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JULY 30, 2015 
 THE WEEKLY BOXING MEMO, PART 2
By Ben Dean

The middleweight situation and more

When Common Sense Prevails: Gennady "GGG" Golovkin vs. Richard Lemieux has been finalized for the fall. FINALLY. At long last, Golovkin has landed a meaningful middleweight unification fight. Golovkin (WBA champion) vs. Lemieux (IBF champion) is one of the hardest hitting, most explosive match-ups that could occur for die-hard fans, outside of the Lucas Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov bout, which occurred earlier this spring.

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JULY 30, 2015 
 LUCIAN BUTE TRAINING CAMP REPORT

Press Release: Ex-IBF supermiddleweight champion Lucian Bute is working hard in the gym for his return to the ring on August 15th at Montreal's Bell Center, as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series, live on NBC Sports. He  made a promise to his new trainers, a few weeks ago. "I made a promise to Howard and Otis Grant: being meaner in the ring," said Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) at a public workout on Wednesday. For his first bout in nearly 18 months, Bute face Italy's Andrea Di Luisa (17-2, 13 KO).

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JULY 30, 2015 
 KATSIDIS TO FIGHT IN CHINA

Press Release: 
Michael Katsidis will challenge undefeated Kaewfah Tor Buamas (19-0) of Thailand
 over ten rounds in Hangzhou, China on September 12th. The bout, in the lightweight division, will be part of
 a card promoted by China's Liu Gang in association with Smithy's TGW promotions. "What a great sport boxing is," Katsidis (31-7) said with a grin. It's given me so much and now once again I have an opportunity of a life time. I get to return to the ring, I get to do it on a card headed up by none other than the great Mr. Liu Gang."
 


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JULY 30, 2015 


OLYMPIC CHAMPION LUKE CAMPBELL IN BIGGEST PRO FIGHT TO DATE

Press Release: Luke Campbell, a 2012 Olympic champion, says Tommy Coyle won’t want to go to war with him when they meet in a WBC lightweight eliminator at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull, live on Sky Sports. Campbell (11-0) and Coyle (21-2) clash in an east versus west Hull fight that has divided their hometown and with local pride and a boost in the WBC rankings on the line, the stakes are high.

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JULY 29, 2015 
 THE WEEKLY BOXING MEMO, PART 1
By Ben Dean

Light heavyweights take the spotlight

Jean Pascal's narrow decision victory over Yunieski Gonzalez was one of those under-the-radar matches that announced itself in a huge way as soon as the initial bell sounded. Despite being tagged with the loss, Yunieski Gonzalez jumped on the scene in a major way with his performance this weekend. The Miami-based Cuban defector is not your typical technical stylist. If you've never seen him perform, don't think of his compatriots Erislandy Lara or Guillermo Rigondeaux. He's a move-forward aggressive brawler who is more than willing to dish and take some to get his pound of flesh.

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JULY 29, 2015 
 ESPN3 TO AIR PARKER-TUPOU

According to the ESPN website, on Saturday at 5:50 AM Eastern timer, the web-based ESPN3.com will air a New Zealand show featuring a heavyweight battle between Joseph Parker (14-0) and Bowie Tupou (25-3). The card can be viewed later on ESPN3 on Demand beginning Saturday afternoon. The stream will open with a welterweight fight 2012 Australian Olympian Jeff Horn (10-0-1) and Viktor Plotnykov (32-2, 15 KOs) of the Ukraine.

 
JULY 29, 2015 
 CUNNINGHAM TO TARVER: "I DON'T HAVE A BENTLEY LIKE YOU DO BUT BEATING YOU IS GOING TO GET ME THAT!"

Press Release: Antonio Tarver on Steve Cunningham: "I haven't underestimated Steve Cunningham at all. I have a great deal of respect for the man. His story with his daughter [who survived a heart transplant that some doctors refused to do because of the high risk] is really outstanding. But unfortunately we in the hurt business and this is boxing at the highest level and it's all about opportunities." Cunningham on Tarver: "The strength of Antonio Tarver is steroid use. His weakness is his mouth."

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JULY 29, 2015 


VENUE NAMED FOR BIG SWEDISH SHOW

Press Release: 
Pro boxing returns to Sweden on September 19 when local light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) faces Oleskandr Cherviak (15-4-1, 5 KOs) at the Rosvalla Stora Ishallen in Nyköping. 
In a landmark decision for Swedish boxing, the country’s Martial Arts Delegation accepted an application for Skoglund to box 12 x 3 minute rounds, making the 24 year-old the first male boxer to contest even a regional title on Swedish soil since 1968
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JULY 29, 2015 
 BURNS LOOKS TO GET BACK INTO COMPETITIVE BRITISH LIGHTWEIGHT SCENE

Press Release: 
Scotland's Ricky Burns says he wants to fight the best British lightweights soon. First, thw two-division titlist returns to action against Prince Ofotsu (15-4) at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull, England on Saturday, live on Sky Sports. 
Burns (37-5-1) believes that Britain’s 135-pound scene is red hot with Manchester’s Anthony Crolla coming close but losing a disputed decision to WBA titlist Darleys Perez. Another British lightweight, Terry Flanagan landed the WBO crown the weekend before against Jose Zepeda. Burns'
 gym pal and former foe Kevin Mitchell also sniffed a title, missing out on the WBC belt with a strong performance against Jorge Linares in London.


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JULY 29, 2015 


CARLOS CUADRAS BOOKS STAY-BUSY TITLE DEFENSE

According to the WBC, Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras will defend the WBC 115-pound title against 21 year-old Nicaraguan prelim fighter Dixon Flores on August 15th at the Alberto Vega Baseball Stadium in Guamúchil, Sinaloa, Mexico in front of an anticipating  home crowed expected to exceed 10,000 fans.  Cuadras (32-0-1) has already predictedthe fight wont go past six rounds. [No wonder, Flores is a very soft 11-2-2 and hasn't earned a title shot. Only one of his fights was even scheduled for more than six rounds]. Cuadras won the WBC belt from Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Mexico City. He has defended the belt against  José “Sugar” Salgado, Marvin Mabait and  Luis “Nica” Concepción.



 
JULY 28, 2015 


RAY LEONARD TO PRESENT FLOYD MAYWEATHER WITH BOXER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Press Release: Rich Marotta, president and CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, announced that the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard has confirmed his attendance at the third annual induction gala on Saturday, August 8th at Caesars Palace. Leonard, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist and multi-division world champion, was a member of the inaugural class of NVBHOF inductees in 2013 and last year presented his one-time rival Roberto Duran for his induction.

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JULY 28, 2015 
 AUGUST 28TH CARD SLATED FOR WASHINGTON D.C.

Press Release: On Friday, August 28th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, King's Promotions will present a boxing show highlighted by Brandon Bennett (19-1) against Jonathan Maicelo in a lightweight bout scheduled for ten rounds. In his last bout, Maicelo lost a twelve-round unanimous decision to Darleys Perez for the WBA interim lightweight belt on January 9th in Santa Ynez, California.

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JULY 28, 2015 


GOLDEN BOY SIGNS ALLIANCE WITH ESTRELLA TV

Press Release: Estrella TV will now broadcast Golden Boy Promotions' LA Fight Club series,  plus other boxing events, in Spanish-language broadcasts. Golden Boy's Oscar de la Hoya  announced a three-year contract with Estrella TV, a Spanish-language network based in the US. The intention is to transmit two  live boxing cards  every month, including the LA Fight Club. Estrella TV will broadcast the first card show under the deal on  September 4th.  Additional cards and dates will soon be announced.

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JULY 27, 2015 


SOFT OPPONENT COMING UP FOR ADONIS STEVENSON

World light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson has tweeted the name of his next opponent.  "Fighting Tommy Karpency on September 11th in Toronto... He's gonna hurt."  Karpency is 25-4-1 and he does have a 2014 split-decision win over former world champion Chad Dawson to recommend him for a title shot. Karpency's four losses are to Rayco Saunders (which he avenged twice over), Andrez Fonfara, Karo Murat, and in Karpency's only title fight, a 2012 loss to then-WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly. After setting the boxing world on fire in 2013 with back-to-back dismantlings of Dawson and Tavoris Cloud, Stevenson's last four opponents have been Tony Bellew, Andrzej Fonfara (a respectable choice), Dmitry Sukhotsky and Sakio Bika (an ex-168-pound titlist).

 
JULY 27, 2015 
 JUDGING THE JUDGES: PEREZ-CROLLA
By Doveed Linder

On July 18th, WBA lightweight title holder Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) kept his title via majority draw when he faced Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) in Croll'a home nation, England.  Most observers felt that Crolla deserved the victory, especially because Perez was penalized two points for low blows.  However, the judges made the fight a majority draw, scoring it as as follows: Jose Roberto 113-113, John Poturaj 113-113, and Erkki Meronen 116-111 for Crolla.  The effect of the verdict was that Perez retained the title belt. After a careful review of a video of the bout, here is how I scored it:

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JULY 27, 2015 
 GOLOVKIN-LEMIEUX UNIFICATION BOOKED FOR OCTOBER

According to the WBC, New York City's Madison Square Garden will host an October 17th middleweight unification bout between WBA champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and new IBF titlist David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs). Golovkin is generally considered the best 160 pounder in the world but Miguel Cotto holds the world championship by reason of defating Sergio Martinez last year. (The WBC recognizes Cotto as champion and Golovkin as interim champion). Golovkin  has already made the American market sit up and take notice. This year, he's stopped Martin Murray and KO'd Willie Monroe.  Lemieux defeated Gabriel Rosado last December, then picked up the vacant IBF title by sending France's Hassan N'Dam to the canvas five times.

 
JULY 27, 2015 
 SULLIVAN BARRERA NOW 16-0

Sullivan Barrera TKO8 Hakim Zoulikha... Over the weekend in Las Vegas, light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera improved his record to 16-0 when he stopped Hakim Zoulikha (21-8) in the eighth round.  [It was the fourth straigh loss for Zoulikha]. The 33-year-old Barrera suffered a nasty head butt that required stitches but should be ready to return to the ring before the end of the year. On the same card, former world champion Jean Pascal won a close and hard-fought decision over Yunieksy Gonzalez, who like Barrera, is from of Cuba. Barrera wants to face Pascal. "I wanted to fight Pascal and after he beat my countryman I want to fight him even more," said Barrera, who added that he is willing to travel to make the fight happen. "I have no problem going to Canada [where Psacal lives]. November, December, whenever Pascal is ready to fight." source: round one media

 
JULY 27, 2015 
 FLYWEIGHTS BATTLE SET FOR THAILAND ON WEDNESDAY

According to Asian Boxing Info, an interesting flyweight fight is set for Wednesday in Thailand. Stamp Kiatnai a/k/a/ Stamp Kraetingdaenggym (13-0) will face Dominican champion Gregorio Lebron (13-2) for the WBA's interim title.

 
JULY 27, 2015 


MARCO HUCK TO MAKE U.S. DEBUT ON AUG. 14TH IN NEW JERSEY

Press Release: Marco Huck, the long-reigning WBO cruiserweight champion will make his first United States appearance on August 14th in Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center, with Spike TV broadcasting. Huck (38-2-1) will face Poland's Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0) on the same show that one of Huck's conquerors, Steve Cunningham, headlines against Antonio Tarver. Here is what Huck (pictured) and Glowacki had to say on a media conference call:

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JULY 27, 2015 
 COMCAST TO REBROADCAST PENNSYLVANIA FIGHTS TONIGHT

Press Release: Tonight on various Comcast Networks, the June 27th King's Promotions event that featured Jamal James (17-0) scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over Mike Balasi (10-7) will be aired, as well as a fight between  between Caleb Plant (8-0) and Juan Carlos Rojas (10-11-1). The time of the broadcast will be 7:00 pm for both Comcast Network Mid Atlantic and Comcast Network Philadelphia. The event, which was produced Gofightlive (GFL) will also have the following airings:The Comcast Network Mid Atlantic:  July 29 at at 9 PM; Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia: August 1 at 2 PM; August 2 at 8 PM; The Comcast Network Philadelphia: July 30 at 8:30 PM. The whole card is also available on-demand on gfl.tv

 
JULY 27, 2015 


ABRAHAM EXTENDS SAUERLAND CONTRACT; SAYS HE WANTS UNIFICATION

Press Release: 
WBO 168-pound champion "King" Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) has signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland, which will keep him tied to the powerhouse promoter until the end of 2017. 
Having agreed terms before his last fight, Abraham put pen to paper following his sixth-round TKO win over Robert Stieglitz on July 18th in Halle, Germany and now, the 35 year-old two-division titlist says he is ready to continue his reign.


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JULY 27, 2015 


KOVALEV BEATS MOHAMMEDI EARLY
By Ben Dean

Sergey Kovalev TKO3 Nadjib Mohammedi... At the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev prevailed Nadjib Mohammadi to retain his titles.  Kovalev began the first round moving forward and establishing the jab.  Mohammedi attempted to move and box, but seemed to have a hard time finding the range.  Kovalev put Mohammedi down with a series of right hands in the second round with  Mohammedi rising at the count of nine. The challenger went down a couple of times from Kovalev pushes.  Another huge right hand buckled Mohammedi.  Referee Kenny Bayless warned Kovalev for roughhouse tactics. and Mohammedi survived the round.  In the third frame, Kovalev continued to stalk and land right hands.  Mohammedi attempted to move and landed some awkward counters, but they didn't appear to have much steam on them.  Kovalev landed a hard one two to the nose of Mohammedi, and he went down again.  The challenger rose to beat the count at nine, but this time Bayless did not like what he saw as he got up grabbing his face.  It could have been a broken nose or injury to the orbital bone.  The combination from Kovalev that sent Mohammedi down was a lead right hand, followed by stiff jab that seemed to badly damage Mohammedi.  Kovalev's power appears to be a frightening proposition for the light heavyweight division right now.  Future match ups may include a much talked about unification with gunshy world champion Adonis Stevenson, a rematch with Jean Pascal, possibly a match-up against new face Yunieski Gonzalez (whom many felt beat Pascal tonight), Russian-Canadian Artur Beterebiev or a mega pay-per-view event should super middleweight kingpin Andre Ward choose to move up and challenge Kovalev.  source: hbo



 
JULY 27, 2015 


PASCAL DEFEATS GONZALEZ VIA DEBATABLE DECISION
By Ben Dean

Jean Pascal W10 Yunieski Gonzalez.. In Las Vegas, a pair of light heavyweights, Canadian-based Haitian Jean Pascal and Miami-based Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez squared off in an over-the-weight bout with Pascal weighing 178 and Gonzalez 177. Gonzalez landed early and often behind a stiff jab throughout the first four frames.  Pascal largely moved and boxed, looking to set up huge potshots from the outside.  Both fighters traded huge leather to close the fourth frame.  As the round progressed, both not only landed thunderous shots, they also showed world class chins in taking the others punches well.  Pascal largely got his foothold beginning in the fifth frame landing several huge punches.  Gonzalez seemed to buckle Pascal's legs in the sixth round.  However, as Gonzalez went in with reckless aggression, he was hanging his chin awfully high and Pascal connected on with huge flush shots.  Gonzalez looked slightly weary himself to end the fourth frame.  Pascal landed two huge bombs in the seventh frame.  Gonzalez was momentarily wobbled, but seemed to come right back, chasing Pascal down with some hard shots.  Gonzalez walked back to the corner appearing slightly fatigued to close the seventh frame.  Ramrod shotgun jabs were landed by Gonzalez as the eighth round began.  Pascal landed a sharp left hook upstairs, while Gonzalez responded and dug two hard uppercuts to the body.  Both men traded hard right hands to close the round.  The ninth round featured Gonzalez moving forward as Pascal circled looking to line up one huge knockout blow.  Both fighters fought on mostly even terms throughout the tenth frame.  Gonzalez largely outworked Pascal behind a stiff jab.  Pascal arguably landed the hard flashier punches of the bout and was rewarded on the official scorecards, 96-94, from all three judges.  The crowd booed the official decision lustily.  Gonzalez was distraught at the decision and burst into tears after the official verdict was read.  Gonzalez both out threw and out landed Jean Pascal.  Boxingtalk scored the bout 97-93 for Gonzalez. source: hbo Note: Jean Pascal is advised by Boxingtalk publisher Greg Leon.


 
JULY 26, 2015 


SHUMENOV DECISIONS FLORES

Beibut Shumenov W12 BJ Flores... Beibut Shumenov proved to be a hard target for BJ Flores to find in the ring on Saturday in Las Vegas. It was a cat and mouse type of fight, where one fighter was defined by frustration and the other by fleetness of foot. Flores (31-2-1, 20 KOs) pressed the action all night against Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs), who never stopped moving, much to the annoyance of Flores. “He ran all night,” Flores said afterwards. “You have to fight to win fights.” Shumenov won a unanimous decision, 116-112 on all three judges’ scorecards. source: premier boxing champions


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JULY 26, 2015 


MORE RESULTS FROM LAS VEGAS

Isiah Thomas W10 Jordan Shimmell... Michigan’s Jordan Shimmell and Isiah Thomas should have entered the ring in wrestling singlets instead of boxing trunks, such was the amount of grappling they engaged in on Saturday. Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) was the main offender, consistently locking up Shimmell (19-1, 16 KOs) throughout the fight as Shimmell pressed him into the ropes, which he did often. Shimmell was the aggressor much of the night, consistently coming forward and working behind his jab while Thomas countered. Neither fighter got into much of an offensive rhythm, though. Shimmel outworked Thomas, but it was the latter who landed some of the hardest shots of the night. Thomas was the sharper, more accurate puncher, and though Shimmell threw more, he rarely landed more than one shot at a time. Thomas’ precision paid dividends as he earned a unanimous decision victory (99-91, 98-92, 97-93). 

Claudio Marrero KO3 Rico Ramos... In other action, 126-pounder Claudio Marrero (19-1, 14 KOs) scored a highlight-reel knockout of former WBA 122-pound titlist Rico Ramos (24-5, 12 KOs).  source for all results: premier boxing champions


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