Kathy Duva, Main Events’ CEO
This is our 21st show in the series which will end with its 22nd show on NBCSN on November 8. It has been the greatest privilege of my life putting on a series like this. We got to build stars. We started building stars from the very beginning. It is fitting that it is going to end on the same day that Sergey Kovalev is fighting in the biggest fight of the year.
Steve was already a world champion but we got the opportunity to introduce him to the United States because he fought mainly overseas. Now, he is on the front page of Grantland this morning.
This is the last show I am going to be at for this series. I am not going to be able to attend the last fight of the series because I will be at the Kovalev fight. It feels like high school graduation. It is bitter sweet and sad, but I am also excited about what is going to come ahead. I am also very proud of everyone who has worked on this series.
This fight is no doubt going to live up to expectations. In his last fight, Steve put on the best fight of the series. It was about as perfect as you can get. (continue reading…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
It has been almost two years since fight fans in the Flathead County area have had the opportunity to see live pro boxing. The area has some very knowledgeable and devout fight fans, which is evident each time an event has been staged in the past, not to mention a number of solid pros needing fights, yet it’s been some time since they’ve seen anyone attempt to host fights on a regular basis. On October 24th Pro boxer Jesse Uhde hopes to change that as he steps into the role of promoter, making a play at staging regular fight cards to satisfy the demand from aficionados. Under the banner of the newly formed Hard Knocks Fight Promotions, Uhde will stage his first fight card at the Flathead County Fairgrounds in Kalispell, Montana. The show promises to deliver an exciting night of fights catering to both segments of the fight world, featuring a stacked line-up of four professional boxing matches and a number of pro and semi-pro MMA match-ups. (continue reading…)
Philadelphia, PA - NBCSN’s Fight Night on Saturday, Oct. 18, live at 9 p.m. ET is highlighted by a heavyweight showdown between Steve “USS” Cunningham and new undefeated heavyweight Natu “The Truth” Visinia from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pa. Saturday’s fight follows several great boxing events from earlier this year in the fighting city of Philadelphia, including the bout between heavyweights Cunningham and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group’s Fight Night team of play-by-play announcer Kenny Rice, analyst B.J. Flores and ringside reporter Chris Mannix will call the action. (continue reading…)
Algieri, Jacobs & Mesi among 2014 award winners
NEW YORK - The 28th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony will be held Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:00 p.m. ET), December 14 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. International ring announcer Dave Diamante will serve as master of ceremonies.
Ring 8 has announced its 2014 award winners (see complete list below), including undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri (Fighter of the Year), World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight titlist Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (Comeback Fighter of the Year), and retired heavyweight “Baby” Joe Mesi (Uncrowned Champion). (continue reading…)
New York, NY (10/15/14) – Earlier tonight at NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan, DiBella Entertainment returned for the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, sponsored by Everlast and Manfredi Auto Group. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, each boxer wore pink and black boxing gloves donated by Everlast.
Headlining the action-packed event, popular Brooklynite Heather “The Heat” Hardy, 121½, dominated the formidable Crystal Hoy, 121, of Las Vegas, NV, over 10 rounds to become the WBC International junior featherweight champion, in a superb performance. Hardy boxed extremely effectively throughout, demonstrating many facets of her talent and ability. She was incredibly accurate with her shots while both pressing forward and fighting off the back foot. When Hoy stepped up her attack near the midway point, Hardy proved adept at exhibiting elusive defensive maneuvers and landing counter shots to offset her opponent’s aggression. Whenever Hoy found her way inside, Hardy had no qualms about trading power shots, creating some exciting exchanges. Setting up beautiful combinations behind a stiff jab, Hardy went on to win a clear 10-round decision. Scorecards read 100-90, 99-91, and a puzzling tally of 95-95, which brought jeers from the crowd. Now 11-0 (2 KOs), Hardy remained unbeaten, while Hoy fell to 5-7-4 (2 KOs).