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On Saturday afternoon July 6th, former two-time Heavyweight championship challenger, Tony “The Tiger” Thompson will try to make it two for two when he takes on 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal Winner David Price in the most anticipated heavyweight rematch of the year. The fight can be seen Live In the United States on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com. The card begins at 2:30 pm est / 11:30 am Pacific
Thompson shocked the boxing world on February 23rd when he scored a stunning one punch knockout over a then undefeated Price. Thompson looks to be even better this time around. “Training camp has been excellent. It actually has been one of the best camps in the last few years,” said Thompson. (more…)
For most of the fighters on the Strikeforce roster, 2012 was a stressful year to say the least. In addition to worrying about winning or losing on fight night, there were two cancelled events and the eventual announcement that the promotion was shutting its doors, leaving fighters to wonder whether they were going to get the call to the UFC in 2013 . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Belgian boxing fans will have to decide which way to go this next Saturday June 29.
In Herstal, on the French part of the country, the Jamoye brothers will head a 7-bout show. WBC #1 bantamweight Stephane Jamoye will keep busy against Benjamin Smoes over 8 rounds while waiting for his world title opportunity. Brother Steve, the current WBC Youth champion, will also be in action over 8 rounds. He will face Innocent Anyanwu from Holland. EBU champion Sabrina Giuliani, daughter of promoter Mirco Giuliani, will have a non-title 6 rounder on the undercard. Alexander Jur, Francesco Patera, Arnaud Dimidschtein and Djemilla Gontaruk will complete the show.
In Ninove, the otherside of the country and in the Flemish part of Belgium, promoter Ezzedine Laggoune will promote a 8-fight card with 2 titlefights. The most interesting is local star Bilal Laggoune who will try to grab the Belgian cruiserweight title from defending champion Christophe Dufaux. Dufaux starts favourite after his impressive stoppage win against Geoffrey Batello. The 2nd titlefight will see Ismael Abdoul face Ben Nsafoah for the WBF Intercontinental title. Nsafoah is on 3 consecutive defeats, so Abdoul should not have not too much problems keeping the belt in Belgium. Sasha Yengoyan, Ryad Merhi, female Elfi Philips, Matingu Kindele, Jean Pierre Habimana and Gian Carlo Liesdek will all see action on the undercard.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF 130 pound champion Gairy “Superman” St Clair (45-12-2, 18 KOs) will clash Joebert Delos Reyes (10-4-1, 7 KOs) over ten rounds in the main event at the Richmond. Club, Richmond, NSW, Australia on Saturday. St Clair coming off wins over Filipinos Rey Anton Olarte, Joel Dela Cruz and Robert Oyan. Former IBF 140 pound champion Lovemore Ndou outscored St Clair in 2012. Reyes is coming off wins over Charlie Sugiura, Andrew Wallace and Singphauek Kokiet Gym. Promoter is Mark Hardman.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Thursday in Panama City, Promociones y Eventos del Istmo announced an event called ‘High Voltage,’ which will be held on August 3 at the Arena Roberto Duran. In the main event, former WBA world champion Luis ‘El Nica’ Concepcion (28-3, 21 KOs) will make the first defense of his interim WBC silver flyweight belt against Nestor Narvaez (19-1-2, 9 KOs). Another local WBA former world champion, Rafael ‘El Torito’ Concepcion (17-6-1, 8 KOs) will face the Germán Lara (9-2-2, 2 KOs) in a featherweight eight-rounder. Other matches include featherweight prospect Jezreel Corrales (13-1, 2 KOs) who will face Jonathan ‘Popeye’ Perez (29-9, 23 KOs), world ranked flyweight Ricardo ‘Matematico’ Nunez (25-3, 21 KOs) against Nery Espinosa (30-9-2, 20 KOs), and Dirceu Cabarca (15-7, 6 KOs) versus Edwin Diaz (15-18, 6 KOs) for the Fecarbox flyweight belt. The night includes 10 professional fights in all.
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale has picked Gennady Golovkin to defeat Mathew Macklin on points this Saturday but says the Englishman is the first real test for the WBA middleweight champion. “I think Golovkin probably wins the fight but there is a big chance for an upset in this one,” Geale said. “Macklin does have the ability to withstand shots and if he can handle Golovkin early then we’ll see what happens. In saying that, he might lack the footwork and speed to win the fight. So, Macklin has a fighter’s chance but I reckon Golovkin, probably on points.” Geale defends the IBF 160 pound crown on August 17 against Darren Barker in Atlantic City.
Photo: Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez
The WBA interim super lightweight world title fight between Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman and Vicente “El Loco” Mosquera is in jeopardy after Guzman weighed in a whopping eight pounds over the division limit on Friday in Kissimmee, Florida. Guzman scaled in at 148.2 pounds, while Mosquera was on weight at 140, so if the fight comes off, only Mosquera would be eligible for the title. “Right now we are still working on an agreement to go ahead with the fight,” promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. informed Fightnews.com. “A final decision will be made tomorrow at 9AM, but it looks good.”
Guzman has a history of not making weight. He previously failed to make weight for a 2008 lightweight title fight against Nate Campbell, a 2010 lightweight title fight with Ali Funeka and a 2010 tuneup against Jason Davis.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #7, WBA #13 140 pounder, Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (31-4-3, 22 KOs) returns to ring action on Saturday when he will clash with Ghana’s Ebenezer Lantel Lamptey (22-1, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds with WBA and WBO regional titles up for grabs at the Entertainment Centre Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Lamptey is coming off wins over Eduardo Flores and Zakaria Salifu in 2012, while Bennett is coming off a three round stoppage of Ben Ankrah in Las Vegas in 2013 and in 2012 scored two stoppage wins over well credentialled James Armah of Ghana. Promoter is Vlad Wharton of Millennium Events.
Prize Fight Promotions and Sky Ute Casino Resort in southern Colorado presents “Rumble in The Rockies II” – a six-bout card lined up for tomorrow night, and featuring legend James “Lights Out” Toney.
Toney, (74-8-3, 45KOs), will take on Colorado-based heavyweight Kenny ‘Sagrado Warrior’ Lemos, (12-7-2, 8KOs), in the eight-round main event. Toney is a legend in the sport but has taken a long slow slide downward. His last bout was a decision loss in Australia to Lucas Browne in April. Lemos fought twice in 2012 going 1-0-1. Lemos’ biggest enemy in the ring has always been his weight. He was a fast-handed and promising amateur before turning pro and running his record to 8-1-1, before facing future world title challenger Chris Arreola. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek, 48-2, 29 KOs, held court with the press today at the Wisla Club in Garfield, NJ to announce his upcoming fight with Tony Grano, 20-3-1, 16 KOs, scheduled for August 3rd. The pair of heavyweights will collide in a 10-round opening bout that will be nationally televised by NBC Sports Network. The fight card, nicknamed “Three To See” will be held at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, and will deliver three televised 10-round feature bouts, as well as a full slate of undercard attractions. In addition to Adamek-Grano, the other TV fights are middleweight Curtis Stevens, 24-3, 17 KOs, against Saul Roman, 37-9, 31 KOs in the main event, plus Eddie Chambers, 36-3, 18 KOs, versus Thabiso Mchunu, 13-1, 10 KOs, in a cruiserweight fight.
Grano was not present at the press conference because he is away at training camp in Florida. However, Adamek, his trainer Roger Bloodworth, and co-promoters Kathy Duva, of Main Events and Ziggy Rozalski, of Ziggy Promotions, all addressed the media.
“We are going to see Tomasz Adamek perform again, and we all know what that means,” Kathy Duva said. “Excitement, action, fun, thrills. He’s going to fighting a hometown fighter. Tony Grano comes from Connecticut. So for a change, there’s going to be people on both sides cheering.” (more…)
Grzegorz Proksa: 159.6 vs. Sergio Mora: 159.8
Marcus Willis: 154.8 vs. Patrick Teixeira: 157 (Teixeira had to lose 1 pound)
Travis Hanshaw: 150.8 vs. Taras Shelestyuk: 151.4
Andrew Capio: 138.4 vs. Cornelius Whitlock: 143.4
Jerrod Caldwell: 168 vs. Steven Chadwick: 167.4
Curtis Harper: 248.2 vs. Donovan Dennis: 221.8
Kareem Brann: 203.8 vs. Chris Vendola: 237
Venue: Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Promoter: Banner Promotions
Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Christopher Martin 121 vs. Raul Hidalgo 122
Efrain Esquivias 129 vs. Victor Sanchez 128.5
Giovanni Santillan 143.5 vs. Adam Ealoms 143.5
Justin Goslee 329 vs. Jose Hermosillo 234
Danny Roman 121.5 vs. Manuel Ruvalcaba 122
Joshua Conley 155.8 vs. Roberto Lara 155
Venue: The Doubletree Hotel
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
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Weights by Joel Priest
From The Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo.:
James Toney 243.2 vs. Kenny Lemos 291.8
Gerardo Quintana 166.6 vs. Cris Levya 164.2
Zamir Young 164.6 vs. Grant John 169.4
Jazzma Hogue 127.8 vs. Raymond Nichol 130.8
Steve Victor 162 vs. Carlos Sanchez 166.4
Suanitu Hogue 129.4 vs. Ronnie Reams n/a
By Alex Potapov
Photo: Elite Boxing
Unbeaten WBC International super lightweight champion Victor Postol (23-0, 10 KOs) gave an exclusive interview Fightnews.com in which he spoke of his plans for the future, including the opportunity to fight the winner of the WBC-ordered Garcia vs. Matthysse fight and more.
Victor, your last test went great in March when you beat a very strong boxer in Henry Lundy. Was it the most difficult fight for you?
Yes, it was a great test for me. Henry defeated former world lightweight champion David Diaz and Richard Abril, who is now the reigning world champion at lightweight. I showed my best boxing, this was a tough win, and I’m proud that I did it. I’m sure that Lundy is on a par with the best fighters in the super lightweight division.
Are you ready to fight for a world title?
Yes, I’m ready! I have long waited for my chance and I’m ready to step in the ring against any fighter who has the title of world champion at super lightweight. I and my team do a great job, I have everything to be a world champion and be THE fighter in my weight class. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Moises Fuentes 111.1 vs Gerardo Verde 111.1
David de la Mora 119 Vs Jonatan Lecona 119
Isac Torres 129.4 vs Sergio Nunez 130
Hanzel Martinez 126.5 vs Cesar de la Mora 126.5
Vanue: Foro Tecate, Tijuana
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
From Albuquerque for tomorrow night’s Chavez Promotions card at the Convention Center:
Joe Gomez 147.6 vs. Cristian Cabral 146.8
Arturo Crespin n/a* vs. Jose Cruz Garcia 155.8
Victoria Cisneros 129.8 vs. Nicole Woods 137.8
Josh Chavez 160.2 vs. Mike Quezada 161.2
* Crespin will weigh in later today
Dominic Bösel 174.8 vs. Chris Mafuta 169.7
(WBO Youth light heavyweight title)
Dennis Ronert 188.4 vs. Gogita Gorgiladze 199.2
(IBF Youth cruiserweight title)
Tom Schwarz 223 vs. Mario Schmidt TBA
Tom Pahlmann 198.6 vs. Michal Szebestik TBA
Ronny Gabel TBA vs. Andy Thiele TBA
Mathias Zemski 152.7 vs. Arek Malek TBA
Deniz Ilbay 146.8 vs. Sylwester Walczak TBA
Venue: Maritim Hotel Halle/Salle, Germany
TV: SPORT1 (Germany)
WBC strawweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (20-4, 11 KOs) and title challenger Denver Cuello (33-4-6, 21 KOs) made weight for their historic title fight in the modernistic city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Friday. Xiong weighed in at the division limit of 105 lbs, while Cuello scaled in at 103.8. This will be the first world boxing championship fight to take place in Dubai.
Frankie Gavin weighed-in spot on the welterweight limit of 147lb and Denton Vassell at 146.6 at the official weigh-in today for their epic showdown tomorrow night at the Liverpool Olympia. Birmingham star Gavin puts his British title on the line against Manchester Vassell’s Commonwealth belt. Both fighters are unbeaten in their careers and it pits Gavin’s smooth, counter-punching, skills against the come-forward, all-action, style of Vassell.
Paul Butler, the Commonwealth super-flyweight champion, and challenger Najah Ali both weighed in under for their chief-support title fight on the show.
By Sam Geraci
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Over 2,200 Chicago fight fans packed into the historic Chicago Theater to get a glimpse of the sport’s p4p king Floyd “Money” Mayweather and the Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the latest Latin American hope to challenge Mayweather. According to several Chicago Theater staff members, fans began lining the entrances of the Chicago Theater on State Street shortly after 9:00AM to insure a good seat when the doors opened at 5:00PM. When the doors finally opened, fight fans scrambled to the best available seats and chanted “Mexico! Mexico!” or “Canelo! Canelo!” or the Mayweather mantra of “Hard work! Dedication!” until Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer took the podium shortly after 6:00PM.
“Love him or hate him, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is the One. The question is, will he be the One at the end of September 14,” Schaefer added that Chicago was the loudest of all the stops thus far because of “Canelomania” and that Alvarez was a “Mexican James Dean and the One Mexico has been waiting for.”
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe attempted to speak after Schaefer but all that this reporter could decipher through the crowd’s chants of “Culero! Culero!” was that “when you think about winning, you think about Mayweather” and “Floyd Mayweather wanted it to happen. The fans have spoken.”
Just as it seemed that the Chicago crowd couldn’t get any louder, boxing legend and Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya took the podium. (more…)
Eddie Hearn says he has received confirmation from the WBC that Adonis Stevenson “Must fight Tony Bellew next”
By James Slater
To the great delight of Liverpool’s Tony Bellew, his promoter Eddie Hearn has received confirmation from the WBC that the new light-heavyweight champion of that organisation, Adonis Stevenson has been told he must face Bellew next. “Bomber” defeated Isaac Chilemba last month, in a final eliminator for the title Stevenson shockingly ripped from Chad Dawson inside a round. There has been talk that “Superman” would face someone else in his first defence, but the WBC’s confirmation to Hearn makes it appear it will indeed be Bellew getting his big chance next.
“We have received confirmation that Stevenson must fight Bellew next, and the negotiation period will be 28 days after which the fight will go to purse bids,” Hearn told Sky Sports today. “At that point the fight becomes real. He’s worked really hard to get to that mandatory position and all you read or hear is ‘Stevenson will fight Tavoris Cloud,’ or ‘Stevenson will fight Bernard Hopkins.’ So we wrote to the WBC and said we’ve had two final eliminators basically, so we thought Bellew should be next and after they had their meetings they agreed.”
Bellew Vs. Stevenson promises to be a fan-friendly slugfest, and Bellew, 20-1-1(12) wasted no time declaring his good news on Twitter. “I’m so happy it’s unreal,” he wrote. “Let’s just say **** just got real!”
World-ranked super featherweight Alejandro ‘El Alacran’ Perez of Salinas, California, puts his WBO #5 rating on the line when he takes on Edgar Riovalle of Mexico City at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California on Saturday, July 13. Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing and Art of Boxing Promotions, will present the Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card, which will be aired on UniMas.
Perez said, “I’m hungry, I can tell you that. I live off this sport. This is my life. Whatever I have to do to be on top, I will do. There are boxing fans who want to see a fight and that’s what they will see when I am in the ring.”
Perez is coming off his one of his career-best wins, a decision over previously unbeaten Art Hovhannisyan to win the vacant NABO 130-pound title. Perez, born in Jacona, Michoacan, Mexico, has a record of 17-3-1, 11 KOs. He says his ‘El Alacran’ nickname is the “Mexican version of a scorpion.” (more…)
By Ricky Hatton
I was bitterly disappointed recently to see Scott Quigg leave Hatton Promotions to move across to the Matchroom stable. Scott was one of my first signings and a young man I brought up from the boxing dinner show circuit to world title level. Bearing in mind the massive financial investment, plus the time spent by my team to get him the opportunities we did, to see him sign with someone else while we were still providing opportunities was such a shame. Scott believed that we owed him more fights under his contract. However, a fighter going the places we thought he was going can only fight so many times a year and when we lost our television dates it made our job extremely difficult as a talent such as Scott should be on TV. I was very keen that we get the right fights for Scott not just any fights.
Scott came into my office for a meeting, rightly concerned after the loss of the TV dates. I explained to him how difficult it had been and told him to give me a few weeks to sort him a deal. I told him then that if I couldn’t get him a deal I would give him his contract back, shake his hand and sincerely wish him all the best. I did not wish to stand in the way of his career and progress. Scott agreed and thanked me. (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Robin Krasniqi (39-3, 15 KOs) returns from his unsuccessful world titie challenge against Nathan Cleverly in April, with a scheduled six round clash against Tomas Adamek (20-8-1, 7 KOs), a “tough guy” from the Czech Republic. The fight will take place on the undercard of WBO super middleweight Robert Stieglitz’ July 13 title defense against Yuzo Kiyota at the Energy Alliance Arena in Dresden, Germany.
“It was a tough defeat,” said Krasniqi. “I was in good spirits, so optimistic. But, I now have the experience that had been missing in my career. A championship fight is still a special goal and Nathan Cleverly was considerably ahead of me. This experience came at the right time, and has opened my eyes. I need to concentrate more on my boxing strategy and that’s what I’ll do in my next fight. I simply want a championship belt, the goal is clear!” (more…)
Promoter Issaie Kabore will present tomorrow June 28 two ABU (African Boxing Union) titlefights in Le Palais des Sports de Ouaga 2000 of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
In the co-main event local prospect Patrice Sou Toke, 17-1(9), will face Charles Manyuchi, 10-2-1(4), from Zimbabwe for the ABU welterweight title.
Sou Toke defends his belt he won against Isaac Sowah. The only defeat of the local prospect was against Patrick Allotey for the WBC International title. Sou Toke is on 2 wins since.
The second ABU titlefight will be between the other local star Alexis Boureima Kabore, 20-1(6), and hard hitting Prosper Ankrah, 20-2(14), from Ghana. Kabore makes the first defence of his title won on a split decision against Nick Otieno.
The ABU chairman and WBC Vice President Mr Houcine Houichi is there to supervise both titlefights.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Paul Gallegos
They say revenge is a dish best served cold but San Diego, CA, super bantamweight Christopher Martin (26-2-3, 8KOs) will take it at any temperature. In his last bout last February, Martin had the opportunity to avenge his first loss, one that came after five years as a professional when he dropped a ten-round unanimous to tough journeyman Miguel Angel Berranza, and it turned out into a bittersweet treat, “it felt good. It was a big weight off my shoulders to beat the guy that gave me my first loss. It was a close fight, we got some boos from the crowd but I felt that I won in a convincing fashion.”
This Friday night, Martin will face hard hitting Raul Hidalgo (20-8, 16KOs) of Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico, in the eight round main event of Thompson Boxing’s monthly fight card held at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. Originally presented with a fighter with a sub .500 record, the married father of two politely requested from his promoter to find somebody a bit tougher. (more…)
Maybe it’s like playing golf with a handicap. Or spotting the other team a few points in a pick-up basketball game. Possibly, he only likes to show off his A-game when he’s really feeling the pressure. Most likely, Andrew Craig is simply a slow starter, but a strong finisher. And at UFC on FX 7 in Sao Paulo, Craig just waited a little too long to unleash his full potential . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Matthew Macklin is ready to defy all the odds and take on Gennady Golovkin for the IBO and WBA World Middleweight title. Fresh off his intense training camp in Spain, Macklin took time out to let everyone know why his third attempt at a world title will be successful. Speaking about Golovkin’s power, Macklin reminded everyone about how he fared to Sergio Martinez’s power.
“I’ve got a solid chin, I went down twice against Sergio, the first one I was off balance, the second one was a knockdown but got up straight away. I’ve got a lot of faith in my chin and anyone can get knocked out. I have 20 knockouts as well, I KO’d Alcine who just went 12 rounds with Jason Williams who was supposedly the biggest hitter ever. He’s obviously a bigger puncher, he’s heavy handed and I think he’s got good skills as well. I’m focused on what I have to do and the tactics that I want to try and impose on him.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen meets former amateur standout Brandon Gonzales from Sacramento, California in a non-title fight over ten rounds on Saturday night at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut. The 25-year-old Oosthuizen with a record of 22-0-1 with 13 wins coming inside the distance will be having his fourth fight in the United States since making a successful defense of the IBO belt against William Gare at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on June 4, 2011. (more…)
With over 100 Midwest shows to their credit; Danger-Fire Promotions’ Co-Owner “Dangerous” Damon Reed said farewell and Thank You to about 2500 of his loyal hometown supporters Saturday night at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka. Though Reed’s career is not entirely in the books just yet; he has now fought for the 22nd and last time at home. He chose another notable Midwest pugilist as his opponent for this special occasion; the conqueror of former World Champion David Reed, Sam “The Punching Policeman” Hill of St. Louis, MO. Both fighters entered this 8-round Midwest showdown prepared, in shape, and within the cruiserweight division limit. After comfortably outworking Hill in the first 3 rounds with sharp double jabs and accurate combinations, the contest became a bit more interesting in the 4th with Hill beginning to find some counter-punching success. Although not enough success to be awarded the round on any of the judges scorecards. Reed adjusted his tempo in 5th bringing the 4 remaining rounds back to the format of the first 3; that of Reed pushing the action, remaining elusive, and boxing very well. Damon Reed won by a unanimous decision 80-72 on all three judges’ scorecard. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Evans Mbamaba returns to action for the first time since October 2012 when he faces Mario Briones of Mexico for the vacant World Boxing Federation junior featherweight belt at the Graceland Hotel Casino in Secunda, Mpumalanga on Saturday night. The 31-year-old Mbamba 18-3; 9 from Duduza in Gauteng won the vacant WBC International super flyweight title in November 2006 when he outscored the vastly experienced Zolile Mbityi and made successful defences against Pedro Cardenas (tko 11), Unathi Gqokoma (pts 12) and Devid Lookmahanak (ko7). (more…)
Grand Rapids’ Peter Quillin was recently honored by his hometown. More
Former WBA 154-pound champ says he’s “humbled” to be included in this year’s New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame’s inductees – a list that includes Bob Foster, Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero and Holly Holm. More
Former champ Ricky Hatton and promoter Frank Warren are teaming up. More
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks to reporters after Wednesday’s press conference in a noisy Chicago Theatre.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former WBO minimumweight champion Moisés “Moi” Fuentes (16-1-1, 8 KOs) and Gerardo ¨Diablito¨ Verde (18-5-1, 14 KOs) faced off in advance of their twn round jr flyweight clash on Saturday at the Foro Tecate installed in the parking lot of Casino Caliente, in Tijuana
Moises Fuentes: I feel great, I’ve done a lot of preparation and I’ve come to show that I want that second world championship. Verde is a great fighter, very strong and very brace but we will defeat him. I’m going to dedicate this win to the fans in Tijuana.
Gerardo Verde: I respect Fuentes, he’s a young fighter who has had a great career but we have the boxing skills and experience to beat him. It’s a great opportunity in my career and I don’t want to waste it.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather went home Wednesday and an estimated 2,000 enthusiastic fans, friends and family members were there to see the legendary fighter and his upcoming opponent, Canelo Alvarez, at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids, Mich. It was the third stop of an unprecedented 11-city, two-country, nine-day media blitz to promote Mayweather’s eagerly anticipated Saturday, Sept. 14 showdown with Alvarez.
Floyd Mayweather: To the city of Grand Rapids, you believed in me when no one else would. I want to thank all my fans and Canelo’s fans, but one thing we know, fans can’t fight for you.
Immediately following the event, Mayweather, Canelo and their teams flew to Chicago where they will host the second of today’s two events at The Chicago Theatre (5:00 p.m. CT). The media tour continues tomorrow, Thursday, June 27, at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.
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