by Butch Gottlieb
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) announced today that Robert
Bennett has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Bennett,
who was one of three finalists, received a unanimous vote from the
five-member Commission at a meeting this afternoon.
Bernard Hopkins 172.4 vs. Beibut Shumenov 174.4
Shawn Porter 146.8 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 146.2
Peter Quillin 159.8 vs. Lukas Konecny 158.25
Sadam Ali 146.25 vs. Michael Clark 144
Zachary Ochoa 139.5 vs. Hector Marengo 140.25
A Purse Bid for the WBO vacant featherweight world title between top contenders Vasyl Lomachenko and Gary Russell Jr. was held today at noon at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The winning bid was from Golden Boy Promotions with $1,052,500 followed by Top Rank’s bid of $1,050,000. The difference was a mere $2500. June 21 in LA was mentioned as the possible date. The bid was presided over by WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, Raul Jaimes GBP, Carl Morreti TR and Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing.
It turns out promoter Mike Tyson can stir the pot almost as much as
heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. Almost. Tyson seemed right at home in his
new role as promoter Thursday as he guided his Iron Mike Productions
fighters through the final press conference and weigh-in for tomorrow’s
ShoBox: The New Generation event. Tyson egged on his fighters, enticed
trash talking and did his best to create some controversy during the
presser before the official weigh-in. In other words, typical Tyson.
Nearly 1 million uniformed military personnel serving abroad will be able to watch and support U.S. Armed Forces veteran Sammy Vasquez, Jr., as part of a special agreement between SHOWTIME® and the American Forces Network.
Vasquez, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, is featured in the opening bout of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast, which airs live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME from Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa.
“I’m excited to bring the military along for the ride with me,” Vasquez said. “I’m coming to the ring in a Humvee with the guys that I deployed with, as well as my wife and daughter and my three sisters. It’s great to have the rest of the military in my corner.”
This afternoon at La
Cage aux Sports Boucherville, Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and InterBox
announced that they had reached an agreement with Jean Pascal Promotions
to ensure the services of the NABF Champion and WBC Diamond Belt light
heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), who recently defeated
12 Rounds with Shane Mosley Jr.
Coming into the family business can put a lot of pressure
on anyone, but when your father is one of greatest fighters of all time,
expectations can be extremely high. Sugar Shane Mosley won multiple world
titles in three weight classes, and is a first ballot hall of famer when
he becomes eligible.
Last night I caught up on the first two episodes
of NUVOtv’s boxing reality series “Knockout,” starring trainers Floyd
Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah.
Good news for U.S. fight fans. It was announced today
that the ESPN network has reached an agreement to pick up the rights to
televise the April 26 world heavyweight title defense of unified
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko against WBO mandatory
challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, Germany.
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora turned up the heat on
Tyson Fury by telling his fierce rival he’ll be knocked out inside a round
at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester on July 26. Londoner Chisora, the
European Heavyweight Champion, defends his title against Fury with the
vacant British title up for grabs and the fight is also a final eliminator
for the WBO world heavyweight championship for the right to face reigning
king Wladimir Klitschko.
By Rocky Morales and
“Prince” Charles Martin (16-0, 14 KOs) impressively
dismantled and knocked out previously undefeated Alexander “The Great”
Flores (14-1, 12 KOs) to win the vacant NABO heavyweight title on
Wednesday night at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. Martin
was in command from the beginning and dropped Flores hard at the end of
the third round with a left cross. Martin then finished Flores off with a
hard left cross to the body followed by a right hook that crumpled Flores
to the canvas where he was counted out at 1:14 of the fourth round.
FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION MIKE TYSON MAKING THE MOST OF HIS TIME IN PITTSBURGH IN ADVANCE OF
FRIDAY'S SHOBOX TRIPLEHEADER
Tomorrow, Friday, April 18, LIVE on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT)From Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa.
Legendary former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson took a break from his promotional duties for Friday's ShoBox The New Generation tripleheader to enjoy arcade games with two of his children at Latitude 40 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Tyson's Iron Mike Productions will make its promotional debut on SHOWTIME®, home of 16 of Tyson's last 18 fights, live at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., located outside of the Steel City.
Joining Tyson at Latitude 40 prior to a press conference and meet-and-greet with fans was his daughter, Milan, and his son, Morocco.
Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya dismissed the notion of in-fighting between himself and company CEO Richard Schaefer during a conference call with media members on Wednesday, and also appeared to leave open the potential for working with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, with whom De La Hoya began his professional career.
"HISTORY AT THE CAPITOL" BERNARD HOPKINS VS. BEIBUT SHUMENOV FIGHTER MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES
Several of the featured fighters for Saturday's "History at the Capitol"
event at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. worked out for media members at
Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C. The SHOWTIME tripleheader
headlined by future Hall of Famer Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins against
Beibut Shumenov in an epic light heavyweight world championship
SHOWTIME SPORTS® TO STREAM
BERNARD HOPKINS vs. BEIBUT SHUMENOV WEIGH-IN LIVE VIA SATELLITE, YOUTUBE & MORE THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 18,
AT 1 P.M. ET / 10 A.M. PT
SHOWTIME Sports will offer a live stream of
Friday’s official weigh-in for the light heavyweight world championship
unification between future Hall of Famer and IBF champ Bernard "The
Alien" Hopkins and WBA Super champ Beibut Shumenov taking place
this Saturday, April 19, live on SHOWTIME® (9
p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the DC Armory in