On April 16, 2016 I set off for a weekend trip to Brooklyn, New York City – the place where the hip-hop crowd paint murals of Biggie and the hipsters live in beautiful brown stones on extended tree-lined streets.
While a good portion of my time would be spent enjoying 5th Ave in the Park Slope section of the borough followed by a long Sunday morning run through Prospect Park which was hosting a Bernie Sanders rally that same day, the primary purpose of this trip was to cover boxing from the Barclays Center.
It was Saturday night, PBC on NBC, arguably the best TV series in boxing. A paid attendance of 7,628 turned out to the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. I had one of the best seats in the house as a credentialed member of the boxing media.
The majority of fan support was split between local contender Chris Algeri who was in against rising star Errol Spence Jr. in the main event while another heavy batch came to shout “Polska” in favor of IBF Cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki who was taking on longtime veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham in the co-feature.
Glowacki was making his first title defense while Cunningham chased a chance to become a three-time champion in the division. Click the link to read the full recap of the trip brought to you in part by AirBnB.
On April 6, 2016 – Cruiserweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham held a media day at Rock Ministries in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. PK Sports was on hand to document the Q&A, workout session and general boxing discussion in regards to Cunningham’s April 16 date to challenge Poland based champion Krzysztof Glowacki for the IBF Cruiserweight title at the Barclay Center. The video includes spots with Naazim Richardson, Shar’ron Baker, Manny Foley and “Bad” Buddy Osborn
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As always – we take a different approach than what you typically see produced by the boxing media. This one has more of a documentary feel as opposed to the usual home video you will find posted on social media.
This was cut and produced by staff videographer Mateusz Krzesiczan. You can see more of his work at www.matphoto.com
If victorious, “USS” will become a three-time world champion and likely garner some Hall of Fame votes in the process. The contest will be broadcast live by Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC.
Thanks to everyone who invited us and assisted in the creation of this video. A road trip to Brooklyn is on deck. My press pass awaits!
On April 9, 2016 – Welshman Lee Selby retained the IBF Featherweight title via a 12 round unanimous decision over West Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter at the sold out O2 Arena in London.
It was a tough spot for Hunter, who competed for short money in front of 20,000+ opposing fans. While there were no advantages in his favor, it seemed like he left many opportunities on the table during the fight.
In a performance that can be best described as frustrating, Hunter did show some glimpses to suggest that he belongs at the top level. His best moment of the fight came in round two when he knocked the champion clean-to-the-canvas courtesy of a counter left hook to Selby’s ear.
Here is a preview from Eric Hunter’s media day on March 30, 2016 from the DSG Gym. This marked the final local appearance for “Outlaw” before he set off for London where he fights IBF Featherweight champion Lee Selby at the 02 Arena.
This video has more of a professional look than what you usual see. Hit full screen and turn on the volume for full effect. Credit to staff videographer Mateusz Krzesiczan for the work and edits.
If you are available on Wednesday (3/30/16) at 1 pm, Eric Hunter and team will host an open-to-the-public workout session at Danny Swift Garcia‘s Dsg Boxin Club in Juniata. As most know, Hunter will fight for the IBF featherweight title on April 9th in London.
The champion Lee Selby is billed overseas as “The Welsh Mayweather”. While I think the Brits are faking the funk with that moniker, there is no mistaking that this will be a very tough assignment. Quite a few locals think Outlaw can pull off the road victory. This is a good opportunity to see first hand how prepared Hunter is for a big fight that will be televised around the globe on Showtime Boxing.
It is official – Philadelphia native Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-7-1, 13 ko’s) will return to prime-time TV for another crack at championship gold when he faces Krzysztof “Head” Glowacki (25-0, 16 ko’s) of Poland for the WBO Cruiserweight title. The bout will happen at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City on April 16, 2016. NBC will broadcast as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series.
It is a very interesting match-up that has fans on both sides fired up. Glowacki is a crude 29-year-old southpaw brawler who will be making the first defense of the title he won last summer. Cunningham, the versatile 39-year-old veteran, has a chance to become a three-time division champion.
Both have one significant common opponent in Marco Huck. Both fighters knocked Huck out late in fights that had a world title on the line. Cunningham did it overseas way back in 2007, Glowacki pulled it off in a 2015 Fight of the Year candidate.
On February 27, 2016 – it was a hostile city showdown at Madison Square Garden where boxing fans from all walks of life formed one of the most malicious boxing environments I ever been apart of.
I have to admit – this was one of my best trips of covering fights at The Mecca of Boxing! This is how a world title fight should feel. At the end of the day, security did a very good job at keeping the loud crowd in check and the fans themselves kept it at a certain level, not resorting to non-sense that could ruin a good event.
This hot-ticket event was centered around a long winded showdown between WBC Jr. Welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and long-time fringe contender Hammerin’ Hank Lundy. But the two main attractions can’t take all of the credit for this sell out crowd. A strong contingent of Puerto Rican and Irish fans also put their money down to join the surprising number of Nebraska based fans who came to show that people from their city are “about that life”.
The Philly fans were also definitely in the house though seemingly scattered across the 5,000 seat theater as opposed to united in large flocks.
After 10 long years of waiting in the wings for the chance to fight for a world title – West Philly’s Eric “Outlaw” Hunter’s (21-3, 11 ko’s) dream is about to come true. It has been confirmed that his long rumored fight with IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby (22-1, 8 ko’s) will take place on April 9, 2016 at the 02 Arena in London, England on the under card of the IBF Heavyweight title fight between Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua, televised live on Showtime.
Outlaw simply said “I did it my way” when I asked about the breaking news earlier this evening.
His quote hits the nail on the head. Since turning professional in 2005, “Outlaw” has ridden the proverbial boxing roller coaster on his way to the top of boxings 126 pound division ladder. In ring talent was never the issue. His 183 amateur wins and designation as a 2004 Olympic alternate testify to his skill set. In the early days if it wasn’t a long layoff – it was an inopportune loss. If there wasn’t something up with management, there was an issue with a promotional deal. Despite all of the roadblocks the sport and business of boxing threw at him, he always found a way to outlast the issue at hand.
In recent times, he forced his name back into the public eye by scoring big knockouts in two of his last three outings. At 29-years-old, he stares a lifelong goal directly in the eye. Time will tell if he can capture the moment.
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.
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?