By Togorashi Sergey Kovalev: “It was a difficult fight tonight because I got the two cuts. One from his hand and one from his shoulder. I don’t like the floor. He has good defense. I found the key – the left to … →
Tim Bradley said that he “pissed blood” after his brutal unanimous decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov and that he was “calm, poised and didn’t have nothing to prove” during his subsequent split-decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez.
Bradley (31-0, 12 knockouts) made his comments during HBO’s telecast of 24/7: Pacquiao-Bradley II, in advance of his April 12 rematch with Manny Pacquiao. The episode was the first of three, with the others to be broadcast on April 5 at 11:30 p.m., ET/PT, and April 10 at 8:30 p.m., ET/PT.
After dethroning Pacquiao by split decision in June 2012, Bradley rose from a 12th-round knockdown to preserve his win over Provodnikov in March 2013, and then won a split decision over four-division titlewinner Marquez last October.
“In 20 years of boxing, man, I’ve never, ever pissed blood before. After that night, I pissed blood, man,” said Bradley. “I gave the fans and I gave the fans and I gave the world and just everybody a piece of me, man. I left it all in that ring,” said Bradley.
“I got a lot off of my chest that night. That’s the reason why I came back in the Marquez fight calm, poised and didn’t have nothing to prove, really…It was sweet. It was easy. I had fun that night, and I haven’t had fun in a while. That night, I had a lot of fun.”
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.
“I don’t know that I now have a psychological advantage going into the fight, but I just honestly feel that I have to prove to the fans, once again, that I won the first fight,” said Bradley. “I have to definitely prove it this time around. I have to prove that, without a doubt, that I won this fight coming up on April 12.”
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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By Scott Christ
Thomas Dulorme says that he’s the best junior welterweight in the world following his win over Karim Mayfield on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Thomas Dulorme scored a clear decision win last night over Karim Mayfield in the HBO Boxing After Dark co-feature, moving back down to 140 pounds and picking up the vacant NABF title in the process.
Though Dulorme (21-1, 14 KO) and Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KO) didn’t provide a lot of excitement, it was still a good win for the Puerto Rican, and could lead to bigger things sooner than later. Dulorme believes he’s headed to the next level going forward.
“Tonight, I wanted to show the world that I’m a force in the junior welterweight division,” Dulorme said after the fight. “Mayfield was an undefeated fighter who punches with a lot of power, but he never hurt me. Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza are taking me to another level, and I believe I’m the best junior welterweight in the world.
“My promoter Gary Shaw said he wants to see me in a big fight with a world champion in the near future. I’m ready to fight the best. Shaw and I are ready to take on all comers. I dedicate this fight to my people back home in Puerto Rico.”
Shaw was pleased with Dulorme’s performance, as you would expect.
“Dulorme showed great poise tonight against a power puncher who likes to brawl,” said Shaw. “He’s now in position to challenge any of the champions at 140 pounds, and I’ll talk with his team to see what we can put together. This is a great win for Dulorme, and I’m proud of his accomplishments thus far. Garcia and Ariza are doing a great job with him, and I’m happy they’ve united. He’s on his way to big time fights.”
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By Brian Harty
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Photo by Naoki Fukuda
After scoring three knockdowns on the way to Saturday night’s seventh-round knockout of previously unbeaten southpaw Cedric Agnew, WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev called RING and WBC champion Adonis Stevenson “a piece of s–t” during his post-fight interview with HBO’s Max Kellerman.
But Stevenson was not impressed with the performance of Kovalev, who bled from wounds over both eyes during the fight.
“He fought a guy who wasn’t throwing punches, but yet he got cut, and that’s because he has no defense. He fought a guy who is a southpaw, like myself, and he got hit a lot,” said Stevenson, 36, during a telephone interview with RingTV.com.
“That showed me that he can’t fight southpaws, man, so if he fought me, I know that he would get knocked out. I’m the best in my division, and he’s just an average fighter. Like Floyd Mayweather says, Kovalev would be easy work. Easy work for me. I’m telling you, this guy would get knocked out.”
Kovalev, who turns 31 on April 2, improved to 24-0-1 with 22 knockouts, having last been for November’s second-round knockout of Ismayl Sillakh.
The 27-year-old Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) ended a nearly one-year ring absence after last April’s unanimous decision over Yusaf Mack.
“Kovalev can’t fight. He can not fight. He couldn’t even really take a punch from Agnew. The difference between me and Agnew is that I can punch,” said Stevenson, who dethroned Chad Dawson by first-round stoppage and knocked out ex-beltholder Tavors Cloud in the seventh round.
“Kovalev has not fought a Chad Dawson, who can box, and he’s not fought a Tavoris Cloud, who can punch. So Kovalev is terrible. He’s lucky that he’s never fought a guy who can punch in the ring. Believe me, Bernard Hopkins would beat him, and he would beat him easily. I’m telling you, Sergey Kovalev is just an average fighter.”
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 that HBO has severed ties with Golden Boy, and Hopkins has expressed the desire to face Stevenson, that could well be in the cards should he beat Shumenov.
“I’m going to more money in my next fight than Kovalev has ever made, and I’m going to make more money in the rest of my fights than he does. This is business,” said Stevenson.
“If HBO wants to put up the money, and if his promoter, Kathy Duva, would stop crying and call Al Haymon, and my promoter, Yvon Michel, then we can make that fight happen, and I would fight him. If I fight him, then I’m going to prove to the world and show you the blueprint on how to beat Kovalev.”
What about Kovalev’s calling Stevenson “a piece of s–t?’
“I don’t give a f–k what he says,” said Stevenson. “Beside, I saw him once in Las Vegas, and he told me, ‘I want to fight you because I need the money.’ He was crying, man. He told me that he wanted to fight me and that he wanted to make money. I understand that,” said Stevenson.
“Because I have a family, but I told him that he should keep winning, and talk to his promoter, and the fight is going to happen,” said Stevenson. But I’m focused on my next fight. I’ve got Fonfara, and I respect him, and I’m training for him like a monster. My job is just to fight. But obviously, after this fight, we’ll see what’s going to happen. I’ll talk to my promoter, and my manager, Al Haymon, and we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
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