Kovalev: “It’s a secret. You will see November 8″; Hopkins: “Just enjoy the Artwork”


The Fight Journal recently participated in a conference call with WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and IBF/WBA champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins.

Kovalev, 25-0-1 (23 KOs) and Hopkins, 55-6-2 (32 KOs) will meet on November 8, 2014 at Boardwalk hall in Atlantic City.  The fight will be televised live on HBO.

Here are some comments:

Sergey Kovalev

On being the first person to KO Hopkins:

I don’t know what I’m going to do. I go into the ring and I get my victory at any cost. If I need to fight, I will fight. If I need to box, I’m going to box. This is a fight. You can keep in your mind one strategy but these fighters can change. I don’t have any strategy for the fight, just to go into the ring and fight like a street fight. I’m going to kick his ass because he’s my opponent. Any of my opponents want to beat me. If I’m not going to beat him he will beat me.

On turning the fight with Hopkins into a street fight

This is my style. I can fight just like that. Why do I need to throw more punches if this is my style, what I use right now gives me success.

On the weaknesses he sees that Hopkins has:

I think this question is very funny. I really like it. Maybe I will say to you and everybody about what you’re asking about but it is my secret for the fight.

Bernard Hopkins

On what exactly “The Alien” means:

I’m very, very serious that I am different than human beings that I’ve talked to, and human beings that I interact with who can’t understand me, but I can understand them. So, it’s not a joke. It wasn’t a joke. And it’s definitely not a joke now since they realized it’s not a joke. When “The Executioner” executed 20-something contenders, who some one or two became champion and the rest haven’t. So, “The Alien” is by age. “The Alien” is the difference between the average person who has a lifestyle that’s not on the radar of an alien. So when you can have that strong discipline to be able to not get involved in a sport and play of this world, whether you’re successful especially, or not successful, then you are looked upon as being strange, different or weird.

So, I’m neither of those things, but I am an alien. So that’s where I came up with I have to be an alien, I was diagnosed as being an alien. I really believe and understand that I am different and not a part of this world, but in this world. So that’s why people can’t understand how I can be so disciplined around all the things, recreational things to do when you’re successful, having a little cocktail or a little party, or a little celebration, or as they say, the humans, “let your hair down.”

On Kovalev having John David Jackson, (former opponent and sparring partner of Hopkins), in his corner:

It’s not a personal challenge to me – John David Jackson. First of all, John David Jackson, I always said, is one of the elite trainers out there who never really got his respect and November 8th he wants to get that big boost to get that respect. But, again, maybe John David Jackson will show him the fight that we fought and realize that he didn’t have the code to beat “The Executioner” at the time and now it’s “The Alien.” So, maybe John realized how he should have ducked or how he should have fought at that time.

But to me, John isn’t fighting, John isn’t in the ring. You have to give the information to the athlete, the athlete has to be able to take that information, and be able to use it to his best ability. Let’s see if can he do that, because John David Jackson definitely can’t fight for him. John David Jackson had his chance. John David Jackson got knocked out, I believe, in the ninth round. So, to me how can a teacher teach a student and the teacher flunked the test too?

On what fans can expect and what media (once again) picking against him can expect:

Just enjoy the artwork. Enjoy Miles Davis. Enjoy the jazz that will be played amongst the breeze in the air at Boardwalk Hall November 8th on HBO. Enjoy. The concert is going to be great.

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All In Entertainment Presents: Hometown Takeover!



Story by: Crystal “The DC Boxing Diva” Hamlin

On Saturday, November 1, 2014 Dusty Hernandez-Harrison returns to the ring to face Michael Clark.  Dusty was a late scratch in his last fight due to injury, but he’s all set to go in this hometown matchup.  The card will take place at DAR Constitution Hall and is sponsored by All In Entertainment.

Hernandez-Harrison, 23-0 (12 KOs) last fought in July at Madison Square Garden and earned a hard fought eight round decision over Wilfredo Acuna. He continues a busy 2014 as this will be his 5th fight this year.

Clark has been in the ring with some pretty big names. Among them are former IBF World lightweight champion Leavander Johnson, former WBC and WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris, and former IBF light middleweight champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundgrage to name a few.

This should shape up to very a very nice test for Hernandez-Harrison. Even though the 41 year old Clark has been stopped in his last three fights, the level of competition has been strong.

Also on the card are local up and coming talents Jarrett Hurd, 12-0 (7 KOs) and the young lightweight out of Forestville Mykal Fox, 3-0. In addtion to these Maryland prospects, we have other DMV representatives (Alexandria) Brandon Quarles, 13-3 (5 KOs), (Laurel) heavyweight Dwayne McRae, 14-3 (8KOs), and Marquel Johns (Ft. washington, via Philly) Marquel “Monster” Johns 4-0-1 (4 KOs).

Also slated to make a special appearance will be Washington, DC rap music artist LIGHTSHOW.

Fans come out and support your DMV fighters! For more information and tickets, please go to http://www.ALLINENTERTAINMENT.com

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Golovkin and Walters score impressive KOs!


Story by: Robert Uzzell

On Saturday evening in front of a sold out crowd of nearly 9,000 packed into StubHub Center, WBO and IBO champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 31-0, (28 KOs) captured the “interim” WBC middleweight title. Golovkin did so by knocking out Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio, 59-7-1, (51 KOs) in the second round.

It was the 18th win in a row by stoppage for the urban legend from Kazakhstan. After the victory, Golovkin made it clear who he wants next…. Miguel Cotto.

If a fight can’t be made (as Cotto may have business with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez) Golovkin stated that he’d fight Julio Caesar Chavez, Jr or anyone else that had a belt.

In the co-feature, another knockout artist Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters, 25-0, (21 KOS) captured the WBA featherweight title by punishing and stopping Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Doniare, 33-3, (21 KOS) in the sixth round.

Donaire, already cut and busted up in multiple areas of his face threw a big right that missed. Walters, while in punching range slipped the punch and landed a big right hand on Donaire’s temple. Donaire went down and rose to his feet late in the count. The referee wisely saw that Nonito was in no shape to continue. The time of stoppage was 2:59 of the sixth.

As Walters was asked what the key to the KO victory was, he replied, “I invited him into me. It’s like fishing,” Walters said. “I gave him the bait and I reeled him in. But he is a great fighter and a great person.”

Donaire, likewise was asked about his performance.

Donaire stated, “The size he had over me I couldn’t deal with. He overwhelmed and knocked the shit out of me.”

Both fighters were extremely cordial after the fight, praising each other for the skills that each represents. There were no bitter feeling and no excuses. It’s a lesson other boxers should learn.

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Golovkin, Walters, Donaire Make Weight; Rubio Overweight

WBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin weighed in at 159 pounds and challenger Marco Antonio Rubio came in over the 160 pound limit at 161.8 pounds.

Saturday’s matchup will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Rubio was given two hours to make 160. He didn’t bother to show up. Consequently, Rubio loses his interim champion status and will most likely fork over a decent portion of his purse.

Other weights are listed below:

Nonito Donaire (125.6) vs. Nicholas Walters (125.6)

Edwin Rodriguez (174.8) vs. Azea Augustama (175.8)

Marcos Reyes (160.8) vs. Abraham Han (160.4)

Jaime Ocegueda (139.6) vs. Moris Rodriguez (138.8)

Walter Sarnoi (123.4) vs. Sergio Najera (125.2)

Ruslan Madiev (136.6) vs. Oscar Rojas (135)


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imageOn Saturday night, October 4, 2014, light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Waldorf, MD/Washington, D.C.) defeated Osnel Charles (Atlantic City, NJ) by unanimous decision. The three judges seated ringside at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, scored the six-round bout 59-53, 60-52, and 60-52. Reed dropped Charles in round two, and later in the fight, the referee deducted a point from Charles for repeatedly spitting out his mouthpiece. Reed’s record is now 11-0, with 6 KOs. Charles, a last minute opponent replacement, saw his record drop to 10-11-1, 1 KO.

The twenty-one year old prospect talked about his recent win. He said, “I was happy to get the win in Atlantic City and see so many fans come out to support me and my team. As far as my performance goes, I thought I performed well, but there’s always room for improvement. My opponent Charles was a crafty veteran, and he had tricks that helped him survive in the ring. I always learn from my fights, and I plan to build on those things in my upcoming training camp. I showed Top Rank that they made the right decision to sign me. I have a good support team and I will continue to show that I have the tools to become a world champion.”

Michael “Buck” Pinson, Reed’s father, trainer, and manager (Dream Team Boxing Gym/Clinton, MD), agreed with his Reed’s assessment. “Michael’s conditioning looked good in the fight, but we will go back to the gym and keep working to get better. Overall, I thought Mike’s Top Rank debut went well, and the representatives on hand seemed to enjoy his performance. Thank you to all the Team Reed supporters that came up for the fight. All of you were loud at the fight, and that made us feel like we were fighting at home.”

During his October fight, Reed wore a pink and white uniform to honor victims and survivors of breast cancer. He said, “The outfit I wore in the ring was to raise breast cancer awareness, as a tribute to everyone who has dealt with breast cancer. Two very important women in my life were diagnosed with it. Fortunately, they both survived, but there are plenty of women who weren’t as fortunate. I’ll continue to show support, and eventually someone will find a cure for cancer. Thank you Nike Boxing/Athlete Performance Solutions (Machomai Boots), Nike Elite (Kay Yow socks), Ross Molovinsky and Team Reed for helping put together my outfit for this fight.”

Mike Reed is scheduled to return to the ring on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, November 29, in an eight-round bout at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Reed’s fight will be featured on the HBO undercard of the WBO lightweight title fight between Terence Crawford and Ray Beltran. Reed’s opponent will be announced shortly.

Reed said, “November 29 will be a big night for Team Reed. Terence Crawford has always been a favorite boxer of mine, so it’s a real honor to fight on his undercard. I’m told that the CenturyLink Center in Omaha is going to be packed with boxing fans, so this is a great opportunity for me to expand my fan base on a terrific HBO undercard. Team Reed is looking forward to traveling out to Omaha. We plan to impress everyone in attendance and earn television time.”

Tickets for Reed’s fight November 29 in Omaha are on sale now and priced at $27, $52, $77, and $127. Purchase them at CenturyLink Center Omaha Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Order tickets online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone (800) 745 3000.

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Mayweather: Khan has Danny Garcia Problems & Pacquiao has Marquez Problems


Story: Rob Smith

WBA/WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr says the recent quotes coming from a British boxing site about him being interested in facing Amir Khan are total lies. Mayweather says he didn’t make those quotes, and he’s not sure who he plans on fighting next.

Mayweather says Khan still has unfinished business with WBA/WBC 140lb champion Danny Garcia, who knocked Khan out in the 4th round two years ago in July 2012. Khan never avenged the loss to Garcia, and he still hasn’t avenged his losses to Breidis Prescott and Lamont Peterson.

Mayweather also says that Manny Pacquiao still has unfinished business with Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao was knocked out cold by Marquez in the 6th round by him two years ago, and he still hasn’t fought Marquez since then to try and avenge the defeat. Marquez reportedly priced himself out of the November fight against Pacquiao by asking for too much money.

The rumors are that Marquez wanted a 50-50 purse split, which you can make an argument he deserves given that he knocked Pacquiao out in their last fight and he brings a lot to the table in terms of his loyal Mexican fans who will help pump up the pay-per-view numbers of a 5th Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

“I could care less what Amir Khan say, just like I could care less what anybody say. I’m a do what I want to do when I want to and how I want to,” Mayweather said to Fighthype.com. “Listen, like I said before, he [Khan] still got Danny Garcia problems just like Pacquiao still got Marquez problems. So, you know, like I said before, they are still haunted by those fighters.”

So there it is. Mayweather is saying that Pacquiao still has unfinished business with Marquez and Khan still has problems with Garcia. Mayweather was kind not to include Lamont Peterson and Prescott when bringing up Khan, because he definitely has unfinished business with those two.

If Mayweather isn’t going to be fighting Khan or Pacquiao in 2015, then it leaves guys like Kell Brook, Danny Garcia, Keith Thurman, Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as the guys he’ll likely be picking from for his last two fights of his six fight Showtime contract.

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Antonio Tarver Jr. wins Pro Debut!

Antonio Tarver, Jr. TKO4 Zachary Briones

Antonio Tarver, Jr. won his pro debut this past Monday in Texas with a fourth-round technical knockout over Zachary Briones (1-2). His father, former world light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver was supposed to headline the show against Johnathon Banks but a reported fractured hand forced Antonio Sr. to withdraw. The elder Tarver did work his son’s corner.

“I’m so proud of Antonio,” his beaming father commented after the fight. “He busted up his opponent and worked the ring. He’s a good, humble kid; no smoke and mirrors. I’m elated, really proud of him to see how hard he worked to start his professional career. He has transformed before my eyes. I was able to see and recognize his potential. He really let his hands go. Remember, Antonio only had a few amateur fights and five weeks of training camp.

“Boxing is our lifestyle and he’s motivated me. My little injury has been a little setback. I wasn’t fighting but I was in the corner supporting my son and it was a real thrill for me. He has the opportunity to be as big as anybody in boxing. I never knew he had it (talent). I pushed him away from boxing but he made the decision to fight. My dream of becoming world heavyweight champion hasn’t changed and I plan to be back fighting before the end of this year, hopefully, with my son fighting on the undercard.” Continue reading

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