On Saturday September 16, in Hackney Wick, London at the Copper Box Arena, WBO middleweight belt holder Billy Joe Saunders defended his title against former world title challenger Willie Monroe Jr. In the lead up to this contest there were some strong words from Saunders towards Monroe, at one time he referred to him as a “Quitter” referring to his loss against WBA, IBF, IBO and WBC champion Gennady Golovkin. At every opportunity Saunders would storm Monroe’s base of operations in London to belittle the American challenger. On the night of official weigh-in’s, Saunders seven year old son Steve actually jumped on stage and punched Monroe in his testicles a moment that went viral across the internet.
On fight night the ring was plastered with photos of Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez, reminding fans they would be fighting hours later in Las Vegas Nevada. On the corner pad behind Saunders, was the face of Golovkin with an almost mocking expression that appeared to glare over Saunders shoulder between rounds. Those photos and advertisements for Golovkin versus Canelo helped ease the drudgery getting ready to taking place between Saunders and Monroe by giving fans something they can get excited for.
It started with Saunders pushing forward and Monroe Jr looking for counter punches. Over the next several rounds, Monroe would continue going backwards avoiding Saunders wild hooks that despite crowd reaction mostly missed their intended target. This tempo continued, until rounds four and five when Monroe was able to put forth an offensive burst of punches that made Saunders momentarily move backwards.
With a slight cut near his eye and bridge of his nose from minor head clashes, Saunders at the midway point despite a lack of action almost looked like he had actually been in a fight. This seemed like an opportune moment for Willie Monroe Jr, whose hands were in position to unload his arsenal. There was an anticipation for those watching to see Monroe Jr to act on his opportunity and even UK broadcast members stating “Willie Monroe Jr just needs to let those hands to drive Saunders back and he will go home WBO champion”. Instead he posed, he began to parry, he demonstrated how to feint punches but until the twelfth round failed to let a single punch go with purpose. There was even a moment in round eleven where both fighters appeared friendly and apologized to one another for a clash of heads.
There would be a half hearted effort by both fighters, to close the bout strong but it appeared more for dramatic effect than with actual purpose. When the final scores were announced the judges seen it 117-111, 115-114 and 117-112 all in favor of Billy Joe Saunders, my scorecard read 115-113 also in favor of Saunders. The only way to justify my score and the 115-114 scorecard of judge Julio Cesar Alvarado being so close is Saunders despite being the offensive aggressor threw wild punches and missed his target often. The aggression of Saunders certainly did not fit the criteria of effective aggression, it was at least an attempt to force some sort of action something Monroe Jr seemed unwilling to provide.
While retaining his belt Billy Joe Saunders improved to 25-0 (12), Willie Monroe Jr after his second failed title opportunity now stands at 21-3 (6). As a gesture of good sportsmanship Billy Joe Saunders son did enter the ring and tell Monroe “I’m sorry for punching you in the nuts”.
This was a shameful effort for two professional fighters, especially when one is a belt holder and other ranked in the top ten by a major sanctioning body. I suppose it’s hard to put on your best performance when the ring you fight in is nothing but an advertisement for a fight in another country that same night. It sort of screams “While we wait for Supremacy watching Tedious is good a way as any to pass time”
In Undercard action
Light Heavyweight- Anthony Yarde 13-0 (12) retained his WBO European Light Heavyweight Title and captured the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight Title with a third round stoppage over Norbert Nemesapati 25-7 (18).
Heavyweight Daniel Dubois 5-0 (5) def. AJ Carter 8-4 (6) via TKO 1.
Super Featherweight- Archie Sharp 10-0 (6) def. Imre Nagy 15-11 (7) via TKO 2.
Super Middleweight- Zak Chelli 3-0 (1) def. Adam Jones 6-24-5 (1) via UD 6.
Super Middleweight- Lerrone Richards 9-0 (3) def. Ferenc Albert 24-12 (12) via UD 6.
Super Bantamweight- Lucien Reid 7-0 (4) def. Jose Aguilar 16-38-4 (6) via UD 6.
Light Heavyweight- Ryan Hatton 1-0 (1) def. Jack Davies 0-2-1 via TKO 3.
Super Bantamweight- Jake Pettitt 2-0 def. Stefan Sashov 3-13 (3) via UD 4.
Saturday Night September 16th 2017, following the Gennady “GGG” Golovkin versus Saul “Canelo” Alvarez “Supremacy” pay-per view Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio will broadcast LIVE with a post fight show, starting ten minutes after the main event winner is announced.
With a combined record of 86-1-1 (67) Gennady Golovkin versus Canelo Alvarez is one of the most anticipated fights in boxing, not only this year but this era. The winner of this bout will not only cement themselves as boxing’s top middleweight today but both men join past middleweight greats on a short distinguished list of 160lb mega fights.
On the show with their post fight opinions will be host Billy C, “Guinness Book” world record holder and former contender Sal Cenicola, “International Boxing Hall of Fame” referee Larry Hazzard, “Talkin Boxing With Billy C” broadcast member Daxx Kahn and “Fist Things First” head honcho Alex Pierpaoli.
Once members of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & radio show give their thoughts we will open the phone lines for fans to call in and express their opinions on the event.
Oleksandr Usyk (13-0, 11 KOs), Kiev, Ukraine
Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs) and Robert Brant (22-0, 15 KOs) meet in the ring on Friday October 27 when the World Boxing Super Series’ super middleweight division and the quest for the Ali Trophy illuminate the Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany.
“I am very glad the World Boxing Super Series can announce a date and venue for my quarter-final against Rob Brant,” said 38 year-old Braehmer.
The former WBA and WBO Light Heavyweight Champion is looking forward to fighting in his habitat in Germany.
“I am very excited that this bout is going to take place in my hometown of Schwerin. In short: I cannot wait to start my journey to win the Ali Trophy!”
Brant from Minnesota, however, is looking forward to passing through historic Schwerin, famous for its beautiful Old Town and romantic Schwerin Palace, on his promising career path.
“Braehmer is a well accomplished and proven boxer worldwide with star power in his home country,” said 26 year-old Brant. “I have no problem going to his backyard for a fight; he is a seeded athlete in the tournament.”
“I feel this is a pure crossroads fight containing a proven well-known fighter toward the end of his career against a hot prospect looking to make his name in the sport. I feel confident in winning this fight as does everyone in my training circle. After researching Schwerin I am excited to compete in such a beautiful and historic city!”
The winner of Juergen Braehmer vs. Robert Brant will face the winner of Callum Smith vs. Erik
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British IBO Champion Chris Eubank Jr. (25-1, 19 KOs) and Turkish challenger Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs) exchanged words at a kickoff press conference in Stuttgart before their quarter-final bout on October 7 at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany.
The kickoff press conference for one of the most exciting match-ups in the World Boxing Super Series did not disappoint when it comes to verbal punches from both sides. Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Avni Yildirim is clearly a fight between a British fighter eager to prove himself as the best in the world, and a proud Turk who believes he can shock the boxing world and overshadow everyone in the Ali Trophy tournament.
Chris Eubank Jr. (27): “This is the first fight for me in this tournament and I am here to make a statement. I am the man, and I am the man to beat. There will be no mercy for Yildirim, I am here to win. I am not here to make friends, I am not here to look pretty and be a celebrity, I am here in this tournament to become the champion.”
“I am very much looking forward to this fight. I think it is a great match-up. Styles make fights, and the reason I picked this man at the Draft Gala in Monaco is that he is a fighter, he comes forward, he is very active, he is very open, he takes risks, which he will pay for in this fight. I can’t wait!”
“I have a goal, I have a challenge that I have to complete, and that is to win to the Muhammad Ali Trophy and prove that I am the best in world.”
Avni Yildirim (26): “This tournament is a chance for me to fight the best in the world. It is an honor for me to compete against these guys, all giants in the super middleweight division. I respect Chris Eubank Jr. and his champion status, but I will tell him one thing: I am going to make my country proud.”
“I am here to make a dream come true, and I do not see anyone take that dream away from me. I am here to destroy everyone in this tournament. I am not an Instagram or Facebook fighter like Eubank Jr. I am Avni Yildirim, and I am here to destroy, I will do anything to win this fight and win this tournament.”
“I feel good, I am very prepared. Let’s fight!”
After the opening statements Yildirim claimed he never really heard of Eubank Jr. through his years in boxing since beginning at the age 13, and the Briton replied with a quote from the time when Mike Tyson dominated inside and outside the ring: “Do you want to know who I am? I am the baddest man on the planet!”
Said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer: “We are looking very forward to bringing the Ali Trophy and the World Boxing Super Series to Stuttgart on the 7th of October. The Ali Trophy is a very special tournament, a tournament with a total prize money of 50 million dollars.”
“It is a quarter-final fight, a fight where Chris Eubank Jr. picked his opponent Avni Yildirim, an undefeated challenger from Turkey, In his last fight Yildirim beat a Mexican in Mexico, that says a lot about Yildirim. In Chris’ last fight he made a master class performance at Wembley against Arthur Abraham. So it is two absolute fighting men. absolute talents that belong in the World Boxing Super Series. We are looking forward to a tremendous fight!”
Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions proudly announces the signing of super bantamweight prospect Jesse Angel Hernandez to an exclusive promotional contract.
A 26-year-old southpaw from Fort Worth, Texas, Hernandez (9-1, 7 KOs) first came to Salita’s attention last August 4, at a Salita Promotions event at the MGM Grand Detroit, and live on ShoBox: The New Generation, where he sored an impressive TKO 5 over Russia’s formerly undefeated Vladimir Tikhonov (16-0). Tikhonov, a Salita fighter, was overwhelmed by the strength, heavy hands and fearsome body attack of Hernandez.
It was a display of offensive firepower that promoters look for in a prospect.
Hernandez compiled a 68-6 record as an amateur before turning pro in 2009. Hampered by inactivity for five years, due to managerial issues and a shortage of local gyms, he has rededicated his career since returning in 2014.
Hernandez comes from a boxing family and is one of 16 brothers and sisters. Nine of the boys were boxers and six turned professional, including Jose “El Loco” Hernandez, who scored a draw against former world champion Mickey Bey, and Rodrigo Hernandez, who fought to the only draw with Leo Santa Cruz.
“It’s like a blessing to sign with Salita,” said Hernandez. “I feel like we are very good fit. A company with great potential to make hardworking fighters into championship level athletes. I plan on making a name for myself and eventually win a world title.”
A true force in the ring, Hernandez says as he progresses to bigger fights, his relentless style will become even more effective.
“I was made for 12 rounds or more. I have an advantage that will help me reach my plan of dominating the 122-lb. division and eventually move up and hopefully do the same at higher divisions. I would like to fight anybody who holds a title once I get my opportunity. I want to fight whoever is the best when I get to that level. I fear no one. If you have ranking points or a title, I hope to see you in my future.”
“Jesse has an exciting, aggressive TV-friendly style,” said Dmitriy Salita. “I am confident that with more fights and exposure he will be on his way to being a big name in the super bantamweight division.”
The proposed bout was heating up on twitter with the pair both very vocal on the platform and evidently with no love lost.
However in the end Ricky has confirmed that it simply was not possible.
“I got an offer from Eddie exactly 7 weeks out from the fight. I know why he does it. He protects his fighters and brings the money to the table late in the day to give his fighters maximum advantage. I don’t think any of Whyte’s opponents since Joshua have had a full camp. There is no one better in the business at the minute at working the angles with the fans, social media and getting the job done. But equally we are in a position where we must do what is best for our fighter and we have decided not to bow to the pressure”.
Lucas Browne and Hatton Promotions have had their well documented issues but there is no divide between Promoter and boxer on this occasion. Matt Clark- Lucas’ manager- confirmed “everyone at our end was perfectly aligned. I thought Eddie was light on the money to start with and he must have as well because to be fair he moved a bit but ultimately all of the team felt notice was too short. We like the fight, we think it makes a great fight, but it’s deserving of a fair platform and that is not what we have here”.
Browne lives in Western Australia, but would need to travel across Australia to Sydney for a fight camp. He would then of course have to travel to the UK with time to acclimatise before taking on the most important fight of his life.
In the end team Browne felt the timescales would have been near impossible and would have put Lucas at a significant disadvantage.
Ricky added “At the end of the day had Eddie blown our minds with the money, then you have to consider if it’s worth the gamble for Lucas to fight effectively without a camp. That was not the case by a long shot here”
Far from a game of brinkmanship no counter financial proposal was made by Hatton Promotions. “Ultimately, I’m a straight forward guy and once I had established the logistics it was clear to me the fight would not happen for the 28th and the money was not mind blowing. Eddie will tell you no doubt, I never made a counter offer”.
“Fans will be disappointed of course. What I would say is that if Eddie wants to give Lucas proper notice for the fight, we can look to make the numbers work, then 100 percent Lucas has the fight”
For now Hatton Promotions will continue with the others options that it was already looking at prior to the late Matchroom approach and hope to confirm fight details shortly.