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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

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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.

 

 

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NEW YORK (May 12, 2017) — Undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion and top pound for pound fighter TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD (30-0, 21 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., will make his 2017 debut, Next Saturday!  May 20, at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.  This will also be his debut headlining in the big room — a testament both to his talent and his growing popularity.  Crawford will be defending his unified World Boxing Organization (WBO) / World Boxing Council (WBC) / Ring magazine titles against former Olympic gold medalist and top-rated contender FÉLIX DÍAZ (19-1, 8 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in a marquee all-action fight.  It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

 

The telecast will open with RAY “Sugar” BELTRAN (32-7-1, 20 KOs), of Phoenix, AZ by way of Ahome, Mexicoand JONATHAN “The Last Inca” MAICELO (25-2, 12 KOs), of North Bergen, New Jersey by way of Callao, Peru, going mano a mano in a high-stakes battle of world-rated lightweight contenders.  Sanctioned by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) as a world lightweight title elimination bout, the winner of the 12-round rumble will also lay claim to the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) International and the NABF and NABO lightweight titles, currently held by Beltran.  The world championship event will also feature the Pride of Newark and 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist SHAKUR STEVENSON(1-0) on the non-televised undercard.

 

Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with DiBella Entertainment, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, remaining  tickets to the Crawford vs. Díaz world championship event are priced at $250, $150, $100, $75, $50 and $35.  They can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

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The Fight Journal’s 2016 Boxing Awards:

Fighter of the Year

 

 

 

The nominees:

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. Chocolatito had his knockout streak end at 10 in 2016, as he won decisions over McWilliams Arroyo and Carlos Cuadras. Weight issues in the Arroyo fight led him to move from flyweight to super flyweight. However, he dominated Arroyo who should be given credit for surviving Gonzalez’s assault.

In his first fight at super-fly (I couldn’t resist), he did what only the great ones do. He immediately fought the WBC #1 guy, Cuadras in a fight of the year candidate.

Terence “Bud” Crawford. Crawford began 2016 by with a sensational stoppage of Hank Lundy. Crawford used his jab on the smaller Lundy throughout most of the fight, and landed a left in the fifth that wobbled him and sent him to the ropes. He followed up and dropped Lundy with another left against the ropes. Lundy was game, but Bud finished him with a lightning flurry causing the referee to step in. In July, Crawford fought a unification showdown with Viktor Postol. Crawford fought most of the fight southpaw and was too quick for Postol, as he dropped Ukraine’s “Iceman” twice in the fifth round. In the final quarter of the fight, you got the feeling that Crawford could end the fight at any moment if he pressed the action. Bud chose to coast to a decision win, which set the record as to who was the king of the junior welterweight division.

Crawford closed out 2016 with a dominant stoppage of Johns Molina, Jr. He made it look easy folks. What more can I say?

Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko. Loma, like Gonzalez took on a champion in his first fight moving up to a new division. In June, he stepped up to fight Roman “Rocky” Martinez for the WBO World super featherweight title. Loma delivered a message for those critical of his amateur style, becoming the fastest to win a title in two divisions with a spectacular knockout. A big left uppercut and right hook combo closed the show.

In his next fight, he took on fearsome and undefeated knockout King Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters. Lomachenko pitched a seven round shutout, using boxing dexterity to force Walters to quit.

Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao. Manny began 2016 in April with a convincing win over longtime nemesis Timothy Bradley, Jr. He scored a few knockdowns and won his most convincing fight against Bradley, who was coming off a KO win over Brandon Rios. A short hook dropped Bradley in the seventh round. A nice counter left in the ninth dropped Bradley as he did a reverse somersault after hitting the canvas. Pacquiao won 116-110 on all cards to put the trilogy to rest.

Later in 2016, Pacquiao fought the dangerous Jessie Vargas. As Floyd Mayweather Jr watched ringside, Pacquiao gave him food for thought as he dominated Vargas. Notwithstanding the 114-113 Dave Moretti card, of course. A straight left dropped Vargas in the second round. Vargas got up, but the speed and angles were too much for Vargas. While Vargas landed his share of shots, some of them power punches that knocked Manny off balance- he was cut over his right eye for his troubles. Pacquiao landed 36 percent of his punches to 19 percent for Vargas. Two dominant wins in 2016 over solid opposition is just what the doctor ordered for Manny. See you in May 2017 for the Mayweather rematch.

Anthony “AJ” Joshua. Joshua is steadily climbing the charts of respectability and he had a great 2016. In April, he became the new IBF World heavyweight champion with a second round knockout of Charles Martin. The knockout crushed Martin physically, and may have even caused mental damage to Martin based on the series of videos he’s appeared in on YouTube. Here’s a sample of one below:

Joshua followed the Martin win up with his first title defense against another young, undefeated Olympian in Dominic Breazeale. Joshua, an Olympic gold medalist and Breazeale, ranked the #1 U.S. amateur, squared off in June. The fight started slowly as Joshua had to deal with Breazeale’s reach, height, and weight advantages. In the second frame Joshua sent Breazeale reeling with a big right hand and follow-up that almost caused the fight to end. Breazeale fought back in the third, but by the fifth, a huge left hook wobbled Breazeale. In the seventh, Joshua landed a flurry to drop Breazeale. Breazeale was able to get up, but was knocked down again seconds later for a referee stoppage.

Joshua ended the year with his second title defense, this time against Eric Molina from Deontay Wilder fame. Molina gave Wilder much more trouble than he gave Joshua. As a matter of fact, Molina was no trouble at all. Molina entered the fight with the wrong game-plan, which was basically to look to land something big. If that was the plan, as suggested, Molina never gave a strong effort to do so. In the third round, Joshua sensed it was time to get Molina out. He stepped up the aggression, landing to the body and throwing combinations. Molina followed with a few jabs and attempted to land a big hook. He missed. Joshua landed a WHOPPING right that dropped Molina, who kept his guard high but turned from seeing the punch. Molina went down hard but got up. Shortly thereafter, Joshua landed some brutal punches- a left hook started the damage, followed by a right, left hook, right hand, double left uppercut and the brutal assault was over. A World heavyweight title and two defenses in one year for a 27 year old who is only 18-0. The world may soon be his. Here is a nice slow motion replay of the knockdown and knockout of Molina:

 

Others under consideration:

Joe Smith, Jr

Errol Spence, Jr

Jermall Charlo

The winner:

Carl “The Jackal” Frampton. On Frampton’s upper right chest a tattoo reads Veni, Vidi, Vici. The phrase is Latin for I came; I saw; I conquered. In 2016, this road warrior did all of the above. In February, the IBF World champion took on WBA World champ Scott Quigg in a super bantamweight (junior featherweight) unification bout in Manchester. Frampton was making the third defense of his IBF belt. Quigg was making the seventh defense of his WBA title. Quigg was 31-0-2 and Frampton was 21-0. Two champions. Two undefeated. Something had to give. It turned out to be Quigg’s jaw, as Frampton fractured it during the first half of the bout. While the official scores declared the bout a split decision, it was a dominant display by The Jackal. Frampton used speed, feints, and power to outclass Quigg. Everyone blames Quigg for starting too slow and giving away the early rounds. I blame Frampton for being too good and causing Quigg’s slow start. The angles and hooks kept Quigg just enough off balance to win rounds for Frampton. Quigg made a late push, but by then he’d given away too much in the early portion of the fight. Even when Quigg found success, you always had the feeling Frampton was in control.

Later in the year Frampton went on the road across the pond and English Channel to the United States to face another undefeated champion in Leo Santa Cruz. This time Frampton (like Chocolatito) did what only the great ones do. He moved up to super featherweight (junior lightweight) to fight Santa Cruz (32-0-1), who was making his third defense. Frampton had to overcome two things in the fight: Santa Cruz’s phenomenal punch output and his seven inch reach advantage. Let me say that again. Santa Cruz had a SEVEN INCH reach advantage on Carl Frampton!

It was a great fight, with each guy having multiple moments throughout the battle. Santa Cruz threw over 1,000 punches, but it was Frampton’s controlled distance, left hooks, and power shots that won the fight.

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“You’ve continued to act as if you are above the law, and you are not.”

Terence “Bud” Crawford (30-0, 21 KOs) was sentenced today to 90 days in jail by Judge Marcena Hendrix.

Hendrix also ordered Crawford to serve two year’s probation and to perform 120 hours of community service.

In addition, Hendrix said Crawford must pay $6,000 restitution to the body shop owner as well as undergo random drug and alcohol testing.

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Concerns with the Jesus Cuellar vs. Abner Mares matchup.

Thoughts about the IBF title fight between champion, Jermall Charlo and #1 challenger, Julian Williams.

These fights, along with Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina will air on Showtime Championship Boxing this Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Also on HBO, a World heavyweight title fight between titleholder Joseph Parker and challenger Andy Ruiz.  Later that evening, Terence Crawford defends junior welterweight titles against John Molina, Jr.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MIKE “YES INDEED” REED RETURNS ON HBO BOXING CARD IN OMAHA ON DECEMBER 10

Undefeated pro boxer Mike Reed targets win #21 on the Crawford-Molina undercard at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – On Saturday night, December 10, 2016, twenty-three year-old Top Rank® light welterweight professional boxer, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed (Washington, D.C. by way of Waldorf, Maryland/pro record: 20-0-0, 12 KOs) will face Sidney Siqueira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/pro record: 26-11-1, 17 KOs) in an 8-round fight on the HBO World Championship Boxing® card, held at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The event is promoted by Top Rank, in association with TGB Promotions, and will feature Terence Crawford making a defense of his WBC and WBO World Super Lightweight Titles against John Molina Jr. in the main event. On October 14, Reed earned his twentieth win, when he defeated Aaron Herrera by 6th Round TKO at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Reed said, “The last time I fought in Omaha, I earned my 12th pro victory. During that week, I had a great time spending my Thanksgiving there, and really enjoyed performing in front of a capacity crowd at CenturyLink Center. This time around, I’ll be returning to Omaha as a much more experienced boxer. I’m more confident of myself in the ring and I don’t question my father’s directives as I had done occasionally in the past. When he makes a call from the corner now, he gets it. My ring generalship has definitely improved and by fight time on December 10, I will be prepared to earn another win. I didn’t take too many days off after my last fight, and everything has been going well in camp so far.

 

Top Rank continues to do an excellent job in building me to become a world champion. My opponent for this upcoming fight has a good record, but all I see is another test for me, and an opportunity to continue learning. For those who haven’t seen me live, this is a chance for you all to come out and see me work. I plan to show everyone in Omaha why I’m one of the best prospects at 140 lbs. I’d like to put myself in position to get a title shot by the end of the year. Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed is an exciting TV-friendly fighter, with great boxing ability, and power in both hands. I’ve had a great 2016 so far, going 3-0, with 2 KOs. Look for me to have a great performance on December 10, impress Top Rank and the HBO Boxing team, and then ride that momentum into 2017. Yes Indeed!”

 

Tickets for Mike Reed’s fight on Saturday, December 10 in Omaha are on sale now and are priced at $27, $52, $77, and $127. Tickets can be purchased at the CenturyLink Center Omaha Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 and online at http://www.ticketmaster.com. Follow Mike Reed’s social media pages for weigh-in and fight time information.

 

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photo credits (Mike Reed pictures attached):

Fight pics are courtesy of Darryl Cobb Jr. (pics are labeled)

Fight pics are courtesy of Daniel Cork (pics are labeled)

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SHOCKING NEWS: HBO DUMPS MANNY PACQUIAO! IS MAYWEATHER/PACQUIAO II NOW EASIER TO MAKE?

HAS HBO BOXING SEEN ITS LAST DAYS?

DID THE TIME WARNER SITUATION CAUSE THIS TO OCCUR?

WHO WILL WIN THE BID FOR THE PACQUIAO VS. VARGAS FIGHT? ESPN? SHOWTIME?

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THE MANNY PACQUIAO, BOB ARUM, SERGEY KOVALEV, ANDRE WARD, TERENCE CRAWFORD, AND HBO DILEMMA!

Two PPVs in two weeks. Which one will fans buy? MANNY PACQUIAO’s return against TBA or KOVALEV vs. Ward?

Also, why I think it’ll be Jessie Vargas and not Terence Crawford.

Top Rank’s dilemma…

Main Event’s dilemma…

HBO’s dilemma…

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On Saturday night, Terence “Bud” Crawford became the unified 140 pound WBC and WBO World champion with a unanimous decision win over Viktor “The Iceman” Postol.

 

Crawford fought the majority of the fight southpaw (left-handed), effectively neutralizing the jab (and overall game plan) of Postol.

 

The bout started out well for Postol, as he won two of the first three rounds and seemed to be settling into a groove.  However, in the fifth round, Crawford scored a (debatable) knockdown shortly after the bell sounded to start the round.   Postol complained that the punch was behind the head.  Later in the fifth, Crawford landed a shot that caused Postol to retreat and as he moved to the ropes, his balance caused him to hit the canvas.  Referee Tony Weeks ruled it a knockdown.  It was questionable at best, but nonetheless, Postol clearly had problems with his balance throughout.

 

As the fight continued, Postol became hesitant with the jab and couldn’t cut the ring off as Crawford fought moving backwards and side to side.  Envision a 140-pound version of Erislandy Lara, and it was a mirror image of who Crawford was on Saturday night.

 

Scores were 118-107 (twice), and 117-108.  Crawford moves to 29-0, with 20 KOs.  Postol drops to 28-1.

 

Could Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao be next?  I’m skeptical.

 

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