Boxing Insider Notebook: Dana White vs. Bob Arum, Cotto, Alvarez, Sugar Ray Leonard, and More…
By: William Holmes
The following is the boxinginsider.com notebook for the week of September 17th to September 24th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Dana White Trashes Bob Arum
Dana White recently gave an interview in which he criticizes the way Bellator does business. He also gives some insight on his views on the sport of boxing and in particular, Bob Arum.
“I love the sport of boxing, I watched the Chavez fight . . . so..I’m happy for him. Listen whenever boxing does good things, and they do killer PPV. I’m always watching to see what they do on PPV, I’m not like those f*ckers, Oh they did this much, I’m happy for them. I want to see combat sports do better, I want to see boxing pull bigger numbers. I’m not Bob Arum that crusty d*ck, you know what I mean, I’m not out there smashing everything that we do and saying negative stuff about boxing, boxing is f*cking great it’s an incredible sport I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if it wasn’t for the sport of boxing. I’m not going to be playing Bob Arum’s little p*ssy game. F*ck him.”
Corrie Sanders Tragically Killed
Former Heavyweight Champion Corrie Sanders was tragically killed in South Africa this weekend in an apparent robbery attempt. Boxing Insider sends condolences to the friends and family of Corrie Sanders, who is best known for shocking the world with a major upset over Wladimir Klitschko.
Eubank Jr. Wins in Denmark
Chris Eubank Jr. dominated Tadas Jonkus on September 22nd at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The fight was halted at 2:29 of round 3 when Jonkus was deemed by the referee to be in no fit state to continue. Eubank is currently riding a six-fight win streak.
Demetrius Andrade Victorious
World ranked junior middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (18-0) stopped Alexis “Hurricane” Hloris (16-4-2) in the second round at the 11th annual Fight to Educate Pro-Am card at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Andrade dropped Fernandez early in the second round with a straight left hand, and then finished the fight with a right hook which caused the referee to stop the bout. After the fight Andrade called out Sergei Dzinziruk, the former WBO Champion.
Sugar Ray Leonard at the Smithsonian
Sugary Ray Leonard will be speaking at the Smithsonian Institution on October 31st at 7:00 pm. Boxing Insider readers are being offered a discount on tickets for only $15. Highlights will include Leondard’s years of intensive training, his transition from Olympic Gold Medalist to professional boxer, his most memorable bouts, lessons learned in the glare of celebrity, and work as a mentor to young boxers in Washington, DC. Leonard will also sign copies of his autobiography. Go here and type in promo code 18970 to get a discounted ticket.
Canelo Alvarez vs. Lopez Scores Record Ratings
Showtime’s September 15th card that featured Canelo Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez scored record ratings for Showtime with over one million viewers. The main event attracted 1.04 million viewers for the live telecast, surpassing the 2010 Jean Pascal vs. Bernard Hopkins event as the highest viewership for a bout on Showtime since the network began tracking bout viewership. It was the highest rank average viewership ranked telecast of the year for Showtime, and the second-highest average viewership on the network since 2007.
Shah vs. Yorgey Co-Feature for October 27th Jimmy Lange Boxing Card
The Jimmy Lange headlined pro boxing show at the Patriot Center on October 27th will feature Lange (38-4-2) against Tony Jeter (13-3) in the main event. It has been announced that the undercard will feature Zain Shah (5-0) against Harry Joe Yorgey (24-1-1) in the co-feature. Undefeated prospect Brandon Quarles (9-0) will also be on the undercard, as well as Immanuwel Aleem (1-0) vs. Mark Baltimore (1-0). Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com
Devon Alexander vs. Randall Bailey Added to October 20th Card
It has been announced that Devon Alexander and Randall Bailey will have their rescheduled bout take place on October 20th at the Brooklyn Boxing Extravaganza at the New Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The bout will be broadcast on Showtime. This title bout is in addition to the main event of Danny Garcia vs. Erik Morales, as well as Pauli Malignaggi vs. Pablo Cesar Cano. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.
Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout Press Conferences Open to Public
Miguel Cotto and Austin Trout will be participating in two press conferences this week that will be open to the fans. On Monday, September 24th at the El Museo Del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY the first open press conference will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. ET. The second press conference will take place on Wednesday September 26th at 5:00 p.m. AT. The location of the second press conference is at Anfiteatro Paseo De Las Calle Padial, Caguas, PR. Fans are encouraged to attend both press conferences.
LaManna and Webster to Headline November 10th Card in Millville
On Saturday November 10th, Gulfstream Boxing Promotions will have a night of boxing at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. The main event will feature undefeated Jr. Middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (9-0). Anthony “Juice” Young (6-0)will also see action as well as undefeated Super Middleweight Derrick Webster (13-0). Webster has recently spent time in the camps of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andre Ward. Tickets can be ordered online here.
Holm vs. Lamare Press Conference Open to Public
On Tuesday, September 25th at 2:00 p.m. MT a press conference to announce the rematch between Holly Holm (31-2-3) and Myrian Lamare (20-3-1) will be held at the Route 66 Casino Hotel’s Legends Theatre. Holm is considered by many to be the best pound for pound women’s boxer. The public is encouraged to attend, and tickets can be purchased on September 25th at www.fresquezproductions.com.
Zuhdi Defeates Jurado for the WBU World Lightweight Championship
Noah Zuhdi (16-1) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma defated German Jurado (12-3) of Changuinola, Panama for the WBU World Lightweight Championship. Zuhdi won by unanimous decision after 12 rounds in front of his hometown crowd. This was the first title fight to ever be held in Oklahoma: former WBU World Champions include Micky Ward and Ricky Hatton. The bout was scored 116-112, 117-111, and 117-111.