Bradley vs. Provodnikov weigh-in on Friday
LOS ANGELES (March 14, 2013) — Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion TIMOTHY BRADLEY, JR. (29-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and his opponent, top-rated contender RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV (22-1, 15 KOs), of Siberia, will hold their Official Weigh-In for their world welterweight title showdown, Tomorrow! Friday, March 15, in the Manhattan Ballroom at the Marriott Manhattan Beach (1400 Parkview Ave., Manhattan Beach, Calif. 90266). Fighters will report at 2:00 p.m. PT, with the weigh-in beginning at approximately 3:00 p.m. PT. Bradley and Provodnikov will step on the scale first, followed by undefeated welterweight contenders JESSIE VARGAS (21-0, 9 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev., and WALE “Lucky Boy” OMOTOSO (23-0, 19 KOs), of Hollywood, Calif.
*The public is invited to attend but space will be limited.
The Bradley-Provodnikov WBO welterweight championship and the Vargas-Omotoso World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas welterweight title fight headline a spectacular world championship event, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 16. Both fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT. Former two-time Méxican Olympian ÓSCAR VALDEZ (3-0, 2 KOs), of Nogales, México, will highlight the undercard in a six-round featherweight bout against Jose Morales (6-4, 1 KO), from Denver.
Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Banner Promotions and Tecate, remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, can be purchased online at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling 1-877-604-8777. For information of group discounts, please call 1-877-234-8425.
Wayne McCullough To Make First Visit to Canastota
CANASTOTA, NY – MARCH 14, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced former bantamweight champion Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough will make his first visit to Canastota for festivities planned for the 24th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 6-9th.
“McCullough was an aggressive, crowd-pleasing fighter,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are really looking forward to welcoming him to Canastota for the first time to experience Hall of Fame Weekend.”
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, an accomplished amateur, McCullough won gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and silver at the 1992 Olympic Games. He turned pro in 1993 and began a steady march to the world bantamweight title. McCullough won the NABF title in 1994 before annexing the WBC crown from Yasuei Yakushiji in Japan in 1995. He successfully defended against Johnny Bredahl (TKO 8) and Jose Luis Bueno (W 12) before vacating to campaign at super bantamweight in 1997. The “Pocket Rocket,” who was trained by Hall of Famer Eddie Futch, last fought in 2008 and has a record of 27-7 (18 KOs).
Events planned for the weekend include a banquet, a night of welterweight warriors, parade, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, cocktail party and the Official Induction Ceremony honoring the Class of 2013. Inductees include two-division champion Arturo “Thunder” Gatti (posthumous), five-time world champion Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill and two-time light flyweight champion Myung-Woo Yuh in the Modern category; “Let’s Get It On” referee Mills Lane, ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and journalist Colin Hart. Posthumous inductees in the Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non-Participant and Observer categories will also be honored.
An impressive list of over 40 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities.