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Norwegian undisputed female welterweight world champion boxer Cecilia Brækhus today announced a new management and representation consortium including IMG and K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group (KMG), Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing promotional and management companies. Brækhus’ own promotion and management companies, First Lady Promotions (FLP) and First Lady Sport (FLS), will work alongside IMG and K2 Promotions / KMG.
Brækhus, 33, currently holds the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO titles simultaneously. The consortium will work together to arrange and promote fights inside and outside of Norway, and optimise her media profile and sponsorship opportunities.
The Norwegian parliament has only recently reinstated boxing as a legal sport in Norway, paving the way for Brækhus to fight in her homeland for the very first time. The sport was banned in January 1982. (more…)
Local favorites and Top-10 contenders Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia and “Irish” Seanie Monaghan will headline an action-packed boxing card to be televised live on truTV at 10 p.m. ET – on Friday, May 8 from Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tapia, who hails from nearby Passaic, will defend his NABO junior middleweight title against one-time world title challenger Michel Soro of France. Monaghan, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental light heavyweight champion from Long Beach, NY, will risk his undefeated record, title and No. 3 world rating when he battles 2000 Olympian Cleiton Conceição from Brazil.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to the Tapia vs. Soro / Monaghan vs. Conceicao boxing event will go on sale This Friday! April 10, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets are available at $105, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable taxes and fees, and may be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets may also be purchased at Prudential Center’s box office beginning Monday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. ET.
“It will be great to be in New Jersey fighting in front of my hometown fans,” said Tapia. “Freddie Roach and I have been working very hard in training camp to make May 8 a knockout of a homecoming.”
“I am very excited to fight at Prudential Center and live on tru-TV,” said Monaghan. “I am defending my title and I am delighted to fight at a great venue where my army of fans can come support me. I want to fight for a world title this year so watch me bring it on May 8 and show the world why I really deserve a world title shot.” (more…)
In his Dail Mail column, promoter Eddie Hearn says if no fight is made between WBA super bantam champ Scott Quigg and IBF counterpart Carl Frampton, he’s already had talks with Nonito Donaire and Kiko Martinez as the July 18 opponent for Quigg. However Frampton is first choice. “Carl Frampton just has to turn up, fight Scott Quigg and earn £1.5 million,” said Hearn.
Hearn also stated that IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook will likely fight May 30 in London, possibly defending against Frankie Gavin.
As for heavyweight Anthony Joshua, following Joshua’s May 30 fight with Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, Hearn dropped the names of Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora, David Price, Tyson Fury and David Haye. “I’d expect those fights to be ticked off in the next 12 months,” said Hearn.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #8, WBA #10 heavyweight Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KOs) has been sparring with IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in South Florida and has apparently held his own against the heavyweight champion who defends the championship on April 22 against Bryant Jennings in New York City. “It doesn’t get any better,” Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry said. “There are lots of big men in the heavyweight division but Klitschko happens to be the very best of them. Joe’s still very much a work in progress. Klitschko and his team have been very complimentary. It’s a huge experience. It’s every bit as much of an experience as I thought it would have been for Joe. We’ve come a long way in the last two years and taken some pretty big steps.” Parker’s opponent for June in New Zealand is still TBA. He and Barry will head back to Las Vegas next week for six more weeks of training before heading home.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC’s special Emerald belt that will be presented to the winner of Mayweather -Pacquiao on May 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, is currently being constructed in two workshops in Mexico.
The special green belt made with “Ferrari” leather will contain 3000 emeralds and a kilo of gold. Almost all of it is handmade and hand detailed. The process for constructing belt is complex because the metal is highly detailed and some pieces require extreme temperatures to mold.
The value of the belt according to the WBC is “priceless” as it will presented to the winner of what is financially the biggest fight in the history of boxing which will break all pay-per-view records and reach a massive global audience.
Wladimir Klitschko gets political about the Ukraine.
Former champ Ike Quartey asserts he’s the man for the job as president of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation.
A post-fight scenario for Mayweather-Pacquiao.
Carl Frampton frustrated with offer to fight Scott Quigg.
Report/Photos by Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko hosted a media workout at the Lucky Street Gym in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday. Klitschko is preparing to defend his 10-year title reign against top rated challenger Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden. The event will be televised live on HBO.
Klitschko patiently answered the same questions over and over for the various media outlets, went through some painful looking stretching exercises, then looked sharp in sparring six rounds. Also on hand was unbeaten New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker, who worked the pads with trainer Kevin Barry. Unfortunately for reporters, Parker didn’t spar against Klitschko on Tuesday.
ESPN has announced that the April 30 ESPN2 FNF (Thursday night) headliner will now be former IBF jr middleweight world champion Ishe Smith vs. TBA. The card at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas was originally slated to feature IBF lightweight champion Mickey Bey against Denis Shafikov, but Bey rejected the deal. Bey-Shafikov will now go to a purse bid.
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Fighters competing on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC night of fights participated in a media workout today at Barclays Center in anticipation of their upcoming bouts. PBC on NBC main event bouts at Barclays Center feature undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) facing Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs) and the middleweight championship bout between “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) and undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs). The second installment of PBC on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Here are what the fighters had to say at Tuesday’s workout:
“I just want to give the fans a great fight. I want them to see the best Danny Garcia. At the end of the day, this is the fight the fans want to see. My main focus is putting on a great show for the fans. I’ve faced a lot of skillful boxers in my career and I’m still undefeated. That should tell the fans around the world who has more skill. Come April 11 when he’s feeling these two bombs on his face he’s going to forget about his skill. (more…)
Video and photos: Joel Colon / PRBBP
Orlando “Siri” Salido, the WBO junior lightweight champion trained today for the media in Puerto Rico four days before his fight against former world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez on “The War”, that will take place on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Promociones Zanfer, and broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) did a light workout at the Felix Pagan Pintor Gym in Guaynabo saying that “I’m training these days to maintain the weight. I’m comfortable with the training camp for the fight, just waiting for Saturday.” (more…)
Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Boxing announced today that District Court Judge Ronnie Abrams for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an order in Oquendo vs. Terek Box Event (Case no. 14-cv-9835) preliminarily enjoining the Defendant from, among other things, “promoting or managing Ruslan Chagaev in any bout for the World Boxing Association (“WBA”) World Heavyweight Championship, unless Mr. Chagaev first shall have defended his WBA heavyweight title against Fres Oquendo or vacated the WBA title.”
“I want to express my profound and sincere thanks to the Court for upholding my rights to a rematch,” said Fres Oquendo. “I went to do the fight in Gronzy last July at a point in time when I was not mentally ready because of medical complications my wife and newborn child were going through, but it was explained to me that this event was very important to the country and so when they promised me more money and an immediate rematch, that induced me to go forward with the fight even though I was not 100%. All I have been seeking in this whole process is what was promised to me. I’ve been training hard and look forward to showing the world what I can do when I am 100%. (more…)
Good guy jr middleweight Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson returns to the ring following a fifteen month layoff when he battles fellow popular New Yorker Mike “El Cangri” Ruiz in the ten round main event of a DiBella Entertainment and New Legend Boxing card Friday, May 8 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.
Out of action since February 2014, Melson has an excellent professional record of 14-1-1 with four wins by knockout. The Manhattan resident, who is one of the biggest box office draws in the Big Apple, was slated to face contender Glen Tapia last June at Madison Square Garden but withdrew after suffering a shoulder injury in training. In his last bout, the 2003 West Point grad outpointed Donald Ward while fighting through a stretched brachial plexus. The injury, which a ringside doctor said he’s never seen in more than 30 years of working with fighters, caused temporary paralysis in Melson’s right arm during the last five rounds of the match. (more…)
The potential “Fight of the Year” candidate between former World Champions Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov, just got more exciting as exciting prospects got added to the non-televised undercard of the split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark on Saturday, April 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.
In the non-televised co-main event of the night, exciting undefeated Brazilian prospect Patrick Teixeira (24-0, 20 KOs) will compete in a 10-round super welterweight bout against the hard-punching contender Patrick Allotey (30-1, 24 KOs) of Accra, Ghana. Next, Tuapse, Russia’s Fedor “Knockout Man” Papazov (16-1-0, 10 KOs) will fight in an eight-round lightweight match. (more…)
A purse bid procedure was held Tuesday at IBF Headquarters to determine who will promote the fight for the vacant IBF middleweight championship between Hassan N’Dam and David Lemieux. There was only one bidder, Golden Boy Promotions, which bid $102,000. The purse bid split will be 50% to N’Dam and 50% to Lemieux.
After Floyd Mayweather posted a video of himself training in a swimming pool on his Instagram account, the following quotes were released attributed to Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach:
“Sounds like we should start calling him Floyd “Flipper” Mayweather. Team Mayweather would be wise to add a lifeguard to their corner on fight night because Manny is taking ‘Mr. 47 and 1’ into deep water. Swimming lessons or whatever he thinks he is doing will not help him survive the shark-infested waters he will be entering on May 2. I’m betting his little buddy Justin Bieber will be walking him into the ring singing [the Flipper TV theme].”
The one-night-only stage play about the life and times of Philly welterweight legend Gypsy Joe Harris will be presented this Saturday, April 11th, 8:00 PM, at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia (1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA).
In 1968, Gypsy Joe Harris was streaking up the welterweight rankings until it was discovered that he had been fighting while completely blind in his right eye. As a result, Harris lost his boxing license for good at age 22. With his dream of becoming a world champion dead, Gypsy’s life outside the ring unraveled before him. The play, “Gypsy Joe Harris – Son of Philadelphia”, tells the harrowing tale of this one-of-a-kind boxing icon.
Tickets are priced at $25 and are still available. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com and search for “Gypsy Joe”. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on Saturday night.
“It is not about Cyclone Promotions and Matchroom Sport, it’s about Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton,” stated Quigg promoter Eddie Hearn in response to the Frampton camp. “If Cyclone Promotions really need their name on the poster and Michael Buffer to mention them in the introductions, then no problem. They are right that negotiations have been ongoing but they ended last week when we hit a brick wall.
“We’re frustrated. Brook versus Khan has fallen by the wayside and we want to make sure that this fight happens. We’ve made Carl an offer of £1.5 million to fight in Manchester on July 18. There’s no reason why this fight can’t happen and we are willing to put the money up. There’s no offer from them and all the revenue is being delivered by us. We have massive respect for Carl, he’s a brilliant fighter that I have worked with in the past. These are two great champions and we just want to see the fight; let’s get it made.” (more…)
Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ, promoter Eddie Hearn announced a £1.5 million offer for IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton to fight WBA “regular” champ Scott Quigg on July 18th at the Manchester Arena.
Cyclone Promotions, who represents Frampton quickly responded: “Cyclone Promotions, who represent IBF World Champion Carl Frampton, are in negotiations with Matchroom Sport, who represent Scott Quigg, to deliver a co-promotion of this eagerly awaited contest in June/July 2015. Cyclone Promotions have made several attempts to organize a follow-up meeting with Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport to progress these negotiations. Cyclone Promotions and Carl Frampton are therefore surprised by this afternoon’s public offer from Matchroom Sport to Carl Frampton. Matchroom Sport understands Carl Frampton is under contract with Cyclone Promotions. If Matchroom Sport are interested in joining Cyclone Promotions in staging this domestic superfight, we recommend Matchroom accept the invitation for a follow-up meeting. If Matchroom Sport does not want to meet, Carl Frampton will make an optional defence of his IBF world title this summer.”
Carl Frampton: “My team and I have been in negotiations with Matchroom Sport to co-promote this fight. It has been made very clear to Matchroom Sport throughout the entire negotiation period that this huge domestic fight can only take place as a co-promotion. It is therefore frustrating that Matchroom have deviated from negotiations with this offer.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (24-1-1, 16 KOs) will defend his crown for the first time against the Filipino Richard Claveras (12-0-2, 12 KOs) at the Centro de Usos Múltiples in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on Saturday. Claveras, the current WBC Asia-Pacific Pacific champion, is brimming with confidence proclaiming “I have what it takes to win in Mexico with my speed, punch and a lot of heart. Guevara has the advantage of being in his home country but I go in with a completely winning mentality and have not had a thought of defeat in my head.”
The same night former IBF female world champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez (21-4-3, 4 KOs) faces Filipina Norj Guro (7-4-1, 4 KOs) for the WBC International light flyweight belt. The event is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.
Saturday’s afternoon’s debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series on CBS pulled in a 1.1 Nielsen rating, translating to roughly 1.3 million viewers. The telecast featured WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson against Sakio Bika, and opened with a spectacular KO win by Artur Beterbiev over Gabriel Campillo.
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez hosted a special roundtable on Thursday, April 2 at The Belasco Theater, with members of the media to discuss his upcoming bout against Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto, which will serve as the co-main event for Canelo Alvarez vs. James Kirkland on May 9 at Minute Maid Park, Houston. Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions and Peter Nelson, HBO Sports Vice President of Programming were also in attendance.
Below is what they had to say at the roundtable: (more…)
UFC® today announced that German fan-favourite Nick “Sergeant” Hein has been added to UFC® FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. TEIXEIRA, as he looks to take on Polish debutant Lukasz Sajewski . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The “Championship Boxing on CBS Sports Network” event on Friday, April 17, from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota, is taking shape.
The card will be headlined by Ireland’s WBA #12- and IBF #11-rated “Hurricane” Dennis Hogan (20-0-1, 7 KOs) taking on Philadelphia’s hard-punching Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson (22-4-1, 21 KOs) for the WBA Oceana Super Welterweight Championship. In the 10-round televised co-feature, Canada’s world rated and fast-rising lightweight star Tony “Lightning” Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBC Continental Americas Championship against Memphis, Tennessee, veteran Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs). In the eight-round televised opener, undefeated Saint Paul, Minnesota, middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant (14-0, 8 KOs) will face Miami via Colombia’s Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (22-10-2, 19 KOs).
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WBO junior lightweight king Orlando “Siri” Salido arrived this afternoon to Puerto Rico to complete his training en route to his match against former world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez on “The War”, will take place on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Promociones Zanfer, and broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
The show headlined by the clash between Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs)- who arrived in Puerto Rico with his team- and Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday, will feature nine fights.
“We had a few issues and slept in Miami last night, but we’re here in Puerto Rico now. I feel very well with the work we have done and ready for this fight with Rocky, a strong opponent who always comes forward,” Salido, who was also world champion featherweight IBF and WBO. photos
HBO Sports debuts an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Tonight at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at undefeated sensation Terence Crawford, one of boxing’s fastest rising stars.
“2 Days” is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights and the next edition will focus on Omaha native Terence Crawford. HBO cameras followed the 2014 BWAA “Fighter of the Year” last November when he defeated Ray Beltran on Thanksgiving Weekend in front of the hometown fans. The win was Crawford’s 25th consecutive triumph as a pro and his last at 135 pounds where he was the premier lightweight performer. His upcoming fight will see the 27-year-old make his debut at 140 pounds.
Crawford is slated to return to the ring on Saturday, April 18 when he meets the formidable Thomas Dulorme from the College Park Center at the University of Texas Arlington on HBO Boxing After Dark. The event will be part of terrific split site doubleheader on HBO starting at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT).
“2 Days” will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the series.
On Tuesday, Hamilton lightweight boxer Steve “The Piranha” Wilcox (11-1-0, 5KOs) faces Michael Gadbois (13-0-2, 4KOs) of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, for the WBC International Silver Lightweight Championship at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The fight, scheduled for ten rounds, is the main event of the annual Shaw Festival boxing gala.
With a win, Wilcox will move to within striking distance of the world’s top ten lightweights. “This fight means everything to me,” explained Wilcox. “Winning this fight will move me forward to much bigger things. Things I’ve been training for my whole life.” (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Motor City fight fans will have plenty of fistic entertainment to choose from beginning this Friday, April 10 as the city will have pro boxing cards on successive Friday nights. AG Promotions (Antonio Gates) starts things off at the Masonic Temple on the 10th with Ronnie Austion and Vernon Paris headlining in separate contests. Promising undefeated Austion goes up against Dedrick Bell of Memphis over 8 rounds. Paris will look to rebound from his decision loss to Frankie Gomez when he locks up with Bernardo Guereca of El Paso in a scheduled 6. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas also has Nick Givhen, Ed Williams and Demetrius Banks on the card as well as the O’Quin brothers, Robert and Rico making their pro debuts. Tickets are available at the Masonic Temple box office or via ticketmaster.com. (more…)
With less than a month to go until the historic championship showdown between boxing superstars Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao, the collective marketing team for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao promotion released the commercial spot today touting the pay-per-view event.
This commercial — filmed with both prizefighters in a Los Angeles studio on the evening of March 11 — is a creative collaboration between Mayweather Promotions, Top Rank, SHOWTIME PPV and HBO Pay-Per-View. The 30-second spot serves as the lynchpin to an aggressive multi-media marketing campaign that will take place in the next four weeks. The overall Mayweather vs. Pacquiao marketing campaign is expected to receive unprecedented levels of support from pay-per-view providers.
SiriusXM announced today that it will begin broadcasting Premier Boxing Champions fights to satellite radio listeners nationwide, bringing the sport back to the national radio airwaves. The first broadcast will be the April 11 Garcia-Peterson/Lee-Quillin fight card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Airing on SiriusXM Sports Zone, channel 92 (8:00 pm ET), the big night of boxing features a clash of champions Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs), and the co-main event is champion Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) against former champion Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).
PBC on SiriusXM broadcasts will be produced by SiriusXM. The broadcast team for the April 11 card will feature former New York Athletic Commission Chairman Randy Gordon as the blow-by-blow voice and former heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney as the analyst. Sway Calloway, host of Sway in the Morning on Eminem’s Shade 45 channel, will be the ringside reporter.
SiriusXM will broadcast more than 10 Premier Boxing Champions events in 2015. Future broadcasts will be announced at a later date.
After having problems with his trip late Sunday night, WBO junior lightweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will now arrive this afternoon in Puerto Rico, where he will face former champ Roman “Rocky” Martinez on “The War” this Saturday, April 11 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Promociones Zanfer, and broadcast on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all Cable TV and Satellite systems.
Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) comes on American Airlines flight #1613 that will arrive at 2:55 p.m. The boxer will train tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6, at the Felix Pagan Pintor Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, at 1:00 p.m.
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
North Philly’s Danny Garcia, 29-0, 17 KOs, takes on DC’s Lamont Peterson, 33-2-1, 17 KOs, on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, in a scheduled 12-rounder that will be broadcast live during primetime on NBC broadcast television. The hotly anticipated bout between the two top junior welterweights is a natural match that should end any discussion (if there still is any discussion) about who the best 140-pounder is in the world today.
However this clash of junior welterweight champions will be contested at a 143 pound catch weight with none of the belts held by either man at stake. Garcia holds the WBC, WBA and Ring Magazine championships, while Peterson still claims the IBF crown. But no matter what happens on Saturday night, no belts will be transacted.
With or without the belts on the line, the bout is an intriguing match worthy of both the attention and excitement the April 11th event has generated. Still, with the two best junior welters facing off, the lack of titles involved has been a bit of a wet blanket leading up to the event. However, Danny Garcia refuses to let this point distract him from the task at hand – to defeat Peterson before moving up to the welterweight class where bigger fights, bigger paydays and more glory await him. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Much has changed since boxing fans last saw Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin in the ring 12 months ago.
For starters, the 31-year-old Quillin no longer has his WBO middleweight title. Due to boxing politics and what many would deem a poor business decision, the undefeated New Yorker passed on a chance to defend his title for the highest payday of his career. Instead, he sat on the sidelines, was stripped of his belt, lost the chance to make millions and seemingly gained ring rust instead.
Ahead of his return to the ring on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York against the man who currently holds that title, Andy Lee, Quillin said he understood the criticism leveled at him but that he had no regrets about what he decided to do.
“I made a lot of tough decisions but it kind of defined me as a man,” Quillin (31-0, 22 KO’s) recently explained to Fightnews. “I was able to take control of certain things that I thought were right for me and right for my family. I took some time off. A lot of people don’t understand that because they’ve never sacrificed so much of their time. My sacrificing is being away from my family but this time I actually wanted to be there with my family. Having a baby and then having an uncle who just passed right before I got into to camp. I had to make a sacrifice not going to his funeral,” he said. (more…)
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