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The broadcast team for the April 4 debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS features a blend of highly respected sportscasters and shrewd boxing minds. Hosted by CBS Sports Network’s Brent Stover, the fights will be called by versatile and respected play-by-play veteran Kevin Harlan with ringside analysts Paul Malignaggi and broadcast newcomer Virgil Hunter.

The PBC on CBS announce team will usher in the first of up to eight live events this year beginning this Saturday, April 4, at 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT. Light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs), of Montreal, will defend his title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs), of Sydney, Australia. Opening the two-fight afternoon broadcast will be undefeated Russian-born Canadian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs), of Montreal, facing former world champion Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs), of Madrid, Spain, from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.

A veteran broadcaster, Harlan has called NFL games for 30 consecutive years. He joined CBS Sports’ NFL broadcast team as a play-by-play announcer in 1998. Harlan called CBS Sports’ HDTV coverage of the 2001 AFC Championship and Super Bowl XXXV. He has called CBS Sports’ coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship since 1999, including this year’s CBS/Turner coverage of the West Regional from Los Angeles. A well-versed radio broadcaster, this past season Harlan once again called play-by-play for NFL games with Boomer Esiason on Westwood One Radio Sports. Harlan and Esiason were the lead announce team on Westwood One for “Monday Night Football,” the playoffs, a Conference Championship game and the Super Bowl. This season marked Harlan’s fifth consecutive Super Bowl. Harlan called the NCAA Final Four and Championship games for CBS Radio Network and Westwood One for five consecutive years (2003-07), as well as the regionals (2009, 2010, 2011). Harlan’s boxing experience includes the 1995 Mike Tyson vs. Buster Mathis Jr. bout on FOX and various championship boxing events he has called for radio. Harlan is in his 28th season broadcasting the NBA and has called play-by-play action for Turner Sports’ coverage of the NBA Playoffs since 1996 and regular-season games for TNT and TBS since 1997.

The 34-year-old Malignaggi is a two-time, two-division world champion. He is known for his passionate and honest assessment of live fights and fighters as an analyst for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. An invaluable asset at ringside, Malignaggi applies a lifetime of personal boxing expertise to dynamic, ever-changing situations in the ring and articulates with aplomb. He’s been a regular ringside analyst since 2012.

The knowledgeable and sage Hunter is one of the most prominent and respected trainers in boxing. He has coached unbeaten super middleweight kingpin Andre Ward, British superstar and former undisputed 140-pound world champion Amir Khan and former welterweight world champion Andre Berto and was named the 2011 Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Hunter is making his first foray into announcing on April 4 and offers a fresh and unique perspective to the PBC on CBS. Continue reading


truTV & Top Rank to Launch Boxing Series

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truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May – all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event – along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year. The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.

The main event on Friday, May 1, will showcase Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Chiba, Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship. The undercard will include two undefeated fighters in action – Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec, Canada, vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Miass, Russia – in a 10-round bout for the NABF Welterweight Championship.

“We’re excited to partner with Top Rank and our colleagues at HBO Sports to bring this high-caliber boxing series to truTV,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports. “We share a common vision to present these events in a new and inventive way and look forward to offering this compelling content to our viewers.”

“We see this as a great opportunity to bring more coveted live sports programming to the network and believe Friday night primetime fights will resonate with truTV’s young audience,” said Chris Linn, truTV president and head of programming.

“Partnering with Turner Sports and truTV for a new and unique boxing series will further invigorate and grow the sport,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “Turner Sports’ innovative approach to production and programming has attracted and engaged tens of millions of fans of the NBA, MLB, NCAA and PGA and we believe the same will be true for boxing. Additionally, the collaboration between the HBO and truTV programming will help develop and expose current and future champions and world-rated contenders to a broad audience with consistency. All credit goes to Turner’s David Levy, Turner Sports’ Lenny Daniels and truTV’s Chris Linn who understand the impact of live sports and were instrumental in developing this concept into a program for their platforms.”

“Everybody at HBO is thrilled to see a new platform for live coverage of professional boxing being launched by a bold and creative network such as truTV,” said Ken Hershman, president of HBO Sports. “We congratulate Top Rank and Turner Sports on this new initiative. We look forward to lending our support to this important new franchise that will clearly benefit the sport, the fighters and the fans from day one of the series’ debut.”

About Turner Sports

Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is an industry leader in the delivery of premium sports content across all multimedia screens. Turner Sports’ television coverage includes the NBA, Major League Baseball, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and professional golf. The company also manages some of the most popular sports destinations across broadband and mobile platforms including Bleacher Report and its top-rated Team Stream app, and the critically-acclaimed NCAA March Madness Live suite of products, and the Sports Emmy Award-winning PGA Championship LIVE, as well as an accompanying collection of mobile sites and connected device apps. Turner Sports and the NBA also jointly manage NBA Digital, a robust collection of offerings including NBA TV,, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA Mobile, the NBA Game Time App, and

About truTV

truTV takes viewers on a fun ride that surprises and entertains. The network delivers a dynamic mix of action, comedy and competition, featuring engaging characters and compelling new worlds that pull you in and leave you wanting more. Currently seen in 92 million U.S. households, truTV features such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Friends of the People, Hack My Life, How to Be a Grown-Up, Barmageddon and Breaking Greenville as well as the upcoming Billy on the Street, Those Who Can’t, Six Degrees of Everything, Santas in the Barn and The Hustlers. In addition, truTV is a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Continue reading

Russell Stops Gonzalez to Claim Featherweight Strap

Gary Russell, Jr. TKO4 Jhonny Gonzalez

Showtime:  After losing his first championship bid in 2014, Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs), a former United States amateur standout, knocked out WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs), of Mexico City, in the fourth round at Las Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort. Russell, who stood aGnd exchanged with Gonzalez, utilized his overall speed to dominate. He dropped the veteran three times, once in the third and twice in the fourth before referee Tony Weeks waved off the fight 37 seconds into the round.
“This is the kind of performance I always expect but don’t always get,’’ said Russell, who lost a twelve-round decision to Vasyl Lomachenko in his initial attempt at the 126-pound crown (WBO version) last June 21st. “If people only knew how hard we worked for this, the time we put in the gym, the mental and physical things we work on and put ourselves through every day.

“There are always obstacles to overcome but for this fight I was 100 percent. This win is for all the people who have been with me from the beginning.’’

Russell’s strategy was to eliminate Gonzalez’ vaunted left hook, and he executed the plan to near perfection.

“We were never in this to turn it into a track meet,’’ Russell said. “We were going to stand right in the pocket. We know what Gonzalez likes to do, and that’s throw the wide left hook. I tried to bait him into throwing it and he did.

“Honestly, I don’t think he recovered from the first knockdown.’’

Gonzalez, a two-time WBC featherweight champion – and a veteran of 16 world championship fights – won the title for the first time in April 2011 and made four successful title defenses before losing it in September 2012. He regained the title on a shocking first-round knockout over Abner Mares in August 2013 on and had made two more successful title defenses before falling to Russell.

Gonzalez offered no excuses before quickly exiting the ring. “I’m OK,’’ he said. “I did not expect this kind of fight at all. We expected him to run around the ring with me chasing. But he didn’t.’’

Charlo Edges Martirosyan

Jermell Charlo W10 Vanes Martirosyan

Also on the Showtime broadcast from Las Vegas, Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) of Houston, won a close but unanimous ten-round decision over Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1, 21 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., in a clash of junior middleweight contenders. There were no knockdowns in a bout scored for Charlo 97-93 and 96-94 (twice).

Charlo defeated his toughest opponent to date but was surprised at the way his match with Martirosyan played out. “I definitely expected a much rougher fight,’’ he said. “This was easy compared to what I thought we were in for.

“I fought smart and when I was told to pick it up, I knew what time it was so I did. I’m absolutely ready for a shot at a world title.’’

Martirosyan, who was cut over the left eye from an accidental headbutt in the eighth round, was visibly disappointed with the result.

“I positively feel 100 percent that I won that fight,’’ he said. “I was the aggressor and forced the action. All he did was run. I landed the cleaner punches. I definitely felt I won the last round.

“I was stunned by the headbutt [that resulted in the bout being halted while he and the ringside physician discussed the cut]. Sure my left eye bothered me after that and it was blurry. But that’s no excuse.

“I felt I was hurting him. He never hurt me once. I really don’t understand this decision.’’ Continue reading

Gonzalez vs. Russell Jr., Charlo vs. Martirosyan Final Press Conference Quotes

Jhonny Gonzalez and Gary Russell JrLAS VEGAS (March 26, 2015) – Two days before their important fights live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), this Saturday, March 28, hard-hitting WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez, 2008 U.S. Olympian and former world title challenger Gary Russell Jr., undefeated super welterweight Jermell Charlo and once-beaten super welterweight Vanes Martirosyan participated in the final press conference at The Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

In the second half of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader, the hard-hitting Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs), of Mexico City, will defend his WBC Featherweight World Title against talented once-beaten Russell (25-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md.

The telecast opener will match undefeated rising star Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (25-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, against the battle-tested Martirosyan (35-1-1, 21 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., in a 10-rounder for the WBO Intercontinental 154-pound championship.

Earlier on Saturday, SHOWTIME Sports® will present the Sky Sports telecast of the IBF Welterweight World Championship between defending champion and hometown favorite Kell Brook and No. 1 challenger Jo Jo Dan live on SHOWTIME at 6:15 p.m. ET/3:15 p.m. PT from the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Sky Sports’ Jim Watt and Nick Halling will call the action from ringside.

Tickets for this Saturday’s stacked DiBella Entertainment fight card are priced at $200, $100, $75, $50, and $25, plus applicable fees are on sale. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by clicking HERE. Tickets are also available online at

Here’s what the boxers and the other participants said Thursday at Palms Resort Casino Lounge:


JHONNY GONZALEZ, WBC Featherweight World Champion

“I am well aware of the history of the prestigious WBC featherweight title and the many great Mexican fighters before me who held it. It is an honor and a privilege and actually very exciting for me to be mentioned with those names.

“I definitely know that more people have been watching me since I knocked out Abner Mares. Knowing that more people are paying attention keeps me motivated, keeps me going strong.

“I feel I am getting better with every fight. Every victory only makes me work that much harder.

“I am very excited about fighting Gary Russell. He is a great fighter and this is going to be a great fight. I am totally prepared for anything. Everyone says it is my power against his speed, but anything can happen in a fight.

“The media thinks I’m done. They say Russell is too fast for me. I’m an underdog in this fight. While I don’t let any of the talk bother me, it does give me more motivation to prove to the people that I am for real and that I am a good fighter fight in and fight out.

“I enjoy being champion, putting in all the hard work and proving people wrong. I had a great training camp and prepared myself well in Mexico City for this fight. I’m known for knockouts but I never go into a fight looking for knockouts. I am ready to fight 12 hard rounds. If the knockout comes, it comes.

“I want to win and take the belt home to Mexico. You’ll see on Saturday what I have in store. You can see my strategy then. I hope to see you all there.

“I want to thank everyone for helping make this fight possible.’’

GARY RUSSELL JR., 2008 U.S. Olympian and former world title challenger

“I’m ready and in shape. In the ring I’m omnipresent. I’m going to change all those pictures on that belt.

“I feel the same going into this fight as I always do, and I expect the outcome to be the same as always, that I will come out on top.

“I respect Jhonny Gonzalez like I respect all my opponents. He worked hard to win the title. I have studied tape of him. I know he is going to come right after me. Gonzalez is a puncher. But I’m a good puncher too. He’s been knocked out before, maybe he’ll get knocked out again.

“I can do a lot of things in the ring. Of course, my youth and speed will be keys but I have other attributes, too, like boxing acumen, ring generalship and what I call controlled chaos. I can move and punch and I’m thinking all the time in there.

“Gonzalez and Lomachenko are totally different fighters with completely different styles. Lomachenko may be a bit better overall, but Gonzalez is more of a pure puncher with power. I know Gonzalez has a dangerous left hook. But I’m totally prepared for that and everything else.

“In my fight with Lomachenko I was flat. A lot of things went wrong in camp before that fight. I allowed my conditioning coach at that time to change up all sorts of little things with me, and they wound up working against me.

“For this camp, we went back to basics with the same people I’ve always had. It was a great camp. You know, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and that’s the philosophy all of us have again.

“I never dreamed growing up of being a world champion. My goal was to become a U.S. Olympian and win a gold medal. When I didn’t, I felt I let so many people down. It was then I started dreaming of becoming a world champion.

“I get another chance on Saturday. I’m ready for it.’’

JERMELL CHARLO, Undefeated Super Welterweight Contender

“It’s been an awesome camp, we enjoyed it. It’s been an awesome six or seven weeks. One thing you can never forget is — being a Charlo, being a lion — we stay on our game for weeks. Always training, always in shape.

“We know who is around us in the division, and which fighters to pay attention to. We know how far up we are. Vanes is a great fighter – I grew up with him a little bit. We trained with him back in ’08. His father is great. His father knows my father. We made it to a level where we both carried ourselves to the top. Carried ourselves to rank No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 … and when you’re in that position you fight the best.

“Of course, I’m not going out without a fight. I know neither is Vanes. You guys are going to get a fight Saturday night. As simple as this — I come to roar, I come to take over, I come to show guys that you can’t figure us out.

“There’s so many different things that have been said … ‘you’re basic,’ ‘you’re a boy vs. a man.’ Impossible. I wouldn’t be here if I was a boy. So, Saturday you all will see. I’m going to work.

“There are several weaknesses that I plan on exploiting. He’s got 35 wins but you have to look at who he fought. I would argue some of those guys don’t have the resume of the guys I have fought.

“I’ve fought tougher fighters than Vanes, stronger guys. A lot of people avoid Charlie Ota because it’s a rugged fight, but I’ll take those fights. You have to get in there and adjust, which is something I do.

“Vanes has a good right hand that you have to watch out for. There are certain punches that we have to throw to neutralize it.

“This can open up bigger doors for fights with top guys at 154 and even some other guys we can make catch-weight fights with. I consider myself and my brother (Jermall) both top five fighters in the division.”

VANES MARTIROSYAN, World-Ranked 154-pound Contender

“I’ve been here before. I love the lights.

“To all the fighters, I wish them the best. We’re ready to go. There’s not much to say right now. I do all the talking in the ring. I’ll let my fists do the talking.

“We’re 100 percent ready. I want to thank my trainers Roma, Coach D, my brother, my father. We’re ready to go. On Saturday I guarantee a victory by knockout. I promise that.

“It’s been a great two month camp, but we’re always ready. I’m always doing something athletic even if I don’t have a fight.

“Jermell is a good fighter, a good boxer. I would say he’s basic and I really do believe that. You can’t change a fighter overnight — that takes time. We’ll see what he brings to the table and be ready for anything.

“I’ve been in situations before where I knew even bigger fights were ahead of me and I got kind of used to the lights. I know what to do now and I’m ready. After this fight there are bigger things to come but to get to those bigger things you have to focus on this task.

“I don’t look at myself as the B-side, I think he is. I’ve been in this situation before and I’ve fought a lot of big names. Maybe there’s hype around him that makes him the A-side but it is all hype. I’ve been in there with guys who have a lot of experience so I’ll be ready.’’

NACHO BERISTRAIN, Gonzalez’ Hall Of Fame Trainer

“I expect a very difficult fight against southpaw who is very fast. Gary Russell is a great fighter, I like him.

“Jhonny knows what he has to do. He has to throw punches, maintain constant pressure and cut off the ring. That’s the way to help overcome Russell’s speed.

“Since beating Mares, Jhonny has definitely become stronger and more confident and more ambitious. It’s not about money, however, he just wants to prove to all the people that he is a good champion.

“Jhonny was always dedicated but now he is even more dedicated. We expect a victory by a big margin on points, but if the knockout comes, it comes.’’ Continue reading

“Inside Mayweather-Pacquiao” on April 18 – Showtime!

SHOWTIME Sports® offers viewers exclusive access to Floyd “Money” Mayweather and the most anticipated event of the year with “INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO,” an intimate four-part documentary series chronicling the life of the perennial pound-for-pound champion as he navigates his collision course with Manny Pacquiao. Episode 1 premieres on Saturday, April 18 immediately following the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® doubleheader featuring Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO delivers a unique perspective of the compelling and popular Mayweather in the weeks leading up to the biggest prizefight of this generation. In the fourth installment, Epilogue, SHOWTIME Sports focuses the distinct and Sports Emmy Award-winning spotlight on the unpredictable drama of fight week, takes viewers inside the ropes on fight night, and into the mind of the fighter in the aftermath of the bout.

“SHOWTIME has set itself apart with its coverage of the biggest fights in boxing and our viewers have come to expect the unique access we provide,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO will not only welcome viewers into Mayweather’s camp before the fight, but also give viewers a window into those dramatic and often poignant moments immediately before and after this historic fight.”

SHOWTIME cameras are entrenched in Mayweather’s camp in the shadow of the bright lights of Las Vegas. This unparalleled access allows INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO to peel back the curtain on Mayweather’s opulent public persona while revealing the unrelenting pursuit of perfection that propels the undefeated, undisputed champion.

From the red carpet spectacle of the kickoff press conference in Los Angeles and the rigors of training camp to the intensity of the weigh-in and the calm dressing room after the final bell, INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO offers an inside-out look at an event that has no rival.

Forty-seven fighters have stepped into the ring with Mayweather and all 47 have come away empty. With complete access to Mayweather and the vast entourage that surrounds and supports him, viewers of INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO come to understand what makes “Money” tick.

INSIDE MAYWEATHER vs. PACQUIAO episodes premiere on SHOWTIME with multiple encore presentations, including the cable television premiere on CBS SPORTS NETWORK. All episodes of the series will be available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and online at


  • Episode 1 premieres Saturday, April 18 on SHOWTIME, immediately following SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Chavez vs. Fonfara (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).


  • Episode 2 premieres Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME


  • Episode 3 premieres Wednesday, April 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.


  • Epilogue premieres Saturday, May 9 on SHOWTIME


Roach Reveals Strategy for Mayweather Fight

TheBugBy Chris Williams:

While trainer Freddie Roach has been closely guarding the so-called secret game plan he’s going to have his fighter Manny Pacquiao use on May 2nd against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Roach finally opened his mouth and spilled the beans if you will by revealing the strategy in an interview.

Not surprisingly, the strategy that Roach will have the 36-year-old Pacquiao use in the fight is the exact same one he’s been using for the past 18 years of his career.

Roach says Pacquiao will be using the in and out style of fighting when he gets in there with Mayweather. The difference is that Pacquiao will only be throwing two punches before getting out of the pocket in order to keep from getting nailed by Mayweather’s counter shots.

“It’s really key that we’re in and out of the pocket really quick, because if you stay in the pocket for more than two shots with Mayweather, he’s going to hit you back, ” Roach said about Pacquiao’s fighting strategy for the Mayweather fight in an interview with the Boxing Channel. “He’s [Mayweather] very quick. So you take two shots, get out of the pocket, and make him miss and counter that back again, then you’re going to have some success. The thing is if you stay in the pocket for too long, he’s going to hit you back. That’s something we have to concentrate on.”

Roach doesn’t say how he’s going to keep Pacquiao from getting tagged by Mayweather while he’s coming in, but it doesn’t take a genius to figure that Roach will be telling Pacquiao to attack using angles like he always does. It’ll be nothing new from Pacquiao on that end. We can also expect to see Pacquiao moving his head side to side in order to keep from getting hit, although this will be much less effective because Pacquiao doesn’t move his head nearly enough to keep from getting hit nowadays. He used to be fairly good at avoiding shots with his head movement, but his head is such a large target that Mayweather likely won’t have any problems hitting it.

“I don’t believe in sparring. I know Mayweather said he started already,” Roach said. “He knocked out a couple of girls. The thing is I got a report from one of my friends in Mexico that one of his Mexican boys beat the [expletive] out of him two days in a row. I’ve shown Manny his favorite move he likes to make when he walks you into a shot and Manny knows when to recognize when he’s being setup to take that away. It’s very easy to do. The experience I have from fighting him in the past will help him in this fight. I’m very confident I have the guy to beat this guy. Everyone says the guys undefeated, but remember this guy lost in the Olympics, he lost in the amateurs; he wasn’t the best amateur in the world. He’s tasted defeat before and he’ll taste it again.”

When Roach says that he has the perfect strategy for Pacquiao to negate Mayweather’s favorite move, he doesn’t say what he’ll have Pacquiao do when Mayweather adapts to the moves that Pacquiao makes. Just because Pacquiao is able to stop Mayweather from using one of his favorite moves doesn’t mean that he’s not going to be able to adapt by using something different to get the better of Pacquiao.

You have to wonder who Roach is referring to when he talks about his inside source that is telling him about the Mayweather sparring sessions, because the word is that Mayweather has been dominating his sparring partners since the sparring part of his training camp has started

Donaire using Prado fight to reinvent his career on Saturday

Story by: Chris Williams

The 32-year-old former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) will be looking to reinvent his career on Saturday night against William Prado (22-4-1, 15 KOs) in a fight at super bantamweight at the Araneta Coliseum, Barangay Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Donaire tried to make something happen in moving up to featherweight, but soon found out the hard way that he wasn’t cut out for that weight. Donaire struggled against Vic Darchinyan, and was knocked out in the 6th round by WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters.

“I have never gone down in my life,” Donaire said via “I lost it for the past couple of years. The fans will find out on Saturday.”

I don’t know that Donaire “lost it” as he says in the last couple of year. I think it was more of a case of Donaire finally facing guys that were better than him in Nicholas Walters and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Donaire’s promoter Bob Arum was matching him up against a lot of beatable guys over a period of years.

Donaire was feasting on guys that would absolutely be torn apart by the top super bantamweights in the division now. This is why Donaire struggled when he got in the ring with Rigondeaux. It wasn’t a case of Donaire having lost it; it was more of a case of Donaire finally fighting the best.

If Donaire is serious about wanting to give it another go at 122, then he’s going to need to test himself against guys like Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton and/or Rigondeaux. Fighting Leo Santa Cruz is out of the question for Donaire because he’s with adviser Al Haymon, and I don’t see him wanting to do business with Arum in order to make the fight against Donaire.

I honestly feel that the boat has already sailed for Donaire as far him being able to win any more titles at super bantamweight. He had his time as the WBO belt holder at super bantamweight during arguably a weak period of the 122 pound division. But now he’s older and the division has gotten better. I don’t see him being able to win any more belts unless Santa Cruz vacates his WBC title so that Donaire can slide in and pick up a title the easy way without him having to risk his hide against the good super bantamweight champions.

The Prado fight isn’t going to reinvent Donaire. I think it’s more of a situation where Donaire will be taking his career backwards to an era where he wasn’t facing really dangerous guys. If Donaire keeps fighting guys like Prado, I see him doing well. But if he faces someone good like one of the above mentioned fighters, I think he’s going to get beaten again.

Brook vs Dan Live on Showtime: Dan Enters Enemy Territory Again!

Showtime:  When Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18KO’s) steps into the ring this Saturday against defending IBF welterweight champion and hometown hero Kell Brook (33-0, 22KO’s), Dan will be entering into hostile confines. The 10-thousand-seat Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, will be sold out. Other than a small Dan entourage of roughly 10 of his closest friends and family members, all in attendance will be screaming for the local star Brook. While this might make your ordinary boxer uncomfortable to say the least, Dan is not just your ordinary fighter.

“You can call me the Road Warrior I guess,” said Dan. “This is nothing new to me. It doesn’t bother me one way or the other. If you think about it, all the pressure is now on Brook to perform. I am fully aware that he has the home advantage with the fans behind him, but I plan to make them my fans with my performance. Inside the ring, it is just us and the referee. When they cheer for him, it pushes me to do better. I had a nine-week training camp for this fight, by far my best one ever. I am well prepared. On March 28th, I will be 100% ready for this challenge.”

The 33-year-old Romanian has been living and training in Montreal since 2002, two years prior to making his professional debut. Dan officially made his debut on April 21, 2004, scoring a second-round TKO over Jeff Hill. Over the next six years, Dan continued to rack up win after win, running his record to a perfect 26-0, before earning a shot to challenge for the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title against fellow undefeated contender Selcuk Aydin. Aydin was a feared puncher, having scored 15 stoppages in 19 victories, even earning the nickname “Mini Tyson” along the way. To earn the title, Dan was not only going to have to withstand the hard-charging, heavy-handed Aydin, but he was going to have to do so in his opponent’s backyard of Turkey.

After 12 rounds, Dan looked as though he had done everything he needed to do to earn the victory, as he dominated the Turkish-native in every aspect of the bout. scored the bout 117-111, with one judge having it a bit closer in Dan’s favor at 116-111. Unfortunately, the other two judges scored the bout for Aydin with scores of 114-113, giving the hometown favorite the split decision victory, in what was called one of the worst decisions in all of 2010.

Not to be deterred, Dan was quickly back in the ring, picking up three consecutive victories, and setting up another shot at Aydin; once again, in Aydin’s home country of Turkey. Despite badly breaking his jaw in the second round, Dan battled bravely the rest of the way to hear the final bell. However, after 12 hard rounds, Dan would drop another close decision to Aydin.

“After I lost the first fight, it took them a year to call for a rematch. I decided to go back because I was sure of beating him again in his hometown. Unfortunately, I got caught with a good shot in the second round and my whole fight plan went out the window. I had to go to war with him because I knew the doctor or my corner would stop the fight if they knew of my broken jaw. I refused to let m y corner take out my mouthpiece from the second round on, because I knew if they took it out, I wouldn’t be able to get it back in, and the fight would be stopped. I almost stopped him in the 11th round, but I went down for a count while off balance and they gave him that round 10-8 instead of me winning it 10-9. At the end, two judges gave him the fight by one point; the third judge was way off. Had I won the 11th round, instead of the slip being counted as a knockdown, then I would have won a split decision even with that broken jaw. It was the hardest thing that I have ever had to deal with in my life. I was pushing my jawbone with my tongue all fight long just so I could breathe. After the fight, the doctor couldn’t believe how badly my jaw had been broken, or that I was able to fight on for nearly the entire bout. I had to have two major surgeries to repair it and take a year off from boxing, but thank God I was able to make a full recovery.” Continue reading


Ruslan Provodnikov To Host Los Angeles
Media Workout at the Wild Card Boxing Club

Wednesday, April 1 at 10:00 A.M. PT

Los Angeles (March 25, 2015)– On Wednesday, April 1 at The Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov will host an open media workout in advance of his April 18 showdown with Lucas Matthysse that will take place at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. The junior welterweight fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

WHO: RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV, Former Jr Welterweight World Champion
FREDDIE ROACH, International Boxing Hall of Fame Trainer
ARTIE PELULLO, President of Banner Promotions

WHAT: “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov will host an open media workout on Wednesday, April 1 at The Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. in advance of his April 18 surefire ‘Fight of The Year’ contender against Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse The junior welterweight fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT from The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 1

9:30 a.m. PT – Media Arrival

10:00 a.m. PT – Workout Begins

WHERE: The Wild Card Boxing Club (upstairs Gym)

1123 Vine Street #14

Los Angeles, CA 90038

FACTS: Matthysse vs. Provodnikov is a 12-round junior welterweight bout presented by Banner Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Boxing and is sponsored by Corona Extra, Mexico – Live It To Believe It! and Khortytsa Vodka. The HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.

TICKETS: The April 18 showdown between former World Champions Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov proved to be a smashing success as all ringside seats have sold-out. Limited seats are still available $50, $35 and $25 and are available at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (

Professional media requesting credentials for the April 18th fight must contact Kelly Abdo, Turning Stone Resort Casino Public Relations Manager at 315.366.9291 or

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April 11


Kelly Swanson

Thanks, everybody, for joining us. We’re delighted to be on the phone with you today to talk about a wonderful show happening on Saturday, April 11th. We have on the call today Danny Garcia, the Unified Super Lightweight Champ; Lamont Peterson, the Super Lightweight Champion; Andy Lee, the Middleweight Champ; Peter Quillin, former middleweight champion; Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment; and Brett Yormark, the CEO of Barclay Center. So, before we get to the fighters, I’d like to introduce Brett Yormark and he’s going to say a few words.

Brett Yormark

Thank you, Kelly. I appreciate everyone joining us today. Obviously, we’re very excited to be hosting a great event on April 11th at Barclay Center. It’s our eleventh professional boxing card in Brooklyn, and our goal from day one was to bring prime time, best-in-class fights to the borough of Brooklyn. When I look back on all the events we’ve hosted to date, I truly believe this is the best that we’ve ever hosted.

I want to thank Lou DiBella and his entire team for bringing this strong card together and for giving us an opportunity to again put the Barclay Center on a global stage. I also want to thank Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions for giving us an opportunity to partner with them on what I think will be an incredible night here in Brooklyn, but also a night that people will be able to watch boxing primetime live on NBC.

Obviously we’re thrilled to have Danny Garcia back in our building. The Barclay Center has truly become his home away from home, and of course I’m a big fan of Peter Quillin. Peter is a Brooklynite. He has had some of his finest moments at the Barclay Center and obviously we’re looking forward to a great night from Peter on the eleventh as well.

But most importantly, I want to thank everyone for joining today. I want to thank all the fighters, and we’re really excited about April 11th. So thank you very much.

K. Swanson

Okay, great. Thanks, Brett. Now at this time I’d like to introduce Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment, to tell you a little bit more about the show and introduce the fighters. Lou.

Lou DiBella

Thank you, Kelly. I’m thrilled to be involved in this show and I want to thank PBC for the opportunity to be the promoter and thank Brett and his team, because the Barclay Center is really incredible to work with – a tremendous venue to watch boxing. And the fans are going to get an opportunity, if they come out to the Barclay Center, to see a great night of live boxing. Ringside seats were released to the public in the last twenty-four hours, so if you call Ticketmaster or go to the Barclay Center box office, there are tickets available: $300 ringside; $200, $150, $100, and down to a $50 extremely affordable seat. And this is a night where four champions will be fighting. You know, they’re champion against champion in both TV matchups, and network television and primetime is the way I grew up on boxing. You know, that’s how I got introduced to guys like Mohammed Ali as a young, young child, and Hagler, Kearns, Leonard, Duran, Tyson. These guys all had the benefit of exposures on network television. The PBC on NBC 8:30 p.m. Eastern time on April eleventh, the second NBC primetime boxing show, we’re looking to continue the momentum right now that boxing has going forward. You know with Mayweather-Pacquiao on the horizon and the introduction of boxing to so many new platforms and networks, getting involved once again, it’s exciting times for boxing and we’re very happy to be part of it.

The first fight that we’ll be televising on NBC, the opening co-feature, will feature a young man that I’ve worked with for a number of years, Andy Lee, the pride of Limerick, Ireland, and at this point the pride of all of Ireland. Andy scored some sensational knockouts in recent years including the traumatic knockout of Matt Korobov in which he won his world belt title belt. And his first defense is about as big as it can get against a young man who I promoted a number of times early in his career, out of Brooklyn, New York, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. Peter was a champion himself. This is truly a match between two terrific fighters and figures to be explosive in the ring, and I’m very excited that this is the type of fight that is going to be showcased at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, but also for a national TV primetime audience on NBC at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time.

So, I’d like to start by introducing Andy Lee, one of the most respected and well-liked guys in the sport, a tremendous gentleman inside and outside of the ring, but all of a sudden has discovered this explosive punching power that he hopes to use on April 11th when he fights Peter Quillin. Andy, can you say a few words?

Andy Lee

Thank you all for joining me on the call today. I’m training extremely hard here in Beausoleil in Monaco, France and I’m looking forward to coming to New York again and defending my title and fighting Peter Quillin. So, I look forward to seeing you all on April 11th.


Andy, could you say a few words about what’s going on with your trainer Adam Booth and how Adam has you working in the south of France right now, what you’re training camp’s been like?

A .Lee

Well really since my last, I was back in the gym, since January 12th I’ve been over here, haven’t really taken much time off over Christmas period and I continued working on the same things we were working on since before the Korobov fight. And I’m in good shape, I’m pushing very hard, pushing through the usual thing and we’re here in South France, a beautiful place and a great setting and a great fight club to train and I’m going to the gym every day and the sun is shining and you’re looking at the ocean and the sun rises every morning when you wake up, it’s beautiful. It’s a great motivator when you go to the gym.

L. DiBella
Kid Chocolate, I know you’re training in sunny Santa Monica. Would you like to say a few words, Pete?

Peter Quillin

Yes, I want to, first and foremost, I want to thank God and for the opportunity to be taking fresh breaths of air. I want to also thank Al Haymon who made this opportunity possible to be on nationwide network on NBC with PBC. I also want to thank Lou DiBella who’s the promoter, East Coast promoter on the East Coast card promoting such a great event. You know, me and Lou were number of years together and I’m very happy to start out my career with him and be back in the mix where he can promote another fight of mine and I’m just very thankful. I want to thank everybody, all the hard working people that’s involved with making this call possible.

I’m just very thankful. Training has been going very, very good. You know, I’m not the type of guy to take a lot of time off, period. I’m just in the gym all the time; focus and fit and ready to go. California is nothing different besides me being here all the time and training; being away from my family, my friend who is now almost seven months old. And you know it’s been motivating to see me being a father now and I also became a link of my family now that my uncle passed away of cancer, so I have a lot of motivation within this fight.

L. DiBella

Thank you, Peter. We’re going to open it up for questions. We have two highly-motivated fighters, two guys at the top of their game in what figures to be an incredibly competitive and explosive matchup and I think this is what boxing is all about. And the questions are open to you guys.


First question is for Andy Lee. Andy, I’d like your scouting report on Peter Quillin. What do you think his strengths and weaknesses are and how do you think you’re going to beat him?

A. Lee

Peter’s a very good boxer, undefeated and so that brings its own confidence with it. And he’s a good athlete, a good puncher and a good boxer; he’s a good all-around fighter. And what I won’t say anything about his weaknesses, hopefully I will expose those on the fight but I have a lot of respect for him, he’s a good fighter, and we’ve always been respectful towards each other outside of the ring as well. So, I think it’s going to be, what you have is you have two big middleweights, big for their weight, and two genuine punches, and also two very good boxers. So we match up pretty well as far as our physique and everything. I think it will come down to whoever implements their plan better on the night. And yeah, we have a plan and we’re working on it and hopefully do it on the eleventh.


Question: did you break training at all to have a little celebration for St. Patrick’s Day or did you stay at home and not miss curfew?

A. Lee

Unfortunately, no, there was no celebration this year, but I always seem to be fighting around the St. Patrick’s Day time so I never really get to celebrate it, but there’s plenty of time for that when I retire in the future. No, there was no, I didn’t even realize it was St. Patrick’s Day until twelve p.m. on the day, and I caught myself and I reminded myself it was St. Patrick’s Day.


Peter, how you doing? I’m checking to see what you think Andy Lee’s strengths and weaknesses are as a boxer.

P. Quillin

I think very high of Andy and I think his only weakness is those two losses that he had, which could be a great thing for him because you know I had never lost and never taken defeat, but I feel like everybody has taken a defeat has to learn something positive about their self. And, you know, as you can see in his previous fights that Andy is reinventing himself and I think those losses helped him catapult to being the champion now. So, I think all around this is a great fight for people to see because you have a guy who is very determined to win as me as a challenger now and you have the champion that’s dedicated enough to say that he wants to secure his championship and give a good a victory with that [indiscernible].


What’s your prediction for the fight, Peter?

P. Quillin

The winner, the best man will raise their hand, and that could be either me or Andy. I’m not going to boast and brag about how powerful – I am an animal, you already know that, and I don’t go in no fight thinking I’m a loser, but it’s just really about the fans with this fight and giving them what they need. A good fight is worth anybody losing.


Andy, do you have any disappointment that you’re not fighting a world championship fight in Ireland?

A. Lee

Not really. Hopefully if this fight goes well, after this fight that could happen, but obviously this opportunity came up to fight Peter and it was for, obviously for financial reasons it was a very good decision to make, but also for a boxing standpoint, my career on the whole, to fight Peter Quillin, the undefeated former champion, beating him will catapult me you know, into this, make me one of the stars of boxing. Like I could have fought in Ireland and fought somebody comfortably, picked an opponent and it would have been a big deal in Ireland and that’s a great thing to be, but if I fight and beat, if I beat Peter on April 11th, I’ll be a global star in boxing and people will have to start to really acknowledge what I’ve been doing, especially for the last year or so. So that was one of the reasons why I took the fight. Of course it’s a great, great opportunity to fight an American fighter on national TV, but beating Peter Quillin takes me to the next level and puts me on the top level of boxing.


So I’m trying to gauge here, was it a hard decision or was it a relatively easy decision to make, the fight here?

A. Lee

It was, it was a relatively easy decision. If I would have fought in Ireland, there would have been a lot of, you know, promote, and it would have been a good thing and it still will be, there will be time for that in the future, but this is a great opportunity and you don’t know how long your career is going to be and how long it’s going to last and while it was there, I took it. I don’t have any regrets.


Andy, do you always have just the utmost confidence that no matter how things are going, you could be down, eleven rounds to zero, possibly, that that right hook could rescue you if you landed it the right way?

A. Lee

Not to say anything like to brag or anything but at no time did I ever think I was going to lose either fight and I knew that at some stage we’d have to trade. And with a power like Harry, I know that at some point anybody, with anybody, we’re going to have to trade a 12 round fight and you can’t you know, there’s going to be an exchange at some stage. And I just know if I land at the right time with my power, I can knock anybody out and that does give you great confidence.

But in saying that, I’ve always considered myself a technical boxer and that’s always what I’ve been proud of and proud of myself I’m being. So, people may have got the wrong impression of me, especially in the last two fights, as [indiscernible] fighter who comes from behind, but I’m very much a boxer and that’s what I pride myself on being.


Peter I’m wondering are you at all disappointed it’s been such a long layoff since your last fight?

P. Quillin

No, I mean, that comes with the territory of being a boxer that you could have things mapped out and planned out in your head, but that don’t necessarily happen, you know. When I’ve seen my fight, my uncle on his deathbed with cancer, I’ve seen what a fight really looked like. That was a real fight. That was a fight that he had no control over, preparing for, nothing. He laid in the bed in his own head thinking about having cancer. And I’ve seen him fight through that until he had no more left in the tank to fight with.

So, what that taught me is no matter how long you’re taken out of the fight, the fight is all in your head, so you know it’s about you controlling the fight in your head. And I’m able to go out there and prepare for the best fight. There’s no cancer here, so I just have to just make sure that I do what’s worth while I’m here on Earth and just do my best and that’s all, that’s all I’m worth.


Peter, what was your uncle’s name and when did he pass?

P. Quillin

His name is Eric Munson. He died almost five weeks ago. I don’t know the exact date, but I do know I couldn’t attend his funeral because I was here in camp. So, you know, it’s a really hard thing for me not to be part of, but everything comes with some type of sacrifice in life and I knew when I had met, when I’d seen him the week before I came to camp, I went to go see him with my son because I thought it was very important for my son to be able to see him and he’d seen my son, and the week after he died and passed away and I was already in camp. My family just, I told them how much I would just like come there and they were like, “Well, he would have wanted you to stay in camp and get ready for you fight.” And he told me he was proud of me and now I just when you endure all the things that I had to endure before the camp to just be motivated for this fight.


Do you come into this feeling as though you are still the champion and you’re fighting a good challenger like Andy Lee or do you feel like you come into the fight and you’re there to basically take back what you believe is yours in the first place?

P. Quillin

No, I’m actually going to let Andy Lee have that pressure on him to be able to perform like the champion. I’ve done that three, four times with having the belt. Now that’s up to him to do the same thing and have that pressure. I had that pressure. Now I have pressure being the challenger and I’ve been here before, so I’m going to do nothing no different besides what I’ve learned as being a champion to go in here as a more polished challenger and going in there and try to be a two-time champion.


Do you have any regrets about giving up the belt under the circumstances under which you gave it up?

P. Quillin

I never have regrets in life. If you have regrets in life, then you kind of punish yourself and I never have regrets in life. I think the decision I made was vacating my belt for my family; you know, my uncle passing away with cancer and being there with him and being the endless hours of talking and being there with him and being there with my family and my son, you can never get that time back, and I think in that moment I became bigger than the belt. And I think that right now, with me having the opportunity again to fight for the same belt and come back in there and make more money than what people can expect I can make, it let me know that my name is whole weight in this game and I am just going to continue to do what I usually do and that is be Kid Chocolate.


Peter, you just talked about making the big money. How big a deal is it to be able to get your belt back and be able to go get the big names in the division?

P. Quillin

Well, let me just say, first and foremost, that’s why people thank Al Haymon so much because he’s able to know what we’re worth as fighters. Fighters are mistreated, misused, and abused all the time. And I think that I’m one of the few that really, really appreciate what Al Haymon has done for fighters, because I not only can live really good but I also can do the right things with my money to make sure that I can retire with money in the bank and do the things that athletes are supposed to do with their money when they’re making big money. So I want to say, first and foremost, I am very thankful for that.

And I’m also thankful for I then came to the full circle myself being a man and being a father and being inspired to know that, you what I’m saying, when you’re making this kind of big money that you got to just be thankful. So I’m thankful to fight for the belt for the second time. I’m thankful to make the money I’ve been making, but we work so hard for money but money burns so easy, so you got to really know what your value is. And sometime my value goes beyond what the money can give me.


You had, a difficult year sitting out and everything, my condolences to you about your uncle, how much emotion will it be to have your hand raised?

P. Quillin

I think all together I let that emotion out already when I became the champion the first time when I beat Hassan, where it was like my faith paid off for me. I had so many people tell me I couldn’t do it or I’d seen so many people that was ahead of me looking like they was going to be champion before me, and I’d been putting all the hours and effort into boxing. And when my time paid off, it was for me to cry and understand it was worth all that time. So this time it just, it’s part of the story, I vacated the belt and now we got a guy which people thought Korobov, who was a helluva challenger but then now we got even a better challenger in Andy, a better fight now because he proved to everybody he beat Korobov and now it’s like me fighting, now it’s like I get the better half of the belt. And it’s like a fight worth for the fans to see.

So, altogether, man, the politics of boxing I don’t get too much in tune with that. I just worry about what’s in front of me and Andy Lee’s in front of me right now and he’s looking to come in there and try to beat me and catapult himself to superstardom and that thing can happen if I allow it to. And myself, I have to tell myself why these things cannot happen.


How much are you trying to make it a boxing fight, you’re known for being the better technical fighter, and not getting into a slugfest?

P. Quillin

Well, altogether, I think of me and Andy Lee stepping in the ring and we have a chemistry together. That’s what makes a good fight is like the chemistry is what we have, like the game plans that we work in camp and whatever he’s working on, when we get in the ring we just now competing with that game plan and we’re trying to figure each other out, that’s going to make a good fight and that’s going to make the chemistry of the fight. So, I could say all the things, I could say I could knock Andy out and I could say all these things that I don’t even know. All I can know is Peter “Kid Chocolate” is willing to get in there with Andy and try my best, keep continue behind the game plan we working on in camp right now. And if that works then you all are going to see an explosive fight with two guys that definitely got powers. Andy Lee got twenty-four knockouts and I have twenty-two and this is I fight that, like I said, you really can say all the things you want to say about it, but you really won’t know until you see April 11.


Peter, what does it say about Andy to you, though, that you’re fighting a guy who, in a sense you’re fighting a guy who that you’re fighting a guy who has shown that he really doesn’t know how to lose despite the fact that he has two losses on his record?

P. Quillin

Well I look at it like this. You know, when the guy has losses on the record, he has proven to himself not to lose again. That can either put a person back into that mind state where they lost and give up easy or you can fight through that and say, no, this is why I’ve been here before and I cannot do this again, and fight for himself and tell himself why he wants to be a winner, but like I don’t have the pressure of that. All I have the pressure is just saying, I just got to do what I’ve continually been doing for thirty-one fights and that’s finding a guy, figure a guy out right then in that ring and regardless what he’s coming in there to try to do, I try to make it look like nothing and continue to be the explosive, pure boxer that I can be. And like I said, man, you know, we working on these things endless and repetition is everything when we’re in camp. We’re working on these things over and over again just to make sure that I have the best chance to be a two-time champion of the world. 


What does it mean to you that, to have that opportunity to become a two-time champ, once again fighting for a title in Brooklyn where you won your first title?

P. Quillin

Well, I’m not too big on just like having my story and my legacy all made up in my head and what we want for ourselves. I just look at it as you know for me, like being a spiritual man, just looking at it as an opportunity from God to have a great story that I can inspire the kids, inspire elderly people, I can inspire other boxers, I can inspire in them that they can do great things within themselves if they truly believe. So, I think that is the majority of what I get out of it is that I am able to inspire so many people by what I do and you never, I would have never thought that it could ever be this great.


Peter, I know three years ago you wanted this fight, I believe Lou actually was putting on the shows with Sergio Martinez in Madison Square Garden and they were looking for opponents, Andy Lee. You were campaigning for that fight. How grateful are you that the fight didn’t happen then and you’ve got an even bigger fight now?

P. Quillin

You know, HBO, the fight couldn’t be made at that time and for whatever reason, man, what I learned is about this sport, man, there’s so many people talking about you ducking and jabbing this person and all of that sometimes when we give up all our lives to do something and we can think so animalistic like I got to go in there and fight this guy to prove that these people is not really about that. It’s really a business where people actually feed their families and pay their bills. So, you got to have, make sure you working with the best people.

I think Lou is definitely a great person to be working with because he is a really business minded person. If you ever witness him, he’s always on the phone talking boxing, always talking business. You know, I can never say that the fight never happened then because it wasn’t meant to happen at that time, but it’s meant to happen now and that is why the fight is April 11th.


Andy, if you want to answer the same question?

A. Lee

I remember when the fight was proposed at the time and Manuel turned the fight down because he felt and I felt that I should have been fighting Sergio Martinez,and he put me in a fight with Peter Quillin, which in our eyes was the harder fight than fighting Sergio. And at the time Quillin was an up-and-coming guy like me, so he wanted me to have the hard fight on the undercard and Matt and Sergio had the glamor fight. So, for those reasons we turned it down. And like I said, it wasn’t because I didn’t want to fight Peter. This fight being made here proves there’s no fear in that the fight and the fight was made pretty easy I guess between Lou and Al Haymon.


Andy, when we spoke a few weeks ago you mentioned the names of your sparring partners you were working with that were coming from England. When I looked them up, at least two of them, one’s a cruiserweight and the other’s a lightweight. What does that tell us about your preparations or how you expect to fight? I mean, are you going for power again?

A. Lee

Well, the tall guys and right-handed guys, they’re somewhat similar in size to Peter, and that’s what you look to replicate in your sparring partners. You look for them to have a similar size. And they’re physically strong guys. Like I said, they’re similar to Peter, so that was why I got those right in.


Peter, you’re fighting a big powerful southpaw with knuckle power and you mentioned the two fights that Andy has lost, but the two fights he lost, he was actually ahead on points. Is that going to be an influence on your preparations? How do you expect to fight him? Are you going to try to knock him out or are you going to try to out point him, because obviously he is a very technical fighter.

P. Quillin

I want to ask you, if you were a chemist and you was putting a formula together and the formula you say you were going to put together, if you miss a measurement by one bit and you don’t actually have the chemistry with that, is something going to bad happen. I can say what I’m going to do now but it’s actually when you get in the ring, you learn what you can actually do.

I’ve never been that type of fighter who I can say, I’m going to go in and I’m going to throw a million jabs at Andy and see what he does then. I’m not that kind of fighter. I say the chemistry of me and Andy Lee will make the great fight that we’re going to put on. It’s not about the losses he took. I’m totally different than every other fighter he’s ever faced, and I’m pretty sure the same for Andy. He’s not like no other guy like I ever faced.

If you start comparing guys to guys you done fought, then you already, to me, lost the fight. I look at Andy Lee, and I respect him enough to say he was able to do a lot of things a lot of guys couldn’t do even with two losses, and that’s become a champion of the world. So, I give him that much respect to say that he’s able to go out there and be a champion and put on a show, but Kid Chocolate has done that over and over again. I’ve been the champion already. I vacated the belt.

Anytime I do something like that, it becomes big news. So it’s like I’m going here and fight Andy Lee, and it is going to be another part of my story or it is going to be a part of his story, and we’re going to create this together with the chemistry. So for you to see how I’m going to fight, you’ve got to tune in April 11th. You know what I’m saying? I think that’s all I can really say about that.


Peter. Are you still throwing those Hershey’s Kisses before a fight when you enter the ring?

P. Quillin

I’m actually going to be throwing a chocolate sponsored by a chocolate company right there in Barclays Center. If you all tune in and you all wait to see, then you all get to see what kind of chocolate that is. I’m very thankful to be able to have people who reach out and support me for all the great reasons why I fight. You all just need to stay tuned, and if you’re there in attendance, I hope you catch one of those chocolates because it’s coming straight from the heart.

K. Swanson

Pete, before we go, could you please announce and spell your uncle’s name one more time for the media?

P. Quillin

Yes. My uncle’s name is Eric Munson. That’s ERIC, last name Munson, MUNSON. My uncle was my father figure when my dad went to prison. He was the most important person to me in my whole life, and I’m inspired to be a great man like he was. I can never tell you all how I felt about that whole losing my uncle because this is the first time I ever lost somebody so close to me that I’m really compassionate to anybody who has a family member that’s struggling with cancer.

I want to tell those people is that no matter how much that person is fighting with cancer, you fight with those people until they don’t have no more to fight with and continue to do that because that’s the way, inspire each other to keep on living and do the right thing while we’re here on earth and we have a breath.

K. Swanson

Okay, great. I’m going to reintroduce Lou DiBella and to say good-bye to Andy and to Pete. Thank you so much. We appreciate your time and then, Lou, turn it over to the main please.

L. DiBella

Thank you, Andy. Thank you, Peter.

I think the key for this event on April 11th and for this fight, and frankly, for both fights is that the outcome of these fights are in doubt. I believe in my champion Andy Lee, but I also know that Peter Quillin is a great champion himself, an undefeated fighter. These are two of the best middleweights in the world and two of the best fighters in the world and they both have power, both explosive and the real winners are going to be the fans that come to Barclays Center or tune into PBC on NBC.

On that note, the same thing is true of the other main event, the fight that’s going to close out the NBC show between undisputed Danny Garcia, a champion, and Lamont Peterson a champion. These guys are two of the best fighters fighting between 140 and 147 pound weight classes. They’re going to be in there in a long-anticipated fight. Both of them are putting everything on the line, and it figures to be a tremendous fight in the ring. People are debating about who’s going to win this one, and that’s what you expect from a great fight, that people are going to debate about who’s going to win the fight. I think that’s why this April 11th show at Barclays Center on PBC is so exciting for fans.

So I’d like to start by introducing undefeated champion, Danny Garcia.

Danny Garcia

Alright, cool. I want to thank you guys for having me on. I’m very excited for April 11th. I’m training real hard and come April 11th; I’m going to give the fans another tremendous fight, and I can’t wait. Continue reading




WHO: LAMONT PETERSON, Super Lightweight Champion

BARRY HUNTER, Peterson’s Trainer

WHAT: Super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson will host a Washington,

D.C. media workout in advance of his Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC bout taking place Saturday, April 11 at Barclays Center.

WHEN: Thursday, March 26

12 p.m. ET – Media Arrival

12:15 p.m. ET – Workout Begins

WHERE: Bald Eagle Recreation Center – The Boxing Annex

186 Joliet Street SW

Washington, DC 20032

TICKETS: Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, are

priced at $300, $200, $150, $100 and $50 not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now.Tickets are available at, and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center .To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.

FACTS: PBC on NBC, will take place Saturday, April 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and is promoted by DiBella Entertainment. The event will air live on NBC (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 pm. PT).


Phillip Jackson Benson takes on Darnell Boone: Saturday, April 18 at Valley Forge Casino Resort

KPPhillip Jackson Benson takes on perennial spoiler Darnell Boone on Saturday, April 18 at Valley Forge Casino Resort

Plus undefeated Jamal James, Milton Santiago Jr., Immanuwel Aleem, David Grayon, Jarrett Hurd, Ivan Golub and Dauren Yeleussinov

For Immediate Release

Valley Forge, PA (March 23, 2015)–On Saturday night, April 18, at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King’s Promotions will present an outstanding night of boxing that will be headlined by an intriguing 8-round super middleweight bout between Phillip Jackson Benson and Darnell Boone.

Benson of Brooklyn, New York has a record of 15-1 with 14 knockouts and has won twelve straight fights with eleven of those coming via the stoppage route.
The 30 year-old turned professional in 2008 and he has wins over Julio Sanchez (3-0) & Alexander Santana (6-0). He won the WBC FECARBOX Super Middleweight title with seventh round stoppage over Maxell Taylor (18-4-1). He added the WBC US NBC Super Middleweight title with sixth round stoppage over Scott Sigmon (23-4).
Benson is coming off a seventh round stoppage over Michael Gbenga on October 8, 2014 in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Boone of Atlanta, Georgia is known as one of the”toughest outs” in the sport and may have most deceiving record in boxing that reads 20-21-4 with nine knockouts.
Boone has wins over Chris Archer (4-0), Ronald Johnson (6-0), Willie Lee (14-3), James Countryman (8-0), Rasheem Brown (17-2), James Johnson (7-0), Louis Turner (12-2), Calvin Green (20-3-1), future Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (13-0) and Future world title challenger Willie Monroe Jr. (10-0).
His four draws are with Walid Smichit (8-1-1), Lajuan Simon (13-0-1), Lennox Allen (12-0) and Morgan Fitch (11-0). Boone is also known as the man who dropped super middleweight champion Andre Ward for the only time in his career.
Boone is coming off a third round stoppage over Dionisio Miranda (22-9-2) on October 11, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In the ten-round co-feature, undefeated welterweight Jamal James (15-0, 8 KO’s) of Minneapolis, Minnesota will see action against an opponent to be named.
James turned professional in 2010 and has some quality wins on his ledger such as a six-round unanimous decision over Patrick Boozer (5-1). He won the Minnesota State Welterweight title with an eight round unanimous decision over Mohammed Kayongo (17-2). James also has stoppage wins over Colby Courter (4-1) and Wayne Martell (25-4-1). James is coming off an eighth round stoppage over Cameron Kreal on November 1, 2014 in Chicago.
In eight-round bouts:
Immanuwel Aleem (11-0, 7 KO;s) of Richmond, VA. will take on an opponent to be named in a middleweight bout.
David Grayton (10-0, 8 KO’s) of Washington, D.C. will fight Grayson Blake (6-3, 2 Ko’s) of State College, PA. in a welterweight bout.
Jarrett Hurd (14-0, 8 KO’s) of Accokeek, MD. will battle tough veteran Eric Mitchell (23-11-2, 11 KO’s) of Philadelphia in a middleweight bout.
In six-round bouts:
Milton Santiago (9-0, 3 Ko’s) of Philadelphia will take on Ray Velez (3-6-1, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, NY. in a jr. welterweight bout.
Ivan Golub (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Brooklyn, NY will box Brad Austin (10-16, 7 KO’s) of Johnson City, TN. in a midddleweight bout.
Dauren Yeleussinov (1-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn, NY. will fight an opponent to be named in a super middleweight bout.
In four-round bouts:
Sammy Berman (1-0, 1 KO) of Collegeville, PA. will tangle with Courtney Knox (1-4) of North Carolina in a welterweight bout.
Kevin Garcia (0-1) of Philadelphia will take on Curtis Morton (2-4-2) OF Harlem, NY. in a jr. welterweight bout.
Tickets for this great night of boxing are $100 for VIP (Includes 2 drinks and food), $75 for ringside and $50 for General Admission and be purchased by clicking or calling King’s Promotions at 610-587-5950
For more information and media credentials, contact:
Marc Abrams at or 856 287 7611