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|Peralta upsetsGuerrero, time for Ghost to disppear, By G. Leon|
David Peralta SD 12 Robert Guerrero: Argentine welterweight David Peralta pulled off a huge upset over Robert Guerrero in the main event of PBC boxing on Spike TV. Guerrero who has won titles in multiple weight divisions, fought the who's who of his era, and will likely end up in the Intenatiional Boxing Hall Of Fame, is clearly no longer anywhere near his prime. To his credit, Peralta used a superior strategy and effective ring generalship to clearly earn the victory. Expect Peralta's next bout to take place against Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman or Errol Spence. Boxingtalk scored the bout 115-113 Peralta. Official scores were 115-113 Guerrero and 115-113 and 116-112 Peralta. Source: Spike
|Kovalev-Ward tickets on sale September2|
Tickets for the most anticipated fight of the year go on sale to the public on Friday, Sept. 2 at 11:00 a.m. PT. The Saturday, Nov. 19 showdown between No. 2 Pound-for-Pound* and WBO, WBA and IBF Light Heavyweight World Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and No. 4 Pound for-Pound* and Two-Time World Champion Andre "S.O.G." Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) will crown the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
|Lippe-Morrison to make debut against Latimore|
Heavyweight sensation Trey Lippe-Morrison makes his highly anticipated TV debut when he faces fellow unbeaten Ed Latimore as part of a quadruple header on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, September 23 at 10 pm ET live from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK.
|Hernandez cruises to UD over Angulo, By G. Leon|
Freddy Hernandez UD10 Alfredo Angulo: As expected, and much to the delight of the hundreds in attendance, Alfredo Angulo and Freddy Hernndez left all their defense in the dressing room. Angulo's best days are well behind him and Freddy Hernandez helped remind everyone of this fact by taking control of most of the action for the first five six rounds. Angulo cut Hernadez with a perfectly timed right hand in the fifth round, and he had a very solid sixth and seventh frames as well. Boxingtalk scored the bout 97-93 for Hernandez and sincerely hopes Angulo retires. Official scores were Source: 98-92 and 97-93 twice. Source: Spike
|Gausha escapes with MD over Martinez, By G. Leon|
Terrell Gausha MD10 Steve Martinez: Terrell Gausha and Steven Martinez provided boxing fans a professionally fought junior middleweight bout over ten very competitive rounds in the opening of PBC boxing on Spike TV. Martinez, 16-3 (13), got off to a fast start and was dictating the pace with his jab. Although he was taking pictures with nearly every thrown punch, Gausha was never really able to capitalize on the flaw. Martinez appeared to tire during the middle rounds, and the 2012 Olympian took full advantage of the Bronx native's fatigue and began to gain control on the action. Going into the last two rounds the fight was up for grabs and Gausha may have done enough to earn a victory, but Boxingtalk scored it 96-94 Martinez. Official scores were 95-95, and 97-93 Gausha, 19-0 (9) twice. Source: Spike TV
|Exclusive Interview: Juan Manuel Lopez, By Ivan Montiel|
IM. Good day champ hope you are doing well I like many boxing fanatics are very excited to know that this fight between yourself and Vazquez Jr is finally taking place! The boxing world has been waiting for years to finally see this fight a done deal!
JL: Well yes a fight finally made especially with all the trash talk that Vazquez Jr has said, I was retired; now I am back in the gym. I talked to my promoter; I do not fight for names I just fight for what makes better sense to me well whomever they put in front of me.
|Mayfiel wants Eyubar rematch: I was robbed|
Having had a week to consider his controversial decision loss to Kazakhstan's Bakhtiyar Eyubov (11-0, 10 KOs), San Francisco welterweight Karim Mayfield says he's not happy.Fighting in the opening fight on ShoBox: The New Generation® last Friday, August 19, at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, New York, Mayfield (19-4-1, 11 KOs) appeared to outpunch and outwork his unbeaten foe, especially in the last four rounds. Despite having the statistical advantage - and winning in the eyes of the Showtime commentators, most of the ringside media, the fans in attendance and a worldwide outcry - Mayfield found himself on the wrong side of a 10-round split decision (95-94 twice for Eyubov and 95-94 for Mayfield) at the end of their exciting battle.
Former multiple division world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Argentine slugger David Emanuel "El Pirata" Peralta went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring Saturday night in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
|Sanigar Events Present: Straight Outta Bristol|
Sanigar Events presents 'Straight Outta Bristol' a night of 8 professional boxing matches at The Dolman Hall, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol. Popular home town fighter Dan Sarkozi boxes in his second 6 round contest of the year following an exciting contest against West Midlands based Viktors Drizlionoks in July. Exciting undefeated prospect Ryan Wheeler currently at 6 fights without a loss aims to showcase his skills once again in front of his faithful support
|LGM card full line-up annoujnced|
A full nine-bout card is set for LGM Promotions exciting show this Saturday night at the BCB Pavillion in Bayonne, New Jersey In the main event, it will be a battle of New Jersey based welterweights as Alex Perez (18-2, 10 KOs) will take on Juan "The Beast" Rodriguez (12-4, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds and will be contested for the IBU World Welterweight title.
|Split-T management inks Mark Dawson|
Split-T Management is pleased to announce the signing of amateur standout Mark Dawson to an exclusive managerial contract. Dawson, 19 years-old of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will make his professional debut on Saturday night when he takes on Roque Zapeda (1-1-2) of Virginia in Washington, Pennsylvania. Dawson had a distinguished amateur career that culminated in participating in the Olympic trials. Dawson never lost in the trials and was unlucky to suffer a cut after winning his first contest. Dawson competed in 75 amateur fights and won the 2015 Youth National Championship, 2013 National Junior Olympics championship, 2013 Nation Silver Gloves championship, 2012 Junior National Silver Gloves championship & 2012 Junior National PAL championship. Dawson has competed in several major international tournaments.
|Perrella-Ugas set for September 27|
Hard-hitting welterweight standout Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella will challenge Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas over ten rounds Tuesday, September 27. The bout will air on Fox Sports 1 as part of Premier Boxing Champions’ “Toe-to-Toe Tuesday” series. Perrella and Ugas were slated to meet August 12 but the bout was surprisingly scrapped by the athletic commission just days before the opening bell.
|Santiago-Alvarez ready for war tomorrow night|
Undefeated super lightweight prosepct Milton Santiago Jr.will see a lot of familiar faces when he takes on Ken Alvarez at the SugarHouse Casino this Friday night in Philadelphia. Santiago, still just nineteen years-old, will headline for the first time since his professional debut 30 months ago as he has established himself as a big ticket seller in the Philadelphia.
|Zeuge-De Carolis WBA title fight set|
Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) is set to renew his rivalry with Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) on November 5 in a WBA World Super Middleweight title rematch at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. The fighters will pick up where they left off following their World title tussle at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin on July 16, which after twelve fiercely contested rounds ended with a majority draw decision. Two judges scored the fight 114-114, while the third had Zeuge ahead 115-114.
|Crolla-Linares presser quotables|
WBA Lightweight World Champion Anthony "Million Dollar" Crolla (31-4-3, 13 KOs), and WBC Lightweight World Champion Jorge "El Niño de Oro" Linares (40-3, 27 KOs), hosted a press conference today at Hotel Football in Old Trafford, to formally announce the blockbuster world championship unification fight for the WBA and WBC Diamond World and Ring Magazine Lightweight Championships at the Manchester Arena on September 24, 2016, live on Sky Sports.
|Canelo Alvarez conference call transcript|
OSCAR DE LA HOYA, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions: Thank you very much. Thank you to all the media. [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]. We are here for the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith conference call. First of all, we want to thank you and welcome the two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez who has a record of 47-1, and won with 33 knockouts. On September 17th over Mexican Independence weekend, Canelo Alvarez will make his long-anticipated return to Texas to fight Liam Smith who has a record of 23-0 with 13 knockouts, and that will be for the WBO Junior Middleweight Junior championship title at the famed AT&T Stadium, home of America's team, the Dallas Cowboys.
|DBE prospects in action on September 1|
Looking to add to its ever growing stable of young, up-and-coming talent, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) has announced the signing of undefeated Spanish prospect Jon Fernandez (L in photo) and Puerto Rican amateur standout Jose Roman to exclusive long-term promotional contracts. Both Fernandez and Roman will be making their DBE debuts on the upcoming special edition Broadway Boxing card in the Premier Ballroom at the beautiful Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, next Thursday, September 1. Broadway Boxing is proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens, OPTYX, Azad Watches, and Christos Steakhouse.
|Monte Barrett eager to upset apple cart again, By Doveed Linder|
Heavyweight Monte Barrett (35-11-2, 20 KOs) reached out to Boxingtalk to let it be known that he is throwing himself back in the mix and wants to take on some of the up-and-coming heavyweights. According to Barrett, the current crop of heavyweights are good athletes, but overrated as far as their boxing skills. In the 2000s, Barrett was something of a spoiler for heavyweights on the rise, as he was the first man to beat Owen Beck and Dominick Guinn. Many thought he deserved the nod in his 2003 fight with Joe Mesi, who retired in 2007 with an undefeated record. In 2008, Barrett knocked out Tye Fields (41-1) in the first round. Barrett also won a unanimous decision over David Tua in 2011, when Tua was on a hot streak and heading for a title shot. At age 45, Barrett still feels he has what it takes to upset the apple cart. Barrett was last seen in the ring in April 2014, losing via fourth round knockout to Luis Ortiz. In Ortiz’s next fight, his first round TKO victory over Lateef Kayode was overturned and declared a no contest when he failed a drug test. The names on Barrett’s list of desired opponents include Gerald Washington, Jarrell “Baby” Miller, and Andy Ruiz.
|Mason Mendard calling out Flanagan|
Coming off another impressive SHOWTIME-televised knockout last Friday, Louisiana-based lightweight contender "Rock Hard Mighty" Mason Menard is setting his sights on WBO Lightweight Champion Terry Flanagan.
|Windy City Fight Night returns to Chi-town October 1|
On Saturday, October 1, 2016, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Warriors Boxing Promotions will resurrect the legendary "Windy City Fight Nights" series of boxing shows with an event featuring a pair of unbeaten locals in separate co-main-events. Headlining the first Windy City Fight Night in four years will be super lightweight Ramiro "El Lobito" Carrillo (11-0, 7 KOs) and super welterweight Achour Esho (11-0, 7 KOs) in eight-round (Carrillo) and six-round (Esho) bouts against opponents to be announced.
|Plant cruises to easy win against reluctant De Angel, By G. Leon|
Caleb Plant UD10 Juan De Angel: Undefeated super middlweight Calb Plant was showcased with a one sided victory over a an extremely reluctant Juan De Angel. Plant, 15-0 (10), fought behind his jab and used his superior boxing victory to cruise to an easy victory. Saying De Angel fought in spots would be kind. He didn't provide the necessary resistance to make Plant's first televised bout memorable in the least. Plant was cut over his right eye by an accidental headbutt in the ninth round. Boxingtalk scored the bout 100-90. Official scores were 100-89 on all three cards. Source: FS1
|Del Valle on De La Hoya bout: Expect Fireworks|
Super bantamweight contender Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle is not one to waste time in the squared circle. Currently the International Boxing Federation’s #8 ranked contender, Del Valle scored 16 of his 22 victories by knockout including nine within the first three rounds. Known for bringing the heat to his foes from the opening bell, Del Valle is accustom to partaking in exciting fights and most recently dropped hard-hitting Thomas Snow twice en route to a unanimous decision victory.
|Carlos Gongora stops Mixon in first round, By G. Leon|
Carlos Gongora TKO1 Ronald Mixon: Undefeated super middleweight Carlos Gongora improved to 6-0 (5) with an impressive first round stoppage over the previously undefeated Ronald Mixon 7-1 (6). Gongora landed a straight left hand that sent Mixon crashing face first into the canvas. Mixon did his best to beat the count, but had no legs forcing the ref to stop the bout. Official time of stoppage was 1:16. Source: FS1
|Golden Boy and Luis Ortiz part ways|
Golden Boy Promotions has issued the following statement: "Today, Golden Boy Promotions and Luis Ortiz amicably parted ways," said Stefan Friedman, spokesperson for Golden Boy Promotions. "We are proud of the work that Golden Boy and Luis accomplished together culminating in his WBA Heavyweight Interim Championship victory and subsequent title defenses. We wish Luis and his team all the best in the future."
|Undercard round-up for tonight's PBC on FS1|
Carlos Rosario, Eric Newell and Daquan Johnson will headline the off-television undercard at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center tonight. In the televised main event, that will be televised live on FS1 & Fox Deportes, undefeated middleweight, Caleb Plant (13-0, 10 KO's) of Ashland, Tennessee battles Juan De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KO's) of Barranquilla, Colombia. In the co-feature, Kareem Martin (8-0-1, 3 KO's) takes on David Grayton (14-1, 10 KO's) in a battle of Washington, D.C. based welterweights. Kicking off the broadcast, it will be a pair of undefeated light heavyweight's doing battle as Carlos Gongora (5-0, 4 KO's) of Brooklyn, New York fights Ronald Mixon (7-0, 6 KO's) of Los Angeles, California.
|Chisora back in action on September 10 in Stockholm|
Dereck Chisora (25-6, 17 KOs) returns to the ring on September 10 with an eight-round contest against Drazan Janjanin (13-7, 12 KOs) at the Hovet in Stockholm. The former British, Commonwealth and European Champion is the latest addition to a stacked card in the Swedish capital topped by the female grudge match between domestic rivals Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson.
|Robles-Clagget headlines knockout at the D September 9|
Undefeated San Diego prospect Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles takes on Canadian welterweight champion Steve "The Dragon" Claggett in a crossroads fight for both on Friday night, September 9, in the return of "Knockout Night at the D," airing (11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT) live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).
|Sullivan Barrera frustrated with inactivity|
Top light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera has been diligently working on his craft in the hot Florida summer under the guidance of trainer Derik Santos. The former Cuban amateur standout has inexplicably been out of the ring since coming up short against Andre Ward on March 26th in the top pound-for-pound fighter's backyard. The loss was Barrera's first and after producing knockout victories in his prior six fights, he is surprised that he hasn't been back in action.
|Swedish Olympian in action on September 10|
Naim Terbunja (9-1, 1 KO) is the latest addition to the Nordic Fight Night on September 10 at the Hovet in Stockholm. The 31 year-old from Linkoping, who represented Sweden at the 2008 Olympic Games, will face Baptiste Castegnaro (8-8, 4 KOs) in a six-round super middleweight contest.
|Martin-Grayton ready for action tomorrow on FS1|
Undefeated welterweight Kareem Martin (8-0-1, 3 KOs) will face once-beaten David Grayton (14-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout featured on Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE- TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, August 23 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
|GH3 inks Kenneth Sims Jr|
GH3 Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated junior welterweight prospect, Kenneth Sims Jr. to promotional contract. GH3 Promotions will co-promote Sims with Antonio Leonard Productions. Sims of Chicago is perfect as a professional, as he sports a record of 7-0 with two knockouts.
|Marrero ends sparring session early, By G. Leon|
Claudio Marrero TKO4 Luis Hinojosa: Junior welterweight contender Claudio Marrero was impressive as he walked through Luis Hinojosa in four one sided rounds. Marrero scored knockdowns in rounds one, twice in round three and twice more for good measure in round four. Official time of stoppage was 2:55. Source: NBCSN
|Hardy takes MD in grudge match with Vincent, rematch a must, By G. Leon|
Heather Hardy MD10 Shelly Vincent: PBC's first televised womens boxing bout was a tremendous success as fellow unbeaten featherweights Heather Hardy, 18-0 (4), and Shelly Vincent, 18-1 (1), put on an action packed show. Each and every round featured several heated exchanges and many of the rounds could have gone either way. Boxingtalk scored it 96-94 Hardy. Official scores were 95-95, 97-93 an a ridiculous 99-91 .Source: NBCSN
|Nova squeaks out MD over Garriga|
Abraham Nova MD6 Wilfredo Garriga: Abraham Nova improved to 2-0 the hard way tonight. His bout with Wilfredo Garriga was tougher than expected but Nova (barely) did just enough to escape with a major decision victory. Nova and Garriga traded knockdown during this entertaining bout. First it was Nova who tasted the canvas after Garriga landed a powerful counter left hook. In round three Nova introduce Garriga to the canvas. Neither fighter was really able to capitalize off of their knockdowns which both occured in the closing moments of their respective rounds. Nova hurt Garriga again early in rounds four and five, but with about a minute to go in the fifth Garriga landed another big left hook that immediately sent Nova into a retreat mode. Garriga landed several more big shots but Nova wouldn't go down and managed to recover well enough to clearly take round six to earn the win. Official scores were 56-56, 57-55 twice. Source: NBCSN
|Spence blasts Bundu, IBF title shot next, By G. Leon|
Errol Spence TKO6 Leonard Bundu: Forty-one year old Leonard Bundu came into the ring a motivated fighter seeking to become the IBF mandatory welterweight contender. Unfortunately for him he was up against one of the most promising young fighters in the world, Errol Spence Jr. Bundu landed a few flush power shots early that lead to Bundu Bumaye chants, that would quickly fade out when Spence's crisp punching and superior overall ability began to take over. After wining each of the first five rounds on Boxingtalk's scorecard, Spence, 21-0 (18), finished the job in round six. Bundu was floored with an uppercut that was ruled a slip, a terrible mistake by the referee that mattered not. Second later a Spence right hook would slump Bundu on the bottom rope prompting the fight to be stopped without a count. Official time of stoppage was 2:06. Source: NBC
|LA Fight Club full recap and results|
It was a night of knock outsat a sold out Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles as a series of jaw-dropping matches kept the crowd at the edge of their seats. The spectacle had special guests, including Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya, NABA Super Featherweight Champion Carlos "The Solution" Morales, Ronny Rios, Jason "El Animal" Quigley, Antonio "La Joya" Gutierrez, Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez, Oscar "Jaguar" Negreje, Roy "Pitbull" Tapia, EmilioSanchez, Vergil Ortiz, Jr. and Niko "Baby Face" Valdes.
|Big Baby stops Kassi for NABO title, By G. Leon|
Jarrell Miller TKO3 Fred Kassi: Undefeated heavyweight up and comer Jarrell Miller, 18-0-1 (16) is almost as charismatic as he is slow and susceptible to counter left hooks, but tonight he did enough to earn the NABO title and a top ten ranking in the WBO. Kassi moved well in round one, but his legs quickly betrayed him after absorbing a couple dozen power shots from the offensive lineman in boxing gloves. Kassi quit on his stool after round three, citing a hand injury as the reason. Official time of stoppage was 3:00. Source: Showtime.
|Menard scores another brutal KO, capture NABO title, By G. Leon|
Mason Menard TKO9 Bahodir Mamadjonov: Mason Menard, 32-1 (24), fought the first six rounds of tonight's Shobox co-feature as a a boxer who fell in love with his power following his highlight reel knockout in his last Shobox appearance. Boxingtalk had Menard behind going into the seventh round, but he was able to land a double right hand to the body dropped Mamadjonov midway through the frane. Moments later another body shot floored Mamadjonov, but he again beat the count and managed to survive the final minute. For some reason Menard didn't return to the body with the ferocity you would expect in round eight, but there was no questioning his killer instincts in the final minute of round nine when he landed a right hand followed up but a brutal flurry that had Mamadjonov asleep on his feet. Hall of famer Steve Smoger was probably a few seconds late on this stoppage. Official time was 2:26. Source: Showtime
|Nieves escapes undefeated with NABO title by narrowest of margins, By G. Leon|
Antonio Nieves D10 Alejandro Santiago: Antonio Nieves was barely able to keep his NABO batamweight title and undefeated record intact against the smaller, but seemingly hungrier Alejandro Santiago. The final result was in doubt because there were a few rounds that could have gone either way. Santiago, 11-2-2 (3), never took a backwards step and he appeared to win most exchanges in this nip and tuck bout. Nieves, 16-0 (2), was visibly hurt in the ninth round, but the feather fisted aggressor couldn't administer further punishement before the final bell. Boxingtalk scored it 96-94 Santiago. Official scores were 96-94 Nieves, 96-94 Santiago and 95-95, allowing Nieves to retain his NABO title with a split decision draw. Source: Showtime
|Shabranskyy destroys Riojas in 3, By G. Leon|
Vyascheslav Shabranskyy TKO3 Oscar Riojas: As expected, undefeated light heavyweight up and comer Vyacheslav Shabranskyy did whatever he wanted during his tune-up bout with journeyman Oscar Riojas. Shabranskyy was clearly in the mood to move around for eight minutes or so, land at will and end matters within three rounds. Shabranskyy, 17-0 (14), floored Riojas with a thunderous right hand midway through the third. Riojas made it to his feet, but Shabranskyy landed two more right hands and the referee saved Riojas from further punishment. Official time of stoppage was 1:43. Source: Estrella TV
|Eyubar escapes with questionable decision, By G. Leon|
Bakhtiyar Eyubar SD10 Karim Mayfield: Bakthiyar Eyubar decided to put his perfect record on the at risk against the best opposition he's ever faced in the form of Karim Mayfield. Eyubar tried to start fast and finish the bout early, but Mayfield, 19-4-1 (11), clearly came in with a game plan. In the early rounds the 24 fight veteran was stayed chest to chest with the squared up slugger, thus smothering the majority of his power. There were several difficult rounds to score because Eybuar, 11-0 (10), was usually the aggressor, but Mayfield was landing the cleaner punches. Eyubar was never able to hurt Mayfield at any point in the bout, who took control of the center of the ring in the closing rounds and began fighting at more comfortable distance. Eyubar was penalized a costly point for low blows in round eight. Boxingtalk scored the last two rounds for Mayfield, which propelled him to victory on our unofficial cards 95-94. Official scores were 95-94 Eyubar, 95-94 Mayfield twice. Source: Showtime
|Rocha blasts out Villela in first round, By G. Leon|
Alexis Rocha TKO1 Israel Villela: Undefeated junior middleweight Alexis Rocha improved to 4-0 (3) with a first round stoppage against the overmatched Israel Villela. Rocha floored Villela with a left uppercut and he beat the count, but it was clear the fight wouldn't last much longer. Rocha unleashed a tornado of barrages with Villela on the ropes, forcing the referee to stop the bout. Official time was 1:48. Source: Estrella TV
|Petrov-Perez WBA eliminator set|
NABA Lightweight Champion Petr "Zar" Petrov (37-4-2, 17 KOs) of Ryazan, Russia will face off with Michael "The Artist" Perez (24-1-2, 11 KOs) for the WBA Lightweight World Title Eliminator on September 30. The new 12-round main event, which is set to replace formerly announced headliner Andrew "El Chango" Cancio who is now fighting against Joseph "Jojo" Diaz, Jr. on the Canelo vs. Smith pay-per-view undercard on September 17, will kick off the fall season of fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and broadcast live nationally on Estrella TV's Boxeo Estelar.
|Aussie heavy title eliminator set for October 22|
HERMAN ENE-PURCELL FACES THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF HIS CAREER TAKING ON PROVEN FELLOW AUSSIE HEAVYWEIGHT JUSTIN WHITEHEAD in a six round Australian title eliminator at Rumours International on October 22.
|Boxing returns to Crystal City tonight|
Press Release: Tonight, Devar Ferhadi takes on Christopher Petty in a four-round bout at the Crystal City Hilton in Crystal City, Virginia. Ferhadi, of Frederick, Maryland has a pro mark of 6-0 with five knockouts, just completed his third year of medical school in his native Kurdistan.
|Former kickboxer Kyle Williams looking for boxing glory|
Wolverhampton’s Kyle Williams remains confident he can transfer the glories from his former calling into the boxing ring.
The kickboxer-turned-pugilist laces up the gloves for his third pro bout at Walsall Football Club on Friday September 2, writes Craig Birch. Boxing legend Ricky Hatton will be among those at the Banks’s Stadium, coaching and co-promoting a bill titled ‘On the Rise,’ in conjunction with Errol Johnson’s Black Country Boxing, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino. Williams went to the top table in kickboxing, winning the ICU world featherweight title. He’s dropped down to bantam since switching sports.
|Caleb Plant training camp notes|
Unbeaten prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant is closing in on making the leap from prospect to contender and hopes to help cement that position when he takes on hard-hitting Juan De Angel in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, August 23 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa.
|Shakur Stevenson moves on to Gold Medal round|
Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) has secured the first spot in the gold medal bout for his United States Olympic Boxing Team. It was a bit easier than the 19-year-old expected as he won his semifinal bout by walkover due to injury to his opponent. Russia's Vladimir Nitikin pulled out of Thursday's contest which advanced Stevenson on to Saturday's gold medal bout.
|Commey-Easter confirmed for September 9|
Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs) will challenge Robert Easter Jr (17-0, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF World Lightweight title on September 9 at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Since being named mandatory challenger, Commey has been patiently waiting for his opportunity to fight for the IBF strap, and with a date and venue now confirmed, the undefeated 29 year-old says he is ready to fulfil his destiny and bring the belt home to Ghana.
|Monroe Jr-Rosado to meet in crossroads fight|
As fans from around the world get ready to descend on the home of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the world championship showdown between former two-division world champion and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and current WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion, Liam "Beefy" Smith (23-0-1,13 KOs), Golden Boy Promotions today announced the Saturday, September 17 event will also feature three non-stop action fights as part of the HBO Pay-Per-View telecast beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
|DiBella to stage historic event in Coney Island|
Since forming DiBella Entertainment (DBE) in 2000, promoter Lou DiBella has had his share of success in the sport that he grew up loving as a young boy. Having promoted hundreds of shows, both here in the US and abroad, as well as working with a number of the most recognizable names in the sport and staging some of the biggest fights in boxing over the past decade, the promotional powerhouse has enjoyed quite a ride along the way. While it is only August, 2016 has already been a year to remember for DiBella.
|Team Shumenov responds to Ledbedev title fight announcement|
Team Shumenov believes it is worth reviewing recent history enlight of the recent announcement that WBA Super/IBF cruiserweight world champion Denis Lebedev will defend against Murat Gassiev in late November or early December in Russia: A condition for allowing Lebedev to fight IBF cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez on May 21, 2016 was that Lebedev had to fight WBA cruiserweight world champion Beibut Shumenov within 120 days. (Lebedev hasn't made a mandatory defense since April 10, 2015.) Shumenov has done everything to make that fight, while Lebedev has done nothing but run from his mandatory title fight. When it first became obvious in June that Lebedev was trying to avoid his mandated WBA title fight, Shumenov repeatedly requested that the WBA order a purse bid.
|Q&A with Claudio Marrero|
Press Release: Featherweight Claudio "The Matrix" Marrero is ready for an NBC Sports Network showdown against undefeated Derrick Murray this Sunday, Augustst 21 from Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn. Televised coverage features Heather "The Heat" Hardy and Shelly "Shelito's Way" Vincent plus undefeated Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. facing once-beaten Leonard "The Lion" Bundu in an IBF welterweight world title eliminator. Here is what Marrero had to say about his start in the Dominican Republic, his opponent, the featherweight division and more:
|Povetkin reinstated by WBC, given interim title shot|
WBC STATEMENT: On May 15, 2016, the WBC granted heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder the right to make a voluntary defense, which took place on July 16th. In connection with that defense, Wilder injured his right hand and arm, requiring surgery. As a result of his injuries and surgeries, Wilder is expected to be inactive until some time in 2017. Wilder is comfirmed as WBC heavyweight champion and will have the time to recover. Wilder will retain his rights as champion, including the 70% advantage in case his mandatory bout needs to go to purse bid process, once he returns to action. An interim championship is ordered between the two highest available contenders, WBC #1 Alexander Povetkin and WBC #2 Bermane Stiverne. [The WBC does not seem troubled by Povetkin's postivie test for the recently banned substance meldonium]. The free negotiations period begins today and if there is no agreement, a purse bid will be conducted on Friday, September 16th. The split will be 50 percent for each fighter. Clean Boxing Program VADA testing will be mandatory, as well as the 10 percent bonus from the bid for the winner of the contest.
|Wilder plotting January 2017 return|
Press Release: Just one month after his successful title defense against Chris Arreola on July 16th, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) says he is on the fast track to recovery following injuries suffered during the bout to his right hand and biceps. After the bout, Wilder was taken to UAB Hospital for an MRI that confirmed a broken hand and torn bicep injuries. Dr. Jimmy Robinson, Wilder's physician since his pro debut, who is also the Chair for Sports Medicine and Team Physician for the University of Alabama, set him up for the appropriate surgeries at the acclaimed Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham. On July 21st, Dr. Lyle Cain repaired a ruptured distal biceps tendon at the elbow. On July 28th, Wilder's right hand was operated on by Dr. Kathleen McKeon, who performed an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of his fourth and fifth metacarpal.
|Spence being hyped for big things|
Press Release: Errol Spence Jr. may be boxing’s best fighter without a world title. It’s a label Spence would rather not wear, but one he seems certain to shed in the very near future. The undefeated 147-pound contender Jr. has stopped each of his last seven opponents, including Alejandro Barrera, who fell by fifth-round TKO in November. Even without a title belt, “The Truth” checks all the boxes required of not just a future champion, but potentially an all-time great. Just ask no less an authority than longtime promoter Lou DiBella.
|41 year-old Bundu faces long odds vs. Spence|
Press Release: They say that with age comes wisdom, and Italy's Leonard Bundu fits the axiom in this respect: The 41-year-old fighter is smart enough to realize he’s in an uphill climb against Errol Spence Jr., an undefeated 26-year-old. In addition to youth, Spence (20-0, 17 KOs) enters Sunday’s 147-pound IBF elimination clash against Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) with a three-inch edge in height, a 3½-inch edge in reach and incalculable advantages in speed and power. While Spence has stopped each of his last seven opponents dating to September 2014, Bundu has just 12 knockouts in his 11-plus-year career.
|Samuel Clarkson signs promotional deal|
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions and Ronson Frank's Uprising Promotions will co-promote light heavyweight Samuel "Main Event" Clarkson, it was recently announced. The 25 year-old Clarkson (17-3, 11 KOs), from Cedar Hill, Texas, had a strong 2015, scoring five wins, including two ShoBox: The New Generation-televised victories over then 15-1 Lavarn Harvell (TKO2) and then 13-1 Jerry Odom (TKO3). Clarkson also beat Cedric Agnew (then 27-1) by decision. Trained by his father, Samuel Sr., since starting in boxing at age 17, the southpaw Clarkson went 69-9 as an amateur, winning the 2009 National PAL Amateur Championship and a pair of Texas Golden Gloves State Championships.
|Virginia hosts boxing this weekend|
Press Release: Maryland's Mykal Fox (10-0) will battle Somner Martin (5-2) in a junior welterweight bout scheduled for eight rounds from the Crystal City Hilton in Crystal City, Virginia. In a six-round heavyweight co-feature, Luther Smith (5-0) of Bowie, Maryland will take on Mike Balogun (6-0) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The card is promoted by King's Promotions.
|Swedish boxing news|
Press Release: Daniel Hartvig (7-0-1, 4 KOs) will face Krisztian Santa (12-7-2, 7 KOs) on September 10th on the undercard of the interim WBC female welterweight clash between Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson at the Hovet in Stockholm. The 31 year-old from Gothenburg, Sweden returns to the Swedish capital following a hard-fought draw against Nikoloz Gvajavaon (now 7-1-1) on April 23rd.
|Robles to face Claggett in Las Vegas|
Press Release: "Knockout Night at the D" returns to Las Vegas' Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday night, September 9th, airing live on CBS Sports Network. Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles (15-0-1, 5 KOs), fighting out of San Diego, faces Canadian welterweight champion Steve "The Dragon" Claggett (33-4-1, 16 KOs) in the ten-round main event, which will be fought at junior welterweight. On the same show, Roland "Rola" Garza (9-0, 6 KOs) meets popular California junior middleweight Neeco "The Rooster" Macias (12-0, 6 KOs) in an eight rounder.
|A few words with Robert Guerrero|
Press Release: Former multiple division titleholder Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) will headlines on Spike TV against Argentina's David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday, August 27th from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Televised coverage also features Alfredo Angulo facing Freddy Hernandez and unbeaten 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha boxing the Bronx's Steve Martinez. Guerrero, along with his trainer and father Ruben Guerrero, are conducting training camp in the Bay Area as Robert looks to earn another opportunity at the top fighters in the sport. Here is what Guerrero had to say about his match-up, training camp and more:
|LaManna to face Harrison-Hernandez on CBS Sports|
Press Release: Welterweights Thomas LaManna and Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will square off in a scheduled ten-round bout on Thursday, Sept. 15th, at Philadelphia's 2300 Arena. The card is promoted by Final Forum Boxing, Peltz Boxing Promotions & GH3 Promotions and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network. Also scheduled to appear on the show will be super middleweight Jerry Odom (14-2-1, 13 KO's) of Baltimore, Maryland in a bout scheduled for eight-rounds.
|Felix Verdejo update|
Top Rank provided the following update on the condition of Felix Verdejo: Puerto Rico’s Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo, was released from the hospital after suffering a motorcycle accident. The former Puerto Rican Olympian suffered the accident last Sunday, August 7th, when he was riding on road PR-3 from Rio Grande to Carolina and lost control of his motorcycle after trying to avoid a bump on the road. “I have definitely learned a big lesson. I'm not perfect. I'll keep growing as a person and today I'm more committed than ever with my people and my career,” Verdejo affirmed. Verdejo, who has a professional record of 22-0 with 15 knockouts, will take the time necessary to recover from his injuries and once he is fully recovered, he will resume his boxing career.
|Karperis wins in Long Island, NY|
Anthony Karperis W10 Ariel Duran... In Huntington, New York this weekend, junior welterweight Anthony "Showtime" Karperis of Hicksville, NY, defended his state championship with a unanimous decision win over Queens, NY native Ariel Duran. These two had met once before early in their careers with Karperis coming away with a hard-fought four-round win and it was no different this time around. The two fighters battled over ten rounds with both men suffering cuts. Karperis stormed out to an early lead and through five rounds it looked as though Karperis would cruise to a win but the tide turned in the sixth round as Duran started to put together nice combinations and outland Karperis. Duran arguably won the next three rounds and was on his way to another good round in the ninth when Karperis landed a right counter that sent Duran to the canvas. At the end, the judges turned in scores of 97-92 (twice) and 98-91 for Karperis (13-2). Duran falls to 9-9-1. source: star boxing
|Margarito gets split-decision win|
Anotnio Margarito W10 Ramon Alvarez... Antonio Margarito-- yes, the same Antonio Margarito caught tampering with his gloves before a Shane Mosley fight, and the same Antonio Margarito whose face and eye took such a pounding from Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto in 2010 and 2011 that his career was supposedly over-- scored a split-decision win over Ramon Alvarez in Baja California, Mexico yesterday. Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) won the junior middleweight bout by scores of 97-92 (twice) with the third judge voting for Alvarez, 95-94. Alvarez, a brother of Mexican boxing idol Saul "Canelo" Alvarez tired after the second round and threw few combinations. Alvarez visited the canvas in round hit from a solid shot that did not appear to hurt him. Margarito won welterweight titles on three occasions. source: univision.com
|Mayweather signs Peruvian featherweight|
According to the WBA, Floyd Mayweather Jr. traveled to Panama and signed featherweight Carlos “Mina” Zambrano (26-0, 11 KOs) of Peru to a promotional contract. Zambrano won the WBA interim featherweight title via unanimous decision in March 2015 over Daniel Ramirez (24-0 coming in). In August, Zambrano topped José Sanmartin (17-1-1 at the time), the last time the Peruvian climbed into the ring. He's been inactive since then. “I’m happy with the signing of Zambrano,” said Mayweather. “I think he has a great talent and will give us plenty to talk about... I am happy to support [the WBA]. Carlos has not had a fight in a year and he still retains the WBA title. Now that he is with Mayweather Promotions, will make sure we fight regularly.”
|Flores, Ugas win on last Friday Night Fights for 2016|
Miguel Flores W10 Ryan Kielczweski ... In a clash of 126-pounders at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) used an aggressive body attack along with superior mobility, speed and accuracy to separate himself from Ryan Kielczweski (25-2, 7 KOs), winning a close ten-round unanimous decision. Two judges scored the contest 96-94, while the third had it 97-93. That gave Flores his third consecutive ten-round victory this year. The final stats give a good indication of how competitive the fight was, as Kielczweski had a 295-260 edge in total punches (including 104-24 in jabs), while Flores had a 236-191 advantage in power shots.
Yordenis Ugas W10 Jamal James ... In a weltewrweight bout on the same show, Yordenis Ugas (16-3, 7 KOs)—a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from Cuba—handed Jamal James (20-1, 9 KOs) his first defeat with a dominant unanimous decision. Ugas prevailed 96-94, 98-92 and 99-91. While Ugas was fighting for the first time since May 2014, James was back in the ring for the second time in 27 days, having won a split decision against Wale Omotoso on July 16th. A 28-year-old Minnestoan, James accepted the fight Wednesday in place of undefeated southpaw Bryant Perrella, who had to bow out because of a thumb injury. source for both results: premier boxing champions
|Baranchyk adds Holden to promotional team|
Press Release: Holden Productions has announced the signing of unbeaten junior welterweight Ivan Baranchyk to a promotional agreement. As a member of Holden Productions' stable, Baranchyk joins what Holden calls "the Four State Franchise." Holden Productions will co-promote the 23-year-old along with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Baranchyk's official Holden Productions debut takes place Friday, September 23rd when he plans to headline Shobox: The New Generation at the Buffalo Run.
|Team Bute attempts to put positive spin on positive test results|
Former world champion Lucian Bute learned late yesterday afternoon that the test of his "B" sample was positive, as was his "A" sample, which was no surprise and these findings were welcomed by Lucian and his team. When the initial announcement of the positive result revealed Ostarine, Lucian didn't understand what could have happened, hence his disbelief of the situation yet hope regarding test results of his sample "B". At that time it was announced extensive research would be conducted to find out what really happened. Today, more than ever, Lucian says he never knowingly used illegal products during his illustrious career in professional boxing.
|Kell Brook is 29 pounds over his prime weight!|
According to WBC reports, Kell Brook seems to be overweight one month ahead of his ambitious challenge of Gennady Golovkin for the world middleweight championship. Golovkin will defend his 160-pound crown against Brook in the O2 Arena in London on September 10th, to broadcast live by HBO Boxing. Golovkin weighed in at 165 pounds this week, but the bigger news was Brook, who is jumping up two weight classes for this mega-fight. Brook is the IBF 147-pound champion but weighed in at 176 pounds two days ago. Both men are undefeated.
|Chocolotito update: Cuadras and Gonzalez hovering at 124 pounds|
Nicaragua's Roman "Chocolotito" Gonzalez is less than thirty days away from his opportunity to become a four-division champion. On September 10th in Los Angeles, the WBC 112-pound champion will step up three pounds to challenge the WBC 115-pound Carlos "El Principe" Cuadras of Mexico. The winner of this battle of unbeatens will be considered one of the top pound-for-pound boxers in the world. Under WBC rules, both men just conducted their mandatory thirty-day weigh in, designed to ensure gradual, proper and safe weight loss in the countdown to the opening bell. Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) tipped in at 124 pounds, while Roman Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) was a fraction heavier at 124.2. source: wbc
|Pacquiao-Vargas will not be on HBO PPV!, By G. Leon|
In a shocking development, future hall of famer Manny Pacquiao's next fight will not take place on HBO PPV. After reliable sources informed Boxingtalk that Pacquiao's November 5 WBO welterweight title bout with Jesse Vargas would be televised on ESPN PPV with pound for pounder Vasyl Lomanchenko facing Jezreel Corrales in a unification bout as the chief support, we reached out to Bob Arum for confirmation. Although Arum, who is currently in the Philippines with Manny Pacquiao, couldn't officially confirm which network would be televising Pacquiao-Vargas, he made it clear that it would not be an HBO PPV."We haven't figured out which network it's going to be. We still have to talk to Showtime when I get back." Arum was evasive regarding the Lomanchenko-Corrales unification, but did say "it was something Todd (Duboef) liked", which likely means it is in the works and in the stages of being finalized. HBO's right of first refusal is probably the reason Arum chose not to elaborate much. However, the Bobfather was considerably more vociferous when asked why Manny wouldn't be fighting on HBO. "That's something you're going to have to ask them, because he's been fighting on HBO for many years and after so many fights with them, you're going to have to ask HBO why." When pressed further Arum stated, "They're looking to protect that light-heavyweight (Kovalev-Ward) fight and don't want anything to interfere with that." The Kovalev-Ward fight suffered a setback when the annoucement of ticket sales was recently postponed. "They have no idea what they're doing." The international connection was lost when Boxingtalk asked if they was Main Events, Roc Nation or HBO. HBO VP Peter Nelson was unavailable for immediate comment. (11:24 PM)
|Details are elusive, but Vargas-Pacquiao is official, By Scott Shaffer|
Manny Pacquiao will face Jessie Vargas on November 5th, although the venue and the broadcast network for the fight have yet to be sorted out. On his Twitter account, promoter Bob Arum stated, "Senator Manny Pacquiao confirmed to me he’ll return to the ring on November 5th to challenge Jessie Vargas for the WBO welterweight championship. All details regarding the promotion wink be disclosed at the press conference on September 8th at the Beverly Hills Hotel.” The Los Angeles-born Vargas is 27-1 as a pro. His loss came in June 2015 to former two-division world champion Tim Bradley, but Vargas rebounded in March of this year to stop previously undefeated Sadam Ali and capture the WBO title belt that became vacant when Bradley chose to fight Pacquiao instead of Ali. Pacquiao (58-6-2) defeated Bradley in April and announced a short-lived retirement. Pacquiao is currently a sitting senator in the Philippines and says he will train around his legislative duties.
|Lightweights top next Broadway Boxing bill|Press Release:
Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, returns Thursday night, September 1st to the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Lightweights Amos "2 Smooth" Cowart (11-1-1, 9 KOs) and "Nice" Nick DeLomba (10-1, 2 KOs) will throw down in the eight-round main event. Belgium super featherweight Dardan Zenunaj (12-1, 9 KOs), and former Cuban amateur Luis "The Lion" Garcia (14-0, 11 KOs), fighting out of Peekskill, New York, are also scheduled to be in action in separate eight-round bouts.
"Foxwoods has become a terrific venue for Broadway Boxing and I am thrilled to deliver this lightweight crossroads battle between two once-beaten prospects as the main event," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Cowart fought well in his ShoBox appearance last year, but he will be returning to his natural weight class on September 1st. Moving past his hometown confines for only the second time as a pro, we will see if DeLomba is ready to elevate his career to the world stage."
A native Floridian from Groveland, Cowart is coming off his first loss as a professional, suffered just over one year ago in Atlantic City. The bout, televised live as part of Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation series, saw the hard-hitting Cowart move up in weight to challenge undefeated Regis Prograis. Cowart went on to lose a very entertaining eight-round decision to the still undefeated contender Prograis, who was chosen as one of this year's ESPN.com's "Prospects to Watch".
Following the loss, Cowart was forced to sit on the sidelines as he nursed an injury suffered in the bout. Now back and fully healthy, Cowart is dropping down in weight and looking to make some noise in the 135-pound division.
"The bout with Prograis was a good learning experience, but I am not a 140-pounder," said Cowart. "I took the fight because it was an opportunity to perform on national TV, and I believe I gave a good showing of what I am capable of doing. I am back now at my comfortable weight and know that I have what it takes to compete against the best up-and-coming guys in this division. DeLomba is the hometown boy. I know that he is going to have the crowd behind him, but once that bell rings, it's just him and me in that ring, and I plan on putting on a spectacular performance as I get my career back underway and moving toward the top."
DeLomba, the reigning New England 140-pound title holder, has been compared at this stage of his young career to another Italian fighter from the same Rhode Island city of Cranston, two-division world champion Vinny Paz. DeLomba is expected to have a partisan hometown crowd behind him and will be looking to make a statement against the once-beaten Cowart.
"This is a huge fight for me at this stage of my career," said DeLomba. "Cowart's only loss is to Prograis and he is considered one of the best young 140-pounders in all of boxing. If I can beat Cowart more convincingly, that is a major statement. I am not only going to be the bigger guy in the ring on fight night, but I am the better boxer. He is coming off a year layoff, and I know that he is eager to get back in that ring, but this is the biggest fight of my career, and I plan on putting on a show come September 1."
Additional fights on the card will be announced shortly.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com
or by visiting the Foxwoods' Box Office. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Broadway Boxing is proudly sponsored by Nissan of Queens, OPTYX, Azad Watches and Christos Steak House.
|Slovakia show set for August 19th|
Two southpaw middleweights, Sandor Micsko and Ericles Torres Marin are set to fight each other on Friday August 19th in Sturovo, Slovakia. Micsko (28-11-2, 22 KOs) was originally scheduled to fight Istvan Zeller earlier this year, but when the fight was postponed due to injury, and the went to Torres Marin, who is of Cuban heritage but lives in Hungary. The 39 year-old Torres Marin is 11-8-1 with 6 KOs. In Micsko, while ten years his junior, he will be up against a more active and more experienced foe, who has fought some of the best in Europe, including Chris Eubank Jr., Matthew Macklin and Jon Ryder, since entering the paid ranks in November 2011. In 2013, Micsko he captured Hungarian national titles at middleweight and super middleweight title. The fight will headline a show promoted by Tibor Feja and his Fight Night Show Promotions. source: universal boxing organization
|Ward fails to show up for Kovalev press conference|
Andre Ward did not show up for the press conference that was supposed to formally announce his challenge of WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. His non-appearance sparked rumors that although the November 19th fight is agreed upon, there is still a dispute about where it will be held. When a reporter asked why Ward was absent, Kovelav's promoter, Kathy Duva answered, "He felt that it was too close to his fight to have to travel." The follow-up question was about the venue, to which Duva replied, "We have an agreement with the T-Mobile [Arena in Las Vegas] as far as I am concerned." Click below for the full Q&A with Kovalev, Duva and the rest of Kovalev's team.
|Perrella has beef with Oneida Commission ruling|
Edited Press Release: With his training camp completed, undefeated welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella was ready to fly to Verona, NY and enter the ring Friday evening for a nationally televised fight against 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas. However, his fight with Ugas was cancelled by the Oneida Indian Athletic Commission due to lingering concerns over a hand injury. During Perrella's June 4th knockout of David Grayton, he hurt his thumb. Quebec Athletic Commission officials took note of the injury. In order to face Ugas, Perrella was told that he must receive approval from a doctor. The 27-year-old says he twice visited a hand specialist and received written clearance to fight this weekend. However, the paperwork was not satisfactory to the Oneida Commission who refused to approve Perrella for the fight. Jamal James will replace Perrella as Ugas' opponent. Perrella says he is healthy but unhappy with being ousted from the ShoBox-televised fight.
|Fallon, Nevada lands Unimas show|
Press Release: Reno, Nevada’s Oscar “Chapito” Vasquez (9-1, 2 KOs) will take on Puerto Rico’s Janiel Rivera (14-2-3, 8 KOs) in a light flyweight bout scheduled for ten rounds on August 27th at the fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. The main event has Sacramento's Guy Robb (18-1, 8 KOs) battling Colombia's Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KOs) in a scheduled ten-rounder. Mexican lightweight Jose Felix, Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KOs) will also be on the UniMas broadcast. The Vasquez-Rivera fight will not be televised live.
|All three pros now eliminated at the Olympics|
All three of the full-blown professional boxers who competed in the Olympics have now been eliminated. In Tuesday's morning round, Italy's Carmine Tommasone became the second of the three pros to lose in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Tommasone (15-0 as a professional featherweight) lost a unanimous decision to Cuba's Lazaro Alvarez in a lightweight (132-pound weight limit) bout Monday morning... Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng, a former IBF flyweight champion, was eliminated in his Tuesday night round of 16 fight against France's Sofiane Oumiha, who won via technical knockout. Rueroeng was the only one of the three pros competing in the Olympics to move on from the first heat of preliminaries. Ruenroeng (17-1 as a pro) held the IBF 112-pound title until last May, when he was stopped by John Riel Casimiero... Hassan N’Dam, a former middleweight contender competing for Cameroon, lost his opening bout on Saturday night, dropping a unanimous decision to Brazil’s Michel Borges. N'dam is 34-2 as a pro and held the WBO interim title in 2011-2012. In the Olympics, he jumped all the way up to 178 pounds, obviously a bad idea. --Scott Shaffer
|Jamal James steps into this weekend's ESPN co-feature|
Press Release: Jamal James (20-0, 9 KOs) is set to take on Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KOs) in a ten-round weltyerweight contest featured on ESPN and ESPN Deportes this Friday, August 12th from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. James replaces undefeated welterweight Bryant Perrella, who was forced to withdraw from the bout because of an injury to his left thumb. The show will be headlined by undefeated Miguel Flores taking on once-beaten Ryan Kielczweski in featherweight action.
|Ishe Smith to face Frank Galarza|
Press Release: Every man to defeat Ishe Smith (28-8, 12 KOs), a former IBF 154-pound champion, has either won or competed for a world title, and now Frank Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KOs) will get his chance to pursue the same path in a ten-round bout September 16th at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Bounce TV, 9 p.m. ET/PT). Smith is from Las Vegas. The fight card also features a ten-round junior middleweight showdown between Chris Pearson (14-1, 10 KOs) and Justin DeLoach (15-1, 8 KOs).
|Crawford and Garcia engage in Twitter war, By Scott Shaffer|
Terence Crawford, the world champion at 140 pounds, and Danny Garcia, his predecessor who moved up and now holds the WBC welterweight title, seem willing to fight each other after Crawford called out Garcia on Twitter. Crawford, a former 135-pound champion as well, even said he’s move up to 147 pounds to challenge Garcia. Crawford got the beef rolling by tweeting, “How you run a weight class  but pay someone [Viktor Postol] step aside money not to fight you but you ran through the weight class how that go?” To which Garcia responded, “you doing what I did 3 years ago. I ain't no little [Yuriorkis] gamboa or stiff postal [Postol, both of whom were Crawford victims]. I end careers check my track record.” Crawford then fired out a challenge: “tell yo dad make the fight and ill show him how much of a paper champ i am at yo weight and for yo belt.” Garcia seemed game, firing back, “if you wanna do real [pay-per-view] numbers and get defeated. Tell bob to call Al.” Of course, the devil is in the details, especially if you understand who Bob and Al are. Crawford is promoted by Bob Arum, and Garcia is controlled by Al Haymon, rivals who have personal enmity and rarely do business together, thus making this super fight little more than a pipe dream.
|Jonathan “Smooth” Figueroa lands management deal|
Press Release: Vinny Scolpino of VMS Management, Inc. announced the signing of 24 year-old amateur Jonathan “Smooth” Figueroa of Hartford, Connecticut to an exclusive management contract. Figueroa's pro debut will come on Thursday, September 1, 2016 against an opponent to be determined at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in his home state. He plans to campaign in the 140-pound division. Figueroa is a well-known amateur fighter who has a record of 35-10 and won the 2012 Golden Glove championship. He currently trainins out of Hartford PAL.
|Changes made to Aug. 19th ShoBox line-up|Press Release:
Lightweight Mason Menard will face Bahodir Mamadjonov in a ten-round battle in the new co-feature of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Aug. 19th at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY. Menard (31-1, 23 KOs) is coming off a Knockout of the Year contender in his last appearance on ShoBox on April 15 (Video: http://s.sho.com/1NtEYjW
). In the telecast opener, Antonio Nieves (16-0-1 with 8 KOs) of Cleveland will square off against new opponent, Mexico’s Alejandro Santiago (11-2-1 with 3 KOs) in a ten-round bantamweight bout.
|Heather Hardy vs. Shelly Vincent just two weeks away|
On August 21st at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, New York, DiBella Entertainment will promote an excellent t women's bout between a pair of unbeatens, Shelly Vincent vs. Heather Hardy. Hardy , aged 34, with a record of 17-0 with 4 KOs, claims to be ready to offer a magnificent match. Besides having a Forensic Psychology degree, Hardy is also a mother. Vincent who grew up on the streets of New London, Connecticut is a charismatic and powerful fighter. Aged 37, she has a record of 18-0 with 1 KO. “Shelito's Way” , as she is known, is a warrior that transforms once she leaves the ring, as she contributes To reading campaigns for kids, she participates in anti-bullying programs and raises funds for cancer research. Both women have campaigned around the 122- and 126-pound divisions.
|Rest in Peace, Edward Samuels|
The World Boxing Council announced the sad news that Edward Samuels, the son of long-time boxing publicist Lee Samuels has passed away. Lee has worked for decades traveling around the world for his employer, Top Rank Boxing. Boxing talk joins the entire WBC in sending its deepest condolences to Lee, his wife Mary, and all of the family and friends of Edward Samuels.
|Swedish update: Yigit to face Mexican import|
Press Release: Swedish junior welterweight Anthony Yigit (17-0-1, 7 KOs) returns to his native Stockholm on September 10th to face Armando Robles (30-4-2, 17 KOs) in a ten-round contest at the Hovet. Now living and training in London, the 24 year-old is relishing a return to his hometown having left the Swedish capital to pursue his professional boxing career. His bout will provide chief support for the interim WBC female welterweight title fight between Mikaela Lauren and Klara Svensson. "It’s going to be great," says Yigit. "The Hovet is close to where I grew up so it really feels like I’m fighting at home. I’ve been away for a long time. I left Stockholm in 2011 to prepare for the Olympics and have spent my pro career in London, Copenhagen and Tenerife."
|Introducing Enrico Gogokhia|
Press Release: Main Events has signed former pro kickboxer Enriko Gogokhia (1-0, 1 KO as a boxer) to a promotional contract. The 25 year-old Ukrainian made his professional boxing debut at junior middleweight in June with a second-round knockout of Steven Chad McKinney (1-8). Gogokhia will have his first fight under the Main Events' banner on Wednesday, August 17th when he faces Even Torres (4-1, 4 KOs) at LA Exchange in Los Angeles, California in a six-round bout.
|Late results from California|
Rob Brant TKO3 Chris Fitzpatrick... Middleweight Rob "Bravo" Brant (21-0, 14 KOs) of Minnesota defeated Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-5, 6 KOs) of Cleveland on Friday in Temecula, California, Brant had too many weapons for Fitzpatrick. Brant moved smoothly around the ring, landing at will. He dropped Fitzpatrick with an uppercut in round two (Fitzpatrick nearly fell out of the ring) and finished it with another knockdown at 1:18 of round three. source: greg cohen promotions
|Verdejo expected to recover from motorcyle accident, By Scott Shaffer|
2012 Olympian Felix Verdejo, who is being groomed as boxing's next Puerto Rican superstar, was involved in a motorcycle crash on Saturday. According El Nuevo Dia, Verdejo lost control of his motorcycle and crashed, but did not sustain any broken bones or injury that will endanger his life or end his career. Verdejo did, however, suffer some head trauma. He is expected to be discharged from the hospital shortly. The accident occurred in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. As a pro, Verdejo campaigns as a lightweight and is 22-0. He was recently named the mandatory challenger for WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan, but Verdejo's crash will likely rule him out of that bout
|Chazz Witherspoon gets a quick KO|
Chazz Witherspoon TKO2 Mike Marrone... In New Jersey over the weekend, Chazz Witherspoon (35-3) scored his fifth consecutive stopage win by taking out Mike Marrone (21-6) in round two of their heavyweight bout. Witherspoon sent Marrone to the canvas in round one with a left hook. Seconds later, a hard combination sent Marrone down for a second time. In round two, Witherspoon landed a booming right that deposited Marrone on the canvas for a third time. Marrone got to his feet but the fight was waved off at 1:31. source: D and D Promotions and Silver Spoon Promotions.
|Hosea Burton to defend British title vs. Frank Buglioni|
Press Release, British light heavyweight champion Hosea Burton says he’ll take the frustration of having to wait to defend his title out on Frank Buglioni (18-2-1) when they clash at the Manchester Arena on September 24th, live on Sky Sports. Burton (17-0) was due to make his first defense against Tony Dodson in Liverpool in May but Dodson was forced out of the clash with a snapped Achilles tendon. Burton’s clash with Buglioni is part of a huge night of action in Manchester as Anthony Crolla and Jorge Linares lock horns in a WBA lightweight championship bout.
|Ex-bantamweight champion Jose Becerra dies at 80|
The WBC reports that former bantamweight world champion, José Becerra, has died at his home in Guadalajara, Mexico at the age of 80. Becerra was discovered as a youngster by the legendary boxing manager Pancho Rosales. He came to prominence in 1959 with a KO over former champion Mario D’Argata. He went on to win the world bantamweight championship later that year by stopping Alfonse Halmi, and successfully defending his crown twice, including a rematch win over Halimi. In 1960, Becerra got knocked out by a club fighter, Eloy Sanchez, and retired. He came back two years later to win a six round exhibition bout against Alberto Martinez in 1962. It was a charity match for club fighter Rudy Coronado, who’d been seriously injured in a fight. Jose donated every penny of his purse to help Rudy and his family. Becerra closed the books on his career with a record of 68-4-3. Boxingtalk joins the WBC in sending its condolences to the family and friends of former world champion Jose Becerra.
|Yunieski Gonzalez scores a win|
Light heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez (17-2) returned to the win column after consecutive defeats to former world champion Jean Pascal and undefeated Vyacheslav Shabransky. Gonzalez ended the losing streak by scoring an first-round stoppage of Brazil's Jackson Junior (21-7) in Miami, FL, on Saturday night. Under new trainer Pedro Diaz, Gonzalez dropped Junior three times causing a halt to the bout... Also on Saturday night in Philadelphia, PA, junior welterweight Emanuel "Tranzforma" Taylor (10-18) took out Mexico's Carlos Aguilera in the third round. A left hook to the body put down Aguilera for the count. Aguilera (10-18) has now been stopped three straight times. Taylor has his eyes set on a September 3rd date against Jose Zepeda in Arizona... Friday night in Los Angeles, CA, junior lightweight Luis Franco dropped a ten-round verdict to the fast rising Carlos Morales (13-1-3) on Estrella TV. Trained in Cuba, Franco was the far more experienced of the two but the judges awarded Morales with the victory by unanimous decision. Franco drops to 14-2-1. source for all results: Star Boxing
|Results from Mexico|
Dante Jardón KO10 Nery Saguilán… In Mexico City, Dante "Crazy" Jardón knocked out Nery "Pantera" Saguilán in the tenth round of an all-Mexican lightweight battle. Both men came out throwing bombs from the outset. In the seventh round, Jordan (30-5) landed a stinging left-right combination of hooks and Saguilán (37-7-1) replied with a hard right. In the ninth, referee Lupe Garcia penalized Saguilán for rabbit punching. A round later, Jordan trapped Saguilán on the ropes and dropped him with a short right hook. Saguilán bravely got up but was overwhelmed with a cascade of blows, ending with a left hook which felled him. Garcia immediately stopped the fight.
Luis J. Vidales W8 Shoki Sakai… On the undercard, Luis Jesús "Coto" Vidales (10-4) showed his determination, defeating tough and lanky Japanese fighter Shoki Sakai in an eight-round light welterweight bout. Sakai (21-6) is Japanese but fights out of Mexico. Vidales’ accuracy and consistent attack was reflected on Sakai's face. The scorecards read 77-75, 76-76 and 78-74, favoring Vida’s by majority decision. source for both results: wbc
|Kovalev-Ward officially announced for Nov. 19th|
Press Release: On Saturday, Nov. 19th, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion and Andre "S.O.G." Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) former world champion at super middleweight and light heavyweight, will have their long-awaited showdown. The super fight became official following Ward's victory over Alexander Brand at the conclusion of the HBO telecast Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kovalev vs. Ward will take place Saturday, Nov. 19th. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
|Ward easily handles Brand in HBO mismatch, By G. Leon|
Andre Ward UD12 Alexander Brand: As the 100-1 odds indicated, undefeated pound for pound kingpin Andre "SOG" Ward had no trouble with once beaten light heavyweight Alexander Brand. Ward, 30-0 (15), won each and every round by a wide margin against an opponent that would have been outclassed against Sean Monaghan. This was little more than a sparring session that Ward likely could have ended had he decided to throw more than two or three punches at a time. Kudos to Roc Nation for getting HBO to buy this as a main event. Everyone who could see including all three judges scored the bout 120-108. Up next for Ward is a much anticipated November 19 showdown with WBA, IBF, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. Source: HBO
|Bellew-Flores booked for Liverpool on Oct. 15th|
Press Release: Britain's Tony Bellew will make his first defense of his WBC cruiserweight title against B.J. Flores at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday October 15th, live on Sky Sports. Bellew landed the vacant title with a knockout win over Ilunga Makabu at the home of his beloved Everton Football (soccer) Club in May. A Californian, Flores is gunning for the title in his second shot, having lost a very close fight to Beibut Shumenov for the interim WBA strap last July. Promoter Eddie Hearn also revealed the chief suporting bout as popular Birkenhead lightweight Sean "Masher" Dodd faces Dewsbury’s Gary Sykes. Liverpool favorites David Price and Rocky Fielding are expected to be added to the undercard as well.
|ESPN results from Philadelphia|
David Benavides TKO10 Denis Douglas... Super middleweight David Benavidez, age 19, went deeper into a fight than he had ever been before but he earned a tenth-round TKO of southpaw Denis Douglin in Philadelphia last night. Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) was able to smother the 6-foot-2 Phoenix native for much of the fight despite giving away six inches in height, but Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) finally broke through with a knockdown in round nine before gaining the stoppage in the final frame.
Alejandro Luna W10 Naim Nelson... In the chief support bout, welterweight Alejandro Luna (21-0, 15 KOs) earned a ten-round unanimous decision in a hard-fought bout against late replacement Naim Nelson (13-2, 1 KO). Luna normally campaigns as a lightweight. source for all results: premiere boxing champions
|Karperis to headline in Long Island, NY|
Press Release: Junior welterweight Anthony Karperis (12-2, 4 KOs), with fresh ink on his new contract with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, graduates to main event status at The Paramount in Huntington, New York on Saturday night, August 13th. The New Yorker will go toe-to-toe in a grudge rematch against Queens native Ariel Duran (9-8-1, 5 KOs) in a ten-round junior welterweight affair for Karperis' New York State belt in his first title defense. "I am very excited to headline," says Karperis. "We have been talking about it for some time now. It is finally here and I am ready."
|Tonight on ESPN: Benavides-Douglin|
Press Release: Tonight, 19-year-old super middleweight David Benavides pursues his eighth straight knockout as he takes on southpaw Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). For Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs), his first fight as a headliner is an opportunity to take another step out of the shadow of his older brother, 24-year-old Jose Benavidez Jr., an undefeated 140-pound contender. The father and cornerman of the siblings says his younger son was the easier one to mold into a world-class fighter. “Junior had over 300 amateur fights, but I had to change him around by the time he became a professional,” says Jose Benavidez Sr., who honed his craft alongside trainers Freddie Roach, Robert Garcia and Abel Sanchez.
|Jacobs marks time with Mora rematch|
Press Release: Daniel "The Miracle Man" Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOs) will defend his WBA regular middleweight title title in a rematch against ex-WBC 154-pound titleholder Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (28-4-2, 9 KOs) on Friday, September 9th from Santander Arena, in Reading, PA. Spike TV will televise live. Also on the broadcast will be a lightweights contest for the vacant IBF title as Robert Easter Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) takes on Richard Commey (24-0, 22 KOs). [Rances Barthelemy vacated the title].
|Unbeaten super flys to meet in Hong Kong|
Press Release: In Hong Kong on October 8th, Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso is set for a battle of unbeatens when he faces Japan's Ryuto Maekawa (11-0-1) in a super flyweight battle. A Hong Kong native, the 19-0 Tso is coming off a victory over Korea's Young Gil Bae on May 14th. Maekawa trains out of the fabled Watanabe Gym and is managed by former world champion Yoko Gushiken, who made 13 successful title defenses. Maekawa, coming off a first-round KO over Bimbo Nacionales in March, is known for his speed and counterpunching. Also on the card will be Rex Tso’s stablemate, light flyweight Raymond Poon, (1-0), welterweight Ng Kuok Kun (9-0) and white-collar standout Tom Taw of the UK (1-0), who is set to face former Indonesian bantamweight champion Marco Tuhumury (10-13-2).
|WBA orders three purse bids|
The WBA has ordered three purse bids for Monday, August 15th at its Panama headquarters. The first is the [often-delayed] WBA interim heavyweight title defense of Cuba's Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) against Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs) from the Ukraine. [Ortiz is rumored to be backing out of this fight due to money demands and promotional difficulties]. The minimum bid is US$600,000, with 60 percent going to the champion and 40 percent going to the challenger. The second purse bid will be for a 154-pound secondary title fight between Germany's Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) against Rhode Island's Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) a hard-hitting southpaw. The minimum bid is US$150,000, with 75 percent going to the champion and 25 percent going to the challenger. The third purse bid will set up the WBA's super champion at 118 pounds, Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs) from Cincinnati, Ohio, against the WBA secondary or regular champion at the same weight, England's Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs). Minimum bid is US$120,000, with 75 percent going to the champion and 25 percent going to the challenger.
|Yamanaka-Moreno II booked for September|
WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2 with 17 KOs) will have a rematch with Panama's Anselmo Moreno (36-4-1 with 12 KOs), on September 16th in Osaka, Japan. The Japanese champion, defeated Moreno the Panamanian last September by split decision. Moreno was a longtime holder of the WBA bantamweight championship and he lost a 2012 bid to Abner Mares for a 122-pound title. Also on the Osaka card, Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBC 122-pound belt against Hozumi Hasegawa (35-5, 15 KOs). Hasegawa will be gunning to become a three-division world title holder.
|Caleb Plant-Juan De Angel set for PBC on FS1|
Undefeated prospect Caleb "Sweet Hands" Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) will square off against hard-hitting Colombian Juan De Angel (18-4-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup that serves as the main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on Tuesday, August 23 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pa. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and features a pair of undercard bouts as unbeaten prospect Earl Newman (9-0, 7 KOs) takes on Detroit's Leo Hall (8-1, 7 KOs) in eight-rounds of light heavyweight action while Carlos Gongora (5-0, 4 KOs) faces Ronald Mixon (7-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round matchup of undefeated light heavyweight prospects.
|DiBella inks Felix Diaz|
Fresh off his sensational upset victory over previously undefeated and top-rated welterweight Sammy Vasquez Jr. on July 16th, Felix Diaz has signed an exclusive long-term promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment (DBE). The only gold medalist in the history of the Dominican Republic Olympic Boxing team, Diaz, who fights in both the junior welterweight and welterweight divisions, is looking for the absolute biggest names in boxing and is thrilled to be joining the DBE roster.
|WBO orders Flanagan-Verdejo|Puerto Rico's Felix Verdejo is the mandatory contended for WBO lightweight titleholder Terry Flanagan, and the WBO has ordered Flanagan to defend against Verdejo. On August 1st, the WBO gave Frank Warren (who promotes Flanagan) and Bob Arum (who promotes Verdejo) twenty days to negotiate a deal, and if that fails, a purse bid will be called. Verdejo is 22-0 as a pro, while Flanagan, fromMancheseter is 31-0. Flanagan's title victories have come over Jose Zepeda, Diego Magdaleno, Derry Matthews and Mzonke Fana, all in the United Kingdom.
|Philly fighters crowd ESPN's off-tv bouts|
Press Release: In Friday's main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, David Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) of Phoenix takes on Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) of Las Vegas in the ten-round super middleweight main event. In the co-feature, Alejandro Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) of Bellflower, CA. will battle Stephen Ormand (21-2, 11 KOs) of Ireland in a lightweight tussle. ESPN will televise. Five Philadelphia-based fighters will be on the undercard.
|Brook is up for the challegne of Golovkin|
Press Release: Kell Brook says his monster clash with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin for the world middleweight championship at The O2 in London on September 10th (to be shown on on Sky Sports Box Office and HBO) is his chance to prove he is an elite fighter. Brook welcomed Golovkin to London for the UK press conference ahead of their clash and the unbeaten IBF welterweight king bristled with confidence.
|Menayothin retains 105-pound title; promoter refuses to unify|
Wanheng Menayothin W12 Saul Juarez... Fighting in his home nation of Thailand, Wanheng Menayothin upped his pro record to 43-0 and defended his WBC 105-pound title with a unanimous decision win over Mexico's Saul Juarez. Official scores were 116-112, 116-113 and 115-113. While Menayothin holds the WBC title and he shares the same promoter as WBA 105-pound champion Knockout CP Freshmart, unification does not seem to be in the cards for now, as their common promoter Pirayat Wachirarattanwong told the press he wants both men to defend their titles in separate bouts on a December show. [Mexico's Jose Argumendo holds the IBF belt and the WBO version was recently vacated by Japan's Naoya Inoue] . source: bangkok post
|Lee Baxter inks Logan McGuinness|
Toronto-based Lee Baxter Promotions is proud to announce the signing of undefeated super featherweight contender Logan “Cotton” McGuinness to an exclusive promotional agreement. Living and fighting out of Orangeville, Ontario, McGuinness has an outstanding 23-0-1 professional ledger with 10 victories coming by knockout. The 29-year-old McGuinness is a former WBA-NABA champion at 126, 130 and 135 pounds, earning NABA Fighter of the Year in 2011. Formerly ranked number 4 in the world by the WBA, McGuinness has been inactive since May 2015 due to out of the ring issues and is excited to get back in the squared circle.
|Introducing Antonio "Bang" Williams|
Press Release: Antonio "Bang" Williams, a 19 year-old 130 pounder with a record of 3-0 and 3 KOs sees action this Saturday, August 6th at the Miami (Fla.) Airport Convention Center. Williams is matched against 18 year-old Brian Santos (0-1-1) of Puerto Rico in a four-round bout. Williams, who debuted earlier this year at age 18, has not yet been past the second round as a pro. His goal is to keep his knockout streak alive. "Although I like to consider myself a smart fighter, my main objective in each fight is to get my opponent out of there early," said Williams. "I never want to leave any decision in the hands of the judges. I just want to keep this knockout streak going, but if I go the distance, I'm ok with it, as long as I continue winning." Williams had an amateur record of 104-15, winning two state Golden Gloves titles. Pro Box Management was impressed with Williams superior talent and signed him to a multi-year contract.
|Freitas' nephew coming back to America|
Vitor Jones Freitas TKO1 Licelio Da Silva Lucio ... Vitor Jones Freitas (14-0) stopped Licelio Da Silva Lucio (apparently 5-6) in the first round of a lightweight bout this past Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 23 year-old Freitas registered two knockdowns, both with left hooks, and the bout lasted just 79 seconds. Freitas, who is the nephew of former world champion Acelino Freitas, will now look to come back to the United States in a higher profile bout.
Ruben Villa KO1 Gerardo Molina... In his pro debut, nineteen year-old featherweight Ruben Villa (1-0) did not waste any time putting away Gerardo Molina (1-2) this past Friday night in Ontario, California. Villa landed a counter left hook early in the first round that sent Molina backpedaling onto the canvas. Seconds later, Villa, from Salinas, Calif., rocked Molina with a series of punches, knocking him out at the 2:25 mark of the opening round. source for both results: banner promotions
|Brant vs. Fitzpatrick to headline at Pechanga|
Press Release: This Friday, August 5th at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, CBS Sports Network will air four bouts(11 pm ET/8 pm PT). In the night's main event, middleweight Rob "Bravo" Brant (20-0, 13 KOs) of Saint Paul, MN looks to keep his momentum going in a ten-round battle against Cleveland's Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick (15-4, 6 KOs). In a six-round junior middleweight bout, Fopt Worth, Texas' Skender Halili (10-1, 10 KOs) battles Ghana's (now living in Maryland) Ben Odamattey (16-14-3, 9 KOs).
Kenny Demecillo W8 Rambo Lagos... It is usually not a good idea to go to war with someone called Rambo, but that’s what Kenny Demecillo did on Saturday July 30th, and he got the win. Fighting in Cebu City, Philippines, Demecillo (11-3-2) was awarded a close, and some felt debatable, split decision over countryman Rambo Lagos (8-2-2)in a bantamweight contest. After the first two rounds, it was toe-to-toe action all the way, with Demecillo coming forward but Lagos appearing to be the more skilful boxer. Demecillo tried to walk down his challenger, throwing heavy shots, but Lagos often timed him well and landed his own heavy counter shots. In the eight round, Lagos connected almost at will, drawing blood from Demecillo´s nose and eyebrow, and it looked as if he was only one clean blow away from victory. But Demecillo showed great will and determination to survive the round. Demicillo found new strength in round nine and again it was him coming forward, trying to land a knockout blow on the fading Lagos. It was the same in round ten, and while Lagos had his moments, Demecillo finished strong. Two judges had it for Demecillo, 96-94 and 96-95, while one had it for Lagos by 96-94. source: wbf
|Wilder recovering from surgery|
Press Release: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is recovering in the wake of separate surgeries Thursday to repair a broken right hand and torn biceps in the same arm. Wilder sustained the injuries July 16th during his eighth-round stoppage of Chris Arreola in Birmingham, Alabama. The dual surgeries, which took place in Birmingham, followed a brief procedure on July 21st to help stabilize the hand. Wilder posted a short video from his hospital bed in between Thursday’s two operations, which his manager and co-trainer, Jay Deas, deemed successful. “Everything went well,” said Deas. “They fixed both the right hand and the right biceps, and he should be in recovery for approximately four to six months. He’ll start therapy on his hand as early as this week.” Wilder (37-0) has broken his right hand at least three times in the past seven years.
|Rojas: I showed that I can compete with anyone in my weight class|
Former WBC featherweight champion Elio "The Kid" Rojas ended his two year hiatus from the ring with an action packed performance against undefeated pound for pound star Mikey Garcia last Saturday night. Rojas didn't get the victory ten pounds removed from his natural weight class, but showed that he is an extremely skilled boxer who can compete with the best fighters in the world at the junior lightweight division.
|Chazz Witherspoon to face Mike Marrone|
Press Release: Heavyweight Chazz "The Gentleman" Witherspoon (33-4, 26 KOs) will take on Mike Marrone on Saturday, August 6th at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA. Marrone (21-5 with 15 KOs) challenged in 2011 for the WBA cruiserweight title, but was defeated by Guillermo Jones. Marrone also came up short against former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. Neither Witherspoon nor Marrone has fought in 2016. Seeing action in the eight-round co-feature will be junior welterweight Emanuel "The Tranzforma" Taylor (19-4, 13 KOs) battling Carlos Aguilera (10-16, 4 KOs) of Chiapas, Mexico.
|German update: Koelling to face Liebenberg|
Press Release: German light heavyweight Enrico Koelling (21-1, 6 KOs) will face South Africa's Ryno Liebenberg (17-3, 12 KOs) on October 1st at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The bout will provide chief support for the WBA [secondary] light heavyweight title fight between Juergen Braehmer and Nathan Cleverly. Koelling, who last time out claimed a unanimous points victory over Oleksandr Cherviak (15-5-1) in April, will face a tough test from Liebenberg, who pushed his stable mate Erik Skoglund to a close points decision in Stockholm earlier this year.
|Nery wins bantamweight bout in Mexico|
Luis Nery TKO4 David Sanchez... Tijuana bantamweight Luis “Panterita” Nery overwhelmed fellow Mexican David “Tornado” Sanchez by fourth-round stoppage in a bout held in Nery's hometown. Nery (20-0, 14 KOs) took control from the first bell and established a fast pace. Sánchez (30-4-2, 23 KOs) tried, but was never given sufficient breathing space to establish rhythm, as he was constantly tagged with long hard rapid fire combinations. On the verge of being knocked down a few times, in the fourth round, Sanchez gave it his all, but was soon clipped with a smart left-right combination, and down he went. The punishment continued, and in the fifth round, Sanchez decided that enough was enough, apparently failing to come out. source: wbc