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|R.I.P. Betty DiBella|
Boxingtalk would like to extend our deepest condolences to our good friend and top notch boxing promoter Lou DiBella for the loss of Aunt Betty. Betty was like a second mother to Lou and she will be missed.
|Mayweather mocks Pacquiao on Instagram|
As the boxing world speculates whether reports of negotiations for a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in 2015 are being exaggerated or may legitimatelylead to a super fight, Floyd Mayweather is up to his old tricks again, mocking Pacquiao on social media. At least this time, Mayweather was not making fun of Pacquaio's Asian heritage-- on Instagram, Mayweather posted clips of Pacquiao getting knocked out by Juan Manuel Marquez, set to the Queen song "Another One Bites The Dust." Pacquaio fought Marquez four times, winning twice, drawing once, and getting brutally knocked out in their fourth meeting in 2012. Mayweather fought Marquez once, showing up with a weight advantage but winning easily. --Scott Shaffer
|Daily Bread Wednesday Edition: (11-26-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I think Manny Pacquiao deserves a lot of credit. I feel like everybody picks on him, like he never does enough to people's satisfaction. I think he fought the perfect fight in defeating Crhis Algieri. He didn't get careless & did what he was supposed to do. Everybody made it sound like Algeri was gonna dominante him & to me he was real cocky & didnt impress on the biggest stage of his life. He didn't come forward once & try to engage Pacquiao. Second, I think Algieri had the worst trainers i seen even. What kind of game plan did they have? They didnt give him instructions, and I thought it was funny when his trainer got cocky while being interviewed & algieri almost got knocked out the same time! Cant wait to hear what u think!
-- Billy From Philly
|Kielczweski tops Quincy, Mass. bill tonight|
Press Release: Tonight, junior lightweight Ryan "Polish Prince" Kielczweski (20-0 with 4 KOs) fights in his hometown of Quincy, Mass. for the first time as a professional. Kielczweski will face off against Mexico's Ernesto Guerrero (17-13) in an eight-round contest.
|Pulev sued over Klitschko doping comments?|
According to Reuters news agency, K2 Promotions, a company owned by heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and his brother, former champion Vitali Klitschko, has sued heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev over doping accusations allegedly made by Pulev. Last week, Klitschko retained his championship by knocking out Pulev. The comments in question were allegedly made by Pulev during the run-up to the fight, which took place in Hamburg, Germany. UPDATE: Something may have gotten lost in the translation, as Pulev (not a fluent English speaker) may have been referring to a previous German court order K2 obtained before the Klitschko fight that sought to bar Pulev from speaking about the possibility that Klitschko used performance enhancing substances.
|Ian Green turns pro with a first-round win|
Ian Green TKO1 Rick Morias... Ian Green made a successful pro debut this past weekend in Hanover, PA by scoring a first-round technical knockout over Rick Morias. Fighting at middleweight, the former New Jersey Golden Gloves champion showed maturity and poise when Morias (1-3) came out aggressively. It became apparent quickly that Green would be the victor as he floored Morias with a right uppercut very early on in the first round. Green knocked Morias down again with a combination. Finally, Green put an official end to the bout with a flurry of blows that knocked Morias down for a third time. "Green was throwing so fast I don't even think Morias even knew what hit him," said Chris Oliveras, general partner at Kran Sports. source: Kran Sports press release
|Showtime Extreme card announced for Dec. 13th|
Press Release: Prior to the December 13th edition of Showtime Championship Boxing, Showtime Extreme will air live action beginning at 7 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Junior middleweight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (24-0, 11 KOs) is matched against Mario Alberto Lozano (28-5, 20 KOs) in a ten rounder and undefeated 2012 United States Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (14-0, 11 KOs) takes on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-10-1, 11 KOs) of Greece in an eight-round junior middleweight contest. Alos featured will be the return of former welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-5-2, 22 KOs) against Denver’s Manuel Perez (21-10-1, 4 KOs).
|Showtime rounds out bottom half of Dec. 13th quadrupleheader|
Press Release: Added to the previously announced December 13th Showtime telecast from Las Vegas will be a ten-round featherweight bout featuring former three-division title holder Abner Mares (27-1-1, 14 KOs) against Mexico’s Jose Ramirez (24-3-2, 15 KOs), and opening the broadcast will be a twelve-round IBF elimination bout between Jermall Charlo (19-0, 15 KOs) and Italy’s Lenny Bottai (22-2, 9 KOs). The show will be headlined by welterweight match-ups between British superstar and former world 140-pound champion Amir “King” Khan against former two-division world champion Devon Alexander “The Great,” and WBA interim welterweight titlist Keith “One Time” Thurman against Leonard “The Lion” Bundu.
|Mexican lightweight Jimmy llanes signes with Sampson Boxing|
Press Release: Sampson Boxing announced the signing of lightweight Jairo "Jimmy" Llanes (7-0-1, 6 KOs) to a long-term exclusive promotional contract. Llanes comes from a fighting family in Los Mochis, Mexico. His father, Jaime Llanes, was a domestic junior middleweight champion who was stopped in seven rounds by then-WBO world title holder Verno Phillips in 1994.
|Tarver-Banks rescheduled for Dec. 11th on ESPN2|
Press Release: A fractured thumb that forced the cancellation of his scheduled September 29th fight with veteran Johnathan Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) may prove to have had a silver lining for former world light heavyweight champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (30-6, 21 KOs). The southpaw, who turned 46 this past Friday, squares off on Dec. 11th against Banks in a ten-round heavyweight fight airing live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes from Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.
|Pascal to face Bolonti instead of George|
Press Release: Jean Bédard, the president of InterBox, announced that light heavyweight contender, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), will face Argentina's Roberto Bolonti (35-3, 24 KOs), instead of Donovan George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) next December 6th at the Bell Centre. This decision was taken after careful consideration following long negotiations with Donovan's team. [Pascal is represented by Boxingtalk publisher G. Leon]. The undercard will feature locals Shiller Hyppolite (13-1) against teenager Norbert Nemesapati (15-1).
|Excellent main event in Philly club show tonight|
Press Release: Tonight, super middleweight Derrick "Take It to the Bank" Webster (17-0) will will take on Obodai Sai (23-1) of Ghana at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Webster, a 6'4" Glassboro, N.J., resident, will compete in his fourth fight in 2014. He is coming off a six-round, unanimous-decision win over Michael Gbenga on May 30th. Sai currently resides in Washington, D.C., and is a former regional light middleweight champion with a seven-fight win streak. Also on the card, Philadelphia junior lightweight Antonio Dubose (6-0) takes on Arturo Santiago (7-9-1) of Puerto Rico. UPDATE: Webster weighed in at 163.5 pounds and Sai was 162. Dubose came in at 131, compared to 129.5 for Santiago.
|McCalla reaches 20-0 in 47 seconds|
Cecil McCalla TKO1 Francisco Javier Reza ... In Wilmington, Delaware, over the weekend, welterweight Cecil McCalla of Baltimore stopped Mexico's Francisco Javier Reza in the first round. McCalla (20-0, 7 KOs) came out firing hard left hooks from the opening bell and scored two knockdowns. After the second one, the referee had seen enough and waved the fight off at the :47 mark. The loss dropped Reza to 31-11, including six losses in his last seven fights. For 29-year-old McCalla, the victory over Reza was his fourth fight of 2014, after sitting out most of 2013. source: Greg Cohen Promotions
|Murder strikes close to Cunningham, Alexander|
Welterweight contender Devon Alexander, along with his trainer/manager Kevin Cunningham are trying to do something positive in their beloved St. Louis, but those efforts were met with a stinging blow over the weekend. In October, Alexander proudly announced their business venture, Knockouts Bar & Grill would be opening soon. Sadly, the St. Louis Dispatch reports that the bar, in first weekend of business, was the site of a murder over the weekend. The victim was one of Alexander's employees, bouncer Herbert Burnett. The unidentified murderer reportedly targeted Burnett because Burnett had earlier refused him entrance to the bar. Burnett was just 30 years old. Boxingtalk sends its condolences to the friends and family of Herbert Burnett --Scott Shaffer
|Carson Jones going to UK to face Brian Rose|
Press Release: Junior middleweight Brian Rose will face Carson Jones of the United States in Manchester on Friday January 23rd, live on Sky Sports. Rose's biggest fight was a failed challenged of Demetrius Andrade for the WBO light middleweight title earlier in the year. Rose won a comeback fight against Ignacio Lucero Fraga to improve to 26-2-1 and continues his quest for a second shot with a tough test against Jones. Comingoff a win against veteran loser Shannon Miller, Jones is 36-10-3 and is familiar to British fans because he gave Kell Brook a tough fight in July 2012 and returned for a rematch last summer. The Blackpool star faces Oklahoma’s Jones on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s WBA lightweight title challenge against Richar Abril, as the Mancunian aims to cap a great 18 months in the ring by ripping the title from the Cuban star.
|Shields, Esparza capture amateur gold in South Korea|
Press Release: The United States’ two 2012 Olympic boxing medalists returned to the podium on Monday with gold medal victories at the 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea. Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) both claimed their first elite women’s world titles with final round victories. The double gold medal performance is the first time the United States squad has ever won two world titles in a single women’s world championships competition. Shields was also named the Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament.
|Cruz Perez defeats Da Costa|
Susana Cruz Perez W10 Anne Sophie Da Costa ... On Saturday night in Reims, France, local favorite Anne Sophie Da Costa lost for the first time as a pro. Her conqueror was Mexico's Susana Cruz Perez. Twenty-four year old Cruz Perez, from the city of Tlalnepantla, set the pace from the start, and held a lead from the first round, and, although not always keeping her foe under control, she never allowed her to turn the table. After ten rounds, the women' strawweight bout was scored 96-94 and 97-93 for Cruz Perez, overruling one card that read 96-94 in favor of Da Costa. Susana Cruz Perez returns to Mexico with the WBF title and an improved professional record of 17-6, while Anne Sophie Da Costa loses for the first time and drops to 18-1. source: wbf
|Pacquiao knocks Algieri down repeatedly in decision win|
Manny Pacquiao W12 Chris Algieri... In China, Manny Pacquiao did everything but knock out Chris Algieri en route to a unanimous decision victory. Algieir was knocked down six times and also was given a standing eight count. The official scoring was the most lopsided in recent memory, as Pacquiao won by tallies of 119-103 (twice) and 120-102. Pacquiao, the WBO welterweight champion, narrowly missed his first knockout win since he stopped Miguel Cotto in 2009.
|Anthony Joshua's march to the top continues|
Anthony Joshua TKO1 Michael Sprott… The meteoric rise of Anthony Joshua up the heavyweight ladder continued as the Olympic gold medalist stopped Michael Sprott in the first round in Liverpool, England. There were no knockdowns but Joshua overwhelmed Sprott, who was helpless against the ropes after just ninety seconds of action. Joshua is now 10-0 with 10 KOs since winning Olympic gold in 2012. Sprott is now 42-23 with two straight first-round losses. source: awe network
|Groves stops Douglin with difficulty|
George Groves TKO7 Dennis Douglin… Also on the massive Liverpool show, super middleweight contender George Groves had difficulty with American import Dennis Douglin for a few rounds, but wound up winning via seventh-round technical knockout. Groves scored a knockdown and continued to land hard punches on a tiring Douglin when the referee decided to end the bout. Groves is now 21-2, including two straight win since back-to-back knockout losses to the great Carl Froch. Douglin, a touted prospect not too long ago, falls to 17-4. Douglin is normally a junior middleweight or at most, a middleweight. source: awe network
|Roman Gonzalez improves to 41-0|
Roman Gonzalez TKO6 Rocky Fuentes… Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez of Nicaragua made his case to be the best flyweight in the world by knocking out Filipino Rocky Fuentes in Japan. A three-division champion, Gonzalez knocked Fuentes down in the sixth round and continued to dish out punishment until the fight was stopped. Gonzalez, who deserves top ten pound-for-pound consideration, is now 41-0. Gonzalez may be the world's best 112 pounder but the lineal world champion remains Juan Francisco Estrada. Fuentes, 35-8-2, has now failed in two straight 112-pound title bids. source: el nuevo diario
|Miura retains title in Japan|
Takashi Miura TKO6 Edgar Puerta… In Yokohama, Japan, WBC 130-pound champion Takashi Miura retained his title with a sixth-round stoppage of Mexico's Edgar Puerta. Miura, 28-2-2, won the title from Gamaliel Diaz in 2013 and has defended three times since. Puerta, 23-5-1, has a twelve-fight win streak snapped. source: japan today
|Breadman's Pacquiao vs. Algieri Breakdown, By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
How much of an impact will Manny Pacquiao's footwork be in his fight this weekend against Chris Algieri?? I am having a hard time with every one playing it safe and saying Algieri can cause him trouble with his length. Pacquiao has always been able to close distant quickly and even when he gets off balance, he still throws hard shots. Pacquiao injured Tim Bradley's ankles twice and Bradley is a very gifted athlete, maybe not the most gifted boxer, but it was still impressive. I don't think Pacquiao will get a KO, but I do think he wins decisively. --DJ
Bread’s Response: I am picking Manny to win the fight also but I don’t have a hard time with people picking Algieri. Pacquiao is older and he undertrained for the first fight against Timothy Bradley. That’s still in everyone’s minds.
|Daily Bread Thursday Edition:(11-20-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Bread, you mentioned that the "Cold War" between Golden Boy and Top Rank, the two biggest promoters in America, started with the Mayweather-Pacquiao issue. I know everyone is at fault. But do you think the Cold War was used to protect Floyd Mayweather? I mean it gave him a "built-in" excuse to duck Manny Pacquiao by refusing to get involved with Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum. First he said he wouldn't fight on Arum show. Then there's additional bad blood between Bob Arum and Al Haymon. It kinda gave him an out based on the HBO/Showtime, Arum/Haymon rifts. Lol-- Mitch
|Queens, NYC card set for tomorrow|
Press Release: This Friday, November 21st at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York City, Bryant "Pee Wee" Cruz (12-0, 6 KO's) of Port Chester, New York will take on Engleberto Valenzuela (9-3, 3 KOs) of Mexico in a super featherweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. Also on the card will be a four-round middleweight bout between DeVaun Lee (3-0) and Obafemi Bakari (1-0).
|Shields, Brown head to quarter finals in Korea|
Two American boxers added to their winning streaks on Thursday at the 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and reigning world champion Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) won via unanimous decision to move on to Friday’s quarterfinal competition. Light flyweight Alex Love (Fort Carson, Colo.) and light welterweight Destiny Chearino (Warwick, R.I.) dropped close decisions and were eliminated. All of the tournament action is being live streamed at www.aiba.org
. source: usa boxing
|Maicelo-Velazquez lightweight clash set for NYC show on Friday|
Press Release: On Nov. 21st (Friday) at the Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York, lightweight Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs) returns to the ring to face Hector Velasquez (56-23-3, 38 KOs). The bout is scheduled for ten rounds. Maicelo looks to keep the momentum going after his hard-fought victory against Art Hovhannisyan (17-2-2, 9 KOs), a fight that took place on July 11th.
|Culcay gets new foe for Euro title defense|
Press Release: European junior middleweight champion Jack Culcay (18-1, 10 KOs) will now face Karim Merroudj (13-3-2, 1 KOs) for his first title defense on December 6th at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. Merroudj replaces Ruben Varon who was forced to withdraw due to an eye infection. The new challenger is from France and has a four-fight winning streak. Meanwhile, "Golden Jack" is currently in Copenhagen training with former two-time champion Joey Gamache.
|Claressa Shields wins amateur bout in 11 seconds|
The United States women enjoyed a perfect day on Wednesday at the 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea. All four Americans won decisions in their preliminary bouts. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.), welterweight Danyelle Wolf (San Diego, Calif.) and light heavyweight Heidi Henrkisen (St. Louis Park, Minn.) all claimed victories. Shields enjoyed a short tournament debut in her middleweight bout with Uganda’s Hellen Baleke. The Olympic champion’s resume seemed to play a big role in the bout, which lasted only 11 seconds. Following one Shields combination, the Ugandan corner threw in the towel, giving the gold medalist the victory.
|Several big fights off due to injuries, purse dispute|
A few big fights scheduled for the remainder of 2014 have fallen out due to injuries or boxer withdrawals. According to ESPN.com, super middleweight Lucian Bute hurt his back and withdrew from a December 6th bout against Roberto Bolonti in Montreal; Chris Arreola pulled out of a December 11th bout in Temecula, California citing an elbow injury; and WBO 154-pound title holder Demetrius Andrade backed out of an exciting bout planned for December 13th in Las Vegas because he is unhappy with his purse. Andrade's decision is frustrating to boxing fans because he was supposed to face Jermell Charlo in a battle of undefeateds on a Showtime telecast. Andrade already ran away from a middleweight fight vs. Matt Korobov. Meanwhile, Walberto Ramos was bounced from a WBA bantaweight title fight against Jamie McDonnell because of visa issues. McDonnell will instead defend against Argentina's Javier Chacon on Saturday in Liverpool, England. --Scott Shaffer
|Di Giacomo out vs. Feigenbutz|
Press Release: Germany's Vincent Feigenbutz (16-1, 15 KOs) will now face the Latvian 'Viking' Oleg Fedotovs (18-17, 12 KOs) when he makes his UK debut on November 22nd. The main event that night is a grudge match between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Fedotovs replaces Lorenzo Di Giacomo who was forced to pull out a scheduled bout with the 19 year-old super middleweight due to a hand injury. "It doesn’t matter who my opponent is,’’ said Feigenbutz. ‘’I’m still aiming for an impressive performance and to make it an early night.”
|Rodrigues to headline in native Brazil|
Press Release: Brazil's Isaac Rodrigues fights Mexico's Jose “Barretas” Pinzon on December 5th at the Hangar Convention Center in Belem, Brazil. With a professional record of 20-2, the middleweight Rodrigues last boxed on May 30th of this year when he beat another Mexican, Eduardo Tercero at super middleweight. Rodrigues is now back at his natural weight and primed and ready after a hard training camp. Pinzon has a record of 25-7 and at 27 years old, he is coming off a loss to Juan De Angel of Colombia. of age he is in the prime of his career.
|San Diego hosts women's title fight on Friday|
Press Release: On November 21st, after two years and twelve fights as a professional, Tijuana, Mexico's Kenia Enriquez (12-0) gets her first world title opportunity when she faces Ana "La Bronca" Arrazola (20-10-3) of Mexico City for the vacant WBO female flyweight title in a bout scheduled for ten rounds. The bout takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel is located at 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego.
|18 year-old Samuel Berman turns pro this weekend|
On Saturday, November 22nd, 18 year-old Samuel Berman will make his professional debut when he takes on Jamikey Woods (0-1) of Statesville, NC in a four-round welterweight bout at Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Casino & Resort. In the main event, Dennis Hasson (16-1) of Philadelphia will take on Taneal Goyco (6-8-1) also of Philadelphia, in an eight-round light heavyweight bout. source: Kings Promotions press release
|Kalenga stops Daley; calls out Lebedev|
Youri Kalenga TKO12 Denton Daley...Last Saturday evening, in front of 6,000 fans in Mississauga, Canada, hometown favorite Denton Daley was dropped by The Congo's Youri Kalenga in the ninth round. The previously unbeaten Daley trailed badly on the scorecards going into the final round and the former college basketball player decided to go for broke. But Kalenga (21-1) finished him off with two more knockdowns in the twelfth round. Referee Charlie Fitch halted the action after Kalenga's three-punch explosion left Daley out on his feet before Daley fell unconscious and laid motionless on the canvas for several moments. Kalenga, who holds the WBA interim title, now wants a shot at the WBA champion, Denis Lebedev of Russia. source: gary hyde press release
|Bellator draws big MMA ratings on Spike TV|
Press Release: Bellator 131, an MMA event on Spike TV, claims it knocked out the competition on Saturday, November 15th with record ratings for the franchise under new president Scott Coker. The Bellator 131 main event between Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar (11:50pm-12:16am) drew 1.8 million viewers, peaking at 2 million, making it the most-watched and highest-rated MMA fight on cable in 2014. Overall, the entire fight card delivered (9:00-12:16) delivered 1,241,299 viewers, a record for Bellator MMA on Spike TV. Ortiz, an MMA legend, defeated Bonnar by split decision.
|Andre Dirrell added to Showtime's Dec. 19 broadcast|
Press Release: A super middleweight bout between Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs), of Flint, Mich., and Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs), of Las Vegas, has been confirmed to air on Showtime Boxing's special Friday edition on Dec. 19th, from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. The bout will be one of four aired by Showtime that night, with the IBF #2 ranking at stake. For the switch-hitting Dirrell, the elimination bout for the IBF’s #2 position behind #1 James DeGale and champion Carl Froch will be his fifth bout since getting injured against then-undefeated Arthur Abraham during SHowtime's Super Six World Boxing Classic fight in March 27 2010.
|Mormeck coming back to cruiserweight to face Masternak|
Press Release: A cruiserweight clash between Mateusz Masternak (33-2, 24 KOs) and Jean Marc Mormeck (37-5, 23 KOs) has been confirmed for December 5th in Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France. Masternak, who returns following the fourth-round stoppage of Ben Nsafoah, hopes to get his world title ambitions back on track when he faces the [faded] former champion in Mormechks' home country. Mormeck lost to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2012 and retunred with a tune-up win this June over Tamas Lodi (13-3-1).
|Erislandy Lara to face Ishe Smith on Dec. 12th|
Press Release: Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-2-2, 12 KOs) will face ex-IBF titlist Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-6, 12 KOs) on Showtime Boxing to take place Friday, Dec. 12 at the Illusions Theater at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Lara is coming off a loss to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez but still holds recongition as the WBA regular title holder at juinor middleweight because the Lara loss was contested at 155 pounds. Also on the card will be super middleweight Badou Jack (17-1, 11 KOs) who will face Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, Texas (12-3, 7 KOs). Additionally, junior middleweight Chris “Sweet” Pearson (11-0, 9 KOs) of Dayton, Ohio, will take on Steve “Hitman” Martinez (15-1, 12 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., in the ten-round co-feature.
|Results from Mexico: Gamboa, Mijares post wins|
Yuriorkis Gamboa TKO6 Joel Montes De Oca... In Cancun, Mexico, former featherweight titlist and Cuban Olympian Yuriorkis Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) stopped Joel Montes de Oca (18-4, 10 KOs) in the sixth round at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico. Gamboa dropped Montes de Oca in both rounds five and six. Montes de Oca was deemed unable to continue after the second knockdown. Gamboa had not fought since losing a WBO lightweight title fight to Terence Crawford in June. This was a meaningful win for Gamboa as the Mexican Montes De Oca had won 14 in a row coming into the bout.
Cristian Mijares W10 Lester Medrano... Former 115-pound champion Cristian Mijares (51-8-2, 25 KOs), now fighting at 126 pounds, won a ten-round unanimous decision over Nicaragua's Lester Medrano (14-3-1, 9 KOs) on the Cancun show. The three official scores were all the same, nine rounds to one for Mijares. After a slow start, the southpaw Mijaresristian showed superior skills and power against a tough but outclassed Medrano. source for both results: wbc
|Heiland upsets Mackin in Ireland|
Jorge S. Heiland KO10 Matthew Macklin... Argentina's Jorge Sebastian Heiland (25-4-2, 13 KOs) is now a legitmate middleweight contender thanks to a tenth-round knockout of Matthew Macklin (31-6, 20 KOs) in Dublin, Ireland. Macklin, the pre-fight favorite, lives in England but has Irish heritage. Heiland outboxed and outworked Macklin all night, finally knocking him out with a barrage of punches signed off by a powerful right hand. In 2010, Heiland was defeated by Sebastian Zbik of Germany, who later held a paper version of the middleweight title. Two of Heiland's other lsses have been avenged by stoppage. source: wbc
|Pedraza wins IBF 130-pound eliminator|
Jose Pedraza W12 Michael Farenas ... In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a twelve-round unanimous decision against The Philippines' Michael Farenas (39-5-4, 31 KOs). With the win, Pedraza moves into the mandatory position to fight IBF champion Rances Barthelemy. Pedraza is a former IBO title holder who lost the belt outside the ring. The official scorecards favored the Puerto Rican Pedraza, 117-111, 118-110 and 116-112. "This was a great win for the people of Puerto Rico and I'm very happy with my performance," said Jose Pedraza. "I knew if I stuck to my game plan which was to box and punch off angles I would be victorious. I want to thank my promoters Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella and Javier Bustillo for all their support. I'm ready to challenge Rances Barthelemy for the world title. I know I can bring home another championship to my countrymen in Puerto Rico." source: gary shaw press release
|Klitschko KOs Pulev in five, By Rick Evans|
Wladimir Klitschko KO5 Kubrat Pulev... World heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his crown on Saturday, scoring an exciting fifth-round knockout over the previously undefeated Kubrat Pulev at the sold-out 02 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Things started off slowly with excessive holding and the swapping of jabs, but a minute into the bout, Klitschko (63-3 with 53 KOs) caught Pulev (20-1-with 11 KOs) with a hard left hook that put the 2008 Bulgarian Olympian on his back. Pulev rose, only to be put right back on the canvas by a glancing right hand from Klitschko, likely a result of still being hurt by the initial knockdown. Pulev rose again and made his way through the rest of round one. Round two brought more clinching and the exchanging of jabs in a rather uneventful round. In round three, a big Klitschko right hurt Pulev and may have created a cut under his left eye. A follow-up left hook put Pulev down for a third time. Pulev showed tremendous heart and again rose, weathered the storm and survived the round. The fourth mirrored round two with a lot of roughhousing and few clean punches. Klitschko put an end to the bout at 2:11 of the fifth round after taking a very solid right hand, showing a bit of his own chin. Klitschko answered Pulev's best punch with another clean left hook that put the Bulgarian slugger on his back for the fourth and final time. The victory extends the long title reign of Klitschko, inching him closer to Larry Holmes’ 20 successful title defenses and Joe Louis’ 25. Counting from when he won the IBF title in 2006 from Chris Byrd, this was Klitschko's 17th defense. Up next for the champion could be a fight with the winner of Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder who will meet in early 2015 for Stiverne’s WBC heavyweight title. source: hbo
|Daily Bread Saturday Edition:(11-15-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I trust your eyes more than anyone else's when it comes to boxing and usually agree wholeheartedly. However, you recently said "put Tito around today and he would be problems for anyone at 147 and 154." As good as he was in defeating quality fighters, such as David Reid, El Feroz Vargas, and Oba Carr, I cant forget how Oscar boxed his sox off in the final 5 rounds not to mention Winky Wright's performance against Tito.
|Kovalev advises Hopkins to retire|
Sergey Kovalev, a new father and a newly minted boxing superstar, held a conference call to discuss last week's win over the legendary Bernard Hopkins, a possible true world championship fight against Adonis Stevenson... and changing diapers. Here is what Kovalev and his team had to say:
|Cuadras retains WBC 115-pound title|
Carlos Cuadras TKO6 Marvin Mabait... In Washington, D.C. Carlos Cuadras retained the WBC 115-pound title with a sixth-round stoppage of The Philippines' Marvin Mabait. Cuadras scored knockdowns in the fifth and sixth rounds before referee Eddie Claudio halted the bout. The Mexican Cuadras, now 31-0-1, began his reign in May by dethroning Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand. He defended his title via technical draw over fellow Mexican Jose Salgado less than two months ago. Mabait is now 19-3-2 and has to be considered an unqualified challenger as he was coming off a knockout loss to Alejandro Hernandez in March. In fairness to the promoter, the original opponent, Sonny Boy Jaro fell out due to visa issues and Mabait entered the picture relatively late. source: univision
|Mundine pulls out split decision vs. previously undefeated Rabchenko|
Anthony Mundine W12 Sergey Rabchenko... In Melbourne, Australia, 39 year-old Anthony Mundine kept his career going with an upset of previously undefeated Sergey Rabchenko. After twevle rounds, the verdict was a split decision win for Mundine by scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 115-113 for Rabchenko. No doubt Rabchenko, from Belarus, believed it was a hometown decision, espceially asfter he hurt Mundine in the eleventh round. Rabchenko (25-1) is a former European champion with wins over Bradley Pryce and Ryan Rhodes. Mundine (47-6) was coming off a poor performance, a loss to Joshua Clottey that saw him visit the canvas five times. source: sydney morning herald
|David Price staying busy in Germany|
Press Release: British heavyweight David Price (18-2, 15 KOs) will be back in action on December 6th against Argentina's Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (18-13-3, 9 KOs) in Oldenburg, Germany. Price is back following a hand injury that had left him out of action since June. Now fully recovered, the former British and Commonwealth Champion is relishing his return. "I can’t wait to get back into the ring and back to what I do best,’’ said Price. ‘’This will be my first fight on [free] television and it’s a great opportunity for me to show everybody what I can do... I’m coming with bad intentions. I want put in a performance and entertain all the fans watching at home on Channel 5.’’ Price-Zarate is the latest addition to the December 6th show, which also features the IBF cruiserweight championship clash between Cuba's Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) and London-born Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs). Tickets are available via eventim.de.
|Daily Bread Thursday Edition: (11-13-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I'm sure you are getting a lot of messages about Sergey Kovalev's win over Bernard Hopkins. All people were talking about leading up to the fight, regarding Kovalev was his power. And it was definitely a factor. But I think it was his method of delivery that made the difference. I he would have tried to overwhelm BHop early, like he has other opponents, the fight would have unfolded much differently and it may have turned into a traditional Hopkins fight. But he didn't. Kovalev controlled distance, cut the ring off masterfully, and his footwork was very impressive. Also, he used good in and out movement to land his shots and prevent Hopkins from countering effectively. After the knockdown in round one, Kovalev stayed with his game plan and outboxed the master. Good luck to him getting another big name to fight him now!
|Shumenov signs with Haymon, moves up to cruiserweight|
Press Release: Former WBA light heavyweight title holder Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring December 13th, kick-starting his quest to become a two-division champion against cruiserweight Bobby Thomas Jr. (14-2, 9 KOs) in an eight-round bout on MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The main event that night will be Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander.
|Main Events signs Kovalev's mandatory contender|
Press Release: Main Events has signed light heavyweight Nadjib Mohammedi, the 29-year old from Gardanne, Bouches-du-Rhône, France to a promotional contract. The boxer is the IBF mandatory contender thanks to his seventh-round knockout of Anatoliy "The Gladiator" Dudchenko earlier this year. Mohammedi was announced as the mandatory challenger for IBF belt in July, but then-IBF and WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins instead elected to fight a title unification bout against Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, which took place last weekend. With Kovalev's unanimous decision defeat of Hopkins, Kovalev inherited Mohammedi as his mandatory challenger for the IBF belt.
|Hideous massacre planned for Russia|
On Friday November 28, Ruslan Provodnikov squares off against a boxer he will almost certainly punish to the point of inflicting long-term damage, the brave but totally shot Jose Luis Castillo. The hard-punching swarming Provodnikov will face Castillo in a twelve-round welterweight bout at the Luzhniki GCKZ Arena in Moscow. Castillo was a lightweight champion from 2000-2002 and most people believe he beat Floyd Mayweather in 2002 only to be robbed on the official scorecards. Since then, it has been a lot of punishment for Castillo, who had two celebrated wars with Diego Corrales, a knockout loss to Ricky Hatton and other losses to much lesser fighters who couldn-t have touched the now-40 year-old Castillo in his lightweight prime.
|Serrano to end 21-month lay-off tomorrow|
Press Release: Tomorrow night, junior welterweight Raymond Serrano (18-2, 8 KOs) returns to action in a six-round bout against Wilfredo Acuna (15-15, 12 KOs) at Harrahs Philadelphia in Chester, PA. Serrano, from Philadelphia, won his first 18 fights, several of them on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. Now, he is looking to get back in the win column after losses to Karim Mayfield in 2012 and Emanuel Taylor in 2013 followed by 21 months of inactivity.
|British television picks up Hernandez-Afolabi|
Press Release: British boxing fans will be able to watch the IBF cruiserweight championship showdown between Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) and Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs). Hernandez's title defense will be broadcast live on December 6th on Channel 5 (8.30-10.30pm). The London-born Afolabi will attempt to dethrone the Cuban based German in Oldenburg, Germany on that night.
|Chris Algieri conference call transcript|
Press release; We bring you Chris Algieri today live from his training camp at the Venetian Las Vegas and joining him today is his trainer Tim Lane and his promoter Joe DeGuardia. Chris Algieri is the undefeated champion and the only world champion representing New York right now and a renaissance man by any definition.. After sparring session on Wednesday, he will depart for Macau that evening. To tell us more about Chris and the promotion, here is Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum.
|Dawejko eyeing big win over Johnson|
PRESS RELEASE: This Friday night, rising Heavyweight Joey Dawejko will look for his fifth consecutive win when he takes on Rayford Johnson in the 8-round main event at Harrahs Philadelphia in Chester, PA. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and XFE.
|Daley set to challenge Kalenga for interim strap|
Former Canadian college basketball player and No. 2 ranked "Dangerous" Denton Daley (12-0, 6 KOs) challenges Interim World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Youri "El Toro" Kalenga (20-1, 13 KOs) Saturday night at Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Kalenga-Daley headlines "World Championship Boxing," promoted by United Boxing Promotions (UBP), the first world title fight ever held in Mississauga, as well the first in the province of Ontario in 4 1/2 years, since Mississauga-native Steve "The Canadian Kid" Molitor defeated Takalani Ndlovu in Rama by 12-round decision for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight championship. The Kalenga-Daley winner will become the mandatory challenger for WBA World "regular" cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 19 KOs).
|Tyson Presser In Pitt on Thursday|
Press Release: MIKE TYSON, "Our last event in Pittsburgh was one of the best boxing cards I’ve attended. Both SAMMY VASQUEZ JR. and MONTY MEZA CLAY looked sensational. In the hottest division in boxing, Sammy has proven that he belongs at the top.” “In Monty’s fight in Pittsburgh this past August he demonstrated the warrior spirit and heart of champion in one of boxing’s best fights. I can’t wait to see what he does next.” “Fans in Pittsburgh have been able to see for themselves that ERICKSON LUBIN is an outstanding young prospect, he’s ready to put on another show on the 14th.”
|Gamboa starts comeback in Mexico|
Press Release: The next chapter of Yuriorkis "The Cyclone of Guantanamo" Gamboa's (23-1, 16 KOs) career starts on November 15th when the 2004 Olympic gold medalist from Cuba takes on Joel Montes de Oca (18-3, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico. Also on the show is a ten-round featherweight bout between former 115-pound super flyweight champion Cristian "El Diamente" Mijares (52-8-2, 25 KOs) and Nicaragua’s Lester Medrano (14-2-1, 9 KOs). Gamboa is coming off the first pro loss, a June 28th stoppage at the hands of undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs). "I want my fans know that I feel great," the 32-year-old Gamboa said from his home in Miami. "I've been training very hard for this fight, which I'm taking very serious because I know the importance of ending the year on a positive note. I'm very happy with my new team. I'm now fully focused on becoming 'King' of the lightweight division, as well as hopefully being much more active in 2015 with my goal to fight three or four times next year. I am honored to fight in Mexico and I plan to fight there again in 2015." Gamboa defected from his native Cuba in 2006. The dangerous puncher has held the IBF and WBA versions of the featherweight title. Gamboa’s biggest wins have come against Orlando Salido, Victor Barros and Daniel Ponce De Leon. Montes de Oca has never fought outside of his native Mexico, nor anybody in the same class as Gamboa. In his last fight this past May, Montes de Oca won a ten-round split decision over Daniel Evangelista Jr. (17-3-1), extending his winning streak to fourteen.
|Kovalev beats a legend, By Scott Shaffer|
Sergey Kovalev W12 Bernard Hopkins… Light heavyweight history was made in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday when 49 year-old Bernard Hopkins's unprecedented late-career run was stopped easily by Russia's Sergey Kovalev. Over twelve rounds, Kovalev comprehensively defeated Hopkins, knocking him down once and handing Hopkins the most lopsided loss of his 26-year pro career. Even in defeat, Hopkins performed admirably, landing a few good punches and going eleven rounds without taking an abundance of punishment. In the last round, however, Kovalev went all-out for the knockout, and managed to punish and stagger Hopkins. In his post-fight interview, Hopkins said it is "50-50" whether he would retire. Kovalev now holds the WBO, IBF and WBA super championships in the 175-pound division. Adonis Stevenson holds the WBC belt and the lineal (real) world championship, but Stevenson had his chance to face Kovalev and backed out of the fight.
Kovalev knocked Hopkins down in the first round with a straight right that landed over the top of Hopkins' guard. After an inactive second round, Hopkins went to work in the third. First, Hopkins pushed Kovalev to the canvas and tried to play it off like a knockdown, then Hopkins landed a legitimate left hook to Kovalev's head. But the Russian came back at the end of the round and resumed his domination in the fourth round. The fifth featured a couple of toe-to-toe exchanges, with Kovalev continuing to the the better of the action. Hopkins' hopes seemed to hang on the fact that Kovalev had never fought more than eight rounds. When the ninth round came, however, Kovalev did not unravel. If anyone slowed down late in the fight, it was understandably the 49 year-old. Hopkins landed a couple of good shots in the tenth, but it was virtually impossible to score any round for him, with the possible exception of the third. The official scores were 120-107 (twice) and 120-106 for Kovalev. source: hbo
|HBO picks up Klitschko-Pulev|
During last night’s telecast of Sergey Kovalev’s winover Bernard Hopkins, HBO announced that it reached an agreement to broadcast next week’s world heavyweight championship fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev. The fight will take place on Saturday, November 15th in Hamburg, Germany. HBO will air the fight live at 4:45 pm with a rebroadcast later that night. –Scott Shaffer
|German teenager added to Big UK show|
Press Release: German super middleweight Vincent Feigenbutz (16-1, 15 KOs) will make his UK debut on November 22nd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The 19 year-old faces Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-11-1, 19 KOs) on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew,II. ‘’I’m looking forward to making my UK debut,’’ said Feigenbutz. ‘’The [British] fans are amazing and always make for an incredible atmosphere. Even though I am coming over from Germany, I hope they will get behind me and support me in this fight. I’m sure they’re going to love my explosive attacking style. ‘’I may only be 19 years old, but I have unseen power for someone my age. On November 22, Di Giacomo will taste my power, and he’s going to get knocked out! He may be an experienced, he’s old enough to be my father [Di Giacomo is 36], but he’s not going to stand a chance. Don’t blink or you might miss it!’’ Cleverly-Bellew II will air live on Sky Sports Box Office on November 22nd with George Groves, Anthony Joshua, James DeGale, Scott Quigg and Jamie McDonnell also on the bill.
|Sadam Ali wins step-up fight handily, By Scott Shaffer|
Sadam Ali TKO9 Luis C. Abregu After five uneventful rounds in which Ali generally outboxed Abregu, Ali landed a right in round six that resulted in a knockdown. Abregu got up, but fought unsteadily for the remainder of the round. Abregu tried to make the bout a street fight, but Ali, a former U.S. Olympian from Brooklyn, was too skillful to fight on the Argentinean's terms. Abregu started to creep back into the fight, but after the eighth, trainer Andre Rozier exhorted Ali to do something special, and Ali responded beautifully. Ali battered Abregu around the ring in the ninth, dropping Abregu and then continuing the punishment until the referee called off the welterweight bout. The same crowd that booed the early inactivity had been won over by Ali, whose record is now 21-0. With the win, he joins Timothy Bradley as the only boxers to defeat Abregu (now 36-2). source: hbo
|Mansour scores frightening one-punch KO of Kassi, By Scott Shaffer|
Amir Mansour KO7 Fred Kassi… Amir Mansour's heavyweight ride continued, as the 42 year-old rebounded from his first career loss with a devastating knockout of little-known but respectable opponent, Fred Kassi. Mansour was winning the bout, but Kassi showed an excellent chin… until Mansour landed a right hand in the seventh round that dropped Kassi face first to the canvas, where Kassi laid motionless for a couple of minutes. Eventually, Kassi got up and was talking with Mansour, but for a while, the effects of Mansour's one-punch knockout were frightening. Certainly, this was a knockout-of-the-year candidate. It also put Mansour back on the path to contender status. After nine years out of the ring, most of which was spent in prison, Mansour resumed his boxing career in 2010 with a series of highlight-reel knockouts. Even a brief return to prison for a parole violation couldn't stop him, but his last fight, a loss to Steve Cunningham, slowed his roll for a while. This knockout, however, restored the buzz to Mansour's feel-good story of redemption. Mansour disrespected the television broadcaster a bit, chanting, "HBO! HBO! Showtime" over the NBC Sports airwaves. source: nbc sports
|Szpilka tops Adamek in Poland|
Artur Szpilka W10 Tomasz Adamek… In Krakow, Poland on Saturday, Artur Szpilka dealt the career of Tomasz Adamek a serious blow, defeating the former two-division champion by unanimous decision in an all-Polish heavyweight contest. When the ten-round bout was complete, the judges saw Szpilka winning by scores of 96-94 (twice) and 98-92. Adamek held world titles at light heavyweight and cruiserweight and has been a world contender at heavyweight for several years, but the loss to Szpilka ends any realistic hopes of another championship opportunity. source: fox news / sports network
|Freddie Roach, Roy Jones to oppose each other as trainers|
When Jessie Vargas, who holds the WBA regular championship at 140 pounds, faces ex-lightweight titlist Antonio Demarco on the Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri undercard in China, it will be the first time trainers Freddie Roach and Roy Jones, Jr. have worked the same fight as trainers from opposite corners. Furthermore, Jones will be doing the commentary on the remaining pay-per-view telecast fights, which take place on November 22nd. source: top rank press release
|Weights from Atlantic City|
Here are the boxers' weights for tomorrow's big show in Atlantic City, New Jersey:
Bernard Hopkins (WBA/IBF champion) 173.5 pounds vs. Sergey Kovalev (WBO champion) 174.5;
Sadam Ali 146 pounds vs. Carlos Abregu 146.5;
Vyacheslav Glazkov 220 pounds vs. Darnell Wilson 239; and
Nadjib Mohammedi 176 pounds vs. Demetrius Walker 174.5
source: golden boy twitter account
|Late results from DiBella Entertainment|
Avtandil Khurtsidze TKO5 Eddie Hunter... On Thursday, October 30th, Georgian middleweight contender Avtandil "The Tornado" Khurtsidze, now living in Kiev, Ukraine, stopped Eddie Hunter in the fifth round in Hollywood, CA. In round three, the 5'4" Khurtsidze trapped Hunter against the ropes and floored him with a combination. Though Hunter arose, Khurtsidze continued to apply pressure with left hooks and right crosses until the bell. For the remainder of the contest, Khurtsidze blasted his adversary with power shots until Hunter's corner stopped the bout in round five. Khurtsidze is now 29-2-2 compapred to 10-11-2 for Hunter.
Regis Prograis KO1 Jeff Humphries... Last night, in his fifth contest of 2014, Houston's Regis Prograis defeated Jeff Humphries in a six-round junior welterweight contest held in Opelousas, LA. Normally the aggressor, the 25-year-old Prograis played the role of counter-puncher as Humphries burst out of his corner throwing bombs. Prograis landed a four-punch combination to the body and head to knock his foe out cold inside the first minute of round one. It was his sixth knockout in a row. Prograis improved to 12-0 while Humphries lost for the first time and is now 2-1.
Steed Woodall TKO1 Cleudy Matos... Just two weeks after a win in New York, English/Irish super middleweight Steed "The Stallion" Woodall went down to Salcedo in the the Dominican Republic to face Cleudy Matos on November 1st. Now living and training in Palm Beach, FL, the 20-year-old Woodall landed a right uppercut on the chin that dropped Matos hard in the first round. With Matos in no shape to continue, the contest was halted, upping Woodall's record to 6-0. Matos is 0-7. source for all results: dibella entertainment
|Hopkins-Kovalev preview: a changing of the guard?, By Rick Evans|
On Saturday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev will meet to unify three of the four world title belts in the light heavyweight division. Hopkins, the ageless warrior, looks to continue his storybook run of post-40 success and surprise the experts one more time while Kovalev hopes to put an end to that story once and for all, starting his own march to greatness. The 49 year-old Hopkins will enters the Boardwalk Hall ring with a record of 55-6-2 and 32 KOs. He will be carrying the WBA and IBF light heavyweight belts into a fight that finds him as an underdog due to both his seniority (Hopkins is 18 years older than Kovalev, old enough to be his father) and due to Kovalev's knockout power.
|HBO2 to rebroadcast Pacquiao-Bradley II next week|
On Friday, Nov. 14th at 11:00 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 15th at 8:15 a.m., HBO2 will replay Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley II and Chris Algieri-Ruslan Provodnikov back-to-back. On April 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Pacquiao avenged his controversial loss to Bradley with a dominating win, handing Bradley his first official loss. Last June in Brooklyn, NY, Algieri rebounded from an opening-round onslaught to upset 140-pound title-holder Ruslan Provodnikov in one of the year's most remarkable triumphs. Both fights will also be available 24 hours a day to HBO On Demand and HBO GO subscribers beginning Monday, Nov. 10th. HBO is airing these fights to help publicize the Pacquiao-Algieri pay-per-view bout that takes place Saturday, November 22nd. source: hbo
|Adamek-Szpilka available tomorrow on Internet PPV|
Tomorrow in Kraków, Poland, there will be a heavyweight battle of huge local interest between between Tomasz "Goral" Adamek (pictured) and Artur Szpilka. Adamek, a former champion at 175 and 200 pounds is 49-3 and is coming off a loss to Vyacheslav Glazkov. Szpilka is 16-1 and is coming off a loss to Bryant Jennings. For those wanting to see the fight here in the United States will be available in the United States, it will be available via web-based pay-per-view at http://boks.ipla.tv
. The telecast begins at 1:00 PM Eastern time and costs $13.00 (US dollars). No word in the press release whether the broadcast will have English-language commentary. source: main events
|Boxcino 2014 winners to return to ESPN2 in January|
On Friday, January 16, 2015, the two winners of the Boxcino 2014 tournament will be featured on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights in matches taking place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Willie Monroe Jr. (18-1) won the middleweight competition, while Petr Petrov (35-4-2) won the lightweight division. Their opponents have not yet been announced. source: banner promotions
|New champion alert: Wanheng Menayothin picks low-hanging fruit, By Scott Shaffer|
Wanheng Menayothin TKO9 Oswaldo Novoa... Perhaps the weakest champion in boxing was dethroned in Thailand as Wanheng Menayothin punished journeyman Oswaldo Novoa for nine rounds until Novoa quit. The win garnered Menayothin, from Thailand, the WBC 105-pound championship. The more legitimate champions at 105 pounds are Hekkie Budler of South Africa (WBA/IBO) and Francisco Rodriguez of Mexico (IBF/WBO). Novoa, now 14-5-1, was brought in by the WBC to serve as a patsy for Xiong Zhao Zhong, who the WBC tried to maintain as a titlist in order to develop pro boxing in China. The plan failed when Novoa stopped Zhong last February. Menayothin is now 36-0, although he has few recognizable names on his opponent list. One of the few is Florante Condes, who briefly held the IBF 105-pound title and later lost to Menayothin in 2011. source: bangkok post
|Mansour vs. Kassi on tap for Saturday|
On November 8th at Sands Resort Casino in Bethlehem, PA NBC Sports Network will feature a ten-round heavyweight match-up between Amir "Hardcore" Mansour and Frederic "Big Fred" Kassi. Also on the telecast will be a ten-round welterweight bout between Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko and Ronald Cruz and a ten-round light-heavyweight contest matching Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin against Jackson Junior. source: main events Here is what was said at the final press conference:
|Daily Bread Thursday Edition:(11-6-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I keep hearing all the talk about the upcoming match-ups. Bernard
Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev, Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri. With Hopkins, he isn't exciting me with his fights but he sure is amazing me. Dude's 50 yrs old and never took a break his whole career I don't think. Never mind what kind of physical shape a 50 year old can be in. What about the mind? Even if you could still do it at that age, who would want to? Fighters get sick of it, they get complacent and they get washed away. Not Hop. Iron will steel resolve. He presses on and looks like he's having the time of his life. God Bless him. He is a pure psycho and I mean that in the most complimentary manner of speaking. He really is not a human.
|Victor Ortiz speaks about his comeback|
Victor Ortiz defeated Andre Berto in 2011 to gain the WBC welterweight title. Since then, he has lost all three of his fights: a multi-million dollar opportunity vs. Floyd Mayweather, a jaw-breaking loss to Josesito Lopez, and then a bad knockout loss to Luis Collazo. Ortiz will try to end the losing streak pn December 19th in Las Vegas against a still-to-be-chosen opponent. Here is what Ortiz had to say about the state of his career: "I’ve fallen a few times in my career, it happens. I don’t care what career you choose to do, you’re going to fall. You get up and shake it off and move forward. Two years ago I broke my jaw in a fight, but I didn’t sit around feeling sorry for myself. I immediately took on Dancing with the Stars and six weeks in I was eliminated. From there I get a call from Sylvester Stallone to do Expendables 3. Why not? I can’t fight and my jaw is still shattered, so I went to Eastern Europe for three months [to film the movie]. I had the opportunity to fight on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard in May but I didn’t want to risk my boxing career because I was still injured. No one is forcing me to keep boxing, but I’m only 27 and I have a lot left in me. I’m in my prime and at the end of the day I’m back in the ring. It’s in me to fight and I have a lot of unfinished business in the ring. I will, mark my words, be one of the greatest. This is a fight that I’m taking very seriously. I can’t afford to fall. I’m fortunate to have options, but right now my option is to be world champion. I’ve put two films aside to fight on Dec. 13th. I could’ve trained and acted at the same time but I knew that I had to focus completely on this fight. Not having an opponent doesn’t affect my current training. I’m finally with a team that I feel confident with and at home with.” source: golden boy press release
|Beterbiev-Page set for Dec. 19th in Quebec City|
As part of a Showtime quadrupleheader on December 19th, two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs) will face Jeff Page Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) of Andover, Kan., in a ten-round light heavyweight match in Quebec City. source: groupe yvon michel. Here is what the two light heavyweights had to say at a press conference yesterday:
|Rainone to headline Long Island show|
On Thursday, November 13th, Tommy Rainone will headline a Long Island boxing show at The Space in Westbury, New York. The welterweight Rainone (21-5-1, 4 KOs) will face Chicago's Carl "The Assassin" McNickles (8-5, 6 KOs) in a ten rounder. In the chief supporting bout, Ireland's "Hurricane" Dennis Hogan (19-0-1, 7 KOs) will face Venezuela's Jose "Bam Bam" Rodriguez-Berrio (21-6, 13 KOs) in a junior middleweight eight-rounder. source: greg cohen promotions
|Tacoma, Washington to host Nov. 15th show|
According to the Facebook page of matchmaker Andy Nance, the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington will host a boxing show topped by a ten rounder between middleweights Mike Gavronski (14-1) and Gerardo Ibarra (14-1). Both boxers are coming off their only loss. The co-feature is set for six rounds between super middleweights Aubrey Morrow (6-1-2) and Cameron Seville-Rivera (5-0). Two heavyweights with good amateur records make their pro debuts against each other: Mickey White (reported amateur record of 20-1) vs. Adam Querido (reported amateur record of 9-0). Also on the card, Marcelino Pineda (4-0) goes four rounds vs. Will Hughes (3-1). There are three other bouts on what looks to be a very competitive card. Tickets can be purchased by calling 253.594.7777. --Scott Shaffer
|Showtime announces three bouts for Dec 19th quadrupleheader|
Showtime Sports will close out its 2014 boxing calendar with a quadrupleheader featuring the return of world light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson defending his crown against Russia's Dmitry "The Hunter" Sukhotskiy on Friday, Dec. 19th. The show takes place in Quebec City. Also on the show, welterweight Kevin Bizier (23-1, 16 KOs) will face the only man to defeat him, Jo Jo Dan (33-2, 18 KOs), in a rematch of their 2013 split-decision. The winner of Dan-Bizier will determine the mandatory challenger to IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. In the opening bout of the telecast, light heavyweight contender and two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs) will face Jeff Page Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder. source showtime press release
|Eric Gomez: Khan-Alexander winner "won't necessarily" get shot at Mayweather|
Although the winner of the December 13th welterweight bout between Amir Khan and Devon Alexander will be on a very short list of the top 147-pound contenders in the world, Eric Gomez, senior vice president of Golden Boy Promotions, said , “the winner of this fight is going to earn a shot at fighting Floyd [Mayweather]. They aren’t necessarily going to get Floyd because he decides who he wants to fight, but they would have earned it.source: golden boy press release
|Khan, Alexander discuss their Dec. 13th showdown|
Amir Khan and Devon Alexander participated in a press conference on Tuesday in Los Angeles to formally announce their welterweight bout scheduled for December 13th at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. A British superstar and former word 140-pound champion, Khan (29-3, 19 KOs) of Bolton, England will take on former two-division champion Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KOs) of St. Louis, in a twelve round bout to be shown on Showtime Championship Boxing. source: Golden Boy Promotions. Here is what the boxers had to say:
|Naazim Richardson: "The rest of the world adjusts to Bernard Hopkins"|
In Brooklyn, New York yesterday, Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, as well as their respective trainers, Naazim Richardson and John David Jackson, met the press just days ahead of the November 8th light heavyweight unification bout to be held in Atlantic City. Richardson saud, ""We're too late in the game to overhaul [Hopkin] from training camp to training camp. We train Bernard Hopkins. The rest of the world adjusts to Bernard Hopkins." source: main events press release. Here is the rest of what the boxers and their trainers had to say:
|Heavyweight Wallin added to Denmark card|
Otto Wallin (7-0, 5 KOs) makes his ring return on November 29th. The Swedish heavyweight will face Ivica Perkovic (20-24, 15 KOs) in his first eight-round contest at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen. "I’m in great shape and looking forward to fighting in Copenhagen once again,’’ said Wallin. "I’ve been working hard in the gym with my coach Joey Gamache. This is my first eight-round fight. It will be a new challenge but I’m definitely ready for the step up.’’ [Perkovic has lost six of his last seven]. source: sauerland event press release
|Sampson: Escandon-Cave is a WBA eliminator (not an interim title fight)|
According to Sampson Boxing, promoter of Colombia's Oscar Escandon (23-1, 16 KOs) and Canadian southpaw Tyson Cave (22-2, 6 KOs) will meet on Thursday, December 11th at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, whicch will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. But Sampson's namesake, Sampson Lewkowicz clarified that, "the fight between Oscar Escandon and Tyson Cave is not for the interim title, it is a 12-round WBA super bantamweight eliminator. The WBA has already approved that the winner of this fight will then face the champion, Scott Quigg, next year." source: sampson boxing
|Awe lands U.S. broadcast rights to huge British card|
On Saturday afternoon, November 22nd, there will be a rematch between former WBO 175-pound title holder Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew will airs live in the United States on Awe network. The twelve-round bout will be fought at a 200-pound limit at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Also on the Awe broadcast, Scott Quigg will make the fifth defense of the WBA regular 122-pound title against Hidenori Otake of Tokyo and WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell will defend against Walberto Ramos of Colombia. source: awe network
|Glen Johnson to face undefeated Swede|
Former world light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson will travel from Florida to Denmark to face Sweden's Erik Skoglund (21-0, 11 KOs) on December 13th at Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen. Johnson (54-19-2 with 37 KOs) is coming off a stoppage loss at cruiserweight to Ilunga Makabu, but before that he won three in a row against mediocre competiton. source: sauerland event
|Dawejko to seek fifth straight win this weekend|
On Friday night, November 14th, heavyweight Joey Dawejko (12-3-2) will look for his fifth consecutive win when he takes on Texas' Rayford Johnson (10-15) in the eight-round main event at Harrahs Philadelphia in Chester, PA. Dawejko's four-bout winning streak includes a win over Derric Rossy and the last two via first-round stoppage. Despite his 10-15 record, Johnson has quality wins over Terrrence Woods (7-0), Arman Mrkanovic (4-1) and Will McIntyre (40-5-1). In his last two bouts, Johnson defeated Ernesy Reyma (4-0) and Vincent Miranda (16-1) on August 15th in Saratoga Springs, NY. source: Joey Eye Boxing
|Change in opponent for Rhode Island co-feature|
The Rode Island boxing card scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7th at Twin River Casino has a change in is co-feautre. Super middleweight Angel Camacho Jr. (12-0, 4 KOs) of Providence, R.I., will now face Massachusetts' Paul Gonsalves (7-4-1, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout. Camacho Jr. was originally scheduled to face Tylon Burris of Hartford, but Burris withdrew this weekend due to a back injury. source: CES Boxing
|Ryan Martin in Atlantic City action this weekend|
Lightweight Ryan "Blue Chip" Martin (8-0, 4 KOs) will be fighting in a non-televised fight on this Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey on the show headlined by the light heavyweight unification bout between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev. Martin, a 12-time national amateur champion from Chattanooga, TN who now fights out of Cleveland, faces Mexico's Martin "Marciano" Cardona (17-3, 12 KOs), in a scheduled six-round bout. source: SMS Promotions
|Vazquez, Jr. ekes out a majority decision win at home|
Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. W8 Joanthan Arellano... In Caguas, Puerto Rico, ex-WBO 122-pound titlist Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. defeated Jonathan Arellano by majority decison. The bout was contested over eight rounds in the featherweight division. Vazquez said afterwards, "I have to admit that I really wanted to achieve a KO, but that didn’t happen, yet things went good and we won. Arellano came out strong and I had to make adjustmens to obtain victory.” Vazquez had to survive a rocky second round, but improved his record to 24-4-1. Arellano drops to 15-5-2. source: wbc
|Results from Washington, D.C.|
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison KO1 Michael Clark... In Washington, D.C.'s DAR Constitution Hall, welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison knocked out Michael Clark (44-12-1, 18 KOs) in the first round. The 20 year-old improved to 24-0 with 13 KOs. “I was prepared to go rounds but if the opportunity presented itself I was going to try and take him out,” Hernandez-Harrison said. “I have been waiting a long time to fight at home again and I am happy I was able to give my fans a great knockout.” source: all-in entertainment press release
|Daily Bread Saturday Edition: 11-1-14, By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Hey Bread, Have you ever used the Grant gloves that Gennady "GGG" Golovkin wears? Do you have any intel on them? Also does GGG remind you of anyone the way he uses his lead hand to control his opponents? -- Adam Molnar, Ontario, Canada
|Maskaev loses court case against former promoter, By Scott Shaffer|
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev sued his former promoter Dennis Rappaport, charging him with violations of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. Maskaev complained that Rappaport and his company secretly kept $500,000 in promotional fees for Maskaev's 2006 fight vs. Hasim Rahman. The payments were made by Rahman's promoter, Top Rank, to Rappaport's company, and the Muhammad Ali Act requires Rappaport to disclose the payment to Maskaev in a timely fashion. Rappaport said he disclosed the payment in an accounting statement he mailed to Maskaev, but the boxer denied ever receiving it. Maskaev did not learn about the payments until 2009. However, he continued working with Rappaport for a short while after 2009, and did not file a lawsuit until 2012. The court ruled that Maskaev waited too long to sue, and granted judgment in Rappaport's favor.
|Results from Slovakia|
Tamas Kovacs W10 Hamza Wandera... In Trnava, Slovakia, cruiserweight Tamas Kovacs defeated Hamza Wandera in a rematch nearly four years in the making. In the first bout, Kovacs defeated the Ugandan southpaw Wandera by split decision when they fought at light heavyweight. This time around, the referee deducted two point from Wandera for illegal punches, but it wouldn't matter as all three judges scored the fight widely in favor of the Slovakian Kovacs: 100-88, 99-88 and 97-91. Kovacs is now 25-1, while Wandera, the younger brother of former IBF champion Kassim Ouma, falls to 18-8-3. source: wbf
|Voraberger injures jaw; wins split decision at home|
Eva Voraberger W10 Renata Domsodi... Fighting in her home country, 115-pounder Eva Voraberger won by the thinnest of margins against Hungary's Renata Domsodi oat the Admiral Dome in Vienna, Austria. Domsodi's right hand not only floored Voraberger heavily in the third round but reportedly broke her jaw, and at that point it looked as if the title could very well be changing hands. Voraberger barely beat the count at 9 ¾, and could very well have been stopped. However, referee Ernst Salzgeber let her continue and she barely made it to the end of the round. Voraberger then rallied back during the middle rounds. Domsodi then finished the bout strongly, and after ten cracking rounds it could have gone either way. Austrian Judge Otto Lorenz scored the fight 95-94 for Domsodi, while Hungarian judge Tamas Sasvari favored Voraberger by the same margin. The decider came from Germany's Jean-Marcel Nartz, who also had it 95-94 for Voaberger, who retained her WBF title. The decision was booed by the crowd of 1500 fans, but it was literally one of those fights where you could argue for either boxer. Voraberger (19-3) showed sportsmanship after the fight, and made it clear how she sympathized with Domsodi (12-6) and that a rematch should happen. source: wbf
|Boxingtalk's KO Fix: Ramirez scores stirring KO in Argentina|Victor E. Ramirez KO2 Deon Elam...
Former WBO cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez scored a stirring knockout of America's Deon Elam in Argentina last night. Ramirez, whose brief reign was ended by Marco Huck in 2009, was knocked down twice in the first round. In the second, his legs steadied, and just beofre the bell sounded, Ramirez landed a tremendous right that put Elam down in a heap. Elam, whose claim to fame was a 2008 stint on the boxing reality show The Contender, was down on the canvas for minutes. Ramirez was away from the ring for four years after losing to Huck, but has now won six straight in the last year. Elam is now 13-2. In the video below, we can see Argentina still observes the old-fashioned custom of gloving up in the ring. The fight itself begins after the five-minute mark. --Scott Shaffer