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Nathan Cleverly Beefs Up

Nathan Cleverly is beefing up for his cruiserweight debut by stuffing on steak as he aims to become a two-time world champion.

The former WBO World Light-Heavyweight champion takes on the tough Australian Daniel Ammann for the Vacant Commonwealth Cruiserweight title on Saturday 30th November at London’s Copper Box Arena, live and exclusive on BoxNation.

Cleverly, 26, who started his pro career as an 18-year-old welterweight in 2005, is now adding an extra 25lb of muscle as he starts his campaign to win a second world title after his shock loss to Sergey Kovalev in August.

And the Welsh star knows that he will need as much beef as possible in his new weight class as he’ll be facing small heavyweights, but is confident he’ll also have the speed to deal with them. Continue reading

Darchinyan: I’m going to stop Donaire

 Darchinyan: Im going to stop DonaireVic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) realizes that he’s been brought in as the sacrificial lamb for Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s)to slaughter this Saturday night on HBO to make Donaire look better than he is and to make boxing fans forget about the sight of a bleeding Donaire being clowned by WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux last April. Darchinyan doesn’t care that he’s being brought in as a kind of a tune-up fight for Donaire instead of a credible opponent, because he plans on embarrassing Donaire by knocking him out in front of the entire nation on HBO at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.

Darchinyan said this on Tuesday’s conference call “I think so, yes. I think so. That’s why he [Donaire] chose me after the loss to Rigo. I think also that Nonito was exposed. I’ve been training hard for Nonito. I will stop him. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Sugar Hill, Don Chargin, Anthony Dirrell, Danny Arnold, Ronnie Shields, and Sam Garcia

Online Sports Radio at Blog Talk Radio with wcsteelerfan on BlogTalkRadio. Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JK III Productions” presents Kronk trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill, Hall of Fame boxing legend Don Chargin, WBC Super Middleweight title challenger Anthony Dirrell, elite level conditioning coach Danny Arnold, and astute young trainer Sam Garcia on tonight’s two hour episode of “The Pugilist KOrner”.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

Making his way back to “The Pugilist KOrner” will be expert trainer and heir to the Kronk Gym legacy, Javan “Sugar” Hill. The talented young boxing mentor will discuss his ever growing stable of fighters, including Adonis Stevenson, Anthony Dirrell, Johnathon Banks, Anthony Barnes, Dmitriy Salida, Ruslan Chagaev, Aaron Pryor Jr, and many other great young fighters. Continue reading

Team Abdusalamov Establishing Trust for Their Injured Fighter and Family

 Team Abdusalamov Establishing Trust for Their Injured Fighter and FamilySampson Lewkowicz, promoter of hospitalized Russian heavyweight Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov, along with promoters Leon Margules and Lou DiBella, and with help and support of others in the industry, are establishing a fund and to donate and raise funds to help alleviate the financial burden the unfortunate brain injury Abdusalamov suffered Saturday night has placed on him and his family.

32-year-old Abdusalamov had to have emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling, following his brutal 10-round war against Mike Perez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, November 2. The fight was also broadcast worldwide on HBO. Continue reading

Golovkin Retains WBA Strap with Win over Stevens

 Golovkin Retains WBA Strap with Win over StevensOn Saturday night, Gennady Golovkin defeated Curtis Stevens in front of nearly 5,000 fans at the Theater in Madison Square Garden. Golovkin won by TKO as Stevens’ uncle and trainer Andre Rozier stopped the fight after round eight. The victory takes “Triple G’s” record to 28-0 (25 KOs), while Stevens falls to 25-4 (18 KOs).

“I give myself a grade of 10,” Golovkin said after the fight. “I am ready to fight anybody, but specifically I want to fight Sergio Martinez.”

Gennady, I’ve got news for you. We want you to fight Martinez too. Golovkin already has a February 1, 2014 fight date set in Monte Carlo. No doubt he won’t get Martinez on that date, as Sergio’s team is trying to lock up a fight with Miguel Cotto. Continue reading

Donaire: I’m looking for a knockout

 Donaire: Im looking for a knockoutNonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) plans on leaving no doubts about who the better fighter is this Saturday night in his HBO televised fight against 37-year-old Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) at the American Bank Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.

Donaire, 30, wants to go out quickly and score a knockout over Darchinyan to make sure that he doesn’t get his own offense in gear.

The last time they fought in 2007, Donaire had to take some hard shots from Darchinyan for four rounds before getting him out of there in the 5th round with a big left hook that Darchinyan ran into.

This time Donaire wants to finish off Darchinyan will before the 5th by nailing him with something big in the first couple of rounds before he’s had a chance to get warmed up. Continue reading

DeGale wants Froch to KO Groves

 DeGale wants Froch to KO GrovesJames DeGale thinks George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) is wasting his time with his efforts to try and unnerve IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) before their fight this month on November 23rd in Manchester, UK. Groves has Froch pretty flustered looking in their meeting on Sky Ringside last Thursday to the point where Groves felt that Froch was on verge of tears. DeGale thinks Froch is too good to lose to Groves .

DeGale said to the Daily Mail “George really believes he is going to win this fight but I have no idea where he gets his confidence. He comes across on TV like a cocky schoolboy but he’s kidding himself that he’s getting to Carl psychologically…I want him to knock him out. And I believe he will do that.” Continue reading

Arum says Pacquiao may be finished if he loses to Rios

 Arum says Pacquiao may be finished if he loses to RiosThe significance of Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) this month may be a lot more than what many people think it is, because Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum believes that it might be all over for the Filipino if he gets beaten by the 27-year-old Rios on November 23rd in their fight at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.

Arum said via Philstar “This is a very important fight for him [Pacquiao] to win. It will certainly hurt him if he loses this fight. It may signify the end. it will be very devastating for him.” Continue reading

Mike Perez, K2 Promotions issue statement on Magomed Abdusalamov

 Mike Perez, K2 Promotions issue statement on Magomed AbdusalamovNew York City (November 4, 2013) Heavyweight Mike Perez was deeply saddened to hear of the injuries suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov during their 10-round battle on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Abdusalamov is being treated at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

“’Mago is in my thoughts and prayers and I hope he recovers quickly,” said Perez. “He fought like a true warrior, I’m happy to be victorious but my main concern is for his health.”

Added Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, “Our entire team was very saddened to hear of the injuries that Magomed sustained during his bout on Saturday night. He is in our thoughts and prayers and we thank his team for keeping us updated on his condition.” Continue reading

Golovkin willing to drop to 154 for Mayweather

 Golovkin willing to drop to 154 for MayweatherAbel Sanchez, the trainer for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KO’s), says that Golovkin is the best fight for the 36-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. if he wants to keep getting the kinds of money that he made in his last bout against WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez last September. Sanchez says that Golovkin is willing to drop down in weight from 160 to face Mayweather Jr. at 154 if he’s agreeable to taking the fight.

Sanchez said to Hustleboss.com “I think that Golovkin is really the only name out there that is gonna give him the kind of payday that he had in his last bout with Canelo. There’s nobody on the horizon who’s gonna give him a 40 or 50 million dollar payday and if Golovkin is the guy, then we’re willing to go down to 154.” Continue reading

Donaire battles Darchinyan this Saturday on HBO

 Donaire battles Darchinyan this Saturday on HBONonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s) and Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KO’s) will be mixing it up this Saturday night on HBO from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. It’s been exactly six years since Donaire and Darchinyan last fought in 2007, and it didn’t turn out too well for Darchinyan with him getting stopped in the 5th round.

Chances are that Darchinyan won’t do any better on Saturday night than he did back in 2007. A lot of boxing fans wanted to see a Donaire-Darchinyan rematch over the years, but it seems like a lot of the interest in that fight died down a long time ago after Darchinyan started losing regularly. He’s now been beaten in two out of his last four fights, and he’s even struggling to beat lesser fighter. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: How Good is “GGG”?, Is Rios “Afraid” of Pacquiao?, & is Mike Perez a Heavyweight Threat?

 Left Hook Lounge: How Good is GGG?, Is Rios Afraid of Pacquiao?, & is Mike Perez a Heavyweight Threat?H. Barlow (Dallas, TX): Count me to the list of supporters behind GGG! I think the guy is amazing and I don’t see anyone at 160 or 168 who can stop him. Who do you think would give him the “most” trouble between 154 and 168?

Vivek W. (ESB): Before I get into GGG’s performance, I’d like to start by saying great effort by Curtis Stevens. I thought Stevens performed very well, although he hindered himself by only pressing in spurts. Easy to say from my living room couch, but the reality is that when he did move more and let his hands go, I thought he made the fight very interesting. He couldn’t sustain that effort, and most of that has to be credited to GGG. When you analyze GGG closer, you have to give him great absolute credit. One of the things that gave Curtis Stevens a problem all night was Golovkin’s ability to cut off the ring. Continue reading

Photos: Gennady Golovkin Improves To 28-0, 25 KOs!!

 Photos: Gennady Golovkin Improves To 28 0, 25 KOs!!NEW YORK CITY (November 4, 2013) WBA and IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin thrilled the packed house at Madison Square Garden, “The Mecca of Boxing” on Saturday night with an eighth round stoppage of top rated challenger Curtis Stevens of Brooklyn, New York.

Golovkin battered Stevens to the canvas late in the second round with a massive left hook and displayed his full arsenal of power shots over the next six rounds before Stevens’ corner called a halt to the carnage following the eighth stanza.

Broadcast Live on HBO® and in over 100 countries around the world, Golovkin, boxing’s fastest rising superstar, improved to 28-0-0 with 25 stoppages and ran his knockout streak to 15 in a row.

Golovkin’s 89.30% knockout ratio remains the highest among active world champions. Stevens’ record is now 25-4-1 (18KO’s). Continue reading

Who You Calling A Coward?

 Who You Calling A Coward?While having been brought up in a fight game active family, the massive respect I have for the MEN that enter the ring, on any level, comes only natural. To see how easily some fans blast proven fighters to the point of labeling them “cowards” only shows the little ring or in-deft boxing experience they actually have, if any at all. Fighters know THEMSELVES pretty well. It’s way past hypocritical when those that once praised his ‘Blood n’ Guts’ bravado in the past suddenly turn around and refer to him a ‘coward’ when he admits he’s ‘finished’ for the night and decides to fight another day.

A “coward”? It was probably the wisest decision the fighter or his corner made if we consider his health, family and future after his ring days are over. Hundreds fighters we’ve all admired, the kind that sometimes had to be saved from themselves, have passed away in conditions that would make the most hardened hearts cry. Many more barely exist in nursing homes, shelters, asylums… nobody visits nor offers them any help. Continue reading

“Gennady Golovkin” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JK III Productions” presents a special “Triple G” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

In the opening segment of the program, James and Joseph will review Gennady Golovkin’s impressive knock-out performance over hard punching Curtis Stevens, which took place at “The Theater” at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Pugilist KOrner team will also discuss the co-main event of the evening, which featured Heavyweights Magomed Abdusalamov and Mike Perez. Continue reading