By Rich Mancuso
Bernard Hopkins has nothing more to prove in the ring. However, the legacy he is leaving continues and there is more to come after his split decision 12-round light heavyweight title win Saturday night in Washington D.C. His latest victim, Beibut Shumenov may have not been in his class but never fault the Hopkins legacy that continues.
There will be more, as Hopkins, not fighting like a 49-year old, continues to place his mark on boxing history. The win was his third championship as a light heavyweight and he became the oldest fighter to unify a title. So, there is more to come and as long as Hopkins can continue, he will. Continue reading
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ORLANDO, FL – Continúa la impresionante racha del ‘Diamante’. El sensacional prospecto puertorriqueño Félix Verdejo añadió otro sensacional triunfo a sus palmares al dominar al mexicano Iván ‘El Oso’ Zavala en el combate co-estelar del cartel ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que se celebró ante cerca de mil fans en el Bahía Shriners Events Center.
Verdejo no tuvo que esforzarse mucho para despachar a Zavala, ya que lo conectó limpiamente al mentón con el primer golpe de poder que lanzó en el combate, un fulminante derechazo que envió al mexicano la lona y este nunca logró recuperarse, obligando a que el referee detuviese las hostilidades. El final del combate llegó a los 1:14 del capitulo inicial.
“Le quiero dar la gloria a Dios por permitirme disfrutarme esta oportunidad de traerle alegría a la fanaticada acá en Orlando. Estoy bien contento” dijo el ex olímpico boricua. “Salí a boxear que fue lo que me ordenó la esquina y el golpe llegó”.
Con la victoria ante Zavala, Verdejo mejoró su marca a 12-0, 9 KO’s.
El próximo compromiso de Verdejo será el 7 de junio en la función en la cual el boricua Miguel Cotto retará al argentino Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martínez por el título peso mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) en el Madison Square Garden de la ciudad de Nueva York.
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Hopkins easily defeats Shumemov to unify titles, is Stevenson next?
By Nick Bellafatto
Whether in hindsight the now deposed WBA titlist Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KO’s) suffered from inexperience, had no trainer in his corner, was tailor made or an undeserving champion, or had an off night, the fact remains that he was outclassed in every way by father time in the form of 49-year-old Philly fighter slash legend Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KO’s).
Carving out what should have been a unanimous decision victory en-route to unifying the WBA and IBF light heavyweight titles, save for incompetence on the part of judge Gustavo Padilla, B-Hop after a couple early feel-out rounds at the Washington D.C. Armory had it all going his way. Continue reading
Scott Quigg retained the WBA Super Bantamweight title with a 2nd round stoppage over late replacement Tshifiwa Munyai.
The Bout highlighted a 4-hour card that was televised live on AWE and originated from the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England.
“This was a great night of boxing,” said AWE President Charles Herring.
“Scott Quigg has been introduced to the American boxing fans on our network and he has established himself as one of the great 122 pound fighters in the world. The Crolla – Murray matchup was as advertised. We enjoy giving the boxing fans the most bang for their buck with these great shows and we look forward to continuing to provide the best boxing content out there.” Continue reading
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Washington D.C. - Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), at 49-years-old, made history once again on Saturday night. He is now the oldest man to unify a boxing world championship and the oldest fighter to defend a world title-besting his own record-as he defeated Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion. Judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored the fight 116-111 for the future Hall of Famer while Gustavo Padilla scored the bout 114-113 for Shumenov.
Boxing’s elder statesman, Hopkins was calm and confident throughout the fight, enforcing ring generalship against Shumenov who was never able to figure out a game plan to score. Shumenov, who is self-trained, threw very few combinations, and did not press the pace. Hopkins, on the other hand, dazzled with his timing, counterpunching and, at times, showmanship. In the 11th round, Hopkins landed a short right hand that sent Shumenov to the canvas for the fifth time in his career. Continue reading
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MONROEVILLE, Pa. - Rod Salka put on a boxing clinic for Alexei Collado in Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation main event. And then he stated his case for a world title shot.
Salka was the more intelligent and effective fighter from the opening bell, pounding the body and utilizing his superior movement in an impressive 10-round unanimous decision victory (96-94, 96-93, 96-93) over the previously undefeated Collado at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., just down the road from his hometown of Bunola, Pa. Continue reading
By Sam DeGrazia
The never ending debate that is Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio has intensified of late. The common notion circling social media and boxing forums is that Manny needs this fight more than Floyd. Only the fighters themselves may have that answer, but here are 5 reason that the Pound 4 Pound king should agree to this potential super-bout.
#1: MONEY- As is his self proclaimed nickname, Floyd very well may not need more reason than a potential record setting payday to entice him to sign. There is a rumored $60M check with his name on it, not to mention guaranteed record setting pay-per-view revenues. Manny may need the money more but no opponent can make Floyd the money that Manny can. Continue reading