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50 Cent and James Kirkland: Bringing Boxing Excitement Back to Texas

James Kirkland: “If they wanna box, let’s box…if they wanna bang, let’s bang!”

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and James Kirkland are ready to bring the action and exciting back to Texas and the sport in general.

James Kirkland is never in a boring match and Canelo is ready to be the heir of the Mexican boxing spotlight.

Translation: these are only the few initial ingredients of what promises to be a post Cinco de Mayo treat for boxing fans not just in Texas, but the nation as well. Continue reading

Day 2: Canelo-Kirkland Texas War — Fighter Workouts from Minute Maid Park!

Houston, TX takes the boxing center stage once again this coming May 9th live from the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park. Day 2 of fight week festivities continued with the top main event and undercard fighters engaging in brief workout sessions for the fans as well as autograph and photograph sessions.

Fighters making their appearances included James Leija, Jr., Taishan, Humberto Soto, Frankie Gomez and of course main even attractions James Kirkland and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Continue reading

“The Moment” Weigh-In: Exclusive Photos

As expected, the attendance from the fans proved that this was more than just a weigh-in. About half of the MGM Grand Garden Arena had the seats filled with fans supporting all of their fighters. There were guest appearances from other Golden Boy Promotions & Mayweather Promotions fighters, prize giveaways and even a mini concert from top American hip hop artist 2 Chainz.

That’s right…a hip hop concert preceding the weigh-in.

Fight week for The Moment culminated this Friday with the event’s weigh-in of all the fighters. All fighters on the televised undercard made weight comfortably.

We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The Moment is just one day away. Who is going to seize their moment? Continue reading

“The Moment” Fight Week Day 3 : Khan-Collazo, Broner-Molina and Love-Periban Final Press Conference

The Moment’s undercard fighters’ final press conference took place on Thursday, Day 3 of fight week in Las Vegas. Each fighter took the podium to say their last words to the press as they prepare for battle in a few days.

Coming off from his December loss, one wasn’t sure if Adrien Broner would be more humble this time around. A press conference could always use some some color and excitement. Although Broner is not headlining the card, he made it a point to be heard during the conference.

Each fighter praised their opponent, but each promised victory at the same time.

Here are notable quotes from each fighter along with visuals. Continue reading

“The Moment” Fight Week Day 2 : Final Press Conference

Day 2 for “The Moment” came with with final press conference for the Welterweight unification bout between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Marcos Maidana.

The trainers, promoters and sponsors all took the time to thank the fans and media as the build-up for the fight continues.

Mayweather, Jr., in an effort to show his philanthropic side, announced a donation to the Sussan G. Kommen Foundation. But this is a stage that Mayweather has been on for so many years already. Mayweather promised victory the same way he always has over the years. Continue reading

Photos: “The Moment” Day 2: Undercard Fighter Workouts

Although the spotlight remains on the main event of The Moment, the May 3rd Showtime Pay-Per-View show is loaded with a star line-up of undercard fighters.

Amir Khan Vs. Luis Collazo and Adrien Broner Vs. Carlos Molina are set to be the headlining supporting bouts of the evening. On Wednesday, the fighters took the time to do brief workouts in front of fans and the media to lead up to their fights.

Here are visuals from each of the fighters.

Day 3 will feature the final press conference for the undercard fights. More coverage to come! Continue reading

“The Moment” Fight Week Day 1: Fighter Grand Arrivals – Photos

“Ole…ole…ole…oleeeeee!!!!! Ole…….Ole!!!!!”

Such were the chants echoed through the MGM Grand’s lobby that were heard as Marcos Maidana took the stage for his grand arrival.

Was this a soccer match or a boxing event’s fight week kickoff?

Las Vegas, NV is once again the boxing spotlight. Two and a half weeks after headlining a Welterweight showdown between the anticipated rematch of Pacquiao and Bradley, the boxing world’s attention turns to The Moment: Mayweather Vs. Maidana. Continue reading

Photos – Weigh-in: Garcia-Martinez, Donaire-Darchinyan, Martirosyan-Andrade

Boxing returns to the south this weekend in Corpus Christi, TX for another fall Top Rank tripleheader showdown on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Headlining the card is the WBO Super Featherweight title fight between Mikey Garcia and Roman “Rocky” Martinez. After losing his Featherweight title at the scales earlier this year, Garcia makes a move to the Super Featherweight division to challenge Martinez in another Mexico VS. Puerto Rico clash.

Co-headling the card is a rematch between Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan. In 2007, Donaire derailed the Darchinyan express with a vicious left hook to end their first encounter via KO win for Donaire. Six years in the making, Darchinyan gets his chance at redemption. Having never fought at Featherweight, it will be interesting to see how Darchinyan’s chin holds up at the new weight. A heavy puncher himself, Darchinyan is oozing with confidence by ensuring a victory for himself and Armenia. Continue reading