Chief Support Announced for Deontay Wilder vs Alexander Povetkin from Moscow, Russia

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BoxNation will broadcast exclusively live in the UK Deontay Wilder’s WBC World Heavyweight title defence against Alexander Povetkin from Moscow, Russia, on Saturday 21st May.

The undefeated American superstar puts his title on the line for the fourth time against the Russian mandatory challenger and former WBA World Champion at the Khodynka Ice Palace.

In a real life re-enactment of the iconic Rocky IV movie that saw Rocky Balboa head to Russia and face the indestructible Ivan Drago, Wilder must enter hostile territory after Povetkin’s promoters won the purse bid to stage the fight on home soil.

The dynamite-punching and brash Wilder, 30, has lit up the heavyweight division with his explosive performances that have seen him stop all but one of his 36 opponents with a staggering 28 coming inside three rounds.

Since winning the WBC crown from Berman Stiverne in January last year, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has  made title defences against Eric Molina, Johann Dhaupas and Artur Szpilka and won all by stoppage, but now faces the most difficult challenge of his career.

Povetkin, 36, a former world class amateur winning Gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2003 World Championships, won the WBA World title in 2001 by defeating Ruslan Chagaev in 2011 and made title defences against Cedric Boswell, Marco Huck, Hasim Rahman and Andrzej Wawrzyk – winning three out of four by stoppage.

A unification showdown against then division king Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF, WBO, WBA Super World Champion followed in October 2013 and despite being floored four times in the fight, Povetkin took Klitschko the full distance only to lose on the judges’ scorecards, which remains his sole career defeat.  Since then he’s knocked-out his last four opponents to earn his world title shot.

Chief-support on the card sees two-time WBA World Cruiserweight Champion Dennis Lebedev in a unification battle against IBF World Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez.

Further big live world title action coming up on the Channel of Champions in April sees Eduard Troyanovsky and Cesar Rene Cuenca clash in a highly anticipated rematch on Friday 8th April from the Krylia Sovetov in Moscow, Russia.

Russian Troyanovsky beat Argentinean Cuenca last November, halting him in six rounds with many feeling that the fight was stopped too early and now they collide again with the IBF and IBO World Super-Lightweight titles on the line.

On Saturday 16th April live coverage comes from The Barclays Centre, New York, when WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Glowacki makes the opening defence of his title against former two-time IBF World Champion Steve Cunningham.

Glowacki won the title in a thriller in his last fight against Marco Huck last August when he stopped the German based Serbian in the eleventh round, live on BoxNation.

Huck dropped Pole Glowacki in the sixth round and was ahead on the scorecards before Glowacki found a big punch to floor Huck in the eleventh, it could have been stopped by the referee, but he was given a chance to continue and Glowacki steamed in to get the stoppage.

Also on the card fast rising star and 2012 U.S Olympian Errol Spence aims to become the first fighter to stop former world champion Chris Algieri in a 10-round welterweight showdown.

Maldonado vs Forbes Set for Feb. 10. Errol Spence As Co-Main.

SAN ANTONIO (January 14) – Winner of four straight bouts, including an impressive seventh-round technical knockout of Luis Ramos Jr. last November, junior welterweight prospect Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. is back at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, TX. on Monday, Feb. 10 when he faces former World Champion Steve “2Pound” Forbes on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes in the main event of the second 2014 installment Golden Boy Live!.

In the co-main event, unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. is scheduled for 10-rounds in the welterweight division versus an opponent to be determined.

“The fans were great in San Antonio the last time I fought here and I’m going to give them an exciting show again,” said Maldonado. “Steve Forbes is a former world champion and he’s got a lot of experience, but I’m ready to step up to this challenge..”

“Don’t count me out yet,” said Forbes. “I’m still strong and fast, and I can do things in the ring a kid like Maldonado hasn’t even seen yet. Watch this fight on February 10; it’s going to be something to remember.”

“San Antonio fans are some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable in boxing, and they’re in for a treat on February 10,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Maldonado vs. Forbes is an important fight for both men,and the winner is going to be off to a great start toward big things in 2014.”

Maldonado Jr. vs. Forbes is a 10-round junior welterweight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions and sponsored by Corona and O’Reilly Auto Parts. Cowboys Dancehall doors open at 5:00 p.m. CT and the first fight starts at 6:30 p.m. CT. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast airs live at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. PT.

Tickets, priced at $100, $65, $35 and $24, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges are available for purchase now by phone by calling Leija*Battah Promotions at (210) 979-3302,m@leijabattahpromo.com or text “Tickets” to 210-556-7390. Tables are also available for $260 plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges.

Southpaw sensation Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (17-2, 14 KO’s) may hail from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but if the 22-year-old keeps delivering performances like his recent seventh-round stoppage of Luis Ramos Jr., fans in San Antonio are likely to adopt him as one of their own. Maldonado Jr., former amateur star who bounced back from two 2012 losses to win four consecutive bouts, three by knockout, is definitely a fighter to watch in 2014.

A seasoned veteran whose world championship experience has earned him respect throughout the boxing world, former junior lightweight titlist Steve “2Pound” Forbes (35-12, 11 KO’s) believes that, at 36, he still has another title run left in him, and his effort in a controversial majority decision loss to Johan Perez in January of 2013 proves it. Hailing from Las Vegas, Forbes has faced the best of the best over the years, including Oscar De La Hoya, Andre Berto, Cornelius Bundrage, Carlos Hernandez and John Brown, and on Feb. 10, he aims to hand Maldonado Jr. a loss in San Antonio.

Desoto, Texas’ Errol Spence (10-0, 8 KO’s) has stayed busy since his stint as a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, and as he’s compiled a perfect professional record, he has fought in California, Florida and Nevada, only visiting his home state once. But on Feb. 10, the hard-hitting 23-year-old southpaw will be back in Texas in search of his eleventh professional victory.

Unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz Impresses In Boxing’s Return To Network Television

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 15, 2012) – Professional boxing returned to the CBS Television Network on Saturday afternoon for the first time in 15 years.  In SHOWTIME Sports presentation of “SHOWTIME BOXING on CBS,” unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz capped a spectacular year by retaining his International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Bantamweight Championship with an exciting and closely contested 12-round unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Alberto Guevara, live on CBS from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
 
Santa Cruz (23-0-1, 13 KO’s), of Los Angeles, won the lone bout on the CBS broadcast, the network’s first since Bernard Hopkins knocked out Glen Johnson on Jan. 20, 1997, by the scores of 119-109, 118-110 and 116-112.  Making his initial start in the United States, Guevara (16-1, 6 KO’s) of San Diego, Calif., made it close for six rounds but couldn’t sustain his momentum as Santa Cruz came on strongly to close the show.
 
Santa Cruz was making the third defense of the IBF 118-pound title he won with a 12-round decision over Vusi Malinga last June 2 on SHOWTIME®.  In his two defenses, both also on SHOWTIME, he knocked out Eric Morel and Victor Zaleta in September and November, respectively.
 
The 24-year-old Santa Cruz didn’t dominate Guevara like he did the previous two challengers, but credit goes to Guevara for taking the aggressive Santa Cruz out of his game plan – at least for a while.  It also didn’t help Santa Cruz that he hurt his right hand.
 
“I want to thank Al Haymon, Golden Boy and all of my supporters because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to fight on CBS,” Santa Cruz said.  “I’m sorry I didn’t give as good of a show today.  I felt a little different.  I couldn’t breathe after the third round, so I had to breathe through my mouth.  I messed up my right hand in sparring — that’s why I moved to southpaw.
 
“I usually throw more body shots, but he was running too much.  I have been fighting a lot in the last several months and didn’t give my body enough time to rest.”
 
Guevara was fighting for the first time outside his native Mexico.  His plan from the outset was to not allow the defending champ to dictate the pace.  He was successful for much of the early rounds.
 
“I think I did great. I was very tough for him,” Guevara, a virtual unknown coming in, said.  “Leo is very good, very tough and very strong.  I know I hurt him in the 12th round, but he hurt me in the fifth.
 
“I said that I was going to be in there and not run around.  I had to stay with my style and box.  I felt like I trained for one and a half men.  They called us for the fight three weeks ago.”
 
In non-televised action,  Joseph “Jo-Jo” Diaz Jr., a  2012 U.S. Olympian from South El Monte, Calif., scored one knockdown en route to winning a lopsided four-round decision over Vicente Alfaro (5-3, 1 KO) of Northfield, Minn.  (Due to time constraints, the Diaz fight did not make the CBS broadcast).
 
“It felt great to turn pro,” said Diaz, a southpaw who triumphed by the scores of 40-35 on all three scorecards. “I need to get my timing down as a professional, but overall it was a great experience.  It was great motivation to fight in my hometown of LA.  I wanted to put on a good show and I think I did.
 
“Hopefully I will get in there again in January or February.”
 
Two of Diaz’s U.S. Olympic teammates were also victorious.  Junior middleweight Errol Spence Jr. (2-0, 2 KO’s), of Brentwood, N.Y., won by second-round knockout over Richard Andrews (5-3-3, 2 KO’s), of Charlottesville, Va., and light heavyweight Marcus Browne (2-0, 2 KO’s), of Staten Island, N.Y., registered a first-round knockout over Ritchie Cherry (3-6, 1 KO), of Oklahoma City, Okla.