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Sergey Kovalev vs. Gabriel Campillo on September 21st

NEWARK, NJ – Unbeaten Russian-born boxer Sergey Kovalev, 18-0-1, 16 KOs, gets his chance to break out of the light heavyweight pack when he meets Gabriel Campillo, 21-4-1, 8 KOs, in a nationally televised 10-round main event at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, PA on September 21, 2012. Kovalev’s fight will be aired as part of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series, broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. The opportunity is ripe for Kovalev to make his move and impress the boxing world against Campillo, who lost a recent title challenge to International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Tavoris Cloud by a whisker

With boxing fans still shaking their heads about the controversial decision awarded to Cloud that night, Gabriel Campillo should have much support from rowdy ringsiders and TV viewers alike. So Sergey Kovalev has the chance to surprise everyone, including his seasoned foe. The best part is that the unbeaten Russian, now fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, FL, just may have the chops, and the punch, to do it.

In Kovalev’s most recent start, June 1, he scored a quick TKO victory over journeyman Darnell Boone in the same Bethlehem boxing ring. Kovalev smoked Boone halfway through the second round, marking his sixth stoppage in his last seven fights. “KO Kovalev” will look to shock Campillo in similar fashion.

However, Campillo may just be the Russian’s stiffest test thus far. Besides being a southpaw, and making such a splash against Cloud, Campillo, of Madrid, Spain, has travelled the world and faced a variety of competition. He briefly held the World Boxing Association (WBA) World Light Heavyweight Title, as well as a collection of European and Spanish crowns. “The Handsome Man” is not a big puncher but his boxing skills are solid and should pose a serious challenge for Kovalev. Continue reading

Demetrius Andrade to fight on September 20th

MANCHESTER, N.H. (August 30, 2012) – 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade will headline the 11th annual Fight To Educate on Thursday evening, September 20 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Fight To Educate, presented in part this year by Absolute Broadcasting WGAM, The Game, is a unique charity event that combines a love of sports with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need, who with fundraisers like this could be ‘down for the count.’ During the past 10 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $500,000 in donations benefiting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations.

Andrade (17-0, 12 KOs), fighting out of Providence, will be headlining the Fight To Educate for the third consecutive year. Two years ago, the stylish southpaw stopped Dave Johnson in the second round, and last year he battered two-time world title challenger Saul “Baby” Duran (38-18-2, 31 KOs) around until he was unable to continue after three rounds.

Andrade, a 2007 World amateur champion, has developed from hot prospect into a legitimate world title challenger since his Fight To Educate debut. Co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, Andrade is ranked among the top 13 junior middleweights in the world by all four major boxing organizations: International Boxing Federation (IBF) #4, World Boxing Organization (WBO) #5, World Boxing Council (WBC) #10 and World Boxing Association (WBA) #13. Continue reading

Carl Froch Eyes Fights With Mack, Bute, Kessler, And Then Possible Retirement – If “The Cobra” Goes 3-0 From Here, Will He Be Hall Of Fame-Worthy?

By James Slater: British warrior and reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-middleweight Carl Froch has not in any way said he will definitely retire after his planned rematches with Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler, but the 35-year-old will not be around forever and “The Cobra” has hinted that he would look at going out, on top, if he were to avenge his loss to Kessler next year, after having first taken care of next challenger Yusaf Mack and then, in a contractually-bound return, Bute.

Froch, who says he will not neglect serious training duties for the Nov. 17th defence against former light-heavyweight title challenger Mack, said in an interview with The Sun that a 2013 hometown win over Kessler would be “the pinnacle for me,” and that to finish his career in such a way would be “unbelievable.”

If this is the way Froch goes out, with three more bouts (which he of course feels would be wins) and then retirement at age 36 or 37, would the Nottingham man be Hall of Fame worthy should he quit with a 32-2 record?

Let’s look at Froch’s list of achievements: Continue reading

Ward-Dawson Conference Call Transcript

Kelly Swanson

Thank you, everybody, for joining us today and I am thrilled to be hosting this call for such an awesome fight. This is Andre Ward and Chad Dawson’s International Media conference call. We will start with one team and then lead into the other.

Just a couple of media notes, I do have a note here that the replay of 24/7 – Road to Ward/Dawson will be airing Friday, 7:00 p.m. eastern and pacific.

We will also be sending out the fight week’s schedule. There are great opportunities planned for fight week and that is attributed to the wonderful job the promoters have done.

At this time, I’m going to introduce Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions. Then, we will be joined by “Bad” Chad Dawson and his trainer John Scully. Dan? Continue reading

Ulli Wegner hoping to turn Britsch, Helenius, Gutknecht and Murat into world champions

(Picture: Winfried Mausolf) This is a first! Since last Saturday, Coach Ulli Wegner has four world champions in his training group. Arthur Abraham´s successful bid for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Middleweight Championship at the o2 World Berlin, Germany, added a record winning fourth belt to the already existing three champions Cecilia Breakhus (WBC-, WBA-, and WBO- Welterweight Champion), Marco Huck (WBO Cruiserweight Champion) and Yoan Pablo Hernandez (International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion). All won under Wegner´s guidance.

Never before has a German boxing coach been that successful at the age of 70. For Wegner, who has been in this business for 41 years, it is a real highlight in his illustrious career. But if it is up to the trainer himself, voted coach of the year nine times in a row by “BoxSport” magazine, there are still a few titles to come. “In Dominik Britsch, Robert Helenius, Eduard Gutknecht and Karo Murat I have some more potential world beaters in my group,” said Wegner.

The secret of his success: He is able to get his prodigies to perform at the top of their game when it matters. “It is also important to be highly organized,” according to the coach. “When you have a lot of top-notch athletes in preparation for their next fights, you need a team around you, you can trust. I have such a team in my assistant coach Georg Bramowski and our Physiotherapist Ralf Lewandowski who support me where they can.” Continue reading

Alvarez-Lopez: What chance does Josesito have?

By Robert Jackson: Longtime 140lb contender Josesito Lopez will be facing 154lb champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez on September 15, 2012; so what are his chances of the fight ending in victory for him??

Coming off of a 9 round stoppage of Victor Ortiz in his first BIG fight at 147lbs it would seem as if the Riverside, California native has a good chance to dethrone Alvarez. But if you look a little deeper, Lopez’ record, it is littered journeyman fighters, and, other up-and-comers that unlike himself haven’t separated themselves – haven’t yet arrived. It can also be speculated that Ortiz dismissed and underestimated the very determined Lopez, after all Lopez said the same in the build up to their June 2012 fight.

What doesn’t need to be said is that Lopez DID defeat Ortiz in dramatic fashion when Ortiz failed to answer the bell for the 10th round after suffering a broken jaw in two places during the fight. A testament to Lopez punching power or poor boxing fundamentals by Ortiz who fought that night with his mouth open for many rounds of the fight? Continue reading

Rodriguez-Escalera, Del Valle-Darchinyan, Erdei-Chilemba on September 29th on HBO

New York, NY (8/30/12) – On Saturday, September 29, DiBella Entertainment presents the HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Mashantucket, CT. Headlining the card will be Worcester, Massachusetts’ Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14KO’s) defending his USBA super middleweight championship against New Jersey knockout artist Jason “El Monstruo” Escalera (13-0-1, 12KO’s). In the televised co-feature, Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-0, 11KO’s) faces his toughest opponent to date when he squares off against former world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27KO’s) for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. Opening up the televised portion of the card will be former two-division undefeated world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18KO’s) taking on Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1, 9KO’s) in a key light heavyweight matchup. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions. HBO begins live coverage at 9:30PM ET/PT.

The tripleheader is being called “Road to Glory” and the name is quite fitting as each fight carries heavy implications. It is just the second time that the top-rated Rodriguez will see airtime on the network (first in the main event), and it is a first for Escalera, Del Valle, Chilemba, and Erdei. Together the five fighters have a combined record of 102-1-2, with the lone fighter on the card sporting more than one loss being the veteran and former three-time world champion Darchinyan.

Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment (DBE), has a knack for signing good young talent. DiBella guided the career of Andre Berto from his pro-debut to his first championship. He was also was the only promoter who was willing to take a shot at a then unknown Argentinean, Sergio Martinez. So when this past year’s ESPN Boxing’s Prospects to Watch List, compiled by esteemed writer Dan Rafael, came out, it was little surprise that several DBE-promoted fighters, including Rodriguez and Del Valle, topped the list. DiBella sees championship material and expects big things in the careers from each of the DBE fighters on the card, and for that reason he feels there could be not one, not two, but three separate breakout performances on September 29. Continue reading

Craig McEwan battles Jay Morris on Saturday night in Scotland

The updated bill is below. It will be the first professional boxing promotion in Dundee for over 23 years with the last one held at De Stihl’s Nightclub on the 29th of May 1989.

Amateur boxing legend and 1956 Olympic gold medalist Dick McTaggart describes Dundee as a “real fight city” and the sport has a strong history in the City of Discovery, particularly in the 1940s, when both Tannadice and Dens Park hosted fight nights, and 1950s which regularly saw the Caird Hall filled to capacity.

Anthony Lindie and Sweeney Promotions hope to promote in Dundee on a regular basis and have high hopes for local boxers Ronnie ‘The Shark’ Clark and David Drummond.

Tickets cost £25 (The first 500 adults to purchase one will receive another ticket free of charge for a child under the age of 16), £50 tickets include a hot buffet, £75 a two-course meal and £100 a three-course meal.

Tickets are available on 07557 199 825.

Ronnie Clark v Youssef Al Hamidi, 8 x 2 minute rounds Continue reading

Deontay Wilder-Damon McCreary Set For Sept 8th – Unbeaten Heavies Collide

By James Slater: As has already been reported, unbeaten 26-year-old heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder will make a quick return to action fowling his recent 1st-round KO win over Kertson Manswell. “The Bronze Bomber” now has an opponent: according to Golden Boy match-maker Eric Gomez, who spoke with Ringtv.com, Wilder will look for his 25th KO win in as many fights against 39-year-old Damon McCreary on September 8th, in a fight that will go out on Fox Sports Net.

McCreary, known as “Bulldog,” has a good looking pro record at 14-0(10) but, his age aside, the Detroit fighter has a number of things going against him heading into this, the biggest fight of his career by far. Number one: McCreary is just 5’11” (compared to 6’7” for Wilder) and he has had just one fight as a heavyweight – his last fight, when he came up from 185-pounds to scale 230 for his November 2010 points win over Raymundo Lopez. Number two: McCreary has been inactive, with just one bout since 2007, this being the 2010 win and three: McCreary has never before met a fighter as good, as powerful and as talented as Wilder.

Add it all up, and it looks like yet another ultra-quick win for the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist. Wilder, though, is keeping very busy and he has called out bigger, better names than McCreary, who has had who knows how much notice/time to train for the fight that will take place a week on Saturday. Wilder says he wants Tyson Fury, yet argues how the unbeaten Brit is afraid of taking him on. Who knows for sure what the real story is? Continue reading

John Jackson vs. Willie Nelson on Chavez Jr-Martinez undercard on September 15th

ST. LOUIS (August 30, 2012) – Boxing is a risk-and-reward business. A successful gamble this past May ultimately positioned top prospect Willie “The Great” Nelson (18-1-1, 11 KOs) against undefeated John “Dah Rock” Jackson (13-0, 12 KOs) on September 15 for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight title.

Nelson vs. Jackson will be part of the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. HBO Pay-Per-View event, presented by Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment, live from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Last May, Nelson agreed to be a late replacement-on only 11 days notice to fight-for highly-touted, previously unbeaten Cuban fighter Yudel Jhonson (12-0) on ShoBox. Nelson dropped Jhonson in the second round en route to upsetting the 2004 Olympic silver medalist by way unanimous 10-round decision (97-92, 97-92, 95-94).

Nelson’s impressive victory propelled him into the World Boxing Council (WBC) ratings, in which, he is currently rated No. 11. Continue reading