BERNARD HOPKINS ON SHUMENOV CLASH: “I’M LOOKING TO HAVE A KNOCKOUT…I NEED A TKO”

“I’m on a drought, man. I’m on a serious drought, so I’m looking to have a knockout, man. I need a TKO or anything having to do with a referee or a corner saying, ‘Look, enough is enough.’ I came close against Murat….I gotta …… continue reading

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SERGEY KOVALEV: “ADONIS STEVENSON IS A PIECE OF SHIT”

“I don’t want to speak about Adonis Stevenson. Adonis Stevenson’s a piece of shit. Sorry for my English,” stated undefeated WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who wasn’t in the mood to talk about WBC light heavyweight …… continue reading

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TIMOTHY BRADLEY SAYS A COMPASSIONATE MANNY PACQUIAO IS “NOT GOOD FOR BOXING”

“When was the last time you saw him knock somebody out? It’s been a long time. Then he had a guy sitting in front of him; he was a tough guy, Brandon Rios, I have a lot of respect for, but he was right there in front of him and he couldn’t …… continue reading

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TOM LOEFFLER DISCUSSES POTENTIAL GOLOVKIN VS. CHAVEZ JR CLASH: “IT’S A FIGHT OF ATTRITION”

“The fans know that Chavez will be a lot bigger in the ring that night and that’s what makes it interesting. It’s two guys who are gonna come forward and it’s gonna be one of those fights where it’s a fight of attrition. And we are …… continue reading

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Hopkins vs Shumenov: Bernard Hopkins anxious to end knockout drought on April 19

By Scott Christ

Bernard Hopkins is nearing a decade without a knockout win, and says he’s looking to change that against Beibut Shumenov.

Bernard Hopkins hasn’t stopped an opponent since his win over Oscar De La Hoya on September 18, 2004, so he’s closing in on a decade without a knockout win, and the 49-year-old “Alien” tells Percy Crawford of FightHype.com that he’s aiming to end that streak against Beibut Shumenov on April 19.

“I’m on a drought, man. I’m on a serious drought, so I’m looking to have a knockout, man. I need a TKO or anything having o do with a referee or a corner saying, ‘Look, enough is enough.’ I came close against Murat. … I don’t want to go through the rest of my career and the golden years of my career without stopping one of these dudes.”

Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KO) is 8-2-1 as a light heavyweight, but it’s not really and great suprise that he hasn’t been stopping his larger opponents. Hopkins is a natural middleweight, of course, and dominated that weight class for years before moving up. He may have lost his “Executioner” nickname, but he gained a new one, at least.

It wouldn’t seem likely that B-Hop will stop Shumenov (13-1, 8 KO), either, but if he starts fighting for knockouts — and he did seem to be doing so against Murat — then that adds another wrinkle to his game and another reason to watch this living legend every time out.

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Adonis Stevenson on Sergey Kovalev: ‘Can they show me the money?’

By Lem Satterfield

Adonis Stevenson said he stands to pocket more cash for defending his RING and WBC light heavyweight championships against Andrzej Fonfara on May 24 than he was offered to face unbeaten WBO counterpart Sergey Kovalev.

A 36-year-old southpaw, Stevenson (23-1, 20 knockouts) cited “a better offer” from Showtime than HBO, which opted not to renegotiate its deal with him. As a result, Stevenson moved his scheduled May 24 defense against Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) to Showtime.

For now, the move has scuttled plans for a highly-anticipated clash between Stevenson and Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs), who scored three knockdowns during Saturday night’s seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten Cedric Agnew on Showtime’s rival, HBO.

“I am going to make more money fighting Fonfara than HBO was going to give me to fight Kovalev,” said Stevenson during a Sunday telephone call to RingTV.com. “That makes no sense that I can make more money fighting Fonfara than I was going to make fighting Kovalev in a unification fight.”

Although Stevenson would not discuss the amount of his purse for facing Fonfara, his promoter, Yvon Michel characterized the amount was a career-high payday for the Haitian-born, Canadian fighter, according to BoxingScene.com.

Stevenson “will make the highest purse of his career with Fonfara, by far…against Fonfara, he’s going to make more than twice than what he made for his last fight,” said Michel. “His highest paid fight [on HBO] was against [Tony] Bellew. He is going to generate more than twice of that…Adonis’ purse will be twice as big as his purse was against Bellew.”

Showtime already is the home of Golden Boy Promotions’ 175-pound counterparts Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov, who will put their respective IBF and WBA belts on the line against each other on April 19.

In February, Stevenson signed with powerful advisor Al Haymon, most of whose fighters are promoted by Golden Boy and fight on the Showtime network.

Given HBO has severed ties with Golden Boy and Hopkins has expressed the desire to face Stevenson, that could well be in the cards, should the former undisputed middleweight champion beat Shumenov.

“Ask HBO, ‘Can they show me the money?’ That’s the problem with the Kovalev fight,” said Stevenson. “It’s about the money. Don’t you think that it’s a pay-per-view fight between me and Kovalev? I think they need to pay for that.”

Stevenson is 13-1, with 13 knockouts in his past 14 fights, and has stopped 10 consecutive opponents since being stopped by Darnell Boone in April 2010.

Stevenson went 4-0 over the course of 2013, in succession, with knockouts of Boone, Chad Dawson, Tavoris Cloud and Tony Bellew in the sixth, first, seventh and sixth rounds, respectively. Stevenson’s victories over Dawson, Cloud and Bellew were all televised by HBO.

“I like HBO and they supported me and they helped me to get ‘Fighter of The Year 2013,'” said Stevenson, “but at the end of the day, it’s business and it’s time to get paid and Showtime gave me more money.”

Prior to facing Agnew, Kovalev, who turns 31 on April 2, had last fought in November, earning a second-round knockout over Ismayl Sillakh.

“With me and Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov on Showtime, now what is Kovalev going to do? Kovalev should fight Chad Dawson, Tavoris Cloud or Jean Pascal,” said Stevenson, whose fight with Dawson lasted 76 seconds.

“I beat Tavoris Cloud and Chad Dawson. Pascal beat Dawson. Dawson beat Hopkins and then it was something like 8-to-1 that I wouldn’t beat Dawson and I knocked him out in the first round. So if Kovalev can go and beat one of those guys, I think that then, we can talk. I’m fighting for the Benjamin Franklins.”

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Tim Bradley: Manny Pacquiao fight is ‘seek and destroy, him or me’

By Lem Satterfield

Tim Bradley could probably retire undefeated.

But if Bradley’s legacy did not include a second victory over Manny Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight beltholder still would consider his career to be unfulfilled, according to statements he made during Saturday’s night’s first of three episodes of 24/7: Pacquiao-Bradley II on HBO.

Bradley (31-0, 12 knockouts) is coming up on an April 12 rematch with Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), from whom he earned his current title by disputed split decision in June 2012.

Bradley was awarded the decision over Pacquiao by scores of 115-113 on the cards of official judges C.J. Ross and Duane Ford. Jerry Roth had the same score for Pacquiao and an informal poll of 51 writers favored Pacquiao over Bradley, 48-3.

“Truly, I have arrived but what is it that just keeps bothering me, man?” said Bradley. “It’s that whole Pacquiao situation and everything that went on with that.”

Bradley followed up the win over Pacquiao by rising from a 12th-round knockdown to secure a unanimous decision over Ruslan Provodnikov in March of 2013, as well as a split decision last October over four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez, who was coming off a sixth-round stoppage victory over Pacquiao in December 2012.

Yet despite defeating Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1, Bradley still craves a decisive victory over Pacquiao.

“If I don’t go back and revisit that chapter of my life,” said Bradley, “then I’m never going to be able to get over it.”

Pacquiao rebounded from the Marquez loss with November’s unanimous decision over rising 140-pounder Brandon Rios, a former 135-pound titlist.

“Manny says that he’s going to be the aggressive, destructive Manny Pacquiao of old times. I love challenges. I love when people say that I can’t do something,” said Bradley, “because I love to prove them all wrong like I have been doing my whole career. I know that I’m going to be the underdog even though I’m the champion.”

The WBO has declared that the winner of Bradley-Pacquiao II must face that between Marquez and Mike Alvarado, who will fight on May 17.

Bradley wants to earn that opportunity.

“I don’t want a gift. I want a win,” said Bradley. “When I walk down the street, I want people to say, ‘Dang, that’s the guy that beat Pacquiao.’ I want to win and I want the credit for it.”

Bradley’s triumph ended a 15-bout winning streak that included eight knockouts for Pacquiao, an eight-division titlewinner who was in his 60th career fight. Pacquiao had last suffered defeat against Erik Morales by unanimous decision in March of 2005.

During his winning streak, Pacquiao had twice stopped Morales, earned split and majority decisions over Marquez, knocked out Oscar De la Hoya, Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton and decisioned Marco Antonio Barrera, whom he had also stopped in 2003.

“You’ve got to be hungry. You’ve got to seek and destroy,” said Bradley, “and that’s what we’ve set out to do. I’m going to be there every minute of every dang round. It’s either him or me.”

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