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AUGUST 22, 2014 


THE BOXINGTALK SCOREBOARD: TROUT LEAVES SOME DOUBT
By Scott Shaffer

Austin Trout W10 Daniel Dawson... After back-to-back losses, former world junior middleweight champion Austin Trout badly needed a win as he dropped down to ESPN-level.  Trout got the win he needed against Daniel Dawson, but left critics an opening to question his chin. Dawson landed very few punches, but two of them, both in the third round, knocked Trout down. Dawson didn't follow up very aggressively and lost every other round. Things really got bad for Dawson in the seventh, when Trout stepped on Dawson's foot and appeared to injure his calk. With little mobility, Dawson had no chance, and got dropped by Trout in the eighth round. Dawson did his best to survive, but the fight was easy to score. All three judges scored it 97-90 for Trout.

Erick Bone W10 Mahonri Montes... Also in Temecula, California, slick boxing Ecuadorean Erick Bone overcame a bloody nose to easily outbox the stationary Mahonri Montes. Bones, who now fights out of New York and is aligned with Al Haymon, got the deserved decision by scores of 100-90 and 97-93 (twice). Bone improves to 15-1 while Montes, a Mexican who turned pro at age 16, falls to 29-4-1. source: for both results espn2 friday night fights


 
AUGUST 22, 2014 
 MAYWEATHER-MAIDANA UNDERCARD: ANGULO MOVING UP TO 160

Press Release: In a conference call to promote the September 13th pay-per-show in Las Vegas, Alfredo Angulo talked about moving up to the 160-pound division: "Well, basically I've been saying it all along I was going to stay at 154 up until my body said otherwise. It's not a struggle. I can still make 154 but not comfortably, so that's why the jump to 160. You know, I think I'm going to feel more comfortable. I'm going to be the 'Perro' that you all know."

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AUGUST 22, 2014 


DIBELLA, NEW LEGEND TO CO-PROMOTE ALANTEZ FOX

Press Release: DiBella Entertainment has signed 6'5" junior middleweight Alantez Fox to a co-promotional agreement with New Legend Boxing. Fox (12-0-1 with 4 KOs) is a tall, slick boxer who literally stands head and shoulders above most 154 pounders. He has a 79-inch reach, and comes from Forestville, MD. Fox is trained by his father, Troy Fox, out of Lloyd Irvin MMA/Boxing Gym. Fox has been inactive for the past year due to promotional issues.

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AUGUST 22, 2014 
 SOUTH PHILLY TO HOST TUESDAY NIGHT SHOW ON SEPT. 16TH

Press Release: On Tuesday, September 16th, boxing returns to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia with a pro-am show. Headlining the professional portion of the card will be super middleweight Derrick Webster battling Taneal Goyco in a six rounder. Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey has a record of 17-0 with 8 knockouts. To say Goyco (6-7-1 with 3 KOs) has been matched tough is an understatement. In his 14 pro fights, he has taken on eight fighters that were undefeated at the time.

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AUGUST 22, 2014 
 IVAN REDKACH SIGNS ON WITH ROBERT GARCIA

Press Release: Lightweight Ivan "The Terrible" Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs) has changed head trainers, adding former champion and 2011 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia to his corner. Redkach's is tentatively scheduled to fight again in October.

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AUGUST 22, 2014 


MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS CONFIRMED FOR BOX FAN EXPO

Press Release: Mayweather Promotions will be participating in the inaugural Box Fan Expo on Saturday, September 13th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the same day the company's namesake fights Marcos Maidana, also in Las Vegas.   “The Box Fan Expo is a great chance for Mayweather Promotions to connect with boxing fans and continue to establish our position as one of the top promotional sports and entertainment companies in the world,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions”.

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AUGUST 22, 2014 
 PALACIOS COMING BACK WITH SCULLY IN HIS CORNER

Press Release: Cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios is now training under John Scully. Palacios (21-2 with 13 KOs) returns to the squared circle after a two-year layoff to face James Johnson (28-43-4 with 17 KOs) in the eight-round main event on Saturday, September 20th at the Mela Room in his hometown of Orlando, FL.

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AUGUST 22, 2014 


ENSENADA TO HOST TEN-BOUT CARD NEXT WEEK

Press Release: On August 29th in Ensenada, Mexico, Mexicali's Victor Betancourt (16-0) faces local hero Sergio “Micky” Lopez (18-8) at featherweight. In the co-featuret, Ensenada´s Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (11-0), will be in against Javier “El Rebelde” Carrera (13-3) in a welterweight bout. “With two [WBF regional title] fights, ten professional fights in total and some amateur fights as well, I think we have a great show for the fans,” said promoter Gomez Cano. “I am sure we will see action across the board, and I am personally very exited about the title fights.”

 
AUGUST 21, 2014 


STREAKING JASON ESCALERA TO FACE BADOU JACK

The ShoBox line-up for Friday, August 20th is now set. The venue will be Las Vegas' Palms Resort Casino and the main event will feature J'Leon Love (18-0) vs. Rogelio Medina (32-6) in a twelve-round super middleweight bout. The chief support, also in the 168-pound division, is probabky the more interesting bout. Badou Jack (16-1-1), looking to revive his career after a first-round loss to Derek Edwards, will face the streaking, but somewhat limited Jason Escalera (15-2-1). So far this summer, Escalera has handed two boxers their first pro losses. The third fight on ShoBox will be Ronald Gavril (9-0) going eight rounds against Thomas Falowo (12-2), also in the super middleweight division. --Scott Shaffer

 
AUGUST 21, 2014 
 WBO WELCOMES JAY-Z'S ROC NATION TO THE BOXING BUSINESS

Press Release: WBO president Paco Valcarcel has expressed both surprise and please that hip hop star Jay-Z has established a boxing promotional company. Valcarcel welcomed Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, which earlier this week surprised the boxing world by winning a purse bid for the WBO middleweight title defense of  Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov. In winning the promotional rights to Quillin-Korobov, Roc Nation outbid AMerica's two most powerful promoters, Top Rank and Golden Boy.

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AUGUST 21, 2014 
 MINNESOTA BOXING UPDATE

Press Release: Friday Night's card at Grand Casino Hinckley in Minnesota is expected to be a sell-out. The night's eight-round main event will be for the vacant Minnesota junior welterweight championship as Duluth's RJ "T-Rex" Laase (12-1) takes on Rondale "Give Em Hell" Hubbert (6-0-1) from Minneapolis. Neither fighter has been down or hurt in their careers.

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AUGUST 21, 2014 


FOX SPORTS COMES TO FAIRFIELD, CALIFORNIA THIS FRIDAY

Press Release: 
The Allan Witt Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. will host the Fox Sports 1 / Fox Deportes boxing broadcast on Friday, August 22nd. The main event has 
junior featherweight Manuel "Tino" Avila putting his undefeated record on the line against Mexico's Sergio "Finito" Frias. In the chief support, it's an eight-round heavyweight showdown when unbeaten Gerald "El Gallo" Washington and Nagy Aguilera. In the eight-round televised opener, Sacramento featherweight Guy Robb squares off against unbeaten Ronell Green of Wheeling, West Virginia.


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AUGUST 20, 2014 
 WBA SANCTIONS ORTIZ-KAYODE AS AN INTERIM HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE BOUT

Press Release: Luis Ortiz and Lateef Kayode will meet on September 11th at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to battle for the vacant WBA interim heavyweight title. The contest will be shown as part of the Golden Boy Live! series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. Editor's Note: Kayode is a cruiserweight who has fought just twice at heavyweight, wins over Jonte Willis (9-7-1) and Travis Fulton (22-37-1). It is beyond comprehension how he could be approved for an interim title fight at heavyweight).

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AUGUST 20, 2014 
 NEW YORK BOXER ACCUSES NYSAC OF NEGLIGENCE IN 2012

Bryant Pappas is a 41 year-old middleweight from Yonkers, New York with a record of 14-1. His lone loss was in May 2012 to Josh Williams, who is now 9-6. Pappas suggests he was a victim of tampered gloves that were allowed by a negligent New York Athletic Commission. Here is a scathing petition of complaint that Pappas wrote to the Governor of New York on change.org:

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AUGUST 20, 2014 
 OMAR FIGUEROA POISED TO VACATE LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE

Omar Figueroa indicated he is likely to vacate his WBC lightweight title in order to move up to the 140-pound weight class. The announcement was confirmed on the WBC's website just days after Figueroa stopped Daniel Estrada to retain his title and improve his pro record to 24-0-1 with 18 KOs. The WBC reported that Figueroa can no longer make the lightweight limit of 135 pounds and looked forward to challenging world 140-pound champion Danny Garcia. Figueroa, from Texas, stepped up his competition level since April 2013 and has run off victories against Abner Cotto, Nihito Arakawa, Jerry Belmontes and Estrada.The other lightweight titleholders are Terrance Crawford (WBO), Miguel Vazquez (IBF) and the ridiculously inactive Richar Abril (WBA). --Scott Shaffer

 
AUGUST 20, 2014 
 PACQUIAO, ALGIERI HIT THE ROAD TO PROMOTE NOV. 22ND FIGHT

Press Release: Manny Pacquiao, boxing superstar and WBO welterweight champion, and his next opponent Chris Algieri, the WBO junior welterweight titleholder, will embark on a 27,273-mile media tour, beginning on Monday, August 25th at The Venetian Macao in China. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or  appearances scheduled for Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. Joining Pacquiao and Algieri on the tour will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, and promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo.  The fight itself will take place Saturday, November 22nd at The Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena.  It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.

 
AUGUST 20, 2014 


MARTINEZ VS. PEARSON COMING TO SHOBOX ON AUG. 30TH

Press Release: Star of David Promotions announced that junior middleweight Steve Martinez  (15-0 with 12 KOs) will take on Chris Pearson (11-0 with 9 KOs) on the August 30th ediiton of ShoBox. Martinez, a  24-year-old right-hander from the Bronx, New New York possesses power in both hands. "Steve Martinez is a product of the Brooklyn Brawl series and as a result of consecutive victories in February and then again in May... he's moving up the ranks," Star of David's Dmitriy Salita said. Pearson is a 23-year-old left-hander from Ohio. Salita said Martinez stayed in stellar shape after a planned July 25th bout against John Thompson was scrapped because Thompson was in a car accident. "Steve is jumping on this opportunity to prove he is the best junior middleweight prospect in boxing," the promoter said, in closing.

 
AUGUST 19, 2014 


BOXINGTALK EXCLUSIVE: LEONARD RATES MAYWEATHER AND TALKS ABOUT DURAN
by Dontae Williams



 
AUGUST 19, 2014 
 MIKE JONES COMEBACK SET FOR ATLANTIC CITY ON SATURDAY

Press Release: This Saturday night at Ballys Atlantic City, a boxing show will be headlined by the return of welterweight Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs), who will be taking on Jaime Herrera (11-2, 6 Kos)  in a ten rounder. Jones has been out of the ring for over two years after dropping an IBF title fight to Randall Bailey.  The eight-round chief support pits 22 year-old middleweight Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna (14-0, 7 KOs) stepping against battle-tested Jamaal Davis (14-11-1, 6 KOs). Davis is looking to end a three-fight losing streak. The show will be streamed live on www.gfl.tv for $14.99 beginning at 7:30 pm ET.

 
AUGUST 19, 2014 
 GINGRAS-MCCREEDY ANNOUNCED FOR RHODE ISLAND MAIN EVENT

Press Release: On Friday, Sept. 12th, 2014, two popular New England light heavyweights Rich Gingras and Joey McCreedy will face each other each in the main event at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island on a show presented by CES Boxing. Fresh off his knockout win over Jamie Velazquez in June for the then-vacant New England title, Lincoln's Gingras (14-4-1, 9 KOs) will defend the belt against McCreedy (15-7-2, 6 KOs), the pride of Lowell, Mass.. The fight is scheduled for eight rounds.

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AUGUST 19, 2014 


MINIMUMWEIGHT UPDATE: ALL HAIL FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, WBO/IBF CHAMPION

Francisco Rodriguez Jr. W12 Katsunari Takayama... A rare 105-pound unification bout took place in Mexico last weekend and the result was so exciting thatit deserves belated attention from fight fans who likely missed what turned out to be a fight-of-the-year candidate. In Monterrey, Mexico, 21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (15-2, 10 KOs) unified the WBO and IBF minimumweight championships with a unanimous-decision victory over Katsunari Takayama (27-7, 10 KOs). In the third round, a Rodriguez left uppercut sent Takayama to the mat. The Japanese champion quickly rose, and when Rodriguez slowed down to start round four, he turned the tide of the battle. Most of the middle rounds saw Takayama suffocate his young foe, drilling punches into him from many angles. In round eight, Rodriguez tried to touch gloves, but a split second after the touch, Takayama threw a right that crashed into the back of the Mexican’s ear. The tactic spurred a Rodriguez comeback, and the bout turned into a full-on war for the remaining five rounds. Rodriguez’s punchers were heavier as the action reached a crescendo in the final two rounds. The scorecards were read and Rodriguez Jr. was announced the winner by a tally of 115-112, 116-111 and an unfair 119-108. View the full fight here. Rodriguez was previously best known for a 2013 loss to undefeated Roman Gonzalez, who has held world titles at 105 and 108, giving both titles up outside the ring to move up in weight. Takayama has fought the world's best, inclsuing losses to Gonzalez and Nkoinathi Joyi. He briefly held the WBC 105-pound title in 2005 courtesy of a win over Isaac Bustos and won the IBF version in 2013 by defeating Mario Rodriguez. Hopefully, the unification of the 105-pound division can continue with Rodriguez taking on WBA counterpart Hekkie Budler of South Africa. The WBC title is held by journeyman Oswaldo Novoa of Mexico. source: wbo

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