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Cunningham-Mansour Weighin:
Weights & Photos


Philadelphia, PA:  This evening at the Hyatt Regency at Penns Landing in Philadelphia, PA Cunnningham, Mansour, Stevens, Johnson and the undercard fighters weighed-in for tomorrow night's much anticipated fight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA live on NBCSN Fight Night.  Below are the weights and photos from the event:

Cunningham and Mansour 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events

Steve CunninghamAmir Mansour
Philadelphia, PAWilmington, DE
26-6, 12 KOs20-0, 15 KOs
Weight: 206Weight: 222.5
Steve Cunningham 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Amir Mansour 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events

Stevens and Johnson 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Curtis StevensTureano Johnson
Brooklyn, NYNassau, Bahamas
26-4, 19 KOs14-0, 10 KOs
Weight: 162.8Weight: 162.2
Curtis Stevens - 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Tureano Johnson - 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Lee and Lewison 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Mike LeePeter Lewison
Chicago, ILGrand Caymon, Caymon Islands
11-0, 6 KOs6-0, 5 KOs
Weight: 179.3Weight: 180.4
Acevedo and Campbell 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Roberto AcevedoLee Campbell
Bayamon, Puerto RicoLaurenburg, NC
8-1, 5 KOs6-0, 3 KOs
Weight: 170Weight: 168.4
Barrera and Pryor 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Sullivan BarreraLarry Pryor
CubaWashington, DC
10-0, 6 KOs7-7, 4 KOs
Weight: 176Weight: 176
Cherry and Osiobe 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Edner CherryRobert Osiobe
Wauchula, FLUghelli, Nigeria
31-6-2, 17 KOs14-8-4, 16 KOs
Weight: 134.1Weight: 134.3
Torres and Dixon 
Photo credits to Rich Graessle/Main Events
Edgardo TorresEvincii Dixon
Vineland, NJLancaster, PA
2-2, 2 KOs3-4-1, 1 KO
Weight: 137.3Weight: 141


About April 4th:


The event features a ten-round bout for the USBA Heavyweight Title between Steve "USS" Cunningham and USBA champion Amir "Hardcore" Mansour live on NBCSN Fight Night from the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Fight Nightbroadcast will begin at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT. The card is presented by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with BAM Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions. The undercard includes a ten round middleweight match-up between Curtis "Showtime" Stevens and Tureano Johnson.  Tickets are on sale now at www.comcastTix.comand the Liacouras Center Box Office.

NBC Sports Live Extra:


NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets - will live stream Fight Night at 10 pm ET/7 pm PT on April 4th. 
Coverage will be streamed via "TV Everywhere," the media industry's effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

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Undercard Transcript




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Kelly Swanson         

Thanks, everybody, for joining us we appreciate you being here with us today.  Unfortunately, we are going to have to reschedule this call because the fighters have not shown up. April Fools!

We're joined by a great group of fighters today. They are part of the SHOWTIME PPV undercard for "THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana," Adrien Broner vs Carlos Molina and also J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban.


Today's host of the call is none other than Leonard Ellerbe, Chief Executive Office of Mayweather Promotions. Leonard, I'm going to turn it over to you and just so everybody knows, the translator for Mr. Periban today will be Rolando Arellano.


Leonard, take it away from here and we look forward to hearing from the fighters.  We are going to start with J'Leon and Marco Antonio Periban and when they're finished we will connect Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina.  So, go ahead, Leonard.


Leonard Ellerbe       

First of all I'd like to thank all you guys for joining us on the call today.  We have assembled one of the best undercards and best overall cards from top to bottom that I've personally seen in many, many years.


In the main event we have Floyd and Maidana, which we all know is going to be a terrific fight.  On last week's call there was Amir Khan and Luis Collazo and most of you guys heard from them.  In my opinion, that's a 50-50 fight.  We have two terrific fighters and both of them have a lot of experience and that is going to be a great fight.


But today's call we have to round out the terrific undercard.  We have three-time World Champion Adrien Broner.  He'll be fighting Carlos Molina in a 10-round junior welterweight showdown.  To open the Pay-Per-View we have Mayweather Promotions' own J'Leon Love.  He'll be fighting Marco Antonio Periban in a 10-round super middleweight bout, which will be another great fight.


"THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana" is sponsored by Corona, Reilly Auto Parts and AT&T. When we first announced the main event, obviously, the tickets went like hotcakes.  So, there are only a few tickets left.


I'd like to acknowledge none other than Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, Stephen Espinoza.


Stephen Espinoza

As you correctly pointed out this is, in our opinion and I believe objectively, the biggest event on the boxing calendar.  Floyd Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions and SHOWTIME have committed to putting on the best events and the biggest events in boxing on a regular basis.


This event is no exception.  A stacked undercard, meaningful fights, great value for the money for fans and I think when we look at a very busy Pay-Per-View calendar this spring and early summer I don't think anyone can say that our event does not stand out among all of those events as having both the highest profile main event and the highest profile most meaningful undercard lineup that there is.


With that, I will give it back to you, Leonard, so we can move on to the fighters.


L. Ellerbe      

I would like to introduce Marco Antonio Periban, who is 20-1 with one draw with 13 KOs out of Mexico City, Mexico.  He's a terrific fighter.  He's one of the top Mexican contenders.  He just recently lost a tough fight against the WBC Champion Sakio Bika and it was a great fight.

Marco, he knows he's in a very tough fight with J'Leon and a win over him puts him right back in the picture to fight for a world title.


Marco Antonio Periban      

I want to thank Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME for giving me this grand opportunity on this world stage. I clearly understand that this is a very difficult fight but I'm going to train as hard as I possibly can, enter the ring well prepared, so that the victory will be in my hands.


I understand that Mr. Love is in the way of me capturing my dream of fighting for the world championship. It's very important for me to become World Champion because by doing so I will be the first Mexican in the history at 168 pounds to ever hold the championship for the WBC.


It's a fight that I must take the opportunity and be successful in and I can't let Mr. Love beat me because basically it derails my opportunity to become world champion and to make history for Mexico.


I'm very focused.  I want that title.  I want that title for Mexico, so you can expect a very focused and determined fighter on March the 3.


L. Ellerbe      

Next up we have a terrific young fighter.  He's part of the Mayweather Promotions' stable.  He's fighting out of Dearborn Heights, Mich..  He's 17-0 with 10 KOs.  He's coming off of back-to-back impressive performances.  In the first fight he fought Lajuan Simon and just recently, Feb.  28, a terrific performance fighting Vladine Biosse and a great fight on ShoBox.


J'Leon will be looking to be very impressive in this fight because he knows that Marco Antonio stands in front of him and his goal of being a world champion. He has a tremendous amount of confidence in his ability, he looks to go out there and put on an impressive performance and a great fight.


J'Leon Love  

I want to thank everybody for joining.  You know, here it is, another stage.  I am on another type of stage like the one we had with Gabriel Rosado and now here we are again with Marco Periban.  He's a tough fighter.  I know he's going to come with his A game.  I'm definitely going to come with my A game, and that's what's makes fights right there.


I've been training extremely hard. I'm definitely focused.  It really comes down to May 3.  I'm going to put my heart and all my determination into this fight.  I know that Marco Antonio Periban is a very tough fighter, very skilled and he has a lot to prove and he has the experience of fighting for a world title.


I have so much respect to him.  His talent is respected, but we're definitely going to come in there and give it our all and make sure we come out victorious.  I know that he's trying to make history for his country.  I'm trying to make history for my family and me and do what I have to do to win this fight.



Leonard, how would you say J'Leon has matured and improved and how would you characterize that moment against Gabriel Rosado and how it has made him the fighter he is now?


L. Ellerbe      

Fighters go through adversity in their career.  Floyd himself went through a tremendous amount of adversity and all fighters go through adversity.  I think that experience with the Rosado fight taught him a great deal.


Floyd and I sat him down and we had a very hard conversation with him. I think at that point he made up his mind, he wanted to really commit himself and dedicate himself and not take the opportunity for granted. I think from that point on he completely changed.


I noticed personally the dedication and the hard work that he's put in and it's showing up in his last two fights. I think in this fight he's obviously in a tough fight against Periban, but he'll be looking to be impressive and I know he will go out and do that.



J'Leon, how have you changed and how has that manifested itself in all aspects of your training, your maturity in the ring, everything?


J. Love           

Eventually, everybody needs to grow up. I've had my humbling moment and my grow up moment, so sitting there and getting torched by Floyd and Leonard, the conversation was not easy to listen to, but I needed that. I needed that.


I am young. I'm still learning. I'm definitely there mentally and physically. We made the right decisions for our career and I have the best team behind me.  It just opened up my eyes and I don't ever want to take another opportunity for granted again because you may never get them again or you may never know when you'll get them.


So, it definitely made me train harder.  The Rosado fight was an eye-opener, again.  That's something that goes on with your career, a controversial win over Rosado or something like that.


So, who wants that? People say that Rosado won or I won; I don't want to hear that. That's something that I have carried on with me for taking something for granted.


I've learned a lot and I've stepped my game up 1,000 percent and you will see that May 3.



When you say torched, you used the characterization of torched, what impression did that make upon you and how does that manifest itself with the way that you represent yourself in the ring?


J. Love           

Well, when I say torched I mean you're not the greatest fighter here.  You know how many fighters would love to be in your position I'm in, to be under the Mayweather Promotions stable and be guided by these very people that I have that I'm guided by.


So, that right there. I see fighters come down to the gym and pray for a moment to sit down and talk to Leonard and Floyd and get that opportunity.  And here I am, I'm fumbling with the opportunity and there's so many guys out there striving and working hard for the opportunity. It was a wake up call.  I just have to remain focused, all the outside distractions, just leave it there.


It'll be there after or whatever.  But I have a job to do and my job is to be in the best shape possible, be mentally focused and physically focused for these fights and this is a big opportunity.  I'm making a name for myself, from a small time Eastern Michigan, I'm putting all that on the map and this is what I've dreamed of since a kid, so this is something that I've been waiting on my whole life.



I understand you have taken on some responsibilities within your own family group, can you talk about that?


J. Love

You know, I have nine nieces and nephews and they're my life.  This is the reason why I'm grinding so hard for them and my family, my mom and my sisters and just to show, just put some hard work in, put some dedication in, keep God first, anything can happen.


I never knew these are the cards I'd be dealt with, but here it is.  I'm being blessed every day.  I took the road; my brother was killed last year in April and I have to take the responsibility.  I am the one making money in my family as far as to support them, so I would never hesitate to do that and that's what I do.


So, my nieces and nephews are my life.  I feel like they're my kids, even though I don't have any kids of my own.  I just take a responsibility of taking care of them.



How is Marco planning on dealing with the J'Leon Love's skills and what did he learn from his fights against Sakio Bika and Badou Jack?


M. Periban

Love is a very dangerous fighter and  he has a lot of technical skills to him, so basically my training is no longer focused on my strength, but basically on the tactics that I'm going to use to fight Love.


From fighting Bika, I learned a lot of things about fighting with a strong fighter thats always moving forward and looking for the knockout. I learned a lot of things, how to neutralize an attack system like he has, how to prepare for a fight like that. The other fight, which was a draw, I learned a lot of things also, that you can't really leave it to the judges and that you have to use certain techniques at certain times during the fight so that you can take advantage of it. One of the problems that I have is getting sparring in Mexico, because of my size and my strength and I wasn't that prepared for the Jack fight and basically it showed in the ring.



I want to know if Gabriel Rosado is his toughest fight and if he thinks Marco Antonio Periban can do some things like Rosado?


J. Love           

Gabriel Rosado was definitely my toughest fight because I had to face adversity.  I've been down for the first time in my career and it made me think a lot.  I've never been in that position before and I haven't been in that situation since then, so that was definitely one of my toughest fights.

With Periban he has a great skill set.  He's tough, strong, he's tall, and he's a rangy fighter.  He has a lot of skill and he has a good jab.  Anything can happen in this fight and you can't look past anybody and a guy like him. He can upset a lot of people.  He had a great fight with Badou Jack and he had another great fight with Sakio Bika.

He's young and he's hungry.  He has a lot to prove, like I said earlier and anything can happen in this sport.  So, you can't look past anybody.



How does it feel being willing to be a good guy in a sport where being the bad boy is sometimes more marketable? Why is it important to you to give a good image?


J. Love           

I'm just being myself.  I don't want to be like Adrien Broner or Floyd Mayweather.  I want to be like J'Leon Love.  I'm just a cool guy.  I'm laid back.  I'm silly at times. That's just me.  I'm not angry.  I'm blessed.  I'm just happy to be alive.  I'm healthy and these opportunities are coming and I'm happy for it.  So, there's nothing to be the bad boy type about.  I'm just being myself and do what I've got to do.



You mentioned that you had hard time training in Mexico.  Was it because you had a hard time getting sparring partners that were your size?


M. Periban

You're correct.  That's the problem.  There are not too many fighters in that division in Mexico and there are not many fighters that are my size, so it's a little difficult getting sparring partners.


K. Swanson  

OK,  so that finishes this portion of the call. We want to thank both J'Leon and Marco Antonio Periban for being on the call with us at this time.  We wish them a lot of luck and have a great training camp until we see you May 3.


We'll also be having a media day in Las Vegas for those who want the opportunity to see J'Leon train and get some other comments from him.  So, thank you very much, J'Leon and Marco.


You guys can hang up and now we're going to transition over to the next portion of the call.

Now we have the other fighters on the line.  We are joined by Adrien Broner, Carlos Molina and Adrien's coach, Mike Stafford is also listening in on the call. I'm going to turn it back over to Leonard to make the introductions for this portion of the call.


L. Ellerbe      

Next up is  a talented young fighter who is coming off of a 17-month layoff and he'll be looking to hand Adrien his second loss.  He has a big following in Southern California.  He has a record of 17 wins, with one loss and one draw with 7 KOs.  Coming to you out of Norwalk, Calif.,  none other than Carlos Molina.


Carlos Molina

We're working hard for this fight.  We're very humbled to get this opportunity to fight on the big fight, on a  Mayweather undercard, against Adrien Broner.  We're excited and we'll be ready come May 3.


L. Ellerbe      

Next up is one of the most talented and most talked about fighters in boxing today, a very gifted fighter.  He's a three-time World Champion.  He won his first title in November 2011 at 130 pounds.  His next came with a tremendous knockout in 2012 against Antonio DeMarco.

In 2013 he did something that was very, very impressive.  He moved from 135 to 147 pounds and he fought in a tremendous fight against Paulie Malignaggi, winning his third World Championship only to join Roberto Duran, Roy  Jones and Robert Guerrero as the only fighters to win the championship in their first fight after jumping up a weight class.

Just last December he had a minor setback, only to make a major comeback, in his loss to Marcos Maidana and he'll be looking to come out on May 3 and be very impressive and to show the world why he's one of the best fighters in the world today.  Next up, Adrien "The Problem," Broner.


Adrien Broner          

I'm happy Carlos Molina took this fight, but he might be looking to give me another loss.  I hope he doesn't come to lose, but he's going to lose.


At the end of the day, everybody is looking for Adrien Broner to be this new humble guy.  Well, if you're looking for Adrien Broner to be this new humble guy, you won't get it.  I'm still the same fresh, flashy, young, rich and famous guy. I'm a young man, and I respect every fighter, but I'm ready to fight.



How familiar are you with Molina?  He's been a very good fighter in  his career. He was a good amateur.  He did have the loss to Amir Khan.  What's your take on your opponent?


A. Broner      

He's a hell of a fighter.  Like I said, I don't disrespect no boxer.  It takes a lot to get inside that square circle and I don't take any boxer lightly.  I just want him to be on his A game May 3.



What do you, as a trainer, have to impart on Adrien going forward in your training camps to make sure what happened in December does not happen in the future?


Mike Stafford          

Well, as you know, it's in Washington, D.C., where Adrien first started training as a pro. So psychologically we kind of went back up here to get down to our roots and see why we're here. Whatever made sense from where we started to come from is what we want to start back again.

We want to take the same steps.  He's still, to my eye, the three-time World Champion and the champion of the world, so that's where we want to be.  So, that's why we're coming back here and doing the things that we used to do and that we will do.  Nothing has changed. We're just hungrier now.



They believe that you're there to be beaten by Adrien Broner.  How does that make you feel and are you motivated by the fact that you are such a huge underdog in this fight coming off of your loss and also the long layoff?


C. Molina     

I know the whole world is seeing me as an underdog, but that just motivates me even more.  I think I've got a lot to prove in this fight.  I'm coming off a loss with Amir Khan, so I'm going to go in there and I've been extremely hard for this fight so I'm going to give it my all come May 3.



What can we expect different this outing that you learned from your last outing  and are you going to be fighting  at 140 or are you just trying to test the waters that you can fight three different weight classes?


A. Broner      

We're going to do what's best for Adrien Broner's career at that time.  This is my first fight televised at 140 pounds, so we're at 140 right now and we're going to see where we go from here.



Can you talk about what you learned from your last outing that will help you going forward with this outing?  Is there a particular reason that you're fighting 10 rounds instead of 12?


A. Broner      

Like I said, I'm going to fight and I don't make the rules in my fights.  I'm just a fighter.  So, with that being said, all I'm doing is training hard and I'm getting ready for May 3.



Are you doing anything different and are you trying to remind everybody that you're still here?


A. Broner      

Anybody taking a loss that I did, it would probably break them.  But coming from where I come from, I'm strong mentally and physically so I'm OK.  I'm personally proud of myself and I don't care that a lot of people are looking for me to just go in here and walk over this guy, but at the end of the day they're forgetting that he's not just somebody to walk over, he's a top class fighter.

I can go in there and make the best fighter look like the worst fighter when I'm on my A game.  So, you know, after May 3 I just hope I don't get a lot of criticism for who I'm fighting and the way I make it look.



What do you want this fight to springboard you to in the future?  What's your goal?


A. Broner      

After this fight they will see that I'm still 'The Problem.' Anybody can get it in the ring. I'm still the same guy.



Is it important to you to be a four-time champion by going to this weight class?  Is that something that you aspire to?


A. Broner      

Of course.  But right now we're worrying about this strong fighter, who is going to try to come in and take my head off and that's Carlos Molina.  We're going to take care of business May 3 and then we'll begin worrying about getting a world title after that.  We know it's on the way, but we've got to take it a step at a time.



Can you talk about the mental and physical adjustment of dropping back down in weight?


A. Broner      

It's really not a big change.  For me, I'm naturally a lightweight.  I can fight in the upper weight class.  I've got the skills to do it. The weight at 140 was not a problem and being mentally sound is not a problem.  I'm focused in the gym, I've got a great support system.



What is the comparative relationship between you at 140 and you at 147?  Is it better at 140?  Is it the same?


A. Broner      

I can hit regardless.  It doesn't matter what weight I fight.  I can still hit.  So, I will showcase my talent and my speed and my power May 3 and I'll you guys decide.



Mike, what do you see in the comparative relationship between his energy at 140 and 147?


M. Stafford   

Well, you know, naturally people say it's a big jump, which it is, but he's a talented kid so he did it with talent.  He beat Paulie and I'm pretty sure Paulie felt some of his power and I'm pretty sure Maidana did.  It was a grueling fight.  Maidana didn't go home glad, he was happy, but inside he felt some of Adrien's power, too.  It was just a couple of punches away, Adrien could have took him out, too.


But, you know, that's another story. Like Adrien said he's a natural lightweight and he could make 135, 140 or 147, but we elected to do some things at 140 that nobody had done.  We think we can get a title at 140 and maybe at 135, and come back up to 147.  It varies.


All the other fighters did it and it's not, it seems like it's a big deal when Adrien does anything.  But he's doing everything that everybody else did, Floyd, Jones, Hopkins, all those guys went up and down and they got titles, even Tommy Hearns, all of them.


So, it seems to be, I guess, he's an outspoken kid so whatever he does everyone knows it, but he's just doing what every fighter in the past has done.  We just want to showcase, we want to give a good fight, give the world a good fight and we just happened to get Floyd to ask us to be on his card.  Out of respect to Floyd we appreciate it.


Adrien, we could have taken this fight to Cincinnati.  We could have taken this fight to Atlanta, but Adrien's team and the management team decided, I'm saying we all decided, we will fight.  It's like another treat to the world, you know, and why not fight with Floyd?  So, we're all doing each other favors.



Jumping forward a little bit, pretending he's not on the phone listening to you, what do you see, what level of greatness, how many titles, how many weight classes do you see him doing well in?


M. Stafford   

Adrien is going to do well in any weight class that he tries. The only one that can beat Adrien Broner is Adrien Broner. He said that plenty enough times and right now, he's focused and he's ready to show the world that he is one of the top fighters in America today.



Floyd Mayweather said he'd like to see you focus more on boxing and less on things like social media and Hip Hop.  Are you focusing more exclusively on your fighting career right now?


A. Broner      

At the end of the day, I'm going to do whatever makes Adrien Broner happy.  Of course, I listen to my big brother a lot.  We talk every day and he tells me things that aren't on the Internet or not on the social website.  So, he and I have a great understanding and I'm doing great.



Carlos, real quick, do you feel you're not getting the attention you deserve right now?


C. Molina     

You know what, it doesn't bother me at all.  He's a three-time world champion.  He's the one that's supposed to put on a show, so I'm right here, just working hard and getting ready for May 3.


K. Swanson  

Okay, great.  Leonard, do you want to take us out with a final farewell and also any comments from the fighters before we wrap this up.  Why don't we start with Adrien. Do you have anything to just finish the call up with, any last thoughts on your fight May 3?


A. Broner      

I'm really not here to talk trash because he doesn't talk trash, so I can't talk trash to somebody that don't talk trash to me.  Like I said before, I just want him to be on his A game because this is not only just a fight for me.  This is one of the biggest fights in the world because literally they're looking at me to take over the game after my big brother is done with boxing. Coming off a loss they want to see what I come back and do and they can't wait to see me on TV again. I know there's a lot of people that dislike the things that I do, but there's  a lot of people that love the things that I do and they want to see Adrien Broner back on top and I will not disappoint them and anybody who wants to see me.


K. Swanson  

Carlos, do you have any last comments?


C. Molina     

Yes, I'm just going to continue to work hard and give you guys a great show come May 3.  I know what's on the line.  I'm fighting a world-class fighter, so I'm going to give it my all.


K. Swanson  

Leonard, do you have any final comments?


L. Ellerbe      

Yes, after having the pleasure of listening to Adrien Broner, Carlos Molina, J'Leon Love and Marco Antonio Periban, I can assure you that THE MOMENT undercard is going to be a "Must See."

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"THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana," isa 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana's respective 147-pound titles. This is the third fight of Mayweather's lucrative multi-fight deal with Showtime Networks Inc. THE MOMENT is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O'Reilly Auto Parts and AT&T. In the co-main event, Amir Khan faces Luis Collazo in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC silver welterweight world title. The pay-per-view undercard also features a 10-round junior welterweight fight between Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina as well as a 10-round super middleweight bout featuring J'Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).


Tickets for the live event priced at $1,500, $1,000 and $750 are still available, not including applicable service charges and taxes. Tickets priced at $550 and $350 are sold out.  Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com orwww.ticketmaster.com


Prospects In Action In Jersey

This Friday night in Parsippany, NJ at the Parsippany PAL, GH3 Promotions in association with Greg Cohen Promotions will put on a great night of boxing that will feature three of the top prospects in the GH3 Promotions stable.
Undefeated Middleweight Antoine Douglas (13-0, 8 KO's); Super MiddleweightJerry Odom (9-0, 9 KO's) & Super Featherweight Wanzell Ellison (10-0-1, 5 KO's) will all be in action with Douglas headlining in the 10-round main event while Odom and Ellison will see action in 6-round bouts.
The show will be streamed live on www.gfl.tv for just $9.99.
Douglas will take on former world title challenger Luca Messi.
Douglas of Burke, Virginia is coming off a 1st round stoppage over Jeremy Yelton on March 15th.
Douglas is not an awe of Messi, who sports a record of 37-9-1 with 13 knockouts.
"He has a lot of experience but his opposition was precise and he did not perform against the better opposition,"said Douglas.
"All i know that he is 5'7" and I know I have a height and reach advantage."
Douglas gained national recognition when he scored a 8-round unanimous decision over undefeated Marquis Davis on January 17 that shown throughout the country on ShoBox.
"Since the fight on ShoBox, I have been getting a lot of buzz and I feel after two or three more fights, I will be ready for the significant fights that will shape my future,"finished Douglas.
Odom of Bowie, Maryland will take on Dougas Otieno Okola (24-8, 12 KO's) of Nairobi, Kenya.
"My training went well," said Odom, who is coming off a 2nd round stoppage of William Gill on March 15.
Despite fighting less than 3 weeks later, Odom is continuing to hit his stride.
"I just made an adjustment to be fighting so soon.  I only know that my 
opponent is a southpaw."

Odom has a perfect knockout streak but unlike most fighters, the early win is not on his mind.

"I don't think about the knockouts.  If it happens, it happens.  I know I have that talent so the knockouts do not surprise me.  I just do my due diligence in the ring.  Each fight I look forward to going rounds.  I have never underestimate anyone i fight," finished Odom. 

Ellison of Newark, NJ will take part in a six round bout against English import and undefeated Iain Weaver (5-0, 3 KO's).

"Everything is good and I am ready to fight,"said Ellison.

Ellison has seen very little of Weaver but he knows enough to know what to expect.

"I know he is a southpaw from the United Kingdom.  He is a slick boxer that is not very aggressive."

Going into his 12th fight, Ellison knows that the best is yet to come.

"My confidence is growing with each fight.  I continue to learn more and more and now I am very comfortable in the ring and I just let my performance speak for itself.  Hopefully by the end of the year I will start being in 8 & 10 round fights but that is up to my promoter but I am always in shape.  All the hard work, the running the sparring is done.  I am just waiting to prove to everybody that I am the best 130-pound fighter in the world," Finished Ellison.

In six round bouts:

In a Lightweight bout, Mikey Faragon (19-0, 9 KO's) of Guilderland, NY will fightAnthony Flores (10-4-1, 6 KO's) of Philadelphia.

Patrick Farrell (9-2-1, 6 KO's) of Jersey City, NJ will take on James Guy (1-0, 1 NC)  in a Cruiserweight bout.

In four round bouts:

Rickey Edwards (4-0, 2 KO's) of Paterson, NJ will fight Carlos Nieves (0-5) of Bronx, NY in a Lightweight bout.

Tyrell Wright (4-0, 3 KO's) of Jersey City, NJ will tussle with Dan Bolden (1-2, 1 KO) of Louisiana in a Heavyweight fight.

Light Heavyweight Angel Concepcion (5-0) of Newark, NJ will square off with JerrodCaldwell (2-6-2, 1 KO) of Gainesville, FL.

John Magda (5-0, 4 KO's) of Rutherford, NJ will fight Craig Schwallier (2-1, 2 KO's) of Grand Rapids, MI in a Super Middleweight affair.

Patrick O'Connor (1-0) will box Aaron Bratton (1-1) of Baltimore, MD in a Heavyweight bout.

Tickets for this great evening of boxing are $100 for VIP Ringside, $75 for Ringside and $40 for General Admission and can be purchased by calling 1-866-612-4191.

The 1st bell is at 7 pm with the doors opening at 6 pm.

The Parsippany P.A.L is located at 33 Baldwin Road in Parsippany, NJ. 


Funds Donated



Photo Credit: Stephen Layne


PHILADELPHIA (April 3, 2014) - IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard 
"The Alien" Hopkins
 is pleased to announce that he andGolden Boy Promotions have made a significant donation to fund the completion of the previously announced Joe Frazier statue that will stand nine feet tall outside of Xfinity Live in Philadelphia's sports stadium complex (corner of Patterson and 11th Street). Hopkins, a friend of the Frazier family and a Philadelphia boxing legend in his own right, is set to once again showcase his fighting roots when he steps into the ring on Saturday, April 19 against WBA and IBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov
 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. live on SHOWTIME®.


"Seeing this statue built has meant a great deal to me for a very long time," said Hopkins. "I have always felt strongly that Smokin' Joe has a rightful place in Philadelphia history and that should be honored. We have a 'Rocky' statue and Rocky isn't even real. Joe Frazier embodies the Philadelphia fighting spirit and I am so happy to be able to pay homage to him in this way."


"When Bernard asked us to make a donation to help build the Joe Frazier statue in Philadelphia, we did not hesitate," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "We firmly believe in preserving the great history and heritage of our sport and there is no better way than honoring some of the legends that have paved the way for the fighters today. Joe Frazier is one of the all-time greats and we are pleased to be a part of this project."


The Frazier statue will become part of Philadelphia's public works of art as voted on by Philadelphia's Art Commission. The statue, designed by local artist Stephen Layne, will mirror Frazier's reaction after knocking down Muhammad Ali during their 1971 title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and is projected to be unveiled between Thanksgiving and Christmas of this year.


Members of the Frazier family will publicly thank Hopkins and Golden Boy Promotions for their contributions on Thursday, April 17 at the Hopkins vs. Shumenov final press conference at Hamilton Live (600 14th St. NW) in Washington, D.C.

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Hopkins vs. Shumenov, a 12-round fight for the IBF, WBA and IBA

Light Heavyweight World Championship, will take place Saturday, April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, AT&T and Casamigos Tequila. In the 12-round co-features, Shawn Porter defends his IBF Welterweight World Title against Paulie Malignaggi and Peter Quillin puts his WBO Middleweight World Title on the line against Lukas Konecny. The live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP). Preliminary bouts will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).


Tickets priced at $25, $50, $75, $200 and $300, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, are on sale now and available online at http://www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. The DC Armory Box Office will be open on fight night only from 3 p.m.-10 p.m. ET.


Words From Johnson




Photo by: Craig Bennett / SHOWTIME


By Benny Henderson Jr. - BoxingTalk.com
Middleweight Tureano Johnson is 14-0 as a professional, but has not fought since February 2013. This weekend, he steps up to a nationally televised (NBC Sports Network) middleweight showdown aganst Curtis Stevens, who is 26-4 but has been more active than Johnson. Here is what Johnson had to say to Boxingtalk:

Benny Henderson Jr.: Tureano, you have a big fight coming up against Curtis Stevens [this Friday night on NBC Sports Network]. Can you talk about this matchup?

Tureano Johnson: Curtis Stevens is an explosive puncher but he's not on my level. I have the better skills and everyone will see what I'm all about when we step in the ring on April 4th. I believe this is going to be a very entertaining fight while it lasts. We are both going to be gunning for the knockout.

BH: The fight will be televised on NBC Sports. How do you feel about fighting on national television?

TJ: This is a great opportunity for me and my team. Fighting on NBC will give me a change to showcase my talent to the world. I like to mix it up and take chances and that's what the fans want to see. I have to thank my promoter Gary Shaw for giving me this opportunity. I know together we can go far.

BH: For those who don't know much about you, can you tell us about your fighting style?

TJ: Like I said I like to mix it up and be aggressive at times. I like to throw a lot of power punches and I'm always looking for the knockout. If I have to go the distance then so be it, but I would rather have the knockout.  Read More...


Signing Announcement




NEW JERSEY (April 3, 2014) - Gary Shaw Productions has just signed undefeated Super Middleweight contender Brandon "Flawless" Gonzales (18-0-1, 10 KOs) to a promotional agreement.  In his last fight, Gonzales, who hails from Sacramento, Ca, defeated previously unbeaten contender Jonathan Nelson (18-1, 8 KOs) back on November 11, 2103.


Gonzales, who is the IBF #3 ranked contender, had a successful 2013, going 3-0, winning two by unanimous decision, and one by split decision.  He feels Shaw can get him the big fights he's been seeking.


"I know Gary can deliver the big fight," said Brandon Gonzales. "All I want is an opportunity to accomplish my goal of becoming a word champion.  I've worked my way up the rankings by winning tough fights and now I'm ranked #3 by the IBF.  I feel the urgency to take my career to the next level and that's why I signed with Gary Shaw.  Together I know we can do big things."  


With Brandon being highly ranked, Gary Shaw feels he has the ability to get him in a meaningful fight in the immediate future.


"Brandon Gonzales is a fighter with a lot of heart and talent and I'm happy he's part of the GSP family now," said Gary Shaw. "He's highly ranked and a nice win will get him in position to fight for a world title.  I look forward to Gonzales being in some big fights.  He's a tremendous individual who I have a lot of respect for because he's come up the hard way, winning fights without the support that most contenders have on the way up.  We will be making an announcement shortly on what's next for Gonzales" 


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World Series Boxing News

World Series of Boxing makes New England Debut

USA Knockouts vs. Cuba Domadores

Apr. 12 at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH



SALEM, N.H. (April 3, 2014) -- The first USA vs. Cuba amateur boxing event on American soil, sanctioned by the International Boxing Association (AIBA), will take place Saturday night, April 12 as World Series of Boxing (WS makes its New England debut, featuring USA Knockouts versus Cuba Domadores, at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire.


Developed by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in 2010, the World Series of Boxing is one of the most exciting emerging sport leagues in the world.  Bringing together the best boxers on the planet to compete in a team format across ten weight categories, the WSB represents a whole new way of thinking about boxing.


Being the world's first truly global boxing league with franchises from four continents - Africa, America, Asia and Europe - the WSB promotes a transparent scoring system, bringing with it a much needed world-leading governance and commercial guidance to international boxing.


This unique team-versus-team approach has resulted in some of the most exciting clashes imaginable between the world's top fighters on an International scale.  USA vs. Mexico, Germany vs. Italy, and Ukraine vs. Russia rank are amongst the major matches that boxing fans have been given the chance to enjoy through the past four seasons of WSB competition.


Team scoring is conducted, based on the outcome of five three-minute bouts, and WSB teams are in two groups, A and B.  Cuba qualified for the WSB Playoffs on top of Group B with a 9-1 record, while USA came in fourth in Group B at 4-6.


"It's always good, once again, to bring back elite boxing such as the World Series of Boxing, Cuba versus USA event on Saturday, April 12 to Rockingham Park," saidBobby Stephens, Chairman of the New Hampshire Boxing & Wrestling Commission.  "Rockingham Park for many years has had great entertainment in the sport of boxing.  This event will provide New Hampshire's boxing fans with a great evening of boxing."


"We are very excited to bring World Series of Boxing to New Hampshire," WSB CEOKarim Bouzidi commented.  "USA versus Cuba is a major event worldwide, especially in America where it's never been held before under AIBA sanctioning. Our shows are known for their entertaining matches and finally New England will also be able to enjoy this amazing experience." 


Many of the leading stars of the Cuban Olympic Boxing squad are part of the Domadores, whose logo pays homage to the late three-time Olympic gold medalist and World Champion Teofilo Stevenson. Scheduled to compete against the USA Knockouts on Apr. 12 are two of the best contemporary boxers in the world, heavyweight sensation Erislandy Savon (5-0) and decorated light welterweight (3-1) Yanier Toledo.


Savon's uncle is three-time Olympic gold medalist Felix Savon, who was also a Cuban heavyweight.  The 23-year-old lefthander captured a gold medal at the 2008 World Youth Amateur Boxing Championships and 2009 Pan-American Games. 


After fighting in the shadows of Cuban great Guillermo Rigondeaux for many years, Toledo has established himself as a world-class boxer, highlighted by his bronze medal performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  The slick southpaw won the 2011 Pan-Am champion, as well as a two-time silver medalist at the World Championships.


USA Knockouts vs. Cuba Domadores will air (9-11 p.m. ET) on Univision, in addition to being viewed around the world in 80 different countries.


Ticket prices are $50.00 for VIP reserved ringside (first two rows), $20 general admission, and are on sale at the Rockingham Park box office.

Clinton Sends Endorsement











             HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (April 3, 2014) – It was an evening of politics and pros when Fighter of the Decade and boxing's only eight-division world champion Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO took time from training for his upcoming world championship rematch with undefeated two-division world champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY to make another boffo appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night. This was Manny’s eighth appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!dating back to November 3, 2009, on the eve of his knockout victory of Miguel Cotto to claim the WBO welterweight title.


            Kimmel opened the show with a monologue that featured a hilarious Pacquiao-starring commercial.  That was followed by a very entertaining interview with President Bill Clinton, who in the first segment endorsed Pacquiao’s rising career as a public servant and his political future


            “I hope he [Pacquiao] goes right on up the ladder. I think he’s a great guy and he’s a great role model for the country. He’s very strong and honest,” said Clinton.


            The final segment featured Kimmel and Pacquiao discussing his upcoming challenge of Bradley, politics and the expected arrival of his fifth child due, which is due at the end of April.


Below please find the links to Manny’s recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and President Clinton’s remarks on Pacquiao:


March Madness Office Pool Collector Manny Pacquiao:



Jimmy Kimmel-Manny Pacquiao Interview: 



President Clinton Speaks About Manny Pacquiao: 





Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative of the Sarangani province in the Philippines, is in deep training for the eagerly-anticipated WBO welterweight championship rematch against undefeated two-division world champion Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif. This will also be Pacquiao's first fight in the U.S. since 2012 as well as the first time he has ever challenged to regain a world title he formerly held.


             Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 will take place, Saturday, April 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.


            When Pacquiao and Bradley rumbled the first time, on June 9, 2012 at MGM Grand, Bradley's hand was raised via a controversial split decision, ending Pacquiao's welterweight title reign as well as his seven-year, 15-bout winning streak.  Though both fighters claimed victory neither was satisfied.  Destiny may have played a hand in their first battle but it will be survival of the fittest that determines the winner of this exciting rematch.


            Remaining tickets for Pacquiao vs. Bradley 2 are priced at $1,000, $800, $600, $400, $250 and $150, not including applicable service charges.  There will be a total ticket limit of 12 per person with a limit of 10 per person at the $1,000, $800, $600, $400 and $250 price levels and a limit of two (2) per person at the $150 price level.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.


            Episode No. 2 of 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2 premieres This Saturday!  April 5, at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT -- on HBO.  Episode No. 3 debuts Thursday, April 10, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT two nights before the high stakes welterweight title bout.


Krusher Returns

Kovalev-Agnew Press Conference 

Quotes and Photos

Atlantic City, NJ: Today amidst all the press about a potential fight with Adonis Stevenson, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) faced the media and his opponent Cedric "L.O.W." Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) at Caesars to discuss the fight in front of them Saturday night at the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall and live on HBOBoxing After Dark.  
Agnew & Kovalev 
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Main Events' CEO Kathy Duva started things off reminiscing about her experiences at Boardwalk Hall with the late great Arturo Gatti, "We are very pleased to be back here in Atlantic City, NJ. The last time we were at Boardwalk Hall was seven years ago when Arturo Gatti last fought at Boardwalk Hall against Alfonso Gomez. If these walls could talk... Now we have a fight worthy of the house that Gatti built. Ken Condon is the reason that boxing is in Atlantic City and it is wonderful to be here."  
Ken Condon, entertainment and sports consultant to Caesars AC said, "It is a pleasure to have Kathy and Main Events back in Atlantic City. It brings back a lot of great memories. She continues her commitment to Atlantic City boxing and so does Caesars. We are looking forward to a great weekend in Atlantic City. We are looking forward to welcoming Sergey and Cedric to Atlantic City. We have very few tickets left so I wouldn't wait until Saturday to try to get them because they will probably be sold out by then. We look forward to creating a great relationship with Sergey Kovalev and HBO going forward." 
Krusher Kovalev 
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Duva also addressed questions about why Kovalev is fighting on HBO. She said, "Sergey Kovalev is fighting on HBO because it is the network of champions. HBO is the network that built each and every legendary fighter in the last 30 years. In the United States during the last 30 years no superstar has been built on any other network. Sergey's plan is to become a legend. That is why he is fighting on HBO." 
Peter Nelson, director of programming, HBO Sports said, "We are very excited to have this event on HBO. We are always pleased to be back in Atlantic City. Boardwalk Hall is the home of many storied fights and Saturday we plan add another fight to that collection. These are the types of fighters HBO loves. It isn't easy to find people who will step up and fight Sergey. This is Sergey's debut on the network in a main event. We believe there is going to be a lot of action which will lead to big things down the road." 
Kathy Duva said it is usually difficult to find opponents for Sergey but it was not difficult with Cedric Agnew. She said, "On Saturday, Sergey will fight an undefeated fighter who asked for this fight. Clearly he has a lot of courage. I have always respected a fighter with that attitude." 
Cedric Agnew 
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Cedric's promoter Malcolm Garrett of Garrett Promotions said, "We are ecstatic to be here. This is a fight this kid wanted. This is a fight he plans to win. We are glad that everyone in the media, and hopefully Kovalev, have overlooked him. I know Cedric can't wait for the fight to begin. Cedric has trained hard and is the hardest working fighter I have ever worked with." 
Cedric "L.O.W." Agnew said, "Everyone who knows me knows I am very quiet. I would like to thank HBO for this opportunity and my team for helping me prepare for this fight. I am ready to go out there and show the world what I am capable of. And show the naysayers what I am capable of. There are always going to be naysayers out there and people who overlook me. I say nothing to them and I will keep doing what I am doing. Saturday I need to fight smart and always be the smartest fighter in the ring. Sergey is a pretty good fighter. He is a tough guy. He is a world champion. He earned that spot. Come Saturday night I will earn mine." 
Duva, Kovalev & Klimas 
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Kovalev's manager Egis Klimas reminisced about the path he took with Sergey to get here, "Sergey and I have been down a very long road and it wasn't easy. When Sergey came from Russia he didn't speak a word of English. Our relationship is more than just manager-fighter. He is like my son. I took him all over the country to get him any fight we could. At that time nobody wanted him. Then I brought him to Main Events and they took the opportunity. Since then we have had a good relationship with Main Events. They did a very good job to get us here. This is our first main event on HBO. I wanted to thank Cedric's team for taking this opportunity. I wanted to thank Sergey who trusted in me for all those years when I told him to be patient and that one day we would get here. Finally we are here with Main Events on HBO in Atlantic City. Saturday night do not reach for the popcorn or go for a beer during this fight because you can miss it."  
Agnew & Kovalev 
Photo Credits: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Krusher's trainer, John David Jackson, kept Sergey focused these last few months while he trained for this fight. He said, "I want to thank everyone at Main Events, they are a first class company. It is great to be back here at Caesars. I appreciate all that they are doing for us. This is an intriguing fight. I take my hat off to Cedric for taking the fight because a lot of fighters talk a big game but when it comes down to it they don't want to fight Sergey. We are not overlooking him at all. He is the present and we are not looking over him. We have to get passed him to get to the next phase in Sergey's career. Sergey has great boxing skills but we won't know if he will ever get to use them. Sergey is one of the hardest working guys I have ever worked with. It is a great night of boxing. Expect a great evening of boxing all around." 
Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev said, "I am not a talker but I just want to say stay tuned and don't miss HBO Saturday night. I will try to make a good fight. Thank you to Cedric Agnew for agreeing to fight with me. Thank you to Kathy Duva and HBO. I don't have any predictions for this fight. He is an undefeated guy and so am I. He has big motivation. He is on HBO and it is a title fight. I am going to do my job. Short fights are the result of my job and my work in the gym. I am only boxing. I go into the ring to show good boxing. I want to show the people what they want to see in the ring from me."  
When asked about the Adonis Stevenson situation, Sergey laughed and said, "I never go into the ring thinking about someone else. I want to say good luck to Adonis is in his career but someday he will meet my punch. We will talk about it after the fight." 
Finally, Duva discussed the undercard fights, "The undercard is loaded with tremendous fights if you can make it to Boardwalk Hall. We are going to have a group of fighters whose combined records are: 91-11 (64 KOs) vs. 76-5 (42 KOs). I would also like to thank our sponsors Caesars AC, Do AC and Khortitsia Vodka."

News From North

For Immediate Release
May 24 at the Bell Centre in Montreal 
(L-R) Fonfara's promoter, Leon Margules, challenger Andrzej Fonfara, champion Adonis Stevenson, and Stevenson's promoter Yvon Michel

MONTREAL (March 27, 2014)- The 2013 "Fighter of the Year," according to The Ring Magazine and many other boxing publications, as well as the recipient of the prestigious "KO of the Year" award, Adonis "Superman" Stevenson ( 23-1-0, 20 KOs ) returns to the ring May 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC), The Ring and lineal light heavyweight titles for the third time against challenger Andrzej Fonfara (25-2-0, 15KO ).

Born in Warsaw, Poland and now fighting out of Chicago, Illinois, Fonfara is rated No. 1 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO), as well as No. 3 by the WBC.

The world light heavyweight title fight between Stevenson and Fonfara headlines, "COLLISION," which is presented by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), in association with Warriors Boxing, and co-presented of Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron. As previously announced this fascinating boxing event will air live in the USA on Showtime, thanks to Mr. Stephen Espinoza, its Executive Vice President & General Manager, Sports and Event Programming.


"Superman's 2013 was a year well beyond all predictions, beyond all imagination so tremendous it was," GYM president Yvon Michel said.  "He rose to the ranks of international superstar, considered to be the best light heavyweight on the planet! It is a privilege to see him in action again here in Montreal."

Stevenson, 36, won his world light heavyweight title via knockout in only 76 seconds of then-undisputed light heavyweight champion, "Bad" Chad Dawson (31-3-0, 17 KOs). In his first title defense on September 28, 2014, the new champion was supposed to face a major test against former world champion Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud (24-1-0, 19 KOs).  It was quite different, however, as the powerful left-hander pushed Cloud until he retired at the end of the seventh round, after Stevenson gave him a thorough boxing lesson.  Stevenson gave a brilliant demonstration of skills, finesse, speed, defense, and power. Two months later, "Superman" completed his dream year with an unequivocal defeat of the WBC No. 1 mandatory contender from Great Britain, Tony 'Bomber' Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs), who was unable to finish the sixth round. The tough Englishman later declared that he had never been hit with such powerful shots, even by heavyweights.

During his incredibly amazing run, the powerful southpaw Stevenson has knocked out all 10 of his last 10 opponents: Bellew (TKO6), Cloud ( TKO7 ), Dawson (KO1),Darnell Boone (KO6), Don George (TKO12), Noe Gonzales ( TKO2 ), Jesus Gonzales (KO1), Aaron Pryor Jr. (TKO9 ), Shujaa El Amin  TKO1) and Derek Edwards (KO3). In fact, the last time a Stevenson fight went the full distance dates back to 2007.

The 26-year-old Fonfara has had spectacular victories over three former world champions in his last five fights. First, by third-round technical knockout in 2012 against former WBA monarch Byron Mitchell (29-9-1, 22 KOs), followed by a 10-round decision over multiple champion Glen Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs), and then last year a ninth-round stoppage of former WBA title-holder Gabriel Campillo (22-5-1, 9 KOs).


Fonfara has won his last 15 fights, 12 by knockout, and he has never been defeated fighting as a light heavyweight. He had discussions to face WBO championSergey Kovalev and he could have fought to become mandatory challenger to IBF champion
Bernard Hopkins. Fonfara preferred to fight Stevenson because he is convinced that he has the right style and resources to overthrow the world champion. According to American journalist Briggs Seekins, "Fonfara has power in both hands and undoubtedly belongs to the elite of the division. It is certainly the most serious test of Stevenson title defense."
Other fights on the "COLLISION" card will be announced in the coming days but GYM is committed to presenting another memorable event.  GYM does confirm that the IBF No. 10, WBO No. 11 and WBC No. 16 middleweight David Lemieux (31-2-0, 29 KOs) will be in the co-feature for the most important fight of his career. WBO No. 2, WBA No. 3 and WBC No. 10 world light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez(14-0-0, 8 KOs) will be in action May 24, along with rising light heavyweight starArtur Beterbiev (4-0-0, 4 KOs), IBF No. 7 middleweight Kevin Bizier (24-1-0, 14 KOs), heavyweight prospect Oscar Rivas (13-0-0, 8 KOs ), super middleweightSébastien Bouchard (8-0-0, 2 KOs), and young welterweight Yves Ulysse Jr. (1-0-0, 1 KOs).

Tickets go on sale this Saturday morning (Mar. 29) at 10:00 a.m. ET, at Bell Centre, online at www.evenko.ca, calling GYM at (514) 383-0666, or Boxing Club Champion (514) 376-0980 Ticket prices range from $50.00 up to $350.00 reserved on the floor.
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