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AUGUST 28, 2015 


DIRRELL-RUBIO HEADLINES NEXT PBS ON CBS

Press Release: 
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) will air a show on CBS from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas Sunday afternoon, September 6th. The telecast kicks off at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT. The main event will be ex-super middleweight titlist 
Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) taking on Mexico's Marco Antonio "El Veneno" Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs). Also featured will be the rematch between bantamweight Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs), the WBA regular titlist, and Japan's Tomoki "El Mexicanito" Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs).  Also on the show, s
uper featherweight Mario Barrios (10-0, 5 KOs) will make a quick return back to the ring against Jonathan "Popeye" Perez (33-12, 27 KOs) in an eight-round bout.


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AUGUST 28, 2015 
 UPDATE ON SEPT. 12TH DANISH SHOW

Press Release: Norway's super middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (13-1, 8 KOs) faces France's Baptiste Castegnaro (6-4, 3 KOs) on September 12th in Frederikshavn, Denmark.  The same show marks the return of Abdul Khattab (11-1-0, 3 KOs). The Danish middleweight returns to the ring following his first defeat and will face Hungary's Istvan Kiss (20-19, 10 KOs).

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AUGUST 27, 2015 
 MAYWEATHER ON RETIREMENT: "NOBODY KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS"

Press Release: Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) opened up the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas as he prepares for [what could be] the last fight of a celebrated 19-year career. He will defend his world welterweight championship against a former beltholder, Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, Sept. 12th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Showtime pay-per-view will broadcast. Mayweather went through approximately a 45-minute workout, which consisted of about 35 minutes of sparring. Before a training session that was hosted by TV & CBS Radio personality Mark Kriegel. Mayweather took questions from the media inside a specially-constructed tent in a parking lot outside the gym. Here is what Mayweather had to say on Wednesday:

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AUGUST 27, 2015 


TOUCHING EXCHANGE BETWEEN TERRY NORRIS AND DR. MARGARET GOODMAN

Former world champion Terry Norris is only 45 but reportedly suffers from CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy (formerly known as pugilistic dementia, or being "punch drunk").  It's a degenerative brain condition that causes memory loss, confusion, depression and emotional outbursts. Yesterday, noted neurologist and ringside physician Dr. Margaret Goodman tweeted, "The greatest risk to fighters' brains happens in the gym. Endless sparring sets up fighters for not only acute, but chronic [brain] injury." 

To which Norris responded, "Guilty. I sparred 12 rounds a day and I'm now paying the price. I am dedicated to spreading awareness about this issue." Years ago, Goodman was criticized for stopping fights to protect boxers. She was also involved in denying Norris' request for a Nevada boxing license.  Touchingly, Norris told Goodman, "you saved my life. I was upset back then but I'm thankful now."

To which Goodman responded: "[That was] one of most difficult days of my life. Thank you. No one can teach fighters better than another fighter. You may save a life. You were a brilliant boxer, but remain a fantastic athlete. More important, you care about the sport and are now a great advocate." --Scott Shaffer

 
AUGUST 27, 2015 


CHANGES TO SEPT. 19TH SWEDISH CARD

Press Release: An opponent has been confirmed for Hampus Henriksson’s prof debut. The 21 year-old Swede will face Czech boxter Ondrej Marvan (2-0) in a four-round super middleweight contest on September 19th in Nyköping, Sweden. Klara Svensson’s IBF 140-pound title challenge, initially set for the same show, has been postponed due to an injury to the champion, Marisa Gabriela Nunez (7-5-2). The Argentinian suffered a broken arm in training. A new opponent wil be obtained for Svensson (15-1).

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AUGUST 27, 2015 
 GREG COHEN SIGNS KENDALL HOLT

Holt joins Zab Judah under same promotional banner

Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions has announced the signing of former WBO 140-pound titlist Kendall "Rated R" Holt to a promotional contract. Holt (28-6, 16 KOs), from Paterson, New Jersey, hasn't been in the ring in over two years [his last fight was a 2103 loss to Lamont Peterson], but is eager to get back in the swing of things and take on the world's top welterweights. "I'm excited about having another opportunity to fight and become champion again," said Holt. "I'm super thankful and grateful to Sarah Fina and Greg Cohen for giving me this opportunity."

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AUGUST 27, 2015 


PHILLY SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR SEPT. 19TH

Press Release: On Saturday night, September 19th, boxing returns to Harrahs Philadelphia with a main event consistingof a six-round rematch of light welterweight rematch between Antonio DuBose (7-0-1) and Jesus Lule (7-13-1). They  fought to a four-round draw on June 27th in Bethlehem, PA. Dubose is 27 years-old and from Philadelphia. Lule, 31 years-old, is from Fort Myers, Florida and has a deceiving record. He has faced eight undefeated fighters and is coming off a knockout loss to Mason Menard (29-1) on August 8th in Opelousas, Louisiana.

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AUGUST 27, 2015 


MAIN EVENTS MAKING MOVES AT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT

Main Events trying to nail down Beterbiev-Barrerra, Chilemba-Alvarez

Press Release: Last week Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) had the option of choosing between two mandatory offers: one from the WBC and the other from the IBF. The 28-year old from Malawi opted to take the offer from the WBC [and thus get in line for a shot at world champion Adonis Stevenson]. Shortly thereafter, the IBF extended the mandatory fight offer to Main Events' stablemate Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs), a 33-year old Cuban defector.

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AUGUST 27, 2015 


TRAVIS KAUFFMAN TO FACE EPIFANIO MENDOZA

Eddie Chambers also on New Jersey bill

Press Release: 
On Friday night, September 18th, boxing returns to the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  
In the main event, Travis Kauffman (29-1 with 21 KOs) will take on Epifanio Mendoza. 
Kauffman of Reading, PA, recently retunred from an injury and is riding an eleven-fight win streak. He
 took out Richard Carmack in one round on August 14th in Newark, New Jersey. The Colombian 
Mendoza (41-21-1 with 35 KOs) is a grizzled veteran who was at his best as a junior middleweight.   
The co-feature will be an eight-round heavyweight bout featuring the American return of "Fast" Eddie Chambers (41-4, 22 KOs) taking on Galen Brown (41-31-1, 25 KOs) of St. Joseph, Missouri.


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AUGUST 26, 2015 
 CLEVERLY HITS THE ROAD TO FACE FONFARA

Press Release: Ex-WBO 175-pound titlist Nathan Cleverly (29-2) will face Andrzej Fonfara (27-3) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday October 16th, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Spike in the US. Cleverly has moved back down to light heavyweight having lost to Tony Bellew at cruiserweight in November. Now, Cleverly, who is from Wales, is looking for a second lightheavyweight title reign. Standing in his way will be the Polish-born, Chicago fan-favorite Fonfara, who fights at UIC Pavilion for the 14th time in his career and is fresh off a victory over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April.

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AUGUST 26, 2015 


AGUILAR GUIDES SANTA CRUZ'S MOVE UP IN WEIGHT

Press Release: After winning titles at 118 and 122 pounds, Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17 KOs) is launching his assault on the 126-pound division Saturday night in a showdown with Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) at Staples Center in Los Angeles (ESPN, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).  In order to ensure that his step up in weight proceeds effectively, Santa Cruz enlisted the help of longtime family friend and personal trainer Andy Aguilar. The strenght trainer's mission was to increase Santa Cruz’s punching power without losing any of “El Terremoto’s” ability to throw punches in bunches. “The biggest factor here is strength and power,” Aguilar says. “We just have to keep up his conditioning, which shouldn’t be a problem. But I have to tweak his strength a little bit to have that power combined with his volume punching.”

 
AUGUST 26, 2015 
 COTTO-ALVAREZ PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Press Release: 
World middleweight champion, Miguel Cotto, and former world junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, launched their four-city press tour on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Their highly anticipated championship showdown will take place Saturday, Nov. 21st at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live by HBO Pay-Per-View. At yesterday's event, Cotto, the first native of Puerto Rico to become a champion in four different weight classes and Alvarez, a superstar in Mexico, were joined by their promoters and hundreds of pumped-up, chanting fans. Here 
is what their fighters and teams had to say:


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AUGUST 26, 2015 
 ALL-RHODE ISLAND BATTLE PITS GINGRAS VS. CAMACHO

Press Release: The Rich Gingras vs. Angel Camacho Jr. showdown, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18th at Rhode Island's Twin River Casino, is a power vs. finesse tug-of-war with the undefeated Camacho Jr. (14-0, 4 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against the hard-hitting Gingras (15-4-1, 9 KOs), who defends his New England light heavyweight title for the second time in 15 months. Both men are from Rhode Island.

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AUGUST 26, 2015 


MEXICO CARD TO STREAM LIVE ON YOUTUBE THIS FRIDAY

Press Release: This Friday night at 10:30 p.m Eastern time from Tijuana, Mexico, Youtube will air a boxing show featuring a middleweight bout between Tony Hirsch (18-6-2, 8 KOs) and Rolando Paredes (9-2-2, 8 KOs). Hirsch of Oakland, California turned pro in 2007 and has wins over quality opposition such as Derek Hiney (4-0), Jose Celaya (31-5), Louis Rose (5-0), DonYil Livingston (8-2-1). In his last bout, Hirsch won a ten-round split decision over Wes Capper (9-0) in Las Vegas. Paredes of Mexicali, Mexico is less experienced than Hirsch.  However, he is fighting in his home country and has fought at bigger weights and expected to have a decided size advantage.

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AUGUST 26, 2015 
 BENNETT-MAICELO TOPS CROWDED D.C. BILL

Press Release: This Friday night, August 28th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, Brandon Bennett (19-1, 8 KOs) will headline against Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KOs) in a ten-round lightweight bout.  Bennett of Cincinnati, Ohio has been training hard for Maicelo. "Training has been good.  I been on weight for a few days.  It's been two hard months but the difficult part of training and dieting is over and I am ready to fight," said Bennett.

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AUGUST 25, 2015 


SHANE MOSLEY BEATS DON KING IN COURT CASE
By Scott Shaffer

On Tuesday, Don King Productions (DKP) has lost its bid for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented Ricardo Mayorga from fighting Shane Mosley this weekend. As a result of this ruling, Mosley is now free to promote this Saturday's rematch against Mayorga, which is scheduled for the Forum in Inglewood, California.

DKP claims to have Mayorga tied up for years under an exclusive promotional contract which Mayorga allegedly extended in 2014. However, the basis for the court's ruling was that even if the contract remains in effect, DKP would not be irreparably harmed by the Mosley-Mayorga fight taking place.  Judge Kathleen M. Williams wrote, "the court fails to see how Mayorga's potentially poor performance on August 29th would negatively impact Don King Production's efforts to promote him in the future... Mayorga's career is nearing its end and Ms. Dana Jamison [of DKP] testified that since at least 2009, DKP has been unable to direct or strongly influence Mayorga's decisions.  Mayorga's refusal to communicate with DKP... undermines the notion that any loss in directing his career would be irreparable harm [to DKP]." King is still free to pursue Mayorga for monetary damages if he chooses to continue with the lawsuit.

While the judge found that King lacked a legal basis to stop the fight, she certainly did not trust Mayorga's testimony. At last week's hearing in Florida, Mayorga was shown a number of DKP documents with his signature-- including promotional agreements, a $2000 check from DKP and a $441,000 promissory note-- all of them dated July 2014. Mayorga denied signing any of them, but when it was proven he was in Don King's offices that day, Mayorga offered a very lame excuse. "Mayorga would have the court believe that on July 10, 2014, he flew from Nicaragua to Florida and immediately traveled to DKP's office for the sole purpose of having his new wife take a picture with Mr. King," wrote a dubious Judge Williams.   

At last week's hearing, Mosley testified that, as the fight's promoter, he will be paying Mayorga a purse of $250,000. Mosley also testified that, as of last week, less than 3000 tickets had been sold and that "he has been placing free tickets on park benches in order to drum up publicity for the event. " Mosley also told the court he expects over 1.2 million pay-per-view buys for the fight.

While the contract between DKP and Mayorga may ulitmately be upheld if King presses forward with this lawsuit, the court declined for now to rule on its validity. "Questions remain about whether DKP offered Mayorga [three bouts per year as required under the promotional contract] of whether DKP was unable to [offer three fights per year] given Mayorga's refusal to communicate with DKP... he purportedly told Dana Jamison of DKP that he was not prepared to fight."

Click here to read Boxingtalk's coverage of last week's legal proceedings. 

 
AUGUST 25, 2015 


KEEPING UP WITH RIDDICK BOWE

Over the weekend, the New York Times published a very interesting story on Riddick Bowe, the former heavyweight champion of the world. Bowe's latest business venture is a rotisserie chicken restuarant located on 116th street in the Harlem section of New York City. The article contrasts the greeting Bowe receives in Harlem with the treatment he gets in the Brooklyn housing project where he grew up.  Click here to read the New York Times story. --Scott Shaffer

 
AUGUST 25, 2015 


BOXINGTALK'S KO FIX

Mairis Briedis KO5 Manuel Charr... Boxing fans, time to get to know Latvian heavyweight Mairis Breidis. He's on the smallish side, having mostly campaigned at cruisertwieght, but he certainly can punch with the big boys, as fringe contender Manuel Charr found out this weekend in Grozny, Russia. Breidis put Charr (28-4) to sleep in the fifth round to improve his own record to 17-0 with 14 KOs. Charr, who lasted seven rounds with Alex Povetkin and four with Vitali Klitschko, represented a big step up for Breidis. To see the Briedis-Charr KO, click here. -Ben Dean

 
AUGUST 25, 2015 
 SANTA CRUZ-MARES SEVEN-DAY WEIGH-IN RESULTS

According to the WBC, Leo Santa Cruz weighed 130 pounds and Abner Mares 129 on their seven-day weigh-in before Saturday's big 122-pound fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
  On the same card, Hugo "Cuatito" Ruiz fights Julio "Pollito" Ceja, also at 122 pounds, with Ruiz currently weighing 125 compared to 123 for Ceja.



 
AUGUST 24, 2015 
 HEAVYWEIGHT MARK DE MORI A PROMOTIONAL FREE AGENT

Boxingtalk has learned that Don King Productions has released Australian heavyweight Mark De Mori, making him a promotional free agent. De Mori, 33 years old, has a pro record of 29-1-2. His one loss was early in his career, a 2004 knockout at the hands of journeyman John Wyborn. De Mori has some decent wins on his resume, including Ed Mahone and Rob Calloway. --Scott Shaffer

 
AUGUST 24, 2015 
 SORO PASSES ON EASY TITLE OPPORTUNITY; THOMPSON JUMPS AT THE CHANCE

Press Release: Boxcino 2015 champion John "Apollo Kidd" Thompson (17-1) has signed to face undefeated Liam Smith (20-0-1) for the vacant WBO 154-pound title on October 10th in  Manchester, England. Editor's note: the title was stripped from Demetrius Andrade due to inactivity. France's Michel Soro was initially offered a fight with Smith to fill the vacancy, but he declined the offer.

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AUGUST 24, 2015 


Q&A: UNDEFEATED HEAVYWEIGHT TREVOR BRYAN

Press Release: Heavyweight Trevor “The Dream” Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs) will face his toughest opponent to date, experienced Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), in the ten-round heavyweight main event of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Here’s what the 26 year-old Bryan had to say:

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AUGUST 24, 2015 
 UPDATE: ESPN3 TO AIR BROOKLYN SHOW ON TUESDAY

Press Release: Monday at 3:30, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, the weigh-in for tomorrow's show will be open to the public at the MCU Park Picnic Area, accessible from the Coney Island Boardwalk or the MCU Park Back Gate. The biggest name on the show will be two-time Irish Olympian John Joe Nevin (3-0). The bantamweight Nevin will face Mexico's Victor Capaceta (4-7). A 2012 silver medal winner, Nevin is pumped up to be part of his first New York appearance (two of this three pro fights were in the USA). UPDATE: Promoter Dmitriy Salita announced that ESPN3 will carry the event live from 8-11 p.m. via its multiscreen network. The show is also scheduled to be available to more than 10 million broadcast households, re-airing during the month of September courtesy of MSG Network.

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AUGUST 24, 2015 
 MOSLEY-MAYORGA UPDATE: MOSLEY NO LONGER OPTIMISTIC ABOUT LAWSUIT
By Scott Shaffer

A ruling is expected today on promoter Don King's request for a preliminary injunction to bar Ricardo Mayorga from fighting Shane Mosley in California this weekend.  King filed the lawsuit in Florida, alleging Mayorga is under an exlcusive contract to Don King Productions. Mosley, as the promoter, has aggressively defended the case, and has gamely continued with plans to host the final press conference on Tuesday. However, court proceedings seemed not to go as well as expected for Mosley last week, and he told TMZ.com, "I feel that it's gonna be kind of hard for the fight to take place ... but there's some things that my legal team said that we can do to make it where we can actually get the fight." Anothger bad omen came when the judge denied Mosley's request to consider written reports that King has a bad reputation in the sport. Mosley tweeted last week that even if the injunction were granted, he would consider finding a replacement for Mayorga to save the show. Read more on TMZ.com.

 
AUGUST 24, 2015 


RESULTS FROM MEXICO: CORLEY EDGED OUT IN MEXICO

Nery Sanguilan W10 Demarcus Corley... In Juarez, Mexico more than 8,000 fans saw Nery "Pantera" Saguilan narrowly defeat 41 year-old DeMarcus "Chop-Chop" Corley by unanimous decision. Corley, a former junior welterweight titlist, started strong and used his height and reach advantage to land lead rights from his southhpaw stance. Saguilan cupped his gloves and took few blows to the head. As the fight progressed, Saguilan closed the distance and used hand speed to land to some good shots but, frustratingly, he usually paused to admire his work and show off, which increasingly irked the crowd.  Judges Francisco Flores and Humberto Manjarrez scored 115-113, while Jerry Benzor scored 115-114, all in favor of   Saguilan, who was fighting in his home country. Afterwards, Corley complained via Twitter, "all he did was joke around." source: wbc


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AUGUST 24, 2015 


EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ WINS IN PUERTO RICO

Emmanuel Rodriguez KO7 Alex Rangel... In Fajardo, Puerto Rico, local bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) defeated Mexico's Alex Rangel (16-5-2, 10 KOs) with a seventh-round knockout.  Rangel tried to be the aggressor, but Rodriguez was waiting with an accurate jab, followed by a damaging straight right. On many occasions, he also surprised the Mexican with powerful left hooks. In the seventh round, the bout ended when Rodriguez floored Rangel, who failed to beat the count. source: wbc


 
AUGUST 24, 2015 


HAERTEL BEING MOVED QUICKLY BY SAUERLAND

Press Release: German super middleweight Stefan Haertel (6-0) returns to action on September 5th on Sauerland Event's show in Dresden, Germany. The former amateur star looks to continue his pro run as he takes on Ivan Jukic (21-5, 14 KOs) . "I believe my last fight was my best yet as a pro,’’ said the 27 year-old Haertel, who recorded a unanimous points victory over Maurice Possiti (10-6) in July.  Haertel has spent three weeks in California sparring with George Groves as the British fighter prepares for a WBC title challenge against Badou Jack. Having returned to Germany, Haertel has resumed training with coach Karsten Roewer and his troop of Sauerland fighters including Juergen Braehmer. Haertel-Jukic is scheduled for the undercard of Braehmer against Konni Konrad (Braehmer's WBA regular light heavyweight title will be at stake). Tickets are available via www.tickethall.de.

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