News August 2012

Roach: Beating Cotto again will help us negotiate with Floyd

31.08.12

By @livefight

Pacquiao fancies another Cotto match at 150lb

Team Pacquiao gave the clearest hint yet, that they are seriously coveting a rematch with Miguel Cotto as soon as possible - whilst drawing a line under any future Timothy Bradley bouts.

"I feel there's no need for that fight because the whole word knows we beat him (Bradley)" Said Freddie Roach during an interview with Examiner.com.

"I was never upset (about the decision) - It's part of life. Manny hugged me after the fight and said 'It's ok, we'll get him next time'. There's nothing we can do about it."

Roach then quickly scratched Marquez off the opponent list, then disclosed their beliefs on another Cotto knockout.

"Marquez, we've already done three times. Cotto makes the most sense to me because he just went the distance with Mayweather.

"If we can knock him out again at 150, which he said yes to, and if we could knock him out again, our negotiating power with Mayweather would be a little stronger."

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VIDEO: Cameras follow Roach and Julio Cesar Chavez jr for two days

31.08.12

HBO cameras followed the WBC middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez around for two days, along with his trainer Freddie Roach ahead of their huge showdown with Sergio Martinez.



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VIDEO: Bad Chad talks Andre Ward strategy

31.08.12

"Bad" Chad Dawson talks to HBO of his approach to the Andre Ward fight. Dawson is not only dropping down to 168lb, but he is also going into Ward's hometown.




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David Barnes hurt in crash: Heffron fight off

31.08.12

By @livefight

Boxer David Barnes

The mouth-watering Manchester meeting between Ronnie Heffron and David Barnes has sadly had to be postponed due to a serious car collision involving Barnes. The former British champion is nursing a large number of injuries following Tuesday’s unfortunate accident and show promoter Dave Coldwell is thankful that Barnes’ fate was not a whole lot worse.


“David Barnes is lucky to be alive and I’m so grateful that he escaped from the crash without suffering fatal consequences,” revealed a relieved Coldwell. “I’ve spoke with David since the accident and his description of the crash means that someone up there is smiling down on him. His fight with Heffron can wait for another day but at the moment my thoughts are with David and his family as he starts his recovery.”


Fans of Heffron and Barnes who purchased tickets can obtain a refund from point of purchase but the Manchester show still goes ahead on October 12th and features local favourite Matthew Hatton, as he takes on Michael Lomax before embarking on a world title journey in 2013. A stellar undercard will also feature a number of Coldwell Boxing prospects including former ABA champion Hosea Burton and the professional debut of Liverpool’s Anthony Jevons.

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Mayweather friend jailed for shooting following Floyd argument

30.08.12

By @livefight

Ocie Harris

30-year old Ocie Harris - A friend of Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced this week for five years in prison for shooting at two men in a BMW after they argued with the champion boxer at a Las Vegas skating center.

Six shots hit the vehicle, but driver Damein Bland and passenger Quincey Williams were not wounded in the fracas.

Ocie's defense lawyer argued that prosecutors tried to pressure Harris to implicate the 35-year-old Mayweather in the incident.

Police said the dispute was about a text message Williams sent to Mayweather, saying he hoped the boxer would lose an upcoming fight. Police claimed Mayweather threatened Williams by saying he could have him "trumped."

"Ocie Harris had no reason to shoot at these two people other than the beef they had with Floyd Mayweather," stated the prosecution.

Ocie didn't admit guilt but acknowledged that prosecutors could prove two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of firing a weapon into a vehicle.

Prosecutors dropped two attempted murder charges and one felony weapon charge as part of the plea agreement.

Police seized handguns, ammunition, bulletproof vests and two vehicles from Mayweather's home after the skate center shooting, but did not find the gun believed to have been used in the shooting.

Mayweather acknowledged being at the skating center but denied knowing anyone named Ocie and having any knowledge of a shooting. His lawyer, Richard Wright, said at the time that Mayweather was at the rink with his children, and the guns seized from his home were taken from security guards and registered to them.

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Dibella unveils packed card with Darchinyan, Rodriguez and Erdei

30.08.12

By @livefight

Dibella fight poster

New York, NY (8/30/12) - On Saturday, September 29, DiBella Entertainment presents the HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Mashantucket, CT. Headlining the card will be Worcester, Massachusetts' Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (21-0, 14KO's) defending his USBA super middleweight championship against New Jersey knockout artist Jason "El Monstruo" Escalera (13-0-1, 12KO's). In the televised co-feature, Luis "Orlandito" Del Valle (16-0, 11KO's) faces his toughest opponent to date when he squares off against former world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27KO's) for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. Opening up the televised portion of the card will be former two-division undefeated world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18KO's) taking on Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1, 9KO's) in a key light heavyweight matchup. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions. HBO begins live coverage at 9:30PM ET/PT.

The tripleheader is being called "Road to Glory" and the name is quite fitting as each fight carries heavy implications. It is just the second time that the top-rated Rodriguez will see airtime on the network (first in the main event), and it is a first for Escalera, Del Valle, Chilemba, and Erdei. Together the five fighters have a combined record of 102-1-2, with the lone fighter on the card sporting more than one loss being the veteran and former three-time world champion Darchinyan.

Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment (DBE), has a knack for signing good young talent. DiBella guided the career of Andre Berto from his pro-debut to his first championship. He was also was the only promoter who was willing to take a shot at a then unknown Argentinean, Sergio Martinez. So when this past year's ESPN Boxing's Prospects to Watch List, compiled by esteemed writer Dan Rafael, came out, it was little surprise that several DBE-promoted fighters, including Rodriguez and Del Valle, topped the list. DiBella sees championship material and expects big things in the careers from each of the DBE fighters on the card, and for that reason he feels there could be not one, not two, but three separate breakout performances on September 29.

Below is a closer look at each matchup.


EDWIN RODRIGUEZ VS. JASON ESCALERA

The 27-year-old Dominican-native Rodriguez, lives in Worcester, MA, but has been training in Houston with renowned trainer Ronnie Shields for his past three fights. The 2005 United States Amateur Champion and 2006 National Golden Glove Champion has gradually climbed the super middleweight world rankings since turning pro in early 2008. Rodriguez is currently rated as the IBF #4, WBC #4 and WBA #8 super middleweight in the world. Rodriguez is coming off an impressive 10-round unanimous decision over fellow contender Donovan George that was shown live on HBO. Rodriguez hopes an impressive showing against Escalera will propel him into his first world title opportunity.

The Puerto Rican Escalera, also 27 years old, calls Union City, NJ, his home. With devastating power in both hands, Escalera has the ability to end a fight in the blink of an eye. Like Rodriguez, Escalera also turned pro in early 2008, after winning the New Jersey Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship in 2007. The only blemish thus far on Escalera's record is an eight-round split decision draw against fellow prospect Nick Brinson back on May 18 of this year.

LUIS DEL VALLE VS. VIC DARCHINYAN

From 2004-2007, while Del Valle was tearing through the amateur ranks, picking up a number of regional and national championships, Darchinyan, already a pro for four years, was the king of the flyweights.


Darchinyan won the first of his three world titles by stopping longtime IBF champion Irene Pacheco on December 16, 2004. Darchinyan defended that title six times, before being knocked out by Nonito Donaire in 2007. By 2008, Darchinyan had moved up in weight to claim the IBF super featherweight title. On November 1, 2008, Darchinyan became the undisputed champion, knocking out Cristian Mijares, to add the WBC and WBA belts to his collection.

Seven months before Darchinyan fought Mijares, the Puerto Rican Del Valle made his pro debut scoring a third-round KO over Ray Rivera in Atlantic City. After starting his career campaigning in the featherweight and super featherweight divisions, Del Valle has since begun the gradual drop down to super bantamweight. Del Valle is currently rated #4 in the WBA featherweight ratings, #10 in the WBO and #13 in the WBC super bantamweight ratings. A win over Darchinyan, for the vacant NABF title, will allow Del Valle to crack the top 10 of the super bantamweight rankings. On the other hand, Darchinyan knows that this could be his last chance at reclaiming another world championship and will undoubtedly be leaving it all on the line come fight night.

ZSOLT ERDEI VS. ISAAC CHILEMBA


From 2004-2009, Erdei ruled the light heavyweight division, defending his WBO title 11 times. In 2009, Erdei moved up in weight to challenge WBC Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe Fragomeni. Despite giving up 17 pounds, Erdei won a majority decision. Soon after that, Erdei retired. The retirement didn't last long though, as Erdei returned a year later making his U.S. debut under new promoter DiBella Entertainment. Erdei was scheduled to challenge IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud last year, but was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury in training camp. Now Erdei is back, healthy and rested, and ready to make another run at light heavyweight supremacy. In his way stands the IBF #5, WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO # 14 rated Chilemba.


The 25-year-old South African Chilemba's lone loss came way back in 2007. The only other blemish on Chilemba's record is a 12-round split decision draw to highly regarded, undefeated super middleweight contender Thomas Oosthuizen (also promoted by DBE). Chilemba is coming off his most impressive victory to date, a dominant 10-round decision victory over former world title challenger Edison Miranda. Chilemba currently holds six victories over previously undefeated fighters and is confident that September 29 will make lucky number seven.

"Road to Glory" is the highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, featuring some of the brightest young fighters in all of boxing looking to continue on their respective paths toward world championships. The card will take place on Saturday, September 29, at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions. All three bouts will be aired on HBO's Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Foxwoods MGM Grand box office by calling (800) 200-2882. Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100 and $200.


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Natasha Jonas looks back on the Olympic Games

By @TashaJonas

I’ve got nothing to compare it to and I don’t know what the Olympic Games are supposed to be like but I thought - apart from the canteen in the first week when I couldn’t eat anything! - that the whole thing was brilliant. You could walk around the shopping centres and Olympic Park and interact with people, the rooms were great, the staff at the Excel were absolutely brilliant and the transport was great. Sir Chris Hoy was on our landing so you’d wake up and say hello to him every morning! It was a bit surreal. You start seeing other sports people around and start to appreciate their sports. I found myself not bothering what the footballers were doing and wanting to watch things like table tennis instead! I got to see the swimming, basketball, table tennis and we managed to sneak into the weight lifting!

The first time I had chance to watch the bouts back was last Wednesday. Obviously the first fight [against Queen Underwood of the USA] was a good performance but I didn’t think the scoring was right in the second fight [against Katie Taylor] given the type of bout it was.

Because the lads had boxed before me, I was a bit wary of how the crowd was affecting everyone. Before every bout you were stood in the tunnel waiting for about five minutes so I spoke to the psychologist about it and he told me to take it all in then but do exactly as I normally do when I was walking to the ring. He said “If you usually block the crowd out, block it out and if you usually play up to the crowd, then do that”. Normally I just walk to the ring and block everything out so that’s exactly what I tried to do. The crowd were brilliant and that’s the most people I’ve ever boxed in front of. The fight with Katie Taylor was loud! I’ve never heard anything like that. My club coach works professional corners and he says he’s never been to a boxing match with an atmosphere like that.

I got dragged into the fight with Queen Underwood [W 21-13] a bit more than I’d have liked! I knew what Queen was going to do but still didn’t expect it if that makes sense? She also had a bit to prove because she didn’t qualify outright and I’d beaten her before and things so I think she wanted to prove herself. I knew that once I got ahead she’d get sloppy because she would have to find the points. It worked the opposite way around against Katie Taylor. She knew that once I fell behind, I’d have to come looking for the points. That’s why in the third and fourth rounds she was able to pick me off.



I was happy with the draw [before the tournament started]. I’ve always found Sophia Ochigava more difficult than Katie. Even though Katie’s more experienced, you can drag her into your fight whereas Sophia will always stick to her gameplan.

Now that I’ve had time to get over it, when I got out of the ring I know that I couldn’t have given any more and I’m happy with that but I wasn’t happy with the score. I don’t think the score justified how close I felt it was. I watched it back and there was a shot before any eight counts that I could possibly have taken a count for and - I think it was in the second round – I hit her with a shot that was just as good as the shot I’d been given an eight count for. She should have gotten one for that. Compared to the previous round and some of the shots that had been thrown, I couldn’t believe I got given the second eight count in the final round. I was like “what are you giving me that for?!” That’s the way it is though!

In our last fight two years ago, I won the last two rounds 3-1 and she won the first two rounds 5-0. Our video analysis person worked it out and she scores most of her points in the first two rounds. The plan was to go out and have a good start but I never have a good start! It takes me a bit of time to get into a bout. I went back to the corner after the first round and I was three down. I thought I had a brilliant second round and had pulled some points back but then found out I was six down. At that point I thought I just had to go for it and kind of lost my gameplan. Eventually I just got tired.

I said to the PR company that I wanted two weeks after the Games to be with my family and just be at home. A couple of things have come up though. I got to meet Martin Luther King Jr and have been involved in a few community events. I’ve done nothing big though because I just wanted some time off. It’s been hectic.

We’ve got another couple of weeks off and then we’ll be back training in Sheffield. Next up for us is the European’s and then obviously next year we have the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships. They keep us going!

Thanks for following me and we’ll catch up before the European’s!



Tasha

Froch: Bute rematch might be at light heavyweight

28.08.12

By @livefight

Yusaf Mack

Carl Froch unveiled his next opponent today, the Philly light heavyweight Yusaf Mack will be coming to Nottingham on November 17th to try for Froch's IBF super middleweight title.

The 6'1 tall, 32 year-old Mack brings a record of 31-4 (17 knockouts) and has only lost in decent company like the current IBF Light heavyweight champion Tarvoris Cloud (2011) and Glen Johnson (2010).

The Nottingham 'Cobra' says that Mack will keep him ticking over nicely until the contracted rematch with Lucian Bute happens next year. A fight which might even happen at a sligher weight class than their original 168lb meeting back in May.

"I have to honour the Lucian Bute agreement and go over to his backyard in Canada and fight him for the rematch. I didn't think he'd want it immediately, so we're both having interim fights. We both have tough fights with light-heavyweight, so you never know we might end up meeting at light-heavyweight too." Said Froch.

"It could even be a catchweight. But it doesn't matter what weight it's at. I'm ready for whatever plan Lucian wants to bring to the table. It will be another massive fight and I can't wait to go to Canada for it."



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