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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:44 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:45 pm



When you think of Chicago sports today, the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks come to mind. There was a time, however, when the Second City was second to none in professional boxing.
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:46 pm



http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9570223/cleverly-predicts-ko-hard-punching-kovalev

Besides the ring in which they will fight, light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly and challenger Sergey Kovalev share something else: They both embraced facing each other in what, on paper at least, is the toughest fight of their careers when they really didn't have to.

But this is what they both wanted, and they will meet Saturday (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET/PT, same-day tape) at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, where Cleverly will be making his sixth title defense in his hometown in what could be a coming-out party for the winner.

Few have embraced the idea of facing Kovalev, a fast-rising contender from Russia with concussive power. He has knocked out 18 of his 22 opponents inside three rounds, hence the fitting nickname "Krusher."

Yet Cleverly (26-0, 12 KOs) sought out Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs) because he said he wanted to fight the best opponent available and somebody whom he would get major credit for defeating.

"Kovalev has built this reputation of fear for his devastating knockouts, which to anybody looks pretty impressive," Cleverly said. "When I saw the KOs, it excited me and I said I've got to have this guy. I'm actually looking forward to getting in the ring with him and seeing what he's got. He'll be looking to take my head clean off, and I love that feeling of having the adrenaline surging around my body.

"The pressure is on me. I'm defending my world title in my home city. I'm going in against a challenger who's unbeaten and who nobody wanted to face, who has wiped out virtually everybody he has fought and will be intent on taking my head off. All I say is bring it on. I perform best when the heat is on, and it doesn't get any hotter than this."

The way Kovalev has been fighting recently, Cleverly is right about that.

In January, Kovalev, 30, destroyed former titleholder Gabriel Campillo in the third round in a shockingly easy victory. In June, Kovalev, who moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2009 and turned pro, plowed through Cornelius White, dropping him three times and knocking him out in the third round in a devastating performance.

The White fight was an eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for titleholder Bernard Hopkins. But rather than go through a negotiation, wait for a possible purse bid and deal with the uncertainty of when the bout would be scheduled, Kovalev opted to take the show on the road to Wales to face Cleverly since Kovalev's promoter Main Events was already far down the road negotiating the deal and it was the fight HBO had been pressing for.

But how many fighters elect to travel to their opponent's hometown? Not many, especially when Kovalev had a guaranteed shot at Hopkins' title or, at worst, a shot at a vacant belt had Hopkins decided to go in another direction.

Like Cleverly, Kovalev wanted this fight.

"Cleverly is my toughest test," said Kovalev, who has steadfastly declined to talk about the 2011 fight in Russia in which he scored a seventh-round knockout of Roman Simakov, who died three days later from brain injuries suffered in the bout. "He's a good, fast fighter who throws a lot of punches. But I think it will be a similar outcome [to my other fights] on Saturday night."



There will be two live fights on the telecast from the Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., as middleweight titleholder Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs), 32, of Australia, defends against former title challenger Darren Barker (25-1, 16 KOs), 31, of England, in the main event and junior featherweight titlist Jonathan Romero (23-0, 12 KOs), 26, of Colombia, meets Kiko Martinez (28-4, 20 KOs) of Spain in the co-feature.

As for going on the road, it is a non-issue for Kovalev, who fought all over the world as a top amateur.

"It doesn't concern me at all," he said. "This is the fight I've waited for, and I am confident that I will do my best."

Although Kovalev is the puncher in this fight and Cleverly is the boxer, Cleverly is surprisingly predicting a knockout. That is something he and his father/trainer Vince Cleverly have repeated throughout the promotion.

"Of course, everybody is talking about Kovalev's power, but if anybody is going to get stopped, it'll be Kovalev," Vince Cleverly said. "We have plans from A to F. We can box him long, inside or midrange, but the main plan is K and O. Nathan has fantastic stamina, plenty of bottle, and he's going to do the business for Wales. He'll KO Kovalev 100 percent."

"I can't wait for this," Nathan Cleverly, 26, said. "It's the big one for me. Beat Kovalev and I become a huge star on both sides of the Atlantic. I've picked the toughest fighter out there in Kovalev, the one that the other champions didn't want to face. But I'll beat him with skill and heart. I can outbox him, and people will be surprised when I'm going toe-to-toe with him and knock him out. [Kovalev's] record is scary reading. It's just KO after KO. But the more I look at it, the more I'm motivated to really take this guy out and prove that I'm not afraid to meet anybody, no matter what their reputation is, because that is what a champion does. He faces his challenges.

"It's not an easy fight by any stretch of the imagination. I've picked the hardest puncher in the division, and I can't get reckless against him. He's a massive, massive puncher, but when he loads up for these big punches, he'll leave me openings and then I'll take this guy apart. He's never been in with someone like me who'll throw six-, seven-, eight-punch combinations and fights at a relentless pace from the first to the last round. He'll be left shaken and stirred after he has been in with me, that's for sure."

Cleverly's confidence comes from his sparring experience with British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora and from when he went to Los Angeles for a November defense against Shawn Hawk on the Abner Mares-Anselmo Moreno undercard and spent time at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym, where he sparred with heavy-hitting cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode.

"[Kayode] went at Nathan like a bull, but Nathan handled him," Vince Cleverly said. "He has handled heavyweights in sparring like Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, and they have hit him with their best shots and not moved him. Kovalev just won't knock out Nathan. He can't hit what he can't see. Nathan's never been down on the canvas ever, and he has been in with bigger punchers than Kovalev. Nathan is going to be Kovalev's dream breaker.

"Who's to say that Nathan won't take the fight straight to Kovalev? If you're in the swimming pool, you're going to get wet. If you're in the boxing ring, you're going to get hit. But Nathan will be like a machine gun in there."

John David Jackson, Kovalev's trainer, has listened to the Cleverlys talk but does not believe the fighter will back up the prediction.

"He's not a bad fighter," Jackson said of Cleverly. "I'll give Nathan this: He moves well. He's slippery. He doesn't take three or four rounds to get started. But once he gets hit the first time, all that's going to leave. He's going to become one of two things. He's either going to go into defensive mode, or he's going to become too brave for his own good. Either way, it's not a problem for Sergey."

As for Kovalev, he is not much of a talker, so when informed of all that the Cleverlys had to say, his answer was short and sweet.

"They talk a little too much," he said. "The father of Cleverly likes to talk a lot, but on Saturday, there will be no talking. Only a war between two unbeaten fighters."
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:10 am



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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:11 am



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Last year's breakout middleweight, in the United States anyway, was titleholder Gennady Golovkin, who burst onto the scene with a devastating knockout performance against Grzegorz Proksa that had fight fans talking about it at water coolers everywhere.

Golovkin, who is from Kazakhstan and lives in Germany, had longed to compete in and find stardom in the United States. He seems to be on his way as one of boxing's hottest fighters, responding with one knockout after another.

Now one of Golovkin's 160-pound counterparts, titleholder Daniel Geale of Australia, is in a similar position and hoping to follow in his footsteps. And although Geale isn't the puncher that Golovkin is, he is a talented fighter with a solid résumé and a following in his native land. But he longs for the bigger fights that he can get only in the United States.

That's why Geale is in Atlantic City, N.J., this week, hoping to liven up the hot summer with a strong performance in his fifth title defense when he faces Darren Barker of England on Saturday night (HBO, 9:45 ET/PT) at the Revel Casino-Hotel in the main event of a split-site tripleheader.

"I've been wanting to come over and fight in America for a while," Geale said. "We just found this was the perfect opportunity, and Darren Barker is a very credible opponent as well. It's not like we came over to take an easy opponent to get one on the board. Darren Barker has put up some good performances, so my idea is to come over and make a statement, and make American fans know me and my boxing by seeing me against another quality fighter."

Also in Atlantic City, junior featherweight titlist Jonathan Romero (23-0, 12 KOs), 26, of Colombia will make the first defense of his belt against Kiko Martinez (28-4, 20 KOs), 27, of Spain. In the other bout, light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly (26-0, 12 KOs), 26, of Wales, will make his sixth defense when he faces power-punching Russian contender Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs), 30, at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, in a bout that will be televised in the U.S. on a few hours' tape delay.



Last fall, Geale and promoter Gary Shaw went to Las Vegas to meet the media, talk to HBO about future fights and attend the middleweight championship fight between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., hoping to perhaps entice the winner -- Martinez -- to fight him.

Geale was just a couple of weeks removed from his biggest victory, a split decision in Germany against hometown fighter Felix Sturm in a world title unification fight (although he has since given up one of the belts).

Geale has shown no fear of traveling and has done something no other fighter can claim: Twice he has gone to Germany and twice he has defeated a reigning German titleholder on a split decision. When Geale won his first belt in 2011, he did so by outpointing Sebastian Sylvester.

The timing wasn't right for a Martinez-Geale fight, but stateside network TV interest remained high, so after Geale returned home for a big nationalistic fight in January with countryman Anthony Mundine, whom he easily outpointed to avenge a controversial 2009 split decision loss, it was time for the 32-year-old Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) to make his American move.

"I really wanted to have this fight and challenge myself and get out of my hometown, just take it to a new level," Geale said. "This is what I love about boxing. You can challenge yourself in many ways, and the United States is a great place to do that. I enjoy that challenge. It's one thing to be able to do it in your backyard, and I love fighting in Australia, where I have great fans and supporters. But if you want to really succeed, you have to do it where you're not comfortable. I know it's something that will take me to the next level.

"It's always tricky when you travel and it's not your backyard, but that is something that gets you the recognition. I enjoy it. It's a tougher job to travel, but I like it that way, when things are a little tough and harder."

Granted, Geale is facing Barker (25-1, 16 KOs), 31, of England, on neutral ground, but that doesn't mean the long trip and unfamiliar surroundings make it any easier.

"Yes, it's neutral territory, but it's still difficult," he said. "There's gonna be no advantage for either of us, but it will make it an interesting fight. Both of us had to travel, both of us are off airplanes and both of us have similar things against us."

For Barker, it could be the memory of his lone professional loss, which came three fights ago in 2011. That's when he went to Atlantic City to challenge Martinez, who had all kinds of problems with Barker in the first half of the fight before coming on strong and knocking out the Englishman in the 11th round.



"I've had two failed attempts in Atlantic City, really, so it feels like a third time [will be] lucky," said Barker, referring to the Martinez fight and his turn in the corner for buddy Lee Purdy's failed attempt to dethrone welterweight titlist Devon Alexander there in May. "He's an Aussie, I'm a Brit, so it's neutral ground but territory that I'm familiar with, having boxed there and been in Lee's corner. So I feel I have a slight advantage in that respect.

"I've heard people say in the past that you can learn from defeat, but I always thought that was mad. How can anything good come from losing? It's not until you experience something invaluable like a defeat in a world title fight to a world-class pound-for-pound star like Sergio Martinez that you appreciate the sentiment, and I really have taken that negative -- losing in a world title fight -- and built on it to go one better. I feel I've matured from it and I'm in my prime now."

Geale said that if his performance against Barker can trump Martinez's, it would be a big deal to him.

"It would make a huge statement," Geale said. "I want to come over and make a statement, but I have to keep things in perspective. I will fight my fight and win the fight the way I do. I'm not going to try to impress too much and put myself in position where it won't work out good for me. I will be smart.

"The way I see it, Darren has skills and ability and footwork and he can make it hard for anyone in the world. He's tough. That's the reason we wanted this fight. I believe I've been in bigger fights more regularly, as well, and that I have that experience on him. But when the fight is over, I want the American fans to want me back again, for sure, after seeing me fight. Hopefully, they will like what they see."

Geale, who follows his division closely, said there are fights he has his eye on if all goes well Saturday.

"Middleweight is strong, and I'd like to come back and fight the other guys in the division," he said. "I'd want Sergio Martinez, but he's got injury issues right now. Once he gets back, maybe that's a possibility, but there is also Golovkin and [titleholder] Peter Quillin.

"I never look past my next opponent, but if Golovkin comes up next, I am more than happy to fight him or whoever HBO and the American fans want to see me fight."
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:11 am



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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:12 am

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Jordan Watson interviews with GLORY on his upcoming fight against Albert "The Hurricane" Kraus at #GLORY10


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It's the event everybody's been talking about, and it's not be missed: GLORY 11 touches down in Chicago on October 12th, featuring a massive lineup of the world's top kickboxing talent.

Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghita, Anderson Braddock Silva, and Rico Verhoeven square off for the championship belt, while Tyrone Spong and Nathan Corbett face each other for the second time in their careers in a light-heavyweight showdown.

The U.S. is treated to GLORY 11 Chicago - get your tickets while they last!
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:12 am


http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9576221/andrzej-fonfara-beats-gabriel-campillo-ninth-round-knockout

In one of arguably the biggest nights in Chicago boxing in decades, the local kid made good.

Andrzej Fonfara, seemingly fading and beginning to slip on the scorecards in a tight battle with Gabriel Campillo, landed a surprise body-shot knockout in the ninth round before an estimated crowd of 8,231 Friday in a light heavyweight title eliminator at U.S. Cellular Field.

Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs), 24, a Polish-born Chicago resident headlining the first major pro fight at a Chicago ballpark since Sonny Liston knocked out Floyd Patterson in the first round at Comiskey Park in 1962, was making the biggest step up of his career against Spain's Campillo (22-6-1, 9 KOs), the 34-year-old former light heavyweight titlist.

It was an impressive turnaround for Fonfara, who got off to a strong start by connecting with a sharp jab and bringing the action to Campillo in the first two rounds. Campillo soon began to find his rhythm, though, measuring and countering Fonfara, and even raising a mouse below the hometown fighter's left eye.

The middle rounds were competitive and difficult to score, though it seemed Campillo –- a southpaw and the slicker boxer -- was outthinking and gradually breaking down the less experienced hometown fighter. By the ninth round, the crowd at the Cell, many of them local Polish Chicagoans there to support Fonfara, seemed to sense their fighter losing steam and began chanting "Andrzej! Andrzej!"

With Campillo taking control of the tempo, Fonfara was noticeably tiring and throwing with decreasing frequency and conviction. But midway through the ninth, Fonfara landed a flush body shot that, although it didn't seem to immediately register, proved to be the decisive blow. Fonfara immediately followed up with a couple of aggressive left-right combinations before Campillo reeled, cringed, dropped to a knee and pitched over. After quickly surveying the damage, referee Genaro Rodriguez waved off the fight at 1:37 of the round.
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:16 am

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http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9570223/cleverly-predicts-ko-hard-punching-kovalev

Besides the ring in which they will fight, light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly and challenger Sergey Kovalev share something else: They both embraced facing each other in what, on paper at least, is the toughest fight of their careers when they really didn't have to.

But this is what they both wanted, and they will meet Saturday (HBO, 9:45 p.m. ET/PT, same-day tape) at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, where Cleverly will be making his sixth title defense in his hometown in what could be a coming-out party for the winner.

Few have embraced the idea of facing Kovalev, a fast-rising contender from Russia with concussive power. He has knocked out 18 of his 22 opponents inside three rounds, hence the fitting nickname "Krusher."

Yet Cleverly (26-0, 12 KOs) sought out Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs) because he said he wanted to fight the best opponent available and somebody whom he would get major credit for defeating.

"Kovalev has built this reputation of fear for his devastating knockouts, which to anybody looks pretty impressive," Cleverly said. "When I saw the KOs, it excited me and I said I've got to have this guy. I'm actually looking forward to getting in the ring with him and seeing what he's got. He'll be looking to take my head clean off, and I love that feeling of having the adrenaline surging around my body.

"The pressure is on me. I'm defending my world title in my home city. I'm going in against a challenger who's unbeaten and who nobody wanted to face, who has wiped out virtually everybody he has fought and will be intent on taking my head off. All I say is bring it on. I perform best when the heat is on, and it doesn't get any hotter than this."

The way Kovalev has been fighting recently, Cleverly is right about that.

In January, Kovalev, 30, destroyed former titleholder Gabriel Campillo in the third round in a shockingly easy victory. In June, Kovalev, who moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 2009 and turned pro, plowed through Cornelius White, dropping him three times and knocking him out in the third round in a devastating performance.

The White fight was an eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for titleholder Bernard Hopkins. But rather than go through a negotiation, wait for a possible purse bid and deal with the uncertainty of when the bout would be scheduled, Kovalev opted to take the show on the road to Wales to face Cleverly since Kovalev's promoter Main Events was already far down the road negotiating the deal and it was the fight HBO had been pressing for.

But how many fighters elect to travel to their opponent's hometown? Not many, especially when Kovalev had a guaranteed shot at Hopkins' title or, at worst, a shot at a vacant belt had Hopkins decided to go in another direction.

Like Cleverly, Kovalev wanted this fight.

"Cleverly is my toughest test," said Kovalev, who has steadfastly declined to talk about the 2011 fight in Russia in which he scored a seventh-round knockout of Roman Simakov, who died three days later from brain injuries suffered in the bout. "He's a good, fast fighter who throws a lot of punches. But I think it will be a similar outcome [to my other fights] on Saturday night."



There will be two live fights on the telecast from the Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., as middleweight titleholder Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs), 32, of Australia, defends against former title challenger Darren Barker (25-1, 16 KOs), 31, of England, in the main event and junior featherweight titlist Jonathan Romero (23-0, 12 KOs), 26, of Colombia, meets Kiko Martinez (28-4, 20 KOs) of Spain in the co-feature.

As for going on the road, it is a non-issue for Kovalev, who fought all over the world as a top amateur.

"It doesn't concern me at all," he said. "This is the fight I've waited for, and I am confident that I will do my best."

Although Kovalev is the puncher in this fight and Cleverly is the boxer, Cleverly is surprisingly predicting a knockout. That is something he and his father/trainer Vince Cleverly have repeated throughout the promotion.

"Of course, everybody is talking about Kovalev's power, but if anybody is going to get stopped, it'll be Kovalev," Vince Cleverly said. "We have plans from A to F. We can box him long, inside or midrange, but the main plan is K and O. Nathan has fantastic stamina, plenty of bottle, and he's going to do the business for Wales. He'll KO Kovalev 100 percent."

"I can't wait for this," Nathan Cleverly, 26, said. "It's the big one for me. Beat Kovalev and I become a huge star on both sides of the Atlantic. I've picked the toughest fighter out there in Kovalev, the one that the other champions didn't want to face. But I'll beat him with skill and heart. I can outbox him, and people will be surprised when I'm going toe-to-toe with him and knock him out. [Kovalev's] record is scary reading. It's just KO after KO. But the more I look at it, the more I'm motivated to really take this guy out and prove that I'm not afraid to meet anybody, no matter what their reputation is, because that is what a champion does. He faces his challenges.

"It's not an easy fight by any stretch of the imagination. I've picked the hardest puncher in the division, and I can't get reckless against him. He's a massive, massive puncher, but when he loads up for these big punches, he'll leave me openings and then I'll take this guy apart. He's never been in with someone like me who'll throw six-, seven-, eight-punch combinations and fights at a relentless pace from the first to the last round. He'll be left shaken and stirred after he has been in with me, that's for sure."

Cleverly's confidence comes from his sparring experience with British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora and from when he went to Los Angeles for a November defense against Shawn Hawk on the Abner Mares-Anselmo Moreno undercard and spent time at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym, where he sparred with heavy-hitting cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode.

"[Kayode] went at Nathan like a bull, but Nathan handled him," Vince Cleverly said. "He has handled heavyweights in sparring like Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, and they have hit him with their best shots and not moved him. Kovalev just won't knock out Nathan. He can't hit what he can't see. Nathan's never been down on the canvas ever, and he has been in with bigger punchers than Kovalev. Nathan is going to be Kovalev's dream breaker.

"Who's to say that Nathan won't take the fight straight to Kovalev? If you're in the swimming pool, you're going to get wet. If you're in the boxing ring, you're going to get hit. But Nathan will be like a machine gun in there."

John David Jackson, Kovalev's trainer, has listened to the Cleverlys talk but does not believe the fighter will back up the prediction.

"He's not a bad fighter," Jackson said of Cleverly. "I'll give Nathan this: He moves well. He's slippery. He doesn't take three or four rounds to get started. But once he gets hit the first time, all that's going to leave. He's going to become one of two things. He's either going to go into defensive mode, or he's going to become too brave for his own good. Either way, it's not a problem for Sergey."

As for Kovalev, he is not much of a talker, so when informed of all that the Cleverlys had to say, his answer was short and sweet.

"They talk a little too much," he said. "The father of Cleverly likes to talk a lot, but on Saturday, there will be no talking. Only a war between two unbeaten fighters."



Sergey Kovalev handed Nathan Cleverly his first professional loss, stopping the Welshman in the fourth round to take the WBO light-heavyweight title Saturday night.

The unbeaten Kovalev claimed his 22nd win after flooring Cleverly twice in the third round before forcing referee Terry O'Connor to step in 29 seconds into fourth after the Russian unleashed a series of power shots that had his opponent wobbling.

Cleverly (26-1) was seeking a victory to set up unification fights in the United States, but Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 knockouts) emerged from the Motorpoint Arena in the Welsh capital with his reputation enhanced.
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:17 am

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Last year's breakout middleweight, in the United States anyway, was titleholder Gennady Golovkin, who burst onto the scene with a devastating knockout performance against Grzegorz Proksa that had fight fans talking about it at water coolers everywhere.

Golovkin, who is from Kazakhstan and lives in Germany, had longed to compete in and find stardom in the United States. He seems to be on his way as one of boxing's hottest fighters, responding with one knockout after another.

Now one of Golovkin's 160-pound counterparts, titleholder Daniel Geale of Australia, is in a similar position and hoping to follow in his footsteps. And although Geale isn't the puncher that Golovkin is, he is a talented fighter with a solid résumé and a following in his native land. But he longs for the bigger fights that he can get only in the United States.

That's why Geale is in Atlantic City, N.J., this week, hoping to liven up the hot summer with a strong performance in his fifth title defense when he faces Darren Barker of England on Saturday night (HBO, 9:45 ET/PT) at the Revel Casino-Hotel in the main event of a split-site tripleheader.

"I've been wanting to come over and fight in America for a while," Geale said. "We just found this was the perfect opportunity, and Darren Barker is a very credible opponent as well. It's not like we came over to take an easy opponent to get one on the board. Darren Barker has put up some good performances, so my idea is to come over and make a statement, and make American fans know me and my boxing by seeing me against another quality fighter."

Also in Atlantic City, junior featherweight titlist Jonathan Romero (23-0, 12 KOs), 26, of Colombia will make the first defense of his belt against Kiko Martinez (28-4, 20 KOs), 27, of Spain. In the other bout, light heavyweight titleholder Nathan Cleverly (26-0, 12 KOs), 26, of Wales, will make his sixth defense when he faces power-punching Russian contender Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1, 19 KOs), 30, at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales, in a bout that will be televised in the U.S. on a few hours' tape delay.



Last fall, Geale and promoter Gary Shaw went to Las Vegas to meet the media, talk to HBO about future fights and attend the middleweight championship fight between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., hoping to perhaps entice the winner -- Martinez -- to fight him.

Geale was just a couple of weeks removed from his biggest victory, a split decision in Germany against hometown fighter Felix Sturm in a world title unification fight (although he has since given up one of the belts).

Geale has shown no fear of traveling and has done something no other fighter can claim: Twice he has gone to Germany and twice he has defeated a reigning German titleholder on a split decision. When Geale won his first belt in 2011, he did so by outpointing Sebastian Sylvester.

The timing wasn't right for a Martinez-Geale fight, but stateside network TV interest remained high, so after Geale returned home for a big nationalistic fight in January with countryman Anthony Mundine, whom he easily outpointed to avenge a controversial 2009 split decision loss, it was time for the 32-year-old Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) to make his American move.

"I really wanted to have this fight and challenge myself and get out of my hometown, just take it to a new level," Geale said. "This is what I love about boxing. You can challenge yourself in many ways, and the United States is a great place to do that. I enjoy that challenge. It's one thing to be able to do it in your backyard, and I love fighting in Australia, where I have great fans and supporters. But if you want to really succeed, you have to do it where you're not comfortable. I know it's something that will take me to the next level.

"It's always tricky when you travel and it's not your backyard, but that is something that gets you the recognition. I enjoy it. It's a tougher job to travel, but I like it that way, when things are a little tough and harder."

Granted, Geale is facing Barker (25-1, 16 KOs), 31, of England, on neutral ground, but that doesn't mean the long trip and unfamiliar surroundings make it any easier.

"Yes, it's neutral territory, but it's still difficult," he said. "There's gonna be no advantage for either of us, but it will make it an interesting fight. Both of us had to travel, both of us are off airplanes and both of us have similar things against us."

For Barker, it could be the memory of his lone professional loss, which came three fights ago in 2011. That's when he went to Atlantic City to challenge Martinez, who had all kinds of problems with Barker in the first half of the fight before coming on strong and knocking out the Englishman in the 11th round.



"I've had two failed attempts in Atlantic City, really, so it feels like a third time [will be] lucky," said Barker, referring to the Martinez fight and his turn in the corner for buddy Lee Purdy's failed attempt to dethrone welterweight titlist Devon Alexander there in May. "He's an Aussie, I'm a Brit, so it's neutral ground but territory that I'm familiar with, having boxed there and been in Lee's corner. So I feel I have a slight advantage in that respect.

"I've heard people say in the past that you can learn from defeat, but I always thought that was mad. How can anything good come from losing? It's not until you experience something invaluable like a defeat in a world title fight to a world-class pound-for-pound star like Sergio Martinez that you appreciate the sentiment, and I really have taken that negative -- losing in a world title fight -- and built on it to go one better. I feel I've matured from it and I'm in my prime now."

Geale said that if his performance against Barker can trump Martinez's, it would be a big deal to him.

"It would make a huge statement," Geale said. "I want to come over and make a statement, but I have to keep things in perspective. I will fight my fight and win the fight the way I do. I'm not going to try to impress too much and put myself in position where it won't work out good for me. I will be smart.

"The way I see it, Darren has skills and ability and footwork and he can make it hard for anyone in the world. He's tough. That's the reason we wanted this fight. I believe I've been in bigger fights more regularly, as well, and that I have that experience on him. But when the fight is over, I want the American fans to want me back again, for sure, after seeing me fight. Hopefully, they will like what they see."

Geale, who follows his division closely, said there are fights he has his eye on if all goes well Saturday.

"Middleweight is strong, and I'd like to come back and fight the other guys in the division," he said. "I'd want Sergio Martinez, but he's got injury issues right now. Once he gets back, maybe that's a possibility, but there is also Golovkin and [titleholder] Peter Quillin.

"I never look past my next opponent, but if Golovkin comes up next, I am more than happy to fight him or whoever HBO and the American fans want to see me fight."

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9578327/darren-barker-guts-split-decision-daniel-geale-middleweight-title

In a year that has already seen terrific, action-packed fights such as Mike Alvarado-Brandon Rios II, Timothy Bradley Jr.-Ruslan Provodnikov and Omar Figueroa-Nihito Arakawa, one more can be added to the list.

Daniel Geale and Darren Barker went toe-to-toe for most of their middleweight title brawl Saturday night, but it was Barker who erased his previous nightmare experiences on the New Jersey shore to win a world middleweight title by split decision in a sensational fight in the first boxing event at the Revel Casino-Hotel.

In 2011, Barker, of England, traveled to Atlantic City to challenge world champion Sergio Martinez for his crown, and although Barker gave a great account of himself and caused Martinez all kinds of trouble, he was ultimately knocked out in the 11th round.

In May, he returned to Atlantic City, this time to work the corner of pal Lee Purdy in his challenge of welterweight titlist Devon Alexander only to see Purdy get blown out.

But on Saturday, Barker's dreams came true in an inspired performance that saw him somehow get off the deck from a brutal body shot in the sixth round that nearly knocked him out.

Barker not only survived, but thrived, going on to win 116-111 and 114-113 on two scorecards while Australia's Geale, making his fifth title defense and fighting in the United States for the first time, got the nod 114-113 on the third scorecard. ESPN.com also had it for Barker, 114-113.

"Geale is a very tough man and he came in with the belt. I knew what I was up against," Barker said. "Daniel is a fantastic champion who pushed me all the way. I want to go home and see my daughter. I miss her badly. Before that, there might be a couple of beers consumed.

"Not many people know the journey I've been through. It's been a real 'Rocky' story. I dedicate this to my late brother. Everything I've done is for him. Gary, this is for you, mate."




Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) was hugely disappointed in the outcome but showed class.

"I'm not going to cry," he said. "It didn't go my way tonight. I'm very disappointed. I worked so hard for that. I put everything into that. I hurt him throughout the fight."

And Geale almost knocked Barker out in the wild sixth round, a clear round of the year candidate.

During the round, Geale, 32, dropped Barker, 31, with a digging left hand to the body. Barker barely beat the count and was obviously in pain, and Geale continued to pound him downstairs and with chopping right hands to the head.

Geale was on the verge of a stoppage when Barker suddenly came back and hurt Geale to the head in a huge change of momentum.

They went back and forth, round after round, with both fighters inflicting damage on each other and their faces showing it in the form of lumps and bruises. But Barker (26-1, 16 KOs), who was cut over his left eye, seemed strong and had a big 10th round. He landed a hard right hand early in the round, hammered Geale to the body with a combination and then snapped his head back with an uppercut.

The fight was an all-out punch-a-thon in the final couple of rounds, and with the outcome seemingly hanging in the balance, both fighters went for knockouts in the final round of a fantastic fight. Geale had a big 12th round, but it wasn't enough to close the gap.

Barker finished the fight having landed 292 of 862 punches (34 percent), according to CompuBox statistics, while Geale landed 259 of 693 (37 percent).

"I could tell he was throwing a lot of punches," Geale said. "Were they catching me or not? That's to be said. I will have to sit down and watch the replay. I felt like I caught a lot on the gloves and a lot were glancing, missing. I did feel in control. It wasn't my best performance, but Darren is a great fighter. It was a close fight. I'm very disappointed."

It was the sixth round those who watched the fight will remember most.

"I take my hat off to Daniel Geale. He hit me right in the solar plexus and completely took my breath away," Barker said. "The only thought that went through my head was my late brother and my daughter and the rest of my family and everyone that has stuck by me. They pulled me through. Without them, I couldn't do anything."

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport, Barker's promoter, wasn't quite sure if Barker was going to be able to beat the count.

"It was just a great fight, as good or better than anyone expected," he said. "Darren really showed so much to come back from that crushing body shot. At [the count of] seven, I wasn't sure if he was going to be able to beat the count. But this time he was not going to take 'no' for an answer. He showed so much heart. To come back like he did after that, what can I say? But I did feel like we won it. It was the right decision. When they said, 'And the new ...' I just couldn't believe it."

After such a tremendous fight, there was immediate talk of an eventual rematch.

Barker must next face former titleholder Felix Sturm in a mandatory defense.

"We've got the Sturm mandatory," Hearn said. "We're happy to make that fight with Sturm."

Hearn said he would push for the fight to take place in London in December and has no intention of taking Barker to Germany, Sturm's home country, where he is a major star and has gotten the judges' benefit of the doubt in some controversial decisions.

"We'll look for that fight with Sturm, but then, obviously, in the new year we'll sit down with [Geale promoter] Gary Shaw, who will be co-promoting with us moving forward, and we'll talk about a rematch with Daniel Geale."

Who wouldn't want to see that?
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:11 am



The September 14th Mayweather vs. Canelo SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View brings together two of sports' most feared, most respected, and most talented fighters: Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse.

Watch highlights from Garcia and Matthysse and prepare for one of the most highly-anticipated fights of the year!
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:12 am



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Former two-division world titleholder Zab Judah signed a promotional deal with Golden Boy, the company announced Monday.

Under the deal, Golden Boy will work with Judah's Super Judah Promotions to promote his bouts.

"Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions working together is phenomenal," said Judah, the former undisputed welterweight champion and a former three-time junior welterweight titleholder who has faced many of the biggest names in boxing. "I have been doing business with Golden Boy Promotions for a number of years, working both with them and against them, and I know what it's like to be on both sides.

"Through those times, I see that we are a perfect fit. This joint venture will give me the experience I need as a promoter and get me the big fights I want at this point of my career."

Judah was a free agent when he worked with Golden Boy on his last fight, in which he lost an action-packed unanimous decision to unified junior welterweight titlist Danny Garcia on April 27 at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn in New York.

Golden Boy has an exclusive deal to put on the boxing events at the Barclays Center, so it made sense for Judah to sign with a company that could consistently have him fight in that building.

"I am very happy to welcome Zab to the Golden Boy team," Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer said. "He is without question not only one of the most exciting fighters in boxing, but he also has tremendous name recognition, which reaches into the general market.

"In his thrilling fight against Danny Garcia, Zab showed that he belongs in the absolute top level of the sport. I am looking forward to ... working with Zab and his team and have him participate in the biggest fights in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions."

Judah's first fight under the new deal has not been determined, but Schaefer told ESPN.com that it will come in the fall.

"We are currently working on some dates and opponents for Zab's first fight with us," Schaefer said.

Golden Boy is stocked with fighters in the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, so matching him in a high-profile fight should not be an issue. The 35-year-old Judah (42-8, 29 KOs), a southpaw with speed and power, has already faced some of them, including Garcia, Lucas Matthysse and Amir Khan.
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:12 am



Manny Pacquiao knows he must put on a great performance against Brandon Rios.
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PostSubject: Re: Official Muay Thai|Kick|Boxing Thread   Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:15 am


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Danny Jacobs looked to be back in peak form in the main event at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan on Monday night. In the third, he hurt Giovanni with a counter right, followed up with flurries and had Lorenzo pitching face first to the mat after a left hook and sharp right hand follow. The ref gave a count and waved his hands, signaling the end for Lorenzo. The time of the ending was 2:05. "Once he hit me with a good left hook, I said, OK, let's go," Jacobs said after the win.



That clash, and the rest of a six-bout card, were put together by Golden Boy Promotions, the California-based outfit which has become a fixture in N.Y., mainly in Brooklyn, at Barclays Center. The vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title was up for grabs.

Jacobs, who was on death’s door when a tumor wrapped itself around his spine in 2011, looked to be all the way back to peak form in the first, as he landed a stiff right cross, which the crowd loved. Jacobs sometimes moved laterally, sometimes straight ahead and was a bit busier than Lorenzo in the second. A nick formed under Jacobs' left eye, but he didn't seem bothered. In round three, Jacobs knew he buzzed Lorenzo, even if the crowd didn't. He hopped on him, and got busy, and went into nasty mode.

Jacobs, a Brownsville native and Park Slope resident, went to 26-1, while Lorenzo, a Dominican born Yonkers resident, went to 32-6.
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