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Sergio Mora offers up services to Peter Quillin – “It would be an absolute honor”

 Sergio Mora offers up services to Peter Quillin   It would be an absolute honorNew York, NY (8/26/13) – With undefeated IBF middleweight champion Peter Quillin still in search of an opponent for his upcoming title defense October 26 in Atlantic City, former WBC junior middleweight champion and current world-rated middleweight contender Sergio Mora says that he would be honored to step in to face the champ.

“Peter Quillin is a really strong, big, and avoided middleweight champion. He is annihilating everyone that he steps in against and because of that, not many people are jumping at the chance to face him. I have never been afraid to face any fighter in my entire career though and the same goes for Peter,” stated Mora. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Mayweather/Canelo “ALL ACCESS”, Mares/Gonzalez, Guerrero/Thurman, & Russell Jr.

 Left Hook Lounge: Mayweather/Canelo ALL ACCESS, Mares/Gonzalez, Guerrero/Thurman, & Russell Jr.Martin N. (Philadelphia, PA): You have been consistent from day one about Canelo’s better-than-average chances against Floyd Mayweather in September. Did you see anything on All-Access to sway your opinion one way or the other?

Vivek W. (ESB): I wouldn’t say that I saw anything in the “All Access” episode one to really give me a reason to adjust my position. What I will say is that I saw a few things that did in fact solidify the position I’ve held from day one, though. One of the most intriguing highlights of this episode was when Floyd openly acknowledged something I’ve talked about for quite some time. That was the fact that to a degree, Canelo has been an “understudy” of him, who actually employs many of his same ring strategies, and will inevitably attempt to use them on him. Years ago, I said the fighter I see having a real shot at Floyd will be a guy like Floyd. Hard to hit, a thinking fighter, a strategy swapper (mid-fight when necessary), and a tough S.O.B. who can take a lickin’ and keep tickin’! Continue reading

Jhonny Gonzalez and Leo Santa Cruz” Edition of The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap

The “Sports Krib” is proud to present a special “Puro Mexicano” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” tonight at 9:00 PM EST.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

During tonight’s broadcast, James and Joseph will discuss this past weekend’s respective fight cards on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” and Showtime’s “Championship Boxing”, including the awesome first round KO of Abner Mares at the hands of three division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. The Pugilist KOrner Team will also talk about the 25 year old phenom that is Leo Santa Cruz and his title winning effort against Victor Terrazas. Continue reading

Hometown Throwdown

 Hometown Throwdownby Earl Orr VNewz: It was an exciting night of fights at the Las Vegas Sports Center last night, as Pochiro Promotions put together their first card, entitled “Hometown Throwdown”. The event was one of what is expected to be many more in the near future. It featured six bouts, with referees Tony Weeks and Robert Byrd alternating as the third men in the ring.

In the first fight, Bronson Stultz (Henderson, NV) scored the sole knockout of the evening over Eric Goodall, who put up a good fight until the accumulation of body punches thrown by Stultz eventually weakened and diminished him in the third round.

Next up, Cameron Krael (3-4-2, 0 KO) of Las Vegas, NV won a unanimous decision over Wilber Lopez in a four-round bout. Krael put up a good showing by walking Lopez down and pinning him against the ropes multiple times. He was also able to avoid many of Lopez’s power punches. Continue reading

Jhonny goes tap tap tap, then bam

 Jhonny goes tap tap tap, then bamJhonny Gonzalez was supposed to be on the way down. After all, hadn’t he lost an 8th round TD to Daniel Ponce DeLeon, a fighter that Mares stopped? The odds makers thought so, and so did most boxing analysts; although, most qualified their opinions by saying he had a puncher’s chance. They would go on to describe how well Mares successfully dealt with different styles to remain undefeated. Abner was more versatile than Jhonny. Well, it took Jhonny less than a round to fool Mares and prove all the detractors wrong.

The fight started with a relative calm. Jhonny moved in a circle around his shorter foe. Abner appeared to be studying, probing, looking for openings. The trio of Showtime announcers: Mauro Renallo, Al Bernstein and Paulie Malagnaggi discussed Jhonny’s remarks made in the pre-fight meeting. Apparently Jhonny remarked tat he needed to get his jab working against Mares, and that would be his key to victory. Saturday night at the Stubhub Center in Carson, CA, it didn’t look like Jhonny was following his own advice. The announcers pointed that out, explaining that Jhonny was just tapping out with his jab. There was no power or snap to it. It was not a jab that would keep Abner away. Continue reading

Braehmer and Abraham take decision wins in Schwerin, Pulev new IBF mandatory!

 Braehmer and Abraham take decision wins in Schwerin, Pulev new IBF mandatory!Juergen Braehmer took another step towards another crack at a world title. On Saturday, the 34-year-old beat Stefano Abatangelo by unanimous decision (119:108, 119:108 and 115:111) in front of a sold-out home crowd at the Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin, Germany. “It was difficult to showcase my skills against Abatangelo as he has an awkward style,” said the light heavyweight contender who defended his European as well as his WBO International Title. “Still it was good for me to get some more rounds under my belt which will definitely help me in my next fight.” Braehmer is the mandatory to WBO Champion Sergey Kovalev.

Arthur Abraham had also to work hard to get his hands raised in Schwerin. Before a crowd of 5,600 spectators inside the arena, Abraham got the decision against durable Willbeforce Shihepo to win the WBO Intercontinental Title. The scores read 116:112, 116:113 and 117:111 in favor of the man from Berlin, Germany. This bout also marked the 10-year-anniversary of the former middleweight and super-middleweight champion’s professional career. Continue reading

Photos: Jhonny Gonzalez Shocks Abner Mares, Santa Cruz Wins

 Photos: Jhonny Gonzalez Shocks Abner Mares, Santa Cruz Wins In a leading candidate for Upset of the Year – and possible Knockout of the Year – former two-division world champion and knockout artist Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO’s) registered a stunning 2:55, first-round knockout over previously unbeaten Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO’s) Saturday on SHOWTIME® before 7,686 loud and enthusiastic fans at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Gonzalez’s shocking upset victory in the WBC featherweight title fight sets up a possible showdown with Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KO’s), who scored two knockdowns en route to an impressive third-round knockout over defending WBC super bantamweight champion Victor Terrazas (37-3-1, 21 KO’s) in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature. Continue reading

Noah Zuhdi Blasts Vajda in Two, Retains Title

 Noah Zuhdi Blasts Vajda in Two, Retains TitleIn front of a packed house last night at the Lucky Star Casino in Oklahoma, WBU Lightweight Champion Noah Zuhdi did not disappoint the partisan crowd as he knocked out clever counter-puncher Gyula Vajda in the second round to defend his championship.

Zuhdi (17-1, 13 KOs) came out strong and Vajda (12-4, 8 KOs) came out stubborn in the first stanza. In a lightening quick exchange in the center of the ring, Zuhdi followed up a jab with a thudding straight right, right as Vajda was trying to counter. The flash knockdown seem to only wake the Hungarian up, however. Vajda began fighting at a heightened sense and temporarily stunned Zuhdi with a counter left that the champion described as “the second hardest I’ve ever been hit with.” Continue reading

Gonzalez stops Mares in 1st round!!! Santa Cruz obliterates Terrazas

 Gonzalez stops Mares in 1st round!!! Santa Cruz obliterates Terrazas(Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda) WBC featherweight champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO’s) was stopped in the 1st round tonight by the hard hitting challenger Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO’s) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Gonzalez knocked Mares down twice with left hands near the end of the 1st round to get the stoppage. Referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the fight after the second knockdown, even though Mares was getting back up, and probably would have been able to make it out of the round. That’s the controversial part of it. Mares only had to stay on his feet for a short amount of time and he would have made it to the end of the round.

You can make an argument that Mares made two big mistakes in this fight that led to his defeat. His first mistake was to suddenly go after Gonzalez with 30 seconds left in the round. Mares showed no respect for Gonzalez’ power when he went after him, and that resulted in Marez getting nailed by a left hook that put him down on the canvas. Continue reading

Abraham defeats Shihepo; Pulev defeats Thompson, Brähmer Wins – Ringside Report

 Abraham defeats Shihepo; Pulev defeats Thompson, Brähmer Wins   Ringside ReportPhoto: Wende – Former two division world champion Arthur Abraham (37-4, 28 KO’s) got what you have to consider a gift 12 round unanimous decision win tonight against Willbeforce Shihepo (20-7, 15 KO’s) at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The final judges scores were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111. I had Shihepo winning by a landslide 12 round decision.

Shihepo basically outworked Abraham in every round of the fight. I gave Abraham some of the middle rounds based on his harder shots, but even then I was showing mercy to him, because he was just covering up like a sparring partner and getting nailed constantly. It was like Abraham was being attacked by a swarm of angry bees and all he could do was cover up and try to limit the stings. Just terrible to watch. I think his German handlers need to cut their losses and find someone that can fight. Continue reading

Ronald Gavril impresses at StubHub

In the second fight of the evening at the StubHub Center, Carson, Ronald Gavril scored an impressive KO victory over Dave Courchaine. ‘The Thrill’ proved too strong, quick and aggressive for his opponent and forced an end to the contest in the 2nd round.

Sporting golden attire Gavril came out confident from the opening bell and dropped Courchaine with a sickening body shot. Dave bravely made it back to his feet and survived the rest of the round. However the 1 minute interval was not enough for Courchaine who could not withstand the power and accuracy of Ronald’s punches as the fight prematurely drew to a conclusion after 1 minute 50 seconds of round two with Raul Caiz Sr. waving off the contest. Continue reading

Kubrat Pulev beats Tony Thompson

 Kubrat Pulev beats Tony ThompsonPhoto: Wende – Tonight‘s IBF eliminator in Schwerrin, Germany was supposed to be Kubrat Pulev‘s bigest test so far. He had earned his high ranking but had to wait for almost a full year for this opportunity because he was being avoided for various reasons. His opponent Tony Thompson was an avoided boxer as well and he advanced to this eliminator by beating twice Britain’s David Price. The Cobra proved to be a completely different kind of fighter and defeated the Tiger via a wide margin UD. I am tempted to say that if you read my „Analyses and forecast“ for the fight, perhaps you did not need to watch it, it is all there. Here is a quick walk through Pulev‘s winning effort:

Round 1: Both fighters started tentatively cautiously feeling out each other’s range and direction of movement. Thompson opened the score with jabs and one good left cross. Pulev seemed to be perplexed by the southpaw stance and the size of his opponent and he did not appear to move well, when he did, it wasn’t in the right direction. Pulev is a notoriously slow starter and his first good spurt was in the end of the round. TT clearly won the round. Continue reading

Fight Day Questions with Ronald Gavril

Super middleweight prospect Ronald Gavril (5-0) takes on Dave Courchaine in the StubHub Center, Carson, California tonight. ‘The Thrill’ has made a perfect start to his promising career and will be looking to add another victory to his resume in a few hours time.

The Romanian native has turned his career around since relocating to Las Vegas and with the experience of trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in his corner Ronald has made a smooth transition into professional prize-fighting. Continue reading

Kubrat Pulev with first real test against Tony Thompson tonight

 Kubrat Pulev with first real test against Tony Thompson tonight(Photo credit: Wende) The 6’4 ½” Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO’s) will be taking his real first of his 5-year pro career tonight against the 6’5” American Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO’s) at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

This is a fight where anything can happen, because Pulev hasn’t been in with good heavyweights since he turned pro at the ripe age of 29 after a long amateur career. Pulev was a good amateur fighter in Bulgaria, but he had problems when he had to face heavyweights with power like Roberto Cammarelle and Odlanier Solis. With only jab to try and beat them, Pulev was overmatched and dominated by both of them. Continue reading

Gil Clancy was right – Take Matters into Your Own Hands

Hall of fame trainer/manager/analyst Gil Clancy was fond of telling his fighters between rounds, “If he hits you low, hit him back low”. Watching Friday Night Fights caused me to remember Clancy’s sage advice. I won’t go into which fighter was doing what, but generally speaking all too often fighters are allowed to carry on with dirty tactics.

One of the worst and most damaging tactics is use of the elbow(s). Getting an elbow in the face (or anywhere else) is not pleasant. When it happens over and over again, it can be downright demoralizing. Even if it doesn’t always hurt, it often involves a push, knocking a fighter off stride or unfairly opening him up for a damaging punch. Continue reading

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