Curtis “Showtime” Stevens enters The Fight Journal

Fans, watch and listen as Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell interview Curtis “Showtime” Stevens shortly before Sergey Kovalev’s victory over Cedric Agnew.

Stevens discusses possible future opponents once he (presumably) takes care of business in Philly on April 4.

Here’s what Stevens has to say:

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Kovalev stops Agnew in 7th!

Story by: Jim Dower

WBO light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KO’s) defeated previously unbeaten challenger Cedric Agnew (26-1, 13 KO’s) by a 7th round knockout on Saturday night at The Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Kovalev’s power was devastating. You’ve got to credit Agnew for having a really tight defense. He was really hard to hit tonight for Kovalev.

It wasn’t until Kovalev started aiming his punches to the body of Agnew that he was able to finally hurt him and get him out of there. Kovalev figured out in the 6th that Agnew couldn’t take the body shots down the middle. From that point it was only a matter of time before Kovalev got Agnew out of there.

Kovalev dropped Agnew three times in the fight. He finished Agnew off with a left to the body in the 7th round. Agnew stayed down for the full 10 round. The official time of the stoppage was 58 seconds of the 7th. Continue reading

Khan-Collazo will collide on Mayweather’s May 3rd Undercard… by Brandi Miller

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Amir Khan will be making his case to win the next Mayweather sweepstakes on Floyd Mayweather’s undercard this May when he faces Luis Collazo. Khan will be moving up to the welterweight division to face a true welterweight in Collazo.

Collazo is coming off his second round knockout of Victor Ortiz. Collazo is no pushover and always comes to fight. If Khan is not careful he might be on the end of a knockout punch similar to the one Ortiz suffered. Khan is really taking a step up after he had trouble with Carlos Molina in their fight.

Molina was able to hurt Khan during their contest but luckily Khan survived and went on to stop Molina in the 10th round. Khan believes if he wins this fight he will finally get a crack at Mayweather. Floyd is the ultimate prize for any fighter right now because Collazo is looking for the same opportunity to face Floyd as well. This fight will be a tough fight for Amir Khan and I’m not sure it will help him much in getting the Mayweather fight. Once fans see him struggle they will say he doesn’t deserve the Floyd fight. I know styles make fights so I know he will make the fight with Floyd interesting, but in no way do I think he comes out with a victory.

The Khan-Collazo fight will be the co-main event to Mayweather-Maidana. Tickets priced at $1,500, $1,000 and $750, not including applicable service charges and taxes are currently on sale. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at http://www.mgmgrand.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com

Kovalev vs. Agnew Scouting Report – March 29 Boardwalk Hall

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Atlantic City, NJ:  Undefeated light heavyweight Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) has yet to go beyond eight rounds in any professional bout in his career, because 91% of the time he knocks out his opponent before the fight gets too far, but if Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) hopes to defeat Krusher taking him into the later rounds may be his best shot for success on March 29 at Boardwalk Hall.  Below is the scouting report for the March 29 fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight Championship at Boardwalk Hall on HBO Boxing After Dark

 
Category Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew
Age 30 27
Record 23-0-1, 21 KOs 26-0-0, 13 KOs
Weight 174 174
Strengths Kovalev has ring intelligence, footwork, punching power and laser focus. He is incredibly agile and flexible. He moves very well on his feet and is never out of position. Agnew is a pure boxer with a strong US amateur background. He is undefeated. His focus will be 100% on this-the biggest fight of his life.
Weaknesses Sergey has never been extended to the later rounds so there is no way to know what will happen if Cedric takes him deep. There has been a lot of speculation about the possibility of future unification bouts, this could tempt him to lose focus and look past Agnew. Cedric has never fought a fighter of Sergey’s caliber. He has never been on the big stage and fought under the bright lights so there is no way to know how he will respond to the pressure.
Experience Kovalev is the more experienced fighter. He has fought better competition and has beaten his recent opposition (Cleverly and Sillakh) to the punch. Although Agnew has not fought the same level of opponents as Kovalev he has defeated everyone who was put in front of him.
Power They don’t call him “Krusher” for nothing! Cedric will have to rely on his boxing skills, as Kovalev is the more powerful boxer.
Endurance Sergey’s endurance is still untested as he has never had to go beyond 8 rounds. Agnew has gone 12 rounds twice and been extended to 10 rounds once, so he gets the edge here with his experience.
Accuracy Kovalev is extremely accurate. Against Sillakh he connected for 36.9% of his overall punches and 43.4% of his power punches. Agnew is more of a boxer so if Sergey allows him to, he will connect with the jab.

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Bradley/Pacquiao II… Face-Off with Max Kellerman

Story by: Chip Mitchell

We are weeks away from Bradley vs. Pacquiao II in Las Vegas. Both fighters sat down with Max Kellerman in what was possibly the most captivating Face-Off HBO Boxing has given us.

You can never read too much into Manny Pacquiao. He’s just a fighter. That is what he does. He might not be the best interview, as he once again comes off as a timid young man in front of the camera. However, don’t let the shy side of Manny fool you. Once that bell rings, he becomes the monster that fans pay to see.

You have to love Bradley. He looked Kellerman and Manny in their eyes during the entire episode. He tried to press Manny and get inside his head, as he did with Juan Manuel Marquez.

I can’t wait for 24/7 episodes to begin for this one. As we know, the first fight was clouded with controversy. This next fight (hopefully) will set the record straight.

One thing I’ve noticed is that many “experts” have watched the first fight again and a majority have stated they scored it differently after a second glance.

Check out the video below of Bradley/Pacquiao II Face-Off:

Broner vs. Molina… Can’t Adrien do Better?

Story by: Scott Gilfoid

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be having Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KO’s) and Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) both on his May 3rd fight card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, but unfortunately both of them appear headed for disappointing fights that make it hardly worth having them on his career. Broner is said to be fighting Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KO’s), and we’re talking the light welterweight version of Carlos Molina, not the IBF junior middleweight champion.

Khan’s opponent on the card is still being worked out, but Luis Collazo is the guy that Golden Boy Promotions are reportedly interested in matching against him. However, Collazo is a far more appealing opponent than Molina is for Broner. Molina hasn’t fought in over a year since his 10th round stoppage loss to Khan in 2012.

That was Molina’s big step up fight and he failed miserably. With Molina coming off of a long layoff and a knockout loss to Khan, it’s difficult to understand why he’s being put in with Broner. Molina will obviously lose to Broner, but it’s a fight where Broner is going to be out in a situation where he’ll need to totally dominate Molina and take him out before the 10th round in order to get any credit for the win. Continue reading

Antonio Tarver on the Road Back!

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Fans, watch the video below as Antonio works hard on his way to a potential heavyweight title shot.

The clock is ticking. Will Antonio get Wladimir Klitschko in the ring? When the smoke clears, will he get a shot at Stiverne or Arreola for a vacant title?

What does the future hold for “The Magic Man”?

Peep Antonio during his latest workout and stay tuned to The Fight Journal for more on his chase to the Heavyweight Championship of the World!

And The Winner is… Al Haymon

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Story by: Brandi Miller

It seems that in recent weeks Al Haymon has been a very busy man. Haymon is one of the most mysterious men in boxing because he is rarely photographed at boxing events. He also has been called one of the most influential figures in boxing. He is known to have great relationships with cable networks and his fighters get plenty of exposure due to this.

Well these past couple of weeks Haymon has been signing everyone under the sun. His most recent signing is rumored to be Robert Guerrero. Just last week it was Amir Khan. The Khan signing came in just as I wrote a story on him signing a Baltimore featherweight, Gervonta Davis.

Haymon already has an amazing stable of fighters with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Adrien Broner, Adonis Stevenson, Lamont Peterson, Danny Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Gary Russell Jr., and Deontay Wilder to name a few. He is quickly putting together an unstoppable force of talent. The thing about Haymon is he isn’t a licensed manager so he can do certain things that a boxing manager might not be allowed to do. He calls himself an advisor and that allows him to still conduct his business as he wants.

Fighters that sign with Haymon know they will gain enormous exposure and also big money fights, which is why Haymon has fighters knocking at his door. My question is what is Haymon’s endgame? Does he plan to officially start a management company or will he stay in the shadows? Haymon is getting a cut of everyone’s pie and I honestly think what he is doing business-wise is brilliant. I wonder which fighter will sign next.

Cunningham & Mansour Ready for Battle!

Press Release: On Monday at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, PA members of the media gathered for the kick-off press conference for the Friday, April 4th fight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA between heavyweights Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs) of Wilmington, DE. The fight will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 10:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM PT.

Steve Cunningham’s trainer, Brother Naazim Richardson said: “When I looked at this matchup I wasn’t big on the Philly vs. Philly match-up but these two men’s styles are a great match-up. I don’t underestimate Mansour and his team at all. I realize this is the biggest fight of Mansour’s life. I am comfortable that Steve can compete at the world class level. It is going to be an outstanding card.”

Steve “USS” Cunningham: “I have so much respect for Mansour. He is doing great things for himself. He’s got a belt I am trying to get a belt and gain position in the division; so is he. This is what happens in boxing. I am taking this very serious. I love proving people wrong, that motivates me. Tell me what I can’t do and I am going to do it. This has been a tough journey for me and my family. I got some heartbreaking news but training camp continues. I must perform in the ring and I won’t lay down for anybody. He knows it is going to be a fight from me and I know it is going to be a fight for him.”

Amir “Hardcore” Mansour: “It is ironic for me to fight Steve Cunningham; I was flabbergasted when they told me. When I got home in 2010 Steve was the first person I saw. He was fighting a southpaw and needed a sparring partner. I was so happy that I performed well with a world champion after an eight and half year layoff and I was literally crying. This is just a great opportunity for me to take advantage of. I know what kind of heart he has and what he brings to the table. I won this title with the flu, dehydrated and sick. I really hurt myself winning this title and I am prepared to defend it. I am not willing to let anyone take it from me. Win, lose or draw we get to bring boxing back to Philadelphia. I am in great shape; I haven’t been in this great of shape since before the August fight. They don’t call me Hardcore for nothing. April fourth I got to do what I got to do. I never had a big fight opportunity and he has. This is my time. I know that I can make the adjustments that I need to make. There is a whole bag of tricks that I have up my sleeve. I am prepared to die before I lose in this ring. That is my mentality. Before I lose take me out on a stretcher. This is my time to shine. I am prepared for war. We are going to get it on.”

Shawn Porter vs. Paulie Malignaggi added to Hopkins/Shumenov

SHAWN “SHOWTIME” PORTER DEFENDS HIS IBF WELTERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AGAINST FORMER TWO TIME TWO DIVISION CHAMPION PAULIE “MAGIC MAN” MALIGNAGGI ON SATURDAY, APRIL 19 AT THE DC ARMORY IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 17, 2014) – Two world championship fights on one night is great for boxing fans. But Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME believe that three is even better. So, on Saturday, April 19, joining the title fights between Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and Lukas Konecny there will be a battle for the IBF Welterweight World title between champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter and former two-time and two division word champion and current NABF Welterweight titleholder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, making this tripleheader at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. a must see.

“I fought hard to get this title. Paulie says he wants it, but is he willing to go through me to get it?” said Porter, who won his crown with an impressive win over Devon Alexander last December. “Fighting Malignaggi is like fighting Alexander. They don’t have the strength or power to keep me away, and I will steamroll Paulie on my way to victory April 19.”

“I’m excited to be back in a title fight so soon after my win over Zab Judah. I will become a three-time world champion on April 19,” said Malignaggi. “Porter is a good fighter and I’m sure he’ll be a champion again in the future, but he doesn’t have the tools or experience to beat me.” Continue reading

Garcia Decisions Herrera; Lopez Stops De Leon; Wilder Destroys Scott

Story by:  Rob Smith

In a very close fight that was difficult to score, WBA/WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia 28-0, 16 KO’s) defeated the hard as nails challenger Mauricio Herrera (20-4, 7 KO’s) by a 12 round majority decision tonight at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. It was not a good performance from Garcia, because he failed to make adjustments to Herrera’s fighting style and he got picked apart in the last half of the fight.

I personally scored the fight for Herrera by four rounds, but Garcia getting the decision makes sense because of the venue. Herrera wasn’t going to win this fight without knocking Garcia out to doing something spectacular like knocking Garcia down 3-4 times. The judges scored it 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.

Like in his last fight, Garcia did a fair amount of fouling in the form of low blows and rabbit punches. The referee didn’t do anything about any of the fouls though, so Herrera had to put up with it. Continue reading

ALIEN HOPKINS, BEIBUT SHUMENOV, PETER QUILLIN CHIME IN AT NYC PRESSER

Press Release:

NEW YORK (March 12, 2014) – IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA Super World Champion Beibut Shumenov continued their media tour on Wednesday at Lucille’s Bar & Grill inside B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York to formally announce their world championship unification on Saturday, April 19, live on SHOWTIME®from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

At 49-years-old, “The Alien” Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights under his belt.

In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® co-main event, undefeated WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs), of New York,will defend his title for the third time when he meets former interim WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs) of the Czech Republic.

Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, went on sale today at 10 a.m. ET and are available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET.

Below is what the participants had to say at Wednesday’s presser:

BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion:
“Look at your age and look at mine. You want to risk this being done again, that you’ll be living to witness it? That’s like waiting for another black president. I wish you luck. I’m not risking that.

“You talk boxing. I live boxing. One thing that’s important to live in boxing is the lifestyle. So there’s noting that I’m doing that you haven’t written, because most of you have been writing about me for 10 years or more.

“I could have come out here with a walker, taken my teeth out, and then have him help me up to the seat there and play right into the old man syndrome. But I’m not going to play games with you.

“This is something that you’re going to remember, tell your grandkids, someone younger, someone in the boxing game, someone not in the boxing game. This is not only my personal achievement in history, but this is something that you can pass down to your kids. You can pass down to anyone you care to pass it down to. I can tell my son who’s two years old, Bernard III,that this is the legacy he inherits from me.

“Let’s talk about Father Time. He’s a son of a bitch. He is. Father Time is undefeated because time is undefeated. That’s the fight that I can’t win and nobody on this earth can win. I’m not fighting Father Time. That’s why me and Father Time really have no problem. There’s no war going on.

“So at the end of the day, Father Time says to me, “Have fun, you’ve got time.” Everyone asks me about my age because their stomach is out this big. Because they’re eating bagels. Because they’re drinking wine. Enjoy yourself. That’s what you want to do. But when you see me, don’t be envious, be motivated. Be energized, woman or man. And say to yourself: how can I start to be like him? How can I take a page out of his book and have a long life and play with my grandkids?

“When you see me April 19in D.C. on SHOWTIME, be inspired. Be inspired that if you’re near 40, if you’re over 40, if you’re over 50, over 60, that it’s never too late to change your lifestyle. It’s only too late when you’re dead.”

BEIBUT SHUMENOV, WBA Super and IBA Light Heavyweight World Champion:
“I’m very excited that I’m fighting one of the greatest fighters ever. That’s the way for me to show the world that I am the best in the world. Don’t miss out on April 19. It will be a history-making event.

“Bernard has his legacy, but I am looking to build my own legacy. But don’t forget that I am here to make history, too.

“This is a great opportunity to show the world that I am one of the greatest champions in boxing. He’s considered the best light heavyweight champion but this is my opportunity to show the world that I am the best light heavyweight.

“My main goal is to unify all the titles, but right now I’m 100 percent focused on my fight with Bernard Hopkins. It’s the most important fight in my life and it will be the hardest fight in my life.

“Bernard is a boxing genius. He is a legend. He has the highest boxing IQ and skills ever.” Continue reading

Canelo Alvarez’s Dominant Performance Just A Reminder Of How Great Floyd “Money” Mayweather Is

Photo:  Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review Journal

Photo: Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review Journal

Story by: Chris Williams

What a difference six months and six days make? On September 14, 2013, Canelo Alvarez was the one. He was the one Floyd Mayweather Jr completely dismantled and made look (for lack of a better term), so regular! Canelo was supposed to be the one that finally defeated the undisputed pound for pound king. Instead, Canelo looked like a slow footed, club fighter who was selected on short notice to fight the greatest fighter of the current era. Canelo happened to be the guy carrying the hopes of Mexico and an entire population of people wanting nothing more than to see Mayweather lose. Floyd Mayweather Jr was that good. Excuse me, he was that great! I digress. Saul Canelo Alvarez’s domination of Alfredo Angulo was a long, drawn out reminder of how great Floyd Mayweather jr. IS. I must preface what I’m about to write with “In Complete Contrast To What He Did against Floyd Mayweather Jr.”

Canelo Alvarez was fast, elusive, aggressive, and busy in his 10 round TKO dominance of the once feared Alfredo Angulo. From the opening bell, Canelo jumped into Agulo’s proverbial hind side. Canelo came out landing multiple shots to Angulo’s body. He fought with an unparalled fire and ferocity. Canelo disrespected Angulo’s skill, and for 10 brutal rounds, he beat and battered his Mexican cohort into submission.

Boxing fans came to expect Canelo Alvarez to perform at an elite level all the time. Heralded by Oscar De La Hoya as the biggest thing ever to enter the boxing ring, Canelo received the highest praise a future Hall of Famer and legend could give. Imagine if your co-worker, boss, or a competitor said, “You were the greatest worker ever to perform in your field.” You would feel like you won the lottery. Canelo Alvarez was flying high for 42 fights. He was undefeated, young, powerful, the toast of his country… then the Mayweather fight happened.

After the Mayweather fight, Canelo was labeled as an untested, overhyped boxing fraud, who should have never been in the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The question being asked was who has Canelo beaten to deserve a fight of this magnitude? Well, Canelo isn’t the first fighter and will not be the last to have his credentials scrutinized after being beaten down by the world’s best boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. Continue reading