Boxcino Post Fight Press Conference

By Togorashi By Boxing Bob Newman All four combatants from the finals of the ESPN2 televised Boxcino lightweight and middleweight tournament addressed the media at the post fight presser held at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Banner Promotions’ Artie Pelullo was …

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Flanagan captures Aussie title

By Togorashi By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Formerly WBO world rated Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (16-4, 10 KOs) outscored Daniel Ammann (29-7-1) over twelve rounds via split decision to capture the Australian cruiserweight crown at the Entertainment Centre, Townsville, Queensland, …

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Charlie Ota wants to be more than Japan’s best junior middleweight

By Doug Fischer

For the past four years, Charlie Ota has reigned as the best junior middleweight in Japan. The distinction is hard-earned but a bit dubious as the ceiling for talent isn’t as high at 154 pounds in Tokyo as it is in the United States, where virtually all of THE RING’s top contenders in that division live and train.

Born Charles Bellamy in New York City, Ota could’ve finished up his days as a poor man’s Bob Sapp in The Land Of the Rising Sun, clearing out what remains of the contenders for his Oriental Pacific Boxing Federation title and retiring with a great story to tell his ex-pat buddies.

But that wouldn’t suit him. He wanted to hunt bigger game than could be found at Korakuen Hall.

Tonight, Ota (24-1-1, 16 knockouts) will face Jermell Charlo (23-0, 12 KOs) in a scheduled twelve-rounder at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on the undercard of THE RING light heavyweight championship bout between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara.

Charlo, 24, of Houston, Tex. has already registered several notable wins, including Gabriel Rosado, Harry Joe Yorgey and Demetrius Hopkins, earning him a spot on the short list of top junior middleweight prospects.

“It has been a long time since I’ve been up to fight someone,” said the 32-year-old Ota about his first significant step-up fight. “I was happy about it; he is a good boxer and rated high so I was glad that I get to have a match fighting at a higher level.”

Ota’s journey through boxing began after wrapping up a stint in the Navy based in Japan. Ota returned back to the States in 2004 but soon after returned to Japan, where he married a local woman.

Looking for a way to stay in shape, Ota began working out at a local boxing gym – Hachioji Nakaya Boxing Gym on Tokyo’s west side – at age 24. After 9 amateur bouts he turned pro in 2006 and has lost just once – a majority decision in his fourth bout – before winning the OPBF and Japanese junior middleweight titles four years later against Akio Shibata.

Ota is still aligned with the Nakaya faction and is promoted by New York-based Dibella Entertainment.

Charlo, whose twin Jermall is also an unbeaten prospect, is trained by Ronnie Shields and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, which makes him effectively the house fighter in Montreal.

Ota may have to go Super Saiyan to beat Charlo, but it’s not a concept that hasn’t already crossed his mind.

“Their team seems to be very technically sound boxers. So I can expect a lot of movement and have to be wary of his jab also.

“I’ll do whatever I can within the rules to beat him.”

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Adonis Stevenson-Andrzej Fonfara live round-by-round updates

By Lem Satterfield

RingTV.com has a live round-by-round update of tonight’s light heavyweight championship between RING/WBC titleholder Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec on Showtime.

Stevenson (23-1, 20 knockouts), a 36-year-old southpaw, takes a run of 13-1 with 13 knockouts in his past 14 fights into the bout with Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs). Stevesnon has stopped 10 consecutive opponents since being knocked out by Darnell Boone in April 2010.

Fonfara, 26, brings a run of 15 straight victories, 12 by knockout, into the clash and was last in action during December’s second-round knockout of Samuel Miller that followed a ninth-round stoppage of ex-beltholder Gabriel Campillo in August.

Fonfara last suffered defeat against Derrick Findley by second-round stoppage in July 2008 but did not blink during Friday’s nose-to-nose post-weigh-in staredown with Stevenson, whom he vowed will get knocked out for the second time in his career.

In victory over Fonfara, Stevenson hopes to set up a potential showdown with 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins, who was in action last month with a majority decision victory over Beibut Shumenov, unifying the IBF and WBA belts.

The Showtime broadcast began at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Refresh this page often for updates.

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Stevenson vs Fonfara: Fight time and live streaming online coverage (May 24, 2014)

By Scott Christ

Adonis Stevenson faces Andrzej Fonfara tonight in the main event of a five-bout televised event from Montreal.

Tonight from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Adonis Stevenson jumps networks to make his Showtime debut in a light heavyweight title match against Andrzej Fonfara, with four other fights set to be televised, as well.

On Showtime Extreme at 7:00 pm EDT, we’ll see a pair of bouts featuring hot prospects. Montreal-based Colombian light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez (14-0, 8 KO) will face Maryland club fighter Alexander Johnson (15-1, 6 KO) in a bout set for 10 rounds, while junior middleweight Julian “J Rock” Williams (15-0-1, 9 KO) of Philadelphia will take on Michael Medina (26-4-2, 19 KO) in a fight set for eight rounds.

The Showtime card kicks off at 9:00 pm EDT, with three fights set to air. In the opener, Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KO) will face Charlie Ohta (24-1-1, 16 KO) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout. Ohta, born Charles Bellamy, is an American fighter who has spent the bulk of his career in Japan.

In the co-feature, middleweight knockout artist David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KO) will face Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KO) in a 12-round fight for the vacant NABF title, which is tied to the WBC.

And in the main event, Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) looks to, in theory, set up a big unification fight later this year with Bernard Hopkins, facing Polish-born Chicagoan Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) in a fight set for 12 rounds for Stevenson’s WBC and Ring Magazine titles.

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Andre Ward: Promotional rift could prolong 2014 inactivity

By Lem Satterfield

RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward spoke to RingTV.com about his desire to reach a settlement or a buyout deal with promoter Dan Goossen given their ongoing litigation, and he admitted that the situation could keep him out of the ring for the remainder of 2014 and perhaps beyond.

Goossen could not be reached for comment and is off for the weekend, according to Goossen Promotions publicist Bernie Bahrmasel. Earlier this month, the California State Athletic Commission’s (CSAC) made a decision to uphold Ward’s contract with Goossen Promotions, after which the fighter’s attorney Josh Dubin and manager James Prince issued a counter statement on Ward’s behalf.

Below are Ward’s comments, spoken during a Friday interview with RingTV.com, in regard to his situation with Goossen.

Andre Ward on consideration of settling with Goossen for the sake of his career, or of buying out Goossen in order to be released from his contract:

“That’s something that I’ve considered. I’ve picked up the phone personally and called Dan since the lawsuit has been filed, and I’ve had a very detailed conversation with him about where the personal relationship is between he and I.

“Obviously, the lawsuit is not good for anybody. But I’ve offered the opportunity to come to the table with a mutual party to see what could be worked out.”

Ward on the possibility of not fighting this year, or perhaps far into next year:

“All of the things that you mentioned are realistic possibilities and they’re unfortunate. I think that if you look at my comments back in December, in multiple interviews, right after the lawsuit was filed, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

“My side and my team, we have mutually agreed to move forward. Right after the lawsuit was filed, and since the lawsuit was filed, I’ve said that it’s not this lawsuit that is impeding me from getting into the ring. There’s no court order that says that you can’t fight.

“Until a judge or a jury rules on this contract, or until both sides are able to come together and come to a mutual agreement to go our seperate ways, I still remain fit and ready.

“I have adhered to my side of the contract. But since the lawsuit has been filed, I’ve yet to be offered a fight that is in line with the contract.”

Ward on what is keeping him out of the ring:

“I’ve seen fighters come on the record and say, ‘Well, I’ll fight Andre Ward when his legal issues are over with.’ But those fighters and their promoters know that this isn’t impeding anybody from picking up the phone and entertaining a fight being made.

“I think that fighters are trying to use this as an excuse or a reason to not fight. To the fans that are confused out there about some of things that have been said or that have been written about this, this is coming from the horse’s mouth: This lawsuit has nothing to do with me getting back into the ring.

“There’s still a contract in place, and everybody’s obligated to adhere to that contract, but I’ve done my part, and I’m still waiting for that option, or multiple options to be presented to me where me and my team can make an educated decision on how we move forward in terms of getting back into the ring.

“So, I’ve been available, and I remain available to entertain any offer that’s presented from the promoter, and I’ve not been presented with any offers at the present time.”

Ward on the subject of Mikkel Kessler:

“People have to understand, I know that the California Commission attempted to say that an offer pertaining to the Kessler fight was ‘bonafide,’ but if you look at the e-mails and the different things that were exchanged, the Kessler fight was brought up for a potential match in Denmark, or a match between he and I in the United States.

“The promoter (Goossen) said, himself, in an e-mail that, ‘This is not good enough for you, and I can’t offer this to you, and that ‘We’ll look for other options.’ I never refused anything, and I never said no to anything. But since that time, there’s yet to be any offers.

“There’s been talk about ‘Maybe this guy or maybe that guy,’ but a bonafide offer being presented me that says ‘These terms are consistent with what’s in the contract’ or ‘This is a legitimate fight’ or ‘This network wants to review the fight’ or ‘This is the venue’ or, ‘Do you want this fight?’

“I have yet to receive one of those. Not one, since my last fight in November. The Kessler fight was never offered, and I want to be clear about that. There was an option for the opportunity to go to Denmark for Kessler.

“We waited for an offer to be made, and the promoter, Dan, said that ‘The revenue won’t be revealed, we can’t even negotiate a fight in Denmark, so let me get this fight in the states, and he said, out of his own month, ‘It’s not enough, let’s go in another direction.’

Ward to his fans:

“So many times, the off-the-record conversations play a role in the on-the-record narrative. There’s conceptions about a particular situation or maybe a story being swayed one way, and they can influence the general fans and the general people who follow the sport because they only know what they know and what they read.

“If they’re general sports fans and not general boxing fans, they may not necessarily dig deeper to find out what’s true and what’s not true, and they kind of just read what comes across as an alert on their phone or on their computer or whatever they read on Twitter.

“So I really appreciate the opportunity to voice my side to my fans and to my supporters who are observing situations like this. I think that it’s important that my fans not only see me during the high times, but also during the times when I’m going through real situations like this.

“Because I’m human and I’m not always up. I know that as athletes, that’s how we can be depicted, like everything is always all good. But this is real life and I want to make sure that my fans continue to hear my voice, and that my fans get to continue to see me around the fight game. It’s just important for people to get the real-life stuff.”

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Full Report: Boxcino Finals

By Togorashi Report/photos by Boxing Bob Newman Three months after it began, the Boxcino tournament reached its climax on Friday night in Verona, New York at the Turning Stone Casino. The finals of the lightweight and middleweight categories were won in contrasting …

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