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Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell made triumphant returns to the ring Friday, both winning by knockout during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., registered an eighth-round knockout over game but outclassed Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs), of Baltimore, Md., in the main event at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa. Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs), of Flint, Mich., scored two knockdowns en route a second-round knockout over Darryl Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs), of Detroit, in the co-feature. Taylor was making his first start in 26 months; Dirrell his first in 21. For more details and photos click here…
A vicious kick to the body by Alistair Overeem dropped Brock Lesnar to a knee nearly midway through the first round of their bout Friday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and a storm of Overeem right hands ended not only their UFC 141 main event tussle, but also Lesnar’s brief, but spectacular, UFC career . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor stopped overmatched Jessie Nicklow in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Fighting for the first time in over two years and showing some signs of when he ruled the 160-pound division, Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) started strong, landing hooks and crosses to the head. Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs) landed the occasional left hook to the head, but was mostly on the defensive. Taylor began to work the body in the fifth round. However, he was deducted a point after the end of the sixth round for throwing and landing a cheap shot to the head of Nicklow. At the beginning of the eighth round, Taylor stunned Nicklow with a left-right combination to the head. As Nicklow backed up against the ropes, Taylor landed two left hooks to the head that were partially blocked. Referee Ray Corona stepped in and stopped the bout at 36 seconds, despite protests from Nicklow.
Fighting for the first time in 21 months, super middleweight contender and original “Super Six” participant Andre Dirrell stopped Daryl Cunningham in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After a tactical first round, Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs) stunned Cunningham with a left hand, eventually dropping him with another left Han to the head. As Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs) was struggling to get up, someone from his corner threw a towel into the ring. Referee Jack Reiss threw it out of the ring, but later asked Cunningham’s corner if they wanted to stop it. After the action resumed, Dirrell dropped Cunningham with a right hook-left cross combination to the head. Cunningham got to his feet, but his corner threw in the towel again. This time, Reiss saw the towel and waved the fight over at 2:05.
In a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights, Cuban-born Luis Garcia won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Alexander Johnson. From the opening bell, the southpaw Johnson (12-1, 5 KOs) was way in over his head, as Garcia consistently beat him to the punch. By the fourth round, Garcia (12-0, 9 KOs) would toy with Johnson, showing little respect as Johnson did very little in the second half of the fight. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Garcia.
By Joe Koizumi
It was on Boxing Day that this reporter visited Teiken gym in the center of Tokyo to see WBA featherweight champ Celestino Caballero training. The lanky Panamanian is handled by his American trainer Jeff Mayweather, who had a cut over the left eyebrow treated with Vaseline-like medicine.
Q: What happened to your eyebrow? Did you street-fight?
A: Oh, no, I got headbutted.
Q: By whom?
A: By Celestino.
Q: When and how?
A: While he’s hitting my mitt, he happened to collide with my head.
Q: Were you training for head-butting?
A: No, no, that’s only an accident.
Jeff Mayweather, the youngest uncle of Floyd Mayweather Jr., had a sense of humor. Japanese press people asked him about Caballero’s best weapon on the press conference at the gym, and Jeff replied, “A hard head as well as his hard punch.”
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Highly-decorated lightweight Jose Pedraza stopped tough Herbert Quartey in the fifth round of a scheduled eight round bout. The taller Pedraza (6-0, 5 KOs) was able to work behind a stiff jab an was able to land lead right hands to the head. Quartey (7-7, 4 KOs) had some success landing counter right crosses to the head as he was able to get inside. In the fifth round, Pedraza stunned Quartey with a left hook to the head, and dropped him with a right uppercut to the head. Quartey was able to stand up, but was disoriented, prompting referee Tom Taylor to stop the fight at 1:20.
Junior lightweight Alejandro Luna won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Marcos Herrera. Luna (7-0, 5 KOs) pressed the fight, throwing and landing to the head and body of Herrera. However, Luna would drop his hands, allowing Herrera (6-8-1, 2 KOs) to counter with his own punches to the head. Luna would at times smother himself, which did not allow him to sit down on his punches. Herrera had a point deducted in the fifth round by referee Jack Reiss for having his mouthpiece coming our of his mouth. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 60-54 in favor of Luna.
Junior welterweight Ivan Redkach stopped Dillet Fredericks in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. The southpaw Redkach (9-0, 8 KO’s) repeatedly scored with right hooks and left crosses to the head, while Fredericks attempted to get on the inside to counter. Redkach stunned Fredericks (8-5-3, 5 KOs) with a right hand to the head at the end of the third round. In the fourth round, Redkach stunned Fredericks with a barrage of punches, backing him up against the ropes. Although Fredericks fought back, Redkach continued to punch until referee Tom Taylor stopped the fight somewhat prematurely at 1:58. Fredericks protested the stoppage.
Heavyweight Mike Perez, best known for winning the “Prizefighter International Heavyweights” competition in London, won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over veteran Friday Ahunanya. The Cuban-born southpaw, who now resides in Cork, Ireland, was the more-polished fighter of the two. Perez (18-0, 12 KOs) would consistently beat Ahunanya (24-8-3, 13 KOs) to the punch during most the bout. Ahunanya’s best round was in the fourth as he was able to land a series of right uppercuts to the head of Perez. However, he would only fight in spurts the rest of the fight, allowing Perez to win every round. All three judges scored the bout 100-90 in favor of Perez, while Fightnews.com scored the bout 99-91 for Perez.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (8-0, 5 KOs), a 22-year-old Japanese, will put his title on the line against also unbeaten Thailander Yodgoen Tor Chalermchai (8-0, 4 KOs) today (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. We now have no less than eight male world champs and six female titlists, but Ioka is the youngest and one of the most talented. Kazuto, a nephew of formerly two-class champ Hiroki Ioka (his manager now), captured the WBC belt by disposing of previously unbeaten Oleydong Sithsamerchai with a single body shot in the fifth this February. Ioka, making his second defense, will face Yodgoen, a year his junior at 21, on the last day of the year, along with a couple of WBA title goes in Yokohama.
As Mexican televisions of Televisa and TV Azteca compete every Saturday, Ioka’s defense will be shown by TBS TV from 7:30 pm, while the Yokohama twinbill by TV Tokyo from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm. It’s a battle of TV ratings. (more…)
Report and photos by Francisco Salazar
Andre Ward may not be the fastest or the strongest fighter today. He may not be mobbed by thousands, even hundreds of boxing fans if he were to enter into an arena. In the ring, he just gets things done and has been doing so against some of the best fighters in the super middleweight division. Even against fighters numerous boxing experts and writers (including myself) predicted he would lose to. Ward gets things done. Nothing flashy. No highlight-reel endings. Just outthink and outbox his opponents.
Now that he has 25 almost one-sided victories in his pocket throughout his professional career, world title belts, and a shiny Super Six: World Boxing Classic trophy to boot, one would think that Andre Ward expected to be where he currently sits: At or near the top of the 168-pound division. (more…)
Former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich takes on top heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers to open the new NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night on January 21 at Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. Commenting about fighting in his opponent’s backyard, Liakhovich said, “Philadelphia has so much boxing history and true boxing fans. I grew up in a working class city [in his native Belarus], so this feels like going home to me. One of the biggest compliments you can have as a fighter is when you can turn a crowd that comes to support the home town guy into your own fans by the end of the fight. It happened in Pittsburgh when I fought Brewster and I think it will happen again in Philly.”
By Joe Koizumi
Elongated Panamanian Celestino Caballero (35-4, 23 KOs) will defend his WBA featherweight belt against Japanese banger Satoshi “Bazooka”Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs) in the first of a twinbill tomorrow (Saturday) inYokohama, Japan. Having watched Caballero training, we wondered why this exceptionally tall champ at 5’11” would be able to make a featherweight limit of 126 pounds. But we actually saw him pass the weigh-in at 125.25, while Hosono at the 126-pound class limit. The 35-year-old Panamanian looked simply skinny and slim enough to make the weight, but his 74” reach may be a great nuisance for Hosono, who is four inches shorter and his reach is also less advantageous by some eight inches. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs),Japan, will engage in a highly anticipated unification title bout with WBA interim titlist Jorge Solis (40-3-2-1NC, 29 KOs), Mexico, tomorrow (Saturday) in Yokohama, Japan. The weigh-in ceremony took place this afternoon at the Korakuen Chinese Restaurant, where each tipped the beam at the 130-pound class limit. “I’m in tip-top shape, and will keep my belt,” said Uchiyama, making his fourth defense since dethroning Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado via twelfth round stoppage some two years ago. Solis, 32 as the champ, also expressed his confidence, saying “I’ve got acclimated with the climate here and am well-prepared enough to win the belt and bring it back to Mexico.” (more…)
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Welcome to the inaugural edition of my column, the Downes Side. So what will this column contain? Basically, think of it like that movie the Blind Side, but with fight predictions. There will be an engaging character, a giant football player-type, a feel good story and it will culminate with me getting an award as undeserving as Sandra Bullock’s Oscar (Helen Mirren got robbed!) . . . . Click here for more by Dan Downes, UFC.com
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Photos: SES Boxing
An internal civil war inside the stable of Magdeburg, Germany-based promoter SES Boxing came to a head during a sparring session between light heavyweight contenders Robin Krasniqi and Denis Simcic. The animosity was evident Thursday evening as both fighters emerged with minor wounds. The normal peace within the camp was put aside because both Krasniqi and Simcic smelled a chance at the WBO world title.
Promoter Ulf Steinforth confirms, “We already had some talks about fighting the current WBO world champion Nathan Cleverly from Great Britain and both would want this fight. Robin Krasniqi is rated #6 while Denis Simcic is at #11, so both of them would qualify for the shot at the title. On January 7 we will see who of them is the leading the way.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The six fighters who will compete on a tripleheader during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation tonight live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), all made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif. The boxers (left-to-right): Jermain Taylor, Jessie Nicklow, Andre Dirrell, Darryl Cunningham, Luis Garcia and Alexander Johnson.
It was confirmed today that Olympic gold medalist and unbeaten cruiserweight Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (11-0, 9 KOs) will meet his toughest opponent to date when he faces WBC #7 Kotlobay Alexander (21-2-1, 15 KOs) on January 28th at the Grand Elysee Moorweide Hotel. Former world champions Juergen Braehmer and Firat Arslan headline the Universum Box-Promotion card against opponents to be named.
By Martin Murray
After recently hearing that Felix has announced the date of his next fight (April 13th) in Germany, I would like to make it known that I have still not heard anything of a rematch. I don’t know whether their team have discussed opponents but I am here Felix – ready and waiting. Felix has been a great champion, but both me and him know that night in Mannheim he did not beat me. Felix cannot beat me. He knows I am the better fighter and so I am not expecting him to offer me a rematch. You offered Randy Griffin one and the same to Matthew Macklin, so you have proved that you try and correct close fights (or losses) but I don’t think that the Sturm team are confident that you can win this one and as a result they and you will avoid me. (more…)
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Two of the most recognizable names in boxing will make their long-awaited returns to the ring tomorrow, Dec. 30, when Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell are featured in separate 10-round fights on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
Taylor weighed 161 pounds, while opponent Jesse Nicklow was at 159. Dirrell weighed 169 pounds and opponent Cunningham was 167.5 pounds. For the TV opener, Luis Garcia’s official weight is 174.5 pounds and Alexander Johnson weighed 172. (more…)
Goossen Tutor Promotions will kick off 2012 with a World Championship bout headlining on the popular SHOWTIME series, ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 20. The special edition of ShoBox features WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos defending his title for the first time against the WBA interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, matching two world champions and two of the sport’s rising stars. The bout was originally scheduled for New Year’s Eve, but was postponed after a fighter in the co-main event withdrew due to an injury. The championship event will be held at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and broadcast on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
As a result of having undergone emergency gall bladder surgery the week before Christmas, WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Erik “Terrible” Morales’ originally scheduled January 28 HBO World Championship Boxing televised world title defense against undefeated top contender Danny “Swift” Garcia has been rescheduled for March 24, but will still take place at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Also rescheduled for the new March 24 date is the highly anticipated clash of junior middleweights James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland and “King” Carlos Molina.
All tickets for the January 28 event will be honored for the new date. If fans are unable to attend the March 24 event, refunds will be available by returning their full, un-torn ticket to the original point of purchase starting on Friday, January 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT. For phone and internet purchasers, Ticketmaster Customer Service will be contacting customers by email. Phone and internet customers just need to reply to the email sent by Ticketmaster Customer Service. Phone and internet customers may also contact Ticketmaster Customer Service directly at (800) 653-8000. All refund requests must be completed by Friday March 23 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
At the scales for UFC 141, which is headlined by the five round heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem and the lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone, airs live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in for televised prelims at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 6:50 pm ET / 3:50 pm PT. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Brock Lesnar (266) vs. Alistair Overeem (263)
Donald Cerrone (156) VS Nate Diaz (157*)
Johny Hendricks (170) VS Jon Fitch (171)
Alexander Gustafsson (203) VS Vladimir Matyushenko (205)
Jim Hettes (145) vs Nam Phan (146)
Junior Assuncao (145) vs Ross Pearson (145)
Anthony Njokuani (154) VS Danny Castillo (156)
Sean Pierson (171) VS Dong Hyun Kim (171)
Efrain Escudero (155) VS Jacob Volkmann (155)
Luis Ramos (171) VS Matt Riddle (170)
Diego Nunes (145) vs Manny Gamburyan (146)
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Following a tough decision to take some time away from the sport he loves, Fight Camp 360° captured a still hopeful Jermain Taylor spending time with his family and adjusting to life outside of boxing. Watch Taylor’s 2010 interview and prepare for his return to the ring on Friday, December 30th live at 11pm on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBC Diamond beltholder and the boxer generally recognized as the true middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez held a press conference today at the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Association of Dairy Industry Workers of Argentina to set the record straight on the current situation with the WBC and also to sound off on his displeasure with WBC President Jose Sulaiman’s recent comments regarding abuse against women.
Martinez stated that he never agreed to step aside and allow Chavez-Rubio to take place before he faces Chavez and from now on will no longer represent the WBC as their diamond beltholder until they honor their order for a bout between him and Julio Cesar Chavez, whom he called a coward.
He added that Jose Sulaiman owes the world an apology for his comments about violence against women, which Sulaiman later amended and announced that his next fight will be March 17 against Matthew Macklin in New York City. He also said he was mistreated by HBO and is leaving the network.
The successful Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series returns in 2012 with 12 shows, with the season opener on January 20 at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. In the main event, WBO #6 contender Luis “El Chino” De La Rosa of Arboletes, Colombia (18-1-1, 10 KOs) faces former world title challenger Ivan “Pollito” Meneses (16-9-2, 9 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico in a clash scheduled for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latino minimumweight title at stake. The winner of this bout will be in line to challenge WBO world champion Moises Fuentes of Mexico.
First bell at 8:30 PM, 6 mores fights round up the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM and by Televisa Deportes Network in Mexico and Central America . Tickets are already on sale at Auditorio Plaza Condesa (Juan Escutia #4, Esq. Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, Colonia Condesa) and also at ticketmaster.com.mx, prices are: $200 and $100 (MP). The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
Yesterday ticket information has been released for a February 4 clash in San Antonio between WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio.
Today the WBC announced that the governing WBC Rules and Regulations require a written formal petition for the sanctioning of any official WBC bout before a formal announcement takes place and ticket sales start and as of this date, the WBC has not received any communication from any promoter concerning a Chavez versus Rubio fight, although it was OK’d by the WBC that Chavez be allowed to make a voluntary defense.
According to the WBC statement, “The WBC therefore does not endorse and disapproves any public announcement or ticket sales suggesting that the WBC has sanctioned the fight, or using the WBC name or trademarks until there is full compliance with the WBC Rules and Regulations.”
It’s hard to believe that Alistair Overeem has never set foot in the UFC’s octagon. The man who has held the Strikeforce and Dream heavyweight titles along with a K-1 2010 World Grand Prix championship is perhaps the most decorated fighter that has never fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization.
That will all change Friday when Overeem is welcomed to the UFC by wrestling behemoth Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 in Las Vegas, NV. (more…)
By Hesiquio Balderas
Edgar Sosa is getting ready to fight Rolio Golez on January 7 in Mexico, City. Both fighters will duke it out for the WBC International Flyweight title belt. Golez is a tough Filipino fighter who is currently the Asian champion, Rolio captured that title by going to the champion´s Thongthailek Sor Tanapiny home turf in Thailand and defeated him. Golez defeated Dodoy Alapormina on December 23 and is expecting a tough fight againts Sosa who is coming from a UD loss to Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a bid for the Thai’s Flyweight champioship. Edgar Sosa will finish his sparring sessions this Saturday going hard for ten rounds with three different sparring partners.
The inductees for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced by President Walter “Butch” Flansburg at 2PM on Saturday, January 7, 2012 during the 2nd Annual SJC Boxing Gym Open House and Fundraiser. Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, former world heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, John Russell (trainer of Buster Douglas) and many other VIP guests will be in attendance to lend their support, sign autographs, take pictures and meet everyone who comes by. The famed gym, which has trained boxers from 63 different countries and produced 10 professional world champions is located at 1929 Winkler Ave in Fort Myers, Florida.
Report and photo by Reynaldo Sanchez
On February 3rd, Hylon Williams (15-0, 3 KOs) will face Rances Barthelemy (14-0, 11 KOs) in Las Vegas. Hylon is currently preparing for the bout at The Heavyweight Factory GYM in Hollywood, Fla. Williams-Barthelemy is contracted at 132lbs. Williams fought almost all of his short career in the lightweight division, nevertheless in the last fight he moved up to super lightweight and defeated Andre Baker on December 3rd. “Hylon can fight up to 140 pounds; nevertheless, we believe that the best at this stage is to go down to 130 pounds. In the future we can go up to 135 or 140, by that time we believe that his best weight is lightweight,” his manager Alex Bornote said. Williams is trained by Ramon Garvey.
After Nick Diaz took center stage and stole the show at UFC 137, it was only fitting that his brother, Nate would have his day in the sun during the run up to UFC 141.
The younger Diaz came as close to the line of pre-fight decency as possible—and some would argue, hopped over it—during the stare down with fellow co-main event competitor Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at the MGM Grand lobby in Las Vegas. (more…)
Former heavyweight contender Luan Krasniqi (30-4-1, 14 KOs) has announced his retirement as an active boxer at the age of 40. His last fight was a 2008 KO loss to Alexander Dimitrenko and several comeback attempts were derailed due to injuries. The biggest moment is Krasniqi’s career was on September 28, 2005 when he challenged WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster for the world title on the 100th birthday of German boxing icon Max Schmeling in what was a huge fight in Hamburg, Germany. Krasniqi was ahead on all cards before being brutally stopped by Brewster. He plans to stay involved in boxing outside the ring.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos courtesy Werner Kalin, Peter McDermont, Tim Barry and Ray Wheatley
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (26-1,15 KOs) was Australia’s most impressive boxer for 2011 with a decisive decision victory over Sebastian Sylvseter in Germany in May to capture the IBF 160 pound title. Geale followed that victory with a one sided points decision over Eromosele Albert in August. The Australian, who is guided by top USA promoter Gary Shaw, would be excellent match for the leading rated middleweight Sergio Martinez with many thinking he has the skills to cause an upset over the Argentine southpaw IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (33-1, 20 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD super middleweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson is preparing another milestone bout in his young pro career. Johnson (12-0, five KO’s) will take on fellow undefeated boxer Luis Garcia of Cork, Ireland by way of Cuba in an eight-round contest that will open the ShoBox telecast on December 30th at the Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, CA.
Johnson made a name for himself with his 10-round majority decision win over previously undefeated Farah Ennis on April 2 in Atlantic City. The win opened opportunities for the 30-year-old southpaw and after his fourth-round knockout win over Keon Johnson in July, Johnson was deemed ready for his first national TV appearance. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that MetroPCS is now the exclusive wireless partner of the UFC® in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The multi-year sponsorship agreement includes MetroPCS signage at all domestic UFC events, a presence in UFC Pay-Per-View event broadcasts, fighter endorsements and appearances, retail promotions and UFC branded MetroPCS products. MetroPCS will also deliver exclusive video and other mobile content to fans, such as highlights of the week, UFC personality profiles, special segments and more. The first event featuring MetroPCS is UFC® 141: LESNAR vs. OVEREEM from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 30. (more…)
When he opens the new NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series on January 21 at Asylum Arena in his hometown of Philadelphia, top Heavyweight Contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers has promised to impress Philly’s discerning boxing fans and make lots of new ones. According to Chambers, taking on former WBO heavyweight titleholder Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich in a high profile, nationally televised fight is a great way to showcase the sport and bring new fans for the Sweet Science.
“I want people outside of boxing and new fans coming in to know just how hard I work, and how much work all fighters put in,” Chambers said. “I believe that the Heavyweight Championship is the most coveted title in sports. Everyone loves a Gladiator and that is what boxing is about. NBC Sports Network stepping up to the table will hopefully get fans to take a look at the sport once again and jump on the band wagon. This is exactly what we need. I know when the fans tune in January 21st they will not be disappointed.” (more…)
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