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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

 
AUGUST 18, 2014 


UNDEFEATED HORACIO GARCIA MAKING WAVES IN MEXICO

Horacio Garcia TKO5 Jonathan Perez...Mexico's 122-pound prospect Horacio "Violento" Garcia (27-0) took another important step in his career by defeating Colombia's Jonathan Perez with a fifth round technical knockout over the weekend in Ixtapa, Mexico. It was bombs away and heavy flak from the opening bell, which delighted the audience. After four rounds, the WBC's open scoring system showed Garcia leading by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice). In the fifth, Garcia trapped Perez (33-10) in the neutral corner and staggered him with an overhead right. Garcia allowed Perez no no respite, raining punches in until referee, Gabriel Peralta had no choice but to to stop the fight. The Colombian quickly regained his senses and bitterly complained about the stoppage. Perez has a 15-fight unbeaten streak ended. source: wbc

 
AUGUST 18, 2014 
 NJ CLUB SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER

Press Release: On Friday night, October 24th, middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas (14-0-1) will headline a boxing show at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. No opponent has been announced. In the eight round co-feature, New Jersey featherweight Jorge Diaz (18-3) will see action, also against an opponent to be named. Also on the card in six-round bouts will be super middleweight John Magda (7-0,) of Rutherrford, NJ and lightweight Wanzell Ellison (11-1-1, 5 KO's) of Newark, NJ.

 
AUGUST 17, 2014 
 BROOK UPSETS PORTER FOR IBF TITLE

Kell Brook W12 Shawn Porter:  Kell Brook was too techinically sound for Shawn Porter's sheer aggressiveness and energy to overcome. Brook was able to neutralize much of Porter's aggression with lateral movement, clinches, and straight puncing. Both boxers suffered cuts as the result of accidental headbutts. Brook was first to be cut in the second round, Porter was cut in the closing minute of the sixth round. At the end of the day it was too much skill for Porter's will to overcome tonight. Official scores were a majority decision for Brook: 114-114, 117-111, 116-112. Boxingtalk scored the bout 117-111 for Brook.  Source: Showtime

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