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Kovalev Grinds Down Agnew; Warns Light Heavyweight Division to “Stay in Shape!”

By Justin Jones & Paul “Paparazzi” Jones-, Photo © Paul “Paparazzi” Jones — Atlantic City, NJ — Russian WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) continued his winning ways on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City) by punishing previously unbeaten Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) over seven rounds. A devastating left hook to Agnew’s gut sealed the deal in the seventh round, dropping the challenger to his knees as he winced in pain. Shortly thereafter, the referee stopped the bout when Agnew failed to beat the count.

“I hit him and hurt him with the same shot in the fourth or fifth round, so I knew he felt my punch,” said Kovalev. “I knew once I landed the left hand to the liver (in the seventh round) that he was done.” Continue reading

Results from Kovalev-Agnew at Boardwalk Hall

(Photo Credit: Rich Graessle/Main Events) Atlantic City, NJ: In front of a packed house at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ the Russian Wrecking Ball Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs)* knocked out Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) in seventh round to retain his WBO Light Heavyweight belt live on HBO Boxing After Dark. The Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall shook as Krusher made his entrance. Michael Buffer said of these two undefeated fighters as he announced the fight, “Someone’s 0 has got to go!”

Both fighters were feeling each other out early in the bout while the chants of “USA” came from the nearly sold-out crowd in AC. Agnew, normally a right handed fighter, came out boxing southpaw. Krusher knocked down Agnew just as the bell rang in the second round. Kovalev suffered a cut under his right eye in the fourth. Agnew took Kovalev deeper than he has gone in his last six fights but could not defeat him. Kovalev won via TKO 0:58 into the seventh round. The final punch total: Kovalev 107 of 402 and Agnew 31 for 109. Continue reading

Thomas Dulorme captures NABF title with unanimous decision against Karim Mayfield

NEW JERSEY (March 29, 2014) – Tonight in Atlantic City NJ, Gary Shaw Productions Jr. Welterweight sensation, Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs, captured vacant the NABF title with a 10-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten contender Karim Mayfield (18-1-1, 10 KOs). Scorecards read 98-92, 97-94 and 96-93 all in favor for Dulorme.

From the opening round, Dulorme controlled the action with his length and kept his distance as Mayfield tried his best to take the fight inside. As the fight went into the later rounds, Dulorme continued to mount a convincing lead as he boxed his way to victory. Continue reading

Kovalev stops Agnew; Dulorme decisions Mayfield

WBO light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s) gave Cedric Agnew (26-1, 13 KO’s) a methodical beating en route to halting him in the 7th round tonight with a left jab to the body at The Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Referee Samuel Viruet stopped the fight at 0:57 of the 7th.

Agnew did a good job of covering up, and landing some nice shots in the fight. However, the punishing affects of Kovalev’s shots sapped all the energy out of Agnew by the 6th round, and he was able to put him on the canvas early in the round. Continue reading

Maidana must rough up Mayweather to win

WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s) is going to need to throw the rule book out the window on May 3rd for him to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) in their pay per view clash on Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Maidana is going to need to do everything he can to win this fight, including bending the rules in order to make give himself a chance to win.

Maidana doesn’t match up in the speed department or the skills with Mayweather. He also doesn’t have Mayweather’s vast experience both as a professional and as an amateur. Maidana has a couple of things going for him in this fight and that’s his power and his rough house style of fighting. Continue reading

Bradley sticking with the belief that Pacquiao doesn’t have it anymore

WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KO’s) seems to be trying to whip his opponent Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO’s) into a mad frenzy for their fight next month on April 12th by saying to anyone willing to listen that Pacquiao no longer has the same fire that he once did years ago.

Bradley has told this even to Pacquiao’s face during their Face Off with Max Kellerman on HBO, and he appears to be intent on making Pacquiao so angry that he’ll come out quickly on April 12th trying to score a knockout. Bradley must feel like he’ll be able to keep from getting hit with Pacquiao’s shots so that he can get a decision win over him. There’s no other reason why Bradley would want to be pointing out the flaws in Pacquiao’s game. Continue reading

Chavez Jr-Golovkin fight to have $1 million weight penalty for both fighters

WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KO’s) now has a big reason for him to make weight for his proposed July 19th fight against middleweight Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s) for their fight at 168 pounds on HBO. If Chavez Jr. fails to make weight, it’s going to cost him $1 million. Chavez Jr. agreed to the weight penalty on Friday.

The penalty also applies to Golovkin if he can’t make the 168lb, but he probably won’t struggle with the weight. It’s Chavez Jr. who is built like a cruiserweight, and who clearly is already having problems making weight for his fights at super middleweight despite having moved up from the middleweight division only last year. It seems likely that Chavez Jr. will need to make a move to the light heavyweight division in the near future if he doesn’t want to end up losing fights due to him being weigh-drained. Continue reading

April 12 And May 3: Days Of Infamy For Boxing

What liberated people would ignore an injustice, gladly bear its yoke and willingly suffer its injuries by doing nothing? If scoundrels think they are free to do what they’re doing in defiance of reason and what is right, can’t we be at liberty to do what’s right and reasonable in defiance of the baseness of what they’ve been doing? Continue reading

Amir Khan, Luis Collazo media interview transcript

Kelly Swanson

I’m going to go ahead and call this media conference call today the second moment of “THE MOMENT” for a fight that was announced this week. We have Amir “King” Khan and also Luis Collazo joining us today, along with Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions, and Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Showtime. So, very exciting, and I’m going to turn it over to the participants and start with Richard Schaefer, who will make the introductions. Continue reading

Timothy Bradley Interview Transcript

BOB ARUM: Thanks, everyone for getting on the call and before we start the call we are going to give everyone a real treat. We are going to play the song called “Champion,” performed by the famous Fashawn. He will sing that song leading Tim Bradley out of the dressing room April 12, on the night of the big fight. So without further adieu, let’s play the new his song, for the first time anywhere… (listen to :20 of the Tim Bradley’s walk-out music. Entire recording is attached)

TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Training camp is going great. Are you guys ready for this?! April 12 is going to be a great night for everyone involved on HBO Pay-Per-View. Continue reading

Adonis Stevenson vs Andrzej Fonfara live on Boxnation

LONDON (March, 28) – THE RING magazine’s ‘Fighter of the Year’ Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson will be out to display his superhero power when he takes on Andrzej Fonfara live and exclusive on BoxNation.

The WBC light-heavyweight world champion who enjoyed a scintillating 2013, has earned a reputation as one of boxing’s most formidable punchers, with BoxNation viewers getting the chance to see the knockout artist live in action on May 24th.

‘The Channel of Champions’ is pulling no punches when it comes to adding the very best boxing action to its schedule having already confirmed a number of top fights to its roster including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s respective ring returns. Continue reading

Arum says Pacquiao vs. Bradley II almost as significant as De La Hoya vs. Pacquiao was

“Whether he [Manny Pacquiao] ever fights Floyd Mayweather or doesn’t fight Mayweather, this is the most important fight of Manny’s career, next to the Oscar De La Hoya fight,” said Arum in a recent interview.

Thus far Manny Pacquaio’s career has been very exhilarating, for his boxing fans as well as for himself. He has broken ground too many times to mention, while accumulating a colossal amount of boxing fans. Most of his boxing career was Manny beating the odds, moving forward at a scary pace. Since it is common knowledge that all good things come to an end, Pacquiao suffered a very debatable (according to an entire army of boxing fans) loss to Timothy Bradley, and a stunning knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. Continue reading