SIGNORELLA PREVIEWS SPIKE, HBO, SHOWTIME CARDS

THREE CARDS BEING DEALT OUT, ONLY ONE SEEMS LEGIT

Premiere Boxing Champions

Premiere Boxing Champions

Las Vegas, NV- Boxing’s hot summer schedule continues to heat up! All the action begins this Friday with another installment of Al Haymon’s highly successful time share series “Premier Boxing Champions” on SPIKE TV. The main event will feature Cuba’s WBA jr. middleweight (154) strap carrier Erislandy Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) pitted against former two time world title challenger Delvin Rodriquez (28-7-4, 16 KOS). Coverage from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois begins at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.

SOME THINK LARA’S LOSSES WERE SHAKY

Erislandy Lara has impressive wins over some very solid names in the business, however in his two biggest fights against Paul Williams (L UD 12), Canelo Alvarez (L MD 12); Lara fell victim to what many ringside experts felt to be unfair scoring. After his disappointment to Canelo, Erislandy went on to win his first championship against vapid and harmless pug Ishe Smith (W UD 12). With the exception of his war with Alfredo Angulo (W TKO 10), Lara’s defense minded feather fisted style isn’t very TV friendly, hence why he lacks any “household name” notability.

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TELEVISED BOXING SCHEDULE FOR JUNE “HOT”

Bradley v Vargas appears to be the "featured fight of the month"

Bradley-Vargas appears fight of the month choice


Friday, June 12th (Spike TV): Erislandy Lara vs. Delvin Rodriguez/Artur Beterbiev vs. Doudou Ngumbu

Saturday, June 13th (HBO): Nicholas Walters vs. Miguel Marriaga

Saturday, June 13th (Showtime): Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina

Saturday, June 20th (NBC): Shawn Porter vs. Adrien Broner

Saturday, June 20th (BET): Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith

Saturday, June 20th (Fox Sports): Hassan N’Dam vs. David Lemieux

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MIGUEL COTTO KO OF AUSSIE TOP BOXING RESULTS

HBO GOES IN “PAPERED” BARCLAYS CENTER

Cotto Hammers Geale

Cotto Hammers Geale


Las Vegas, NVWorld linear and WBC 160 lb, champion Miguel Cotto TKO 4 Daniel Geale. After a year layoff and being the smaller of the two fighters, Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) beat on Geale (31-4, 16 KOs) as if the Aussie were drums enroute to a TKO 4. Two knockdowns in the fourth brought about the stop. Time was 1:28.

PUERTO RICAN COULD NOT SELL OUT NYC ARENA

The difference in skills were evident from the opening bell as Miguel, now a B+ boxer in his twilight, did what he was supposed in throttling Geale, a pedestrian pug from Australia with maybe a C+ skill set. In short, this fight serves as a scouting report in conjunction with two other interesting winners in fights that has transpired within the past month.

CHAMP TO GIVE UP BELT INSTEAD OF GGG? NOT NOW!

Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin all can box, brawl and bang. I want to acknowledge that I am in a vast minority here, but I think Cotto has galvanized his strengths with his left hook attacks especially the way he varied them to the body and the head in the past few scraps. It’s my belief that when he gets the arsenal flowing, he is a tough task for anyone within his weight range. All that being said, the WBC is pressuring Cotto to fight GGG, but he may instead dump the belt. A more liklely scenario involves 154 lb. champ Saul Alvarez in a two-weight class WBC title(s) fight at 154 with Cotto (160 champ) who was 153 plus change for Geale.

COTTO ON “LIFE & DEATH” WARS

Pedro Fernandez, having talked with Cotto in depth about “life and death” fights in Cartegena, Colombia a few years ago, Miguel coyly said he would “opt out” of anything like another Manny Pacquaio or Antonio Margrito 1 fight. Golovkin is King Kong to those guys. As for the papered house, meaning they gave away comps for a Cotto fight in NYC, the joint was packed compared to the Stub Hub Center.

SCARE FOR “GHOST” ON NBC FROM CARSON

Robert Guerrero's Drawing Power?

Ghosts In Audience for “The Ghost?”


Robert Guerrero Split Decision 12 Aaron Martinez. Regardless if it was a case of taking an opponent lightly or coming in too soon (three months) after losing a lopsided effort to unbeaten welter Keith Thurman, it was evident that after the first right hand Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs) landed in round one that Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) was in for a rough fight.

“GREEN” MARTINEZ LOST SOME LATER ROUNDS

Luckily for Robert, the lack of world class experience in Martinez began to show as Aaron tired down the stretch of the fight apparently allowing the “house fighter” Guerrero to get the nod on two of three official cards.

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SIGNORELLA ON COTTO-GEALE & NBC TOO!

BOXING REBIRTH CONTINUES IN 2015 COMEBACK

HBO Boxing

HBO Boxing

Las Vegas, NV – Boxing’s hot summer schedule continues this weekend with a couple of cards being dealt out by pay and free T.V. The action will be highlighted by the return of WBC middleweight (160) champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) defending his crown against rugged Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs). Coverage from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York begins Saturday at 10:30 PM ET/ 7:30 PM PT on HBO.

IDLE PUERTO RICAN RETURNS VS. REAL MIDDLEWEIGHT

When we last saw Miguel Cotto, the Puerto Rican superstar was relentlessly assaulting former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from the opening bell in route to a corner forced stoppage victory (W TKO 10). After (seemingly) turning in one of his best performances of his career against the once top “pound for pound” elite scrapper Martinez; Miguel has not fought in almost a year and this will be his first fight with promoter Jay Z’s company Roc Nation Sports, hence the call for facing “soft opposition” in choosing Geale.

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SIGNORELLA PREVIEWS KHAN/ALGIERI TILT!

PBC on SPIKE

PBC on SPIKE

Las Vegas, NV – Boxing’s super busy schedule trudges forward this weekend with another installment of Al Haymon’s successful network time share fight series “Premiere Boxing Champions”.  This week’s card will be typified by an intriguing welterweight (147 lb.) scrap between two charismatic and world elite combatants when former two-time jr. welterweight (140) belt holder Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) faces former jr. welterweight strap carrier Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 12 or less rounds of throw down.  Live televised coverage begins FRIDAY at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York on Spike TV.

Khan (left) smashing an opponent with a deadly left hook

Khan (left) smashing an opponent with a deadly left hook

 

AMIR KHAN OR A MERE CON?

Going into his 19th professional bout against (at the time) unbeaten contender Breidis Prescott, the buzz was high for Amir to rise to the top of the game. Khan, however got starched by a right hand from Prescott and lasted just 54 seconds in the bout (L KO 1). Removed from the embarrassment against Prescott, Amir went on to win eight straight (3 KOs) and managed to pick up the WBA and IBF straps. That win streak was highlighted with victories over Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera (W TD 5), Paulie Malignaggi (W TKO 11), Zab Judah (KO 5) and Marcos Maidana (W UD 12). Read more

SIGNORELLA ON JEAN PASCAL-LUCIEN BUTE!

HBO GOES NORTH TO KICK OFF 2014 BOXING SEASON

HBO BOXING IS BACK

HBO BOXING IS BACK

New York, NY– “Mainstream” boxing (finally!) surfaces for the first time in 2014 this weekend and offers an intriguing battle pitting two former champions in a “crossroads” type clash for bragging rights in Canada and an eventual possible crack at a major title down the road. This Saturday night: former light heavyweight (175) champ Jean Pascal (27-2, 1 17 KOs) meets former super middleweight (168) strap carrier Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) in a slated 12 or less rounds of pound at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on HBO at 10:15 PM ET.

PASCAL SEEKING WORLD RECOGNITION

Facing durable opposition, Pascal was unbeaten in 21 previous contests before lacing up the gloves with current IBF & WBA super middleweight (168) belt holder Carl Froch. In that affair; Froch handed Jean his first defeat (L UD 12). After the setback to Froch, Pascal regrouped, moved up a class in weight, and in a stellar performance against then unbeaten champion Adrian Diaconu, Pascal captured the light heavyweight crown (W UD 12). After picking up the WBC strap, Jean thrice defended his title. In his first defense, Pascal blasted out Silvio Branco (W TKO 10), then out pointed Adrian Diaconu in their rematch (W UD 12) and in his third title defense; managed to earn a technical decision victory over then undefeated former IBF champion Chad Dawson (W TD 11). Seeking bigger paydays and more notoriety Read more

SIGNORELLA ON HBO AND SHOWTIME BOXING RESULTS!

Tapia (left) Kirkland (right) Fight of the Year?

Tapia (left) Kirkland (right) Fight of the Year

New York, NY– After over 70 plus rounds of combined coverage between two networks (HBO & Showtime) that pitted 14 fighters standing opposite of each other in seven separate bouts, some changes and new evaluations have manifested in the sport of boxing, let’s take a look:

KIRKLAND & TAPIA STOLE THE SHOW AND MAYBE THE YEAR

Atlantic City, NJ– While (to me) the HBO card seemed weaker (on paper) then Showtime’s offering, the co-featured bout on their (HBO’s) air saw streaky middleweight (154) James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) against promising up and coming scrapper Glen Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs) go to Hell and back in amazing war of attrition. Despite being rocked early, Kirkland did what he does best and threw a huge volume of power shots to stop the very battered and beaten warrior Glen Tapia in an amazing contest which is (IMO) a leading candidate for “Fight of the Year“. (W Kirkland, TKO 6).

OTHER HBO RESULTS

Super Bantamweight (122) champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) easily defended his WBO & WBA belts via a points nod victory over a very limited representation of Joseph Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOS). Opening the show, scrappy middleweight (160) tough guy Mathew Macklin showed he still has some life in his very talent rich division by out working the game, but limited pug Lamar Russ (14-1, 7 KOs) over 12 rounds to a decision victory.

SHOWTIME CARD WENT ON FOR DAYS

Brooklyn, NY– Combining for a whopping total of 48 rounds (in rare form) Showtimes’ card failed to excite. Below are the particulars:
In a descent encounter of solid craft and sloppy wailing, Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) and Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) battled to an uneventful draw. Afterwards, newly rewarded WBA super middleweight (154) champ Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs)  outclassed an oddly disinterested version of a once potentially promising future star in Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOS).

BROOKLYN FANS WERE HAPPY AT END
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SIGNORELLA ON SUPER SATURDAY FIGHTS!

HBO BATTLES SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

Zab Judah-Paulie Malignaggi

Zab Judah-Paulie Malignaggi

New York, NY– A multitude of scraps are on the horizon this Saturday evening when rival networks HBO & Showtime go toe to toe offering stacked shows of intrigue. In other words fight fans: Let’s get readdddyyy to set your DVVVRRRRRRRSSSSSS! Due to enormity of “misunderstandings” about to transpire, below is my “Reader’s Digest” type (quick look) at what’s about to go down.

AS OFTEN THE CASE, SHOWTIME APPEARS TO HAVE THE BETTER CARD

The “suits” at Showtime have lined up a nice looking night at the fights with a solid quadruple header. The main event will showcase a turf war between welterweight (147) Brooklynites and former champions Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round crossroads showdown for a last shot at the big dance. In the co feature, welterweight IBF belt holder Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) will attempt to defend his trophy against talented, but untested pug Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound. The broadcast will also pit former light middleweight (154) champ Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) opposite of one time title challenger Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12 or less round contest for the vacant WBA strap. In the curtain raiser, we’ll see recently crowned WBC super middleweight (168) strap carrier Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) throwing hands with hard hitting first time title challenger Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs) in a slated 12 rounds of combat. The Party starts from Barclay Center, in Brooklyn, New York at 9:45 PM ET on Showtime.

SIG’s PICKS

Malignaggi v Judah: Both have faced the best of the best in the biz at their respective weights. I feel Paulie is the fresher of the two… and man!!! If only this guy (Paulie) had a punch, if he did; I feel he’d be one of the best in the world. For those that don’t know; Malignaggi is as tough as they come and is a solid craftsman at his game. All due respect to Zab for his excellent ability: a fierce passion of savagery which was on full display when he spanked Floyd Mayweather for a solid six rounds better then anyone had (or still has) to this point before ultimately tiring and losing down the stretch (L UD 12). Having said all that, I got Paulie on points in a nice looking battle between two awesome pros.

Alexander v Porter: I was starting to lose so faith in Devon before his last fight but much like what Timothy Bradley has done of late, Alexander has shown me a different look and has become more ascetically pleasing to watch instead of being a listless bore. Porter is a descent “poor mans” version of a young Shane Mosley and for whatever reason, he oddly has taken his time to get into a “big time” type fight. In consideration of all this, I’m calling for a poised boxing exhibition in a closely contested affair with a slight lean toward Devon over 12 rounds.

Trout v Lara: I like this fight, a lot. Both guys can punch and both guys have world class attributes. Trout’s coming off a lackluster performance against Saul Alvarez (L UD 12) and will definitely be gunning to gut the once beaten Lara. However, Erislandy has been one tough customer since that setback and has shown some newly discovered power in his already cemented repertoire. I like Lara by stoppage in this one, after 9.

Bika v Dirrell: I’m feeling Bika is really just holding the belt on loan and has seen better days. I expect Dirrell to quite frankly beat the hell out of him and win via KO under 6 frames.

HBO’s FINAL CARD TELECAST OF THE YEAR GOES THRICE BILLING

Considered by most to be a top ten “pound for pound” guy, WBO and WBA super bantamweight (122) kingpin Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) typifies HBO’s offering of fistic warfare against former bantamweight (118) champ Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounder. The co feature will have entertaining light middleweights (154) Glen Tapia (20-0, 12 KOs) and James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) grinding it out in a possible 10 rounds of action. Kicking off the action, rugged middleweights (160) Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) and Lamar Russ (14-0, 7 KOs) will engage in a scheduled 10 round tiff. Coverage begins from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9:45 PM ET on HBO.

SIG’s PICKS

Rigendaux v Agbeko: Should be an easy one for Rig’s. Don’t get me wrong, Agbeko is a season veteran of the game but is moving up in weight and has shown signs of being shop worn so this might be more about a pay day for him then actual career advancement as a boxer. I got Rigondeaux besting Joseph under 9 via TKO.

Tapia v Kirkland: Should be a good one. Looking to see what the streaky Kirkland has to offer and how Tapia deals with the step up in class. Most importantly, this fight could be very indicative to finding out if Kirkland is just another W.O.T. (waste of talent) on the block. Honestly, I think he is and I got Glen finishing him brutally early.

Macklin v Russ: Could be a fun encounter between two tough guy type middleweights. I’m thinking Macklin’s better experience leads him to a very fun to watch win…that is if the previous beating he just took from GGG didn’t ruin him permanently. Either way, don’t blink; this one has knockout written all over it.

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SIGNORELLA ON STEVENSON-KOVALEV FIGHTS ON HBO

WINNERS TO UNIFY WBO & WBC BELTS AT 175 

HBO Boxing

HBO Boxing

New York, NY– Season’s beatings fight fans! We have an intriguing light heavyweight (175) scrap on tap tomorrow night featuring hard hitting human wrecking ball WBC kingpin Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) in defense of his trophy against rugged one time title challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 12 or less rounds of pound contest. Live coverage from the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec, Canada begins at 10:15 PM ET on HBO.

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU (& JUST ABOUT EVERY ELSE) DA F*** OUT!

Since his lone loss to Darnell Boone (L TKO 2), frantically passionate carnage infested menacing pug Adonis Stevenson has knocked out 9 of his last 10 opponents. Among the resume of the fallen victims he has strafed include a return knockout win over Darnell Boone (W KO 6) and more notably; stoppage wins against seasoned former champions Chad Dawson (W KO 1) and Tavoris Cloud (W TKO 7). Even more impressive; the aforementioned three beaten down pugs in Stevenson’s path of destruction have all been conquered within this year. Simply put, Stevenson busted out on the scene in emphatic fashion in 2013.

SECOND CHANCE OR NO CHANCE IN HELL?

In a closely contested failed bid at the title, Tony Bellew’s biggest claim to fame is showing that he’s got some intestinal fortitude by going 12 hard rounds against a former WBO light heavyweight belt holder and tough customer Nathan Cleverly (L MD 12). Other then that, Tony’s faired well against descent opposition (albeit mostly on his home turf in the United Kingdom) ,none the less; this guy has a solid chin and proven grit. Read more

SIGNORELLA: YEAR END BOXING AWARDS!

Juan Marquez-Manny Pacquiao

New York, NY– What a year! Weither it be a “household name” or an “average Joe”, most combatants gave it their all and didn’t dissapoint. 2012 was one of the most electifying year’s the sport of boxing has seen in recent memory. I could spue out adjectives mentioning all the great moments, rounds, fights, and great warriors involved in this savage year and go on for days. As much as I’d like to pay tribute to all of the maniacs who particapted in madness that transpired, the summary (of such) would suggest that I’d go on for weeks! Instead, here are my awards for 2012 followed by a look at the most intriguing divisions and the elite pugs within them.
Fight:
Manny Pacquiao v Juan Manuel Marquez 4 (Marquez KO 6)
Honarable mentions:
Brandon Rios v Mike Alvarado (Rios TKO 7)
Orlando Salido v Jaun Manuel Lopez II (Salido TKO 10)
Roberto Guerrero v Andre Berto (W UD 12 Guerrero)
Knockout:
Juan Manuel Marquez KO 6 Manny Pacquaio (rare to see a brutal knockout of that magnitude in a “megafight”) Read more

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