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MAY 22, 2015 


POVETKIN SMASHES OUT PEREZ

Alexander Povetkin KO1 Mike Perez... In Moscow, Alexander Povetkin remained on the short list of top heavyweight contenders with a two-knockdown destruction of Mike Perez. The entire bout took little more than one minute. Povetkin floored Perez once, then swarmed all over a still-wobbly Perez, knocking him down again and causing the referee to stop the bout without a ten count. Povetkin, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, is now 28-1 with the only loss coming against Wladimir Klitschko. Perez falls to 21-2-1, with his other loss coming against Bryant Jennings.  video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL_BKea07ak

 
MAY 22, 2015 
 DROZD RETAINS WBC CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE

Grigory Drozd TKO9 Lukasz Janik... On the big Moscow show, Grigory Drozd retained the WBC cruiserweight championship by stopping Poland's Lukasz Janik in the ninth round. Drozd floored Janik in the seventh and was pounding on a defenseless, exhausted Janik in the ninth when the referee stopped the bout. Janik was a soft touch opponent who had done little in his career to deserve a wotld title shot. In fairness to Dorzd's promoters, they secured Janik on short notice when former champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk pulled out of a rematch. Drozd is now 40-1, with the lone loss coming to Firat Arslan in 2006. Drozd took the title from Wlodarczyk in September. Janik is now 29-3. video: youtube.com/watch?v=w3KEBKjgEJo

 
MAY 22, 2015 


FROCH REPORTEDLY INTERESTED IN FACING GOLOVKIN

According to the WBC, Gennady Golovkin could soon be fighting Carl Froch, in a blockbuster at London's Wembley Stadium. Eddie Hearn, Froch´s promoter, says negotiations are already underway. "I have personally spoken with Carl and  he  is really interested  in this fight. I just want to be sure  he is really motivated as the risk is high. It would be  a great  bout. Wembley Staidum would be packed out." Negotiations have started and everything is going really well. Golovkin is recognized as the top middleweight by the WBA. Froch (pictured) held the IBF and WBA regular titles at super middleweight, but has been stripped due to one year of inactivity. The WBC is marginally involved because it recognizes Golovkin as its interim middleweight champion.  Froch  hasn't fought since May 2014, when he defeated George Groves. He has a record of  33 victories with 2 losses (to Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler).  Golovkin, who just defeated Willie Monroe in California, is undefeated in 33 fights.

 
MAY 22, 2015 
 JOHN THOMPSON HOPING TO PREVAIL IN BOXCINO FINALS TONIGHT

Press Release: John Thompson (16-1, 5 KOs) looks  to win the Boxcino 154-pound title tonight when he takes on Brandon Adams in Corona, California, to be shown on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. Thompson weighed in at a ready 153.2 and he looks in prime shape to win the title. "John has been really working hard in Virginia.  This is his second training camp down there and after his layoff we have really seen the improvement and his confidence," said Thompson's promoter Vito Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions.

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MAY 22, 2015 
 ESPN2 WEIGH-IN REPORT

From Corona, California, here are the weights for Friday night's Boxcino Finals that will be shown live on the final edition of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights before Al Haymon's Premiere Boxing Champions takes over:

Boxcino Heavyweight championship: 
Andrey Fedosov 220.5 - Donovan Dennis 219

Boxcino junior middleweight championship:
John Thompson 153.2 - Brandon Adams 154.7

Fernando Fuentes 122 - Isaac Zarate 122
Angel Martinez 131.8 - Andres Fabian Figueroa 132.2
Richard Tallmadge 118.4 - Humberto Rubalcava 120.7
Isaac Freeman 146.5 - Danny Leon 146.1
Adam Lopez 122.9 - Miguel Tamayo 121 
Source: Banner Promotions & Thompson Boxing

 
MAY 22, 2015 
 FULL CARD FOR QUEENS, NY ANNOUNCED

Press Release: On Saturday, May 30th, New Legend Boxing will return to Resorts World Casino New York City with a main event featuring light heavyweight boxer-turned-New York firefighter Will “Power” Rosinsky (18-2) in a comeback that began earlier this year, following a two-year hiatus. In what will be his first professional fight in his home borough of Queens, just blocks from where he grew up in Ozone Park, Rosinsky is scheduled to take on Michigan’s Shujaa El Amin (12-6) in an eight-round contest. Here are details on the rest of the card:

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MAY 21, 2015 


WBO CLOUDS 105-POUND TITLE WITH SOFT TOUCH FOR JAPANESE TEENAGER

On December 31, 2014, Japan's Katsunari Takayama unfied the WBO and IBF 105-pound championships by defeating Go Odaira with two vacant titles at stake. Unfortunately, the WBO ceased recognizing Takayama, and will devalue its brand by giving a paper title to the winner of next week's bout between Japan's Kosei Tanaka and Mexico's Julian Yedras.  Tanaka is a teenager who is just 4-0 as a pro, but is coming off a stoppage win over Ryuji Hara, who was 18-0 before losing to Tanaka. Winning a world title in his fifth pro fight, even this paper title, will be a big deal in Japan. Yedras is undeserving of a world title shot-- he has never beaten any boxer of note. Hekkie Budler holds the WBA and IBO versions of the minimumweight championship, while the WBC belt is around the waist of  Wanheng Menayothin.

 
MAY 21, 2015 
 ORANGE COUNTY FIGHT CLUB SHOW SET FOR JUNE 11TH

Press Release: Six boxing and two MMA bouts will comprise the Thursday, June 11th edition of Fight Club OC at Costa Mesa, California's OC Fair & Event Center. Fans will get to see Malcolm McAllister (3-0) out of Long Beach go for his fourth straight KO win against Lanny Dardar (2-3). Reece Bennett will look to go to 2-0 against Oxnard pro debut boxer Ramon Villanueva. Other undefeated fighters on the card are Kevin Watts, Mark Anthony Hernandez (5-0) facing Santa Ana's Gabe Lopez (3-1), and Miami's  Leduan Barthelemy. Plus top USA amateur Timothy Lee out of Las Vegas will be making his pro boxing debut.

 
MAY 21, 2015 
 LOPEZ-TAMAYO SET FOR BOXCINO UNDERCARD

Press Release: Tomorrow night in Corona, California, super bantamweight Adam Lopez (11-0) battles Miguel Tamayo (16-12-2) in bout scheduled for six rounds at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena. The bout will be on the undercard of the Boxcino finals but will not be part of the ESPN2 broadcast. "Training went really well.  I did a lot of sparring to get ready for Tamayo who is a southpaw," said Lopez.

 
MAY 21, 2015 


ABRAHAM: FOUR FIGHTS VS. STIEGLITZ IS ENOUGH

Press Release: Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) vowed to bring an end to his feud with domestic rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) when the German super middleweights contest the WBO title for a fourth time on July 18th at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. The fighters began their now familiar pre-fight routine with a kick-off press conference today, in which Abraham, the reigning title holder, promised to provide a conclusive finish to their long-standing rivalry. "Four fights with Robert is enough for me,’’ declared Abraham. "Of course, victory is always the most important thing, but on July 18th, I don’t just want to win, I want to win decisively and prove once and for all that I am the better man!’’

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MAY 21, 2015 
 BANNER SIGNS MAURO MAXIMILIANO GODOY

Press Release: Banner Promotions has announced the signing of junior welterweight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy to an exclusive promotional contract. Godoy, 25 years old of Centenario, Argentina, has a record of 19-0 with 8 KOs. "We are happy to get this young contender in the fold," said Banner Promotions President Arthur Pelullo. "He comes on great recommendation from Daniel Castro who has been working with him.  We have seen some footage, and we feel Mauro has the potential to be a star here in the United States and throughout the world.  He has many options, as the 140 pound division is loaded with quality talent, and we expect to get him a major fight sooner rather than later." Said Daniel Castro, representative for Godoy, "We saw what Banner has done with Ruslan Provodnikov, and Mauro wants good fights and maybe an opportunity to fight Provodnikov." Godoy has fought his entire career in Argentina.

 
MAY 20, 2015 
 CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE POISED TO FACE JERMALL CHARLO IN JULY

According to the Facebook page of Shawana Bundrage, wife and manager of IBF 154-pound champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage, he will be defending his title against Jermall Charlo in July. The 42 year-old Bundrage has a record of 34-5 and will be making the first defense in his second reign as champion.  Bundrage regained the title in October against Carlos Molina. The 25 year-old Charlo, an identical twin whose brother Jermell is also an accomplished boxer, is 21-0. Jermall Charlo has looked like a future star but has not yet faced a world-class opponent. --Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 20, 2015 
 BEN DEAN'S WEEKLY BOXING MEMO
By Ben Dean

If American fight fans didn't know the name Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez prior to this weekend, they certainly should now!  One of my first impressions of Chocolatito, the WBC flyweight champion, after reviewing film of him over the past year is his conditioning.  He's a precision sharp-shooter who never seems to get tired and just overwhelms his opponents with pressure and power.  It's as if his opponents are placed in a blender on high speed and there is no off switch.  It's hard to draw conclusions from Saturday's two-round destruction of Edgar Sosa, but Chocolatito appears to have that Henry Armstrong fifteen-round era sort of gas tank.

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MAY 20, 2015 
 EDWIN RODRIGUEZ, CRAIG BAKER MEET THE PRESS

Press Release: On Saturday, May 23rd, Premier Boxing Champions on NBC comes to Boston's Boston's Agganis Arena. Opening the MBC broadcast at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT will be a light heavyweight bout featuring Edwin Rodriguez taking on undefeated Craig Baker. Craig is 16-0 and coming off a win over Umberto Savignet and he's looking to derail the career of Edwin Rodriguez (26-1). Meanwhile, Rodriguez, a native of Masschusetts, is looking for a shot at light heavyweight title after a failed attempot at Andre Ward's super middleweight title. Here is what they had to say on a recent conference call:

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MAY 20, 2015 
 DANIEL GEALE WORKOUT QUOTES

Press Release: 
Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs), the world middleweight champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become a four-division champion is defending against former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) of Australia on June 6, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in a twelve-round fight that will be televised live on HBO. Geale hosted a New York City media workout at Mendez Boxing Gym in preparation for his title challenge and here is what he and his American promoter Gary Shaw, had to say:


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MAY 20, 2015 
 ANTOWYAN AIKENS RETURNS WITH HOMETOWN BOUT

Press Release: 
This Friday night, May 22nd, boxing returns to the Claridge in Atlantic City, New Jersey with a ten-bout card. 
In one of the undercard bouts, super middleweight Antowyan Aikens (9-0) makes his return after a thirteen-month layoff when he takes on Edgar Perez (6-13) in a bout scheduled for six rounds. 
In the main event, super bantamweight Juan "Baby Tito" Dominguez will take on Mario Antonio Macias in a bout scheduled for eight rounds.


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MAY 19, 2015 


LINARES TO FACE MITCHELL IN LONDON

Press Release: Venezuela's Jorge "El Niño De Oro" Linares will travel to London to defend his WBC lightweight title against "Mighty" Kevin Mitchell at O2 Arena on Saturday, May 30th. The bout will be featured on Sky Sports;' broadcast of the Kell Brook vs. Frankie Gavin IBF welterweigh title fight.

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MAY 19, 2015 
 O'CONNOR-GILBERT ADDED TO THIS WEEKEND'S BOSTON SHOW

Press Release: On May 23rd, the Agganis Arena at Boston University will host a Premier Boxing Champions show featuring the super middleweight showdown between Olympic medalists Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) and a co-feature of Edwin Rodriguez (26-1, 17 KOs) taking on Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs). NBC will televise, but prior to NBC's broadcast, the undercard will be highlighted by Boston's own Danny O'Connor (25-2, 9 KOs) taking on the fighting pride of Vermont, Chris Gilbert (13-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round welterweight battle for the New England championship. [O'Connor was quickly moved to the Boston show when a planned fight against Paul Malignaggi in Brooklyn got called off due to a Malignaggi injury].

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MAY 19, 2015 
 LINDER'S LOOK: PORTER-BRONER; MAYWEATHER; AND MORE
By Doveed Linder

I did not see a fight on the horizon between Adrian Broner and Shawn Porter, but it’s scheduled for June 20th n Las Vegas and it’s one of the best things that could happen to pure boxing fans.  Both Ohioans are in a similar boat.  They have been on the cusp of the elite, but they both suffered survivable setbacks-- Broner to Marcos Maidana and Porter to Kell Brook.  The winner of this fight will be back in full force, maybe in a stronger position than ever.

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MAY 19, 2015 
 ESPN TO AIR POVETKIN-PEREZ ON FRIDAY

Network agrees to live stream plus delayed showing on ESPN2

ESPN has announced a deal that will allow American fans to view Friday's significant heavyweight bout between Alexander Povetkin and Mike Perez live on WatchESPN and air on same-day tape delay Friday evening on ESPN2. The two contenders meet in a WBC elimination bout on Friday in Moscow. The Russian Povetkin (28-1) is a former WBA regular titlist whose only loss is to world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Perez is originally from Cuba and has gone 21-1-1 since turning pro, with his only loss coming against Bryant Jennings. Also airing on the two ESPN platforms will be the chief supporting bout from Moscow: WBC cruiserweight titlist Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) defending against late replacement Lukas Janik (28-2, 15 KOs). -Scott Shaffer

 
MAY 19, 2015 


MALIGNAGGI CUT OVER EYE, WITHDRAWS FROM BROOKLYN SHOW

Press Release: 
Due to an injury to Paulie Malignaggi, Javier Fortuna and Bryan Vasquez will now open the Premier Boxing Champions broadcast on Spike TV on May 29th from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 9 p.m. ET.
 Malignaggi suffered a cut during a sparring session last week when he caught an elbow to his left eye, resulting in a deep, gushing open wound. 
“I have a lot of scars over my left eye,” he says. “It was probably an old scar opening up.” 
The injury forced Malignaggi to withdraw from his May 29th comeback fight against Danny O’Connor at Barclays Center in Malignaggi’s native Brooklyn, New York.  


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MAY 18, 2015 


OQUENDO FIGHTING-- AND BEATING-- CHAGAEV'S PROMOTER IN USA COURT

Attorneys for Fres Oquendo have asked a federal court to hold boxing promotional company CCC Terek in contempt of court because, according to Oquendo, CCC Terek is arranging for Ruslan Chagaev to defend his WBA regular heavyweight championship against Francesco Pianeta in Magdeburg, Germany. Oquendo is seeking contempt charges because he obtained a ruling last month forbidding CCC Terek from setting up a WBA title fight for Chagaev unless it was against Oquendo. The federal court, located in New York City, also issued an anti-suit injunction, which prohibits CCC Terek from commencing or continuing any legal action in Moscow concerning the dispute which arose in the wake of Oquendo's failed bid for Chagaev's WBA regular title in July of 2014. Chagaev won the bout by the narrowest majority decision possible: 115-113 (twice) and 114-114. Oquendo alleges CCC Terek still owes him $785,000 for that fight. Oquendo also alleges the contract contained a clause which would allow Oquendo-- the challenger, and not even the mandatory challenger-- to demand a rematch. Such a clause in favor of a challenger would be extremely rare, and CCC Terek has claimed Oquendo coerced it by threatening to pull out of the fight one one week's notice.  However, Oquendo and his attorney Judd Burstein have so far had the upper hand in the lawsuit.

 
MAY 18, 2015 
 BEN DEAN'S MAIL BAG: THE MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO COMMENTS KEEP COMING
By Ben Dean

I have never seen the hate for any one person in all of sports that is being directed at Floyd Mayweather. It almost seems calculated and planned. It is coming from former boxers, (Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson), promoters (Bob Arum, Oscar De La Hoya), current boxers (Gennady Golovkin, Amir Khan), and even boxing so-called experts (Jim Lampley) who have done everything in their power to discredit Floyd Mayweather. I think they may have had a conference and decided to try and discredit this guy's character and legacy. De La Hoya has always been envious of Floyd ever since he was beaten and then his star pupil, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was beaten. Bob Arum is still upset that Floyd bought out his contract with Top Rank and went on to be his own boss and make hundreds of millions of dollars. Pacquaio's trainer Freddie Roach takes his disrespect to a whole new high. After claiming Floyd's legs were done and that he will get knocked out, now he is leading the charge with every excuse in the book. I can name a hundred examples of the insane things he has said and done, but taking selfies on the way to the fight was the ultimate.

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MAY 18, 2015 
 LINDER'S LOOK: THE COTTO-CANELO-GGG TRIANGLE AND MORE
By Doveed Linder

Miguel Cotto, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.  These three fighters are the driving forces in boxing from 154 to 160 pounds. There are no contractual or promotional barriers blocking them from fighting each other, so it is expected that somewhere, somehow, we’ll get a match-up between these guys.  I suspect the fight we will see is Cotto-Canelo, simply because it is the most marketable and the least risky for the parties involved.  Cotto-Canelo would bring out the Puerto Rican and Mexican fans in full force.  It would be a huge pay-per-view event, and a worthy one at that.

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MAY 18, 2015 
 BOXCINO FINALS SET FOR FRIDAY

Press Release: This Friday night at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, California, the 2015 Boxcino finals will take place in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions. The fights will be televised on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights beginning at 10 PM ET. In the heavyweight final, Andrey Fedosov and Donovan Dennis will vie for the Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight championship. At junior middleweight, Brandon Adams and John Thompson will face each other.

 
MAY 18, 2015 
 ILUNGA MAKABU GETS BIG KO IN SOUTH AFRICA

Ilunga  Makabu KO11 Thabiso Mchunu… At the Durban Convention Center, KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Ilunga  Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) knocked out Thabiso Mchunu (16-2, 10 KOs) during the eleventh round of a cruiserweight eliminator. According to the WBC, Makabu had  strong start, but Makabu eventually revved up a gear. In round eleven, Makabu finished the fight by landing a left uppercut and then a right hook that sent to a Mchunu  to the canvas. Makabu a southpaw from The Congo that relocated to South Africa, is now the  mandatory challenger for WBC cruiserweight champion Grigory Drozd. This weekend, Drozd is scheduled to defend his title in Moscow against late replacement Lukasz Janik. source: wbc

 
MAY 18, 2015 
 VORABERGER TO FIGHT IN AUSTRIA

Press Release: After the WBF launched a cooperation with the WIBF and GBU in March, and merged the three championships into a single title for female boxers, Austria's Eva Voraberger (19-3) is set to defend the unified womens 115-pound title on Saturday May 30th. Voraberger will face undefeated Serbia's Nina Stojanovic (7-0) at the Reinhold Heidinger Sporthalle in Leibnitz, Austria. Voraberger lost two of her first three pro fights back in 2008 and 2009, but at age 25, she has now won eighteen of her last nineteen.In her most recent outing, Voraberger suffered a third-round knock-down and a dislocated jaw but showed true warrior spirit to fight back hard and wina [controversial] split decision against Hungary's Renata Domsodi. [Stojanovic's record reveals she has fought seven novices, so she will enter the bout as an underdog.]

 
MAY 18, 2015 


KOVALEV TO DEFEND VS. MOHAMMEDI ON JULY 25TH

Press Release: WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) will make a mandatory title defense against Nadjib "Iron Djib" Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on July 25th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing.  Here is what the boxers and their teams had to say at the press conference formally announcing the bout:

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