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Andre Ward Outclasses Tough Challenger Sullivan Barrera in Light Heavyweight Debut

by on Mar.28, 2016, under Boxing News

 

Ward, at left, and Barrera mix it up (photo courtesy of HBO Boxing)

Ward, at left, and Barrera mix it up (photo courtesy of HBO.com/Boxing)

 

OAKLAND, CA, March, 26, 2016 – In front of a packed house at Oracle Arena, Andre Ward made his Light Heavyweight debut successful as he mostly had his way with previously undefeated challenger Sullivan Barrera over 12 give and take rounds. Sullivan Barrera performed much better than was anticipated by most experts either due to Ward electing to slug more and clinch less, ring rust, age related decline or a combination of all of the above. Please read along as I give my impressions of the main event!

The arena has filled up, local stars including Golden States Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, Marshawn Lynch and Frank Gore are in attendance, the fight night atmosphere has engulfed Oracle. Sullivan Barrera (17-0, 12 Kos) enters the ring first and is treated with surprising ambivalence by the crowd, much different from the malice usually reserved for Wards challengers in Oakland. The loud cheers signal that Andre Ward (28-0, 15 Kos) has begun his walk to the ring which is fast and business like, no show boating or playing to the crowd with this man. As Andre disrobes in the ring it is instantly apparent that he is carrying the new 175lb weight very well, he looks thicker, defined and strong. As Barrera disrobes he also appears to be in very good shape. (continue reading…)

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Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev Easily Dispatches Nadjib Mohammedi

by on Jul.27, 2015, under Boxing News

Written by Christopher Morgan from ringside

Photos by Rafael Calvo

 

Kovalev, at right, stalks Muhammedi.

Kovalev, at right, stalks Muhammedi.

LAS VEGAS, NV, July, 25, 2015 — Sergey Kovalev did what was expected of him in outclassing and annihilating mandatory challenger Nadjib Mohammedi in 3 mostly one sided rounds. The only argument among media and fans it seemed was how many rounds Nadjib would survive, with the majority response being “about 8 rounds”. Now it is your turn to find out how it all went down at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Main event is beginning as the lights dim and the light heavyweight challenger begins his ring walk. Nadjib Mohammedi of Marseille, France ( 37-3, 23 Kos) is wearing a classy Vegas themed hat and walking confidently to the ring when the lights suddenly brighten to trigger the imminent arrival of light heavyweight champion “the Krusher” Sergey Kovalev of Kopeysk, Russia (27-0-1, 24 Kos). The ring entrance music drowns everything out. It’s interesting Russian rock, uncharacteristic of what one would normally hear in a boxing ring. Kovalev is looking very serious, knocking his gloves together during Buffers customary “Let’s get ready to ruuuumbllle!” (continue reading…)

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Andre Ward scores easy 9th round TKO over British Challenger Paul Smith

by on Jun.22, 2015, under Boxing News

By Christopher Morgan at ringside

 

 

OAKLAND, CA,  June, 20, 2015 — It’s been quite a ride for the Oracle Arena and city of Oakland over these last few weeks, with the NBA Golden State Warriors winning their first championship in 40 years and the Number 2 pound for pound best fighter on the planet, Andre Ward, making a long awaited comeback after a 19-month layoff. Andre Ward’s new promoter, Rapper and media mogul Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, sold out the Arena with competitive ticket prices and a star-studded cast, including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and none other than the 2015 NBA MVP himself Stephen “Steph” Curry, who carried one of Wards championship belts as he walked to the ring. Did the fight itself live up to the hype? Please read along and find out, as I take you through the fight from my perspective at ringside.

The arena is full and fans are on their feet as Michael Buffer goes over the familiar fighter introductions routine. Paul Smith, introduced first, gets an Arena full of hecklers and boos, but carries a determined and serious look on his mug. Andre Ward gets the full support from his local fans, as is to be expected. (continue reading…)

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Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin Cooks Willie ‘The Mongoose’ Monroe!

by on May.19, 2015, under Boxing News

By Christopher Morgan at ringside

 

Gennady Golovkin, at left, punishes Willie Monroe Jr. (photo courtesy of Will Hart and www.insidehboboxing.com)

Gennady Golovkin, at left, punishes Willie Monroe Jr. (photo courtesy of Will Hart and www.insidehboboxing.com)

 

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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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao Come Face to Face to Officially Announce Their May 2 Superfight!

by on Mar.12, 2015, under Boxing News

Story and Photos by Christopher Morgan

 

 Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stand side by side for the first time.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao stand side by side for the first time.

LOS ANGELES, CA, March, 12, 2015 — On an unusually cloudy Wednesday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles, boxing’s two biggest stars converged on the Nokia Theater in the sole press conference to promote their imminent collision at the MGM Grand on May 2nd. This was the only chance the media would have to see the two fighters face to face before they climb into the ring together and the media responded in full force literally bringing out the red carpet treatment. There were also thousands of fans lining the streets and courtyard surrounding the arena hoping to catch a glimpse of their heroes with many waiting for hours just to get a good spot. It seems fitting that a fight that has been 5 long years in the making and being dubbed by many as “The Fight of the Century” would create an event of this magnitude where most boxing press conferences might draw 20 or so reporters this one had a staggering media attendance of 700!

While most fights will have a whirlwind press tour with multiple appearances across the country and sometimes even in international locations, the pervading attitude for this bout is “Only one press conference is necessary, a fight this huge will sell itself” (continue reading…)

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