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Top trainer John David Jackson Joins Iron Mike Productions

 Top trainer John David Jackson Joins Iron Mike ProductionsDEERFIELD, Fla. (August 2, 2013) – Two-division world champion John David “Action” Jackson, one of the most respected trainers in boxing today, has joined Iron Mike Productions as co-head coach of the promotional company’s stable of world-class fighters.

Acquinity Sports, under CEO Garry Jonas, partnered with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson to form Iron Mike Productions, whose inaugural promotional event is the August 23rd “Tyson Is Back!” card, airing on ESPN Friday Night Fights, live from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
 
Jackson (36-4, 20 KOs) was world light middleweight and middleweight champion in the late eighties through the mid-nineties.  He has trained Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, among the more notables, and his present fighters include three-time world champion Randall Bailey and world light heavyweight challenger Sergey Kovalev. Continue reading

HBO finalizing Wladimir Klitschko – Alexander Povetkin deal to air fight live in U.S

 HBO finalizing Wladimir Klitschko – Alexander Povetkin deal to air fight live in U.SHBO is working to finalize a deal to show the October 5th fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO’s) and WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s) live in the United States, according to Dan Rafael. If HBO can swing this, it will be a big deal for American boxing fans, because they don’t get to see too many fights of the Klitschkos anymore.

HBO is selective in which fights of the Klitschkos they televise in the U.S, and rightfully so with Wladimir facing the likes Jean Marc Mormeck, Francesco Pianeta, and Mariusz Wach in the past two years. If HBO had aired any of those mismatches, it would have likely brought in poor ratings. Continue reading

Hughie Fury fights Shane McPhilbin on September 14th

 Hughie Fury fights Shane McPhilbin on September 14thIn something of a slight step up in competition, highly hyped heavyweight Hughie Fury (8-0, 5 KO’s) will be fighting cruiserweight Shane McPhilbin (8-7-1, 5 KO’s) next month on September 14th at the Magna Centre, Rotherhan, Yorkshire.

Hughie, 18, the cousin of unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, has been very busy since turning pro in March of this year. Hughie has squeezed in 8 fights in four months, albeit against weak opposition. McPhilbin will continue of this type of match-making, but he’s clearly step up from Hughie’s last two opponents Moses Matovu (4-29-4) and Ivica Perkovic (19-21, 14 KO’s). Continue reading

Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov agree to terms for October 19th fight in Denver

 Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov agree to terms for October 19th fight in DenverMike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) and the recently beaten Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) have reportedly agreed to terms for a fight televised by HBO on October 19th at the First Bank Center, Denver, Colorado, USA. Top Rank finalized the deal, according to Yahoo Sports.

Top Rank president Todd duBoef said to Yahoo Sports “What this fight shows is the value of putting on a great performance in the ring, win or lose. Provodnikov had a great performance against Bradley, and thought he was on the losing side, he’s coming right back in the main event in a significant fight.” Continue reading

Yao Ming, Pacquiao, Rios and Roach in Shanghai

 Yao Ming, Pacquiao, Rios and Roach in ShanghaiAugust 1, 2013, Shanghai, China — “YAO! — IS HE TALL” — Former NBA star Yao Ming (ctr) meets superstar Manny Pacquiao(L) and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (L) Wednesday in Shanghai,China. Pacquiao and Rios are in town for a Wednesday press conference to announce their upcoming mega fight in November. Both fighters are making a stop in Shanghai as part of their world-wide media tour which will also include other stops in Singapore, New York and finally ending up in Los Angeles. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.

FREDDIE ROACH – “Boy would I like to get him into the Wild Card for a few weeks.”

MANNY PACQUIAO – “I felt like a baby standing next to him. I kept looking up wondering how far it would be until I saw the top of his head.”

BRANDON RIOS – “Too big for me. TOO BIG.” Continue reading

Richie Commey in Scotland sparring with Ricky Burns

 Richie Commey in Scotland sparring with Ricky BurnsHard hitting Ghanaian IBF Intercontinetal Lightweight champion and mandatory challenger to the Commonwealth belt, Richard Commey has arrived in Scotland across from London with his trainer, Carl Lokko to spar with world champion, Briton Ricky Burns ahead of the Burns’s impending defence of the WBO Lightweight belt against Raymundo Beltran on September 7.

According to Coach Lokko, Commey will also use the opportunity to prepare for his upcoming IBF International Lightweight title fight against a yet-to-be named opponent on September 7 whilst still waiting on the opportunity to face Stanley Matthews later in the year for the Commonwealth belt of the same weight. “We are going to Scotland tomorrow, we have been invited by Ricky Burns the world champion for a one-week sparring camp for his upcoming fight as well as Richie’s upcoming fight. We are very busy,” Coach Lokko revealed to the Ghana based website, www.sportsinghana.com from their UK base Monday morning.

Boxing ain’t dead, not by a long shot

‘Boxing is dead’ is a term I read, and heard, frequently in recent years. If any truth lay in that statement, 2013 proved to be boxing’s resuurection. Drama, brutality, courage and the art of boxing, 2013 provided every element, when combined, makes this the greatest sport in the world. Continue reading

Daniel Geale Thrilled To Be Fighting on U.S. Soil

 Daniel Geale Thrilled To Be Fighting on U.S. SoilNEW JERSEY (July 31, 2013) – Ever since Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) pulled off the unthinkable by defeating Felix Sturm on Sturm’s home turf of Germany in September of last year, Geale has essentially cemented himself as one of the elite 160 pounders in boxing. With the prestige and pageantry associated with such esteem comes the responsibility of self-improvement, a trait that often associates itself with the kind of high caliber athlete with an obsession for competition. It wasn’t enough for Geale to take a bite out of the world stage nor was it completely satisfying when he became the No. 1 fighter in his home country of Australia.

That is why Geale is thrilled to have his next fight scheduled on U.S. soil. Immediately following his victory over Strum, Geale made it apparent that he had all intentions to make a name for himself in America, but had unfinished business in Australia with Anthony Mundine, in which he scored a unanimous decision victory. He is still adamant about growing his brand in America. Continue reading

Tony Thompson vs Kubrat Pulev on August 24 in Schwerin, Germany

 Tony Thompson vs Kubrat Pulev on August 24 in Schwerin, GermanyFight fans can look forward to a real stacked up card on August 24. With European Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer defending his title (against Stefano Abatangelo) and super-middleweight contender Arthur Abraham (against Willbeforce Shihepo) trying to get in position for another world title shot, the show is already loaded with highlights. Now the Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin will also play host to a special heavyweight attraction. Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO´s) and Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO´s) will fight it out in an IBF final eliminator with the winner to challenge for the world title.

Pulev, maybe the most avoided heavyweight in recent times, cannot wait to step into the ring again. In 2012, the current IBF International and European Champion made it to the top of the rankings, beating Michael Sprott, Alexander Dimitrenko as well as Alexander Ustinov – all of them inside the distance. But as fighters like Tomasz Adamek, Tyson Fury and Ruslan Chagaev refused to be matched with the 32-year-old Bulgarian, his career came to a brief halt at the start of 2013. Continue reading

Sergey Kovalev – Clear and Present Danger

 Sergey Kovalev – Clear and Present DangerCredit where credit’s due, most fighters in Nathan Cleverly’s position would avoid a showdown with such a fierce-punching, and unbeaten, rival. There may well be unanswered questions over Sergey Kovalev’s endurance, but why worry about endurance when concussive power in both hands negates the need for such a trait? And who’s to say that the Sergey couldn’t destroy opponents all night long if necessary?

The cold war’s over and Russia’s weapons are no longer steeped in mystery, the world’s well aware of the destructive capabilities of this particular piece of Russian hardware, and it’s even based in the United States of America! One may argue that Sergey’s rise through the ranks is a result of careful selection of opponents but in all fairness, his opponents are exactly that, opponents – they certainly didn’t prepare to help Sergey notch up a knockout rate of above 83%.

To look a little further into the quality of opposition, what did actually happen when Sergey Kovalev stepped up in class and challenged a seasoned pro whom had recently tangled with Tavoris Cloud and, what many spectators feel, won – Gabriel Campillo was, undoubtedly, a test for Sergey. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Keith Thurman, Omar Figueroa, Anthony Dirrell, and Bermane Stiverne, More!

The Law Offices of Mario Davila is proud to present Interim WBA Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, Interim WBC Lightweight Champion Omar Figueroa, heralded fight trainer Joel Diaz, boxing manager Frank Espinosa, Super Middleweight contender Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, and WBC Heavyweight title challenger Bermane Stiverne on this week’s edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

Returning to “The Pugilist KOrner” will be Interim WBA Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs). The hard punching fighter will discuss his title winning effort against tough Argentine Diego Chaves this past Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas. “One Time” will also talk about his future in the packed 147 pound weight division. Continue reading

Andre Berto: Saga continues

 Andre Berto: Saga continues Debuting on December 4th, 2004, Andre Berto showed much promise from the beginning of his pro career. Michael Robinson was the first of twenty-two victims that failed to hear the final bell. Stopping David Estrada in 2007 for the NABF Welterweight title, and knocking out Miguel Angel Rodriguez in 2008 for the vacant WBC Welterweight title, Berto up to this point, fulfilled all the promise and praise laid upon him.

Knockouts of Quintana and Hernandez heading into the Ortiz fight, Berto looked to tick all the boxes coming in. In an all action shootout, it was Ortiz who prevailed, taking the decision. Coming off his first pro loss, Berto next bested Jan Zaveck, and once again approached a golden opportunity. Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero next stood in front of the top tier gateway. Although only having one bout at 147, Guerrero had all the credentials to be in this spot. Living up to his moniker, ‘The Ghost’, Guerrero proved a nightmare for Berto, and after twelve punishing rounds was awarded the decision. Another key loss for Andre Berto. Continue reading

Interview with “Fast” Eddie Chambers

 Interview with “Fast” Eddie ChambersChip Mitchell: Eddie, let’s first talk about the decision to move down from heavyweight to cruiserweight? Was part of the decision it based more on size or more opportunities in the division?

Fast Eddie Chambers: It is a combination of all that. But honestly when you thing about the opportunities in cruiserweight it’s almost in some ways just as difficult because you see a lot of these champions sitting on belts. At least in heavyweight division you’ve got one guy saying ‘Look I’m going to try to rule the division’.

In the cruiserweight division we have four different champions and they’re all sitting on belts. And they are like ‘I don’t want to pick and choose’ and the promoters have to do this and that. Like Kathy (Duva) was saying a little earlier, they talk about having this other fight already made or that other fight made, so they’re not really thinking about getting anybody a shot at taking their title. They are thinking of keeping their belts and sitting on them. Continue reading

Pacquiao-Rios Notebook: Beijing Edition

BEIJING (July 30, 2013) — Stop No. 2 on the Manny Pacquiao – Brandon Rios 23,722-mile international media tour to promote their historic 12-round welterweight rumble has landed them in Beijing. On Monday, Pacquiao, Rios and their respective trainers, Hall of Famer Freddie Roach and Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, began the day with a little morning roadwork – approximately 3,000 steps worth — as they climbed a portion of the Great Wall, at Shuiguan, which was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and is famous for its precipitous cliffs and beautiful views.

Before embarking on the massive climb, Rios and Garcia ducked into a souvenir stand and emerged wearing cowboy hats. “The rancheros have hit Beijing,” exclaimed Rios to the delight of the hundreds of tourists visiting and the media covering. Continue reading

V. Klitschko vs. Stiverne WBC purse bid postponed again

 V. Klitschko vs. Stiverne WBC purse bid postponed againOTTAWA, Canada (July 26, 2013) — When heavyweight contender Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (21-1, 20 KOs) upset Chris Arreola (35-3, 30 KOs) on HBO this past April 27, in a title elimination bout, it set-up the dangerous Canadian for a super fight versus future Hall of Famer and long-time World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Champion, Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs).

Stiverne completely dominated former world title challenger Arreola, dropping him in the third round, en route to a unanimous 12-round decision (118-109, 117-110, 117-110) for the vacant WBC Silver title.

A purse bid was set and postponed, reset and re-postponed. Finally, July 22 was supposed to be the final purse bid date when, surprisingly, the WBC once again granted another extension requested by the Team Klitschko, forcing the mandatory challenger to wait once again for his world title shot that he has now earned twice by winning a pair “title elimination” bouts. WBO No. 1 contender Stiverne, who is also rated No. 10 in the world by The Ring Magazine, had knocked out Ray Austin in the 10th round of their WBC heavyweight title eliminator on June 25, 2011. Continue reading

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