sergeykovalev-adonisstevenson-juntos1Story:  Olly Campbell

Their rivalry has been simmering away for months now – and although for the time being at least , both men are pursuing different avenues – the war of words between Russian knockout artist Sergey Kovalev and lineal 175 lb champion Adonis Stevenson shows no sign of abating – with Kovalev coming up with a blunt alternative to his rival’s “Superman” moniker.

“Adonis ‘Piece Of Shit’ Stevenson” was his offering to ES News.

Ohh-kay…..

Yet in a chat with fighthubtv ahead of his July 25th clash with Nadjib Mohammedi, Kovalev has made it clear that there is really only one fight out there he wants – and that is the one against his Canadian-based rival.

Sadly for both fighters, it’s essentially differing broadcasting deals that have been the sticking point to making the fight happen – with Kovalev’s promoter Kathy Duva pulling out of a purse bid once already – as should they have lost said bid as expected, they would have then been unable to make the fight on Stevenson’s broadcaster, Showtime.

There is a separate debate to be had about broadcasting contracts, yet it seems Kovalev is acutely aware of his own contractual chains – however the Russian believes that as he owns 3/4 of the straps at 175 lb – it should be he (and Duva) that is calling the shots.

In his words, it’s HBO or no regardless of what Al Haymon, Canadian promoter/manager Yvon Michel and Showtime – who are all affiliated with Stevenson, think.

He said;

“This year maybe – maybe I hope – that Stevenson will say yes and he will come to HBO and make the fight. A unified fight for all four titles.”

“We can close this deal. Why not? Welcome to HBO – it’s the best channel in the world, in America you know? We can make this fight. Our purse will be split even – 50/50. What’s the problem? I have 3 title, he has only one.”

“What’s the problem? It means that he is scared. I have tweeted him, ‘let’s go’ but he offered to fight on his turf. No problem, I am ready to fight in Canada – if it is on HBO on your turf. No problem.”

For the fans, the money-men in suits will be – and still are – the ones who will determine the outcome of this fight happening or not. All we can do is apply the pressure.

Fight fans are being – and have been throughout the history of boxing – denied some of the biggest fights that can be put together for a host of “behind-the-scenes” reasons. People will say that the networks worked together as recently as May for Mayweather/Pacquiao – but one has to consider the sheer revenues involved for them to be able to do that and make it what they consider ‘worthwhile’.

And as a Brit, I’m probably not best placed to be talking about US broadcasting, yet such problems exist here too, with Matchroom and Frank Warren operating exclusively on the Sky and Boxnation platforms respectively.

Warren touches on the broadcasting/promoters/sanctioning bodies issue and the relationship between them in his latest interview with iFLtv. Well worth a look.

Yet as I said before, that’s really a separate debate.

As far as Kovalev/Stevenson goes?

The wait for the fans goes on….

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Story by:  Chip Mitchell

Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr. (32-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KOs) to acquire the vacant WBO welterweight strap last night at StubHub Center in Carson, California. 

Bradley was the aggressor from the start one and kept Vargas on his back foot throughout the fight. 

The early rounds were close but Bradley seemed to take the fight over around the fourth. Bradley continued to take the fight to Vargas, but went into cruise control in the two rounds preceding the final stanza. 

The fight moved into the final 30 seconds of the twelfth and Bradley, seemingly ahead, decided to put his  staple on the fight. His aggressiveness almost cost him with less than 25 seconds to go. 

As Bradley and Vargas both let go big right hands, Bradley missed and Vargas staggered Bradley with a huge looping right hand in the closing seconds. Bradley staggered around the ring in big trouble and tied the charging Vargas up with about twelve to go. 

As the ten second clap sounded, referee Pat Russell mistakenly thought the round ended and called the fight with about seven seconds remaining.  That’s the way the fight ended and it went to the cards. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-112 for Bradley. 

Bradley said he’d give Vargas a rematch after Vargas asked him.  I see no reason as Bradley, at 31, needs bigger fights from a legacy perspective. 

DMV undefeated middleweight prospect Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) won a gift ten-round split decision over former world champion Sam “King” Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. Soliman troubled Wade all night with jabs, uppercuts inside, and his typical awkward style.

A knockdown was credited to Wade in the fourth round, but replays showed it was more push than punch that floored Soliman.  In the end, the knockdown was the difference on the judge’s scorecards.

Scores were 97-92 (grossly off the mark), 95-94 Wade and 96-93 Soliman.

Officially, Soliman landed 64 of 228 power punches. Wade landed 35 of 99 power shots. Overall Soliman connected on 98 of 450 punches compared to 74 of 317 from Wade.

Judge Robert Hoyle should be investigated for his 97-82 card. This isn’t the first time…  I’ll leave it at that.

Wade needs to review the video and get back in and work on adding dimensions to his game. I’ll give him somewhat of a pass, as Soliman’s awkward style is tough to deal with no matter who the opponent.

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Fight News: ShoBox will feature promising undefeated DMV middleweight prospect Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (17-0, 12 KOs), of Washington, D.C., against Sam “King” Soliman (44-12, 1 NC, 18 KOs), of Melbourne, Australia tonight in the 10-round main event.

Sam Soliman: “The right knee that I hurt against Jermain Taylor is 100 percent. I’ll be wearing a brace but it is nothing I’ll be thinking about. I had four months of rehab, but I’ve been injury-free in the seven months since.

“I don’t want to be a stepping stone for anybody. I feel his promoters and advisors made a mistake in picking me. I still have plenty of fight left. They could have picked a lot of other fighters if they were looking to make a name for Wade. For me to still be fighting has nothing to do with age or special genes. It’s all about how you live your life.

“Wade is a good boxer, a smart kid who will try and keep you at bay. But I’ve fought 30-40 guys with that style. He’s talented and I don’t want to take anything away from him, but you need to have some tough fights. I know they see me as their ticket to a world ranking, a 41-year-old former champion. But they picked the wrong guy.

Dominic Wade: “For me this is a big step up in class. Soliman is a very experienced fighter; I definitely don’t look at him as just some 41-year old who still fights. He’s a spoiler. He’s the kind of fighter that is difficult to look good against because he’s so awkward. I expect him to jump and throw punches and then hold, but I’ve trained to control him from the outside with my jab. I feel like it’s time for a real test. It’s time to see where I’m at. I could have fought easier, but I’ve been working hard at the gym and this is the time for me to start moving toward a world title shot.

“Going 10 rounds with Nick Brinson [in his ShoBox debut in June 2014] was a good learning experience. I thought I was going to stop him for sure, probably early, but he was tougher than I thought. He surprised me. Nothing Soliman will do will surprise me and I am 100 percent ready for Friday.”

Story:  Elloitt Foster

The American boxing icon, who is a former four-weight world champion won an Olympic silver medal and was voted Fighter of the Decade in the 1990s, will face an opponent to be named at the prestigious Aintree Equestrian Centre.

The only boxer in 106 years to win the middleweight and heavyweight world titles during a career spanning more than two decades, Jones is set to clash with a local name for the vacant World Boxing Federation Inter-Continental cruiserweight title on September 12.

“[When] the opportunity to work with Jones came up out of the blue, I couldn’t say no,” said promoter Stephen Vaughan.

“Why would you not want to be involved with a ring legend like Roy Jones? He’s been there and done it but we believe he’s still a top drawer operator.

“We are bringing one of the biggest fighters of all-time to a boxing city for the fans, not only in Liverpool but the UK.

“We are hoping that the venue will be big enough for the event as we expect the show to sell out.

“Therefore, we recommend the fans buy tickets early to avoid disappointment.”

The undercard for the show, which is being billed ‘The Legend’, will be topped by Paul Economides as he defends the WBFed Inter-Continental super bantamweight title.

Elsewhere, former English light middleweight title challenger Nick Quigley, plus Russian featherweight sensation David Agadzhanyan.

Tony Moran, Tasif Khan and Lee Boyce will also box on the bill, while there’ll be action for Dayle Gallagher and Solihull’s Antonio Counihan.

Elsewhere, there’ll be an appearance for Jay Carney, while new signings, light heavyweight Liam Milner and cruiserweight Shawn Hughes, will make their bows in the pro ranks.

Tickets, priced at £40, £60, £100 and £150, are available now by phone on 0333 200 0905.

VIP and corporate packages are available on request. For further information contact 0333 200 0905.
An announcement on the broadcaster for the show will be made in due course, with discussions ongoing with several channels.

For the latest information regarding the promotion, visit the Twitter account.

 

It all started on Tuesday afternoon when former two-division champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. (31-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., arrived at his fight week hotel and was asked about his upcoming welterweight fight against WBA 140-pound regular titlist Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas. After calling out both Vargas, and Vargas’ trainer, former mutli-division champion Erik Morales, one has to wonder if adding meat to the former vegan Bradley’s training diet excited his blood.

The fight takes place Saturday in Carson, California.
 
“Jessie Vargas? I’m going to whup his ass on Saturday! And if [trainer Erik] Morales got a problem and he wants some he can get some at the end of the year too. I’m going to beat his boy,” declared Bradley. “Then I can come back and I’ll beat his [Morales] behind. He can come out of retirement. We can fight at a catchweight – 154 pounds…200 pounds — and I’m going to whup your ass next! I’m fired up for this! Thank you for firing me up. That Saturday night is going to be a good night. It’s going to be a good night for Team Bradley. I’m going to walk out that ring with another belt strapped around me.”
 
When Vargas and Morales were confronted with Bradley’s statements at their media workout today here is what they had to say:
“I’m not surprised. He is cracking up from the pressure of fight week,” said Vargas. “He’s obviously very intimated by what he is about to face on Saturday night. This fight will be his downfall. I have had the greatest training camp. I have never felt stronger or hit harder. Erik has been an incredible trainer and who better to learn from then one of the greatest pound for pound champions of his era? We know everything about Bradley. This was a Jessie Vargas training camp in an Erik Morales style.”
 
“Bradley wants to fight me? Insane,” responded Morales, a former four-division champion and future Hall of Famer. “He should be worrying about Jessie giving him a rematch. Bradley needs to get by Jessie and he won’t. I assure you Jessie will win on Saturday and from the way Bradley is acting out, it sounds like he knows it.”
 
The Bradley vs. Vargas world welterweight championship fight takes place this Saturday, June 27th, under the starsat StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The evening will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. It will mark HBO’s 1,000th televised fight.
 
The telecast will open with two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs), from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, making his HBO debut, in a ten-round featherweight rumble against Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (25-5-4, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, Valdez, who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games, is considered one of the bright lights of the featherweight division and a top prospect in boxing.
 
Tickets to the live event can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Press Release:  Atlantic City, NJ (June 23 2015)–On Saturday night, August 15, Silverspoon Promotions will present a huge night of boxing that will feature as many as 10 professional bouts at The Playground (Formerly the Caesars Pier) in Atlantic City.

Confirmed for the 10-round main event will be Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon.

Witherspoon (33-3, 25 KO’s) of nearby Paulsboro, New Jersey established himself as one of the top American Heavyweights as the St. Joseph’s University graduate won his first twenty-three bouts with wins over the likes of Michael Alexander (11-0), Talmadge Griffis (24-6-3), Jonathan Haggler (18-1) before suffering his 1st defeat to future two-time world title challenger Chris Arreola via controversial disqualification.
Witherspoon went on to win three win a row which was highlighted by an entertaining 8th round stoppage over Adam “The Swamp Donkey” Richards (21-1). That fight was voted Ring Magazine’s 2008 Heavyweight Fight of the Year. Witherspoon then dropped a fight to future two-time world title challenger Tony Thompson.
Witherspoon went on to score 4-consecutive knockouts which included a devastating 3rd-round destruction over Tyson Cobb (14-2).
Witherspoon then took on undefeated prospect Seth Mitchell on April 28, 2012 in a bout where Witherspoon had Mitchell badly hurt in several occasions before Mitchell came away with the victory.

Also slated to appear on the card will be Super Lightweight Malik Hawkins (4-0, 4 KO’s) of Baltimore, MD; Super Lightweight Courtney Blocker (6-0, 6 KO’s) of Pensacola, FL; Welterweight Parris Chisholm (2-0, 1 KO) of Washington, D.C.; Super Bantamweight Vidal Rivera (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Camden, NJ.; Lightweight Jerome Conquest (2-1) of Philadelphia, PA; Pro debuting Scott Kelleher; Welterweight Anthony Young (10-1, 5 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ; Erik Kitt (5-1, 2 KO’s) of Pensacola, FL plus more fighters to be announced.

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Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

 

Former two-division world champion and highly-rated pound for pound fighter Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley arrived in Los Angeles for his upcoming fight against undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas for the vacant WBO interim welterweight title , Saturday, June 27, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

 

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, this exciting event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

On Saturday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA welterweight Jamal James (16-0 with 9 KOs) will take on Hawaii’s Mike Balasi (10-6 with 7 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. The 26 year-old James is fromMinneapolis and has quality wins over Mohammed Kayongo (17-2-1) and Wayne Martell (25-4-1). James is coming off a second-round stoppage over Daniel Sostre on April 18th.

Balasi has a win over previously undefeated Van Oscar Penovaroff (6-0-1). A southpaw, Balasi is looking to get back in the win column following defeats to a rough schedule of fighters that includes Alex Theran (10-0), Giovanni Santillan (10-0), Dusty Hernandez Harrison (20-0, Jonathan Garcia (14-0) and his last bout when he lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Karim Mayfield (18-2) on November 8, 2014.

In six-round bouts on the Bethlehem card:

Alex Martin (8-0, 5 KOs) of Harvey, Illinois will take on Pavel Miranda (19-10-1, 9 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in a welterweight bout;

Caleb Plant (7-0, 6 KOs) of Ashland, TN will fight Oscar Rojas (8-1, 3 KO’s) of Laredo, Texas at super middleweight;

Christian Molina (4-0) of Allentown, PA will take on Justin Johnson (6-8) of Pittsburgh, PA at 140 pounds;

Kyrone Davis (7-0) of Wilmington, DE will take on Jose Alberto Leal (9-7-1) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a middleweight bout.

In four-round bouts:

Robert Ramos (1-3-1) of Allentown, PA faces Ismael Serrano (2-1) of Bethlehem, PA in a lightweight bout;

Desmond Moore will fight Mike Heffilfinger in a bout between two Pennsylvanian featherweights making their pro debuts;

Carlos Gongora (1-0) of Brooklyn, NY will box Alvaro Enriquez (12-14-2) of Tlaxcala, Mexico in a light heavyweight affair;

Chris Colbert (1-0) of Brooklyn, NY will fight Antwan Robertson (9-14-1) of Minneapolis at 122 pounds; and

Antonio DuBose (7-0) of Philadelphia will fight Jesus Lule (7-12-1) of Fort Myers, FL in a featherweight bout.

Tickets can purchased at ticketmaster and www.ticketmaster.com.