By Scott Christ
Adrien Broner is doing what he can to hype up Saturday’s Showtime card, going to the ol’ “choke your opponent” move at today’s final presser.
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By Doug Fischer
Undefeated middleweight Peter Quillin announced on social media that he is vacating his WBO title, effectively pulling himself out of his scheduled Nov. 1 bout against mandatory challenger Matt Korobov.
Quillin (31-0, 22 knockouts) would have made a career-high $1.4 million payday against Korobov, an unbeaten former Russian amateur standout, due to the $1.9 million purse bid won by Roc Nation Sports last month.
Quillin posted this statement on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Thursday:
“I would like to thank the WBO for allowing me to grace the ring and live out my dream of being a world champion. For nearly two years, I have held that title and I will forever hold this period in my career in high regard. Effective today, I will be vacating my championship belt. I have a strong team surrounding me and I trust they have big plans for my future. I appreciate the support my fans have given me and I’m grateful to the WBO for my run as a world champion. I look forward to my future endeavors in the ring. Thank you.”
There is speculation that Quillin’s manager Al Haymon orchestrated the move to prevent his client from fighting under the banner of Roc Nation, which is owned by Shawn Carter, AKA Jay-Z. The Hip-Hop, entertainment and sports entrepreneur is married to music diva Beyonce, who was once promoted by Haymon and who has been in involved in legal battles with the concert impresario-turned-boxing power broker.
However, it may not be personal. Haymon might just be looking out for his own interests and for Quillin, who could lose to Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs), a rugged southpaw technician who is promoted by Top Rank. Haymon also manages the WBA’s newly crowned “regular” titleholder Daniel Jacobs, who has made no secret of his desire to defend his belt against fellow New Yorker Quillin. [Editors’ note: THE RING and RingTV.com only recognizes Gennady Golovkin as the WBA middleweight titleholder.]
Jacobs-Quillin is a natural main event for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where Quillin-Korobov was to have taken place. Whether Quillin can make anywhere near $1.4 million challenging Jacobs remains to be seen.
“Roc Nation Sports wishes Peter Quillin good luck,” Roc Nation president Michael R. Yormark told RingTV.com in an email statement. “I’m sure he has a bigger pay day to have given up his title and $1.4 million. We will move on to the next fight to promote.”
Lem Satterfiled contributed to this report
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Source: The Ring
By Brian Harty
Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri at the center of attention in New York, where they stopped to promote their Nov. 22 fight. Photo by Chris Farina – Top Rank.
NEW YORK – Manny Pacquiao appeared weary from the wear and tear of an unprecedented two-week international press tour to promote his welterweight title match against Chris Algieri in Macau, China, on Nov. 22. He was not aware that the total mileage was going to be over 27,000 miles. But he certainly was able to rattle off the stops.
“We’ve been flying everywhere – Macau, Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwan, San Francisco, LA, New York,” he said back stage at the Liberty Theater in Times Square on Thursday morning. “By the time your body can adjust with the jet lag we move to another place with a different time.”
He’ll get to relax by taking a 15-hour flight back to the Philippines when the tour ends on Friday.
This is old hat for Pacquiao, who is accustomed to lengthy promotional tours where he is pulled from here to there. For Algieri, whose last time on HBO was his first time, being part of a whirlwind media blitz is a new experience. But he is not overwhelmed by it.
“Obviously it’s a big change. But I relish it. I’m built for this stuff,” said Algieri, who grew up and still lives in Huntington, Long Island. “All these interviews and the travel … I love to travel anyway. Now I get to do two things that I love to do, box and travel. And I get to do it as a champion.”
If Algieri, the WBO welterweight champion, is in over his head, he doesn’t show it. And he certainly proved that he belongs in the same ring with Pacquiao based on his last fight. Ruslan Provodnikov had Algieri down twice in the first round and pounded Algieri’s eye shut. But Algieri rallied and pulled out an unlikely decision. It was enough to catch Pacquiao’s attention.
“I just learned about Algieri when there was news that Algieri wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao,” Pacquiao said. “Then I watched the fight with Ruslan Provodnikov. He showed that he deserved this fight because of what he did in the last fight.”
Now promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has the hardest job – selling Algieri to still-skeptical boxing fans that might be having second thoughts about buying the match on HBO Pay Per View. Arum was working all the angles he could think of at the Liberty Theater.
“[Algieri is] very unique to the sport of boxing because of his education and how he uses his smarts when he performs athletically,” Arum said. “Anybody who says that the fight between Pacquiao and Algieri will be a blowout doesn’t know what they’re talking about. This is kid is mentally so tough that he’s going to present a real puzzle for Manny and he’s not going to be discouraged.”
Besides his two college degrees in health care sciences and nutrition sciences, Arum is also playing up Algieri’s good looks. Several beautiful young woman carrying signs of support lined up behind Algieri on the dais before the start of the press conference. Arum called them “The Algieri Fan Club.”
Photo by Chris Farina – Top Rank
During the two-week press tour, Algieri was introduced to the fans in China. He joked that he might have made more fans in China than he has in Huntington. By sheer numbers he may be right. He and Pacquiao have shared airplanes and were even confined to the same room at customs in China for an hour, but they haven’t shared very much about themselves with each other.
“There’s been very little interaction between me and Manny. There’s no bad blood,” Algieri said. “I’d rather not know too much about my opponent’s personal life or him as a person. He seems like a great guy, but I don’t need to know that about him.”
At stops along the tour the promoters have set up friendly competitions between Pacquiao and Algieri. They played billiards, shot basketballs, hit baseballs in a batting cage and went bowling. Algieri won all four of the competitions.
“It’s funny how the competitiveness of us came out,” Algieri said. “We kind of got zoned in and a little quiet and looking at each other. We had a little tension, friendly but a little heated up.”
Pacquiao smiled when reminded that Algieri is 4-0 over him in recreational sports on the tour.
“I lost in all the games. But in the real game I think I’m better than him,” Pacquiao said.
Algieri has been taking in everything. It has been beneficial for him to see Pacquiao up close and to watch him interact with the fans and to see how he handles himself with the media.
“It’s been very good for me,” Algieri said. “You watch a guy like that for a decade. I was a kid in high school watching those fights. You’re never around the guy. You never meet the guy. And now you’re fighting the guy. For me to be around and see that he’s flesh and blood. He’s got two hands, two feet. He’s got a head. That’s help quite a bit in terms of helping me grasp everything.”
Algieri is going to be one of three grand marshals at the Huntington Awareness Parade in his hometown on Saturday morning. It will be an opportunity for his community to honor his accomplishment of winning the welterweight championship and to see him before he gets into heavy training for the Pacquiao fight.
A year ago Algieri was getting ready to fight Wilfredo Acuna at the Paramount in Huntington. In 12 months he has gone from making $15,000 a fight to earning $1 million to fight Pacquiao. He was asked how he would describe this chapter of his life.
“Just me coming into my own. Just a realization of that,” he said before pausing. “I don’t think that’s it. I think it’s everybody else seeing what we’ve known. My camp, we’re not surprised by this. Maybe the speed at which it’s happening, but not the fact that I’m here. I think it’s just the world taking notice of what we’ve been doing all along.”
What Manny Pacquiao press conference is complete without the obligatory questions about Floyd Mayweather Jr.? Thursday at the Liberty Theater was no exception.
Pacquiao said he is more optimistic than he has been in the last three years that he and Mayweather might face each other at last.
“Hopefully that fight will happen next year,” he said. “I think they started to negotiate right now. It’s a formal conversation. It’s a serious conversation.”
More serious than in the past?
“Yes,” he said.
Promoter Bob Arum said one of the major hurdles to the fight has been removed – the fact that Pacquiao fights on HBO and Mayweather fights on Showtime.
“That issue has been resolved by the two networks. We want to do the fight. The ball is in Floyd’s court. We’ve been down this road before,” Arum said.
An HBO spokesman said he wasn’t aware that the two networks had officially worked out anything regarding a possible match between Pacquiao and Mayweather.
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Source: The Ring
By Scott Christ
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado may be on a collision course once again for early next year.
According to a report at The Sweet Science, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says it’s “likely” that we’ll see Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado fight for a third time in January 2015, possibly ending speculation about where those two somewhat wayward stars will go next.
Rios (32-2-1, 23 KO) has lost two of his last three — and it easily could be three of his last five without a gift decision against Richar Abril in 2011 — but did get a win his last time out, an underwhelming DQ duke over Diego Chaves on HBO. Alvarado (34-3, 23 KO) has been dominated in two straight losses, stopped in October 2013 by Ruslan Provodnikov, and then totally outclassed by Juan Manuel Marquez this past May.
Neither fighter is exactly a hot property at the moment, and there’s at least some reason to wonder how much the 34-year-old Alvarado, in particular, has left in the tank. He’s taken a lot of punishment, certainly isn’t getting any younger, and looked flat in both of his last two outings.
Rios-Alvarado III would hold at least some interest, though, because their first two fights were both highly entertaining. The original in October 2012 was a stone cold classic, a war between two guys who refused to back down. The March 2013 rematch was a bit disappointing, but still a good fight, with Alvarado adjusting and outboxing Rios to draw their series at 1-1.
Do you want to see Rios-Alvarado III, or would you rather see these fighters do something else?
Source: Bad Left Hook