On July 30, 2016, Tevin Sucessful Farmer(21-4-1, 5 ko’s) takes a big step in his journey towards a world title fight. The upcoming assignment has the 25-year-old Philadelphian moving up in weight to face Premier Boxing Champions backed lightweight Ivan El Terribel Redkach (19-1, 15 ko’s) over 10 rounds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC. Public opinion is split with some calling it easy work for the “American Idol” while others saying he is about to run into a Ukranian buzz saw. Vegas has yet to release odds.
This one is a tale of two fighters trending in different directions. Not long ago, many were calling Redkach a “can’t miss” prospect. The former Olympian (representing Ukraine) kicked off his pro career with an 18-0 record and looked good in the process. Today, not everyone is so sure of that label as the now Los Angeles based fighter has gone 1-1-1 in his last three fights, being stopped once and most recently boxing to a draw with the unknown Luis Cruz of Puerto Rico.
For once, a great fight delivers action as advertised. On June 25, 2016, an estimated 3.1 million viewers tuned into CBS in prime time to watch Florida’s Keith Thurman Jr take a narrow 12 round decision victory over a determined “Showtime” Shawn Porter of Akron, Ohio.
Labels of “instant classic”, “2016 Fight of the Year” and “robbery” are being hurled around to describe “One Time” Thurman’s close unanimous decision win. All three judges scored the fight 115-113.
The CBS network is issuing an immediate rebroadcast of Saturday night’s Welterweight title fight.
What did you think of the fight and can you see an immediate rematch taking place?
People say that boxing is the sport of ultimate sacrifice. On June 25, two of boxings brightest young stars put aside a long standing friendship for the chance to be recognized as top dog in the sports deepest division. The winner of the highly anticipated fight between Shawn Porter (26-1-1, 16 ko’s) and Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 ko’s) will likely gain national prestige and a consistent stream of seven figure paydays. The loser heads to the back of a line that consists of killers such as Danny “Swift” Garcia, Timothy Bradley, Errol Spence, Jesse Vargas and Andre Berto to name a few. High stakes boxing at its finest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Thurman’s WBA portion of the Welterweight crown on the line.
The CBS network will broadcast this Premier Boxing Champions special event live in prime time. This will mark to first time CBS airs boxing in prime time since 1978 when Leon Spinks won the Heavyweight title from Muhammed Ali in a massive upset.
Many boxing fans and insiders are calling this contest the best bout of a stacked summer lineup. If the media suggestions are sincere, the love build between the two pals who often trained together in their amateur days is out the window. Both fighters are talking like they want to knock the others head off to secure their spot in the sports upper echelon. If all goes according to the script, we could be in for a classic.
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.
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.
All he does is win! Like it or not – Philly’s Danny Swift Garcia‘s test run at 147 lbs went according to plan as he out muscled and eventually stopped Paulie Malignaggi in the 9th round of their Barclays Center main event on ESPN. After the fight the former 2x world champ Paulie announced his retirement.
Now it is on to bigger fish for Swift (31-0, 18 ko’s) to fry – who has his eyes on the likes of Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter for future fights. More to come soon as I wrap up my weekend in Brooklyn…
Danny Swift Garcia vs. Paulie ‘Magic Man’ Malignaggi is all set to headline a Premier Boxing Champions, ESPN show on August 1, 2015 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The contest will be a 12 round Welterweight affair, making official a long rumored jump to the next division for Garcia. It marks a possible “last hurrah” for the Brooklyn native Paulie. Vegas has tabbed Garcia in the neighborhood of a 9-to-1 favorite, yet some feel that Malignaggi still has enough slickness left in the tank to make it interesting in his backyard.
Here is a little food for thought. Swift (30-0 17 KOs), a mainstay on the Al Haymon PBC outfit, has been universally recognized as the Ring Magazine #1 rated 140 pound fighter over the past two years. Despite his success, he has caught a lot of flack from the public in recent times due to the number of close decisions that have gone in his favor. The one-time dynamo hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in recent fights, a fact some attribute to struggles of making the 140 lb weight limit. The move up in weight-class has been suspected for some time. Many feel that this is a safe choice of opponent to test the waters as a full fledged 147 lb fighter. With all of the above said, DSG remains one of the most marketable fighters in the game today.
Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs), a former two division world champion, has fought a laundry list of name fighters during his 14 year career. Entering this bout he is coming off a 16 month layoff – a career worst outing where he was stopped in the 4th round by former 147 lb title holder Shawn Porter. Prior to that, “The Magic Man” gave good showings against Zab Judah and Adrian Broner. This fight is a true do-or-die for his career. A win would arguably be the best of his long career. Another bad loss likely sends him into the broadcast booth full-time.
What are your thoughts on this fight? Let us know if this is something you want to see and how do you think it will end!