Lem’s latest: Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao II: HBO’s 24/7 airs Saturday

By Lem Satterfield

The April 12 rematch between WBO welterweight beltholder Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao will be preceded by HBO’s telecast of 24/7: Pacquiao-Bradley II starting with Saturday’s first of three episodes at midnight, ET/PT.

The second and third episodes of 24/7: Pacquiao-Bradley II will be shown on April 5 at 11:30 p.m., ET/PT, and April 10 at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT.

Saturday’s Bradley-Pacquiao edition will follow HBO’s 10 p.m. broadcst of light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev’s defense of his WBO belt against Cedric Agnew, whose undercard features junior welterweight Karim Mayfield opposite Thomas Dulorme.

In his past three fights, Bradley dethroned Pacquiao by split decision in June 2012, rose from a 12th-round knockdown to unanimously decision Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013 and then won a split decision over four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez last October.

Pacquiao lost his next bout after Bradley in December 2012 by sixth-round stoppage to Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1, before winning a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios in his most recent fight in November.

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.

SHEER SPORTS SIGNS UNBEATEN SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT RONALD ELLIS

Newly-formed management group Sheer Sports has signed super middleweight Ronald Akeem Ellis (6-0, 5 KOs) of Boston, Mass., and amateur standout Edwin “The Hitman” Sandoval of Bakersfield, Ca, the latter of whom will campaign at 122 pounds.

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Manny Pacquiao inspired by Tim Bradley’s questioning of resolve

By Lem Satterfield

Although Freddie Roach believes Tim Bradley has improved as an overall fighter since June 2012, when his split decision victory dethroned Manny Pacquiao as WBO 147-pound beltholder, the trainer hopes “to take advantage of that moment” when Bradley chooses to stand and exchange with Pacquiao in their rematch on April 12.

In his past three fights, Bradley defeated Pacquiao, rose from a 12th-round knockdown to unanimously decision Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013 and then won a split decision over four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez in October.

“Bradley does what he’s supposed to do. He boxed well against Marquez and he beat a good fighter, so what will he bring to the table against Manny?” asked Roach during a Tuesday conference call.

“I think that he’ll bring little bit of the Marquez fight and I think that he’ll exchange a little bit also, so when we exchange with him, we’ll try to take advantage of that moment.”

Pacquiao lost his next bout after Bradley in December 2012 by sixth-round stoppage to Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1, before winning a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios in his most recent fight in November.

Roach said Pacquiao, like Bradley, could display his boxing ability with an emphasis on power.

“Against Marquez, Manny stepped in too soon and we got caught and that’s part of boxing. I’m not going to take his aggressiveness away from him. The last fight against Rios, Manny fought a very smart fight, and he might have been able to finish him,” said Roach.

“Manny hurt Rios a couple of times but we didn’t jump in so quickly. We did learn something from that fight. We’re going to fight our fight…if Manny puts pressure on Bradley and hits him with those hard shots, then it will affect him and it will be in our favor.”

Meanwhile, Bradley has continued to question the resolve of Pacquiao, who turned 35 in December. Bradley’s most recent assertion came during last Saturday night’s 15-minute HBO premiere of Face Off with Max Kellerman, doing so while looking directly into Pacquiao’s eyes.

“That hunger that he’s looking for, it’s no longer there. It’s no longer there and he can’t get it back. It’s gone. It’s gone. It is, Manny. It’s gone. Manny, you can’t even sit here and say certain things that you would like to say because of what you believe in. It’s not there anymore. I truly believe that. It’s not there…the killer instinct. That’s what I’m saying,” said Bradley.

“I don’t know how he lost it. Before, he was malicious. Before, he was blazing, like, ‘I’m going to knock you out; I don’t care.’ But now, he’s in a different place now. I’m telling you, he’s not the same. He’s not the same. I’m telling you. He’s a tremendous fighter, like I’ve told you. He’s a tremendous fighter but I don’t see it. I do not see it.”

During Tuesday’s call, Pacquiao said Bradley’s questions only motivate him.

“It inspires me. It’s good for me and not for them, I think. I’m not angry or disappointed about what he’s told me,” said Pacquiao, “but I’m happy because he told me that. It will inspire me to train hard and focus on my game plan and to focus for the fight. It will be a benefit to me.”

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.

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Khan, Collazo Quick Quotes

By Togorashi By Karl Freitag Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan and Luis Collazo hosted an international media conference call to discuss their recently announced co-main event bout of “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” PPV event on May 3 …

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Cedric Agnew: I’m going to beat Kovalev by using my brain and outthinking him

By Scott Christ

Cedric Agnew has been written off by everyone heading into Saturday’s clash with Sergey Kovalev, but the underdog says he’s coming to win, just like he always has.

Cedric Agnew is without question the underdog in the eyes of boxing fans, media, and anyone else with an opinion on his Saturday night HBO Boxing After Dark main event against Sergey Kovalev, but the relatively unknown, 27-year-old Houston fighter doesn’t feel like he’s being given a fair shake.

From the Houston Chronicle:

“I don’t see myself as an underdog. He’s undefeated but so am I. I’m coming to this fight like I do each and every fight – looking to beat the man. … I’ve fought guys with all kinds of power since the amateurs. It doesn’t bother me at all if you’re strong. … I’m going to win by using my brain and outthinking him. The smarter fighter wins every time. I always find a way to win a fight.”

Agnew (26-0, 13 KO) is indeed undefeated, but his best win is probably against Yusaf Mack in his last fight, which came in April 2013, and while Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO) may himself have a bit of a thin record, he’s beaten guys considered top 10 (or at least fringe contenders) like Cornelius White and Nathan Cleverly.

White, another Houston fighter, tells the Chronicle that Kovalev’s power is “remarkable.” Kovalev stopped White in three rounds back in June 2013.

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Paulie Malignaggi calls Shawn Porter ‘pretty basic’

By Lem Satterfield

Paulie Malignaggi calls upcoming rival Shawn Porter “pretty basic,” even as the younger, more muscular IBF welterweight titleholder has said he plans to walk through Malignaggi on April 19 in defense of the belt he won from Devon Alexander in December.

“People talk about…and I’ve heard [Porter] talk about how he’s going to do the same thing to me that he did to Alexander and that he’s going to come forward. If his only game plan is to walk through me, then he’s going to have a lot of problems,” said Malignaggi, 33.

“Because I think that everybody’s game plan is to walk through me. They say that I can’t punch and they just come in assuming that I’m not strong and that I’m not a big puncher and that they’re going to come right through me. But then, when you get into the fight, it’s a whole different animal in front of you.”

Porter-Malignaggi will be the second fight featured on a Showtime-televised card headlined by a 175-pound IBF/WBA unification title bout between Bernard Hopkins and Beibut Shumenov.

Hosted by the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C., the card will also include Peter Quillin’s third defense of his WBO middleweight title against Lukas Konecny.

Malignaggi (33-5, 7 knockouts) won his last fight by unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Zab Judah in December to rebound from losing his WBA welterweight belt to Adrien Broner by split decision loss last June.

Broner represented Malignaggi’s first loss since falling by 11th-round stoppage to Amir Khan as a junior welterweight at New York’s Madison Square Garden in May of 2010.

The 26-year-old Porter (23-0-1, 14 knockouts) left Alexander bleeding from cuts over his eyes, ending Alexander’s winning streak at four consecutive bouts since falling to Tim Bradley, the current WBO 147-pound beltholder, in January of 2011.

A former junior middleweight managed and trained by his father, Kenny, Porter’s victory over Alexander was preceded by last September’s unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Julio Diaz, with whom Porter had battled to a draw in December 2012.

“What I’ve seen from Shawn Porter, he’s pretty basic,” said Malignaggi. “He’s got some power but there’s no intangibles. The intangibles are that he’s got a lot of heart and he’s good and you can’t teach that. But as far as physical talent, there’s not a lot there that I can see.”

Prior to Broner, Malignaggi had five straight welterweight wins, two within the distance, and was coming off a split decision victory over Pablo Cesar Cano in October 2012 at Barclays Center on Showtime, the network for which he is employed as a ringside commentator.

In April 2012, Malignaggi earned the WBA’s 147-pound belt with a ninth-round stoppage on the home turf of Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchecneko, who was bigger, taller and boasted more power and who had worked, at times, with trainer Freddie Roach.

Malignaggi’s past bouts include splitting bouts with ex-junior welterweight beltholder Juan Diaz and losses by unanimous decision and 11th-round technical knockout to former titleholders Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton, respectively.

“I don’t think that Shawn Porter brings anything into the ring that I haven’t seen already,” said Malignaggi. “And what he does have, you know, I’ve dealt with those kind of things and I know how to deal with it.”

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Boxcino lightweight tournament continues on Friday Night Fights

By Doug Fischer

After an opening round that featured upsets, close decisions, and knockouts, the semifinals of the Boxcino lightweight tournament may provide more surprises.

The semifinals will take place this Friday night at the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota. ESPN2 will televise both eight-round bouts live on an Friday Night Fights telecast.

One bout will pit opposite ends of experience in the pro ranks as Christopher Rudd will square off against Petr Petrov. The winner of the Rudd-Petrov fight will face the winner of the Miguel Gonzalez-Fernando Carcamo bout.

Out of the eight participants in the tournament, Rudd had the least experience in the pro ranks. That did not stop him from winning a seven round split decision over Yakubu Amidu.

Each quarterfinal bout was six rounds. Under the Boxcino tournament rules, in case of a draw, which occurred in the Rudd-Amidu bout, a tiebreaker round was added to determine the winner.

Prior to the Amidu fight, Rudd (13-1, 8 KOs) had only faced two fighters with winnings records.

Based on that, Petrov could be the favored fighter out of the two, considering he has almost three times as many fights as a pro and has fought better opposition than Rudd.

Petrov (33-4-2, 15 KOs) landed the more consistent punches in winning a decision over fellow Russian Fedor Papazov.

Petrov challenged for a world title in September of 2011, losing by knockout in the fourth round to Marcos Maidana.

It will be a classic match-up between boxer versus puncher when Gonzalez faces Carcamo.

Gonzalez, who hails from Cleveland, punched a ticket to the semi-final with a split decision win over Miguel Angel Mendoza. Gonzalez piled enough points early in the fight before tiring and fending off an aggressive Mendoza.

Gonzalez (23-3, 16 KOs), who also has wins over Humberto Toledo, Josenilson Dos Santos, and Miguel Acosta, has now won three fights in a row.

Carcamo (16-5, 13 KOs), who resides in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico may be the most dangerous puncher and the fighter with the most momentum in the tournament.

Carcamo has won his last six bouts in a row, all by knockout. Carcamo overwhelmed Samuel Kotey Neequaye, eventually stopping him in the second round to move on in the tournament.

The Boxcino lightweight tournament final will take place on May 23, likely at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.

Banner Promotions is promoting the card.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He could be reached by email at santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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FREDDIE ROACH DISCUSSES PACQUIAO VS. BRADLEY 2: “REVENGE IS GREAT…WE’LL KNOCK THIS GUY OUT”

“Revenge is great and that’s what we have our chance to do here is reverse that bad decision and get the win this time. Hopefully, if everything goes well and we fight the right fight, we’ll knock this guy out…He got concussed with Ruslan …… continue reading

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