Stiverne, Arreola Presser Quotes

By Togorashi By Miguel Maravilla Heavyweights Bermaine Stiverne and Chris Arreola hosted a kickoff press conference on Thursday for their ESPN-televised May 10 showdown for the vacant WBC heavyweight title at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles. Chris Arreola: I’m ready …

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Karim Mayfield hopes win over Thomas Dulorme leads to first title shot

By Mike Coppinger

Karim Mayfield

Karim Mayfield didn’t appear on HBO until his 30s, but he’s trying to make the most of his time in the spotlight.

After the San Francisco-based fighter made his HBO debut in Oct. 2012, a decisive victory over Mauricio Herrera, he’s fought only once since, an untelevised bout against a journeyman. However, he hopes to be active in 2014. He faces former top prospect Thomas Dulorme on “Boxing After Dark” from Atlantic City, N.J., and he knows a win could lead to a title shot.

“I’m very excited to be fighting on HBO again,” Mayfield, 33, said. “This is a big opportunity to prove I’m one of the top fighters in the division. This is the type of fight the fans are seeking, two guys at the top of their game who are hungry to prove their great.”

Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 knockouts) is on the cusp of THE RING’s top 10 junior welterweight ratings, and a win over Dulorme might springboard him there. He’s also close to his first world title opportunity. There have been rumblings that the winner of this bout could face Ruslan Provodnikov for the WBO belt on June 14.

“Yes I believe if I’m victorious against Dulorme then I deserve the Provodnikov fight,” Mayfield told RingTV.com. “I earned (it) the hard way by winning all my fights. It can be a bit frustrating having big gaps in between fights. But I’m with Top Rank right now and I happy with the way my career is going.”

Carl Moretti, Top Rank’s vice president of boxing operations, is confident his fighter will get the opportunity he seeks with a win Saturday.

“Anytime a fighter comes out victorious in a meaningful match at 140 or 147, there are usually bigger fights in store,” Moretti told RingTV.com via email. “As long as Karim comes out victorious, I expect those doors to open for him.”

The man they call “Hard Hitta” doesn’t believe he’ll have any problems getting that win. After all, Mayfield is one of the biggest punchers at 140, and Dulorme was knocked out by Luis Carlos Abregu in his only defeat.

“Dulorme is a technical guy with a long jab who has some fast hands,” said Mayfield. “He’s nothing special though. I’ve seen him get knocked out before so I know his chin is suspect. I’ve fought guys who are long and rangy just like him so I’m confident in my ability to land some powerful shots. If I touch that chin of his, there’s no doubt, he’s getting knocked out.”

Mayfield continues to fine-tune his game under the watchful eye of top trainer Virgil Hunter at King’s Boxing Gym in Oakland, Calif. Hunter, of course, is best known for leading Andre Ward, THE RING’s No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter, to his current perch.

“Virgil and I have been working together since I was in the amateurs,” Mayfield said. “He knows how to push me to bring out the best in my fighting style. … Virgil has some of the best fighters in the world working out at his gym so I’m getting the best sparring possible. Virgil has got me working on some new punches that I’ll display against Dulorme.”

Though the tactics Mayfield has learned from Hunter are effective, they’ve been criticized by some observers as boring to watch. Does the constant lambasting of Mayfield’s fighting style get to him at times?

“Not at all,” Mayfield said. “I’m a unique fighter with an awkward style that is difficult for my opponents. All I do is win and that’s all that matters.”

Mayfield’s confidence is buoyed after Herrera’s outing against RING champ Danny Garcia. Though Mayfield lost by majority decision, most observers felt Herrera won the bout. When Mayfield fought Herrera, he had little problems with the rugged veteran, and caught Herrera with many big shots.

“The fact that I dominated Herrera and he got the world title opportunity means there’s something wrong,” Mayfield exclaimed. “I’ve been calling Danny Garcia out for the last couple of years but he’s been running from me because I put it on him when he brought me in camp. I’ll beat the breaks off Garcia if we ever fight.”

At 33 years old and with only one big win on his resume, Mayfield doesn’t have much time to make the big bucks. He knows he can’t afford a loss, and Dulorme is standing between him and a shot at a strap.

“I’m a young 33 and I have plenty of fight left in me,” he said, “but I have to take care of my family, so I’m hoping I get the big fights sooner than later.”

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Gennady Golovkin-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to move to July 19

By Lem Satterfield

Although negotiations are ongoing for a 168-pound bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin, the planned date of the fight has been shifted from July 12 to July 19 to avoid conflict with the June 12-July 13 FIFA World Cup of Soccer, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum informed RingTV.com on Thursday.

The bout still is scheduled to take place at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., according to Arum and Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, which handles Golovkin.

“With Chavez, we’ve been in contact with Top Rank and that’s a fight that Gennady has always been interested in and from what Top Rank says, it’s one that Chavez is interested in,” said Loeffler during an interview with RingTV.com.

“So when you have two fighters wanting to fight each other, usually, all of the details can be worked out. So that’s the process we’re involved in right now. It’s just about working out the details to see if we can make the fight happen.”

Chavez (48-1-1, 32 knockouts) is coming off consecutive unanimous decisions over Bryan Vera, the rematch being a super middleweight bout on March 1. Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) is coming off last month’s seventh-round stoppage of Osumanu Adama, representing his 16th straight knockout victory.

“One thing that we want to stress is that we’ve agreed to the 168-pound fight for Chavez,” said Loeffler. “But Gennady is a small middleweight and after this fight, he plans to go back down to 160 to prove that he’s the best middleweight. But one of the stipulations for this fight with Chavez was to fight at 168.”

Golovkin pulled out of a scheduled April 26 defense against Andy Lee due to the death of his father, Gennady Ivanovich Golovkin, who passed as the result of a heart attack on February 18. Golovkin immediately began observing a period of mourning, a tradition in his culture, to spend time with his family in his native Kazakhstan.

Loeffler said he expects Golovkin to be in attendance at the April 12 rematch between WBO 147-pound beltholder Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“The 40-day mourning period will be over on Saturday and then he’s planning on going back to Germany to be with his wife and son on Monday,” said Loeffler. “If everything works out with the Chavez fight, then we’re planning on bringing him to the Pacquiao-Bradley fight on April 12.”

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Kovelev-Agnew Final Press Conference

By Togorashi Unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev and unbeaten challenger Cedric Agnew faced off Friday during Thursday’s final news conference in advance of Saturday’s HBO-televised world title showdown at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sergey Kovalev: …

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Adonis Stevenson on the Showtime deal: ‘It’s about business’

By Lem Satterfield

RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson said “it’s about business” regarding his move to Showtime after HBO opted not to renegotiate its deal with the 36-year-old southpaw. The fighter known as “Superman” also took shots at the drawing power of HBO-affiliated WBO counterpart Sergey Kovalev.

In his first interview since news broke about the development on Tuesday, Stevenson shared his thoughts about his May 24 defense against Andrzej Fonfara being on Showtime at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Stevenson also said he plans to be ringside on April 19 at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. for a Showtime-televised 175-pound title unification clash between IBF counterpart Bernard Hopkins and the WBA’s Beibut Shumenov.

“The situation is that I’m going to Showtime and it’s about business. They gave me a better offer, so I took the offer,” said Stevenson, during a Thursday telephone conversation with RingTV.com from Montreal.

“They’re paying me for my value. I get more money and I want to thank [advisor] Al Haymon and Showtime and Yvon Michel, my promoter. I’m thankful for them.”

In February, Stevenson (23-1, 20 knockouts) signed with powerful advisor Haymon, most of whom’s fighters are promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and fight on the Showtime network.

Given HBO has severed ties with Golden Boy, the Hopkins vs. Shumenov winner is likely next for Stevenson.

“I will be there ringside for the Hopkins and Shumenov fight,” said Stevenson. “I will watch that fight live. I don’t care who wins.”

Beyond that, however, Stevenson would not discusss Hopkins-Shumenov

“I’m not looking past nobody. I train hard for every fight, so I’m always going to look good,” said Stevenson. “I’m going for the beat-down. [The late trainer] Emanuel [Steward] always told me that you should go for the knockout because knockouts sell. So, for sure, I’m going for the knockout.”

However, Stevenson did address the notion that he made the Showtime deal in order to avoid facing the hard-punching Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs).

“It doesn’t make sense to say that I’m running from Kovalev. I’m not running from nobody,” said Stevenson. “This is about business. I just want to get paid when I fight and it’s simple. I’m not running from Kovalev. I just want to get paid.”

Kovalev will defend his WBO title against unbeaten Cedric Agnew on HBO on Saturday and his promoter, Kathy Duva of Main Events said her boxer has a multi-fight deal with HBO.

“Kovalev is just using my name to build himself up because he is not going to sell without me,” said Stevenson. “You tell me how many people are going to be there in the building when he fights on Saturday. They want to use my name to build him up.”

What about Hopkins?

“We’re not worried about Bernard Hopkins right now. We’re worried about one person and that’s Fonfara on May 24,” said Sam Watson, Haymon’s right-hand man.

“After May 24, you can name anybody you want and he’ll fight all of those guys. Right now, we’re worried about one fight at a time. Everybody at 175 can get their chance.”

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The Bad Left Hook Pick’em Game: Season 21 – Week 3

By The Boxing Bulletin

Topping the bill is the HBO headliner between Sergey Kovalev and Cedric Agnew. We’ve added an over/under for this one, as we have for the undercard bout between Karim Mayfield and Thomas Dulorme.

Also on the line-up this week is the British Cruiserweight title bout between champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson and challenger Neil Dawson.

For those that haven’t played before, welcome to the best pick’em game going. Please join right in and start playing (just make sure to check out the rules – we promise they are very simple).

An explanation of how to fill out your selections appears at the bottom of this post – please follow these instructions as it makes it easier for us to tabulate the results quickly each week.

You can check out last week’s standings here.

Let’s get to the week 3 line-up…

**** Remember you do not need to make a selection on every fight. If you are unfamiliar with any of the fighters, and don’t want to risk points, you are free to PASS on any pick. You must make at least one selection to receive the 10 point participation bonus****

A. Pick the winner / Method of victory – Sergey Kovalev vs Cedric Agnew (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage – Saturday, March 29)

1. Kovalev to win – risk 13 to win 1.
2. Kovalev to win by stoppage – risk 10.5 to win 3.5.
3. Kovalev by decision – risk 2.5 to win 11.5.
4. Agnew (any method) – risk 1 to win 13.

B. *Over/Under – Sergey Kovalev vs Cedric Agnew (Saturday, March 29)

1. Over 4 1/2 – risk 5 points to win 5.
2. Over 7 1/2 – risk 3 points to win 7.
3. Under 4 1/2 – risk 5 points to win 5.
4. Under 7 1/2 – risk 7 points to win 3.

*Over 9 1/2 = 9 full rounds completed, plus 1/2 round – fight must go past the 1:30 mark of Round 10.

C. Pick the winner – Karim Mayfield vs Thomas Dulorme (Saturday, March 29)

1. Mayfield to win – risk 6 points to win 4.
2. Dulorme to win – risk 4 points to win 6.

D. *Over/Under – Karim Mayfield vs Thomas Dulorme (Saturday, March 29)

1. Over 9 1/2 – risk 5 points to win 4.
2. Under 9 1/2 – risk 4 points to win 5.

*Over 9 1/2 = 9 full rounds completed, plus 1/2 round – fight must go past the 1:30 mark of Round 10.

E. Pick the winner / Method of victory – Jon-Lewis Dickinson vs Neil Dawson (technical decision counts as decision, DQ counts as stoppage – Friday, March 28)

1. Dickinson to win – risk 6.5 to win 1.5.
2. Dickinson by stoppage – risk 2 to win 6.
3. Dickinson by decision – risk 4.5 to win 3.5.
4. Dawson to win – risk 1.5 to win 6.5.

Please fill out your selections as follows:

Enter the LETTER of the fight first, then whether it’s a single (1), double (2) or triple (3) followed by the NUMBER of your pick and the NAME of the FIGHTER and METHOD of victory (where applicable).

**** You have 10 doubles and 5 triples to use over the 10 week season ****

For Selection A, if you want to use one of your doubles on Kovalev to win…

A. (2) – 1 – Kovalev to win

For Selection B, if you want to pick the over 7 1/2 without using a double or triple…

B. (1) – 2 – Over 7 1/2

For Selection C, if you want to use one of triples on Dulorme…

C. (3) – 2 – Dulorme

For Selection D, if you wish to pass…

D. Pass

Good luck!

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