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|A lesson learned for Eddie Hearn; you can't always get what you wish for, By G. Leon|
To a great extent, whether you like it or not, whether you agree or disagree, the sanctioning bodies very much have the final say in moves you may want to make for Anthony Joshua or any championship caliber fighter for that matter. Case in point, the IBF shot you down when you inquired about having Joshua fight Klitschko. Let me give you a little education given you’re still learning the business. If you want Joshua to keep his IBF strap, he must defend his title against Joseph Parker, assuming Parker beats Dimitrenko this coming Saturday.
|Spinks, Vanderpool honored in Rochester|
A capacity crowd packed The Diplomat Party House in Rocherter, NY to honor former world light hewvyweight and world heavyweight champion Michael "Jinx" Spinks and former junior middleweight contender Fitz "The Whip" Vanderpool at the recent 26th annual Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame (RBHOF) Banquet & Awards Night. Spinks (31-1, 21 KOs) received the Integrity Award, while Vanderpool (26-8-4, 13 KOs) was presented with the Courage Award. Honored posyhumously was Rochester's Johnny McCoy (Clarence Millard), who was inducted into the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame. McCoy (77-30-14, 21 KOs) passed away in 1978 at the age of 81. He was one of the top flyweights in the world between 1916 and 1932. He was recognized as world champion by the state of California following a tournament to determine the winner of the vacant world title relinquished by Fidel LaBarba.
|Fortuna notches TKO in Dominican Republic|
Javier Fortuna TKO2 Marlyn Cabrera... On Saturday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, former WBA 130-pound titleholder Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna returned to action with a two-round blowout of fellow Dominican Marlyn Cabrera. In his first fight since losing his title to Jason Sosa in June, Fortuna (30-1-1, 22 KOs) dropped Cabrera twice in the second round, eliciting the stoppage. It was Cabrera's first loss as a professional in 23 fights.
Jeison Rosario TKO2 Carlos Jairo Cruz... On the same show, 21-year-old Dominican junior middleweight Jeison "Banana" Rosario (12-0, 9 KOs) destroyed formerly undefeated Carlos Jairo Cruz (now 17-1, 11 KOs) in two rounds. source for all results: Sampson Boxing
|Stephen A. Smith, Brian Kenny to anchor Pacquiao PPV broadcast|
Press Release: The ringside broadcast team for pay-per-view fight between WBO welterwight champion Jessie Vargas and all-time great Manny Pacquaio has been named by Top Rank. The broadcast, which will take place Saturday, November 5th from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, will be handled by Stephen A. Smith, Brian Kenny, ex-champion Timothy Bradley and Charissa Thompson. TopRank.com's Crystina Poncher will be the telecast's roving reporter.
|Introducing Shohjahon "Shoh" Ergashev|
Press Release: Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of junior welterweight slugger Shohjahon "Shoh" Ergashev to a promotional contract. Known as a power puncher in Russian boxing circles, the 25-year-old Ergashev (6-0, 6 KOs) is from Uzbekistan. The southpaw started boxing in 2003 and won the Uzbekistan Nationals four times, starting in 2005. He won 202 of his 216 amateur bouts, holds a victory over Olympic silver medalist Shahram Gayasov and went undefeated the last three years of his amateur career, winning every fight by knockout.
|Gonzalez KTFO’s Japanese softie|
Jhonny Gonzalez KO1 Hirotsugu Yamamoto …Jhonny Gonzalez poleaxed overmatched Hirotsugu Yamamoto with one second to spare before the end of the first round in Cancun, Mexico. This WBC-sanctioned mismatch saw Gonzalez’s career record upped to 62-10, while Yamamoto, coming off a loss to a boxer with a losing record, falls to a weak 19-13-2, with just 3 KOs. Now campaigning as a 130-pounder, Gonzalez dug hooks into the body of his hesitant and pawing Japanese opponent, then moved upstairs to land a right hook, which smartly sent Yamamoto to the canvas. He bravely got up, but just before the bell to end round one, Gonzalez dropped a looping left hook on Yamamoto’s jaw to end the bout. Yamamoto fell awkwardly and was kept on a stool for several minutes afterwards. source: wbc
|Results from around the world|
Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna defeated Walter Gabriel Sequeira by KO in the sixth round of an all-Argentina light heavyweight contest in Buenos Aires. The bout was a slugfest, but Maderna imposed his better technical skills and power, landing lefts and short straight rights to the jaw. He sent Sequeira to the canvas in the first round with a left hook. In the sixth, Madera landed a powerful uppercut that ended the fight. Madera improves to 24-3 while Sequira drops to 17-4. source: wbc
On Saturday in Bialystok, Poland, local man Robert “Shy” Swierzbinski beat Finland’s Timo Laine from Finland by a wide decision in a middleweight bout. Scores were 99-91 (twice) and 98-92 for Swierzbinski (17-6-1). Laine drops to to 15-8. source: wbf
|Linares takes Crolla's WBA title|
Jorge Linares W12 Anthony Crolla... Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares (41-3, 27 KOs) defeated Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs) via decision at the Manchester Arena on Saturday. After twelve rounds of both Linares and Crolla fighting resiliently until the end, the judges announced their scores of 115-114, 117-111, 115-113, which awarded Linares the WBA lightweight title (a WBC diamond belt, essentially a trophy was also at stake). Linares said afterwards, "I hurt my hand in the sixth round, and backed off and it worked. I told my corner my strategy in the 10th round and what I was going to do for the next three rounds. I feel I hurt Crolla a couple times, but didn't want to go forward too much and hurt him too much, because I knew I had to be intelligent. In the beginning of camp, I was worried about my hand but as the weeks went on I began to feel comfortable and feel much better. After this, I want to take a good break and rest, I want my hand to heal and then I will begin training again." source: golden boy press release
|Boxingtalk Breaks Down Klitschko's options, By G. Leon|
As previously reported here on boxingtalk.com, assuming the IBF follows their rules, and doesn’t sanction a Klitschko vs. Joshua match, let’s examine the three probable options available to Klitschko.
After getting the disappointing news, Klitschko is now left like the emperor with no clothes. Having ruled the heavyweight division for 10 years, Klitschko is a sure first ballot HOF fighter currently in no man’s land and looking to redeem his painful, unproductive, inexplicable, effortless loss to Tyson Fury.
On ShoBox from Miami, Oklahoma, undefeated heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison stopped Ed Pollard in the first round; Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk decisioned Wang Zhimin in a battle of unbeatens; Ivan “The Volk” Golub remained unbeaten with a knockout of James Stevenson; and light heavyweight Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic stopped Travis Peterkin via fifth-round knockout.
|IBF should not sanction Joshua-Klitschko, By G. Leon|
Now that Tyson Fury has been declared “medically unfit” and for the second time, unable to defend his title against Wladimir Klitschko on October 29, 2016, it will be interesting to see if the IBF plays by their championship rules and sanctions a Joshua vs. Klitschko title fight which both fighters and their respective teams are eager to make, but, would go totally against IBF championship rules given the fact that Klitschko is not even ranked in their heavyweight top 15 rankings which is a mandatory prerequisite according to their rules.
|Fury's uncle speaks out, says ailing champ should not be stripped, By Scott Shaffer|
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is out of his October rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. Fury (25-0) claimed the world title in November 2015 by defeating Klitschko via unanimous decision. The ex-champion had the contractual right to an immediate rematch with Fury, but was unable to enforce it in the first half of the year when Fury claimed an ankle injury. The rematch was scheduled for October, but yesterday Fury withdrew, saying only he was "medically unfit" to fight. [The full statement from Fury's promoter is published in the story below].
Amidst speculation that the volatile Fury has been ruled out due to mental health issues, the champion's uncle/manager/ trainer Peter Fury took to social media to issue a brief statement of his own. Fury did not confirm or deny the mental health issue, but said, "With Tyson's condition, he cannot be held culpable. Detailed statement coming soon on health. He will not & should not be stripped of belts." Peter Fury later added: "Belts will be determined by the right legal process. In the meantime, 'Singing in the Rain' fits the bill of today."
|Tyson Fury "medically unfit" to fight|
Tyson Fury's world heavyweight championship must be called into question after he pulled out of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for the second time in recent months. The British press is speculating that Fury has mental health issues, which if true, would be a precedent for the heavyweight championship. Oliver McCall and Mike Tyson (whom Fury is named after) battled mental illness through championship-level fights with varying degree of success. The mental illness has not been confirmed, however, with Fury's promoter confirming only that he is "medically unfit."
Hennessy Sports statement: It is with the deepest regret that we have to announce that the world heavyweight championship rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, scheduled to take place on the 29th October 2016 at the Manchester Arena, will not be going ahead. Tyson has, this week, been declared medically unfit to fight. Medical specialists have advised that the condition is too severe to allow him to participate in the rematch and that he will require treatment before going back into the ring. Tyson will now immediately undergo the treatment he needs to make a full recovery. We and Tyson wish to express our sincerest apologies to all those concerned with the event and all the boxing fans who had been looking forward to the rematch. Tyson is understandably devastated by the development. We will be making a further statement in due course. Until then, we ask that Tyson and his family be given the privacy and the space he needs to recover during this difficult time."
|Havnaa to venture outside Scandinavia|
Press Release: Norwegian cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa (6-0, 5 KOs) will face Bosnia's Mirnes Denadic (7-3, 3 KOs) on October 1st in a six-round contest on the undercard of the WBA regular light heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Havnaa returns to action following his second-round technical knockout victory over Miklos Kovacs on March 19th at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Denmark, and the 27 year-old says he is looking forward to getting back in the ring and testing his skills against Denandic.
|Introducing Mikkel Nielsen|
Press Release: Danish amateur star Mikkel Nielsen will meet Andrei Dolhozhyieu (10-17-2, 8 KOs) on October 15th at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Nielsen, who has won the Danish amateur championships for the last three years running, will make his professional debut with a four-round light middleweight contest against the 30 year-old Belarusian. In preparation for his professional bow, the 27 year-old has been training with former two-time champion Joey Gamache in his Copenhagen gym. [This is a third Danish boxer with the same surname. Already, Danish boxing has super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (28-1) and cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (22-0)].
|Olympian Custio Clayton to headline In Montreal|
Press Release: The GYM 2016-2017 boxing series will begin on October 20th in Montreal's Casino de Montreal, as announced today by GYM president Yvon Michel. In the ten-round main event, 2012 Canadian Olympian Custio Clayton (9-0, 7 KOs) will face the biggest challenge of his young career, Mexico's Ramses "El Faraon" Agaton (17-4-3, 9 KOs). Charismatic Marie-Eve Dicaire (4-0-0, 0 KOs) will step into the ring in a six-round fight for only the second time of her career versus Karla Zamora (3-2-0, 1 KO), of Mexico, in the co-feature. Also on the card, super bantamweight Vislan Dalkhaev (7-0, 2 KOs) will try to continue his demolition work in the pro ranks against Rodrigo Adrian Campos (10-4-0, 5 KOs), of Mexico in an eight-round fight.
|ShoBox weigh-in report|
Press Release: The eight fighters featured on the ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader live on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) tonight (Friday, Sept. 23rd) from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, are set to go. In the main event, once-beaten Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Fla. will be opposed by Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y. in a ten-round 175-pound scrap. Junior lightweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (11-0, 10 KOs) of Brooklyn, N.Y., meets Wang Zhimin (14-1, which includes 7-1 in the World Series of Boxing) of China in the ten-round co-feature. Heavyweight Trey Lippe Morrison (11-0, 11 KOs), of Grove, Okla., the son of the late former world heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, will make his television debut against Ed “Black Magic” Latimore (13-0, 7 KOs), of Pittsburgh, Pa, and in a six-round bout and Ukrainian welterweight Ivan “The Volk” Golub (17-0, which includes 5-0 in the WSB) of Brooklyn, N.Y. faces James “Keep’em Sleepin” Stevenson (23-2, 16 KOs) of Baltimore, Md., in an eight-rounder that will open the telecast. The weights: Kalajdzic weighed 175½ pounds, Peterkin 174; Baranchyk tipped the scale at 139¾ pounds, Zhimin 139½, Morrison weighed 221½ pounds, Latimore 219; and Golub weighed 146½ pounds, Stevenson 146.
|Lippe-Morrison ready for ShoBox debut|
Press Release: As the son of popular former WBO heavyweight titleholder Tommy Morrison, Trey Lippe-Morrison’s name alone generates attention. A quick glance at the Oklahoman’s record shows that all eleven of his victories came by knockout, ten of them inside of two rounds. Also, he is trained by legendary Freddie Roach at Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles, CA. His critics note that his name alone generated the buzz rather than his knockouts and (correctly note) that many second generation boxers didn’t meet expectations. On Friday evening at the Buffalo Run Casino, Lippe-Morrison looks to make his TV debut a successful one when he battles fellow unbeaten Ed “Black Magic” Latimore. The bout opens a quadrupleheader on Shobox: The New Generation and is scheduled for six rounds.
|Petrov to face Perez in lightweight eliminator|
Press Release: Lightweights Petr "Zar" Petrov (37-4-2, 18 KOs) of Russia and Michael "The Artist" Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) of Newark, N.J. hosted a media workout in Los Angeles ahead of their WBA elimination bout on September 30th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, CA. Also in attendance were the co-feature paticipants, East Los Angeles' Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro (6-0, 5 KOs) and Texas' Larry Carrillo (5-1, 2 KOs), who are scheduled for a six-round light welterweight fight against. The show will be broadcast live on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar. Below is what the fighters had to say at today's media workout:
|Toowoomba, Australia lands strong welterweight clash|
Press Release: According to Australian promoter Brendan Smith, it's a done deal for Kris George (11-1) to fight Cameron Hammond (16-0) for the Commonwealth welterweigh title in Toowoomba Australia. "This is history for Toowoomba," Smith said. "Both fighters have signed, now we will confirm a date [but] it will be in Toowoomba. We've never had a Commonwealth title here so this is huge news. This is a bout between that came together after Hammond was scheduled to face Jack Brubaker later this month for the belt but Brubaker had to withdraw with a hand injury. As soon as news surfaced of Brubaker's withdrawal Kris George wasted no time putting his hand up challenging Hammond.
|Donaire-Magdaleno highlights Pacquiao PPV support bouts|
Press Release: The November 5th pay-per-view bouts supporting Jessie Vargas' WBO welterweight title defense against Manny Pacquiao have been announced. The most attractive bout on the undercard, which takes place at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center, matches WBO 122-pound champion Nonito Donaire (37-3, 24 KOs) of the Philippines against mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs) from Las Vegas. Also, Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs), a two-time Mexican Olympian defends his WBO 126-pound championship against mandatory challenger Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs) from Japan. The pay-per-view opens up with Chinese hero Zou Shiming (8-1, 2 KOs), a two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion, battling Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (39-1-2, 24 KOs) from Thailand. Shiming vs. Kwanpichit is a rematch between the two flyweight contenders as Kwanpichit is riding a two-year, 12-bout winning streak since his sole loss, which was to Zou.
|Keith Thurman: Boxing is evolving!, By Keith Thurman (from Premier Boxing Champions)|
An open letter to boxing fans from WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman:
There’s been a lot of talk of late that boxing is dead. To those who choose to believe that, I say bullshit. Boxing is not dead. It’s as alive as when the bell rings—signaling two fighters to meet in the center of the ring. What the sport is doing is evolving, and thus the conversation is changing. Some pundits like to suggest that boxing is in trouble because of a lack of superstars—let me quickly stop that talk right there.
|Diaz-Hirales headlines this week's Solo Boxeo|
Press Release: Featherweight Christopher ‘Pitufo’ Diaz, will return to Kissimmee, FL, the city called Little Puerto Rico, to headline a Solo Boxeo on Unimas card on Friday September 23rd at the Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park. Díaz (17-0, 11 KOs), from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, will face his toughest opponent to date, Mexican veteran Raúl Hiráles (22-5-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout.
|Introducing Joseph Williams|
Press Release: DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has added to its roster by signing undefeated light heavyweight Joseph Williams (10-0, 7 KOs), of Far Rockaway, Queens, NY. "I am very happy to have signed with Lou DiBella," said Williams. "My team and I believe that I have the ability to become the best light heavyweight in all of boxing. I know that Lou will provide me the platform and the opportunities to accomplish that."
|Frank Warren trashes Chris Eubank Jr., By Frank Warren (from his website frankwarren.com)|
When I was first negotiating a promotional deal with Chris Eubank Sr. to sign his son, he made a weird tasteless analogy of his son as a boxer, saying that he was “the best pussy I’d ever have”. Over the past year or two I have been guilty of singling out Eubank Sr. as a fool and a fraud. I now concede I was wrong to label him in isolation as the characteristic obviously runs in the family. Myself and others have long afforded Chris Eubank Jr. the benefit of the doubt, believing him to be a victim of the madness of his old man. Now I’m not so sure, in fact I’m certain they are on the same wavelength and in cahoots over every illogical decision. They are made for each other.
|Dillian Whyte to face Ian Lewison for vacant British HW title|
Edited Press Release: Dillian Whyte (18-1) and Ian Lewison (12-2-1) are both predicting big KO wins when they clash for the vacant British heavyweight title at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday, October 7th, live on Sky Sports. [The last two men to hold the tile, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, both went on to capture world titles, with Fury currently reigning as the true world champion]. The Brixton bangers take their rivalry north of the border with the Lord Lonsdale belt on the line along with bragging rights in south London. Whyte fights for the belt for the second time, as his only career loss came in a failed bid vs. Joshua last December. Lewison, though largely unterted, has seen his two losses come via decision in a three-round and four-round fight].
|Crolla-Linares U.S. broadcast details|Press Release:
An excellent lightweight bouts will take place in England this Saturday afternoon, September 24th, as Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares will square off for the WBA lightweight championship. The bout will be televised live on both Awe Network and www.klowdtv.com
. The start time of the show will be 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT. Fans who do not have Awe can access the channel via www.klowdtv.com
, a pay site that will be FREE for the month of September. Crolla (31-4-3) defeated Darleys Perez for the title in 2015. Linares (40-3) previously held the WBC version of the 135-pound title but was corruptly stripped due to injury.
|Late paperwork scuppers Swedish show|
Edited Press Release: The Sauerland show scheduled for October 28th at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden has been postponed. "Sadly the fight between Erik Skoglund and Timy Shala has been postponed due to a failed application with the Kampsportsdelegationen (Swedish Martial Arts Delegation [the local athletic commission])," said promoter Nisse Sauerland. "Obviously we are disappointed, but laws are laws and we have to be respectful of the Swedish laws when it comes to boxing. There was a mix up with the application, which meant it was submitted too late, and we will now be addressing this issue to see how it happened, and to ensure it never happens again. Unfortunately this means we will have to postpone our scheduled event on October 28th, but we will announce a new date shortly." Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled date, or fans can contact Biljettforum to receive a full refund.
|McKenzie withdraws days before Huck fight|
British cruiserweight Ovill Mckenzie (25-12-1) has withdrawn from Saturday's fight against Marco Huck on medical grounds, although his promoter has failed to disclose the nature of the injury. Mckenzie, 36, was due to challenge Huck this Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany for the IBO title Huck won against Ola Afolabi in February. McKenzie narrowly missed out on the IBF championship when he pushed Victor Emilio Ramirez to a draw in Argentina last October. McKenzie says he is devastated at missing out on another title opportunity. “Naturally I am absolutely gutted that I have been forced to pull out of my challenge for the IBO title. I had been training harder than ever and was in the shape of my life but unfortunately these things happen in boxing... I am sorry to all of my fans who booked tickets, flights and hotels to watch me fight. Medical advice from health professionals cannot be ignored and I believe that we have made the correct decision to withdraw. I hope the fight can be rescheduled."
|Cermeno to defend paper title vs. unknown Thai|
The WBA has announced that on Friday, September 30th in Wenzhou, China, Panama's Nehomar Cermeño (25-5-1, 14 KOs) will defend his WBA 122-pound regular title against Thailand's Anurak Thisa (17-0, 5 KOs). [The WBA recognizes the true world 122-pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux as a "super champion"]. To acclimate for the fight, Cermeño flew from Panama to China and is looking forward to the first defense of the vacant title he won against Chinese unknown Xiao Jun Qiu three months ago. Cermeño, 36, intends to go the full twelve rounds if necessary and has been working in the gym with that in mind. “The plan my coach Celso Chavez devised has made both my hands and legs faster,” said Cermeño, “and this will be apparent the day of the fight.” The challenger is 11 years younger than Cermeno but has padded his record with plenty of bouts against designated losers.
|Jhonny Gonzalez imports Japanese softie|
In pursuit of another title shot, Mexican warrior Jhonny Gonzalez (61-10) will tune up on Saturday against Japan's Hirotsugu Yamamoto (19-12-2). In his last fight, Yamaoto was beaten by a Japanese boxer with a losing record. The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo along with Cancun Boxing led by Pepe Gómez. “With victory, the next step is to try to arrange a fight with Francisco 'Bandido' Vargas [the current WBC 130-pound champion]. My main goal is to conquer a fourth world crown," stressed the quiet-spoken, but determined Gonzalez. During the next several days, Gonzalez will travel to Cancun with his team. He confirmed tot he WBC that he's already on weight and ready to fight. Gonzalez won the WBO 118-pound title in 2005, the WBC 126-pound title in 2011, and regained the WBC 126-pound title in 2013 with a one-round KO of Abner Mares.
|Bösel climbing the light heavy ranks in Europe|
Dominic Bösel W12 Tony Averlant ... In Weissenfels, Germany over the weekend, light heavyweight Dominic Bösel continued his undefeated run against quality opposition. This time, Bösel defeated France's Tony Averlant (24-9-2 with 4 KOs) by unanimous decision. Averlant saw a six-fight winning streak ended. From the beginning, Boesel (23-0 with 8 KOs) dominated the fight. Only in the fifth round did Averlant force him into a corner, unloading a smattering of combinations. Bösel won rounds six through eleven very clearly and the decision of the officials was clear. Bösel was the winner by 117-111, 118-111 and 116-112. source: wbc
|Canelo out for remainder of 2016 with hand injury|
Press Release: Today, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez visited specialist Dr. Pedro Jaime Lomeli, after injuring his right hand during his ninth round knockout victory over Liam "Beefy" Smith to win the WBO 154-pound title on September 17, 2016. After taking x-rays and conducting a CT scan, the doctor found an avulsion fracture of the right thumb. Canelo does not need surgery and the prognosis is excellent. Canelo's hand will be immobilized for the next six weeks, and he will be unable to fight again in 2016 [a December 2016 fight was planned]. According to his promoter, Golden Boy, the news "does nothing to Canelo's plans to move up and take on the best in the middleweight division next year."
|DiBella boxers win in Domincan Republic|
Lenin Castillo KO2 Jose M. Torres... The light heavyweight Lenin Castillo (15-0-1, 10 KOs) scored a second-round KO over Colombian Jose Miguel Torres (31-9, 27 KOs) in the Dominican Republic this weekend. A 2008 Dominican Olympian, Castillo turned pro in 2010 and quickly moved to a perfect 11-0 by 2013, before his career was sidelined due to promotional issues. Castillo, who splits his time living and training between the Dominican Republic and Brooklyn, signed with DBE in 2015. The lone blemish on his record came against Travis Peterkin (16-0-1) in August of last year.
Jonathan Alonso W8 Jherson Perez... Also in the Dominican Republic, Jonathan Alonso (11-0, 4 KOs) pounded out an eight-round unanimous decision over Venezuelan Jherson Perez (5-3, 3 KOs) in the junior welterweight division. Alonso was born and raised in the Dominican Republic but represented Spain in the 2012 Olympic Games. This was a triumphant homecoming for him, as he only fought in Spain and the US since turning pro in 2014. Alonso, who now lives and trains full-time in Brooklyn, is expected to return stateside for his next bout before the end of the year. source for both results: dibella entertainment
|Why I Write About Boxing Part 3, By Doveed Linder|
The last time I wrote an article called “Why I Write About Boxing”, I had just interviewed former heavyweight contender Peter McNeeley. If you recall, McNeeley fought Mike Tyson back in August 1995. It was Tyson’s first fight after a three-year prison stint. Tyson-McNeeley was the biggest non-title event in the history of the sport, and it made a celebrity out of McNeeley. McNeeley carried the promotion of the fight with his colorful personality, delivering one of the most memorable pre-fight quotes when he declared that he was going to wrap Tyson in a “cocoon of horror.” Speaking to McNeeley was a lot of fun. When the interview was over, I called my father from Starbucks and told him all about it. A man sitting near me overheard the conversation. He started nodding his head and smiling, and he said, “I remember that guy!” It was a great feeling to be able to talk to someone like Peter McNeeley who I watched when I was first becoming a boxing fan, and then make a connection with a total stranger in a coffee shop. These are things that bring me a lot of joy.
|Luis Collazo calls out Berto for long overdue rematch, By Ivan Montiel|
IM: Luis Collazo hope all is good heard you been calling out Andre Berto for a rematch
LC: Yes I believe this rematch is long overdue! Berto has been calling out Danny Garcia even though Danny Garcia already has a fight against John Molina Jr. Berto says Garcia has been ducking him but you know what Berto there’s no other fight out there so we got unfinished business! I believe in 2009 our fight was candidate of the year so let’s go ahead and make this fight happen!
|Havnaa takes first bout outside Scandinavia|Press Release:
Norwegian cruiserweight Kai Robin Havnaa (6-0, 5 KOs) will face Mirnes Denadic (7-3, 3 KOs) on October 1st in a six-round contest on the undercard of the WBA regular light heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly. The show takes place at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Havnaa, age 27, returns to action following his second-round technical knockout victory over Miklos Kovacs on March 19th in Denmark. Havnaa said, "it will be my first time fighting outside of Denmark, and I’m excited to get the chance to fight in Germany as part of such a big show. Since my last fight, I’ve been working hard with my coach Joey Gamache, I’ve had a lot of tough sparring, and I feel like I’ve really improved." Tickets for the Sauerland show on October 1st at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg are available online via www.tickethall.de
|Polish boxing update|
After coming up short against some of the best middleweights in the world, Poland’s Robert Swierzbinski is looking to get his career back on track when he squares off with Timo Laine from Finland on Saturday September 24th. With a record of 16-6-1, Swierzbinski has losses to Chris Eubank Jr., Tommy Langford and Maciej Sulecki, as well as former titleholders David Lemieux and Hassan N´dam N´jikam. Now he will get an opportunity to shine on home ground, when he faces 32-year-old Laine at the Hala Szkoly Podstawowej in his hometown of Bialystok. Laine, a former Finnish national champion, is 15-7 since turning pro in 2010. In his most recent outing, this past July, he lost to common foe Tommy Langford, so just like Swierzbinski he will be aiming to rebound.The bout will be televised live in Poland by TVP Sport. source: wbf
|Canelo stops Smith to gain a belt at 154|
Canelo Alvarez KO9 Liam Smith... Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) made a successful return to the 154-pound division by knocking out England's Liam Smith in front of a crowd of 51,240 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. At the start of the fight, both Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs) and Smith (23-1-1, 13 KOs) came out aggressively. As the fight progressed, both fighters went back and forth exchanging combinations. In the beginning of the seventh round, Alvarez dropped Smith with an overhand right to the head. In the eighth, Liam was knocked down again by a body shot and finally, at 2:28 in the ninth round, Alvarez seized Smith's WBO championship by landing a straight power hit to Smith's liver, immobilizing the fighter. [After vacating the world middleweight championship to avoid Gennady Golovkin, Alvarez is now a two-time title holder inthe junior middleweight division.] source: golden boy
|Undercard results from Texas|
Willie Monroe, Jr. W12 Gabriel Rosado... the Texas co-feature on Saturday, Willie "El Mongoose" Monroe, Jr. (21-2, 6 KOs), of Rochester, NY defeated Philly's "King" Gabriel Rosado (23-10, 13 KOs) in a [dull] twelve-round match that could propel Monroe into a big fight against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in December. The fighters tested each other as they kept their distance by using jabs and counterpunches. As the rounds progressed, the fighter's aggression grew, with Rosado pushing Monroe after the bell for the ninth round. In the eleventh round, Rosado landed a body shot to Monroe while also suffering an accidental headbutt. In the end, the judges determined "El Mongoose" the champion of this fight by unanimous decision with scores of 116-112, 118-110 and 117-111.
Jojo Diaz TKO9 Andrew Cancio... Former Olympian Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. stopped Blythe, Calif.'s Andrew "El Chango" Cancio (17-4-2, 13 KOs) in the ninth round of a featherweight scrap.
Sadam Ali W10 Saul Corral... Brooklyn, NY's Sadam "World Kid" Ali (23-1, 13 KOs) defeated Mexico's Saul Corral (21-8, 12 KOs) in a welterweight battle. In round four, Ali effectively knocked down Saul Corral showing off his strong ability to throw effect combinations. By round eight, both fighters began to brawl in going the distance with the judges scoring the fight 99-98, 99-91, 99-90 in favor of Ali. source for all results: golden boy
|A Star Is Born: Oleksandr Usyk, By Charles Muniz|
Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk dethroned WBO Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof Glowacki (26-1, 16 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision ( 119-109 117-111 117 111) on Saturday night at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. Usyk record is now 10-0 with 9 wins coming by KO.
|Smith wins close MD over Galarza|
Ishe Smith W10 Frank Galarza… The 38-year-old former IBF 154-pound champion Ishe Smith proved too much for Frank Galarza, using a second-round knockdown to propel him to a ten-round majority decision in a 156-pound bout. Fighting in his hometown of Las Vegas, Smith showed himself to be too durable, too crafty and too resourceful against Galarza, whose second-half rally fell just short.
|Solid win for Hernandez-Harrison|
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison W10 Thomas LaManna...In Philadelphia on Thursday, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0-1) outpointed Thomas LaManna (21-2) over ten rounds in the welterweight division. Offical scores were 97-93 (twice) and 98-92. LaManna's promoter Russell Peltz said on Facebook, "welterweights Thomas LaManna and Dusty Harrison put on the Philadelphia Fight of the Year last night at the 2300 Arena and those of you who were not in the building, shame on you... LaManna may have lost the decision, but he did nothing to hurt himself in this brawl. Every round was a shootout and kudos go to both men, who have known each other for a few years and didn't use their friendship as an excuse not to fight.This match was the brainchild of LaManna himself and Eric Bottjer, matchmaker for Roc Nation, the company which has Dusty under contract."
Ray Edwards W6 Dan Pasciolla... Former NFL defensive lineman Ray Edwards won a unanimous decision over Dan Pasciolla in a six-round heavyweight bout. Edwards, who layed with the Minesota Vikings, improves his pro record to 12-0-1, while Pasciolla falls to 8-2-1. source: press of atlantic city / russell peltz
|Derevyanchenko wants to fight Alvarez|
Press Release: Since turning pro in July 2014, former Ukrainian amateur standout Sergiy Derevyanchenko (32-1 as a pro, including the World Series of Boxing) has let his fists do the talking for him. The middleweight Derevyanchenko is honing in on the opportunity to fight for his first world title. Upon hearing recent reports that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, should he prevail against Liam Smith on Saturday, might fight the winner of the Gabriel Rosado-Willie Monroe Jr., the usually quiet and well-mannered Derevyanchenko couldn't help but voice his disgust with Canelo. "It's absolutely ridiculous. There is no other way to describe it," said Derevyanchenko.
|Hasegawa now a three-division champion|
Hozumi Hasegawa TKO10 Hugo Ruiz... In Osaka, Japan, 35-year-old Hozumi Hasegawa took his place among the great Japanese fighters of all time by becoming a three-division champion. Hasegawa took the WBC 122-pound belt from Mexico's Hugo Ruiz. The 29-year-old Ruiz was making his first title defense. Both fighters were bloody, but it was Hasegawa who took control of the fight, and Ruiz did not come out for the tenth round after absorbing heavy damage at the end of the ninth. Hasegawa (36-5) held the WBC bantamweight title from 2005-2010 and the WBC featherweight title from 200-2011. He tried for the IBF 122-pound title in 2014 but was stopped by Kiko Martinez. Ruiz goes home with a record of 36-4. source: kyodo / japan times
|Yamanaka cements claim as world's top bantamweight|
Shinsuke Yamanaka TKO7 Anselmo Moreno... In Osaka, Japan, Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2) defended his WBC 118-pound championship by stoppong Panama's Anselmo Moreno in the seventh round of an all-southpaw battle. Moreno (36-5-1) was knocked down in the first round by a left from Yamanaka. In the fourth, Moreno scored two knockdowns, but Yamanaka did not seem seriously hurt. By round six, Yamanaka had turned the tide decisively. A seventh-round knockdown hurt Moreno, and though he regained his feet, Yamanaka's follow-up barrage floored him again, leading to the referee's stoppage. Yamanaka, who has reigned since 2011, made the eleventh, and perhaps most impressive defense of his title. Yamanaka held a 2015 win over Moreno, but that was via split decision. With this convincing win over a former champion, the Japanese Yamanaka deserves acknowledgement as the world's top bantamweight. source: kyodo / the japan times
|Smith-Alvarez final press conference quotes|
Press Release: WBO 154-pound title holder Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) and his challenger, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) held their final press conference at Dallas' AT&T Stadium, ahead of their Saturday, September 17th showdown which will be aired on HBO Pay-Per-View. The boxers were joined by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy partner Bernard Hopkins, Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones, Director of HBO Sports Tony Walker, and the undercard boxers. Below are the press conference highlights:
|Weigh-in report: Ishe a bit heavy|
At Thursday’s weigh-in in Las Vegas, Frank Galarza hit the scales at 154 pounds, while his opponent, Ishe Smith came in at 157.4. Thta represents Smith's highest weight since 2010. In addition to being seven years younger than Smith, the 6'0" Galarza owns a two-inch height advantage against Smith. BounceTV will air the ten-round bout. source: premier boxing champions
|Tonight on Bounce: Galarza steps up to battle Ishe Smith|
Press Release: Ten months after getting knocked out by unbeaten 154 pounder Jarrett Hurd, 31 year-old Frank Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KOs) is set to make his return tonight (Friday) in a ten-round bout against Ishe Smith (28-8, 12 KOs), a slick-boxing former IBF juniormiddleweight titleholder who has never been knocked out. Galarza, from Brooklyn, NY, will be fighting on Smith’s home turf at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Bounce TV, 9 p.m. ET/PT). He’ll also be returning to the city where he fell to Hurd by sixth-round TKO at the Hard Rock Hotel in November. In other words, in his attempt to get back in the winner’s circle, Galarza has selected the path with a steep uphill climb—even if he doesn’t see it as such.
|Commey wants a rematch vs. Easter|
Press Release: Ghanaian lightweight Richard Commey was left bitterly disappointed following the decision loss he suffered in his battle for the vacant IBF title. Against Robert Easter Jr. last Friday in Reading, Pennsylvania, the 29 year-old from Accra found himself on the wrong end of a split decision, with judges John McKaie (114-113) and Craig Smith (113-114) separating the fighters by a single point, and Ron McNair (112-115) giving the American fighter a three-point lead. It was a close fight with Commey scoring an eighth-round knockdown. Commey’s team will now be launching an appeal to the IBF asking that they grant the Commey an immediate rematch.
|Estrada vacates WBA title, but still holds WBO version|
According to the WBA, Juan Francisco Estrada has vacated the WBA 112-pound super championship. Estrada still holds the WBO title. The twenty-six-year-old Estrada has fought out of his native Mexico since 2008 (33-2, 24 KOs), winning the WBA and WBO titles in April 2013 by beating Brian Viloria via split decision. He successfully defended five times, including big wins over Giovanni Segura in 2014 and, in his last outing, last September, a knockout of Hernan Marquez. Never stopped, “El Gallo” hasn’t lost since November 2012 when undefeated Roman Gonzalez beat him by unanimous decision for the WBA 108-pound title.
|Hasegawa bidding to become three-division champ|
Japan's Hozumi Hasegawa will bid for a championship in his third weight class when he faces Mexico's Hugo "Cuatito" Ruiz for the WBC 122-pound title on September 16th in the Edion Arena Osaka Japan. Hasegawa lost his prior two world championship against Mexicans fighters. The first against Fernando Montiel on April 30, 2010 and the second against Jhonny Gonzalez on April 8, 2011, both by TKO and both in the fourth round. "I lost my crown twice against Mexicans, this is my chance to redeem myself with the fans. Both times were WBC world titles, and this time too. I’m sure that I can conquer that WBC belt," promised Japanese challenger. The southpaw Hasegawa, a former bantamweight and featherweight champion, will be fighting at home, in Osaka, Japan, and has had sme sucees against Mexicans. The first Mexican victory was against Gerardo Martínez, in September 2005. Then in November 2006 he defeated Genaro García by UD. He fought Alejandro Valdez, defeating him by KO in the 2nd round. On October 2010, he defeated Juan Carlos Burgos with the featherweight title on the line. source: wbc
|Late results from Belgium|
Mykola Vovk TKO6 Cedric Tita... On Sunday, September 11th in Rebecq, Belgium, welterweight Cedric Tita lost a home bout to Ukrainian-born Polish banger Mykola Vovk. In the fourth round, after suffering a cut eye, Tita made the mistake of standing in front of Vovk to trade punches, which suited his opponent. Vovk took over and was soon in control of the fight. With hard punches to body and head, Vovk scored three knockdowns in round four, and while Tita, 8-9-1, gamely beat the count every time, it was clear that the end was near. After three more knockdowns in rounds five and six, Vovk, 11-1, was declared the winner.
Matingu Kindele W10 Evariste Kobongo... Also on the Belgian show, 168 pounder Matingu Kindele captured a unanimous decision over Congolese Evariste Kabongo, after ten competitive and well-fought rounds. It was a fight with two very different styles, and the come-forward style of Kindele, who improved to 8-5 , was the most effective in the end. The judges all scored the fight in Kindele's favor by 97-93. Kabongo's record dips to 9-9-3. source for both results: wbf
|Weigh-in report from Philadelphia|
Here are the weights from Philadelphia's 2300 Arena show to be aired on CBS Sports Network:
Thomas LaManna 146.1 pounds vs. Dusty Hernandez-Harrison 146.8;
Ray Edwards 256 vs. Dan Pasciolla 245;
Kenneth Sims Jr. 144.6 vs. Gilbert Venegas 144.5;
Devin Haney 136 - Mike Fowler 132;
LeRoy Davila 119.5 - Edgar Cortes 121.3;
Malik Jackson 147.2 - Anthony Young 148.8;
Jaron Ennis 143.3 - Eddie Diaz 144.1; and
Darryl Bunting 165.2 - Darryl Gause 162.5.
|Tonight: NJ heavyweight champ takes on ex-NFLer|
Press Release: Heavyweight Dan Pasciolla is excited about his national television debut, which will come tonight (Thursday) at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, when he takes on undefeated Ray Edwards on CBS Sports Network. In the main event, Dustin Hernandez-Harrison takes on Thomas LaManna. Pasciolla of Brick, New Jersey has a record of 8-1-1 knows that a win over the former NFL defensive end, could catapult to big fights in the heavyweight division. "I think it's a great opportunity to fight on television and be part of a great promotion in Philadelphia," said the 31 year-old Pasciolla.
|Anthony Young sees action in Philly tonight|
Press Release: Welterweight Anthony "Juice" Young will look for his third consecutive victory when he takes on Malik Jackson (3-9-4) in a battle of New Jersey based fighters tonight (Thursday) at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Young of Atlantic City won his first ten bouts and after his current two-fight streak will enter the ring with a record of 13-2 with 5 KOs.
|Meet the newest Golden Boy signees|
Press Release: Featherweight Jesus Rojas, of Caguas, Puerto Rico and former amateur boxing star Marvin Cabrera of Mexico City, will join Golden Boy Promotions, the Los Angeles-based promoter announced today. Rojas (23-1-2, 16 KOs) is scheduled to fight this Saturday, September 17th against Jesus "Chuito" Valdez (16-1-1, 6 KOs) in a scheduled ten-round fight at the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezarez in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The 23-year-old Cabrera (12-5 in the World Series of Boxing pro ranks) is scheduled to fight on October 7th in Los Angeles. He will compete at 140-pounds and is trained and managed by former two-division world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon.
|Monroe says he will brawl with Rosado|
Press Release: Middleweight Willie Monroe Jr. (20-2) will face Gabriel Rosado (23-9) in a twelve-round bout which will serve as the chief support to Liam Smith's WBO 154-pound title defense against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 17th from Dallas, Texas, to be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Here is what Monroe had to say at a press event earlier this week: "It's going to be a fun night this September 17. I am ready to get in and brawl. It's a privilege to be under one of the biggest HBO cards of the year. Going up against Rosado will be interesting, and I am ready to see what he brings into the ring. The fans can expect an exciting night of boxing; I will go out and show them the best Willie Monroe, Jr."
|Introducing Anthony Flagg, Jr.|
Press Release: Victory Sports & Entertainment announced the signing of middleweight Anthony Flagg, Jr. (1-0 with 1 KO) to a managerial contract Flagg, from Detroit, won his only professional bout as he stopped Josh Puchala in 48 seconds on April 10th. "I was very happy to sign with Victory Sports," said Flagg. "I am happy that I have managers that will fight for my career. I know I will be world champion and I have the right managers that will help get me there."
|Eddie Ramirez wins battle of unbeatens|
Eddie Ramirez KO7 Kevin Watts... The ages, dimensions and professional records of Eddie Ramirez and Kevin Watts were nearly identical entering their 142-pound clash. But it didn’t take long for Ramirez (15-0) to separate himself with his power and an overwhelming, double-fisted body attack. Ramirez used a body assault to break down Watts (11-1) en route to a seventh-round knockout in Nice, California. Ramirez rose from a second-round knockdown—the first of his career—and proceeded to hammer away at Watts until ultimately putting him down and out in round seven for his seventh stoppage victory in his last ten fights. source: premier boxing champions
|A few words from Liam Smith|
Press Release: Kicking off fight week, WBO 154-pound titlist Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) hosted a media work out at the Texan Resort and Convention Center ahead of his United States debut. Smith will defend against former world middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) in the home of the Dallas Cowboy's, AT&T Stadium this Saturday, September 17. The fight is presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Here is what Smith and his trainer had to say at Tuesday's media workout:
|EBU orders Daws-Yigit for vacant title|
Anthony Yigit W10 Armando Robles... Sweden's Anthony Yigit (18-0-1, 7 KOs) will face Lenny Daws (30-4-2-, 11 KOs) for the vacant European 140-pound championship. The European Boxing Union (EBU) has ordered Yigit to meet the former two-time British champion for the vacant belt following Ruben Nieto’s decision to relinquish the title. Both parties now have until the September 28th deadline to reach an agreement before the fight goes to purse bids. Yigit, who recorded a unanimous points victory over Armando Robles (31-5-2) last Saturday in Stockholm, says he is looking forward to the challenge. Daws lost a close battle to Nieto in late 2015 when he was disqualified for headbutting. source: sauerland event
|Ugas-Perrella booked for New Mexico|
Press Release: Florida's Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0 with 13 KOs) will look to take another step up the welterweight ladder when he faces Cuba's Yordenis Ugas Tuesday, September 27th at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, NM. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds and is the main event of Premier Boxing Champions’ “Toe to Toe Tuesday” series on Fox Sports 1. Ugas, who captured a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, is 16-3 with 7 KOs as a pro. On August 12th, Ugas soundly defeated previously unbeaten Jamal James over ten rounds. The well-schooled Cuban has never been stopped and two of his defeats came via split decision.
|Antonio Tarver goes in on Dillian Whyte, By G. Leon|
Boxingtalk caught up with former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver to get his thoughts on British heavyweight Dillian Whyte challenging Tarver to face him. Tarver doubts the talk is sincere, but nonethless, Tarver says, "my bags are packed and I’m ready to school this boy."
|One To Watch For: Jude "King Zar" Franklin, By G. Leon|
GL: What's the latest and greatest Jude? When can we expect you back in the ring? "Nothing much, just getting ready for my next fight on October 15. I'm not sure who I'm fighting yet, but I'm putting that work in everyday with my father, manager and trainer Elmo Serrano to make sure it's another impressive victory."
|WADA doping records hacked, By Scott Shaffer|
WADA-- the World Anti-Doping Agency-- which often conducts doping tests for world championship fights, says its computer systems have been breached by Russian hackers. At the recent Olympics in 2016, the vast majority of the Russian track team was barred from competing amid allegations of state-sponsored doping. Today, WADA issued a statement saying: "a Russian cyber espionage group operator by the name of Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bear, illegally gained access to WADA's Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) database via an International Olympic Committee (IOC)-created account for the Rio 2016 Games. The group accessed athlete data, including confidential medical data -- such as Therapeutic Use Exemptions delivered by International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) -- related to the Rio Games; and, subsequently released some of the data in the public domain, accompanied by the threat that they will release more. While it is an evolving situation, at present, we believe [...] access [was limited to] account information confined to the Rio 2016 Games. WADA director general Olivier Niggli said: "WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act.
|Feliz Diaz calls out Terence Crawford|
Press Release: There aren't many fighters these days calling out world 140-pound champion Terence Crawford, one of boxing's pound-for-pound best. Felix Diaz is, though. This is a fight that should be made. Diaz (18-1, 8 KOs) is the only boxer to win an Olympic gold medal for the Dominican Republic. He is coming off a career-changing win over then-undefeated welterweight Sammy Vasquez, though Diaz wants to campaign in Crawford's division, junior welterweight. Following his victory over Vasquez, Diaz signed with promoter Lou DiBella, with the goal of fighting the biggest names in the sport, and Crawford is at the very top of his list.
|Tonight on Fox Sports 1: Ramirez vs. Watts|
Press Release: Tonight's boxing show on Fox Sports 1 will be headlined by a clash between two undefeated 140 pounders born just six weeks apart. At Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California, Eddie Ramirez (14-0) is matched against Kevin Watts (11-0). “All I know is that he’s undefeated,” Ramirez says of Watts. “I’ve seen maybe two clips of him, so we’re going to have to go in there and figure him out. But we should be fine for whatever he brings to the ring.” Says Watts: “I’ve only seen him one time. But from what I’ve seen, I’ve noticed a lot of flaws in his game.”
|LaManna set for Hernandez-Harrison on Thursday|
Press Release: Welterweight Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna (21-1, 9 KOs) of Millville, New Jersey held a media workout on Monday to discuss Thursday's step-up bout against Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0-1, 16 KO's) of Washington, D.C. The bout will take place at the 2300 Arena with CBS Sports Network broadcasting live. LaManna had this to say: "I am excited and I am anxious. I can not let let Dusty get in a groove. That's what I remember from sparring is that if you give him a groove, he is a little bit hard to handle, other that that you can't give him confidence. I have ten rounds to work. I always say that the last two rounds are mental. "The game plan is to just to win. Make the proper adjustments when I need to." Tickets for the eight-fight card, which begins at 8 pm, are available at Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922), at the 2300 Arena and Bam Boxing (215-280-6709).
|WBA orders Golovkin-Jacobs|
The WBA has ordered world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin to face Danny Jacobs next. “The 30-day negotiations period has started,” says WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. “They have 120 days to do the fight.” Should negotiations between Teams Golovkin and Jacobs collapse, the fight will go to purse bid. Golovkin (pictured) is the legitimate world champion at 160 pounds, owning three of the four major belts, including the WBC version, which prior world champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez surrendered to Golovkin in order to avoid fighting him. With respect to the WBA, Golovkin is the "super champion", while Jacobs holds the WBA's secondary or "regular" title at 160 pounds. If Golovkin does not wish to fight Jacobs, or does not like the terms of the fight, he can surrender the WBA super championship but would still retain general recognition as the world champion (he also holds the IBF and WBC belts, while the WBO belt is held by Billy Joe Saunders, who thus far has been notrhing more than a paper titlist, having avoided Golovkin himself).
|Brendan Ingle unwittingly Stops the fight, By Charles Muniz|
I understand that Kell Brook has suffered damage to his right eye, damage that was not well assessed during the fight. So on its face, Ingle’s decision to stop the fight looks plausible after the fact. Here you have a case where Ingle is taking credit for the wrong presumption. How’s that you ask? I completely refute Ingle’s reasoning for two reasons. First, had Ingle truly been concerned with the eye, why then did he not allow the cut man after the 4th round to treat the eye with the enswell iron as the cut man tried several times? Second, if the eye that that much of a concern, why did Ingle not ask for the doctor to have the eye checked after round 4?
|Javier Fortuna to begin new campaign in the Dominican Republic|
Press Release: The comeback of former WBA 130-pound titlist Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna, will begin on Friday, September 23rd.
Fortuna (29-1-1, 21 KOs) of Braintree, Massachusetts, via La Romana, Dominican Republic, will take on fellow Dominican Marlyn "Maravilla" Cabrera (22-0, 10 KOs) of Santiago de los Caballeros in a ten-round battle in Sambil Plaza in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and live on Dominican TV RNN. The 27-year-old southpaw Fortuna suffered a technical knockout in Beijing, China last June to unheralded challenger Jason Sosa of New Jersey. Winning on all three scorecards, a tiring Fortuna was surprised and dropped by a spirited late-fight rally.
|Gonzalez makes history, Cuadras gets short end of stick, By G. Leon|
Roman Gonzalez UD12 Carlos Cuadras: Roman "Chocalitito" Gonzalez, 44-0 (37), made history tonight becoming the first Nicaraguan boxer to win world titles in four different weight classes. Without question this was the HBO pound for pound king's toughest fight to date as Carlos Cuadras came to make his own statement. Cuadras took the opening frame by out-throwing and out-landing Gonzalez. Rounds 2-4 were all Gonzalez, but Cuadras rebounded to take the fifth. By the sixth round Gonzalez's face was beginning to show the effects of Cuadras's punches. In round 6 Gonzalez regained controlled and put his multi-faceted arsenal on full display. Cuadras responded again to take rounds seven and 8. At the end of the eighth round Cuadras was cut by an accidental clash of heads. Since this was a back and forth affair it was only fitting that Chocolatito had a very big ninth round, but by the time the championship rounds arrived his face had become grotesque. Boxingtalk gave Cuadras rounds ten and eleven, meaning we believed Gonzalez needed to win the twelfth round-which he did- to escape with his unblemished record intact. In this scribe's not so distinguished opinion, Cuadras, 34-1-1 (26), did enough to retain his title via draw, but the judges saw it differently. Official scores were a ridiculous 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. Source: HBO
|Kamegai TKO's Soto-Karass in 8, By G. Leon|
Yoshihiro Kamegai TKO8 Jesus Soto-Karass: Tonight Yoshihiro Kamegai left no doubt. He was in control of his rematch with Jesus Soto-Karass from the opening bell until his rugged foes corner stopped the bout after the eighth round. It looked like it was going to be an early night for Kamegai when he was able to badly hurt Soto-Karass, 28-11-4 (18), with a left hook to the body, but Soto-Karass did enough to survice the round. He did he best to make it an action fight but Kamegai landed the more telling punches in each and every round. Soto-Karass was again hurt to the body in the seventh round, but he managed to mount his best barrage of the night before the end of the round. In the eighth, Kamegai, 27-3-2 (24), finally dropped Soto-Karass with a right hand to the body. Karass made it to his feet at nine and survived the round, and then his corner mercifully stopped the bout. Official time was 3:00 round 8. Source: HBO
|Haskins defeats Hall for the second time|
Lee Haskins W12 Stuart Hall ... In London, Lee Haskins remained the IBF bantamweight champion by defeating Stuart Hall for the second time in his career. Haskins won the grudge match, which did not live up to the boxers' lively pre-fight trash talk, via unanimous decision. The 32 year-old Haskins survived a late rally by Hall to carry the scorecards by counts of 115-113, 117-111 and 116-112. A Hall right hand staggered Haskins in the eleventh round, but the 36 year-old former IBF bantamweight titlist may be at the end of his career with a 20-5-2 mark. Haskins is now 34-3. source: mirror.co.uk
|Casimiero denies Edwards' title bid, By Scott Shaffer|
Johnriel Casimero TKO10 Charlie Edwards ... In London on Saturday, Filipino Johnriel Casimero defended his IBF 112-pound championship by stopping England's Charlie Edwards in the tenth round. Casimiero is now 23-3. This was the first defense of the title he won from Amnat Ruenroeng in May, but Casimiero also had a run as the IBF's 108-pound champion from 2012-2014. Edwards was bidding for a world title in just his ninth pro bout, but he goes home without a belt and with an 8-1 pro record. source: bbc
|Cintron, Kauffman stop their foes in PA|
Kermit Cintron TKO7 Manny Woods... In Reading, Pennsylvania last night, former IBF 147-pound champion Kermit Cintron stopped Manny Woods in round seven of their scheduled eight round super welterweight bout. The time of the stoppage was 2:28. Cintron of Reading, PA is 38-5-2. Woods of St. Petersburg, Florida is 15-6-1.
Travis Kauffman TKO2 Josh Gormley... Heavyweight Travis Kauffman tuned up for a big opportunity by stopping Josh Dempsey aka Josh Gormley in the second round of their scheduled ten-round bout. Kauffman registered two knockdowns and Dempsey retired from the fight with an injury to his right shoulder at 47 seconds of round two. Kauffman of Reading is now 31-1, while Dempsey of Torrance, Californis is 22-6. source for all results: king's promotions
|Golovkin TKO's Brook in 5, By G. Leon|
Gennady Golovkin TKO5 Kell Brook: Undefeated IBF/WBA/WBC/IBO world middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, 36-0 (33), made it twenty-three knockouts it a row with an impressive fifth round TKO over previously undefeated welterweight champion Kell "Special K" Brook. Golovkin hurt Brook in the first round, but the champ made it out of the round and managed to clearly school Golovkin in round two. Round three was a very close one, though Golovkin appeared to do more damage. Round 4 was all Golovkin as was the portion of round five that took place before Brook's corner threw in the towel to preserve the longevity of the talented Brit's career. Neither boxer was down. Brook falls to 36-1 (25). Source: HBO
|Jacobs knocks Mora down five times, stops him in seventh, By G. Leon|
Daniel Jacobs TKO7 Sergio Mora: WBA (regular) middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs won every second of the first three rounds against reluctant Sergio Mora. Perhaps Mora's plan was to take Jacocbs to the late rounds, the deep waters, and drown him there. The problem with that plan is you have to make it to the late rounds with the heavy hitting Jacobs, 32-1 (29), to apply this strategy. Jacobs scored knockdowns in the fourth and fifth rounds, badly hurt him in the sixth and finished off Mora with three more knockdowns in the seventh and final round. Official time of stoppage was 2:08 Source: Spike TV
|Easter Jr takes vacant IBF strap via split decision in thriller, By G. Leon|
Robert Easter Jr SD12 Richard Commey: Tonight's PBC telecast opened with an action packed battle between undefeated lightweight contenders Robert Easter Jr, 18-0 (14) and Richard Commey for the vacant IBF lightweight title. The first four rounds were highly competitive difficult rounds to score that could have gone either way. Easter hurt Commey, 24-1 (22), with a vicious right uppercut in the the fifth round and would easily take rounds five through seven. In round eight Commey dropped Easter with a right hand when his glove scraped the canvas. Round nine was a good round for Easter, but in the final thirty seconds Commey appeared to hurt him again with a straight right hand. Commey visibly shook up Easter Jr with two or three well placed right hands in round ten. The fight was certainly on the table heading into the final two frames. Round eleven could've gone either way but Boxingtalk gave it to Commey but the slightest of margins. Robert Easter Jr landed a tremendous right hand in the opening seconds of round twelve and would go on to easily win the round as Commey just did his best to stay upright. Official scores 115-112 Easter, 114-113 Commey, 114-113 Easter Jr. Boxingtalk scored it 114-113 Easter. Source: Spike TV
|Edwards taking an ambitious shot at Casmiero's title|
Press Release: This weekend, England's Charlie Edwards will attempt to win a world title in just his ninth pro fight. Edwards insists he is ready to land the IBF flyweight title when he challenges reigning champion John Riel Casimero at The O2 in London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office. The bout is part of a world title tripleheader topped by the mammoth world middleweight championship battle between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook. Edwards moved to 8-0 in July with a points win in Germany but this world title tilt will be his first twelve-round action.
|Spike TV weigh-in results from Reading, PA|
Weights from Reading, PA for tonight's Spike TV broadcast: WBA regular middleweight titleholder Danny Jacobs weighed 159.6 for his title defense against the 159.3-pound Sergio Mora... Both Robert Easter, Jr. and Richard Commey made weight ahead of their clash for the vacant IBF lightweight title. Easter scaled in at 134.5 compared to an even 135 for Commey... ex-welterelterweight titlist Kermit Cintron came in at a trim 146.6 for his eight rounder against Manny Woods, who weighs 150.6... Travis Kauffman will give away only a pound to Joshua Dempsey aka Joshua Gormley in their heavyweight bout, as Gormley weighed in at 240 and Kauffman 239. source: King's Promotions
|Wallin spars with WBO champion Glowacki|
Press Release: In preparation for his eight-round heavyweight clash with Osborne Machimana (21-8-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday, Otto Wallin (15-0, 11 KOs) has been sparring WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki. Wallin-Machimana takes place at the Hovet in Stockholm. The Swedish boxer has spent two weeks in Poland as part of Glowacki’s training camp as Glowacki prepares to defend against Oleksandr Usyk on September 17th in Gdansk. "It’s been a great experience for me," said Wallin, who returned to his Copenhagen training base last Saturday. "I spent the first week in Warsaw, the capital, and the second at the Olympic training facilities in Walcz."
|Weigh-in results from Downtown Las Vegas|
Tonight's "Knockout Night at the D" show at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center will be headlined by a ten-round bout between junior welterweights Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles (15-1-1, 5 KOs) and Steve "The Dragon" Claggett (23-4-1, 16 KOs). Both men weighed in right at the division limit of 140 pounds. Junior middleweights Rolando Garza (9-0, 6 KOs) and Neeco "The Rooster" Macias (12-0, 6 KOs) will square off in an eight-round battle of unbeatens. At 154 pounds even, Garza came in half a pound heavuer than Macias. Derek Stevens, CEO of the DLVECT announced that the series has been licensed to ESPN for broadcast in 61 additional countries and territories in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico & Brazil) Caribbean, Oceania (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands), United Kingdom, Canada and India.
|Vargas-Pacquiao tix on sale|Press Release:
Boxing's only eight-division champion, Many Pacquiao is bidding to become the only sitting Senator to win a world title when he challenges Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight crown. While Pacquiao will be looking to become a three-time WBO welterweight champion, Vargas will be resolute in enforcing a term limit on the future Hall of Famer's boxing career. Pacquiao vs. Vargas takes place Saturday, November 5th at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Vargas and its co-main event fights will be produced and distributed live by Top Rank Pay-Per-View. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.unlvtickets.com/
|One World Sports launches cable boxing sewries with GH3|
Press Release: GH3 Promotions has announced a multi-year deal with One World Sports, an American network for global sports. The first show is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th at 9:30 PM ET live from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The one bout that has been finalized for the first show is super middleweight Jerry Odom (14-2-1, 13 KOs) against Philadelphia's Taneal Goyco (8-9-1, 3 KO's). Goyco is an upset specialist with wins over Frankie Fillippone (14-2-1), Dennis Hasson (16-2-1) and Devin Butcher (5-0). The main event on November 12th will feature super bantamweight Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) in a ten-round bout. Welterweight Ed Brown (18-0, 15 KOs) of Chicago will be in an eight-round bout. Neither man has an opponent yet.
|Jan Zaveck tries hand at promoting|
Press Release: Former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck will try his hand at promoting in his home country. On Saturday September 24th at the Dvorana Tabor Hall in Maribor, Slovenia, Zaveck and Tomaz Barada will copromote a 140-pound main event between Frenchman Jean Moraiti and Mikheil Avakyan from Georgia. Moraiti, from the city of Aubagne, brings a professional resume of 12-9-4 with 0 KOs. Born in Rostov-na-Donu, Russia, Avakyan has fought an amazing sixty-six times in the paid ranks, despite being only twenty-four years old. His current record stands at 36-26-4 (20). RTV Sloneija will televise. Zaveck, whose reign spanned 2009-2011, has not fought since a 2015 loss to Erislandy Lara for the WBA 154-pound title.
|Haskins promises to KO Hall|
Press Release: After being called a "frail little girl", IBF bantamweight champion Lee Haskins has told Stuart Hall that he’ll KO him in six rounds at The O2 in London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Haskins and Hall clashed at a fiery press conference in London, having already locked horns at Sky Sports’ studios last week. Hall believes Haskins is not a true champion after he was elevated from interim to full IBF ruler when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight for their proposed clash in Las Vegas in November.
|Fury-Klitschko II finalized for October 29th in England|
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, and his predecessor, Wladimir Klitscko, will once again be sorting out the pecking order of the division at the Manchester Arena on October 29th. in what will be a spectacular night of boxing, live and exclusive on BoxNation. Fury-Klitschko II has been billed as Repeat or Revenge. There is also an intriguing contest booked on the undercard that could well leave Tyson dealing with a pleasing conundrum, courtesy of cousin Hughie. Andy Ruiz and Hughie Fury fight in a WBO eliminator that could make Hughie the mandatory contender for Tyson if both Furys win. Having lost the IBF belt in the aftermath of claiming the unified championship against Klitschko in November, due to not being in a position to fulfil a quickfire mandatory, Tyson might end up choosing to drop another should he retain his status as top dog in the division when Dr Steelhammer comes calling on the 29th.
|Spotlight on Jojo Diaz vs. Andrew Cancio|
Press Release: Two featherweights featured on the undercard of Liam Smith's WBO 154-pound title defense against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez discussed their upcoming bout at a Los Angeles media workout at City of Angels Boxing. 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr. (21-0, 12 KOs) of South El Monte, Calif. will defend risk his unbeaten record in a ten-round fight against hard punching Andrew "El Chango" Cancio (17-3-2, 13 KOs) of Blythe, Calif. The bout, part of the HBO -ay-per-view telecast, takes place in Dallas. Here is what Diaz and Cancio had to say:
|Kermit Cintron to feature on Pennsylvania undercard|
Press Rekease: Light heavyweight Earl Newman (9-0, 7 KOs) takes on Leo Hall (8-1, 7 KOs) on the undercard on Friday, September 9th from Santander Arena in Reading, PA. The off-TV portion of the show will also see ex-welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron (37-5-2, 28 KOs) in an eight round contest against Florida's Manny Woods (15-5-1, 5 KOs). The action continues with super middleweight Christopher Brooker (10-1, 5 KOs) taking on Elvin Ayala (28-7-1, 12 KOs) in an eight-round fight.
|Anthony Yigit fights in hometown this weekend|
Press Release: Swedish junior welterweight Anthony Yigit (17-0-1, 7 KOs) is eager to impress in his homecoming fight against Armando Robles (30-4-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm. Yigit will be fighting for the first time in his hometown. "It feels really good to be back in Stockholm," he says. "This will be my first time fighting here as a professional, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve got a lot of family and friends who have been following me on television and social media, but haven’t had the chance to see me fight live. They will all be coming on Saturday, and it’s going to be a lot of fun showing them what I can do."
|Bobby Chacon, 1951-2016|
The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of two-division world champion Bobby “Schoolboy” Chacon, who passed away today. He was 64. “One of the West Coast’s top ring attractions, with his all-action, aggressive ring style, Bobby Chacon was a true fan favorite,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “The Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing and offer our condolences to his family.” Born November 28, 1951 in Sylmar, CA, Chacon turned pro in Los Angeles in 1972. With explosive punching power, he knocked out 23 of his first 25 opponents. Chacon won world titles in two weight divisions, reigning as WBC featherweight (1974-75) and the WBC super featherweight (1982-83) champion. “Schoolboy” Chacon holds wins over Chucho Castillo, Alfredo Marcano, Rafael “Bazooka” Limon, Freddie Roach, Arturo Frias and Hall of Famers Danny "Little Red" Lopez and Ruben Olivares. His pro records stands at 59-7-1 with 47 KOs. In 2005 Chacon was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Boxingtalk sends its condolences to the friends and family of Bobby Chacon.
|GYM reaches 18-show deal with casino|
Press Release: A press conference was held Tuesday at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal to unveil the 2016-2017 season of Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM). At the press conference, Yvon Michel, president of GYM, said, "It is with pride that GYM begins its 13th year of operation... "This season, we will present from 10 to 12 galas in Quebec and some of our boxers are also likely to be in action outside the country on Premier Boxing Champions events. We talk about 5 shows at the Montréal Casino, 2 at the Casino du Lac Leamy, 3 to 4 galas with Gestev at the Videotron Centre of Quebec City and the probability to make others events in Montreal, at venues such as the Bell Centre. By 2019, we will produce 18 events in Casinos (Montreal and Lac Leamy)."
|Hall: "Haskins is a frail little girl!"|
Press Release: Stuart Hall has vowed to gain revenge on Lee Haskins when the pair clash for Haskins’ IBF bantamweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Hall is gunning to regain the title he won in 2013 and says that this shot represents his last chance to top the world. Hall and Haskins met back in 2012 for the European title, with Haskins edging the fight on points. Now, on the Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook undercard, Haskins defends the IBF belt for the second time after having been elevated from the interim title when Randy Caballero failed to make the weight.
|Hughie Fury to face Andy Ruiz in battle of unbeatens|
Press Release: Heavyweight Hughie Fury (20-0) will battle Mexican-American Andy Ruiz (28-0) on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight championship rematch with Wladimir Klitschko at England's Manchester Arena on Saturday October 29th. [According to Fury's promoter, Frank Warren, the bout will determine the WBO's mandatory contender for the title now held by his cousin, Tyson Fury]. “I am happy to be in such a big fight against a top heavyweight,” said Fury, who is coming off a win over Fred Kassi back in April. Peter Fury, father and trainer of Hughie, said: “Hughie is a true fighting man who loves his sport. He trains hard and will need to be as prepared as possible as Ruiz is easily one of the best heavyweights in the world right now." Warren is confident his heavyweight has what it takes to make it to the very top of the division. “He has won all 20 of his professional fights with a debilitating skin condition so how good is he going to be now he is fully fit?”
|Promoter Pacquiao gives new champ Ancajas a bonus|
Jerwin Ancajas W12 McJoe Arroyo... Add Jerwin Ancajas to the list of boxing champoions, as the Philippine southpaw defeated Puerto Rico's McJoe Arroyo for the IBF 115-pound title over the weekend. Ancajas knocked Arroyo down in the eighth round and claimed the title via unanimous decision. He made next to nothing for the fight, turning down $40,000 to fight in Arroyo's hometown because he valued the home-field advantage. According to Philboxing.com, Arroyo's promoter, Manny Pacquaio, rewarded Ancajas with a bonus of approximately $10,700. The Philippines now has four boxing champions: Ancajas (IBF 115), Nonito Donaire (WBO 122), John Riel Casimiero ((IBF 112) and Marlon Tapales (WBO 118). Also, Donnie Nietes recently vacated the WBO 108-pound title to move up to 112, and of course, Pacquiao comes out of retirement in November after defeating Timothy Bradley in what should have been a WBO welterweight title fight.
|Luis Del Valle gearing up for Diego De La Hoya|
Press Release: In less than two weeks, super bantamweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle enters the ring against unbeaten Diego De La Hoya. The ten-round bout opens the HBO pay-per-view telecast on Sturday, September 17th from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The main event is Liam Smith's WBO 154-pound title defense against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Del Valle is facing a foe in the same position he himself was once in. “Going into my fight with Vic Darchinyan, I was unbeaten and there was a lot of hype behind me,” said Del Valle (22-2 with 16 KOs). “That fight was supposed to get me to the next level with a victory over a former world champion but unfortunately it didn’t go down that way. Vic had a ton of experience and was the better man that night. I learned a lot as a man, fighter and about preparation at the top level. Now I feel that I’m in the role Vic was against me when I face De La Hoya.” Del Valle’s currently in a grueling training camp in his native Puerto Rico. With head trainer Emilo Lozada leading the way, Del Valle’s put in hours honing his craft. Against De La Hoya, Del Valle added new strength and conditioning drills to allow him to engage in a high-octane battle without running out of gas. “It’s no secret that I bring the fight to everybody that gets in the ring with me. Diego and his team are looking to prove that he’s the real deal and they expect an impressive Mexican-style performance from him. What that means is this has all the makings of a fast paced brawl where nobody wants to take a step backwards. In order to come out of the battle as the victor, you’ve got to be ready for war. After what I’ve been through physically, mentally and emotionally in my training, I’m more than ready."
|Kovalev-Ward conference call transcript|
On Tuesday, September 6, No. 2 Pound-for-Pound and WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and No. 4 Pound-for-Pound and Two-Time World Champion Andre "S.O.G." Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) participated in an official press conference at Le Parker Meridien in New York City, in advance of their November 19 "Pound for Pound" showdown at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Kovalev vs. Ward "Pound for Pound" will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Tickets start at $55 and are available on axs.com and the T-Mobile Arena box office.
|Cruz, Ovando get wins in San Antonio|
Kent Cruz W8 Rickey Edwards... At Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Kent Cruz won a battle of undefeated lightweights and improved to 11-0 with a eight-round unanimous decision over Rickey Edwards, now 11-1. Cruz scored a knockdown in round two and hurt Edwards several more times. His offense featured a solid overhand right, and he won by scores of 77-74 and 77-73 (twice).
Junior Castillo W6 Josue Ovando... On the same show, middleweight Junior Castillo got back in the win column with a six-round unanimous decision over Josue Ovando (14-11-1). Castillo was coming off a June loss to Justin DeLoach. Castillo's win came via scores of 60-54 and 58-56. "It was a good night for our two prospects," said King's Promotions CEO Marshall Kauffman. "This was just Junior's 12th fight. We will get him back in a meaningful fight very shortly." source for both results: King's Promotions
|DiBella Entertainment heads to Oklahoma for Shobox card|
Light heavyweight Radivoje "Hot Rod" Kalajdzic will face unbeaten southpaw Travis "The Notorious" Peterkin in the 10-round main event of a stacked ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Friday, Sept. 23, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.
|Super middleweight action scheduled for Vegas next week|
According to promoter Russel Petlz, Dashon Johnson of Escondido, CA, and DeCarlo Perez, of Atlantic City, NJ, are on the same card again (not against each other) when they box in separate matches Friday, Sept. 16th, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Johnson (21-19-3) goes against J'Leon Love (22-1 with a no decision due to a positive drug test) in a super middleweight ten-rounder while Perez (15-5-1) takes on Lanell Bellows (16-1-1) in a super middleweight eight-rounder. [Editor's note: Perez's best weight appears to be junior middleweight]. Johnson scored an eight-round decision over Perez on June 3 at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, aided by knockdowns in the first and eighth rounds. In between those knockdowns. Perez gave as much as he took. Both men are underdogs next Friday to guys with prettier records (Love is 22-1, Bellows 16-1-1) but, says Peltz, "we've heard about that before."
|Carlos Cuadras a tad overweight for Saturday's big fight|
We are less than a week away from a pound-for-pound battle between two little stars of boxing. Undefeated WBC 115-pound champion Carlos Caudras of Mexico and undefeated three-division champion Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua will battle this Saturday in Los Angeles, with HBO broadcasting live. Gozalez will be bidding to become a four-division champion, with prior titles at 105, 108 and a current WBC title at 112 pounds. The two boxers conducted the seven-day weigh-in, a WBC requirement, and both were within the WBC's acceptable weight, which are designed to ensure safe and gradual weight loss in order to protect from dehydration and other consequences. However, Cuadras still has some sweating to do as he weighed in at 120.2 pounds. Gonzalez was closer to the 115-pound weight limit, scaling in at 117.9. Both men must make 115 pounds by Friday afternoon.
|Battle Born Boxing returns to Vegas|
The fourth edition of "Battle Born Boxing" returns this Thursday night (June 9), starting at 7 p.m. PT, at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. "Battle Born Boxing" is an amateur boxing series created by Neon Star Media on behalf of its client, the D Las Vegas, to support amateur boxing in Nevada, as well as provide a platform for amateur boxers from other states to compete against local clubs and boxers. Las Vegas-based boxing clubs represented at "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising IV" includes Barry's Boxing, Richard Steel Boxing Club and Johnny Tocco's Ringside Boxing. "Battle Born Boxing" was successfully launched April 15 and the amateur boxing series will continue the night before each of the "Knockout Night at the D" series professional boxing events, airing throughout 2016 on CBS Sports Network, live from the DLVEC. "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising IV" tickets, priced at $15.00 for ringside (rows 1 and 2) and $10.00 for general admission, are on sale at www.DLVEC.com. Alltickets purchased for "Battle Born Boxing: Uprising" will entitle ticketholders to receive $10.00 off any tickets purchased for the following evening's (Sept. 9) "Knockout Night at the D" pro event. Those tickets, priced at $99.99 VIP ringside, $49.99 ringside, $24.99 and $14.99 general admission, are on sale at www.Ticketmaster.com or www.DLVEC.com. Taxes and fees apply to all sold tickets.
|Split-T signs Andreal Holmes|
Press Release: Split-T Management has signed junior middleweight Ardreal Holmes (2-0) to an exclusive managerial contract. Holmes, 21 years-old of Flint, MI, had a pro bout ofr the Wolrd Series of Boxing in March and then, on August 27th, he stopped Rakim Johnson (0-3) of Indianapolis, IN in the first round. Holmes, who was the number-one ranked welterweight in the US, had an outstanding amateur career that culminated in reaching the finals of the Olympic trials. Holmes has competed in over 80 amateur fights and won several major tournaments including the 2015 USA National Elite Championship.
|Swedish women squabble over ring entrances|
Press Release: Mikaela Laurén (27-3, 12 KOs) and Klara Svensson (16-1, 5 KOs) are embroiled in a dispute regarding the ring entrances for their WBC interim welterweight title fight on Saturday in Stockholm. Laurén has demanded to enter the ring second, leaving promoter Nisse Sauerland in a difficult position. "In boxing it’s customary for the champion or the home fighter to enter the ring second," says Sauerland. "However, since Mikaela and Klara are fighting for a vacant title, and they are both from Sweden and boxing under the Team Sauerland banner, we must find a solution which suits everyone."
|Gutierrez defeats Melendez in sold out LA main event|
Golden Boy Promotions rolled out the red carpet in celebration of a year's worth of action-packed fights in partnership with Estrella TV for the September 9 edition of LA FIGHT CLUB in downtown Los Angeles. Celebrities and fight fans piled into a sold-out Belasco Theatre to witness a night of stellar performances that only Golden Boy Promotions could put together. Celebrities in attendance included Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya, International Music Producer and Celeb Judge on Estrella TV's "Tengo Talento Mucho Talento" Pepe Garza, stars from Estrella TV's Smash Hit "Rica Famosa Latina"including Victoria del Rosal, Luzelba Mansour, Niurka Marcos, Sissy Fleitas, Sandra Vidal, Mayeli Rivera, and Andrea Garcia, Fenomeno Studios Celebrity Vlogger Elisa Beristain, and Golden Boy Promotions professional fighters: "King" Gabriel Rosado, Jesus "Renuente" Soto Karass , NABO Lightweight Champion Michael "The Artist" Perez, NABA Featherweight Champion Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez, Undefeated NABA Super Featherweight Champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, Nick "La Calavera" Arce, Jonathan "Thunder" Navarro, Joshua "The Professor" Franco, Hector "Finito" Tanajara Jr, Genaro "El Conde" Gamez, Niko "Baby Face" Valdes, David Mijares, and Rafael "El Alikin" Gramajo.
|Exlclusive Interview: Wilfredo Vazquez Jr, By Ivan Montiel|
IM: Hope all is good with you man it’s been many years exactly how many years since the world of boxing has been anticipating this fight? In the end many thought this fight would never take place
WV2: I had also lost faith; I thought this fight was dead that I would never get this opportunity. Next thing I knew I got a phone call and here I am getting ready for it. I am going to take full advantage of this opportunity.
|Jacobs-Mora 2 heats up on conference call|
Press Release: In Reading, Pennsylvania on September 9th, Danny Jacobs will defend his WBA regular middleweight title against Sergio Mora, a rematch of a 2015 bout that Jacobs won when Mora hurt his ankle getting knocked down. Here is what they had to say during a media conference call earlier this week:
|Liam Smith and Canelo Alvarez cancel VADA drug testing|
On a conference call yesterday touting the September 17th WBO junior middleweight title fight between Liam Smith of England and former two-division champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez of Mexico, promoter for both boxers confirmed that they have cancelled their drug testing agreement with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association), the most-respected testing organization in boxing. Here is what Eric Gomez of Golden Boy (the organization that promotes Alvarez) and Fran Warren (Smith's promoter) had to say:
|New Englanders have a big night at Foxwoods|
Nick DeLomba W8 Amos Cowart... At Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Thursday, Rhode Island lightweight "Nice" Nick DeLomba (11-1, 2 KOs) outboxed and outpunched former Florida State Golden Gloves champion Amos "2 Smooth" Cowart (11-2-1, 9 KOs) for an upset victory by way of an eight-round unanimous decision. DeLomba, one of five winning New Englanders on the show -- and there were no New England losers-- took the fight to Cowart, beating him to the punch and effectively counterpunching. Cowart was unable to contain DeLomba's side-to-side movement or his flurries of punches in the main event.
Jose Salinas W8 Dardan Zenunaj... In the co-feature, New Mexico super featherweight Jose "Shorty" Salinas (10-2-1, 5 KOs) stood tall, stunning Albania native Dardan Zenunaj (12-2, 9 KOs), who is trained by Robert Garcia. Now fighting out of Belgium, Zenunaj couldn't put Salinas away early and he paid for that in the later rounds. Bloodied and bruised, Salinas refused to stop throwing punches, and his huge heart resulted in an eight-round unanimous decision victory.
|Liam Smith meets the American press|
Press Release: On September 17th at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas (Texas) Cowboys, England's Liam "Beefy" Smith will defend his WBO 154-pound title against Mexican idol and former world middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. HBO pay-per-view will televise. Smith, who is undefeated and is riding a streak of eight knockouts in a row, met the press via conference call yesterday. Joined by promoter Frank Warren and trainer Joe Gallagher, here is what Smith had to say:
|Saturday: Javontae Starks returns after 11-month layoff|
Press Release: Last October, 27-year-old Minneapolis welterweight Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KOs) suffered an eight-round unanimous decision loss to fellow unbeaten fighter Samuel Figueroa on October 30th in Orlando, Florida. All three judges sided with Figueroa, but the scores were close, 78-74 and 77-75 (twice). Starks is still irked at himself for his subpar training efforts leading up to the bout. On Saturday, Starks will return to the ring a bit lighter, in a scheduled 142-pound, eight-round clash with Darwin Price (10-0, 5 KOs) of Houston at Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio (NBC Sports Network, 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT).
|Introducing Mzuvukile Magwaca, South African bantamweight|
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions has signed South African bantamweight Mzuvukile "Old Bones" Magwaca to a promotional contract. Magwaca (17-0-2, 10 KOs) is a seven-year professional who turned pro at 105 pounds. He trains at the All Winners Boxing Club under the guidance of Zolani Tete, a former IBF 115-pound champion and a current bantamweight contender. Magwaca also trains with IBO featherweight champion Lusanda Komanisi. "Since I was eight years old, when I first wore a pair of old gloves from my elder brother who was a professional boxer himself, I dreamed of becoming a champion one day," said Magwaca. "Now that dream is going to be a reality through Greg Cohen Promotions. The Young African Lion is about to pounce!" Magwaca's manager, Mlandeli Tengimfene is confident about his boxer's future: "'Old Bones' will take America and the world by storm. He is a gem and a marvel to watch. He is also tall for his division and a maestro in the ring behind his educated jab. This boy is the future at bantamweight and... the sky is the limit."
|Q & A with Richard Commey and Robert Easter, Jr.|
Press Release: Ghana's Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) will challenge the United States' Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title on September 9th at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. The title was vacated by Yan Barthelemy. Here is how the two boxers assesed their chances on a rcenet telephone conference call:
|Braehmer and Cleverly hold German presser|
Press Release: Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly (29-3, 15 KOs) came face-to-face today at a press conference in Hamburg ahead of their WBA regular light heavyweight title fight on October 1st in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The fighters appeared in a confident mood as they discussed their upcoming tussle. The two men came close to sharing a ring on two prior events, and this time both were eager to prove who is the better man. "I’m very happy this fight is finally happening," said Braehmer. "Cleverly is a great boxer. He has an offensive style and a high work-rate, which I'm sure will make for an entertaining night for the fans in Neubrandenburg.
|Inspirational Jack Asis announces his retirement|
Edited Press Release: Following the loss of his IBO 130-pound title to Malcolm Klassen, Filipino warrior Jack Asis has announced his retirement from professional boxing. Finishing up with a record of 35-19-3, Asis moved to Australia and had a late-career renaissance under the guidance of Brendon Smith. After winning domestic titles in two countries, plus an IBO championship, the once homeless boy on the rugged streets of Manilla has announced his retirement. Boxingtalk wishes him the best of luck. This is the once eleven year old homeless kid on the streets of Manila who couldn't even afford a belt to keep his pants up - now he has an IBO world title belt wrapped around his waist. This is the same street kid - who had nothing, he begged and borrowed just to feed himself - sometimes he would go days without food.
|Sauerland books hometown fight for Skoglund|
Press Release: Erik Skoglund (25-0, 11 KOs) returns to the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden on October 28th to take on Timy "The Albanian Bomber" Shala (21-1-1, 8 KOs) in a twelve-round contest. Skoglund, who is Swedish, is back in action following a bloody brawl with Ryno Liebenberg on April 23rd in Stockholm, where despite suffering a bad cut above his right eye, he scored a unanimous points victory.