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“Zute” For Thought: Boxing Edition – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Manny Pacquiao, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Floyd Mayweather, JR Vs Conor McGregor & More…
Now that “GGG” has gone the distance for the first time in nearly nine years, he is deemed ordinary, by many boxing fans and pundits. Such a comment diminishes the accomplishments of Daniel Jacobs just as much as it does “GGG”. I wonder if boxing fans get this. There is nothing ordinary about either one of these pugilists. While the fight itself may not have been great, both fighters are. All they are guilty of is giving each other too much respect. Boxing fans complain all the time about the poor coverage from the mainstream media. Well, I ask you diehard boxing fans, if you are not wise enough to know how good you have it, how do you expect the mainstream media to?
Speaking of ordinary, when Marvelous Marvin Hagler was extended 15 rounds by Roberto Duran in 1983, for the undisputed middleweight title, he had his fair share of bad press. While I am not sure if the word ordinary was used, Marvin definitely had his greatness questioned because he could not stop Duran. Hagler is my all-time favorite, so I remember it well. Imagine if that occurred during the age of social media?
At some point in April 2017, for the very first time in my life, I am going to Wales. It is a country filled with mystique and beauty and shares a Celtic association with my home country of Scotland. Before they welcome me in their valleys, one of Wales’ brightest prospects shall go into battle. He is up against a former world champion who us no stranger to creating a legacy of his own as he is part of something very special – a brotherhood of 4 men. On the 8th April, in Manchester, Liam Smith, 24-1-1, 13 KO’s, part of that world level Smith brotherhood of Liverpool, shall stand opposite him, barring his way forward to future glory.
By Vinny “Glory Days” Lucci
Hey Gang as promised I’m going after the spring line up with a vengeance and continue to breakdown and handicap every significant fight. With no less than a half dozen tantalizing title fights on the horizon this bout is more of the appetizer variety but a fan friendly brawl nonetheless.
On paper this one plays out as a match of two immoveable objects that should collide ring center and could be contested in a phone booth. Both fighters will enter ring in superb condition but for the most part neglect boxing skills in attempts to overwhelm each other. With no title at stake, the WBC has declared this a title eliminator for Keith Thurman’s belt that he won in title unification with Danny Garcia on March 4.
In a highly-publicized rematch that took place in Rosemont, IL, King Mo defeated Quintin Rampage Jackson via unanimous decision 29-28 3 times. Ringside Report scored the fight the same way.
Rampage weighed 253 pounds for the fight. Weighing some 41 pounds more than King Mo.
While their first fight was a highly-debated decision, with Jackson getting the nod, there was not much debate in this one.
Thanks for joining us. This is our call to announce the co-feature for Andre Berto versus Shawn Porter, the WBC welterweight world title eliminator — that’s going to be on SHOWTIME live at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 22. Tickets for the live event are on sale now. They can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, BarclaysCenter.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000, 1-800-745-3000.
The co-feature is a terrific bout for the WBC junior middleweight championship. Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo 28-0, 13 KOs from Houston, Texas against Charles Hatley, 26-1-1, with 18 KOs from Dallas, Texas. So we got a battle of Texas and Brooklyn on April 22. As most of you know Jermell’s brother is Jermall. They’re one minute apart. Jermell’s one minute younger.
Undefeated junior middleweight, Justin Hurd has been added to the non-televised undercard on Friday night, April 14th at MGM National Harbor in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.
The ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader will feature undefeated former Russian amateur standout Dmitry Bivol (9-0, 7 KOs, 2-0 WSB) defending his interim WBA Light Heavyweight Title against Samuel Clarkson (19-3, 12 KOs) in the main event and a matchup of undefeated welterweights in the co-feature, Juan Ruiz (18-0, 11 KOs) and Malik Hawkins (10-0, 7 KOs) squaring off in an eight-round bout. Super bantamweight prospect Glenn Dezurn will meet unbeaten two-time national amateur champion Leroy Davila in the eight-round telecast opener live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) .
Tickets for the event, which is co-promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions and Banner Promotions in association with World of Boxing and Uprising Promotions, are priced at $103, $73 and $48 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
Hurd of Accokeek, Maryland has a record of 2-0 with one knockout, and is the brother of current IBF Junior Middleweight champion, Jarrett Hurd.
Danish boxing legend Mikkel Kessler (46-3, 35 KOs) announced his plans to return to the ring at a press conference today at the Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers Hotel.
The former five-time World Champion, who retired following his May 2013 rematch with Carl Froch at the O2 in London, will make a sensational comeback later this year with a date and opponent to be confirmed.
Word on the street is that “Dinamita” Juan Manuel Marquez, 56-7-1, 40 KO’s, is looking to make his long awaited boxing comeback in June. This is exciting news for fans of the 43 year old Mexican legend. He’s been out of action since his May 17, 2014, unanimous decision over the sturdy-chinned Mike Alvarado.
If you know boxing then you know Marquez as he rose to fame from the shadows of other Mexican boxing legends fighting in or around his weight class over the years by putting on exciting fights providing us with a number of thrilling knockouts.
You best know him from his four fights with Manny Pacquiao which gave us 42 rounds of amazingly unforgettable boxing action that will reign as part of the golden moments in boxing history. The future hall of famer’s resume has been stout over the last two decades. He’s been in the ring with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, JR., Marco Antonio Barrera, Timothy Bradley, Joel Casamayor, and Chris John among other formidable foes and current and past champions.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs) will return to the ring to take on Long Island’s Derric Rossy (31-12, 15 KOs) in a 10-round showdown Saturday, April 22 in a Premier Boxing Champions event live from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
Also competing in undercard action is four-division world champion Amanda “Real Deal” Serrano (31-1-1, 23 KOs) who will look to make history by becoming the first woman and the first Puerto Rican fighter to win a fifth world title in five different weight classes. Both the Ortiz vs. Rossy and Serrano bouts were announced at a press conference in New York City on Thursday.
SHOWTIME Boxing coverage of the Ortiz vs. Rossy and Serrano bouts will be announced in the coming days.
In my last column, I warned of the rising tide of terrific fights that was about to usher in the spring boxing calendar like a tidal wave of exhilaration for boxing fans. First on the agenda WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko defends his title for the sixth time against Jason Sosa. In this day and age that in itself does not sound particularly impressive until you familiarize yourself with the Ukrainian’s record of 7-1, 5 KO’s! If you’re wondering just how good this kid really is his nickname of “Hi –Tech” has become completely useless outside of an interesting moniker on his robe. The world has adopted this sensational boxer and renamed him “Loma” for short, but with complete admiration. When I personally describe him I have used this equation: “You can’t step to him. You can’t step away either!” He’s that good.
Sosa is a scrappy well-schooled fighter with proper experience to warrant the challenge. Unfortunately, he is tailored made for Loma to be an HBO sacrificial lamb. That is not to say the network is placating boxing dates with “filler” opponents, but rather a generalization that only the elite echelon fighters who reside in 130 pound neighborhood can present a worthy challenge. Sosa is ranked number 2 behind Orlando Salido who beat Lomachenko for vacant belt in Vasyl’s second professional fight by split decision. Salido juxtaposed was entering ring for 57th time.
WBO Lightweight world title challenger arrived in his hometown of Madrid, Spain to finish up preparations for his April 8th world title bout with undefeated world champion Terry Flanagen at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Petrov arrived Sunday, and has been hard at work with head trainer Danny Zamora. To prove that Petrov is clearly only focused on winning this world title,, he put in two hard workout’s on Tuesday, which just happens to be his 34th birthday.
Invicta FC 22, the latest installment of the all-female MMA organization, proved that women’s MMA is as healthy as it ever been.
The card had a little something for everyone. An entertaining strike fest; Felicia Spencer vs. Madison McElhaney, a promising young upstart; Miranda Maverick, a comeback from a consummate professional; Ashley Cummins, explosive dominance; Livia Renata Souza over Ayaka Kamasaki in less than two minutes, and a stellar performance from a female pioneer; Tonya Evinger’s submission victory over Yana Kunitskaya.
The capacity crowd, in Kanas City, MO., was engaged and entertained throughput the night, as was the fans who watched the fights on UFC Fight Pass. Fans were even tweeting that the Invicta series is the only reason why they keep their UFC Fight Pass subscription.
There is little doubt that women’s MMA is high-level combat sports. The fans appreciate it and the powers that be get it. What of women’s boxing?
Make no mistake about it, the legend of “GGG” continues on. Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin, 37-0, 33 KO’s, is a name that rings bells in all boxing circles. His quest towards the top of the middleweight division is a thing of legends. Knockout after knockout forced the public to take notice. And with that, my how some fans forget so quickly. There has been much chatter regarding Golovkin’s recent unification bout with #2 middleweight Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, 32-2, 29 KO’s.
We seem to be in a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” state of boxing. A guy can go on a 23 fight knockout streak, garnering all of the praises and be dismissed seconds after a decision win.
This is the place Golovkin is currently in and I have no doubt that he will come out of this. Rather, I have no worries that those currently in doubt will soon come to the light once again.
By Donald “Braveheart” Stewart
It’s a curious thing this boxing malarkey. Us fans sit and watch the boxers come into the ring to fanfare and fury and then they fight for their lives – literally – before embracing afterwards like they were just introduced at a family event and have never seen each other before. I suppose in a way they never have.
Before the fight, it could be argued that they were different people. Their behavior and their means of selling the fight would suggest that were mortal and sworn enemies. Like the Montagues and Capulets in Romeo and Juliet we get the feud fuelled with punches thrown in press conference like Bellew and Haye, stare downs that have mutterings between them that end with press releases like Spence, JR. and Brook and even biting in a pre-match brawl as when Mike Tyson got a hold of Lennox Lewis.
It’s circus, pantomime and pure entertainment.
Jorge Linares defended his WBA Lightweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Crolla Saturday evening on SHOWTIME BOXING INTERNATIONAL from Manchester, England. The win sets Linares up for a possible unification fight with WBC Lightweight World Champion Mikey Garcia, a matchup that would be considered one of the best that can be made in any weight class.
Saturday’s main event from Manchester Arena aired live on SHOWTIME. Live fight coverage was provided by Sky Sports with Adam Smith calling play-by-play and world champion Carl Froch serving as ringside analyst. Garcia joined SHOWTIME Sports host Brian Custer and analysts Al Bernstein and Paul Malignaggi to provide commentary from a New York studio.
A future star was born last night as 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez turned in a stellar performance in his professional debut, stopping Pat “Slacks” Gutierrez in the fourth round of the “KO Night Boxing: History Begins” main event, which aired live on CBS Sports Network from Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas.
“KO Night Boxing: History Begins” was presented by KO Night Boxing LLC, in association with Kansas Star Casino, and sponsored by Miller Lite, Mel Hambelton FORD and TITLE Boxing.
Top Russian Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov Commits to Fighting on M-1 Challenge 80 Card in China – Breaking MMA News
Russian heavyweight Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov has committed to fighting June 15 on the M-1 Challenge 80 card in Harbin, China. Kharitonov will square-off against veteran Brazilian MMA fighter Marcus Viniciuds “Montanha” Lopes in the main event.
Kharitonov (23-6-0, M-1: 3-0-0) is undefeated in three M-1 Challenge events having defeated former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Kenny “Deuce” Garner twice, at M-1 Challenge 59 in 2015 at Kazakhstan (WKO/TKO4 – punches) and M-1 Challenge 43 in 2013 at China, (KO/TKO3 – injury), and to Alexei Kudin at M-1 Challenge 53 in 2014 Russia (KO2).
Roc Nation Sports featherweight Tramaine “The Mighty Midget” Williams (10-0, 3 KOs) showed no ill effects from a two-year layoff, impressively out boxing Eduardo Garza (6-2, 2 KOs) of Texas to win a unanimous 8-round decision Saturday, March 25 at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. Williams floored Garza in the first and fourth rounds, wowing a live national television audience on the CBS Sports Network. Judges scored the one-sided bout 79-71 (twice) and 78-72. Williams took his undefeated record to 10-0, while Garza fell to 6-2.
The Connecticut-native Williams, a PAL National Champion and Junior Golden Gloves Champion, signed with Roc Nation Sports in January 2016.
Hasim Rahman, JR Pro Debut Moved to April 14th at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill Maryland – Boxing News
When promoter Greg Cohen announced he had finalized arrangements for his next event, the decision to delay his promising heavyweight hopeful, Hasim Rahman Jr.’s, professional boxing debut two more weeks became an easy one.
Originally scheduled to turn professional on March 23, Baltimore native Rahman will now have his first four-round fight in front of a huge contingent of hometown family and friends on Friday, April 14, at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.
Rahman will face Kansas City’s Brian Imes (1-4, 1 KO) on the non-televised undercard portion of an event that features the live telecast of undefeated Dmitry Bivol defending his interim WBA Light Heavyweight title against Samuel Clarkson in the 12-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader (10 p.m. ET/PT). In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweight prospects Juan Ruiz and Malik Hawkins will square off in an eight-round bout, and Baltimore’s undefeated featherweight Glenn Dezurn will open the telecast.
Former WBA Featherweight and Super Featherweight Champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (31-1-1, 22 KOs) has renewed his long-term promotional agreement with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz and Sampson Boxing.
From La Romana, Dominican Republic, the 27-year-old Fortuna has won two straight since dropping his super featherweight belt in a shocker against Jason Sosa in June 2016. He came back with an impressive two-round blowout of fellow Dominican Marlyn Cabrera in September 2016 and then, in November took the undefeated record of Delaware’s Omar “Super O” Douglas by unanimous decision.
Mike Tyson Returning to the Ring?, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin’s Next Opponent & More… – RSR Video Email Bag Show
Alright gang the roller coaster is about to hit the apex before cascading crescendo as the spine of the boxing year is hitting its apex. No time to tighten the nuts and bolts under your seat just hang on for the ride. First order of business is putting the baby to bed. Before we go forward need to put the Daniel Jacobs fan express back on track. Do you guys need some cheese to go with that whine? Enough already. He lost a close decision that he had no business losing. After dodging this fight for two years he took it only because the WBA dated it three times and threatened to strip his belt unless he complied. Danny came into middleweight bout as a light heavyweight.
He literally gave away the first three rounds by doing nothing but learning the box step to Gennady’s six inch dance tango. “GGG” won those rounds with a tentative jab and forward momentum. Had Danny even tried to make it a boxing match early he’d be basking in glory now. The fourth round knockdown didn’t help his cause, and it was legit and the man was hurt. He held onto Golovkin’s leg like a four year old to his Dad about to be swept out to sea with the outgoing tide. Danny lost the fifth, but I gave him that round. He dared to be bold in spots thereafter but refused to stay on jab or in pocket long enough to “own” the rounds. The scorecards were correct.
Is there a more enjoyable division in the UFC than the light heavyweight division? A more competitive one? Daniel Cormier is the current champion and puts his title on the line against Anthony Rumble Johnson on April 8th. It does not get much better than that. Or does it? The winner stands to face Jon Bones Jones in his comeback fight. Yikes!
Considering Jones is not yet ranked, a title shot for him means a huge scramble for the top five ranked light heavies.
First there is Jimi Manuawa. The number four ranked light heavy recently beat the number six ranked, Corey Anderson, in more than impressive fashion. If you ask Jimi, as well as many MMA fans and insiders, he is the most sensible option to face the DC vs. Rumble winner. With Jones back in the mix, Jimi may have to wait, and risk his top five ranking against Shogun Rua; great for the fans, maybe not so much for Manuwa.