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By: Sean CroseNot too many people are giving the 33 year old Ivan Redkach much of a chance to beat former welterweight and junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia when the two men meet for a scheduled twelve round affair Saturday night at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center. Then again, not many people gave Jeison Rosario much of a chance to best Julian Williams last Saturday night. Nor did many people expect Williams to best Jarrett Hurd when the two men fought last spring. And most people certainly didn't expect Andy Ruiz to knock out Anthony Joshua in the Englishman's American debut last June. Perhaps, then, the 23-4-1 southpaw Redkach has reason to be confident heading into this weekend. Still, the 35-2 Garcia is one of the most skilled fighters on earth, a man with a resume that may already guarantee the Philadelphia native a ticket to the International Boxing Hall of Fame. The 31 year old is also eager to get back to the top of the welterweight division, where names like Pacquiao and Spence may await. Not that any of that seems to trouble Redkach. After all, the LA native, by way of the Ukraine, feels former world titlist Devon Alexander underestimated him before they met last June (in a bout Rekach won by knockout). “Devon took me for granted,” Redkach is quoted as saying by Premiere Boxing Champions. “I think the same thing is happening here (with Garcia). He wants the (Manny) Pacquiao fight. But he hasn’t won this fight yet.”For his own part, Garcia has assured the press that he is indeed taking this bout seriously. And, although he's won some decisions some consider questionable, it's hard to accuse the fighter of ever having been lazy. One simply doesn't best the likes of a prime Amir Khan, and a prime Lucas Matthysse without having developed one's craft. Although he isn't known to trash talk like some fighters, it's generally Garcia who has the final word in the ring."We're just working hard and working smart,” Premiere Boxing Champions quotes Garcia as saying. “We're making the necessary adjustments for Redkach specifically, but this is just another fighter in front of us. I noticed that he's really hungry. He obviously wants to win, and he's coming off of three solid victories. He has his confidence back now. I just have to be ready for whatever he brings to the table on January 25." It appears Garcia is right – Redkach is coming across as both eager and confident, two things no fighter should overlook in an opponent. “I have been to a lot of Danny's fights,” Redkach has said in the lead up to this weekend's matchup, “and now I get the chance to test myself against him. I am training very hard so that I am the best that I have ever been on January 25. I'm going to shock the boxing world.”The post Ivan Redkach: “I Am Going To Shock The Boxing World” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.
By: Hans ThemistodeThere’s always a smile plastered across the face of former two division world champion Danny Garcia. A big one at that. His happy demeanor has always been for good reason. He spent the first ten years of his career as an undefeated fighter, and five of those years as a world champion before picking up the first loss of his career to Keith Thurman in 2017. Photo Credit: Danny Garcia Twitter AccountThe man nicknamed “Swift” bounced back in a major way with a stoppage win against Brandon Rios before losing a close contest against Shawn Porter shortly after. In 2019, Garcia was seen putting Adrian Granados on his backside en route to a stoppage win. With the victory, his trademark smile followed it shortly after. You would be hard pressed to ever find Garcia without that aforementioned smile, but there was a storyline behind it. The smile was nothing but a lie. A mask if you will. Similar to the one he often wears on his way to the ring.“I been boxing for 21 years since I was 10 years old,” said Garcia. “All the big fights and the pressure, sometimes you get tired of it. There’s a lot of pressure and people expect a lot out of you. Sometimes you forget what makes you happy. It becomes a business so it's like you’re not having fun anymore.”Garcia’s time sulking in the demands and pressures that are associated with someone in his position didn't last long. By the time the former two division champion walks through the ring ropes against Ivan Redkach on January 25th, at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, it will be nine full months since the boxing public has seen him. Call it a mini vacation. A recharging period so to speak. Whatever you decide to name it, it worked. With the time spent away from the fight game, Garcia realized just how much it’s meant to him.“I realized that this is what makes me happy. When I sit home and I’m not fighting I just don't feel happy so I'm just counting my blessings my right now. I fell back in love with the sport of boxing again. My last camp I felt good. This camp I felt good so I just want to go out there and count my blessings and give the fans a good show.” It’s great to see Garcia come to the realization that he loves the sport once again, but hopefully he also realizes the position he currently occupies. This contest against Redkach (23-4-1, 18 KOs) was never supposed to take place. Instead, a matchup against unified Welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr (25-0, 21 KOs) was on his radar. Spence would of course go on to get involved in a horrific car accident which put that bout on hold. So now, Garcia is in a prove it spot if you will. All eyes will be fixated on him and his performance. Needless to say, a loss to Redkach ends any hopes he has of competing on the big stage once again. Even a struggle against Redkach could lead to Garcia being shoved to the side in favor of someone else.“I wouldn't say it’s an audition but it’s a really important fight for me and my future. My future starts on Saturday night for all the big fights. I’ve been in a lot of big fights in my career. I’ve fought 13 world champions and been in 10 world title fights. I know Redkach is hungry but I know what it takes to win at this level. I know what a win on Saturday night will do for me and all the big fights that are right there waiting for me but I have to focus on Redkach right now, I can't overlook him. I have to dominate him and then the sky's the limit after that.”It isn't just the sky, but the entire galaxy is at the fingertips of Garcia if he is able to pull off the victory on Saturday night. Garcia currently occupies the number one ranking in the WBO as well as the number two spots for the WBA and WBC as well. He essentially has his pick of any world champion if he manages to pick up the win. Although many of the big names have continuously called him out, there is one fighter in particular who wants a fight with Garcia as soon as possible. One that shares a history with him as well. “Yeah for sure, this is a business, anything can be made if it’s done right,” said Garcia when discussing the possibility of a fight with WBO belt holder Terence Crawford. “We fought for free in the amateurs so why not fight for money.”A fight with Crawford would be a great one but not something that anyone should look forward to. Garcia might be interested in a bout with Crawford but he is even more interested in a showdown with either Errol Spence Jr or WBA titlist Manny Pacquiao. “I like my chances against either one of those guys. It’ll be a great fight but I believe I can beat either of them but first things first, I have to take care of Redkach on Saturday night.”The post Danny Garcia: “My Future Starts on Saturday Night” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.
Kommt es in diesem Jahr zu einem Showdown der ganz besonderen Art? Wie UFC-Superstar Conor McGregor jüngst berichtete, steht ein mögliches Gefecht gegen Boxlegende Manny Pacquiao im Raum. Jenes Gerücht wurde nun bekräftigt, nachdem das Mangement von Paquiao ein Kampfplakat postete und dem Millionen-Duell offensichtlich nicht abgeneigt zu sein scheint. McGregor: „Ich denke, ich kann […]The post Conor McGregor vs. Manny Pacquiao noch in diesem Jahr? appeared first on Boxen1.com - aktuelle Boxen News.
By: Sean CroseWay back in 1889, John L Sullivan, the recognized heavyweight champion of the world, battled the rugged Jake Kilrain in Richburg, Mississippi. The two men fought with bare knuckles, and were allowed to throw each other to the ground. Sullivan was said at one point to have sat atop and choked Kilrain. The fight went on for over 70 rounds under the blazing Mississippi sun. Sullivan ultimately emerged victorious after Kilrain's team feared their man would die if he kept going and stopped the match. Make no mistake about it - Sullivan was one hell of a fighter.Yet Sullivan proved not to be much of a boxer. For in 1892 he fought James J Corbett in a wildly publicized bout in New Orleans. This time, the combatants wore gloves...and the rounds lasted three minutes each. There was no tossing each other to the mat allowed...and the match was held in a ring. What's more, Corbett was a boxer, not a fighter. He was tough as nails, but the San Francisco native had never fought outside of an organized contest. To Sullivan's dismay, Corbett proved to be elusive in the ring, employing footwork and maintaining distance. An exhausted Sullivan was subsequently knocked out on the 21st round. The technician had defeated the fighter. Boxing would never be the same.Fast forward to 2020. UFC star Conor McGregor steps into the octagon after a long absence and two defeats, one to fellow mixed martial artist Khabib Numagomadov, the other to boxing great Floyd Mayweather. McGregor's opponent on this night is the aging but legendary UFC star Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, a man who, though past his prime, can end a fight in a wide variety of ways. Questions surround McGregor as the first round begins. Can he retain past glory? Does he still have his passion? Is he simply washed up? The Irishman subsequently ends things in forty seconds. That's forty seconds. Make no mistake about it – McGregor is one hell of a fighter.Like Sullivan, however, McGregor isn't much of a boxer. Which is probably why top names throughout the boxing game are once again dying for a piece of him. As good and as tough and as impressive as he is – McGregor hasn't shown nearly the skill set needed to succeed in boxing. His single boxing match, to an aging and retired Mayweather, ended with him being stopped in the tenth round, thoroughly exhausted, as that other great fighter Sullivan had been exhausted when he too crossed paths with a boxing specialist. People like Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and Terence Crawford might not want to battle McGregor in a parking lot – and they certainly don't want to cross paths with him in the octagon. In the ring, however, McGregor is likely all theirs, a pinata stuffed with untold millions of dollars and the hopes of college kids who truly and mistakenly believe being a good fighter instantly makes you a good boxer. All of this seems almost a bit unfair to McGregor. Yet the man knows what he's getting into should he return to the ring – and he still seems bound and determined to do so. Nothing if not ambitious and self aware, it's clear McGregor feels he has something to prove after being saved by the referee in his bout with Mayweather. He has nothing to prove, though, except in the octagon, where plenty of tough competition eagerly awaits. The showy UFC legend may somehow land himself a boxing title at some point – there seems to be constellations worth of them out there. If McGregor faces another top boxer again, however, even an over the hill one, he does so at his own peril. The post Like It Or Not, Boxing’s Big Names Are Eyeing McGregor appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.
Nach seinem Oberschenkelhalsbruch steckt Kult-Trainer Ulli Wegner (77) mitten in der Reha. Sein größtes Talent unterstützt er dennoch.Foto: picture alliance/AP Photo
Samstag, 25.01.2020 – DL 20:00 Uhr ME Batyrzhan Jukembayev vs. Maximiliano Ricardo Veron (Halbweltergewicht – 10 Runden) Danny Garcia vs. Ivan Redkach (Weltergewicht – 12 Runden) Stephen Fulton vs. Arnold Khegai (Superbantamgewicht – 12 Runden) Jarrett Hurd vs. Francisco Santana (Halbmittelgewicht – 10 Runden) Dienstag, 28.01.2020 – DL 20:00 Uhr ME Custio Clayton vs. Diego Ramirez (Weltergewicht – 10 Runden) Donnerstag, 30.01.2020 – DL 20:00 Uhr ME Tevin Farmer vs. Joseph Diaz (Superfedergewicht – 12 Runden, Big Fight) Demetrius Andrade vs. Luke Keeler (Mittelgewicht – 12 Runden) Daniel Roman vs. Murodjon Akhmadaliev (Superbantamgewicht – 12 Runden) Anthony Sims Jr vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo (Supermittelgewicht – 10 Runden)