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|Oscar Diaz 1982-2015, By Christian Schmidt|
Sad news to report out of San Antonio as we inform you that former welterweight contender Oscar Diaz passed away this week. Diaz had a professional career that spanned eight years. He racked up an impressive record of 26-3 with 12 KOs. Diaz was discovered in his amateur days by boxing Hall of Fame trainer Lou Duva. Duva often spent time watching Diaz train in San Antonio and also spent time with his cutman, the late Joe Souza. Diaz had several fights that landed on national television, including notable victories over Al "Speedy" Gonzales, Chris "The Mechanic" Smith, and Jesse Feliciano. During that run, he won multiple regional titles. Sadly for Diaz, he will most be remembered for his final bout, which was against Delvin Rodriguez. The fight took place on July 16th, 2008 at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio and was broadcast on ESPN2.
|Fox Deportes broadcasts from Cancun tonight|Press Release:
Two Mexican clashes are expected to produce plenty of action today, Saturday, Feb. 28th at the Oasis Arena in Cancun, as Fox Deportes airs a pair of hard-hitting matchups.
battles Jhon Carlo "Sireno" Aparicio in a ten
-round lightweight clash, and in the co-feature,
takes on Humberto "Chato" Morales in a ten-round bantamweight fight.
The Fox Deportes broadcast begins at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
|Odlanier Solis buys one-way ticket to Palookaville|
Tony Thompson TKO9 Odlanier Solis... In Turkey, former Cuban amateur star Odlanier Solis flushed his heavyweight career down the toilet by showing up grossly overweight for his rematch with America's Tony Thompson, and then quitting in the ninth round. Solis was getting punched around by a tired but determined Thompson and then refused to fight when the ninth round started. Solis' promoter, Ahmet Ohner, who was also working Solis' corner, berated Solis, but the Cuban refused to fight on. The 43 year-old Thompson improved to 40-5 and strengthened his credentials not only as a legitimate top 20 heavyweight but as a bona fide spoiler. Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, is now 20-3, including two straight losses to Thompson. Solis' only road back is to serve as a gatekeeper and knock off a couple of top prospects. source: youtube video
|Arreola to fight TBA in two weeks|
Heavyweight Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, March 13th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. [No opponent has been named with the fight just two weeks away, indicating it will likely be a lay-up for Arreola]. The card features Andre Berto against Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter battling Roberto Garcia on the debut of PBC on Spike TV. Born in Escondido, Calif. but fighting out of Los Angeles, Arreola was a 2001 National Golden Gloves champion who turned pro in 2003 and slowly began his rise up the heavyweight rankings. In 2009, Arreola unsuccessfully challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight world title. After dropping a tough decision to Tomasz Adamek in 2010, Arreola pushed his way back with six-straight victories before he got a chance against Bermane Stiverne in 2013. In their first fight, Arreola lost a unanimous decision but earned himself another fight against Stiverne, this time for the heavyweight world championship. In an action-packed fight, Arreola was stopped in the sixth-round. Arreola is now 33.
|Tyson Fury in action today|
At London's O2 Arena today, heavyweight contender Tyson Fury puts his 23-0 record on the line against Christian Hammer (17-3). Hammer, a Romanian fightingout of Germany, has strung together several solid wins in a row. On the same card, popular Chris Eubank, Jr. is hoping to rebound from his first career loss, a split decision to Billy Joe Saunders. However, Eubank (18-1) will be in very tough, challenging WBA interim middleweight titlist Dmitry Chudinov (14-0-2). source: box nation press release
|Anne Sophie Mathis held to a draw by Oxandia Castillo|
Anne Sophie Mathis D10 Oxandia Castillo... Fighting in Sarcelles, France, female junior middleweight Anne Sophie Mathis was surprisingly held to a split draw by Oxandia Castillo. In a fast-paced fight in front of a packed arena, the 37year-oldMathis had problems with her 20-year-old Dominican challenger from the start, and even looked hurt by hard shots from Castillo several times in the first three rounds. But Mathis, a three-weight titlist, found her rhythm from round four on, and connected with well-placed body punches, as well as her jab and straight right hand. After a ten round battle, the official scorecards had 95-95, 96-94 for Mathis and 96-94 for Castillo.Mathis is now 27-3-1 in a career that started in 1995, while Castillo, a pro for only three years, travels home to Santo Domingo at 13-2-3. (10). A rematch seems proper. source: wbf press release
|Next up for Adonis Stevenson: Sakio Bika|Press Release:
Light heavyweight world champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday, April 4th at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City to defend his title against former super middleweight beltholder Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs).
Stevenson (pictured) said, "I know Bika will stop at nothing, so the fight will be spectacular and extremely offensive-minded. I predict that Bika will lose by knockout for the first time in his career."
|Daily Bread Friday Edition: (2-27-15), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
It's been a long time since I wrote to you, but with 2015 shaping up, boxing back on network television, the super fight finally happening, I had to write down some thoughts. First Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. All the true boxing fans know why one of the biggest reasons this fight is finally happening is because Floyd feels Pacquiao is not same animal as before. It's true Pac is not that same guy from 2009-11. His body has changed, he's thinking more, but this new version of Pac is still a tough out. There's no way I'm counting Mayweather out but Pac is all wrong for Floyd, but we'll see. I believe we will get a really good fight and it's because I recently watched the Floyd's fight against Demarcus Corley. People forget but Demarcus gave Floyd a way tougher fight than Zab Judah did.
|Jonathan Cepeda wins fifth straight on comeback trail|
Jonathan Cepeda TKO1 Laatekwei Hammond...
Middleweight Jonathan Cepeda has now won five straight following his only career loss and a nearly two-year layoff. Last Sunday at The Mansion in Atlanta, Cepeda improved his career mark to 17-1 with 15 KOs by winning via first-round stoppage against Laatekwei Hammond (21-9 with 14 KOs). Cepeda knocked Hammond down three times in the first round, causing referee Brian Slutts to stop the fight at the 1:39 mark. Hammond had to be lifted up from the floor by the ref and his manager after Cepeda's assault by a Cepeda. Manager
Joe Kran stated, "Cepeda is a real smart fighter. Jonathan has learned how to maintain his very aggressive, crowd pleasing style, while being in complete control of his actions". Under Kran, Cepeda has had fve fights since August.
Cepeda commented after the fight that Hammond was, "knew that I had great power, but he was surprised by my speed. I was able to hit him from many different angles which he couldn’t defend." source:
Kran Sports and Entertainment Management
|Sergey Kovalev open workout quotes|Press Release:
Kovalev will defend the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight championships against Jean Pascal. The fight will be televised as part of a live triple header on HBO World Championship Boxing on March 14, 2015 from the Bell Centre in Montreal. Here os what Kovalev had to say at an open workout held in Miami, Florida:
|Trey Lippe-Morrison to feud with Richard Dawson on March 7th|
Press Release: Heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison faces his toughest opponent to date when he battles Richard Dawson (5-2-2) on Saturday, March 7th in the six-round main event at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Hailing from nearby Tulsa, OK , Lippe-Morrison’s 6-0 with all of his wins coming by knockout. Like his late father Tommy Morrison, Trey’s a big draw with strong punching power.
|Strange circumstances unite Nadjib Mohammedi with trainer Abel Sanchez|Press Release
On March 14th, Nadjib "The Algerian Assassin" Mohammedi (36-3, 22 KOs) will face Lee Campbell (8-1, 4 KOs) on the undercard of the Sergei Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal fight in Montreal. When Nadjib defeated Anatoliy Dudchenko to become the IBF light heavyweight contender IBF, he thought his next opponent would be Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins as Hopkins' mandatory challenger. When Hopkins decided to face Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev in a unification fight for the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight championships, Mohammedi was added to the Hopkins-Kovalev undercard.
But when Mohammedi arrived in New Jersey ahead of his fight with Demetrius Walker on November 8th, he found out that his trainer was unable to get to the United States.
|Tony Luis names son after Miguel Cotto|
Congratulations to lightweight contender Tony "Lightning" Luis (19-2, 7 KOs), whose fiance Manon Latulippe gave birth to their first child, a son named Miguel, on February 20th. Born at 6 lbs 14 oz, Luis says baby Miguel is healthy and beautiful. "I named him after Miguel Cotto, always loved the name for a boy," explained Luis. source: greg cohen promotions press release
|GYM sues Lemieux for bolting to Golden Boy|Press Release:
Canadian promoter Groupe Yvon Michel Inc. (GYM) filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Quebec for damages against David Lemieux, Eye of The Tiger Management, Camille Estephan, Golden Boy Promotions and Home Box Office (HBO). GYM claims that it has suffered damages of $1,350,000 as a result of "tortuous" conduct and bad faith actions by the defendants. [The proper legal term is tortious interference.] Lemieux is currently in line to fight Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam for the IBF middleweight title that was vacated in the wake of Jermain Taylor's legal woes].
|Awe network to air Frampton-Avalos live on Saturday|Press Release:
This Saturday afternoon, February 28th, Carl Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) will make the first defense of the IBF 122-pound title when he takes on mandatory challenger Chris Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) in a bout that can be seen live in the United States on Awe network
at 3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PT.
The card will originate from the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is promoted by Cyclone Promotions.
|K-9 Bundrage: I only want big fights!, By Doveed Linder|
Bill Waller, the COO of K-9 Boxing Global Promotions, e-mailed Boxingtalk the following message regarding the current IBF junior middleweight world title holder, Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage. “Each time IBF 2-time world champion K-9 Bundrage steps into the boxing ring to defend his title, he is making history as the oldest (41 yrs.) junior middleweight champion in boxing history. The second oldest is the current pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, who is only four years younger. Demetrius Andrade is the WBO junior middleweight champion and he is fifteen years younger than K-9.
|A few O's will go on next Shobox|
PRESS RELEASE: Six unbeaten boxers, eight total with a combined record of 105-3-3, will highlight a ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader on Showtime (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) on Friday, March 13th, from The Space at Westbury in Westbury, NY. Two of the fights will feature undefeated boxers against each other. In the main event, Antoine “Action” Douglas (16-0-1, 10 KOs) of Washington, D.C., will meet Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (16-0, 7 KOs) of Millville, N.J., in a ten-round middleweight scrap. Adam Lopez (9-0, 4 KOs), of San Antonio, and Houston’s Pablo Cruz (11-0, 3 KOs) clash in an eight-round battle of Lone Star State super bantamweights in the opener of the telecast.
|Swedish heavyweight seeking tenth pro win|Press Release:
Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin (9-0, 7 KOs) can claim his tenth professional victory when he takes on David Gegeshidze (14-7-1, 3 KOs) on March 14th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Wallin enjoyed a successful 2014, recording five wins including four stoppages. On March 14th, the 24 year-old from Sundsvall returns for the first time in 2015.
|Fernely Feliz opens boxing gym in Connecticut|Press Release:
Professional boxing manager A.J. Galante and former heavyweight contender Fernely Feliz have opened a new boxing gym, Champs Boxing Club & Fitness in Danbury, Connecticut. The grand opening will take place on Saturday February 28th. Feliz, who moved to Danbury as a child from the Dominican Republic, has the distinction of being Danbury, CT's first professional boxer. As a heavyweight, he compiled a record of 23-9 in a career that spanned 15 years.
|Linder's Look: Mayweather-Pacquiao, By Doveed Linder|
It’s kind of surreal, isn’t it? Those of us who have been following the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao headlines for the past five to six years figured there was no chance of this fight happening. But here we are in February 2015 and the fight is set for May 2nd. Of course, this is exciting news. Throughout all of the build up and let downs, Mayweather-Pacquiao has always been the biggest thing that could happen in boxing, so it’s important that it takes place. But for me, personally, and probably for a lot of other fans, it all seems kind of anticlimactic.
|Charles Martin continues heavyweight campaign this weekend|Press Release:
Undefeated heavyweight “Prince” Charles Martin will continue his busy schedule this Saturday night, Feb. 28th, against Brazilian slugger Raphael Zumbano Love in a scheduled ten-round battle at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Martin
will be closing camp in Big Bear Lake, California in the coming days.
be a huge year for Charles if he keeps winning," said Martin's promoter, Michael King of King Sports. “He had five knockouts last year and scored a first round knockout on January 9th. We want him to stay busy, keep learning and keep winning. He’s only 28 so we want to move him in the appropriate manner and not just get a big fight but win the fight when the situation arises which we believe will be this year.”
|Sauerland, Matchroom to share broadcast rights|Press Release:
German promoter Sauerland Event and British promoter Matchroom Boxing have agreed to a broadcast rights deal to share their big fight nights.
The deal for fight fans will see twelve world title fights in Germany broadcast live on Sky Sports and on the Matchroom Fight Pass, with Sauerland's Nordic (Denmark) Fight Night series also shown on the Fight Pass. Matchroom’s 20 shows on Sky Sports can be broadcast by the ProSiebenSat.1 media group in Germany on either SAT.1 television or its online platforms ran.de and maxdome.de. Juergen Brahmer’s WBA 175-pound regular title clash with Robin Krasniqi on March 21st in Rostock, Germany will be the first to be aired.
|Mathysse-Provodnikov guarantees fireworks!|
PRESS RELEASE: A sure-fire 'Fight of the Year' candidate will come early as former World Champions Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov, two of boxing's hardest punchers, take the stage in a 12-round jr. welterweight showdown on Saturday, April 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Banner Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Promotions announced today the clash of these two fearsome fighters will generate what is surely to be an all-action fight to remember and a treat all fight fans are excited for. The bout with be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
|Kovalev-Pascal conference call transcript|
PRESS RELEASE: Sergey Kovalev, the WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion: "I am waiting for March 14th. This day for me mean a lot. This is the first time defending two of my titles. I am sure it will be a really great boxing date on HBO. Pascal will be the hugest opponent in my career. I fought top guys. [On common opponents Darnell Boone and Bernard Hopkins] Any fight is different because opponents are different on different dates. I can win somebody very easy but then can be very hard for somebody else. Pascal had problems with Hopkins but I beat him easy. It depends on the situation. It will be interesting what will happen March 14th. Jean Pascal will see a problem."
|Zaveck takes tough fight at 154 pounds|Press Release:
Former IBF welterweight titlist Jan Zaveck, AKA Dejan Zavec, now campaigning at 154 pounds, will challenge Sasha Yengoyan (31-1-1) on April 11th at Tabor Hall in Maribor, Slovenia.
The Slovenian Zaveck (34-3) spent much of his professional career in Germany where he made his debut in 2003, and won the IBF crown in 2009 in South Africa, beating Isaac Hlatshwayo. He made three successful defenses before losing the belt to Andre Berto in America in 2011.
|Friday Night Fights on tap: Seldin-Garcia|
PRESS RELEASE: The February 27th edition of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights will feature junior welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (15-0, 12 KOs) against Johnny García (19-2-1, 11 KOs) in a ten-round main event. The ten-round co-feature will pit welterweights Raymond “Tito” Serrano (20-2, 9 KOs) against Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (17-5, 7 KOs).
|Cruiserweight main event coming to Berlin|Press Release:
Cruiserweight Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (20-4-1) takes on veteran Hungarian Gabor Halasz (36-15) on March 6th in Berlin. The
Algerian-born Benmakhlouf is on a three-fight winning streak since losing a decision to living legend Roy Jones Jr. in December 2013. In his last bout, he defeated Croatian Tony Visic in France.
Halasz, curiously nicknamed “Big Daddy Fisherman”, turned professional in 1999, and fought a long line of big names. However, it looked as if he would have to settle for gatekeeper status before he started his current run, which is closing in on four years without a defeat.
|Boxcino results: heavyweight bracket|
Andrey Fedosov, Donovan Dennis, Lenroy Thomas and Razvan Cojanu all scored victories in their quarterfinal bouts in the Boxcino Heavyweight tournament at Verona, New York's Turning Stone Resort Casino. All Boxcino bouts were scheduled for 6 rounds. Dennis took out previously undefeated Steve Vukosa in round four. Thomas will meet Fedosov in one semifinal while Dennis will battle Cojanu. Both semifinals will take place on Friday, April 10th at the Sands in Bethlehem, PA.
|Golovkin punishes Murray for 19th straight stoppage|
Gennady Golvkin TKO11 Martin Murray... In Monaco, Gennady Golvkin stopped Martin Murray in the eleventh round to extend his knockout streak to 19. Golvokin caused Murray to take a knee in the fourth round with a body shot. The other two knockouts came when Murray found himself up against the ropes in the tenth and eleventh rounds respectively. The referee stopped the contest just as Murray went down in the eleventh. Compubox Punch Stats credited Golovkin with 292 punches landed, compared to 131 for Murray. Golovkin, recognized as super champion by the WBA, is generally considered the best middleweight in the world even though the lineal championship currently belongs to Miguel Cotto and the IBF belt was stripped from Golovkin without a loss. Golovkin is now 32-0 with 29 KOs, while Murray falls to 29-2-1 (the other loss was to then-world champion Sergio Martinez, and the draw a controversial one to then-WBA titlist Felix Sturm). source: HBO/ espn.com
|Abraham defeats Smith in rematch|Arthur Abraham W12 Paul Smith...
Arthur Abraham defeated Paul Smith for the second time last night, but this time Smith had no claim of controversy, as Abraham won a clear points decision in Berlin. As his his custom, Abraham stared slowly and found himself trailing Smith after three rounds. However, Abraham began picking apart the Liverpudlian's defense and wound up retaining the WBO 168-pound title by scores of
116-112 and 117-111 and 117-111 (twice). Smith was the busier fighter, and also won the twelfth round, but his activity rate often could not penetrate Abrahams defense. The playing field is now clear for a German super fight between Abraham and Felix Sturm, two long-time stars who have never met despite spending much of their careers in the middleweight division. source: the liverpool echo
|Price working way up heavyweight ladder|
David Price TKO6 Irineu B. C. Junior... 6'8" British heavyweight David Price stopped Brazil's Irineu Beato Costa Junior in Berlin tonight. Price knocked down Junoir three time sin the sixth round, causing Junior's corner to throw in the towel. Price, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who saw his pro career blocked by two straight losses to Tony Thompson, seems to be back on track. He has now strung together four straight wins and has a pro record of 19-2. Junior heads back to Brazil at 16-3, with three losses in his last four tries. source: the liverpool echo
|Network suits speak on Mayweather-Pacquiao|
It's a done deal! Undefeated Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) will fight longtime rival Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) in a Welterweight World Championship Unification Bout live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, May 2.Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports, and Ken Hershman, President of HBO SPORTS, were made available to the media just minutes after the fight was officially announced by Mayweather via his Shots account.
Here are highlights from what Hershman and Espinoza had to say Friday:
|Cruz stays undefeated in Broadway Boxing thriller|
PRESS RELEASE: In front of a sellout crowd of his hometown fans, junior lightweight Bryant "Peewee" Cruz, of Port Chester, NY, headlined DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing debut on Friday night, in Westchester County, at the Hilton Westchester, in Rye Brook, NY. Cruz, 130, recovered from a knockdown in round two then engaged Jorge Pazos, 128¼, of Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico, in a slugfest the following frame. By the midway point of the scheduled eight-rounder, Cruz took back control of the contest, using his jab to set up combinations and outbox Pazos. Showing superior hand speed, Cruz used left hooks to punctuate flurries upstairs. By the seventh round, a bruised Pazos' face had swelled up from all the punishment he'd taken. The judges tallied 78-73 twice, and 77-74, all for "Peewee" Cruz, who improved to 14-0. Pazos dropped to 14-8-1.
|Roach: We are preparing for Shiming Dynasty|
PRESS RELEASE: Gong xi fa cai! Good luck and prosperity in 2015! The Chinese New Year has begun. Tradition dictates that you bid farewell to the old year with graciousness and gratitude and welcome in the new year -- this is the Year of the Sheep (or Ram or Goat, depending on whom you ask) -- sharing time and celebrating with family and friends over sumptuous feasts. Unless you are a Chinese icon named ZOU SHIMING who is 15 days away from the most important fight of his boxing career -- challenging undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight world champion AMNAT RUENROENG.
|Robert Guerrero workout notes|
PRESS RELEASE: Media in the Bay Area gathered Wednesday to watch Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero prepare for his headlining welterweight showdown with Keith "One Time" Thurman on the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC taking place Saturday, March 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets for the live event are priced at $400, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are on sale now. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at www.mgmgrand.com
|Derrick Webster adds acting role to his resume|
PRESS RELEASE: Both boxing and entertainment are areas where Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (18-0, 9 KOs) has always felt comfortable, so merging the two was an easy transition for the undefeated super middleweight when an acting opportunity presented itself. After a single audition, Webster was selected to play a role in the upcoming film Creed, which is the latest installment of the Rocky franchise by Academy Award winner Sylvester Stallone.
|Daily Bread Thurday Edition:(2-19-15), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
What do you think of GGG vs Martin Murray? Will this shut up his critics or will it add fuel to the fire?
Bread’s Response: Golovkin’s competition is not as bad as some of his critics make it out to be. No one is saying he has a HOF resume because he doesn’t. But he has decisively defeated the best available opponent consistently. More importantly the two lineal champions who have reigned since he came into prominence have avoided him. So have ALL of the other champions at 160lbs.
|De Alba, Bustos ready to rumble|
PRESS RELEASE: He is one of the hottest fighters on the east coast. He has become a prospect on everyone's radar and this Saturday night, Jr. Lightweight Frank De Alba will look for his 13th consecutive victory when he takes on Jose Bustos for the UBF Jr. Lightweight All Americas title in the main event at the Econo Lodge. The show is promoted by King's Promotions. De Alba of Reading, PA has a record of 14-1-2 in and in addition to 12th straight wins, he is unbeaten in his last 14 bouts. De Alba, who won a 8-round unanimous decision over Jesse Carridine last October 4, went right back in the gym shortly after that bout.
|Michael Spinks to attend HOF weekend|
PRESS RELEASE: The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary 1976 Olympic gold medalist, two-division world champion and Hall of Famer Michael Spinks is confirmed to participate in festivities planned for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th. "The Spinks Jinx" Michael Spinks “From the Olympic gold medal to historic reigns as light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Michael Spinks did it all in boxing,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are absolutely thrilled that he will return to Canastota in June for the weekend celebration.”
|Road To Kovalev-Pascal airs on HBO Feb. 28|
PRESS RELEASE: HBO Boxing presents "Road to Kovalev-Pascal," a compelling special spotlighting the upcoming light heavyweight championship bout between undefeated knockout artist Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev defending his crown against Canada's Jean Pascal. Their highly anticipated slugfest takes place Saturday, March 14 at the Bell Centre in Montreal and televised live on HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®.
|Cunningham-Glazkov conference call notes|
PRESS RELEASE: Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov, 19-0-1, 12 KOs, #2 in IBF heavyweight rankings and Steve "USS" Cunningham, 28-6-0, 13 KOs, USBA Heavyweight Champion, will be the co-feature on the Saturday, March 14 Kovalev vs. Pascal light heavyweight championship from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The twelve-round heavyweight fight is for the mandatory position in the IBF and the USBA Heavyweight Title. The fight will be the co-feature on the Kovalev vs. Pascal light heavyweight championship from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The HBO World Championship Boxing live triple header telecast will begin at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
|Tarver and Smith tapped as announcers for PBC Spike TV series|
PRESS RELEASE: Spike TV has added some serious punch to their "Premier Boxing Champions" series announce-team. Five-time, two-division world champion boxer Antonio Tarver and popular Bellator announcer and former professional MMA fighter, Jimmy Smith, will serve as color analysts for Spike TV's inaugural season of "Premier Boxing Champions." Spike TV's first "Premier Boxing Champions" event will take place on Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT from the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. The event will showcase two marquee match-ups including Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Robert Garcia. Spike will announce the color commentator shortly.
|Estrada all set to return to action|
PRESS RELEASE: Former U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada has a stern warning for the rest of the field in the 2015 Boxcino heavyweight tournament. “If I win this first fight,” Estrada (20-5, 6 KOs) said, “it’s over for the rest of these guys.” The 34-year-old Providence, R.I., heavyweight joined the field early this week when Mario Heredia was pulled from the tournament due to an undisclosed medical issue. With an impressive amateur background that includes a spot in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a professional career highlighted by hard-fought bouts against championship contenders Tomasz Adamek and Alexander Povetkin, Estrada’s resume stacks up against that of anyone else’s in the eight-man field, including Friday’s quarterfinal opponent, Lenroy Thomas (18-3, 9 KOs).
|Stanton, Cruz Ring 8 guest speakers|
PRESS RELEASE: Attorney Jack Stanton and new gym owner Luis Orlando Cruz are scheduled to be Ring 8 guest speakers tomorrow night, Feb. 19 (doors open 6 p.m, meeting starts at 8 p.m.), at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. "We're fortunate to have two very interesting speakers of interest for our members," Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. "Jim is an expert in all aspects of boxing litigation, while Luis has opened a new gym in Brooklyn, Fight for Fitness."
|Sammy Vasquez open workout notes|
PRESS RELEASE: Hometown favorite and unbeaten welterweight Sammy Vasquez held a media workout on Wednesday at South Park Boxing Club as he prepares to face fellow southpaw Emmanuel Lartey in the 10-round main event of ShoBox: The New Generation, this Friday, Feb. 20, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Vasquez (17-0, 13 KOs) is aiming for his 10th consecutive knockout. Lartey (17-2, 8 KOs, 1 NC), of Brooklyn, N.Y. by way of Ghana, has never been knocked down.
|Super Fight League Event update|
PRESS RELEASE: Still riding an incredible wave of momentum from their first two shows in the US, Super Fight League returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma for show number three, this Saturday, February 21st at 7:00PM. Once again, fans will be treated to a stacked card including two title fights, this time in the men’s 145lb and 170lb divisions. In the main event of the evening, Tacoma’s own Drew “The Eternal Fire” Brokenshire (10-2) will face rival Julian “Juicy J” Erosa (13-2) for the SFL America Featherweight Championship. The two men have fought before, with Brokenshire handing Erosa his first professional loss back in 2012. Fans can expect fireworks, as both fighters have promised an explosive finish.
|Gary Hyde inks Sheehan|
PRESS RELEASE: Irish boxing manager Gary Hyde (NoWhere2Hyde Management) has announced the signing of Ireland-born heavyweight "Irish" Con Sheehan to a managerial contract. The 25-year-old Sheehan, who registered a 203-18 amateur record, is scheduled to make his professional debut March 13th in the United Kingdom on a show to air on Eurosport. The rugged yet athletic Irishman from Clonmel, the largest town in the County of Tipperary, hopes to join one of his former Irish National teammates, undefeated IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton, as a world-calss operator in the not too distant future.
|Santiago looks to remain unbeaten|
Tonight at the CONSOL Energy Center, undefeated 18 year-old Jr. Welterweight, Milton "El Santo" Santiago returns to the ring when he takes on veteran Jose Valderama in a scheduled 6-round bout on the off-tv portion of a show that will be televised on Showtime's, SHO BOX card. Santiago of Philadelphia has a record of 8-0 with three knockouts and will be making his first appearance of 2015. He was very active in 2014 as he turned pro and fought eight times with the latest being a 4-round unanimous decision over Travis Thompson on December 5 in Chester, PA "Camp went good. I am on weight and in good shape," said the Sr. at William Tennant High School.
|Broadway Boxing Heading To Westchester County|
PRESS RELEASE: For the first time in its 12-year existence, Broadway Boxing heads north to the suburbs of Westchester County, NY, when DiBella Entertainment (DBE) stages an exciting 11-bout card, featuring a number of DBE's top up-and-coming talent and world-rated contenders at the beautiful Hilton Westchester, in Rye Brook, NY. The card is headlined by the homecoming of undefeated prospect Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (13-0, 7KO's) taking on the tough-as-nails Jorge Pazos (14-7-1, 8KO's) in an eight-round junior lightweight matchup.
|Jean Pascal: Kovalev hasn't faced anyone like me!, By Doveed Linder|
In this interview, former light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs), discusses his upcoming fight with reigning WBA, WBO and IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs), which will take place in Montreal , Quebec , Canada on March 14th.
|Shiming to defend on March 7|
PRESS RELEASE: The upcoming Chinese New Year will begin on February 19, 2015 -- The Year of the Sheep. But Chinese boxing fans from around the world are hoping it will also usher in the beginning of The Shiming Dynasty. After winning three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals as an amateur, ZOU SHIMIING, in only his seventh professional fight and 23 months removed from his professional debut, will be challenging undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight world champion AMNAT RUENROENG. The Showdown at Sands: Zou Shiming vs. Amnat Ruenroeng will headline an exciting all-action world championship boxing event, Saturday, March 7, at The Venetian® Macao's Cotai Arena.
|Cunningham: Kennedy is my motivation|
PRESS RELEASE: As the 38-year old USBA Heavyweight Champion and two-time former cruiserweight world champion Steve "USS" Cunningham (28-6, 13 KOs) prepares to defend his title against Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov (19-0-1, 12 KOs) and fight for the mandatory position in the IBF, he does it a little differently than he has in the past, but with a newfound level of strength and courage he gained from an unlikely source, his nine-year old daughter Kennedy.
|Fury expecting to Hammer Christian quickly|
PRESS RELEASE: Heavyweight star Tyson Fury has vowed to make it a short night’s work when he meets dangerous German Christian Hammer next weekend. The European and WBO International Heavyweight Champion, who is the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko’s world crown, was speaking during a media workout at his gym in Bolton, ahead of his February 28th showdown at London’s O2 Arena. Undefeated Fury, who has an impressive 17 knockouts from his 23 wins, is looking to add another victim to his record in the shape of Hammer, though despite gunning for a knockout is refusing to underestimate the 27-year-old, who is unbeaten since 2010.
|Introducing Undefeated Junior Weltweight Christian Molina|
PRESS RELEASE: Christian Molina did not have much of an amateur background but he has been a quick study and has become one of the top prospects in the Lehigh Valley. This Saturday he will look to go to 4-0 when he takes on pro debuting Stacey Anderson in a 4-round Jr. Welterweight bout at the Econo Lodge in Allentown, PA and is promoted by King's Promotions. In the main event, Frank De Alba will take on an opponent to be named in a 8-round Jr. Lightweight bout.
|Chilemba-Lepikin opening Kovalev-Pascal telecast|
PRESS RELEASE: Main Events and Interbox announced today that the NABF Light Heavyweight Title fight between Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba vs. Vasily "The Professor" Lepikhin will be the opening bout of the HBO World Championship Boxing tripleheader featuring the Unified Light Heavyweight Champion Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal in the main event and heavyweights Vyacheslav "Czar" Glazkov vs. Steve "USS" Cunningham in the co-feature on Saturday, March 14 live from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The HBO® telecast begins at 9 :45 p.m. ET/PT.
|Boxcino Heavyweights by the numbers|
PRESS RELEASE: This Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino, the Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight tournament will begin with four quarterfinal bouts. The entire Boxcino tournament is promoted by Banner Promotions. This Friday's fights will be televised live on ESPN's Friday Night fights beginning at 9 PM ET. Below is a statistical breakdown of the competitors for the quarterfinal bouts.
|Clarke wary of Blackwell threat, By Daniel Mole|
Halesowen Super Middleweight, Lennox Clarke, is wary of the threat posed by Dan Blackwell as he targets a first professional boxing belt this weekend. The 23 year-old has recorded six consecutive victories since turning professional in 2013 and although confident of making it seven in a row, Clarke insists he will respect his more experienced foe. On Saturday (21st February), Clarke competes for a British Bronze Masters Super Middleweight Title against the Trowbridge scrapper who, despite being just 21, has 46 professional fights under his belt.
|Bash Boxing Brings MMA/Boxing Card To Studio City, Johnathan M. King Courtesy of The Clinch Report|
San Fernando Valley fight fans will be in store for the best of both worlds as Professional MMA and Boxing comes to the legendary Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California on Friday, February 20, 2015. Following up a nearly sold out show in last October, In Sync Productions, Lights Out Promotions, and Bash Boxing have combined forces once again to create a hybrid night of combat that local fans won't soon forget. Valley Fight News offers up a preview of some of Friday's most interesting bouts.
|CBS/SHOWTIME ANNOUNCE PBC SERIES|
PRESS RELEASE: CBS Sports and SHOWTIME Sports® have announced a multi-year joint venture to present live boxing on the CBS Television Network—the first of up to eight live events in 2015 will premiere on Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m. ET on CBS. Premier Boxing Champions on CBS will air in conjunction with marquee SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING events as part of a partnership that will cross-promote the live programs across multiple platforms. The first six weeks to begin this venture will feature two of the biggest names in the sport—Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Adonis Stevenson—and bookend this year’s most anticipated boxing event, the SHOWTIME PPV® presentation of the undisputed pound-for-pound champion Floyd Mayweather.
|Cuevas, Oliveras to attend HOF weekend|
Press Release: The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced Mexican ring legends Ruben “El Puas” Olivares and Pipino Cuevas will be among Hall of Famers returning to Canastota to attend festivities planned for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend June 11-14th. “Ruben Olivares and Pipino Cuevas were two of the most explosive punchers to ever step into the boxing ring,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are very much looking forward to welcoming both of these exciting champions back to Canastota from their homes in Mexico.”
|Nielsen set to face Comanche Boy March 14|
PRESS RELEASE: March 14 in Denmark, Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 11 KOs) faces a tough test in his super middleweight debut. The 23 year-old Danish boxing star will meet the 'Comanche Boy' George Tahdooahnippah (34-1-2, 24 KOs) on March 14 at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. Tahdooahnippah is a member of the world renowned Native American Comanche tribe. Known for his punching power and elaborate ring entrances, the WBO world ranked number eight, is pulling no punches as prepares to travel to the Viking stronghold of Copenhagen.
|Goossen Promotions Pride Of Pittsburgh promises Shobox fireworks|
PRESS RELEASE: "The Fighting Pride of Pittsburgh" SAMMY VASQUEZ JR. (17-0, 13 KOs) and EMMANUEL LARTEY (17-2, 8 KOs 1 NC), of Brooklyn, New York by way of Ghana, in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Feb. 20th at CONSOL Energy live on SHOWTIME In the co-feature of the Goossen Promotions event, former longtime Cuban amateur star and current third-ranked WBC light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (12-1, 9 KOs, 1 NC), of Miami via Guantanamo, Cuba, will take on undefeated Craig Baker (15-0, 11 KOs), of Baytown, Texas, in an 10-round bout.
|Diaz Jr injures hand, off Kovalev-Pascal card|
Undefeated junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr suffered a hand injury in sparring that has forced him to withdraw from his March 14 bout with fellow unbeaten Kevin Lavallee. The Diaz-Lavallee bout was slated to take place on the highly anticipated Sergey Kovalev-Jean Pascal card. Lavallee's status on the card remains unknown, but an update is expected in the coming days.
|DVR Alert: Fight Network Announces Schedule|
PRESS RELEASE: Fight Network is a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for boxing, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
|Nevada Hall Of Fame Set To Announce Inductees|
PRESS RELEASE: The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) will announce its Class of 2015 -- its new inductees representing some of the best in boxing's glorious history in Nevada -- at a Las Vegas press conference luncheon This Thursday! February 19, at the Roy Jones, Jr. Fight Academy (3874 Silvestri Lane, Las Vegas, Nev. 89120). Luncheon, courtesy TC's Rib Crib, will be served at Noon with the press conference beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m. PT.
|McMayhem in Midtown|
PRESS RELEASE: On Sat. March 14th the historic first Pro/Am boxing event ever held in Madison Square Garden will take place. The evening of Irish Boxing will start with the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums leading the FDNY Bravest Boxing team into the ring to take on the the Garda Siochann' Boxing Club of the Irish National Police Force in the 2015 Transatlantic Championship. The two teams have squared off twice before with each team having scoring one victory. If history repeats itself it will be one heck of a donnybrook.
|Bernstein set to make ITV debut|
PRESS RELEASE: Hall of Fame Boxing Announcer Al Bernstein will serve as analyst on the ITV telecast of the Carl Frampton-Chris Avalos super bantamweight championship fight on Saturday, Feb. 28. This will be Al’s first appearance as a boxing announcer on ITV, one of England’s major terrestrial networks. This match signals the return of boxing to ITV for the first time since 2008. The main event will be shown on ITV and undercards fights will air on ITV4
|Rossy fighting towards contention|
PRESS RELEASE:As recent as 2011, Derric Rossy was rated highly by the IBF. In fact he was entered in a 4 man elimination tournament that would name a mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko. Rossy fell short as he lost a 12-round unanimous decision to Eddie Chambers on February 11, 2011 in Atlantic City. Fast forward three years and three days, Rossy has had average results since but his willingness to fight anyone and some great (but unrewarded) performances has him a fee steps away from regaining his status in the Heavyweight division.
|ESPN FNF Results|
Unbeaten New Haven, Conn., junior middleweight Jimmy Williams kept his perfect record intact Friday and stole the show on the undercard of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at Mohegan Sun Arena. The event, presented by Banner Promotions in association with CES Boxing, featured four regional undercard bouts in addition to the televised quarterfinals of the junior middleweight Boxcino Tournament, originally established in 2014. Facing a tough test against veteran slugger Eddie Caminero (7-9) of Lawrence, Mass., Williams (9-0-1, 5 KOs) fought through a sluggish stretch in the middle rounds before stopping Caminero at the 2-minute, 32-second mark in the fourth round of their scheduled six-round bout, his second win of 2015 and second in the last four weeks.
|Luna tops Colladao, Jackson-Gonzalez fight to draw|
PRESS RELEASE: Uprising Promotions, in association with Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, put on another explosive card at the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City on Friday night, thanks in large part an incredible job of matchmaking from promoter Ronson Frank. In the co-feature of The Big Payback, Uprising Promotions featherweight Angel Luna (11-0-1, 7 KOs) dropped Jhovany Collado twice in the opening round of an eventual unanimous decision victory, while Top Rank welterweight John Jackson (16-3-2, 13 KOs) was forced to settle for a majority draw in the main event against a very game Rafael Gonzalez (7-2-2, 6 KOs).
|Abraham-Smith II undercard details|
Press Release: On February 21st in the German capital of Berlin, Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) takes on Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) in a WBO super middleweight championship rematch at the O2 World arena. Here are the details of Sauerland Event's undercard:
|Chinese heavyweight Taishan gets next opponent|
Press Release: Chinese heavyweight Taishan Dong (2-0, 2 KOs) will fight against Roy McCary(3-2, 3 KOs) in the opening four-round televised bout that will take place on Feb. 27 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Palm Springs, Florida and to be aired live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. Also on the show, Manuel Roman (17-3-3, 6 KOs) will be facing Diego De La Hoya (8-0, 6 KOs) in a super bantamweight eight-round event. Nick Arce (1-0, 1 KOs) will fight in his second professional match against Lyonell Kelly (1-4-1) of Los Angeles, Calif. in a four-round lightweight swing bout hoping to make air time.
|Introducing Jerrell Harris|
Press Release: GH3 Promotions has signed Jerrell Harris to an exclusive promotional contract. Harris of Washington, DC. is an welterweight with a professional record of 4-0 with 4 knockouts. Before turning professional, Harris had am amateur career that consisted of 100 bouts in which he won the World Jr. Olymoics, PAL and Ringside tournaments. Harris also competed against and won against the Irish National team and the Mayors Cup in Washington. Harris will be making his GH3 debut on Friday, March 13 at the Space in Westbury, NY.
|Introducing Marcos Forestal|
Press Release: Cuban amateur boxer Marcos Forestal will fight tonight (Feb. 13th) in a four-round super bantamweight bout against Ignac "The Test" Kassai (16-38-2) at the 5 Star Banquet Hall in Queens, New York. A three-time Cuban National champion, the 25-year-old Forestal defeated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Robeisy Rameriez 14 months ago in the national championship finals. Although his management is billing this as Forestal's pro debut, Forestal fought as a pro in the World Series of Boxing, going unbeaten in three matches before defecting to the United States last April.
|Daily Bread Friday Edition: (2-13-15), By Stephen "Breadman" Edwards|
Bread, It occurred to me that a lot of big fights happened during the middle of the week. It makes sense, most people are home and watch television during primetime. Why did boxing get away from that? And is that something you think boxing should get back to? Why? Why not? Leonard-Hearns I was on a Wednesday; Leonard-Hagler was on a Monday; Leonard-Duran I was on a Friday and II was a on Monday; Holmes-Cooney was on a Friday and Hagler-Hearns was on Monday. -- Russ
|WBC to stage all-African cruiserweight eliminator|
Press Release: This morning Main Events won a purse bid for a WBC cruiserweight eliminator between Thabiso "The Rock" Mchunu (17-1, 11 KOs) of South Africa and Ilunga "Junior" Makabu (18-1, 17 KOs) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The twelve-round fight will take place in South Africa in the spring, with an exact date to be announced shortly. The fight will determine the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Grigory "Pretty Boy" Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs).
|Boxcino: Pendarvis out, Thompson in|
Press Release: John Thompson has replaced Cleotis Pendarvis in the junior middleweight Boxcino Tournament set to kick off tonight at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. [Thompson (14-1) has been inactive for just over a year following a knockout loss to Frank Galarza but in 2013, he notched three wins over good opposition]. Thompson weighed in at 154 1/4 pounds and will face Ricardo Pinell who came in at 154. Here are the weights for the three remaining Boxcino quarterfinal bouts: Stanyslav Skorokhod: 153 3/4 vs. Michael Moore: 154 3/4; Brandon Adams: 155 vs. Alex Perez: 152 1/2; and Vito Gasparyan: 155 vs. Simeon Hardy 154 1/4. ESPN2 will televise.
|Sauerland issues statement on Robert Helenius|
German promotional company Sauerland Event has issued the following statement concerning heavyweight Robert Helenius: Team Sauerland is delighted to hear that Robert Helenius (19-0, 11 KOs) has voiced his desire to return to the ring. “Robert is one of the biggest heavyweight talents out there,” Sauerland Event CEO Chris Meyer said. “It´s a pity that he hasn't fought in almost two years. We understand he has now announced that he wants to return on a show in Tallinn [a city in Estonia, nearby to Helsinki Finland and St. Peterburg, Russia]. Of course he can do whatever he wants, however, if he intends to fight again, he needs to talk to us first. We have an existing promotional agreement which we expect him to honor. We will take legal action against everybody who is undermining our contract with him. I think it would be to the benefit of everybody, especially the fight fans, if Robert focused on breaking jaws rather than laws.”
|Introducing Medzhid Bektemirov|Press Release:
Gary Shaw Productions and Savarese Promotions announced they will co-promote light heavyweight Medzhid Bektemirov (14-0, 11 KOs). A strong puncher with power in both hands, Bektemirov also possesses speed and quickness.
Born in Makhachkala, Russia, Bektemirov, now resides in the USA, where he trains with Ronnie Shields in Stafford, Texas.
|Mares-Reyes added to March 7th Premier Boxing Champions show|
Press Release: Former three-division titlist Abner Mares (28-1-1, 15 KOs) returns to the ring to face 2008 Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos Reyes (18-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday, March 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight will air on the prime time debut of the Premier Boxing Champions series on NBC / NBC Sports Network. The show will also feature Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina, Jr. that will air live on NBC (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT). The Mares-Reyes bout will be televised live on Saturday, March 7, on the NBC show (8:30 - 11 p.m. ET) or on the NBCSN telecast (11 p.m. ET).
|Golden Boy sheds light on LA Fight Club series|
Press Release: Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions unveiled details for the new LA Fight Club monthly boxing series that will take place in downtown Los Angeles. The series will be broadcast as part of the popular, fan-favorite Golden Boy Live series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes and is set to premiere on Friday, March 6th. The press conference was attended by Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) who is headlining the March 6th event against Mexico's Geovanny "Lloviznas" Delgado (15-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-round super bantamweight bout.
|Saunders passes on IBF middleweight fight; Lemieux now on the clock|
After the IBF stripped Jermain Taylor of its middleweight championship, mandatory contender Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam of France was advised to go down the IBF rankings and to see who was the leading available contender to fight for the vacant title. Felix Sturm of Germany was next in line but Sturm passed on the opportunity, becuase he has moved up to super middleweight and is seeking a German super fight against WBO titlist Arthur Abraham this summer. The next contender was Britain's Billy Joe Saunders, but he too has declined, because he is the WBO middleweight mandatory and will await the winner of Andy Lee's title defense against Peter Quillin. The IBF has now dropped the ball in the court of Canada's David Lemieux, who has until Tuesday, February 17th to advise whether he wants to fight N'dam. --Scott Shaffer
|Roy Jones to fight in North Carolina, By Scott Shaffer|
Former multi-division world champion Roy Jones, Jr. is planning his first fight in the United States since 2011. A company called Money Mike Promotions has put tickets on sale for a March 6th show featuring Jones at Cabarrus Arena just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer lists Jones' opponent as 36 year-old Willie Williams (14-8). In 2014, Williams was stopped in one round by Frankie Filippone (15-4-1) but then defeated Michael Gutrick (3-7). Jones, named the outstanding boxer of the 1988 Olympics, won world titles in four weight classes. After three straight losses from 2009-2011, Jones (59-8) has strung together five straight wins in the cruiserweight division against modest opposition. UPDATE: The Charlotte Observer initially listed the fight for March 7th, but the event organizer has confirmed Jones will fight on Friday, March 6th.
|Ruenrong-Shiming undercard details|
Press Release: Two-time Olympic gold medalist and Chinese icon Zou Shimin and his trainer, Freddie Roach, are together in Hollywood, California, deep in preparation for Shiming's challenge of for the IBF flyweight championship against Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs). The fight will take place Saturday, March 7th, at The Venetian Macao in China and will be televised via same-day delay on HBO2, beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET/PT. The HBO2 telecast will open with a ten-round junior middleweight tilt between Glen Tapia (22-1, 14 KOs) of Passaic, NJ and Daniel Dawson (40-4-1, 26 KOs), of Perth, Australia.
|Abraham wants to KO Smith, move on to Sturm|
Press Release: Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) says he will show Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) no mercy in their WBO 168-pound title rematch at the O2 World in Berlin on February 21st. The Berlin boxer, who was confused by the English media’s reaction that Smith deserved the decision in their first fight, does not want any contoversey this time, claiming: "Smith will not hear the final bell."
|50 year-old heavyweight continues his campaign|
Press Release: At age 50, heavyweight "Bronco" Billy Wright (46-4, 37 KOs) is looking to knock out Gilberto Matheus Domingos (22-2, 20 KOs) when the two are scheduled to fight on March 13th at the We Ko Pa Casino in Fort McDowell, Arizona. Wright is currently riding a 17-fight winning streak, 13 of which came by way of knockout. With 28 first-round KOs to his credit, Wright is hoping the scheduled ten rounder won't go the distance. Roy Jones Jr.'s company will promote the show.
|Eric Skoglund recuperating from back surgery|
Press Release: Sweden's Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) is on the road to recovery. The 23 year-old underwent surgery last Thursday (February 4th) to repair a herniate disc in his back. The operation was a success, and one week later he is beginning his rehabilitation at home in Nyköping. "The surgery went well,’’ said Skoglund. "My surgeon Gunnar Nyberg was really pleased with the results. He said it couldn’t have gone any better. At this stage, it’s still difficult to say for sure how long I’ll be out of the ring. It all depends on how my body responds to the rehabilitation, but it’s unlikely to be longer than six months."
|Promoter's son wins amateur tourney|
Press Release: Vito Mielnicki Jr., the son of GH3 Promotions president Vito Mielnicki, won the National Silver Gloves 12-13 year-old, 85-pound tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. The 13 year-old Mielnicki adds that title to his collection which already includes 3 National Junior Golden Gloves wins and 2 Ringside Jr. titles. In the Silver Gloves, Mielnicki Jr. won three bouts, defeating Gilberto Mendoza of California by a 30-27 score, Sancer Hayes of Tennessee by 30-26 and Jermonte Jones of Ohio by 30-27. Mielnicki Jr. trains out of the Elite Heat Boxing Gym and is trained by Wali Moses.
|Pulev stays with Sauerland but switches trainers|
Press Release: Sauerland Event has announced that Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev has extended his promotional agreement with the Berlin-based company. "Kubrat remains one of the best heavyweights in world and we’re delighted that he has decided to extend his contract,’’ said promoter Kalle Sauerland. The 33 year-old Pulev lost a world title challenge to Wladimir Klitschko last November.
|HBO's overall revenues increase by 6%|
HBO is having trouble landing top-quality boxing matches, but overall, the premium cable channel is doing just fine. According to a Reuters report, HBO's revenue rose 6.2 percent last year to $1.3 billion. The Reuters article credited the gains to HBO original programming such as Game of Thrones and True Detective. HBO is owned by Time Warner and contributes about 18 percent of Time Warner's total revenue. Another Time Warner property, Warner Bros movie studio, experienced a 4.5 percent decline in revenue which pulled Time Warner's total revenue down 1 percent to $7.53 billion. --Scott Shaffer
|Golden Boy to announce new series of shows in L.A.|
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions is poised to announce a new venture with Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes that will broadcast a series of boxing shows from the Los Angeles area. The first show will take place on March 6th with undefeated super bantamweight Joseph "Jo Jo" Diaz Jr. set to headline. Details to follow...
|Vargas, Tomlinson discuss their HBO Latino main event|
Press Release: Francisco "El Bandido" Vargas (21-0-1) and "Wild" Will Tomlinson (23-1-1) hosted a media conference call to discuss their upcoming 130-pound bout scheduled for San Antonio, Texas' Freeman Coliseum on Thursday, March 12th. Co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija*Battah Promotions, the ten-round bout will be broadcast live on HBO Latino. The fighters were joined by Golden Boy's Oscar De La Hoya and Leija*Battah's Mike Battah. Here is what the participants had to say:
|Boxcino junior middleweight tourney starts this weekend|Press Release:
Boxcino 2015, a single-elimination tournament, makes its season debut, this Friday (February 13th), at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Televised live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, this weekend's action features the four quarterfinal junior middleweight bouts. The match-ups are Cleotis Pendarvis (17-4-2) vs. Ricardo Pinell (10-1-1); Stanyslav Skorokhod (8-0) vs. Michael Moore (13-0); Brandon Adams (15-1) vs. Alex Perez (18-1); and Vito Gasparyan (14-3-5) vs. Simeon Hardy (13-0). Promoted by Banner Promotions and Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES), remaining tickets to the February 13th show can be purchased via www.ticketmaster,com
, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or in person at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.
|Paul Smith confident of bringing WBO title back to UK|
Press Release: Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) can settle the score with Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) in their WBO super middleweight rematch on February 21st at the O2 World arena in Berlin. Smith was disappointed after finding himself on the wrong end of a unanimous points decision in his first bout with Abraham. Although, the 32 year-old is aware he may face an even tougher task in the repeat of their September showdown, he is confident of bringing the belt back to Britain. The former British champion said, "I went into the first fight believing I could beat Abraham, this time I go into the fight knowing I can beat him. I know what I am in with now and I’m 100% confident I will win. He won’t be able to rely on the judges this time.
|Anne Sophie Mathis announces next fight|
Press Release: Junior middleweight Anne Sophie Mathis will take on Oxandia Castillo of the Dominican Republic on February 27th at the Espace Venice in Sarcelles, France. Mathis, 27-3 (23), won the WBF 154-pound title in June 2013 by stopping another Dominican, Yahaira Hernandez, and retained it last July when a fight against WBF middleweight champion Christina Hammer was ruled a no contest. In Castillo (13-2-2), she will be facing a much younger woman (20 years old compared to 37 for Mathis), who won the WBO title in 2013 by stopping undefeated reigning champion Hanna Gabriel in two rounds in Costa Rica.
|Jermain Taylor update|
According to television station KTHV in Little Rock, Arkansas, a court-appointed psychiatrist has examined former world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and recommended therapy, drug testing, ankle bracelet monitoring and no access to firearms but no jail time for Taylor. According to the psychiatrist, Taylor's recent behavior (allegedly pulling a gun and threatening a young child at a Martin Luther King Day parade) was the result of "trust and impulse issues brought on by injuries to the head, drugas and alcohol use." Taylor must complete additional testing before the court makes any ruling. Taylor, who regained the IBF version of the middleweight championship last October, has been stripped of the title and is also awaiting trial on an earlier 2014 incident in which he shot his cousin.-Scott Shaffer
|Late results from Mexico: Cano, Darchinyan return with wins|
Pablo Cesar Cano KO1 Jorge Silva... In Chetumal, Mexico, Mexican welterweight Pablo Cesar “Demoledor” Cano made easy work of countryman Jorge “Pantera” Silva, winning via knockout in the opening round. Cano (28-4-1) had not fought since losing to Fernando Angulo eleven months ago. Silva went down from an extended combination from Cano, but seemed alert and resting on one knee while allowing the referee to reach the ten count. Silva (20-7-2) has now lost four straight, including three via stoppage.
Vic Darchinyan TKO9 Juan Jimenez... On the same card, former 115-pound world champion Vic Darchinyan needed a win to extend his career and got it, stopping Juan Jimenez in the ninth round. Now fighting as a soft-looking featherweight, Darchinyan (40-7-1) was coming off back-to-back losses to Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters. According to the WBC, Darchinyan "looked every bit of his 39 years," but when Darchinyan hit Jimenez with a straight left in the ninth round, a frustrated Jimenez (19-9) took a knee and was counted out while arguing with the referee. source for both results: WBC website and Fox Deportes telecast
|Patrick Nielsen moving up to 168 pounds|
Press Release: Denmark's Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 11 KOs) will be moving up to super middleweight on March 14th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. "I’ve been fighting at the middleweight limit for five years,’’ said Nielsen, who returns following a win over Lukasz Wawrzyczek in December [Nielsen' lone loss at 160 pounds was to Dmitry Chudinov in June of last year]. "I’m only 23 years old, so it’s natural that during this time my body is going to grow and develop.
|Spadafora still plugging away|
Press Release: Paul Spadafora, who held the IBF lightweight title from 1999-2003 has been added to the Feb. 20th at show at the Consol Energy Center in his home town of Pittsburgh, Pa. Sporting a record of 49-1-1, Spadafora will battle Jake Giuriceo (17-2-1) of Youngstown, Ohio in a scheduled eight-round junior welterweight off-TV bout. UPDATE: The Ring is reporting that Spadafora has already pulled out of this fight claiming he has the flu.
|Sturm passes on IBF middleweight fight; Saunders now on the clock|
Last week, the IBF stripped Jermain Taylor of its middleweight championship and ordered its mandatory contender, Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam of France, to face the leading available contender to determine the vacant title. Felix Sturm of Germany was next in line, but Sturm has passed on the opportunity today, likely becuase he has moved up to super middleweight and is seeking a German super fight against Arthur Abraham this summer. With Sturm out of the picture, the IBF has given Britain's Billy Joe Saunders until February 12th to advise whether he wants to fight N'dam. Saunders is the current European champion and the WBO mandatory contender, but seems to have stepped aside to allow Peter Quillin to challenge WBO champion Andy Lee next. --Scott Shaffer
|Rest In Peace, Joe Dwyer|
Boxingtalk mourns the passing of boxing official and administrator Joe Dwyer. An amateur boxer, Dwyer was proud of the fact that he fought Joey Archer who went on to defeat Sugar Ray Robinson in 1965. Dwyer told me he decided not to turn pro because the business was so dirty. Instead, he served New York City honorably as a trusted police officer while continuing in the sport as a boxing judge. After retiring from the police force, Dwyer served as the IBF championship chairman and later with the WBC. Dwyer is credited with starting the practice of title eliminators, which reduced some of the subjectivity and corruption in determining mandatory contenders. His death was confirmed by Jill Diamond Chastain of the WBC who wrote, "It is with great sadness that I share that a wise icon of our community has passed. He went without pain. He went with dignity. He leaves his mark on all who knew him." --Scott Shaffer
|WBO orders Bellew-Glowacki cruiserweight eliminator|
The WBO is in the process of determinin g the next mandatory contender for its longtime cruiserweight champion, Marco Huck. The sanctioning body has called for an elimination bout between Britain's Tony Bellew and Poland's Krzysztof Glowacki. Bellew (23-2-1) is riding high off a November split-decision win over former light heavyweight titlist Nathan Cleverly. Glowacki (24-0) is not as well known, but is coming off a good win over Nuri Seferi in January. --Scott Shaffer
|Filippino update: Sonsona preparing for Velez|
Press Release: Former WBO 115-pound titlist "Marvelous" Marvin Sonsona (19-1-1, 15 KOs) arrived in Las Vegas to continue preparing for his upcoming fight against Puerto Rico's Jayson "La Maravilla" Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs). Team Sonsona will be training at Roy Jones Jr.'s Gym. Sonsona, will face Velez in a final elimination bout to face WBC 126-pound titlist Jhonny Gonzalez.
|Results From Denmark|
Micki Nielsen W10 Julio Cesar Dos Santos... Danish cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (17-0, 12 KOs) dominated Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-4, 24 KOs) last night in Frederikshavn, Denmark. The 21 year-old Nielsen proved to be more than just a power-puncher against the 37 year-old Brazilian. After ten rounds of action, Nielsen was ahead on all three judges' scorecards: 100-91, 100-90 and 99-91. "Dos Santos was a tough opponent,’’ said Nielsen. "He is an experienced guy, who boxed with a high guard and made himself difficult to hit. But when I did get to him, I hurt him. I think I was close to stopping him a few times. I was a little disappointed I didn’t get the knockout, but I’m still happy with my performance. My preparation for this fight was perfect. My coach Joey Gamache had a great game plan for me.’’
Anthony Yigit TKO6 Kim Poulsen... In the evening’s co-feature, Swedish southpaw Anthony Yigit (12-0-1, 4 KOs) stopped Denmark's Kim Poulsen (26-2, 7 KOs) in the sixth round of a welterweight bout. Poulsen was floored by a body shot in the fifth-round before an uppercut put an end to the action in the sixth. source for all results: sauerland event
|WBC approves Garcia-Postol step-aside agreement, By Scott Shaffer|
The WBC will delay Viktor Postol's mandatory shot at Danny Garcia in order to accommodate a bigger fight between Garcia, the generally recognized world champion at 140 pounds, against Lamont Peterson, who holds the IBF belt. Garcia, who is recognized by the WBA and WBC, made his last WBC mandatory defense in September 14, 2013, defeating Lucas Matthysse. That means Garcia should have to face Postol or surrender the WBC belt, but Garcia desires to fight Peterson. According tot he WBC website, Garcia and Postol have reached a step-aside agreement. In the step-aside agreement, Postol will be added to the Garcia-Peterson undercard, and then fight in the mandatory championship contest immediately thereafter. Because Garcia-Peterson will be fought at a weight slightly above the 140-pound super lightweight limit, Garcia will retain the WBC title win, lose or draw against Peterson.
|WBC allows Anthony Dirrell to delay mandatory defense|
The WBC has allowed its 168-pound titlist Anthony Dirrell permission to make a voluntary defense before making a mandatory defense against George Groves. Dirrell is a cancer survivor who won a paper title that was stripped away from Andre Ward by the WBC. Groves submitted an appeal to the WBC seeking to have Dirrell ordered to make the mandatory defense immediately. The WBC Board of Governors ruled against Groves and permitted Dirrell "to make the proposed voluntary defense in the month of April with the winner committed to fight mandatory challenger George Groves without any intervening bouts." --Scott Shaffer
|Abie, see you later!|
Sergio Mora W12 Abie Han...In Biloxi, Missippi, Sergio Mora swept the early rounds, faded late, but had enough in the bank to defeat Abie Han by unanimous decision in a middleweight bout. Mora was knocked down in the tenth and bloodied by Han, a former kickboxer with a stiff style. Mora won only by split decision, but the verdict in his favor was the correct one. Official scores were 115-112 (twice) for Mora and 114-113 for Han. Mora, a former 154-pound titlist, improves to 28-3-2, while Han falls to 23-2.
Erickson Lubin W8 Michael Finney... Nineteen year-old Erickson Lubin opened up the ESPN2 broadcast from Biloxi, Mississippi with a win over late replacement Michael Finney. Erickson won all eight rounds on all three official scorecards. Finney made a respectable showing considering he arrived in Mississippi only yesterday after taking the fight on one day's notice, but he never really posed a threat to the junior middleweight prospect. Lubin is now 9-0 while Finney falls to 12-2-1, with all three blemishes coming in his last three fights. source for both results: espn2
|Michael Finney accepts tough last-minute assignment|
Tonight on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, there will be a new opponent for junior middleweight prospect Erickson Lubin (8-0). Michael Finney (12-1-1) has replaced Rodolfo Quintanilla as Lubin's opponent in an eight-round bout. Finney's last fight was six-round draw against undefeated Wilkins Santiago in October. Finney's co-manager, Andy Nance, wrote on Facebook, "Mike Finney, a boxer I co-manage with Darrel (Wrightway Fitness) Wright will be boxing the opening fight on ESPN tonight. He took the fight on one days notice. Most of the entire day yesterday was spent negotiating all the terms and purse in order to give Mike the best deal possible, that Darrel and I could get for him. He flew into Mississippi this morning, weighed in and now he's resting up. If he wins tonight, we have a Showtime fight in April." -Scott Shaffer
|Seldin lands ESPN2 main event vs. Garcia|
Press Release: Long Island, New York Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin faces Johnny Garcia at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, February 27th live on ESPN2's Friday Night fights. The fight will be a ten-round bout junior welterweight bout, and the first time Seldin (15-0 with 12 KOs) will be featured as the main event on ESPN2. Garcia, from Michigan, has a career record of 19-2-1 with 11 KOs and is c0ming off a draw to Moises Solis (19-5-1) last December in Garcia's own hometown.
|Jermain Taylor stripped by the IBF, By Scott Shaffer|
The IBF has stripped Jermain Taylor of its middleweight championship. The mandatory contender, Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam of France will face the leading available contender for the vacant title. Felix Sturm of Germany is next in line, and the IBF has inquired whether Sturm, whose last fight was at super middleweight, is willing to come down to 160 pounds to face N'dam. Sturm has until February 9th to respond. Taylor was stripped by the IBF in the wake of his Martin Luther King Day meltdown where he allegedly pulled a gun on a family after a young child dropped his championship belt at the parade. Taylor is also awaiting trial on a 2014 incident in which he shot his cousin.
|Klitscho compares Jennings to Rocky Balboa|Press Release:
World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and his next challneger, Bryant Jennings held a kick-off press conference for their twelve-round fight set for Saturday, April 25th at Madison Square Garden. It will be televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT in the United States and RTL in Germany among the more than 150 other countries which will telecast the event.
Here is what the boxers and some of their team members had to say at the press conference:
|Boxcino junior middleweight tournament update|
Press Release: Here are some training camp quotes from the 2015 Boxcino junior middleweight tournmanet particpants. participants. The first round is set to begin on February 13th at the Mohegan Sun in COnnecticut, broadcast on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. With training camps winding down, each fighter provided an update on how the final preparations are going:
|Undefeated Ghana lightweight added to Nordic show|
Press Release: Ghanaian lightweight Richard Commey (19-0, 17 KOs) will face Mikheil Avakyan (27-18-4, 12 KOs) on February 7th at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Commey is back in action following a unanimous points victory over Samir Ziani in Copenhagen. The Commonwealth Champion now returns to Denmark to take on the 23 year-old Georgian, Avakyan.
|Bundrage trying to nail down fight vs. Bradley, By Doveed Linder|
In this interview, two-time IBF junior middleweight title holder Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) discusses a potential showdown with Timothy Bradley. Bundrage rejuvenated his career in October when he won the IBF junior middleweight championship from Carlos Molina. Meanwhile, Bradley is coming off a draw vs. Diego Chaves, a fight most people felt Bradley deserved a victory.
|Derric Rossy, Mike Lee slated for NYC show|Press Release:
On Saturday, February 14th, Final Forum Boxing will promote a a boxing show headlined by a heavyweight bout between Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) will take on Akhror Muralimov (16-0, 13 KO's) in a ten-round bout. In the co-feature, popular Notre Dame alum Mike Lee (13-0, 7 KOs) will fight Gary Tapusoa (6-3-1, 5 KOs) in a six-round bout. Tickets can be purchased at www.rwnewyork.com
|Back surgery for Skoglund|
Press Release: Sweden's Erik Skoglund is set to undergo back surgery on Thursday (February 5th) to repair a herniated disc, and is expected to be out of the ring for at least six months while he completes his recovery and rehabilitation. He sustained the injury while preparing for his December fight with Glen Johnson, but was unaware of the full extent of the injury until a recent MRI scan. Said promoter Nisse Sauerland: ''It is an unfortunate injury, but not an uncommon one. Erik is a young fighter with years ahead of him. The most important thing is for him to regain full fitness and not risk any further damage. We wish him well with the operation and would like to remind him that this is nothing more than a minor set back on his journey to the top.''
|Lightweight contender Tony Luis celebrates hot streak|
Press Release: "I didn't know the odds were 7-1 against me, or I would have bet on myself!" laughed Canadian lightweight Tony "Lightning" Luis (19-2, 7 KOs). In the first boxing upset of the new year, Luis ruined the undefeated record of Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (17-1, 9 KOs), last Friday night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, by way of ten-round unanimous decision. Luis dropped Dargan unofficially in round three (the referee ruled it a slip) and officially in round ten to cap off a career-best victory. The 27-year-old Luis, from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada has now beaten two indefeated boxers in a row, as he handed New Jersey's Wanzell Ellison his first loss last July and then beat Dargan. Factor in a loss to the Ukraine's Ivan Redkach last January, and the combined records of Luis's last three opponents were 43-0-1.
|Danny McDermott becomes a promoter; will headline first show|
Press Release: Danny "Little Mac" McDermott, an active boxer with a record of 11-5-2, announced the formation of a new promotional company based in his hometown, Jersey City NJ. McDermott has partnered up with local businessman Nick Jayme to form LGM Promotions LGM also announced its first show, which will take place at the Jersey City Armory on Saturday March 14th with McDermott headlining.
|Elibali-Echard added to Mississippi show|
Press Release: Light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (8-0, 8 KOs) will square off against Dustin Craig Echard (10-6, 6 KOs), this Friday (February 6th) at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The six-round bout will open up the telecast on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. In his last fight, also on ESPNs, Ahmed dropped his opponent Lawrence Blakey three times before the referee stopped fight in round three. "I want to continue to get better with each fight," said Elbiali, who is advised by Al Haymon. "I'm always throwing hard punches and the knockouts are happening. I don't want to rely on my power every time I step in the ring. I know if I start head hunting then I'll be doing myself a disservice. I want to keep improving on my body punching and head movement. If I see my opponent is in trouble, then that's when I'll try to end the fight."
|Provodnikov planning next bout|
Press Release: "The Siberian Rocky", former WBO 140-pound titlist Ruslan Provodnikov arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night to begin preparations for a major spring bout that will be announced shortly. Provodnikov was greeted by his manager Vadim Kornilov and was joined by Boxcino 2015 Heavyweight participant Andrey Fedosov. They will begin training at the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
|Kessler: "I consider myself in a state of retirement", By Mikkel Kessler|
From Mikkel Kessler's facebook page: "I have thought long and hard over the options, which have been made available, but none of these options are enough to get me motivated. My promoter has done a great job in creating these, but unfortunately the opportunities in the division are currently limited. [...] I need big events to make me train to get me to the standard that I have been used to presenting my fans with. I said I would like nothing more, than to avenge my loss against Andre Ward and also to have the decider against Carl Froch. These are fights that motivate me but for one reason or another, they do not want to fight me. I am always in training, it is part of my life, but I consider myself in a state of retirement."
|Kevin Mitchell gets a big win in London|
Kevin Mitchell TKO8 Daniel Estrada ... Lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell won an important bout against Mexico's Daniel Estrada via eighth-round stoppage at London’s O2 Arena over the weekend. In what he described as the best performance of his career, Mitchell (39-2) cemented his position as the mandatory to WBC titlist king Jorge Linares. The east Londoner outclassed his opponent, dominating the fight before a left uppercut proved the final blow before the referee called an end to proceedings. Estrada, who was coming off a loss to Omar Figueroa for the same WBC title, drops to 32-4-1 (the WBC stripped the title from Figueroa for getting injured.
John W. Hibbert TKO8 Tyler Goodjohn... Earlier in the night, junior welterweight John Wayne Hibbert scored an eighth-round stoppage win over a brave and battling Tyler Goodjohn. Hibbert improved to 15-2 while Goodjohn drops to 11-4.
John Ryder TKO10 Billi F. Godoy ... On the same show, John Ryder beat Billi Facundo Godoy when the referee stopped the middleweight contest in the tenth round after a blistering left hand from Ryder put the Argentine on the canvas. Ryder is now 20-1, with the lone loss coming against Billy Joe Saunders. Godoy is now 31-4. source for all results: matchroom boxing
|Prichard Colon cruises to win in Philly|
Prichard Colon W6 Hector Munoz ... Junior middleweight Prichard Colon pounded a six-round unanimous decision over Hector Munoz at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia over the weekend. The show was promoted by King's Promotions and XFE. Colon looked to make it a short night and landed a huge uppercut that sent Munoz to the canvas in the first round. Colon continued to drill Munoz with power shots, bloodying the left eye of Munoz as early as round three. Blood ran down the face of Munoz, and the Puerto Rican Colon went on to win by scores of 60-53 (twice) and 60-51. He is now 13-0, while Munoz of Albuquerque, NM is now 23-14-1. source: King's Promotions press release
|Mexican boxing update: Jardon hands Moreno first loss|
Dante Jardón W10 Patricio Moreno... Boxing was back in Mexico City on Saturday night. In the main event, local lightweight Dante “Crazy” Jardón (25-5, 20 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Patricio “Picudo” Moreno (15-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 99-92, 98-92 and 97-92. The win was much needed for Jardon, who had lost two straight, including a WBC 130-pound title bid to Takashi Miura in 2013. Moreno, now 15-1, has never fought outside of Mexico, and wasn't ready to step up to this level. source: wbc website
|Sweden vs. Denmark bout featured on Feb. 7th show|
Press Release: Sweden's Anthony Yigit (11-0-1, 4 KOs) is eager to prove he is Scandinavia’s number one when he faces Denmark's Kim Poulsen (26-1, 7 KOs) in a welterweight contest on February 7th at the Nordic Fight Night in Frederikshavn. Having previously defeated Denmark's Kasper Bruun for the light welterweight version of the title, the 2012 Olympian is moving up in weight.
|Super Bowl comes and goes with no Mayweather-Pacquiao announcement, By Rick Evans|
There was hope that Sunday's Super Bowl would bring the announcement of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super fight that fans have been clamoring for since 2010. TMZ and other sources reported that a deal has been all but finalized for Mayweather and Pacquiao to fight for boxing supremacy on May 2nd 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A formal announcement still may be forthcoming in the next few days but the announcement was not made during Sunday's Super Bowl. UPDATE: For a second, the super fight seemed within reach as a Super Bowl commercial began with MMA announcer Bruce Buffer intoning "Let's get ready to rumble..." and a Pac Man board appeared, but the beer commercial was referring to the actual Pac Man video game, not the hoped-for May 2nd fight between Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.