A LOOK BACK AT BOXING HIGHLIGHTS ON NBC BEFORE THE DEBUT OF PBC

imageIn seven days, on Saturday, March, 7, boxing returns to primetime broadcast television with the debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET. The debut of PBC on NBC features a pair of blockbuster bouts – Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. – from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert and analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard call the action. Al Michaels will host. Laila Ali and B.J. Flores serve as corner analysts, joined by reporter Kenny Rice.

BOXING ON NBC

NBC Sports has a rich boxing history, presenting the sport to millions of viewers across the country beginning with the first-ever live televised fight in 1939. Following are NBC Sports boxing highlights:

June 1, 1939 – NBC aired the first-ever live telecast of boxing when Lou Nova defeated Max Baer. Famed NBC announcer Bill Stern called the match from Yankee Stadium. The event occurred just two weeks after NBC presented the first-ever broadcast of a sporting event, a baseball game between Columbia and Princeton.

1946 – NBC introduced the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, which focused on the Friday night boxing series at Madison Square Garden. Cavalcade of Sports aired through 1960.

June 19, 1946 – The first heavyweight championship fight ever televised was part of the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports series with Joe Louis defeating Billy Conn to defend his title. The event was one of the great fights of the decade, as The New York Times dedicated a full page to the results of the bout.

Sept. 18, 1946 – Joe Louis defeated Tami Mauriello for the world heavyweight title with a knockout just 2:09 into the first round.

Feb. 14, 1951 – “Sugar” Ray Robinson defeated Jake LaMotta for the world middleweight title. Dubbed boxing’s “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” the 13-round bout was the last in a bitter rivalry between the fighters that included six fights over a span of nearly eight years. Continue reading

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Frampton stops Avalos in five to retain IBF Super Bantamweight title

imagePress Release:  San Diego, CA – February 28, 2014- Carl Frampton made the first defense of the IBF Super Bantamweight title with a 5th round stoppage over American mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in front of a sold out crowd of nearly 10,000 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The championship bout was televised on AWE-A Wealth of Entertatinment.

After a clinch in round two, Frampton drilled Avalos with a left hook while Avalos thought there was a time out. That shot split Avlaos’ lip. Frampton continued to land hard one-two combinations. Frampton showed some battle scars as he started to develop a a mouse around the right eye.

In round five, Frampton rocked and buckled Avalos all over the ring until a hard right hurt Avalos and referee Howard Foster saved a noticeably hurt Avalos at 1:33 of round five.

Frampton, 121.9 lbs of Belfast is now 20-0 with 14 knockouts. Avalos, 122 lbs of Lancaster, CA. is now 26-3.

“It’s unbelievable. This place is my home. I knock out people when I fight here,” said Frampton.

Said Frampton’s promoter, former world champion and Hall of Famer, Barry McGuigan, “I said this before, this is the best Super Bantamweight in the world. People think its (Guillermo) Rigondeaux, but Carl is. He is a sensational fighter and over the next couple of years, we will prove that.” Continue reading

Next up for Adonis Stevenson: Sakio Bika

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Light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday, April 4th at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City to defend his title against former super middleweight beltholder Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs). Stevenson (pictured) said, “I know Bika will stop at nothing, so the fight will be spectacular and extremely offensive-minded. I predict that Bika will lose by knockout for the first time in his career.”

“After all these years fighting at 168 pounds, it was becoming increasingly difficult to make weight and that was a major factor in my defeats,” Bika said. “I see no problem making the jump to light heavyweight to face Stevenson and I do not feel I’ll be at a disadvantage because the champion made this transition successfully himself less than two years ago against Chad Dawson. I promise you that I will be the new champion on April 4th.”

Stevenson, 37, won the world light heavyweight title in June of 2013 in Montreal, via a sensational 76-second, first-round knockout over Dawson, who was the world champion at the time. The victory earned Stevenson “Knockout of the Year” and “Fighter of the Year” accolades.

In his first defense the following Sept. 28th, former IBF champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud was meant to be a major test for the new champion, but the powerful southpaw forced Cloud to retire at the end of the seventh round.

Two months later, “Superman” concluded the year with an unequivocal victory over Tony “Bomber” Bellew of Great Britain, who was unable to complete the sixth round.

In May 2015 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Polish challenger Andrzei Fonfara proved to be a tough challenger and fans were treated to a memorable bout as Stevenson knocked Fonfara down twice in the early rounds only to visit the canvas himself in the ninth round. Judges scored the fight 116-109, 115-110 and 115-110 for Stevenson in his Showtime debut. Continue reading

SERGEY KOVALEV OPEN WORKOUT QUOTES

imagePress Release: Sergey Kovalev will defend the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight championships against Jean Pascal. The fight will be televised as part of a live triple header on HBO World Championship Boxing on March 14, 2015 from the Bell Centre in Montreal. Here os what Kovalev had to say at an open workout held in Miami, Florida:

Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev:
“This fight preparation was totally hard, it’s hot because it is Miami. It’s hard work in the gym and obviously it’s hot outside. Every day is good. Every fight preparation for me is very important whether it is title fight or not.

[About being favored to win] “I am not worried at all about this because if favorite or not favorite, underdog or not underdog, it doesn’t matter. I don’t care about it.

“I have to focus for all fight and getting prepared for all 12 rounds because who knows what will be inside the ring or what will he bring? I don’t know how ready he will be. It’s difficult to say ‘I will do’ because nobody knows what we do tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. We will see in the ring who will be best and who will win.” Continue reading

Lippe-Morrison to face Richard Dawson March 7

Press Release:  Miami, OK (February 26, 2015) – Heavyweight knockout king Trey Lippe-Morrison faces his toughest opponent to date when he battles Richard Dawson Saturday, March 7 in the six round main event of “Four State Franchise” at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.

The card is presented by Holden Productions and tickets from $30 are on sale now by calling 918-542-9400 or going to Buffalorun.com.

Hailing from nearby Tulsa, OK, Lippe-Morrison’s a perfect 6-0 with all of his wins coming by knockout. Like his late, great father Tommy Morrison, Trey’s a big draw and has world class punching power. Having stopped each of his last five foes in less than two minutes, Lippe-Morrison is eager to show the world that he can go rounds if needed.

Standing across the ring from Lippe-Morrison will be fellow Oklahoman Richard Dawson of Okmulgee. A nine fight veteran, Dawson’s 5-2-2 with three wins by KO. Known for having an excellent chin, Dawson has never been stopped and scored a huge upset by besting Ty Cobb (16-3) in June 2013. Continue reading

LAILA ALI, B.J. FLORES, KENNY RICE & CHRIS MANNIX JOIN TV TEAM FOR PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON NBC & NBCSN

“PBC on NBC” Debuts Saturday, March 7, Live in Primetime on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – Feb. 24, 2015 – NBC Sports Group announced today the addition of Laila Ali, B.J. Flores, Kenny Rice and Chris Mannix to its Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage on NBC and NBCSN.

Three-time super middleweight champion Ali and former two-time U.S. amateur heavyweight champion Flores will serve as corner analysts for PBC on NBC telecasts. Mannix and Rice will report ringside, and Rice will conduct interviews. Rice will also serve as the blow-by-blow announcer on select NBCSN shows.

The debut of PBC on NBC live in primetime on Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC features a pair of blockbuster bouts — Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. — from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert and analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard call the action. Al Michaels will host.

“We are excited to add punching power to our PBC on NBC team,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “With Laila’s and B.J.’s experience in the ring, and the boxing commentary Kenny and Chris have done on NBCSN, we will have every corner covered.”

LAILA ALI – CORNER ANALYST: The daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali was an undefeated four-time world champion in her eight-year professional boxing career, winning 24 bouts, 21 by knockout. Ali has held various broadcasting, acting and reality television roles. At the 2012 London Olympics, she served as an analyst on NBC’s coverage of the first-ever women’s Olympic boxing competition. She has also appeared on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and E! Network’sFashion Police, competed and twice won Food Network’s Chopped Champions, and advanced to the final round as a competitor on Dancing with the Stars. She currently hosts FYI Network’s Late Nite Chef Fight food truck cook-off show, serves as a regular contributor on CBS Sports Network’s all-female sports program We Need To Talk, and hosts All In With Laila Ali airing in weekend syndication on CBS.

B.J. FLORES – CORNER ANALYST: Flores served as an analyst for NBC Sports Group’s Fight Nightboxing series from 2012-14, while continuing to pursue a professional boxing title in the ring. He has been ranked among the top 15 cruiserweight in the world since July 2007. Previously, Flores was an analyst on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. After posting a 112-10 amateur record, he fought his first two professional bouts on NBC broadcasts in May 2003. Flores was the 2001 and 2002 U.S. men’s national champion, and was the only American to win gold in the Four Nations Championship in 2002. He has a career record of 31 wins (20 knockouts), and 1 loss, and is a five-time North American champion. Continue reading

Kovalev vs. Pascal Conference Call Transcript

PRESS RELEASE: Sergey Kovalev, the WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion: “I am waiting for March 14th. This day for me mean a lot. This is the first time defending two of my titles. I am sure it will be a really great boxing date on HBO. Pascal will be the hugest opponent in my career. I fought top guys. [On common opponents Darnell Boone and Bernard Hopkins] Any fight is different because opponents are different on different dates. I can win somebody very easy but then can be very hard for somebody else. Pascal had problems with Hopkins but I beat him easy. It depends on the situation. It will be interesting what will happen March 14th. Jean Pascal will see a problem.”

[On his next fight]: My plan is, first of all, to defend my three titles against Pascal. It is the most important thing in my career for now. After the fight, my goal is to get all four titles in my division.

[On the pressure to secure the knockout]: I am going into the ring for my next victory. Knockout or decision doesn’t matter as long as I get the victory. Sure I am going to get my next victory. How it will happen, nobody knows. I am not speculating in the future what will happen. It just so happens that I stop my opponents early. Jean Pascal is my hugest challenger. This fight can be 12 rounds again. We can get score decision. Anything can happen. If it will be KO, it will be good for me. I am going to ring to show how I can do boxing. I want to see the result of my preparations.

[On the Hopkins fight] I am not going to say what I should do against Pascal. I have some strategy for the fight with Hopkins. Bernard Hopkins fooled me and made counter-attack. I felt this and I did what I came to do. It looked very smart.

[On the birth of his son] Thank you for your congrats. I am in training camp and they are home. We talk through the Skype and the phone for 5-10 minutes in the morning and at night after his bath before he goes to sleep. I don’t want him to forget how I look. After this fight I will see my family and hug and kiss them.

[On Adonis Stevenson] I don’t care who I fight next. My next fight against Pascal on March 14. That is the only thing I am thinking about right now. I am not thinking about anyone else.

Jean Pascal, Former light heavyweight world champion

This fight is going to be a great, classic fight of the best against the best. Sergey thinks he is the best. I think I am the best. It is going to be a big night in Montreal. It is like Rocky IV. East versus the West. I am a huge underdog. The odds are four to one against me and I am going to be the black Balboa. The fans need to show up for this epic night. I think Sergey deserves way more money and I am very glad I am giving him this opportunity. Continue reading

LUCAS MATTHYSSE AND RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV SET FOR APRIL 18!

Photo:  Round by Round Boxing

Photo: Round by Round Boxing

Press Release:  A sure-fire ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate will come early as former World Champions Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov, two of boxing’s hardest punchers, take the stage in a 12-round jr. welterweight showdown on Saturday, April 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Banner Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions announced today the clash of these two fearsome fighters will generate what is surely to be an all-action fight to remember and a treat all fight fans are excited for. The bout with be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

“I’m glad that this fight is finally done,” said Ruslan Provodnikov. “This is the fight I have been waiting for a long time. I think that this fight will be nominated for either ‘Fight of the Year’ or ‘Knockout of the Year’.”

“I only want the biggest fights against the best fighters and this fight between Provodnikov and I, will surely be ‘Fight of the Year’,” said Lucas Matthysse. “Provodnikov is a warrior that never stops throwing punches and his style suits me very well. I’m confident that I will win, and since Danny Garcia doesn’t want to fight me again, this fight will prove that I am one of the best fighters in the world.”

“One-punch knockout power. Lightning-fast action. A likely world title shot to the winner – this bout has ‘Fight of the Year’ written all over it,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “This is a fight that fans have been clamoring for since these warriors were last in action, and Golden Boy Promotions is proud to deliver it to the fans worldwide.”

“I’m very excited about the fight between Ruslan Provodnikov and Lucas Matthysse,” said Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions. “This has the making of Corrales – Castillo I all over again. This is the most fan-friendly and television-friendly fight in a long time. Both Ruslan and Lucas are real warriors, and it’s a fight that both fighters wanted so it was very easy to make. Working with Oscar De La Hoya and Eric Gomez has been a pleasure.

“A dream match comes together when two men fight who are seemingly each other’s worst nightmare, and that’s a litmus test this fight passes,” said Peter Nelson, HBO Sports vice president of programming. “On April 18, HBO Boxing After Dark will present Argentine Lucas Matthysse against Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in a fight promising to be so highly combustible that just the lights turning on should set the ring ablaze.”

“The Provodnikov Matthysse matchup is destined to be one of the must-see fights of the year and we’re looking forward to hosting another exciting night of boxing at Turning Stone,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO. “In less than two years, we’ve hosted 15 nationally televised fights, distinguishing our resort as premier destination for world-class boxing.”

“Ruslan is going to put up the great fight we want for Matthysse and will show that he is the best fighter in the division,” said Mario Arano, manager of Matthysse. “Provodnikov is an uncompromising fighter, that comes to fight and his style will suit Lucas. We would like to thank Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions and HBO for making this fight possible. Fans will be excited to watch this fight and will not be disappointed.” Continue reading

BALTIMORE BOXER GERVONTA “TANK” DAVIS WINS HIS 10th FIGHT BY KO IN 47 SECONDS!

Davis remains undefeated, winning by first round knockout on the ShoBox: The New Generation undercard at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Press Release:  BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. – On Friday night, February 20, 2015, Baltimore featherweight professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis defeated Puerto Rico’s Israel “Macho” Suarez, winning by knockout at 2:13 of Round 1. Moments into the fight, the twenty-year old Davis dropped his opponent with a vicious barrage of punches, ending the contest after just 47 seconds. With the win, Davis’ record moves to 10-0, with 9 knockouts, while Suarez drops to 4-5-2, with 1 knockout. Davis-Suarez was scheduled as a six-round non-televised undercard bout on ShoBox: The New Generation, held at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Davis and his longtime boxing trainer, Calvin Ford, talked about the win and what Team Davis expects for 2015.

Calvin Ford said, “We were well prepared for this fight, and had a solid camp. There was a lot of emotion going into his tenth pro fight. His opponent was game and tried to assert himself early. Gervonta made quick adjustments, and an early knockout was the result. We won our tenth fight in exciting fashion, and now it is time to move to the next level. Gervonta’s ability to listen and buy into the team’s system has improved over the last few fights. The higher levels of this boxing game require more focus and preparation than the lower levels. Competition will be tougher, and we need to continue to fight guys that are going to prepare us for the championship level. If Gervonta stays on course, he will be very successful.”

Gervonta Davis added, “I was focused for this fight. I’m excited that I was able to get my tenth win and another knockout. I spoke with the Haymon Boxing Team. They told me to stay in the gym and keep grinding, because a lot of big things are about to happen for me. I’ve been boxing since I was eight years old. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and I’ll be staying ready. I want to be known as one of the top prospects in 2015. Thank you Al Haymon, Showtime, and Goossen Promotions for having me on the ShoBox card. Thanks to Shoe City, Everlast, Nike Boxing, Athlete Performance Solutions, Ethika, Upton Boxing Center/Baltimore Parks and Recreation, for their support of Team Davis. To my city of Baltimore, and all the people who came out to see me fight, thank you. Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you.”

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

*Photo Credits: ring pics are courtesy of Shawn Eisler Photography, other pics are courtesy of Team Davis

 

Golovkin destroys Murray!

Story by: Jeff Sorby

Britain’s Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) gave it a good try tonight in battling WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) hard for 10 rounds, but in the 11th round, Golovkin battered a bruised and bleeding Murray until the fight was stopped by referee Luis Pabon at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Murray looked a lot bigger than Golovkin tonight, and that might be one of the reasons why he was able to survive for so long. Murray looked at least 180 pounds, and he appeared to have a significant weight advantage over Golovkin. The fight was like watching a talented middleweight take on a light heavyweight or a small cruiserweight without power.

The fight should have arguably been stopped several rounds earlier, because Murray was taking a lot of punishment and he wasn’t able to find enough power to get Golovkin’s respect or attention. The fight was stopped at 0:50 of the 11h round by referee Luis Pabon.

Golovkin knocked Murray down three times in the fight, and he had his face bleeding and swollen. Murray was knocked down twice in the 4th with body shots, and once in the 10th round from a right to the head. In the 11th, Golovkin was teeing off on a hurt Murray when referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight. Murray was trapped against the ropes and he had dropped his gloves after getting hit with an especially powerful right hand from Golovkin. The referee did the smart thing in stopping the fight because Murray likely would have been sent to the canvas had the fight gone a little longer. Continue reading

The Fight Journal Radio Previews Upcoming Fights!

Fans,

Tune in as Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell discuss major fights coming soon.

March 7
Keith Thurman/Robert Guerrero
Adrien Broner/John Molina, Jr

March 13
Shawn Porter/Roberto Garcia
Andre Berto/Josesito Lopez

March 14
Sergey Kovalev/Jean Pascal
Steve Cunningham/Vyacheslav

April 4
Adonis Stevenson/Sakio Bika

April 11
Danny Garcia/Lamont Peterson
Andy Lee/Peter Quillin

April 25
Wladimir Klitschko/Bryant Jennings
And more…. Check it out!

Check it out:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefightjournal/2015/02/21/the-fight-journal-radio-talks-boxing

Boxing Coming Back to CBS!

imageCBS Sports and SHOWTIME Sports® have announced a multi-year joint venture to present live boxing on the CBS Television Network-the first of up to eight live events in 2015 will premiere on Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m. ET on CBS.

Premier Boxing Champions on CBS will air in conjunction with marquee SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events as part of a partnership that will cross-promote the live programs across multiple platforms.

The first six weeks to begin this venture will feature two of the biggest names in the sport- Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Adonis Stevenson– and bookend this year’s most anticipated boxing event, the SHOWTIME PPV® presentation of the undisputed pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather.

Each live boxing event on CBS and SHOWTIME will be supported with short- and long-form shoulder programming that will air across multiple platforms including CBS, SHOWTIME and CBS Sports Network. In addition, a significant marketing budget will be dedicated to promoting each of the live CBS broadcasts and each major SHOWTIME telecast with targeted advertising campaigns.

“The Premier Boxing Champions series on CBS will help usher in a new era in the storied history of boxing,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “With the support of our parent company, we are uniquely positioned for a three-tiered approach that includes live boxing broadcasts on America’s No. 1 network, the cable reach of CBS Sports Network and, of course, the premium television leader in boxing, SHOWTIME. The benefit of elevating the sport across these platforms for all involved, including SHOWTIME, is immeasurable.”

The schedule of upcoming live boxing events on CBS and SHOWTIME is as follows:

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

On Saturday, March 28, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will present a doubleheader featuring a featherweight showdown between WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez and top contender Gary Russell Jr., and a matchup of 154-pound contenders Jermell Charlo and Vanes Martirosyan. The live SHOWTIME telecast will preview the following week’s April 4 CBS debut of Premier Boxing Champions.

PREMIERE BOXING CHAMPIONS ON CBS

The CBS premiere on Saturday, April 4 (3 p.m. ET/Noon PT) will feature light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson defending his WBC title against former super middleweight champ Sakio Bika. In the co-feature, undefeated light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev will face veteran former world champ Gabriel Campillo. The CBS broadcast, with its national reach of more than 110 million households, will offer a broad platform to promote a major SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event just two weeks later.

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING

On Saturday, April 18, SHOWTIME presents the network debut of former world champion and Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., as he takes on light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara.

PREMIERE BOXING CHAMPIONS ON CBS

On Saturday, May 9 Premier Boxing Champions returns to CBS for the second installment (4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT). This broadcast will pit undefeated Omar Figueroa, who recently vacated his Lightweight World Championship to move up in weight to 140 pounds, against former champion Ricky Burns.

The April 18 SHOWTIME telecast and the May 9 CBS broadcast will support-and be supported by-the May 2 SHOWTIME PPV event featuring the undefeated, world’s No. 1 ranked fighter, Floyd Mayweather. Continue reading

Boxing back on NBC in Two Weeks!

Fans, check out the teaser video below. In two weeks on March 7, boxing comes back live on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET (5:30 p.m. PT).  From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Keith Thurman takes on Robert Guerrero in the main event. Also Adrien Broner takes on John Molina Jr.

Former three-division titleholder Abner Mares will face Arturo Santos Reyes in a 10-round featherweight bout.  The Mares/Reyes bout will air either during the NBC broadcast or during the one-hour card that will follow on NBC Sports Network at 11 p.m. The decision is currently pending.

Here’s a teaser preview: