So, who you got? Ward vs.Kovalev

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Ward vs. Kovalev is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated match ups of the year. Now, for most, that’s not saying much after the dry spell October left boxing fans with. It would seem any bout you throw at boxing-starved viewers, would make for a welcome reprieve. So in the spirit of having the sweet-science back within eye, and ear reach, a 10- bout extravaganza has been put in place for your viewing pleasure.

So, who you got?

BoxherNews believes Kovalev will overwhelm Ward with his power slowly breaking down the naturally smaller man.  It will, by no means be an easy fight for Kovalev; as Ward is naturally a gifted fighter, whose technical prowess has been the bane of many of boxers. However, Kovalev’s activity in recent years and boxing opponents provide an edge over an inactive Ward.

Undercard

Grozny, Russia’s,Bakhram Murtazaliev ( 6-0,4KO’s) will go head to head, in a 8-round middleweight battle against, Botirsher Obidou ( 6-0-1, 2Ko’s) of Anijan Uzbekistan. While both are at the genesis of their perspective careers, Murtazaliev is coming off an impressive 2nd round knockout over Magomedkamil Musaev (3-1, 1KO). This will also be the Russians first fight outside of his homeland.

Meiirim “Sultan” Nursultanpv of Merki Kazakhstan makes his pro appearance against Henry Beckford (4-5,1KO) of Hempstead, New York. While the “Sultan” boast an about average amateur career, his recent training with Robert Garcia, could be the potion needed to make him a house hold name. It will be interesting to see how this matchup will conjure the much needed waves, to be remembered alongside the more stage-friendly names.

Heavyweights Darmani “Rock Solid” Rock (5-0,4KO’s) of Philly and Las Vegas’ Brice Ritanicoe (4-4-1,3KO) are set for a romping 4- rounder. “Rock Solid” looks to extinguish his rival whose drab record at the start of his career hasn’t been much to boast about.

Toledo Ohio’s son, Tyler “ Golden Child” McCreary ( 11-0,6KO’s) takes on Grand Rapid’s own Vincent “Pooh Bear” Jennings (5-2-1,4KO’s) in a 8-round, featherweight matchup. While McCreary hopes to continue building on his unblemished record, the stage is set for Jennings to grandstand, that he deserves to stay a viable contender in the sport.

Unbeaten Ohio native, Sonny “Pretty Boi” Frederickson (14-0,9KO’s) will try his hands at Boston’s Gabriel Deluc (11-1,2KO’s) in 8-rounds of electrifying back and forth. This display will put both fighters in ear range of additional high-end bouts, so look forward to seeing these welterweights put it all on the line.

Spot Light Fight of the Night

One of the most talked about bouts of the evening will be the pro debut matchups of two American, female brawlers. Getting her feet wet for the first time on a professional stage, is none other than Flint native and 2-time Olympian (London 2012, Brazil 2016), Claressa “T- Rex” Shields. Shields is matched against another professional first-timer, Frashon “The heavy-hitting diva” Crews. The 2 faced one another in 2012, when Shields outmatched Crews, ending her bid for the London Olympic trials.

A must see fight of the night will be Curtis “Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (28-5,21KO’s) and James De La Rosa (23-4, 13KO’s), going toe-to- toe in a middle weight matchup. Stevens, the favored to win, is just coming off of a May 7th slam against Patrick Teixera, on the Canelo versus Khan Undercard. With new trainer, John David Jackson in his corner, the “Cerebral Assassin” is slated to do real, head banging damage to the unstable chin of De La Rosa, who is coming off of 2 major losses to Hugo Centeno junior and Jason Quigley.

Roc Nations own Maurice Hooker (21-0-2, 16KO’s) will duel it out with Darleys Perez (33-2, 21KO’s) in the super lightweight division. If Hooker’s August matchup against Ty Barnett, is any indication as to what he will bring to the ring this Saturday, were in for a good one. The 27-year old was on fleek when he knocked out Barnett in the opening round, on the Ward- Brand card. With this being Perez’s first fight of the year, it will be interesting to see what his plans are to halt the young masterful, Hooker.

The 29- year old who won Bronze during the 2012 London Olympics, Ukranian, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KO’s) may face strong opposition as he takes on  Isaac Chilemba ( 24-4-2, 10KO’s), in a light heavyweight battle. Back in July of 2016, Kovalev garnered an unimpressive win against Chilemba. Although Kovalev would receive the decisive win, Chilemba did not help in making Kovalev look good, going into his matchup against Ward.

Garcia crushes Vargas; ready for showdown with Thurman

 

Venue: Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

When: Saturday, November 12th, 2016

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March’s showdown between Keith Thurman and Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-0, 19KOs) was never in danger as Garcia scored a 7th round stoppage over journeyman, Samuel Vargas (25-3-1, 13KOs).  Garcia controlled the fight from start to finish.  A chopping right hand caused Vargas to perform a backflip that would have done Simone Biles proud. Vargas was able to answer the 10 count but never recovered. Garcia continued to batter Vargas until Vargas’ corner mercifully called an end to the fight in the 7th round.

In a one-sided showcase of boxing dexterity, Jarrett Hurd (19-0, 13KOs) sailed to a TKO victory against opponent, Ionut “Jo Jo” Dan (35-4, 18KOs). Hurd’s thudding right hand hit “Jo Jo” to his core, time and time again, never giving the replacement fighter, a chance to set his rhythm.  “Swift” crunched Dan’s “Jo Jos” with a low blow in the 3rd, sending him to his knees in a painstaking display of aggrieved emotion. Dan’s trainer, Howard Grant, put a stop to the punishment, throwing in the towel at 1:08 of the 6th round.

The lightweights took center stage in a bombastic first round of action. Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (31-1-1, 22KOs) delivered a river-rushing assault, out the gate. Within the first minute, he threw a Malay of head and body shots, clearly showing off clinic- sharp poise. Not to be outdone, and before the round would end, Omar Douglas (17-1, 12KOs), discharged a left hook to the body, sending Fortuna to the mat. As the fight progressed, both brawlers would be warned several times to ‘Keep it clean’. Fortuna is constantly seen smothering Douglas’ punches by tying him up. The 7th and 10th rounds, the fighter’s antics leave them both eating gravel, in a tangled mess on the mat. In an eye popping finish, The Dominican rising star, “El Abejon”, would pull out the win. Scores cards: 96-93 x2, 95-94

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin stops Kel Brook in 5 Rounds

 

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London, England

The O2 Arena crowd was left stunned, not by a GGG knock out, but rather by a corner stoppage. While the halt to the widely anticipated bout came as a surprise, no one should ever be upset when a trainer takes into account the health of his fighter. Much to the chagrin of the ‘booing’ crowd, that was the case when Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (37-0, 34KOs) defeated Kel “Special K” Brook (36-1,25KOs) by TKO, in Round 5. In Round 1, GGG stunned Brook with a shot to the liver. However, “Special K” would come make a fierce comeback, in Round 2, by slipping GGG’s punches and landing several combinations; effectively moving GGG backwards. In Round 3, Brook would begin to paw at his right eye after several solid GGG lefts. Brook started Round 4 off strong but began to dwindle under the pressure of GGG. Round 5 saw “GGG” land clean shots to Brook with “Special K” not answering any punches in return. The beating GGG put on Brook forced Kel’s trainer, Dominic Ingle, to stop the bout.

*Post-fight it was revealed; Brook suffered a broken right orbital socket.

From Contender to Journeymen: Guerrero vs. Peralta

Honda Center – Anaheim, CA

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The Anaheim Honda Center was the hot-spot for a weekend of combat sports. The action began Friday Night, with Bellator #160, where MMA fan favorite, Benson Henderson, garnered a TKO win over an injured Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Fans would later learn, “Pitbull” may have broken his calf (he) after unsuccessfully, checking his rival.

The end-of-week rush would continue Saturday night, with Premier Boxing Champions taking top- billing on Spike Sports. Robert ‘The Ghost” Guerrero (33-5-1, 18KOs) fought against a largely unknown Argentinian boxer David Emmanuel Peralta (26-2-1, 14KOs), in hopes of making his way back to title contention. However, Peralta had different plans; cloaking himself in National pride, fighting his way from taxi driver, to formidable rival.

Guerrero starts busy, sticking close body shots. Peralta, would not be the yellow brick road to Guerrero’s ascension. Using his height and reach, the Argentinian, initiated contact, cut off the ring, and landed successful upper-body blows.

By round 3, the brawlers would tussle in the corner, with back and forth action, resulting in a cut, on the right side of Peralta’s eye. In the 8th, the fighter’s legs would become entangled again; causing Peralta’s combo’s to sit the former 2-weight World champion, on the ropes.

Super Middleweight, Freddie “El Riel” Hernandez (34-8, 22KOs) snatched bragging rights in a Mexican-style showdown against Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (24-5, 20KOs). The first half of the bout saw Hernandez leading Angulo, in with his height and arm reach. By the 5th, Angulo stuck to his in- your-face approach never backing off, the Hernandez charge. Angulo would open a sweltering cut above Hernandez ‘s left eye, which did nothing to slow the ambitious 5’9 bruiser. “El Riel” would get the best of Angulo by never letting up on his punches, allowing judges to take stock, of the immense volume of landed punches. Scores were: 98-92, and 97-93×2

Unbeaten-Former Olympian, Terrell Gausha (19-0, 9KOs) continues his winning streak after stabilizing Steven Martinez (16-3, 13KOs). Martinez controlled the action during the opening rounds. However, during the last 4-rounds Gausha, would gain the point lead, landing cleaner, distinct punches. Scores were: 95-95, and 97-93×2

My take on Leslie Jones by Minnie Larry

 

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I Don’t know what’s with people treating American actress #LeslieJones so cruelly. How can a person sleep soundly after going to such extremes, to humiliate a woman, who’s done nothing, absolutely nothing to deserve such ridicule. I hope the people responsible for impeding her (Ms. Jones’s) privacy are brought to justice.

As a culture we’ve been seduced Into thinking we can say or do any vile thing to one another, without repercussion. We’ve disguised ourselves on social networking mediums , ghostwriting our negative and destructive opinions, with no regard for the damage our words may cause. 

Now, (In Ms. Jones’ case) these unknown, evil foot-soldiers are breaking laws, just to drive home their rancorous contempt against a fellow human- being. I’ve seen the joke ( memes) and read the hurtful words written and I am so disgusted by how low, my fellow man is willing to stoop; to humiliate another.

Whatever happened to the notion: If you have nothing nice to say… Say nothing at all?

I have to believe we ( all God’s children) are better than this. I must believe We are not so numb to blatant calamitous behavior, (as to sit idly by) while a few continue corrupting OUR human experience.

It may be Ms. Jones today, but what if it were you tomorrow?

PBC on ESPN: Flores vs. Kielczweski, and James vs. Ugas

Venue: Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona, New York

Date:   Friday, August 10th 2016

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Unbeaten featherweight bruiser, Miguel ‘El Michoacano’ Flores (21-0, 9KOs) remains top- dog after a hot- blooded battle against Bean Town native, Ryan the ‘Polish Prince’ Kielczweski (25-2, 7KOs). The evening brawl, presented by Premiere Boxing Champions, by way of ESPN, didn’t disappoint. From the opening bell, the clash of physical prowess and determined aggression made for an eye-popping show of athleticism.

An eager Flores put up an earnest assault in the opening rounds, gnawing Kielczweski’s middle. Deliberate power-strikes easily put El Michacando ahead in points. However, by the 5th, The Polish Prince would find his stride, by taking his corners advice to, ‘Go straight down the middle.’ Kielczweski would break Flores’s momentum, and ‘KO’ his mouthpiece in the process. In the finishing rounds, there was a fair exchange and nearly equal number of punches thrown and landed. However, Flores kept pulling forward, exacting measured potent-punching performance. Scores were 99-91, 99-92, and 96-94.

The Welterweights

With only 27 days between his last victory and Friday nights contest, Jamal James (20-1, 9KOs) gambled his undefeated record, against Yordenis Ugas (16-3, 7KOs). James’ mountain- like, perforated, under eye injuries (still identifiable from his last bout), weren’t the only conspicuous physical blemishes, in the boxer’s stature. It would seem the 2- year interruption in Ugas’s fight game, more than prepared him for the end of week matchup. While most of the fight Ugas stuck to the body, by the 6th, he would deliver a right punch, so devastatingly hard, it would jerk James’s neck 90°, causing him to upchuck his mouthpiece. After 10-rounds of body busting bustle, the former Olympian cruised to a unanimous decision win. Scores were 99-91, 98-92,and 96-94.

The Beat goes on, Andre Ward dominates Alexander Brand.

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On Saturday August 07, 2016, Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) defeated Alexander Brand (25-2, 19 KOs) by unanimous decision at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Brand, the moving punching bag allowed Ward to illustrate his skills. Whether it be from the orthodox stance or southpaw, Ward showcased it all, a great jab, powerful left, great right, etcetera, etcetera. The only risk Ward face was an unintentional head butt in round 11, which led to a contusion on Ward’s forehead. The fight would mercifully come to a close after 12 rounds, the scores were 120-108, 3x.

Ward’s win setup a November showdown against light heavyweight champion, Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26KOs).

PBC on NBC Sports Network – Maiden vs Maysonet Jr.

Venue-The Scottish Rite auditorium, San Antonio, Texas

Date- Saturday July 23, 2016

Promoter- Premiere Boxing Champions

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Fabian “TNT” Maidana (10-0,7KOs) continues his families {boxing} legend with a TKO victory against Jorge Maysonet Jr. (13-2, 11KOs). With older brother, former 2x world champion, Marcos Maidana (35-5, 31KOs), cheering him on from the audience, “TNT” proved his medal. Maysonet Jr. started strong, cracking Maidana’s nose in the 1st round. However, Maidana picked up the action, easily clenching the latter rounds. The contest is waved off at the end of the 6th round, when Maysonet Jr. couldn’t answer the bell.

Alan Castano (11-0, 7KOs) wins defeats Aaron Garcia (12-6-1, 7KOs) for the middleweight matchup, Saturday night. Castano stuck with the body, assuring decisive, and measurable punches. Garcia suffered a laceration above the left eye, after an accidental head butt in the third round. Castano would be warned several times by referee Ellis Johnson, for rabbit- punches, but would sail easily to a unanimous decision win. The scores were: 78-74×3

Brandon Figueroa (9-0, 6 KOs) scored a decisive 3rd KO over Adalberto Zorrilla (6-2, 6KOs) in a Bantamweight contest. Time was 2:44

15 Anniversary of ShoBox: “The New Generation” has arrived

Friday, July 22, 2016 Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Foxwoods Casino hosted the 15 year anniversary of its ShoBox, boxing series, and the bouts did not disappoint.

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The final fight of the night featured super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7KOs) and Roman Reynoso (8-1-2 7KOs) fight to a draw. The action was intense with Reynoso taking the fight to the heavily favored Lopez. Lopez fighting for the 1st time under famed trainer Ronnie Shields seemed troubled by the unorthodox Reynoso. In the 10th round, Lopez seemingly behind landed a shot, which made Reynoso’s legs jello. However, Roman was able to spit out his mouthpiece when it looked like he was on his last leg. Scores were 96-94 Lopez, 97-93 Reynoso, and 95-95.

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Gerry “The King’s Son” Odom (14-2-1, 13KOs) gets the W over Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-2, 15KOs), with a 3rd round Knockout. What’s impressively surprising is, Odom was a late, 5-day substitution. After giving away points in the first two rounds, Odom was heard whispering to his trainer, his plan to lure Jackson in by feigning. In Round 3, Jackson fell into the trap, which Odom unleashed by landing a short right hook, which sent Jackson down for the 10 count. Time was 1:57

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Welterweight Rolando Chinea (13-1-1, 6KOs) gets a split decision win, defeating O’Shaquie Foster (10-2, 7KOs). Both fighters performed on par, for the duration of the 8 count battle. Chinea would get the edge, from two of three judges. Scores were: 79-73, 78-74 Chinea and 77-74 Foster.

In the fight of the night {Best} performance, and most shocking comeback of the evening, Super- welterweight, Ian Green (10-1, 8KOs) defeats a gassed Khiary Gray (13-1, 10KOs) in the 2nd round. Green took the fight just 5 days earlier, and it showed, during the 1st round, as he was listless and unable to land anything effective against the busier Gray. However, by the next round, Gray had punched himself out, allowing a right hook to diffuse his fight plan. Time was 2:50 in the 2nd round.

 

 

Bombs Away…Wilder defeats Arreola by TKO in Round 8

When: Saturday evening, July 16, 2016

Venue: Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Bommmb Squaaaaaaad! The Alabama Summer heat and humidity paled in comparison to the intensity inside the Legacy Arena, Saturday night. The fight shown courtesy of Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) on Fox network featured WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36KOs) and Los Angeles native Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-5-1, 31KOs).  Wilder showcased a stiff left jab for most of the fight. He landed a fierce right hand which sent Arreola to the canvass in Round 4. Arreola would recover but his nightmare would not come to the end until the eight round when his corner call the fight at the end of Round 8. Wilder later revealed during his post fight interview, he fought Arreola, with broken right hand, and possibly torn bicep.

Erickson the “Hammer” Lubin (16-0 11KOs) maintains his stellar perfect record, after a one-sided win against, Ivan “Terrible” Montero (20-2, 8KOs). Lubin stayed busy during the 8-round matchup, sticking straight shots to the body and keeping the action close. The end of round 4, referee Flynn Gerald, doles out his second warning to Lubin, for low blows. The scores were: 80-72×3

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The Alabama commission reexamines earlier scores, changing a majority draw into a unanimous decision win, for welterweight contender, Felix Diaz (18-1, 8KOs). It seems there was some confusion after referee Keith Hughes deducted a point, in the 10th round after Sammy Vasquez (21-1, 15KOs) lost his mouthpiece, for the third time. The 2008 Olympic Gold medalist (Dominican Republic) Diaz had to prove his fight game is developed enough to stay in the professional arena after an October 2015 loss to Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17KOs). By the third round, Diaz showed more of his Olympic vigor landing substantial combinations against the overmatched Vasquez. The end of round 8 saw Diaz open a huge gash on the Vasquez’s right lip. Although, the punch stats had the fighters landing a similar number of punches, Diaz was more effective as evident by Vasquez’s face. The scores were 96-93, 95-94×2.