- Kevin Iole at Boxing45 mins ago
Bernard Hopkins has spoken wistfully over the last several months of his desire to unify the light heavyweight title belts.
Barring an upset of epic proportions Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., it appears that the 49-year-old, boxng's oldest champion, has gotten his wish.
Hopkins, who holds the IBF and WBA belts, will meet WBO champion Sergey Kovalev on HBO in November, in either New York or Atlantic City, provided that Kovalev defeats massive underdog Blake Caparello on Saturday, Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said.
The deal came together swiftly after Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez unexpectedly called Duva on Thursday. Duva was about to enter the Kovalev-Caparello news conference when Gomez reached her on her cell phone.
She said it was easy to put the deal together and it was virtually completed Thursday. She said loose ends were tied up Friday.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing9 hrs ago
When Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs fought in his home town of Brooklyn at the Barclay's Center, he was grateful to be living, walking and fighting after a grueling battle with cancer. At the time, he never imagined that he would be back in that home arena so soon and fighting for a title like he will Aug. 9 against Jarrod Fletcher for the WBA middleweight title.
"Absolutely not. That was the furthest thing in my mind," Jacobs said this week during a media teleconference.
"I had hopes and aspirations of one day again being able to get back to the ring at the Barclays Center. Once I found out that the Barclays Center would have a fight, that was my biggest drive and my biggest motivation was to just participate there in that first event, that inaugurational event.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing20 hrs ago
Former light welterweight champion Adrian Broner will fight next at home in Cincinnati against Emmanuel Taylor in the 12 round headline bout of a Sep. 6 Showtime card. Also on the card, former welterweight champ Andre Berto will attempt to get back on the winning track against a yet-to-be-announced opponent after a long lay-off and losing his last two bouts, and three out of his last four.
Berto has not fought since July of 2013, when he was stopped in the twelfth round by Jesus Soto Karass in San Antonio. As for the brash Broner, he last fought and won in May, earning a unanimous decision over Carlos Molina in Las Vegas.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing2 days ago
Heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko is currently in camp training for his Sep. 6 defense against Kubrat Pulev in Germany but appeared to nearly have an inpromtu fight against Shannon Briggs yesterday morning. The American appeared at Klitschko's workout Tuesday morning in South Florida, with a good sweat going, hands wrapped and plenty of insults for the Ukranian fighter.
Briggs has already hurled insults and threats at Klitschko at a press conference, asking for a title shot and now the 42 year-old has upped the promotional ante by storming in on Wladimir as he trained, still demanding a shot and calling the likes of Pulev, "bums."
Briggs has won four straight fights and last lost to Wladimir's brother, Vitali, via decision in 2010. In the video above you can see Briggs storm into the gym where Klitschko was training while the champ shadow-boxed. For a good while, Klitschko smiled and deflected Briggs' taunts.
Once the American stepped between the ropes and got within striking distance of Klitschko, however, Wladimir held up a hand and dared Briggs to hit it. At that point, Briggs slapped the hand away and got in the title-holder's face.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing2 days ago
LAS VEGAS – Thanks to the intervention of Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Diego Chaves has obtained his work visa and has been cleared to travel to the U.S., enabling him to fight Brandon Rios on Saturday at the Cosmopolitan.
The fight was in jeopardy because the U.S. state department's computer system that processes travel documents crashed, creating havoc for travelers around the world.
Chaves, who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, passed an FBI clearance earlier this week, but like thousands of travelers looking to come to the U.S., the computer crash was creating issues for him.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum is a longtime friend of Reid's, the Senate majority leader and one of the most powerful men in the U.S. Reid, a longtime boxing fan, got involved and with his assistance, Chaves' visa was expedited. Chaves was headed to the embassy in Buenos Aires to pick up the visa and then head to the airport.
Arum was uncertain of his travel plans but said Chaves would be in the U.S. by Thursday at the latest.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing3 days ago
England's Samuel Maxwell may go on to a great professional career and tremendous popular acclaim. However, the light welterweight amateur boxer is going to have to reach extraordinary heights to ever be remembered for anything more than he will be for the photo of him taken during a second-round fight with Kenya's Denis Okoth at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, on Sunday.
Okoth landed a left hand to the right side of Maxwell's face that a photographer for Reuters captured expertly. The picture captures Maxwell's face at the point of impact, his features completely distorted from the force of the blow.
Maxwell, incidentally, defeated Okoth and has moved on to the semfinals.
The photo is reminscent of the famous photo of Rocky Marciano landing a right hand on the chin of "Jersey" Joe Walcott in 1952 in which Marciano scored a knockout to win the heavyweight title.
The Maxwell-Okoth photo may never be as famous as the Marciano-Walcott shot, but it undoubtedly is one of the best boxing photos ever taken.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing3 days ago
Undefeated Antoine Douglas fought Michel Soro to a majority draw last Friday in Verona, New York in the main event of the 200 th episode of ShoBox: The new generation. In a way, it was a typical ShoBox card.
Instead of showcasing an overprotected blue chip prospect paired with an overmatched rookie or journeyman, viewers saw Douglas tested in a way he’d never been before by a game and well-matched opponent in Soro.
Douglas dominated the first half of their ten round bout but the experienced Soro rallied and stole the second half of the contest. At times, Soro even looked close to finishing Douglas.
Scores were 96-94 for Soro and 95-95 (twice). The draw seemed true as the matchup.
Since 2001, fight fans have come to expect this type of event from ShoBox, the hard core little boxing program that could. Gordon Hall, the ShoBox executive producer who has been there from the start, says that the goal is always to do things different, and better.
- Kevin Iole at Boxing4 days ago
When Gennady "GGG" Golovkin knocked out Daniel Geale in the third round of their WBA middleweight title fight Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, the most impressive part of it was what occurred during the fight-ending right hand.
Golovkin was out of position, hands down, winding up to throw at Geale when Geale threw a right that landed squarely on Golovkin's nose. Geale is not a big puncher, but the force of the punch pushed Golovkin back ever so slightly and caused Golovkin to momentarily close his eyes.
But when Golovkin threw his right in return, he did so with his right foot off the ground. Geale's right had thrown off Golovkin's mechanics, and so he wasn't able to explode off the right like he frequently does and land a crushing shot.
Triple-G showed his incredible power, though, by hitting Geale so hard he knocked him down and ended the fight even when his balance wasn't nearly perfect or close to what it should have been.
Even though he's 32 years old and Saturday's bout was his 30th professional win in as many tries, Golovkin is still unproven in comparison to some of the hardest punching middleweights who ever lived.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing5 days ago
Daniel Geale was promoted as possibly the stiffest challenge of middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin's career ahead of their title fight Saturday night in Madison Square Garden. In the end, however, Golovkin dispatched Geale with a brutal quickness (Video highlights below).
The Kazakh powerhouse dropped Geale to mat twice before the fight was called off by the referee in the third round. A flurry felled Geale in the second round but the tough Aussie managed to regain his footing and survive.
With thirty seconds left in the third round, Geale landed a right punch to the face of Golovkin but "GGG" ignored it and immediately fired back with his own right hand. That punch ended up being the final one of the bout as it crumpled Geale.
The former champion got back to his feet but was clearly out of the fight as he gamely wobbled around. At that point, the referee stepped in and called a halt to the action.
With the win, Golovkin improves his record to a perfect 30-0, with an astonishing 27 KOs. Geale's loss is his second in his last three outings, and his record dips to 30-3.
- Elias Cepeda at Boxing7 days ago
It didn't take coach Abel Sanchez long after meeting Gennady Golovkin in 2010 to be convinced the boxer could become middleweight champion of the world one day, and the trainer let him know as much. However, Sanchez could only guarantee his prediction of "GGG" could promise him one thing - that he would do whatever the coach said, without questioning.
Four years later, the Kazakhstan fighter is indeed a champion and his coach says it's a credit to the middleweight's humility and willingness to learn. "The first thing that struck me with him was his willingness to do whatever you ask him," Sanchez said in a recent interview with Thomas Gerbasi.
"After a kid with 350 amateur fights and nearly 20 professional fights comes into the gym and he's willing to do whatever you ask him, however different it may be from what he's used to, it was refreshing."