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|Olympic champion Luke Campbell in biggest pro fight to date|
Press Release: Luke Campbell, a 2012 Olympic champion, says Tommy Coyle won’t want to go to war with him when they meet in a WBC lightweight eliminator at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull, live on Sky Sports. Campbell (11-0) and Coyle (21-2) clash in an east versus west Hull fight that has divided their hometown and with local pride and a boost in the WBC rankings on the line, the stakes are high.
|The weekly boxing memo, part 1, By Ben Dean|
Jean Pascal's narrow decision victory over Yunieski Gonzalez was one of those under-the-radar matches that announced itself in a huge way as soon as the initial bell sounded. Despite being tagged with the loss, Yunieski Gonzalez jumped on the scene in a major way with his performance this weekend. The Miami-based Cuban defector is not your typical technical stylist. If you've never seen him perform, don't think of his compatriots Erislandy Lara or Guillermo Rigondeaux. He's a move-forward aggressive brawler who is more than willing to dish and take some to get his pound of flesh.
|ESPN3 to air Parker-Tupou|
According to the ESPN website, on Saturday at 5:50 AM Eastern timer, the web-based ESPN3.com will air a New Zealand show featuring a heavyweight battle between Joseph Parker (14-0) and Bowie Tupou (25-3). The card can be viewed later on ESPN3 on Demand beginning Saturday afternoon. The stream will open with a welterweight fight 2012 Australian Olympian Jeff Horn (10-0-1) and Viktor Plotnykov (32-2, 15 KOs) of the Ukraine.
|Cunningham to Tarver: "I don't have a Bentley like you do but beating you is going to get me that!"|
Press Release: Antonio Tarver on Steve Cunningham: "I haven't underestimated Steve Cunningham at all. I have a great deal of respect for the man. His story with his daughter [who survived a heart transplant that some doctors refused to do because of the high risk] is really outstanding. But unfortunately we in the hurt business and this is boxing at the highest level and it's all about opportunities." Cunningham on Tarver: "The strength of Antonio Tarver is steroid use. His weakness is his mouth."
|Venue named for big Swedish show|Press Release:
Pro boxing returns to Sweden on September 19 when local light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) faces Oleskandr Cherviak (15-4-1, 5 KOs) at the Rosvalla Stora Ishallen in Nyköping.
In a landmark decision for Swedish boxing, the country’s Martial Arts Delegation accepted an application for Skoglund to box 12 x 3 minute rounds, making the 24 year-old the first male boxer to contest even a regional title on Swedish soil since 1968
|Burns looks to get back into competitive British lightweight scene|Press Release:
Scotland's Ricky Burns says he wants to fight the best British lightweights soon. First, thw two-division titlist returns to action against Prince Ofotsu (15-4) at the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull, England on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Burns (37-5-1) believes that Britain’s 135-pound scene is red hot with Manchester’s Anthony Crolla coming close but losing a disputed decision to WBA titlist Darleys Perez. Another British lightweight, Terry Flanagan landed the WBO crown the weekend before against Jose Zepeda. Burns'
gym pal and former foe Kevin Mitchell also sniffed a title, missing out on the WBC belt with a strong performance against Jorge Linares in London.
|Carlos Cuadras books stay-busy title defense|
According to the WBC, Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras will defend the WBC 115-pound title against 21 year-old Nicaraguan prelim fighter Dixon Flores on August 15th at the Alberto Vega Baseball Stadium in Guamúchil, Sinaloa, Mexico in front of an anticipating home crowed expected to exceed 10,000 fans. Cuadras (32-0-1) has already predictedthe fight wont go past six rounds. [No wonder, Flores is a very soft 11-2-2 and hasn't earned a title shot. Only one of his fights was even scheduled for more than six rounds]. Cuadras won the WBC belt from Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Mexico City. He has defended the belt against José “Sugar” Salgado, Marvin Mabait and Luis “Nica” Concepción.
|Ray Leonard to present Floyd Mayweather with boxer of the year award|
Press Release: Rich Marotta, president and CEO of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, announced that the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard has confirmed his attendance at the third annual induction gala on Saturday, August 8th at Caesars Palace. Leonard, a 1976 Olympic gold medalist and multi-division world champion, was a member of the inaugural class of NVBHOF inductees in 2013 and last year presented his one-time rival Roberto Duran for his induction.
|August 28th card slated for Washington D.C.|
Press Release: On Friday, August 28th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, King's Promotions will present a boxing show highlighted by Brandon Bennett (19-1) against Jonathan Maicelo in a lightweight bout scheduled for ten rounds. In his last bout, Maicelo lost a twelve-round unanimous decision to Darleys Perez for the WBA interim lightweight belt on January 9th in Santa Ynez, California.
|Golden Boy signs alliance with Estrella TV|
Press Release: Estrella TV will now broadcast Golden Boy Promotions' LA Fight Club series, plus other boxing events, in Spanish-language broadcasts. Golden Boy's Oscar de la Hoya announced a three-year contract with Estrella TV, a Spanish-language network based in the US. The intention is to transmit two live boxing cards every month, including the LA Fight Club. Estrella TV will broadcast the first card show under the deal on September 4th. Additional cards and dates will soon be announced.
|Soft opponent coming up for Adonis Stevenson|
World light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson has tweeted the name of his next opponent. "Fighting Tommy Karpency on September 11th in Toronto... He's gonna hurt." Karpency is 25-4-1 and he does have a 2014 split-decision win over former world champion Chad Dawson to recommend him for a title shot. Karpency's four losses are to Rayco Saunders (which he avenged twice over), Andrez Fonfara, Karo Murat, and in Karpency's only title fight, a 2012 loss to then-WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly. After setting the boxing world on fire in 2013 with back-to-back dismantlings of Dawson and Tavoris Cloud, Stevenson's last four opponents have been Tony Bellew, Andrzej Fonfara (a respectable choice), Dmitry Sukhotsky and Sakio Bika (an ex-168-pound titlist).
|Judging the Judges: Perez-Crolla, By Doveed Linder|
On July 18th, WBA lightweight title holder Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) kept his title via majority draw when he faced Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) in Croll'a home nation, England. Most observers felt that Crolla deserved the victory, especially because Perez was penalized two points for low blows. However, the judges made the fight a majority draw, scoring it as as follows: Jose Roberto 113-113, John Poturaj 113-113, and Erkki Meronen 116-111 for Crolla. The effect of the verdict was that Perez retained the title belt. After a careful review of a video of the bout, here is how I scored it:
|Golovkin-Lemieux unification booked for October|
According to the WBC, New York City's Madison Square Garden will host an October 17th middleweight unification bout between WBA champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) and new IBF titlist David Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs). Golovkin is generally considered the best 160 pounder in the world but Miguel Cotto holds the world championship by reason of defating Sergio Martinez last year. (The WBC recognizes Cotto as champion and Golovkin as interim champion). Golovkin has already made the American market sit up and take notice. This year, he's stopped Martin Murray and KO'd Willie Monroe. Lemieux defeated Gabriel Rosado last December, then picked up the vacant IBF title by sending France's Hassan N'Dam to the canvas five times.
|Sullivan Barrera now 16-0|
Sullivan Barrera TKO8 Hakim Zoulikha... Over the weekend in Las Vegas, light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera improved his record to 16-0 when he stopped Hakim Zoulikha (21-8) in the eighth round. [It was the fourth straigh loss for Zoulikha]. The 33-year-old Barrera suffered a nasty head butt that required stitches but should be ready to return to the ring before the end of the year. On the same card, former world champion Jean Pascal won a close and hard-fought decision over Yunieksy Gonzalez, who like Barrera, is from of Cuba. Barrera wants to face Pascal. "I wanted to fight Pascal and after he beat my countryman I want to fight him even more," said Barrera, who added that he is willing to travel to make the fight happen. "I have no problem going to Canada [where Psacal lives]. November, December, whenever Pascal is ready to fight." source: round one media
|Flyweights battle set for Thailand on Wednesday|
According to Asian Boxing Info, an interesting flyweight fight is set for Wednesday in Thailand. Stamp Kiatnai a/k/a/ Stamp Kraetingdaenggym (13-0) will face Dominican champion Gregorio Lebron (13-2) for the WBA's interim title.
|Marco Huck to make U.S. debut on Aug. 14th in New Jersey|
Press Release: Marco Huck, the long-reigning WBO cruiserweight champion will make his first United States appearance on August 14th in Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center, with Spike TV broadcasting. Huck (38-2-1) will face Poland's Krzysztof Glowacki (24-0) on the same show that one of Huck's conquerors, Steve Cunningham, headlines against Antonio Tarver. Here is what Huck (pictured) and Glowacki had to say on a media conference call:
|Comcast to rebroadcast Pennsylvania fights tonight|
Press Release: Tonight on various Comcast Networks, the June 27th King's Promotions event that featured Jamal James (17-0) scoring an eight-round unanimous decision over Mike Balasi (10-7) will be aired, as well as a fight between between Caleb Plant (8-0) and Juan Carlos Rojas (10-11-1). The time of the broadcast will be 7:00 pm for both Comcast Network Mid Atlantic and Comcast Network Philadelphia. The event, which was produced Gofightlive (GFL) will also have the following airings:The Comcast Network Mid Atlantic: July 29 at at 9 PM; Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia: August 1 at 2 PM; August 2 at 8 PM; The Comcast Network Philadelphia: July 30 at 8:30 PM. The whole card is also available on-demand on gfl.tv
|Abraham extends Sauerland contract; says he wants unification|Press Release:
WBO 168-pound champion "King" Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) has signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland, which will keep him tied to the powerhouse promoter until the end of 2017.
Having agreed terms before his last fight, Abraham put pen to paper following his sixth-round TKO win over Robert Stieglitz on July 18th in Halle, Germany and now, the 35 year-old two-division titlist says he is ready to continue his reign.
|Kovalev beats Mohammedi early, By Ben Dean|
Sergey Kovalev TKO3 Nadjib Mohammedi... At the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev prevailed Nadjib Mohammadi to retain his titles. Kovalev began the first round moving forward and establishing the jab. Mohammedi attempted to move and box, but seemed to have a hard time finding the range. Kovalev put Mohammedi down with a series of right hands in the second round with Mohammedi rising at the count of nine. The challenger went down a couple of times from Kovalev pushes. Another huge right hand buckled Mohammedi. Referee Kenny Bayless warned Kovalev for roughhouse tactics. and Mohammedi survived the round. In the third frame, Kovalev continued to stalk and land right hands. Mohammedi attempted to move and landed some awkward counters, but they didn't appear to have much steam on them. Kovalev landed a hard one two to the nose of Mohammedi, and he went down again. The challenger rose to beat the count at nine, but this time Bayless did not like what he saw as he got up grabbing his face. It could have been a broken nose or injury to the orbital bone. The combination from Kovalev that sent Mohammedi down was a lead right hand, followed by stiff jab that seemed to badly damage Mohammedi. Kovalev's power appears to be a frightening proposition for the light heavyweight division right now. Future match ups may include a much talked about unification with gunshy world champion Adonis Stevenson, a rematch with Jean Pascal, possibly a match-up against new face Yunieski Gonzalez (whom many felt beat Pascal tonight), Russian-Canadian Artur Beterebiev or a mega pay-per-view event should super middleweight kingpin Andre Ward choose to move up and challenge Kovalev. source: hbo
|Pascal defeats Gonzalez via debatable decision, By Ben Dean|
Jean Pascal W10 Yunieski Gonzalez.. In Las Vegas, a pair of light heavyweights, Canadian-based Haitian Jean Pascal and Miami-based Cuban Yunieski Gonzalez squared off in an over-the-weight bout with Pascal weighing 178 and Gonzalez 177. Gonzalez landed early and often behind a stiff jab throughout the first four frames. Pascal largely moved and boxed, looking to set up huge potshots from the outside. Both fighters traded huge leather to close the fourth frame. As the round progressed, both not only landed thunderous shots, they also showed world class chins in taking the others punches well. Pascal largely got his foothold beginning in the fifth frame landing several huge punches. Gonzalez seemed to buckle Pascal's legs in the sixth round. However, as Gonzalez went in with reckless aggression, he was hanging his chin awfully high and Pascal connected on with huge flush shots. Gonzalez looked slightly weary himself to end the fourth frame. Pascal landed two huge bombs in the seventh frame. Gonzalez was momentarily wobbled, but seemed to come right back, chasing Pascal down with some hard shots. Gonzalez walked back to the corner appearing slightly fatigued to close the seventh frame. Ramrod shotgun jabs were landed by Gonzalez as the eighth round began. Pascal landed a sharp left hook upstairs, while Gonzalez responded and dug two hard uppercuts to the body. Both men traded hard right hands to close the round. The ninth round featured Gonzalez moving forward as Pascal circled looking to line up one huge knockout blow. Both fighters fought on mostly even terms throughout the tenth frame. Gonzalez largely outworked Pascal behind a stiff jab. Pascal arguably landed the hard flashier punches of the bout and was rewarded on the official scorecards, 96-94, from all three judges. The crowd booed the official decision lustily. Gonzalez was distraught at the decision and burst into tears after the official verdict was read. Gonzalez both out threw and out landed Jean Pascal. Boxingtalk scored the bout 97-93 for Gonzalez. source: hbo Note: Jean Pascal is advised by Boxingtalk publisher Greg Leon.
|Shumenov decisions Flores|
Beibut Shumenov W12 BJ Flores... Beibut Shumenov proved to be a hard target for BJ Flores to find in the ring on Saturday in Las Vegas. It was a cat and mouse type of fight, where one fighter was defined by frustration and the other by fleetness of foot. Flores (31-2-1, 20 KOs) pressed the action all night against Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs), who never stopped moving, much to the annoyance of Flores. “He ran all night,” Flores said afterwards. “You have to fight to win fights.” Shumenov won a unanimous decision, 116-112 on all three judges’ scorecards. source: premier boxing champions
|More results from Las Vegas|
Isiah Thomas W10 Jordan Shimmell... Michigan’s Jordan Shimmell and Isiah Thomas should have entered the ring in wrestling singlets instead of boxing trunks, such was the amount of grappling they engaged in on Saturday. Thomas (15-0, 6 KOs) was the main offender, consistently locking up Shimmell (19-1, 16 KOs) throughout the fight as Shimmell pressed him into the ropes, which he did often. Shimmell was the aggressor much of the night, consistently coming forward and working behind his jab while Thomas countered. Neither fighter got into much of an offensive rhythm, though. Shimmel outworked Thomas, but it was the latter who landed some of the hardest shots of the night. Thomas was the sharper, more accurate puncher, and though Shimmell threw more, he rarely landed more than one shot at a time. Thomas’ precision paid dividends as he earned a unanimous decision victory (99-91, 98-92, 97-93).
Claudio Marrero KO3 Rico Ramos... In other action, 126-pounder Claudio Marrero (19-1, 14 KOs) scored a highlight-reel knockout of former WBA 122-pound titlist Rico Ramos (24-5, 12 KOs). source for all results: premier boxing champions
|Mikey Garcia signs with Al Haymon; Top Rank demands to see the contract, By Scott Shaffer|
Former WBO 126- and 130-pound champion Mikey Garcia has not fought since January 2014. Later that year, Garcia sued his promoter, Top Rank, Inc. claiming that even though Top Rank is a licensed boxing promoter, it also acted as Garcia’s boxing manager. If Garcia’s allegations are true, that would be a violation of federal law, namely the Muhammad Ali Act. Top Rank denies that it acted as Garcia’s manager and, as part of the legal discovery process, it sought documents related to Garcia’s relationships with well-known managers Cameron Dunkin and Al Haymon.
|Heavyweight arrested with seven pounds of marijuana|
Note to Tor Hamer: if you are going to light off fireworks, and its not July 4th, you might want to remove the seven pounds of marijuana from your car first. According to NJ.com, the former heavyweight, who has not fought since 2013, was arrested in New Jersey on Tuesday for lighting off fireworks. The police found P.C.P. on Hamer at the time of his arrest, so they obtained a search warrant for his car. In the car was a duffel bag with seven-plus pounds of marijuana sealed in small plastic bags. According to the Wall Street Journal, Hamer has a degree in business from Penn State University.
|Boxingtalk's KO fix: Chisora needs only 29 seconds|Dereck Chisora KO1 Beka Lobjanidze...
In London on Friday, Dereck Chisora (21-5) did not even work up a sweat in the 29 seconds it took him to knock out a scared Beka Lobjanidze (13-4) of the Republic of Georgia. Chisora landed a hard but looping overhand right that caught Lobjanidze flush and put him down for the count. Chisora had been inactive since last November's loss to Tyson Fury. video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpzXbrlNXuA
|Additional bout announced for tomorrow's Solo Boxeo|Press Release:
Saturday's boxing show in Holywood, California, which will be broadcast on Unimas' Solo Boxeo series, will be highlighted by a ten-round main event rematch bout between former 108- and 112-pound champion Brain "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (35-4, 21 KOs) against Omar "Lobito" Soto (23-11-2, 15 KOs). An opponent has been named for featherweight Guy Robb (15-1), who will fight an eight rounder against Edwin Solis (6-3-3). Robb's Top Rank stablemate,
William Silva (21-0, 12 KOs) of Brazil, will face
Adam Mate (15-4, 8 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight bout
. Tickets to the live event, which is taking place
at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood,
can be purchased online at www.hollywoodfightnight.com
or by calling
|Pascal-Gonzalez press conference quotes|
Press Release: Here is what former world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (pictured) and Cuba's Yuniesky Gonzalez had to say at the final press conference before Saturday's bout in Las Vegas, which will be televised on HBO: Jean Pascal said, "My philosophy is the best must fight the best. I believe I am still among the best in the world. I am the best light heavyweight in the world but I had a bad night on March 14th [when he lost to Sergey Kovalev, the WBO/IBF/WBA champion who headlines the same show]."
|Brazil's William Silva fighting in Hollywood|Press Release: This Saturday's show
at the Florentine Gardens in Hollywood, California
will feature William Silva (21-0, 12 KOs) of Brazil. Silva has fought mostly in Brazil but has three wins against fellow Brazilians with excellent records. Campaigning as a lightweight, Silva will be in
against Adam Mate (15-4, 8 KOs). After 19 bouts in Europe, Mate has made the long trip from Hungary to also make a name for himself in the States. Also featured on the card against an opponent wh still has not been announced is
Guy Robb (15-1, 7KOs) of Sacramento, California.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.hollywoodfightnight.com or by calling
|Lennox Lewis to attend Nevada Hall of Fame ceremony|Press Release:
Former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who won an Olympic gold medal with a victory over Riddick Bowe and scored professional victories over Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Vitali Klitschko, confirmed that he will return to Las Vegas to attend the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame's third annual induction gala at Caesars Palace on Saturday, August 8th.
|Sullivan Barrera gets new opponent on Kovalev undercard|
Press Release: The ful undercard has been announced for Saturday's fight in Las Vegas between WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) of Russia and Nadjib Mohammedi (38-3-0, 23 KOs) of France. Highlighting the non-televised undercard will be Cuba's Sullivan Barrera (15-0, 10 KOs). Barrera was originally scheduled to face Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin but Lepikhin suffered an injury during training camp so Hakim Zoulikha (21-7, 10 KOs) of Villeurbanne, France has stepped into his place at the last minute. Sullivan knocked out ex-super middleweight titlist Jeff Lacy in the fourth round in his last fight back in January.
|Huge opportunity this weekend for Yuniesky Gonzalez|
Press Release: Cuban light heavyweight Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs) has an opportunity to burst onto the world level when he takes on former world light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-3-1 17KO), Saturday, July 25th, at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It will be a ten-round match-up aired live on HBO as the opener to the Sergei Kovalev-Nadjib Mohammedi main event. Gonzalez, promoted by Star Boxing, has been in intensive training for this bout under veteran trainer Orlando Cuellar in Miami, FL. Gonzalez was a decorated amateur in his homeland of Cuba amassing close to 400 amateur fights and was a member of the Cuban national team.
|Emanuel Steward protege Isiah Thomas to step up on Saturday|Press Release:
Isiah Thomas is a Detroit boxer with the same name as the legendary Detroit basketball player of the 1980s and 90s. But his connections to Detroit sports history run deeper than just a name. Thomas is determined to live up to the expectations put on him by legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.
Thomas will get the biggest test of his career Saturday night when he faces Jordan Shimmell in Las Vegas.
|Sampson & Sergio team up to promote Ceferino Rodriguez|Press Release:
Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing announced the signing of Spanish welterweight Ceferino "Ferino V" Rodriguez (19-1, 10 KOs) to a co-promotional agreement, along with former champion Sergio Martinez's Maravilla Box Promotions.
The 26 year-old Rodriguez, from Las Palmas, Islas Canarias, Spain, will be trained by well-known Madrid-based trainer, Gabriel Sarmiento.
Lewkowicz, who has previously worked with Spanish champions Kiko Martinez, Gabriel Campillo and Javier Castillejo, says Rodriguez will make a fine addition to his stable.
"Ceferino Rodriguez has the talent to become another great champion from Spain and I am happy he chose to let Sergio Martinez and I help guide his career," said Sampson Lewkowicz. "He will be training with one of the best in the sport in Gabriel Sarmiento, so everything is now in place for his career to explode."
|Tarver still has heavyweight championship dreams|
Press Release: Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (31-6, 22 KOs) believes that he is destined to become the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history. Before he gets a world title shot against fellow 1996 Olympian Wladimir Klitschko, the universally recognized world heavyweight champion, Tarver realizes that he has to get past former two-time IBF champion Steve "USS" Cunningham (28-7, 13 KOs) in their twelve-round heavyweight showdown August 14th at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
|Exum Speight pleads no contest to killing ex-manager, By Doveed Linder|
In September 2013, former cruiserweight/heavyweight Exum Speight was arrested for the 1987 murder of his former manager Douglas Stumler. Yesterday, Speight pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge. A no contest plea is not exactly a guilty plea, but it means that Speight is not challenging the charges against him. Speight was sentenced to eleven years in prison, but has three years credit for time served. His attorney says Speight realistically hopes to be released in approximately four years. The attorney, a public defender, also released the following statement:
|Interview: Don King, By Doveed Linder|
In this interview, legendary promoter Don King discusses his desire to put together a fight between his boxer, junior welterweight Amir Imam (18-0, 15 KOs ), and pound-for-pound king and world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Just last weekend, Imam defeated Fernando Angulo (29-10, 16 KOs ) via fourth-round knockout. According to TMZ, a fight has been already been made for September between Mayweather and Andre Berto, but no official announcement has been made, so King is holding out hope. Later in the interview, King also talks about heavyweights Trevor Bryan and Bermane Stiverne, who fight under his banner.
|Addressing the Mayweather-Berto rumors|
We are less than two months away from September 12th, the date Floyd Mayweather announced for his next, and possibly last, professional boxing match. There has still been no offficial announcement of the fight or even confirmation of Mayweather's opponent, although the lucrative opportunity is expected to go to Andre Berto (pictured), a former two-division titlist who some believe has already seen his best days. With nothing official, including whether Showtime or its parent company, CBS will televise, Business Insdier has put together a pretty complete look at what we know and what we don't know about the Mayweather situation. CLICK HERE TO READ BUSINESS INSIDER'S REPORT.
|Salinas-Avila bout added to HBO Latino card|
Press Release: Yoandris "El Nino" Salinas (21-1-2, 14 KOs) of Miami is set to face Manuel "Tino" Avila (17-0, 7 KOs) of Fairfield, Calif. in a 122-pound bout that will serve as the new co-feature for Johan Perez vs. Dmitry Mikhaylenko on Aug. 8th. The ten-round bout will be televised live on HBO Latino from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
|Nordic update: Nielsen-Markussen superfight being marinated|
Press Release: The Danish mega-fight between Patrick Nielsen (26-1, 12 KOs) and Rudy Markussen (38-3, 25 KOs) edges another step closer on September 12th as the super middleweights share top billing against separate foes (who have not been selected yet) at at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark.
|New Jersey Club Show Cancelled|
Press Release: The August 1st Rising Star Promotions fight card at the Vandetta Boxing Club in Vineland, New Jersey has been postponed. Rising Star Promotions is working on a fall date to be announced shortly. All tickets may be refunded at the point of purchase.
|Rico Ramos added to this weekend's Las Vegas show|
Press Release: Former WBA 122-pound titlist Rico Ramos (24-4, 12 KOs) takes on Claudio Marrero (18-1, 13 KOs) in a featherweight battle on Saturday, July 25th at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The bout is part of a full night action headlined by a twelve-round cruiserweight showdown between Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) and B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs). Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with a ten-round contest between undefeated cruiserweights Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) and Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs).
|Judging the judges: Herrera-Lundy scoring reviewed, By Doveed Linder|
On July 11th, junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs) won a fifth round technical decision over Henry Lundy (25-5, 12 KOs). Coming into the fight, Herrera could claim to be the uncrowned world junior welterweight champion. In March 2014, many thought Herrera was robbed when a majority decision went in favor of world champion Danny Garcia, a Puerto Rican fighting in Puerto Rico. Garcia never gave Herrera a rematch before moving up to welterweight. In December 2014, Herrera again got tagged with a loss when many thought he outboxed Jose Benavidez Jr. This time, Herrera was the benefactor from close scorecards. Did Lundy get robbed or did Herrera finally get a win that he deserved? Click below to read Boxingtalk's round-by-round analysis.
|James Toney coming to Box Fan Expo|
Press Release: Former multi-division champion James "Lights Out" Toney has confirmed that he will appear at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. The Box Fan Expo will coincide with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s expected but as-yet unscheduled fight as well as Mexican Independence weekend. Toney is a former IBF middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight champion. Toney will share a Box Fan Expo booth with the ABA (American Boxing Association) and have photos, gloves and merchandise for his fans to enjoy and purchase.
|Video link: Abraham stops Stieglitz|Arthur Abraham TKO6 Robert Stieglitz ...
Arthur Abraham retained his WBO super middleweight title by stopping his domestic nemesis, Robert Stieglitz in the sixth round front of a sell-out crowd at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Abraham had promised to bring a conclusive finish to his longstanding rivalry with Stieglitz, which had seen the boxers contest the WBO title on three previous occasions. On Saturday night, "King Arthur" delivered, starting strongly and dropping Stieglitz with a powerful jab in the second round. In the sixth-round, a straight right found it’s target and sent the Stieglitz sprawling to the canvas. The challenger beat the count but his corner threw in the towel forcing the referee to call a halt to the action.
See the finish by clicking here.
|Promoter accepts blame for boxer's loss to overweight foe|
Press Release: This past Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Jerry Odom (13-2, 12 KOs) was stopped in three rounds by Samuel Clarkson (15-3, 9 KO's) in what was supposed to be a super middleweight bout. Odom made the 168 pound contracted weight. Clarkson checked in over 4 pounds higher at 172.8 At the morning- after weigh in, Clarkson was not supposed to weigh over 180 but once again (according to Odom's promoter GH3) was overweight at 184.6 pounds. Odom was 173 pounds. When they stepped on an unoffical scale just a few hours before the fight, Odom was 175.8 while Clarkson 189.7.
|WBA to review scoring of Perez-Crolla draw|
Darleys Perez D12 Anthony Crolla ... Saturday’s WBA lightweight title fight in Manchester, England, featuring Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20 KOs) of Colombia and Anthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11 KOs) ended in a draw, and it was the local fighter who is complaining of robbery. The final scores were 116-111 (Crolla), 114-113 (Perez), and 113-113. No one was less happy with the draw than Crolla, who was fighting in his home country. WBA Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has ordered a review of the fight's scoring. The Pod Index will conduct the review on behalf of the WBA and will utilize ten judges—five judges will score it using the full point system and five will have the option to use half points. According to the WBA, the results of the review will be published as soon as they are available. source: wba website
|Bounce TV to debut with August 2nd triple header|
Press Release: Premier Boxing Champions - The Next Round on Bounce TV debuts Sunday, August 2nd at 9:00 pm ET on Bounce TV from the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida with tickets now on sale. The main event is a WBA bantamweight championship contest between Juan Carlos Payano (16-0, 8 KOs) and Rau'shee "Nuke" Warren (13-0, 4 KOs). Both fighters are Olympians - Payano for the Dominican Republic and Cincinnati southpaw Warren, a three-time Olympian for the United States.
The co-feature is a two-fight tournament in the junior middleweight division: Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson (17-1, 9 KOs) takes Jorge Cota (24-1, 22 KOs), and Olympian John Jackson (19-2, 15 KOs) battles Dennis Laurente (49-5, 30 KOs). The winners of the two bouts will face-off on a date to be announced soon.
|Mexico update: Jhonny Gonzalez moving up to 130|
According to the WBC, Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9) has scheduled a fight for August 1st in Morelia, Mexico. Gonzalez, a former 118-pound and 126-pound world titlist is scheduled to face Kazuki Hashimoto (11-4) of Japan.Gonzalez has not fought since Gary Russell Jr. relieved him of the WBC featherweight title in March. This fight will begin Gonzalez's campaign at 130 pounds. The WBC reports that the card will also feature two other significant bouts in the same weight class: Juan José “Piquet” Martínez (22-2) vs. Edgar Puerta (23-6) and Edgar Monarrez (19-3) vs. Ricardo Castillo (40-13-1).
|Shumenov optimistic for first big fight at cruiserweight|
Press Release: Nearly one year ago, ex-WBA regular light heavyweight title holder Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) made two critical decisions that he hopes will pay dividends this Saturday night (July 25th) against BJ Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) at The Palms in Shumenov's adopted home of Las Vegas. First, after struggling to lose weight in order to make the 175-pound light heavyweight limit, which often left Shumenov weakened during his fights, he decided to move up to fight as a cruiserweight (200-pound limit). Then, after self-training himself for three fights, Shumenov started working with Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, who also trains WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares.
|Katsidis to continue his career|Press Release:
No one can ever argue - Michael Katsidis is a fighter.
"I came home to Toowoomba to help a friend who did so much for me not only in the good times but more importantly in the low times," Katsidis (31-7) said, referring to Brendon Smith, his former manager. Smith's son, Brayd, died of injuries suffered in a boxing match and Katsidis came to Smith's aid.
"When I arrived home I asked Brendon - what can I do to help? One of his responses was - I have a gym full of fighters getting ready to fight on June 27th and I know you can be a big help them."
|Abraham ends Stieglitz quadrology with a stoppage|
Arthur Abraham TKO6 Robert Stieglitz ... Arthur Abraham retained his WBO super middleweight title by stopping his domestic nemesis, Robert Stieglitz in the sixth round front of a sell-out crowd at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Abraham had promised to bring a conclusive finish to his longstanding rivalry with Stieglitz, which had seen the boxers contest the WBO title on three previous occasions. On Saturday night, "King Arthur" delivered, starting strongly and dropping Stieglitz with a powerful jab in the second round. In the sixth-round, a straight right found it’s target and sent the Stieglitz sprawling to the canvas. The challenger beat the count but his corner threw in the towel forcing the referee to call a halt to the action.
Vincent Fiegenbutz TKO3 Mauricio Reynoso...
As chief support, Vincent Fiegenbutz (20-1), just 19 years old, defeated his Peruvian opponent Mauricio Reynoso (15-2-1) with a third-round TKO. At stake was the meaningless WBA interim title at super middleweight.
On the undercard, London 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo defeated Ruslan Schelev (UD6); Enrico Koelling outpointed Vasyl Kondor (UD8); Stefan Haertel beat Maurice Possiti (UD6); Noel Gevor dominated Vasyl Kondor (UD8); Leon Bauer stopped Misa Nikolic (TKO2); and middleweight Mike Keta knocked out Aliklych Kanbolatov in three rounds. source for all results: sauerland event
|Anthony Joshua to fight unbeaten but untested Gary Cornish next|
Press Release: Heavyweight Anthony Joshua will face Gary Cornish at The O2 in London on September 12th, live on Sky Sports. Joshua has raced to 13-0 with 13 KOs since turning pro after a 2012 Olympuc gold medal. Cornish (21-0 with 12 KOs) will have other ideas though. The untested 28 year-old from Scotland is no stranger to boxing in London with three of his wins coming in the English capital. The clash also represents a return to bigtime Heavyweight boxing for Kellie Maloney, formerly Frank Maloney, who recently joined the Cornish team to assist long-term manager and promoter Tommy Gilmour.
|Barrios gets tenth straight win|
Mario Barrios W8 Arturo Esquivel ... In his first eight-round bout, super featherweight Mario Barrios (10-0, 5 KOs), cruised to a sound victory against Arturo Esquivel (9-3, 2 KOs). Scorecards read 80-72 across the board. The bout took place this past Saturday at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas on the PBC event. Using his tremendous height and reach advantage, Barrios controlled the action with a long jab and precise combinations. Esquivel, who was the naturally bigger man, wasn't able to land any clean punches on Barrios. source: press release
|Video link: Teper stretches Price for EBU championship|Erkan Teper KO2 David Price...
In Germany on Friday, rotund Erkan Teper won the vacant European heavyweight championship by knocking out 6'8" David Price, a former Olympic bronze medalist. Price was holding on from the get-go, as his long jab did not succeed in keeping Teper away. Early in the second round, Teper chopped down the giant with a left hand that sent Price's hear under the corner post. The punch was half hook, half upper cut, somewhat reminiscient of Razor Ruddock's knockouts in the 1990s. The referee immediately stopped the fight but there was no way Price was getting up. Tepper is now 15-0 and is being brought along by Z! Promotions. Price is 19-3 and after this loss plus two previous ones to Tony Thompson, he has to wonder if he will ever be able to become a world contender. source: youtube video (click here)
|New titlist alert: Cesar Cuenca|
Cesar Cuenca W12 Ik Yang... In Agrentina has a new world title holder, as Cesar Cuenca defeated Ik Yang, aka Lian Hui Yang, via unanimous decision in Macao, China to claim the vacant IBF 140-pound title. Cuenca's lack of quality wins and insanely low knockout ration-- just two knockouts in 48 pro fights-- means his world title claim will not be taken seriously just yet. However, Cuenca is 48-0 in his career and beat an undefeated Cinese boxer in Cihina, so he deserves some credit. Yang is now 19-1. The verdict was unanimous: 117-110, 115-110 and 116-109 on the cards. Cuenca-Yang was set up for the vacant title after Lamont Peterson lost to Danny Garcia in a bout contested just over the 140-pound limit. source: tn.com.ar
|Demetrius Andrade chasing second-tier opponents|
Press Release: The acreer of WBO 154-pound titlist Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) [inactive for 13 months and counting] has hit another roadblock as Anthony "The Man" Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) has reneged on an agreement to challenge Andrade next month in his native Australia. "We agreed to terms with Mundine's promoter but have heard nothing back since then," 27-year-old Andrade explained.
|Chatman surprises Biosse in Rhode Island|
Chris Chatman W10 Vladine Biosse... The most familiar out-of-town face in Rhode Island won for the fourth time at Twin River Casino Friday as Jersey City, N.J., vet Chris Chatman defeated hometown favorite Vladine Biosse by unanimous decision. Chatman (13-5-1) won it on the scorecards, 96-93, 95-94, 97-92. Chatman was the victim of a disputed knockdown in the opening round in which it appeared Biosse (15-7-2) stepped on Chatman’s foot, causing the southpaw to inadvertently fall to the canvas. No matter, Chatman shook it off and outworked “Mr. Providence,” frequently pressing Biosse against the ropes as the aggressor throughout most of the fight. source: ces press release
|Chavez Jr. gains decision win over Reyes|
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. W10 Marcos Reyes... Coming off a stoppage loss, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. restored some momentum to his career with a unanimous decision win over Marcos Reyes on Saturday at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Reyes was the more active fighter – he doubled Chavez’s output – but simply couldn’t hurt his larger opponent. Following an April loss to Andrezj Fonfara at light heavyweight last April, Chavez returned to super middleweight for this bout [and got back on the winning track but his performance was unlikely to silence his critics]. Official scores were 97-92, 98-91 and 96-93. Chavez (49-2-1, 32 KOs), fighting for the first time with trainer Robert Garcia, seemed to be able to land his power shots at will, however he picked his spots and had long bouts of inactivity. Chavez bulldozed forward and fought a very similar fight as he did against Fonfara, this time against a smaller opponent. source: showtime press release
|Frampton comes alive after two knockdowns|
Carl Frampton W12 Alejandro Gonzalez, Jr.... Undefeated Irish 122-pounder Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs) showed heart and determination, as he successfully defended his IBF title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (25-2-2, 15 KOs) in El Paso, Texas. Fighting in his U.S. debut. Frampton was knocked down twice in the first round, but bounced back to win via unanimous decision (116-108 (twice) and 115-109). Gonzalez Jr. came out swinging and hit Frampton with a hard straight left jab less than a minute into the fight, sending the Northern Ireland-native to the canvas for the first time in his career. Frampton was knocked down again with less than 15 seconds left in the as first, when Gonzalez hit Frampton with a sharp right hand behind his ear. Gonzalez was deducted a point in the third round for a low blow and again in the 11th. source: PBC press release
|The Boxingtalk scoreboard: Quigg stops Martinez early|
Scott Quigg TKO2 Kiko Martinez... Britain's Scott Quigg (31-0-2) retained the WBA regular title at 122 pounds by stopping Spain's Kiko Martinez (38-6) in the second round in Manchester, England. Quigg knocked Martinez down with an uppercut, and although Martinez beat the count, continued punishment caused the referee to stop the bout soon after. At 38 years old, Martinez is a former titlist who appears done at the world level.
Martin Murray TKO5 Mirzet Bajrektarevic... On the same card, former middleweight contender Martin Murray (31-2-1) continued his campaign as a super-middleweight with a fifth-round stoppage win over Croatia's Mirzet Bajrektarevic (14-4). source for both results: bbc
|New title holder: McJoe Arroyo|
McJoe Arroyo W10 Arthur Vilanueva... In the Showtime co-feature from El Paso, Texas, McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico won a technical decision over Arthur Villanueva of The Philippines to win the vacant IBF 115-pound title. The bout was stopped at 2:10 in the tenth round due to a deep gash over Villanueva’s right eye. The fight went to the judges’ scorecards and Villanueva was ahead by wide margins after the judges scored the partial tenth round. source: showtime press release
|Fred Kassi holds Chris Arreola to a draw|
Fred Kassi D10 Chris Arreola... In a busy day for El Paso boxing, heavyweights Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) and “Big” Fred Kassi (18-3-1, 10 KOs) fought to a ten-round majority draw. Arreola wanted to show he was ready for another world title shot, but he was unable to deliver the performance due to Kassi’s solid game plan and heavy-hitting fists. The scores were 96-94 for Arreola and 95-95 (twice). [Arreola seemed to be poised for a shot at Deontay Wilder's WBC heavyweight title , mostly due to sharing the same management with Wilder as opposed to anything Arreola's done in the ring]. source: pbc boxing
|Amir Imam KOs Fernando Angulo|
Amir Imam KO4 Fernando Angulo... In the opening bout of the Showtime telecast, junior welterweight Amir Imam (18-0 with 15 KOs) knocked out Fernando Angulo (28-10 with 16 KOs) with a thundering right in round four. [Although Angulo was not a true contender, the WBC sanctioned this bout as an eliminator], weaning Imam is now slated to challenge the winner of the scheduled fall showdown between Viktor Postol and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC title that Danny Garcia vacated. source: showtime press release
|ShoBox results from Bethlehem, PA|
Antoine Douglas TKO3 Istvan Szili... On the ShoBox 14th-anniversary show, middleweight Antoine “Action” Douglas (18-0-1, 12 KOs) of Washington D.C. finished off Istvan “The Prince” Szili (18-1-2, 8 KOs) of Frekendorf, Switzerland with a third-round TKO in the main event of four televised bouts.
Arif Magomedov W10 Derrick Webster... In the co-feature, Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (19-1, 10 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pa. suffered his first loss against fellow unbeaten, 22-year-old Arif Magomedov (16-0, 9 KOs) of Glendale, Calif. by way of Russia in a one-sided ten-round middleweight matchup. Magomedov scored two knockdowns and won by unanimous decision 99-89 on all three scorecards. source for all results: showtime press release
|Ben Dean's Mini-mailbag: in defense of PBC|
What’s up Ben? It seems like everyone is coming down hard on Al Haymon and PBC Boxing. “Al is monopolizing boxing, he doesn’t pit the best fighters against one another and he is ruining the sport!” A person (or group of individuals) can not be all things to all people! Geesh…they just started this year people! What about directing some of that blame to the fighters? If memory serves me correctly, Robert Guerrero and Marcos Maidana declined to fight Keith Thurman right after they fought Floyd Mayweather... the landscape has changed so much at welterweight over the last three years and Al cannot make these guys fight one another. And lately everyone is waiting to see what Floyd is going to do in September! -- C/Hawk
|Sweden approves historic twelve-round bout for Skoglund|Press Release: In a landmark moment for Swedish boxing, the country’s Martial Arts Delegation has approved Team Sauerland’s application for local man since a ban on professional boxing in 1969.
Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) to face Oleksandr Cherviak (15-4-1, 5 KOs) of Russia on September 19th in Nyköping, Sweden. The light heavyweight bout will be twelve three-minute rounds, a rarity in Sweden
|Sho-Box weigh-in report|Press Release:
Antoine “Action” Douglas of Burke, VA weighed in at 159.8 pounds and Istvan “The Prince” Szili measured 159.4 during Thursday’s official weigh-in for this Friday's edition of ShoBox.
Douglas (17-0-1, 11 KOs) and Szili (18-0-2, 8 KOs) will square off in the ten-round middleweight headliner of the televised quadrupleheader from the Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, Pa.
In a second middleweight bout, Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (19-0, 10 KOs) tipped the scales at 158.3 pounds and his oponent Arif Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., measured at 160 even for their ten-round clash.
|Curtis Stevens stays with Main Events, but looks for bare knuckles rematch vs. Gabe Rosado|
Press Release: Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs) the 30-year old middleweight from Brownsville, Brooklyn, has signed a new promotional deal with Main Events. Stevens originally signed with Main Events in February 2013. During his first two years with the promotional outfit, he defeated Saul Roman, challenged Gennady Golovkin for the WBA middleweight championship and made his bare knuckles (BKB) debut against Gabriel Rosado. He also defeated Tureano Johnson.
|Rhode Island weigh-in report|
Press Release: Friday’s fight card in Lincoln, Rhode Island is highlighted by the ten-round showdown between Providence, R.I., super middleweight Vladine Biosse (15-6-2, 7 KOs) and the hard-hitting Chris Chatman (12-5-1, 5 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ. Biosse weighed in at 170 compared to 168 for Chatman. Here is what they had to say at the weigh-in:
|Price-Teper Weigh-in report from Germany|
Press Release: David Price (19-2, 16 KOs) and Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) took to the scales today ahead of their European Heavyweight title fight on Friday night at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The 6'8" Price, who tipped the scales at 113.1kg (249 pounds), looked in fine form as he attempts to defeat Teper, weighing in at a less-firm114.3kg (251 pounds).
|Ben Dean's Mailbag, By Ben Dean|
Ben, I appreciate your thoughts about PBC matchmaking and agree with your conclusion that Al Haymon (head of PBC) risks turning off potential fans with uncompetitive fights. I'm a little more harsh than you in my criticism because the large majority of bouts, in my view, have not been competitive matches. There is a difference between an uncompetitive match-up and a good match-ups which turn out to be a one-sided fight. I would much rather see a couple of evenly matched no-name fighters than a mismatched big name boxer. That's why ESPN2 boxing was so consistently good. I also miss Teddy Atlas on a regular basis.--Lee Levan, Reading, PA
|Frampton and Gonzalez prepared for CBS on Saturday|Press Release:
Saturday afternoon’s PBC on CBS event is headlined by Irish star Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) taking on Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (25-1-2, 15 KOs) in defense of the WBA regular title at 122 pounds. Gonzalez's father, also named Alejandro, was the WBC featherweight champion in 1995, defeating Kevin Kelley, defending the title twice, then losing to Manuel Medina. In all, the elder Gonzalez fought from 1988-2003, retiring at 49-5-1. Televised coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT with a heavyweight showdown between Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) and “Big” Fred Kassi, (18-3-0, 10 KOs).
Here’s what Frampton and Gonzalez had to say on Wednesday:
|Ronda Rousey rips Floyd Mayweather at ESPYs|
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey beat out Floyd Mayweather for ESPN's coveted Best Fighter ESPY award. Holding the award, Rousey called attention to Mayweather's history, including a felony conviction, for violence against women. Rousey said, “I can’t help but really say that, I wonder how Floyd feels about being beat by a woman for once,” Rousey said. “I’d like to see him pretend to not know who I am now.”
|Kathy Duva: Ward-Kovalev "should happen" in 2016|
Kathy Duva of Main Events had this to say about the possibility of a fight between WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, whom she promotes, and world super middleweight champion Andre Ward: "We have been talking to Andre Ward's people all week. We all agree the fight is going to happen; it is just a matter of when. Sergey's schedule for his next few fights is planned. That fight should happen by the end of next year. Sergey wants to fight the best. The best fighting the best is what people want to see. We want to complete that deal in the foreseeable future." source: main events press release
|Signs are positive for Rigondeaux-Lomachenko|
Gary Hyde, the manager of world super bantamweight champion Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux, continues to be optimistic that an agreement will be reached for Rigondeaux to fight WBO featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko. Here is what Hyde posted on Facebook: "Had a very productive conversation with Lomachenko's manager regarding the super fight between Rigo-Loma. It's gone to the next level." Not only are both Rigondeaux and Lomachenko world titlists, both are two-time Olmypic gold medalists (Rigondeaux in 2000 and 2004 and Lomachenko in 2008 and 2012). --Scott Shaffer
|Kovalev: "Pascal does not deserve to get attention"|
Press Release: WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) defend his title against Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday, July 25th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas. The co-feature will be a ten-round light heavyweight match-up between Jean Pascal (29-3-1, 17 KOs) and Yunieski Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs). Here is what Kovalev said today during a media conference call:
|Shumenov talks about upcoming bout vs. Flores|
Press Release: Former WBA light heavyweight title holder Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) hosted a media workout in Las Vegas on Tuesday for his cruiserweight showdown with B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday, July 25th at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. NBC Sports Network will televise, with anohter cruiserweights contest, Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) vs. Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs), opening the show. Here is what Shumenov had to say on Tuesday:
|Viloria makes 2015 debut next month|
Press Release: Boxing returns to Hollywood, California's Florentine Gardens Nightclub on Saturday, June 25th. Unimas will televise as part of its Solo Boxeo series. Former two-division champion Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (35-4, 21 KOs) will make his 2015 debut against Omar "Lobito" Soto (23-11-2, 15 KOs) in a rematch of a 2010 fight that saw Soto lose a ten-round split decision in the Phillipines. Viloria is a 2000 Olympian and longtime Freddie Roach trainee who went undefeated in three bouts last year. Soto, from Mexico, holds a win over Glenn Donaire. Also on the Unimas boradcast, Guy Robb (15-1, 7 KOs) will travel down from Sacramento to Edwin Solis (6-3-3, 4 KOs) of East Los Angeles in an eight-round featherweight bout.
|Judging the judges: unjust verdict in Wade vs. Soliman, By Doveed Linder|
Scoring fights is one of the most controversial subjects in boxing. But one has to remember that judges don’t score fights, they score rounds. On June 26th, middleweight Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) won a split decision over former IBF title holder Sam Soliman (44-13, 18 KOs ). The three official judges scored it as follows: Robert Byrd scored it 95-94 for Wade; Robert Hoyle scored it 97-92 for Wade; and Max Deluca scored it 96-93 for Soliman. Many in the boxing world feel that Soliman (pictured) deserved the decision, and I agree. I reviewed a video of the bout, and here is how I scored it:
|Boxing returning to Coney Island, NY|
Press Release: Promoter Dmitriy Salita brings boxing back to Coney Island, Brooklyn on Tuesday, Aug. 25th at MCU Park, the home of baseball's Brooklyn Cyclones. Headlining will be Alex Miskartachian (25-3-1) against Cornelius Lock (22-7-2) in a featherweight clash. Lock, who was born in Detroit, Mich., now calls Flatbush, Brooklyn, his home.
|Barrera to attend Nevada HOF ceremonies|
Press Release: Fomrer multi-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera, a fierce competitor whose nickname "The Baby Faced Assassin" defined his fighting style, confirmed that he will attend the third Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony, Saturday, August 8th at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He will be among the other notable boxers who have confirmed their attendance, including Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Felix Trinidad, Roger Mayweather and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Remaining tickets for the induction ceremony can be purchased online at the Hall's website, nvbhof.com.
|Darleys Perez heads into lions' den this weekeend|Press Release:
Darleys Perez says he will destroy the title dreams of Manchester, England's hero Anthony Crolla when he defends his WBA lightweight title for the first time at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night (July 18th) live on Sky Sports.
Perez crosses the Atlantic for the first time in his pro career to face "Million Dollar" Crolla, who has recovered from a life-threatening attack in December to land his first world title shot. Manchester established itself as the home of passionate boxing fans during the championship run of Ricky Hatton.
|New York show featuring Joe Smith postponed until September|
Press Release: Star Boxing's show in Huntington, New York, scheduled for Friday July 17th, has been postponed due to an injury to the headliner, Joe Smith. According to Star Boxing, Smith will be ready to return to the ring on the rescheduled date of September 11th, 2015. Refunds on all tickets for the July 17th match are now available at points of purchase (Ticketmaster, Star Boxing or The Paramount Box Office). For additional questions or concerns, please contact The Paramount at 631-673-7300 or Star Boxing at 718-823-2000.
|Mason Menard signs promotional deal|
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions announced the signing of Louisiana lightweight "Rock Hard Mighty" Mason Menard to a promotional contract. Menard (29-1, 21 KOs) from Rayne, Louisiana, started boxing at the age of eight and had 82 amateur fights. He took a Bronze Medal in the 2007 U.S. Nationals and participated in the 2008 Olympic Trials at 132 pounds before turning professional in 2007.
|Lucian Bute to return on Aug. 15th|
Press Release: Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM), in collaboration with InterBox, announced the return of former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute on August 15th at the Bell Centre in Montreal. It will air as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC Sports Network. Bute's rival will be European super middleweight champion Andrea Di Luisa of Itlay (17-2 with 13 KOs). "I'm ready and looking forward to going back in the ring. I have not lost my passion and I train six days a week, twice a day," says Bute (31-2, 24 KOs), who will be in his first fight since losing to Jean Pascal in front of a sellout crowd, January 18, 2014 at the Bell Centre.
|Carl Froch announces his retirement|Press Release:
Former super middleweight champion Carl Froch has retired from professional boxing and will join Sky Sports as a commentator. From Nottingham, England, "
The Cobra" (33-2 with 24 KOs) hangs up his gloves at the age of 38 having won the WBC, WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles during a career that climaxed when he knocked out domestic rival George Groves in front of 80,000 at London's Wembley Stadium in May 2014.
Froch will join Adam Smith, Johnny Nelson and other expert analysts as part of Sky Sports’ boxing coverage.
|Rigondeaux wants Lomachenko... but at 124, not 126 pounds|
Press Release: Gary Hyde, the manager of world super bantamweight champion Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), has accepted in principal the offer made by Egis Klimas, manager of WBO featherweight champion Vasyl "Hi-Tech" Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) with a condition: "Rigo will fight Lomachenko at a catchweight of 124 pounds, which should be no problem for Lomachenko because he weighed 125 pounds for one of his professional fights, Hyde said. "Rigo is a small 122-pounder who could make 118 without much trouble, but he would be giving away size and weight advantages to face Lomachenko. We would [also] insist on a rehydration clause of 135 pounds for fight night. If Klimas agrees to this, then, we have a fight."
|Sergio Martinez on board for Box Fan Expo|Press Release: Recently retired former world middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez and Brooklyn FitBoxing have confirmed that they will appear and have a booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. The Boxing Expo will coincide with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s as yet unannounced but possibly last fight, as well as Mexican Independence weekend.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: http://www.boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com
|Donfack going to Colombia to face Brand|Press Release:
Super middleweight Bernard Donfack (22-11-3), will travel to Bogota, Colombia to take on local challenger Alexander Brand (23-1), on Sunday August 9th.
Originally from Cameroon but based in Germany for his entire professional career, Donfack got a career best win in May 2014 with a tenth round stoppage of Argentinean Javier Alberto Mamani.
|The Weekly Boxing Memo, By Ben Dean|
Mauricio Herrera is no stranger to controversy, having been on the wrong end of controversial decisions against Danny Garcia and Jose Benavidez in 2014. However, this weekend, he may have been the beneficiary of questionable scoring. His opponent, Hank Lundy, began in a southpaw stance and outboxed Herrera in the opening frame. He seemed quicker of hand and foot and crisper in his punches. In the second Lundy came out in an orthodox stance. For someone who is not super athletic, Herrera is as crafty as they come. His boxing IQ is high. He angles and moves his head extremely well and is not easy to hit. But after two separate accidental clash of heads, Herrera was left with cuts over both eyes. The initial head clash (with Lundy moving in from the lefty stance) left a cut in a very bad place directly above Herrera's right eye.
|Introducing heavyweight Cassius Chaney|
Press Release: When heavyweight Cassius Chaney (2-0) steps into the ring on July 25th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas to face Edward Ramirez (1-2), in addition to his trainer Peter Manfredo, he will have his long-time mentor former NBA star Vin Baker in his corner. Baker has been Chaney's mentor for more than ten years and their bond continues to grow stronger as Chaney seeks navigate the rough waters of professional boxing.
|Santa Cruz-Mares confirmed for ESPN on August 29th|
Press Release: Premier Boxing Champions has confirmed what the WBC leaked last week: two of the most exciting fighters in the 126-pound division are set to meet August 29th at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares showdown will air on ESPN. Anticipation for this clash between two Mexican-American fan favorites has been building in recent years, as Leo Santa Cruz (31-0, 17 KOs) hammered his way up the 122-pound ranks, a division in which Mares (29-1-1, 15 KOs) once held a title. A former titlst in three different weight divisions, Mares has bested several former champions including Joseph Agbeko, Vic Darchinyan, Anselmo Moreno, Eric Morel and Daniel Ponce De Leon.
|Ogogo returns this weekend from Achilles injury|Press Release:
British middleweight Anthony Ogogo (7-0, 4 KOs) is preparing for his ring return against the Ukraine's Ruslan Schelev (11-3, 6 KOs) this weekend, Saturday, July 18th at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.
The 2012 Olympic bronze medalist has been out of the ring for the past 11 months recovering from a long-standing Achilles issue, but is now fully fit.
|This time, Herrera wins controversially|
Mauricio Herrera W5 Hank Lundy The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena hosted a pivotal junior welterweight match-up between Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (22-5, 7 KOs), arguably the uncrowned world champion, and “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (25-5-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia. Lundy came out strong in the first round initially overwhelming Herrera with a flurry of combos and intense speed, but Herrera rebounded with well-placed blows that ultimately quieted Lundy’s attacks. Struggling with an eye injury delivered through head butts in both the first and second round, Herrera’s assault was cut short as the officials called an early stoppage in the fifth round. The scorecards were consulted, with the partially completed fifth round being scored, and Herrera was declared the winner by the narrowest margin possible-- a majority decision [where one judge had t even, the other two had it three rounds to two for Herrera. Two of Herrera's last three fights were losses he probably did not deserve, including a bad decision in a world championship challenge against Danny Garcia]. source: golden boy press release
|Thurman wins when Collazo remains on stool|
Keith Thurman TKO8 Luis Collazo... In Tampa, Florida, welterweight Keith Thurman remained undefeated when Luis Collazo failed to come out for the eighth round. With a cut over his right eye, Collazo told the ringside physician he couldn't see, and the referee ruled it a technical knockout for Collazo even though the cut may have been caused by a headbutt. Thurman would have won no matter what the ruling was, as he was dominating the fight. He fought expertly, moving around the large ring, ducking under Collazo's punches and landing many hard shots of his own. By the end of the night, Collazo's face was a mess of cuts and bruises. Thurman did get a huge scare in the fifth round when Collazo hurt him badly with a body shot. Thurman nearly went down, but was able to use the huge ring to move away from Collazo and kill the final seconds of the round. With the win, Thurman retains the WBA regular title at 147 pounds. source: espn
|Willie Nelson turns out the lights on Tony Harrison|
Willie Nelson TKO9 Tony Harrison... In Tampa, Florida, junior middleweight Tony Harrison failed to transition from prospect to contender, courtesy of a hard Willie Nelson right hand to the top of Harrison's head. The previously undefeated Harrison was blessed by the late Emanuel Steward as the future of Detroit boxing, but the more experienced Nelson took Harrison into deep waters and stopped him in the ninth round. After absorbing three rights to the head, Harrison went down but beat the ten count. However, he was facing away from the referee and looked very unsteady, leaving the referee little choice but to stop the Harrison had never been past the eighth round before tonight and seemed to be waiting for one big punch to knock Nelson-- that never came. Harrison was leading for most of the fights, but Nelson started to rally in the eighth round. source: espn
|Results from Los Angeles: Jo Jo Diaz wins easy|Jo Jo Diaz W12 Rene Alvarado...
At the Los Angeles Sports Arena, former U.S. Olympian Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz improved to 17-0 with a unanimous decision victory over Rene Alvarado in a featherweight contest. Diaz scored an early knockdown that did not hurt Alvarado (22-5). Diaz cruised to victory by scores of 95-94, 96-93 and 98-91. source: hbo latino
Michael Perez KO6 Luis Sanchez...In the HBO Latino co-feature, New Jersey’s Michael “The Artist” Perez (23-1-2, 11 KOs) faced Luis Sanchez (17-4-1 5 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico in a lightweight fight. The bout started out as a chess match, with both fighters sizing each other up and testing each other’s strength and endurance. However, Perez landed a stiff shot to the body in the sixth round which brought Sanchez to his knees and stumbling towards the ropes. Perez earned the win by knockout. source: golden boy press release
|New title holder: Terry Flanagan|
Terry Flanagan TKO2 Jose Zepeda... England's Terry Flanagan won the WBO lightweight title in very unspectacular fashion when Jose Zepeda injured his shoulder in the second round and was forced to retire on his tool. However, Flanagan barely threw his eft in the first round, so this certainly could have been a Manny Pacquiao type situation where he injured the shoulder before the fight and came in less than 100 percent healthy. The win gives Flanagan the WBO lightweight title that Terence Crawford vacated last year. A prior fight between Ray Beltran and Takahiro Ao failed to fill the vacancy as Beltran came in overweight and defeated Ao. Despite the WBO title, Flanagan (28-0) is still a very untested boxer. Zepeda slips to 23-1 but will be back on the world scene. source: bbc / youtube video
|Chagaev blasts out Pianeta in one round (video link)|Ruslan Chagaev TKO1 Francesco Pianeta...
In a very unsatisfying contest, Ruslan Chagaev stopped Francesco Pianeta in one round in Germany. The bout was on a par with Alexander Povetkin's 2012 win over Hasim Rahman. Not so coincidentally, both mismatches were for the WBA's ridiculous regular heavyweight title. Chagaev looked a bit out of shape, but Pianeta was unable to avoid Chagaev's left hand. There were two knockdowns from solid but unspectacular shots, and the second time, Pianeta got up right at ten but was in no shape to continue. Next up, the WBA brings you the "much-anticipated" Ruslan Chagaev-Fres Oquendo II. source: youtube video click here
|WBC says Cotto-Alvarez set for November 21st in Vegas|
According to the WBC's website, the much-anticipated bout between world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and former junior middleweight champion Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez of Mexico will take place on November 21st. The WBC cited Alvarez's promoter Oscar De La Hoya as the source. The possible host venues are the MGM Grand Garden Arena and The Thomas & Mack Center. The fight will be broadcast by PPV by HBO. According to the official announcement is imminent. A promotion tour of California, New York, México and Puerto Rico is also expected. --Scott Shaffer
|Donnie Nietes extends title reign with quality win|
Donnie Nietes W12 Francisco Rodriguez, Jr.... In Cebu City, Philippines, Donnie Nietes remained the only reigning world titlist from the Philippines. Nietes defeated Mexico's Francisco Rodriguez by scores of 115-113, 118-110 and 119-109 to retain the WBO 108-pound title. Rodriguez had his moments, buckling the knees of Nietes with a hard shot in round seven, Nietes is now 36-1-4, with the only loss coming way back in 2004 to Angky Ankota by split decision in Angkota's home country (Indonesia). He previously held the WBO 105-pound title. Rodriguez, himself a former 105-pound champion who grew out of the division, is now 17-3-1. source: the philippine star
|There is a (**cough**) heavyweight championship bout today|
Edited Press Release: In advance of Saturday’s [paper] championship bout in Magdeburg, Germany scheduled for Saturday, WBA regular heavyweight titlist Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs), from Hamburg, Germany, by way of Andijan, Uzbekistan, and Francesco Pianeta (31-1-1, 17 KOs), from Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, by way of Calabria, Italy, the fighters took to the scales for the weigh-in. Chagaev weighed in at 246 lbs. He has fought at that weight before, but that much poundage on his 5’11” frame might be a liability. Pianeta, the 6’5” challenger, came in at a sleek 242.5 lbs. [To call Chagaev's title bogus is an understatement. Wladimir Klitschko is the true world heavyweight champion and has beaten both Chagaev and Pianeta easily. Even the WBA recognizes Klitschko as the super champion, but Chagaev gained the regular title under the WBA's ridiculous, deceiving two or three-tiered championship system}.
|Possible show stealer tonight: Harrison-Nelson|Press Release:
Premier Boxing Champions debuts on ESPN tonight with a pair of fights from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida.
Keith Thurman puts his WBA regular welterweight title on the line against Luis Collazo who formerly held the same belt, while unbeaten Tony Harrison looks to make a statement against Willie Nelson. Late, great boxing trainer Emmanuel Steward tabbed Harrison as the next must-see fighter to come out of Detroit.
The undefeated 154-pounder has so far lived up to Steward's vision with 18 KOs in his 21 wins.
It’s been more than two years since one of Harrison’s fights even made it past three rounds.
In Cleveland’s Willie Nelson, Harrison meets a once highly-touted prospect looking to rebound from a tough loss to Vanes Martirosyan last October. Nelson has taken down unbeaten opponents before, winning decisions over former Olympic medalists Yudel Johnson and John Jackson in 2012.
|Kovalev talks Stevenson, Ward|Press Release:
On Thursday, members of the media traveled to Oxnard, California to attend WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev's open media workout in preparation for his upcoming title defense against Nadjib Mohammedi on July 25th in Las Vegas. Below are select quotes from Kovalev and his manager, Egis Klimas:
|HBO Latino weigh-in report|
Here are the boxers' weights for the three bouts to be aired on HBO Latino from the LA Sports Arena in Los Angeles:
Mauricio Herrera (21-5) 139.4 pounds vs. Hank Lundy (25-4-1) 139 pounds;
Michael Perez (22-1-2) 134.4 pounds vs. Luis Sanchez (17-3-1) 133.4 pounds; and
Joseph Diaz, Jr. (16-0) 125.6 pounds vs. Rene Alvarado (22-4) 128.8 pounds.
source: golden boy
|Golden Boy lands HBO Latino tripleheader for August 8th|
Press Release: Johan "El Terrible" Perez (20-2-1, 13 KOs) of Venezuela will face Russia's Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko (19-0, 8 KOs) in a twelve rounder at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Saturday, August 8th, to be televised on HBO Latino Boxing. Heavyweight Luis "The Real King Kong" Ortiz (22-0, 19 KOs) [suspended for PEDs last year] will also be on the card, taking on Alonzo "Big Zo" Butler (30-3-1, 22 KOs) of Chattanooga, Tenn. in a ten rounder. Opening the telecast, Philadelphian southpaw Tevin Farmer (19-4-1, 4 KOs) will go up against Juan "El Mozo" Rodriguez (25-5, 22 KOs) of Puebla, Mexico a ten-round super featherweight bout.
|LA fans can meet ex-champ, gold medalists tomorrow|
Press Release: Former WBC lightweight Champion Rodolfo "El Gato" Gonzalez, who reigned in the early 1970s, California Boxing Hall of Famer Gabriel Ruelas and 1984 Olympic Gold Medalists Paul Gonzales and Henry Tillman will ppear at a special Boxing Legends Fan Meet and Greet held at the public Corona Fan Fiesta celebration in downtown Los Angeles from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the East Side Square (facing Figueroa St.) at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Saturday, July 11th.
|Amir Imam-Fernando Angulo added to next week's Showtime telecast|
Edited Press Release: Amir “Young Master” Imam (17-0, 14 KOs) will take on Fernando “La Fiera" Angulo (29-9, 16 KOs) in a ten-round bout that Showtime says will be a WBC junior welterweight title eliminator. The bout takes place on Saturday, July 18th on Showtime from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The winner Imam-Angulo scrap will [supposedly] be the WBC’s mandatory challenger to the winner of the recently ordered Lucas Matthysse vs. Viktor Postol bout for the title vacated by Danny Garcia. [Angulo is not deserving of a spot in a final elimination bout].
|Mosley-Mayorga II in the works?|
In 2008, Shane Mosley stopped Ricardo Mayorga in the twelfth round. Mosley has not fought since a 2013 loss to Anthony Mundine, but this week, the former multi-division champion tweeted that he will come out of retirment to face face Mayorga in what amounts to an old-timers' day. Mosley tweeted: "Ok. The cats out the bag. I AM going to beat the sh*t out of Mayorga at the end of August. But NOT at the Staples [Center]." Both men are in their 40s. Mayorga, himself a former two-division champion, has not fought a serious bout since losing to Miguel Cotto in 2011. Since then, he's won two low-level bouts and has dabbled in MMA. No firm venue or date has been announced yet, or who will promote, so Mosley's news should not yet be taken as a certainity. --Scott Shaffer
|Great fight on HBO Latino this weekend: Herrera-Lundy|
Press Release: Junior welterweight contender Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (who many feel was robbed of a world championship against Danny Garcia) and Philadelphia's "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) hosted their final press conference in Los Angeles on Thursday to discuss their upcoming ten-round showdown on Saturday, July 11th. The bout will possibly be the last boxing match held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena before it is demolished early 2016. HBO Latino will televise. Here is what the main event boxers had to say yesterday:
|Los Angeles undercard notes|
Press Release: On Saturday, July 11th in Los Angeles' Sports Arena, before the Mauricio Herrera-Hank Lundy main event, Michael "The Artist" Perez and Luis Sanchez will face off in ten-round lightweight battle and ex-US Olympian Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz, Jr. (16-0, 10 KOs) and Rene "Gemelo" Alvarado (22-4, 15 KOs) are scheduled for ten rounds in the featherweight division. HBO Latino will televise. Here are some further details:
|Four-round grudge match added to Rhode Island show|
Press Release: Solomon Maye (1-4-1) doesn't just plan on beating Jean Pierre Augustin (4-0-1) in their heavyweight rematch next Friday (July 17th) at Twin River Casino. He's hoping to force his opponent into a new line of work. "I don't think boxing is his sport," said the New Haven, Conn., native. "He's going to have to make a career decision on the 17th.
|Hagler to attend Nevada Hall of Fame induction|Press Release:
Former world middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler, whose 1985 victory over Thomas Hearns defined an era, announced he will return to Las Vegas to attend the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame's third annual induction weekend. The legendary Hagler is one of the headliners of the NVBHOF's 2015 class of inductees, chosen in the non-Nevada boxer category. Remaining tickets for the Saturday, August 8th induction ceremony at Caesars Palace can be purchased online at the Hall's website, nvbhof.com
|David Price barely a week out from biggest fight of his career|
Press Release: David Price (19-2, 16 KOs), a 6'8" heavyweight from Liverpool, England, is full of confidence ahead of his European championship clash against Germany's Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) on Friday, July 17th at the MHP Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany. [Since two losses to Tony Tucker], Price has claimed four successive victories to earn himself a shot at the vacant European crown. [Tyson Fury defeated Dereck Chisora for the title in 2014 but has since vacated].
|Ukrainian propsects featured on Aug. 7th ShoBox|
Press Release: Boxing returns to the Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City on Friday, Aug. 7th with a ShoBox tripleheader featuring Ukrainian middleweight prospect Sergiy Derevyanchenko (28-1 including 23-1 in the World Series of Boxing) as he faces his toughest test to date, Elvin Ayala (28-6-1, 12 KOs) of Reading, Pa. In the co-feature, Derevyanchenko’s stablemate, red-hot prospect Ievgen Khytrov (10-0, 9 KOs) of Krivoy Rih, Ukraine squares off against Nick Brinson (17-3-2, 7 KOs) of Rochester, N.Y. Both bouts are scheduled for eight rounds in the middleweight division. Opening the telecast, Regis Prograis (14-0, 12 KOs) of New Orleans and Amos Cowart (11-0-1, 9 KOs) of Leesburg, Fla., will clash in an eight-round junior welterweight showdown.
|Tarver Jr. set for third pro fight this weekend|
Press Release: Junior middleweight Antonio Tarver, Jr. (2-0, 2 KOs), son of former world light heavyweight champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver, continues to fight out of his famous father's shadow this Saturday night in Tampa. The 27-year-old Tarver faces Julian Valerio (2-3) in a four-round bout off-television on the Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN show, headlined by Keith Thurman vs. Luis Collazo, at USF Sun Dome.
|Chris Arreola to face Fred Kassi|
Press Release: PBC on CBS will kick-off a very busy day in boxing, July 18th, with a doubleheader in El Paso featuring the U.S. debut of IBF 122-pound titlist Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) of Britain, who will defend against Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. (25-1-2, 15 KOs). In the co-feature, heavyweight Chris Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs), of Los Angeles takes on Cameroon's heavyweight Frederic Kassi (18-3, 10 KOs). The bout is scheduled for "eight or ten" rounds by PBC. Kassi is coming off a November loss to Amir Mansour. His other two losses came at the hands of Kendrick Releford and Lionel Butler (via split decision). Kassi's best win came over Rubin Williams in 2012. Arreola's last big fight was a 2014 stoppage loss against Bermane Stiverne, but he came back this March to defeat Curtis Harper (12-4). Later in the day, Showtime will air its own double header from El Paso.
|Chavez, Jr. talks about next week's fight|
Press Release: In the main event of the Showtme Championship Boxing doubleheader on July 18th in El Paso, Texas, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) meets fellow Mexican brawler Marcos Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) in a ten-round super middleweight bout. The co-feature has Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) and Arthur Villanueva (27-0, 14 KOs) of the Philippines vying for the vacant IBF super flyweight championship. [South Africa's Zolani Tete vacated the title because he was unsatisfied with the result of the IBF purse bid]. Here is what Chavez, his trainer and his Hall of Fame father had to say about the upcoming fight:
|Broadway Boxing results|
Bryant Cruz TKO4 Martin Cardona ... On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing in New York City saw Bryant "Peewee" Cruz, of Port Chester, NY stop Martin Cardona after four rounds of junior lightweight boxing. Cardona, from Tucson, AZ, attempted to box and move, but Cruz cut the ring off, often countering his adversary's jab with quick overhand rights. Cruz took advantage whenever he had Cardona trapped against the ropes, digging shots to the midsection. The left hook of Cruz was on display as well and it was clear that Cardona was breaking down. Cardona's corner elected not to send him out for the fifth frame, resulting in a TKO victory for Cruz (15-0, 8 KOs). Cardona falls to 19-6 with 14 KOs. source: DiBella Entertainment
|Cuenca vs. Yang sanctioned as IBF championship bout|Press Release:
On the undercard of Top Rank's July 18th show in Macao, China, Argentina's Cesar Cuenca (46-0) faces Ik Yang a/k/a Lian Hui Yang (18-0) for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title last held by Lamont Peterson. Yank will attempt to become China's second professional boxer to win a world title. The fight will be streamed live to the U.S., beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET via www.toprank.tv
|Next up for Nonito Donaire: Anthony Settoul on Solo Boxeo|
Press Release: Former multi-division champion Nonito Donaire and 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez will headline the Saturday, July 18th edition of Solo Boxeo, which will be televised from Macao, China's Cotai Arena via same-day delay in the U.S. on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. Donaire, of the Philippines will be taking on France's Anthony Settoul in a ten-round battle at 122 pounds. Ramírez, who hails from central California, will open the telecast in an eight-round bout against Ryusei Yoshida of Japan at 140 pounds.
|Russian import Arif Magomedov preparing for ShoBox fight|
Press Release: On Friday, July 17th Arif "Mayhem" Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs) will face Derrick "Take it to the Bank" Webster (19-0, 10 KOs) on ShoBox at the Sands Resort and Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Webster will be the toughest opponent the young 22-year old from Chekhov, Russia has faced to date. According to Magomedov's trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan, of the Glendale Fighting Club, Magomedov "is young, he is hungry, he trains very hard and he really doesn't care who he fights, when he fights or what he is doing."
|Tyron Zeuge lands role in music video|Press Release:
Germany’s Tyron Zeuge, a 23 year-old undefeated super middleweight, has landed a role in the music video for DJ Wee-O’s new single, entitled "Fighting For". The collaboration between the two Berliners comes thanks to the involvement of world-renowned DJ and record producer Tiësto, who as well as releasing the track on his label and providing his own edit, suggested that the video feature a rising star from the boxing world. The music video can be seen here
|Godoy hopes a win in Argentina leads to a fight in America|Press Release:
This Friday night in Buenos Aires, junior welterweight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy (19-0) takes on Xavier Luques Castillo (13-4) in a bout that will be shown live on http://www.tvpublica.com.ar
at 10 PM Eastern. Godoy, who is promoted by Art Pellulo's Banner Promotions, says, "I have big expectations. Castillo has fought internationally, so it is an opportunity to prove I can fight at a high level. This will be a good fight but I will win the fight fight cleanly and emphatically." Pellulo believes that a win over Castillo will set up Godoy for a major fight in the United States.
|Season 2 of Knockout starts tonight on Nuvo TV|
Press Release: Tonight the second season of "Knockout" starts at 10:00 PM Eastern Time on NuvoTV. The show features Floyd Mayweather Sr., Sugar Shane Mosley, Iceman John Scully, Roy Jones Jr. as well as matchmaker Rick Glazer. Knockout returns for season two with even more star power in a formatted weekly docu-reality format. The producers of Knockout say that for both hardcore and casual boxing fans, the show is a must-see.
|Shawn Porter to participate in Box Fan Expo this September|
Press Release: Former IBF welterweight champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter and his father/trainer Kenny Porter have confirmed that they will appear and have a booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday Sept.12, 2015. The Boxing Expo will coincide with Mexican Independence weekend and the expected date of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s next (and possibly final) fight.
|Haymon: Golden Boy can't sue me; I have a release!, By Scott Shaffer|
Boxing's most powerful manager/advisor, Al Haymon, issued his first response to a $300 million lawsuit by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. Haymon claims that Golden Boy gave him a release of all claims last year and therefore no longer has a valid case. Haymon told the California federal court that an arbitrator is poised to decide whether the release covers the current dispute, so the court should stay the litigation until the arbitrator rules. Golden Boy apparently issued the release to Haymon and his companies as part of a deal reached after the departure of Richard Schaefer from Golden Boy. Schaefer ran Golden Boy for years along with De La Hoya. The Schaefer settlement agreement, to which Haymon was a party, contains an arbitration clause, and Haymon brought the latest issue before the arbitrator in April. Golden Boy filed suit in May. The arbitrator, according to Haymon's court filing, will hold a hearing on July 29th to determine whether the release bars Golden Boy's current claims.
|Flanagan trying to follow in Hatton's footsteps|
Press Release: The WBO lightweight title is at stake. Terry Flanagan has the opportunity to become the first Englishman to claim such a belt, and can do it in his hometown of Manchester, England. The Manchester Velodrome is the stage for local boy Flanagan to contest the vacant title against Jose Zepeda on July 11th, a coming together where something has got to give between two unbeaten fighters. If Flanagan wins, he'll become Manchester’s first world champion since Ricky Hatton a decade ago.
|Effort to pardon Jack Johnson picking up steam|
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Harry Reid (D-NV) today filed as an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) a resolution urging President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon John Arthur “Jack” Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion, for his unjust conviction under the Mann Act in 1913, a law that prohibited transporting women across state lines for “immoral purposes."
|Rhode Island scene waiting for next star to emerge|
Press Release: Years ago, former multi-division champion Vinny Paz (Pazienza) passed the torch to Peter Manfredo Jr. as the new heir to the throne of New England boxing, and Manfredo Jr. delivered, winning 40 fights over a career that spanned more than a decade. Nearly two years since hanging up his own gloves, Manfredo Jr. and the rest of Rhode Island's boxing royalty are now lending their support to New England's new generation of ring warriors, many of whom will appear on Friday, July 17th, 2015 at Rhode Isnland's Twin River Casino.
|Fedor Chudinov to face Frank Buglioni|Edited Press Release:
On July 24th under the lights at London's Wembley Arena, local favorite Frank Buglioni (16-1-1) gets to challenge Russia's Fedor Chudinov (13-0) for the WBA regular title at 168 pounds. Andre Ward is recognized as the WBA super champion at 168 pounds, but
Chudinov defeated Felix Sturm in Germany to capture the WBA regular belt last time out. He undoubtedly represents the toughest test of Buglioni’s career. Buglioni is coming off a draw to Lee Markham (14-2-1) and was stopped by Sergei Khomitsky (now 30-11-3) in 2014.
|Broner avoids jail time for DUI|
According to TMZ.com, Adrien Broner has reached a plea agreement with Ohio prosecutors covering chagres that he was driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). TMZ reports Broner will be on probation with a suspended driver's license fr six months. He was also sentenced to 30 days in jail, but that has been suspended so long as the ex-titlist stays out of trouble. Broner is 30-2 as apro, coming off a loss to Shawn Porter last month. He has held titles in three divisions but has led a troubled life outside the ring that does not portend future success. --Scott Shaffer
|Douglas vs. De Alba added to Brooklyn bill|
Press Release: Delaware's Omar "Super O" Douglas (14-0 with 11 KOs) will be facing rising Pennsylvania's Frank De Alba (16-1-2, 6 KO's) in a fight that he hopes will take him from prospect to contender. The junior lightweight bout is scheduled for August 1st at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will be part of the Danny Garcia-Paulie Malignaggi card. The 24 year-old Douglas is coming off of consecutive first round stoppages of Osnel Charles and Daniel Attah. Douglas is signed with adviser Al Haymon and trained by his younger brother Olu Douglas and Doug Pitford. His father Omar Douglas Sr. serves as his adviser.
|Abraham says he wants unfication after Stieglitz|
Press Release: WBO 168-pound title holder Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) insists he has all the motivation he needs to end his long-standing feud with domestic rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) in their fourth title fight on July 18th at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle. Following a memorable trilogy, Abraham holds the advantage with two wins to one defeat. Now, the 35 year-old champion is aiming for a conclusive third victory and then, he says, he will set his sights on a super middleweight unification. The other title holders are Andre Ward (the world champion who may have moved out of the division), James DeGale (IBF), Badou Jack (WBC) and Fedor Chudinov (WBA regular).
|Klitschko-Fury: October 24th in Germany|
According to the WBA's website, on Monday at the WBA offices in Panama, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) from the Ukraine and Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) from England, reached terms to fight at the Espirit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany on October 24th. A WBA purse bid was scheduled to allow promoters to bid on the fight, but it was called off when the agreement was announced. Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, which represents Klitschko, and Mick Hennessy, who represents Fury, agreed that the reigning and defending champion will earn 80% of the purse, while the remaining 20% goes to the challenger. It wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren, and Vlad Hrunov were in Panama, hoping to win the purse bid. Fury appears pleased, tweeting: “VivaDeutschland. I’m coming to rock your country in October be there [or] miss the best fight in heavyweight history #letsgetthispartystarted.”
|Payano-Warren kicks off PBC on Bounce TV|Press Release:
Premier Boxing Champions will begin delivering even more knockouts next month with the debut of “PBC – The Next Round” on Bounce TV, designed to showcase the sport’s rising stars and future champions.
The monthly series premieres August 2nd at 9 p.m. ET with a WBA 118-pound world title bout between Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (16-0, 8 KOs) and Rau’shee “Nuke” Warren (13-0, 4 KOs) on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Payano is confusingly listed as the WBA super champion at bantamweight because the WBA also recognizes Jamie McDonnell as a champion.
Warren, a southpaw from Cincinnati, is a three-time U.S. Olympian.
|Santa Cruz - Mares targeted for Aug. 29th|
According to the WBC, August 29th is being discussed and firmed up as the likely fight date for Abner Mares to challenge Leo Santa Cruz in the Los Angeles area, with the Stubhub Center as the likely venue. Santa Cruz (30-0-1) holds the WBC 122-pound title. Mares (29-1-1) formerly held the same title, but vacated it to move up to 126, where he was defeated by Jhonny Gonzalez.The WBC reports Mares and Santa Cruz are just "a hair's breath away" from fighting each other under the Premier Boxing Champions banner. --Scott Shaffer
|Kiko Martinez hoping to regain a title|Press Release:
Kiko Martinez says that Scott Quigg’s technique is ‘close to perfection’ – but Martinez says he’ll take Quigg's WBA 122-pound regular title by dragging him into a war at the Manchester Arena on July 18th, live on Sky Sports.
Martinez travels to Manchester, England in an attempt to become a two-time titlist and he’ll have to end the reign of the unbeaten Bury star who defends the belt for the fifth time and has stopped three of his previous four challengers inside three rounds.
|Boyd Melson honored for charity work|Press Release:
Junior middleweight Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson received the Humanitarian Award from the WBC last weekend in San Francisco.
A success since first putting on a pair of gloves as a Plebe (freshman) while attending West Point, Melson won various tournaments as an amateur prior and is coming off a career-best performance against Mike Ruiz in May. Since turning pro in 2010, Melson’s donated 100% of his fight purse earnings and helped raise more than $300,000 towards stem cell research in lieu of America ’s first clinical trial to help cure Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries. His ultimate goal is to see his best friend Christan Zaccagnino, who was paralyzed from her neck down from a childhood diving accident, walk again.
|Mayfield believes he's in the running for a Mayweather fight|
Press Release: After pound for pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) mentioned Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield (19-2-1, 11 KOs) as one of his possible opponents for his final contracted fight with Showtime, the San Francisco native had this to say: "I'm always ready to fight anyone anywhere," said Karim Mayfield. "The fact that the great Floyd Mayweather has mentioned me as someone he wants to fight in September [September 12th] is music to my ears. It would be an honor to fight Floyd in Las Vegas. He's done a lot for the sport and he's arguably the best fighter to ever lace em up. My last few fights have been at 140 pounds and I know the extra weight would make me more powerful."
|Froch: Will the Cobra Ante Up after his latest tweet?, By Ben Dean|
This past Sunday, British super middleweight Carl "The Cobra" Froch tweeted one sentence that caught the attention of the boxing world: "Too big & too strong for GGG..." Froch has not fought in over a year. There were some rumblings he wanted to fight Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, considered the world's most dangerous middleweight. But for the last month, Froch seemed to be heading toward retirement per reports from his promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing. With opponents, inlcuding world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, avoiding GGG like the plague, boxing fans were encouraged to hear Froch tweet, however cryptically, that he believed he could take out the middleweight star.
|Introducing Takuma Inoue|
Takuma Inoue W10 Anthony Geraldo... In Tokyo, teenaged Takuma Inoue (5-0) claimed the OPBF 115-pound title with a clear decision over Filipino Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-6-3). Inouye is nineteen years old and the younger brother of Naoya Inouye, who set a Japanese record by winning a world title (the WBC 108-pound championship) in his sixth pro bout. Takuma Inoue would have to win a world title in his next bout to match his brother's feat, but he might not be ready. Reports are that Inoue allowed Geraldo to rally a bit towards the end of the fight and suffered a knockdown in the tenth and final round. source: asian boxing info
|Who is Marcos Reyes?|
Press Release: One of the most recognizable names in boxing, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) will attempt to get back on the winning track when he meets Mexico’s Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) on Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday, July 18th from the Don Haskins Center at UTEP in El Paso, Texas. Chavez is a Mexican superstar [thanks to his father], the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., a six-time world champion in three weight classes. The elder Chavez is considered one of, if not the all-time greatest Mexican boxer. The younger Chavez is a former middleweight titlist. So who is Marcos Reyes?
|DVR alert for Garrett "GQ" Wilson fans|
Press Release: Tonight (Monday, July 6th) on various Comcast Networks, the June 20th King's Promotions event that featured Philadelphia's Garrett Wilson scoring a third-round stoppage over Anthony Caputo Smith for the Pennsylvania cruiserweight title will begin airing. That main event plus a barnbuner fight between Erik Spring and Robert Sweeney as well as other fights will be shown on The Comcast Network Mid Atlantic at 7 PM & The Comcast Network Philadelphia at 9 PM. The event, which was produced Gofightlive (GFL) will also have additional airings.
|Results from Ireland|
Jamie Conlan W10 Junior Granados ... Jamie Conlan is making a name for himself on the Irish boxing scene in the wake of his exciting points victory over Mexico's Junior Granados last night in Dublin. The Belfast 115-pounder took his record to 14-0 with a unanimous decision over Granados (13-3-1), but Conlan had to get up off the canvas twice to do it. Granados caught up with Conaln in the seventh round and floored him with a hard body shot, but Conlan rose before referee Mickey Vann completed his count to ten. With Granados going in to finish off Conlan, he backed up the Irishman on the ropes and floored him again, with Conlan showing his true fighting heart and getting up again to beat the count and see out the round. Inspired by the roar of sold-out crowd, Conlan came out firing in the eighth round to outwork Granados for the last two rounds and win on the judges’ scorecards with scores of 96-92, 95-92 and 95-93.
Tommy Langford TKO4 Julio Cesar Avalos ... In the chief supporting contest, middleweight Tommy Langford (13-0) cut down Julio Cesar Avalos (15-5) in four rounds. source for both results: frank warren website
|Guevara retains WBC minimumweight title|
Pedro Guevara W12 Ganigan López... In front of an adoring home crowd in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico's Pedro Guevara had to dig deep to defeat southpaw Ganigan López. Guevara retained the WBC 105-pound championship on scorecards of 116-112 (twice) and 117-111, but according to the WBC, the action seemed somewhat closer than the scores suggest. source: wbc
|Trinidad to attend Nevada HOF|
Press Release: Felix "Tito" Trinidad, an International Boxing Hall of Fame member beloved by fans for his sunny demeanor outside the ring and his devastating knockouts inside of it, announced he will attend the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend. The event will be held Friday, Aug. 7th and Saturday, Aug. 8th. The induction ceremony itself will be at Caesars Palace, where Trinidad scored several notable wins, on Aug. 8th. Trinidad, 42, was 42-3 with 35 knockouts in a career which saw him win world titles at welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight. He was 8-1 in nine fights in Nevada, including 2-0 in bouts at Caesars Palace.
|Taylor gets co-manager|
Press Release: D and D Management along with Mark Cipparone's Club 1957 Management have announced a joint venture in which the two companies will now co-manage junior welterweight Emanuel Taylor (18-4, 12 KO's) of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to establish a joint venture with Mark Cipparrone" said David Price of D and D management. "I have always had a lot of respect for him and I thought D and D and 1957 could complement instead of constantly compete with one another. "When we originally signed Emanuel Taylor he had already been signed with a local manager and we collectively functioned as co- managers. Emanuel no longer wanted his home based manager involved."
|Tony Harrison extends the legacy of Emanuel Steward|
Press Release: Tony Harrison earned a place in the heart of late trainer Emanuel Steward, who used Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym to mold boxers such as Thomas Hearns into champions. “Emanuel loved me and had faith in me like he did Tommy Hearns,” Harrison said. “There was nothing he wouldn’t do for me.” Before his death on Oct. 25, 2012, at the age of 68, Steward co-trained Harrison alongside Harrison's father, former pro boxer Ali Salaam. Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) will take Steward’s memory into the ring in his 154-pound bout against Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs) on July 11 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida, which airs on ESPN.
|The boxer known as Knockout CP Freshmart wins in Thailand|
Knockout CP Freshmart TKO4 Alexis Diaz... In Thailand, a 105-pound boxer known as Knockout CP Freshmart stopped Venezuela's Alexis Diaz in the fourth round of a battle of unbeatens. Freshmart, whose birth name is listed as Thammanoon Niyomtrong, was fighting in his home country, and the referee was certainly on his side. Freshmart was punishing Diaz, but decided to throw him to the canvas and the referee compliantly called it a knockdown. It ultimately didn't matter much as later in the same round, Freshmart put Diaz down again and the fight was legitimately stopped. Freshmart retains the WBA interim belt at 105 pounds and improves to 11-0. He's been on a very good run and deserves a true title shot. Diaz returns to Venezuela at 16-1. source: youtube video
|Chatman on Biosse fight: "sportsmanship is out the window"|
Press Release: A fight nearly two years in the making will finally come to fruition Friday, July 17th, 2015 as super middleweight Vladine Biosse faces Chris Chatman in the main event of CES Boxing's show at Twin River Casino. Those familiar with Chatman's no-nonsense, outspoken bravado know the Jersey City native is never one to mince words. The 5-foot-8 southpaw guarantees a win over "Mr. Providence" in a fight he's lobbied for since his most noteworthy victory at Twin River, a 2013 split-decision win over hometown favorite Thomas Falowo.
|GH3 signs O'Shanique Foster|
Press Release: Vito Mielnicki's GH3 Promotions announced the signing of junior lightweight O'Shanique Foster (6-0) to an exclusive promotional contract. Foster is from Beaumont, Texas and trains out of Houston. As an amateur, he was a two-time national Junior Golden Gloves champion, five-time Ringside National champion, National PAL champion and 2011 Houston Golden Gloves champion. He made it to the finals of the Olympic trials before losing to eventual Olympian Joseph Diaz. "GH3 Promotions is a great company. They have a lot of up and coming fighters. I grew up with (fellow GH3 fighters) Adam Lopez, Antoine Douglas and Jerry Odom." said Foster. "I am a boxer puncher. When people see me when I get to the television level fights, I think people will love my talent and style. I know the way Vito moves his fighters so I can expect to fight about seven times over the next twelve months."
|Haymon will fight the lawsuits|
Yesterday, Top Rank, Inc. sued Alan Haymon and related companies, challenging Haymon's business model on antitrust and Muhammad Ali Act grounds. The law firm hired by Haymon to defend the suit, Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel, quickly issued the following statement, and published it on the website of Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions: "On behalf of our clients Alan Haymon, Haymon Boxing LLC, Haymon Sports LLC and Haymon Holdings LLC: The lawsuit filed today by Bob Arum and Top Rank is entirely without merit and is a cynical attempt by boxing’s old guard to use the courts to undermine the accessibility, credibility and exposure of boxing that the sport so desperately needs. The Premier Boxing Champions series makes boxing free again, by bringing championship boxing to free TV, with a fighter-first promise and a commitment to the fans to restore boxing to the luster of its heyday. The continued success of this effort will far outlast this baseless lawsuit." Click below for the full story as it develops:
|Ben Dean's Mailbag, By Ben Dean|
You do a great job keeping us informed with the sweet science news. But, I really need you on this one, I'm probably b- type when it comes to the sport so I coming up a level getting at you. Since Danny Garcia is giving up the 140-pound titles and he is recognized as the man but didn't lose to anyone, how will the new kingpin of the 140-pound weight class be determined? Keep me posted.-- Don
|Introducing 16 year-old pro Leon Bauer|
Press Release: Germany’s youngest professional boxer, Leon Bauer (1-0, 1 KO) returns to the ring on July 18th in Halle on the undercard of Arthur Abraham-Robert Stieglitz IV. Having started his pro career off with the first-round stoppage of Kristof Mate, the 16 year-old super middleweight can expect a tougher test in his second paid outing against Misa Nikolic (20-35-2, 9 KOs), who at 37 is old enough to be Bauer’s father.
|Biosse returns home for Rhode Island bout|
Press Release: Super middleweight Vladine Biosse (15-6-2, 7 KOs), known in his hometown as "Mr. Providence," returns to Rhode Island for the first time in more than a year on Friday, July 17th, when he faces Chris Chatman (12-5-1, 5 KOs) of Jersey City, N.J., in the ten-round main event at Twin River Casino. The CES-promoted show also features a six-round welterweight bout matching Nick DeLomba (7-0, 1 KO) of Cranston, RI, and New Jersey southpaw Juan Rodriguez Jr. (12-2, 5 KOs).
|The enemy of my enemy is my friend: Golden Boy supports Top Rank lawsuit|
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions founder and chairman Oscar De La Hoya released the following statement today in the wake of Top Rank Boxing's lawsuit against Al Haymon and his affiliated entities: "I applaud Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing for stepping up on behalf of fighters not only in their own stable, but all across the sport. Those like Bob and myself who have spent the bulk of their lives around boxing understand that the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act is a crucial piece of legislation that serves to protect boxers and enhance the sport. Golden Boy Promotions will continue to push forward with our own lawsuit to ensure our wonderful sport continues to grow in a competitive, just manner." On May 6th, Golden Boy Promotions filed a $300 million lawsuit against Haymon and his related companies alleging repeated violation of antitrust laws and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. The case was filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles.
|Top Rank sues Haymon challenging Haymon's business model|
Top Rank, Inc. has sued Al Haymon and various Haymon-related entities in United States District Court, alleging that the Haymon entities violated United States anti-trust law and California's unfair competition act. The Nevada-based promoter's lawsuit alleges that "Haymon is rigging the boxing industry so they can act as manager, promoter, sponsor and ticket broker for nearly every major professional boxer competing in the United States, all in violation of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, the Sherman Act and a host of other state and federal laws." The lawsuit further complains that, "In order to stifle legitmate promoters from competing against [Haymon's company, Premiere Boxing Champions], Haymon has obtained exclusivity commitments from broadcasters" that keep his competitors off the airwaves. Haymon was resently named in a similar lawsuit by the other major American promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, and the Association of Boxing Commissioners has asked the United States Attorney General to investigate Haymon's practices.
|The Weekly Boxing Memo, By Ben Dean|
Bradley vs. Vargas: Timothy Bradley's win over Jessie Vargas on Saturday was largely a tale of two fights. For eleven and three quarter rounds, Bradley mostly piled up 10-9 rounds (although many were competitive). Vargas jabbed successfully at times, but seemed to have no defensive answer for Bradley's overhand right hand which landed largely at will. The shorter Bradley also landed hard body shots that seemed to take some of the steam out of Vargas. By the close of the seventh round, Vargas looked spent.
|Trainer: If Arthur Abraham loses, he should retire|Press Release:
With only 18 days to go before Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) defends his title against Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) in their fourth WBO super middleweight title contest, Abraham (pictured) and his coach Ulli Wegner opened the doors to their training camp at the Olympic Centre in Kienbaum, Germany. [The fight takes place on July 18th, with Abraham leading the all-German rivalry 2-1].
|Nadjib Mohammedi training camp report|Press Release:
On July 25th, Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) will face WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas live on HBO World Championship Boxing. For the biggest fight of his career, Mohammedi will have world-renowned trainer Abel Sanchez in his corner. Abel is best known for his work with current WBA middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin.
|Steed Woodall left UK to chase boxing dream|Press Release:
Unlike most British boxers who first establish themselves at home in the United Kingdom before fighting in the United States, Steed "The Stallion" Woodall packed up and moved 1½ years ago from Birmingham, England to Miami, Florida in order to pursue his boxing dream.
As an amateur, Woodall was a five-time England National Champion, two-time British Champion, and quarterfinalist in the World Youth Championships. His aggressive style so far seems suited for pro boxing, evident by his pro record of 7-0-1 with 5 KOs in the super middleweight division.
|Change in LA Fight Club main event|
Press Release: Due to illness there has been a change in the July 2nd main event of Fight Club LA. Previously scheduled main event fighter John Karl Sosa has pulled out of the Los Angeles show and Mexico City's Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez (25-3, 20 KOs) will now face replacement opponent Hevinson Herrera (17-10-1 11 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia in a ten-round junior welterweight bout airing live on Fox Deportes.