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Cunningham vs. Visinia NBCSN Fight Night Oct. 18
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24/7 Hopkins-Kovalev Premieres Oct. 18
Training Camp Notes: Visinia
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Belmontes Out. Akaba In Against Cherry.
Mikhaylenko-Cruz 11/8 at Sands
Belmontes: “I AM NOT THE OPPONENT”

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By Main Events on 10/22/2014 11:51 AM
BOXING PUNDITS REVEAL THEIR "ALIEN VS. KRUSHER: HOPKINS VS. KOVALEV" PREDICTIONS

The Light Heavyweight Unification Bout Takes Place Saturday, Nov. 8 At Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Live On HBO World Championship Boxing®

ATLANTIC CITY (Oct. 22, 2014) - One of the most anticipated fights of the year, the light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, has the boxing world split with the fight just weeks away.

 

This will be one of the biggest obstacles of each man's career as they look to unify titles and stake their claim as the best light heavyweight in the world.

 

Take a look at how top media members see the Nov. 8 unification bout going:

 

(Answers compiled by Jack Obermayer)

 

BOB VELIN (USA Today): "Kovalev might be the hardest puncher Hopkins has faced, and there is no doubt Hopkins is the smartest boxer Kovalev has faced. That should make for a fascinating matchup. Hopkins...
By Main Events on 10/16/2014 1:30 PM
Cunningham-Visinia Final Press Conference Quotes

 

Kathy Duva, Main Events' CEO

This is our 21st show in the series which will end with its 22nd show on NBCSN on November 8. It has been the greatest privilege of my life putting on a series like this. We got to build stars. We started building stars from the very beginning. It is fitting that it is going to end on the same day that Sergey Kovalev is fighting in the biggest fight of the year.

 

Steve was already a world champion but we got the opportunity to introduce him to the United States because he fought mainly overseas. Now, he is on the front page of Grantland this morning.   

 

This is the last show I am going to be at for this series. I am not going to be able to attend the last fight of the series because I will be at the Kovalev fight. It feels like high school graduation. It is bitter sweet and sad, but I am also excited about what is going to come ahead. I am also very proud of everyone who has worked...
By Main Events on 10/16/2014 10:11 AM
Cunningham-Visinia Fight Highlights NBCSN Fight Night Live This Saturday, Oct. 18, at 9 p.m. ET

 

Philadelphia, PA:       NBCSN’s Fight Night on Saturday, Oct. 18, live at 9 p.m. ET is highlighted by a heavyweight showdown between Steve “USS” Cunningham and new undefeated heavyweight Natu “The Truth” Visinia from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pa. Saturday’s fight follows several great boxing events from earlier this year in the fighting city of Philadelphia, including the bout between heavyweights Cunningham and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour on NBCSN.

 

NBC Sports Group's Fight Night team of play-by-play announcer Kenny Rice, analyst B.J. Flores and ringside reporter Chris Mannix will call the action.

With his victory over the previously-unbeaten Mansour in front of his hometown crowd in April, 38-year-old Philadelphia-native Steve Cunningham secured the USBA Heavyweight title.

 

Two-time cruiserweight world champion Cunningham said, “I am happy to be back in primetime....
By Main Events on 10/15/2014 9:22 AM
Cunningham-Visinia Scouting Report:

Experience Meets Size and Power

Philadelphia, PA:   Veteran heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham has the advantage that comes from over 30 career professional fights as he heads into his Oct. 18 match-up with Natu “The Truth” Visinia, but Visinia has power and a significant weight advantage over the current USBA Heavyweight Champ when they meet at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The scouting report for this fight is below:

Category

Steve “USS” Cunningham

Natu “The Truth” Visinia

Age

38

30

Record

27-6 (12 KOs)

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By Main Events on 10/15/2014 9:05 AM
24/7 HOPKINS/KOVALEV

PREMIERES SATURDAY, OCT. 18 ON HBO®

 

            Oct. 14, 2014 – In anticipation of the fall boxing season’s signature event – the world light heavyweight unification battle between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev on November 8th – HBO Sports will air “24/7 Hopkins/Kovalev,” an exhilarating one episode, 30-minute special examining the upcoming mega-showdown. In the highly-anticipated 175-pound title fight set for the venerable Boardwalk Hall arena in Atlantic City, NJ, on Nov. 8, Hopkins and Kovalev will collide in the year’s most intriguing encounter. HBO will televise it live on the flagship World Championship Boxing series.

 

            The “24/7 Hopkins/Kovalev” special will premiere Saturday, Oct. 18 at 12:15 a.m.( ET/PT) on HBO immediately following the live World Championship Boxing event from Carson, CA. It will preview the hotly anticipated meeting between two accomplished warriors who have been on a journey to confront each other in the ring. The special will provide all-new content including portraits of both fighters’ path to this significant fall showdown on boxing’s leading television platform.

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By Main Events on 10/14/2014 8:55 AM
Training Camp Notes: Natu Visinia Fights On

Despite Sudden Passing of Trainer

Carson, CA:  When Natu “The Truth” Visinia steps into the ring Saturday in Philadelphia, PA, to face veteran Steve “USS” Cunningham, it will be with a heavy heart. Visinia buried his long-time trainer, Charles “Buddy” Bereal, on Oct. 10 after Bereal passed away suddenly from a heart attack.

Visinia, 30, is from, Clinton, Illinois, a small town with a population of 7,500.  He travelled to California to train with Bereal for the last five years.  When Bereal passed away unexpectedly, Jermaine Lefeiloai, Buddy’s long-time assistant trainer, stepped in to finish out Natu’s training camp.

Natu said Buddy was excited for the match-up with Cunningham.

“He was more excited than I was about this fight,” Visinia said.  “This is what he always wanted for me.  This fight will be dedicated to Buddy.  Jermaine has been with us from the beginning. He knows Buddy’s style.  He knows my style.  We...
By Main Events on 10/13/2014 2:45 PM
Training Camp Notes:  Cunningham Stays Busy

While His Daughter Waits for a New Heart

Philadelphia, PA:   Steve “USS” Cunningham and wife Livvy were fighting for their daughter Kennedy’s life before she was even born.  Now, as Kennedy awaits a heart transplant 300 miles away in Pittsburgh, PA, Cunningham prepares to step into the ring Saturday against a young, undefeated prospect with an 80 percent (8 of 10) knockout-to-win ratio.

Livvy and Kennedy Cunningham moved to Pittsburgh several weeks ago to be close to their doctors in the event a heart is found for Kennedy.  Steve stayed in Philadelphia with their two sons, Cruz and Steve Jr., and trained for his Oct. 18 bout against Natu Visinia at the 2300 Atrena in South Philadelphia.  The separation has been difficult for this close-knit family.

“With Livvy and Kennedy in Pittsburgh, I miss them dearly,” he said, “but I get paid to do a job and it needs to get done.”

This will be Steve’s second fight in a row in his Philadelphia hometown after spending 11 years (19 bouts) fighting elsewhere.  This has made his training easier while he is separated from Kennedy and Livvy.  Although Cunningham is not accustomed to fighting in front of his hometown crowd, he has been touched by the outpouring of support for his family from the Philly fans. ...
By Main Events on 10/13/2014 1:28 PM
OSUMANU AKABA REPLACES JERRY BELMONTES

 

AGAINST EDNER CHERRY

 

OCT. 18 IN PHILADELPHIA ON NBCSN

 

Philadelphia, PA—Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, who had a nine-fight knockout streak snapped in his most recent fight, steps in against Edner Cherry in a 10-round junior lightweight contest on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.

 

Akaba replaces Jerry Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, who injured his right wrist in training last Thursday.

 

The Cherry-Akaba bout and the Steve Cunningham-Natu Visinia heavyweight 10-rounder will be televised live by NBCSN on its popular Fight Night series beginning at 9 pm (ET).



While more recognizable fighters balked at fighting Cherry on short notice, the 34-year-old Akaba, now living in Tuscaloosa, AL, jumped at the opportunity.  He had been ready and waiting for any opportunity when he got the call last Friday to fight Cherry.

 

Akaba, who turned pro in 2000 as...
By Main Events on 10/8/2014 5:19 PM
Local Favorite Ronald Cruz Boxes Dmitry Mikhaylenko Nov. 8 at Sands Casino Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA:     Undefeated Russian prospect Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (17-0. 6 KOs) was scheduled for a 10-round welterweight fight with Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs), of Ghana, as part of a special triple header edition of NBCSN Fight Night on Nov. 8 at Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA, but when Lartey pulled out last week, local sensation Ronald Cruz (20-4, 15 KOs) stepped up to the challenge.

The 28-year old Mikhaylenko, who hails from Gelendzhik, Russia, made his US debut Aug. 2 when he defeated Sechew Powell on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev versus Blake Caparello title fight in Atlantic City, NJ.  This will be his first appearance on Fight Night.



About the change of opponent Dmitry said: “I do not see any problems switching to another opponent. At this point of my career it is really do not matter who will be in front of me. I come to fight and hope my opponent does as well.”...
By Main Events on 10/7/2014 12:38 PM
BELMONTES ON OCT. 23 CHERRY FIGHT:



“I AM NOT THE OPPONENT”

 

 

Philadelphia, PA—Edner Cherry is not the only boxer frustrated with his career progress.  Jerry Belmontes, who takes on Cherry in a 10-round lightweight fight on Saturday evening, Oct. 18, at the 2300 Arena here, knows the feeling.

The Cherry-Belmontes fight, as well as the 10-round heavyweight main event between Steve “USS” Cunningham of Philadelphia, and Natu “The Truth” Visinia, of Lakewood, CA, tops a seven-bout card at the 1,200-seat building at 2300 South Swanson Street.   NBCSN will televise both fights, beginning at 9 pm ET.  The seven-bout card begins at 6.30 pm.

 

“Someone is trying to bring me in as an opponent to get my name on their resume so they can contend for a title,” Belmontes said. “Same script, just a different cast member this time.”

This will be Belmontes’ second trip to Philadelphia.  Though he lost a 10-round decision the last time here in 2012 to Eric Hunter, Belmontes, of Corpus Christi, TX, is looking forward to coming back.

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