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Danny Garcia vs Paulie Malignaggi: PBC on ESPN Weigh-In Results & Photos   Leave a comment

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Daniel Jacobs 159.8 vs. Sergio Mora 159.2
Danny Garcia 146.6 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 146.8

Omar Douglas 129.4 vs. Frank Santos de Alba ???
Adam Kownacki 251.4 vs. Maurenzo Smith 258.2
Heather Hardy 121.2 vs. Renata Domsodi 121.6
Travis Peterkin 175.4 vs. Lenin Castillo 173.6 (ESPN3.com at 8 PM ET)
Rafael Vazquez 125.2 vs. Mario Macias 126
Prichard Colon 147.2 vs. Michael Finney 147.8
Titus Williams 128 vs. Micah Branch 130
Thomas Velasquez 127.2 vs. Gabriel Braxton 127.2

Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: ESPN (9 PM ET)

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Juan Carlos Payano vs Rau’shee Warren: PBC on Bounce TV Media Roundtable Quotes & Photos   Leave a comment

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ORLANDO, FL (July 31, 2015) – Fighters competing on the debut of PBC: The Next Round On Bounce TV took time out of their schedules to host a media roundtable Friday before their Sunday bouts at a sold out Full Sail Live at Full Sail University.

The main event on Sunday will showcase Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (16-0, 8 KOs) taking on Rau’shee “Nuke” Warren (13-0, 4 KOs). The televised portion of the card will open with John Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs) facing Dennis Laurente (49-5, 30 KOs). The second televised bout will feature Yudel Jhonson (17-1, 9 KOs) squaring off against Jorge Cota Lugo (24-1, 22 KOs).

Below is what the fighters had to say Friday:

JUAN CARLOS PAYANO

I am very prepared for this fight and have no injuries. I’m 100 percent ready. Training went very well. I am a warrior with the hunger to prevail and win. I’m ready to leave everything in the ring Sunday night.

Warren merits a title shot. He’s one of the best fighters in the division. It’ll be a great fight. He won’t win, but it’ll be a great fight.

I see a lot of errors in Warren’s style. That particular style of his has a lot of errors in it and I’ll attack them as I see them. He’s perfect for me.

I am very grateful to be getting this opportunity. I am looking forward to the exposure for the weight class and for myself. It doesn’t make a difference if I’m on TV or not though. I will be coming out to rip his head off, as I always do against anyone.

The Dominican Vice President contacted me yesterday and wished me luck. I have great support from the people of my country.

RAU’SHEE WARREN

Launching the PBC on Bounce TV series is a huge step for me. I feel like I have to put on a show for my fans and everybody out there that’s watching.  I’m looking to win every round.

It was an honor fighting for the US three times in the Olympics as an amateur. I fought a lot of different fighters from all over the world, and I got to see lots of different styles. These days I feel like anyone new who steps in front of me is similar to something I’ve already seen.

We put everything on the table in training camp. I just can’t wait for August 2. I hope that when the bell rings he’s as ready as I am because I’m putting everything into this one.

I see a lot of things in Payano that I think I can take advantage of. I expect him to be aggressive, but his problem is that he’s going to be so worried about my speed he won’t even know what else I’m brining at him.

This is free boxing for all.  I feel like PBC is making the sport more accessible for the fans. People have been hearing about the pay-per-view (PPV) fighters, but they haven’t really been seeing the undercard fighters or the lesser-known fighters.

If some people out there don’t know me yet then they will for sure after they tune into Bounce TV this Sunday. My job is to show them who Rau’shee Warren is and force them to pay attention.

YUDEL JHONSON

Training went very well. There’s no excuses. I am ready to go. I am already on weight and my camp was perfect.

Cota is a very typical Mexican fighter. He’s aggressive. He’s awkward sometimes, but he comes forward. He’s a tough warrior and I respect him. He’s ready to fight and so am I. It’s going to be a great fight.

I am very grateful to be here and plan on maximizing this opportunity on Bounce TV. I want to show the fans that I’m the real deal.

After I win this fight, I would like a chance for revenge against Willie Nelson. Tony Harrison underestimated him, but I won’t. That’s who I want to fight.

The fans that haven’t seen me will see someone who truly loves a war. I never run from a tough fight.

JORGE COTA LUGO

Normally I don’t do that much sparring, but for this fight we did a lot because I feel like (Jhonson) is a smart fighter with a lot of movement. So we sparred more to make sure we’re prepared for this fight.

I want to guarantee everyone a great show on Sunday night. Anyone who bought a ticket will see a great fight when I step into the ring.

A world title shot is different. This was a very difficult training camp. We worked extremely hard to get ready for this fight, but it was a really tough camp.

I’m very motivated for this fight. Based on the way I’ve been treated it seems like people are counting me out, but I’m hear to give it my best.

JOHN JACKSON

I feel good and confident. I’m sure he’s going to be tough and he’s going to bring it, but I’m ready.

We did a couple things different for him because he’s a southpaw. I’ve been working personally on my style to adjust to his style.

I think it’s a great matchup of our styles. He comes forwards and I come forward too. I think it’s a great matchup for the fans.

I am honored by this opportunity to be here and televised for the world to see us. It’s a blessing and I thank God for it. This is a huge fight for me.

I’m treating this fight like it’s a world title fight. Hopefully this fight will open doors for me. I’m very privileged to be here. This is also my first time fighting in Florida. A lot of fans from the Virgin Islands are coming out to see me.

I have no problem making this weight. I’m’ normally two pounds over.

I have no prediction for the fight. If I see an opportunity for the knockout I’ll go for it, but I’m ready to go 10 rounds. I will get that ‘W.’ That’s all I know.

DENNIS LAURENTE

My training was great. I was in camp for two months and I’m completely ready for this fight.

John Jackson is a powerful puncher, but I have more experience. I watched the Andy Lee fight and I know how to beat him. I’m expecting a war with him, but I will stop him in eight rounds. That is my plan.

I am excited for this opportunity. It’s a great opportunity. I have been on four Manny Pacquiao undercards, so I’ve been in big fights before, but this one is very important for me.

I have received tremendous support from fans in the Philippines. The messages are coming in steady and I appreciate it very much. It makes me stronger.

Danny Garcia vs Paulie Malignaggi: PBC on ESPN Final Press Conference Quotes & Photos   Leave a comment

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NEW YORK, NY (July 30, 2015) – Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and undercard fighters held a final press conference Thursday at B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill in Times Square as they near their Saturday, August 1 showdowns at Barclays Center.

The event is headlined by undefeated star Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) as he makes his 147-pound debut against two-time world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs). Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. as middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) defends in his hometown against former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs).

Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:

DANNY GARCIA

We had a tremendous camp, I’ve never felt so strong in my life. For the first time in my career I can actually train to get better.

We’re just focused on training. We did everything in camp – we even chased chickens.

I accomplished a lot at 140-pounds and I’m going to do a lot at 147. On Saturday at Barclays Center you’re going to see a spectacular Danny Garcia.

I want to be known as a great Philadelphia fighter and a great Puerto Rican fighter. I’m the first Puerto Rican from Philly to ever be a world champion. I have the Philly skills and toughness with the Puerto Rican blood, it’s the perfect mixture.

I’ve watched Paulie fight my whole career. He’s a tough veteran and I’m sure he’s got some tricks up his sleeve. I just have to go in there and stick to business on Saturday night.

Barclays Center is my home away from home. We have a nice routine when we’re in Brooklyn. We keep it simple.

I pay attention to the positive things in my career and that’s getting in the gym and working hard and getting better. That’s my main focus.

Everything is better at 147. I feel stronger. My form feels good. The footwork is great. I can eat regularly now. Still disciplined but it’s a lot easier.

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI

For Danny’s team, it’s only about him and for me it’s all about myself. My best versus his best. This is a big opportunity from me, professionally and personally. My career started 14 years ago in Brooklyn and people think it’s going to end Saturday in Brooklyn, but I’m not letting that happen.

It’s been an emotional camp. I find myself thrust back into the limelight of a major fight when it was least expected. The question marks and doubts come up in my mind and that’s made it emotional. I work hard every day. I’ve quietly had one of my best training camps.

There are no excuses here. Saturday night is the best of Paulie Malignaggi. I look forward to testing myself against the best Danny Garcia. I’ve always loved and relish the big names and the big opportunities.

Sometimes I lay in bed at night thinking about matchups between fighters. Now I’m thinking of myself in that conversation and we’ll fin out on Saturday how I stack up.

Quietly but surely, I’m very confident about Saturday night. I’m bringing my best.

DANIEL JACOBS

This is another great opportunity to showcase my skills. I’m on a good knockout streak and I feel confident about this fight.

Sergio Mora is a Rubik’s cube, you have to figure him out. He’s crafty and I have the utmost respect for him. I’m 100 percent confident in my ability to go out there and put on a good show

I hear Sergio is coming here to knock me out and if that’s the case this is going to be a real exciting fight. I look forward to it because I’m coming forward and if two guys are doing that it’s going to be a great fight.

I’m excited to give these Brooklyn fans a great fight. I love being at home and seeing all of the familiar faces I’ve seen since the amateur days.

SERGIO MORA

I’m excited to fight at Barclays Center. Brooklyn is beautiful and has great fans. Lou DiBella is about to have another fighter named Sergio as a middleweight champion after Saturday night.

I think this is going to be a really successful fight because of all the stars up here. It’s a great event for boxing fans.

I’m a grown man now and I’m looking to become a two-time world champion. This is my third time at a middleweight title shot but the first time an opponent showed up. I’m excited and ready to go. I’m thankful for everyone who has opened the door for me. This is it.

Daniel is strong in the ring. He’s a powerful, confident champion. He’s not used to losing and he’s used to hitting his targets, but I’m the total opposite of that. It’s going to be tough for him.

Until he gets in there with me and realizes how tough I am, then he’s going to realize he has a challenge coming to him. I want to take him out of his element.

It’s a big burden to be a hometown fighter and he’s going to realize that. It’s detrimental to be fighting in your hometown and I think he’s too young to realize that. It’s going to be to my advantage on fight night.

ANGEL GARCIA, Danny’s Father & Trainer

Danny had a great camp. It was an awesome camp and he’s going to make a lot of noise. We’re not taking Malignaggi lightly, but we’ve come to win. We don’t come to lose.

It’s not about Malignaggi, it’s about Danny. People can say whatever they want to say but we’re coming to make noise at 147. We’re not running from anybody.

I promise you Danny will be the world champion at 147. I’ve seen visions of it. This is going to be a great fight and then after that anybody can get it.

LOU DIBELLA, President of DiBella Entertainment

I’ve known Paulie Malignaggi since he was a teenager and won the nationals in a big surprise to people. He turned pro on one of my shows and one thing I know about him, it’s that he’s not going to back down from a challenge and he’s going to give it 110 percent on Saturday.

Danny Garcia has been a dominant force in the 140-pound division. He’s won fights by stunning knockout and he’s won by decisions. He always finds a way to win. That’s what he’s planning to do on Saturday night.

Sergio Mora is here to challenge for another world championship. He comes in on a good streak of impressive wins. He’s always been known as a boxer and he’s been in the ring with the best fighters in the world.

Daniel Jacobs is one of the best guys in boxing. His story of perseverance is one that has been told many times. He’s a young, strong champion looking to show that he’s got what it takes in the ring as well as outside of it.

This is a fantastic card featuring four great fighters from Brooklyn on the undercard. We’re going to open the doors and immediately start with these great fights.

This will be Heather Hardy’s fourth fight at Barclays Center and she will be joined on the undercard by Polish heavyweight from Brooklyn Adam Kownacki, who is looking to make some noise in the division.

Rafael Vasquez has a truly inspirational story. He uses boxing to draw attention to the cause of autism and his wife who is battling courageously against cancer, and winning. I really want to see him get a world title shot, because his life has been a battle that he takes on with courage every day.

We also have a terrific prospect in Prichard Colon from Puerto Rico. He’s undefeated and really an exciting guy to watch in the ring.

BRETT YORMARK, CEO of Barclays Center

It’s our 14th big night of boxing in Brooklyn and we’re really excited about it. It’s a business we’re committed to and one we want to grow. Our goal is to go monthly with big events at Barclays Center.

With Paulie and Danny, it’s a big night to have them back at Barclays Center. It is the fourth time for both and they both represent Brooklyn so well.

I want to welcome Sergio Mora for the first time and we’re excited to have you in Brooklyn.

As we’ve told Danny Garcia before, this is his second home and we’re happy to have you and your father back.

We’re excited to be on ESPN, because they provide an incredible platform for these fighters and the sport as a whole.

We expect a great crowd on Saturday night and we look forward to an exciting night at Barclays Center.

PBC on ESPN Fighter Media Workout Quotes & Photos (July 29, 2015)   Leave a comment

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BROOKLYN, NY (July 29, 2015) – Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN featured fighters were joined by local Brooklyn favorites featured on this Saturday’s undercard for a media workout at Gleason’s Gym in advance of their respective showdowns at Barclays Center.

Saturday’s headlining event features undefeated star Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) as he takes on two-time world champion from Brooklyn Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight tilt. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT as Brooklyn’s Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) defends his middleweight world title against former world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Swift Promotions, are priced at $250, $150, $120, $75 and $45, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now. Tickets are available 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. For group tickets, please call 855-GROUP-BK.

Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday:

DANNY GARCIA

[On going up to 147 pounds] You’re going to see a lot more energy in the ring. You’ll see a smarter fighter. I’ll have more agility and we’re going to go in there to get the job done.

We’re just working hard. At the end of the day it’s about being 100 percent prepared. I did everything right this camp and I’m ready.

The game plan is to go in there and be Danny Garcia and be spectacular. I don’t know which Paulie to expect but I’m prepared for any version of him we see. I’m sparring a lot of guys who move and guys who come forward so I’m ready for anything.

If we’re both at 100 percent then I’ll take my 100 percent over his without a doubt. My style is made to beat any fighter in the game. I’m sure he trained hard but we’re going to get this victory.

I’m only focused on being a fighter. I don’t think anybody can beat a 110 percent Danny Garcia. At the end of the day, I know I beat a lot of good fighters and I’m going to show my heart in the ring.

There’s no pressure but I’m looking forward to an excellent performance. I’m ready to fight today if the fight was today. I feel faster at 147. I won’t be flat-footed in there. You’re going to see it all on Saturday.

I feel like I’m one of the most versatile fighters in the sport. I’m going to feel strong for 12 rounds on Saturday. I’ve felt strong all camp.

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI

I feel great at 147 pounds. I’ve always felt very strong at this weight and it’s where I should be. I still had to make sacrifices in training but I’ve never made weight so easily. I’m coming off back-to-back camps and I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been.

To be a two-time world champion you need to be able to do more than just jab and move. My IQ and my overall boxing ability and skillset make me the fighter that I am today.

I don’t think Danny is overlooking me but I feel that the fans and the media are. I love challenges and I love things that motivate me. I wake up in the morning saying this is hard, but I know I can do it.

The bigger the challenge the more excited I am. It brings the best out of me. I have fought some of the greatest fighters of our time. There’s no reason I would stop now.

Fighting at home at Barclays Center against Danny Garcia, one of the biggest fights in boxing, I couldn’t ask for more.

DANIEL JACOBS

Sergio Mora is a slick fighter. He can slip punches well and he’s defensively minded. He’s a cagey fighter but he lacks power. He has a lot of defensive flaws and I just have to be patient and take advantage of them.

We have a game plan in store, but in a pro fight anything can happen. You have to be able to adjust on the fly.

I have a great team that helps me take care of things so that I can focus on training. I avoid all distractions that would take me away from being at my best.

Fighting on the PBC cards has been outstanding. I love the intro and coming out on that stage. I felt like a superstar.

This training camp has been a pleasure, hard work but a pleasure. It was difficult because Sergio is so hard to prepare for. You can’t prepare for it with sparring or just one thing. I’m looking forward to showing my true skills and showing what a true champion is.

SERGIO MORA

I’m thrilled about this opportunity. I’ve had two huge letdowns before with world title shots falling through. Now that this is here, there is no way I’m going to let it pass me by.

I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be at Barclays and happy to be on PBC. I love being the underdog and I’m going to shock the world on Saturday night.

I’m in the second phase of my career now, DiBella and PBC have saved my career and my life.

PBC is great, it’s free TV and we’re putting out heart, blood, sweat and tears into this and the fans get to see it on free TV. This is great for the fans, for the fighters and for the entire sport as a whole; it’s what boxing needed.

RAFAEL VASQUEZ

This is a great opportunity and a blessing to be on this card. There’s so many great fighters from Brooklyn. Barclays Center is great and it gives us fighters from Brooklyn the opportunity to fight at a first class venue right here at home.

[On his Autistic eight-year-old daughter Kaylene] I want to show other people that are dealing with this, that they are not alone. I see this as a blessing to be able to raise awareness and speak out and show other families that are struggling with Autism that we are in this together.

When people see me step into the ring I want them to know that I’m not only fighting for myself but I’m fighting for them. I want to be the face of Autism in boxing.

HEATHER HARDY

It’s really important to me that I stay relevant and that I’m a part of the conversation so when I saw this fight coming up in August I made sure that I was on this card.

There really is extra motivation going up against Renata Domsodi again. I felt like when the two of us faced off last time and the bout was ruled a no contest that we owed it to every other female boxer to show that we belong there and I thought she quit.

Renata was coming in with her face down swinging her arms and I charged her while she was coming in and that caused the cut. We’ve been working on stepping to the side when she does that and being a little bit more patient.

If all goes well Saturday I’ll be ready to get back in the ring in September. I’m in shape and I live in the gym. This is what I do. You have to stay a part of the conversation. I want to see a higher level of competition every time I step into the ring.

This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked, out of all of my camps. Not for any other reason than just putting in extra work. Honestly I’m in the best shape of my life.

TRAVIS PETERKIN

I’ve trained so hard, I put blood, sweat and tears into this. I put my soul into this. I put my life into this. We’re ready.

It’s no secret that I’m from Brooklyn, born and raised, I didn’t move here from anywhere. Guys like Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Shannon Briggs I just want to follow in their footsteps. I want to be great and learn from those that came before me.

I’m a boxer-puncher. I’ll adapt to the fighter. If he runs, I’ll go get him. But I also know how to be smart and use my technical abilities.

I’m facing a tough guy in Lenin Castillo. He’s got a good record and was a 2008 Olympian. Everything looks good on paper, but when the time comes, I’m going to take him out.

I train right here at Gleason’s. When we’re a couple months from a fight everybody is smiling and joking but when we’re this close to the fight, everybody is serious. It’s all about hard work.

NBCSN results: Shumenov edges Flores in cruiserweight title fight   Leave a comment

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LAS VEGAS, NV (July 25, 2015) – Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) defeated B.J. Flores (31-2-1, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision Saturday night to win a cruiserweight world title on Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort.

Shumenov came out aggressive early before using his movement late to earn a world title in a second division and become the first fighter from Kazakhstan to achieve that feat. Flores was competitive throughout the fight, countering effectively when Shumenov showed aggression while landing more power punches.

In the 12th-round Flores wobbled Shumenov on the ropes in the closing seconds, but was unable to earn a knockdown. Shumenov used a strong jab and quick movements to make Flores miss consistently. All three judges scored the fight 116-112.

In a battle of undefeated rising cruiserweight contenders, Detroit’s Isiah Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) earned a hard-fought victory over Jordan Shimmell (19-1, 16 KOs) in their 10-round bout.

The southpaw Thomas used his slick-style to slow down Shimmell’s offense and land lead rights to the head that left Shimmell’s right eye cut. Thomas was able to fend Shimmell off on the inside as the broader Shimmell attempted to land big punches from close quarters. Thomas won by the scores of 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.

In further action, Dominican power-puncher Claudio Marrero (19-1, 14 KOs) delivered a vicious second round knockout over former world champion Rico Ramos (24-5, 12 KOs). Marrero connected with a strong overhand left that immediately sent Ramos to the canvas, prompting referee Jay Nady to wave off the count. The knockout came twenty seconds into the round.

The televised opener featured undefeated cruiserweight Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (11-0, 10 KOs) scoring a dominant unanimous decision victory over Roberto Santos (12-2, 5 KOs). Tabiti used his length and speed to outwork and outland Santos over the eight-round fight. All three judges scored the fight 80-72.

BEIBUT SHUMENOV

B.J. is a strong guy but he was lunging while I was scoring points. I’m still in the learning process and I’m more comfortable as a cruiserweight.

Boxing is an art. I used my skills, positioning, angles and footwork to win the fight.

I feel blessed, I have a strong team that is like one. Without them I wouldn’t have won the fight tonight.

I followed the instructions from my corner and thought I won the fight clearly.

I had extra motivation to make history. I first did that when I wont the light heavyweight title in 10 fights and now I’m the first person from my country to win world titles in two different division. I’m very proud of that.

Denis Lebedev is my main target. But I want to fight all the best and most dangerous cruiserweights in the world.

B.J. FLORES

Beibut always comes forward, he’s very tough, but tonight he ran the whole night. It’s tough to win a fight when the guy is trying to run in circles.

My punches were crisp and effective and I hurt him. He had nothing on his punches and never hurt me.

I wobbled him in the twelfth round and then I went in to rush him. He kept moving back though.

You have to want to fight. PBC is about guys wanting to fight. That’s what it’s all about.

I’m ready to get back in the ring, I’m fine. It was difficult to catch up with him because he wanted to move around so much.

I learned in those last few rounds that even though he was moving around so much, I could pick up the tempo and bring the fight to him.

You can’t fight a guy who isn’t trying to engage. You have to fight to win the fight. He was throwing jabs while I was trying to hurt him.

I’m so thankful to all my fans who came out tonight, I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. I will be back. Beibut, I want the rematch.

ISIAH THOMAS

I think I did well in there. I listened to my corner and was able to land punches.

I used my defense, my eyes and most importantly I listened to my corner. I should have thrown some more punches, but I wanted to stay on the outside and use angles.

I knew it was going to be a close fight, he came very hard and I had to be at my best. Me and my team were able to get it done.

I feel great about representing Detroit boxing. I want to carry on the legendary legacy of Kronk Gym and just keep working.

This win is huge for my career. Being on the national stage was a great experience for me.

I want to get back in the ring as soon as possible. I’m going to get back in the gym and get with my team but I’ll be back soon.

JORDAN SHIMMELL

 I thought it was a closer fight than the judges had it. Nothing he did surprised me, I knew it was going to be a tough fight.

I just have to be even more prepared. He is a great fighter, I thought it was closer. But he’s a great fighter.

I’m okay, I’m going to come back.

CLAUDIO MARRERO

I trained very hard for this fight and I was just listening to the corner and we saw that the overhand was open and I connected on it.

I’ve improved a lot since my loss and I come into each fight better and better. I’m more confident in my preparation and I have a great fight plan.

I’m very excited about this victory. We worked so hard for this fight. I hope that boxing will take Dominican fighters a little more seriously. There are currently two Dominican world champions and I want to be the third.

I want to fight the best of the best. Whoever it is, I’m ready.

ANDREW TABITI

I stayed disciplined tonight. It was a good test tonight and I’m just ready to get back to work.

I was a little disappointed I couldn’t get the knockout but I felt really good in there. Hats off to my opponent, he was tough and could really take a punch.

I hurt him in the last round and he was holding me, but he was able to stay on his feet. I’m still going to knock guys out but I wanted to show the world I have the talent to go in there and box.

I hope that I left everyone entertained and I’m going to keep on working hard and go from there.

HBO results: Kovalev stops Mohammedi early; Pascal & Gonzalez steal the show   Leave a comment

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Las Vegas, NV (July 25, 2015) – Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs)* and Nadjib “IronDjib” Mohammedi (38-4, 23 KOs) started off the main event slow, just feeling each other out in the first round. At the start of the second round, Kovalev engaged in an aggressive attack on Mohammedi which knocked the challenger down. In the third round the chants for Kovalev began to ring out from the Las Vegas fans and the champion knocked down Nadjib again. This time the referee stopped the fight at 2:38.

After the fight Kovalev said, “I am very happy that I got the victory I gave my best; I am happy. I told him stand up. It was short show. People didn’t see boxing. I wanted to continue. I tried to continue longer this fight. I didn’t see Pascal fight, just a little bit. That was a good fight. What I saw of the fight Gonzalez was much better. If Pascal interested in rematch I am ready. It is boxing. I want to fight this guy too [Gonzalez]. I am ready for anyone. I am ready for any fight, any opponent. It is boxing. It is sport. If fans want to see and promoters want to make the fight, I am happy; I will do it.” He then proceeded to throw gifts into the crowd to his fans.

According to Mohammedi, a thumb in the eye made him unable to continue. He said, “I couldn’t open my eye. After the knockdown I knew I was in a fight. I started to catch him with shots [in the third]. Kovalev is a skilled fighter and it takes time. Unfortunately, I got a thumb in my eye.”

In the first bout on the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast, former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) faced undefeated Cuban Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs) in ten rounds of light heavyweight action. Gonzalez was the aggressor from the first bell. Pacal returned fire with a flurry of punches in the second that seemed to stun Gonzalez. Yuniesky continued his fierce attack on Pascal in the fourth but the former champ continued to counter with equally brutal punches.

Pascal opened the sixth round with a couple of hard shots. Both men looked fatigued in the last few rounds but continued to trade big shots. At the end of the brutal battle many unofficial scorecards had Gonzalez with the win, however, all three official judges scored the bout 96-94 in favor of the former champion, Jean Pascal, for the win by unanimous decision. Compubox stats showed that both fighters landed around the same number of punches (154 connected for Pascal vs. 163 for Gonzalez), but Gonzalez was the busier man (632 punches thrown vs. 397 for Pascal).

Pascal said, “I was controlling the fight. The fight was following the exact rhythm that I wanted. It was a great fight; very close. I am glad to give the fans another candidate for fight of the year because I think it was. I am going to continue fight best opposition and give a great performance because that is what I do. I am the best.”

Gonzalez believed he pulled off the upset. He said, “I am so sad. I was the real fighter. That was taken from me. He did not win, I did. I am the real winner.”

Undefeated Cuban light heavyweight sensation Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs) remained undefeated against Hakim Zoulikha (21-8, 10 KOs) of Villeurbanne, France in the final fight of the non-televised undercard. Barrera knocked down Zoulikha in the second but he quickly got up and came straight at Sullivan. The two traded some tough shots over the next couple of rounds. Finally at 1:34 in the eighth round the referee stopped the fight after Barrera’s second knockdown of Zoulikha.

Sullivan had this to say after the fight, “Physically and mentally I felt great! I fought a guy that came in with nothing to lose. I traded with him. And I feel I accomplished what I set out to do and that is to entertain my fans. And all boxing fans!”

Joel Diaz (19-0, 15 KOs) of Palmdale, California remained undefeated against Alejandro Rodriguez (24-18-1, 14 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. The two were scheduled for six rounds of junior welterweight action. Diaz knocked down Rodriguez just before the bell rang in the second round but Rodriguez was able to get up and make it through the round. Diaz continued his attack on Rodriguez in the third round but Rodriguez managed to stay on his feet throughout the round. However, in the next round, Diaz delivered the final blow that stopped Rodriguez at 0:39 of the fourth round.

Heavyweights Rodney Hernandez (8-2-1, 1 KO) of Modesto, California and Brice Ritani-Coe (4-4-1, 3 KOs) of San Pedro, California squared off for California bragging rights in the second fight of the evening and the first fight to go the distance. Both fighters were battle-worn at the end of the sixth and final round but Hernandez walked away with the split decision victory 59-55, 56-58 and 58-56.

In the first bout of the evening, undefeated heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney (3-0, 2 KOs) of New London, Connecticut made quick work of Eduardo Ramirez (1-3, 1 KO) of Yuma, Arizona knocking him out at 1:55 of the first round.

After the fight Cassius said, “I stayed focused. I stayed poised. I floated like butterfly and hit like a tree. It is a good experience for me to be out here in Las Vegas and experience the HBO atmosphere. I want to say thank you to Main Events and Kathy Duva and Jolene [Mizzone, Main Events’ matchmaker] for giving me the opportunity to fight in Las Vegas.”

*Note:  All records have been updated to reflect tonight’s results.

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Brooklyn, N.Y. (Friday, July 24, 2015) – Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions returned to the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on Friday night, putting on another exciting night of boxing that was highlighted by four consecutive stoppages to close out the show. In the main event of the evening, featherweight Yenifel Vicente (27-3, 19 KOs) broke down Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (21-17-1, 15 KOs) over two rounds before finishing him off in the third frame.

In that feature attraction, Vicente opened the first round by feeling out Herrera before he threw an accidental low blow that seemingly had the fight in jeopardy for a few minutes as Herrera laid on the canvas. Action did eventually resume, and Vicente began focusing on a body attack before dropping his opposition with a flurry just before the close of the second frame.

In the third stanza, Vicente sensed the blood in the water and immediately put Herrera on his back again with overwhelming volume to start the round. Herrera got himself back to his feet, but Vicente did not let him off the hook. First, he hurt Herrera on the ropes with a straight right hand before turning on punches to both sides of the body that were having a major effect. Herrera tried to retreat but soon found himself victim of a perfectly timed right hook that dropped him for a third time. He attempted to get back to his feet, but referee Steve Willis was forced to stop the bout when he stumbled at the count of 10. The official time of the stoppage was 1:01 of the third frame.

Scott Burrell (10-2, 7 KOs) upped his win total to double digits in the co-feature bout of the evening against Moris Rodriguez (5-7-1, 3 KOs), doing a nice job of working behind the jab while cutting off the ring. He also did well in switching levels, and his early commitment to the body helped him set the table for a left hook in the opening minute of the second round that brought the beginning of the end for Rodriguez. After seeing his left hook hurt his opponent, Burrell jumped into confrontation with well-placed shots to the head and body that soon after forced the referee stoppage. The fight was officially waved off at the 1:52 mark of the second frame.

In a scheduled four-round welterweight affair, Julian Sosa (2-0-1, 1 KO) needed very little time to dispose of Jose Sanchez (0-2), who wildly tried to attack Sosa at the opening bell before quickly gassing himself out. Sanchez was clearly in trouble early as Sosa immediately began to pick him apart, dropping him midway through the first frame with a four-punch combination. Sanchez would continue briefly, but Sosa quickly closed the show at 2:17 of the opening round after finishing off a flurry with a hard left hook.

Cruiserweight Joseph Williams (7-0, 6 KOs) had his impressive power on display on Friday night, needing just 2:47 to shut down Michael Wilmer (5-8-1, 4 KOs). In fact, Williams dropped Wilmer with the first punch he threw in the fight, a punishing right hook just seconds after the first bell. Williams did a nice job of working levels to quickly break his opposition down, and every punch had bad intentions.  In the final minute of the opening frame, Wilmer went down for a second time following a hard right hook to the body, and referee Steve Willis waved it off seconds after action resumed when Williams had him on the canvas for a third time after another big flurry.

Junior middleweight Matthew Armstrong (1-0, 0 KOs) was victorious in his professional debut against Anton Williamson (1-4, 0 KOs), receiving a huge avail from his hometown Brooklyn fan base when he was introduced. While Williamson hung in tough, Armstrong was clearly the more polished fighter and showed better ring generalship while landing the cleaner shots over four rounds of action. After the final bell, he took the unanimous decision with tallies of 40-37 and 40-36 twice.

Welterweight Carlos Adams (1-0, 0 KOs) also made his professional debut on Friday night, taking on a game Jeff Souffrant (1-1, 0 KOs) in a four-frame bout. Souffrant was a tough competitor, but Adams showed great quickness and power, coming in numbers when he got off his punches. He picked his shots intelligently throughout the encounter and never let Souffrant gain any type of momentum, also displaying a bit of showmanship at times. When the final round concluded, this fight headed to the cards where Adams took the unanimous decision by counts of 40-35 and 40-36 twice.

A third professional debut was also on the slate at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, with middleweight Nikita Miroshinchenko (1-0, 1 KOs) facing a tough as nails Sean Nurse (0-2). Miroshinchenko applied relentless volume, landing a continuous series of right hooks. Nurse ate up the punches and continued to come forward until a flurry of hooks from Miroshinchenko in the waning seconds of the third round caused referee Steve Willis to step in and stop the bout, much to the dismay of Nurse and his team.

Middleweight Villi Bello (3-1, 1 KO) continued his successful transition from mixed martial arts into boxing, landing a thunderous right hook 17 seconds into the first round of a fight with Francisco Cruz (0-3) that violently flattened his opponent for an immediate stoppage.

The opening fight of the night was a bit of a shocker, with Louisiana knockout artist Alvin Varmall, Jr. (6-0-1, 6 KOs) being forced to settle for a majority draw with gritty veteran Lamont Capers (5-7-1, 0 KOs) of Brooklyn. Varmall approached Capers with a Tyson-esque head movement but was never able to get off the kind of shots he landed in his first six professional bouts. Capers pulled Varmall into the clinch anytime he got close and just never allowed him to get going. When the six frames of this bout concluded, the cards read 58-56 (Capers) and 57-57 twice to deem it a majority draw.