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Boxing promoters Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing and Frank “Muggs” Mugnolo of Round 3 Productions announced that they have signed dynamic Chicago super middleweight Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) to a promotional contract. When George won his first Golden Gloves championship it was Hitz who presented him with the trophy. “I have known Donovan since he was a kid and I am so excited about signing him. He is a one of the most promising super middleweight prospects,” said Hitz. “His career has come full circle, I remember handing him his first Golden Gloves trophy and now he is a member of the Hitz team. Muggs and I have big plans for him.”
George, who leads “Team Boom”, is expected to make his Hitz/Round 3 debut in early March. His “Team Boom” stablemate, super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (12-0, 9 KOs), is also on the Hitz roster.
“Since I started boxing Bobby has been a huge part of my life, a mentor. I cannot wait to take the ring with Bobby and Muggs backing me. I am ready to dominate,” said George. “Hollywood and I are ready to rule the supper middleweight division, not just in Chicago, but nationwide.”
Hitz Boxing and Round 3 Productions recently began working together at the end of 2013. “I am glad Bobby and I are coming together to sign a fighter of Donovan’s caliber,” said Mugnolo. “Stay tuned we have more exciting plans in the works.”
Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) appeared in studio during last night’s episode of Olbermann. Host Keith Olbermann asked Pacquiao if he will ever fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KOs). His response: “Our line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If he calls and says he will fight, we will do it.”
Pacquiao is in New York for a Thursday press conference to announce his much anticipated rematch between undefeated Welterweight title holder Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-0, 12 KOs). The fight will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bradley won a controversial split decision, ending Pacquiao’s Welterweight title reign, in their first fight back in 2012.
Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing return to the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California tonight with the fan favorite HOLLYWOOD FIGHT NIGHT series as South African Chris “The Heat” van Heerden (19-1-1, 10 KOs) and former world title challenger Cosme “Chino” Rivera (35-17-3, 24 KOs) go toe-to-toe in the main event. Van Heerden captured the IBO welterweight title in 2011 has successfully defended his crown against hardcore veteran Sebastian Lujan and top contender Matthew Hatton. Mexico’s power-punching Rivera (35-17-3, 24 KOs) has fought a Who’s Who of boxing elite including Zab Judah, Andre Berto, Alfredo Angulo, Joel Julio, and a memorable trilogy with Antonio Pitalua. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Everything is ready for Saturday’s world title showdown called “Furia in Huixquilucan” in Mexico State between local WBC light flyweight world champion Adrian ‘Confesor’ Hernandez and Puerto Rican challenger Janiel Rivera. “We did a splendid job,” said Hernandez. “We know that Rivera is a skillful and elusive fighter. We’ll counter him and win the fight round by round, going out with my hand raised in my fourth defense.”
Rivera stated, “I appreciate the opportunity from the champion. This is a dream come true, but not it’s complete. I promised to win in my country and I’m the new blood to the World Boxing Council. I ordered mariachis for Saturday to celebrate. The Mexican people have treated me wonderfully. I carry the flag of my country very high, but I have Mexican idols and I want my name to be next to these great legends.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao meets New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (R) in the locker room after the New York Knicks – Portland Trail Blazers NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York City Wednesday night. Pacquaio was in town as part of a two-city media tour to announce his upcoming eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao was in Beverly Hills on Monday for the first press conference and will attend a second one on Thursday in New York City.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. photos
Chris Van Heerden 146.7 vs. Cosme Rivera 143
Urmat Ryskeldieu 153.5 vs. Moses Alvizo 152
John Quigley 139.9 vs. Alejandro Ochoa 136.7
Minju Shin 134.6 vs. Devo Donaldson 134.6
Erik Ruiz 125 vs. Victor Capaceta 125
Deon Elam 197 vs. Michael Glenn 193.4
Zachary Wohlman 142.9 vs. Luis Hernandez 140.8
Vyacheslav Shabransky 178 vs. Lamont Williams 175.3
Louis Rose 160.5 vs. Fabian Reyes 171.8
Charles Martin 242.6 vs. Maurenzo Smith 248.3
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hollywoodfightnight.com or by calling
(626) 388-8888. Tickets start at $45 for General Admission and range from $55 to $125 for Reserved, Ringside, and Front Row seating. A limited number of VIP bottle service tables are also available.
Doors Open at 6:30pm; First Bout at 7:00pm. Due to the adult nature of the show, patrons must be 18 years of age and over. All bouts are subject to change.
There was a purse bid held on Tuesday for an IBF jr. featherweight eliminator for #1 between #4 rated Chris Avalos and #5 Rey Vargas. There was only one bidder, Top Rank, which bid $25,000.00. They have 90 days from yesterday to put the fight on.
By Dave Spencer
On a wintery night in Montreal, lightweight Ghislain Maduma (16-0 10KO) proved to be the perfect storm as he defended his NABF title with ease Wednesday night walking through challenger Mexican John Carlo Aparicio (26-8 21KO) and scoring a KO victory at 2:42 of the third round. The #3 ranked (WBC, #6IBF) lightweight scored with everything in his tool box serving notice he should be the next emerging name to watch out of Montreal. Aparicio could find no answers for the lightening storm coming his way and threw next to nothing along the way, waiting and hoping for opportunities that just weren’t there. Maduma scored with an uppercut with less than a minute left in round three that had the visiting Mexican getting up at the count of eight, still very bleary eyed and trying to shake the cobwebs. It was not to be though as Maduma wasted no time in driving Aparicio right back down where all he could do was listen as the ten count sped by him as he tried getting up from his knees.
The fight capped off a 7 bout card put on by Eye of the Tiger at a new venue for boxing in Montreal, New City Gas. It was Maduma who was supplying the gas though as he broke out of the gates in a hurry backing up his opponent with sturdy jabs and landing in rapid succession, punishing the body at every opportunity. It was the quickest stoppage of Aparicio’s career who did go the distance for a WBC Silver title at 140 pounds a little over a year ago. (more…)
Photo: Ed Keenan / Top Rank
The Desert Storm, Timothy Bradley, has arrived into New York City for the big press conference with Manny Pacquiao on Thursday. Joining Pacquiao and Bradley will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Tickets for Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2, priced at $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150, not including applicable service charges, went on sale Wednesday. There is a total ticket limit of 12 per person with a limit of 10 per person at the $1,000, $800, $600, $400 and $250 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $150 price level. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) will appear in studio during tonight’s episode of Olbermann live at 11 p.m. ET. Pacquiao is in New York for a Thursday press conference to announce his much anticipated rematch between undefeated Welterweight title holder Timothy Bradley Jr. (31-0, 12 KOs). The fight will take place Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bradley won a controversial split decision, ending Pacquiao’s Welterweight title reign, in their first fight back in 2012.
Lightweight Angelo Santana (14-1, 11 KOs) takes on the more experienced Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) in the compelling 10-round main event of ShoBox February 21on Showtime’s ShoBox series. The event is promoted by Don King Productions from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. Opening the telecast will be a 10-round super lightweight bout featuring Amir “Young Master” Imam (12-0, 11 KOs), and Jared “The Quiet Storm” Robinson (14-0, 6 KOs) in a battle of unbeatens.
“My first boxing promotion in Cleveland was on Aug. 28, 1972,” said Hall of Fame promoter Don King. “It was a charity event for ‘Show For People Care’ to benefit Forest City Hospital and it featured Muhammad Ali in an exhibition match. For our great fight card on Feb. 21, we’re calling it ‘Cleveland Show for People Care: Let’s Do it for Cleveland, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.’ It’s going to be a terrific night of fights, a dynamite show in Mayor Frank Jackson’s great city of Cleveland, in Gov. John R. Kasich’s great state of Ohio. We will be in a city and a state where people are the most important. This ShoBox event features the next generation of young boxers. In Santana and Imam, you have two guys, who, if they win, could be fighting for a world title in their next fight.”
Tickets to the event – priced at $35, $75, and $125 plus tax and fees – go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5:00 p.m. ET and can be purchased through the Wolstein Center box office and website www.wolsteincenter.com or by calling Charge-by-Phone 1-877-468-4946. Doors open at 7 p.m., and a full undercard will be presented prior to the televised matches.
Super flyweight Bruno “The Aloha Kid” Escalante (11-1-1, 5 KOs), from Redwood City, CA by way of Cebu, Philippines, will make his 2014 debut in a non title defense on Friday, February 28th, against Lorenzo Trejo 33-28-1 (20 KOs) from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. The 10-rounder will take place at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. “My goal is to continue working my way up the top of the Super Flyweight division,” said Escalante. “Trejo is a veteran with a lot of experience and I’m taking this fight very seriously. I’m in great shape, I feel I’m at the top of my game, and on fight night I’m going to give the fans a great show.”
In a 6 round co-main event, je welterweight Jonathan “El Carismatico” Chicas 12-1 (5 KO) from San Francisco, CA, will take on veteran Rogelio Castaneda Jr. 26-19-3 (8 KOs) of Sacramento, CA. The card is presented by Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents Boxing. Tickets, priced at $40, $50 and $60, are on sale now and available for purchase at foxrwc.com and PacoPresentsBoxing.com.
With his fight against Floyd Mayweather seemingly slipping away, former world champion Amir Khan has issued a statement over Twitter.
Mayweather says he needs a easy fight and fans want to see a knock out so maybe thats the reason he doesn't want fight me n wants Maidana ??
— Amir Khan (@AmirKingKhan) February 5, 2014
Next Wednesday, February 12, DiBella Entertainment will promote the last boxing show ever to take place at NYC’s famed Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan. The card, entitled “The Last Dance”, will be the premiere show of the 2014 Broadway Boxing series and the last boxing event to take place at the famed arena before it officially closes its doors in April following more than 50 years of operation at its current location.
As previously announced, featured bouts on the card will see New York fan-favorites Heather “The Heat” Hardy (7-0, 2KOs), an undefeated super bantamweight, and West Point graduate junior middleweight Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (13-1-1, 4KOs) in separate eight-round bouts, with the remainder of the card showcasing a number of exciting bouts and young prospects from the stables of both DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Veteran boxing journalist Pete Moscardi has died at his home in Bryanston, north of Johannesburg. He was 75. Moscardi, who died on Tuesday, had suffered from cardiac problems for several years and his health declined in recent times. His wife Margi wrote in a message to his friends: “For those of you who shared his love of food, you’ll know that signalled a red flag. His two passions in life were boxing and food, and I am really not quite sure which came first.” Moscardi was regarded as an outstanding boxing writer who never pulled punches and was not afraid to upset stakeholders. Always honest and ready to stand up for his convictions, he served the game well. (more…)
Heavyweight Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) has promised not to let new opponent Joey Abell (29-7, 28 KOs) derail him from his summer showdown with Dereck Chisora at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday, February 15 in London, UK. Fury was due to face Gonzalo Omar Basile but the Argentine has withdrawn because of a lung infection, instead he will face Abell over ten rounds on the card headlined by Chisora’s WBO/WBA International title defense against Kevin Johnson. If Chisora and Fury come through their respective fights then it will set up the rematch between the two rival heavyweights which could also be a final eliminator for the WBO World title for the right to fight long-reigning ruler Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren has today entered Judgment in his libel proceedings against Ricky Burns’ manager Alex Morrison. Damages and costs will be decided at a later date. Proceedings were issued after the court ruled Morrison made false and defamatory allegations about the circumstances surrounding Burns’ departure in March 2013. Warren said, “I’m delighted that I have won this case and that costs and damages will be awarded. I’m also awaiting the expected trial date in the summer of this year to deal with my ongoing claim against Ricky Burns.”
By Ron Jackson
Alby Tissong a former South African featherweight champion in the 1950’s died of heart failure at the Helen Joseph hospital in Johannesburg on Feb 1. He was 86.
He had 75 professional fights, many of them in the United Kingdom. He lost 22 and drew in 6. He was truly an unsung hero in the days when he was usually described as a “coloured” from Durban, where he was born on November 1, 1927. He won the vacant SA “non-white” featherweight title when he knocked out the experienced Pancho Villa in the eleventh round in Durban on July, 1950. (more…)
Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz has been getting plenty of fresh but icy sea air as he put on the finishing touches to his conditioning work before before his big world championship clash with mandatory challenger Arthur Abraham on March 1 in the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Stieglitz, along with his trainer Dirk Dzemski and a team that included female champion Christina Hammer, heavyweight Tom Schwarz and super middleweight Moritz Stahl concluded a short training camp at the “Strandhotel Fischland“ in Dierhagen amid the sand dunes on the Baltic Sea coast. Now the hard sparring phase will begin.
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez
What’s in a name? Well, if that name is Erickson “Hammer” Lubin, the answer is: “A lot.”
For starters, take the young man’s first name, which his father Erick gave him to literally describe their relationship. Next, the nickname “Hammer.” At just eighteen years of age, Lubin hammered out his first two professional boxing wins by hammering his opponents into submission within an elapsed time of 1:36–COMBINED. That is reminiscent of his promoter “Iron Mike” Tyson’s namesake style in dispatching all comers during his own furious early rise in the heavyweight division. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBC #2 rated Oswaldo “Gallito” Novoa (13-4-1, 8 KOs) of Mexico scored a fifth round TKO over reigning WBC minimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (22-5-1, 12 KOs) of China to claim the title on Wednesday night at Haikou, China. Novoa came out very aggressively in round one and Zhong was willing to oblige him in sone wild exchanges. The slugfest continued in round two, with the champion getting the worst of it. Another round for Novoa in round three as he landed hard and often.The much shorter Zhong was holding on in round four as he didn’t seem to have any answers for the pressure of Novoa. Referee Bruce McTavish finally waved the increasingly one-sided bout off in round five. Zhong, China’s first and only professional boxing champion, was making his third defense.
Former WBC bantamweight and super featherweight champion world champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (76-2, 48 KOs) of Thailand outclassed and stopped China’s Yang Xing Xin (6-3-2, 4 KOs) in a one-sided welterweight bout. Sirimongkol stalked and punished the much less experienced Yang, cutting him over the left eye in round two. It was mostly Sirimongkol pitching and Yang catching through six and the bout was stopped before round seven.
In a clash for the WBC Youth super bantamweight title, China’s Qiu Xiao Jun (11-2, 4 KOs) won a competitive ten round unanimous decision over Australian Jason “Nugget” Cooper (8-2-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 99-94, 96-94, 96-94.
By Robert Hough
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Timothy Bradley Jr. said Tuesday that Manny Pacquiao has plenty left physically, but his fierce edge is history. Bradley, who faces Pacquiao on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a rematch after the former got a controversial decision over the latter on June 9, 2012, chatted at some length before the fight’s kick-off press conference at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. “He can still fight like hell, but I think that his killer instinct is gone,” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) said.
Told of that view, Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38KOs) smiled a little and said, “He may be surprised.”
Fans around the world were surprised by the decision and Bradley was surprised when more than a few were aggressive in relating their opinions. “All I did was get in there and fight my fight,” he said. “I didn’t do the judging, but the way people reacted, holy…,” he said. “People wrote me – they actually sent me mail – saying I lost the fight. A couple people called and said, ‘You lost the fight,’ and hung up. I have no idea how they got my number. I couldn’t believe it.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
48-year-old former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall made history last Saturday in Poland when he won an eight round split decision over Polish prospect Marcin Rekowski. What makes this result historic is that McCall avenged the loss of his son Elijah, who was stopped by Rekowski last May, a first in boxing annals. On the other hand, a boxer beating both father and son can be found in boxing stats. In 1950, two Hall of Fame greats clashed as Jersey Joe Walcott stopped Harold Johnson, but what’s more, Walcott had also kayoed Harold’s father, Phil Johnson, 16 years earlier. More recently, son-and father combo Hector Camacho Sr and Jr went 1-0-1 against Yori Boy Campas. The elder Camacho fought to a draw with Campas on May 9, 2009 while Hector Jr decisioned Yori Boy just 5 months later. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Eight-division former world champ Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) is set for a rematch against undefeated nemesis and current WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday April 12 live on HBO Pay-per view at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fightnews.com caught up with Pacman Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles as the press tour to officially announce Bradley Pacquiao 2 kicked off at the Beverly Hills, Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Pacquiao spoke to us about his upcoming fight and preparation for Bradley as well as life outside the ring.
“I need to win this fight. I have something to prove to the people. He’s claiming he won the fight, I believe that I won the fight but we respect the decision of the judges. This will be an exciting fight because we both have something to prove,” Pacquiao told Fightnews.com. “There is a big question mark from the last fight so we needed this second fight.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives in New York City Monday night on the second stop of his two-city media tour to announce his upcoming eagerly-anticipated rematch against undefeated WBO World Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Pacquiao was in Beverly Hills earlier Monday for the first press conference and will have a second one on Thursday in New York.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
In a rare collaboration between senators, Democrat Harry Reid and Republican John McCain have teamed up to support the Cleveland Clinic’s landmark study of brain trauma in fighters. More
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Report/photo by Bob Caico
Mercedes Vasquez-Simmons, CEO of Pretty Girl Promotions held a press conference for her show “Fight on the Falls” scheduled for Thursday February 27th at the Niagara Falls (NY) Event Center. Hometown contender Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) will return to the ring after an extended layoff. Another welterweight contender coming back after an extended break is Buffalo’s Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo (12-1, 7 KOs). Casal and Arroyo had been on the rise before some unfortunate circumstances halted their progress. Cruiserweight KO artist Greg “Juice” Brady (4-1, 4 KOs) of Buffalo joins the local welterweights in what is shaping up as an exciting event. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that pound-for-pound king Jon “Bones” Jones will return to the Octagon® on Saturday, April 26 at Baltimore Arena to make an unprecedented seventh UFC® light heavyweight title defense against No. 2 contender Glover Teixeira, who is undefeated in the UFC. The event marks the organization’s first ever trip to Baltimore. (more…)
Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime
WBA/WBC super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and Mauricio Herrera hosted a press conference Tuesday to officially announce their March 15 clash at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
Danny “Swift” Garcia, unified super lightweight world champion: “I am a Puerto Rican. I could have been born on the moon, but I’m still Puerto Rican
[On fighting in Puerto Rico] “It means a lot to me. Everybody in the stands is going to be Puerto Rican. I’ve never had that before. Even though I’m from Philly, that’s not my heritage. It’s important for me to reach out to my fans because I think Puerto Rican boxing needs this right now. I think that Puerto Rico is going to accept me as its own after I win on March 15. Philadelphia might be my birthplace, but Puerto Rico is my blood.”
Angel Garcia, Garcia’s Father and Trainer: “March 15 is going to be like no other. Herrera has never fought a Puerto Rican and my son Danny is 100 percent Puerto Rican. My wife and I are both Puerto Rican, and like it or not, Danny is Boricua. It’s always been a dream of his to fight in Puerto Rico, so we’re happy to see that coming to pass.”
Mauricio Herrera: “I know this is a huge opportunity, and I’m going to take full advantage of it. To have a shot at Danny’s belts has been a dream of mine for a long time. Danny Garcia is an intelligent and tough fighter, but so am I. I’m coming to Puerto Rico and I know there is a lot of pressure, but hopefully they will support me too.”
Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez: “I’m excited about this great opportunity. I have the people of Puerto Rico confident in me and their support means everything to me. I’m prepared for this fight and I know that it’s going to be a tough one. I’m going to give it my all.”
Daniel Ponce De Leon: “I’m happy to be here in Puerto Rico. I’ve been training hard and I’m ready for this rematch. It’s been five years [since our last fight] and I know that JuanMa is going to come in strong. He’s a great fighter, but I’m coming in fully prepared for this fight.”
Peter Rivera, Vice-President of Puerto Rico Best Boxing: “In all of these years as boxing promoters, we never saw an enthusiasm like today by the fans for this event. I’m sure that the Puerto Rican fans will support Danny Garcia as the new Puerto Rican boxing star.”
Photo: Kazuto Harada
WBC mimimumweight champion Xiong Zhao Zhong and Oswaldo Novoa both weighed in at 104.75 for their world title fight on Wednesday at the City Hall in Haikou, China.
Zhong (22-4-1, 12 KOs), the first Chinese professional world boxing champion, will be making the third defense of his belt. Novoa (12-4-1, 7 KOs) is rated #2 by the WBC.
By Miguel Maravilla and Robert Hough
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) and undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) hosted a press conference Tuesday at The Beverly Hills Hotel to announce their eagerly-anticipated WBO welterweight championship rematch, which will also be Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012. Joining Pacquiao and Bradley were their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Manny Pacquiao: One thing I can assure, this fight is going to be a good fight. Both of us we have something to prove for this fight. I respect Bradley, he’s a nice guy also. He’s improved his boxing ability a lot since the last fight that we had and he proved that in the Marquez fight and in the Ruslan fight. I think this coming April 12 is going to be a good fight and more action in the ring. Of course we don’t know who’s going to win. Only God knows what’s going to happen tomorrow, so what we’re going to do is train hard and be in 100% condition. I’m really thankful to God that I have another chance to fight with aggressiveness and have my strength back like I what I did in the last fight with Rios. I assure that you’ll see the young, aggressive Manny Pacquiao on April 12th.
Timothy Bradley: This fight’s definitely bigger than the first one…I feel deeply in my heart that I won the first fight and I know everybody out here don’t feel I won the fight. I didn’t get any credit for the first fight so this fight is basically redemption for me. I’m going to beat Manny Pacquiao to get the credit I didn’t get in the first fight and that’s the bottom line. Manny said he’s going to be the fierce Manny Pacquiao from before when he first came on the scene and that’s the Manny Pacquiao I want to see April 12. I want to fight nothing but the best fighters in the world and I prove every time I step out there in the ring that I’m one of the best fighters in the world and I beat everybody that they put in front of me. April 12 is not going to be an easy task, but I feel at the end of the day I will be victorious once again!
Promoter Bob Arum: Promoters always say that a fight is competitive. Anybody who listens to what promoters say and believes it has got to be out of their mind, but to judge a fight as to whether it’s competitive or not there’s only one true test. And that’s the sportsbooks in Nevada, in Las Vegas. And those sportsbooks have this fight as close to an even money fight as possible. So the people who really stand to profit or lose based on the outcome of the fight have made this fight a virtual pick ‘em fight and that I think sends volumes to everyone….We’re very proud of the pay-per-view undercard for the 10% of the viewers who watch the undercard, you’re the great boxing fans because you watch all the fights.
Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), today joined with Top Rank President Todd duBoef, SpikeTV President (Bellator/Glory) Kevin Kay, and Bernard Hopkins representing Golden Boy Enterprises CEO Richard Schaefer at a United States Capitol press conference, along with Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John McCain (R-AZ) to ensure research continues in a landmark study for professional fighters at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will defend his WBO welterweight title against Fighter of the Decade Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. This will be Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets for Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2, priced at $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150, go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. There will be a total ticket limit of 12 per person with a limit of 10 per person at the $1,000, $800, $600, $400 and $250 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $150 price level. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Recently signed former world title challenger Vanes ‘The Nightmare” Martirosyan will head back home to fight in front of his hometown fans on Friday, March 21 in a 10-round super welterweight clash against upset minded Argentinian veteran Luciano Cuello in the main event of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, it was announced today by Goossen Tutor Promotions.
“Vanes said he’s ready to go and we’re wasting no time,” said Dan Goossen, President and Founder of Goossen Tutor Promotions of his charge. “We’re excited to give boxing fans in Southern California and those watching on ESPN an opportunity to see Vanes come ‘Homeward Bound’ at Morongo against a very tough and experienced fighter in Cuello. There is a lot to gain for both fighters which always brings out the absolute best in them,” said Goossen. (more…)
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