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JOE SMITH JR. NEW YORK CITY MEDIA WORKOUT

QUOTES AND PHOTOS FROM YESTERDAY’S EVENT

JOE SMITH JR. NEW YORK CITY MEDIA WORKOUT PHOTOS & QUOTES

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NEW YORK CITY (June 28, 2017) Hard hitting light heavyweight contender JOE SMITH JR.,¬†(23-1 19 KO’s), held court in front of a tremendous crowd of New York City media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym ahead of his highly anticipated 10-round clash with fellow contender SULLIVAN BARRERA (19-1, 14 KO’s) set for Saturday, July 15 at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, California and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:50 p.m. ET.

JOE SMITH JR.

“It feels great to be fighting on HBO, I’m looking forward to it, I’m in great shape and ready to

put on a tremendous performance against Sullivan Barrera.”

“It’s not like fighting at home but I’m looking forward to fighting at the Forum again, I was treated very well there and it’s a tremendous and legendary venue. I like Los Angeles, the fans were very good to me as well.”

“Along with the media, it’s great to see some many of my union brothers here at the media workout, I truly appreciate all the support they’ve shown me.”

“I saw Sullivan Barrera’s fight with Andre Ward and I’ve seen a few of his other fights. This fight is a huge challenge to me, he’s got a lot of experience but I’ll be ready on July 15.”

“I’d still like to fight Adonis Stevenson, I was ready this year and I’ll be ready at any time but now my focus is solely on this fight.”

“I’ll definitely be going back to working for the union in the future when I’m not training for a fight, it’s a great job and they’ve been very supportive of me throughout my career.

“Joe DeGuardia has done a great job of getting me these opportunities, particularly with Fonfara and Hopkins and now with Barrera, it’s my job to take care of business in the ring.”

 

JOE DEGUARDIA, President and CEO of Star Boxing

“We’re all very excited for Joe, he’s in tremendous shape as you can see. Barrera is another challenge for Joe and he’s well prepared to be victorious.”

INFO:

Known as “The Common Man”,¬†Irish-American¬†Joe Smith¬†Jr. burst onto the international boxing scene last June, knocking out the highly favored, former world title challenger Andrzej Fonfara in the first round of a nationally televised contest (NBC) from the Pole’s hometown of Chicago.

Six months later Smith challenged future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins at the Fabulous Forum and live on HBO. Dominating the legend on December 17 through the first seven rounds, the construction union laborer Smith drilled Hopkins to the canvas and out of the ring earning the knockout in the eighth round.

Sullivan Barrera is riding a two bout knockout streak with victories over Paul Parker on April 15 and Vyacheslav Shabaranskyy on December 16, 2016. His only loss was a decision to light heavyweight champion Andre Ward in March 2016, and Barrera is considered one of the top fighters in the stacked division.

Smith vs. Barrera¬†is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Main Events.¬†This fight is part of a sensational triple header featuring¬†Miguel Berchelt vs. Takashi Miura, a 12-round fight for the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship and the WBA Super Featherweight World Championship with¬†Jezreel “El Invisible” Corrales defending his title against¬†Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos. Berchelt-Miura is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Zanfer Promotions and Teiken Promotions.

The event is sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD and Casa Mexico Tequila and will take place on Saturday, July 15 at Los Angeles’ “Fabulous” Forum and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark at 9:50 P.M EST.

Tickets are priced at $25, $50, $75 and $125, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. ¬†To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or the Forum Box Office (Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. PST to 7:00 p.m. PST) at (310) 330-7300. Tickets will also be available for purchase at¬†www.fabulousforum.com¬†or¬†www.ticketmaster.com. (more…)

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John David Jackson made some head-scratching comments recently concerning his loyalties to Sergey Kovalev.

 

J. Prince and Team Ward have been winning the mental battle so far, leading into Ward vs. Kovalev II in two weeks.

 

Listen to my thoughts:

 

 

NEW YORK CITY: ¬†“The Common Man”, Joe Smith Jr., (23-1, 19 KO’s), boxing’s best story of 2016, will make his first start of the new year, defending his WBC International Light Heavyweight Title against world ranked Sullivan Barrera, (19-1, 14 KO’s) on Friday, July 15 from the iconic, Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles and live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (9:50 p.m. ET/PT).

 

Smith vs. Barrera is presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing¬ģ in association with Main Events. The 27-year-old Smith of Long Island, New York said, “I’m thrilled to be back on HBO against another top light heavyweight, Sullivan Barrera, I’ve already started training and will be ‘more than ready’ on July 15. There’s a number of great fighters in our division and I’m looking forward to another victory on my way to a world title shot.” “This is a great opportunity for me. I want to thank my entire team for making this happen. I respect Joe for taking this fight. He is a great fighter and I have a tough test on July 15. I will work hard to put on a great show for all the fans,” stated Barrera.

 

“This should be a spectacular fight,” said Joe DeGuardia, President and CEO of Star Boxing. “Over the past few months many have refused to fight Joe Smith Jr., so I give credit to Sullivan Barrera, who, like Joe, is a tough fighter willing to fight anyone. Joe’s captivating rise as a humble working-class ‘Common Man’ has resonated with sports fans all over the world and I look forward to being at the Forum on HBO as Joe and Sullivan battle for the future.”

 

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, stated, “This is a really interesting fight. It is a can’t miss because Barrera and Smith are both finishers. We are all eager to see how this plays out and I give credit to both men for wanting a challenge.”

 

Smith bursted onto the international boxing scene last June, knocking out the highly favored, former world title challenger, Andrzej Fonfara in the first round of a nationally televised contest from the Pole’s hometown of Chicago.

 

Six months later Smith challenged future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins at the Fabulous Forum and live on HBO. Dominating the legend on December 17 through the first seven rounds, the construction laborer Smith drilled Hopkins to the canvas and out of the ring earning the knockout in the eighth round.

 

Barrera is riding a two bout knockout streak with victories over Paul Parker on April 15 and Vyacheslav Shabaranskyy on December 16, 2016. His only loss was to light heavyweight champion Andre Ward in March 2016.

 ANDRZEJ FONFARA

“Stevenson will be older, I will be better”
Photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
By Przemek Garczarczyk – Fightnews.com
 

In thirty days, on June 3 in Montreal, Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KO) will have a boxing version of déjà vu Рsame place (Bell Centre), same rival (Adonis Stevenson) and same stakes (WBC light heavyweight championship). Almost exactly three years ago, on May 24, 2014, then 26-year-old Fonfara, after 12 rounds of brutal fighting, lost a decision to Stevenson (28-1, 23 KO).

“I’m very confident about fighting him again. I will be better, he will be older,” says Fonfara. Stevenson-Fonfara, along with another very interesting light heavyweight bout between #1 WBC rated Eleider Alvarez (22-0, 11 KO) and Jean Pascal (31-4, 18 KO), will be seen on Showtime.

As usual, the most important question when a big fight is coming closer – are you healthy, no injuries?
 
All good, no reason to complain. Hard work inside, sunny California outside. We’re entering the last 30 days, the most important part of any training on full speed. Just did the 30-day WBC safety weigh in. 190 pounds, after a good breakfast. On schedule.
 

The Road to Stevenson began a long time ago, in September 2016, when you started working with Virgil Hunter and eventually prepared for another southpaw, Chad Dawson. In New York, you were in serious trouble, losing on the scorecards, before knocking out Chad in the last round.

 

Different fighters, different fights… Who said I would be fighting Stevenson the same way I did Dawson? I fought them both, know the difference. Dawson is much harder to hit, very good when fighting on the defensive. He was prepared perfectly and spent a long time getting ready for our fight. Stevenson is much more vulnerable when going backwards, there’s time and space to punch him hard. ¬†Continue Reading…
Mario Serrano
Publicist – Team Fonfara
boxingpublicist@aol.com

fonfaraANDRZEJ FONFARA:¬†¬† “I’m ready for revenge”

Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis Stevenson Faces

Andrzej Fonfara in Championship Rematch That Headlines SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING,

Presented by Premier Boxing Champions, Saturday, June 3

Live on SHOWTIME from Bell Centre in Montreal

Light Heavyweight Showdown Between Top Contender Eleider Alvarez and Former World Champion Jean Pascal Featured as Co-Main Event on SHOWTIME

Tickets on Sale Now!

MONTREAL (April 21, 2017) – WBC Light Heavyweight World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson will take-on hard-hitting Polish contender Andrzej Fonfara in a rematch of their 2014 slugfest on Saturday, June 3 in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, presented by Premier Boxing Champions, live on SHOWTIME from the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Televised coverage will also include a matchup of top light heavyweights as WBC number-one contender Eleider Alvarez (22-0, 11 KOs) faces former world champion Jean Pascal (31-4-1, 18 KOs) with both men looking to get a shot at the winner of the main event next.

Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) and Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs) battled at Bell Centre on May 24, 2014 as Stevenson was able to survive a knockdown late in the fight to win a decision and defend his belt for the third time. Both men threw huge shots all the way until the final bell and will look to pick up where they left off on June 3.

“I’m very excited for this rematch with Fonfara, but it is going to be a short night for him because they don’t pay me for overtime,” said Stevenson. “I’m very happy to be back in the ring for my first fight of 2017. I can’t wait to fight in front of my hometown fans at the Bell Centre. The first time I fought Fonfara was at the Bell Centre in 2014 and now we’re back doing it for a second time. I will put on a great, exciting show for the fans in my hometown, and for the fans on SHOWTIME.”

“I feel good that I’m back here after three years,” said Fonfara. “I’m ready for revenge. I’m a different fighter physically and mentally. I’ve shown in a couple of fights that I’m a better fighter. It’s a great opportunity to get the rematch and be a world champion. The last fight against Chad Dawson gave me experience because it was very technical. But really all the fights since then – Julio Chavez, Jr., Nathan Cleverly and even Joe Smith – have helped me prepare for Stevenson again. I changed my team, got a new coach and a trainer, which makes me physically and mentally where I need to be for this fight. I don’t have a problem fighting in Montreal. I love Montreal. It’s a beautiful city with beautiful people. It will be a great night of boxing and I’m sure that I will be victorious on the night of June 3.”

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by Group Yvon Michel (GYM) in association with Warriors Boxing, are priced from $80 to $350, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the Bell Centre box office, on http://www.evenko.ca, at GYM (514) 383-0666) or at Champion Boxing Club (514) 376-0980.

“This is one of the best shows in Quebec in a long time,” said Yvon Michel, President of GYM. “It’s the kind of event that will inject some adrenaline into boxing in Quebec. We have two fights that could be main events anywhere in the world and on any network. Adonis will defend his title for the eighth time. To be a world champion for four years is exceptional. Fonfara has a style that can give Adonis some problems.’

“In the co-main event we have a former world champion in Pascal who still believes he can be world champion. He will have a tough assignment with Alvarez, a fighter who just proved he belongs with the best in the world with his win over Lucian Bute. If he beats Pascal he will have beaten two of the best stars that Canada has ever produced in back-to-back fights. He will prove to be a threat to anyone in the future.”

“We’re really looking forward to taking on Stevenson at the Bell Centre in Montreal on SHOWTIME,” said Leon Margules, President of Warriors Boxing, Fonfara’s promoter. “Andrzej was just 26-years-old when they fought last time and it was a big step up for him. We believe he’s now ready to win because he has gained a significant amount of experience in matches with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., Nathan Cleverly and Chad Dawson. We’re thrilled to be given the opportunity to fight Stevenson for the world title for a second time.”

Stevenson won the world light heavyweight title in June of 2013 in Montreal, via a sensational 76-second, first-round knockout over the then-undisputed king of the division Chad Dawson. The impressive victory earned Stevenson “Knockout of the Year” and “Fighter of the Year” accolades. From there, Stevenson went on to record stoppage victories over Tavoris Cloud and Tony Bellew in addition to the decision over Fonfara. Born in Haiti, but fighting out of Quebec, Stevenson defended his title twice in 2015 before making the seventh defense of his belt in an exciting firefight with Thomas Williams Jr. that ended with a fourth-round knockout for the reigning champion. The lineal 175-pound champion trains out of the late Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym with his head trainer Sugar Hill.

Now training in Oakland with Virgil Hunter, Fonfara enters this bout coming off of a 10th-round stoppage victory over former world champion Chad Dawson in March at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The fighter out of Warsaw, Poland bounced back from his defeat to Stevenson with a TKO victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and a decision over Nathan Cleverly in a 2015 Fight of the Year contender. The 29-year-old won his first 13 fights after moving up to light heavyweight in 2010 including wins over Gabriel Campillo, Glen Johnson and Tommy Karpency.

A 2008 Colombian Olympian fighting out of Montreal, Alvarez worked his way into the mandatory position for the WBC title with victories over Isidro Ranoni Prieto and Isaac Chilemba in 2015. He followed those up with wins over Robert Berridge and Norbert Dabrowski before his most recent matchup that saw him deliver a sensation fifth round knockout over former world champion Lucian Bute.

Originally from Haiti, Pascal and his family moved to Canada when he was a child and began boxing at the age of 13. He would eventually become one of the most accomplished fighters from Montreal. Pascal became a world champion in 2009 when he defeated previously unbeaten Adrian Diaconu. He would go on to defend the title three times, including a victory over Chad Dawson. After losing his title to Bernard Hopkins, Pascal has picked up victories over Lucian Bute, Yuniesky Gonzalez and most recently Ricardo Ramallo in addition to two challenges of former unified world champion Sergey Kovalev.

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Photo by Stephanie Trapp

BAY AREA, CA (March 29, 2017) РWBC #7 light-heavyweight contender, Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs), is back in the Bay Area, CA, training with Virgil Hunter.  After scoring a technical knockout in his last fight against former world champion, Chad Dawson (34-5, 19 KOs), Fonfara is ready for the next challenge as he looks to get back into a world title fight.

 

“I took a few weeks off to rest my body, but now I’m ready to get back in the gym training with Virgil Hunter,” said Fonfara. “I’m making the proper sacrifices, coming to California with no fight date, because I know in this sport your name can be called at any time.”

 

With a possible date looming, Fonfara feels he’s back on track to fight all top contenders in the light-heavyweight division.

 

“I’m in a great position being ranked in number seven by the WBC.” Fonfara continued.¬† “I just want to stay sharp and be ready for any fight that might come my way.¬† Training with Virgil now is only going to make me a better fighter.¬† I’ll be ready for anyone that my team puts in front of me.”

 

Mario Serrano

Publicist – Team Fonfara

boxingpublicist@aol.com

(408) 607-5756

 

ANDRZEJ FONFARA
EYES TOP TEN CONTENDERS, BADOU JACK SPECIFICALLY
Photos By: Sean Michael Ham / Premier Boxing Champions

CHICAGO, IL (March 9, 2017) – After stopping former world champion, Chad Dawson (34-5, 19 KOs), with a stunning tenth-round TKO, WBC #8 light-heavyweight contender, Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs), is welcoming challenges from everyone in the top ten.

“I’m looking forward to my next fight and the possibilities that have opened up with my victory over Chad Dawson,” said Andrzej Fonfara. “My main goal is to avenge my loss to Joe Smith Jr., but if I can’t get him in the ring, then I’m looking to face anyone in the top ten of the light-heavyweight division.”
With the light-heavyweight division loaded with talent, Fonfara seeks a meaningful fight with one of the top contenders, more specifically, former WBC super-middleweight champion, Badou Jack (20-1, 12 KOs), who recently vacated his world title at 168 pounds.
“Badou Jack seems like the perfect opponent, but I must warn him, this is not the super-middleweight division,” Fonfara continued. “Badou Jack has never faced punchers like those fighting at 175 pounds.¬† He must earn his shot to a world title fight, just like I did when I was coming up.¬† This makes for a perfect opportunity for us to fight, with the winner moving up the rankings.
Mario Serrano
Publicist – Team Fonfara
boxingpublicist@aol.com
(408) 607-5756
ANDRZEJ FONFARA RALLIES, STOPS DAWSON IN TENTH ROUND

By Keith Idec Р 

NEW YORK – Andrzej Fonfara got the knockout he seemingly needed Saturday night to beat Chad Dawson.

Chicago’s Fonfara appeared to be down on the scorecards, but stopped Dawson in the 10th and final round of their light heavyweight fight on the Danny Garcia-Keith Thurman undercard at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Fonfara dropped a tiring Dawson with about 2:15 left in the ninth round, but Dawson was able to get to his feet and make it to the end of the round.

The former lineal light heavyweight champion wasn’t as fortunate in the 10th round.

Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs) drilled him with a straight right hand early in the 10th that knocked Dawson off balance and into a neutral corner. Dawson attempted to cover up, but Fonfara swarmed him and landed several power punches to Dawson’s head that prompted referee David Fields to stop the bout 38 seconds into the 10th round.

Dawson disputed the stoppage, yet clearly was hurt when Fields intervened.

“Chad Dawson has had a great career and gotten some huge wins,” Fonfara said. “That definitely helped him tonight, but he didn’t do anything to surprise me and he never hurt me.”

Dawson boxed well through six rounds, when his advantages in hand speed and the ability to land combinations were obvious. He seemed to start tiring in the seventh round, however, and Fonfara continued to pressure him.

“I heard the scores were not in my favor,” Fonfara said regarding the scorecards at the time of the stoppage. “Right now I can’t say whether or not I agree with them. I thought I was winning the fight, but I’d have to go back and watch closer.”

His victory over Dawson (35-4, 19 KOs, 2 NC) marked Fonfara’s first fight since Long Island’s Joe Smith surprisingly stopped him in the first round June 16 in Chicago.

“I knew after my loss to Smith that a lot of people had come out to see me,” Fonfara said. “Some people were disheartened with that loss, but I know a lot of people made the trip to see me again tonight. I just want to thank all of my fans back from Chicago and here in New York, and I can’t wait to come back even stronger.” ¬†¬†Continue Reading…

Mario Serrano
Publicist – Team Fonfara
boxingpublicist@aol.com
(408) 607-5756

Erickson Lubin Knocks Out Jorge Cota in WBC Super Welterweight Title Eliminator: VIDEO
Watch The Replay Monday at 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
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BROOKLYN (March 5, 2017) – Keith Thurman is the unified welterweight world champion.
 

Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs) unified boxing’s glamour division with a split-decision victory over Danny Garcia (33-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday, defending his WBA belt and picking up Garcia’s WBC crown on boxing’s biggest stage in primetime on CBS from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING‚ĄĘ.¬†

 

The event, which was produced by SHOWTIME Sports¬ģ¬†for the CBS Television Network, marked the highest-attended boxing event in Barclays Center history with 16,533 fans witnessing just the 10th unification in division history.

The close affair, which was only the third time undefeated fighters unified the 147-pound division, was scored 116-112 Thurman, 115-113 Thurman and 115-113 Garcia.

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS main event, which was presented by Premier Boxing Champions, was a tale of effective aggression and ring generalship. Thurman came out swinging and was the busier and more accurate fighter in nine of the 12 rounds.¬† “One Time” Thurman was more tactical in the second half of the fight, utilizing lateral movement and working off his jab.¬† Garcia picked up the pace and was more active in the final rounds, but it was too little too late for the previously undefeated Philadelphia native.

“I thought I out-boxed him.” said Thurman, who likely earned a spot on boxing’s mythical pound-for-pound list with the impressive victory.¬† “I thought it was a clear victory, but Danny came to fight.¬† I knew when it was split and I had that wide spread, I knew it had to go to me.

“I was not giving the fight away. I felt like we had a nice lead, we could cool down.¬† I felt like we were controlling the three-minute intervals every round.¬† My defense was effective – he wasn’t landing.”

A former unified champion at 140-pound, Garcia was aiming to be the first fighter in history to unify titles at 140 and 147 pounds.

“I came up short tonight,” said Garcia, who entered the bout with a 7-0 record in world title bouts.¬† “I thought I was the aggressor. ¬†I thought I pushed the pace.¬† But it didn’t go my way.

“I thought I won and I was pushing the fight. ¬†But it is what it is. I’ll come back strong like a true champion. I would love a rematch to get these titles.”

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Andrzej Fonfara Training Camp Quotes & Photos

Polish Light Heavyweight Contender Battles Former World Champion Chad Dawson in Undercard Action 

Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn

Click HERE for Photos from Stephanie Trapp

 

BROOKLYN (February 28, 2017) – Exciting heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara has wrapped up training camp and is ready to battle former world champion Chad Dawson on Saturday, March 4 from Barclays Center, in front of the passionate Polish boxing fans in Brooklyn.

 

The March 4 event is headlined by the highly anticipated welterweight world title unification showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia that serves as the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on CBS, presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Broadcast coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with undefeated rising star Erickson Lubin battling once-beaten knockout artist Jorge Cota in a super welterweight title eliminator bout.

 

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, start at $50 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP.

 

Here is what Fonfara had to say about his first training camp with Virgil Hunter, his matchup and more:

 

On his recent training camp with Virgil Hunter:

“Virgil Hunter and I had a great final few days of training camp.¬† All the sparring and training is finalized and now we are focused on making weight.¬† My body feels rejuvenated and I’ll be at my best going into this fight.”

 

On facing former world champion Chad Dawson:

“Chad Dawson is a very skilled fighter who has won at the elite level.¬† He’s a former world champion who’s been in the ring with the best fighters in the division.¬† I know he will be a difficult challenge, but I’m confident I’ll be victorious.” (more…)