Swedish heavyweight talent Otto ‘All in’ Wallin (18-0, 12 KOs) faces German Timur Stark (8-2-0, 7 KOs) in a ten round contest when the World Boxing Super Series premieres on September 9 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.
“It feels great to fight on such a big card as the World Boxing Super Series is,” said 26-year old Wallin.
“The fight for the Muhammad Ali Trophy attracts the eyes of the world so it’s a great opportunity for me that I want to seize with both hands.”
Wallin, who is training out of New York under two-time world champion Joey Gamache, has respect for his four-year older opponent.
“My opponent Timur Stark is a decent fighter, lost only to top guys so now it’s my turn to show that I’m a top guy. The crowd in Berlin can expect me to go ‘All in’ as usual,” said Wallin, who claimed the WBA Continental Heavyweight Title in April with an impressive TKO victory in round five over Italian Gianluca Mandras.
“I’m in great shape and as always I’ve been working very hard since my last fight. The difference this time is that I’ve been training in New York and I’ve been getting plenty of good sparring,” said Wallin.
“It’s the first time that I’ve been able to get such good sparring on a daily basis and I think it’s going to make a huge difference for me.”
Timur Stark is also ready to play his cards right in Berlin: “I will prove to Wallin that I have the better hand in my hands on September 9. This fight will not go the distance.”
Also confirmed on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final bout between Aleksandr Usyk and Marco Huck:
Frederik Hede Jensen vs. Baska Tuvdenlhagva (four rounds featherweight).
The big stage is set for Germany’s next super-middleweight hope: Denis Radovan (5-0, 2 KOs) will be part of the World Boxing Super Series premieres on September 9 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. He will meet Yann Binanga Aboghe (6-1-1) from France.
“It is an honor for me to prove myself at the premiere of the quest for the Muhammad Ali Trophy in Germany,” said 24-year old Radovan.
There will be a familiar face from the boxing scene in Radovan’s corner: Juergen Braehmer.
The former light heavyweight world champion has trained Radovan since his change from the amateurs to the pros. In addition, Braehmer is the only boxer to take part in the World Boxing Super Series also being active as a coach. The skilled technician will face Rob Brant from the US at the end of October in the last quarterfinal event of the WBSS season at a venue to be confirmed.
Braehmer is preparing himself in his hometown Schwerin, together with Denis Radovan, Araik Marutjan and current WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Tyron Zeuge.
“At the moment the focus is completely on Denis,” said Braehmer. “Aboghe is not an easy opponent, but Denis should beat him. That’s what I expect from him.”
Braehmer has big expectations for his prodigy. “It is an ambitious goal, but by the end of 2017 or early 2018 we want to take the first minor title fight. He has enormous potential, ” said the WBSS participant. And how does Braehmer manage the double burden of his own preparation and coaching?
Braehmer: “That’s very simple. My guys have their schedule, I have my training times. There are no issues at all.”
Saturday August 19th LIVE at a packed Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln Nebraska, unified WBC/WBO light welterweight champion Terence Crawford took on WBA, IBF and IBO unified light welterweight champion Julius Indongo. This was the first time since 2004 when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya for the unified middleweight championships, had two fighters faced off for all the belts in a division. This was a fight for more than “Titles”, there was a place in “History” being etched for both men.
When the contest started both men seemed a anxious neither wanting to make that first mistake. While Crawford was slightly more relaxed, his nine punches connected made it evident he was not chancing one of those wide powerful hooks of Indongo landing clean. In the second round Crawford began settling in and landed a punch behind the ear of Indongo putting him down for an eight count. Once rising off the canvas, Indongo went straight for Crawford hoping he could even things out, as the round ended Crawford missed a wild left hand.
At the start of round three, Indongo still seeking retribution for the second round knockdown threw wide reckless hooks. As Crawford moved back towards the ropes he looked for an opening, landing clean to the solar plexus of Indongo dropping him for the second time. While Indongo writhed in agony, referee Jack Reiss made the full ten count declaring Terence Crawford the undisputed Super Lightweight champion of the world. With his victory and status of “Undisputed” Crawford improved to 32-0 (23), after his first professional defeat Julius Indongo now stands at 22-1 (11).
While it was a great moment to see Crawford establish 140lb dominance and perhaps rise a few notches in boxing’s mythical “Pound for Pound list”, any true fan has to appreciate Indongo even in defeat. At 34yrs old he just reached the peak of his career winning his IBF, WBA and IBO world titles as an “Opponent” traveling to foreign countries coming out ahead both times. He could have sought an easier fight to hold onto his belts a little while longer but instead did what a champion should by facing the best available.
The co-feature between NABF Light Heavyweight title holder Oleksandr Gvozdyk and Craig Baker started out slower than expected. In his most recent bouts Gvozdyk has been the constant aggressor, dominating then stopping world class opponents Issac Chilemba and Yuniseki Gonzalez. In this fight Gvozdyk played more the role of “Boxer” using footwork along with subtle head movement. As the bout wore on this version of Gvozdyk gave Baker confidence and made the crowd in attendance question this “Buzz” surrounding Gvozdyk as a brutal finisher.
In round six, Gvozdyk turned up the heat almost instantly splitting Baker’s high guard with a right hand then dropped him after a compact right hook connected above his ear. Once back on his feet, Baker would be driven back to the ropes under an all out assault from Gvozdyk forcing referee Celestino Ruiz to save him from further abuse. With the victory Oleksandr Gvozdyk improved to 14-0 (12), Craig Baker now stands at 17-2 (13).
The nights opening bout would be between former Olympian Shakur Stevenson and David Michel Paz. Over the six distance Stevenson used volume and combination punching to dominate Paz. In the fifth Stevenson scored a knockdown that resulted in a lopsided unanimous decision by scores of 60-53 on all three Judges cards. With his win Shakur Stevenson improved to 3-0 (1), David Michel Paz now stands at 4-4-1.
In Undercard action–
Super Lightweight– Mike Reed 23-0 (12) def. Robert Frankel 35-18-1 (7) via UD 10. 100-90 X3
Welterweight– Mike Alvarado 37-4 (25) def. Sidney Siqueira 26-13-1 (17) via KO 4.
Heavyweight– Bryant Jennings 20-2 (11) def. Daniel Martz 15-5-1 (12) via TKO 2.
Heavyweight-Dillian Whyte 21-1(16) def. Malcolm Tann 24-6 (13) via TKO3.
Light Heavyweight– Steven Nelson 9-0 (7) def. Cesar Ruiz 5-5 (2) via UD 6. 60-54 X3.
Lightweight– Kevin Ceja Ventura 8-0 (6) def. Baltazar Ramirez 3-4 (3) via KO 3.
WHAT: “Crawford vs. Indongo” championship professional boxing card
Erik Skoglund (26-0, 12 KOs) met the Swedish press at an Open Gym session today in Stockholm and talked about sparring Danish legend Mikkel Kessler and feeling confident ahead of facing Callum Smith (22-0, 17 KOs) in the quarter-finals of the World Boxing Super Series in Liverpool, September 16.
“The preparations are going very well,” said Skoglund. “I am in the shape of my life and I need to be because Callum Smith is the toughest opponent I could ask for.”
Former five-time world champion, Danish ‘Viking Warrior’ Mikkel Kessler has been a world class sparring partner for Skoglund in the build up for the Swedes first fight since moving down from light heavy to super middleweight to get a chance to get his hands on the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
“The last week the living legend Mikkel Kessler sparred with me. I have sparred with him before when he faced Carl Froch for the second time in 2013, and I can really feel how much I have developed.”
“Like then the sparring this week was unbelievable good. Kessler is a clever fighter, he knows his game. He has good footwork, good head movement, good punches. Good left hook to the head and body. He is not too unlike Callum Smith,” said Skoglund.
Smith selected Skoglund as his quarter-final opponent during the Draft Gala on July 8 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. With under four weeks to the fight at the Echo Arena Skoglund is ready to cause a stir against one of the favorites for the tournament.
“I am full of confidence ahead of fighting Callum Smith. I don’t feel any pressure. The pressure is on Callum, everyone expects him to shine in Liverpool, but I’m happy to be the underdog. I’m relaxed and ready to steal the shine and create the surprise.”
SAN ANTONIO (September 23, 2017) – The quest for the World Boxing Super Series Muhammad Ali Trophy in the cruiserweight division comes to San Antonio, Texas on September 23 when Cuban WBA World Champion Yunier ‘The KO Doctor’ Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) faces Russian Dmitry ‘Russian Hammer’ Kudryashov (21-1, 21 KOs) in a quarter-final bout at the Alamodome.
“It’s a thrill to promote the first World Boxing Super Series fight in the United States,” said Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar Sports. “This is a first class event and I am proud to be working with the World Boxing Super Series to bring the best fighters in the world to the US. San Antonio is a boxing town and the Alamodome is the perfect place to kickoff the North American leg of the World Boxing Super Series.”
“We can’t wait to bring the Ali Trophy to San Antonio,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer. “This is a real boxing Mecca and the US will get their first taste of what this tournament is all about”
A full slate of undercard bouts will be announced soon.
“I’m proud to attend a tournament where Muhammad Ali’s name is on the trophy and I’m looking forward to proving that I’m the best cruiserweight in the world,” said 31-year-old Dorticos from Miami, Florida.
“I am also happy that this bout is in the United States, which I now consider my country. I am sure that on September 23rd, I will be victorious.”
There are two KO specialists, two effective hammers colliding when the World Boxing Super Series hits Texas.
“Kudryashov calls himself ‘Russian Hammer’, but do not forget that there is also a Cuban hammer in this fight. My nickname is ‘The KO Doctor’, and Kudryashov is my next patient.”
The Draft Gala in Monaco in July paved the way the clash of the KO kings between fourth-seeded Dorticos and unseeded Kudryashov.
“I can’t wait for this fight to take place. One thing is for sure – the crowd in San Antonio gets an explosive affair that doesn’t go the distance!” said 31-year-old Kudryashov from Volgodonsk in Russia.
“I think it’s amazing that this tournament only contains the best of the best, all four reigning cruiserweight champions. I have respect for Dorticos and the other participants, but they will also respect my hammer because it will bring me all four titles and the Muhammad Ali Trophy,” said Kudryashov.
WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES FIXTURES
09/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck (WBO World)
Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin, Germany
16/09/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Callum Smith vs. Erik Skoglund (WBC Diamond)
Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom
23/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Yunier Dorticos vs. Dmitry Kudryashov (WBA World)
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA
30/09/17 – Cruiserweight Quarter-Final:
Mairis Briedis vs. Mike Perez (WBC World)
Riga Arena, Riga, Latvia
07/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
Chris Eubank Jr vs. Avni Yildirim (IBO World)
Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Germany
14/10/17 – Super Middleweight Quarter-Final:
George Groves vs. Jamie Cox (WBA Super)
The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, United Kingdom
TO BE CONFIRMED
Murat Gassiev vs. Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (IBF World)
Super Middleweight Quarter-Finals:
Juergen Braehmer vs. Rob Brant
WORLD BOXING SUPER SERIES AT A GLANCE
Number of participants: 16
Number of belts: 7
Number of world champions: 6
Number of former world champions: 3
Number of undefeated fighters: 9
Combined Record of participants: 423 wins, 17 losses, 294 KOs
SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia (August 16, 2017) – M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein recently sat down with mixfight.ru to discuss the recent M-1 Challenge 82 in Finland, M-1 Challenge 83 in next month in Kazan, Russia, and what fight he considers to be the most anticipated this autumn.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (Aug. 16th, 2017) — Since setting his sights on becoming a world champion boxer nearly three and a half years ago, Jimmy Williams has never had to look far for motivation.
As a college student in 2008, Williams learned of the tragic passing of his mother, Belinda, found strangled to death behind an abandoned building. The case remains unsolved to this day, but Williams, the reigning, undefeated World Boxing Council U.S. Boxing Council Welterweight Champion out of New Haven, Conn., continues to fight in her memory, hoping one day to find the closure he’s sought for nearly a decade.
Williams’ mother would’ve been proud; the 30-year-old welterweight, a full-time truancy officer in West Haven whose wife is expecting twins in October, boasts a 13-0-1 record as he prepares to defend his title for the first time Saturday, Aug. 26th, 2017 at Foxwoods Resort Casino against Bronx, N.Y., vet Issouf Kinda (18-4, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event, presented by Williams’ long-time promoter, CES Boxing.
One week from Saturday, he’ll have a second angel on his shoulder when he climbs through the ropes. Williams is dedicating this upcoming fight to the memory of the late Ben Callahan, a 10-year-old boy from nearby Branford who drowned in a drainage pipe one month ago while swimming with his two brothers in the Brandford River.
Williams is close with the family; the father, Dave Callahan, is a personal trainer at Shoreline Athletics CrossFit in Branford, where Williams works on his strength and conditioning. Through the years, Williams formed a strong bond with Ben. They often worked out together when Williams was in town.
“Great kid,” Williams said. “You see the faith of his family. I’m ready to go out here and be a warrior for myself and show that I’ll fight for anybody that’s lost somebody.”
As Williams prepares for the inevitable challenges of fatherhood, it’s impossible to not feel empathy for a family that suffered such a tragic loss. Confident as ever, Williams knows he’s in for the challenge of a lifetime against the 22-fight vet Kinda, but promises to retain his title, even as his challenger threatens to “bring the belt back to the Bronx.”
“I’ll die in that ring before I give up the title,” Williams said. “I train real hard. I know I’m a champion and I know everybody wants to take what’s mine and what I’ve worked hard for.
“I know where I came from. Nobody’s going to take this. I’m going to show on the 26th why I’m undefeated and why I’ve got the belt.”
The Aug. 26th extravaganza is a rare double-feature; the live boxing event, which features eight bouts, begins at 6 p.m. ET at The Premier Ballroom, and all fans who purchase a ticket receive free entry next door at the Grand Theater for the live Pay Per View showing of the Floyd Mayweather–Conor McGregor fight in Nevada later that night.
“This is the only place in the world you can see both live boxing and the most talked-about fight in years in one place for just one price,” CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said.
As an added bonus, the entire eight-fight card at The Premier Ballroom, presented by CES Boxing, will stream live on Facebook, free of charge, as part of the FIGHTNIGHT LIVE Facebook Series.
Williams’ title defense against the dangerous Kinda comes four months after the New Haven welterweight captured the WBC USNBC title with a resounding win over Nick DeLomba in Rhode Island. Williams has won nine consecutive bouts since his lone blemish, a draw against New Jersey’s Greg Jackson in 2013.
Kinda, a former North American Boxing Organization (NABO) lightweight and WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title contender, handed New England prospect Zach Ramsey his first career loss in May of 2016 and has tangled with the best in the light welterweight division, among them unbeaten Jose Carlos Ramirez, Ismael Barroso and Mike Arnaoutis, whom be defeated by unanimous decision in 2012.
USNBC title-holders have enjoyed great success in their careers. Nine current or former title-holders have gone on to win world titles and 28 others have fought for a major world championship. Since capturing the title in April, Williams has risen to No. 12 among welterweights in the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) rankings.
“He’s a warrior, just like myself,” Williams said of Kinda. “He didn’t come to lose. He came to take whatever’s mine. He knows if he beats me, it puts him back on a roll. He’ll be in grea shape. I’m just ready to go ahead and make the right adjustments and go out and win this fight, somehow, some way.
“It won’t be a walk in the park, but at this level where I’m at now, no fight will be a walk in the park.”
Also on Aug. 26th, both Sicilian heavyweight Juiseppe Angelo Cusumano (11-1, 9 KOs), a.k.a. “Rocky,” and standout Worcester lightweight Jamaine Ortiz (4-0, 3 KOs), who competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Reno in 2015, make their Foxwoods’ debuts in separate bouts.
The Foxwoods undercard also includes a six-round junior welterweight showdown between unbeatens Cristobal Marrero (4-0, 3 KOs) of New London, Conn., and Springfield, Mass., native Miguel Ortiz (2-0, 1 KO), plus a cruiserweight showdown between Richard Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) of Hartford, Conn., and eight-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) vet Leandro Silva of Sao Paolo, Brazil, an intriguing, four-round crossover bout following in the footsteps of Mayweather-McGregor.
Aug. 26th also features a four-round middleweight bout between Hartford’s Jose Rivera (3-1, 3 KOs) and North Carolina vet Corwin Farmer (1-1), plus the professional debut of super middleweight Jarel Pemberton of Boston, the son of former world-title challenger “Sandman” Scott Pemberton, in a four-round bout against Nathan Schulte (0-2) of Woburn, Mass. Hartford welterweight Jeff Gonzalez, a two-time Western New England Golden Gloves champion, will make his professional debut in a separate four-round bout.
STATEN ISLAND-Today, Boyd Melson, former WBC USNBC champion, 2008 Olympic alternate, and Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, publicly launched his campaign for Congress against Republican Dan Donovan. The campaign released a video to mark the announcement which highlights Melson’s dedication to helping others through his service to our country, his passion and commitment to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries, and the personal struggle and vow he made to help those struggling with drug addiction.
Melson’s deep passion for helping others motivated his stalwart advocacy and support for spinal cord research. He donated all of his professional boxing winnings and worked to raise a combined total of nearly $400,000 to fund research to cure spinal cord injuries. Melson has continued to support the non- profit he co-founded “TEAM FIGHT TO WALK” and has also taken on a new challenge-raising awareness about opiate and opioid addiction. He has donated earnings from fights to a non-profit which aims to defeat drug addictions among young adults and he conducts a weekly free boxing clinic on Staten Island for any resident in the borough who is battling a drug addiction.
“I’ve spent my entire life fighting-for people I love, for causes I believe in, and for this country,” said Melson. “I want to represent those who live on Staten Island and in South Brooklyn because I can be their Champion and make sure their voices, needs, and concerns are heard throughout the halls of Congress.”
Melson, who is mixed with Louisiana Creole and Jewish, is a native New Yorker who spent most of his childhood in South Brooklyn and Staten Island. After graduating from High School, he earned an appointment at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, following in the footsteps of his family to serve his country. While at West Point, Melson was quickly recognized as a skilled pugilist and racked up many achievements, including his winning of the National Collegiate Boxing Association National Championship.
“The struggle that so many people here in New York, in this district, and all over the country are facing every day is tragic,” said Melson. I understand the challenges and barriers individuals with a drug addiction face and I want to do everything I can to help them. Ramping up law enforcement part of the solution, but by itself, is not the solution. We need to tackle this issue by helping people and giving them the resources they need to get healthy.”
Melson filed paperwork to run for Congress in April. For four weeks spanning from May to June following Melson’s filing, he was away on Active Duty orders serving at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. His campaign raised more than $50,000 in the second quarter of the year.
For more information on the campaign, please visit : www.boydmelson.com