By James Stillerman at Ringside – It was a happy Saint Patrick`s day for the several hundred fans who packed the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell as they saw their hometown fighter, “Irish” Joe McCreedy prevail over Michael “Flash” Walchuk by way of a eight round unanimous decision by scores of 76-76, 78-74 and 77-75, in a fight he dominated throughout and almost had Walchuk knockdown several times. This fight was presented by Chicago Fight Club Promotions, CFC. Continue reading
Translated with permission from La Presse/Gabriel Béland / As reported by Mr. Gabriel Béland from La Presse newspaper in Montreal: Montreal, March 19th 2013 – Last Thursday, the fight between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute was on life support. Friday, it was revived. What happened during this time? Nothing that a 2-hour steak dinner between Jean Pascal and Jean Bédard couldn’t fix.
“The fight against Bute is off”. Those were the words former Light Heavyweight World champion Jean Pascal was ready to tweet last Thursday. He wrote it out on his phone and was ready to hit the send button.
Negotiations hit a brick wall that day. Pascal was unable to reach agreement on several terms with his promoter, Yvon Michel. “There was no end in sight” remembers Pascal.
Just as Pascal readied to quash the most significant fight in Canadian history, his phone rang.
“Normally I do not answer calls in the middle of tweeting. I don’t know why I took the call right away that day”. Continue reading
NEW YORK, NY (March 19, 2013) — Live world championship boxing continues its EPIX run in April and May with two more exciting events featuring the kings of the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight champion NATHAN CLEVERLY defends his title against No. 1 contender ROBIN KRASNIQI on Saturday, April 20, at London’s Wembley Arena. The following month, World Heavyweight Champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, making his fourth consecutive appearance on EPIX, defends his WBO/International Boxing Federation (IBF)/World Boxing Association (WBA)/International Boxing Organization (IBO)/The Ring world titles against undefeated Top-10 contender FRANCESCO PIANETA on Saturday, May 4, at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Continue reading
By John G. Thompson: Another black eye for boxing comes not in the ring but in the antics of one of the sport’s most promising young champions. Adrien “The Problem” Broner (26-0, 22 KO’s) spent a little time in jail on Monday after being arrested in Miami Beach, Florida on battery charges. Broner posted his mug shot on Instagram briefly, before removing it. The mug shot showed his booking time (10:13 am) and his bond amount was set at $1,500. So far details of the “battery” have not surfaced. As of now, it appears that Broner posted the bond and was released.
Broner tweeted at about 7:30 EST that evening, “They tried to keep a nigga locked down in MIA.”
At just twenty-three years of age, Broner is the current WBC lightweight champion having moved up from the super featherweight division, where he briefly ruled as the WBO champ. Broner won the WBC belt from Antonio DeMarco in December of 2012 in a dominant performance some view as his “coming out party,” and defended it in his most recent bout this past February, again dominating his opponent en route to a victory by stoppage. Continue reading
SHOWTIME Sports Sets Expansive Programming Lineup Across Multiple Platforms For May Day: Mayweather vs. Guerrero
NEW YORK (March 19, 2013)—SHOWTIME Sports has scheduled more than 100 hours of diverse boxing and documentary programming across broadcast television, cable television, premium television, and digital portals in advance of the upcoming SHOWTIME PPV presentation of MAY DAY—the mega-event headlined by boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound titlist Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s welterweight world championship defense against four-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Continue reading
NEW YORK – Heavyweight import Tyson Fury, 20-0, 14 KOs, invades New York City on April 20th in the afternoon show at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Fury hopes to bring the “Luck of the Irish” with him when he takes on former two-time world champion Steve Cunningham, 25-5, 12 KOs, in a 12-round IBF heavyweight elimination fight. The winner of the bout, which will be broadcast live 4PM ET in the states on network television by NBC, earns the #2 spot in the IBF rankings, and stays on course for a shot at champion Wladimir Klitschko. The event will be Fury’s American debut.
Fury, who is of Irish heritage and was named after boxing great Mike Tyson, is no fighting leprechaun. In fact, at 6′ 9″, he is quite the opposite, and should prove to be a tall task for Cunningham to topple. The battle-tested “USS” Cunningham has been in the ring with top quality foes, all over the world. However, he’s never faced a hard-punching giant like Fury.
Cunningham moved up from the cruiserweight division last year, and has looked good as a heavyweight thus far, but this fight should determine whether or not he can handle one of the gloved giants that so dominate the heavyweight division these days. Continue reading
On Saturday, March 23rd, boxing will finally return to the beautiful Sunset Station for the first time in almost ten years. The platform is only fitting when one considers the years of experience both camps will bring to the ring this weekend. Continue reading
March 19, 2013 – After weeks of intense training in his hometown of Gilroy, Calif., Six-Time and Four-Division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s) has arrived in Las Vegas to continue training camp as he prepares to dethrone Eight-Time, Four-Division and current WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO’s). The championship showdown will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., live on SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 4, 2013.
“Las Vegas is my home now and these next six weeks of training will be very grueling, but I’m well prepared to make the sufficient sacrifices that will be needed to dethrone Mayweather,” said Guerrero. “The first day of camp in Las Vegas is in the books and my body is filling out perfectly. I’m feeling extremely strong right now. I will have all my bases covered for this fight and I’m leaving no stone unturned. Believe me, Floyd is in trouble and there is nothing he can do to escape the punishment I’m going to give him. God has put me in this position for a reason and May 4th can’t come soon enough.” Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: Undefeated heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (18-0, 11 KO’s) will be fighting this Saturday night in a scheduled 10 round bout against Britain’s Michael Sprott (37-19, 17 KO’s) in Helenius’ second fight of his comeback from a serious injury when they meet on the undercard of the Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz 2 fight at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) has decided to go the mandatory route to get a title shot against one of the Klitschko brothers after meeting with his trainer/manager Adam Booth to decide which way to go in his career. Haye plans on fighting next on July 6th at a still to be determined venue in the UK against possibly Alexander Povetkin, Robert Helenius or Johnathon Banks.
Haye, 32, had tried to circumvent going the mandatory challenger route by calling out the Klitschkos to try and entice them into a fight by letting them know how much money they would get for fighting him. However, Wladimir Klitschko already beat Haye two years ago by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision, and he’s not interested in the least to fight him again.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko seems to be debating whether to continue his boxing career, and he too isn’t interested in facing Haye. The guy for Haye to target obviously is Wladimir because he does plan on continuing to fight, but Haye will have to lock himself down as his mandatory challenger before Wladimir will be forced to either fight him or give up his title by vacating it or having it stripped from him. Continue reading
Underrated spoiler Marcus “Hurelius” Upshaw (15-8-2, 7 KOs) has returned to Mexico, seeking revenge on Saturday night (Mar. 23) for his last fight south of the border, against two-time world title challenger Marcos Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (56-6-1, 49 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas middleweight title. Continue reading
Billy Joe Saunders is out to prove that he’s the best of the British middleweights this year.
The British and Commonwealth Champion puts both titles on the line this Thursday night at the York Hall against Manchester puncher Matthew Hall, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
With Martin Murray, Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker all in the domestic mix, Saunders wants to face at least one of his rivals this year
Still only 23 and with his rivals all 30, Saunders says the best is yet to come from him. Continue reading
It has been officially announced that undefeated Puerto Rican knockout specialist Jorge Maysonet Jr. (11-0, 10 KOs) will take on 26 year old southpaw Gabriel Tolmajyan (13-2-1, 3KOs) in the televised co-feature of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on April 5th, featuring Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs) vs. Ammeth Diaz (31-11, 22 KOs) in an IBF lightweight title elimination bout scheduled for 12 rounds. The fight will take place at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Continue reading
By Michael Collims: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (27-3, 19 KO’s) only has to win one fight against Julio Diaz (40-7-1, 29 KO’s) next month on April 27th to find himself waiting for the winner of the four-fighter 140 pound tournament put together by Golden Boy Promotions.
Khan, 26, will face the winner of a set of matches in November involving WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (25-0, 16 KO’s) facing Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KO’s) on April 27th at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, and Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KO’s) vs. IBF light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KO’s) on May 18th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
The winner of the Judah-Garcia & Peterson-Matthysse will face each other in a fight that could take place in the summer. The winner of that fight will then face Khan in November. In other words, Khan only has to fight one each opponent in non-top 15 ranked welterweight Julio Diaz, whereas the fighter that meets him in the finals will have to have gone through two tough fights to get to Khan. Continue reading
RICKY HATTON believes Anthony Crolla will be back on the road to the top if he can gain revenge on Derry Mathews next weekend.
Crolla, 26, goes into the lion’s den to face Mathews on a Matchroom Sport show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 19, 2013) A media lunch for the Los Angeles boxing press was held on Saturday afternoon for WBA/IBO Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and contender Nobuhiro Ishida who will clash on Saturday, March 30 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
The Golovkin/Ishida battle will be broadcast LIVE by Integrated Sports Media at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand, DIRECT TV, DISH and Avail-TN/$24.95.
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin
“Thank you all for coming today, this will be a great fight and I’m looking forward to fighting in Monte Carlo, a beautiful part of the world. It’s very good for boxing that this is event is being held there.” Continue reading
Although it may be the first big test of his professional boxing career, Puerto Rican prospect Roberto Acevedo (7-0, 4 KOs) says he’s treating it like just another fight when he takes on Chicago’s also undefeated Paul Littleton (6-0-1, 4 KOs) on Friday, March 22, 2013, at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Continue reading
Tacoma, WA (March 18th, 2013) – After two years, fight fans all around the world will get their chance to once again witness Zahir “King” Raheem (31-3-0, 18 KO’s) back in the ring in pursuit of a world title. Raheem is scheduled to fight on Saturday, March 23rd at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA where northwest boxing fans will get the first look at the superstar when he takes on Toppenish’s Santos Pakau (28-7-2, 11 KO’s) in the Main Event of Battle at the Boat 91.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to fight for Halquist Productions and I look forward to a very successful journey, “said Raheem about his much anticipated comeback to boxing.
Boxing enthusiasts throughout the world remember a crucial day in 2005 when lightweight champion, Erik Morales, took on the rising Zahir Raheem. The fight was intended to be a warm up fight for Morales before his scheduled super fight rematch against Manny Pacquiao. Raheem didn’t have the same plan in mind. He stepped into the ring determined to let the world know he was ready for a title shot. Continue reading
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From March 17, translated from Spanish:
By José Sulaimán – Habemus Papam !!! Pope Francisco. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, where he was born. Son of an Italian father. He took the name in honour of San Francisco de Assisi, from the XIII century, who devoted his life to the help of the sick and very poor people. Continue reading
PHILADELPHIA (March 18, 2013)— Banner Promotions congratulates Ruslan Provodnikov for a great fight and living up to all of our expectations last Saturday night when he took on WBO Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on HBO World Championship Boxing.
The bout, which took place in Carson, California, was a thrilling battle for Provodnikov as he rocked and hurt the undefeated champion repeatedly and was controversially denied knockdowns in each of the first two rounds and was able to send Bradley to the canvas late in the twelfth round for which Bradley barely beat referee Pat Russell’s count. Continue reading
Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (30-15) is dissatisfied with the results of his fight with Osumanu Adama (21-3) Saturday night in Lowell, Mass. The two faced off on CFC Fight Night at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, in Lowell, MA “Adama didn’t do enough to win this fight,” he said. “I hurt him twice, once in the fifth round that could have been scored a 10-8 round, and another time later in the fight, I landed more punches and was more consistent, and he was wild with his punches when he got confused and couldn’t figure out how to fight me.” Continue reading
The Joe Hand Boxing Gym is deeply saddened to pass on the news that Pete Papaleo, co-founder and manager of the gym and better known as “Petey Pop,” passed away Thursday, March 14. Pete, 68, was a wonderful friend to the Hand family for over 40 years and was their goodwill ambassador at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym.< “Pete was just a great guy, a great friend and well-known throughout the boxing community,” said Joe Hand Sr.
“Pete was the first to greet you at the gym with a handshake and smile and made sure everything ran to perfection. Whenever we had a request at the gym, we would say, ‘Go see Petey Pop,’ and he always took care of everybody.
“When we first moved into the (Northern Liberties) area, the neighborhood didn’t want us. After we received the OK, a few months later Petey Pop became the neighbors’ best friend. Continue reading
Everyone knows that Dancing With the Stars champ and pro dancer, Tony Dovolani has had a major impact in the world of ballroom dance, but Dovolani has another life as a boxing manager. Dovolani, a major fan of boxing his entire life, is very serious about getting more involved in the sport of the Sweet Science. Continue reading
by Robert Jackson – The title of this article has got to be the question that everyone is asking around the water cooler today. Bradley went ‘tooth and nail’ against a fighter who everyone expected him to easily outbox, at times almost getting KO’d. The Russian,…Provodnikov with limited boxing skills, had never in his 6 year career faced an opponent of Bradley’s stature and was chosen as a walkover/tuneup for Bradley who’s looking for more lucrative fights. Having fought most of his career as a Jr welterweight Provodnikov stepped up to the 147lb class to face WBO champion Bradley.
If you were to look at Provodnikov’s boxing resume there are no elite fighters to speak of prior to facing Bradley, expecting most – prior to the fight to disbelieve him able to put the beating on Bradley that he did Saturday nite. Continue reading
Frank Warren is delighted to announce that he has signed exciting and undefeated featherweight talent Joe Murray to a promotional agreement.
Manchester ace Murray, 26, will make his debut for his new promoter at Wembley Arena on Saturday 20th April on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi that also features Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Champion Liam Walsh and Dereck Chisora, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Continue reading