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OCTOBER 02, 2014 


HASSAN IS TOO N'DAM GOOD FOR CURTIS STEVENS

Hassan N'Dam W12 Curtis Stevens... In a significant middleweight match-up in Santa Monica, California, 2004 Olympian Hassan N'Dam defeated Curtis Stevens of Brooklyn, New York. N'Dam, originally from Cameroon but now based in France, won the bout by unanimous decision over twelve rounds. He knocked down Stevens in the eighth and outboxed him over most of the other rounds en route to a 116-111 (twice) and 118-109 win on the scorecards. Stevens did well in the first and last rounds, landing some good punches but not enough combinations. Because the fight was an IBF eliminator, N'Dam will become the mandatory challenger to either Sam Soliman or Jermain Taylor, depending on who wins their IBF title fight next week. N'Dam is now 31-1, with the only loss coming in a failed WBO title bid against Peter Quillin. Stevens drops to 27-5 and will need a quality win to get back to the world level. source: espn

Frederick Lawson W10 Ray Narh ... On the same show, welterweight Frederick Lawson defeated Ray Narh by unanimous decision over ten rounds. Making just his second appearance outside of Ghana, Lawson used two knockdowns of Narh to improve to 23-0. Narh, also from Ghana, falls to 26-6 with his fourth straight loss.  source: espn


 
OCTOBER 02, 2014 


CHAVEZ JR. ANSWERS TOP RANK'S LAWSUIT
By Scott Shaffer

Earlier this year, Top Rank filed a lawsuit in Nevada claiming that Julio Cesar Chavez is still under an exclusive promotional contract.  Today, Chavez answered the lawsuit and took the position that his promotional contract expired on September 28th, and "therefore, neither party has any obligation to each other after September 28, 2014." The answer also claimed that CHavez "is now free to test the market to find a promoter willing to offer him the best possible terms for his next fight. Top Rank should not be allowed to harm Chavez by preventing him from moving forward with his boxing career."  Among the defenses listed in the answer, Chavez's attorneys claimed the Mexican Chavez "lacked the capacity to understand the terms of the [contract] extension,"  that the contract extension was induced by Top Rank's fraud and that it is void under United States law (the Muhammad Ali Act). No further details were provided about these defenses.  Chavez also filed a counterclaim, asking the court to formally declare the Top Rank contract has expired.  No claim for monetary damages was made by Chavez, only for attorney's fees. Chavez has not fought since defeating Brian Vera on March 1st.

 
OCTOBER 01, 2014 
 DEREVYANCHENKO STEPS UP TONIGHT

Sergey Derevyanchenko, (24-1, including 23-1 in the World Series of Boxing) last fought over the summer and and destroyed Cromwell Gordon, making Gordon quit after the second round. A former 2008 Olympian for his The Ukraine, Derevyanchenko compiled a 390-20 record as an amateur, winning a number of national titles as well as the 2007 bronze medal at the World Championships. Derevyanchenko's next bout takes place tonight in California. Derevyanchenko is set to take on battle-tested Laatekwei Hammond (21-7) in a six-round middleweight bout at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Headlining the card is the IBF middleweight title elimination bout between Curtis Stevens and former world champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam, to be televised by ESPN. source: dibella entertainment

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OCTOBER 01, 2014 


HEATHER HARDY MOVING UP TO TEN ROUNDERS

On Wednesday, October 15th, the Broadway Boxing series returns to New York City's B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, hosting a special event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in which Everlast will be donating pink and black boxing gloves to show their support. Heather "The Heat" Hardy (10-0) will headline a seven-bout card, facing off against Crystal Hoy (5-6-4) of Las Vegas, in a ten-round junior featherweight contest. It will be Hardy's first scheduled ten rounder. source: dibella entertainment

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 
 FORMER KO ARTIST TYRONE BRUNSON GETS NBC SPORTS SLOT

An interesting eight-round middleweight match has been added to the NBC Sports Network telecast on Saturday, October 18th in Philadelphia. It features former knockout artist Tyrone Brunson of Philadelphia against rising DeCarlo Perez, of Atlantic City, NJ,. The show will be hled in Brunsin;s hometown at the 2300 Arena on South Swanson Street.  Brunson, 29, set a record when he turned pro in 2005 and knocked out all of his first 19 opponents in one round. That streak ended in 2008 when Brunson was held to a six-round draw by Mexican Antonio Soriano in Canada. Since 2009, Brunson has been badly inactive, fighting just twice in the past five years. source: main events press release

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 
 EMMANUEL ROBLES GETS HOMETOWN MAIN EVENT IN SAN DIEGO

San Diego junior welterweight Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles (11-0-1, 3 KOs) will be looking to remain undefeated against Carlos "El Guerrero" Valenzuela (6-1, 3 KOs) in the eight-round main event on Friday, October 24th at the Crowne Plaza Hanalei Hotel, in Mission Valley, California (San Diego area). Already in 2014, Robles had a come-from-behind win over ex-Olympian Yordenis Ugas and then continuing with a split-decision win over Jonathan Chicas (13-2). source: bobby d. presents press release

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 
 BRAEKHUS WILLING TO COME TO LAS VEGAS TO BOX ROUSEY

World female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus has responded to claims from Ronda Rousey’s coach that the UFC champion could win a world title in her first boxing match. In an exclusive interview with mixedmartialarts.com, Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan claimed, "there is no question that Ronda could win a world title in her first boxing match. I’ve seen her in the gym getting the better of world champions in sparring. Even in 14-ounce gloves she puts a lot of people on the floor." These bold statements have led to a response from Braekhus, who describes his comments as disrespectful. Braekhus issued a challenge to the American mixed martial artist. source: sauerland event

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 


STEVENS: "ONCE N'DAM SEES MY SPEED, IT WILL BE MAN DOWN!"

Tomorrow (Oct. 1st), Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) will face Hassan N'Dam (30-1, 18 KOs) of France in an IBF eliminator in the middleweight division. The winner becomes the mandatory contender for the title currently held by Australia's Sam Soliman. Over the last several weeks and months, Stevens has stepped up his training camp routine to put himself in the best possible position to win. source: Main Events press release

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 
 NJ CLUB SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR OCT. 24TH

On Friday October 24th, undefeated middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas will take on Jose Medina (18-15-1) in an eight rounder at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. In the eight round co-feature, featherweight Jorge Diaz (18-3) will see action against Jose Haro (8-1). source: GH3 Promotions

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 


AMIR MANSOUR TO FACE FRED KASSI NEXT

Heavyweight Amir "Hardcore" Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) headlines the final Fight Night edition of 2014 with a ten-round heavyweight battle against Frederic "Big Fred" Kassi (18-2, 10 KOs) on Nov. 8 from Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA. The Mansour-Kassi match-up will serve as the main event on a triple header edition of NBC Sports' Fight Night. This will be the third Fight Night appearance for Mansour, the southpaw from Philadelphia, PA who in his last fight lost a narrow decision to Steve "USS" Cunningham. Also on the telecast will be a ten-round showdown between light heavyweights Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin (16-0, 9 KOs) of Russia and Brazil's Jackson Junior (15-0, 13 KOs). source: Main Events

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 
 DE ALBA TO FACE CARRIDINE ON SATURDAY

This Saturday at Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Casino Resort, junior lightweight Frank De Alba will look to win his twelfth straight in an eight rounder against Jesse Carridine (8-3-2, 4 KO's) of Las Vegas. De Alba of Reading, PA has a record of 13-1-2 and is coming off a win over Pablo Batres. source: King's Promotions and Peltz Boxing

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 
 LOOK FOR ISMAEL BARROSO TO SUDDENLY APPEAR IN THE WBA RANKINGS

Greg Cohen Promotions has signed lightweight southpaw Ismael Barroso to a promotional agreement. From El Tigre, Venezuela, Barroso (15-0-2, 14 KOs) has resolved the visa issues that previously stalled his career. Barosso had a strong 2012 highlighted by a first-round knockout of Oscar Arenas (then 22-3) in October and followed that with a stoppage of Winston Campos (then 17-2-4) a year later. The only blemishes on his record are a pair of draws in the first six fights of his career, but he has not yet fought in 2014. "Barroso's manager, Osmiri Fernandez, and Ricardo Rizzo helped put this deal together and we're eager to get to work on finding him the opportunities that will bring him to the top of the division," said promoter Greg Cohen. source: Greg Cohen Promotions

 
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 


DAN GOOSSEN, 1950-2014

The Goossen Family, through a spokesman, has announced the death of Dan Goossen, one of the sport's most prominent promoters over recent decades: "It is with overwhelming regret that we announce the passing of Dan Goossen, 64, from complications relating to liver cancer. The sudden news of his diagnosis was very much a private matter and his final days were spent surrounded by his family and closest friends. Sadness is difficult to escape as we grieve his passing, however we are filled with pride by the fact that Dan Goossen battled this aggressive illness with boundless strength and the last days of his life were fought and lived with unflinching bravery, pure love and grace beyond measure." The California-based Goossen promoted many big fights through Ten Goose Boxing, America Presents and then Goossen-Tutor Promotions. His brother Joe is a well-respected trainer, and his late brother Greg was a former major league baseball player. Boxingtalk adds it deepest condolences to the friends and family of Dan Goossen.

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 


ABRAHAM WANTS STURM-STIEGLITZ WINNER BEFORE A SMITH REMATCH

After WBO 168-pound titlist Arthur Abraham defeated Paul Smith by a wide unanimous decision in Germany over the weekend, Smith is pressing for a rematch, claiming he deserved the decision even though the scores were not close (117-111, twice, and 119-109). Smith argued, "I think the judges got it wrong. I’ve been waiting a long time for this opportunity. I just wanted a fair crack at the whip and I don’t think I got that.’’ Abraham responded: "Smith was by no means an easy opponent and he made me work hard for the win... I would fight Paul again. I’m sure it would be another exciting fight. However the circumstances would need to be right. At the moment the most interesting fight for me would be Felix Sturm or Robert Stieglitz [who fight each other later this year].’’ Abraham's promoter, Kalle Sauerland agreed: "I have a lot of respect for Paul, his family and his team. He did himself proud tonight. But Arthur has shown yet again that he belongs at the top of the division. A rematch with Paul is a possibility but first we will be looking at the winner of Felix Sturm and Robert Stieglitz.’’  source: sauerland event

 
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 
 BUTE RETURNS TO BELL CENTRE ON DEC. 6TH

Former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) will lace up the gloves against Argentina's Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs) on Saturday, December 6th at the Montreal Bell Centre.  Bute dropped a twelve-round decision to Jean Pascal in January. Bolonti had won five in a row before losing a WBA 175-pound title bid to Jurgen Braehmenr in June. “I wanted to face a quality opponent who is coming to fight. Bolonti is a persistent, come-forward boxer who is difficult to rattle. This is exactly what I need, and exactly what I will train to counter," stated Bute a Romanian who now lives in Montreal. source: interbox

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 
 RING ANNOUNCER ED DERIAN PASSES AWAY
By Scott Shaffer

Promoter Russell Peltz announced the death of ring announcer Ed Derian on his Facebook page. Peltz wrote: "Ed Derian, who was my ring announcer and, more importantly, my friend, passed away yesterday. We began working together in the mid-1970s at a time when the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission designated who would be the ring announcer at different fight cards. I finally got that preposterous rule changed in the 1980s and Ed became my steady guy from then until about two years ago when his beloved wife Roxy died. Ed was the in-ring voice for all those great Tuesday Night Fights on USA Network from the Blue Horizon." A sample of Ed's work in 1997 (Arturo Gatti vs. Calvin Groves) can be seen here). Boxingtalk extends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of Ed Derian.

 
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 


CRAWFORD TO DEFEND VS. BELTRAN IN OMAHA

WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford of Omaha Nebraska will defend his belt against Ray Beltran of Mexico in Crawford's hometown. The bout will take place during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on Saturday, November 29th and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. Crawford (24-0) successfully defended his title on June 28th, also in Omaha, knocking out previously undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa.  Crawford-Gamboa was the first world championship fight Omaha had hosted in 42 years, when Joe Frazier defended the world heavyweight championship against Ron Stander in 1972. source: top rank

 
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 


CLEVERLY-BELLEW II SIGNED FOR NOVEMBER

Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew will have a rematch on November 22nd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, with Sky Sports to air the fight live. Cleverly is 28-1 as a pro. A former WBO light heavyweight titlist, he is 2-0 since moving up to cruiserweight. Bellew is 22-2-1, including a majority decision loss to Cleverly in October 2011. He lost a 2013 world championship bid to Adonis Stevenson last year. Tickets go on sale September 30th for Matchroom Fight Pass members at www.matchroomboxing.com. Tickets go on sale to th egeneral public on October 1st at www.echoarena.com. source: Matchroom Boxing

 
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 


INTRODUCING JUIKI TATSUYOSHI

Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, now age 44, is a Japanese boxing legend. He campaigned from 1989 through 2003 (with an ill-advised comeback in 2008-2009) and compiled a 20-7-1 mark. Despite the OK record, he distinguished himself as a ring warrior, defeating Paulie Ayala, Greg Richardson, Sirimongkol Singwangcha and Victor Rabanales, with two or three reigns as the WBC bantamweight champion (depending on whether you count interim titles). Joichiro has confirmed through Japan's Teiken Boxing Gym, that his son Juiki Tatsuyoshi, aged 18, is going to get his professional boxer's license and turn pro on November 15th in Osaka, Japan. Juiki plans to compete in the same division that his father did- bantamweight. source: wbc

 
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 


RESULTS FROM VIRGINIA: TORI NELSON WINS SPLIT DECISION

Tori Nelson W10 Arlene Blencowe... Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson won a hard-fought ten-round split decision over Arlene Blencowe Saturday in Springfield, VA. Nelson, the WIBA welterweight champion, hails from nearby Ashburn, VA while Blencowe came all the way from Australia and put up a serious fight. In the opening round, Blencowe silenced the pro-Nelson by coming out strong and hurting Nelson early on. The 37-year-old Nelson remained calm and recovered to outbox Blencowe (2-3 as a boxer). Scores were 96-94 (twice) for Nelson and 97-93 Blencowe. source: Ponytail Promotions press release

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 
 BETERBIEV NOW A PLAYER AT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Artur Beterbiev KO2 Tavoris Cloud... There's a new player in the light heavyweight division and his name is  Artur Beterbiev. In Montreal last night, the Canadian-based Russian dominated and stopped former IBF titlist Tavoris Cloud in the second round. The destruction saw Cloud get knocked down three times in the first round and get counted out in the second. Prior to this fight, Beterbiev was just 5-0 as a pro and defeated only one opponent with a winning record (and that was Rayco Saunders, who is now 23-24-2). Beterbiev's win was not a complete surprise, as he is a two-time Olympian and a former world amateur champion. He has also beaten Sergey Kovalev as an amateur. Cloud is now 24-3 but has lost three straight and his career is in a free fall. source: montreal gazette

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