Judah vs Malignaggi Conference Transcript

JudahMalignaggiZab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi were very respectful when discussing one another heading into their battle on December 7th in Brooklyn… almost too cordial for my liking.  It was a business-as-usual approach for two guys who in all likelihood could’ve been rivals from different necks of the same town. 

Zab Judah vs. Paul Malignaggi is a twelve-round welterweight fight taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Both men are from Brooklyn, so bragging rights will be at stake.

Also on the card, Devon Alexander puts his IBF welterweight title on the line against Shawn Porter, Erislandy Lara faces Austin Trout with a WBA 154-pound belt at stake and Sakio Bika defends his WBC 168-pound against Anthony Dirrell. The Showtime telecast begins at 8:00 p.m.

Read below on what each had to see leading up to next weekend’s card: Continue reading

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Arum to Soon Name Pacquiao’s Next Opponent

By Chris Williams: Bob Arum of Top Rank says he’ll be deciding on who Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent will be for his next fight on April 12th within two weeks. Arum isn’t naming any of the guys that are in the running for the fight, but it’s the usual suspects – Floyd Mayweather Jr., Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley and Ruslan Provodnikov. Mayweather Jr. is at the top of the food chain, but he’s also the least likely of the bunch to take the fight due to the fight not being appealing enough for him.

Pacquiao has lost 2 out of his last three fights, he doesn’t have a major title, and he hasn’t fought a top welterweight since last year when he was beaten by Tim Bradly.

“We’ll all sit down, all of us, and we’ll figure it out,” Arum said via RingTV. “Who the opponent will be will be decided in the next couple of weeks.”

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach openly wants Pacquiao to face 40-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez because he wants Pacquiao to get revenge for his 6th round knockout loss to him from last year. It doesn’t sit right with Roach that Marquez has been acting very pleased with what he did to Pacquiao and that he’s been seemingly bragging about it in interview and after interview. Roach wants to to quiet Marquez by having Pacquiao beat him.

Roach said this about Marquez “I don’t like the way he gloats about how he finally beat Manny Pacquiao and that he got robbed all those other times…He turned us down for a rematch but we gave him three rematches.”

It must really burn Roach how Marquez was able to beat Pacquiao last December, and how many boxing fans feel that Marquez beat Pacquiao all four times but only got credit for it once. That reflects on Roach as a trainer because if he had done a better job training Pacquiao, then he would have proved that he was better than Marquez in those four fights. But the way it’s been, Marquez has looked like the better and smarter fighter in all four fights in the eyes of many fans. It’s got to be tough for Roach because Marquez has the KO win over Manny and he’s basically walked off into the sunset with the victory rather than taking another chance with the Las Vegas judging, which is probably where Marquez would have to agree to face Pacquiao for the fight to happen.

Arum can get Marquez to agree to the Pacquiao fight, but it’ll probably take a 50-50 deal this time instead of a 75/25 deal like in the past. And there’s no way that Arum will give Marquez that kind of deal to fight Pacquiao, so the fight will never happen. Roach and Pacquiao will have to live with the defeat the same way that Marquez lived with the three controversial fights before the last one against Pacquiao.

What we’re probably looking at is Pacquiao vs. Bradley in April, and I think that fight won’t bring in good pay-per-view numbers due to Bradley’s lack of a fan base.

Stevenson Predicting KO of Bellow

By Scott Gilfoid:  WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KO’s) is dead certain that he’s going to be knocking out challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) this Saturday night in their fight at the Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. To Stevenson, it’s a given that he’s going to KO the stork-like Bellew and leave him on the canvas in a pile on Saturday night.

The only thing that Stevenson isn’t certain about is which round he’ll do the Liverpool native in. Stevenson feels that he’ll catch up to Bellew in the 4th or 5th round to drop one of his big bombs on him to get him out of there, but it could happen sooner if Bellew actually comes to fight and doesn’t run or clinch like mad to try and survive.

“I am training right this second and you can be sure that I am going to knock Bellew out,” Stevenson said to RingTV. “I think that the fight is going to go about four or five rounds and then I’m going to knock him out. It’s going to be with my ‘Superman punch.” Continue reading

Anthony Dirrell Read for Sakio Bika December 7

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NEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2013) – Unbeaten Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, who is no stranger to overcoming adversity, finally gets his crack at a world title when he challenges defending champion Sakio Bika for the WBC Super Middleweight Championship on Saturday, Dec. 7, live on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The quadrupleheader, headlined by an all-Brooklyn bout between former world champions Zab “Super’’ Judah and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, is the first of back-to-back blockbuster events promoted by Golden Boy Promotions live on SHOWTIME. On Saturday, Dec. 14, in another four-fight telecast on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, rising superstar Adrien Broner will defend his WBA Welterweight Championship against dangerous, hard-hitting Marcos Maidana in the main event.

For Dirrell (26-0, 22 KO’s), of Flint, Mich., the world title fight caps a remarkable journey for the 29-year-old, whose eight-year-professional career has twice been seriously jeopardized; the first time in December 2006 when he was diagnosed with cancer and sidelined for 20 months. At the time of his diagnosis with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Dirrell was 12-0 and had been boxing professionally for only two years.

After winning his battle with cancer, he rose to No. 1 in the WBC and No. 2 in the WBA in 2011. He had become an established star and was readying himself for a shot at a world title before getting into a motorcycle accident in May 2012 that would keep him out of the ring for 17 months.

Dirrell will be fighting for the third time since the accident when he faces Bika (32-5-2, 21 KO’s), who is making the first defense of the 168-pound crown he captured with a majority 12-round decision over Marco Antonio Periban last June 22 on SHOWTIME. The current WBC No.8-ranked contender, Dirrell triumphed by third-round TKO over Anthony Hanshaw in his most recent outing last July 27.

Here’s what the athletic, switch-hitting Dirrell had to say about his career, personal setbacks and upcoming bout against Bika:

(Did you think your career might be over after the motorcycle mishap?) Continue reading

Tyson Fury Calls Out Deontay Wilder! By Chip Mitchell

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Story by Chip Mitchell

Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know about you, but I think the heavyweight division can be exciting once again.  The idea is to begin matching up the young guns and letting them go at each other. 

There is one thing I’ve noticed in quite a few recent fights involving heavyweights not named Klitschko.  The heavyweights are letting their hands go and producing interesting and entertaining fights.  It started a few years back on NBC, NBC Sports, and CBS where some up and coming prospects decided to do something that has been missing in years… a thing called PUNCHING!  The results of those fights were that the networks signed up for more fights. 

The thing that should be done now is to put fight just like the proposed Wilder/Fury bout on NBC or CBS so that a bigger national audience can see it.  I wouldn’t even mind bringing in (needing no introduction The World Over) the loquacious Don King to oversee a heavyweight tournament.  Continue reading

Pacquiao-Rios Undercard Leaves a Lot to be Desired

Story by Chris Williams

This Saturday’s pay-per-view card on HBO headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the undercard.  For $60, I would have liked to have seen Top Rank put together a little more interesting fights than the ones they got on there.

I know for some boxing fans they don’t care about the undercard, and they’re willing to pay $60 to see Pacquiao and Rios fight all by itself, but I’m not one of them.  I like to see a quality undercard for expensive PPV fights, and I’m just not excited about this undercard.

Here are the undercard fights for Saturday’s Pacquiao-Rios fight card from the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, Macao S.A.R., China:

Evgeny Gradovich vs. Billy Dib – featherweight

Andy Ruiz Jr vs. Tor Hamer – heavyweight

Ik Yang vs. Hero Tito – lightweight

Zou Shiming vs. Juan Tozcano – flyweight

Felix Verdejo vs. Duanaaymukdahan Petchsamuthr – super featherweight

Rex Tso vs. Susu Sithjadaeng – super flyweight

Kuok Kun Ng vs. You-Jie Zeng – light middleweight Continue reading

WHY ME? by Robert Uzzell

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Story by Robert Uzzell: 

I’ve seen Gennady Golovkin fight about 6 times.  Each time I’ve watched him on television (on 4 of the 6 occasions), Golovkin has been spectacular.  I go to see this guy fight live twice, and while the results were great for Golovkin, I feel like I got the short end of the stick.  WHY ME? 

Let me explain…

The first fight I saw on television was Golovkin vs.  Mikhail Makarov.  Gennady pretty much took Makarov’s heart in this fight and won in the second round.   A straight right dropped Makarov in the second.  The punch was hard and Makarov backed up and took a knee.  He got up and went on the attack.  Gennady took his time and threw another well-placed right hand and Makarov went down and the fight was over.  Makarov got up and kept wiping his face as if he was making sure his nose was still attached.  KO-2

Next was Gennady vs.  Grzegorz Proksa.  Proksa was 28-1 with 21 KOs.  Gennady patiently stalked Grzegorz most of the fight and threw big right hands, uppercuts, and hooks in round five.  Proska went down hard and got up, but the fight was stopped as his swelled face and legs were in no shape to continue.  It was a brutal assault indeed by Golovkin.  TKO-5

I also witnessed the dismantling of Nobuhiro Ishida on television.  It was a pay per view event from Monte Carlo.  As Golovkin moved forward, Ishida kept crowding him trying not to let Gennady get his distance to land a big shot.  Golovkin continued to search for an opening early on and in the third round, he reached pay dirt.  Golovkin threw a short left uppercut followed by a HUGE overhand right and knocked Ishida through the ropes.  This punch definitely will be a finalist for knockout of the year.  Ishida got aired out and didn’t seem to realize where he was for a few minutes.  BRUTAL KO-3

The last time I saw Golovkin on television, it was supposed to be his big test against Matthew Macklin.  Golovkin cut Matthew over the eye in round two and the early fear that Macklin showed was magnified.  In the third, Golovkin trapped Macklin against the ropes.  When Matthew covered up to block shots to the head, Gennady placed a heavy left hook to Macklin’s liver.  Macklin went down in pain and reports are that he recently got up to one knee and will try to begin walking again next week.  I’m joking, of course, but the body shot Golovkin landed was on the money!  Macklin had no time or thoughts of banging on the canvas in frustration (see Hopkins vs. De La Hoya).  He was the victim of a four letter word called P-A-I-N!  KO-3 Continue reading

GUNN AND JONES JR. BATTLE IN ‘WINNER TAKES ALL’ TITLE FIGHT!

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Press Release:  To increase the growing intensity of their upcoming WBU Cruiserweight Title fight, former boxing champions Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn and Roy Jones Jr. have announced that their bout will be a winner takes all contest, meaning the fighter who earns the belt that night will earn the complete purse. 

These types of stakes are often found in bare knuckle boxing, which Gunn is no stranger to.  Two years ago Gunn fought in the first sanctioned BKB match in over 123 years, winning the heavyweight title of the world.  On December 3, 2013 from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, he will look to add the squared circle world belt to his trophy case, being the only fighter to possess both bare knuckle and gloved boxing titles simultaneously since the late John L. Sullivan.

About the winner takes all bout, Gunn stated, “By doing this it shows everybody in the world how important and how much this fight means to me.  I’m not coming in for any other reason than to win this fight and win big with a knockout.”

In his last two bouts Gunn faced former world champions Tomasz Adamek and James Toney, losing in a controversial stoppage to Adamek and suffering a broken hand in the battle with Toney, and now will add former pound-for-pound champion and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. to his impressive fight resume.

“Roy is a class act in and out of the ring and it is a privilege and honor to beat him, but that being said, this is my time, and I plan to capture the WBU Title in what I expect to be a very exciting and fan-friendly matchup,” said Gunn.

Both Gunn and Jones Jr. have lived decorated careers inside the ring, and have established themselves as top fighters.  Come December 3 they won’t be fighting to move up the rankings, or to earn sponsorship deals…they will be fighting for one reason, to claim the WBU Cruiserweight Title.

“I’ve never been more focused and ready for a fight, and I know this is my time to shine and knockout Roy,” said Gunn.  “There can only be one…Gunn.”

Bobby Gunn and Roy Jones Jr. meet December 3 at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA for the WBU Cruiserweight Title.  The fight will be aired on internet TV and international PPV with details to come.

Golovkin Retains WBA/IBO Straps with Victory Over Stevens by Chip Mitchell

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On Saturday night, Gennady Golovkin defeated Curtis Stevens in front of nearly 5,000 fans at the Theater in Madison Square Garden.  Golovkin won by TKO as Stevens’ uncle and trainer Andre Rozier stopped the fight after round eight.  The victory takes “Triple G’s” record to 28-0 (25 KOs), while Stevens falls to 25-4 (18 KOs).

“I give myself a grade of 10,” Golovkin said after the fight.  “I am ready to fight anybody, but specifically I want to fight Sergio Martinez.”

Gennady, I’ve got news for you.  We want you to fight Martinez too.  Golovkin already has a February 1, 2014 fight date set in Monte Carlo.  No doubt he won’t get Martinez on that date, as Sergio’s team is trying to lock up a fight with Miguel Cotto.

However, Golovkin finished a busy 2013 as he ended it 4-0, with all victories by stoppage.  He enjoyed wins over Gabriel Rosado, Nobuhiro Ishida in Monte Carlo, Matthew Macklin, and Stevens.  He will be a finalist for fighter of the year in 2013.

Curtis Stevens, for his part, has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of as the loser.  Stevens showed some serious fortitude by getting up from the left hook that dropped him in the second round.  A round or two later, he cleared his head and began to land some shots that probably won him the fourth and fifth rounds.  I thought Stevens was effective with his jab and hand speed.  His speed early on and the jab once he recovered from the knockdown.  Curtis was simply in there with a monster.  Outside of Golovkin, I believe Stevens could be competitive against the best 160 has to offer.  To be honest, the moxie that Curtis displayed in this fight might get him another date with HBO.  Sometimes a loser can be a winner when it comes to being showcased on the big platform. 

From here, I think Golovkin will try to stay as busy in 2014 as he was in 2013.  He has issued challenges to Floyd Mayweather, Jr at 154 and Martinez at 160.  I don’t believe either of those fights happens in 2014.  Andre Ward at 168?  I don’t think it happens in early 2014.  I’m not sure it happens later in the year either.  HBO wants Ward in a big fight.  The question is, does Ward want the fight prior to 2015, if at all?  Unlike Ward, one guy I know who will fight Gennady at 168 anytime, anyplace, and any year is Carl Froch.  I’d love to see him in with Gennady.  As Stevens’ hat read on Saturday, I see an all-out “War” if this fight can be made. 

For Stevens, I think he will be back on HBO.  I’d like to see him get some rest and then challenge a Peter Quillin (an all-Brooklyn affair like Judah/Malignaggi), or Danny Jacobs (same deal), or another top 15 guy. 

One thing I noticed on Saturday night.  While Stevens may be from Brooklyn, Triple G is definitely The King of New York at this point.  The house was packed with fans from Kazakhstan and even parts of Germany, all in attendance to root for their hero.  There was a buzz all night in The Garden, even during the non-televised portion of the card.  A few fights that broke out in the stands didn’t hurt the cause.

I actually look forward to both men having a strong 2014.  Stay tuned!

Adrien Broner: More than just Floyd Mayweather’s Protégé? by John Martinez

Professional Boxing. A sport with no halftimes, no second or third string backups, no bathroom breaks, and no teammates to help carry the load. Ultimately, its two combatants climbing through the ropes of a squared circle and through calculated aggression, delivering controlled rage in a grueling test of fortitude, conditioning, power, and will.

It takes a special type of athlete to succeed in this sport. Unlike the other combat sport, MMA, boxing doesn’t afford lazy jabs, telegraphed hooks, and “defense” that allots the fighter’s hands to be at mid-torso. Amateurish tactics like those described inevitably lead to justifiably, violent knock outs.

On December 14, WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27, 0, 22KO) will meet heavy-handed slugger, Marcos Maidana (34, 3,31KO) in the main event of a stacked card on SHOWTIME Network in a classic matchup of brawler versus boxer. Speed versus brute force and hype versus battle-tested true-grit. Continue reading