Exactly one month before the “world title” match with Peter Quillin (30-0) in Washington, the best Czech professional boxer Lukáš Konečný met with journalists at a press conference in Prague which was gathered by his stable SES Boxing and Profiboxing.cz.
What was said there? The main thing was that this 35-year-old fighter from Ústí nad Labem said that the fight the undefeated American boxer with Cuban roots would be the last one in his career.
“I’ve been saving the best for last. I want this fight to be my last. The result is not important. I’ve been doing this sport at top level for more than twenty years. Now it is time to leave,” said Konečný who has fought in fifty-four fights during his professional career. During his amateur career, he participated in more than 300 duels.
Konečný’s coach Dzemski and Christof Hawerkamp (a press agent of the stable SES) approved the decision. But then Konečný finally confirmed that thanks to the option of the Golden Boy Promotion stable, which is the main organiser of the gala, there is a chance that he may return one day. Continue reading
Tyson Fury erupted at today’s press conference in Manchester with rival Dereck Chisora as the volatile heavyweights came face-to-face in the city where the big grudge fight will take place.
Chisora and Fury collide in a Final Eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight title, with the Vacant British title on the line and also Chisora’s European belt, at the Phones 4 U Arena on Saturday 26th July.
Both met head-to-head on Monday in London where they engaged in a war of words, but if today’s events are anything to go by, the big summer showdown could be the most explosive all-British heavyweight scrap in recent years.
Londoner Chisora kept Fury waiting on the top table turning up well after the official start time and casually strolling in which, no doubt, infuriated the Manchester giant. Continue reading
Brian ‘the lion’ Rose will finally see his dream of challenging for a world title come true this summer when he travels to America to oppose reigning WBO light-middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade, live on Sky Sports and HBO.
In his last outing Blackpool’s Rose defeated Javier Maciel in a thrilling contest that served as a final eliminator for Andrade’s strap. In December 2012 he won the Lonsdale belt outright by winning a unanimous decision over Sam Webb; four months later, in the same venue, he stepped up onto the world stage to face Joachim Alcine for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title, stopping him in the final round. Continue reading
It took a more than a year for Vitali Klitschko to announce his retirement. It all started with rumors, he then swiftly aligned himself with Ukrainian government, and in a matter of a couple of months, he was neck deep in politics.
Now, as Ukraine is going through an awfully turbulent, chaotic time, Vitali once again made it clear that boxing is his past, while trying to be a policies leader is his present and future.
“I will not return to the sport. Even though it is, and always will be in my heart. Truthfully, lately I have not had any time to train. As soon as such opportunity presents itself, at 7am I work out in the fitness club, and by 9am I am at the office,” said Vitali. Continue reading
“He still has a little bit of a chest cold but it’s common with Manny though because he has so many people that go to his house who want to bother him. I don’t know why these people feel like they need to see Manny or get him sick,” stated Roach.
It is somewhat common to have all kinds of people around when a fighter is in training. Whether its family, friends, or just loyal fans surrounding the gym in hopes of scoring a picture or an autograph when the fighter is on their way out, the risk of catching a cold or a flu is most definitely elevated.
It is interesting to note, that while some fighter don’t mind the external attention during preparation, others are very stringent about not allowing anyone but the closest team members to be present. Continue reading
Last November he experienced a bitter end of the closely watched fight with Dereck Chisora (20-4). A few months later, the best Czech heavyweight fighter Ondřej Pála (33-4) is going to face another rival from the British Islands, David Price (16-2), no matter that he competes for a German team with the Austrian Sauerland Event licence, David Price.
Approximately half the way through a seven-week-long training, the 29-year-old member of the Médea Boxing Team of Prague is quite content. “I feel perfect,” says a noticeably thinner Pála in an interview with Proxiboxing.cz. “Next week, tall guys are going to come for sparring, everything has been going smoothly so far,” adds his coach Jurij Krivoručko.
In what was supposed to be his toughest test to date according to most boxing pundits and fight experts, WBC Heavyweight title challenger Deontay Wilder destroyed 13 year fight veteran Malik Scott in just 96 seconds this past Saturday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
The “Bronze Bomber” took care of business with a cracking left hook/straight right hand combination that suddenly floored his 33 year old opponent midway through the opening stanza of the scheduled twelve round contest. Although the experienced boxer/puncher attempted to reach his feet before the referee’s final count, Scott failed to show signs of an ability to continue and was counted out by the third man in the ring.
But as quickly as the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native finished the job, fight fans and boxing scribes everywhere began to tarnish his dominant KO performance with sentiments of corruption, regurgitating the idea that the proud Philadelphia born pugilist and fringe contender “took a dive”. Continue reading
The fight will take place at Inglewood, California on May 17th and it will be televised live on HBO. The winner of this elimination bout will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of Pacquiao Vs. Bradley. This means there is a hope of Paquiao Vs. Marquez 5 if both of them come out victorious from their fights….. Unless there is a spoiler.
I have a strong feeling that Pacquaio will come out as the winner in his upcoming fight by an impressive performance. Lets face it: Pacquiao will go for the kill against Bradley because he needs to avenge his “loss” and he will not hesitate because of Bradley’s feather dusting punching power. Bradley will not be able to outbox Pacquiao like he did with Marquez. Pacquiao is not a “wait and counter punch” fighter like Marquez. He will move in with a strong offense and that will push Bradley to fight or run. Either way he will get caught by a fighter much faster and powerful than fighters like Kendal Holt and Prodnikov who have made Bradley taste the floor. Continue reading
Philadelphia, PA: Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) has more motivation than ever to defeat Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs) on Friday, April 4th at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA and live on NBCSN Fight Night. Cunningham said, “This isn’t about a belt or about winning, this time I need this for my family. I need to make money. I have to get a new house for my daughter’s condition. I am fighting for another pay day and to keep going. ”
His opponent did not fight professionally for over nine years while he served time in Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, PA for drug possession, though he spent any free time training and honing his boxing skills behind bars. Steve took a very different path to get here. He learned to box while serving in the United States Navy but he believes both men are equally as hungry, “I know Mansour speaks about how hungry he is and how his time in prison made him so, but I don’t have time to waste either. I am fighting for something much more important.” Continue reading
Former Jr. Middleweight Title Challenger Vanes Martirosyan to Meet Mario Lozano on ESPN Friday Night Fights and Noche de Combates
The March 21 edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra and ESPN Deportes’ Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra will feature former Jr. Middleweight world title challenger Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KOs) and Mario Lozano (27-4, 20 KOs) in the 10-round Jr. Middleweight main event.
Friday’s show, from the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, Calif., will air live at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, broadband Spanish-language ESPN Deportes+ and WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes will televise the fights on Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The card is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Continue reading
Cuban heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis has spent the last two weeks in Turkey to get ready for his WBC international heavyweight championship bout this Saturday (March 22nd) in Tekirdag against US veteran Tony Thompson. Promoter Ahmet Oner used the long and proud history of his home country to get Solis heated up for the clash of former Klitschko foes.
“We went to the cinema to watch ‘300: Rise of an Empire’. The next day I took Solis to ancient graves from the times of the Ottoman empire”, says Oner. “I wanted to show Solis that he is in a country which has seen a lot of big and important battles over thousands of years. I expect him to enter the ring on Saturday with the same attitude of old Ottoman fighters when they went to war. This is a do or die fight. If Solis beats Thompson I will lead him to another world title fight. But if he loses it might be all over.” Continue reading
Ghana based Nigerian pugilist, Isaac Ekpo has been awarded mandatory status by the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) for their Super Middleweight championship.
The title has become vacant following the failure of Ghana’s Charles Adamu The Crusader to annex it last Saturday after a unanimous decision loss to hitherto champion, Rocky Fielding who was stripped of the belt even before he faced Adamu for failing to make the weight.
According to the CBC bulletin released on 16th March 2014, the Board of Directors of the CBC voted unanimously for the former world title contender to be next in line to battle for the 168 lbs Commonwealth championship.
Ekpo who fought for the WBO world title against Robert Stieglitz in Germany on October 19 last year and is a stable mate of Charles Adamu has welcomed the news as the perfect opportunity to re-launch his career. Continue reading