‘I’ve earned my
shot’ at Floyd Mayweather
‘All eyes will be on me’:
Amir Khan has no
interest in meeting with Kell Brook as he looks to land a fight with
pound-for-pound superstars Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao next year.
Brook, who earlier this year captured the IBF welterweight title before
being forced to take time away from the ring when he was stabbed while on
vacation has long courted a showdown with the Bolton fighter.
But Khan believes he is a level above Brook and would prefer to be matched
against the two biggest fighters in the sport.
SERGIO THOMPSON GETS HIS SECOND SHOT AT CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD ON SATURDAY,
"YEYO" FACES BRYAN VASQUEZ FOR THE WBA INTERIM TITLE IN CANCUN
/ FOX DEPORTES TO TELEVISE
The final Televisa and FOX Deportes event of 2014 will be
one to remember, as Sergio "Yeyo" Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs) will
attempt to win his first world championship on Saturday, December 20, when
he faces Bryan Vasquez (33-1, 17 KOs) for the WBA interim junior
lightweight at Arena Quequi in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo Mexico.
ALL ACCESS crews were on
hand to document the drama of fight week and raw reactions from Amir Khan
and Keith Thurman after their impressive victories last Saturday at MGM
Grand in Las Vegas. Check out these Epilogues – the latest installment of
the award-winning original documentary series ALL ACCESS–
to get rarely seen insight and access to the fighters before and after
they enter the ringas well as a
unique, first-hand perspective to the fight itself.
“ALL ACCESS EPILOGUE: Amir Khan”
premieres tonight on SHOWTIME immediately following SHOWTIME BOXING
SPECIAL EDITION (9 p.m. ET/PT):
“ALL ACCESS EPILOGUE: Keith
Thurman” premieres this Saturday, immediately following SHOWTIME
BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME:
STEVENSON SAYS HE WILL FIGHT KOVALEV
Adonis Stevenson insists he would
welcome a world title unification fight against Sergey Kovalev if he
defeats Dmitry Sukhotsky.
The 37-year-old defends his WBC light-heavyweight title against the
Russian challenger in Quebec tonight.
But Stevenson has been unable to avoid questions about a future fight with
fellow champion Kovalev, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles after his
impressive points win over ring legend Bernard Hopkins.
Kovalev has accused Stevenson of avoiding him but the Canada-based Haitian
says he is willing to face his rival in 2015.
“The fight that is huge is Kovalev and me because the world needs this
fight,” said Stevenson. “They don’t just want to watch that in Quebec City
- they want to watch that all over.”
Stevenson must first get past Sukhotsky, who has suffered just two defeats
in 24 fights.
The 33-year-old brushed aside former European champion Eduard Gutknecht in
five rounds and has gained the respect of the belt holder.
“He's not here as a tourist," said Stevenson. "He's a tough guy who has
trained for 12 rounds. He's in top condition, and I'll definitely have to
"I'm not going to rush in. I'm going to take my time to work him over and
then finish him off."
52ND WBC CONVENTION ENDS
L/R: WBC Treasurer Juan Sanchez, EBU
Vice President Charles Giles, NABF President Duane Ford,
China Boxing Federation President Liu Tao, EBU President Bob
Logist, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, ABCO President
The motion was approved to hold the
2015 WBC Convention next November in Kunming, Peoples Republic of China.
Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) Secretary Patrick Cusick said, "In China, the
formation of the China Boxing Federation has brought a strong focus on
boxing in China, and boxing in China is now in a rapid ascent. Mr. Liu
Tao, the president of the China Boxing Federation, has gotten the support
of government agencies and the major hotels in Kunming, which is the
gateway city to Southeast Asia for China. Kunming is accessed with direct
flights from Europe, it is also easy to access through the main capitals
of Beijing and Shanghai, and through Hong Kong. So access to Kunming is
very easy because it is regarded as the 'holiday center' of China. The
proposal, as presented to the Board of Governors, will be very beneficial
to the WBC, and I'm sure that this will be a major, significant step
forward for the WBC in China."
Records have tumbled one after the
other at the World Boxing Council's 52nd Convention in the Mirage Hotel ,
More than 2,000 people have attended this largest ever boxing Convention.
There were more than 1,800 people in the main Convention Hall at the
The achievements have met and surpassed all expectations. World Boxing
Council President Mauricio Sulaiman said:
"It has been a great gathering of the WBC Family. To have broken the
Guinness record of Champions (112) in one room. To have had the WBC up in
Space (at the Russian Space Station), to have created the WBC Amateur
Program, to have a new anti doping protocol, a prevention of mismatches.
And many fights mandated for a great year, is very important and we'll
have a very busy 2015."
Geographically far from home, Mauricio's most cherished memory of this so
very special Convention, is close to home. He smiled as he said: "The most
wonderful moment for me was my Mother on stage receiving a bouquet of
flowers, a Champion's Belt, with a standing ovation. That is the memory I
take in my mind and in my heart. She is a great Mother a great Wife, and
she was fundamental for my Father to be able to go and change the WBC and
make it what it is today.
"It's a new dimension. It's a new era, a new WBC, all with the foundations
that my Father, my Dear Jose Sulaiman placed. And this is all happening
because of him."
TARVER CALLS OUT HAYE
Rejuvenated Antonio Tarver
Calls out David Haye
All five-time world
champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) wants for
Christmas is a signed contract to fight former two-division world champion
David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), ideally, during the first-quarter of
Tarver had been sending
direct tweets for the past six months to Haye, who hasn't fought in more
than two years, without receiving a response. Coming off last week's
impressive seventh-round knockout of veteran Johnathan Banks
(29-3-1, 19 KOs), Tarver has taken off the proverbial gloves and he is now
publicly calling out Haye, who insists, once again, that he is coming out
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents
the 16th installment of "The Rockin Fights" series from The Paramount in
Huntington, NY, this Saturday, December 20th. The fights will be shown on
a delayed basis over the MGS Network to be aired on January 11th at
Headlining the card will be a grudge rematch between undefeated power
punching Jr. Welterweight prospect Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin, 14-0
11KO's, Long Island, NY and Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal, 17-5-3
11KO's, Arlington, VA., in a bout for the vacant WBC International Silver
Jr. Welterweight title.
The co-feature will be The Paramount debut of Mastic Beach Light
Heavyweight Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr., 16-1 13KO's, taking on
dangerous veteran Maxell Taylor, 18-9-1 8KO's, Baltimore, MD, in an 8
round Light Heavyweight contest. Smith has laid a trail of his opponents
knocking out 13 of his 16 wins and the former NY Golden Glove champ will
also bring a huge throng of fans to The Paramount. The event has a few
remaining tickets on sale which can be purchased at The Paramount Box
Office, 631 673-7300, Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com, 1 (800) 745-3000,
or by calling star Boxing, 718 823-200. First bout is scheduled for
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NEW CO-FEATURE ON SHO EXTREME
GARY RUSSELL JR. TO FACE
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN IN NEW CO-FEATURE THIS SATURDAY, DEC. 20, ON SHOWTIME
BOXING on SHOWTIME EXTREME
A 10-round featherweight fight
between 2008 U.S. Olympian and former world title contender Gary
Russell Jr. (24-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., and former
California State Champion Christopher Martin (28-4-3, 9 KOs) of
Chula Vista, Calif., has been elevated to co-feature of this Saturday’s
SHOWTIME BOXINGon SHOWTIME EXTREMElive telecast (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed
on the West Coast, SHOWTIME EXTREME) from Little Creek Casino Resort
in Shelton, Wash.
The Russell vs. Martin scarp is co-headlining the SHOWTIME EXTREME
telecast in replacement of previously announced bout between Anthony
Peterson and Yakabu Amido. Peterson will now box on the
non-televised portion of the card against Mexican veteran Héctor
Velázquez (56-24-3, 38 KOs).
In another change to the televised lineup, promising undefeated
world-class prospect Julian “J Rock” Williams (17-0-1, 10 KOs), 24,
of Philadelphia, will now be opposed by Jamar Freeman of Wilson,
N.C. in a 10-round junior middleweight clash. Freeman (13-3-2, 7 KOs) is a
late substitute for Mexico’s Edgar “Nene” Ortega, who withdrew due
to an injury suffered in training.
The final SHOWTIME BOXING event of the year – and the fourth and final of
back-to-back SHOWTIME telecasts on consecutive weekends – is presented by
December 17, 2014
WBC CONVENTION DAY 2
The second day of the World Boxing Council’s 52nd annual convention was
devoted mostly to ratings, which will available soon.
In his opening comments, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said, "The
conventions are always the most important moment of the year for the WBC.
Here is where the WBC Board and Committees meet. Each one reviews what it
has been doing and if its plans and goals were met, and we plan for the
next year. All of the very important decisions and changes of the rules
and organization have taken place during the conventions.
"We appreciate very much all of the promoters and managers that are here
for this session. All of the ring officials are in another room doing
their seminars, and there are other workshops going on. This morning, we
are going to have a ratings review, and there will be a couple of
It's the first time ever that a boxing organization has assembled 112
Champions on one magical evening, and the WBC has achieved this at its
annual convention in The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.
Fifty one Champions received the new series six green and gold belts. The
current Champion of each of the seventeen divisions plus the all time
great Champion, who the fans voted for.