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Garcia Takes Next Step on Mayweather-Hatton​

Nineteen year old boxing sensation Danny Garcia looks to shine at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, NV on the Mayweather vs Hatton undercard. The Philadelphia based standout was a 2006 U.S. amateur national champion and finalist at this years U.S. Olympic trials before turning professional on November 17, 2007, a fight which took place on the Guzman vs Soto undercard. After dismantling Michael Denby (0-1-1) in 68 seconds of his pro debut, Garcia marches forward challenging Jesus Villareal out of Harris, TX in his next bout.

Signed by world renowned boxing manager Shelly Finkel along with Goldenboy Promotions, Garcia is ecstatic about his future and fighting on one of the biggest cards of 2007 as he stated, "My goal is to continue to work hard and follow the game plan of my team. Right now my career has just begun and I feel confident in my ability to become a world champion. Fighting on the "Undefeated" card is going to be great. I want to show the fans what I'm all about."
 

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Malignaggi on Floyd, Hatton, Hopkins, Cotto

VERO BEACH, Florida – International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi took a break from his Vero Beach training camp, where he’s preparing for his first title defense January 5 on Showtime Championship Boxing against No. 1 contender Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs) at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, to play boxing’s version of “The Name Game.”

The outspoken Brooklyn boxer, rated No. 2 by The Ring, commented on some of the top welterweights and light welterweights in the world:

Floyd Mayweather: “The best pound-for-pound in boxing today, maybe ever. He dominates and is definitely the smartest boxer.”

Ricky Hatton: “Workmanlike but a little overrated. He’s not great but is a good fighter who is tough and a worker. He’s overrated in that some believe he’s the best.”

Miguel Cotto: “One of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today -- very powerful, strong, hungry and determined.”

Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.: “I didn’t see his last fight but he surprised me by beating (Ray) Sanchez, who I know from the amateurs. Chavez came back from being down on two cards to stop Sanchez. Maybe, he has gotten a little better.”

Herman Ngoudjo: “Another workmanlike fighter but not the same as Gavin Rees because he doesn’t throw as many punches. What you see is what you get with him. He’s a former Olympian and I expect him to come into our fight at 100-percent. He’s never been given anything and has come up the hard way. I’m looking forward to fighting him.”

Junior Witter: “Probably the most dangerous, underrated, unappreciated fighter in boxing. I’d love to meet him in the ring but that’s up to the networks. Witter is definitely the best light welterweight in England.”

Demetrious Hopkins: “Good family pedigree and a solid fighter. He’ll lose his first pro fight in 2008 when he meets Paulie Malignaggi.”

Lovemore N’dou: “The biggest clown in boxing today. He’s like Barnum & Bailey, you see the same show. His recent words and actions make him look even more stupid to the media and fans.”

Gavin Rees: “I’ve watched some clips of his fights and he seems like a rugged fighter who throws a lot of punches. Another workmanlike fighter, but he won’t last too long as a title holder.”

Ricardo Torres: “A strong fighter who can’t fight a lick.”

Timothy Bradley: “I know him from the amateurs. He’s a darkhorse junior welterweight right now and he’ll eventually become a contender in this division.”

Jose Luis Castillo: “Past his prime; a legend in his day.”

Vivian Harris: “Another underappreciated fighter who has been mismanaged. It’s a shame that his loss to Witter has hurt his career so much. It shouldn’t have.”

Kendall Holt: “A solid fighter who could become world champion. He’s had a couple of bad breaks. It’s all up to him. He has all of the physical tools but, mentally, he has to overcome negativity and setbacks. If he can overcome that he can be world champion.”
 

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Arthur Abraham wants Pavlik-Taylor winner next

IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham (24-0, 19 KOs) has firmly set his sights on a unification showdown with either Jermain Taylor or Kelly Pavlik. The undefeated 27-year-old, who takes on Britain´s Wayne Elcock in Switzerland on Saturday night, has big plans for 2008. "We will stage his next mandatory title defence in Europe in spring and then eye a unification fight in the USA against the winner of the meeting between Pavlik and Taylor," manager Wilfried Sauerland revealed at today´s press conference in Basle.

Ready to conquer the other side of the ocean, Abraham is taking one step at a time. "All my focus is on the fight against Elcock," he said. "We have trained very hard in the past months. I feel like I am at 90 percent right now. On Saturday it will be 100 percent."

Elcock (18-2, 8 KOs), who last defeated Howard Eastman, is full of respect for his hard-hitting opponent. "Of course I respect him very much," he said. "He is the undefeated world champion. But I have studied him carefully and believe I have a chance to win."

Meanwhile, Danilo Haussler (29-3, 7 KOs) hopes history will be repeating itself on Saturday night when he clashes with European super-middleweight champion Cristian Sanavia (40-3, 12 KOs). The experienced German already defeated his Italian opponent once (July 2005). He is now looking to do the same trick again. "The victory will give me a slight psychological advantage," Haussler said. "He is a strong opponent but I certainly fancy my chances."

Sanavia revealed the first meeting has played a vital part during his preparation. "I have watched and analysed the tape many times," he stated. "I have learned from my mistakes. We have prepared very well. I am very optimistic for Saturday."

Also in action will be former world title contender Danny Williams (37-6, 30 KOs) and Oleg Platov (26-1, 22 KOs), who fight for the IBF intercontinental heavyweight title. "Platov is a very strong opponent," Williams said. "But a win will help me to raise my profile in the world and European rankings."
 

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Matt Skelton: "I Will Beat Ruslan Chagaev"

Matt Skelton will challenge for the WBA World Heavyweight title on January 19 as he aims to become the first British world champion in boxing's Blue Riband division since Lennox Lewis.

Commonwealth champion Skelton will travel to Dusseldorf, Germany, to meet defending champion Ruslan Chagaev.

It represents remarkable journey for Skelton, who turned professional in his late 30s with no amateur experience having previously been a Thai boxer in Japan.

Now 40, Skelton boasts a 21-1 (18) record and will go into the fight as the current Commonwealth champion and a former British and WBU belt holder.

His only defeat, against Danny Williams, was avenged, and he also boasts two wins over Michael Sprott.

Chagaev, 29, has also beaten Sprott, stopping him in the eighth round when the pair met in Germany in 2006.

Since then, the Uzbek has defeated Nikolay Valuev, the then WBA champion to lift the title.

Known as "White Tyson" and now based in Hamburg, Germany, southpaw Chagaev is 23-0-1 (17) and widely regarded as one of the best heavyweights in the world.

"This is fantastic news for Skelton and I'm delighted he has got his chance to become a world champion," said his promoter Frank Warren.

Skelton added: "I'll be training hard for this fight and I'm determined to lift that world title. My aim has always been to become a world champion, and I've every confidence that I will beat Chagaev."

Chagaev was ruled out of a fight with Sultan Ibragimov last year with an illness, but is now fighting fit.

"I'm healthy and can't wait to get back to boxing. It finally starts again," said Chagaev. "I can't wait to get back to the ring and I'm looking forward to fighting Matt Skelton in Dusseldorf. It will be a tough fight against a hard puncher.

"I have good memories about this town. In November 2006, I beat John Ruiz in a eliminator fight. And that made my title winning effort possible. I'm really excited about the Dusseldorf crowd."
 

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Stars To Accompany Mayweather in Ring Walk

LAS VEGAS - Dancing With the Stars winner and two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves, along with fellow competitors Texas billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and renowned entertainer and “Mr. Las Vegas” himself Wayne Newton, will accompany six-time world champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, also a participant on this year’s show—into the ring Saturday night when he fights undefeated British icon Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton for the WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-view. The trio will carry Mayweather’s decorated title belts during the Champion’s celebratory ring walk and join him in the ring for the official announcement moments before the start of the fight.

In addition Castroneves and Newton will join Mayweather Friday for the fight’s official weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. More than 5,000 fans are expected to attend and the event will be distributed live via satellite to national and local television stations across the country.

“Dancing With the Stars was such a great experience for me this year and now to have Helio, Mark and Wayne be a part of my real world makes it that much more meaningful,” said Mayweather.

“We all knew Floyd could dance but now we have a chance to watch him really do his thing in the ring,” said Castroneves, who will be attending his first live boxing match. “I will leave my trophy at home so I can carry Floyd’s belt and show him my support for one of the biggest fights of his career.”

“"Floyd is a great guy and a hell of a competitor,” said Cuban. “I can't wait to watch him fight and I'm honored that he has become a good friend and has asked me to carry his belt for the fight."

Floyd’s the best in boxing and I am looking forward to see him work his magic this Saturday,” said Newton. “He dazzled them on Dancing With the Stars but this is where he truly shines bright and it will be an honor for me to bring him into the ring, carrying one of his belts. Us Vegas guys have to stick together.”

Other Dancing With The Stars notables attending the fight will be Mayweather’s dance partner Karina Smirnoff and 2006 runner-up Mario Lopez.
 

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Jorge Teron Headlines 12/13 “Holiday Hits” Card

NEW YORK CITY – Unbeaten Bronx lightweight prospect Jorge “The Truth” Teron steps-up in class against Mexican knockout artist Adrian “Canon” Navarette in the 10-round co-feature December 13 on the “Holiday Hits” pro boxing show, co-promoted by Ring Promotions and Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, at The Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan.

WBA No. 9 rated middleweight contender challenger “Mean” Joe Greene (16-0, 12 KOs), the 2004 National Golden Gloves Tournament champion and reigning NABA middleweight champion from Queens (NY), headlines in the 10-round main event. Undefeated middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (15-0, 12 KOs), of Brooklyn, faces battle-tested Troy “TNT” Lowry (27-7, 16 KOs), of St. Paul (MN), in an eight-round Special Middleweight Attraction.

The 22-year-old Teron (18-0-1, 11 KOs), WBC No. 20 rated lightweight and 3-time New York Golden Gloves champion, will use his long reach and height advantage (4-inches, 6’ 0” to 5’ 8”) to box the power-punching Navarette (16-4-1, 13 KOs), former Intercontinental Mundo Hispano title-holder.

Teron is coming off of impressive back-to-back victories against Jefferson Auraad Rodriguez (20-10) by first-round TKO and an eight-round unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 79-73) and near shutout in his last action (September 5, 2007) versus Mike Gonzalez (10-1-1).

“It’s always exciting to fight at home because my family and friends watching makes me happy,” Teron said. “I’m also excited to be fighting in the co-feature for the first time. It’s a progression of my career and I want to show everybody what I can do. I’ll be headlining my own show soon. In 2008, I plan on fighting one or two 10-rounders and then I’ll be ready to take on the top lightweights in the world. I’m ready for the top level; no more swing bouts or 8-rounders. I’m fighting 10-rounders and eventually 12-rounders. I feel great for this fight.”

Dominican-born heavyweight prospect Nagy Aguilera (4-0, 2 KOs), the two-time New York Golden Gloves champion raised in Puerto Rico and fighting out of Newburgh (NY), takes on Darryl Holley (6-5, 1 KO), of Brigantine (NJ) in a 6-round bout.

Also fighting on the undercard is another Bronx fighter, New York State lightweight champion Freddy Soto (9-3-2, 5 KOs) vs. TBA; Paterson (NJ) light welterweight Jeremy Bryan (1-0) meets Broderick Antoine (2-3, 1 KO), of Troy (NY); Canadian bantamweight Noriko Kariya (7-2-1, 1 KO) battles Salina Jordan (2-2, 1 KOs), of Denver; Long Island heavyweights Darrel Madison (7-1, 3 KOs) and Elfair “The Wyandanch Warrior” McKnight are matched-up.

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