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Tony BOOM BOOM Ferrante to face undefeated Isa Akberbayev on HBO undercard Saturday January 19

PHILADELPHIA (JANUARY 15, 2013)— Northeast Philadelphia native, Cruiserweight Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante is heading up I-95 to face undefeated cruiserweight prospect Isa Akberbayev 10- 0 (7KO’s) on Saturday January 19th inside the MECCA of boxing, Madison Square Garden. Ferrante recently moved up in weight from light heavyweight to cruiserweight. Ferrante had struggled in recent years trying to cut nearly thirty pounds at a time trying to make weight at 175lbs. Continue reading

Don Elbaum & Greg Sorrentino Announce The $500,000 Great American Heavyweight Box-Off

525NEW YORK CITY (January 15, 2013) – Veteran promoter/matchmaker Don Elbaum and financial backer Greg Sorrentino, today during a press conference held at historic Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, officially announced the creation of The $500,000 Great America Heavyweight Box-Off (TGAHBO). The tournament, planned as an annual event, is scheduled to launch in April at a site to soon be determined.

Introduced as participants were 2004 U.S. Olympians Jason “Big Six” Estrada (20-4, 6 KOs), of Providence (RI), and Devan Vargas (18-2, 7 KOs), of Toledo (OH), Tennessee (Chattanooga) knockout-artist Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler (28-2-1, 21 KOs), Minnesota (Coon Rapids) heavy-hitter Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-6, 27 KOs), former USBA cruiserweight champion Emmanuel Nwodo (24-5, 20 KOs), fighting out of Baltimore (Maryland), and a 22-year-old sleeper from West Virginia (Clarksburg), “The Mountain” Daniel Martz (7-0, 6 KOs). Talks are ongoing to finalize the remaining two challengers, plus one reserve, in case of injuries. Continue reading

Tonight on “The Pugilist KOrner”: Bryan Vera, Keith Thurman, Daniel Jacobs, Don Chargin, Tony Luis, and Michelle Rosado

Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present perennial Middleweight contender Bryan Vera, Welterweight prospect Keith “One Time” Thurman, Middleweight prospect Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs, Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don “War a Week” Chargin, Junior Welterweight prospect Tony “Lightning” Luis, and fight promoter Michelle Rosado.

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“The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to welcome back the always formidable Middleweight contender Bryan Vera (21-6, 12 KOs). The rugged fight veteran from Austin, Texas, will discuss his big headlining bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights with former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight champ Sergei Dzinziruk on January 25th. Continue reading

Anthony Ogogo quotes

LONDON (January 16, 2013) – Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer hosted a press conference today at The Mayfair Hotel in London, England to officially announce the signing of 2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo to an exclusive promotional agreement. Media packed the room where Schaefer, Ogogo and Ogogo’s manager/agent Dean Baker (Head of Boxing at Wasserman Media Group) spoke about Anthony turning professional and his immediate and long-term future in the sport. Continue reading

Shane Mosley vs. Paulie Malignaggi on Showtime on April 27th

malignaggi24By Bill Phanco: It’s not official. 41-year-old Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) will be challenging WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) on April 27th in a Showtime headliner fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. There a couple of questions that you have to ask about this fight.

First off, how is that that the International Boxing Federation are going to allow Mosley, who isn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies, to fight for a world title? For that matter, Mosley hasn’t won a fight in FOUR YEARS, and he’s being given a world title shot.

The second question is why is Showtime agreeing to televise this fight as a main event to American boxing fans? I don’t think it’s a good product for fans, especially if you signed up for Showtime in the past just to see boxing. Having Malignaggi-Mosley televised is pretty much a waste of time because Mosley isn’t the same fighter he once was and he’s lost three out of his last four fights going into the Malignaggi fight. Continue reading

A lot at stake for Germany as they host Italia

Lausanne, Switzerland, 16 January 2013 – After suffering a heavy loss in their last match at home and as a result finding themselves out of the play-off qualification places, German Eagles know that they must get a result when Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder come to the EWS Arena Goppingen this Friday 18 January (20:00 local time). For this World Series of Boxing (WSB) Group B encounter, the German outfit have included in their line-up Veaceslav Gojan, Stefan Härtel and powerhouse Erik Pfeifer in order to counter the threat posed by the top class opposition. Continue reading

Hopkins vs. Cloud quotes

hop0BERNARD HOPKINS, Three-Time And Two-Division World Champion & Oldest Fighter In History To Win A World Championship

“Age is not an enemy to me. The clock is not something to try to stop. The man upstairs can’t even do that. You can get the daylight to be earlier or the darkness to be later, but the clock has to move forward.

“People will always tell me, ‘You can’t do this. You can’t do that.’ When I hear that, it gives me motivation. I know there are some things in life that are out of reach. Some people are not capable of doing certain things. I have been doing this half of my life. I know what I am capable of. Continue reading

Argentina to battle the odds when Azerbaijan visit

The last match of this World Series of Boxing (WSB) weekend will see Argentina Condors face Azerbaijan Baku Fires at the Club Social Y Deportivo in Santa Clara del Mar on Saturday 19 January (23:15 local time). The home team will be relying on the Argentine duo of London Olympian Alberto Melian and up-and-coming 20-year-old Heavyweight (91+kg) Luis Bravo to lead the troops to victory against a team containing some real quality boxers. Continue reading

Andre Ward Starts Rehabilitation Following Successful Shoulder Surgery

ward3432(OAKLAND, CALIF.) – WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) began the physical therapy portion of his recovery from shoulder surgery on Monday at Activecare Physical Therapy in San Francisco.

Both Ward and his physical therapist, Lisa Giannone, were pleased with his first session and look forward to the work ahead as he prepares to return to the ring. “I had a good first day of physical therapy on Monday. It was short and sweet, and I have a good range of motion one week out of surgery. During our first session, my physical therapist wanted to make sure that everything is healing properly and it is,” Ward said.

Ward had successful surgery to repair a small tear in his right shoulder capsule on Friday, January 4, and has been recovering at home with his wife Tiffiney and their four children since that time. Continue reading