BOSTON – Boston is known for being home to some of the most passionate sports fans in the country, but many may not know that it is also a city that has had a long and rich history with the sweet science. On Saturday, May 23, world championship boxing is officially back in Beantown when Premier Boxing Champions on NBC returns with a showdown between Andre Dirrell and James DeGale at Boston University’s Agganis Arena with coverage on NBC beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.
The last time Boston saw a world championship fight was May 23, 2006 when two world title fights took place at TD Bank Garden, formerly the Boston Garden. That night saw British superstar Ricky “Hitman” Hatton defeat Luis Collazo in a welterweight world title fight, while Eric Aiken upset previously undefeated Valdemir Pereira for a featherweight world title.
“Fighting in the Boston Garden was a great honor, never mind in a world title fight, but even a four rounder,” said Tony DeMarco, who won the welterweight world title in 1955 at the Boston Garden. “I had more fights there than anybody (28), including my pro debut. It’s always good fighting at home. You’re more comfortable at home. The fans know and honor you. Boston fans were real fight fans.” (continue reading…)
By Christopher Morgan at ringside
LOS ANGELES, CA, May, 16, 2015 — The Forum in Inglewood once again hosted a magical night for the ages thanks in large part to Gennady Golovkin’s awe inspiring destruction over the skilled and game, but ultimately outclassed Willie Monroe Jr. In the brief time the bout lasted, just over 5 rounds, there was enough facets of the game on display to satisfy everyone from the lover of a chess match to the fan thirsting for a savage bar room brawl. Predictions were divided before the bout, falling between calling Monroe out matched and an easy opponent to claiming that his speed and slick skills would see him survive and upset Gennady via decision. Please read along as I provide you with a first hand account of the main event.
The brief co-main afterglow is still fresh when Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe (19-1, 6 Kos) suddenly appears at the perimeter of the arena prepared to make his ring walk. Apparently we aren’t going to have to wait for an hour as is pretty customary when a co-main ends very quickly. The fans in the arena begin their boo’s — the arena is packed and 99% of them are here for Gennady, many of them wearing official and custom made Gennady Golovkin apparel. It must be somewhat of a gut check for the young Monroe to enter under these conditions. (continue reading…)
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Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Starts At 4:30 P.M. ET/1:30 P.M. PT
BOSTON – Boston-area fans will be treated to fireworks this Memorial Day weekend as a full slate of exciting undercard fights come to Agganis Arena on Saturday, May 23. The undercard action is highlighted by Boston’s own Danny O’Connor (25-2, 9 KOs) taking on the fighting pride of Vermont, Chris Gilbert (13-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight battle for the New England welterweight championship title.
Undercard fights will support the Premier Boxing Champions on NBC show featuring the super middleweight showdown between Olympic medalists Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) and Edwin Rodriguez (26-1, 17 KOs) taking on the undefeated Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs). (continue reading…)
NEW YORK – World Boxing Association (WBA) Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs and 2015 New York State Boxing Hal of Fame inductee Harold Weston will be tomorrow night’s (Tuesday, May 19) special Ring 8 guest speakers at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs), fighting out Brooklyn, is an inspiration having overcome cancer to become world champion. An outstanding amateur boxer, Jacobs was a gold medal winner at the 2003 Junior Olympics National, 2004 & 2005 National PAL, 2004 & 2005 National Golden Gloves tournaments.
Last August, Jacobs captured the vacant WBA 160-pound division world champion, stopping Jarrod Fletcher (18-1) in the fifth round. In his first world title defense this past April, Jacobs registered a win by 12th round technical knockout over Caleb Truax (25-1-2) in Chicago. (continue reading…)
Featherweight Luis Rosa goes from Top prospect to legitimate contender
HARTFORD, CT – Undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight Reynaldo Ojeda (16-0, 9 KOs) impressively introduced himself to American boxing fans in tonight’s ESPN Friday Night Fights main event, presented by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Universal Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
The 26-year-old Ojeda took advantage of his decisive height and reach advantage in his U.S. pro debut, out-boxing the diminutive (5′ 2″), all-action Monty Meza-Clay throughout a very entertaining fight. Meza-Clay continually walked down Ojeda, who used his quickness, superior movement and boxing ability to register a convincing victory by 12-round unanimous decision. (continue reading…)