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Monday, January 17, 2011

Oshinronde Set To Face ‘Mr KO’ Smyle At York Hall, January 22

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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshinronde vs. Jahmaine ‘Smasher’ Smyle
22nd January 2011 @ York Hall, London

London - Monday 17th January 2011
 
 Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshinronde

Dollis Hill based American boxer Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshinronde is set for his second UK fight this coming Saturday, the 22nd January, at the Graham Earl promoted ‘Capital Punishment’ event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, which is headlined by the BBBofC Southern Area Super Middleweight title clash between Portsmouth’s Paul Morby and Essex’s Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman.

29 year old Manny will be facing a tough challenge, on the 22nd, as he will be up against Leicester knockout artist Jahmaine ‘Smasher’ Smyle. Without doubt Manny will have to be on his best form as Jahmaine, who has a 3 win and 1 loss record, has stopped all but one of his previous opponents.

Manny, from Miami in Florida, originally came to Europe in 2007 as he had a professional Basketball contract to play in Italy. Manny spent a season and half playing in Italy but due to a long running knee injury problem, that affected the high level performance he was accustomed to, decided to retire from Basketball in 2009 and move to England and return to his first sporting love, Boxing.

Following a training session, under the watchful eyes of upcoming young coach Barry Smith at Johnny Eames’ Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, London, Manny spoke of the upcoming showdown with Jahmaine Smyle, “I’m looking very much to the fight because hopefully it’ll be my first win.

My last fight was quite disappointing  because I lost, but I really should have won. I had the guy down in the second round but he was saved by the bell.

That’s the problem if you don’t put your guy away, he’ll come back and beat ya. I think I took the guy a little bit too lightly and he crept up and bit me in the butt.

Plus I had a lot of injuries but don’t feel I can make too many excuses though, when you’re up in the ring you have to be ready.

This fight, hopefully, will go the way I want it to go, which is win by knockout. So I’m really looking forward to my first win in the UK.

Sparring’s been going pretty good. I’ve been sparring Mitchell (Balker) from the TKO Gym. I’ve sparred him a couple of times. He’s a big, strong Cruiserweight. I’ve also sparred a couple of guys at Clinton McKenzie’s gym in South London. Pretty good Super Middleweights and Light Heavyweights.”

Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshinronde versus Jahmaine ‘Smasher’ Smyle will be on the undercard of Paul Morby vs. Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman BBBofC Southern Area Super Middleweight title showdown at the Graham Earl promoted ‘Capital Punishment’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.

Graham Earl has put together a top class support card for the Morby vs Cadman title fight that includes the first London outing for Ultrachem TKO’s highly exciting Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker, who is set for a baptism of fire when he faces Battersea’s super tough Fighting Fireman Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth, who was runner up at the exceptional Sky televised Prizefighter - Cruiserweights II back in April last year.

Another exciting young fighter from the Ultrachem TKO stable, Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, also has a tough challenge when he faces Graham Earl’s nineteen year old protégé Terry Holmes.

British Masters Light Welterweight Champion Jay ‘The Isle Of Wight Assassin’ Morris, will be taking on another of the Ultrachem TKO team, ‘Dynamo’ Daryl Setterfield, in a non-championship bout.

Hove’s unbeaten Light Heavyweight Navid Iran also has a challenging bout as he faces the very tough Mansfield, Notts, based Latvian Alex ‘Pit Bull’ Spitko.

Don’t blink or you might just miss Joe ‘The Belfast Banger’ Hillerby take on Ryan Clarke. In his last fight Joe stopped Gavin Putney in just 43 seconds! But saying that you can’t write off Ryan easily, as he is also known as a super tough big puncher.

New Milton’s ‘Dangerous’ Danny Goode will be looking to turn around his losing streak when he faces Chris Agyia-Dua. Danny had built up an impressive unbeaten in twelve fight record, that was until he met Jay Morris in December 2007. Since then Danny has lost seven in a row.

Also on the show will be Danny Brown against a yet to be named opponent.

Tickets for the Graham Earl promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Saturday 22nd January 2011 are priced £35 (unreserved) and £50 (ringside) and are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com - or for further information call 07960 850645
 
 Manny Oshinronde sparring Mitchell Balker at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London

Friday, January 14, 2011

BOXING PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION REACHING OUT TO U.S. SENATOR


The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) had a very successful meeting this week in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Planet Hollywood Hotel.   The BPA continued its past success and 2011 promises to be a good one for the BPA and its efforts to assist the boxing industry.   The meeting was well attended, and officially marked the first time that  promotional powerhouse, Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), which was represented by CEO Richard Schaefer, was an active participant.

Just as has been the case in previous meetings, progress was made towards bettering the sport and industry.  There were a lot of positive strides over the past year and additional accomplishments that came about during the meeting.   Major announcements will be revealed in the upcoming weeks and months.

One major development is that the BPA will be reaching out to U.S. Senator John McCain to discuss both past and present issues with boxing legislation.  The group intends to specifically address the Muhammad Ali Act and the bill being proposed in the U.S. Congress.  The BPA intends to  increase the impact and the strength of voice of the BPA in the industry and to assist in protecting and developing the sport.  Golden Boy President, Oscar De La Hoya, the former Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion, will join BPA President, Joe DeGuardia, and some other members of the Board of Directors at the anticipated meeting with Senator McCain.  

Joe DeGuardia
President
Boxing Promoters Association

"Boxing: Past, Present and Future - a World-Wide Sport!"

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR BRICK CITY BRAWL ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH AT ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE IN NEWARK, NEW JERSEY

 
NEWARK, NJ / SOUTHAVEN, MS (January 13 2011) — Tickets are now on sale for "Brick City Brawl" that will take place on Saturday night February 19th at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey.
In the main event, undefeated Polish Heavyweight and former Olympian Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11 KO’s) takes on Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KO’s)in a ten round bout for the WBC Baltic Heavyweight title.
The card is promoted by Prize Fight and Global Boxing Promotions.
An All-Star undercard has been assembled that will feature some of the top prospects in the area. 
Tickets for this championship night of boxing are priced at $120; $70& $30 by calling 1-866-468-7619;  logging onto www.ticketmaster.com or www.ticketweb.com as well as Global Boxing Gym (5601-5711 Tonnelle Ave. North Bergen, NJ, 07047)
Essex County College is located at
303 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 877-3000

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Douglin Inks With Haymon


Morganville, NJ (January 12, 2011) – Junior Middleweight sensation Denis “Da Mommas Boy” Douglin has signed an exclusive agreement with world renowned advisor Al Haymon.
 
Widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in professional boxing, Haymon’s impressive clientele includes Floyd Mayweather, Paul Williams, Andre Berto, Daniel Jacobs and Antonio Tarver amongst others. His fighters all have appeared in lucrative bouts and on the biggest fight cards to ensure maximum exposure, which is exactly what Douglin was looking for.
 
“I’m excited about working with Al,” said Douglin, who was voted as New Jersey’s best prospect by a panel of local journalists. “He’s done great things for his fighters and I’m happy to have him as part of the team. 2011 is definitely going to be a huge year for me.”
 
A 2008 National Golden Gloves Champion, Douglin’s unblemished professional ledger stands at 12-0 with 8 wins by knockout. He was a perfect 6-0 with 5 stoppages in 2010 and is recognized amongst the top prospects on the east coast. In addition to his well rounded skill set, many in the boxing world have taken an interest in Denis’ career due to the fact that he is trained by his mother.
 
Douglin’s next bout is scheduled for February 18 in Salisbury, MD on an ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights undercard.
 
Fans can follow Denis at twitter.com/damommasboy

Fernando Montiel On Donaire: "I Like Being The Underdog. Bet On Me, And You Will Make Money!"

Nonito Donaire Talks Fernando Montiel: "I'm Willing To Take Risks And Put It All On The Line!"

Robert Garcia: "Nonito's Speed And Combinations Will Make Up For Power."

Dean "Irish Lightning" Byrne Set ‘To Strike Up A Storm’ In Dublin On Jan 30th

Ultrachem TKO Gym
Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne
The Irish Lightning Returns
Sunday 30th January 2011 @ Citywest Hotel, Dublin



London - Wednesday 12th January 2011

Sensational, unbeaten (14-0 with 6 wins by KO), Light Welterweight prospect Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne left his London base earlier today to travel back to Dublin, where he is set to fight a yet to be named opponent at the Dolphil promotions event at the Citywest Hotel on Sunday the 30th January 2011.

Dean is managed and trained in Los Angeles, USA by ‘Trainer of the Year’ Freddie Roach at his Wild Card Gym, where he regularly sparred with Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan amongst others, but since returning to London has been training with Barry Smith at Johnny Eames’ Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town.

The globetrotting  ‘Irish Lightning’, who during his career has already fought in Australia, America and Ireland, has already proved his championship credentials, having won the Australian Light Welterweight title on just his fifth outing, is intent on making his mark in Europe and to challenge for either an Irish or British title in the near future.

Following his final bruising sparring session, with Freddie Turner at the Ultrachem TKO Gym, The “Irish Lightning’ took the time to talk briefly on his career and the upcoming Dublin fight. 

“I’ve no idea of my opponent as yet. I’m sure he’ll be a decent opponent as it’s a Dolphil Promotions show on the 30th January.

"I’m ready, the last couple of weeks I’ve been training at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London where Barry Smith has been helping me out a lot.

"I’ve been sparring with everyone up at the gym. Freddie Turner, just got out after five rounds sparring with Freddie. I’ve been sparring Kash (Akaash Bhatia) and Nate (Nathan Weiss) and all the boys up here.

"I’m 14 and 0 with six knockouts, I’ve been a pro five years now, had two years of inactivity due to injury. I’m ready to fight now and have no injuries. I’m feeling strong and I’m ready to step up to another level and get some title shots.

"Freddie Roach is my trainer/manager, when I’m in England ticking over, Barry helps me out a lot and keeps me in good shape, and that’s what you need to do is keep ticking over. As a professional person, not just a fighter, you have to be always ticking over and being in good shape.

"I’m ready to go now, you know, I’m really looking forward to the fight.”

As mentioned previously, Dean’s coach in London is Ultrachem TKO’s upcoming young trainer Barry Smith, who has worked with many of Johnny Eames’ world class stable.

Barry, who has coached Dean for his last two Dublin fights, spoke of his talented charge. 

“Man, I think he’s brilliant, he’s a great prospect and has a great future ahead of him. He’s got all the tools. He just does it, he’s a delight to work with. He trains hard, he wants it. He’s always in the gym, he enjoys his boxing.

"You don’t have to tell him to do anything, because he just does it, you don’t have to moan at him he just does it. He’s really keen and dedicated. He’s just a great all round fighter.

"He’s without doubt one of the best fighters I’ve seen. He will go all the way. I have no doubts about it, he can go all the way. He lives the life. He doesn’t go out celebrating after a fight, two days after he’s back in the gym. Brilliant.

"He makes it easy to work with him, he’s just so professional and he knows what he wants and he knows where he’s going and that’s real good.

"When he’s in America he has one of the best trainers in the World (Freddie Roach) and over here he’s at the TKO Gym with myself. What more can I say, he’s dedicated and is a great fighter.

"On the 30th, he’s gonna do the business - Irish Lightning’s gonna strike.”

Final word though has to go to the ‘Irish Lightning’, who had a bit of interesting news for his British fans. 

“I’ve been talking to a couple of people and am hoping in the future to get a fight in England so you might see a bit of ‘Irish Lightning’ here in 2011.  So, all you UK fans out there you may get to see the Irish Lightning strike up a storm in the UK soon.

"I also want to thank all my supporters and any new fans I have, and those that want to become fans, to get down to Citywest Hotel and see Irish Lightning strike up a storm in Dublin on January 30th.”

Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne against a yet to be named opponent will be at the Dolphil Promotions show at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin on Sunday 30th January 2010.

Also featured on the show are Paulie Hyland, Robbie Long, Ian Tims, Michael Sweeney, Oisin Fagan, Anthony Fitzgerald, Mark Heffron amongst others.

For tickets, call Dean ‘The Irish Lightning’ Byrne on 0851 077634.

Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne with coach Barry Smith

 Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne sparring Freddie Turner at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London 

VICTOR “THE BARBER” VASQUEZ LOOKS TO CUT DOWN OSNEL CHARLES ON JANUARY 22ND AT HARRAH’S IN CHESTER

First pro boxing event at Harrah’s Resort in Chester, PA to feature local favorites VaSquez, Poore, Dawejko, Butler and more.

CHESTER, PA (January 12, 2011) -  One of the most famous movie scenes in the past quarter century took place in the movie Coming to America when Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall played many different characters in a barbershop, and began arguing who the greatest heavyweight was amongst Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano.

One man who can attest that scenarios like that are common place all over the country is lightweight Victor Vasquez, who on January 22nd will take on Osnel Charles in the main event of the first boxing event at Harrah’s in Chester, PA. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing.

Vasquez is a licensed barber, who has been cutting hair for the better part of a decade. Vasquez, of Northeast Philadelphia, cuts hair at “Consider It Done”, which is located at 2546 North Front Street in Philadelphia.

“Everybody comes in there and argues sports," said Vasquez, who has a professional record of 12-4-1 with six knockouts. “The best thing about it is that I box so I have a more authentic opinion I guess. But it’s fun because everyone has an opinion, and over the past couple years, we have had some good arguments when the topic is Mayweather-Pacquiao.”

Vasquez is Philadelphia’s uncrowned 'Blood and Guts' champion for his many wars, plus the great fan base he has built up since turning pro in 2006.

“I love the support. It’s great that random people come into the barber shop and buy tickets to see me fight.”

Vasquez looks forward to a big 2011.

“I have had nothing easy, but I am a gym rat and I hope to win a few more fights and be able to fight for a regional title by the end of the year.”

Vasquez will take on Osnel Charles of Atlantic City in the six round main event. Charles has a record of 5-2, and is on a roll as he is riding a four fight winning streak. He is coming off a four-round unanimous decision win over local favorite Zachary Smith (4-1) this past September 11th in Albany, New York.

In a four round co-feature, John Poore (21-4, 18 KO’s) of Boothwyn, PA will make his cruiserweight debut against Zeferino Albino (3-12-2, 1 KO) of Philadelphia, PA.

In a four round welterweight bout, Ardrick Butler (5-3, 2 KO’s) takes on Eberto Medina (5-5) of New Jersey.

Former World Junior Amateur champion Joey Dawejko (3-0,1 KO) of Philadelphia faces an opponent to be named in a four-round heavyweight bout.

In a four round middleweight bout, debuting Stephon Burgette of Scranton, PA takes on Joe Dunn (0-3) of Philadelphia.

Dan Grafton (1-0, 1 KO) of Philadelphia will take on Antonio Robertson (0-2) of South Carolina in a four-round heavyweight bout.

In a four round featherweight bout, Joey Tiberi (2-0, 2 KO’s) takes on debuting Corey White.

In a fight featuring undefeated welterweights, Troy Corbin (5-0, 4 KO’s) of Philadelphia takes on Luis Merced (3-0, 3 KO’s) of Kentucky in a bout scheduled for four rounds.

Rounding out the card will be undefeated light heavyweight Kyle White (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Fort Lee, NJ, taking part in a four-round bout against an opponent to be named.

Tickets for this great evening of boxing are $90, $60 and $45, and can be purchased by calling 610-933-7510

Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack
777 Harrah's Blvd.
Chester, PA 19013
(800) 480-8020
www.harrahschester.com

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Peter Manfredo, Jr. Returns This Friday vs. Veteran Slugger Daniel Edouard On ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" From Key West, Florida; Hot Prospect Edwin Rodriguez Steps In With Pryor, Jr. In The Co-Feature


(January 11, 2010 – New York, NY)

The middleweight division takes center stage this Friday, January 14, when ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights returns to Mallory Square in Key West, FL for a night of red hot action. In the main event, former star of The Contender and top-ten ranked Peter Manfredo, Jr. (36-6, 2 KOs) looks to position himself for another crack at a world title against the rugged veteran, Daniel Edouard (23-3, 14 KOs).  

In the co-feature contest, one of the hottest prospects in all of boxing, super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) faces the toughest test in his career and the son of a legend, Aaron Pryor, Jr. (15-2, 11 KOs). 

The Key West showdowns will be promoted by DiBella Entertainment and DEJ Promotions. The show will be televised LIVE on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3.com.


“There is nothing that warms the soul in the dead of winter like great boxing, and there is no better place for it than Key West,” said Lou DiBella, the President of DiBella Entertainment. “Manfredo and Edouard will step into the ring on January 14 knowing only one will leave it as a viable title contender, and Edwin Rodriguez will likely face adversity that he has never faced before. I am excited to be teaming up with DEJ Promotions for this memorable night of action.”

“Peter Manfredo vs. Daniel Edouard top off a very exciting card; Edwin Rodriguez and Aaron Pryor, Jr. should generate a night of great entertainment for the avid boxing fans,” said Dave Johnson, the President of DEJ Promotions. “I am ecstatic to be putting on this show with DiBella Entertainment, and I am confident that we will have fight fans talking.”


Manfredo, 30, is marking a decade as one of boxing’s most exciting attractions. Best known for his stint on season one of the reality show The Contender, Manfredo has stepped in with some of the biggest names in boxing, including Sergio Mora (twice), Alfonso Gomez (twice), Jeff Lacy, and the recently retired, Joe Calzaghe. His tenth round stoppage of Angel Hernandez this past May is considered a Fight of the Year candidate.

Edouard, 30, is well known to fight fans for his showdowns with the likes of Dorian Beaupierre, Willie Gibbs, and Jermain Taylor. His fourth round stoppage over Gibbs in 2004, where both men hit the deck, was named ESPN’s Fight of the Year. Edouard is coming off a split decision loss to Alfonso Mosquera, but had won his previous five fights before that.
Rodriguez, 25, is one of the fastest rising prospects in all of boxing. A former amateur standout, Rodriguez has won eight of his last nine bouts by knockout, including his last fight, a nationally televised destruction of James “Buddy” McGirt, Jr., which netted him the WBC USNBC Super Middleweight title.

Pryor, Jr., 32, has more than just his last name going for him. Despite being the son of Hall of Famer, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor, Junior has begun carving out his own niche in the sweet science. In his last bout on national television, he thoroughly dominated Dyah Davis (son of former world champion Howard Davis) over eight one-sided rounds. Pryor is riding a three fight win streak going into his showdown with Rodriguez.

Balker’s Ready For London Showdown With Okoth On January 22nd

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Graham Earl Promotions
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Mitchell Balker vs. Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth
22nd January 2011 @ York Hall, London

 Mitchell Balker  sparring with Leon ‘Solid’ Williams at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London

 Mitchell Balker

London Tuesday 11th January 2011

Exciting London based Dutch Cruiserweight Mitchell Balker is set for his second British outing, since signing with Johnny Eames’ Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym team last year, when he comes face to face with Battersea’s super tough ‘Fighting Fireman’ Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth at the Graham Earl promoted ‘CAPITAL PUNISHMENT’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.

Balker, who prior to moving to London had an unbeaten three fight record, will be looking to put the disappointment of losing to British championship prospect Matty Askin, when the fight was controversially stopped during a wild exchange that see Balker visibly shake Askin, on his maiden UK outing in November.

However Balker’s opponent on the 22nd January is no walk over, as the ever popular former Commonwealth and IBO Inter-Continental Champion Darren ‘Raging Bull’ Corbett can attest. Back in April last year Okoth shot to fame following his gritty all action performance to overcome Corbett at the Sky televised Prizefighter - Cruiserweights 2 to rightfully earn a showdown with eventual tournament winner Jon Lewis Dickinson in the final.

Following a sparring session with Southern Area Cruiserweight champ Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town, Balker spoke briefly about his preparations for his upcoming fight with Okoth. “I don’t know not too much about Nick. He fought Ali (TKO gym mate Ali Adams) not long ago, but other than that not know much about him.

Training going very good. After my first fight in the UK I was straight in the gym so I’m in shape like always.

I’ve been sparring Leon (Williams). Sparring has been going really, really well. I’m in great shape. Tip top condition so sparring going very well.

I feel really strong, very confident. I can’t wait. It’s going to be a great fight”

Mitchell Balker versus Nick ‘The Ox’ Okoth will be on the undercard of Paul Morby vs. Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman BBBofC Southern Area Super Middleweight title showdown at the Graham Earl promoted ‘Capital Punishment’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.

Graham Earl has put together a top class support card for the Morby vs Cadman title fight that includes the third outing for Ultrachem TKO’s exciting Welterweight Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor, who is set to face Graham Earl’s nineteen year old protégé Terry Holmes.

Also on the card are British Masters Light Welterweight Champion Jay ‘The Isle Of Wight Assassin’ Morris, Hove’s unbeaten Light Heavyweight Navid Iran, unbeaten Middleweight Joe ‘The Belfast Banger’ Hillerby, Leicester’s Super Middleweight Jahmaine ‘ Smasher’ Smyle, Balker’s Ultrachem TKO gym mate Daryl Setterfield and Miami, Florida exile, now living in Luton, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshinronde all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £35 (unreserved) and £50 (ringside) are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com - or for further information call 07960 850645.

Former World Champ Graham Earl Guests On The Steve Bunce Show This Thursday

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Graham Earl Promotions
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
22nd January 2011 @ York Hall, London
 Graham Earl with Terry Holmes and Manny Oshunrinde

London - Tuesday 11th January 2011

Former WBU Lightweight Champion of the World, now turned Boxing promoter, Graham Earl is to be a guest on Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour, on BBC Radio London 94.9 between 8pm and 9pm this coming Thursday, 13th January 2011, to talk about his upcoming show ‘CAPITAL PUNISHMENT’ which takes place at York Hall, in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.

During his illustrious career Graham won virtually every domestic title going, including the Southern Area, British, Commonwealth and of course the WBU World title. Whilst the later may have been Graham’s crowning glory it was his next fight, against Michael ‘The Great’ Katsides for the interim WBO belt, that Graham is most fondly remembered for.

Graham, always a crowd favourite due to his ever gutsy performances, showed he had the heart the size of a Lion’s after going to war with Katsides right from the opening bell. Graham was sent to canvas twice in the final 30 seconds of first round but on both occasions was back on his feet to resume the toe-to-toe punch fest.

Round two was more of the same, again Graham was sent to the canvas but as before Graham was back on his feet quickly. Some twenty seconds or so later Graham’s trainer Johnny Eames threw the towel into the ring as Graham, with his back against the ropes, absorbed massive salvo after massive salvo from Katsides.

Referee Mickey Vann picked the towel up and threw it back, just seconds later it was Katsides turn to take the count after Graham lets rip with a massive right hand which turned the Australian’s legs to jelly. Following the count Graham marched forward and pressured Katsides, who was clearly was in trouble, for the rest of the round.

Round three see Graham revert to boxing rather than locking horns with Katsides, following a series of lows blows from Katsides, which eventually cost the Aussie a point deduction, Graham easily secured the round by a clear 10-8 points margin.

Round four was just plain brutal, Katsides stepped up his attack but Graham once again showed his resolve by letting rip with massive rights and combinations of equal venom.

Graham again reverted to his boxing in the fifth round and put on a magnificent performance. In the final twenty seconds of the round Katsides backed Graham into a corner and started to let rip with bomb after bomb, Graham ducked and weaved before letting rip with massive right hands of his own.

Unfortunately for Graham, even after putting on such a solid performance in the fifth, his team felt he was taking far too many shots and retired him in the corner.

Graham may have lost the fight but he won the hearts and minds of boxing fans the world over with his gutsy never say die performance that night. The fight quite rightly was declared the ‘Fight of the Year’.

When Graham fought you were guaranteed value for your money and now he has turned his attention to promoting nothing has changed, his ‘Capital Punishment’ event which is headlined by the much anticipated Southern Area Super Middleweight title fight between Paul Morby and Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman and is supported by a top class undercard.

Speaking earlier today Graham Earl said, “It’s always an honour to be on Buncey’s show.

Steve is the voice of British Boxing and his shows are always entertaining. I’m really looking forward to being on his show this Thursday.”

Final word has to go to the show’s host Steve Bunce who said, “In addition to Graham I’ve got Willie Casey on the show, Jimmy Batten from the 70s and 80s and the last interview with Gary Mason.

It's the original and still the best - it covers the lot: Million-pound fights, down and out boxers, new promoters, old promoters, cranks, unknown amateurs, fruitcakes, world champions, legends, lunatics and the best from boxing every single week. It has broadcast every single Thursday since Jan 7th 2010!"

Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour goes out on BBC Radio London every Thursday between 8-9pm on BBC London 94.9, online live on BBC iPlayer.

Tickets for the Graham Earl promoted CAPITAL PUNISHMENT at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London on Saturday 22nd January 2011 are priced £35 (unreserved) and £50 (ringside) and are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com - or for further information call 07960 850645

Monday, January 10, 2011

Connor Says, “I’m Gonna Knock Holmes Out”

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Graham Earl Promotions
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor Vs. Terry Holmes
22nd January 2011 @ York Hall, London


London - Monday 10th January 2011

Sutton’s Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor intends to start  2011 of with a bang after a fairly disappointing end to 2010, following the cancellation of Bruce Baker’s ‘Christmas Punch’ event due to the extreme snow storms that battered Surrey in December.

Connor’s first outing of the year sees him up against Graham Earl’s protégé Terry Holmes at the former World Champion boxer turned promoter’s ‘Capital Punishment’ show, headlined by Paul Morby’s defense of his Southern Area Super Middleweight title against Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.

Following a brutal sparring session with Sam Standing at Johnny Eames’ Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, ‘Cassius’ took a little time to talk about his upcoming showdown with Holmes. “I’m up against a guy called Terry Holmes, from Stevenage.

He’s a traveling kid so he’s bred into boxing. He’s going to be a tough come forward type and he’s supposed to be a bit of a good boxer who likes to mix it up a bit, but then again I can mix it up. I can fight just as good as him, if not better.

He’s 1 and 0, but he beat Johnny Greaves, who’s a bit of a journeyman. No disrespect to Johnny Greaves but we all know what journeymen are there for.

I’m not a journeyman I am on my way up and this is going to be my year so this is the start of something big and I’m taking him out.

I’ve been sparring Sam Standing, he’s another pro that’s just turned over. Been doing a little bit with Ricky Boylan, I’ve also been doing my sprints and that with him.

I’ve also been sparing with Southern Area champ Ben Murphy, he’s an experienced pro who can really bring me on. He knows all the tricks of the trade.

It’s the best sparring you can get so everything is going brilliant and I can’t wait to get in there and show everyone what I am about with this fight.

It’s gonna be a stoppage. I’m not messing about I’m just gonna knock him out. I’m going to start the year in style.”

Danny ‘Cassius’ Connor versus Terry Holmes will be on the undercard of Paul Morby vs. Daniel ‘The Slick’ Cadman BBBofC Southern Area Super Middleweight title showdown at the Graham Earl promoted ‘Capital Punishment’ event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 22nd January 2011.

Graham Earl has put together a top class support card for the Morby vs Cadman title fight that includes the first London outing for Ultrachem TKO’s highly exciting Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker, who is set for a baptism of fire when he faces Battersea’s super tough ‘Fighting Fireman’ Nick Okoth, who was runner up at the exceptional Sky televised Prizefighter - Cruiserweights back in April last year.

Also on the card are British Masters Light Welterweight Champion Jay ‘The Isle Of Wight Assassin’ Morris, Hove’s unbeaten Light Heavyweight Navid Iran, unbeaten Middleweight Joe ‘The Belfast Banger’ Hillerby, Leicester’s Super Middleweight Jahmaine ‘ Smasher’ Smyle, Danny Connor’s Ultrachem TKO gym mate Daryl Setterfield and Miami, Florida exile, now living in Luton, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Oshinronde all against yet to be named opponents.

Tickets, priced £35 (unreserved) and £50 (ringside) are available on-line now at www.tkoboxoffice.com - or for further information call 07960 850645.

Photo Credits: Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Danny "Cassius" Connor and Sam Standing

Danny "Cassius" Connor sparring with Sam Standing at the Ultrachem TKO Gym in London

Friday, January 7, 2011

Contracts Sent To Mabuza




Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events, confirmed, "Contracts have been emailed to Kaizer Mabuza's promoter, Branco Milenkovic. The contract specifies the Judah - Mabuza IBF Jr. Welterweight title fight will be held March 5th."

According to the rules of the IBF purse bid that Main events won last week, Mabuza has two weeks from day of the purse bid to sign the contract. Duva expects the executed contracts back by next Thursday.

It has been confirmed the fight will be the inaugural event for the Amerihealth Pavilion at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ.

Kaizer Mabuza of Johannesburg, South Africa has a record of 23-6-3, 14 KO's, Zab Judah, Brooklyn, NY, 40-6, 27 KO's.

More details to come. 

BERNARD HOPKINS TO APPEAR ON ESPN's FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS SEASON OPENER TONIGHT

 The Future Hall of Famer Will Discuss Coming Year and Announcement of WBC Mandated Rematch With Jean Pascal

Philadelphia, PA (January 7)...Its never "out with the old and in with the new" when referring to future Hall of Famer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, as the two-division, two-decade fighting pugilist ended the year with an old fashion ass-whooping of young champion Jean Pascal and tonight will appear via satellite in the season opener of ESPN Friday Night Fights (10 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes in Spanish and ESPN3.com). The taped-to-air interview, conducted by ESPN anchor Brian Kenny, takes place just a week shy of The Executioner's 46th birthday which he will celebrate January 15.

In addition to talking about his 2010 year-end performance that led to a controversial draw with Pascal, he will also express his feelings on Thursday's announcement that the WBC is mandating a rematch between the two.

"I think the WBC just gave me an early birthday present," said Hopkins. "They've done the right thing and are not going to let Pascal run from me again like he did in the ring during our fight.  I will show him and the rest of the world that those belts should have been mine the first time around."

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Red Hot Dibella Entertainment Prospects Edwin Rodriguez & Marcus Johnson Collect Year End Recognition With An Eye Towards The Future

(January 5, 2011 – New York, NY) Recently, the name of DiBella Entertainment’s grand champion Sergio Martinez has been turning up left and right, as publication after publication name their 2010 Fighter of the Year. But also getting some ink are two young super middleweights in the DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) stable: Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) and Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs), as they have both been recognized as top prospects to keep an eye on in 2011 by various media outlets.

Rodriguez was active in 2010, going 4-0 with each of his wins coming by way of knockout. He made his debut on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights in March with a first round knockout of normally rugged veteran George Armenta, and then made his ShoBox debut in April with a six round drubbing of Kevin Engel. Both those wins came via body shot. He closed the year by capturing the WBC USNBC title with a ninth round stoppage of James McGirt, Jr. on ShoBox.

“Receiving these honors validates the hard work I put in at the gym,” said Rodriguez, who returns to the ring next Friday night against Aaron Pryor, Jr. on Friday Night Fights. “To have guys like Dan Rafael and George Kimball write the things they have about me is humbling and it only makes me want to do more.”

Johnson fought twice in the year, both on Showtime’s ShoBox series. In April, he decisively beat previously unbeaten Derek Edwards, winning a twelve-round decision. He followed up that performance with an impressive third round stoppage on hard-nosed Kevin Engel in November.

“This is pretty exciting,” said Johnson. “I am looking forward to this upcoming year and making some more noise. I am going to keep striving and keep my record intact.”

Dan Rafael of ESPN.com listed both Rodriguez and Johnson in his annual prospects watch list, mentioning that Rodriguez “had an excellent year, going 4-0 and winning each fight by knockout” and cooed at Johnson’s size and skill, saying the Houston native “is built like a truck, puts his punches together well and has solid power.”

Hall of Fame boxing scribe George Kimball of the Boston Herald named Rodriguez the New England Fighter of the Year over former Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade and former Olympic alternate Danny O’Connor “on the basis of experience, level of competition, and the fact that as a sparring partner, in the past two months alone he made a pair of world champions — Froch and Jean Pascal — both say ‘Uncle.’”

Jake Donovan of BoxingScene.com listed Rodriguez in his honorable mention of top prospects, hinting that Rodriguez may have saved his best performance for last in his “one-sided beatdown of James McGirt Jr on Shobox.”

Peter Czymbor of 8countnews gave Rodriguez his New England Fighter of the Year honors, for living up to his billing despite being the “most hyped amateur turned pro to come out of the region in years.” He even suggested a showdown between Rodriguez and Johnson.

Cyzmbor also put Rodriguez on his list of the top prospects entering 2011, heaping high praise upon the unbeaten super middleweight saying, “He may be the best body puncher to come out of New England since ‘Irish’ Micky Ward.”

Bob Hanna of the New Bedford Times in Massachusetts also hailed Rodriguez as the New England Fight of the Year by virtue of certifying himself “as one of the top prospects in the country.”

Pepper Roach Talks Greatest Boxers Of All Time And Sparring Brother Freddie Roach

ANDRADE & GONZALES LOOKING TO START 2011 WITH A BANG, BOTH SET FOR ACTION FRIDAY NIGHT


 DEMETRIUS ANDRADE

On Friday night, one of boxing brightest star's, Providence, Rhode Island's Demetrius Andrade (11-0, 8KO's), will look to keep his unbeaten record in tact, and kick off what is expected by many to be a very big year for the 22-year-old southpaw, when he takes on Alberto Herrera (7-1-1, 5KO's) from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, NV.  The bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the jr. middleweight divison, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, and will kick off ESPN's 2011 "Friday Night Fight" series.

Also on the same night, not too far away in Fairfield, California, fellow undefeated prospect "Flawless" Brandon Gonzales (13-0, 10KO's) headlines Telefutura's fight-series season opener when he squares off against Lester Gonzalez (11-1-1, 6 KO's) in an eight round middleweight contest.  That bout is promoted by Star Boxing, in association with Let's Get It On Promotions on Don Chargin's card. 

"We are expecting huge years out of both Demetrius and Brandon," stated promoter Joe DeGuardia (DeGuardia co-promotes Andrade with Banner Promotions and Gonzales with Let's Get It On Promotions). "They are both very exciting and talented, and they are right on the cusp of moving from top prospects to legitimate top ten contenders in their respective divisions. As long as everything goes as planned, we will keep both of them very busy this year, and believe that they will both be ready to challenge for their first world titles by early 2012. They are both elite prospects, and we expect two stellar performances from them on Friday night."

Andrade, the 2007 Amateur World Champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian, went 3-0, 2 KO's in 2010, with two of those fights coming on the nationally televised Friday Night Fight series.  Gonzales, who was the 2006 Regional Golden Gloves Champion, ranked number one as a light heavyweight in the U.S. as an amateur in 2005 and went 4-0, 2 KO's.  

Both Andrade and Gonzales are expected to be tested somewhat on Friday night, with both taking on just once beaten foes.  Coincidentally, both Andrade and Gonzales' opponents are coming off their first career losses, both at the hands of Chris Chatman, who Andrade previously defeated in 2009.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Judah vs. Mabuza Update


According to reliable sources, Zab "Super" Judah (39-6, 26 KO's) vs. Kaizer Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KO's) is likely to take place on Saturday, March 5, 2011 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Currently, Mabuza is ranked # 1 by the IBF, while Judah is ranked # 2. The winner will be crowned IBF Junior Welterweight champion.

More details to follow.

Main Events Wins Judah - Mabuza Purse Bid

Totowa, NJ - Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO, announced their promotional firm won the purse bid held at IBF headquarters in East Orange, NJ, Thursday. The bid was for the right to hold the IBF's junior welterweight title fight between Zab Judah of Brooklyn, NY and Las Vegas, and South Africa's Kaizer Mabuza.

IBF Championships Chairman, Lindsay Tucker explained, "It is a 50-50 split of the earnings between the two fighters. Kaizer is ranked No. 1 by the IBF, and Judah is No. 2. Where the fight will be held is up to the winning bidder."


Judah (39-6, 26 KOs) is promoted by Main Events and his own firm Super Judah Promotions, and Branco Milenkovic, of South Africa, promotes Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs).

Kathy Duva confirmed the fight will take place at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, late February or early March this year as part of Main Events' Brick City Boxing Series.

"We are very happy that Zab has the opportunity to fight for the IBF Junior Welterweight title right here in New Jersey.  Winning this fight will put Zab right in the mix with the winner of Bradley-Alexander and Amir Khan." Duva elaborated, " Zab will work very hard to win this fight so that he will be one step closer to his ultimate goal of unifying all of the Junior Welterweight titles by the end of 2011!"

Monday, December 27, 2010

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. CAUGHT ON TAPE Losing It With Security Guard

Griffin-Mack IBF Eliminator tops “New Years Bash” January 7!


Minneapolis, MN (December 27, 2010) – USBA Light Heavyweight titlist Otis “Triple OG” Griffin and Yusaf Mack will battle it out to become IBF champion Tavoris Cloud’s mandatory challenger when they meet Friday, January 7 in the main event of “New Year’s Bash” from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.
 
The card is presented by Seconds Out Promotions in association with Brewer Sports International and tickets start at $30.
 
Griffin, who won Oscar De La Hoya’s reality show “The Next Great Champ” owns a solid 23-6-2 pro ledger with 9 wins by way of knockout. The Sacramento, CA native has shared the squared circle with the likes of Danny Green, Jeff Lacy, Marcus Oliveira, Enad Licina and Jesse Brinkley. Last May, Griffin won the USBA belt with a shocking eighth round knockout of two time WBA Super Middleweight champion Byron Mitchell.
 
Mack, 28-3-2 (17 KO’s), is universally recognized as a player in the light heavyweight division that has fought some of the world’s best. Born and bred in the fighting city of Philadelphia, PA, Mack holds impressive victories title challengers Chris Henry and DeAndrey Abron while falling just short against Glen Johnson, Alejandro Berrio and Librado Andrade.
 
“This is going to be an outstanding fight and the fans are in for a real treat,” said Promoter Tony Grygelko of Seconds Out Promotions. “Both men have been in the ring with top fighters and the winner will be one victory away from becoming an elite light heavyweight.”
 
Griffin-Mack is scheduled for 12 rounds.
 
Unbeaten junior lightweight Ismail “Sharp Shooter” Mudendo will look to move to 8-0 with 7 knockouts when he faces an opponent to be named in the six round co-feature. The Minneapolis based Ugandan is regarded as one of the Midwest’s best prospects and at age 22 has plenty of time to develop.
 
Also appearing on the undercard will be former amateur star Javonte Starks  (4-0, 4 KO’s), Charles Meier (4-1-1, 2 KO’s), the pro debuts of Mellissa Littlejohn and Tristan McNutt in separate bouts and two mixed martial arts featuring local favorites.
 
Tickets can be ordered by going to soboxing.com or calling 612-807-5547.
 
Doors open at 7pm and the first bell is scheduled for 8pm.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Special Christmas Greeting from WBC Middleweight Champion and 2010 Fighter of the Year, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez


Sincerely Boxing Friends:

2010 has been a wonderful year for myself, my team, and my family. I have made tens of thousands of new friends and proven myself as one of the greatest fighters in the world. I want to thank each and every one of you for the love and support you have shown me. I would do it in person if I could.
As important as boxing is to me, and it is a big part of my life, at this time let us remember that there is nothing more important than family, friends, and dignity. Let us also remember those less fortunate than ourselves and fight against unnecessary violence, particularly against women. 

I look forward to resuming my career in March at Madison Square Garden, and hope that all my friends will join me for a celebration of the best of boxing. I wish all of you un año de maravilla. Feliz Navidad por todos.
 
- Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bernard Hopkins Speaks

Quebec City, CAN (December 20).....Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins knew going to Quebec, Canada could prove fatal for a history-making victory over Jean Pascal if the fight was close.  In fact, he knew this from his own experience when, almost 16 years to the date of Saturday night's robbery, he received a similar verdict in Quito, Ecuador on December 17, 1994 when he battled Segundo Mercado to a similar draw decision for his first-ever title challenge.  

The outcry from that fight led to an immediate rematch between Hopkins and Mercado, which took place April 29, 1995, less than five months from the original fight.  With fight stats from Saturday night clearly in his favor, as well as the majority of media reports and fan outcry backing Hopkins' assessment of the outcome, a rematch between Hopkins and Pascal should be scheduled immediately.   

"I knew if they could they take it from me they would, and now that I have had the chance to review the fight on tape, I clearly know I won that fight," said Hopkins. "Jean Pascal, his corner and all of the Canadians in the arena and on television know I won the fight too. The crowd was loud in the beginning, but the silence was deafening as I dominated Pascal from the middle rounds all the way to the end of the fight. After the last round, Pascal went back to his corner with his head and hands down.  I am sure he is still hanging his head today to think he let a 45-year-old man beat him up the way I did. If I were him, I would want to redeem myself and my reputation immediately after what happened Saturday night." 

For Hopkins, it was a brilliant performance in front of a sold out crowd at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada, as well as for the millions watching on SHOWTIME® in the United States, on pay-per-view in Canada and around the world.  Complementing his argument for an immediate rematch are the statistics behind the bout, which reflect the pure genius of Hopkins' intense execution of his own game plan and his destruction of Pascal's. Hopkins threw a total of 445 punches, of which he landed 141 power shots, more than 50% of the 270 he threw.  Pascal threw 100 less punches than Hopkins with 353 total shots, but landed only 85 of the 196 power shots he threw. 

"Again, it is crazy to think that a 45-year-old fighter like myself threw and landed more punches than this so-called young gun, the current champion, and still I am not given the win," said Hopkins. "Watch the tape. The poor guy was running scared, winded and backing up from round six and on. He seemed to just be holding on for dear life.  But, he knows what happened in there and he has to live with it too. The film doesn't lie, but I bet he doesn't even watch the tape so he, and all his people around him, can tell him something other than the truth. He lost the fight."

Hopkins continued, "The whole thing is bad for boxing, bad for Pascal and especially bad for Canada.  Pascal knows he should do the right thing and fight me as soon as tomorrow."   

16 years earlier, Hopkins got his rematch and convincingly defeated the Ecuadorian to capture his first middleweight world championship.

"Pascal is a hard punching, young gun who gave it his all Saturday night," said Hopkins. "But he is 18 years younger than me and that speaks for itself. It showed Saturday night too by just getting a draw, which everyone knows is really a loss, against a 45-year-old man.  If this guy has a backbone and wants to walk around with any kind of dignity and self-worth, the only thing he can do is fight me again. If that was me, I know that is the only way I could really live with myself."

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hopkins, Pascal Battle To A Majority Draw


Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (51-5-2, 1 NC, 32 KO's) and Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO's) fought to a twelve-round majority draw in front of 16,133 boisterous fans at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. As a result, Pascal retains his Ring Magazine, WBC and IBO Light Heavyweight titles. Official scores were 114 -112 (Steve Morrow) for Hopkins, 113-113 (Claude Paquette) and 114-114 (Daniel Van De Wielle). The Boxing Ledger had it scored 116-111 for Bernard Hopkins. Had Hopkins, 45, pulled off the victory, he would have been the oldest champion in boxing history, breaking George Foreman's record by 38 days. In 1994, Foreman kayoed Michael Moorer in the tenth round with a devastating right hand shot to win the heavyweight title.

Hopkins successfully scored with his right hand in the opening round. Then, Pascal, 28, connected with a solid counter left hook. Moments later, Pascal struck Hopkins with a right and he quickly held Pascal. After that, Pascal floored Hopkins with an overhand right that landed behind Hopkins' head. However, referee Michael Griffin ruled it a knockdown, which was the correct call because Hopkins was ducking as the punch landed.

In round two, Hopkins continued to score with his right hand and was the aggressor. As the bell rang to end the round, Pascal landed a wide left hook.

Pascal started round three by landing a sweeping left hook to Hopkins' head. Nevertheless, Hopkins managed to score with vicious left hooks to the champion's body. Suddenly, Hopkins struck Pascal in the head with a clean left hook. During a heated exchange, Pascal connected with a rock-solid left hook that landed on the left side of Hopkins' collarbone. Hopkins went down swiftly. Just as the bell sounded to end the round, Hopkins landed three late punches, ending with a left hook to Pascal's head. The crowd was so loud that many were unaware the bell had rung, including the referee.

From that point, Hopkins took full control of the fight.

In round four, Pascal landed a right as referee Michael Griffin attempted to break a clinch. After Pascal missed a left hook, Hopkins quickly countered with a left hook of his own, followed by a sharp left hook to Pascal's body. Hopkins momentarily went down resulting from a slip. Subsequently, Hopkins continued to strike Pascal in the body with well-timed left hooks, slowly wearing him down.

Hopkins exhibited a slightly higher work rate than Pascal in round five, repeatedly striking him in the body with fierce left hooks. Pascal briefly stunned Hopkins with a counter left hook - right uppercut combination. Hopkins answered in a flash with a series of rights and lefts that landed on Pascal's head. Pascal responded promptly with a lunging left hook, but Hopkins kept coming, firing and landing a powerful right to Pascal's body.

Hopkins had a very impressive sixth round, pushing Pascal back with punches from all angles. Hopkins, possessing the edge in hand speed, scored with a succession of rights and lefts to Pascal's body and head. At this point, it was the most clear-cut round Hopkins had won in the fight.

In the seventh round, Pascal displayed a minor abrasion under his right eye. Hopkins pursued Pascal, assaulting him with overhand rights and left hooks to the body as the crowd quieted down.

In the early moments of the eighth round, Hopkins landed an overhand right and immediately clinched with Pascal. After Hopkins connected with another right, Pascal landed a massive left hook, but Hopkins instantly
grimaced, letting Pascal know that the punch did not faze him. Soon after, Hopkins moved close and landed a left hook that was below the belt line, although there was no warning from the referee and Pascal did not complain.

Hopkins tallied with a left uppercut - right to the body to begin round nine. Hopkins temporarily dazed Pascal after he landed a flush overhand right. Afterward, Pascal struck Hopkins in the body with a right cross, but Hopkins caught him with a buzzing left hook simultaneously.

The tenth round was closer to score. Pascal tagged Hopkins with a firm right uppercut, while Hopkins kept finding the target, hitting Pascal with left hooks to the body and right crosses to the head. When Pascal connected, his shots were wild and never came in combination.

It appeared Pascal went down from a Hopkins right hand in round eleven, but referee Michael Griffin ruled Pascal had slipped. Hopkins continually got his punches off first, but Pascal was able to land some hard inside uppercuts during the round. After the round concluded, Pascal's corner was desperately telling him that he needed to go out and win the twelfth round.

As the twelfth round began, Hopkins went on the attack. Both men brawled intensely in close quarters, Pascal landing a right uppercut and Hopkins catching Pascal with a colossal left hook to the head. Hopkins, displaying a cut lip on the left side of his mouth, looked like the younger fighter, trading blow-for-blow with Pascal. Unfortunately, Hopkins did not receive the decision victory he had earned in the end, succumbing only because of erroneous judging.

Arthur Mercante, who refereed Joe Frazier - Muhammad Ali I among many other championship fights, believed that you scored a fight by deciding which fighter won two out of the three minutes in every round, awarding each minute to one of the fighters. That method usually led to a fighter clearly winning a round. Using Mercante's judging standard, if one was scoring the Hopkins - Pascal fight, there is absolutely no objective way to award more rounds for Pascal, simply because he did not win two out of the three minutes in more rounds than Hopkins. Also, Hopkins threw and landed more punches than Pascal, outworking him the majority of the bout.

The World Boxing Council may order Pascal to give Hopkins an immediate rematch, although Pascal could always relinquish the title and fight someone else. Assuming that occurred, Hopkins may be able to fight for a vacant WBC Light Heavyweight title in the near future against another fighter, gaining another well-deserved opportunity to set history. In the court of public perception, Hopkins won the fight easily. Sadly, that means little for Hopkins officially entering the record books as boxing's oldest man to win a major world title.

Other Results

Welterweights: Paulie Malignaggi TKO 6 against Michael Lozada

Super Middleweights: Peter Quillin KO 1 against Martin Desjardins

Welterweights: Kevin Bizier RTD 3 over Ronnie Warrior, Jr.

Lightweights: Pier Olivier Cote TKO 1 over Cesar Soriano

Heavyweights: Tyson Fury UD 8 versus Zack Page

Super Middleweights: Danny Jacobs TKO 5 versus Jesse Orta

Heavyweights: Eric Bahoeli UD 6 over Ruben Rivera

Middleweights: Mikael Zewski TKO 2 against Leonardo Rojas

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