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Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin fighting for respect Saturday on SHOWTIME

NEW YORK CITY (April 14, 2014) – Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight champion of the World, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, is fighting for respect this Saturday night on SHOWTIME against No. 2 ranked Czech challenger Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs).

Quillin vs. Konecny is part of a Golden Boy Promotions event, sponsored by Corona and AT&T, and headlined by the world light heavyweight unification fight between IBF champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and WBA title-holder Beibut Shumenov. The live SHOWTIME tripleheader telecast will begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao: A man with a satisfied mind?

This past Saturday night, almost two years since his controversial decision loss to Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao was able to claim a well deserved victory over the previously unbeaten Bradley.

It looked like a tough match for both men, but in the second half of the fight, it was Pacquiao that picked up the pace, while Bradley looked like he was leaking stamina as the rounds went on.

But is Pacquiao truly satisfied with his history with Bradley? Does Manny’s victory over Bradley label Timothy as Pacquiao’s past? Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Mailbag: Pacquiao vs Bradley, Canelo vs Lara, and Bob Arum!!

Carter C. (Northridge, CA): I think Pacquiao’s performance proves how good he truly is. I would like to know how you assessed his performance and what would you like to see next from him?

Vivek W. (ESB): Going into the bout, my official prediction was a Pacquaio stoppage down the home stretch, possibly as late as the 12th round. What I predicted and what we saw were two vastly different things, but in the end, the results carried the same weight. I just truly felt that his work-rate and the power it embodies alone would be able earn him a victory in this fight. Bradley has shown us great evolution, but there are a few major flaws within his game that I seriously doubt can be corrected at this stage of his career. It’s one thing to work on a particular set during camp; but in the heat of the battle, a veteran will revert to those tendencies that are deeply rooted and engrained in the brain every single time. Continue reading

“WBO Welterweight Champ Manny Pacquiao” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a big “Pacman vs. Desert Storm” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

Throughout the first thirty minute segment of the two hour program, The Pugilist KOrner team will talk about this weekend’s dramatic rematch from Las Vegas, Nevada, between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley!!

At the half hour mark of the show, “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” is honored to feature elite level trainer Ronnie Shields!! The Houston, Texas based fight coach will talk about the upcoming fight card on April 19th from Washington DC, as well as the rumors that his fighter, Erislandy Lara will take on Canelo Alvarez on July 12th via PPV. Continue reading

Andy Lee Wins Denmark Encounter

Andy Lee won a majority points decision against Frenchman Frank Haroche Horta at the Blue Water Dokken Sports Venue, Esbjerk, Denmark on Saturday night.

Lee presently ranked WBC #8, WBA #11 and WBO #12 in the world middleweight rankings dropped down to the light-middleweight division for this contest.

In the opening rounds a composed Lee worked behind his long right jab and navigated around the ring to comfortably take the first three rounds. As the fight progressed a determined Horta pressed forward and the fight became more competitive with both fighters trading punches.

The Irishman inactive since his last fight in November 2013, a second round KO win was glad to get much needed rounds under his belt to shake off some ring rust against a durable and game opponent. The judges at ringside scored the contest 77-76, 77-76 and 76-76 in favour of Lee. Continue reading

What’s obvious in Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2

The “Pacquiao-Bradley II” yesterday showed me only two things when I watched it on replay this morning. Let me share them with you as I quickly make this piece to briefly dissect what happened in the “show.”

One is Freddie Roach hasn’t solved yet the problem of his pupil with good counter punchers. It only goes to prove that Manny Pacquiao’s power purely lies not on his ability to knockout a fellow boxer, but on his opponent’s inability to effectively counter punch the “one-two” signature combination of Pacman.

Timothy Bradley was a smart tactician in the fight who suddenly veered from his team’s plan to engage Pacquiao only in the early rounds to test the waters, shock Pacquiao and gain some points, deviating from their original “strike then back off” strategy for much of the rounds. Bradley succeeded anyhow on occasions being “aggressive” all throughout the “passive” slugfest. Continue reading

Skoglund retains European (EU) Light Heavyweight Title, Yigit defeats Bruun

Erik Skoglund successfully defended his European (EU) Light Heavyweight Title with a ninth-round stoppage of Danilo D’Agata at the Nordic Fight Night in Esbjerg, Denmark.

The 22 year-old outclassed his awkward opponent to remain undefeated and secure his twentieth professional victory.

‘’It was a good fight,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’D’Agata was a tricky opponent. He had a good jab and was difficult to reach. I knew that as the fight went on he would tire and I would be able to get to him. I was pleased to get the stoppage.’’

Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ‘’This was a great win for Erik. He overcame a difficult opponent who could have potentially given him some problems. Erik has showed tonight that he is world class and I believe he is ready to fight for a bigger title.’’ Continue reading

Baltimore Battles at Patapsco Arena Doesn’t Disappoint

photo by hardworkpromotions.com – Saturday night was truly a great night for boxing fans hailing from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Hardwork promoter and main event fighter Venroy July put on another exciting card to bring fans drama and knockouts. The venue was packed with people enjoying food, drinks, and the DJ.

Around 7:30 pm the first bout was started as we welcomed Baltimore’s own Travis Reeves back home to take on Santos Martinez. Travis came out pumping the jab and placing good shots to the body and head. Then Travis landed a crisp right hand that sent Martinez crashing to the canvas. Martinez made the count but was unfit to continue in the fight. This was one of the many knockouts of night. Larry Recio from Landover, Maryland scored a first round knockout over Jose Felix in the first round. Edwin Reyes also scored a first round TKO over Chris Haney. Continue reading

Fans again asking for Mayweather-Pacquiao – Arum implores fans to “boycott” Mayweather-Maidana fight

Manny Pacquiao looked very good last night in gaining “revenge” over the man who officially defeated him but never really beat him almost two years ago. Still fast of hand and still having real fire in his belly, the Filipino superstar won a wide decision over an aggressive but wild Tim Bradley. But, once again, the talk at the post-fight press conference was of a Floyd Mayweather Junior-Manny Pacquiao showdown: this must-see fight being one that fans have been hoping for, and hoping for, for a number of years now.

Pacquiao told the gathered media that his phone line is “always open,” and that as such a fight with the undefeated Mayweather can be made. Fans, though, gave up holding their breath many moons ago (the fight would have been a true world event, transcending boxing had it taken place in 2009 or 2010) and there really doesn’t seem to be too much hope of the fight being made this year or next – at a time, by the way, when both greats will be aged 38 and 36 respectively; with Floyd being the older man. Continue reading

Klitschko: Leapai is an underdog but he can bite

IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) is taking on one of his smaller opponents in 6’0” Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) on April 26th of this month at the Koenig Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The 6’6” Wladimir doesn’t care that Leapai is small or that he was recently knocked out by journeyman Kevin Johnson. Wladimir is still taking him very serious as an opponent.

This fight might not look great on paper due to Leapai’s less than impressive resume, but the World Boxing Organization chose to rank him at No.1 after his win over Denis Boytsov, leaving Wladimir no other choice but to fight Leapai or end up having his WBO title stripped from him. Continue reading

Canelo-Lara to fight on July 12th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) and Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) will be fighting in the three months on Showtime pay-per-view on July 12th from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oscar De La Hoya revealed the information earlier today, and Lara’s previously scheduled May 2nd title defense against Ishe Smith has been canceled to free Lara up for the Canelo fight.

“Ready! July 12, 2014 – Canelo vs. Lara. We are going to give you want you want,” Canelo said on his social media site.

“Canelo official, July 12! We will find out what the kid’s got. This one is for my fans!!” – said Lara.
You’ve got to give Canelo a ton of credit for taking this fight, because he looked totally over-matched recently in his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last September. Continue reading

Pacquiao vs. Bradley: Tim Bradley Flops in Las Vegas

Heading into tonight’s rematch in Las Vegas it was tough to predict who would come out victorious in the rematch between Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao. It was also interesting to see how this fight would play out a second time and what would change. Early on it was a very different fight where Bradley looked like a poised veteran coming forward with confidence and landing hard punches that looked like they hurt Pacquiao. Manny looked slower, vulnerable, and behind at the midway point. As the sixth round came near the close Bradley dropped his hands to taunt Pacquiao and bobbed and weaved out of harm’s way. However, this was the turning point as Bradley took his foot completely off the gas and in reality it was hard to find a round after six to give to Bradley until the eleventh. It was hard to tell whether Bradley got tired, cocky, or hurt something because he stopped fighting and spent the next couple of rounds posing and taunting rather than fighting and it gave Pacquiao a lead on the cards but he robbed himself of the momentum. Continue reading

Who is Next After Timothy Bradley?

Manny Pacquiao has proven once again that he is one of the best boxers in the world when he dominated Timothy Bradley in a twelve action fight at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight.

Bradley has said before their anticipating rematch that he would deliver a lot of punches and move around well in the ring in order to convince judges’ decisions. This is true. Bradley has delivered a lot of shots and some these have connected well, but because of Manny’s power and speed, bradley has come short and did not win.

However, Bradley has gotten the respect that he wanted to earn after contemplating a suicide after his highly controversial win against Pacquiao years ago. Although he lost to the Filipino champ, he came to fight and gave his best, but Pacquiao has repelled his attacks. Continue reading

A Tale of Two Boxers

There is nothing new on the demand for the fight but a demand again. It had been rightly concluded that a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather will garner the highest revenue in boxing history. It would also be a showdown between the current best offensive fighter and best defensive fighter. That should make the boxers and the promoters concerned to make the fight happen. What keeps them from doing so?

Before each others fighting style, Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story is not that far different from Mayweather’s. Their fighting style however different, one offensive and the other defensive, are exciting to watch. Their personality which is in contrast with each other just adds up excitement to their possible match. Continue reading

Pacquiao beats Bradley; Beltran and Vargas win

Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KO’s) pounded out a 12 round unanimous decision win on Saturday night in beating WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-1, 12 KO’s) to hand him his first career loss in a closely contested battle at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was scored 116-112, 116-112, and 118-110.

The judge that scored it 118-110 must have been watching another fight because there’s no way Pacquiao won the fight by that score. It was close.

The win wasn’t the huge one-sided victory that Pacquiao needed to prove that he was back. Indeed, he looked slow at times tonight, and clearly not the fighter he was five years ago when he beat Miguel Cotto in his prime. But Pacquiao at least got the victory over Bradley, and he can now go on and fight the winner of the Mike Alvarado vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight in September. As for Bradley, he’ll very likely get a third fight with Pacquiao in 2015. Continue reading