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50-Cent signs James Kirkland, returns to ring Dec. 7 on HBO

880Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions officially announced its signing of world light middleweight contender James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract.

“James concentrates on conditioning and building strength,”50 Cent said. “He brings the fight to you and is aggressive in the ring. The crowd loves the action and I’m excited to make him a part of our team.”

“I had a relationship with 50-Cent before he came into the boxing business,” Kirkland explained. “We already had a friendship when he got this group together. He can do what no other promoters can do. He’s a different type of promoter who can make things happen in and out of the ring for me. It’s clear to me that I made the right decision.” Continue reading

Kell Brook says he will avenge Ricky Hatton’s loss, is ready for Senchenko

brook2Unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook had an open workout in his native Sheffield earlier today, training in front of enthusiastic fans at a big shopping mall. Brook said afterwards that he is “counting down the days” to his October 26th bout with Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Senchenko and that he is relishing the idea of the Ricky Hatton conqueror giving him a stern test.

Brook, 30-0(20) said he aims to avenge the 9th-round KO Senchenko scored over Hatton last November.

“I’m feeling great. It really gets me up when I come to Meadowhall, seeing all the fans come out,” Brook said to Sky Sports. “Training’s gone really well and I’m ready. I’ve a lot of respect for Senchenko, he’s a proven champion and ex-world champion. He’s come over here and he’s got a point to prove like he had last time with Ricky Hatton. I now want to get revenge for the fans and also for myself. I want to go out there and show why I’m talked about at the elite level.” Continue reading

Alvarado & Provodnikov Interview Transcript

For the first time in 13 years, and leave it to local world champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado to do it, the Denver area will host a world championship boxing event. A sellout crowd is expected. It will be broadcast live on HBO beginning 9:45 pm ET and will be book-ended with some incredible programming for boxing fans — the replay of last week’s Timothy Bradley – Juan Manuel Márquez world welterweight title fight before and Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward, following the live fight.

BOB ARUM: There is not much I can say as a promoter. You don’t have to sell this fight. Everyone that knows anything about boxing knows that this fight will be a candidate for ‘Fight of the Year.” Two great warriors – two guys that entertain the public. You don’t need a sales pitch for this one and it’s showing at the box office as there are so few tickets left and by fight time it will be sold out. Continue reading

Judah vs Malignaggi quotes, videos and photos

009 Judah and Malignaggi face off IMG_0565(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Oct. 15, 2013) – Golden Boy Promotions formally announced at a press conference today a major fight card for Saturday, Dec. 7, at Barclays Center live on SHOWTIME® highlighted by a 12-round match between two of the most talented fighters in Brooklyn’s boxing history, Five-Time, Two-Division World Champion Zab “Super” Judah (42-8, 29 KO’s) and Two-Time, Two-Division World Champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KO’s). The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast will air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

In the 12-round co-main event WBA Interim Super Welterweight titleholder Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KO’s), of Miami by way of Cuba, battles former WBA world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-1, 14 KO’s), of Las Cruces, N.M,by way of El Paso, Texas for the interim WBA 154-pound world title. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Radio

Left-Hook Lounge Radio goes live tonight at 9ET/6PT! Tune in as EastSideBoxing’s resident boxing scribe Vivek “Vito” Wallace stands post in the sports only TRUE sports talk radio format show where the fighters fight and the FANS talk!

On the table tonight is a look back at Timothy Bradley’s solid performance over Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez, as well as a preview of not only what lies ahead for the two men, but also this weekends showdown between Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov.

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Should Juan Manuel Marquez plan his retirement party?

marquez6756Degrading physical attributes due to inevitable aging, is generally the main reason for fighters losing their fights and being forced into retirement. Some believe that it’s the boxing abilities that abandon a fighter first, but in reality, technical ability is more than just muscle memory, over time it gets hardwired into one’s brain and forgetting it requires a very long period of inactivity.

Juan Manuel Marquez hasn’t displayed a decline of either physical or technical aptitude yet. Every one of his fights is not only competitive, but also consistently crown pleasing. His ability to box as well as brawl makes him a very unpredictable challenger. At the age of 40, his experience and participation in the fight game is legendary. As far as his late career goes, his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the only one that cannot be disputed or questions by the fans. Continue reading

Zab Judah – Paulie Malignaggi Set To Fight on Dec. 7 At Barclays Center Live on SHOWTIME

006 Judah and Malignaggi with jerseys IMG_0527BROOKLYN, NY (Oct. 15, 2013) – Barclays Center will host two of the borough’s favorite sons, former Five-Time, Two-Division World Champion Zab “Super” Judah and former Two-Time, Two-Division World Champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, on Saturday, Dec. 7 to decide who is the true King of Brooklyn. The 12-round welterweight bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

“I am happy to be back fighting in front of my hometown crowd,” said Judah, who is from Brownsville. “Paulie and I have known each other for a long time and we have a mutual respect for each other, but with this fight on Dec. 7 it is going to be like the ancient Roman days. There has to be a leader and that position belongs to me.”

“I have always admired Zab’s skills and his resume speaks for itself,” said Malignaggi, a native of Bensonhurst. “But this is the ‘Battle of Brooklyn’ and winning this fight is worth more than any world title.” Continue reading

Iron Mike Productions to host WBC World Cup Nov. 15 at Seminole Hard Rock

Iron Mike Productions (IMP) is bringing big-time boxing back to Florida, presenting opening-round action in the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) World Cup of Boxing, on Friday night, November 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Continue reading

Alvarado vs Provodnikov Officials Announced

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, October 19, in the title bouts between Mike Alvarado versus Ruslan Provodnikov and Robert Stieglitz against Isaac Ekpo, to be held in United States and Germany, respectively.

At the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Denver, Colorado, Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), will defend for the first time his WBO junior welterweight belt against the #1 ranked Ruslan Provodvikov (22-2, 15 KOs), from Russia. The referee for this clash will be Tony Weeks, from United States.

The judges for the Alvarado-Provodnikov fight will be Denny Nelson, Robert Hoyle and Levi Martínez (all three from United States). The WBO supervisor for this bout will be John Duggan. Continue reading