James DeGale edges Andre Dirrell to win 168 pound title; Edwin Rodriguez & Danny O’Conner stop foes

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

James DeGale (21-1, 14 KOs) narrowly defeated Andre Dirrell (24-2, 16 KOs) Saturday afternoon on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from Agganis Arena in Boston to earn the super middleweight world title.

Degale had Dirrell in trouble early knocking him down twice in the second round to open up a lead on the scorecards. Dirrell fought back strongly throughout the rest of the fight by using his jab and a series of combinations to occasionally stun DeGale, but was unable to make up the gap on the scorecards. The judges’ scores were 114-112 twice and 117-109.

Worcester’s Edwin Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) impressed the crowd at Agganis Arena with a dominant third round stoppage over the previously undefeated Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs). The ref stopped the fight at 2:22 into the third round because of unanswered strikes to the head.

Another local favorite, Framingham’s Danny O’Connor (26-2, 10 KOs) was determined to put on a show close to home and he delivered in a big way, stopping Chris Gilbert (13-2, 10 KOs) in the fifth round. O’Connor knocked Gilbert down in rounds two and three before getting the stoppage in round five.

Alexander Povetkin KO’s Mike Perez in 1; Grigory Drozd defeats Lukasz Janik

  Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images



Alexander Povetkin ended the bout in just 91 seconds against Mike Perez after landing a monster right hook and straight right that sent Perez to the canvass.

He managed to get up but not recover. All happened at the 91 seconds of the first round which was the main event of the card presented Luzhniki Moscow, Russia.

In this way, the Russian became the first mandatory challenger of the WBC Heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder.

Alexander, who has ended his last three fights by KO, Stopping rivals Manuel Charr, Carlos Takam and now Mike Pérez. He improves his record to 29 victories, 21 of them by KO and only 1 loss.

WBC cruiserweight champion, Grigory Drozd, defended his title when Referee, Ian John Lewis, stopped the bout against late sub Lukasz Janik.

The superiority of Drozd was evident winning every single round using great combinations and cutting off the ring.

It was the first defense of the WBC cruiserweight title that Drozd conquered defeating to the then champion, Kryztof Wlodarczyc.

Negotiations underway for Froch-Golovkin

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WBA middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin could soon be fighting Carl Froch, in a blockbuster at Wembley Stadium.

Eddie Hearn, Froch´s promoter, says negotiations are already underway.

“I have personally spoken with Carl and he is really interested in this fight. I just want to be sure he is really motivated as the risk is high. It would be a great bout. Wembley Staidum would be packed out! Negotiations have started and everything is going really well.

Froch hasn’t fought since May 2014, when he defeated George Grooves. He has a record of 33 victories, 24 KO´s and 2 looses.

Golovkin has just defeated Willie Monroe in California. He has an undefeated record of 33 victories with 30 KO´s.

Enrique Collazo peleará el 30 de mayo en Cataño‏

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Listo para subir al cuadrilátero por cuarta ocasión en lo que va de año, el olímpico Enrique ‘Kikin’ Collazo (6-0-1, 6KO’s) será uno de los protagonistas de la cartelera estelarizada por la defensa del título Latino gallo de la OMB entre el campeón Emmanuel ‘Manny el Sensacional’ Rodríguez y el retador dominicano Luis Hinojosa, a celebrarse el sábado, 30 de mayo en el Coliseo Cosme Beitía Sálamo de Cataño.

“Estamos preparándonos para dar otro gran espectáculo a nuestra fanaticada el 30 de mayo en Cataño”, manifestó el púgil manejado por Jorge Antonetti. “Cada día nos sentimos mejor con el fuerte trabajo que estamos haciendo en el gimnasio. Con la ayuda de Dios, seguiremos mostrando lo que tenemos”, agregó.

Collazo, quien el pasado 25 de abril en Guaynabo despachó en cuatro asaltos a Daniel ‘La Roca’ Rodríguez, estará chocando ante el peligroso boxeador africano, Tolutomi Agunbiade en combate pactado en un peso máximo de 165 libras.

“No conozco mucho de mi rival, pero sé que es fuerte y le gusta pelear. A mí realmente no me preocupa quien sea mi oponente. Mi trabajo yo lo hago en el gimnasio y la tarea de seleccionar a mis rivales se la dejo en las manos a mi equipo de trabajo. Mi mentalidad es esa, nos preparamos con intensidad para cada combate como si fuera uno de campeonato mundial. Confío en mi trabajo y en la labor que hace mi equipo”, terminó diciendo Collazo, quien entrena bajo el mando de William Cruz y Lestter Villa.

Los boletos para la cartelera están a la venta en PRTicket, llamando al (787) 303-0334, en el portal cibernético http://www.prticket.com y/o visitando La Gran Discoteca de Sears en Plaza Las Américas.

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON NBC FINAL BOSTON PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

(From left to right: Murphys Boxing Ken Casey, Chris Gilbert, Logan McGuinness, Gary O'Sullivan, Edwin Rodriguez, Andre Dirrell, James DeGale, Craig Baker, Danny O'Connor & Murphys Boxing Sean Sullivan)

(From left to right: Murphys Boxing Ken Casey, Chris Gilbert, Logan McGuinness, Gary O’Sullivan, Edwin Rodriguez, Andre Dirrell, James DeGale, Craig Baker, Danny O’Connor & Murphys Boxing Sean Sullivan)

Fighters participating on Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card took part in the final press conference today at historic Fenway Park in Boston before their respective fights at Agganis Arena, with televised coverage starting at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Murphys Boxing, are priced at $250, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $35, not including applicable service charges and taxes, and are on sale now.

Here are what the press conference participants had to say: Continue reading

“Deja Vu All Over Again” for Chris Algieri‏?

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To quote a Yogi Berra-ism, Bronx-based promoter Joe DeGuardia says it will be “deja vu all over again” when Star Boxing’s, Chris Algieri, squares off against Amir Khan at the Barclays Center on Friday night, May 29. In other words, the underdog Algieri will pull off the upset just as he did against Ruslan Provodnikov last year at the same Brooklyn venue.

“I’m thrilled to be back at the Barclays Center with Chris Algieri, which is the same arena where he shocked the world winning the World Championship with his upset over Ruslan Provodnikov,” said DeGuardia. “Now, we are here again, in the same underdog position, against Amir Khan. Once again I fully expect Chris to walk out of the Barclays Center ring with his hand raised in victory.”

The Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) vs. Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) 12-round welterweight affair will headline the Premier Boxing Champions series card from Barclays on Spike TV, air time is at 9:00 PM.

Star Boxing’s Algieri rose to fame in June 2014 at Barclays Center when he upset Ruslan Provodnikov for a super lightweight world title. The 31-year-old returns to the scene of his greatest triumph on May 29 to take on the British superstar Khan. The former kickboxing champion from Huntington, New York, built his undefeated boxing record on the strength of his excellent movement and skill with the jab. His victory over Provodnikov earned him a shot at Manny Pacquiao in Nov. 2014, a bout that Algieri ultimately lost. He had previously defeated strong contenders Mike Arnaoutis and Emanuel Taylor on the way to his world title.

Arthur Abraham promises a conclusive finish in fourth fight with Robert Stieglitz

Arthur Abraham, Robert Stieglitz Photo Credit: Team Sauerland

Arthur Abraham, Robert Stieglitz
Photo Credit: Team Sauerland

Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) has vowed to bring an end to his feud with domestic rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) when the German super middleweights contest the WBO World title for a fourth time on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle.

The fighters began their now familiar pre-fight routine with a kick-off press conference today, in which the reigning champion promised to provide a conclusive finish to their long-standing rivalry. ‘’Four fights with Robert is enough for me,’’ declared Abraham. ‘’Of course, victory is always the most important thing, but on July 18, I don’t just want to win, I want to win decisively and prove once and for all that I am the better man!’’

Abraham holds the advantage, having triumphed in two of their three previous encounters, but while ‘King Arthur’ eyes a conclusive third victory, Stieglitz aims to settle the score with a second win over the Berlin-based boxer. ‘’I have analysed all three of our fights in detail,’’ reveals Stieglitz. ‘’With the right tactical adjustments, I have no doubt that this time I will be victorious!’’ Continue reading