G4: Golovkin, Geale, Jennings, Perez Final Presser!

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New York-  Today marked the final press conference for G4, this Saturday’s Golovkin/Geale matchup and the co-feature of Jennings/Perez.  The None of the fighters had much to say, as each combatant seemed to be eager to get the show on.  I think we are in for an explosive night this Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Gennady Golovkin
I respect Daniel Geale very much. I promise a good fight and an amazing show.

Daniel Geale
I’m going to definitely give him some problems on Saturday night.

Mike Perez
My prediction is that I’m going to win.

Bryant Jennings
I respect Perez, but I may have to disrespect him. If you are following me on twitter at ByJennings, I just put up this quote: People should know your capabilities but not your battles. Cause if you let them know your battles they will view you as incapable.

See stare-downs and photo shots in video below.

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Douglas Targets World Title in Fall!

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Press Release – Baltimore, MD (July 21, 2014) – Blue chip prospect Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas has her sights set on capturing a world title before the end of 2014.

At 5-0 with 1 win by knockout, the Baltimore-based Washington DC native’s set a lofty goal for herself. As an amateur, she won multiple Golden Gloves and National PAL titles while making Team USA twice. According to industry insiders, if Douglas wins a title in her sixth pro fight, she’d have the third fewest bouts before winning a major world title. The current record holder is Canada’s Jeannie Garside, who captured a belt in her fourth professional bout. Douglas’ Ponytail Promotions stablemate Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson won the WBC title after only five.

A 2012 Olympic Trials participant, Douglas and her brother Antoine are the first siblings to compete at the trials during the same year. Of all the American fighters who participated in the trials or made the Olympics, Tyrieshia would be the first to compete for a major title.

Regarded amongst the best young female fighters in the world, Douglas is brimming with confidence leading up to a quantum leap in competition.

“I’ve felt ready for a title shot since I turned pro because I’m that confident in my ability,” said the supremely skilled Douglas. “I’m a fighter and the biggest competition is myself. Nobody can beat me but myself and I’m excited for a title fight. I’ve been boxing for awhile and my goal is to the this first belt then many more after that.”

Even though most fighters are maneuvered carefully for a number of years before competing for any kind of title, Douglas’ promoter believes she’s already a championship level fighter.

“Tyrieshia Douglas is a special talent,” said James Hogan, CEO of Ponytail Promotions. “The way she boxes is beautiful and I’ve seen very few fighters at her age male or female that has Tyrieshia’s level of skills, poise and maturity. I’m working on a title fight for her this fall and within a year, expect she’ll be on the pound for pound list alongside Tori Nelson.

Information on Ponytail Promotions’ next card, which is scheduled for early fall, and Douglas’ title bout will be available shortly.

Founded in 2014 by respected Baltimore-based boxing businessman James Hogan, Ponytail Promotions envisions becoming one of the top promotional firms in the United States. With a keen interest in both male and female fighters, Ponytail Promotions will run a total of 10-12 shows per year in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina. For more information, go to Ponytailpromotions.com.

Contact: Matt Yanofsky (Publicist) – 551-206-0568 or @kopublicity

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Quick Q & A with Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Geale by Chip Mitchell

On next Saturday Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 29-0 (26 KOs) defends his WBA Super World middleweight and IBO middleweight titles against Daniel “Real Deal” Geale, 30-2 (16 KOs). I had a chance to slip in a couple of questions with each boxer and here is what they had to say:

Chip Mitchell: Gennady, do you believe Daniel Geale, from a stylistic stylistic standpoint, poses your most difficult fight to date?

Gennady Golovkin: Yes absolutely because he has a specific style. He has proved that in his fights and it will be difficult to solve.

Chip Mitchell: Gennady, are you becoming more frustrated by not being able to fight the current champions?

Gennady Golovkin: I don’t think much about this, but I heard my team was planning this upcoming fight and I knew it was difficult to get fighters, but that is basically all I heard and I don’t think much about it.

Chip Mitchell: Daniel, you lost two close fights in the US. Do you feel a need to win more convincingly to get a decision to go in your favor?

Daniel Geale: It’s always tricky in close fights. You want to be as convincing as possible for decisions to go your way and sometimes they don’t. That makes you who you are. Those close losses, although they were disappointing, they did push me on to train harder and want to achieve more. I didn’t feel as if I was beaten in either of those two fights, so it just motivated me to train harder. There are always going to be bad decisions in boxing. You can’t let that affect you in any way. You just have to go out and do your job to the best of your ability.

Chip Mitchell: Interesting…

Chip Mitchell: What about your style will give Gennady trouble?

Daniel Geale: I would like to say that my defense is usually pretty good so I am going to be making the most of that. Not give him an easy target to aim at.

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Mayweather/Maidana Hit DC for Presser… Finally!

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Washington, D.C.- Loyal, (and I do mean loyal) fans and media waited and waited and… well… waited in Washington, DC last night for the second leg of the Mayweather/Maidana II media tour.

Earlier in the day both camps held a press conference in New York and were stranded for about four hours at the airport. Meanwhile in our Nation’s Capital, fans were treated to a Wale concert and a replay of the first encounter between the boxers.

As time seemingly stood still, emcees, DJs, former fighters, and others took turns trying to keep the crowd in good spirits as Team Mayweather and Team Maidana waited for the “all clear” from the airport.

The media, who ordinarily would’ve had face-time with the boxers prior to the presser, settled for a conference call with Maidana while his plane remained grounded. Most of the media left the scene because of DC Metro train time contraints, but TheFightJournal.com was in the house all night for this event.

Once the fighters arrived, Mayweather gave the media who chose to remain a moment to ask questions. Then he was whisked off into the auditorium.

Leonard Ellerbe opened the show by playing an emcee of sorts. He began by defining the word “Mayhem”, which is the title of the second encounter between Mayweather and Maidana. Ellerbe followed things up with ticket information and other details related to the event, such as fans being able to view the fight at select movie theaters. He then did the intro for Robert Garcia, who kept his comments short and sweet. Garcia handed it over to Marcos Maidana who basically told those in attendance he was coming to win no matter what it takes.

“I’m not going to change my style. It’s the way that I fight and I’m not going to change”, Maidana said earlier during a media conference. “I do have to adjust a few things, but I feel confident that Robert will come up with a good game plan.”

Mayweather was next to the microphone.

“Everybody that stayed, you guys are amazing fans,” said Mayweather. “I commend everyone that stayed. You are amazing. DC, I love you guys.”

As the press conference (and the night) came to an end, Mayweather remained with the fans to sign gloves, autographs, mobile phone cases, and whatever else was in reach. Local prospect Gervonta “Tank” Davis was able to meet Floyd and get his mobile phone signed. As he left the arena Davis had thoughts run across his mind about the increased value of the phone.

Next stop for Mayweather/Maidana II is Chicago.

Check out a very short clip of Floyd Mayweather discussing Maidana’s antics and referee Tony Weeks:

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Alvarez/Lara Results from Vegas!

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Story by Chip Mitchell

In the main event tonight, Saul Alvarez won a split decision over Erislandy Lara with scores of 115-113 by Dave Moretti and the grossly off-the-mark 117-111 card from Levi Martinez. Judge Jerry Roth scored the fight for Lara by a 115-113 tally. Three things will be debated for a while based on the outcome of this fight. Did Lara’s movement and power punches to the head bother Alvarez enough for your scorecard to be in his favor? Did Alvarez’s body assault and pressure, combined with Lara’s excessive movement sway you in his favor? Thirdly, did anyone trip over Levy Martinez’s seeing-eye dog on their way out of the MGM Grand Garden Arena?

For the record, TheFightJournal.com scored the fight 116-113 in favor of Erislandy Lara. Yes he did run at points in the fight, but he equally resorted to effective sticking and moving. In addition, he out-landed Alvarez by almost 100 punches and landed at a higher percentage. As far as the ‘running’ jokes that Canelo made, he need only look at the swelling under his right eye to see how much running Erislandy actually did. Alvarez scored well at times to the body, but looked like a novice swinging wildly and missing Lara’s head while sewrching for the home run shot.

This fight could have been scored a draw and while debates would have still been at high levels, it would’ve been an easier pill to swallow. I’m not a fan of saying “115-113 either way” would be acceptable. That’s a 4-point swing, which is huge in this sport. It’s a cop-out statement. Either one guy won by two in a person’s opinion or the other guy did. But not an argument that either way is acceptable. It’s not.

Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs) bounced back from his knockout loss to Jhonny Gonzalez a year ago to earn a decision victory over Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (24-4, 16 KOs). The bout wasn’t as action packed as Mares’s past bouts in recent memory, but that may be to Abner’s benefit in the long run. Mares was cut over the left eye in the 4th round and it was ruled a punch by referee Kenny Bayless. Cutman “Stitch” Duran did a marvelous job to stop the bleeding and Mares went on to win by scores of 96-94, 98-92, and 98-92.

In what may be a finalist for round of the year, Francisco Vargas dropped Juan Manuel Lopez in the third round en route to a sensational TKO victory. JuanMa’s corner stopped the fight in between rounds as they felt he took too much punishment.

There were exchanges at the end of round one and for a good portion of the 2nd round. Both fighters came out in the third, seemingly with intentions to end this fight early. There was nonstop action with give and take by both combatants. Vargas seemed to get the best of the exchanges as his punches were more straight than those of Lopez.

With the win, Vargas improves to 20-0-1 (14 KOs). Lopez drops to 34-4 (30 KOs ).

Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-4, 7 KOs) captured the WBA interim super lightweight title with a twelve round majority decision over Johan “El Terrible” Perez (19-2-1, 13 KOs).  Scores were 114-114, 116-112, and 116-112.

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Press Tour for Mayweather/Maidana II Announced!

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**PRESS TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT**

FLOYD MAYWEATHER AND MARCOS MAIDANA TO PROMOTE CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH WITH FIVE-CITY CROSS-COUNTRY PRESS TOUR

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

WASHINGTON, D.C. TO HAVE ONE-OF-A-KIND PERFORMANCE BY GRAMMY-NOMINATED RAPPER WALE.

CHICAGO NATIVES “THE MONSTER KIDS” TO BE A PART OF THE MAYHEM IN CHICAGO WITH SPECIAL HOMETOWN PERFORMANCE.

SURPRISE GUEST TO END THE TOUR WITH A SET IN LOS ANGELES.

LAS VEGAS (July 10, 2014) – Eleven-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and former world champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana are hitting the road on a four-day, five-city cross-country press tour to officially announce their championship rematch which will take place Saturday, Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME PPV®. Both Mayweather and Maidana are preparing for an intense training camp to prepare themselves for what could be a repeat of their unforgettable 12-round May brawl that many called Mayweather’s toughest test to date. However, before they meet in the ring, they will be coming to a city near you!

Grammy nominated rapper and Washington, D.C. native Wale will have the nation’s capital on their feet when the press tour stops in D.C. Fresh off his BET Centric Award nomination for his hit song “Love-Hate Thing,” the widely celebrated artist will provide attendees with a one-of-a-kind performance that they will be talking about until fight night.

Joining the press tour in Chicago for a memorable performance will be dancing phenoms, The Monster Kids. Chi-Town’s finest breakdancers -a family of kids aged 6-16- rose to fame after reaching the semi-finals on Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance” show. They’ve since captured the nation with performances on Ellen, and at numerous professional sporting events, and will surely add to the MAYHEM in their hometown.

PRESS TOUR CITIES AND DATES:

Monday, July 14 (Afternoon)
New York City
Location: Times Square

Pedestrian Walk on Broadway Between 42nd & 43th Streets
New York, NY 10036
Media Arrival Time (Marriott Marquis): 12 p.m. ET
Fan Arrival Time (Times Square): 12 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 1 p.m. ET

Monday, July 14 (Evening)
Washington, D.C.
Location: DAR Constitution Hall

1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Media Arrival Time: 6 p.m. ET
Fan Arrival Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Press Conference Begins: 7:15 p.m. ET
**NOTE: A special performance by rapper and D.C. native Wale will follow the press conference.

Tuesday, July 15 (Afternoon)
Chicago, IL
Location: Auditorium Theatre

50 E Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60605
Media/Fan Arrival Time: 11 a.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 12 p.m. CT

Tuesday, July 15 (Evening)
San Antonio, TX
Location: Six Flags Fiesta Texas – Lone Star Lil’s Amphitheater

17000 IH-10 West
San Antonio, TX 78257
Media/Fan Arrival Time: 6 p.m. CT
Media Avail in Six Flags/Media Interviews: 6 p.m. CT
Press Conference Begins: 7 p.m. CT

Thursday, July 17
Los Angeles, Calif.
Location: Pershing Square

532 S Olive Street
Los Angeles, Calif. 90013
Media Arrival Time (Millennium Biltmore Hotel): 12 p.m. PT
Fan Arrival Time (Pershing Square): 12 p.m. PT
Press Conference Begins: 1 p.m. PT

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Mayweather/Maidana II set for Vegas!

LAS VEGAS (July 10, 2014) – Their thrilling first fight last May left sports fans clamoring for more. Now, 11-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will do it again. “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana II,” a welterweight world championship fight announced today,will take placeSaturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME PPV.

Ticket information and information about an upcoming five-city, cross-country press tour starting this Monday, July 14 will be announced shortly.

Despite the brutal nature of their first meeting, Mayweather has chosen to give Maidana a chance to redeem himself and earn a victory against the undefeated champion by facing him again in the storied MGM Grand Garden Arena. This exciting rematch will serve to test the skill and will of both men and finish what was started last May.

“Marcos Maidana is a tough customer and he gave me a fight that had me work for the victory,” said Mayweather. “His style is difficult at best, but with experience comes a way and will to win. I’m not one to give second chances in the ring, but I want to give the fans what they want to see. I will be as prepared as I always am when I step in the ring on September 13. I only see the outcome one way and that’s another successful night for me and my team.”

“The rematch with Mayweather is the only fight that really motivates me,” said Maidana. “I feel I earned it in the ring and Floyd owed it to me. I’ve already proved that I don’t care if the man I have in front of me is the best pound-for-pound champion. I was close to ending his reign last time. On September 13 he will not get away undefeated.”

“This will be another great test for Floyd as Marcos Maidana is hungry to prove he can not only give Floyd a good fight, but redeem his loss and hand Floyd his first defeat,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Maidana is clearly one of the best in the division and earned this opportunity to face Floyd once again. But that is a big mountain to climb and Floyd will be prepared as he always is to prove once again why they call him TBE, the best ever. It will be another great fight and action-packed evening for the fans.”

“SHOWTIME has established itself as the destination for the biggest, most exciting events in boxing, and we are proud to announce our next event with Floyd Mayweather,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “On May 3, the fearless Marcos Maidana attacked Floyd Mayweather with reckless abandon, landing more punches than any previous Mayweather opponent and giving Mayweather one of the toughest fights of his career. That peformance earned Maidana this rematch, and we are in for another electrifying night of boxing.”

“The first fight between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was incredible and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to host the rematch at MGM Grand,” said Richard Sturm, president of Sports & Entertainment for MGM Resorts International. “These two world-class athletes put on a spectacular show in May and will do so once again in September when they step into the ring.”

“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana II,” a 12-round world championship bout for Mayweather’s 147-pound titles taking place Saturday, Sept. 13 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV and is the fourth fight of a lucrative six-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc.

Their first meeting, “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” was an epic 12-round showdown that ended in a majority decision (114-114, 117-11, 116-112) in favor of the pound-for-pound champion Mayweather. Maidana came out of the gate with his trademark wild style, making Mayweather uncomfortable and keeping him on the ropes in the early rounds of the fight. Using his typical animalistic style, Maidana attacked Mayweather with punches from all angles and by the end of the night, had landed more punches on Mayweather than any other opponent Mayweather faced throughout his undefeated career. Continue reading

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