Category Archives: HBO Boxing

Sergei Kovalev warms up for Andre Ward with a Monday afternoon fight. Only in Russia!

In a couple hours – Sergey Kovalev and Isaac Chilemba face off in a rare Monday afternoon fight (1pm-ish EST) from Ekaterinburg, Russia. Vegas lists The Krusher as a whopping 85-to-1 favorite. The more interesting bet is the over / under on rounds.

Does the “Warm-up for Ward” go past the 8th? Check back for a live stream link with replay on HBO tonight at 10. 

with Isaac Chilemba,Sergey Kovalev and Oscar De La Hoya.

HBO & Showtime go head-to-head March 5. Julian Williams & Luis Ortiz in main events. Who will you watch live?

March 5, 2016 looks to be a hot date on the boxing calendar as HBO and Showtime go head-to-head featuring rising fighters Julian Williams and Luis Ortiz in their respective main events. Both bouts are of the showcase variety as the two boxers need one more win to secure major fights in their respective divisions. Who will you watch live? Read the break down and let me know your thoughts…

Leading the Showtime triple header from the Sands Casino in Bethleham, PA is Philadelphia’s Julian “J-Rock” Williams (21-0-1, 13 ko’s), who enters the contest as the world’s #8 ranked Jr. Middleweight according to RING MAGAZINE. He will face an unknown commodity in Marcello Matano (16-1, 5 ko’s) of Occhiobello, Veneto, Italy. The stipulations of the bout state that the winner becomes the mandatory challenger for Jermall Charlo’s 154 lb IBF title. Continue reading HBO & Showtime go head-to-head March 5. Julian Williams & Luis Ortiz in main events. Who will you watch live?

Hank Lundy to face Bud Crawford at MSG on February 27, 2016

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.

Hank Lundy vs Terence Crawford HBO promo 2016

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.

Hank Lundy vs Terence Crawford MSG promo 2016

 

What is the best fight of James Toney’s career?

Let me know your favorite moments from the career of  James “Lights Out” Toney –  the 3x world champion, 2x Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year.

This miracle against Vassiliy Jirov in 2003 Cruiserweight classic has to be near the top. Do yourself a favor, hit the video to full screen and kick back for 4 minutes. Old HBO Boxing at its finest right here…

 

Gabriel Rosado gets back in the win column, Jennings stopped by Ortiz and Sosa gets a gift draw in Verona, NY

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.

Gabriel Rosado defeats Clottey2
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

Betting odds, Quotes and weights from Verona. All three Philly fighters betting underdogs.

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.

JenningsOrtiz Continue reading Betting odds, Quotes and weights from Verona. All three Philly fighters betting underdogs.

Rosado & Jennings head into their Dec 19th fights with new trainers. Will it help?

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.
Bryant Jennings and John David Jackson 2015