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MAY 27, 2015 
 AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT HOW CHAGAEV-OQUENDO WAS PUT TOGETHER
By Scott Shaffer

Part Two of a Series

Yesterday, Boxingtalk examined the verdict in the lawsuit filed by Fres Oquendo against CCC Terek, who promoted Oquendo's narrow loss to Ruslan Chagaev in Chechnya last year. Today, Boxingtalk takes a look at the convoluted negotiations that led to the July 2014 bout for the WBA regular heavyweight title. For this with an interest in what it takes to put together an international championship bout, this story is a must-read.

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MAY 27, 2015 
 BOXCINO FINALS RECAP

Press Release: Memorial Day weekend started out with a bang as Andrey Fedosov and John Thompson were crowned Boxcino 2015 champions in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions resptively. Fedosov stopped Donovan Dennis and while Thompson stopped Brandon Adams this past Friday in  Corona, California. Fedosov scored an eighth-round stoppage, while Thompson got off the canvas in round one to score a second-round stoppage. The event also served as the series finale of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.

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MAY 27, 2015 


KOVALEV-MOHAMMEDI TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

Press Release: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) the WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion will take on IBF mandatory contender Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, July 25th at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 27th at 10 AM PT and will be available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations and by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at mandalaybay.com. Undercard information will be announced shortly.

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MAY 27, 2015 
 TOP RANK INKS GUY ROBB

Press Release:
 Guy Robb, a featherweight from Sacramento, Claifornia has signed with Top Rank. The 26-year old Robb has a record of 15-1 and has won eight fights in a row, four by knockout. He is trained by Ray Woods, stepfather and the original trainer of the late champion Diego Corrales. 
"Guy has an aggressive, entertaining style of boxing and is always in exciting fights," said Hall of Fame matchmaker Bruce Trampler of Top Rank. 
Manager Herb Stone said  "Guy has wins over undefeated fighters. He competes at a high level. Fight fans are really going to like his in-ring intensity and will to win." 
Robb was a 2008 Ringside National Amateur champion and in the same year was a bronze medalist at the U.S. National Championships at 125 pounds. 
Top Rank will soon announce Robb's debut with the company, Trampler said.


 
MAY 27, 2015 
 KAYODE-KISNER BROADCAST LINE-UP FINALIZED

Lightweight Tony Luis to be part of broadcast team

Press Release: This Friday, May 29th in Memphis, Tennesse,  CBS Sports Network will air a boxing show  headlined by a ten-round cruiserweight battle between Lateef "Power" Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) and "Slick" Nick Kisner (14-1-1, 5 KOs). Also on the show, lightweight Josh King of Australia will make his US television debut against Arkansas' Rogelio Casarez (9-3, 4 KOs). Also featured in televised action  will be Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) in a six-round super featherweight showcase against Kenya's Fatuma Zarika (24-10-2, 14 KOs), as well as super middleweight Derrick "Take It to The Bank" Webster (18-0, 9 KOs) in a six-rounder against Mississippi's [designated loser] William Johnson (28-45-4).

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MAY 26, 2015 
 SMS PROMOTIONS NOT WORTH 50 CENTS

SMS Promotions, LLC, the boxing promotional company owned by hip hop star Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today in Connecticut.  50 Cent signed the bankruptcy papers, which so far give little indication of SMS' debts, except that they total less than $500,000.  The company is expected to remain in operation for the time being while it offers a plan to satisfy its creditors. SMS promotes James Kirkland and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Although Gamboa won some world titles a few years ago, neither h nor Kirkland have been able to break through to the hghest level of success in the sport. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 26, 2015 


OQUENDO WINS LAWSUIT VS. CHAGAEV'S PROMOTER... BUT WILL CCC TEREK LISTEN?
By Scott Shaffer

Part One of a Series

After narrowly losing to Ruslan Chagaev in a bout for the WBA regular heavyweight title, Fres Oquendo sued CCC Terek, the German company that promotes Chagaev, in Unted States federal court.  Interestingly, Chagaev himself was not made a party to the suit. The bout was held in Grozny, Chechnya on July 6, 2014. Although Chagaev is from Uzbekistan, a separate country from Chechniya, it is safe to say he was the local favorite over Oquendo, as the president of Chechniya took a personal interest in the fight. The result was a disputed and narrow split decision for Chagaev in a fight promoted by Terek. Oquendo's lawsuit claimed that Terek did not pay him the full amount of the contracted $1 million purse and also that Terek failed to deliver a rematch against Chagaev that Terek promised in the event Oquendo lost. Terek claimed Oquendo was guilty of economic blackmail, because Oquendo coerced the million dollar purse and rematch clause by threatening to pull out of the fight after millions were spent to promote the bout and it was too late to get a replacement opponent.  The court ruled in Oquendo's favor last week.  Oquendo was represented by attorney Judd Burstein. Here is a small part of the Court's very interesting ruling and description of the dispute, which Boxingtalk will be covering extensively in the coming days:


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MAY 26, 2015 


DANIEL GEALE SPARING WITH TUREANO JOHNSON

Press Release: Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs), is now the chief sparring partner for Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) as Geale prepares for his upcoming world middleweight championship  challenge against Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs).  Johnson had this to say about sparring with Geale: "Daniel Geale is a special fighter who possesses a lot of boxing skill. He's looking real sharp in the gym and his power is there.  I can feel the snap on his punches and I think Miguel Cotto is in for a big surprise.  Everyone is counting Geale out but not me. [Our promoter] Gary Shaw brought me in to test Geale's skills and after a few days of sparring, I believe Daniel will be crowned champion."  Johnson is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, three of which came by stoppage.

 
MAY 26, 2015 
 MARCUS OLIVEIRA LEAVES DON KING TO SIGN WITH SECONDS OUT

Press Release:  Tony Grygelko of Minneapolis-based Seconds Out Promotions has announced the signing of hard-punching light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira to a promotional contract.  From Menominee, Wisconsin, and of Menominee Nation (Native American heritage), the 36-year-old Oliveira has a pro record of 25-1-1 with 20 KOs. The promotional agreement is a reunion of sorts, as Grygelko was Oliveira's promoter for much of his early professional career.

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MAY 26, 2015 
 PATRICK NIELSEN, DENNIS CEYLAN TOP JUNE 20TH DANISH BILL

Press Release: Denmark’s fighting Nielsen brothers wil share a bill on June 20th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. Patrick Nielsen (25-1, 12 KOs) returns following a points victory over Ruben Eduardo Acosta. In his third super middleweight contest, the 24 year-old Nielsen will face Charles Adamu (23-6, 17 KOs). The Nielsens will be joined on the show by featherweight Dennis Ceylan (14-0-1, 7 KOs), who promoter Sauerland Event feels is on the cusp of his first title challenge. Before the Aarhus boxer can vie for a title, he must overcome former European king Sergio Prado (10-4-1, 4 KOs).

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MAY 25, 2015 


BEN DEAN'S POUND-FOR-POUND LIST
By Ben Dean

1.  Floyd Mayweather Jr:  Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. remains in the top spot after his unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd.  In defeating Pacman, Mayweather extended his unbeaten record to 48-0, 26 KOs.  He is the world welterweight champion and had the world junior middleweight championship when he defeated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. It's hard to supplant him as the top spot when he has yet to taste defeat. 

2.  Guillermo Rigondeaux:  World super bantamweight champion Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux was last seen in the ring on December 31st in a thrilling and exciting bout with Hisashi Amagasa.  Rigondeaux rose from the deck twice to stop Amagasa via eleventh-round stoppage.  Rigondeaux was formerly the #3 boxer in the world, but ascended to the #2 spot due to Andre Ward's extended inactivity.  Rigondeaux now stands at 15-0, 10 KOs.   


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MAY 25, 2015 


LATE RESULTS: O'CONNOR NOTCHES HOMETOWN STOPPAGE

Danny O'Connor TKO5 Chris Gilbert... On Saturday's show in Boston, Danny O'Connor from nearby Framingham, Massachusetts, wanted to put on a show close to home and he delivered, stopping Chris Gilbert (13-2, 10 KOs) in the fifth round. O'Connor (26-2, 10 KOs) knocked Gilbert down in rounds two and three before getting the stoppage in round five. "The game plan was to be intelligent and use my skills. We didn't think he was as skillful and I didn't want to fight down to him. Luckily the body shots really affected him. As soon as Paulie Malignaggi got injured I turned my focus towards this fight. That's all I thought about. I still want to fight Paulie." source: premiere boxing champions

Ibeth Zamora TKO6 Jolene Blackshear... Ibeth “Roca“ Zamora defended her WBC women's light flyweight crown, in Metepec, Mexico, after the middle-aged American Jolene Blackshear failed to come out for the seventh round. 
Blackshear pounded to the body, and was especially vulnerable to left hooks to the head. At 45 years old, 
Blackshear
 is 
 
Zamora
's senior by nineteen years, and it showed as the fight wore on.  
Zamora rocked 
Blackshear
 with multiple combinations coming close to stopping her in a totally one sided one way traffic sixth. And after that, 
Blackshear
's corner wisely decided that it was more than enough. source: wbc
 
Yazmín Rivas TKO6 Simone Da Silva...
Yazmín “Rusita” Rivas convincingly defended the WBC bantamweight championship overwhelming Brazil's Simone Da Silva, with a sixth-round technical knockout in Sinaloa, Mexico.
Yazmin applied unremitting pressure from the very beginning, with a tremendous volume of heavy punches to the body, which visibly sapped and then wilted her opponent.
Rivas was powerful, sharp and accurate in her attack. 
Trapping the Brazilian in a neutral corner, Yazmin attacked to body and head, with a torrent of punches until the referee stepped in to save Simone. source: wbc


 
MAY 24, 2015 


MATCHROOM GETS HUGE CONTRACT EXTENSION FROM SKY SPORTS

Press Release: 
Sky Sports and Matchroom Sport have extended their exclusive UK and Ireland broadcast partnership until 2021, which calls for Matchroom to deliver up to 120 nights of live boxing over the next six years. 
Sky Sports viewers can look forward to watching 20 shows each year and follow all the build-up across its channels and digital outlets. 



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MAY 24, 2015 


PEDRO GUEVARA BOOKS NEXT TITLE DEFENSE

Pedro Guevara has reached an agreement to defend his WBC 108-pound title against Ganigan Lopez. The fight will take place in Sinaloa, Mexico on July 4th according to Guevara's promoter, Promociones del Pueblo. Lopez has a record of 25-5 and  possesses good punching power. Guevara (25-1-1) conquered the vacant WBC light flyweight belt defeating Japenese, Akira Yegashi by TKO with a terrific body shot. Guevara's lone loss is to John Riel Casimiero, an IBF 108-pound titlist who lost the title on the scales last year. source: wbc


 
MAY 24, 2015 
 ERIC HUNTER CONTINUES HIS FEATHERWEIGHT RISE

Eric Hunter TKO1 Antonio Escalante... In Indio, California, Eric Hunter destroyed an overmatched Antonio Ecalante with thee knockdowns in the first round of a featherweight bout. Hunter, 21-3, is on a big roll over the past 15 months and is deserving of a big fight or at least a title eliminator. Escalante did not look to be in great shape for this fight and his record falls to 29-8. He had a nice run in this weight class in 2009, but his best fights are well behind him now. source: fox sports 1

 
MAY 24, 2015 


DEGALE SURVIVES DIRRELL RALLY TO CLAIM VICTORY
By Scott Shaffer

James DeGale W12 Andre Dirrell... In Boston, James DeGale made British boxing history when he became the first man from his country to win both Olympic gold and a world title.  DeGale, a 2008 gold medal winner, defeated Andre Dirrell via unanimous decision for the vacant IBF super middleweight title. In a wild second round, DeGale was cut over his right eye by Dirrell's strong and effective jab. Seconds later, DeGale landed a huge overhand left that put Dirrell down hard. Dirrell was fortunate the knockdown occurred towards the end of the round, as he was knocked down a second time in the final seconds and barely made it out of the round.  However, Dirrell revived himself between rounds, and gradually began to work his way back into the fight, using his superior hand speed and movement to win most of the middle rounds and even late rounds. DeGale fared better in the eleventh and twelfth rounds, and that likely pulled him through on the official scorecards, which read 114-112 (twice) and a ridiculous 117-109 all for Degale. For the record, it was Alan Davis of Canada who turned in the offending scorecard.  Boxingtalk scored it a 113-113 draw and Compubox showed DeGale just barely outlanding Dirrell, 115 punches to 111. It was a good fight, and should set up some big fights in England for DeGale.  Despite the IBF title, DeGale is arguably the country's third best super middleweight behind Carl Froch and George Groves.  DeGale is now 21-1, with the lone loss coming against Groves. Dirrell is now 24-2, with DeGale joining Froch on the short list of Dirrell's conquerors.  source: nbc

 
MAY 24, 2015 
 RODRIGUEZ GAINS QUICK TKO

Edwin Rodriguez TKO3 Craig Baker... Fighting before a partisan Boston crowd just a short distance from his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts, Edwin Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) landed a succession of unanswered blows on Craig Baker (16-1, 12 KOs) that caused referee Bob Benoit to stop the fight [prematurely] in the third round of a light heavyweight bout. "I knew that eventually he was going to go down, and that’s what I wanted," Rodriguez said. "I wanted to be able to drop him and make it convincing, but there’s no doubt that he was hurt." source: premier boxing champion



 
MAY 24, 2015 
 DONAIRE-RUIZ WBC PURSE BID RESULTS

The purse bid for the WBC 122-pound elimination bout between Hugo Ruiz and Nonito Donaire, was won by Mexican promoter Promociones del Pueblo with an offer of $537,000 dollars. The winner of this match will become the mandatory challenger for the WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. It remains to be seen if Donaire will actually accept this bout. --Scott Shaffer


 
MAY 24, 2015 
 RAMIREZ VS. EDWARDS SET FOR TRU TV

Press Release: 
On Friday, June 26th at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, 
Mexican 
super middleweight Gilberto Ramirez
 will headline against Derek Edwards in a ten rounder to be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. 
Tickets can be purchased at the State Farm Arena box office, online at Ticketmaster or by phone at (956) 843-6688.


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MAY 24, 2015 
 ZAMBIAN MAIN EVENT ENDS IN TECHNICAL DRAW

Esther Phiri TD3 Sandra Almeida… In Lusaka, Zambia a fight between local favorite Esther Phiri (14-1-3) and Sandra Almeida (6-4-2) from South Africa ended in an unsatisfactory technical draw on Friday. Almeida started strongly in the first round and Phiri coming back well to take the second, but an accidental clash of heads in round three left Almeida with a large gash above the left eye, making it impossible for her to continue with bone being visible and blood poring from the wound. A rematch is already in early negotiations, and both women seem eager to do it. source: wbf

 
MAY 23, 2015 
 OUT WITH THE OLD: ESPN2 BRINGS DOWN THE CURTAIN ON FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS

Andrey Fedosov beat Donovan Dennis by eighth-round TKO and John Thompson IV stopped Brandon Adams in round two on Friday on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights series finale. The bouts were the finals of Banner Promotions' Boxcino series, but more importantly, the show in Corona, California marked the end of the seventeen-year run for Friday Night Fights.  The series was useful and often entertaining, but it was also frustrating for boxing fans because the matches were more often showcases rather than competitive. ESPN stubbornly refused to pay promoters a fair price to produce a competitive show, so as the show ran through the years, many, the amount of mismatches grew because promoters and boxers were unwilling to take risks for ESPN's pittance licensing fees. Still, the show was a regular gathering place for boxing fans over the years, and whether you agreed with him or not, commentator Teddy Atlas always had something interesting to say. There were some great fights on ESPN2 over the years and the good news is that network is not abandoning boxing. Al Haymon's Premiere Boxing Champions (PBC) reached a deal with ESPN to present monthly shows that will be more competitive than what generally appeared on Friday Night Fights.  Goodbye Friday Night Fights. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 23, 2015 


IN WITH THE NEW: THURMAN-COLLAZO IN JULY WILL BE A BIG STEP UP FOR ESPN BOXING

Press Release: Keith Thurman's headlining win over Robert Guerrero was the blood-and-thunder debut main event for Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. On July 11th in Tampa, Florida, Thurman (pictured) will get back in the ring and kick off PBC's new exclusive deal as the supplier of boxing to ESPN. Thurman, the WBA regular welterweight champion, will square up with Luis Collazo, who held the same title a few years ago, on ESPN (not ESPN2 where the outgoing Friday Night Fights was presented). The co-feature feature pits rising Detroit star Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) against Willie Nelson (23-2, 13 KOs) in a ten-round fight. The PBC on ESPN debut replaces the long-running Friday Night Fights, which ended its 17-year tenure on Friday. [The quality of the PBC card represents a significant step up in terms of the quality of boxingbeing presented on ESPN.]


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MAY 23, 2015 
 GOLDEN BOY LIVE COMING TO SALINAS, CA

Press Release: Golden Boy Live! will come to Salinas, California's Storm House on June 26th when local product Alan Sanchez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) will battle Canadian welterweight titlist Steve Claggett (21-3-1, 14 KOs) in a ten-round bout. Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes will broadcast. Also on the show, Salinas native Paul "El Gallo Negro" Mendez (18-2, 9 KOs) will take on David "The Destroyer" Lopez (41-15-1, 25 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico in a ten-round super middleweight bout. In a televised six-round lightweight bout, Andy "The Shark" Vences (11-0, 7 KOs) of San Jose, Calif. will face Santiago "El Lobito" Guevara (8-1, 3 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif.

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