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Jean Pascal – Former World Champion
On working with Freddie Roach
“I like Freddie. Freddie is a good man. He is a great boxing coach. One thing that I like about Freddie is he is a coach who like to listen. He is gonna ask me question. He is going to try to see my point of view. He gonna explain to me his point of view. He has a good ear. He has great experience and that is the quality of a good coach. I am my own boss. I need a partner. Freddie is the right partner right now. I am a veteran. I went to the Olympics. I became world champion. I am about to become two-time world champion in a few weeks. I need more like a partner to evolve than a boss.”
WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and Polish contender Artur Szpilka continued their fight-week activities Wednesday, staring each other down for the first time at 4 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.
On Saturday, January 16th the two men meet in a battle for Wilder’s heavyweight world title live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and features unbeaten Charles Martin and Vyacheslav Glazkov battling for the vacant IBF Heavyweight World Championship.
By Sultan “Nomad” Arapov
Dmitry “Grandmaster” Pirog is the man to stand in the way to stardom of Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs. Pirog is a chance for both a revenge and next level for the Brooklyner. Given that the both
fighters expressed desire to fight, Al Haymon remains to be the only barrier here. That is why the Russian fighter is in hesitation on his return, as, seemingly, Jacobs`camp is not for the bout. Only worthy opponents would get Pirog back to the sport, and Jacobs is the most plausible option.
The first thing that should come to mind for Jacobs is, certainly, a revenge question. To remind, Pirog was the first and last man to defeat Jacobs, which he did in outclassing fashion ended by KO. At the time, many cherished hopes for Jacobs to be the next big thing. But the Russian literally destroyed them. This alone should be a sufficient motivation for Jacobs not just to be not against but to chase Pirog. Recently, the Brooklyn pride himself expressed a desire for a rematch. How can a fighter of Jacobs`s caliber avoid a chance to avenge himself, when the time is on his side? It is a fact that it is a favorable time for the Brooklyner to take the bout.
The politics of boxing are getting old. I’ve been at this less than a month and I’ve aged a few years just talking about it. I went from “New School” to “Old School” quicker than Deniro played Jake Lamotta in Raging Bull. So I decided to flip the script with the new weekly series “Science Class.” The sole focus of these articles is on the sweet in ring science. We will NOT discuss the politics, business or drama of boxing. If you want to know what new car Floyd Mayweather, JR. is driving or what asinine statement spilled out of Tyson Fury’s mouth, this will not be the place to find it. In the inaugural edition of “Science Class,” we take a look at a pretty darn good Light Heavyweight by the name of Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 28-0-1, 25 KO’s.
Packy’s World: Tyson Fury – Wladimir Klitschko Fixed?, The Real Sonny Liston Exposed!, My Pal Al, Jack Warden & The Chutzpah Award Goes to Andrew “Drew The Picture” Hames
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today…As I approach my 86th year here on Planet Earth, I reflect back more than ever about times that have passed and existing times. In a world that at times, is beautiful and at others, a total mess, I hope that one day we find peace amongst all men and women of all races, religions, nationalities and different beliefs. I don’t claim to be the “ONE” who has all the answers, but I do have “Old Age” wisdom and it doesn’t really take more than that, to realize we must have change if we ever hope to finally have peace.
So there are my deep thoughts which I hardly ever bring to my column, but felt the necessity today to do so. Let’s talk some boxing.
Triple H, The Rock, Tom Cruise, John Travolta & Buddy Ruffin, JR are ELATED – Sting is being Inducted into the WWE HALL OF FAME
WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that Sting will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas as part of WrestleMania® Week.
Sting is one of the biggest Superstars in the history of the sports entertainment industry and a multi-time WCW® and United States Champion. For more than 10 years, he was the face of WCW, competing in memorable rivalries against Ric Flair®, Steve Austin®, Mick Foley®, Vader™, The Four Horsemen™ and NWO®. In November of 2014, Sting made his long-awaited debut in WWE, and went on to have his first-ever WrestleMania® match against Triple H® at WrestleMania 31.
By Andrew “Drew The Picture” Hames
Stir up any pot of opinions in a boxing forum, season it with diverse public dialogue, and watch the tempers boil over with ensuing controversy…. That seems to be the most effective social media cooking recipe for building up anticipation for any mega-fight these days, and the hopeful showdown between Middleweight champions Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is marinating in equal measures. The problem here is that this pot also seems to be badly spoiled by a bad batch of media spin emanating from its broth, and it seems that any witch with a reliable spell that could offset it is off duty at the moment.
For those reasons, I felt the need to address the controversy stemming from the widespread belief that Canelo should forego his weight requirements in light of obliging “GGG” at 160, in light of certain items that seem to be absent or missing from the bubbling pot.
At Heavyweight, #10 Dereck Chisora stayed busy defeating unranked Andras Csomor, stopping him in 2 rounds, for his 3rd victory inside a month. Chisora will maintain his ranking.
At Super Middleweight, unranked Giovanni De Carolis defeated unranked power punching prospect Vincent Feigenbutz in an upset, stopping him in the 11th round to win an alphabet world title. De Carolis will enter the rankings at #20. Jose Uzcategui will exit the rankings to make room for De Carolis. Other fighters may rise or fall due to these changes.
Keith Thurman Vs Shawn Porter Reportedly Signed for March: Let the Post Floyd Mayweather, JR Era Begin – Breaking Boxing News
By Dave “Mythical” Siderski
According to sources close to USA today, Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter have finally agreed to a match to take place on either March 5th or March 12th and televised on CBS. If true, it finally puts an end to months of speculation and negotiation between the two camps. Thurman, at 26-0, 22 KO’s, is the WBA champion and coming off dominant victories over Robert Guerrero and Luis Collazo in 2015. Former IBF Welterweight champion Porter, at 26-1-1, 16 KOs, is coming off a victory over the mercurial Adrien Broner this past June.
By Jesse “New School” Wright
Salvador Sanchez fought in the ring the same way he lived life: at full speed. Boxing is a sport where it is all too common to see a guy get too much too soon and self-destruct before reaching his full potential. In the case of many, the result is an inflated ego causing poor lifestyle choices leading to upset defeats. Sanchez didn’t have that second chance. In one of boxing’s most tragic stories of what could have been, Sanchez died when he crashed his Porsche at just 23 years of age. The fact that he was inducted in to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991 speaks volumes to how great he could have been. He was taken from us too soon, but the standard he set for great Mexican fighters is still very much alive.
I normally prefer to stick to boxing articles, but felt the need to address the dramatic ending to this past weekend’s NFC Wildcard playoff match between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. And the now famously infamous kicker Blair Walsh, who missed a 27-yard virtual PAT of a field goal that would’ve all but sealed a dramatic upset for the Vikings over the defending NFC champions.
There are two glaring levels of irony to this story, the first being the remarkable season Walsh was has having up until this catastrophe, having virtually been perfect between the uprights all season long. Speculation arose about the laces of the ball facing him on the snap, and forcing an errant snap, but the degree of how badly he missed the kick makes this difficult to believe it was anything short of a proverbial choke. I feel bad for Teddy Bridgewater and the valiant effort Minnesota’s defense put forth in shutting Seahawks Super Bowl-winning QB Russell Wilson out for 3 quarters of the game. And in fairness to Walsh, he was responsible for all 9 of the Vikings’ points in the game. Too bad he couldn’t have scored 12…..
M-1 Challenge Middleweight Champion Ramazan Emeev Named M-1 Global’s 2015 Fighter of the Year – Breaking News
Russian welterweight Alexey Kunchenko was selected as “Prospect of the Year,” while M-1 Challenge 63 was the M-1 Global “Event of the Year.”
Emeev (13-3-0, M1: 7-1-0), fighting out of Russia, was a runaway winner as “Fighter of the Year,” garnering 84.5-percent of the votes to easily outdistance runner-up Viktor Nemkov (23-5-0, M-1: 14-4-0), the reigning M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champion.
Bellator officials previously announced two welterweight attractions featuring a main event pitting British slugger Paul “Semtex” Daley (37-13-2) against Andy Uhrich (11-5) and a rematch featuring Paul Bradley (22-6, 2 NC) against Chris Honeycutt (6-0, 1 NC), which will serve as the co-main event. Rounding out the Spike-televised main card will be heavyweights Raphael Butler (9-1) and Tony Johnson (9-2).
The co-main event of Bellator MMA’s return to WinStar World Resort & Casino in Thackerville, OK on March 4 will feature undefeated striking sensation Michael “Venom” Page (9-0) taking on “The Menifee Maniac” Fernando Gonzalez (24-13) in welterweight action.
Tickets for “Bellator 151: Warren vs. Caldwell” are on sale now and start at just $45. You can purchase tickets at the WinStar World Casino and Resort Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com. Doors for the event open at 5:00 p.m. CT local time, with the first contest going down one hour later.
Heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne says he’s fitter than ever and ready to make history. The 36-year-old Australia aims to become his nation’s first ever world heavyweight champion when he squares off with WBA kingpin Ruslan Chagaev in Grozny, Chechnya on March 5. Browne has been training like a demon with head coach Rodney Williams and British legend Nigel Benn for a number of weeks and believes he will be a whole new animal come fight night. “My camp has been unreal. We’ve been in the gym for over six weeks and there’s still over seven weeks to go so people are going to get a shock when they see me in the ring,” he said.
Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR. who craves for media attention is at it once again, with this recent story. Read HERE.
By Buddy “BRJ” Ruffin, JR.
Look my wrestling flock, if “BRJ” says it, it’s so. Look as many of my followers know, I have great hair, a wrestling flair and never dare to hold back if you know what I mean Jack! So, Hulk Hogan will be pissed to know that “BRJ” is no fan of his stuffing his Speedo butt. He writes checks his ass can’t cash and he will never slang or bang with me off any top rope!
“BRJ” has left the building – Ruff Ruff…
One of the fights boxing fans have been craving for looks like it will now take place between Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter. Read Here.
By Roy “Sharpshooter” Bennett
“Boxing, for all its lies, is about the truth.” — F.X. Toole
Gennady Golovkin reigns over the middleweight division like a modern day Augustus. A thinker. Calculating. Dominant. His every move – in the ring – coldly ruthless.
The other belt holders – Saul Canelo Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs, and Billy Joe Saunders – are merely itinerant rebels trying to mount uprisings from distant provinces who will, when their time comes, be crushed under the trip hammer like forces of the state.