Adonis Stevenson, Carl Froch, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev and Tim Bradley are among those to be featured over the course of 10 bouts and five nights starting on Dec. 23 on HBO’s on “Boxing’s Best.”
Referee Steve Smoger on James Kirkland’s sixth-round stoppage of Glen Tapia, which many fans thought came at least one round too late: “The doctor told me any head shots and that was it,” said Smoger. “So that was my directive.”
Glen Tapia’s CAT scan returned negative following his punishing sixth-round stoppage loss to James Kirkland on Saturday.
Former junior middleweight contender James Kirkland reclaimed his place as one of the sport’s most fascinating, fan-friendly fighters by topping previously unbeaten Glen Tapia in six thrilling and brutal rounds on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J. Many fans thought the fight should have been stopped sooner.
The three TV fights for HBO’s tripleheader Saturday night from Boardwalk Hall are set. RING junior featherweight champ Guillermo Rigondeaux looked in great shape, tipping the scales at a sleek 121 pounds. His opponent, Joseph Agbeko, came in at 121.6.
Nelson Mandela’s 2001 interview with HBO’s Larry Merchant will air on the network on Saturday.
Despite only having one loss, James Kirkland has suffered numerous career setbacks due to jail time and personal issues. Some believe the relentless slugger, who fights Glen Tapia on Saturday, is out of second chances but Kirkland and trainer Ann Wolfe are out to prove them wrong.
Press conference for the Dec. 7 tripleheader featuring RING, WBO and WBA 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Joseph Agbeko, middleweights Matthew Macklin and Lamar Russ, and junior middleweight James Kirkland against Glen Tapia. Photos by Chris Farina-Top Rank.
Fight fans share their thoughts on Adonis Stevenson’s and Sergey Kovalev’s crushing Saturday victories and a potential showdown between the light heavyweight punchers, as well as dream ‘Super Six’ tournaments, James Kirkland-Glen Tapia, and more in this week’s Monday mailbag. Enjoy!
Trainer Abel Sanchez said Gennady Golovkin “is the best middleweight ever besides Sugar Ray Robinson and maybe Bernard Hopkins.”
Curtis Stevens on why he pursued Gennady Golovkin: “Golovkin is the so-called ‘Most-Feared Middleweight in the World,’ so why not? Why not go after God instead of going after the peasants in the middleweight division?”