The Super Six Semifinals featuring Ward vs. Abraham fight will air LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Opening up the telecast will be a replay of last Saturday night’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley mega-fight from Las Vegas.
“I see no problem in asking for a non-Californian referee – and that´s not just because it was guaranteed in the contract,” Sauerland said on Thursday. “I am not sure what leads Virgil to believe that we have lost confidence in Arthur. Maybe he is getting a little nervous because Andre Ward is not fighting in Oakland this time. I thought it was funny that Dan Goossencomplained about the five-hour drive Ward had to take to come down to L.A. for this fight. But then again, if you are used to fighting at your protected home base, travelling 400 miles might seem like a huge inconvenience, so let us not hold it against them. All the comments from their camp and the problems with the officials are a clear indication that they do not feel comfortable about fighting away from home, even though they are still in their home state. So it´s them who are losing confidence in their fighter, not us.”
And Sauerland added: “King Arthur has travelled over 40,000 miles during the course of the tournament and he is ready for a big fight on Saturday night. Nobody will be able to protect Ward from Arthur´s power.”
Meanwhile, King Arthur is getting ready for the big fight. After the official press conference, he checked out the Home Depot Center. “It´s a great venue and I am thrilled to make my first open-air fight,” he said. “There is a lot at stake. I know that Andre Ward is a tough and very skilled opponent. But my goal is to become a superstar in America, and in order to do so, I need to defeat Ward. I am prepared for a real battle and a huge victory for my legions of fans all over the world.”
Weights are as follows:
Attention L.A. Fans! You are welcomed to watch the weigh-in of Arthur Abraham, Andrew Ward, and all the undercard fighters. Follow the link for all the information:
BURBANK, CALIF. (May 11, 2011) – The final press conference for the kickoff of the Semifinals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic turned tense on Wednesday at Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif., just three days before tournament favorite Andre Ward defends his WBA super middleweight title against former world champion Arthur Abraham, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
In a detailed and lengthy speech, Ward’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, told Abraham that his trainer and promoters are displaying a lack of confidence in him to win on Saturday by demanding neutral judges and officials for the Semifinal showdown. Abraham’s promoter responded that they were trying to protect their fighter and claimed that the referee in the Ward-Mikkel Kessler Group Stage 1 bout did not fairly officiate the match.
LOS ANGELES, May 11 – “Vicious” Victor Ortiz’s stirring April victory over Andre Berto not only earned him the WBC Welterweight World Championship, but it also showed the power of perseverance against all odds, and not just in the ring, but in life as well. As a result, Ortiz was honored yesterday with a proclamation signed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as well as with the declaration of May 10 being named “Victor Ortiz Day” in his home state. Ortiz also visited the Kansas House of Representatives and was honored with a standing ovation during the final legislative meeting of the term.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The sport’s fastest-rising stars continue their budding careers when STRIKEFORCE® returns to ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., on Friday, June 24. In the main event of STRIKEFORCE Challengers, lightweight Caros “The Future” Fodor (8-2) of nearby Kirkland, Wash. defends his home turf when he meets the hard-hitting James Terry (10-2), a protégé of middleweight star Cung Le.
The night’s co-feature is equally explosive, as Woodinville’s Ryan Couture (2-0), the son of UFC® Hall of Famer Randy Couture, looks for his third straight victory when he battles undefeated Matt Ricehouse (4-0). STRIKEFORCE Challengers also features Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (10-0) taking on Gian Villante (7-2) at light heavyweight, a middleweight bout between Antwain Britt (11-5) and UFC® veteran Danillo Villefort, as well as a women’s 145-pound contest between Julia Budd (1-1) and Germaine de Randamie (2-1).
Washington has become a hotbed for mixed martial arts and we’re excited to head back to Kent with this exciting card featuring local stars Caros Fodor and Ryan Couture,” STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker said. “Our Challengers events have delivered some outstanding fights and we expect nothing less on June 24.”
Tickets for the event are priced at $100, $75, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges, and are on sale TODAY. Tickets are available at ShoWare Center’s Box Office in downtown Kent, online at ShoWareCenter.com, Facebook.com/ShoWareCenter or by phone at 253.856.6999 or 866.973.9613.
Bernard Hopkins held a media workout session earlier today in Philadelphia. The 46 year old future Hall of Famer is ready for his rematch against Jean Pascal on May 21st from The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Here are some quotes from Hopkins:
“This [surpassing of George Foreman’s record] is a hell of a milestone. This is something that not any old fighter gets to do, or most athletes from any sport for that matter. I am glad to be able to represent that at this stage of my career.
“I have been able to reach this milestone because of things I have overcome [in my life] and I am motivated by the legacy I will leave.
LOS ANGELES, May 10 – Southern California rivals Charles Huerta and Christopher Martin are set to square off at The Hangar at the O.C. Fair & Event Center on Friday, May 20, in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast in a fight which will determine local hero moves closer to a world title shot in the ultra-competitive featherweight division.
In the co-main event, exciting junior lightweight prospect Ronny Rios looks to keep his unbeaten record intact against an opponent to be named in an eight round contest.
Last Saturday, May 7, the four Semifinalists in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME® participated in a press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals will begin this Saturday, May 14 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) when undefeated Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight world title against former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Golden Boy Promotions and Primm Valley Casino Resorts will host an exciting evening of hard hitting fights to be featured on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation on May 13 at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena. The action-packed night of unbeaten stars will feature two of ESPN.com’s top prospects to watch for 2011: Sharif “The Lion” Bogere and Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell.