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Kovalev is Ready!!! - 3/25/14

We are back and in full swing!!! Wow a lot of things have been happening at the gym and has kept us from our posts. First I want to say that we are super excited to see Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew, this is a no brainer. Kovalev is on fire and ready to test the world for supremacy. The next few months are going to be filled with action packed keep checking in on our reports and train hard my friends.

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Maidana solved the Problem - 12/20/13

What a way to end the year!!! We had some great fights this last weekend. We saw Leo Santa Cruz win a unanimous decison against Cesar Seda. Then Keith "One Time" Thurman put on a boxing clinic and stopped Jesus Soto Karas to retain his interim welterweight title. In the main event and we had the privilage to watch Marcos "Chino" Maidana punish the unbeaten and highly touted Adrien Broner. Maidana used his punching power and sheer will to take down the trash talking Broner. It was an epic fight and a canidate for fight of the year.

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Marquez vs. Bradley - 10/14/13

What a fight week we just had!!! We saw Vasyl Lomachenko show off his talent and convince most of us that he will be a legit contender. We also saw Orlando Salido prove that he is back in the race to dominate the featherweight division. Timothy Bradley worked hard to get a decision over Juan Manuel Marquez and still remains undefeated. This next week will be another great one, Alvarado vs. Provodnikov.

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Fight Week - 9/13/13

Wow what a week in the boxing world! First we saw Chris Arreola crush and expose Seth Mitchell in one round. We also saw an end to the career of Rafael Marquez in on the undercard of the Arreola Mitchell fight.

But the most exciting part of the week is the Mayweather vs. Alvarez fight. This whole fight card is stacked with bouts that were made for fight fans. First we have Ishe Smith vs. Carlos Molina and then the co-main event is Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse. With a card like this you can’t go wrong, I am excited to see what happens.

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Ben's Boxing Updates - 9/5/13

What a great few weeks we have had in boxing. We saw Abner Mares suffer a first round knockout to the Jhonny Gonzales. Most people in the boxing community thought Mares would easily beat Gonzales and then face Leo Santa Cruz in a super fight, unfortunately that is not going to happen as of now. We saw previously mentioned Santa Cruz destroy Victor Terrazas and move up in the pound for pound list.

We saw some great matches come together. First is the Gennady Golovkin vs Curtis Stevens. Both are known for their tremendous punching power, this will be a barn burner! We also saw the David Haye vs Tyson Fury fight come together. Both of these guys seem like characters from the WWE, who will be the better man that night still remains to be seen.

We also have to report that Tommy Morrison passed away at the age of 44. The one time heavyweight champion was best known for beating George Foreman and his role as Tommy Gunn in Rocky V, RIP Tommy. Stay tuned boxing fans for next week’s Ben’s Corner.

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Floyd vs. Canelo: The Perfect Storm

The boxing world awaits the return of pound-for-pound King Floyd Mayweather Jr. on September 14th when he will lace up to face the undefeated Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a fight Stephen Espinoza called “the perfect storm.” 

It’s well to say the fight will be easy work for Floyd, who sports a 44-0 record. But astute boxing fans can sense when a champion is past the pinnacle. Mayweather’s been getting hit more and more often than in the Gatti days. He was nearly dropped by Sugar Shane Mosley.

This isn’t to say Alvarez will do to Mayweather what Antonio Tarver did to Roy Jones Jr. or Marco Antonio Barrera to Prince Naseem Hamed. Mayweather is the highest paid athlete in the world for a reason. He’s a technically brilliant boxer.

But Alvarez does share in the well-rounded style of a Tarver or Barrera. He is a thinking fighter who adapts like Floyd and comes on stronger with each round. He has youth in his favor, the momentum of an undefeated record and a naturally bigger frame.

Mayweather’s corner will probably advise him to use his ring savvy and speed, minimize exchanges and hit Alvarez before he sets. That’s classic Floyd. I wouldn’t bet on a knockout.

Alvarez’s corner will likely tell him to work the jab moving forward in a stalking fashion to provoke Floyd into punching and then to time some power combinations as Floyd breaks in. This was how Tarver knocked out Roy Jones Jr. in their second fight.

Floyd is finally giving the boxing fans what they want: two nations, two undefeated records and a classic match between a boxer and a fighter for one throne at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The timing for a perfect storm couldn’t be better.

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Cincinnati's World Boxing Council (WBC) Lightweight champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner made quick work of British challenger Gavin Rees Saturday, knocking him down twice en-route to a fifth round stoppage. The scheduled 12-round championship fight, at the famed Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City ended when Rees' corner saw that he was in trouble and threw in the towel.
Broner came out flashing his rapping ability and his overly large ego! I put his skill on the same level as a young Mayweather. There is going to be a lot of great fights!

MMA News

As a reminder, UFC 157 takes place Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

In addition to the pay-per-view main card, FX and Facebook carry the prelims for the 12-bout lineup.

In the headliner, newly minted women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). It marks the first female bout, first women's title fight, and first all-female main event in UFC history.

In the co-headliner, light-heavyweight contenders clash when Lyoto Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) takes on Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC).
Dan Henderson was a local Team Quest founder along with Randy Couture and Matt Lindland.

Now that Pacquiao has suffered a brutal knockout loss to Marquez there is questions about if the eight-division champ will retire. If Pacquiao does continue to fight, why wouldn't he accept the rumored $40 million dollar payday to finally give the fans what they want to see?

Now coming off two-straight losses, Pacquiao is in no position to try to hold his ground and request a bigger payday in a possible fifth with Mayweather. The time is now for the biggest fight of the last decade to finally be made, event though Pacquiao has lost some of his lure in his last outing in the ring.

With Mayweather being said to have two fight dates in the 2013, one on May 4th—presumably against Robert Guerrero—and the other planned for September. The world could finally get what he has wanted out of boxing, with the Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown being a possibility for a fall showdown next year.


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Lightweight Boxing Match Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz

On Saturday night there was a lightweight title fight on fox tv between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. Henderson left Diaz's face bruised and bloodied.  Henderson regularly got Diaz on the mat and retained control from the top, unloading punches and elbows at will. At one point, Henderson was on top just far enough away that Diaz's flailing punches couldn't land. Diaz got frustrated to the point of making an obscene gesture that forced Fox to cut away from its television coverage.

The only moment of concern for Henderson came in the third round when both grappled on the mat trying for ankle submission holds. Henderson eventually wiggled free and retained control.

Henderson improved to 6-0 with the UFC and 18-2 in his MMA career. Diaz fell to 16-8 after winning his last three fights. After the fight, with his right eye swollen and discolored, Diaz said after a first-round punch from Henderson his vision became blurry and never cleared up. Diaz said he was worried about getting any more aggressive against Henderson for fear of what might come back.

"Things got blurry. It never came back. I was waiting for it to recover," Diaz said. "I think if I tried any harder it could have gotten worse for me."

Prior to the main event, rising Canadian star Rory MacDonald took apart former champion B.J. Penn in a decisive unanimous decision that left Penn's face blooded and his body throbbing from body shots.

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Juan Manual Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao

One of the great rivalries in boxing may have ended with one of the great knockouts, Juan Manual Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao with a brutal punch near the end of the sixth round to end it.

Juan Manuel Marquez was not about to let his fight against Manny Pacquiao be decided by the judges. A hard right at 2:59 of the sixth round took care of that issue Saturday night in Las Vegas. Pacquiao left his feet from the blow and was knocked out cold by it, ending the fight.

How do you rank the knockout? An unbelievable victory" for Marquez. "An unbelievable rivalry. A punch of the year. A knockout of the year. A fight of a lifetime."

Before that, both boxers had been knocked the canvas once. One ringside scoring put Marquez behind 47-46 at the time of the knockout. Pacquiao seemed to be gaining momentum up until the fateful blow.

One punch was all it took.

It kills, unfortunately, any hope of there ever being a fight with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. ... And I doubt Marquez will ever take that fight since Mayweather beat him convincingly when they fought before.

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Boxing is one of the best sports for relieving stress

If you've had a stressful day or drama with family or friends, boxing is the place to take it out. Because of the high intesity and full body workout, you can burn massive amounts of calories and tone your entire body without a gym and all their machines.

1. Release Anger

Pent up anger is one of the most explosive, damaging things we can house in our bodies. It can cause physical and mental symptoms as well as cause problems in our relationships as we negatively interact with those in our lives. Boxing can help to release this pent up anger, because it gives you a safe place to get out the aggression you're feeling. Whether your pent up anger is about someone in your life, poor job performance or other reasons, hard physical exertion is the best way to release it. Stress can be caused by both positive and negative interactions in your life. You need a positive outlet to deal with them.

2. Work through Emotions

Highly emotional situations often manifest physically. If you've ever noticed a physical stress response or need to "hit something" during an especially emotional situation, boxing is a great way to work through the physical reaction to those emotions. This will also allow you the openness to work through leftover emotions that may need to be talked out. If you find you have an anger management problem, a boxing instructor is a safe place for you to let out those aggressions without hurting anyone else.

3. Safety Outlet

Stress can be caused by a number of things, and one of them may include your safety or the safety of others around you. If you feel you need to learn the skills to instinctively defend yourself, boxing is a great place to learn those skills.

4. Prevent Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety, you should talk with your doctor about how boxing can help prevent your symptoms. Many forms of anxiety are triggered by the feeling of helplessness and fear. Learning to box can help alleviate and prevent those feelings. Boxing can give you a set of tools you may never need, but will help you feel in control of every situation. Consider adding boxing to your therapy routine and keep a journal of the changes you see in yourself.

Boxing offers a lot of stress relieving benefits and can be adapted to suit any physical restrictions you may have.

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Boxing Drill with Potato Bags

This exercise increases hand speed & keeps a fighters hands up! 

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute and then relax.

Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.

Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. 

After you feel confident at that level, add one potato in each bag & repeat.

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I'm still wondering why the fight between Pacman vs Mayweather doesn't take place and why Pacman choose to fight Antonia Magarito for the 4th time.

In the 80s we used to see fights on public demand being secured, Allexis Aguero vs Aron Pryo, Mavin Hagler vs Sugar Ray Leonard, vs Thomas Hearns, vs Roberto Duran.

Those are the fights that kept us on the edge of our sits, why this one is so difficult to take place. I know the Portland boxing fans are anxiously waiting.

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Anderson Silva made a point of fighting on Stephan Bonnar's terms and still managed to come out on top

Anderson Silva had a little bit of fun, then knocked out light heavyweight Stephan Bonnar in the first round. It wasnt worth the $54 it cost for pay per view. I thought bonner would make this a good fight to watch.

The dominant middleweight champion willingly planted himself against the fence -- the last place he'd arguably want to be against a bigger opponent -- and stood up to Bonnar's best punches.

At one point, with his corner yelling at him to change strategy, the Brazilian calmly put up his hands in a gesture to show he was in control.

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Alvarez defends belt, stops Lopez in fifth round

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 knockouts), (got to love the red hair and freckles for a Hispanic) successfully defended his WBC light-middleweight title against Josesito Lopez (30-5-0, 18 knockouts) Saturday night, stopping the challenger during the fifth round of their encounter at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Alvarez' handlers seem to think that he's ready to face the best boxers on the planet, and they're hoping to secure a fight against one of the big-names in the near future. Hopefully it would be Mayweather.
Even though Alvarez looked good against Lopez, it's important not to overlook the fact that he had a considerable size advantage during the fight. Lopez was actually a pound heavier than "Canelo" at fight time, but it was pretty clear who the bigger, stronger man was.

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Rising star Alvarez and a question mark in Chavez Jr.

Sergio Martinez Beats Julio Chavez Jr. To Win WBC Middleweight Title. Martinez ended up winning a lopsided unanimous decision to regain the middleweight title. But the 12th-round rally by Chavez was one that showed the determination and grit of this young fighter. Remember his father got better with age. This was by far the best fighter Chavez has fought to date. He will be back faster, stronger and better.

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UFC's Sonnen offers to give purse to 'entitled brat' Jones

Chael Sonnen put a verbal beatdown on Jon Jones worthy of the Octagon. Chael a portland boy is up to his old tricks. The good part he does bring some excitement to the sport. While Dan Henderson ( part of team quest from Portland) hurt his knee, Chael stepped up to the plate by moving up a weight class to fight Jones but Jones turned him down. To bad because either Henderson or Sonnen would have made for a good fight. 

In an interview on ESPN, Sonnen called the UFC light heavyweight champion “an entitled brat” who “couldn’t find the courage” to face him at UFC 151 next week.

On Thursday, the UFC was forced to cancel the entire event, which was set to be held Sept. 1 in Las Vegas, when Dan Henderson pulled out of the main event against Jones due to a partially torn MCL and Jones refused to face Sonnen, the No. 2 middleweight in the world, on short notice

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Claressa Shields Wins Olympic Gold Medal In Women's Boxing

It was nice to see the American women make an impact in their Olympic debut. U.S. middleweight Claressa Shields won the Olympic gold medal , capping her swift rise to the top of women's boxing with a 19-12 victory over Russia's Nadezda Torlopova.

The 17-year-old Shields shuffled, danced and slugged her way past her 33-year-old opponent, showing off the free-spirited style and brute strength that made her unbeatable at the London Games.

Shields even stuck her tongue out at Torlopova after ducking a few punches in the final round.

The teenager won the 12-member American team's only gold medal in London. The winningest nation in Olympic boxing history got no medals from its men's team for the first time, and flyweight Marlen Esparza won a bronze.

Shields has been on the international boxing scene for less than two years, but the Flint, Mich., native is among its fastest-rising stars. She lost early in the world championships, yet still qualified for the Olympics.

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Anderson Silva successfully defended his middleweight championship at UFC 148 Saturday night, but the bigger story of the night has to be what's next for Chael Sonnen.

Would you watch Silva vs. Sonnen III?

·Yes, it would be a great brawl


·No, it's a money grab


Total votes: 525

Absolutley most talked about and anticipated fight in the MMA. There was a questuionable outcome with the knee in the face, what is a legal blow or not. It was a rage against all fight enthusiasist. Was the TKO legal or not legal? I beleive there is going to be a lot of hype, talk and money being raised within the UFC for the thrid fight.

There is no question that Silva is the most dominating champion in the history of MMA, but that doesn't mean Sonnen's road to the belt is over; it just means it starts over.

With cardio for days and a ground game second-to-none in the middleweight division, Sonnen will have to start back at the bottom of the barrel again and work his way through the ranks...again.

While many fans and experts thought that a loss for the 35-year-old Sonnen would result in his retirement, there is too much pride in the fighter's heart to allow him to walk away from MMA when he is arguably the second-best fighter in the division.

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Mayweather proves to the world again that he is the purest boxing fighter of his generation. He gave cotto a true boxing lesson. So now all we need is the final ultimate boxing match of his career. Hopefully Mayweather & Pacquiao will work out their differences  and have the best boxing fight of decade. 

"Fighting just a few weeks before he enters a county jail to serve a three-month sentence for domestic abuse, Mayweather found himself in a tough fight against a game opponent who never stopped moving forward. But he was faster and more accurate than Cotto and seemed to wear him down in the final rounds.

In the last round, Mayweather landed his best punch of the night, a left uppercut that seemed to hurt Cotto. He followed that with several flurries to the head to wrap up a decision that until the later rounds had been in doubt.

The decision was roundly booed by the crowd at the MGM Grand arena, which cheered wildly every time Cotto landed a punch.

"He's a tough competitor," Mayweather said. "He came to fight; he didn't just come to survive. I dug down and fought him back."

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