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Danny Garcia vs. Paulie Malignaggi scheduled for August 1 in Brooklyn

Danny Swift Garcia vs. Paulie ‘Magic Man’ Malignaggi is all set to headline a Premier Boxing ChampionsESPN 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!

— with Paulie Malignaggi and Danny Swift Garcia.

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Danny Garcia wins a majority decision over Lamont Peterson. Did Swift get a gift?

…and STILL undefeated. Danny Swift Garcia walks out of the Barclays Center with a razor-thin 12 round majority decision victory over Lamont Peterson. Swift started fast chasing down an unwilling opponent. The tide turned late when Peterson decided to fight on the inside. The D.C. native peppered Garcia with everything he had for the final three rounds.

There is a lot of chatter swirling around the decision. Some are saying Peterson ran too much, others are saying that Swift got a gift. What did you think of the fight and final outcome?

Julian Williams wins a unanimous decision on CBS

On April 4, 2015 , West Philly Junior Middleweight Julian Williams (19-0-1, 11 ko’s) continued his rise through the ranks. As a swing bout on the Premier Boxing Champions inaugural broadcast on the CBS network, the 24-year-old pitched a 10 round shut out over Miami’s Joey Hernandez (24-3-1, 14 ko’s) in front of a live national audience to earn a unanimous decision win in Quebec City, Canada.

It was a clean sweep across the board with all three judges scoring every round for Williams. The opponent Hernandez was very game, but it was evident early that Williams speed, timing and accuracy were far too advanced for him to handle.

This showing on a big stage will surely boost his stock. He is currently rated #10 on the The Ring (magazine)‘s list of 154 pound fighters. While there is still room to improve, the consensus is that he is now ready to take on someone above him on the this list.

Congrats to J-Rock on the victory. The city looks forward to watching him take the next step as a pro.

Danny Garcia to face Lamont Peterson on NBC April 11, 2015

What a difference a year made in the career of Philly’s #1 pound-for-pound fighter Danny Garcia (29-0, 17 ko’s). It seems as fast as the industry fell in love with him was just as fast as they turned on him. In 2013 he was the apple of their eye. They couldn’t get enough of the young, hungry fighter who was punching his way through a fiercely competitive 140 lb division. He beat prospects and journeymen with ease and looked good in the process. Many “experts” felt that the sky was the limit.

Those predictions came to life in 2012 and 2013 when Swift went 4-for-4 in tough fights against fringe Hall-of-Famers Erik Morales, Zab Judah and Amir Khan. For an encore, he dismantled Lucas Matthysse who at the time was considered “the most feared man in boxing” to become recognized as the 140 lb Ring Magazine Champion.

The expectations were for a major breakout in the year to come. But things didn’t go as smooth as expected in 2014. Although he went 2-0 on the year, a tough night at the office against Mauricio Herrera, followed by a quick knockout win over Rod Salka opened the door for the haters to fly out of the woodwork. Many of those who fell in love with him as a potential superstar are now they are calling him chicken and a cherry-picker.

On April 11, 2015, Swift returns to the ring with a chance to set the record straight when he faces Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 ko’s) at the Barclays Center. The D.C. native represents the best available options ranking in as #2 on the Ring Magazine 140 lb contender list.

Peterson is riding a modest two fight winning streak after suffering a third round KO loss to the aforementioned Lucas Matthyssee. Peterson’s best wins are decisions over Amir Khan and Kendall Holt – two fighters Garcia has also beaten.

“I think that this is coming at the perfect time,” said the 30-year-old Peterson. He added “I’m not sure who is going to be the bigger guy that night. I can put on a pretty good amount of weight by fight night and I’m pretty sure that he can too. I don’t that will be the determining factor on who wins and who loses. We’ll come up with a game plan in the gym and if that calls for packing on some muscle and using that as a strategy, then I’ll do so,”

This contest is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weight of 143 lbs. Some are complaining that the alphabet soup titles are not on the line. I say throw those belts in the trash, there are too many of them anyway! The Ring Magazine recognition is at stake. Swift’s days fighting at 140lbs are likely over anyway.

It is a quality fight that the fans expected to see made ever since both men appeared in separate bouts on the Showtime network in August of last year. Sit back and enjoy because this should be a competitive bout. This bout will be televised on NBC as part of Swift’s manager Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” series.

Watch Danny and Angel Garcia read Mean Tweets

Al Haymon’s PBC on ESPN to replace Friday Night Fights series

The Al Haymon boxing take over continues. Today it was announced that the most powerful man in boxing has struck a multi year deal to broadcast his Premier Boxing Champions series Friday nights on ESPN. The deal calls for PBC to televise 12 two-hour live shows annually on ESPN and ABC. This will effectively end the ESPN Friday Night Fights series as we know it which will conclude on May 22, 2015 with the ending of the Boxcino tournament. PBC on ESPN will kickoff July 11, 2015.

ESPN FNF ran for 17 years but recent seasons showed a drop in ratings and fan approval. “ESPN has a long history of carrying world-class boxing events and the new Premier Boxing Champions series continues our commitment to the sport with premier-level primetime fights previously only available on premium cable networks,” said John Skipper, ESPN president.

ESPN will stay on as the producer of the new PBC boxing series. Teddy Atlas and Joe Tessitore will remain as the ringside blow-by-blow commentators. Studio hosts and other personalities have not been announced.

PBC has taken the boxing world by storm in recent months by bringing the sport back to the mainstream on the NBC, CBS and SPIKE networks. In March of this year, PBC televised the first prime time boxing event on network television in over 30 years. The inaugural event drew 3.4 million viewers, making it the most watched boxing broadcast since 1998. The ABC portion of the deal has limited information at this time but it is rumored to be a Saturday morning series.

Joining forces with ESPN, the world leader in sports, is another power move in Al Haymon’s attempt to reshape the sport of boxing. So far he has been a breath of fresh air for fans of the sport. PBC has made very competitive fights since the company was formed. This is in stark contrast of the old way of business where for years fans were stuck watching prospects and contenders match up against the worst possible opposition.

The bigger question is, can PBC put HBO and Showtime out of business? Doing so would save the fans a lot of money as these subscription based channels add to the monthly cable bill. Most boxing fans only subscribe for the boxing broadcasts. Time will tell. I’d love to hear the thoughts of fans and other promoters regarding Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions….

NBC Sports will televise the first free network TV prime time boxing card in over 30 years.

Tonight, Al Heymon’s Premier Boxing Champions take over officially begins as NBC Sports will televise the first free network TV prime time boxing card in over 30 years. Fight fans have been waiting for months for the inaugural show. The lineup looks very promising.
In the opener Vegas tabs former 3 division world champion Adrian Broner (29-1, 22 KOs) of Cincinnatti, Ohio a 6-1 favorite over SoCal puncher John Molina Jr.. Broner is talking big saying he is going to “disrespect” Molina in this fight. It is worth noting that Broner came in 1 pound overweight which lead some to believe he isn’t taking his opponent seriously.
In the main event, top welterweights face off when undefeated Keith Thurman Jr (24-0, 21, ko’s) of Clearwater, Florida battles long time contender Robert Guerrero (32-2-1, 18 KOs) of Southern Cali in a fight that will put the winner near the top of the The Ring (magazine) ratings. “One-Time” Thurman has been knocking mid-level welterweights dead, but he has yet to face an opponent the calibre of “Ghost” Guererro, who recently went a full 12 rounds in a losing effort against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Las Vegas has Thurman listed as a 5-1 favorite.
What are your thoughts on the fights, PBC and the situation of boxing on network TV?

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