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(Rafael Soto/Top Rank) CULIACÁN, MÉXICO (February 19, 2014) – Former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR is in his final days of training camp in México as he prepares for his 12-round super middleweight rematch against Top-Five contender and two-fisted Texan BRYAN VERA. Chávez Jr. – Vera II will take place next week – Saturday, March 1 – at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. The telecast will open with two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist and 2013 Prospect of the Year, VASYL LOMACHENKO, in only his second professional bout, challenging World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion ORLANDO SALIDO.
Here is what Chávez Jr. had to say today: Continue reading
AUSTRALIA (February 19, 2014) – Last night at the Horden Pavilion, in Moore Park, New South Wales, Austrailia, former two-time middleweight world champion, Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (30-2, 15 KOs) dominated WBA #12 Garth Wood (12-3-2, 8 KOs), stopping his fellow countryman as his corner halted the bout after the sixth round. He is now eyeing a bout with Gennandy “GGG” Golovkin.
“My ambition is to recapture a world title and bring it back to Australia,” said Geale. “I will do whatever it takes to regain my status as the middleweight champion of the world. With Wood out of the way, the doors have opened for other big fights. I believe Gennady Golovkin and I would make for a great fight. If HBO can bring that fight to fruition then I’m all for it. Golovkin needs to fight someone of my caliber to be considered elite. The fans deserve a great competitive fight and that’s what Golovkin and I bring to the table.” Continue reading
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is all bent out of shape with the way that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has treated Britain’s Amir Khan by not naming him as his next opponent for May 3rd, and having him compete for the fight with Marcos Maidana on his website poll at Mayweatherpromotions.com.
Khan won the poll, but Mayweather still hasn’t named him as his next opponent yet. Arum says he would never do that with his fighters in his stable, and he thinks that Khan should “cut his ties with them.” Arum thinks Mayweather has decided to fight Maidana instead of Khan. Continue reading
Based on recent media reports, it is highly likely that Floyd Mayweather Jr. will probably face Marcos Maidana rather than Amir Khan on Cinco de Mayo weekend (May 3rd), which is a bit of a shame if you ask me, because I feel that a contest against the Brit would have raised the global profile of boxing.
From a purely financial perspective, it made sense for Mayweather Jr. to face Amir Khan, with Broner fighting on the undercard trying to gain some measure of revenge over Marcos Maidana.
However, a lot of casual fans of the sport feel (quite justifiably) that Amir Khan didn’t deserve the privilege of fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr., because he has lost two of his last four bouts and has never achieved anything at welterweight (other than gaining a controversial decision victory over Julio Diaz). Continue reading
Cuban born star, Interim WBA Jr. Middleweight Champion, Erislandy Lara, who now resides in Houston, TX, will take on the moniker “The American Dream”. After escaping communist Cuba, Lara in now experiencing a life full of opportunity, and is very grateful to be living in the United States of America.
“My blood is 100% Cuban, and I love my family back home, but the reality is, thanks to the United States, I’ve been blessed to live my dream of being a champion and doing what I love for a living,” said Lara. “Being able to support my family and my loved ones is a blessing that I’m thankful for. I know what it’s like to live in poverty in a communist country, and what it’s like to live in USA, and I really feel I’m living the “The American Dream.” Continue reading
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
A Short Film About the Preparation of the Four-Time World Middleweight Champion – Cologne, February 19, 2014. On December 7, 2013 Felix Sturm (35) wrote German boxing history as he became the first and only four-time world champion the country has ever produced. At the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart he dropped defending IBF World Middleweight Champion Darren Barker – who was favored by the bookies – twice en route to a brilliant second round TKO victory.
In honor of this occasion, Sturm Box-Promotion GmbH has released a four-minute short film on YouTube (channel: SturmBoxingTV) about the preparation of what was to become the biggest victory of Felix Sturm’s long and storied career. The film was made by Victor Filimonov.
“Felix Sturm – The Comeback” can be seen in 1080p HD under the following YouTube-link: Continue reading
From the fighters mentioned as next opponents, the only boxer that Floyd Mayweather Jr. should face would be Manny Pacquiao (assuming he doesn’t renew his contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank).
Floyd should not hold the sole responsibility for the Pacquiao super-bout not happening, because (as the old adage goes), “it takes two to tango”, as some of the heavily-publicised demands from Manny’s team from previous attempts to negotiate the fight seemed strange or unreasonable – limited blood testing, 50:50 split of the pot; HBO’s involvement etc.
I also don’t believe that Floyd’s legacy will be tarnished if he doesn’t fight Manny, because it’s not uncommon for some of the biggest stars in boxing not to fight each other, but this has not affected their legacies in any way. For example: Roy Jones Jr. didn’t fight Gerald McClellan, Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, Steve Collins, Dariusz Michalczewski or Julian Jackson. Continue reading
Mayweather’s legacy has already been cemented. He is the only one closest to perfecting the sweet science. His defense is almost impenetrable. And he is graceful in the ring. And contrary to casual boxing fans’ claims , Mayweather is not like Guillermo Regondeaux who runs around the ring from his opponent. In fact in his fight against Canelo Alvarez many were surprised that he was the one who attacked Alvarez as early as the first round.
Mayweather has developed the shoulder roll defense not only to elude punches but to give him greater opportunity at offense. “Roll the left, cock the right. ” And Mayweather is not a soft puncher either. The only chance a regular fighter could possibly win is to get closer in which it is not difficult because Mayweather allows it. But as soon as you get hit by that ” cocked right hand” the game will change. You will be reduced to standing in front of him and trying to box him in which you don’t have a chance. Continue reading
The Pugilist KOrner: Carlos Molina, Vanes Martirosyan, Bob Trieger, Reggie Johnson, and Prince Smalls
“JEK III Productions” presents another packed edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!
The two hour program will feature IBF Junior Middleweight Champion Carlos Molina, WBO Junior Middleweight title challenger Vanes Martirosyan, Boxing Publicist Bob Trieger, Two Division World Champion “Sweet” Reggie Johnson, and Featherweight prospect Prince Smalls.
Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506 Continue reading