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Wegner: Arthur Abraham can beat anyone in the super middleweight division

On Saturday night ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) defends his WBO World Super Middleweight crown against former British Champion Paul Smith (35-3, 20 KOs) in Kiel, Germany.

At today’s final press conference the WBO Champion revealed his future is bound to that of his legendary coach Ulli Wegner and made clear his plan to prove his worth by stopping Smith at the Sparkassen-Arena. ‘’When Mr Wegner decides to call time on his career, I will follow him,’’ said Abraham. ‘’I wouldn’t want to train with anyone else. On Saturday it is my job to show him that there is still much more we can achieve together. I will do this by beating Smith in style.’’

‘’Arthur has the ability to beat anyone in his weight class,’’ said Abraham’s 72 year-old coach Wegner. ‘’He just needs to live up to his potential. The most important thing for him to do is follow my instructions. If he listens to what I tell him the fight won’t go the distance, he will knock Paul Smith out!’’

Smith will be counting on the support of his 2,000 traveling fans when he attempts to cause an upset by dethroning ‘King Arthur’ on his home turf. ‘’This is my first and last chance to become World Champion,’’ said Smith. ‘’I will not let this opportunity slip through my hands. I have had the best training camp ever and my coach Joe Gallagher has devised the perfect game plan. Now it is up to me. I’m going to grab this opportunity and the title with both hands!’’

‘’Arthur is a tough nut to crack,’’ said Smith’s coach Gallagher. ‘’But Paul has reached new levels in training and I believe he has the power to force an early stoppage. There are going to be fireworks from the first bell to the last. This could well be a contender for fight of the year.’’

The WBO World Super Middleweight showdown between Abraham and Smith will be shown live on Sky Sports. Tickets are available via eventim.de.

THIS SATURDAY! Algieri to be Honored by Alma Mater Stony Brook

STONY BROOK, NY (September 24, 2014) — Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion CHRIS ALGIERI may be in training camp learning how to beat Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, but this weekend it will be his alma mater that takes him to school. Stony Brook University, where Algieri graduated with Honors, in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management (Algieri also has a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Institute of Technology), will host Chris as the Alumni Fan of the Game at Saturday’s annual Wolfstock Homecoming celebration among 11,000 fans and present to him a proclamation from Suffolk County Supervisor Steven Ballone declaring September 27th “Chris Algieri Day.”

“This is an incredible honor. Stony Brook has played such an important part in my life personally and professionally, “said Algieri. “I am confident my Seawolves can do to William & Mary on Saturday what I did to Ruslan Provodnikov last June — PULL OFF A BIG WIN.”

Algieri is scheduled to arrive on campus (100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790).at 3:30 p.m. Here is a summary of his activities:

· Welcomed at LaValle Stadium by Stony Brook President Dr. Samuel L Stanley

· Interview on Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism “Wolfstock Live” student broadcast

· Pregame on-field presentations and ceremonies before the

Seawolves vs. William & Mary football game

· Watching the game from the President’s Suite with Dr. Stanley and Dexter Bailey, Senior Vice President for University Advancement

· End of First Quarter on-field recognition as the Alumnus of the Game

· Second Quarter participation in Alumni/Student Contest

· Special Halftime Presentation from Algieri to President Stanley

Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), from Huntington, NY on Long Island, has become boxing’s No. 1 story, as well as being hailed as the 21st century real-life Rocky. Over the last 22 months Algieri, a former kickboxing champion, has elevated himself from a prospect to a world-class contender to a world champion. After accumulating significant victories over top prospect Jose Alejo, former USBA champion Mike Arnaoutis, and highly-rated contender Emmanuel Taylor, Algieri, stepped up in his HBO debut and challenged WBO junior welterweight champion “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov on June 14 Despite suffering two knockdowns in the first round which closed his swollen right eye, Algieri who entered the fight as a 5-1 underdog, eschewed the natural instinct to panic and resolutely stuck to his game plan, expertly using his jab and supreme athletic ability to pick apart the defending champion to claim a split decision victory and the world title. The live, first-time airing of the fight averaged over 1.1 million viewers placing among the five most-viewed fights on cable this year. In what could be a first for any professional boxer, Algieri used his purse from the Provodnikov bout to pay off his student loans. He aspires to attend medical school after he concludes his boxing career.

Orlando Cruz returns to Boxeo TELEMUNDO Series

Miami, FL: The final show of the fall edition of the successful Boxeo Telemundo Ford series will feature the return of one their favorites Friday, October 24 from the Kissimmee Civic Center in Central Florida.

In the main event popular featherweight Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-4-1-10 KO’s) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will make a final run for a chance to fight for a world title when he faces Ruben “El Canelito” Tamayo (25-4-4-17 KO’s) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico in a bout schedule for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latin Featherweight Title at stake.

In the co feature Daniel Rosario Cruz (8-1-7 KO’s) of Caguas, Puerto Rico will battle Jose Alberto “El Flaco” Leal (9-5-1-4 KO’s) of Guadalajara, Mexico in a bout schedule for 8 rounds in the welterweight division.

“We expect fireworks on our season finale show with two classic battles between Puerto Rico and Mexico, this is our 13th anniversary at the Kissimmee Civic Center and we will bring the fans a great night of action” said Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr.

Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise main event starting at 11:35 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show, Tickets are already on sale at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.


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