All of these “hot” new heavyweights popping out of the woodwork lately. Let’s not forget that in Manchester on July 9th there is a rematch of the current reigning champ Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, the man who dominated the entire division for 10 years.
What is the general interest level in this fight? Both traded insults at the initial press conference with the Gypsy King telling Klitschko “You are a hall of dog s— fighter in my mind.” The ex-champ told the crowd “I will knock Tyson Fury out, period.”
Share your thoughts on this fight that will set the tone for the division.
Philadelphia was once known as a fighting city. Today, they have but one world champion in Danny “Swift” Garcia, 32-0 (18) who on January 23rd of this year won the vacant WBC welterweight title. Garcia was ranked No. 2 and former 2-division champion Robert “Ghost” Guerrero was ranked No. 6. What happened to No. 1, 3, 4 and 5?
With Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman’s postponement it is now scheduled for June 25th for Thurman’s WBA title while neither fighter was interested in fighting for the WBC vacant title. Porter the former IBF champion hasn’t fought since June of 2015. He passed up any elimination fight for this title. No. 1 was Amir King Kahn” Kahn who holds the WBC Silver title and is the former WBA Super world and IBF champion in the super lightweight division. He lost those titles in December of 2011 to Lamont Peterson by split decision. In his next fight July 2012 he lost to Garcia for the WBA super and WBC titles. All three judges had it even 28-28 after three rounds. In a real slugging match Garcia won by technical knockout in the 4th round having Kahn on the canvas twice. Kahn was never able to get a rematch. Though No. 1 in the WBC welterweight division Garcia’s management said they would not fight Kahn so he moved all the way up to middleweight to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his WBC title May 7th.
While defending the two titles five times Garcia ran into Mauricio Herrera in Puerto Rico and won a disputed majority decision. It was Garcia’s last title defense as a super lightweight. He would then go onto win three fights in the welterweight division. First he defeated lightweight (132 in his last fight) Rod Salka. Then won by a disputed majority decision over IBF super lightweight champion Peterson with neither super lightweight titles on the line. Peterson was No. 5 welterweight when Garcia fought for vacant welterweight title after defeating Olympic Gold medalist Felix Diaz, 17-0.
Now the WBC is expected of having an elimination tourney with No. 2 Peterson fighting No. 3 Berto while No. 8 Sammy Vasquez is fighting No. 11 Cesar Miguel Barrionuevo of Argentina which may not be in stone. Don’t get me wrong Garcia can fight and may be better at 147 but has led a “charmed life” since winning his first world title. After winning over Peterson Garcia stopped former WBA World welterweight champion Paul “Magic Man” Malignaggi who like Guerrero was on the decline.
Looking at Philadelphia fighters who were the last to lose in world title fights from flyweight to heavyweight I found the following and don’t be afraid to correct me when I’m wrong since I did this on “memory” for over three hours.
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.
Click below to watch a live stream of GGG and others giving a media workout in the lead up to the April 23, 2016 HBO Boxing show in Los Angeles. The media workout will be held at the Wild Card Gym in Santa Monica.
Nice write-up in Philly Mag on Joey DeMalavez recently. The former local pro boxer from Manayunk is now a personal trainer, operating two successful Joltin’ Jabs locations. His most recent opening is on 15th & Sansom Street. Over the years the client list has grown to include a couple local celebs such as Charles Barkley, Vai Sikahema and Danny Bonnaducci. Check it out.. http://www.phillymag.com/…/joey-demalavez-philadelphia-box…/
R.I.P. Guru Who passed away six years ago today after a long battle with that bastard known as cancer. In my opinion one of the most underrated artists of our time. The Gangstarr catalog of music is much deeper than even the recognized best of his era. Maybe one day they will release some old material that is never been heard before. I’m sure there’s lots of it like around. What are some your favorite from the one known as Bald head slick and his DJ Primo?
Tuesday night boxing as Kings Promotions put on one terrific show at the Sands Casino & Hotel in their Event Center, in Bethlehem, PA, over Fox Sports 1.
In the main event super lightweight southpaw Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach, 19-1-1 (15) of UKR and L.A. and Luis “El Artesano” Cruz, 22-4-1 (16), PR, battled to a split decision draw. It was a very good fight.
In the opening round Redkach seemed to have the edge. In the second round Cruz dropped Redkach with a straight right to the chin. Redkach came back well still being the aggressor. In the third round Cruz became more aggressive until near the end of the round when Redkach drove him into the corner with a flurry of punches. In the fourth round Cruz landed several combinations moving Redkach back a few steps. Redkach continued to be the aggressor coming back well enough to take the round.
In the fifth round Cruz landed a 3-punch combination and followed with another combination. By the end of the round it was Redkach chasing him down with a flurry of punches. In the sixth round Cruz used his hand speed to keep Redkach on the defense at times. In the seventh round it continued to be a slugfest with Redkach the hunter and Cruz the hunted who countered Redkach well enough to win the round. In the eighth round an overhand left from Redkach put Cruz on the canvas. When he got up being near the end of the round Redkach was all over him until the bell sounded.
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
Press play – turn up the volume – blow it up full screen
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!