Daniel Jacobs vs. Peter Quliin on for December 5!

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Winner takes the belt and Brooklyn!

 

DANIEL JACOBS & PETER QUILLIN SQUARE-OFF ON

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 AT BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN

 

LIVE ON SHOWTIME® AT 9 P.M. ET/6 P.M. PT

 

 General Tickets On Sale Tuesday, October 6 At 10 a.m. ET

BROOKLYN (September 30, 2015) – In a highly anticipated showdown between two of Brooklyn’s most exciting and talented fighters, WBA Middleweight World Champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (30-1, 27 KOs)will take on former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (32-0-1, 23 KOs)on Saturday, December 5 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

“There is no doubt this is going to be one of the biggest fights Brooklyn has ever seen,” said Jacobs. “Peter and I go back a long time, but this is business. I’m the champion and he’s the challenger. I’m going to do everything I can to win on December 5 and show the world that I’m the best Brooklyn has to offer.”

“The fans have waited a long time for this fight and now it’s finally here,” said Quillin. “I was back in the gym on Monday after my fight against [Michael] Zerafa preparing for December 5. I know there is so much at stake for me -a belt and Brooklyn bragging rights. It’s going to be a night to remember for me and for all of Brooklyn.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50, not including applicable fees, and are on sale Tuesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Wednesday, October 7 at 12 p.m., if tickets are still available.

These two powerful fighters have been on a collision course for several years, dating to when Quillin was the WBO Middleweight Champion and Jacobs was working back towards contender status after sitting out over a year due to cancer.

While Quillin relinquished his belt due to the birth of his son and the death of his uncle, Jacobs continued to rise in the rankings and earned his world title with a knockout in August of 2014 over Jarrod Fletcher in Brooklyn. Each fighter has earned knockout victories in the last two months and both boxers will return to the site of their world title-winning performances when they clash at Barclays Center.

“This is a can’t-miss, pick’em fight between two of the best middleweights in the world,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “This is truly the battle of Brooklyn, with both Danny and Peter possessing the power to create fireworks in an explosive night. SHOWTIME will truly be ending 2015 with a bang…or many of them.”

“Daniel Jacobs vs. Peter Quillin is a unique matchup of two bona fide middleweight stars, each in the prime of his career,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports.  “It is as evenly matched as you’ll find in the division, and it stands to be the career-defining fight for both men. We expect the action in the ring and the atmosphere at Barclays Center will make for a very memorable night. For boxing fans, it doesn’t get any better than this.”

“This is the ultimate Brooklyn matchup,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center.

“Miracle Man vs. Kid Chocolate is about more than a world title, it’s about Brooklyn bragging rights and glory. The borough is ready for December 5.”

An inspirational figure who will fight at Barclays Center for the fifth time, Brooklyn’s Jacobs completed his road to champion when he defeated Fletcher for the middleweight title. In 2011, while pursuing a championship in the ring, cancer threatened his life and kept him on the sidelines for 19 months. When he returned, he picked up where he left off, and hasn’t lost since. The 28-year-old is coming off of a second round stoppage of former world champion Sergio Mora in August.

Quillin gets back in the ring after having knocked out Michael Zerafa earlier this month to follow up his hard-fought draw against middleweight world champion Andy Lee in April. He won a middleweight belt in 2012 with his highlight-reel, six-knockdown demolition against Hassan N’Dam in the first boxing card hosted at Barclays Center. Born in Chicago, raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but residing in Brooklyn, the 31-year-old went on to defend that title against strong contenders Fernando Guerrero, Gabriel Rosado and Lukas Konecny. Now, “Kid Chocolate” looks to become a world champion for the second time.

Barclays Center’s BROOKLYN BOXING™ programming platform is presented by AARP. For more information visit www.SHO.com/Sports follow on Twitter @SHOSports, @DanielJacobsTKO, @KidChocolate, @LouDiBella, @BarclaysCenter and @Swanson_Comm or become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SHOSports, www.Facebook.com/DiBellaEntertainment and www.Facebook.com/barclayscenter.

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GOLDEN BOY BIG WEEKEND LINEUP

Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions will open an intense fight weekend in the Los Angeles area beginning with LA Fight Club on Friday, October 2nd. That show will be broadcast live on Estrella TV from the Belasco Theater. The following night, Lucas Matthysse faces Viktor Postol for the vacant WBC 140-pound title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the main event on Friday, Matthysse’s training partner Patrick Teixeira (25-0, 21 KOs) will collide with Don Mouton (13-9-1, 11 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight bout. Another televised bout will feature Brooklyn, New York’s Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (12-0, 5 KOs) squaring off against Alejandro “Soma” Rodriguez (24-18-1, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico in an eight-round 140-pound fight.

Opening up the LA Fight Club telecast, Tijuana, Mexico native Antonio “Tony” Gutierrez (18-1-1, 8 KOs) is scheduled for a six-round featherweight contest against Victor “Sina” Fonseca. (9-5-1, 7 KOs) of San Diego, Calif.

Featured on The Ring TV live stream, Francisco Ochoa (2-0, 1 KO) of Los Angeles, will face newcomer Edgar Galvez (0-1) of Phoenix, Arizona in a four-round lightweight bout, and Los Angeles favorite Pablo Rubio Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs) is scheduled for a four-round super bantamweight fight against Adrian Rodriguez (1-7-1) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Joshua Franco (1-0) will trade punches with Tijuana, Mexico’s Saul “Bebe” Hernandez (5-7-1, 3 KOs) in a four-round super flyweight matchup; and a four-round clash of super lightweights will kick off the night as Abraham Lopez (1-1) of Rowland Heights, Calif. will take on Galveston, Texas native Andrew Gomez (0-2). Fights can be viewed via The RingTV’s Roku channel, www.ringtvlive.comand on The Ring TV’s YouTube channel. The live stream will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT through 7:00 p.m. PT

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.goldenboypromotions.com or by visiting the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page.

VIDEO: ADRIEN BRONER OPENS UP ABOUT HIS CAREER, YOUTHFUL MISTAKES AND HIS FUTURE IN BOXING

“You have to learn from your mistakes.  When you understand and you know why you’re losing, then you can fix it.  This next half of my career I’m going to be the AB that’s about business and about boxing.” – Adrien Broner

 

SHOWTIME Sports® met with Adrien Broner at HeadBangers Gym in Washington, D.C., as he prepares to face Khabib Allakhverdiev this Saturday on SHOWTIME®.  During the lengthy interview Broner spoke candidly about his approach to the sport and learning from past mistakes.  We found the interview compelling and, in lieu of limited access to Broner in the lead up to this event, felt it necessary to share this long form version in preparation for advanced stories you may be working on.

Broner vs. Allakherdiev for the vacant WBA Super Lightweight World Championship this Saturday live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

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BROOK-CHAVES SET FOR OCTOBER 24TH ON SHOWTIME!

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Showtime will present the IBF welterweight championship defense of undefeated Kell Brook against Diego Chaves on Saturday, Oct. 24th, live at 5:45 p.m. ET / 2:45 p.m. PT from Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Showtime will air the Sky Sports telecast with analysis from Showtime’s own boxing experts Brian Custer, Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi before and after the bout. An encore presentation of the bout will air later that evening at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“I’m delighted that my fight with Chaves is going to be shown in the U.S.,” said Brook, who hails from Sheffield and will be the favorite in this fight. “Now is the time that I need to show the fans in the U.S. that I am a must-see fighter.

“Chaves is an all-action boxer who always comes to fight, and that is the perfect style for me to shine on Oct. 24th. I look forward to putting on an explosive performance and making the U.S. stand up and take notice that I am the best welterweight in the world.”

“We know Brook is a tough fighter, very technical,” said Diego Chaves. “But he is not a fast fighter and he is easily bothered by body punches, which is one of our strengths. I believe he has problems going backwards, and we are going to test his punching power, too.

“I feel that my confidence grows with this challenge, knowing that I will have to face a champion like Kell Brook in his home country in England. This raises the stakes for me, going up there as an Argentine and as a huge underdog. We know all the bad blood that exists between Argentina and England and this will give me much more strength. I will make history if I defeat an Englishman in his own country.”

Brook (35-0, 24 KOs) will make his third consecutive title defense of 2015 in his native England after coming to the U.S. and dethroning previously undefeated IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter in August 2014. The Sheffield native has scored knockouts in each of his defenses – a fourth round TKO of Jo Jo Dan on March 28 and a sixth round TKO of Frankie Gavin on May 30. Brook aims for a similar result against the veteran Chaves, who has faced some of the top fighters in the 147-pound division.

Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been a road warrior in recent fights, facing favored Americans on the road in three of his last four bouts. He challenged 147-pound titlist Keith Thurman in July 2013 and, after winning by knockout in a hometown fight in Argentina, was ahead on the judges’ scorecards against Brandon Rios in August 2014 until he was disqualified for an intentional elbow to the face. In his last fight, Chaves fought to a draw against now-WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley [although most thought Bradley deserved the win].

BRONER VS. ALLAKHVERDIEV FIGHT WEEK SCHEDULE

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Wednesday, Sept. 30

3:00 p.m. MEDIA WORKOUTS

Location:  The Punch House

4000 Webster Ave, Norwood, OH 45212

3:00 Robert Easter Jr./Jamel Herring

3:15 Edner Cherry

3:30 Khabib Allakhverdiev

3:45 Jose Pedraza

4:00 Adrien Broner

Thursday, Oct. 1

3:00 p.m.  FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE

U.S. BANK ARENA

100 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Media should enter the Main Gate located on the West Side of U.S. Bank Arena next to the Arena box office and across from the Reds bleacher entrance.

2:00 p.m. – Media Arrival/Lunch

3:00 p.m. – Press Conference Begins

Friday, Oct. 2

4:00 p.m.  OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Location: Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter 10 W Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011, United States

Covington Room (Lobby Level)

Phone: 859.261.2900

3:00 p.m. – Media Arrival/Fighter Paperwork

4:00 p.m. – Fighters on Scale

Saturday, Oct. 3

5:00 p.m.  U.S. BANK ARENA DOORS

Address: 100 Broadway St, Cincinnati, OH 45202 513.421.4111

6:10 p.m.   FIRST FIGHT BEGINS

8:00 p.m.   SHOWTIME BOXING on SHO EXTREME® Telecast

10:00 p.m. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Telecast 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

WILDER STOPS DUHAUPAS IN ELEVEN

BIRMINGHAM, AL (Sept. 26) – Heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs)scored another impressive victory ofhis exciting and undefeated career tonight with a hard-fought 11th round TKO over Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs) in primetime on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC. Wilder’s win, which came at 55 seconds in the round, was registered in front of 8,471 raucous Alabama fans at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Wilder was in a tough fight against the durable Duhaupas, who tested the strength and stamina of the highly touted American heavyweight. Wilder controlled the pace of much of the early rounds but had to weather the toughness of his opponent who refused to back away from Wilder’s punches. However, in the later rounds of the contest, Wilder listened to his corner and unleashed a series of combinations, including body shots, uppercuts and right hands to overwhelm his opponent and force Ref. Jack Reiss to stop the contest.

Wilder competed in the first heavyweight title bout in primetime on NBC since May 20, 1985, when then-undefeated American heavyweight world champion Larry Holmes, defended his title against Carl Williams in Reno, Nevada.

In the co-main event of the evening, 2012 U.S. Olympic undefeated heavyweight Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, who improved to 16-0, 14 KOs, scored a 10-round unanimous decision over a tough and cagey “Big” Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs), in a hard fought heavyweight battle. Judges scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 100-90.

DANNY O’CONNOR FACES GABRIEL BRACERO IN REMATCH

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LOWELL, Mass. (September 25, 2015) – An Irish invasion is coming to Lowell, MA on Saturday, October 10 as Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (21-1, 14 KOs), Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (18-2, 9 KOs) and Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland enter the ring and provide colorful support for the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBCSN card, promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Murphys Boxing, from historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

At the same venue in which he became a New England Golden Gloves amateur champion, wildly popular welterweight Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs), will be out to avenge his 2011 loss to Brooklyn welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (23-2, 4 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

The 10-round co-feature showcases undefeated super bantamweight knockout specialist Jonathan “Salomon King” Guzman (19-0, 19 KOs), a Dominican Republic native now living in nearby Lawrence MA, facing New England upset specialist Danny Aquino (17-2, 10 KOs), of Meriden, CT.

Opening the NBCSN broadcast, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, will be Quincy, Mass. rising prospect Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczweski (23-1, 7 KOs), who twice captured a New England Golden Gloves title at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, against Brooklyn’s Rafael “Dynamite” Vazquez (16-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout.

Tickets are on sale and priced at $125, $85, $50 and $35, not including applicable service charges and taxes.  Special student, veteran and senior ticket prices also available. For tickets, visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

Irish middleweight champion O’Sullivan returns to the United States once again, where he has a perfect 5-0 (3 KOs) record.  The charismatic, top 10 world rated brawler, in the truest Irish sense, has a growing fan-base throughout New England, as well as back home in Cork, Ireland.  O’Sullivan, whose only pro loss was two years ago by controversial 12-round decision to current world title challenger

Billy Joe Saunders, takes on 29-year-old Colombian invader Francisco “Volcan” Cordero (31-4, 22 KOs) in a potentially explosive 10-round match.

A Former European champion, Ormond, from Dublin, will be fighting in the U.S. for the first time in nearly six years, against local favorite Agustine “Ruthless” Mauras (6-1-3, 3 KOs), from Lawrence, MA, in a lightweight showdown.

The former world title challenger” Hyland (30-1, 14 KOs), also fighting out of Dublin, is slated for an eight-round lightweight bout.

Also competing on the undercard is unbeaten 26-year-old Polish heavyweight prospect Adam Kownacki (11-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Brooklyn, in an eight-round bout. The 6′ 3″, 250-pound Kownacki is a two-time New York Golden Gloves champion.

Super featherweight prospect Titus Williams (2-0, 1 KO) will enter the ring in a four round bout. The 26-year-old won a gold medal at the 2013 New York Golden Gloves tournament.

Argentine veteran Fernando “El Vasco” Saucedo (56-6-3, 9 KOs), a former South American champion, will compete in an eight-round bout. The 33-year-old is a former world title challenger who will be looking for his fourth victory of 2015.

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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: UNDEFEATED RISING STAR JERMELL CHARLO FACES JOACHIM ALCINE ON NBCSN

HOUSTON (September 25, 2015) – Undefeated rising star Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) will look to put on a show for his hometown fans when he takes on Joachim Alcine (35-7-2, 21 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight bout on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31 as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBCSN comes to NRG Arena in Houston, Texas.

Televised coverage begins at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT with powerful super welterweight prospect Tony Harrison (21-1, 18 KOs) taking on Cecil McCalla (20-2, 7 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight attraction. Doors in the arena open at 5 p.m. CT and will feature a full night of exciting action.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Leija*Battah Promotions, are priced at $163, $109, $49 and $22, plus applicable fees. A Pre-sale ticket discount with special passcode is available now through Sunday at 11:59pm online only at ticketmaster.com. The public tickets are on sale now by calling Leija*Battah Promotions at 210.979.3302 or at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800.745.3000, via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com and at the NRG Stadium South Ticket Windows.

“This is a good fight against a former world champion,” said Charlo. “He’s experienced and he’s been in the ring with multiple world champions. I’m not taking anything away from him, but Houston is my town. I’ve been anticipating another fight here. I’m ready to go and I’m going to put on a great show.”

“I am so excited for this opportunity to compete against a young, strong fighter like Jermell Charlo,” said Alcine. “I don’t think he’s faced a fighter with my level of experience in big fights. I am not going to make it easy for him. I am going to challenge Charlo like he never has been before.”

Younger-by-one-minute than his identical twin, super welterweight world champion Jermall, Charlo is also a highly ranked young fighter looking to get one step closer to a world title shot. A tall fighter for his division, the 25-year-old stepped up in class in 2014 and delivered three wide unanimous decision victories over Gabriel Rosado, Charlie Ota and Mario Lozano. In 2015 he delivered his most impressive victory to date, beating highly-ranked Vanes Martirosyan in March.

A veteran of the sport for over 15 years, Alcine is unbeaten in his last three bouts. The 39-year-old won a world title in 2007 with a victory over previously unbeaten Travis Simms and defended against Alfonso Mosquera. Born in Haiti, but fighting out of Quebec, Alcine owns a victory over David Lemieux and most recently fought to a split-draw with Delvin Rodriguez.

At just 25-years-old, Harrison has made big noise recording a 10-fight knockout streak before dropping his last fight to Willie Nelson. The Detroit-native will look to bounce back and return to the win column when he enters the ring on October 31. He has picked up victories over Antwone Smith, Tyrone Brunson, Bronco McKart and Pablo Munguia in the last two years.

After an extended amateur career in which he competed in nearly 100 fights, McCalla is looking to bounce back from a loss to Ishe Smith in April. He entered 2015 on a 20-fight win streak and hopes to get back on track on October 31. The 30-year-old fights out of Baltimore, Maryland.

For more information visit www.premierboxingchampions.com, www.nbcsports.com/boxing and www.leijabattahpromo.com, follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @TwinCharlo, @IAmBoxing, @LeijaBattahPR, @NBCSports, @NRGParkFan and @Swanson_Comm and become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions and www.facebook.com/NBCSports. Highlights available to embed at www.youtube.com/premierboxingchampions.

Klitschko/Fury is off!

Due to a tendon tear in the left calf WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, his championship fight against Tyson Fury will be postponed. After sustaining the injury in his training session yesterday, Wladimir Klitschko promptly left his training camp to seek medical treatment from Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, phsyician for the German national soccer team, who has diagnosed the injury. Klitschko will continue to seek medical treatment from Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt and the new date for the fight against Tyson Fury will be announced next week. The ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf will still be the venue.

“The clinical and MRI-examination showed a partial musculotendinous tear of the left calf. The boxing fight planned for October 24 should be postponed for an indefinite period of time. Due to this injury we strictly recommend ceasing athletic activity in the next weeks,” said Dr. Müller-Wohlfahrt.

“Especially after the exciting press conference last Wednesday, I was looking forward to this fight very much. I know that a lot of fans have already organized their trips to support me in Düsseldorf. I am so sorry that I am not able to fight on October 24. I also apologize to my opponent, who has spent many weeks preparing for this fight. I will do my very best to recover as fast as possible,” said Klitschko.

“Unfortunately, these situations are always possible in individual sports. We all know about the importance of this event for everyone involved, as well as for all boxing fans. Therefore, we are trying everything possible to postpone this fight to a nearby date at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf,” said Bernd Bönte, CEO of Klitschko Management Group.

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Well it’s official. Klitschko has pulled out of the fight with an injury in his leg, it’s a bit funny as I predicted this would happen!!! Don’t feel sorry for me. I’ll be OK. I’m sorry for the fans again as they are the biggest losers here. Flights & hotels travel, sorry guys.

Miguel Cotto vs. Saul Alvarez Analysis and Prediction by Chip Mitchell and Robert Uzzell

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It’s Prediction Week at TheFightJournal.com. Today’s prediction focuses on the matchup between Miguel “Junito” Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

 

Tale of The Tape Miguel Cotto Saul Alvarez
Age 33 (on date of fight) 25
Current Status WBC World middleweight champion Unranked middleweight; World #1 super Welterweight
Professional Record 40-4-0, 33 KOs 45-1-0, 32 KOs
Height 5 ft 7 in 5 ft 9 in
Reach 67 in 70 ½ in
Knockout Percentage 75% 68%
Previous Fight 06/06/2015 05/09/2015

 

On Saturday, November 21 on HBO pay-per view at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, a highly anticipated middleweight matchup between lineal World middleweight champion Miguel “Junito” Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez takes place. The fight is for Cotto’s 160-pound bout, even though neither fighter has ever fought at 160. Instead, it will be fought at a catch of 155 pounds.

The 25-year-old Alvarez, (45-1-1, 32 KOs), of Mexico, enters the fight riding a three-fight winning streak, with two of those victories coming by way of knockout.  During that stretch, he’s beaten Alfredo Angulo (TKO 10), Erislandy Lara (SD 12), and James Kirkland (KO 3). His only loss is to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. He also has wins over Austin Trout, Josesito Lopez, Shane Mosley, and Kermit Cintron.

The 34 year old Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) has seen it all. He is riding a three-fight streak himself after joining forces with trainer Freddie Roach.   Since back-to-back competitive losses to Austin Trout and Floyd Mayweather Jr, Cotto has found the magic. He also has wins over Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and Sergio Martinez. The win over Martinez gave him the lineal middleweight title.

Predictions:

 

Robert Uzzell

This fight can go a couple of ways but I think the odds are that it will favor one man. I believe that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has improved since he’s faced Mayweather. I believe Cotto has improved under the guidance of Freddie Roach.

What has fans salivating is that this is another in the list of Puerto Rico vs. Mexico. If you don’t know about the rivalry between these countries, you better hit YouTube to watch some videos. Look at Salvador Sanchez vs. Wilfredo Gomez. Watch the first fight between Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto. Check out Felix Trinidad vs. Oscar De La Hoya. Or watch the matchup between Trinidad vs. Fernando Vargas. You can even watch Gomez vs. Lupe Pintor. After watching these fights, you’ll understand the bragging rights for these fighters and for these countries.

The fact is simple and plain. The winner of this fight will be Miguel Cotto. He’s doing what real fighters do, which is finish his career strong. The reason Cotto wins starts with the fact that Cotto’s style keeps him low and at angles. By staying low, he can go to the body and avoid Canelo’s shots. Cotto will throw and land on the inside. Alvarez won’t. Cotto also has solid foot movement, which has been a thorn in Alvarez’s side for years. Alvarez just doesn’t have the foot speed or footwork to hang with Cotto bouncing in and out. Cotto also knows how to move his upper body to avoid counter shots. He hides his head behind his shoulder, making it difficult to score.

Canelo is a good fighter, but if you watch his fights against Trout (arguably a loss), against Lara (almost definitely a loss), and Mayweather (officially a loss) you’ll see how footwork troubles him. Also, if you watch Canelo’s fights, there always seems to be moments in the middle rounds where he simply gasses out. There appears to be conditioning issues with Alvarez. He’ll come forward with punches and for some reason just stops and backs off. Watch the Trout fight. When this happens in November, I think Cotto presses him and hurts him. It will be the signature moment of the fight. Something tells me Cotto is on a mission. He wants to send a message. He wants another crack at Mayweather and I expect him move his hands enough to get the referee to jump in and stop the fight.

Cotto knows what the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico matchup means. He’s going to go for it and win big, not just win. He is faster, he moves much better, and he’s more experienced. I like Cotto by TKO in this one. Miguel Cotto TKO 9.  

Chip Mitchell

Miguel Cotto is a hot commodity right now. He signed a mega deal with Roc nation. He is being paid at least three times as much as Saul Alvarez. He’s looked great in his past three fights. Saul Alvarez looked great against Kirkland, extremely shaky against Lara, and decent against a shot Angulo.

Let’s look at the real picture here. During his three-fight streak, Miguel Cotto first took on Delvin Rodriguez. Delvin is tough, but let’s face it… he’s an ESPN Friday Night Fights main event type of fighter. Then Cotto fought middleweight king Sergio Martinez. Martinez was dominating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr until the final round when he injured his knee. Martinez underwent surgery and barely beat Martin Murray in his next fight, a controversial decision in his homeland. He suffered an injury to the same knee, along with a broken left hand, and cuts over his eye. He took 2013 off and then decided to fight Miguel Cotto an entire year later. Obviously, Martinez stepped back into the ring for the money as his movement was seriously hampered by the knee injury. He just couldn’t move and movement is his bread and butter. Cotto dropped him three times in round one and the party was on! Let’s be real… this wasn’t Maravilla Martinez that Cotto was in the ring with that night. Then Cotto faced Daniel Geale at a catchweight of 157. I saw Geale at the weigh-in and he looked like a freaking welterweight. I was in Geale’s dressing room as he prepared to face Cotto and the energy was gone. I’m sure Geale would’ve given Cotto some problems that night had the fight been at the middleweight limit instead of 157. Cotto may still have won, but Geale would’ve been on his bike and doing his stick-and-move action to give Cotto trouble.

I believe there have been some smoke and mirrors with this “comeback” under Freddie Roach.   While Cotto will have speed and footwork advantages over Alvarez, I think people underestimate Alvarez’s quickness when punching in combinations. I also hear about Alvarez taking time off in rounds.   If you watch Cotto’s fights against Kelson Pinto, Ricardo Torres, Antonio Margarito, and Muhammad Abdullaev, he does this “walk away”, similar to Alvarez. No matter if Cotto is landing his shots or going defensive, he will walk away to buy himself time. Miguel Cotto takes as many breaks in fights as Saul Alvarez.

Cotto’s money punch is his left hand. He’s left handed, but fights from an orthodox style. In this fight, I think it comes back to bite him. At some point in the fight, Cotto is going to concentrate too much on that left hook. Alvarez is going to slip it and land an overhand right that shakes Cotto, followed by an uppercut that drops him. Cotto will rise to his feet and Alvarez will come in to finish him. The referee will decide that enough is enough and the winner and new lineal middleweight champion will be Saul Alvarez. Saul Alvarez TKO 9.

DAVID LEMIEUX: “GOLOVKIN HAS NOT FACED A FIGHTER LIKE ME BEFORE…I WILL BE SUCCESSFUL ON OCTOBER 17”

David LemieuxIBF Middleweight World Champion power-puncher David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada held an open to the public media work out at the historic Forum in Montreal today.  The Montreal native is set to face WBA, IBO and WBC Interim Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) in a highly anticipated Middleweight World Championship Title Unification on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. The championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions; Bernard Hopkins, Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Camille Estephan, President of Eye of the Tiger Management were all in attendance as David entertained the cheering fans and media to a display of his punching power alongside trainer Marc Ramsay.  Below are what David, his promoters and team had to say about his upcoming fight against Genneday Golovkin on October 17.

DAVID LEMIEUX, IBF Middleweight World Champion:

“Golovkin has not faced a fighter like me before. I am an aggressive fighter and I am confident in my abilities. I feel that I will be successful on Oct. 17.

“It means a lot to have Oscar and Bernard here with me today. I feel like I am stepping on their footsepts on my way to something great, on my way to become the next great world champion. They are a great example to me, I respect their career and the men they are.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

“This is the fight of his life, the one he has been waiting for to take him to the next level.  Yes it is not an easy one but is a fight that David can win.

“I feel that with David being a champion and Golovkin being a champion this is a fight all the people will enjoy.

“Everyone is so accustomed to seeing Golovkin be a forward and aggressive boxer, but I don’t think he will do that with David. David will put the pressure on him and it will be an advantage for David.

“This time Golovkin will be in front of  David for David to land his big punches. I believe it is going to be easier than N’Dam because of his style. N’Dam was a long range fighter and was using his distance and I believe David will knock out Golovkin.

“GGG has not faced a strong fighter and a smart fighter like David Lemieux in his career.”

CAMILLE ESTEPHAN, President of Eye of The Tiger Management:

“We are prepared and we are looking forward to the 17th.  The  closer we get to the date the more confident we are.

“David’s training has gone beyond our hopes.  He is stronger everyday and I know this is going to be a year for him.  He will make his hometown proud on Oct. 17.”

ERIC GOMEZ, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions:

“All the greats have fought at Madison Square Garden, but here you have two foreigners who will sell out the area.

“There will be 20000 people cheering on David and Gennady, they have transcended borders.”

BERNARD HOPKINS, Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner:

“David is a popular fighter he will win over all the fans in New York. They love David in Philly, they love his forward style.”

MARC RAMSAY, Head Trainer for David Lemieux:

“David has been very focused in the gym and has 100% committed to his training for this fight.  He is they type of fighter that comes into the gym every day and works at a level above every day.

“David is known for his power in the ring, but he surprises me everyday.  That’s good; he is going to surprise a lot of people on Oct. 17.”

Tickets for Golovkin vs. Lemieux are on sale now and are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, tickets can purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com orwww.thegarden.com.

Golovkin vs. Lemieux is presented by K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with GGG Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management. The event will take place Saturday, October 17 from Madison Square Garden and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. ET and first fight begins at 7:00 p.m. ET.

For more information visit, www.k2promos.com, www.goldenboypromotions.com, www.gggboxing.com, www.eottm.com, www.thegarden.com, www.hboboxing.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram at @TomLoeffler1, @GoldenBoyBoxing, @GGGBoxing, @LemieuxBoxing, @ChocolatitoBox, @BrianViloria and @HBOBoxing and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, www.facebook.com/GGGBoxing, www.facebook.com/EyeofTheTigerManagement and www.facebook.com/HBOBoxing and join the conversation using #GolovkinLemieux.

SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER J’LEON LOVE BATTLES OSUMANA ADAMA ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS

 

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LAS VEGAS (September 24, 2015) – Super middleweight contender J’Leon Love (20-1, 11 KOs) returns to battle Osumana Adama (22-4, 16 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight bout on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and FOX Deportes Tuesday, September 29 from The Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort.

Additional televised action features undefeated rising super welterweight contenders as Detroit’s Domonique Dolton (17-0, 9 KOs) battles 2012 Mexican Olympian Oscar Molina (13-0, 10 KOs).

Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and is headlined by super featherweight world champions Javier Fortuna taking on 2004 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Velasquez. Renowned sports broadcaster Jessi Losada takes on blow-by-blow duties alongside boxing champion Daniel Ponce de Leon for FOX Deportes.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions are priced at $100.50, $75.50, $50.50 and $20.50 plus applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Pearl Box Office at 702-994-3200 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

Further undercard action features Mayweather Promotions’ stars including undefeated cruiserweight knockout artist Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (11-0, 10 KOs) taking on Tamas Lodi (16-5-2, 13 KOs) in an eight round bout and former world champion Mickey Bey (21-1-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout.

Also entering the ring is 30-year-old Buffalo-native Lionell Thompson (15-3, 9 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight attraction, undefeated 20-year-old Ladarius “Memphis” Miller fighting out of Las Vegas in a lightweight bout against 27-year-old Minneapolis-native RonDale Hubbert (10-2-1, 6 KOs) and 21-year-old Milwaukee-native Thomas Hill (4-0, 1 KO) in a six-round super welterweight affair.

Rounding out the night of fights is 25-year-old Juan Heraldez (8-0, 6 KOs) out of Las Vegas taking on 27-year-old Los Angeles-native Joaquin Chavez (9-17-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round super lightweight bout and 26-year-old Cuban Leduan Barthelemy (6-0, 3 KOs) in a featherweight fight.

A once-beaten contender at 168-pounds, the 27-year-old Love will make his third start of 2015 on September 29. He bounced back from his lone defeat to dominate Scott Sigmon in March and Jason Escalera in June. The Inkster, Michigan native owns wins over Marco Antonio Periban, Derrick Findley and Lajuan Simon. He will face the 34-year-old Adama who has twice fought for a world title and fights out of Joliet, Illinois by way of Ghana.

A highly regarded prospect out of the late Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym, the Detroit-native Dolton is undefeated as a pro entering his bout September 29. The 25-year-old has already taken home victories over Victor Fonseca and Juan Carlos Rojas in 2015 and owns victories over Donatas Bondorovas, Richard Gutierrez and Jonathan Batista in his seven-year career.

Representing Mexico, the 2012 Olympian Molina fights out of Norwalk, California and is unbeaten in his brief professional career. The 25-year-old turned pro in 2013 and after winning a decision in his first bout, he went on to knock out six opponents in a row. His pro fights have been split almost evenly between California and Mexico and he will be fighting in Las Vegas for the first time as a pro on September 29.

A powerful fighter who knocked out the first ten opponents he faced, Tabiti proved he can box and go rounds in his last fight, an eight-round shutout of Roberto Santos in July. Prior to that, the 26-year-old kicked-off his 2015 campaign with a sensational knockout of Thomas Hanshaw in June. The Chicago-born fighter now trains out of Las Vegas and will take on the 26-year-old Hungarian Lodi.

The 32-year-old Bey returns to the ring on September 29 for the first time since winning a world title in September 2014 with a victory over Miguel Vazquez. Bey has won three fights in a row including victories over Alan Herrera and Carlos Cardenas. Representing Cleveland, Ohio, Bey looks to work his way back to title-contention beginning on September 29.

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