Pacquiao-Roach-Arum Conference Call Quotes

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FREDDIE ROACH: We have had a great training camp so far wit the workouts with Manny. Last time we began with four rounds and this time my first day in camp we went 12 rounds and Manny wasn’t even breathing. We have had a great start, probably the best start we have ever had and sparring has been going very well – we have over 35 rounds of sparring in so far and we have some great sparring partners (Viktor) Postol the number one contender in the world, Mike Jones who is a big 147-pounder and Stan Martyniouk, from San Francisco. All the guys are tall and I think some guys are better than our opponent, but we will see very soon.

MANNY PACQUIAO: Hello everyone and thanks for being on the call. I am excited again to fight against a tall opponent like Chris Algieri. I have fought tall guys like Algieri before so I know what it will be like when I get in the ring with him on November 22.

What is your biggest concern with Algieri?

FREDDIE ROACH: He is a pretty good mover. He moves pretty well and he is very defensive. He has a good jab – one of the best in h business — and he has a good left hand. His jab is his best weapon and it is something that we have to really take care of. Continue reading

Mike Gavronski to meet Gerardo Ibarra at Battle at the Boat 98 on November 15th‏

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On Saturday, November 15th, Brian Halquist Productions presents: Battle at the Boat 98; live from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington with the first of six bouts scheduled to start at 7:00PM.

The main event of the evening will see talented Tacoma native, Mike Gavronski (14-1-1, 10 KOs) face off against Gerardo Ibarra (14-1-0, 8 KOs) of Houston, Texas in a 10-round bout. Gavronski’s most recent appearance came on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights where he lost in a close unanimous decision victory to the highly touted Tureano Johnson. The loss was Gavronski’s first in what has been a very successful start to his professional boxing career. Gavronski has proven himself a true knockout artist, with 10 of his 14 victories coming by way of stoppage and he’ll look to add another to his record when he takes on the young 24 year old, Gerardo Ibarra. After scoring knockout victories in 8 of his first 9 professional fights, Ibarra has shown he can also outlast most opponents, going the distance in each of his last 6 fights. Continue reading

Alexander Povetkin takes on Carlos Takam tomorrow in Moscow

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With one eye directed to the future, WBC Silver heavyweight Champion, Carlos Takam from Cameroon (30-1-1, 23 Kos) defends his crown against Russian WBC International Champion, Alexander Povetkin (27-1, 19 KO´s) tomorrow, determined to produce a big freeze in Moscow.

Takam conquered the Silver title defeating wily veteran southpaw Tony Thompson by decision in more clement June. Not to be outdone, Povetkin won his laurels by knocking out Manuel Charr, to earn the WBC International title.

Both fighters showed their heavy armory during an absorbing public training session held in Luzhniki, looking fast and very powerful.

At the official weigh in Povetkin weighed a trim 229.7lbs. While Takam was a more robust 252 lbs. Whoever overcomes the other, will have taken a giant stop in the right direction to contest the absolute Championship.

1965: The Birth of “The Alien”‏

Credit: Tom Casino / Showtime

Credit: Tom Casino / Showtime


BERNARD HOPKINS CONTINUES CHAMPIONSHIP REIGN WHILE CONTEMPORARIES WATCH FROM RETIREMENT

There is one thing that virtually every professional athlete born in 1965 has in common – retirement from professional sports. The only exception is current IBF and WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins. On November 8, just two months shy of his 50th birthday, Hopkins will defend his titles against WBO Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ live on HBO World Championship Boxing®.

At a time when most athletes his age have seen their skill set fade and long since walked away from their respective sports, Hopkins continues to enjoy his prime. After nearly 25 years, in arguably the most physically demanding of all sports, Hopkins defies retirement by continuing to defeat and outbox up-and-comers that are many years his junior.

Bernard Hopkins was born on January 15, 1965, and on November 8, 2014 he will step into the ring for his 64th professional bout. On that night Hopkins will attempt to break his own astonishing record, again, becoming the oldest champion in the history of major sports to win a world title. To appreciate Hopkins’ unbelievable, age-defying accomplishments, one should consider where other notable athletes born in 1965 are today. Continue reading

George Groves added to huge November 22 card in Liverpool

George Groves  Photo Credit: Philip Sharkey

George Groves
Photo Credit: Philip Sharkey



George Groves (20-2, 15 KOs) is back in action on November 22 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The ‘Saint’ will defend his WBC Silver title against American Denis Douglin (17-3, 10 KOs) on a bumper bill topped by the domestic grudge match between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Groves returns following a unanimous points victory over Christopher Rebrasse at the SSE Arena, Wembley in September, in which the Hammersmith boxer claimed the European and WBC Silver Super Middleweight titles, and became mandatory challenger for Anthony Dirrell’s WBC World title.

‘’I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,’’ said Groves. ‘’This is a chance for me to impress on a big card. I plan to steal the show! It’s a calculated risk, lose this fight and I lose my shot at Dirrell. But I want to stay active, I want to box as regularly as possible and I’m confident I can get the job done. Continue reading

Promoter Confident WBA and NSAC Will Treat Lateef Kayode Fairly in Wake of Luis Ortiz’s Positive Steroid Test‏

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According to promoter Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, the WBA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission have a clear duty to his fighter, Lateef Kayode, should interim WBA World Heavyweight Champion Luis Ortiz’s positive post-fight drug test for the steroid nandrolone be confirmed by the NSAC in an upcoming hearing.

The NSAC and WBA, say Cohen, have a duty to his fighter, should Ortiz’s positive result stand at the upcoming hearing and his title be stripped.

“I think it’s only fair that my fighter’s loss be erased by the Nevada Commission. And I believe the WBA should reinstate Lateef to his former position in the ratings and let him fight again for the interim championship against a fighter that isn’t cheating. Lateef earned his place into a title fight and he deserves the chance to compete for it on a level playing field.” Continue reading

Peter Manfredo, Jr. Honored by Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame induction

Peter Manfredo Jr. landing a right to his opponent's chin   (all pictures courtesy of Emily Harney Photography / The Fight Source)

Peter Manfredo Jr. landing a right to his opponent’s chin
(all pictures courtesy of Emily Harney Photography / The Fight Source)



After spending the majority of his young life training inside a gym or boxing in a ring, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. is enjoying life outside the ring for the first time on a daily basis with his family, as he prepares for his upcoming induction into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF).

Members of the Class of 2014 will be inducted at the 10TH annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, November 8 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.

The new CBHOF inductees also includes former two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, referee Michael Ortega, International Boxing Federation president Daryl Peoples, trainer Paul Cichon and the late boxing judge William Hutt.

Manfredo (40-7, 21 KOs) starred in the inaugural season of NBC’s reality television show, The Contender. The two-time world title challenger was born and raised in Providence and he now lives in Dayville, Connecticut. A beloved fan-friendly fighter, he was unbeaten in 11 professional fights held in Connecticut. Continue reading