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Spike TV results: Khan & Fortuna battle to unanimous decision victories   Leave a comment

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BROOKLYN, New York (May 30, 2015) – Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike returned to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday night with another explosive night of bouts for fight fans. In the main event, Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) scored a crafty and hard fought unanimous decision over Chris Algieri (20-2, 8 KOs) and Javier Fortuna (28-0-1, 20 KOs) won a crowd-pleasing unanimous decision victory over Bryan Vasquez (34-2, 18 KOs) in the televised opener.

Below are comments made by the televised fighters after their performances tonight:

AMIR KHAN

I thought I worked well inside. I’ve never done a lot of work in the pocket like that and I plan to do more of that in the future.

I give Chris a lot of credit. He came forward a lot more than we thought he would and he had a big chin tonight.

Chris gave it his all tonight. This is the best Algieri we’ve seen in a long time, and if he’d have fought Manny (Pacquiao) that way he might have won.

Everyone knows I want Floyd (Mayweather) next after all the talk about it, but when you wait and hope for something for this long it can set you back. I don’t want to overlook any other fighters, including Chris.

My first show with PBC has been great. The New York crowd was awesome and really got into it. The promotion was excellent and I’m proud to be a part of this team.

CHRIS ALGIERI

I thought I pressured Khan well and got my touches. He definitely didn’t like it when I got into his body.

I thought I hurt him several times, but Khan’s a cagey fighter and he spins off. I guess the judges liked that tonight. I would think the cleaner, harder shots would get a little more respect.

I think PBC is fantastic. The focus is on the fighters, not the politics or the promoters. This is helping bring the sport back to boxing’s glory days of prime time events for the fans.

I haven’t thought much about after this fight. I’m disappointed, but I’ll watch the film from this fight and we’ll go from there.

JAVIER FORTUNA

I’m very surprised that the fight went the distance. Vasquez is a strong fighter. After the fifth round, I was boxing to score points.

I was never really hurt by Vasquez, but I hurt my own hand on his head.

Vasquez didn’t really affect me throughout the fight. The swelling on my eye is from a headbutt.

The biggest key to my success tonight was my training. Before this I didn’t have the stamina that I needed. However, after my work with Hector Bermudez leading up to this fight I was more than ready.

Becoming a champion here in New York is huge for me. I’m very proud of my performance tonight.

BRYAN VASQUEZ

My style is to box and then move. Fortuna fought a smart fight tonight. He wouldn’t engage me and fight.

Fortuna used his head and elbows a lot tonight, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. I tried telling the referee, but nothing was done.

I worked very hard for three months of training to get to this fight. I hope I won over some fans today because I fight to please them.

Hopefully I get a rematch because this is not the end of my career, and I’d love the chance to take that belt from Fortuna.

I want to thank PBC for this opportunity. It was great being a part of this show and I hope they’ll think of me again in the future.

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Philadelphia, PA (May 29, 2015):

1) Caleb Plant TKO1 Jason Zabokrtsky (1:49) [Middleweights – 4 rounds]

  1. Zabokrtsky took 3 knees following left hooks to the body and a final knee after a right hand to the head. He looked nervous the entire fight and did not appear very hurt each time he was dropped. Referee Benjy Esteves Jr appropriately stopped the farce without administering a final count.

2) Leo Hall KO1 Lawrence Blakey (1:34) [Light Heavyweights – 6 rounds]

  1. Hall landed a left hook and that’s all she wrote. Blakey took a knee and did not beat the 10-count.

3) Desmond Nicholson TKO5 German Perez (2:33) [Middleweights – 6 rounds]

  1. 10-8 Nicholson. Nicholson destroyed Perez’s body, leaving the fleshy victim in survival mode for most of the round. There wasn’t a knockdown but a 2 point margin of victory was warranted.
  2. 10-9 Nicholson. For a guy bleeding from the nose who appears to have nothing left, Perez is pretty clever.
  3. 10-9 Nicholson. Nicholson continues to walk Perez down but loads up on single shots too often. Perez can’t land anything clean but throws hooks in combination.
  4. 10-9 Nicholson. Perez is hurt to the body yet again.
  5. Perez is finally put down by a left hook to the body. He beats the count but is ruled unfit to continue by Benjy Esteves.

4) Brandon Bennett RTD3 Rondale Hubbert (3:00) [Lightweights – 8 rounds]

  1. 10-9 Bennett. Hubbert tried to hit a home run on the first punch, failed, then got dominated.
  2. 10-9 Bennett. Bennett continues to boss Hubbert around the ring.
  3. 10-9 Bennett. Hubbert continues to take a beating and retires on his stool after the round.

5) Samuel Figueroa UD6 Jose Valderrama (60-54, 60-54, 60-54) [Welterweights – 6 rounds]

  1. 10-9 Figueroa. Furious and even exchanges started the round but eventually things slowed down and Figueroa took over.
  2. 10-9 Figueroa. Superior footwork and punch variety took the round for Figueroa.
  3. 10-9 Figueroa. Entertaining inside work from both guys with the edge to Figueroa on clean punching.
  4. 9-10 Valderrama. Figueroa’s signs of fatigue from the end of the previous round spilled over into the 4th. He’s waiting and holding more now.
  5. 10-9 Figueroa. Figueroa hurt Valderrama to the body early on and was able to slow him down. He followed up with some big shots upstairs to take the round wide.
  6. 10-9 Figueroa. Valderrama gave a good account for himself. Figueroa just had better technique.

Unofficial Card: 59-55 Figueroa

6) Miguel Cruz KO4 Juan Rodriguez (3:04) [Welterweights – 8 rounds]

  1. 10-9 Cruz. Pretty even round by volume but Cruz has better defense.
  2. 10-9 Cruz. Cruz keeps landing punches above Rodriguez’s low hands.
  3. 10-9 Cruz. More of the same. Rodriguez was rocked by a right hand at one point.
  4. Rodriguez had success with a flurry early in the round but Cruz answered right back and eventually dropped Rodriguez with a body shot. Rodriguez was unable to beat the 10-count, and did not appear to be faking it (unlike previous KO victims on the card).

7) Christopher Brooker TKO3 Santario Martin (0:13) [Super Middleweights – 4 rounds]

  1. 10-9 Brooker. Brooker was the aggressor for the most part, though Martin may have had the best moment.
  2. 10-9 Brooker. Martin was overcome by a whirlwind of a hooks and overhands, but defended himself pretty well.
  3. Both fighters exchanged bombs but Brooker’s right hook persuaded Martin to turn away and retreat to a neutral corner. Brooker landed the shot shortly after a cut opened above his left eye courtesy of a headbutt. In any event, when Martin turned away Benjy Esteves interpreted that as Martin quitting, thus the fight was stopped. Martin’s corner protested but it appeared their fighter was truly done.

8) Farrah Ennis SD6 Michael Gbenga (58-56, 56-58, 59-55) [Super Middleweights – 6 rounds]

  1. 10-9 Ennis. Not much in the round but Ennis landed a few clean shots early on. Very awkward style mesh.
  2. 9-10 Gbenga. Ennis closed strong but spent too much time waiting throughout the round. Gbenga got off.
  3. 10-9 Ennis. Ennis’ defense clearly shows signs of ring rust but he worked the body well and hurt Gbenga.
  4. 10-10 Even. Great start by Gbenga; great finish by Ennis.
  5. 10-9 Ennis. In a pretty even round, Ennis rocked Gbenga with the punch (a left hook). Ennis not making Gbenga pay after Gbenga misses.
  6. 10-9 Ennis. Both fighters landed big right hands. Ennis landed more and had Gbenga hurt a few times.

Unofficial Card: 59-56 Ennis

9) Steve Upsher Chambers UD8 Alejandro Rodriguez (76-72, 77-71, 76-73) [Junior Welterweights – 8 rounds]

  1. 10-6 Chambers. Rodriguez was dropped twice by right hands before he went down again on a questionable low blow. Benjy Esteves gave Rodriguez time to recover but he still went down on another right hand before the bell rang. Update: Esteves later informed me that he ruled 1 of the first 2 knockdowns a push, so this may have only been a 10-7 round.
  2. 10-9 Chambers. Chambers scored another knockdown with a straight right hand but proceeded to give the rest of the round away. Rodriguez started throwing combinations and gained confidence.
  3. 9-10 Rodriguez. Momentum continues to swing in Rodriguez’s favor.
  4. 9-10 Rodriguez. Chambers took a beating in the first half of the round but was on even terms by the finish. Most exciting round of the night thus far.
  5. 9-10 Rodriguez. Chambers loses by a smaller margin this round.
  6. 9-10 Rodriguez. Chambers can’t keep his left hand up and has no defense for Rodriguez’s right hands.
  7. 9-10 Rodriguez. Chambers circles away around the ring and eats punches until the final seconds where he has a short burst.
  8. 10-9 Chambers. Chambers upped his offense in the first half of the final round and improved defensively in the latter half.

Unofficial Card: 45-44 Chambers (45-45 Draw if 10-7 round 1)

10) Frank De Alba TKO6 Bernardo Gomez Uribe (2:17) [Junior Lightweights – 10 rounds]

  1. 10-9 De Alba. De Alba changes levels and bangs Gomez to the body effectively.
  2. 9-10 Gomez. De Alba’s defense leaves a lot to be desired.
  3. 10-9 De Alba. Solid hooks and a rock-back left hand from De Alba found their marks. Gomez struggled to land this round.
  4. 10-9 De Alba. De Alba just picking Gomez apart at this point. No longer competitive.
  5. 10-9 De Alba. De Alba toys with Gomez in what has become a glorified sparring session.
  6. Right hook to the body followed by an overhand left to the head put Gomez down and out. Benjy Esteves waived the 10-count midway through. De Alba had also hurt Gomez with straight lefts earlier in the round.

Robert Guerrero Media Workout Quotes & Photos (May 28, 2015)   Leave a comment

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AROMAS, CA (May 28, 2015) – Four-Division world champion, “Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) hosted a media workout yesterday at the CrossFit Ranch to shed light on his upcoming fight with Aaron Martinez.  The 10-round main-event bout will take place at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., June 6, 2015 and will air live on NBC starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT.

Guerrero, who won the hearts of America with his gut wrenching performance against Keith Thurman in his last fight, is looking forward to another main-event attraction where he can showcase his entertaining fighting style to the fans.

All the hard training is done and now it’s time to zone in. Everyone should be watching the PBC on NBC June 6th because I believe this is going to be a crowd-pleasing fight.  Aron Martinez is not coming to lay down.  He’s had plenty of time to prepare for this fight and I’m expecting him to come out guns blazing.  One thing is for sure, I’m going to be throwing some hard shots right from the opening bell.  My goal is to bring an entertaining fight to the fans and let my hands go.  Fight night can’t come soon enough.

Headlining his second PBC on NBC, Guerrero wants continue fighting on a regular basis.  Known for being an all-out action fighter, Guerrero feels he can close out the rest of 2015 with a bang.

I can’t emphasize how important it is for me to be fighting back to back in just a couple of months. Staying active is crucial to any fighter.  The more you fight the better you perform and I can feel the improvement in my whole fighting style.  If possible, I want to fight two more times before the year ends, but first I must get past Martinez.

Posted May 29, 2015 by sweetboxingratings in Media Workouts

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: PBC on Spike Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Televised Fights:
Amir Khan 146.4 vs Chris Algieri 146.2
Bryan Vasquez 129 vs Javier Fortuna 130

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TV: Spike (9 PM EDT)
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Promoters: DiBella Entertainment & Star Boxing

Miguel Cotto Media Workout Quotes, Photos & Video (May 26, 2015)   Leave a comment

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Los Angeles, CA (May 28, 2015) Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KO’s), the reigning WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes, will defend his titles against former Two-Time World Champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KO’s) of Australia on June 6, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a 12-round fight that will be televised live on HBO. Cotto hosted a Los Angeles media workout Tuesday afternoon at Wild Card Boxing Club in preparation for his title defense against Geale.

Here’s what Cotto and his trainer, Freddie Roach, had to say:

Miguel Cotto – WBC & Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion

I feel good and in the best shape possible. I just feel ready. I know Geale is a tough opponent and he is going to bring his best on June 6, but I trust in the work we have done here in Los Angeles and I’m going to bring my best too.

After 14 years in boxing, the best decision I could have made was to take the last year off. My mind was not in boxing, but since I got here with Freddie, everything is working perfectly again. Boxing is all I know. Boxing is my life. Through boxing, I raised my family and I work to provide the best future for them. They are the reason I love boxing.

Boxing at this point in my career is a battle with myself. Every day I need to bring my best in the gym from morning to evening. Next week has to be better than last week. I need to ask myself to be better every day. I know that if I bring my best to the gym every day, I can bring my best the night of June 6 against Geale.

Freddie comes here every day with the best attitude and he knows how to get the best out of me.

It will have been 364 days to the day on June 6 since I have been in the ring. It’s not difficult to get back in after this long stretch. I’ve been focused on my work. I have gained more knowledge during my time off in order to get myself ready to fight again.

Daniel Geale is the next chapter in my career. After I get through him, I can talk about what comes next.

Freddie Roach – Cotto’s Trainer

Miguel’s sparring has been great. His movement has been very good. It’s hard on me in the ring! His body shots are very effective and the head shots come with it. I think we are going to get a late round knockout. Geale is tough enough to go some rounds, but a knockout in a late round…that’s my call.

One of Miguel’s greatest strength against Geale will be his body shots, but Miguel’s knowledge in the ring will be Geale’s ultimate undoing.

He has found a new home here at Wild Card and I’m glad I provided that for him. He loves this gym. He loves the atmosphere. He’s thrived in this environment and when a fighter is in a good mood and happy, he performs at the highest level.

Cotto vs. Geale, a 12-round fight for Cotto’s WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Championships, takes place Saturday, June 6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will be televised live on HBO. The fight, which is presented by Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions, will be the official kick-off event of the 2015 National Puerto Rican Day Parade Week and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, Jaybird, TapouT, Tequila Cazadores and Venue Kings. In addition to the great action inside the ring, the event will feature several notable Roc Nation touches that will further serve spectators with an enhanced fan experience, including Roc Nation and Grammy nominated artist Big Sean taking to the ring for a special performance prior to the main event. The event will be hosted by notable emcee “The Voice of New York” Angie Martinez and will also feature hit master DJ Lobo who will serve alongside Martinez throughout the night. Tickets priced at $500, $350, $250, $200, $150, $100, $80, $50, $35 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and available for purchase at www.barclayscenter.com, www.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Doors open at 6:00 PM, the first fight begins at 6:15 PM and the HBO telecast begins at 10:30 PM ET/PT.

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Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: PBC on Spike Final Press Conference / Media Workout Quotes & Photos   Leave a comment

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BROOKLYN, New York, NY (May 27, 2015) – Fight week activities for Premier Boxing Champions on Spike continued Wednesday as fighters participated in the final press conference and media workouts at Barclays Center before they enter the ring on Friday, May 29.

Tickets for the live event, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Star Boxing, are priced at $250, $150, $75, and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now.  Tickets are available at www.barclayscenter.comwww.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.

Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday:

AMIR KHAN

I really believe that I have the movement, the skills and the technique to beat Chris Algieri and look spectacular doing it.

Algieri has been in the ring with big names before so we know that’s not going to scare him and he won’t get nervous. I’m going to be ready for anything he brings to the table.

This is going to be an entertaining fight because of our styles. We both like to throw a lot of punches and there will be a lot of movement. This will be a more skillful fight and I think the fans will enjoy what they see.

I’ve always wanted to fight here at Barclays Center and I really am excited to put on a great performance for all the New Yorkers.

Virgil Hunter has been great for me as a fighter and he’s helped me really understand the sport of boxing. I’ve worked on my technique and my defense and really just everything.

Training camp for me has been really good. I’m focused on my opponent and I’m not going to make any mistakes. It’s going to be a great performance from me on Friday.

CHRIS ALGIERI

This is going to be a great fight with two fast-paced boxers. It’s going to be very exciting for everyone watching.

Working down in Florida with John David Jackson really refreshed a lot of things in boxing for me. I got to see new things and try new things. I learned a lot.

The only thing that matters is proving something to myself and I do feel like I have to prove something. I wasn’t happy with my last performance at all. I know I belong here at the elite level and it’s time for me to prove it.

I like to challenge myself and this is a great opportunity. I’m ready for this, I will challenge anybody in the welterweight division.

I feel very comfortable being here in New York and I’m happy to be back at Barclays Center.

JAVIER FORTUNA

For me it is an honor to be here in Brooklyn. This will be a great night for all of my fans.

I hope my opponent doesn’t have any excuses on Friday, because I’m going to knock him out.

Everyone here is going to see a great performance and I can’t wait to get in the ring.

I’m a strong fighter and I am looking forward to showing everyone what I am capable of.

BRYAN VASQUEZ

I’m very thankful to be here and I look forward to a great fight. I promise it’s going to be a war.

I’m an exciting fighter who always comes to fight. This is my time and I will not disappoint.

Fighting in New York is a great opportunity. I want people to see that Costa Rica has great fighters.

I know I have a tough opponent, but he has never faced anyone like me. I’m going to give it my all and I hope he does the same.

MARCUS BROWNE

I feel like having a daughter has given me the kick in the rear that really has me focused on what I want to do, which is becoming a world champion. I want to give her a better life than I ever had.

My intensity and focus has never been higher. The fun part of boxing is back again.

I told my daughter that ‘daddy is going to give you the world.’ So I guess I need to become a world champion to give her the world. Her first word might be ‘champ.’

I’m so thankful to all the people at Barclays Center that allow me to continue to show off my talent and skills in this beautiful building.

Fighting on this Premier Boxing Champions card is really special and amazing. When I went to the Olympics in 2012 we stayed in Bolton and worked out at Amir Khan’s gym, now it comes full circle.

Fans can expect to see ‘spizazz’ from me. That’s a word I came up with back in my amateur days. I’m here to bring that ‘spizazz’ back, if you want to know what that is you have to buy a ticket for Friday night.

HEATHER HARDY

I don’t look past what is in front of me. I have a really tough challenge in front of me on Friday. I know she has an incredible desire to win and I’m ready for that.

I’m a pretty aggressive fighter but I’ve been known to box. I go in there and make adjustments but I’m not afraid to throw punches.

There was a really unfinished feeling after my last fight, I was disappointed. I expected more from my opponent. I wanted to put on a show for fans to remember.

I definitely want to make up for my last fight this time and I feel like my opponent is on the same page with me about where we need to go to take this sport further.

Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Fight Week Quotes & Photos   Leave a comment

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BROOKLYN, New York, NY (May 26, 2015) – Fight week for Friday’s Premier Boxing Champions onSpike event kicked off today with Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs)and Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) hosting a photo opportunity at Brooklyn Bridge Park before they square-off at Barclays Center on May 29.

Coverage on Spike begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an exciting showdown betweenJavier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and Bryan Vasquez (35-1, 18 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Star Boxing, are priced at $250, $150, $75, and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now.  Tickets are available at www.barclayscenter.comwww.ticketmaster.com and at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For group tickets, please call 800-GROUP-BK.

Here is what Khan and Algieri had to say about training camp, each other and more:

AMIR KHAN

Algieri is a fighter that has a lot of skills and assets. His range and height give him good advantages against opponents but I believe with my speed, movement and style it will be too much for him.

Each day me and Virgil Hunter are getting stronger and we have built a really good rapport. It takes time to get that but he understands my style even more now and what works for me so we’re only going to keep growing.

My aim since I was a kid and got into this sport was to be the very best. I fulfilled a dream when I got to the Olympics at 17 and brought back a silver medal. Later I became a world champion and then unified the light-welterweight division. My goal now is to fight the very best at 147 pounds and make my mark on this division too.

I was away in training camp when my daughter turned one last week. It’s hard to be away from her but as a fighter those are the sacrifices you have to make. Everything I do is for her and I can’t wait to see her and spend time with her after this fight. Her birthday celebrations have been put on hold until after the fight!

I’m really looking forward to returning to New York and fighting at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I have good memories of this city because it’s the place where I had my first fight on US soil against Paulie Malignaggi in 2010 and also where I got married. I’m out to make it another good time this weekend.

CHRIS ALGIERI

I know that it gets said all the time, but this was truly the best and most intense training camp of my life. Working with John David Jackson has truly been a blessing. He has brought out the best Chris Algieri there is. You are going to see a whole new fighter come Friday night.

I am excited to be back in New York and excited to show the world what I am really made of on Friday night. We are just a few days away from the fight and I am so anxious to get in there and get to work.

Amir is a tough fighter there is no doubt about that, but I am very confident in my ability and the game plan that coach has come up with for me.

You are going to see two proven champions in a high intensity and high level fight, laying everything on the line come Friday night.

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The Friday, May 29 edition of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike features Amir Khan(30-3, 19 KOs)and Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) squaring off in a 12-round welterweight battle and the 12-round junior lightweight battle between Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and Bryan Vasquez (35-1, 18 KOs).

This event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Star Boxing with live coverage beginning on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Posted May 26, 2015 by sweetboxingratings in Uncategorized

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