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The Pugilist KOrner: Steve Smoger, Peter Quillin, Shawn Porter, Donovan George, Bryant Jennings, and Steve Lovett

 The Pugilist KOrner: Steve Smoger, Peter Quillin, Shawn Porter, Donovan George, Bryant Jennings, and Steve LovettTonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special two-hour, six guest edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The exclusive presentation will feature veteran referee Steve Smoger, WBO Middleweight Champion “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin, IBF Welterweight Champion Shawn Porter, perennial Super Middleweight contender Don “Da Bomb“ George, Heavyweight contender Bryant “Bye Bye“ Jennings, and Light Heavyweight prospect Steve Lovett.

Pugilist KOrner link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wcsteelerfan/2014/04/23/tha-pugilist-korner

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

Starting off tonight’s program will be Jersey native and world class referee Steve Smoger. The passionate fight advocate will discuss his thirty years as the third man in the ring, and talk about some of the more memorable fights in which he’s been affiliated. The veteran ref will also examine the different techniques and procedures that an experienced official usually looks for when managing a prizefight. Continue reading

Luis Collazo birthday roundtable quotes

NEW YORK CITY (April 22, 2014) – Former WBA Welterweight World Champion and current WBA International Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo spent the afternoon of his birthday speaking with reporters about what he calls the “highest plateau that one can fight on.” Collazo, who turned 33-years-old today, will face former unified world champion Amir “King” Khan in the co-main event of “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” on Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME PPV®. Continue reading

Photos: Klitschko vs. Leapai Press Conference

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton — IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion, WBO/WBA Heavyweight Super Champion and „The Ring Magazine“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will face Alex Leapai from Samoa on April 26th at the König-Pilsener-ARENA Oberhausen (Germany). The press conference of Champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) and mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) took place in Düsseldorf. The media presence was quite impressive with about 100 representatives and 20 camera crews.

Once more Wladimir Klitschko pointed out the respect for his opponent: “I’m looking forward to the challenge. We can see that Alex is highly motivated and he is here to win. I will not underestimate him on Saturday evening”, said the 38 year old but added: “Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!”.

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Video: Shannon Briggs goes after Wladimir Klitschko in his own press conference

Heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs interrupted the press-conference of Wladimir Klitschko at the Intercontinental Hotel today in Dortmund, Germany demanding a fight against the record-holding Ukrainian heavyweight champion.

Briggs demanded a fight against Wladimir Klitschko upcoming Saturday and even said he would be able to fight him right on the spot. Briggs had to be held back by the trainers and was forced to leave the press conference five minutes later.

Klitschko will defend his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles against Australian challenger Leapai in Oberhausen on Saturday.

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Donaire vs. Vetyeka Title Fight on HBO, May 31, at Venetian Macao

A press conference in Manila on Tuesday announced the details of Featherweight Fury – a championship event with three featherweight world title main event fights to be hosted by The Venetian® Macao on Saturday, May 31 at the Cotai Arena.

The world-class event is headlined by three spectacular featherweight title matchups: four-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE will challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) undisputed featherweight world champion SIMPIWE “V12” VETYEKA; undefeated WBA world featherweight champion NICHOLAS “The Axe Man” WALTERS will defend his title against two-division world champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN; and undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion EVGENY “The Mexican Russian” GRADOVICH, making his third consecutive featherweight title defense at the Cotai Arena, will be battling No. 1 contender ALEXANDER MISKIRTCHIAN. Continue reading

Bernard Hopkins Historic Return to DC

Almost 21 years ago in historic RFK stadium a boxing card was being promoted that would forever change my perspective and love for the sweet science. The main event for the card was the undisputed heavyweight champ of the world Riddick Bowe v. Jesse Ferguson.

Although the main event was noncompetitive (If my memory serves me correct Bowe knocked out Ferguson with a vicious right upper cut and a short left hook to the temple), there was another fight on the under card that unbeknownst to any one at the time would have major boxing historical ramifications in the future. The fight was Roy Jones v. Bernard Hopkins I, no need to go into the details of that fight but we all know the end result Roy Jones Jr. my unanimous decision for the IBF Middleweight title.

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Video: Road to Marquez/Alvarado Full Episode

HBO Boxing presents “Road to Marquez/Alvarado,” a compelling special examining the upcoming welterweight encounter between legendary champ Juan Manuel Marquez and all-action former junior welterweight title-holder Mike Alvarado. The two are set to meet in one of the year’s most anticipated showdowns Saturday, May 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing ®.

The 15-minute special will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the series. Other HBO playdates: April 19 (12:45 a.m.), 20 (10:45 a.m.), 24 (8:15 a.m. & 2:45 p.m.), 28 (4:45 p.m.), 30 (10:15 a.m.) and May 9 (1:00 p.m.), 12 (8:15 p.m. & 2:50 a.m.), 14 (6:00 p.m. & 5:40 a.m.), 16 (9:00 a.m. & 3:45 p.m.) and 17 (8:15 a.m.).

HBO2 playdates: April 21 (11:30 a.m. & 12:15 a.m.), 27 (9:15 a.m.) and May 10 (1:00 p.m.) 13 (3:15 p.m. & 9:15 p.m.), 15 (7:45 p.m.) and 16 (1:15 a.m.). All times are ET/PT.

Marcos Maidana and Robert Garcia media conference call

K. Swanson – Thank you everybody for calling. We are talking about “The Moment” and this, to me, is one of the big moments we’ve been waiting for. We have one of the participants of our main event. That, of course, is Marcos Maidana, the WBA Welterweight World Champion.

Also on the call we have Robert Garcia, who is a former world champion and the Boxing Writers Association of American 2012 Trainer of the Year; and, also, Leonard Ellerbe, Chief Executive Officer of Mayweather Promotions; Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime Sports; and last but not least, and to make the introductions for the call, and to start us off, is Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar?

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Adams and Monroe Jr. win and earn spots in Boxcino Middleweight final

Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr. each took home decision victories and punched their tickets to the finals of Boxcino 2014.

The finals will take place at the same venue as the semifinals, that being the Turning Stone Resort and Casino and is promoted by Banner Promotions and the semifinals were broadcast on ESPN 2.

The finals will take place on May 23 as will the lightweight finals that will feature Fernando Carcamo and Petr Petrov. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.

Adams scored an exciting 8-round split decision over Raymond Gatica while Monroe boxed his way to an 8-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Vitalii Kopylenko. Continue reading

“The Alien” vs. “Superman” Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You?

By Paul Paparazzi Jones & Justin Jones - In the aftermath of Hopkins vs. Shumenov, Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins(55-6-2, 32 KOs) wasted little time in ditching his boxing gloves for his promotional hat to campaign for a showdown with Superman. That is, WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs).

“The Alien vs. Superman” sounds like a snazzy title for a forthcoming DC Universe original movie, but the potential matchup between two of boxing’s elite is a match-up that many boxing fans would pay to see.

“Stevenson, I’m coming to Canada. I’m getting my papers together,” said Hopkins.

Bhops also indicated that geography would not be a barrier to making this fight. “I’ll go anywhere they pay the most,” Hopkins said. “I’ve been in Canada. I love Canada. They’ve got a big fan base for Bernard Hopkins out there. And let me tell you something. This fight would do well at the MGM [Grand].” Continue reading

“Bernard Hopkins, Shawn Porter, and Floyd Mayweather Jr.” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a big “Bernard ‘The Alien’ Hopkins” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

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Throughout the first thirty minute segment of the two hour program, The Pugilist KOrner team will talk about this weekend’s historic fight card from Washington D.C., and the future of all three fighters who competed in the Golden Boy Promotions’ tripleheader at the DC Armory, as well as last night’s premier of “All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana”. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko says he plans on boxing on for another ten years – and guess what, there’s nobody to stop him!

Those heavyweights who are looking forward to the day when the division once dominated by American fighters will no longer have to contend with the Klitschko brothers had better think again. Wladimir, now aged 38 but arguably still at his peak, remains all-conquering, and “Dr. Steel Hammer” has told German publication Die Welt that he plans on fighting for a further ten years.

“I just turned 38, but that’s only a number,” Wladimir said. “I am still extremely hungry and better than ever. A few years ago, I thought I couldn’t improve, but my mission is still a long way from over. I want to box on for ten more years.” Continue reading

R.I.P Rubin “Hurricane” Carter: 1937-2014

Legendary 1960’s middleweight contender Rubin “Hurricane” Carter today passed away at the age of 76. Carter, who was famously and wrongfully imprisoned for a 1966 triple murder, lost his battle with prostate cancer. He was a fine fighter and he scored his biggest win in 1963, when he stopped past and future world champion Emile Griffith in the very first round of a non-title clash.

Carter’s career was suddenly curtailed due to the wrongful imprisonment, a sentence that saw him serve almost twenty years. Becoming a writer whilst in jail fighting for his freedom, Carter penned his autobiography entitled: “The 16th-Round – from number-one contender to number 45472.”

By the 1970’s the injustice Carter had suffered had become big news and hugely influential world figures such as fellow boxing legend Muhammad Ali and singer/songwriter Bob Dylan came to Carter’s assistance. Continue reading

Shawn “Showtime” Porter steals the show in DC!

The DC Armory hosted the Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov card where Bernard “The alien” Hopkins made history once again by unifying titles at the the age of 49 years old. He won a split decision over Beibut Shumenov unifying the WBA and IBF titles. Hopkins was the main event but it was Shawn “Showtime” Porter 24-0-1 (14KOs) who won over the crowd.

Porter made his first title defense against the king of Brooklyn Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi 33-6 (7KOs). This fight woke the crowd from the previous fight where middleweight champion Peter Quillin defeated Lukas Konecny, which failed to please fans at the armory.

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Paulie Malignaggi never took the easy path: Is this the end for “The Magic Man?”

The end of Paulie Malignaggi’s (photo by Paul “Paparazzi“ Jones / ESB) pro career may well have come after last night’s 4th-round stoppage defeat at the hands of a relentless Shawn Porter. The slick New Yorker can now earn a living as a fine analyst for Showtime – if indeed it is the end for a fighter who began punching for pay way back in 2001 and who captured world titles in two weight divisions.

During his long career Malignaggi, as brash and as cocky as they come, more than gave his all in attempting to back up his talk. Fast, clever and possessing a sturdy chin as well as a ton of heart and courage, Malignaggi was cursed with brittle hands and with them little to no venomous punching power to speak of. It was due to this that Malignaggi knew, each time out, he was unlikely to get an early night by way of a KO. The fact that he went in with who he went in with knowing he had bad hands for a large portion of his career (with multiple breaks and fractures suffered) illustrates the Brooklyn man’s courage. Continue reading

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