Crawford – Dulorme – Arum Conference Call Transcript‏

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BOB ARUM: We are very excited to bring this event to Arlington, Texas, We are familiar with the Dallas-Ft. Worth area and have put on shows at Cowboys Stadium and this facility at the University of Texas Arlington is beautiful which is fitting for Fighter of the Year Terence Crawford, who was the world champion of the lightweight division and is now moving up for a crack at a junior welterweight world title. He fights a difficult contender in Thomas Dulorme. But we at Top Rank are confident in the ability of Terrence Crawford.

TERRENCE CRAWFORD: Camp has been going great. You know it’s been a blessing to be where I’m at and at this point I am ready to just go in there and do what I’ve got to do on Saturday night.

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“Canelo” vs. Kirkland pressure gauge rising

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Heavy handed big punchers Mexican, Saul “ Canelo” Alvarez and Texan southpaw James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland, are preparing in their respective school of hard knocks training camps in California and Texas, for a highly anticipated May 9th dynamite clash at the Minute Maid Park of Houston.

Golden Boy Promotions are in charge of this high octane event, where Saul will fight one of the toughest customers he’s ever faced. The “Mandingo warrior” earned his lumps with bumps in Mexico, by knocking out Alfredo “Perro” Ángulo in 2011. At that time, “Perro” Angulo was at the zenith of his career, being guided by Mexican trainer “Nacho” Beristaín.

Kirkland and Angulo both made impromptu visits to the canvass in the opening round, but Kirkland domainated thereafter, until round six, when the Referee stopped the fight, with him as the winner.

Preparado Felix Verdejo para conquistar el primer título de su carrera‏

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Llegó el momento de pasar de prospecto a contendor. Hoy durante una sesión de entrenamiento ante a la prensa del País, el fenomenal prospecto y estrella en ascenso del boxeo puertorriqueño, Félix “El Diamante” Verdejo, aseguró estar más que preparado para la primera cita titular de su prometedora carrera.

“El 25 de abril verán de que estamos hechos los puertorriqueños”, afirmó el joven peleador, quien ese día intentará capturar el primer cinturón de su trayectoria profesional, para estar un paso más cerca de una oportunidad de título mundial. “Le quiero regalar mi primer título a mi Isla. Estoy súper contento por la oportunidad que me da la compañía Top Rank de pelear en casa”, dijo Verdejo, quien no pelea en suelo boricua desde agosto del 2014.

“El Diamante”, quien marcha invicto con marca de 16-0 y 12 anestesiados, disputará el vacante título peso ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) ante el experimentado púgil mexicano Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” López (24-5, 15 KO’s) en el evento estelar de la función “Solo Boxeo Tecate” que se celebrará el sábado 25 de abril ante casa llena en el Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales de Guaynabo. Continue reading

Leo Santa Cruz To Participate In May The 2nd Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Event‏

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WBC Super bantamweight Champion Leo Santa Cruz will fight on the undercard of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao bout at the MGM in Las Vegas this coming May the 2nd.

The promotion requested of the WBC sanctioning sphere, a voluntary defense of Leo Santa Cruz’s Championship. The WBC had scheduled Santa Cruz to defend in June and as this request was so close to the date of the event, the WBC has recommended and approved Leo Santa Cruz to compete in a non-title bout, in order to protect integrity and satisfy safety measures, which is the top priority of the WBC.

Leo Santa Cruz will make his mandatory defense of the division after this non-title fight on May the 2nd.

Boxing’s most avoided world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux heading to UK next month to publicly confront Scott Quigg‏

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Unified super bantamweight world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), arguably the most avoided reigning world title holder in modern boxing history, will travel to London next month in order to publicly confront his mandatory challenger, Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), the World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” 122-pound division titlist.

A month ago in an unusual move, Rigondeaux’ manager Gary Hyde formally petitioned the WBA to enforce a mandatory title fight between his WBA Super champion and Quigg. Hyde is awaiting the WBA’s decision. Rigondeaux is also the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring magazine’s super bantamweight champion.

A reigning world champion hasn’t been avoided by other world champions and top contenders like Rigondeux has for the past two years since, perhaps, junior middleweight Sergio Martinez, or possibly all the way back to middleweight Mike McCallum. Continue reading

Famous Fighter of the Week: Georges Carpentier

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By Matthew Baker

Georges Carpentier is popularly considered the single greatest European boxer in the history of the sport. The impoverished pit boy from a coal mining village in France would soon become a dazzling prizefighter, winning the Heavyweight Championship of Europe by the time he was 19 years old.

However, sadly, like so many talented fighters with scores of victories to their credit, he is best remembered for one particularly famous loss: the 1921 “Battle of the Century” against Jack Dempsey. This landmark bout, fought in Jersey City, is famous as boxing’s first million-dollar gate and the first sports event to be broadcast on radio. It was promoted as a war between men and their ideals. Dempsey was a 4A sole provider who avoided the draft and continued to box throughout World War I. Carpentier was a war hero who had served valiantly in his nation’s air force and won the prestigious Croix De Guerre and Medaille Militaire. But the gallant and graceful “Orchid Man” was no match for the brutal aggression of “The Manassa Mauler” and Carpentier was knocked out in Round 4. He would never contend for the World Heavyweight Championship again.

Before Carpentier’s date with fate at Dempsey’s hands, he had risen through the weight classes, becoming Light Heavyweight Champion of the World by knocking out Battling Levinsky. Rising to heavyweight, he set his sights on Jack Johnson’s championship during the height of the racist search for a “Great White Hope”. Carpentier won a competition that crowned him “White Heavyweight Champion of the World” but he (and everyone else) knew this was not a real title. Nevertheless, it would have earned him the opportunity to face the hugely unpopular champion if the war had not gotten in the way. Enlisting to serve his country in uniform, his war service wound up being a four-year interruption to his career in the ring. By the time he was back, it was a moot point. Johnson had lost to Jess Willard and the search was over. Carpentier was fighting on his own terms.

Carpentier had made his name as an energetic hard-punching boxer who was expected to tire himself out because of all the energy he exuded from the first bell. 20 rounds later, such exhaustion was nowhere to be seen. Sometimes, his skills so overpowered those of his opponents, he was accused of giving them “the hypnotic eye”. Eventually, though, his victories became fewer and fewer. He retired in 1927 and became a silent movie actor. Ultimately, like his erstwhile adversary, Jack Dempsey, he became a restaurant owner and thrived in that business until his death, in 1975, at the age of 81.