January 22, 2015 |
TWO UP, two down. Eric Hunter passed his second test in the featherweight division since being inked by Bernard Hopkins and Golden Boy Promotions in October before fighting on the Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev undercard in November in Atlantic City. But last night's 10-round fight against Nicaraguan fighter Rene Alvarado at 2300 Arena wasn't as easy as the hometown scorecards made it seem. The unanimous decision - 98-92 and 97-93 (twice) - didn't tell the whole story. Hunter (20-3, 10 KOs)
January 21, 2015 |
BERNARD HOPKINS has a vision for Eric Hunter. And the 50-year-old promoter and fighter wants to make sure Hunter's ability gets shown to the world. It's why Hopkins and the folks at Golden Boy Promotions signed the current USBA featherweight champion to their stable of fighters in October. They believe in his ability and Hunter believes in his own ability; he's just been waiting for a chance to display it. The 28-year-old West Philly native will get a chance to show that talent in his hometown and in front of a national television audience at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia tonight, when he takes on Rene Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs)
January 16, 2015 |
Danny Garcia, wearing a tailored blue suit, shrugged his shoulders as he entered Wednesday's news conference at NBC Studios in New York. It was a changed look from his designer sunglasses and polo shirts. And it was the start of a drastic change in Garcia's career. His next fight - April 11 against Lamont Peterson - will be the main event of a nationally televised prime-time boxing card on NBC10. The title fight will put Garcia's WBC and WBA light-welterweight belts, and Peterson's IBF belt on the line.
November 10, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Oscar De La Hoya was his typical promotional self after watching his business partner, friend and former adversary take a 12-round beatdown at the hands of Sergey Kovalev early yesterday morning. The Golden Boy Promotions leader congratulated Bernard Hopkins - a minority partner in the company - on surviving 12 rounds at the age of 49. De La Hoya fielded questions about future fights for boxers under the Golden Boy umbrella, including Juniata Park's own Danny Garcia.
September 4, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins, his trainer, Naazim Richardson, said, is like a firefighter: He runs toward the flames while others run away. This time the blaze is Sergey Kovalev, the chiseled World Boxing Organization light-heavyweight champion from Russia who has menacing power. Kovalev, 31, has knocked out all but three of his 26 opponents. Undeterred, Hopkins opted for Kovalev instead of a perceived less-dangerous fight against World Boxing Council titlist Adonis Stevenson. "This is how this dude is," Richardson said.
August 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Danny Garcia stood in the center of his locker room as his manager snipped away the fighter's white wrappings, freeing the fists that dealt one of the most potent knockouts of his career. Saturday's second-round knockout at the Barclays Center was Garcia's shortest fight in three years. He earned $700,000 for dispatching heavy underdog Rod Salka in 4 minutes, 30 seconds. The final flurry was a righthanded body shot matched with a blindsided left hook. The referee ended the nontitle fight immediately and medics rushed into the ring as Salka lay flat on his back.
April 18, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The man standing between Bernard Hopkins, a unification of light-heavyweight titles and a bout against Adonis Stevenson isn't your run-of-the-mill boxer. Beibut Shumenov lacks professional experience, sure, but the story of his path to Saturday's clash with a legend features no shortage of intrigue. Shumenov, 30, from Kazakhstan, speaks five languages and owns a law degree. He is his own trainer and was, for a time, his own promoter. It took him only 10 professional fights to claim a World Boxing Association belt, just 16 to get his shot at glory.
April 4, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA is one step closer to getting its Joe Frazier statue. Fellow Philly boxing legend Bernard Hopkins and Golden Boy Promotions yesterday announced a "significant donation" to fund the completion of the project. The statue, expected to be unveiled between Thanksgiving and Christmas, will stand on the corner of Pattison Avenue and 11th Street, outside XFINITY Live! Hopkins, the IBF light-heavyweight champion, said in a statement that "seeing this statue built has meant a great deal to me for a very long time.
October 29, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Bernard Hopkins apologized if listeners had heard the story before, but the 48-year-old champion said it was pertinent to the point he was making. When he walked out of Graterford Prison 26 years ago, Hopkins said, he promised himself "I'm not going back to nobody's jail cell. " And he never did. It was then that Hopkins realized he could do anything he set his mind to. "I'm going through that wall. That's how I think, that's how I operate," said Hopkins, who retained his IBF light-heavyweight title with an impressive unanimous decision over Karo Murat on Saturday night at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
September 13, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr., the biggest draw in boxing, looked up from his smartphone, smiled, and shook his head. The undefeated five-division world champion had spent most of a news conference Wednesday with his eyes on the screen and his fingers twiddling. Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, was raving about Mayweather's light-middleweight title defense on Saturday against Canelo Alvarez. It's the biggest in boxing history, he said, and pay-per-view records will fall.