-3-1, 12 KOs. (more…)
By Loren Goodman
Photos: Zovi Boxing Promotion
In the twelve-round co-main event in Daying, China, up-and-coming prospect Xiao Jun Qiu (12-2, 4 KOs) displayed an impressive repertoire of boxing skills to defend his WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title for the third time against tenacious Japan-based Filipino southpaw Jonathan Baat (25-5-3, 12 KOs).
Both fighters knew each other quite well, having engaged in non-title bouts twice before. Baat won the first by a close decision in September 2012. In the May 2013 rematch, Baat—who was down and cut badly—managed to scrape by on a ninth round technical decision. Both of these bouts took place on Baat’s adopted home turf of Kanazawa, Japan. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has decided to pull out of the Ukrainian presidential race and will instead run for mayor of Kiev. Vitali was one of the leaders in the street protests that toppled former President Viktor Yanukovych, but decided to support pro-Euro businessman Petro Poroshenko to avoid splitting the pro-Euro vote in the May 25 election.
HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise looks at the upcoming world welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. with 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2, debuting tonight (midnight-12:30 a.m. ET/PT), immediately after the “HBO Boxing After Dark” doubleheader that begins at 10:00 p.m. Spanning three weeks, the three unique programs offer inside access to the two elite fighters and their camps as they prepare for their high-stakes welterweight title showdown April 12 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Danny Castillo is known for his trademark retro-style headband. He is also known for being handsome. Just ask him. In fact, he and Ramsey Nijem once had an ongoing debate on Twitter over who was the more handsome of the two . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Weight and photo by Scott Foster
It took former world champion Nate Campbell three tries (and three hours) to make the junior middleweight limit after posting 154.2 on the two previous attempts. No face-off as opponent Gibert Venegas promptly left the building after weighing in.
Gilbert Venegas 151.5 vs. Nate Campbell 154
Robert Dunton 229.6 vs. Curtis Harper 270.2
Julian Valerio 156 vs. Eric Johnson 155
Yawshua Zodok 197.2 vs. Kareem Brann 199.2
Reggie Miller 192.4 vs. Derrick Brent 197.6
Robert Hill 166.4 vs. Isacc Salters 168.2
Josh Ross 132 vs. Daniel Mizell 130.8
Jacinta Quintana 146.2 vs. Jamal Harris 146.6
Venue: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Florida
Promoter: Galaxxy Fire Promotions
IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall (16-2-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 117 pounds for his defense against Martin Ward (18-2, 4 KOs), who scaled in at 116.25 pounds. They collide today at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK.
Jon-Lewis Dickinson 198.8 vs. Neil Dawson 183
Frankie Gavin 147 vs. Sacky Shikukutu ?? (overweight)
Bradley Saunders 140 vs. Mitch Prince 141
Gary Fox 133.5 vs. Kirk Goodings 134.75
Yengoyan decisions Ayoub at Round XIII show in Gent, Belgium
Bilal Laggoune won the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title knocking out overmatched Laszlo Hubert in 2 rounds. The local boy dropped Hubert in the first with a left to the body. The visitor never recovered from that and was down again in the second. Hubert took the full count on his knees. Laggoune will be seen back in action on May 31 in Ninove, Belgium. Brother Ezzedine vowed to promote in Ninove Bilal’s first title defense against a better opponent.
In the co-main event Sasha Yengoyan battered Ayoub Nefzi to a wide 10 round unanimous decision. It was scored 100-88 and twice 99-90. Powerful Yengoyan was in command from the start and Nefzi Ayoub was never able to get into the fight with his better technique. Yengoyan was cut over the right eye by the end of the 1st and also over the left in the 4th, both times from accidental head clashes. It became a bloody affair when also Ayoub was bleeding heavily from round 6 on visibly from a broken nose. Things didn’t go better for Ayoub when he was deducted a point in round 9 after he lost his mouthpiece ones too much. (more…)
Chris Chatman couldn’t help but let his emotions get the best of him. Shortly after beating Grady Brewer Friday night at Twin River Casino, a fight he dedicated to both his grandmother, who passed away this past week, and his late manager Mark Dion, who died from Lou Gehrig’s disease earlier this year, Chatman sat in his corner and cried uncontrollably, a welcomed display of humility for a fighter on the brink of stardom.
The hard-hitting southpaw from Jersey City took another step toward his dream of winning a world title, beating The Contender Season 2 champion by unanimous decision, 79-73, 80-72, 79-73, in the main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ professional boxing show, a back-and-forth war from start to finish. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a upset, Filipino lightweight Joebert Delos Reyes (12-4-1, 8KOs) stopped Valentine Borg (6-1, 4KOs) in round five o f a scheduled ten round bout to capture the IBO Youth title at the Punchbowl Club, Punchbowl, NSW, Australia on Friday. The referee, Brad Griffiths, crowned Reyes at 2.33. A former amateur star Borg was in control of the bout in the early rounds until Reyes forced the stoppage in round four. Reyes has lost to Australian’s Greg Eadie, Terry Tzouramanis and Andrew Wallace in 2012 contests. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Two time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City (27-10-2, 14 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over reigning WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-2-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. The fighters split the first four rounds. In round five, a Hernandez right hand sent Mabait reeling into the ropes. Payasito then pounced on Mabait unleashing a barrage of punches and the referee waved it off. photos
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Montreal welterweight Antonin Decarie (30-2 9KO) scored a hard fought gutsy 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 unanimous decision over an awkward but determined Pablo Munguia (19-5 11KO) who came alive in the second half after Decarie suffered a badly cut left eye at the end of the fifth round. Referee Alain Villeneuve seemed to indicate that the cut which had the #8 ranked (WBC) welterweight definitely bothered for second half of the fight. “This you mean? Oh yeah it was a headbutt, but we expected that, especially with him being a southpaw.
“It happens almost every fight with me, I had it in game plan that I would have to fight with a cut. The last couple of rounds I just put the pressure on, I’d rather lose on a cut than lose because I don’t work hard enough.”
Munguia did make things interesting over the last half of the fight, winning the 6th and 7th, and battling hard over the last three. (more…)
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez and Boyd Henley weigh in for their clash on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo telecast.
Alejandro Perez 127 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Jose Ramirez 141 vs. Boyd Henley 141
Brian Viloria 113 vs. Juan Herrera 112
Jose Benavidez 145 vs. Prince Doku Jr 145
Egidijus Kavaliauskas 146 vs. James Harrison 146
Victor Pasillas 123 vs. Jerry Guevara 122
Toka Kahn-Clary 127 vs. Chris Lopez 127
Michael Finney 148 vs. Jaime Herrera 148
Venue: Texas Station in Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
The semifinal round of the Boxcino lightweight tournament took place Friday night at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota.
In semi-final #1, Fernando Carcamo (17-5, 13 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Miguel Gonzalez (23-4, 16 KOs). Carcamo dropped Gonzalez in round one, then gave better than he got for the rest of the fight. Scores were 76-76, 78-74, 77-75.
In semi-final #2, Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 15 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Chris Rudd (13-2, 8 KOs). The aggressive Petrov pressured Rudd from the opening bell. The bout was finally waved off in the fourth with Rudd taking heavy fire on the ropes. Time was :51.
Carcamo and Petrov advance to the Boxcino Finals on May 23 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Adrián “Diamante” Estrella 129 vs Balweg Bangoyan 129
WBC super featherweight International title
Jairo “Doberman” López marcó 134.70 vs Jonel Gadapan 134.70
Julio César “Pingo” Miranda 117.70 vs Arturo “Rey” Santos 119
Nery “Pantera” Saguilán 134.20 vs Adrian Briones 134.20
Venue: Casino Apodaca
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Jose López 122 vs. Leivi Brea 123
Charlie Clemente 108 vs. Omar Soto 108
Rashidi Ellis 149 vs. Orlando Falcon 148
Bryan Perez 118 vs. Elliot Rios 116
O’Nell Negron 134 vs. Irvin Hernandez 133
Harold Reyes 116 vs. Luis M. Rivera 119
Christian Rivera 136 vs. Bryan Montalvo 138
Joshua Pagan 128 vs. Jose Roman 126
Ashley Elias 127 vs. Jose Ramos 126
Bryan Chevalier 118 vs. Jean C. Molina 115
Promoter: Cotto Promotions with H2 Entertainment & Top Rank
TV: WAPA 2 Deportes / WAPA America
Venue: Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico
Story and Photos by Scott Foster
After globetrotting through six different countries with mixed results since May 2011, Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (36-11, 26 KOs) became convinced he had finally located the elixir to his current woes: A healthy dose of hometown cooking from his own backyard. This Saturday (March 29th), Campbell returns to his home state headlining a card from Destin, FL, located in the beautiful vacation mecca of The Emerald Coast.
Campbell’s promotional company, Galaxxy Fire Promotions, in conjunction with The Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center and the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, proudly presents “The March Of Destiny” weekend, a three-day multi-faceted event. Roy Jones Jr. kicked off festivities on Thursday with an outdoor concert, followed by a celebrity basketball event Friday night, culminating with an eight-bout card Saturday featuring the ex-lightweight champion Campbell who will face journeyman Gilbert Venegas (12-13, 8 KOs). (more…)
Jun bests Baat, defends WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title; “Molecule from Hell” Orlov wins WBC Asia Continental heavyweight title
By Loren Goodman
In the twelve-round main event in Daying, China, up-and-coming prospect Qiu Xiao Jun (12- 2, 4 KOs) displayed an impressive repertoire of boxing skills to defend his WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title against tenacious Japan-based Filipino southpaw Jonathan Baat (25-5-3, 12 KOs) on Friday in Daying, China. While Jun sent Baat to the canvas in round three, Baat rallied in the later rounds. Jun emerged victorious by scores of 116-112, 119-111, 116-113.
In the ten-round semifinal for the vacant WBC Asia Continental heavyweight title, Evgeny “Molecule from Hell” Orlov (15-12-1, 11 KOs) stopped former OPBF Heavyweight champion Peter Okello (21-8, 19 KOs) when Okello retired in the corner after round nine.
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA #2 108 pounder Randy “Razor” Pelacorin (21-1-1, 15 KOs) stopped Samranasak Singmanasak (35-22-1, 27 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round main event at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Referee Chris Anderson crowned Pelacorin at 1:04 after the Thai had been on the canvas. Pelacorin previously stopped Singmanasak in 2013. The Filipino is managed by Peter Maniatis, who is chasing a world title shot for his charge
Former WBA rated light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (12-3, 9 KOs) stopped Thai, Kiatchai Singwancha (34-12, 23 KOs) in round seven. Referee Allan McColl crowned Vlamis at 2:34 after Singwancha was counted out. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Peter Gercke/Team SES
In an important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications, WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (42-3, 16 KOs) schooled then KO’d previously unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-1, 18 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title on Friday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. The more experienced Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, showed good boxing skills against Dansu, who brought a 90% KO ratio but had never fought outside Ghana. The end came in round seven when Krasniqi floored Dansu with a right uppercut to the jaw. Time was 1:55. Krasniqi, who lost a decision to then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago, is now back in the picture and could now be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.
In an entertaining fight, heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) returned for the first time since September 2012 with an eight round unanimous decision over iron-jawed journeyman Samir Kurtagic (12-6, 8 KOs). Things got interesting in round five, when Kurtagic was warned for a low blow, then deducted a point for a rabbit punch. Kretschmann looked to be in some distress the rest of the way complaining about his neck. He was briefly examined by the ring doctor in round six after which Kurtagic got more aggressive and tried to end it. Kretschmann was dropped in round seven, then immediately knocked down Kurtagic. Kurtagic rocked Kretschmann again at the bell. Scores were 78-74, 78-75, 75-74. Kurtagic had previously gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and has never been stopped. (more…)
WBA light heavyweight “super” champion Beibut Shumenov wants to set the record straight on claims that he was defeated by Sergey Kovalev-challenger Cedric Agnew in the amateurs. In an exclusive statement to Fightnews.com, Shumenov commented “Probably Agnew got knocked out a lot in the amateurs. That is why he is delusional and he doesn’t even remember with whom he fought. I have never met Agnew and I have never fought him.”
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Update: Cedric Agnew returned to the scale and officially weighed in at 174.4 lbs. The fight is on!
Sergey Kovalev 174.3 vs. Cedric Agnew 175.8
(WBO light heavyweight championship)
Agnew stripped and reweighed, but his weight wasn’t announced. He has 45 minutes to lose the weight .8 lb.
Karim Mayfield 139.6 vs Thomas Dulorme 139.8
Mayfield and Dulorme got into it during the face-off and the stage had to be cleared. It looked like Mayfield tried to lick Dulorme in the chest and Dulorme didn’t appreciate it, setting off a near brawl.
Lionell Thompson 178.2 vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic 173.4
Wilky Campfort 156.4 vs. Khurshid Abdullaev 154.4
Rafael Jastrzebski 166 vs. Michael Mitchell 163.8
Wellington Romero 138.6 vs. Gerald Smith 139.2
Ismael Garcia 156 vs. Dushane Crooks 153.4
Venue: The Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Promoter: Main Events
Manny Pacquiao will be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! next Wednesday, April 2, on ABC, beginning at 11:35 P.M. ET / 10:35 P.M. CT. This will mark the eighth time Pacquiao has appeared on Kimmel’s popular late-night talk show — more than any other active fighter — in their series of entertaining appearances together dating back to November 3, 2009 (the week before Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto). It was on that night that Pacquiao unveiled his singing chops, belting out a rendition of the Dan Hill-penned hit ballad “Sometimes When We Touch.” Subsequent appearances featured Pacquiao singing duets with Kimmel and Will Ferrell, and an uproarious send-up of HBO Sports’ “24/7” reality franchise, starring Pacquiao and Kimmel sidekick Guillermo. This show will have a political theme as in addition to Pacquiao, a congressman in his native Philippines, former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be a guest.
By Dave Spencer
Adonis Stevenson held court in Montreal Thursday as the light-heavyweight champion and promoter Yvon Michel tried to hold off a barrage of questioning concerning , new advisor Al Haymon, HBO having the rug pulled out from under it in favour of Showtime and the dwindling hopes of an immediate Andrey Kovalev matchup. Lost in all the white noise was the official announcement of the Stevenson (23-1 20KO) defense of his WBC title against Andrzej Fonfara (25-2 15KO) for May 24th at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
As the relentless mosh pit surged forward demanding answers, #3 ranked WBC challenger Andrzej Fonfara was forced to play Jimmy Olsen to Stevenson’s Superman, wandering the large Casino stage alone while Stevenson and his team had the earmuffs held high, doing their best to fend off the onslaught. After traveling in from his hometown of Chicago, Fonfara was locked and loaded for an opponent who wasn’t there. (more…)
Fightcard: MBS Arena, Potsdam, Germany
Bout 1 – Jr Middleqweight
Mathias Zemski (11-1, 2 KOs) vs. Maik Taeubig (1-7)
Bout 2 – Super Middleweight
Vincent Feigenbutz (10-1, 9 KOs) vs. Misa Nikolic (18-26-2, 8 KOs)
Bout 3 – Heavyweight
Tom Schwarz (4-0, 2 KOs) vs. Frantisek Kynkal (3-3)
Bout 4 – Super Middleweight
Moritz Stahl (5-0, 4 KOs) vs. Petar Markovic (2-1)
Bout 5 – WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight title
Dominic Boesel (13-0, 4 KOs) vs. Miguel Velozo (17-1-2, 5 KOs)
Bout 6 – Heavyweight
Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) vs. Samir Kurtagic (12-5, 8 KOs)
Bout 7 – WBO International Light Heavyweight title
Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) vs. Emmanuel Danso (20-0, 18 KOs)
Bout 8 – WBO, WIBF, WBF female super featherweight world championship
Ramona Kuehne (21-1, 7 KOs) vs. Gina Chamie (8-0, 4 KOs)
By Bob Caico
Photo: Larry Levanti/Main Events
28-year-old light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (15-2-0, 9KOs) is looking to keep his streak of three straight wins alive on the undercard of the Kovalev-Agnew fight at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night.
Thompson has not lost since September 21, 2012 when he suffered a third round TKO at the hands of Main Events stable mate Sergey Kovalev, who is defending his WBO light heavyweight title in the main event. “After the Kovalev fight I came right back and I think a lot of people are overlooking that. A lot of guys take a loss and take like ten months off. I came out and dominated my next three opponents (who were a combined 47-3-2, 20 KOs),” said Thompson. (more…)
Marlon Sullivan, manager of jr welterweight Karim Mayfield, who is fighting Thomas Dulorme on Saturday night’s HBO opener, is on the run from authorities after being dinged with a number of federal charges. According to the SF Weekly, Sullivan is accused of involvement in a murder-for-hire conspiracy, gun trafficking, a drug-trafficking conspiracy and the sale of fraudulent credit cards. Mayfield was quoted as saying “Oh, what the hell? He was supposed to be meeting me out here today.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Filipino IBF light flyweight world champion John Riel Casimero (19-2, 11 KOs) will next defend his crown on May 3 against Colombian challenger Mauricio Fuentes (16-2, 10 KOs) at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Fuentes, who is rated IBF #12, has won his last 13 fights, but all were against opponents listed as having losing records with the exception of one pro debuter. He has never fought outside Colombia. Casimero will be making his fourth defense.
Photos: Mary Ann Owen / Top Rank
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez works out during media day in Las Vegas for his upcoming super lightweight feature fight against Boyd Henley on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino, Saturday, March 29.
The highly regarded Ramirez is 8-0 with 6 KOs.
It’s not that often that a fighter coming off a loss gets a fight that he couldn’t have picked much better if he had picked it himself, but that’s more or less what happened to lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg – albeit in a roundabout way. Originally slated to fight Danny Castillo at UFC 172, Vallie-Flagg will instead be fighting UFC and PRIDE legend Takanori Gomi on the same card on April 26 in Baltimore . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
An important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications will be streamed live right here on Fightnews.com TODAY at 2PM ET, 11AM PT. The event takes place in Potsdam, Germany and features WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) against unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-0, 18 KOs) in a ten round clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title. The winner could be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev more sooner than later.
Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, says he’s improved after coming up short against then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago. Dansu is an unknown quantity, having never previously fought outside Ghana. Bringing a 90% KO ratio, Dansu compares his style to Mike Tyson. We’ll see.
Also featured on the card is WBO #12 rated light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (14-0, 5 KOs), who meets Miguel Velozo (17-1-2, 5 KOs) for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt.
The card also features the return of heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) in his first bout since September 2012. Kretschmann faces tough guy Samir Kurtagic (12-5, 8 KOs), who has gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and never been stopped. (more…)
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
On Thursday amidst all the press about a potential fight with Adonis Stevenson, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) faced the media and his opponent Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) at Caesars to discuss the fight in front of them Saturday night at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva Duva addressed questions about why Kovalev is fighting on HBO. She said, “Sergey Kovalev is fighting on HBO because it is the network of champions. HBO is the network that built each and every legendary fighter in the last 30 years. In the United States during the last 30 years no superstar has been built on any other network. Sergey’s plan is to become a legend. That is why he is fighting on HBO.” (more…)
Laggoune, Hubert, Yengoyan, Nefzi and Merhy ready!
Bilal Laggoune will go after his first international title when he faces Laszlo Hubert for the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title. Laggoune, together with Merhy, has been for about a month in training in Miami and is totally focussed on this fight. Hubert replaces Ivica Baccurin, who lost his last fight against Juan Carlos Gomez.
Sasha Yengoyan will face Ayoub Nefzi in a much awaited Belgian showdown. The hard hitting Yengoyan starts as a slight favorite but Nefzi has a lot of experience to make it difficult for Yengoyan.
Hot prospect Ryad Merhy is looking to add another stoppage win to his record when he faces Paata Berikashvili over 6. Merhy, probably the best prospect for years in Belgium, is managed very carefully and many boxing fans are awaiting for his first real test.
Local star Ismail Abdoul will face Levan Jomardashvili also over 6.
Domien Van Gansbeke versus Jean Pierre Habimana and female Elfi Philips versus Najat Hasnouni will complete the show.
Venue: Sporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede, BGB promotion
By Sam Geraci
This Saturday, Cedric “L.O.W” Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) of Chicago, IL, makes his television debut on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” when he challenges Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) of Russia, for Kovalev’s WBO light heavyweight championship at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Although Agnew has never been televised, has faced limited or aging opposition and is challenging a man who considered by many to be the sport’s most feared puncher, Agnew remains steadfast in his assertions that he is a great fighter who will shock the boxing world on Saturday.
In the following interview, Agnew talks about his style, the Kovalev matchup, being a role model to black fighters in Chicago and whether or not he ever defeated WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov as an amateur. (more…)
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