ATLANTIC CITY – When light heavyweights Ryan Coyne, 21-1, 9 KOs, and Lionell Thompson, 14-2, 9 KOs, lock horns in their 10-round co-feature bout Saturday night, the two boxers will be fighting for both the win and to steal the nationally televised show. The prime opportunity opens the NBC Sports Network telecast beginning at 8PM, December 14th, from Resorts International Hotel and Casino. The season-ending edition of Fight Night, titled “Road to Redemption”, is once again expected to garner big ratings, and the fighters would like nothing more than to grab the event’s headlines with everyone watching.
The main event is an anticipated 10-round heavyweight showdown between Amir Mansour, 19-0, 14 KOs, and Kelvin Price, 14-1, 6 KOs. It too is a terrific matchup, but the Coyne-Thompson fight could very well give the spotlight bout a real run for its money. Both Coyne and Thompson have something to prove, and are expected to go all-out when the bell rings, each looking for their own versions of redemption. (continue reading…)
Broner, Maidana, Thurman, Soto-Karass Participate in Open to the Public Workouts for Saturday’s Fights
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Broner versus Maidana, a 12-round fight for Broner’s WBA Welterweight World Championship is taking place this Saturday, December 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and in anticipation of this show, the principals are participating in an open to the public workout this Wednesday.
This show is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T, Casamigos Tequila and Grudge Match. In the 12-round co-featured attraction, Keith Thurman will defend his interim WBA Welterweight World Championship against Jesus Soto Karass. Leo Santa Cruz will put his WBC Super Bantamweight World title on the line against Cesar Seda in a 12-round bout and Beibut Shumenov faces Tamas Kovacs in a 12-round clash for Shumenov’s WBA Super & IBA Light Heavyweight World titles. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (continue reading…)
By Karl Hegman
“All of my opponents were good fighters. I just made them look ordinary with my great boxing ability.”-Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles Welterweight Champion 1969 – 1975
Fighter of the Year: Marlen Esparza
The 2013 USA Boxing Women’s Flyweight National Champion and PAL National Champion. Gold Medalist Continental Championships and Silver Medalist World Combat Championships.
Those credentials make Esparza the winner of this award for the fourth consecutive year. Esparza was hard pressed to capture her seventh consecutive National Title with a close and controversial decision victory in April over Virginia Fuchs in Spokane.
Marlen left no doubt as to whom the better fighter between the two was in a rematch at the PAL Championships with a convincing points victory over Fuchs this past October in Oxnard, California. (continue reading…)
50 Cent moves from James Kirkland’s Awesome performance to ‘Big Apple Boxing’ Dec. 20 at Resorts World Casino NYC
NEW YORK – Boxing promoter/rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson intends to parlay the tremendous excitement from James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland’s awesome performance this past weekend into a memorable evening of entertaining boxing on Friday night, December 20 as his company, SMS Promotions, presents “Big Apple Boxing” at Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, New York.
Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), who is the most recent boxer signed by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, destroyed previously unbeaten and world-rated Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs), live on HBO last Saturday night from Atlantic City (NJ). Fighting for the first time since March 24, 2012, when he defeated current International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina, Kirkland’s SMS Promotions debut stole the entire show in an thrilling, all-out war that mercifully ended in the sixth round as referee Steve Smoger halted the action with Kirkland unloaded powerful shots on an overmatched Tapia. (continue reading…)
ATLANTIC CITY – While most of the focus Saturday night at Resorts International Hotel and Casino will be on heavyweights Amir Mansour, 19-0, 14 KOs, and Kelvin Price, 14-1, 6 KOs, and light heavyweights Ryan Coyne, 21-1, 9 KOs , and Lionell Thompson, 14-2, 9 KOs, in two separate nationally televised 10-round fights, the undercard bouts on the bill branded the “Road to Redemption” appear to pack just as big of a punch as the two main events. The truth is, everyone fighting on Saturday night has something to prove, which means the action in the ring promises to be heated and intense.
Former two-time cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, 25-6, 12 KOs, of West Philly, continues his heavyweight campaign against Bakersfield, CA’s rugged Manuel Quezada, 29-7, 18 KOs, in an 8-rounder that tops the preliminary schedule. Both heavyweights badly need a win to break the division’s rankings, and a loss at this point for either fighter could be disastrous. (continue reading…)