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Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz in on!   Check out the fighter weights below:

 

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Terence Crawford 139.2 vs. Felix Diaz 139.4
(WBC/WBO World super lightweight title)

Ray Beltran 134.6 vs. Jonathan Maicelo 134.8

Shakur Stevenson 124.6 vs. Carlos Suarez 124.2

Konstantin Ponomarev 149.6 vs. Ed Paredes 150.2
Teofimo Lopez 134.8 vs. Ronald Rivas 135.4
Tong Hui Li 153.8 vs. Daniel Calzada 154.2
Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 138 vs. Agustine Mauras 135.8
Steve Nelson 174.2 vs. Gilberto Rubio 173
Henry Lebron 130.2 vs. Johnny Estrada 131

 

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® 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.

Press Release: Undefeated world junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb. will make his 2017 debut, Saturday, May 20th, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden in New York City.  He will be defending his unified WBC/WBO titles against former Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz  (19-1, 9 KOs) of Brooklyn by way of the Dominican Republic.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Crawford and promoter Bob Arum made themselves available in training camp on Thursday for a pre-fight week Q&A Session.  Here is the transcript:

Q: Most boxers do not call you out.  Diaz has been calling you out for the last couple of fights.  How do you feel about that?  Do you get annoyed?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  When you are at the top of the division, everyone wants to fight the guy at the top, especially when they can get their name out there to boost their ratings.  I didn’t take it as nothing really.

Q: So it didn’t take much to get the fight done?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  Yes, of course, I never ran away from any challenge.  He’s got the skills, he’s a good fighter, he is an Olympic Gold Medalist and this is the fight that a lot of people were calling for, and we are here now.

Q: Diaz lost a razor close decision to Peterson that a lot of people thought he won.  Did you see the fight and what did you think?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  It was a real close fight.  Lamont was the favorite in that fight and he did what he had to do to get the job done, and this fight could be different.

Q: Is Diaz the type of opponent that can bring out the best in you?  Unlike Molina and Postol, do you think Diaz can give you a better challenge?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We shall see.  A lot of people look a the fights and ask who will bring out the best in Terence Crawford, who is going to bring out this in Terence Crawford – we want to see Terence Crawford in these types of fights.  But again, I make my adjustments and it’s just that.  So we are going to have to see how the fight is going to go or what is going to happen.  I just fight the fight.

Q: Bob, what are your thoughts about going up against Diaz, and maybe he is the guy that can bring out the best in Terence?

BOB ARUM:  Felix Diaz in an Olympic Gold Medalist and that means something.  A Gold Medalist has a lot of confidence and a lot of credentials and ability.  I am delighted that he stepped up to the plate.  His promoter Lou DiBella was very helpful in making the fight and very cooperative.  It is going to be a terrific fight for the fans and Terence only wants to fight the best.  Whoever is the best that steps up is the one Terence is going to fight.  Terence has never ducked anybody.  The whole time he has been with Top Rank he has never ducked an opponent.  It’s not a question of matching him correctly.  It’s not a question of being cautious.  Terence will fight anybody who steps up to the plate.

Q: Are you looking forward to the day where you get in a big like, a la Chavez-Taylor or Hagler-Hearns where you have to dig deep?  Would you like that kind of fight?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  That’s what training is for.  That’s what you train hard for.  That’s what you prepare for because again, you never know what is going to happen in the ring.  You have to prepare yourself for whatever your opponent might bring.  I am prepared to go to hell and back to get the win.  I train to prepare for whatever.

Q: Even though Diaz is a Gold Medalist – there have been many Gold Medalists before him that didn’t make it as a pro such as Yuriorkis Gamboa [Editor’s note: Dumb example by the questioner. Gamboa was a world title holder at one point]– do you think he can bring this out of you?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  We have to see.  Like I said I have never fought the man yet, so I can’t say if he is my toughest opponent or not.

Q: When you look at Diaz’ resume, what stands out to you?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I don’t look at a fighter’s record.  If a fighter can fight, he can fight, and that’s that.

Q: Do you feel as though he has enough power to make you worry?

TERENCE CRAWFORD:  I never underestimate any opponent.  I just go in there and make sure I don’t get caught with anything – I don’t want to go in there and be careless.

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Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and No. 3 world-rated contender Felix Diaz announce their 12-round World Title fight. Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Crawford vs. Diaz world championship event will take place on Saturday, May 20, at Madison Square Garden.

 

It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., already a two-division lineal world champion, has won five of his last seven bouts by stoppage.

 

The consensus Top-Five pound-for-pound fighter and 2014 Fighter of the Year will be making his second defense as the unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine 140-pound world champion. Diaz. (19-1, 9 KOs), from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.  A natural junior welterweight, Diaz has been forced to campaign at welterweight because viable opponents in the in 140-pound division have been running from him.

 

The only blemish on his record was a disputed 12-round welterweight majority decision loss to two-division world champion Lamont Peterson in 2015.  Diaz bounced back from that loss with a dominant unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated contender Sammy Vasquez.

 

 

Anthony JOSHUA TKO-11 over Wladimir KLITSCHKO:  AJ, the World is Yours!!!

In one of the best heavyweight fights of all time, Anthony “AJ” Joshua defeated Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko in front of 90,000+ fans at London’s (UK) Wembley Stadium.

The fight featured knockdowns of each fighter, with Klitschko up 95-93 on TheFightJournal.com’s scorecard at the time of stoppage.

Joshua, (19-0, 19 KOs), defended his IBF World heavyweight title and also captured the vacant WBA title.  Klitschko, (64-5, 54 KOs), was seeking to become a three-time World heavyweight champion with a win.

Joshua:

“I’m not perfect, but I’m trying.”

“I got a bit emotional because I know I have doubters. I’m only going to improve.”

“Sometimes you can be a phenomenal boxer, but boxing is about character.”

Klitschko:

“The best man won tonight, and it’s an amazing moment for boxing.”

“Anthony was better today than I. It’s really sad that I didn’t make it tonight.”

“I was planning to do it. It didn’t work. But all the respect to Anthony.”

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JOSHUA VS. KLITSCHKO: THE WEIGH-IN AND WHAT IT MEANS

Anthony “AJ” Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) and Wladimir “Dr Steelhammer” Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) recently completed their weigh-in for tomorrow’s long anticipated showdown.

AJ came is at 250.1 and The Old Man tipped in 10 pounds lighter at 240.4.

TEN POUNDS LIGHTER!

Find out what it means by listening in:

The weigh-in:

Anthony Joshua 250.1 vs. Wladimir Klitschko 240.4
(For Joshua’s IBF World heavyweight title and for the vacant WBA heavyweight title)

The fight airs live at 4:15pm eastern on Showtime. The replay can be seen on HBO at 10:45pm.

Anthony Joshua (18-0, 18 KOs) defends his WBA and IBF World heavyweight titles against Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) on Saturday afternoon (4:15pm eastern).  Also at stake is the vacant IBO title.

Is AJ being rushed into this fight with no world-class names on his resume?

Has the 41-year-old Dr. K too far gone at age 41 to compete or even dethrone Joshua?

Listen to concerns for each fighter leading up to Saturday’s mega-fight!

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I caught up with Tevin Farmer at MGM National Harbor during the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa fight card.

 

Tevin talks about what he would do next if he ran the show, and how he overcame losses earlier in his career.

 

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Vasyl Lomachenko defended his 130 pound World title on Saturday night when Camden, New Jersey’s Jason Sosa couldn’t continue after the ninth round.

 

With the win, Lomachenko is set to take on all champions at 130.  If nobody does what Sosa did and steps to the plate, Loma will seek opportunities at 135.

 

Speaking of fight opportunities, one almost took place in the MGM National Harbor lobby between two other 130 pounders- Gervonta Davis and Tevin Farmer.

 

Listen in for talk about the fight card and the venue.