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Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov celebrates new world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev

When he realized that he had really done it again, former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev went down to his knees on Sunday night at Ahmat Arena in Grozny, Russia. It was legendary Michael Buffer who announced Chagaev’s close but well deserved majority decision win (115:113, 115:113, 114:114) over Fres Oquendo which earned the 35-year-old Uzbek the WBA heavyweight championship for the second time in his career.

No other but Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was the first to congratulate Chagaev in the ring. While the fight lasted Kadyrov even took charge as chief second coaching “his” champion in the corner. It was the leader of the Chechen Republic who brought this world title fight to Grozny along with promoter Timur Dugazaev (TEREK Box Event). Accordingly Chagaev thanked the President for all his help and support. Continue reading

“Canelo vs. Lara PPV” preview edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special “Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara” 3-Hour edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

Throughout the first forty minute segment of the program, JK and Joseph will discuss the upcoming July 12th event: “Canelo Alvarez versus Erislandy Lara“, which is set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be broadcast via Showtime PPV. The outspoken duo will examine this superb pairing, which should ultimately decide Junior Middleweight supremacy. The Pugilist KOrner team will also talk about the catch weight issue, as well as both fighter’s respective preparation for the highly anticipated main event. Continue reading

Ruslan Chagaev wins “Regular” WBA heavyweight title with majority decision win over Fres Oquendo

Tonight in Grozny, Russia, former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev became a two-time champ, as he won a 12-round majority verdict over Fres Oquendo to pick up the “regular” WBA strap. The scores were 115-113 twice and 114-114. 35-year-old Chagaev is now 33-2-1(20). 41-year-old Oquendo, who felt he had won, fell to 37-8(24).

It was a bizarre night in many ways. The setting for the fight was quite impressive, as was the ring set-up and the pre-fight entertainment. The presence, too, of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was quite unique. As for the fight itself, the action was intriguing enough in the early rounds, with southpaw Chagaev pressing the action in his usual bull-like fashion. Fast-handed, Chagaev out-jabbed the taller Oquendo, winning the early to middle rounds. Neither man was noticeably hurt, until Chagaev picked up a nasty cut above the left eye in the 7th. Continue reading

Mares to stay at 126 for a while before moving to 130

28-year-old former three division world champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO’s) will temporarily be putting the brakes on his career and staying put at featherweight following his 1st round knockout loss to Jhonny Gonzalez from last year in August.

Mares had intended on moving up to super featherweight to challenge WBC champion Takashi Miura to try and win a 4th division world title, but Mares now has decided to stay put at featherweight to go after the big names in the division, such as Vasyl Lomachenko, Evgeny Gradovich, Nicholas Walters, Nonito Donaire, and a rematch against Gonzalez. Continue reading

Remembering the great Arturo Gatti five years on from his untimely death

Sadly, as we all know, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti passed away five years ago next week (July 11th). This special – very special – fighter gave his all in the ring too many time to remember. Yet no-one will ever forget Gatti; least of all his millions of fans and those men who had the honor of meeting him in the ring.

Gatti, who retired with a 40-9(31) ledger, was recently – and deservedly – inducted into The Hall of Fame. These highlights and more from the incredible career of “The Human Highlight Reel” go to show why:

WU12 Tracy Harris Patterson, Dec. 1995 – Gatti’s first world title winning fight and one of his first classics.

WU12 Patterson, Feb. 1997 – the rematch.

WTKO5 Gabriel Ruelas, Oct. 1997 – an awesome slugfest with a stunning ending.

LS10 Ivan Robinson, Aug. 1998 – Gatti lost this one, and the return, but he sure gave his all in providing some of his most mesmerising action.

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Joseph Parker stops Brian Minto

Tonight up and coming New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker takes on tough veteran Brian Minto (39-7) in Auckland City, New Zealand.

Minto, 39 years of age, last bout was against another New Zealand heavy Shane Cameron. Minto did a number on Cameron in simply outhustling and muscling him in consistently beating him to the punch. Cameron unable to make it out for the eighth round.

Parker (8-0) appears on the fast track to contender status as Duco his promotional team flag the usual potpourri of patsies in matching Parker with a solid journeyman like Minto. Continue reading

Erislandy Lara Grateful To Be An American On This Fourth Of July

On independence day in the USA, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara, is grateful to be an American as he celebrates “Fourth of July” in Las Vegas in anticipation of his showdown with Canelo Alvarez. The opportunities that Lara has experienced since arriving in the United States of America have been unbelievable. Having come from a communist country, Erislandy knows firsthand how important freedom is.

“When you’ve lived in a communist country, you really don’t understand how important your freedom is until you lived it,” said Erislandy Lara. “In America if you work hard the opportunities to prosper are endless, that’s why I’m so grateful to be living in the States. To the people who have sacrificed to make this country great, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. America is the best country on earth and I’m proud being an American…I’m living the American Dream!”

Adrien Broner – The Real Problem

If someone compiled a list of the most well known boxers in the world the name Adrien Broner would appear rather early. Adrien “The Problem” Broner was touted as the second coming PPV star based off his performances in the 130 and 135 pound divisions. And for a while a majority of the boxing world fell into a love-hate relationship with him.

After his loss to Marcos Maidana, Broner has relatively stayed on a low profile and held back on the public antics( most likely due to a changed lifestyle after getting married).

However in the ring, he faces some serious issues. After his bouts against the likes of Fernando Quintero and former WBA Welterweight Titlist Paulie Malignaggi, it showed that boxers who use angles and movement frustrate the relatively flat footed Broner. Continue reading

Huck defends WBO Crown vs. Larghetti on August 30!

Unbeaten in 21 fights with thirteen knockout victories to his credit – Mirko Larghetti will be facing Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) for “The Captain’s” WBO Cruiserweight World Championship on August 30. The Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany will play host to Huck’s 13th defense of the title he acquired back in August of 2009. If successful, the protégé of coach Ulli Wegner will equal Johnny Nelson’s record for the most title defenses in the cruiserweight division.

However, Larghetti has other plans. The Italian is still fuming over the cancellation of his title bid on March 29, which saw Huck injuring the thumb of his right hand in preparation of their fight. “I was ready back then and I am even more ready now,” said the 31-year-old, adding: “Hopefully, Huck is more careful with his hands this time. I want to show him and the boxing fans that I am a better fighter and the man to put an end to his title reign.” Continue reading

Mike Tyson: “My Fighter Can Beat Kovalev and Stevenson”

Miami, FL (July 3, 2014) Next Thursday night, July 10, top rated light heavyweight contender HUMBERTO SAVIGNE will battle former world champion JEFF “Left Hook” LACY from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida and LIVE on FOX Sports 1.

Presented by Iron Mike Productions, the Savigne/Lacy scheduled ten rounder at “JUDGMENT DAY” for the World Boxing Council (‘WBC’) Latino Light Heavyweight Title is the co-featured attraction to the highly anticipated IBF Super Featherweight Title Rematch between ARGENIS “La Tormenta” MENDEZ and RANCES “Kid Blast” BARTHELEMY.

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Tyson Fury: Chisora Will Be Like A Bug On Windscreen

Tyson Fury is pushing himself to the physical limits as he prepares for his showdown with rival Dereck Chisora on Saturday 26th July at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester.

The Manchester giant has been pushing a three and half ton tractor at his Bolton training camp to build up his strength and power to meet Chisora head-on in the biggest heavyweight grudge match in recent years.

Fury, 25, who inflicted the first defeat to Chisora’s record in July 2011, is not taking any for granted this time around and is preparing even harder with so much on the line in the crucial rematch. Continue reading

Garcia vs. Salka press conference

BROOKLYN, NY (July 2, 2014) – Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia and his challenger “Lightning” Rod Salka met at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY today to officially announce the card they headline, a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader on Saturday, Aug. 9. Oscar De La Hoya hosted the proceedings that included Lamont Peterson, Edgar Santana and Daniel Jacobs.

Here’s what the principals had to say…

DANNY GARCIA, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
“Come August 9 it’s going to be another great performance by me. I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove. I’ve got to show the world why I’m the unified super lightweight champion of the world. Continue reading

Kell Brook vs Shawn Porter – early thoughts and prediction

The scheduled match-up between Kell Brook and Shawn Porter is a highly intriguing one; both are unbeaten, spearheading the uprising talent, in the welterweight division, from the UK and the US respectively. For Kell Brook, the pressure is especially intense given that he’s long chased an Amir Khan bout, pulled out of a Devon Alexander clash (who Porter previously toppled), and yet remains relatively untested. Add all of these ingredients to the contrasting fight-styles of these combatants, and it’s easy to foresee a highly entertaining, explosive fight.

Shawn Porter’s style is unorthodox. He’s short but powerfully built. In the ring he stays on the outside, well outside of his opponent’s range, and cleverly accentuates his lack of height by keeping low. Then, almost cobra-like, he’ll literally launch himself into his opponent with straight punches and bombarding them with body shots on the inside. His style does bear similarities to Pacquiao of old, where he uses the element of surprise by jumping in with hard straight shots. It’s actually quite fitting that they were former sparring partners. However, unlike Pacquiao, Porter likes to fight inside. He can also use both hands and bends at the waist. His arsenal together with his awkward style makes him a very tricky opponent. Continue reading

Commey ready to beat Buckland to Commonwealth Lightweight title

There is no turning back now as Richard Oblitey Commey’s date of destiny approaches ever quicker with his Commonwealth Lightweight date against Gary Buckland now on July 12 barely days away.

The unbeaten Ghanaian’s long awaited quest to wear the Commonwealth Lightweight belt takes centrestage at the York Hall, Bethnal Green in London next weekend when he squares up against Welshman Gary Buckland for a title he first got the opportunity to fight for a year ago.

One fighter after another had failed to make it into the ring for the bout for the British empire belt with Commey even making time in-between to fight for and win the African Boxing Union (ABU) Lightweight title on December 26. Continue reading

Canelo Alvarez Media Workout Quotes

Photo: SHOWTIME/Esther Lin – Five days before he heads to Las Vegas, popular Mexican superstar and former WBC and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez participated in a media workout Tuesday before dozens of TV cameras, print and internet reporters, bloggers and boxing videographers at the House of Boxing Training Center.

“I’ve had a great training camp here in San Diego and I’m ready to go,” said Canelo (43-1-1, 31 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, who faces former Cuban national amateur standout and current WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs)in the 12-round main event of “HONOR & GLORY: Canelo vs. Lara,” a highly anticipated four-fight SHOWTIME PPV telecast Saturday, July 12, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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