MIKE “YES INDEED” REED MAKES HIS TOP RANK DEBUT ON OCTOBER 4!

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MIKE “YES INDEED” REED MAKES HIS TOP RANK DEBUT ON OCTOBER 4 Reed returns to Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and will face Mexico’s Juan Manuel Montiel in a six-round bout.  <Photos courtesy Juan Marshall and Team Reed.>

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Twenty-one year old light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Washington, D.C./pro record: 10-0, 6 KOs), returns to the ring on Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. On the fight card, promoted by Top Rank, Reed will face Juan Manuel Montiel (Mexico City, Mexico/pro record: 7-6-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. This is Reed’s first fight since he signed with Top Rank in July, 2014. The main event will feature New Jersey’s Glen Tapia against Lithuania’s Donatas Bondorovas.

Michael “Buck” Pinson, Reed’s father, manager and trainer, talked about the upcoming fight on October 4. “Our opponent Montiel is a tough guy who went the distance with several undefeated fighters, and had draws with Carlos Molina and David Rodela. Even though he has six losses, I think he will give Mike the rounds he needs at this stage of his career. We appreciate that valuable fight experience that Montiel brings to the table. Top Rank knows the boxing business, and they are going to select the proper opponents that will help guide my son to a world title. Fighting at home or on the road isn’t a problem. At one time, Mike was one of the top amateurs, so we’ve traveled and competed all over the country.”

Pinson talked about training camp for this fight. He said, “At this point, camp is winding down, and Michael has put in the necessary work and is ready to fight. Training camp is the hard part, fighting is when boxing becomes fun. Michael’s job is to put the work in the gym and do whatever schoolwork is necessary for college. It’s that simple. We don’t worry about opponents getting switched or guys pulling out of a fight. I understand that happens sometimes in this sport, so we just continue doing our part to be mentally and physically prepared for whatever our opposition may bring to the fight in Atlantic City.”

Mike Reed talked about returning to Atlantic City for his Top Rank debut against Montiel. He said, “Juan Manuel Montiel is a durable opponent who has fought against very tough opposition. He went the distance in most of his fights and he is battle tested, with sixteen fights of pro experience. My goals for this fight are to continue my growth as a professional fighter while continuing to build my fan base outside of the Washington, D.C. area. I plan to show my versatility and many different aspects of my fight game. This is my Top Rank debut, and that means a lot. It is awesome to have the security of one of the top boxing promoters to help guide my career to a world title. Also, it shows the kids in the gym that hard work helps you achieve anything that you set your mind to accomplish.”

Reed continued, “This is our second consecutive fight in Atlantic City for Team Reed. Obviously, we do have to travel away from home, but the reception that we received from the crowd in Atlantic City was remarkable. The fans that were cheering for me at Bally’s made me feel as if I was fighting in my hometown. After the fight was over, I was walking around in the hotel’s casino, and I would hear people yell, ‘Yes Indeed!’ That was really cool.”

Reed discussed the talented light welterweight division. He said, “The 140 lb division is loaded with talent, but three names stand out to me and they are Lamont Peterson, Adrien Broner, and Terence Crawford. I have watched Lamont since I started boxing, and I’ve personally witnessed his transformation from him being an open fighter to being a world champion. When I first met Adrien in 2009, he told me that he was going to be a world champion. I watched how he trained and worked towards his goal, refusing to stop until he was a champion. I see a lot of similarities between Crawford and myself, even down to the way he carries himself inside and outside of the ring. He is a crafty and skillful fighter, and I believe he will be around for a long time.”

Reed is thankful for all the support he has received from his fans and the media. “After every interview or statement given, I always thank those who helped me get to this point. I’m grateful for every person who told a neighbor about me, and everyone who bought a ticket to attend one of my fights. Every little bit helps and it’s truly appreciated. Without you all, I wouldn’t where I am at this point in my career. Thank you to all the media who constantly encourage me and support my career.”

Tickets for Reed’s October 4 Top Rank card at Bally’s in Atlantic City, priced at $50 and $75, can be purchased by phone (800) 736 1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Follow Reed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mike.y.reed.921
Follow Reed on Instagram: @YesIndeed_Reed or http://instagram.com/yesindeed_reed
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Hash tag: #YesIndeed

For any inquiries, interviews or appearances, contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team Reed by email at Lbchoyas@yahoo.com or by phone at +1 (240) 498 1478.

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Results from Springfield!

Chip Mitchell ringside…

James Hogan’s Ponytail Promotions hit the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia last night with an entertaining boxing card last night.

The ladies had their say on Saturday night as in the main event, undefeated Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson 11-0-2 kept her WIBA Women’s International Boxing Association World welterweight championship with a debatable decision over Arlene Blencowe 2-3. Scores were 96-94 twice for Nelson. The third judge had it 97-93 for Blencowe.

Blencowe, from Australia started out well as she buzzed Nelson and had her in trouble in round one. Nelson recovered and had her moments throughout the ten round affair. However, she seemed to have problems getting punches off and was outworked by Blencowe. Two of the only votes that mattered, however, went to Nelson and she remains champion. As we exited the ABC Sports Complex, I witnessed a heartbroken Blencowe crying a river while being consoled by her brain-trust. She has no reason to cry as she acquitted herself well enough to be declared victorious on my scorecard. It’ll be a long, tough road trip back to Australia after suffering such a loss. I’d like to see these women go at it again.

In the co-feature, Tyrieshia Douglas only needed 1:22 of the first round to capture the United States Boxing Union championship with a KO of Whitney Gunter. Gunter was never in the fight and was knocked down twice before a member of the commission entered the ring to advise the referee to end the fight. The new champion Douglas moves to 6-0 (2 KOs), while Gunter falls to 0-2.

In the cruiserweight division, Travis Reeves 7-2 (3 KOs) took on Ariel Espinal 8-25 (4 KOs). I’ve met Travis and he’s a very likable young man. Espinal, from Brooklyn had a physique that favored George Foreman… the come-backing George that is. Continue reading

Nelson-Blencowe headlines World Championship Boxing September 27!

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Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson will look for her fourth successful title defense when she puts her WIBA welterweight crown on the line against Arlene Blencowe Saturday, September 27 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.

Tickets to “World Championship Boxing” start at $50 and are available by going to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ponytail-promotions-wiba-welterweight-world-championship-boxing-tickets-12716538509 or calling 410-499-5361. Doors open at 7 pm and the opening bell will sound an hour later.

A three-time world champion, the pound-for-pound ranked Nelson’s professional record is 10-0 with 3 draws and 1 win by knockout. In 2011, she traveled to Trinidad to outpoint Lorissa Rivas for the WBC middleweight title and she’s held the WIBA welterweight crown since September of 2013. The Virginia native most recently outpointed tough Nicole Woods over ten rounds on June 28.

Most in boxing recognize that records can be deceiving. In today’s era, many fighters pile up 20-plus wins against weak opposition. While this looks good on paper, questions definitely arise about how they’d fare against serious opponents. On the contrary, there are some good fighters that face quality foes off the bat but don’t have great records; fighters like Arlene Blencowe.

In her professional debut, Blencowe defeated unbeaten Nadine Browne (2-0-1) in a six round match. Two bouts later, she dominated Daniella Smith (12-3) over ten rounds to capture two world titles. In her most recent fight, Blencowe dropped a controversial decision against undefeated Sabrina Ostowari (7-0), who also missed weight for their match. To meet Nelson, she’s traveling more than 10,000 miles from her native Australia and plans to return home with a world title around her waist.

“I believe this will be Tori’s most challenging fight to date,” said James Hogan, CEO of Ponytail Promotions. “Regardless of her pro record, Blencowe is a serious fighter and is tougher than a two dollar steak. A lot of fighters would’ve avoided her because she doesn’t have a glossy record, but Tori Nelson is an elite fighter and in order to be the best you’ve got to take on all challengers.”

Highly-touted Tyriesha “Lady Tiga” Douglas of Baltimore faces Whitney Gunter in the semi-main event of the evening. Douglas, 5-0 (1 KO), is considered an elite prospect and is tentatively scheduled to fight for a world title in November.

USBU cruiserweight kingpin Travis Reeves, Seth Billups, Alexandru Marin, Larry Pryor, Edgar Torres and Henry Goss will all appear in separate undercard bouts.

“Ponytail Promotions is pleased with the talent we have on the undercard,” stated Hogan. “Billups and Marin have looked great. Alexandru Marin continues to improve and Travis Reeves is on a roll. The fans will not only get to see a world title fight and a future champion in Tyriesha, but a quality card from top to bottom.”

For more information, go to Ponytailpromotions.com.

Founded in 2014 by respected Baltimore-based boxing businessman James Hogan, Ponytail Promotions envisions becoming one of the top promotional firms in the United States. With a keen interest in both male and female fighters, Ponytail Promotions will run a total of 10-12 shows per year in Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina.

Gervonta “Tank” Davis Public Workout This Friday!

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Press Release– Undefeated Baltimore featherweight professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis, will hold a public workout titled, “Bullying Stops Here,” at Mondawmin Mall (Center Court) this Friday, 9/26 from 6-8 pm ET.

Davis said, “I’m looking forward to seeing all my supporters at Mondawmin Mall on Friday night, September 26. If we look out more for other people, a lot of bullying problems can be prevented. Thank you to my team, Shoe City, RK Jewelers, and Mondawmin Mall, for helping to put all bullies on notice. Bullying stops here!”

WHO: Baltimore pro boxer Gervonta “Tank” Davis (Baltimore, MD/126 lbs/pro record 8-0, 8 KOs)

WHAT: “Bullying Stops Here” public workout for Gervonta “Tank” Davis

WHERE: Mondawmin Mall Center Court, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

DATE: Friday, September 26, 2014

TIME: 6-8 pm ET

NEXT FIGHT DATE: October 8, 2014 in Biloxi, Mississippi, live on ESPN2

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Gervonta Davis on Twitter/Instagram: @GervontaDavis

MEDIA INQUIRIES: please contact Lorin Chvotkin of Team Davis by phone at (240) 498 1478 or by email at Lbchoyas@yahoo.com

Corley, Johnson, Nicholson Victorious in Washington, D.C. by Chip Mitchell

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Chip Mitchell ringside-

DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, still in incredible shape at age 40, scored a one-sided unanimous decision over Daniel Attah on Saturday evening. Corley weighed in at an unbelievable 133 pounds, after spending close to 20 years fighting world class opposition at 140.

Corley dropped Attah five times, once round 4 and twice each in rounds 5 and 8. Attah was game enough to last until the final bell, however, to scores of 100-86, 99-86, and 100-85. With the win, Chop moves to 42-22-1 (25 KOs). Attah drops to 28-19-1 (11 KOs). The FightJournal.com exclusive video interview with Corley will follow this week.

In a special Washington, DC grudge match, Alexander “The Great” Johnson took on Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan. In what was billed as an even matchup, it didn’t take long for the winner to be decided.

About a minute into the opening stanza, the southpaw Johnson caught Buchanan with a straight left near the ropes and it was lights out. Buchanan tried unsuccessfully a few times to get up but couldn’t recover. Once he got to his feet, he was in no shape to continue. The referee waved the fight off at 2:10 of round one. Johnson improves to 16-2, (7 KOs), while Buchanan falls to 21-4 (14 KOs).

In the opener, Demond “D’BestAtIt” Nicholson stopped Dennis “The Shark” Sharpe in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. I’m used to seeing guys drop as soon as Nicholson hits them. However, the game New Jersey native Sharpe fought as if he came for more than a paycheck on Saturday night.

Nicholson brought out the big left hooks to go along with the huge right hand that fans are used to seeing. The accumulation of punches paid off as Nicholson was able to end Sharpe’s night early. Nicholson improves to 10-0 (10 KOs). Sharpe falls to 17-13-4 (4 KOs).

Bouts with Hector Camacho, Jr and Jeff Lacy were both cancelled. Camacho, Jr was scratched due to injury. Former IBF champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy was scheduled to face Rayco Saunders, but the bout was cancelled with no explanation. A trip to the locker room found Jeff Lacy up in arms about not being able to fight. Lacy claims he, as well as Saunders were ready to fight and that there was no money availbale to pay the fighters. He asked me to contact him to get his side of the story and I am obligated to appease both sides (promotion and fighter) on this issue.

Sports celebrities in attendance at various activities during the weekend:

“Sugar” Ray Leonard
Ronald “Winky” Wright
Keith Holmes
Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson
Sharmba “Little Big Man” Mitchell
Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe
Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell

The sponsor of this event was GFS Entertainment. Please go to gfsent.com to check them out!

Weights from Washington, DC!

The GFS Entertainment Group brings the stars out in Washington, DC tomorrow afternoon. Here are the weights for tomorrow’s participants:

Demond Nicholson 161, Dennis Sharpe 163

Jarrett Hurd 154, Damon Antoine (N/A)

Henry Buchanan 173, Alexander Johnson 174

Jeff Lacy 178, Rayco Saunders 174

Main Event:

DeMarcus Corley 133, Daniel Attah 135

Fans you don’t want to miss this event! The celebrities will be out in full force. Some of the folks you’ll see tomorrow are Sugar “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Ronald “Winky” Wright, Floyd Mayweather Sr, Roger Mayweather, Jeff Mayweather, former Washington Redskin Brian Mitchell, Sharmba Mitchell, William Joppy and more.

See more details about the event by selecting the link here:

https://thefightjournal.com/2014/08/29/the-gfs-entertainment-group-hosts-celebrity-weekend-of-champions/

DONT MISS IT!

Mchunu-Wilson Press Conference

Press release:  NBC Sports Fight Night presents its first afternoon broadcast of the year on NBC this Saturday, September 20th, at 3 p.m. ET. The fourth afternoon network boxing broadcast since the Fight Night series premiered in 2012, the show will feature South African heavy-hitter Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) against unorthodox Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) for the NABF Cruiserweight Title and in the co-feature, undefeated Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (16-0, 8 KOs) will take on Angino “The Nightmare” Perez (16-5, 14 KOs).

The final press conference took place today.

Thabiso Mchunu: Thanks to Main Events, NBC and Kathy Duva for this opportunity to showcase my skills. I know Garrett Wilson is a tough opponent. I just have to do my magic and put on another great show.

Garrett Wilson: I want to thank Main Events for having me back on the card and Foxwoods for hosting this event. I have nothing but respect for Mchunu, he is an awesome fighter. He beat Eddie Chambers and I have the utmost respect for Eddie Chambers, so if he can beat Eddie I know he is a great fighter. I didn’t lose my belt. To me it is still MY belt. This to me is a defense of my belt. I trained hard. I am looking forward to an exciting fight. I want to once against become the NABF champion.

Karl “Dynamite” Dargan: I would like to thank Main Events and Angino Perez for taking the challenge. We had a great camp. I don’t know too much about Perez but I know he knows how to win. I don’t have too much to say I am just looking forward to Saturday.

Angino “The Nightmare” Perez: Usually we get last minute calls and we don’t have much time to train. I don’t know Dargan but I have only heard good things about him. I appreciate the opportunity and just want to give people a good fight.

Kathy Duva: Welcome everyone to the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino. This is going to be our fourth show on broadcast NBC. We are very proud to bring boxing back to network television. This card is going to bring a lot of excitement to the Saturday afternoon line-up. We plan on making boxing fans out of casual fans with this card.

Thank you to Foxwoods. I want to thank the commission. It is such a pleasure to work with the staff here. Tickets are still available through http://www.ticketmaster.com and through Foxwoods box office. Special discounts are still available. It is going to be an exciting afternoon of boxing. Come out, enjoy the fights and then take advantage of all that Foxwoods has to offer.

With these fights we have the potential for absolutely anything to happen. The cruiserweight division is what the heavyweight division used to be years ago. The most electrifying fights take place in this division. They are the same size that Joe Frazier was when he was in his prime. They changed the name of the heavyweight division. The current heavyweights are twice the size of what they used to be. People in the heavyweight division are outweighing their opponents by 50 pounds. I have struggled to understand why the cruiserweight division isn’t popular.

This is going to be a great fight. They are coming to win. That is what makes this sport so exciting.

Featherstone and Veazey on Separate Paths to Stardom!

Baltimore, MD (September 17, 2014)Jerome Featherstone and Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey are both talented rising boxing stars that generate attention in the Baltimore area. The two have matches Saturday evening as part of Baltimore Boxing Promotions’ “Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle” card at the Myers Pavilion.

Their journeys leading up to September 20 however are about as different as possible.

A late comer to the sweet science, Featherstone was an established athlete before putting on a pair of gloves. He was a superstar wrestler at Boys Latin High School and went on to make his mark as a 165 pounder for Oklahoma State University.  In 2012, Featherstone walked into the Baltimore Boxing & Fitness Gym interested in learning the sport; he was a natural that quickly turned heads.

Fifteen months later, he won the Golden Gloves in the Washington, DC/Baltimore region and went on to compete in the national tournament against the best fighters in America. He’s won all but two of his fights and will have his final amateur bout Saturday evening against Francisco Bustos for the East Coast Middleweight Championship.

A high school junior, Veazey fought his first fight at seven and has been a success ever since. Humble and mature, an unusual combination even for top professional athletes, he’s a two-time regional titlist, one-time National Silver Gloves winner and 2009 Ringside World champion. This year, Veazey captured a silver medal at the Junior National Golden Gloves. He’s still a few years away from entering the pros but has the chance to win another title when he meets Keayen Coleman for the Maryland State Welterweight Championship.

“Jerome and Joey took very different paths into boxing,” said Smith, a former boxer that has promoted in the beltway region the last decade. “Joey grew up around the gym and has been fighting since he was very young. Jerome is a late bloomer in boxing who made up for lost time by being a fast learner with an excellent athletic background. Those in attendance Saturday night will get to see two of the best up and comers we’ve got.”

Smith is also proud of the kind of people his two featured fighters are.

“Jerome and Joey are champions in and out of the ring. They don’t bring an attitude or sense of entitlement with them regardless of their success. I’ve promoted many of their fights and both are class acts. To me, promoting a quality human being is just as important as the boxing aspect because the community rallies behind good people.”

“Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle” features ten additional matches, two of which are also for titles.

To top off this solid evening of entertainment, Baltimore Boxing will honor Murray Smith, late father of promoter Jake Smith. During the evening, the “School of Hard Knocks” Award will be presented in Murray’s honor to Baltimore native and former IBF Junior Middleweight champion Vincent Pettway.

Tickets from $25 and are on sale now by calling 410-375-9175. In addition to the $25 bleacher seats, $35 floor, $50 individual VIP, $350 reserved tables for 10, and VIP tables of 10 for $500 are currently on sale.

All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d’oeurves by Midtown BBQ from 7:00pm-8:15pm.

Doors for “Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle” open at 6:30 pm and the opening bell will sound at 8:15. All bouts are scheduled by USA Boxing. There will also be a special 50/50 raffle during the evening. All proceeds are going towards the Baltimore Boxing amateur program, a non-profit which rescued many local youths from the tough Charm City streets and helped develop them into boxers.

For more information, go to Baltimoreboxing.com.

Contact: Matt Yanofsky (Publicist) – 551-206-0578

Mayhem Results from Las Vegas!

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Recap by: Chip Mitchell

Floyd Mayweather, 47-0 (26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, as well as his WBC super welterweight title, with a clear-cut decision over Marcos Maidana, 35-5 (31 KOs). Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 116-111. Maidana was (incorrectly) deducted a point in the tenth round as the combatants got tangled up and Mayweather fell to the canvas.

Also in round eight, Mayweather accused Maidana of biting his hand while Mayweather had Maidana in a headlock. Replays were inconclusive and referee Kenny Bayless didn’t see anything worthy of a deduction.

Mayweather: He bit my fingers. My fingers were numb. My hand was numb. I really couldn’t use my left hand, but I won the best way I know how. We were tangled up in the center of the ring and he bit me. He bit my left hand. I felt sharper in the first fight.

On how he thinks he did
I give myself a C-minus. I could have been better. I got hit with some shots tonight I should’t have got hit with, but that comes with the sport.

On if a Pacquiao fight can be made
I’m going to go back to talk to my team to see what we can assess, to see what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. And once again, I’m not ducking or dodging no opponent. If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen.

Marcos Maidana: I thought I won the fight, but if judges like to give the fight to fighters that run I guess they gave it to him. I felt I was the aggressor and kept the pressure.

On Mayweather’s tactics
He kept holding and pushing, but the ref wouldn’t do anything about it. Instead he took points away from me.

On being accused of biting Mayweather
Maybe he thinks I’m a dog, but no I didn’t bite him. He was rubbing my eyes with his glove. Maybe he had his glove in my mouth. That doesn’t mean I bit him.

Undercard results:

Leo Santa Cruz made quick work of  Manuel Roman with a big right hand in round two. Roman tried to get up, but his balance was gone and referee Robert Byrd had no choice but to stop it.

The time of the stoppage was 55 seconds into the second round.

In not the most exciting of fights, Miguel Vazquez relinquished his title Mickey Bey by very controversial split decision. Total punches landed were 89 for Vazquez to 81 for Bey. Scores were split for Bey and Vazquez.

Scores were 115-113 for Bey by Julie Lederman, 115-113 for Vazquez by Adelaide Byrd, and the grossly off the mark 119-110 by Robert Hoyle.

James De La Rosa scores an upset ten round unanimous decision victory over Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. Angulo was dropped by by a left hand in round two by De la Rosa.

Midway through the fight Angulo started to bleed from his right eye as De La Rosa began to open up. A point was taken from Angulo in the seventh for a low blow.

Angulo, as he did with Canelo Alvarez, came on strong towards the end. However it wasn’t enough as judges scored the fight 98-90, 96-92, and 99-89 for De La Rosa. With the win, he improves to 23-3, (13 KOs). Angulo drops to 23-5, (18 KOs).

Weights from Las Vegas!

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Fans, see weights below for participants for Saturday night’s “Mayhem” showdown, headlined by champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and challenger Marcos “El Chino” Maidana.

I thought Showtime made a major mistake with the second set of interview questions. Let the main event participants weigh in and ask them a few questions and let them disappear until tomorrow.

However, 10 minutes after the weigh-in and questions, both participants were sitting next to Brian Kenny answering more questions. The arena was empty. It took all the air out of the event. All the drama was taken from the rematch. At one point, Floyd began to look around the arena while Marcos was answering questions. It was just a bad look.

Weigh-in results:
Floyd Mayweather 146.5 vs. Marcos Maidana 146
(WBC/WBA welterweight, WBC superwelter titles)

Leo Santa Cruz 121 vs. Manuel Roman 122
(WBC super bantamweight title)

Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Mickey Bey 134.5
(IBF lightweight title)

Alfredo Angulo 162 vs. James de la Rosa 161.5

Humberto Soto 140 vs. John Molina 139.5

Andrew Tabiti 195.5 vs. Caleb Grummet (overweight)

Damian Sosa 136.5 vs. Armando Lopes 139

Fabian Maidana 140 vs. Jared Teer 146.5

Kevin Newman 163.5 vs. Azat Umarzoda 162

 

Mayhem Undercard Fighters Final Comments!

Fans, check out what the “Mayhem” undercard fighters had to say before Saturday’s showdowns:

Leo Santa Cruz:
“I’m very happy to be on this big undercard. This is the biggest card I could possibly be on. We trained really hard for this fight. It’s the biggest fight of my life because millions of people will be watching and I need to take advantage of that opportunity. I know people think this is going to be an easy fight for me, but you’re going to be surprised Saturday night. I used to spar with Roman and I had to train really hard for him because I know what he brings. I don’t underestimate anybody. Every fighter up there is dangerous. I have to go out there and work hard and give it my best to prove I belong here.

“I’ve trained so hard because I know I have a lot of pressure and expectations on me. I know Roman is a great fighter with great punches but we have to go out and do what we always do. People have said other Mayweather co-main event fighters are better and I’ve heard that. Because of that, this is definitely the biggest fight I’ve been in and I want to get the win and keep getting better fights.

“I have gotten love from fans too and I appreciate that. It’s because of them that I’m here and I keep training hard to get better every time. My brothers and my dad are always with me coming to the gym, watching me spar and it’s because of them that I’m so motivated for this fight. I’m looking to get the stoppage. I want it to end before 12 rounds and get him out of there and look good doing it. People are saying this is easy but no fight is easy. Anyone can surprise you so I always go out there and train like I’m fighting the best and I’m going to continue doing that. If everything goes well with this fight I definitely want to go out and get another belt and unify all the belts in the super bantamweight division.”

Manuel Roman:
“I know we’re both well prepared and we know what to expect from each other.  This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I’m looking to take full advantage of it.

“I know Leo well but this is a business and a tremendous opportunity for me. Winning a world title is every boxer’s dream.

“I’m happy for Leo and the success he’s had, but I’m confident and very well-prepared for our fight on Saturday.  This will be a great fight for the fans.”

Miguel Vazquez:
“I’m ready and well prepared. I have a tough opponent in Mickey Bey but I’m ready to win. I want to dedicate this fight to my family and my team and especially to God for putting me in this position to live my dreams. This is definitely a key fight for me and an opportunity to make a name for myself. I’ve been a champion a long time and made six defenses, but I know a lot of fans don’t know who I am. That’s why I am so looking forward to Saturday.

“I think I have extra motivation for this fight because it is my chance to show the world that I am a real champion and that I deserve to be on a card as big as this. I’m ready to defend and I am well-prepared for what I know is a tough opponent in Mickey Bey.” Continue reading

Mayweather, Maidana Grand Arrivals!

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME and Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME and Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions

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“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ fight week is officially here as Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and all the fighters on Saturday’s PPV made their grand arrivals at a jam-packed lobby at MGM Grand this afternoon. Here is what the fighters had to say upon their arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday:

Floyd Mayweather: “It’s all about excitement. Saturday is about giving the fans what they want to see. It could be round one or round 13, but it’s all about the fans. I’m pretty sure Maidana is going for the knockout. I’m going for the knockout so this is going to be an amazing show. I have a brilliant game plan and we’ll see how it plays out Saturday.

[On what the fans should expect Saturday] “Blood, sweat and tears.”

Marcos Maidana: “It feels great to be back here. I’m planning on winning on Saturday and I’d like to dedicate my future victory to all my fans out there, especially to all my Latino fans. I have 12 more rounds to finish the job, that’s what I’m here for. I’m well prepared and ready to show that Mayweather isn’t all that everyone thinks he is. When I first analyzed Mayweather I thought he would be too fast to hit. But that wasn’t the case during the fight, I was able to hit him and keep him against the ropes and I plan on doing the same thing again. I’m definitely going to look for the knockout like I always do but I will take the victory any way I can.”

Leo Santa Cruz: “I know Roman is a great fighter and he throws good punches. I can’t look past him and we had one of the hardest camps I’ve had and are very ready. Fighters like Roman are dangerous. They come with everything and sometimes they surprise you. We don’t underestimate anybody and we always come ready. We train harder and for longer and with more routines than ever. I know Roman boxes very well and has good defense. It might be hard to knock him out but we train very hard to stop him before the 12th round. Hopefully we get the victory and we can fight Rigondeaux and make that happen. If not, hopefully Frampton or Scott Quigg.”

Manuel Roman: “We’re here to try to disappoint Leo Santa Cruz on Saturday. I’ve been working out very hard three times a day and also focusing on strength and conditioning. Nothing worries me. I know myself, I’m ready. He’s just a great fighter who throws a lot of punches, but I’m a better boxer. I’ve known Leo for a while, we used to train together and that builds my confidence up. I’m a great counter-puncher and he’s a slugger and I think that works to my advantage.”

Miguel Vazquez: “I’m very happy and excited to be on such a big important card and I’m ready to get the win. I’m the champion and this is my night. I’m here to win and they will have to take it from me. I don’t care who I fight, I’m going to win. I’m motivated because I know all the Mexicans are here to support me and it’s going to be a great fight.”

Mickey Bey: “I take each fight one at a time, that’s how boxing is. Even once this huge fight is over, I’m focusing on my next fight the following day. Boxing is fight to fight and you must be focused for every opponent; each fighter is its own experience. The preparation for this fight has been night and day different than from my loss [against John Molina Jr.]. The stuff that Floyd Mayweather Sr. had me doing was crazy. Floyd Sr. has trained plenty of champions and comes from the Ray Robinson and Joe Louis school of training. Training for a championship fight is different than training for any fight I’ve had in the past. You have everything at your disposal, including numerous sparring partners. I probably sparred with eight different fighters for this camp. I just need to do what I’ve been doing in the gym. If I fight the way I’ve been looking in the gym, then Miguel Vazquez won’t have a chance against me. Honestly, I think I’m better than him at everything. He’s a smart good fighter but he can’t match anything that I can do. He has experience, but none of his wins have been impressive. I have more speed, power and defense.”

Alfredo Angulo: “I am ready to be back in the ring and I am happy to see all these people and to be back in Las Vegas. It’s a very important and dangerous fight for me. De La Rosa is a good fighter but I will fight anybody they put in front of me. I’m going to stay focused on this fight. It’s one fight at a time. I’m focused on Saturday and then we’ll see what comes after.”

James De La Rosa: “I feel really good and ready to put on a show Saturday night. It’s really important for me to boost back up my career and get back to where I want to be. There’s no pressure on me at all. I’m just going to go up there and give him his third straight loss. Training camp is going very well. This fight could not have come at any better time. There are a lot of things that I can do to pull off the upset. His style is slow so I just need to have the higher output. He’s there to get hit.”

Humberto Soto: “I’m very happy to return to Las Vegas and to represent Mexico here. I’m calm and relaxed because of my preparation. I’m always the underdog but I end up winning. Like all true Mexicans we always fight with our heart and give our all. I’m going to do my part and make sure all the fans get a great fight.”

John Molina: “I’m looking forward to going out there and giving the fans a great show. It’s a beautiful feeling to be here and I’ll never let my fans down. Come Saturday night you will see another great fight. Soto demands my undivided attention. I think the fans already know that me and Lucas Matthysse have to do it again.”