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Sergey Kovalev, man. He's a fighter who doesn't give opponents whole lot of options. For instance, when he's about to knock you out, he either thrusts his pelvis in your direction or laughs at you. And after he knocks you out, he makes an internet meme out of you. Make no mistake. Kovalev is an assassin, and he proved it by stopping a ballsy Jean Pascal in the latter's backyard. This week on TQBR Radio, James Foley of Bad Left Hook and The Queensberry Rules' Patrick Connor welcome Brent Brookhouse of MMAjunkie to the show to talk Kovalev-Pascal, Andre Berto vs Josesito Lopez, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, and much more. Thanks for tuning in!
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Everyone else alive? I think we're okay. We're a little shaken up, hurt, tired, hungry and a little confused, but we'll make it. NBC had some boxing on the other night, if you didn't know. And it was pretty average on a lot of ways. Maybe that's good, though? Trying to cram tons of boxing talk into a two-hour podcast is going to be a challenge, but we'll manage it. This week on TQBR Radio, James Foley of Bad Left Hook and The Queensberry Rules' Patrick Connor welcome Nicole Duva of Main Events to the show. There will certainly be a recap of the Keith Thurman vs Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs John Molina card from Premier Boxing Champions/NBC/Al Haymon, and plan on some mention oif Amnat Ruenroeng vs Zou Shiming, but the preview of the Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal/Steve Cunningham vs Vyacheslav Glazkov HBO card on Saturday will be big. Not to be forgotten, there's Andre Berto vs Josesito Lopez Friday on SpikeTV -- also a PBC card. It's March Madness in Febru-... Oh. We're in March. Anyway. Thanks for tuning in!
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We discuss an early contender for fight of the year:
Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal
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Al Haymon in recent months has purchased a lot of air time on normal cable stations. Last week he had the premiere of Premiere Boxing Champions with Keith Thurman and Adrien Broner defeating Robert Guerrero and John Molina Jr respectively. This week will be the debut of boxing on Spike TV, live from Ontario, California. There will be a pair of welterweight fights as Andre Berto squares off against Josesito Lopez, and Shawn Porter will step into the ring against Roberto Garcia, both fights being 12 round, non-title bouts. Andre Berto (29-3 with 22 KOs) is trying to avoid losing his 4th fight in his last 6 bouts. He was on the fast track to stardom, making millions per fight at a young age, and had a record of 27-0. Then after having the best fight of 2011 against Victor Ortiz, everything seemed to crumble for the proud Haitian. Berto did bounce back against Jan Zaveck his next bout, but then lost in upsets to both Robert Guerrero and Jesus Soto Karass. After injuring his shoulder against Soto Karass, Berto didn’t step back into the ring for 14 months, which was last September. He had an easy fight and now is stepping the level of competition up in hopes of proving that his career isn’t over. On March 14 Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) will compete in his first title defense as Unified WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion against former lineal light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Kovalev completed the first half of his preparations in Big Bear Lake, CA then moved to Miami, FL where he is finishing training camp with his trainer, John David Jackson.
In the much-anticipated main event of the evening, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs)* and Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) pleased fans with an action-packed battle. Both fighters started by trading some good shots, but Kovalev started to throw some nasty combinations in the third round to take the wind out of the hostile crowd at the Centre Bell in Montreal. Just before the end of the third round, Kovalev knocked Pascal through the ropes but Pascal was saved by the bell.
There were so many storylines at play in Shawn Porter’s televised co-feature on Spike’s debut of Al Haymon’s “PBC” series. First, his opponent Erick Bone was as late a replacement as it gets, fighting in place for the overweight Roberto Garcia. Bone was scheduled to replace Garcia shortly after the news broke that Garcia would not try to lose the remaining pounds, reports that he was dealing with some sort of illness surfaced soon after. Then, reports about Karim Mayfield taking the late replacement duties surfaced and he was even present at the weigh-in, but the powers that be ultimately decided to go with Bone.
Andre Berto was able to stop Josesito Lopez in the 6th round of their “PBC” on Spike TV main event, live from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
Berto stayed in a puncher’s stance early in the 1st round, but Lopez never took the bait. As both fighters circled each other to no prevail and certainly no effect, Lopez tried attacking the body in the closing moments.
Lopez was failing to set his punches up, and even when he tried it seemed not to work, so he only managed to land one shot at a time with any damage. Berto seemed tight and focused. It was as though Berto had some more motivation behind his performance, but it only made him vulnerable.
Sunday, March 15, at 9PM ET/6PM PT, FightSaga Radio Network presents a "Mayweather, Pacquiao, PBC, Kovalev, and Pascal" edition of "Boxing 411 with Joseph and Lee"!!
Boxing writer and ring announcer Joseph Herron, along with editor and chief of FightSaga.com Lee Cleveland, will review all of the action that took place this weekend, as well as the recent developments in the ongoing "Mayweather/Pacquiao" soap opera.
- Kovalev TKO8 over Pascal
- Glazkov UD12 over Cunningham
- Chilemba UD10 over Lepikhin
- Berto TKO6 over Lopez
- Porter KO5 over Bone
- Arreola UD8 over Harper
- Was Spike TV's overall coverage better or worse than PBC's March 7th presentation on NBC?
- Does Freddie Roach really have a strategy to hand Floyd Mayweather Jr. his first professional loss on May 2nd?
- Will Alex Ariza have a negative or positive impact on Floyd Mayweather Jr's performance in seven weeks?
Joseph and Lee will also discuss the recent announcement of Golovkin vs. Monroe Jr. on May 16th at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
- Does Willie have a chance to pull off the improbable upset?
- Why Monroe Jr. at this time?
Don't miss another addition of "Boxing 411 with Joseph and Lee"!!
Listen in as Robert Uzzell and Chip Mitchell discuss Saturday's return to boxing on NBC. The Premier Boxing Champions series, as well as Kovalev/Pascal and Gonzalez/Russell, Jr. The agenda is as follows:
March 7... PBC on NBC
Keith Thurman/Robert Guerrero
Adrien Broner/John Molina, Jr
March 13... Spike TV
Shawn Porter/Roberto Garcia
Andre Berto/Josesito Lopez
March 14... HBO
Sergey Kovalev/Jean Pascal
March 28... Showtime
Jhonny Gonzalez/Gary Russell, Jr.
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Mondays at 5 pm PST/ 8 pm EST join Steve Kim and Gabriel Montoya for The Next Round on the LeaveItIntheRingradio.com Network.
This week, Steve and Gabriel review the debut of Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC on NBC) with Keith Thurman vs Robert Guerrero, Adrien Broner vs John Molina and Abner Mares vs Arturo Santos Reyes. We'll also breakdown this weekend's Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal light heavyweight fight, and the upcoming PBC on CBS debut featuring Shawn Porter, Chris Arreola and Josesito Lopez vs. Andre Berto.
Plus, news, notes and your calls.
Tweet questions live to @SteveUCNLive and @Gabriel_Montoya. Call in with questions at 347-215-7598. Or download the LIITR Boxing app to listen on your mobile device.
Tonight, Monday March 9, at 9PM ET/6PM PT, FightSaga Radio Network presents a special "Sergey Kovalev vs. jean Pascal" edition of "The Sweet Science with James Gogue"!!
The three decade fight trainer will examine this Saturday night's Light Heavyweight match-up on HBO Championship Boxing between "The Krusher" and the "Haitian born Canuck"!!
- Strengths and Weaknesses
- Keys to Victory
- Gogue's Final Prediction
"The Gogue" will also discuss the specifics of Miguel Cotto's lucrative deal with Roc Nation Sports!!
- Will RNS see a return on their investment?
- Who will Cotto face in June?
The expert boxing coach will also review this past weekend's action on NBC!!
- Overall assessment?
- Thurman UD 12 over Guerrero
- Broner UD 12 over Molina
James will examine this Friday night's PBC debut on Spike TV!!
- Porter vs. Garcia
- Berto vs. Lopez
Join us for another insightful episode of "The Sweet Science with James Gogue", exclusively on FightSaga Radio Network!!
Griff Montgomery, Quarterback :First and Ten Series Book 1~
Ten years ago, Griff Montgomery, star quarterback of the Kings and womanizer, became a stand-in father for his widowed sister’s kids. His happy family life collapsed when she and her new husband moved to California. Griff wanted his own family. But where does a “player” go to find his ideal mate? Surely not the courthouse!
Having sworn off marriage forever, Lauren Farraday barely kept her life together after her divorce. With her career shaky and depression closing in, the last thing she needed was a courtroom battle with a sexy athlete.
Forced, by a judge, to communicate, the pair came to an uneasy truce. Wary of Griff’s reputation with women, and hiding a secret, Lauren holds on to her heart. Unwilling to risk another tragedy in her life, she keeps him at arm’s length. Can the quarterback handle the truth or will he walk away, like he has in the past?
Jean Bell is the co-founder of Conscious Kids Network along with Ty Andrews, and is devoted to creating metaphysical and fun filled media entertainment for youths of all ages. She is a New Thought motivator and licensed Science of Mind practitioner and resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Her book, Brookie’s Adventure is a fun-filled and prancing story of a child’s exploration through nature and her own heart to find where God lives. Through Brookie’s loving and diverse family and the wonderful Mr. Buzz Bumble Bee, Sarah Rabbit, and the wise old fish Bruno Trout, Brookie finds her answer through the love and sharing of her new friends and the magic and wonder of nature!
Jean has two goddaughters who were both inspirational muses in writing Brookie’s Adventure, and an adult son who adopted her.
Jean has served in the United States Army for 10 years, and her last duty assignment was that of Drill Sergeant. Upon leaving the Army, Jean moved to Germany and her first civilian job was a kindergarten teacher. It was during this time she discovered unconditional love lives in the smiles and hugs of every child.
Excerpt from the book: “Sarah, all the kids at school say they found God. Some of them say they found Jesus, and Jesus is God. I told them that Jesus Rodriquez is not God, he’s our dentist, and they gave me a strange look. Anyway, do I have to find God, and if so, where should I look?”
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