Senchenko not impressed with Malignaggi

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 4, 2012) - World Boxing Association ("WBA") Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko plans to make a major statement in his April 29 world title defense, live on pay per viewfrom Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, against former International Boxing Federation ("IBF") junior welterweight titlist Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi.

Senchenko vs. Malignaggi," presented by Union Boxing Promotion, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 1:00 PM/ET - 10:00 AM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVNfor a suggested retail price of only $29.95.

"I want to give American fight fans what they like by being aggressive and attacking Malignaggi," Senchenko said from the Wild Card Gym. "They won't be disappointed by my style. I hope that, after this fight, American television people will see my boxing skills and offer me big fights.

"I want to showcase my talents in America, which is known as one of the best places in the world to box. Not boxing there would be a disappointment. I want to have a couple of fights in the US, not just one, but any fight has to be the right fight for me. My promoter, Yuri Raban (Union Boxing), will decide who my next opponent will be and where. It's important for any boxer to be on US television. Every boxer has that dream. Even thought this fight is happening in the Ukraine, I am very happy that Integrated Sports Media will be broadcasting this fight live so people in the US will be able to watch me fight."

The outspoken Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) is unbeaten since moving up to welterweight with victories against Michael Lozada (TKO6), Jose Miguel Cotto (DEC10) and Orlando Lora (DEC10).

"Malignaggi is nothing special," Senchenko commented. "I know how to fight him. I plan to expose his weaknesses during the fight. I'm going to make sure that Malignaggi remembers my name for a long time. What he says does not bother me at all. I smile when I hear most of the stuff he says. I'm not a talker. I am a boxer and I'll show my skills in the ring. I am very calm and focused on my fight on April 29th.

"Paulie is already talking about defending his title in Brooklyn, but I am still the champion. He needs to take the title from me. He should start thinking about retiring, not defending the title, after he fights me."

Rated No. 5 in the world by The Ring Magazine, Senchenkowon the WBA title in 2009 by way of a 12-round decision against previously undefeated Yuriy Nuzhnenko. Vyacheslav has successfully defended his world title belt three times against Motoki Sasaki (DEC12), Charlie Jose Navarro (DEC12) and more recently Marco Antonio Avendano (TKO6) last August in his last fight.

Senchenko has been training under the guidance of multiple Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach in Hollywood, California. "Training is going very well," 2000 Ukraine Olympian Senchenko concluded. "I enjoy working with Freddie; he is the best trainer in the world. I learn something new from him every day. I like the Wild Card Gym a lot. I feel good when I am there and now it's like my home gym."

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Five U.S. Boxers to Compete on the Opening Day of Action on Wednesday at the 2012 Women’s Continental Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – 2012 Women’s Continental Championships action will begin tonight at the NAV Center in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada and five U.S. boxers will the ring on the first day of competition. Light flyweight Alex Love (Monroe, Wash.), bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), light welterweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) and light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) will all compete in Wednesday night’s action.

Love, Mayer and Crews will all be competing in semifinal round action tonight while Cruz boxes in the quarterfinal round on Wednesday. Underwood will battle Erika Cruz of Mexico in the lone first round bout of the tournament. Love, Cruz and Mayer will both take on home nation boxers with Love battling Kim Klavel, Mayer challenging Melissa Redmond of Canada and Cruz facing Vicky Pelletier. Crews will be the final U.S. boxer to compete on Wednesday in her light heavyweight contest with Brazil’s Andrela Bandeira.

The lightweight class is the only weight division with enough competitors to necessitate a first round bout and should Underwood win each of her bouts, she will compete everyday through Saturday. Love, Mayer and Crews will each be off until Saturday’s final round contests if they are victorious on Wednesday. Cruz will return to action on Friday should she win her quarterfinal bout tonight.

Flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and featherweight Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) will open competition on Thursday in quarterfinal contests with Pemela Benavidez of Argentina and Edelme Jeffrey of Saint Lucia respectively. Welterweight Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.) will be the third U.S. boxer to box on Thursday, taking on Myriam de Silva of Canada in semifinal competition.

Seventeen-year-old middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) will open action on Friday in a semifinal contest with Brazil’s Rosel Feitosa. Heavyweight Victoria Perez (Ventura, Calif.) will not compete until Saturday’s finals as she takes on Brazil’s Erika Cabrera.

The U.S. team arrived in Canada on Sunday and has been training on site in Cornwall since that time. The official event draw was held today following the general weigh-in.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

NABF News - Apr. 5, 2012

President's Report – April, 2012.

Since our last convention, the NABF has had 31 title bouts, with more to come. At this rate, it could prove to be a record year for our organization.


10 March – Featherweight champion Mikey Garcia defeated Bernabe Concepcion by TKO7 to retain his title in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

23 March – Super featherweight champion Diego Magdaleno defeated Miguel Beltran Jr. by TKO7 in Tucson, Arizona.

30 March – Lightweight champion Hank Lundy defeated Dannie Williams by unanimous decision at Foxwoods Casino, Connecticut.

Upcoming Fights:

14 April - Garrett Wilson meets Andres Taylor for the vacant cruiserweight title in Atlantic City, N.J.

In addition, the vacant 115 & 118 titles will be filled in Mexico.

27 April - Champion Ismayl Sillakh defends the light heavyweight title against Dennis Grachev, both undefeated fighters, in Austin, Texas.

28 April - Dierry Jean meets Cosme Rivera for the vacant super lightweight title in Montreal, Canada.

A bone of contention is the limited availability for our officials to travel - not only the reluctance of State Commissions to assign outside officials but in a down economy, the added travel expense to the promoters. Be assured that it continues to be our resolve to get more of our deserving members on the road.

Travel Advisory.

It is recommended that members within six months of Passport Expiration, renew at this time. Since 9/11/01 some members have been denied exit from their homeland if their passports were within six months of expiration. Renew Now!!!

The New York Boxing Hall of Fame held their inaugural induction ceremony this past April 1st. Congratulations to Bob Duffy and Tony Mazzarella for their efforts.

Happy to report that Claude Jackson, our excellent Ratings Chairman, is recovering from knee surgery. Claude states that upon completing physical therapy he will campaign as a Cruiserweight.

Congratulations also are in order for Jose Sulaiman and Chairman Mike George on the recent groundbreaking for the Rocky Marciano statue in Brockton, Massachusetts - provided by our WBC.

Be safe, hug your loved ones, and God Bless!!!

All the best,

Joe Dwyer

Article posted on 05.04.2012

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