Boxing Insider Notebook: Mayweather, Cunningham, Andrade, Korobov, Peter, and more…
By: William Holmes
The following is the Boxing Insider notebook for the week of September 9th to September 16th, covering the comings and goings in the sport of boxing that you might have missed.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. Stiffs Waitress in Las Vegas
TMZ reported on Monday that Floyd Mayweather Jr. earned $32 million for his figh on Saturday night and then went to the Rehab at the Hard Rock on Sunday afternoon with about 150 people. His waitress, Nik Nguyen, stated that Floyd and his crew bill came out to $25,305 and included multiple orders of bottles of alcohol. She also stated that some in Floyd’s entourage were throwing money at random girls who were twerking on stage but that Floyd Mayweather did not leave any money for a tip.
More on this incident can be found at www.tmz.com \
Andrade-Korobov Ordered to Fight for WBO Middleweight Title
Te World Boxing Organization ordered a bout between Jr. Middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (21-0, 14 KO’s) and Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KO’s) to fight for the vacant Middleweight championship.
“We are very happy and delighted that the WBO has given Demetrius Andrade this great opportunity to fight for the Middleweight world title,” said Banner Promotions CEO Artie Pelullo.
“It’s a great opportunity for Demetrius to become a two-division world champion. Matt Korobov and Demetrius Andrade were both 2007 world amateur champions & 2008 Olympians. Demetrius from the United States and Korobov from Russia. As professionals they are both undefeated and their paths will finally cross.”
“My partner Joe DeGuardia and I will get on the phone and call Bob Arum, who promotes Korobov and try to make this fight happen this Fall.”
“I am pleased that the WBO has granted Demetrius the opportunity to add another World Championship to his impressive accomplishments. We hope and expect that this will be the second of many more Championships that he will acquire”, said Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia
Steve Cunningham to Headline August 18th Show in South Philadelphia
Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6) will take on unbeaten Natu “The Truth” Visinia (10-0) on Saturday evening, October 18th at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia on NBCSN popular Fight Night boxing series. Cunningham was last seen battling Amir “Hardcore” Mansour on April 4th and won the USBA Heavyweight title.
The October 18th show will also feature Edner Cherry and Jerry Belmontes face off in the junior lightweight division. Tickets can be purchased online at www.peltzboxing.com
“This is the third undefeated heavyweight that I am facing and he has more career heavyweight fights than I do,” Cunningham explained. “I have fought more undefeated heavyweight fighters than some heavyweights fight in their entire career. I am up for the challenge. It is always a challenge fighting a young untested fighter, but a job has to be done. We are going to do the job, get this victory and be impressive.”
Samuel Peter’s Opponent Is Announced for September 27th
Former heavyweight title holder Samuel Peter (34-5) is scheduled to fight on Saturday, September 27th at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City. His opponent has been announced as former ECHL hockey enforcer turned heavyweight KO artist Ron Aubrey (12-3) from Oklahoma City.
“I am happy to be back in boxing,” said Samuel Peter. “I will dedicate myself to winning the heavyweight championship once again. I’m ready to knockout anyone who stands in my way.”
Former WBA/WBC Welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-1) is also set to make his return, and he will be facing ex-US Marine Allen Medina of Denver, Colorado.
Tuesday Night Fights a Hit in Philadelphia
On Tuesday night, September 16 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Joe Hand Promotions and D & D Management will present the 2nd installment of Tuesday Night Fights.
This show is coming on the heels of a terrific inaugural card that took place on July 29 and played to a sold out crowd at the 2300 Arena.
The concept is to showcase local Philadelphia fighters in pro-am events that will feature the present and future of Philadelphia boxing.
The masterminds behind the series are Joe Hand Sr., Doc Nowicki and Dave Price.
Hand has managed, promoted and over the past 40 years has been the leading closed circuit and Pay Per View distributor for some of the biggest events all over the world.
He also is the owner of the most popular and successful Boxing Gym in Philadelphia for over two decades.
“We started the series not looking to make money on it, but to help the kids,” said Hand of the grass roots series.
“I see these fighters working hard in the gym everyday and they cant get fights. They are entitled to a career in boxing.”
Nowicki has been a very successful manager in the Philadelphia area as he guided the careers of Teon Kennedy and Mike Jones to world title opportunities and now has the same world title aspirations for undefeated Super Middleweight Jesse Hart.
“My vision of the series is young, hungry fighters that are exciting and getting opportunities in their hometown in even matched fights,” said Nowicki.
“We plan to keep the shows low budget. Not in talent but to make it affordable for the average person can come out and enjoy a night at the fights. We want to create special nights where a father can take his son and it also creates interest in the boxing world in Philadelphia. It’s great for people to be able to come see a great night of fights.”
Tickets for the Tuesday night fight series in Philadelphia can be purchased at www.2300arena.com
Dierry Jean Preparing to Make Major Statement on September 27th
NABF Lightweight champion Dierry Jean (26-1) will make his first title defense on September 27th against Mexican challenger Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz (32-7-2) at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
His bout with Ruiz will be the co-feature headlined by a NABA Light Heavyweight Title fight between two time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (5-0) and former IBF champion Tavoris Cloud (24-2).
Jean stopped Mario Perez (15-5-4) in his last bout after losing a decision to IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson.
“Honestly,” Jean said, “I didn’t go to lightweight because I thought it was going to be harder at 140 pounds. I’m not getting any younger, so I thought it could open doors to fight in two divisions. I want to get a world title shot as soon as possible. I do feel a little stronger and imposing at 135. I don’t take any of my opponents lightly but, after this fight, I want a title shot at Omar Figueroa or Terence Crawford, at 135 or 140.”Watch Canelo Alvarez Make his return Saturday night against Rocky Fielding only on DAZN!