Amir Mansour continues his road to redemption with a hard-fought victory on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”
By Justin Jones – Photos © Paul “Paparazzi” Jones
Philadelphia, PA —In an entertaining heavyweight tilt, which headlined ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights card at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) demonstrated true grit and determination last night in outworking Joey Dawejko (14-3-2, 7 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision victory. Official scorecards were 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 all in favor of Mansour. Continue reading
Jack Culcay (20-1, 10 KOs) took his chance and is the new WBA Interim World Champion at Super Welterweight! Fighting in front of a home crowd against compatriot Maurice Weber (21-2-1, 8 KOs) at the Festhalle Frankfurt (Germany), Culcay dominated most of the rounds. Despite Culcay landing hard punches to Weber’s head and body in the championship rounds, the latter refused to give in, letting the judges make their final verdict. After twelve rounds, “Golden Jack” won by scores of 115:112, 116:111 und 118:110.
Promoter Kalle Sauerland was pleased with Culcay’s performance, saying: “Jack controlled the action and took a deserving victory. After tonight, we are already looking ahead in several aspects.” Besides signing Culcay to a 4-year contract extension right after the fight, Sauerland plans to have Culcay fight for a world championship by the end of 2015. Continue reading
This Saturday night Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes on James Kirkland live on HBO from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The matchup has been delayed over the last few years but the time has come to see if the Mandingo Warrior is ready take the cinnamon challenge. Unlike the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao PPV, which by the way will be replayed during Saturdays broadcast, the odds are in the fans favor of a two-way action fight!
Back in 2012, all systems seemed a go in terms of the likelihood for making Canelo vs. Kirkland a reality. Inter-turmoil on the James Kirkland’s side stopped this bout from being made, robbing fans of yet another potentially fun and meaningful matchup. Fast forward to late 2014, it took another super fight in Canelo vs. Cotto to fall thru in order to secure James Kirkland a date with destiny. Continue reading
Wladimir Klitschko needs to cement his legacy. At 39 and surely needing to go out with a bang, the long dominant lineal heavyweight champion was anything but true to his promise of excitement in his most recent fight – a voluntary defence against American prospect Bryant Jennings – in which the relative novice gave a fantastic account of himself against a guy who was supposed to blow him out of the ring.
In his first fight on American soil in many years, Wladimir – as part of his HBO television deal – promised the fans excitement – and for those gullible enough to believe him, the contest went the distance and left something of a bad taste in the mouth. Continue reading
The bookmakers predicted the fight would go the distance and that Floyd Mayweather would be the victor. Floyd was a 1/2 odds on favourite and he didn’t disappoint, frustrating and befuddling his Filipino foe to win a unanimous points decision. One of the three judges had it 118/110, the other two had it 116/112. Case closed, the defensive magician had done it again. At least that’s how the story goes.
Amidst the feverish emotions that intoxicate the minds fight fans prior to the ringing of the first bell, it is almost impossible to detach yourself from the combatants involved, in order to assess the bout objectively, accurately, and free of bias. Continue reading
Fight week festivities came to an end on Friday 05/08/15.
All fighters stepped on the scales to register their oficial weights for their fights on Saturday Continue reading
Mexican star Saul” Canelo” Alvarez (44-1-1, 31ko) has vowed to “bring it” when he faces James Kirkland (32-1, 28ko) in Texas on Saturday, filling the action void the casual fans in particular feel was missing from last weeks May-Pac fight.
The 24 year old, who is still struggling with his English, has spoken out via interpreter/Golden Boy matchmaker Eric Gomez ahead of Saturday’s clash. Speaking at the various media events this week he said;
“It motivates me that so many people have come out and I want to do the best I can for my fans. They are responding greater with every event we have here. From the fight fair to the workout – and more are showing up. When the fight comes…..this is the real Cinco De Mayo weekend.” Continue reading
Murderous punching 160lb champion Gennady Golovkin has become the latest fighter to throw his name into the hat for a possible bout with Floyd Mayweather, yet the Kazakh fighter remains realistic at the chances of the clash happening in September for Mayweather’s “final” fight.
The unbeaten KO artist, who must first take care of business on May 16 against Willie Monroe Jr told Sky Sports;
“Of course that is my dream fight. Obviously Floyd is a great champion with a bit of a different style.” Continue reading
Matthew Macklin retains the unflinching belief that he is capable of world title glory ahead his comeback on Matchroom’s RESURRECTION card this Saturday.
Multiple middleweight World title challenger Macklin, 31-6 (20KO’s), returns to British shores for the first time since 2010 as he looks to rebuild his career in his hometown of Birmingham following his crushing defeat to Jorge Sebastian Heiland by 10th round knockout in November 2014.
Macklin will now face unheralded Hungarian southpaw Sandor Micsko, 25-8-2 (19KO’s), in the wake of original opponent Ferenc Albert’s withdrawal from the contest earlier this week. A change unlikely to phase the middleweight who continues to reach for the stars, despite some alarming signs in his previous contest. Continue reading
Never has a boxing show been handed a more fitting name.
‘RESURRECTION’ Matchroom’s foray into the British heartlands – set to take place this Saturday in Birmingham – has been impacted by schedule changes and drop outs that have seen the UK’s premier promotional outfit call in the cavalry.
Premier prospects Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell and Callum Smith will step in to fill the void left by home favourite Frankie Gavin – who will now challenge IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook on 30th May in London’s O2 Arena. Continue reading