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|Katsidis heading to England for next bout|
Press Release: 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell will takes on Daniel Brizuela in his first twelve rounder and Tommy Coyle faces Michael Katsidis at the Ice Arena in Hull on October 25th, live on Sky Sports. Campbell (7-0) is campaigning at lightweight. Brizuela, from Argentina returns to the venue where he lost to Coyle in a fight-of -the-year contender in February in which both men hit the canvas four times before Coyle stopped Brizuela (26-3-2). Brizuela also went the distance with Daud Yordan in a failed IBO title bid. Australian star Katsidis (30-6) returns to Britain to tackle Coyle 19-2), and the former two-time WBO interim champion is looking for a repeat of his stoppage win over Kevin Mitchell. After two years out of the ring, Katsidis has won two fights on the comeback trail.
|Escalera: Jack's KO loss can be repeated|
Press Release: In the co-feature of a special Saturday presentation of ShoBox: The New Generation on August 30th, super middleweight Badou “The Ripper” Jack (16-1-1, 11 KOs) will look to bounce back from a knockout loss when he takes on streaking Jason Escalera (15-2-1, 12 KOs). Escalera has beaten two previously undefeated boxers this summer and has never been knocked down in his pro career or even lost a fight at 168 pounds. Escalera-Jack will be a ten-round super middleweight bout. Here is what the two boxers had to say about their upcoming fight:
|Next up for Anthony Joshua: Konstantin Airich|
Press Release: 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua will step up his competition level slightly when he battles Konstantin Airich in Manchester, England on September 13th, live on Sky Sports. Joshua is 7-0 with 7 KOs since turning pro as a heavyweight. The Kazakh-born Airich (21-9-2 with 17 KOs) fights out of Germany, and at 35 years old, he brings a wealth of experience to the table. His last fight was a loss to Denis Bakhtov.
|Women dominate next San Diego bill|
Press Release: California Bobby D. Presents returns on September 4th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego with the company's sixth fight card of the year. In the main event, Jolene "Classy Assassin" Blackshear (8-5) of San Diego will face Susan Reno (1-2-1) of New York over six light flyweight rounds. Also on the show, light flyweight Kenia Enriquez (11-0) of Tijuana, Mexico will face her most experienced opponent to date when she goes against a regional strawweight titlist, Mayela "Cobrita" Perez (11-15-4) of Saltillo, Mexico.
|Jermain Taylor granted bail; Soliman-Taylor appears on, By Scott Shaffer|
Former world middleweight champion, who recently signed for an October title shot, has been arrested in Pulaski County, Arkansas for allegfedly shooting his cousin. According to Araknsas' KTHV (TV11), an altercation took place at Taylor's home, with Taylor allegedly shooting his cousin several times.The cousin is listed in serious condition. UPDATE: Arkansas Online reports that a judge has set a very low bail amount, $25,000, and approved Taylor to leave Arkansas and train in Florida for his October IBF title challenge against Sam Soliman. Indications are that Taylor will plead self-defense. Taylor won the undisputed world middleweight championship from Bernard Hopkins in 2005, and defeated the future hall of famer in a rematch. He lost the championship to Kelly Pavlik in 2007, and his career began to slide with brutal knockout losses to Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham in 2009. Taylor reportedly suffered a brain bleed after the Abraham loss, but returned to boxing in 2011 and ran off four wins against mid-level opponents. His manager, the powerful Al Haymon, recently secured an IBF championship opportunity against Sam Soliman, a 40 year-old, light punching but extremely crafty Australian.
|Daily Bread Tuesday Edition: (8-27-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
I have only one question for you my brother and that is...who stops my man Kell Brook [IBF welterweight champion who just defeated Shawn Porter]? Nobody that will face him willingly I suggest, but then thats why I'm here and not there. Keep it real brother bread and lets look forward to Kell bangin them oot! Independence for Scotland! Bread’s Response: Brook is a tremendous fighter but I’m not going to suggest he’s unstoppable. Keith Thurman……………..
|Puerto Rico vs. Philadelphia rivalry to be renewed on symbolic Sept 11th date|
Boxingtalk's Stephen "Breadman" Edwards points out that thirteen years ago, there was a fight scheduled for September 15th between Puerto Rico's and Philadelphia's best middleweights- Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins. But an incident occurred on four days before the fight that altered history (the September 11th terrorist attacks), so Hopkins-Trinidad was rescheduled to September 29th. Of course, Hopkins made boxing history by defeating Trinidad in Madison Square Garden. Now 13 years later, there is another Puerto Rico vs. Phialdehpia fight scheduled for September 11th. The fight will be between Julian Williams (16-0) of Philadelphia and Eliezer Gonzalez (14-0) of Puerto Rico. Williams is trained by Edwards. Both of these young men will put their undefeated records on the line on Fox Sports 1 on September 11th.
|Maidana open workout quotes|
Press Release: Marcos Maidana, the former WBA welterweight titlist who gets his eagerly awaited rematch with Floyd “Money” Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday, Sept. 13th, participated in a media workout Tuesday at Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California. Joining him were other boxers who will appear on the pay-per-view boradcast: Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (WBC 122-pound titlist), Miguel Vazquez (IBF 135-pound titlist), junior welterweight John Molina, plus Maidana’s trainer Robert Garcia and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe. Here is what they had to say:
|Pacquiao, Algieri to visit San Francisco Giants on Friday|
Press Release: Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri will participate in a Q&A media session on top of the visitor’s dugout at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park from 12:45 p.m. on Friday. Pacquiao will be defending the WBO welterweight title against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri on November 22nd in Macao, China and broadcast live in the U.S. via HBO Pay-Per-View. The first two rows of the seating area will be reserved for media. In addition, the fighters will also participate batting practice and the ceremonial first pitch prior to Giants-Brewers game.
|MIKE TYSON, ROY JONES JR., SERGIO MARTINEZ, JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ AMONG ATTENDEES FOR BOX FAN EXPO|
Press Release: Mike Tyson (Iron Mike Productions), Roy Jones Jr., Riddick Bowe, Mikey Garcia, Sergio Martinez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Al Bernstein, Robert Garcia and Mia St. John, among others are scheduled to to appear at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 13th for the inaugural Box Fan Expo. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and coinciding with Mexican independence weekend and the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana rematch that evening, Box Fan Expo allows fans to meet and greet the sport’s legends, past and current champions and other celebrities of the sport, collect autographs, take photos and purchase merchandise and memorabilia.
|Mayweather-Maidana II pay-per-view to start one hour earlier than normal|
Press Release: Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions have scheduled the Floyd Mayweather vs. Macros pay-per-view event to start at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, one hour earlier than the traditional 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Broadcaster Showtime Pay-Per-view believes the earier time will improve the television viewer’s experience for live boxing events. Viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones, which make up nearly 80 percent of the U.S. population, won’t have to stay up as late as usual in order to witness the conclusion of the event.
|Youth Olympics experiments with 10-point must scoring, By Scott Shaffer|
The 2014 Youth Olympic Games are under way in Nanjing, China, and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has changed the scoring system for this amateur competition to more closely resemble pro-style scoring. Under the new system, the winner of each round is awarded 10 points. Unlike the pros, there will be five ringside judges score the fight, but the scorecards of only three of them will be totalled to form the final score. The former computerized punch-count system has been discarded. That system was instituted to end corrupt judging (for example the corrupt judging of the 1988 Olympics that denied Roy Jones a gold medal). However, the punch-count system also produced many bad decisions in Olympic bouts. According to AIBA's website, the return to subjective scoring is success so far. “We think it is a better system, fairer, where they pick the three judges from the five,” said British coach Gary Hale. AIBA also hopes the new scoring system will improve fighter safety by shifting the focus to technical skills and ring dominance rather than punch volume. “It means the boxers have to engage and work more to get the points,” said Australia coach Marcus Wilson.
|Mike Marrone, 2 Olympians to feature on Orlando show|
Press Release: World Wide Elite Entertainment is putting together the September 20th undercard for Orlando, Florida that will support the return of cruiserweight contender Francisco Palacios against TBA. Mike Marrone (20-4) of Vero Beach, FL will box for the first time since 2011 when he battles fellow Floridian Sam “Slam Bam” Tillman (13-10) of Bradenton in a six-round heavyweight contest. Marrone fought Guillermo Jones for the WBA cruiserweight belt in 2011, but was stopped in the sixth round. Tillman’s last bout goes all the way back to 2006, but he upset Moises Droz via third round knockout. Tickets are on sale at 561-702-7068.
|Q&A with super middleweight Isaac Rodrigues|
Press Release: Isaac Rodrigues, a super middleweight from Brazil, had a flying start to his professional career, winning his first seventeen bouts, including a victory over Brian Vera. He captured a regional title in his home country in 2008, and made one successful defense before relocating to the USA, where he won his first four fights. Then his career took a bad turn with consecutive stoppage defeats that left his hopes in shambles. Back in Brazil, and after more than two years out of the ring, he returned to action in April 2013 and has now won three straight. In his latest fight he defeated Mexico's Eduardo Tercero to improve his pro record to 20-2 with 16 KOs.
|Huck guns for cruiserweight defense mark this weekend|
Press Release: On August 30th, WBO 200-pound champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) will attempt to equal Johnny Nelson’s record for the most title defenses in the cruiserweight division when he faces Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) in Halle/Westphalia, Germany. As Huck edges closer to Nelson’s record of thirteen defenses we take a look at how the cruiserweight’s compare.
|New Hampshire show slated for Sept. 18th|
Press Release: The 13th annual Fight To Educate (FTE) Pro-Am boxing event has been scheduled for Thursday night, September 18th at Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. This year's attending boxing legends include former world middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo (50-7-2, 21 KOs), heavyweight contenders Chuck "Bayonne Bleeder" Wepner (25-14-2, 17 KOs) and Earnie "The Acorn" Shavers (74-14-1, 68 KOs), and two-time WBA heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz (44-9-1, 30 KOs). The main event has not been finalized but will likely include junior middleweight Chris Giilbert (11-1, 9 KOs).
|Klitschko suffers sparring injury; postpones September 6th title defense, By Scott Shaffer|
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko suffered an injury in sparring earlier today and has postponed his September 6th title defense against Kubrat Pulev in Hamburg. The Klitschko camp intends to reschedule the fight as soon as it has an accurate prognosis for Klitschko's recovery from the unidentified injury. Update: The Associated Press reports that the injury is a torn bicep that will require four weeks to heal. The availability of television and the venue will also factor into the rescheduling date, but the fight seems likely to remain in Hamburg and take place before the end of the year.
|Caballero moving up to 130 with tough fight in October|
According to the WBC, former champion Celestino Caballero is working hard in the gym to shed eight months of ring rust. Caballero (37-5) will face Mexico's Adrian Estrella (18-0) on October 4th in Estrella's hometown, Monterrey. Caballero will be moving up to 130 pounds for this fight. He unified the IBF and WBA championships at 122 pounds during an impressive run from 2006-2009. He also won a WBA paper title at 126 pounds in 2011, and got striped without losing it in the ring.
|Results from around the world: Concepcion wins in Panama|
Luis Concepcion TKO7 Duván Hernandez... Panama's Luis "El Nica" Concepcion stopped Colombia's Duván Hernandez in a 115-pound contest held in Panama City. Concepcion knocked Hernandez down late in the second round and the fall appeared to cause a cut over the right eyebrow of Hernandez. The bout continued until the seventh round, when the referee stopped the fight in favor of Concepcion. The record of Hernandez falls to 12-2-2, while Concepcion improves to 32-3. Concepcion lost a WBA 112-pound title shot to Hernan Marquez in 2011, but has fought excellent competition since then and is worthy of a world title shot at 115 pounds. source: la estrella online panama
|Mike Jones upset in Atlantic City, By Scott Shaffer|
Jaime Herrera TKO7 Mike Jones ... There was an upset iun Atlantic City, New Jersey on Saturday as Illinois welterweight Jaime Herrera (12-2, 7 KOs) stopped comebacking Mike Jones (26-2, 19 KOs) in the seventh round. Jones hadn't fought in two years, but was close to winning an IBF world title against Randall Bailey, sh he was thought to be the favorite coming in. Jones nearly won early, sending Herrera to the mat in the second and third rounds. But Herrera turned the tide, and hos punches gave Jones a cut above his right eye and a swollen left eye. The referee stopped the bout after round seven.
Thomas LaManna W8 Jamaal Davis... Young New Jersey middleweight Thomas LaManna improved to 15-0 with 7 KOs by winning a hard-fought unanimous decision over Philadelphia's Jamaal Davis (14-12-1, 6 KOs). After eight rounds, the official scores were 79-73 and 78-74 (twice). At 22 years old, LaManna is 11 years younger then Davis, who is a respected opponent. LaManna's best round was the eighth. Next up for LaManna could be Scott Sigmon (24-5-1, 13 KOs), of Virginia. source for both results: press of atlantic city
|Results from Florida: Corley, Hallback win|
DeMarcus Corley TKO2 Dedrick Bell... On Friday in Tampa, Florida, former world titlist DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley stopped last minute substitute Dedrick Bell in the second round of a junior welterweight bout. Corley was originally scheduled to fight David Rodela, but when Rodela pulled out only a few days before the fight, Bell stepped in on one-day notice. Corley is now 41-22-1 since turning pro in 1996. Bell, ten years than Corley, saw a two-fight win streak ended and travels back to Memphis at 12-20-1.
Chevelle Hallback TKO8 Victoria Cisneros ... On the same show, Chevelle Hallback proved she's still dangerous at age 42. In the second bout of her comeback, Hallback stopped Victoria Cisneros (11-16-2) in the eight-round. Hallback (30-8-2) defeated Cisneros once before, by split decision in 2010, but this time she would not leave it to the judges. Scoring often with her overhand right, Hallback eventually proved to be the stronger boxer. After plenty of toe-to-toe action, the end came in round eight when Hallback connected again with several overhand rights to hurt Cisneros, who was no longer able to defend herself and was consequently stopped on her feet. source for both results: wbf press release
|Mike Jones comeback tops a quiet day in boxing|Press Release:
On a quiet night in boxing, Ballys Atlantic City in New Jersey will host welterweight Mike Jones' return to the ring after a 26-month layoff. JOnes (26-1, 19 KOs) will face Jaime Herrera (11-2, 6 KOs) in a ten-round bout that will headline an eight-bout card to be streamed live on www.gfl.tv
for $14.99. The show is promoted by Peltz Boxing and will begin at 7:30 PM ET. Jones weighed in at 147 pounds yesterday, and Herrera came in at a contractually acceptable 147.5.
|The Boxingtalk Scoreboard: Trout leaves some doubt, By Scott Shaffer|Austin Trout W10 Daniel Dawson...
After back-to-back losses, former world junior middleweight champion Austin Trout badly needed a win as he dropped down to ESPN-level. Trout got the win he needed against Daniel Dawson, but left critics an opening to question his chin. Dawson landed very few punches, but two of them, both in the third round, knocked Trout down. Dawson didn't follow up very aggressively and lost every other round. Things really got bad for Dawson in the seventh, when Trout stepped on Dawson's foot and appeared to injure his calk. With little mobility, Dawson had no chance, and got dropped by Trout in the eighth round. Dawson did his best to survive, but the fight was easy to score. All three judges scored it 97-90 for Trout.
Erick Bone W10 Mahonri Montes... Also in Temecula, California, slick boxing Ecuadorean Erick Bone overcame a bloody nose to easily outbox the stationary Mahonri Montes. Bones, who now fights out of New York and is aligned with Al Haymon, got the deserved decision by scores of 100-90 and 97-93 (twice). Bone improves to 15-1 while Montes, a Mexican who turned pro at age 16, falls to 29-4-1. source: for both results espn2 friday night fights
|Mayweather-Maidana undercard: Angulo moving up to 160|
Press Release: In a conference call to promote the September 13th pay-per-show in Las Vegas, Alfredo Angulo talked about moving up to the 160-pound division: "Well, basically I've been saying it all along I was going to stay at 154 up until my body said otherwise. It's not a struggle. I can still make 154 but not comfortably, so that's why the jump to 160. You know, I think I'm going to feel more comfortable. I'm going to be the 'Perro' that you all know."
|DiBella, New Legend to co-promote Alantez Fox|
Press Release: DiBella Entertainment has signed 6'5" junior middleweight Alantez Fox to a co-promotional agreement with New Legend Boxing. Fox (12-0-1 with 4 KOs) is a tall, slick boxer who literally stands head and shoulders above most 154 pounders. He has a 79-inch reach, and comes from Forestville, MD. Fox is trained by his father, Troy Fox, out of Lloyd Irvin MMA/Boxing Gym. Fox has been inactive for the past year due to promotional issues.
|South Philly to host Tuesday night show on Sept. 16th|
Press Release: On Tuesday, September 16th, boxing returns to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia with a pro-am show. Headlining the professional portion of the card will be super middleweight Derrick Webster battling Taneal Goyco in a six rounder. Webster of Glassboro, New Jersey has a record of 17-0 with 8 knockouts. To say Goyco (6-7-1 with 3 KOs) has been matched tough is an understatement. In his 14 pro fights, he has taken on eight fighters that were undefeated at the time.
|Ivan Redkach signs on with Robert Garcia|
Press Release: Lightweight Ivan "The Terrible" Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs) has changed head trainers, adding former champion and 2011 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia to his corner. Redkach's is tentatively scheduled to fight again in October.
|MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS CONFIRMED FOR BOX FAN EXPO|
Press Release: Mayweather Promotions will be participating in the inaugural Box Fan Expo on Saturday, September 13th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the same day the company's namesake fights Marcos Maidana, also in Las Vegas. “The Box Fan Expo is a great chance for Mayweather Promotions to connect with boxing fans and continue to establish our position as one of the top promotional sports and entertainment companies in the world,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions”.
|Palacios coming back with Scully in his corner|
Press Release: Cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios is now training under John Scully. Palacios (21-2 with 13 KOs) returns to the squared circle after a two-year layoff to face James Johnson (28-43-4 with 17 KOs) in the eight-round main event on Saturday, September 20th at the Mela Room in his hometown of Orlando, FL.
|Ensenada to host ten-bout card next week|
Press Release: On August 29th in Ensenada, Mexico, Mexicali's Victor Betancourt (16-0) faces local hero Sergio “Micky” Lopez (18-8) at featherweight. In the co-featuret, Ensenada´s Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (11-0), will be in against Javier “El Rebelde” Carrera (13-3) in a welterweight bout. “With two [WBF regional title] fights, ten professional fights in total and some amateur fights as well, I think we have a great show for the fans,” said promoter Gomez Cano. “I am sure we will see action across the board, and I am personally very exited about the title fights.”
|Streaking Jason Escalera to face Badou Jack|
The ShoBox line-up for Friday, August 20th is now set. The venue will be Las Vegas' Palms Resort Casino and the main event will feature J'Leon Love (18-0) vs. Rogelio Medina (32-6) in a twelve-round super middleweight bout. The chief support, also in the 168-pound division, is probabky the more interesting bout. Badou Jack (16-1-1), looking to revive his career after a first-round loss to Derek Edwards, will face the streaking, but somewhat limited Jason Escalera (15-2-1). So far this summer, Escalera has handed two boxers their first pro losses. The third fight on ShoBox will be Ronald Gavril (9-0) going eight rounds against Thomas Falowo (12-2), also in the super middleweight division. --Scott Shaffer
|WBO welcomes Jay-Z's Roc Nation to the boxing business|
Press Release: WBO president Paco Valcarcel has expressed both surprise and please that hip hop star Jay-Z has established a boxing promotional company. Valcarcel welcomed Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, which earlier this week surprised the boxing world by winning a purse bid for the WBO middleweight title defense of Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov. In winning the promotional rights to Quillin-Korobov, Roc Nation outbid AMerica's two most powerful promoters, Top Rank and Golden Boy.
|Minnesota boxing update|
Press Release: Friday Night's card at Grand Casino Hinckley in Minnesota is expected to be a sell-out. The night's eight-round main event will be for the vacant Minnesota junior welterweight championship as Duluth's RJ "T-Rex" Laase (12-1) takes on Rondale "Give Em Hell" Hubbert (6-0-1) from Minneapolis. Neither fighter has been down or hurt in their careers.
|Fox Sports comes to Fairfield, California this Friday|Press Release:
The Allan Witt Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. will host the Fox Sports 1 / Fox Deportes boxing broadcast on Friday, August 22nd. The main event has
junior featherweight Manuel "Tino" Avila putting his undefeated record on the line against Mexico's Sergio "Finito" Frias. In the chief support, it's an eight-round heavyweight showdown when unbeaten Gerald "El Gallo" Washington and Nagy Aguilera. In the eight-round televised opener, Sacramento featherweight Guy Robb squares off against unbeaten Ronell Green of Wheeling, West Virginia.
|WBA sanctions Ortiz-Kayode as an interim heavyweight title bout|
Press Release: Luis Ortiz and Lateef Kayode will meet on September 11th at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to battle for the vacant WBA interim heavyweight title. The contest will be shown as part of the Golden Boy Live! series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. Editor's Note: Kayode is a cruiserweight who has fought just twice at heavyweight, wins over Jonte Willis (9-7-1) and Travis Fulton (22-37-1). It is beyond comprehension how he could be approved for an interim title fight at heavyweight).
|New York boxer accuses NYSAC of negligence in 2012|
Bryant Pappas is a 41 year-old middleweight from Yonkers, New York with a record of 14-1. His lone loss was in May 2012 to Josh Williams, who is now 9-6. Pappas suggests he was a victim of tampered gloves that were allowed by a negligent New York Athletic Commission. Here is a scathing petition of complaint that Pappas wrote to the Governor of New York on change.org
|Omar Figueroa poised to vacate lightweight title|
Omar Figueroa indicated he is likely to vacate his WBC lightweight title in order to move up to the 140-pound weight class. The announcement was confirmed on the WBC's website just days after Figueroa stopped Daniel Estrada to retain his title and improve his pro record to 24-0-1 with 18 KOs. The WBC reported that Figueroa can no longer make the lightweight limit of 135 pounds and looked forward to challenging world 140-pound champion Danny Garcia. Figueroa, from Texas, stepped up his competition level since April 2013 and has run off victories against Abner Cotto, Nihito Arakawa, Jerry Belmontes and Estrada.The other lightweight titleholders are Terrance Crawford (WBO), Miguel Vazquez (IBF) and the ridiculously inactive Richar Abril (WBA). --Scott Shaffer
|Pacquiao, Algieri hit the road to promote Nov. 22nd fight|
Press Release: Manny Pacquiao, boxing superstar and WBO welterweight champion, and his next opponent Chris Algieri, the WBO junior welterweight titleholder, will embark on a 27,273-mile media tour, beginning on Monday, August 25th at The Venetian Macao in China. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or appearances scheduled for Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. Joining Pacquiao and Algieri on the tour will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, and promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo. The fight itself will take place Saturday, November 22nd at The Venetian Macao's Cotai Arena. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
|Martinez vs. Pearson coming to ShoBox on Aug. 30th|
Press Release: Star of David Promotions announced that junior middleweight Steve Martinez (15-0 with 12 KOs) will take on Chris Pearson (11-0 with 9 KOs) on the August 30th ediiton of ShoBox. Martinez, a 24-year-old right-hander from the Bronx, New New York possesses power in both hands. "Steve Martinez is a product of the Brooklyn Brawl series and as a result of consecutive victories in February and then again in May... he's moving up the ranks," Star of David's Dmitriy Salita said. Pearson is a 23-year-old left-hander from Ohio. Salita said Martinez stayed in stellar shape after a planned July 25th bout against John Thompson was scrapped because Thompson was in a car accident. "Steve is jumping on this opportunity to prove he is the best junior middleweight prospect in boxing," the promoter said, in closing.
|Mike Jones comeback set for Atlantic City on Saturday|Press Release:
This Saturday night at Ballys Atlantic City, a boxing show will be headlined by the return of welterweight Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs), who will be taking on Jaime Herrera (11-2, 6 Kos) in a ten rounder. Jones has been out of the ring for over two years after dropping an IBF title fight to Randall Bailey. The eight-round chief support pits 22 year-old middleweight Thomas "Cornflake" LaManna (14-0, 7 KOs) stepping against battle-tested Jamaal Davis (14-11-1, 6 KOs). Davis is looking to end a three-fight losing streak. The show will be streamed live on www.gfl.tv
for $14.99 beginning at 7:30 pm ET.
|Gingras-McCreedy announced for Rhode Island main event|
Press Release: On Friday, Sept. 12th, 2014, two popular New England light heavyweights Rich Gingras and Joey McCreedy will face each other each in the main event at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, Rhode Island on a show presented by CES Boxing. Fresh off his knockout win over Jamie Velazquez in June for the then-vacant New England title, Lincoln's Gingras (14-4-1, 9 KOs) will defend the belt against McCreedy (15-7-2, 6 KOs), the pride of Lowell, Mass.. The fight is scheduled for eight rounds.
|Minimumweight update: All hail Francisco Rodriguez, WBO/IBF champion|Francisco Rodriguez Jr. W12 Katsunari Takayama...
A rare 105-pound unification bout took place in Mexico last weekend and the result was so exciting thatit deserves belated attention from fight fans who likely missed what turned out to be a fight-of-the-year candidate. In Monterrey, Mexico, 21-year-old Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (15-2, 10 KOs) unified the WBO and IBF minimumweight championships with a unanimous-decision victory over Katsunari Takayama (27-7, 10 KOs). In the third round, a Rodriguez left uppercut sent Takayama to the mat. The Japanese champion quickly rose, and when Rodriguez slowed down to start round four, he turned the tide of the battle. Most of the middle rounds saw Takayama suffocate his young foe, drilling punches into him from many angles. In round eight, Rodriguez tried to touch gloves, but a split second after the touch, Takayama threw a right that crashed into the back of the Mexican’s ear. The tactic spurred a Rodriguez comeback, and the bout turned into a full-on war for the remaining five rounds. Rodriguez’s punchers were heavier as the action reached a crescendo in the final two rounds. The scorecards were read and Rodriguez Jr. was announced the winner by a tally of 115-112, 116-111 and an unfair 119-108. View the full fight here.
Rodriguez was previously best known for a 2013 loss to undefeated Roman Gonzalez, who has held world titles at 105 and 108, giving both titles up outside the ring to move up in weight. Takayama has fought the world's best, inclsuing losses to Gonzalez and Nkoinathi Joyi. He briefly held the WBC 105-pound title in 2005 courtesy of a win over Isaac Bustos and won the IBF version in 2013 by defeating Mario Rodriguez. Hopefully, the unification of the 105-pound division can continue with Rodriguez taking on WBA counterpart Hekkie Budler of South Africa. The WBC title is held by journeyman Oswaldo Novoa of Mexico. source: wbo
|Undefeated Horacio Garcia making waves in Mexico|
Horacio Garcia TKO5 Jonathan Perez...Mexico's 122-pound prospect Horacio "Violento" Garcia (27-0) took another important step in his career by defeating Colombia's Jonathan Perez with a fifth round technical knockout over the weekend in Ixtapa, Mexico. It was bombs away and heavy flak from the opening bell, which delighted the audience. After four rounds, the WBC's open scoring system showed Garcia leading by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 (twice). In the fifth, Garcia trapped Perez (33-10) in the neutral corner and staggered him with an overhead right. Garcia allowed Perez no no respite, raining punches in until referee, Gabriel Peralta had no choice but to to stop the fight. The Colombian quickly regained his senses and bitterly complained about the stoppage. Perez has a 15-fight unbeaten streak ended. source: wbc
|NJ club show announced for October|
Press Release: On Friday night, October 24th, middleweight Antoine "Action" Douglas (14-0-1) will headline a boxing show at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Somerset, New Jersey. No opponent has been announced. In the eight round co-feature, New Jersey featherweight Jorge Diaz (18-3) will see action, also against an opponent to be named. Also on the card in six-round bouts will be super middleweight John Magda (7-0,) of Rutherrford, NJ and lightweight Wanzell Ellison (11-1-1, 5 KO's) of Newark, NJ.
|Brook upsets Porter for IBF title|
Kell Brook W12 Shawn Porter: Kell Brook was too techinically sound for Shawn Porter's sheer aggressiveness and energy to overcome. Brook was able to neutralize much of Porter's aggression with lateral movement, clinches, and straight puncing. Both boxers suffered cuts as the result of accidental headbutts. Brook was first to be cut in the second round, Porter was cut in the closing minute of the sixth round. At the end of the day it was too much skill for Porter's will to overcome tonight. Official scores were a majority decision for Brook: 114-114, 117-111, 116-112. Boxingtalk scored the bout 117-111 for Brook. Source: Showtime
|Dirrell takes WBC title from Bika|
Anthony Dirrell W12 Sakio Bika: Anthony Dirrell came out very quickly to start his rematch with Sakio Bika. Following a take down thirty seconds into the bout referee Jack Reiss had to call time and calm down the ugly action down. He did not succeed however. Dirrell was clearly the better fighter throughout and landed the cleaner punches. He did whatever necessary to stay calm amidst the rough house tactics Sakio Bika is known for. There were Bika rabbit punches, take downs and head butts, but Dirrell kept his composure and remained disciplined enough to easily walk away with the WBC super middleweight championship. Official scores were 114-113, 116-111, 117-110. Boxingtalk scored it 117-110.
|Figueroa stops Estrada in 9|
Omar Figueroa TKO9 Daniel Estrada: Undefeated WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa held off a game effort from a very motivated Daniel Estrada in the opening bout of Showtime's Championship Boxing Triple Header. Both fighters had their moments and the fight was fought at a furious pace with several heated exchanges. Figueroa suffered a nasty gash over his left eye in round eight, but didn't allow the cut to become a fight changing factor as he blasted Estrada out of there early in the ninth round. The beginning of the end came with a right hand that floored Estrada, a few flurries later Raul Caiz Sr waved the fight off. Official time of stoppage was 1:00. Source: Showtime
|Showtime Extreme Results|
Deontay Wilder TKO4 Jason Gavern: Deontay Wilder (pictured) kept his perfect record and title challenge intact with a less than scintillating performance over Jason Gavern, who took the fight on six day notice. Gavern was down in each of the third and fourth rounds, but retired himself after returning to his corner. Wilder improves to 32-0, all by knockout.
Jorge Linares KO2 Ira Terry: Former two division champion Jorge Linares outclassed Ira Terry for a round and a half before knocking him out face first with a perfectly timed right hand counter. Linares is now in line to fight for his third title in as many divisions. Official time of stoppage was 1:21.
Other results: Lydell Rhodes TKO4 John Nater, Alan Sanchez KO3 Jose Luis Ramirez, Dominic Breazeale KO2 Billy Zumbrun, Jascon Quigly TKO3 Fernando Najara. source for all results: Showtime
|Daily Bread Saturday Edition:(8-16-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Breadman: I know you are a fan of Kell Brook... you’ve told me that before. On both sides though there was always some reservations about him. I guess this weekend we get to find out if he is the real deal. As us Brits say…its cock on the block time! Who wins, why and how? I’m going to say Kell Brook, i think he adapts his style and deals with Porter albeit it in a difficult fight. £50 English Pounds if you wish to go the other way and take the home fighter? Assume you’ve got PayPal so the bet isn’t hard :) -- Shane, Oxford, UK
|Mayweather-Maidana II undercard announced|
PRESS RELEASE: In keeping with Mexican Independence Day tradition, Mayweather Promotions has assembled a stellar undercard featuring some of this era’s most exciting boxers to co-feature on “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” on Saturday, September 13 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on SHOWTIME PPV.
|Porter-Brook final presser quotables|
PRESS RELEASE: Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions hosted the final press conference earlier today for this Saturday’s potentially explosive world championship tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. In what should be a thrilling, non-stop action three-fight telecast, IBF Welterweight World Champion “ShowTime” Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), of Cleveland, Ohio, will defend against fellow unbeaten Kell Brook 32-0, 22 KOs), of Sheffield, England, WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, will risk his 168-pound belt in a grudge rematch against unbeaten Anthony “The Dog’’ Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs), of Flint, Mich., and undefeated Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (23-0-1, 17 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, will put up his WBC Lightweight World Championship against mandatory challenger Daniel “Tremendo” Estrada (32-2-1, 24 KOs), of Mexico City.
|Fight night OC Overtime Premiers On 9 bout card|
PRESS RELEASE: For the first time in Fight Club OC's four year history they will present a huge nine bout card on Thursday, August 21st in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center, and because of this big evening of fights, promoter Roy Englebrecht is introducing a Fight Club OC OVERTIME concept!
PRESS RELEASE: Former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and super lightweight contender Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor held a kickoff press conference at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on Thursday to formally announce their upcoming showdown on Saturday, Sept. 6, LIVE on SHOWTIME®.
Broner (28-1, 22 KOs) will return to his hometown of Cincinnati for the first time in two years and will face Taylor (18-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round super lightweight bout in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® tripleheader from U.S. Bank Arena.
|Tarver Vs Banks all set for September 29|
PRESS RELEASE: Monday night boxing will arrive in the great state of Texas on September 29 when FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes' sensational series Golden Boy Live! presents an explosive heavyweight showdown between former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver and top contender Johnathon Banks at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
|DBE delivers another soldout Broadway Boxing|
PRESS RELEASE: Earlier tonight before another sold-out crowd at NYC's famed B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan, DiBella Entertainment presented a thrilling eight-bout card from top to bottom, featuring highlight-reel knockouts, upsets and all-out wars.Headlining the card was the return of former featherweight world champion Elio Rojas (right in photo), who was making his much anticipated ring return after nearly two and a half years away from the sport. After eight gritty rounds, Rojas shook off the ring rust and outpointed the game Robert Osiobe by scores of 80-71 twice, and 79-72. Rojas dominated the heated action throughout, setting up combinations with a stiff jab and banging the body when in close. The two often fought in close quarters, clinching and hitting each other in a dirty fight. A point was deducted from Osiobe, now 14-10-4 (6 KOs), in round five. With the win, Rojas begins his journey toward another world title while upping his record to 24-2 (14 KOs).
|Stiverne honored by Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame|
PRESS RELEASE: World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Bermane "B. Ware" Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) was honored this past weekend by the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NBHOF) at its annual awards dinner in Las Vegas. Stiverne was presented a Special Achievement Award by the NSBHOF for becoming the first Haitian-born World Heavyweight Champion.
|Danny Jacobs guest commentator on Showtime this weekend|
PRESS RELEASE: One week after Daniel Jacobs became the first cancer survivor to capture a boxing world title when he knocked out Jarrod Fletcher at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on SHOWTIME, the new WBA Middleweight Champion will return to the network this Saturday, Aug. 16th, as a guest analyst for the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT) from StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
|DANNY AQUINO RETURNS TO THE RING SEPTEMBER 20TH|
QUEENS, NY - Connecticut's Super Bantamweight prospect, Danny Aquino (15-2, 10 KOs), makes his return to the ring on Saturday September 20th, 2014 against an opponent to be announced. The six-round bout will take place at the Resorts World Casino New York City in Jamaica, New York. The show will be promoted by New Legend Boxing.
After a year layoff, Aquino is excited to be back in the ring. Aquino was recently signed to a three year promotional deal by New Legend Boxing and DiBella Entertainment.
|JOSE PEDRAZA "I fight for my people of Puerto Rico"|
Unbeaten super featherweight Jose Pedraza faces off against Juan Carlos Martinez in a 10-round bout on August 15. The battle will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez and will be the co-feature before the main-event (Rustam Nugaev vs. Denis Shafikov). In this interview, Jose Pedraza steps into the doghouse and gives readers his take on his upcoming challenge. Enjoy!
|Undefeated Cruiserweight Junior Wright to take on Marlon Hayes|
Chicago, IL- This Friday night at the Royal Oak Theater in Detroit, undefeated Cruiserweight contender Junior Wright (10-0-1, 9 KO's) will be back in action in an 8-round bout against Marlon Hayes (23-14, 11 KO's). This will be Wright's first appearance since his thrilling Fight of the Year candidate with fellow undefeated Steve Bujaj on May 15 at the Millennium Theater in Brooklyn, NY
|Raging Babe Soirée on Friday, September 12th at the Sugar Factory|
Las Vegas, NV- The Raging Babe Soirée presented by RAGING BABE will take place September 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV at the Paris Casino on the eve of the boxing event "MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2". The exclusive event will be hosted by the Sugar Factory, inside "The Chocolate Room" at the beautiful Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, at 7 PM PT.
|Gunn Jr captures WBU title!|
Hackensack, NJ - 18-year-old Bobby Gunn Jr. won the WBU Youth Welterweight belt with an impressive six round unanimous decision over veteran Sean Lockhart last Saturday evening at the North Hall at Eastern Market in Washington, DC. Fighting in his first six rounder and against an opponent with a significant advantage in experience, Gunn Jr. was in control from bell to bell. The Hackensack , NJ native, who previously scored all first round knockouts, landed crisp shots to both the body and head of Lockhart. Gunn Jr. decked his foe in the fourth but Lockhart, who’s battled more than 10 unbeaten opponents, finished the bout on his feet.
|Daily Bread Tuesday Edition:(8-12-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Does Danny Garcia have a top 5 lead hand hooks in boxing? he gets my vote but what do your expert eyes say? He looked sharp and much more comfortable at 142--is it time to move up to 147 and is 140 too much of a struggle.
you have inspired me to go back and watch a lot of Sugar Ray Robinson, he was a master at whipping that right to an opponents lead flank/short rib...then using the hook as a change up like he did against Gene Fullmer.....Am I wrong to think it could be a very good punch for Floyd to use against Maidana.
Last week one of the announcers said Bernard would be favored against Kovalev? Did I hear that wrong-- favoring a 50 year old man against a young strong power punching champion doesn't seem logical even if it is a gifted, savvy, tough alien? I was hoping B-hop would be an underdog as I missed out on making that Trinidad money.
|Lubin scores another first round KO|
PRESS RELEASE: Sensational junior middleweight prospect ERICKSON “The Hammer” LUBIN was a man on a mission this past Friday night in Pittsburgh, PA, scoring a first round knockout over Mexican veteran FRANCISCO REZA in front of a huge crowd at the CONSOL Energy Center.
|Escalera riding high after beating another undefeated prospect|
PRESS RELEASE: For the second time in a span of a two and half week period, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing's Super Middleweight Jason Escalera (15-2-1 12KO's) scored another upset win over a previously undefeated fighter. Escalera, coming off a decision win over undefeated Naim Terbunja (7-0) on July 18th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, followed with an even bigger upset win this past Friday. Escalera shined in the national spotlight with a stirring 8 round decision win over Norbert Nemesapati (14-0 13 KO's) on August 8th, in the co-feature bout televised live as part of the popular ESPN series " FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS" from Fallon, Nevada.
|The Rock Vs The Ultimate Warrior|
PRESS RELEASE: Tickets are on sale now for the NABF Cruiserweight Title fight between Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) and Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) September 20, 2014 at Foxwoods Resort Casino. The fight will be broadcast as the main event on a special afternoon edition of NBC Fight Night at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT. Tickets are on sale now through Foxwoods.com and will go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices are $100, $75 and $40. Doors open at 12:00 PM.
|Porter-Brook talk it up for Saturday Night|
PRESS RELEASE: With less than a week away to fight night, Shawn Porter, Kell Brook and undercard fighters talk about their training camp experiences and expectations surrounding their big fights this Saturday, Aug. 16 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. live on SHOWTIME®. In the main event, undefeated IBF Welterweight World Champion "Showtime" Shawn Porter will defend his title against fellow unbeaten British sensation Kell Brook in a 12-round bout. In the co-feature, Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika seeks to retain his WBC Super Middleweight Championship when he faces Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell in a highly anticipated 12-round rematch of their Dec. 2013 split draw. In the opening fight of the telecast, Omar "Panterita" Figueroa Jr. will put his WBC Lightweight World Title on the line when he faces mandatory challenger WBC Silver Lightweight Champion Daniel "Tremendo" Estrada in a 12-round bout.
|DBE announces complete Broadway Boxing lineup|
PRESS RELEASE: This Wednesday, DiBella Entertainment will return to NYC's famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for the latest edition of its Broadway Boxing series. Headlining the eight-bout card will be former WBC featherweight world champion Elio Rojas (23-2, 14KO's). Ending nearly two-and-a-half years of ring inactivity, Rojas will square off against Robert Osiobe (14-9-4, 6KO's) in an eight-round junior lightweight matchup.
|Blackshear-Enriquez headlines Dangerous Divas|
PRESS RELEASE: In less than a year, California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his company, Bobby D. Presents, have become in one of the most prominent female fight promoters in the country. So much so that in their recent annual convention held in Chicago, the NABF (North American Boxing Federation) named Mr. DePhilippis the female fight promoter of the year. In just six months, Mr. DePhilippis has presented three title fights including the junior flyweight title won by Kenia Enriquez, the straw weight captured by Amaris Quintana and last month the flyweight belt won by Chantal Cordova. In the next edition of "San Diego Fights" scheduled for Thursday, September 4th, at the only home for local boxing in San Diego, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, Bobby D. Presents features "Dangerous Divas" when former two-time world champion Jolene "Classy Assassin" Blackshear (8-5, 3KO) of San Diego comes back in the six round main event.
|Glazkov defeats Rossy|
PRESS RELEASE: The main event featured a brutal ten-round heavyweight battle between Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (18-0-1, 11 KOs*) from Lugansk, Ukraine against Derric "El León" Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) of Medford, NY. The first round started slow with both fighters trying to feel each other out. Both guys ended the second trading very good shots, keeping the fight close. Rossy took the third round with ease. The next four rounds were close, with both fighters trading big shots. Rossy looked tired at the start of the eighth but continued to hang in there with Glazkov.
|Garcia, Peterson, Jacobs dominate on Showtime|
PRESS RELEASE: Danny “Swift “ Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) looked sharp with a crushing second-round knockout victory over “Lighting” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® main event in front of 7,012 fans Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
|Willie Nelson defeats Luis Grajeda|
Willie Nelson W10 Luis Grajeda... In the ESPN2 main event from Fallon, Nevada, junior middleweight Willie Nelson was hurt twice by Dennis Grajeda, but won a wide unanimous decision. All three judges credited Nelson with every round in which he was not staggered by Grajeda, so the scores were 98-92 three times. The freakishly tall Nelson (6'3", 154 pounds) improved his pro record to 22-1-1 but still needs to learn how to use his height to its fullest advantage. Grajeda, now 17-2-2, may have deserved to win three or even four rounds, but clearly lost the fight. source: espn2 friday night fights
|Zhilei pro debut a disgraceful fiasco|Zhang Zhilei KO1 Curtis Lee Tate...
In Fallon, Nevada, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zhang Zhilei's pro debut was a disgrace. Zhilei was credited with a first-round knockout when Curtis Lee Tate appeared to take a dive after just a few seconds of "action". ESPN2's replay showed Zhilei hitting Tate in the shoulder and Tate going down. He wobbled as he got up, and the heavyweight bout was immediately stopped. The official time of the bout was just 17 seconds. Tate is now 7-5 but his 7 victims have a combined ZERO pro wins. Based on this performance, Tate should not be allowed to fight professionally any more.
Jason Escalera W8 Norbert Nemesepati... New Jersey super middleweight Jason Escalera is now riding a career-best hot streak, as he racked up his second quality win over the past three weeks. Fighting previously unbeaten Hungarian teenager Norbert Nemesepati, Escalera was rocked in the first round, but came back to pound Nemesepati in the second round and floor him in the third. After that, it was mostly smooth sailing for Escalera, who taught Nemesepati that the American boxing scene is much rougher than Hungary and Slovakia, where Nemesepati foight exclusively prior to today. Escalera lost the first and perhaps the last rounds, but was credited on the three scorecards, which read 79-72, 78-72 and 78-73. Just three weeks removed from handing another European, Naim Terbunja his first loss, Escalera improves to 15-2-1. Nemesepati still has time to learn his trade, but his record is now 14-1. source for both results: espn2 friday night fights
|Gutierrez looks for 30th win in Mexico on Saturday|
Press Release: Super bantamweight up-and-comer Andres "Jaguar" Gutierrez (29-0-1) will look to keep his "0" intact on Saturday, August 9, when fights at home against Mexico City's Mario "Huracan" Macias (26-12) in Queretaro, Mexico on Saturday. This twelve rounder will be broadcast on Televisa and Fox Deportes, along with a ten-round women's title bout featuring IBF female 105-pound champ Victoria Argueta of Mexico City defending against Guadalajara's Alondra Garcia.
|Ruiz, Manfredo lead list of Connecticut Hall of Fame inductees|
Press Release: Former WBA heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz and Peter "The Pride of Providence" Manfredo, Jr. lead a six-member Class of 2014 into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF). The new CBHOF inductees also includes referee Michael Ortega, IBF president Daryl Peoples, trainer Paul Cichon and the late boxing judge William Hutt. New members will be inducted at the annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday night, November 8th in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun.
|NBC to air cruiserweight battle on Saturday Sept. 20th|
Press Release: Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs), the South African cruiserweight who burst onto the scene last August with an upset over Eddie Chambers at Mohegan Sun returns to Connecticut to face Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson on NBC. It will be a Saturday afternoon telecast on Sep. 20th, live from Foxwoods Resort Casino.
|ESPN2 weigh-in report|
Here are the weights from Fallon, Nevada for ESPN2's Friday Night Fights broadcast tonight:
Zhang Zilei (pro debut), 259.2 pounds vs. Curtis Lee Tate (7-4), 227.4-- scheduled for four rounds;
Norbert Nemesapati (14-0), 165 vs. Jason Escalera (14-2-1), 168 --scheduled for eight rounds; and
Wille Nelson (22-1-1), 154 pounds vs. Luis Grajeda (17-2-2), 154.8 -- scheduled for ten rounds. source: dibella entertainment
|"TERRIBLE" TERRY NORRIS CONFIRMED FOR INAUGURAL BOX FAN EXPO|
Press Release: Former world junior middleweight champion "Terrible" Terry Norris will appear and have a booth to meet and greet his fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the inaugural Box Fan Expo that will take place September 13th from 10 am to 6 pm, the same day that Floyd Mayweather Jr. face each other in a rematch that will also take place in Las Vegas.
|Glendale, California gets Solo Boxeo card for Saturday|
Press Release: Glendale, California's Civic Auditorium will host a ten-bout boxing show this Saturday, August 9th. Here is a preview of the show, which will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Jose Felix Jr. (26-1-1) vs. Alejandro Rodriguez (21-14-1). Unimas will televise as part of its Solo Boxeo series.
|Tragedy behind him, James Stevenson steps up tonight in Pittsburgh|
Press Release: The majority of fight fans outside of Washington D.C.'s Beltway area are likely unfamiliar with welterweight James “Keep’em Sleeping” Stevenson. Best described as a boxer-puncher, the 31-year-old Baltimorean is 21-0 with 14 KOs. Most of his bouts took place in Maryland but his sights are set on bigger fights. Unfortunately, Stevenson’s goal of making it to the next level was sidetracked by multiple tragedies.
|Galarza featured in Muscle & Fitness magazine|
Press Release: Junior middleweight Frank "Notorious" Galarza (14-0-2, 9 KOs) will have a full-length featured story, including photo, in the September issue of Muscle and Fitness magazine. The article, which is on newsstands now, will cover Galarza's life story, overcoming multiple obstacles, how he got into boxing, as well as workout tips he uses to prepare for fights.
|Main Events signs Mikhayelnko|
Press Release: Main Events has signed yet another Russian boxer, Dmitry "The Mechanic" Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KO's). The 28 year-old junior middleweight is from Gelendzhik, Russia. He made his U.S. debut this past Saturday in Atlantic City, NJ, defeating Sechew Powell via eight-round unanimous decision.
Mikhaylenko is managed by Egis Klimas, who also manages two current world titlists, Sergey Kovalev and Vasyl Lomachenko. Klimas said, "Dmitry is an action fighter and very interesting to watch. You never get bored when he is in the ring. He throws a lot of punches and always busy. I can see him becoming a champion in 147-pound division." Dmitry is co-promoted by Titov Promotions.
|Pedraza-Martinez named Aug. 15th ESPN2 co-feature|
Press Release: Super featherweight Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (17-0, 11 KOs), makes his way back to the ring against Juan Carlos Martinez (20-14-1, 7 KOs) as the ESPN2 co-feature on August 15th. The ten-round bout will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif, with the main event of Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) vs. Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs) topping the bill.
|Rossy working full-time to beat Glazkov|
Press Release: This Saturday night at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA, Derric Rossy (29-8, 14 KOs) will take on heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds. It will be televised on NBC Sports Network. Rossy New York is looking to get into championship contention himself, which he approached back in 2011.
|Jose Felix Quezada joins Warriors Boxing|
Press Release: Warriors Boxing has signed Chicago lightweight Jose Felix Quezada (3-0, 2 KOs) to a promotional agreement. The 19-year-old Quezada is a local fan favorite as well as a three-time State Silver Gloves Champion, a three-time Chicago City-Wide Champion, a two-time Regional Silver Gloves Champion, and the 2009 National Junior Golden Gloves Champion.
|Andre Ward sues Dan Goossen, By Scott Shaffer|
World super middleweight champion Andre Ward's ongoing legal dispute with promoter Dan Goossen took a new turn this week, when Ward filed a federal lawsuit against Goossen and Goossen's company, Goossen Tutor Promotions, in the Northern District of California. Ward (picuted) alleges that Goossen violated the Muhammad Ali Act, a federal statute designed to protect boxers, by failing to disclose to Ward the financial aspects of Goossen's promotional deals. Ward's claims, taken directly from the complaint his attorneys filed, are as follows:
|Zhang Zhilei's debut opponent revealed|
Press Release: This Friday night, ESPN2's Friday Night Fights broadcast coems from Fallon, NV (just outside of Reno) at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Headlining the card will be junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (22-1-1, 13 KOs) taking on the Mexico's Luis Grajeda (17-2-2, 13 KOs) in the ten-round main event. In the chief support, Hungarian teenager Norbert Nemesapati (14-0, 13 KOs) will make a tough US debut when he faces Jason Escalera (14-2-1, 12 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight matchup. Opening up the broadcast will be the pro debut of China's 2008 Olympic Games silver medalist Zhang Zhilei, in a four-round heavyweight bout against Curtis Lee Tate (7-4, 6 KOs).
|ShoBox Extreme line-up for Saturday announced|
Press Release: The bouts to be shown on Showtime Extreme this Friday have been announced. In the featured bout from Brooklyn, NY, undefeated welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali faces former Golden Gloves champion Jeremy Bryan. In the opening bout, Anthony Peterson faces Mexico City’s Edgar Riovalle (37-18-2, 26 KOs). Time permitting, the network will televise Zachary Ochoa versus Luis Cervantes in a four or six-round super lightweight bout. Showtime Extreme's broadast begins at 7 PM Eastern time, and preceeds the Showtime Championship Boxing broadcast at 9 PM Eastern time (both shows delayed on the West Coast).
|Danny Garcia, Rod Salka address criticism of their fight|
Danny Garcia, the true wolrd champion at 140 pounds, will headline a show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY this Saturday, August 9th. Showtime will broadcast the show. However, the two sanctioning bodies that recognize Garcia, the WBA and WBC, have refused to sanction the bout as a world title bout based on Salka's lack of world-class credentials. The bout will go on as a ten-round bout with a 142-pound weight limit. On a recent conference call, here is how Garcia and Salka addressed the situation:
|Marrero fights Perez in Pittsburgh this week|
Press Release: Featherweight Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero (15-1, 11 KOs) prides himself on his athleticism in the ring. The Dominican returns to the ring this Friday night in Pittsburgh, PA in an eight-round bout against Felix Perez (8-6, 3 KOs) of Puerto Rico. On August 23, 2013 at Turning Stone Casino, Marrero suffered the first and only loss of his professional career by way of a twelve-round decision (116-111, 115-112, 114-113) to Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (22-1) for the WBA interim belt at featherweight.
|Rustam Nugaev preparing for IBF eliminator|
Press Release: Gary Shaw Productions' lightweight Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs), is less than two weeks away from his IBF elimination bout against Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs). The twelve-round bout will air live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights and will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., on August 15th. Here are Nugaev's thoughts on this opportunity:
|Main Events drops lawsuit over failed Stevenson-Kovalev fight, By Scott Shaffer|
With a light heavyweight super fight between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev now announced for November on HBO, Main Events has dismissed its federal lawsuit againt Adonis Stevenson, Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer, Showtime and others. The lawsuit alleged Stevenson, aided by the other defendants, had breached an agreement for a Stevenson-Kovalev fight on HBO in order to set up a Stevenson-Hopkins fight on the rival Showtime network. New Jersey-based promoter Main Events was the plaintiff in the lawsuit on the basis that as Kovalev's exclusive promoter, it had suffered financial harm. But now that Kovalev-Hopkins is set to become a reality instead of Stevenson-Hopkins, Main Events believes a lawsuit is no longer necessary. Main Events' attorney Patrick English told Boxingtalk, "the circumstances have changed such that Stevenson, not Kovalev, is now on the outside looking in. Assuming all goes according to plan, Main Events no longer has any damages for which to sue."
|Boxing Promoters Association now on board for Box Fan Expo|
Press Release: The Boxing Promoters Association has confirmed it will collaborate with Box Fan Expo and offer a special package deal for industry promoters that want to have an exhibitor booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the inaugural Box Fan Expo on September 13th.The Boxing Expo will coincide with the rematch between Floyd Mayweather jr. vs Marcos Maidana.
|Great news: Hopkins-Kovalev to be on HBO, not pay-per-view|
Press Release: Speed, savvy and defense will come face-to-face with explosive power and force this November when Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins takes on Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev in a light heavyweight title unifucation fight, Golden Boy Promotions and Main Events announced today. Hopkins, will be just two months short of his 50th birthday on fight noght. He is seeking to add the WBO belt to his IBF and WBA belts [Adonis Stevenson holds the WBC belt and the better claim to the true world championship. However, Stevenson backed out of an agreement to face Kovalev, which is now the subject of a lawsuit].
|Bonus Bread: The Alien vs. the Krusher coming soon!, By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Bernard Hopkins is a living legend [and IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion]. This guy is taking on the best fighters in the world at 175 pounds. What does this mean historically and what flaw do you think he sees in [his likely next opponent, WBO champion] Sergey Kovalev? Bread’s Response: I’m going to take a different route. I’m going to tell you what this means from a “real” perspective...
|Zeuge opponent named for August 16th|
Press Release: German super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (14-0, 8 KOs) will take a step up on August 16th when he faces Baker Barakat (40-16-4, 27 KOs) in Thuringia, Germany. Barakat has had more than four times the number of fights as the young Berliner. "Barakat is a very experienced boxer,’’ said Zeuge’s coach Karsten Roewer. "He has beaten [former Euopean champion] Khoren Gevor... This will be a good test for Tyron.’’ Barakat will be facing a re-energized Zeuge, who after two and half year period of constant activity is now feeling the benefits of an extended summer break. "You could tell in Tyron last fight that mentally he was a little tired,’’ said Roewer. "Therefore it was the right decision to give him some time off. Since he has returned to training he is re-energized and more focused than ever.’’ Topping the bill on August 16th will be the IBF cruiserweight championship clash between Yoan Pablo Hernandez and Firat Arslan.
|Daily Bread Sunday Edition:(8-3-14), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Bread: With Gennady "GGG" Golovkin tearing up the middleweight scene nowadays and though it may be a bit soon, I feel compelled to ask how you would see him performing against some of the best middleweights of all time such as Ray Robinson, Carlos Monzon, Marvin Hagler, Bernard Hopkins and Stanley Ketchel? With the frequency he's fighting at, GGG would break Hopkins record of 20 defenses if he were to stay at middleweight for three more years (there may be bigger fish to fry at 168 though).
|Kovalev crushes Caparello to set up Hopkins super fight|
Sergey Kovalev KO3 Blake Caparello... WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (25-0-1, 23 KOs) took down undefeated Australian Blake "Il Capo" Caparello (19-1-1, 6 KOs) in the second round of an Atlantic City, NJ bout. It was the third defense of his title [and sets up a likely November unification bout with boxing legend Bernard Hopkins, who, at 49 years old holds the IBF and WBO versions of the 175-pound championship). Kovalev was under a microscope these last few days with the possibility of fighting Hopkins looming. Kovalev and Caparello started off cautiously in the first round, with Caparello scoring a flash knockdown. Caparello knocked Kovalev off balance and the Russian's glove touched the canvas. Kovalev got back up quickly. Caparello went down in the second from a body blow but beat the count. He taunted Kovalev to come back at him which Kovalev, nicknamed "Krusher," did in relentless fashion. After two more knockdowns, referee Sparkle Lee called the contest to a halt at 1:47 of round two. source: main events press release
|Atlantic City results: Chilemba stops Cummings|
Isaac Chilemba TKO7 Cory Cummings... In the Atlantic City co-feature, Light heavyweight Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (23-2-2, 10 KOs) stopped Cory Cummings (17-7-1, 13 KOs) in the seventh round. Early in the fight both fighters appeared evenly matched. Cummings is much shorter than Chilemba but the height difference did not appear to bother Cummings, who connected with a hard right to Chilemba's chin in the fifth. Chilemba came out with a vengeance in the sixth. Cummings' left eye was starting to swell closed in the later rounds. Referee, Eric Dali stopped the fight at 2:28 in the seventh round to give Chilemba the victory via TKO. Chilemba said after the fight, "I feel good... He was well prepared for the fight. He came out strong and took some of my best shots until he just couldn't take anymore. I want a title shot next. I am hoping Jean Pascal is the next one; I am hoping to get a chance at him or chance at Kovalev next." source: main events press release
|Campillo stops Williams on cuts|
Gabriel Campillo TKO5 Thomas Williams Gabriel Campillo, a former WBA light heavyweight titlist thought to be on the downside of his career, pulled off an upset of unbeaten Thomas Williams in Shelton, Washington. Campillo stopped Williams on cuts when the ringside physician advised the referee to halt the bout between rounds five and six. The bout was an IBF eliminator, putting Campliio in line to challenge Bernard Hopkins, but that opportunity likely wont come until 2015 because Hopkins is likely to unify his IBF and WBA titles with WBO champion Sergey Kovalev later this year. Williams is talented, but appeared unsure of himself when he was cut by the crafty boxing Campillo's punches. Williams' corner and cutman did nothing to restore the 26 year-old's confidence, and the fight was stopped because of middle-sized cut over the left eye. When the fight was stopped, Williams immediately walked over to ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas, who had spoken glowingly of Williams in previous weeks, and apologized for the loss. Williams has nothing to apologize for, and will have more chances at stardom in the future. But he needs to seize the opportunity next time instead of passively allowing the fight to end. source: espn2 friday night fights
|Bundu refuses to cede title to Gavin|
Leonard Bundu W12 Frankie Gavin... In Wolverhampton, England, 39 year-old Leonard Bundu retained the European welterweight championship with a points win over England favorite Frankie Gavin. Bundu floored Gavin in the sixth round with a body shot and appeared to win handily, but when the scorecards were read after twelve rounds, it was announced as a split decision for Bundu. Official scores were 114-113 (twice) for Bundu and a very odd 117-115 for Gavin. Bundu, originally from Sierra Leone but now based in Italy, is now 31-0-2 and deserves a world title shot before he becomes ancient. Gavin falls to 19-1, but at age 28, his career can still recover from this loss. source: daily mail
|Parsippany, NJ to host boxing on Aug. 9th|
Press Release: Welterweight Michael “Slick” Anderson (13-2-1) of Newark, NJ faces hardcore Rogelio Castaneda (26-20-3) on Saturday, August 9th in the eight-round main event of “Lights Out” at the Parsippany Police Athletic League in Parsippany, NJ. Tickets are available by calling 732-859-4183.
|Bundu comes to the UK to defend EBU title vs. Gavin|
Press Release: Tonight in Wolverhampton, England, British and Commonwealth welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin looks to improve his pro record to 20-0 when he challenges European champion Leonard Bundu (30-0-2) of Italy. On the same show, heavyweight Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne (20-0) provides chief support when he faces Andriy Rudenko (24-0) in a bout that promises fireworks. BoxNation will televise.
|Smithy announces next show for Toowoomba, Australia|
Press Release: Smithy's Promotions has announced its next show for Toowoomba, Australia, set to take place on October 31st. Local fisherman and current Queensland welterweight champion Kris "The Silencer" George, (6-0) is set to move down a weight class and take on Brazil's Fernando Ferreira Da Silva, (32-4-1). The venue will be Rumours International.