The interesting battle preceding the much-anticipated showdown on Saturday night, June 8, between the most dangerous super middleweight, Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (20-1-0, 17 KOs), and World Boxing Council (WBC),The Ring Magazine and linear light heavyweight champion, "Bad" Chad Dawson (31-2-0, 17 KOs), features a pair of international stars adding spectacular excitement for boxing fans in attendance as well as those watching on HBO's "Boxing After Dark," live from the historic Bell Centre in Montreal.
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has put together a stellar undercard for
tomorrow night's ESPN Friday Night Fights event at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Two weeks from tonight, on Thursday, June 6th, the biggest Fight Club OC show ever will explode in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. All fans attending will witness an epic heavyweight battle between two fighters who don't like each other and want to settle things in the ring. In a can't miss "fight of the year candidate" it will be heavyweight Jonathan Hamm at 5-1 out of Atlanta facing LA's 5-7 Andre Carthron.
Carl Froch could face disciplinary action from the British Boxing Board of Control after saying he was prepared to kill Mikkel Kessler, his opponent in the world super-middleweight title fight at the O2 Arena on Saturday.
The pair have long been viewed as good friends and Froch considers himself a gentleman pugilist but the British fighter was in uncharacteristically bitter and aggressive mood on Wednesday.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
THE WBC RECOGNIZES ANDRE WARD'S GREATNESS AND WISHES HIM THE BEST
Andre Ward recently communicated to the WBC through his advisors, and to the public via a press release, his decision to relinquish his WBC Super Middleweight Emeritus World Championship. The WBC has vested the Emeritus World Champion honor only to a few elite, great champions. Legendary WBC champions like Vitali Klitschko, Floyd Mayweather and Erik Morales have received the Emeritus status when extreme circumstances temporarily interrupted their distinguished careers. In every instance the outcome has been fair and just for all involved, proving that this rule is a great provision.
Froch-Kessler final press conference quotes
ahead of Saturday´s showdown at the
IBF CHAMPION CARL FROCH:
Andre Ward, who is in London to commentate for HBO told Boxing News magazine he thinks Carl Froch can stop Mikkel Kessler in their super middleweight rematch at the O2 Arena on Saturday night. Ward who holds victories over both men stated “Carl Froch has been in some tough fights but I think he has more in the tank. I think Kessler has kind of dipped a little bit since he and I fought, and even since he fought Froch the first time. Even though it’s going to be a tough fight, it’s going to be back and forth, I can’t see Kessler winning this. Kessler’s last two performances, he hasn’t fought the best guys – a shopworn Allan Green then Brian Magee who’s very tough but limited – and he’s going to look good against them but I don’t know if he has the same fire as when he fought Froch the first time. I would be shocked if Kessler got his hand raised. I think Froch wins and I wouldn’t be surprised if Froch caught and stopped him.”
WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35
KOs) has arrived in London prior to his blockbuster unification rematch
with IBF champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs). The Viking Warrior held a
media training session at the Hayemaker gym today. “The hard work has been
done, Jimmy Montoya has put me through some very exhausting sessions,”
Kessler said. “I´ve had the best sparring of my career against top guys
like Nathan Cleverly, George Groves and Erik Skoglund. I am in fantastic
shape and I am ready to beat Froch again. Bring it on!
By Andre Ward
After careful thought and consideration with my family and team, I have decided to relinquish my WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Title. As has been recently reported, the WBC elected to strip me of my world title belt, making the upcoming bout between Sakio Bika and Marco Antonio Periban for the vacant super middleweight title. After consultation with my manager James Prince and attorney Josh Dubin, it is my belief that the WBC did not have the right to strip me of my world title and name me champion emeritus. We voiced our position to the WBC, and after several discussions, have agreed to disagree with their interpretation of the facts and rules. In our opinion, we feel strongly that I did not violate the rules in any manner whatsoever.
ESPN is laying off as many as 400 employees Tuesday in an
effort to boost profit margins, according to reports.
Ever since it was first announced, boxing insiders and fans
alike have been buzzing about the much-anticipated upcoming middleweight
championship showdown between defending WBA/IBO champion Gennady "GGG"
Golovkin (26-0, 23KO's) and Ireland's top-rated former world title
challenger Matthew "Mack The Knife" Macklin (29-4, 20KO's). Lou
DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment, promoter of Macklin, has made
references to the fight as "Gatti/Ward-like" and even hall-of-fame
promoter-arguably the greatest promoter in boxing history-Bob Arum was
quoted as saying that it is a fight that he would pay to see.
JOSESITO & RAFAEL LOPEZ
Riverside boxer returns to the ring!
By Michele Chong
gained fight fans across the globe when he broke the jaw of Victor Ortiz
in their June 2012 bout that shocked the boxing world. Since that clash,
Jose's been called the "Riverside Rocky," an underdog fans relate to after
winning the WBC Silver Welterweight title in his defeat of Ortiz.
Former WBC/IBF heavyweight title challenger and current WBF heavyweight champion Michael Grant (48-4, 36 KOs) will face 2004 Olympian Carlos Takam (27-1, 21 KOs) on May 24 at the Gymnase du Clos de l’Arche in Takam’s hometown of Noisy-le-Grand, France. The 40-year-old Grant has been on the sidelines waiting for a chance to defend his belt since winning it against Francois Botha in South Africa in November 2011.
Countdown to UFC 160 Begins Tonight
On Friday, June 14, Vito Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions (CGP), in association with First Round Promotions, will proudly present an exciting night of world-class professional boxing, live from the Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain in West Orange, New Jersey and broadcast worldwide on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
In the 10-round main event, IBF #14-rated featherweight Arash Usmanee (20-1, 10 KOs) of Montreal, Canada (via Afghanistan) will face once-beaten contender Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan (15-1-2, 8 KOs) of Glendale, California (via Armenia).
And in the exciting 10-round heavyweight co-feature, WBA #2-rated Luis "El Mercedez" Ortiz (19-0, 16 KOs) of Miami, Florida (via Cuba), will take on WBA #11-rated Travis "The Truth" Kauffman (24-1, 18 KOs) of Reading, Pennsylvania in a WBA Heavyweight Elimination Bout with the winner positioning himself for a title shot.
Tickets are priced at $35, $50, $75, and $100 Ringside (Rows 1-2). VIP Tables for 10 are also available that include dinner. To purchase, please call 212.851.6425.
Highly touted and undefeated junior
welterweight prospect Issouf Kinda makes his ESPN Friday Night
Fights debut this week in the ten round co-main event against battle
tested Chris Howard from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut