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Bellew will need a miracle to beat Stevenson

 Bellew will need a miracle to beat StevensonBritish fighter Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) is going to need a miracle knockout to beat WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) on November 30th because he’s out of his league in every way you can imagine in this one. Bellew has wanted this fight for ages, and now that he’s got it he doesn’t look nearly ready.

While Bellew talks like he’s got the skills to beat Stevenson, the fact is Bellew doesn’t look like he’s in the same class as him. In the last two years of Bellew’s career, he hasn’t shown improvement from his defeat to former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly. Continue reading

Koncz says Pacquiao training harder than he’s ever seen him

Michael Koncz, the adviser for Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KO’s), is very impressed with the way that Manny is training for his bout next month against Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 KO’s) on November 23 at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China.

Koncz sees intensity in Pacquiao’s workouts that he’s never spotted before in the years that he’s been with him. Pacquiao, 34, is coming off of a bad knockout loss in his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez last December and a lot of boxing fans think it’s not a good idea for him to be continuing his career after such a devastating KO. Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Radio: Live at 9ET/6PT

Don’t forget to tune in this evening at 9ET/6PT as EastSideBoxing’s very own, Vivek “Vito” Wallace & the gang goes live for 2 hours in the sports only true sports talk radio format where the fighters fight, & the fans talk!!!

On the slate this week will be a look back at Ruslan Provodnikov’s incredible victory over Mike Alvarado, as well as a glimpse at where the two warriors will go from here.

Also, the cast will preview this weekends card headlined by the legendary Bernard Hopkins, featuring Quillin vs Rosado, & the return of American Heavyweight Deontay Wilder. Call in live at 949.943.1665, or follow this link to hear what they think!

“2 Days: Andre Ward” Premieres Tuesday, November 5 on HBO®

Oct. 22, 2013 – HBO Sports® debuts an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at super middleweight sensation Andre Ward, one of boxing’s elite pound-for-pound fighters. “2 Days” is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights and the next edition will focus on super middleweight champ Andre Ward. HBO cameras followed the engaging and compelling fighter prior to his showdown with 175-pound champ Chad Dawson in Oakland. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Bruce Trampler, Paulie Malignaggi, Abel Sanchez, Peter Quillin, Don Chargin, and Deontay Wilder

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “The Sports Krib” proudly presents Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler, two division world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, expert trainer Abel Sanchez, WBO Middleweight Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, legendary matchmaker and promoter Don “War a Week” Chargin, and American Heavyweight hopeful Deontay Wilder on tonight’s episode of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

It is an honor to feature legendary matchmaker and 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Trampler to the Pugilist KOrner. After four decades in the boxing industry, Bruce has helped cultivate boxing biggest stars, including Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather Jr, and Miguel Cotto. The heralded matchmaker will discuss the current state of the sport, as well as its future. Bruce will also talk about the art of matchmaking and the challenging task of cultivating a prospect. Continue reading

Joe Calzaghe debuts BoxNation’s hit new ‘Fighting Back’ series ahead of Hopkins-Murat clash

LONDON (22 Oct) – Undefeated boxing great Joe Calzaghe will kick off ‘Fighting Back’, a hit new series debuting on BoxNation this Friday, ahead of Bernard Hopkins’ world title showdown with German contender Karo Murat. The first instalment of the series features the Welsh pugilist as he looks back over his historical victory over the eternal Hopkins, who became the oldest world champion ever at 48 when he beat Tavoris Cloud for the IBF title last March. Continue reading

Thabiso Mchunu signs with Main Events

 Thabiso Mchunu signs with Main EventsTOTOWA, NJ – Main Events announced today that they have signed up-and-coming cruiserweight sensation Thabiso Mchunu, 14-1, 10 KOs, to an exclusive promotional contract. The southpaw from South Africa made his American debut on August 3rd with a surprise 10-round unanimous decision over Eddie Chambers, 36-4, 18 KOs, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, in a bout that was nationally televised by NBC Sports Network. Mchunu’s performance in the fight served as a terrific introduction and made it clear that his impressive record and collection of African titles were no fluke.

Mchunu turned professional in 2007, and started winning regional titles almost immediately. He earned the vacant South African cruiserweight title in just his fourth bout, with a 9th round stoppage of Patrick Madzinga. Two fights later, he won the vacant WBA Pan African cruiserweight crown with a 32-second KO of Marciano Commey. Then in 2012, Mchunu knocked out Danie Venter in round five to take the vacant African Boxing Union cruiserweight title. Continue reading

Tony Thompson Back In The Gym

by Tony Thompson: I’m a well-rested Tony Thompson. I’m back in the gym. And taking that Kubrat Pulev fight with such a short time in between fights definitely did me in. But a well-rested Tony Thompson with ample time to prepare for any opponent out there is a dangerous Tony Thompson. I feel good. I feel strong. And I’m looking for a fight. No more of this reaching out on twitter or facebook with bogus offers you’re not ready to back up. And as far as Deontay Wilder is concern, Wilder may be saying yes, but his manager is saying HELL NO. Tyson Fury, Alexander Povetkin, Tomasz Adamek, it don’t matter I’m here, my team is here, and my wife is ready to look at all offers.

Wladimir Klitschko Says He Plans On Keeping His “Boring” Style

 Wladimir Klitschko Says He Plans On Keeping His “Boring” StyleThe giant Ukrainian boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has taken the heavyweight division hostage. His smart and well seasoned approach to using his size as an advantage, popping his thundering long-reaching jab, he seems to be able to overcome his competition with certain ease and comfort in the ring. He is effective, there is no argument there. He is exceptionally smart and careful in the ring, at least ever since his losses to Sanders and Brewster. His 1-2 combination, if lands clean, has a devastating outcome for his rival. There is one thing missing from Wladimir’s arsenal of skills: the ability of making the fights exciting.

For years now, boxing fans as well as the media have given the younger Klitschko a hard time about his lackluster action in the ring. Whether it’s throwing jabs the entire fight, or leaning on his opponents tying them up, the audience is rarely pleased with his effort to please them. Continue reading

Back when Sonny Liston was “The baddest man on the planet”

 Back when Sonny Liston was The baddest man on the planetThere was a whole lot going on in the world fifty years ago. In the real world, hugely popular President, John. F Kennedy was embroiled in both civil rights issues and the ever-growing tension that was building in South East Asia. In England, the shock of the Profumo Affair was huge news, and in the same country members of pop music group The Beatles were closing in on taking the entire planet by storm.

In the boxing world, a young Cassius Clay was making noise, claiming the world heavyweight title was his destiny. For the moment, though, a hugely strong and terrifyingly intimidating former jail bird by the name of Charles Liston, Sonny to those who knew him, was looking like sitting on the heavyweight throne for, well, as long as he liked! Continue reading

WBO announces referee and judges for Quillin vs. Rosado fight for Saturday

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, October 26, in the title bout between the middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin against Gabriel “King” Rosado, to be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a Golden Boy Promotions presentation. Continue reading

Ruslan Provodnikov: “I don’t think we need a rematch with Mike Alvarado”

 Ruslan Provodnikov: “I don’t think we need a rematch with Mike Alvarado”Moments after his title winning effort against former champ Mike Alvarado, newly crowned WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Ruslan Provodnikov spoke candidly about a possible rematch with the Denver, Colorado, resident.

Although Ruslan’s promoter and president of Banner Promotions, Artie Pellulo, stated that an opportunity for a rematch would be extended to Mike Alvarado out of courtesy and respect, the Siberian native doesn’t really feel that a return bout would be appropriate after the way the highly anticipated title fight played out.

Despite being a competitive and entertaining battle of attrition, Ruslan was winning the fight on every judge’s scorecard at the time of stoppage. The judges’ scorecards read 98-90, 97-90, and 96-92; all in favor of the new WBO Champion. Continue reading

York Hall: Turner Secures Southern Area Title, Martin and Upton Brothers Impress

 York Hall: Turner Secures Southern Area Title, Martin and Upton Brothers ImpressLast Friday night Johnny Eames and the TRAD TKO Events crew presented their latest installment – aptly named BROTHERS IN ARMS – and too be honest it was even better than their previous ones, which I, as well as I am sure anyone that attended the first two shows, would not have thought possible.

As before matchmaker Jon Pegg ensured a night of exciting and evenly matched bouts, much to the delight of the assembled fans, perhaps not so much for Johnny Eames – the reason, well that will become clear, dramatic events of the night unfold, in the following report.

Besides the ‘in the ring’ action and drama there was also a highly charged element of suspense and intrigue surrounding the final fight of the evening, which ultimately led to the Shiya Ozgul versus Chris Jenkinson bout being sanctioned by the Malta Boxing Commission and not the British Boxing Board of Control, who sanctioned the rest of the card Continue reading