Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs) VS Adrien Broner (33-2; 24 KO), Super lightweight -12 Rounds WBC Diamond Belt
Broner: 138 ¾ Garcia: 139 ½
Mikey Garcia VS Adrien Broner By The Round
July 29th 2017
By Amanda Armstrong (Triple A)
Fighters both testing out the waters. A quick counter hook by AB, Garcia dies go to th body.
Garcia starts to put combos together. As the round goes on he picks up the combos, body and head. He works AB on the ropes by cutting pof the ring.
Garcia brings on the left hooks. Continues to cut off the ring on AB. Opens up ABs guard to get to head and body. Garcia fast paced, AB moving laterally.
Garcia continues to walk down AB on the ropes. Then works AB in to a corner and work large piece combos.
Garcias 1-2 punches continue to open up ABs guard. Garcia adds the left hook to the body when he sees the opportunity. Garcias punches have increased in number.
AB has attempted to change up this round, but still gives up his body to Garcias left hook.
Broner just cannot seem to reach Garcia. Garcia picks up the volume of punches toward the end in a huge storm.
Garcia begins to taunt AB. Broner answering back. This round starts off in a war of words. 149 -74 Show Punch stats show Garcia way ahead.
Fighters have slowed down and settled in to doing most of the work in the center of the ring. Broner connecting a few more punches. Broner now putting together combos. We see fighters begin to trade combos. Fighters have a stand the last 10 seconds.
Broner making an attempt at a point catch up. Looking to take out Garcia with his hook. Broner lands a solid hook. As Broner connects it forces Garcias counter. Broner find the inside as his attack. Broner walks down Garcia.
Garcia has slowed down any momentum AB had. Garcia stays busy, and finds ABs body for the hook. Garcia stays busy on his feet, keeps moving.
Garcia still punching, still landing. AB lands 2 bigger shots, Garcia makes him pay. Garcia now bleeding from the nose.
Charlo (25-0, 19 KOs) and Heiland (29-4-2, 16 KOs) will meet in a 12-round eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC 160-pound championship. Charlo will make his middleweight debut after successfully defending his 154-pound belt three times, including a highlight reel knockout of then unbeaten Julian Williams last December on SHOWTIME.
“I’ve been training since end of January to prepare myself for the move up to middleweight,” said Charlo. “I’m feeling stronger, I’m feeling smarter and overall, I’m feeling better. Heiland is a tough fighter and I know he plans on bringing his A-game on July 29. He’s just as hungry as me. We both want to be in a place to fight the best in the division, but I never overlook the opponent in front of me. It’s been a great camp so far and I’m ready for this fight. It’s time to make my mark so I can become a two-division world champion. I plan to take care of business at 160 just like I did at 154.”
“I’m thrilled to be facing a great fighter like Jermall Charlo,” said Heiland. “I’ve waited a long time for a chance like this, so I will give it my all. I am fearless and I promise that this bout will be an all-out war because my career and livelihood are on the line.”
Tickets to the event, which is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, are priced at $950, $750, $350, $300, $250, $150, $75, and $50 (not including applicable fees), are on sale now, and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center. Group discounts are available by calling 844-BKLYN-GP. The Charlo vs. Heiland bout is promoted in association with TGB Promotions.
“The Charlo vs. Heiland and Washington vs. Miller matchups are fantastic additions to night of action that is already eagerly anticipated by boxing fans,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Jermall Charlo is a star on the rise, but he’ll have a stiff challenge against Jorge Sebastian Heiland as he seeks a path to becoming a two-division world champion. The heavyweight matchup is a very intriguing showdown with Gerald Washington hoping to prove that he deserves another opportunity at the belt and Jarrell Miller fighting in his hometown and looking to earn his first world title shot. You’re not going to want to miss this night of fights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on SHOWTIME.”
“This is a great opportunity for SHOWTIME viewers to witness Jermall Charlo’s ascent in the middleweight division in an ordered title elimination bout,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Huge fights could be ahead for him. Washington and Miller is a significant heavyweight match up. SHOWTIME viewers will see highlights of someone establishing themselves as an immediate player. Fans at Barclays Center are in-store for a terrific tripleheader.”
“Jermall Charlo was a powerful force as a 154-pound world champion and everyone is curious to see if he can bring the same ferocity to the middleweight division,’’ said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Heiland has been waiting for his chance at a middleweight world title and now he’s one step closer, but Charlo is standing in his way. This will be two fearless boxers, with something to prove and everything to gain, going at each other. The fact that it’s on the card with one of the best matchups in boxing this year – Broner versus Garcia – makes for a terrific night of boxing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and on SHOWTIME on July 29.’’
The twin brother of unbeaten 154-pound champion Jermell, the Charlos became the first twins to hold world titles in the same weight class simultaneously when Jermell won his title in May 2016 while Jermall defended his belt the same night with a victory over Austin Trout. The 27-year-old will move up in weight as he seeks to become a two-division world champion after delivering a Knockout of the Year candidate against Williams in December. Fighting out of Houston and training with Ronnie Shields, Charlo won his title in 2015 by stopping Cornelius Bundrage before making his three defenses.
Fighting out of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Heiland enters this bout on an eight-fight winning streak including seven by knockout. The 30-year-old turned pro in 2007 with 16 straight victories before challenging for an interim title in 2010. Heiland’s current winning streak included a knockout victory in Ireland over Irish star Matthew Macklin in 2014. Heiland will be fighting in the U.S. for the second time as a professional after making his U.S. debut last September with a stoppage of Angel Hernandez.
Heavyweight: Jarrell Miller vs. Gerald Washington
Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (18-0-1, 16 KOs)
Title challenger Gerald Washington (18-1-1, 12 KOs)
July 29th 2017
By Amanda Armstrong (Triple A)
Miller looking dominating in the first. Filling the ring with his size. Washington’s jabs look ineffective, Miller owning the center of the ring entire round.
Miller again staying in the center work Washington into the corner to unleash combos. Washington taking more combos to the body and head. Great combos by Miller, really working the body.
Washington cannot make a dent on Miller. Miller sneaking in effective uppercuts. Washingtons tights are ineffective. Miller very mobile in the ring, Washington is ooking worn down at the end of 3.
Miller comes out dropping rights with heavy hands. Miller works Washington into the corner, more body work with an upper cut followed with double jab. Miller seems to have the stamina over Washington.
Miller continues the same previous formula. Washington backing up into the ropes. Washington trying to get something going.
Washington comes out throwing, lands some big punches. Miller shakes his head “No”. Washington saved by the bell while Miller unloads big right hands and combos on the ropes.
( Doctor check in the corner; Washington)
Miller continuing the punishment on Washington in the corners. Attempting to finish Washington with big rights.
Washington makes it this far. Looking worn Washington ties up Miller. Washington looking weak on the ropes. More rights from Miller at the end.
Katie Taylor Set To Make U.S. Debut on Broner vs. Garcia Card
A stacked night of undercard bouts will be highlighted by unbeaten rising Irish stars Katie Taylor and Noel Murphy in separate showdowns on Saturday, July 29 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
“Katie is clearly one of the biggest stars in Irish boxing and her presence on this card further evidences the rise in women’s boxing,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “She joins five-time, five weight division Puerto Rican world champion Amanda Serrano and US star Heather Hardy in continuing our commitment to include the best women on the best cards at Barclays Center. While Katie will appear on the international telecast, the local Irish community and US-based fans will need to join us at Barclays Center on July 29 to see her in action. Undefeated Noel Murphy, from County Cork, Ireland, further bolsters this card for fans of Irish boxing while Australian former world champion Billy Dib and young local talent, such as Bronx heavyweight George Arias and former Golden Gloves champions Kenny Robles and Richardson Hitchins round out the card.”
“I’m so pleased to see Katie make her American debut on such an outstanding card,” said Eddie Hearn, Group Managing Director for Matchroom Sport. “I believe Katie is the most entertaining and dangerous fighter in women’s boxing and has already lit up many venues in her professional journey, most recently Wembley Stadium on the Joshua v Klitschko card in front of 90,000. She is one of the biggest stars in Ireland and we are expecting fantastic support from the Irish community on the east coast for her first US experience.”
A rising star overseas, Bray, Ireland’s Taylor will make her U.S. debut on July 29 and conduct her training camp in Vernon, Connecticut after five pro fights in the United Kingdom dating back to her pro debut last November. Taylor has already picked up three victories in 2017, including her most recent triumph over previously unbeaten Nina Meinke in April. Taylor seeks a professional world title after a sensational amateur career that saw her twice represent her country in the Olympics, including a gold medal-winning performance in 2012, in addition to five gold medals in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Originally from Cork, Ireland, Murphy returned to his home country to fight as a professional for the first time in February when he won an eight-round decision over Avelino Vazquez. The 22-year-old fights out of Woodlawn, NY and will look to pick up his fourth victory this year after most recently earning a decision over Brian Jones in May. Murphy seeks his third professional win at Barclays Center and second this year after beating Maxito Sainvil in January.
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“I’m really excited about fighting in Brooklyn,” said Taylor, who faces Jasmine Clarkson over eight rounds at the Barclays Center. “New York has been very good to Irish fighters in the past and hopefully I can give people something to shout about.
“I feel like I’m still improving and still learning every day in the gym but I definitely feel ready for a world title fight now. Hopefully I can get another good win next weekend and win a world title later in the year before coming back to New York again at some point as a world Champion to defend my title.
“After my fight at Wembley I took a couple of weeks off back home but then it was back to Connecticut to start training camp for this fight. I’ve probably spent 90 per cent of my time here in the US since turning pro so of course it’s tough being away from family and friends but if you want to do great things you have to make great sacrifices.”
Cotto set to kick off Fall Boxing, signs deal, no retire… Canelo next?
By Amanda Armstrong
In boxing news we have five-time world boxing champion Miguel Cotto VS Yoshihiro Kamegai meeting in California on August 26th 2017 at the StubHub center.
If you remember back in Febuary, Miguel Cotto was scheduled to fight James Kirkland. Kirkland pulled due to injury during training, reporting a fractured nose. It was early in the year as they announced the Cotto-Kirkland match that he announced that he will see 2017 as his last year of boxing. But this summer Cotto signed a surprise deal with Golden Boy in a multi- fight deal. This opens up talk again for the wanted rematch with Canelo, or even . This bringing in huge PPV buys for, will be a big win for all. Seeing that both fighters are both busy in the fall, 2017 seems like a no.
Other talk of former Cotto VS former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux in early 2018. Will Cotto stay in this contract? I am sure if he wants that Cotto Canelo rematch, he might be inspired to stick around.
12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship
Cotto vs. Kamegai, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions in association with Teiken Promotions and sponsored by Tecate “BORN BOLD”. The event will take place Saturday, August 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Former four-division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) and Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) today hosted a press conference ahead of their 12- round bout for the vacant WBO Light Middleweight World Championship that will take place Saturday, August 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., presented live on HBO World Championship Boxing. It was also announced at today’s press conference that Cotto will return to Golden Boy Promotions for a multifight deal starting with his battle against Kamegai on August 26. In addition, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions will partner with Cotto and Miguel Cotto Promotions on developing prospects, advancing boxing in Cotto’s Puerto Rico homeland and promoting the boxing legend’s upcoming fights.
Below is what the fighters and their teams had to say at today’s press conference: MIGUEL COTTO, Former Four-Division World Champion: “I’m very happy to be back and to be here. Our training camp starts on the first of July. Kamegai is a tough fighter, and he is coming with the victory on his mind. I’m going to do the best I can for this fight and fight with my heart as always. See you all on August 26.” YOSHIHIRO “EL MAESTRITO” KAMEGAI, Junior Middleweight Contender: “For me to fight someone I’ve been a fan of since I was 20 years old is an honor. I look forward to fighting him, and I’m out here to win this fight. I don’t speak English well, but I do speak boxing and I plan to put on a very entertaining fight. Please watch this fight on HBO on August 26. “When I first heard that this fight had been made and that I would face Cotto, I thought to myself, ‘YES!'”
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: “We are happy to be partnering with Cotto and Kamegai for this event, but I do want to announce that our efforts to bring boxing back in a big way to Puerto Rico is one that will become a reality in the near future. I am happy to announce that with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, we will take our ESPN series to the island and bring back the excitement of boxing. Obviously, we couldn’t do it without Cotto’s help and his wonderful team. We are excited to take boxing back with ESPN internationally. As you’ve seen, our Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN series has had amazing fights and incredible ratings-we are giving the fans what they deserve. “As one of the most entertaining junior middleweight contenders in the division today, Kamegai has been involved in some of the most memorable battles against former titleholder Roberto “The Ghost” Guerrero and back-to-back brawls with Jesus “Renuente” Soto Karass. This is a fighter that never ever backs down, and we expect him to give Cotto an excellent fight on August 26. If you’ve never seen him fight, he fights with heart and passion, has dynamite in his fists, and never takes a step back.”
HECTOR SOTO, Vice President of Miguel Cotto Promotions: “I want to say thank you to the great family of Golden Boy Promotions. This is the beginning of many great fights that will develop between Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. “We are preparing very hard for this fight, and there is no doubt we will return to Puerto Rico in August with Miguel Cotto as a world champion.”
TONY WALKER, Vice President of HBO Pay-Per-View: “We can be assured there will be many hours of great boxing on August 26. When we host fights at StubHub Center, our HBO subscribers are always happy. “Miguel Cotto is headed to the Hall of Fame because he has always fought as a prize fighter. He has fought on HBO 22 times, and he has fought all the boxing greats-that’s why the fans are always so happy when he fights and why we are proud to have him in the HBO family. Kamegai is a warrior who is finally being given his chance for a world championship. We are very excited that this HBO World Championship Boxing® event kicks off fall boxing.”
Teofimo Lopez, Top Ranks Rising Star.
By Amanda Armstrong
Photos Amanda Armstrong
While on the road this year to fights, there has been one young fighter who has caught my eye.
I could not ignore the Brooklyn based Teofimo Lopez. My first encounter was at Madison Square Garden for Conlan VS Ibarra. One young boxer was walking around the Theater shaking hands and smiling before weigh ins. He had stopped to have a lengthy chat with Bob Arum, and both were all smiles and laughter. That night Lopez earned him self another KO on his record in a quick flurry of hand speed. It was also after the fight in the hotel lobby where again I saw Teofimo shaking hands with fans, and hanging out with family. Dressed in a sharp suit he signed his banner and took group photos (yes of course this is where I jump in). After the impromptu photo shoot I got to talk with father and trainer Teofimo Lopez Sr. (aka Junior Lopez) and Teofimo himself. Both of them professional and polite, and Senior was one delighted father (rightfully so). That night coming off KO #4!
Teofimo Lopez at only 19 years old is now 5-0, and 5 knock outs. He is one of three newly signed Olympians to Top Ranks stable of fighters. This is how you start a career as a prospect! Teofimo Lopez started boxing at the age of 6, he stepped into the competitive ring at the age of 8. Traveling the country and working 6 days a week got him to 2015 National Golden Gloves. Next stop, Olympics. Teofimo set out to earn himself a spot on the team, more focused than ever. Long work outs, later nights got him the wins he needed in the Olympic Qualifiers. That garnered him the accomplishment of “Outstanding Male Boxer” out of the entire tournament. Unfortunately he was not chosen to represent the USA due to AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) politics. This quickly crushing the dreams of Teofimo that he has been moving toward since he was 6 years old. There’s always a plan B…
Being the son of Honduran parents, and holding a dual citizenship gave Team Lopez a second chance at the young fighters dream. He became the only boxer to represent Honduras in the Olympic Continentals ( also the South American qualifier, in Buenos Aires, Argentina). The dream was now alive but he was going to have to have to apply himself even more so for his passion. They were only going to take the top 3 boxers in his weight division, Teofimo would have to work.
The work paid off, making it to the finals after beating Ecuador, Mexico, and Argentina ( the host country). But Teofimo was about to experience another upset by loosing via decision against Venezuela. Many
had believed Teofimo had won and the boo’s were audible. Lopez still performed a backflip in the ring once he lost the decision. “They didn’t want me to win,” Lopez said. “They came here to see me lose. I’m not Honduran. They called me ‘gringo.’ It’s like a slap in my face.”
Father Teofimo Lopez Sr.; “I was expecting it,” he said. “They took it from him after he won the Olympic trials too. If we had represented the USA we would probably have had a better chance of winning. “He won the fight. But I told him from the beginning, you got to kill this guy, otherwise you are not going to win.”
Teofimo Lopez stayed positive leaving with the Silver and became the only Olympian boxer in all of
Back to the Garden in the “Big Room”
Teofimo Lopez VS Ronald Rivas on the Crawford/Diaz under card.
Looking for KO #5 came quickly for Lopez in round 2 of 6, time: 2:21. But it was HOW it was done. It was
in devastating left hook fashion where the final blow came from. Lopez stuck his entire body into that pivot and unload his left hook. Easily taking the head off, leaving Rivas on the canvas wondering where he was.
A quick chat with Lopez Sr.
I had a quick touch base with Teofimo’s father and trainer ‘Junior’ Lopez the other day. To ask about preparations for the next fight, and when will I see them in Las Vegas:
“Well we been doing this for 14 years we always ready we never stop working he might rest a couple days but we go back to the gym right away he is used to it right now we just working power and speed. Remember he is only 19 years old and hasn’t developed yet he is getting much much stronger every month. We really don’t know but I think we will be fighting in Vegas soon I hope.” On Deck
Teofimo Lopez is scheduled to meet with Christian Santibanez (5-6) in Tampa, Florida on July 7th 2017.
MAIN EVENT: MISAEL LOPEZ(6-0) VS GEORGE ROYBAL(0-2)
WEIGHT: 133LBS PRO
ROUNDS: 6 THREE MINUTE ROUNDS
RD1: Misael Lopez looks to keep his young undefeated record perfect as he looks to be in great shape just a month out from his last fight with Lance Williams. George Roybal comes out to the ring, seemingly unaffected by the praise and deserved hype in Misael Lopez.
As the opening bell sounds, Lopez finds himself in a feeling out stage similar to the last few fights we’ve seen him in. A big right hand lands for Lopez and Roybal answers back but that just awakens Lopez and his power punching. Roybal does look game for the fight though but the speed of Lopez may prove to be too much from the looks of it.
Roybal lands his first right hook clean and that again gets a response from Lopez in the way of shoe shining action as he worked his way upstairs. Lopez is now coming forward with mass aggression and lands multiple power shots upstairs on Roybal and the only thing that saves him from the first-round finish is the bell itself.
RD2: Lopez picks up where he left off in the first as he begins to stalk and look for his over hand right. Roybal lands a left but it is answered with two shots from Lopez. Misael feeds off the crowd.As they begin to get loud he starts to pick up the pace. The body work is really hurting Roybal at this point. To Roybals’ credit though, he seems to be recovering quick after the onslaughts of Lopez. Roybal lands his most meaningful shot but once again Lopez answers with three to four power punches of his own. Roybal is showing a lot of toughness against the young rising star and survives the second round.
RD3: Lopez has done some great body work through the first two rounds and I expect we start to see the consequences of that, already, here in the third round. Roybal eats a jab at the start of the third and then both fighters settle in yet again. Circling in the middle Lopez seems to be waiting for an opening for another offensive and he finds it at about one minute of round three. Roybal is now returning less than he was in the first two rounds and Lopez is staying relentless to the body as he looks to finish his second straight opponent with body shots in the third round. Which is exactly what he does after a devastating flurry in the corner flattens Roybal on the canvas and finishes the fight. Misael Lopez does what Lopez is beginning to be known for. Dispatching his opponents from the fight as fast as he can. The mean streak is real. Lopez by TKO in the third.
RD1: Gabe Cirvillo is the first fighter to enter the inside boxing ring on the evening and he is sporting camo trunks. Pena enters next wearing red trunks with black trim. Gabe will have the height and reach advantage in this one as they size each other up prior to the first bell.
The first bell sounds and they meet in the middle. Referee Curtis Thrasher circles them and we are underway. Both come out and work their jabs, both landing. Pena lands a nice over hand right early followed by a nice left hook as he stalks Cirvillo. Cirvillo is trying to put punches together on the outside and lands a nice left hook as he closes the distance. Pena still coming forward lands an overhand right but pays for it as Cirvillo counters with a right hook of his own. Cirvillo is starting to put combos together in the last thirty seconds and finishes the round with a nice right hand that lands flush on the cheek of Pena.
RD2: The second starts like the first with both fighters landing jabs but picks up quicker than the first as they both enter the pocket and exchange. Cirvillo hurts Pena with a bit right and sends Pena circling dazed around the ring as he eats two more big right hands. Pena answers shortly but is put back on the ropes directly after. Cirvillo is really pouring it on now and Cirvillo looks to just survive the end of the second round which he does but referee Curtis Thrasher waives the fight off in the corner of Pena after a short discussion. A nice high action fight between two heavyweights to start the evening.
Today Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, and Andre S.O.G. Ward stepped on the scale at The Mandalay Bay Event Center, Las Vegas. Both fighters came in at 175. We have a fight! Both fighters confident, both fighters war ready. Kovalev even cracking a few jokes, even taking a stab at Ward.
Kovalev walked off the press conference stage yesterday, when asked today he simply stated, “I did not want to waste my energy on him..”
Sergey was all smiles at weigh in’s, and Andre came across trying to poke the Russian bear.
Ward vs. Kovalev 2: “The Rematch,” a 12-round mega-fight for the WBO/IBF/WBA Light Heavyweight World Championships, is presented by Roc Nation Sports, Main Events, Andre Ward Promotions, Krusher Promotions and Corona Extra, sponsored by Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Jetlux, Life10 Electrolyte, Zappos, D’USSÉ Cognac, ProSupps and Powered by Monster. The championship event takes place Saturday, June 17 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets for Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” are available on axs.com and at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office.
DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURY IN LOSS TO JOSE HARO!
Sloan, IA (June 11, 2017) – Featherweight contender DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO suffered severe head injuries in his knockout loss toJOSE HARO on Saturday night, June 10 at the WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa in a bout telecast on CBS Sports Network.
Following the eighth round stoppage, the popular 25-year-old Franco of Rancho Cucamonga, California was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery to stop two brain bleeds.
Said manager Ray Chaparro from the hospital, “At this point the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to him making a complete recovery. We ask for prayers from the boxing community at this time.”
“Roc Nation’s thoughts and prayers are with Daniel Franco and his family during this critical recovery period. He is a tenacious talent and champion, and will always have our support,” said Michael R. Yormark, Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy.