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IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor spoke about the incident at Monday’s Martin Luther King Parade in Little Rock, Arkansas. In a video posted on Facebook that has since been removed, Taylor sitting a bathtub stated:
“Arkansas, I got 24 hours to turn myself in they say. Well let me get a little shit off my chest. I know y’all disappointed in me. I’m sorry if I let anybody down or hurt anybody. I make mistakes too.
“The Martin Luther King Parade. Little kids didn’t even have no candy. Tell them to get it together, had my little girl out there, nobody had no candy. I think y’all can do better with the parade. So if you’re disappointed in me, I’m disappointed in you too, because that’s Martin Luther King. So get that together too if you’re disappointed in me. What else? That’s about it. But please do better next year with the Martin Luther King Parade, even if I don’t be there to watch it, God forbid, but I haven’t missed one yet. Thank God.
“To my fans, I love you, sorry, if I gotta go to jail I’m gonna sit my ass in there. But I’m not gonna say I got no problem with no drugs to get out of jail. No I’m not gonna do that. I’m not gonna say I’m a drug addict. I worked too hard for my life to put that in it. So you can kiss my ass.
“Alright, I love you Arkansas. Champ baby. Fuck them. That boy had no business fucking with us. That’s OK you ugly bastard, scratch that part.”
By Karl Freitag
Former world champions “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hosted an international media conference call on Tuesday to discuss the impending conclusion of their epic trilogy, which will take place on Saturday. Alvarado-Rios I and II were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Joining the fighters on the call was Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Brandon Rios: “We’re cool outside the ring but once we get into the ring we want to kill each other…we both have a lot on the line right now. This fight is pretty much judging our careers. I’m so focused and ready for this fight that it’s unbelievable. I had a tremendous training camp and I know what’s gonna happen. And I know what could happen if we lose and what could happen if we win. My mind is set on the prize and look for the glory. I’m still young in the sport and still have a lot to give to it.”
Mike Alvarado: “There has to be a winner to this. It’s a trilogy. We have to figure out who wins this. I’m just gonna get in there and do what I do…I know I need this win. We’re going to go in there and we’re going to fight our hearts out. That’s just the kind of fighters we are.”
Bob Arum: “The previous two fights were classics. This one will probably top them all.”
Roc Nation Sports has confirmed an agreement for newly signed boxer Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) to face heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) on April 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bryant Jennings: “This is the moment I have been waiting for. Now it’s time to bring the belts home.”
Gary Shaw, Roc Nation Sports boxing executive: “Roc Nation Sports is proud to present Jennings with the opportunity to win the heavyweight unified title of the world.”
Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) an unbeaten Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and will face off in an eight round light heavyweight clash on the undercard of the Dargan-Luis card on January 30 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Lacy and Barrera were originally slated to fight last June, but Lacy pulled out the week of the fight.
Jeff Lacy: “I’m looking forward to this fight with Barrera. I am sure that by him wanting this fight with me he is too, and that is what hungers me more!”
Sullivan Barrera: “I’ve been in camp since the week after my last fight in November. Camp was excellent. I had the chance to work on a lot of different things. I want to thank my team members, including the one and only GGG [Gennady Golovkin], who’s taught me a lot.”
Main Events CEO Kathy Duva: “After 14 fights, it’s time for Sullivan to start stepping up. Jeff Lacy was with Main Events early in his career. He’s a former world champion and a tough competitor. This is the right fight for Sullivan at this point in his career and an opportunity for Jeff to jump-start his own. We’re looking forward to a big year for Sullivan Barrera and it starts on January 30!”
By Gabriel F Cordero
Five World Boxing Council regional titles will be on the line February 22 in Kunming, China, the city that will host the WBC’s 53rd annual Convention in 2015. The event will be presented by Chinese promotional firm Zovi Boxing with super bantamweight Qiu Xiao Jun (14-2, 6 KOs) facing Sylvester Lopez for the WBC 122lb silver title in the main event.
The biggest name on the card is former WBC champion minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (24-6-1, 14 KOs), who faces Hiroya Yamamoto for the vacant WBC International 105lb belt. Zhong was the first ever professional boxing champion from China. (more…)
Pacman on a roll today. Let’s see if Floyd responds.
I can easily beat @FloydMayweather, I believe that.
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) January 20, 2015
If you really care about the fans, you will fight. If you care about yourself… you won't fight. #MannySmile
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) January 20, 2015
— Manny Pacquiao (@MannyPacquiao) January 20, 2015
Promoter Dmitriy Salita and his headliner Junior Wright on Thursday’s pro boxing card at Webster Hall in Manhattan are teaming up to honor the memories of the two NYPD officers slain last month in a tragic incident. N.Y.P.D. officers who attend Thursday night will receive a half-price ticket. “We will also have a ceremonial 10 count for the fallen heroes before the main event,” said Salita.
“I heard about the two New York City police officers that were ambushed in December and all the trouble that’s been going on,” said unbeaten cruiserweight Wright (12-0, 10 KOs). “I grew up in Chicago and all that comes with it. All my dealings with the police have been above board. They’ve helped me a lot with my career.” (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
The World Boxing Association has ordered the camps of regular cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) and interim champion Youri Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs) to commence negotiations for a 30 day period. If no agreement is reached by February 20, the WBA will call a purse bid.
IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has been released on $50,000 bail after pleading “not guilty” to five counts of aggravated assault, three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana.
Taylor is accused of pulling a gun on a family of five after one of their three small children dropped Taylor’s belt while posing for a photo. A man claims Taylor “put the gun upside my head. He shot the gun upside my head.” At the time the man says he was holding a one-year-old child.
It was officially announced by Klitschko Management Group Tuesday that IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 54 KOs) will defend his titles on April 25th against unbeaten Philly fighter Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City. Seven years after his first unification fight at MSG, Klitschko will finally fight on US soil again. Klitschko has been world champion since 2006 and is now second to the legendary Joe Louis, the longest reigning world champion in heavyweight history.
Wladimir Klitschko: “I do have great respect for Bryant Jennings and his achievements. He has good movement in the ring and good technique. I know this will be a tough challenge. I am extremely happy to fight in New York again. I had my first unification fight here and a lot of great heavyweight matches have taken place at Madison Square Garden. It will definitely be a great fight night and I will do everything for it from my side.”
Bernd Bönte, CEO of the Klitschko Management Group (KMG): “For the fourth time Wladimir will be boxing in the world’s most famous arena. It’s always something special to promote at Madison Square Garden, where legends such as Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield stood inside the ring. We are looking forward to another exciting fight and a great event.” (more…)
Fury-Hammer Press Conference – Warren says he’d pay Hammer step aside money if Deontay Wilder agreed terms to fight Fury next
By James Slater
Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Christian Hammer came face to face today at a press conference in London to further promote their February 28th fight dubbed “Risky Business.” Both guys engaged in the traditional stare-down pose and both men looked to be in good physical shape; though both fighters were sensibly wrapped up well to shield them from the cold.
Inside the venue, before the photos were taken, both Fury, unbeaten at 23-0(17) and the European champion and Hammer, 17-3(10) sounded ultra-confident.
“A lot of people think I’m crazy to fight Tyson Fury because they think it’s too early for me,” Romanian-born Hammer stated. “But I’m ready to win. Tyson has picked the wrong opponent. I’m coming here to win. I’ll be the one who gets the world title fight with either Klitschko or Wilder.”
Fury then had some things to say:
“This is a risky fight for me. I’m not even thinking about Klitschko or Wilder,” Fury said. “[But] If I get through Christian Hammer, I’ll gladly fight Wilder before Wladimir Klitschko.” (more…)
Heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) is back in action on the Abraham-Smith II undercard at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany on February 21. “It’s great to be fighting on the undercard of such a big show,” said Price. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and reminding everyone what I’m all about. 2015 is going to be a big year for me. It’s important I get off to a good start on February 21.” An opponent for Price will be announced shortly.
Several sources in Belgium mention that Sasha Yengoyan (31-1-1/21) will not be able to appear on the big April 3 show in Ghent, Belgium as he is due to defend his WBF superwelterweight title against Dejan Zavec, better known as Jan “Mr Sympaticus” Zaveck (34-3-0/19).
Fight date would be mid-April in either Germany or Slovenia. Anyway too close for Yengoyan to appear in his adopted hometown of Ghent.
Zaveck is the current WBO European champion. A title he won against modest Ferenc Hafner. Big puncher Sasha Yengoyan, who won the title against defending champion Anderson Clayton, will be a huge step up in opposition. At 38 it might be the last chance for Zaveck to compete at this level.
Now that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. appears out of the picture for the time being, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch told the Daily Mail that he’s “very interested” in a fight with 50-year-old former light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins would down to super middleweight for the fight.
However, that information was contradicted by a report in the Telegraph where Froch ruled out a fight with Hopkins and saying he’s “not really interested” in Hopkins and is “prepared to wait” for Chavez Jr. in the summer.
DiBella Entertainment’s (DBE) popular and longstanding Broadway Boxing series returns on Thursday, January 29, with a nine-bout card held at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Headlining the event will be Brooklyn light heavyweight prospect “Notorious” Travis Peterkin (13-0, 5 KOs), who has been a fixture on the series since signing with DBE in 2012. Peterkin’s opponent is TBA.
In the co-feature, WBA #6 rated super bantamweight Rafael Vazquez (12-1, 10 KOs) mixes it up with Joseph Rios (13-11-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder. (more…)
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Delfine Persoon, Slimani and Ngabu vs Merhy
In the main event in Zwevezele, Belgium, Belgian female star Delfine Persoon will make a voluntary defense of her WBC lightweight title against a soon to be announced opponent. Persoon won the title last year against Erica Farias and succesfully defended it against Diana Prazak. Persoon will have an 8 rounder warm-up fight on Feb 28 on the undercard of Bauwens – Casal at the Ghelamco football stadium, Ghent.
Hedi Slimani will continue his progress and will fight for the new WBC Francophone lightweight title. Slimani was holding the WBC Mediterranean title and now steps to the next level.
Most interesting fight on the undercard is for sure the vacant Belgian cruiserweight titlefight between two Yves Ngabu and Ryad Merhy. Both are unnbeaten and have a high KO ratio.
Boussaidi and Steen complete the card.
Laggoune vs Monrose, Baghouz vs Abdoul and Elfi Philipps
On the big show in Ghent promoted by Claude Vandenheede, not less than 3 titlefights are scheduled.
Undefeated heavyweight Ali Baghouz (8-0-1/5) makes his ring return after 17 months of inactivity. He will face experienced Ismail Abdoul (55-32-2/20) for the vacant Belgian heavyweight title. It is not known if Baghouz will have a warm-up before facing the local veteran from Ghent, who for the occasion, moves up from cruiserweight.
In the main event undefeated cruiserweight Bilal Laggoune (18-0-1/9) makes a voluntary defense of his European Union title against former French champion Jean-Marc Monrose (27-8-0/17).
Elfi Philipps (4-2-2) will fight on the same card for the vacant Belgian female lightweight title
New Dutch star Stephen Danyo will appear in an 8 rounder at welterweight.
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Two nights after being hospitalized following his loss to unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder on Showtime from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne, his Hall of Fame promoter, Don King, and his trainer, Don House, hosted a press conference late Monday at the MGM Grand.
Here’s what they had to say:
Promoter Don King: “We called this press conference because the Bermane we saw on Saturday night was not the Bermane we all know. Deontay Wilder did a very good job; this is not a press conference for excuses, it is for fact. The doctors at the hospital of the UMC said that he had a severe case of dehydration. His muscles were not working and they thought he had blood in his urine, so they took some tests and held him in the hospital until this morning.
“We want to applaud Deontay Wilder for doing his job, but the man before him was handicapped and unable to do his job, but that should not take anything away from his victory. Deontay performed and did a great job. It is unfortunate, but Bermane will have to do it another day. Knowing the champion we have in Deontay has so eloquently stated that he will take on anybody, I am certain without any equivocation he would grant a rematch with the real Bermane than the man who was handicapped in the ring, not taking away the victory he had and the way he shined. (more…)
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