Shawn Porter stops Andre Berto in nine; Keith Thurman next?

In a fight that was fought in close quarters, and featured a lot of headbutts, Shawn Porter (27-2-1) was able to stop Andre Berto (31-5, 24 KOs) in the ninth-round to become the WBC mandatory challenger. Keith Thurman holds the WBC & WBA welterweight belts. The 12-round welterweight fight was held at Barclays Center, and aired on Showtime. 

Porter was able to drop Berto in the second and ninth rounds. Ultimately, he overwhelmed Berto, which led to the stoppage at the 1:31 mark of the ninth-round. The fight went just the way I imagined it would. Porter was too strong, and the pressure he put on Berto was too much for him to handle.

For Porter, 29, he now has an opportunity to avenge his loss to Keith Thurman. The two, fought last June, in an action packed fight. It’s a fight that many would love to see again!

For Berto, 33, maybe it’s time to think about life after boxing. He has had a tremendous career, but at this point what else can he do?

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Adrien Broner needs to leave Cincinnati!

Adrien Broner has had a lot of problems over the past few years, including a stint in prison last summer. Sadly, the problems continue. According to reports, Broner, 27, was arrested for a warrant from 2014 in Covington, KY, last night, which is close to his hometown of Cincinnati.  Broner claimed that his car was being followed and was shot at in Cincinnati.  He traveled into Kentucky where he was ultimately stopped, and arrested. Broner was released in the morning. According to police, Broner’s car was riddled with bullets.

When will Broner finally get it?  He has a lot of ability and personality, but he finds a way into the headlines, for all the wrong reasons.  We keep waiting for “The Problem” to get it; unfortunately, we continue to get incidents like this.

At the some point, boxing will not be there for Broner.  While he is a former four-division world titleholder, Broner has had issues when he stepped up in competition (Maidana and Porter). What is Broner at this point of his career?  Could you see him beating a Terrance Crawford? Keith Thurman? Kell Brook? Errol Spence? I’m not sure he can. Broner’s power really has not traveled with him to 140 and 147.  There are a bunch of exciting fights out there for him. However, his behavior tells you that he needs to work on Adrien Broner, the person.

One thing Broner could do to change things is move out of Cincinnati. According to WCPO, Here are some of things Broner has done in the Cincinnati area:

Robbery (2010 and 2007), aggravated robbery (2007), felonious assault (2007), gun charges (2007 and 2008), domestic violence (2008), intimidation of a witness (2008).

Some of these crimes have led to incarnation. Last year, Broner was incarcerated for showing up late to court. He was in court because of an alleged robbery and assault, outside of a bowling alley in the Cincinnati area. Ultimately, the charges were dismissed.

Not everybody can stay in their hometown once they become successful. Broner is one of those guys. He can no longer stay in Cincinnati. AB take my advice and leave Cincinnati.

A move will serve you well.

Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Moises Flores WBA Super Bantamweight Championship Added to Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev Pay-Per-View Undercard

NEW YORK, NY (April 19, 2017) – Reigning WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) will face WBA interim titleholder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) in a long-awaited mandatory 12-round WBA title defense that will tarnish one fighter’s perfect record. Rigondeaux vs. Flores has officially been added to the Pay-Per-View undercard of Ward-Kovalev 2: “The Rematch” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 17. The championship event, presented by Corona Extra, will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
“I would like to thank Roc Nation Sports, Caribe Promotions and HBO for the opportunity to fight on the biggest Pay-Per-View card of the year. It will be a night of great boxing that fans will not want to miss out on. It’s going to be a chance to show HBO what they want to see. Some say I’m not exciting but it’s not my fault that once my opponents feel my power, they start running and stop throwing punches. Regardless of that, I’m going to give them what they want. I will be standing in the middle of the ring toe-to-toe and putting on a show for the fans. This is where I’ll show the world what my fans got to see in my last fight in the UK against [James] Dickens,” said Rigondeaux. “I want to thank Moises Flores for having the courage to step in the ring with me and accepting the mandatory challenge unlike many great fighters in my division. Moises is an exciting Mexican fighter who will bring a fight. I will be ready to exhibit why I am one of the best pound-for-pound boxers and the world’s best at 122 pounds. I’m ready to give fans the best fight out there, and the best is to come the evening of June 17.”
“I’m very excited to have my world title fight with Guillermo Rigondeaux rescheduled for Saturday, June 17 on HBO Pay-Per-View,” said Flores. “I’d like to thank my team at Probox Management and TGB Promotions along with HBO for providing this opportunity. I never stopped my preparations from the original date and look forward to making the Mexican fans proud when I defeat the great Rigondeaux.”
“Roc Nation Sports is thrilled to add Guillermo Rigondeaux’s championship defense against Moises Flores to the Pay-Per-View undercard of Ward-Kovalev 2: ‘The Rematch’,” said Roc Nation President & Chief of Branding and Strategy Michael R. Yormark. “We know these two champions are ready and eager to put on a big performance on boxing’s biggest stage and undoubtedly, ahead of the most anticipated fight of the year.”
“TGB Promotions is proud of this world title opportunity for Moises ‘Chucky’ Flores as he takes on one of the premier fighters in the sport, Guillermo Rigondeaux,” said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions. “Chucky is well prepared and looking forward to making the Mexican fans proud of their new World Champion on June 17.”
Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), was one of the most celebrated amateur boxers in Cuba before defecting and making his professional debut on May 22, 2009 in Miami, Florida. High expectations had no ill effect on Rigondeaux as he tore through his next five opponents. On November 13, 2010, in just his seventh pro fight, Rigondeaux faced Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant interim WBA World Super Bantamweight title and left the ring with the belt after scoring a split decision victory. Rigondeaux turned his attention to supremacy in the 122-pound division and accomplished what many considered the unthinkable by knocking out WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Rico Ramos on January 20, 2012, becoming a world champion in fewer than 10 professional bouts. On April 13, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Rigondeaux scored his biggest victory to date by defeating WBO and Ring Magazine World Champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire. Rigondeaux came away with the victory by unanimous decision after out landing and out punching Donaire throughout the fight to unify titles. In November of 2015, Roc Nation Sports announced that it had signed Rigondeaux to an exclusive promotional agreement and featured him on the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez mega-fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, where he defeated veteran Drian Francisco via a 10-round unanimous decision. Prior to beating Francisco, Rigondeaux was stripped of his title belts due to inactivity, but remained the WBA champion in recess. In May of 2016, Roc Nation Sports announced that Rigondeaux was reinstated of his WBA belt ahead of a 12-round WBA World Super Bantamweight championship showdown against number 13 rated WBA super bantamweight contender Jazza Dickens on July 16 at the Cardiff Ice Arena in Wales. In his first ever appearance in the United Kingdom, Rigondeaux gave fans a thrilling knockout against Dickens. The southpaw landed a big left hook, shattering Dickens’s jaw, halting the fight in the second round with a referee’s decision. Rigondeaux will be raring to go on June 17 in his title defense against interim champion Moises Flores.
Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) learned the fight game growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, and spent the early years of his professional career building up his résumé in his home country. Now established as a title contender at 122 pounds, Flores looks to climb to the top of the division with his considerable talent. Flores is exceptionally tall for his weight class, measuring in at 5 feet 9 inches. As such, he tends to have a reach advantage over most of his opponents, although Flores isn’t one to merely fire punches from a distance and box from the outside. He likes to mix it up, and his record reflects that, with most of his opponents going down by knockout. Flores made his pro debut in August 2008 with a second round knockout of Oswaldo Salgado in Guadalajara, Mexico. He fought exclusively in Mexico over the first six years of his career and made quick work of most of his opponents. Flores made his U.S. debut in September 2014, winning a six round unanimous decision over Pablo Batres in Mesquite, Texas. He then gained a seventh round technical knockout of Mexican veteran Mario Macias in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in November 2014. That victory set up a 122-pound title shot against interim WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Oscar Escandon in Carson, California, in April 2015. In an electrifying, all-action brawl, Flores earned a split decision to win the title. In his last two fights, Flores was able to defend the interim WBA World Super Bantamweight title against Luis Emanuel Cusolito, while also adding the IBO World Super Bantamweight title against Paulus Ambunda. Flores looks forward to claiming the full rights to the WBA World Super Bantamweight title on June 17 when he faces current champion Guillermo Rigondeaux in a 12-round championship showdown.
 
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Ward-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, 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

Joshua-Klitschko will air on HBO and Showtime

For months, we have been trying to figure out what premium cable network would air Joshua-Klitschko. Anthony Joshua has a deal with Showtime, but Wladimir Klitschko has a deal with HBO. Well, it has been resolved.  According to the networks, the fight, which is April 29th at London’s Wembley Stadium, will air live on Showtime at 4:45 p.m. ET., while HBO will televise the re-broadcast of the fight at 10:45 p.m. ET.

Two-Time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields: ‘Call out everybody and see who says yes’

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and NABF middleweight champion Claressa Shields is making a big splash in the boxing world.  She dominated the Olympics, and won gold medals in 2012 and 2016. After making her pro debut last November, Shields became the first female to headline a boxing show on a premium cable network back in March.

Goforitgantsports talked with Shields about headlining that Showtime card, her future and more!

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Hasim Rahman Jr: ’24 fights, in 24 months’

Baltimore native Hasim Rahman Jr.(1-0, 1 KO) had a successful pro debut with a first-round stoppage of Ralph Alexander(0-1) Friday night at the MGM Grand in Ox0n Hill, MD. It took Rahman 40 seconds to beat Alexander. 

Rahman Jr. is looking to stay busy; his next fight is April 21st.  The goal for Rahman Jr. is 24 fights over the next two years.  We caught up with Hasim Rahman Sr. & Jr. after the fight.

Take a listen!

 

Vaughn Alexander: ‘I am going to put on a display’

After spending 12 years in prison, for armed robbery and assault, middleweight Vaughn Alexander(7-0, 5 KOs) is trying to make up for lost time. The chance to make up for the lost time comes Saturday against Andres Calixto Rey(14-3, 9) at the Mohegan Sun resort in Connecticut.

The 31-year old Alexander is the older brother of former IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander. Vaughn Alexander was considered by some to be more talented than his brother Devon. “Vaughn was a better fighter than Devon,” said Vaughn and Devon’s former promoter Don King back in 2010.

Originally, Alexander-Rey was going to be an eight-round fight on the non-televised portion of the HBO Latino card, but due to the cancellation of Arif Magomedev’s fight with Elias Espadas(Magomedev’s illness). Alexander-Rey will now be a 10-round fight, and it will be the co-feature on HBO Latino.

The St. Louis native believes he will impress. “I am just one step closer to taking over this middleweight division. I am ready to fight whoever, wherever. I am ready to go to war,” Alexander said at the pre-fight press conference. “I am going to put on a display.”

In the main event, Sullivan Barrera will fight Paul Parker in a 10-round light heavyweight bout. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT)

Conor McGregor getting ready for Mayweather?

Conor McGregor really has no shot to beat Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match.  This video of McGregor doing boxing drills does not change my mind!

Take a look:

 

Floyd Mayweather angry with cheerleading judges

The last time we saw Floyd Mayweather complain about judging was when his fighter Badou Jack fought to a controversial draw against James DeGale. Now, Mayweather is unhappy with a different group of judges. TMZ Sports obtained a video of an angry Mayweather confronting judges, after his daughter and her team took second place in a cheerleading competition this past weekend. The event took place in Irvine, CA

According to TMZ Sports, Mayweather and the group that ran the event are on good terms.

Here is the video of the incident, and a “blow by blow” of what happened from the announcer at the event Jeff Krapf.

 

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.