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 email@example.com.
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
Written by The Sweet Science
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 17:57
SAN DIEGO, CA (October 16, 2012)—On Saturday night November 3rd, former IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute will take on undefeated Denis Grachev in a twelve round fight for the NABF Light Heavyweight championship. The card will be televised LIVE in the United States on WealthTV and will originate from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Bute of Montreal has a record of 30-1 with twenty-four knockouts. He is the long reigning IBF Super Middleweight champion winning the belt in October of 2007 with a eleventh round knockout of Alejandro Berrio. Bute went on to defend the title nine times with wins over World Champion William Joppy, Brian Magee and Glen Johnson plus top challengers Librado Andrade (twice), Fulgencio Zuniga, Edison Miranda, Jesse Brinkley and Jean Paul Mendy.
This past May, Bute suffered his first career setback when he was stopped by three-time World champion Carl Froch. Bute needs a win to set up the highly anticipated rematch with Froch. But first he has to get by the upset minded and undefeated Grachev.
Grachev of San Diego, by way of Chaykovsky, Russia has a record of 12-0-1 with eight knockouts and is coming off the biggest win of his career when he stunned highly ranked and undefeated Ismayl Sillakh (17-0) this past April 27th. Grachev has defeated two previously undefeated fighters, namely Azea Augustama and Valdine Biosse (9-0), in a fourth round stoppage.
WealthTV is coming off a strong trifecta weekend in professional boxing. The three card weekend kicked off Friday with a classic IBF Super Middleweight elimination bout that saw Adonis Stevenson score a sensational twelfth round knockout over Donovan George. Saturday saw the explosive first round knockout for David Price over former Audley Harrison that was the battle of British Olympians and topped off the evening with 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner James DeGale scoring a twelve round unanimous decision over Hadilla Mohoumadi.
WealthTV has previously announced that on October 27th, top American Heavyweight Franklin “Yah Yah”Lawrence will take on battle tested Dominick Guinn and on November 17th in a bout in what many are predicting a “Fight Of The Year “Candidate as WBO Flyweight champion Brian Viloria and WBA Flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez will do battle in a much anticipated unification bout.
Network president Charles Herring stated, “Our boxing staff is searching the world for the best upcoming and proven fighters. We’re pleased to be delivering on our commitment to offering boxing fans the highest quality bouts free to WealthTV viewers without any premium channel like associated fee. We anticipate upwards of 40 to 60 live world-class boxing events on the network for 2013, a run rate we are currently achieving.”
The Bute v. Grachev fight can be seen on Wealth TV nationally on Verizon FiOS TV channel 169 and 669 in HD, AT&T U-Verse TV channels 470 and 1470 in HD, along with over 100 cable systems across the country as well as on line viewing on numerous connected devices and via www.wealthtv.com.
Written by The Sweet Science
Tuesday, 16 October 2012 16:09
New York, October 16, 2012: Legendary fight judge and HBO's unofficial ringside scorer Harold Lederman will bring his judging expertise to the theater. Lederman will be one of the judges in the short film category for the upcoming Shadow Box Film Festival.
"Harold Lederman is a boxing legend and one of the best judges in the world," said Shadow Box Film Festival director David Schuster. "We are looking forward to Harold's participation in selecting the best short films in this special showcase."
Lederman began judging pro boxing at the fabled Sunnyside Garden in 1967. In a career that ran through 1999, Lederman judged more than 100 title bouts. He marked the scorecards in bouts that included such greats as Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, Jeff Fenech and Junior Jones.
"I am very excited to be involved in this festival," said Lederman. "I love boxing films and can't wait to see this year's selections."
The festival is dedicated entirely to boxing and will take place over two days -- Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2012 -- at the SVA Theatre at 333 West 23rd Street in New York City.
Two of the featured films scheduled to make their New York City debut are a pair of powerful documentaries. They are "The Good Son," which is based on the recently released book about Ray Mancini and his tragic fight with Duek Koo Kim. The other is a film called "Buffalo Girls," which tells the story of two 9-year-old girls from Thailand who are forced into boxing to help supplement the family income.
WHAT: The Shadow Box Film Festival
WHERE: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (8th and 9th Avenues)
WHEN: Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, 2012
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Written by The Sweet Science
Monday, 15 October 2012 17:11
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (October 15, 2012) – Thanksgiving arrives early when knockout artists top-rated super welterweight contenders VANES “The Nightmare” MARTIROSYAN and ERISLANDY “El Oro del Guantanamo” LARA and undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender MIGUEL “Mikey” GARCIA and former World Featherweight Champion JONATHAN “Yoni” BARROS, look to knock the stuffing out of each other on an explosive card that will take place Saturday, November 10, in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) Martirosyan and Lara will battle in a 12-round World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title elimination bout with the winner being declared the division’s mandatory challenger. Garcia and Rojas will open the HBO telecast in 10-round featherweight rumble. The undercard will feature undefeated contenders, Las Vegas native JESSIE MAGDALENO, and Philadelphia fireball JESSE HART, son of the great middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, in separate super bantamweight and super middleweight bouts, respectively.
These six warriors boast a combined record of 126-4-2 (84 KOs), -- a winning percentage of 95% with victory by knockout ratio of 67%.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate and Wynn Las Vegas, tickets to this all-action event go on sale Tomorrow! Tuesday, October 16 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced at $125, $75 and $40, plus a $3 service fee, and are inclusive of applicable taxes. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 770-7118, through the website wynnlasvegas.com or by visiting the Wynn Ticket Office (Friday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. PT / Wednesday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. PT) or the Wynn Concierge (Daily: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. PT.)
"This card will be a treat for fight fans who will be able to watch great fight action in the elegant environment of the Wynn Resort,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs), a native of Armenia who fights out of Glendale, Calif., is one of the super welterweight division’s most promising contenders. A member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, Martirosyan’s amateur resume boasts victories over future world champions Timothy Bradley, Jr., Austin Trout and Andre Berto. Trained by Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, Martirosyan captured his first title in 2009, knocking out defending NABA/NABO champion Willie Lee. He successfully defended the title in his next fight, in 2010, a 10-round unanimous decision victory over former IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma. He added the NABF title to his trophy case with another 10-round unanimous decision later that same year, at Yankee Stadium, this time over previously undefeated Joe Greene, serving up the Bronx bomber his first loss in 33 professional fights. Martirosyan captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver super welterweight title in 2011, via a seventh-round TKO of Saul Roman. Currently world-rated No. 2 by the WBC, Martirosyan returns to the ring fresh from knocking out Troy Lowery, his sixth knockout victim in his last nine fights.
Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs), a former international standout and a native of Cuba, is now fighting out of Houston under the tutelage of world-renowned trainer Ronnie Shields. A five-year veteran of the powerhouse Cuban national amateur team which included, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Odlanier Solis, Lara was a gold medalist in the 2005 World Championships, the 2006 Central American Games and the 2007 Pan American Games Qualifier. After turning professional in 2008, Lara was fighting in 10-rounders in only his ninth bout. The only blemish on his professional ledger, a disputed 12-round majority decision loss, in Atlantic City, to former world champion Paul Williams in 2011, was considered so heinous that New Jersey officials suspended all three judges for their scorecards, an unprecedented move. Since the Williams fight, Lara has scored a first-round knockout of Ronald Hearns and a 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Freddy Hernandez, both this year, en route to becoming the WBC’;s No. 1-rated super welterweight contender.
Garcia (29-0, 25 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., returns to a Las Vegas ring for the first time in four years, having won 13 of his past 14 bouts by knockout. Considered to be one of boxing’s top young prospects, Garcia, 24, had a career-best year in 2011, knocking out previously undefeated contender Matt Remillard in the 10th round in March to capture his NABF and NABO title belts. He followed that with four-round knockout title defense victories of Rafael Guzman and Juan Carlos Martinez in June and October, respectively. Guzman and Martinez had a combined record of 47-14-1 when they fought Garcia. This year he continued his winning ways, knocking out one-time world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion and former world champion Mauricio Pastrana, in the seventh and second rounds, respectively. Trained by his father Eduardo Garcia and co-managed by his brother Robert Garcia, the former IBF junior lightweight champion, Garcia is currently the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) No. 1-rated featherweight contender.
Barros (34-3-1, 17 KOs), Mendoza, Argentina, brings his own brand of excitement into the ring. He captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title in 2010, knocking out Irving Berry in the seventh round. Barros successfully defended the title two times, via 12-round decisions over Miguel Roman and Celestino Caballero, before losing the title in a rematch to Caballero the following year. Barros returns to the ring after unsuccessfully challenging Juan Salgado for the International (IBF) junior lightweight title in August.
Magdaleno (11-0, 8 KOs), of Las Vegas, NV., was an accomplished amateur fighter, having won gold medals at the 2009 U.S. National Championships and the 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships en route to a 120-16 record. He enters this fight having won his last three fights by knockout.
Hart (3-0, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA, is the son of Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, a highly-rated middleweight contender in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s who in 2003 was named to the The Ring’s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. Hart, 22, compiled an amateur record of 85-11, highlighted by a stellar 2011 which included winning the National Golden Gloves at 165 lbs., the USA National Tournament at 178 lbs and going undefeated at the double elimination USA Olympic Trials box-offs.
Written by The Sweet Science
Monday, 15 October 2012 15:28
October 15, 2012 - The hard-hitting Argentinean Luis Carlos Abregu (33-1, 27KO's), is in the final stage of preparation for his fight back in the United States against the Boricua, Thomas Dulorme (16-0, 12KO's).
Presented by Gary Shaw Productions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, Thompson Boxing, Universal Promotions, Prize Fight, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, and Zanfer Promotions, Dulorme vs. Abregu will be the main event as part of a special triple-header on October 27, 2012 at Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, New York. All three fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark ®, beginning at 10:15 pm ET / PT.
How was the preparation for your fight with Dulorme?
Abregu: Everything is going great. We're working at 100% and we'll ready for the fight, we will win and we are grateful for the opportunity HBO and Gary Shaw have provided. Our goal is to become world champion once and for all and have come prepared to win.
What do you know about Thomas Dulorme?
Abregu:He's a kid who comes prepared all the time. He's a rising prospect which I understand has not faced anyone like me who punches and is at my level. Dulorme has not shown anything to anyone and he will not withstand my pressure.
Have you seen any flaws in Thomas Dulorme that you will try to exploit?
Abregu: Yes, we saw some things through You Tube. He makes mistakes and we will expose them in the fight.
You've face greater competition in your career. Do you think he's at the level of Timothy Bradley?
Abregu: He definitely has talent but, I do not think he's at Bradley's level yet. In the Bradley bout, my right hand was hurt and I could not fight my fight. It's good now, I'm healthy and I'll be ready for this great opportunity. I worked hard in the gym and I'm sure that he will not endure the pressure of my attack. I can't wait for October 27th as I will have the revenge that I wanted on HBO, and let the world see my talent.
Did you ever stop training after your September 7th fight in Argentina?
Abregu: I never stopped training and I continued training for this fight.
Do you have a message for Dulorme?
Abregu: It's my understanding HBO hired us is because we are excellent fighters and more importantly, we give the fans what they want to see, and that's action. What I ask is that Dulorme not run in this fight. If he stands and fights me, we can give the world the spectacle it deserves.
Do you have a message for your fans?
Abregu: To all my fans I hope you will continue to support me and rest assure, I will give you the same warrior spirit and effort that I always do.
Written by The Sweet Science
Friday, 12 October 2012 20:53
SPECIAL EDITION BROADWAY BOXING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER
THIS SUNDAY ON SNY AT 8PM
New York, NY (10/12/12) - This Sunday, SNY will air a special edition of Broadway Boxing, featuring a welterweight world championship doubleheader previously aired only on PPV. Viewers will have the chance to watch Brooklyn's own Paulie Malignaggi claim the WBA welterweight crown over defending champion Vyacheslav Senchenko. Malignaggi will make the first defense of his belt next Saturday at the Barclays arena in Brooklyn against Pablo Cesar Cano shown live as part of the SHOWTIME® CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING quadruple-header. Telecast begins live at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast)
In the televised co-feature, watch South Africa's IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden defend his title against Sebastian Andres Lujan.
"Broadway Boxing has built a strong, loyal following on SNY since webegan our partnership in 2006," said Gary Morgenstern, SVP of Programming at SNY. "They consistently provide us with first-rate events, and we're excited to showcase this world championship double-header this Sunday at 8pm on SNY."
Broadway Boxing airs Sunday nights at 8PM on SNY.Broadway Boxing also airs on many Comcast affiliates across the nation and is available in over 40 million homes.
Spear-headed by DiBella Entertainment President Lou DiBella, Broadway Boxing has created a rebirth for boxing in New York City. Featuring up-and-coming fighters and promising contenders, the Broadway Boxing series is the longest-running and most successful boxing series in the NYC area.
Written by The Sweet Science
Friday, 12 October 2012 20:46
TEOMAYA, ESTADO DE MEXICO (October 12) - Erik "El Terrible" Morales, the first Mexican fighter to become a four division world champion and who is preparing for his rematch against Danny "Swift" Garcia taking place next Saturday, is closing his camp and is ready to travel to New York for the inaugural night of fights at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 20. Morales' unified lightweight world championship title challenge against Garcia headlines a night of four world championship bouts that will be telecast live on SHOWTIME®.
Morales, one of the few Mexican fighters, still maintaining his camp at the high altitude of the Centro Ceremonial Otomi located in Temoaya, Estado de Toluca, Mexico, has spent already 12 grueling weeks in the mountains under the guidance of his father/trainer Jose "Olivaritos" Morales.
"I had a very good training camp and I am ready," said Morales. "All I have to say is that I am ready to put a great show next Saturday night."
His training routine included running at 8:00 a.m., working out in the gym at 5:30 p.m. with four sparring partners including Rodrigo Juarez and Saul "Cobra" Carreon. Last Monday Morales impressed his team with his stamina and tenacity during an intense 12 round sparring session.
The rest of the team includes Tiburcio Garcia [assistant coach], Fernando Fernandez [mitts], Carlos Mera [publicist] and a cook, who prepares Morales' meals, which consists of pasta, chicken, fish and meat on occasion.
"Training camp was excellent and I strongly believe I will have no problems making my mark on the division [140 pounds]. My body responded well to my training regimen and I feel that this time the outcome will be different. I want to be a world champion again."
"I have to be honest and say that Erik [Morales] is very well motivated for his rematch against Danny Garcia," said Jose Morales, father and trainer of Morales. "My son did a great job for almost 12 weeks to make sure that the result will be different. For this fight, he has had more time to plan everything and do different things."
He added: "I know my son and I know he had problems due to the gallbladder surgery before the first fight. This time has to be different because there are no excuses or injuries."