Friday, February 17, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Photos: Stephanie TRAPP
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® This Saturday, February 18 From the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (February 15, 2017) - Four-division world champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner and hard-hitting contender Adrian Granados kicked-off fight week with a media workout Wednesday ahead of their main event showdown Saturday, February 18 live on SHOWTIME® from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Also working out Wednesday and competing in televised coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT were WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan and two-time world champion Lamont Peterson, who meet in a 12-round welterweight fight, and light heavyweight contenders Marcus Browne and Thomas Williams Jr., who meet in a 10-round contest.
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by About Billions Promotions and Mayweather Promotions in association with TGB Promotions and K1 Promotions, are priced at $250, $100, $75, $50 and $30, not including applicable fees, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Here is what the fighters had to say Wednesday from Oasis Elite Boxing Club:
"I feel really good. I'm confident as always. Training has been great and I'm just ready to put on a show for my hometown.
"I love fighting in Cincinnati. I know that I have a lot of people coming to see me win, but even in my home city, there will be people coming to see me lose.
"I handle the pressure of a hometown fight here. This one is one a whole different level because I haven't fought here in a long time and I can't wait.
"I know that Granados is not coming in here to back down. He's a tough guy but I'm ready for anything he has.
"I could box every two weeks if they let me. But if I can stay healthy I'm looking forward to staying more active this year and fighting as many times in big fights as possible.
"It's a surreal moment for me to be in this position as a fighter and as a promoter. I know that these young fighters look up to me. If I go and keep winning world titles, it'll remind them that they have more work to do.
"I don't want to do anything but bring out the best Adrien Broner. There are some fights you can win, but not with a great performance. With a guy like Granados, I can't slack. He's only going to bring the best out of me.
"My main focus right now is on Adrien Broner and bringing more positivity in my life. It all starts with boxing."
"We're all a family in the gym. We're there to push each other. It's my turn to get the job done and I'm glad we have each other to push ourselves to be the best.
"I wasn't happy about my layoff for much of last year. I lost an opportunity that I wasn't happy about it. Patience ended up being the best in the end because now I have the kind of opportunity that every fighter wants.
"I'm definitely dedicating this fight to my little brother Ed Brown. I think about him every day. He's got the best seat in the house up in heaven and I'm going to put on a great performance for him.
"Adrien is a strong puncher but I try not to focus too much on my opponent. I'm focused on myself and what I can do to beat the man in front of me.
"My team told me to stay patient and with their guidance we got this deal signed and I got this great opportunity. I'm looking to take advantage of it."
"Lamont Peterson is a very good fighter. I'm happy to be able to face him here in the U.S. and I'm looking to keep my belt.
"I am going to do my best in the ring. I'm going to give it my all and the fans can expect a great fight.
"If I can win this fight, I'm open to fighting anyone in the welterweight division. I want big fights with the best fighters in the world.
"It's important that I win this fight. This can open up doors for me and I know that I have the team that will work hard to get me these matchups.
"I think his layoff will hurt him. I'm going to come out and see what he's bringing to the ring and then I will adjust and do what I have to do to get the victory."
"This is definitely the weight I want to be fighting at. I like the way I feel and the kind of shape I'm in. There are a lot of good names in this division and a lot of opportunities out there.
"To be back for a title fight is a blessing. I'm thankful for that. Everyone needs to know that the whole time I've been out, I've been working and getting better.
"I'm glad to get this string of welterweight title fights started. I'm anxious to see how everything plays out and who comes out on top as the number one welterweight.
"We get great conditioning in the gym. It's been another amazing training camp and we're going to put that effort into the ring.
"I look at this as me becoming the mandatory for Keith Thurman's belt. This is a huge fight and it's going to lead to even bigger opportunities."
"We studied all of his fights. Stevenson and Campillo were important obviously. We're ready to do whatever it takes to win.
"The only guy on my hit list is Thomas Williams Jr. I'm ready to get in that ring and go to work.
"This time between fights has allowed me to reinvigorate my body. People talk about ring rust, but I believe that only exists in the mind. I stayed ready this whole time.
"This is the perfect opportunity for me. This is once in a lifetime and I have to take full advantage.
"I don't look ahead. I can only look at what is right in front of me. Right now that's this fight on Saturday night.
"My last fight taught me that I can go down, get back up and still win. That fight is behind me though. My main focus is on what is in front of me.
"My teammates from the 2012 Olympic team are my brothers and I'm so happy to see them get their opportunities, but now it's my turn. This is my year."
THOMAS WILLIAMS JR.
"I'm going to see what he brings to the ring. I know that he's a boxer by nature, but maybe he'll change it up. He didn't look great last fight so he may make adjustments. Either way, we'll be ready.
"I think that I have the better overall resume of opponents. Everyone knows that. But it doesn't even matter. All that matters is Saturday. It gives me an advantage, but it won't change Saturday night.
"I could go in there with one strategy, but then he might mix it up. My team prepared me well and I'm ready to go.
"Marcus and I were cool in the amateurs, but once the fight got made, it's all business. We're not cool, but there's no beef. I'm here to take care of business.
"I asked for this fight. I had the opportunity for an easier fight, but I didn't want it. I'm not planning to box forever, so I wanted to get right back to a world title shot. This time I'm going to win and ride off into the sunset. I want to leave on top.
"I'm predicting a knockout victory Saturday night. Don't blink."
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ABOUT ADRIEN BRONER vs. ADRIAN GRANADOS
Adrien Broner vs. Adrian Granados will take place Saturday, February 18 from the Cintas Center at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH live on SHOWTIME. Televised coverage on begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne meeting hard-hitting former title challenger Thomas Williams Jr. in a 10-round showdown. Also featured will be WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan battling former two-time world champion Lamont Peterson.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
EKSCYTUJĄCA WALKA POMIĘDZY POLSKIM PRETENDENTEM DO TYTUŁU W KATEGORII PÓŁCIĘŻKIEJ ANDRZEJEM FONFARĄ ORAZ BYŁYM TRZYKROTNYM MISTRZEM ŚWIATA CHADEM DAWSONEM, UŚWIETNI KARTĘ WALK GALI W SOBOTĘ, 4 MARCA W BARCLAYS CENTER NA BROOKLYNIE!
GŁÓWNA WALKA WIECZORU, PREZENTOWANA PRZEZ PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS: SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING NA CBS – TO ŚWIATOWA UNIFIKACJA W WADZE PÓŁŚREDNIEJ: KEITH THURMAN - DANNY GARCIA
BROOKLYN (9 lutego, 2017) Andrzej Fonfara (28-4, 16 KO), ekscytujący polski pretendent do tytułu mistrza świata, uświetni kartę walk w Barclays Center na Brooklynie, mierząc się 4 marca w Barclays Center z byłym mistrzem świata Chadem Dawsonem (34-4, 19 KO) w dziesięciorundowej walce wagi półciężkiej.
Główną walką gali 4 marca Premier Boxing Champions, prezentowanej przez SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING na CBS, będzie z nieciepliwością oczekiwana konfrontacja w wadze półśredniej: walka unifikacyjna pomiędzy Keith’em Thurmanem oraz Danny Garcią. Przekaz telewizyjny rozpocznie się o 21.00 czasu nowojorskiego/18.00 czasu Zachodniego Wybrzeża od walki eliminacyjnej w kategorii super półśredniej niepokonanej, wschodzącej gwiazdy boksu, Ericksona Lubina z mającym zaledwie jedną porażkę mistrzem nokautu, Jorge Cota.
Ceny biletów na galę promowaną przez DiBella Entertainment, zaczynają się od zaledwie $50 (plus opłaty dodatkowe) i są już w sprzedaży za pośrednictwem www.ticketmaster.com, www.barclayscenter.com lub przez telefon, pod numerem 1-800-745-3000. Bilety można takze kupić w kasach American Express Box Office w Barclays Center. Zniżki dla grupowych zakupów pod numerem 844-BKLYN-GP
„Fonfara kontra Dawson to dla obu pięściarzy walka być albo nie być – mówi Lou DiBella, prezydent DiBella Entertainment. „Chad Dawson, były mistrz świata, potrzebuje znaczącego zwycięstwa by ponownie odnowić swoją karierę. Fonfara wraca po szokującej porażce przez nokaut i powinien mieć za sobą polską społeczność Nowego Jorku, silną, polską bazę kibiców w Barclays Center. To bardzo znacząca walka dla kategorii półciężkiej, znakomity dodatek do głównej karty walk”.
Fonfara, popularny polski pięściarz, który przez większość kariery walczył w Chicago, będzie miał okazję do nowojorskiego debiutu, przed polskimi kibicami na Brooklynie. Trenujący obecnie w Oakland z Virgilem Hunterem Fonfara, zrobi wszystko by powrócić zwycięstwem po porażce z Joe Smithem Jr. i otrzymać drugą szansy na walkę o mistrzostwo świata - w 2014 roku Fonfara miał na deskach mistrz mistrza świata Adonisa Stevensona, przegrywając walkę na punkty. 29-latek ma za sobą znaczące zwycięstwa: był pierwszym w historii, który miał na deskach i zdemolował Julio Cesara Chaveza Jr, wygrywając po 9-rundowej walce. Jego kolejne zwycięstwo - nad obecnym mistrzem świata wagi półciężkiej Nathanem Cleverly - było kandydatem do Walki Roku 2015, a obaj pięściarze pobili rekordy Compubox wagi półciężkiej: w liczbie ciosów trafionych (936) oraz wyprowadzonych (2524).
Chad Dawson, były mistrz świarta wagi półciężkiej, wraca na ring licząc na kolejną walkę o tytuł. 33-latek ma w karierze zwycięstwa nad byłymi mistrzami globu jak Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver czy Tomasz Adamek, kończąc miniony rok wygraną nad Shujja El Aminem.
Mieszkający w New Haven (stan Connecticut) Dawson jest profesjonalistą od 2001 roku, wygrywając swoje pierwsze 21 walk i zostając dwukrotnym mistrzem globu. Zwycięstwo na Hopkinsem w 2012 roku dało Dawsonowi trzeci tytuł mistrzowski. Wygrana z Fonfarą, ma otworzyć Dawsonowi szansę do walki o czwarty tytuł.
Telewizyjna część gali SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING na CBS będzie obejmować dwie walki i jest drugim przekazem pięściarskim w najlepszym, wieczornym czasie antenowym stacji telewizyjnej CBS w ciągu blisko 40 lat. Gala jest prezentowana przez Premier Boxing Champions i wyprodukowana dla CBS Television przez SHOWTIME SPORTS, bedacej częścią CBS Corporation.
THURMAN KONTRA GARCIA
Keith Thurman kontra Danny Garcia to mistrzowska walka dwóch niepokonanych pięściarzy wagi półśredniej. Dwunastorundowy pojedynek to główna walka SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING na CBS, prezentowana przez Premier Boxing Champions w sobotę, 4 marca w Barclays Center, siedzibie BROOKLYN BOXING. Oprócz walki Thurman-Garcia, w części telewizyjnej, niepokonana rosnąca gwiazda boksu, Erickson Lubin zmierzy się w elimiatorze kategorii super półśredniej z mającym na koncie tylko jedną porażkę mistrzem nokautu, Jorge Cota. Początek przekazu na CBS: 21.00 czasu Wschodniego Wybrzeża/18.00 czasu Zachodniego Wybrzeża.
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Sammy Vasquez Jr. and former world champion Luis Collazo went face-to-face Tuesday ahead of their welterweight showdown
Monday, January 30, 2017
Unbeaten Heavyweight Gerald Washington Steps in to Face Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder in Main Event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes
Saturday, February 25 From Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama
Televised Coverage Begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT
BIRMINGHAM, AL (January 30, 2017) - Undefeated heavyweight world championDeontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will now defend his title against unbeaten contender Gerald "El Gallo Negro" Washington (18-0-1, 12 KOs) in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes Saturday, February 25, from Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama.
The opponent change comes after Wilder's original foe, Andrzej Wawrzyk, tested positive for a banned substance.
"I'm very happy to get this opportunity to fight for my first world championship,'' Washington said. "I know that I'll be fighting Deontay Wilder in his backyard, but that adds more excitement to the fight for me. I'm looking forward to going to Birmingham and coming away with a victory just like I did in my last fight there.''
Washington, a 34-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who also played tight end and defensive end at the University of Southern California, scored a fourth round knockout over former title challenger Ray Austin in his last fight. It came on the undercard of the same show in Birmingham where Wilder suffered a torn right biceps muscle and fractured his right hand against Chris Arreola on July 16, 2016. Wilder won on a 9thround TKO, but needed several rounds of surgery to repair the damage and has spent the last six months in rehabilitation.
"I was disappointed when Wawrzyk tested positive for a banned substance and wasn't available to fight. I didn't want to disappoint my loyal fans in Birmingham, who have always supported me,'' Wilder said. "I'm glad Gerald Washington stepped up to the challenge and allowed us to go forward with the show. He's a tall heavyweight (6-foot-6) with a good jab and the kind of test that I need coming back from surgery on my biceps muscle and my right hand. I'm looking forward to putting on a good show for all my fans.''
"In this case, losing an opponent has resulted in a much better matchup for fight fans," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Gerald Washington, one of the highest rated American heavyweights, is a huge man and a physical specimen. A U.S. Navy veteran, Washington is a tremendous athlete who played football at USC and was on the practice squads of both the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. He's made a successful transition to boxing, and has been working toward his shot at Deontay Wilder and a heavyweight championship. This is the challenge that Deontay wanted and those that come out to the Legacy Arena or tune into Premier Boxing Champions on FOX and FOX Deportes will be the beneficiaries."
"Despite the unfortunate circumstances that have allowed Gerald Washington to have this opportunity, I am confident he will be making the most of it,'' said Tom Brown, President of TGB Promotions, Washington's promoter. "Getting to fight a great champion like Deontay Wilder on national television is every fighter's dream. February 25 will be a great night for American heavyweights. Gerald is in amazing shape and he's coming to win."
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and TBG Promotions in association with Bruno Event Team, start at $25 (not including applicable fees) and are on sale now. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and by visiting AlabamaTitleFight.com.
Washington calls himself "El Gallo Negro" (The Black Rooster) to honor his African-American father and Mexican-American mother. He turned pro in July 2012, following a brief amateur career. He has risen steadily in the ranks after each fight and is now poised to take on the biggest challenge of his professional career. If he defeats Wilder, he will become the first Mexican-American heavyweight world champion.
Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and features a pair of exciting matchups as rising super welterweight contenders Tony Harrison and Jarrett Hurd meet in a 12-round world title eliminator, plus hard-hitting Dominic Breazeale battles undefeated Izuagbe Ugonoh in heavyweight action.