I am saddened to report the untimely passing of 52 year old former heavyweight contender Alex Stewart of London who gave the sport thirteen years of memorable battles in a see/saw career that capped off at 53-10, 40 KO’s. A terrific boxer who was perhaps too game for his own good and could be coached into brawls when he had an abundance of talent to avoid unnecessary punishment. While some of his losses prevented, a title shot the “Destroyer” gave fans their money’s worth with his initial run of promise as he reeled off 24 straight victories all by knockout.
As always, the winds of change are upon us and there is a good vibe transcending across the boxing faithful, while the last days of eager anticipation melt away mounting tensions of the biggest match of the year. While we await Kovalev Vs Ward the internet is buzzing with both promoters and fighters calling for heads like the Roman Empire has returned. Most of this is just smoke and mirrors behind posturing and chess moves.
Everyone things they can control the board game and many put up better smoke screens then they back up predictions inside the ropes, but let’s remain optimistic for monetary reasons. Nobody in ’16 were bringing the big matches to fruition making money and the low tide is rising again. Oscar De La Hoya, who was part of the problem and admitted so this past week is looking to get his rivals committed to engage, while many of the walking wounded should be available for action in the New Year.
“Training camp was excellent. I did the first half in Boca [Raton], Florida and the second half we did up in Oxnard. It was great. I brought in Cicilio Flores for strength and conditioning. Everything was great.”
“I need to go in there and let my hands go like I did in the Teixeira fight. I don’t look at this fight as another step towards the big fight. A fight is a fight. He is coming to win and so am I.”
“This is the road back to GGG. I am the only one that wants a rematch because I gave him his toughest challenge so far. I know I can beat him. I just gotta let my hands go.”
Former P4P King Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. has broken his silence on a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Read here what he had to say.
Badou Jack – James DeGale Press Conference HEATS UP & Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR Speaks Out
A star-studded press conference took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday, as Floyd Mayweather, along with several New York boxing “ambassadors,” signified the return of boxing to New York by announcing the super middleweight world championship unification fight featuring Badou Jack against James DeGale that will take place Saturday, January 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and live on SHOWTIME®.
Former British, Commonwealth and European Heavyweight Champion Jack Bodell Dead at 76 – Cause of Death Revealed
Popular 1960’s heavyweight Jack Bodell has died at the age of 76 from Dementia. Read Here.
By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña
On Saturday, November 19th the world’s best pound for pound boxer will be crowned at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as the WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 30-0-1, 26 KO’s takes the former two time world champion on Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, 30-0, 15 KO’s, in a long awaited 12 round showdown labeled “Pound For Pound.” This mega fight will be only the third time in the history of The Ring Magazine that two pound for pound list undefeated Top 5 ranked fighters have squared off against each other. The first was when Julio Cesar Chavez defeated Meldrick Taylor at the old Las Vegas Hilton in 1990.
Read HERE about the recent development with Kell Brook & Eddie Hearn.
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Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. & Conor McGregor are taking over where “Make It Rain” & Ronda Rousey left off. Read HERE.
Jerry Celestine, 27-13-1, 20 KO’s was a light heavyweight contender during the late 1970’s – early 80’s. After his first five initial bouts to begin his professional boxing career, Celestine was sentenced to prison for 15 years on a conviction of armed robbery. Local manager Les Bonano discovered Celestine while he continued to box in the Orleans Parish Prison Boxing Program. With the help of Bonano, Celestine began to rebuild his boxing career, which saw him become a contender in the light heavyweight class, and eventually lose to the world champion Michael Spinks for the championship.
On November 13, 1968, Jerry came away with a draw in his first professional fight when he faced Chick Coleman at the St. Bernard Civic Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Less than five months later, he suffered his first loss (second fight) when he lost a split decision to Sam Wilson.
NABO Junior Welterweight Champion Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) and Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields participated in a media workout in Las Vegas, NV on Monday ahead of their undercard appearances on Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” taking place Saturday, Nov. 19 at T-Mobile Arena.
Shields, who will be making her professional debut against American rival Franchon Crews, will be featured on the freeview telecast beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT on the Pay-Per-View events channel prior to the official telecast, and through livestreaming on HBO Boxing’s YouTube channel.
Before this past Saturday, 147 pound WBC champion Danny Garcia had a single fight this year, all the way back in January. Nearly 10 months in total between fights, and over 8 months before we were informed that he would be fighting in November. It was announced a few weeks back that Garcia would be facing Samuel Vargas on November 12th which as expected was met with a resounding wave of disappointment. After rumors of the possibility for Garcia to face the likes of Andre Berto, which then later turned to John Molina. Finding out that Garcia was facing Vargas after having nearly the entire year off was frustrating to say the least. Also more fuel added to the fire for the Garcia detractors, who have labeled him, however unfairly, a cherry picker. Lost in the disappointment for some, was the fact that during the announcement of the Vargas fight, it was also confirmed that the very next fight for Garcia should he be victorious would be Keith “One Time” Thurman.
As Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-4-2, 10 KOs) prepares to attempt to reclaim the NABF Light Heavyweight Title from Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) live on the Kovalev-Ward “Pound For Pound” HBO Pay-Per-View undercard from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada he will have former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. in his corner for the first time. Below Jones assesses the match-up and his observations of the young Malawi native:
Vinny’s Views: The Rest of the Boxing Schedule for 2016 & Bold Prediction for the Winner Between Keith Thurman & Danny Garcia!
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci
OK fans with coffee cup in hand I tackle one of the hottest debates on the horizon. (My Publisher “Bad” Brad has threatened if I turn in another column when I’m watering my gullet with Grey Goose laced with Café’ Patron that he’ll sign my checks in crayon, so I better get this straight!) While the boxing world is bracing itself for the most significant fight of the year this weekend between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev I am compelled to move forward and cover new ground. Just around the bend there are also some good scraps if not great ones about to unfold. Billy Joe Saunders is due to defend his WBO middleweight strap against Artur Akavov. (Love the challenger’s name even “Bad” Brad has to double check it) on November 26th.
Super Middleweight World Title Unification Showdown At
Barclays Center in Brooklyn Live on SHOWTIME
Saturday, January 14
Undefeated Prospects Sonny Fredrickson & Tyler McCreary Added to Sergey Kovalev – Andre Ward Undercard – Boxing News
Undefeated fighters super lightweight Sonny “Pretty Boi” Fredrickson (14-0, 9 KO’s) and featherweight Tyler “Golden Child” McCreary (11-0, 6 KO’s) will see action on November 19, as part of the highly-anticipated Light Heavyweight Unification showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fredrickson and McCreary, both natives of Toledo, Ohio, will both perform on their biggest stage to date. The two will be featured on the Kovalev-Ward freeview telecast which begins at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT on the Pay-Per-View events channel prior to the official telecast, and to be announced cable, satellite, and telco channels. The freeview will also be available through livestreaming on HBO Boxing’s YouTube channel.
By Kevin “The Voice” Kincade
When will it end? Seriously. Every time I turn around I’m reading an article or a post about Manny Pacquiao winning his umpteenth championship and Floyd Mayweather, JR. coming out of retirement to be King Kong’s arch nemesis in the new King Kong on Skull Island flick, or whatever they’re calling it. Really?
Okay, probably stretched it a bit with the “King Kong” reference; but you know what I mean. I mean, seriously, these guys are on the verge of collecting Social Security and still get more press than a welterweight division more loaded with talent than it has been since the early ‘80’s. They’ve had their day, they’ve had their moment, they’ve made their millions, let it freakin’ go, already. Enough is enough! They are both “wases”
Courtesy of BATB
Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Travis “Seveer” Reeves won the vacant USBO Light Heavyweight championship with a stunning second-round knockout of previously undefeated Aaron “Quiet Storm” Quattrochi of Follansbee, WVA in front of a packed house at the Coppermine Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. The bout was the main event of the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card.
After a feeling-out first round, Reeves, who dropped down from cruiserweight, jumped on Quattrochi early in the second round and landed crushing lefts and rights that dropped Quattrochi to the canvas. Referee Kenny Chevalier waived the bout off at 1:06 of the second round.
Reeves has won his last 10 bouts and has knocked out his last four opponents. Reeves is now 13-2-2, seven KO’s. Quattrochi falls to 10-1-1, five KO’s.
At the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco on Saturday night, WBA Super Featherweight champion Jason “El Canito” Sosa, 20-1-4, 15 KO’s successfully defended his title by defeating Steven “Swifty” Smith, 24-3, 14 KO’s by unanimous decision. The official scores were 117-110, 116-111 and 116-112.
The 25-year old Sosa, from Camden, N.J, attacked from the opening bell, disregarding Smith’s punching power. “El Canito” used great footwork and and an aggressive attack to build an early lead on the judge’s scorecards. The 31-year old Smith, from Liverpool, England, who suffered a bad near his right eye in the third round, absorbed a lot of punishment in the center of the ring and on the ropes.
By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña
Saturday night in Monte Carlo at the Salle des Etoiles (Hall of Stars) in front of millions of HBO viewers worldwide and a live audience that included Prince Albert of Monaco, Malik Scott, 38-3-1, 13 KO’s ran around the ring and refused to fight the undefeated heavyweight Luis “King Kong” Ortiz, 26-0, 22 KO’s in a bout that could possibly be the worst fight I have ever witnessed. From the opening bell, Scott was preparing himself to be knocked down. Scott fell on several occasions throughout the fight without ever being hit by Ortiz.
Deontay Wilder is still on the mend, but one name is being kicked around for his next defense of his WBC Title in 2017. Read HERE.
“He got me cold in the first round. I wasn’t surprised that he came out sharp. I worked very hard to come back and win almost every round.
“I didn’t feel the punch from the knockdown very long. It was easy to recover.
“Every time that I was aggressive I tried to follow it up with more punches. I knew in the final round that I had to finish it well to make sure I won the fight with no questions.
“We knew he was a crafty southpaw. We wanted to take our time because we didn’t know how he would come out. We felt him out at first.
“We didn’t think he’d come in as much. I thought he’d try to move around. But he brought the fight a little closer than I expected.
“My defense was a little off because being prepared for a right hander. We fixed that in the last round and got the stoppage.