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Bernard Hopkins Schools Beibut Shumenov At D.C. Armory

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Fight night photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

WASHINGTON, D.C.—When Philadelphia light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins turned professional in October 1988, President Reagan occupied the White House and the Dow Jones Industrial Average hovered just above 2000. Five years later, “The Alien” lost his first middleweight title challenge here at RFK Stadium to Roy Jones Jr., a loss he would eventually avenge on his way to becoming one of the most decorated fighters of his era. 

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More than a quarter-century after his debut, Washington’s football team plays in Maryland, four presidents have come and gone, but Hopkins can still thrill a crowd in the nation’s capital. The 49-year-old looked half his age on Saturday night as he dominated Beibut Shumenov on Showtime at D.C. Armory, just a stone’s throw from RFK. Alphabelt titles aside, the fight meant something to the nearly-7,000 fans that packed the venue. And Hopkins showed once again that age is just another limit that the greats can transcend.

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Michael Stoute, Chris Colbert Clean Up At New York Golden Gloves

Photos by Pat Russo and Sarah Deming

by Sarah Deming

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Only three boys showed up to Atlas Cops and Kids on Friday, not counting the party of four I ejected for horseplay. The day after The Daily News Golden Gloves is always an anticlimax, even for noncombatants.

I sat on the apron writing while Omar worked pads with the kid from Uzbekistan and Shaquille (AKA “Ice Cream”) hit the heavy bag for half an hour, stopping periodically to tell us he was going to be an Olympic gold medallist. Ice Cream won Best Fight of the Tournament for his rip-roaring preliminary loss. He would already be a world champ if he trained half as much as he talks.

The Daily News Golden Gloves finals were this Wednesday and Thursday at the Barclays Center, and my husband Ethan, actually in town and not playing jazz, agreed to go with me the first night. When you are a married woman in boxing, you need to show off your husband once in a while, like waving around a gun.

“How do these guys have so many friends?” Ethan asked, in regard to Anthony “Muscles” Demonte and Domonique White.

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Ringside to see Mike “Yes Indeed” put in work against Regino Canales. Full report from Stiff Jab here.

Scary Ending After Mike Reed Pounds Regino Canales

Photos by Gautham Nagesh for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

FT. WASHINGTON, Md.—Boxing is a sport, but it isn’t game.

Those in attendance at Rosecroft Raceway on Friday for the latest show from Keystone Boxing were reminded of that fact at the end of the night, when Regino Canales of Puerto Rico was carried out of the ring on a stretcher following his stoppage loss to headliner Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed.

It was a frightening end to another formidable performance from the unbeaten junior welterweight. Reed started the fight stalking his opponent from the southpaw stance as usual. Canales would occasionally halt Reed’s advance with a combinations, but Reed’s body attack and jab were the main story. Caneles fought gamely for the first two rounds, but Reed had him on his heels by the third round. He hammered the visitor around the ring, delivering crunching blows to the body.

The body attack continued in the fourth, and my liver hurt just watching it from the mat. Canales was trapped in the corner and eventually went down after a particularly ferocious combination. Somehow he rose, but Reed kept up the non-stop attack for most of the round. Canales held on desperately to survive until the bell, but he was clearly in bad shape. The referee or his corner could have easily stopped the fight in the 4th.

After the round, I noticed Reed celebrating in his corner and assumed correctly the fight had been stopped. As I stood on the mat to photograph the victor, I noticed Caneles tumbling off his stool from the corner of my eye. Medical personnel rushed over as Canales appeared to convulse once, then lay motionless on the canvas. After a long, tense period he eventually sat up to applause, then was placed back on his back and carried out via stretcher.

Keystone Boxing posted on Facebook today that Canales has been treated and released from a local hospital; we are hoping to get an update as soon as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with Canales, and all the other fighters who put their lives on the line far from home and their loved ones. Bearing witness to these scenes is the most unpleasant part of running a site such as this, but also the primary reason we keep it going, despite the time and resources it requires. If professional fighting is something we are going to tolerate as a society, someone should be watching and holding the officials in charge accountable.

Chris Algieri vs Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14 in Brooklyn

Chris Algieri photo by Ed Diller for Star Boxing

by Sarah Deming

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—Junior welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov wants bigger game, but he’ll settle for Chris Algieri.

After his thrilling loss to Timothy Bradley in our 2013 Fight of the Year, the Siberian Rocky dropped back down to 140 last October to grab Mike Alvarado’s WBO belt. He makes his first title defense June 14 at the Barclays Center against the undefeated Algieri, broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark. The baby-faced Algieri is a former kickboxing champion who sells a lot of tickets in Huntingdon, New York.

By the time Wednesday’s presser at the Barclays Center rolled around, Provodnikov seemed to have processed his initial crankiness about the choice of opponent and joined in the general enthusiasm of Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark, HBO’s Peter Nelson, Artie Pellullo of Banner Promotions, Joe Deguardia of Star Boxing, and Kevin Rooney of DiBella Promotions. Top Rank’s Bob Arum, also co-promoting, took a pass for his grandson’s bar mitzvah.

Manny Pacquiao Beats Tim Bradley In Rematch

Photo by Chris Farina for Top Rank

by Gautham Nagesh

If there were any doubts about whether Manny Pacquiao is a superior fighter than Tim Bradley Jr., the Filipino welterweight put them to bed on Saturday night in Las Vegas on HBO Pay Per View.

The Pacman overcame a spirited early effort from Bradley to win a convincing decision at the MGM Grand, avenging his controversial loss in their first bout last year. This time there could be no debate: Bradley threw everything he had against Pacquiao in the early rounds, but Pacman took it all and kept coming.

Bradley landed a number of crashing rights early in the fight, but it was Pacquiao’s dynamite left hand that ruled the evening, as it has so many times before. Pacquiao’s speed and effortless power were the difference in the end. Bradley left his sizable heart into the ring, but he simply did not have the talent to match Pacquiao.

Eight Count: Marvin Hagler Disses MMA, The Story Of Top Dawg Williams

Photo by Gautham Nagesh from the National Portrait Gallery

by Anna John

Behold, a rundown of the stories we’re talking about at Stiff Jab headquarters here in suddenly-balmy Washington, D.C. Ladies and gents, I give you this week’s link roundup:

1) We’re starting off on a serious, alarming note— “Study: MMA Brain Injury Risk Higher Than Boxing”: 

"About one-third of professional mixed martial arts matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine." [ABC News]

2) Here’s a nice story out of Brooklyn, and our writer Sarah Deming’s old stomping grounds at Gleason’s Gym:Paul Malignaggi strikes a blow vs. obesity

"I was born and raised in Brooklyn," said Malignaggi, as his pal Verteouris, and Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams listened intently. "I have the ability to give back to my community, help make a difference, and Knockout Obesity is a program I believe in. I know it can make a huge difference in the community. Boxing is an optimum, great way to exercise and with diet and nutrition added to the mix, it’s a winning program." [ESPN New York]

3) Next up— “How HBO lost Adonis Stevenson to Showtime”. A lengthy exploration of yet another boxing-network fustercluck:

"None of this would be an issue if HBO had done its job last year and made certain not to televise an otherwise meaningless doubleheader featuring Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev without first having an agreement in place for them to meet on HBO in their next fight." [Yahoo! Sports]

4) Here’s something different and useful: “The Big, Big List of Boxing on Twitter”. It’s exactly what it sounds like— a massive compilation of boxing-related accounts on the popular social networking service. Tweet tweet. Thanks to author Scott Christ for including us. [Bad Left Hook]

Preview: Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew

Photos by Rich Graessle for Main Events

by Raymundo Dioses

Russian super-puncher Sergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev will face Chicago’s Cedric Agnew in a match-up of unbeaten light heavyweights on HBO Saturday night from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Agnew, (26-0, 13 KOs) is unbeaten, yet considered a soft-touch who was supposed to set ‘Krusher’ for a puncher vs. puncher mega bout with light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson this fall on HBO. Stevenson will be defending his title against Andrzej Fonfara in May; Fonfara, (27-2, 15 KOs) has faced better competition than Agnew, but is also considered a walk-through bout so HBO could make the Kovalev-Stevenson fight before the calendars turn.

However, events this week threw a proverbial punch in the best laid plans of men. Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) aligned himself with shadowy advisor Al Haymon, and the Fonfara fight was shipped to HBO rival Showtime. Most of the industry sees this move as a buzzkill, scuttle-butting a potential knockdown, knockout-fest between two 175-pound lions.

Heather Hardy Brings The Heat To Nydia Feliciano In Brooklyn

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Photos by Sue Jaye Johnson

by Sarah Deming

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—I had planned to hunker down Friday night and pre-toxify for my trip to Amsterdam, but when I heard that junior featherweights Heather “The Heat” Hardy and Nydia “Phenomenal” Feliciano were doing battle at the Aviator, I couldn’t stay home.

Two years ago, I saw Nydia Feliciano spar a woman called Fire in a gym in Inwood. Fire was slick, but she couldn’t get her distance on Feliciano, whose soft body held surprising strength. I still remember the knowing way Feliciano placed her shots, chipping away at Fire’s body like a sculptor who sees something in a stone.

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Feliciano has been pro longer than Heather Hardy has been boxing. Hardy has amassed an 8-0 record and become one of the favorites at promoter Lou Dibella’s Broadway Boxing shows, but nobody had ever accused her of finesse. I was surprised she had taken a fight with such a tough opponent.

On the bus ride to the godforsaken corner of Brooklyn that holds the Aviator Sports and Events Center, I ran into the ubiquitous Diablo, who said he was cornering Feliciano. Diablo is about 4’10” and looks like a Dominican Yosemite Sam. He once tried to have me ejected from a Golden Gloves show for no apparent reason.

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Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov Dumps Tomasz Adamek, Isaac Chilemba Wins

Photos by Rich Graessle for Main Events

by Sarah Deming

BETHLEHEM, Pa.—The Sands Casino crowd was pretty drunk by the time their favorite, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-2), got roughed up by Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (16-0). It was the finale of a soulful night of boxing courtesy of Main Events, broadcast live on NBC Sports Net. This was a classic crossroads: Adamek, a 37-year-old Polish former world champ against Czar, a 29-year-old Ukrainian upstart with an Olympic bronze medal.

I had abandoned all pretense of objectivity. The young heavyweights from my gym had been Czar’s sparring partners for this fight, and whenever the quiet, serious young pro walked through our door in his Ukrainian tracksuit, it was like a visit from royalty. I was on the Czar bandwagon, or should I say troika. 

After a slow first round, both men opened up, and Czar’s superior strength was clear. From this point on, there was little hope for Adamek, especially after his right eye began to close. The 4th round was another big one for Czar, who was not only landing the harder shots, he was advancing and controlling center ring. At the end of this round, Adamek looked like he was weeping tears of blood.

Danny Garcia Escapes P.R. with Victory, Deontay Wilder Ousts a False King

Photo by Tom Casino for Showtime

By Craig Dowd

Junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia will leave Puerto Rico this weekend with family photos, fond memories and an early birthday present from two judges. Thanks to their professional negligence, he gets to fly back to Philadelphia with all of his title belts, just before he turns twenty-six on Thursday.

Garcia escaped the squared circle Saturday night with a majority decision victory over Mauricio Herrera, of California, on Showtime, but not without sullying his reputation first.

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Herrera baffled Garcia with aggression, feints and a probing jab slung from all angles, and finally bloodied the champion’s nose late in the ninth round. Garcia offered little in reprisal for such pesky offensive displays, with his signature left hook dormant most of the night.

The few occasions Garcia managed to reprimand his challenger for deviating from the evening’s script, Herrera responded in kind, with insouciance, shrewd tactics and sharp overhand rights to Garcia’s chin.

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Preview: Danny Garcia, Adamek vs Glazkov, Saturday Night Boxing In NoVa

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Danny Garcia photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

Friday night is a little light this week, but Saturday night will be packed with boxing, on TV and live in Northern Virginia.

The big show will come to you on Showtime from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, where junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia will stay busy against sturdy veteran Maurcio Herrera. A solid undercard from Golden Boy includes unbeaten Alabama heavyweight Deontay Wilder in a step up against Malik Scott on the main telecast, and Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon on Showtime Extreme.

Back on the East Coast, Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek will headline a Main Events show on NBC Sports Net from Sands Resort in Bethlehem, Pa. against Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov. The winner will be well-positioned for a shot at heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, unless the Wilder-Scott winner gets there first. Isaac Chilemba vs. Denis Grachev at light heavyweight highlights the undercard.

Meanwhile, closed to home in Springfield, Va., the ABC Sports Complex will host a card featuring middleweights Brandon Quarles (below), Antoine “Action” Douglas, and super middleweight Jerry “2 Tickets 2 Paradise” Odom.

Full previews and predictions after the jump:

Eight Count: Canelo-Angulo, Justin Bieber & Floyd Mayweather Fever

Photo by Al Bello for Getty Images

by Anna John

Friday means one thing here at Stiff Jab’s cluttered headquarters in Chocolate city— Friday Night Fights.

Okay, it means two things, and the second one is our weekly link roundup, The Eight Count. Here’s what we’re reading and talking about, this week:

1) Last week, only one boxer showed up to the Canelo-Angulo bout. Like many of us who watched that piss poor performance from the Mexican-looking Mexican, Floyd Mayweather the Elder is skeptical about Angulo’s technique:

“It didn’t seem like he [Angulo] was throwing punches back to try and hurt Canelo…It just looked like he was taking punches to me. It just seemed to me like he wasn’t trying to hit Canelo back hard at all. He wasn’t coming in strong; he was taking punishment.” [Boxing News 24]

2) Speaking of Mayweathers, Floyd the Younger still has quite a high opinion regarding that Canadian export most of us love to loathe.

"Actually, Justin Bieber texted me a video of him boxing before, sparring” Mayweather said about the first time he learned the singer has a little bit of boxing skills, ” And he can box a little bit. I was surprised he can box a little bit. He has a fitness trainer, so he’s getting a good shape now.” [International Business Times]

3) Floyd Mayweather’s sonning of Amir Khan continues, with this news about undercard possibilities for Mayweather-Maidana. While Khan wasn’t good enough for Floyd, Money Mayweather thinks he’s a better fit for bitchy little brother Adrien Broner. You know, the boxer who got humped in the ring by Maidana before being carried out by a bodyguard after his last fight:

Peter Quillin Added To Bernard Hopkins vs Beibut Shumenov April 19 In D.C.

Photos by Rich Kane for Golden Boy Promotions

by Sarah Deming

NEW YORK—A dark bar beneath BB King’s in Midtown was the setting on Wednesday as Golden Boy hosted the New York press event for Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins’ title unification versus Beibut Shumenov next month in Washington, D.C. 

The April 19th Showtime card at the D.C. Armory will also feature undefeated middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin in a title defense against Lukas Konecny of the Czech Republic.

Kid Chocolate rolled in behind the beat, dressed like a jazz musician. He told his adorable Cuban father to bring his belt to the podium.

“That’s my old ass pops,” said Quillin, holding up the bling. “I worked my whole life for this, even when people told me I couldn’t be anything but a criminal entering your house when you’re not there.”

Sergio Martinez vs Miguel Cotto Press Tour Hits NYC In Blue Suede Shoes

Photos by Will Hart for HBO

by Sarah Deming

NEW YORK—The press tour for Sergio Martinez’s June 7 middleweight title defense against Miguel Cotto hit Madison Square Garden Tuesday morning.

Martinez fans draped with Argentine flags mingled peacefully with those in Puerto Rican do-rags; it was the first sunny day in New York City for a while, and everyone seemed too happy to fight.

Inside, the usual suspects were livened up with a dose of DiBella prospects – we spotted Heather Hardy, Christopher Galeano, Frank Galarza, and Gabriel “Tito” Bracero – out to support their famous Argentine stablemate.