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Mares-Moreno battle on Showtime on Saturday; Rose vs. Webb on 12/14; Manfredo Jr

SHOWTIME’s Hall Of Fame Boxing Analyst Al Bernstein calls the November 10 Abner Mares-Anselmo Moreno bout “one of those classic style match-ups that you don’t often see.”

The undefeated Mares will defend his super bantamweight title against Moreno, who has not lost a match in 10 years. Bernstein said, “This is really a special match, because both men are at the top of their game and bring to the ring styles that make this fight so intriguing. Mares is a boxer-puncher with an emphasis on the puncher while Moreno is a boxer-puncher with the emphasis on the boxer. But, both throw a lot of punches and both have a huge will to win. I think this will be special.”

Bernstein will be at ringside calling the fights for SHOWTIME along with Mauro Ranallo and Paulie Malignaggi. The broadcast begins at 10 p.m. EST on SHOWTIME.


*Bernstein, Executive Producer of the Boxing Channel, will also participate in post fight coverage of this match. That coverage can be seen at , with Marcos Villegas hosting. Pre fight coverage including interviews with Mares and Moreno can now be viewed on The Boxing Channel.

*Full post fight coverage of the Vanes Martirosyan-Erlislandy Lara 154 pound title elimination bout will also be seen on the Boxing Channel on Saturday, November 10. Trip Mitchell will host the coverage at


British light-middleweight king Brian ‘the Lion’ Rose is predicting a knockout performance in front of his hometown fans when he takes on Londoner Sam Webb at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on December 14.

With the added incentive of winning the Lonsdale Belt outright if he retains his title, and up against an opponent in Webb, a former domestic champion, who has been critical of Rose ahead of the clash, Brian is training harder than ever and totally confident of winning the grudge match.

“On paper he’s my toughest opponent and it’s the biggest fight of my career to own the belt outright. I’m not underestimating him because I know how good he is. He’s been champion and has beaten good people so he’s earned his shot. As a fighter he’s got to be respected.

“It is personal though. I’ve never disliked anyone I’ve boxed but I’ve taken a disliking to him because he’s disrespected me and my opponents. I didn’t think he was that kind of person.

“Going off past fights when someone’s got my back up I’ve been a better fighter. Everyone knows I’m technically a good boxer but when I’ve got that edge, that little hatred towards someone, that’s when I’m best and I’ll train harder because of it.

“I want to do a proper job and don’t just want to win on points. It’s always good just to win but I think I’m capable of stopping Sam Webb. I’m punching harder and I think I’ve got the right style to stop him. He’s fit but I will get to him, hit him and hurt him, and I will stop him.”

Rose is in great form. Last time out in October, also at the Winter Gardens, the Bobby Rimmer trained boxer picked up the sixth knockout of his 23 fight career when he poleaxed former world champion Vivian Harris in three rounds.

Now, heading into the Webb contest, the 27 year old says his opponent will face a fighter in career best shape, something he attributes to the extra work he has been undertaking with renowned strength and nutrition expert Kerry Kayes.

Webb, who feels he has been ducked by Rose, will take some beating. Aggressive, and with the ability to box and brawl, Sam, who has won 18 of 20 bouts, will be determined to reclaim the belt he lost in a fight of the year contender to Manchester’s Prince Arron in May 2011.

Brian, who took the title off Arron, is convinced the impending clash has all the hallmarks of a classic. Stating that Webb had previously turned down an October match because he was reluctant to travel to Blackpool, ‘The Lion’ is pleased he has finally lured the Londoner into his lair where he predicts that styles will mesh to produce a barnstormer.

“He’s got two ways of boxing. He can box, and he can stand and have a fight. If he comes and has a fight then I’ll pick him off, and if he tries to box me then I know that technically I’m better than him. It will be tough for us both for the first few rounds, but I think this fight has got the potential to be a fight of the year.”

Brian Rose will defend his British light-middleweight title against Sam Webb at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Friday December 14. A stacked, quality undercard will include Blackpool fighters Jack Arnfield and Matty Askins; Middleton’s Warren Tansey; Colne’s Shayne ‘The Pain’ Singleton; Lancaster’s Tomi Tatham; Southport’s Scott Moonan, and Lancashire’s Isaac Lowe.

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Manfredo Jr. begins latest comeback against Saunders on November 29th

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 7, 2012) – Last November, Peter Manfredo Jr. stood in the middle of the ring at Reliant Arena in Houston following a knockout loss to world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and announced his retirement.

Times have changed. Almost a year has passed since he challenged for the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight title. Now Manfredo Jr. is back in Rhode Island – back home where it all began 12 years ago – preparing for his latest comeback attempt under the guidance of his longtime promoter, Jimmy Burchfield Sr.

“The Pride Of Providence” Manfredo Jr. (37-7, 20 KOs) will return to the ring Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 at Twin River Casino against Rayco Saunders (22-18-2, 9 KOs) of Pittsburgh, Pa., in the 10-round main event of “The Pride Is Back,” presented by Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports. Saunders recently fought for the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title and has also fought for the WBC U.S. National Boxing Council (WBC USNBC) light heavyweight title.

“I didn’t want to go out with the loss I had,” said Manfredo Jr., who returned home this week following six weeks in California with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who, coincidentally, trained Chavez Jr. in his win over Manfredo Jr. “I want to end my career with a win. My dad [Peter Manfredo Sr.] ended with a loss. My uncle ended with a loss. I want to change that.”

Manfredo Jr. has no idea where this latest journey will take him – “I’m taking it one fight at a time,” he said – but he’s making sure he goes out on his terms with the right team in his corner, which is why he’s reunited with Roach, who trained Manfredo Jr. during the prime of his career between 2006 and 2007, instead of working with his father, who introduced him to boxing at the age of seven and trained him for the majority of his career.

“My father doesn’t want me to fight again. He doesn’t agree with it,” Manfredo Jr. said, “so I knew if I had to do it, I’d have to do it with Freddie.

“Getting me in great shape, being away from my family and being in camp and making me sharper with the pads – everything about Freddie works for me. I always loved being with him since the first time I was with him. That’s why I went back. I told myself I needed to be with a trainer who was going to make me work.

“With Freddie, if you have a bad day in camp, it ends that day. With my father, if you had a bad day it would carry on to the next day, the day after that, and the day after that. This is hard – [my father] has been my trainer since I was five. He got me into the game. I’m not sure if it’s harder because he’s my father, but I don’t think you can mix business with pleasure. We clash heads all the time. I think we’re better off apart when it comes to boxing. I still love him. He’s always had my back. At the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”

With Roach in his corner, Manfredo Jr. scored back-to-back knockout wins over Joey Spina and Scott Pemberton before challenging Joe Calzaghe in Wales for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight title. Roach also trained Manfredo Jr. for his 2007 bout with former world-title challenger Jeff Lacy.

“That was me at my best,” Manfredo Jr. said. “It kind of reminded me of how Chavez Jr. was when he beat me. He was at his best. If that fight had happened two years ago, I would’ve killed Chavez. Since he’s been with Roach, he’s become a better fighter. He had [Sergio] Martinez out in the 12th round [on Sept. 15] and Martinez is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.”

The desire to finish his career on a positive note is undoubtedly a motivating factor in Manfredo Jr.’s comeback, but the overwhelming desire to support his family – his wife, Yamilka, and their three children – is much stronger.

“I’ve been offered a fight already – six-figure payday – but I turned that down,” Manfredo Jr. said. “This will be my first fight in a year. We’ll see how I make out. It could be my last one. Who knows? I want to take it one fight at a time.”

Manfredo Jr. also works as a laborer for Local 271 in Providence, which helps him support his family outside of the ring, so he will also be challenged with the task of juggling both careers as he focuses on his comeback.

“I need the benefits and the health care and the pension,” Manfredo Jr. said. “There aren’t many happy endings in boxing. Sugar Ray Robinson died broke. Joe Louis died broke. Muhammad Ali has Parkinson’s. Knowing that, my goals are different.

“When I first came up, yeah, I wanted to be a champion. That’s why you fight. When you have a wife and kids, it changes. Now I want to support them.”

Win or lose, Manfredo Jr. will finish his career with Burchfield, the same promoter who helped him launch his career more than a decade ago in Rhode Island. The symmetry is comforting for Manfredo Jr., who has a lot on his plate moving forward, but plenty of motivation as he builds toward a triumphant return.

“Jimmy has always been there for me,” Manfredo Jr. said. “I look at him like family. He’s ‘Uncle Jimmy’ to me. When I need something, he’s always there. When I called him and told him I wanted to fight again and do it back home with him, he said, ‘No problem,’ even after all we’ve been through.

“All my kids will be at this fight. This is where I’m comfortable. This is where I belong.”

Tickets for “The Pride Is Back” are $40.00, $60.00, $100.00 and $150.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at or, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

“The Pride Is Back” also features an exciting, six-round intrastate showdown between Rhode Island super middleweights Alex Amparo (5-0, 3 KOs) of Providence and Woonsocket’s Joe Gardner (9-5-1, 1 KO) and a six-round battle between middleweights Thomas Falowo (8-1, 6 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., and Julio Garcia (5-3, 3 KOs) of Boston, Mass. (Rincon, Puerto Rico). Female bantamweight Shelito Vincent (5-0) of Providence, R.I. (New London, Conn.); Burlington, Vt. (Willimantic, Conn.), light heavyweight Kevin Cobbs (6-0, 2 KOs); and Cranston, R.I., welterweight Jon Smith (1-0) will also be on the undercard in separate bouts.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “The Pride Is Back.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.)

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