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Monday, October 26, 2015

Manny Pacquiao to retire if he wins senatorial race

What if he loses?

Manny Pacquiao's retirement in the sport of boxing in 2016 has the word "if" associated.

According to Top Rank's boss Bob Arum, Pacquiao's promoter, that Pacquiao told him "Bob, hopefully, by the middle of May I will have been elected senator in the Philippines and at that point, I cannot engage in boxing because I need to focus on the senate and I have to be in attendance."

So, if Pacquaio loses this April he may not retire? The answer remains to be seen after May 2016 Philippine national election. But it looks likely that he might continue if he indeed loses the senatorial race.

The supposed Pacquiao final fight is scheduled for April 19, 2016. The election is scheduled for May 9, 2016. Pacquiao will have less than one month to campaign after the April fight.

The outcome of the fight is also a big factor if Pacquiao will go on fighting. What if he loses badly in his fight against an opponent yet to be determined?

It seemed Pacquiao wanted to pick the best opponent available.

The options being considered were Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Terence Crawford. Those were solid opponents.

With Terrence Crawford's knockout victory just this weekend, he could the front runner in the shortlisted potential opponents to face the 36-year-old Pacquiao.

Friday, October 23, 2015




LOS ANGELES (Oct. 23, 2015) - Two heavyweight titans will close out the 2015 boxing year with a bang on December 19, as former world title contender Bryant "By-By" Jennings (19-1, 10 KOs) takes on recently crowned WBA Interim Heavyweight belt holder Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz (23-0, 20 KOs) in a 12-round championship fight. The event will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino, in Verona, New York and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

"To headline an HBO event and fighting a former world title contender like Jennings is what I have been preparing my whole career for," said Luis Ortiz. "I know that after this fight people will know that I deserve a shot at becoming the 'Heavyweight Champion of the World.' I think Jennings doesn't even know what he's stepping in to on the 19, I'm coming to make a statement. This fight is going to be an exciting stepping stone to achieve my dream."

"With a mix of speed, power and amateur pedigree that is second-to-none, Luis Ortiz has quickly established himself as a force in the heavyweight division," said Oscar De La Hoya, President and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Luis is so hungry to continue his rise in the division that he has agreed to fight an enormously talented opponent in Bryant Jennings just two months after Luis' destruction of Matias Vidondo to win the WBA Interim title. Boxing fans looking for a premiere heavyweight fight should make sure to tune in to HBO's Boxing After Dark on December 19th."

"It's my pleasure to bring another great heavyweight showdown to the boxing fans with Bryant Jennings taking on an undefeated fighter like Luis Ortiz. The fans know that I have always, and will continue, to put on real competitive fights," said Gary Shaw.

Shaw continued, "Jennings is a true professional who remains in phenomenal shape throughout the year. He showed in his last fight versus Klitschko that he belongs with the elite heavyweights and understands the challenges that lie ahead. Ortiz, who brings a high knockout ratio to the ring, will have his hands full, and Jennings is nothing like the fighter he just fought, whom he knocked out in the third round. Ortiz has never faced a challenge of a Philadelphia fighter like Bryant Jennings and he's going to find out real quick that this is another level. Jennings is ready to continue his quest to become heavyweight champion with VADA testing agreed to by both promotional companies for this fight."

"I'm excited to be getting back in the ring against Luis Ortiz, another big heavyweight," said Bryant Jennings. "He's coming off an impressive win and he thinks he's at the top of his game. These are the typical type of opponents I like to showcase my skills against. I've come a long way since my last fight against Klitschko, and I have continued to train with a fierce intensity. When you suffer defeat for the first time you learn things about yourself you never knew. I've improved a great deal on all aspects of my game both mentally and physically. The world will see a great fight when I square off against Ortiz, that I can guarantee you. I'll be driving the WBA belt back home to Philly."

"This fight is between two evenly matched heavyweights, and that always has a purity to its mystique," said Peter Nelson, vice president of programming for HBO Sports. "Jennings has proven to have heart in equal scale to what Ortiz has shown in power. On December 19, we will see a battle of wills."

"We're looking forward to hosting another exciting night of boxing at Turning Stone with HBO, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions," said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO. "In three years, we've hosted 16 nationally-televised fights, distinguishing our resort as premier destination for world-class boxing."

Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz had amassed nearly 350 wins before making his way to the United States to chase championship gold as a professional. Unbeaten in 25 bouts, the 36-year-old southpaw holds a knockout win over Monte Barrett and in June needed less than a round to dispatch Byron Polley. Ortiz was last seen on the undercard of Golovkin vs. Lemieux as part of the pay-per-view live telecast defeating Matias Ariel Vivdondo by third round knockout and gaining the WBA Interim Heavyweight World Title.

Hailed as one of the best heavyweight boxers in the sport, Bryant Jennings has faced some of the most feared fighters in the sport. In 2014 alone, Jennings defeated Mike Perez via split decision in July and Artur Szpilka via technical knockout in January. In 2013, Jennings passed his first career tested when he defeated Andrey Fedosov via sixth-round knockout in June. Most recently, Jennings was seen in the ring against the heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in April, suffering his first defeat since his professional debut in 2010. Now, the titan is looking for redemption and another shot at world title stardom when he faces Ortiz for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Title.

Jennings vs. Ortiz is a 12-round heavyweight bout fight for the WBA Interim Heavyweight Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Productions. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins live at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Host of the event, the Oneida Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino continues to distinguish itself as a premier destination for blockbuster boxing matches. The December 19 fight will mark Turning Stone Resort Casino's 16th nationally-televised boxing event in less than two years, cementing the resort as a mecca for knockout televised fights. Located in Upstate New York, the four-season destination resort offers world-class entertainment and gaming, award-winning accommodations, a diverse mix of restaurants, luxury spas and several nightlife options.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr. and Ruben Tamayo will have their official weigh in at 1pm PST at the Fantasy Springs Resort in California for their 10-round featherweight bout.


LOS ANGELES (Oct. 20, 2015) - 2012 U.S. Olympian and undefeated top prospect Joseph "Jojo" Diaz Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) and Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs), 2009 U.S. Amateur Champion and 2009 WorldChampionship Silver Medalist, hosted a Los Angeles media workout today ahead of their respective bouts this Friday, Oct. 23 live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.

Diaz Jr. is scheduled to take on Mexican brawler Ruben "Canelito" Tamayo (23-6-4, 15
KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout main event. In the co-main event of the evening, Gomez is set to face Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico's Jorge "Pantera" Silva (19-9-2, 15KOs) in a 10-round welterweight classic Mexican brawl.

Below is what the fighters had to say at today's media workout:

JOSEPH "JOJO" DIAZ JR., Undefeated Featherweight Top Prospect:

"Training camp has been going very well. I feel very strong and ready for this fight. I had a two month training camp. The first month I focused on my strength and conditioning, getting my legs and arms stronger. After that, I trained with my father and focused on fundamentals.

"I studied my opponent Ruben Tamayo and I know he is tall with range and likes to keep his distance so we are focused on landing effective body shots. I want to make a statement with this fight and beat Ruben Tamayo down and take him out. If Ruben wants to try to outbox or bang on me, I will be able to respond in the ring.

"This Friday at Fantasy Springs the fans can expect a ferocious Joseph Diaz Jr. in the ring. I'm very determined and I want to hurt Ruben Tamayo. I'm going to be smart and aggressive. It's going to be a great night of boxing."

FRANKIE "PITBULL" GOMEZ, Undefeated Welterweight Prospect:

"It's been a great experience working with Freddie Roach. I've had a lot of great sparring sessions. I've learned how to step into the punches, throw better body shots, move the head after you throw punches.

"I feel blessed for Freddie to think and say that I am one of the most talented guys he is training right now. It makes me want to work harder.

"I feel very prepared for this fight. I have been sparring with great fighters, Ruslan Provodnikov, Viktor Postol and Miguel Cotto. I feel strong. All the fans will enjoy my fight, not only will it be entertaining but I will get to showcase my skills set.

"I don't like boxing, I love it. I plan to stay in the gym 24/7. It's going to be different now."

Photo Credit: Golden Boy Promotions

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Roman "El Chocolatito" Gonzalez didn't get the memo

Oct 16, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Roman Gonzalez after his KO victory over Brian Viloria during their flyweight world championship. Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions[/caption]

When you are an amateur boxer, you have to throw punches in bunches. Because you only have three or four rounds to win a fight, you have to make a big impression on all three judges. The judges have to decide who is the more active boxer landing the most punches in such a small window of time.

When you become a professional fighter, clean effective punching is what's sought after. Throwing a bunch of ineffective "slapping" punches that land isn't going to win you the round if your opponent cracks you with a clean right hand, hurting you in the process. The power is typically not going to be felt when a fighter throws a bunch of whirlwind "amateur" style punches. Apparently, Roman "El Chocolatito" Gonzalez (44-0 38 KOs) didn't get the memo...

With the "retirement" of Floyd Mayweather Jr., "El Chocolatito" may now be considered the pound for pound best fighter in the world. The flyweight champion does not have the twinkle toes, shoulder rolling, "Philly" boxing style Mayweather has.

The 28 years old Nicaraguan ball of fire is an inside fighter who throws ten punch combinations over and over again. He will pressure you, stand in the middle of the ring, and throw everything at you including the kitchen sink. But he is not your typical brawler that resembles the likes of Antonio Margarito, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., or a rock 'em sock 'em robot toy. Gonzalez has tight defense, subtle head movement, and graceful footwork. He has the volume punching of an amateur with the power of a true professional. Now that's a special fighter.

On Saturday night, "El Chocolatito" made his pay per view debut on the Golovkin vs Lemieux undercard. He faced off against two division champion Brian Viloria (36-4 22 KOs). Both men did not have to look far to find one another. It was barn burner where both fighters landed vicious shots to the head and body. But Gonzalez clearly edged the "Hawaiian Punch" on power and long winded combination punching. Neither fighter was willing to quit on their own. Although the referee had to save Viloria from himself in the 9th round after sustaining too much punishment.

So next time you see this fighter with an "amateur" style swag headline an event, stay tuned. You will see what kind of professional he truly is. A professional in every sense of the word, in and out of the ring.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Roman Gonzalez stops Brian Viloria in Round 9

 Oct 16, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Roman Gonzalez (blue trunks) and Brian Viloria (white trunks) during their 12 round WBC flyweight championship bout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/K2 Promotions[/caption]

Roman Gonzalez made a spectacular and tremendous showing worth of a pound-for-pound king.

Still undefeated, Gonzalez stopped former world champion Brian Viloria to defend his flyweight title moments ago at the Madison Square Garden.

In the first round, Viloria was red-hot throwing punches to the Nicaraguan champion. It seemed that the game plan was to get in their first as Gonzalez's notably a slow starter. Viloria clearly won the first round. I think that was the only round he won throughout the course of the fight. Every punch Viloria landed made Gonzalez's engine warming up.

In the second round, Gonzalez's pistons start pumping up. Although it was still a competitive fight, Chocolatito's precise shots got him the second round.

In the third, Gonzalez landed a crisp right hook to the left chin of Viloria that forced the Filipino-American to touch his right glove to the canvas -- that was a knockdown!

The succeeding rounds were all Gonzalez. His precise combination of punching composed of uppercuts, left and right hooks landed to the head of Viloria caused the damage. Viloria will end up mostly on the defensive end hence limiting his own offense.

In Round 9, Viloria hurt Gonzalez with a body shot. The body shot momentarily stopped Gonzalez from throwing punches.

But Viloria was not able to capitalize the moment, who was also trying to recuperate from the series of blows he received from Gonzalez.

The reigning champion came back with series of unanswered shots that sent Viloria to the ropes.

Gonzalez unleashed other combinations to the head that forced referee Benjy Esteves Jr. to halt the fight.

The Official time of the stoppage was 2:53 in Round 9.

Donnie Nietes successfully defended his light flyweight crown at the StubHub Center in California.

We might be seeing a possible sizzling Gonzalez-Nietes showdown!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Jason Pagara scores three knockdowns in route to TKO victory

Jason Pagara made quick work on Nicaraguan Santos Benavides for their 10 round non-title fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Pagara scored three knockdowns in round two before referee Referee Raul Caiz Sr. waived to stopped the contest.

Pagara landed combos to the head that sent Benavides to the floor for the first time. Another crushing right to the body dropped Benavides again. Pagara's left-right combination to the chin put the icing on the cake. Benavides visited the canvas again for good. The official time of the stoppage 2:52 seconds mark of round 2.

I think it's time to seriously step up the level of opponents for Jason Pagara as he continues to dominate mediocre opponents.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Andrzej Fonfara edges Nathan Cleverly in a classic action fight

Andrzej Fonfara wins a bruising toe-to-toe action-packed 12-round unanimous decision against Nathan Cleverly on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago on PBC on Spike TV.

From the opening round, Fonfara and Cleverly engaged in a phone booth battle that lasted till the final bell of their light heavyweight clash. Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) got the better of it as he's the one who fought a little bit more technical than the simply come forward style of the Wales fighter. He was able to finish the fight stronger and Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) looked weary in the championship round.

I think, that was the result of a broken nose. The ringside doctor checked Clev's nose before the championship round to make sure he was okay. 

Cleverly was enjoying the fight especially in the middle rounds. He would ask for more even if the bell already sounded. The referee would guide him back to his corner for the one-minute break. But that Cleverly act didn't continue in the next three rounds as Fonfara was able to land more and more shots to the head. Cleverly would be walked straight to his corner this time. It seemed he had enough. Fonfara on the other hand was still fresh going into the championship. He finished strong especially in the last 10 seconds wherein he unleashed a flurry of punches that have no answer, and sent Clev to the corner.

It was a fan-friendly fight that you can't watch every Saturday night on free TV. Awesome matchmaking this time from PBC

The official scores were: 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112 all for Fonfara for the unanimous.

Pinoy Pride 33: Pinoy boxers’ moment to shine

Donnie Nietes is the longest-reigning Filipino boxing champion spanning 8 years. But that span of time being a champion he never had a fight in the US. A fight in the US is an ultimate dream of a non-US-resident professional boxer. In the US most big-time boxing card happens.

Not only Nietes will fight first time in the US. Pagara brothers Jason and Albert, and Mark Magsayo will also debut on US soil. They will fight separate opponents.

Nietes (36-1-4, 21Kos) will headline Pinoy Pride 33 versus Mexican Juan Alejo. Although Mexico shares a border with the US, it's also Alejo’s (21-3, 13KOs) first fight in the US. What a coincidence!

Undefeated Albert Pagara (24-0-0, 17 KOs) faces KO artist William Gonzalez (27-5, 23 KOs) of Nicaragua. They will battle for Pagara’s intercontinental junior featherweight title. While his brother Jason will face Santos Benavides for 10 rounds or less in a non-title fight.

ALA Promotions in association with ABS-CBN Sports promotes Pinoy Pride 33. It's also ALA promotions' and ABS-CBN Sports' first time to stage a fight card in the US.

Michael  Aldequer's successful Pinoy Pride series originates in Cebu, Philippines. He found tremendous success in the Philippines and in the middle east. Particularly Dubai.

With so much of first time and outcome might be uncertain. But what is certain is that: Pinoy boxers will have the opportunity to showcase their talent in the US boxing ring.

I expect Pinoy boxers to give their very best. This fight will be their ticket to better opportunities and bigger paydays.

Nietes talked about betting pound-for-pound new kingpin Roman Gonzalez if given a chance. So, Nietes need not only win but should look impressive. And get past Alejo for a possible fight with Roman. Gonzalez will also fight on the same night at a different venue. He will face Filipino-American Brian Viloria.

But well, who knows if Viloria bets Roman, it might set up a fight with Nietes (could be unlikely even if Viloria wins as this two sparred in preparation for their separate opponents). Just exploring possibilities here...

For Albert and Jason Pagara, and Mark Magsayo, it is their time to impress the American fans. If they will come out victorious in a spectacular manner; big fights await.

Stakes are really high for this card! Don't miss it!

Golovkin-Lemeiux undercard final presser photos

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

David Lemieux says "I will leave with the belts"

Canadian David Lemieux (34-2, 31KO's) was full of confidence during the final press conference for his middleweight title unification bout against Gennady Golovkin held Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.

Lemieux told sports media present at the press conference that he will not leave empty-handed on Saturday night, 17 October.
"I have made a lot of changes in my life. All of I what I have done has lead me here and I am extremely excited and proud to be here. I am here to make history and I promise that I have done everything it takes to make sure that I don't leave empty handed I will leave with the belts." says Lemieux.

Lemieux had already faced defeat in his career before and he took this experience as an advantage against his undefeated opponent. "I have faced victories, defeats, but nothing is more exciting and more gratifying than victory such as I am planning on Saturday", says Lemieux.

So here we go fight fans! This is a fight that doesn't happen every Saturday night. It's a fight between two fighters that come forward. Two fighters that don't know how to step back. This is war!

Brian Viloria says "I have no pressure" fighting against Roman Gonzalez

Leading into the fight of his life, Brian Viloria felt he had "no pressure" fighting against the new pound-for-pound kingpin, Roman Gonzalez at the historic Madison Square Garden in New York.
"I have no pressure. I believe all the pressure is on him to maintain and stay number one. This is a motivation for me to train harder, to run longer, faster. The hard part is done. The easy part is performing and that is the fun part, said Viloria during the final media workout.

Following Floyd Mayweather's retirement after the so-called swan song fight against Andre Berto in September, Roman Gonzalez replaced Floyd as the new pound-pound supremo according to the Transnational Boxing Ranking Board.

Viloria (36-4, 22 KOs) was looking very ripped during the final media workout, and he's ready to rumble on 17 October.
"I have fought at swap meets and parking lots, and to be at a place like Madison Square Garden on HBO Pay-Per-View this is a dream come true for me. I want to do the best I can do to make this fight entertaining for all the fans."

I'm excited about this fight because the undefeated Nicaraguan, Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) is a volume puncher, while Viloria, as you know has a single-punch knockout power.

So, in a few day's time, that will be this Saturday, we will know if Roman can overwhelm Viloria with his rapid punching? Or can Viloria back Roman upon his track as he counters him with firepower?

Fight fans! Who are you picking?

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board: The Leather Anniversary

Sunday, October 11 marked the third anniversary of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Traditionally speaking, it’s the leather anniversary. We’d prefer to ignore the modern gift idea devised by librarians at the Chicago Public Library, namely glass. We neither live in such a house nor have such a jaw. The leather anniversary. That’s more like it. Leather doesn’t shatter and, when put to good use, it can dent a septum now and then. We have striven to do just that, with affection, on behalf of thinking boxing fans around the world. Our mission is threefold: provide weekly rankings that are trustworthy and authoritative, identify the true champions, and convince boxing that common sense is making a comeback.

The board began in 2012 with twenty-five independent boxing writers and historians representing twelve countries around the world. We’ve grown since then. The number of members now matches Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s number of wins at forty-nine. We’re on five continents representing sixteen countries and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

On October 11, 2012 we published the first edition of our rankings. On Tuesday we’ll publish the one hundred forty-ninth edition.

The rankings are the product of a weekly process that begins every Sunday when record-keepers Mauricio Salvador of Mexico and Ken Pollitt of the United States email results of the previous week’s fights to the three chairs. (Filipino Retech Son, our third record-keeper, monitors inactive fighters approaching the one-year mark of removal.) After considering the week’s bouts and exits, the chairs come up with proposals for rankings changes which are then posted on the board’s forum. Over the next three days, members weigh in to accept, debate, and/or advance their own proposals during a process that is both efficient and democratic. The product is published every Tuesday without fail.

The product has not been without critics. Ranking boxing’s best fighters and presenting them to the world is an invitation for opposing viewpoints, so it’s to be expected. It’s also welcomed; before the rankings are published they must be banged-out by strong and disagreeable minds coming to virtual blows over placements. If the feedback received at is any indication, these battles royal on the board’s forum may be best practice for high-quality rankings. In fact, we have been pleasantly surprised at how readily thinking fans have embraced this initiative from day one:

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The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board’s mission is one of service to the sport. In an era where the concept of “champion” has been devalued, where boxing historians sift through byzantine lineages of titlists and only confuse themselves, we have systematically identified the reigning true champions —the divisional kings™. Click on the “Successions” tab at to see who they are and how they got there. Click on the “Charter” tab and be assured that they earn their status by combat, not by appointment or political machinations; that they must either defeat the previous champion or, if the throne is open, they must defeat the next-best contender in the top two.

We have repudiated the idea that modern boxing politics precludes such a strict #1 vs. #2 criterion when it comes to open thrones. Whereas three years ago we recognized a total of four true champions, we crowned four more by the time of our first anniversary and topped the total off at nine last May when the first-ranked Mayweather defeated second-ranked Manny Pacquiao. Since then, Danny Garcia abdicated the jr. welterweight throne and Mayweather officially retired and left the welterweight and jr. middleweight thrones open. Click on the “Rankings” tab to see which top-two contenders are poised at the brink of royalty. Feel encouraged; only eleven matches need to happen for boxing to have a full roster of divisional kings. There were eleven matches at Manchester Arena Saturday night.

Judging by our well-documented tendency to point to boxing’s golden past, it may be assumed that we’re a fraternity of old fogies. But don’t be fooled; the average age of our membership is thirty-nine and the range is college-age to retirement-age, which means we have both the agility of youth and the experience of years on our side. How else could we reach back into history, take hold of an informal term like “robbery” and formalize it to address the problem of bad judging? The robbery clause in the charter strikes a balance between due discretion and innovation and we didn’t stop there. Other pressing issues in the sport have since been addressed with new clauses in the charter:

* No Decision/No Contest (February 2014). After a legitimate official authority declares a bout a “No Decision” or “No Contest,” the fighters will return to the rankings they held going into the bout. Under certain circumstances, the Board may adjust the rankings, though not the order of said fighters, to reflect performances before the bout was ended.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Gennady Golovkin, Brian Viloria & Ruslan Madiyev LA media workouts photos and quotes

Oct. 6, 2015, Santa Monica, Ca. --- WBA / IBO / WBC Interim Middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin (33-0,30 kos) works out during media day at Wild Card West Boxing Club in Santa Monica,Ca for his upcoming fight against Montreal power-puncher IBF Middleweight title holder David Lemieux (34-2,31 kos),Saturday , October 17 at the Mecca of Boxing, Madision Square Garden, televised live by HBO Pay-Per-View. Golovkin vs Lemieux is presented by K2 Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions in association with GGG Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management.
--- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - K2 Promotions / Golden Boy Promotions[/caption]

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 7, 2015) Boxing Superstar and WBA, IBO and WBC
"Interim" Middleweight Champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, (33-0, 30KOs),
Four-Time World Champion in two weight divisions, Brian "The Hawaiian Punch"
Viloria, (36-4 (22KOs) and top junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Madiyev, 5-1-0 (3KOs) held media workouts for a huge gathering of local press on Tuesday afternoon at the Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, California.

Golovkin, (33-0, 30KOs), will battle IBF Middleweight World Champion David Lemieux, (34-2, 31KOs) in a Middleweight World Championship Title Unification bout on Saturday, Oct. 17 at the "Mecca of Boxing" Madison Square Garden and LIVE on HBO Pay-Per-View. Golovkin has knocked out an astounding 20 opponents in a row and will be making his 15th world championship defense. His 91% knockout percentage is the highest in the history of the middleweight division.

In the highly anticipated televised co-feature, Viloria, (36-4, 22KOs), will challenge
Consensus #1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter and WBC Flyweight World Champion, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, (43-0, 37KOs). A duel citizen of the United States and the
Philippines, Viloria also represented the United States in the 2000 Olympics. He has previously held world titles in the junior flyweight and flyweight divisions.

Top junior welterweight prospect, Ruslan Madiyev, (5-1-0, 3KO's) will also be fighting in a scheduled four round bout against an opponent to be announced. The 21-year-old Madiyev is trained by the renowned Abel Sanchez alongside Golovkin in Big Bear Lake, California.

Below are what the fighters and their teams had to say:

GENNADY "GGG" GOLOVKIN, WBA, IBO and WBC Interim Middleweight Champion:

"Training camp is a little bit new, a little bit different, not like any of the others. New ideas and new strategies and it's very interesting. We have different sparring partners because of his style."

"Lemieux is a champion and he feels like a champion and this is a unification fight. I think he is ready for a unification fight and he understands the situation. He is smarter now
because of his experience in his recent fights."

"Right now he feels better because he has a stronger team. He gets to talk with Oscar and Bernard. Bernard tells him, I remember my fight at Madison Square Garden against Tito. Right now he is acting like a star - I see the videos - and of course he is a star."

"Madison Square Garden is a beautiful place with a beautiful team and I have a lot of respect for that place. HBO Pay-per-view is the last step - it is the top."

"This is going to be like a street fight. He has a good style - almost like amateur style. I will beat any style - amateur style or brawl style. He will be a good test for me."

You have a strong chin?

"Yes, and I thank my parents for my strong chin. Lemieux will be a test for my chin. But it's not just my chin. It is distance and discipline, timing and style."

"I am a regular guy. I am a regular man. (The power) also comes from my parents. This is boxing. It's not just because I have power. Power comes from every step, timing, it's the style where every second is important and I give credit to Abel Sanchez and my team."

"Every fight is different and every fight is difficult. This is a big step, but first it is a big test and everyone understands that this step is much bigger."

(Cotto or Canelo next?)

"It doesn't matter and I don't think about it. For me? Whoever is number one. I want all of the belts in the middleweight division and I will fight whoever is number one and it doesn't matter who it is. I don't like business. I like old school - who is number one?"

"I think this fight is more technical for me, and maybe for him too."

"It is very interesting for me because right now he is a star. With power alone, he could go maybe three or four rounds with me. If he boxes he could go twelve rounds. Every second is very important - every round - every step."

(Does his knockout strength mean anything to you?)

"I don't know. Maybe."

"He has his style. I like my style and my work."

"I love my life. I am happy. My wife is happy. My son goes to school and he is happy. I have a car. Three or four Rolls Royce or Bentley? For what?"

BRIAN "HAWAIIAN PUNCH" VILORIA, Former Four-Time World Champion in Two Weight Divisions:

"I want it more. I have preparing myself for this type of event, I have been wanting this for this so long. I have so much more fire now."

"The styles make the fights, a lot of people know that it is going to be an action packed fight and a lot of people gravitate towards that."

"Finally, we have been wanting this fight for the past two years and to finally have it here, it is exciting."

"I have never seen a guy to take it to him and I feel like I will be that fighter that will step up to him."

"Can't wait. I am prepared and I want time to move faster. I am mentally, physically ready for this fight and ready to show the world what can happen."

"This is going to be the best Viloria that people have ever seen."

ABEL SANCHEZ, Head Trainer to Gennady Golovkin:

"This preparation has been different. Finally, he has gotten someone who he considers as a threat. Someone that he feels will give him a fight for as long as it lasts."

"All the great fighters have been hurt and if that happens how is he going to react? But I am confident that it won't go twelve, he is going to go down as one of the best punchers and best middleweights ever."

TOM LOEFFLER, Managing Director of K2 Promotions:

"It has been a great camp. Sparring has been going along well. This is the biggest fight and biggest puncher of his career and it's two champions fighting each other, that is why people and the media are gravitating towards this fight."

"He has been training hard with Abel and focused on sparring making sure he is ready for a power puncher like Lemieux. "

RUSLAN MADIYEV, Welterweight Prospect:

"Training has been going well, I have been training with Gennady for the past year as part of my training camp."

"There is a lot of intensity a whole different workout. I have grown a lot technically but also feel a lot stronger."

"It is a dream come true to fight at Madison Square Garden and I am going to show all the fans an exciting fight."

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Boxing and my day job

I’m dog tired and busy last week! The last update I made on this blog was last September 27. That was during the holidays here in Kuwait. That was the time when I was with friends. We were having fun in the skating rink when I read about the Klitschko-Fury fight. I made a quick update on that report in this blog. After that, comes nothing.

As you know, I have the habit of having at least two to three updates on this blog. But last week was really a different story. My day job required a lot of focus and energy so that I will meet my targets. But because of my love of boxing and writing, I can’t go on without writing something on this blog.

They said that doing something you don’t want to do, but you need to do in any way because you don’t have a choice is—stress. But if you are doing something you love to do even if you only gain less or worse nothing is—passion.

Because writing about boxing is what I love to do, even my eyes were so weary typing this post, I still keep going... because writing anything boxing is my passion. Not only that, boxing is also my way to release stress from my day job.

Our building's parking area becomes my boxing gym when I'm stressed. Try punching your stress out to the heavy bag, it is really a good way to release stress and tension.

Well, although I have no time to write something the past week but it doesn’t mean that I don’t have the time to read boxing results. I still manage also to watch the highlights of Viktor Postol vs. Lucas Matthysse fight. I know that as a boxing fan I shouldn’t miss that fight because it was a damn good fight. Imaging the iceman meet the machine. I thought the iceman will be crushed by the machine, but whew! Cold stop the machine from working! The defeat was really a setback for Matthysse, but it did not really hurt his stock as a fighter. Fans will always love to see him fight again.

I heard also that Adrien Broner won against Khabib Allakhverdiev. He became a world champion again! Naaa! That’s according to the WBA. Does he really belong to the sense of the word champion? I doubt. Broner still ranked number eight at the junior welterweight division according to TBRB, but he’s sliding down with his lackluster performances. Anyway, he won by knockout though. What we are looking for as boxing fans from Broner is a stellar performance that he was not able to deliver.

I’m looking forward to watching some boxing matches on TV this weekend. And I’ll post some results here. Thanks for being here with me.