Kevin H. (Atlanta, GA): As an Adrien Broner fan, I think his loss to Porter was more of what he didn’t do than what Porter did. How did you rate his performance and where do you think he goes next?
Vivek W. (ESB): I would have to totally disagree. To the contrary, I think what we witnessed last Saturday night had everything to do with what Porter did, more so than what Broner “didn’t do”. Going into the fight, Porter had the entire deck of cards stacked against him. Everything from the catchweight clause, to the pulse of the promotion itself. It just seemed that all elements involved tilted towards Broner. Few places in life breed absolute truth like a boxing ring. In dialog, any man can speak big and paint a scripted picture. But in the ring, there’s no way to avoid the evolution of reality. Continue reading
Undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) will take on Brooklyn’s own Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) at Barclays Center as Premier Boxing Champions will be live in primetime on ESPN on Saturday, August 1 with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
“It’s going to be a great fight against Paulie on August 1st,” said Garcia. “I’m looking forward to getting in the ring again, in my fifth appearance at Barclays Center, and putting on a great show for the East Coast fans in attendance and the fans watching all over the world. By the end of the night, I will still be the undefeated Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia. To all of the fans that love me, I love you too. This is for you.” Continue reading
Danny Garcia has finally vacated the WBC 140lb title that he hasn’t defended in over a year by way of an agreement with the WBC , who incidentally, have installed him as “Champion Emeritus” – a la Vitali Klitschko – which essentially just means he can come back and challenge for the belt should he so desire.
Which is something that will not happen – believe me.
Garcia has been struggling to make the 140lb limit for a while now and keeps suggesting to anyone who will listen that he’s intending a jump to 147 lbs, so this news really shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise to anybody – if anything, we’ve been expecting such an announcement. Continue reading
Professional boxing is a sport unlike any other. It is not scored by the passing of a ball through a net, nor the time it takes someone to cross a finishing line. Whilst there are objective mechanics in boxing, as in the case of a KO or foul, the majority of fights are scored by three judges placed at different points around the ring, who proceed to use a series of criteria to determine which fighter should be awarded the round. The scoring of rounds in professional boxing is not determined by quantitative criteria, i.e. the number of punches thrown/landed, instead judges score rounds using a combination of qualitative criteria, including clean punching, effective aggression and ring generalship.The person landing more punches can lose a round to the person throwing fewer, but more effective punches. That being said, there are of course specific scenarios which directly impact the score cards, as in the case of knockdowns and point deductions. Continue reading
It feels like a long time now that the names Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner have been mentioned alongside each other.
The latest installment in the will they?/Won’t they drama came at the weekend, when Broner was ringside for Garcia’s hotly disputed “gift” decision against Lamont Peterson. The Ohio born motor-mouth, coincidentally alongside Garcia’s father Angel, is one of the most disliked and divisive figures in all of boxing, so the prospect of those two personalities clashing in the build up would be entertaining from a fan perspective to say the least. Neither Garcia Snr, nor Broner are ever short of something to say. Continue reading
Markus H. (Orlando, FL): You were pretty down on Gary Russell Jr. in the past. I wanted to know what were your thoughts about his recent performance and what do you see next for him?
Vivek W. (ESB): There was a point in which I just felt that Russell simply wasn’t showing any evolution. We knew he possessed great speed and a certain level of skill, but we never really saw it translate against the level of opposition good enough to bring all of it out. After seeing him coast to easy victories over guys who had no business in the ring with him, it simply got old. All that being said, just as he once warranted criticism, I think at this stage he clearly deserves praise! And a lot of it! Continue reading
Lineal 140lb champion, Danny “Swift” Garcia should probably be renamed “Gift” Garcia this morning, after some favourable scorecards last night in New York led to the Philly native remaining undefeated after his 143lb catch weight fight against Lamont Peterson.
Its not an exaggeration to say that Peterson, who has been stripped of his IBF title because of the loss, will be feeling a little hard done by today as the majority decision that went against him is being viewed by many as unjust. One has to say the scores of 115-113 (twice) and a 114-114 draw are not the fairest reflection of a fight that this writer thought Peterson deserved by at least a couple of rounds. Continue reading
In an exciting fight, WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) got up off the canvas twice to rally in the second half of the fight to salvage a 12 round majority draw against former WBO 160 pound champion Peter Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs). Lee knocked Quillin down in the 7th round with a right hook to the head. That knockdown negated one of Quillin’s earlier knockdowns. Continue reading
Video: Garcia vs Peterson; Lee vs Quillin – Weigh-In – Live PBC on NBC Telecast at 8:30 PM ET Tonight
Andy Lee 159.6 – Peter Quillin 161.4 (Quillin unable to make weight)
Danny Garcia 142.2 – Lamont Peterson 143
Viktor Postol 143.8 – Jake Giuriceo 142.8
Luis Collazo 147.8 – Christopher Degollado 149
Felix Diaz 142 – Gabriel Bracero 142
Errol Spence Jr 146.6 Samuel Vargas 146
Marcus Browne 174.8 – Aaron Pryor Jr 174.4
Prichard Colon 147.8 – Daniel Calzada 148.8
Heather Hardy 122 – Renata Domsodi 120.6
Ryan Burnett 118.8 – Stephon McIntyre 121.8 Continue reading
The PBC on NBC returns in primetime with a solid doubleheader to whet the appetites of us hardcore fans. The main event between Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson is stylistically matched very well and should keep a channel-surfing mainstream-sports fan occupied. The co-feature matches power with power in the form of Peter Quillin versus Andy Lee with Lee’s middleweight belt at stake. Will either underdog knock-off one of the favorites and give the Premier Boxing Champions the surprise it’s been lacking?
The debut of the PBC on NBC was a smash-hit in the ratings department back on March 7th. Unfortunately the only real entertainment on that night was the second-half of an otherwise one-sided fight between Keith Thurman and Robert Guerrero. This card on Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York, live from the Barclays Center should be a lot more compelling. Continue reading