ESPN Friday Night Fights – Boxcino Lightweight Semifinals: Live streaming results and coverage

By Scott Christ

Boxcino is back tonight on ESPN Friday Night Fights, as the lightweights enter the semifinal round with a pair of eight-round bouts.

It was only five weeks ago when we saw the debut of ESPN’s Boxcino tournaments, with the lightweights kicking it off with impressive action on February 21. Tonight, the tournament continues with the semifinal round.

Recap: Boxcino Lightweights Quarterfinals

Tonight, we’ll see Tennessee’s Chris Rudd (13-1, 8 KO) take on Russia’s Petr Petrov (33-4-2, 15 KO). Coming out of the first round, Petrov, 31, looked like the potential favorite to win the tournament, but the way this tournament is set up, things can change in a hurry. The 29-year-old Rudd beat Yakubu Amidu in a bit of an upset in the tournament’s first bout, which went into a sudden death round to break a draw.

The other semifinal matchup pits FNF regular Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez (23-3, 16 KO) of Cleveland and Mexico’s Fernando Carcamo (16-5, 13 KO). Carcamo had the most impressive power display of the opening round, stopping previously unbeaten Samuel Neequaye in two rounds, and the 23-year-old is by far the youngest of the remaining competitors.

Both bouts are set for eight rounds, and the action will begin at 9:00 pm EDT on ESPN — not ESPN2, as ESPN is picking up more shows from this point forward.

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Photos: Karim Mayfield and Thomas Dulorme choke and scrap at weigh-in

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Shumenov: I have never met Agnew and I have never fought him

By Togorashi WBA light heavyweight “super” champion Beibut Shumenov wants to set the record straight on claims that he was defeated by Sergey Kovalev-challenger Cedric Agnew in the amateurs. In an exclusive statement to Fightnews.com, Shumenov commented “Probably Agnew got knocked out …

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Cedric Agnew quietly confident going into Sergey Kovalev challenge

By Doug Fischer

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Cedric Agnew speaks so softly that sometimes you have lean in close to hear what he says. It seems that Agnew would rather have everyone else do all the talking and reserve the ring for making any loud statements.

And so it was when Agnew and Sergey Kovalev appeared at Circus Maximus at Caesar’s Palace on Thursday afternoon for the final press conference before their WBO light heavyweight title match at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall on HBO on Saturday night.

The spotlight is all on Kovalev, who will be defending his WBO title for the second time and headlining his first show in the U.S. on HBO. And though Kovalev keeps reminding everyone that he is fully focused on Agnew, no one seems to be paying much attention to Agnew. That doesn’t seem to bother Agnew.

“There are always going to be people who overlook me,” Agnew said. “Even when I win the championship there are going to be naysayers and people overlooking me. To those people I can’t say nothing. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing.”

And that’s winning. Agnew is undefeated, but his 26-0 record with 13 knockouts is light on big name opponents. Agnew defeated Yusaf Mack in a 12-round decision in his last fight. After that victory, he said he went in search of a match against any of the light heavyweight champions. He believed that he was ready. Kovalev answered the call.

Both men thanked each other for taking the fight. But when it’s over on Saturday night someone isn’t going to be happy that they did.

“He’s a pretty good fighter, a tough guy,” Agnew said of Kovalev. “He’s able to beat the guys that they put in front of him. He’s a world champion and they don’t just give those things away. He’s earned that title, just like I’m going to earn mine.”

Agnew has such a low profile that no one gives him a shot at beating Kovalev. The conventional wisdom is that the only chance Agnew has is if Kovalev is somehow distracted or takes him lightly. But Kovalev and his trainer, John David Jackson, said there’s no chance of that.

“We’re looking right at him,” Jackson said. “We’re not looking over him, around him, behind him, beneath him. We’re looking to go right through him to get to the next one.”

The 27-year-old Agnew, who grew up in a boxing family in suburban Chicago, will have to fight the fight of his life to beat Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs), whose knockout power is frightening. Agnew said he’s concerned about that power, because he’s bringing a complete package to the ring.

“Ring smarts, speed, power, everything,” Agnew said.

Agnew said he has never fought anyone similar to Kovalev in the pros, but he has faced Russians with similar styles in the amateurs. He had 115 amateur fights and missed the U.S. Olympic trials for the 2004 Games because he injured his shoulder.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago Heights, Agnew said his father exposed him, his six brothers and his sister to boxing.

“We all boxed,” he said. “I started when I was eight. I had an uncle (Mike Evans) who was a professional fighter and seeing him doing it and seeing my other siblings do it was something that I naturally had a love for.”

He is the only one of Michael Agnew’s children to take that amateur passion to the professional level. Three years ago he moved to Houston and now trains in the same gym that heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield once trained in.

If Agnew has as much dogged determination as Holyfield manifested in becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, he’ll go a long way. He’s going to have to fight like Holyfield if he’s going to have any chance of beating Kovalev.

Give Agnew credit for dreaming big and asking for a challenge. He said if he wins the WBO title against Kovalev on Saturday night, he will probably run into the same problems he had when he decided that he wanted to challenge for the title in the first place.

“I think you’ll always have problems as a fighter with great skills. There will always be people out there that are going to duck you,” Agnew said. “They want to take easier fights for easier paydays. Now it’s become guys fighting for money and not fighting for legacies. I feel like if you want to be a champion, you have to beat a champion.”

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Chavez vs Golovkin: $1 million penalty in place for not making weight

By Scott Christ

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s conditioning has always been a question, and now there’s a seven-figure penalty in place if he can’t make weight for a July fight with Gennady Golovkin.

Though it has yet to be officially announced, it looks as though Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Gennady Golovkin will indeed be meeting on July 19 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., in a 168-pound non-title fight on HBO pay-per-view. Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions says that there is a $1 million penalty in place for not making weight, which obviously is more for Chavez than for Loeffler’s fighter.

“That was one of the conditions. We agreed to come to 168 pounds with no catchweight and the penalty is a million dollars if either fighter doesn’t make the weight. That’s important because if we have a contracted weight of 168, and if Gennady’s going to come up to 168 pounds, that the fighters make the weight.”

Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO) was called a “small middleweight” by Loeffler, one who doesn’t have an issue making that weight, and isn’t moving up because his body is demanding it. Instead, Golovkin is moving up for the bigger money, the exposure, and because it’s a better fight than anything he can make at 160 at this time.

Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KO) has a history of weight issues at 160, which necessitated a move up last year following his first career loss to Sergio Martinez in 2012, and a suspension after he failed a drug test following that bout, testing positive for marijuana. It was his second failed drug test in Nevada, the first coming back in 2009 when he tested positive for a diuretic.

Chavez’s conditioning was called into question before the Martinez fight, and was an even bigger issue for his comeback bout last year against Bryan Vera. That fight’s weight limit moved from 165 to 168 and eventually all the way up to 173 to give Chavez a chance of actually making the weight. He struggled that night, but showed up in better shape for their March 1 rematch this year, making the 168-pound limit and looking good in the ring.

If this fight does come together for pay-per-view as it now looks as though it will, it will come just one week before Canelo Alvarez returns to Showtime pay-per-view, against an opponent yet to be determined, and will continue the veritable glut of boxing pay-per-views being offered to the American fans.

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[VIDEO] CHRIS ARREOLA GOING FOR THE KNOCKOUT ON MAY 10: “I’MA BE A NIGHTMARE IN THAT RING FOR BERMANE”

“A nightmare. That’s exactly what you can expect on May 10th. I’ma be a nightmare in that ring for Bermane Stiverne…I always go for the knockout. I respect judges, I say it all the time, but I don’t want the judges to judge my fight,” …… continue reading

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[VIDEO] CHRIS ARREOLA DISSCUSSES REMATCH WITH BERMANE STIVERNE: “I DON’T WANT MY NOSE SHATTERED AGAIN”

“Pressure, pressure, pressure, pressure, and the smart kind of pressure; measured pressure. Moving my head. Move my head, that’s the main thing. Move my head, move my head, move my head; I don’t want my nose shattered again…we’re going …… continue reading

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