As mentioned on our first Boxing Hot Takes for the 2017 campaign, this year is already shaping up to possibly be the best since 2013, which was an epic year. Thanks to Showtime sports, and its fantastic card from this past Saturday, this boxing calendar has started with an explosion! In the co-feature bout, Gervonta Davis faced off against champion Jose Pedraza, in a bout many felt was far too big a step up for Davis. Davis dominated Pedraza, the IBF 130 pound champion, capping off his terrific night with a brutal combination, which ended with a flush right hook that put Pedraza on his ass. Pedraza was able to rise, but the referee had seen enough and stopped the contest at 2:36 of the seventh round. TKO victory, and new champion, Gervonta Davis!
As the New Year dawns with political peace breaking out over part of the UK, in boxing terms, there has been little by way of any true passing of the doves. Any pretence of accord has been cast asunder quicker than Mariah Carey performance at a New Year’s concert as those cheeky chappies from Brighton, the Eubank’s have, once again made headlines.
This is thanks to an excellent online broadcaster, IFL TV, whose mission seems to be to go around and talk to as many boxing people as possible. The then get the results up on YouTube and there are no fewer than 4 interviews that have been the talk of the town – and not just London town.
He’s back. No, not Floyd Mayweather, JR., I’m talking about the form four-division world champion, Adrien “The Problem” Broner, 32-2, 24 KO’s. The last time we saw Broner in the ring was in Washington, D.C., where he defeated Britain’s Ashley Theophane in rather easing fashion via 9th round TKO. Broner had an opportunity to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) junior welterweight but lost out on that chance at the scale when he came in overweight. Like many fights in recent years where the A-side came in overweight, the fight continued as often times the B-side fighter can’t afford to lose a payday after a full training camp.
Saturday night, in New York, the much anticipated unification showdown between WBC Super Middleweight champion Badou “The Ripper” Jack, 20-1-3, 12 KO’s and IBF Super Middleweight champion James “Chunky” DeGale, 23-1-1,14 KO’s ended in a majority draw. Judge Glenn Feldman scoring the bout 114-112 for DeGale and judges Julie Lederman and Steve Weisfeld both scoring it 113-113.
Not much had happened in the opening round until, with about 25 seconds remaining, DeGale, a southpaw, lunged at Jack and caught him with a clean straight left hand on the chin to knock him down. Jack did not appear hurt and he easily beat the count, but it gave the round clearly to DeGale.
Hey Sports fans last night I wasn’t in a tavern, social cub or betting parlor, but reporting ringside in a packed house at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn New York where IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale and WBC Champion Badou Jack engaged in the 168 pound title unification and broke the ice on the first meaningful fight of the New Year. Both combatants easily came in under the 168 pound weight limit yesterday and electrified the audience with a memorable see-saw battle that at night’s end, was ruled a majority draw.
In a boxing sense, there were no real losers as both champs put up a terrific battle and get to go home with the title they entered ring with. Floyd Mayweather, JR. who shared promotions with Dibella Entertainment and Showtime was madder than a wet hornet that Jack didn’t win and called it a robbery calling for action against judges to hopefully bring an end to horrible scoring. He cited both of his own fights against Oscar De la Hoya and Canelo Alvarez as examples of what he aims to use his influence to stop. Only problem with that assessment is that lovable Floyd was way off his mark. While yours truly had thought DeGale had the lead by a slight margin, I was surprised to add my score sheet and found it a draw at 113 – 113.
The No. 1 and No. 2-ranked super middleweights in the world met in a unification to determine the world’s best 168-pound fighter Saturday on SHOWTIME. After two knockdowns and 12 intense, back-and-forth rounds, the distinction as the world’s best super middleweight is still up for grabs.
WBC champion Badou Jack (20-1-3, 12 KOs) and IBF titlist James DeGale (23-1-1, 14 KOs) fought to a 12-round majority draw in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING in front of 10,128 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The bout was scored 114-112 (DeGale) and 113-113 twice, and the only clear winner was the sport of boxing and its fans.
Britain’s DeGale, making the third defense of his IBF belt, started the drama by flooring Jack with a jab with 30 seconds left in the first round. But it was back and forth from there in a highly skilled, closely contested battle between the consensus best in the weight class and in the eighth unification bout in division history.
“Badou Jack has got too big for 168 pounds. We had plans after this fight to move up to light heavyweight. This is the second time in a row Badou has gotten a bad decision. James DeGale is a hell of a fighter, but tonight he didn’t win. At the end of the day, I don’t know what the judges are looking at.”
“He was doing a lot of running, he was throwing a lot of shit at my guard. I thought I won the fight. I finished stronger. His knockdown was a flash knockdown. I won the fight.
“I had to dig down deep and try to knock him out and finish strong. I definitely finished strong. If it wasn’t for the flash knockdown, it’s a different result.
“I was never hurt on the knockdown. My feet got tangled a little bit but I need to watch it again.
Last night, Erislandy Lara took on Yuri Foreman.
The fight started out pretty tactical from the beginning. Lara was the individual pressing the action as the come forward fighter from the very beginning though Foreman wasn’t necessarily backing down and showed a little offense of his own. The first round was more ‘feeler’ as it typically is unless a fighter comes out with truly bad intentions from the opening bell, which is hardly the style of Lara or Foreman.
By BJ “Warhammer” Proctor
The unquestioned promoter of the year for 2016 was Matchroom Promotion’s Eddie Hearn. Even before the year ended, Hearn had already set his sights on 2017 and began to setup fights for the coming year. Anthony Joshua Vs Wladimir Klitschko is already set for April 2017, and just two days ago, Hearn was very optimistic that another title fight could come together. Well, just two days later, Hearn delivers once again, bringing boxing another intriguing fight, a unification bout that could have massive ramifications in the 140 pound division.
140 pound WBA champ Ricky Burns, will face off against upset specialist, the undefeated IBF champion Julius Indongo. If you’re not familiar with that name, just research his last fight, in which he was a massive underdog, and obliterated the former champion Eduard Troyanovsky, with a first round KO. Current 140 pound kingpin Terence Crawford, made a strong statement last year that the other champions were running scared. This fight could go a long way towards an undisputed champion being crowned later this year. While Crawford holds 2 of the 4 major belts, the winner of the Burns Vs Indongo bout will have unified the other 2 belts, which could setup a massive showdown for full unification of the 140 pound division.
By Bruce “Warhammer” Proctor
Before the 2016 boxing calendar had ended, 2017 had already begun to blossom and look extremely promising. There were several fights already announced before the year even started, and in the very early stages of January, we’ve had several more fights announced.
Our first big fight is just hours away, and boxing fans should be very hopeful that this unification clash, will be the first of many great fights this year. This Saturday we have a clash in the super middleweight division. IBF Champion, James DeGale, will face off against Badou Jack who is the current WBC champion.
Those dates, which will be in April, May, June, September and December, and will help make KIng’s Promotions the busiest promoter on the east coast for the 3rd straight year.
A pair of heavyweight fights featuring undefeated blue chip prospects Jarod Trice (1-0) and Tyrell Fortune (1-0) have been added to the Bellator.com-streamed preliminary card of Bellator 171 at the Kansas Star Arena on Jan. 27.
Also added to the preliminary portion of Bellator 171 is Bruna Ellen (2-1), who will take on Carmella James (Debut) in a female flyweight clash. The new additions join a competitive undercard that is highlighted by a middleweight fight pitting the undefeated Chris Harris (7-0) against Jordan Young (5-0), along with Gaston Reyno (6-1, 2 NC) versus Justin Overton (3-2).
Phoenix (Jan. 11, 2017) – Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions Founder 10x World Champion, Roy Jones Jr. and CEO / Co-Founder, Keith Veltre proudly announce their return to Phoenix, AZ.
What we have here is an entertaining fight coming your way on February 25th from Legacy Arena in Birmingham Alabama and will be televised by Showtime. What we don’t have is a good match on any level other than for Deontay’s fans to watch “Bomb Squad” do his thing and notch another easy victory.
Wilder fought in June of last year against trail horse Chris Arreola and secured a mid-fight stoppage. Somewhere among the fisticuffs and hand grenades that Wilder was landing he broke his hand yet again and tore a bicep. Surgery was preformed to correct both injuries. Yours truly has been reporting that the champion is heavily flawed for such an athletic body and his failure to turn power punches over on contact will eventually produce yet another broken hand. It is not as his team suggests, that he hits harder than humanly possible to absorb the impact but rather that he lands his power incorrectly.
Fight week activities officially began today with media workouts at the brand new Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn before the super middleweight title unification showdown between Badou Jack and James DeGale that headlines action this Saturday, January 14 from Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME.
Also in attendance and opening the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT are junior lightweight world champion Jose Pedraza and unbeaten contender Gervonta Davis.
In the night’s eight-round main event, Detroit’s perennial welterweight gate keeper and fan favorite Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (30-10-2, 19 KOs) will face Nagykanizsa, Hungary’s Istvan Dernanecz (10-4, 7 KOs).
Although Tyner’s original opponent, Wesley Tucker, was forced to withdraw with a training injury, his willingness to trade with anyone means he’s never in a bad fight. 19-year-old Dernanecz has said he’s coming across the ocean to take a giant step up in pro career with a victory over Tyner.
Former four-division world champion Adrien Broner hosted a press conference in his hometown of Cincinnati Tuesday as he prepares to return home to face hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados on Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University and live on SHOWTIME®.
The press conference featured Mayweather Promotions President Floyd Mayweather, who will help promote the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING card that begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Former three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz continued to prepare for his featherweight world title rematch against Carl Frampton and hosted a Los Angeles media workout Tuesday before he headlines action on Saturday, January 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and live on SHOWTIME®.
Also working out for the media at Fortune Gym Tuesday were lightweight world champion Dejan Zlaticanin and former two-division champion Mikey Garcia, who meet in the opening bout on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
A light heavyweight bout pitting former 205-pound world champion Liam McGeary (11-1) against Chris Fields (11-7-1) will serve as the main event of “Bellator 173: McGeary vs. Fields,” which will take place inside The SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Friday, February 24.
“Bellator 173: McGeary vs. Fields” airs on Spike at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event start at just £35 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.ie, SSEArenaBelfast.com, or the SSE Arena box office.
By Jeffrey “Italian Medallion” Cellini
Floyd “Money” Mayweather JR., 49-0, 26 KO’s and Sugar Ray Leonard, 36-3-1, 25 KO’s are unarguably two of the best fighters ever. Both men won world titles in five different weight classes. Mayweather, JR. claimed his first world title on October 3, 1998 when he stopped then-defending champion WBC Junior Lightweight Genaro Hernandez in the 8th round, whereas Sugar Ray won his first world championship by dethroning then-defending WBC Welterweight king Wilfredo Benitez. Mayweather, JR. would ascend and claim more world titles at lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and the super welterweight divisions. Leonard would also move up move up in weight classes and have success as well, claiming world titles in the super welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight classes. However, which of these all-time greats ranks higher at welterweight?
On January 13, 2016, we get our first major fight of the 2017 calendar year when Cuban standout Erislandy Lara, 23-2-2, 13 KO’s puts his World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight, 154 pounds, title on the line against Brooklyn, New York, based Orthodox Jew and former WBA 154 pound champion,Yuri Foreman, 34-2, 10 KO’s.
Foreman is currently sporting a six-fight winning streak since suffering back to back defeats to Miguel Cotto and Pawel Wolak, his only defeats in his career. It should be noted that Foreman suffered a right knee injury in the Cotto fight that required him to have surgery immediately following. That aside, Foreman may have very well been overmatched in that bout with it being his first defense of the WBA title that he held at the time while Cotto moved up to the junior middleweight division for the shot.
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect, Mykal “The Professor” Fox will take on hard-punching Tre’Sean Wiggins in the main event of a big night of boxing on Saturday night, February 11th at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Maryland.
The show is promoted by King’s Promotions.
Fox, 21 years old of Forestville, Maryland is coming off a good 2016, where he went 4-0 and became a main event fight in the Maryland area.