On February 27, 2016 – Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc and HBO Boxing return to the Mecca of Boxing with a show designed to introduce 140 pound WBO Champion Terence Crawford (27-0, 19 ko’s) to the East Coast fight fans. This is a big step in catapulting the popular fighters into PPV status. Standing in his way is long-time prospect / contender Hank Lundy (26-5-1, 13 ko’s) of Philadelphia. Many experts around the country feel that this will be easy work for the fighter known as “Bud”. To put it in perspective – Vegas odds makers list Crawford a whopping 34-to-1 favorite.
Someone forgot to send Lundy the memo that he is the opponent. The 32-year-old switch hitter couldn’t care less about what the public thinks. He is on the record saying how he fully intends to leave New York City with Crawford’s title, rankings and manhood.
At a recent press conference, Lundy took the stage and told everyone in attendance that is going to “break his will” and flat out predicted a KO in a fight the could fulfill his lifelong quest of becoming a world champion. Love him or hate him – there aren’t many who can hype up a fight like this guy can.
Nebraska’s Crawford was up for the verbal challenge, saying he is going to “take Lundy to the streets” and “shut this dude up once and for all”. The 28-year-old ranks as #6 overall pound-for-pound fighter according to Ring Magazine.
Who’s telling the truth? Will Bud the Stud take over New York City or is Hammerin’ Hank going to turn the Garden out ?
For this fight Lundy reunited with his original trainer Charles Ramey who practices out of the Marion Anderson Gym in South Philadelphia.
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Fresh off another knock-out win over Jean Pascal – Russian bear Sergei Kovalev wants to clean out this division once and for all. Check out the post fight interview where he calls out Adonis “Chickenson”.
Not bad for a guy who shameless rocks a K-Mart logo on his hat and shirt. I think he needs a new marketing team ASAP.
All he does is win! On January 23, 2016, a reported 2.5 million people tuned in to Fox Sports to watch Philadelphia’s most controversial boxing figure Danny “Swift” Garcia (32-0, 18 ko’s) claim the vacant WBC Welterweight title with an entertaining 12-round decision win over Gilroy, California based contender Robert Guerrero.
The judges scored the fight 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112 across the board. As always the case with Swift – many are claiming he was the beneficiary of shaky score cards turned in by the judges.
Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 ko’s) looked young again in the early rounds – but Swift seemed to take control in the second half. The fight ended with both men firing away at each other for a full minute. Watch it here
What are your thoughts on the fight and the decision? Who would you like to see Garcia fight next?
Live at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, it seemed like local favorite Amir “Hardcore” Mansour was finally about to break through to the next level of a crowded-yet-open Heavyweight division in front of a large national audience.
Fighting as the co-feature for the Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero, Premier Boxing Champions main event on FOX Sports, Mansour dropped sledge hammers on his opponent Dominic Breazeale for four long rounds in a bout that was scheduled for ten.
To the shock of everyone tuned in – this two-way war concluded with Breazeale getting off the canvas to snatch a 5th round stoppage win as Mansour could not answer the bell for round 6. Breazeale was well behind on all score cards at the time of stoppage.
There was plenty of tough talk in the lead up to this fight which led to lot of drama inside of the ropes. Coming into the fight, Breazele was looked at by some as a bit of a fraudulent prospect despite his qualification as an Olympic boxer in 2012. Mansour was touted by his cheerleaders as a fighter avoided by the upper end of the division. The narrative was playing out in front of an estimated 2.5 million viewers across the globe.
The 43-year-old Mansour of Penns Grove, New Jersey fought out of his customary southpaw stance and offered a fiercely balanced head-and-body battering. The best shot of the night was a right handed bomb in the fourth round which put Breazeale flat on his back. The former college football QB who turned to boxing late in life was unquestionably stunned, but to his credit, he barely beat the 10-count, survived the round, and then put on a effort that will live in the memory of Philly Boxing fans forever.
Continue reading “Hardcore” Mansour takes a Hard Luck loss in Los Angeles
Reading, PA. (December 21, 2015) – Heavyweight contender, Travis “My Time” Kauffman was honored in his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania by the City Council for his excellent performance on December 12th against Chris Arreola in San Antonio, Texas.
In the proclamation, Kauffman was honored for not only his fight with Arreola, where he battled the former two-time world title challenger to a fight in which most people watching the fight both at ringside and watching on NBC had Kauffman ahead, but also for his activities in the community, which includes feeding the homeless and giving back in many facets in Reading.
“I worked hard for years just to get recognized by the city I love,” said Kauffman. “I made many mistakes in my life, but I turned my life around and have done everything to give back to my community and the people of Reading, Pa. I’m honored today to finally be recognized in my city after all the hard work and the dedication. Thank you to the mayor, the City Council, and the people of Reading, Pa for this award. I’m at a loss for words, but my journey has just begun. I love my city and will rep it until the death of me.”
Kauffman, 30-2 with 22 knockouts, is already back in the gym and is looking forward to his next bout which should come in the beginning of 2016.
The HBO fights from the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY have concluded. All three local fighters came in as betting underdogs. All three put up good fights but North Philly’s “King” Gabriel Rosado was the only one to come out victorious in a night full of surprises.
The Rosado vs. Joshua Clottey fight was an appetizer of sorts being shown on HBO Latino before the two main fights switched to the primary network.
It was a close fight with Rosado’s higher activity rate being the difference. Clottey (39-5, 22 KOs) was alive early, but faded a bit down the stretch as Rosado (22-9, 13 KOs), came on strong as the later rounds approached.
The final scores after 10 rounds of action were 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94. Rosado ends a five-fight streak without a victory.
It was a good showing for his first bout under new trainer Fernando Vargas. There have been whispers that Rosado could be in line to fight Canelo Alvarez in 2016.
In the evening co-feature, Jason Sosa gave a solid account of himself against the Ring Magazine’s #1 rated featherweight Nicholas “Axe-Man” Walters. Continue reading Gabriel Rosado gets back in the win column, Jennings stopped by Ortiz and Sosa gets a gift draw in Verona, NY
On January 23, 2016, Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia will put his undefeated record on the line against former World Champion Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) in a Premier Boxing Champions main event. The fight will be televised on Fox Sports 1, live from The Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Within minutes of this fight being announced, the boxing fans quickly took to social media to express their feelings on the bout. It is safe to say that Danny Garcia remains the most polarizing fighter in Philly boxing.
His true supporters were fully supportive of the bout. Many people hopped online to show love and send good wishes to their man and hashtag #DSG4life. Danny went on to hash tag back saying this one is #forphilly
There were also quite a few who were quick to throw dirt on this fight. On the streets of Philadelphia, these types are known as “haters”. Names like cherry-picker, and young talent ducker were flung from cyberspace at the former Ring Magazine 140 pound champion.
There isn’t much middle ground when it comes to Swift.
Continue reading Swift returns January 23rd to fight Robert Guerrero on FOX
We are hours away from bell-time and the Las Vegas book makers has released betting odds for the upcoming HBO Boxing bouts tonight in Verona, New York. All fighters with Philadelphia connections have been deemed underdogs in the bouts.
The lines are likely to fluctuate a bit as more money is put on the table. Who – if anyone – will pull off an “upset” tonight?
Scroll down to get the official weights, quotes and lines in regards to the fights with a Philly connection.
Luis Ortiz is a slight favorite over Bryant Jennings – coming in just under 1.5-to-1.
Continue reading Betting odds, Quotes and weights from Verona. All three Philly fighters betting underdogs.
As we near bell time for the December 19, 2015 HBO show in Verona New York, two long-time Philly fighters head into critical career bouts with new trainers. Local Middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado has enlisted the services of former world champion boxer Fernando Vargas to conduct training camp in Arizona in preparations for Joshua Clottey while Heavyweight contender Bryant “By By” Jennings recently replaced long-time trainer Fred Jenkins in favor of taking camp to Miami to train with John David Jackson.
Both men have a lot riding on this bout – a victory is extremely important in each situation.
This sparks the great debate on the relationship between fighter and trainer. Both of the mentioned boxers had long runs with the trainers they first started out with in this sport. Now that they are near boxing’s top-level – new voices are brought in to the mix.
The subject can be a touchy topic when you factor in loyalty, money and determining when a duo has peaked. I’ve heard it all from a new team can help get a stuck fighter over the hump to you can’t teach an old dog new tricks when they are finished products who are stuck in their ways.
I’d like to get your thoughts on how effective a switch in coaching can be for a fighter this deep into their career.