Fight week for Premier Boxing Champions on CBS continued Thursday as televised fighters Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, Ricky Burns, Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda, Jamie McDonnell and Austin “No Doubt” Trout spoke to the media at the final press conference before their respective bouts taking place Saturday, May 9 at State Farm Arena. Here are what the participants had to say Thursday:
OMAR FIGUEROA – “This is the biggest fight of my career thus far. I have my brother on the undercard and it’s here at home. This is it. I think it’s great for people from the Valley to get a huge card like this here. They haven’t seen this since Vasquez vs. Marquez, so I hope to bring that level of boxing back to the Valley. Continue reading
Fresh off his stoppage victory over Luis Grajeda almost a fortnight ago, former WBA junior middleweight champion Austin ‘No Doubt’ Trout (28-2, 15 KOs) is keen to get back in the world title picture in the new year.
Speaking to Australian radio station SEN1116 on Monday, Trout is keen to rematch either or both of the two fighters who delivered his first career losses in 2013, Saul Alvarez and Erislandy Lara. He states “we want to climb and go forward. I’m trying to get to the level I was back in 2013 but except we are going to erase those losses and take wins…We’re trying to get back to (the) world title and we’re trying to get back to the big names.” Continue reading
photos by Tiffany Lam: Thursday night ESPN Boxing put on a special three-hour telecast featuring four bouts. It was all part of a stacked Goossen Promotions card at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula California dedicated to the memory of the late Dan Goossen.
In the main event, 46-year-old Antonio Tarver was coming in off a yearlong layoff against Detroit native Johnathon Banks, who was making his ring return after a year and half off himself. The heavyweight fight started very slowly, drawing boos from the crowd. But Tarver the former light-heavyweight champion of the world, appeared to be in control, occasionally timing his opponent and landing clean left hands that buzzed him. Banks did absolutely nothing but feint and tie up, hardly throwing a punch in the early rounds. Tarver’s game plan was obvious, to lure Banks in for a big counterpunch. But would he have the speed, and power, to pull it off? Continue reading
#6 WBA Austin Trout (28-2, 15 KOs) proved tonight he could beat a 2nd tier fighter in stopping Luis Grajeda (17-4-2, 13 KOs) in the 7th round at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California, USA. Grajeda didn’t come out for the 8th round and the fight was halted with him on his stool. It was a boring fight from start to finish with Trout taking the fight to a reluctant looking Grajeda. Both guys were counter punchers, but Trout was clearly the better fighter of the two by far.
You have to wonder why Trout was fighting someone of this class. Trout looked horrible in his last fight against Daniel Dawson, which is perhaps why his management chose to step him down in competition rather than move him up a level. We basically learned nothing from this fight other than the fact that Trout can beat an over-matched opponent without much punching power. Trout is likely going to still have the same problems in the future once he’s stepped up a couple of levels to face someone with punching power. Continue reading
In honor of the late boxing promoter Dan Goossen, ESPN2 will televise live a three-hour ESPN Boxing Special presented by Corona Extra on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 10 p.m. ET. Goossen, who passed away September 28, was a longtime promoter for ESPN’s boxing coverage. Most notably, Goossen promoted the WBC World Heavyweight Championship between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola televised on ESPN in May. Thursday’s telecast will include a tribute from some of Goossen’s colleagues in the boxing world. Continue reading
After a Boxing/MMA filled smorgasbord of action, the Swami and his co-hosts, Akira Lane & Ryder Skye, are back in action. And this week the trio bring in several guests with world title fights on the horizon. Its all this plus much more on Wavlite.com Presents LAST CALL on Cyberstationusa.com. Friday November 14th from 10-12 a.m. EST/ 7-9 p.m. PST. This week’s show features. Continue reading
Sherman Oaks, Calif. — (October 29, 2014) — Goossen Promotions returns to Pechanga Resort and Casino on Thursday, December 11th with “NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS” a three-hour ESPN Boxing Special televised LIVE on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Continue reading
Austin “No Doubt” Trout returned on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights to win a unanimous decision against the game Aussie, Daniel “Awesome” Dawson. Trout bounced back from two knockdowns in the third that initially left doubts about his fighting future, but saw him find his confidence and inner beast to dominate the rest of the fight and even knocked down an injured and unlucky Dawson in the Eighth.
This was a must win fight for Trout. Three losses in a row would put serious doubts on his career and more importantly, it could have broken him mentally. Continue reading
Austin Trout and Mikey Garcia, supporting undefeated prospects in San Antonio on Saturday, August 30
Former WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout and two division world titlist Mikey Garcia will be in San Antonio, Texas, this Saturday night, showing their mutual support for all competing young prospects at TMB Entertainment and Triple A Promotions’ “Battle at the Ballpark”. Continue reading
In the 2014 ESPN Friday Night Fights season finale, Austin Trout looked to get his career back on track at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California squaring off against Daniel Dawson. It was a mismatch on paper with 25:1 odds in Vegas. But in the sport of boxing, the only thing one should expect is the unexpected.
Former kickboxer and muay thai fighter Daniel Dawson traveled all the way from his native Australia for the biggest opportunity of his boxing career. New Mexico native Trout, a southpaw, was not only the stronger man, but the younger, fresher fighter as well. The 28 year old was in cruise control against his 36 year old opponent through the first two rounds. However things changed in a big way in the third as Dawson lured his man in and dropped him twice with two hard right hand counters. Continue reading