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Earlier today, Matchroom Boxing announced that Kell Brook’s October 24 title defense against Diego Chaves – which was scheduled to air live on Showtime – has been postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Brook. The Showtime telecast is completely cancelled. Showtime announced that it will “consider” coverage of the rescheduled Brook-Chaves bout once event details are finalized.
The Sheffield show will still go ahead with Chris Eubank Jr topping the bill as he makes a final defense of his WBA interim world middleweight title against Tony Jeter. The winner of that bout will then be stripped and Alfonso Blanco will ascend to the WBA interim throne. Also, Gavin McDonnell defends his European bantamweight strap against former world title challenger Jeremy Parodi. Sky Sports will televise in the UK.
Fans who bought tickets will be entitled to full refunds or partial refunds if they’re still attending the show.
Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
Lamont Peterson 144 vs. Felix Diaz Jr. 144.2
Prichard Colon 148.8 vs. Terrel Williams 148.4
Anthony Peterson 136.6 vs. Mike Oliver 134.8
Alantez Fox 157.4 vs. Eric Mitchell 158.8
Jimmy Lange 175 vs. Mike Sawyer 177.6
Lennox Allen 167.8 vs. Istvan Zeller 166
David Grayton 146.2 vs. Martin Wright 146
Demond Nicholson 163.6 vs. Milton Nunez 159.8
Kareem Martin 147.2 vs. Christopher Degollado 156.2
Tommy Logan 129.8 vs. Canton Miller 130
Venue: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, Virginia
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
beIN Sports en Español will broadcast the event dubbed “Filipinos vs Latinos,” headlined by the longest reigning Filipino world champion ever – WBO Light Flyweight king Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (36-1-4, 21 KOs), who will be defending his title against unbeaten Mexican Juan “Pinky” Alejo (21-0-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the co-feature, undefeated Filipino Albert Pagara (24-0, 17 KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line against Nicaraguan William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (27-5, 23 KOs) for the WBO Intercontinental junior featherweight belt.
World ranked Oscar Valdez has return to Los Angeles to start his training camp for his fourth and final fight of what has been a very successful 2015. Valdez will close out the year with a fight in December. “I am looking forward to fighting one more time here in 2015 so that I close what has been a very productive year with one more solid outing,” said Valdez.
Valdez (17-0, 15 KOs) is coming to the end of his third full year as a professional boxer after debuting in November 12, 2012 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. “This has been a very good year in terms of exposure and very good opposition and I hope that 2016 will be an even better and bigger year for my career,” said Valdez. (more…)
Undefeated world featherweight contender Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas is going into his first televised 10-round main event bout Saturday night at the Celebrity Theatre. He is taking on Vergel Nebran of the Phillippines. Magdaleno has a record of 21-0, 15 KOs. He is trained by Ismael Salas. Nebran, from The Philippines, is 14-9-1, 9 KOs. “It’s exciting because I’ve been waiting for this opportunity to fight in a 10 round main event. I will do my best in Phoenix,” said Jessie.
The bout will be televised by Solo Boxeo Tecate on UniMas. Top Rank and Iron Boy are promoting. The first bell Saturday will be 6 pm with the televised bouts at 8 pm local time.
Today – Friday – the fighters will weigh 2 pm at Dave and Busters, 2000 E Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Arizona.
Photos: Tom Hogan-Hogan Photos / Golden Boy Promotions
Gennady Golovkin 159.4 vs. David Lemieux 159.8
(WBA/IBF/WBC interim middleweight championship)
Roman Gonzalez 111.4 vs. Brian Viloria 111.4
(WBC flyweight championship)
Luis Ortiz 237.8 vs. Matias Vidondo 261
(WBA interim heavyweight title)
Tureano Johnson 159.4 vs. Eamonn O’Kane 160
(IBF middleweight eliminator)
Ghislain Maduma 139.2 vs. Maurice Hooker 139.4
Lamont Roach Jr. 131.4 vs. Jose Bustos 130.4
Russian Madiyev 139.6 vs. Sean Gee 142.6
Venue: Madison Square Garden, NYC
Promoter: K2, Golden Boy
By James Slater
Fight fans, like all sports fans, have at one time or another been forced to accommodate the frustration of big events being postponed. But (is it just me?) it seems more and more fights are being postponed these days. Just now, news has broken how Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title defence against Diego Chaves, originally set for October 24th, has been postponed due to a rib injury suffered by Brook.
Speaking on Kell’s behalf, his promoter Eddie Hearn said Brook was “desperate to fight” but that after a spell in hospital the fight had no chance of happening until later this year, and now Matchroom are looking at a new date for the end of 2015.
October 24th of this year was, of course, supposed to have been one of the biggest nights in British boxing for some time. This was the night that unbeaten British heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury was to have made his audacious and hugely vocalised challenge of world ruler Wladimir Klitschko. But, as fans know, that fight was postponed due to yet another injury – this one a calf injury picked up by the heavyweight king of the whole world. So now, with the Brook news, British fight fans have no boxer to root for a week tomorrow. (more…)
Photos: Fotostudio Kopfkino
Vincent Feigenbutz 165.8 vs. Giovanni De Carolis 167.8
(WBA interim super middleweight title)
Kubrat Pulev 245.8 vs. George Arias 224.4
Richard Commey 136.7 vs. Kakhaber Avetisian 136.2
Enrico Kölling 178.6 vs. Karel Horejsek 176.1
Leon Bauer (167.8 vs. Aleksandar Jankovic 162.7
Burak Sahin 229.3 vs. Ivica Perkovic 260.1
Arman Torosyan 159.2 vs. Nuhu Lawal 157.4
Aniya Seki 116 vs. Caroline Schröder 117.7
Agit Kabayel 240.5 vs. Maksym Pedyura 237.4
Alois Schwartz 159.8 vs. Nerdin Fejzovic 153.2
Max Meier 174.2 vs. Djordje Markovic 174.2
Venue: DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, Germany
Photos: All Star Boxing
David “Severo” Carmona 115 vs. Richard “Meserito” Rodriguez 115
(WBO Latino super flyweight Title)
Luis “Chino” Delgadillo 116 vs. Sergio “Chiquis” Granados 116
Gabriel Perea 130 vs. Luis Epazote 129
Hugo “Anestesiador” Guarneros 114 vs. Victor Manuel Franco 115
Elias Olivares 113 vs. Erick Cisneros 113
Omar “Koreano” Flores 126 vs. Jeovanny De La Cruz 127
Mauricio “Gemelo” Cruz 104 vs. Sergio “Checo” Mejia 104
Venue: Blackberry Auditorium Mexico City, Mexico
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas
TV: Telemundo (US) 11:35 PM & Claro Sports (Latin America)
Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com.mx, first fight: 8:00 PM
Report & photos: Julian Burgower
The final press conference was held Thursday for the NBC-televised Premier Boxing Champions series between former world champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) and 2008 Olympic Medalist Felix “Hijo de Oro” Diaz 17-0, 8 KOs) on Saturday at the Eagle Bank Arena, in Fairfax, Virginia. The co-feature will include a ten-round junior middleweight clash between undefeated power punchers Prichard “Digget” Colon (16-0, 13 KOs) and Terrel Williams (14-0, 12 KOs).
Additionally on the card is Petersons’ brother Anthony, (35-1, 23 KOs). Looking to show a prime-time audience something fight fans in the DC arena are already familiar- that he’s not the only Peterson that can fight and he’s deserving of a title shot that has eluded him for way too long. Standing in the way of Anthony is Mike Oliver (26-6-1, 8 KOs) of Hartford, CT.
Also being featured are local favorites Jimmy Lange and prospect Alantez Fox. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Photos: William Hart, K2/Golden Boy
Gennady Golovkin has been a one-man wrecking crew since arriving and staking his place in the middleweight division. A perfect 33-0 record. 30 Knockouts. 20 straight stoppages. The last man to force him to the scorecards has already retired. Six years ago! Oh, one last thing, Golovkin says he is feeling ‘motivated’ for Saturday night.
Starring in an Apple watch commercial, life is certainly good right now for the 33-year-old Kazakhstan-born middleweight, but if the boxer was Tesla sports car, it looks as if he is done with ‘insane mode’ and fixated to launch ‘ludicrous mode’.
Headlining a sold out pay-per-view event at New York’s Madison Square Garden and a unification bout with IBF Champion David Lemieux, Golovkin already heralded as one of the best in the sport, seems ready to switch gears and leave all others behind him to eat his dust. “Finally, he has gotten someone who he considers as a threat,” trainer Abel Sanchez recently told assembled media at a public training session in Los Angeles. “Someone that he feels will give him a fight for as long as it lasts.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer
When asked on a recent conference call about the challenge that lay ahead in Gennady Golovkin, David Lemieux responded in part by stating, “Everybody understands the gravity of this fight.”
Although referring to the monumental task of taking on undefeated Gennady Golovkin in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden, Lemieux could have just as easily been referring to the laws of Sir Isaac Newton himself. No doubt the majority of fans and oddsmakers are banking on gravitational pull of one of the two boxers down towards the canvas and being inert for at least ten seconds.
Most oddmakers are establishing GGG as about a 16:1 favorite. Lemieux is roughly a 7:1 underdog, odds almost identical to Golovkin winning by decision. The undefeated fighter riding a streak of 20 stoppages is going off as a 1:5 pick to win by stoppage but a trip to the scorecards for WBA and WBC (interim) champ will get you 6:1. (more…)
Former two-time world title challenger David “Severo” Carmona (19-2-5, 8 KOs) of Mexico City will once again will face WBO #9, WBC #11 contender Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (12-2, 4 KOs) of Mexico City tonight. The bout will take place at the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. The main event will continue the fall season of Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc.
Carmona and Rodriguez first squared off over a year ago. It was a very competitive fight, but Carmona’s experience was the difference down the stretch. Carmona would go on to win a hard fought but well-deserved decision. (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (48-14-1, 30 KOs) will dispute the WBC International featherweight title against Filipino Edward Mansito (13-2-2, 7 KOs) at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Veracruz this Saturday. “I know that I’m facing a strong opponent,” said Rojas. “I like to give people what they want to see. I won’t hold anything back. They pay to see a great show and I feel confident to fight against a hard punching fighter.”
In the co-featured fight, world ranked Marco Antonio Peribán (22-3-1, 14 KOs) will face Ghanaian Joshua Okine (28-4-1, 17 KOs) for a WBC regional super middleweight belt. “This is one step closer to the title,” said Periban. Now I’m train with a person I know very well. We’ve corrected many errors and I can beat Badou Jack and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Boxing underground? Done. In a salt mine? Done. But only in one place in the world. For the last seven years, Polish promoter Tomasz Babiloński has been presenting fights in a beautifully restored, nearly 700-year-old salt mine in Wieliczka, Poland. It will happen again, near the famous city of Krakow, Poland. “This is something else. Nothing can compare to being here, to fight in this unique environment,” said Babiloński, who is promoting Saturday’s one-of-a-kind event in cooperation with Sferis KnockOut Promotions.
Babiloński, who has a knack for finding unusual places for boxing events and for finding world class talent (such as current IBF cruiserweight IBF champ Krzysztof Głowacki, who sensationally knocked out Marco Huck recently) has a right to call his events “the only one in the world.”
Saturday’s event, televised nationally in Poland by one of biggest European broadcasters, Polsat TV, will showcase fighters who have a last chance to be recognized. (more…)
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USA Olympian, NABF Champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (15-0, 12 KOs) will have the biggest fight of his career when he gets an opportunity to fight for a WBC Continental Americas championship at one of the top arenas in the world on Saturday, December 5. A win will give Ramirez a Top-15 world rating and put him into a position to be a top contender. Champions including Evander Holyfield and Roy Jones and many other superstars have held the WBC Continental Americas belt.
The Save Mart Center is one of the most prestigious arenas in America according to ‘Venues Today,’ a leading trade publication that listed Save Mart Arena among its ‘Top Stops’ for venues in the 10,000 to 15,000 categories. The venue came in as the No 1 ranked collegiate venue and No. 4 in the United States and No. 12 in the world based on concert grosses. Save Mart Center was one of seven SMG-managed arenas to rank in the Top 10 in this size category.
“I feel honored and thankful for the opportunity given to me and I will do my best to give my greatest performance on December 5,” said Ramirez. (more…)
Photos: Will Hart / K2
K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions today hosted the final press conference for the Golovkin vs. Lemieux undercard prior to Saturday’s stellar sold-out night of boxing set for the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden and produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View on October 17. Roberto Duran, Panamanian former world champion in four weight classes, and one of the greatest boxers of all time, also stopped by the undercard press conference. He reflected briefly on his storied career and named Madison Square Garden as the home of his most memorable fights. Duran also spoke about his excitement for the fantastic bouts schedule for the Golovkin vs. Lemieux undercard on Saturday, October 17.
Below is what the fighters and their promoters had to say:
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez: “I’m ready for this fight and will give my best. I don’t like to speak much, but I will say I had a great camp and feel strong and in good condition to win Saturday’s fight. I’m thankful and feel blessed that I am able to fight, and I am ready to give the fans a good fight.”
Brian Viloria: “I live, breathe and eat boxing. I try to keep in shape so I can fight as much as possible. I have prepared myself very well for this fight. I am doing a disservice if I don’t give it my best on Saturday. Fighting a guy like Gonzalez, the number one pound-four-pound fighter in the sport, is a big challenge. He is as big as it gets for me, in my career. He is the biggest challenge I’ve faced to date. I’m going to show you the best Brian Viloria you’ve ever seen. I’m prepared to take the title from Roman.” (more…)
Photos: Jordan Hardy/Premier Boxing Champions
Andrzej Fonfara 174.6 vs. Nathan Cleverly 174.4
Kohei Kono 114.8 vs. Koki Kameda 115
(WBA super flyweight title)
Patryk Szymanski 156 vs. Richard Gutierrez 156
Eddie Ramirez 140.5 vs. Hevinson Herrera 141.5
Ronald Hearns 161.5 vs. Josue Obando 165
Alex Martin 147 vs. Kevin Womack Jr 142.5
Jose Quezada 140.5 vs. Moises Rios 140
Josh Hernandez 128.5 vs. Devon Hostler 131
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Sean Monaghan 174.6 vs. Donovan George 175
(NABO light heavyweight title)
Brad Solomon 147.4 vs. Ray Serrano 148
John Joe Nevin 134.8 vs. Jose Guzman 132.4
Joseph Williams 187.2 vs. Joey Montoya 193
Steve Ortiz 134 vs. Thomas Smith 132.4
Venue: Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn
Promoter: Top Rank
By Julian Burgower
Former world champion Lamont Peterson and undefeated junior welterweight contender and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz faced off Thursday during the final press conference in Washington DC’s Hamilton Live in advance of Saturday afternoon’s Premier Boxing Champions NBC telecast.
Lamont Peterson: How’s everybody doing? I would like to thank God for another healthy, productive training camp. I would like to thank my team, Team Headbangers. I’m looking forward to this fight. I’m always looking forward to fighting. I wish I could fight every month, I swear I do, but I understand that it’s a business. I’m happy I’m fighting this weekend. It’s been another tremendous training camp. I’m looking for a tough fight. Felix prepared well and I’m ready. I wish we could fight tonight [laughs]…but I guess I can wait…I guess. I promise to put on a show.
Felix Diaz: I’ve trained hard for this fight like any other fight and I encourage all the people to come out and support this fight. Thank you very much. (more…)
Report and Photos by Joe Koizumi
Why do a couple of Japanese boxers square off with a world championship on the line in Chicago? WBA super-flyweight champ Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13 KOs), from Japan, will defend his belt against three-time titlist and compatriot Koki Kameda (33-1, 18 KOs) beneath a competitive confrontation of Andrzej Fonfara and Nathan Cleverly under Warriors Promotions at the UIC Pavilion in the Windy City tomorrow (Friday). The answer is simple and complex: (1) Team Kameda has had some legal problems with the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), and Kameda brothers haven’t been eligible to fight in Japan, (2) The WBA designated Koki Kameda the mandatory challenger to the super-fly titleholder Kohei Kono, (3) Koki entered under the wing of Al Haymon’s stable along with his younger brothers Tomoki and Daiki, and (4) Kono, therefore, finally accepted defending his belt against Kameda in a show under the Premier Boxing Champions in the US now that it is practically impossible for Watanabe Promotions to stage it in Japan. That’s all. The legal matters between the JBC and Team Kameda may require a great deal of explanations beyond this reporter’s capacity. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight Richard Commey (22-0, 20 KOs) has had a late change of opponent for his fight on Saturday night at the dm-Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany. Commey will now face journeyman Kakhaber Avetisian (41-31-1, 23 KOs) following the withdrawal of Ramaz Bebnadze (16-2, 12 KOs). In the main event, WBA “interim” super middleweight beltholder Vincent Feigenbutz (20-1, 19 KOs) defends against Giovanni De Carolis (23-5, 11 KOs).
By Dave Spencer
Photos: William Hart, K2 Promotions/Golden Boy Promotions
Long odds. An opponent hovering near the top of everybody’s pound-for-pound lists. David Lemieux’s trainer Marc Ramsay has been there before. And in the case of Jean Pascal versus Chad Dawson; come out on top.
The Montreal trainer has faced formidable challenges before and more than held his own but this might be the biggest yet. How does he ready his David to slay Goliath giving him the right amount of ammunition for his slingshot and building that slingshot along with a strategy that might topple a giant come Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Ramsay who has been with Lemieux since 2011 and the Joachim Alcine fight and also trains the top trio of light-heavyweights in Pascal, Beterbiev and Alvarez. Fightnews talked to him just before he departed from Montreal for New York City about Lemieux’s preparation and his views on the fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
WBO #6, WBA #13, WBC #14 heavyweight Joseph Parker (16-0, 14 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over 45-year-old former world title challenger Kali “Mean Hand” Meehan (42-6, 32 KOs) on Thursday night at The Trust Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. Parker rocked Meehan in round two, then floored him in round three to end it!
In the co-feature, WBO #7, IBF #12, WBA #13 welterweight Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (12-0, 8 KOs) dominated Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco (15-4, 8 KOs) over ten one-sided rounds.
By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Regina Karon/Karon Photography
One of Australia’s most high profile athletes Danny “The Green Machine” Green (34-5, 28 KOs) held a press conference at the Crown Sports Bar in Melbourne Australia today to announce he will next face Konni Konrad (22-2-1, 11 KOs) from Germany at Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Wednesday, December 2. The date will mark exactly 6 years when Green sensationally stopped Roy Jones Jr in the first round in Sydney in 2009. Green is coming off a comfortable decision victory over Roberto Bolonti in August, while Konrad is coming off a loss in his world title fight last month with fellow German Juergen Braehmer (47-2, 32 KOs) who retained his WBA light heavyweight title.
Green says it was good to blow off cobwebs in his last fight again Bolonti.
“I wasn’t as sharp as I could have been and I know that and that’s why I want to step up and put two fights together in quick succession for what I anticipate down the track to be a big fight for me,” Green said. (more…)
Photo: Lucas Noonan/PBC
Many feel that welterweight brawler Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs) got jobbed in his split decision loss to former champion Robert Guerrero in June, but on Wednesday night in Arizona, Martinez came out on the winning side against another former champ in Devon Alexander. “I’m the heavier guy,” said Marinez after his career-defining win. “I’ve always fought at 147 lbs. This is my natural weight and I sparred against much bigger guys during the last few weeks of training camp. I was facing fast 180 lbs fighters in camp to get ready for this.
“We followed our game plan tonight. I give (Alexander) props for standing in there with me.” (more…)
Dustin Poirier feels like a new fighter. He’s looked like one, too, since moving back to 155 pounds.
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Super middleweights Patrick Nielsen (27-1, 13 KOs) and Rudy Markussen (39-3, 26 KOs) will meet in all-Danish grudge match on December 12 at the Brondy Hallen in Copenhagen. The showdown comes following months of antagonism between the bitter rivals, which reached boiling point earlier this year when Markussen crashed one of Nielsen’s pre-fight press conferences. Having both overcome tune-up clashes in Frederikshavn last month, the stage is now set for Denmark’s biggest domestic fight in decades. “Not since the 1980s, when Joergen Hansen and Hans-Henrik Palm twice contested the European title, have we seen such a big fight between two Danish boxers,” said promoter Nisse Sauerland.
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Photos: Lucas Noonan/PBC
IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (22-1, 8 KOs) cruised to an uneventful twelve round unanimous decision over 36-year-old former three-division titleholder Fernando Montiel (54-5-2, 39 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Selby outworked and outboxed the much smaller Montiel, who had previously won titles at flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight. Montiel’s best moment was in round six when he cut Selby ver the right eye. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 116-112.
In an upset, unheralded welterweight Aron Martinez (20-4-1, 4 KOs) scored a shocking ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Devon Alexander (26-4, 14 KOs). Alexander seemed to be in command early, but then let Martinez back in it. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 97-93.
Lightweight Ivan Redkach (19-1, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over Erick Martinez (11-4-1, 5 KOs). Redkach, rebounding from his first loss, battered Martinez to the canvas for the count at 2:59.
Photos: Delane Rouse
Former world champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) and Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz Jr.(17-0, 8 KOs), who will headline this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC event airing live from the EagleBank Arena at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, hosted a media workout today at the Alexandria Boxing Club. They were joined by Lamont’s brother, Anthony Peterson (35-1, 23 KOs), local favorite Jimmy Lange (38-6-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated prospect Alantez Fox (16-0-1, 6 KOs), who will also fight October 17 in separate bouts.
The fighters worked out for media and met with dozens of children from the Charles Houston Recreation Center and the nearby Boys & Girls Club to sign autographs and take photos. (more…)
Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
World champions Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and David Lemieux faced off at their final press conference before Saturday’s PPV middleweight title unification clash at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
David Lemieux: I’m here to make history. I’ve done everything it takes in the gym to make sure that when I leave Madison Square Garden, I don’t leave empty-handed. I leave with all the belts. I worked extremely hard, I’m extremely confident in myself. I heard Golovkin say if he wants a street fight, it’ll be a street fight. If he wants 12 rounds, it’ll be 12 rounds. If he wants a knockout…hey whatever you want I want it too, so let’s see who’s the best. Let’s see who’s gonna leave this place with all them belts…I couldn’t be more ready for this victory!
Gennady Golovkin: I’m happy to be here again. This is my second home, Madison Square Garden. I’ve had a lot of fights here. It’s an amazing deal for us. We have four belts, unification fight, pay-per-view. Wow! I’m very excited today.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Andrzej Fonfara is to me the best light heavyweight in the world. But to prove that, he has to beat a very good Nathan Cleverly on Friday night in Chicago” proclaimed Warriors Boxing promoter Leon Margules during today’s press conference in Chicago. Both Fonfara and Cleverly are extremely confident about their abilities and about winning Friday night’s Premier Boxing Champions on Spike event at UIC Pavilion. The card also features first world title bout between two Japanese fighters on US soil – Kameda vs. Kono.
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