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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. 

Dusty Harrison Surges After Early Scare From Michael Balasi

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by Gautham Nagesh

Southeast D.C. welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison overcame a shaky start against Michael Balasi of Hawaii to stay unbeaten on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from San Diego.

Balasi (10-4, 7 KOs) dropped Harrison (21-0, 11 KOs) with a left hand in the second round and had him in some trouble, but Dusty recovered and wound up dominating the later rounds. Dusty, 19, showed admirable heart to come back and win after facing such adversity, which will probably serve him well in the long term. Still, this was probably not the performance his team was hoping for in his second consecutive fight on ESPN.

Lightweight Rustam Nugaev won in the main event when a hand injury forced Marvin Quintero to quit after the 4th round. Quintero had been acquitting himself well until that point. Roman Morales floored Khabir Suleymanov five times in the co-feature, on his way to an easy decision victory in the eight-round super bantamweight bout.

Canelo Stops Alfredo Angulo In The 10th Round

Photos by Tom Casino for Showtime

by Gautham Nagesh

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated Alfredo Angulo on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, scoring a 10th-round stoppage in the Showtime Pay Per View main event. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in an stopped the fight after Canelo landed a particularly vicious left uppercut on Angulo, drawing a furious reaction from both the crowd and “el Perro”.

Until that point it had been a masterful performance from Alvarez, who was the better boxer and puncher on this night. We had thought Angulo’s rugged style and strength might present problems for Canelo, but el Perro was strangely listless and never appeared to pose much of a threat.

Canelo, on the other hand, was sharp and aggressive from the opening bell. He brought the fight to Angulo right away, and barely let up on the pressure over ten rounds. If there was any doubt about Canelo’s position near the top of the junior middleweight division, he showed tonight that he remains one of the sport’s premium fighters.

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Opening Bell: Baltimore Featherweight Gervonta Davis Signs With Al Haymon

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by Gautham Nagesh

Another day, another blue-chip DMV prospect is snapped up by boxing’s top talent wrangler, the shadowy Al Haymon. This time it’s Baltimore featherweight Gervonta “Tank” Davis, who joins locals Gary Russell Jr., Dominic Wade, Kareem Martin, and Thomas “Top Dawg” Williams Jr. in Haymon’s stable.

We’ve been telling anyone that will listen for years that the 19-year-old Davis might just be the most talented fighter in the Beltway region. An extremely skilled southpaw with a long, decorated amateur career, Davis turned professional last year after winning the National Golden Gloves title at 123 lbs. He has since run off six wins, all by stoppage, though he has yet to fight this year.

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Fortunately, signing with Haymon means Gervonta will get every opportunity maximize his immense talent by linking up with the most influential camp in boxing. His next fight is scheduled for March 17 in Boston, on the undercard of a Fox Sports 1 show from Golden Boy. That card has extra interest because it will also feature the pro debut of the reigning Stiff Jab Amateur Boxer of the Year Kareem Martin.

Click through for more on both Martin and Davis:

So Fresh, So Clean: Mike Reed Beats Bilal Mahasin

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Photos by Trey Pollard for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

FT. WASHINGTON, Md.— Waldorf boxer Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed dispatched East Bay native Bilal Mahasin in a match-up of undefeated junior welterweights at Rosecroft Raceway on Friday night. Reed withstood an early challenge from the very game Mahasin, before settling in and taking control of the fight over the second half of the six-round main event.

It was another impressive outing for Reed, who has notched eight wins in as many outings, five by knockout. Only one judge found a  round to score for Mahasin, who pressured Reed early but failed to trouble the young southpaw substantially. Reed simply bided his time, then picked his spots and punished Mahasin with counter-right hooks to the head and straight left hands to the body. For Reed, the competition keeps getting better, but so does he. He once again validated his status as the reigning Stiff Jab Prospect of the Year.

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Preview: Canelo-Angulo, Mike Reed at Rosecroft & Dusty Harrison

Canelo Alvarez photo by Anna John for StiffJab.com

by Gautham Nagesh

This should be a terrific weekend for boxing fans, especially those from around these parts. The main event is Saturday night’s Showtime Pay Per View card headlined by Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (above) vs. Alfredo “el Perro” Angulo, but there are some fights of local interest on Friday Night.

We’ll be heading down to Rosecroft Raceway later to catch a Keystone Boxing show headlined by Mike Reed (below) vs. Bilal Mahasin in a matchup of unbeatens at 140 lbs. Finally, local welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will be back on ESPN Friday Night Fights as the opening bout tonight against Michael Balasi.

Read on for full preview and predictions: