Video: Bernard Hopkins: “I’m not sleepin’ on Shumenov”

By Doug Fischer

IBF light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins spoke to RingTV about his preparation for WBA beltholder Beibut Shumenov, who he faces on April 19 in Washington, D.C., at his training camp in Philadelphia. Hopkins also spoke about the Danny Garcia-Mauricio Herrera fight.

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Tureano Johnson ready for opportunity against Curtis Stevens

By Scott Christ

Tureano Johnson is ready to showcase his skills, and he’ll get the chance to do so on April 4, when he faces Curtis Stevens on NBC Sports Fight Night.

Tureano Johnson will get a chance to break out in the middleweight division when he faces former title challenger Curtis Stevens on the April 4 NBC Sports Fight Night, headlined by a heavyweight bout between Steve Cunningham and Amir Mansour.

Johnson (14-0, 10 KO) is a 30-year-old fighter out of the Bahamas who was last in the ring in February 2013, beating Willie Fortune by decision on ShoBox: The New Generation. It was a big step up in competition for Johnson, and he showed his skills, winning an eight-round shutout on all three cards.

Stevens (26-4, 19 KO) is one of the hardest punchers in the division, and another big step up from Fortune. And what of the layoff, which will be 14 months by the time he gets into the ring? Johnson says it won’t be an issue.

“I’ve had so many fights as an amateur that boxing is like riding a bike for me. I’ll know what to do as soon as I step in the ring. My body is well rested and I’ll be 100% healthy going into this fight,” Johnson said.

Knowing that this is a bigger chance to make a statement than his last bout, Johnson says he’s ready to turn some heads and pull off the upset.

“On April 4th, the world will be introduced to Tureano Johnson. This has been a long, hard road for me filled with blood, sweat, and ruthless determination. I have been begging for this opportunity to pit my skills against the so-called best in my division,” he said.

“However, it is easier said than done in this world of boxing. No one would fight me until now. I respect Curtis Stevens. He is a strong, hard-punching fighter who has been in with the best. But he can’t and won’t beat me. To all the fans, don’t miss this fight on NBC Sports. I’m sure it is going to be a throw-back fight. It has been said that I’m not the most “technical” fighter out there. Well it’s true. I like to mix it up, throw hard punches, and get a little barbaric in the ring. I’m coming to fight and win impressively. After April 4th, I know I will get the fights I deserve.”

“Tureano Johnson is a very special fighter with an incredible work ethic,” said promoter Gary Shaw. “With that being said, he’ll have every opportunity to showcase his skills on the big stage. Against Stevens, I expect he’ll be tested, but I know he’ll adapt to anything he brings, and win the fight. This will be another excellent fight, one the fans will not want to miss.”

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Video: RingTV reports from Miguel Cotto-Sergio Martinez L.A. presser

By Doug Fischer

Alan Massengale reports from the Miguel Cotto-Sergio Martinez press conference in L.A. where he spoke to both fighters, who meet for THE RING middleweight championship on June 7 in New York City, and with promoter Bob Arum. Video contains past workout footage of both Cotto and Martinez.

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“Polish Prince” ready for Adonis Stevenson face off

By Togorashi By Przemek Garczarczyk WBC light heavyweight title challenger Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) will first face off with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) during Thursday’s press conference in Montreal, but he is not wasting any time before May …

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Lem’s latest: Taureano Johnson eyes ‘throw-back fight’ vs. Curtis Stevens

By Lem Satterfield

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Unbeaten middleweight prospect Tureano Johnson expects “a throw-back fight” against former title challenger Curtis Stevens, who will be after his second straight knockout win on the undercard of the Steve Cunningham-Amir Mansour heavyweight fight on April 4.

“To all the fans, don’t miss this fight on NBC Sports. I’m sure it is going to be a throw-back fight,” said Johnson, whose bout with Stevens will be part of the NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

“It has been said that I’m not the most ‘technical’ fighter out there. Well it’s true. I like to mix it up, throw hard punches, and get a little barbaric in the ring. I’m coming to fight and win impressively. After April 4, I know I will get the fights I deserve.”

In his last fight in January, Stevens (26-4, 19 knockouts) scored a 46-second knockout over Patrick Majewski to rebound from November’s eighth-round stoppage loss to WBA 160-pound titleholder Gennady Golovkin. Prior to facing Golovkin, Stevens, who is promoted by Main Events, had been on a run of four wins that included three first-round knockouts.

“I respect Curtis Stevens,” said Johnson, who turned 30 last month. “He is a strong, hard-punching fighter who has been in with the best. But he can’t and won’t beat me.”

Promoted by Gary Shaw, Johnson is 14-0 with 10 knockouts, and is coming off last month’s unanimous decision over Willie Fortune.

“On April 4, the world will be introduced to Tureano Johnson. This has been a long, hard road for me filled with blood, sweat, and ruthless determination,” said Johnson.

“I have been begging for this opportunity to pit my skills against the so-called best in my division. However, it is easier said than done in this world of boxing. No one would fight me until now.”

TRAINER: DEONTAY WILDER’S STOPPAGE OF MALIK SCOTT WAS LIKE MIKE TYSON’S OVER TREVOR BERBECK

First, heavyweight Malik Scott went to his Twitter account to deny taking a dive against Deontay Wilder, then, the winner, himself, argued in support of his 96-second knockout victory on March 15 in Puerto Rico.

Wilder’s trainer, Jay Deas, is the latest to weigh in on the victory by his fighter, going as far as to compare Wilder’s left hook to Scott’s temple to that landed by Mike Tyson during a second-round stoppage of Trevor Berbick to become the heavyweight champion of the world in November 1986.

Click here for Tyson’s knockout of Berbick.

“There is a 41-second video on YouTube you can link to it, so people don’t have to watch Tyson’s entire fight with Berbick. Note that Berbick injured his leg on the way down. That’s why he kept falling. It was a combination of the equilibrium shot and being dizzy and the leg injury,” said Deas, in an e-mail to RingTV.com.

Click here for Wilder’s knockout of Scott

“Now watch Maliks leg. Same thing. His leg is haywire when he goes down, and he would have fallen again had the referee not grabbed him. Same as Berbick. This leg injury on the way down is indicative of a short circuit up top. You don’t voluntarily injure your leg that way. That’s a short circuit. Look at both of them. I’m right.”

In victory over Scott, Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) became the mandatory challenger to the winner of the May 10 Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola rematch.

A unanimous decision winner over Arreola in April 2013, Stiverne will meet him again at the Galen Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles with the vacant WBC heavyweight title up for grabs.

Wilder is part of a tournament-like chase for the WBC’s belt that includes a second-mandatory ordered by the WBC between unbeaten fighters Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez. The Jennings-Perez winner will face that between Wilder and the victor of the Stiverne-Arreola matchup.


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Amir Khan: Mayweather told me fight will happen in his next three bouts

By Scott Christ

Amir Khan sounds confident that he’ll face Floyd Mayweather after beating Luis Collazo. Is he overconfident?

Amir Khan will face Luis Collazo on May 3, when he returns to the ring after 13 months off on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard. Obviously, Khan (28-3, 19 KO) is hoping to win and do so impressively in his welterweight debut, and Khan told ITV Sport in the UK that Mayweather (45-0, 26 KO) has recently told him that they will fight one another, as was previously expected for this date.

“I spoke to Floyd on the phone a couple of weeks ago, and he said, ‘Look, champ, one day it’ll happen, you’re a great fighter, I’ve got three fights left, you’re one of the opponents definitely for sure,'” Khan told ITV Sport.

“He kind of gave me — he kind of did say he wants to fight me and the fight’s gonna happen one day, but, like I said, this is boxing, things can change overnight. I’m just going to stay focused on me next opponent, which is Luis Collazo at the moment. Even though it is on the Mayweather undercard, I think it’s good to be in front of Mayweather’s face. To have a good performance there, people will be like, ‘Why is Mayweather fighting Amir’s leftover, who he beat?'”

Collazo (35-5, 18 KO) is no pushover for Khan, especially considering that Amir had major trouble in April 2013 with Julio Diaz, a former lightweight titlist who has seen better days. Collazo is a full-fledged welterweight, a tricky southpaw, and is coming in with his spirits and his confidence high after knocking out Victor Ortiz in two rounds in late January.

Collazo, too, is fighting with the hope that if he can win, he might land a Mayweather fight, which would have seemed crazy not too long ago, but wins over Ortiz and Khan could go a long, long way to making that a reality.

Do you think Khan perhaps sounds a bit overconfident that he’ll just handily beat Collazo and get the Mayweather fight? Hasn’t he been in this exact sort of spot before and found himself in trouble?

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Adonis Stevenson rooting for Bernard Hopkins, Sergey Kovalev

By Lem Satterfield

RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson said he will be rooting for 175-pound counterparts Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev to win their respective upcoming title defenses with the goal of facing one or both of them in unification bouts.

Stevenson (23-1, 20 knockouts) told RingTV.com that he will be watching HBO on Saturday as Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) puts his WBO belt on the line against Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

On April 19, Stevenson’s eyes will be on Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) as the 49-year-old IBF beltholder faces WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) on Showtime from The D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.

“I’ll be watching his fight, but I think that Kovalev is going to win that fight. I will also be watching the Hopkins fight, also,” said Stevenson. “I’m rooting for Hopkins and I’m rooting Kovalev, because, you know I will be ready to fight either of them after my next fight.”

Stevenson, meanwhile, is gearing up for a Thursday press conference in Montreal to officially anounce his HBO-televised May 24 defense against Chicago-based contender Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs), a 26-year-old winner of 15 straight, with 12 of those victories coming by way of stoppage.

“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Stevenson, who was last in the ring for November’s sixth-round knockout of Tony Bellew, the 36-year-old southpaw’s fourth stoppage victory over the course of 2013. Stevenson was THE RING’s Fighter of the Year for 2013.

“I’ve trained hard for this fight because I know that Fonfara is coming and that he’s going to be in shape and ready for me. I know that he wants to take my title, but it’s not going to happen like that, because I’m going to win by another knockout, because knockouts sell.”

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