VOTE GGG Best FIghter 2015 ESPY Awards!

July 17th, 2015 | By

The sports world gets the award ceremony treatment on July 15, when ESPN puts on the 2015 ESPY Awards, celebrating the best athletes, teams, moments and more from the preceding 12 months.

Hosting the ESPYs from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles will be comedian/actor Joel McHale, best known for his role as Jeff Winger on the television series Community and as host of pop culture commentary program The Soup. His statement upon being revealed as the host gave a taste of the humor he’ll bring to the awards ceremony.

“I’m thrilled to be hosting The ESPYS. Just ecstatic,” he said, via CBS News’ Amanda Mikelberg. “After my stunning victory in the Iditarod[dog sled race] this year by only using six Bichon Frises and a lamb, I think the sports world saw me as the logical host.”

McHale joins a long line of comedians who have hosted the event, including Jimmy Kimmel, Rob Riggle and Seth Meyers. Expect a highly potent, hilarious roasting of some of the top athletes from McHale, whose clever verbal barbs sting with the best of them.

 

Viewing Info

The ESPYs will air for the first time on ABC this year, starting at 8 p.m. A countdown show for the ESPY Awards will air at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Live streams of the event can be found at WatchESPN. Some streams are subject to blackout based on region

Golovkin Vs Monroe May 16th

May 6th, 2015 | By

By Dan Rafael

Middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin, with the aim to fight four times this year and remain one of boxing’s busiest top stars, will be back in short order following his 11th-round destruction of top contender Martin Murray on Feb. 21.

GGG will make the 14th defense of his 160-pound world title against slick southpaw Willie Monroe Jr. on May 16 (HBO, 10 p.m. ET/PT) at the Forum in Inglewood, California, K2 Promotions announced Friday. A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Forum.

Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs), a native of Kazakhstan, recently relocated from Germany to Los Angeles and will be fighting in Southern California for the second time.

In October, he blew out Marco Antonio Rubio in the second round in his first West Coast fight, drawing a sellout crowd of 9,323 at the StubHub Center in Carson, where additional bleacher seats and standing room only tickets were added because of the heavy interest in seeing boxing’s most exciting fighter. Golovkin, 32, has knocked out 19 opponents in a row. Monroe (19-1, 6 KOs), 28, of Rochester, New York, is riding a nine-fight winning streak since suffering an eight-round split decision loss to journeyman Darnell Boone in 2011.

Monroe has made something of a name for himself over his last four fights in which he swept to victory in the eight-man ESPN Boxcino middleweight tournament last year, including a near-shutout decision against Brandon Adams in the May final, followed by a dominating 10-round decision win against veteran fringe contender Bryan Vera on Jan. 16.

Monroe is the nephew of 1970s middleweight contender Willie “The Worm” Monroe, who defeated Hall of Famer Marvin Hagler in the first of their three meetings before being knocked out in their second and third fights.

“Gennady likes the challenge of fighting a southpaw,” K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler told ESPN.com on why Golovkin selected Monroe over the other candidates. “He has not fought a southpaw since [his American debut against Grzegorz] Proksa [in 2012]. So Willie is a southpaw and he also has been on ESPN four times in the past years between winning the Boxcino tournament and beating Vera. Willie beat two undefeated guys in the Boxcino tournament (Adams and Vitaliy Kopylenko), so he made sense for this particular fight.”

Loeffler is close to finalizing a deal for flyweight world champion Roman Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs), 27, of Nicaragua, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, to make his HBO debut in the co-feature against former junior flyweight titlist Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs), 35, of Mexico. The fight will be Gonzalez’s second defense of the 112-pound title he won by ninth-round knockout of Akira Yaegashi in September in Japan.

Gonzalez, who goes by the nickname Chocolatito, is also a former strawweight and junior flyweight world titleholder and one of boxing’s most dominant champions. He was a protégé of late Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello, Nicaragua’s most revered boxer. Sosa has won two fights in a row since losing a decision to Yaegashi in a December 2013 flyweight world title challenge.

The other candidates HBO approved to fight Golovkin were Jorge Sebastian Heiland (25-4-2, 13 KOs), of Argentina, who has never been knocked out and is coming off a highlight-reel 10th-round knockout of faded former contender Matthew Macklin (whom Golovkin knocked out in the third round in 2013), and Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs), of the Bahamas, an all-action fighter who has won four fights in a row since being stopped in the 10th round by Curtis Stevens 11 months ago; Golovkin knocked out Stevens in the eighth round in 2013. But it was Monroe who got the call.

“It’s a contract of styles, Gennady being the aggressive, come-forward fighter and Monroe being a slick southpaw. He’s never been stopped, only has one loss,” Loeffler said. “So if Gennady is going to keep his knockout streak alive, it is going to come against a credible opponent in Willie. Monroe was one of the rare people who jumped at the opportunity to take the fight with Gennady.”

Golovkin, who owns an interim title in addition to another organization’s full title, would have preferred to fight middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, for whom he is the mandatory challenger. However, Cotto is allowed to fight one optional defense, tentatively scheduled for June 6 against an opponent to be determined, and was not interested in facing Golovkin, at least not yet.

“We never got any response from the Cotto camp,” Loeffler said. “We can’t force guys to fight Gennady. But he wants to stay active and we want to keep the momentum we have in Los Angeles after the Rubio fight going, so we’re going to fight at the Forum. It’s a great venue with the renovations, and it has a long history of some great fights.”

Golovkin also had interest in fighting big-name opponents such as junior middleweight star Canelo Alvarez, super middleweight titlist Carl Froch, inactive super middleweight champion Andre Ward or Julio Cesar Chavez, the former middleweight titlist whose next fight is at light heavyweight. But none of them were interested or available.

If Golovkin retains his belt against Monroe it would be his 14th consecutive title defense and would tie him with Hall of Famer Carlos Monzon for second place in middleweight history; Bernard Hopkins holds the division record at 20.

Klitschko excited to fight again at Madison Square Garden

February 11th, 2015 | By

The king of the heavyweight division is set to make his much-anticipated return to the United States.

Wladimir Klitschko, who has had some version of the heavyweight title since 2000, will defend his current collection of titles (WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring Magazine) against Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden.

Klitschko (65-3, 53 KOs) made his New York debut in 2000 with a second-round stoppage of David Bostice on the undercard of the Lennox Lewis-Michael Grant fight.

“It feels like the first time,” Klitschko, 38, said at last week’s news conference. “It feels so good to be back here. I had this feeling and excitement … to be at Madison Square Garden is a dream.

“It is a dream of every performer and entertainer, to perform in the main event at Madison Square Garden. This is the high stage of entertainment.”

Since his last fight in the U.S. (2008, also at MSG) Klitschko has fought in Germany and once in Russia, in front of large crowds in soccer-sized stadiums.

Still, the lure of fighting again at MSG is something that certainly intrigues Klitschko.

“I have a lot of connections to this city, I used to live here, I used to spend a lot of time here,” he said. “It puts a lot of responsibility as well for me to keep having the same level of performance that I have set up.

“I’ve learned a lot in the past years in facing different opponents.”

Klitschko has won 21 consecutive fights since being stopped by Lamon Brewster in 2004.

The man faced with the challenge of trying to derail the Klitschko train is Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs). The question facing Jennings is whether he’s ready for this level of opposition.

“He has the qualities of Rocky Balboa,” Klitschko said of Jennings.

Jennings is coming off of a split-decision victory over Mike Perez last July.

“History will definitely be made,” Jennings said. “This is going to end in a knockout, so it is either going to be me or him. … One of us is going to lose, but, guess what, I don’t think it is going to me.”

Golovkin opens camp for Feb 21 defense

December 22nd, 2014 | By

Following a world wind International Press Tour with stops in Monte Carlo, Astana, London and Mexico City, WBA/IBO and WBC ‘Interim’ Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has opened training camp in Big Bear Lake, California for his upcoming world title defense against two-time world title challenger Martin Murray, the WBC’s #1 ranked middleweight.

Under the watchful eye of longtime trainer Abel Sanchez, Golovkin is slated to defend his titles on February 21st at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.

“It was a very busy time these last few weeks but I liked spending time with the media and fans all over the world,” said Golovkin on Monday, speaking from the World Boxing Council Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I look forward to starting training camp with my coach and putting on another great show in Monte Carlo.”

Stated Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, “The response Gennady has received all over the world these last few weeks has been extraordinary. From both media and fans it’s clear that he’s the fastest rising international star in boxing.”

“Gennady is also anxious to start training and looks forward to the biggest test of his career facing Martin Murray who is rated at the top of the middleweight division.”

The Five-City International Press Tour for Golovkin will culminate in Los Angeles with details of a January press conference to be announced shortly.

GGG-mania takes over Kazakhstan

November 26th, 2014 | By

Photos: Team Golovkin

Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin received a hero’s welcome in his native Kazakhstan over the weekend. On Friday Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) addressed a massive crowd of supporters at Nazarbayev University in the capital city of Astana. On Saturday, GGG held a formal press conference in Astana to discuss with the local media his upcoming world title defense against Martin Murray slated for Saturday, February 21st in Monte Carlo.

“Martin is a worthy opponent and is the number one middleweight in Europe as of today,” stated Golovkin. “I think it will be a fierce fight. He proved to be a very strong boxer during his last fight with Spada.”

The native of Karaganda also spoke of his interest in fighting in Kazakhstan.

In the coming weeks Golovkin will head to London, England and Mexico City, Mexico in addition to Los Angeles, California on his International Press Tour.

The London stop will include a face-off with Murray in front of the vast European media. The Mexico City jaunt will include an official presentation by the World Boxing Council of his “interim” middleweight championship in front of a huge gathering of Latin media.

Golovkin will prepare for the in Big Bear Lake, California under the guidance of long-time trainer Abel Sanche