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Wladimir saying nice things about Povetkin

 Wladimir saying nice things about PovetkinIBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitachko (60-3, 51 KO’s) isn’t doing much to try and ruffle the feathers of his Russian opponent WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s) ahead of their fight tomorrow night at the Olimpiyskiy, in Moscow, Russia.

Wladimir has been very complimentary of the 34-year-old Povetkin throughout the build-up to this fight to the point where it’s probably worked against both of them in generating interest in the fight. Continue reading

Cotto vs. Rodriguez: Can Delvin derail Cotto’s big plans in 2014?

This Saturday night Miguel Cotto makes his 2013 debut when he faces the crafty vet Delvin Rodriguez from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. The odometer’s of each fighter is at the tip of everyone’s tongue when discussing this fight and possible outcomes.

Will either have enough left in the tank to make it competitive or at the very least entertaining? Both fighters are clearly past their prime but skill will ultimately rule the day.

Miguel Cotto is one of the best and most liked fighters of his generation. Haven fought the who’s who of names ranging from the 140 pound division all the way up to junior middleweight, giving us thrilling drama on the way.

Naturally a left hander, Cotto fights out of an orthodox stance, building his legend with one of the best jabs in the business and a left hook to the body that has left many of his opponents day dreaming about a cold bath mid fight. Continue reading

Cunningham doubts Alexander vs. Khan will happen

 Cunningham doubts Alexander vs. Khan will happenYesterday Team Khan came out with a statement saying that the rumors about Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May were false and that Khan would be fighting IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) on December 7th. Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham doesn’t believe the statement from Team Khan, because the Khan-Alexander fight still hasn’t even been negotiated and there’s only 2 months to go before the fight.

Cunningham is saying that if the Khan-Alexander fight isn’t negotiated by October 7th, Alexander won’t take the fight because they want at least 8 weeks to train to get ready. They don’t want to be told at the last minute the fight is happening and end up not ready. Continue reading

Tim Bradley Conference Call Transcript

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight Champion TIMOTHY BRADLEY Jr. and four-division world champion and Méxican icon JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ, the only two fighters to beat Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao in the last seven years, will go mano a mano in nine days.

While Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and Márquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), of México City, enter this World Welterweight Championship fight fresh from Fight of the Year caliber performances, Márquez will also be attempting to become the first Méxican fighter to win world titles in five different weight divisions. Continue reading

Chavez Sr. wants to see improvement in Julio Jr.

 Chavez Sr. wants to see improvement in Julio Jr.Boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. wasn’t altogether pleased with what he saw from his son former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (47-1-1, 32 KO’s) in his controversial 10 round unanimous decision victory over Bryan Vera (23-7. 14 KO’s) last Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Chavez Jr. was throwing mainly one punch at a time, backing up much of the time, and getting nailed by the much smaller Vera each time would be cornered. It was a very strange sight to see a bigger fighter with more power running from a smaller fighter.

The judges gave Chavez Jr. the win by the scores 97-93, 98-92 and 96-94, but only a small handful of people agree with those scores. Continue reading

Joey Hernandez keen on new opportunities after parting ways with Don King

 Joey Hernandez keen on new opportunities after parting ways with Don KingMiami based boxer, Joey Hernandez is expressing delight after parting ways with Don King Promotions and is quickly forging ahead to a brighter future. World title chasing Hernandez, nicknamed Twinkle Fingers last fought in November last year when he impressed in a unanimous decision win over James Winchester but is hopeful his new status can open the way to big deals as he desperately seeks to revive his professional career.

“I’m so excited I got release from Don. I signed something I can’t badmouth him, all I can say is Joey Hernandez is officially released from Don King Promotions and now is a free agent willing to accept any challenges with top guys,” an obviously elated Hernandez told East Side Boxing exclusively. Continue reading

Mayweather’s next opponent still a mystery; Khan fight not happening

 Mayweathers next opponent still a mystery; Khan fight not happeningOn Wednesday both Team Khan and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said that a fight between former two division world champion Amir Khan and Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t happening. According to Dan Rafael, Ellerbe calls it nothing more than rumors that Floyd will be fighting the struggling Khan, and Team Khan is saying that Khan will possibly be fighting IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander on December 7th.

This leaves the question about who Mayweather Jr. will be fighting on May 3rd next year. He’s selected the Cinco de Mayo holiday to fight, so it makes a lot of sense for him to fight a Mexican fighter or least a Hispanic fighter. Unfortunately, there’s not too many names for Mayweather to fight at 140, 147 or 154 if he’s looking to a top Hispanic fighter. Continue reading

Kal Yafai interview

By Frank Walsh: We caught up with British prospect Kal Yafai ahead of his October 26th return.

BR : Before a lightening start to a pro career, you carved out a highly successful amateur career. European Silver in 2005. BBC 2005 Midlands Junior sportsman of the year, after becoming England’s first U17 World Champion, having won the World Cadet title. British ABA Champion, 2007 European / 2008 European Union Silver medalist, and you competed at the 2008 Olympic Games. What do you view as your greatest moment, as an amateur?

KY : Winning the World Cadets & qualifying for Beijing Olympics when I just was 18 years old. Continue reading

Earnie Shavers: Pure Power, Pure Punching, Pure Passion

 Earnie Shavers: Pure Power, Pure Punching, Pure PassionHaving just read another article on heavyweight punching legend Earnie Shavers (this fascinating piece on Ringtv.com), I wanted to put up my own piece on “The Acorn,” a man who was once dubbed “The Puncher of The Century.”

I’ve had the privilege of speaking with the 1970’s and early ’80’s heavyweight terror a number of times and here he kindly lists for me his top-three all-time heavyweight punchers; as well as telling me how he feels he would have done – in his pure-punching, zinging prime – against fellow legends, Tyson, Foreman, Liston and today’s kings, the Klitschkos. Continue reading

Klitschko vs. Povetkin & Cotto vs. Rodriguez headline Live HBO Boxing Saturday

 Klitschko vs. Povetkin & Cotto vs. Rodriguez headline Live HBO Boxing SaturdayWORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, HBO Sports’ flagship boxing series, presents a dynamite split-site tripleheader headlined by the return of two of the sport’s biggest stars on SATURDAY, OCT. 5. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. (live ET) with the heavyweight title fight WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. ALEXANDER POVETKIN from SC Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow. Following a replay of the fight later that day at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT), the doubleheader MIGUEL COTTO VS. DELVIN RODRIGUEZ AND TERENCE CRAWFORD VS. ANDREY KLIMOV will be presented from Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. (live ET/tape-delayed PT). The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino

Other HBO playdates: Oct. 6 (8:00 a.m.) and 7 (11:30 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 6 (4:00 p.m.) and 8 (11:30 p.m.). Continue reading

Star Boxing gets Rodriguez in with Cotto on HBO and opportunity of a lifetime

 Star Boxing gets Rodriguez in with Cotto on HBO and opportunity of a lifetimeSaturday night in Orlando, Florida, world rated contender Delvin Rodriguez, 28-6-1 16KO’s, Danbury, CT steps into the ring with future Hall of Famer and three time World Champion Miguel Cotto, 37-4 30KO’s, Caguas, PR in a bout that will be televised live on HBO. While Delvin has had many opportunities in his long career including two world title fights, multiple title eliminator’s, and numerous ESPN appearances, this opportunity presents Delvin’s biggest yet, against a legend as the main event on the ‘legend of boxing networks’, HBO.

Many have credited Star Boxing’s relentless efforts on behalf of its fighters as a reason for Delvin’s consistent ability to participate in so many high profile bouts and be the recipient of so many opportunities. Star Boxing, unlike many other sports entities, as a knack for rebuilding its talent. In Delvin’s instance, Star Boxing has continually provided National TV fights for Delvin, and has stood behind him where many others might have given up. Continue reading

Darren Barker vs Felix Sturm in Stuttgart on December 7

 Darren Barker vs Felix Sturm in Stuttgart on December 7Darren Barker will defend his IBF World Middleweight title against Felix Sturm in Stuttgart on Saturday December 7, live on Sky Sports.

Barker and Sturm’s teams struck an agreement where the Londoner faces the former WBA champion in Germany with a return fight in London scheduled for March at Barker’s option.

The pair will come face-to-face at a press conference in Stuttgart next Wednesday with a London press conference the following day, and Barker’s promoter Eddie Hearn is delighted that the fight has been finalized.

“We have been in discussions with Felix Sturm’s team since the Daniel Geale fight, and with purse bids approaching they made their intentions quite clear,” said Hearn. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Sugar Hill, Edwin Rodriguez, Bryan Vera, Jermall Charlo, Justin De Loach, and Karim Mayfield

At 9PM ESP/6PM PST, the Sports Krib proudly presents expert trainer and Kronk Gym leader Javan “Sugar” Hill, Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, Middleweight contender Bryan “The Warrior” Vera, Junior Middleweight prospect “The Hitman” Jermall Charlo, Welterweight prospect Justin De Loach, and Junior Welterweight prospect Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield on tonight’s episode of “The Pugilist KOrner”.

The Pugilist KOrner live listener line: 718-506-1506 Continue reading

Peter Quillin vs Gabriel Rosado in co-main event of Hopkins vs. Murat tripleheader on Oct. 26

 Peter Quillin vs Gabriel Rosado in co main event of Hopkins vs. Murat tripleheader on Oct. 26ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (October 1, 2013) – After scoring 10 knockdowns in his last two fights and soaring to the top of the 160-pound weight class, WBO Middleweight Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will make his second title defense on Saturday, Oct. 26 when he meets Philadelphia contender “King” Gabriel Rosado in the Bernard Hopkins vs. Karo Murat co-main event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT).

Additionally, knockout artist WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, will open the telecast when he takes on Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha in a 10-round showdown. In the main event, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins will become the oldest fighter in history to make his initial title defense when he faces highest-rated light heavyweight challenger Karo Murat in a 12-round matchup. Continue reading

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