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BOXING IN 2017: GOING OUT IN A BANG

 

BOXING IN 2017: GOING OUT IN A BANG

By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com

October 9, 2017

Brooklyn, NY: The fourth quarter of the calendar year in boxing is upon us and it begins with the triple-header championship fight card taking place on October 14, live on Showtime Boxing, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The fight card features “THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE 154lb DIVISION.” This fight card has many skilled opponents facing three world champions. Each fighter and each champion have an incredible opportunity to further distance themselves from one another in becoming “THE MAN TO BEAT” in their division.

OCTOBER 14 – SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING/PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS (BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN, NY)

WBC SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS

Jermell Charlo, Houston, TX (29-0, 14 KOs) vs Erickson Lubin, Orlando, FL (18-0, 13 KOs)

IBF SUPER WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS

Jarrett Hurd, Accokeek, MD (20-0, 14 KOs) vs Austin Trout, Las Cruces, NM (30-3, 17 KOs)

WBA SUPER WELTERWIEGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS

Erislandy Lara, Guantanamo, Cuba (24-2-2, 14 KOs) vs Terrell Gausha, Cleveland, OH (20-0, 9 KOs)

This triple-header championship fight card is a boxing fan’s dream. On fight night, there will four men entering he ring with undefeated records. There will also be two-seasoned veterans, ready to show the world, that experience beats youth any day of the week. There’s no denying the power that both Jermell Charlo and Erickson Lubin possess; there’s no denying the slickness of both Jarrett Hurd and Austin Trout; and there’s no denying overall talent and skill that both Erislandy Lara and Terrell Gausha possess either. There’s a lot of history and mutual respect amongst these elite boxers. On fight night, that will all go out the door. When the bell sounds, it’s every man for themselves.

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OCTOBER 21 – HBO BOXING – TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO (VERONA, NY)

MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 12 ROUNDS

Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, Providence, RI (24-0, 16 KOs) vs Alantez Fox Forestville, Maryland (23-0-1, 11 KOs)

Undefeated two-time junior middleweight world champion, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade makes his return to HBO® when he takes on undefeated Alantez Fox in a 12-round middleweight bout that will take place on Saturday, October 21st from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Andrade, a skilled and talented southpaw, has sharpened his skills in becoming one of the best boxers within both the 154lb and 160lb division. With his amateur experience (2008 United Sates Olympian and the 2007 World Amateur Champion) he has compiled good success within the professional ranks. He’s an undeniable skilled champion, with a perfect professional resume (2x World Champion – former WBA and WBO Super Welterweight Champion).

The 25-year-old Fox stands 6’4″: he’s tall, rangy, and brings power to the ring. Fox is a rising talent within boxing and will surely use all of skillsets to upset the heralded former champion.

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October 28, live on Sky Sports Box Office (Principality Stadium in Cardiff)

WBA (Super), International Boxing Organization, IBF World Heavyweight Championship – 12 ROUNDS

Anthony Joshua, Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (19-0, 19 KOs) vs Kubrat Pulev, Sofia, Bulgaria (25-1, 13 KOs)

What more can you say about the phenom that is Anthony Joshua. Ranked number one in both the United States and in the world as “THE BEST HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER ON THE PLANET”, Joshua’s “seek and destroy” mentality, along with his youth, has him being viewed as the prototypical heavyweight champion for years to come. At 6’6 and only twenty-seven years of age, the 2012 Super Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist is only touching the surface of his forgone greatness. Defeating and retiring the “Steel Hammer” Wladimir Klitschko has cemented his own legacy, a legacy that continues to grow with each victory. In facing Pulev, a tough heavyweight who himself has faced Klitschko, it’s expected that Joshua will defeat his next opponent as he’s done with all the rest: by knockout.

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  • Matchroom Boxing
  • Sky Sports

NOVEMBER 4 – SHOWTIME BOXING/PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS (BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN, NY)

WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS

Deontay Wilder, Tuscaloosa, Al (38-0, 37 KOs) vs Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs)

WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne on Saturday, Nov. 4 live on SHOWTIME in a rematch of their 2015 world title fight. The event is presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING.

Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) dethroned the defending champion Stiverne in January 2015, via unanimous decision, in what was the promising challenger’s toughest fight to date. With the win, Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion in nearly a decade and he has gone on to defend the title five times. After Wilder vs. Stiverne I, Stiverne was hospitalized at University Medical Center in Las Vegas for severe dehydration and muscle damage, which he claimed affected his performance in his first title defense. Stiverne bounced back with a win over Derric Rossy and has been advocating for a rematch since.

After defeating Stiverne, Wilder went on to knockout each of his next five challengers including twice as the headliner on SHOWTIME. Wilder-Stiverne II will be the 10th heavyweight world championship fight to air live on SHOWTIME in the last two years as the heavyweight division continues its resurgence.

Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) remains the only Wilder opponent to go the distance with the hard-hitting Tuscaloosa, Ala., native who has knocked out every other professional opponent on his long resume. Stirvene is also the first Haitian-born boxer to win the heavyweight title.

The Nov. 4 main event will be the second heavyweight world championship bout to air live on SHOWTIME on back-to-back Saturdays. On Oct. 28 unified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua will meet Kubrat Pulev for Joshua’s IBF and WBA world titles in the main event of a fight card from Cardiff, Wales.

NOVEMBER 4 – SHOWTIME BOXING/PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS (BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN, NY)

WELTERWEIGHTS – 12 ROUNDS

“Showtime” Shawn Porter, Las Vegas, NV (27-2-1, 17 KOs) vs. Adrian Granados, Chicago, IL (18-5-2, 12 KOs)

Being featured on this night will be the former IBF Welterweight Champion “Showtime” Shawn Porter facing the tough Adrian Granados. Porter who was born in Akron, Ohio and now lives in Las Vegas, remains one of the top welterweights in the division and aims to secure another title shot with a strong performance against Granados.

photo edit courtesy of @dlgimagecreations

photo edit courtesy of @dlgimagecreations

Porter, who defeated former 2x World Champion Paul Malignaggi, 4x World Champion Adrien Broner, and former IBF Welterweight Champion Devon Alexander is a loved fighter throughout boxing and the within New York City.

former IBF Champion - "Showtime" Shawn Porter

former IBF Champion – “Showtime” Shawn Porter

Porter is an all-out, non-stop punching boxer that packs power. He goes to work every time he enters the ring. His destruction of former 2x World Champion Andre Berto on 4/22 (Barclays Center) has fight fans steadily anticipating a rematch fight against current undefeated WBA (SUPER) and WBC Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman. The mega-welterweight champion fight (6/25/16) was record-breaking, an all-out war, and remains one of the most anticipated rematches in boxing history.

Adrian Granados

Adrian Granados – photo courtesy of www.JAM1PHOTO.com

Granados is as tough as they come in boxing. Known for delivering exciting toe-to-toe action, he’s accustomed to facing tough opposition. The 28-year-old has been in with 140lb title contender Felix Diaz, previously unbeaten Amir Imam, whom he defeated by TKO in 2015, and former 4x World Champion Adrien Broner, whom he lost a split decision in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati on Feb. 18.

FEATHERWEIGHTS – 10 ROUNDS

Christopher “Lil Bhop” Colbert, Brooklyn, NY (6-0, 2 KOS) vs Titus “God-Gifted” Williams, Elmont, NY (7-0, 2 KOs)

photo edit courtesy of @_FIGHTERSBOX

photo edit courtesy of @_FIGHTERSBOX

The time for all the talking has ended. Now it’s time for both men to claim the title of “WHO’S THE BEST FEATHERWEIGHT IN NEW YORK CITY.” The history between both fighters’ dates to their early years while coming up in the amateur ranks, fighting alongside one another within many tournaments, most exclusively the New York Daily News Golden Gloves.

Christopher “Lil Bhop” Colbert, Brooklyn, NY (6-0, 2 KOS)

Christopher “Lil Bhop” Colbert, Brooklyn, NY (6-0, 2 KOS)

Both men are signed to Premier Boxing Champions. Both men (up and coming prospects) are heralded as the next future stars of New York City Boxing. Many people within the New York City boxing community feel that this fight should not take place as both men are still early in their respective careers.

Titus “God-Gifted” Williams, Elmont, NY (7-0, 2 KOs)

Titus “God-Gifted” Williams, Elmont, NY (7-0, 2 KOs)

But who can stop a man from doing what he wants and needs to do. This isn’t just a battle between two young, New York City fighters; this is a fight between two men who wants and plans on taking that next step in their career. This fight isn’t only between themselves, it’s also a measure of where both men take their respective careers further against  the best of the best in and around their division. The respect value for both men taking this fight is ultra high. Both camps have a complete understanding of what needs to take place on fight night: SOMEOENES’S “0” HAS GOT TO GO.

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November 11 – HBO BOXING (NYCB, Long Island, Nassau Coliseum, NY)

MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 12 ROUNDS

Daniel Jacobs, Brooklyn, NY (32-2, 29 KOs) vs Luis Arias, Milwaukee, WI (18-0, 9 KOs)

The former WBA Middleweight Champion (ranked number four in the world and number two in the United States) is facing a young, brash, and determined fighter in Arias.

Daniel Jacobs vs. Luis Arias/with Promoter Eddie Hearn - Middleweight Fight - November 11 - Nassau Coliseum - HBO BOXING, SKY SPORTS - Promotion: MATCHROOM BOXING

Daniel Jacobs vs. Luis Arias/with Promoter Eddie Hearn – Middleweight Fight – November 11 – Nassau Coliseum – HBO BOXING, SKY SPORTS – Promotion: MATCHROOM BOXING

Both men match up well in height but the difference in skill level will play out on fight night. Jacobs has been fought the best of the best. His first-round destruction of former WBO Middleweight Champion “Kid Chocolate” Peter Quillin (33-1-1, 23 KOs) remains one of his best knockouts to date (Saturday 5, December 2015; Barclays Center).

Jacobs’ gut wrenching and crowd-pleasing performance against one of the best middleweight champions in recent years (Gennady Golovkin – 37-0-1, 33 KOs; WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO Middleweight Champion; March 18, 2017, Madison Square Garden) continues to have fight fans hoping and praying for a rematch.

“THE MIRACLE MAN” and “BROOKLYN’S CHAMPION”, who signed a new promotional contract with Matchroom Boxing, will be looking to defeat the current USBA Middleweight Champion Arias in spectacular fashion, with the hopes of getting a future opportunity to rematch Gennady Golovkin or face current RING MIDDLEWIGHT CHAMPION Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Heavyweight – 12 ROUNDS

Jarrell Miller, Brooklyn, NY (19-0-1, 17 KOs) vs Mariusz Wach, Krakow, Poland (33-2, 17 KOs)

Also, being featured on this card is Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, Brooklyn, NY (19-0-1, 17 KOs) who’s scheduled to face Polish Heavyweight Title Contender Mariusz Wach (33-2, 17 KOs). Ranked number eleven in the world and number 4 in the United States in the heavyweight division, the former WBO-NABO and WBA-NABA continues to rise in the ranks, with a steady focus on becoming the next Heavyweight Champion from Brooklyn.

Jarrell Miller, Brooklyn, NY (19-0-1, 17 KOs) vs Mariusz Wach, Krakow, Poland (33-2, 17 KOs - HEAVYWEIGHTS

Jarrell Miller, Brooklyn, NY (19-0-1, 17 KOs) vs Mariusz Wach, Krakow, Poland (33-2, 17 KOs – HEAVYWEIGHTS

Standing at 6’4, with a measured arm reach of seventy-eight inches, Miller is poised for another great showing against a fighter who stands at 6’7 ½, with a measured arm reach of 82”. Wach has challenged the great Wladimir Klitschko (12 – ROUND unanimous decision loss for the IBF, IBO, WBA (SUPER), WBO Heavyweight championship). Miller’s most recent win comes against title contender Gerald Washington (18-2-1 – Barclays 7/29/17), where he scored a TKO stoppage round eight.

This is undoubtedly a heavyweight match-up that will excite the fans on fight night.

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NOVEMBER 25th – HBO BOXING – THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS and MAIN EVENTS

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT – 12 ROUNDS

Sergey Kovalev, Kopeysk, Russia (30-2-1, 26 KOs) vs Vyacheslav Shabranskyy, Zhytomyr, Ukraine (19-1, 16 KOs)

Photo courtesy of Main Events

Photo courtesy of Main Events

Boxing returns to the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 25th! The main event will feature an exciting Light Heavyweight showdown as hard-hitting Russian superstar, SERGEY “KRUSHER” KOVALEV makes his Madison Square Garden debut when he steps into the ring to challenge top-rated contender VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY from the Ukraine.

Kovalev, the former WBO, IBF, WBA, and WBC DIAMOND Light Heavyweight Champion faces top-rated contender Shabranskyy in what is expected to be hard-hitting, all-action bout between two men, vying to be the ultimate man to beat within their division.

After suffering back to back losses to future International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Andre Ward, “The Krusher” is ready to get back to the top of his division. Ranked number two in the world and at thirty-four years of age, he must first get past the younger Shabranskyy (30), who is taller (6’3 ½), and primed to defeat the former world champion.Tickets are currently on sale for this bout; for more information, follow:

DECEMBER 2, 2017 – HBO BOXING – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN (GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS)

Miguel Cotto, Caguas, Puerto Rico (41-5, 33 KOs) vs Sadam Ali, Brooklyn, NY (25-1, 14 KOs)

What can you say about a man who have given his all to the sport of boxing, every time he enters the ring. In describing Miguel Cotto, you must always include the fact that he has fought the best of the best in his generation. He is truly an “ICON” and quite possibly one the best Puerto Rican fighter today. The list of opponents he’s faced is stacked with future International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees:

  • Floyd “Money” Mayweather
  • Zab Judah
  • Sergio Martinez
  • Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
  • Austin “No Doubt” Trout
  • Paul “The Magic Man” Malignaggi
  • “Sugar” Shane Mosely
  • Manny Pacquiao

The list opponents Cotto has faced in his career is endless. Now the thirty-six-year-old champion is ready to have his last fight, in a place that he’s very familiar with, and has made his home throughout the years: Madison Square Garden.

In doing so, the current WBO 154LB Super Welterweight Champion is facing a young, hungry lion. Ali, the current WBA-INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION, possesses top-notch skills and the ability to defeat the aging champion.

On DECEMBER 2, 2017, live at MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, Cotto (the former WBC Middleweight Champion, former WBA Super Welterweight Champion, former WBA (SUPER) Super Welterweight Champion, former two-time WBO Welterweight Champion, former WBA Welterweight Champion [four title defenses], former WBO Super Lightweight Champion [six title defenses], will look to close out his stellar career in supreme fashion.

DECEMBER 9, 2017 – THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

WBO FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS

Vasyl Lomachenko, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine (9-1, 7 KOs) vs Guillermo Rigondeaux, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (17-0, 11 KOs

What can you say to describe two of the best amateur boxers in history who are scheduled to face one another in the professional ranks. Both men are skilled and elite: they are both “THE BEST OF THE BEST” when it comes to describing top-notch boxing talent. Both men are southpaws and world class fighters. When viewing this phenomenal matchup, you get a sense of looking at yourself in a mirror.

Lomachenko, aka “HI-TECH”, continues to dispatch with opponents with ease. He’s elusive, carries exquisite power, and at times, toys with his opponents with his constant, tactical pressure, ultimately winning by TKO of vicious highlight reel knockout fashion.

Rigondeaux, aka “The Jackal”, is just as good, if not better. The Cuban-sensation is a dominating force to be reckoned with. Rigondeaux is smooth in his display of boxing ability. He’s a quiet storm but can quickly change the course of a fight in the blink of an eye.

Lomachenko, at twenty-nine years of age, is the current WBO FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION. He has a total of seven defenses on his resume. Rigondeaux, at thirty-four years of age, is the current WBA Super Bantamweight and WBO Super Bantamweight Champion. At this point in each man’s career, the only thing that separates them is age and height, with Lomachenko standing at 5’6 and Rigondeaux standing at 5’4.

On fight night, age and height will quickly go out the door and both men will be looking to claim the title of “BEST EVER.”

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DECEMBER 16TH – CBS SPORTS – PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS – NASSAU COLLISEUM

IBF and WBA WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 ROUNDS

Errol Spence, Jr., Desoto, TX (22-0, 19 KOs) vs Lamont Peterson, Washington, D.C. (35-3-1, 17 KOs)

It’s “MAN-DOWN” vs “HEADBANGER”, in a battle of two of the best (current) welterweight champions, who both love and enjoy breaking their opponents down with thunderous body punches. Both men are equipped with the supreme skill and power and will sure stand toe-to-toe during their exchanges inside the squared circle.

Peterson, the former 2x Super Lightweight Champion and current WBA Welterweight Champion is an all-around superb boxer with quick hands and great footwork. He’s complete and balanced in all facets: heart, skill, determination. One description of Peterson: he loves to fight. He’s faced many great champions in his career (former champions Kendall Holt, Lucas Matthysse, Amir Khan, Tim Bradley Jr., and Danny Garcia) and he will undoubtedly be ready for to face Spence, Jr. on fight night.

Spence, Jr. however, is a different anomaly. Born in Long Island, NY, Spence, Jr. has continuously dominated all opponents thus far. Many fans and boxing journalists predict him to be the “KING OF ALL WELTERWEIGHTS.” His destruction of former IBF Welterweight Champion Kell Brook skyrocketed his appeal and placed him as the man to beat in the division. The powerful southpaw is digs in and batters his opponents, from one ring post to the next. In fact, there’s no limit to his capabilities. Spence, Jr. is a huge welterweight and smothers his opponents with his “BODY-HEAD” attack.

This is a fight, that by all means, will not go the distance.

WELTERWEIGHTS – 12 ROUNDS

Danny Garcia, Philadelphia, PA (33-1, 19 KOs) vs Brandon Rios, Oxnard, California (34-3-1, 25 KOs)

This fight has yet to be confirmed but it lingers and circles around boxing community as a fight that both men want to make happen. Garcia, the former WBC Welterweight Champion, former WBC, WBA, and RING Super Welterweight Champion is poised and ready to reclaim his position as one of the best fighters within the welterweight division.

Garcia is one of the best fighters in his division. He stands toe-to-toe with each opponent he faces and is willing to trade power with power. If faced against Rios (former WBA Lightweight Champion), he will find a fighter, just like him, as Rios never backs down from a challenge and is always willing to trade power shots with his opponent.

With both men eager to get back into the squared circle, truthfully speaking, this can be the best fight to cap off a great year of boxing.

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DECEMBER 17, 2017 – O2 ARENA (MILLENIUM DOME), GREENWICH, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

HEAVYWEIGHTS – 12 ROUNDS

Tony Bellew, Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom (29-2-1, 19 KOs) vs David Haye, Bermondsey, London, United Kingdom (28-3, 26 KOs)

Bellew, the former WBC Cruiserweight Champion, defeated Haye (former Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and former 3x WBA Heavyweight World Champion) in a hard-fought eleven-round bout back on 3/4/17. There were no pleasantries or love lost in that bout, only respect by one another given after the fight was called off as Bellew controlled the fight with superb boxing.

Haye, while coming on late in the bout, injured his ankle, resulting in a tough go for him to plant his feet and land his infamous “HAYMAKER” punch. A fight of this magnitude, promoted by both Matchroom Boxing and Ringstar Promotions, will ultimately solidify who’s the best “BIG MAN” underneath the current WBA (Super), International Boxing Organization, IBF World Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom).

The year of boxing in 2017 has been blessed with phenomenal matchups and fantastic knockouts. However, the year is not over. It is not complete. There’s so much more boxing to take place. With the listed fights expected to take place, let us enjoy what has and will take place, not only now, but for the near future.

Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com