Crawford, Indongo poised to unify

By Robert Hough

Light welterweights Terence Crawford and Julius Indongo are set to fight Saturday in an ultra-rare, four-belt unification bout. The match, in Lincoln, Nebraska, will be televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET and streamed live via the ESPN app.

Here’s what they had to say today:

Terence Crawford: “(Indongo) is at the end of his career. He doesn’t have a lot of choices. He can’t wait around for a long time…He has good legs. It seems like he can punch a bit. He doesn’t let his opponent get inside.”

Julius Indongo: “It’s something huge. It’s very big. It’s very meaningful…I am a humble guy but I don’t fear anybody. My focus, my game-plan, everything is in position…Although people never knew me, this is the right time to show the world.”

Top Rank President Todd duBoef: “This is a global sport. In America, we’re relatively isolated to a small pool of fighters. What Indongo did was, the door of opportunity opened and he stepped through it. This goes back to what makes boxing so special. People take advantage of those opportunities and a diamond in the rough is discovered.”

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

 

Photos: Alberto Machado, Carlos Morales – Ready For War

The weights are now in, as NABO Super Featherweight champion Alberto “El Explosivo” Machado (17-0, 15 KOs) and NABA Super Featherweight champion Carlos “The Solution” Morales (16-1-3, 6 KOs) stepped on the scale ahead of their 10-round super featherweight unification fight that will headline the Aug. 18 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. Catch the live coverage of Machado vs. Morales on ESPN Deportes starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, and on ESPN2 beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT.

Both boxers weighed in at 130-pounds on the nose.

  

  

  

Machado vs. Morales is a 10-round fight for the NABO and NABA super featherweight titles, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate, BORN BOLD and Hennessy, never stop, never settle. The bout will take place on Friday, August 18 at Complejo Ferial De Puerto Rico in Ponce. The ESPN 3 and ESPN app will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT and coverage will air live on ESPN Deportes starting at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET/ 8:00 p.m. PT.

Credit:  Photo: Hector Santos Guia/ Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC, Golden Boy Promotions

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Lomachenko: I Was Preparing For Salido, But Ready For Marriaga

By Miguel Rivera

WBO Junior Lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko mentioned that he was fully preparing to face Mexico’s Orlando ‘Siri’ Salido in a long awaited rematch on August 5, but then he was advised that Salido was out – and Colombian Miguel Marriaga was placed in the contest.

Vasyl was eager to avenge the only loss of his pro career to Salido, and an economic agreement had been reached but an injury to Salido’s hand prevented the deal from being finalized, and then Marriaga, who comes back from a solid fight against WBO 126-pound champion Oscar Valdez, was thrown in the mix.

“It really has not changed anything in my preparation, I was preparing for Salido but the opponent was changed. You have to be ready for the opponent they put in front of you and you have to give a good fight,” said Lomachenko to ESPN Deportes.

During the announcement of the card, Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KO’s) showed respect for Marriaga (25-2, 21 KO’s), who did the same, and promoter Bob Arum stressed that fights like this, and the one earlier this month with Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn.

“Boxing has been one of the major sports for many years, in the 1970s and 1980s, boxing was an essential sport not only in the United States but throughout the world. We’re working with ESPN to showcase these fighters and help boxing recover that top spot,”Arum said of the deal he had made with ESPN.

“We saw on July 1, Pacquiao-Horn’s ESPN broadcast had a tremendous audience, and Lomachenko and Marriaga, (Raymundo) Beltran and (Bryan) Vasquez will offer tremendous action to the public throughout the United States and the world, we are very proud to be part of this tremendous event.”

Finally, Marriaga expressed that he is not interested in the fact that Lomachenko is favorite. ”

It is normal that suddenly he is the favorite, he is the champion, but we are prepared, we come to fight, we’re coming to stage a war and God allows everything to go well,” he said.

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Pacquiao, Horn ready to rumble in Brisbane

In days, international icon and megastar boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will defend his world welterweight title in his first fight that will not be broadcast on Pay-Per-View [Pay-Per-Event] since 2005.

This Saturday, the ‘Pacman’ will risk his belt against undefeated Australian contender Jeff Horn in a bout that will reach a much wider audience, as it will be televised from coast to coast in the United States at 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes in Mexico by Azteca 7, La Casa del Boxing. .

Pacquiao and Horn played the world championship welterweight World Boxing Organization (WBO) in the main event of the historic event ‘Battle of Brisbane’ to be held before a record crowd of over 55,000 fans abarrotarán Suncorp Stadium of city located east of Australia.

“It will be exciting fight before more than 60,000 fans and the hometown of my opponent. That gives me more motivation to focus and get the win,” Pacquiao said.

“I’m not underestimating. I did my job and I trained hard for this fight. If he based his homework at my fights with Marquez, that’s good for me. We will give a good show for the fans,” said the fighter who will go for win No. 60 out of his legendary career.

The senator also the only eight-division world champion in boxing history was extremely pleased with the news that his fight will be televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.

“I am very happy that this fight will be broadcast live in the United States on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Now everyone can see my fight. That’s good for boxing. ”

Meanwhile, Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs), of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, will come into this fight having won his last three fights – all in 2016 – before Ali Funkea, Rico Mueller and Randall Bailey, on the fast track. Horn is world ranked No. 2 by the WBO and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).

“I think I have a style which Pacquiao has not faced. I think you’ll have trouble with my style. I’m bigger than him. He may be faster, but I’m pretty fast too. What I can connect with a straight right and nobody knows what can happen, “said the Australian who was inspired by the withering right hand with which the Mexican Juan Manuel” Dinamita “Marquez knocked out Pacquiao.” I’m very excited and I can not wait to to the day of the fight. I’m ready for war. I do not have much more to do. I’m saving energy and nerves for the day that I need, which is the day of the fight. ”

Transmission of July 1 will also present the Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), of Belfast, in a six-round featherweight bout against Jarrett “Juarez” Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs) , Brisbane and world champion junior bantamweight IBF [International Boxing Federation (IBF)] Jerwin “Pretty Boy” [Pretty Boy] Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Cavite City, Philippines, defending his title against challenger. Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), of Kobe, Japan. The live broadcast will begin with a middleweight bout over eight rounds Shane Mosley, Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), of Pomona, California son of world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley and David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs), Canberra, Australia.

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VERA TO TAKE ON BONDOROVAS ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

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On Friday night March 29, Arthur Pelullo, Banner Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions will present ESPN  Friday Night Fights featuring the NABO Middleweight champion Brian Vera.  Vera will take on upstart Russian Donatas Bondorovas in the twelve round bout that will headline a night of boxing at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York that will be broadcast live as part of ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights.

Vera of Austin, Texas has a record of 22-6 with 13 knockouts.

Vera started of 2013 with a bang as he stopped former world Jr. Middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk in ten rounds at the Turning Stone Resort Casino on January 25th.

In that bout, Vera dropped Dzinziruk twice in round one and once in the tenth to retain his NABO Middleweight title.

Vera is currently ranked #1 by the WBO & #6 by the WBC.

The thirty-one year old has some great wins over the likes of Samuel Miller (17-1); Max Alexander (14-1-1); Vera put the first loss on future world title challenger Andy Lee. Vera also has wins over Sebastien DeMers (31-2) and two victories over former world champion Sergio Mora with the latter coming in his last bout on August 11th.

Bondorovas of Chicago via Kaunas, Lithuania has a record of 17-3-1 with 6 knockouts.

The thirty-three year old has been a pro since 2002 and has some quality wins over Brian Johansen (7-0); Marlon Thomas (36-7-1) and two wins over David Thomas (10-2-2).  The latest was a 2nd round stoppage over Thomas on February 15th.

Bondorovas is riding a five fight winning streak.

In the exciting co-feature, Brazilian and world ranked Light Heavyweight Jackson Junior will defend his WBO Latino Light Heavyweight championship against Umberto Savigne.

Junior of San Paulo, Brazil is undefeated with a record of 14-0 with 12 knockouts.  The twenty-seven year old Junior has a 1st round knockout over undefeated Marcus de Oliveira (15-0-1) as well as a 9th round stoppage over undefeated Pedro Otas (23-0) to capture the Brazilian Light Heavyweight title.  He captured the WBO Latino title with a 6th round stoppage over Jose Alberto Clavero (37-9-1).  In his last bout, Junior made an explosive American debut when he stopped former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig in one round on January 25th at the Turning Stone Casino Resort.

Savigne of Miami, Florida via Cuba has a record of 10-1 with 7 knockouts.  He is on an eight bout winning streak which includes a 6th round stoppage over former three-time world title challenger Richard Hall for which Hall captured the WBA Fedlatin & WBC Fecarbox Light Heavight championship.  In his last bout, Savigne scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dhafir Smith on November 30th, 2012.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first undercard bout starting at 7:30 p.m. The Friday Night Fights telecast begins at 9 p.m on ESPN , ESPN Deportes and will be available online through WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.

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