Weights: Cotto 153.2, Rodriguez 154
Saturday’s HBO World Championship Boxing® airs at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
The HBO® telecast airs live from Orlando when Terrence Crawford meets Andrey Klimov in a clash scheduled for 10 rounds in the lightweight division.
The evening’s main event will showcase a 12-round super welterweight showdown as Miguel Cotto squares off against Delvin Rodriguez.
Official Weights from Orlando:
Miguel Cotto: 153.2 lbs.
Delvin Rodriguez: 154 lbs.
Terrence Crawford: 134.6 lbs.
Andrey Klimov: 134.6 lbs.
The HBO telecast begins with a replay of the heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitscho and Alexander Povetkin from Moscow.
Tornado Goodjohn ready to explode on Saturday night
“Tornado” Tyler Goodjohn and Belarusian banger Andrei Hramyka weighed in today ahead of their clash for the International Masters Light- Welterweight title at Watford Colosseum on Saturday night.
Goodjohn accompanies by trainer Peter Sims weighed in dead on the limit at 10 stone while Hramyka weighed in 1 lb under at 9 stone 13 lbs.
Goodjohn who last time out won the British version of the tile said “I have trained so hard for this and am in tip top shape” whilst Hramyka said through his interpreter “For the first time I have had a proper training camp. I will knock out Goodjohn inside three rounds.” Hramyka has stopped 9 of his 0 victims 7 in round 1 so has the credentials to back up his boasts.
This exciting title fight headlines a seven fight card with two locals boys Liam Shinkwin (Light-Welterweight) and Miles Shinkwin (Light-Heavyweight) both having International 6 round contests and an intringuing heavyweight clas between combacking Tom “Not So” Little and Carl “The fridge” Baker.
Heavyweight AJ Carter takes on Belfast’s Moses Matovu whilst CHeshunt’s Dave Leon makes his professional debut at Lightweight.
Tickets will be available on the door. Boxing commences at 7.30 pm.
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Delvin Rodriguez final press conference quotes
Orlando, FL, (October 4, 2013) Two-time world title challenger and top rated junior middleweight Delvin Rodriguez and Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia attended the Final Press Conference yesterday in Orlando, Florida just two days ahead of Rodriguez’s battle with three-division world champion Miguel Cotto set for this Saturday, October 5 at the Amway Center and broadcast Live on HBO®.
“I’m just enjoying every second of this because this is an opportunity that I earned. I got to this opportunity the hard way. After so many years of hard work, one bad decision after the other, tough fights, I’m just thankful to God that I’m here. There was a time when I said forget about boxing, forget this, this isn’t for me anymore, but I said I’m not going to throw so many years of my life away after so much hard work. So I’m glad I stuck with it and thanks to God I’m here.”
“This is my time, my turn to win. I have enjoyed every second of this promotion. Every fighter has a defining moment in his career. For me, my career takes a big turn for greatness on Saturday night, I will beat Cotto.”
Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing:
“Throughout his entire career Delvin has been a warrior, always battling in the ring. Along with the sensational battles with Wolak that everyone knows about, he’s also fought numerous times overseas and on the road where he’s been the victim of hometown scoring in some very close battles.”
“Come Saturday night the fans in this beautiful city of Orlando and those watching on HBO are going to see a tremendous fight. Delvin is in terrific shape and ready for the biggest fight of his career.”
The Miguel Cotto/Delvin Rodriguez 12 round super welterweight battle will be seen in over 180 counties across the globe.
Cotto and Rodriguez boast a combined record of 65-10-3 (46 KOs) — a winning percentage of over 83% and a victory by knockout ratio of 71%.
Uaine Fa: APB suits me perfectly
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 4, 2013 – AIBA Pro Boxing’s (APB) social media campaign “Boxer of the Week” headed to Tonga this time to chat with national boxing hero Uaine Fa. Following a week of attention dedicated to him on the APB Facebook and Twitter pages, the athlete’s international appeal also quickly became apparent with questions coming in for him from all over the world. As ever this resulted in an eclectic but intriguing array of queries for our regular fan-sourced interview.
Now training in New Zealand, Super Heavyweight (91+kg) Fa was forthcoming, likeable and quick to laugh throughout the piece. He explained that he has thought seriously about going pro since his earliest days in the sport. Yet he was plagued by that age old boxing question: to go pro or to the Olympic Games? Luckily APB provided him with the solution.
“Basically I started thinking about going pro from the moment I took up boxing at the age of 16”, said Fa. “I had set goals that I wanted to achieve before turning pro though. One of them was to get to the Olympic Games. I have unfortunately failed twice now despite making it through to the final phase of the qualifiers. The time was right to turn pro but I still really wanted to fulfil my Olympic dream. Then I heard what APB had to offer, which suited me perfectly. I just can’t wait to get started”.
APB’s magic mix of course is the fact that it is the first individual competition in history to allow boxers to compete in a pro-style event and still to retain their eligibility for the Olympic Games.
Fa went on to answer fans technical questions about boxing, including offering tips on Strength and Conditioning and how to combat jetlag. “It is difficult being so far away from competitions over here in New Zealand and Tonga”, he said. “But it’s also a chance for me to travel. People here can only dream of travelling to the places I’ve been to, so actually I’m really grateful. But yes. jetlag can be quite hard to deal with”.
His tip is to align his body clock with the destination time zone as quickly as possible. “When I am on the plane, I try to eat and sleep in sync with the country I’m travelling to. Actually I am quite lucky in that I can pretty much make myself comfortable anywhere”.
Finally, when asked if he had any funny stories from his career in the ring, he admitted that on his World Series of Boxing (WSB) debut, he forgot to bring his gum shield with him, resulting in him having to borrow a team mate’s in a move that he himself laughingly called “pretty gross”. It didn’t stop him from winning though.
You can read the full story here http://bit.ly/159FGzB
APB’s “Boxer of the Week” campaign was launched on May 13th. It is designed to unveil the entire APB boxers’ roster athlete by athlete.
AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) is a pro-style boxing competition program under the governance of AIBA, the International Boxing Association.
You can also follow APB on Twitter and Facebook
WEIGH-IN RESULTS FROM OKLAHOMA COMANCHE NATION
Official weights from Thursday’s weigh-in at the Comanche Nation Gaming casino for tonight’s fights.
George Tahdooahnippah 159 3/4
Thomas Brown 157 3/4
IBA Americas Middleweight title
Sheena Caney 117
Tiffany Alexander 119
Jose Guadarrama 143
Edwin Williams 144
Maurenzo Smith 242
Ty Cobb 262 1/2
Tahdooahnippah will battle Brown in a ten round main event for the IBA Continental Americas Middleweight Title, during “Punch Out,” an evening of boxing promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing at the Comanche Nation Casino.
Tickets are still available and priced at $20 for General Admission ($25 at the door) can be purchased through Ticket-E-Split www.ticket-e-split.com or through the Comanche Nation Casino, phone (580) 354-2000.
VIP tables are available for purchase at $2500 per table. Each table includes ten seats with free food, beer, soda, water, $100 free play, and a gift bag per seat.
The Comanche Nation Casino is located at 402 SE Interstate Drive in Lawton, Oklahoma; 73501.Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:00p.m. with the first bell at 7:00 p.m. Guests must be 18 years or older to attend.
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Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports extend boxing partnership
Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports have extended their partnership to offer viewers an unrivalled choice of fights and fighters, with 20 shows a season for two further years.
The agreement, commencing in June 2014, will bring even more exclusive live coverage of Matchroom Sport and Eddie Hearn’s stable of World champions and British stars on a domestic and international stage.
There’s World title action for Carl Froch, Ricky Burns, Darren Barker, Scot Quigg, Tony Bellew and Kell Brook, with fellow British stars Kell Brook, Kevin Mitchell, Lee Selby and Anthony Crolla all on the cusp of major fights.
Young guns Callum Smith, Kal Yafai, Scotty Cardle and Thomas Stalker breaking through to title action and Olympic Gold medal heroes Anthony Joshua MBE and Luke Campbell MBE starting their pro journeys. Plus the big fights from America with Miguel Cotto, Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Gennady Golovkin, Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov all set to star before Christmas.
Matchroom Sport Managing Director Eddie Hearn said: “I’m delighted to announce a new two-year extension to our existing contract with Sky Sports which will see us as the principle promoter on the channel to summer 2016. We have developed one of the strongest stables ever seen in world boxing and the extension gives us the perfect platform to grow our team and provide them all with the ultimate opportunity to achieve within the sport.
“Sky shares our passion and vision for the sport and is a perfect partner as we look to grow boxing significantly over the next few years. It’s exciting times for an exciting sport and we have some mouth-watering plans to share with Sky Sports viewers.”
Executive Producer of boxing at Sky Sports Adam Smith said: “From the high drama of live Fight Nights to our extensive support programming like Ringside, Behind The Ropes and The Gloves Are Off, plus our huge commitment to online content, we are confident fight fans will continue to enjoy the very best quality, innovation and excitement on Sky Sports.”
Coming up before the end of 2013 there’s a thrilling line-up of action on Sky Sports:
• Quigg takes on Yoandris Salinas tomorrow (5 October) for the WBA Super-Bantamweight title at The O2 which will also see Joshua make his hotly-anticipated pro debut, then in Florida, three-weight World champion Miguel Cotto faces Devlin Rodriguez.
• Las Vegas is the destination on 12 October for the clash between unbeaten WBO Welterweight king Timothy Bradley and Mexican four-weight World champion Juan Manuel Marquez, whilst Orlando Cruz and Orlando Salido battle for the vacant WBO Featherweight title.
• Mike Alvarado defends his WBO Light-Welterweight title against exciting Russian Ruslan Provodnikov in Denver on 19 October.
• Unbeaten Welterweight star Brook tackles Vyacheslav Senchenko in Sheffield on 26 October in a huge test of the Steel City man’s World title credentials, with Blackpool’s Brian Rose in a WBO Light-Middleweight World title eliminator against Javier Maciel.
• Fearsome WBA and IBO Middleweight KO king Gennady Golovkin defends his belts against Curtis Stevens in New York.
• World champion Froch and challenger Groves clash on 23 November for The Cobra’s WBA and IBF Super-Middleweight titles live on Sky Sports Box Office.
• Tony Bellew heads to Canada to challenge the exciting Adonis Stevenson for the WBC Light-Heavyweight crown.
• Darren Barker wraps up a stellar year of boxing on Sky Sports when he defends his IBF Middleweight belt against Felix Sturm on 7 December.
Sky Sports viewers can follow boxing news, enjoy exclusive interviews with special guests and debate hot topics with weekly magazine show Ringside. Sky Sports News brings breaking news from the world of boxing plus topical analysis from top experts and those close to the fighters. Additional interviews and blogs from our experts including former World Cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson are also available on skysports.com.