Over the course of five consecutive nights starting on Dec. 23, on HBO 2 will present 10 of 2013’s standout fights entitled “Boxing’s Best” featuring standouts and stars such as Manny Pacquiao, Tim Bradley, Gennady Golovkin, Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev.
The “Boxing’s Best” lineup is comprised of the following:
Monday, December 23
Tuesday, December 24
Timothy Bradley Jr. UD 12 Ruslan Provodnikov
Miguel Cotto TKO 3 Delvin Rodriguez
Wednesday, December 25
Mike Alvarado UD 12 Brandon Rios II
Gennady Golovkin KO 3 Matthew Macklin
Thursday, December 26
Friday, December 27
Manny Pacquiao UD 12 Brandon Rios
James Kirkland TKO 6 Glen Tapia
SCHAEFER WANTS SAKIO BIKA-ANTHONY DIRRELL II
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said that he will begin work on a rematch of Saturday night’s super middleweight draw between WBC titleholder Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) and switch-hitting challenger Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs).
The scores were: 114-112 by judge Don Trella for Bika (or eight rounds to four), 116-110 by Joseph Pasquale for Dirrell (eight rounds to four), and 113-113 by Glenn Feldman (seven rounds to five for Bika), with Bika having been dropped in the fifth round and penalized a point for a foul.
“I absolutely think that that fight should be a rematch. First of all, it was a great fight, and an entertaining fight and both fighters came to win,” said Schaefer. “Both fighters wanted it, and that’s exactly the kind of fight that you do a rematch for. That’s what people want to see. I think that Dirrell certainly deserves a rematch.”
ILUNGA MAKUBU-PAWEL KOLODZIEJ ADDED TO GENNADY GOLOVKIN-OSUMANU ADAMA CARD
Cruiserweight IIunga “Junior” Makubu (15-1, 14 KOs) of South Africa will face Polish contender Pawel “Hamas” Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) on a Feb. 1 card in in Monte Carlo headline by WBA middleweight titleholder Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) against former title challenger Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KOs), to a press release from his promoter, K2 Promotions.
Mukubu is a 25-year-old native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kolodziej, a 33-year-old who is among the most popular fighters in his native Poland. The titled “Monte Carlo Night of Champions,” and is presented by Golden Gloves of South Africa, in association with K2 Promotions and GGG Promotions.
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