Valdez-Quigg is official, tix on sale tomorrow

By newsdesk

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion Óscar Valdez will begin the third year of his championship reign by defending his title against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight world champion and current #2 world-rated featherweight contender Scott Quigg. For Valdez (23-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, this will be his fourth title defense since winning it in 2016. Quigg (34-1-2, 25 KOs), of Lancashire, England, will be making his U.S. debut.

The Valdez vs. Quigg world championship fight will take place Saturday, March 10, under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be televised live and exclusively at 10:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and stream live on the ESPN App. Additional fights on the live telecast will be announced shortly.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Matchroom Boxing, tickets go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, January 17, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Priced at $206, $104, $53 and 27.50, including facility fees, they can be purchased online at AXS.com, by phone at (888) 9AXS-TIX, or by visiting the StubHub Center box office.

The all-action undercard will feature undefeated WBC Continental Americas super featherweight champion Andy Vences (20-0, 12 KOs), of San Jose, Calif; top-three world-rated junior welterweight contender Alex Saucedo (26-0, 16 KOs), of Oklahoma City; 2016 U.S. Olympian and three-time U.S. Amateur Champion Mikaela Mayer (3-0, 2 KOs), of Los Angeles; and 2012 Olympic silver medalist and middleweight contender Esquiva Falcäo (19-0, 13 KOs), of Vitoria, Brasil.

“I know that my March 10 world title defense against Scott Quigg will be a fun one for all the boxing fans because our styles combine perfectly to make a real war,” said Valdez. “As usual, on March 10, I will leave it all in the ring at StubHub Center, to show everyone that I’m one of the best featherweights in the world”

“This is a fight that I’m really looking forward to. It’s a great fight,” said Quigg. “I have a lot of respect for Oscar and his team. We’ve been in the gym together in the past, helping each other prepare for a fight. They are good people. I’ve been in training for four weeks already and now I’ve just linked up with Freddie Roach to begin the last eight weeks of camp. This is a great opportunity for me — making my U.S. debut on a great platform on ESPN — and I’m confident on March 10 I’ll become World champion again.”

“Oscar Valdez has passed every in-ring test with flying colors, but the biggest test of his professional career will take place on March 10 against Scott Quigg, who like Oscar, rarely leaves a fight in the hands of the judges. The fans watching at StubHub and live across ESPN’s platforms are in for an exciting night and a sensational card, which will be announced shortly,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

“I’m delighted to get this fight made – I feel it’s one of the best fights in the division right now,” said Quigg’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Both guys like to come forward and throw aggressive combinations and I do not believe we will hear the final bell. What I do believe is that on March 10 Scott Quigg will become a two-weight World Champion in a fight of the year contender, live on ESPN.”

“We’re very excited for the fight against Quigg. This fight will further showcase Oscar’s skills and will demonstrate that he is a star,” said Frank Espinoza, manager of Valdez. “Oscar is one of the best in the world and against Quigg he’ll prove it once again.”

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Interview: Mark Taffet

By newsdesk

Former head of HBO PPV Mark Taffet talks about his vision in elevating the state of women’s boxing.

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Tyson Fury expects quick knockout if he gets hands on Anthony Joshua

By Wil Esco

Fury says one of them will be asleep within four rounds.

As Tyson Fury continues to clamor for a heavyweight fight with reigning champion Anthony Joshua, he tells the Pound For Pound podcast that he has a bold prediction, as transcribed by ESPN.

“If I get the AJ fight, I’m going to make it a four-round fight.

“Either he’s going to go or I’m going to go. He can’t underestimate my power and my size and strength.

”I want to make it a war. I want to make it a Tommy Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler remake, but in the heavyweight division. Either I’ll go to sleep or he will go to sleep.”

Fury continued by saying he doesn’t even care if it’s him or Joshua that gets knocked out, he’s just going to force the action.

At face-value it’s hard to take this as anymore more than you’re typical bluster, especially since Fury isn’t known to be a come-forward action fighter. But a potential Joshua-Fury fight would be a big deal economically, and therefore shouldn’t be completely written off for this upcoming year.

However Fury will first have to take care of the business of getting his boxing license reinstated by the British Boxing Board of Control, a process he says is already underway.

Source:: Bad Left Hook

Joshua-Parker: Opening Press Conference

By Wil Esco

Watch the full opening presser for Anthony Joshua vs. Joseph Parker.

JOSEPH PARKER

“This time’s an exciting time to be a heavyweight, especially off this fight that we have lined up…this is probably going to be the hardest camp, in terms of training the hardest and putting the most work because I have a big challenge in front of me, Joshua.

“Joshua, I’ve watched him for a long time, I know he’s watched me coming up. I know his strengths, I know he knows mine. And I know his weaknesses, and he thinks he knows my weaknesses. So I can’t wait for this fight to happen March 31. I can’t wait to train hard, can’t wait to be back to put on a great performance — hopefully catch him on the chin and knock him out.”

ANTHONY JOSHUA

“Last time I was out was in Cardiff, it was a great night. And I took my time ‘cause I really knew I wanted to set up for a big 2018. Didn’t do nothing spectacular, but I made sure I secured the bag, I got the win, and that was the most important thing. And now we’re here, as I said, it’s kind of about making history now. And we’ve always been looking in that direction so it’s an honor to be up here with another world champion.

“But in terms of Parker, I don’t really know how to take his camp, in terms of what’s been said and what’s been going on but I take everything with a pinch of salt and I roll with the punches. This is for another strap, and as he said he’s gonna be training extremely hard, I think we’re all blessed with the ability to work hard — there’s no doubt about that but one thing I think separates myself is the fact that I mix intelligence with hard work.

“So not only am I gonna be in peak physical condition, I’m making sure my mind’s in the right place as well — at all times. So I’m looking forward to embrace the challenge, not only from a physical standpoint, but the mental challenge that will come with this fight as well.”

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Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson: Two Intersecting Lives In Boxing

By John Cudney

Ed Diller / DiBella Entertainment

Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson are set to fight on January 20th from the Barclays Center, but it won’t be the first time their paths have crossed.

Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson have been aware of each other for a long time, and the status of their association has evolved greatly in that stretch. This Saturday night Spence will defend his IBF Welterweight title against Peterson in a clash that represents a culmination of each of their lives in the sport of boxing.

2005 — The Pro and The Fan

Errol Spence when he started boxing — Credit: Showtime

Errol Spence got a relatively late start to the sport at the age of 15, and by that time Lamont Peterson was already an emerging pro. As Spence was just starting to learn the ropes, Lamont was enjoying steady TV coverage on ESPN2 and Showtime.

“Lamont was someone I followed on TV,” recalled Errol. “I used to watch him and his brother Anthony. I watched their fights because I liked their style: I liked their defense, I liked how they threw body punches, I liked their fundamentals.”

To close observers of the sport, this should come as little surprise. More than a few boxing pundits used Peterson as a point of reference to describe Errol’s in-fighting and body-focused fighting style when he emerged on the pro scene.

2011 — The Contender and the Olympic Hopeful — Sparring Partners

Errol Spence the Olympian — Tom Casino / Showtime

In 2011 Errol Spence was on Team USA working to qualify for the Olympics, and Lamont Peterson was an established pro preparing for a title shot against hot rising star Amir Khan. Lamont and his trainer Barry Hunter flew out to the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs for some mutually beneficial sparring. Lamont was generous with his praise when reflecting on their time sparring each other:

“I knew at the time, six years ago now, that he would be at this point, a world champion. I saw a lot of talent in him,” recalled Lamont. “I’m happy for him, that he was able to capture the world championship.”

Regarding if he viewed Errol as a potential future opponent, “I didn’t think about it too much. He was a little bigger, he fought at 152 (in the amateurs), and I was fighting at 140. I thought there was a possibility , but not really.”

Lamont’s trainer Barry Hunter added some thoughtful words:

“We have a history and a relationship with Errol. He’s one of the kids that I coached in the amateurs. Lamont mentored him.” Hunter continued, “I’ll never forget this. The first time that Lamont worked with him, after they were done, Lamont came up to me and said ‘I like him. If led the right way, he’ll become a world champion.’”

Errol offered his own recollections:

“It was just great work. It was a learning experience. I was an amatuer, I was going at a fast pace, flurrying punches off like Amir Khan,” Spence said with a laugh. “Lamont was just being patient, blocking, trying to counter, picking shots off. Basically he was fighting at a pro level, a pro pace, and I didn’t understand that until I turned pro and started going 10–12 rounds. Now I understand what he was doing.”

2015 — The Headliner and The Undercard Fighter

Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions

The next time Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson fought in the same ring was April 2015, though it wasn’t against each other. Peterson fought Danny Garcia in the main event of a PBC on NBC card, and Spence fought on the undercard. By coincidence, that fight card took place at the Barclays Center, the same venue that will host Spence-Peterson on January 20th.

That night Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia fought a pitched battle that would ultimately be ruled a razor thin majority decision in favor of Garcia. In spite of the official result, many ringside observers scored the bout for Peterson. Peterson started slow, but once he implemented his gameplan he largely controlled the fight. Although it is listed as a loss on paper, it is considered one of the best performances of Peterson’s career.

Errol Spence’s night wasn’t nearly as exerting. He was matched against 20–1 Samuel Vargas and, though the bout was seen as a step-up on paper, Spence made easy work of his opponent. Spence outlanded Vargas 135-to-15 en route to a stoppage win, improving to 16–0 and adding some new footage to his highlight reel.

2018 — The Challenger and The Champion

Amanda Westcott / Showtime

On January 20th Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson will return to the Barclays Center, this time to square-off against each other. In many ways this bout represents a culmination of both fighters’ previous 13 years in the sport. Spence had this to say about their relationship:

“I know how dangerous Lamont Peterson is,” Spence stated. “He’s someone I’ve been watching since the amateurs, someone I studied when I was an amatuer, he’s someone I’ve been in training camp with. I know what Lamont can do.”

“Now we’ve arrived at this point”, Spence continued. “It shows his longevity in the sport, he’s still around 13 years later in the game, and it shows my come-up from an amatuer into a proffesional fighter.”

Spence’s trainer Derrick James put it this way:

“This is the maturation of a fighter. They saw him when he was an amatuer, they worked with him when he was an amatuer, but now he’s grown into a man. He’s a bigger fighter, a better fighter.”

He continued on the topic of mutual respect:

“We love that,” James responded. “When you asked them how they feel about us (and they respond with respect), that’s beautiful. That’s what you want to see in life, to see someone get better, to become the best that they can possibly be. Barry has always been there for support and Lamont has always been there on his shoulder.”

From an emerging pro and his fan, to sparring partners, to sharing the same bill, Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson will now face each other as Champion and Challenger. Fans can look forward to an excellent fight to start off the boxing year as the young gun and the old master fight to prove who is on top.

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Parker: I know Joshua’s weaknesses, he thinks he knows mine

Joseph Parker has promised to be better than his last fight when he faces unifies heavyweight titles with Anthony Joshua on March 31.

Source:: ESPN – Boxing

Business as usual despite Parker fight bringing ‘rare occasion’

The first prefight press conference between Anthony Joshua and Joshua Parker passed without incident. For all the posturing, verbal jousting and thinly veiled insults thrown in Joshua’s direction from Parker’s camp, there was a line drawn in the sand.

Source:: ESPN – Boxing