Lamont Peterson vs. Lucas Matthysse Full Card

ATLANTIC CITY, May 14 – The explosive May 18 match-up between unbeaten contenders Shawn Porter and Phil Lo Greco at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey will air as part of the event’s SHOWTIME EXTREME® telecast live at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).  2012 British Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo will also participate one of the featured undercard bouts. 
 
With both Porter and Lo Greco currently ranked in the top 15 (Porter #5 by the WBO and Lo Greco #12 by the WBA and #13 by the WBO), the stakes have never been higher for these fighters who will look to not only ignite the crowd at Boardwalk Hall, but also move further up the welterweight ladder to challenge the division’s elite as they square off in a 10-round 150 lb. catch-weight bout.
 
The evening of fights is headlined by IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson facing Argentinian power-puncher and WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse and IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander defending his title against IBF number four rated welterweight contender Lee Purdy of England.  The undercard will also feature Lamont Peterson’s brother and lightweight contender Anthony Peterson, Washington, D.C. rising star Thomas Williams, Puerto Rico’s Cesar Seda, Amir Khan’s younger brother Haroon Khan, 2012 U.S. Olympians Rau’shee Warren and Jamel Herring as well as undefeated prospect Robert Easter Jr.
 
Tickets priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
 
Akron, Ohio’s Shawn “Showtime” Porter (20-0-1, 14 KO’s), one of the United States’ top amateurs for years, is on his way to even greater success as a professional.  Unbeaten in 21 bouts, the aggressive 25-year-old scored the biggest win of his career last July when he defeated Alfonso Gomez for the NABO welterweight title.  After battling to an exciting draw against Julio Diaz last December, he will look to turn back fellow undefeated contender Lo Greco and move a step closer to his first world title shot.
 
An international star that is now making a name for himself in the United States, Toronto’s Phil “The Italian Sensation” LoGreco (25-0, 14 KO’s) made his return to the ring after nearly a year off in 2012, thrilling fans in Atlantic City and Las Vegas with his victories over Hector Orozco, Brandon Hoskins and Daniel Sostre.  On May 18, Lo Greco will make his Boardwalk Hall return in pursuit of victory against Shawn Porter.
 
In the SHOWTIME EXTREME opening bout, Lowestoft, England’s Anthony Ogogo (1-0, 1 KO) makes his Untied States debut in a six-round middleweight bout against Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KO’s) of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.  The 24-year-old Ogogo took home a Bronze Medal in the 2012 London Olympics and on April 27 he made a spectacular pro debut, stopping Kieron Gray in two rounds on the Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz undercard in Sheffield, England.  Perez will look to regain his winning ways after losing on points on April 27 to hot prospect Boyd Melson at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
 
22-year-old Bolton, England native Haroon Khan (1-0) will meet Riverside, California’s Vicente Medellin (0-5) in a four-round bantamweight bout which will air on SHOWTIME EXTREME, time permitting.  The brother of British superstar Amir Khan, Haroon is a former amateur star who got his pro career off to a rousing start on April 27 when he won a four- round decision over Brett Fidoe on his big brother’s undercard in Sheffield.
 
Competing in an intriguing 10-round light heavyweight bout will be Washington, D.C. prospect Thomas Williams (13-0, 10 KO’s) and veteran Otis Griffin (24-12-2, 10 KO’s) of Sacramento, California.  The 25-year-old Williams is already 2-0 in 2013, stopping 8-1 Jason Smith and 20-7 Kevin Engel in three rounds each.  The winner of the reality program “The Next Great Champ,” Griffin is a former USBA Light Heavyweight Champion looking to get back on track after some tough recent outings.
 
The blockbuster undercard will also see the return of Anthony Peterson (31-1, 20 KO’s) after a 17-month layoff.  The talented Washington, D.C. product, who owns wins over Javier Jauregui, Daniel Attah, and Luis Arceo, with his only loss a controversial disqualification against Brandon Rios, will meet Rialto, California’s Dominic Salcido (18-4, 9 KO’s) in a 10-round lightweight contest.  A slick boxer who isn’t afraid of standing toe-to-toe and trading punches, the flashy Salcido always puts on a show when he steps between the ropes.
 
Fresh off of their stint at the 2012 Olympics, United States team members Rau’shee Warren (3-0, 1 KO) of Cincinnati and Jamel Herring (2-0, 1 KO) of Rockville Centre, New York continue their pro careers in Atlantic City this weekend.  Bantamweight Warren will face Chicago’s Angel Carvajal (2-1) and lightweight Herring meets San Juan’s Victor Galindo (1-1), both in bouts scheduled for four rounds.
 
In an eight-round bantamweight fight, Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico’s Cesar Seda (24-1, 17 KO’s) will face off against Ciudad Obregon’s Miguel Tamayo (13-5-2, 11 KO’s) with the undercard being rounded out by a four-round lightweight match between Toledo, Ohio’s Robert Easter Jr. (3-0, 3 KO’s) against Antoine Knight (2-3) of Merrillville, Ind.

Little to Light Up Blackpool

ADAM LITTLE intends on stealing the show when he boxes on VIP Promotions’ card at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on June 7.

The Kirkham prospect, 22, has been out of action since last October due to a hand injury, but after undergoing surgery he is keen to make up for lost time.

“This fight is a big thing for me and I’m really looking forward to showing people what I can do with two hands,” he said.

“People do know I’ve had an injury and my performances haven’t been as good as they should have been so there’s a bit of extra pressure in this fight. I’m hoping on June 7 I’ll be spectacular and people will go away talking about it.

“It’s up to me to make people stand up and take notice and that’s what I intend on doing.”

After being on the sidelines for such a lengthy period, many young boxers would want to ease themselves back into action with a number of fights against modest opponents.

Little, however, stresses that he doesn’t want to any easy touches as he’s looking to push towards title opportunities later of the year.

“I want to be in with someone with a winning record,” he stated. “I think my apprenticeship as a pro is over now and I want to be in decent fights.

“I don’t get excited about fighting journeymen and I don’t think they bring best out in me. When I fight better opponents and I really have to dig deep to win, then I think I’ll really impress people.

“I ‘m not trying rush into anything because that could leave me in deep water, but I do think the welterweight division is wide open.

“I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I believe I can be fighting for the Central Area title before the end of this year.

“The champion, Chris Johnson, has a lot more experience than me. He’s had 20 fights, he’s fought Lee Purdy and he’s won quite a few by stoppage, but I think that’s the sort of fight I’ll be looking at soon.”

Floyd Mayweather’s 5 Options

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By Brandon Stubbs
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Now that Floyd Mayweather has beaten Robert Guerrero, the question is who is next? “Money” Mayweather is set to head back in the ring on September 14 in Las Vegas. So I have came up with five names and the reasoning behind why the match-up can or should happen and what could make it fall through.

 

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
Remember at one time Floyd was always asked about fighting Manny Pacquiao?
Well now it’s him being asked about Canelo in every interview. On paper this could be the biggest bout money wise that could be made. Alvarez has a massive Mexican following that will travel to see him and he is quickly becoming a household name in the states. He is promoted by Golden Boy who works hand in hand with MayweatherPromotions, so the paperwork shouldn’t be a real issue.

But there are mainly two reasons why this bout may never see the light of day. First is the money. With Canelo having the following he has, there is no way he will let Mayweather low ball him with the revenue this fight would make. The next and most important is the weight. Canelo fights at 154lbs, Floyd just fought at 147lbs (his natural weight). Mayweather doesn’t look great at 154lbs (Cotto fight) and I doubt Canelo would be willing to drop down.

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Devon Alexander
For reasons I still don’t get, Alexander’s name has come up as Floyd’s next opponent. First, it was before the Guerrero deal was done and now after the fight is over. The thinking is his team is working for him to get him a big fight and payday. Devon has fought some good names to this point in his career, but outside of St. Louis he doesn’t have a large following. His style wouldn’t pose a large threat to Floyd, so could be a low risk fight. First Devon has to get past Lee Purdy in a few weeks before he can even think about a September fight.

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Amir Khan
Early part of last week, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe stated how Floyd would love to come fight in the UK for his fans over there. Should that really happen, there is only one choice; Amir Khan. For years Khan has lobbied his promoter Golden Boy to make the bout, but in the end Khan would have a setback that would stop any talks. Now Khan has won two straight under new trainer Virgil Hunter and those talks are back on. This isn’t the type of fight Khan should rush for right now. His defense is still shaky along with his chin, getting knocked down and rocked several times in his last fight against Julio Diaz. Should the fight get made, it could be a long night For Khan.

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Paulie Malignaggi

So why Paulie? Well his is fighting Floyd’s “little brother” Adrien Broner on June 22. If or when Paulie beats Adrien, a bout with Floyd could be packaged as a revenge bout. Also Malignaggi does own the WBA welterweight belt that Floyd could add to his collection. Not to mention, just think of the amount of trash talk that we could have leading up to the fight.

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Oscar De La Hoya
Okay, this may be the wildest of all wild cards but hear me out. Oscar has always wanted a rematch with Mayweather since he suffered a split decision loss in 2007. Granted the last two fights of his career were a lackluster win over Steve Forbes and loss to Manny Pacquiao where he just looked old. In recent months Oscar has hinted about having the itch to get back in the ring after doing some sparring with Canelo Alvarez. When I seen him in Las Vegas over May Day weekend he looked to be in great shape. He never really took huge beatings in his career, so his head shouldn’t be that shot. The first time they fought, they broke records across the board; could they do it again? Golden Boy Promotions is in tight with Showtime and CBS. Could they do this rematch on mainstream TV and take boxing to a new level? De La Hoya vs. Mayweather 2 makes sense and more importantly, can make money.

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