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|Dean on the Scene: Monday's Memo, By Ben Dean|
Jack-Dirrell: Badou Jack shocked not only Anthony Dirrell, but much of the boxing world Friday night in Chicago's UIC Pavillion. Boy was I wrong about this bout! Jack, the new WBC 168-pound titlist, answered every question about his chin, durability and heart. Dirrell is very dangerous for the first six rounds or so. But in retrospect, it seems significant that Dirrell doesn't have a KO beyond six rounds. Once this bout moved beyond my official prediction (Dirrell KO6), Jack's odds of winning increased substantially. If you look at the bout from that point on, he walked Dirrell down and took the fight to him. Dirrell was supposed to be the rougher fighter, but Jack roughed him up down the stretch. I scored the fight seven rounds to five in favor of Jack or 115-113.
|Gesta to face Molina on April 30th|
Press Release: San Diego-based boxers, Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs) and Carlos Molina (17-2-1, 7 KOs) held an open workout session last week ahead of their upcoming April 30th bout at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. In 2012, Gesta failed in a bid for the IBF lightweight title, but he is now campaigning at 140 pounds. Molina is known for losses to Amir Khan and Adrien Broner. Here is what the two boxers had to say about each other:
|Late result: Charles Martin gets quick KO at MSG|Charles Martin TKO1 Tom Dallas...
On the Madison Square Garden undercard last night, heavyweight hopeful Charles Martin improved to 21-0-1 with 19 KOs by stopping Britain's Tom Dallas in the first round. Martin came out aggressively and hurt Dallas with a right hook. A short while later, Martin closed the show with a straight left hand that left Dallas doubled over and helpless, being supported by the ropes. The referee stopped the fight without a count. The bloodied Dallas still has a good record at 17-5 with 12 KOs but hadn't fought since 2013. Watch the brief fight here. source: youtube clip
|Klitschko defeats Jennings in a competitive fight, By Scott Shaffer|
Wladimir Klitschko W12 Bryant Jennings World heavyweight champion Wladmir Klitschko defeated Bryant Jennings by unanimous decision in New York City's Madison Square Garden Saturday. Although the verdict cannot be seriously questioned, the relatively inexperienced Jennings made it a surprisingly competitive fight. The official scores favored Klitschko 116-111 (twice) and an unjust 118-109. Boxingtalk had Klitschko winning 115-112. Punchstat numbers showed the close nature of the contest, with Klitschko outlanding Jennings 114-109. Klitschko has been so dominant over the past eleven years that even a couple of lost rounds to Jennings mad it feel like he was on the verge of being upset. There were no knockdowns but Klitschko was penalized one point for excessive holding. Klitschko barely threw any right hands, but told HBO afterwards, "My right hand is OK. Bryant didn't give me a chance to throw the right hand as much as I wanted." Finally in the twelfth round, Klitschko landed a straight right that hurt Jennings, bloodied his mouth, and put an end to any thoughts of an upset. Still, Jennings' stock rose despite the defeat, and he remains a viable top ten contender. source: hbo
|Verdejo continues to rise in lightweight division, By Scott Shaffer|
Felix Verdejo KO5 Maro Antonio Lopez... Fighting in his native Puerto Rico, lightweight Felix Verdejo improved to 17-0 with 13 KOs when he stopped Mexico's Maro Antonio Lopez (24-6 with 15 KOs) with a left hook in the fifth round. Verdejo's left caused Lopez to take a knee in the fifth, and from there, Verdejo flipped into knockout mode, landing several hard shots that sent Lopez down again. The referee did not bother to count even as Lopez staggered to his feet. It was the fifth loss for Lopez in his last seven bouts. source: top rank website / youtube
|Sadam Ali defeats Francisco Santana, By Scott Shaffer|
Sadam Ali W10 Francisco Santana... Sadam Ali opened the HBO tekecast from Madison Square Garden in New York City with a ten-round victory over Francisco Santana. Ali, a New Yorker who made it to the 2008 Olympics, prevailed in the welterweight bout by unanimous decision. Santana seemed to land heavier punches, but not as many as Ali, and while Santana continually pressed the action, his aggression wasn't quite effective enough to overcome Ali's superior movement and ring generalship. Ali carried the scorecards by 97-93 (twice) and a too-wide 100-90. According to Punchstats, ALi outlanded Santana 196 punches to 153. With the win, Ali improves to 22-0, while Santana lost for the first time since 2011 and is now 22-4-1. source: hbo
|Signs point to disarray in Monroe's camp|
Three weeks out from his ambitious challenge of Gennady Golovkin, Willie Monroe, Jr. appears to be in disarray. With his training camp already disrupted by the arrest of his trainer, Tony Morgan, on drug dealing charges, the WBC has reported that Monroe will not comply with WBC regulations for safe weight loss. The WBC requires that thirty days before a fight, a boxer must weigh no more than 110% of the contracted weight. Since Monroe is a middleweight, that means 176 pounds. Monroe's penalty will be slim: he will be ineligible to win the WBC interim middleweight title that Golovkin holds, which is not a big deal because Golovkin's main belt is the WBA suer championship. Still, given the troubles of Monroe's trainer, and the fact that he is already a huge underdog against the man considered to be the world's best middleweight, this is not a good sign. The WBC released the following statement: "The World Boxing Council hereby informs that boxer Willie Monroe Jr. who will fight Gennady Golovkin on May 16th at The Forum in Los Angeles has notified via his promoter Art Pelullo from Banner Promotions, that he will not comply with the WBC safety requirements. Consequently, he will not compete for the WBC [interim] championship in possession of Gennady Golovkin and in case he wins, he will not be the mandatory opponent for Miguel Cotto’s championship... It is truly regrettable that Monroe has taken this decision; however the WBC will certainly cover him with life insurance and medical expenses benefit, as he is fighting in a WBC [interim] championship bout." --Scott Shaffer
|Bryant Jennings Interview “I am hungry and determined to become champion!”, By Benny "Big Dawg" Henderson Jr.|
Tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, to be televised live on HBO, heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (19-0 with 10 KOs) will get a crack at the heavyweight kingpin, Wladimir Klitschko (63-3 with 53 KOs). Jennings, from Philly, is aiming to hand out a loss to Klitschko, even though the big Ukrainian has not tasted defeat since a 2004 loss to Lamon Brewster. Jennings feels he has the tools to deliver, and in this exclusive interview, he speaks out on his upcoming fight.
|Badou Jack narrowly upsets Anthony Dirrell to claim WBC title|
Badou Jack W12 Anthony Dirrell… At the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Badou Jack (19-1-1) handed cancer survivor Anthony Dirrell his first loss to claim Dirrell's WBC super middleweight title. Jack's upset win came via majority decision that saw the 31-year-old Swede control the fight through the middle rounds, relying on a strong jab and a confident aggression to outpoint Dirrell (27-1-1). After a tense weigh-in, the bad blood looked like it carried over into the early going of the fight as Jack wrestled Dirrell into the ropes in the second round. Dirrell switched southpaw in the fourth round and started to fight more aggressively, but couldn’t sustain the pace. Jack dictated the pace of the fight through the middle rounds. The bigger puncher, Dirrell couldn’t get off that one big shot to stagger Jack, instead spending the night throwing counters that, in the end, narrowly came up short. Two official scorecards favored Jack, 116-112 and 115-113. The third had it even at 114-114. The fight was still up for grabs going into the twelfth round, and the judges split on how to score the final three minutes. Judge Robert Hecko favored Dirrell, leading to the even scorecard. Judge Rey Danseco favored Jack, which tipped his card to 115-113 and gave the title to Jack. Judge Hubert Minn, who turned in the 116-112 verdict, gave the final round to Jack. Coming in, the lone blemish on Dirrell’s record was a split draw with Sakio Bika in their first meeting, but Dirrell had claimed the vacant WBC title by defeating Bika in a rematch. source: premiere boxing champions
|Jacobs stops Truax late|
Danny Jacobs TKO12 Caleb Truax... In a chess match fight where the action was measured, Daniel Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) put on a strong defensive showing, largely shutting out Caleb Truax (25-2-2, 15 KOs) en route to a twelth-round stoppage at Chicago’s IUC Pavilion on Friday night. Jacobs switched between a southpaw and orthodox stance from time to time, never enabling Truax to get in to any kind of rhythm. Though he was clearly in control of the fight, Jacobs hammered away at Truax in the later rounds and earned a knockdown in round twelve when he sent his opponent flying into the ropes. Moments later Jacobs finished the normally durable Truax, who suffered the first knockout loss of his career. source: premiere boxing champions
|Roberto Garcia earns decision win in Chicago|
Roberto Garcia W8 James Stevenson... James Stevenson knocked down Roberto Garcia in the first round with an uppercut. However, Garcia got up and Stevenson didn't have any answer for Garcia's pressure over the remainder of their eight-round welterweight bout in Chicago. Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) controlled the tempo of the fight the rest of the way to cruise to a unanimous decision as the more experienced Garcia drew on his ring smarts to outlast his younger foe. Stevenson (22-2, 15 KOs) was active in the early going, going back to the well on the uppercut, but Roberto Garcia had it measured. Stevenson never landed another one as good as the one he stuck in the first. At the end of the third round, Stevenson dropped a shoulder and tried to tackle Garcia. But after the halfway mark, Stevenson was gassed. It all added up to scores of 77-74 and 78-73 (twice) as Garcia extended his win streak to nine fights, going back to a 2010 loss to Antonio Margarito. source: premiere boxing champions
|Predictions for Spike TV tonight, By Ben Dean|
On Friday night from UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Premier Boxing Champions returns to Spike TV. In the main event, undefeated Anthony Dirrell hopes to keep his WBC 168-pound title in a defense against Badou Jack. The broadcast will also feature Daniel Jacobs taking on Caleb Truax in a middleweight contest. Jacobs is the WBA regular middleweight titlist. Click below for Ben Dean's predictions.
|Fox Deportes to air from Mexico City tonight|
Press Release: Fox Deportes and Claro Sports will be in Mexico City, tonight (Friday, April 24th), as 140-pounder Roberto "Massa" Ortiz returns in a ten-round bout against Juan Jesus "Burbuja" Rivera. In a female bout, hometown favorite Judith "La Peligrosa" Rodriguez faces Guadalupe "Lupita" Martinez at 115 pounds. Opening up the televised action, Adan "Speedy" Mares of Guadalajara takes on Luis "Titan" Sanchez of Cancun in an eight-round lightweight fight.
|Andre Ward to face Paul Smith on Black Entertainment Network|
Press Release: BET Networks has announced it is stepping into the ring with Roc Nation Sports as their exclusive broadcast partner to air live throne boxing events on the network. The partnership will result in up to nine live, two-hour telecasts of Roc Nation Sports throne boxing events over the next 18 months. The first main event fight to air on BET Networks will feature world super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) facing Paul Smith (35-5, 20 KOs) of England on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Ward's hoetown of Oakland, California. [Smith is coming off consecutive losses to Arthur Abraham in WBO title fights].
|Heavyweight Charles Martin added to Klitschko show|
Press Release: Heavyweight “Prince” Charles Martin of St. Louis, Missouri, will face England’s Tom Dallas (17-4 with 12 KOs) this Saturday, April 25th at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The ten-round bout will be part of the undercard of Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight championship defense against Bryant Jennings. Martin (20-0-1 with 18 KOs) will be making the third start of his 2015 campaign. “It’s an honor to be fighting at Madison Square Garden, the same building Ali vs. Frazier took place along with so many other legendary heavyweight battles. Dallas is a big, strong boxer that doesn't run and comes to fight."
|Dean on the Scene: Klitschko-Jennings analysis and prediction, By Ben Dean|
On Saturday April 24th in New York City's Madison Square Garden, world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitshcko will make his stateside return to defend his heavyweight crown against Bryant Jennings. Fighting in America for the first time since a 2008 win over Sultan Ibragimov, Klitschko fights the Philadelphian as the second bout of a three-fight HBO deal he inked earlier this year. Here is how Ben Dean breaks it down:
|Foot Locker launches new Pacquiao commercial|
Press Release: Foot Locker, Inc. today debuted a new television spot, “It’s Really Happening,” in celebration of the May 2nd Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout. Foot Locker is a Pacquiao sponsor and says that the new commercial builds on Foot Locker’s “Week of Greatness” spot from November 2014. Week of Greatness ended with Pacquiao believing the fight was happening back then. In the new commercial, Pacquiao’s business manager tells him that the fight really is going to happen, which at first surprises Pacquiao, who again reacts with the same elation from the the original spot. “Our original Week of Greatness spot... parodied the well-documented opposition of the fighters to agree upon a deal,” said Stacy Cunningham of Foot Locker. “So when the two sides finally announced that a deal had been made, we saw an opportunity to follow up, tapping into the hilarity of the original spot."
|Pacquiao sparring partner Sims set for MSG undercard|
Press Release: Junior welterweight Kenneth Sims Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) will return to the ring this Saturday at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Wladmir Klitschko vs. Kris Jennings. Sims Jr. will face Luis Rodriguez (3-2, 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. Sims was a chief sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao, getting him ready for his super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
|Mayweather-Pacquiao officials named|
According to the WBC, Kenny Bayless will referee the May 2nd super fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. The job of appointing the referee, as well as the three scoring judges belongs to the Nevada Athletic Commission, which named Bert Clements, Dave Moretti and Glenn Feldman as the judges. “Kenny Bayless is an excellent Choice. He's a referee who has experience, having worked in great bouts. He's very capable of taking the correct actions,” WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman explained. --Scott Shaffer
|Harrahs Philadelphia hosts boxing this Saturday|
Press Release: This Saturday night (April 25th), boxing returns to Harrahs Philadelphia with a show promoted by King's Promotions and XFE. In the main event, lightweight Omar Douglas (13-0, 10 KOs) will see action in an six-round bout when he takes on Jose Angel Beranza (36-32-2, 28 KOs) of Tepito, Mexico. In an eight-round welterweight bout, Javonte Starks (11-0, 7 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN will take Jeremiah Wiggins (10-3-1, 5 KOs) of Newport News, VA.
|Norway update: new foe for Lihaug|
Press Release: Norwegian super middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (11-1, 6 KOs) says he is in top shape for his May 2nd bout. Lihaug is now slated to face Istvan Zeller (18-6, 6 KOs) in Copenhagen after scheduled opponent Giuseppe Brischetto was ruled out with a knee injury. Lihaug is currently in Spain putting the finishing touches to his preparations following a full training camp in Berlin. Undeterred by his change of opponent, Lihaug his hard work will show in the ring. "I can’t take Zeller lightly. He has eighteen wins on his record so I know he can box, but if I do what I’ve been doing in training, I think I can stop him. I just need to connect with my punches. He has fast feet, so will make it difficult, but if I keep the pressure on him, sooner or later I’m going to catch him and when I do we will see if he can stand up to my power.’’ Lihaug is one of three Norwegians in action on the Denmark show. Super middleweight slugger Simen Smaadal (9-1, 4 KOs) takes on Volodymyr Borovskyy (21-58-2, 10 KOs), while light heavyweight hopeful Alexander Hagen (6-1, 2 KOs) tackles the Latvian Olegs Fedotovs (19-20, 13 KOs).
|Mayweather-Pacquiao ticket impasse reportedly solved|
According to Yahoo! Sports, the disputes that caused tickets for the May 2nd Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao blcokbuster fight in Las Vegas to be withheld from sale have now been resolved, and a very small numnber of tickets will be made available to the public. The story credits CBS chief executive officer Leslie Moonves with negotiating solutions with Al Haymon (Mayweather's advisor) and Bob Arum (Pacquaio's promoter). CBS is the parent compnany of Showtime, who along with HBO will produce and distribute the pay-per-view show. The disputes were said to resolve around ticket allocations, hotel rooms and credentials. The contract between the respective promoters and the venue, the MGM Grand, now has to incorporate the new terms and be signed. --Scott Shaffer
|Kazuto Ioka now a three-division champ|
Kazuto Ioka W12 Juan C. Reveco... Fighting in his hometown of Osaka, Japan, Kazuto Ioka defeated Argentina's Juan Carlos Reveco by majority decision to win the WBA 112-pound title on Wednesday. Ioka is now a three-division titlist in just 18 pro fights, having previously won the WBC 105-pound title and the WBA and WBC titles at 108 pounds. Reveco, making his eighth defense, got off to a good start but Ioka dominated the later rounds at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium on his way to becoming the second Japanese fighter to win world titles in three different weight classes. Official scores were 115-113, 116-113 and 114-114. Reveco, who held the title since 2013, and had not lost since 2007, falls to 35-2. Ioka (17-1) was making his second attempt at a flyweight title, having lost to IBF ruler Amnat Ruenroeng last year. The win no doubt brings great personal satisfaction to Ioka, as his uncle, Hiroki Ioka, was like Kazuto, a WBC 105-pound and WBA 108-pound champion. Uncle Hiroki failed three times during 1993-1997 to win the belt that Kazuto captured today. source: associated press
|Denmark update: Micki Nielsen out with pneumonia|
Press Release: Micki Nielsen has withdrawn from a scheduled May 2nd cruiserweight bout against Junior Anthony Wright after contracting pneumonia. The main event, to take place at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen will be replaced by a bout featuring Micki's older brrother, Patrick Nielsen (24-1, 12 KOs)in a ten-round super middleweight contest against Ruben Eduardo Acosta (30-11-5, 10 KOs). "It’s disappointing for Micki,’’ said promoter Nisse Sauerland. "He had trained hard and was looking forward to defending his title against Wright, but his health must come first. Patrick fought just last month, winning an eighth-round technical knockout victory over George Tahdooahnippah. The South American Acosta has challenged Robert Stieglitz in a filed WBO world title bid.
|El Harrak looking forward to underdog role|
Press Release: In less than two weeks, junior middleweight Sid El Harrak will face Chris Pearson as part of the historic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He loves being considered the underdog against the 11-0 Pearson, who is promoted by Mayweather. “I have a lot of pride and knowing that I’m coming into this fight as the B-side pushes me that much more. I love the fact that Pearson’s supposed to be 'the guy' in this fight. If I fought who he did, I’d be undefeated. At the same time, had he faced the opponents I did under the same circumstances, he’d have a few losses. To be honest, I’m sick of thinking about him. This is the most eager I’ve been for a fight in my career and I can’t wait to show everybody what I can do on May 2nd.”
|Broadway Boxing headed off-Broadway to Westchester|
Press Release: In February, for the first time in its 12-year existence, DiBella Entertainment brought its popular Broadway Boxing series north and headed to the suburbs of Westchester County. The result was a sold-out event. On Friday, May 8th, the series will return to the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY, with a nine-bout card. Headlining wil be Westchester County-native Boyd Melson (14-1, 4 KOs), as he takes on fellow New Yorker Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9KO's) in a ten-round battle at 154 pounds.
|Canelo: "I am ready to fight tomorrow if needed"|
Press Release: Former world junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) hosted a media workout on Monday, April 20th at the House of Boxing in San Diego in advance of his fight against Texas' James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) on May 9th. Alvarez-Kirkland will take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston, with HBO World Championship Boxing broadcasting. Alvarez, promoter Oscar De La Hoya, manager/co-trainer, Chepo Reynoso and head trainer Eddy Reynoso were all on hand for the media day. Below is what Team Canelo had to say:
|Mayweather-Pacquiao to take a place in welterweight history|
Press Release: It has often been said that “as the heavyweight division goes, so goes boxing,” but that has not always been the case and, in fact, might not even be valid when viewed from a comprehensive perspective dating back to the late 19th century. In Boxing, German author Bertram Job’s epic, 420-page coffee-table dissertation on all aspects of the sweet science, he writes that, “Elegance is the trademark of the slim and nimble stars in the under 147-pound weight class that has attracted insiders and admirers of beauty like no other.” And so it is with what will be another benchmark entry in the rich history of the division when, on May 2nd at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on pay-per-view, welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) takes on fellow titlist Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) in a unification showdown that will be the richest in the sport’s history, and which has drawn comparisons to some of the premier matchups in a weight class imprinted with that elegant trademark to which Job referred.
|Jennings arrives in New York City|Press Release:
Heavyweight challenger Bryant "By-By" Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs) has arrived in New York City for his upcoming championship bout against Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs). Jennings, from nearby Philadelphia, challenges for the world heavyweight championship this Saturday in New York's legendary Madison Square Garden. The bout
will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing in the United States and on RTL in Germany.
Tickets may be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office, www.TheGarden.com and www.Ticketmaster.com.
|Dominican titlist rewarded with fight in Germany|Press Release:
Despite a modest 13-20 record, Diana Garcia of the Dominican Republic is a tough foe, as she proved in her most recent bout when she won the Dominican female super featherweight title, dominating and eventually stopping the highly favored Marisol Reyes in ten rounds. Her efforts are being rewarded with a trip to Germany where she will face
Melanie Zwecker on Saturday April 25th at the Pfinzhalle in Dettenheim, Germany. The bout will be a ten-round featherweight contest.
Zwecker (6-0) turned pro in December 2012, and holds a May 2014 win via unanimous decision over another Dominican, Grecia Nova. The 31 year-old Zwecker stayed busy with a first round knockout of Kristina Boras from Croatia in a non title-bout last December.
|Dean on the Scene: this week's boxing memo, By Ben Dean|
Terence Crawford puts junior welters on notice: Terence Crawford looked sensational in stopping once-defeated Thomas Dulorme, in his 140-pound debut, in Arlington, Texas this weekend. Crawford got off to a very patient (if not slow) start. Dulorme had some solid rounds through the first five just by being more active. But Crawford, the consummate boxer was apparently just taking inventory and warming up. Crawfird was busy in a different way: he was scanning the ring and analyzing what Dulorme could offer him. Crawford's analysis culminated in the sixth round where he exploded with a huge right hand. He went in for the kill but in a professionally responsible manner. He never got wild...he just unleashed a very clinical execution (much the way Bernard Hopkins used to). He was methodical, varied his punch sequences nicely, and never loaded up.
|Greg Cohen bringing Tony Luis right back in June|
Press Release: Professional boxing is returning to Niagara Falls, NY's Seneca Casino on Friday, June 26th. CBS Sports Network will televise, with a ten-round main event featuring Canadian lightweight Tony "Lightning" Luis (19-3, 7 KOs) against an opponent TBA. This past weekend, Luis dropped a close decision to Derry Mathews in Liverpool, England. In the co-feature, 154-pounder "Hurricane" Dennis Hogan (21-0-1, 7 KOs), of Australia, via Kildare, Ireland, will take on comebacking Kenny Abril (14-7-1, 7 KOs) of Rochester, New York.
|Omar Figueroa moving up to 140 for CBS fight|
Press Release: Unbeaten Omar Figueroa is stepping up to 140 for the first time in his career when he takes on Ricky Burns at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, on May 9th for a Premier Boxing Champions card airing live on CBS at 4 p.m ET/1 p.m. PT. The step up won’t be a tough one for Figueroa, a former WBC lightweight titlist who walks around at 160 to 165 pounds when he’s not in training.
|Ramiro "El Lobito" Carrillo signs with Warriors|
Press Release: Warriors Boxing's newest promotional signee, Mexican-born, Chicago-based 140-pound Ramiro "El Lobito" Carrillo, will make his first appearance under his new promotional banner this Friday, April 24th on the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Carillo (7-0, 4 KOs) will be part of the undercard supporting the Spike TV-broadcast of Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs) vs. Badou Jack "The Ripper" (18-1, 12 KOs), a WBC super middleweight title fight. In the night's first televised bout, Daniel Jacobs (28-1, 25 KOs) will face Caleb Truax (25-1-2, 15 KOs) in a twelve-round WBA regular middleweight title bout.
|Results from Long Island, NY|
Joe Smith Jr. TKO2 Cory Cummings... Light heavyweight Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (18-1) stopped Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (18-9-1) in two rounds in Huntington, NY. There was no feeling out process as both fighters came charging out throwing bombs. The action was frenzied as both guys landed big shots standing toe to toe. A left hook by Smith midway through the second round put Cummings flat on his face but miraculously he made it his feet before the count of ten. Cummings stayed on his feet and continued trading with Smith but finally put together a flurry of hard punches causing referee Sammy Viruet to call a halt to the action at 2:10 of round two. source: star boxing
|Matthysse-Provodnikov post-fight quotes|
Press Release: The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York saw Lucas "La Maqina"" Matthysse (37-3, 34 KO's) take a majority decision victory over "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KO's) in a twelve-round junior welterweight bout. Provodnikov was cut badly in round two from an accidental headbutt. Matthysse targeted the eye but Provodnikov walked through every shot. Provodnikov came back later in the round with some solid combinations and landed some furious shots to Matthysse's head. The bout turned into a war as Matthysse landed combinations from distance and Provodnikov continued to come forward and brawl. Provodikov had a strong round eleven as he landed a hard left to the top of the head that buckled Matthysse but Matthysse on via majority decision with scores of 115-113 twice and 114-114.
|Fonfara-Chavez post-fight quotes|Press Release:
Confident and determined, Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) spoiled the ring return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) in resounding fashion Saturday night, flooring the former middleweight title holder en route to a one-sided ninth-round TKO in Carson, California.
Fonfara, of Chicago by way of Radon, Poland, dropped Chavez, of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, with a wide left hook 50 seconds into the ninth round before a boisterous crowd of 8,636 predominately-Chavez fans. It was the first time in 52 professional fights that Chavez had hit the canvas from a punch.
|Crawford looks sensational at 140, By Ben Dean|
Terence Crawford W10 Thomas Dulorme... In Arlington Texas, 2014 fighter of the year Terence Crawford made his junior welterweight debut by winning a sixth round technical knockout over Thomas Dulorme. Crawford hadn't been very active through the first five rounds, but looked absolutely explosive in the sixth, capturing the vacant WBO 140-pound title. Crawford, a former lightweight titlist, is now 26-0, while Dulorme drops to 22-2. source: hbo
|More results from Verona, New York: Eddie Gomez wins|
Eddie Gomez TKO5 Jonathan Batista ... Going on before the HBO telecast in Verona, New York, Eddie "E-Boy" Gomez (18-1, 11 KOs) of The Bronx, New York started the night with a technical knockout victory over the Dominican Republic's Jonathan Batista (14-6, 7 KOs), when Batista could not answer the bell to start round six in their 154-pound bout.
Patrick Teixeira KO2 Patrick Allotey ... Patrick Teixeira (25-0, 21 KOs) of Brazil faced off against Ghana's Patrick Allotey (30-2, 24 KOs) in a middleweight bout. Both fighters came at each other aggressively in the first round in an exciting exchange of hard punches. Teixeria put an end to the fight in the second round as he delivered a blow to Allotey's body, knocking him down to win the fight via knockout. source for all results: banner promotions
|More Showtime results: Imam, Flores score wins in California|
Amir Imam W10 Walter Castillo... In the first half of Showtime's doubleheader from Carson, California, junior middleweight Amir Imam (17-0, 14 KOs) won a lopsided ten-round decision over Walter “The Hammer” Castillo. The talented Imam, 24, controlled a fight that featured numerous exchanges especially early on with a left jab and straight right hand.
Moises Flores W12 Oscar Escandon... On the same card, as broadcast on Showtime Extreme, Moises “El Chucky” Flores (23-0, 16 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico won a thrilling twelve-round split decision over Oscar Escandon (24-2 16 KOs), of Tolima, Colombia. Flores captured the WBA's third-tier interim belt at 122 pounds with the victory. source for all results: showtime press release
|Matthysse gives Provodnikov a bloodbath, but the Siberian Rocky doesn't stop coming, By Ben Dean|
Lucas Matthysse W12 Ruslan Provodnikov... In Verona New York, Lucas Matthysse prevailed by majority decision over Ruslan Provodnikov in a twelve-round junior welterweight slugfest. Provodnikov was a bloody mess: he had a cut over his left eye that was bigger than the eye itself, but like his namesake, the Siberian Rocky kept coming forward, seemingly impervious to pain. Two official scores favored Matthysse by 115-113, with the third even at 114-114 draw. HBO's Harold Lederman scored it a draw, but Punchstats showed Matthysse outlanding Providnikov by a wide margin, 327-201. source: hbo
|Fonfara exposes and stops Chavez, Jr., By Scott Shaffer|
Andrzej Fonfara TKO9 Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. ... Andrzej Fonfara scored a career-best win in Carson, California, stopping Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. at the end of nine mostly one-sided rounds. Fonfara floored Chavez in the ninth round, and the bout was stopped prior to the beginning of the tenth. It appeared that Chavez himself asked for the fight to be stopped. Chavez, a former middleweight titlist known for his dislike of serious training, had blown up to light heavyweight for this fight. Fonfara, best known for a competitive loss to world light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, improves to 27-3. Chavez (48-2-1) suffered his first career knockdown and first stoppage loss. He will have no choice but to return in the super middleweight division in order to remain marketable, if not viable. source: showtime
|Jesse Reid to train Trey Lippe-Morrison|
Press Release: Undefeated heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison is now being trained by Hall of Famer Jesse Reid. Overall, Reid has trained more than 20 past or present champions including Johnny Tapia, Hector Camacho, Orlando Canizales, Bruce Curry, Roger Mayweather, Reggie Johnson and Paul Spadafora. “This is a big change from Oklahoma but one I needed,” said Lippe-Morrison, who started camp a few days ago. “I’m extremely grateful that Jesse is training me. He’s a legend and we clicked immediately. A dynamic puncher who draws comparisons to his father, the late Tommy Morrison, Lippe-Morrison is 7-0 with all of his victories coming by knockout. Lippe-Morrison’s next bout is expected to take place in May at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.
|Mathews edges out Luis at home|
Derry Mathews W12 Tony Luis... In England, local lightweight Derry Mathews (38-9-2) defeated Canada's Tony Luis by a very narrow unanimous deicison. Luis (19-3) was a late replacement after two prior opponents for Mathews fell out. Official scores were 114-112 (twice) and 115-112, with each man penalized a point in round eight. The win gives Mathews the paper WBA interim title. Matthews' promoter Frank Warren tweeted: "What a war that was, fair play to Tony Luis his all action style helped to make that one of the best fights in the UK this year so far." The Canadian Boxiana webstite had Luis winning. source: liverpool echo/ twitter
|ESPN2 wrap-up: Tony Harrison keeps rolling|
Tony Harrison TKO3 Pablo Munguia … Rapidly rising junior middleweight Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) of Detroit needed just three rounds to stop Mexico's Pablo Munguia (20-7, 11 KOs) in Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Casino. Harrison floored Munguia near the end of round two, and a concerned referee stopped the contest just eleven seconds into the third round. source: espn
|Results from Minnesota: Barroso wins big|
Dennis Hogan W10 Tyrone Brunson... On the CBS Sports Network show from Hinckley, Minnesota, Australian junior middleweight Dennis Hogan won a unanimous ten-round decision over Philadelphia's Tyrone Brunson in the main event. Hogan is now 21-0-1 while Brunson slips to 22-5-1 with all his losses coming in his last six bouts.
Ismail Barrosso KO1 Ira Terry... Also on the Minnesota card, Ismail Barrosso knocked out Tennesse's Ira Terry with a straight left to the head in the closing moments of the first round of their lightweight bout. Barroso, gaining a reputation as a big puncher, improves to 18-0-2 with 17 KOs. Terry, a former featherweight who now gets stopped regularly, falls to 26-14.
Joey Abell TKO3 Travis Fulton... Minnesota heavyweight Joey Abell returned from more than a year of inactivity by stopping Travis Fulton (22-39-1) in the third round. Abell injured his ankle, but bravely fought on and stopped Fulton while limping around the ring.
Jarrell Miller TKO1 Ray Ochieng ...New York heavyweight Jarrell Miller (12-0-1) stopped Kenya's Ray Ochieng (26-19-3) near the end of the first round. Ochieng was down once. source for all results: minnesotaboxing.com
|HBO weigh-in results from Verona, NY|
Press Release: Argentina's Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) will fight Ruslan Provodnikov "The Siberian Rocky" (24-3, 17 KOs), in Verona, New York tonight. Tickets are now sold out but fans can catch all the action live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. Here are the boxers' weigh-in results: Ruslan Provodnikov 139.5 - Lucas Matthysse 139,
|Hamzaoui to face Vlajk in woemn's flyweight bout|
On Saturday (April 25th), female flyweight Amira Hamzaoui (11-1) from France will square off with Hungary's Alexandra Vlajk (7-1) in her hometown of Epernay. The 29-year-old Hamzaoui turned pro in November 2011 and suffered her sole loss vying for the French national title in November 2013, losing to undefeated Laetitia Arzalier. The southpaw rebounded with a routine victory five months later, and in October 2014, Hamzaoui handed Raja Amasheh her first pro loss in Germany, a career-best victory for Hamzaoui. The 35 year-old Vlajk also only has one loss on her ledger, a decision defeat to fellow Hungarian Renata Domsodi in March 2014. Vlajk has since put together two decisive victories. source: wbf
|Showtime weigh-in report: Chavez is 171.25|
Press Release: Julio Chavez Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara, a twelve-round light heavyweight bout takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will air on Showtime. Both men weighed in at 171½ pounds today. Rumor has it that if Chavez wins tomorrow, he could be in line for a shot at world light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. Also on the Showtime broadcast Amir Imam faces Walter Castillo in a ten-round junior welterweight showdown. Imam outweighed Castillo today 140 to 138. Click below for the weights of boxers slated for the Showtime Extreme broadcast:
|South Africa to host WBC cruiserweight eliminator|
Press Release: Main Events, in conjunction with Ludonga Promotions, will be hosting a WBC cruiserweight eliminator on May 16th in Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu's native Durban, South Africa, at the ICC Centre, against an opponent who many say is Africa's finest cruiserweight Junior Makabu.
|Dean on the Scene: Matthysse-Provodnikov prediction, By Ben Dean|
On April 18th in Verona, New York, Ruslan "Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov will square off with Lucas "The Machine" Matthysse, in what is anticipated to be a sure-fire fight of the year candidate. Until recently, these two (along with Danny Garcia) were considered the cream of the 140-pound division. This is a 50/50 fight that I could see ending in a draw. But if you twist my arm, I pick...
|ESPN2 Weigh-in report from Connecticut|
Press Release: The official weigh-in was held today for tonight's ESPN2 Friday Night Fights triple-header at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena. The main event pits undefeated junior middleweight prospect Tony Harrison against Pablo Munguia in a ten-round junior middleweight bout. Harrison ouweights Munguia 154½ to 153 pounds. Click below for the rest of the boxers' weights:
|Cotto-Geale official for June 6th|
Miguel Cotto Promotions, Gary Shaw Promotions, and of course Roc Nation Sports, have formally announced world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto's next fight. On June 6th, at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center, Cotto will defend vs. Australia's Daniel Geale. A former WBA and IBF middleweight titlist, Geale (31-3) defeated Felix Sturm in 2012, was destroyed by Gennady Golovkin in 2014, but came back later in the year to defeat the decent Darren Fletcher. Geale is not Cotto's opponent of choice for most fans, but HBO will televise the fight and Barclays will likely be full of Cotto diehards celebrating Puerto Rican Day weekend. --Scott Shaffer
|New opponent for Noel Gevor|
Press Release: Cruiserweight Noel Gevor (16-0, 9 KOs) will face a new challenge in Berlin on April 25th. Original opponent Stjepan Vugdelija has withdrawn, and has been replaced by Mohamed Azzaoui (26-3, 8 KOs). Gevor is currently in Warsaw training alongside Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, as the Pole prepares for his WBC title challenge vs. Grigory Drozd. On hearing the news of his change of opponent the 24 year-old Gevor said: "Azzaoui is a tough opponent who has shared the ring with many talented fighters, including IBF champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez. So now, I'm even more motivated for this fight. I look forward to showing the fans in Berlin what I can do on April 25th."
|CBS Sports Network weigh-in report from Minnesota|
Press Release: The finalized undercard has been announced for Friday's (April 17th) CBS Sports Network show at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota. Topping the untelevised action will be heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (11-0-1, 9 KOs) from Brooklyn, NY taking on Kenya's Raymond Ochieng (26-18-3, 21 KOs) in a six-rounder. Also on the undercard will be the return of local heavyweight "Minnesota Ice" Joseph Abell (29-8, 28 KO's) taking on Travis Fulton (22-38-1, 21 KO's) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, in a six-rounder. Here are the boxers' weights:
Dennis Hogan 153.5 vs. Tyrone Brunson 153
Ismael Barroso 135 vs. Ira Terry 130.5
|Masternak prepares for Argentine opponent next week|
Press Release: Cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (34-2, 24 KOs) says he will make "The Man of Stone" Ruben Angel Mino (26-2, 26 KOs) crumble on April 25th at the Columbia Hall in Berlin. Following a victory over [faded] former world cruiserweight king Jean-Marc Mormeck, Masternak hopes to be on his way to a world title challenge. However first, the Polish puncher must overcome the Argentinian knockout artist Mino, a man who has never heard the final bell, with his twenty-six victories and two defeats all ending in stoppages.
|Saturday's Long Island co-feature announced|
Press Release: Star Boxing's April 18th show at The Paramount in Huntington, NY will feature light heavyweight Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. (17-1) against and Cory "Black Ice" Cummings (18-8-1) over ten rounds, and a co-feature of lightweight Anthony Karperis (9-1) against Bayan Jargal (17-6-3). Also set for action will be cruiserweight Constantin Bejenaru (8-0) of Brooklyn, NY who battles it out with New Jersey's Dave Valykeo (4-4) over six rounds.
|Pacquiao stays classy, Roach talks trash|
Press Release: Yesterday, Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines hosted a Hollywood media workout at the Wild Card Gym with his trainer Freddie Roach (pictured) and promoter Bob Arum in advance of Pacquiao’s May 2nd welterweight world championship unification battle against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (47-0, 26 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here is what Pacquiao, Roach and Arum had to say:
|Will Bradley accept Bundrage's offer to "glove up"?, By Doveed Linder|
World middleweight champion Miguel Cotto's selection of Daniel Geale as his next opponent has forced IBF junior middleweight champion Conrelius "K-9" Bundrage to move on in search of his next fight. As always, K-9 is looking for the biggest fight available to him, and with Cotto off the table for now, he has turned his sights to former 140- and 147-pound champion Timothy Bradley. Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) reached out to Boxingtalk to let it be known that he is waiting to hear from Bradley regarding a challenge that was supposedly issued by Team Bradley.
|Quick Q&A with Mathysse & Provodnikov|
Press Release: Training camp is going smoothly for Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov as they continue to prepare for their showdown on Saturday, April 18th at Verona, New York's Turning Stone Resort Casino. The junior welterweight fight will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. Matthysse (pictured) has been training out his gym in Argentina and Provodinkov has been training out of the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Both fighters arrived at Turning Stone Resort Casino yesterday and took some time to do a photo-op at the hotel and answer a few questions about their training camp.
|Can Darnell Boone serve as spoiler yet again?|
Press Release: On Saturday night (April 18th) at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, PA, Phillip Jackson Benson faces perennial spoiler Darnell Boone in an eight-round super middleweight contest. Benson of Brooklyn, New York has a record of 15-1 with 14 KOs and has won twelve straight with eleven of those coming via the stoppage route. Boone of Atlanta, Georgia is known as one of the "toughest outs" in the sport and may have most deceiving record in boxing that reads 20-21-4 with 9 KOs. In the eight-round co-feature, welterweight Jamal James (15-0, 8 KOs) of Minneapolis, Minnesota will see action against Daniel Sostre (13-10-1, 5 KOs) of Highland, New York.
|Episode 1 of Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao gives Showtime Boxing a busy Saturday|
Press Release: Showtime will have a full night of boxing on Saturday. Episode 1 of the Showtime Sports' documentary series Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao premieres this Saturday (April 18th) immediately following Showtime Championship Boxing's broadcast of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andrzej Fonfara (which is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Showtime). Preliminary bouts will air from the StubHub Center in Carson, California on Showtime Extreme two hours prior to the beginning Showtime Championship Boxing.
|Gevor sparring with Wlodarczyk|
Press Release: Cruiserweight Noel Gevor (16-0, 9 KOs) will be back in action on April 25th. when he faces Croatia's Stjepan Vugdelija (11-4, 8 KOs) at the Columbia Hall in Berlin. Gevor returns to the German capital for the second time this year following a unanimous points victory over Alejandro Emilio Valori in February. Despite a positive result against the experienced Argentinian, the 24 year-old believes there is room for improvement against Vugdelija.
|Turning Stone undercard details|
Press Release: This Saturday (April 18th) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY, Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse and "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov face each other with Boxing After Dark televising as part of a split-site doubleheader (Terrence Crawford vs. Thomas Dulomre is the other telveised bout but will take place in a different venue). The non-televised fights from the Turning Stone are highlighted by Brazil's Patrick Teixeira (24-0, 20 KOs) in a ten-round junior middleweight bout against Patrick Allotey (30-1, 24 KOs) of Accra, Ghana.
|Mayweather quotables from open workout|
Press Release: More than 200 accredited press members descended upon Mayweather Boxing Club for Tuesday’s Floyd Mayweather Media Day. It was Mayweather’s first and only open training session before his welterweight world championship unification showdown against Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) on Saturday, May 2nd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on pay-per-view. Here is what Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs), Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. said Tuesday:
|Luis replaces Barroso in in UK Lightweight fight|
Edited Press Release: Venezuela's Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs) was hastily scheduled to face Derry Matthews in England, but the fight was announced without bothering to wait for Barroso's visa application. It turns out Barroso was unable to obtain the proper visas to fight in England. Instead, this Saturday (April 18th, Barroso will be replaced by Ontario, Canada's Tony "Lightning" Luis (19-2, 7 KOs), who faces Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for the WBA interim lightweight title at the Echo Arena in Matthews' hometown of Liverpool, England. Luis was originally scheduled to face Memphis, Tennessee's Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs) on a CBS Sports Network on Friday, April 17th in Hinckley, Minnesota. Barroso will take Luis' place in Hinckley against Terry in an eight-round bout. "It worked out well for everyone," said Greg Cohen, who promotes both Barroso and Luis. "Tony Luis was high enough in the ratings and ready to fight, so he's one of the few fighters in the world who could have stepped into this important fight on such short notice. He is on his way to the UK as we speak. Tony gets his dream shot at a world championship and the fans in Hinckley, and on CBS Sports Network, will get their first look at one of the most fearsome punchers in boxing, Ismael Barroso. So it seems that everyone wins in this unique situation."
|Ben Dean's Mailbag: Garcia-Peterson and Khan-Algieri, By Ben Dean|
What’s up Dean? You thought Danny Garcia's win over Lamont Peterson should have been scord a draw… are you serious? I’m a fan of both fighters. Lamont won every aspect of that fight! Danny did not make one adjustment the entire fight!
Ben's Response: Peterson got started a tad late for my liking. To me he should have started slightly earlier, because Garcia didn't seem to get the better of it when Peterson decided to be aggressive. I know Garcia is known as the big hooker, but there were several times they both threw, and Lamont's left hook got their first enabling him to duck Danny's looping hook...
|Bonus Bread: How have the judges treated Floyd over the years?, By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Bread, I'm boycotting the May 2nd fight Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao). The five-year debacle [delay in making the fight] has become too messy to me, and boxing doesnt need anymore of that. First the settlement of the lawsuit over Mayweather publicly accusing Pacquiao of taking steroids. Then Alex Ariza, Pacquioa's strength trainer, gets let loose from the Pacman camp, and Mayweather hires him, the very same guy they were saying was juicing Manny. Too messy... looking at the lead up, I can only draw one conclusion from this. Floyd is planning to KO Manny. Im wondering how smart his team is. I personally dont believe the powers that be will let "certain people" beat Rocky Marciano's record of 49-0. If this fight is anywhere debatibly close, it could be the opportune time to end Floyd's zero (undefeated record). Thing is, Manny couldnt get away from the right hand of Chris Algieri in his last fight. Juan Manuel Marquez flattened Manny twice with it. This also happens to be Floyd's best punch. This fight wont be what it would've been back in 2010. That alone turns me away. We as fans need to start demanding more from boxing as a whole....thoughts?-- J from htown
|Friday's Mohegan Sun undercard announced|
Press Release: DiBella Entertainment has announced the line-up for the non-televised segment of the April 17th show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (ESPN2 will air the featured bouts). On ESPN2, junior middleweight Tony Harrison (20-0, 17 KOs) of Detroit takes on Mexico's Pablo "Sepulturero" Munguia (20-6, 11 KOs) in the ten-round main event. In an eight-round featherweight co-feature for New England bragging rights, flashy Ryan "The Polish Prince" Kielczweski (22-0, 6 KOs) from Quincy, MA faces Danny Aquino (16-2, 10 KOs), a Mexican-born fighter who lives in nearby Meriden, CT. Here is the rest of the card:
|WBA appoints Darleys Perez to replace Richar Abril as lightweight titlist|
According to Greg Cohen Promotions, the WBA has stripped its Richar Abril of its lightweight title due to an ongoing illness that has rendered him unable to train. Abril will become the "champion in recess" which will perhpas entitle him to a title fight upon his return. Abril was scheduled to fight Derry Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) of the UK, and Cohen announced that Venezuelan southpaw Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KOs) will now face Matthews (37-9-2, 20 KOs) for WBA interim title at 135 pounds. The WBA already had an interim titlist, Darleys Perez, and the WBA website indicated Perez has been appointed as Abril's succesor. Meanwhile, Matthews-Barroso will take place in Matthews' hometown of Liverpool this Saturday, April 18th. -Scott Shaffer
|Undercard results from Bethlehem, PA|
Here are results from Friday nights' show in Bethlehem, PA, prior to the Boxcino semi-finals: Heavyweight Eric Newell won a four-round unanimous decision over Brandon Spencer. Newell of Bethlehem, PA won by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice)... Jon Bolden outworked Ed "Tex" Fountain and scored a six-round unanimous decision in a heavyweight bout. Bolden of New York won by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 58-56 and is now 7-10-1. Fountain of St. Joseph, MO is now 10-2... In the opening bout, South Carolina's Curtis Morton (3-4-2) upset Greg Jackson (5-2-1) via a six-round unanimous decision at welterweight. Morton dropped Jackson, from Philadelphia, in round five and won by scores of 60-53 (twice) and 58-55... Ricky Nuno turned pro with a four-round unanimous decision over Pat Kehoe (1-2) in a jr. middleweight bout... Cruiserweight Mike Liberto won his pro debut with a fourth round stoppage over Darnell Hayes (1-2). source: banner promotions
|Rigondeaux pursuing a reluctant Quigg|
Press Release: World super bantamweight world champion Guillermo "The Jackal" Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), recgonized by the WBA as its super champion, will travel to London next month in order to publicly confront his reluctant mandatory challenger, Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs), the WBA's regular champion in the same weight class. A month ago in an unusual move, Rigondeaux' manager Gary Hyde formally petitioned the WBA to enforce a mandatory title fight between his WBA super champion and Quigg. Hyde is awaiting the WBA's decision. Rigondeaux also holds the WBO title in addition to general recognitio as the world's best 122 pounder due to his victory over Nonito Donaire.
|Results from Laredo, Texas, By Christian Schmidt|
Oscar Valdes Jr. KO3 Jose Ramirez... Top Rank promoted a boxing show in Laredo, TX at the Laredo Energy Arena on Saturday April 11th. Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdes Jr. (16-0) of Nogales took on experienced Jose Ramirez (25-6-2) of Mazatlan, Mexico in the 130-pound main event. Valdes controlled from the opening bell. At one point in the second round, Valdes landed a straight right to the top of the head of Ramirez that nearly sent him down. In the third round, both fighters accidentally clashed heads. After that both fighters fought very recklessly and Valdes sent Ramirez to his knees with an off-balance left hook to the body. Ramirez grimaced in pain and was unable to get up before the count of ten.
Esquiva Falcao W6 Omar Rojas ... 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Esquiva Falcao (9-0) of Vitoria, Brazil took on South Texan Omar Rojas (3-3) in the middleweight division. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 on favor of Falcao.
|Chavez Jr. and Sr. talk about Saturday's fight|
Press Release: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. held a media workout on Friday at Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, Calif., as he prepares to make his Showtime Championship Boxing debut on April 18th, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Chavez, Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) will face Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) in a ten-round light heavyweight bout. Here’s what Chavez Jr., his father, the great Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. (pictured) and Joe Goossen (trainer) had to say Friday at the Los Angeles-area gym:
|Robert and Casey Guerrero working to increase bone marrow donor registrations|
Press Release: Welterweight contender Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero will join Arkansas Tech University and BeTheMatch.org in an effort to break the world record for bone marrow registries in a 24-hour period. In addition, the group will attempt to break the 1-hour world record for registries as well. Arkansas Tech's Be The Match bone marrow registry event will begin at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14th, and continue through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15th, on the university's campus. Joining "The Ghost" will be his wife, Casey Guerrero, who is a cancer survivor and a recipient of a bone marrow transplant from the BeTheMatch.org registry.
|Showtime Extreme line-up announced for crowded April 18th show|
Press Release: On Saturday April 18th, Showtime Extreme will air a boxing show featuring Oscar Escandon (24-1, 16 KOs) of Colombia facing Mexico's Moises “El Chucky” Flores (22-0, 1 NC, 16 KOs). The twelve-round bout, for Escandon's WBA 122-pound interim belt, takes place at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Showtime Extreme broadcast precedes the Showtime Championship Boxing edition headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) against Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs). Opening the Showtime Extreme telecast, Omar “El Businessman” Chavez (32-3-1, 22 KOs), younger brother of Chavez, Jr. will face Richard Gutierrez (28-15-1, 17 KOs) in an eight-round 154-pound contest.
|Abdul Khattab added to May 2nd Copenhagen show|
Press Release: Danish middleweight Abdul Khattab (11-0, 3 KOs) will face Howard Cospolite (11-4-1, 5 KOs) on May 2nd in Copenhagen. “Cospolite looks like a guy who wants to get into a brawl, but I will outsmart him and teach him a boxing lesson,” said the 22 year-old Khattab, oozing self-confidence.
|Errol Spence Jr. overwhelms Samuel Vargas|
Errol Spence Jr. TKO4 Samuel Vargas ... On the Brooklyn, NY Premiere Boxing Champions undercard, welterweight Errol Spence Jr. pounded away at Samuel Vargas with little return fire. Spence improved to 16-0 with 13 KOs by beating Samuel Vargas via fourth-round stoppage. Spence outlanded Vargas (20-2-1, 10 KOs) by a brutal punch differential of 135 to 15. There were no knockdowns, but by the fourth round, the referee had seen enough, stopping the fight. source: premiere boxing champions
|Results from Europe|
Jan Zaveck W12 Sasha Yengoyan…Slovenia's Jan Zaveck, a former IBF 147-pound titlist, moved up to 154 and defeated Sasha Yengoyan from Belgium. Despite a cut right eye in the first round, Zaveck outboxed Yengoyan, who seemed a bit intimidated by Zaveck's 5000 hometown fans. The Armenian-born Belgian, who was also cut in round five, came back strong in the second half but fell short. After twelve exciting rounds, Zaveck won via unanimous decision: 115-114, 117-112 and 118-112. Yengoyan had a point deducted for a headbutt. Yengoyan, who won the title from Brazil's Anderson Clayton last October, falls to 31-2-1. source: wbf
Josh Warrington W12 Dennis Tubieron... Fighting in his hometown of Leeds, England, 24 year-old Josh Warrington defeated Dennis Tubieron of the Philippines in a WBC featherweight eliminator. Warrington, now 21-0 with just 4 KOs, was awarded the bout by scores of 119-109 (twice) and 119-110. Tubieron (19-4-2) was coming off a low-level draw, so he was not a worthy candidate for a title eliminator. The WBC featherweight title was recently won by America's Gary Russell, Jr., but Warrington is not expected to immediately challenge for the belt. source: bbc
|Martinez regains world title by punishing Salido|
Rocky Martinez W12 Orlando Salido... Score one for Puerto Rico in its boxing rivalry vs. Mexico. In San Juan, Roman "Rocky" Martinez won the WBO 130-pound championship by unanimous decision over Mexico's Orlando Salido. Martinez knocked Salido down in the third and fifth rounds, and Salido was also penalized for low blows in the eleventh. Martinez carried the scorecards by tallies of 115-110, 114-111 and 116-109. Salido previously had great success over Puerto Rican rivals, including Juan Manuel Lopez, but having turned pro at age 15, the now 34 year-old Salido has absorbed a lot of punishment over his career. He was taken to the hospital after the fight.Salido is now 42-13-2 with 1 no contest in a long and honorable career. Martinez (29-2-2) now begins his third reign as the WBO 130-pound champion. Both times, his title was taken from him under dubious circumstances (vs. Ricky Burns in 2010 and Mikey Garcia in 2013). source: ESPN deportes.com
|Bruised Danny Garcia gets debatable win over Lamont Peterson, By Ben Dean|Danny Garcia W12 Lamont Peterson... At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, world junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia won a majority decision over Lamont Peterson as they squared off in a non-title affair at a catch weight of 143 pounds. Peterson rallied late in the fight and Garcia's face was marked up, making the verdict of
114-114 and two scores of 115-113 for Garcia less than satisfactory. Boxingtalk saw the fight as a draw, six rounds apiece, but the loss means Peterson's IBF 140-pound title will be vacated.
|Lee, Quillin fight to an exciting split draw, By Ben Dean|Andy Lee D12 Peter Quillin... I
n a middleweight contest at Brooklyn, New York's Barclay Center, Peter Quillin and Andy Lee fought to a split decision draw. The official scorecards read 113-112 Lee, 113-112 Quillin and 113-113. The 113-113 verdict was turned in by judge Glenn Feldman, who scored the third round 10-9 for Quillin even though Quillin knocked Lee down. Had Feldman scored that round 10-8, as is common when there is a knockdown, Quillin would have won the fight by split decision. However, the knockdown was not all that clean as tangled feet contributed to Lee's trip to the canvas, so Feldman acted within his discretion. Lee retains his WBO middleweight title, and in any event, the bout was a n
on-title affair because Quillin failed to make weight yesterday. Boxingtalk's unofficial scorecard favored Lee slightly, 113-112. source nbc
|Victor Ramirez defeats Ola Afolabi|
Victor E. Ramirez W12 Ola Afolabi... Victor Emilio Ramirez won a unanimous decision over Ola Afolabi to win the IBF interim cruiserweight title in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ramirez (22-2, 17 KOs) dominated the early rounds, but Afolabi did better as the fight wore on. Fighting in Ramirez's home country, Afolabi (21-4-4 with 10 KOs)V was penalized two points for low blows, but the penalties did not determine the outcome as Ramirez won by scores of 115-111 (twice) and 116-111. The IBF cruiserweight title is held by the injured Yoan Pablo Hernandez. Ramirez, who will eventually be entited to fight Hernandez, held the WBO cruiserweight title in 2009 but lost it to Marco Huck. source: univision.com
|Breadman's Mailbag, By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Bread, you recently wrote: "From what I see Manny is in huge trouble." Come on man! Really? Is it that bad?
Bread’s Response: I’m sorry bro but that’s what I see. Floyd Mayweather looks as strong as an ox. He is fresher, bigger and now he has added science to his old school regimen. He also has Alex Ariza as a strength coach. Ariza used to work up close and personal with Manny Pacquiao. Ariza has probably been telling Floyd stuff about Manny since Floyd's second fight against Marcos Maidana. Meanwhile, training camp reports are that Manny is still getting cramps. When I watch Manny's last fight, which was against Chris Algieri, Manny dominated. But I see him still getting hit with that slide-off right hand that Juan Manuel Marquez KO'd him with. Floyd was landing that same shot in sparring. Manny is up against it in every way in this fight.
|Boxcino heavyweight finals: Donovan Dennis vs. Andrey Fedosov|
Donovan Dennis KO2 Razvan Cojanu ... In Bethlehem, PA on Friday, Donovan Dennis' victory over Razvan Cojanu gave him a career highlight reel knockout plus a spot in the Boxcino heavyweight final May 22. With one left hand to the face of the 6-foot-7 Cojanu, Dennis (12-1, 10 KOs) scored his second straight stoppage win, this time in round two. The southpaw Dennis, 27, gave the slow-footed Cojanu (13-2, 7 KOs) fits early on with movement and clean left hands over the top leading up to the stoppage.
Andrey Fedosov TKO3 Lenroy Thomas... The other heavyweight semi-final was won by tournament favorite Andrey Fedosov, but Fedosov got a scare from Lenroy Thomas by getting up off the canvas to score a third-round victory. Fedosov (27-3, 22 KOs) hurt Thomas (19-4, 9 KOs) to the body during a flurry in the corner and finished him off with a three-punch combination that dropped him to one knee. Thomas, 30, a native of Jamaica, was counted out by referee Gary Rosato while grimacing in pain on one knee at 1:01 of Round three. Russia's Fedosov, 29, was momentarily dropped on a 1-2 combination from Thomas in the opening round. Despite continuing to plod ahead, Fedosov was continually beaten to the punch by Thomas' jab and counter left hand until the third-round rally ended the fight. source for both results: espn.com
|Boxcino jr. middleweight finals: Brandon Adams vs. John Thompson IV|
Brandon Adams TKO7 Vito Gasparyan... After losing in the final of the 2014 Boxcino middleweight After losing to Willie Monroe Jr. in last year's Boxcino middleweight tournament, Brandon Adams moved down in weight and sealed his trip to the 2015 Boxcino junior middleweight finals Friday night by stopping Vito Gasparyan (15-4-5, 8 KOs). From Los Angeles, Adams (17-1, 11 KOs) recorded a seventh-round TKO when Gasparyan was unable to continue due to a badly swollen left ear at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. "His ear was like a cauliflower, like when wrestlers get that," Adams said. "It looked like a heartbeat was in there. That was pretty tough to see."
John Thompson IV W8 Stanyslav Skorokhod... Adams will meet Newark, New Jersey's John Thompson IV in the tournament final on May 22 on ESPN2. Thompson got the call in February to be a late replacement before the opening round. After a first-round win, on Friday, he earned a split-decision victory over Stanyslav Skorokhod. Thompson (16-1, 5 KOs) utilized speed and movement from the outside to outslick the Ukrainian Skorokhod (9-1, 7 KOs) and hang on for a split-decision victory. Ringside judges scored the bout 77-75 and 78-74 for Thompson, while the third had it 78-74 for Skorokhod. ESPN.com scored the bout 77-75 for Thompson. source for both results: espn.com
|Orlando Salido vs. Rocky Martinez headlines PPV card tonight|Press Release: Tonight (April 11th) from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Orlando Salido ( headlines a pay-per-view card with a WBO 130-pound title defense against Ramon "Rocky" Martinez
[it will be a tough sell going up against NBC's free card featuring Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson and Andy Lee vs. Peter Quillin]. Lightweight
Marvin "Cachorro" Quintero (26-5, 22 KOs) of Mexico takes on Jose "Chelo" Gonzalez (23-1, 18 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a ten-round bout.
|Results from Brookyln|
Frank Galarza KO3 Sheldon Moore ... Junior middleweight Frank Galarza put on a show for his hometown fans, knocking out Sheldon Moore in the third round of the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday in Brooklyn, NY. Known as “The Brooklyn Rocky,” Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs) staggered Moore with a big left hook in the third and then attacked with a series of shots to the head and a big right hook to the body that floored the Belgian boxer. Moore (13-3-1, 9 KOs) looked determined to get up but was unable to recover and was counted out for the first time in his career.
Ievgen Khytrov W8 Aaron Coley... In the co-feature, former amateur standout Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov went the distance for the first time in his career, outpointing slick southpaw Aaron Coley via unanimous decision. The battle of unbeaten middleweights was scored for Khytrov 78-74 and 79-73 (twice).
Sergiy Derevyanchenko TKO4 Alan Campa... In the opening bout of the telecast, Ukrainian super middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko dominated Alan Campa, knocking down the Mexican en route to a fourth round stoppage. source for all results: showtime press release
|Rahkim Chakhiev logs violent KO1 over Valery Brudov|
Rahkim Chakhiev KO1 Valery Brudov... In Moscow, Rahkim Chakhiev destroyed Valery Brudov in an all-Russian cruiserweight battle. Chakhiev (22-1) retained the European cruiserweight title with a very damaging first-round knockout of the 38 year-old Brudov (42-6). A left hook to the jaw left Brudov completely unconscious for minutes. Besides the devastating punch, Brudov's head hit the canvas hard, possibly causing him to bleed from the scalp (video replays were unclear as to whether the blood ran from his eye to cover his scalp while he was down). The only medical attendance he received was an ice pack to the head while he lay on the canvas. The lack of care was disturbing, and Brudov needs a serious examination to see if it is safe for him to ever box again. --Scott Shaffer
|Kid "I ate too much" Chocolate fails to make weight|
Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin has failed to make the middleweight limit of 160 pounds, so when he faces WBO middleweight titlist Andy Lee in Brooklyn, New York tomorrow, Quillin will be ineligible to win the title. Quillin issued the following statement via social media: "What can I say? I didn’t make weight. I want to apologize to Andy Lee and to all my supporters and fans. I made every effort to make weight but it just wasn’t meant to be and I have no one else to blame but myself. I may not win a title tomorrow but I still have a ﬁght to win and I still plan to put on a good performance. I promise to use this as a learning experience for the future. God bless." Quillin previously held the WBO title, but surrendered it without a fight rather than collect $1.4 million to face Matt Korobov. Instead, Lee fought Korobov for the vacant title and won. --Scott Shaffer
|Lebedev tops Kalenga in a thriller|
Denis Lebedev W12 Youri Kalenga... In Moscow, Denis Lebedev retained his WBA in a bruising criserweight battle against Youri Kalenga. Lebedev (27-2) won via twelve-round decision. Fighting in his home nation of Russia, the hard-punching Lebedev was knocked down once, but came back to floor Kalenga in the seventh round. Kalenga (21-2) also got up and walked down Lebedev to control some of the later rounds. Both men showed great chins and excellent conditioning. More details to come...
|Mares offers to face Santa Cruz on three-weeks' notice|
Abner Mares (pictured) just tweeted: "I hear Leo Santa Cruz is fighting May2 and has no opponent yet, I'll fight Him 3 week notice.. I'm on vacation but 3week is all I need." Cruz (29-0) holds the WBC 122-pound title and previously held the IBF 118-pound title. Mares (29-1-1) previously held the WBC 126-pound title and the same two titles Santa Cruz won. The two have never fought, however, and Mares' lone loss was supplied by Jhonny Gonzalez. --Scott Shaffer
|TV Azteca lands Mexican broadcast rights for Canelo fights|
Press Release: TV Azteca of Mexico has signed an exclusive agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to broadcast Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez' fights in Mexico. The agreement between Golden Boy Promotions and TV Azteca will begin with the broadcast of the twelve-round 154-pound bout between Alvarez and knockout-artist James "The Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland on May 9th, from Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
|Ben Dean on the Scene: Predictions for this weekend's big NBC show, By Ben Dean|
This weekend Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions series returns to network television on NBC from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York. The big attraction is a 143-pound catchweight bout between world junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson, who holds the IBF title in the same division. Ironically, this won't be a unification bout as neither fighter's titles will be on the line. Also, on that card is a bout between WBO middleweight titlist Andy Lee, and his predecessor, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillen (who gave up the same belt and and a $1.4 million payday rather than face Matt Korobov. Lee beat Korobov for the vacant title). Here is my breakdown of these two fights:
|ShoBox weigh-in report|
Press Release: Brooklyn native Frank “Notorious” Galarza weighed in at 154 pounds and Belgium’s Sheldon “The Closer” Moore measured 153¼ pounds on Thursday for the main event of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation. Galarza (16-0-2, 10 KOs) and Moore (13-2-1, 9 KOs) will square off in the eight-round junior middleweight headliner of a televised tripleheader from the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Also to be aired on ShoBox, Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (9-0, 9 KOs) tipped the scales at 161½ and Aaron “Heavy Metal” Coley (9-0-1, 6 KOs), of California measured 160½ for their eight-round middleweight bout. For the opening fight of the telecast, Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (4-0, 3 KOs/World Series of Boxing: 23-1, 7 KOs) will take on Alan Campa (13-1, 1 NC, 9 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight match. Derevyanchenko, of Ukraine and now training in Brooklyn with Khytrov, measured 163 ¼ while Mexico’s Campa weighed-in at 165.
|Boxcino weigh-in report|
Banner Promotions released the following weigh-in results for tonight's ESPN2 broadcast of the Boxcino semi-finals at the
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Pennsylvania:
Boxcino 2015 junior middleweight semifinals:
Vito Gasparyan 153.9 vs. Brandon Adams 155.5;
Stanyslav Skorokhod 153.8 vs. John Thompson 154.8.
Boxcino 2015 heavyweight semifinals:
Razvan Cojanu 255.7 vs. Donovan Dennis 224.2;
Lenroy Thomas 235.9 vs. Andrey Fedosov 220.3.
|Mayweather walking around at 150.5 pounds|
Floyd Mayweather, passed the WBC thirty-day weigh-in with a breeze. With his big fight against Manny Pacquiao coming up on May 2nd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Mayweather, who holds both the WBC 154- abd 147-pound championships, weighed in at a svelte 150.5 pounds, which means he is just 3.5 pounds above the welterweight division limit, where his fight vs. Pacquiao will take place.
The thirty-day and seven-day weigh, created by the WBC, is an awareness barometer designed to protect boxers by encouraging gradual weight loss. source: wbc
|Jennings looking forward to challenging Klitschko|
Press Release: Heavyweight Bryant "By-By" Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs), is entering the final weeks of training camp in preparation for his upcoming world title challenge against Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs). Jennings, who hails from Philadelphia, is looking to end Klitschko's reign on the heavyweight division. Klitschko vs. Jennings will take place at "The World's Most Famous Arena", New York City's Madison Square Garden, on April 25th. The event will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxin and on RTL in Germany. Here are some of Jenning's thoughts on the upcoming challenge:
|Zavec to face Yengoyan in Slovenia this weekend|Sasha Yengoyan has arrived in Maribor, Slovenia where he will face former IBF welterweight titlist Jan Zavec on Saturday night, April 11th.
Yengoyan (31-1-1), born in Armenia but now residing and fighting out of Belgium, will be making his first appearance since upsetting Brazil's Anderson Clayton.
Zavec (34-3), a big hero in his native Slovenia, lost his IBF title to Andre Berto in 2011. He is coming off two victories since a decision defeat to Keith Thurman in 2013. source: WBF press release
|Mikey Garcia update: no end to lawsuit in sight, By Scott Shaffer|
Undefeated Mikey Garcia, who held WBO 126- and 130-pound world titles in 2013 and 2014, has not fought in over 15 months due to a lawsuit against his promoter of record, Top Rank. Based on recent court filings by the parties, the lawsuit does not appear to be ending anytime soon. Surprisingly, the delay seems to be attributable not to Top Rank but to Garcia, who is trying and amend his lawsuit one year after he filed it. In a joint filing submitted today, attorneys for the two sides have asked the court to set a trial date for the last two week of February 2016.
|Willie Monroe, Jr.'s trainer arrested five weeks before biggest fight of Monroe's career|Boxing trainer Tony Morgan is innocent until proven guilty, but things sure looks bad for him. Morgan is charged with preparing Willie Monroe, Jr. for the biggest fight of his life, a longshot challenge of the man generally considered to be the best middleweight in the world, Gennady Golovkin. About five weeks out before the fight, the Tampa Tribune reports that Morgan was arrested for attempting to sell about $4000 worth of meth to an undercover policemman. Morgan is 43 years old and is best known for his work with Andre Berto, a former world titlist. Golovkin-Monroe is set for May 16th in Inglewood, California. It is not yet known what Monroe is going to do, but it is safe to say this development is not a welcome one for him. -Scott Shaffer
|Serrano sisters sign with Greg Cohen|
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions, in association with Winner Take All Productions, announced the signing of Brooklyn via Puerto Rico's fighting Serrano sisters, Amanda and Cindy to promotional contracts. The 26-year-old southpaw Amanda "The Real Deal" Serrano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) is a former Staten Island amateur champion, New York City Golden Gloves amateur champion, and Empire State amateur champion. She turned professional in 2009 and later won the IBF 130-pound title. Older sister, Cindy "Checkmate" Serrano (22-5-3, 10 KOs) is 32 years old. She turned professional in 2003 after winning the 2003 Empire State Games Tournament as an amateur. Cindy Serrano was unbeaten in her first 16 bouts as a professional.
|James Kirkland meets the press in San Antonio|
Press Release: James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) hosted a media workout in San Antonio, Texas in advance of his face-off against Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) on May 9th at Minute Maid Park in Houston, to be broadcast on HBO World Championship Boxing. In attendance were James Kirkland's trainers, Bay Bay McClinton and Rick Morones and Leija*Battah Promotions' Mike Battah and Jesse James Leija. Here are selected quotes from the event:
|Chazz Witherspoon staying busy this weekend|Press Release:
On Saturday night, April 18th at the GPG Event Center (Formerly the Woodbine Inn) in Pennsauken, New Jersey. In the main event, heavyweight Chazz Witherpsoon (32-3) will take on Galen Brown (
in a bout scheduled for ten rounds.
The show is promoted by Witherspoon's Silver Spoon Promotions.
|Japanese update: Ioka trying again to become a three-division champ|
According to the WBA website, Juan Carlos Reveco will defend the WBA 112-pound title against Kazuto Ioka in Ioka's hometown of Osaka, Japan on April 22nd. Reveco (35-1) has departed from Argentina to finish his training in Japan. Ioka won the WBC 105-pound title, unified it with the WBA version, then moved up to win the WBA 108-pound title all within his first 11 pro fights. Now 16-1 as pro, Ioka failed in his first bid for a 112-pound title, losing to IBF champ Amnat Ruenroeng last year. His second opportunity will be no pushover, as Reveco has not lost since 2007, and is credited by the WBA with eight successful defenses. --Scott Shaffer
|Main Events inks Latvian cruiserweight Mairis Briedis|
Press Release: Mairis Briedis (14-0, 11 KOs), a cruiserweight from Riga, Latvia, has just signed a co-promotional agreement with Main Events. Briedis is currently promoted overseas by J.C. Courreges' Biggers Better Boxing, and Main Events' co-promotional rights will cover all US and Canadian fights. The 30-year old Briedis made his professional debut back in 2009 and knocked out his next eight opponents in a row over the span of three years. In his last fight he defeated Ismail Abdoul via a 12-round unanimous decision. This Friday he will take on Bjoern Blaschke (9-5-1) in Dortelweil, Hessen, Germany.
|Top Rank, Tru TV coming to Newark, NJ|
Press Release: Local favorites Glen "Jersey Boy" Tapia and "Irish" Seanie Monaghan will headline a boxing card from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.-- to be televised live on truTV at 10 p.m. ET-– on Friday, May 8th. The 154-pound Tapia will face Michel Soro of France. Monaghan,a light heavyweight from Long Beach, NY, will risk his undefeated record, title he battles 2000 Olympian Cleiton Conceicao from Brazil.
|Alvarez-Kirkland undercard details emerge|
Press Release: At Minute Maid Park in Houston on Saturday, May 9th with HBO broadcasting, Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) will face off against Texas knockout artist James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), and former WBC titlist Humberto "La Zorrita" Soto (65-8-2, 35 KOs) will battle Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs). Promoter Golden Boy Promotions has announced the following undercard bouts: KeAndre Gibson (12-0-1, 5 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri will take on Jorge Romero (24-9, 21 KOs) of Mexico in an eight-round welterweight fight; San Antonio's Joseph Rodriguez (8-0, 2 KOs) will fight a six-round featherweight bout against Luis Guevara (3-0-1, 2 KOs) of Houston; Austin's Curtis Meeks (9-1-2, 3 KOs) will compete in a junior welterweight eight-round fight against Ramsey Luna (12-2, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi; and San Antonio's Cresencio Ramos (2-0, 1 KO) will be featured in a four-round featherweight bout against Manuel "El Terco" Rubalcava (2-12).
|Daily Bread Tuesday Edition: (4-7-15), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I wanted to ask your thoughts on Terrance Crawford vs. Thomas Dulorme. I see Crawford outboxing him to an easy decision especially in the second nd half of the fight because of Dulomre's stamina issues... but I am worried about Dulorme's power Although Crawford has solid defense, he gets caught clean in fights. I also just wanted your thoughts on Floyd Mayweather possibly being aggressive and trying to walk Manny Pacquiao down. I think Floyd has to do ths because if he's too defensive, Pac will let a bunch of punches go and win close rounds. Do you believe in the video hype that we will see an aggressive Mayweather? Bread’s Response: I would love to see Floyd try to walk Manny down. That would make for an epic evening. From my view, Floyd spars more aggressively than he actually fights. Maybe he feels as though the judges have not been on his side lately and he has to be more aggressive. Let’s see. I don’t want to speculate because I think Floyd spars with more high activity than he fights because that gets him in shape. But that doesn’t mean he will fight like that. Floyd fights to win.
|Mayweather vs. Pacquiao and the brutal honesty of boxing, By Leon Cowan|
In terms of sporting events, the Super Bowl is widely recognized as the most popular and lucrative spectacle in the United States. In 2012, Super Bowl XLVI generated 245 million dollars in ad revenue alone. The highest paid player in the NFL is Russell Wilson, whose latest contract has been rumored to be worth $110 million dollars over 7 years, making it hard to argue that there is any threat to the NFL as the king of sports... unless you are Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. The two fighters who are set to perform in what may well be the largest sporting event of all time. Now, before you go closing your browser in disgust or disbelief at the thought that boxing, a sport that has been on its death bed since its inception, could possibly put on a record-breaking event in the 21st century, let me tell you why It can and will.
|Frankie Gomez getting ready for Humberto Soto|Press Release:
Frankie "Pitbull" Gomez and his promoter Oscar De La Hoya, sat down with Los Angeles media to discuss his upcoming junior welterweight bout against Humberto "La Zorrita" Soto (65-8-2), which will serve as the co-feature for Saul "Canelo: Alvarez vs. James Kirkland on May 9th at Minute Maid Park, Houston. Peter Nelson, HBO Sports Vice President of Programming was also in attendance.
Below is what they had to say at the roundtable:
|Minnesota show booked for April 17th|
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions has announced a boxing show set for Friday, April 17th at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota. The show, set to air on CBS Sports Network will be headlined by Ireland's "Hurricane" Dennis Hogan (20-0-1, 7 KOs) taking on Philadelphia's Tyrone Brunson (22-4-1, 21 KOs) at junior middleweight. In the co-feature, Canada's lightweight contender Tony "Lightning" Luis (19-2, 7 KOs) will face Tennessee's Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs). In the eight-round televised opener, Minnesota middleweight Rob "Bravo" Brant (14-0, 8 KOs) will face Miami via Colombia's Dionisio Miranda (22-10-2, 19 KOs).
|Cuadras now 32-0 with big win over Concepcion|Carlos Cuadras W12 Luis Concepción...
In Metepec, Mexico, Carlos “Principe” Cuadras defeated Panama's Luis "Nica" Concepción via unanimous decision to retain the WBC super flyweight title. Official scores in this "matador vs. bull contest" favored the Meixcian Cuadras by 118-110 and 117-111 (twice). Cuadras dominated the stocky Panamanian, using his left jab and following it up with good combinations to head and body. As the fight wore on, Concepcion's face became battered: his nose and mouth were was bleeding and his lips were swollen. And in the eighth round, referee Laurence Cole stopped the action, for the ring doctor to examine a cut just below Concepcion's right eyebrow. Cuadras is now 32-0-1 (the draw was a technical one due to a cut), while Concepcion loses for the first time since 2011 to fall to 32-4. source: wbc
|Anthony Joshua KO's Jason Gavern to go to 11-0|
Anthony Joshua KO3 Jason Gavern...
Heavyweight Anthony Joshua returned from an injury to knock out Jason Gavern in the third round in Newcastle, England to make it 11 KO wins in 11 pro fights.
Joshua was back in action after five months out of the ring with a stress fracture of the back.
Gavern (26-20-4) was floored twice in the second round as Joshua found his groove – but Gavern raised his hand in defiance as he heard the bell and headed back to his corner.
Joshua came roaring back out for the third and repeated the dose from the previous session, flooring Gavern twice – and the second time the brave visitor failed to beat the count.
Joshua will now prepare for another American challenge, Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson. source: matchroom website
|Ben Dean's Mini-Mailbag, By Ben Dean|
Ben, you were spot on with your predictions today. Well, Gabriel Campillo wasn't able to extend Artur Beterbiev to the seventh [round like you predicted] But the end result [Beterbiev by TKO4] was the same. Based on what Beterbiev has done recently do you think he is ready for Adonis Stevenson or Sergey Kovalev? I think he is. I would make him a live dog against Kovalev and the favorite against Stevenson. About Stevenson, he doesn't look as dynamic as he used to. He actually seems really one dimensional, though that dimension is dynamite. I think both of the Russians would read him, then wear him out with hard volume punches. Either would carry a pace that he wouldn't be able to maintain. What are your thoughts?-- Allen, Lakeport, CA
|Stevenson dominates but can't finish Bika, By Ben Dean|
Adonis Stevenson W12 Sakio Bika... In Quebec City, world light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson beat challenger Sakio Bika over twelve rounds, scoring two knockdowns in the process. The official scores were 115-111, 116-110 and 115-110 while Boxingtalk scored the bout 117-109. Bika was making his first appearance at 175 pounds after years at 168, including a brief WBC title run. For much of the bout, Stevenson's left hand seemed magnetically attracted to Bika's head. Stevenson displayed a fast and powerful left, as well as a good stab jab to the body. He landed several good body combinations throughout the bout. Bika showed a fast crisp jab in spots but didn't utilize it enough. Stevenson scored knockdowns on Bika in rounds six and nine. The first knockdown in the sixth seemed to be a matter of tangled legs. Both fighters landed punches (Bika a right, Stevenson a left) but Bika was the fighter whose balance appeared to be compromised by the leg entanglement. In the ninth round, a legitimate knockdown was scored by a precise short compact left hand to Bika's chin. Bika hopped up early in the count on wobbly legs, appearing to shake it off and steady himself. With just six seconds left in the round, he made it to the rest period. Both fighters traded heavy punches in the eleventh, with Bika landing a hard left hook and looping right hand momentarily backing Stevenson off. In the twelfth round, both fighters went for broke. Stevenson, well ahead on points, came out looking for the stoppage. Bika, needing a knockout to win, threw caution to the wind after being implored to do so by trainer Kevin Cunningham. Bika landed some flush right hands but Stevenson showed a good chin in absorbing the shots. After today's bout the boxing world will likely call for an Adonis Stevenson vs Sergey Kovalev unification fight, and the WBC has apurse bid scheduled for later this month. Stevenson vs. Artur Beterbiev, who won on the telecast opener, may also draw significant buzz as well. source: cbs
|Beterbiev explodes on Campillo, By Ben Dean|
Artur Beterbiev TKO4 Gabriel Campillo... In Quebec City, Artur Beterbiev looked explosive in dispatching Gabriel Campillo via fourth round technical knockout. Just 8-0 as a pro, the win establishes Beterbiev as a legitimate contender in the light heavyweight dvision. Beterbiev badly staggered Campillo with a right hook in round one and soon followed up with a knockdown. Campillo seemed to steady himself in the second, but simply wasn't letting his hands go enough. Meanwhile, Beterbiev was busy throwing combinations and using good head movement as Campillo tried to establish his jab. Soon, Beterbiev began to walk Campillo down. In round four, Beterbiev's punching again bothered Campillo, a former WBA title holder from 2009-2010. While Campillo steadied himself, a right hook knocked him back into the ropes, followed by a beautiful right push uppercut (with the glove sideways like a hook) which had Campillo out on his feet. Beterbiev followed with a pinpoint left hook that landed flush across Campillo's s jaw as he was on the way down. Campillo's corner jumped in with the white towel just as the referee got underway with his count. Beterbiev is now 8-0 with 8 KOs and appears to be on the fast track to making serious noise in the 175-pound division. He has yet to be extended by an opponent beyond four rounds of action. source: cbs
|On the scene with Ben Dean: Predictions for tonight's action, By Ben Dean|
Tonight, Adonis Stevenson will defends his world light heavyweight title against Sakio Bika in PBC's debut on CBS network television. In the supporting bout, also at 175 pounds, rising former amateur star Artur Beterbiev will face off with ex-WBA titlist Gabriel Campillo. Here is how I see tonight's action from Quebec City playing out:
|Petrov gets big win over ex-titlist on ESPN2|
Petr Petrov W10 Gamaliel Diaz... In Corona, California, Petr Petrov (36-4-2, 17 KOs) got up off the canvas in round one and later recorded a knockdown of his own before taking a wide decision from Gamaliel Diaz (38-12-3, 17 KOs) on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. Petrov, 32, was caught off balance and floored in round one, although replays showed Diaz benefited from a push. Diaz, a former WBC 130-pound titlist from Mexico, remained game from start to finish despite being wobbled and battered with power shots throughout. He also tested the patience of referee Jack Reiss, who took a point away for hitting low in roud seven. A hard counter left from Petrov floored Diaz in round seven. All three judges awarded the ten-round lightweight contest to Petrov by scores of 98-89 and 97-90 (twice). Petrov, from Russia but based in Spain, is best known as the winner of the 2014 Boxcino tournament. source: espn.com
|Results from Rhode Island: Vincent wins again|Shelly Vincent W10 Christina Ruiz...
In Lincoln, Rhode Island, Shelly Vincent scored a ten-round unanimous decision win over Texas' Christina Ruiz at Twin River Casino. Vincent (14-0) perhaps fought her best fight to date, aggressively outworking the slick-boxing Ruiz (7-8-3) to earn a win by scores of 98-92 (twice) and 97-93 in a 122-pound women's bout.
Angel Camacho Jr. W6 Chris Chatman... Facing the toughest test of his career, Providence super middleweight Angel Camacho Jr. (14-0) earned a 58-56, 60-54, 59-55 unanimous decision win over gritty veteran Chris Chatman (12-5-1) of Jersey City, N.J. source for all results: CES press release
|Local favorites Aaron Jaco and China Smith upset in Florida|
Frankie Filippone TKO4 Aaron Jaco... The first of two upsets in Sarasota, Florida took place when super middleweight Frankie Filippone stopped Aaron Jaco (17-4) in the fourth round well. In the second, the southpaw Filippone caught Jaco with a clean shot to score a knockdown midway through the round. In the fourth, Jaco started fast and tried to push his opponent to the ropes, but it back-fired on him as Filippone opened up and landed several hard left hooks clean which send Jaco down. He got up, but was clearly hurt and on wobbly legs when the referee Lombardi correctly stopped the bout. Filippone lost his prior fight to Shawn Miller but now logs a 17-5-1 mark and earned a bigger opportunity.
Mike Sheppard TKO2 China Smith... In a rematch from last June, which was won on points by China Smith, West Virginia's Mike Sheppard got revenge with a second round stoppage. The 39 uear-old Sheppard's record, dotted with losses to decent names, is just 23-18-1. In round two, Sheppard connected with a hard right hand that stunned Smith, and as Sheppard followed up and threw all he had, Smith went down and rolled over as referee James Warring waved it off. Smith falls to a discouraging 35-5 [and reminded cynics that he was often referred to as "China Chin"]. source: world boxing federation
|Andre Ward plans ring return for June 20th|
World super middleweight champion Andre Ward has not fought since late 2013 due to a combination of injuries and lawsuits against his late promoter Dan Goossen. Earlier in the year, he cleared up his promotional situation and signed with Roc Nation Sports, but still no fight was announced for Ward. We're almost there: on his Twitter account, Ward announced he will be fighting on June 20th at the Oracle Arena in his hometown of Oakland. Ward's tweet read, "I'm Coming Home!! June 20th in Oakland, Cali. Details to follow." HBO will almost certainly televise the fight, but no opponent has been named. Given that Ward has been out of action since a November 2013 win over Edwin Rodriguez, it is likely that Ward will not face anyone likely to give him a serious challenge. -Scott Shaffer
|Results from Los Angeles|
Julian Ramirez W10 Raul Hidalgo... At Los Angeles' Belasco Theater, East Los Angeles native Julian "El Camarón" Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs) faced off against Mexico's Raul "Bule" Hidalgo (23-13, 17 KOs) in a ten-round featherweight fight. Ramirez' hard punches, combinations and use of the ropes out-box the seasoned Hidalgo. After ten exciting rounds, "El Camarón" was victorious via unanimous decision. [Note to Golden Boy: please include the judges' scoring in your press releases] source: Golden Boy press release
|Khan sidesteps Brook to fight Algieri|
Amir Khan has sidestepped a British super fight against Kell Brook in order to fight Chris Algieri. Khan-Algieri will be a welterweight contest, likely held in New York City on May 30th. Khan made the announcement via a Youtbe video, which can be seen by clicking here
. Khan is a former world 140-pound champion who has avoided tough contests lately in a thus-far unsuccessful attempt to fight Floyd Mayweather. Brook is the current IBF welterweight champion who is building his following but has not yet acheived Khan's level of fame outside the ring. Algieri was lightly regarded until he upset Ruslan Providnikov for the WBO 140-pound title. That inspiring win propelled Algieri into a 147-pound fight with Manny Pacquiao in which Algieri was thoroughly outclassed. --Scott Shaffer
Here is what Boxingtalk's Ben Dean wrote about Amir Khan earlier this week:
|It's gonna take money to see Money!|
Boxing fans, if you want to buy the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view telecast on May 2nd, you better have some money saved up. According to the Wall Street Journal, HBO and SHowtime are still negotiating with cable providers and no deal is final yet, but fans should expect to pay $99 for a high-definition feed and $89 for standard definition, both of which are record prices. The previous high was $74.95 for high-definition and $64.95 for standard. -Scott Shaffer
|Brooklyn edition of ShoBox coming on April 10th|
Press Release: Brooklyn's Frank “Notorious” Galarza (16-0-2, 10 KOs) returns to the ring to battle Belgium’s Sheldon “The Closer” Moore (13-2-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round junior middleweight bout headlining a ShoBox tripleheader on Friday, April 10th from the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY. The telecast will have a distinct Brooklyn flavor to it. Power-punching middleweight Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (9-0, 9 KOs) and stablemate, super middleweight Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko (4-0, 3 KOs/World Series of Boxing: 23-1, 7 KOs) also reside in Brooklyn. Khytrov takes on Aaron “Heavy Metal” Coley (9-0-1, 6 KOs), of Hayward, Calif., while Derevyanchenko will box Alan Campa (13-1, 1 NC, 9 KOs), of Sonora, Mexico.
|AJ Galante joins the ranks of licensed boxing promoters|
Press Release: In 2011, at the age of 24, A.J. Galante became one of the youngest pro boxing managers. In that role, he works with junior middleweight Frank Galarza. Now at the age of 28, he has obtained a promoter's license as well. The Connecticut-based Galante has formed Prize Promotions this week and his forst show is planned for May 30th at the Danbury Arena in Danbury, CT.
|Fox Sports weigh-in report|
For tonight's boxing show at Los Angeles' Belasco Theater, Julian Ramirez (13-0) weighed in right at the featherweight limit of 126 pounds. His opponent, Mexico's Raul Hidalgo, weighed in at 125. Ramirez, an East L.A. local, faces Hidlago in a ten rounder to air on Fox Sports. The co-feaure is a middleweight six-rounder between Brazilian Olympian Yamaguchi Falcao (4-0) and Arkansas' Deartie Tucker (2-0). Falcao came in at 161.6, while Tucker tipped the beams at 158 pounds. source: golden boy promotions
|Wright replaces Cora in Denmark fight|
Press Release: Danish cruiserweight Micki Nieslen (17-0, 12 KOs) face Junior Anthony Wright (13-0-1, 11 KOs) on May 2nd at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen. Wright replaces Felix Cora Jr. (25-6-2, 14 KOs) who withdrew from a scheduled bout with the Danish cruiserweight. [Editor's note: Cora agreed to the Denmark fight but backed out to fight on a Roc Nation show instead].
|Dawejko training with McGirt in advance of Mansour showdown|Press Release: Just a few short weeks ago at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Joey "The Tank" Dawejko (14-3-2)
needed just twenty-seven seconds to dispose of Enobong Umohette. That
knockout victory that has propelled him to a main event attraction against Amir Mansour (21-1) at the same venue on May 8th that will be televised live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.
|Will Khan Ante Up for big Wembley Stadium fight or will he duck Brook?, By Ben Dean|
Kell Brook served notice over the weekend that he was indeed back and suffering no ill-effects from the leg that was injured in a stabbing attack this past fall. After Brook's four-round destruction of Jo Jo Dan a few things came clearly into view. Most apparent among them? That Kell Brook vs. Amir Khan, both British residents, is one of the biggest fights to be made in boxing. Recently, I went on record as stating that Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward (if Ward moves up) was one of the biggest fights to be made in boxing behind Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (which is already set for May 2nd). Along with a potential Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto bout, it's likely a top-three prize fight in the current boxing landscape. But now we can add a fourth fight to that list: Khan vs. Brook. UPDATE: According to Sky Sports, Khan says he is willing to fight Brook in the next twelve months, but not next. Sky Sports lists four fighters as Khan's potential next opponent: Adrien Broner, Keith Thurman, Chris Algieri and Miguel Cotto.
|Ao-Beltran tickets on sale now|Press Release:
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes former two-division titlist Takahiro Ao from Japan who will battle Rey Beltran of Mexico in a twelve-round rumble for the vacant WBO lightweight world championship on Friday, May 1st. (The title was vacated by Terrance Crawford).
The fight will be televised live on tru-TV beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, just after welterweight Mikael Zewski kicks off the telecast against Konstantin Ponomarev. Together, the four boxers
boast a combined record of 109-10-2 with 62 KOs -- a winning ratio of 90% with over half of those victories coming by way knockout.
Tickets are on sale and available for purchase at The Cosmopolitan Concierge Desk, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
|Zeuge to step up vs. Sjekloca|Press Release: steps up against Nikola Sjekloca (28-3) in front of his home fans in Berlin.
On April 25th, suer middleweight Tyron Zeuge (16-0) will see if he's ready for the big time when he
The seasoned Sjekloca, from Montenegro, went twelve rounds in losses to Arthur Abraham and Sakio Bika. He represents Zeuge’s toughest test to date and the young German's his first main event billing. Despite the pressure of headlining at home, the 22 year-old Berliner’s focus remains clear. "For me this is a fight like any other,’’ said Zeuge. "Whether I’m fighting on the undercard or topping the bill, my objective is the same – I must win!’’
Joining him in action on the same card are German boxers Enrico Koelling (16-1), Karo Murat (26-2-1), Noel Gevor (16-0) plus Polish cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (34-2, 24 KOs). Tickets are available via tickethall.de.
|Boxcino Update|Press Release:
It is less than two weeks away from the semifinals of the Boxcino 2015 heavyweight and junior middleweight tournaments that will take place on the same evening, Friday April 10th at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.
The show will be televised live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.
All semifinal bouts are scheduled for eight rounds.
|Bektemirov to face Gbenga in Texas|
Press Release: Light heavyweight Medzhid "B-52" Bektemirov (15-0, 12 KOs), makes his way back to the ring against Michael Gbenga (20-18, 20 KOs) in an eight-round bout set to take place Saturday, April 18th at College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington. The main event that night will be Terrance Crawford against Thomas Dulorme fighting for the vancant WBO 140-pound title. "I'm looking to seek and destroy everyone in my path," said Bektemirov, who is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Savarese Promotions. "My trainer Ronnie Shields has me working on a variety of different combinations that I feel is making me a better fighter. I'm in the gym everyday working extremely hard on everything."
|Stevenson helps out at soup kitchen during fight week|Press Release:
This Saturday afternoon, April 4th, world light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) plans to dish out plenty of punishment when he defends against ex-WBC 168-pound titlist Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) in the debut presentation of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS Television Network (3 p.m. ET/Noon PT) from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Yesterday
, in what has become a tradition before his fights in Quebec, Stevenson served food at La Maison de Lauberivière, a local shelter and soup kitchen for homeless men and women. Besides serving food, Stevenson and his team also gave away tickets, autographed posters and posed for photos with people in the shelter and some of his local fans.