NEWS ON: Stiverne, Floyd's Weigh-In, Hopkins Workout, Andy Lee

BY The Sweet Science ON April 10, 2014
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BERMANE STIVERNE INTERVIEW

ON ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

"May 10, I will be crowned the heavyweight champion of the world."

Bermane Stiverne

Las Vegas (April 10, 2014) Top rated heavyweight contender BERMANE "B. Ware" STIVERNE will make an appearance tomorrow night, Friday, APRIL 11th, leaving his training camp at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada to discuss his upcoming WBC World Heavyweight Championship fight on this weeks' edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and Noche de Combates presentado por Corona Extra (10:30 p.m., ESPN Deportes) from the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

ESPN boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna will interview Stiverne on ESPN2 and Noche de Combates studio hosts Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo González will interview Stiverne on ESPN Deportes.

Stiverne, 23-1-1 (20 KO's) of La Plaine, Haiti will meet CHRIS "The Nightmare" ARREOLA," 36-3-0 (31 KO's) of Riverside, California for the vacant World Boxing Council ('WBC') Heavyweight Championship in "FIGHT FOR PEACE HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY" on Saturday, May 10th at the USCGalen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California which will be telecast live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Stiverne and Arreola are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the world respectively by the WBC.

Alluding to Arreola comments from their first bout in April 2013, won by Stiverne, the Florida resident stated, "It's not about being in shape as Arreola claims he wasn't the first time. I've got the skills and I'm always in shape."

Further about the bout once again being in Southern California, Stiverne continued, "I've fought all over the world, the ring will be the same and when the bell rings it's just the two of us and the outcome will be the same as well."

"FIGHT FOR PEACE HEAVYWEIGHT HISTORY" presented by Don King Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotionis a fitting international tribute to the battle for the vacant World Boxing Council Heavyweight Championship of the World previously held by longtime champion Vitali Klitschko who stepped away from boxing officially in December 2013 to focus on the 2014 Ukrainian Presidential Election.

Tickets priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25 (plus fees) for the Heavyweight World Championship night of boxing are available through theUSC Ticket Office located in the Student Union, 213-740-4672 (GOSC),or www.galentix.com or www.ticketmaster.com

Doors will open on the day of the event at 3:00 p.m. PT with the first

bell at 3:30 p.m. PT.

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April 10, 2014

WBC Mandatory 30-Day Weigh-In

The WBC mandatory 30-day weigh-in for all WBC championship fights has been a tremendous success over the years to monitor fighters and assist them to lose weight in a professional and safe way.

Since the institution of this rule, which resulted from the studies of ring physicians from all over the world during the First World Medical Congress of Boxing in Aruba 1997, only two fighters have failed to make the official weight in WBC championship fights.

WBC Rule 4.14 Safety Weigh-Ins.

The final and official weigh-in of the boxers shall occur no less than 24

hours but not more than 30 hours prior to a WBC bout due to the possible adverse results of

dehydration and subsequent rehydration of boxers to make the required weight limit for a

bout. Further, in order to encourage safe weight loss in advance of a WBC bout, additional

official safety weigh-ins are to be held 30 and 7 days prior to the official 30-24-hour weighin

for non-heavyweight boxers.

The boxers’ weight should be as follows:

(a) 30-day weigh-in: 4 weeks prior to the bout, the boxers’ weight should not exceed

10% of the weight limit for the bout; and

(b) 7-day weigh-in: 7 days prior to the bout, the boxers’ weight should not exceed 5% of

the weight limit for the bout.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. at his 30-day weigh-in prior to his May 3rd fight.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (April 10, 2014) - Future Hall of Famer and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins worked out in front of a throng of reporters Thursday at DSG Boxing Gym in Philadelphia as he winds down preparation for his Saturday, April 19, World Championship Unification against Beibut Shumenov.

Hopkins, the IBF titleholder, and Shumenov, the WBA Super Champion, will square off in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING world championship tripleheader at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), immediately following the premiere of Episode 1 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana.

At 49-years-old, "The Alien" Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights.

Tonight on SHOWTIME EXTREME (10 p.m. ET/PT), SHOWTIME Sports® will re-air Hopkins' unanimous decision over Karo Murat (last Oct. 26 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City) followed by Shumenov's knockout of Tamas Kovacs (last Dec. 14 from the Alamodome in San Antonio).

In the April 19 co-main event, IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn "Showtime" Porter will defend his title against former two-time and two-division word champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi. In the opening bout of the SHOWTIME telecast, undefeated WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin will put his title on the line against former interim WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Lukas Konecny.

Joining Hopkins at Thursday's workout was undefeated junior welterweight prospect Zachary Ochoa, who will square off against Hector Marengo in the second of three bouts that will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Here's what the participants had to say after Thursday's workouts:

BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion

"If you don't respect your job, it's going to disrespect you and kill you.

"To be 49-years-old, approaching 50 and knocking on the door of being a senior citizen. It's a profound statement of my dedication.

"It's sweeter now to be here with everybody. Everything I do is history. If you had one more chance to see something that you loved before you never see it again...here I am. You'll have a chance to see history. You can tell your grandkids about what you saw today at Danny Garcia's gym.

"Taking the test without studying is like taking a fight without being in the gym. The gym is studying. The test is April 19. You can put the cart in front of the horse if you're a fool and I think people would agree I'm no fool.

"I'm a guy that loves the craft and respects the craft. You can love something, but it doesn't mean you respect it. Love is the emotional part; respect is the dedication and hard work. That attitude and that demeanor is always going to be there. That's just who I am.

"I'm still having fun. That's the thing that a lot of us miss. I'm having more fun now than when I was in the middle or beginning of my career. There were a lot more things I had to go through in my life, but I'm having more fun now than I had in the last 16 years. Since about 40-years-old, we're talking nine years later. It's a big deal. I don't want to downplay it.

"Name another athlete in this country that is doing it at this age and winning, not just competing, but fighting the top fighters in the world. This guy is no run-of-the-mill guy, he's a threat. I'm not fighting a cream puff; this isn't a bum of the month club. I'm fighting real dudes. These guys are hardcore, hungry and top contenders.

"The sweet science that has been missing in this sport. We hate violence, but we love it. People don't look at the sweet science like I do in this ring. The game is to hit and not get hit.

"You can overthink or over study for a test. There's a time and a place for everything. You have to look at some tape, but I can't sit there every day watching and watching. Your mind starts playing tricks on you. You start seeing things you aren't really seeing. I want some element of surprise, so I can check it right there.

"I'm not going to be surprised by his style. There's nothing he can do that I haven't seen. Can he say the same thing?

"I'm fresher now, living the same lifestyle. Taking care of my body the same way I did them. I'm in better shape now and with wisdom.

"I don't get caught up in anybody else's business where it becomes negative to me. I have tunnel vision. Everything is looking towards my fight. I don't get sidetracked.

"Shumenov wants to make a name, like everyone else. What better place to make a name than against me?

"I'm from the old school but I'm stuck in the new era."

ZACHARY OCHOA, Undefeated Junior Welterweight Prospect

"This is my second day training at Danny Garcia's gym. I came because Danny gave me an open invitation so I was here Monday and he invited me back.

"Every time I fight on a Hopkins undercard its history. That's what he is.

"I've never been to D.C. in my life and this is my first time in Philly. I'm a Brooklyn kid. I'm not nervous, just excited."

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Andy Lee in Action in Denmark on Saturday Night

Andy Lee, Irish middleweight contender (31W – 22 KOs, 2L) will be in action this Saturday evening against Frenchman Frank Haroche Horta (34 W – 13 KOs, 12 L, 5 D), in a Sauerland Promotion event at the Blue Water Dokken Sports Venue, Esbjerk, Denmark.

Lee was due to fight Gennady Golovkin on April 26, 2014 at the MSG Theater, New York on HBO Boxing, for the WBA world middleweight title, but the fight was called off due to the death of Gennady’s father Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin on February 18 and the boxer’s decision to understandably take some time out of boxing to take care for his family.

Lee presently ranked WBC #8, WBA #11 and WBO #12 in the world ranking plans to stay busy and ring sharp as he pursues his ambition to fight for a world title later this year.

Horta is a durable opponent and has only been stopped twice in 51 outings over his 8 year professional career.

Lee commented following a training session in London ‘I'm really looking forward to fighting on Saturday night; I expect a tough fight and for me to put in a good performance. I have trained hard for this fight and I am ready to win.’

The Irishman has also been pencilled in to fight in Cardiff, Wales on a Matchroom Boxing card on May 17.

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