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Gervonta Davis took only 1 minute 15 seconds of round one to stop Mexican Alberto Mora Zuniga in Atlantic City’s Claridge Hotel last night.

“Tank” moves to 11-0, with 10 victories coming via KO.

Gervonta said this fight had special meaning for him. “I’m dedicating this fight to Valerie Barnes, who recently died from cancer. She was my best friend’s mother. Justin “Fiddle” Carter is like a brother to me, and his family is my family. His mom treated me like her son, and I appreciate everything she did for me. I’m wearing pink for this fight and her name will be written on my trunks. On fight night, my team will wear ‘Fight Cancer’ t-shirts in her memory.”

Story by: Chip Mitchell

In an entertaining battle for the vacant IBF super middleweight title, James “Chunky” DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday afternoon at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.

DeGale was cut above his right eye in round two but remained calm as he wiped blood away. His composure paid dividends later in the round as he connected on a huge and well-timed overhand left counter to drop Dirrell.  Dirrell got up and seconds later was dropped again by a DeGale combination.

Dirrell came back well in rounds in the next couple of rounds, but DeGale landed some clean shots, and busted Dirrell’s nose and mouth sometime between the fifth and sixth rounds.

Then DeGale seemed to take a few rounds off and allowed Dirrell to gain momentum and outwork him as the fight entered the championship rounds.

DeGale seemed to take control with the harder shots in the final few rounds to secure his win.

Judges scored the fight 117-109, and 114-112 twice.

Story by:  Robert Uzzell

Boxcino Junior Middleweight Final
John Thompson IV (17-1, 6 KOs) scored a sensational second round knockout over Brandon Adams (17-2, 12 KOs) on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights series finale.  The verdict was a big upset as Adams had been favored to win the tournament from the start

Adams dropped Thompson in the first round and his speed seemed like it would be too much for Thompson. However Thompson IV quickly turned the tide in round two came back to stun Adams. Thompson dropped Adams twice in round two, as the referee stepped in for what appeared to be a stoppage. The referee allowed the fight to continue and Adams got caught with a frightening barrage before it was mercifully ended seconds later. The time of stoppage was 2:18.

Thompson went from last minute replacement (literally) to Boxino champion.  Congrats young man!

Shortly before the ESPN Friday Night Fights Boxcino Final and Series finale, the network will air a tape delayed telecast of Alexander Povetkin vs. Mike Perez fight from today.

If you want the results of the fight, select the link below:

 

Povetkin vs. Perez Title Eliminator Results

 

DWadeDMV prospect Dominic Wade (17-0, 12 KOs, fighting out of Largo, MD) will face former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) in Shelton, Washington, on June 26.  Soliman, 41, who is attempting a comeback from a severe knee injury will be a solid test (barring injury) for the undefeated 25 year-old.

“I live for the challenge and I have my sights set on regaining the world title,” Soliman said. “I was offered the fight with Dominic Wade and it’s not in my DNA to say no. It’s a dangerous fight because Wade is young and has nothing to lose. I’ve worked hard to overcome my injury and regain the form required to fight at the highest level. Now I’m back to my best, and hungry to be a two-time champion.”

Wade’s last outing was a second round stoppage win over Eddie Hunter in December.

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Story:  Robert Uzzell:

Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James “Chunky” DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) both came in under the 168 pound limit for their fight tomorrow at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.

James DeGale, 167.2 lbs

Andre Dirrell, 167.8.

The fight will air on NBC beginning at 4:30pm eastern time.

Andre Dirrell and James DeGale have plenty in common: They’re both southpaw, both former Olympic medalists and each has but one loss on his record.

Now, they’ll look to distinguish themselves from one another—as well as the rest of the competition in the 168-pound division—when they meet in a showdown of highly skilled and athletic fighters.

I hear there was a large media turnout at home of the Boston RedSox, Fenway Park.  The final press conference was held there and Dirrell threw out the first pitch.  No word on if the pitch was a ball, a strike, or a 50 Cent change-up.

 

 

Photos: Emily Harney / Banner Promotions

Photos: Emily Harney / Banner Promotions

Boxcino2Weights for Friday night’s Boxcino Finals that will be shown live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Also, ESPN will begin the telecast with the (video delay) heavyweight elimiation bout between Alexander Povetkin (28-1-1, 20 KOs) and Mike Pérez (21-1-0, 13 KOs).

The winner gets the winner of the WBA title fight between champion, Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) and challenger Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs).

 

Boxcino:

Andrey Fedosov 220.5 – Donovan Dennis 219
(Boxcino Heavyweight championship)
John Thompson 153.2 – Brandon Adams 154.7
(Boxcino Jr. Middleweight championship)

 

 

While ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will come to an end this week, they will still have monthly Saturday bouts and, on occasion, will telvise fights that boxing fans want to see.

Case in point:

The network announced today that it will televise the WBC heavyweight title eliminator between Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez taking place on Friday in Moscow. The fight will stream live on ESPN3 and air on ESPN2 after a brief delay.

Fans, make sure you tune in.  The bout will lead in to the Boxcino Tournament Final for the super welterweight and heavyweight classes.

At the printing of this story, we are uncertain as to an exact start time.  Please check your listings and we will update you as we obtain additonal information on this announcement.

The winner of Povetkin vs. Perez becomes the mandatory for the winner of Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina in their WBC heavyweight title matchup.

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David Spagnolo/Main Events

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev – WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

Main Events–>  “Hello everybody. Thank you for comes here. What I can say? I already said enough for my side. I am sure it is going to be very interesting fight. Why? Because Nadjib has very good and big motivation to be champion and my desire is to get my four titles. I think that will happen this year, that I fight a unified fight. Fight against Nadjib is for me next step. I am not going to say that I will, I will and I will, is words of trash talkers. I am going to show what I can in the ring.

 

“Everyone welcome to Vegas July 25 to Mandalay Bay and have a nice time. Thank you very much for your attention, for my promoter, Kathy Duva, and manager [Egis Klimas] that they turn their attention to me, sign me and now my career is in their hands. I like it. Everything I have right now is good.

 

“Also I am very happy that my fight is on HBO. I am happy and I am going to be best in my division. I am not finished of my collection of all of my belts. I shoot and I must to get one more, WBC title. Just give me opportunity to fight against WBC Champion. I don’t care whether it be Adonis Stevenson or another guy. I don’t care.

 

“Right now I am not even thinking about this because my next fight will be big fight and not an easy fight against Nadjib Mohammedi. I think so enough to say. Thank you very much again.”

 

Nadjib “Iron Djib” Mohammedi – IBF Mandatory Challenger

“For me is big opportunity. My first time in USA just one years now. I respect Sergey Kovalev now is champion of light heavyweight but I don’t come here for joke or for play or for game. I want be world champion. I work with Abel Sanchez in Big Bear for this. I am not stupid. I know what you think about me. I am not naïve. This fight is very, very difficult for me but I say it is very difficult for Sergey. It is not difficult just for me because I am very smarter, I am faster.

 

“On 25 of July I am ready with my team, I am ready for this fight. I am ready for Sergey. I am the new generation of light heavyweight because I don’t want the same fight of another opponent. Thank you very much to Kathy Duva, my promoter. Thank you very much my team. Thank you very much my co-managers, Vince Caruso and Jon Ali. Thank you, Abel Sanchez. I will see you 25 of July for the big fight. I promise you this is a big, big fight. Thank you very much.”

 

Kathy Duva – CEO of Main Events

“Less than two years ago Sergey Kovalev was a struggling fighter trying to make a name for himself. Since then he has fought on HBO six times. He is about to go into his seventh fight on HBO. He has become, not just the light heavyweight champion of the world, but he has unified three of the light heavyweight titles. Last year he was named the fighter of the year by Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report, The New York Post, USA Today, SherDog and UCN Live. Some of you are here today and thank you so much. It I a hell of an accomplishment to be the Fighter of the Year, you can’t do that every year, no matter who you are. To go from being completely unknown to being the man in the light heavyweight division in less than two years is a remarkable accomplishment.

 

“I don’t think any of us would be here without the support of the fine people at HBO. Today I get to proudly announce that Sergey Kovalev gets to remain with HBO, the company that has taken him this far. It is his intention and our intention to remain with HBO for the rest of his career, if that is possible. This is the company that has led boxing for the last 30 odd years in this country. It is unquestionably the #1 boxing network in the world. It is the place to be if you want to have a high-profile career in this sport and maintain it for a long time.

 

“About a year ago Nadjib Mohammedi came to the United States for the first time. He earned his shot at a title by becoming the #1 contender. He has worked hard over the last year to maintain that position and prepare himself for the opportunity to fight for the world title. Now he gets the privilege of fighting for all three of those belts.

 

“Now that Sergey has moved to the west coast and has made a home for himself and his family here in Los Angeles we are moving his home base. I had a lovely meeting with Richard Sturm at MGM a few weeks ago and he confirmed to me that MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay want to be in the Sergey Kovalev business. As I see a vacuum opening up in Vegas for big names I think Sergey Kovalev is the kind of guy who can step in there and fill that vacuum. His fights are electrifying and exciting and thrilling. That is what boxing fans should expect when they put their money down to come and see a fight.

 

“Main Events has a great history with Mandalay Bay which is one of the best facilities in the country, in the world. On a personal note it is great to be going back there. We brought Fernando Vargas there years ago and had some great, great nights there and some great, great memories there. We are going to make some new ones now. It is a new beginning. It is a new beginning with HBO. It is a new beginning with Mandalay Bay. Yet it all feels very familiar because this was the same team that was making Fernando one of the biggest box office attractions in the country.

 

“Peter Nelson from HBO is not here because of your famous LA traffic but if he were here he would tell you that the event will start at 10:00 PM on July 25 on HBO. There will be a co-feature and we are still working on what that is going to be and we will announce that when we know. The tickets will be going on sale next week and will be priced very affordably for the fans from $25 up to $300. We want to fill up the room. We want to encourage the true boxing fans. Something that I noticed when I went to the big fight a few weeks ago at MGM that the crowd was missing the true fight fans but I want to see those people come out for this fight. Those fans will be very pleased. I have had the great pleasure to be ringside a number of times for Sergey’s fights and it is thrilling.

 

“This will be a 12-round fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Championships. It is an IBF mandatory bout. Sergey is 27-0-1 with 24 knockouts from Russia and Nadjib is 37-3, with 23 knockouts from France.

 

“To Vince’s point, that is one of the things that is great about boxing, everybody has a story. Everybody has been through adversity. If not for miracles I think everyone standing on this dais, myself included, would not be standing here right now. I think that is part of what keeps this sport alive and is what makes it so compelling is the stories behind everybody. The truth is Nadjib came here last June as an opponent basically. He came here and won a fight he wasn’t expected to win; he earned his place and has worked for a long time with Abel Sanchez. He has taken advantage of this time to work with a great trainer in Abel Sanchez and believe me we are very well aware of it. With an awkward style and a great trainer, his great heart and drive that this is not going to be an easy night for anybody.

 

“Having said that, Sergey Kovalev is something very special, we all know that. To me he is exactly what boxing is supposed to be, somebody who goes out there and gives their all gives 1,000% every time. He keeps the crowd entertained. He keeps the fight exciting. He makes it fun to be there. That is why we tend to focus on him and his future. We don’t mean it as an insult to anybody. That is what we have, it is called a star.”

 

Egis Klimas – Manager of Sergey Kovalev

“Good afternoon everybody. Thanks for coming for this press conference in the beautiful city of Los Angeles. Thank you Kathy [Duva]. She is doing a very good job. When I brought Sergey to Kathy a couple of years ago at that point nobody knew him. Some people knew Kovalev in boxing but not much and not like he is known today.

 

“Vince [Caruso] was talking about how we have not seen bad days in Sergey’s career but I would say it is completely the opposite. I brought Sergey in 2009 from Russia I put him in Don Turner training camp in North Carolina which is in the middle of nowhere.

 

The closest store is about five miles away. All around there are corn fields, bugs, bears, snakes and he stayed where Don had built his boxing gym. At that time I had many fighters going to that camp and besides Sergey and Gradovich I would say the longest somebody was there was like three months before they would call me and tell me they were done. They would go to New York or Chicago and today they are nobody and I have not even heard about them. Some are taxi drivers now but this gentleman stayed there and didn’t complain a single word for a year and a half.

 

“I used to go to Don’s camp, me and Don would jump in a van and drive around the country just to get the fights. I saw big talent and Don Turner saw big talent in him but I could not convince any of the promoters. I talked to Top Rank. I talked to Golden Boy. I talked to Lou DiBella. I talked to everybody about giving him a chance until one day Don Turner introduced me to Kathy see said she would try and see what is going to happen.

 

 

“The biggest fight that we had in our career was Darnell Boone. Sergey wasn’t ready for it so it went all eight rounds and was not a good fight. Main Events asked me how I felt about fighting Darnell Boone again. I thought Sergey was no going to like that. I called Sergey and I told him, he said he it was great and he wanted to do that. He said, ‘I want to see how I improved from almost two years past. That’s a fight I want.’ That was when I realized I really had a good fighter here with a good heart. Of course the second time he did a great job with Darnell Boone. It was two rounds. He was a completely different guy. He was on TV. He was on the big stage. He has had hard times.

 

“I want to thank HBO for giving us this very good opportunity for the rest of his career. I wanted to thank again Kathy and Mandalay Bay for having us there. Don’t miss fight on July 25.”

 

 

Vince Caruso – Co-Manager of Nadjib Mohammedi

“There is not much to say when you fight the #1 guy. Whether I like him or not Sergey Kovalev is the #1 guy in boxing today, especially after what we saw two weeks ago I would say he is undoubtedly #1. He is the top tier. He is a very bad dude and we are going in there with that in mind.

 

 

“I am not going to get up here and say that Nadjib is going to come in there and do this or we are guaranteeing a win. You can’t guarantee anything in this business. The only thing I can guarantee you is that on the 25th of July Nadjib Mohammedi is going to make the 175 pound contracted weight limit, that will be a guarantee. #2 he is going to come in there with a game plan that if he does execute and he does listen to Abel Sanchez, his trainer, he has a very good shot at winning this fight. Because even though Sergey might be stronger, and he might be bigger, and he might have been on the big stage a lot more than Nadjib has, there is one thing that I believe we have the edge in, and that is desire.

 

 

“When you have been held down your whole life, your whole career, a career that started in 2005, and you have to fight in rooms that are smaller than this, with no TV coverage, no press, that is hard times. I don’t think Sergey Kovalev goes through hard times. Nadjib Mohammedi has gone through hard times. He came to Big Bear before his fight on the Hopkins-Kovalev undercard back in November. His trainer that he has been with for 14 years got detained at the airport and could not get in for that fight. So me and his co-manager, Jon Ali, had to figure out who was going to work the corner. Sullivan Barrera, our friend who is also here today, was on that card already and he was working with Abel Sanchez. I have always said after I watched Nadjib on June 21st of last year, that he is the perfect style fighter for Abel Sanchez’s training methods. He fights that Mexican style. He is a straight-ahead blood and guts fighter. There is nothing really special about him. His strength is his heart. Show me a guy with heart who is sick and tired of being broke and sick and tired of getting the short end of the deal and I am going to show you a winner. Nothing ever lifts adrenaline more than the desire to change your life. That is what we need to look at going in against this guy because he is a killer. He is #1, the big cheese. That is what we want. We want high risk because we want high reward.

 

“With all due respect to Kathy, she talks about all these great future plans she has with Kovalev but I would have waited until this Mohammedi fight was in the books before you made any long term plans. I know nobody gives us a chance and he is probably a 15-1 underdog. We are the dog but everybody on this team has overcome something. This guy has overcome the temptations of the mafia-ridden streets of France. He went into the food business and took care of his mother and his brothers and his sister. He worked hard. He wanted to become a professional fighter. He is here. Jon Ali, my co-manager, is a professional singer. He is a great pop singer and that is why he is not here today. 11 years ago I was a junkie and I was in a Las Vegas rehab. I never thought I would be on the big stage again but I am. This team has a lot of desire. We are going to win this fight and we are going to win it with heart.”

 

About Kovalev-Mohammedi

WBO, WBA an:d IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) will compete in his first mandatory title defense against Nadjib “Iron Djib” Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on July 25 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing® and ticket and undercard information will be released shortly.

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Baltimore’s undefeated pro boxer looks to extend his win streak on Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. – On Friday night, May 22, 2015, undefeated professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, Maryland/pro record: 10-0, 9 KOs) returns to the ring against Alberto “Ironman” Mora Zuniga (Mexico/pro record: 5-3-0, 1 KO) at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Davis’bout on the “Rumble At The Claridge” fight card is scheduled for eight rounds, and will be presented by King’s Promotion, in association with DeeLee Promotions. The main event on May 22 will be Juan Dominguez (Brooklyn, NY/pro record: 18-0, 12 KOs) vs. Jonathan Perez (Colombia/pro record: 33-10, 27 KOs). No television information has been announced for the May 22 fight.

 

In his previous fight on February 20, 2015, Davis defeated Puerto Rico’s Israel “Macho” Suarez (Puerto Rico/pro record: 4-5-2, 1 KO) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, winning by knockout at 2:13 of Round 1. Moments into the fight, the twenty-year-old Davis dropped Suarez with a vicious barrage of punches, ending the contest after just 47 seconds.

 

Davis wants to continue his success in New Jersey. He stated, “I’m excited for my first eight round fight on Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. I’m fighting at 130 lbs just to see how my power and speed feels at that weight. The other night, I ran from East Baltimore to West Baltimore and my wind was great. I know there are a lot of people coming up from Baltimore to see me fight on Friday. I will be ready for whatever my opponent tries to do.”

 

Gervonta said this fight has special meaning for him. “I’m dedicating this fight to Valerie Barnes, who recently died from cancer. She was my best friend’s mother. Justin “Fiddle” Carter is like a brother to me, and his family is my family. His mom treated me like her son, and I appreciate everything she did for me. I’m wearing pink for this fight and her name will be written on my trunks. On fight night, my team will wear ‘Fight Cancer’ t-shirts in her memory.”

 

The city of Baltimore garnered national headlines this month, in the aftermath of the controversial death of Freddie Gray. Citizen unrest, rioting, and looting necessitated the help of the National Guard to restore order and stabilize the city. Davis said, “My neighborhood was in the middle of it all. Lots of people in my city are angry about things they see every day. I want to show people that they can work out their frustrations and do positive things with their lives. This fight on May 22 is also dedicated to my people in the city of Baltimore.”

 

Trainer Calvin Ford said, “Within the last month, Gervonta participated in peaceful youth gatherings, school visits, and community events. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Councilman Nick Mosby came out to support Gervonta and his endeavors. He is doing the right things to become a real leader for his community, and I’m proud of him.”

 

Ford addressed the upcoming fight. He said, “I do have some concerns going into this fight. Gervonta is fighting his first eight-rounder, and we are trying the 130 lbs weight class to see how he performs. My sources tell me that our opponent, Alberto Mora Zuniga, is a scrappy fighter. He has lots of experience, and he’s looking forward to challenging an undefeated fighter. He also has several wins by knockout in Mexico that aren’t listed on his pro record. We’ve had multiple distractions and interruptions in this camp because of the events in Baltimore, but we’ve worked through them. We have a very effective game plan. Gervonta just needs to stay focused leading into this fight, and we will be victorious.”

 

Davis added, “I’ll be ready on May 22. I want media and the fans to keep me in mind as a top prospect for 2015. For those of you coming to the fight, you will see me put on a great show. Thank you to my manager Al Haymon and promoter Marshall Kauffman of King’s Promotions for allowing me to fight on Friday’s card. Thank you to my team, Shoe City, Yekim Customs, Tvche, Everlast, Nike Boxing, Athlete Performance Solutions, Baltimore Parks and Recreation, Upton Boxing Center, Rashaan Brave, Arli Lima, Ethika, and Councilman Nick Mosby for all of their support. On Friday night, I will be 11-0. Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you.”

 

General admission tickets ($50) to Davis’ fight on Friday, May 22 can be purchased in Baltimore by calling (410) 622 6034. Tickets are also available online at http://www.claridge.eventbrite.com, with ticket prices listed at $100 (VIP), $75 (Ringside) and $50 (General Admission), plus taxes and fees. Weigh-ins on May 21 will be open to the public, and will take place on the 3rd Floor of the Claridge Hotel.

On fight night, May 22, the doors of the Celebrity Theater (located within the Claridge Hotel) will open at 6:00 pm, with the first fight scheduled for 6:45 pm. The Claridge Hotel is located at 123 S Indiana Ave, Atlantic City, NJ, 08401. Self-parking is $12, and Valet parking is $15. The Claridge Hotel phone is (844) 224-7386 or (609) 487-4444.

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For any inquiries, contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team Davis, by email at Lbchoyas@yahoo.com or by phone (240) 498 1478.
*Photo Credits: ring pics are courtesy of Shawn Eisler Photography
Gervonta studio photo is courtesy of Holman Photos
All other pics are courtesy of Team Davis.