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Veteran featherweight Mike Oliver (26-5-1, 8 KOs) has signed an exclusive management deal with Lee Ortega (Team Lees Tribe Management LLC). Ortega is a former fighter himself who once shared the ring with former world champion Paul Williams. Ortega and Williams still maintain a good friendship. Ortega has successfully made the transition to life after boxing. He owns Team Lees Tribe Automotive LLC, but still has a strong passion for boxing. So he has decided to try his hand at managing fighters. Ortega and Oliver have known each other for about 15 years but just recently decided to team up as fighter and manager.
Oliver was written off by many prior to his fight with former world champion Billy Dib in 2013. Even though Oliver was the hometown fighter and fighting Dib in his native Hartford, Connecticut he was still a 10-to-1 betting underdog. Oliver turned the clock back and put on one of the best performances of his career aired live on ESPN 2 Friday Night fights. In the end Dib would escape with a majority decision victory. Unfortunately for Oliver the effort didn’t land him another high profile fight and he sat out the entire year of 2014. Oliver has put all that behind him and expects a resurgence to his once promising career in 2015. (more…)
The show fight fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Boxing City Radio launches on April 15 at 8 p.m. ET with FightNews lead writer Arvin Nundloll and Guardian US deputy sports editor Bryan Graham sharing the mic with special guest Paul “The Punisher” Williams. The 45-minute live broadcast will cover the highs and lows of the sweet science with in-depth analysis and unfiltered thoughts on the action ahead.
For the launch episode, former two-division world champion Paul Williams will join the show to discuss his time away from the sport and how he stays active in boxing with his charity organization, The Paul Williams Foundation.
Boxing City Radio will be available on FightNews.com, www.Boxing.city, Spreaker, SoundCloud and on iTunes. The show is broadcasted on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. ET. (more…)
Swarm. That is most definitely the word to describe how Paige VanZant dealt with Kailin Curran in their Fight of the Night-winning, double UFC debut last November. She swarmed her. And it wasn’t a new strategy, but it’s how “12 Gauge” handles all of her life’s passions – moving forward, attacking it with all she’s got and coming out on top smiling . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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According to Bob Arum, Terence Crawford is the next big star of boxing.
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Lack of time to obtain proper visas has forced the necessity for two of Greg Cohen Promotions’ (GCP) fighters to switch places on short notice for this weekend. On Saturday, April 18, Cornwall, Ontario’s Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will now face UK veteran Derry Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for the Interim WBA Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, as the main event of a night of boxing presented by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
Luis was originally scheduled to face Memphis, Tennessee, veteran Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs) in the televised co-feature of the “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” event, presented by Greg Cohen Promotions in association with Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Promotions and produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions on Friday, April 17, from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota.
Unbeaten Venezuelan slugger Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs), who was originally scheduled to face Matthews, was unable to obtain the proper visas in time to fight on such short notice in England. He will now take Luis’ place in Hinckley and will take on Terry in an eight-round attraction this Friday. (more…)
Today we have communicated with the WBC and Yvon Michel. We informed the WBC that, while Sergey Kovalev is more anxious than ever to face Adonis Stevenson in order to become the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion by the end of 2015, he will not participate in the purse bid for the unification bout that has been ordered by the WBC.
In a letter to Yvon Michel, we proposed to make a voluntary deal for Sergey to fight Adonis Stevenson on HBO or HBO PPV on a 50/50 basis. In this proposal we have included provisions to determine how the various aspects of the promotion would be decided and conducted. These provisions have worked successfully in the past when Main Events participated in co-promotions of bigger events than this one with Top Rank, Golden Boy and Don King, among many others. Based upon Mr. Michel’s recent statements to the media, we were very happy to learn that no contractual prohibitions exist that would prevent Adonis from fighting Sergey on HBO. So let’s make the fight!
In December, Main Events asked the WBC to make Sergey Kovalev the mandatory challenger for the WBC Light Heavyweight Title because Sergey is quite anxious to win the green belt and become the Undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion. At that time, we believed that such a match would be a major pay-per-view event in the fall of 2015.
Unfortunately, since December, many things have changed. We have learned that there may be tentative plans for three other PPV events during the same quarter. In addition, the fact that lower-than-expected attendance and TV ratings for Adonis Stevenson’s last fight, coupled with Stevenson’s poor track record with PPV and closed circuit in Canada, have given us pause. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and strength coach Justin Fortune for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF middleweight champion Sam “King” Soliman talks to Fightnews and says he’s confident that fellow Australian and former IBF/WBA middleweight champion a Daniel “Real Deal” Geale will defeat WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto when they clash for the title at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on an HBO-televised promotion on June 6. “[I’ve got] Daniel Geale to win this one,” Soliman said. “Both in speed and defense, Geale is the better boxer of the two. The hometown advantage is the biggest glitch for any fighter who travels. BUT in the middleweight division, Australians are very good at playing the away games. Geale and myself have proven that time and time again!” (Geale and Soliman both defeated Felix Sturm in Germany in WBC and IBF title bouts respectively.)
“Cotto and Geale are equal in strength. Cotto is naturally a bigger puncher in his natural light middleweight division. Geale is a natural middleweight, which gives him size over Cotto. Endurance is equal. Durability equal. Experience is also equal. Geale Has proven he can battle opponents on their soil and beat all odds. He’ll bring the world title for Australia as our new WBC champ.”
Kovalev-Stevenson Update: IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and his promoter Main Events have pulled out of Friday’s scheduled purse bid to face WBC champion Adonis Stevenson. Surprising since the Kovalev camp aggressively sought the WBC’s mandatory challenger status. Network commitment to HBO cited as the main issue. Kovalev still must face IBF #1 Nadjib Mohammedi before facing any other opponent.
Looks like tickets will be sold for the Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-in on May 1. Details not yet available.
Friday’s Chavez Jr-Fonfara official weigh-in will be at the Crowne Plaza LAX in Salon C at 1PM. It will be open to the public.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC#12/IBF#13 OPBF super-lightweight champ Keita Obara (14-1, 13 KOs), 140, successfully kept his belt as he registered his twelfth consecutive stoppage by halting southpaw compatriot Yuya Okazaki (11-8-1, 4 KOs), 139, at 1:51 of the sixth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. For the champ, it wasn’t an easy defense at all, as Obara occasionally absorbed Okazaki’s sharp southpaw lefts to the face even though he responded to the challenger’s fast combinations with solid combos. Okazaki, who was much better than his credentials indicated, turned loose in round six, but the champ displayed a furious retaliation by continually battering him so lopsidedly that the referee Fukuchi finally called a halt to help the game challenger from further punishment. Obara wasn’t so good at coping with the southpaw opponent, but overwhelmed the taller foe with his superior power. (more…)
Watch LIVE from Las Vegas as Floyd Mayweather opens up his training camp to media members around the world. It all leads up to his mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao Saturday, May 2 live on pay-per-view.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao waves at two generations of Pacman fans as he passes them on his morning run in preparation for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPV Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Canada’s world rated and fast-rising lightweight star Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will step in to face UK veteran Derry Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for the Interim WBA Lightweight Championship on Saturday. The pair will meet at the Echo Arena in Matthews’ hometown of Liverpool, England, as the main event of a night of boxing presented by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
Luis, promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions, is in shape and was scheduled to fight Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota, when the call came after unbeaten southpaw slugger Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs) had visa problems.
The fight against Matthews is being mandated by the WBA because of an ongoing illness to current champion Richar Abril that has rendered him unable to train. Abril will still be the “Champion in Recess.”
A purse bid procedure was held at IBF Headquarters today to determine who will promote the IBF lightweight champion Mickey Bey’s mandatory defense against Dennis Shafikov. There was only one bidder, Top Rank, Inc. Top Rank bid $78,000. The purse bid split will be 75% to Bey and 25% to Shafikov.
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs), from Omaha, NE, will host a workout, open to media and public alike, today (Tuesday) at the Irving PAL Boxing Gym (1550 Rock Island Rd., Irving, TX. 75060), beginning at 2:00 p.m. CT. Crawford is in his final days of training for his WBO junior welterweight world title rumble against Puerto Rican buzz saw Thomas “Thunder” Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), the #2 world-rated contender. The Crawford-Dulorme world title fight will take place this Saturday at College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Promoted By Top Rank, in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Tecate, remaining tickets to the Crawford-Dulorme world championship event priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable fees, tickets can be purchased at College Park Center box office, online at www.utatickets.com/ or www.utacollegepark.com/ or by phone at (817) 272-9595.
“Floyd’s legs are betraying him,” claims Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. “You can see that in his recent fights. He has never wanted to engage because that is not his style. But recently he has been forced to because he no longer can be on his toes for a full three minutes per round. He takes rests on the ropes and fights flatfooted more often. He is 38, and you can only put off Father Time for so long.
“Floyd is still an incredible athlete but he is not the same fighter he used to be and he knows that. He says he wants to give the fans more action by engaging more but he is trying to cover up the real reason his fighting style has changed — his legs are beginning to betray him. And trust me, that is in his head and so is the fact that Manny’s legs are still in their prime. It’s a big disadvantage – mentally and physically – to give that up to an opponent before you meet in the ring. Floyd can run all he wants in training camp. It’s not going to help.
“A big deal has been made about Manny not having a knockout since 2009. But Floyd has only had one KO victory in the same period – against a guy whose arms were at his side. I guarantee you Floyd lays awake at night knowing his boxing day of reckoning is fast approaching. Knowing that on May 2 he will be 47-1.”
By Ron Jackson
Warren Joubert beat Lungisa Jikani on points to claim the vacant SA junior welterweight title on Monday night. Joubert out-boxed Jikani over twelve one-sided rounds in a disappointing bout at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. Judge Sylvia Mokaile scored it 118-110 and Phumeza Zinakile and Tony Nyangiwe had it 119-110 and 118-109.
Jikani, who is from Port Elizabeth, never got into the fight and spent most of the time following the fast-moving Johannesburg fighter around the ring. Joubert, who improved his record to 22-3-5, including 11 wins inside the distance, began to score with lefts and rights to the body from the fourth round and it became the pattern for the rest of the fight. It was not exciting, but Joubert boxed intelligently, moving in and out to score with stinging shots to the head and body. The well-conditioned Jikani, whose reported record dropped to 15-8, with 7 shortcut wins, had no answer to Joubert’s technique but probably did enough to share two rounds. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson / Hitman Photograpy
Popular Perth fighter “The Working Class Man” Vinnie Caruana (5-1, 4 KO’s) has claimed the IBO Oceania Super Middleweight Title with a first round demolition of Arnold Garcia (2-3, 2 KO’s) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome X at Metro City Perth Australia.
Caruana looked as if he wanted an early night and landed a left hook to the head of Garcia that sent him to the canvas. Garcia barley made it to his feet after the count of 10 and the fight was over at 2:41 of the very first round.
In the co-main event Luke “Razor” Sharp (11-2-3, 4 KO’s) and Joe Rae (10-16-5, 4 KO’s) battled to a majority draw. Even though Sharp looked in control early and took the first two rounds comfortably, trainer Angelo Hyder felt that his fighter was not listening to instructions and encouraged him to use his jab to more effect. Rae lifted his work rate in round 3 and started to land some shots, before Sharp hurt him towards the end of that round. Rae had more success in Round 4 and looked more busy. Sharp had a good round 5 catching Rae with some good combinations. Round 6 was a tough one to score as both fighters had their moments. In the end, judges scored this on 58-56, 56-58 and 57-57 for the Majority Draw. (more…)
The World Boxing Council has approved WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz to fight on the undercard of the Mayweather-Pacquiao, but only in a non-title fight.
WBC Statement: “The promoter requested the WBC to sanction a voluntary defense of Leo Santa Cruz’s championship. The WBC had scheduled Santa Cruz to defend in June and as this request was so close to the date of the event, the WBC has recommended and approved Leo Santa Cruz to compete in a non-title bout in order to protect integrity and satisfy safety measures, which is the top priority of the WBC. Leo Santa Cruz will make his mandatory defense of the division after this non-title fight on May the 2nd.”
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) meets dangerous brawler Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a Showtime-televised 12-round light heavyweight bout Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. “I am very focused going into this fight,” said Julio. “I have changed a lot mentally this past year.
“I’m fighting Fonfara now because I like big opponents. I like the challenge of fighting good, hungry fighters. Just because Fonfara doesn’t have the name recognition of other fighters, it doesn’t make him an easy fighter. He’s tough. (more…)
At UFC 185, Beneil Dariush shared the same fight card as his friend and training partner, Rafael dos Anjos, for the second time in his career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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According to reports, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is training with a split lip and injured hands.
Jay Z says he will be throwing a huge Mayweather-Pacquiao after-party in Vegas.
Huffington Post reports: Boxing is buzzing again
Once again, Amir Khan is left “high and dry”
Photos: SES Team Czech Republic
Two years after successfully establishing “Team Germany” as a vehicle for developing homegrown German boxing talent, SES Boxing has announced “Team Czech Republic.” This new venture will be directed by former world and European champion Lukas Konecny to develop talent from the Czech Republic. So far two promising boxers have been signed. Female flyweight Fabiana Bytyqi and female super featherweight Lucie Sedlackova, with additional fighters expected to be inked soon.
“With the successful concept of “Team Germany” we now go out of the country,” said SES Promoter Ulf Steinforth. “In collaboration with my former boxer Lukas Konecny, we have a long-standing and direct link to the Czech Republic so it’s natural to transfer our successful concept there. With our boxers Fabiana Bytyqi and Lucie Sedlackova, we have two very attractive young women who are driven to box and bring so much into the ring. We’re very hopeful that our two very attractive boxing Czechs, and the other talent we’re expecting, will make it to the top. We’ve now created the professional sporting conditions and will provide the necessary media presence to make “Team Czech Republic,” like “Team Germany,” a model of success!”
An undercard featuring a cast of unbeaten prospects has been announced for the non-televised segment of the April 17th ESPN Friday Night Fights card, airing live from beautiful Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The scheduled nine-fight card is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Fight Promotions Inc. and New Legend Boxing. Undefeated WBC #12 junior middleweight contender Tony Harrison (20-0, 17 KOs), fighting out of Detroit, takes on former Interim WBO Latino/Mexican welterweight champion Pablo “Sepulturero” Munguia (20-6, 11 KOs) in the 10-round main event. (more…)
Unified super bantamweight world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) will travel to London next month in order to publicly confront his mandatory challenger, Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” 122-pound division titlist. A month ago in an unusual move, Rigondeaux’ manager Gary Hyde formally petitioned the WBA to enforce a mandatory title fight between his WBA Super champion and Quigg. Hyde is awaiting the WBA’s decision. Rigondeaux is also the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion.
“Quigg, Santa Cruz and Frampton have showed no desire to challenge Rigondeaux,” Hyde said. “These three fighters are trying to fool the public into believing that fight the #1 guy in the world is not important. While they are lining their pockets with ridiculous amounts of cash for fighting below par opponents, Rigondeaux is forced to wait around until some Asian opponent steps up. This is a sport in which we are accustomed to seeing the best fighting the best but, in the super bantamweight division, it’s the best versus the rest.
“Rigondeaux will travel to Manchester to fight Quigg, Belfast to fight Frampton, or Las Vegas to fight Santa Cruz. None of these so-called world champions, though, will consider fighting the acknowledged world super bantamweight champion. They’re all much more content to hold onto their belts than beating The Man in their weight class.” (more…)
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto will defend his belt against Daniel Geale on June 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a bout that will be broadcast on HBO, not PPV, according to El Vocero. Cotto and Gaele will appear Wednesday at a press conference to officially announce the clash. This will be Cotto’s first fight in association with Jay Z’s Roc Nation.
Update: According to multiple sources, the bout will be at a 157lb catch weight.
Saturday’s PBC on NBC averaged 2.9 million viewers, ranking as the second most-watched boxing broadcast in 17 years, trailing only NBC’s first PBC event. Viewership for PBC on NBC increased every half hour and peaked in final rounds of Garcia-Peterson with more than 3.4 million viewers. PBC on NBC was up 162% among average viewers, and up 190% in the P18-49 demo compared to average afternoon boxing telecasts on NBC from 2012-14.
The MGM Grand has issued the following statement on the ticket situation for the upcoming super fight:
“Please be aware that tickets for the May 2, 2015, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight are not yet available for purchase. Buyers should use extra caution when purchasing alleged tickets from unofficial sources, for fraudulent or counterfeit tickets will not be accepted. Check back to this site for further information.”
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and #2 rated contender Thomas Dulorme spoke to the media Monday afternoon, in advance of Saturday’s HBO-televised clash for the vacant WBO jr welterweight title at College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Terence Crawford: “I respect all fighters. I’ve never, ever in my career underestimated any fighter. We’re gonna train as hard as we can…all the unnecessary things outside the ring that people do (trash talk), I don’t feel that I need to do that. That’s not me.”
[On Dulorme] “He’s got a sharp, nice jab. He likes to throw the little right hook. He moves well.”
[On the move to 140lbs] “My weight wasn’t coming down like it normally does. I struggled hard.”
Thomas Dulorme: “I’m very comfortable with this fight. I know that I’ll come out as the winner. This is another step forward…I’m not surprised by the odds (Crawford an 8:1 favorite). Those who bet with me, are gonna take home a nice chunk of change.”
Note: Dulorme stated that he has parted ways with superstar trainer Robert Garcia and doesn’t have a head trainer for this fight. He is training for this fight with a team assembled in Puerto Rico.
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) and his team have arrived in Dallas for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBO jr welterweight world title against Thomas “Thunder” Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs). The bout will take place at the College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington and be televised on HBO.
After hitting town, Crawford has a workout scheduled and then some media work.
By Robert Coster
Cuban-born, Florida-based light heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs) is a new face on the threshold of getting national TV exposure. Already ranked in two organizations (WBC #13, IBF #15), Gonzalez is hungering to move into the top ten and into world title contention. Says his manager Mike Luzbet, “Gonzalez is a hidden gem in the light heavyweight division. He’s ready for big time fights and I tell the fans to keep their eye open for this young man.”
Gonzalez moved from Cuba in 2010. He had had a stellar amateur career as a member of the Cuban national team, racking up a record of 345-27. Despite these credentials, Gonzalez’s first year in the United States was difficult. “It took a year to find the right promoter and Yunieski was getting restless,” Says Luzbet. “Finally in 2011, we signed up with Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
This Friday, April 17th, the youngest boxing brother of the Morales dynasty Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (27-0, 15ko) puts his undefeated record on the line in his first fight home since December of 2013 when he faces Ruben Montoya (13-3-1, 9KO) of Reynosa, Mexico. The fight will take place at the historic Auditorio Municipal of Tijuana and will be broadcast on tape delay by Azteca America in the United States. The fight card is presented by Zanfer Promotions along with Box Latino and PM Promotions.
Morales and his team which includes his brothers Erik and Diego Morales have stated that he is looking for a world title opportunity this year. An offer was made to former multi-time champion Vic Darchinyan but the Armenian living in Australia decided to go in another direction. Stepping in is Tamayo who is looking to upset the apple cart and ruin Morales’ homecoming. (more…)
With the Mayweather-Pacquiao super fight less than three weeks away, there are still no tickets on the street yet, but Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told KVVU-TV in Las Vegas that “quite a few” will be available this week. Regarding the contract between the MGM and the promoters, Ellerbe stated “We are working through things and everything will get done in its due course of time.”
Otherwise, plans for this week include open media workouts for both fighters. Mayweather will host his on Tuesday at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, and Pacquiao will host his on Wednesday at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles.
As far as the pre-fight banter, Freddie Roach is largely the only one talking trash for the media. Floyd and Manny are keeping it low key, and Floyd has asked his trainer/father Floyd Sr. to hold back with the verbal jabs also.
The fight is scheduled for May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Last Friday at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, California, former middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hosted a Los Angeles media workout in advance of this Saturday’s showdown with Andrezj Fonfara taking place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., live on Showtime. By the way, the contract dispute between Chavez and former promoter Top Rank was recently settled that they have gone their separate ways.
Tickets for Chavez-Fonfara, which is co-promoted by Goossen Promotions and Chavez Promotions, are still available and priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25.
By Jerry Glick
After their two thrilling fights on Saturday’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, three of the four participants met the media at a post-fight press conference.
The WBO middleweight title fight between champ Irish Andy Lee and challenger Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin became a non-title affair when Quillin failed to make weight however the absence of belt did not take away from the enthusiasm or determination of either fighter. The Lee vs. Quillin contest ended in a split draw after a hard fought war. Lee skipped the press conference, but Quillin was there and eager to talk.
Looking fresh and unmarked Quillin refused to assess his performance. “I’ve seen the fight from a fighter’s perspective but I need to go back and see it from a fan’s point,” said the Brooklyn native who walked to the venue. “Overall it was a good fight and we are getting positive feedback. With the draw I’m not going to come up here and tell you why I won. That’s not the type of person I am.” (more…)
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