Terence Crawford: I want to be the next superstar

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By Miguel Maravilla
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Undefeated WBO jr welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), of Omaha, Nebraska, will have his toughest test when he takes on undefeated WBC champion “The Ice Man” Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) of Kiev, Ukraine, in a unification bout on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“It’s going to be big. I’m going in there and putting on a spectacular show and showing everybody that I belong here,” Crawford told Fightnews.com®. “I have to make a statement on July 23rd.”

Crawford will be training for the fight in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska under the watchful eye of his longtime trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre.

Coming off a devastating knockout over Hank Lundy this past February in New York City, Crawford was impressive in defending his WBO title for the second time. Last year saw Crawford score knockouts against Thomas Dulorme in April, as he won the vacant WBO super lightweight title. and in October when he stopped Dierry Jean in his first title defense.

Since coming to the United States Postol has been 4-0 with 3 KOs. He won the WBC world title with an impressive tenth round knockout over the tough Lucas Matthysse last October. “I feel Matthysse gave up because he was frustrated. It wasn’t because he hurt him with a punch, it was because Matthysse was tired. Postol was holding, elbowing, his jab was irritating him every time Matthysse would get in. There was more frustration than hurt,” Crawford said.

“Postol’s style is more European,” he continued. “Straight right, jab, clinch, hold, elbows here and there, but there is nothing he’ll be able to do come fight night to keep me from taking that belt. I’ve seen a lot in my time of boxing on this level. I feel I will do real well!”

A win over Postol would open a new chapter in Terance Crawford’s career. “This is just the beginning. It’s my first pay-per-view and I want to put on a great performance. I want to be the next superstar,” Crawford said.

For years Nebraska has been known for its strong college football tradition in Lincoln, Nebraska about 50 miles south of Omaha, for hosting the NCAA College Baseball World Series in Omaha, and the home of American businessman philanthropist Warren Buffet. Since his 2014 homecoming knockout win over previously undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa, Crawford has become the pride of Omaha, Nebraska.

“When you talk Omaha, you talk Terence Crawford if you aren’t talking Warren Buffet,” Crawford said. “When I fought in Omaha against Gamboa everyone was like, WOW! This is what we have been waiting on!”

Crawford expects a large number of his hometown fans to make the trek to Vegas for the Postol fight. “They will show up and chill out. A lot of people are coming to show their support,” Crawford said.

On July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, it will be champion vs. champion.

“When I look at this fight, I look at it as #1 vs. #2, the best in the division, two undefeated fighters,” Crawford said. “I’m not thinking of who I want to fight next. Who I got in front of me now is Viktor Postol. Come fight night, we’re waiting for the victory!”

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Provodnikov-Molina Final Press Conference

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Former WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodnikov (25-4, 18 KOs) and John “The Gladiator” Molina (28-6, 23 KOs), who will compete on this Saturday’s Showtime tripleheader, participated in the final press conference Thursday at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.

Ruslan Provodnikov: “Words are not so much associated with explaining this because anybody can talk and anybody can say words. I think the fans or the people have to see how my fights have been and the way that I’ve fought those fights. For me to say right now that I’m going to ‘die in the ring,’ they’re words right now. The fight will show, then the fans will have an understanding in their mind of was I just saying that or is that really the way it is. The actions show, not the words.”

John Molina Jr: “I believe in my heart of hearts the fans are going to get a treat with Ruslan Provodnikov coming forward, not wanting to take a backward step with myself coming forward not wanting to take a backward step. We’re both going to try and go in there and pose our will on each other and you’re not going to see a boring fight. It won’t be Dancing With The Stars, it’s going to be a fight.” 

In the co-feature, unbeaten former 154-pound world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) goes against Willie Nelson (25-2-1, 15 KOs) in a 12-round WBC super welterweight title elimination bout.

Demetrius Andrade: “I’m just going in and do my thing, you know, I’m the type of person with character. I’ve been in the ring for many years through the amateur program and fought 300-400 times, against everybody in the whole world. So, there’s not nothing I haven’t seen or fought. A tall guy like Willie Nelson with no legs or upper body, I’m going to push him to the limit. That’s pretty much the plan. I’m going in and it’s knockout season for me.”

Willie Nelson: “It’s what happens all the time. I’m always the underdog. It’s OK and I try not to worry about it much. I’m not one to predict the fights; about what can and can’t happen, but it’s going to be an interesting fight. We know each other’s background and we have sparred before at the U.S. Training Camp.”

The telecast will begin with a 12-rounder for the vacant WBC lightweight world championship between undefeated #1 ranked Dejan Zlaticanin (17-0, 10 KOs) and Franklin Mamani (21-2-1, 12 KOs).

Dejan Zlaticanin: “I’ve prepared for this hard fight for a long time because they changed opponents and it’s hard to be prepared for that. But I have waited for this opportunity for a long time. This is the most important fight of my life, and I am going to win this fight. I don’t like to talk too much. I will talk in the ring and I promise I will knock out Franklin Mamani.”

Franklin Mamani: “Zlaticanin is an aggressive, strong and talented fighter. It will be an honor to trade leather with him inside the ring and be able to win the WBC lightweight championship of the world against the number one contender in my division.”

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Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

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WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) on Sunday at the Cotai Arena inside the Venetian Resort in Macao, China. Pacquiao stalked Algieri the whole fight, while Algieri backpedaled and tried to box from outside. An Algieri slip in round two was credited as a knockdown for Pacquiao. Pacman scored two more knockdowns in round six. Pacquiao floored Algieri two more times in round nine, Algieri barely survived. Algeria went down for the sixth time at the end of round ten. Scores were 119-103, 119-103, 120-102. Pacquiao’s last KO was against Miguel Cotto more than five years ago.

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Pacquiao-Algieri Press Conference Quotes

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By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank 

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri faced off on Wednesday in advance of their “Clash of Champions” on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena inside the Venetian Macau.

Manny Pacquiao: I believe that it’s going to be an exciting fight. We did our best in training and we’ve seen from the old days the speed, the power, the determination, the aggressiveness is back.

Chris Algieri: The talking is done. The hard work is done. The training is done. I’m not gonna say too much.. I prepared very well. I’m excited for this weekend…you don’t want to miss this.

Zou Shiming: I just realized I’m fighting someone who looks as handsome as Manny. (Kwanpichit is a Pacquiao lookalike). I’m very proud to be featured on the same card as Manny Pacquiao. Last time I was on his card, this time I might be his opponent.

Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym: We’re prepared and ready for the fight.

Vasil Lomachenko: I was here in 2008 to win a gold medal. This is a place where my childhood dreams came true.

Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo: We prepared for this fight for two months and we’re ready 100%

Jessie Vargas: I have Roy Jones Jr. He’s taken me to the next level. Team DeMarco said I get tired in the later rounds, well that’s gonna bite’m in the butt.

Antonio DeMarco: I’ve came very prepared to give a great fight for the people and for television too.

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06/14/2014 Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri

Date:  Saturday, June 14, 2014

WBO Jr. Welterweight Championship Title

Location:  Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Promoter:  Banner Promotions / Star Boxing

Supervisor:   Jose Izquierdo II, Esq.

Referee:  Harvey Dock

Judges:   Don Trella (112-114);  Tom Schreck (112-114);  Max DeLuca (117-109)

Results:    Chris Algieri won the WBO Jr. Welterweight Title by Split Decision over the champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

TV:  USA HBO / Hungary Sport 1

Algieri: Many people will be shocked when I win / Provodnikov: He should be more worried about me

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This past Saturday, WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov and undefeated challenger Chris Algieri met with journalists at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse in New York City to talk about their June 14 title bout at Barclays Center. Their world title bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10 PM ET/PT.

Ruslan Provodnikov: My job on June 14 is to chase Algieri and hunt him down. He should be more worried about me. His style of fighting is not my favorite. I prefer an opponent who likes to engage and fight toe-to-toe, not a runner. I don’t have trouble with runners. They have trouble with me.

Chris Algieri: I was in a couple camps with Marcos Maidana and Brandon Rios, sparring for weeks. Both of them, like Ruslan are aggressive, very strong fighters who I had success against in training.

Below are more quotes and images from the media conference.

PROVODNIKOV QUOTES:

“Despite winning the title I still feel like a challenger and I train like one. The only thing that has changed for me now that I am a world champion is that I now have more responsibilities, like interviews and appearances.

“This is a very important fight to me because it will show how many fans I can attract. Brooklyn feels like a second home. I hope Barclays Center can become my home arena in the same manner Miguel Cotto has at Madison Square Garden.

“I am focusing on a shorter, more prominent career. I only want the big fights. The fights the fans want to see. I want to make an impact and leave. I do not want to outstay my welcome in boxing. Money has never been my primary goal. I want to make the most out of my abilities to be my best in the ring. The respect of the fans and my achievements mean more to me than a title belt.

“I did not have an easy time growing up in Siberia. I don’t know where my childhood friends are now. Most are probably in jail. I stole food, sniffed glue, smoked and drank. My amateur boxing coach saved my life and helped to redirect my life toward being a productive person.

“I don’t like to spend my money on frivolous things and I haven’t. My family is secure and our life has improved since I have become a champion. The governor of my region is having a sports complex dedicated in my name built. It should be completed in 2015.

“I like to recite Russian poetry to myself as I make my ring walk.

“Most of my original goals have been achieved. When I was younger I would watch Mike Tyson fight. It was my dream to meet him and I finally realized that dream at the BWAA Awards Dinner when he shook my hand and presented me with the Fight of the Year award. Now it is time to set new goals where I can help others.”

ALGIERI QUOTES:

“My training in Las Vegas was very good, we had terrific sparring and I’ve been finishing off the last two weeks of camp here in New York City.”

“I’m not in awe of fighting Ruslan at all. I’ve watched him fight in the past and I have a very strong game plan to beat him. I’ve seen what works against him and just as importantly what doesn’t.”

“Emmanuel Taylor who I beat in February was a hard punching, strong fighter who had knocked out a high number of opponents. I wasn’t supposed to beat him or Jose Peralta. The underdog role fits me perfectly.”

“I’ve always loved boxing, but I had success at kickboxing and initially pursued that. My favorite fighter was Oscar De La Hoya, at his peak he could do it all. But boxing has always been my passion, my love.”

“Yes, I’ve go options with my (clinical nutrition) degree, I don’t have to fight but I don’t think that should be a factor in wanting to win any less. I’ve wanted to be a world champion since I started boxing and I want to win just as badly as Ruslan does next Saturday.”

“Barclays is a beautiful venue and I’m sure both of us will have a large fan bases cheering us on.”

“Of course I said yes immediately when offered the fight, fighting for a world title and on HBO is a terrific opportunity. But, also I know that I can beat Ruslan.”

“Sure many people will be shocked when I win, but not me.”

“Long Island has been terrific to me with their local support, it would mean a great deal to the people of Huntington for me to win the world title.”

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Provodnikov:If I have to die in the ring to win, that is what I will do. Is Algieri willing to do the same?

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Fight Week for the WBO world junior welterweight championship fight between defending champion Ruslan Provodnikov and undefeated scholar-brawler and Long Island native Chris Algieri continued Wednesday with a media workout at the Everlast Lab in Hoboken, NJ. Provodnikov, his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, Algieri, WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose and female star Heather “The Heat” Hardy where among those on hand.

“The Siberian Rocky” had a chilling message for unbeaten challenger Algieri.

Ruslan Provodnikov: Algieri seems like a smart man and I expect him to be a smart boxer. We’ll see how practical his boxing theories are in the ring on Saturday. If I have to die in the ring to win, that is what I will do. Is Algieri willing to do the same? He had better or he will not defeat me. I do not like fighting boxers who do not engage, like Algieri, but I am used to it. I will chase him and hunt him down. I am a hunter when I am in the ring.

Freddie Roach: He may be undefeated, but Chris Algieri has never faced anyone like Ruslan. He may be a good student in school, but Ruslan will be teaching Algieri a crash course on how to lose on Saturday night. Ruslan is going to pour everything he has into this fight. His sole mission is to turn out Algieri’s lights.

Chris Algieri: Pressure has always made me step up to the competition. I prepared, I am in shape. Fight night, I am going to show who I really am. Ruslan has this great power in his punches but if you can’t land them, the power really doesn’t matter. I have to go out there and control the center of the ring. Push the pace and go out there and use my boxing IQ. I have been preparing for the power by not getting hit. I am not much into prediction but all I can on Saturday, “AND THE NEW….”

Provodnikov-Algieri takes place This Saturday, June 14, at Barclays Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The co-main event will feature Andrade-Rose. A replay of Cotto-Martinez will also air on the telecast.

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Algieri is Ready for a World-Class Rumble!

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“The Pride of Huntington” Chris Algieri recently allowed FightNews to photograph his workout at his gym in Bellmore, NY.

Algieri (19-0, 8 KOs) has over the last 18 months elevated himself to a world-class contender after accumulating significant victories over top prospect Jose Alejo, former USBA champion Mike Arnaoutis, and most recently highly-rated contender Emmanuel Taylor in February.

He’s as much a scholar as he is a brawler. He graduated from Stony Brook University with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology.

He aspires to attend Medical School.

But before he hits the books to become a doctor, he will step into the ring this Saturday to battle WBO jr welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs).

Provodnikov is nicknamed the “Siberian Rocky” because of his savage style.

Algieri is a skilled fighter and it is his technical prowess that gives him a fighting chance against an all-out power-punching brawler such as Provodnikov.

Provodnikov versus Algieri will take place Saturday, June 14th, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10p ET.

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Roach: Provodnikov Will Break Down, Knockout Algieri

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There was a time not much longer than a year ago when even diehard fight fans were about as familiar with Ruslan Provodnikov as they are today with Chris Algieri.

Like the powerful Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) did against then-unbeaten Timothy Bradley, Algieri will attempt to make the jump from ESPN2 fighter to HBO staple against Provodnikov on June 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The 30-year-old Algieri is unbeaten (19-0, 8 KOs), but Provodnikov’s famous trainer doesn’t think the ex-kickboxing champion from Huntington, N.Y., is capable of upsetting his rugged Russian fighter.

“Algieri is a tough fighter,” Freddie Roach told BoxingScene.com. “He’s a good boxer and he’s a conditioning freak. I think Algieri will give us trouble at the beginning of the fight, but we’ll break him down and knock him out in the late rounds.”

The 12-round Provodnikov-Algieri fight for Provodnikov’s WBO junior welterweight title will headline HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” telecast two weeks from Saturday. HBO’s doubleheader will open at 10 p.m. ET June 14 with another 12-round bout between WBO junior middleweight champ Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs), of Providence, R.I., and England’s Brian Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs).

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Mike Alvarado, Top Rank Donate To Salvation Army

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DENVER — Denver’s only reigning world champion, “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO, and his promoter Top Rank®, will donate one dollar ($1.00) from every ticket sold to his homecoming world title defense to The Salvation Army for its emergency disaster services serving Colorado.  Alvarado defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight crown against No. 1 contender Ruslan “The Siberian Rocky” Provodinkov, of Russia, Saturday, October 19, at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo.  The fight will be televised live nationally on HBO®.

“Colorado boxing fans have been so supportive of me throughout my entire career and I am only too happy to support the people of my state in their time of need.  We all need to do our part.,” said Alvarado, who was also a former two-time high school state wrestling champion.

“I have a home in Colorado.  I love this state.  Top Rank was onboard the minute Mike brought it up to us.  A great event to support a great cause,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank.

“We are so grateful,” said Salvation Army leader Lt. Colonel Dan Starrett on this partnership with Alvarado and Top Rank.  “This support allows The Salvation Army to be there for Colorado, providing for the needs of those impacted, until the healing is complete.”

Alvarado vs. Provodnikov marks the Denver area’s first world championship fight featuring a local fighter since September 15, 2000 when former World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Stevie Johnston unsuccessfully challenged defending WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo at the Pepsi Center.

Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) and Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) enter this world title tilt fresh from Fight of the Year performances that took place in March, just two weeks apart from each other, and were televised live on HBO.  They boast a combined record of 56-3 (38 KOs) — a winning percentage of 95% and a victory by knockout ratio of 68%.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Banner Promotions, in association with Tecate, remaining tickets to the Alvarado vs. Provodnikov world title fight event, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable fees and taxes, can be purchased online at TicketHorse.com, order by phone at 866-461-6556 and at Tickethorse kiosks located at all Colorado Dick’s Sporting Goods Stores (for credit card purchases only)

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Ndou fights for the youth

LOVEMORE “Black Panther” Ndou says preparations for his fight against Gary St Clair are going just fine.

Ndou from Musina, Limpopo who emigrated to Australia in 1995, will fight the Australian-based Guyanese for the IBF Pan Pacific, WBO Oriental and WBO Africa junior welterweight titles in Southpark Queensland, Australia, on August 10.

Speaking from his home in New South Wales on Monday, the former IBF junior welterweight and IBO welterweight champion said: “Training is going really smoothly. The contracted weight for this fight is 64.5kg but my weight is already under that limit at 62.5kg. That is the sign of good preparation.”

Ndou said he had not felt so good in a long time and he attributed this to his one-year lay-off. “It allowed my body to recharge. Sometimes your body gets tired, especially if you train as hard as I do. I’ve been feeling really great in sparring and I’m running out of sparring partners as most of them don’t come back the next time as promised”.

He described his match against the 37-year-old former IBF and IBO junior lightweight titlist as a “good fight”.

“It will enable me to raise money for the youth. I will win it and then travel to South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria where I intend fighting for the orphans of the HIV-Aids epidemic. I won’t fail because I believe I’m fighting a good fight,” he said.

“Forget all the university degrees I hold (he is a lawyer by profession) and forget the world titles I have already won. I want to be remembered as someone who fought for the children of the world. I’m a fighter and I’m prepared to put my body and health on the line to save the children.”

Ndou has 48 wins (31 KOs), 13 losses and a draw while St Clair has 24 wins (18 KOs), two draws and 11 losses – including defeats to Cassius Baloyi, Malcolm Klassen and Mlungisi Dlamini.

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Tim Bradley: I’m Not Ducking Khan, He’s On The List

WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley appeared on the latest edition of The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene’s official audio show. The California native recently signed a promotion contract with Top Rank and will make his debut with company on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez pay-per-view on November 12th in Las Vegas. Bradley will face former champion Joel Casamayor.

Bradley clarified the current situation with facing IBF/WBA champion Amir Khan. He rejected an offer to face Khan in July, but he believes the fight is still going to happen. Even if Khan moves up to 147, as expected in 2012, Bradley is open to facing him at the new weight.

“I’m not ducking Amir Khan. I made a business move. I know exactly what I am doing. I am not ducking Amir Khan at all. Amir can talk all he wants. At 140 or 147 you will see Bradley and Khan get it on. I told my manager Cameron (Dunkin) to put Khan on my list as someone I want to fight. If it makes sense…why not? That is a fight that the general public and boxing fans want to see,” Bradley said.

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