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Video: Wladimir Klitschko vs Alex Leapai Media Day

WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO and “The Ring Magazine“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against WBO #1 and mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (Australia) at the König-Pilsener-Arena Oberhausen, Germany on April 26.

Last November the 34-year-old Leapai became a boxing sensation when he beat undefeated Denis Boytsov, the great heavyweight hope and No. 1 of the WBO world rankings. Leapai won a unanimous decision dominating Boytsov over 12 rounds and knocking him down twice in the process. As a result of this victory the WBO appointed Leapai the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko.

“The Lionheart” Leapai was born in Samoa and now lives and trains in Logan City, Australia. The reigning WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight champion is currently rated No. 1 in the WBO world rankings. He turned professional in 2004 when he suffered most of his four losses due to being over-matched early in his career. With his latest victory against Boytsov, Leapai improved his record to 30 wins with 24 KOs. Continue reading

Clottey tops Mundine

In Newcastle, Australia last night Anthony Mundine (46 – 6) fought Ghanaian Joshua Clottey (38- 4) in the classical cross roads fight, the loser destined to fight local derbies as a competitive journeyman.

At stake was the WBA International Middleweight title.

Both fighters were in magnificent condition, Mundine at 38 years of age carried the advantage of being the physically bigger man, however from the outset Clottey the younger man by two years ignored that physical fact and fought as if he was.

Clottey started on the front foot, paying no dues to Mundines power or speed as he continually pressed forward throughout the first round, outpunching and most importantly out landing Mundine. Continue reading

Clottey beats Mundine, ends his title aspirations

Joshua Clottey has ended the world title aspirations of Anthony Mundine, knocking the three-time world champion down five times on route to a unanimous decision win.

Clottey proved too strong for Mundine, with the Ghanaian regularly getting through the defence of the Australian.

The Ghanaian found himself on the deck early in the 2nd round, but the referee correctly ruled that is what a result of a rabbit punch, issuing Mundine a warning.

Mundine felt the power of Clottey soon after, hitting the canvas for the first time in the Round 3.

Mundine was caught standing right in front of Clottey and a powerful right hand sent him down. The Australian was able to beat the count, before the bell sounded signalling an end to the round. Continue reading

Clottey defeats Mundine in huge upset

In a huge upset, #14 WBA Joshua Clottey (38-4, 22 KO’s) defeated #3 WBA Anthony Mundine (46-6, 27 KO’s) by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Clottey was supposed to be a safe fight for the 38-year-old Mundine to win in order to stay in line for a title shot against WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara. However, Clottey didn’t go along with the program, as he knocked the slow moving Mundine down 5 times in the fight with his still fast hooks to the head. Mundine was down once in rounds 3, twice in the 6th, once in the 8th, and a final time in the 10th. The final judger scores were 116-108, 115-109, and 117-108. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Gary Shaw, Mercito Gesta, Steve Cunningham, Paulie Malignaggi, and Bruno Escalante

 The Pugilist KOrner: Gary Shaw, Mercito Gesta, Steve Cunningham, Paulie Malignaggi, and Bruno EscalanteTonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents a special two-hour, six guest edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The exclusive presentation will feature Promoter Gary Shaw, Heavyweight contender and former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham, Lightweight contender Mercito Gesta, two division world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, and Super Flyweight prospect Bruno Escalante. Continue reading

Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov media conference call transcript

Kelly Swanson

This week has been jam-packed with information about the April 19 ‘History at the Capitol. Yesterday, we did a conference call with the undercard fighters, and now, we have our main event fighters available today to talk to the press. I’m very excited about it.

Bernard Hopkins, the IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, certainly a future first ballot Hall of Famer is on the phone; along with Beibut Shumenov, who is the WBA and IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion. I think it’s going to be an amazing unification bout; let’s go ahead and talk a little bit more about the fight and its particulars as well as introduce the fighters. I’d like to introduce Bruce Binkow, the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Golden Boy Promotions. Continue reading

Ike Ibeabuchi still in jail, has been transferred not released – but the 41-year-old hopes to resume career soon

Reading Boxing News’ website – the website being as invaluable as the weekly magazine itself – I came across a short news piece on former heavyweight terror, the unbeaten Ike Ibeabuchi. Reportedly, Ibeabuchi, who was imprisoned for sexual offences in 1999, has NOT been released but merely transferred from the Nevada Department of Corrections to Washoe County Jail.

Over the past few weeks there have been various reports on various boxing websites, stating how Ibeabuchi, now aged 41, had been released; some articles even stating how “The President” had resumed training. Thanks for Boxing News for clearing this issue up. Continue reading

Roach: If Pacquiao loses to Bradley, he might need to retire

Trainer Freddie Roach is saying that his fighter Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) may need to retire from boxing if he loses his fight this Saturday night against WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s). Roach sees the fight as one that the 35-year-old Pacquiao can’t afford to lose.

A defeat in this fight will be Pacquiao’s third loss in his last four fights, and that obviously would have a major effect on his future earning power in terms of his pay-per-view fights. Continue reading

Canelo says he’s offered a fight to Lara for July 12th

With no one for him to fight that would gain him any respect from the boxing public, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1-1, 31 KO’s) says that he’s offered WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KO’s) fight for July 12th, but here’s the kicker: Lara will only have two months in between his May 2nd title defense and the July 12th fight to get ready.

So in other words, if Lara is going to have very little time to get ready for the 23-old Canelo, and if he suffers so much as a scratch in the Ishe Smith fight, then his title defense against Canelo will go down the drain. Continue reading

Bradley: I won’t show any compassion to Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) had been bring his ‘A’ game on Saturday night because WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) means business when the two of them meet up on April 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bradley says he’s not going to show any mercy on the aging 35-year-old Filipino fighter, as he sees it as a situation where he’s looking to provide for his family. Bradley won’t let up on Pacquiao this Saturday, and he expects the same from him.

“He [Pacquiao] will get absolutely no compassion from me,” Bradley said via RingTV. “In that ring, it is all about my family eating or his family eating. Manny Pacquiao will have to knock me out to stop my family from eating.” Continue reading

Arreola: I’d rather fight Fury than Deontay Wilder

#2 WBC Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KO’s) could find himself facing unbeaten knockout artist #3 WBC Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s) before the end of the year if Arreola is able to get past #1 WBC Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO’s) in their rematch on May 10th at the Galen Center, in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Arreola-Stiverne 2 fight will be for the vacant WBC title that was recently vacated by long-time champion Vitali Klitschko. If Arreola beats Stiverne, he says he would prefer to fight the unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KO’s) rather than the 6’7” Deontay, because he feels that Fury is more accomplished and has the much bigger fan base. Continue reading

Maidana will be getting $20 million paydays if he beats Mayweather, says Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia, the trainer for WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s), believes Maidana’s going to be soon getting the big $20 million paydays for each fight once he beats Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in their mega fight next month on May 3rd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Garcia sees a win for Maidana not only bringing him to the $20 million stage of his career, but also making him a bigger star than Manny Pacquiao.

“If he [Maidana] beats Mayweather, he’ll be huge, bigger than Manny Pacquiao. That’s where the $20 million paydays for Chino [Maidana] come,” Garcia said to esnewsreporting. Continue reading

Mike Reed: “There will never be a dull moment when I step in that ring”

Stiff Jab 2013 prospect of the year Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed looks to continue his campaign in the junior welterweight division when he headlines the April 18th card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Reed is a local fighter hailing from Waldorf, MD. His record currently stands at (8-0,5KOs). I had a chance to catch up with Reed to ask him how things were going in his boxing career. Continue reading

Pacquiao: I will have to hunt Bradley down

Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) full expects that he’ll need to go after WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) this Saturday night on April 12th in their rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. After watching Bradley defeat Juan Manuel Marquez last October, Pacquiao realizes that he’s going to need to really go after Bradley if he’s to get him to exchange with him.

Bradley isn’t going to fight the same kind of fight that he did against Ruslan Provodnikov. That was one-time type of fight for Bradley, and he realized afterwards that he cannot fight that same way again if he wants to keep from getting knocked out cold. Continue reading

“Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley 2” edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

“JEK III Productions” presents a big “Pacman vs. Desert Storm” fight preview edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”!!

Trainer Ronnie Shields enters “The Pugilist KOrner” at the 32 minute mark, and master strategist James Gogue’s segment begins at the 78 minute mark of the show!! Thanks for listening!!

Throughout the first thirty minute segment of the two hour program, The Pugilist KOrner team will talk about this weekend’s dramatic fight card from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, featuring Steve Cunningham/Amir Mansour and Curtis Stevens/Tureano Johnson. James and Joseph will also examine the controversial stoppage in the dramatic tenth and final round of the Stevens/Johnson bout, in which the Brooklyn native was down on every judges’ scorecard. Continue reading

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