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Keith Thurman Edges Danny Garcia with Split Decision Win, Fonfara Crushes Dawson

by on Mar.07, 2017, under Boxing News

By ‘Ice’ John Scully

Former Light Heavyweight Contender and ex-trainer of ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson

Editor’s Note:  This report was delayed because Scully had to fly up to Montreal to work with light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev.

BROOKLYN, NY — I love going to fights. I don’t care where they are or who is fighting in most cases. For me, attending fights is not just about the boxing matches. It’s more often than not a very simple way to reconnect and stay in touch with friends in the game as we hang out in our element and watch the show together. Fights in the greater New York City area are especially effective in this way as a great many of my boxing connects reside in the Northeast and highly publicized world title fights like Keith Thurman-Danny Garcia on February 4th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. They are the perfect type of event to draw them out.

As I drove to New York City this past Saturday for that fight, the closer I got to the arena in Brooklyn, the more filled with anticipation I became. Now I had originally planned to find parking at a no-doubt very expensive lot near the arena, but as luck would have it, a spur of the moment phone call with a longtime friend in the game, Jean Manon, resulted in her directing me to an area within walking distance to the arena that was safe and, just as importantly, free of charge. And as I parked on a particular street within the general area where she directed me to go, I looked at the street sign so that I could write the address down for when the fights were over. And as I caught sight of the address next to where my car was sitting I recognized it instantly as the former home street of a friend in the game, 1984 Olympic Champion Mark Breland. (continue reading…)

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Weigh-In Results for Tonight’s Thurman vs. Garcia Welterweight Unification War

by on Mar.04, 2017, under Boxing News




Left to right: Keith Thurman, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Danny Garcia

Left to right: Keith Thurman, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Danny Garcia (photo by Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)


Danny Garcia vs. Philadelphia, PA

33-0, 19 KO’s

146.5 lbs

Keith Thurman Clearwater, FL 27-0, 22 KO’s

146.2 lbs

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Smith Pole-Axes Fonfara in TKO Upset; Warren Regains Crown over Payano with Dominant Win

by on Jun.19, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

Photos by Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions


Joe Smith, at left, rocks Andrzej Fanfara.

Joe Smith, at left, rocks Andrzej Fanfara.

CHICAGO, June 18, 2016 — He was a crude banger whose record was built on nobodies, in nothing towns, and across the ring was the established king — a future hall of famer — who’d battered and nearly knocked out Muhammad Ali nearly two years earlier. However, this didn’t stop a young George Foreman from bludgeoning Joe Frazier into submission that night in Kingston, Jamaica in January 1973.

Fast forward to tonight at the UIC Pavilion. Although Joe Smith, Jr. was a well decorated amateur (he won the 2008 New York Golden Gloves with a victory over Seanie Monaghan) he is no George Foreman (who won the Gold Medal at the 1968 Olympics as an amateur), but he’s a heavy handed slugger with a record of 21-1 with 17 knockouts against second rate opposition. Tonight, he’s facing Andrzej Fonfara, an established contender who dropped and went the distance in losing a decision for Adonis Stevenson’s WBC title in May 2014 and stopped the former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April 2015. This should be a no-brainer.

Only it’s not. (continue reading…)

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Fanfara-Smith, Payano-Warren, Lubin-Sandoval, Centeno & Sulecki Quotes for Tonights PBC Fights at the UIC Pavillion

by on Jun.18, 2016, under Boxing News

Andrzej Fonfara at Friday's weigh-in (photo courtesy of Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions)

Andrzej Fonfara at Friday’s weigh-in (photo courtesy of Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions)

CHICAGO, June 18, 2016 – Light heavyweights star Andrzej Fonfara and hard-hitting Joe Smith Jr., who went face-to-face for the first time Thursday at the final press conference, joined others in talking about their fights tonight  on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Televised coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and features a world title rematch between Juan Carlos Payano and Rau’shee Warren plus rising star Erickson Lubin battles Mexico’s Daniel Sandoval. PBC coverage switched to NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT and will see unbeaten middleweights Hugo Centeno Jr. and Maciej Sulecki square-off. (continue reading…)

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Andrzej Fonfara and Nathan Cleverly to Collide in Lt. Heavy Showdown as Premier Boxing Champions on Spike Returns to Chicago’s UIC Pavilion Friday, Oct. 16th

by on Aug.30, 2015, under Boxing News

Show to air 9 P.M. ET/PT

Tickets on Sale Now!

Fonfara-Cleverly Poster

CHICAGO (August 26, 2015) – Bruising Polish star Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) and former world champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) will meet in a 12-round light heavyweight battle as Premier Boxing Champions on Spike returns to UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, October 16, with televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Fonfara, a fan-favorite in Chicago, will be fighting at UIC Pavilion for the 14th time in his career and is fresh off a stunning performance against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April of this year. He steps up again to fight a top light heavyweight in former world champion Cleverly and if he can get by this stiff test, he will be in a position to face all of the other top light heavyweights in this talent rich division. (continue reading…)

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