The Fight: A poem by boxing fan Barrett Wall

Story by:  Robert Uzzell

Happy holiday to boxing fans from TheFightJournal.com!  Hopefully 2015 will give us some better matchups in the squared circle than did 2014.   We’d like to find a few nice ways to end the year.

One way is that we recently came across some poetry by Mr. Barrett Cawthorne Wall, a boxing fan and uncle to Baltimore pugilist James “Keep ’em Sleeping” Stevenson, (22-1, 15 KOs).

James, (or Pete to most, or Peetie as Mr. Wall addresses him) recently won a fight by first round TKO.  Mr. Wall was there to witness the destruction, and he put what he witnessed into this nice poem below:

 

The Fight

Round 1

These are the amateurs and there is hardly anybody here

Only the families of the fighters are the ones providing a cheer

Round 2

Still I must give them credit, since the matches are three rounds or less

The young fighters threw punches non-stop, while giving it their best

Round 3

How many fights are on the card, we ask as the crowd grows?

Three fights for the amateurs and seven for the pros

Round 4

The conversation is much lighter, but it is getting tighter, as people fill in each seat

Beverages with them, they make sure that they get them, a little something to eat

Round 5

We are halfway through the preliminaries and it’s a beautiful sight

But somebody please knock somebody out or we may be here all night

Round 6

I was truly amazed at the thoughts being raised, since for the crowd there is no rule

The things that were said all around my head like “this here is some bull!”

Round 7

With hooks, crosses and perfect jabs the crowd threw out verbal taunts

It was then I discovered, that it can say, pretty much what it wants

Round 8

With rap music blaring, the crowd is now swearing, as if there’s a reason to vent

The participants are now staring, as we are finally preparing, for the main event

Round 9

Yelling insults and jokes they continue to poke, as hard as a power punch

Who can rebuke us or say something to us, sitting in a coordinated bunch

The intensity is growing, but impatience is showing, as it’s getting harder to hear

Because, the person sitting directly behind me keeps SCREAMING in my ear

Round 10

Now the crowd is at a frenzied pace, standing and blocking the view

Angry voices are shouting, down in front, so that we can see the fight too!

Then the big punch is landed from the one heavy-handed and beyond our belief

The vanquished is down and fight is all over, much to my relief.

The Decision

After all had been said and done, it really was fun and a pretty eventful night

For I always knew, that it has always been true, there’d be a fight within the fight

Poem © Barrett Cawthorne Wall

December, 2014

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Mayweather an option for Cotto if he doesn’t face Canelo

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Story by:  T. Baker

Floyd Mayweather Jr could slide in and snatch Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s hoped for mega-fight against WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto on May 2nd. Cotto’s adviser Gaby Peñagarícano is saying that Mayweather is a potential option for Cotto. Mayweather’s adviser Al Haymon has allegedly offered Cotto $40 million to take the Mayweather fight.

This offer hasn’t been confirmed by Mayweather or Peñagarícano though. It would obviously be tough for Canelo’s promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions to match an offer of this kind if it turns out to be true.

One of the sticking points in the Cotto-Canelo negotiations is the economics. It’s a fight that has to make sense in terms of the money that Cotto is going to get for the fight, and it doesn’t seem that has been ironed out yet.

“The reality is that no agreement is there yet. None. For any fight,” said Peñagarícano to thesportspress.com. “We are in talks, but announcing that we’ve reached an agreement for that fight is not true. And a fight with Mayweather has certainly not been ruled out. We need to first see what will happen (Mayweather-Pacquiao) and if it’s not happening as I believe, it (Mayweather-Cotto) could be a possibility.”

Mayweather vs. Cotto would be an excellent fight for a lot of boxing fans. However, there are some fans who feel that it would be a repeat of their first fight two years ago in 2012 where Mayweather out-boxed the flat-footed Cotto. Mayweather has the advantage of being able to move around the ring to avoid the 5’7” Cotto’s shots.

With Canelo, he doesn’t move very well and he tends to come straight at his opponents looking to KO them. It would be more of a 50-50 fight in the eyes of boxing fans, because Canelo doesn’t have the mobility to avoid Cotto’s power shots the way Mayweather would.

Mayweather doesn’t want to be bumped off his May 2nd fight date, and you can understand why he would be interested in facing Cotto if he can’t get a fight against Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather would love to get a fight against Pacquiao, as he said in a recent interview with Showtime.

Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum seems intent on leaving the May 2nd date for the Cotto-Canelo fight, even though it’s a fight that won’t make nearly the same kind of money as a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would. It would be a big deal if Mayweather were able to get Cotto and keep his May 2nd date. Without Cotto, Canelo has no chance of fighting on May 2nd unless he were to face Pacquiao or someone like Gennady Golovkin.

Roach: I can’t wait to get Manny ready for Mayweather

Story by: Chris Williams

The fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao still hasn’t been negotiated, but Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is already chomping at the bit ready to start training Pacquiao for what could be a May 2nd fight in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayweather being the A-side will likely want the fight staged in Las Vegas, and Pacquiao won’t have much say so in the fight if he really wants to face the super star. Pacquiao can always say no, but then he won’t get the fight.

“I can’t wait to get ready for Floyd,” Roach said via Jim Lampley’s Fight Game. “I have a fighter but we have to fight the perfect fight to win this fight.”

This is a fight where Roach will likely over-think by coming up with all kinds of crazy ideas that he hopes will work for Pacquiao against Mayweather. Roach has gotten credit for Pacquiao’s wins over limited fighters like Ricky Hatton, Chris Algieri, Brandon Rios, and Tim Bradley, but those were fights that Pacquiao could have won pretty much with anyone training him.

It wasn’t any case of brilliance on Roach’s part that led to Pacquiao beating those guys. Roach was basically the guy that gave Pacquiao water in the corner and greased his face in between rounds. Pacquiao arguably lost all four of his fights against Juan Manuel Marquez with Pacquiao getting two controversial wins and a controversial draw in fights he appeared to lose. Roach’s game plans didn’t work well for Pacquiao in any of those fights. Continue reading

The Year in Review: Six Notable Fights in 2014 – Part I — Pacquiao, Hopkins, Froch, More!

2014Story by: Paul “Paparazzi“ Jones

In this two-part review, I chronicle six of the most anticipated bouts of 2014. In Part I, I cover three key fights from the first half of the year. In Part II, I describe three fights from the remainder of the year and list match-ups that deserve honorable mention.

I selected each of these contests based on their ability to produce drama, historical significance, and/or sustained action. In addition, I emphasize tilts with pound-for-pound and title implications.

Fight Billing:  Pacquiao – Bradley 2:  Vindication (Main Event)

Location: MGM Grand (Las Vegas, NV)

Date: April 12th

Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao wins by Unanimous Decision over Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley

Pacquiao becomes WBO Welterweight Champion

Scorecards: 116-112 (twice); 118-110

Summary: After losing his WBO title to Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (31-1-1, 1NC 12 KOs) by split decision in 2012, via of one of the worst boxing decisions on record, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) looked to set the record straight by removing Bradley from the unbeaten ranks. Although Pacquiao had more knockouts (38) than Bradley had pro fights (33), Desert Storm entered the rematch confident that he would knock the Pac Man out.

When Bradley, 31, and Pacquiao, 36, met at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the second time, it was clear that both men were all business.

Round 1 got off to a fast start with both fighters trying to find their punching range. However, Bradley landed the first meaningful shot of the fight — a straight right hand to Pacquiao’s head that backed up the Filipino icon. Bradley continued to attack Pacquiao over the remainder of the round and built an early lead on the scorecards.

In round 2, Pacquiao zeroed in on Bradley’s chin and tagged Desert Storm with a hard left hand to the chops that wobbled the champion. Though the two combatants exchanged heavy leather before ending the second stanza, it was clear that Pacquiao was gaining momentum.

Round 3 was difficult to score featuring back-and-forth action highlighted by power shots landed by both fighters. At the end of the round, however, Bradley’s body began to breakdown as he complained of fatigue and a pulled (right) calf muscle to his trainer Joel Diaz.

Bradley sucked it up and landed several solid punches to Pacquiao’s body and head — one of which picked the Pac Man up off the canvas for a split second — that secured the 4th and 5th rounds for Desert Storm.

In middle rounds, Pacquiao picked up the pace and became the aggressor, while Bradley began to fade. Bradley also tried to goad Pacquiao into a brawl, but he was unsuccessful in most of these instances.

By the 9th round, the Pac Man had taken command of the fight. Bradley frequently missed with his punches and Pacquiao thwarted many of Desert Storm’s advances with fast-twitched combinations.

In the championship rounds, Pacquiao could smell blood in the water. As Bradley’s stamina continued to dissipate, the Pac Man took advantage of his adversary and piled up points on the scorecards.

Despite Bradley’s spirited effort in rounds 11 and 12, Pacquiao would avenge his “loss” to Desert Storm by earning a hard-fought, unanimous decision win in the rematch. In the process, the Pac Man regained the WBO title and notched his second consecutive victory.

A November bout against unheralded Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) loomed in Pacquiao’s future, but boxing fans clamored for the long overdue mega-fight between the Filipino champion and boxing’s top dog, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs).

Bradley, who was classy in defeat, remained idle until December when he faced Diego Gabriel Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs), of Argentina, in a 12 rounder.

Fight Billing: History at the Capitol: Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov (Main Event)

Location: DC Armory (Washington, DC)

Date: April 19th

Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins Tops Beibut Shumenov by Split Decision

Hopkins Retains the IBF Light Heavyweight Title and Wins the WBA/IBA Championships

Becomes the Oldest boxer to Unify World Championships

Scorecards: 116-111 (twice); 113-114

Summary: The early rounds of this contest were tough to score, with Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-7-2, 2 NC 32 KOs), 49, and Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs), 31, feeling each other out and throwing few meaningful punches. Nonetheless, Shumenov’s pressure helped him build a lead on the scorecards by the end of the third round.

Hopkins took charge of the fight thereafter by capitalizing on his opponent’s mistakes. Making Shumenov miss and pay for his miscues, with well-timed counters, occurred with increasing regularity.

By the middle rounds, Shumenov’s frustration was mounting and his face was marked up. B-Hop, on the other hand, was getting into a comfortable groove that allowed the 49-year-old champion to set traps and lure his younger foe in.

By the 11th round, Hopkins was in complete control, while Shumenov was wearing down. A hard right hand, set-up by Hopkins’ jab, downed the Kazakhstan-native and whipped the crowd into a frenzy as they chanted, “B-Hop! B-Hop!” Shumenov returned to his feet and finished the bout, but it was clear that Hopkins was the superior fighter.

When the final scorecards were read, Hopkins led on two of three cards (116-111, twice). It was judge Gustavo Padilla’s inexplicable 113-114 scorecard (for Shumenov), however, that drew the ire of many in attendance. Thank goodness that two judges had a pulse that night.

Despite Padilla’s botched scorecard, the win was historic for Hopkins who became the oldest boxer to unify world titles. In addition, the bout marked B-Hop’s second consecutive victory in the nation’s capital where he is 2-1 including wins over Shumenov and Robert Allen (TKO7). His sole loss in the District of Columbia was to Roy Jones Jr. in 1993.

The victory set the stage for a potential fall showdown with The Ring/WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), 37, presuming that he defeated Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 1 NC 15 KOs), 27, in May. A bout with Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs), 31, was also a possibility.

The career path of Shumenov remained unclear.

Fight Billing: Froch vs Groves 2: the rematch (Main Event) Continue reading

Respect from all sides at Kovalev-Pascal Presser

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Unified title fight officially set for March 14, 2015 in Montreal

Press Release — BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec, Canada, Dec. 22, 2014 – In the first face-off between the triple light heavyweight champion and the former holder of several belts in the same weight division, there was nothing but respect all around at a press conference that was held Monday to officially kick off the unified Light Heavyweight World Championship fight that will take place between Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KO) and Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO). The bout is to be televised on HBO on March 14, 2015 at the Bell Center.

Even though he holds the unified WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion title belts, Kovalev praised Pascal highly at Monday’s press conference. “He’s the best possible opponent I could face in the weight division,” said Kovalev, who was named Sports Illustrated’s 2014 Fighter of the Year Monday.

“I respect Sergey Kovalev because he is the king of the light heavyweight division,” said Pascal, the former WBC, IBO and The Ring Light Heavyweight champion. “This will be the greatest challenge ever faced by a Quebec-based boxer, but with discipline and hard work, as well as the support of local boxing fans, nothing is impossible.”

The champ vs the local favourite

Kovalev said he won’t be bothered by the fact that the fight will take place in Montreal, where Pascal is one of the most popular boxers on the local scene.

“The ring is the same everywhere”, he said. “I plan to show who I am to Canadian boxing fans, and I aim to do the things they like to see in a ring.” Pascal also promised this will be a fight not to be missed. “If you’re a boxing fan, this is the perfect Christmas gift to give to someone you love, because it will be one of the greatest fights ever – and the greatest ever held in Canada.”

“This is not my first time in Canada, but each time I come here I’m greatly impressed to see to what extent boxing is a major sport in the Quebec province,” said Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, Kovalev’s promoter. “This will be a high-quality event, and I’m delighted to be working with a first-rate promoter in InterBox and a great network in HBO for this fight that will bring together two great boxers.”

“What a great way to end 2014 with this announcement of a such a great fight for the New Year,” said InterBox President Jean Bédard. “Sergey Kovalev is the holder of three world titles, but he is first and foremost the boxer that no one wants to face. But it is with great enthusiasm that Jean Pascal has accepted this challenge.”

“Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal are first-rate competitors who always look to fight against the best and, on March 14, that’s exactly what they will do against one another in a World Championship bout,” said Peter Nelson, Vice President of Programming at HBO Sports. “Following a key win for his career against Bernard Hopkins, Kovalev will put his three unified titles on the line, which Jean Pascal will try to take away. And let’s not forget that the winner will be able to proclaim himself king of the light heavyweight division. This event is absolutely not to be missed!”

Kovalev back in North America

The unified WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight champion is back from a small vacation in Russia and spending quality time with his wife and infant son, who was born right in the middle of his last training camp. After a short rest, Sergey is now ready to start training for his fight against Jean Pascal. Kovalev is anxious to defend his WBO title for the fifth time, as well as the IBF and WBA titles he wrestled from Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2, 32 KOs) in a wide unanimous decision win on November 8th.

Pascal’s sole objective:  To become World Champ again

Following the unfortunate turn of events during his December 6th fight, Jean Pascal is hungrier than ever to attain his ultimate objective of becoming world champion again.  Marc Ramsey, who accompanied David Lemieux to Brooklyn last December 6th for his bout against Gabriel Rosado will be back in Pascal’s corner for the March 14th bout.  Roy Jones Jr. and Russ Anber will be assisting Pascal during camp and during the bout.

Tickets on sale

Tickets for the unified Light Heavyweight World Championship fight between Kovalev and Pascal are on sale at the Bell Centre ticket office, at www.evenko.ca, by telephone at 1-855-310-2525 or through Club de Boxe Champion (514-376-0980).

About Main Events

Main Events was founded in 1978 by the late Dan Duva and is now run by his widow Kathy Duva. As one of the top promotional companies in the world Main Events has promoted boxing legends Evander Holyfield, Arturo Gatti, Lennox Lewis, Pernell Whitaker and many more. Currently Main Events promotes WBO, IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey « Krusher » Kovalev who just defeated legendary light heavyweight Bernard « The Alien » Hopkins in one of the highest rated fights of the year last month in Atlantic City, NJ. Main Events is committed to promoting quality fights that boxing fans want to see.

About InterBox

InterBox, founded in Québec in 1997, and acquired by Groupe Sportscene in 2004, is recognized throughout Québec and the world as a respected boxing organization. InterBox’s goal is to promote professional boxing locally and internationally via talented boxers supported by top-drawer trainers using cutting edge techniques. InterBox regularly promotes and presents elite events in cooperation with such significant corporate sponsors as Vidéotron, the Cage aux Sports restaurant chain, Coors Light and Mise-O-jeu.

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Jesus Cuellar Retains Title via 5th Round Stoppage!

imageAggressive-minded Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs), of Santa Fe, Argentina, won his ninth in a row and retained his interim WBA Featherweight Championship for a third time with a rock-solid fifth-round knockout over fellow southpaw Ruben “Kanelito” Tamayo (23-5-4, 17 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, in the Goossen Promotions main event Saturday on SHOWTIME BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME from Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash.

In the co-feature, world-ranked featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., pitched a near-shutout against Christopher Martin (28-5-3, 9 KOs) of Chula Vista, Calif., winning a lopsided 10-round decision.

In other televised action on the final SHOWTIME® boxing event of the year – and the fourth of back-to-back SHOWTIME telecasts on consecutive weekends – promising undefeated super welterweight Julian “J Rock” Williams (18-0-1, 11 KOs), of Philadelphia, scored three knockdowns en route to an eighth-round TKO over Jamar Freeman (13-4-2, 6 KOs) of New Haven, Conn. Opening the four-fight telecast, unbeaten world-ranked super middleweight Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs) of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, registered two knockdowns en route to a one-sided but hard-fought ninth-round TKO over Jonathan “The Sensation” Nelson (19-2, 10 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark.

“Cuellar showed why he is an exciting featherweight,” SHOWTIME boxing historian and expert analyst, Steve Farhood, said afterward. “He tries to knock you out with every punch. He’s crude but relentless, and was way too strong for Tamayo.

“I can’t wait to see how Cuellar matches up against some of the other featherweights in the top 10.” Continue reading

Tarver Targets Haye and big $$$!

TTARVPress Release: For Christmas, Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) wants a shot at former two-division champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), ideally, during the first-quarter of 2015. Tarver had been sending direct tweets for the past six months to Haye without receiving a response. The problem is, Haye hasn’t fought in more than two years. Coming off last week’s seventh-round knockout of Johnathan Banks (29-3-1, 19 KOs), Tarver has taken off the proverbial gloves and he is now publically calling out Haye, who insists, once again, that he is coming out of retirement.

“In a perfect world I will be fighting Haye early next year,” Tarver said. “He keeps insisting that he’s the second-biggest name in the heavyweight division I need him to be my set-up guy to beat in order for me to get a world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko. Haye has one-punch knockout ability and he’s aggressive. Once I beat him, though, I want Klitschko. I will come to England and knockout Haye, knock him out cold. I’m 46 and I don’t want to go through 12 guys like (Chris) Arreola, (Eddie) Chambers or (Steve) Cunningham to get Klitschko. He’s waiting for me to lose so he doesn’t have to fight me. I’m calling out Haye to get Klitschko. He talks a lot but the boxing world will see if Haye’s serious about fighting again. Tarver vs. Haye is a huge fight in London.

“I’m a star and I want to get paid. None of these cats know how to really promote a fight like Antonio Tarver. I’d prefer to fight Haye in Las Vegas but I’ll come to England to KO his ass! I have the most powerful adviser in boxing, Al Haymon, and I’ve told him I want Haye next. If Haye announces he’s coming out of retirement to fight somebody else, I’ll be at that press conference to embarrass him, the same way I had to get my (Roy) Jones (Jr.) fight. I’m a throw-back fighter who can make a pay-per-view bonanza fighting Klitschko and the way to get that fight is by knocking out Haye. I doubt he’ll fight me because he knows he can’t beat me. I want David Haye in the UK!

“No heavyweight can outbox me. They will have to knock me out to beat me and nobody’s ever done that. I will become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history to cement my legacy. I’m coming for Klitschko after I KO Haye. I’m going to shoot a real-life Rocky movie with me chopping down Klitschko.”

Tarver also had some terse words for critics who complained during and after his recent fight that Banks was a weak opponent and their fight was a snoozer until the final round.

“I hit him with a quick 1-2 and then he wouldn’t stand in front of me because he felt my speed and power early,” Tarver explained. “He didn’t want to get hit with my counter-punches. I wish he had opened up and fought but he didn’t exchange blows. Boxing is the art of self-defense but I don’t see fighters today using their heads. Boxing is chess not checkers. I can box but, when I pick that lock like I did in the seventh round, I can knockout any heavyweight in the world. I don’t think I was hit with one good punch. My reflexes and timing, even at 46, are second to none.”

Tarver initially suffered a now-fully-healed fractured thumb to his left hand, closer to the wrist, postponing the original September 29th fight date versus Banks. Tarver remained in the gym and put in the proper time and effort to stop Banks.

“We created tough sparring sessions to prepare him for Banks,” Tarver’s head trainer Orlando Cuellar commented. “We knew Banks was dangerous and that he could crack. We just kept training and Antonio had to overcome a lot of physical obstacles during camp. He just kept going. He tried to do the impossible and did it. He showed a lot of movement, the ability to explode, and tremendous ring generalship. He sure didn’t look 46 the way he cracked Banks. And he’ll be 50-percent better in his next fight.

“Antonio showed his dedication to improve in the gym. We had a good game plan but he had to do everything he worked on in the fight. His timing was good and he won every round. Banks came out planning to jump on Antonio but he tasted his power in the first 30 seconds and he then didn’t want any part of it. He honestly exceeded what I expected and I didn’t realize how good a finisher he is.”

Is Antonio Tarver the Best US Heavyweight Challenger at Age 46?

Story by:  Chip Mitchell
Video by:  Richard Dwyer

Last Thursday, Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) scored a sensational KO victory over Johnathon Banks (29-3-1, 19KOs) on a special ESPN card honoring Dan Goossen. It was the fourth win in the last five fights for Tarver, who is aiming to stake his claim at the linear heavyweight title. The ageless wonder demolished Banks with a 7th round knockout and I must admit, he looked good once he sat down on his punches.

The fight won’t be considered a classic by anyone’s recollection, but that’s not the question at hand.  The question is, where does Tarver rate on the list of top American (or world for that matter) challengers to the crown currently worn by Wladimir Klitschko?

One person who thinks highly of Tarver’s ranking is my man Richard Dwyer.  Check out the video below as Richard presents his case for The Magic Man:

Khan Dominates Alexander; Thurman Unanimous!

imageShowtime:  Amir Khan W12 Devon Alexander… In Las Vegas, Amir Khan on a unanimous decision over Devon Alexander in a battle of two welterweight contenders vying for a shot at Floyd Mayweather. Khan was judged the victor by scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110.

With the win, Khan remained undefeated at 147 pounds and extended his winning streak against southpaws to seven.

In just his second fight at welterweight pounds, Khan was the supremely accurate boxer. The former world champion at 140 pounds landed 54 percent of his power punches to Alexander’s 32 percent and 43 percent of his total shots versus Alexander’s 20 percent. But it was Khan’s hand speed and combinations that were too much for Alexander, who couldn’t get inside against and take any chances against the Brit.

“We knew we had to make a statement at 147 pounds,” Khan said. “I was up against a very skilled fighter and I knew we couldn’t make any mistakes. I’m the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world and I think this was one of my best performances.

“I’m getting better as I’m getting older. I have the best jab in the business and my speed causes a lot of problems for guys.”

Khan, who has been campaigning for a chance to fight pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather, stated his case for a mega-fight in 2015.

“I really believe I earned my shot against the best fighter in the world, which is Floyd Mayweather,” Khan said. “I believe he’ll have problems with my speed, movement and accuracy. I’m going to leave it to my team and let’s hope we get that fight.”

Former two-division world champion Alexander didn’t make any excuses after the fight.

“He was the better man tonight,” Alexander said. “My coach told me to get off and I wasn’t getting off. I could have caught him I just didn’t do it tonight. I was supposed to follow the game plan, I was moving good but I just couldn’t move forward and get off.”

In the co-feature, Keith Thurman proved he can box as well as bang, showcasing his skills and footwork in a shutout unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Leonard Bundo, scored 120-107 by all three judges.

Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs), who made the third defense of his interim WBA Welterweight World Title, scored a knockdown in the first round, but was unable to find his rhythm and went the distance for just the third time in his career. Regardless, he was the younger, faster fighter. Thurman kept his range and picked his punches, preventing the 40-year-old Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KOs) from consistently landing meaningful shots.

“Bundu was a smart fighter,” Thurman said. “He was tricky and he switched. He came to not get knocked out and he was able to do that, but he was unable to win rounds. It was hard to time him because he was always switching it up, but we boxed smart. It was a great learning experience.

“I want Marcos Maidana. I see you, let’s go. Mano y mano.” Continue reading

Weights from MGM Grand!

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Showtime— Weigh-In Results:

Amir Khan 147 – Devon Alexander 147
Keith Thurman 146 – Leonard Bundu 146.5
Jermall Charlo 154 – Lenny Bottai 154
Abner Mares 128 Jose Ramirez 131

SHOWTIME® Sports will offer a live stream of Friday’s official weigh-in for “ROYAL BATTLE: AMIR KHAN vs. DEVON ALEXANDER” taking place this Saturday, Dec. 13, live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Friday’s feed from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be hosted by Brian Custer and will be available in High Definition.

The Media Center at MGM Grand in Las Vegas was buzzing today as some of boxing’s brightest stars took to the stage and addressed the media ahead of their respective bouts on the “Royal Battle: Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander” fight card taking place this Saturday, Dec. 13 live on SHOWTIME from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Here is what the fighters had to say at today’s press conference.

AMIR KHAN, Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion

“This is a great fight and a great fight card overall from top to bottom. It’s almost like pay-per-view. But it’s a great opportunity for my fans to see me fight.

“From me, you can expect to see a lot of explosiveness and movement. I don’t understand why Devon is saying he’s fought better than me when we’ve fought most of the same guys.

“I’ve fought a lot of top guys, too. It sounds to me like Alexander is trying to give himself confidence; saying things to pick himself up.

“I feel like a different fighter at 147 pounds. I feel stronger. I’m happier making weight.

“I am not taking this fight lightly. I am not looking past it one bit. Devon Alexander is tough and I am going to stay focused.”

DEVON ALEXANDER, Former Two-Division World Champion

“I am ready to go 15 rounds if we had to. This is a tough test and I’m ready.

“I’ve dreamt of this my whole life. Headlining in Las Vegas is a dream come true and I plan on taking full advantage of this.

“I’m as prepared mentally and physically as I’ve ever been for a fight. If you look at my resume, I’ve fought top guys throughout my career. Khan is a good fighter and this is going to be a great fight.

“I’m going to stand and fight. This isn’t going to be a track meet. At least not for me.

“I know I’ve got a lot of fans back home pulling for me and I’ve got some fans in the UK too that will be rooting for me on Saturday night too.”

KEITH THURMAN, WBA Interim Welterweight World Champion

“I know a little about my opponent; he just beat an unbeaten 28-year-old and he was a 2000 Olympian. Bundu is active in the ring and likes to get into a rhythm. He’s not a huge puncher but he places them right where they can do damage. He’s making his U.S. debut.

“I plan to provide him with a traditional ‘One-Time’ welcome to America. I plan to come out and box smart and take it from there. My shoulder is fine and I’m excited about getting back in the ring.

“I’m not looking past Bundu, but I’m looking through him to 2015 when I expect to start fighting Top-5 fighters on a consistent basis.’’

LEONARD BUNDU, Undefeated Welterweight Contender

“I’m excited to be here. I am here to gain some respect. I am 40-years-old, but I feel much younger. I know it is a hard test for me on Saturday, but I am going to give it my all.

“I am Italian and like fine wine, I get better with age.”

ABNER MARES, Former Three-Time, Three-Division World Champion

“I’m willing to fight anybody. There are some great possibilities for me: Leo Santa Cruz, Jhonny Gonzalez, Lomachenko. If these fights can be made, I want them.

“Expect the old Abner Mares on Saturday. The hunger is back, the passion has returned. I’m back with my original team.

“I’ve won three world titles in three divisions but I don’t call myself a former three-division champion. I think of myself now as a future four-division world champion.”

JOSE RAMIREZ, Top Featherweight Contender

“This Saturday, I will be facing a tough fighter in Abner Mares. This Saturday is going to be a war between two Mexicans and I am here to be victorious.”

JERMALL CHARLO, Undefeated Junior Middleweight

“I am happy to be on this show. Lenny says he is seasoned and I am ready to serve you all some Italian sausage.

“Me and my twin brother have been through a lot of adversity. Getting world title shots and not being able to compete in them, but we overcome it and we are ready to put on good shows on Saturday night.

LENNY BOTTAI, Junior Middleweight Contender

“What do I expect from the fight? I expect a great battle. I expect it to be a stepping stone to make my name in the U.S.

“I hear that I keep getting called a seasoned fighter. I come from Italy where the cheese is the best seasoned cheese in the world, so I am going to show what seasoned fighters can do.”

JERMELL CHARLO, Top Junior Middleweight Prospect

“Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to fight for the world title. I moved past that. I am staying focused and in control of what’s going to take place on Saturday.

“I am going to continue to grow, continue to stay smart and stay focused.”

ERROL SPENCE JR., Top Junior Middleweight Prospect

“It is going to be another great performance. Hopefully by next year I will be fighting one of these guys in front of me and fighting for a world title.”

VICTOR ORTIZ, Former Welterweight World Champion

“Once again we are starting over. This was a very tough camp, but we are here. I am sharing this podium with some great fighters. I am at the back [of the dais] today, but you better believe I will be in the front with the fans someday soon.” Continue reading

Trout defeats Grajeda & Tarver stops Banks at Pechanga!

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Story by:  Rob Smith

World #6 WBA Austin Trout (28-2, 15 KOs) proved tonight he could beat a 2nd tier fighter in stopping Luis Grajeda (17-4-2, 13 KOs) in the 7th round at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, California, USA. Grajeda didn’t come out for the 8th round and the fight was halted with him on his stool. It was a boring fight from start to finish with Trout taking the fight to a reluctant looking Grajeda. Both guys were counter punchers, but Trout was clearly the better fighter of the two by far.

You have to wonder why Trout was fighting someone of this class. Trout looked horrible in his last fight against Daniel Dawson, which is perhaps why his management chose to step him down in competition rather than move him up a level. We basically learned nothing from this fight other than the fact that Trout can beat an over-matched opponent without much punching power. Trout is likely going to still have the same problems in the future once he’s stepped up a couple of levels to face someone with punching power.

Heavyweight Antonio Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) stopped Johnathon Banks (29-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 7th round. Tarver knocked Banks down with a left hand in the 7th. Once Banks got back up, Tarver finished him off with a small flurry of punches.

The fight was boring to watch with both fighters throwing very, very few punches in each round. Tarver was able to win most of the rounds by landing one or two solid punches. Banks was throwing next to no punches and just looking to keep from getting hit by Tarver, which wasn’t that hard for him to do because of Tarver’s low work rate.

After the fight, Tarver expressed interest in wanting to fight for a world title against champion Wladmir Klitschko. If that fight does happen, it would have to be an optional title defense for Wladimir, because Tarver isn’t his mandatory challenger and it’s highly unlikely that he could fight his way into a mandatory spot by beating a top contender.

“I’m punching now. I’m a knockout artist. When I drop the hammer, it’s good night Irene. I want to become the oldest champion to win a world title. I will become the heavyweight champion of the world,” Tarver said.

Other action on the card:

Oscar Escandon SD 12 Tyson Cave
Rico Ramos UD 8 Juan Ruiz
Marcus Browne TKO 1 George Blades
Gerald Washington TKO 1 Mike Sheppard
Terrell Gausha TKO 8 Cesar Vila

A BIG weekend of fights begins Tonight!

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

Folks, we have THREE hours of boxing on ESPN 2 tonight, beginning at 10:00pm eastern. The featured bout will be Austin Trout against Luis Grajeda. Trout has some questions that need to be answered as he was dropped twice in his last fight against Daniel Dawson. Also on tap is a bout that was crapped earlier in the year, Antonio Tarver vs. Johnathon Banks. Could this be a loser-go-home match? Both guys have questions that need to be answered tonight. We will see. Hot prospect Marcus Browne will also have to answer some questions tonight. Is his punching power real? We could find out tonight as he faces George Blades who comes in at a whopping 19.6 pounds over the agreed upon weight.

Also appearing on the card are Sergio Mora, Rico Ramos, Edwin Rodriguez, and Dominic Breazeale. This special three-hour card is a Goossen Promotions fight card- in honor of founder Dan Goossen, who died at age 64 on September 29, 2014.

Lara vs. Ishe tomorrow night
WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) scaled in at the division limit of 154 pounds for his title defense against former IBF jr middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 12 KOs). Smith was a half-pound lighter at 153.5. The bout takes on tomorrow night at the Illusions Theater at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Showtime will televise the card. Also featured will be Badou Jack, Chris Pearson in separate bouts.

Saturday Night HBO, Showtime Extreme, and Showtime
A combined SEVEN (7) fights will take place on Showtime Extreme and Showtime Saturday.  Also, on HBO there will be an exciting tripleheader that takes place.

On Showtime Extreme we have Errol Spence taking on Mike Arnaoutis in a good test.  Also, the return of the “Clown Prince” of boxing, Victor Ortiz.  Talk about questions needing answers…

Rounding out the telecast will be Abner Mares and Jermell Charlo in speparate bouts.  In addition, on the non-televised portion we will have Beibut Shumenov (with trainer) of recent Bernard Hopkins fame.

Then we move to Showtime with Jermall Charlo facing Lenny Bottai.  Also, hard hitting Keith “One Time” Thurman vs. tough customer Leonard Bundu.  The main event features a long-awaited showdown between Amir “King” Khan and Devon Alexander.  A LOT of questions will be answered in these fights.

On HBO, Timothy Bradley faces ultra tough Diego Chaves.  In a prelude to the main event, a very interesting battle between Matt Korobov and Andy Lee will take place.  Also scheduled to fight are Mauricio Herrera and Jose Benavidez.  Fan favorite Sean “Seanie” Monaghan will box on the non-televised portion of the card.

Fans check out the fights this weekend, beginning tonight.  This is a great way to wrap up 2014 as we head to some big fights already signed for first quarter 2015.

Paul Williams Joins Team Fight to Walk!

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New York, NY (December 7, 2014) – Three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams ist member of Team Fight to Walk.

A fixture on the pound for pound lists and a fan fvorite, Williams had an outstanding 41-2 record with 27 wins by knockout. Williams, a two-division titlist, became paralyzed from the waist down following a motorcycle accident in May 2012. Even after becoming a paraplegic from the accident, Williams maintained his signature smile and a great attitude.

Recently, Williams connected with Team Fight to Walk co-founder Boyd Melson in New York City, where he helped Williams find speaking engagements. During their time together, Melson took Williams to Rutgers University to meet Dr. Wise Young. He showed Williams patients treated during clinical trials in China. Williams saw the patients walking following a surgical procedure that enabled their axons to regenerate. Young is planning to conduct the same trials next year in the United States. Amazed by what he saw, Williams immediately joined Team Fight to Walk.

“Being a member of Team Fight to Walk is an incredible feeling,” said Williams. “Regardless of how I felt, people were telling me that I was never going to walk again but after meeting Boyd and Dr. Wise Young, you can’t tell me anything! I saw people with Spinal Cord Injuries walking again and their cords regrowing. It’s amazing how God works because he brought all of us together and I’m confident as ever that I’ll walk again.”

Melson is also overjoyed about having Williams on board and knew it was only a matter of time until the two connected.

“From the day I heard about Paul’s accident, I tried to get in touch and let him know there was hope. Thankfully, we were able to connect and I showed him the incredible results from Dr. Young’s clinical trial in China. He’s an important member of the boxing world who can help our outreach tremendously. Like (Team Fight to Walk founder) Christan (Zaccagnino), Paul’s life changed in a split second but now he knows that results of trials overseas means there’s plenty of hope for both of them. I believe that Christan and Paul will walk again once the clinical trials take place in the United States.”

For more information on Team Fight to Walk or to donate, go to Teamfighttowalk.com. Fans can contact Paul on Twitter @1paulwilliams. All questions about Team Fight to Walk or Spinal Cord Injuries can be emailed to Boydmelson@Teamfighttowalk.com.

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