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The Pugilist KOrner: Joel Diaz, John Scully, Demetrius Andrade, Bryant Jennings, Roman Morales, and Alejandro Luna

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “The Sports Krib” proudly presents Tim Bradley trainer and former Lightweight contender Joel Diaz, expert trainer and former Light Heavyweight contender “Iceman” John Scully, WBO Junior Middleweight title challenger Demetrius Andrade, Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, Super Bantamweight prospect Roman Morales, and Lightweight prospect Alejandro Luna on this week’s episode of “The Pugilist KOrner”.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

It’s always an honor to welcome back one of boxing’s best trainers, Joel Diaz. The former Lightweight contender will discuss Tim Bradley’s big victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, which took place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, this past Saturday night. Mr. Diaz will also talk about potential opponents for Tim in 2014, as well as other marquee fights on the boxing horizon. Continue reading

Should Juan Manuel Marquez plan his retirement party?

 Should Juan Manuel Marquez plan his retirement party?Degrading physical attributes due to inevitable aging, is generally the main reason for fighters losing their fights and being forced into retirement. Some believe that it’s the boxing abilities that abandon a fighter first, but in reality, technical ability is more than just muscle memory, over time it gets hardwired into one’s brain and forgetting it requires a very long period of inactivity.

Juan Manuel Marquez hasn’t displayed a decline of either physical or technical aptitude yet. Every one of his fights is not only competitive, but also consistently crown pleasing. His ability to box as well as brawl makes him a very unpredictable challenger. At the age of 40, his experience and participation in the fight game is legendary. As far as his late career goes, his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the only one that cannot be disputed or questions by the fans. Continue reading

Zab Judah – Paulie Malignaggi Set To Fight on Dec. 7 At Barclays Center Live on SHOWTIME

 Zab Judah   Paulie Malignaggi Set To Fight on Dec. 7 At Barclays Center Live on SHOWTIMEBROOKLYN, NY (Oct. 15, 2013) – Barclays Center will host two of the borough’s favorite sons, former Five-Time, Two-Division World Champion Zab “Super” Judah and former Two-Time, Two-Division World Champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, on Saturday, Dec. 7 to decide who is the true King of Brooklyn. The 12-round welterweight bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

“I am happy to be back fighting in front of my hometown crowd,” said Judah, who is from Brownsville. “Paulie and I have known each other for a long time and we have a mutual respect for each other, but with this fight on Dec. 7 it is going to be like the ancient Roman days. There has to be a leader and that position belongs to me.”

“I have always admired Zab’s skills and his resume speaks for itself,” said Malignaggi, a native of Bensonhurst. “But this is the ‘Battle of Brooklyn’ and winning this fight is worth more than any world title.” Continue reading

Iron Mike Productions to host WBC World Cup Nov. 15 at Seminole Hard Rock

Iron Mike Productions (IMP) is bringing big-time boxing back to Florida, presenting opening-round action in the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) World Cup of Boxing, on Friday night, November 15, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Continue reading

Alvarado vs Provodnikov Officials Announced

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work this Saturday, October 19, in the title bouts between Mike Alvarado versus Ruslan Provodnikov and Robert Stieglitz against Isaac Ekpo, to be held in United States and Germany, respectively.

At the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Denver, Colorado, Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs), will defend for the first time his WBO junior welterweight belt against the #1 ranked Ruslan Provodvikov (22-2, 15 KOs), from Russia. The referee for this clash will be Tony Weeks, from United States.

The judges for the Alvarado-Provodnikov fight will be Denny Nelson, Robert Hoyle and Levi Martínez (all three from United States). The WBO supervisor for this bout will be John Duggan. Continue reading

We Have Lift Off – Austin Trout is Training in Houston, TX For Lara Fight

 We Have Lift Off   Austin Trout is Training in Houston, TX For Lara FightAustin Trout has landed today in Houston, TX to begin training for his fight against Erislandy Lara.

Trout vs Lara will be the undercard of the Zab Judah vs Paulie Malignaggi fight on Dec 7th. Austin is looking to get back on the winning track after losing a decision to Saul Canelo Alvarez earlier this year in San Antonio, TX.

Austin is originally from El Paso, TX but now resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Austin is looking to make alot of moves since his last fight. He is now a client of Carla Ja Sports and Entertainment. Carla Ja says, “Austin is an amazing talent, we are looking to do great things together in the future.”

Antonio Tarver and Mike Sheppard on November 26th

SUNRISE, FLORIDA (October 14) – Boxing’s popular new fight series Golden Boy Live! is back at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. on Tuesday, November 26 with a stacked card featuring the return of former World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver facing West Virginia veteran Mike Sheppard in the 10 round main event which will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Also, featured on the card will be the Golden Boy Promotions debut of undefeated Cuban heavyweight star Luis “El Mercedez” Ortiz against a fighter to be announced in the co-featured fight that will get Florida fight fans up and cheering from bell to bell. Continue reading

Wladimir Klitschko Mentions Wilder As a Possible Future Opponent

 Wladimir Klitschko Mentions Wilder As a Possible Future OpponentThe heavyweight boxing division is drowning. There is a clear lack of formidable competition for either of the Klitschko brothers, and as time goes on, the remaining tiny pool of fighters is becoming dangerously dry.

After claiming a victory over Alexander Povetkin, Wladimir Klitschko is back on the hunt for the next opponent. But who is there left to fight?

David Haye will always linger as one of the options for Wladimir, but it seems as though there is no more interest in seeing the two fighters face each other again. The boxing community is not in favor of their rematch, proposing that it would be a waste of time for everyone. Continue reading

David Price picks Adam Booth as new trainer

 David Price picks Adam Booth as new trainerAfter speaking and meeting with a number of world class boxing trainers, David Price has made up his mind on who will train him from here on in. Price, the British and Commonwealth champion, recently split with Franny Smith and he will now work with Adam Booth.

Boxing News Magazine’s web site has reported this news and Price, who must come back after back-to-back losses to Tony Thompson, told B N how he feels Booth is the man to bring out his true potential.

“It’s a fresh start,” Price said. “I can leave behind what has happened but know that I’ve learnt from it. I’ve got the passion back now and am looking forward to getting on shape and putting a few things right. I asked Adam if I could have a chat and perhaps get some advice. We did a few sessions together just to see how it would work, and then he agreed to train me. I’ve got a good feeling about this move, and truly believe Adam is the man to bring out my true potential.” Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge: Bradley vs Marquez, Lomachenko, & Bradley’s Next Move!!!

 Left Hook Lounge: Bradley vs Marquez, Lomachenko, & Bradleys Next Move!!!Mario H. (Tampa, FL): There was a lot of discussion in the aftermath of Bradley/Marquez about Marquez being “robbed again”. How did you score the fight? And how did you rate the performance of both men?

Vivek W. (ESB): Personally, I had the fight scored 7 rounds to 5 in favor of Bradley. In all fairness, there were several rounds that were very tight that could have gone either way. Typically, we see the Champion get the nod in those rounds. My opinion on whether or not that should be a standard practice is irrelevant, as it has been that way for years, and my position won’t change it. Bearing that in mind, I think what we saw in the final analysis was in fact a product of that mentality. Continue reading

Lucas Browne: Gunning for Towers, Price and Parker!

 Lucas Browne: Gunning for Towers, Price and Parker!Undefeated Aussie Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is about to once again invade the United Kingdom when he faces Richard Towers on November 2nd in Hull, England.  The bout is a final eliminator for the Commonwealth title, a belt that no Australian has held since the great Peter Jackson in 1892.  Browne 17-0 (15 KO) departs Australia on October 20th, giving him plenty of time to acclimatise and to also fine tune at Ricky Hatton’s Hyde gym.  

“I can’t wait to get over to the UK and perform.  I’ve got plenty of British and Irish fans following me on twitter and facebook and I hope they either come on the night or tune into Sky Sports.  Richard and I are good friends, but this is strictly business.  He’s standing in the way of my goals, so I need to take care of that.”   Continue reading

Erik Skoglund Interview

 Erik Skoglund InterviewErik Skoglund (17-0, 9 KOs) is a man on a mission. At the age of 12, he wrote down a masterplan to become world champion one day. Ten years later, he is still undefeated on his way to glory. On Saturday night, the 22-year-old Swedish sensation faces Danish veteran Lolenga Mock (31-13-1, 12 KOs) for the European Union Light Heavyweight Title at the TRE-FOR Arena in Kolding, Denmark. In this interview, he speaks about his incredible journey, the showdown with the man who once knocked down former WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye and his ever-growing Swedish fan army that will be supporting him in Denmark.

Q: Erik, apparently there will be a Swedish fan invasion in Kolding on Saturday… Continue reading

WBA #2 Randy Petalcorin to Headline Fight Card in Melbourne, Australia

Light flyweight Filipino Randy Petalcorin (19-1-1, 14 KOs) has arrived in Australia and is set to headline the UltraTune Cup fight card in Melbourne, Australia on November 8.

Promoted by current WBC Asia Council promoter of the year Peter Maniatis, the WBA #2 Petalcorin will look to put on a dazzling show in front of an expected capacity crowd at the Malvern Town Hall in what will be his first fight outside the Phillipines. Continue reading