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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Tickets are on sale now for the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame (ACBHOF) Inaugural Induction Ceremony & Celebration Weekend. The world-renowned Claridge a-Radisson Hotel will be the backdrop for this momentous event on May 26th, 27th, 28th 2017.  The Mission, Vision, and Purpose of ACBHOF are to preserve the rich boxing history of Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will be honoring and enshrining some of the most iconic and recognizable names in the history of the sport for their significant contributions in making Atlantic City a boxing destination around the world.

Confirmed Mike Tyson, Michael Spinks, Don King, Larry Hazzard, Dwight Qawi


“All of my great fights in Atlantic City are so memorable, the Spinks fight, Larry Holmes and an array of other legendary fights I participated in. I’m looking forward to coming to Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame to receive my honors.” Mike Tyson

Also, confirmed to attend:

J Russell Peltz, Frank Gelb, Mike Rossman, Bill Johnson, Steve Smoger, Dave Bontempo, Don Elbaum, Dignitaries and celebrity invited guests.

The Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame will celebrate and remember the legacy of Lou Duva, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti, Matthew Saad Muhammad as well as hometown hero Leavander Johnson for their extraordinary careers spanning seven decades.

Brief Description of Weekend:

Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame looks to capture the heart and soul of true fight enthusiasts through our Inaugural Induction Ceremony & Celebration Weekend. Fight Fans will experience Atlantic City Boxing History through Live Curated and Interactive Exhibits, Legendary Boxing Stars, and Personalities, autograph signings and photo ops, unique vendors, food, games and much more. All under one roof at The Claridge – A Radisson Hotel Memorial Day Weekend 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

  • Rooftop Kickoff: The Vue, May 26th | Doors open at 5P | Time: 5P-8P EST | $65 General Admission
  • The Art of Music & Boxing: Celebrity Theatre, May 26th | Doors open at 7P | Show starts 8P to 11P EST
  • Fight Fan Experience: Conference Center, May 27th | Doors open 9A | Time: 10A to 4P | $30 General Admission
  • 2017 Honoree Gala: Art Gallery, May 27th | Doors open 7:15P | Time: 7P to 11P EST | $125 General Admission
    Inaugural Induction Ceremony: May 28th | Time: 6P EST | $40 General Admission
    Tickets can be purchased online at
    Tickets can be purchased at these following locations:
    Claridge-A Radisson Hotel
    123 Indiana Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Atlantic City Police Athletic League (PAL)
    250 N. New York Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401
    Starting Five Barber Shop
    711 N. Main Street, Pleasantville, NJ 08232
    Dream Team Cutz
    631 Tilton Rd. Suite #541, Northfield, NJ 08225
    2300 Arena
    2300 South Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148

    Rooms can be booked by visiting for discount room rate until April 10th use promo code: BHOFAC

    For more information about the ACBHOF, including partnership opportunities please contact:
    Rodrick L. Green
    ACBHOF V.P. / Business Strategy
    Tele: (609) 334-0373
    For exhibitors and vendors looking be involved in the induction or to reserve a booth please contact:
    Tele: (609) 350-5310 or (609) 318-3188
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    Marc Abrams
    Abrams Boxing
    Tele: (856) 287-7611
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Box Fan Expo is the ultimate fan experience event that gives boxing fans the opportunity to meet-and-greet top fighters, current and former world champions, boxing celebrities and industry people in an up-close personal setting.


For Immediate Release


Las Vegas (February 8, 2017) – Three-Time world champion Fernando Vargas has confirmed that he and his Feroz Fight Factory Gym will appear and have a booth to Meet & Greet his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the third edition of Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday May 6, 2017 during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the mega fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Julio Ceasar Chavez jr, that will take place later that evening.


Fernando Vargas, is a retired American boxer of Mexican descent and 3 Time world champion, who won a bronze medal as an amateur at the 1995 Pan American Gamesin Mar del Plata. His nicknames include “Ferocious”, “The Aztec Warrior” and “El Feroz”. Vargas was the youngest fighter to become world light middleweight champion at 21 years old in the history of boxing.


Some of Fernando’s notable wins include victories over former world champions Raúl Márquez, Yori Boy Campas, Ike Quartey, and over Winky Wright. His losses to Oscar De La Hoya, Félix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, and Ricardo Mayorga remain his only career defeats and he is a favorite of American cable TV giant HBO.


Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last two Expo’s such as Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah, James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.Johns, Leo Santa Cruz, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks and many more…


Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipments, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.

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Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!


Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.


Throughout the next several months leading up to the Event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:


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AP – Aaron Pryor, the relentless junior welterweight who fought two memorable bouts with Alexis Arguello, died Sunday. He was 60.


Pryor’s family issued a statement saying the boxer died at his home in Cincinnati after a long battle with heart disease.

Known as “The Hawk,” Pryor was a crowd favorite who fought with a frenetic style, rarely if ever taking a step backward. His fights in the early 1980s with Arguello , the great Nicaraguan champion, were both classics that are still talked about in boxing circles.

But Pryor was a troubled champion, and his career would unravel because of an addiction to cocaine.

“He was very unorthodox and could throw punches from all kinds of angles with great hand speed,” said former Associated Press boxing writer Ed Schuyler Jr. “He was a great fighter, it’s too bad he didn’t have more fights.”

Pryor’s widow, Frankie Pryor, said her husband — who would later speak out about the evils of drugs — also had a side most fans didn’t know about.

“Aaron was known around the world as ‘The Hawk’ and delighted millions of fans with his aggressive and crowd-pleasing boxing style,” she said in a statement announcing his death. “But to our family he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.”

Pryor was unbeaten in 31 fights when he and Arguello met in a 140-pound title clash in the Orange Bowl in Miami on Nov. 12, 1982. Arguello was a classic boxer-puncher considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters, but Pryor would not back off as the two men traded punches for the better part of 14 rounds.

Pryor finally wore Arguello down, stopping him in the 14th round with a flurry of punches. Ring Magazine later picked the bout as the Fight of the Decade.

“It was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen,” Schuyler said. “I’d put it in the top five.”

Pryor’s win was marred, though, by questions about a bottle wrapped in black tape that his corner man raised to his lips on several occasions between rounds in the fight. Many in boxing thought it contained stimulants, but the corner man, Artie Curley, said it was peppermint schnapps.

Pryor would beat Arguello again the next September in Las Vegas, this time stopping him in the 10th round of their scheduled 15-round bout. Arguello went down in the round from a series of punches and declined to get back up.

“Arguello was a great fighter but he couldn’t handle Pryor,” Schuyler said. “He could have gotten up, but what was the point?”

The second Arguello fight was the pinnacle of Pryor’s career. He became a heavy cocaine user, and fought only six more times in the next seven years, finishing his career with a record of 39-1 with 35 knockouts.

“I reached out and certain people did not give me their right hand,” Pryor said later of his drug use. “They gave me drugs.”

Pryor was named the “Greatest Jr. Welterweight of the Century” by The Associated Press, and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1996. He would later travel the world making personal appearances and spreading his anti-drug message.

Pryor is survived by his wife and partner of over a quarter of a century, Frankie Pryor, sons Aaron Pryor Jr. and Antwan Harris, daughter Elizabeth Wagner and three grandsons Adam, Austin and Aaron Pryor III.

Showtime Sports’ prospect developmental series ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 15th anniversary this Friday, July 22nd with a four-fight telecast. Since its inception in 2001, ShoBox has promoted competitive fights pitting promising boxers in the toughest fights of their career. ShoBox has carved out its identity by matching top talent against each other. “This is certainly an accomplishment for the series, but we wouldn’t be here for 15 years without the fighters,” said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New Generation. “The credit should go to the young men who are willing to step up and take risks early in their career.

“As we’ve seen over the last 15 years, matching fighters tough at a young age escalates their career development, and we’re thrilled to provide the platform to introduce viewers to these talented fighters. I’d also like to thank the promoters, managers and trainers who are willing to test their fighters at an early stage. Working together with a diverse roster of promotional companies is vital for the advancement of the sport as we aim to find tomorrow’s stars today.”

After 15 years and 67 future world champions, below are some remarkable ShoBox facts and figures:

• 67 fighters who fought on the series have gone on to become world champions.

• The list of graduates who have won world titles includes: Deontay Wilder, Erislandy Lara, Shawn Porter, Gary Russell Jr., Tyson Fury, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Badou Jack, Gary Russell Jr., Jermall Charlo, Jermell Charlo, Andre Ward, Omar Figueroa, Nonito Donaire, Devon Alexander, Carl Froch, Robert Guerrero, Timothy Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Juan Manuel Lopez, Chad Dawson, Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and more.

• July 22 is the 219th ShoBox telecast. That means that, on average, fans have seen a future world champion on nearly one out of every three shows

• An additional 75 fighters who appeared on ShoBox have fought for a world title

• 150 fighters have suffered their first loss on the developmental series

• There have been 96 matchups of undefeated fighters

• There have been a total of 484 bouts aired on the series. The percentage of decisions and stoppages is about 50/50.

• Eight fighters won a world title in the fight immediately following an appearance on ShoBox: Joan Guzman, Robert Guerrero, Chad Dawson, Devon Alexander, Andre Ward, Rico Ramos, Jhonatan Romero and Demetrius Andrade.

• There have been 11 fighters who lost on ShoBox and went on to become world titlists: Luis Collazo, Robert Guerrero, Eric Aiken, David Diaz, Isaac Hlatshwayo, Cornelius Bundrage, Rodrigo Guerrero, Ishe Smith, Gamaliel Diaz, Mickey Bey, and Badou Jack.

• 22 U.S. Olympians have fought on ShoBox

• There have been ShoBox shows in 71 different cities, 26 different states, and eight different countries. The leading site for has been Santa Ynez, Calif., with 33 shows. Second is Las Vegas with 19.

• Gary Russell Jr. was the first fighter to turn pro on ShoBox

• The first ShoBox show came at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2001, at Bally’s in Atlantic City. The first fight was John Molnar (18-1-1) scoring an eight-round technical decision over Victor Rosado (17-2-1). In the main event, lightweight Leo Dorin (17-0) stopped Martin O’Malley (17-0) in the ninth round. Six months later, Dorin won the WBA lightweight crown, becoming the first ShoBox fighter to win a world title

• Steve Farhood’s Best Fighters (in no order): Timothy Bradley, Robert Guerrero, Lucian Bute, Joan Guzman, Diego Corrales, Ricky Hatton, Chad Dawson, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, Carl Froch, Paul Williams

• Farhood has worked all 219 ShoBox telecasts

For the 15th anniversary show, super bantamweight Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (15-0, 7 KOs) faces Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in the ten-round main event. In an eight-round co-feature, Jerry Odom (13-2-1, 12 KOs) faces Julius Jackson (19-1, 15 KOs) in a matchup of super middleweights. Two eight-rounders will round out the four-fight telecast: O’Shaquie Foster (10-1, 7 KOs) meets Rolando Chinea (12-1-1, 6 KOs) in a lightweight scrap and undefeated Khiary Gray-Pitts (13-0, 10 KOs), of Worcester, Mass., will be opposed by once-beaten Ian Green (9-1, 7 KOs) in the super welterweight opener.

Tyson Undisputed Truth







Critically-acclaimed one-man show returns for limited run Thursday, March 3

at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand


Tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.


LAS VEGAS – February 10, 2016 – SPI Entertainment announces the critically-acclaimed show Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live On Stage, starring the legendary Mike Tyson, is returning for round two at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip. Following a knockout premiere in 2012, which included a string of sold-out shows at MGM Grand, a record-breaking run on Broadway, a worldwide tour and hit HBO special, Tyson’s captivating one-man show will return for a limited run at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club inside MGM Grand, with riveting new, never-heard-before stories from the champ’s tumultuous life and career. Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live On Stage steps back into the ring beginning Thursday, March 3 at 10 p.m.


Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live On Stage is a no holds barred, one-man show featuring the world’s most illustrious heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. The sports icon thrills audiences with real life untold stories, peeling back layers of tragedy and public turmoil while unfolding his tale of triumph and survival. In an up-close-and-personal setting featuring images and videos, Tyson delivers captivating vignettes from his life, experiences as a professional athlete and controversies in between. It’s truly raw and electric theater, in its purest form. Live on stage.


“After performing UNDISPUTED TRUTH on stages throughout the world, I am excited to bring this show back to my hometown of Las Vegas,” says Mike Tyson. “I can’t wait to bring my story full circle this March and begin my residency at the MGM Grand.”


Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage was crafted to give the public a compelling, honest, humorous, one-of-a-kind, pure live autobiography of one of today’s most complex and well-known figures. Co-created and co-produced by Adam Steck, CEO of SPI Entertainment, and Kiki Tyson, Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage was the first show in the extensive history of Las Vegas entertainment to be created and produced in Las Vegas and result in a subsequent Broadway run.


“I’m honored to be partnered with Mike and his team again on this evolved version of this truly special show,” said Adam Steck, Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live On Stage co-creator & co-producer and Founder & CEO of SPI Entertainment. “Vegas audiences will experience a powerful production, which will have them laughing, thinking, emotionally moved and cheering for their champ.”


Mike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTH – Live on Stage will be performed Thursday through Sunday from Thursday, March 3 through Sunday, June 26, with select dark dates. All shows begin at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $54.95 plus tax and service fees and can be purchased at any MGM Grand box office, by phone at (702) 531-3826 or (866) 740-7711 and online at or Special VIP Knock Out Packages are available for $249.95 plus tax and service fees and include a VIP ticket, a souvenir photo with Tyson, which would be taken during the post-show meet and greet, and a one-of-a-kind souvenir VIP lanyard. For more information and a current schedule, visit Tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m.

“His show was raw, uncivil, and deliciously decadent.” HUFFINGTON POST


“A riveting stage presence with compelling stories to tell.” LOS ANGELES TIMES


spins this haphazard structure in a good way, as an accurate mirror of Tyson’s life: “entertaining, fascinating and messy.” NEW YORK DAILY NEWS



Inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011, Mike Tyson was the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the world. He is the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles. Throughout his boxing career, he became known for his ferocious, powerful and intimidating fighting style, coupled with his infamous and notorious behavior both inside and outside the ring. Following the Las Vegas premiere and subsequent Broadway run, national tour and HBO special of his hit one-man show UNDISPUTED TRUTH in 2012, Tyson released his memoir “Undisputed Truth,” which immediately became a New York Times best seller.



SPI Entertainment, Inc. is a leading Production Company and Talent Agency with six successful resident award-winning shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and numerous shows touring internationally. With a successful track record of building entertainment brands and partnering with world-class entertainers, SPI has become the preeminent Theatrical Producer & Talent Agency in Las Vegas and beyond. Current Productions include Human Nature JukeboxBoyz II MenMike Tyson UNDISPUTED TRUTHRockTellz & CockTailsThunder From Down UnderDivas Starring Frank Marino, and The Australian Bee Gees



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Main EventsIn 1990 Evander Holyfield was the mandatory contender for the Heavyweight Title then held by Mike Tyson.  Though Tyson’s title defense was overdue, Tyson was permitted to engage in an optional title defense with James Buster Douglas.  As we all know, Douglas won by knockout.

Thereafter all hell broke loose.  Don King, at the time Douglas’ promoter, and one of the ratings organizations wanted a rematch, avoiding Holyfield.  The other organizations were prepared to follow their rules and directed that the Holyfield mandatory take place.

Litigation ensued.  Holyfield prevailed and fought James Buster Douglas.  Holyfield’s career turned out to be legendary.

Now, 25 years later there is the identical scenario.  Vyacheslav Glazkov won a title elimination bout to become the mandatory contender for the title then held by Wladimir Klitschko.  There is a well-established rotation system among the ratings organizations when there is a unified champion.  When Klitschko fought Tyson Fury it was after Klitschko’s mandatory with Glazkov would have otherwise been due (it was due in August).  Following the rotation system, Glazkov stood aside and without any protest watched the Klitschko/Fury bout be scheduled, then postponed, and then rescheduled – all during the period when it would otherwise be his turn to fight the mandatory for the heavyweight title.  He stood aside because of the rotation system, which made it the turn of the WBA/WBO to enforce their mandatories.  However, everyone knew going into the Klitschko/Fury fight that it was Glazkov’s turn next.

A word on the rotation system.  Again, we go back to Evander Holyfield.  After Evander Holyfield defeated James Buster Douglas, he was the Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World.  A squabble erupted with the different ratings organizations demanding that he engage in different bouts.  We were forced to go to Court and the Court enforced an equitable remedy, to wit, the rotation system under which the ratings organizations would rotate the mandatories for unified champions.  This enhanced the likelihood of fighters maintaining unified championships rather than allowing them to be stripped due to simultaneous mandatory obligations, something which had occurred too often in earlier years.  This rotation system is crucial to enhancing the ability of unified champions to keep their titles.

Of course, a title holder can always voluntarily give up a title.  That is the Champion’s choice.  However, there is nothing at all unfair about the rotational system or the mandatory system.

No one utilized the rotational system more effectively than Wladimir Klitschko.  There is no criticism of this – it was his right.

But everyone involved knew that Glazkov had waited in line for his mandatory to be due.  Everybody knew that the rules of the ratings organizations disfavored rematches and generally prohibited them when a mandatory was due.

Again, it was a voluntary choice for Klitschko and Fury to contract for a rematch. Main Events contacted the Fury camp, it was told that Fury could not negotiate because of the rematch clause. Subject to the rules, they had every right to do so even if it meant giving up a title.  However, that voluntary choice was one that was made by the camps of Messrs. Klitschko and Fury.  There should be absolutely no surprise or anguish that the rules, which are well-established, protect not only the Champion who is protected from being torn from a title by conflicting mandatories, but also the mandatory challenger who is forced to wait due to the rotation because the mandatory challenger is assured that his turn will, in fact, come.

*Note* Patrick English, Esq. litigated the cases referenced above.

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ShaneThursday afternoon former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley held a media workout at Barry’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada as he gears up for his August 29th pay-per-view showdown against former two-division champion Ricardo Mayorga.  The fight takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, California and will be available on all major satellite and cable systems for $49.95.

“This fight is to prove I am back,” Mosley told the press.  “I took some time off to heal some nagging injuries that I had but I stayed in the gym and stayed in shaped.  I think I can fight another 3-4 years.  I don’t know if I can go on till I am 50 like Bernard but I think I have a lot of fight left in me. The goal is still to have rematches against Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez.  I want to avenge those losses.”

In 2008 Mosley was leading Mayorga on two of three scorecards heading into the twelfth round of a hotly contested battle.  Rather than leave the decision to the judges, Mosley stopped Mayorga with one second left.

The stars will be out at The Forum with former four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Hall of Fame inductees “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson, middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, plus former champions Shawn Porter, Victor Ortiz and Sergio Mora, all confirmed to be in attendance. Comic icon George Lopez, rap legend MC Hammer and several other stars will also be in the building at what undoubtedly will be the biggest fight in Southern California this summer.

Tickets can be purchased at and start at $35.00.  Photo credit: Manny “Mitts” Murillo


Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell give predictions for this Saturday night’s IBF Championship fight between champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter and challenger “Special One” Kell (Special-K) Brook.

Both fighters are undefeated as Shawn Porter, 24-0-1 (15 KOs) and Kell Brook 32-0 (22 KOs) lock horns in the Showtime main event.

Robert Uzzell
I’m one of the few people that believe undefeated Kell Brook from the UK can come to Carson, CA and win a decision. I think Brook can control the fight with his jab and be active enough to beat Shawn Porter by decision.

I look at Porter as having advantages in speed as well as quickness. The jab can neutralize Porter’s speed. Everyone seems to be on the Shawn Porter bandwagon since his stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi. I just don’t see it. He’s not as good as the guy who destroyed Paulie and he might not be as bad as the guy who I believe lost to the ancient Julio Diaz in their first encounter.

I can’t believe how much of a favorite Porter is in this fight. I might actually lay a few hundred down on Brook. The oddsmakers are way off on this one.

The puncher in this fight is Kell Brook. Everyone that fell in love with the Malignaggi stoppage failed to realize that Porter has only knocked out about 3 guys in his last 10 fights. People talk about Porter’s experience, but he beat Devon Alexander which isn’t as impressive as it sounds. He arguable lost to Diaz. Then he beat a part time fighter in Malignaggi.

Brook on the other hand has wins over Matthew Hatton (wow), Carson Jones twice, and Vyacheslav Senchenko. Carson Jones made Brook work for the win in the first fight. Despite his losses, Carson Jones is a good fighter. Once Brook beats Porter, people won’t undersell his win over Jones any longer.

Look for Brook to start out a bit shaky, due to nerves as well as Porter’s speed. However he is going to settle down in the middle rounds and begin to pepper Porter with shots that will confuse him. As Porter struggles to figure Brook out, he will begin to eat heavier shots as Brook takes control of the fight. If Porter gets wild, he may get hit with something down the pipe that he doesn’t see. My gut says Brook by clear decision. I don’t like the way Porter matches up with Brook.

Chip Mitchell
Shawn Porter is on fire right now. The shocking stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi has Porter as the toast of the town wherever he visits. Kell Brook on the other hand is an unknown commodity in the US. Let’s put it this way- if these two boxers were stocks, Porter would be Microsoft and Brook would be ValuJet after the Everglades situation.

This is boxing, however, and no matter how high your stock may be or how hot you are- styles often dictate how things play out.

I believe the oddsmakers are grossly off the mark as I’ve seen Porter as a 3 to 1 favorite in this fight. I don’t bet in boxing, but I’m tempted to take Brook at those odds.

Nevertheless, I like Brook to win this fight. As long as he properly ties Porter up on the inside and pushes him off during the breaks, he should be able to handle Porter.

Porter has been talking over the past two weeks as if Brook won’t even show for this fight. He doesn’t see anything special in “Special K”, but I look at it the opposite way. What’s so special about Porter?

Porter’s power is overrated. He’s as uncoordinated as he is wild at multiple times. He does have a quickness and hand speed advantage that could trouble Brook early on. However, I think Brook will settle down and show Porter who has the real power in this fight.

Porter I’m sure has studied the Carson Jones fights and feels his pressure will break Brook. I believe Porter will be aggressive, but how much of it will be effective?

The beginning could play out like Mike Tyson (Porter) versus Lennox Lewis (Brook). The smaller American fighter will be looking to to end things early with pressure, speed, and power. The taller UK fighter will have to weather the early storm and then the fight will begin to slow down, just like it did for Lewis.

I expect Brook to weather that storm and wear Porter down. I’m not sure if he stops Porter but he will impose his will on the champion. One thing that beats speed is timing and I see Brook timing Porter often in this fight. Lateral movement is something that I believe is being overlooked. It will serve Brook well enough to allow him to escape with a win. Brook by close decision.

Emily Harney

Emily Harney

Top Rank: Miguel Cotto 155, Sergio Martinez 158.8

One day before three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO challenges World Boxing Council (WBC)/The Ring middleweight champion and Argentina’s favorite son SERGIO “MARAVILLA” MARTÍNEZ, opinions are flying on who will emerge victorious.

Below, please find some select celebrity predictions. Cotto vs. Martínez will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, Saturday, June 7, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT, from the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.

Rosie Perez
“Both are excellent fighters. And most have Martinez winning this match. And no disrespect to Sergio – who I love, but are you kidding me? How can I not root for my fellow Boricua?! I’d be run outta town! Win, lose or draw, Miguel Cotto!”

Sugar Ray Leonard
“I’ve met both of these incredible fighters with such a wonderful demeanor outside the ring and the question is who has the most boxing ingredients left at this point in their career? Sergio always will have that power which never leaves a boxer even past his prime and Cotto will always have that knowledge to break down an opponent during the fight. A slight edge to Cotto but don’t bet the house. Good luck to two great fighters and decent men!”

Brandon Jacobs
“I am a big Cotto fan. I think he’s out-matched in this fight. He’s the smaller guy plus his hand speed isn’t faster. I’d love for Cotto to beat this guy but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Mickey Ward
“Sergio by close decision. He must use his smarts or Cotto will take it.”

Reggie Miller
“Martinez will take it. He’s bigger, stronger, and more physical.”

Mike Tyson
“This will be a defining moment for Cotto. If he gives his absolute best and uses everything he has learned from his experience in boxing he will give a great account of himself. I would like to see him do well because he has gotten some bad breaks in his career. He is going to have to cut Martinez off in the ring because is a great mover. He’s like a tango mover when he boxes. My personal opinion I think this is going to be one of the greatest fights of the year. I am looking forward to taking my wife on a great date night to celebrate our fifth anniversary.” ​

Felix Trinidad
“It is an interesting fight for the boxing world and also for Team Cotto. Cotto should win by decision.”

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank®, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, PS4, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto vs. Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will take Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. It willbe produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET /6:00 p.m. PT.

Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has sold more tickets to The Garden than any other fighter in this millennium, will attempt to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division world champion while Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has never lost a world championship fight, defends the title he first won in 2010. Both gladiators boast a combined record of 89-6-2 (59 KOs) – a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 66%.

HBO will present both episodes of “24/7 Cotto/Martínez” back-to-back Friday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday June 7 at 11:30 a.m. All times are ET/PT.

Face Off: Cotto/Martínez HBO Replay Schedule (All times ET/PT):
June 6 (8:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.) and June 7 (10:30 a.m.).
Remaining tickets to the Cotto vs. Martínez world middleweight championship event, priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at and

Tim Bradley & Ruslan Provodnikov at BWAA Awards

Tim Bradley & Ruslan Provodnikov at BWAA Awards

LAS VEGAS- The 89th Annual Boxing Writer’s Association of America (BWAA) awards were presented last night in Las Vegas. On hand were boxing luminaries from multiple eras such as Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum, “Iron” Mike Tyson, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Paul “The Punisher” Williams, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, and many more.

Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell were in attendance at this spectacular event as boxing’s best were honored.

The following is a list of some of the winners from Thursday night’s event:

The Sugar Ray Robinson Award for fighter of the year:

Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

The Sam Taub Award for excellence in broadcast journalism:

Paul Malignaggi

The Eddie Futch Award for trainer of the year:

Freddie Roach

The Ali-Frazier Award for fight of the year:

Timothy Bradley vs. Ruslan Provodnikov

The Cus D’Amato Award for manager of the year (and a guy I’d also like to thank):

Al Haymon (more…)