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APRIL 26, 2015 
 LATE RESULT: CHARLES MARTIN GETS QUICK KO AT MSG

Charles Martin TKO1 Tom Dallas... On the Madison Square Garden undercard last night, heavyweight hopeful Charles Martin improved to 21-0-1 with 19 KOs by stopping Britain's Tom Dallas in the first round. Martin came out aggressively and hurt Dallas with a right hook. A short while later, Martin closed the show with a straight left hand that left Dallas doubled over and helpless, being supported by the ropes. The referee stopped the fight without a count. The bloodied Dallas still has a good record at 17-5 with 12 KOs but hadn't fought since 2013. Watch the brief fight here. source: youtube clip

 
APRIL 26, 2015 


KLITSCHKO DEFEATS JENNINGS IN A COMPETITIVE FIGHT
By Scott Shaffer

Wladimir Klitschko W12 Bryant Jennings World heavyweight champion Wladmir Klitschko defeated Bryant Jennings by unanimous decision in New York City's Madison Square Garden Saturday. Although the verdict cannot be seriously questioned, the relatively inexperienced Jennings made it a surprisingly competitive fight.  The official scores favored Klitschko 116-111 (twice) and an unjust 118-109. Boxingtalk had Klitschko winning 115-112. Punchstat numbers showed the close nature of the contest, with Klitschko outlanding Jennings 114-109.  Klitschko has been so dominant over the past eleven years that even a couple of lost rounds to Jennings mad it feel like he was on the verge of being upset. There were no knockdowns but Klitschko was penalized one point for excessive holding.  Klitschko barely threw any right hands, but told HBO afterwards, "My right hand is OK. Bryant didn't give me a chance to throw the right hand as much as I wanted."  Finally in the twelfth round, Klitschko landed a straight right that hurt Jennings, bloodied his mouth, and put an end to any thoughts of an upset.  Still, Jennings' stock rose despite the defeat, and he remains a viable top ten contender.  source: hbo

 
APRIL 26, 2015 


VERDEJO CONTINUES TO RISE IN LIGHTWEIGHT DIVISION
By Scott Shaffer

Felix Verdejo KO5 Maro Antonio Lopez... Fighting in his native Puerto Rico, lightweight Felix Verdejo improved to 17-0 with 13 KOs when he stopped Mexico's Maro Antonio Lopez (24-6 with 15 KOs) with a left hook in the fifth round. Verdejo's left caused Lopez to take a knee in the fifth, and from there, Verdejo flipped into knockout mode, landing several hard shots that sent Lopez down again. The referee did not bother to count even as Lopez staggered to his feet. It was the fifth loss for Lopez in his last seven bouts. source: top rank website / youtube

 
APRIL 26, 2015 


SADAM ALI DEFEATS FRANCISCO SANTANA
By Scott Shaffer

Sadam Ali W10 Francisco Santana... Sadam Ali opened the HBO tekecast from Madison Square Garden in New York City with a ten-round victory over Francisco Santana.  Ali, a New Yorker who made it to the 2008 Olympics, prevailed in the welterweight bout by unanimous decision.  Santana seemed to land heavier punches, but not as many as Ali, and while Santana continually pressed the action, his aggression wasn't quite effective enough to overcome Ali's superior movement and ring generalship. Ali carried the scorecards by 97-93 (twice) and a too-wide 100-90. According to Punchstats, ALi outlanded Santana 196 punches to 153. With the win, Ali improves to 22-0, while Santana lost for the first time since 2011 and is now 22-4-1. source: hbo

 
APRIL 26, 2015 
 SIGNS POINT TO DISARRAY IN MONROE'S CAMP

Three weeks out from his ambitious challenge of Gennady Golovkin, Willie Monroe, Jr. appears to be in disarray. With his training camp already disrupted by the arrest of his trainer, Tony Morgan, on drug dealing charges, the WBC has reported that Monroe will not comply with WBC regulations for safe weight loss.  The WBC requires that thirty days before a fight, a boxer must weigh no more than 110% of the contracted weight.  Since Monroe is a middleweight, that means 176 pounds. Monroe's penalty will be slim: he will be ineligible to win the WBC interim middleweight title that Golovkin holds, which is not a big deal because Golovkin's main belt is the WBA suer championship. Still, given the troubles of Monroe's trainer, and the fact that he is already a huge underdog against the man considered to be the world's best middleweight, this is not a good sign. The WBC released the following statement: "The World Boxing Council hereby informs that boxer Willie Monroe Jr. who will fight Gennady Golovkin on May 16th at The Forum in Los Angeles has notified via his promoter Art Pelullo from Banner Promotions, that he will not comply with the WBC safety requirements.  Consequently, he will not compete for the WBC [interim] championship in possession of Gennady Golovkin and in case he wins, he will not be the mandatory opponent for Miguel Cotto’s championship... It is truly regrettable that Monroe has taken this decision; however the WBC will certainly cover him with life insurance and medical expenses benefit, as he is fighting in a WBC [interim] championship bout." --Scott Shaffer


 
APRIL 25, 2015 
 BRYANT JENNINGS INTERVIEW “I AM HUNGRY AND DETERMINED TO BECOME CHAMPION!”
By Benny "Big Dawg" Henderson Jr.

Tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, to be televised live on HBO, heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (19-0 with 10 KOs) will get a crack at the heavyweight kingpin, Wladimir Klitschko (63-3 with 53 KOs). Jennings, from Philly, is aiming to hand out a loss to Klitschko, even though the big Ukrainian has not tasted defeat since a 2004 loss to Lamon Brewster. Jennings feels he has the tools to deliver, and in this exclusive interview, he speaks out on his upcoming fight.


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APRIL 25, 2015 
 BADOU JACK NARROWLY UPSETS ANTHONY DIRRELL TO CLAIM WBC TITLE

Badou Jack W12 Anthony Dirrell… At the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Badou Jack (19-1-1) handed cancer survivor Anthony Dirrell his first loss to claim Dirrell's WBC super middleweight title.  Jack's upset win came via majority decision that saw the 31-year-old Swede control the fight through the middle rounds, relying on a strong jab and a confident aggression to outpoint Dirrell (27-1-1). After a tense weigh-in, the bad blood looked like it carried over into the early going of the fight as Jack wrestled Dirrell into the ropes in the second round. Dirrell switched southpaw in the fourth round and started to fight more aggressively, but couldn’t sustain the pace. Jack dictated the pace of the fight through the middle rounds. The bigger puncher, Dirrell couldn’t get off that one big shot to stagger Jack, instead spending the night throwing counters that, in the end, narrowly came up short. Two official scorecards favored Jack, 116-112 and 115-113. The third had it even at 114-114. The fight was still up for grabs going into the twelfth round, and the judges split on how to score the final three minutes. Judge Robert Hecko favored Dirrell, leading to the even scorecard. Judge Rey Danseco favored Jack, which tipped his card to 115-113 and gave the title to Jack. Judge Hubert Minn, who turned in the 116-112 verdict, gave the final round to Jack. Coming in, the lone blemish on Dirrell’s record was a split draw with Sakio Bika in their first meeting, but Dirrell had claimed the vacant WBC title by defeating Bika in a rematch. source: premiere boxing champions

 
APRIL 25, 2015 
 JACOBS STOPS TRUAX LATE

Danny Jacobs TKO12 Caleb Truax... In a chess match fight where the action was measured, Daniel Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) put on a strong defensive showing, largely shutting out Caleb Truax (25-2-2, 15 KOs) en route to a twelth-round stoppage at Chicago’s IUC Pavilion on Friday night.  Jacobs switched between a southpaw and orthodox stance from time to time, never enabling Truax to get in to any kind of rhythm.  Though he was clearly in control of the fight, Jacobs hammered away at Truax in the later rounds and earned a knockdown in round twelve when he sent his opponent flying into the ropes. Moments later Jacobs finished the normally durable Truax, who suffered the first knockout loss of his career. source: premiere boxing champions


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APRIL 25, 2015 
 ROBERTO GARCIA EARNS DECISION WIN IN CHICAGO

Roberto Garcia W8 James Stevenson... James Stevenson knocked down Roberto Garcia in the first round with an uppercut. However, Garcia got up and Stevenson didn't have any answer for Garcia's pressure over the remainder of their eight-round welterweight bout in Chicago. Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) controlled the tempo of the fight the rest of the way to cruise to a unanimous decision as the more experienced Garcia drew on his ring smarts to outlast his younger foe. Stevenson (22-2, 15 KOs) was active in the early going, going back to the well on the uppercut, but Roberto Garcia had it measured. Stevenson never landed another one as good as the one he stuck in the first. At the end of the third round, Stevenson dropped a shoulder and tried to tackle Garcia. But after the halfway mark, Stevenson was gassed. It all added up to scores of 77-74 and 78-73 (twice) as Garcia extended his win streak to nine fights, going back to a 2010 loss to Antonio Margarito. source: premiere boxing champions


 
APRIL 24, 2015 
 PREDICTIONS FOR SPIKE TV TONIGHT
By Ben Dean

On Friday night from UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Premier Boxing Champions returns to Spike TV.  In the main event, undefeated Anthony Dirrell hopes to keep his WBC 168-pound title in a defense against Badou Jack. The broadcast will also feature Daniel Jacobs taking on Caleb Truax in a middleweight contest. Jacobs is the WBA regular middleweight titlist. Click below for Ben Dean's predictions.  


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APRIL 24, 2015 


FOX DEPORTES TO AIR FROM MEXICO CITY TONIGHT

Press Release: Fox Deportes  and Claro Sports will be in Mexico City, tonight (Friday, April 24th), as 140-pounder Roberto "Massa" Ortiz returns in a ten-round bout against Juan Jesus "Burbuja" Rivera. In a female bout, hometown favorite Judith "La Peligrosa" Rodriguez faces Guadalupe "Lupita" Martinez at 115 pounds. Opening up the televised action, Adan "Speedy" Mares of Guadalajara takes on Luis "Titan" Sanchez of Cancun in an eight-round lightweight fight.

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APRIL 23, 2015 


ANDRE WARD TO FACE PAUL SMITH ON BLACK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK

Press Release: BET Networks has announced it is stepping into the ring with Roc Nation Sports as their exclusive broadcast partner to air live throne boxing events on the network. The partnership will result in up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of Roc Nation Sports throne boxing events over the next 18 months. The first main event fight to air on BET Networks will feature world super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) facing Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) of England on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Ward's hoetown of Oakland, California. [Smith is coming off consecutive losses to Arthur Abraham in WBO title fights].

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APRIL 23, 2015 
 HEAVYWEIGHT CHARLES MARTIN ADDED TO KLITSCHKO SHOW

Press Release: Heavyweight “Prince” Charles Martin of St. Louis, Missouri, will face England’s Tom Dallas (17-4 with 12 KOs) this Saturday, April 25th at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The ten-round bout will be part of the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight championship defense against Bryant Jennings. Martin (20-0-1 with 18 KOs) will be making the third start of his 2015 campaign. “It’s an honor to be fighting at Madison Square Garden, the same building Ali vs. Frazier took place along with so many other legendary heavyweight battles. Dallas is a big, strong boxer that doesn't run and comes to fight."

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APRIL 23, 2015 
 DEAN ON THE SCENE: KLITSCHKO-JENNINGS ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION
By Ben Dean

On Saturday April 24th in New York City's Madison Square Garden, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitshcko will make his stateside return to defend his heavyweight crown against Bryant Jennings.  Fighting in America for the first time since a 2008 win over Sultan Ibragimov, Klitschko fights the Philadelphian as the second bout of a three-fight HBO deal he inked earlier this year. Here is how Ben Dean breaks it down:

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APRIL 23, 2015 
 FOOT LOCKER LAUNCHES NEW PACQUIAO COMMERCIAL

Pac Man also appears on Jimmy Kimmel

Press Release: Foot Locker, Inc. today debuted a new television spot, “It’s Really Happening,” in celebration of the May 2nd Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout.  Foot Locker is a Pacquiao sponsor and says that the new commercial builds on Foot Locker’s “Week of Greatness” spot from November 2014.  Week of Greatness ended with Pacquiao believing the fight was happening back then.  In the new commercial, Pacquiao’s business manager tells him that the fight really is going to happen, which at first surprises Pacquiao, who again reacts with the same elation from the the original spot. “Our original Week of Greatness spot...  parodied the well-documented opposition of the fighters to agree upon a deal,” said Stacy Cunningham of Foot Locker. “So when the two sides finally announced that a deal had been made, we saw an opportunity to follow up, tapping into the hilarity of the original spot."

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APRIL 23, 2015 
 PACQUIAO SPARRING PARTNER SIMS SET FOR MSG UNDERCARD

Press Release: Junior welterweight Kenneth Sims Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) will return to the ring this Saturday at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Wladmir Klitschko vs. Kris Jennings.  Sims Jr. will face Luis Rodriguez (3-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. Sims was a chief sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao, getting him ready for his super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

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APRIL 23, 2015 
 MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO OFFICIALS NAMED

According to the WBC, Kenny Bayless will referee the May 2nd super fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. The job of appointing the referee, as well as the three scoring judges belongs to the Nevada Athletic Commission, which named Bert Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman as the judges.  “Kenny Bayless is an excellent Choice. He's a referee who has experience, having worked in great bouts. He's very capable of taking the correct actions,” WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman explained. --Scott Shaffer

 
APRIL 23, 2015 
 HARRAHS PHILADELPHIA HOSTS BOXING THIS SATURDAY

Press Release: This  Saturday night (April 25th), boxing returns to Harrahs Philadelphia with a show promoted by King's Promotions and XFE. In the main event, lightweight Omar Douglas (13-0, 10 KOs) will see action in an six-round bout when he takes on Jose Angel Beranza (36-32-2, 28 KOs) of Tepito, Mexico. In an eight-round welterweight bout, Javonte Starks (11-0, 7 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN will take Jeremiah Wiggins (10-3-1, 5 KOs) of Newport News, VA.

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APRIL 23, 2015 
 NORWAY UPDATE: NEW FOE FOR LIHAUG

Press Release: Norwegian super middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (11-1, 6 KOs) says he is in top shape for his May 2nd bout. Lihaug is now slated to face Istvan Zeller (18-6, 6 KOs) in Copenhagen after scheduled opponent Giuseppe Brischetto was ruled out with a knee injury. Lihaug is currently in Spain putting the finishing touches to his preparations following a full training camp in Berlin. Undeterred by his change of opponent, Lihaug his hard work will show in the ring. "I can’t take Zeller lightly. He has eighteen wins on his record so I know he can box, but if I do what I’ve been doing in training, I think I can stop him. I just need to connect with my punches. He has fast feet, so will make it difficult, but if I keep the pressure on him, sooner or later I’m going to catch him and when I do we will see if he can stand up to my power.’’  Lihaug is one of three Norwegians in action on the Denmark show. Super middleweight slugger Simen Smaadal (9-1, 4 KOs) takes on Volodymyr Borovskyy (21-58-2, 10 KOs), while light heavyweight hopeful Alexander Hagen (6-1, 2 KOs) tackles the Latvian Olegs Fedotovs (19-20, 13 KOs).

 
APRIL 22, 2015 
 MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO TICKET IMPASSE REPORTEDLY SOLVED

According to Yahoo! Sports, the disputes that caused tickets for the May 2nd Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao blcokbuster fight in Las Vegas to be withheld from sale have now been resolved, and a very small numnber of tickets will be made available to the public. The story credits CBS chief executive officer Leslie Moonves with negotiating solutions with Al Haymon (Mayweather's advisor) and Bob Arum (Pacquaio's promoter). CBS is the parent compnany of Showtime, who along with HBO will produce and distribute the pay-per-view show. The disputes were said to resolve around ticket allocations, hotel rooms and credentials. The contract between the respective promoters and the venue, the MGM Grand, now has to incorporate the new terms and be signed. --Scott Shaffer

 
APRIL 22, 2015 


KAZUTO IOKA NOW A THREE-DIVISION CHAMP

Kazuto Ioka W12 Juan C. Reveco... Fighting in his hometown of Osaka, Japan, Kazuto Ioka defeated Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco by  majority decision to win the WBA 112-pound title on Wednesday. Ioka is now a three-division titlist in just 18 pro fights, having previously won the WBC 105-pound title and the WBA and WBC titles at 108 pounds. Reveco, making his eighth defense, got off to a good start but Ioka dominated the later rounds at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium on his way to becoming the second Japanese fighter to win world titles in three different weight classes. Official scores were 115-113, 116-113 and 114-114. Reveco, who held the title since 2013, and had not lost since 2007, falls to 35-2. Ioka (17-1) was making his second attempt at a flyweight title, having lost to IBF ruler Amnat Ruenroeng last year. The win no doubt brings great personal satisfaction to Ioka, as his uncle, Hiroki Ioka, was like Kazuto, a WBC 105-pound and  WBA 108-pound champion. Uncle Hiroki failed three times during 1993-1997 to win the belt that Kazuto captured today.  source: associated press

 
APRIL 22, 2015 
 DENMARK UPDATE: MICKI NIELSEN OUT WITH PNEUMONIA

Press Release:  Micki Nielsen has withdrawn from a scheduled May 2nd cruiserweight bout against Junior Anthony Wright after contracting pneumonia. The main event, to take place at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen will be replaced by a bout featuring Micki's older brrother, Patrick Nielsen (24-1, 12 KOs)in a ten-round super middleweight contest against Ruben Eduardo Acosta (30-11-5, 10 KOs). "It’s disappointing for Micki,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. "He had trained hard and was looking forward to defending his title against Wright, but his health must come first. Patrick fought just last month, winning an eighth-round technical knockout victory over George Tahdooahnippah. The South American Acosta has challenged Robert Stieglitz in a filed WBO world title bid.

 
APRIL 22, 2015 
 EL HARRAK LOOKING FORWARD TO UNDERDOG ROLE

Press Release: In less than two weeks, junior middleweight Sid El Harrak will face Chris Pearson as part of the historic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He loves being considered the underdog against the 11-0 Pearson, who is promoted by Mayweather. “I have a lot of pride and knowing that I’m coming into this fight as the B-side pushes me that much more. I love the fact that Pearson’s supposed to be 'the guy' in this fight. If I fought who he did, I’d be undefeated. At the same time, had he faced the opponents I did under the same circumstances, he’d have a few losses. To be honest, I’m sick of thinking about him. This is the most eager I’ve been for a fight in my career and I can’t wait to show everybody what I can do on May 2nd.”

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