IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve 'USS'
Cunningham, who will be facing Matt 'Too Smooth'
Godfrey early in 2010 for the title he held until
December ‘08, has branched out by opening a gym -
Sweat Studio 24 - in Glenolden, PA. . www.sweatstudio24.com
Sweat Studio 24 has a fully equipped fitness
studio featuring the latest hydraulic resistance
weight machines, commercial grade treadmill,
elliptical trainer, heavy bags and stationary bike
as well as a fully loaded weights studio on the
Steve has developed BoxBlast a boxing fitness
class, which is lead by professional boxers.
BoxBlast is a fun, upbeat circuit based on the same
training routine used by Steve and other top flight
professional boxers. The BoxBlast classes are on
Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm.
In addition, when not in training camp himself,
Steve is available for personal One-2-One boxing
workouts by arrangement.
Steve 'USS' Cunningham’s Sweat Studio 24 is open
24 hours a day 365 days a year and is located at 38
South MacDade Boulevard, Glenolden, PA. Tel: 484 494
Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Mayweather
December 30, 2009, pound-for-pound boxing champion
Manny Pacquiao filed a lawsuit in Nevada federal
court against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Floyd
Mayweather, Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather
Promotions, LLC, and Golden Boy Promotions
executives Oscar de la Hoya, and Richard Schaefer
for making false and defamatory statements accusing
Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs. The
complaint is attached.
The lawsuit claims the Mayweathers, de la Hoya,
and Schaefer knew that Pacquiao has never taken
performance-enhancing drugs, knew their statements
were false, but made them anyway out of "ill-will,
spite, malice, revenge, and envy."
Pacquiao has retained Daniel Petrocelli of the
Los Angeles-based law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
About the filing of the complaint, Petrocelli
stated: "Manny Pacquiao's achievements come from
God-given talent and an indefatigable work ethic --
not steroids. He cannot and will not allow others to
deliberately misrepresent his years of hard work and
tarnish his reputation."
The lawsuit was filed in federal district court
in Las Vegas, Nevada, and seeks compensatory and
punitive damages for defendants' wrongful conduct.
VS PACQUIAO IN JEOPARDY
Release from Mayweather Promoter: December 22, 2009
mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny
Pacquiao is now in jeopardy after Golden Boy
Promotions, on behalf of Mayweather Promotions,
learned today that Manny Pacquiao is refusing to
comply with Olympic style drug testing as outlined
and mandated by the United States Anti Doping Agency
(USADA) and as requested by Mayweather's management
to ensure fair play and sportsmanship by both
Early today Richard
Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, was
contacted by Top Rank President Todd duBoef, who
informed Schaefer that Pacquiao would not agree to
have his blood taken within 30-days of the bout
based on the fighter's superstition of testing so
close to a fight.
commented, "Todd told me that Pacquiao has
difficulty with taking blood and doesn't want to do
it so close to the fight. He, Pacquiao, would only
DONAIRE AND FERNANDO MONTIEL NEXT
Release: December 22, 2009
The two entities that pioneered the marriage between
professional boxing and Las Vegas casinos are
reuniting to present a special edition of “Latin
Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.” The Las Vegas Hilton, then
known as The International, presented the first
professional boxing card ever held at a Las Vegas
casino forty years ago on December 6, 1969, with a
card headlined by former world champion Sonny Liston
and featuring a 20-year-old George Foreman, one year
removed from winning an Olympic gold medal, on the
undercard. Nine years later, Top Rank promoted the
first world championship fight to ever take place in
a Las Vegas ..more
fight for WBO Super Middleweight Belt,
Miranda Press Release: December 21, 2009
On January 9th Edison 'Pantera' Miranda will return
to Germany for the first time since his
controversial loss to Arthur Abraham back in 2006.
It seems only fitting that he will have the
opportunity to become a world champion in the same
country that he left over three years ago feeling
robbed. "I may have not taken the belt with me the
last time I left Germany, but this time it will be
wrapped around my waist when I return back home"
says Miranda who has been training with world
renowned trainer Joe Goossen since his loss to Andre
Ward earlier this year.
"Joe has been fantastic to work with. I feel like a
new fighter already. I am very excited to put on a
great performance in front of the world." Miranda
33-4 (29KOs) has faced some of the best fighters in
His losses have come to three fighters who have a
combined record of 87-1 with the sole loss coming
from the hands of all time great Bernard Hopkins. "I
have been to battle with some great champions and
have fought them in their backyards. This is not new
to me and if Robert Stieglitz wants me to fight him
in his home town, then I will happily destroy him in
front of his fans." This WBO Super Middleweight
Championship battle will be broadcast live from
Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany on ZDF.
For news, photos,
videos and more visit www.panteraboxing.com or visit
Edison 'Pantera' Miranda's official Facebook
Joseph Kwadjo (12-1, 8 KOs) is the new Universal
Boxing Organization Intercontinental super
middleweight champion. On Saturday December 19, at
the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji, Kwadjo scored a
unanimous decision victory over local favourite
Zulfikar Joy Ali.
"I'm happy that I've
managed to win this fight and now I want to bring
the world title fight to Fiji," Kwadjo said after
the fight to the Fiji Times, and threw out a
challenge towards UBO world champion Kali Jacobus.
"This win is special
for me. It's for the people of Fiji who have always
been behind me."
Joy Ali, who fell to
29-9-6, 24 KOs, was not happy with his own
performance, and is hoping for a rematch next year.
While UBO Oceania commissioner Reginald Leca felt
Ali spend too much time covering up, he did feel
that this fight was one of the best he has refereed
in the country.
Peter is the former WBC heavyweight champion. He is
hoping to regain a piece of the heavyweight title.
He battered Gabe" Big G" Brown on the Pavlik -
Espino undercard. He came in at 240 pounds. That was
23 pounds less then what he weighed when he lost to
Eddie Chambers. Is Sam Peter back in the mix ?
Samuel Peter turned pro
in 2001 and went undefeated until a decision loss to
Wladimir Klitschko in 2005. In 2006 Peter won a
close decision over James Toney. In their 2007
rematch Peter handled Toney much easier and won a
unanimous decision. Then came a life and death
struggle at Madison Square Garden against Jameel
McCline. "Big Time" had Sam down and nearly out
early but faded down the stretch and Peter rallied
to win the verdict and the interim WBC belt. In 2008 Peter halted
weather on the East Coast wreaked havoc on travel
and holiday plans, there were clear skies and the
stars were out on ShoBox: The New Generation in
Hinckley, Minn. Friday night when Fernando Guerrero,
Shawn Porter and Lanard Lane all remained undefeated
with impressive knockouts, each in less than four
Guerrero, of Salisbury,
Md. – by way of the Dominican Republic – took down
Jessie Nicklow (19-2-2, 7 KOs) of Baltimore in a
four-round middleweight bout; Porter, of Akron,
Ohio, bested Jamar Patterson (8-1, 8 KOs), of Utica,
N.Y., in their jr. middleweight fight, also in four
rounds; and in the night’s opening welterweight
bout, Lane (10-0, 7 KOs) took down Said El Harrak
(8-1, 3 KOs) of Henderson, Nev. – by way of England
– in just two rounds.
In the main event,
Guerrero and Nicklow were touted as cross-town
rivals – the Baltimore fighters had fought each
other five times as amateurs, Guerrero holding the
edge, 3-2. Guerrero, however, quickly put any notion
of a rivalry to rest. In the second round, the
charismatic Dominican transplant landed multiple
solid punches that had slowed down “The Beast”
Nicklow and put him back on his heels.
“I knew I had him as
soon as the third round, when he started moving for
no reason,” Guerrero said. “He wasn’t giving me
those quick movements, so I knew I had hurt him with
a punch. That’s when I knew that I had to go for the
Attack he did. In the fourth round, Guerrero knocked
Nicklow down, and as soon as he was back up, slugged
away again. Punch drunk but staying with it until
the referee called it at 2 minutes, 9 seconds,
Nicklow proved true to his nickname.
MADDALONE LOSSES TO MORMECK
Before last night's
battle against Jean Marc Mormeck, Vinny Maddalone
had promised to turn in an exciting and entertaining
performance. After eight hard fought rounds not many
people could argue against his statement.
Maddalone took the fight straight to the former
two-time cruiserweight champion. The fight, which
took place at the Halle Carpentier in Mormeck's
native Paris, France, had the packed house in
attendance on the edge of their seats for the
majority of the contest.
In the end Mormeck was the winner on the judges
score cards, winning by scores of 77- 75, 79-75,
79-73, but the warrior Maddalone, won over many of
the fans. With the victory Mormeck improved to 34-4,
22KO while Maddalone drops to 32-6, 23KO.
Mayweather’s Playing Games? By: Coach “K”- December 17, 2009
The Manny Pacquiao / Floyd “Money” Mayweather
upcoming mega fight only in the preliminary stages
of negotiations has already hits its full compliment
of the usual Mayweather games.
Mayweather has begun
his soon to be an arms length list of demands for
him to enter the ring with Manny Pacquiao. Is it a
psychological ploy or is “Money” again setting the
table. Or in this case with Pacquiao’s ever growing
support could it be a tiny
crack in the Mayweather armor.
Just recent history
shows how Mayweather will use his gigantic draw to
influence all the tactical and minor aspects of his
fight contracts. In his last outing he set the
required weight limits forcing Marquez to move up
almost two full weight classes then didn’t make the
weight himself. Some see that as a minor issue as
Marquez received $600,000 to take the fight. You
must forget the fact that Marquez took the money, he
is a fighter, he already trained in a full training
camp one that Mayweather extended due to an alleged
injury. There was ...more
Scully Ramps Up Training Duties
December 17, 2009
trainer, and former IBF world light heavyweight
title challenger, "Iceman" John Scully is as busy as
ever these days. Coming off of his November 21
induction into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame,
the Iceman is not only in the gym training the likes
of NABF Cruiserweight champion Matt "Too Smooth"
Godfrey, junior lightweight pro Joseph "Chip" Perez
(1-0) and amateur light heavyweight Jarin Clay-Bey,
son of former heavyweight contender and 1996 U.S.
Olympian Lawrence Clay-Bey, but he has also seen his
involvement with featherweight prospect Matt
Sharpshooter Remillard (19-0) officially upgraded
from cornerman and sometime advice giver to
Both Perez and
Remillard are slated for undercard action at Cotton
Eyed Joe's in Knoxville, Tennessee on December 19th
From his recent stint
on ESPN News as a special in-studio analyst
immediately after the Manny Pacquiao - Miguel Cotto
fight to the upcoming release of his tome, The ..more
Stuart Young - December 17, 2009:
Photo by Tom Casino
Due to Lennox Lewis’
retirement whilst at the pinnacle of his sport, the
heavyweight championship was left vacant for the
first time since Rocky Marciano retired with his
perfect ring record of 49-0 back in 1955.
Of the current crop of
heavyweight contenders that were circling the
division vying for supremacy at the time, it was
deemed Vitali, due to his impressive showing against
Lennox Lewis & his subsequent performance in winning
a WBC title eliminator against Kirk Johnson (TKO 2)
that the match-up between him & newly crowned WBC
title holder, big South African Corrie Sanders, was
widely regarded as the fight which would determine
the ‘new’ heavyweight champion.
They met in a bout in
April '04, after a 'slugfest' that lasted eight
action-packed rounds it was Vitali who was to
prevail, gaining revenge for little brother Wladimir,
who had suffered defeat at the hands of the big
South African puncher & sealing his own place as the
Adamu’s Fights to Regain Title
This Friday, at York
Hall in Bethnal Green, Ghana’s Charles ‘The
Crusader’ Adamu is focusing on regaining the
Commonwealth Super Middleweight title, that he lost
to Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch back in 2004.
Adamu, who will face
Liverpool’s Carl ‘Dynamite’ Dilks, is not leaving
anything to chance. On a bitterly cold and wet
Wednesday evening, when only the hardy, or
determined, would choose to leave a comfortable,
warm, hotel room, Instead of relaxing the Ghanaian
trekked across London to, Rooney’s Boxing Gym in
Southwark, so he could do some fine tuning of his
After the training
session Adamu, who beat Matthew Barney to become
Commonwealth Champion in 2003, spoke briefly on the
upcoming showdown with ‘Dynamite’ Dilks. “I’m ready,
I’m going to be champion again, I know that. It’s a
good omen being at York Hall, I won title there and
will win again on Friday.
I know I won against
Carl Froch, but you can’t change judges decision.
That was then, now I will be Champion again”
Charles ‘The Crusader’
Adamu vs. Carl ‘Dynamite’ Dilks for the vacant
Commonwealth Super Middleweight Title is the
co-feature at the Matchroom Sports promoted EBU
European Heavyweight Title fight, between Paolo
Vidoz and Albert Sosnowski, at York Hall, Bethnal
Green, London on Friday 18th December.
FERNANDO GUERRERO VS JESSE NICKLOW
Release for Guerrero Dec. 15, 2009
prospect Fernando Guerrero will put his unbeaten
record on the line against Jesse Nicklow in a
10-round middleweight bout in the main event of the
final ShoBox: The New Generation telecast of the
year on Friday, Dec. 18 LIVE on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m.
ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
co-features will showcase four undefeated prospects
in their toughest challenges to date. Knockout
artist Lanard Lane (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on Said El
Harrack (8-0, 3 KOs ) in an eight-round welterweight
bout. Hard-hitting Shawn Porter (11-0, 9 KOs) will
face the dangerous Jamar Patterson (8-0, 4 KOs ) in
an eight round jr. middleweight bout.
The fights, promoted by
DiBella Entertainment, will originate from Grand
Casino Hinckley in Hinckley , Minn.
Guerrero (16-0, 13 KOs), of Salisbury , Md. , by way
Brähmer vs Sebastian Zbik
Two fighters from Mecklenburg return to their boxing
roots. The “Universum Champions Night“ comes to the
Sport and Kongresshalle in Schwerin on December 19
with a world title twin bill featuring the two
hometown world champions.
In the center of
attention is the fight of the newly crowned WBO
light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer
(34-2, 28 KOs), who will defend his belt for the
first time which he claimed in August against stable
mate Aleksy Kuziemski. Brähmer's opponent in his
first title defence is the unbeaten Russian Dmitry
Sukhotsky (14-0, 9 KOs).Sebastian Zbik, who won the
WBC Interim middleweight world title in July, Zbik
will take on unbeaten Emanuele Della Rosa (22-0, 7
KOs) from Rome, Italy.
For both champions it is a fight in their hometown
and therefore a very special challenge. Jürgen
Brähmer moved from Stralsund to Schwerin at the age
of 15 and was trained from then on by Michael Timm.
The Neubrandenburg born Sebastian Zbik has also
trained as a junior at the Landesleistungszentrum
Schwerin. In 2001 Zbik made the Abitur at the
Sportgymnasium Schwerin. Nowe noth fighters will
return to their boxing roots.
Title in Westminster !
Westminster, MD – In
front of 2,500 boisterous fans at the Shipley Arena,
Mark “TNT” Tucker retained his USBO Light
Heavyweight championship Friday night with a hard
fought ten round unanimous decision over wily
veteran George “El Gallo” Armenta of Silver Spring,
With a group of US
Marines leading his loudly cheered ring walk, Tucker
controlled the opening two frames by ripping Armenta
with hard jab-straight left hand combinations. The
hard charging Armenta had some success in the middle
rounds with short right hands, but with the guidance
of special assistant trainer Buddy McGirt, Tucker
shook off a few rough moments to box effectively.
applying pressure in the late rounds with hopes of a
one punch knockout, but the gutsy Tucker used an
arsenal of heavy body punches along with straight
left hands to the head while battling through a
reoccurring in-fight hand injury to secure the
Judge Gary Camponeschi
scored the contest 98-92, while John Gradowski and
Don Risher both had it 96-94 for Tucker, who also
prevailed on scorecards of ringside media outlets.
“It was a great fight,
he kept coming and was very tough”, said Tucker, who
hails from nearby Eldersburg. “I got hit with a few
punches I shouldn’t have, so I had to make
adjustments to take charge and pull out the fight.”
Tucker improves to 13-0
with 7 KO’s, while the game Armenta falls to 13-5
(11 KO’s). Tucker’s next bout is tentatively
scheduled for March 27 in Newark , NJ .
On the undercard, Jamar
“The Truth” Freeman earned a unanimous decision
victory over Omar Sims, while Garrett Wilson and
Vincent Batteast pulled out close points victories
over Adam Willet and Allen Perkins.
The four fight card was
promoted by TNT Promotions 21, who worked hand in
hand with Marine Toys for Tots to generate hundreds
of donations from fans in attendance for needy
Since their inaugural card in February 2009, TNT
Promotions 21 helped spring boxing to life in
Northern Maryland . They have hosted six shows at
the Shipley Arena, bringing in a large each time.
TNT 21 also has the exclusive promotional rights to
USBO Light Heavyweight champion Mark Tucker.
MADDALONE LOOKS TO BRING EXCITEMENT TO FRANCE
When heavyweight fan
favorite Vinny Maddalone (32-5, 23KO) takes on
former two-time cruiserweight champion Jean Marc
Mormeck (33-4, 22KO) this Thursday, one thing is for
sure, the fans in attendance will be treated to one
very exciting fight. The bout, scheduled for eight
rounds, will take place at the Halle Carpentier
Arena in Mormeck's native Paris, France.
VINNY MADDALONE: "I can't wait to get
into the ring and go to war with Mormeck," stated
Maddalone. "Mormeck comes right at you and likes to
bang, which is exactly the type of fight I dream
about being in. There isn't going to be any dancing
around or pop shotting from the outside, this is
going to be one of those old school fashion wars
that boxing fans love to see. We are both going to
be right in each other's faces from the start of the
fight, saying, 'here I am, let me see what you got'.
I'm really looking forward to putting on a fun and
exciting show for all those in attendance come fight
While the French native
Mormeck will be the favorite going into the fight it
is worthy noting that while Maddalone has been
relatively active, fighting four times in 2008, and
once already in 2009, this will be Mormeck's first
fight since 2007 when he was stopped by now WBA
heavyweight champion, David Haye. Also this will be
Mormeck's first trip into the heavyweight division.
The 5'11 Mormeck started his career at light
heavyweight and has never weighed more than 202 lbs.
in any of his fights, while the 6'2 Maddalone has
been at heavyweight his entire career, and will hold
a substantial size advantage over Mormeck.
"We are optimistic about Vinny's chances going into
this fight," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star
Boxing and long-time promoter of Maddalone. "Vinny
is a natural heavyweight, with real heavyweight
power, it will be interesting to see how Mormeck
reacts if Vinny catches him. Regardless of the
outcome, you know anytime you have a fight involving
Vinny that you are in for a special treat. He is one
of boxing's ultimate blood and guts warriors, and we
expect nothing less from him come December 17th."
The Perfect Storm
Release: December 14, 2009
Undefeated IBF light
heavyweight champion Tarvoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs)
has become the Rodney Dangerfield of boxing – he
can’t get any respect, especially from “Bad” Chad
Dawson, allegedly the top dog in the 175-pound
“Chad Dawson won’t be
able to run 12 rounds against me,” Cloud said. “My
pressure will be unbelievable and I hit hard with
both hands. He’ll have to stand and fight and that
will be his ultimate demise. We’re totally
different. If I went around saying I could beat the
No. 1 contender, like Chad did when I was the No. 1,
I’d fight him to prove it.
“I’m baffled, I guess,
more than frustrated. All my life watching boxing, I
thought the champion had to fight the next
available, most deserving challenger, or unify the
title. I was the No. 1 contender and he was the
champ, but that’s when all the politics of boxing
came in – extensions and exceptions – and his
promoter lobbied to duck this hungry fighter. I
understand the promoter building a fighter and
arranging puff fights for more money. At some point,
though, a real fighter has to fight the best. You
can’t be great just fighting ...more
ATTACK” MACK TO FACE GLEN JOHNSON ON JANUARY 30TH IN
IBF ELIMINATION BOUT
RELEASE: PHILADELPHIA DECEMBER 11, 2009
On Saturday night January 30th, Yusaf “Mack
Attack” Mack will take a big step towards realizing
his dream in becoming world champion as he battles
former World Light Heavyweight champion Glen Johnson
in an IBF Light Heavyweight eliminator at The
Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The bout will be part of the big Shane Mosley –
Andre Berto Welterweight unification card.
Mack of Philadelphia has a record of 28-2-2 with
seventeen knockouts and is undefeated at Light
Heavyweight as he has amassed a record of 5-0 with
three knockouts since moving to the 175 lb division
on a full time basis.
Mack catapulted into the Light Heavyweight scene
when he took a ten round unanimous decision from
Daniel Judah (22-2-3) on June 4th, 2008 to capture
the NABA Light Heavyweight title.
He defended that title three months later when he
stopped Omar Pittman (15-4-1) in six rounds in
On February 6, 2009, Mack added the NABF Title
when he defeated highly regarded and former world
title Challenger Chris Henry via twelve round split
decision in Salisbury, Maryland.
In Mack’s last bout he took out another former
world title challenger DeAndrey Abron (15-4) in four
rounds on May 30th in Hollywood, Florida.
"SHOWTIME" STEVENS VS. JESSE BRINKLEY- JANUARY 29TH
On January 29th at The
Grand Sierra Resort in Reno Nevada, Brooklyn, NY's
Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (21-2 15 KOs) will square
off against and Yerington, NV's fan favorite Jesse
Brinkley (34-5 22KOs) in an official IBF eliminator
for the number two ranking in the super middleweight
division. The fight, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's
Star Boxing and Let's Get It On Promotions, will be
aired live on ESPN2's always popular "Friday Night
Fight Series". A press conference is being held
today in Reno to announce the upcoming bout.
"Styles make fights, and in this fight you have two
heavy handed punchers who are going to come right at
one another looking to end the show in spectacular
fashion. These are the types of fights that true
boxing fans dream of watching. With the Super Six
Tournament in full-swing, the super middleweight
division is one of the most exciting in the sport
right now, and we are expecting to add to that
excitement with a tremendous fight and tremendous
turn out come January 29th."
Christmas just around the corner, most Americans
look forward to settling down and relaxing. Vacation
days and temporary care free living typically go
hand in hand with everyone’s favorite time of the
year. While time off and prepping for Christmas is
yet to cross his mind, USBO Light Heavyweight
champion Mark “TNT” Tucker is promising an early
present for opponent George Armenta: a ten round
While many are
preparing to wind down for the holidays, Tucker runs
ten miles every morning in his native Eldersburg, MD
and trains twice daily to ensure that he is fully
prepared for his first title defense Friday night at
the Shipley Arena.
“I have put in a ton of
time for this fight”, said Tucker. “Everything is
going great right now. I am completely focused and
doing all kinds heavy training so come Friday, my
plan can be executed.”
Though questions of
potential effects from recent inactivity arise,
Armenta is far from a push over. The Silver Springs,
MD resident is considered a live dog that has a good
chance at pulling off the upset. Armenta, 13-4 (11
KO’s), defeated title contender Irving Garcia and
2000 Olympian Dante Craig, while dropping hard
fought decisions to WBA Junior Middleweight champion
Yuri Foreman and world rated Sechew Powell. Armenta
has never been stopped as a professional and is
known for creating match up difficulties.
& PETERSON, DARCHINYAN & ROJAS FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Press Release December
9, 2009: Picture by Tom Casino/Showtime
BRADLEY: “I know they are prepared, but I’m just
letting everybody know that I’m willing to die
Saturday; I’m willing to die for that title. I’ve
got to have it. I know I’ll have it. I know I’m
going to hell and back to get it because Lamont
Peterson is a great fighter. It’s my time and I’m
willing to die Saturday night for that title.
LAMONT PETERSON: I’m just so amped for the
fight. Don’t miss the fight. Like everybody says, it
should be a really good fight. It will be a really,
really good fight, so don’t miss it.
VIC DARCHINYAN: “Team Rojas can believe
what they want to believe. They say they are going
to take me out and take my belt? How does he figure
that he is going to beat me when I have beaten all
of his opponents that he has fought?
“He acts brave, but when he sees me here he
begins to shake.
“I am a fully loaded gun and I am going to shoot
him down with my boxing skills in the ring.”
TOMAS ROJAS: “I'm ready and geared up for
Saturday's fight. It's a two-for-one on Saturday
because I will take two belts from Vic Darchinyan on
Saturday night. He's (Vic) a good fighter, but I am
ready for him.
"I’m ready to take the belt. I’m going to throw a
lot of punches. I'll throw more punches and harder
Darchinyan has faced a lot of great fighters, but
he has never seen or fought someone like me.
FIGHT REPORT RT
Defends WBO Cruiserweight Title
Picture from Team Sauerland
“Captain” Huck (27-1, 20 KOs) celebrated a
successful first defence of his WBO Cruiserweight
Title when he clinched a unanimous points victory
over Ola Afolabi (14-2, 6 KOs). The 25-year-old
German used his explosiveness and punching power to
keep his opponent at bay. He was ahead 116-112,
115-113 and 115-113 on the judges´ scorecards. “I am
happy about my performance,” Huck said. “It was a
tough fight against a very awkward opponent who
moved a lot and was difficult to hit. I am delighted
to have defended my title and now look forward to a
great and relaxing Christmas time.”
Huck was the aggressor from the first bell on as
he constantly attacked Afolabi with his trademark
assaults. He landed strong combinations in almost
every round. The fifth round was Afolabi´s best,
with an uppercut briefly wobbling the champion
following a clash of heads. “I should have knocked
him out,” Afolabi said. “But Huck is a great warrior
and a great fighter. It was a very close fight and I
thought I won, but there are a few things I could
have done better.”
coach Ulli Wegner liked what he saw. “Marco did very
well. His style does not match well with Afolabi´s
so we had to work hard in practice to implement a
proper game plan. Marco fought a great fight and he
did not allow himself to be provoked by Afolabi´s
antics. I am pleased with his performance.” And
manager Wilfried Sauerland added: “It was a great
year for Marco. He is just 25 years old and already
world champion despite making only very few amateur
fights. Marco has matured as a fighter and as a
person and he once again showed that in the ring
against a tough opponent.”
Picture from Team Sauerland
the co-featured main event Russian heavyweight star
Alexander Povetkin (18-0, 13 KOs) celebrated a
successful first fight under star coach Teddy Atlas,
knocking out Leo Nolan (27-2, 10 KOs) in the third
round. Povetkin dominated the entire fight and
dusted his opponent in the third after a flurry of
punches. A strong left hook then sent Nolan down
again for the referee to count him out. “I am very
pleased with Alexander´s performance,” Atlas lauded.
“He did what he had to do and knocked out and
opponent that has never been knocked out before.
Alexander is very talented and we will keep working
hard to make him world champion soon. He will be
ready when he gets the chance to fight for the
Povetkin said it was good to be back in the ring
after an eight-month break. “It felt good to box
again,” he stated. “I have learned a lot of things
from Teddy Atlas and it has been great to work with
him. This was a good test for me. I will keep
working hard in practice and wait for Wladimir
Klitschko to fight me.”
Kalle Sauerland believes that Povetkin is “more
than ready” for the showdown with the IBF/WBO
champion. “This was another great win for
Alexander,” he said. “He looked very impressive. The
training with Teddy Atlas has paid off. We will
fight Klitschko at any time, but it looks as if he
prefers to make his WBO mandatory defence sagainst
Eddie Chambers first. That´s the same Eddie Chambers
Alexander has already beaten in the final of the IBF
elimination tournament almost two years ago. We are
ready for Klitschko. Every day Teddy works with
Alexander will only make him stronger.”
Heavyweight hopeful Kubrat Pulev celebrated his
fourth win in as many fights, comfortably
outpointing Zack Page, Francesco Pianeta cruised to
an uncontested victory over Evgeny Orlov and IBF
Youth Middleweight Champion Dominik Britsch pleased
the crowd with a fifth-round TKO victory over Cleber
Adamek Takes on Jason Estrada in IBF Heavyweight
International Championship Fight
‘Goral’ Adamek (37-1, 27 KO), the lineal and Ring
Magazine cruiserweight champion, after knocking down
powerful, four- time world heavyweight championship
contender, Andrew Golota twice in Poland, continues
his quest to further his heavyweight career. On
February 6th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ,
Adamek will take on Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4
KOs) of Providence, Rhode Island, in a 12 round IBF
Heavyweight International Championship fight. The
fight is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy
Promotions in association with Classic Entertainment
and Sports Inc.
In his typical,
confident manner Adamek said, “I signed to fight
Jason Estrada on February 6 in my home away from
home – Prudential Center in Newark .“ Jason Estrada
is a completely different fighter than Andrew Golota
– obviously younger, much faster, he can throw 60
punches a round. Against Estrada you have to be on
your guard all the time, in every round. I did see
his fight against world-class fighter Alexander
Povetkin, Jason was busy, he wanted to fight –
exactly what I like to do in the ring. This style of
fight practically guarantees that on February 6 all
my fans will have an action-packed, no holds barred
confrontation. The difference between me and
Povetkin will be very evident – I will do everything
required to do what nobody has done to Jason before
– knock him down. He’s never fought anybody as quick
and accurate – I will not be intimidated by the
number of punches he throws in every round – I
represented the United States at the 2004 Olympic
Games in the super heavyweight division and won the
gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, has no
reservations about coming to Adamek’s home turf to
fight. "I think this is a great opportunity and I
want to thank everybody involved in helping to make
this fight. I guarantee it's going to be a
spectacular show February 6th. I want to thank
Adamek, too. He's a great fighter but he's probably
going to regret making this fight because I'm
bigger, stronger, faster and quicker. We're going
into this fight expecting to win."
Release: December. 4, 2009 / Pictures by Tom Casino
two contrasting fights, “Kid” Carson Jones dealt
Tyrone “The One” Brunson the first loss of his
career in the main event while former WBO junior
lightweight world champion Mike Anchondo won an
eight-round split decision over previously
undefeated Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in the
co-feature on an exciting night of fights on ShoBox:
The New Generation on SHOWTIME® Friday before a
capacity crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort.
Referee Dr. James
Jenkin stepped in between a barrage of punches by
Jones (24-7-1, 15 KOs) against a defenseless Brunson
(21-1-1, 20 KOs ) at 2:39 in the third round,
exposing the heralded Philadelphian for the first
time in his young career and giving Jones the TKO.
“I’m a good fighter,”
said the Oklahoma City , Okla. , resident Jones.
“Everybody thinks that just because I have seven
losses that I’m just coming in as an opponent. But
that’s not me. I have seven losses because I had bad
management but now that I have a great manager and
promoter who are able to take care of me.
“I thought they stopped
the fight too late,” he continued. “Man, I was
throwing punches forever. I threw 100 punches and
they still didn’t stop it. They should have stopped
Jones started the third
round looking like he knew exactly what he had to
do. He circled around and proceeded to land a right
hand followed by a left hook that dropped Brunson to
the canvas midway through the third round for the
first time in his career. Up by the count of four,
Brunson got back to his feet but was never able to
counter Jones’ aggressive, attacking style. Brunson
refused to speak with the media after the fight. He
holds the world record for most consecutive
first-round knockouts at 19.
SHOWTIME analyst Steve
Farhood liked what he saw in Jones. “Carson Jones
did the right thing in that he saw a weakness in
Brunson and that weakness was how low he brought
back the left jab,” he said. “He took advantage of
the low left hand and from that point on it was
Brunson not doing what he had to do as a fighter. He
was exposed. He didn’t respond well. He didn’t do
one of the two things you have to do in that
situation: You hold or you punch back. And he did
Farhood said the
night’s first televised fight was in direct contrast
to the main event pitting two fighters who may not
be the most talented guys, but are pure fighters.
And he admitted on air that he felt the wrong guy
won the eight-round super lightweight match.
“I scored the fight and
I thought Herrera won by two points,” said Farhood,
who said fellow analyst Antonio Tarver agreed with
him. The way the three judges saw it was 77-75,
77-75 Anchondo, 79-73 Herrera.
“He’s a tough fighter,”
said Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs) of La Puente , Calif.
“He came to fight. I believe I did enough in the
first half to win the fight. I thought I did enough
to not get a split decision but it is what it is.”
Said Herrera of
Riverside, Calif., who falls to 13-1 (6 KOs ): “I’m
shocked. I thought I won the fight. I thought the
first two or three rounds were close but I won the
rest. He had those two shots in the last round and
that was it. I thought I had it in the bag. I
thought I was home free. I’m just in complete shock.
Rematch? Why should I give him a rematch? I clearly
won the fight. The fans saw it and everyone at home
saw it. What can you do?”
BRADLEY VS PETERSON CONFERENCE
Press Release/ December 4, 2004
(24-0-1 NC, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and
Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs), of Washington, D.C.,
participated in a national media conference call to
discuss their upcoming world title mega-matchup on
Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT,
delayed on the West Coast).
In an excellent battle of unbeatens, Bradley will
defend his WBO 140-pound title against interim champ
Peterson at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino •
Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The telecast
will open with WBC/WBA Super Flyweight Champion Vic
Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs), of Sydney , Australia ,
defending his belts against WBC interim titlist
Tomas Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico .
Bradley, who is coming off a No Contest against
former unified lightweight world champion Nate
Campbell on Aug. 1 on SHOWTIME, is on a hot streak
in the stacked 140-pound division. Bradley
originally won the fight via highly controversial
third-round TKO, but the decision was later changed
to a NC by the California State Athletic Commission
due to an accidental head butt that opened a cut
over Campbell ’s left eye.
Peterson, who is one of the hottest prospects in
boxing, is coming off a seventh-round TKO over
previously unbeaten Willy Blain on April 25, 2009
for the interim WBO junior welterweight title. Now
he has his first shot at a world title against a man
that no one in the division has been able to beat.
The 12-rounders are promoted by Gary Shaw
Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, in
association with Top Rank and Agua Caliente Casino •
Resort • Spa.
Do you feel like you’re getting the respect
BRADLEY: “I don’t know, everybody has their
opinions. It doesn’t really bother me. Dec. 12, just
come out and watch the fight. You’re going to see a
big difference. Boxing is about style, styles make
fights. He could give me problems, but we’re going
to see. He’s a much taller opponent with a lot
longer reach, but that’s not going to keep me off of
you. I’m coming in there to get him, and we’ll see
how long he lasts.”
You keep taking tough fights. Why?
BRADLEY: “I just want to fight the best fighters
in the world. That’s pretty much it. I’ve told my
promoters that I want to fight the best fighters in
the world. Will I ever get a chance to fight Manny
Pacquiao fight, probably not? Those guys are
mega-fighters. I just want to fight the best.
Anybody that’s in my weight class who’s considered
the best, that’s who I want to fight. I’ve had it in
my heart for a long time that I wanted to fight
these guys (Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather), but I’ve
let that go. I’ll just fight whoever they give me.”
What does it mean to you to have Lamont to
fight for a world title?
BARRY HUNTER (Lamont’s Trainer): “The day Lamont
stepped into the gym we’ve been gearing up for this
day to fight for a world title. When you look at two
young people like Anthony and Lamont that went from
what they went from at such an early age, to
actually come from that a win a world title would be
just huge. It would send a message clear across the
map that if you don’t like where you are and where
you are is a bad place you can do something about
it. You don’t have to always stay there.”
You’re taking on a tough champion for your title
shot. Does that concern you?
“It’s OK with me. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
A lot of guys fight someone they know they can beat.
But, with me it’s about fighting the best. If a
fight comes up, you take it. It’s also a good thing
for me because I don’t have to go through the other
guys. I’m fighting the No. 1 at 140 pounds. If I can
jump over the other guys then that will be good for
night at the Manhattan Center, Joe DeGuardia's Star
Boxing presented its premiere installment of
"Hustler Boxing" with a five bout card. The show,
which was televised live on the Versus Network,
attracted some of New York's famous actors and sport
figures, including Bert Young (Paulie from Rocky),
Chuck Zito, as well as running backs for the New
York Giants, Brandon Jacobs, and Danny Ware amongst
In the first televised
bout of the night, former WBO heavyweight champion,
Brooklyn's own Shannon Briggs (49-5-1, 43KO),
returned to the ring for the first time in two years
in impressive fashion, knocking out Marcus McGee
(22-18, 11KO) with a crippling right hook to the
body at 2:01 of the very first round. McGee was down
for several minutes following the knockout, with
spectators at ringside being quoted as saying they
could hear McGee's rips crack from the blow.
will now look to stay busy as he hopes to get
another shot at a heavyweight World Championship.
MAKES OFFER FOR HOPKINS-JONES II
UNDERCARD OF CHAD DAWSON’S NEXT HBO SHOW!
Release: December 3, 2009
Promoter GARY SHAW
formally offered to promote the rematch between
Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr. – on the
undercard of undefeated two-time light heavyweight
champion CHAD DAWSON’S next fight. Shaw faxed the
offer letter (see attached pdf of original letter)
to Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of
Golden Boy Promotions, Hopkins’ promoter, earlier
today. HBO is holding an April 2010 date for
Dawson’s next world championship fight.
Schaefer on Hopkins’ 12-round light heavyweight
decision victory over fringe middleweight contender
Enrique Ornleas, Shaw wrote the following:
“Inasmuch as Bernard
stated during his post-fight press conference that
he wanted to pursue the rematch against Roy Jones,
Jr. rather than fight Chad Dawson, I wanted to offer
a slot on Chad’s next undercard for that fight. HBO
is holding an April date for Chad. I would be
willing to pay Bernard and Roy $200,000.00 each, the
same purse Bernard fought for in his fight against
Ornleas, though I cannot guarantee the fight will be
televised since HBO would be making that decision,
presumably based on its evaluation of Bernard’s and
Roy’s last performance.
“If Bernard decides to
take on Danny Green instead, please wish him luck
for me and know that I’m hopeful he will not break
Roy’s record of 122 seconds.”
HOPKINS IS A FUGITIVE AT LARGE!”
Release by Chad Dawson - December 2, 2009
proverbial cat on the verge of using up its nine
lives, Bernard Hopkins is running out of excuses --
excuses for not fighting undefeated two-time light
heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON.
“He’s on the run like
the one-armed man in “The Fugitive.” Eventually the
law catches up with him,” said Dawson. “Well I’m the
sheriff of the light heavyweight division and I’m
putting a stop to Hopkins’ con. First, he said he’d
fight the winner of my fight with Glen Johnson. I
won and Hopkins hid. Second, he said he’d fight the
winner of my rematch with Johnson. I won and this
time Hopkins chose to fight some guy named Enrique
Ornelas, who has lost to almost every decent
middleweight he’s ever fought. And on top of that,
the fight isn't worthy of being broadcast on HBO,
Showtime or even ESPN 2! Desperate people do
desperate things. Hopkins knows that if he fights me
he’s looking at a loss of Calzaghe proportions.
“Bernard, it’s time for you to pack it in and get
out of my division. If you’re not willing to fight
the best light heavyweight, move along and quit
wasting everyone’s time. Your deep well of excuses,
along with your credibility has dried up. You
weighed 175 pounds for tonight’s fight, Roy Jones
was knocked out in 122 seconds today and HBO has a
March date available. No more excuses. Get onboard
with HBO’s original plan for us to fight each other,
or, as you told ESPN.com this morning, go run "a
marathon to super-greatness” away from me."
From Winky Wright On Cancellation Of Back to
conflicting reports regarding reasons for the
cancellation of the Winky Wright vs. Grady Brewer
Pay-Per-View show scheduled for December 11, Winky
Wright has issued the following statement.
"I am really
disappointed the show can't happen as I was training
very hard and really wanted to get back in the ring.
I was so looking forward to fighting in Puerto Rico
in front of all the Puerto Rican people who are
boxing fanatics and really know and appreciate the
"I still am a bit shocked the show was cancelled by
the promoter in Puerto Rico, but I want to make it
perfectly clear it was not because I asked for
millions of dollars to fight. We had done everything
possible to make this show come together and I knew
the financial considerations I needed to make in
order for it to happen. Unfortunately now this is
not the case, and I will look to find another
alternative so I can fight as soon as possible. I
hope that we can work something out so that I will
be fighting in the early part of 2010, as I am
anxious to use all the hard work and training I have
already put in for this show. I just hope everyone
has a great holiday season, and look for me to fight
again soon after the New Year."
It has been announced that HBO's World
Championship Boxing will televise the upcoming bout
between Star Boxing's undefeated heavyweight
contender, Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) and
Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) for the WBC
Heavyweight Championship of the World on December
12th. In addition to Johnson vs. Klitschko, which
will take place at the PostFinance Arena in Bern,
Switzerland, HBO will also be airing Victor Ortiz
vs. Antonio Diaz and the rematch between Juan Diaz
and Paulie Malignaggi from the UIC Pavilion in
Chicago on HBO's Boxing After Dark. The special duel
site, triple header, will kick off at 10:15 PM with
Oritz vs. Diaz, followed by Diaz vs. Malignaggi II.
Immediately following Diaz vs. Malignaggi, HBO will
air the WBC Title fight from Switzerland, tape
"I couldn't be more happy or excited that HBO has
decided to air my upcoming fight against Vitali
Klitschko," stated Johnson. "Now all of my fans here
in the U.S. will have the opportunity to witness me
becoming Heavyweight Champion. I want to thank HBO
for this opportunity, and remind everyone to tune in
On December 12th, to witness the Kingpin become THE
NEW WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World."
The Kevin Johnson vs. Vitali Klitschko fight for
the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World is
promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and K2
“The Brawl In Brick City ” Final Press Conference
From Eddie Edmonds, Edmonds Promotions: “I am
excited to bring boxing back to Newark and we’re
going to have a great show. We have a number of
talented young fighters from the area on the card.
Make sure to have everyone come out on December 4. I
promise you will get your moneys worth.”
Sal Alessi, Pound 4 Pound Promotions: “Pound 4
Pound is thrilled to work with Edmonds Promotions.”
“This is something we have wanted to do for a long
time and this is going to be an exciting card so
make sure to come out.”
Jeremy Bryan (Unbeaten Junior Welterweight): “I
can’t say anything about my opponent since he isn’t
here but I’d like to thank Mr. Edmonds for making
this possible and come December 4, I’ll be ready for
my first 8 rounder. I am excited to put on a great
Denis Douglin (Unbeaten Prospect /2008 National
Golden Gloves Champion: “This is my first fight at
154 so its going to be a new experience but I am
hungry and will be ready to go come next Friday.”
Jose Rosario (Trainer/Manager of Unbeaten Alex “
Brick City Bullet” Perez: “Alex is in camp with
Sergio Martinez right now (helping him prepare for
his December HBO 5 fight with Paul Williams) so he
will be in outstanding shape. We are looking forward
to fighting in out hometown once again.”
St. Paul, MN-
In front of a standing room only crowd at the St.
Paul Armory Caleb “Golden” Truax of Osseo, MN
claimed the WBF Intercontinental Super Middleweight
title by cruising to a unanimous decision win over
fellow prospect Kerry Hope.
Truax was able to find his rhythm and timing through
the early portion of the fight until cuts opened on
both fighters after a clash of heads in the third
round. Through proficient work of both cutmen, Truax
and Hope were able continue with few problems.
Truax‘s counter punching ability gave Hope
nightmares throughout the ten round affair and a few
hard uppercuts drew loud cheers from the pro-Truax
England’s Hope took a number of hard shots but
continued to press forward, although unable to match
Truax’s connection percentage. Truax finished the
fight strong behind chants of his last name from the
St. Paul Armory and a mutual respect between the two
combatants was visibly evident.
Scores across the board were 97-93 in Truax’s favor.
In addition to picking up the vacant WBF
Intercontinental Super Middleweight title, Truax
improves to 14-0 (9 KO’s) while Hope falls to 12-3(1
responds to King’s false press releases
Press Release: LAS
VEGAS (Nov. 23, 2009) –
Team Ruiz has responded to false allegations made
in two press releases by promoter Don King, who
erroneously stated that, “John Ruiz is my fighter,”
as well as falsely claiming the World Boxing
Association (WBA) had sanctioned an “Interim” title
fight between one of King’s fighters, Kali Meehan,
and former champion Ruslan Chagaev.
Ruiz’ contract with Don King Productions (DKP)
expired last month, prior to his Nov. 7 fight
against Adnan Serin, legally allowing Ruiz to become
a promotional free agent.
Team Ruiz believes King’s actions are out of
desperation because he has lost his influence with
all of the major boxing organizations and broadcast
outlets as well as many of his fighters leaving or
trying to leave him. Plus, Team Ruiz contends that
King is seeking retribution against Team Ruiz for
its successful blocking of King’s bid at the recent
WBA convention in Colombia to create an “Interim”
title fight involving one of his fighters. King also
failed to have Chagaev, promoted by a different
company, dropped in the WBA ratings behind three
other King-promoted heavyweights.
Team Ruiz also asserts that King misled and lied
to WBA directors at the convention by falsely
claiming Haye would not fight Ruiz and was set to
relinquish the WBA belt to fight one of the
“It’s shame that Don King’s influence in the
boxing industry has diminished so much that he has
stooped to this level,” Ruiz’ manager/legal advisor
Atty. Tony Cardinale said. “The fact is John Ruiz’
contract expired, by its own terms, Oct. 9, 2009.
Apparently, Don has lost his ability to read or
count as well. Any claim that he has made about DKP
still having John under contract is simply a case of
King attempting to confuse the public and negatively
affect John’s opportunities to engage a new
promoter. All of his recent actions, including
distribution of a knowingly false press release
regarding a so-called WBA sanctioned ‘Interim’ title
fight between Meehan and Chagaev, are an effort by
Don King to damage the Haye-Ruiz fight, which he has
nothing to do with.”
Interim Heavyweight Championship:
and Ruslan Chagaev to Meet for Title
World Boxing Association held meetings at their
recent annual convention in Medellin, Colombia,
where they ordered an interim heavyweight
championship between WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory
challenger Kali Meehan and former WBA heavyweight
champion Ruslan Chagaev.
Meehan earned the WBA
No. 1 position in October 2007 by scoring a
sixth-round technical knockout over DaVarryl
Williamson at Madison Square Garden, and he has been
patiently waiting to fight for the WBA heavyweight
championship ever since.
“I am grateful Don King
has maintained his faith in me, and I will become
the WBA interim heavyweight champion,” Meehan said.
“I look forward to meeting and defeating Ruslan
Chagaev and then facing the winner of David Haye
versus John Ruiz.”
The WBA confirmed that
the winner of Meehan-Chagaev will face the winner of
the match between newly crowned WBA heavyweight
champion David Haye and WBA heavyweight mandatory
challenger John Ruiz.
Meehan’s promoter, Don
King, said he’s relieved Meehan will finally get the
match he was promised.
“Kali has been very
loyal and committed to the WBA and their problems
while waiting over two years to appear in the world
championship match he earned,” King said. “He
understood their problems and has been patient,
going along with them to keep the WBA in good
“The WBA is committed
to Kali Meehan fighting for their interim
heavyweight championship and for the winner of this
match to become mandatory challenger for their most
prestigious crown, the WBA heavyweight championship.
will have Australia and New Zealand behind him when
he steps into the ring.”
BREWER TRADE BARBS
Release: November 24, 2009
the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday Winky Wright
and Grady "Bad Boy" Brewer took time out of their
busy training camps to send each other Thanksgiving
messages as they prepare to meet in the ring.
They face off in a middleweight bout on December
11 in "Back to Business," brought to you by San Juan
City Knockout in conjunction with Winky Wright
Promotions and Knockout Entertainment Inc. and
sponsored by Cavi Designs. The event will be heldat
the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
and live on Pay-Per-View and at
Wright, a future Hall of Famer with wins over
Shane Mosley and Felix Trinidad, and who is set to
return to the ring after a loss to Paul Williams in
April, had a unique holiday message for Brewer.
"Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are
all thankful for," said Wright. "Be thankful the
fight isn't this weekend Grady, because I'm in great
shape and could make stuffing out of you come fight
night. You are going to need these extra weeks of
training to try and stop me. I'm ready to make a
statement in this fight, and to show the world I'm
Grady Brewer, the season two "The Contender"
winner, who is currently on an eight fight winning
streak, had a message of his own for Wright.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to step into
the ring with one of the best in the sport," said
Brewer, who intends on delivering a cornucopia of
punishment. "But, Winky, come fight night, I'm going
to make you look like you ate too much Thanksgiving
dinner, including the stuffing and candied yams. You
are the one that needs the extra weeks, as I intend
to continue my winning ways on December 11."
Tickets are available now at www.TicketPop.com,
and at the Coliseo De Puerto Rico Box Office, and
will be distributed on traditional Pay-Per-View
distribution channels and at www.KnockOutSeries.com
for $29.95 (check your local cable operators).
Additional information about the event and photos
from the press conference are available at
Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK
returns home, to Youngstown State University’s
Beeghly Center, on Saturday, December 19, to defend
his titles against top-rated contender MIGUEL ESPINO.
Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title
tilt will headline an all-action two-country world
championship doubleheader, produced and distributed
Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET /
6:00 p.m. PT. The suggested retail price is $39.95.
Combined, these two
sluggers boast an incredible record of 55-3-1 (40
KOs), a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by
knockout ratio of 72%!
Tickets, priced at
$208, $158, $108 and $58, including $8 processing
fee, go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, November 25, at
9 a.m. ET, online at www.Tickets.com. They can also
be purchased at the Beeghly Center box office,
beginning Monday, November 30.
broadcast will open from the Arena Itson in Ciudad
Obregon, Sonora, Mexico with WBC super featherweight
champion HUMBERTO SOTO (49-7-2, 32 KOs), of Los
Mochis, Mexico taking on two-time world champion
JESUS CHAVEZ (44-6, 30 KOs), of Austin, Tex., in a
10-round lightweight bout, followed by a rumble
between WBA interim bantamweight champion NEOMAR
CERMEÑO (18-0, 10 KOs), of Anzoategui, Venezuela,
defending his title against ALEJANDRO VALDEZ
(22-3-2, 16 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. The
pay-per-view action will shift to Youngstown where
undefeated Top-10 super welterweight contender VANES
MARTIROSYAN (25-0, 16 KOs), of Glendale, Calif.,
will challenge NABF super welterweight champion
WILLIE LEE (17-5, 10 KOs), of New Orleans, in a
12-round bout, followed by the main event, Pavlik
VS HONORIO FOR VACANT NABF TITLE
Release: NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2009)
promising lightweight prospect John Molina Jr.
(18-0, 14 KOs) of Covina, Calif., will make his main
event debut when he puts his unblemished record on
the line against veteran Martin “El Brochas” Honorio
(26-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in a 10-rounder for the
vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF)
lightweight championship in a special edition of
ShoBox: The New Generation, this Saturday, Nov. 28
live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West
In the co-feature,
undefeated Los Angeles native Rico “Suavecito” Ramos
(13-0, 8 KOs) will meet Los Angeles resident and
World Boxing Council (WBC) USNBC super bantamweight
belt-holder Alejandro “El Alacran” Perez (14-1-1, 9
KOs ) in an eight-round junior bantamweight bout.
The doubleheader two
days after Thanksgiving will feature four boxers
capable of beating the stuffing out of each other.
They have combined for 45 knockouts. The event is
promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and will
emanate from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in
Temecula , Calif.
Molina, who was born
and raised in Monterey Park, Calif., is excited
about headlining his first nationally televised
fight card, and if all goes right for him, the
5-foot-10 1/2 inch 26-year-old doesn’t expect it to
last long. Of Molina’s 14 knockouts, six have come
in the first round and five in the second.
The lanky Molina’s last
five bouts have ended by knockout, including his
last outing on Sept. 26 at Los Angeles’ STAPLES
Center when Molina ended his night 34 seconds after
it began, flattening former United States Boxing
Association (USBA) 135-pound titlist Efren Hinojosa
with a right hand to the ribs, followed by a
left-hand uppercut to the chin.
“I can’t wait for Nov.
28. I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas,” said
Molina, who is trained by Joe Goossen and turned pro
on March 31, 2006. “I know I always say it’s my
‘launching pad,’ but this is really it. This is my
“Everybody knows that
I’ve arrived in this weight division and I’m a force
to be reckoned with. I’m staying at lightweight. I
felt a lot stronger in my last fight, the way I
obliterated Hinojosa. I’m a dominating figure in
there. I’m going to be stronger than anyone in
there. Right now, I feel like I’m on top of my game
and it’ll only get better and better from here. I’m
more afraid of losing my edge than being lazy.”
A fighter seemingly
equipped to derail Molina off the fast track to
stardom is the vastly more experienced Honorio, a
5-foot-9 1/2-inch, 29-year-old former USBA champion
and world title challenger who has won two straight
and is 7-1-1 in his last nine.
Honorio, whose only
loss since April 2005 came to ShoBox alum and then-IBF
featherweight champion and current IBF 130-pound
kingpin, Robert “The Ghost’’ Guerrero, is a 10-year
pro who exemplifies the warrior-like spirit fans
associate with Mexican fighters.
noteworthy triumphs include a 12-round decision over
Rogers Mtagwa in November 2006, a 10-round decision
over current World Boxing Organization (WBO)
featherweight champion Steven Luevano in November
2005 and a first-round knockout over current IBF
135-pound titleholder Cristobal Cruz in August 2002.
against so many quality fighters makes him a more
battle-hardened opponent than anything Molina has
Erdei (31- 0, 17kos) seized the WBC Cruiserweight
belt from defending champion Giacobbe Frogmenni
(26-2 -1, 10kos) in a 12 round competitive contest
in front of a boisterous crowd at the in Sparkassen-Arena,
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein in Germany
Although Zsolt got the
decision I believe Frogemeni deserved the nod as the
defending champion and he certainly proved his point
by pressuring Erdei from the middle rounds to the
bell, and the judges acknowledged his efforts, but
scored it 115-113, 114-114 and 115-113 razor thinly
against the 40 years Italian.
I have never been a fan of the unbeaten Hungarian
Zsolt Erdie, mostly because he restricted most of
his fights to his adopted country of Germany and
also because I never got to see any of his fights
before today if not for the internet , but
nevertheless he really impressed me in this fight
because despite weighing in at a very light 178.8
lbs, he still withstood all the 195.88lbs Frogemeni
had to offer and went toe to toe in this fast ...more
"The Ghost" Pavlik was forced to make a decision.
Fight or lose his title...Despite his well
documented medical problems he was forced to
confront this situation. In boxing's bullshit
politics it became a do or die call for Team Pavlik.
Despite all the problems Kelly has endured they have
made the decision to fight.
The opponent will be the formidable Miguel Espino.
The fight will take place December 19th at the
Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. It
will likely be a sell out crowd of Pavlik
supporters. In my humble opinion Espino was a good
choice by Team Pavlik. Why ?
In total honesty
Espino's record does not merit a title shot.
Although it is a glossy 20-2-1, he has lost to the
two best fighters he has met. He dropped a decision
to Daniel Edouard and he lost to Peter Manfredo Jr.
in the "Contender" TV series. He has defeated some
decent boxers like Jonathan Reid, Dorian Beaupierre
and Arturo Ortega. Hardly enough though to merit a
shot at the brass ring.
At this point in time
though I feel Espino is a good foe for Kelly. It is
a fighter Kelly should beat to break off the ring
rust. Back in the days of just the WBA and WBC,
champions fought many non title fights just to stay
sharp. Turn back the hands of time and Pavlik -
Espino would have been regarded as a non - title
affair in my day.
confrontation will be competitve and fan friendly.
If Kelly wins in front of a roaring hometown crowd,
I would like to see him back in action in February
2010. Maybe against a higher profile fighter like
John Duddy or Manfredo Jr. Again these are boxers
Kelly should beat. If so, let's hope to see Kelly
Pavlik - Paul Williams in the Spring of 2010.