“D’BestAtIt” Nicholson Wins in Baltimore!


Demond “D’BestAtIt” Nicholson scored a fourth round TKO over rugged Taneal Goyco on Saturday night at Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. With the win, Nicholson moves his record to 9-0, with all 9 victories coming by stoppage.

The victory, in a sense, could be viewed as revenge victory for Nicholson. Goyco (out of Philadelphia) pulled of a big upset at the same venue by stopping Nicolson’s friend Jeremy Trussell by KO back in April. Nicholson mentioned this fight in an interview with TheFightJournal.com that can be seen here http://thefightjournal.com/2014/08/22/exclusive-interview-with-demond-dbestatit-nicholson

Nicolson dropped and hurt Goyco with a right hand and Goyco attempted to get up, but failed. He tried to rise a second time and made it to his feet before the bell rang to end the round. The doctor took a look at Goyco and determined that Goyco was in no shape to continue. Goyco’s record drops to 6-8-1 (3 KOs).

Nicholson, at age 21 is being moved perfectly at this stage in his career. He’s scheduled to fight again on September 20 in Washington, DC at the Convention Center. He’s also on tap to appear on October 30 at the new Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. Ladies and gentlemen, he’s one to watch.

The very likeable Travis Reeves won his third straight fight with a unanimous decison over Brian Donahue. Reeves had a comfortable lead on the cards, but couldn’t finish Donahue (also out of Philadelphia as was Goyco). Appropriately nicknamed “Wildman”, Donahue absorbed an abundance of punishment and motioned for more as Reeves graciously obliged. At the final bell, all three judges scored it 60-54 for Reeves. With the win, Reeves improves to 6-2-1 (2 KOs). Donahue’s record drops to 3-10-2.

Much thanks to Venroy July and HardWork Promotions. Keep up the good work guys!

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Gabe Rosado: Adrien Broner needs to Dedicate Himself to Boxing

Story by: Jeff Sorby

If former three division world champion Adrien Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) wants to have a successful career then he’s going to need to dedicate himself fully to the sport of boxing, says former middleweight world title challenger Gabriel Rosado.

Rosado believes that Broner is spending too much time partying and touring and not enough time in the gym training at his craft. Rosado likes the heart that Broner showed against Marcos Maidana last December in taking a beating and getting up from two knockdowns, but he still thinks that Broner isn’t putting everything he has in his career.

Broner lost his WBA welterweight title in his loss to Maidana. Broner’s adviser Al Haymon is lowly bringing him back from that loss. He’s got Broner scheduled to fight Emmanuel Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) next month on September 6th at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. If Broner can win that fight, Haymon will likely look for a top tier contender to put him in with.

“I think Adrien Broner needs to take advantage of his potential,” Rosado said to EsnewsReporting.com. “I think Broner would be a better fighter if he dedicated himself. If Adrien Broner dedicated himself 100 percent, I think he’d be a problem for real. In the past, he’s been partying and touring. If you don’t put 100 percent in boxing, it’s going to show in the ring. If he’s going to the party and not fighting, he’s going to fall off.”

Broner likes rap music, and it’s unclear if he’s working on a second career in that field. If he’s spreading himself out trying to create a music career at the same time he’s working on his boxing career, then it’s understandable why he’s not doing as well as he should. But Broner likely would have lost to Maidana no matter how much time he spent in the gym.

Broner doesn’t have the power, size or the work rate to beat bigger fighters like Maidana. If Broner were to throw nonstop shots for 12 rounds, he would have beaten Maidana. Broner is more of a pot shot fighter in the mold of Floyd Mayweather Jr, and he’s not going to beat a lot of fighters with that fighting style because he doesn’t throw enough punches.

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Exclusive interview with Demond “D’BestAtit” Nicholson!

Fans, check out The Fight Journal’s exclusive interview with Demond “D’BestAtIt” Nicholson 8-0 (8 KOs). Demond takes on Taneal Goyco in the main event tomorrow night at Patapsco Arena in Baltimore.

In the video Demond talks about his favorite fighters, his style of fighting, and how Goyco defeated a friend of his in a boxing match not long ago.

You can also follow Demond on Twitter @DBestAtIt. For ticket information, go to HardworkPromotions.com.

Check it out:

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Mayweather/Maidana 30-Day Weigh-in

Story by: Chris Williams

With less than 30 days to go before the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, both fighters were on target with the regulation weight for their fight on September 13th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather weighed 150 pounds. Maidana weighed in at 158.

The weights that they’re currently at doesn’t mean they’ll stay there by fight time. We frequently see fighters weighing in one month ahead at a considerably lower weight than the weight they come into fight with.

This means that Maidana might end up over 160 pounds again like the last time he fought Mayweather last May. Maidana came into the fight as a super middleweight at 165 compared to the 150 pound Mayweather. Maidana was able to use his 15 pound weight advantage in the early part of the fight when he was able to land some heavy blows to the head and body of Mayweather.

The extra weight that Maidana carried ended up hurting him badly in the 2nd half of the fight when he faded and the lighter Mayweather was able to take the fight to Maidana and win. Based on Maidana’s current weight of 158, we’re going to see the same pattern in the rematch with Maidana having his moments in the early part of the fight, and then wearing down badly by the 6th round.

Maidana and his trainer Robert Garcia have said repeatedly that the plan is for Maidana to come in below 160 in the 154 pound region, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. It might have been just talk to try and throw Mayweather off, or it could that the weight that Maidana put on after his loss to Mayweather has proven to be difficult to take off.

During the recent 5-city press tour, Maidana looked to be close to 180 pounds. Taking off that kind of weight to get near the 147 pound weight limit is obviously going to be a problem for him, and that’s probably why he’s still at 158. I doubt that he’ll be able to go any lower than that without coming into the fight weight drained.

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Special One: Kell “Special K” Brook defeats Shawn Porter to Capture IBF Welterweight Title!

Photo:  Esther Lin

Photo: Esther Lin

In a minor upset, Britain’s Kell Brook (33-0, 22 KOs), of Sheffield, England, won a battle of undefeated welterweights and the IBF world title with a majority 12-round decision over defending champion Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KOs), of Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday on SHOWTIME from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Brook, fighting in his first world championship match and making only his second start in the United States, won by the scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. There were no knockdowns.

Unbeaten Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs), of Flint, Mich., became the second cancer survivor and 55th alum of ShoBox: The New Generation to capture a world title when he out-mauled, out-brawled and unanimously outpointed defending champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, to take the WBC Super Middleweight World Title in a grudge rematch.

In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME telecast, undefeated Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (23-0-1, 18 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, successfully retained his WBC Lightweight World Championship with an exciting ninth-round knockout over determined mandatory challenger Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (32-3-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico City.

A crowd of 7,025 turned out for the Golden Boy Promotions’ fight card, including a Who’s Who of boxing greats such as Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia, Interim WBA Welterweight Champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, Forner WBC Welterweight Champion Andre “The Beast” Berto, Former WBC Continental Americas and the NABF Welterweight Champion Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass former interim WBO Light Middleweight Champion Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo, and Former WBC and IBF Light Welterweight Champion and former IBF Welterweight Champion Devon Alexander “The Great”.

For Brook, this opportunity at a world title was a long time coming. Three times he was scheduled to challenge then-IBF welterweight world champion Devon Alexander and three times a fight was cancelled due to injuries to both boxers.

Injury-free, confident and determined to make the most of his shot on Saturday, Brook fought perhaps the fight of his life.

“You can tell how much it means to me by my reaction,” said Brook, who was cut over the left eye in the second round. “I’ve been dreaming about this moment since I was nine-years old. It’s unbelievable.

“I was scrappy tonight, and not as slick as I wanted to be. But I’m the world champion now, baby. I was born to do this.

“I’m ready for a mega, mega fight next. I’ll take on Keith Thurman or Floyd Mayweather. Amir Khan should get in queue now. I’m the world champion now so they’re all going to want to fight me.”

Porter, a former U.S. amateur standout, thought he had done enough to win his second title defense despite getting cut over his right eye in the sixth.

“I think I’m still the champion,” he said. “I’m 24-1 and Team Porter will be back to the drawing board. There are no excuses. I do want the rematch.” Continue reading

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Weights from Carson, CA!

Shawn Porter 146 3/4, Kell Brook 146 1/2

Sakio Bika 167 3/4, Anthony Dirrell 168

Omar Figueroa 135, Daniel Estrada 134 1/2

Deontay Wilder 224, Jason Gavern 247

Jorge Linares 137, Ira Terry 132

Dominic Breazeale 250, Billy Zumbrun 233

Lydell Rhodes 142 1/2, John Nater 144

Luke Campbell 136, Steve Trumble 132

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Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook Predictions!


Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell give predictions for this Saturday night’s IBF Championship fight between champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter and challenger “Special One” Kell (Special-K) Brook.

Both fighters are undefeated as Shawn Porter, 24-0-1 (15 KOs) and Kell Brook 32-0 (22 KOs) lock horns in the Showtime main event.

Robert Uzzell
I’m one of the few people that believe undefeated Kell Brook from the UK can come to Carson, CA and win a decision. I think Brook can control the fight with his jab and be active enough to beat Shawn Porter by decision.

I look at Porter as having advantages in speed as well as quickness. The jab can neutralize Porter’s speed. Everyone seems to be on the Shawn Porter bandwagon since his stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi. I just don’t see it. He’s not as good as the guy who destroyed Paulie and he might not be as bad as the guy who I believe lost to the ancient Julio Diaz in their first encounter.

I can’t believe how much of a favorite Porter is in this fight. I might actually lay a few hundred down on Brook. The oddsmakers are way off on this one.

The puncher in this fight is Kell Brook. Everyone that fell in love with the Malignaggi stoppage failed to realize that Porter has only knocked out about 3 guys in his last 10 fights. People talk about Porter’s experience, but he beat Devon Alexander which isn’t as impressive as it sounds. He arguable lost to Diaz. Then he beat a part time fighter in Malignaggi.

Brook on the other hand has wins over Matthew Hatton (wow), Carson Jones twice, and Vyacheslav Senchenko. Carson Jones made Brook work for the win in the first fight. Despite his losses, Carson Jones is a good fighter. Once Brook beats Porter, people won’t undersell his win over Jones any longer.

Look for Brook to start out a bit shaky, due to nerves as well as Porter’s speed. However he is going to settle down in the middle rounds and begin to pepper Porter with shots that will confuse him. As Porter struggles to figure Brook out, he will begin to eat heavier shots as Brook takes control of the fight. If Porter gets wild, he may get hit with something down the pipe that he doesn’t see. My gut says Brook by clear decision. I don’t like the way Porter matches up with Brook.

Chip Mitchell
Shawn Porter is on fire right now. The shocking stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi has Porter as the toast of the town wherever he visits. Kell Brook on the other hand is an unknown commodity in the US. Let’s put it this way- if these two boxers were stocks, Porter would be Microsoft and Brook would be ValuJet after the Everglades situation.

This is boxing, however, and no matter how high your stock may be or how hot you are- styles often dictate how things play out.

I believe the oddsmakers are grossly off the mark as I’ve seen Porter as a 3 to 1 favorite in this fight. I don’t bet in boxing, but I’m tempted to take Brook at those odds.

Nevertheless, I like Brook to win this fight. As long as he properly ties Porter up on the inside and pushes him off during the breaks, he should be able to handle Porter.

Porter has been talking over the past two weeks as if Brook won’t even show for this fight. He doesn’t see anything special in “Special K”, but I look at it the opposite way. What’s so special about Porter?

Porter’s power is overrated. He’s as uncoordinated as he is wild at multiple times. He does have a quickness and hand speed advantage that could trouble Brook early on. However, I think Brook will settle down and show Porter who has the real power in this fight.

Porter I’m sure has studied the Carson Jones fights and feels his pressure will break Brook. I believe Porter will be aggressive, but how much of it will be effective?

The beginning could play out like Mike Tyson (Porter) versus Lennox Lewis (Brook). The smaller American fighter will be looking to to end things early with pressure, speed, and power. The taller UK fighter will have to weather the early storm and then the fight will begin to slow down, just like it did for Lewis.

I expect Brook to weather that storm and wear Porter down. I’m not sure if he stops Porter but he will impose his will on the champion. One thing that beats speed is timing and I see Brook timing Porter often in this fight. Lateral movement is something that I believe is being overlooked. It will serve Brook well enough to allow him to escape with a win. Brook by close decision.

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