Tim Bradley being double drug-tested for Manny Pacquiao fight

By Lem Satterfield

Tim Bradley said that he is enrolled in random drug testing by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) for the third straight fight in advance of his April 12 rematch with Manny Pacquiao because the WBO welterweight titleholder wants to prove to that he is “a clean fighter.”

The 30-year-old Bradley (31-0, 12 knockouts) had his blood and urine randomly tested by VADA for his unanimous decision victory over Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013, as was Provodnikov. He also used VADA for his split-decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in October.

The VADA testing is separate from that which Bradley and Pacquiao will endure under the auspices of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which was announced by NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar last month.

“Just to clear things up, Manny didn’t care what testing we were doing. He was willing to do VADA or WADA, so there was no argument as far as the testing goes,” said Bradley.

“I just chose to do the VADA testing to stick by what I have tried to and set out to do, and that’s to clean up the sport and make sure that a lot of these guys are getting tested.”

Under the NSAC testing, which Marquez participated in as well, Bradley and Pacquiao will endure unannounced tests up to and including the day of their clash, which is a rematch of Bradley’s split-decision over Pacquiao in June 2012.

“The NSAC decided they didn’t want to do VADA representing us. They wanted to do the same that we did in the Marquez fight, WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] which was very successful in that fight,” said Bradley.

“So they wanted to stick with it and not mess around with VADA. I am doing double-testing just to prove to everybody that I am a clean fighter and am willing to do whatever with hard work and dedication, which is how I got to this position.”

According to an early report by RingTV.com, Bradley is paying for the VADA testing himself, while Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is funding the NSAC testing at a cost of $35,000.

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Stuart Hall vs Martin Ward: Live streaming updates and coverage

By Scott Christ

Stuart Hall faces Martin Ward for the IBF bantamweight title, with three domestic titles — British, Commonwealth, and English — on the line on the undercard.

This afternoon at 3:00 pm EDT on BoxNation (UK), Stuart Hall will headline from Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, as he makes the first defense of his IBF bantamweight title against Martin Ward in a 12-round fight.

Hall (16-2-1, 7 KO) won the vacant belt against Vusi Malinga in December, and is also a former British and Commonwealth champion. Ward (18-2, 4 KO) isn’t really a legitimate bantamweight contender, but then it’s arguable that Hall isn’t truly one of the top bantamweights in the world, either. For what it’s worth, BoxRec has Hall ranked No. 17 in the world, and Ward is No. 62. Neither man would make my top ten, but then that is just one man’s opinion.

The undercard features some good prospects in action, too, but it’s pretty standard BoxNation fare overall, so if you’re looking for anything great, I don’t know, take your chance with this lineup:

Commonwealth Welterweight Title, 12 Rounds
Frankie Gavin (18-0, 12 KO) vs Sacky Shikukutu (18-2-1, 12 KO)

British Cruiserweight Title, 12 Rounds
Jon-Lewis Dickinson (14-2, 3 KO) vs Neil Dawson (12-2, 5 KO)

Junior Welterweights, 10 Rounds
Bradley Saunders (8-0, 6 KO) vs Mitch Prince (12-2-2, 1 KO)

English Lightweight Title, 10 Rounds
Kirk Goodings (10-1, 2 KO) vs Gary Fox (11-2, 2 KO)

Heavyweights, 8 Rounds
Gary Cornish (17-0, 9 KO) vs Tibor Balogh (13-3-2, 9 KO)

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Klitschko drops Ukrainian presidential bid

By Togorashi Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has decided to pull out of the Ukrainian presidential race and will instead run for mayor of Kiev. Vitali was one of the leaders in the street protests that toppled former President Viktor Yanukovych, but …

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Chavez vs Golovkin: Arum says fight is ‘getting close,’ Chavez excited to fight at Forum

By Scott Christ

Bob Arum says that a deal is near for the proposed Chavez-Golovkin fight, and that he’s really excited to bring boxing back to The Forum in LA.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says that a deal to finalize the July 19 HBO pay-per-view main event between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Gennady Golovkin is “getting close,” and that he’s looking forward to bring big-time boxing back to The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the newly-renovated former home of the Los Angeles Lakers and many great fights.

“Well, I’m very excited. You see, one of the advantages of being around this sport so long is, yeah, you get old but you have so many memories and you remember what was important. And I’ll never forget this building and how important it was for the sport of boxing. … We’re getting close [on Chavez-Golovkin]. And it means a lot to Chavez to fight in this building because as a boy he remembers his father fighting here.”

One key to the negotiation was Team Chavez (and thus Top Rank) agreeing to a $1 million penalty for not making the 168-pound limit for the fight, which is a hurdle that has been cleared.

Arum and Top Rank will “debut” at The Forum on May 17, when Juan Manuel Marquez faces Mike Alvarado in an HBO main event. Tickets for that fight go on sale on April 1.

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Vitali Klitschko withdraws from Ukraine Presidential race

By Scott Christ

Vitali Klitschko will not be a candidate for President in Ukraine, as he’s chosen to pull out of the race and back Petro Poroshenko.

Former world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has decided to take himself out of the running for President of Ukraine, where the 42-year-old has become a noted political figure. Instead, Klitschko is backing Petro Poroshenko.

From NBC News:

Klitschko’s withdrawal, and an announcement by Poroshenko late on Friday that he would stand in the May 25 election, sets up a battle between the man known as the ‘Chocolate King’ and Ukraine’s fiery former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.

“The only chance of winning is to nominate one candidate from the democratic forces,” Klitschko told a meeting of his UDAR (Punch) party, saying he backed Poroshenko.

Klitschko recently said that he would not be returning to boxing, as he intended to focus on his political career in his home country. His withdrawal from the Presidential bid likely does not change that, as there’s certainly more to be done than just running for President, and he’s going to remain a leader of his party.

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Pacquiao vs Bradley 24/7 premieres tonight after Kovalev vs Agnew (March 29, 2014)

By Scott Christ

Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley are just a few weeks away from their HBO pay-per-view rematch, and the “24/7” coverage from HBO starts tonight.

HBO’s “24/7” returns tonight, this time covering the April 12 pay-per-view rematch between top welterweights Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, who first met in 2012. On June 9 of that year, Bradley (31-0, 12 KO) won a shocking and highly controversial split decision.

Going into the first fight, a Bradley victory seemed to guarantee a rematch that November, but Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KO) instead chose to fight Juan Manuel Marquez, feeling it was the bigger and more desired fight, which at the time was true. Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round. After that, Bradley had a pair of impressive wins in 2013 over Ruslan Provodnikov and Marquez, while Pacquiao returned in November to handily outpoint Brandon Rios in Macao.

Now, two years after the first fight, Pacquiao and Bradley are lined up to do it again, and hopefully settle the score. Both men have a lot to prove. At 35, Pacquiao wants to show he’s still an elite fighter. Bradley, meanwhile, is looking to prove to any remaining skeptics that he’s truly a top guy, and that he can beat Manny with no controversy.

“24/7” will start after the live HBO Boxing After Dark doubleheader, which begins at 10:00 pm EDT.

More Pacquiao-Bradley II:

Source: Bad Left Hook

    

Kovalev vs Agnew: Fight time, live streaming results and round-by-round coverage

By Scott Christ

Sergey Kovalev meets Cedric Agnew in tonight’s HBO Boxing After Dark main event. BLH will have live, round-by-round coverage.

HBO Boxing After Dark returns tonight at 10:00 pm EDT with a doubleheader led by the main event between WBO light heavyweight titlist Sergey Kovalev and undefeated underdog challenger Cedric Agnew, with Karim Mayfield facing Thomas Dulorme in the junior welterweight co-feature.

Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KO) has been a wrecking ball over his career, and has emerged since 2011 as one of the top 175-pound fighters in the world. Agnew (26-0, 13 KO) is a relative unknown who has not received any TV push over his pro career, but those who know him say he’s got the skills to possibly push Kovalev. Can he do it? He’s got his chance tonight, and that’s all we can know for sure, for now. Agnew did take three attempts to make weight yesterday.

In the co-feature, it’s a heated matchup between Mayfield (18-0-1, 11 KO) and Dulorme (20-1, 14 KO), who had a run-in earlier this week that led to a double-choking and brief brawl at yesterday’s weigh-in. This is a big fight for both guys, who need the win to move into a potential title shot situation at 140.

Source: Bad Left Hook