The stars were in alignment and it must have please the the Boxing Gods as they converged on Fantasy Springs for a great night of boxing for the full house attendance. See for yourself in these photos.
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Tuesday afternoon, prior to the official weigh in, an original “Chin-checker” said he was going to do all his talking in the ring, but on Wednesday night Stevens seemed to have lost his gift of gab inside the squared circle. It was his opponent, Hassan N’ Dam who did all the talking and moving and fighting when they faced off in a twelve round middleweight eliminator at the Barker Center in Santa Monica, California. ESPN Friday Night Fights televised the event live that was well attended by Hollywood celebrities such as Sylvester Stallone and Dustin Hoffman, etc…
All three judges scored the contest in favor of Hassan N’Dam (116-111 twice and 119-108) who dominated the fight from start to finish. Following a first round bum rush by Stevens (27-5, 20KO’S), N’ Dam (31-1,18KO’S) took control of the fight using his athletic abilities as well as obvious height and reach advantages. Former champion from Cameron glided around a small ring as if it was a huge football field and unloaded crisp combinations following a stiff jab. His constant lateral movement prevented Stevens from setting up his feet to fire back. Befuddled for the first half of the fight Stevens finally had some success in rounds six and seven trapping his adversary on the ropes and unloading some heavy leather.
With renewed confidence Stevens continued to march forward in the eighth stanza when he ran into a crushing right hand that deposited him on the canvas. Curtis got up and fought back bravely producing exhilarating two way action and inspiring a fan to shout; “Ali Frazier!”Only Frazier did not show up. On the other hand N’ Dam continued to stick and move and dominate round after round. In fact, his confidence got so high that he started to rotate his right fist as if he could hit Stevens any time he wanted to and then treated fans to Ali shuffle in the corner of the ring.
Stevens went all out in the final round and even landed a telling right hand blow that had the crowd go “wow”, but it was too little too late. N’ Dam got away from the ropes, fired back a combination and danced his way to a victory. “I wanted to show people that I am a real middleweight contender and I did,” said N’Dam, 30:” Now I only want to watch the fight on October 8th and take on the winner.” Sam Soliman is scheduled to defend his IBF middleweight title against former champion, Jermain Taylor on October 8th, 2014. The winner of that fight is supposed to face Hassan N’ Dam who is anxious to win his title back.
Genady GGG Golovkin came down from the mountain , Big Bear Mountain to meet the media in anticipation with hih July 26th showdown with Daniel Geale. Humble champion made time for every one including fans.
Dan Goossen is confident his charge Chris Arreola will make history on Saturday night and become a first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world. Goossen invites all media to a celebratory dinner after the fight.
Heartfelt interview with Alfredo Angulo where he explains why Tony Weeks shouldn’t have stopped the fight with Alvarez. El Perro states that he would have stopped Canelo late if referee Tony Weeks would allow the fight to go on.
LAS VEGAS, NV – Many boxing fans, particularly Pacquiao fans, from among the 16,412 that trooped to the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 7 were disappointed to see the much-publicized and well-advertised fight between pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and the former four-time, three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley ended without the usual fierce exchanges.
Round 1 would tell boxing enthusiasts that the two protagonists were very careful with their moves, trying to size up each other. But the fans were alive and excited when Mosley was knocked down in Round 3.
A closed up shot of Mosley’s face showed he was in pain. At the postfight press conference, Mosley told the members of the press that Pacquiao stunned him with the knockdown.
“That’s the most legitimate knockdown I got hit with in a long time,” said Mosley, admitting that Pacquiao’s speed and power is scary and unmatched.
And the fight went on until Pacquiao was literally floored in Round 10 when Mosley pushed him with all his might. And referee Bayless thought initially that Pacman was knocked down, and he began the mandatory count. Eventually, he apologized publicly for his error in judgment.
The hot and aggressive Pacquiao pursued Mosley most of the time during the 12-round bout, but Mosley did nothing but backed off instead of exchanging punches that truly dissatisfied even his own fans.
“I expected Shane to exchange toe-to-toe with me for at least five rounds, but it did not happen,” said Pacquiao with disappointment.
“It wasn’t my best performance,” Pacquiao told reporters after being declared by the three judges winner by unanimous decision. But he is not to be blamed. First, there was the coward-like attitude shown by Sugar Shane who kept moving backward, not a step forward, after being decked by a left-hand hook of Pacquiao in the third round.
Later, in the interview, Pacquiao would claim that he was also hampered by leg cramps starting on the fourth round. But Pacquiao showed his usual stance, attacking Mosley from Round 10, after he got off from the canvas from a “push” employed by Mosley to keep Manny away from him.
Before the May 7 fight (May 8 Manila time), Mosley was boasting that he would carry the fight to knock the Filipino hero out, but it turned out that it could only be better said than done.
The lone Congressman fromSaranganiProvincewore yellow Cleto Reyes gloves to symbolize unity. He even encouraged Filipinos going to the venue to wear something yellow, but not many adhered to the suggestion of the WBO welterweight champion, who has won his 14 consecutive fights, including non-title fights, which I have covered from Day 1, along with my ace photographer Romeo M. Balboa, with support from well known L.A. photographer Benjie Uy whose tandem completes the news and photo coverages.
Congressman Pacquiao, who has a soft spot in his heart for the poor, being one of them early in life, talked about how he could help alleviate his constituents from poverty. He expressed his support, during the postfight interview, by helping provide housing through Gawad Kalinga, a pet project of Tony Meloto, founder and first Executive Director of GK.
International recording artist, Charice, now going intoHollywoodmovies, provided the impetus to the fight when she rendered flawlessly “Lupang Hinirang,” the Philippine National Athem, that drew a roaring applause from a huge crowd at the MGM.
Everyone was surprised when beauteous socialite Paris Hilton showed up at the postfight press conference and obligingly posed for press photographers with boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and wife, Jinkee.
“I am an avid fan of Pacman,” said Hilton. She added: “I’m looking forward to my newest business endeavor in thePhilippines, and I’m so excited for my trip.”
When asked whom he prefers to fight next, Manny Pacquiao said he leaves the matter to his manager, Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, to decide. “Whoever it would be, I am ready to fight,” Manny told the members of the press.
Since Floyd Mayweather is evading the encounter with Pacman, most likely it would be Juan Manuel Marquez again who would face Pacquiao in the November 12 fight, according to Bob Arum. Having watched their previous encounters, we can expect a much better fight in the showdown of these two prize fighters.
Santa Yanez, California-In biggest test of his young professional career Cuban featherweight , former Olympian, Luis Franco(9-0,5KO’S) escaped with a razor thin split decision over tough as nails Mexican, Leonilo Miranda(32-3,30KO’S). Ten round war was televised live by ShoBox The New generation in front of capacity crowd at Chumash resort and Casino. In the early candidate for the fight of the year judges were divided with one scoring it for Miranda 96-94 and two for Franco 97-93, 94-96.
This Saturday Amir Khan (23-1,17KO) will defend his WBA light welterweight title against hard charging Marcos Rene Maidana (29-1,27KO’S) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It is a classic match up of boxer versus puncher that is sure to produce an excitement with fans inside the arena as well as the ones watching it on HBO.
“I have tasted defeat,” said Khan, a huge star in United Kingdom who is trying to cross over to United States:” I am not going to let it happen again.”
Here are a few other things he had to say while interviewed at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.