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Bradley decisions Marquez; Salido defeats Cruz

 Bradley decisions Marquez; Salido defeats CruzWBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) won an incredibly dull 12 round split decision on Saturday night over 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KO’s) by the scores of 115-113 Marquez, 116-112, 115-113 Bradley at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Bradley did a great job of staying on the outside to keep Marquez from landing his power shots, but unfortunately it kept Bradley from landing punches as well. Bradley ended up moving too much and that really took away the excitement in the fight. The only round where Bradley actually exchanged was the 12th, and he clearly lost that round. Continue reading

Richie Commey begins Alive & Kicking Ambassadorial role

 Richie Commey begins Alive & Kicking Ambassadorial roleGhana’s IBF Continental Africa Lightweight titlist, Richie Commey has began his new position as the Ambassador for social charity, Alive & Kicking after he was officially unveiled on Thursday October 10, 2013 in Accra to champion the cause of the NGO which produces balls to create employment in Kenya, Zambia and of course, Ghana.

Commey who has vowed to use the new role to encourage young potential sportsmen to attach equal importance to education as they will to their sports persuasions, has quickly stepped into the job by immediately touring two schools within the James Town suburbs where he grew up.

“It’s simply a great opportunity and I feel humbled and privileged to be appointed to this role. There are a lot of boxers and sportsmen in this country so for me to be chosen, is fantastic and feels great,” Commey told East Side Boxing exclusively after his unveiling. Continue reading

Thrill-a-Minute slugger James Kirkland close to ring return, likely to face unbeaten Glen Tapia on Dec. 7th on HBO

 Thrill a Minute slugger James Kirkland close to ring return, likely to face unbeaten Glen Tapia on Dec. 7th on HBOFight fans who love a slugfest are likely to be in luck. According to Bob Arum, who spoke to Ring Magazine’s website, once-beaten southpaw slugger James Kirkland is thisclose to getting the all clear to return to the ring. The word is Kirkland – inactive since March of 2012 and having been fighting a number of legal issues with his former promoters – will face unbeaten contender Glen Tapia on December 7th, probably on the Gulliermo Rigondeaux-Joseph Agbeko super-bantamweight clash set for Atlantic City.

Some fans have been turned off by classy Cuban Rigondeaux, even to the point of being bored when the former amateur superstar does his stuff. Rest assured, even if Rigondeaux-Agbeko is somewhat dull to those fans who love a barnburner, the planned co-main event will make up for it. His lacklustre (shoulder injury) showing against Carlos Molina side, Kirkland has never been in a dull fight. Wickedly powerful, naturally aggressive and also vulnerable, Kirkland is the ultimate ‘don’t blink’ fighter. Continue reading

Roman Morales remains undefeated in main event at the Chumash Casino Resort

 Roman Morales remains undefeated in main event at the Chumash Casino ResortSANTA YNEZ, CA (June 14, 2013) – Tonight Gary Shaw Productions presented another great night of boxing at the Chumash Casino Resort. In the main event, Roman Morales (17-0, 10 KOs) defeated Robert Castaneda (20-4-1, 15 KOs) by way of unanimous decision to retain his “Central Coast Championship”.

In the early rounds Morales was using his superior boxing skills to get in position to land his shots. Castaneda was confused as Morales was switching stances throughout the fight. Morales dropped Castaneda in round five and everything was going his way. Things changed in round seven when Morales got caught with a left hook to the head. Morales gained his composure, but Castaneda gained confidence going into the final rounds. But Morales got back in control and finished off the fight landing hard blows to the head and body. Scorecards read 97-91 across the board for Morales. Continue reading

Photos: Marquez-Bradley Weigh-In

 Photos: Marquez Bradley Weigh InThe stage is set for Saturday night’s huge HBO PPV telecast.

Live from the Encore Theatre from the Wynn Las Vegas, all fighters tipped the scales at the contracted limits.

Juan Manuel Marquez tipped the scales comfortably at 144.5 lbs. Marquez comes to the ring with the goal of achieving two things: defeat Bradley and to become the first Mexican fighter in boxing history to capture five different world titles in five different divisions.

Timothy Bradley looks at continuing to cement his legacy as an America fighter. Cut, chiseled and always in shape, Bradley registered the scales at 146. Continue reading

Peter Quillin vs. Gabriel Rosado media conference call transcript

 Peter Quillin vs. Gabriel Rosado media conference call transcriptKelly Swanson – We are on the phone today with WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and “King” Gabriel Rosado. They will be facing each other in the co-main event on October 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. This is a great show. Of course, everybody knows that Bernard Hopkins is the main event against Murat, and exciting heavyweight Deontay Wilder will also be on the show. So, we’re looking forward to hearing from the fighters today. We have them both on at the same time so without further ado, I’m going to turn it over to Robert Diaz, Golden Boy Promotions Matchmaker, to make the formal introductions. Robert?

Robert Diaz – Thank you very much, Kelly. Thank you to everybody for being on the call. Before we get started, I want to make a couple of announcements.

Saturday, October 26 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey; promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. I want to thank our sponsors Corona and AT&T and, it will be from Caesars in Atlantic City. Continue reading

Sturm vs. Barker Press Conference Quotes and Videos

 Sturm vs. Barker Press Conference Quotes and VideosAfter meeting for the first time at a press conference in Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday, IBF Middleweight Champion Darren Barker and Three-Time Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm came face-to-face again yesterday at the London leg of their two-city press tour.

“Felix’s shows are always spectacular and I’m sure it will be a sell-out and the pressure will all be on him,” said Darren Barker, who will make the first defense of his IBF belt.

“I’ve boxed all over the world as an amateur, in some pretty hostile places, and it’s never bothered me – it inspires me. I don’t worry about the judges; I plan on winning very well, and putting on a fantastic night with lots of my fans coming over for a great fight between two great champions.” Continue reading

IBF World Champion Hernandez faces mandatory Alekseev on November 23

 IBF World Champion Hernandez faces mandatory Alekseev on November 23The wait is over. After having won the rights to stage Yoan Pablo Hernandez’ (27-1, 13 KOs) mandatory against Alexander Alekseev (24-2-1, 20 KOs), Team Sauerland is proud to announce that the IBF Cruiserweight World Championship is going to take place on November 23 at the brose Arena in Bamberg, Germany.

“This is going to be an instant classic,” promises Ulli Wegner, head coach of Hernandez. “It will be a clash between two world-class technicians.”

Hernandez is glad to defend the title he won versus American Steve Cunningham back in 2011 for a third time. “Finally I have my next title defense scheduled. I already wanted to fight this February but while being in training camp for this bout, I broke my left hand in sparring,” said the 28-year-old champion, who is also recognized as the Cruiserweight World Champion by “The Ring Magazine”. Continue reading

Marquez vs. Bradley: Will Juan Manuel’s “Dinamita” be potent enough to put a dent in Mt.Timmy’s forehead?

 Marquez vs. Bradley: Will Juan Manuels Dinamita be potent enough to put a dent in Mt.Timmy’s forehead?World class skill, heart, and grit will be on full display this Saturday night from the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on HBO PPV. Many questions and queries from the boxing public will be answered when these pound for pound level fighters square off. Before we attempt to answer the final question of who will win enough battles to ultimately win the war, let’s take a look at what’s at stake and the doubts causing mass speculation leading into this matchup.

We might as well not beat around the bush, many fans and media members have placed a dark cloud of doubt that has followed the great Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez ever since he stepped on the scale for the third installment of a four fight series with Manny Pacquiao.

Marquez’s body, mainly his shoulders and arms, displayed growth and definition like never before. The last time above the lightweight division Marquez sported skin that wouldn’t be classified as saddle bags but surely his body looked bloated around 144 pounds. Continue reading

Tua vs Ustinov rescheduled for November 16

 Tua vs Ustinov rescheduled for November 16New date for the battle between Belarusian giant Alexander Ustinov (28-1, 21 KOs) and the renowned Samoan veteran David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs ) is officially confirmed. Tua vs Ustinov will be held on November 16 in Hamilton, New Zealand. The initial meeting was set back in August, but the fight was postponed due to a Tua injury. “After the cancellation I went back to my usual training in Minsk. I had more time to even better prepare for my opponent. Now I have even more confidence and I am ready for a meeting with Tua,” – said Alexander Ustinov.

“Yesterday our partners from Duco Events have sent us a medical conclusion that David Tua is fully recovered from the injury. Thus, there is no doubt that the fight will take place on November 16 in New Zealand. This will be a battle of two heavyweights that have different physical characteristics, mental abilities, technics, and lives in different parts of the Earth. Ustinov spent 3 weeks in New Zealand in August, sparred and engaged in promotion of the fight. During this time he has gained a lot of fans who are looking forward to this fight. We will make everything possible to broadcast Ustinov vs Tua fight live for the boxing fans in Ukraine and Russia,”- said Ustinov promoter from K2 Promotions Alexander Krassyuk.

Marquez-Bradley Undercard Press Conference: Battle of Orlandos, Ramirez-Lomachenko, Smith-Monaghan

 Marquez Bradley Undercard Press Conference: Battle of Orlandos, Ramirez Lomachenko, Smith MonaghanThe Final press conference for the undercard fights on the Marquez-Bradley welterweight showdown took place on Thursday in Las Vegas.

In a battle of Orlandos, the co-main event features another Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico face off: Orlando Cruz and Orlando Salido. At stake for both fighters is the vacant WBO Featherweight title. Salido, the Mexican bulldozer inside the ring, is aiming to bounce back from his defeat against Mikey Garcia. After having successful fights against Puerto Rican fighter Juan Manuel Lopez, Salido is no stranger to fighting and defeating Boricuas. He comes to this fight with confidence of scoring another victory and recapturing the title.

Two victories are in the mind of Orlando Cruz. One of those victories has already been achieved: a personal victory with himself. Months ago, Cruz openly admitted to being a member of the gay community. Continue reading

Peter Quillin media workout quotes and photos

 Peter Quillin media workout quotes and photosLos Angeles (Oct. 10) – WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin put on a clinic today for media members at his gym in Santa Monica, Calif. as he prepares for his title bout against top contender “King” Gabriel Rosado taking place Saturday, Oct. 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Quillin vs. Rosado will precede the title fight between future IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins and top-rated contender Karo Murat.

The undefeated rising star worked out for well over an hour on the speed bag and heavy bag as well as several 12-minute rounds hitting the mitts with trainer Eric Brown. Continue reading