Ward vs Abraham video: Andre says he will not lose
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward discusses his semi-final showdown against former favourite Arthur Abraham in the Showtime Super Six tournament.
"I want to put on a spectacular performance against Abraham" said the unbeaten Olympian.
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Ward vs Abraham press quotes
LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2011) - Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham participated in a press conference on Tuesday at Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, Calif., to formally announce their May 14 showdown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®.
Ward will defend his WBA Super Middleweight title against the European superstar and former world champion to kick off the Semifinals of the groundbreaking tournament. Abraham, who is in the middle of training for the fight, was not able to attend the press conference from his home base in Berlin, Germany and joined via video conference.
The Ward-Abraham winner advances to the tournament Finals against the winner of the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson Semifinals showdown. The winner earns instant bragging rights as the world's No. 1 168-pound fighter.
The talented Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., has emerged as the tournament favorite after impressive triumphs in Group Stage bouts over Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green, as well as Sakio Bika.
Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) entered the Super Six as a favorite alongside Kessler. But after emerging from Group Stage 1 as the points leader with a knockout over Jermain Taylor, he is now trying to bounce back from consecutive losses to Andre Dirrell and Froch in Group Stages 2 and 3, respectively.
Also participating in the press conference was a noticeably slimmed-down Chris Arreola. The heavyweight world contender and popular Southern California slugger will try to stay on track for another opportunity of a world championship when he takes on Nagy Aguilera in a non-televised undercard bout.
The event is co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event and sponsored by Corona.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, March 30, and will be available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets, starting on March 30, at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets by calling 1-877-234-8425.
What the fighters, promoters and trainers had to say on Tuesday:
"The Home Depot Center is a great, great venue for boxing. When that place is packed it's rocking. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and it's going to be a great event.
"To me, no matter how the Super Six has progressed I think it's a tremendous concept for boxing. I think everyone learned how tough it is to make great fights amongst the world's best fighters.
"It sometimes takes years and years to put together a fight that people want to see. It has taken some time but it has been worth it. No fighter has escaped without a tough fight. We have the Semifinals kicking off on May 14 and the Finals later this year.
"No matter the time period we still have the Finals right around the corner. The winner will be a star.
"Last time I saw Chris like this was five years ago. When everything is said and done, I don't think there is a better heavyweight out there when he's doing the things he needs to do.
"I always thought the fight with Chris was more outside the ring than inside the ring. You have to be dedicated and willing to push yourself. I wanted everyone to see Chris with their own eyes, not to tell you in a press release. This is the new Chris Arreola."
"I'm fired up as always. I'm not buying into people saying that Abraham is not the same. I know Arthur and his team are preparing for a storybook ending but it won't be at my expense. I'm ready to defend my title.
"It's the same story every time - people doubting me and asking if I'm ready. I think people forget that I have a family to feed. I need to win just as badly as anyone else. I have two more fights before I'm the best super middleweight in the world and I plan on winning both of them. It's as simple as that.
"In my preparation I'm probably giving him more respect than he deserves. My job is to put him away from the opening bell. My job is to make him feel the same way he felt right after the Carl Froch fight as soon as possible.
"On May 14 we have 12 rounds to get to know each other. That's what I'm looking forward to.
"I want to be the last man standing. I always knew it was in me to succeed. I didn't come this far for no reason.
"I had to grow up real fast in this tournament or I was going to go home early. And I didn't want to go home early.
"It's great to be on the same card as Chris. He has the heart of a champion."
"I'm looking forward to May 14 and having a great fight. I am feeling OK. I was a little sick but I just started training again and I should be fine.
"We are getting ready for a good fight. The tune up fight didn't give me as much as I wanted but it was OK. It was good to get back in the ring and get that feeling.
"You'll be surprised on May 14. It's not my style to make big predictions. I want to show you inside the ring.
"I know he is the favorite but that motivates me even more. Over history many favorites have crashed down.
"I don't want to speak about what went wrong in the past. I want to focus on Andre. I will use my heart, my fists, my body and my hands to defeat Andre.
"I feel confident in my trainer - I'm happy with him. If I wasn't I wouldn't still be training with him.
"I look forward to coming over to the U.S. I will give 120 percent. Together, with the Armenian fans, I will win the title and reach the finals.
"The Armenian fans will motivate me. That makes this fight more special for me. I will not disappoint them.
"We will win on May 14 and then we'll win the final.
"I'm looking forward to coming back to America. But I'm mostly looking forward to returning to Germany with a victory and putting on a great fight."
VIRGIL HUNTER (Ward's trainer):
"We're in full-tilt now in camp. We have a great game plan. More than anything, we want to make sure we make a statement and give you something to write about.
"I'd like to say that Arthur is scared to come here and face Andre face-to-face, but it's a long trip over here. I understand."
"I do look a little bit better. The main thing with being 30 years old is you only have a little window of opportunity and it's time for me to do it. I let everyone down when I showed a lack of dedication to the sport and I look forward to showing myself again.
"The main thing is after my last fight I didn't go back to living like I used to. I'm a family man now. I'm good and just living the life.
"I can train at home without all the distractions. I'm more focused and dedicated.
"The turning point was around December. I realize that 2010 and 2009 were terrible. It was my fault. Now it's about what I want and what I'm supposed to do to win. No more games.
"I'm 20 or 30 pounds ahead of the game, so I'm not worried about weight anymore."
HENRY RAMIREZ (Arreola's trainer):
"Obviously, you can see that Chris is at a lower weight. The biggest fight with Chris has been outside of the ring. The maturity is finally catching up with the physical ability. The sky is the limit for Chris and the best is yet to come."
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Pascal and Hopkins explode at presser: VIDEO
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Froch: Atlantic City not confirmed right now
Nottingham's Carl Froch says that the recent internet stories that Atlantic City would be playing host to his WBC showdown with Glen Johnson we're "not 100% accurate" and that to wait before making any plans to head over there to his UK fans.
"Yeah I heard the news about Atlantic City, but nothing is set in stone yet." Said Froch.
"Contrary to reports, the wheels are still turning and an official announcement is due shortly. Until then, hang fire and see what develops. "
Rumours have circulated that Nottingham may still come into play for this fight, with venues in Canada also keen to host the semi-final of the Super Six.
"The contract stipulates America for the semi's, which is fine by me. But it would certainly generate 10,000 fans at the Nottingham Arena which naturally, would make for a better atmosphere and overall broadcast." Said Froch.
"But wherever it is, me and Glen will be putting on a fierce fight for the fans."
June 4th seems to be the revised date according to Showtime sources, after it was originally pencilled in for May 23rd.
British Television rights are still be organised, with many British boxing fans demanding Sky's Adam Smith takes ownership of putting Britian's most exciting, but unheralded fighter on the British broadcasting map.
Steve Molitor loses strap to unheralded Takalani Ndlovu
Canada's Steve Molitor lost his IBF Super Bantamweight strap at the weekend to a guy he has outpointed and knocked out in previous fights.
Takalani Ndlovu took home advantage over a lacklustre Molitor in Johannesburg, out-working and hustling the slick Canadian over twelve rounds.
Scores were 110-118, 112-116 and 110-118 for the new champion.
The defeat is the second of Molitor's career in recent times, having been knocked out by Celestino Caballero in four lopsided rounds back in 2008.
33-year old Ndlovu's record improves to 32-6(18ko) and Molitor drops to 33-2(12ko).
Gamboa set to fight Juanma Lopez next ?
Impressive Yuriorkis Gamboa defended his WBA featherweight title with a knockout victory over Jorge Solis in the fourth round in Atlantic City last night, taking his record to 20-0 (16ko).
Poor Solis was dropped five times during their fight by the gold Olympian before the referee called it off.
"It was a very good fight. I am completely different now and the package is complete. I'll fight anyone now." said Gamboa.
Then his nemesis and fellow unbeaten champion WBO champion Juanma Lopez then joined Gamboa in the ring declaring "We have to negotiate it. We're the best in the division. We have to do it."
31-year old Solis now slips to 40-3-2 (29ko).
McBride: Fancies his chances against Adamek
Irishman Kevin McBride is taking very seriously his opportunity to fight the talented Tomasz Adamek at the Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey on April 9th.
With a record of 35-8, McBride is seen by Adamek as a stay-busy opponent before his impending challenge against one of the Klitschko's comes to fruition later in the year.
At 6'6", the 280lb orthadox is over five inches taller than the Polish born Adamek - and he also outweighs him by circa seventy pounds in weight.
But with wins over Arreola, Grant, Cunningham and Grant - Adamek has proves that stats mean nothing when the bell rings.
Adamek is now based out of Jersey City, whilst McBride formerly of Clones, Ireland, now calls Brockton his home.
These pictures were taken as McBride worked out at the Universal Gym (courtesy of Kenneth B. Goldberg).
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