This weekend many boxing people will be focusing on the HBO card featuring well known fighters Tim Bradley and Jesse Vargas as they vie for the vacant WBO Interim Welterweight world championship. While that is a marquee fight between welterweight contenders, the fight between #2 RSR Flyweight Amnat Ruenroeng, 15-0, 5 KO’s, vs #15 RSR Flyweight John Riel Casimero, 21-2, 13 KO’s, is the best match up of the weekend. These two gladiators will be battling for Ruenroeng’s IBF Flyweight world championship.
WWE superstar Tyson Kidd will reportedly undergo surgery this week following a serious neck injury. The injury occurred during a dark match with Samoa Joe prior to Monday Night Raw. Samoa Joe conducted his “muscle buster” finisher on Kidd, who did not land well on the mat. The surgery will be the same neck operation undergone by several other wrestlers, including Steve Austin, Chris Benoit, and Edge. Tyson Kidd confirmed through his Twitter account that he is having the surgery, which will likely keep him from wrestling for 12-14 months.
In a recent interview, WWE legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart stated that “Daniel Bryan is finished. He’ll never wrestle again. I do not think he knows it yet. For all intents and purposes, he had the exact same thing happen to him that happened to me after Bill Goldberg kicked me in the head. One day, you learn it’s over. Doctors tell you that you can’t wrestle and you’ll never wrestle again. I lost millions of dollars because of that. I pray that it’s not the same for Daniel Bryan.”
The Ultimate Warrior, Roman Reigns, Buddy Ruffin, JR & Hulk Hogan Jump Up and Down: USA Network Series WWE TOUGH ENOUGH to Feature Daily Periscope Coverage
WWE will turn to Periscope, a new live streaming app, to give fans a look through the eyes of the competitors as the drama unfolds each week during training and competitions leading up to the weekly premieres of the new hard hitting reality series to air on USA Network, WWE Tough Enough. The @WWEToughEnough account on Periscope will also include guest appearances from the show’s host WWE Superstar Chris Jericho®, Tough Enough judges WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan®, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE Diva Paige™, as well as various other WWE Superstars and Divas.
Bray Wyatt, Buddy Ruffin, JR, & King Kong Bundy REJOICE: WWE Network to Air Tough Talk Immediately Following WWE Tough Enough – Ruff Ruff News
WWE Network will exclusively air Tough Talk, a live recap show hosted by WWE Superstar The Miz®, starting Tuesday, June 23 at 9/8C, immediately following the new hard hitting reality series, WWE Tough Enough on USA Network. During the half-hour program, The Miz will have exclusive interviews with eliminated competitors, judges, coaches and special guests. Using social media to ask fans for questions and comments, The Miz will get the answers they want most.
#20 Paul Smith, 35-6, 20 KO’s is dropped from the rankings to make room for Patrick Nielsen, 26-1, 12 KO’s, who will join the rankings and take the #20 spot. Nielsen is coming off a win over Adamu defending his WBA International title, while Smith is coming off a bad above the weight loss to champion Ward.
Packy’s World: Adrien Broner Should Be Fined, Al Martino (Johnny Fontane), My Pal Al & Kenny Porter Awarded The Chutzpah Award
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… I took a few days off to enjoy this new kitchen my Sadie had done and let me tell you, it is great not to see her verklempt over it anymore. For you newlyweds or soon to be married, remember, a “happy wife, leads to a happy life”. And your bagels will get plenty of loving to boot. Just sayin…. Even if mine no longer work!
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Bout Time: Four Preliminary Scraps Confirmed for Bellator 140 in Uncasville, Connecticut – Breaking MMA News
Four fresh preliminary bouts will support the welterweight main card showcase of “Bellator MMA: Lima vs. Koreshkov.” Veteran striker Josh “The Dentist” Neer (36-14) faces submission artist Matt Secor (6-2) at welterweight, Blair “The Bull Shark” Tugman (7-5) battles Rodrigo “The Young Lion” Almeida (12-2) at 135 lbs., Ilya Kotau makes his professional debut opposite Nicolas Sergiacom (1-0) at 170 lbs., and Parker Porter (5-4) faces Eric “Lucky Strikes” Bedard (6-5) in the heavyweight division.
Côte D’Ivoire native and recent Glen Tapia conqueror, Michel Soro, 27-1, 17 KO’s, scored an eighth-round stoppage over Italian, Emanuele “Sioux” Blandamura, 23-2, 5 KO’s, in Italy. Soro, one of the best looking boxers fighting out of France in recent years, seemed wholly unfazed by the Italian’s power and countered off of his slaps frequently. Soro also threw a good number of fast jabs and combinations which offset Blandamura’s rhythm. Eventually, Soro found the sweet spot on his opponent’s chin with a beautiful one-two combination and a glancing left hook which put “Sioux” flat on his back. Amazingly Blandamura beat the count, but he was in no shape to continue. I would add that Soro did himself a big favor, seeing as the cards seemed stacked in Blandamura’s favor. The referee harassed Soro for little reason, the gloves were heavily padded, and Raiko Djajic, a Serbian judge, had ill intent with a scorecard that favored the Italian boxer.
“If it was easy, everybody would do it!” This is the saying that Professional MMA Fighter BJ ‘The Beast” Harlin lives by. That saying resonates with me because I see the value in sacrifice and work ethic. And while we as a society have progressed in some ways, there seems to be a deficiency in those values that enrich our lives.
Harlin is a professional MMA Fighter. He is also former military and father to two young boys. He also works full-time at a Boy’s Home. To say that he is dedicated is an understatement. He trains at times that most people are asleep. Yet, I did not discern an ounce of regret or unwillingness. When the subject of training hours arose, he merely chuckled and stated “you gotta go get it!”
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Virginia Beltway Boxers Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson and “The Bolivian Queen” Jennifer Salinas scored unanimous decision victories in the featured bouts during the Shawstyle Productions/Shabazz Brothers card at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD.
The bout was a rematch of a contest the two had on March 20 at Martin’s West. Nelson won the first bout easily with a shutout 10-round unanimous decision. Nelson had to work a little harder to get the win in the rematch. Watkins used more movement and defended herself much better against Nelson’s right hand. However, Nelson showed her champion’s heart at the midway point of the bout when she decked Watkins with a right hook to the chin in the fifth round. Nelson was able to control the bout the rest of the way to score the win. Judge Brent Bovell scored the bout a shutout for Nelson at 100-89 while John Gradowski saw the bout 98-91 and David Greer scored it 99-90. This was the first time in four bouts that Nelson lost a round on a judge’s scorecard.
The first ring fatality in a title bout (to my knowledge) was Walter Croots who died after a 20th round KO in 1897.
Saturday night, one of the hardest punchers in the sport in Canada’s David Lemieux, 34-2, 31 KO’s, put on a vicious display of his talent in a dominating unanimous decision win over Hassan N’Dam, 31-1, 18 KO’s, of Cameroon. N’Dam was knocked down hard four times throughout the one sided battle for the vacant IBF middleweight title. Lemieux became a world champion for the first time in front of his adoring fan base at the Bell Centre, in Montreal.
Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (23-0, 13 KOs) dominated and dropped Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) on his way to a wide unanimous 10-round decision on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS Sunday afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as promoter of the event and President of Mayweather Promotions Floyd “Money” Mayweather watched from the first row.
Barthelemy was strong in his 140-pound debut, landing with his left hand from every angle, including a straight left that knocked DeMarco down in the fourth round. Barthelemy controlled the fight, never allowing the southpaw DeMarco to ramp up the pressure or land anything significant.
We all have dreams. Those dreams vary from far-fetched, fantasy inspired wishes to realistic, obtainable goals. In our hearts, we all know the probability of obtaining those dreams. Sometimes fear paralyzes us, and we stop short of reaching for them. Other times, life simply gets in the way, and hurdles that we may perceive to be insurmountable discourage us from pursuing those dreams. However, there are some people who are relentless in the pursuit of our dreams, and will not succumb to obstacles, real or imagined. What is the difference between those who achieve their goals, who live their dreams, who defy the odds and the majority of us who accept life as it comes to us? How can we achieve our dreams?
Bray Wyatt, John Cena & Brock Lesnar JUST Waiting for a Smack Down: Adrien “Has A Problem” Broner Needs to Be Signed to the WWE – Breaking News
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Adrien “Has A Problem” Broner needs to get out of boxing and join the WWE where he can be the clown he strives to be every time a camera hits him. A fighter with tons of talent, but no morals, no values and no sense, he would make for a great villain in the WWE where wrestlers could kick his ass and hit him over the head with steel chairs. He could walk to the ring with his pants hanging off his ass, grill, gold chains, and sunglasses only to be met with a steel chair.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward, 28-0,15 KO’s defeated an overweight and unprofessional Paul Smith, 35-6, 20 KO’s in a very one sided fight when the referee called a halt to the bout last night in the ninth round when the Smith corner threw in the towel.
Something has got to be done with the over the weight limits in boxing and done right NOW!
David Lemieux Wins IBF Middleweight Title Against Hassan N’Dam – Bring On Gennady “GGG” Golovkin Next!
David Lemieux, 34-2, 31 KO’s took a twelve round unanimous decision over Hassan N’Dam, 31-2, 18 KO’s and wins a vacant alphabet title. Lemieux dropped N’Dam several times in the fight and winning in the end by scores of 115-109, (twice) and 114-110.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Tonight Shawn Porter, 26-1-1, 16 KO’s defeated Adrien Broner, 30-2, 22 KO’s by a unanimous decision in front of a lively Las Vegas crowd at the MGM Grand. Broner, a first class loser as a person, but in fairness, a damn good fighter, got taken to school tonight by a classy in the ring and out, Porter. Even in the post fight interview in the ring, Porter showed class and Broner talked about his bank account and how great he is! No props to Porter, but he doesn’t need them from Broner! Where was Broner’s father with his hair brush after his son got his ass whopped?
Referee Tony Weeks who usually does a good job, was horrible tonight letting Broner get away with flagrant fouls and lots of holding. Finally, in the 11th round, he took a point which should have been about three to that point from Broner.
WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee (34-2-1, 24 KOs) announced today that he will next defend his title against unbeaten former Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 11 KOs). The bout will take place on September 19 at Thomond Park Stadium in Limerick, Ireland. Lee will be making the first defense of his title.
He fought to a draw with mandatory challenger Peter Quillin in April, but that bout was changed to a non-title affair after Quillin failed to make weight. Saunders is coming off a split decision win over previously unbeaten Chris Eubank Jr.