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Philadelphia, PA (June 30, 2015): Bouts 4 through 7 were all televised on Fox Sports 2 / Fox Deportes. A photo gallery of the event along with video interviews of a few winners are available here.

7) Damon Allen [135.8 lbs] RTD4 Luis Rodriguez [138.4 lbs] (3:00)

  1. 10-9 Allen. Allen lands the biggest punches of the round, a few lead right hands, but is caught on the inside by a few shots that he shouldn’t have been hit with.
  2. 10-9 Allen. Allen punctuated the round with an overhand right. Both fighters are cautious.
  3. 10-9 Allen. Allen continues to land right hands but mixes in uppercuts to the body and left hooks.
  4. 10-9 Allen. Rodriguez was stunned by a right hook in the middle of the round but Allen let him off the hook. Rodriguez mostly circled away while Allen stalked patiently. Nonetheless Rodriguez retired on his stool at the end of the round.

6) Vyacheslav Shabranskyy [179.7 lbs] TKO3 Paul Parker [177.6 lbs] (2:36)

  1. 7-10 Parker. Parker started out looking for lead right hands and eventually landed a big one in the middle of the round. After Shabranskyy got back up Parker kept up what worked and scored another knockdown.
  2. 10-9 Shabranskyy. Parker clearly blew his load in round 1 and is nearly in survival mode. Shabranskyy’s confidence rebounded great.
  3. Shabranskyy continued to walk Parker down and battered him about the ring until Parker turned his back and grabbed the ropes, effectively quitting. Referee Gary Rosato had no choice but to immediately stop the fight.

5) D’Mitrius Ballard [169.4 lbs] UD6 Josue Obando [168.1 lbs] (60-54, 58-56, 58-56)

  1. 10-9 Ballard. Obando had his moments but couldn’t sustain them. Both like to land punches over the top.
  2. 10-9 Ballard. In between fits where Obando gasped for air, he really let his hands go pretty well. The problem was he telegraphed the punches and they weren’t very fast. Ballard connected with a much higher accuracy.
  3. 10-9 Ballard. The most notable thing Obando accomplished in round 3 was almost hitting Gary Rosato with a hook. Ballard walked Obando down and landed straight punches in combination.
  4. 10-9 Ballard. Obando doing the boxing equivalent of sleep walking and Ballard isn’t doing much about it.
  5. 10-9 Ballard. Obando has no snap on his punches but Ballard stops everything he’s doing to block them and waits until he’s finished to throw back.
  6. 10-9 Ballard. Obando appeared to have his biggest success in the fight early on and had Ballard circling away for the first time. However, moments later, Ballard resumed control of the fight and landed some of his best punches as Obando was finally out of defensive mode.

Unofficial Card: 60-54 Ballard

4) Lamont Roach Jr [133.6 lbs] UD6 Christian Santibanez [134 lbs] (60-54, 60-54, 59-55)

  1. 10-9 Roach. Roach stepped to Santibanez with high guard and good head movement. He landed jabs and ripped hooks around both sides of Santibanez’s body.
  2. 10-9 Roach. Roach snuck in some clean right hands behind his usual offense and rolled more on defense.
  3. 10-9 Roach. Despite winning the round, Roach ended up with a nose bleed. Santibanez got a mouse under his right eye. Neither fighter seemed impressed with the other’s power.
  4. 10-9 Roach. Roach took the round with his combinations in the first half but as action slowed down Santibanez was able to hit him with clean right hands. Roach fans yelled for him to throw more jabs.
  5. 9-10 Santibanez. Roach fans yelled for their man to pick it up throughout the round but he waited until the very end. It might have been enough to win it regardless though. Roach’s defense has also slipped.
  6. 10-9 Roach. Santibanez was on his way to edging another round when Roach landed 2 big right hands and a left hook toward the end to take it clearly. Roach was bleeding and breathing hard but finished strong.

Unofficial Card: 59-55 Roach

3) Kevin Rivers Jr [125.5 lbs] TKO3 Luis Lizarraga [127.9 lbs] (0:24)

  1. 10-9 Rivers. Rivers works behind his jab and Lizarraga doesn’t get his head out of the way.
  2. 10-8 Rivers. A lead straight right hand dropped Lizarraga at the end of the round. Prior to that Rivers bombarded Lizarraga with left hooks to the body and head. Lizarraga was noticeably hurt with body shots.
  3. Rivers finished what he started and hurt Lizarraga with a few more right hands before referee Gary Rosato stepped in.

2) Victor Vasquez [135.6 lbs] TKO4 Osnel Charles [135.9 lbs] (0:44)

  1. 10-8 Vasquez. After a fairly even first 2 minutes and 40 seconds, Vasquez backed Charles up to the ropes and dropped him with a left hook. Charles might have been saved by the bell as Vasquez landed another big left hook at the end of the round.
  2. 10-10 Even. Round began and ended in Vasquez’s favor but Charles hurt Vasquez bad in the middle with a right hand. No knockdowns.
  3. 10-9 Vasquez. Once again Vasquez started and ended strong. This time Charles was merely able to be competitive in the middle.
  4. A combination of rights and lefts put Charles out on his feet. Referee Benjy Esteves administered a standing 8-count before deciding to stop the fight.

1)  Tyrone Luckey [129.5 lbs] UD4 Gang Yong Kim [130 lbs] (38-36, 38-36, 38-36)

  1. 8-10 Parker. Kim was droped by a left hook but rebounded nicely.
  2. 10-8 Kim. Parker was wobbled by one overhand right, lost his mouthpiece, and was later knocked down by another. But somehow he finished the stronger.
  3. 9-10 Parker. Kim seems to have worn down. The taller Luckey is able to outbox him.
  4. 10-9 Kim. Both fighters seemed drained but Kim just edged it with the bigger shots.

Unofficial Card: 37-37 Draw

CBS results: Barthelemy trounces DeMarco; Vasquez passes toughest test of career against Omotoso   Leave a comment

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LAS VEGAS, NV (June 21, 2015) – Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) dominated and dropped Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) on his way to a wide unanimous 10-round decision on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS Sunday afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as promoter of the event and President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather watched from the first row.

Barthelemy was strong in his 140-pound debut, landing with his left hand from every angle, including a straight left that knocked DeMarco down in the fourth round. Barthelemy controlled the fight, never allowing the southpaw DeMarco to ramp up the pressure or land anything significant.

Despite being deducted a point in the ninth round, Barthelemy won by the score of 99-89 on all three judges’ scorecards.

In the televised opener, Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez (19-0, 13 KOs) was too quick and busy for the heavy-fisted Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (25-2, 21 KOs) as he won a unanimous 10-round decision by the scores of 98-92 on all the scorecards.

Vasquez got off to a fast start winning the first three rounds by using an aggressive southpaw style to deliver numerous combinations to the head and body. Omotoso was eventually able to slow down Vasquez a bit with an increased offensive output and strong counters.

Despite blood pouring down over his face, Vasquez finished strong to pull away. .  Vasquez out-landed Omotoso 162-134 while landing 50 percent of his power punches, per CompuBox.

RANCES BARTHELEMY

I worked very hard with my trainer to prepare for this fight and that preparation helped me catch DeMarco in the fourth round and I dropped him.

My left helped me a lot tonight. I stayed true to the Cuban boxing school, and when I saw an opening I threw the other hand to keep him guessing.

I’m blessed to be in this position. Coming from an impoverished upbringing in Cuba to fighting on a PBC card on CBS is unbelievable.

I want Omar Figueroa next. It would be like a modern day version of Diego Corrales vs. Jose Luis Castillo.

ANTONIO DEMARCO

I was waiting to counter and he landed a strong left in the fourth when I went down.

I fought my fight and my style. One has to learn how to handle losing, and he was just the better fighter tonight.

This was a great opportunity on CBS, but unfortunately we weren’t able to accomplish our objective.

Right now I just want to go home to my family. I don’t know what’s next. I’m going to think hard about whether to retire or continue fighting.

SAMMY VASQUEZ

Wale’s a tough competitor. Obviously I haven’t been tested like this previously.

My objective was just to box him, move around and not let him hit me because I know he has the power that his record shows. He does hit kind of hard, but it’s not anything I haven’t seen before.

I knew I had him hurt in the ninth when I connected on a solid body shot.

I carry Pittsburgh and Monessen on my back. I’d like to be fighting there, but Las Vegas is the mecca of boxing and all the greats have fought here.  I have an exciting fighting style and I like to bring that to my opponent like I showcased today. I hope that I created some more fans that want to follow me.

With everyone watching on CBS this was an incredible opportunity for me and my career. I want to thank all the fans that watched for helping me grow my fan base.

It’s awesome to fight on Father’s Day. My dad has been my backbone from the very beginning. I started boxing because I was getting bullied. We’ve had some struggles in this game, and everything I’ve been through with my two tours of Iraq. He’s always been my backbone and I’m just so blessed to have him in my corner.

I don’t know what’s next yet. I don’t have a specific opponent in mind and I don’t want to call anyone out. Beating Wale was great, but we’ll go back to the drawing board and consider who’s out there for me.

WALE OMOTOSO

I thought it was a closer fight, but that’s the judges’ job. It was a good fight for sure.

I was hurting him with the left jab and some hard rights. That’s why he was bleeding.

He caught me with a good right, but I wasn’t really hurt. He’s sharp with his left though and kept me a little off balance.

This was a great opportunity for me. It was great exposure and people will know me now.

I’ll fight anybody they want to put in front of me.

I want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there and a Happy Father’s Day to my son. I love him so much.

 

The card was promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions.

Rances Barthelemy vs Antonio DeMarco: PBC on CBS Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Rances Barthelemy 139.4 vs. Antonio DeMarco 139.4
Sammy Vasquez 146.2 vs. Wale Omotoso 144.8
J’Leon Love 167.6 vs. Jason Escalera 168.6
Lydell Rhodes 143 vs. Jared Robinson 144.4
Andrew Tabiti 195.2 vs. Thomas Hanshaw 192
Lanell Bellows 168.6 vs. Marcus Upshaw 163.4
Juan Heraldez 143.6 vs. Erick Bossler 145
Charvis Holifield 142.2 vs. Charles Dubray 142.6

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Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: CBS (4 PM ET)

NBC results: Porter outhustles Broner; Spence clips Lo Greco   Leave a comment

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LAS VEGAS, NV (June 20, 2015) – “Showtime” Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 KOs) outworked and out-landed Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-2, 22 KOs) on his way to a unanimous decision victory on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC in front of 8,138 fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.

In a fight dubbed “The Battle for Ohio”, the Akron-born Porter threw 590 punches compared to the 309 thrown by the Cincinnati-native Broner. Porter landed 149 punches compared to 88 from Broner.

Porter relentlessly attacked the defensive-minded Broner with jabs and power shots to the body. Broner tried to slow down Porter by pushing and holding and was eventually deducted a point by referee Tony Weeks in round 11.

Showing the great power and heart that made him a three-time world champion, Broner came out strong in the 12th round and sent Porter to the canvas with a powerful left hook. Porter was able to recover and stay on his feet despite losing the round.

Porter was rewarded for his efforts with a unanimous decision by scores of 114-112, 115-11 and 118-108.

2012 U.S. Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) remained undefeated and justified the talk of him as a future superstar by stopping Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-2, 14 KOs) in the third round. The official stoppage coming 1:50 into the round.

Lo Greco came out strong, winning the first round on all three judges’ scorecards. Spence Jr. rebounded with a dominating second round that saw him put together numerous combinations to the head and body.

In the third round Spence scored an early knockdown with a sharp right hook. “The Truth” saw his opportunity and put the fight away shortly after with a lighting fast flurry that forced judge Robert Byrd to stop the fight 1:50 into the third round with Lo Greco on his feet.

In the NBC swing bout, rising junior middleweight prospect Terrell Gausha (15-0, 8 KOs) kept his perfect record intact against tough Mexican brawler Luis Grajeda (18-5-2, 14 KOs) with a unanimous decision victory.

Gausha knocked down Grajeda in the third round with a huge right hand that nearly ended the fight. Grajeda was able to survive the round and had moments during the fight but was out-boxed by the much quicker Gausha. The finals judges’ scores were 78-73 and 79-72 twice.

In NBCSN action, undefeated prospect Robert Easter Jr. (14-0, 11 KOs) made quick work of Miguel Mendoza (21-6-2, 21 KOs), knocking him down twice en route to a TKO victory 2:13 into the second round while heavyweight Michael Hunter (8-0, 5 KOs) knocked down Deon Elam (14-3, 8 KOs) on his way to a fourth-round stoppage.

Here are what the fighters had to say Saturday:

SHAWN PORTER

That’s how you beat a great fighter intelligently. We did everything we needed to do in preparation for this fight.

Coming out we wanted to establish the jab and establish that we were the better boxer. I think we did that over the course of the fight, and tried to stick in some pressure, as well.

I think I did a good job and accomplished what I wanted to do. There were no surprised out there, I knew he would be quick to counter.

We established our dominance and that’s what got us those scores that we got and the win.

Honestly my dad (trainer Kenny) wanted a quicker pace, a faster pace. And that’s why you have a corner. I think if I had listened to him better I would have fought a little bit better. There are things you can learn and things you can build upon.

We’ll see what happens after this. I made a good statement tonight on NBC and showed what I’m capable of.

ADRIEN BRONER

I’m okay. My kids are okay and I’m financially okay. It’s okay.

Nothing surprised me. At the end of the day, great champions can take a good loss, just like they take a good win.

I still will fight anybody. It don’t matter. I am a real animal. I came to fight today and I didn’t get the decision. But at the end of the day everyone here will take my autograph and my picture.

ERROL SPENCE JR.

I got hit with a couple of head butts in the first round, but I came back strong and got good experience out of this fight.

I worked the body for a bit and got his hands to drop and then I was able to go to the head. That was the game plan; to go to the body, that’s always the game plan. To go to the body, and the head will follow.

On short rest, I knew he’d tire and fade quickly.

I hit him with a right hook to the body and then caught his chin. Then I started whaling on him and it was over. I had a wounded guy and took advantage.

PBC is great. This was my first time on a huge card like this and I put on a good show. PBC is going to help bring in the casual fans and get more exposure for all of us. Tonight was my coming out party.

The other 147-pounders will have to take notice. I want Keith Thurman next on September 12 for one of Floyd’s titles.

PHIL LO GRECO

The short notice didn’t really affect me. Fighters fight no matter what. Nothing you can do but fight.

There wasn’t really one big shot, it was more the barrage of punches that ended it. I’m fine though and I’ll come back stronger.

I’d have liked to continue fighting because that’s what fighters do.

Fighting on a PBC card was a great experience. I’ll be back shortly.

I’m not sure what’s next right now. I don’t want to be impulsive, but I’ll be back soon.

TERRELL GAUSHA

I was catching him as he came in and trying to go to the body. He’s experienced though. I may have gotten a little anxious, but I got the win.

His activity in the fourth round didn’t really surprise me. I’ve worked with him before. He’s been around the block and he’s a skilled fighter.

I’m truly blessed to be in this position and to get this exposure on NBC. This gives me the motivation I need to get back in the gym and continue working hard.

I’m going to let my manager figure out what’s next. I just want to keep improving with every fight.

LUIS GRAJEDA

He hit me in the third and I was dazed, but I recovered fast and did my best to even up the rounds.

It was a straight right that caught me in the third and it surprised me a bit. From then on I was just trying to get back into it and get my shots off.

I loved being a part of this PBC production. Everyone treated me incredible. This was like being part of a championship bout.

I haven’t really fought an actual fight in a while before tonight. I want to get back in the ring some more and knock off the rest of the ring rust and get back to my true form.

 

The card was promoted by promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions.

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9) Erik Spring [153.4 lbs] UD6 Robert Sweeney [153.4 lbs] (58-56, 59-55, 60-54)

  1. 10-9 Sweeney. Fight looks evenly matched but Sweeney lets his hands go more.
  2. 10-9 Sweeney. Better punch variety and accuracy from Sweeney. Spring had an energy spurt late in the round to make it interesting.
  3. 9-10 Spring. The fight has turned into a war that’s difficult to score. Spring closed the stronger.
  4. 9-10 Spring. Spring edged another tight round getting more leverage on his shots, putting his height and reach advantage to good use.
  5. 9-10 Spring. Sweeney spends too much time on the outside and gets picked apart from range. Spring seems to have more energy left.
  6. 10-9 Sweeney. You wouldn’t expect the fight of the night from a pair of southpaw boxers, but that’s what they delivered. Sweeney made sure to stay close to Spring this round and was able to reduce his output. Phone booth war!

Unofficial Card: 57-57 Draw

8) Kevin Garcia [135.4 lbs] D4 Jack Grady [138.2 lbs] (39-37, 38-38, 38-38)

  1. 10-9 Garcia. Overhand rights find their mark for Garcia.
  2. 10-9 Garcia. Grady is too upright and square, making himself too much of a target.
  3. 10-9 Garcia. Garcia’s relentless attack overwhelms Grady and Grady doesn’t hold. Grady’s crafty enough to make this fun to watch.
  4. 10-9 Garcia. Grady, who didn’t arrive in time for the public weigh-in, earned his paycheck tonight. The 4th round was his best.

Unofficial Card: 40-36 Garcia

7) Milton Santiago [140 lbs] UD6 Jose Miguel Castro [138 lbs] (59-55, 59-55, 59-55)

  1. 10-9 Santiago. Santiago is sharper. Castro can’t really do anything.
  2. 9-10 Castro. Santiago was caught with a right hand while he was throwing a wide combination and fell to 1 knee. But otherwise he won the round.
  3. 10-9 Santiago. Santiago imposes his will. Castro mostly on defense.
  4. 10-9 Santiago. Castro knows how to defend himself. He just doesn’t let his hands go…
  5. 10-9 Santiago. Castro likes to get in punching range and stare at Santiago. He basically refuses to throw his jab.
  6. 10-9 Santiago. More effort from Castro but extremely ineffective.

Unofficial Card: 59-55 Santiago

6) Garrett Wilson [195 lbs] KO3 Anthony Caputo Smith [197.2 lbs] (1:41)

  1. 10-9 Wilson. Caputo has success when he gets off first and clinches to finish his combination. However, Wilson is clearly doing the majority of the damage.
  2. 10-8 Wilson. Wilson swarmed Caputo at the start of the round and dropped him with a short left hook. Caputo employed survival techniques to recover as Wilson took his foot off the gas.
  3. Caputo was laid flat out by a right uppercut. He almost beat the 10-count but was clearly not fit to continue.

5) Hafiz Montgomery [207 lbs] UD4 Brian Donahue [203 lbs] (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)

  1. 10-9 Montgomery. Montgomery lands multiple right hands tot he body and at least 1 clean left hook to the head. Donahue doing a lot of smiling.
  2. 10-9 Montgomery. The left side of Donahue’s body is red from Montgomery right hands. No defense for the punch.
  3. 10-9 Montgomery. Montgomery is pretty much able to do whatever he wants. Donahue is too lethargic to get any decent punches off.
  4. 10-9 Montgomery. Donahue finally landed a few decent left hooks but not enough to steal the round.

Unofficial Card: 40-36 Montgomery

4) Samuel Quinones [148.7 lbs] TKO3 Shiwon Gortman [147.3 lbs] (0:38)

  1. 10-9 Quinones. Gortman round until Quinones stunned him toward the end. Gortman may have been saved by the bell with the rally Quinones had unleashed.
  2. 10-9 Quinones. Quinones is still a little too passive but he makes his shots count much more.
  3. Gortman was dropped by a right hand and stopped on his feet shortly thereafter.

3) John Magda [167.5 lbs] UD6 Dionisio Miranda [169.7 lbs] (60-54, 60-54, 59-55)

  1. 10-9 Magda. Clean straight left hands knock Miranda back a few times.
  2. 10-9 Magda. Miranda lets his hands go but can’t connect with the same effectiveness. Magda’s defense is much better,
  3. 10-9 Magda. Miranda struggles to find range. Magda looking to hit and not be hit.
  4. 10-9 Magda. Magda got more aggressive and walked into a few big shots but partially deflected them. Clear Magda round otherwise.
  5. 10-9 Magda. Miranda continues to search for a miracle right hand that’s never going to land properly.
  6. 10-9 Magda. Boxer beats puncher. Uneventful fight.

Unofficial Card: 60-54 Magda

2) Earl Newman [177.2 lbs] TKO5 Lamont Capers [177 lbs] (2:56)

  1. 10-9 Newman. Capers was stunned toward the end of the round.
  2. 10-8 Newman. Capers randomly bent over and didn’t move. Consequently Newman dropped him with an uppercut.
  3. 10-9 Newman. Capers just in survival mode.
  4. 10-8 Newman. Capers took a knee in a delayed reaction to a body shot.
  5. Capers down on yet another body shot and the ref deemed him unfit to continue.

1.5) Long break while everyone awaits a stand-by ambulance. Took until 8:23 PM before the next fighter introductions.

1) Stephen Fulton [123.3 lbs] RTD3 Pablo Cupul [120.1 lbs] (3:00)

  1. 10-9 Fulton. Corner tells Fulton to use his jab more but he lands pretty much anything he wants.
  2. 10-9 Fulton. Fulton jabs to the body and the head. Lands looping power shots around Cupul’s guard.
  3. 10-9 Fulton. Fulton continues to break Cupul down with body shots. Cupul retires on his stool at the end of the round.

Posted June 20, 2015 by sweetboxingratings in Fight Recaps

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Andre Ward vs Paul Smith: Weigh-In Results, Photos & Videos   Leave a comment

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Andre Ward 171.8 vs. Paul Smith 176.4 (Main Event – Catchweight 172 lbs)
Antonio Nieves 120.6 vs. Stephon Young 122.8 (Co-Feature)
Wang Zhimin 137.6 vs. Jose Luis Guzman 137.6
Meng Fanlong 181.2 vs. Albert Avina 191.8
Aaron Coley 163 vs. Yosmani Abreu 160.8
Luis Arias 161.4 vs. Tony Brinson 161.4
Daniel Franco 125.6 vs. Jonathan Alcantara 126
Sonny Fredrickson 139.8 vs. Juan Santiago 137.6

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Adrien Broner 143.5 vs. Shawn Porter 144
Errol Spence 149 vs. Phil Lo Greco 152
Terrell Gausha 154 vs. Luis Grajeda 156
Robert Easter 135 vs. Miguel Mendoza 136.5
Michael Hunter 201 vs. Deon Elam 197
Kevin Newman 164 vs. Bobby McIntyre 163
Sanjarbek Rakhmanov 143 vs. Brett Simmons 146

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Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
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David Lemieux vs Hassan N’Dam: Final Press Conference Quotes, Photos & Video   Leave a comment

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MONTREAL (June 19, 2015) – Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) and Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Evenko, King Sports Worldwide, and Videotron, held the final press conference on Thursday, June 18 for the vacant IBF World Middleweight Championship between hard-hitting Quebecer David Lemieux and number one contenderHassan N’Dam to take place on Saturday, June 20 at the Montreal’s Bell Center.
Camille Estephan, Founder and President of Eye of the Tiger Management, Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions Partner and Future International Boxing Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions Eric Gomez, and Vice President of Operations of King SportsPaul Cain, were all in attendance.Below is what they had to say:
 
DAVID LEMIEUX, IBF Middleweight Title Contender:
-I wouldn’t say I’m overconfident, I’m well aware of who I’m facing. There’s no such thing as overconfidence, at least not in my way.
-There were certain things I wasn’t able to do that I can now. I had a certain way of fighting, there were certain things missing, and now I can say that I am a complete fighter.
-My style’s different and my determination’s different. I believe I have more abilities than N’Dam does and I’ll show that. Just keep watching and you’ll see.
-My defense is my offence. Sometimes I take risks … for the fans.
HASSAN N’DAM, IBF Middleweight Number One Contender:
-This is what I say to David Lemieux, you can study me, but you don’t know what I am bringing to the ring. You might get Muhammad Ali in the first round, Sugar Ray Leonard in the second, Floyd Mayweather in the third, but when you get N’Dam, he will be the hardest boxer you have ever faced.
-We are very excited about the fight, because we are coming in prepared and ready to take home the belt.
CAMILLE ESTEPHAN, President of Eye of The Tiger Management:
-I would like to welcome our partners Oscar De La Hoya , Bernard Hopkins, Eric Gomez from Golden Boy Promotions, they are part of our family.
-Golden Boy and Eye of the Tiger are cut from the same cloth; we care about the fighters and our fans. We want to give the fans the best fights possible, give them the best of ourselves.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions:
-It’s a great honor to be here today and be part of what we call history in the making. A world title is up for grabs and you have the best possible contenders fighting for it.
-David Lemieux is a tremendous power puncher.  He is an all-around skillful fighter who will come with everything and put everything on the line to make his hometown proud.
-Hassan N’Dam is a Hungry and a lion, who is ready and prepared and knows what is a stake when he faces David on June 20.
BERNARD HOPKINS, Future Hall of Famer and Golden Boy Promotions Partner:  
-This event is historic; this title has been owned by the legends of yesterday and now these fighters are picking up a piece of history and build their own legacy.
-The middleweight division is one of the most exciting divisions in the sport. Fighters can punch like heavyweights and have the speed of the lightweights. You have the best of world worlds.
ERIC GOMEZ, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions:
-We are very excited leading up to this event, thank you to all the media for attending, having you here today proves how important boxing is in Montreal.
-We have two tough contenders; a former world champion is Hassan N’Dam, who is a dangerous fighter. He can box he can, he can punch, he and do it all.
-Hometown hero David Lemieux is a hungry fighter who has wanted the title since he was a young boxer.
PAUL CAIN, Vice President of Operations at King Sports:
-N’Dam is completely ready. Lemieux will definitely get a boxing lesson. He’s prepared. I don’t think Lemieux will beat him.
-We came here for no money, but I think they like drama. Every fight I’ve been with them, there’s always been some kind of drama.
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Adrien Broner vs Shawn Porter / Rances Barthelemy vs Antonio DeMarco: Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos   Leave a comment

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LAS VEGAS, NV (June 18, 2015) – An animated Adrien “The Problem” Broner held court for several minutes Thursday, as a calm “Showtime” Shawn Porter delivered his own strong message in advance of the exciting weekend of Premier Boxing Champions action at MGM Grand.

In a different role than his usual one as boxing’s pound-for-pound king, President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather helped run the press conferences alongside Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe.

On the Saturday, June 20 PBC on NBC show, Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) will take on Porter(25-1-1, 16 KOs) after Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) battles Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs). Televised coverage on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.

Also at Thursday’s press conference, main event participant on the Sunday, June 21 PBC on CBS card Antonio DeMarco (22-0, 13 KOs) vowed to bring home a victory for his cancer-stricken sister in Sunday’s PBC on CBS main event showdown against former world champion Rances Barthelemy (31-4-1, 23 KOs).   Sunday’s co-feature showcases a welterweight matchup between Sammy Vasquez (18-0, 13 KOs) and Wale Omotoso (25-1, 21 KOs). Televised coverage begins on CBS Sports at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.

Also in attendance on Thursday were rising stars from Mayweather Promotions who will be competing on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets for Saturday’s event are priced at $400, $300, $100 and $50 and tickets forSunday’s event are priced at $100, $75, $50, and $25 not including applicable service charges and taxes are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card for tickets to both events, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets for both events are also available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. The weekend of action is promoted by Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions.

Here is what the press conference participants had to say:

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, President of Mayweather Promotions

Mayweather Promotions has always done record-breaking numbers and our ultimate goal is to find the next Floyd Mayweather. With all of the talent out there, it will soon happen.

I want all of the fighters out there to keep working hard, stay focused and know that there is no limit to what you can do.

With all the media here talking to him, it’s obvious that Adrien is doing something right. He’s entertaining and people like it.

There’s no limit to how far Adrien Broner can go in this sport. He can fight. I’m in the gym with him and he’s boxing top guys. He’s pushing himself.

Shawn Porter is a really solid competitor. It’s not an easy task for Adrien, he’s going to have to fight.

Mayweather Promotions wants to continue to work with all fighters and help build their careers so that they can get to that top level.

ADRIEN BRONER

This is the AB show. You’re all getting it first, live and personal.

I’m fighting Shawn Porter and I’m fighting his dad. It’s like I’m fighting his dad because the check comes in his dad’s name, then he pays Shawn.

Since both Shawn and his dad get a check, if I whoop both of them, will I get paid twice?

I like Shawn as a person, but he gets so much negative energy from his dad. That’s just the truth.

After I whoop you Shawn, come sign with About Billions and I’ll buy you a nicer car than your dad’s. I already wrote out the contract.

This is going to be a great fight. I’m very excited because I love putting on a show for the fans. This boy will not beat me.

I’m coming to deliver a beat down. Shawn Porter is a football player, I’m going to take him out. It’s going to be fun.

SHAWN PORTER

I feel great, it’s a good day. I’m just counting down until fight night.

I’ve been working on everything in camp. I have a lot of speed, power, quickness and the whole nine. It’s going to take everything to win this fight.

He’s got good speed, so we’re preparing for him to use a lot of that. We’ll make adjustments as we go along but the key is definitely taking care of his speed with our speed.

It’s so sweet to be fighting at MGM Grand, this is what you want as a fighter. It’s my time now. I’m so excited about this opportunity.

Number one, we have to take care of business. We know that if we take care of business it’ll be a great Father’s Day on Sunday.

ERROL SPENCE JR.

I just have to stay focused and put on a spectacular performance on Saturday night. Hopefully next time I’ll be the main event. It’s a process but I’m getting there.

I’m ready for anybody in the welterweight division, I’m ready for any kind of step up in competition period. I’m not the guy to shy away from anybody.

Porter and Broner are a little more seasoned than me, but skill wise I think I’m right on par with them. Skill for skill I can match anybody in boxing.

A lot of guys aren’t in the position that I’m in to get the opportunities that I have. This is my third year as a pro and it’s all been coming pretty fast. It’s all about timing. I’m enjoying the process.

You’re going to be looking at the future of the sport come Saturday night.

PHIL LO GRECO

There’s no such thing as the right moment. The perfect fight is when you want it to be. I got the call and decided that this is the perfect timing.

It took me about 30 seconds to decide to take this fight. When you know why you fight, it makes these decisions easy.

A year ago there was no way I thought I’d be on this stage. Now I have real opportunities and we’re here now.

Win, lose or draw, I’m going back to the gym next week.

I’m a pressure fighter. I like to engage and give the fans what they want to see. This is a great opportunity. Saturday is going to be fun.

RANCES BARTHELEMY

I’m feeling good moving up in weight. Everybody knows Antonio DeMarco is a very, very tough fighter. He’s one of the best I’ve ever fought. His record who he has faced proves that. He’s experienced, but so am I.

I want to be the best Cuban fighter of all-time and I’m on my way.

I’m in tremendous shape and I’m ready to go. I want to showcase my skills on Sunday to show the world how I can fight.

Who do I want to fight? I’ll fight anyone they put in my way. I’ll fight Godzilla if he’s there.

I don’t do predictions but this is going to be an entertaining fight. Unlike past Cuban fighters, I have power and can knock people out. In the amateurs you don’t need power. But in the pros, that’s what it’s all about.

ANTONIO DEMARCO

This is going to be a tough fight, a difficult fight, but I have a great responsibility. My 15-year-old sister told me that if I win, she will beat cancer. She was diagnosed with bone cancer last November – and it was life-threatening. But her last chemo treatment was yesterday.

From a ring standpoint, I am really looking forward to Sunday. I am very prepared, I am relaxed and ready to go. Besides for my sister, my other main motivation is that this is a chance to get my career back on track. A victory and I can get back to where I was and in position to challenge the best.

I am treating it like another fight, but of course it is much more. Exposure-wise, you can’t get better than network television.

I know Rances is going to be a difficult opponent. He’s a great fighter. But I have the experience to come up with a game plan to win. From a career-standpoint, this is a very important fight and I’m ready for it.

SAMMY VASQUEZ

It’s an honor to be here in this building among some of the greatest fighters in the world. Omotoso has never fought anyone like me before.

I’m here to restore the greatness of Pittsburgh boxing. Everyone knows ‘The Pittsburgh Kid’, Paul Spadafora, but we all carry the torch differently. I respect him as a fighter and he’s done some great things. We were raised differently and I’m amazed at the great things he’s accomplished. But I’m here to bring a new look to Pittsburgh boxing.

Omotoso is tough. His record speaks for itself at 25-1. His only loss was to Jessie Vargas who’s fighting for a world title. I don’t take anybody lightly. I’ve trained hard for this and I don’t think he’s fought anyone as fast as me or hits as hard as me with both hands.

I’m going to throw a lot of punches and it should be fun to see. It will be an entertaining fight. The main goal is to win. If the opportunity presents itself to knock him out then I will. I’m not going to go in there trying to knock his head off or anything. I have to box smart.

In this game it’s all about longevity and the less you get hit the longer you can fight so I don’t want to get hit. That’s my goal.

WALE OMOTOSO

I feel blessed to have the opportunity to fight on such a big stage. Fighting on network TV provides all of us such a lift. Getting this kind of national exposure is what fighters like me need and what we work so hard to get.

I’m totally ready to take advantage and I look forward to being able to showcase my talents on Sunday. All my friends and countrymen are going to be able to watch it, and I don’t want to let them down.

I really don’t know much about Vasquez, other than he’s a southpaw whose quick, he is just another fighter who can fight. But we can all fight. It’s not like he has four hands and two heads.

The best man will be victorious and I am confident that is me.

I can’t wait for Sunday. I wish it was time to fight right now. This is going to be my Father’s Day present to my kids and wife.

Andre Ward vs Paul Smith: Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos   Leave a comment

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OAKLAND, CA (June 17, 2015) – Roc Nation Sports hosted the final press conference for the June 20 showdown between Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KO’s) and former World Title Challenger Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KO’s) on Wednesday, June 17 in front of City Hall in Oakland, California. Along with the main event participants, undercard fighters Meng Fanlong and Wang Zhimin were also in attendance. Other speakers included David Itskowitch (COO – Boxing Roc Nation Sports), James Prince (Ward Manager), Virgil Hunter (Ward Trainer), Joe Gallagher (Smith Trainer) and Lynette Gibson McElhaney (Council President – City of Oakland).

Here’s what press conference participants had to say:

Andre Ward

As long as I have been boxing, I don’t take any opportunity for granted. Especially after the last two years with what I had to go through. Some people know what the absence was about. Some people don’t know. I was tied up in litigation with my former promoter. It was a stance I had to take. I believed in what I was fighting for. Sometimes when you make a stance you have to deal with the consequences. The consequences for me was not being able to do what I love to do which is get in the ring, entertain the fans and make a living for my family. During those times, when things aren’t going your way, they can either make you or break you. It could crush you. It could take everything from you. I thank God for my relationship with him, my family, my friends, the close people I have around me that just stayed on me and continued to encourage me. The fans were phenomenal. I would see them in the street and talk to them on social media and they kept saying “we want you back and we miss you.” That’s why we brought this fight back to Oakland, as a thank you to the fans for your patience, diligence and for supporting me as long as you have. I’m excited about this opportunity. Especially coming off the heels of last night with the Golden State Warriors. Oakland has two champions now! For some reason in the Bay Area they don’t like to give us our due. I don’t know if it’s the size of the city. What I have learned in my sport up until this point is that you have to show and tell. That’s what I’ve prepared to do Saturday night, June 20 at Oracle Arena.

James Prince – Ward’s Manager

It’s been a long time coming for our team and we are excited to be back in the great city of Oakland. I know Andre has a lot of frustrations that he’s planning on releasing in the ring come Saturday night and I look forward to seeing it. I happen to be from Houston. We all know what the Warriors did to the Rockets. We couldn’t beat them so I had to join them. After Saturday night, I’m asking Smith to join Andre Ward’s team and go back to England and let them know ‘that’s a bad man.’

Virgil Hunter – Ward’s Trainer

I have to really admire Andre’s resolve going through the things he went through. I think it’s made him a more mature man. I’m anxious to see how he has evolved. He’s not the same fighter that he was before all the litigation. He’s been tested. A lot of people are mentioning ring rust, but I brought in some of the baddest guys I could bring in [for sparring] and I’m happy with what I’ve seen. I know we have a tough task ahead. I’m looking forward to a good fight and moving on from there.

Paul Smith

It’s an amazing shot and chance that I have been given. As always with me, you’re going to get 100%. I’m going to give it every last thing I’ve got. I’m going to try my best Saturday night to upset the apple cart. Andre Ward is a quality fighter. He’s a fighter that I have watched and admired for years.  It’s hard not to be a fan of Andre Ward, but the plan is to show him what no one has ever done Saturday night and I’ll be giving everything I can to do that. So buy your tickets and tune in and I’ll see you all on Saturday.

Joe Gallagher – Smith’s Trainer

It’s going to be an uphill task. Some would say mission impossible, but we plan to spoil the party Saturday night. I wish good luck to both fighters. Good luck to Virgil and his team. See you Saturday night.

David Itskowitch – COO Boxing Roc Nation Sports

June 20 is a going to be an experience for fans in the arena like nothing they have ever experienced before at a boxing event.

This is a very exciting time in Oakland with the Warriors capturing their first world championship in 40 years. We’re thrilled to be a part of the excitement that the city is feeling right now. I want to issue a challenge to the city of Oakland to come out and support Oakland’s other champion on June 20 and to make Oracle Arena look and sound the same way it did during the NBA Finals.

Statement Read on Behalf of Stephen G. Hill – BET Networks President of Programming

BET Networks is excited to partner with Roc Nation Sports to broadcast – for the first-time ever on BET – live boxing! BET Networks is committed to delivering more hours of original programming than ever before. Our content is engaging, emotional, and entertaining. And we are thrilled to introduce boxing to its new home on BET. Our undisputed advantage in the marketplace is that we have true engagement from our audience unmatched by anyone. And our audience loves live sporting events, like boxing which makes this partnership fit like a glove.

Ward vs. Smith, a 12 round bout presented by Roc Nation Sports, takes place Saturday, June 20 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, will be televised live on BET and streamed globally on TIDAL.com at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT and is presented in association with Matchroom Sport. The fight is sponsored by The Waterfront Hotel, Venue Kings, Shoe Palace, CTMS Travel, U-BOAT, FanDuel, Fandango, Q 102.1, 95.7 the GAME and KBLX 102.9. 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 Nipsey Hussle taking to the ring for a special performance prior to the main event. The event will be hosted by notable emcee Sway Calloway and will also feature hit master DJ Franzen who will serve alongside Sway throughout the night. Tickets priced at $250, $125, $90, $60 and $30, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now and available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Doors open at 3:00 PM, the first fight begins at 3:30 PM and the BET telecast and TIDAL.com stream begins at 10:00PM ET/7:00 PM PT.