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David Lemieux vs. Curtis Stevens – Preview and Predictions

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Two of the middleweight divisions biggest hitters, David Lemieux and Curtis Stevens, go head to head on Saturday night live on HBO, with both men looking to secure title fights by the end of 2017. While there is no official sanctioning title on the line for this bout, it is still expected to garner a lot of attention from the boxing public as both men are considered lethal power punchers.

David Lemieux, a native of Montreal, Canada, boasts an extremely impressive 32 KOs in 36 fights (an 89% KO percentage). Until a shock loss to Marco Antonio Rubio back in 2011 derailed his progress, Lemieux was tearing through the middleweight division, with only one previous opponent managing to hear the final bell. With that defeat came a subsequent one against tough, veteran Haitian Joachim Alcine. With both losses coming in front of his home crowd, the wheels looked to have well and truly come off of David Lemiuex’s comet like career.

However, Lemieux showed a tremendous level of mental fortitude, dispatching a series of opponents in efficient manner over the course of the next three years. This led to a showdown with tough Philadelphia fighter ‘King’ Gabe Rosado. Rosado, who had some legitimate wins on his resume, was unable to handle Lemieux’s power and the fight was halted early despite a battered and bruised Rosado’s protests.

His next win over former champion Hassam N’Dam N’Jikam, announced to the boxing world that David Lemieux was back, with N’Dam hitting the canvas no less than four times in a wide decision victory for Lemieux.

Curtis Stevens in many ways has had a remarkably similar career to Lemieux. A fighter with 21KOs in 29 fights, Stevens has shown some serious power of his own on his journey through the middleweight division. His resume boasts some notable wins also, with both veteran Darnell Boone and highly ranked up and comer Tureano Johnson being among the many fighters who ‘The Cerebral Assassin’ has had his hand raised against. While a loss to common Lemieux opponent Hassan N’Jikam via a points decision two years ago stalled his career for a time, Stevens showed his own level of mental toughness, returning with back to back wins last year against solid opposition.

Apart from N’Jikam, the thread that binds these two fighters together is the #1 middleweight on the planet right now, Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin. Both suffered brutal stoppages to the middleweight king, but the manner in which they came might hold some clues as to the potential outcome of this fight.

While GGG had ran through everyone of consequence in his lead up to the Lemieux fight, Golovkin showed a level of respect for Lemieux’s power rarely seen up to that point. Abel Sanchez, Golovkins trainer, was heard throughout the fight urging his fighter to stay composed and utilize his greater skillset. While most fans expected a war, Golovkin came out jabbing and systematically broke Lemieux down over eight extremely one-sided rounds in a superb boxing display.

Golovkins fight against Stevens however was much more of a conventional fight for the Kazakh champion. Golovkin went to work early on Stevens, bruising him with multiple hard shots to the head and body. While a brief flurry in the middle rounds for Stevens stemmed the tide somewhat, the end result was inevitable and, just as in the Lemieux fight, the referee halted action in the eighth round.

While both of these losses appear remarkably similar, it was Golovkins level of of respect for each mans power which is the telling factor.

Lemieux is an extremely capable power puncher with a legitimate two-handed attack. He hunts both to the head and body and can bend at the waist, generating greater leverage on his punches.

Stevens on the other hand, while possessing similar power, relies more heavily on his left hook and focuses the majority of his work up top, neglecting the body.

Both fighters are somewhat defensively limited. Lemieux with his high front guard is suspectible to wide hooks thrown both to the side of the head and body, while Stevens, who prefers pressing hs own attack over solid defence, leaves himself open to straight counters and body shots.

This fight has mid-late stoppage written all over it, and with both men having the necessary tools to KO the other, this fight could frankly go either way.  With that being said however, I would definitley lean to David Lemieux to emerge victorious, with his arguably greater power and tighter defence being the deciding factors in this fight.

Either way, this should be a very exciting matchup for casual fans as both men will likely be throwing leathered bombs right from the opening bell.

Pick: (Lean) Lemieux via stoppage.

 

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25th Annual Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night, A Charity Knockout Event

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The stars came out last night to give, show support, perform, and to continue to raise money and awareness in hopes of one day find a cure to knockout Parkinson’s disease.

Going back to year number 1, The first ever event was held at the Ritz-Carlton operated on a much smaller scale than today, which is now held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.

At the very first Celebrity Fight Night With the help of Phoenix Suns Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and the valley of the sun’s very own Louie Espinoza, Tony Baltazar, and boxing champion Michael Carbajal who by the way fought in the ring with over sized boxing gloves.

The ”Puttin on the Fists at The Ritz” first Celebrity Fight Night scored a knockout win and is STILL punching on through today for the Greatest Of All Time, The late great Muhammad Ali.

Last night I was honored to attend and speak to a few of the stars, one was NFL legendary kicker Nick Lowery, Mr. Lowery now spends most of his time at charitable endeavors and advocating for alternative medicine research and is also a spokesman for Kannalife, Inc to raise awareness for CTE and players safety in hopes of one day having intercellular “helmets,” like Kannalife’s CBD and KLS-13019, is so important to potentially treat the brain.

I asked Lowery what is his favorite Ali memory, and Lowery’s response: ” Taking Ali to the NBA All-Star game one year as we sat behind Jay-Z and Beyonce and watching Beyonce wave to Ali, Beyonce spoke to us, she is the sweetest person. Also taking Ali to the locker rooms and watching Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and all the other all stars turn into children at the sight of seeing their hero the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali walk through the doors, what an experience that was.”

In asking the very same question to R&B Singer Brian McKnight, ”I have so many Ali memories but my favorite was watching Ali knockout George Foreman at home with my dad. The odds were against Ali and Ali being the great fighter that he was he beat the odds and stopped a much younger powerful puncher in Foreman. You know, I am still a big boxing fan today, I enjoy watching Tyson Fury out of the current heavyweights.”

And what did legendary former champion boxer, Micheal Carbajal have to say? ”It’s truly an honor to attend this great event, at the very first one proceeds went to my 9th street boxing gym and now 24 years later it’s still going strong, a great charity”. Mr. Carbajal went on to talk some boxing with me,

Carbajal- ” You see Spence/Garcia?”

Me- ” Yes, it was brutal, what did you think?”

Carbajal- ” Not good for Mikey Garcia at all, but he is still my favorite current boxer, and he beats everybody at 135 pounds if he can make the weight there. Mikey would knockout Lomachenko in 4 rounds at 135.”

Me- ”Wow, you really think that? Both are great technical boxers but I can’t see a 4 round fight between them, so you really think it would only take Mikey 4 rounds to stop Lomachenko?”

Carbajal- ” I KNOW so!”

Special honorees for the evening include fabled American music producer and 27-time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones, Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Abraham Lieberman, the medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute and Renee Parsons of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

“For 25 years, we’ve treated Celebrity Fight Night audiences to the world’s greatest entertainers and this year will be no different as we welcome Barry Manilow,” said Jimmy Walker, Founder of Celebrity Fight Night. “With the help of our celebrity friends and incredibly generous donors, we are once again excited to raise millions of dollars and make a difference in the lives of those who need our support.”

Individual tickets for Celebrity Fight Night start at $1,500 – $10,000.  To purchase tickets or to get more information on the event, please visit www.celebrityfightnight.org, or call (602) 956-1121.

About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night has gifted more than $86 million over the past 24 years benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities.

The black-tie event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner, and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items and experiences. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and supports the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information, visitwww.celebrityfightnight.org.

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Canelo Alvarez/ Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs L.A. Press Tour Quotes & 5th Annual Box Fan Expo News & Spence/Garcia Fight Pick

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Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs), WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion, and Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs), IBF Middleweight World Champion, completed the final stop of their three-city press tour with a spectacular press event at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live.The 12-round unification fight will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday May 4 and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Below is what the participants had to say at the event:

CANELO ALVAREZ, WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion:

“I know Jacobs is a tough opponent and it’s going to be work, but I’ve always believed to be the best you must beat the best. I love challenges. I want people to experience a good fight when they come watch my fights. I may lose, but my heart is a winning heart and I want to give the fans a spectacular finish and I’m going to put up a good fight.”

DANIEL JACOBS, IBF Middleweight World Champion:

“I have the will and desire to go inside to go in that ring and be victorious and I see myself with my hand raised by the end of night. I know the odds are stacked against me and Canelo’s resume speaks for itself, but he’s never faced a tall, fast and big guy all at once and that’s what I’m going to give him. We’re going to give you what you’re looking for and the fans going to get a great fight come May 4.”

EDDY REYNOSO, Head Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:

“Our objective this year is win all the belts and become the first Mexican to win the all the world championships.”

JOSE “CHEPO” REYNOSO, Trainer and Manager of Canelo Alvarez:

“The moment he set foot in the gym we knew he was something special, the day he debuted he was great, but the day he retires the world will know how great of a fighter he is.”

ANDRE ROZIER, Trainer of Danny Jacobs:

“Jacobs is the best middleweight walking on this planet, his capabilities, skillset and gentleman ship will be what wins the fight on May 4.”

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions:

“I guarantee this is going to be the fight of the year. You have two fighters who don’t have a quit in their game, this is a fight for the ages. The fact that Jacobs and Canelo both want to be great, there’s no other way than to make this one great for the fans, they will get their money’s worth come May 4.”

FRANK SMITH, CEO of Matchroom Boxing:

“We believe Jacobs will unify all of those belts and he’ll take on Canelo and win that fight.”

JOSEPH MARKOWSKI, Executive Vice President, DAZN North America:

“We’re deeply honored and proud to be exclusively showing this champion versus champion fight in the U.S.”

Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN.

Tickets for Canelo vs. Jacobs are one sale now and are priced at $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, $305, $205 and $105, not including applicable service charges and taxes. There will be a limit of 10 per person at the $2,505, $1,505, $1,205, $805, $605, $405, and $305 price levels with a limit of two (2) per person at the $205 and $105 price levels. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849). Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.t-mobilearena.com or www.axs.com.

Devin Haney to make an appearance at the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on May 4

Undefeated boxing phenom Devin Haney has confirmed that he will appear, have a booth and hold a Meet & Greet with his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 5th Annual Box Fan Expo on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 10a.m to 5pm, during Cinco De Mayo weekend. The Boxing Expo will also coincide with the highly anticipated fight between Canelo Alvarez vs Danny Jacobs, that will take place later that evening at the T-Mobile Arena.

Haney will make his 1st appearance at this years’ Expo, and will be signing gloves, photos, personal items and memorabilia. Haney will also have merchandise and products to sell for fans to enjoy. Boxing Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures with this boxing sensation also known as “The Dream”.

Haney joins Earnie Shavers, Al Bernstein, Michael Spinks, WBC, Erik Morales, James Toney and Jessie Vargas as an early commitment to this year’s Box Fan Expo.

About Devin Haney
Devin Haney is quickly becoming the new sensation of boxing today, building an undefeated record of 21 fights, 13 of them by KO, since his debut on December 11, 2015. Haney has defined his aspirations to shape up and become the new star of boxing and to become world champion. A young man who has dedicated his life to the sport since he was seven years old, he has won 7 national championships as amateur, shaping a record of 130-8. He became the youngest member of the national Junior Team and was the youngest boxer to win the Junior World Championship in Nevada. On January 11, Haney took another significant step towards becoming a world champion, by defeating South Africa’s Xolisani Ndongeni by a wide unanimous decision in 10 rounds, in the main event of a card at the StageWorks in Shreveport, Louisiana and capturing the WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight Titles. Haney was born in San Francisco, and raised in Oakland, California but has been living in Las Vegas since he was 7 years old and he’s managed by his father William Haney. Devin knows that this is only the beginning of a brilliant career, hoping, planning and working hard to become the next boxing idol.

About Box Fan Expo

Box Fan Expo has been a huge success with fans and boxing industry people. Many boxing stars have attended the last four Expos such as Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Roy Jones Jr., Marcos Maidana, Andre Ward, Errol Spence Jr., Sergio Martinez, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Tim Bradley, Deontay Wilder, Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Fernando Vargas, Zab Judah,  James Toney, Vinny Pazienza, Mikey Garcia , Mia St.John, Leo Santa Cruz, Abner Mares Maricela Cornejo, Badou Jack, Terry Norris , Riddick Bowe , Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Danny Jacobs, Jorge Linares, Brandon Rios and many more…

Exhibitors such as boxing gear, apparel, new equipment’s, energy drinks, alcohol, supplement products, broadcasting media, sanctioning bodies and other companies who wish to participate will once again have a chance to showcase their brand to fans, media and the boxing industry.

Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: 

https://boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com

Box Fan Expo is the ultimate boxing fan experience event, which allows fans to Meet and Greet Boxing Superstars of today, current and former world champions, Legends of the sport and other boxing Celebrities at their booth. On Site, fans will experience different activities from Autograph Sessions, Photo Sessions, FaceOff with your favorite boxers, as well as a chance to purchase merchandise and memorabilia from their booth, plus so much more… you won’t want to miss this must-attend Expo!

Box Fan Expo will also feature top boxing organizations, promoters, ring card girls, famous trainers and commentators as well as boxing gear companies “ALL UNDER ONE ROOF”.

Throughout the next couple of months leading up to the event, there will be weekly updates on the many stars that will commit their appearance at the Boxing Expo. And for anyone in the Boxing industry or other Exhibitors (non-industry), who would like to be involved and reserve a Booth, contact Box Fan Expo:

Telephone number: (514) 572-7222 or Las Vegas Number (702) 997-1927

For any inquiries please email: boxfanexpo@gmail.com

For More information on Box Fan Expo visit: http://www.boxfanexpo.com

Follow Box Fan Expo on Twitter and Instagram: @BoxFanExpo

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March 16: Arlington, Texas (Fox PPV)

Errol Spence Jr.(24-0) Vs. Mikey Garcia(39-0) For Spence’s IBF Welterweight Title- For starters, I would like to point out that I really admire Garcia for daring to be great in jumping up 1 or 2 weight classes(depending on who you ask) to face the much bigger Spence.

Thing is though, that there are weight classes for a reason and in this bout, Mikey may have bitten off more than he can chew. I mean on paper, Mikey is the sharper more technical boxer, yet thing is that no fight is ever fought on paper.

Mikey is a brilliant boxer that takes subtle steps towards his foe in which doing so it places him at all times within striking distance. So in short, Mikey never over extends himself so he never wastes punches or motion.

Spence on the other hand is a big and strong welterweight that is known to carve up his opponents mid section. Spence also has a hard stiff jab that he employs often and very well.

In this clash I am expecting Spence to hurt Mikey with right hook body shots and short left hooks upstairs. Mikey will need to box in and out and must look to keep Spence turning.

I see Spence taking this in a 8 rounds to 4 comfortable unanimous win. But I also would be far from shocked if Spence lands something nasty to stop Garcia in his tracks late in the fight around the 9th round.

Bonus Pick: David Benavidez(20-0) over J’ Leon Love(24-2-1) by a brutal 8th round TKO.

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Canelo Alvarez To Unify Against Daniel Jacobs, Pacquiao/Broner Pick, & More

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Canelo Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) Vs. Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (35-2, 29 KOs) UNIFICATION FIGHT ON CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND- The sport’s biggest star Canelo Alvarez once again looks to challenge himself to defends his WBC, WBA, Lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Titles in a 12-round unification fight against IBF Middleweight World Champion Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs during the now fight weekend of Cinco de Mayo.
The champion-vs.-champion event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 and will be streamed exclusively live on DAZN. Additional details for the event, including venue and ticket information, will be announced shortly.
In Canelo’s last bout, Canelo became a three-division world champion by toying and knocking out Rocky Fielding in three rounds to capture a version of the WBA Super Middleweight World Title in December 2018. Against Jacobs, Canelo will return to middleweight for this fight as he continues to clean out the 160-pound division.
“I’m happy to announce my next fight during the festive weekend of Cinco de Mayo,” said Canelo Alvarez. “I will unify my middleweight titles against Daniel Jacobs on one of the two most important dates that belong to me. I have no doubt that I will be victorious and that I’ll be one step away from becoming the undisputed middleweight world champion. And what better way to watch it than on as tremendous a platform as DAZN.”
“This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. The opportunity to achieve greatness inside the ring,” said Daniel Jacobs“I have always believed I can beat Canelo, and on May 4 live on DAZN, I will get my chance to play it out. It’s been nearly four years since Canelo has faced an American challenger. It’s going to be a huge event where I believe I will cement myself as the best middleweight in the division.”
“Canelo Alvarez wants the best fights and the biggest challenges,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “That’s what he did as the 154-pound champion, and that’s what he’s doing now as the king of the middleweight division. We are also proud to demonstrate to boxing fans that this new partnership with DAZN means that fans will get pay-per-view level fights without the cost of pay-per-view. Golden Boy Promotions is continuing its promise to make the sport as accessible as possible by putting this champion-vs.-champion fight on the platform.”
“What a fight! I can’t tell you how happy I am that Danny Jacobs gets this opportunity to fight Canelo on Cinco de Mayo in a massive unification fight,” said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport. “Victory would cap one of the most incredible, inspirational boxing stories of our generation, and Danny and the team will be putting everything in place to lead him to victory. Respect to Canelo and Golden Boy for accepting this challenge, and congratulations to DAZN and their subscribers for getting this incredible fight with no extra cost. Let’s go May 4! Let’s go Daniel Jacobs!”
“On any other network or platform, Canelo vs. Jacobs would be an expensive pay-per-view,” said Joseph Markowski, DAZN EVP of North America. “At DAZN, we believe the best fights should be available to our subscribers at no extra charge.”
Canelo vs. Jacobs is a 12-round fight for the WBC, WBA, Lineal, Ring Magazine and IBF Middleweight World Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 and will be streamed live on DAZN.
For more information, visit  www.goldenboypromotions.com
Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) Vs. Adrien Broner (33-3-1, one no contest, 24 KOs) Fight Prediction- No real need in me romancing this one so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Broner is who he is, he’s a talent that never reached his true potential, Broner has speed, strength, and puts together punches well, but against same or next tier fighters he tends to go a bit gun shy and goes into a shell as he did against Maidana, Porter, Malignaggi, Vargas, Grenados, and Mikey Garcia.
So against Pacquiao, Broner could be a sitting duck since Pacquiao even at 40 years old is always looking to mix it up and fires punches in bunches. Broner must make the most out of the space being given and needs to really use his jab,go to the body often, and shoot a right uppercut when in close. Truth is, I don’t see Broner doing just that, I see Pacquiao outworking Broner to take it by a 116-112 unanimous decision in a somewhat entertaining fight with some sloppy rounds in between. If Broner can’t time Pacquiao jumping in, Broner may find himself knocked down facing adversity by picking himself off the canvas eating a Pacquiao straight left.
It all goes down tomorrow night January 19 for Pacquiao’s WBA (regular) welterweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Fights now set for Phoenix local fighters- Ray Beltran (35-8-1, 21 KOs), of Phoenix returns to the ring and shall return as a junior welterweight to face Hiroki Okada(19-0, 13 KOs) on Feb. 10 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. And on the ESPN+ portion of the card will treat us to junior featherweight contender Genesis Servania (32-1, 15 KOs) locking horns against Carlos Castro (21-0, 9 KOs) of Phoenix. 
The fight card will be headlined by junior welterweight world champ Jose Ramirez as he clashes against Jose Zepeda, the Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 7 p.m., with full card streaming on ESPN+ beginning at 4 p.m. ET).
Return of David Benavidez- Former WBC Super Middleweight champ, and Phoenix’s very own, 22 year old David Benavidez(20-0, 17 KO’s) will face 168-pound contender J’Leon Love on the co-main event for the March 16 on pay-per-view, set to take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The main event of that pay-per-view will be the much anticipated clash between Errol Spence Jr. vs. Mikey Garcia. With Caleb Plant fresh off of his tough fight in beating and taking the IBF super middleweight from Jose Uzcategui, you can expect to see Benavidez pursuing a clash against Plant in the near future. But there is still a lot of room between the lip and the cup before a Benavidez/Plant fight comes to fruition since Plant may have other plans and Benavidez must first get through J’ Leon Love.

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