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Floyd Mayweather toys with out of depth Robert Guerrero, wins on points

5 May

Alan Dawson- London

Floyd Mayweather‘s 23rd world title fight followed a familiar pattern as, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 4, the highest-earning athlete on the planet earned yet another comfortable victory. Robert Guerrero provided a game challenge but never troubled Mayweather whose defensive nous and accuracy in attack (66% of his power punches landed) highlighted a clear gulf in class…

Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mayweather
10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10
10 10
Guerrero
9 9 9
9 9 9 10 9 10 9 9 9

Official verdict: Mayweather by UD (117-111 x3).

Welterweight contender Robert Guerrero, despite his legitimacy, was a 6-1 to 10-1 underdog depending on your bookie. However, as the undercard got underway an increasing (yet still minor) buzz began in press row that suggested that undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr was perhaps advancing in age just enough to give the determined Mexican-American a big chance in upsetting the odds and inflicting a career first defeat onto the pay-per-view attraction.

In the first round alone, though, Mayweather bragged the tools that have typified his altered style since returning to the ring from a self-inflicted hiatus following his KO victory over Ricky Hatton six years ago. His defensive maneuvering around the outside of the ring kept himself clean from Guerrero’s attempted rough-housing, while his hard right-hand leads and swift hand-speed ensured his attack was more efficient than his gallant counterparts.

The reintroduction of Floyd Sr to Mayweather’s corner was inspired by the fighter’s competitive and blood-strewn encounter with popular Puerto Rican pug Miguel Cotto. While the bout was fan-friendly, Floyd Sr appraised his son and claimed his defense was not as on point as it should be. In round two against Guerrero, his head movement continually confounded Guerrero’s gloves as Robert missed with two one-two combinations in quick succession. Floyd Sr’s influence in camp, therefore, was telling.

In rounds three and four, Mayweather’s imperious dominance continued. The straight right – the nemesis punch for a southpaw like Guerrero – was utilised exceptionally well and, when required, Floyd boxed off the ropes in as dazzling a fashion as his yellow snakeskin trunks. Mayweather was boss. And, in the fifth session, he rattled off a number of single-fire artillery shots that drew gasps from the pepped crowd.

Mayweather’s unrelenting accuracy, timing and countering ability took an obvious physical toll on Guerrero by the sixth stanza. In short, he was getting touched up so much his face was clearly reddening and, between rounds, he had the look of a man who had no clue how to end the maddening molestation.

There was a sheer contrast in activity-levels in round seven, with Guerrero going punch-happy and Mayweather content to take a breather but that break cost Floyd the round. Guerrero, though, could not capitalise on his momentum in the eighth as he still had no answer for his opponent’s straight right shot; a punch that depleted him of stamina every time it pierced his body armour and opened up a cut around the eye when it was head-bound. Mayweather’s form was unstoppable and a hellacious hooking punch tested Guerrero’s chin and watered the eyes of his crestfallen wife sat ringside.

In the championship rounds, Guerrero didn’t change his game plan. He kept pushing forward, he threw his punches, but he walked into shots and had his gloves to low as Mayweather looped in cuffing left mitts, jabbed him with his lead left and crushed him with the straight right. Mayweather was masterful, majestic and a defensive wizard who had successfully beguiled his 44th challenger with enough boxing artistry to pitch a near shut-out. Yes, he may be increasing in years, but performances such as these are ageless.

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Photos: 50 Cent debuts as boxing promoter with Yuriorkis Gamboa in action

8 Dec

Photo Credit: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

SMS Promotions founder 50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson – will engage in his official debut acting in a promotional capacity on Saturday, December 8 as, on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Marquez IV main event, Jackson’s premier prizefighter Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0-0, 16ko) returns to the ring following a 15 month hiatus. At the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Gamboa embarks on a dust-up with Michael Farenas (34-3-4, 26ko).

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I Wanna Get To Know Ya: 50 close with Gamboa

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Promoter watches on as his charge warms up in public workout

Erislandy Lara on WBC elimination fight: I will punish Vanes Martirosyan

6 Nov

Press release

After two years of talking, the wait is almost over and Vanes Martirosyan will finally fight Cuban star Erislandy Lara. Two highly-ranked junior middleweight contenders, Lara and Martirosyan will put everything on the line in a 12 round WBC super welterweight world title elimination fight that will headline the Saturday, November 10 edition of HBO Boxing After Dark at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. from the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn, Las Vegas.

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Lara (pictured extending his southpaw lead) intends on making Vanes pay for his disrespect. Credit: Tom Casino/Showtime

“The fight is almost here and the fans are in for a great night of action,” said the number one rated WBC contender who has wanted to corner the trash-talking Martirosyan in the ring since 2010. “My goal is to punish Vanes in this fight because he’s been talking so much trash. This fight has been a long time in coming and I’m going to make him pay for his disrespect.

“I’m extremely focused and mentally prepared to give fans a great performance on November 10,” continued Lara. “I’ve worked hard my entire life to get into position to fight for a world championship and Martirosyan stands in my way. Like all Cuban fighters, we bring a lot of heart and soul into the ring and this fight will be no different. I’m coming to establish myself as the best super welterweight in the world.

“This fight is dedicated to all those who are suffering and have lost their lives to Hurricane Sandy including the 11 Cubans who were killed by the storm,” continued Lara. “My prayers go out to all of their families. God Bless!”

Oscar de la Hoya said: “I’m excited to see Lara show his skills on November 10th against Martirosyan. This fight has been a long time coming and we’re excited it is finally happening. I have full confidence that Lara will come out victorious and make a statement that he is a force in the 154 pound weight class.”

Lara’s manager Luis DeCubas Jr added: “Lara and Martirosyan are two of the top fighters at 154 pounds. I can guarantee they will put on a great show for everyone watching on HBO. Lara is ready to show the world he’s the best fighter in the division. The winner of this fight will be in a great position and that will be Erislandy Lara!”

A decorated member of the renowned Cuban amateur boxing program, 29-year-old Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11ko) is one of the most respected-and avoided-fighters in the world today.

In 2011, Lara was on the short end of one of boxing’s most controversial decisions in a July 2011 loss against Paul Williams after which all three judges were suspended indefinitely. Undeterred, the slick and powerful southpaw rebounded in 2012 with a 94 second technical knockout win over Ronald Hearns and a ten-round decision victory over Freddy Hernandez.

Now he looks forward to his upcoming November 10 title elimination bout against number two rated WBC super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20ko), a 26-year-old Californian who is coming off of a third round technical knockout win over Troy Lowry in February.

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Photos: Svelte Kelly Pavlik and stockier Sigmon register identical weights; 167lbs

8 Jun

Words: Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Photos: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Super middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik, 30, is on the cusp of career rejuvenation having successfully rehabilitated his personal life and takes on Scott Sigmon, 25, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas later tonight, Friday, June 8. Both Pavlik and Sigmon scaled in at 167lbs at the weigh-in yesterday, June 7 and, Kelly, if successful, could have a choice of bigger fights…

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There is still debate as to whether 168lbs or a return to 160lb would best suit Kelly

Having relocated from Youngstown, Ohio to Oxnard, California, Pavlik (38-2-0, 33ko) is taking instruction from Robert Garcia, developing his left hook to the body and enjoying gym-life with Robert Garcia Boxing Academy stable-mate Brandon Rios. The 30-year-old is about to engage in his second fight of the year – and his comeback – having already dispatched of Aaron Jaco in two rounds in March. Sigmon (22-3-0, 12ko), though, is regarded to provide as much competition as Jaco, as Pavlik is matched with journeyman-level opposition that will restore his confidence as he aims to land a fight of significance later in the year, or in 2013 against Adonis Stevenson, Lucian Bute or Carl Froch.

Sigmon (right) finished runner-up at the inaugural Hard Rock Hotel and Casino tattoo convention

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Photos: Bradley all business, Pacquiao’s refusal to play games and ring girls at final presser

8 Jun

Photos: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Reigning WBO welterweight world champion Manny Pacquiao and his challenger, three-time junior welterweight world titlist Timothy Bradley, arrived in Las Vegas on June 5 to much media hurrah and attracted a plethora of camera flashes at the final press conference yesterday, June 7. Filipino icon Pacquiao was his usual chipper self, while self-assured Bradley was all business during the face. The two headline the June 9 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) makes the 3rd defence of his WBO title while Bradley boxes in his 8th championship bout

Despite documented fractions in Team Pacquiao, conditioner Alex Ariza (left) will still be a second in Manny’s corner

Bradley (28-0-0, 12ko) was comfortable and smiling with his long-time trainer Joel Diaz

A veteran of pay-per-view promotions, Pacquiao’s mic skills pleased his coach Freddie Roach

Bradley is so confident of slaying Pacquiao that he already envisions an immediate rematch

Pacquiao shows off the ring the WBO presented to him

An accomplished welterweight, Pacquiao’s body of work in the division is impressive as he has already accumulated victories over Miguel Cotto (12 Rd TKO), Joshua Clottey (12 Rd UD), Antonio Margarito (12 Rd UD), Shane Mosley (12 Rd UD) and Juan Manuel Marquez (12 Rd MD). All of his triumphs at 147lbs have been comprehensive aside from his most recent, to Mexican nemesis Marquez, as analysts regarded Juan Manuel to have bossed the contest for the majority of rounds. Against Bradley, though, Pacquiao is said to be eager to put in a performance that will remind fans of the skill-set he used to notch up a variety of titles in eight divisions.

Bradley, in contrast, has only once fought at welterweight in the past five years; against Luis Carlos Abregu. The American’s quality, though, shined at 140lbs as he demonstrated fine ring skills and a winner’s mentality. His most notable scalps include Devon Alexander (10Rd TD), Lamont Peterson (12 Rd UD) and Junior Witter (12 Rd SD).

For the first time in four years (David Diaz), Pacman has a notable height advantage over his opponent

The Tecate girls provided the final press conference with some visual ‘caracter’

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Teon Kennedy on the tragic obstacles he’s faced along the road to Guillermo Rigondeaux

6 Jun

On The Beak – Admin

Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7ko) of Philadelphia, who challenges undefeated WBA bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0-0, 7ko), of Cuba, on Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card, has had to overcome two fairly recent family life-shattering incidents that would have broken less-resolute fighters.

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Kennedy’s next obstacle is Rigo (pictured). Credit: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Late in 2009, Kennedy knocked out Francisco Rodriguez in the tenth round of their scheduled 12-round contest for the vacant USBA super bantamweight title. Kennedy’s elation at winning was short-circuited when Rodriguez collapsed in his corner, was rushed to the hospital and died of a brain injury two days later.

No one prepares a fighter for when the most tragic possible ending occurs in a fight: “When it first happened it was difficult, but as anyone in boxing knows that could happen,” said Kennedy, who was 13-0-1 and 23-years-old at the time. “It could happen to me. Sometimes I do still think about it, but I try not to dwell on it.”

Kennedy did not fight for six months, but he had the encouragement of his team as well as that of the Rodriguez family to get back into the ring.

He came back with three good wins, including a scintillating performance, a 12-round unanimous decision over then-undefeated prospect Julio Diaz, of New Brunswick.

The second life-altering incident occurred in mid 2011.

Kennedy was charged with a felony stemming from a shooting in Philadelphia. Those charges were later dropped, but it played on Kennedy’s mind as he prepared for a fight last August that, had he won, could have led to a match with undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba, in a world featherweight title fight.

He went through with the fight last August and lost his first bout as a pro, a 12-round decision to Alejandro Lopez, of Mexico, in a lacklustre performance: “The legal issues were definitely in my head,” Kennedy said.

“It’s hard to be falsely accused of something I did not do. That was probably the main reason I didn’t feel like myself.”

He put his first setback and his legal charges behind him and he got back in the gym quickly. Boxing experts weren’t sure if he’d rebound, but he turned in a strong performance in his most recent fight, a draw against the once-beaten Chris Martin, of Chula Vista, in January in Las Vegas. Many observers felt Kennedy, the aggressor for most of the fight, deserved the win.

Kennedy feels that he has come to grips with the arduous road he has had to travel the last several years.

“Everything bad is in the past now,” said Kennedy, who is looking to pull off the upset against the favored Rigondeaux. “I’m just focused on the fight. I’m still going to be aggressive.”

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British champ Ashley Theophane on Mayweather Gym experience, watching Floyd spar and training with Roger

15 Mar

Ashley Theophane – Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather is currently the biggest name in boxing and he is in camp to train for his mega fight with Miguel Cotto. Something inside of me said I needed to go to the Mayweather boxing gym in Las Vegas, to watch the master at work and see if I could get some tips to add to my personal arsenal. Not everyone gets the opportunity to train at the most select of boxing schools and, on my first day, I worked with Roger Mayweather and got to watch Floyd spar.

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A thirst for the highest boxing education quenched by wanderlust and commitment

He did five minute rounds with minimal rest. He finished up his sparring session to go and pound the heavy bag; he then immediately jumped back in the ring to hit pads with his trainer and uncle, Roger Mayweather. He then finished up with some abdominal work – outstanding!

50 Cent was in the building watching his friend workout. I was one of the very few who were allowed to stay and watch the pound for pound king work out.

It was an honour to watch him at work. I had a ringside seat; he was entertaining, and every move was educational to watch. Watching him at close quarters, he oozed confidence and self-belief. These are two things that a champion must have. After finishing his workout, Floyd was talking with his family and he noticed me. He asked me what weight (super lightweight/140lbs) and record (31-4-1, 9ko) were. When he heard my London accent, he asked where I was I from. Floyd said he would spar with me and test my skills.

That was my first day in the Mayweather gym and I couldn’t have asked for a better first day. I again worked with Roger Mayweather on my second day in the gym. It was an honour to work with him and for him to give up his time was very much appreciated.

To be the best you have to learn from the best, and I’ve sparred, fought and watched some of the best boxers of my generation. I completed twenty seven hours training this week. Being in Las Vegas is the last place I would have ever thought to come for training camp, but just like when I’m in New York… it is a gym and home. Home in Vegas is the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Hotel.

I have just one more week’s training at the Mayweather Gym, and every day that I’m in the gym, I push as hard as possible. Training in the pound for pound king’s gym is a real inspiration and motivating in itself. Many people say that I am very lucky to be living my childhood dream. I have to disagree! I had to make this happen. Luck had nothing to do with it. I have a goal and I work my hardest to make my dream a reality, at all costs.

As the man says, “the harder you work, the luckier you get”. Anything is possible to achieve if you believe and work hard towards making it happen. I am the perfect example of that! An exciting and instructive week, topped off by seeing the best fighter in the world at very close quarters.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

For more on Ashley, visit: ashleytheophane.com.

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Top Rank and Arena Box confirm Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa clash: ‘Let’s do it’

18 Feb

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Boxing fans can expect many happy returns this tax season as former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will collide in a battle of the undefeated for the vacant WBA championship at 135lbs on Saturday, April 14 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The event will be promoted by Top Rank Boxing in association with Arena Box US and broadcast on HBO.

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Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“Rios and Gamboa are two young and hungry fighters in their prime looking to make a leap to stardom,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.

“Gamboa has been constantly referred to as a ‘rising Cuban star’ throughout his career. But on April 14, the word ‘rising’ will finally be eliminated. Gamboa will be a superstar,” said Ahmet Oener, president of Arena Box US. “Gamboa is so special and though he has been fighting at 126 pounds, 135 pounds is where he belongs. He will be so much stronger fighting at lightweight.”

Kery Davis, senior vice president of programming at HBO Sports, added: “Brandon Rios versus Yuriorkis Gamboa is a spectacular fight and we’re excited to present this showdown live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Both fighters deserve recognition for stepping up and saying ‘let’s do it.’”

Rios (29-0-1, 22ko), the former WBA lightweight champ, from Oxnard, California, enters this fight having won ten of his previous 11 fights by knockout. Gamboa (21-0-0, 16ko), the former world featherweight champion who won Olympic gold in 2004 for his native Cuba and now resides in Miami, Florida, will return to the ring having won eight of his previous 11 by stoppage. In short, these warriors have never met a chin they didn’t want to smash.

Details on tickets will be forthcoming.

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Lewkowicz on Abdusalamov and Rodriguez’s weigh-in clash: Russia and Cuba despise each other

3 Feb

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Tensions rose and a scuffle broke out between heavyweight prospects Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (12-0-0, 12ko) and Pedro Rodriguez (8-0-0, 6ko) at today’s Superbrawls weigh-in for Friday, February 3 ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcast from the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. The two undefeated big men will meet in a potentially explosive eight-round televised feature attraction.

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Heavyweight prospects Abdusalamov and Rodriguez

“This is typical Russian/Cuban rivalry that goes back to amateur boxing for many, many years,” said Superbrawls co-promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing.

Abdusalamov was the 2005 and 2006 Russian amateur champion at super heavyweight and Rodriguez is a former member of the Cuban national team. “These two countries are always at the top and they’ve learned to despise each other and yet respect each other. You won’t see a Russian give any ground to a Cuban and vice versa. It’s a matter of national pride.”

Lewkowicz was forced to step in and separate the two giants when the publicity staredown led to forehead contact and then pushing.

“Magomed is extremely confident in himself and his power and Rodriguez made it clear he plans on exposing him tomorrow night,” continued Lewkowicz. “I think they both want to let the other one know they’re in for a surprise tomorrow. Only one of them is right!”

Thankfully for Lewkowicz, cooler heads prevailed and no punches were exchanged. He wasn’t so lucky in 2005 during the buildup to his former boxer Sultan Ibragimov’s fight against Lance “Mount” Whitaker.

Lewkowicz stepped in to stop a pushing match between Ibragimov and Whitaker during a press conference at Gallagher’s and when the punches started flying, he took most of them on his chin and was knocked out cold in such spectacular fashion he made the front page of the New York Daily News and was splashed all over television.

“You’d think I would have learned my lesson,” laughed Lewkowicz after the conference.

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Pacquiao and Marquez tested negative for steroids, Casamayor positive for cannabis

22 Nov

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao, who successfully defended his WBO welterweight world championship on November 12 in Las Vegas, has tested negative for steroids. So too has challenger Juan Manuel Marquez, according to a statement released by Keith Kizer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Kizer also cleared up the confusion surrounding the translucent, coloured liquid that Marquez had drunk during the fight.

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Both fighters registered negative test results. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

“The steroid and drug tests for Mr Pacquiao and Mr Marquez are in,” said Kizer, according to the Examiner. “They were all negative.”

Both Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38ko) and Marquez (53-6-1, 39ko) had previously fended off accusations that they had taken, or been around, performance enhancing drugs. Manny is currently embroiled in a legal case that aims to charge the Mayweather family with defamation of character due to the accusations and implications that he had taken steroids. Marquez, meanwhile, was subjected to suspicion because of his employment of Angel Heredia; a strength coach who allegedly supplied steroids to 12 Olympic athletes in the past.

The negative results, however, will go some way in quashing the rumours.

Kizer also commented on the substance that Marquez drank during the fight: “Water and electrolyte drinks are allowed in the corner,” he clarified. “Mr Marquez used water and Pedialyte on Saturday night [Nov. 12].”

Elsewhere on the card, Timothy Bradley stopped Joel Casamayor and both the American and the Cuban also tested negative for steroids.

Casamayor, however, had tested positive for marijuana.

“It’s unfortunate,” Kizer told ESPN last week. ” If the commission finds him in violation of the drug-testing regulations, they could fine him or suspend him, or a combination thereof.”

Bradley was dominant in his duel with Casamayor who, at 40-years-old, was short on fight, knocked down three times and was pulled from the bout by his corner, who threw in the towel in the eighth round. The veteran received a $100,000 purse yet could lose a substantial amount should be fined for testing positive.

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