Provodnikov-Algieri, Andrade-Rose Press Conference Quotes

BROOKLYN (April 16, 2014) – World Championship boxing returns to Barclays Center when the “The Siberian Rocky” RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV makes the first defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title and his Brooklyn debut against undefeated world-rated contender and New York product CHRIS ALGIERI. Provodnikov vs. Algieri will take place Saturday, June 14 and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The co-main event will feature undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion DEMETRIUS “Boo Boo” ANDRADE making his first title defense, against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger BRIAN “The Lion” ROSE.

These four gladiators boast a combined record of 87-3-1 (44 KOs)- a 96 percent winning percentage, with more than half of their total victories coming by way of knockout.

The action-packed undercard will feature undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas champion, Top-Five contender and Long Beach, Long Island fan favorite “Irish” SEANIE MONAGHAN, and the debut of professional women’s boxing at Barclays Center with HEATHER “The Heat” HARDY of Brooklyn risking her undefeated record.

Promoted by Banner Promotions and Top Rank®, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing®, tickets to the Provodnikov-Algieri world champion event are $31, $56, $86, $106 and $206. Tickets will go on sale beginning Thursday, April 24 at 10:00 a.m. and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter. com or, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets are also available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Friday, April 25 at noon. Group tickets are also available by calling 855-GROUP-BK. For information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE.

“I am very excited to be fighting in Brooklyn at Barclays Center and look forward to this fight very much,” said Provodnikov. “I know a lot of my fans from Russia will be flying in to see this great event. I also hope that my fans from the United States, including the great Russian community in Brooklyn, will be there to support me.”

“I cannot wait for June 14,” said Algieri. “Ruslan is a great champion and a feared and avoided guy in the junior welterweight division, which is exactly why I am eager for the chance to fight him. I am ready.”

“This will be a great event,” said Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions. “Ruslan has proven in his last two bouts that he is one of the best fighters in the world and he knows that the biggest fights are ahead of him. Algieri is hungry and will be fighting close to home so we know this will be an outstanding fight with both men each bringing in a legion of fans to support them. We look forward to bringing this great event to Barclays Center in front of the great fans in Brooklyn.”

“We have been grooming Chris for this opportunity and I know he is ready,” said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. “Chris is in top shape and thrilled to be fighting Ruslan, one of the toughest and most highly-regarded fighters in boxing. This show will be captivating and I am looking forward to watching it at one of the most premiere arenas in the world.”

“We are excited to continue hosting such great boxing events at Barclays Center,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “Between the large Russian community in Brooklyn coming out to support Ruslan, and the other local fighters on the card, we expect a great crowd and a lot of excitement in Brooklyn on June 14. I also want to thank our boxing partner Golden Boy Promotions for graciously enabling us to host this fight for the boxing fans of this borough.”

Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs), born and raised in Berezovo, Khanty-Mansi, Russia in Siberia, is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. He had an incredible year in 2013. On March 16, he was on the wrong end of a hotly-disputed unanimous decision loss to undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, Jr. Provodnikov, who moved up in weight for his first title shot, hurt Bradley numerous times during their slugfest, nearly knocking out the defending champion in the first and second rounds and scoring a knockdown in the final round. Two of the three scorecards had Bradley winning by only one point. It was voted the Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Provodnikov moved down to his natural weight in his next fight and challenged WBO junior welterweight champion Mike Alvarado, scoring a dramatic 10th round stoppage to claim his world title, last October 19. Five of Provodnikov’s last six victories have been by knockout.

Algieri (19-0 8 KOs), hails from nearby Huntington, NY. Over the last 18 months Chris has elevated himself to a world-class contender after accumulating significant victories over top prospect Jose Alejo, former USBA champion Mike Arnaoutis, and most recently highly-rated contender Emmanuel Taylor in February. He’s as much a scholar as he is a brawler. He graduated from Stony Brook University with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management and then went on to receive his Masters degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He aspires to attend Medical School.

“We are excited to have Demetrius make his first defense on this card,” said Pelullo, Andrade’s co-promoter. ” He is one of the future stars of boxing. To be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn is just fabulous”

“I am thrilled that Demetrius Andrade will be defending his WBO World Championship on this fantastic card,” added Andrade co-promoter DeGuardia. ” I’ve always felt Demetrius would rise to stardom and, on June 14, he will be able to do it in spectacular fashion at the beautiful Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY.”

Andrade (20-0, 13 KO), of Providence, RI, has been a mainstay on television since making his professional debut following his stint on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. Co-promoted by Banner Promotions and Star Boxing, Andrade’s aggressive style has attracted and created fans on both coasts of the U.S. He captured the vacant world title on November 9, defeating fellow U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan in a battle of undefeated top-rated contenders. One doesn’t have to look any further than his recent record where Andrade has stopped five of his last eight opponents. Career highlights include victories over former world title challengers Freddy Hernandez and Angel Hernandez as well as former Contender champion Grady Brewer.

Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs), from Blackpool, Lancashire, England, will be fighting outside the United Kingdom for the first time. He enters his first world title tilt riding a four-year, 11-bout winning streak, which has included BBBofC British, BBBoC English and WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title victories. In his last fight, on October 26, he won a split decision over Javier Maciel in a title elimination bout which made Rose the WBO’s mandatory junior middleweight challenger and No. 1 contender. Career highlights include knockout victories over former world champions Joachim Alcine and Vivian Harris.

Forgotten Legends: Diosbelys Hurtado

Diosbelys Hurtado

By: Steve Gallegos

The Cuban amateur boxing system is one of the best in boxing. The Cubans have dominated amateur boxing for decades and have produced some of the best defensive technicians. Due to communist rule, professional boxing has been banned in Cuba; therefore many great Cuban boxers have had to make the difficult decision to defect to the United States in order to fight professionally.

In the late 1990’s a 10 man team of Cuban fighters was formed in Miami, Fl and they called themselves “Team Freedom”. The most popular and successful fighter of “Team Freedom” was Joel Casamayor; however there was another standout of the team that many have forgotten about. That fighter was former Jr. Welterweight champion Diosbelys Hurtado.

Hurtado was a tall, slick boxer with great speed, skill and technique. Hurtado was born and raised in Santiago, Cuba and was a member of the Cuban national team in which he had an outstanding amateur record of 221-20. He longed for a better life and a career as a professional fighter; therefore he made the difficult decision to defect to the United States, leaving behind his family. He settled in Miami, FL and turned pro in December of 1994. He would win his first 20 fights, 12 by knockout before getting his first shot at a world title against the legendary four-time world champion, Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker.

They met on 01/24/97 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ for Whitaker’s WBC Welterweight title. Whitaker had a major showdown scheduled for 04/12/97 against Oscar De La Hoya, which was the biggest fight in the Welterweight division in 16 years and he had to get past Hurtado in order to make that fight happen. Hurtado came out in the first round and surprised Whitaker by landing a straight right that put “Sweet Pea” down. It was a huge confidence booster for Hurtado and he began to dictate the pace of the fight with lateral movement and quick in-and-out combinations. Hurtado would drop Whitaker again in the fifth round with a quick flurry of punches.

The fight would turn into a rough, foul fest in which low blows and rabbit punches were being landed. Whitaker’s huge payday with De La Hoya was slipping away and the “Golden Boy” who was sitting at ringside was starting to get very nervous. Whitaker had not had a knockout past the sixth round, but in the 11th he landed a huge left hand that sent Hurtado reeling against the ropes. Whitaker went in for the kill landing one left hand after another and after nine unanswered left hands, referee Arthur Mercante Jr. finally stopped the bout with Hurtado halfway through the ropes.

At the time of the stoppage, Hurtado was ahead on all three judges scorecards. He was less than five minutes away from changing boxing history. The devastating knockout Hurtado suffered would have broken many fighters; however not this fighter. He hired hall of fame trainer Lou Duva and was back in the ring five months later and would win his next eight fights, six by KO before getting another crack at a world title against future hall of famer Kostya Tszyu.

They met on 11/28/98 at the outdoor arena at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight Championship. Tszyu was scheduled to meet Miguel Angel Gonzalez of Mexico; however Gonzalez pulled out of the bout due to an injury; therefore Hurtado took the fight on 10 days notice after fighting just 15 days earlier. In the first round, Tszyu dropped Hurtado with a three punch combination against the ropes. Hurtado looked hurt and possibly ready to go; however he caught Tszyu coming in with a right hand and put Tszyu on the canvas. He would put Tzsyu down again in the first round while causing Tzyu’s right eye to swell badly.

The fight would be all action in which shots were being landed back and forth. Hurtado was able to counter Tzsyu’s hard shots very well as Kostya was leaving himself wide open; however Hurtado had a bad habit of keeping his back against the ropes, which left him an open target for hard shots. Tszyu continued to press forward, fighting like the great champion that he was and began to focus on Hurtado’s body.

In the fifth round, Tzsyu caught Hurtado on the ropes and dropped him twice with hard body punching; causing the referee to stop the bout. Hurtado would shake off the knockout loss and would win his next six bouts from 1999-2002, while winning the lightly regarded IBA Jr. Welterweight title. He would get a third shot at a world title as he faced the very tough, hard-hitting Randall Bailey.

They met on 05/11/02 in San Juan, Puerto Rico for Bailey’s WBA Jr. Welterweight title. Hurtado was able to withstand Bailey’s hard power shots which had “knockout” written all over them. In the second round, Hurtado dropped Bailey coming in with a straight right hand counter. Bailey would respond with a hard right hand in the sixth that put Hurtado down. Before the start of the seventh round, Hurtado’s corner told him that he had to go out and fight Bailey and he did just that by going for the gusto and putting Bailey down for good with a barrage of body punches. Finally, Diosbelys Hurtado was a world champion; however the glory would be short lived as Vivian Harris blasted Hurtado in two rounds in his first title defense seven months later.

He would fight three times in 2003-2004, winning all three bouts before retiring. He would make a comeback in 2007 and would go 5-0 before retiring again for good in 2011. His record as a professional stands at 43-3-1 with 26 KO’s. A true professional who always came into the ring in shape and ready to fight. He has helped pave the way for the new generation of great Cuban fighters like Erislandy Lara and Guillermo Rigondeaux, who like Hurtado have realized the dream of becoming world champion by sacrificing and truly dedicating themselves to the sport of boxing.

Diosbelys Hurtado








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Danny O’Connor Faces Vivian Harris Oct. 12th

Philadelphia, PA (10/10/13) – On Saturday night, the pride of Framingham, MA, Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (23-1, 7KO’s) will return to action for the third time in less than three months when he takes on former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (30-9-2, 19KO’s) in the 10-round welterweight main event bout at Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA.

The event will also feature a live performance by the world-renowned and extremely popular Dropkick Murphys, whose leader singer Ken Casey, is the manager of O’Connor. Both main event fighters will weigh in tomorrow afternoon, with the weigh-in being shown that evening during the halftime of the Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes NHL game.

“Once again Danny is doing great things for this charity,” said Casey, who is promoting the event on Saturday night in association with his foundation, The Claddagh Fund. “I am super excited to see him as the main attraction for the first time outside of New England. Philadelphia has taken to Danny like he is one of their own and we are really looking forward to this great event on Saturday night.”

“I’m very excited to box in Philadelphia, as it’s such a great city with so much sports history. It’s always a pleasure for me to be a part of any Claddagh Fund charity event. After an amazing training camp, I’m physically and mentally ready, in the words of Jonny Gomes from the Sox, ‘I’m time-tested, battle-tested, it’s time to put my hard hat on and go to work,'” said O’Connor.

“Danny’s taking on a real veteran in Vivian Harris and we’re looking forward to a great performance,” said Lou DiBella. “We’re pleased that Danny is fighting on a card that benefits the Claddaugh Fund and we thank Ken Casey and the Dropkick Murphys for all their help.”

The two-time national amateur champion and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate O’Connor has had a busy 2013 thus far. The bout on Saturday will be his fifth of this year and third in less than three months. O’Connor, now campaigning at welterweight, is looking to propel himself into the world ratings in the loaded 147lb. division in 2014, but he must first get by the former WBA light welterweight world champion Harris.

The event is being promoted by Dropkick Murphys, The Claddagh Fund, DiBella Entertainment and Green Blood Boxing, in association with Guardian Restoration and A-Plus Public Adjusters.