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The guessing game about Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s weight ends later today with the official weigh-in. The browsing window opens at 5:45 p.m. with the undercard bouts starting at 6 p.m. ET. Chavez Jr. and Vera are expected to go on at 6:15 p.m. ET. The fight airs live this Saturday (September 28) on HBO. Click HERE to watch the live stream.

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The weigh-in is at 3PM on Friday,” said Arum, “the only weigh-in in the history of boxing where we see the fighters making weight and we reveal the weight for the first time at the weigh-in. Something very unique in boxing, so everybody come because it’s not the normal weigh-in…” – Bob Arum

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LOS ANGELES — Yesterday (September 25) at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum tried to put his best spin on the weight fiasco concerning this Saturday’s middleweight/super-middleweight/light-heavyweight interim cruiserweight matchup between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Brian Vera. At press time, the weight for the fight will be determined by what weight Chavez decides to come in at. Yes, you read that right.

It’s not out of the question that Chavez may possibly outweigh Vera by anywhere from 20-30 pounds on fight night. Us boxing writers and fans are a snarky bunch, so I’ve seen a lot of people making jokes on Twitter and their sites. I can’t find much humor in this because it’s downright dangerous for both fighters.

More on that later today. For now, you can watch the full final press conference below. 

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Showtime Sports is live-streaming today’s weigh-in featuring WBC featherweight titlist Abner Mares vs. Jhonny Gonzalez, and Leo Santa Cruz against WBC super bantamweight title-holder Victor Terrazas. You can check out the event on Ustream or Showtime Sports at the 3 p.m. ET start time. The card kicks off tomorrow at 8 p.m. on Showtime with live undercard bouts. The two championships bouts will air at 10 p.m. following the debut of All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo.

****UPDATE, FULL WEIGH-IN FOOTAGE****

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UNCASVILLE, Connecticut — Last night’s Main Events card was capped by an explosive, potential middleweight title-shot earning performance from Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens, who needed a little under two and half minutes to blast away Saul Roman at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

For a man that’s vowed to “bathe in the blood” of current middleweight destroyer Gennady Golovkin, Stevens needed to make a statement and did just that on a nationally televised main event. Stevens took advantage of Roman’s ponderous shots and countered with fast, vicious left hooks that short-circuited Roman’s senses from the first clean blow. It was a Stevens left hook that dropped Roman awkwardly to his knees. Roman couldn’t effectively clinch, and trying to fight his way out the round resulted in another left hook that left him prone on his back and without the referee needing to bother with a count.

“[I]Tried to set up the jab but the hooks caught him… NAAARRGGGH!” said an animated Stevens in his post-fight interview, complete with his own adlibs. “Nuclear warfare! Crunch! My finisher! Ahhh! Golovkin is gonna get caught just like that!”

Stevens made his intentions known that he wants Golovkin next, but cast doubt on if Golovkin’s team would be interested in making that fight. In addition, he dismissed GGG’s recent third-round KO over Matthew Macklin as Golovkin feasting on a scared fighter.

MAKE IT HAPPEN HBO: The irony about this win is that Macklin has a similar first round blowout in his bout before facing Golovkin (in addition to also claiming GGG hadn’t faced a fearless opponent yet). With Golovkin having a November 2 date at MSG on hold, making this bout is a complete no-brainer. Golovkin has yet to face someone as explosive as Stevens so that’s a new look for the him, and Stevens would bring a nice hometown NYC crowd with him.

As far as who would win, Golovkin will and should be the overwhelming favorite. Roman was a solid opponent, but competing at middleweight was a stretch for him considering most of his career has been spent at 154 pounds. In an inside battle of power shots (because Stevens sure won’t be able to outbox him), I pick the guy who’s crushed better fighters with his power and also shown to have a sturdier chin (quiet as it’s kept, Macklin did crack GGG flush a few times).

 

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ADAMEK UD10 GUINN: Dominick Guinn is 1-4 in his last five fights and we saw why with Tomasz ADamek having an easy time in scoring a ten round unanimous decision (99-91 twice, 98-92). While Adamek is no spring chicken himself at 36, he still has much more left than the 38-year old Guinn, who was repeatedly beat to the punch in every exchange. Adamek didn’t have to take many chances, and took his time countering and moving back outside before Guinn, who’s reaction time reflected his age, could offer any significant return fire. Guinn remains a very durable guy (never stopped in any of his 10 losses), so Adamek’s punches never threatened a stoppage. For a replacement opponent, the fight was ok, but you wonder what’s next for Adamek as his career has been treading water since the KO loss to Vitali Klitschko back in 2011. You’d have to think fellow Main Events fighters like Bryant Jennings or Vyacheslav Glazkov should be on his radar.

 

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CHAMBERS A FLOP AGAINST MCHUNU:  One of the main attractions of this card was supposed to be Eddie Chambers finally being able to fight at his “natural” weight of cruiseweight. No longer would he have to struggle against bigger, stronger fighters, right? What we got last night was a listless, plodding fighter with no passion or seemingly concern that he was throwing his credibility and career in the toilet with every passing lackadaisical round.

The storyline going into this fight was Thabiso Mchudu being untested. But once the bell rang, Chambers was the one unsure of himself. Mchudu chose to box off the backfoot and counter. Chambers struggled mightily all night to find the range with his right hand and repeatedly got popped with counter rights and left hooks . Chambers never adjusted by utlizing his own left hook, or providing any significant pressure to get Mchudu out of his comfort zone. All it would take is a glancing shot for Chambers to back off, incredulously look at his gloves, and smile at Mchudu in acknowledgement of a landed punch.

It was an absolute pitiful display. Chambers is 31 years old and with cruiserweight having a talent fall-off after about the initial Top 5 fighters, he can definitely string together a few victories to get back into contention. However, if this is all he can muster against the good fighters of the division, then his prospects of making any serious noise are nil.

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MYAKININO, Russia — In what will undoubtedly go down as one of the more brutal fights of 2013, Guillermo Jones returned to the ring after a year and a half layoff to utilize body punching and curshing head shots to break down Denis Lebedev before his countrymen at the Crocus City Hall.

Lebedev found success landing hard, head-rattling hooks to the head, but Jones made him pay the price for those blows with slashing uppercuts to the body. As early as the second round, Lebedev’s eye area began to swell and cut in several places due to the hammer-down motion of the 6’4 Jones’s punches.

While Jones was much slower than Lebedev, he made up for the deficiency with accuracy and sheer brute strength. Lebedev couldn’t move him backwards, and Jones very methodically continued to focus on destroying his opponent’s eye by at times going southpaw to use his right hand to club the wound.

Equally demoralizing for Lebedev was the results of rounds seven and nine, two of the his best scoring rounds. Lebedev was able to tee off with flush hooks for good portions of the rounds. However, he would be forced to hold on late in both rounds due to Jones finishing strong with a debilitating body assault coupled with uppercuts and crosses through Lebedev’s guard.

By the 11th, Lebedev was on fumes and suddenly took a knee after being hit with a left hand. Jones, still moving on adrenaline, smashed Lebedev to the floor with another shot for good measure before the ref interceded. The fight was wisely called off with no protest from Lebedev, who got to his fee immediately and went back to his corner.

The win gives Jones the WBA World cruiserweight title. The loss is Lebedev’s first KO defeat.

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It’s amazing to see a 41-year old fighter like Guillermo Jones be able to pull off what he did yesterday. The way he fights is how I imagine those old-timers like John L. Sullivan in late 1880s went about their trade. Nothing fancy, just brutal and efficient work.

Although Jones didn’t have much physical damage, these are the type of fights that take a pound of flesh out of you. He received many clean shots to the head. Lebedev’s eye was worse that what we saw inflicted on Antonio Margarito by Manny Pacquiao, the swelling on Fernando Vargas from Shane Mosley, and even Giovani Segura’s eye at the hands of Brian Viloria. What Sugar Ray Robinson did to Carmen Basilio’s eye is a good comparison.

This one is well worth the time to sit down and watch in full.

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Myakinino, Russia — Denis Lebedev made the first successful defense of the “regular” WBA cruiserweight title with a crushing fourth round knockout of Santander Silgado last night at Crocus City Hall.

The 27-year-old Silgado came into the fight undefeated but against nondescript competition comapred to Lebedev, who holds recent wins over faded greats Roy Jones Jr. and James Toney. Silgado struggled to land any meaningful punches in the first two stanzas while Lebedev found success with left hooks to the body from his southpaw stance. The third saw both fighters exchanging hooks in the closing minute with Lebedev’s heavier hands giving him the advantage.

In the fourth, Silgado began opening with combinations but was hurt by a looping counter left hook. Lebedev landed several more hooks before planting Silgado face down on the canvas with a left uppercut.

Lebedev improves to 25-1 (19 KOs) while Silgado falls to 23-1 (18 KOs).

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NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA — Antonio Tarver has secured a TKO victory after Danny Green failed to come out of his corner for round 10. From online postings of those who watched the bout, Tarver dominated from the outset and made Green look like an amateur. In fact, the Aussie commentating team would state that Tarver was simply a “class above” Green. The only time Green would have success is when the 42 year old Tarver took a round or two off to get his second wind. Below is the end of round nine, which saw a barrage of Tarver hooks and uppercuts put Green out on his feet.

Tarver improves his record to 29-6 (20 KOs) and picks up the fringe IBO cruiserweight title. Danny Green falls to 31-4 (27 KOs) and suffers his first knockout loss.

Sadly, Roy Jones Jr. is still at it. The former Pound 4 Pound #1 will face Denis Lebedev in a cruiserweight bout this Saturday (May 21). At their last media stop, Jones came out to a new rap song (“Heart of a Champion”)  which has the below lyrics.

I’m talking smack again/I’m 42/ That’s two by four/ I’m about to smash again… Call me old/ They can talk about my brain/ But I’m a be up in this piece/ Until the last bell rang!

As with any Roy Jones fight over about the last five years, my main concern is that he doesn’t get hurt in there. At the end of the third video you can check out a cameo on the mic from former world champion Kostya Tszyu.

By 1986, the luster of Leon Spinks’ shocking upset title win over Muhammad Ali in 1978 had faded. After losing the Ali rematch and suffering KO losses to Gerri Coetzee and Larry Holmes at heavyweight, Spinks decided to try his luck at cruiserweight.

Spinks amassed a respectable 7-1 record at that weight and picked up a few marginal belts before being fed to the “Camden Buzzsaw,” Dwight Muhammad Qawi.

All of 5’5, the fearsome ex-con had served hard time for armed robbery at Rahway State Prison, and even fought a professional bout inside the penitentiary. Built like a tank and with the mentality of a Joe Frazier, Qawi had won a portion of the light-heavyweight crown before being outpointed by Michael Spinks in 1983.

Now a cruiserweight, Qawi took out brutal revenge on the lesser talented Spinks brother. Reportedly, Leon’s problems were compounded when he weakened himself by coming into the bout at 190 pounds instead of his more comfortable 195.

Early on, it was apparent that Spinks had no movement and was a sitting duck on the inside for the relentless Qawi. With a sinister smile on his face, Qawi rained down flush right hands and left hooks on Spinks, who could do little but eat all the punishment.

During the 6th round, referee Mills Lane mercifully stopped the contest and likely saved Spinks from suffering permanent damage.

Qawi would lose his WBA title in his very next bout against a young Evander Holyfield in the last classic 15 round fight. In the rematch, a now declining Qawi suffered a 4th round KO in 1987, and then lost by TKO to a comebacking George Foreman in a valiant effort. He would retire with a final record of 41-11-1, 25 KOs, and get inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.

Leon Spinks would never again challenge for a major title, and went 9-12-1 before finally retiring in 1995 with a record of 26-17-3. His son Cory Spinks would go on to win the undisputed welterweight championship and titles at junior middleweight.