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Gavern wants to give Deontay Wilder some rounds on August 16th

Journeyman Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs) is expected to be the next opponent for #1 WBC heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) next Saturday night in a 10 round fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Gavern is taking the fight with little over one weeks’ notice, but he doesn’t seem too worried about it.

The 37-year-old Gavern plans on going out there and doing the best job he can in giving the 6’7” Deontay some rounds in front of the StubHub crowd. Unless Gavern’s chin is able to hold up under the early bombardment from Deontay, we should be seeing another early KO for him. Continue reading

Lamont Peterson: Who cares what the media and fans say?

(Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok / SHOWTIME) IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (32-2-1, 16 KOs) is unconcerned that boxing fans see his fight tonight against #13 IBF fringe contender Edgar Santana (29-4, 20 KOs) as a sick mismatch at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Santana was recently beaten by Manuel Perez in 2012.

Peterson thinks it’s a great fight and he feels that Santana is going to make it an exciting and competitive match-up. Santana was picked out for Peterson by his adviser for some reason rather than having him fight a higher ranked, better known opponent.

It’s sort of perceived as a mismatch given that Peterson is facing a near bottom ranked opponent rather than someone with a reasonable chance of beating him. Peterson was beaten badly by Lucas Matthysse last year in a 3rd round TKO defeat. Continue reading

Garcia vs. Salka tonight on Showtime

(Photo Credit: Amanda Kwok / SHOWTIME) WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) will be meeting Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) tonight on Showtime from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

While Garcia has received a lot of negative comments by fans for fighting a lightweight in Salka instead of a highly ranked light welterweight, Stephen Espinoza of Showtime Sports, vouches for Salka that he’s going to make it an entertaining fight from start to finish.

Espinoza saw Salka’s last two fights against Alexei Collado and Ricardo Alvarez, and he came away impressed with what he saw from him. Espinoza thinks that Salka deserved to get a decision in the Alvarez fight. Continue reading

Fury vs Chisora 2 Is On For 22 November At The Excel London

Heavyweights Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will settle their differences once and for all on Saturday 22nd November at the ExCeL London.

The bitter rivals have built up a lot of anger and frustration over the postponement of their fight last month and are now set to battle it out in an explosive battle for the European and Vacant British titles and a Final Eliminator for the WBO World Heavyweight Championship.

Chisora v Fury will be live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com Continue reading

Porter vs. Brook: ‘It’s Showtime’ for the Special One

Finally, following a rollercoaster 18 months of injuries, accusations and cancellations, Kell ‘The Special One’ Brook will get to live out his childhood dream by contesting for the World welterweight title against ‘Showtime’ Shawn Porter on August 16th at the StubHub Centre in Carson, California.

It’s been nearly two years since the Sheffield boxer was first named mandatory challenger for the IBF title. During that spell three scheduled bouts against former champ Devon Alexander failed to materialise due to injuries to both men. Following Brooks latest setback (a fractured metatarsal), Alexander ‘the Great’ moved on and subsequently lost his title to up and coming Ohio native Shawn Porter. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana give camp updates and thoughts on their September 13 rematch

(Photo credit: SHOWTIME/Esther Lin, Mayweather Promotions/Idris Erb) LAS VEGAS (August 8, 2014) – As we inch closer to the highly anticipated boxing event “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2,” both Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana participated in separate “network affiliate days” earlier this week in promotion of the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of their rematch.

Here’s what the fighters had to say with just over a month to go before mayhem in Las Vegas.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, Eleven-Time, Five-Division World Champion

“The first fight was action packed for the first four rounds before I took control. He has the will to win like I do. He’s a tough competitor and he has Argentina on his back–and of course I represent the red, white and blue so we must give the fans what they want to see… It’s another blockbuster. Continue reading

Andre Berto is Preparing for a Triumphant Return to the Ring

(OAKLAND, CALIF.) – What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) went under the knife at a Los Angeles hospital to repair a significant tendon tear in his right shoulder.. Today, the former two-time welterweight world champion is training full force in an Oakland area gym to prepare for his return to the ring on September 6 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio and live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since my surgery. The last 12 months have definitely been hard, but I have learned a lot about myself and the sport since my last fight,” Berto said. “Dealing with an injury like this has helped me strengthen different elements of my game and I can’t wait to put all of that in to play on September 6.” Continue reading

George Groves says his third world title quest will end in success

Super-middleweight boxer George Groves says his third world title quest will end in success, as he prepares to take on European champion Christopher Rebrasse next month.

The 26-year-old faces the Frenchman, who is ranked third with the World Boxing Council, on September 20 at the SSE Arena in Wembley.

The winner takes the European title and the opportunity of a final eliminator for the WBC Super Middleweight belt, which is currently held by Sakio Bika.

Bika first fights in a title rematch against American Anthony Dirrell, but Groves said neither fighter would be able to halt his world title chase. Continue reading

Porter vs. Brook workout quotes

LAS VEGAS (Aug. 6, 2014) – Unbeaten IBF Welterweight World Champion “ShowTime” Shawn Porter and undefeated contender Kell Brook held an open media workout at Barry’s Gym in Las Vegas on Wednesday as they reach the apex of preparation for next Saturday’s world championship showdown.

Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, will defend his 147-pound crown against Britain’s Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader Saturday, Aug. 16, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from the storied StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., home to some of the most memorable, non-stop action, exciting fights in recent boxing memory. Continue reading

Chris Algieri vs. Manny Pacquiao: About the Fighters

On November 22, 2014, WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion Chris Algieri will move up in both weight and opponent caliber as he challenges Manny Pacquiao for the WBO Welterweight Championship.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is as accomplished as he is well-known. A world champion at a record-breaking eight weight classes, he has fought and beaten nearly every world-class fighter available. Moreover, like Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali before him, he has avenged nearly every loss.

In 2012 questions surfaced as to whether Pacquiao’s career was through. First, he lost an incredibly controversial decision to Timothy Bradley. The same year, he suffered his most definitive loss at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez. However, the Philippine pugilist took a year off and returned to beat Brandon Rios by unanimous decision in 2013. In April of 2014, Pacman decisively beat Timothy Bradley, avenging his loss to the 147lb champion and proving his sustained greatness to the boxing community. At the time of the fight, Bradley was coming off a win against Ruslan Provodnikov and considered one of the best fighters – pound for pound – in the world. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather Jr: Nevada Fighter of the Year

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be honored as Nevada Fighter of the Year by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame at its annual Induction Ceremony/Dinner this Saturday night, August 9. It is the second straight year Mayweather takes the honor, following his victories over Canelo Alvarez in September, 2013, and hard-fought decision over Marcos Maidana in May, 2014.

Mayweather will receive the honor on the same night 18 Inductees are brought into the NVBHOF, and several other Special Achievement Award winners are honored. The gala event will take place in the Cohiba Ballroom inside the New Tropicana, Las Vegas. Social hour and Silent Auction begin the evenings festivities at 6PM with dinner and the program at 7PM Continue reading

Main Events Drops Stevenson-Kovalev Lawsuit Without Prejudice

Totowa, NJ: Having achieved its goal of making a light heavyweight unification fight for Sergey Kovalev, Main Events filed paperwork in the Southern District of New York today formally dropping their lawsuit against Groupe Yvon Michel, Inc., Yvon Michel, Adonis Stevenson, Al Haymon, Showtime, Golden Boy Promotions, Inc., and Richard Schaefer. With the announcement of the upcoming unification bout between WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) and WBA/IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), Main Events succeeded in obtaining the result it sought for Kovalev. Continue reading

Shannon Briggs doing a great job of creating interest in Wladimir Klitschko fight

Thus far, IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has missed out on the mega-fights that we saw from former champions like Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. But that could change with the hype that 42-year-old Shannon Briggs is singlehandedly creating by following Wladimir Klitschko around the globe and getting in his face at every opportunity to force him to fight him.

Briggs has been ignored by Klitschko so far, but Briggs doesn’t care about that. He plans on continuing his one-man campaign to get the fight with the Ukrainian fighter. While it may not be working for Briggs right now, he’s steadily building interest in fight between him and Wladimir Klitschko in Germany.

The fans over in Germany are being bombarded constant news about Briggs’ confrontations with Klitschko. At this point a fight between Briggs and Wladimir Klitschko would likely be the biggest match of his career. That’s unfortunately more of an indication of the lack of interesting opponents that Wladimir has had than an endorsement of Briggs. Klitschko has faced largely unknown fighters or guys that were played out by the time he did face them. Continue reading

Hopkins vs Kovalev Official for November Live on HBO

Speed, savvy and defense will come face-to-face with explosive power and force this November when Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins takes on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev in a Light Heavyweight Unification title fight, Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events announced today.

Hopkins, incredibly just two months short of his 50th birthday, is seeking to add the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship to his collection of IBF and WBA belts. Kovalev, who burst on the scene just a year ago, has never lost a fight and has won 23 of his 25 victories by knockout.

“Everything I do at this point in my career affects my legacy,” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) said. “I’ve set and broken many records, but becoming the oldest undisputed light heavyweight world champion is the goal and Kovalev stands in the way of that goal. He’s another young, hungry fighter and just like the ones that came before him, he will leave the ring beltless.” Continue reading

Rios wins DQ over Chaves; Jesse Vargas hands Anton Novikov his 1st loss; Kovalev KOs Caparello

It seems no one at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, NV was happy with the way the fight between Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Diego Gabriel Chaves ended. It was a close, rugged battle that fans undoubtedly were enjoying. They certainly didn’t want it to end so abruptly at the hands of referee Vic Drakulich. Diego clearly didn’t want it to end with him on the losing end. He felt he was winning the fight, and that it was snatched away from him. Even Rios expressed dissatisfaction with the way things ended, but he felt Diego deserved to be penalized.

The fight was a war. Most people thought that it would evolve into a war, but it wasn’t expected to start that way. Diego controlled that surprise. He came out throwing power jabs and hard overhand rights. Would he run out of steam? Rios seemed to be caught off guard initially, but by the second round he already had Diego backing up. He got in close and started throwing punishing shots to the body. Diego was hit with his first penalty point in the third round, apparently for excessive holding. Continue reading