by Esther Lin/SHOWTIME – Golden Boy Promotions hosted the final press conference Wednesday for the unprecedented day-night boxing doubleheader that will take place this Saturday, Dec. 15, live on CBS Television Network (first fight 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT), SHOWTIME EXTREME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) and SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
In the main event on CBS, undefeated IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13 KO’s), of Los Angeles, will defend his title against unbeaten Alberto Guevara (16-0, 6 KO’s) of San Diego, Calif., while talented 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz, of South El Monte, Calif., will make his pro debut against Vicente Alfaro (5-2, 1 KO), of Northfield, Minn., in the opening bout.
Following the 90-minute broadcast on CBS, its first boxing event since Bernard Hopkins knocked out Glen Johnson in the 11th round on Jan. 20, 1997, there will be a 10-round fight on SHOWTIME EXTREME between undefeated welterweight Shawn “Showtime” Porter (20-0, 14 KO’s), of Cleveland, Ohio, against surging former World Champion Julio Diaz (40-7, 29 KO’s), of Indio, Calif. Continue reading
THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY returns for its fourth edition SATURDAY, DEC. 15 (12:30-1:00 a.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Toyota Center in Houston, exclusively on HBO. A provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, newsmakers and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing, the latest edition of the show debuts immediately following the “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader headlined by the junior featherweight title showdown between Nonito Donaire and Jorge Arce (live ET/tape-delayed PT) and the replay of Pacquiao-Marquez 4, which begins at 9:30. Four-time Sports Emmy® winner Lampley has been the host of HBO Boxing since joining the network in 1988. Continue reading
by Matt McGrain: Another busy month for boxing has seen fewer changes to the Trans Boxing Rankings than November but drama abounded at the top of more than one division, not least lightweight where a new #1 contender was installed. Adrien Broner isn’t to everyone’s taste as a man, but as a fighter he was deemed deserving of the #1 spot after his one-sided domination of former #1 Antonio DeMarco on the 17th of last month.
DeMarco slips to fourth and everyone below him drops a spot with Mercito Gesta’s tenancy of the #10 spot limited to just a month as he makes way for Broner’s sensational entry at #1. With Ricky Burns sticking at #2 the mooted meeting between these two would crown a new Champion at the weight.
Also vacating a #10 spot is Diego Magdaleno at Junior Lightweight, pushed out by a resurgent Yuriorkis Gamboa who is introduced at #7 after his win over Michael Farenas. The other mover below lightweight is Juan Francisco Estrada who debuts at #10 based upon his worthy effort versus Roman Gonzalez.
Above lightweight, the big news was at welterweight and junior –middleweight. At 147lbs. Robert Guerrero overhauls Zaveck, Ortiz and Lopez to gatecrash the top 5 whilst Juan Manuel Marquez batters his way into the #2 spot just as he battered perennial rival Manny Pacquiao to the canvas this past Saturday night. He also replaces Pacquiao as the only fighter that can crown a genuine welterweight Champion in a contest with Floyd Mayweather, although there may be no appetite for that rematch based upon the one-sided drubbing Floyd handed Juan Manuel in their original meeting. Pacquiao drops to #3. Continue reading
News: Dominic Breazeale Back In Action; Danish Prospects In Tough Tests.. Free Worldwide Live Stream!
Just three weeks after his last outing, Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (2-0, 2 KO’s) is returning to the ring this Saturday to continue his quest for a world title. The 2012 U.S. Olympic super heavyweight will be fighting on the undercard of the Leo Santa Cruz vs. Alberto Guevara world title bout at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena which will be broadcast live on CBS. Continue reading
by Steve Lopez- Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank- The stage is set for Saturday’s Jr. Featherweight showdown between highly favorite WBO Champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire and Jorge “Travieso” Arce. Wednesday marked the final press conference where fighters addressed the members of the media and to reinforce what to expect in their performances. The co-featured bout will feature Cuba’s up and coming rising star Guillermo Rigondeaux against Thailand’s Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym.
To show boxing’s global presence with fighters and fans, Wednesday’s conference featured a rather interesting mix of fighter backgrounds: Mexico, Cuba, Thailand and the Philippines. It was no surprise that each fighter, with the exception of Donaire, required a translator to get their points across. I had the privilege to attend the conference and captured some visuals and quotes from each fighter:
Guillermo Rigondeax was a man of few words ready to fight.
“Nothing much to say. We’re ready to get this going.” Continue reading
On Wednesday, December 19, at the Roseland Ballroom, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will host an exciting 10-bout card as a benefit for Hurricane Sandy victims. The card will be the latest installmentof DBE’s Broadway Boxing series and all the proceeds from the show will be donated to victims of Hurricane Sandy. While a number of the local fighters on the card were either directly affected or know someone close to them that was affected by the tragic storm, main event participant Will “Power” Rosinsky (16-2, 9KO’s) witnessed a very up close and personal account of the devastation left by Sandy. Continue reading
It was officially announced today that former three-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm and IBF no. 1 ranked contender Sam Soliman will face each other in an IBF World Title Eliminator on February 2, 2013 at the ISS Dome in Dusseldorf, Germany. The bout will determine the next challenger of the Daniel Geale vs. Anthony Mundine II winner on January 30.
Quotes from the first Press Conference:
Felix Sturm, Three-Time Middleweight Champion: “Sam Soliman is a strong opponent,
there is a reason why is the IBF no. 1 contender. My fight against Daniel Geale is in the past. Naturally, we want the rematch since this would be one of the biggest fights at 160. But right now, I’m completely focused on Sam. I want to prove something to the world and make the next step to my fourth world title. Nothing will go wrong this time. Even a close win wouldn’t be satisfying for me.”
Fritz Sdunek, Trainer Felix Sturm: “I will be with Felix for the complete camp this time. We had some scheduling problems before the Geale but because Vitali Klitschko fought the week after, but now, he is my only focus. Sam Soliman is a strong, a difficult opponent, who builds enormous pressure. Nevertheless, I’m convinced that Felix will beat him on February 2nd. Continue reading
WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Champion Patrick Nielsen (17-0, 8 KOs) will return to the ring on February 9 when the Nordic Fight Night hits Esbjerg. His opponent for the big boxing show at Blue Water Dokken will be announced shortly. “I look forward to fighting in Esbjerg,” the 21-year-old said. “I am now the number 4 in the new WBA ratings and I intend to climb even higher, so I need another spectacular win. I have big plans for 2013.”
Lausanne, Switzerland, 13 December 2012 – After their humbling defeat away to Kazakhstan in week three, the British Lionhearts have recalled their big names for the battle versus German Eagles in London this Friday 14 December (20:00 local time) at Earls Court. Welsh wizards Andrew Selby and Fred Evans, along with Joe Ward, Joseph Joyce and WSB debutant Sam Maxwell will all want to get their team back to winning ways before the winter break.
The first bout of the evening will be the Lightweight (57-61kg) showdown between Great Britain’s Maxwell and Germany’s rampaging 25-year-old David Oliver Joyce. It promises to be a rough introduction to life in WSB for Maxwell, who will have to be on top of his game against the dangerous Irishman. Joyce has two seasons now under his belt and boasts a 3-1 record in the competition, with his only defeat one of the narrowest in WSB history, with two judges scoring the bout as a draw. The two will know each other inside out so it will be close.
Joyce told WSB, “I know Sam very well; he is a top class boxer. He is a good puncher so I will need to constantly be on my toes. I am more experienced in this competition and want the victory to repay the faith shown in me by the German Eagles”.
Afterwards, it will the turn of the Light Heavyweights (80-85kg) to take to the ring with European and former Youth World Champion Ward set to battle 22-year-old German Satula Abdulai. The Eagles’ orthodox fighter is a late replacement for Kevin Künzel, who withdrew through injury. Teenager Ward, one of the most exciting talents on the planet, looked at ease in the pro format, completely outclassing Imre Szello in his previous outing. Abdulai on the other hand, represents an unknown quantity. The Lionhearts’ accomplished Irishman should dominate this one. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: Fighting on the undercard of Nonito Donaire vs. Jorge Arce on Saturday will be WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (11-0, 8 KO’s) in a really tough fight against 32-year-old Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (48-2, 33 KO’s) at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. This is a fight that is a lot tougher than the one that Donaire will have against Arce. Poonsawat is the type of fighter that throws of shots with a really good power, and he could give Rigondeaux all he can handle in this fight unless Rigondeaux can find a perfect shot to take Poonsawat out. Continue reading
Only two more days before Laval’s popular Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) finally returns to the ring at the Bell Centre in Montreal, away since his heart-breaking loss 19 months ago to Bernard Hopkins, which cost him his World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight title belt.
Contrary to his normally calm approach to a fight, Pascal feels anxious and nervous over his time away from the ring going into Friday night’s fight against an opponent who also boxed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, as Pascal did, 2004 Polish Olympian Aleksy Kuziemski (26-2-1, 16 KOs). It is not the fear of his opponent’s attack – Pascal has never been afraid of another fighter – rather the anxiety of having lost his bearings, not being able to fulfill the expectations of the loyal Quebec public. He is well prepared, as skilled as ever, and he will give his best effort on Friday night.
Pascal’s potential world title fight on HBO against WBC World Champion Chad Dawson, at least for now, remains down the road. All that Pascal is focused on right now is Friday, Dec.14, and his tough European opponent. Continue reading
By Padraig Ivory: Denmark’s sole remaining Viking Warrior, Mikkel Kessler, laid siege on Brian Magee’s World championship belt last Saturday night. Unlike his seafaring ancestors, Mikkel enjoyed the comfort of familiar terrain as he looted the Belfast man’s crown in front of a mob of blood thirsty Danish boxing fans. Continue reading
Photos: phillyboxinghistory.com – PHILADELPHIA – Former two-time International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, 25-4, 12 KOs, held an open workout for the media at the Rock Ministries Gym, in the Kensington Section of Philadelphia. Cunningham was putting the finishing touches on his training preparations for an upcoming bout with rival Tomasz Adamek, 47-2, 29 KOs. The pair staged a classic clash for the cruiserweight title back in 2008, but now have invaded the heavyweight division.
The two heavyweights meet in a 12-round bout for Adamek’s IBF North American Heavyweight Title, Saturday, December 22nd, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. The fight will be shown live by NBC, a rarity for network TV these days. In fact, this will be the first boxing match on broadcast television in almost 20 years. The broadcast will begin at 4PM ET. Continue reading
by Will Rosinsky – Dear Friends, Fans and Members of the Media,
As fight night approaches, mixed feelings start to conjure. Unlike many fighters, calm seems to be one of my most prominent feelings. The reason is simple, I am definitely less anxious when fighting at home. I absolutely love the crowd. Their support and presence keeps me calm. There’s just something about fighting in New York that’s exhilarating but comforting. When I’m going into the final round, there isn’t much that can be compared to that energy from the crowd roaring and cheering their hearts out. Continue reading
Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME — Kelly Swanson – Thank you everybody for joining us. We know we had a busy boxing weekend this weekend and a very exciting one at that. So we appreciate you taking the time to call in and listen to the news on the next big, exciting boxing weekend, which is going to be coming up this Saturday, December 15th from Los Angeles. We have four fighters on the call today, as well as Stephen Espinoza, executive VP and general manager of Showtime Sports, and Asif Vali from Khan Promotions.
Oscar is going to make opening statements and make some introductions, and then he is doing some other things to help promote the show. So he’s going to drop off and I’ll take over and introduce the secondary fighters that come on after we introduce the first two. So without further ado, let me turn it over to Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar? Continue reading
WBO World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns will now not be defending his title this Saturday at the Excel London.
The show will still go ahead with FIVE titles on the card and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves’ title defence against Glen Johnson now tops the night, plus Billy Joe Saunders in a Commonwealth and vacant British Middleweight title showdown against Nick Blackwell and an exciting clash between Steve O’Meara and Liam Smith for the Vacant Commonwealth Light-Middleweight title. Continue reading
The tension is building! Will Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) be successful in his first defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Crown against Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs)? If it is up to Promoter Kalle Sauerland, Abraham’s super-middleweight reign will be just as successful as he was during his days at the middlewight. Back then, the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner defended the IBF Belt on ten occasions before he took the step up to the higher weight class. “His victory over Stieglitz in August was just the beginning. I truly believe that Arthur is back at his best and has some glorious years ahead of him,” Sauerland said during Wednesday’s press conference in Nuremberg, Germany.
Of course, Abraham agreed with his promoter. The 32-year-old is excited about putting his title on the line in Franconia. “I feel comfortable entering the ring as the champion. In hindsight, maybe I should have picked some easier fights for the transition from middleweight to super-middleweight. However, I went straight in there with the best the division has to offer and it has been a learning curve for me. That is exactly why I’m so happy to have won the World Title in August,” said the WBO Champion. “I am fully aware of the fact that this will be a tough fight. This could be the last chance of Bouadla’s career to win a world championship. He will try everything he can.” Continue reading
Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of exciting Reading, Pennsylvania, heavyweight Travis Kauffman (23-1, 17 KOs) to a promotional agreement.
27-year-old Kauffman is currently riding high on a five-fight winning streak and picked up the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title by knocking out respected hard-punching veteran Chris Koval. Continue reading
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME — LOS ANGELES (Dec. 12, 2012) – Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, former Unified Super Lightweight Champion Amir “King” Khan, his opponent, unbeaten Carlos Molina and the four other pugilists fighting this Saturday, December 15, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena participated in a media workout Tuesday at the jam-packed Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, Calif.
Khan meets Molina in the main event in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC Silver Super Lightweight Championship. In co-featured 10-rounders on SHOWTIME, knockout artist and 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (25-0, 25 KO’s), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., takes on Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KO’s), of Pensacola, Fla., in a collision of 6-foot-7 unbeatens for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Championship and Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (21-2, 18 KO’s), of Los Angeles, battles Jorge Silva (18-2-2, 14 KO’s), of Chula Vista, Calif., in a junior middleweight match. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: If Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) gets past lightweight Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) on Saturday night, his promoter Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions says he wants to match Khan against Josesito Lopez (30-5, 18 KO’s) in a fight that would take place in April. Continue reading
By Michael Collins: Carlos Molina (17-0, 7 KO’s) thinks Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO’s) is just talking nonsense when he says he’s going to be fighting under control in a more conservative non-risk taking manner from now on due to the changes he’s made with his fighting style from what he’s learned from new trainer Virgil Hunter. Molina isn’t buying it. He believes Khan will almost immediately revert back to his old style of fighting as soon as he starts getting hit on Saturday when Molina and Khan fight on Showtime at the Sport Arena in Los Angeles, California.
Molina said this as quoted by thesun.co.uk “Khan is going to come out and be defensive in the first part of the round but once I put on the pressure and start landing my punches, he is going to go back to the same old mold. It will be the same old Amir Khan as we’ve seen in his last few fights.”
I tend to agree with Molina on this. It’s really hard for a fighter to change his fighting style when he’s been fighting in the same manner his entire amateur and pro career like Khan has. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Freddie Roach doesn’t want Manny Pacquiao to take any chances by coming back too early from his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, is mentioned wanting him to be back in the ring in April in either a rematch against Marquez or a fight with Brandon Rios. However, Roach thinks April is far too soon for Pacquiao to be getting back in the ring after the way he was knocked out by Marquez last Saturday night in Las Vegas. Roach thinks Pacquiao would be much better off if he waited until September next year before he gets back in the ring. Continue reading
By Ed Patrick: Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is looking to match 41-year-old former three division world champion Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KO’s) against WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KO’s) on April 27th for Malignaggi’s next title defense, according to RingTV.
Schaefer said to RingTV “Paulie Malignaggi…and it might be, if we can get it done, what is being discussed is the return of Sugar Shane Mosley.”
This isn’t the big fight that Malignaggi was hoping to get against Ricky Hatton, but this is probably the best that Malignaggi can get in terms of a well-known opponent that the casual boxing fans are familiar with. Malignaggi obviously wants to keep his World Boxing Association 147 pound title for a little while longer, and that’s not going to happen if they match him against a decent welterweight. Malignaggi almost lost to what was supposed to be a very beatable Pablo Cesar Cano last October. Continue reading
By Rob Smith: Bernard Hopkins came out tonight on the Jim Rome show and gave his thoughts on whether Manny Pacquiao will be the same fighter after being knocked out viciously in the 6th round last Saturday night by Juan Manuel Marquez. Hopkins doesn’t see Pacquiao being the same fighter after that knockout. Pacquiao was unconscious for close to two minutes, face down on the canvas from Marquez’s right hand. Continue reading
By Steve Mabbott: Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KO’s) could be back in the ring on June 8th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to RingTV. Cotto, 32, lost his last fight against WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout in a failed attempt to capture his title at Madison Square Garden earlier this month on December 1.
Cotto was beaten pretty badly in this one-sided fight, and the loss removed any hope of Cotto facing WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a unification bout. Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer still didn’t rule out a Cotto-Alvarez fight taking place on May 4th, but then Alvarez came out and said he was no longer really interested in facing Cotto, so this leaves Cotto looking for a fight on June 8th.
Schaefer told RingTV “We’re definitely going to be working with Miguel Cotto on that date [June 8th] as a fighter.” Continue reading