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JANUARY 31, 2015 
 MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO ALL BUT DONE; SUPER BOWL ANNOUNCEMENT TO COME?
By Rick Evans

It appears that Sunday's Super Bowl may bring the announcement of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super fight that fans have been clamoring for since 2010. TMZ and other sources are reporting that a deal has been all but finalized for Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight for boxing supremacy on May 2nd 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A formal announcement will likely be forthcoming in the next few days with the report speculating the announcement will coincide with the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl will be shown on NBC. CBS, which also owns Showtime, is the network on which Mayweather fights, while Pacquiao is under contract to HBO. More on this story as details emerge.


 
JANUARY 31, 2015 


TONY LUIS DEFEATS KARL DARGAN

Tony Luis W10 Karl Dargan... In Mashantucket, Connecticut, 
Philadelphia's Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (17-1, 9 KOs) suffered the first loss if his career, a minor upset to Canada's against Tony "The Lightning" Luis (28-5, 18 KOs).
 Luis took control of the lightweight bout in the second round, keeping Dargan on the ropes. Dargan was down in the third and the referee ruled it a slip. Luis continued to be the aggressor in the fourth. Dargan began to return fire late in the fourth and Luis thew a punch after the bell that enraged Dargan.
 In the later rounds Luis continued to be the aggressor, keeping Dargan up against the ropes. Dargan suffered an injury to his left eye in eighth round but the doctor deemed him okay to continue. 
Dargan landed a hard shot in the tenth but Luis countered and knocked down Dargan. He managed to finish the fight but Luis won easily via unanimous decision.The official scores were 97-92 (twice) and 99-90. source: main events


 
JANUARY 31, 2015 


JEFF LACY EXPOSED AS A SHELL OF HIS FORMER SELF

Sullivan Barrera TKO4 Jeff Lacy... 
Also on the ESPN2 show from Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Cuban light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (15-0, 10 KOs) stopped Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy (27-6 18 KOs). Barrera knocked Lacy to the canvas in the first round but he managed to recover and finish the round. 
Both fighters settled in by the third round. However, it was short lived because in the fourth round Lacy could no longer withstand Barrera's attack and the referee stopped the fight with Lacy still on his feet. source: main events [Lacy, a 2000 Olympian and former IBF 168-pound titlist, is a danger to himself in the ring and should retire immediately] 


 
JANUARY 31, 2015 


UNDERCARD RESULTS FROM CONNECTICUT

Falowo and Mosley, Jr. get wins

Thomas Falowo W8 Russell Lamour... The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast from Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut began with Thomas "The Souljah" Falowo (13-3, 8 KOs) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island defeating Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour (11-1, 5 KOs) of Portland Maine. The bout was an eight-round battle for the New England Middleweight Championship. The boxers had faced each other several times as amateurs and came out swinging from the first bell. Falowo, who only has one amateur win against Lamour, was clearly the aggressor in the early rounds. By the sixth round, Falowo started to tire and Lamour took advantage, but Falowo managed to end strong.  The seventh round was uncharted territory for both competitors. Falowo continued to put the pressure on Lamour in the seventh round. In the eighth, Lamour and Falowo were both trading big shots. Falowo walked away with the unanimous decision victory by scores of 78-74 and 77-75 (twice).

Shane Mosley, Jr. TKO3 Rafael Machado... Middleweights Shane Mosley, Jr. (3-1, 3 KOs) and Rafael "The Penguin" Machado (0-3) were scheduled for four rounds of action. However, Mosley, Jr. knocked down Machado twice in the third before the referee stopped the fight. Working Mosley, Jr.'s corner were his father "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather, Sr. source for all results: main events


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JANUARY 30, 2015 


BROADWAY BOXING RESULTS

Rafael Vazquez TKO4 Joseph Rios... At Thursday's Broadway Boxing show in New York City, 122-pound Rafael Vazquez, 122 stopped San Antonio's Joseph Rios via fourth-round technical knockout. Vazquez twice dropped Rios in round two with left hooks. In the third, Vazquez was hurting Rios with every punch, particularly his straight rights. A jab-straight right combination to the ear brought a downtrodden Rios to his knees at the end of the fourth round. Rios did not continue on into the fifth. Vazquez improved to 13-1 with 11 KOs, while Rios saw his record fall to 13-12-2 with 4 KOs.

Lennox Allen KO2 Kojo Issah... Light heavyweight Lennox "2 Sharpe" Allen of Brooklyn, ended a 17-month layoff to knock out Kojo Issah of Frederick, MD, at 1:51 of round two. Following an action-packed opening round, Allen wrestled the awkward Issah out of a clinch to land two right hooks to the body dropping his adversary in a heap. Cringing in pain, Issah was unable to beat the count. Allen improved to 18-0-1 with 11 KOs, with Issah's record falling to 14-2 with 7 KOs. source for all results: dibella entertainment

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JANUARY 30, 2015 


SAMMY VASQUEZ TOPS FEB. 20TH SHOBOX BILL IN PITTSBURGH

Press Release: High-energy hometown Sammy Vasquez Jr. (17-0, 13 KOs) will return to action seeking his tenth consecutive knockout victory when he takes on fellow southpaw Emmanuel Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC), of Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Ghana. The ten-round welterweight bout will serve as the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on February 20th at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. In the co-feature, former amateur star Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs, 1 NC), of Miami via Guantanamo, Cuba, faces Craig Baker (15-0, 11 KOs) of Texas, in a light heavyweight bout (number of rounds to be determined).

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JANUARY 29, 2015 
 CEDRIC KUSHNER, 1948-2015

Boxingtalk has learned some sad news: long time boxing promoter Cedric Kushner has passed away in New York City today. Kushner was involved in many of boxing's biggest events during the 80s, 90s and 2000s. He promoted Hasim Rahman when Rahman upset Lennox Lewis for the heavyweight championship of the world in 2000. Kushner came of age in South Africa during the apartheid era, a policy which he opposed. He promoted Brian Mitchell, also a white South African opposed to apartheid, and Mitchell claimed simultaneous WBA and IBF 130-pound titles late in his career.  Kushner was also Shane Mosley's promoter for several years and in 2000, he promoted Thunderbox which combined boxing and hip hop in much the same way that Roc Nation is trying to do today.  In recent years, Kushner was ailing, but as late as last weekend, he was well enough to attend a memorial service for Jimmy Glenn's wife, Swannie. Cedric was a beloved figure in the boxing world and he will be missed. --Scott Shaffer

 
JANUARY 29, 2015 


ESPN2 WEIGH-IN REPORT

The Jan. 30 edition of Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 and will take place at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. It features a ten-round lightweight battle between Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) against Tony "The Lightning" Luis (18-2, 7 KOs). Dargan and Luis both weighed in at 134 pounds today. The co-feature is an eight-round middleweight bout between Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) against Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs). Falowo weighed in at 158.4 today, compared to 159 for Lamour. source: main events

 
JANUARY 29, 2015 


HOLYFIELD MAKES ANTI-ROAD RAGE VIDEO

Former world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has made a funny public service video to combat road rage. Click here to view the forty-second video.

 
JANUARY 29, 2015 


FRANCISCO VARGAS RETURNS ON MARCH 12TH HBO LATINO SHOW

Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions and Leija * Battah Promotions are bring an HBO Latino show to San Antonio, Texas'  Freeman Coliseum on Thursday, March 12th.  In the main event, junior lightweight Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) faces off against Australian's "Wild" Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs). Also on the show, Mexican brawler, Antonio "Relentless" Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) takes on Emanuel "Tranzformer" Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) in a ten-round junior welterweight bout. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 31st at 12:00 p.m. CT through www.ticketmaster.com.

 
JANUARY 29, 2015 
 GARY RUSSELL, JR. TO CHALLENGE JHONNY GONZALEZ

WBC makes Castellanos (21-10) mandatory for the winner

WBC president, Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed  that Robinson Castellanos (21-10) is now the mandatory challenger for WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez. On Monday, Castellanos convincingly defeated Rocky Juarez. “The fight and their performances were spectacular. I think it was a great bout and a bloody one. Castellanos was punished in round nine and ten, but he won well. He's earned the opportunity  to fight  Jhonny Gonazales, and he's his next challenger,” said Sulaiman. Castellano's promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia was thrilled. “He was able to overcome adversities. He  had the conviction and determination to fight to victory.” However, Catellano will have to recover from the cuts he suffered to his eyebrows, while Gonzalez fight Gary Russell Jr. next. The Gonzalez-Russell winner will fight against Castellanos. There's also another WBC eliminator coming down the pipe between Marvin Sonsona and Jayson Velez. source: wbc

 
JANUARY 29, 2015 


CUADRAS-CONCEPCION SLUGFEST ON DECK AT 115 POUNDS

WBC 115-pound title holder Carlos Cuadras of Mexico, will make his next title defense against Panamania slugger Luis “Nica” Concepcion. The fight will take place in Mexico, but the date and venue have not been announced yet. Cuadras' promoter,  Oswaldo Kuchle confirmed that it's a certainty. Cuadras (31-0 with 25 KOs) had a great 2104: he won the title against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, defended with a four-round technical draw against Jose Salgado and then stopped  Marvin Mabait.  Concepcion (32-3 with 23 KOs) has won nine straight, against tough opposition, after getting knocked out by Hernan Marquez in a 2011 WBA flyweight challenge. source: wbc

 
JANUARY 29, 2015 
 CEYLAN-MONTILLA WILL SETTLE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IN DENMARK

Press Release: Danish featherweight Dennis Ceylan (12-0-1, 6 KOs) is fired up ahead of his rematch with Cristian Montilla (6-3-1, 3 KOs) on February 7th in Frederikshavn, Denmark.  Ceylan wants to set the record straight, after a draw in his first encounter with the Spaniard last August. ‘’It’s frustrating,’’ said the 2012 Olympian. "The draw has ruined my perfect record, and now, I want revenge! This time it’s personal. I’m going to take Montilla out!

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JANUARY 29, 2015 
 MANAGER ADRIAN CLARK RELEASES VIDEO ABOUT HIMSELF

Press Release: Boxing manager Adrian Clark has released a mini-documentary that chronicles a week in the life of his career as he leads up to a fight. It is titled Adrian Clark: Before The Bell. In 2014, Clark led James De La Rosa to an appearance on the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II undercard where De La Rosa defeated Alfredo Angulo. Another Clark client, Jerry Belmontes, fought WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa on Showtime Championship Boxing but lost via split decision. The 14-minute video can be seen by clicking here.

 
JANUARY 28, 2015 
 RIGONDEAUX'S MANAGER OPTIMISTIC THAT SANTA CRUZ FIGHT COULD HAPPEN

Press Release: World super bantamweight champion Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs) is encouraged by reports that WBC titleholder Leo Santa Cruz' promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, believes a Rigondeaux-Santa Cruz unification fight has to happen. The 34-year-old Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, has been restricted to Asia for his last two fights, subsequently in low-profile matches, which he attributes to the lack of top-flight contenders willing to face the Cuban star.

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JANUARY 28, 2015 
 BREADMAN'S MAILBAG
By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards

Deontay Wilder, Pacquiao-Mayweather & much much more...

Just wanted to get your thoughts on Deontay Wilder. First, it's amazing how many people (same ones that predicted he would get KOed) immediately start yapping that Wladimir Klitschko would destroy him. Maybe, many not, but who [cares]? Can't people just be happy for the young man? More importantly, do you think he has more upside than most people think? I saw quick flashes of a very good left hook, jab to the body, and even infighting that got lost in the fight. Point being, I think he has a much more complete game than the jab and right hand everyone is talking about. His trainer should be really commended because Wilder was pretty raw before.

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JANUARY 28, 2015 


VERDEJO GETS SOLO BOXEO MAIN EVENT

Press Release: Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo (16-0 with 12 KOs) will face Mexico’s Marco Antonio Lopez (24-5, 15 KO’s) on Saturday, February 28th on a Solo Boxeo card, which will take place in Tampa, at the Sun Dome at the University of South Florida. Lopez, who lost to former world titlist Takahiro Ao in 2014, has ten or more rounds six times, while Verdejo has only gone eight rounds once. Also on the card, Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KO’s) will face Raul Tovar (14-8-1, 4 KO’s) in a junior welterweight battle.

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JANUARY 28, 2015 
 REST IN PEACE, TONY MAZZARELLA

New York's boxing community loses a good man

Press Release: Tony Mazzarella of New York City passed away after a long illness this past Monday at the age of 75. During his long career in boxing, Mazzarella was a former deputy commissioner and inspector for the New York State Athletic Commission, Ring 8's treasurer, New York State Sports Commission member, amateur (including Golden Mittens and Mayor's Week of Boxing) and professional promoter (co-promoter of Ring Promotions) and the major influence in the founding of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.

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JANUARY 27, 2015 
 ABIE HAN REPLACES JERMAIN TAYLOR AS SERGIO MORA'S FOE

Press Release: On Friday, Feb. 6th, former WBC junior middleweight titlist Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) takes on Abraham "Abie" Han (23-1, 14 KOs) in a twelve-round middleweight contest in Biloxi, Miss. It will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET. [Han replaces Jermain Taylor, the IBF middleweight champion who was jailed after a shooting incident].

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JANUARY 27, 2015 
 WBC ANNOUNCES EIGHT-BOXER TOURNAMENT AT 154 POUNDS

The WBC has announced it will work with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to conduct a 154-pound tournament it will call the Boxing World Cup. According to the WBC's website, the tournament will take place inLas Vegas, although the exact dates, venues and televising networks have not been announced. Eight boxers have agreed to participate, according to the WBC: John Jackson from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dennis Laurente from the Philippines, Jorge Cota from Mexico, Luciano Cuello from Argentina, Sergey Rabchenko from Belarus, Dominique Dolton from the U.S., Yudel Jhonson from Cuba and Lukasz Maciec from Poland. First prize will be $350,000. -Scott Shaffer

 
JANUARY 27, 2015 


ROCKY JUAREZ RETIRES AFTER LOSS

Robinson Castellanos W12 Rocky Juarez... A proud boxing career came to an end in San Antonio last night as 2000 Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez lost a twelve-round decision to Robinson Castellanos and then announced his retirement. Juarez was down once in the fifth and three times in the twelfth. Castellanos (21-10) won by scores of 118-106 (twice) and 118-107. "I had a great run," said Juarez and indeed he did, proving himself a true warrior many times over even though he never won a world championship. Juarez finishes with a record of 30-11-1. The draw came against then-reigning world featherweight champion Chris John. Juarez also fought Marco Antonio Barrera twice and holds wins over Zahir Raheem, Guty Espadas, Jr. and Jorge Barrios.  Juarez was never stopped in 42 pro fights, he always gave the fans everything he had in him, and he never ducked a tough fight. You can't ask for anything more from a boxer. Boxingtalk salutes Rocky Juarez and wishes him well in his post-boxing life. source: san antonio express news

 
JANUARY 27, 2015 
 KYRONE DAVIS READY TO PERFORM IN PHILLY

Press Release: Middleweight Kyrone Davis will take on veteran Jonathan Garcia (4-11) in a six-round bout at Philadelphia's 2300 Arena on Saturday. Editor's note: Davis is trained by Boxingtalk's Stephen "Bread" Edwards. Davis out of Wilmington, Delaware has a record of 5-0 with three knockouts and the former amateur standout is excited about his fight this Saturday. "Training went well.  I know that Garcia is a durable guy who has fought good competition. My goal on Saturday is to put on a good, clean performance.  Not to get hit and give everyone a good show for my first fight in Philly," said the 20 year-old. Davis was 91-9 as an amateur, won two National PAL tournaments and competed in Olympic trials. "I was born in New Jersey and live in Delaware [but] I train in Philadelphia.  I have not fought here professionally and I am coming back to show everyone what I am doing... I am in good spirits and have put in lots of road work.  I have a great team with my trainer Stephen Edwards.  This is the longest camp we have had as I was supposed to fight in December and went that did not happen, we stayed training.  I am in the best shape.  This is my first six-round fight but we prepared to go even longer so it wont be a problem."

 
JANUARY 27, 2015 
 CALEB PLANT GOES FOR SIXTH WIN THIS WEEKEND

Press Release: Middleweight Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (5-0 with 4 KOs), returns to the ring this Saturday (January 31st) against David Lopez (4-11, 1 KO).  The four-round bout will take place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.  Managed by Al Haymon, thye Tennessee native has power in both hands and believes his power will take him to the top.  After winning a decision in his pro debut, Plant has knocked out his last four opponents. "I know I have a lot to learn in this sport and I'm thriving to get better each day I'm in the gym." said Caleb Plant. "With Al taking charge of my career, I know I will have opportunities to become something special in boxing.  My plan is to come out aggressive and take the fight to my opponent.  If I see my opponent is in trouble, I'm definitely going for the knockout."

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