Results from Brooklyn!

Story:  Chip Mitchell

Welterweight Amir Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) on Friday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Algieri came to party, as he took the fight at times to Khan and executed John David Jackson’s plan as best as possible. Scores were 115-113, and 117-111 twice.  Khan did what he had to do, which was win. Now he hopes to land the fight he’s coveted for years, a big money matchup with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Both fighters displayed great jabs and hand speed early on and Khan was the aggressor. Khan landed a series of right hands, but Algieri buzzed Amir in rounds one and three in this seesaw battle.

Algieri more than handles his own in the middle rounds and it was shaping up as a good fight as both fighters had big followings cheering at the top of their lungs.

While Khan was up at the midway point, you had the sense that Algieri still had something waiting to “unleash”.

Algieri began to take the lead, as his corner may have told him to press the action. Khan seemed to oblige as he moved and looked to counter, possibly looking for his next wind to come. The tactic allowed Algieri to score by forcing Amir to the ropes as we headed to the championship rounds.

Khan landed some big shots to the head and body to regain control with a couple of rounds to go.

Khan sat down on his punches to try to land something big, while Algieri kept throwing and scoring.

The final round was fought like the early rounds. Both fighters gave their all until the final bell.

“Everyone knows I want Floyd next after all the talk about it, but when you wait and hope for something for this long it can set you back”, Khan said.  I don’t want to overlook any other fighters, including Chris. I thought I worked well inside. I’ve never done a lot of work in the pocket like that and I plan to do more of that in the future.”

“I give Chris a lot of credit. He came forward a lot more than we thought he would and he had a big chin tonight. Chris gave it his all tonight. This is the best Algieri we’ve seen in a long time, and if he’d have fought Manny (Pacquiao) that way he might have won.”

In the co-feature, Javier Fortuna won a unanimous decision over Bryan Vasquez.  Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KO’s) scored with numerous combinations throughout and hurt Vasquez repeatedly in the fight.
Vasquez had his moments too but only seemed to land when he got hit. He wanted a brawl. That’s fine, as Fortuna was game during portions of the fight. However, Vasquez didn’t throw enough volume in order for that plan to work.

The early rounds were quite entertaining, if not a little sloppy.  There were nice exchanges at the end of the round in each of the first four. The difference in each was in Fortuna’s hand speed.

Scores were 116-112 and 117-111 twice for Fortuna.  He is now the WBA junior lightweight champion.

Marcus Browne won a clumsy ten round unanimous decision against Cornelius White in the final non-televised portion of the card. Scores 98-92, and 99-91 twice.  Browne (15-0, 11 KOs) had White hurt big time and White was on unsteady legs and fell backwards and sideways along the ropes. There was no count however, as the referee apparently (simultaneously) warned Browne as he landed the combination to hurt White.

The bout got sloppy as Browne slipped and slid, once tackling White in the process.  In the sixth round, Browne landed a big shot directly on White’s jewelry box.  White (21-4, 16 KOs) took his time to recover from the low blow and the fight pressed on.

Browne began to gas, partly because every time he landed big shots, he decided to head-hunt while White kept his hands high to protect.

The final few rounds consisted of Browne taking the gas off of the petal and fighting off of his back foot and backpedaling.

Browne got the win but instead of thanking Al Haymon, he might need to reimburse Al a bit for a less-than-thrilling fight.

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Cotto vs. Geale Upcoming Schedule

  WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION MIGUEL COTTO VS.FORMER TWO-TIME WORLD CHAMPION DANIEL GEALE ON JUNE 6, 2015 AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN LIVE ON HBO®

PRESENTED BY ROC NATION SPORTS & MIGUEL COTTO PROMOTIONS 

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015: Final Press Conference. 12:00 PM ET

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015: Media Workouts

Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions will host media workouts. 

11:00 AM ET – Dustin “The White Tiger” Fleischer

11:20 AM ET – Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei

11:40 AM ET – Junior “The Young God” Younan

12:00 PM ET – Daniel Geale

12:30 PM ET – Miguel Cotto

FRIDAY, June 5, 2015: Official Weigh-In

Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions will host the official June 6 weigh-in on Friday, June 5 at 1:00 PM ET at Barclays Center Geico Atrium in Brooklyn. The official weigh-in will be open to the public. 

1:00 PM ET – Fighters On The Scale
WHERE: Barclays Center 

Geico Atrium        

620 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217

SATURDAY, June 6, 2015: Fight Night

6:00 PM ET – Doors Open

6:15 PM ET – First Fight

10:05 PM ET – Big Sean Performance

10:30 PM ET – HBO Telecast Begins 

Algieri Ready for Khan Tonight!

  
Press Release: New York, May 29-Star Boxing’s Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) looked primed and ready to go yesterday at Barclays Center, weighing-in at 146.6-pounds for this evening’s clash against Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs), beneath the 147-lb. welterweight limit. Spike TV will televise the WBC Silver Welterweight title clash at 9:00 PM/ET on the Premier Boxing Championship Series card.

Promoter Joe DeGuardia said: “Chris looks great, and is ready to pull off the upset at this spectacular venue as he did last year. The Barclays Center and Spike TV, the perfect setting for ‘déjà vu all over again.'” 

The Huntington, Long Island-based Algieri defeated Ruslan Provodnikovon June 14 of last year at Barclays to capture the WBO World Super Lightweight title in a split decision.

Algieri’s career has flourished under DeGuardia from the Long Island shows at the Paramount to the Provodnikov upset setting the stage for the spotlight fight against Pacquaio to yet another huge showcase opportunity against the highly-touted Khan tonight.

Khan also weighed in under the welterweight limit, tipping the scales at 146.6-lbs.

For more information visit http://www.premierboxingchampions.com,www.spike.com/shows/premier-boxing-champions, http://www.barclayscenter.com andwww.dbe1.com. Follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @AmirKingKhan, @ChrisAlgieri, @StarBoxing, @LouDiBella, @SpikeTV and @BarclaysCenter and become a fan on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions, 
http://www.Facebook.com/AmirKhanThePage, http://www.Facebook.com/ChrisAlgieri andwww.Facebook.com/Spike. Follow the conversation using #PremierBoxingChampions and #BrooklynBoxing.

For Star Boxing, visit their official website at http://www.StarBoxing.com and follow them on Twitter @ Star Boxing and Facebook.com/StarBoxing.
 
  

Khan and Algieri make weight!

imageAmir Khan and Chris Algieri made weight today for their fight tomorrow night on Spike TV. Khan checked in at 146.4 pounds.  Algieri wasn’t far behind as he weighed in at 146.2.

In the co-feature Bryan Vasquez weighed in at 129 pounds. Javier Fortuna reached 130 pounds after what seemed to be about 25 (sarcasm) attempts.

If you recall, Vasquez had to give up the belt because he couldn’t make weight for his last fight with Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson.

Miguel Cotto & Freddie Roach Confident One Week Out!

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By:  Robert Uzzell

Miguel “Junito” Cotto and trainer Freddie “Catchweight” Roach are extremely confident one week before Cotto’s fight against Daniel “Real Deal” Geale. Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s) defends his WBC Middleweight title in New York at Barclays Center on June 6, 2015

Miguel Cotto

“I feel good and in the best shape possible. I just feel ready. I know Geale is a tough opponent and he is going to bring his best on June 6, but I trust in the work we have done here in Los Angeles and I’m going to bring my best too.”

“After 14 years in boxing, the best decision I could have made was to take the last year off. My mind was not in boxing, but since I got here with Freddie, everything is working perfectly again. Boxing is all I know. Boxing is my life. Through boxing, I raised my family and I work to provide the best future for them. They are the reason I love boxing.”

“Boxing at this point in my career is a battle with myself. Everyday I need to bring my best in the gym from morning to evening. Next week has to be better than last week. I need to ask myself to be better every day. I know that if I bring my best to the gym every day, I can bring my best the night of June 6 against Geale.”

“Freddie comes here every day with the best attitude and he knows how to get the best out of me.”

“It will have been 364 days to the day on June 6 since I have been in the ring. It’s not difficult to get back in after this long stretch. I’ve been focused on my work. I have gained more knowledge during my time off in order to get myself ready to fight again.”

“Daniel Geale is the next chapter in my career. After I get through him, I can talk about what comes next.”

Freddie Roach

“Miguel’s sparring has been great. His movement has been very good. It’s hard on me in the ring! His body shots are very effective and the head shots come with it. I think we are going to get a late round knockout. Geale is tough enough to go some rounds, but a knockout in a late round…that’s my call.”

“One of Miguel’s greatest strength against Geale will be his body shots, but Miguel’s knowledge in the ring will be Geale’s ultimate undoing.”

“He has found a new home here at Wild Card and I’m glad I provided that for him. He loves this gym. He loves the atmosphere. He’s thrived in this environment, and when a fighter is in a good mood and happy, he performs at the highest level.”

Cotto vs. Geale will be televised live on HBO. Big Sean will add entertainment to the fight experience by performing prior to the main event.  Angie aMartinez will be the host of the fight card

Tickets priced at $500, $350, $250, $200, $150, $100, $80, $50, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and available for purchase at http://www.barclayscenter.com, http://www.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

Khan/Algieri Press Conference Quotes

Amir Khan vs. Chris Algieri is only two days away! Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday.

Amir Khan: “I really believe that I have the movement, the skills and the technique to beat Chris Algieri and look spectacular doing it. Algieri has been in the ring with big names before so we know that’s not going to scare him and he won’t get nervous. I’m going to be ready for anything he brings to the table. This is going to be an entertaining fight because of our styles. We both like to throw a lot of punches and there will be a lot of movement. This will be a more skillful fight and I think the fans will enjoy what they see.

“Virgil Hunter has been great for me as a fighter and he’s helped me really understand the sport of boxing. I’ve worked on my technique and my defense and really just everything. Training camp for me has been really good. I’m focused on my opponent and I’m not going to make any mistakes. It’s going to be a great performance from me on Friday.”

Chris Algieri: “This is going to be a great fight with two fast-paced boxers. It’s going to be very exciting for everyone watching. Working down in Florida with John David Jackson really refreshed a lot of things in boxing for me. I got to see new things and try new things. I learned a lot. The only thing that matters is proving something to myself and I do feel like I have to prove something. I wasn’t happy with my last performance at all. I know I belong here at the elite level and it’s time for me to prove it.

“I like to challenge myself and this is a great opportunity. I’m ready for this, I will challenge anybody in the welterweight division.”

Javier Fortuna: “I hope my opponent doesn’t have any excuses on Friday, because I’m going to knock him out. Everyone here is going to see a great performance and I can’t wait to get in the ring. I’m a strong fighter and I am looking forward to showing everyone what I am capable of.”

Bryan Vasquez: “I promise it’s going to be a war. I’m an exciting fighter who always comes to fight. This is my time and I will not disappoint. Fighting in New York is a great opportunity. I want people to see that Costa Rica has great fighters. I know I have a tough opponent, but he has never faced anyone like me. I’m going to give it my all and I hope he does the same.”

Marcus Browne: “When I went to the Olympics in 2012 we stayed in Bolton and worked out at Amir Khan’s gym, now it comes full circle. Fans can expect to see ‘spizazz’ from me. That’s a word I came up with back in my amateur days. I’m here to bring that ‘spizazz’ back, if you want to know what that is you have to buy a ticket for Friday night.”

Heather Hardy: “There was a really unfinished feeling after my last fight, I was disappointed. I expected more from my opponent. I wanted to put on a show for fans to remember. I definitely want to make up for my last fight this time and I feel like my opponent is on the same page with me about where we need to go to take this sport further.”

Khan vs. Algieri: Fighter Commentary

Photo: James Devaney/Getty Images

Photo: James Devaney/Getty Images

 

Here are some comments from participants in Friday evening’s main event on Spike TV between Amir “King” Khan and Chris Algieri.

 

Amir Khan: “Algieri is a fighter that has a lot of skills and assets. His range and height give him good advantages against opponents but I believe with my speed, movement and style it will be too much for him.

“Each day me and Virgil Hunter are getting stronger and we have built a really good rapport. It takes time to get that but he understands my style even more now and what works for me so we’re only going to keep growing.

“My aim since I was a kid and got into this sport was to be the very best. I fulfilled a dream when I got to the Olympics at 17 and brought back a silver medal. Later I became a world champion and then unified the light-welterweight division. My goal now is to fight the very best at 147 pounds and make my mark on this division too.

“I was away in training camp when my daughter turned one last week. It’s hard to be away from her but as a fighter those are the sacrifices you have to make. Everything I do is for her and I can’t wait to see her and spend time with her after this fight. Her birthday celebrations have been put on hold until after the fight!

“I’m really looking forward to returning to New York and fighting at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I have good memories of this city because it’s the place where I had my first fight on US soil against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010 and also where I got married. I’m out to make it another good time this weekend.”

Chris Algieri: “I know that it gets said all the time, but this was truly the best and most intense training camp of my life. Working with John David Jackson has truly been a blessing. He has brought out the best Chris Algieri there is. You are going to see a whole new fighter come Friday night.

“I am excited to be back in New York and excited to show the world what I am really made of on Friday night. We are just a few days away from the fight and I am so anxious to get in there and get to work.

“Amir is a tough fighter there is no doubt about that, but I am very confident in my ability and the game plan that coach has come up with for me.

“You are going to see two proven champions in a high intensity and high level fight, laying everything on the line come Friday night.”

John David Jackson (Algieri trainer):

“I learned that he (Algieri) can fight,” and he’s a better fighter than he’s showed.

“I think Amir is in for a big surprise.”

Tickets for the live event, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Star Boxing, are priced at $250, $150, $75, and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now. Tickets are available atwww.barclayscenter.com, http://www.ticketmaster.com 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.

Amir “King” Khan vs. Chris Algieri Preview & Prediction

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Story by: Chip Mitchell

On Friday May 29, 2015 in Brooklyn, NY, Spike TV presents a very meaningful welterweight matchup between Amir “King” Khan and Chris Algieri.  The bout will take place at Barclays Center.  The Spike TV televised card begins at 9:00pm eastern time.  I hope the team of Antonio Tarver, Jimmy Smith, Scott Hanson, and Dana Jacobson handle this broadcast.  they were pretty good their first time out in March.

This will be Khan’s first fight since his masterful performance against Devon Alexander to win the WBC Silver welterweight title last December.   This fight also marks his fifth outing with Virgil Hunter as his trainer, and Khan has seemingly hit his stride going into this battle.  Hunter previously stated that it would take “at least three fights and three training camps” for Khan to evolve technique-wise and he appears to be on point.

The last time we saw Algieri, he was fighting in Macao, China.  Algieri is looking to bounce back from a loss against Manny Pacquiao last November when he was sent to the canvas (officially) six times.  In that loss, as well as his prior victory against Ruslan Provodnikov, Algieri showed the heart of a champion by battling through adversity.  This fight in his eyes is just as big for him as it is for Khan.

Tale of The Tape

Age: Amir Khan 28, Chris Algieri 31

Current Status: Amir Khan – WBC Silver Welterweight Champion and #6 World ranking, Chris Algieri – World #14 ranked contender

Professional Record: Amir Khan – 30-3-0, 19 KOs, Chris Algieri– 20-1-0, 8 KOs

Height: Amir Khan – 5 foot 8 ½, Chris Algieri 5 foot 10

Knockout Percentage: Amir Khan – 58%, Chris Algieri – 38%

Previous Fight: Khan 12/13/2014, Algieri 11/23/2014

Common Opponents: None of Note

Amir “King” Khan
This fight could be the moment of truth for Amir Khan.  Look impressive against Algieri, and Khan could finally get the fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr that he’s coveted for the past few years.  The blueprint for Mayweather is to select an opponent that he feels he can beat, but also one who wins impressively in his previous fight (Mosley, Maidana, Guerrero, Cotto, etc).  The formula is simple for Khan.  First he has to win.  Secondly he has to beat Algieri in spectacular, if not solid fashion.  Thirdly, he has to do as much out of the ring to pressure Mayweather into a fight as he does inside of the ring.  He should use social media and whatever other avenues are at his disposal.

I feel this is necessary in case Mayweather has been stringing Khan along as many (including this writer) believe he has in the past.  A nice backup plan would be a fight with Manny Pacquiao.  There are a few storylines that would come into play if this matchup were to take place.

Chris Algieri
This is also a moment of truth in a sense for Chris Algieri.  After the loss to Pacquiao, many have written Algieri off as a club fighter who made big on one victory.  Is he?  I can’t answer that but what I do know is that fighting Amir Khan is going to tell us a lot about where Algieri is as a fighter.

Chris Algieri got a bit of a late start.  He had a kickboxing background but boxing is different in many facets.  If he loses badly to Khan, he will likely drop out of the Top 15 and will have some to do some soul-searching.  I think Chris knows this and is looking to give a performance that will open the eyes of even his most diehard fans.

Credentials

Amir Khan has wins over Devon Alexander (UD 12), Luis Collazo (UD 12), Julio Diaz (UD 12), Zab Judah (KO 5), Marcos Maidana (UD 12), Paulie Malignaggi (TKO 11), Andriy Kotelnik (UD 12), and Marco Antonio Barrera (TD 5).  He has losses to Danny Garcia (TKO 4), Lamont Peterson (SD 12), Breidis Prescott (KO 1).

Chris Algieri  has wins over Ruslan Provodnikov (SD 12), Emanuel Taylor (UD 10), and Mike Arnaoutis (UD 10).   

Strengths

Amir Khan has world-class hand speed.  One thing many don’t know is that he also has excellent foot speed to go along with it.  His power is not concussive, but it is sharp enough to wear you down and get you out of there.  He has accuracy with punch placement and although younger than Algieri, much more experience in big fights.

Chris Algieri has good footwork and boxes well behind a piston-like jab.  He is in superior shape and doesn’t fade in the late rounds.  Chris uses his height well for the most part and uses it to control distance.

Weaknesses

Amir Khan can be caught and dropped.  His chin is questionable and that is usually the focus of an attack against him.  Amir at times like to brawl when boxing is the item of order for the day.

Chris Algieri can’t punch.  Even if he lands and drops Khan, it is likely that Khan will be able to recover and get up from the knockdown.  Algieri lacks the power to follow-up and stop Khan in this scenario.

Intangibles

Amir Khan has the heart of a champion.  There is no quit in him and in many cases, that could spell success or doom.   Khan has not been with Virgil Hunter for long, but at the same time he has progressed very well under Virgil’s guidance.  Khan has his eyes on the big prize of Mayweather and a secondary prize of Pacquiao.  He’s talked more, it seems of a Mayweather fight than he has about beating Algieri.  Could that be his downfall?

Algieri survived while hurt against the devastating puncher Provodnikov.  This is Algieri’s first fight under the tutelage of John David Jackson.  Khan seems to have one eye on Algieri and another on Mayweather.  Algieri should be more focused as he has nothing to lose and less pressure on him than Amir.  Algieri has 21 fights.  he’s fought 20 of those fight in New York.

Key to Victory for Khan

Amir Khan has a questionable chin, but against Algieri he has to feel as if he can’t be in jeopardy of being hurt.  Khan’s chin issues could be related to 140 pounds, and the seven extra pounds of fighting at 147 could be antidote.

Amir has been awesome against guys who don’t have much power (Malignaggi, Collazo, Alexander).  Algieri could be right up his alley, with only eight KOs.  Khan is extremely difficult to outbox and he should use his hand speed and movement in this fight.  Khan’s game plan should be to get off first and cause Algieri to go defensive.  Fight him the same way he fought Paulie, Collazo, and Alexander.  The plan is that simple.

Keys to Victory for Algieri

Chris Algieri needs to use lateral movement and attempt to score when he sees opening.  Chris should look to throw with Khan as much as he looks to counter Khan as Amir tries to open up.  His strength is his jab and he needs to throw it often.  Algieri has a very awkward style when he’s in defensive posture.  If he can make Khan miss, pivot and counter, and move out of range, it will serve him.

He has to find a way to slow the hard charging Khan down where Paulie, Collazo, and Alexander couldn’t do so.  He needs to throw with Amir, like Danny Garcia did and hope to rattle Amir’s hard charges.

Prediction

This a dangerous fight for Amir Khan.  If he ever wanted the Mayweather fight, now is the time for it to happen.  He must win and he must look good doing it.  Khan may press to look good and in turn, it could create offensive openings for Algieri.

Algieri’s lateral movement and counters paid dividends in his fight against Provodnikov.  He boxed Provodnikov’s ears off.  Even though he was dropped multiple times, his movement also saved him from being KO’d by Pacquiao.  He has 21 fights and 20 of them have been in New York.  Algieri will be stoked for this one, for sure.

If Algieri had more power, he’d be a live dog in this fight.  He doesn’t and I believe Khan will look strong in this fight.  It seems as if every time Khan gets to the brink of something big, he loses momentum with a shaky or bad performance.  He’s learned from that and I believe Virgil Hunter will have him ready for this one.

Movement worked against Provodnikov, but I think Khan will be able to maneuver within punching position enough to make Algieri pay quite often.  Although Algieri will be pumped with the New York crowd behind him, we should remember that Khan fought Paulie in NY, and Peterson in DC.  He dominated Paulie and beat Peterson on many media member’s scorecards.  I like Khan by unanimous decision.

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GERVONTA “TANK” DAVIS WINS BY FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT, REMAINS UNDEFEATED

Photo:  Team Davis

Photo: Team Davis

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A. – On Friday night, May 22, 2015, undefeated professional boxer, Gervonta “Tank” Davis needed just one minute and fifteen seconds to defeat Mexico’s Alberto “Ironman” Mora by TKO at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight was scheduled for eight rounds, but Davis landed an uppercut just a few seconds into the fight that floored his opponent. Mora beat the count, but still appeared to be hurt. Davis then backed him up with a body shot, and followed up with a combination that knocked out Mora’s mouthpiece. The referee waived the fight off at 1:15 of Round 1. With the win, Davis’ record improved to 11-0, with 10 KOs, while Mora’s record moved to 5-4-0, with 1 KO. The Kings Promotions fight card, entitled “Rumble At The Claridge,” was held at the hotel’s Celebrity Theater, and was not televised. In the main event, Brooklyn’s Juan Dominguez defeated Mexico’s Marco Macias by TKO in Round 2.

In his previous fight on February 20, 2015, Davis defeated Puerto Rico’s Israel “Macho” Suarez (Puerto Rico/pro record: 4-5-2, 1 KO) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, winning by knockout at 2:13 of Round 1. Moments into the fight, the twenty-year-old Davis dropped Suarez with a barrage of punches, ending the contest after just 47 seconds.

Davis’ boxing trainer Calvin Ford (Upton Boxing Gym) said, “We had a solid game plan going into this fight, and we were prepared to go extra rounds with this opponent. Gervonta’s skills proved to be too much for him, and it turned out to be a short night. We’ll enjoy this win for a day or so, get some rest, and evaluate how we have to improve for the next fight. We will continue to build on this win. I want to thank all the people that bought tickets and came to the fight to support our team. It was real comforting to fight out of town and see so many familiar faces in the crowd.”

Gervonta Davis talked about his fight. He said, “I trained to go the full eight rounds, but in boxing, you don’t get paid for overtime. I missed landing an uppercut in the first few seconds of the fight. I landed it a few seconds later, and that was the first knockdown. He got up from that one. I hit him a few more times after that, and the ref stepped in, and stopped it. I dedicated this fight to Valerie Barnes, who lost her life this year to cancer. I wore pink Nike HyperKO Boxing shoes, and a pink, white and black uniform with her name written on the back of my trunks. My best friend (Barnes’ son), Justin “Fiddle” Carter, was at the fight. After I won, the ring announcer spoke to the crowd about the dedication, and we brought “Fiddle” to the ring. It was just a real special night for us. I really wanted to win this one for Ms. Val.”

Davis added, “Thanks to my manager, Al Haymon, and promoter Marshall Kauffman of King’s Promotions, for allowing me to fight on Friday’s card. Thank you to my team, Shoe City, Yekim Customs, Tvche, Everlast, Nike Boxing, Athlete Performance Solutions, Ethika, Baltimore Parks and Recreation, and Upton Boxing Center for being a big part of Team Davis. Thank you to everyone in Baltimore who came to my fight on the Team Davis bus trip, or drove from Maryland and other states. I appreciate all the media that came to see me fight. Because of the events that happened recently in my city, this win was a real positive moment for all of us. It shows kids that dreams can come true. It feels great to be 11-0. Keep supporting me, and I’ll fight for you.”

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

*Photo Credits: courtesy of Team Davis

Davis wins in 1:15 to go to 11-0

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Gervonta Davis took only 1 minute 15 seconds of round one to stop Mexican Alberto Mora Zuniga in Atlantic City’s Claridge Hotel last night.

“Tank” moves to 11-0, with 10 victories coming via KO.

Gervonta said this fight had special meaning for him. “I’m dedicating this fight to Valerie Barnes, who recently died from cancer. She was my best friend’s mother. Justin “Fiddle” Carter is like a brother to me, and his family is my family. His mom treated me like her son, and I appreciate everything she did for me. I’m wearing pink for this fight and her name will be written on my trunks. On fight night, my team will wear ‘Fight Cancer’ t-shirts in her memory.”

DeGale wins unanimous decision over Dirrell for IBF belt

Story by: Chip Mitchell

In an entertaining battle for the vacant IBF super middleweight title, James “Chunky” DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday afternoon at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts.

DeGale was cut above his right eye in round two but remained calm as he wiped blood away. His composure paid dividends later in the round as he connected on a huge and well-timed overhand left counter to drop Dirrell.  Dirrell got up and seconds later was dropped again by a DeGale combination.

Dirrell came back well in rounds in the next couple of rounds, but DeGale landed some clean shots, and busted Dirrell’s nose and mouth sometime between the fifth and sixth rounds.

Then DeGale seemed to take a few rounds off and allowed Dirrell to gain momentum and outwork him as the fight entered the championship rounds.

DeGale seemed to take control with the harder shots in the final few rounds to secure his win.

Judges scored the fight 117-109, and 114-112 twice.

Thompson IV shocks Adams in Boxcino Final!

Story by:  Robert Uzzell

Boxcino Junior Middleweight Final
John Thompson IV (17-1, 6 KOs) scored a sensational second round knockout over Brandon Adams (17-2, 12 KOs) on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights series finale.  The verdict was a big upset as Adams had been favored to win the tournament from the start

Adams dropped Thompson in the first round and his speed seemed like it would be too much for Thompson. However Thompson IV quickly turned the tide in round two came back to stun Adams. Thompson dropped Adams twice in round two, as the referee stepped in for what appeared to be a stoppage. The referee allowed the fight to continue and Adams got caught with a frightening barrage before it was mercifully ended seconds later. The time of stoppage was 2:18.

Thompson went from last minute replacement (literally) to Boxino champion.  Congrats young man!