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DECEMBER 21, 2014 


MUHAMMAD ALI HOSPITALIZED WITH PNEUMONIA

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized on Saturday for what is being called a "mild" pneumonia. Ali's visit is expected to be short, according to spokesman Bob Gunnell. In a statement, Gunnell said in part, "he was admitted earlier this morning and because the pneumonia was caught early, his prognosis is good with a short hospital stay expected."  Ali, 72,was a 1960 Olympic gold medal winner and a three-time world heavyweight champion famous for epic battles against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton and many others. He has been battling Parkinson's syndrome since his 1984 diagnosis and has made limited public appearances in recent years. Boxingtalk.com wishes the champ a speedy recovery. --Rick Evans

 
DECEMBER 21, 2014 


J ROCK KEEPS ON ROLLING

Julian Williams TKO3 Jamar Freeman... Philadelphia's Julian “J Rock” Williams (18-0-1, 11 KOs) scored three knockdowns en route to an eighth-round TKO over Jamar Freeman (13-4-2, 6 KOs) of New Haven, Conn. Williams is trained and co-managed by Boxingtalk's Stephen "Breadman" Edwards. The bout took place in Shelton Washington and Williams, a 24 year-old junior middleweight, thoroughly outboxed Freeman before turning on the power late. He scored two knockdowns in the seventh and one in the eighth. The first knockdown in the seventh came from a right hook to the chin. The punch seemed to stun Freeman, who took a delayed knee in the center of the ring. Late in the round, Williams decked Freeman with a right hook. When the eighth began, Williams cornered Freeman and landed a flurry. Freeman crumpled to the canvas and referee Robert Byrd stepped in and stopped the fight. source: showtime press release


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DECEMBER 21, 2014 
 CUELLAR STOPS TAMAYO IN FIVE

Jesus Cuellar TKO5 Ruben Tamayo... 
At the 
Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, 
Washington, Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) won his ninth in a row and retained his WBA interim featherweight belt with a fifth-round knockout over fellow southpaw Ruben “Kanelito” Tamayo (23-5-4, 17 KOs), of Mexico. 
Cuellar, 28, a body puncher from Argentina, dropped Tamayo twice in the fourth and once in the fifth. The first knockdown came from a right to the chin; the others were from body shots. After the last knockdown, referee Mark Nelson stopped the match at 1:48 of the fifth. 
source: showtime press release


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DECEMBER 21, 2014 


MORE SHOWTIME RESULTS FROM SHELTON, WASHINGTON

Garry Russell, Jr. W10 Christopher Martin... 
In the Showtime Extreme co-feature from Shelton, Washington, featherweight Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., pitched a near-shutout against Christopher Martin (28-5-3, 9 KOs) of Chula Vista, Calif., winning a lopsided ten-round decision. Official scores were 100-90 (twice) and 99-91. It was Russell's first fight since losing to two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist Vasyl Lomachenko last June 21st. 

Julius Jackson TKO9 Jonathan Nelson... Opening Showtime Extreme's four-fight telecast, unbeaten super middleweight Julius “The Chef” Jackson (19-0, 15 KOs) of the U.S. Virgin Islands, registered two knockdowns en route to a one-sided but hard-fought ninth-round TKO over Jonathan “The Sensation” Nelson (19-2, 10 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark. Jackson, a 2008 Olympian, scored knockdowns early in the first and late in the eighth. Jackson was well ahead on the scorecards when referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight 28 seconds into the eighth. 

Tony Harrison KO1 Tyrone Brunson... Detroit middleweight Tony Harrison garnered attention with a 62-second, first-round knockout over Tyrone Brunson (22-4-1, 21 KOs), of Philadelphia. Harrison finished Brunson (who began his career 21-0 with 21 KOs) with a body shot while improving to 19-0 with 16 knockouts. source for all results: showtime press release


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DECEMBER 21, 2014 
 STEVE SMOGER TALKS ABOUT HIS ELECTION OF THE HALL OF FAME

In this interview, referee Steve Smoger talks about the moment he received the news that he will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015, the progression of his career, and more. Smoger will enter the Canastota, New York institution as part of the class of 2015, whioch also includes Naseem Hamed, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mancini, Yoko Gushiken, Masao Ohba, Ken Overlin Jim Lampley, Rafael Mendoza Nigel Collins and John F.X. Condon. 


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DECEMBER 21, 2014 
 STEVENSON SCORES HIGHIGHT-REEL KO

Adonis Stevenson KO5 Dmitry Sukhotskiy ... Adonis Stevenson defended his world light heavyweight championship with a devastating fifth-round knockout of Russia's Dmitry Sukhotskiy in Quebec City, Canada. The southpaw champion was patient early, not forcing the action against a defensive Sukhotskiy.  When Sukhotskiy did decide to punch, Stevenson was extremely effective with his counter shots and floored the challenger with a straight left in the closing seconds of the second round. Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) hit his stride in the fifth, knocking down Sukhotskiy with a straight left and then flooring him for a third time seconds after Sukhotskiy beat the count.  The onslaught continued, with the Haitian-born Canadian going for the kill and attacking with a series of vicious lefts.  The final shot landed flush on the chin, knocking Sukhotskiy (22-3, 16 KOs) out. source: showtime press release



 
DECEMBER 20, 2014 
 JO JO DAN TOPS KEVIN BIZIER IN ALL-CANADIAN WAR

Jo Jo Dan W12 Kevin Bizier ... Also in Quebec City, Jo Jo Dan won a razor close split-decision over hometown favorite Kevin Bizier in a welterweight rematch of their 2013 bout. It was scored 115-112 Dan, 114-113 Bizier, 114-113 Dan. The early rounds were extremely close with back-and-forth action that could have gone either way.  Bizier had his best round in the seventh, landing 38 punches to Dan’s 12 and flooring the Romanian for the first time since 2011.  But the Quebec City native may have punched himself out, as Dan rallied and was the more active fighter from that point on.  Dan landed 113 to just 78 for Bizier from the eighth round on.  “It was a very hard fight,” Dan said.  “Kevin is a warrior.  I did my best in the ring.  I think I controlled the action and I think I won the fight.  He changed a lot from the first right.  He moved a lot, and he surprised me with that.  He caught me, but I came up and I came up stronger.  He spent all his energy to put me down.” With the win, Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) became the IBF #1 contender to champion Kell Brook at 147 pounds. “Yes, of course (I’d fight Bizier again), but first I want to fight Kell Brook,” Dan said.  “I hope we’ll make an exciting fight like this one.” Dan won their November 2013 fight also by split decision. Afterwards, Bizier (23-2, 16 KOs) was disappointed to again be on the losing end of a close split-decision. “All the close rounds went to Jo Jo,” Bizier said.  “We knew we had to win those last two rounds and I guess they gave it to him.  When I hurt Jo Jo in the seventh I hurt my right hand.  At that point, I was fighting with one hand. source: showtime press release


 
DECEMBER 20, 2014 


DIRRELL DOMINATES EDWARDS IN ELIMINATION BOUT

Andre Dirrell W12 Derek Edwards: In an IBF super middleweight eliminator (for the #2 spot),  Andre Dirrell completely outclassed Derek Edwards who fought in survival mode from the opening round. This was one of those matches where if you saw one round you saw them all. It was all Dirrell, all the time. Dirrell, who fought as a southpaw for the entire fight, controlled the center of the ring, got off first and dominated Edwards in each and every round. Edwards often tied up Dirrell whenever the taller Dirrell got close. Edwards had some success in the twelfth round, when he seemingly rocked Dirrell. It should be noted that heavyweight champion Chris Byrd did a fantastic job working Dirrell's corner. Official scores were 120-108, 119-107, 119-109. Boxingtalk scored it 119-109. Source: Showtime

 
DECEMBER 20, 2014 


BETERBIEV STOPS PAGE IN BATTLE OF UNBEATENS

Artur Beterbiev TKO2 Jeff Page: Rapidly rising light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev needed only two rounds to hand previously unbetean Jeff Page the first loss of Page's career. Beterbiev lost the opening frame and was dropped by a counter right hand in the closing seconds of the first round. However, Beterbiev came out like a man possesed in round two, dropping Page three times before the referee appropriately waved it off at 2:21. With the win Beterbiev improves to 7-0, all wins coming by knockout. Page is now 15-1. Source: Showtime

 
DECEMBER 19, 2014 
 WILL HAYE TAKE TARVER'S BAIT?

Tarver: "I'm a star and I want to get paid"

Press Release: For Christmas, Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) wants a shot at former two-division champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), ideally, during the first-quarter of 2015. Tarver had been sending direct tweets for the past six months to Haye without receiving a response. The problem is, Haye hasn't fought in more than two years. Coming off last week's seventh-round knockout of Johnathan Banks (29-3-1, 19 KOs), Tarver has taken off the proverbial gloves and he is now calling out Haye, who insists, once again, that he is coming out of retirement.

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DECEMBER 19, 2014 
 BUDAPEST TO HOST YEAR-END TRIPLE-HEADER

Profibox-Promotion will end the year with a boxing show at the Aquincum Hotel in beautiful Budapest, Hungary on December 29th. The 23-year-old flyweight Robert Kanalas (5-0) will face his younger but more-experienced countryman Gabor Molnar (15-6). Monar is just 21 years of age. Kanalas only turned pro this past August. On October 31st, he stopped another unbeaten Hungarian, Benjamin Major, in two rounds. Also on the show, Lajos Mark Nagy (18-0), takes on Sandor Micsko (24-7-2) at middleweight. Finally, veteran campaigner Zoltan Petranyi (51-20) wil be considered the favorite when he squares off with undefeated but untested Zoltan Csala (5-0). Petranyi is riding a fifteen-fight winning streak that has lasted more than seven years, and he is the reigning Hungarian champion.  The show will be televised live in Hungary by FIX TV. source: wbf press release

 
DECEMBER 19, 2014 
 JO JO DAN MUST GO THROUGH KEVIN BIZIER (AGAIN) TO GET TITLE SHOT

Press Release: DiBella Entertainment's welterweight Ionut "Jo Jo" Dan Ion (33-2 with 18 KOs) faces off against Canadian rival Kevin Bizier (23-1 with 16 KOs) in a rematch tonight at the Colisee de Quebec, in Quebec City, Canada. The twelve-round bout will be televised in the United States on Showtime and will determine the mandatory challenger for the IBF title currently held by England's Kell Brook.

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DECEMBER 19, 2014 
 STIVERNE-WILDER HYPE GEARING UP

Don King: "Its a fight for peace!"

Press Release: A very significant all North American heavyweight match-up is now less than a month away as hard-hitting Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne prepares to defend his WBC belt against undefeated  Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder. The two big men participated in a media teleconference call Thursday to discuss their Jan. 17 th fight, which will be shown live on Showtime from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The two heavyweights were joined by Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King, President of Don King Productions and Eric Gomez, Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions. Here is what they had to say:

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DECEMBER 18, 2014 


BUNDRAGE LOOKING TO GET AN OPTIONAL DEFENSE IN BEFORE HIS MANDATORY
By Doveed Linder

In this interview, two-time IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) discusses his plans for the future, his new mandatory challenger Jermell Charlo, his promotional company, K9 Boxing Global Promotions, and more. The always entertaining Bundrage had this to say about the undefeated Charlo borthers: "I’ll beat one of them on Saturday and get the other on Sunday and then go to church!" Click below for the full interview

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DECEMBER 18, 2014 
 WEIGHTS FROM QUEBEC CITY FOR SHOWTIME BOXING

WORLD LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP – 12 Rounds
Adonis Stevenson – 174 ½ Pounds
Dmitry Sukhotskiy – 173 ½ Pounds

IBF WELTERWEIGHT ELIMINATOR – 12 Rounds
Jo Jo Dan – 146 ¾ Pounds
Kevin Bizier – 146 ¾ Pounds

IBF SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT ELIMINATOR (for #2 ranking) – 12 Rounds
Andre Dirrell – 167 ¾ Pounds
Derek Edwards – 167 Pounds

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT – 10 Rounds
Artur Beterbiev – 174 ½ Pounds
Jeff Page Jr. – 174 ¼ Pounds

 
DECEMBER 18, 2014 


SELDIN-JARGALL II JUST DAYS AWAY

Press Release: Star Boxing will return to The Paramount in Huntington, New York this Saturday, December 20th.  Headlining will be a rematch between junior welterweights Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin (14-0 11 KOs) of New York and Bayan "The Mongolian Mongoose" Jargal (17-5-3 11 KOs) of Virginia. These two warriors first met on July 18th at The Paramount, and after a Jargal eye injury in the third round, the bout was ruled a no contest.  The co-feature will match local light heavyweight Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (16-1 13 KOs) against Maxell Taylor (18-9-1 8 KOs) from

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DECEMBER 18, 2014 
 ROC NATION ANNOUNCES FULL JAN. 9TH LINE-UP

Press Release: Having already announced its first main event, Dusty “The Beltway Boricua” Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KO’s) vs. Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KO’s) for January 9, 2015 at Madison Square Garden, RocNation Sports has filled out the rest of the bill for its inaugural boxing event. FOx Sports 1 will televise.

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DECEMBER 18, 2014 
 WBC PAVES WAY FOR KOVALEV-PASCAL WINNER TO FACE STEVENSON

Even the WBC might be getting frustrated with Adonis Stevenson. The Canadian is the world light heavyweight champion thanks to a banner 2013 campaign. He also holds the WBC championship. However, Stevenson's fan-frustrating 2014 saw him avoid Bernard Hopkins, Sergei Kovalev and Jean Pascal, and as a result, Kovalev was able to collect the WBA, WBO and IBF versions of the 175-pound championship. Having beaten Hopkins, Kovalev is set to fight Pascal early next year while Stevenson is making a much safer voluntary title defense on December 19th vs. Dmitry Sukhotskiy of Russia. The WBC said the Stevenson-Sukhotskiy winner will have time for one more voluntary defense, but then will be required by the WBC to make a mandatory title defense. Kovalev's promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events made an unusual proposal that the WBC approved: the winner of the March 2015 bout between Kovalev and Pascal will become the WBC mandatory challenger. If there is no agreement in the free negotiations period for the mandatory fight, the purse offer split will be 50/50. We'll see how this plays out, of course, but 2015 could see a unification of all four major titles, which is encouraging to boxing fans. [Pascal is represented by Boxingtalk publisher G. Leon]. source: wbc press release

 
DECEMBER 18, 2014 
 NEW JERSEY'S IAN GREEN ADDED TO WEST VIRGINIA SHOW

Press Release: According to Kran Sports Management, Ian Green of Patterson NJ  (1-0) will look for the second victory of the first month of his pro career. Green will be fighting Nathan Petty (1-12) of Louisville, Kentucky this Saturday, December 20th at Wheeling Island Casino Racetrack, Wheeling, West Virginia. Green will be looking to build on the momentum of his first win, which came against Rick Morias on November 22nd.  “I’ve been training hard and I’m eager to get back in the ring for my next fight,” said Green. The main event in West Virginia will feature local heavyweight Jason Bergman (23-11-2) vs. Robert Haskins (23-22) in a six-round bout.

 
DECEMBER 18, 2014 
 JULIAN WILLIAMS, GARY RUSSELL FEATURE ON FRIDAY'S SHOWTIME EXTREME SHOW

Press Release: A ten-round featherweight fight between 2008 U.S. Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (24-1, 14 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Md., and former California state champion Christopher Martin (28-4-3, 9 KOs) of Chula Vista, Calif., has been elevated to the co-feature of this Saturday’s Showtime Extreme broadcast, to take place at Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Wash.  The Russell vs. Martin rpelaces a bout between Anthony Peterson and Yakabu Amido. Peterson will now box off-TV against Mexico's Héctor Velázquez (56-24-3, 38 KOs). In another change to the televised lineup, Philadelphia's Julian “J Rock” Williams (17-0-1, 10 KOs) will now be opposed by  Jamar Freeman of Wilson, N.C. in a ten-round junior middleweight clash. Freeman (13-3-2, 7 KOs) is a late substitute for Mexico’s Edgar “Nene” Ortega, who withdrew due to an injury suffered in training.

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DECEMBER 18, 2014 
 CANADIAN UPDATE: UNDERCARD PRESS CONFERENCE FOR FRIDAY'S QUEBEC SHOW

Press Release: Jo Jo Dan, Kevin Bizier, Artur Beterbiev and Jeff Page Jr. held a press conference at Houston's Bar & Grill in Quebec City on Wednesday just two days before their bouts on the undercard of this Friday's Showtime Boxing from Pepsi Coliseum. Bizier (23-1, 16 KOs), of Quebec, will face the only man to defeat him, Canadian-based Romanian Dan (33-2, 18 KOs) in an IBF welterweight eliminator, with the winner getting in line to face Kell Brook - in the co-feature of a four-fight telecast. In the opening bout of the telecast, two-time Russian Olympian Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs), who twice beat WBO/WBA/IBF Champion Sergey Kovalev in the amateurs, will square off with fellow unbeaten Page (15-0, 10 KOs), of Andover, Kansas, in a ten-round light heavyweight scrap. Here's what the boxers had to say on Wednesday:


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DECEMBER 17, 2014 
 DONE DEAL: KOVALEV-PASCAL, MARCH 14TH ON HBO

IBF grants exception with consent of Mohammedi

Press Release: Main Events and InterBox announced today that on March 14, 2015, the Montréal Bell Centre will host WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev's title defense against former world champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs).  Tickets to this megafight, which will also be broadcast on HBO World Championship Boxing throughout the United States, go on sale Saturday, December 20th 2014 at 10 AM. A press conference is scheduled to take place early next week. Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) is coming off a victory over Bernard Hopkins that added the WBA and IBF titles to the WBO belt he previously held.

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DECEMBER 17, 2014 
 GH3 SIGNS 122-POUNDER ADAM LOPEZ

Press Release: GH3 Promotions has announced the signing of super bantamweight Adam Lopez to an exclusive promotional contract. Lopez of San Antonio, Texas has a record of 9-0 with four knockouts was a 6-time national amateur champion who traveled and fought for Team USA. Lopez turned pro on February 4, 2012 with a first-round stoppage over Richard Hernandez. He is trained by former champion Carlos "Famoso" Hernandez and trains out of the Castillo Boxing Club in San Antonio. Lopez was introduced to GH3 Promotions CEO Vito Mielnicki by Ron Sims. Lopez describes himself as an aggressive counter puncher. His next bout is being planned for February.

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