Emmanuel Tagoe returns against Pontillas in Accra April 20

Tagoe vrs POtillas posterBy Prince Dornu-Leiku – World title chasing Emmanuel Tagoe AKA Game Boy makes a return to the ring on April 20 when he fights Filipino, Ronald Pontillas in Accra for the vacant WBO Africa Junior Lightweight (a title Tagoe once held) and vacant WBA International Junior Lightweight belts live on Supersport.

The flamboyant Ghanaian showman will be fighting for the first time under the wing of BabyJet Promotions since signing a 3-year management and promotional deal with the syndicate owned by Ghana national soccer team captain, Asamoah Gyan.

BabyJet Promotions have already outlined comprehensive plans to get Tagoe (20-1, 8 KOs) to world championship glory next year and the fight against 23 year old Pontillas from Philippines is the first of many intended to keep the Ghanaian in shape and improving.

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“I was Concussed” – Bradley wins brutal affair over Provodnikov

by Paul Strauss: The first thing HBO’s Max Kellerman asked Timothy Bradley to comment about was what he had just told Max off camera. Bradley couldn’t remember and asked Max for help. After a little prompting, Timothy remembered and said, “I was concussed!” Max was curious and asked Timothy, “How would you know that?” Timothy smiled and said, “Because I’m still dizzy!”

The truth is he was knocked silly more than once in the fight. According to unofficial score keeper Harold Lederman, what should have been scored a knock down was “blown” by Referee Pat Russell. Harold was adamant that Ruslan Provodnikov should have been awarded with a knock down in the early round. Either things happened too quickly, or Russell had the wrong angle, because he didn’t call it.

At least two more times during the contest, Bradley got an assist from the ropes. Some referees might have been convinced Bradley was kept up because of the ropes. Of course escaping the knockdowns meant point totals in Bradley’s favor, and in the end, Bradley barely escaped being counted out and instead pulled off a UD instead.

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Joshua Clottey backs Agbeko to beat Melendez

Joshua Clottey interviews AgbekoBy Prince Dornu-Leiku — Former IBF Welterweight champion, Joshua Clottey is confident compatriot Joseph King Kong Agbeko will overcome eColombia’s Luis Mendelez to win the IBO Bantamweight title when they clash in Accra on March 24.

Clottey was present at the Bridge Boxing Gym in the Ghanaian capital on Thursday when Agbeko held an open training session beamed live to the world by Ghana’s leading sports television station, Metro TV. And Clottey who was even made to mockingly interview Agbeko live on TV, believes King Kong is primed for victory.

“At this stage with just a week to the fight, he doesn’t need to train so hard but just focus on his speed. I think with what I’ve seen here today, Agbeko is in good shape and will go for the win. I’m sure he will win by a knockout, even if he doesn’t knock him out then he will win by a wide margin,” Joshua Clottey said at the event.

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Timothy Bradley, Ruslan Provodnikov Give Us The FOTY So Far!

provodnikov22By James Slater: Bradley’s 12-Round UD over Provodnikov thrills the fans!

Where to start with last night’s absolutely mesmerizing battle between Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov! We saw a truly special, wild, brutal and utterly captivating war at the Home Depot Centre, one that will hopefully result in a part-two.

Bradley, so much the better, more polished fighter, was expected by many to box smart and outclass the big-for-the-weight, hard hitting Provodnikov, but – almost certainly due to the frustration Bradley has felt since winning that controversial, death threat-producing decision over superstar Manny Pacquiao and the lack of a big name opponent since last June – the defending WBO welterweight ruler wanted to “make a statement” and punish and KO his challenger and he fought an ultra risky fight.

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Bradley defeats Provodnikov in war; Vargas decisions Omotoso

bradley11By Bill Phanco: WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s) defeated light welterweight challenger Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Bradley, 29, was knocked down in the 12th round by Provodnikov, and badly hurt in the 1st, 2nd, 6th in addition to the 12th round. It looks like the referee blew a call in the 1st that would have caused the fight to end in a draw by ruling it a slip after a badly hurt Bradley was knocked down by Provodnikov. The judges scored it 114-113, 114-113 and 115-113.

After the fight, Bradley, with bad swelling on both sides of his face, said “I think I have a concussion. This guy is a power puncher. He’ll beat any 140 or 147 pound fighter out there.

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Austin Trout Exclusive Interview: Canelo Vengeance Factor, Strategy and the Future

IMG_4444By Steve Lopez — After the press conference in Houston, TX concluded, Saul Alvarez and Austin Trout took the time to address members of the media for brief one-on-one interviews. I had the opportunity to sit down with Austin Trout to get his perspective on the fight, Canelo’s mission to avenge his older brother’s loss and what the future may hold for the New Mexico native.

Steve Lopez: “There’s a little bit of a vengeance factor. You beat his older brother a while back. How does it feel being in the ring with younger brother trying to avenge the loss?

Austin Trout: “That’s not really a factor for me. The thing that I think is cool is that I can take two world titles from two brothers. Other than that, his brother was in my way. Really, if you look at it, he was in the path to get to him. In hindsight, looking back, it was just part of the process.

Steve Lopez: “Back in December when you fought Cotto, a lot people had you as the underdog. Kind of a similar story again. I, myself, give you a great chance. In another interview, you mentioned that Canelo won’t be taking advantage of the weight gain he has over other fighters. How do you think that’s going to play out? Usually, he’s the bully.”

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Canelo Alvarez vs. Austin Trout: Houston, TX Press Conference Summary

IMG_4480By: Steve Lopez – Day 2 of the 3-city Texas press tour for the highly anticipated super welterweight showdown between undefeated WBC Super Welterweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout continued this Thursday in Houston, TX. I had the privilege to attend the conference and here are some of the highlights from the event.

With a large Latin American community, the Houston, TX crowd was undoubtedly pro-Canelo.

“Canelo! Canelo! Canelo! Canelo!”

That was the instant reaction of the crowd when Saul Alvarez took the podium on Thursday’s Houston, TX Press Conference. The roars were so loud that one could somewhat feel the vibrations of the roars in the air. But before the fighters took the stand, promoters and members of each team addressed the media and the fans to hype up the event. Here are some notable quotes from the conference.

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