Boxing Insider Notebook: Adamek, Broner, Jack, Bute, Mosley, Canelo, Khan, and more…
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of March 29th to April 5th , covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Adrien Broner is coming off of a win over Ashley Theophane on Friday night, but he had pending assault and robbery charges out of Cincinnati, Ohio. The alleged robbery occurred on January 21st, and it is alleged that Broner stole $10,000 from the victim after punching him and holding a firearm. It is also alleged that most of that money was from a bet that Broner lost to the victim.
Broner was released from jail almost immediately.
Badou Jack vs. Lucian Bute Press Conference Quotes
Badou Jack and Lucian Bute are scheduled to face each other on Saturday, April 30th at the DC armory in Washington, D.C. The bout will be shown on Showtime and they recently held a press conference for members of the media. Below are some select quotes from that press conference.
“I’ll be ready for this fight. Bute is a very tough opponent. I have to bring my ‘A’ game to win. Much respect to him, but he’s not leaving with my belt. Absolutely not. You can expect a very tough fight.
“Bute is a much, much tougher opponent that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but I’m ready for him.
“Bute’s fight against DeGale was one of the best fights last year. That’s the only reason he got this shot. He lost, but he looked good. It was a great fight. April 30 will be another great fight. And another loss for Bute.”
“This is a great opportunity for me to fight again for a title. I feel good, I started camp six weeks ago. Most importantly, I’m very healthy. Psychologically, I’m looking forward to becoming a world champion on April 30.
“I respect Badou Jack. He is a great champion, a great fighter, but on April 30, I will become a world champion again. I’m looking forward to it.
“I will be the new champion. I am very confident. I expect it to be a very tough fight, but I am coming here to win.
“I have a new team. They are changing some things in my work. My confidence is 100 percent. I’m working every day very tough and I am confident that everything will be great for April 30.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER, President of Mayweather Promotions
“This fight is about the best facing the best. I’ve seen Bute fight numerous times and he’s a very exciting and explosive fighter. Every time he goes out there and performs he gives 100 percent.
“Mayweather Promotions is about giving people the best and most exciting fights.
“I commend Badou Jack for the way that he carries himself. He is a true gentlemen and that is what this sport is all about. He’s going to continue to make a name for himself in this sport.”
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison to face Mike Dallas Jr. on May 13th
Roc Nation Sports has announced that undefeated Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0) of Washington, D.C. will return to the ring on May 13th to take on Bakersfield, California’s Mike Dallas Jr. (21-3-1) in a ten round welterweight bout at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. The fight will headline a throne boxing event and will be televised live on BET.
“I am really excited that my 30th fight will take place in Southeast D.C., where I was born and raised,” said Hernandez-Harrison. “It will be great to be back in D.C. where I haven’t fought since 2014, and I can’t wait to put on a show for all the fans in attendance and watching across the nation on BET. Dallas presents an interesting challenge that I am ready to face. I will be getting world class sparring for this bout and will be more than ready for anything he brings to the table on May 13.”
“I’ve heard Dusty is pretty good, but I will be the biggest step up for him by far,” said Dallas Jr. “At 147 pounds, I feel very strong. I’m more mature and more focused. I’m back.”
Tickets will be available online at www.ticketmaster.com
Shane Mosley to Fight for WBA Interim Title
Shane Mosley is scheduled to return to the ring on May 28, 2016 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale Arizona. David Avanesyan is scheduled to face Mosley and is currently ranked #1 by the WBA and is the current interim WBA Welterweight World Champion. He recently won the title against Charlie Navarro.
Mosley has enlisted Roberto Duran to be his trainer. They are calling themselves the Sguar and Stone team.
The bout will be televised on the CBS Sports Network and tickets will be available online at www.ticketmaster.com
Face Off with Maz Kellerman: Canelo/Khan Premiers Saturday, April 16th on HBO
Fight fans eager for a revealing inside look at the eagerly anticipated May 7th HBO Pay-Per-View® middleweight championship superfight between Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan, should mark their calendars to catch an all-new edition of “Face Off,” starring the two prizefighters. “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Canelo/Khan” debuts Saturday, April 16 at 11:15 p.m. (ET/PT).
Moderated by Max Kellerman, “Face Off” is an insightful and often gripping interview session in which the two fighters square off and answer Kellerman’s questions. This marks Alvarez’s second visit to “Face Off,” and the first-ever appearance for Khan on the series. In addition, the fighters will be joined on the set by their accomplished trainers. Both Eddy Reynoso and Virgil Hunter will participate in the roundtable.
The Canelo/Khan edition of “Face Off” is set to air multiple times on HBO and HBO2. “Face Off” will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO NOW, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the program.
HBO air times include: April 17 (9:30 a.m.), 18 (12:25 p.m.), 28 (2:15 p.m.) and May 1 (8:15 a.m.), 2 (4:35 a.m.), 4 (11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.), 5 (4:15 a.m.), 6 (6:45 p.m.) and 7 (3:15 p.m.).
Shabramsky to Face Findley on April 15th
Before Jesus Soto “Renuente” Karass (28-10-3, 18 KOs) and Yoshihiro “Maestrito” Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KOs) step into the ring for what is expected to be a sure-fire Fight of the Year candidate at LA FIGHT CLUB on April 15, Golden Boy Promotions will present an exciting cruiserweight warm-up to the main event action at downtown Los Angeles’ Belasco Theater.
Los Angles transplant Vyacheslav “Lion Heart-Chigonsky” Shabranskyy (15-0, 12 KOs) will face seasoned fighter Derrick “Superman” Findley (23-18-1, 15 KOs) of Chicago in an eight-round co-main event match-up sure to heat up the night. Opening the Estrella TV broadcast, amateur standout Genaro “El Conde” Gamez of San Diego will make his debut as a professional and as a Golden Boy fighter when he takes on Archie Weah of Norcross, Ga. in a four-round super featherweight event.
Also making their professional debuts during the Ring TV live stream, Niko Valdes of South Beach, Fla. and Jousce Gonzalez of Glendora, Calif. will each participate in respective four-round super middleweight and lightweight fights. Plus, super lightweight prospect Jonathan “Thunder” Navarro (4-0, 3 KOs) will return LA FIGHT CLUB in a scheduled six-round super lightweight battle. Opponents will be announced shortly.
Nick Blackwell Out of Coma
Nick Blackwell was placed into a medically induced coma after his bout with Chris Eubank Jr., which saw him lose by technical knockout after Eubank Jr. inflicted heavy punishment on him. Blackwell collapsed after the fight and had to be taken to the hospital.
Blackwell had swelling in his brain and was placed into a coma in order for the swelling go down. He was in an induced coma for nearly seven days, but has wakened from his coma on Saturday and appears to be on the road to recovery.
Adamek Loses to Molina in Poland
Former cruiserweight world champion and Polish boxing legend Tomasz Adamek returned to the ring on Saturday night in Karkow Poland to take on Eric Molina. Adamek had briefly retired in 2014 but came back from retirement with a win before facing Molina. Molina was ahead on the scorecards in the 10th round, but was cracked with a right cross to the chin and he went crashing to the mat. Adamek was unable to beat the count and was counted out by the referee.
It appears likely that Adamek will retire from boxing after a seventeen year career.