Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins at 49-Years-Old Made History

Apr 19, 2014

HISTORY IS MADE AGAIN AS BERNARD HOPKINS DEFEATS BEIBUT SHUMENOV TO BECOME THE UNIFIED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION

SHAWN PORTER DOMINATES PAULIE MALIGNAGGI IN DEFENSE OF IBF WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP; PETER QUILLIN RETAINS WBO MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® Telecast Will Replay

Sunday, April 20 at 9 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

and Tuesday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME®

Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2014) – 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.

In the co-feature bouts, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-0-1, 14 KOs) overwhelmed Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs) to remain undefeated and retain his IBF Welterweight World Championship with an impressive fourth-round TKO over the veteran fighter. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) retained his WBO Middleweight World Championship with a unanimous decision win over Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs) in a fight controlled by “Kid Chocolate.”

The event, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, took place at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

Boxing’s elder statesman, Hopkins was calm and confident throughout the fight, enforcing ring generalship against Shumenov who was never able to figure out a game plan to score. Shumenov, who is self-trained, threw very few combinations, and did not press the pace. Hopkins, on the other hand, dazzled with his timing, counterpunching and, at times, showmanship. In the 11th round, Hopkins landed a short right hand that sent Shumenov to the canvas for the fifth time in his career.

After the judges scores were read, SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray asked Hopkins what he thought of the split decision. He responded, “Listen, when you get into all that about the judges and all that stuff, they go to school. They have commissions to regulate all that. I don’t like to get into all of that. It’s not my job to deal with that. It’s my job to get ready and to unify the championship before 50.”

When Gray asked about his legacy, Hopkins compared himself to another boxing great. “I describe my legacy like a Joe Frazier. We get knocked down but we get back up. I’ll let the historians analyze and debate over the years as I grow a deeper gray beard watching soap operas. I’ll let them break down my legacy.”

On his future, Hopkins said, “We are with SHOWTIME until I end my career. Stevenson, I am coming to Canada. I am getting my papers together. I want to be the undisputed light heavyweight world champion this year, period.”

A disappointed Shumenov told Gray, “To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about the scorecard. I tried hard. Bernard, but he was the better man tonight. I chose the wrong strategy and used the wrong style. I am angry that I couldn’t get the victory. I am a true warrior and I want to fight only the best. Tonight, obviously it wasn’t my fight.”

In the middle fight of the three fight SHOWTIME telecast, Porter rushed Malignaggi right from the opening bell and opened up a cut on Malignaggi’s cheek in the first round. In the second round, Malignaggi was clearly hurt by a leaping left hook from the champion.

Early in the fourth, Porter threw a powerful right hand to the temple, dropping Malignaggi for the fourth time in his career. While Malignaggi gamely continued, he was clearly hurt. Porter closed the show with a barrage of punches that sent Malignaggi down again and forced referee Sam Williams to wave waved off the fight without a count at 1:14 of round four.

In the aftermath, Gray asked Porter what it was that Malignaggi had told him just moments after the bout. “Paulie, wished me the best and I don’t know what he is looking at for himself [in the future] but he said, ‘Make sure they know that I lost to a great champion. Go out there and be great.’ I am going to honor his words and his wishes.”

Speaking about the win, Porter said, “I definitely needed this victory. To get it like that from a guy like this. He touched me in every way possible being in the ring with him. I knew what he was coming with. But I always had questions of my own. I came in and answered those questions tonight.”

When asked what he wants next, Porter said, “I’m going to enjoy this and let my team handle what is next. I’m sure they will all communicate. We’ll come up with the next game plan and we’ll tackle it.”

Gray then asked Malignaggi what it was that he told Porter. “I just said, ‘Don’t make me have lost to an average fighter. Go be great so that I can say that a really great fighter beat me.’ I know that he has that potential.

Regarding retirement, “If I do retire, and I don’t want to make that decision right now while I am emotional, but I don’t want to do it off of an average champion. I want to do it off of a great champion.

Breaking down the fight, Malignaggi said, “He was controlling the distance. I couldn’t get going. He was going away and then bringing the attack. He mixed it up well. He came right at me at times and then, at other times, he moved away.”

When asked about retiring and focusing the rest of his career solely on his commentating work for SHOWTIME, Malignaggi said, “I can’t really think about that right now. If I give you an answer right now I would tell you that I am stopping fighting but maybe I’d change my mind next week. I want to go home and think about it.”

Quillin, who implemented his game plan from the first round, was the stronger, quicker and more effective fighter. While Konecny never appeared to be in jeopardy of going down, he wasn’t able to adjust to Quillin’s style and won 2 just rounds combined on the three judges’ scorecards. The scores were 120-108 and 119-109, twice.

After the fight, Quillin said, “I’m thankful that I was able to get up in here with a tough customer in front of me and get up and fight.”

SHOWTIME EXTREME® Results:

Sadam Ali (18-0, 11 KOs) defeated Michael Clark (44-9-1, 18 KOs) via a first-round knockout (2:06) in a scheduled 10-round welterweight bout.

Marcus Browne (9-0, 7 KOs) defeated Otis Griffin (24-15-2, 10 KOs) in an 8-round light heavyweight bout via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the fight 80-71.

Zachary Ochoa (6-0, 3 KOs) defeated Hector Marengo (6-7-4, 4 KOs) via TKO due to the request of Marengo’s corner to end the scheduled 6-round junior welterweight bout.

Tonight’s SHOWTIME EXTREME telecast will replay on Wednesday, April 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME.

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‘El Diamante’ Verdejo demuestra su poderío en Orlando

Apr 19, 2014

‘El Diamante’ Verdejo demuestra su poderío en Orlando

ORLANDO, FL – Continúa la impresionante racha del ‘Diamante’. El sensacional prospecto puertorriqueño Félix Verdejo añadió otro sensacional triunfo a sus palmares al dominar al mexicano Iván ‘El Oso’ Zavala en el combate co-estelar del cartel ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que se celebró ante cerca de mil fans en el Bahía Shriners Events Center.

Verdejo no tuvo que esforzarse mucho para despachar a Zavala, ya que lo conectó limpiamente al mentón con el primer golpe de poder que lanzó en el combate, un fulminante derechazo que envió al mexicano la lona y este nunca logró recuperarse, obligando a que el referee detuviese las hostilidades. El final del combate llegó a los 1:14 del capitulo inicial.

“Le quiero dar la gloria a Dios por permitirme disfrutarme esta oportunidad de traerle alegría a la fanaticada acá en Orlando. Estoy bien contento” dijo el ex olímpico boricua. “Salí a boxear que fue lo que me ordenó la esquina y el golpe llegó”.

Con la victoria ante Zavala, Verdejo mejoró su marca a 12-0, 9 KO’s.

El próximo compromiso de Verdejo será el 7 de junio en la función en la cual el boricua Miguel Cotto retará al argentino Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martínez por el título peso mediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) en el Madison Square Garden de la ciudad de Nueva York.

CREDITO DE FOTOS: Peter Amador / Top Rank

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Regresan a la Comarca y Trabajan en TSM

Apr 18, 2014

Regresan a la Comarca y Trabajan en TSM

Torreón, Coah., 17 de Abril de 2014.- Tras disputar el partido de Ida de Octavos de Final de la Copa Libertadores ante Lanús, los Guerreros regresaron esta tarde a la Comarca Lagunera, ya enfocados en lo que será el duelo del próximo sábado frente a Chiapas, correspondiente a la penúltima fecha del Torneo Clausura 2014.

La escuadra lagunera partió ayer por la noche desde Buenos Aires, Argentina, con escala en la Ciudad de México, y arribó al Aeropuerto Internacional de Torreón al filo de las 14:30 horas, para enseguida trasladarse al Territorio Santos Modelo, donde llevó a cabo una sesión regenerativa.

Con respecto al viaje y al golpe sufrido en la rodilla izquierda durante el encuentro contra la escuadra argentina, el capitán Oswaldo Sánchez comentó:

“Un poco cansados por el viaje, el tema de la herida ahí va, ya está suturada, esperando que desaparezca el dolor para estar listo para el siguiente partido”.

¿Consideras justo el resultado ante el conjunto argentino?

No, me parece que a final de cuentas el partido no fue como terminó, el gol fue una jugada demasiado fortuita, demasiado suertuda como para que ellos se llevaran el triunfo, pero tenemos una gran confianza en nuestro equipo de que acá vamos a ganar.

¿Qué posibilidad hay de que juegues este sábado contra la escuadra chiapaneca?

No hemos platicado del tema (con el médico) pero todo dependerá de la evolución, (la herida) está suturada, es cierto que hay bastante dolor, pero faltan todavía 48 horas para el partido, seguramente estaremos bien.

Por su parte el medio escudo Juan Pablo Rodríguez también habló sobre los primeros 90 minutos de la eliminatoria ante Lanús:

“Jugamos contra un gran equipo, creo que Santos hizo bien las cosas, mostró mucha personalidad, creo que el resultado nos deja tristes porque se dio en los últimos minutos, pero a sabiendas de que en nuestra cancha, con nuestra gente, somos un equipo que aspira a mucho y que sin duda podemos darle vuelta al resultado”.

Ahora a pensar en Jaguares…

Sí, ahora a meternos en lo de la liga, a asegurar el pase a la Liguilla.

Cortesia:Club Santos

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Gamalier Rodríguez y Félix Verdejo Cumplen con el Peso sin Problemas

Apr 18, 2014

Gamalier Rodríguez y Félix Verdejo cumplen con el peso sin problemas

ORLANDO, FL – El monarca peso pluma Gamalier Rodríguez y el sensacional prospecto Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo no confrontaron ningún tipo de problema para cumplir con el reto de la báscula y se cantaron listos para sus respectivos combates de mañana sábado, 19 de abril en el Bahía Shriners Events Center.

Rodríguez (23-2-3, 16 KO’s), marcó 125.4 libras para la reyerta en la cual expondrá su cinturón Pluma de la NABO (Por sus siglas en inglés) ante el clasificado mundial Orlando ‘El Fenómeno’ Cruz (20-3-1, 10 KO’s), quien se despojó de toda pieza de ropa para detener la báscula en 126.8 libras.

Por su parte, ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo (11-0, 8 KO’s) fijó la romana en 134.6 libras para el combate en el cual enfrentará al mexicano Iván ‘El Oso” Zavala (6-5-1, 2 KO’s), quien llegó 4.2 libras por encima del límite de la división peso ligero. El azteca pesó oficialmente 139.2 libras.

Hasta el momento la pelea sigue en pie. Ambos bandos llegaron a un acuerdo en el cual Zavala no podrá pesar más de 142 libras el día de la pelea. Verdejo y Zavala chocarán en un combate a seis asaltos en el turno co-estelar del cartel.

Ambos combates serán televisados en el gustado programa ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ que es televisado de costa a costa en los Estados Unidos por la cadena UniMás.

Presentada por All Star Boxing en asociación Top Rank, los boletos para la función a precios de: $52 ringside y $27 general pueden ser adquiridos llamando al 407-660-8822. El Bahía Shriners Event Center está localizado en: 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando, FL, 32810.

RESULTADOS DEL PESAJE:

• Gamalier Rodríguez 125.4 lbs vs. Orlando Cruz 126.8 lbs – Título Pluma NABO
• Félix Verdejo 134.6 lbs vs. Iván Zavala 139.2 lbs
• Matt Korobov 160 lbs vs. Emill González 160.6 lbs
• Alberto Machado 129 lbs vs. Jesús Lule Raya 129.2 lbs
• Antonio Ortiz 142.4 lbs vs. Ramón Peña 141.8 lbs
• Christopher Díaz 127.6 lbs vs. su oponente se pesará luego
• Jayron Santiago 123.6 lbs vs. James Alexander 124.6 lbs

CREDITO DE FOTOS: Peter Amador / Top Rank

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BERNARD HOPKINS VS. BEIBUT SHUMENOV”

Apr 18, 2014

FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES FOR
“HISTORY AT THE CAPITOL: BERNARD HOPKINS VS. BEIBUT SHUMENOV”

World Championship Tripleheader This Saturday, April 19,
Live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m.ET/PT) From DC Armory In Washington, D.C.

Tickets Still Available!

Photo Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

WASHINGTON D.C. (April 17, 2014) – The fighters, including legendary future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov, who will compete on Saturday’s eagerly awaited “History at the Capitol” world championship tripleheader on SHOWTIME®, participated in the final press conference Thursday at The Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C.

In the history-making main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® (9 p.m. ET/PT following the premiere of Episode 1 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana) the 49-year-old Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, will be seeking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles when he puts his IBF Light Heavyweight title on the line against his WBA counterpart, Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, who is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights.

The two other world title fights on SHOWTIME — unbeaten IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter (23-0-1), ofCleveland, defends against former world champion Paulie Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y. and unbeaten WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs), of Brooklyn, risks his belt against the Czech Republic’s Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs). Three live preliminary fights will precede the SHOWTIME telecast on SHOWTIME EXTREME®(7 p.m. ET/PT): Sadam Ali (18-0, 11 KOs), Brooklyn, vs. Michael Clark (44-9-1, 18 KOs ) Columbus, OH., 10 rounds, welterweights; Zachary Ochoa (6-0, 3 KOs), Brooklyn, vs. Hector Marengo (6-7-4, 4 KOs), Arecibo, Puerto Rico, 4/6 rounds, junior welterweights; and Marcus Browne (9-0, 7 KOs), Staten Island, N.Y., vs. Otis Griffin, 24-15-2 (10 KOs) Sacramento, Calif., 8 rounds, light heavyweights.

Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are on sale now and available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.

Hopkins was honored twice during the final press conference. At the outset of the proceedings, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer presented him with a National Portrait Gallery portrait donated by Golden Boy Promotions and shot by renowned sports photographer Holger Keifel. It will become part of Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery permanent collection and is projected to appear in the museum within the next two to three years and will likely be on display for six months or longer.

Later, Marvis Frazier, the former boxer and son of the late, great former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, presented a plaque to Hopkins and Golden Boy Promotions in appreciation for their contribution to the Joe Frazier Statue in Philadelphia.

What the boxers and executives said Thursday:

BERNARD HOPKINS

“This is really a defense of my legacy. Belts are nice, but they’re nicer when you’re younger and establishing a foundation. My foundation was laid down years ago. You get what you put in most of the time and then you get the times where you have to fight for what you want.

“This is an opportunity for me to represent the 40 and up club that is very alive in the world. Boxing and non-boxing fans are supporting me. I go and train understanding that it’s not just for me, but for you all to enjoy what is taking place while it is taking place.

“Sometimes we take personal achievements for granted. We don’t appreciate it until you get treated the opposite way.

“Come April 19, you will be inspired by me. The work I’ve put in all these years has already been set. Now I’m here to let you know how I feel.

“The best in Beibut will bring out the best in me. I want him to try to win every round. I want him to do this because if he doesn’t do this, you won’t see the best of me. I’ll do what I do regardless, but I don’t want to look like the worst word in America, a bully.

“He’s motivated to fight me, he said he’s been dreaming of this all his life. Understand one thing, be careful what you wish for.

“Get ready for school, student. No disrespect, its logic. I am the professor with a PHd. I’m going to take his GED learning that you need more than that to make a living.

“After this is over with, let’s pray he has the career going forward. I have a track record. There’s a whole list of names that didn’t survive the mental beat down.

“When you watch Saturday you’re going to watch something you’ve seen over and over. I can’t help if you all get bored. You’re going to have to write the story.

“Enjoy and understand that this is history. I’m defending something bigger than a title. My legendary
20plus year legacy, is more important than anything around my waist.”

BEIBUT SHUMENOV

“[To Hopkins] You’re mistaken if you think going into this as if I’m fighting a 50-year-old man. On Saturday night we are going to see who is taking whose belts.

“It’s not for me about money. I’m fighting for the honor and the glory to be acknowledged as a great fighter. I’m not thinking about future fights. I prepared for this fight like it’s my last. I’m a man of my word, so you’re going to see a great fight Saturday night.

“I want to fight the best and I am fighting the best.

“I’ve been dreaming all of my life for this moment. I’ve been ready to fight at this level for several years. I couldn’t get there on my own. This is a good opportunity for me.

“Hard work and preparation has been done. I am fighting one of the greatest ever, who beat so many other legends and great fighters.

“I am ready to show the world what I’m capable of. I will show the world that I am the best light heavyweight champion.”

SHAWN PORTER

“We could have taken any challenger, we could have taken a lesser opponent, and we could have fought two more months from now…but that’s not the Porter way.

“We work hard and we have high expectations. At Team Porter we challenge ourselves. We talk day in and day out about the game plan. We send footage and notes to one and other every single day. We diet together. I lost a lot of weight for this fight, and I feel really good right now.

“My dad’s doing the exact same things I’m doing, eating the same stuff, working the same way I do. We work hard and we’re blessed. We understand what position we’re in today and what position we’re going to be in when I get in the ring with Paulie Malignaggi.

“We’re in a privileged position – we have a world championship belt. We’re going to defend it with honor and everything we have. We know what Paulie is bringing to the ring. This is going to be a great, exciting fight.”

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI

“I’m very happy with the team I have around me, they’ve allowed me to excel. I can just focus on boxing with no other headaches.

“I have outlasted almost every single fighter that has been hyped more than me. You keep saying, ‘how is this guy still around?’

“Shawn Porter is a world champion who still has that hungry attitude. That makes it all the more difficult of a challenge. Fighting a guy like that becomes not only a game of skill, but a game of will.

“I think I’ve proven through the years that I have a lot of both and Shawn is proving he has both as well and that makes it a very intriguing matchup.

“The winner will be very deserving at the end of the day. I feel like I’m the more talented fighter not that Shawn isn’t talented. I feel what I have in my back pocket is more than what he has. We’ll see Saturday if he’s ready.”

PETER QUILLIN

“It’s an important thing for me to be here in front of you guys. I just hope I can keep doing this same thing over and over again.

“I’m going to defend my title with so much pride. There’s no ego, just pride, hard work, determination and sacrifice. It’s what got me here and it’s the most important part of boxing to me.

“I may not have much control outside of the ring, but when I’m in the ring I can create and do what I want. I’m inspiring people to be happy with themselves.

“Bernard set the bar so high and I just want to set it even higher.

“The only part of this card that’s going to be hard is watching my brothers Paulie and Shawn fight. May the best man win. When the opportunity comes you have to capitalize on it.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity to fight in D.C. I’m so inspired to be here I think my name is going to be the ‘Capital Kid.’ ”

LUKAS KONECNY, WBO European Champion & Former WBO Interim Junior Middle Champion

“I expect a hard fight, but a fair fight. I want to win and I have the most experience.

“I think it should be a good confrontation between the European and the U.S. boxing style. Hopefully the best one will win and it will be me.”

NAAZIM RICHARDSON, Hopkins’ Trainer

“I’ve seen a lot of these young guys as they grew up. I’ve known Shawn Porter so long I remember when his father was fighting. Seeing all these guys up in this position is great and needs to be paid attention to.

“This guy, Bernard Hopkins, you’ve said everything you could say about him. We just hope you guys appreciate it. This guy has been fighting all the way through.

“Bernard teaches me all the time. I want people to understand when they see Bernard that you’re not seeing the microwave era of boxing. You have to appreciate it, the sweet science of boxing. These guys on the undercard are lucky because they get to see it.

“I want people to acknowledge that we’re dealing with a special athlete in Bernard. Thirty is old in boxing, guys still perform at 30 but it’s old. So what he’s doing is ridiculous.

“Everything he does is history. Every bag he hits is a part of history. Because what he’s doing has never been done. Bernard is the oldest athlete to hold a title in any sport.

“Bernard now carries Joe Frazier’s spirit in Philadelphia. It’s not the same style but it’s the same mentality. He never says die and never surrenders.”

MARVIS FRAZIER, Joe Frazier’s Son

“Bernard Hopkins is a true humanitarian. My father passed away in the midst of people putting together a statue for him. No one would come to the table; Golden Boy and Bernard Hopkins said they would build the statue for my father.

“I love this guy, he’s a great brother and on behalf of the Frazier family I want to thank you and Golden Boy Promotions for what they have done and are about to do.”

RICHARD SCHAEFER, Golden Boy Promotions CEO

“Now is your chance. Here in Washington and the East Coast, people from Philly, New York and Washington come here to be part of this historic event.

“With Beibut Shumenov, Bernard’s fighting somebody who as a pro has a record with 14 wins, 9 by KO. Beibut is from Kazakhstan, and he has a rich amateur history. He was a 2004 Olympian for Kazakhstan. He has been waiting for an opportunity like this. He is as dedicated as any fighter I have ever seen. He has tremendous will and desire. He has a tremendous and loyal team behind him. He’s trained hard and is ready to go and make history here in Washington, D.C.

“Paulie is one of the most recognized fighters in the world. He’s a two-time, two-division world champion who is trying to win his third world title on Saturday night.

“Shawn Porter wants to face a veteran and the welterweight division is without any question the hottest division. Shawn Porter was one of the best amateur boxers of this era and established himself as one of the most exciting, young emerging stars of the sport.

“I’ve been in boxing since 2000. Of all the fighters there’s one that stands out when it comes to loyalty and when it comes to respect and Bernard tells me that it’s because of the respect I show him. He is one of a kind in many ways. He is a true friend.”

CHRIS DEBLASIO, Vice President Communications, SHOWTIME SPORTS

“This fight Saturday night on SHOWTIME is part of a tremendous lineup of boxing programming on our network that features no less than 19 live prizefights over the next three weeks.

Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast will be preceded by the premiere of All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana. And the live show will feature a special guest analyst. Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs will be substituting for Paulie Malignaggi who will be indisposed.

“Last January, when we had a fight card here at the DC Armory, I reported record ratings and record viewership growth for Showtime Boxing. I am proud to say that the trend continues and we are looking for strong performances in the next three weeks. Thank you for your support.”

ERIK A. MOSES, Senior Vice President of Events DC

“We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to host such a fantastic fight card. As a fight fan, I’m excited about what we’re going to see on Saturday. But as a person who’s responsible for making D.C. more of a fight and sports town, I’m really excited that Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME and Bernard, in particular, have decided to come back to Washington.

“For those of you who don’t know, this will be the third championship fight in 14 months that we’ve hosted in the DC Armory, which is a fantastic thing. And frankly, we should give it up to Golden Boy Promotions for that. D.C. is a good sports town, but we want to make certain that people know it’s a fight town as well.

“I will echo Scottie Irving’s [D.C. Boxing Commissioner] comments that we want to sell this fight out. And every fight that comes to Washington, we want to show that we’re a great fight town. There’s a lot of energy and buzz around this city, and there has been ever since this fight was announced.

“We want Golden Boy Promotions to come back many more times and bring many more fights to Washington, D.C. as we continue to show them what we can do to support this fantastic sport.

“We’re honored to have Bernard and Mr. Shumenov here having their fight, as well as Paulie and the other combatants who are going to be here.

“This is going to be history in the making. To see someone like Bernard, who’s been fighting as long as he has, and at his age, do what he’s trying to do in our nation’s capital has all the makings of a fantastic story.”

SCOTTIE IRVING, Chairman of the DC Boxing Commission

“We expect an outstanding, clean fight. I want to make it really clear that the last time we had a fight at the DC Armory that sold out we talked to Golden Boy and had a conversation with Bernard, and we said at that time that we did a great job and we deserve another fight. And Bernard said, ‘I will do my best to make sure you guys get another fight soon.’
“I said it before, that Bernard is a man of his word. Not only did he go out and find the best fighter that he could to fight in D.C., he offered to do it himself, and to come fight here.

“If you miss this one I’ll do my best to make sure Golden Boy is back this summer, and next time at the Verizon Center. We look forward to our continued success in boxing.

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“History at the Capitol”

Apr 16, 2014

“HISTORY AT THE CAPITOL” BERNARD HOPKINS VS. BEIBUT SHUMENOV FIGHTER MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES AND PHOTOS

Photo Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 16, 2014) – 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 unification.

Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are on sale now and available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.

Below please find what the fighters had to say at today’s workout.

BERNARD HOPKINS, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion
“I think my longevity has a lot to do with the early preparation in my life and my career. I took care of myself like I always have for the last 20 years and I’m reaping the benefits now.

“A lot of it has to do with just what I do and don’t put in my body. A lot of long-term discipline and staying the course, and not derailing many times during down time, or binging on things that aren’t good for you. I think that plays a big role in longevity.

“I’ll say that Shumenov is saying the right things because anything else contrary to that would hurt the fight and will not help ticket sales. People want to see you when you’re still relevant, so to me this is the time to show and perform on a worldwide stage.

“Shumenov wants to make a name for himself by defeating me. All the young guns want to make it big, and beating me would do that for Shumenov, but that’s not going to happen.

“To me, there are no butterflies. I’m eager, but it’s controlled for that moment to come and then we’ll have the fireworks. That’s the good part about it. I’m on stage, and as any entertainer loves the stage, you love the attention.

“Washington, D.C. is the nation’s capital. This is part of the foundation of East Coast boxing. So when you talk about D.C., you also say Philly and New York. There’s rich tradition and it’s all about history here.”

BEIBUT SHUMENOV, WBA Super Light Heavyweight World Champion
“I’m feeling great, most of the work has been done. I cannot wait to show what I am capable of.

“To show the world that I am the best light heavyweight in the world.

“I haven’t missed any days of training. Every day after my workout my body was exhausted and the next day I was always excited to go to the gym. Every day was valuable for me, every day I saw improvement. It made me happy to go to the gym.”

SHAWN PORTER, IBF Welterweight World Champion
“I’m excited to being fighitng in D.C. for the first time. I’ve been training well and the team is working very hard. We’re excited to get out there Saturday night and show what we can do.

“Paulie is a good fighter, he’s skillful, crafty and smart. I have everything it takes to beat him, I’m just as fast, just as quick. We’re going to go after him Saturday night.”

PAULIE MALIGNAGGI, NABF Welterweight Champion
“I enjoy being here, it’s experience. I fought in D.C. in the amateurs, and this is my first time as a professional. So this is a great welcome back.

“I think Bernard can do amazing things at his age, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he continues to do that for many more fights.

“Shawn Porter is a young, hungry guy who wants to make his mark on the sport, but I’m in his way. He’s aggressive. He’s got a certain physicality, but we’ll be ready for him.”

PETER QUILLIN, WBO Middleweight World Champion
“I’ve been in there working on my ability and showing what I can do. Nobody can beat me.

“What do I know about my opponent? I know he’s bald and that he’s from the Czech Republic. I also know he has a white hat on today and that he didn’t want to say ‘hello’ to me.

“This is a business, and when you get out of the ring, you’re going to get your check. There’s nothing emotionally involved in that. I just know that I’m coming here to handle business.

“I trained superbly for this fight. I know I have a lot riding on me, and that doesn’t discourage me. I just know that I have to work hard, and stay focused, hungry, and motivated, and stay inspirational to my fans. That’s what it’s all about.”

LUKAS KONECNY, WBO European Champion & Former WBO Interim Junior Middleweight Champion
“I expect a first class fight, he’s a good champion but not a great one. I want to take the belt home with me.

“I’m training twice a day, like I’ve done for over 20 years. I’ve got a lot of experience. I’ve been wathcing his fights with my trainer and I think we have a great plan.”

SADAM ALI, Undefeated Welterweight & 2009 U.S. Olympian
“I know my opponent has a lot of experience. He’s a veteran. I know I’ve learned from him, and he’s a good fighter. I’m not underestimating anybody. I’m training hard, and I’m just ready to go out there and do what I do.

“I don’t really have a game plan for anybody really. Once I see what kind of style they have, I know what to do right away. I don’t have to know who I’m fighting months before. It could be a week before my fight, and I find out who I’m fighting and I know what to do.”

ZACHARY OCHOA, Undefeated Junior Welterweight Prospect
“Training has been going good. It’s an honor for me to be fighting here on Bernard Hopkins’ undercard on Saturday.

“It’s been great, we work hard like we always do and I can’t wait to fight on Saturday. I know I have a tough opponent, but it’s my time to show the world what I’ve got.

“I know my opponent is a tough guy. He’s a tough veteran and he’s got a lot of fights -a lot more fights than me- but it’s my time to go out there and do my job and handle my business.

“We’ve been doing things like we always do. We stick to the game plan. I’m not going to say too much, but we do what we do. We work hard. We make sure we’re always in good shape, and we have a game plan that we’re going to stick to and do what we’ve got to do.”

MARCUS BROWNE, Undefeated Light Heavyweight & 2012 U.S. Olympian
“Bernard is a legend in my weight class, and it’s just like going to school. I have my fight of course and I take care of business, and then I go and take notes and learn what I can learn from the greats.

“My professional debut and my second fight were in California. But getting to fight in D.C. is great. I get to show my talent here and that’s a beautiful thing. It’s not right around the corner, but it’s like being down the block from New York City.

“This is a boxing town. So I just want to go out there and do what I have to do and look impressive.”

D’MITRIUS BALLARD, Undefeated Super Middleweight Prospect from Washington, D.C.
“I know that my opponent is from Kansas City, but I don’t know too much about his style.

“I know that my opponent is a southpaw so I’m working on that. I’ve just been working my way through my punches so they’re ready.”

LAMONT ROACH, Washington, D.C. Lightweight Prospect
“It feels great to make my professional debut. I’m ready.

“Puerto Ricans are very good fighters, so we’ll see what my opponent has to bring to the table.”

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Marcos”El Chino”Maidana Cool and Confident During Media Workout

Apr 16, 2014

MARCOS “EL CHINO” MAIDANA COOL AND CONFIDENT DURING MEDIA WORKOUT
IN OXNARD, CALIF.

WBA WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION READY TO GIVE
FLOYD MAYWEATHER A FIGHT IN THEIR UNIFICATION SHOWDOWN “THE MOMENT” SATURDAY, MAY 3
AT THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA
IN LAS VEGAS LIVE ON SHOWTIME PPV®


PHOTO CREDIT: STEPHANIE TRAPP/SHOWTIME

OXNARD, Calif. (April 16, 2014) – Approximately 200 fans and media that included several television camera crews, newspaper and online reporters, photographers and video bloggers turned out to watch WBA Welterweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana during his media day on Tuesday, April 15 at The Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard.

The Argentine Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) is winding down final preparations as he gets set for the biggest fight of his career when he faces undefeated boxing superstar, 10-time world champion and current WBC Welterweight World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather in the main event of “THE MOMENT” on Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on SHOWTIME PPV®.

In fights before the Mayweather vs. Maidana 147-pound unification match on the pay-per-view telecast, British superstar and former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) faces WBA International Welterweight Champion Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs), of Brooklyn, NY in a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver Welterweight Title. Also, former three-time world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-1, 22 KOs), of Cincinnati, OH takes on Carlos Molina (17-1-1, 7 KOs), of Norwalk, Calif., in a 10-round junior welterweight bout and undefeated J’Leon Love (17-0, 10 KOs), of Dearborn Heights, Mich., meets battle-tested NABF 154-Pound Champion Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight match.

Tickets for the live event priced at $1,500, $1,000 and $750 are still available, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets priced at $550 and $350 are sold out. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

With Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions looking on, a fit and confident Maidana worked out for about 25 minutes Tuesday. After loosening up, he hit the mitts and the speed bag and smacked the heavy bag. Before and after the brief workout, he did many interviews, posed for pictures and signed autographs.

Below is what Maidana and his trainer, former world champion and 2012 Trainer of the Year, Robert Garcia, said:

MARCOS MAIDANA, WBA Welterweight World Champion

“I know I am fighting the best in the world and that this is the biggest opportunity there is, so I am very thankful to Mayweather for giving me the chance.

“I never let what anybody outside the ring says bother me. I’ve heard a little about what they’re saying, but it doesn’t matter. I’ve heard it before.

“I’ve been an underdog my whole life. I was the underdog against Adrien Broner and Victor Ortiz and you saw what happened. I won. I am the underdog again in this fight, but I earned the right to the fight.

“I will give Mayweather a much better fight than any of the other contenders will. I have trained very well, and I’m in great shape. The only pressure is to perform well. I am a fighter and I come to fight. I don’t respect any opponent when I’m in the ring. I’m in this fight to win.

“This is going to be a great fight that fans will not want to miss. They know my style is to come forward. They know I like to be the aggressor. They know I throw heavy punches that can seriously hurt my opponent. .

“My fans know I am going to give it my all, my absolute best. I am excited and very confident. I am ready for May 3 and I’m ready for Floyd Mayweather.”

ROBERT GARCIA, Maidana’s Trainer

“This is my fifth fight with Marcos and, since day one, he has come to learn and listened to everything I say. I tell him something and he does it. He’s great to work with, so willing. For a trainer, that is quite a blessing.

“It’s been a great camp. Maidana knows the odds, but odds don’t mean a thing to him. He’s coming to fight and win. He won’t be intimidated. He won’t be scared. He knows what he is capable of doing.

“Mayweather is the best and has been on top for many years. He may be the best pound-for-pound boxer in history. He has done so many great things. But just because you’re the best doesn’t mean you can’t lose. Ali lost. Sugar Ray Leonard lost.

“Styles make fights. One punch can change everything. I don’t think Mayweather has been hit as hard as Maidana will hit him. But we aren’t looking for a knockout. We don’t want to just rely on maybe a lucky punch. Maidana is preparing to win all 12 rounds, and dominate.”

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Middleweight Contender Daniel Jacobs to Serve as Showtime

Apr 16, 2014

MIDDLEWEIGHT CONTENDER DANIEL JACOBS TO SERVE AS SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®
GUEST ANALYST FOR THIS SATURDAY’S
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIPLEHEADER

Saturday, April 19, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) Immediately Following Episode 1 Premiere of
ALL ACCESS: MAYWEATHER vs. MAIDANA

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 16, 2014) – Middleweight contender Daniel Jacobs is trading in his gloves for a microphone, at least for one night.

The inspirational cancer survivor will serve as guest analyst for this Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

Jacobs will step in for critically acclaimed analyst Paulie Malignaggi, who will challenge IBF Welterweight World Champion Shawn Porter in the co-feature of the world championship tripleheader.

“It’s an honor to have this opportunity on such a historic boxing event,” Jacobs said. “I’m excited to be the guy on the outside that will provide the viewers with the type of insight only a fighter can provide. I also look forward to the opportunity to see the sport in a different perspective and gain more of an appreciation for the craft.

“I know I’ll be in good hands alongside Al Bernstein, Mauro Ranallo and the rest of the SHOWTIME crew giving the viewers and fans a great night of boxing.”

In the main event, IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins will face WBA World Champ Beibut Shumenov in a highly anticipated world championship unification while WBO Middleweight World Champ Peter Quillin will risk his title against Lukas Konecny in the opening bout of the telecast.

Saturday’s telecast will air live immediately following the premiere of Episode 1 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana, the most recent installment of the Emmy® Award-nominated SHOWTIME Sports® series that chronicles the dramatic and often unpredictable lives of the world’s best prizefighters.

The 27-year-old Jacobs (27-1, 24 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., is coming off a first-round TKO of Milton Nunez on March 15 on the SHOWTIME EXTREME® undercard of the Danny Garcia-Mauricio Herrera event in Puerto Rico. The victory was Jacob’s fifth straight win in as many fights since returning to the ring after a courageous 19-month battle against cancer and partial paralysis.

The 6-foot-1 Jacobs, who is the fifth ranked middleweight contender by the IBF and sixth by the WBC, WBA and WBO, has won seven in a row by knockout.

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Listo Verdejo para Brillar en este Sábado

Apr 15, 2014

Listo Verdejo para brillar en este sábado de gloria

Félix Verdejo está preparado para
su compromiso de este próximo
sábado, 19 de abril
en el Bahía Shriners Event Center
de Orlando ,Florida

SAN JUAN, PR – 28 días después de su último combate, el invicto prospecto puertorriqueño Félix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo está listo para regresar al ensogado y demostró que continúa puliendo sus habilidades al desplegar su: velocidad, pegada y precisión, durante un entrenamiento de medios que celebró en el Gimnasio Diamante previo a su compromiso de este próximo sábado, 19 de abril en el Bahía Shriners Event Center de Orlando, Florida.

“Estoy bien contento de regresar a Orlando donde sé que hay muchos Puertorriqueños. Orlando es como una segunda casa para nosotros los boricuas. También estoy contento de pelear en Orlando porque veré a muchos de los vecinos que me vieron crecer en Las Gladiolas. Contento de ver a la gente que me conoce desde pequeño” dijo Verdejo durante el entrenamiento.

‘El Diamante’ del boxeo boricua, quien marcha invicto con palmares de 11-0 y 8 nocauts, enfrentará al mexicano Iván ‘El Oso’ Zavala (6-5-1, 2 KO’s) en el combate co-estelar del cartel en el cual Gamalier Rodríguez defenderá su cinturón pluma de la NABO ante Orlando ‘El Fenómeno’ Cruz.

“Me siento muy bien preparado para este combate. Espero que todos los boricuas se den cita y que me sigan apoyando en el desarrollo de mi carrera” dijo el ex olímpico.

En cuanto a su primera experiencia peleando durante una semana santa el joven púgil, dijo:

“Para mi todos los sábados son de gloria. Tengo que mantenerme en la presencia de Dios. Para mi todos los días son santos, no solo una semana” culminó diciendo Verdejo.

En su último combate Verdejo derrotó con un impresionante nocaut técnico a Juan Santiago en el cartel que presentaron Promociones Migue Cotto y Top Rank el pasado 22 de marzo en el Coliseo Roger Mendoza de Caguas.

• CREDITO DE VIDEO: Joel Perez / Top Rank

• CREDITO DE FOTOS: Peter Amador / Top Rank

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!Golden Boy Live! Regresa a Boston

Apr 15, 2014

¡GOLDEN BOY LIVE! REGRESA A BOSTON

LOGAN MCGUINNESS DEFIENDE EL CETRO SUPERPLUMA DE LA NABA CONTRA MIKE OLIVER EL JUEVES 5 DE JUNIO EN EL HOUSE OF BLUES EN VIVO POR FOX SPORTS 1 Y FOX DEPORTES

¡BOLETOS A LA VENTA!

BOSTON, Massachusetts 14 de abril de 2014. – Después de una emocionante noche de peleas realizadas el Día de San Patricio, FOX Sports 1 y FOX Deportes retornará a esta rica ciudad boxística el jueves 5 de junio, con una explosiva cartelera desde el House of Blues con una pelea titular, así como un grupo estelar de los mejores prospectos de Nueva Inglaterra. En el evento estelar a 10 asaltos, Logan McGuinness de Ontario, se enfrenta a Mike “The Machine” Oliver, uno de los más finos exponentes de Nueva Inglaterra, en un encuentro por el título superpluma de la NABA en poder de McGuinness.

Además, el invicto peso pesado Alexis Santosde Lawrence, Massachusetts espera continuar con su buen momento luego de su espectacular victoria del pasado 17 de marzo sobre Sylvester Barron, con otro gran nocaut ante un oponente por confirmar a ocho asaltos. También en la acción no televisada en peso supermediano, Gary O’Sullivan y Mark Deluca tendrán acciónen peleas a seis asaltos; el peso welter Rashidi Ellis en un combate a seis asaltos y los pesos crucero Chris Traietti y Vinnie Carita a ocho y seis episodios respectivamente. Carita se enfrentará en la revancha a Tyrone Smith, oficial de policía de Boston, tras su emocionante empate en marzo.

Logan McGuinness (20-0-1, 9 nocáuts) quien pelea representando a Orangeville, Ontario, Canadá, es un destacado prospecto canadiense que espera conducir su accionar al siguiente nivel en este 2014. McGuinness, profesional desde el año 2008 y de 26 años de edad, ha ganado el título de la NABA en las 126, 130 y 135 libras. Ahora espera hacer lograr la oportunidad por un título mundial.

Mike “The Machine” Oliver (26-5-1, 8 nocáuts) el púgil zurdo de Connecticut, ha emocionado por mucho tiempo a sus fanáticos en el área de Nueva Inglaterra con sus habilidades de boxeo técnico y conocimiento del cuadrilátero. Oliver, de 34 años de edad y dueño de victorias sobre adversarios de la talla del ex campeón mundial colombiano Mauricio “Pintoso” Pastrana, Gary Stark Jr., Al Seeger y el también ex monarca mundial mexicano Cruz Carbajal, espera dar a McGuinness una lección de boxeo el próximo 5 de junio.

Alexis Santos (13-0, 11 nocáuts) uno de los mejores hombres de la llamada categoría de los mastodontes en surgir de Nueva Inglaterra desde los tiempos del ex campeón mundial de peso pesado John Ruiz, y de 24 años de edad, espera estar en el camino correcto hacia grandes cosas en la atractiva división del boxeo de paga. Santos, profesional desde el 2009, ha terminado más de la mitad (seis) de sus victorias por la vía del nocaut en un solo episodio, y con su poder y determinación, todo luce que está listo para enfrentar al que le pongan enfrente.

Gary O’Sullivan(16-1, 10 nocáuts) de Cork, Irlanda empezó tarde en el boxeo profesional, pero como irlandés y en su calidad de ex campeón Internacional de la OMB, está recuperando el tiempo perdido de una manera rápida como y espera seguir los pasos de Steve Collins como campeón mundial.

Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca (9-0, 6 nocáuts) nativo de Quincy, Massachusetts, no es sólo un prometedor peleador sino una estrella en ascenso y también como entrenador en el área de Nueva Inglaterra. DeLuca, el noqueador de 26años de edad y dueño de cinco victorias en dos asaltos o menos, traerá el calor el 5 de junio.

Rashidi Ellis (4-0, 3 nocáuts) de Lynn, e invicto en sus primeras cinco peleas profesionales, es un fenómeno de 20 años de edad, con la calidad de estrella escrito sobre él. Ellis, grandioso, rápido y potente, convierte cada pelea que escenifica al igual que un evento estelar.

Chris Traietti(16-3, 12 nocáuts) de Quincy, es un veterano de la guerra de Irak ahora combatiendo una batalla de un tipo diferente en el tinglado. Traietti, el popular púgil de 28 años de edad y quien ha ganado ocho de sus últimas nueve peleas con la única derrota ante el ex retador al título mundial Edwin Rodríguez, está a la espera de realizar una vez más una gran actuación para los fanáticos de Boston.

Vinnie “Kid Sal” Carita (9-1-1, 9 nocáuts) de 29 años de edad, es otro favorito de los aficionados en el área de Boston, y con sus nueve victorias profesionales por la vía del nocaut, eso no es una sorpresa. Carita, invicto en sus últimas cinco peleas, buscará otro final rápido este mes de junio.

Boletos a un precio de $150 (Asiento Reservado), $100 (Asiento Reservado) y $45 (Admisión General) dólares están a la venta y disponibles para su compra en la taquilla del House of Blues, taquilla del Orpheum Theater, o en línea en http://m.concerts.livenation.com/event/01004C389CC1B5BE, www.murphysboxingusa.com o www.backeastpromotions.com.

McGuinness vs. Oliver, una pelea a 10 asaltos por el cetro superpluma de la NABA en poder de McGuinness,es presentada por Golden Boy Promotions, Murphy’s Boxing U.S.A., y Back East Promotions, y patrocinada por Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mohegan Sun y EchoStor. Las puertas del House of Blues se abren a las 5:00 p.m. ET y la primera pelea comienza a las 5:30 p.m. ET. La transmisión de FOX Sports 1 y Fox Deportes estará en vivo a las 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

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