Written by The Sweet Science
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 20:25
BROOKLYN (October 23, 2012) -- 2008 United States Olympian Sadam "World Kid" Ali (15-0, 9 KOs) held a workout today at his gym - World Kid Sports/Sadam Ali Boxing Center -- in the Bayridge section of Brooklyn.
Ali headlines and is promoting Saturday night's "Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple" pay-per-view event, live from Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, against Jermaine "Too Sweet" White (17-5, 9 KOs), for the vacant IBO International welterweight title.
Tickets, priced at $150.00, $100.00 and $50.00, are on sale and available to purchase by calling 917.807.3630 or 917.655.5254 in Brooklyn and Queens, 718.744.8855 in Manhattan, or 201.914.9392 in Staten Island and New Jersey.
"Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple," presented by World Kid Promotions, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite pay per view via iN Demand, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. The event will also be available via on-line PPV at http://www.gfl.tv/.
For more information about "Rising Olympian Star In The Big Apple," go online to www.SadamAliBoxing.com or www.integratedsportsnet.com. Sadam Ali can be followed on Twitter @realworldkidali.
Written by The Sweet Science
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 20:18
New York, NY (10/23/12) - All of the fighters for tomorrow night's Broadway Boxing card weighed in earlier today at the NYSAC office in downtown Manhattan. Below are the weights for the complete card. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Everlast, and sponsored by Manfredi Auto Group and Newlio.com. Fight Now TV will broadcast the event live beginning at 9PM E.T.
RED CORNER BLUE CORNER
10 ROUNDS -WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Seanie Monaghan vs. Rayco Saunders
Long Beach, NY Pittsburgh, PA
15-0, 10 KO's 22-17-2, 9 KO's
175 1/4 lbs. 174 lbs.
8 ROUNDS - LIGHTWEIGHTS
Ivan Redkach vs. Tebor Brosch
Los Angeles, CA Missisauga, Canada
11-0, 10KO 7-3-5, 2 KO's
136 lbs. 137 lbs.
8 ROUNDS - JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS
Gabriel Bracero vs. Erick Cruz
Brooklyn, NY Toa Baja, PR
19-1. 3KO 13-10-3, 10 KO's
141 lbs. 147 lbs.
4 ROUNDS - BANTAMWEIGHTS
Heather Hardy vs. Unique Harris
Brooklyn, NY Philadelphia, PA
1-0 Pro Debut
124 lbs. 120 lbs.
8 ROUNDS - JUNIOR LIGHTWEIGHTS
Floriano Pagliara vs. Jeremy McLaurin
Brooklyn, NY Coon Rapids, MN
13-4-1, 7 KO's 9-4, 5 KO's
130 lbs. 130 lbs.
4 ROUNDS -LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS
Travis Peterkin vs. Hamid Abdul Mateen
Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn, NY
4-0, 3 KO's 3-2-2
178 lbs. 175 lbs.
6 ROUNDS - JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS
Delen Parsley vs. Ibahiem King
Brooklyn, NY West Palm Beach, FL
8-0, 2 KO's 10-7, 4 KO's
160 lbs. 159 lbs.
DiBella Entertainment's popular Broadway Boxing series is coming back to FIGHT NOW TV TM - America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel - this Wednesday night, October 24, live from the famed Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan.
Written by The Sweet Science
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 20:08
BETHLEHEM, PA - Tickets are on sale for the December 22nd, Tomasz Adamek vs. Steve Cunningham rematch which will be held at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and broadcast live in the afternoon on NBC. The highly anticipated fight is a defense of Adamek's IBF North American Heavyweight Championship belt.
The fight took on added significance when the IBF informed the promoters that the fight would be for the #2 position in the IBF ratings and that the winner would be ordered to fight #1 contender Kubrat Pulev of Germany for the right to be Wladimir Klitschko's next IBF mandatory opponent.
Tickets are priced $ 50, $75, $105 and suites at $130 and are available at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center box office 610-297-7414, Main Events 973-200-7050 and Peltz Boxing 215-765-0922 and through Ticketmaster, http://www.ticketmaster.com/NBC-Fight-NightBoxing-tickets/artist/1794277, Ticketmaster Sales:during regular hours 800-745-3000, Ticketmaster Express: automated phone line for self-service ticket sales, even after hours, 866-448-7849.
For additional information on the event, seating arrangements, or ticketing, visit the event page located on the website. www.sandseventcenter.com
Written by The Sweet Science
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:44
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (October 23, 2012) – Veteran broadcaster Rich Marotta announced Tuesday the formation of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, a place to honor those who helped build its rich history in the sport.
A non-profit corporation operated exclusively for charitable purposes, the NVBHOF will be dedicated to honoring boxers and those who have contributed significantly to the sport in Nevada. The other equally important part of the Hall's mission will be to help those from the sport of boxing in need of financial assistance, as well as to help other boxing-related organizations which do the same. It will also support youth and amateur boxing programs, including the club boxing programs at the University of Nevada, Reno and UNLV.
"States such as California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and most recently New York have their own Boxing Halls of Fame. I was astounded to learn that Nevada, with its rich boxing history, passionate fan base and the reputation as the Boxing Capital of the World, did not have its own Hall of Fame," Marotta said. "So we set out this summer to establish the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame as a non-profit, charitable organization to give back to the sport and its fans. In addition to an annual gala Induction Ceremony and Dinner, the NVBHOF will conduct other fund-raising events throughout the year to stay active within the state."
Voting for the inaugural class of the NVBHOF by its officers and its Board of Directors will take place in November. Results will be announced in December. The categories will include:
· Boxers (Nevada resident and non-Nevada resident)
· Non-boxer participants (trainers and managers)
· Officials (referees, judges)
· Media (broadcasters, writers/columnists, TV personnel)
· Executive (Commission members and executive directors, physicians, etc.)
· Promotions (promoters, matchmakers, ring announcers, publicists)
· Special contributors
The Annual NVBHOF Hall Dinner Ceremony will also announce winners of Nevada-centric awards, including the state's Fight of the Year, Fighter of the Year, Female Fighter of the Year, Prospect of the Year and Amateur Boxer of the Year.
The Officers for the NVBHOF consists of:
· Rich Marotta, Founder and CEO. Winner of four Emmy Awards, the Boxing Writers Association of America's Sam Taub Award for Broadcast Excellence and an inductee of the Southern California Sportscasters and the California Boxing Hall of Fame, Marotta is the sports director of KFI Radio and appears daily on Los Angeles' No. 1-rated Bill Handel Morning Show.
· James Wimberly, Secretary. Longtime radio producer in Los Angeles
· Saville Kellner, Treasurer. CEO of Lakeside Industries and Black Card Radio Syndication in Henderson, Nev.
The Directors include:
· Scott Voeller. Senior Vice President, MGM Resorts International
· Wayne McCullough. Former WBC bantamweight champion
· Richard Steele. Hall of Fame referee, CEO Steele Health and Wellness
· Kevin Iole. Boxing columnist for Yahoo! Sports
· Bob Sheridan. World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee and renowned boxing commentator
· Dave Cokin.Afternoon radio talk show host on ESPN 1100, Las Vegas
· Alvaro Puentes.Program director, Radio talk show host, ESPN Deportes, Las Vegas
· Panama. Morning talk show host, KBZZ 1270 AM / 96.1 FM, Reno
· Marty Corwin.President of M.C. Productions, Las Vegas
· Joseph Marotta.Director Digital Strategy, Social Media manager
The NVBHOF will also be assisted by an Honorary Advisory Committee:
· Bob Miller. President, Sothern California Sports Broadcasters Association, Play-By-Play broadcaster for the Los Angeles Kings and an NHL Hall of Fame inductee
· Barry Tompkins.Award-winning boxing broadcaster and analyst
· Anthony Roman. Founder and CEO of RadioFlag
· Fred Sternburg. President of Sternburg Communications, Inc.
The NVBHOF is also planning on holding additional events throughout the year to bring fans together with inductees , boxers and integral members from boxing in the state.
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is an IRS 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization.Donations to the NV BHOF are tax-deductible, as are tickets purchased to NVBHOF-sponsored events. Donations can be made by visiting the NVBHOF website: www.nvbhof.com. You can "like" NVBHOF on Facebook (facebook.com/nvbhof) and follow it on Twitter (@nvbhof).
Written by The Sweet Science
Monday, 22 October 2012 15:59
October 22, 2012 - San Francisco's undefeated NABO Jr. Welterweight champion, Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) will defend his title against Southern California's, Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs) this Saturday October 27th at the Turning Stone Resort Casino. The 10-round bout will be televised live on HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT as the co-feature to a special tripleheader featuring Thomas Dulorme vs. Carlos Abregu and Miguel Vasquez vs. Marvin Quintero.
This past Saturday, Mayfield held a public workout for media members and fans at the Champ Nation Boxing Gym in Oakland Ca. He shared his thoughts on defending his title against Herrera and making his HBO debut.
On making his HBO debut...
"I've worked my whole life for the opportunity to be fighting on HBO. This is my time to shine and I'm really excited to bring an action packed fight to all those in attendance at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino and the millions watching on TV. I'm a man on a mission to show the world I'm the best Jr. Welterweight in the world."
On fighting Herrera...
"Herrera is a battle tested fighter who always brings an exciting fight to the table because he's a come forward type guy. That makes for an explosive matchup between us because I throw hard punched from different angles and someone is sure to get knocked out. I think my fight with Herrera will steal the show. Both of us have never been knocked out so this makes for an intriguing bout. If I get him hurt, I definitely will be going for the KO."
On defending his NABO title...
"After defeating Patrick Lopez to win the NABO title, I defended it once against Raymond Serrano where I had an incredible knockout on ESPN. I know that fight opened doors for my career and here I am defending it once again against Herrera. I plan to remain the NABO champion and will look for bigger fights in the future. After this fight I know I'll be ready to fight for the world title."
October 22, 2012 - A stacked undercard is expected to entertain those in attendance at the Turning Stone Resort Casino on October 27, when Gary Shaw Productions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Universal Promotions, Prize Fight, Joe Deguardia's Star Boxing, and Zanfer Promotions present an exciting night of boxing. HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® will televise a special triple-header beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
Undefeated featherweight Joel Brunker (23-0, 13 KOs) ranked No. 3 by the WBO, who hails from South Wales, Australia, will put his undefeated record on the line against Carlos Fulgencio (19-8-1, 12 KOs) in an 8-round bout. Brunker competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece and looks to showcase his exciting style in his USA debut.
"I'm really excited to be fighting for Gary Shaw here in the U.S.," said Brunker. "I've been training in Las Vegas for the last eight weeks, getting prepared for this fight. I'm coming to make an impressive first impression for all the fans that'll see me fight for the first time."
Power punching Puerto Rican prospect, Javier Flores (7-0, 7 KOs) will face Riverside, California's Alberto Herrera (8-7-1, 5 KOs) in an 8-round slugfest in the welterweight division. Flores is known for having power in both hands and he plans to use them in this fight.
"My power is evident as you can see in my record," Flores said. "I always go for the knockout and nothing will be different in this fight. I've stopped all my opponents but people will see that I can box if I need to. I'm ready to go."
Newark, New Jersey's unbeaten light middleweight prospect, John Thompson (9-0, 3 KOs), squares off against Chicago, Illinois' Christopher Chatman (10-2-1, 5 KOs). This bout is scheduled for six rounds and Thompson promises to bring an explosive fight.
"Chatman is a good fighter, but I'm going to take him out," stated Thompson. "I'm fully prepared to go the distance, but I don't see this fight lasting more than three rounds."
Light heavyweight Ryan McKenzie of Nassau, Bahamas (10-0, 10 KOs) goes toe to toe with Morgantown, West Virginia's Eric Watkins (7-2, 4 KOs) in a 6-rounder. McKenzie has lighting in both hands and he's looking to extend on his knockout streak.
"I can't wait to get back in the ring and showcase my power," says McKenzie. "If I get Watkins hurt, I'm going for the kill."
Once beaten cruiserweight, Eric Fields of Ardmore, Oklahoma (20-1, 15 KOs) and Charleston, West Virginia's Kevin Franklin (4-4, 1 KO) will battle in an 8-round bout. Fields looks to use his experience to win this fight."
"Franklin is taking a big step up fighting me," said Fields. "I'm going to make sure he knows that it was a mistake to take this fight. It's doomsday for Franklin."
"This entire undercard is loaded with talent," said promoter Gary Shaw. "Joel Brunker is on the verge of fighting for a world title and the U.S. fans are sure to enjoy his aggressive style. Javier Flores packs a mean punch and he could emerge as the top prospect to come out of Puerto Rico. From top to bottom, this card is incredible and the fans are guaranteed a great night of boxing."
The three featured bouts will be televised live on HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.
In the 10-round main-event, undefeated Puerto Rican standout, Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12 KOs) takes on heavy-handed Argentine, Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27KO's). The co-feature will showcase San Francisco's undefeated WBO/NABO Jr. Welterweight champion, Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KOs) vs. Southern California's, Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs). A 12-round IBF lightweight championship bout between champion, Miguel Vazquez (31-3, 13 KOs) and No. 1 contender, Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs) will open up the broadcast.
Tickets for the October 27, HBO Boxing After Dark event range from $25 to $75 and are on sale at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Box Office. Call (315) 361-7469 or visit www.Ticketmaster.com. Doors open up at 6:30 p.m. and the undercard begins at 7:30 p.m EST with the HBO live national broadcast starting at 10:15 p.m. EST.
ST. LOUIS (October 22, 2012) - Standing 6' 4" with an incredible 81" reach and six-percent body fat, newly crowned North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Super Welterweight champion Willie "The Great" Nelson (19-1-1, 11 KOs) is a physical freak in the 154-pound decision.
Prospect killer Nelson earned his boxing bones, so to speak, with impressive back-to-back victories by 10-round decisions over previously unbeaten fighters, two-time Cuban National champion Yudel Jhonson (12-1) on ShoBox, and World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth champion John "Dah Rock" Jackson (13-1, 12 KOs), for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super welterweight title, on the September 15th Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. HBO Pay-Per-View event.
"I still have a lot of growing to become a complete fighter," a humble Nelson said. "I'm working hard with (head trainer) Jack (Loew) to stand behind my jab, use my reach and length, and take less shots. I need to knock-off a few more top fighters to get a world title shot. I just fight and leave who I fight up to my coaches, promoters and manager. I would like to fight next for the vacant WBC Silver title, which would put me in good position for a world title fight against (WBC champion (Saul) 'Canelo' Alvarez. He makes a lot of mistakes and, even though he's only 22, he's at his peak because he had so many fights, so early. I've improved a lot since Jack has been training me. I'm only 25 and know that I will continue to improve, but I'm ready to fight the best 154-pounders in the world right now."
The gifted fighter from Cleveland, who is trained by Loew in Youngstown, Ohio, is now rated No. 6 in the world by the WBC, ranked behind, in order, Erislandy Lara (Cuba), Vanes Martirosyan (Armenia), Damion Jonack (Poland), Emanuele Della Rosa (Italy) and Sergey Rabchenko (Bellarussia).
"If Lara and Martirosyan are fighting in the WBC final eliminator," Loew noted, "there is no doubt in my mind that Willie is right there. He's one of the two or three best American 154-pounders and top 5 or 6 in the world. He deserves his No. 6 ranking in the WBC. No more last minute fights for Willie. He took the Jhonson fight on two week's notice and his opponent changed for his last fight. But I know it's a waiting game; I've been there with Kelly (Pavlik). We waited until he got (Edison) Miranda. We have to be ready when Willie's Miranda comes up. I can't wait to see how Willie does when they throw a big dog in front of him. I'd love to see him fight (Alfredo) Angulo or (James) Kirkland to see what we really have in Willie. They're punchers but that's all they do.
"Alvarez will think Willie can't take his punch because he's been down a few times, but Willie has a good chin and he's gotten up to control fights. Against (Vincent) Arroyo (2011 in Nelson's only loss as a pro), Willie was down twice but he got up and came back to lose a majority decision. Willie took one of the most vicious punches I've ever seen against Jhonson. I thought it was all over but Willie got up and controlled the rest of the fight. Any other 154-pounder would have been knocked out. Willie caught Jhonson later and almost knocked him out."
Steve Smith (Rumble Time), who co-promotes Nelson with Lou DiBella, believes Nelson is changing the scene in the super welterweight division. "We're not looking to stay at No. 6," he offered. "We are open to all of the top rated WBC 154-pounders on our way to a world title fight with Alvarez. Some of the fighters rated ahead of Willie are overrated and protected. We're confident that Willie can beat the best in the world. He went into his last two fights as an opponent but now he's the NABF champion. Willie has had enough of being the opponent fighting top prospects. He deserves a big fight. I'd like to thank Joe Dwyer, Claude Jackson, Sam Macias and Lee Peters for giving us an opportunity to fight for the NABF title and believing in Willie Nelson."
A highly decorated U.S. amateur boxer who had nearly 250 matches, Nelson captured several titles, including the PAL Nationals twice and Under-19 Tournament, while suffering only 22 losses. He has been favorably compared to a right-handed Paul Williams, or a young Tommy Hearns, because of his freakish size.
"Willie has all the tools because of his amateur background," Loew noted. "He does everything well and has a great jab. Willie uses his long reach but he can punch, too. Willie has so much heart and determination. He wants it so bad and for all the right reasons, not jewelry or cars, but for his children.
"He has a world of talent and reminds me so much of Paul Williams, even facially, and Willie's upper body is starting to look like Tommy Hearns' with that V-shape. Those aren't bad comparisons."
"We have demanded a lot from Willie since moving him to Youngstown, under Jack Loew's tutelage, following Willie's only professional loss," Nelson's advisor Sam Shapiro added. "Willie has become a real pro. We demand that he pays attention to his diet and improve his strength and conditioning. "Willie has always been a boxing gym rat, but now he has further dedicated himself to strength and conditioning, working full-time with his extraordinary physical fitness trainer, Mike Bartos. The Nelson camp is convinced that we have a winning formula and we could not be more pleased about how enthusiastically Willie has adopted this professional lifestyle. Willie knows that Jack has been to the top and Willie is doing everything asked of him to become World Champion."
Go online to www.RumbleTimePromotions.com for more information about Nelson or any of his Rumble Time Promotions stable-mates.
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 18 October 2012 21:48
SPRINGFIELD, MO (October 17, 2012)--On Friday night October 6th, Number-one WBO world rated cruiserweight and NABA, NABO and WBC continental Americas champ BJ Flores (28-1-1, 18 KO’s) scored another knockout victory when he stopped once-beaten David McNemar in front of a packed house at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri.
Flores has now set his sights on highly regarded WBO champion Marco Huck of Germany.
“He is the champion and I am WBO #1 challenger. It’s no secret this is a fight I have wanted for a very long time,” said Flores
Over the last fourteen months, Flores has fought four times and looked very good in those outings. Flores has shown good power by knocking out 3 of his last 4 opponents and scoring multiple knockdowns in those fights. Flores says, "I know I needed to get better and improve. In order to be successful in this game you have to stay active and stay busy. Unfortunately this was something that I wasn’t able to accomplish before but now with the hometown crowd and fan base we can do shows in Springfield and keep me active and busy."
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 18 October 2012 21:28
QUOTES FROM THE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THIS SATURDAY'S FOUR WORLD TITLE FIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA AS BOXING RETURNS TO BROOKLYN AT THE BRAND NEW BARCLAYS CENTER LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
Danny Garcia, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion:
"Saturday night, at Barclays [Center], will keep these belts here on the East Coast. See you Saturday night.
"I want to thank God for giving me an opportunity to be here and showcase my skills on this level. I want to thank my dad, my family who helped me get through camp.
"I had about a 10-week camp, a hard, strong camp. Got my rounds in sparring and miles in running. Did my conditioning. I put in the hard work.
"I sacrificed all the things I love to do just to perform and give the fans at the Barclays Center a great fight.
"I'm ready. I'm going to keep the belts here on the East Coast, and I will see on Saturday."
Erik Morales, Former World Champion and Future Hall of Famer:
"It is an honor to be in New York for the first time fighting to regain my title. It is hard to be in an arena with such of great fighters, but I'm here, and trust me I'm ready. And certainly, each and every one of them is going to do the best that they possibly can to steal the night.
"I have been training very hard for Saturday. I've done tremendous preparation. I'll assure you it is going to be an explosive night. What you saw in March, it is definitely not what you are going to see on Saturday. I assure you I will regain my title.
"Many might ask, why do I keep fighting? Many of you question me, and I see it in your eyes. You wonder if I'm continuing because of economic status. And I tell you no. It's not for money.
"Others might ask if I am not leaving boxing because there is a resistance to leave it. I tell them no as well. We have it planned out, the retirement, and it will be soon.
"We're very relaxed. We're very happy with the work that we have done for this particular fight up to this moment. I'm ready. I have done a tremendous job in preparation. I have done all of the work.
"I invite you all to come out Saturday night because I assure you it's going to be an explosive night of boxing."
Paulie Malignaggi, WBA Welterweight World Championship:
"I am very fortunate and blessed to be part of this team. I get to reap the rewards through my hard work to now be a part of this tremendous show. It's pretty incredible.
"You grow up and everybody wants to have a big fight in their hometown. Growing up in New York, the thing that we always dreamed about was Madison Square Garden, but it was because we did not have something like the Barclays Center to dream about. Now we do. I feel so hapoy.
"Again, I am blessed and fortunate to be part of this opening show where I think that young kids will come out one day, and come out to the fights and, and dream to be part of big shows just like there in their future. It's no longer just Madison Square Garden.
"You can dream about being part of the Barclays Center and part of a big event here. We're coming with fireworks. We're coming with flash and with some big, big fights.
"And it's not just my fight. This is an unbelievable show. This is just the first one. I know Golden Boy will keep doing this on a huge level. And I intend to be part of it. I want to continue to be part of it and continue to be part of these huge shows. Being in bigger fights. And I want to be part of the centerpiece of bringing their thing here to the Barclays Center.
"It is a feeling that you have whenever they announce your hometown when you are fighting. Every fighter is proud of where they come from. And I get that extra charge when I'm in there, and they say Brooklyn, New York.
"I always get that extra charge. But, I know it's going to be that extra, extra charge on Saturday night when they say from Brooklyn, New York and I am fighting in Brooklyn, New York.
"And I am being announced as a world champion. I have got a worthy challenger in front of me. I know what it's like to have all these goals in front of you and all these dreams in front of you and want to accomplish big things. I know what Pablo Cesar Cano is going through and thinking, because I've been there, you know. And I know I have got motivate kid in front of me who will come with all his heart, and he's supposed to.
"I said a while ago, they did not give me for free, I had to go to the other side of the world and defeat a world champion for it, and I intend to keep it right here in Brooklyn. It's going to be a fight. He [Cano] keeps saying it will be a war. He's motivated, and that I made big mistake. Listen, man, we can do wars. We can do boxing matches.
"I have done it all. I have 35 pro fights. I'll be 32 next month, and I have been in there with the best and fought some of the best, won some, lost some. Won two world titles as you know. There is nothing that I have not seen. So, be at war, a tactical match.
"So, there is nothing new on Saturday night that I can expect to see that I haven't already seen and that I'm not prepared to deal with.
Come and bring it on Saturday night. It's funny, I was talking to somebody the other day, and they were like, you must be so excited, and I am like, it's crazy.
"Are you sleeping at night? It must be keeping you up at night. Usually I don't lose sleep over fights. I am calm, but, I do keep waking up, and I keep like waking up and I'm burning myself at night. These guns, they are smoking, and they are ready to go. Saturday night, we are pulling the trigger. Oh, yeah. Smoking. Smoking."
Pablo Cesar Cano
"I'm very glad and motivated to be here in New York, and also to be part of this great card. To be participating in a card with such great champions and great fighters.
"But I'm here because God put me on this road. Golden Boy gave me this opportunity. And I promise I'm not going to let it go. I want to thank the champion for giving me this opportunity. But I think he made big mistake because I'm ready. I'm prepared.
"And I'm going to be the next welterweight world champion.
Hassan N'Dam, WBO Middleweight World Champion
"To start, I speak here with my heart. I have dreamed of this. I thank you again. This is a dream. To go to United States to defend your belt.
"At the Barclays Center, many people don't know me in United States. It's an opportunity for them to know me because I want to be a King, a King of Middleweight, of this division.
"I do want you to see a show on Saturday night. I am a French showman."
Peter Quillin, Undefeated Number One Rated WBO Middleweight Contender
"Thank you all so much. This is an historic event right here. This is an historic event and is something that everybody should be want to be part.
"I want to thank Hassan for giving me the opportunity to fight him. We are brothers in boxing. I don't look at him like I hate him because I don't know him. But I know when it's time to step in the ring, it's about business, and that's what I am [all about].
"But, I am just very blessed. Like I said, I'm going to save the best for last, I want to thank God. I don't take anything for granted. I was sleeping on my boy's floor on the northeast side of Manhattan on his floor not knowing where I would be. If I would have questioned it, I would probably have doubts about today.
"But, I know that I have the skill to pay the bills. And come October 20, I will look you in the eye, Hassan, and you will see all the pain I will endure on you.
"This is what it's about, about me working hard for this. I've been waiting for this opportunity, and I am glad I got it with you [to N'Dam], because I am going to show the world what I am all about."
Devon Alexander, Former World Champion
"I'm here. This has been a long process, but I thank God for getting me here to another point in my career. I'm excited to be here to prove myself once again. I have a lot of doubters. I still have a lot to prove.
"I am still going to prove myself by taking on Randall Bailey. You guys say that he's Knockout King Bailey, but Saturday night I will show you what I'm going to do to him.
"I don't run from anybody. I will fight anybody. I'm a throwback fighter. And I'm ready to rock 'n' roll. I have been ready since September 8.
"I'm just like a cannon, shoot me out and I'm ready to blast."
Randall Bailey, IBF Welterweight World Championship
"I've been getting a lot of phone calls, am I going to make it? Well I am here and it's going down on Saturday night. And you all forgot to mention one of the promoters of the show, Kevin Cunningham, he's been doing great job of promoting this show.
"So, I'm looking way too forward to Saturday night. It will be a great show. I plan on putting on a great show, along with all of the other fighters come Saturday night."
Danny Jacobs, Hot Middleweight Prospect
"Wow, a standing ovation. That means a lot to me.
"This moment wasn't promised, me standing before you. So to have an opportunity to perform Saturday night is a dream come true. As a professional, I never had the opportunity to fight in Brooklyn. So this is, this is my first fight back, so this is very special to me.
"We don't know what's going to happen Saturday night so thank you for believing in me and taking the chance.
"Brett [Yorkmark], thank you for your kind words. The friendship that we have had over the last two years has been -- it means a lot to me, so I really thank you for sticking by my side.
"Saturday night, Brooklyn is in the house! Do you understand? I'm a Brooklynite, so for me to be able to perform in front of these people means everything to me.
"I have a lot of pride saying that I come from Brooklyn. You know, and a lot of great Brooklyn fighters have never the opportunity to have an opportunity such as this.
"So, I'm very honored and humbled to be able to say I was a part of this first historic event. God is good. I want to thank for your support, and Saturday night you will see the return of Danny Jacobs. Thank you very much and God bless."
Eddie Gomez, Rising Junior Middleweight Star
"Let me catch my breath. What can I say? I'm honored to be fighting on this card with all of these great champions. Once they open the doors, I am ready for the fight. I am excited. Come October 20, I want everybody to come out and support us."
Luis Collazo, Former World Champion
"I am not much of a talker, but if you're looking for a fight, I'll give you one.
"Thanks for my trainers. As a fighter, there are many ups and downs, but you keep moving forward and it helps to have a great team to keep me focused.
"This is a great opportunity. And I will represent Brooklyn until the day that I die."
Dmitry Salita, Former World Title Contender
"I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be on this great show. It's a great honor to be on this card. I look forward to putting on a great performance.
"I know that I have to look impressive. I have to look great to put myself in title contention. And can that's what I plan to do on Saturday night.
"I also want to say that three fighters on the show, myself, Luis Collazo and Danny Jacobs are from the City Boxing Club. And, and boxing people from New York City, Jimmy O. passed a year and a half ago, so you know, his memory lives on. I will also represent them on Saturday night."
Boyd Melson, Rising Junior Middleweight Prospect
"Most importantly, this is an incredible chance for me in boxing. I am wearing this band (on his left wrist) to remind me of why I'm here - to donate my winnings to a clinical trial to cure spinal cord injuries.
"I am hoping that I can unite my boxing career with my 'Team Fight to Walk' efforts for this cause. We have already raised $100,000 but we have lofty goals that keep me motivated and strong."
*Oscar De La Hoya announces he will match Boyd's purse and make a personal donation to "Team Fight to Walk."
Oscar De La Hoya, President, Golden Boy Promotions
"There is a buzz in the air with Golden Boy, Showtime and Barclays bringing championship boxing back to Brooklyn. People are talking about this event all over New York and we are excited to be a part of it. Making history Saturday night, four world title fights, championship boxing back in Brooklyn. You really don't want to miss it.
"We are proud to be putting this event on regular Showtime rather than pay-per-view.
"It could have easily have been on pay-per-view because of the magnitude of this event
"Thank you very much to the Barclays Center, and thank you very much to all the champions who are here.
"Tomorrow we do have the weigh-in taking place at the Barclays Center. It's open to the public, so come down, meet the fighters, watch them weigh in.
"I will be there signing autographs, taking pictures and we're looking forward to all the fans coming down there Friday at 1:00 p.m."
Brett Yormark, CEO Barclays Center
"Four title fights, which is unprecedented and extremely exciting for us. Our goal is to bringing boxing back to Brooklyn, to this area and make it strive. We want to make the Barclays Center your home.
"You know, that's been our goal from day one, and obviously, sitting to my right and left and behind me are great Brooklynites that have called Brooklyn home and are now, in some respect, fighting for the first time in front of their home crowd, so we're really excited about that."
Melvina Latham, NYSAC Chairman
"Be still my heart. This is so exciting to have boxing back in Brooklyn. As the New York State Athletic Commission Chairman, I'm your welcoming committee and you are here. What else do I need to say?"
Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME
"On October 20th, these young men will be making history. We at Showtime are very proud to be part it. As we all know by now this is the first boxing event at the Barclays Center.
"Which means these fighters, the fans in attendance, our TV viewers at home will be part of history. There is only one first. And this is it.
"On the card we have melting pot of ethnicities, personality, lifestyles. We have Puerto Rican fighters. We have Mexican fighters. We have an Italian American fighter, a Cuban American, a cancer survivor and an orthodox Jew. It's perfectly suited for this dynamic and ever changing borough and for this dynamic city.
"Showtime as a network has never televised four world title fights in its history. So, we're making history on our network as well. Showtime is televising more boxing programming and more high quality boxing than at any time in the history of the network."
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World championship boxing returns to Brooklyn with an inaugural night of fights at the new Barclays Center on October 20 headlined by Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia against future Hall of Famer Erik "El Terrible" Morales presented by Golden Boy Promotions and supported by Golden Boy Promotions sponsors Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. In the co-featured attractions, Brooklyn's own Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi puts his WBA Welterweight World Championship on the line against hard-hitting Pablo Cesar "El Demoledor" Cano, undefeated number one rated WBO middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin of Manhattan takes on unbeaten Hassan N'Dam for N'Dam's WBO Middleweight World Championship and Devon Alexander "The Great" faces Randall Bailey for Bailey's IBF Welterweight World Championship in a bout presented in association with DiBella Entertainment. The SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 18 October 2012 19:24
New York, NY (October 18, 2012) – With four world title bouts scheduled and an undercard stacked with elite talent kicking off boxing’s debut at the Barclays Center, Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson understands they’ll be a ton of people watching him Saturday evening. Additionally, Golden Boy Promotions Founder and boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya announced that he’s personally contributing to Justadollarplease.org, the charity Melson’s donated all of his fight purses to.
“There’s definitely a lot of pressure on me for this fight but I’m far more excited than nervous, especially after Oscar announced at the press conference that he’s helping Justadollarplease.org,” said Melson, who twice fought on big cards headlined by world title matchups. “This is something different than ever before because I’m going to be a part of history and people have been talking about the first fight card at the Barclays Center as long as I can remember.”
To ensure he’s sharp as a razor inside the squared circle, Melson returned to the gym just three days after dominating Yolexcy Leiva on September 22. Against Leiva, Melson displayed drastic improvements from his prior bout, but knows he’ll have to be even better when he fights in front of a packed house in his native Brooklyn.
“It’s an honor to be fighting on the same night as some of the sport’s top talents,” said Melson, who attended Brooklyn Technical High School, which is a five minute walk from the Barclays Center. “There are a lot of people coming to see me fight and all of the other fighters on the card have large fan bases too. I can’t wait to go out and give the fans a great performance. I’ve never been this excited before!”
Melson battles tough New Yorker Jason Thompson, who fought six undefeated opponents, and his full fight purse will once again go to Justadollarplease.org to support bringing clinical trials to the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries.
In association with the 501 (C) 3 nonprofit Justadollarplease.org, Melson and his best friend Christan Zaccagnino created Team Fight to Walk, whose mission is to raise awareness within the boxing community as well as the entire nation about the importance of bringing Clinical Trials to the United States to help cure Spinal Cord Injuries. Team Fight to Walk is comprised of Melson, Zaccagnino, former Rutgers football player/ESPY honoree Eric LeGrand, two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, title contender DeAndre “The Bull” Latimore, Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr., 2008 US Olympians Demetrius “Boo” Andrade and Shawn Estrada along with prospects Sid “The Messenger” El Harrak, Jeff “TNT” Spencer, Denis “Da Momma’s Boy” Douglin, Will “Power” Rosinsky, Floriano “Italiano” Pagliara, Danny “Little Mac” McDermott, Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien, Ahmed “Prince of Egypt” Samir and Delen “Sniper” Parsley.
For more information or to make a donation, go to teamfighttowalk.com or Justadollarplease.org. All specific questions about the nature of the Clinical Trial to cure Spinal Cord Injury can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:41
The former world champion boxer with the distinctive nickname, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, will greet fans at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. prior to the November 9 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation featuring five 2012 American Olympic boxers making their professional debuts along with unbeaten featherweight contender and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. facing Vyacheslav Gusev in the evening's main event.
Following a stellar amateur career, Mancini made the jump to the professional game in 1978. His whirlwind punching style caught the attention of network executives at severalAmerican television networks, and he became a regular on their sports programming. During this time, Mancini defeated some excellent opponents, including former United States Champion Norman Goins.
He held the World Boxing Association lightweight championship title from 1982 to 1984 and when Mancini retired officially in 1992, he left the game with an impressive record of 29-5 with 23 knockouts. His legacy also included his inspirational story of a young champion who had won the title as much for his family as for himself. The essence of this story was captured in a made-for-television movie based on Mancini's life.
Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs and take pictures from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. inside the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center. The meet and greet is open to the public with the purchase of a ticket to the event.
"Night Of The Olympians" is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. PT on fight night. The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will air live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45, are available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
Written by The Sweet Science
Thursday, 18 October 2012 15:23
Philadelphia's Bryant "By By" Jennings (15-0, 7 KO's) will defend his USBA heavyweight title on NBC Sports Network's Fight Night broadcast, when he meets Bowie Tupou of Nukualofa, Tonga (22-2, 16 KO's) on December 8. The 12 round fight will take place at Temple University McGonigle Hall in Philadelphia. The NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET.
Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO said, "This is a great stylistic match up. Tupou is a big puncher who prefers to brawl. Jennings is a boxer but loves to mix it up. It's the kind of fight that will likely end up in a slugging match where the best chin wins."
Jennings, currently ranked #5 by the IBF, is coming off a stunning KO 35 seconds into the first round of his fight against Chris Koval on September 8th's Adamek - Walker undercard at Pru Center in Newark, NJ. Jennings previously pounded iron-chinned Steve Collins, of Houston, TX, for 10 rounds to win the vacant USBA heavyweight title on June 16 at the Pru Center on the NBC Sports Network. His meteoric rise in the heavyweight ranks has gained the attention of boxing fans and media worldwide.
Jennings is pleased to have the opportunity to fight Tupou in Philly, "Having this fight in my hometown is great for me right now. I've been representing my city for a while, fighting tough fights and bringing home wins. I believe this fight will be a good one for the fans. Bowie is aware that I have something to prove so I'm expecting him to come to fight and I am ready."
Tupou fights straight-ahead looking to stop his opponent with every big bomb he throws. In his last win on the undercard of the Super Six Finals in Atlantic City, Tupou dropped Donnell Holmes in the seventh round with a right hand and went on to win a unanimous decision over Holmes who was 33-1 at the time. He is trained by Jeff Mayweather and currently resides in Las Vegas.
Tupou knows he's putting it all on the line,"It's a good opportunity to get back into the mix again. It's a must win fight for me and I can't afford to lose. That's what I'm focused on, winning no matter what."
McGonigle Hall, a 4,500 seat venue at Temple University, has hosted boxing in the past, but when NBC Sports Network broadcasts the sixth installment of its "Fight Night" series on December 8th, it will be the first professional boxing event held at McGonigle Hall in over 19 years.
Eight bouts are planned for the Philadelphia card. The fight is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing, and Goossen-Tutor Promotions in association with BAM Boxing. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, October 24th. Contact Peltz Boxing for further ticket info, 215-765-0922, www.peltzboxing.com
2012-2013 NBC SPORTS NETWORK FIGHT NIGHT SCHEDULE
(All times ET and subject to change)
Saturday, December 8
9 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
NBC Sports Network
Saturday, December 22
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, January 19
9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
NBC Sports Network
Saturday, March 9
9 p.m. - 11 p.m.
NBC Sports Network