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|Breadman's Mailbag, By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Just wanted to get your thoughts on Deontay Wilder. First, it's amazing how many people (same ones that predicted he would get KOed) immediately start yapping that Wladimir Klitschko would destroy him. Maybe, many not, but who [cares]? Can't people just be happy for the young man? More importantly, do you think he has more upside than most people think? I saw quick flashes of a very good left hook, jab to the body, and even infighting that got lost in the fight. Point being, I think he has a much more complete game than the jab and right hand everyone is talking about. His trainer should be really commended because Wilder was pretty raw before.
|Rest In Peace, Tony Mazzarella|
Press Release: Tony Mazzarella of New York City passed away after a long illness this past Monday at the age of 75. During his long career in boxing, Mazzarella was a former deputy commissioner and inspector for the New York State Athletic Commission, Ring 8's treasurer, New York State Sports Commission member, amateur (including Golden Mittens and Mayor's Week of Boxing) and professional promoter (co-promoter of Ring Promotions) and the major influence in the founding of the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame.
|Abie Han replaces Jermain Taylor as Sergio Mora's foe|
Press Release: On Friday, Feb. 6th, former WBC junior middleweight titlist Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) takes on Abraham "Abie" Han (23-1, 14 KOs) in a twelve-round middleweight contest in Biloxi, Miss. It will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 9 p.m. ET. [Han replaces Jermain Taylor, the IBF middleweight champion who was jailed after a shooting incident].
|WBC announces eight-boxer tournament at 154 pounds|
The WBC has announced it will work with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to conduct a 154-pound tournament it will call the Boxing World Cup. According to the WBC's website, the tournament will take place inLas Vegas, although the exact dates, venues and televising networks have not been announced. Eight boxers have agreed to participate, according to the WBC: John Jackson from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dennis Laurente from the Philippines, Jorge Cota from Mexico, Luciano Cuello from Argentina, Sergey Rabchenko from Belarus, Dominique Dolton from the U.S., Yudel Jhonson from Cuba and Lukasz Maciec from Poland. First prize will be $350,000. -Scott Shaffer
|Rocky Juarez retires after loss|
Robinson Castellanos W12 Rocky Juarez... A proud boxing career came to an end in San Antonio last night as 2000 Olympic silver medalist Rocky Juarez lost a twelve-round decision to Robinson Castellanos and then announced his retirement. Juarez was down once in the fifth and three times in the twelfth. Castellanos (21-10) won by scores of 118-106 (twice) and 118-107. "I had a great run," said Juarez and indeed he did, proving himself a true warrior many times over even though he never won a world championship. Juarez finishes with a record of 30-11-1. The draw came against then-reigning world featherweight champion Chris John. Juarez also fought Marco Antonio Barrera twice and holds wins over Zahir Raheem, Guty Espadas, Jr. and Jorge Barrios. Juarez was never stopped in 42 pro fights, he always gave the fans everything he had in him, and he never ducked a tough fight. You can't ask for anything more from a boxer. Boxingtalk salutes Rocky Juarez and wishes him well in his post-boxing life. source: san antonio express news
|Kyrone Davis ready to perform in Philly|
Press Release: Middleweight Kyrone Davis will take on veteran Jonathan Garcia (4-11) in a six-round bout at Philadelphia's 2300 Arena on Saturday. Editor's note: Davis is trained by Boxingtalk's Stephen "Bread" Edwards. Davis out of Wilmington, Delaware has a record of 5-0 with three knockouts and the former amateur standout is excited about his fight this Saturday. "Training went well. I know that Garcia is a durable guy who has fought good competition. My goal on Saturday is to put on a good, clean performance. Not to get hit and give everyone a good show for my first fight in Philly," said the 20 year-old. Davis was 91-9 as an amateur, won two National PAL tournaments and competed in Olympic trials. "I was born in New Jersey and live in Delaware [but] I train in Philadelphia. I have not fought here professionally and I am coming back to show everyone what I am doing... I am in good spirits and have put in lots of road work. I have a great team with my trainer Stephen Edwards. This is the longest camp we have had as I was supposed to fight in December and went that did not happen, we stayed training. I am in the best shape. This is my first six-round fight but we prepared to go even longer so it wont be a problem."
|Caleb Plant goes for sixth win this weekend|
Press Release: Middleweight Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (5-0 with 4 KOs), returns to the ring this Saturday (January 31st) against David Lopez (4-11, 1 KO). The four-round bout will take place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA. Managed by Al Haymon, thye Tennessee native has power in both hands and believes his power will take him to the top. After winning a decision in his pro debut, Plant has knocked out his last four opponents. "I know I have a lot to learn in this sport and I'm thriving to get better each day I'm in the gym." said Caleb Plant. "With Al taking charge of my career, I know I will have opportunities to become something special in boxing. My plan is to come out aggressive and take the fight to my opponent. If I see my opponent is in trouble, I'm definitely going for the knockout."
|Veteran Denver boxing writer advises Alvarado to retire|
The online edition of the Denver Post has an interesting opinion piece concerning Mike Alvarado, whose legal troubles and admitted lack of training contributed to his three-round demolition loss at the hands of Brandon Rios over the weekend. Author Terry Frei who has known and covered Alvardo for several years, writes that rather than try to revive his career, Alvarado should reitre and prepare for the rest of his life. Frei's well-written column can be read by clicking here
. --Scott Shaffer
|Australian update: Brayd Smith inks step-up fight|
Press Release: When Australian featherweight Brayd Smith (12-0) steps into a Toowoomba boxing ring on March 14th, it will be against Egypt’s Mohammed Metualy (18-3) over ten rounds. “It’s a very exciting for me, but also my most dangerous fight to date,” the 23 year-old Smith said. Metualy is the current Egyptian national champion. His only loss in his last ten contests was two fights ago against Gotlieb Ndokosho (now 16-3) in Namibia. Six of his last nine wins have come by knockout, three in the first round.
|Main Events adds Shane Mosley, Jr. to Foxwoods undercard|
Press Release: Before ESPN2 Friday Night Fights' audience witnesses the lightweight main event between Karl Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs) and Tony Luis (18-2, 7 KOs), they will view an undercard that includes Shane Mosley, Jr. (2-1, 2 KOs), Cuba's Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and others. Barrera is taking on ex-IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) for eight rounds of action in the light heavyweight division. California's Mosley, Jr. (2-1), is taking on Rafael Machado (0-2) for four middleweight rounds. In another eight rounder heavyweights Keith "Machine Gun" Tapia (12-0, 7 KOs) of Santurce, Puerto Rico and Jesse Oltmanns (10-4, 7 KOs) of Bartonsville, PA will square off.
|Donta Woods named as Travis Peterkin's foe for Thursday|
New York City's Broadway Boxing series returns this Thursday (January 29th) with a nine-bout card to be held at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Headlining will be Brooklyn's light heavyweight "Notorious" Travis Peterkin (13-0), who has been a Broadway Boxing fixture since 2012. According to DiBella Entertainment, Peterkin will face Donta Woods (8-3) of Atlanta in an eight rounder. --Scott Shaffer
|Change of opponent for Rashid Kassem in Denmark|
Press Release: Rashid Kassem (6-0) will face a different challenge on February 7th. The Danish lightweight will now take on Gyula Tallosi (5-1) in Frederikshavn, Denmark after Oszkar Fiko withdrew from their scheduled bout. "The Dream" must now prepare for an arguably tougher opponent in Tallosi. The 26 year-old Hungarian has earned four of his five victories by way of knockout. However, the Copenhagen-based Kassem outworked and outpointed the experienced Georgian Kakhaber Avetisian (37-27-1, 19 KOs) in his last outing. Kassem is one of five Danish boxers in action in Frederikshavn. Micki Nielsen’s (16-0, 12 KOs) cruiserweight battle against Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) tops the card.
|Prichard Colon headlines in Philly on Saturday|
Press Release: This Saturday night at Philadelphia's 2300 Arena, Puerto Rico's Prichard Colon (12-0, 10 KOs) takes on Hector Munoz (23-13-1, 15 KO's) of Albuquerque, New Mexico in an eight-round junior middleweight fight. Also on the show, 122 pounder Stephen "Scooter" Fulton (listed as 3-0 but really 5-1 as he fought professionally in the World Series of Boxing) faces Eric Gotay in a four-round bout. [Gotay is 3-2 with 1 KO but hasn't won since 2011].
|Alvarado gives weak effort in three-round loss to Rios|
Brandon Rios TKO3 Mike Alvarado... Fighting in his home state of Colorado, Mike Alvarado let down his fans with a weak effort, losing to Brandon Rios in a welterweight bout. Rios couldn't miss, hitting Alvarado with 120 punches in three rounds, including one knockdown. The fight was stopped before the fourth round could begin. Alvarado, who was arrested a couple of weeks ago very late at night with a loaded gun, admitted the obvious afterwards: that he didn't prepare well for this fight. The fans booed him loudly, as Alvarado breached their trust and didn't give them the fight they paid their money to see. Now 34-4 with three straight losses and having to face the legal charges of carrying a gun after a felony conviction, it will probably be a while before we see Alvarado in a big fight again. Rios, on the other hand, is 33-3-1, and with two wins in three fights against Alvarez, can look forward to some big opportunities. source: hbo.
|Ramirez outpoints Vlasov in Colorado|
Gilberto Ramirez W10 Maxim Vlasov... In Broomfield, Colorado, Mexico's Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez defeated Russia's Maxim Zaslov via unanimous decision. Official scores were 96-94 and 97-93 (twice). Ramirez, a super middleweight, won clearly, but didn't quite live up to the heavy hype he has been receiving, as Zaslov mounted a bit of a late rally. Still, Ramirez outlanded Vlasov 171 punches to 115 and the tough Vlasov generally fights in the light heavyweight division. Ramirez improves to 31-0 and joins Isaac Chilemba as the only pro boxers to defeat Vlasov (30-2). source hbo
|Colorado weigh-in report|
Weights from Colorado: Mike Alvarado, 146.5 pounds vs. Brandon Rios, 146.75; and Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez, 170.5 vs. Maxim Vlasov, 170. Tickets are still available via http://www.altitudetickets.com
. HBO will televise source: Top Rank Twitter account
|2004 Olympian Alex De Jesus returns to action next month|
Super bantamweight Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (15-0) is comong off a bouty last August in which he was knocked down four times but scored three knocdowns of his own to defeat Roberto Castaneda by majority decision. On February 7th, the Puerto Rican will headline a show at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum, in Carolina, Puerto Rico against Josean Figueroa (8-3-1, alternate spelling Figuroa). The show will also feature welterweights Alexander “Pollo" de Jesus (20-1) against The Barbados' Christopher Henry (25-25). De Jesus was a 2004 Olympian for Puerto Rico but has been out of the ring for more than 4 years due to reported incarceration. The show will also have a rematch between Carlos “Chicano” Cotto (7-0-1) and Jimmy Suarez (2-5) who was disqualified in their 2013 meeting. Tickets are available at www.tcpr.com
. --Scott Shaffer
|Linares to face Gamboa next?|
According to the WBC, the first defense that Jorge Linares makes of the WBC lightweight belt could come against fan favorite Yurokis Gamboa of Cuba. Linares won the vacant title defeating Mexican Javier Prieto via knockout on December 30th in Japan. The weak lineage of the WBC belt (vacated by Adrien Broner in 2013, stripped from Omar Figueroa in 2014, Linares facing a boxer coming off two straight draws for the vacant title) makes it a paper title at present, but Linares-Gamboa would be entertaining. Gamboa's promoter, Pepé Gómez of Cancún Boxingr, comfirmed that negotiations are underway and a meeting with Linares is set for the coming days. Yuriorkis is coming off a win over Joel Montes de Oca. --Scott Shaffer
|Mathysse to remain with Golden Boy|
Press Release: Argentina's Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) has renewed his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, it was announced today. "As Golden Boy works to put together a 2015 full of huge, fan-friendly fights, Lucas Matthysse is, and will now remain, a core part of our team," said Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions. "Lucas is a strong and powerful fighter, someone the elite of the division have to look out for in the years to come, and we are excited to continue our successful partnership with him." Matthysse lost to world 140-pound champion in 2013 and returned with two wins in 2014.
|Spike TV unveils deal to air Haymon shows|Press Release:
Spike TV [announced it will work with Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions] to expand its combat sports roster with a primetime boxing series that will debut Friday, March 13th at 9:00pm ET/PT. The first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series event on Spike will showcase Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia.
|Amir Mansour calls out Joey Dawjeko|
Heavyweight Amir "Hard Core" Mansour directed a very specific call-out to Mark Cipparone, the manager of Joey Dawjeko. Mansour and Dawjeko are both Philadelphia-area heavyweights. Here is what Mansour posted on social media: "Attention:@Mark Cipparone... you stated after my last fight that you would pay me $250,000 to fight Joey....I have a May 8th date on ESPN to make this fight happen!!!! Now put your money where your mouth is: If Joey is still standing after the 10th round, you can keep half!! And if you don't really have the money, I will gladly take a piece of your company!!! Now let's see how serious your mouth and money is!!!" While Mansour is too optimistic hoping to earn a quarter of a million dollars for an ESPN date, a fight between Mansour (21-1) and Dawjeko (13-3-2) would be a very entertaining ESPN event. --Scott Shaffer
|Caballero-Guevara press conference quotes|
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions held a press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday to announce the Feb. 27th IBF bantamweight title defense by Randy "El Matador" Caballero against Alberto "Metro" Guevara. The event was hosted by Oscar De La Hoya, founder and president of Golden Boy Promotions. Other fighters featured on the card participated in the press conference including Mexicali's Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) who fights in his first eight-round bout against Los Angeles super bantamweight Manuel "Suavecito" Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs). Plus, Chinese heavyweight Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs) spoke about his upcoming opening telecast bout on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes, a four-round fight against Roy McCary (3-2, 3 KOs). Below is what the fighters had to say:
|Falowo-Lamour added to Jan. 30th ESPN2 show|
Press Release: During their amateur careers New England middleweights Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs), of Portland, Maine, and Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs), of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, met several times, with Lamour defeating Falowo all but once. Now these two fighters meet again as pros for hometown bragging rights on the January 30th edition of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT.
|Top Rank-Chavez lawsuit update, By Scott Shaffer|
The lawsuit between Top Rank and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. is proceeding along, and the parties have asked the judge to set a trial date. Because the lawsuit has kept Chavez out of the ring, it is not surprising the super middleweight requested an earlier trial date than Top Rank. Chavez wants a July trial date, while Top Rank seeks an October trial date. There had been talk of Chavez fighting IBF super middleweight titlist Carl Froch in the spring, but that speculation ended when Froch announced an injury.
|Kell Brook to defend vs. Jo Jo Dan|
Press Release: Kell Brook will defend his IBF welterweight title against mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England on March 28th. The Sheffield star landed the title in August with a win over Shawn Porter and now he makes a long-awaited return to action in his hometown, his first fight there since he stopped Vyacheslav Senchenko in October 2013.
|Pennsauken, New Jersey undercard announced|
Press Release: This Saturday night, January 24th at the GPG Event Center (Formerly the Woodbine Inn) in Pennsauken, New Jersey, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (31-3, 23 KOs) of Paulsboro, NJ will take on Cory Phelps (16-7-1, 8 KOs) of Catlettsburg, KY in a bout scheduled for ten rounds. The rest of the show is as follows:
|Late result from Philly|
Raymond Serrano W6 Jerome Rodriguez... Raymond "Tito" Serrano won a six-round decision over fellow Philadelphian Jerome Rodriguez on Jan. 20th in both boxers' hometown, Philadelphia. Serrano (20-2 with 9 KOs) dominated all three scorecards, carrying them by 59-55. The welterweight Serrano looked sharp, throwing combinations to both the head and body of Rodriguez (6-2-3 with 2 KOs). This was Serrano's second comeback fight after taking nearly a year and a half away from the ring. His promoter, Star Boxing, plans to bring Serrano back as soon as possible. source: star boxing press release
|Showtime thrilled with Wilder-Stiverne ratings|
Press Release: Showtime Sports garnered a record audience for Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing headlined by newly minted WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder in his breakout win over Bermane Stiverne. The main event ranks as the highest-rated fight on any premium network in the past 12 months while the entire three-fight telecast becomes the highest rated on Showtime in more than two years. The Jan. 17th telecast attracted the second largest audience since 2004* behind the Miguel Cotto vs. Austin Trout event from Dec. 2012. (*since Nielsen began to separately measure premium television multiplex channels).
|Jermain Taylor apologizes but remains defiant in bizarre video|
The developing story of Jermain Taylor took another strange turn when the IBF middleweight champion posted a video of himself in the bathtub discussing the latest incident in which he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at a man's head
at a Martin Luther King Day parade after the man's young son dropped Taylor's championship belt on the floor. Already charged with shooting his cousin in a 2014 incident, Tayor put his career and his prospects of staying out of jail in jeopardy over the weekend. According to USA Today, Taylor pointed a loaded gun at a man, fired the weapon in the air and then pistol-whipped the man. Taylor was arrested and released on bond, but Arkansas Online reported that his bond from the earlier incident has been reovked and that Taylor will be heading to jail until his trial date, which is scheduled for June. Taylor was scheduled to defend his title against Sergio Mora on February 7th, but that fight is off, and Taylor's career has to be considered in serious jeopardy. In the video, Taylor says he has 24 hours to turn himself in, he apologizes for letting his fans down, but also criticizes the Martin Luther King Day parade for not providing candy to kids. Taylor also insists his problems were not caused by being a drug addict. However, Taylor has been knocked out by Kelly Pavlik, Carl Froch and and Arthur Abraham, plus been in several other hard hitting fights and suffered a brain bleed against Abraham. He was medically cleared to resume his career beofre his last a fight (a win over Sam Soliman), but his increasingly bizarre behavior could be evidence of a brain injury. Many former football players who have suffered repreated head blows and then exhibited violent behavior are being studied for chronic traumatic encepholopathy or CTE. -Scott Shaffer
|De La Hoya to launch Spanish-language network|
Press Release: Former world champion and current promoter Oscar De La Hoya will launch a new Spanish-language sports, travel and lifestyle cable television channel called De La Hoya TV, the "Golden Boy" announced at a conference in Miami, Florida. Offering news, analysis and original programming surrounding combat sports including boxing and MMA, the multi-platform network will feature entertainment, travel, lifestyle and news on international sports.
|David Price added to Arthur Abraham-Paul Smith show|
Press Release: David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will face Irineu Beato Costa Junior (16-2, 14 KOs) on February 21st at the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. The heavyweights go toe-to-toe on the undercard of the WBO super middleweight rematch between Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) and Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs), live on Sky Sports. Price returns, following a six-month injury lay-off, ready to kick-start his 2015 with a ten-round contest against the 34 year-old Brazilian, Costa Junior. The former British and Commonwealth Champion said, "Costa Junior is exactly the type of opponent I wanted. He’s got a decent record, similar to my own... Last year, he went twelve rounds with Christian Hammer, so we know he’s no mug. It will be another step up, but I think he will bring out the best in me. I’m confident I will get the win.’’ [Costa Junior defeated Eduardo Franca (25-28) over the weekend in Brazil]. Tickets are available via tickethall.de.
|Caballero to defend IBF bantamweight title against Guevara|
Press Release: California's Randy "El Matador" Caballero (22-0, 13 KOs) will formally announce his first IBF bantamweight title defense shortly. Caballero will defend against Alberto "Metro" Guevara (18-2, 6 KOs) in a twelve-round homecoming bout, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and televised by Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) will face Manuel Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) on the same card. Also slated to appear against opponenst to be determined are Nick Arce (1-0, 1 KO), Oscar Negrete (7-0, 3 KOs) and China's Taishan (2-0, 2 KOs).
|Nicholas Walters is Jamaica's Sportsman of the Year|
Press Release: World featherweight champion Nicholas "The Axeman" Walters was named Jamaican Sportsman of the Year at the 54th RJR Sports Foundation National Awards. The 29-year-old Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) had a spectacular 2014, stopping respected champions Vic Darchinyan (TKO5) and Nonito Donaire (TKO6). The win over Donaire gave him the lineal world championship at 126 pounds. "Getting sportsman of the year is like getting sportsman of the world," Walters told reporters at the gala held in his honor. "We are very proud to be part of "Team Walters" said promoter Leon Margules. "He is a superstar fighter who had his breakout year last year. This will not be the last time he wins this prestigious award. There are several big fights for Nicholas on the horizon that will further cement him as one of the game's top fighters."
|Feb. 23rd show being planned for Kunming City, China|
Press Release: Josh "The Boss" Baillie (2-1) is the latest Smithy's Gym boxer to earn an opportunity to fight overseas. The Cumbrian native has been signed to take on China's Xu Chan (4-1) on February 23rd in Kunming City in China's Yunnan Province. They will meet in a six-round super featherweight bout on a card presented by Zovi Promotions. "It's a big fight for me, and a big opportunity," Baillie said. "As an amateur I fought in England, Denmark,Scotland and Wales and now as a pro i'm excited to add China to the list. "Xu Chan is a good fighter,he's ranked number two in China. He's won four of his five bouts and looks like a top prospect. However it's a fight I'm confident I can win and I can't wait to get in there. I've got around 5 weeks to go so I'm going to put in the hard work in gym."
|WBA orders Lebedev-Kalenga|
According to the WBA's website, WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and Youri Kalenga (who holds the WBA's interim title) must start negotiations for a mandatory title fight. According to the communication sent to both boxers and their teams, the negotiation period shall be thirty days. Therefore, Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs) and Kalenga (21-1, 14 KOs) will have until February 20th to reach an agreement. If they do not reach an agreement in the given period, the fight will be opened to purse bid.
|Pacquiao to Mayweather: you have till the end of the month|
Floyd Mayweather does not take too kindly to being told what to do, but Manny Pacquiao has nonetheless given Mayweather a deadline to put up or shut up for the biggest fight in boxing. Pacquiao told the Los Angeles Times that Mayweather has a deadline of "this month" to sign for the fight, or else Pacquiao will look for another opponent. Pacquiao alread has agreed to give Mayweather more than half of the revenue from a proposed super fight, and Pacquiao has also signed his end of the contract. Mayweather's other options include Amir Khan and a rematch vs. world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. --Scott Shaffer **UPDATE: Showtime's Stephen Espinoza tweeted: "Nobody is "ducking" anybody. There are legitimate business issues to resolve. Doesn't mean that either side is trying to avoid the fight."**
|Jeff Lacy to face Sullivan Barrera|
Press Release: Light heavyweights Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) will face off for eight rounds on Friday, Jan. 30th at Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino. Barrera, 32, is from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and made his pro debut in his new home state of Florida in 2009. He won all four of his fights in 2014, three by way of stoppage. In his last fight at Foxwoods, he stopped Eric Watkins in the sixth round. Sullivan's last three victories have come by way of knockout. Lacy, 37, made his professional debut in 2001 and remained undefeated for over five years. A former IBF super middleweight champion, he is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Timothy Hall, Jr. in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida last month.
|Late results from Laredo, By Christian Schmidt|
Rodolfo Gomez W8 Benjamin Whitaker... In Laredo, Texas over the weekend, Rodolfo "La Cobrita" Gomez took on Texas welterweight champion Benjamin "Da Blaxican" Whitaker of San Antonio. The Texas welterweight was up for grabs and Whitaker proved to be too much for his taller opponent. He was able to break through his opponent's reach advantage and score with more solid, crisp shots. A game Gomez fought all eight rounds, but could never really get in a rhythm. Whitaker was awarded a unanimous decision and improves to 8-1. Gomez drops to 10-3.
Eileen Olszewski W10 Christina Fuentes... The hometown crowd was shocked and angered when they were informed the judges scored the bout a unanimous decision for Eileen Olszewski (10-5-3). Judge Joel Elizondo scored it 95-94, Ruben Carrion 95-94, and Levi Martinez a wider 96-93. "I was robbed" said Christina "Mandy" Fuentes (3-7-5).
|Serrano fight to air on Fox Sports 1 tonight|
Press Release: Tonight at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Raymond "Tito" Serrano makes his second appearance after a 22-month layoff when he takes on Jerome Rodriguez (6-1-3, 2 KO's) in a six-round junior welterweight bout on a card that will be televised by Fox Sports 1. Serrano of Philadelphia weighed in at 144.6 lbs at Tuesday's weigh in and is rearing to go after his fourth-round stoppage of Wilfredo Acuna on November 14th in Chester, PA. "I feel good and ready for a great night,"said the 25 year-old. Serrano (19-2, 9 KO's) will be fighting for the second time under the Club 1957 Management banner. He admits he does not know too much about the 28 year-old southpaw Rodriguez.
|Stiverne: "This is not the end for me"|
Press Release: Two nights after being hospitalized following his loss to Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas, Bermane Stiverne, hosted a press conference at the MGM Grand. Also prpesent were Stivern'e's promoter, Don King, and trainer, Don House. Here’s what they had to say:
|Danish boxers will be busy on Feb. 7th|
Press Release: Rashid "The Dream" Kassem (6-0) will take on Oszkar Fiko (11-8) on February 7th in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The 23 year-old lightweight dominated Kakhaber Avetisian (36-27-1) over six rounds in his last outing and will now be looking to build on this success when he takes on Fiko, a 21 year-old Romanian. Kassem is one of five Danish boxers in action. Cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) tops the bill, challenging Brazilian knockout artist Julio Cesar Do Santos (27-3, 24 KOs). Also, Kim Poulsen (26-1, 7 KOs) can avenge countryman Kasper Bruun’s defeat when he meets Swedish star Anthony Yigit (11-0-1, 4 KOs); Dennis Ceylan (12-0-1) meets Spaini's Cristian Montilla (6-3-1), in a repeat of their August draw; and Abdul Khattab (9-0) steps up in class to face ‘The Fish’ Alexey Ribchev (19-11-1).
|Toowoomba to host Australia vs. New Zealand main event|
Press Release: Australian welterweight Kris George (7-0) will face New Zeland champ Anthony 'TNT' Taylor (9-1-1) on March 14th in Toowoomba, Australia. Taylor's only loss as a pro was a majority points decision against Australian Brandon Ogilvie. Since then, Taylor has won six straight,three by knockout. "Anthony Taylor is a good fighter, a very good fighter," Kris George's Manager Brendon Smith said. "He's dropped just three rounds in the past three wins he had that went the distance and remember that's three rounds in total from three separate judges. He will come to Toowoomba in red hot form," Smith said.
|Broken hand for Wilder?|
Deontay Wilder's hometown newspaper, the Tuscloosa (Alabama) News reports that the new WBC heavyweight titlist fractured his right hand in Saturday's win over Bermane Stiverne. Wilder will soon visit the doctor who operated on the same hand in 2009. "We won't know the extent of the injury until we get more information but we don't think it will keep him out of training long," said Jay Deas, Wilder's manager, told the newspaper. -Scott Shaffer
|GYM claims it still has Lemieux under contract|Press Release:
Following the announcement
by Eye of the Tiger Management (EOTTM) that David Lemieux is leaving Canadian promoter Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) to join Golden Boy Promotions, GYM wishes to set the record straight. [According to GYM:] David Lemieux is still under contract with GYM, and has been since December 2011. GYM has ensured David Lemieux’s best interests were protected including training, development, the garnering of big fights, or just insuring what was best for Lemieux inancially. The 2011 contract was renewed, extended and is still in effect. It was negotiated, modified and accepted by David Lemieux’s manager, Mr. Camille Estephan (EOTTM), who it appears is now attempting to evade his obligations.
|Stiverne hospitalized for dehydration|
According to Yahoo! Sports, Bermane Stiverne was hospitalized in Las Vegas after losing the WBC heavyweight title to Deontay Wilder. Thankfully, the cause for the hospitalization is severe dehydration. After being examined, Stiverne was admitted on Saturday and remained hospitalized on Sunday. In the fight, which Stiverne lost by a wide margin, Stiverne followed Wilder around the ring for twelve rounds, but did not throw enough punches to give himself a good chance of winning. In his post-fight interview, Stiverne said he was "not 100%" but didn't elaborate.. --Scott Shaffer
|Froch injured: won't fight until summer|
Press Release: Carl Froch is aiming to return to the ring in the summer after suffering an elbow injury in training. Froch’s team has been in deep talks with Julio Cesar Chavez’s camp about a potential clash in the spring in Las Vegas following his win over George Groves at Wembley Stadium in the summer to retain his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles. However, the injury has forced The Cobra to adjust his sights to another blockbuster summer bout. “I’m disappointed to have to let this opportunity go but at this stage in my career I have to make every fight count,” said Froch. “I will get some treatment and then we will look to make this fight or another big fight in the early summer.”
|Brook set for March 28th defense, but still no opponent|
Last week, Matchroom Sports announded IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook wouldl make his first title defense at the Motorpoint Arena in his hometown of Sheffield, England, but did not specify the opponent or the date. We now know the date-- March 28th-- but Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn have delayed announcing who will oppose Brook in his first title defense. Brook (33-0) claimed the IBF title last August by outpointing Shawn Porter. Hiss first defense had to be pushed back after he was stabbed in the leg in Spain, but he is back to full fitness and currently training in Tenerife. --Scott Shaffer
|Jonathan Cepeda to face Jonathan Reid next week|Press Release:
Middleweight Jonathan “El Conquistador” Cepeda 15-1, 13 KOs will face Jonathan Reid (35-17, 19 KO’s) on Tuesday, January 27th in Charlotte, NC. Reid is well known from his appearance on The Contender reality series. [He fought twice in 2014, losing both by decision]. This will be Cepeda’s fourth fight in the past six months after a two-year hiatus following a loss to Lamar Russ in October of 2012. “I learned a lot from that loss and during my two year break. Not only do I have a great team around me now, I’ve also developed the mental toughness and maturity needed to become a champion,” said Cepeda. Cepeda’s returned to the ring after being picked up by Kran Sports.com
in the spring of 2014. “Prior to signing Jonathan we watched a lot of footage of his past fights and fell in love with what we saw. He’s got heavy hands that can knock anyone down at any time and that’s exciting to watch,” said Greg Adams of Kran Sports.
|Florida Hall of Fame announces 2015 inductees|
Congratulations to the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2015 announced at the SJC Boxing gym in Fort Myers, Florida. Living inductees include: former cruiserweight champion Uriah Grant; former heavyweight champion Tony Tucker; ex-heavyweight contender Phil Jackson; amateur standouts Pete and Nick Spanakos; trainer Harold Wilen; promoter Julio Martinez; media participants Jorge Hidalgo and Harold Lederman; officials and administrators Jimmy Resnick, Mike Ross, Frank Santore and Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel; and Leon Margules. Those being inducted posthumously include: former world champion Benny “Kid” Paret; contender Tony Licata; former amateur champion and undefeated pro Ed Gersh; trainers Mac Goodman and Chuck Talhami; promoter Major W. H. Peeples Jr. Shea Bailey and Arcadio Castro will receive Boxing Achievement Awards. The formal induction weekend is set for June 19-21 at the Tampa Holiday Inn Westshore, Tampa, Florida. --Steve Canton
|Wilder, Stiverne reflect on their fight|
Press Release: Last night in Las Vegas, Deontay Wilder became the first undefeated American heavyweight champion since Riddick Bowe in 1992 and the first American champion since Shannon Briggs won the crown in 2006. "I'm just excited and happy to bring this belt back to America," Wilder said. "It's going to mean a lot. I think I answered a lot of questions tonight. We knew we could go 12 rounds. We knew we could take a punch. We knew we could do it." Wilder answered his critics with a disciplined game plan, landing more than double the total punches and throwing 420 jabs to Stiverne's 139. "When I saw he could take a great punch we knew we were in for the long run. Twelve rounds is nothing. I want to bring excitement back to the heavyweight division. Whoever is ready, I'm ready." Stiverne (24-2-1, 21 KOs) was able to stagger Wilder with a few shots, but he did not throw enough jabs or cut off the ring effectively. Wilder was allowed to circle the ring and pop his jab at will. Stiverne landed just 39 jabs compared to Wilder's 120. "It wasn't my night," Stiverne said. "I felt 100 percent before the fight but once I got in the ring I couldn't cut the ring, I couldn't move my head like I usually do. What can I say? Congrats to him. I knew I was trying to throw combos of four or five punches and I could only throw two of them. I just felt like I was flat in the ring. What I know I could do I didn't do. I just have to go back and learn from my mistakes and find out what happened tonight."
|Wilder dominates Stiverne to claim WBC title, By Ben Dean|
Deontay Wilder W12 Bermane Stiverne... In Las Vegas, Deontay Wilder captured the WBC heavyweight title via unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne. In a surprise to many, Wilder (who had 32 prior pro fights but had never been beyond 4 rounds before) acquitted himself well over the distance by boxing intelligently. Wilder dished Stiverne a healthy diet of jabs, and stunned the champion on multiple occasions with big right hands. He appeared to have Stiverne badly hurt at the end of the round two, with Stiverne's legs appearing to be gone. Stiverne ended up collapsing and tackling Wilder just ads the bell ended the round. Stiverne showed superb toughness and an excellent chin coming forward throughout the night. However, he followed Wilder around wothout cutting the ring off or cornering the challenger. As a result of this, Stiverne ate a lot of jabs, and often reached or lunged wildly with his power shots. Wilder again staggered Stiverne with a huge right hand in the seventh round. Stiverne baited Wilder into the ropes hoping to find success as a counter puncher, and Wilder obliged, stepping in with several hard shots. They traded some furious exchanges, before the 6'7" Wilder recomposed himself and got back outside to a safer distance. Stiverne clipped Wilder with three solid left hooks at various points throughout the bout, answering the many questions about Wilder's chin. This bout had great action and both fighters talked to each other frequently throughout the bout. After five rounds, Wilder seemed to fight hard then steal a rest in the next round, fight hard another round, and coast the next. However, in the rounds Wilder wasn't aggressive, Stiverne didn't mount a consistent offense, and the challenger issued jabs and stayed away. In the last round, Wilder stood inside with Stiverne in the clinch and did a decent job of leaning on the shorter fighter while landing his own uppercuts. Official scores were 120-107, 119-108, and 118-109. This writer had it slightly closer at 117-111. Wilder becomes the first American heavyweight titleholder in nearly a decade. Fans will no doubt salivate over a potential unification bout later this year with the generally recognized world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (who holds the IBF, WBO, WBA, and IBO titles). source: showtime
|Elvin Ayala tops Aaron Mitchell in Connecticut|
Joseph Perez W8 Agustine Mauras... In the eight-round main event at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena, Joseph "Chip" Perez (11-3-2) finally got the best of Agustine Mauras (6-1-3) after two draws in 2013. This time, Hartford, Connecticut's Perez used a more aggressive approach while out-working and out-landing his Lawrence, Massachusetts opponent. The trilogy ended with a 79-73, 78-74 (twice) win for Perez, easily the most lopsided of their three super featherweight bouts.
Elvin Ayala W6 Aaron Mitchell... On the undercard, super middleweight Elvin Ayala (27-6-1) of New Haven, Conn. ended a layoff of more than two years with a satisfying 60-54, 59-55, 58-56 win over a late substitue from Philadelphia, Aaron Mitchell (27-2-1). Ayala hadn’t fought since suffering a first-round knockout loss to Curtis Stevens in January 2013. Having fallen out of the national spotlight, Ayala took the next two years to recover physically and mentally, making changes within his inner circle. Mitchell hadn’t fought since 2008, but from 1993-2008, Mitchell had won 15 consecutive bouts including 14 by knockout. source for all results: ces press release
|Santa Cruz stops Ruiz in 8|
Leo Santa Cruz TKO8 Jesus Ruiz... Also in Las Vegas, WBC 122-pound titlist Leo Santa Cruz defended his crown for the fourth time with an eighth-round TKO of Jesus Ruiz. The early rounds were close and competitive and Ruiz, a heavy underdog, seemed to be a tougher test than he looked on paper. But it was clear that Santa Cruz (29-0-1) was landing the cleaner shaper punches. Santa Cruz had Ruiz in trouble in the seventh and, for the first time, it appeared that he could finish Ruiz (32-6-5). Santa Cruz came out blazing in the eighth, landed a big right cross. Later in the round, Ruiz was in trouble against the ropes and not fighting back, so referee Kenny Bayless jumped in and stopped the bout with Ruiz still on his feet. source: showtime press release
|Imam gets spectacular win on Showtime, By Scott Shaffer|
Amir Imam TKO5 Fidel Maldonado... Junior welterweight Amir "Young Master" Imam opened the Showtime broadcast with a spectacular win over Fidel "Atrisco Kid" Maldonado. There was a crazy sequence as Imam dropped Maldonado hard right at the end of the second round, but Maldonado came back and dropped Imam in the first thirty seconds on round three. A war ensued, at Imam dropped Maldonado two more times in the third, for a total of four knockdowns in just over one round. There were no knockdowns in the fourth but Imam landed a right-left combination that sent Maldonado sprawling in the fifth round. Maldonado struggled to his feet as the count ended, but a final stumble convinced the referee to end the bout. Imam is now 16-0 with 14 knockouts, while the tough-as-nails Maldonado falls to 19-3. source: showtime
|Lemieux signs with Golden Boy|
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions alongside Eye of the Tiger Management announced Golden Boy's recent signing of David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) to a promotional contract. The Canadian middleweight Lemieux, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy Promotions Partner Bernard Hopkins, President of Eye of the Tiger Management Camille Estephan, and Senior Vice President of Golden Boy Promotions Eric Gomez were all in attendance.
|Monroe beats Vera easily|
Willie Monroe, Jr. W10 Brian Vera...In Verona, New York, middleweight Willie Monroe, Jr. defeated Brian Vera by unanimous decision over ten rounds. Monroe won last year's Boxcino tournament and was returning on ESPN2's airwaves having been inactive since May. However, Monroe showed no signs of rust, winning easily over Vera, a very tough but limited customer. Monroe was credited with a fifth-round knockdown when Vera's glove touched the canvas. Official scores were 99-90, 98-91 and 97-92. Monroe improves to 19-1, while Vera drops his third straight to fall to 23-9. source: espn2
|Boyd Melson to receive “Heart of a Champion” Award|
Press Release: Humanitarian and junior middleweight boxer Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson will receive the “Heart of a Champion” award from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Sunday, January 25th. The award will be given during a special fundraiser for St. Jude titled “NY Champions for St. Jude” taking place at O’Neill’s of Maspeth in Queens, NY. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the event.
|Stiverne: "Wilder isn’t getting past four rounds"|
Press Release: There was no love lost between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne and his challenger, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder. Neither one minced words while participating in an often tense, trash-talking final press conference Thursday for their fight, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 17th on Showtime from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The hard-hitting Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas, defends his title against the unbeaten knockout specialist Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala.,- in two days, but if they had their way they’d fight tonight. Below is what the fighters, promoters and trainers had to say today at the David Copperfield Theatre:
|Wanheng Menayothin announces very soft title defense|
The WBC announced that its 105-pound titlist, Wanheng Menayothin (36-0, 12 KOs) of Thailand, will make his first defense against Jeffrey “Venum” Galero (11-0, 5 KOs) of the Philippines on Feb. 5th in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand. Menayothin dethroned Mexico's Oswaldo Novoa (14-5-1) via TKO Nov. 6th in Chonburi, Thailand. Galero is a 24-year-old native of Northern Mindanao, Philippines and fights out of Gandeza’s Kambal Kamao Boxing Stable. Editor's note: Galero does not have anything close to a quality win among his eleven pro fights.
|Chazz Witherspoon still plugging away|
Press Release: On Saturday January 24th at the GPG Event Center (Formerly the Woodbine Inn) in Pennsauken, New Jersey, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon will take on Cory Phelps (16-7-1 with 8 KOs) in a ten-round bout. The show is promoted by Witherspoon's Silver Spoon Promotions. Witherspoon (31-3, 23 KOs) of nearby Paulsboro, New Jersey is a St. Joseph's University graduate who won his first twenty-three bouts with wins over the likes of Michael Alexander (11-0), Talmadge Griffis (24-6-3), Jonathan Haggler (18-1) before losing to Chris Arreola via disqualification.
|Travis Kauffman is on the mend|
Press Release: Heavyweight Travis "My Time" Kauffman (28-1, 20 KO's) reports that he is close to being ready for action following knee surgery. The former amateur standout hopes to be ready soon for a run at the heavyweights championship. "I can not wait to get back in the ring," said Kauffman, who has won nine straight but been off for a year. He injured his knee in the spring and had the surgery. "When I get back it will be 'My Time' and I am looking to fight the best out there. I will be very prepared as I have what I believe is the strongest team in the division which is my father Marshall Kauffman, Naazim Richardson and my manager Al Haymon."
|Laredo show set for tonight|Tonight (January 16th) at
in Laredo, Texas, Triple-A Promotions presents a combat sports show featuring
both MMA and boxing bouts. One of the main events will be a
female title bout, as Laredo product Mandy Fuentes challenges Eileen Olszewski (9-5-3) for the IFBA Flyweight title. Fuentes is just 3-6-5 but fought Olszewski to a draw in New York in September.
The other featured boxing bout pits Laredo's Rodolfo "La Cobrita" Gomez (10-2-1) taking on Benjamin Whitaker (7-1) of San Antonio, TX. This junior welterweight bout should be entertaining as Gomez has been training in Mexico City under the tutelage of Nacho Bernstein. Also, Whitaker is coming off his first professional loss. The bout will be for a Texas title belt.
General admission tickets can be purchased at (956) 523-7736, or the site venue. --Christian Schmidt (ring announcer)
|Nicole Wesner achieves success despite starting boxing at age 32|
Press Release: a In a sport full of stories, the story of lightweight Nicole Wesner (9-0, 4 KOs) is quite an interesting one. Its not a tale of hardship and turmoil, as is often the case, but rather a story of how it is, as they say, never too late to achieve your goals.
|Lundy 4 pounds over weight; ESPN2 co-feature cancelled|
According to Banner Promotions, Hank Lundy came in over weight and tomorrow's ESPN2 co-feature has been cancelled. Lundy was going to fight Petr Petrov at lightweight but came in four pounds overweight at 139. Petrov weighed in at 133.5. The bout will be replace don the telecast by Brandon Adams (14-1) in a middleweight bout against Lekan Byfield (6-6-2). Adams weighed in at 160, compared to 158 for Byfield. The main even remains Willie Monroe Jr. vs. Brian Vera. Both men weighed in at 160 pounds.
|Mike Perez to face Alexander Povetkin in the spring?|
California promoter Roy Englebrecht says his February 5th show at Fight Club O.C. in Costa Mesa, California will be headlined by fringe heavyweight contender Mike Perez (20-1) facing Darnell "Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson (25-18-3) in an eight rounder. Perez is coming off a draw vs. Carlos Takam and then a split-decision loss to Bryant Jennings. According to Englebrecht, Perez is headed for a WBC eliminator vs. Alexander Povetkin in the spring. Another heavyweight bout on Englebrecht's show will match Michael Hunter (6-0) vs. Avery Gibson (4-1-4). --Scott Shaffer
|Boxingtalk's KO Fix: Charles Martin stays undefeated|
Charles Martin TKO1 Damon McCreary... Heavyweight Charles Martin stayed busy last weekend by making quick work of Damon McCreary in Cabazon, California. McCreary tried to stay away from Martin's power but in the first round Martin caught McCreary with a left hand that dropped him flat on his back. McCreary beat the count, but the referee stopped the fight. Martin (19-0 with 17 KOs) is willing to step in and fight Wladimir Klitschko this April if Bryant Jennings prices himself out of the proposed heavyweight championship fight. Martin is represented by Mike Borao and promoted by King Sports Worldwide. McCreary falls to 15-4.
|Derry Matthews gets title shot at Richar Abril|
British lightweight Derry Matthews is in the right place at the right time and will get a world title shot despite his career record of 36-9-2. According to the BBC, Matthews will challenge Richar Abril for the WBA 135-pound title on March 6th in Liverpool, England. Abril was supposed to face Anthony Crolla this month, but Crolla was injured defending his home against burglars. Matthews has won two straight, and has a win and a draw in two fights vs. Crolla. According to the Daily Mail, Crolla suffered a fractured skull which was treated with 12 stitches and and a broken ankle that needed a plate and pins inserted. -Scott Shaffer
|WBO gives short extension for Lee-Saunders purse bid|
The WBO has granted a short extension to the negotiations deadline between WBO middleweight titlist Andy Lee, and his mandatory contender, Billy Joe Saunders. The sides now have until Monday (January 19th) to negotiate a deal, or else the WBO will hold a purse bid (auction) for the rights to promote the fight. In December, Lee won the vacant title with a come-from-behind stoppage of Matt Korobov. The title became vacant when Peter Quillin turned down over a million dollars rather than face Korobov. Saunders is 21-0 and holds the European, British and Commonwealth championships. His last four bouts have all been wins over previously undefeated opponents. --Scott Shaffer
|Hank Lundy in tough once again this weekend|
Press Release: Once again, Hank Lundy will be on the road facing an opponent with a huge record on short notice in front of a worldwide television audience. But what unnerve most fighters translates to another day in the office for Philadelphia's "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy. This Friday, Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) will step back into the ring at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in the ten-round co-feature of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights against hard-hitting Russian Petr Petrov (35-4-2, 17 KOs).
|Alvarado-Rios III workout quotes|
Press Release: Just ten days before the final chapter of their trilogy, Denver's "Mile High" Mike Alvardao and Oxnard, California's Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios met with the media today at Alvarado's Denver-based gym. [Note: Alvarado did not discuss his recent arrest for gun possession]. Alvarado (34-3, 23 KOs) and Rios (32-2-1, 22 KOs), who each own a victory in the series -- both of which were candidates for Fight of the Year in 2012 and 2013 -- discussed their upcoming third fight, to be contested in the welterweight division on Saturday, January 24th in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, CO. Alvarado-Rios III will be televised on HBO. The telecast will open with undefeated Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez of Mexico, facing once-beaten Maxim Vlasov from Russia, in a ten-round light heavyweight battle.
|Jan. 22nd NYC card topped by cruiserweights|
Press Release: Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced that the January 22nd main event at Webster Hall in New York City will pit cruiserweight Chicagos' Junior Wright (12-0-1) against Texas' Rayford Johnson (10-16) in a ten-round bout. Salita has high expectations for a lightweight clash on the same show. Dimash Niyazov (6-0) faces former New York state lightweight champion Ariel Duran (7-7-1) in a bout scheduled for six rounds.
|Lihaug-Daku added to Danish show|
Press Release: Norwegian super middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (9-1, 5 KOs) will start his 2015 campaing by taking on Ugandan southpaw Farouk Daku (18-6-1, 9 KOs) on February 7th at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. "Daku is a really solid opponent,’’ said Lihaug. "He has a lot of wins on his record and has only ever been stopped once in his career. I will need to make sure I’m prepared, because at this stage of my career there are no easy fights."
|NBC, Haymon reveal Premier Boxing Champions series, By Scott Shaffer|
Haymon Boxing has officially announced its series with NBC, which will be titled Premier Boxing Champions. In a departure from usual boxing business, the New York Times reports that Haymon will pay NBC $20 million for the right to air his fights. Presumably, Haymon will attempt to recoup those payments through sponsorships and commercials. So far, three fights have been announced: The first show, scheduled for March 7th in Las Vegas, is a blockbuster: Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrian Broner vs. John Molina. The April 11th show is slated to be headlined by world 140-pound champion Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson, who holds the IBF title. Both shows will air on NBC. According to the Twitter feeds of Yahoo!'s Kevin Iole, ESPN's Dan Rafael and Fox Sports' Michael Woods, NBC has announced that the NBC/Haymon deal will include twenty shows, including eleven on NBC and five in prime time. Other shows will be on NBC Sports Network.
|Kovalev-Pascal press conference highlights|
Press Release: Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs), the current WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion, and Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), the former world light heavyweight champion addressed the U.S. media in New York City in advance of their March 14th fight in Montreal. Also in attendance were Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (19-0-1, 12 KOs) and Steve "USS" Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) who were announced as the co-feature for the Kovalev-Pascal card. The two will fight for in an IBF heavyweight eliminator. Here are the quotes from the press conference:
|Steve Cunningham finally lands an HBO fight|
At a press conference in New York City today, HBO Boxing has announced that a heavyweight fight between former world cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham and Vyacheslav Glazkov will serve as the chief support for a light heavyweight main event between Segei Kovalev and Jean Pascal. Cunningham, who has been a pro since 2000, has had two title runs at cruiserweight plus some big fights at heavyweight, will be appearing on HBO for the first time. Kovelv is recognized as the light heavyweight champion by the IBF, WBA and WBO. The show will take place on March 14th in Montreal. --Scott Shaffer
|Mayweather-Pacquiao update: getting close?|
Boxing's long-awaited super fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao could be close to fruition. ESPN has reported that Pacquiao and his promoter Top Rank "have agreed to terms on our side." ESPN's source was Top Rank executive Carl Moretti. The fight, if it happens, would take place on May 2nd in Las Vegas. That Pacquiao has signed off is not a huge surprise because Pacquiao is more eager to fight Mayweather than Mayweather is to fight Pacquiao. The Philippine superstar has reportedly accepted Mayweather's drug testing demands, as well as a 40% share of the revenue stream. Mayweather, who has two fights left on a Showtime contract that guarantees him $30 million per fight, remains the wildcard. His advisor, Al Haymon is set to announce the terms of a huge agreement to put boxing back on NBC, which could have ramifications that affect the Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations. However, Showtime commentator Paul Malignaggi tweeted today that the "fights made" so perhaps Malignaggi has some inside information. --Scott Shaffer
|Juergen Braehmer to face Robin Krasniqi|
Press Release: Juergen Braehmer (45-2, 33 KOs) will defend his WBA regular light heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi (43-3, 16 KOs) on March 21st in Rostock, Germany. [Sergei Kovalev is the WBA super champion and Adonis Stevenson the lineal world champion in the same weight class]. The 36 year-old southpaw returns, following the a-round knockout of Pawel Glazewski in December, to face Krasniqi in a showdown between Germany-based boxers. '’This is a fight people have been talking about for a long time.’’ said Braehmer.
|Elvin Ayala poised to begin comeback this weekend|
Press Release: Elvin Ayala took some time away from boxing following a devastating loss to Curtis Stevens in January of 2013. Looking back on it, Ayala should've taken that hiatus long before the bell rang. "Mentally, I just wasn't there," Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KOs) said Tuesday, just four days before his return to the ring Saturday, Jan. 17th, 2015 Mohegan Sun Arena. Ayala will face Philadelphia's Taneal Goyco (7-8-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight bout.
|Mark Whicker wins Nat Fleischer award for boxing journalism|
Press Release: It’s has been nearly 28 years since sports columnist Mark Whicker left Philadelphia and resettled in southern California, but the ten years he spent in one of the true hotbeds of boxing left an indelible impression. “That when and where it really started for me,” said Whicker, who was named last week as the 41st winner of the Boxing Writers Association of America’s Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism. Whicker spent time at the now-defunct Philadelphia Evening Bulletin (1978-82) and Philadelphia Daily News (’82-87).
|Daily Bread Tuesday Edition: (1-13-15), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I can’t wait for Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder. I think they did a good job promoting this fight. For some reason it has me really stoked. What is your prediction?
Bread’s Response: I’m picking Stiverne but the karma of life is something else. Wilder will be fighting for his daughter and man that’s some motivation. I don’t want to get too spiritual but often when illness or death is used correctly for inspiration it inspires great performances. Wilder is extremely inspired by his daughter…
|WBA, WBC agree to uniform weight class names|
The WBC and the WBA have agreed to use the same names for boxing's 17 weight divisions. Final confirmation is pending from the IBF, but the WBO did not participate in the meeting, so full uniformity will not exist. The only noticeable change will be at 115, 122, 130, 140 and 154 pounds. Rather than be called the junior version of the next highest weight classes, the WBA/WBC and likely the IBF, will officially refer to them as super flyweight, super bantamweight, super featherweight, super lightweight and super welterweight respectively.
|Stiverne-Wilder analysis and prediction, By Ben Dean|
This Saturday (January 17th) at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder are scheduled to collide. This is the first heavyweight bout in quite some time that brings significant intrigue to the American public. I will breakdown what each fighter must do to be successful come fight night. This battle boils down to the known versus unknown. In Stiverne, the reigning WBC titlist, you have the known quantity, proven against superior quality of opposition compared to who Wilder has faced. In Wilder you have a fighter that has demonstrated freakish power, proven against inferior opposition.
|Brook refuses to wait for Khan, will name next opponent on Monday|
Press Release: IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will make his first title defense at the Motorpoint Arena in his hometown of Sheffield, England. The bout will take place in March, but Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn will not announce the opponent or the exact date until a press conference scheduled for Monday (January 19th). Brook (33-0) claimed the IBF title by outpointing Shawn Porter in August to rip the belt from the Ohio favorite. Brook’s first defense had to be pushed back after he was stabbed in the leg in Spain, but he is back to full fitness and currently training in Tenerife. Editor's note: Brook vs. Amir Khan would be a British super fight, but this news means that Brook is not waiting around to see whether Khan lands a fight against Floyd Mayweather. --Scott Shaffer
|Rainone admits defeat, vows to come back better|
In the wake of his unanimous decision loss to Dusty Hernandez-Harrison in Madison Square Garden last Friday, classy Tommy Rainone took to Facebook to promise his return to the ring. Here is what Tommy posted: "The better man in the ring won Friday night and I offer no excuses. It seems every time a fighter loses or has a bad performance, they have an excuse and need a crutch rather then look in the mirror and admit they came up short."
|Micki Nielsen continues campaign at cruiserweight|
Press Release: Denmark's Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) faces Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) in a cruiserweight main event on February 7th in Frederikshavn, Denmark. In Nielsen's last outing, he dominated Gusmyr Perdomo to score a unanimous points victory. Now, the 21 year-old southpaw can take the next step on his journey to a world championship when he challenges Dos Santos. "This will be a tough test, but one I‘m ready for,’’ said Nielsen. [Dos Santos was stopped by Tony Bellew in July, but is coming off a win in his native Brazil last month].
|Ex-footballer Seals signs with Warriors|
Press Release: Warriors Boxing has signed Mobile, Alabama, light heavyweight Michael Seals (18-0, 14 KOs) to a promotional contract. A latecomer, 32-year-old Seals started boxing at age 23, after a successful career as a linebacker for Alabama A&M University. But Seals has wasted no time catching up.
|Q&A with Daniel "Twitch" Franco|
Press Release: Super featherweight Daniel Franco (9-0-3) looks to start 2015 in similar fashion as he ended 2014...with a knockout victory on Saturday night's show at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. Franco will square off against Sergio Najera (8-16-2) in a six-round bout. Here is a question-and-answer session with Franco, known as "Twitch":
|Anthony Joshua pulls out of Kevin Johnson fight|
Press Release: 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Anthony Joshua has withdrawn from a scheduled bout against Kevin Johnson at London's O2 Arena on January 31st after aggravating a back injury. The undefeated heavyweight has a stress fracture in his back which required medical attention and subsequent physical therapy. On the advice of his medical team and trainer he has been ordered to rest before resuming training to appear on the Newcastle bill on April 4th.
|Stiverne: "Wilder is a clown. He thinks this is the WWE"|
This weekend's boxing action shifts to the heavyweight divison as WBC champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) prepares to defend against Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) in a Showtime-televised fight. Tickets are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com
orwww.ticketmaster.com. Read on to see what the fighters have to say about how training is going and what the fans can expect to see on Jan. 17th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:
|Swedish Yigit to face Danish Poulsen in Denmark|
Press Release: Anthony "Can You Dig It" Yigit (11-0-1, 4 KOs) will face "The Golden Boy" Kim Poulsen (26-1, 7 KOs) in an all-Scandinavian junior welterweight contest at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark on February 7th. Yigit is Swedish while Poulsen is from Denmark. This will not be the first time Yigit has come up against Danish opposition. In April 2014, he claimed a sixth-round technical decision victory over the previously unbeaten Kasper Bruun.
|Tureano Johnson wins MSG co-feature|
Tureano Johnson TKO6 Alex Theran... Friday at the Madison Square Garden, Bahamian middleweight Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) scored a bruising victory against Colombia's Alex Theran (17-2, 2 KOs). Johnson thumped the former Olympian Theran over five rounds, dropping him once in the fourth round and again in the 5th. Theran, who suffered an injury and could not return for the sixth round, was taking a beating before bowing out of the bout. source: gary shaw press release
|Hernandez beats Odom via disqualification|
Andrew Hernandez W4 (DQ) Jerry Odom... This past Friday at the Madison Square Garden, super middleweight Jerry Odom suffered his first pro defeat when he was disqualified. It was ruled that Odom hit Andrew Hernandez while he was down following a fourth-round knockdown. Odom's promoter blamed the referee for a bad call. "Jerry dropped the kid and the referee was way out of position. The referee was in the opposite corner,""said Vito Mielnicki. "We signed Hernandez before the fight so I am looking to do an immediate rematch as soon as mid-February. As everyone saw, Jerry was well on his way to stopping him... The referee was way out of position to make a call like that They could have given him five minutes to recover. source: GH3 press release
|Hernandez-Harrison wins easy over Rainone|
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison W10 Tommy Rainone... Roc Nation Sports' first main even was uneventful as Dusty Hernandez-Harrison won a ten-round welterweight decision over Tommy Rainone in New York City's Madison Square Garden. With tons of celebrities and seemingly half the boxing world present, Hernandez-Harrison (25-0) outboxed the shorter Rainone and won an easy decision by scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91. Rainone (22-6-1) height and reach disadvantage limited his ability to box from the outside and he tied his opponent up every time Hernandez-Harrison got inside, making it difficult for Rainone to have any success.--Scott Shaffer
|ShoBox results: Redkach, Khytrov win|
Ivan Redkach TKO6 Yakubu Amidu ... Ivan Redkach (18-0, 14 KOs) got a sixth-round stoppge win against Yakubu Amidu (19-6-2, 17 KOs) when Akibu failed to get off his stool following the sixth round in Cabazon, Calif. Amidu, of Los Angeles by way of Ghana picked up the pace in the fourth and then was docked a point by referee Ray Corona for repeated low blows in the fifth. Amidu, who had never been knocked down in 26 professional fights, suffered two knockdowns in the sixth, with the first coming after a quick right followed by a hard left and the second after an onslaught of power punches. Amidu barely beat the count both times, but he simply couldn’t handle the power of Redkach, who landed 45 percent of his power punches. Amidu complained that a leg injury was the reason he quit on his stool. However, the California State Athletic Commission stated that the bout was stopped due to punches.
Alantez Fox W8 Patrick Day... In the co-feature, junior middleweight Alantez “SlyAza” Fox, of Forestville, MD, won an eight-round majority decision victory over previously unbeaten Patrick Day, scored 76-76, 78-74, 80-72. Fox (14-0-1, 4 KOs), who is 6-foot-5, was able to keep Day at distance with his highly effective jab, averaging 54 jabs a round with a total of 436 jabs thrown in just eight rounds. Day (9-1, 5 KOs), who went past six rounds for the first time in his career, wasn’t able to come forward and looked frustrated in later rounds as he entered unchartered territory.
Ievgen Khytrov TKO8 Maurice Louishomme... In the ShoBox opening bout, 2012 Olympian Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a third-round technical knockout victory over outmatched Maurice “The Natural” Louishomme (8-1-1, 4 KOs). Referee Ray Corona stopped the fight just 24 seconds into the third round after a hard right from Khytrov sent Louishomme’s mouthpiece flying for the third time and awarded Khytrov the technical knockout. source for all results: showtime press release
|ESPN2 Results: Darlys Perez wins easy|
Darleys Perez W12 Jonathan Maicelo... On Friday at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KOs). Perez retained the WBA interim lightweight title with the win. In the early rounds, Perez time Maicelo every time Maicelo came forward. Maicelo went straight back after every combination and Perez made him pay. Perez again caught Maicelo jumping in and sent him to the canvas in round eleven. In round twelve, Perez closed the show as he landed a plethora of hard shots to close out the round. Maicelo, gave a gallant effort in defeat. Scorecards read 118-109, 118-108, 120-107 in favor of Perez. source: gary shaw press release
Francisco Santana KO1 Kendal Mena ... Also on the ESPN2 show from Santa Ynez, welterweight Francisco Santana (22-3-1, 11 KOs) didn't need much time to finish off his opponent, Kendal Mena (20-0, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. While the taller Mena was trying to establish his distance and jab, Santana, the local hero, landed a left hook that dropped him in the begging of the round. As soon as Mena got up off the canvas, Santana landed a right hook, left hook combo that put Mena down for good at the 1:43 mark of round one. source: gary shaw press release
Jarrell Miller W6 Aaron Kinch... On the same show, heavyweight Jarrell Miller rose to 11-0-1 with a six-round decision win over Aaron Kinch (5-4-2). source: star of david promotions
|MMA Legend Frank Shamrock turning to bare knuckle boxing|
Ken Shamrock, an MMA legend and UFC Hall of Famer, announced that he will compete in a bare-knuckle boxingmatch against the UK's James Quinn (aka James Quinn McDonagh), a well known fighter of traveller (Gypsy) descent. According to Shamrock's websiote: "the bout is scheduled to happen April 2015 in the United Kingdom (further details to be announced)." However, bareknuckle boxing appears to be illegal in the UK, and Quinn can be thought of as an Irish version of Kimbo Slice - an underground cult figure. Shamrock is 50 years old, and while he is unquestionable an all-time great and MMA pioneer, he has only won three of his last ten MMA fights. Bare Knuckle Boxing is the original form of boxing, closely related to ancient combat sports. Fighters do not wear gloves. Along with fighting in the UFC, Shamrock also wrestled in the WWF and was the first ever Pancrase Heavyweight World Champion in Japan. With all his accomplishments in fighting, Shamrock is not done. He says he still has the fire to do what he has always been passionate about. --Scott Shaffer
|Andre Ward signs with Roc Nation|
World super middleweight champion Andre Ward says he has signed a promotional contract with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports. Ward himself issued the news on social media, saying, "It's official!! #NextChapter Happy to be a part of the @rocnation family." After cleaning up the 168-pound division in Showtime's Super Six Tournament, Ward has been frustratingly inactive due to shouoder surgery and ongoing litigation with his former promoter, Dan Goossen. When Goossen died late last year, that provided an opening for a settlement. --Scott Shaffer
|ESPN2 weigh-in report|
Here are the boxers' weights for tonight's ESPN2 Friday Night Fights broadcast from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif:
WBA interim lightweight title:
Jonathan Maicelo 135 vs. Darleys Perez 133;
Francisco Santana 145 vs. Kendal Mena 147;
Roman Morales 121 vs. Ernesto Guerrero 119;
Manuel Romero 136 vs. Carlos Gonzales 140;
Aaron Kinch 253 vs. Jerrell Miller 281;
Paula Estrada 106 vs. Kayana Rain 108; and
Maria Suarez 109 vs. Jolene Blackshear 110.
source: gary shaw press release
|Leo Santa Cruz open workout quotes|
Press Release: WBC 122-pound titlist Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles participated in an open media workout Thursday at Who's Next Boxing Academy in preparation for his title defense against Mexico's Jesus "Estrella" Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday, Jan. 17th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Showtime Championship Boxing will air the fight, along with the WBC heavyweight title defense by Bermane "B. Ware" Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) against Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs). Santa Cruz worked out for 45 minutes on Thursday. He shadow-boxed, hit the mitts, did calisthenics, jumped rope and did stretching exercises as live Norteño music blared in the background. Below is what the champion Santa Cruz, his father/trainer Jose Santa Cruz and his brother/co-trainer Antonio Santa Cruz said at the workout:
|Philly show changes venues|
Press Release: Due to ongoing construction at Harrahs Philadelphia, a January 31st fight card has been moved to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The main event will see Puerto Rico's Prichard Colon (12-0, 10 KOs) taking on Jonathan Batista (14-5, 7 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in an eight-round junior middleweight fight. Also on the show, Kyrone Davis (5-0) of Wilmington, DE will take on Jonathan Garcia (4-11) of Aguada, PR in a six-round middleweight bout.
|ShoBox weigh-in report|
Here are the weights for the Shobox-televised tripleheader tomorrow at Cabazon, California:
Ivan Redkach (137 pounds) vs. Yakubu Amidu (137);
Alantez Fox (155) vs. Patrick Day (154); and
Ievgen Khtyrov (163) vs. Maurice Louishomme (161).
|Q&A with Ivan Redkach|
Press Release: Lightweight Ivan Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs), a Los Angeles-based Ukrainian, makes his 2015 debut on Friday against Yakubu Amidu (19-5-2, 17 KOs) in the main event of Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation. Since it is a free preview weekend, Showtime will be available to over 70 million households. The tripleheader is promoted by DiBella Entertainment from Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, Calif. Below is a Q&A with Redkach as he aims for a breakout 2015:
|Odom-Hernandez battle of undefeateds is on tap for tomorrow|
Press Release: This Friday night, 168-pounder Jerry "The Kings Son" Odom will take on Andrew Hernandez (7-0-1, 1 KO) of Phoenix, Arizona as part of the inaugural Roc Nation boxing card at the Madison Square Garden Theater. Odom (12-0 with 11 KOs) is promoted by GH3 Promotions and is coming off a seventh-round stoppage over Villier Quinonez on July 25th. Despite facing his second consecutive undefeated fighter, Odom said, "It's just another steppingstone fight. I don't know much about him. My trainers know everything that I need to know," said the 21 year-old Odom. He says he is not looking past Hernandez but he knows he will be ready for a big fight to come his way. "I really can't give a prediction when those fights will come at my doorstep but I will be there to open the door. I just want to thank my team and the people who are around me that motivate me and keep me focused."
|Golden Boy signs a dozen boxers|
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions announced the sgining of a dozen boxers to exclusive promotional contracts. The better known boxers who will be fighting under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be Japanese welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai, Filipino star Mercito Gesta, Gilberto Gonzalez and Antonio Gutierrez (both from Mexico), Brazilian Olympian Everton Lopes and Columbian medalist Oscar Negrete. Also added to to the Golden Boy Promotions team are young Californiants Abraham Lopez, Roy Tapia, Christian Gonzalez, Emilio Sanchez, Jesus Ivan Delgado and Nick Arce.
|Upsher moves down to 140... labels Perez a duck|
Edited Press Release: After three straight losses to bigger men, Steve Upsher (24-4-1, 6 KO's) is ready to move back down to 140 pounds. In 2014, Upsher dropped a ten-round decision to former world titlist Andre Berto. In his two previous bouts, Upsher lost to junior middleweight Eddie Gomez and former welterweight titlist Luis Collazo. "Basically I have never lost at 140 pounds. My only loss at 135 [was to Michael Weaver] and I avenged that loss. Gomez is a natrual 154 pounder; Berto and Collazo are former welterweight world champions. All of the fights had contracted weights of 150 pounds," said Upsher. "I am naturally a 140 pounder. In those fights, I was eating Dairy Queen on the week of the fight just to get up to the weight. And i was still only about 145 pounds." Upsher also criticized what he believes is a frightented Michael Perez (21-1) who has a scheduled date but no listed opponent. "Michael Perez has a chance to fight on Fox Sports 1 in Philadelphia on January 20th but his team turned down the fight saying I was too dangerous of a fight. Seriously this is a man's game... Stop all the picking and dodging and fight. The sport would be a whole lot better that way and it would weed out the gimmicks and pretenders!"
|Heavyweight Mike Perez scheduled for California club show|
Heavyweight Mike Perez (20-1-1) of Cuba will look to get back in the win colum on February 5th 2015 in Costa Meas, California. Perez is coming off a split decision loss to Bryant Jennings and a draw against Carlos Takam, both in 2014. Perez will face an opponent to be named in boxing/MMA event promoted by Roy Englebrecht. The boxing main event will see junior welterweight Luis “The Mayor” Mora (4-0-2) facing the elusive Dwain Victorian (4-3). Gabe Lopez (3-0) is also scheduled to appear, and will be hoping to show fans just why they call him “Gato Salvaje” or “Savage Cat.” There will be a fourth boximg match on the show plus 3 MMA bouts. --Scott Shaffer
|Stiverne very confident for Wilder defense|
Press Release: WBC heavyweight champion Bermane "B. Ware" Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) has trained to hurt, not just knockout, undefeated, mandatory challenger Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), January 17 in his first defense of the Vitali Klitschko-vacated title he captured last May via sixth-round technical knocked of Chris Arreola (35-4).
|DiBella formally announces Jermain Taylor vs. Sergio Mora|
Press Release: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will televise Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) IBF middleweight title defense against former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (27-3-2, 9KO's). The 12-round championship bout is set take place at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, in Biloxi, Miss.
|Florida Hall of Fame inductees to be revealed Saturday in Fort Meyers|
This coming Saturday in Fort Meyers, Florida, the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame will announce its inductees for 2015. The announcement will occur as part of an open house and fundraiser taking place from 12:00 noon until 5:00 pm at 1929 Winkler Avenue in Fort Meyers (off Cleveland Avenue). The announcement of the new inductees will be at 3:00 pm. Organizer Steve Canton expects that Florida hall of famers and other boxing VIP's will be present to take pictures and sign autographs. There will also be a tribute for Pinklon Thomas's father, who passed away on December 23, 2014 at age 100. -Scott Shaffer
|Lundy to face Petrov on ESPN2 next week|
Press Release: On Friday night, January 16th, in Verona, New York's Turning Stone Resort Casino, Petr Petrov will face Philadelphia's Hank Lundy in a ten-round lightweight bout. On the same show, which ESPN2 will televise, Willie Monroe Jr. faces Bryan Vera in a middleweight bout. Petrov of Madrid, Spain has a record of 35-4-2 with 17 knockouts. He is the Boxcino 2014 lightweight champion as he won fights over Fedor Papzov (14-0), Chris Rudd (13-1) and a tournament-winning eighth round stoppage over Fernando Carcamo on May 23, 2014.
|ShoBox tripleheader adds to a crowded Friday night|
Press Release: ShoBox: The New Generation will kick off the new year with a tripleheader featuring five undefeated fighters on Friday, Jan. 9th, live on Showtime during the premium network’s free preview weekend. In the main event, lightweight Ivan Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of Ukraine, will meet Yakubu Amidu (19-5-2, 17 KOs), of Los Angeles by way of Ghana, in a ten-round fight. The co-feature matches two undefeated jujior middleweights, Patrick Day (9-0-1, 5 KOs), of Freeport, N.Y., against Alantez Fox (13-0-1, 4 KOs), of Forestville, Md. in an eight-round scrap. In the opening bout of the telecast, former Ukrainian amateur star Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (7-0, 7 KOs) will take on Maurice Louishomme (8-0-1, 4 KOs), of Colorado in an eight-round middleweight bout.
|Daily Bread Tuesday Edition:(1-6-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Jermain Taylor vs Sergio Mora: February 6th in Missisippi for the IBF middleweight title. Who wins this? Bread’s Response: This should be entertaining. If you twisted my arm I lean towards Sergio Mora but it’s so close. Mora couldn’t get past Bryan Vera and Vera is the easiest to hit guy in boxing. So I wonder how much Mora has left. But I assume it’s more than Jermain Taylor because he did look good against Gregorz Proska in 2013. JT on the other hand does have an underrated victory against Caleb Truax. But I thought he was fortunate Sam Soliman got injured in the middle of their fight. And, Taylor's out-of-the-ring activity (shooting his cousin) scares me.
|Rainone signs with Greg Cohen days before MSG main event|
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions announced that Long Island, New York welterweight Tommy "The Razor" Rainone has signed an exclusive promotional contract with the New Jersey-based company. The deal comes just a few days before Rainone's main-event showdown against Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KOs) this Friday, January 9th, at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City and live on Fox Sports 1 (10PM ET/7PM PT). The 34-year-old Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KOs) is an aggressive southpaw. In his last fight, on November 13th in Westbury, New York, Rainone scored a unanimous decision over Carl McNickles (scores: 98-89, 98-89 and 97-91). Outside of boxing, Rainone works as a supervisor for Hilton Hotels and was also a cast member of the Off Broadway boxing play, Kid Shamrock, which appeared in winter of 2011 and the summer of 2012.
|Mohegan Sun hosts busy card on Jan. 17th|
Press Release: On Saturday, Jan. 17th at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena, an intense New England boxing rivalry will continue. After fighting to a draw twice in 2014, Hartford, Conn., super featherweight Joseph "Chip" Perez (10-3-2, 3 KOs) will battle Agustine Mauras (6-0-3, 3 KOs) of Lawrence, Mass., in an eight-round bout for the vacant N.E. title while Josh Crespo (3-1-2, 1 KO) of New Haven, Conn., faces Portland, Maine's Jorge Abiague (7-0-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round bout for the vacant N.E. super bantamweight crown. Jan. 17th also features the return of New Haven super middleweight Elvin Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KOs), who faces Hyannis, Mass., veteran Paul Gonsalves (7-5-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout.
|Tevin Farmer faces Viktor Chernous on Friday|
Press Release: After losing Jose Pedraza in 2012, featherweight Tevin Farmer's record stood at a pedestrian 7-4-1. However, he turned things around by signing with manager Mark Cipparone and reeling off ten straight wins. Farmer will get his 2015 campaign underway this Friday night when he takes on Viktor Chernous (15-1-1) in an eight-round bout at the Morongo Spa & Resort in Cabazon, California."Farmer started his career at 7-4-1 and has used a ten-fight win streak against quality opposition to achieve prospect/contender status. He's fighting top competition again on Friday night. Tevin is only 24 years old and I believe he has championship-caliber talent," said his promoter Lou DiBella.
|Undefeated Kendal Mena takes ESPN fight on short notice|
Press Release: Gary Shaw Productions announced that welterweight Francisco Santana (21-3-1, 10 KOs) has a new opponent for this Fridays ESPN2 Friday Night Fights bout to be held at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Santana will now face Kendal Mena (20-0, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Santana vs. Mena, a ten-round bout, will serve as the co-feature to the main event featuring WBA interim lightweight titlist Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) vs. Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs).
|Zurdo Ramirez training in Big Bear for HBO fight|
According to the WBC website, super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (30-0, 24 KOs), is bearing up well in his latest training camp at California's Big Bear Lake. As others hibernate or shiver, Ramirez is preparing for his upcoming fight on January 24th, in which he'll be facing Russian Maxim Vlasov (30-1, 15 KOs), in a scheduled ten rounder. During Ramirez's early morning road work, the temperature hs hovered between between 16º and 23º Farrenheit, but the strong winds provides Artic blasts as cold as 5º F. For afternoon sparring sessions, Ramirez has been working with Ukrainian light heavyweight Ukrainian, Vyacheslav Shabranskyy.The fight is slated for the HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast in in Denver, Colorado with a main event of Brando Rios-Mike Alvarado III. However, Alvarado's weekend arrest for illegal gun possession (he is a convicted felon) has thrown an air of uncertainty over the show. -Scott Shaffer
|DVR Alert: Fox Deportes to air Linares-Prieto tonight|
Jorge Linares KO4 Javier Prieto... Although all three titles were more of the paper variety than actual world championships, on December 30th in Japan, Jorge "El Nino de Oro" Linares (38-3) became the youngest Venezuelan to win titles in three divisions when he knocked out Mexico's Javier Prieto (24-8-2) for the vacant WBC lightweight belt. (The WBC took the title away from Omar Figueroa). Fox Deportes will showcase Linares' triumph tonight (Tuesday, January 6th) at 10:00 pm. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. Linares won the WBC fetherweight title in 2007 vs. Oscar Larios and the WBA junior lightweight title in 2008 vs. Whyber Garcia. Fox Deportes will also be hosting a "Golden Boy Classic Marathon" today starting at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT featuring Oscar De La Hoya vs. Fernando Vargas (2002), Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Robbie Peden (2005), Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan M. Marquez (2008) and Saul Alvarez vs. Austin Trout (2013). source: golden boy
|Mike Alvarado arrested with a gun just three weeks before HBO fight|
According to the Denver Post, Mike Alvarado has been arrested for possession of a handgun. The arrest came on Saturday, just three weeks before Alvarado is scheduled for an HBO-telvised fight against Brandon Rios. As a convicted felon, Alvarado is forbidden from carying a weapon. Alvarado posted bail and has been released. His attorney claims the fight, scheduled for January 24th in Alvarado's home state of Colorado, will go forward as planned, although there has been no official confirmation of that so far. The fight, if it happens, will be the third between Alvarado and Rios, who split two brutal battles in 2012 and 2103. --Scott Shaffer
|Man pleads guilty to 2013 murder of amateur champion|
According to the Associated Press, 24-year-old Joseph Jesse Corrales has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of amateur boxing champion Alexis Urbina-Ochoa. There is still another suspect, Robert Chavez, also charged in the murder of Urbina-Ochoa, who was just 17 at the time of his 2013 murder in Phoenix, Arizona. Corrales has not yet been sentenced. To see a 2013 story by Boxingtalk on this topic, click here. -Scott Shaffer
|Saul Rodriguez-Carlos Rodriguez named Solo Boxeo co-feature|
Press Release: Saul "Kid Dinamita" Rodriquez (15-0-1, 12 KOs), has been added to the January 17th Solo Boxeo broadcast (on Unimas network) taking place at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. Rodriguez, a Mexican-American lightweight born in Los Angeles, trains with Robert Garcia at his Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA. Rodriguez, who stopped all of his opponents within the distance in 2013 and 2014, will look to continue that streak in 2015 against Mexico's Carlos "Coreano" Rodriguez (9-1, 4 KOs).
|McCalla-Van Heerden set for Friday at MSG|
Press Release: "It's the biggest opportunity I've had, but in my mind, it's just another fight," says welterweight Cecil McCalla (20-0, 7 KOs). The easy-going McCalla, a Randallstown, Maryland, native, will face South African southpaw Chris "The Heat" van Heerden (21-1-1, 11 KOs) this Friday, January 9th, at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City and live on Fox Sports 1 (10PM ET/7PM PT). McCalla vs. van Heerden will support the main event of New York's Tommy Rainone (22-5-1, 4 KOs) against Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (24-0, 13 KOs) on music superstar Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports debut boxing card, entitled "Throne Boxing."
|Ytalo Perea signs Star of David promotional deal|
Press Release: Promoter Dmitriy Salita of Star of David Promotions team has signed Ytalo Perea, a heavyweight from Ecuador, who fought in the 2012 Olympics and won Pan American gold to a promotional contract. The 21 year-old Perea (6-1) will scrap on the next Star of David show on Jan. 22nd, at Webster Hall in New York City. "Perea is extremely talented and owns incredible achievements which are very impressive for such a young athlete " said Salita. "This includes Pan Am Games gold medal wins, wins over Cuban world champions, gold at Americas Olympic qualifiers participation in the Olympics and highlight reel knockouts on an elite level, all under the age of 19. He has tremendous potential. With the right training and fight schedule I expect him to excel in the pro ranks. The huge Spanish-speaking community in NYC will be very excited to follow this fighter who could be a future star. We are very excited to add him to our talent roster."
|ESPN2's Jan. 30th main event, co-feature confirmed|
Press Release: Philadelphia lightweight Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (17-0, 9 KOs), who was last seen racking up a fifth-round knockout of Angino Perez back in September, returns to the same venue, the Foxwoods in Connecticut, to face Tony "The Lightning" Luis (18-2, 7 KOs) on January 30th. ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will broadcast. In the co-feature, middleweight Thomas Falowo (12-3, 8 KOs) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island will square off against Russell Lamour (11-0, 5 KOs) of Portland, Maine for eight rounds. Tickets are already on sale through Foxwoods.com and the Foxwoods box office.
|Amateur show booked for Baltimore|
Press Release: Irish Joey “Bazooka Joe” Veazey will headline a Maryland show when he faces Lamont White on Friday, January 23rd at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. The show will be promoted by Baltimore Boxing Promotions and tickets are available at Baltimoreboxing.com or by calling 410-375-9175.
|Rose-Jones rescheduled for Feb. 14th|Press Release:
Brian Rose’s light middleweight title fight against America's Carson Jones will take place on the same show as a Prizefighter middleweight one-day tourney bill at the Winter Gardens, in Blackpool England on Saturday, February 14th. Sky Sports will televise live.
Rose’s clash with Jones was originally scheduled for January 23rd in Manchester but following the postponement of that bill, Rose (26-2-1) will now have the chance to fight in front of a hometown crowd.
Jones (36-10-3) is familiar in England because after he gave Kell Brook the fight of his life in July 2012 and returned for a rematch (losing both times).
The Prizefighter middleweights line-up (exact match-ups to be determined) features fighters putting their ‘0’ on the line.
The unbeaten quintet are Tom Doran, Mick Hall, Craig Cunningham (all 11-0), Luke Keeler (7-0) and Jack Arnfield (17-0). They are joined by Liam Conroy (7-2), Cello Renda (25-10-2) and Warren Tansey (10-1), who fights for the first time in 14 months.
|Jonathan Maicelo eager to fight Darlys Perez|
Press Release With less than two weeks before his showdown with WBA interim lightweight beltholder Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs), Peru's Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs) reflects on his training camp and the opportunity in store for him. The 12-round bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California and air live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" on January 9, 2015. Here is what is on Maicelo's mind:
|Santa Cruz to defend title, Imam to face Maldonado|
PRESS RELEASE: On January 17th in Las Vegas, WBC 122-pound title holder Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) puts his title and unbeaten record on the line in a 12-round bout against Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs). On the same Showtime-televised card, junior welterweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (15-0, 13 KOs) will face hard-hitting Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (19-2, 16 KOs) in a ten-round fight. The Jan. 17th fight card will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, to be co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and highlighted by a heavyweight main-event match-up featuring WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) originally from Haiti, degending Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.