Two Rights Leave One Left Out – Collazo KOs Ortiz

Ed Mulholland

Ed Mulholland

Story by:  Paul Strauss

Events at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY build up nicely for the shortened main event. First Gary “Mr” Russell, Jr. 24-0-0 (KO 14) proved he is better than most even when he’s not feeling well. He let that slip at the pre-fight meeting with the media. Any questions Fox Sports1 announcers Barry Tompkins, Paulie Malignaggi and Bernard Hopkins about how he would perform were quickly answered. Gary demonstrated he is deserving of serious consideration in the feather and super featherweight divisions by making short work of veteran Miguel “Yaqui” Tamyo. 15-8-2 (KO13) Russell gave up height and reach, but you wouldn’t know it.

He is so smooth and such a good manager of distance that he seems always to be in range, that and the fact that Yaqui cooperated as well. Unfortunately for him, it really didn’t matter whether he tried to be aggressive, either at short range or from a distance. For Gary, Yaqui was always within range. His speed, power and accuracy were just too much for Yaqui. He would try to block the shots and counter, but it was quickly apparent he was getting beat down. Any superlatives have to be gauged by the fact that Yaqui lost three out of his last four fights, two by stoppage, so that’s taints Gary’s fourth round kayo of Yaqui somewhat. Malignaggi pointed out Gary needs to have this type of showing against a top level opponent to really establish his true worth. Continue reading

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Peterson and Charlo Victorious in DC!

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

On Saturday night at the DC Armory in our nation’s capital, Lamont Peterson defeated Dierry Jean by scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 118-111.  Peterson enjoyed an edge in power shots, but Jean also landed his share of big shots in the fight.  I thought the fight was closer based on Jean winning, in my opinion, some early rounds.  The Fight Journal scored it 115-113 for Peterson.  One could  argue for a couple of even rounds, which I try to avoid.   

Here is what each fighter had to say:

Lamont Peterson:
In front of an announced crowd of 5,668, Peterson said, “If it was up to me, I’d never leave.  I love my city.  My city loves me.”  

“I knew that this was his first title fight and this is a big stage.  I knew regardless of what he said, he would have some type of nerves.  At the end of the day I was in shape and I was able to hold the rounds.  I would like to be considered the best 140-pound fighter in the world before I leave.  If it means Danny Garcia is next then that’s what it is.”

When asked how long it took to get over his loss against Matthysse, Peterson said, “At the end of that night I sat and thought all night and I came to an understanding of why I lost. Then I moved on.  I was over it in 24 hours.”

Dierry Jean:
When asked about the loss, Jean chalked it up to the inexperience of this being his first title fight saying, “I think it is just a matter of experience.  Life goes on you know.  I am definitely leaving with my head held high.  I have all of my fans with me and I fought a hard fight.”

In the co-feature, Jermell Charlo defeated the always game Gabriel Rosado by unanimous decision.  Judges had it 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.  Charlo, who made it extremely difficult to tell him from his brother Jermall by cutting his dreadlocks, moves to 23-0.  Rosado’s record falls to 21-8.  Here is what they had to say: Continue reading

Garcia gets win over reluctant Burgos; Jennings scores KO over Szpilka

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

Mikey Garcia dominated an uncooperative Juan Carlos Burgos over 12 rounds on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden’s Theatre.

Garcia won by score of 119-109 and 118-110 twice for the first defense of his title at 130 pounds.

The first round started at a fast pace, with Garcia landing a big left hook.  The shot put Burgos in cautionary mode and set the tone for a night where survival was the word of choice.

In the second, Burgos timed Garcia coming in with a nice right hand that buckled Garcia’s knees and got the crowd ramped up.   However, Burgos wasn’t able to land anything significant and Garcia went to his corner to hear an animated Robert Garcia (his older brother) yell at him for his lack of defense.

Garcia elected to fight the remainder of the bout behind his jab and right hand, keeping the slower Burgos off-balance.

Garcia took away Burgos’s confidence as well as his willingness to brawl.  Burgos seemed resigned to finish on his feet rather than chance a knockout by trying to mount an attack.

“His height gave me difficulty,” Garcia said. “I found my range and I found my distance and that was it.”

With the win, Garcia moves 34-0 (28 KOs).  Burgos drops to to 30-2-2 (20 KOs).

In the co-feature, Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) scored a 10th round stoppage of talented and previously unbeaten Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs).

For most of the night, it appeared as if both combatants wanted to protect their undefeated records as the action didn’t pick up until late.

However in the tenth round Jennings scored two knockdowns.  The second one, a big left hook caused the stoppage and punctuated Jennings claims that he’s a television fighter.

The Theatre was sold out (approximately 4,800) and hopefully Top Rank will continue to bring good cards to New York and other cities in the Northeast.  TheFightJournal.com will be there to cover as many events as feasible.

 

 

 

Peterson and Jean Final Comments and Weights from DC!

Tom Casino

Tom Casino

IBF junior welterweight world champion Lamont Peterson and #1 contender Dierry Jean hosted their final news conference Thursday at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. Peterson weighed in at 139.5, while Jean came in at 139. Here’s what they had to say their Showtime-televised fight at the DC Armory:

Lamont Peterson: I can show you how I come back from a knockout better than I can tell you; you’ll see Saturday night. You just have to forget it, it can happen to the best of us. Even basketball players shoot air ball free throws; sometimes that’s just what happens. I didn’t have a hard time dealing with it, just seemed like the media did. We train hard, we go into the fight and we are there to win, but of course there’s a chance you can lose. That’s what happened [with his fight against Lucas Matthysse], but you just have to pick yourself up and move on.

Dierry Jean: On Saturday, I’ll show everybody that I’m the best fighter pound-for-pound.

Joining Peterson and Jean at the news conference were undefeated jr middleweight contender Jermell Charlo and Gabriel Rosado, who will rumble in the 10-round co-main event.

Jermell Charlo: I have to win with a KO, it’s a must. The way I grind, I know I push myself to the limit. My standards are high right now, I want titles and I want to be recognized as one of the top 154-pounders. Saturday night, expect something crazy. If his face holds up, we’ll go 12 rounds. If not, we’re knocking him out early.

Gabriel Rosado: I’m excited because this is a new year and I’m now going back down to super welterweight where I have unfinished business. Last time I fought at 154 was 2012, when I had a great year knocking out Soto Karass, knocking out Powell, and clinching the #1 spot in the IBF knocking out Whittaker. There’s no secret to my game plan, I’m going to go out and apply smart pressure. I’m not trying to let this go in the hands of the judges. I’m going for the knockout.

Bradley/Pacquiao II a Done Deal for April 12? by Chip Mitchell

Source: Joe Klamar / AFP

Source: Joe Klamar / AFP

The Manila Bulletin has reported that Manny Pacquiao will challenge Timothy Bradley for his WBO welterweight title on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who promotes both fighters, has denied that the fight is a done deal.

“That’s the one that we’re working on now, and it may not be the one that takes place. Although I believe that the issues are being narrowed down, and I’m optimistic,” Arum told Lem Satterfield of Ringtv.com.

The report in the Manila Bulletin also says that Pacquiao adviser Mike Koncz is returning to the Philippines this weekend with the paperwork for the fight, which indicates contracts are not signed.

“I’ve been involved in this business for so long that I know that until everything is agreed to, then there’s no fight,” Arum said in The Ring. “So the process is ongoing. It’s not done. These things take a long time to finish the negotiations.”

Sounds like the venue and date are all lined up.  My suspicion is that some money and testing factors are being weighed on before the deal is closed.

“Now, are we talking to the fighters about that fight and trying to get everything done? Yeah.  But it’s not done yet, and it will never get done if we don’t reach an agreement with those fighters.  There are all of these points and all of these side issues, and you’ve got to sort through it all and hopefully, eventually, it will get done.  There’s no guarantee.”

The ‘there’s no guarantee’ statement could mean that if a deal falls though at the last minute with Bradley, a contingency deal with Provodnikov to fight Pacquiao will come into play. 

Rumor has it that Bradley wasn’t satisfied with the initial offer made for the rematch.  I assume a better offer was made and that we are close to a deal.  I’d much rather see a Mayweather-Bradley showdown, which I feel is the best fight that could be made as of now. 

Nevertheless, Bradley-Pacquiao is intruiguing and people seem to be split down the middle on who wins the rematch.  We will see how this plays out soon as April will be here before we know it.  

If an event of this magnitute is to occur in April, promotions need to begin in February at the latest.

Stay Tuned!

Alvarez/Angulo Is On! March 8

Former world junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez returns to the ring on Saturday, March 8th to face Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, to be shown live on Showtime pay-per-view. Rounding out the pay-per-view telecast are: two-division titlist Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) defending his WBC 122-pound title against former titlist Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs); Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) defending his IBF 154-pound title against Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KO’s); Omar “Panterita’’ Figueroa (24-0-1, 17 KOs) facing Canelo’s brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 14 KOs) in a lightweight bout and former titlist Jorge Linares (35-3, 23 KOs) battling Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KO’s) in a lightweight clash.

March 8th is a hallowed date in boxing history as in 1971; “Smokin” Joe Frazier first met Muhammad Ali in the ring to begin their epic series. Now, eight fighters will attempt to do their part to add to its lore.

“This is a great fight for me and for the fans and I can’t wait to get back in the ring on March 8th,” said Canelo, who will be making his first ring appearance since his mega-fight with pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather last September. “Angulo is a true warrior and I have to be alert every second of every round when I fight him. I expect that we will put on a fight no one will ever forget.”

“Canelo is a great young fighter who has earned his way to the top,” said Angulo. “That being said, I know I’m hungrier than he is right now and I will take him to places he’s never been. Our fans in Mexico and around the world will see what we’re all about when we fight.”

“When we presented opponents to Canelo for his return fight, he immediately took the man who he expected would give him the toughest challenge in the ring and who also would help him give the fans the most exciting fight possible,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Alfredo Angulo fits the bill on all counts and this will not only be a stern test for Canelo, but I know fight fans are going to see all action from start to finish. I can say that about all the fights on the card, and in keeping with Golden Boy Promotions’ promise to fans, we’re making sure to deliver the most competitive and compelling matchups that we can.”

A superstar in his native Mexico who has gone international with his appeal over the last two years, Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KO’s) is a former 154-pound world champion whose talent, fighting style and charisma is likely to keep him on top for years to come. Only 23 years of age, the Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico native turned pro in 2005 and he hasn’t looked back since he defeated the likes of Jose Miguel Cotto, Carlos Baldomir, Lovemore Ndou, Matthew Hatton, Ryan Rhodes, Alfonso Gomez, Kermit Cintron and Sugar Shane Mosley. In 2013, Canelo packed nearly 40,000 fans into the Alamodome in San Antonio for a win over Austin Trout to unify 154-pound titles. Canelo’s last fight, the main event bout vs. Mayweather, shattered pay-per-view revenue records, but serves as Alvarez’ first pro loss.

Mexicali, Mexico native Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-3, 18 KO’s) produces exciting fights every time he steps through the ropes, as evidenced by knockouts of Gabriel Rosado, Joel Julio and Joachim Alcine, as well as his classic 2011 showdown with James Kirkland. Owner of 2012 wins over Raul Casarez and Jorge Silva, the 31-year-old appeared to be on his way to his first world championship in June 2013 when he knocked down Erislandy Lara twice in their interim WBA title fight. However, a controversial stoppage due to an eye injury postponed Angulo’s ascension to the top, something he hopes to rectify starting with his bout against Alvarez. Continue reading

LAMONT PETERSON, DIERRY JEAN, JERMELL CHARLO, AND GABRIEL ROSADO MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

LCDJ

 

Kelly Swanson 

This is a special delight because it’s the first conference call of the New Year, and we’re excited today to talk about the first Golden Boy Promotions show on SHOWTIME of the year, which will take place Saturday, January 25 at the DC Armory in Washington D.C., a big show with Lamont Peterson and Dierry Jean and also with Jermell Charlo and Gabriel Rosado. We have all four guys available today to talk to you, but we will first start with Jermell and Gabe.  And in order to make the proper introductions and talk a little bit more about the show I’d like to introduce Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions.  Richard?

Richard Schaefer     

Thank you, Kelly, and welcome to all the media members to the first Golden Boy call of the year.  Happy New Year to all of you and your families, much health and happiness, and I’m excited to work with all of you in 2014, another sensational year for the sport.

What we’ve done in 2013, particularly is two things, we put together evenly matched fights, fights where you don’t know who is going to win, and we put those into places, into venues and cities where they belong, and I think the results were outstanding.  I think it was easily the best year in boxing for boxing in many years.

And one big thank you goes to the fighters.  They have agreed to fight each other in competitive match ups, and that’s exactly where this card here on January 25 fits in.  It’s at the right place in D.C., the Armory in Washington D.C.  Washington fight fans are great fight fans.  They will come out in large numbers.  We already have sold a lot of tickets.  So I do anticipate a sell out in Washington on Saturday, January the 25th.

Tickets are still available at $25, $50, $75, $150 and $250.  So yes, you heard right, 25 bucks to see this amazing card, which again is SHOWTIME televised fights and the fights which will be televised on Showtime Extreme starting at 7 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.  There will be some great undercard fights there like Anthony Peterson will be on there as well, Raynell Williams, Dominic Wade, Rau’Shee Warren, Robert Easter, Jamel Herring.  So it’s going to be a great lineup of exciting fights and fighters.

A big thank you to Showtime for agreeing to televise this first card of the year.  It’s going to be the first Showtime card as well, and I know it is the first of many, since I am actively discussing with Showtime some future exciting programming.  So let’s kick it off here with a fight between two very, very exciting fighters, Jermell Charlo versus Gabriel Rosado.

Gabriel Rosado, “King” Gabriel Rosado with the record of 21-7-13 KOs.  He’s certainly one of the entertainers in the sport, always comes to fight, a veteran of nearly eight years on the program, has wins over people like Jesus Soto Karass, Sechew Powell, Kassim Ouma, Charles Whitaker, has been in the ring with Golovkin and Angulo,  J’Leon Love, and others, and in his last fight was an incredible effort against Peter Quillin.

I think it was a very close fight. Some people felt that he won the fight. It was certainly a very, very close fight, and it showed that Gabriel really wanted this and he belongs right there at the top, at the top of the Junior Middleweight Division. So on January the 25th he’ll return to the Junior Middleweight Division to 154 pounds, and he is on the road to show that he wants to get another world title opportunity in the near future.

I’m going to hand it over to Gabe now to make some comments, how his camp is going and please welcome “King” Gabriel Rosado.

Gabriel Rosado        

Hey, thank you Richard. I’m having a great training camp. I just got to Puerto Rico on Monday for the second part of my training camp, and I’m training in Caguas right now, and I just have great sparring out here and the weather’s great so it’s helping me get down in weight. Continue reading

Dierry Jean Vows to Stop Lamont Peterson

Photo:  André Pichette

Photo: André Pichette

International Boxing Federation (IBF) #1-ranked and mandatory light welterweight challenger, undefeated Dierry “Doggy Style” Jean (25-0, 17 KOs) credits a vivid dream for driving him into a boxing career. Years later, Jean finds himself on the brink of his first world title shot against IBF 140-pound champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs). “In that dream,” Jean noted, “I was a very good fighter. Now, I’m following a new dream to be world champion. It’s my time!”

The 31-year-old Jean moved with his family to Canada from Haiti when he was 10. Disinterested in boxing until the experiencing the aforementioned vision when he was 18, Jean went on to become a Canadian National Champion as an amateur, and presently he’s unbeaten in 25 professional fights.

Fighting this past May for the second time outside of Canada as a professional, the Montreal-based boxer dismantled the then IBF #7 ranked Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (17-3-2) on ShoBox: The Next Generation, live from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Jean overcame a nasty cut over his right eye, suffered in the third round from an unintentional head-butt, rocking Pendarvis in the fourth with an explosive overhand right. Pendarvis somehow managed to beat the count but the IBF title eliminator fight was soon stopped by the referee with Jean unloading a barrage of unanswered punches. Continue reading

Vic Ortiz: Back for Good? or The Same Story?

By Isaac Brodie:

With pay per view giants Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao both coming to rest within its ranks the welterweight division has in recent years become the most exciting and most publicized in the sport. And at the high point of his career vicious Victor Ortiz was rated amongst its best. Yet as much excitement and potential as has been seen in this fighter, it has all been periodically tainted by disappointment.

On paper Victor seems to have everything, good speed, great power, decent coordination and footwork. However, all of these gifts have never been seen at their full potential because of a lack of discipline. All fans of the sport are familiar with the Mayweather fight and the manor in which it was ended. Victor was by no means winning the fight prior to its implosion, but he was fighting competitively. 

Despite being out boxed throughout the few rounds of the fight he was managing to attack more effectively than any of Floyd’s opponents to follow, with the exception of Miguel Cotto. But as we all know Victor lost his composure and paid for it with a KO.

Re-watching that fight I couldn’t help but wonder what might have happened if Victor had been a little bit more mature, a little more composed. It’s more than likely Floyd would have walked away with the decision but if Victor had stayed to a game plan he, like Cotto could have walked away with pride, despite the loss. Continue reading

Ten Fights for 2014

Story:  Jazz Singh Gill

Boxing fans with realistic expectations cannot have been too disappointed with what 2013.
Long reigning and highly regarded champions fought some of the toughest opposition available to them, whilst we also saw much anticipated rematches and some fifty-fifty clashes between up-and-comers that created new stars.

And what for 2014? Roman Gonzalez, Floyd Mayweather, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Wladimir Klitschko need their reigns tested but most would agree no matter who they face (discounting Manny Pacquaio vs Mayweather), these champions will most likely reign throughout 2014 too.

So what is left for boxing to give us in 2014? A whole lot more. 2013 was a year a plethora of new talent came to prominence and there are a lot of big fights for all of them. With some much needed rematches, big grudge matches, and legacy-defining fight, here are ten fights that would make 2014 another super year for boxing.

The Rematches

Groves vs Froch

Every boxing fan in the world knows exactly why this rematch needs to take place. A definite conclusion to this fight is needed.

In the first meeting George Groves astonished the boxing world by taking the fight to Carl Froch. The iron-jawed Froch was for the first time in his career consistently rocked by Groves’ nuclear right-hand. Still, Froch managed to typically make a late resurgence and hurt Groves. However, referee Howard Foster stopped the fight early when Groves was wobbly, robbing us all of a definitive conclusion. Boxing needs that conclusion.

We need to know if Groves can come through a war like that on his feet and take the win. We need to know if Froch is no longer Britain’s best super-middleweight. This is the most exciting bout possible in the super-middleweight division right now. We need it to happen.

Likelihood? Unlikely whilst Froch is still looking for a big Vegas payday. However, that payday has not yet materialised and if it doesn’t by the summer of 2014, fan pressure may just force Froch to take this highly anticipated fight. Continue reading