Mayweather/Maidana is on for May 3!

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Press Release: After weeks of speculation, WBC welterweight champion and pound-for-pound leader Floyd “Money” Mayweather will face his WBA counterpart Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on Saturday, May 3rd, live on Showtime pay-per-view. Mayweather vs. Maidana, a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana’s respective 147-pound titles, will be promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.

Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs), generally credited as the pound-for-pound best active boxer, is coming off of a 2013 in which he scored dominating victories over Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez.

“Marcos Maidana’s last performance immediately brought him to my attention,” said Mayweather, who celebrates his 37th birthday today. “He is an extremely skilled fighter who brings knockout danger to the ring. I think this is a great fight for me and he deserves the opportunity to see if he can do what 45 others have tried to do before him – beat me.”

Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs), of Margarita, Santa Fe, Argentina, captured the attention of boxing and sports fans around the world with his thorough defeat of Adrien Broner on Dec. 14, 2013. The 30-year-old dominated Broner from the opening bell and registered two knockdowns. Maidana connected with a punishing 231 power punches in the bout en route to a unanimous decision by margins of 117-109, 115-109 and 115-110.

“I am extremely happy to be facing Floyd Mayweather because it will give me the opportunity to show the world that I am the best welterweight in the division,” said Maidana, who will represent throngs of Hispanic boxing fans on Cinco de Mayo when he faces the pound-for-pound king. “I just handed a great defensive fighter his first loss and I plan to do the same to Mayweather. I don’t care whether he’s the best and undefeated. I will bring some real Latino power to him on May 3rd.”

“This is an extremely dangerous fight for Floyd as Marcos Maidana is a technical knock-out artist and continues to show us that he gets better with each fight,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Maidana showed so much in his last performance, he’s clearly at the top of his game and a great match-up for Floyd.”

More to come…

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The Return of Mark “TNT” Tucker This Friday!

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

Friday night in the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County AG Center in Westminster, MD Mark “TNT” Tucker takes on Paul Vasquez.  Maryland native Tucker welcomes California native Vasquez to a place where he’s never lost and doesn’t intend to lose.

The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and should serve as a good test for Tucker.  Vasquez who has been in with the likes of road warrior Pat Lawlor and who lost a razor thin decision to rugged veteran Elvir Muriqi.

Vasquez comes into the fight at 9-4, with one draw.  Tucker, looking for bigger fish to fry comes in at 16-1. 

Other attractions on the card are local undefeated fighters such as Demond Nicholson (5-0, 5 KOs), and Jeremy Trussell (6-0, 5KOs).  Seth Billups, a highly regarded prospect out of Virgina will be making his professional debut. 

Just added to the card is a bout involving 2011 World Amateur champion and Olympian Levgen “The Ukranian Lion” Khytrov (2-0, 2KOs) as he takes on Julius Kennedy.  Kennedy has a .500 record (7-7, 3KOs), but he’s been matched extremely tough throughout his career.

Please see flyer below.  Tickets start at $15.  Come on out and bring your family and friends to this event.

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Four to Watch in 2014! by Chip Mitchell

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs)

Why Tune In? 
He’s undefeated.  He’s fought big names such as Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, Ruslan Provodnikov, Joel Cassamayor, Devon Alexander, Lamont Peterson, Nate Campbell, Kendall Holt, and Junior Witter.  Guess what?  He hasn’t given that “0” up in the loss column yet.  There’s something about this kid that just won’t take no for an answer.  Desert Storm is an appropriate nickname for Bradley, not just because of fights like his war with Provodnikov- but his sheer will to go out and protect his “0”, by not going out to protect his “0”.  You follow me?  None of the names mentioned above are a walk in the park.  For a guy with little power, he doesn’t fight like it.  Witness how he dogged Devon Alexander and basically took his heart and made him quit.  Timmy has earned his way to Top 3 status Pound 4 Pound in my book. 

Coming Up
A rematch with Manny Pacquiao on April 12th in Las Vegas.  This is as evenly matched a fight you can make.  Vegas odds opened with Manny at a less than 2-to-1 favorite.

If Bradley wins 
The world is his!  Unfortunately that world won’t include a showdown with Floyd Money Mayweather unless this boxing Cold War ends.  I think Bradley gives trouble to anyone he fights, including Mayweather.  A battle between these two undefeated welterweights who aren’t really welterweights would be classic.  I’d favor Mayweather slightly in that one as I believe Bradley would come to party.

If Bradley loses
It’s hard to tell where Timothy Bradley would go after a loss.  Outside of a Pacquiao rubber match or a Marquez rematch, where does he go?  If Manny wins convincingly in April, nobody is going to demand the trilogy.  There won’t be demand for a rematch with Marquez either.   Provodnikov moved back to light welterweight after his fight with Bradley.  I’m sure fans would like to see that rematch, but The Bobfather may have other plans for Provo.  Timmy is in a tough spot if he loses because the cream of the crop at welterweight are Mayweather and Golden Boy fighters like Maidana, Guerrero (for now), Porter, Thurman, Alexander, Malignaggi, Broner, Collazo, Judah, and (soon to be) Garcia, Matthysse, Peterson, and Khan.  One name near the top not affiliated with Golden Boy is Kell Brook.  Bradley may have to repeat history and fight overseas as he did with Witter if he wants a big purse in line with recent bouts.  Stay tuned in…

Keith “One Time” Thurman

Why Tune In?
The question is why not?  Here is a guy who once called out “ALL OF BOXING”.  Keith Thurman is the true definition of an action fighter.  He gets better each time out and I loved the way he closed out 2013 in his interview after stopping Jesus Soto Karass.  When asked who he wanted to fight next, Thurman replied, “I like whatever the fans like, baby.  I’m here to entertain!  I’m here to give fans the BEST… FIGHTS in the welterweight division that there is!  Keith “One Time” Thurman is gonna bring it ALL the time!”

Need I say more?  He’s fought 22 men and only two made it to the final bell.  He’s only 25 and is ready to take on all comers.  Continue reading

Kovalev – Agnew Comments on March 29 Showdown!

The Fight Journal was present for a conference call to answer questions about the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship fight between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and challenger Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs), set for March 29th at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Here’s what the fighters and their teams had to say:

Kovalev
I have a big wish to win next fight. My main goal is to get one more title this year.

Last year in my division the best boxer was Stevenson.  Which means I need to beat him. Maybe after this I will be in third place in my division.  I am ready for any fight in my division.  I want to fight Stevenson.

Agnew
I think he is a decent fighter but I don’t see anything spectacular coming from him.  In my personal opinion I just think he is ordinary. will go out there and do what I have been doing for years.  I am ready to take care of business.

John David Jackson
Sergey is an all-around good fighter. He takes his punches a lot better. He has boxing skills but no one gets to see them because most fighters don’t make it four rounds against him. He has the talent to do a lot of things. He is not one-dimensional; he has a lot of tools to work with. If the fight lasts longer he will get to showcase his talents. Once that bell rings he does what he does best; he delivers. Sergey lives to be a champion.

Main Events’ President and CEO Kathy Duva
We are beyond excited to make this fight official. This is exactly the kind of fight we should be putting on. Sergey is must-see television. This is a young fighter testing his skills against a champion. Don’t be late; you never know what is going to happen.

Kovalev Back in Action on March 29th!

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Press Release:  Dating back to December 2011, light heavyweight Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) has demolished all seven opponents that he has faced by knockout in an average of less than four rounds. On Saturday, March 29th, he’ll be looking to continue the streak and score his 22nd KO when he returns to the ring for his 2014 debut to defend the WBO 175-pound title against Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) in Atlantic City, NJ. Kovalev vs. Agnew will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets are onn sale now at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or through Main Events at 973.200.7050. Undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

“I am excited to be back on HBO and for my first fight at Boardwalk Hall,” said Kovalev. “I promise to put on an exciting show!”

A confident Agnew said, “I think as of now he has not seen a person of my skill level.” He added, “At the end of the day you have to fight world champions to be a world champion and be considered the best. He’s a world champion. I am looking to be considered one of the best.”

Kovalev, originally of Chelyabinsk, Russia now resides in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Of his twenty-one career knockouts, six occurred in the first round, nine occurred in the second round and four occurred in the third round so look for Kovalev to be aggressive early and take out his opponent. Kovalev’s knockouts-to-win ratio is an astounding 91%. His rise through the light heavyweight ranks began just one year ago with his third round TKO defeat over former title holder Gabriel Campillo on January 19, 2013 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. “Krusher” followed that win with his destruction of Cornelius White in another third-round TKO win on June 14, 2013. Continue reading

Antonio Tarver Calls Out Adamek, Chambers, and Fury!

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Antonio Tarver realizes the clock is ticking.  He’s a man that over the lifetime of his career never seemed to get his just due. 

Coming off a sensational knockout victory in his last time out versus tough guy Mike Sheppard, Antonio wants to parlay that victory into bigger fights. 

Eddie Chambers, Tomasz Adamek, Tyson Fury—- anybody gout their ears on?   Tarver believes there are bigger fish to fry in the heavyweight division.  Bermane Stiverne and Cristobal Arreola- your names were also mentioned.

I’m intrigued to see what Antonio Tarver has to give to the heavyweight division.  I’m sure he’d be a nice litmus test for some of the young guns who are ready to step up once the Klitschko’s are finished in the ring.  I think Antonio Tarver deserves a high profile fight.  

We got any takers out there?

See below:
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Maidana or Khan… Who Gets the Fight?

Courtesy:  Mayweather Promotions

Courtesy: Mayweather Promotions

Story by: Michael Byrne

So Floyd Mayweather Jr. has opened up the floor to his fans on whether he fights Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana next, and the opinions are swaying in Maidana’s favour. This is because, for all the talk Khan gives, he doesn’t deserve the shot and he doesn’t have the fan base he claims to have. He is a big name, doubtless: everyone who knows anything of boxing knows of Amir Khan. But most people want him to shut his mouth.

Khan has a very large Pakistani-British following, for obvious reasons, but outside of that his arrogance and delusion, and failure to back up his talk in the ring, have earned him little respect. Khan got knocked out by Danny Garcia in 2012 in a fight he was expected to win, and since then has beaten Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz (just).

These two wins do not earn you a title shot, never mind a shot at the pound-for-pound king. Khan refused a fight with Devon Alexander because he seemed sure he would get the Mayweather fight, and he must be regretting that now. Khan should have took the Alexander fight. He would most likely have won it, because Alexander is good but limited and lacks power.  Alexander is fast and throws good combinations; Khan is faster and throws better combinations. Shawn Porter took the chance which Khan did not, and now Shawn Porter is 20-0. The win would have earned Khan the IBF title and some much-needed respect. Continue reading

Golovkin beats Adama by 7th Round TKO! Now What?

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Story by:  Chip Mitchell

On Saturday in Monte Carlo, Monaco Gennady Golovkin scored his 16th knockout in a row by defeating a very game Osumanu Adama.  Golovkin registered three knockdowns in fight as he improved to 29-0, with 26 wins via knockout. 

A jab sent Adama to the canvas at the end of round one.  The right hand that followed was just icing on the cake as Adama was on his way to the canvas.  A left hook knocked Adama down in the sixth, forcing an eight count from referee Luis Pabon.  Adama went down again from a Golovkin a left jab in the seventh.  Golovkin followed with two left hooks, which prompted Pabon to step in and halt the fight.

After the fight, Golovkin made it known where his sights were set.  ”I want to fight Sergio Martinez to prove who the best middleweight is,” Golovkin said.

Golovkin’s promoter said they will make three offers for Golovkin’s next fight.  Golovkin’s team already has Madison Square Garden locked up for April 26.  Rumor has it that the three offers will be extended to Andy Lee, Daniel Geale, and James Kirkland.

More Thoughts
While each of those guys offers unique values of excitement, the bottom line is we need to see ‘GGG’ in with Martinez, Peter Quillin, or Felix Sturm.  If not, then the move up to fight Andre Ward or (if he wins his next fight) the winner of Chavez Jr and Carl Froch.  Continue reading