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Story by:  Robert Uzzell

 

Wladimir Klitschko, Juan Manuel, and Timothy Bradley have decided to hand the gloves up on their outstanding boxing careers.  Both men are Hall of Fame fighters in my opinion.  Neither one can be accused of dodging any fighter and while neither may be considered the best, they would’ve given anyone trouble in any era of boxing!

TimothyBradleyLet’s start with Timothy Ray “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr.  Timmy ends his career with 33 wins, only 2 losses, and a questionable draw.  He has 13 wins by knockout.  His only losses were to Manny Pacquiao, and there is no shame in losing to (arguably) the best fighter of this era.

Timothy Bradley won five world championships in two different weight classes.  There was a stretch from 2007 – 2016 when he took on the following fighters IN ORDER:

Former IBF World lightweight champion Miguel Vasquez.

Former WBC World light welterweight (junior welterweight/super lightweight) champion Junior Witter.

World title challenger Edner Cherry.

Former WBO World light welterweight  (junior welterweight/super lightweight) champion Kendall Holt.

Former unified World  WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO lightweight champion Nate Campbell.

Former WBA (Super) and IBF World light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson.

Undefeated welterweight Luis Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs).

Undefeated former WBC and IBF World light welterweight (junior welterweight/super lightweight) champion Devon Alexander.

Former WBA super featherweight and the WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal World lightweight champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor 

The only eight-division world champion (11 world titles) in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao.

World title challenger Ruslan Provodnikov.

Former four-division champion (9 world titles) Juan Manuel Marquez.

The only eight-division world champion (11 world titles) in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao (Part II).

Interim WBA World welterweight titleholder Diego Chaves.

Former WBA and IBO World super lightweight, and  WBO World welterweight champion Jessie Vargas.

Former WBA World lightweight and  WBO World welterweight champion Brandon Rios.

The only eight-division world champion (11 world titles) in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao (Part III).

Bradley didn’t have the biggest punch in the world, but he always fought like he did.  His heart was unquestionable and he was a “dog” in the ring.  You came out always knowing you were in a fight and taking him out was almost impossible.

I’ll miss him.  My favorite parts of his career are when he punked Devon Alexander and made him quit.  Devon had cuts due to punches and a head-butt, but when asked which eye was giving him trouble he pointed to the one which didn’t have the bad damage.  Bradley took the fight out of him.

I also remember when Kendall Holt landed his money punch (the left hook) to Bradley and I thought the fight was over.  Check out the 40-second mark of the video below and then watch Bradley’s head and eyes on the slow motion replay at 44 seconds.  It still amazes me how Bradley popped right up afterwards and went on to win the fight.

 

JMMNext up is Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez Mendez, (56-7-1, 40 KOs), who help nine world titles in four different classes.  He fought in five total weight classes.  Marquez lost his first fight, then rolled off 29 wins in a row before losing his WBA featherweight shot against Freddie Norwood.  Less than four years later he got his second chance and won the vacant IBF featherweight strap.  Later that year, he unified and won the WBA title over Derrick Gainer.

In 2004, he fought the lineal champion Manny Pacquiao and despite being dropped three times in the first, the fight ended in a split-decision draw.

Over the course of the next few years he jumped between featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and took on all comers.

Marquez will be known for three things, being one of the best counter-punchers in boxing, his four fights with Pacquiao, and the shot heard across the world on December 8, 2012 (against Pacquiao).

Watch Marquez’s fights with Juan Diaz, “Smoke” Gainer, Julio Cervacio (brutal- see video below),  Casamayor, and many others.

And then came the shot that shocked the boxing world!  Marquez’s fourth and final fight with Manny Pacquiao.  Marquez didn’t get any breaks in the previous three fights so decided to create one for himself.

It was perhaps the most significant punch of the past decade.  “He’s not getting up Jim, he’s not getting up Jim, he’s not getting up Jim!”, exclaimed Roy Jones Jr.

His final fight was against Mike Alvarado.  Check out his career in professional boxing.  In it he fought:

Former WA World featherweight champion Freddie Norwood.

World title challenger Robbie Peden.

Former five-time World featherweight champion Manuel Medina.

Former WBA World featherweight champion Derrick “Smoke” Gainer.

The only eight-division world champion (11 world titles) in the history of boxing, Manny Pacquiao (four times).

Former IBF and WBO World featherweight and WBO World junior lightweight champion Orlando Salido.

Former four-time World champion Marco Antonio Barrera.

World title challenger Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez.

Former WBA World super featherweight champion and  WBC, Ring magazine, and lineal World lightweight champion Joel Casamayor.

Former unified WBA, IBF, and WBO World lightweight champion Juan Diaz.

Former multi-division champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Former WBO World lightweight titleholder Michael Katsidis.

Former WBO World junior welterweight (light welterweight/super lightweight) champion Mike Alvarado.

Former five-time World champion (two weight classes) Timothy Bradley, Jr.

For young fans who don’t know, Marquez was a Hall of Famer before the Pacquiao knockout.

 

wladimirklitschkoFinally we have Wladimir Wladimirowitsch “Dr. Steelhammer”  Klitschko or Володи́мир Кличко́ who ends his career at 64 wins, 5 defeats, with 53 big wins by KO.

Many fans and media find it difficult where to play Wlad in the all-time heavyweight great category.  Whenever such a difficult task happens, you have to look at the accomplishments of the fighter in their era.

If you do that, Wladimir is in the Top 10.  He defended his title 23 times, second only to the great Joe Louis.

Klitschko had a polarizing style, as he was considered dull by man-a-fan and media member.  His circling jab and cerebral style wasn’t what fans of action fights wanted to see.  It was too “robotic” they would say.

How odd is it then that his final fight, a action-packed loss at age 41, gives fans something to remember for many years?

Klitschko lost to Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs) in a fight where 90,000 fans created an electric atmosphere.  The old man didn’t let them down in a fight   In the fifth round, Joshua came out and jumped on Klitschko, sending him to the canvas.  An angry Klitschko got up and dominated Joshua for the rest of the round.  We’ve never seen this from Wlad.  In the past,  if Wlad goes down, Wlad doesn’t recover to do anything of note.

In the case of the Joshua fight, Wladimir came out in the next round and landed a  straight right hand to drop Joshua hard.  Joshua was in trouble and the old man came to finish him off but couldn’t.  Joshua was gassed beyond description and the old man was one big punch away from ending it.

Despite not being able to finish, Klitschko won his share of rounds until the 11th round.  Joshua attacked Wlad and landed an uppercut that would’ve kept the younger version of Klitschko (and most heavyweights down for good.  Somehow the old man stood up but was badly hurt.  Follow up combinations, ending with a left hook dropped Wlad. Klitschko got up, and series of punches floored Klitschko another left hook. Wlad was up and as AJ came to finish him the referee stopped it.  The replay showed most of the shots missed and Wlad, though extremely tired, deserved an opportunity to finish.

If the knock on him was that he was boring, Wladimir Klitschko did more for some fans going out with that loss than he did in all of his wins.

Wladimir ducked nobody in his career.  Some of the notable opponents he fought:

Former three-time title challenger Axel Schulz.

Former title challenger Monte Barrett.

Former two-time World heavyweight champion Chris Byrd.

Former IBF World heavyweight champion Francois Botha.

Former WBO World heavyweight champion Ray Mercer.

Former four-time World heavyweight challenger Jameel McCline.

Former WBO World heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster.

Former WBC World heavyweight champion Samuel Peter.

World heavyweight title challenger Calvin Brock.

Former World heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman.

Former two-time World cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck.

Former WBA World titleholder Alexander Povetkin.

Former World heavyweight challenger Kubrat Pulev.

World heavyweight challenger Bryant Jennings.

World title challenger Tyson Fury* – Fury failed drug tests before bout with Klitschko, without Klitschko’s knowledge. 

Current IBF, WBA. and IBO World heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua.

Dr. Steelhammer (Wlad), Dinamita (JMM), and Desert Storm (Timmy), I wish all three of you the very best.

You will be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New York, July 5, 2017Following his recent knockout of boxing legend BERNARD HOPKINS, Long Island fan favorite JOE SMITH JR. moved right into the mix in the light heavyweight division, boxing’s deepest and most exciting.Working full-time as a union laborer in the New York City area, Smith (23-1-0, 19 KO’s) will take a short break from wielding the sledgehammer as he finalizes training for his upcoming 10-round showdown with fellow highly ranked contender SULLIVAN BARRERA, (19-1-0, 14 KO’s), on Saturday, July 15 from The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles and telecast live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark (9:50 p.m. ET/PT).Most recently a new #1 Pound-for-Pound in boxing from the light heavyweight division was heralded as ANDRE WARD defeated SERGEY KOVALEV for the second time on June 17, defending the WBA/IBF/WBO Light Heavyweight Titles. On June 3, longtime WBC Light Heavyweight Champion ADONIS STEVENSON stopped highly ranked contender ANDRZEJ FONFARA.In addition to those two champions the division is filled with world class fighters and highly regarded contenders including ARTUR BETERBIEV, DMITRY BIVOL, OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK and ELEIDER ALVAREZ .”It’s true the division is truly heating up and I’m honored to be a part of it,” said the 27-year-old Smith Jr.

 

“The winner of my upcoming fight moves right into the top of the mix in the division.”  With my last two knockouts I have the full confidence that the sky is the limit for me in this division, I want to achieve my dream of becoming a world champion.”

 

Smith Jr. is promoted by JOE DEGUARDIA’S STAR BOXING who has developed the heavy handed Long Island native over the last few years into a world ranked contender and holder of the WBC International Light Heavyweight Title.

 

“Timing is always very important when bringing along a fighter to a higher level,” said DeGuardia. “We started working together a few years ago and our plan was to continue developing Joe’s talents and present him with the right opportunities for success. This is a formula we’ve used many times in the past in building fighters the right way.”

 

“When the opportunity came to fight Andrzej Fonfara we believed as a team that Joe was ready and he was spectacular in the first round knockout victory. The same with fighting Bernard Hopkins, it was a great opportunity and Joe put on another star making performance.”

 

“With the Sullivan Barrera fight the stakes are even higher but we feel this is another great opportunity for Joe, back on HBO which has built many stars over the last forty years.”

 

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 to light heavyweight champion Andre Ward by unanimous decision 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.

 

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.

 

CONTACTS:

Bernie Bahrmasel, Star Boxing: (773) 592-2986 pr@starboxing.com

Antonio Palmieri, Star Boxing: 718-823-2000 / tonypalmieri@starboxing.com

Ellen Haley, Main Events: (973) 903-6715, ehaley@mainevents.com

Patrick Byrne, HBO: (212) 512-1361

Kevin Flaherty, HBO: (212) 512-5052

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Undefeated WBC/WBO World champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs) and IBF/WBA World champion Julius Indongo (22-0, 11 KOs) will collide in a 140-pound world title unification August 19 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

The winner will be undisputed, holding all four major 140lb titles.  ESPN, as part of Top Rank Boxing on ESPN,  will televise.

 

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 15, at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT. Priced at $128, $78, $53, and $28, tickets can be purchased online via http://www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at the Pinnacle Bank Arena main ticket office.

 

 

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NEW YORK, JULY 7, 2017
   FROM THE COMMAN MAN TO TOP RATED CONTENDER

THE RISE OF JOE SMITH JR.

 

Born and raised on Long Island, the 27-year-old JOE SMITH JR., (23-1 19 KO’s), has taken the road less travelled to the top of the light heavyweight division. From battling in the New York Golden Gloves to defeating boxing legend Bernard Hopkins live on HBO World Championship Boxing at the iconic Los Angeles venue, The Fabulous Forum this past December, JOE SMITH JR. proved he shines brightest on the biggest stage.

The next chapter in Smith Jr.’s inspiring career takes place Saturday, July 15 in his triumphant return to The Fabulous Forum against SULLIVAN BARRERA, (19-1, 14 KO’s) in a scheduled 10-round clash televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:50 p.m. ET/PT.

 

 

With just 50 amateur fights under his belt, highlighted by a New York Golden Gloves Championship victory over Long Island rival Seanie Monaghan, Smith Jr. made his professional debut on Halloween Night, 2009 knocking out David Brown in the first round at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

 

Following his knockout victory, Smith Jr. returned to his construction job, working with the General Laborers Union, Local 66. Punching in at 5:30 am and punching the bag at 6:00 pm, Smith Jr. found a balance between being a professional boxer and a Union Laborer.

Smith Jr. followed up his pro debut with five more early knockouts before the only loss in his eight-year career, suffering a broken jaw against Eddie Caminero in August 2010.

Back to work in the summer of 2010, Smith Jr. won his next ten fights and caught the eye of Star Boxing CEO and President JOE DEGUARDIA.

Signing with Star Boxing, Smith Jr. made his debut under their banner on December 20, 2014 with a first round knockout of Maxell Taylor at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Two more knockouts followed against Dion Savage and Cory Cummings before Smith Jr. faced fellow New York City area rival Will Rosinsky on December 15, 2015.

Fighting for the first time at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on the undercard to the World Middleweight Championship between Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillen, Smith Jr. displayed an array of boxing skills, an excellent jab and his trademark power shots from both hands to win a dominant ten round unanimous decision.

While Smith Jr. began compiling victories, and rising in the ranks of the Light Heavyweight division, he never lost track of his humble beginnings, and continued to work as a union laborer.

Returning to The Paramount on April 23, Smith Jr. got back in the knockout column stopping Fabiano Pena in the second round.

Smith Jr.’s biggest break of his career came on June 18, 2016 as he traveled to Chicago, Illinois to face Polish hometown favorite and former world title challenger Andrzej Fonfara, televised nation wide live, primetime on NBC.

Coming into the fight a decided underdog, Smith Jr. let his hands go from the opening bell, drilling Fonfara to the canvas with a beautiful right hand to the head. Although Fonfara beat the count, Smith Jr. followed with a flurry of unanswered power shots, which caused referee Hector Atu to call a halt to the action.

With the knockout victory, Smith Jr. was awarded the WBC International Light Heavyweight Title, which Fonfara had held.

Smith Jr. continued to be the peoples champion, just like the athletes of old, maintaining a job while plying his trade as a boxer.

Weeks later Smith Jr. was offered another extraordinary opportunity by his promoter, a fight with boxing legend Bernard Hopkins on Saturday, December 17 at The Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles.

Fighting on the West Coast for the first time, Smith Jr. dominated Hopkins, firing away at will with power shots throughout every round. Sending the future Hall of-Famer though the ropes with a battering combination from his heavy hands, Smith Jr. earned the victory by knockout in the eighth round.

Following the two knockouts of Fonfara and Hopkins, Smith Jr. earned numerous accolades from the national boxing media for “The Story of the Year”. “Knockout of the Year” and “Upset of the Year”.

Smith Jr. continues his quest to become a world champion by fighting Sullivan Barrera on July 15at The Fabulous Forum, where a victory will bring this Common Man and Top Contender one step closer to realizing his dream of being the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World.

 

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. (more…)

HORN-PACQUIAO DOES BIG NUMBERS ON ESPN

 

Press Release: ESPN’s live telecast on Saturday, July 1st of Jeff Horn’s controversial win over Manny Pacquiao (10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET) averaged a total live audience (television and streaming) of 3.1 million viewers across the ESPN and ESPN Deportes networks, according to Fast National ratings from Nielsen. ESPN says it was the highest-rated boxing telecast on cable television since 2006 and ESPN’s highest-rated boxing telecast since 1995.

 

The WBO welterweight championship bout, in Brisbane, Australia, between Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs), the Filipino legend and Brisbane’s favorite son Jeff “The Hornet” Horn (17-0-1, 11 KOs) (12 midnight to 1 a.m. ET) peaked during the final half hour of their fight with 4.4 million viewers across both networks. Horn defeated Pacquiao by a controversial unanimous decision.

 

On ESPN, the telecast averaged a 1.6 household rating and 2,812,000 viewers, making it the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast on cable TV since 2006. Carlos Baldomir vs. Arturo Gatti on HBO on July 22, 2006, earned a 1.6 household rating.

 

“The Battle of Brisbane” was also the highest-rated boxing telecast on ESPN’s networks since 1995. Danell Nicholson vs. Darren Hayden on ESPN, on December 21, 1995 earned a 1.7 household rating.

 

Highest Ratings for Boxing Telecasts on Cable in Last 10 Years

 

DATE NETWORK MAIN FIGHT US HH Rating

7/01/2017 ESPN Pacquiao vs.Horn 1.6
9/26/2009 HBO V. Klitschko vs. Arreola 1.4
4/19/2008 HBO Hopkins vs. Calzaghe 1.3
5/03/2008 HBO De La Hoya vs. Forbes 1.3
5/09/2015 HBO Alvarez vs. Kirkland 1.3

 

ESPN Deportes

“The Battle of Brisbane” on ESPN Deportes averaged 206,000 viewers, including 308,000 viewers in the final half hour of the event, making it the most-watched fight on ESPN Deportes since Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares on August 29, 2015, which had an average minute viewing audience of 355,000.

 

Streaming

ESPN’s telecast had a streaming average minute audience of 78,000, with 392,000 unique viewers, and 14.4 million total minutes streamed. Based on all three measures, the fight was the most-streamed boxing event on record on ESPN’s networks. On ESPN Deportes, the telecast had a streaming average minute audience of 1,400, with 7,800 unique viewers, and 253,000 total minutes streamed. Based on all three measures, the fight was the most-streamed boxing event on record on ESPN Deportes. Streaming provided a combined additional 2.6% lift on top of the television audience for both networks.

 

“The Battle of Brisbane” is available to stream now on the ESPN app.

 

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Battle of Brisbane

MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JEFF HORN

WBO Welterweight Championship

Saturday, July 1, 2017 * Brisbane, Australia

LIVE ON SUPER CHANNEL IN CANADA 9 p.m. ET /6 p.m. PM

 

 

“BATTLE OF BRISBANE” FACT SHEET

 

Main Event – WBO Welterweight World Championship (12 rounds)

(L) MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO (59-6-2, 38 KOs), Champion, General Santos City, Philippines.

(R) JEFF HORN (16-0-1, 11 KOs), Challenger, Brisbane, Australia

Co-Feature – IBF Super Flyweight World Championship (12 rounds) 

JERWIN “Pretty Boy” ANCAJAS (26-1-1, 17 KOs), Champion, Cavite City, Philippines.

TEIRU KINOSHITA (25-1-1, 8 KOs), Challenger, Kobe, Japan

Middleweights (8 rounds)

SHANE MOSLEY, JR. (10-1, 7 KOs), Pomona, California. USA.

DAVID TOUSSAINT (10-0, 8 KOs), Canberra, Australia

Featherweights (6 rounds)

MICHAEL CONLAN (2-0, 2 KOs), 2-time Ireland Olympian, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

JARRETT OWEN (5-4-3, 2 KOs), Brisbane, Australia

 

WHAT: “Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs. Horn”

WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 2017 ESPN at 9:00pm

WHERE: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia

PROMOTERS: Top Rank & Duco Events

TELEVISION: Live on Super Channel across Canada

FIRST TV BOUT: 9:00 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

 

PACQUIAO VS. DE LA HOYA & HATTON REPLAYS ON SC1

As a warm-up to the “Battle of Brisbane” on July 1, Super Channel will present two replays of previous Pacquiao bouts on Friday June 30starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on SC1:

Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar de la Hoya– Dec. 6, 2008

Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton– May 2, 2009 (IBO World super lightweight title)

These fights will also be available on Super Channel On Demand.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

INFORMATION:

www.superchannel.ca

Twitter: @SuperChannel

Instagram: @SuperChannelTV

Facebook: /superchannel

About Super Channel:

Super Channel is a national premium pay television network, consisting of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand.

Super Channel’s mission is to entertain and engage Canadian audiences by providing a unique and exclusive entertainment experience. With a core foundation of integrity and accountability, we dedicate ourselves to implementing innovative programming strategies and unparalleled team work that provides viewers with exceptional value and variety.

Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company.

Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable, Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron, Westman Communications and other regional providers.

www.superchannel.ca

CONTACTS:

Kimberley Ball, Super Channel 416-302-6464, kim.ball@superchannel.ca Bob Trieger, Full Court PRESS, 978.590.0470, bobtfcp@hotmail.com, @fightpublicist

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Battle of Brisbane

MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JEFF HORN

WBO Welterweight Championship

Saturday, July 1, 2017 * Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

LIVE ON SUPER CHANNEL IN CANADA

9 p.m. ET /6 p.m. PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Super Channel to air “Battle of Brisbane”

Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn International Card

July 1st live from Australia

 

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(L-R) – Manny Pacquiao & Jeff Horn

(picture courtesy of 7 News Brisbane)

 

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada (June 26, 2017) – Super Channel is pleased to announce that it has acquired the exclusive rights in Canada to air the July 1st World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Welterweight Championship bout between reigning champion, future Hall-of-Famer Manny “Pacman’ Pacquiao, and challenger Jeff Horn, starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, live from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

“Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs. Horn” is a presentation of Top Rank and Duco Events. Super Channel will air four exciting fights from this card, headlined by Pacquiao vs. Horn, exclusively in Canada.

“Super Channel is ecstatic to be bringing a non-pay-per-view Pacquiao bout to Canadian fight fans as a follow up to the exciting Brook vs Spence IBF Welterweight Championship we brought them in May” said Troy Wassill, Director of Programming, Domestic Distributors and Sports. “We keep hearing from our viewers that they want more boxing on Super Channel and the ‘Battle of Brisbane’ is going to deliver exactly what they are looking for.”

“The world has followed amazing Manny since he burst onto the scene in his U.S. debut in 2001, where he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba to win his second of a record eight division world titles,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum added. “It’s going to be an unbelievable event.”

PACQUIAO VS. DE LA HOYA & HATTON REPLAYS ON SC1

As a warm-up to the “Battle of Brisbane” on July 1, Super Channel will present two replays of previous Pacquiao bouts on Friday June 30starting at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on SC1:

Manny Pacquiao vs Oscar de la Hoya– Dec. 6, 2008

Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton– May 2, 2009 (IBO World super lightweight title)

These fights will also be available on Super Channel On Demand.

manny pacquiao.jpgPacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KOs), a former two-term congressman, was elected to a Philippine Senate seat in May 2016, capturing more than 16 million votes nationally.  An international icon, Pacquiao is the only fighter to win eight world titles in as many different weight divisions.  A three-time Fighter of the Year and the reigning BWAA “Fighter of the Decade,” Pacquiao’s resumé features victories over present and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley.

From 2008 to 2010, five of his seven victories were in world title fights, in five different weight classes, ranging from 130 to 154 pounds.  No active boxer has sold more live tickets in the U.S. than Pacquiao, who is also credited with more than 18 million domestic pay-per-view buys.  After his disappointing unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on May 2, 2015, a world championship fight that generated a record 4.5 million pay-per-view buys and more than $400 million in television revenue alone, a healthy Pacquiao (he had suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder during the fourth round of the Mayweather fight) returned to the winner’s circle on April 9, 2016, winning the rubber match against five-time world champion Bradley.  In a battle of Top-10 pound for pound fighters, Pacquiao sent Bradley to the canvas twice en route to a dominant 12-round unanimous decision victory.  On Nov. 5, Pacquiao regained the WBO welterweight title for a third time when he shellacked the once-defeated defending champion Jessie Vargas via another dominant 12-round unanimous decision.  Pacquiao has been trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach since 2001.

Unbeaten hometown-favorite Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), fighting out of Brisbane (Queensland, jeff horn.jpgAustralia), enters the fight of his life having won his last three battles — all in 2016 — against Ali Funeka, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey, inside the distance.  They had a combined record of 105-14-4 when he fought them.  The 2012 Australian Olympian’s background belies the warrior he has become inside the ring.  Well-schooled inside and outside the ring, Horn received his Bachelor of Education degree from Griffith University and taught high school Physical Education even as he embarked on his professional boxing career.

Horn started boxing at age 18 after being picked on by bullies and he has been an advocate of anti-bullying campaigns.  Immensely popular throughout Australia, the 29-year-old Horn has become a national gate attraction in his own right.  Selected as the 2015 Australian Boxer of the Year, Horn is trained and managed by Glenn Rushton, the only trainer he has ever had, and assisted by former WBC super welterweight world champion John “The Beast” Mugabi.

The July 1 telecast will also feature Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), from Belfast, in a six-round featherweight bout against Jarrett “Juarez” Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs), of Brisbane, and International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Cavite City, Philippines, defending his title against top-rated contender Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), of Kobe, JapanThe live telecast will open with an eight-round middleweight rumble between Shane Mosley, Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), of Pomona, Calif. and son of former three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs), of Canberra, Australia.

Some of the greatest boxers in history have confirmed they will be ringside, including Roberto Duran, Evander Holyfield, and Thomas Hearns.

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A rapid rise up the welterweight division will be at stake as two top contenders — former Olympian Sadam “World Kid” Ali (24-1, 14 KOs) and former Interim WBA World Super Lightweight Champion Johan “El Terrible” Perez (22-3-4, 15 KOs) – will slug it out over 10 rounds for the vacant NABA Welterweight title in the main event of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN on July 29 from Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona.

 

Ali, a 28-year-old representative of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team who holds impressive wins over Francisco “Chia” Santana and Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu, is coming off back-to-back victories after falling short in his first attempt at a world title last year.

 

“A win in this fight puts me right back in position to compete for a world championship,” Ali, who fights out of Brooklyn, New York, said. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring and demonstrate the speed and power that has led me to be a top contender in the welterweight division.”

 

Perez, a 33-year-old from Caracas, Venezuela who has held the interim WBA World Super Lightweight Championship and regional titles in the welterweight division, has defeated a number of top fighters including contender Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai andformer world champions Steve “2POUND” Forbes and dealt Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora the first and only defeat of his career.

 

“The time has come for me to re-establish my name in the welterweight division, and that’s exactly what I’m planning to do on July 29,” Perez said. “Whether it’s by knockout or decision, when the fights comes to an end, I know I will have my hand raised in victory.”

 

“When we launched Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN, I promised that we would showcase competitive fights every time out,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO and Chairman Oscar De La Hoya said. “We have delivered on each and every card, and the July 29 main event between two hungry contenders in Ali and Perez will give fans exactly what they have come to expect from this series.”

 

A contender and numerous prospects are also scheduled to appear on the card.

 

Super welterweight contender Patrick Teixeira (26-1, 22 KOs) from Santa Catarina, Brazil, returns from his first defeat as a professional against a soon-to-be-determined opponent in a eight-round affair.

 

Looking to make TV, undefeated super bantamweight Pablo “The Shark” Rubio, Jr. (9-0, 3 KOs) from Los Angeles, California will be featured in a six-round fight against a soon-to-be-named opponent. Additionally, local Phoenix favorite Eben Vargas (5-0, 3 KOs) will take on an opponent to be named later in a six-round welterweight fight.

 

Super welterweight Daquan Arnett (15-1, 9 KOs) from Winter Park Florida is scheduled for an eight-round fight against Tijuana, Mex.’s Jorge “Pantera” Silva (21-13-2, 17 KOs). Opening up the card, Miguel Angel “Miguelito” Gonzalez (20-2, 17 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mex. will be participating in a six-round super featherweight affair against a soon-to-be-named opponent.

 

Tickets for the show will go on sale Saturday, June 10 and range from $45.00-$125.00 (includes convenience fee).  Tickets are available for purchase at the Casino Del Sol gift shop and online at casinodelsol.com.

 

Ali vs. Perez, a 10-round fight for the vacant NABA welterweight title set for July 29, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Showdown Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, Born BOLD and Hennessy “Never Stop, Never Settle.” ESPN Deportes and ESPN2 will air the fights at midnight ET/ 9 p.m. PST. ESPN3 live stream of the undercard fights will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST