WBC Welterweight World Champion and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout in advance of his SHOWTIME PPV matchup against Marcos "El Chino" Maidana taking place Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. J'Leon Love, who will face Marco Antonio Periban in the opening bout of the pay-per-view kicked off the workout along with other Mayweather Promotions stars.
MARCOS MAIDANA AND ROBERT GARCIA MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL
By James Blears
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs crashed today’s Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai press conference today in Oberhausen, Germany, ripping off his shirt and hurling insults at Klitschko and Leapai for nearly ten minutes. “Klitschko, why you fighting this bum and not me? You ain’t a real champion, you’re a fabricated champion. Why you so scared of me?” Briggs punched the podium and threw his shirt at Klitschko, who stayed steely calm throughout the incident. An enraged Leapai, however, challenged Briggs to fight right then and there, and had to be held back. Briggs did some pushups before he left. “I’ve never had to hold back my own opponent at a press conference,” Klitschko commented.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel today announced the officials who will work this Saturday in the world heavyweight title bout between the champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) and the #1 ranked Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia, to be held at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany in a K2 Promotions presentation. The referee will be Eddie Cotton from United States. The judges will be Glenn Feldman from United States, Zoltan Enyedi from Hungary, and Deon Dwarte from South Africa. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be President Paco Valcarcel himself.
On Saturday April 26th, 2014 power punching Argentinean Lucas Matthysse,
34-3, 32KOs will be in the ring with John Molina, 27-3, 22 KOs in what
looks to be an all-out war between two full-fledged KO artists.
Top-10 ranked welterweight is expected
World Series of Fighting continues to build an extremely stacked
welterweight division with the addition of former Strikeforce champion and
UFC title contender Jake Shields.
Kell Brook will face Shawn Porter, probably in America in the Summer,
after the reigning world champion retained his IBF belt with a
fourth-round stoppage of Paulie Malignaggi last Saturday.
by Butch Gottlieb
For all you Mayweather haters that have no conception of the many philanthropic things that Floyd Mayweather does and can only talk about him in a negative way, please read the following that is in today's Las Vegas Review Journal.
A thank you goes out to boxing writer Steve Carp for writing about this.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (May 6, 1937 – April 20, 2014) was an American
middleweight boxer best known for having been wrongfully convicted for
murder and later exonerated after spending 20 years in prison.
Former junior middleweight world champion Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith
finally has an opponent for his May 2nd fight at the Hard Rock Hotel in
Las Vegas. He will be fighting Ryan Davis (24-13-3 9KOs) in the ten round
main event. Smith was supposed to fight WBA junior middleweight champion
Erislandy Lara who pulled out of this fight to meet Canelo Alvarez on July
12th at the MGM in Las Vegas.
HISTORY IS MADE AGAIN AS BERNARD HOPKINS DEFEATS BEIBUT SHUMENOV TO BECOME THE UNIFIED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION
Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs), at 49-years-old, made history once again on Saturday night. He is now the oldest man to unify a boxing world championship and the oldest fighter to defend a world title-besting his own record-as he defeated Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) via split decision to become the Unified Light Heavyweight World Champion. Judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored the fight 116-111 for the future Hall of Famer while Gustavo Padilla scored the bout 114-113 for Shumenov. (this judge should be fired)
WBO #6 rated featherweight
(24-2-3, 16 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over former
Olympian and world title challenger
Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz
(20-4-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando,
Florida. Scores were 97-92, 97-92 and 96-93 for Rodriguez, who retained
his NABO featherweight title.
42-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (53-6, 47 KOs) needed just 20 seconds to dispose of Francisco Mireles (17-9, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. A slapping left hook to the stomach dropped the 286lb Mireles to a knee where he stayed until referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout. This was Briggs’ second win in eight days. “I’m going to Germany tomorrow to chase down Wladimir Klitschko,” he said after the fight.
By Bob Caico
The Boxcino 2014 middleweight semifinals were held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on ESPN2’s presentation of Friday Night Fights. The middleweight winners were Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr., who earned eight round decisions and will now now face off in the finals along with the last two lightweight Boxcino contenders on Friday, May 23, also at The Turning Stone in Verona, NY.
Rod Salka put on a boxing clinic for Alexei
Collado in Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation main
event. And then he stated his case for a world title shot.
By Sam Geraci
Chicago favorite son Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 21 KOs) made a successful return to the Windy City boxing scene by earning a TKO at 2:15 of the sixth round against Troy Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) of St. Paul, MN, in a super middleweight bout at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lowry was dropped with a thudding left hook to the head in the last minute of the sixth round. Lowry indicated to his corner that he did not want to continue so referee Kurt Spivey stopped the action.
2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs)
scored a first round KO over Raymond Charles (12-3-2, 5 KOs) in a junior
middleweight bout on Friday night in the Illusions Theater at the
Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Spence dropped Charles twice in round one
and the bout was waved off at 2:52.