Roselle Park, New Jersey - According to many sources familiar with the situation, Miguel Cotto will announce on ESPN today that he will sign a promotional contract with Roc Nation Sports. Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) will join ESPN’s First Take to talk about the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao May 2 showdown. He will also talk about his own career and his new partnership with Roc Nation Sports. Since the talks for a potential mega fight with Canelo Alvarez broke down in January, Cotto’s camp insisted they had a plan for his next fight and his future, and that nothing had changed.
After a successful launch of their “Throne Boxing” series in January and the same day announcement of the Ward signing, Roc Nation Sports is set to make another splash with the signing of Cotto. It will be interesting to see the potential lineup of opponents in store for Cotto, but one thing is clear, the partnership with Roc Nation Sports will be bigger than just one mega fight.
By Matthew Baker
QUESTION: Joe Calzaghe, Jim Driscoll, and Jimmy Wilde, all come from what country?
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Steve “USS” Cunningham
[On his first fight in Montreal] I am excited. This is my first time in Canada. From the Pascal fights I have seen, the fans in Montreal are crazy for boxing. I am excited to go.
[On his first fight on HBO] It is 14 years in the making. I am happy to finally be here.
[On Glazkov] He struggled against Malik Scott and Derric Rossy and they have similar styles. I ain’t worried about none of that though. I need to do what Steve Cunningham does. I come to kick butt. I come to win. I come to walk out of there with my hands raised.
[On the stakes riding on this fight] The stakes for this fight are the ultimate stakes. This is the fight to get to the heavyweight title. This is that fight that gets you there. Every fight I have had has been the most important fight of my career but this fight is on the stage for that #1 spot. This is to get to the champion. This is the biggest fight of my career. This is the biggest fight of a lot of peoples’ careers. I want to capitalize on it. I want to make the best of it. I want to get in there and do what I am supposed to do. I want to get in there and do what I know I can do. I don’t want to be concerned with Glazkov himself I am just focusing on me. This is the upper echelon stakes. Continue reading
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. who insists he’s TBE…or The Best Ever, was born 24 February, 1977, into a boxing family, with his destiny beckoning.
The Son of Floyd Mayweather Sr, nephew and pupil of the former World Champion Roger “Black Mamba” Mayweather, Floyd Jr. From Grand Rapids, Michigan, started boxing virtually as soon as he could walk.
With The Sweet Science coursing through his veins, the young natural debuted as professional on October 1996, defeating Roberto Apodaca by KO.
With an undefeated record, Mayweather had on his sights firmly set on the WBC super featherweight championship. He fought for the title on October 3rd, 1998 against Genaro Hernandez, comprehensively dominating him until round 8, when Genaro´s corner didn’t allow their man to continue. Continue reading
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Photos by Mikey Williams / Toprank Boxing
Terence “Bud” Crawford el campeón mundial invicto de peso ligero de la Organizacion Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y quien fue elegido como el mejor boxeador del 2014 por la Asociación de Escritores de Boxeo de los Estados Unidos (BWAA, por sus siglas en ingles) y el clasificado mundial Thomas Dulorme estará Arlington, este Jueves 5 de marzo para una conferencia de prensa en el College Park Center de la Universidad de Texas Arlington (600 S. Center St., Arlington, Texas 76010) que comenzara a la 1:30 p.m. (Hora Local).
Junto con los boxeadores estarán Carl Morettim, Vice Presidente de Top Rank y Gary Shaw presidente de Gary Shaw, quienes son los promotores de Crawford y Dulorme respectivamente. Todos podrán ser entrevistados individualmente.
La prensa tendrá acceso por la puerta principal localizada en al norte del edificio y pondrá estacionarte en el garaje localizado en el mismo lado norte.
En la función que será promovida por Top Rank en asociación con Gary Shaw Promotions, Foreman Boys Promotions y Tecate, Crawford y Dulorme disputaran a la corona vacante de peso welter junior de la OMB el sábado 18 de abril en el College Park Center de la Universidad y será televisada por HBO en su programa “Boxing After Dark” como parte de una doble jornada que iniciara a las 9:45 p.m. (Este/Pacifico). Continue reading
BWAA fighter of the Year, Terence Crawford, and Thomas Dulorme arrive in Arlington Texas for the official Press Conference, held on March 5, 2015 at the University of Texas Arlington to announce their April 18th bout for the vacant WBO 140lb title.
On March 14 Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) will compete in his first title defense as Unified WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion against former lineal light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Kovalev completed the first half of his preparations in Big Bear Lake, CA then moved to Miami, FL where he is finishing training camp with his trainer, John David Jackson.
Coming off of his big win against Bernard Hopkins on November 8, some expected Kovalev to take on an easier opponent than Jean Pascal, a former champion who has never been knocked down in his pro career. Sergey, however, does not look for easy fights. He prefers a challenge. When asked what makes Pascal a dangerous opponent, Sergey said, “His power and crazy style of boxing.” Sergey is also excited to return to Quebec, where he knocked out Ismayl Sillakh in his first WBO Light Heavyweight World Championship defense in 2013. He said, “I’m very glad to fight in Canada again because I like Canadian fans and country too. Canada remember me of Russian winter weather.”
This fight against Pascal will be a different test for Kovalev than Hopkins. According to Jackson, “Pascal is more of a herky-jerky type of fighter. Bernard was smoother in his approach. He was also more calculating in his risk. Pascal takes his chances because he punches without really looking at his target. He presents a different problem in the ring but it really isn’t a big problem as long as Sergey sticks to the task at hand. He needs to box him and set traps for Pascal to get caught in. Pascal throws punches with his head down and he is not even looking at his opponent. He is a little more surprising than Bernard; he can throw punches from any angle in hopes of landing that shot to hurt you.” Continue reading