Like father, like son; Hasim Rahman Jr. makes pro debut in Maryland

Oxon Hill, Md. (March 27, 2017) – When promoter Greg Cohen announced he had finalized arrangements for his next event, the decision to delay his promising heavyweight hopeful, Hasim Rahman Jr.’s, professional boxing debut two more weeks became an easy one.

Originally scheduled to turn professional on March 23, Baltimore native Rahman will now have his first four-round fight in front of a huge contingent of hometown family and friends on Friday, April 14, at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.Rahman will face Kansas City’s Brian Imes (1-4, 1 KO) on the non-televised undercard portion of an event that features the live telecast of undefeated Dmitry Bivol defending his interim WBA Light Heavyweight title against Samuel Clarkson in the 12-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader (10 p.m. ET/PT).  In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweight prospects Juan Ruiz and Malik Hawkins will square off in an eight-round bout, and Baltimore’s undefeated featherweight Glenn Dezurn will open the telecast.

Tickets for the event, which is co-promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions and Banner Promotions in association with World of Boxing and Uprising Promotions, are priced at $103, $73 and $48 and can be purchased at www.TicketMaster.com.

“You only get one pro debut, so when Greg announced this show, he and I thought it would be a great idea for me to turn pro on this show instead, in front of my hometown friends and family,” explained Rahman.

The 25-year-old, son of Hasim “The Rock” Rahman, who famously knocked out Lennox Lewis in April 2001 to win the WBC and IBF Heavyweight Championships, says to being at home is a very important part of his mission.

“I’m doing this for my family and my friends and my city, so I think I should start right in front of them,” Rahman continued. “And someday I’ll bring them back the heavyweight championship. I can’t wait to fight on the same show as my brother with all my loved ones watching. It’s going to be a very big night.”

“We didn’t get the final word we were doing the Maryland show until a few days ago,” said Greg Cohen. “But once we knew it was happening, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let Hasim Jr. turn pro at home. It just worked out perfectly.”

Barry Tompkins will call the ShoBox action from ringside with Steve Farhood and fomer world champion Raul Marquez serving as expert analysts. The executive producer is Gordon Hall with Rich Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips directing.

 

GGG wins again!

New York– Gennady Golovkin finally fought a full 12 rounds! GGG was put to the test by Danny Jacobs, but prevailed by unanimous decision at a jam-packed Madison Square Garden. The scores were 115-112, 115-112, 114-113 all for the winner GGG. Golovkin was able to drop Jacobs in the fourth round, but Jacobs was able to survive that knockdown.  Jacobs used movement and his jab to make a very competitive fight. “I thought I won the fight by at least two rounds, but this is boxing. Obviously, he’s a bigger draw than me,” Jacobs(32-2, 29 KOs) said after the fight.  

For GGG, going 12 rounds was something he felt was good for him. “I needed this. This was my first test over 12 rounds. I need quality fights!” Golovkin(37-0, 33KOs) keeps the WBA, WBC and IBF belts.(IBF belt not on the line because Jacobs missed Saturday morning weigh-in)

The next quality fight for GGG should be Canelo, but it might be WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders. If Canelo gets by Julio Chavez Jr. in May, I would like to see him fight GGG next.

This is boxing, so we shall see!

Dana White on Mayweather-McGregor: ‘I do think it will happen’

UFC president Dana White believes the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight will happen. On Wednesday, White went on the talk show “Conan” with Conan O’Brien to talk about it:

“I think it’s going to be a tough deal, because obviously a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher. On the flip side, there’s so much money involved. I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen,” White told O’Brien.

White said the fight would be a boxing match.

There is too much money to be made for this fight not to happen. Dana White, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor all want to get paid. Will it be competitive? Probably not, but it most definitely will sell!

Thurman-Garcia a ratings smash!

The highly anticipated Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia fight was a ratings success. The fight averaged 3.74 million viewers, and ballooned to as high as 5.1 million viewers. The fight aired on CBS.

And Boxing is dead? If you put good fights on free TV, people will watch. Point blank! Period!

Hopefully we will see more great boxing on free TV

Malignaggi calls it quits

Paulie Malignaggi is one of those guys who did a lot with a little. He maximized his talents and it took him very far. He won 36 times, but only had seven KOs. He won titles at the lightweight and welterweight divisions.  On Saturday, it all ended for Malignaggi, as he was stopped in the eighth round by Sam Eggington.

Today, he decided to call it quits. He went to social media to make the announcement.

Malignaggi has a great future as an analyst for Showtime Boxing. He is one of the better boxing analysts in the game.  

Mayweather car burned in UK

Somebody does not like Floyd Mayweather. Last week his house was burglarized while he was celebrating his 4oth birthday in Los Angeles. On Sunday, Mayweather’s van was set on fire in the UK. Fortunately, no one was hurt. According to reports, the windows of the van were smashed, and the vehicle was ultimately set on fire.  Mayweather is currently on his UK tour.

Mayweather has a lot of security.  Maybe it is time to increase it!

Thurman decisions Garcia to unify

Keith Thurman started fast and coasted to a split decision victory(116-112, 115-113 ,113-115) over Danny Garcia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The fight started fast and furious with Thurman getting the better of Garcia.  As the fight progressed, Garcia became the aggressor as Thurman started to retreat. Goforitgantsports scored the fight 114-114.

Now Thurman has the WBA and WBC belts. Should be interesting to see what is next for Thurman. Maybe the winner of Spence-Brook? Possibly the winner of Porter-Berto?

We shall see!

Porter-Berto announced

A fight that had been talked about for awhile now has become official. Shawn Porter and Andre Berto will fight on April 22 at the Barclays Center.The welterweight clash will air on Showtime.

Both Berto and Porter make exciting fights. I believe Porter’s size and strength might be too much for Berto, but time will be the judge of that.

I know for sure the fans will go home happy!

Mayweather Promotions signs another prospect

Super Flyweight prospect Dylan Price(1-0, 1 KO) of Sicklerville, New Jersey, has signed a promotional deal with Mayweather Promotions. Price, 18 years-old, turned professional with a 1st round stoppage over Malcolm Speight on February 4th in Wilson, North Carolina
“I want to first thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for blessing me with this great start of my professional career. I had a great time last week at the fights. We took an RV to North Carolina and had 25 of my family and friends front row. Then I get back, and we completed the team with a promotional contract from The Money Team. I am blessed, and I am just excited about my team and my future in the sport. I want to thank Doc Nowicki, my dad Dave Price, Dejuan Blake, Leonard Ellerbe and of course TBE “Money” Mayweather for completing my team,” said Dylan Price
Doc Nowicki, co-manager of Dylan Price said,  “I am proud and happy for “Lil Dave” as we call him. He said from the beginning of our conversations that he wanted to be with Mayweather, and now it’s a reality. His team is shaping up nicely and I see big things in store for him”Dave Price, Father and co-manager exclaimed “I’m excited about all of the things that are happening with my sons career. We are expanding our team by partnering with Dejuan Blake and then signing a promotional deal with Mayweather Promotions. I am very happy that the business portion is complete so that I can now focus on training my son and fighting on March 25th in Las Vegas.”

Russell-Escandon Featherweight Title Match Postponed

LAS VEGAS (February 28, 2017) – The featherweight championship match between Gary Russell Jr. and Oscar Escandon, scheduled forSaturday, March 11 at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland, has been postponed after Escandon was injured in training, according to Escandon’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz.

“Oscar suffered an injury to his back in training and he’ll be ready to go in April,” Lewkowicz said. “He’s very sorry for the delay in the fight, but these things happen in boxing. He’s really looking forward to facing Gary Russell, Jr., but he wants to be completely healthy when they do meet.”

Escandon, a 32-year-old Colombian with a record of 25-2 with 17 KOs, is the mandatory challenger for Russell’s featherweight championship. Jermell Charlo defending his 154-pound title against Charles Hatley will be the co-feature on the rescheduled card.

“It’s definitely irritating,” Russell said. “But injuries happen especially when you have somebody pushing their body to the limit for a fight that is potentially life changing. It’s disappointing. It might not work out for him because I have a little more time to get ready.”

“We’re working with the venue and the network to find the earliest date that we an reschedule the show,” said Tom Brown of TGB Promotions. “I feel terrible for the fighters who have been training so hard and now have to wait. Gary is really disappointed, but he understands that injuries are all a part of the sport. But Gary will be ready to go on the rescheduled date.”

A new date for the fight will be announced shortly.