Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., Marco Antonio Barrera visit Manny Pacquiao

By Lem Satterfield

The stars continue to roll in for Manny Pacquiao’s workouts in advance of his April 12 rematch with WBO welterweight titleholder Tim Bradley, who dethroned Pacquiao by split decision in June 2012.

During a Monday workout at trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, Pacquiao was visited by former champion Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., retired ex-beltholder and former foe Marco Antonio Barrera and actor Aaron Eckhart, the latter of whom is “doing research for a film role as a trainer,” according to publicist Fred Sternburg.

Falling by 11th-round knockout and unanimous decision to Pacquiao in 2003 and 2007, respectively, Barrera was there with Chavez as a reporter for a Mexican outlet, according to Sternburg.

“They were there to interview Manny for TV Azteca,” said Sternburg. “They had a lot of laughs and were very impressed with Manny’s workout, which lasted three hours including 13 rounds on the mitts with Freddie Roach.”

Earlier this month, Pacquiao was visited on the same day by legendary musician Bob Dylan and singer, songwriter, actor and author Ashanti.

Dylan, 72, author of a ballad entitled “Hurricane” about former middleweight boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, “told Manny how much he enjoyed watching him fight and Manny told him how humbled he was that he came over to watch him spar,” said Sternburg.

Ashanti, 33, has accepted Pacquiao’s request to sing America’s national anthem prior to the Bradley rematch, broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

During two fights over the course of 2012, Pacquiao lost to Bradley before falling by sixth-round knockout in December to Juan Manuel Marquez, against whom Pacquiao is 2-1-1. Pacquiao won his most recent fight in November by unanimous decision over Brandon Rios.

In his past two fights, Bradley rose from a 12th-round knockdown to unanimously decision Ruslan Provodnikov in March 2013 and then won a split-decision over Marquez in October.

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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Pacquiao vs Bradley II: Manny and Bradley visit Jimmy’s Corner in NYC

By Scott Christ

Jimmy’s Corner is a boxing institution in New York City, and Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley met up with Kieran Mulvaney for an Inside HBO Boxing session at the famed pub.

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PAUL BUTLER PREVIEWS STUEY HALL v MARTIN WARD LIVE ON BOXNATION

By ES Boxing Following his sizzling bantamweight debut at Aintree earlier this month, new WBA Intercontinental king Paul Butler has designs on taking the outside lane to a 118lb world title shot. Already ranked 12th by the WBA, ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ shall be a keen ringside spectator at the IBF World title spat between north-east rivals Stuey Hall and Martin Ward at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Saturday 29th March. And don’t be surprised if, post-fight, piston Paul is trying to goad the winner into chancing their arm against him this summer, in what would be another big domestic blockbuster. Hall-Ward forms part of a triple title bill – which also includes Jon Lewis Dickinson’s British title defence against Yorkshire bomber Neil Dawson and ex world amateur champion Frankie Gavin defending his Commonwealth welter strap against Namibia’s Sacky ‘The Snake’ Shikukuta – can be seen live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation, the Channel of Champions from 7pm on Sky Ch. 437/HD 490 and Virgin Ch.546. Join at www.boxnation.com On Saturday morning, boxing writer Glynn Evans rang the 25 year old contender from Ellesmere Port to hear his views on the principals and his prediction on who will triumph. “I was at Stuey’s title win over Vusi Malinga in Leeds last December and I’ll be ringside for this one too. It […]

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ESPN to Exclusively Televise WBC World Heavyweight Championship Fight between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola Live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes on May 10

By ESPN Boxing ESPN will exclusively televise the 12-round World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Championship fight and rematch between top-rated contenders Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) live on Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. ET. The fight from the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif., will be televised live in the U.S. on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and will be presented by Corona Extra. The fight will also be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Xbox and Roku via WatchESPN. ESPN will also carry the fight exclusively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Canada (via TSN/RDS). In addition, ESPN will televise the fight in Australia and New Zealand. The card is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Goossen Tutor Promotions. “ESPN has a long history of carrying world class boxing events, but this certainly ranks up there with the best that we’ve televised,” said Brian Kweder, ESPN senior director of programming and acquisitions. “Dan Goossen and Don King deserve credit for having the vision to distribute this historic match to as many households as possible and we are thrilled to be televising the fight.” King, promoter of Stiverne, said, “ESPN is in it to win it…and ‘win’ in it they have…hitting a grand slam homerun in public opinion in […]

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WBO ANNOUNCES REFEREE AND JUDGES FOR THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 29, WORLD TITLE BOUT BETWEEN SERGEY KOVALEV AND CEDRIC AGNEW

By ES Boxing SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, March 29, in the world defense of the Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev against Cedric Agnew, to be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a Main Events presentation. For this fight, the second title defense of the Kovalev’s (23-0-1, 21 KOs) 175 pounds belt when he faces the #14 ranked Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs), the referee will be Samuel Viruet, from United States. Meanwhile, the judges for the fight between Kovalev, from Russia, and Agnew, from United States, are Julie Lederman, John Stewart and Alan Rubenstein, all three from United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jose Izquierdo.

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Showtime puts in offer for Stevenson-Fonfara, which could sink HBO’s Stevenson-Kovalev hopes

By Scott Christ

Showtime Sports has reportedly made an offer for the May 24 fight between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara, which could put the kibosh on HBO’s Stevenson-Kovalev designs. But is it really the dire situation it may seem on the surface? Probably not.

According to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, HBO is in danger of losing any chance at putting together a light heavyweight fight between WBC and Ring Magazine champion Adonis Stevenson and WBO titleholder Sergey Kovalev, as Showtime has made an offer for Stevenson’s May 24 mandatory title defense against Andrzej Fonfara:

We’ll know soon if HBO is going to blow Stevenson-Kovalev. They have a deadline coming to match Showtime’s offer for Stevenson-Fonfara.

— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) March 25, 2014

HBO coulda wrapped up Stevenson 2-fight deal while ago but got really cheap all of a sudden and it looks like it’ll come back to haunt them.

— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) March 25, 2014

As Rafael and many others have pointed out, HBO is struggling to find relevant fights right now. They have Pacquiao-Bradley II and Cotto-Martinez on tap for pay-per-view, and those are two terrific fights, but otherwise, this is what’s coming up:

  • March 29: Sergey Kovalev vs Cedric Agnew, Karim Mayfield vs Thomas Dulorme. An on-paper mismatch in the main event, one that figured to be a pitstop before the big fight with Stevenson. Now, it appears maybe not. Mayfield-Dulorme is a fine fight, but nothing that’s going to turn heads.
  • May 17: Juan Manuel Marquez vs Mike Alvarado. A very good fight, two exciting name fighters who should put on a good show, and the winner gets the Pacquiao-Bradley II winner later in the year (on pay-per-view).
  • POSSIBLE: May 24: James Kirkland vs Willie Nelson. Kirkland’s always fun, and Nelson’s a decent fighter, but this isn’t the sort of fight that people think of when they think “HBO-worthy,” at least not as a main event.
  • May 31: Carl Froch vs George Groves II. Great pick-up by HBO, no doubt. Nothing more to say, no argument. Great fight, glad HBO nabbed it.
  • June 14: Ruslan Provodnikov vs TBA, Demetrius Andrade vs Brian Rose. There aren’t many particularly enticing options for Provodnikov, but it could at least be a promising action fight against someone like Hank Lundy. Andrade-Rose is an alright fight at 154, and it gives Andrade some HBO exposure.

It’s a tough spot right now. With Stevenson now with Al Haymon, Showtime offering on the fight with Fonfara is not really a big surprise. It puts HBO in a bit of a bind, because Stevenson-Fonfara isn’t a particularly good fight, in all reality, but then again, is it worse than Kovalev-Agnew? Is it even worse than Stevenson-Bellew last year?

Stevenson-Kovalev is a fight HBO clearly wants to make, and one fight fans want to see. Unless Stevenson flat-out does not want to fight Kovalev and has no intention of doing so at all, the network should probably take the “hit” on the Fonfara fight, and get some kind of deal for the Kovalev fight.

Of course, that assumes that Stevenson actually wants to fight Kovalev, and it’s hard to say we’ve seen real evidence of that. And that’s not to say it’s “fear” — Adonis would almost surely rather set up a fight with Bernard Hopkins, potentially, which would have to happen on Showtime, as Hopkins is a Golden Boy fighter and promoter. The Hopkins fight is bigger money. It’s also just simply a bigger deal for legacy, and the time for it to happen is a lot shorter than the time for the Kovalev fight to potentially happen.

When HBO replaced Ross Greenburg with Ken Hershman, the former head guy at Showtime, it was supposed to be a good thing. And maybe it still will be. Maybe HBO realizes that this is going to be sort of a transitional year. Showtime, Stephen Espinoza, Golden Boy, and Al Haymon made some massive moves in 2013. Industry-changing moves, in fact. HBO now has Top Rank and some of the other, lesser (to put it bluntly) promoters to work with, but the marquee stars and strong matchups just aren’t really out there right now.

If HBO is playing the long game, that’s another story, and maybe that’s being overlooked here. This could be the year where they look to keep building guys like Kovalev, Gennady Golovkin, Provodnikov, maybe a refocused James Kirkland for as long as that lasts, and so on, and then in 2015 and forward, the momentum comes back their way a little bit. There’s no doubt that Showtime has the more “together” product at the moment, because Golden Boy has more guys who have hit their stride and made names for themselves — a lot of them doing so on HBO, of course.

Wars aren’t won in a day, and maybe this isn’t even a situation where there’s going to be a “winner” — except for THE FANS! Right? Right, you guys? If some new names get the HBO rub over the next year or so, then this isn’t going to seem like that big of a deal. I think, personally, that Stevenson is hunting for the Hopkins fight, and isn’t really interested in Kovalev. That’s why Stevenson-Kovalev might “fall apart,” which is a stretch, really, considering it’s never exactly been close to happening or any sort of guarantee. It’s been a design, but not one with a real plan other than it seemed to make sense because they were both on HBO.

When Stevenson signed with Haymon, the whole dynamic changed, and it seemed obvious what was going to happen sooner than later. HBO didn’t have Stevenson locked up, and this was bound to happen. Maybe they’ll throw a bunch of money at the situation, or maybe they just take is as another thing to not worry too much over — let the 36-year-old guy go off and chase the 49-year-old guy, they might be thinking. How much future is there, and honestly, how big a fight is Stevenson-Kovalev, really? Is it worth a major investment from HBO, or might this be a more fan-friendly way of paying too much for something that might not be worth the money, like we’ve seen in the past with Chad Dawson, Bradley-Alexander, and other notable money flops?

In other words, is the fact that Stevenson-Kovalev is a GOOD fight clouding the vision of those who don’t see that maybe it’s not that BIG of a fight? Would it be more responsible of HBO to not overpay for Stevenson-Fonfara in the hopes of putting together Stevenson-Kovalev, something else that may end up costing more than it’s really worth?

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Chatman focusing on winning, not making friends, in return to Providence on Friday

By ES Boxing PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 25th, 2014) — Having already marked his territory in Rhode Island by beating hometown favorite Thomas Falowo in July, Jersey City middleweight Chris Chatman has taken his newfound allegiance to New England one step further by signing with Classic Entertainment & Sports, the region’s premier combat sports firm. But don’t think for a second being part of a team for the first time in his career has tamed the outspoken, 5-foot-8 southpaw. “I’m focusing my efforts on becoming a world champion,” Chatman said, “and if I have to take out their whole lineup to do it, then so be it.” For now, Chatman (11-3-1, 5 KOs) will focus his efforts on chopping down another out-of-town challenger with ties to New England, The Contender Season 2 champion Grady Brewer (30-16, 18 KOs) of Lawton, Okla., in Friday night’s main event at Twin River Casino. Brewer teamed with Rhode Island’s Gary “Tiger” Balletto on the hit reality series in 2006 and returned to Providence two years later to beat fellow Contender alum Cornelius Bundrage. Now he’ll face the hard-hitting Chatman, who’s gained an improbable cult-like following in Rhode Island not only for his win over Falowo, but also for his effort in a disputed loss to former Olympian Demetrius Andrade in 2009, his first of three appearances at Twin […]

Source: East Side Boxing