October 11th, 2013 at 10:20 AM
By Sharon Scrima
Undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and four-division world titlist Juan Manuel Marquez will be weighing-in later this afternoon for tomorrow night's HBO® pay-per-view fight at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The weigh-in will be simulcast live in Times Square on the screen of the seven-story-tall NASDAQ building and the Reuters screen across the street today from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET. The weigh-in will also be streamed live via Yahoo! and Univision.
“This fight between Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez is going to be great theater, so where else would we screen this preview but in Times Square?” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Tomorrow night's entire live pay-per-view card is great theater.
The legendary Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), of Mexico City, will be attempting to become the first Mexican fighter to win world titles in five different weight divisions.
The undercard will feature Orlando Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the No. 1 featherweight contender and boxing's first openly gay fighter. Cruz is getting his first world title shot and attempting to make history against former two-time world champion Orlando Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs), of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 8th, 2013 at 3:00 PM
By Sharon Scrima
Timothy Bradley put his money where his mouth was and kept his word when he put it all on the line against Ruslan Provodnikov in a "Fight of the Year" candidate this past March. He defended his WBO welterweight title in warrior-like fashion, being staggered numerous times in a toe-to-toe slugfest and forced to take a knee in the final seconds of Round 12 before being awarded a hard-earned unanimous decision. Juan Manuel Marquez also delivered on his commitment to finally capture victory against nemesis Manny Pacquiao. Following three closely contested battles with the Filipino star, the results were conclusive and undeniable in their fourth fight as Marquez knocked Pacquiao out cold last December.
As Bradley and Marquez now prepare to face each other on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, one has to wonder – what kind of encore presentation can we realistically expect from them?
Bradley (30-0, 12 KO's), who was fighting for the respect that was denied him after winning a controversial split decision over Pacquiao in June 2012, suffered some physical damage from the Provodnikov war.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 4th, 2013 at 10:10 AM
By Sharon Scrima
Boxing 101's ongoing monitoring of questionable officiating during 2013 extends to the referee. With the third quarter of the year completed, let's take a look at some of the top cases we have experienced during this period.
|July|| || || |
|Michael Alexander (UK)||Hull, England||K. Brook v C. Jones||TKO 8 (KB)|
|Phil Edwards (UK)||London||M. Scott v D. Chisora||KO 6 (DC)|
|August|| || || |
|Gary Ritter (OK)||OK||K. Cintron v J. Batista||UD (KC)|
The pesky Carson Jones had been a nuisance to Sheffield star Kell Brook for 20 rounds over the course of two fights. Although he may not have done enough to win rounds in their second meeting on July 13, 2013 and was taking some heavy shots, the American kept coming forward and was once again making Brook earn his money. Jones was likely making the British onlookers somewhat uncomfortable in the process, as well. It's the actions of referee Michael Alexander in Round 8 that make this particular observer uncomfortable. Jones was issued a standing eight count when his glove may have touched the canvas while trying to maintain his balance after his head was inadvertently being pushed down. Alexander jumped in to stop the fight during the ensuing attack, even though Jones was fully aware and had his hands held high. It is safe to assume that Brook already had the fight secured on the scorecards at that point, especially having scored two official knockdowns in the bout, but a TKO guaranteed the victory.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 1st, 2013 at 3:46 AM
By Phil Clark
Saturday night's bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera was one shrouded in controversy before and after the two fought it out in the ring.
Between Chavez Jr.'s weight issues and the last-minute negotiations involved with keeping the bout from being canceled, there was enough controversy for several bout. Then poor boxing judging once again ruined a bout, and this case it ruined a great one.
In all fairness to the judges who scored this bout, it ended up being another example of the classic judging dilemma in boxing: what is worth more, effective punches landed or total punches landed? Chavez Jr. clearly landed the harder and more effective punches while Vera threw and landed more punches. How you score that round-by-round depends on what you value more as a judge.
Weight has always been something of an issue for Chavez Jr., and this bout provided the worst example possible. Originally scheduled for 163-pounds, this bout was moved to 168 and then 173 pounds when a combination of Chavez Jr. being cut in training and then basically blowing off training caused him to have no hope of making even a 168-pound limit. So Bob Arum, Chavez Jr.'s promoter, was able to get the catchweight moved up to whatever Chavez Jr. weighed in at last Friday, that being 172.4 pounds.Read more... Join the Conversation...
October 1st, 2013 at 12:26 AM
By Phil Clark
Adonis Stevenson had something to prove this past Saturday night, and that something was his worth as a light heavyweight champion. He proved his worth in dominating fashion, while having some fun at the same time.
Stevenson stopped Cloud when Cloud's corner stopped the bout immediately following round seven. By that point, Stevenson had not only drawn blood from Cloud, not only outboxed him, but had embarrassed him. Using a combination of his big left hand and some on and off body work, Stevenson did not lose a round while handing Cloud a defeat that could be compared to Cloud's loss to Bernard Hopkins, albeit with a bit more flash than the bout with Hopkins.
With the win, Stevenson successfully defended his WBC light heavyweight title and is now is in a position where it seems impossible that he won't have a title bout with Hopkins or Sergey Kovalev next year in an attempt to unify the light heavyweight title. Hopkins is currently slated to defend his IBF light heavyweight belt against Karo Murat on October 26 while Kovalev recently TKO'd Nathan Cleverly while defending the WBO light heavyweight title.Read more... Join the Conversation...