SAN DIEGO – October 27, 2012 – Among our boxer briefs this week, we cover tonight’s HBO Boxing After Dark lineup, remember Emanuel Steward, and provide a few updates on upcoming bouts.
Tripleheader tonight on HBO’s BAD: HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” series features young Puerto Rican boxer Thomas Dulorme, age 22, (16-0, 12 KOs) against Argentinean boxer Luis Carlos Abregu, age 28 (33-1, 27 KOs) . Of course every Puerto Rican fighter compares himself to Miguel Cotto (or Felix Trinidad). Every boxer from Argentina says he fights like Sergio Martinez. But you can see from the records both are power punchers. It will be Dulorme’s speed against the warrior mindset of Abregu. He can take a punch, even a knockdown, and come right back at you. Abregu’s only loss was a decision to Timothy Bradley. It should be a fun fight to watch that isn’t likely to go the distance. The fight takes place at the Turning Stone Casino from Verona, New York. HBO’s broadcast coverage starts at 10:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
On the undercard of this BAD tripleheader, lightweight world champion Miguel Vasquez (31-3, 13 KOs) faces Marvin Quintero (25-3, 21 KOs). Quintero is a serious knockout threat to Vasquez. He has won his last nine fights by knockout. The second bout matches junior welterweights Karim Mayfield, 31 (16-0-1, 10 KOs) against Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs). Mayfield didn’t start boxing until he was 20 and is now 31 years old. He trains in the Bay Area with Virgil Hunter, who trains Andre Ward. He hopes this fight will capture the boxing world’s attention. Herrera is his most significant opponent. The 32-year-old put on a competitive brawling fight with the then undefeated Mike Alvarado (now 33-1, 23 KOs) who just put on the Fight of the Year with Brandon Rios. Herrera lost a narrow decision to Alvarado, and he could be looking for a little comeback. He has never been knocked out.
Emanuel Steward, 1944 – 2012: The boxing world lost one of its finest ambassadors with the death this week of trainer and HBO boxing analyst Emanuel Steward. Steward was an amateur fighter who took up a part-time training job at Detroit’s Kronk Recreation Center. Six years later in 1977 he took up training full-time. Among the legendary fighters Steward schooled to greatness were Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Lennox Lewis, and of late Wladimir Klitschko. Along the way he also leant his expertise to Oscar de la Hoya and Miguel Cotto. Fans got to know Steward from his many years as part of the HBO broadcast team. He generously shared his insights about the sport and its personalities without ever having to utter a harsh word, only fair criticism or well-earned praise. Expect an emotional tribute to Steward during tonight’s HBO telecast. His presence at the great fights of our time will be greatly missed.
Hatton-Senchenko Fight Picked Up by Showtime: The November 24 fight between British boxer Ricky Hatton and Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko from Manchester, England will be televised in the United States by Showtime Sports. Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) is coming out of retirement, hoping for a better showing than his devastating 2009 knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao. Senchenko (32-1, 21 KOs) recently gave up his welterweight title to Paulie Malignaggi. The fight will be televised live at 5 p.m. Eastern/2 p.m. Pacific, and replayed later in the evening. The intriguing twist is that Malignaggi will be the expert analyst on the broadcast. Maliganaggi is a possible opponent for Hatton if he wins this fight. Hatton beat Maliganaggi at the junior welterweight level in 2008, and Paulie the Twitter King would love to return the favor.
Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles tonight: Manny Pacquiao is such a big personality in the sport of boxing that his arrivals in the U.S. to train for upcoming fights are media events in themselves. Expect Pacquiao’s landing at Los Angeles International Airport tonight at 8 p.m. on a Philippines Airlines flight to be mobbed by media and the fans. No worries if you can’t make it, Top Rank will make sure you don’t miss a thing with coverage on its website.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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