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Ruslan Provodnikov…feared man at Junior Welterweight

After winning the WBO Junior Welterweight Championship by stopping heralded tough guy and incumbent title holder “Mile High” Mike Alvarado in the reigning champ’s hometown of Denver, Colorado, on October 19th of last year, most fight fans would have guessed that big fight opportunities would be easily attainable for undefeated Russian native Ruslan Provodnikov in 2014.

With sledgehammers for fists and an iron chin to match, the irresistible force at 140 pounds always displays violent drama in the ring whenever he graces the light blue canvas…the kind that brings enthusiasm to arenas and excites fight fans around the world.

The 30 year old champ represents the kind of warrior that most avid boxing enthusiasts are willing to support.

So with a fan friendly style and a piece of coveted hardware around his waist, why is the HBO featured title holder still searching for a suitable challenger? Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Lamont Peterson, Virgil Hunter, Deontay Wilder, Bryan Vera, and Raul Marquez

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents another packed, six guest edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The two hour program will feature IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson, elite level trainer Virgil Hunter, Light Heavyweight contender Edwin Rodriguez, Heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder, Middleweight contender Bryan Vera, and former 1992 Olympian Raul Marquez on tonight‘s live broadcast.

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JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. vs. BRYAN VERA II SAN ANTONIO PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY! January 16, at 2 P.M. CT The Alamodome

chavez565Written by Marc Abrams of Banner Promotions

SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 14, 2014) — Former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR., his opponent, Top-Five contender and tough Texan BRYAN VERA,Houston’s former World Lightweight Champion JUAN DIAZ, Hall of Fame Promoter BOB ARUM, Zanfer Promotions’FERNANDO BELTRAN, two-time heavyweight champion GEORGE FOREMAN and ARTHUR PELULLO,President of Banner Promotions, will host a news conference announcing the eagerly-awaited rematch — Chávez Jr. vs. Vera II — TODAY! January 16, in the Alamodome (Stadium Floor – South end.) Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. CT with the news conference beginning at 2:00 p.m. CT.

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“The 2013 Gogue Awards” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special “2nd Annual Gogue Awards” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

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In the opening segment of the program, The Pugilist KOrner team welcomes expert trainer and former Light Heavyweight contender John “Iceman” Scully to the program. The lifelong boxing proponent will be filling in for 2013 “Trainer of the Year” candidate Ronnie Shields, and will examine the best and worst of the boxing calendar year 2013. Continue reading

James Kirkland vs. WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Demetrius Andrade in 2014?

001AndradeIMG_7429After impressively knocking out formerly undefeated Junior Middleweight Glen Tapia this past Saturday night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, could James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) be looking at an immediate title opportunity in 2014?

Current WBO 154 pound title holder Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) could be making his first defense against the Austin, Texas native according to the former Olympian’s co-promoter, Artie Pellulo of Banner Promotions.

“Yesterday I left a message for 50 Cent, Kirkland’s promoter, and offered them the opportunity to face Demetrius Andrade for his WBO Junior Middleweight title,” insists the twenty-five year fight promoter. “Demetrius has to defend his title against the WBO’s mandatory challenger, but I believe I can make this voluntary defense against James Kirkland first.” Continue reading

“Stevenson vs. Kovalev” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special “Superman vs. Krusher” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

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In the opening segment of the program, The Pugilist KOrner team will analyze Adonis Stevenson’s dominant TKO victory over mandatory challenger Tony Bellew, as well as Sergey Kovalev’s crushing KO of once heralded prospect Ismayl Sillakh, which took place last night at the Colisee de Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada. Joseph and James will also discuss the possibility of an elite level match-up between “Superman” and “The Krusher” in 2014. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: “Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez”

Tonight at 10PM EST/7PM PST, “JK Productions” presents a special blow by blow presentation of “Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez”!!

Join us as we give the fight fans an alternative to the HBO commentary in Ontario, California, and call the action live as it happens in the ring. Boxing writer and ring announcer Joseph Herron will provide blow by blow commentary, while three decade fight trainer James Gogue supplies insightful color commentary.

The Pugilist KOrner team will also discuss the always controversial weigh cutting issue, as well as the overall effect it has on the entire sport. Joseph and James will talk about the future of both fighters and give the fight fans a strategic preview of what to expect in the ring!! Continue reading

Ronnie Shields: “Edwin ‘La Bomba’ Rodrgiuez is cut from the same cloth as Holyfield, Tyson, and Whitaker”

Video by Carlos Sacriste – On November 16th, at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California, undefeated Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) will take his first step in achieving boxing immortality when he challenges incumbent title holder Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (for his Super WBA 168 pound championship.

In this revealing and intimate video featurette, Edwin Rodriguez, legendary trainer Ronnie Shields, and expert conditioning coach Danny Arnold discuss the Super Middleweight title challenger’s preparation for the highly anticipated championship contest.

While most fight fans and boxing writers are heavily favoring the reigning title holder on November 16th, Edwin’s prolific trainer truly believes that his fighter is unlike anything Ward has ever seen in the ring. Continue reading

“Andrade/Donaire/Garcia” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JK III Productions” presents a special “Top Rank Triple Header” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

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In the opening segment of the program, James and Joseph will review Nonito Donaire’s impressive knock-out performance over longtime nemesis Vic Darchinyan, which took place in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Pugilist KOrner team will also discuss Mikey Garcia‘s KO of former title holder Roman “Rocky“ Martinez, as well as Demetrius Andrade’s title winning effort against Vanes Martirosyan. Continue reading

Nonito Donaire proves his mettle in stopping Vic Darchinyan…again

donaire8Although four division world champion Nonito Donaire had tasted defeat for the first time in twelve years when last seen in the ring, the Filipino Flash remained one of boxing’s premier fighters and an HBO attraction going into Saturday night‘s Featherweight grudge match with longtime nemesis Vic Darchinyan.

Since the disappointing loss to two time Olympic gold medal winner and Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux on April 13th, 2013, Nonito welcomed his first born son, Jarel Donaire, into this world and reconciled with his father, trainer, and mentor, Nonito Donaire Sr.

With the time away from the squared circle, the 30 year old fighter felt genuinely excited about the sport once again, and wanted to use the return bout with “The Raging Bull” as a gauge in which to measure his current level of boxing proficiency.

While most fight fans and boxing writers may not be able to determine his stature among the elite of boxing with last night’s performance, Nonito’s heart, grit, and physical durability was off the charts inspirational. Despite being a heavy favorite leading into the long awaited rematch, the Armenian born fighter gave Donaire Jr. everything he could handle in the squared circle.

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