By Joseph Herron - It’s a great time to be the “Magic man”.
Not only is two division world champion Paulie Malignaggi making the first defense of his WBA Welterweight title, but he’s defending the coveted strap in front of a few thousand of his closest friends…just a few miles from where he grew up.
The 31 year old Brooklynite will be part of a huge Golden Boy Promotions presentation which brings championship boxing back to the famed borough for the first time in over eighty years.
This is a very special event for the current 147 pound champ.
“Whenever you get to defend your title in your hometown, it’s always a very exciting event,” states Paulie Malignaggi (31-4, 7 KOs). “Brooklyn has a lot of boxing history. A lot of great fighters came from Brooklyn and it’s very special to be a part of that history. To be able to bring boxing at a very high level back to this area really means a lot to me.”
The last championship bout staged in the beloved area took place at the legendary Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, back in 1931. Continue reading
Alexander Brand of Colombia is the new World Boxing Federation International Super Middleweight Champion after scoring a shutout unanimous decision over South Africa’s former World Champion William Gare on Friday night at the Coliseo Bernardo Caraballo in Cartagena, Colombia.
Brand improved his already impressive record to 19-1 (15), while the game Gare fell to 27-16 (5). The fight was promoted by Hamir Gonzales, and supervised by WBF President Howard Goldberg. Continue reading
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Red Tiger versus Game Boy; the nicknames of the two boxers are as electrifying as the epic showdown expected on November 10 when George Ashie faces Emmanuel Tagoe in the headliner of iconic Ghanaian football star Asamoah Gyan’s BabyJet Promotions’ maiden event at the Accra Sports Stadium.
At stake for the fight labeled ‘Clash of Kings’ is the WBA International Lightweight belt and the prospect of pushing up to challenge for the WBA belt itself but for many fans of both of these fighters, bragging rights is more important than anything else.
Both come from the revered Bukom suburb of Accra where most of Ghana’s boxing world champions started their careers and both have been international champions in the past. Ashie (23-3, 16 KOs) still holds the Commonwealth Junior Lightweight title he won back in April this year whilst Tagoe, 19-1, 8 KOs, previously held both the WBO Africa and IBF Intercontinental Junior Lightweight belts. Continue reading
Garcia vs. Morales, Bailey vs. Alexander, Quillin vs. N’Dam & Malignaggi vs. Cano on BoxNation on Saturday
After a 61 year drought, world championship boxing makes a sensational return to the New York borough of Brooklyn tomorrow evening with a quadruple title show at the spanking new Brooklyn Centre (home to the Brooklyn Nets NBA franchise).
Watch the action live and exclusive in the UK on the Home of TV Boxing BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546) from 1a.m on Sunday morning. Join at www.boxnation.com Continue reading
By Peter Wells: It’s taken 8 years for the Sheffield prospect to get to the edge of a world title fight. Tommorow night Kell Brook fights in a final eliminator for the IBF Welterweight title. Brook has gone as far as stating that he will retire if he loses to Hector Saldivia at the Motorpoint arena in his hometown of Sheffield. This is likely a comment to build up his fight and over dramatise how important this bout is for his career. For some fighters chances at a world title don’t come terribly often so Brook wants to make sure he doesn’t miss his chance to book a shot at the IBF title.
Brook may have waited a while for his shot at a world title, but Saldivia has had just as long to wait. Final eliminators also haven’t gone well for the Argentinian in the past. On the 1st May 2010 he faced off against Said Ouali in an eliminator for the WBA Welterweight title. Saldivia came out strong scoring an early knockdown, but got too caught up in the moment and went down twice before the referee stepped in to end the fight. Said never got his WBA title shot, instead looking at the IBF route, before losing in 7 rounds last year to Carson Jones. Continue reading
By Peter Wells: With just over two months left of the year, boxing fans are suddenly being handed early christmas presents as week after week world title fights are swarming out TV’s. On saturday night Golden Boy have delivered boxing fans with 4 world title fights on one single card. And there’s something for everyone. Danny Garica headlines defending his WBC and WBA titles in a rematch with Erik Morales. Paulie Malignaggi defends his WBA Welterweight title in front of his home fans against Pablo Cesar Cano. Hot prospect, Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin takes on unbeaten WBO Middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam and what could be the fight of the night, Devon Alexander challenges hard hitting IBF Welterweight champion Randall Bailey. So, what isn’t to like about this weekends super show live on Showtime. Continue reading
Danny Garcia, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion:
“Saturday night, at Barclays [Center], will keep these belts here on the East Coast. See you Saturday night.
“I want to thank God for giving me an opportunity to be here and showcase my skills on this level. I want to thank my dad, my family who helped me get through camp.
“I had about a 10-week camp, a hard, strong camp. Got my rounds in sparring and miles in running. Did my conditioning. I put in the hard work.
“I sacrificed all the things I love to do just to perform and give the fans at the Barclays Center a great fight. Continue reading
SPRINGFIELD, MO (October 17, 2012)–On Friday night October 6th, Number-one WBO world rated cruiserweight and NABA, NABO and WBC continental Americas champ BJ Flores (28-1-1, 18 KO’s) scored another knockout victory when he stopped once-beaten David McNemar in front of a packed house at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield Missouri.
Flores has now set his sights on highly regarded WBO champion Marco Huck of Germany Continue reading
(Photo credit: Adrian Hernandez) By Joseph Herron: In less than a full calendar year’s time, four division world champion and pound for pound talent Nonito Donaire (30-1, 19 KOs) has garnered two world titles in the Super Bantamweight division, as well as the WBC Diamond belt and Ring Magazine’s distinction as the man to beat at 122 pounds.
So where does the “Filipino Flash” go from here?
After the 29 year old fighter’s brilliant performance against former WBC Champ Toshiaki Nishioka on October 13th, HBO’s Max Kellerman asked Donaire about a potential meeting with Cuban exile and two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux.
While most fight fans were somewhat puzzled with Nonito’s on-air response, the southern California based fighter clarified his reply on Tuesday night’s edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”. Continue reading
Gary Shaw Productions undefeated lightweight prospect, Alejandro Luna (10-0, 8 KOs) battles Adolfo Landeros (22-28-2, 10 KOs) tonight at the Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California on the Thompson Boxing Promotions card titled “New Blood”.
Luna looks to extend on his unbeaten streak, having knocked out eight of his first ten opponents. A popular figure in his hometown of Whittier, California, Luna brings a big crowd to his fights and he promises to bring forth a good performance. Continue reading
Photo: Stacey Verbeek, By Joseph Herron – Many people claim that one man’s disposables are another man’s treasure. One hard working promotional group based in Texas believes they’ve just struck gold with a fighter that most promoters and management groups have deemed unruly.
Earlier this week, Zeferino Entertainment reported the singing of former 2008 American Olympian Luis “Latin Legend” Yanez to a long term, exclusive promotional contract.
Guy Taylor, matchmaker and operations manager of Z Entertainment, is genuinely excited about their diamond in the rough.
“We’re thrilled to be working with a special talent like Luis Yanez,” explains the veteran matchmaker. “This kid has the makings of a long reigning world champion and the potential to bring excitement back to the Flyweight division.”
The 23 year old southpaw has an extensive amateur pedigree that not only boasts a spot on the 2008 US Olympic squad, but a stellar record of 302-16, with 87 knock-out victories as well. And not only was Yanez a captain on the US Olympic squad in Beijing, he became the only American amateur to win a Gold Medal in the Pan American Games at 106 pounds in 2007. Continue reading
Philadelphia’s Bryant “By By” Jennings (15-0, 7 KO’s) will defend his USBA heavyweight title on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night broadcast, when he meets Bowie Tupou of Nukualofa, Tonga (22-2, 16 KO’s) on December 8. The 12 round fight will take place at Temple University McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO said, “This is a great stylistic match up. Tupou is a big puncher who prefers to brawl. Jennings is a boxer but loves to mix it up. It’s the kind of fight that will likely end up in a slugging match where the best chin wins.” Continue reading
Erislandy Lara: “After I beat Vanes Martirosyan on Nov 10th, I will fight Canelo Alvarez and become WBC Champion”
By Joseph Herron – With just four weeks before his big title eliminator contest with undefeated Junior Middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs), WBC number one ranked 154 pound contender Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs) is very excited to be a part of this highly anticipated event on HBO Boxing After Dark from the Wynn Las Vegas on November 10th.
While preparing under the tutelage of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston, Texas, the talented Cuban fighter visited with “The Pugilist KOrner” on Tuesday night and gave his thoughts on the upcoming match-up.
“I feel great and I’m training extremely hard for this fight on November 10th,” stated Erislandy Lara. “I am very happy to be back on HBO and very excited for the opportunity to face another world class fighter like Vanes Martirosyan.”
“Everything is going well in training camp and I have three weeks left to go, but I’m ready to fight right now. I just went ten rounds easy today and I will be very prepared for the best version of Vanes Martirosyan on November 10th.”
“In addition to working with trainer Ronnie Shields, I’m currently working with strength and conditioning expert Edward Jackson and everything is going perfectly. On November 10th, I’m going to bust Vanes right in the mouth and earn my title shot against Canelo Alvarez.”
With the confidence that comes with being an elite level talent, Erislandy is happy that the WBC title eliminator will be one of the best fighters in the packed 154 pound weight division. Continue reading
Golden Boy Promotions hosts one of the biggest events this year on Saturday at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York City.
Brooklyn is my home away from home as I have been staying there for training camps since 2005.
My old foe WBC world champion Danny Garcia is coming off a stunning knock out win of Britain’s Amir Khan.
Danny fights the Mexican legend Erik Morales who he won the title off at the turn of the year.
Their first fight was a cracker and I expect another spectacular fight. Continue reading
Karl ‘Dynamite’ Dargan: “I can’t compare myself to other Philadelphia fighters even though I am from Philly, my style’s versatile, I can do different things”
by Jenna Jay (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J) On my 179th edition of “On The Ropes” boxing radio, I had a chance to catch up rising lightweight prospect Karl ‘Dynamite’ Dargan. Karl Dargan (11-0 6KO’s) is currently trained by Naazim Richardson, and recently returned from a 13 month layoff, scoring a TKO4 victory over Jesse Carradine. Karl spoke about his career so far, his recent victory, working with Naazim Richardson, learning from Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, where he sees himself in the lightweight division and much more! Here is what he had to say.
Jenna Jay: Hey Karl, for the fans hearing about you for the first time, tell them a little about yourself.
Karl Dargan: First of all, thanks for having me on your show. Yeah, I am a light weight prospect. 135 pounds. Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Mainly known winning the Pan Am games in 2007. You know fighting my way to the pros to the top actually. Coming along with a lot of experience, but I still have a lot to learn. People seen me fight before, but no one has seen really the best of me yet.
Jenna: You recently returned from a long layoff, how do you feel you preformed?
Dargan: My performance it was, it was satisfying. I had a lot about a 13 month layoff. I had a little ring rust a little bet. But I got the job done. So I was satisfied with my performance overall.
Jenna: Was there any reason why you were out of the ring so long? Continue reading
NEW YORK (Oct. 18, 2012) – Just three days before they step into the ring as part of world championship boxing’s historic return to Brooklyn, Saturday’s fighters worked out in a ring erected in Barclays Center Daily News Plaza, in front of the arena that will host Saturday’s world championship quadruple-header, live on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Fans cheered for the fighters who will take part in the first world championship event in Brooklyn in over 80 years and the kickoff boxing event at the brand new Barclays Center. Continue reading
By Joseph Herron: On Thanksgiving weekend at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, California, four division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (30-1-1, 18 KOs) will face his toughest test to date when he defends his interim WBC Welterweight title against former 147 pound world champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) on the biggest stage of boxing, HBO.
Despite being an avoided fighter throughout the majority of his career in the Featherweight, Super Featherweight, and Lightweight divisions, the 11 year fight veteran has patiently waited for his big moment to face a marquee fighter and a legitimate champion on a big HBO event.
Now that he finally has his golden opportunity against a two-time Welterweight Champion, “The Ghost” is at long last ready to make his mark as an elite level fighter in the sport of boxing.
Manager Luis DeCubas Jr. spoke out on this week’s edition of “The Pugilist KOrner” concerning Guerrero’s long overdue opportunity on November 24th.
“Robert is very excited for this fight,” insists the lifelong boxing proponent. “For eleven years, Robert has been working towards this moment. While fighting in the lower weight divisions, none of the other title holders wanted to take on “The Ghost” because they felt he was too big and too skilled. That’s why we ultimately made the jump up to 147.” Continue reading
With the close season throwing up some exciting news already, World Series of Boxing (WSB) has just learnt of several sensational transfers going to the reigning WSB Team Champions. Kept carefully under wraps, Dolce & Gabbana Italia Thunder have now announced that 2011 WSB World Champion, 2008 Olympian and Algeria flag bearer at the London 2012 Olympic Games Abdelhafid Benchabla will be added to their ranks. The team was further bolstered by the acquisition of the entertaining Filipino Charly Suarez, the accomplished Frenchman Michel Tavares as well as some other very interesting signings to complement the already impressive set-up. Continue reading
NEW YORK (Oct. 17, 2012) – Just three days before they step into the ring as part of world championship boxing’s historic return to Brooklyn, Saturday’s fighters worked out in a ring erected in Barclays Center Daily News Plaza, in front of the arena that will host Saturday’s world championship quadruple-header, live on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Fans cheered for the fighters who will take part in the first world championship event in Brooklyn in over 80 years and the kickoff boxing event at the brand new Barclays Center.
Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, of Philadelphia, will defend his crown against future Hall of Famer Erik “El Terrible” Morales, of Tijuana, Mexico, in the main event. In co-featured attractions, Brooklyn’s own Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi puts his WBA Welterweight World Championship on the line against hard-hitting Mexican Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano, undefeated No. 1 rated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, of Manhattan, takes on France’s unbeaten Hassan N’Dam for N’Dam’s WBO Middleweight World Championship and Devon Alexander “The Great,” of St. Louis, faces Miami’s Randall Bailey for Bailey’s IBF Welterweight World Championship. Continue reading
KISSIMMEE, FL Tuesday, October 16 — Ortlando Cruz, who just last week announced he was a “Proud Gay Man” fights, Jorge Pazos on Friday, October 19 at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Orlando and Jorge both wired out today at the Kissimmee Boxing Gym.
Cruz invited Orlando Telemundo Reporter Anna Jurka into the ring for some sparring. She abliged. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye gave an interview on Wednesday where said that an agreement has already been made with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2013. Whether Haye is on the level with this is still unknown because we’re only hearing Haye say it and not Vitali.
Haye said to Sky Sports News “”The fight has already been agreed, the contract’s done – the money, the split, everything. We don’t need a new contract…In my opinion next year he will want to fight again at some stage and he will want a big fight. I’m the biggest fight out there and he knows that, he’s not stupid.”
Vitali is running for office in Ukraine and he could retire from boxing if elected. As for a fight against Haye, Vitali hasn’t been acting all that interested in fighting him despite having said in the past that he wanted to knock Haye out and improve upon the performance his younger brother IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko made a year ago when he easily beat Haye by a 12 round unanimous decision in a one-sided fight. Continue reading
New York, NY (10/17/12) – Next Wednesday, October 24, Broadway Boxing returns to the Roseland Ballroom in NYC with undefeated light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (15-0, 10KO’s) defending his WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title against Rayco “War” Saunders (22-17-2, 9KO’s) in the feature bout of the evening.
In the co-feature, Brooklyn’s Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (19-1, 3KO’s) squares off against hard-hitting Eric Cruz (13-10, 13KO’s) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group, Newlio.com, and Everlast. SNY will broadcast the event tape-delayed. Continue reading
By Marcus Richardson: Undefeated welterweight contender Kell Brook (28-0, 18 KO’s) recently chose not to take an important fight against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley in order to fight Argentinian Hector Saldivia (41-2, 32 KO’s) in an IBF welterweight eliminator bout on October 20th at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Brook unbelievably chose not to fight Bradley for his WBO title just so that Brook could fight in risky IBF eliminator with the winner of that fight getting a shot against the winner of this Saturday’s fight between Randall Bailey and Devon Alexander.
Brook is talking about wanting to retire if he doesn’t win this fight on Saturday night against Saldivia. Of course, Brook obviously wouldn’t retire if he were to get beaten by Saldivia and even if he did retire, it would likely be one of those boxing retirements that mean absolutely nothing because the fighter or fighters often come back months later out of boredom or a need for money.
Brook said to thesun.co.uk “People keep saying I have talent, so if I can’t get rid of guys like Saldivia then I don’t deserve to be at this level.” Continue reading
Orange, CA (October 17) – Next Saturday, October 27 HBO’s Boxing After Dark will feature an exciting tripleheader that will be televised at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Emanating from Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York, America’s premium cable network will proudly feature the main event of the evening, World Boxing Council (WBC) #1 welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs) against Argentina’s Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight war. The Co-Main event boasts International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (31-3-0, 13 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico squaring of against challenger Marvin Quintero (25-3-0, 21 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. Continue reading
Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present universally recognized Super Bantamweight Champion, “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire, WBC #1 ranked Junior Middleweight contender Erislandy Lara, Kronk Gym trainer Javan “Sugar” Hill, and Hall of Fame matchmaker and promoter Don “War a Week” Chargin.
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“The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to feature the four division world champion and pound for pound fighter, Nonito Donaire. “The Filipino Flash” will discuss his WBC Diamond and Ring title winning effort on Saturday, October 13th, against former WBC Super Bantamweight Champ Toshiaki Nishioka in Carson, California. The current kingpin of the packed 122 pound weight division will also discuss his future plans for the upcoming boxing year 2013. Continue reading