Arum says Mayweather/Pacquiao Negotiations done in “next couple of days”

Story by: Chris Williams

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says he’s counting on putting the final touches to the paperwork for the Floyd Mayweather JrManny Pacquiao mega-fight negotiations for their fight on 5/2 on HBO and Showtime from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This being Friday, it means that Arum will be finishing up on the paperwork by this Sunday, the day of the Super Bowl match between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. Could this be just a coincidence or is it something done on purpose by Arum?

You’d have to think that the fight being announced during the Super Bowl would be a huge way of kicking off the marketing for the bout, which is expected to bring in anywhere from $250 million to $300 million. With that much loot at stake, Mayweather could walk away with more than $150 million before taxes and expenses are taken out.

“Everybody is doing the right thing,” Arum said to the Nypost.com on Friday. “We’re looking to complete the paperwork. Everything is moving in the right direction. Hopefully, the next couple of days it will get done. The issues are being narrowed down to extraordinarily small points,” Arum said.

So there it is. Arum is close to finalizing the fight and putting it in contract form for both of the two superstars to sign it. Hopefully nothing gets in the way before then to stop the fight from moving forward, because this would be a huge buzz-kill if the negotiations suddenly went down the toilet with the fight so close.

Arum says that the negotiation points have been agreed to between the two fighters, although this is something that Arum has been talking about for weeks now so it’s nothing new on this end. According to the Post, the outstanding issue that needs to be agreed to is the HBO-Showtime involvement. However, they’re expected to have the deal ready within the next couple of days.

Mayweather obviously likes the idea of him pocketing a huge amount of money at one time for this fight. Mayweather will potentially be making 3 to 4 times the normal amount he receives for his fights, which is why this is the perfect bout for him. A rematch between him and Pacquiao would be just gravy for Mayweather.

It would finish out his final fight on his Showtime contract, and put him in a good position to have HBO and Showtime both bidding over him for a short-term contract worth millions.

The money that Mayweather can make for his next contract with one of the two cable giants is astronomical. It’s doubtful that Mayweather will want to sign a long term deal with them, given his age, but a short term deal would still make him a lot of green stuff to help feather his golden nest during his retirement from boxing.

Arum no longer doubts whether Mayweather wants the fight with Pacquiao. The two fighters’ recent meeting this week during the Miami Heat – Milwaukee Bucks game last Tuesday now has Arum convinced that Mayweather is ready to sign the contract once the final issues have been hammered out.

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Premier Boxing Champions Conference Call Quotes

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The Premier Boxing Champions series begins on Saturday, March 7 on NBC  at 8:30pm.

The participants took part in an international conference call and here is what they had to say below:

Keith Thurman: Robert’s never been stopped and when I hear a fighter’s never been stopped, I hear that as a challenge…we’re looking for a fight that lasts less than twelve rounds, but we’ll be prepared no matter what the outcome…I’m going to do a little wrestling in my training camp…he’s not going to be able to surprise me by roughhousing me on the inside.

Unlike Mayweather, I like diversity. I want to fight the boxers, I want to fight the punchers, I want to fight the world, baby!

After March 7, they can no longer say ‘Who has Keith “One Time” Thurman ever fought?’

This is a measuring stick to outperform Mayweather in his hometown.

Robert Guerrero: I think this is going to be even bigger (than Guerrero’s fight with Floyd Mayweather) with the viewing audience that comes with NBC. I’m very excited about it and focused and ready to go.

Keith hasn’t fought nobody like me.

Mayweather is fast. On his feet and with his hands. That guy (Thurman’s last opponent Leonard Bundu) was no comparison at all. If you’re comparing stuff like that (being an Olympian and being undefeated), it’s laughable.

Adrien Broner: I’m just ready to put on a show. I know John Molina’s gonna come swinging for the fences. This could be a big turnaround for his career. If he beats Adrien Broner who knows where his career can go? John Molina’s not the enemy though. I like him. He’s kind of cool. He can hang with me one day.

I know he’s rough, and tough and as cool as Cheeto Puffs, but I’m the man, man. I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. I’m the “Can Man.” Anybody can get it and John Molina’s the one that’s gonna have to take this beating on March 7.

I definitely will be world champion at 140lbs one day. I feel like with my skills, if I come in and do what I gotta do, it’s a great chance that I do stop John Molina.

John Molina: I feel like I’ll be the stronger man in the ring…I’m 100% confident that I’ll be able to implement my will and do what I have to do to come victorious that night.

To me I can care less what Adrien Broner brings to the table. I don’t worry about what he’s doing in his camp. I have things that I have to work on in my camp in order to become victorious that night…on March 7 we’ll find out who really is the truth.

Mosley, Jr added to Foxwoods Undercard on FNF!

MEMosley, Jr added to Foxwoods Undercard on FNF!

Press ReleaseBefore ESPN2 Friday Night Fights’ audience witnesses the lightweight main event between Karl Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) and Tony Luis (18-2, 7 KOs), they will view an undercard that includes Shane Mosley, Jr. (2-1, 2 KOs), Cuba’s Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and others. Barrera is taking on ex-IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) for eight rounds of action in the light heavyweight division. California’s Mosley, Jr. (2-1), is taking on Rafael Machado (0-2) for four middleweight rounds. In another eight rounder heavyweights Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (12-0, 7 KOs) of Santurce, Puerto Rico and Jesse Oltmanns (10-4, 7 KOs) of Bartonsville, PA will square off.

Barrera had a stellar 2014 with four wins and three knockouts. In his last fight on the Kovalev-Hopkins undercard, he stopped Rowland Bryant in the fourth round. Lacy also defeated his last opponent, Timothy Hall, Jr.

Mosley has been training in Foxwoods with his father, Sugar Shane Mosley, as part of the reality television series Knockout. The 24-year old Mosley suffered his first career loss in his last fight against Marchristopher Adkins.

Machado is still looking for his first career win.

In another eight rounder heavyweights Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (12-0, 7 KOs) of Santurce, Puerto Rico and Jesse Oltmanns (10-4, 7 KOs) of Bartonsville, PA will square off. The undefeated Tapia is coming off an eight round unanimous decision victory over Paul Jennette in June of last year. Oltmanns is looking to snap a three fight losing streak. In his last fight he was stopped by Matt Godfrey in the fifth round.

Light heavyweights Larry Pryor (9-8, 5 KOs) of Washington, DC and Charles Foster (6-0, 3 KOs) of New Haven, Connecticut will face off for six rounds. Pryor has won his last two fights in a row after suffering a six-round unanimous decision loss to Barrera at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA in April. In his last fight, he defeated Rayco Saunders via a six-round unanimous decision. The undefeated Foster knocked out Robert Jackson in the first round on the undercard of the Mchunu-Wilson card at Foxwoods in September.

Local favorite Cassius Chaney of New London, Connecticut will make his professional debut in a four-round heavyweight match-up with Antonio Assermelly (0-2) of Vesterly, Rhode Island.

Finally, undefeated Philadelphian big man Khalib “Big Foot” Whitmore (6-0, 5 KOs) will square off against Carlos Reyes of (6-5-1, 4 KOs) of Kuarny, Arizona for four rounds of cruiserweight action. Whitmore has knocked out his last five opponents in a row. Most recently he stopped Lamont Capers in the fourth round at Sands in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania back in August of 2014. The southpaw, Reyes, is coming off a second round stoppage of Mike Bissett last month in St. Petersburg, Fl.

Undefeated Kyrone Davis set to face Jonathan Garcia this Saturday at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA (January 27 2015)–This Saturday night at the 2300 Arena, undefeated Middleweight Kyrone Davis will take on veteran Jonathan Garcia in a 6-round bout on a show promoted by King’s Promotions.

The main event will see undefeated Prichard Colon (12-0, 10 KO’s) of Orocovis, Puerto Rico taking on Hector Munoz (23-13-1, 15 KO’s) of Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 8-round Jr. Middleweight fight.

Davis out of Wilmington, Delaware has a record of 5-0 with three knockouts and the former amateur standout is excited about his fight this Saturday.

“Training went well. I know that Garcia is a durable guy who has fought good competition. My goal on Saturday is to put on a good, clean performance. Not to get hit and give everyone a good show for my first fight in Philly,”said the 20 year-old Davis.

Davis was 91-9 as an amateur, who won two National PAL tournaments and competed in Olympic trials is looking forward to his local debut.

“Even know I was born in New Jersey and live in Delaware, I train in Philadelphia. I have not fought here professionally and I am coming back to show everyone what I am doing. I am going to fight smart and push for the knockout. I just want to be a great pro.” Continue reading

Rios Crushes Alvarado!

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In the third and most likely final episode of the Rios/Alvarado trilogy, the outcome became apparent halfway through the first round. A very focused and determined Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) dominated Mike Alvarado (34-4, 23 KOs) from the opening bell en route to a third round stoppage.

Rios landed uppercuts, body shots, and hooks at will as Alvarado seemed to be somewhere else, anywhere else than the ring in 1st Bank Center. Alvarado attempted to switch to a southpaw stance, but Rios kept applying the pressure to the hometown fighter.

Rios’s sweat equity paid off in the third as he dropped Alvarado with a big uppercut. Prior to the knockdown, it was Rios who landed at least three other uppercuts to Alvarado, who was already busted up.

At the end of the third round, referee Jay Nady went to Alvarado’s corner to ask him if he wanted to continue. There seemed to be confusion and it appeared that his trainer gave his affirmation that Mike would come out for another round. Mike at first didn’t give a clear answer, but then appeared to agree that he was coming out for more action. Then more confusion. The fight was stopped and Rios was declared the winner by TKO. Alvarado cleared things up (At least I think) during the post fight interview.

Alvarado: “I was still getting in my zone, moving and whatnot, but he hit my left eye with an uppercut. I couldn’t see. My vision wasn’t there so I made the call.

“I’m not done yet, at all. I was far from being at my best. I guarantee everybody in this place, I will be back.

“It was all in the preparation of my training. I wasn’t training like I should have been. That’s what I get. I gotta get back to the drawing board and get back on it. I ain’t done yet. I’m not making excuses for myself saying ‘at least I gave it all I got.’ I didn’t give it all I got, so that’s what I get. Whatever…I wasn’t prepared as I should have been. That’s what I get. It is what it is. Whatever.”

Rios: “I knew what I had to do. I had to come prepared because that could have been the end of my career. I don’t want that to happen. I still have a lot of gas in my tank and I did’t want it to end like this. I never thought it was gonna be easy. Alvarado’s a warrior and I knew he could bounce back with good shots. He’s got power in both hands so I had to take my time, be patient, listen to my corner, all the instructions, I followed the gameplan from camp, be disciplined and I came out victorious.

“Whatever Cameron Dunkin says I’m ready for. I don’t care who it is. The Russian (Provodnikov), Victor Ortiz if he wants to get it on, bad blood, whoever, I don’t care. I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior, I’ll fight anybody.”

Mike Alvarado is a troubled man outside of the ring. I hope he handles his legal matters and gets his life on track. However, I’m not going to use his distractions as an excuse. Mike Alvarado is a shot fighter. His balance is completely gone and his reflexes aren’t far behind. I wish him the best.

For Rios, no matter if it’s Broner, Vic Ortiz, or Provodnikov- none of those will be boring fights. Both fighters were compensated well for this matchup. Brandon Rios earned $850,000. Alvarado was paid $785,000.

Kell Brook Returns in March against Jo Jo Dan!

imagePress Release: Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England on March 28th. The Sheffield star landed the title in August with a win over Shawn Porter and now he makes a long-awaited return to action in his hometown, his first fight there since he stopped Vyacheslav Senchenko in October 2013.

Brook dives straight into the deep-end following his injury when he was attacked whilst on holiday in September as he meets the Canadian-based Romanian Dan, who edged out Kevin Bizier in a final eliminator in December.

“After everything that’s happened over the last six months, it feels incredible knowing I will be defending my World title in Sheffield,” said Brook. “I want to get this mandatory out of the way and then target those mega fights that are out there in the division. There is no chance that I will be underestimating Jo Jo Dan though as I know how he will be feeling having worked so hard to get into the mandatory position just like I did, but I will be working twice as hard to keep the belt that I earned.” Continue reading

Lucas Matthysse Remaining Loyal to Oscar


imagePress Release:  Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, it was announced today. “As Golden Boy works to put together a 2015 full of huge, fan-friendly fights, Lucas Matthysse is, and will now remain, a core part of our team,” said Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. “Lucas is a strong and powerful fighter, someone the elite of the division have to look out for in the years to come, and we are excited to continue our successful partnership with him.” Matthysse lost to world 140-pound champion in 2013 and returned with two wins in 2014. “I am excited to continue to work with Oscar and Golden Boy Promotions,” said Lucas Matthysse. “They are my family. They have supported me and built my career from the beginning and I’m loyal to them as they have been to me. I’m looking forward to my future and what 2015 has to offer.” “We are very happy to continue our relationship with Golden Boy Promotions,” said Mario Arano, the manager of Matthysse. “Golden Boy Promotions has exceeded expectations, and we look forward to what 2015 will hold for Lucas under the tremendous support and guidance of Oscar.” Most recently, Matthysse faced Roberto “Massa” Ortiz on Sept. 6th in Cincinnati, Ohio. Matthysse knocked out Ortiz with a powerful body shot in round two. Earlier in 2014, Matthysse waged war against John Molina Jr. in Carson City, Calif. He gave the crowd a great show as Matthysse was knocked down twice before roaring back to finish Molina in the eleventh round of a thrilling war.

Chazz Witherspoon this Saturday in Jersey!

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Press Release:  Pennsauken, NJ (January 22, 2015)–This Saturday night, January 24 at the GPG Event Center (Formerly the Woodbine Inn) in Pennsauken, New Jersey, the inaugural boxing will take place with local favorite as Heavyweight contender Chazz Witherspoon (31-3, 23 KO’s) of Paulsboro, NJ will take on Cory Phelps (16-7-1, 8 KO’s) of Catlettsburg, KY in a bout scheduled for 10-rounds.

The show is promoted by CMIS Enterprises & Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.

In four round bouts:

Nick Valliere (3-0, 2 KO’s) of Forked River, NJ will fight pro debuting Francisco Cruz of Philadelphia in a Welterweight bout.

Erik Spring (4-0, 1 KO) of Reading, PA will see action in a Jr. Middleweight bout against Travis McClaren (1-5) of Virginia.

Malik Hawkins (1-0, 1 KO) of Baltimore will take part in a Welterweight bout against Josue Rivera (2-6, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA.

Courtney Blocker (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Pensacola, FL will fight in a Jr. Welterweight bout against Domonic Goode (0-3) of Bridgeton, NJ.

Matthew Gonzalez (1-0) of Vineland, NJ will fight Emmanuel Lipscomb of Philadelphia in a Middleweight bout.

Vidal Rivera of Camden, NJ will make his pro debut in a Super Bantamweight bout against Jose Garcia (0-2) of Philadelphia.

Jerome Conquest (1-1) of Philadelphia will fight Tyshae Furguson (0-3) of Danville, VA in a Super Lightweight bout.

Tickets for the great evening of championship boxing $100 for Platinum Ringside (limited amount available); $75 for Gold Select seating (limited amount available)and $50 for General Admission and can be purchased by calling 856 472 0443.

Bouts subject to change.

There will be an after party at the GPG Event Center.

The GPG Event Center is located at 1444 Route 73 in Pennsauken.

For more information and media credentials, contact:

Marc Abrams at 856 287 7611 or phillyboxing@gmail.com

Klitschko/Jennings set for April 25 at MSG!

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Story by:  Robert Uzzell

Wladimir Klitschko and Bryant Jennings will meet for Klitschko’s WBA Super, IBF, WBO, and IBO World titles on April 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York.  The fight will be televised on HBO’s Championship Boxing.  The deal took a while to become finalized, possibly because of Gary Shaw Productions by Roc Nation.

Sometime in November or possibly December, Shaw reached an agreement with Klitschko on behalf of Jennings.  Then came the merger with Roc Nation.  I assume logistics were different between what Shaw agreed for Jennings and what Roc Nation would sign off on.  Nevertheless, a deal is in place and we are all set.

“I have all of the attributes naturally to be a champion that you can’t teach — heart and will,” Jennings was quoted as telling ESPN.com. “I’m psyched up. This is the level where I’m at. This is exactly what I planned to do. Whatever competition you are in, your goal should be to reach the top. This is the top, but now it’s about taking it to higher heights and winning.”

Outside of Klitschko’s dominance in the division (this will be his 18th title defense), the landscape in the heavyweight division is intriguing.  I somehow wish Don King could put together a tournament of heavyweights that includes new WBC champ Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Jennings, Alexander Povetkin, Tyson Fury, Antonio Tarver,  Odlanier Solis, Mike Perez, Amir Mansour,  and maybe a young gun like an Anthony Joshua, and a tough out like Steve Cunningham.  If we mix this crop into a tournament or even individual bouts, I think it would go a long way into bringing the big men back to respectability.  Make the pot respectable and the prize (title shot) tempting enough, and gone will be the days of John Ruiz/Hasim Rahman hug-fests.  this crop of guys will let their hands go until a winner emerges.

Klitschko has the third-most championship defenses in heavyweight history, behind Larry Holmes (with 20) and Joe Louis (with 25).  Jennings is a fighter who always comes into the ring in superb shape.  I expect his stamina to hold up if this fight goes late.  He has decent size, but I don’t think fans (or the fighters themselves) realize just how big Wladimir is until they faceoff with him at a press conference.  I remember how the eyes of Sam Peter lit up once he faced the man he’d been trash talking online prior to their initial meeting.

I assume Wladimir Klitschko is going to get old inside the ring one day.  However, I’m not sure April 25, 2015 is that day.  I like Klitschko to wear Bryant Jennings down and stop him in the middle to late rounds.  Jennings athleticism and movement will give Wlad some problems I assume.  However, Klitschko’s range and experience will catch up to Jennings and that will be the end of his night.  Remember, Jennings has only been boxing professionally since 2010.

May vs. Pac: Dead or still Alive and Kicking?

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Apparently Manny Pacquiao is fed up. In true Amir Khan fashion, Pacquiao has given Floyd Mayweather until the end of January to sign on for a megafight scheduled for May 2, 2015.

In a statement to the LA Times Pacquiao stated “My promoter and I, we’ve already agreed to the terms and conditions of whatever he wants. We’re just waiting on the signed contract from him. That’s the hard part – if they will fight or not. We have to know soon, because if they will not fight, we can move on and choose another opponent. We have a deadline … this month.”

Rumors are floating around that Mayweather is considering a rematch with middleweight champion Miguel Cotto if a deal with Pacquiao isn’t reached. While the world would like to see Floyd vs. Manny, a fight with Cotto could have a bigger historical significance. Only one man (Henry Armstrong) has simultaneously held titles in three weight classes. Mayweather is already the Ring champion at 147 and 154 pounds. If he beats Cotto, it’ll put him in a class where only one all-time great has a seat.

Only time will tell. We will find out shortly who Floyd Mayweather dances with on May 2. Will he choose legacy? Or will he choose what the fans have been waiting six long years for? If he chooses Cotto, will we see Pacquiao/Khan for the right to a September fight should Floyd beat Cotto?

This is going to be very, very interesting.

Carl Froch Injury Delays Return Until Summer 2015

Story by:  Chip Mitchell

Carl Froch has suffered an elbow injury in training. Froch and his team was negotiating a March fight in Las Vegas with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He was looking for a big money fight off of his camp win over George Groves at Wembley Stadium in the summer to retain his IBF and WBA super middleweight title.  The Cobra now needs to put his plans on hold, until at least this summer.

“I’m disappointed to have to let this opportunity go but at this stage in my career I have to make every fight count,” said Froch. “I will get some treatment and then we will look to make this fight or another big fight in the early summer.”

Call me crazy, but I’m not going to count out a big money bout with Bernard Hopkins. I believe Froch may have an injury. At least I’m 50% sure. However, with the Chavez Jr’s recent signing with Al Haymon, how much of a monkey wrench would that cause with a matchup with Froch?

If the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight doesn’t happen, Floyd’s backup plan is Miguel Cotto. I suspect Froch’s backup plan is Hopkins. LOSER GOES HOME!

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In an interesting and possibly related story, Lucian Bute recently signed with Al Haymon. I smell something cooking and that smell coming from the oven is honey roasted duck- as in Adonis Stevenson ducking the winner of  Sergey Kovalev versus Jean Pascal for Bute.

Imagine, however, if Pascal pulls the upset and beats Kovalev.  Let’s say negotiations don’t work between Pascal and Stevenson to unify titles.  If Stevenson chooses Bute where does that leave Pascal?

Pascal still has a fire that burns for Bernard Hopkins.  Hopkins beat Pascal twice (the first fight was scored a draw by officials).  Pascal would like to settle the score.  Hopkins, realizing he has the psychological edge and at least one win over Pascal would be tempted.  Considering these factors, I found it hard to agree with people who said “Hopkins can’t beat any of the top light heavyweights” after his wide loss to Kovalev.  He was officially cast as a guy who couldn’t beat them, solely based on his loss to the top guy.

Dare I ask, would a 51 year old Hopkins be a slight favorite to beat Pascal, a guy he has two (one official) wins over?  I’d even go further and make Hopkins even money if he stepped into the right with Stevenson.  I think “Nard” would neutralize the left hand of the one-dimensional Stevenson and give him all he could handle if they met.

 

BOYD MELSON TO RECEIVE “HEART OF A CHAMPION” AWARD

Press Release: Humanitarian and junior middleweight boxer Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson will receive the “Heart of a Champion” award from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Sunday, January 25th. The award will be given during a special fundraiser for St. Jude titled “NY Champions for St. Jude” taking place at O’Neill’s of Maspeth in Queens, NY. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will include a good amount of professional athletes from various sports, celebrities, and overall supporters of St. Jude and its mission. The event will be hosted by New York Rangers legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch.

Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, the goal of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Through the years, St. Jude has focused significantly on providing care for children suffering from different forms of cancer. Consistent with the vision of Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or family’s ability to pay.

Since turning pro in 2010, Melson’s received mainstream attention in and outside of the boxing world for donating 100% of his fight purses towards helping find a cure for Spinal Cord Injuries in the United States. Melson, along with Christan Zaccagnino, founded Team Fight to Walk and recruited notable professional athletes to join the fight to cure paralysis. The past two years, Team Fight to Walk’s hosted their annual fundraising gala “Fighting for the Cure,” that helped raise additional significant funds. Due to their admirable efforts through Team Fight to Walk, Melson and Zaccagnino were profiled by various large media outlets.

“This is an incredible honor.” Melson said of the recognition from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “I met a young girl a few years back, who was 10 years old at the time, and her name is Lilly; I call her my lil’ flower. When she was a few months old, she developed Astrocytoma where she developed a cancerous tumor along her spinal cord. When the surgeons removed the tumor, she was left paralyzed. She was not even a year old, and she is now 14. She has only known life looking up from a wheelchair. Cancer paralyzed her.”

“Well Lilly my lil’ flower, cancer paralyzed you, and you are so very special to me, that I am proud to risk my life in the ring just so one day selfishly, I can hug you while you are standing. This award I am receiving is a gift from me to you as my way of saying thank you for being in my life. Little do you know lil’ flower that you have helped me never give up.” Melson closed by saying that “like St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Team Fight To Walk’s goal is to bring hope to families and show those that are suffering that hope is light in the darkness.”

Tickets to the fundraiser are available http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ny-champions-for-st-jude-tickets-14424781911?aff=eac2 and the event takes place from 1-8 pm. All adult ticketholders can enjoy a complementary buffet, live music, silent and live auctions and a live raffle drawing. Children under 12 will receive the buffet, unlimited juice or soda and family friendly entertainment.

AND NEW!!!…. DEONTAY WILDER WINS WBC TITLE!

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Story by:  Robert Uzzell

The bad news is that Deontay Wilder’s knockout streak ended at 32 fights. The good news, however, is that Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) captured the WBC Heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1).  What might wind up being even better news is that Wilder went the distance in this fight.  He went 12 rounds with the WBC champion.  That could turn out to be the best thing to happen to him. Valuable experience for a young champion who had very little coming in.

Scores of the fight were 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107, all in Wilder’s favor. The Fight Journal scored it 118-109 (I thought round two knockdown sshould’ve counted). Wilder becomes the first American champion at heavy since Shannon Briggs in 2007.

Wilder and Stiverne talked equally as much trash during the course of the fight, but while Wilder kept pumping his jab and moving, Stiverne did more talking than fighting.  Each time Bermane got close, Wilder would move.  When Wilder didn’t move, Stiverne wouldn’t let his hands go. He had problems cutting off the ring and Wilder was let off the hook round after round.  In most instances, Wilder did enough to bank those rounds.  As the final bell sounded, Wilder celebrated and Stiverne for some reason held his glove up and walked around as if he’d won the fight.

Deontay Wilder received $1 million for his night at the office. Stiverne earned $910,000. It’ll be interesting to see where Wilder goes after this win. Fans would love to see him in with Wladimir Klitschko of course. Another great matchup in the ring as well as at the press conferences would be Wilder versus Tyson Fury.

Time will tell…