If anyone asked the newly crowned WBO Junior Middleweight Champion how he envisioned the opening stanza of his first major title opportunity playing out prior to Saturday night‘s match-up with Vanes Martirosyan, “getting floored” would have been the furthest scenario from the former Olympian’s mind.
Although no fighter wants to overcome the adversity of getting caught by a sneaky left hand in the first round, it was the best thing that could have happened to the crafty southpaw.
In the outset of the highly anticipated contest, the fighter more affectionately known as “Boo Boo” seemed to be loading up on shots, while throwing just one punch at a time. After falling out of position while anxiously trying to land hard leather on Martirosyan’s chin, the Armenian-born fighter countered with a perfectly timed left hand that dropped Andrade.
“He caught me early, but I stayed focused,” admitted the 25 year old title holder. “I started using the jab from that point forward and began to pick him apart.” Continue reading
On July 7th, 2007, a scarcely known Filipino fighter named Nonito Donaire challenged the consensus regarded “Lord of the Flies”, Vic Darchinyan, for his IBF 112 pound title, and defeated the heavily favored champion with one swift left hook in the fifth round of their scheduled twelve round contest.
Today, it’s hard not to recognize the ripple effect of that impactful punch. Both fighters ended up going in two different directions professionally as a result of that significant blow to the chin of the formerly undefeated and highly regarded champion.
Since that fateful day, Nonito Donaire has gone on to compete in many lucrative bouts on the biggest stage of boxing, picking up three more division world titles and becoming one of the more highly regarded fighters in the entire sport.
In contrast, the “Raging Bull” from Armenia has garnered a respectable record of 11-4-1 with six knock-outs since the initial bout with the “Filipino Flash”, but has fallen short of most initial observations as one of the most feared pound for pound punchers in the entire sport, circa 2007. Continue reading
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JK III Productions” presents a special “Triple G” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!
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In the opening segment of the program, James and Joseph will review Gennady Golovkin’s impressive knock-out performance over hard punching Curtis Stevens, which took place at “The Theater” at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Pugilist KOrner team will also discuss the co-main event of the evening, which featured Heavyweights Magomed Abdusalamov and Mike Perez. Continue reading
Tonight at 10PM EST/7PM PST, “JK III Productions” proudly presents a special “Fight Night” edition of The Pugilist KOrner, featuring blow by blow action of “Gennady Golovkin versus Curtis Stevens”!!
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Hosted by radio commentator and ring announcer Joseph Herron, along with expert trainer and master strategist James Gogue, the two hour program will provide alternative, unbiased commentary of the action as it unfolds from “The Theater” at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Continue reading
Moments after his title winning effort against former champ Mike Alvarado, newly crowned WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ruslan Provodnikov spoke candidly about a possible rematch with the Denver, Colorado, resident.
Although Ruslan’s promoter and president of Banner Promotions, Artie Pellulo, stated that an opportunity for a rematch would be extended to Mike Alvarado out of courtesy and respect, the Siberian native doesn’t really feel that a return bout would be appropriate after the way the highly anticipated title fight played out.
Despite being a competitive and entertaining battle of attrition, Ruslan was winning the fight on every judge’s scorecard at the time of stoppage. The judges’ scorecards read 98-90, 97-90, and 96-92; all in favor of the new WBO Champion. Continue reading
Video by Carlos Sacriste
For 27 years, Harold Lederman has been gracing our television sets and giving the fight fans around the world his unique view at ringside for some of boxing’s most memorable fights.
This Saturday night, the knowledgeable fight judge will once again serve as HBO’s unofficial ringside scorer for what could be a fight of the year candidate between Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.
In this brief but insightful video interview, the always jovial Harold Lederman offers fight fans a bit of advice on how to score a fight of this nature.
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, The Sports Krib proudly presents a very special “Desert Storm” Edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!
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In the first segment of tonight’s two hour program, James and Joseph will discuss HBO’s October 12th PPV broadcast, which featured Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez in the main event of the evening. The Pugilist KOrner team will examine both fighter’s respective performances and how they were effective against their counterpart’s strengths and weaknesses. Continue reading
The Pugilist KOrner: Johnathon Banks, Terence Crawford, Mikey Garcia, Harold Lederman, Kendo Castaneda, and Justin DeLoach
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “The Sports Krib” proudly presents Heavyweight contender and Wladamir Klitschko trainer Johnathon Banks, Lightweight contender Terence Crawford, WBO Super Featherweight title challenger Mikey Garcia, HBO ringside scorer and commentator Harold Lederman, Lightweight prospect Kendo Castaneda, and Welterweight prospect Justin DeLoach on this week’s episode of “The Pugilist KOrner”.
Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506 Continue reading
Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, The Sports Krib proudly presents a very special “Boricua Pride” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!
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In the first segment of tonight’s program, Joseph will discuss the brilliant 3rd round TKO victory for future Hall of Famer Miguel Angel Cotto over fringe contender Delvin Rodriguez, as well as the entire HBO fight card, which took place from two different locations; Orlando, Florida, and Moscow, Russia. Continue reading
On Saturday, September 28th, from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the lineal Light Heavyweight Champion, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) will defend his Ring Magazine and WBC belts against former IBF titlist Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) as part of a sure to be action filled “Double Header” on HBO Championship Boxing.
While many ringside observers are predicting the highly anticipated match-up to go the distance, due to the mental and physical durability of the title challenger, Stevenson’s trainer, Javan “Sugar” Hill, warns everyone not to blink when the opening bell sounds.
“With Adonis, you just never know how long the fight will be,” claims the Kronk Gym trainer. “Because of his massive power, you really don’t know if the fight will go twelve rounds, six rounds, or just 76 seconds.” Continue reading