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December 9, 2014
December 9, 2014
Mauricio Herrera (Action Images:Reuters:Ana Martinez)

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As fight week begins, Golden Boy Promotions’ Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera is winding down his training camp before he faces Jose Benavidez on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley vs. Diego Chaves fight on Saturday, December 13 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Take a look below at how Herrera’s training camp has gone and what to expect on Saturday in Las Vegas:

Q: Tell us a little bit about your training camp? Where are you training and with whom? How long have you been training together for this fight?

I’ve been training in Riverside, Calif. at the same gym I trained at for my last fight, Capital Punishment Boxing Club. I’ve been training for about eight weeks and it’s been going great. I sparred today for 12 rounds. Alan Sanchez has been helping out a lot, as well as my brother, Albert. We’ve been switching it up though. My head trainer is Jose Torres and we’ve been putting in a lot of work.

Q: What are your thoughts on your opponent Jose Benavidez Jnr?

He’s an up-and-coming young star. A lot of people are waiting to see if he passes my test. He has some great tools. He uses his height very well and he’s patient too. There’s going to be a lot of new things for him to experience on December 13 though.

Q: How are you preparing in training camp for the style of Benavidez?

All of my sparring partners have been a similar height as him and some have been heavier too. I’m looking to get inside with a guy that tall and use a lot of head movement and defense. I’ll be pulling out a little bit of everything. There’s only one week left and we’re ready.

Q: You’ve been part of a number of big fights this year, how does that experience help you in this fight?

 I’ll be a little more relaxed and more confident, but I’ll still be on my toes. I’m always looking to prove myself. The tougher the guy is, the better fight I have. When the going gets tough is when I come out and do my thing the best.

Q: What motivates you to continue fighting at a high level?

Family, friends and people who love to see good fights and enjoy my style. I just want to give the people the best fight possible every time I step into the ring.

Q: What are your goals for your career if you are able to win this fight?

Getting past Benavidez Jr. will be a tough test, but I’m looking for a bigger name if I walk away with this win. I want someone I can fight for a world title and winning this should put me in line.

Q: What are you holiday plans for 2014?

After I win this fight I’ll be throwing a big New Years Eve bash for my family and friends.

Q: December 13 is a busy night of fights, what about your fight will stand out above the rest?

I’m looking to steal the show. I want to give my all and make sure that people remember my fight. Both of our styles are hungry and aggressive. You’re going to get an action packed fight.

Q: What is your prediction for your fight on Dec. 13? What can fans expect?

If I see an opening I’m going to take it. I’m not looking to go the distance. I’ll be willing to take risks.

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December 8, 2014
December 8, 2014
Kell Brook

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AFTER being stabbed in the leg earlier this year, IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has resumed training. “I’m back in the gym now, the leg’s not an issue,” Brook told Boxing News. I’m back sparring, boxing, running, swimming doing everything.”

He expects to fight next on March 7 2015 at the Sheffield arena. His opponent is yet to be confirmed. It could be a mandatory defence but Brook suggested, “It could be [Juan Manuel] Marquez. The cogs are turning if they can sort something out. Anything’s possible. That would be a dream fight.”

Brook will be an interested observer of Amir Khan versus Devon Alexander on Saturday, especially as he’d like to take on Khan in a major British fight later this year. “Whatever you think of me and Khan, I do want him to win this fight because it’s England versus America. I do want him to win it, even if we don’t fight each other. Let’s say he does come through it and he doesn’t get the Mayweather fight, the next massive fight is me. So let’s see,” Kell said. “It’s a massive fight. It’s going to be the most money he’s ever had in a fight. I am known. I’m a world champion. Everyone in Britain knows who I am. [Like] with Groves-Froch, you don’t need to go overseas to bring money in. The numbers brought in for that fight were massive. I did go to America and fight so once they know there’s that needle between me and him and they’ve seen me fight one of their guys in Porter, there will be interest in that there.

“He’s coming out with every excuse in the book. Bottom line is we need to do it.”

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December 8, 2014
December 8, 2014
Khan-Alexander

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LAS VEGAS (December 8, 2014) – With the holiday season upon us, fighters preparing to participate in the stacked December  13 event taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime in the USA, and Sky Sports in the UK, take a break from training to discuss their progress in camp and what they are most grateful for during this festive season.

The following answers offer some insight into the fighters’ training camp regiments.

Q: Training camp is nearly over. How has camp been going so far?

AMIR KHAN (AK): Camp has been great. We’re working hard and feeling in the best shape ever. I can’t wait for the fight.

DEVON ALEXANDER (DA): Camp is going tremendously well. I’m getting more and more anxious as the fight approaches.

KEITH THURMAN (KT): Training camp is great, I have great sparing partners and we train three times a week and add some cardio to the mix. It’s good, this is my job, my office, we stay in the gym and work at the gym to make the fight look easy.

ABNER MARES (AM): Camp has been great! I’m back with my old team and coach that took me to three world titles and it’s been going really well.

JERMALL AND JERMELL CHARLO – CHARLO TWINS (CT): We’re feeling good. This is the best camp we’ve ever shared together.

ERROLL SPENCE JR. (ES): Training camp has been great. I’m on weight and I’ll be ready to fight on December 13.

VICTOR ORTIZ (VO): I’ve been working hard and learning from coach Joel Diaz; it’s definitely been a solid camp.

Q: Fight night is a little less than two weeks away. How are you feeling physically?

AK: I’m feeling strong and sharp. This is one of my best camps, a lot of hard work has been put in and it will pay off on fight night. I’m excited to fight. It’s been a long time.

DA:  Physically I feel good. I’m in tremendous shape.

KT: I feel strong.  I am dropping weight on schedule and am looking forward to getting back in the ring after this minor layoff.

AM: Physically I can honestly say that I’m always ready and I’m ready to fight, but the mental part to me is the most important thing and mentally I’m ready to win one fight at a time until I become world champion once again.

CT: Knowing that we’re both fighting step-up fights we pushed each other to the maximum.

ES: I’m feeling really good. I’ve been sparring 10-12 rounds with 30-second breaks without any problem.

VO: I’m feeling great just making sure I pay attention to my coaches and work hard every day.

Q: What have you been doing to pass the time when you are not in the gym or training?

AK: I’m relaxing and resting. I spend time studying Devon’s style. My brother and dad are in town so I have company. We go out to the mall or for walks. I’m a very chill guy.

DA:Well when I’m getting ready for a fight I’m completely zoned in on that fight, so I don’t do much. I train and  then I’m back home. Maybe I’ll see a movie every now and then.

KT: Lately I have been playing musical instruments on my down time, it’s entertaining.

AM: Spending time with my family. I’ve been spending the most time ever with my kids and wife and it’s really important to me and it’s what I love to do when I’m not working.

CT: We spend time with our families. Jermell just bought a new house. Things are getting better in life for both of us. We’re also traveling and experiencing different boxing styles.

ES: I like to go to the movies and watch TV. I’ve also been spending time hanging out with family and friends.

VO:  I spend my time in gyms or doing something outdoorsy.

Q: What is your biggest motivation during training camp?

AK: My father and coach. They motivate me and get the best out of me.  Especially when I’m tired and down and missing my family and my little girl Lamaisah. Also Lamaisah is a huge motivation, I’m doing this for her.

DA: My biggest motivation during training is knowing that I’m closer than ever to being one of the best in boxing and becoming a household name.

KT: That it’s not over. My future is bright, and it motivates me to work harder every day.

AM:Now and always has been my family.

ES: The biggest motivation during training camp is knowing that I’ll be boxing on TV and I have the opportunity to showcase my skills in front of everyone.

VO: To be that best that I can be to myself.

Below are some of the “ROYAL BATTLE: KHAN VS. ALEXANDER” fighters’ favorite holiday traditions and an account of what makes them feel most appreciative.

Q: What is your fondest memory of the holidays?

AK: Spending time with family and having a break, just not thinking of anything else but family time. Also helping families in need and charities through Amir Khan Foundation.

DA: My fondest memory of the holidays are me and the family getting together and being with each other and seeing each other. We are a close family.

KT: Eating plenty of food with family and friends.

AM: I have many fond memories of making “buñuelos,” which are Mexican fried sweet dough sprinkled with cinnamon, for Christmas with my mom.

CT: Flag football is always the best part of the holidays.

ES: Spending time with my family is what’s most important to me.

VO: No memories really I’m always in camp holiday time.

Q: What is your favorite holiday tradition to participate in?

AK: Eid, which is a Muslim celebration where the family spends time together and we have dinner and give presents and money to the kids.

DA: One of my favorite holiday traditions is to be at my mom’s house and see everyone eating all that food and laughing and joking.

KT: Pretty much eating – dessert is my favorite. I’m going to tear up the desert tray at Christmas.

AM: Thanksgiving is always great because my family always take turns to say what we are thankful for and it’s great to hear everyone’s blessings.

ES: My favorite is cutting the turkey at Thanksgiving.

VO: I would have to say Halloween just to see the scary people and costumes.

Q: If you could invite one historical figure to a holiday dinner or celebration this season who would it be, and why?

AK: Muhammad Ali, he is my boxing hero and Mike Tyson who is now a friend.  It would just be good to talk about boxing and they can tell me about their careers.

DA: If I had to pick a historic figure to come celebrate with it would be President Barack Obama. He is one of the most influential people of my day.

KT: Jesus, because he is the King of Kings and his spirit lives on.

AM: It would be Cesar Chavez to thank him for fighting for my people and our rights as immigrants.

VO: That’s a fun question. There’s so many people around that I wouldn’t really know who…

Q: What’s the one holiday food item or fixing that you must have this season?

AK: Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, sweet potatoes and big bowl of salad.

DA: My favorite holiday dish that I’m waiting on is the collard greens or I could say the baked macaroni.

KT: I must have a nice apple pie. I haven’t had one in a long time.

AM: The ones that I can’t wait for are Mexican tamales and buñuelos.

CT: Gumbo!

ES: My mom’s sweet potato pie!

VO: Some pumpkin pie.

Q: What have you been most thankful for so far in 2014?

AK: My baby daughter Lamaisah, who was born in May. It’s a great feeling being a father and it’s further motivation in my career.

DA: What I’m most thankful for is being able to still be here getting blessed with tremendous opportunities. There’s so much that I’m thankful for.

KT: Thankful that I’m here, this life, this blessing and for the experience of growth. And I am thankful for the many more years in the sport and life in general.

AM: My health and being able to help others in some way.

CT: We’re most thankful for having a very close family. We’re very grateful of for all that Ronnie Shields and Al Haymon have made possible. Al gave us the chance and now we’re thankful for our position in the sport of boxing. We’re getting closer and closer to world titles.

ES: My health and the support that I get from my family and friends.

VO: To a great team that I have from Coach Joel, Coach Hoss, Coach Antonio, Coach Jose and Al Haymon, the Watson family and Scott Karp and Sam Spira. I have lots  of good people in my corner in and out of boxing.

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December 2, 2014
December 2, 2014
Antony Fowler (Action Images:Paul Harding)

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AFTER winning the Golden Belt tournament in Romania, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Antony Fowler will only have a brief break before returning to full training. The next season of the World Series of Boxing begins in January and with the UK team, the British Lionhearts included once again, Fowler and GB’s top boxers will have to condition themselves to prepare for five three-minute rounds in this pro-style format.

“From next Monday I’m back training over Christmas. It’ll be hard sacrificing my Christmas but it’ll be worth it when I box in the WSB,” Antony told Boxing News. “With the five rounds that’ll suit me more because I can take my time and I come on strong towards the end of fights.

“We’ll be doing longer runs, a little bit less sprints, more stamina. It won’t be a massive difference, it’s only two rounds more but there will be a few little changes in my training.

“It’ll be very, very hard. We’ll be doing longer rounds, maybe not at as an intense pace but more stamina, working longer rounds and sparring longer rounds. It is going to be hard. It’s going to be hard on the body.

“In the three-round fights, the pace is relentless. It’s a non-stop pace. In a five rounder, the first round I’ve got to look at them a bit more. I’ve got to pace myself. I’ve got to work behind my jab, not engage every single time I have to. I normally try and counter every single shot. Sometimes maybe have a step back and have a little breather.”

The WSB is now a key route to reaching the next Olympic Games. Boxers can qualify through their individual WSB ranking and they will also be eligible for another qualification tournament later on. “It was a great bonus. We’ve got home advantage now,” Fowler said of the British Lionhearts. “The lads who don’t qualify can enter that tournament and hopefully get a few more qualification spots.”

Elite boxers will be showcased, with the Russians and Cubans also in the British team’s group.

“I’m confident about beating anyone in the world. I’m ranked fourth in the world. I’m confident I’ll beat anyone,” Antony said.

“I actually am genuinely excited about WSB. I wanted to go pro for ages but I’ve always stayed amateur for the Olympics. But this is like a chance for me to get a little bit of pro experience and a bit more glory, no headguards, no vest, professional style.”

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November 21, 2014
November 21, 2014
New Year's resolutions

Nov. 19, 2014, Macau, China --- "RE-FLEXING ON ALGIERI " -- Superstar Manny Pacquiao flexes during his final day of training on Wednesday of "Fight Week" as he prepares for his upcoming championship fight against New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris "Real Rocky" Algieri. Promoted by Top RankÆ and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. ---- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2014

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MANNY PACQUIAO completed a final training session on Friday (November 21) ahead of Sunday’s WBO welterweight title fight with Chris Algieri.

Pacquiao stretched, loosened up and gradually built up the speed of his shadowboxing as he bounded across the ring. He was fast on his feet, very fast, bursting forward, shifting easily forward and back, all signs of power.

Freddie Roach put on the mitts and strapped the body belt round his waist. Pacquiao worked forward, taking Roach into corners, on to the ropes. He hammered in rapid-fire shots, multiple southpaw rights whipping across before he slammed a wickedly hard back hand into the pad. Even though the weigh-in takes place tomorrow morning, there was an intensity to Pacquiao’s training here. His fists drummed against the pads and he finished with an attacking burst into the body belt.

A stint on the speedball, his blurring rhythm apparent, and Pacquiao was warming down on the gym floor, still moving, grinning at those around him. He held his arms up as he looked into the mirror and declared happily, “Victory is mine.”

Pacquiao didn’t seem to be taking it particularly easy. (He ran for 23 minutes, we’re told, in the morning on the treadmill.) He’s expected to come in beneath the 144lbs catchweight easily.

“Manny, he’s really ready, he’s hungry for the first time in a long time,” his trainer Freddy Roach said. “He needs a big win right now, he knows that, to make the world come back on his side.

“He’s really fired up. I like what I see. I don’t talk about it too much with him because I don’t want to bother him about it but I like what I see. He’s very focused. He’s very mean on the mitts. Usually when he hits me a good shot, sometimes he knows he hurts me, he’ll say sorry and stuff like this. This [camp] he stayed on me, he knocked me down one day on the mitts. For the first time in a long time he had two knockdowns with the sparring partners, which is something I haven’t seen in a while. Everything I see is very good. I like what I see. I think he’s going to bring it out in the fight.”

Freddie has been working Pacquiao the way they used to train. “Manny came up to me and he said we’ve been doing the same thing for a long time, the same workouts and so forth and he wanted to go back to the old workouts with more heavy bag, less mitts and more strength work. So I said yes it’s time to change back to that. So we used the heavy bag quite a bit this time. We did five to six to eight rounds a day on the heavy bag, just exploding on it. It helped his strength, he’s punching a lot harder I feel. His punch rate has actually gone up since then also. His punch rate actually had been slipping a little bit in his last couple of fights. So I think that he just wanted to get back to where he was when we were fighting [Lehlo] Ledwaba and those guys a long time ago because I think we were getting a little stale with each other. We’d been together a long time and it was kind of the same thing over and over again. Always good hard work, but we just wanted to change it up a little bit,” Freddie said.

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November 21, 2014
November 21, 2014
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CHINESE star Zou Shiming will appear on the Manny PacquiaoChris Algieri undercard at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macau in China on November 23. He takes on Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym in a scheduled 12 rounder.

Watch footage of Shiming on the heavy bag here and on the pads with trainer Freddie Roach here.

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November 20, 2014
November 20, 2014
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A QUIRK of fate installed Roy Jones as Jessie Vargas’ new trainer. “God blessed me to see this dude fight about three times. Each time I watched him I would get stuck watching him by mistake. I wasn’t trying to watch him fight,” Jones said. “After the third time I saw him I said, ‘What the hell I’m going to teach Jessie to throw a hook.’ Because I want Jessie to start knocking some of these dudes out. Because he’s squeaking by every time I see him. I said, ‘Look, I love what you’re doing you’ve got to have a hell of a heart because you’ve already got your way to a world championship but I want to help you do better. I want to see some improvement.’ I wasn’t going to sugar coat it because that’s not what I do. I tell the truth to you. I said let me at least teach you how to hook, then you can go back. “

“I offered Tim Bradley the same thing. I said you’ve got no power, son. Come let me show you,” Jones added.

Vargas’ relationship with Jones developed from there. Roy has trained him for eight weeks ahead of Jessie’s WBA light-welterweight title defence against Antonio DeMarco on Sunday (November 23) on the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri undercard.

“My confidence is just like his, it’s so high. It would have to take an act of god to defeat him right now. Because his confidence is so high, his skill level is so up, his mind so right… Today watching him work I said now you look like a real fighter. And it’s the truth,” Jones said. “I’m so happy and so thrilled with the way that he’s received everything I taught him. Respect is not given, it’s earned. I did a lot of things in the ring to earn respect. But a lot of people thought that I performed off my natural talent. They didn’t know what exists up here really exists because they never talked to me.”

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Vargas insists Jones’ influence will be apparent in the fight. “We invest a lot of time in the gym. Even when we’re not training sometimes, just conversing with Roy gives me so much, just getting information, how he looks at the game. We don’t even necessarily have to hit the bag but we’re just talking about the game, we could be talking about other fighters, say Bernard Hopkins, say ‘Triple G’ [Gennady Golovkin] and he’s telling me things and why and what makes them so good and what their weaknesses are, just off that I’m getting more information. I’m like a computer absorbing all this information,” Jessie said.

“This fight is going to be different. It’s going to be different because the event is so much larger, the attention that they’re giving me is so much more and I’m looking forward to it. I invested so much time, I invested all my energy into this training camp and I have a great team behind me.

“Roy Jones Jnr is a very intelligent individual. He knows how to explain things in detail. Him being a fighter himself. He won’t only explain it but he’ll show you. He’ll do the exact same thing he shows you to. Him being a teacher and was student, and still is a student too, he knows how to perfectly explain everything, detail on detail, and that’s make everything easier. Not only that but the way he looks at the game. The way he looks at the game is very different. He’s two or three steps ahead of his own opponent and that’s what I’m doing now.

“You’re going to see a difference.”

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