Adrien Broner gave folks what they were looking for at today’s presser in Washington DC to announce his fight with Ashley Theophane.

He let those in attendance know that while things may be fine after the fight, Mayweather Promotions personnel are definitely the enemy at this time. it out:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 29, 2016) – Four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and 140-pound Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane hosted a press conference at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. to announce their world title showdown on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike taking place Friday, April 1 at the D.C. Armory.

Mayweather Promotions President Floyd Mayweather was on-hand along with representatives from About Billions Promotions, HeadBangers Promotions, Spike and the D.C. Boxing and Wresting Commission to talk about the exciting night of fights coming to our nation’s capital. Also on the dais, was platinum recording artist Rick Ross, a friend of both Mayweather and Broner

Also featured on the PBC on Spike telecast is rising star Robert Easter Jr. against former world champion Algenis Mendez,plus top prospect Gervonta “The One” Davis in a super featherweight showdown against Mexico’s Guillermo Avila. In addition, local undercard fighters Anthony Peterson, Kareem Martin, Patrick Harris and Demond Nicholson were in attendance to discuss their hometown bouts.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions and Mayweather Promotions in association with HeadBangers Promotions, are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, and are on sale now. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations or call (800) 745-3000. The event is sponsored by Corona.

Here is what the participants had to say Monday:


“This is really a big fight for me. I know that Ashley Theophane is going to come to fight, because he has something to prove. He’s going to try to take my world title.

“A lot of people told me I wouldn’t be here. I come from nothing. Like cereal and water nothing. I’m very fortunate to have someone like Floyd to look up to. I don’t want to be like Floyd though, I don’t want to be like any man. I admire him and respect him, but I’m creating my legacy.

“At the end of the day, Floyd and Ashley aren’t on my side. I’m against them. They’re coming to dethrone me. They’re my enemy right now and I’m going to beat Ashley down.

“This training camp, I’ve really been perfecting my craft. This is going to be the best performance of my career. It’s going to be a highlight reel performance. I’m not coming to just get a win.

“This fight isn’t going four rounds. That’s too many. This is going to be quick. I’m not playing.

“There’s nothing Floyd can teach [Theophane]. At the end of the day, it all goes out the window. The trainers and entourage can’t help. They can’t help Ashley Theophane.

“I want everyone to come out. Big brother Floyd Mayweather is gone, everyone else is too boring, so I’m taking over the sport.”


“There are many different thing we’re working on to neutralize Broner and keep up with his quickness. I’ve sparred with a lot of young guys who imitate him and I believe I can match him.

“He does a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. Adrien Broner can be beat and he has been. We’re working hard. At the end of the day this is my career-defining fight.

“We all turn pro to become a world champion. I’ve been in the gym for months, working on things and staying in shape.

“I’ve watched Adrien Broner in the past. I was at the John Molina and Shawn Porter fights and I know he’s got talent. But he can be beat. He’s vulnerable, very vulnerable.

“It’s not just about what you do in the ring, but it’s also about being a mature fighter. He’s going to do what he does and as a grown man, I just have to stay calm. Being the more experienced fighter is a position I like.

“I’m representing Floyd Mayweather. He has my back and he believes in me. He believes I can win and that’s extra motivation.

“I want to be the best I’ve ever been. I want to fight the fight of my life on April 1. I don’t want to turn the clock back. I want this to be the best performance of my career.

“It’s been a long journey as a professional and I have to thank Floyd for giving me this chance. April 1 is going to be a war. Adrien is a warrior and I know he has no quit in him. If you have a dream, you have to work hard to make it come true and that’s what I’m here to do.”


“I’m thankful to everyone who put me in this position. I will give everyone a shot like I always do.

“I consider D.C. one of my hometowns and I’m coming to give everyone a show. This is a blessing and a tremendous opportunity.

“I want a world title and this is another big step on my way towards that goal. To be able to do it on Adrien Broner’s card just guarantees it’s going to be a big night.

“I’m just ready to show off my skills and make a name for myself so that I can continue to grow in this sport.”


“I’m definitely excited to fight in DC. This is where my first professional fight was. I’m so thankful to Barry Hunter for letting me train with him and helping me toward this opportunity.

“I have a great team. Especially Floyd Mayweather, who has taken me in and taught me so much about boxing but also about everything outside of the ring. I’m blessed to have his support in my career.

“April 1, it’s going to be an action-packed fight. I will be a world champion one day. You don’t want to miss this one.”


“This is my 38th fight, going for my 37th victory and fourth knockout in a row. Boxing isn’t something you talk about, you just do it. That’s what I’m going to do April 1st. It’s going down.

“I made my pro debut on a Roy Jones card, which was another big stage. So I’m very ready and blessed.

“I’m coming to give my hometown fans the knockout. Boxing is like jazz, the better it is, the less it’s appreciated. A knockout will get you praise.

“I’m targeting everybody in the division. I want a belt. The first one to step up, I’m going to take care of him.”


“I’m happy to be here and I truly believe this will be a very exciting fight. Adrien is a very young and explosive fighter. He’s a force in boxing right now.

“Ashley Theophane is a guy that came from the UK with a dream. His dream was to be world champion one day. Same dream I had. He’s a very humble, hungry and dedicated fighter.

“I don’t think this is going to be an easy fight for Adrien. I’ll tell both guys to push themselves to the limit and give fans what they want to see.

“Gervonta Davis is someone I look at like a son. I met him in 2014 and they said this is the next big thing. Broner brought him to my gym to let me see him work. He’s a very explosive kid. He’s exciting and he will be fighting for a world title soon after a couple more bouts.

“I want to thank Adrien for giving him the chance to make his dream come true. I believe Adrien will continue to put on exciting fights and a good show. You’re still learning, it’s all a process.

“Adrien and Gervonta have great teams. The Baltimore and D.C. area has some extraordinary talent and the trainers are unbelievable. I’m not biased, I feel like whatever a fighter is comfortable with, that’s whom a fighter should be with.

“Mayweather Promotions isn’t rushing, we’re taking it one step at a time. I would love to see some of these guys break my records. Records are meant to be broken. I’ve done everything I can do in the sport. I’m blessed to share the stage with these young guys.

“Ashley is working with a great trainer in Nate Jones. He’s a former Olympian and a guy who has a great boxing mind.

“DC isn’t a good city, it’s a great city. We couldn’t choose a better place to have the fight. I believe that this will be a sold out event. I’m going to work to make sure everywhere you look in the city, you will see Adrien Broner and Ashley Theophane.”

RICK ROSS, Platinum Selling Record Artist

“I’m not only a friend of the boxers, but I’m also a friend of the sport. This is my favorite sport. I believe this is the sport of gladiators. This is where men, with ambition and sheer will stand-alone.

“Me and my friend Adrien Broner, will be doing some exciting things in 2016. I’m here to let everyone know on behalf of the hip-hop community, that we’re supporting this fight. April 1, ‘The Boss’ will be in the building.”

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Follow on Twitter @PremierBoxing, @AdrienBroner, @AshleyTheophane, @SpikeTV, @SpikeSports,@MayweatherPromo, and @Swanson_Comm and become a fan on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/PremierBoxingChampions and

www.facebook.com/MayweatherPromotions. Highlights available to embed at www.youtube.com/premierboxingchampions. PBC on Spike is sponsored by Corona Extra, La Cerveza Mas Fina.



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LOS ANGELES  – The boxing world was shocked when Golden Boy Promotions announced on Feb. 2 that WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) would make his first title defense of 2016 against former two-time world champion and resurgent contender Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on Cinco de Mayo weekend, Saturday, May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena, in Las Vegas. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

Canelo and Khan will kick-off a three city, international press tour in London on Feb. 29 that will travel to New York on March 1 and end in Los Angeles on March 2.

**PLEASE NOTE: Individual media alerts with more details for each city are forthcoming.

Monday, February 29 – London, United Kingdom

Location: The Park Plaza Riverbank London – Ballroom

18 Albert Embarkment

SE1 7TJ London, UK

Press Arrival Time: 10:00 a.m. GMT

Fan Arrival Time: 11:00 a.m. GMT

Press Conference Begins: 11:30 a.m. GMT

Tuesday, March 1 – New York, New York

Location: Hard Rock Café New York – Live Venue

1501 Broadway New York, NY 10036 (Corner of Broadway and 43rd St.)

Press & Fan Arrival Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Press Conference Begins: 1:00 p.m. ET

Wednesday, March 2 – Los Angeles, California

Location: Universal CityWalk – Five Towers Stage

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608 (Adjacent to AMC Theaters)

Press & Fan Arrival Time: 3:00 p.m. PT

Press Conference Begins: 6:00 p.m. PT

Canelo vs. Khan, a 12-round fight for Canelo’s WBC, Ring Magazine and Lineal Middleweight World Championships, is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Canelo Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, BORN BOLD, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Casa Mexico Tequila. The mega-event will take place on Saturday, May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.

For more information, visit http://www.goldenboypromotions.com or http://www.HBO.com/boxing, follow us on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @TMobileArena, @canelo, @amirkingkhan, @OscarDeLaHoya @HBOboxing, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/GoldenBoyBoxing, http://www.Facebook.com/tmobilearena and http://www.Facebook.com.HBOboxing, join us on Instagram @GoldenBoyBoxing, @tmobilearena, @canelo, @amirkingkhan, @OscarDeLaHoya and @HBOboxing, and follow the conversation using #CaneloKhan.

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LAS VEGAS (February 25, 2016) The Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation (TFMJF) is proud to present the 2nd Annual Fight 4 Fitness 5K Race, 2K Walk, Kids Fun Run, and Community Day taking place Sunday, April 17 at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Participants can warm-up before the race with a free yoga session courtesy of Power Yoga+Pilates+Fitness, prior to the start of the 5K Race and 2K Walk, which will begin at 8 a.m. Children can take part in a fun-filled scavenger hunt before the Kids Fun Run (one half mile run for kids 12 and under) which kicks off at 10 a.m. The race is followed by an awards ceremony honoring all of the 5K Race participants. The event’s presenting sponsors are Mayweather Promotions, Mayweather Sports, The Money Team and SHOWTIME.

More than 500 people participated in the activities last year and another large, energetic crowd is expected this year. Philanthropist and comedian Rick Smith, who used his platform to form the Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere (RAKE) Foundation, will host this year’s event.

Fight 4 Fitness will also feature live performances from 11-year-old singer-songwriter Sunny Malouf and Dance Connection, plus free Zumba sessions from Zumba Las Vegas. In addition, there will be a boxing ring where anyone will be able to learn some tricks of the trade from Mayweather Promotions’ stars.

“My foundation genuinely cares about the Las Vegas community and we are honored to be able to bring this great event to the city once again,” said Mayweather. “Being active is so important to living a healthy life. We hope to once again spread this positive message and encourage people of all ages to exercise and live healthy lives.”

TFMJF donated $25,000 last year to the Clark County School District that was divided amongst designated schools for support of athletic programs, physical education and related field trips.

The mission of Fight 4 Fitness is to form community alliances where awareness and empowerment serve as the nucleus for an improved quality of life. From children to adults, everyone is welcome to join the “fight” in reversing health trends that are adversely affecting our quality of life. Fight 4 Fitness is a movement toward good health through the possibilities of change that can enhance one’s own life and the lives of those around them. Participating in the Fight 4 Fitness event can be the catalyst needed to create a vigorous, happy and healthy Las Vegas community. This unique experience invites all members of the community to run/walk independently or with friends, family, and coworkers.

The full schedule of events is listed below:

7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. – FREE yoga session
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. -5K Race, 2K Walk, Kids scavenger hunt
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Kids Fun Run & Awards Ceremony
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Community Day

Registration for these activities is currently underway and can be completed at http://www.tfmjf.org/events. Full registration dates and fees are listed below*:

February 1st-Ferbruary 29th: $45 5K/$40 2K/$15 Kids Fun Run/$20 Community Day
March 1st- March 31st: $50 5K/ $45 2K/ $20 Kids Fun Run/ $20 Community Day
April 1st- April 11th: $55 5K/ $50 2K/ $20 Kids Fun Run/ $25 Community Day
Day of event: $65 5K/ $60 2K/ $25 Kids Fun Run/ $30 Community Day
All students K-12 can register for FREE until March 18

For more information follow on social media:
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Shots: Floyd Mayweather, TFMJF, and Mayweather Promotions

CONTACTS: Nicole Craig, Mayweather Promotions/TFMJF: (702) 807-1788
Kelly Swanson/Lisa Milner, Swanson Communications: (202) 783-5500


CornflakeAtlantic City, NJ (February 26, 2016)–On Saturday night, March 19, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna will headline in an 8-round Welterweight bout when he fights Kendal Mena at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City
The card is promoted by Rising Promotions in association with Vincent M. Ponte’s Gulf Stream Promotions.

LaManna (19-1, 7 KO’s) of nearby Millville, New Jersey will be making his second consecutive appearance at The Claridge. LaManna won a 8-round unanimous decision over Ariel Vasquez on December 5th.

LaManna used his reach and height and worked behind his jab to keep Vasquez at bay. As the fight wore on, LaManna started to dominate with body punches and cruised home to victory to the tune of 79-72 on two scorecards and 78-73.

The 24 year-old LaManna turned professional in 2011 and won his first sixteen bouts that were highlighted by wins over Ashandi Gibbs & Jamaal Davis.

“I really don’t know much about Mena, but I am preparing to the best of my ability to handle whatever it is he brings to the table. Records don’t mean anything to me, all I know is he beat twenty men and has knocked out eleven of them,”said LaManna

“Training camp has been great. In this camp my team and I have been focusing more on working on the basics. We believe I have natural talent and I’m excited to see when it all comes to place.”

Since suffering his only loss to world ranked Middleweight Antoine Douglas on ShoBox: The New Generation, LaManna has won three straight which includes a 6-round unanimous decision over rugged Ayi Bruce on September 26th in Beach Haven, New Jersey.

This will be LaManna’s second fight at Welterweight after moving down from Middleweight.

Mena of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic has a respectable mark of 20-3 with 11 knockouts.

The 28-year old Mena won his first twenty fights, which earned him a shot at the WBA International title.

He was stopped in the bout by contender Francisco Santana and he has lost to two undefeated fighters in his subsequent bouts.
In an 8-round co-feature, Tommy Rainone takes on Maurice Chalmers in a Welterweight bout.

Rainone has established himself as a fan favorite on the east coast, will be making his Atlantic City debut.

He has a record of 24-7-1 with five knockouts.

The 36 year-old of Long Island, New York won his first 11 bouts. Rainone captured the IBA Americas Title 10-round unanimous decision over Robby Cannon. He also captured the USBO Welterweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over Carl McNickles.

Rainone will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping a unanimous decision to former world champion Ishe Smith on December 18.

Chalmers of Lynchburg, Virginia has a record of 14-12-1 with 8 knockouts.

Chalmers will be looking to spring the upset, much like he did when he defeated the likes of Marcus Woods (4-1), Michael Lozano (3-0), Rajiv Bhattacharya (9-0) and Tykeem Sadler (6-0).

In the 6-round co-feature, former IBF Cruiserweight champion Imamu Mayfield will be making his long awaited comeback in a Heavyweight bout against Dan Pasciolla for the Garden State Heavyweight title.

Mayfield of Perth Amboy, New Jersey will making his first appearance in just for 8-years.

Mayfield won the IBF Cruiserweight championship when he won a 12-round unanimous decision over Uriah Grant on November 8, 1997. He made one defense and was stopped by Arthur Williams on October 30, 1998.

Mayfield won the USBA Cruiserweight title with 10th round stoppage over Gary Wilcox on June 30, 2001.

Mayfield has also fought world champions Juan Carlos Gomez, Krzystof Wlodarczyk and Alexander Povetkin.

Pasciolla of Brick, New Jersey has a record of 6-1-1 and holds wins over Bill Marks (1-0), John Lennox (13-2) and Donnie Palmer (6-0-1). In his most recent bout, Pasciolla and Brendan Barrett (3-0-1) fought to a draw on February 19 in Atlantic City.

In a six-round bouts:

Lamont Capers (5-7-2) of Brooklyn, NY fights Tracy Johnson (3-2-3) of Boston, MA in a Cruiserweight bout.

In a bout for the Garden State Super Middleweight title, Isiah Seldon (7-1, 3 KO’s) of Atlantic City, NJ takes on Michael Mitchell (3-6-2, 1 KO) of Paterson, NJ.

Hakim Bryant (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Asbury Park, NJ will take on an opponent to be named in a Middleweight bout.

In 4-round Bouts:

Quian Davis (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Mays Landing, NJ will fight Corey Morley (0-1-1) of Philadelphia, PA in a Heavyweight bout.

Caleb Hernandez (2-0) of Vineland, NJ will battle LeAnthony Fleming (1-1) of Lakeland, FL in a Welterweight bout.

Omar Brito (2-2) of Pleasantville, NJ will take on Bienvenido Diaz (2-1, 2 KO’s) of the Prospect Park, NJ in a Super Featherweight bout.

Alvin Vermall (7-0-1, 7 KO’s) of LaPlace, LA will fight Dequan Morgan (3-2-1, 1 KO) of Hamlet, NC in a Cruiserweight bout.

Darryl Bunting (0-0-1 ) of Asbury Park, NJ fights Jason Singletary (0-1) of Washington, DC in a Super Middleweight fight

Steven Ortiz (2-0) of Philadelphia will take part in a Lightweight bout against an opponent to be named.
Tickets are $50 GA, $75 Stage (very few remaining) & $125 VIP (SOLD OUT) (Booths of 5 available for $500—SOLD OUT) and are available at RisingBoxingPromotions.com or 609-487-4444.

The Clardige Hotel is located at 123 S. Indiana Ave. Atlantic City NJ

Instagram: @risingpromo


IBF super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) retained his title and added the WBA belt of previously unbeaten Scott Quigg (32-1-2, 23 KOs) with a mostly lackluster twelve round split decision in their long-awaited unification showdown on Saturday night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Frampton mostly pressed the action while Quigg fought cautiously over the first nine rounds. A fight finally broke out in round ten with good two-way action. Quigg gained the upper hand in round eleven hurting Frampton, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 115-113 Quigg, 116-112 twice for Frampton.

Carl Frampton: I couldn’t believe it was a split. I don’t know what that lad (judge Levi Martinez) was watching, but as long as I got my hand raised at the end of the fight, that’s the main thing. We have a great rivalry, and it was a great fight at the end. The start wasn’t great, but of course I would do it again. I’m happy to campaign at super bantamweight, but if a big fight comes calling at featherweight – Santa Cruz, Selby, any of these guys – I’m ready for them.

Scott Quigg: I felt comfortable. The judges must have been counting his punches as scoring, but I thought I was blocking them. I should have started faster. I felt comfortable and I thought I was winning the rounds because he wasn’t winning clear. I’m not going to complain. I want a rematch. Maybe next time I’ll start a bit earlier.


Santa Kiko

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2016) – Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz defended his WBA Featherweight World Championship in convincing fashion on Saturday night, knocking down Kiko “Sensación” Martinez twice in the first round, then ending it on a barrage of punches as the fight was called at 2:09 in the fifth round in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

In the co-feature on SHOWTIME, 29-year-old Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 31 KOs), Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, regained his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title with a devastating early knockdown with just 51 seconds into the 12-round fight against 23-year-old Julio Ceja (30-2, 27 KOs) of Atizapan De Zaragoza, Mexico, in a highly anticipated rematch of their August fight won by Ceja.

Fighting just 10 miles west of his hometown of La Habra and before 7,780 enthusiastic fans, the 27-year-old Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) continued to establish himself as the King of Southern California as he punished the game 29-year-old Martinez (35-7, 26 KOs) of Alicante, Valencia, Spain, with 570 total punches in just five rounds. There were 1,038 total punches thrown during the fight.

“The fans love it when two fighters go toe-to-toe,” Santa Cruz told SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray after the fight. “I wanted to give the fans a great fight. I knew I could hurt him with a right hand. He’s a fighter and when he’s knocked down, he’s going to come back. In the fifth round I knew I had to finish him off and I did.”

Santa Cruz continued, “We were going toe-to-toe from the beginning. He’s was throwing good punches I was throwing out good punches and the crowd was loving it. Then my dad told me to slow down and be smarter so we started boxing.”

Santa Cruz wasted no time getting the upper hand as the opening bell rung. He knocked Martinez out twice in the first round; the first just 23 seconds into the fight and the second on a devastating right hand at two minutes into the round prompting SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING play-by-play announcer Mauro Ranallo to tell expert analyst Al Bernstein: “We may be able to get to Disneyland before the end of the night.”

Martinez fell into a groove in the third and fourth rounds, but got into trouble two minutes into the fifth round as Santa Cruz had him up against the ropes connecting on numerous body shots, uppercuts and combinations before referee Raul Caiz Sr. signaled the end of the fight for Santa Cruz’s second straight world title defense in Southern California.

Martinez said that Santa Cruz, “started to move a lot and he broke my strategy and he fought a great fight. The second round I was getting looser and I was starting to feel much better.

“He was like a bull coming forward really strong,” Santa Cruz added. “He has definitely been one of the strongest fighters I’ve been in the ring with yet.

“Towards the end I said, ‘this is it, this is my opportunity to take him down. If I don’t finish him right here, it’s going to make it a really tough fight.’ So I said I was going at it with my all and thankfully it turned out the way that it did.”

Santa Cruz, making his second defense after capturing the world title from Abner Mares back in August, said someday he wants to break the records for most punches thrown in a fight. “I wanted to throw as many punches as I can so the fans could get a good show.” Continue reading


imageNEW YORK (Feb. 27th, 2016) – Hank Lundy’s bid for a world title in the 140-pound division came up short Saturday as undefeated Terence Crawford retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight Championship via fifth-round stoppage at the 2-minute, 9-second mark in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing doubleheader at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, co-promoted by Top Rank and CES Boxing.

“He caught me with a good shot on the top of my head and threw my equilibrium off. I just couldn’t recover,” Lundy said.

“We knew we could box him. We saw some flaws and attacked them. I feel as though they should’ve let it go on a bit longer. They saw I was getting to him a little bit.

“This is boxing,” Lundy continued. “I’m a warrior. I don’t think it should’ve been stopped. I want to go out on my shield. I’m a Philadelphia guy. You’ve got to knock me out.”

Fighting for a world title for the first time in his career, Lundy (26-6-1) got off to a much better start than he did in his previous televised bouts against Thomas Dulorme and Mauricio Herrera, landing early and often with the left hand in the opening round to take the quick lead on Crawford.

The tide began to turn in the second round when Crawford (28-0, 21 KOs) switched from his conventional stance to southpaw and kept Lundy at the end of his right jab. Crawford’s height advantage and reach allowed the undefeated champion to control the pace over the next three rounds with Lundy forced to lunge toward his opponent in an effort to work closer to the body.

Lundy actually opened the fifth round with a clean left hook upstairs, but Crawford didn’t budge. Moments later, the champion clipped Lundy on the top of the head with a left hook of his own, throwing Lundy off balance. Sensing his opponent was dazed, Crawford picked up the pace and landed another hard left upstairs that sent Lundy to the canvas.

Lundy made it back to his feet, but Crawford continued to apply pressure. With Lundy fighting valiantly off the ropes, Crawford backed him into the corner and unloaded with a series of unanswered flurries, forcing referee Steve Willis to stop the bout.

“Most of these guys, the come in here and they curl up. I came to fight,” Lundy said. “I want to go out on my shield. That’s that die-hard in me. I was aware of everything. I still wanted to continue the fight. He caught me with a good shot, but I’m coming to fight.”

Lundy has lost 3 of his 4 bouts, including a controversial technical decision against Herrera in July and a split-decision loss to Dulorme in December of 2014 in Brooklyn. Crawford has now successfully defended his title five times with four of those wins coming by knockout.


What did you tell Lundy after the fight?

I told him good fight and I appreciate him taking the fight

Cause I got my respect – I said he was going to respect me at the end of the fight and he was going to respect me today and I respect him back. He said good fight it’s all love and I appreciate it

Why do you get hit in eearly rounds?

Cause they are earlier rounds and we are feeling each other out. Once I make the adjustment I start touching him more

Seems like you have more power

I was killing myself to make 135 and it was taking a lot out of me. I want to thank got for the V.

I told everyone I got power in both hands and the boxing ability that I have and it’s going to take me a long way in this game

I never duck anyone and I’ll fight anybody. My manager will make the fights happen and and I will train and fight.


Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

Story by:  Robert Uzzell

On Saturday night at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Boricua Felix Verdejo improved to 20-0, 14 KOs with a ten round decision over William Silva on Saturday.  Verdejo did what he needed to do against Silva to earn the win, but the victory won’t be one that fans will remember as his best.

Verdejo won by lopsided scores of 100-90 twice, and 99-91.  I thought the fight was closer, with neither man seeming to want to take the lead in the fight.

Silva made Verdejo look amateurish at times by displaying fantastic footwork and movement during the bout.  However, his offensive output wasn’t enough to offset Verdejo’s.

There was speculation on part of press row that maybe Verdejo injured his fragile and surgically repaired hand.  That wasn’t the case according to Verdejo.

“I felt very good.  But he moved a lot. I did what I had to do to get the win. It was a learning experience for me.”

Verdejo continued to do just enough to each round, and Silva obliged each time. Most of the action came from wild one-punch misses by Verdejo with nothing to follow.

The pro-Verdejo crowd lost its volume during most of the second half of the fight.  Both participants seemed content with riding the fight out by circling, landing with follow-ups, or throwing wild haymakers. But not much was happening for large swaths of the rounds as the fighters circled each other.

The best action of the fight happened in about the seventh round.  Two jokers who were over the limit in the stands began to argue and a brief scuffle took place.

While Verdejo deserved the victory, let’s stop trying to make him the next Felix Trnidad or the next Miguel Cotto.  He’s the first Felix Verdejo and from what we seems, that means he’ll be a great one.  Tonight just wasn’t his best night.

The venue was a sold out, with roughly over 5,000 in attendance. Puerto Rico was definitely in the house.  Omaha, Nebraska was also well represented.


imagePhotos courtesy of Will Paul

PHILADELPHIA’S HANK LUNDY (center) poses for the crowd at the Theater Lobby at Madison Square Garden after checking in at 138.2 pounds during Friday’s weigh in for his WBO World Junior Welterweight Title bout Saturday night in New York City against reigning champion Terence Crawford of Omaha, Neb. Both Lundy and Crawford (139.2) made weight Friday, setting the stage for a heated 12-round showdown in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing doubleheader beginning at 10 p.m. ET. The event is co-promoted by Top Rank and CES.
Friday, Feb. 26th, 2016

NEW YORK (Feb. 26th, 2016) — Junior welterweights Hank Lundy and Terence Crawford each made weight Friday at the Theater Lobby at the Madison Square Garden in advance of their 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) world title bout Saturday in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing doubleheader, promoted by Top Rank and CES Boxing.

Philadelphia’s Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) weighed 138.2 pounds, well below the 140-pond weight limit, while the undefeated, reigning champion Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) tipped the scales at 139.2.

Friday’s weigh-in was rare in that the main event fighters did not share the stage or pose for a face-off following a near altercation between the two at Thursday’s final press conference at Chase Square.

After speaking to the press for the final time Thursday, Lundy and Crawford stood toe-to-toe on stage for one last photo op. Lundy kept jawing and Crawford eventually shoved him, leading to a minor scuffle between both sides. Cooler heads prevailed, but state officials decided Friday it’d be best if the two kept their distance once it was time to step on the scale.

“It’s going to be electric,” Lundy said after successfully making weight. “It’s showtime, baby!”

What was once considered a second-rate fight for Crawford by boxing experts has become must-see TV due to Lundy’s bold prediction of a knockout win and the sudden heated rivalry between the two. Fans of both fighters have come out in droves, invading Times Square in a sea of red (for Crawford) and blue (for Lundy). Some, including Lundy himself, have suggested the challenger has worked his way inside Crawford’s head, causing the champion to react with a rare lack of restraint.

Crawford, who has successfully defended his title four times, apologized for shoving Lundy late Thursday night via Twitter, but denied he’s lost the mental battle heading into Saturday’s bout.

“He talks a lot,” Crawford said. “I’m going to go in there and do what I do best.”

The Feb. 27th HBO doubleheader, which begins 10 p.m. ET, also features a 10-round WBO Latino lightweight title bout between reigning champion Felix Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and unbeaten challenger William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs) of San Paolo, Brazil.

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“Hammerin” Hank Lundy has talked the talk in the weeks leading up to his challenge for Terence “Bud” Crawford’s WBO World super lightweight title.

At Thursday’s final press conference, Crawford decided he’d heard enough of Lundy’s talk and forcefully pushed Lundy who clearly got under his skin.

These two clearly don’t like each other and it should make for an exciting fight on Saturday night, live on HBO from Madison Square Garden.

The HBO telecast begins at 10:00pm eastern.

Check the video out below:


Washington-MansourLast October, heavyweight  Gerald Washington (16-0-1, 11 KOs) fought to a draw in his showdown with Amir Mansour. When the scorecards were read, Washington was stunned. Suddenly, the big man had an even bigger bone to pick. “I couldn’t believe that decision,” he says. “I definitely felt I won that fight. Without a doubt.” Washington got off to a strong start in his showdown with Mansour, using his eight-inch reach advantage to control the range in the fight, keeping his distance and rocking Mansour with right hands fired as forcefully as munitions from a howitzer. But during the second half of the bout, Washington began to focus more on eluding Mansour’s charge at the expense of his offense, enabling his more active opponent to gain momentum in the middle rounds. It was enough for TV viewers who participated in a round-by-round scoring poll to name Mansour the winner. The judges called it even.  Washington was expecting to get his raised in victory, but the moment never came.

“I had that fight in my hands and then I didn’t get the outcome I was looking for,” he says. “I don’t know how Amir Mansour got all the credit from that fight. He just showed energy and determination, but he didn’t land any punches.”

During the fight, renowned trainer and boxing commentator Virgil Hunter, who helped call the action on Fox Sports 1, critiqued Washington repeatedly for fighting too safely and not showing enough of a killer instinct. “He’s the bigger man. He’s the stronger man, apparently. He has the height and the reach,” Hunter said during the broadcast, listing Washington’s strengths before bemoaning his tentativeness. “He’s going to have to announce his arrival in the heavyweight division if he’s going to be significant. He’s going to have to come as an outlaw. He can’t come in as a nice guy.”

Washington took note of Hill’s sharp words. “I was like, ‘Man, this guy’s bashing me,’” he recalls.

But rather than get bent out of shape, which isn’t much a part of Washington’s gentle-giant disposition anyway, he sought Hill out for some constructive criticism. “As soon as I had the opportunity, I went up to him and he was like, ‘I hope you don’t take that the wrong way,’” Washington says.

He then relates an anecdote that Hunter told him about how a young lion learns to stalk and kill its prey. “The mama lion brings a herd animal to the baby lions and lets them work on their technique and skills before they actually send them out there to hunt on their own because they won’t know what to do. It’s the same thing with me. I’m learning what to do, learning on the job.”

Said learning curve has been steep: A former tight end and defensive lineman at the University of Southern California before a brief NFL stint on the practice squads of the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks, Washington didn’t start boxing until 2012, when he was already 30 years old. He’s proven himself to be a quick study, however, an athletic big man with swift hands, nimble feet and an action figure’s physique.

In the ring, he’s an elusive, heady presence who tends to work at a controlled pace. His game is a balance between good defense and a carefully calibrated offense, which brings us back to the Mansour bout. “You can look at that fight two ways,” Washington says. “‘Gerald has skills, he’s knocking Amir Mansour around, he didn’t get hit.’ Or you can look at it like, ‘Gerald’s running, Gerald’s scared.’”

Washington doesn’t put a whole lot of stock in the latter interpretation. “That wasn’t the case at all,” he states. Now, as he prepares to take on undefeated Colombia’s Oscar Rivas (18-0, 13 KOs) on February 27th (Showtime, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), he’ll aim to get over his draw with Mansour by getting over on Rivas. “It was a good lesson for me. I’ve got to finish the job and take him out,” he says of what he took away from his last fight. “I’ve learned from it. Now it’s time for me to show what I learned.”


Lundy questions Crawford’s pedigree and hopes experience in big fights is a difference-maker Saturday

Hank LundyPROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 23rd, 2016) — Not only is Hank Lundy confident as ever heading into Saturday’s world-title bout in New York City against champion Terence Crawford, he’s certain Crawford isn’t even the best fighter he’s faced, a bold statement considering his opponent’s spot on most experts’ pound-for-pound lists.


“Who has Terence fought? A [5-foot-2 Yuriorkis] Gamboa?” asked Lundy during a media conference call Tuesday before rattling off a long list of former opponents he feels are better than Crawford, among them Victor Postol, Ajose Olusegun and even Dannie Williams.


“What’s going to happen when he faces someone who can do the same things he can do? He’s nothing special.”


Philadelphia’s Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs) is less than a week away from the fight of his life, a 12-round showdown against Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden for Crawford’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight Title in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing doubleheader, promoted by Top Rank and CES Boxing.


Those who’ve followed Lundy’s career since he turned pro in 2008 know he’s never turned down a fight or turned away from the glare of the boxing media, even if it appears at times he’s bites off more than he can chew in the press.


Among the topics of discussions during Tuesday’s the conference call, the official kickoff to this week’s festivities in New York, Lundy addressed his improbable upbringing in Philadelphia, the difficulty of fighting as the perceived “B” side on highly-publicized cards and the inner strength to continue fighting through adversity.


Lundy is on the brink of fighting for a major world title for the first time in his career despite losing two of his last three fights and suffering discouraging setbacks against Mauricio Herrera and Thomas Dulorme. The fact he’s parlayed his tumultuous career into a title shot against one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters is a testament to what he calls “hard work and determination,” a byproduct of growing up in one of boxing’s most respected fight cities.


“‘Hammerin’ Hank wasn’t supposed to be here,” Lundy said, “but my drive, my goal to succeed in life, my will to make a better life for my [six daughters] got me here.


“There’s no tomorrow. I’m leaving everything in that ring. This man is going to have to knock me out to win.”


Lundy is a heavy underdog, a +1500 as of Tuesday (by comparison, Manny Pacquiao was a +160 underdog in his fight against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather), but he’s banking on his past experience against elite fighters, many of whom he feels are better than Crawford, to carry him past the four-time defending champ.


While Lundy-Crawford has been panned as a second-rate fight in some circles because of the fact Lundy was reportedly the third or fourth choice among Crawford’s camp, Lundy’s promise of a knockout has made this must-see television for boxing fans.


Lundy has run the gauntlet at 135 and 140 pounds, including Postol, the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) champion; Olusegun; Herrera; Dulorme; Williams; Raymundo Beltran and current World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight Champion Richar Abril, whom he beat in 2010. He considers the rangy, 5-11 Postol, now 28-0, the best he’s ever faced. The two fought in Russia in 2013 with Postol winning narrowly by unanimous decision despite Lundy’s claims that he dictated the pace.


“Victor is a better technician than Crawford. Crawford gets hit a lot,” Lundy said.


“What people have to look at with Terence, he switches up between righty and southpaw. OK. That’s what he does to throw people off, but in the midst of switching it up, he gets hit.


“Most of these guys get confused, but I’ve been watching him since he popped up on the scene at 135 [pounds]. Nothing has changed for me. He doesn’t impress me. When you’ve got the right guy in front of him that can do the things I can do, we’ll see if he can handle that. We’ll see how he adjusts. I’m battle-tested. He’s never faced anyone like me.


“Him against Postol? That’s a fight I’d like to see! After I clean him up, I’d like to see him fight Victor.”


Asked how he remains so confident despite having lost to two opponents Crawford already beat (Dulorme and Beltran), Lundy said, “When you think about it, the everyday struggle, for me to make it to where I’m at, me just going against adversity, doing what people tell me I can’t do, it’s my life story.


“I love it,” he continued. “When they put my back against the wall, I always come out on top, just like in life. I’m still in Philly. Not too many people get away from the hood. Some of our greatest fighters end up getting killed or in jail. I’ve stayed positive and pushed even harder.”


By winning the fight outside of the ring, Lundy might’ve already won the war between the ropes. A typically quiet, subdued fighter, Crawford has been more vocal in recent weeks leading up to this fight, starting with his playful, though somewhat heated, exchange with Lundy at the introductory press conference in January.


Could it be Lundy is inside the champion’s head?


“I know I’m in his head,” Lundy said. “You can just see it. Everyone knows Terence don’t say much or act a certain way before a fight, but you’re seeing a different Terence Crawford, cussing, talking, stating he’s from the street and he’s been shot. You’ve never seen that from him.”


Some fighters might worry about their bold words providing the opponent with bulletin-board material. Not Lundy. If the tough talk motivates Crawford even more than he already is, so be it, because Lundy doesn’t want to hear any excuses Saturday.


“At the end of the day, I want to motivate him. I want him to come in with his ‘A’ game, because when they raise my hand and put that belt around my waist, it won’t be about, ‘I didn’t do this,’ or, ‘I should’ve trained that way.’ He won’t have any excuses.


“I’m going to push the envelope,” he continued. “The one thing about boxing that people forget is you’ve got to set the tone in there. If you fall behind, it’s going to get ugly. He can be patient all he wants, but at the end of the day he’s going to fight my fight.”


In fact, if bulletin-board material is a motivating factor, Lundy might have the edge there, too. After all, Crawford’s promoter, Bob Arum, and co-manager, Cameron Dunkin, have publicly expressed the desire to fight bigger, more marketable opponents, as if Lundy isn’t a worthy adversary on a card of this magnitude.


“I’m real insulted,” Lundy said, “but at the end of the day, they don’t want to fight a guy like ‘Hammerin” Hank Lundy. Dunkin didn’t like the fact I was coming at [his client] Brandon Rios. If I see a guy I can exploit, I want to get in the ring with him.


“Come Saturday night, I’m not leaving with any ‘ifs.’ This is my chance for a world title and I’m leaving it all in the ring.”


The Feb. 27th HBO doubleheader, which begins 10 p.m. ET, also features a 10-round WBO Latino lightweight title bout between reigning champion Felix Verdejo (19-0, 14 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and unbeaten challenger William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs) of San Paolo, Brazil. Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $100, $200 and $300 and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.thegarden.com.


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Lee Samuels, Top Rank, (702) 738-1083 or lee@toprank.com.

Kevin Flaherty, HBO, (212) 512-5052 or kevin.flaherty@hbo.com.

Patrick Byrne, HBO, (212) 512-1361 or Patrick.byrne@hbo.com.

Larry Torres, Madison Square Garden, (212) 631-5178 or larry.torres@msg.com.