Boxing: Boardwalk Hall

Will Rigo run, or rumble?

December, 4, 2013
Donaire-RigondeauxAl Bello/Getty ImagesIs Guillermo Rigondeaux ready give network execs what they want to see in the ring?
Guillermo Rigondeaux, the Cuban-born hitter who violently opened up many eyes when he had his way with Nonito Donaire at Radio City Music Hall on April 13, and made the pound-for-pound ace Donaire look a step slow all night long, doesn't show a violent side as often as some would like.

The 33-year-old "Rigo," who headlines in Atlantic City and on HBO on Saturday night against Joseph Agbeko, drew scorn in some circles for moving too much in the Donaire fight, engaging in too much science and not enough violence against the Filipino-born hitter, who found it beyond hard to get a bead on the super-elusive lefty. In the HBO offices, some of the suits decided they'd rather not spotlight the Cuban cutie, and would rather divvy up money to guys who fight in a more "fan friendly" -- i.e. constantly combative -- manner.

Less waiting, more trading, is how you could phrase their wish list ...

Rigo's manager, Gary Hyde, told me Rigo understands the rules of the game. The people who pay you make the rules, most of the time. And if it is a more constantly combative style they want, that is what they will get, Hyde told me on Wednesday. We chatted at a press conference to hype the card, which also features a 154-pound showdown between Glen Tapia, a Top Rank fighter looking to inherit some of the love and attention that Arturo Gatti used to receive in AC, and James Kirkland, a bomber signed to 50 Cent, who's been working sporadically because of injuries and promotional issues.

"You will see an explosive Rigo," Hyde declared. "He put a beating on Donaire, and hurt him, and we expect him to bring it to Agbeko. We think Agbeko won't run, even when he gets a taste of Rigo's power. And while we don't look past Agbeko, Rigo is ready to fight anyone, up to 130 pounds. If Donaire wants a rematch, that's fine."

Agbeko spoke a great game at the presser, at BB King's. He implored Rigo to stand and trade. "Let's kill each other!" he said, noting that he expected to get hit, and deliver punishment as well. He said that fans deserve action bouts, and I dare say I think he wounded Rigo slightly by implying that the Cuban likes to run more than rumble.

Arum, who co-promotes Rigo with Caribe, and has one fight, one option left on Rigo after this one, mentioned a scrap pitting Rigo against the Ukrainian amateur stud, Vasyl Lomachenko, who meets title-holder Orlando Salido, the WBO feather champ, in his second professional bout next month.

Readers, if Rigo beats Agbeko, who lived in the Bronx but is living in Las Vegas and training with Roger Mayweather, who should he face next? Weigh in!

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Arum offers love to Mayweathers

December, 4, 2013
Brooklyn-born promoter Bob Arum, in town to hype his Saturday card in AC, took it gracefully when I aged him a year, and asked him if he was turning 83 on Sunday.

"82," he told me at BB King's, right after he'd thumped a tub for the card, portions of which will run on HBO, and is topped by a title defense for 122 pound titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux, who'll fight Joseph Agbeko, a Ghanian living in Las Vegas. Yes, Arum was in good spirits even though I potentially offended him with bonehead math, and that spirit had in fact infected his presentation minutes before.

Arum said that Rigo, a Cuban defector who won two Olympic golds for Mr. Castro, is likely the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, save only, perhaps, for Floyd Mayweather. And on the topic of Mayweather, Arum was most conciliatory, and gave off the vibes of a master politician when he told the assembled media that he is personally quite fond of all the Mayweathers. Floyd's Uncle Roger was present, because he's training Agbeko, a two-time champ, for the Rigo scrap, and Roger seemed to be on board with Arum's assertion. Same goes for Floyd Sr., and Floyd himself, Arum said, they all get along when they see each other and all are in fact quite warm to each other.

Was there a point to that tone, apart from being genial? I dare say there was; word is Arum would very much like to reheat the (stale? overheated?) negotiations for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather bout.

The promoter told me that the numbers are in for Pacquiao's last outing, a most triumphant effort in which he made Brandon Rios look like a mere club fighter en route to a twelve round domination session in Macau on Nov. 23. The pay-per-view did between 500,000 and 600,000 buys, he said, which is under previous Pacquiao efforts. But, he noted, the fact that the Macau hosts, Sands China, compensated Top Rank so handsomely for the privilege of staging the event that he isn't dismayed by the numbers decrease.

Check back for more details and tibits from Arum...

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Hopkins beats Murat in chippy, fun fight

October, 27, 2013
Bernard Hopkins had to work much harder than I dare say most everyone believed he'd have to against Karo Murat in the main event at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday night. The fight was a most entertaining but ultra-chippy affair. Hopkins ate some leather and dished it out, even more so, en route to a unanimous decision win, via scores of 117-110, 119-108, 119-108.

Here's a breakdown of the rounds.

In the first round, Murat looked better than many expected. He was aggressive, looked to bull Hopkins to the ropes. The old master feinted and threw a couple combos, but mainly scouted his man.

In the second, Murat acted like he'd been stabbed after Hopkins hit him in the body after a break, while he had his back turned.

In the third, a left hook landed on Hopkins. He got Murat back with a lead right late. It was a chippy fight and Murat was making Hopkins labor.

In the fourth, Hopkins did well with the jab and lead rights. Murat kept looking to land heavy shots, especially hooks. Hopkins had asserted more control by now.

In the fifth, Hopkins kissed the back of Murat's head in a clinch. Hopkins slugged Murat hard after the bell, after he'd been holding his right arm and hitting him.

In the sixth, Hopkins worked the body, looking to sap some strength. Murat nailed Hopkins twice after he threw him to the mat, and got warned. Chippy, bigtime.

In the seventh, a left hook hurt Murat. Smoger then took a point for an infraction from him. The left eye looked cut but OK on Murat.

In the eighth, Hopkins went to the Murat corner, yapped at them and then turned back to fight. He growled at Murat, and traded and was in one of the most entertaining rounds of his career.

In the ninth, the two traded and Murat landed about four, clean hard shots, maybe taking the round.

In the 10th, the action was busy for so late in the game. Murat by no means folded, he was looking to land hard and clean throughout.

In the 11th, a sharp right for Hopkins excited the crowd late, after another tight round. A slice on Murat's cheek bothered him some.

In the 12th, a right from Hopkins stunned Murat. Murat went cheap late, looking to headbutt Hopkins after the bell.

Afterwards, Hopkins said that he really wanted the KO. He said he wanted to be a crowd pleaser.

"I really wanted to get the knockout," he said. "I have a [nine]-year drought. He was really tough. He was a slow puncher but a good puncher. He wouldn’t back down. When you go for a knockout you have to take some punches. But this is what they want to see. I wanted a knockout, so you take risks. Don’t ever take your mandatory lightly. That guy would give anybody in the light heavyweight division problems."

Murat's take? The defeated German said if not for the cuts, he'd have won. But the numbers -- gashes included, unfortunately -- told a different story on Saturday night.

Quillin wins via TKO over Rosado

October, 26, 2013
New Yorker Peter Quillin has a reputation as a knockdown artist, having notched 10 knockdowns in his past two fights before stepping into the ring at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday night on a Golden Boy card.

In defending his middleweight title, the 30-year-old Quillin didn't find foe Gabriel Rosado as easy to dent as Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam or Fernando Guerrero, though. He knocked Rosado down once, but the scrap was nip-and-tuck until Round 10. Then, the doctor halted the bout, at 40 seconds elapsed, deeming a cut over Rosado's left eye too bad to allow the fighter to continue. Quillin was awarded the TKO win, because the cut was caused by a punch.

"I was hurting him," Rosado said afterward. "I deserve a rematch -- this is the story of my life, I'm the real Rocky Balboa."

"I feel good," Quillin said. "It wasn't easy but I earned every bit of it." He said he respects the doctor for protecting the loser. He mentioned Sergio Martinez as a possible next foe, and said he'd defend versus anyone, "even my mother."

The Philladelphia fighter Rosado was buckled by a left hook early in the first but collected himself. The patient Quillin waited for a spot, assessing Rosado's methods. In the second, Rosado went down in a flash with 35 seconds to go. It was a left hook that did it, after a right blinded him.

In the third, Rosado wanted to press more. He had some luck, with rights, and in keeping Quillin from patiently dissecting him. In the fourth, Quillin's underrated left hook scored a few times. Then Quillin got buzzed late, off a short right counter. He held smartly. In the fifth, Rosado had Quillin thinking too much, backing up. Rosado mocked him with showboating early. In the sixth, the Rosado right again found a home a couple times. Quillin did well early, when a constant jab was in motion.

In the seventh, a right upper for Quillin wowed the crowd. His foe has good torso and head movement when threatened, though. In the eighth, Rosado stalked Quillin; his confidence was high and he indicated that Quillin didn't have bothersome pop. The cut on his left eye said otherwise after the ninth ended. In Round 10, the ref asked the doctor looked at the cut, and the doctor said no mas.

Quillin, who grew up in Michigan, is now 30-0 with 22 KOs. Rosado drops to 21-7.

The scores at the time of the stop were 89-81, 87-83 and 90-80, for Quillin, from Waleska Roldan, Ron McNair and Kason Cheeks, respectively. Quillin went 88-of-349, to 80-of-297 for the loser, in punch stats.

Might Hopkins look past Murat?

October, 26, 2013
Karo Murat is not, by any account, a superstar now. I haven't met the man or woman who tabs him to be one in the future, either. His best win came back in 2008, against Gabriel Campillo, and he's lost to Nathan Cleverly, which is no scarlet mark against him. But one and all expect Hopkins to have his way with Murat at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this evening, and maybe even stop the man, achieving his first KO since 2004. So, it isn't inconceivable that a fighter the caliber of Bernard Hopkins might be tempted to look past the German-based challenger, and maybe slack off a bit in training.

Or is it?

Hopkins is almost 49, and lives a lifestyle free from toxicity with a religious zeal. He steers clear of garbage food and only rarely indulges in sugar. He isn't the oldest world champ in the history of the sport, and didn't notch that record string of middleweight title defenses because he underestimates foes. Of all the titlists in the game today, I dare say Hopkins is actually the one guy I'd least suspect of dropping the ball in training camp, assuming he'd have his way with a lower tier talent, like a Murat.

But just out of curiosity, I asked Hopkins' trainer, Naazim Richardson, if B-Hop has EVER slacked off in camp because he knew he was matched against a lesser light.

"No," Richardson said, he's never done that. Not even against Enrique Ornelas, in Dec. 2009, when he won a UD12 but didn't look as sharp as some of us were accustomed to? "No ... he didn't underestimate him, but we didn't have the information on the guy."

Sorry, Karo. I'm guessing you won't be aided in the ring by a misstep by Hopkins in preparation. It's not his way.

Talking options for Mayweather’s next fight

October, 24, 2013
We have a long time out to Floyd Mayweather's next bout, but after "Money" elevated himself into a new realm of celebrity with his Sept. 14 win over Canelo Alvarez, it's never too early to obsess over who the 36-year-old pugilist-specialist will tangle with on May 3, his next slated date.

I queried Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy promotions, at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on Wednesday to see if he'd part with at least a hint about Floyd's next opponent.

"We're having some conversations as we always do, talking about what's next," he told me. "I'd expect before the end of the holidays we should know which direction Floyd would like to go."

And is Amir Khan option A, as many have supposed?

"There are a lot of different options," he said. "It served me and Floyd very well not to discuss what options there are, and take people by surprise like we did with Canelo. I don't want to speculate on options A, B and C. It doesn't do anybody any good."

What about a Floyd Mayweather-Bernard Hopkins fight? Is that an absurd notion or is there something to it?

"I wouldn't say it's absurd but there's not something to it either," Schaefer said. "I had no conversations with anybody on the Mayweather team about Floyd moving up in weight. He is a welterweight who once in a while does a fight or so at super welterweight. He's not a super welterweight, let alone a middleweight. I really don't see that happening."

But since the 45-0 Mayweather is having his way with all comers between 147 and 154 pounds, isn't there an argument to be made that we should widen the scope in our search for someone to test him?

"Ultimately it's going to be Mayweather to go through all the names, and he likes to challenge himself," Schaefer continued. "There were many who thought he'd never agree to fight Canelo, a young, undefeated, strong junior middleweight, and Floyd took everyone by surprise. We know he likes to take challenges; let's see what happens Saturday, then have conversations with Floyd and his team."

De La Hoya 'doing fine' in rehab

October, 24, 2013
Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya made news Sept. 10, during the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez fight week, when he announced he would enter rehab after a substance-abuse slip.

The 40-year-old, six-division champion who hung up the gloves after his Dec. 6, 2008, loss to Manny Pacquiao, put out a release that said, in part, "I will not be at the fight to cheer Canelo to victory since I have voluntarily admitted myself into a treatment facility."

That statement was distributed four days before the 36-year-old Mayweather showed young gun Alvarez, age 23, that his mastery of the sport wasn't to be trifled with.

De La Hoya's battle with substance abuse first reared its head in May 2011, when news hit that he'd entered Promises, a Malibu, Calif., rehab facility. He then admitted publicly in August that he'd struggled with alcohol and cocaine usage, and said at that time he'd been in "rehabs" previously.

Wednesday afternoon, I asked Richard Schaefer, who runs the day-to-day operations of Golden Boy Promotions, the outfit headed up by the boxer now beset by personal demons, for an update on "The Golden Boy."

"He is good," said Schaefer, days out from the Saturday Golden Boy event in Atlantic City, N.J., topped by a Bernard Hopkins-Karo Murat main event. "He's still in rehab. He extended his time there a bit. He knows it's important he's focusing on what he needs to focus on, himself and his family. I talked to him, went to see him as well. He's doing fine."

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Showtime, HBO both have boxing Dec. 7

October, 8, 2013
Fight fans, fire up the DVRs, because we have a dueling dates situation emerging, on Dec. 7.

Showtime will present fights taking place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn that evening, and HBO will also put on a show, topped by a Guillermo Rigondeaux title defense against Ghana-born Bronx resident Joseph Agbeko. Top Rank will lead the Atlantic City promotion, which will unfold most likely at Boardwalk Hall's intimate theater.

The Barclays card is still in a state of flux, though it is getting close to being fully firmed up. Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza told me that it is looking like an NYC duel between Bensonhurt's Paul Malignaggi and Brownsville's Zab Judah in a welterweight clash will be the main event, while a title defense by WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman against journeyman-turned-contender Jesus Soto Karass will be chief support.

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The specter of The Gig hangs over Devon Alexander. The man is talented enough, and professional enough, and focused enough that it is more than likely that the mere possibility of The Gig -- i.e., a fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the attendant oversized paycheck and opportunity to elevate himself immensely -- won't derail Alexander, who will fight Saturday night.

But, boxing being the theater of the unexpected, one never knows until one knows.

Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs), a 26-year-old welterweight from St. Louis and yet another person for whom boxing has snatched from a street life and given a purpose, will meet Lee Purdy, a Brit who is subbing in for another Brit, Kell Brook, who pulled out because of injury a few weeks ago.

They will face off at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on a Showtime-televised card.

So, Devon, will Lee Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs and on a four-fight win streak) spoil the party, maybe screw up a potential shot at Mayweather, who needs a September dance partner?

"Not at all," Alexander told me. "The thing only way that can happen is you take him for granted. I am 100 percent ready for Lee. I look at him like he's the pound-for-pound king."

It's fair to say Purdy is not even sniffing pound-for-pound territory, even in the U.K., even in his weight division, which should mean Alexander could -- and probably should -- easily stop the 25-year-old, whose best win is over the faded Cosme Rivera (TKO9) in his most recent outing.

I put it out to the Twitterverse, and asked for assessments of Purdy from people who've seen more of him than I have. From Ismail L: "He's been matched intelligently recently, against guys who allow him to show his best. That said he's probably 4/5th 147 lb guy in UK." And who's above him? "Kell Brook, Frankie Gavin and Denton Vassell definitely," Ismail tweeted. "Matthew Hatton is around his level."

Alexander told me Purdy is a "tough guy" who is "going to be there all night."

The St. Louis hitter recognizes that it would be helpful to his future prospects if he takes Purdy out, in a fan-friendly manner. The buzz from Alexander's last fight, a win over hesitant Randall Bailey, was of the bad variety, so he's keen on overriding that with a bang-up showing. "You're going to see a lot more action," Alexander promised. "[With a Mayweather fight possible] I know you need to entertain. This definitely is the entertainment business, and I plan to entertain. I don't plan on backing up. This can help sell a potential Floyd fight for sure. I know there will be a lot of eyes on me as a potential opponent for Floyd."

Broner knocks out Rees in A.C.

February, 17, 2013
The drumbeat to sign on against a superstar -- or at least a name guy with a more-than-solid résumé -- will beat louder after Adrien Broner knocked out Gavin Rees on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Broner, from Cincinnati, dropped the Welshman Rees in the fourth round and then again in the fifth. Rees, who had never been down in a fight -- even in sparring -- rose but took more shots, and his corner waved a white flag with a second remaining.

Afterward, Broner termed Rees tougher than an overcooked steak -- that he was, and more. In Round 1, the massive underdog showed mobility and pop. But Broner assessed him, got his joints lubed and got to work in Round 2.

Broner, 23, retained his 135-pound crown and upped his record to 26-0. Rees, 32, dropped to 37-2-1.

More people are lumping Broner in with Floyd Mayweather Jr., while others compare his skills to those of Sugar Ray Leonard. Maybe it's too early for that, as Rees' best wins are against fighters U.S. fans might not even know. But certainly we are closer to the time when we would like to see Broner find a dance partner who will get him closer to answering that question. Ricky Burns will meet fellow lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez on March 16, and Broner might get the winner of that tangle.

But moving forward, more people will be suggesting names such as Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Amir Khan.

Readers, what say you? Is Broner the next face of boxing, or do you need more time to determine that?

Broner says Mayweather fight won't happen

February, 13, 2013
Adrien Broner is expected to run roughshod over the man he's fighting Saturday night in Atlantic City, Gavin Rees, and people like me who think Broner is the real deal, a possible megastar of the next decade, would like him to jump up a few notches in competition.

I'd like to see what the 23-year-old Broner (25-0) could do against Floyd Mayweather, for instance. I put Broner on the spot during a Tuesday press conference to hype the Boardwalk Hall scrap, promoted by Golden Boy, which will run on HBO.

So, could Broner face off with Mayweather? "We won't ever fight, that's a big brother, that's my big brother," he said. "I don't fight family." How about for $30 million? "I wouldn't fight family, no," he repeated.

So, are you the top guy in the game, the pound-for-pound best, I asked Broner? "I pay homage, Floyd is still in the game but after Floyd, it's Adrien Broner," he said. "In this era, I'm number one. As long as Floyd Mayweather is still in the game, it's only right, he's number one."

Adrien Broner: Pound-for-pound talker

February, 12, 2013
I would not be a good fight promoter. I think I'd be too hasty, not let the souffle rise with proper patience. For instance, I think if I promoted the supremely talented Adrien Broner, who fights Saturday night in Atlantic City, I'd be pushing for him to secure a fight with Floyd Mayweather and prove his skills beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Broner, a 23-year-old Cincinnati resident, is promoted by Golden Boy and advised by Al Haymon, so his career path is being laid out in a more meticulous fashion than I'd choose. HBO too thinks highly of Broner, and will show his bout against 37-1-1 Brit Gavin Rees (age 32) from Boardwalk Hall.

It is probably as much as anything a testament to the high esteem Broner (25-0) is held in by pundits that nobody seems to be giving Rees much of any shot to introduce Broner to the taste of defeat.

Broner himself showed the odd flash of respect to the underdog at a Tuesday news conference held at BB King's in the theater district to hype the scrap, telling the assembled media that he respects all fighters he's going to meet, because he knows how hard it is to train at the world-class level.

But Broner didn't give off a hint of doubt that he'd have his hand raised in A.C. after showing Rees his arsenal. He did, though, have trouble grasping his opponent's name, referring to him as "Cabbage" Rees and all-together whiffing on his last name a few times. "I can't remember his name!" he kept saying with mock consternation.

He made light of Rees' height, or lack thereof, and told us that he hadn't bothered to watch even a second of tape on Rees.

The Brit held his temper, basically, though he did allow, "I'm gonna knock this [expletive] out Saturday and I can't wait."

I confess, I enjoy fully Broner's cocky antics, preferring that, put-on or no, to a studiously dry and earnest pugilist who answers in monosyllables and clumps of cliches. Broner has a way with words, no doubt, as when asked if he'd gotten his proper due, and replied, "I can't get mad, I make everybody look like a nobody."

A la Mayweather, Broner can make wins look ultra-easy, so his trash-talking can be the highlight of his promotions. Humility is largely missing from Broner's DNA: When asked if he's the best, pound for pound, he said, "I can beat anybody," and said Mayweather is the best of his era, but proclaimed this the Broner era and said Floyd's window of supremacy is closing.

I recommend, if you haven't tuned in to watch him, you see Broner in A.C. or on the tube; he's my pick to be the game's top dog when Floyd and Manny hang up their mitts.

Broner aims to KO Rees in AC on Feb. 16

February, 5, 2013
We fightwriters and many of the fans out there who see Adrien Broner as a special talent are eager to test him out against the pound-for-pound aces in the game.

How about Broner vs. Floyd Mayweather, I asked a couple months back, when Broner was in NYC for a luncheon at HBO, who televises the Cincy lightweight's bouts.

Bring Mayweather on, if the money's right, Broner (25-0, 21 KOs, nicknamed "The Problem") replied.

That could come to fruition, I suppose, in a year or so, but for right now, the 25-0 pugilist is still taking incremental steps up the ladder.

Gavin Rees, a 32-year-old Brit with a 37-1-1 (18 KOs) record, is set to face off with the WBC lightweight champion Broner on Feb. 16 in Atlantic City. Rees represents another step, or maybe a half step, up the ladder for Broner. The scrap at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall will be promoted by Golden Boy and televised on HBO.

Something of a big deal in the UK, Rees has fought every bout as a pro over there, and it remains to be seen if he is any better than the last man Broner mopped up in AC, Antonio Demarco.

I asked Broner's trainer, Mike Stafford, how he assesses Rees.

"I've seen a couple his fights. He tries to be durable, hang in there, fight with his head, tries to use his low center of gravity," Stafford said of Rees. "We will fight our way, take over the fight. People go in, try to figure us out. We'll come in being the dominant fighter."

So, really, how good is Rees? "Well, he's a champ over there," said Stafford, with political deftness.

I suspect Broner takes out the Brit quicker than he did Demarco (Round 8). Does Stafford share my take? "We're hoping to do that," he said. "He might be tougher than Demarco ... but we're not going to let up on him. We might take him out in Round 1, 2, 3, 4. ... The only one can beat Broner is Broner."

Stafford, who leaves a four-week camp in Colorado Springs with Broner on Monday, knows many of us think highly of Broner's skills and want to see him truly tested. The trainer said Team Broner wanted a better Brit, 35-2 Ricky Burns, who holds the WBO lightweight crown, but Burns didn't want to partake. If Burns beats Miguel Vazquez, the IBF lightweight champ on March 16 in London, maybe Broner gets the winner.

And while we talk possible fights, could there be a bang-up closeout bout to finish 2013, one that takes Broner to the next level and puts the indelible stamp on him as one of the two or three heirs apparent to drive the sport when Floyd and Manny Pacquiao exit?

Prodded for a suggestion, Stafford said Team Broner would like a crack at future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez, who turns 40 in August, is likely headed to a career best payday in a fifth fight with Pacquaio, who he dropped and stopped in Round 6 of their Dec. 8 Las Vegas clash.

"I think Marquez is beatable. I think they all are at 140," Stafford said, "and I think he'd take the fight if the money's right. It would be like Danny Garcia fighting Erik Morales; he got a chance to fight a future Hall of Famer."

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Golden Boy will donate $ toward Sandy relief

November, 12, 2012
The show must go on, is the old adage, and it will go on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. But things are not business as usual in Atlantic City, nor on much of the East Coast, still licking its wounds after Sandy hurtled through the region leaving epic carnage in her wake.

Adrien Broner (24-0 with 20 KOs), on the short list as an heir apparent to pick up some of the slack when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao decide to exit the fistic stage, will meet the stiffest test of his career when he takes on lightweight titlist Antonio Demarco (28-2-1 with 21 KOs), in a bout to run on HBO.

The promoter of the event, Golden Boy, will donate money from the show to the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, whose main and satellite buildings suffered extensive damage in the storm. Caesars Atlantic City, and Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya will match those funds. Golden Boy will donate $2 for every ticket sold and $1,000 per knockout registered during the event.

"We are hoping that the Broner vs. DeMarco fight will afford people the opportunity to forget their worries for an evening and enjoy this great night of boxing," said Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy CEO. "At the same time we understand the severity of the situation and would be remiss not to make a donation to help those directly effected by this terrible storm."

"The people of Atlantic City are in need now and I am happy to join in the effort and make my own contribution order to help some of the people affected by Hurricane Sandy," said De La Hoya, Golden Boy president. "A world of good can happen when everyone comes together to give back to people who are in need."

Heavyweight Seth Mitchell, who meets Johnathon Banks on the card, will be a contender to snag one of those KO bonuses for the club.

Tickets priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes and service charges, are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, or through Ticketmaster.