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|WBA calls for Klitschko-Fury purse bid next week|
In Panama, the WBA Championship Committee called for a purse bid between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitchko (64-3, 53 KOs) and Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs). Klitschko (pictured) holds the WBA super championship, as well as the WBO and IBF championships. Fury is rated #1 in the WBA and WBO. Purse bids will be on Monday, July 6th at the WBA offices in Panama City. The purse bid will be conducted by the Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. with, according to the WBA, "an anticipated split of 80% for the reigning and defending champion and 20% for the challenger." --Scott Shaffer
|Martin Murray replaces Anthony Joshua on July UK bill|
Press Release: Martin Murray has been added Matchroom's show at the Manchester Arena on July 18th as he makes his second appearance in the super middleweight division. Murray made his 168-pound debut in Liverpool just last Saturday, using a body shot to score a second-round KO of George Beroshvilli (19-6-2). Murray replaces heavyweight super prospect Anthony Joshua who was originally set to appear but will now focus on a major title bout on September 12th at The O2 in London.
|Boxing's next frontier: Indian amateur star to turn pro|
Press Release: British promoter Francis Warren of Queensberry Promotions (that's Frank Warren's son) and Neerav Tomar of IOS Sport and Entertainment announced that Vijender Singh, the superstar of Indian amateur boxing, has now turned professional. Singh, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, has signed a four-year promotional agreement with Queensberry Promotions and IOS Sport and Entertainment that will see the middleweight fight a minimum of six times in the first year.
|Braehmer-Konrad light heavyweight bout set for Sept. 5th|
Press Release: Juergen Braehmer (46-2, 34 KOs) will face Konni Konrad (21-1-1, 11 KOs) on September 5th in Dresden, Germany. It will be Braehmer's fifth defense of the WBA regular light heavyweight title. [From 2006-2012, Konrad only fought once. Since his 2012 comeback, he has gone 6-0 against slight opposition].
|Broadway Boxing July 8th line-up all set|Press Release:
On Wednesday, July 8th, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series will return to B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan, New York City. Headlining the card will be popular junior lightweight Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (14-0, 7 KOs) against Martin Cardona (19-5, 14 KOs) in an eight rounder.
Also on the card, Kazakhstan's Sergey Lipinetc (6-0, 5 KOs), a former MMA competitor, challenges Kendal Mena (20-1, 11 KOs) in a welterweight eight-round contest.
|Shumenov-Flores on for July 25th|
Press Release: Former light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov (15-2, 10 KOs) meets cruiserweight nd NBC boxing analyst B.J. Flores (31-1-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday, July 25th on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC Sports Netowrk at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Shumenov previously held the WBA rgular title at light heavyweight. The co-feature will showcase cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (19-0, 16 KOs) against Isiah Thomas (14-0, 6 KOs).
|Ex-bantamweight champ from the 90s resurfaces with reported 154-pound title shot!|
According to the website Asian Boxing, Demetrius Andrade will make the next defense of the WBO 154-pound title on August 15th in Connecticut's Foxwoods Casino against an opponent from Thailand. But the identity of his opponent is a shocker: apparently Andrade will defend against a former bantamweight champion from the 1990s, Sirimongkol Singwangcha a/k/a Sirimongkol Sigmanasak. Sirimongkol reigned as the WBC 118-pound champion from 1997-1998. After losing the belt to Japanese legend Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, he began steadily moving up in weight. In 2002, he captured the WBC 130-pound title but got dethroned by Jesus Chavez the following year. He continued moving up in weight, beating anonymous foes to run his record to an amazing 84-2. In 2014, he captured a WBO regional title at 154 pounds, thus making himself eligible to fight for the WBO world title. Now 38, the reports say Andrade has agreed to face Sirimongkol. Andrade made a soft defense against Brian Rose a year ago and hasn't fought since. A fight poster has apparently been made by Sirimongkol's Thai promoters. --Scott Shaffer
|De La Hoya: "I'm staying retired"|
After weeks of hinting that he was coming back to fight again, former multi-division champion turned promoter Oscar De La Hoya now says he is staying retired. De La Hoya tweeted: "I'm retired, & after speaking to my family & following a great deal of introspection, I've decided to stay retired." De La Hoya is 42 years old and last fought in 2008 when he lost to Manny Pacquiao. De La Hoya held titles in every weight class from 130 to 160 pounds and finished with a record of 36-6 (losses were to Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley twice and Bernard Hopkins. Most view the Trinidad loss as a bad decision--Scott Shaffer
|Tahiti fans witness destruction of late substitute|
Cedric Bellais KO1 Tomas Man ... French Polynesia’s Cedric Bellais defeated late substitute Tomas Man from the Czech Republic in a light heavyweight contest on Saturday in Papeete, Tahiti. Bellais was originally scheduled to fight George Hillyard from England at super middleweight title, but when Hillyard pulled out, Man was brought in to save the main event of the show. Bellais (18-6-3) didn’t show much gratitude towards the visitor, as he overwhelmed Man (13-10-1) to stop him in the first round with a shot to the liver. source: world boxing federation
|Late result: Zurdo Ramirez shuts out Derek Edwards|
Gilberto Ramírez W10 Derek Edwards ...Mexican super middleweight Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramírez won a dominant unanimous decision victory against Derek Edwards at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The scorecards of the three judges were 100-90. Edwards is best known for a 2014 first-round stoppage over Badou Jack, who now reings as the WBC super middleweight titlist. However, Edwards now has back-to-back losses to Andre Dirrell and Ramirez , and his career mark is 27-5-1. Ramirez, now 32-0, thanked his fans afterwards, saying: “I'm ready to fight against anyone anywhere." source: wbc
|Ruenroeng wins foul-fest|
Amnat Ruenroeng W12 Johnriel Casimiero... Amnat Ruenroeng retained the IBF flyweight championship with a unanimous-decision defeat of Johnriel Casimiero of The Philippines. Fighting in his native Thailand, Ruenroeng was allowed to get away with all manners of holding and tackling, with only one point deduction coming in the eleventh round. Official scores were 113-112, 115-110 and 1116-110. Reports say Ruenroeng was credited with two knockdowns, but only one was legitimate, and the other was a push that was wrongly credited by referee Larry Doggett. The same reports (from The Philippines) say Casimiero was denied credit for a knockdown of his own. Ruenroeng has some very big wins in his career, and a match-up against WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez would be an attractive match-up. source: abs-cbn news
|Cleverly-Fonfara in the works for the fall|Press Release:
Nathan Cleverly is set to face Andrzej Fonfara in a meaningful light heavyweight showdown this autumn in the United Kingdom, live on Sky Sports. Cleverly is a former WBO titlist. He moved up to cruiserweight after losing his title to Sergei Kovalev but
stepped back down to 175 in May. Fonfara is from Poland but fights out of Chicago. He lost a title shot to world champion Adonis Stevenson, but had the champion on the canvas.
Fonfara produced fireworks in April by stopping Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. inside nine rounds. Cleverly’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the fight will be confirmed soon.
“We have had lots of big fight offers come in from Nathan over the past few months and we have taken our time to choose the right one,” said Hearn. “The Juergen Braehmer fight was one we were very close to taking but just felt that after his big win against Chavez, Fonfara was the perfect fight on the world stage. We are working with his team on the date expected to be in October and we will release news shortly.”
|Team Soliman issues statement after split-decision loss to Wade|
Sam Soliman's attorney has issued a statement in the wake of Soliman's split-decision loss Dominic Wade on Friday night is Shelton, Washington. At 41, Soliman is a virtual senior citizen by boxing standards, and he was returning from knee surgery to boot. Rather than take a tune-up, the ex-IBF middleweight champion signed on to fight to Wade, a former U.S. Olympian just entering his prime. Soliman fought his usual extremely awkward fight and appeared to give Wade a boxing lesson. The first indication of trouble came in the fourth round when a questionable knockdown ruling favored Wade. Soliman went down in a tangle with Wade's feet, and the referee ruled Soliman had been knocked down. When it was over, however, Punchstat credited Soliman with landing 98 punches to 74 for Wade. Soliman also had the edge in power punches landed. Two Showtime announcers thought Soliamn deserved to win, while the third said it was a close fight. When the scorecards were read, however, it was disappointment for Soliman: 95-94 Wade, 96-93 Soliman, and an unjustifiable 97-92 Wade turned in by Robert Hoyle. Here is what Soliman's attorney, Kurt Emhoff had to say:
|Bradley hurt badly at final bell, but wins on the cards, By Scott Shaffer|
Timothy Bradley W12 Jessie Vargas... It was the reverse of Julio Cesar Chavez, Sr. vs. Meldrick Taylor I. Timothy Bradley, Jr. scored a unanimous decision win over Jessie Vargas at Carson, California's StubHub Center on Saturday. Like Taylor back in 1990, Bradley was comfortably ahead on the scorecards going into the final round. When Chavez hurt Taylor, referee Richard Steele stopped the fight with two seconds left, giving Chavez a TKO win most people thought was unjust. On Saturday, the opposite occurred. Vargas hurt Bradley badly with an overhand right and Bradley appeared to be out on his feet. Referee Pat Russell called the fight off with about five seconds left, and Vargas momentarily thought he won because Russell was stopping the bout to save Bradley from further punishment. But Russell quickly explained he stopped the fight because he thought he heard the bell sound to end the twelfth round. Replays showed Russell mistakenly reacted to the ten-second warning, a clap-like sound. When the confusion ended, the scorecards were consulted, and Bradley won by scores of 115-112, 116-112 and 117-111. The scorecards were accurate, but Vargas was robbed of his chance to finish off Bradley in the final five seconds or so. One hard punch could have KO's Bradley, but Bradley has survived worse (see Ruslan Provodnikonv). What would have happened? We'll never know. Bradley is now 32-1-1 and claims the interim WBO welterweight title. Vargas, who was m oving up from 140 pounds, suffers his first loss after 26 pro wins. However, he made a good account of himself and will continue to get big fights. source: hbo
|HBO's 1000th fight: Valdez decisions Tamayo, By Scott Shaffer|Oscar Valdez W12 Ruben Tamayo...
In the 1000th fight televised by HBO, Oscar Valdez defeated Ruben Tamayo via unanimous decision over ten rounds in the featherweight division. Valdez suffered a surprise knockdown in the first round that was mostly, but not entirely due to his feet getting tangled up with the southpaw Tamayos' feet. Valdez, a two-time Mexican Olympian, was not hurt and won most of the remaining rounds. Tamayo (25-6-4) finished the fight with a badly swollen right eye. Valdez (16-0) clearly won the fight, but did not stamp himself as a must-see prospect on the level of Tony Harrison or Valdez's Top Rank stablemate, Felix Verdejo. By way of comparison, Tamayo had been stopped four times in his career, including the last time out by Jesus Andres Cuellar in a a WBA interim title bout. source: hbo
|Soliman remains classy despite dubious split-decision loss|Press Release:
In an extremely close fight to score, middleweight Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs), of Washington, D.C., escaped with a split ten-round decision over former IBF champion Sam Soliman (44-13, 1 NC, 18 KOs) of Australia. [The fight was too difficult to score for Boxingtalk to call it a robbery, but judge Robert Hoyle tunred in a 97-93 scorecard that was blatantly unfair to Soliman (pictured)]. The bout was held in Shelton, Washington's Little Creek Casino.
Wade scored a disputed knockdown in the fourth round and won by the scores of 97-93, 95-94 which overruled a 96-93 scorecard in Soliman's favor. Here is what the boxers had to say:
|Wade gets wack decision over Soliman, By Scott Shaffer|
Dominic Wade W10 Sam Soliman... Undefeated Dominic Wade converted from middleweight prospect to contender with a win over former IBF titlist Sam Soliman, but the decision could have, and probably should have gone the other way. It was a very difficult fight to score, and Wade came away with a split decision. Wade was sucked into Soliman's awkward, clutching style and virtually ignored his own jab. Few clean punches were landed, but there were several reasons to question the verdict: PunchStats gave Soliman a slight edge in both total punches and power punches landed; Showtime's announcing crew thought Soliman deserved a narrow verdict; Wade was credited with a fourth-round knockdown that looked like more of a slip; and judge Robert Hoyle tunred in a shameful 97-92 scorecard for Wade. The other scores were 95-94 Wade and 96-93 Soliman. At age 41, Soliman (44-13) seems to enjoy boxing and has no reason to retire. He gave Wade a boxing lesson and has now fought at least once in every year since 1997, quite a feat. source: shobox
|More ShoBox Results from Shelton, Washington, By Scott Shaffer|
Erickson Lubin TKO1 Ayi Bruce... In a junior middleweight bout in Shelton, Washington, nineteen year-old Erickson Lubin once again looked fantastic, stopping Ghana's Ayi Bruce in the first round. Lubin (11-0) is a natural right hander who fights as a southpaw. He floored Bruce twice. During the second knockdown count, the referee paused at eight and asked Bruce, "are you getting up?" Bruce shook his head no and the fight was over. Bruce is now 23-10 and doesn't seem interested in anything more than a payday.
Oscar Rivas TKO1 Jason Pettaway...
In a heavyweight bout that opened the ShoBox telecast, 2008 Colombian Olympian Oscar Rivas fought a needlessly dirty fight against the soft Jason Pettaway. Despite Pettaway coming in with a 17-2 record, this was a clear mismatch. Rivas easily floored Pettaway quickly, but with Pettaway down on the canvas for about three seconds, Rivas punched him hard in the head. Had referee Robert Byrd disqualified Rivas, it would have been justified. Instead, he deducted two points. Rivas went on to floor Pettaway two more times, leading to a referee's stoppage before the first round ended. Had Pettaway finished the round, it would have been scored a very rare 8-6. Rivas, a smallish but athletic heavyweight, improves to 17-0. source for both results: shobox
|Callum Smith moves to 18-0 against Christopher Rebrasse|
Callum Smith W12 Christopher Rebrasse… Callum Smith (17-0) ended a night of super middleweight bouts with a wide points win over gutsy Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse in Liverpool on Friday night. Rebrasse (23-4-3) is a former European champion who had taken George Groves a tough twelve rounds in September. Smith controlled the pace from the beginning. The eighth round looked to be the turning point as Smith hurt Rebrasse with body shots and begin to slow the relentless pressure from the game visitor. Those body shots almost resulted in a first stoppage loss on Rebrasse’s record as he was put down from a left to the solar plexus. Smith was awarded the win by the judges with two cards of 118-110 and one of 120-107. source: matchroom boxing
|More Results from England|Rocky Fielding TKO2 Brian Vera...
Rocky Fielding announced himself as a super middleweight contender by stopping Brian Vera of Texas in two rounds in Liverpool, England on Friday night. Fielding swarmed all over Vera from the start and decked him with a left upper cut in the first round. He finished the job in the second round, flooring an off-balance Vera with a left hand and then pouring on more pressure to force referee Ian John Lewis to halt the contest after 1:39 of the second round.
Tony Bellew TKO10 Ivica Bacurin... On the same show, cruiserweight Tony Bellew is looking for a third title shot after stopping Ivica Bacurin. Bellew dropped the Croatian three times before the stoppage; in the second round with a left to the temple, in the fifth with a combination and then with a right hand in the ninth. Referee Steve Gray called a halt to proceedings early in the tenth with the visitor in trouble in the corner from another Bellew right hand.
Martin Murray KO2 George Beroshvili... Martin Murray enjoyed the start of his super middleweight campaign, delivering a crunching body shot to claim a second-round knockout win over George Beroshvili of the Georgian Republic. Murray was making his bow in the 168-pound division following a middleweight loss against WBA super champion Gennady Golovkin in February.source for all results: matchroom boxing
|Ogogo reworks promotional status|
Press Release: Golden Boy Promotions and Team Sauerland have announced a co-promotional deal for Olympic medalist and undefeated middleweight Anthony Ogogo. The agreement will see the promoters working closely together on Ogogo's development to continue his rise in Britain, across Europe as well as in the United States. Having established himself as one of Britain's most distinguished amateurs, where he won the Junior Olympics and Junior World Championships, Ogogo then went on to win a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games before winning bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games. During the Olympics, Ogogo defeated Ievgen Khytrov, who is doing extremely well as a professional. Ogogo is now 7-0 as a pro.
|Huge flyweight fight set for Bangkok tomorrow|
Tomorrow in Bangkok, Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng will defend his IBF flyweight title against John Riel Casimiero of The Philippines. Ruenrong (15-0) was a virtual unknown who snuck into a vacant IBF title fight against Rocky Fuentes and made the most of his opportunity. Since then, he has beaten a Japanese hero (Kazuto Ioka) and a Chinese hero (Zou Shiming). A win over Casimiero hopefully will give Ruenrong a chance to defeat a Nicaraguan hero, Roman Gonzalez, the WBC flyweight champion. However, Casimiero is no pushover. He is 21-2 and a former IBF 108-pound titlist who lost his belt on the scales, not in the ring. According to the Facebook page of Boxing promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, Ruenroeng weighed in todat at 111, with Casimiero (Lewkowicz's fighter) coming in at 112. It should be a great fight tomorrow. --Scott Shaffer
|Tonight's ShoBox gets new bout after co-feature scrapped|Press Release:
The ShoBox tripleheader tonight (Friday, June 26th, on Showtime from Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Wash., will feature middleweight Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (17-0, 12 KOs), of Washington, D.C., against Sam Soliman (44-12, 1 NC, 18 KOs), of Melbourne, Australia in the ten-round main event.
But the scheduled co-feature between 2012 U.S. Olympian Jamel Herring (11-0, 7 KOs), of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mexico’s Oscar Cortes (25-2, 13 KOs) was cancelled Thursday when Cortez came in overweight.
|New main event for tonight's Fox Sports show|
The main event for tonight's (Friday June 26th) Fox Sports broadcast was scrapped due to visa issues for Stephen Claggett. His opponent, Alan Sanchez (15-3-1) will now fight Carlos Lozano (7-4) of Los Angeles, Calif. in an eight-round broadcast opening bout. It will be junior middleweight bout with Lozano still to weigh in. The new main event will be Paul Mendez (18-2-2) vs. David Lopez (41-15-1) in a ten-round super middleweight fight. Mendez weighed in at 163 pounds, compared to 167 for Lopez. Andy Vences (11-0) vs. Santiago Guevara (8-1) will also be part of the broadcast. Vences weighed in at 131, a pound heavier than Guevara for the eight-round contest. source: golden boy
|CBS Sports weigh-in results|
Here are the weigh-in results from Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino near Niagra Falls, New York:
Dennis Hogan 151 lbs. vs. Kenny Abril 152 lbs.
Tony Luis 137.5 lbs. vs. Edward Valdez 136 lbs.
Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller 268 lbs. vs. Excell Holmes 250 lbs.
CBS Sports Network will televise. source: Greg Cohen Promotions
|Bradley-Vargas downgraded to WBO interim title fight-- for now|
The WBO has compromised a bit on its decision to strip Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the WBO welterweight title Mayweather won from Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd. Previously, the WBO had hastily stripped Mayweather and sanctioned this Friday's Tim Bradley, Jr. vs. Jessie Vargas contest for the vacant title. After Mayweather formally protested, the WBO is now calling Bradley-Vargas an interim title fight (which is WBA-like because Mayweather is planning to fight in September so there should be no need for an interim title except to appease multiple boxers and promoters). The winner of Bradley-Vargas could become the full WBO titleholder at Mayweather's expense if the WBO insists on Mayweather's compliance with its previous demands that he give up the WBA and WBC 154-pound titles he still holds, and sends the WBO a check for $200,000 in (apparently overdue) sanctioning fees. Note that Sadam Ali is rated ahead of Jessie Vargas in the WBO ratings, so the WBO could demand that the Bradley-Vargas winner face Ali next. --Scott Shaffer
|St. John signs on for Box Fan Expo|
Press Release: Former WBC women's champion Mia "The Knockout" St. John will appear at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday Sept. 12. The Box Fan Expo will coincide with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s (as yet unnanounced) last fight and Mexican Independence weekend.
|Late results from Florida: Randall Bailey gets a comeback win|
Randall Bailey TKO2 Gundrick King... Coming off 19 months of inactivity and making his junior middleweight debut, Randall Bailey stopped Gundrick "Sho-Gun" King (18-15, 11 KOs) over the weekend in Riverdale, Goergia. The former 140- and 147-pound title holder stopped King in the second round with a left hook, not his notorious right.
Robert Alfonso TKO3 Kevin Kelley ... 2008 Cuban Olympic heavyweight Robert Alfonso (6-0, 2 KOs), also fought on the Georgia show, starching 350-pound Kevin Kelley (1-4, 1 KO) with thunderous punches in the third round. source for both results: shs boxing management
|Fourth bout finalized for July 17th ShoBox|
Press Release: On Friday, July 17th at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA, 122 pounder Adam Lopez (12-0, 6 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will take on the Dominican Republic's Eliecer Aquino (17-0-1, 11 KOs). The fight will serve as bout two of a big ShoBox quadruple-header. The main event on July 17th will be a ten-round middleweight bout between Antoine Douglas (17-0-1, 11 KOs) of Virginia and Istavan Szili (18-0-2, 8 KOs) of Switzerland. In the co-feature, Derrick Webster (19-0, 10 KOs) of New Jersey will take on Russia's Arif Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight bout. The opening bout will pit Jerry Odom (13-1, 11 KOs) of Washington, DC and Samuel Clarkson (14-3, 8 KOs) of Texas in a 168-pound bout scheduled for eight rounds.
|Nordic update: Rudy Markussen announces comeback|
Press Release: Denmark's Rudy Markussen (38-3, 25 KOs) has signed a multi-fight contract with Team Sauerland, paving the way for an all-Danish dream bout against Patrick Nielsen (26-1, 12 KOs). [Markussen is 37 years old. His last fight was a 2012 win over journeyman Daniel Regi]. Markussen’s next fight is scheduled for September at the Nordic Fight Night series. “If Rudy wins the fight, he will face Patrick Nielsen before the end of the year," said promoter Nisse Sauerland. About a showdown vs. Nielsen, Markussen said, “It is a dream becoming reality. This is my chance to live out the burning desire I have inside of me. A fight against Patrick Nielsen motivates me like no other. The fans can look forward to a spectacular fight!”
|Garcia sounds like he's left 140 for good|
World 140-pound champion Danny Garcia sounds like he's moved up to 147 pounds for good. Garcia predicts that in his next fight (against former two-division titlist Paulie Malignaggi on August 1st), people will again see the aggressive fighter who conquered an aged Erik Morales. “Losing weight was affecting me in my last few bouts. I believe it would have been better if I'd climbed to welterweight right after the fight with Lucas Mathysse fight. Garcia defeated Matthysse by decision in September 2013. It was one of his biggest victories, but after it he had problems weighing inside the 140-pound limit. “I was big for that division. [At 140], I never faced a bigger or taller opponent. I was a big fighter with problems [making] that limit. As a welter you will see an athletic Danny Garcia with more boxing skills. When you have problems with the weight, you are slower so I had to put pressure on my rivals looking for the KO, as I wasn’t able to box them anymore. I didn’t have a choice any more." source: wbc
|Tim Bradley calls out Erik Morales!|Press Release:
It all started on Tuesday afternoon when former two-division champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley Jr. (31-1-1, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., arrived at his fight week hotel and was asked about his upcoming welterweight fight against WBA 140-pound regular titlist Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas. After calling out both Vargas, and Vargas' trainer, former mutli-division champion Erik Morales, one has to wonder if adding meat to the former vegan Bradley’s training diet excited his blood.
|Super middles take front and center in Liverpool on Friday|Press Release:
Christopher Rebrasse and Texas' Brian Vera are planning to rock the world title ambitions of unbeaten English favorites Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding respectively on a pivotal night of action in the super middleweight division on Friday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
All four men eye up the WBC title to be contested by George Groves and Badou Jack at the end of the summer.
|Warrington-Brunker to headline in Leeds|Press Release: Featherweight Josh Warrington will battle Australia's Joel Brunker at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England on September 5th, live on Sky Sports.
Warrington will look to add Brunker to his victim list, which already includes Rendall Munroe and Martin Lindsay.
Brunker is no stranger to British shores having lost to newly-crowned IBF champion Lee Selby in London in October.
|Alexander Miskirtchian signs with American promoter|
Press Release: The roster at Salita Promotions continues to grow, as the compnay announced the signing of featherweight Alexander Miskirtchian, who was born in the former Soviet Union republic of Georgia and now resides in Belgium. Miskirtchian, 29 years old, is a smart boxer with a 25-3-1 mark. He last fought in March, notching a decision win in Belgium. Before that, he knocked down IBF titlist Evgeny Gradovich in May 2014, sending Gradovich to the canvas before losing a decision. "Alex is a very talented fighter," said promoter Dmitry Salita. "He made a very strong showing in his world title challenge against then world champion Gradovich. Now with that experience he is ready to fight the best featherweights in the world and capture the world title!"
|Middleweight Rob Brant signs promotional contract|
Press Release: Greg Cohen Promotions has signed middleweight Rob "Bravo" Brant (15-0, 9 KOs) to a promotional contract. The 24-year-old Brant, from Oakdale, Minnesota, started boxing in 2007 and by 2009 was already a national champion. He went on to become a member of the US National Boxing Team and win the 2010 National Golden Gloves, among many other distinctions, before turning professional in 2012.
|Shabaranskyy headlines on Fox Sports next week|
Press Release: Vyacheslav "Lion Heart - Chingonsky" Shabranskyy (13-0, 11 KOs) of the Ukraine will face Paul Parker (7-0, 4 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio in the ten-round cruiserweight main event of Golden Boy Live! on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes on June 30th. Also on the show, D'Mitrius Ballard (8-0, 7 KOs) of Washington D.C. takes on Josue Ovando (11-5, 9 KOs) of Mexico in a six-round light heavyweight fight; and Lamont Roach Jr. (7-0, 3 KOs), also from Washington D.C., will face San Antonio's Christian Santibanez (3-4, 2 KOs) in a six-round lightweight televised bout.
|Golovkin's promoter calls out Lemieux|
On behalf of Gennady Golovkin, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions has called out newly minted IBF middleweight titlist David Lemieux for a unification fight. Golovkin holds the WBA middleweight super championship and is generally considered the workd's best 160 pounder. Miguel Cotto, the world middleweight champion (who holds the WBC belt) is avoiding Golovkin, at least for 2015, so Loeffler has taken to Twitter to engage Lemieux and his promoter, Golden Boy: "IBF confirmed no issue with @GGGBoxing vs @lemieuxboxing in unification fight next, #BestFightingBest lets do this @GoldenBoyBoxing," wrote Loeffler. Boxingtalk would not be surprised if Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy's president, announces he wants to fight Lemieux in a comeback. --Scott Shaffer
|Tru TV returns with boxing this Friday|
Press Release: truTV and Top Rank will present live boxing on Friday, June 26th at 10 p.m. ET from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The main event will be a ten-round supoer middleweight bout between Mexican southpaw Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) and Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs) of Las Vegas. Additionally, southpaw Diego Magdaleno (27-1-0, 11 KOs) of Las Vegas will meet Puerto Rico’s Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (24-1-0, 19 KOs) in a twelve-round lightweight bout.
|Vera lands in England|
Press Release: Texas super middleweight Bryan Vera(23-9, 14 KO's) has arrived in Liverpool, England and is focused on Friday's showdown with England's Rocky Fielding (20-0, 11 KO's). The fight will take place at the Echo Arena, and Vera is with his team that consists of his brother Gilbert, manager David Watson and Matthew Rowland of Banner Promotions. "I have not seen much of Fielding except for what I have seen on Youtube," stated Vera. "After I win this fight, I would love to fight one of Rocky's stablemates in IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale or WBC champion Badou Jack. I know 168 pounds is my ideal weight. I feel stronger at this weight and I will put on a great performance on Friday. I am prepared for an emphatic win on Friday." [Vera last fought in January, a loss to Willie Monroe, Jr. at middleweight].
|Weekly Boxing Memo: Where does "The Problem" go from here?, By Ben Dean|
Shawn Porter Solves Problem... At the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, "Showtime" Shawn Porter, normally a welterweight, prevailed over Adrien "The Problem" Broner in bout contested at 144 pounds. Broner was credited with an anemic 309 punches over twelve rounds, which meant he did not to have much trust in his gas tank. The official scores favored Porter, 114-112, 115-111 and 118-108. Porter was more aggressive, threw more punches and landed more punches. He was effective coming forward with a ramrod jab that snapped Broner's head back. Broner countered well at times, but too often was content to move away or hold. Broner hardly did any work on the inside. In the eleventh round, Broner finally had a point deducted by the referee for pushing down on the head of Porter. This was after several Tony Weeks' warning for dirty tactics (including shoving his forearm to the throat on the inside). It had already been a big round for Porter and the deduction guaranteed a 10-8 round. Broner finally snapped out of his offensive stupor in the twelfth round, depositing Porter on the canvas on a beautiful lead left hook. Porter seemed surprised at the power, and nodded to his corner that it was a good punch. He was very careful in rising from the canvas, cognizant to make sure his legs were steady. He endured the remainder of the round and kept out of harms way from an increasingly aggressive Broner. One might ask, where was this Broner throughout the bout?
|Unbeatens fight to a draw; Nieves disputes verdict|
Antonio Nieves D8 Stephon Young ... This past Saturday in Oakland, CA, a battle of undefeated super bantamweights, Antonio “Carita” Nieves (12-0-1, 6 KOs) of Cleveland, OH took on Stephon “The Show Stopper” Young (13-0-2, 5 KOs) of St. Louis in the opening fight of the Andre Ward-Paul Smith show. For the majority of the eight-round contest, Nieves pressed the action and was the busier and more effective of the two combatants. CompuBox showed Nieves throwing more (499-329) and landing significantly more (143-64) punches than Young. However, the bout was scored a draw. One judge had Nieves winning 77-75, one favored Young 78-72 and the third had it even at 76-76. source: Nieves press release
|Trainer Hector “Yuca” Saldivar laid to rest|
Trainer Héctor “Yuca” Saldívar, who'd suffered an accident in a Los Angeles gym, rpassed away recently. Mourners at his funeral included former world champions Daniel Ponce De León and “Chango” Carmona. Also paying his respects was Leo Santa Cruz, the WBC super bantamweight champion, who was visibly and deeply moved. Leo tenderly placed a medal by Yuca's side in the casket, while Jesus Ivan Delgado gently placed a pin on the trainer. According to a WBC tribute, "Yuca will forever be remembered in his boxing world as an exemplary friend and a truly magnificent as well as caring trainer." Boxingtalk adds its condolences to the friends and family of Hector Saldivar.
|Quillin joins Box Fan Expo roster|
Press Release: Former WBO middleweight champion Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin will appear at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday Sept. 12th. The Box Fan Expo will likely coincide with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s (as yet unannounced) last fight as well as Mexican Independence weekend.
|Philly update: GQ Wilson captures state championship|
Garrett Wilson TKO3 Anthony Caputo Smith... On Saturday night at Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Casino Resort, Philadelphia's Garrett "GQ" Wilson scored a third-round stoppage over Anthony Caputo Smith to capture the Pennsylvania Cruiserweight championship. Wilson landed a right uppercut that sent Caputo Smith flat on his back with his head bouncing off the canvas. Caputo Smith tried to get to his feet but the fight was called off at 1:41 of the third. Wilson of Philadelphia is now 14-9-1 with 8 knockouts. Caputo Smith of Kennett Square, PA. is now 15-5. source: King's Promotions press release
|Groves suffers minor injury, still wants to challenge Jack|
Press Release: Sauerland Event [promoter of George Groves, who is the mandatory contender to WBC supper middleweight titlist Badou Jack] confirmed that a minor incident took place during George Grove’s training camp with the Royal Marines on Monday afternoon as part of his preparation for his forthcoming WBC super middleweight championship fight with Badou Jack scheduled to take place in the United States in late August or early September. George was taken to hospital for precautionary checks but immediately released following the incident that took place while taking part in a boat activity with the Marines. The injury will not affect his preparations for the Jack fight and he will continue his training camp as planned. Groves and Team Sauerland hope to make an announcement in the coming days with regards to the date and location of the fight as negotiations continue.
|Next Broadway Boxing show set for July 8th|
Press Release: On Wednesday, July 8th, DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series returns to the B.B. King Blues Club in midtown Manhattan, NY. Headlining the ten-bout card will be junior lightweight Bryant "Peewee" Cruz (14-0, 7 KOs) against Martin Cardona (19-5, 14 KOs) in an eight rounder. Also set to see action in separate eight-round bouts will be junior middleweight and former #1 US amateur Patrick Day (10-1-1) who squares off against Lenwood Dozier (9-7-1) and Brooklyn's Shawn Cameron (9-0, 4 KOs) who he takes on Francisco Javier Reza (14-13) in a junior middleweight match-up.
|Jamal James to headline in Bethlehem, PA|
Press Release: On Saturday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA welterweight Jamal James (16-0 with 9 KOs) will take on Hawaii's Mike Balasi (10-6 with 7 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. The 26 year-old James is from Minneapolis and has quality wins overMohammed Kayongo (17-2-1) and Wayne Martell (25-4-1). James is coming off a second-round stoppage over Daniel Sostre on April 18th.
|Tony Luis returns this weekend|
Press Release: Canadian lightweight Tony "Lightning" Luis is set to return to the ring on CBS Sports Network this Friday, June 26th at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. In his first fight since his narrow loss to England's Derry Matthews for the WBA title last April, Luis will face New York (via Dominican Republic) Edward Valdez (13-10-2, 3 KOs) in a ten rounder.
|Barthelemy dominates in 140-pound debut|
Rances Barthelemy W10 Antonio DeMarco... Fighting in his third weight class in as many fights, ex-IBF 130-pound titlist Rances Barthelemy showed no signs of any growing pains at all. And after an impressive walk over Antonio DeMarco on Father’s Day at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, that could be a scary proposition for the rest of the 140-pound division. Barthelemy threw the kitchen sink at DeMarco, consistently switching between orthodox and southpaw stances while unleashing a torrent of overhand lefts, submarining rights and everything in between to befuddle DeMarco, who had no answers over the course of ten rounds. It all added up to across-the-board 99-89 cards for Barthlemey, the lone blemish coming because of a point deducted in the ninth for low blows—but offset by a fourth-round knockdown to preserve the margin of victory, if not the perfect score. source: premier boxing champs
|Vasquez wins tough fight vs. Omotoso|
Sammy Vasquez W10 Wale Omotoso... Sammy Vasquez took control early and survived Wale Omotoso's late charge in Sunday's welterweight bout. Vasquez outslugged Omotoso in a bloody scrap at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Vasquez won by unanimous decision, with 98-92 appearing on all three judges’ scorecards. “I’ve never been this beat up, ever,” Vasquez said afterward, noting that it wasn’t his intention to get in a firefight with Omotoso. source: premier boxing champions
|Nordic update: Patrick Nielsen wins easily|
Patrick Nielsen W12 Charles Adamu... Super middleweight Patrick Nielsen (26-1, 12 KOs) got a convincing points victory over Charles Adamu (23-7, 17 KOs) at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. The Danish fighter was aggressive from the outset, but the wily veteran Adamu was able to withstand an early onslaught to take the fight to the scorecards. All three judges scored the fight 120-108 in favor of Nielsen.
Anthony Yigit TKO7 Tony Owen... Swedish light welterweight Anthony Yigit (14-0-1, 6 KOs) threatened to steal the show with a seventh-round technical knockout win over Tony Owen (16-4, 3 KOs). Yigit threw multiple combinations and eventually forced the referee to call a halt to the action. source for all results: sauerland event
|Lemieux puts N'Dam on floor four times, By Scott Shaffer|
David Lemieux W12 Hassan N'Dam... In an exciting middleweight bout held in Montreal, David Lemieux sent his hometwon fans happy with a unanimous decision victory over France's Hassan N'Dam. Lemieux had a huge advantage in punching power but N'Dam had some stretches where he outboxed Lemieux. The deciding factor was the four knockdowns Lemieux scored, all of them solid. N'Dam got up each time, his head seemingly clear but his legs shaky, a sign that perhaps his leg strength, not his chin is the problem. (N'Dam was floored five times in a loss to Peter Quillin). N'dam won the twelfth round, exploiting Lemieux's poor defense, but Lemieux deserved the win and got, via scores of 115-109 (twice) and 114-110. With the win comes the vacant IBF middleweight title, which was stripped from Jermain Taylor when Taylor was arrested. source: fox sports
|Porter easily solves the Problem over distance, By G. Leon|
Shawn Porter W12 Adrien Broner: Former IBF welterweight champion Shawn "Showtime" Porter thoroughly outhustled Adrien Broner to earn a well-deserved unanimous decision victory. For the first eleven rounds Broner wasn't much of a problem for Porter, who landed the harder shots, pressed the action and forced Broner to initiate what felt like a googolplex of clinches. In the eleventh, Tony Weeks, normally an elite level referee, took a point away from Broner for excessive holding. Overall Weeks had a bad night as the point should have been deducted much sooner. In the opening seconds of round twelve, Broner landed a left hook that decked Porter who rose from the canvas with a look of utter disbelief on his face. There were a few shaky moments for Porter immediately thereafter, but he recovered very quickly and had a moment or two of his own before the final bell sounded. Official scores were 114-112, 115-111 and 118-108. Boxingtalk scored it 116-110. source: nbc
|Ward shakes off rust with stoppage over Smith, By G. Leon|
Andre Ward TKO9 Paul Smith: Andre Ward, the potential successor to Floyd Mayweather as boxing's pound-for-pound king finally returned to the ring to shake off the rust. Ward won every second of the first nine and half rounds against a second-tier oponent, Paul Smith at the Oracle in Oakland, California. That's when the towel came in and referee Dr. Lou Moret mercifully called a halt to the action at the 1:46 mark. Ward's punches were rearranging the overweight, overmatched Smith's face and the Smith corner should have probably stopped the bout a round or two earlier. Ward is the world super middleweight champion, but his status can be argued because he last fought in November 2013 and this fight was contracted for 172 pounds. Smith failed to make 172, so this was clearly a light heavyweight contest. Source: BET
|Dierry Jean dominates Jerry Belmontes, By G. Leon|
Dierry Jean W10 Jerry Belmontes: Lightweight contender Dierry Jean put in ten rounds of one-sided work over a game but overmatched Jerry Belmontes (19-7 with 5 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Jean was awarded a knockdown when Belmontes' glove touched the canvas in the second round. Official scores were 98-91, 99-90 and 99-89. With the win Jean improves to 29-1 with 20 KOs. source: fox sports
|Spence destroys Lo Greco in three, By G. Leon|Errol Spence Jr TKO3 Phil Lo Greco...
As expected, undefeated 2012 Olympian Errol Spence dominated last-minute replacement Phil Lo Greco over three one-sided junior middleweight rounds at Las Vegas' MGM Grand. Spence's combination punching was impressive. He was able to put sets together to both the head and body and continued to do so until referee Robert Byrd properly stopped the bout 1:50 in the third round. Lo Greco falls to 25-2.
Terrell Gausha UD8 Luis Grajeda...
Another undefeated 2012 Olympian, Terrell Gausha, put forth a workmanlike effort over a game Luis Grajeda. The middleweight Gausha floored Grajeda in the third round but was unable to apply the finishing touches, as Grajeda landed enough just enough power shots to the keep Gausha off him and make it to the scorecards. Official scores were 78-73, 79-92 (twice) for Gausha. Boxingtalk scored it 79-72 source for both results: NBC
|Results from Long Island, New York|
Cletus Seldin TKO4 Renee Ganoy... In Huntington, New York, junior welterweight Cletus Seldin (17-0, 14 KOs) score stopped Ranee Ganoy (38-13-2, 32 KOs) in the fourth round on Friday. Seldin sent Ganoy to the canvas in the second round and again in the fourth to put an end to the contest. "Once I got his timing down, I was able to land the hard punches," said Seldin. source: star boxing
|Predictions for Saturday's big fights, By Ben Dean|
Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith: Andre Ward's return from inactivity was contracted to be a 172-pound catchweight bout. Yesterday, Paul Smith, who last fought at 168 pounds, came in over 176. I favor Ward easy. He may shake off some rust in the early going, but I think by round three, he will have heated up and the jab and left hook will be crackling. Even with the lengthy lay off, the supreme skill set of the world's second best pound-for-pound boxer (before he dropped off many lists due to extended inactivity), will be too much for Smith, who comes in sporting a record of 35-5. Last time out, Smith was defeated by Arthur Abraham, who Ward also dominated. I think Ward cruises to a unanimous decision.
|Results from Trinidad|
Isaac Rodrigues W12 Nkululeko Mhlongo... In Trinidad & Tobago on Friday, Isaac Rodrigues (22-2) had to work hard, but in the end won unanimous decision over South African Nkululeko Mhlongo (13-3). The bout, which was televised live throughout Rodrigues' native Brazil, was fought at a high pace, and both boxers had their share of success in the early rounds. In the second half Rodrigues took most of the initiative, and landed well with his combinations, while Mhlongo tried his best to stay in the fight. All three judges scored it 117-111 for Rodrigues, which some though that was a bit too wide, but there was no doubt that Rodrigues was the deserved winner. Refere in charge was Jesus Salcedo.
Nigel Edwards TKO9 Kirt Sinette.... Fighting in what was clearly his biggest challenge to date, Nigel Edwards (9-0-1) pulled a mile upset over the better-known Kirt Sinette. In an all Trinidad battle, the 41 year-old Sinette (22-3) retired with a dislocated shoulder in round nine.
Mitchell Rogers W12 Kertson Manswell ... At heavyweight, Mitchell Rogers (9-4) from Guyana got the better of local man Kertson Manswell (24-11) to win a unanimous twelve round decision in their third match-up.Manswell had won the first two encounters, but this time Rogers was too sharp for him, and just the better man. source for all results: wbf
|Broner: "I'm coming to deliver a beat down on Porter. I'm going to take him out"|Press Release:
An animated Adrien "The Problem" Broner held court for several minutes Thursday, as a calm "Showtime" Shawn Porter delivered his own strong message in advance of the weekend of Premier Boxing Champions action in Las Vegas.
On the Saturday, June 20th PBC on NBC show, Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) will take on Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) after Errol "The Truth" Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) battles Phil "The Italian Sensation" Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs). Televised coverage on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
Here is what the press conference participants had to say:
|Lo Greco: "It took me about 30 seconds to decide to fight Spence"|
Press Release: Phil Lo Greco will fight undefeated, former U.S. Olympian Errol Spence, Jr. in Las Vegas this Saturday. Lo Greco took the welterweight fight on just three days' notice and will be an underdog when the fight airs on NBC. Here is what Lo Greco and Spence had to say at the final press conference today:
|Phil Lo Greco steps in to face Errol Spence this weekend|
Press Release: Errol Spence Jr. was preparing for Roberto Garcia. Now he’s going to face Phil Lo Greco come Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT). Garcia withdrew from his scheduled bout with Spence (16-0, 13 KOs) for personal reasons[ reportedly, he was vastly overweight]. In his place, Phil Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs) will step into the ring with Spence in a fight airing live on NBC. Lo Greco, 30, built up his résumé mostly in his native Canada before campaigning in Italy and New Jersey.
|Boxing matron Rose Byrd passes away|
Boxingtalk sends its deepest sympathies to the Byrd family of Flint, Michigan, including Chris Byrd, the former IBF heavyweight champion. Byrd posted on Twitter that his mother Rose passed away last night. "Please be praying for my family. Lost my mom last night. She fought a good fight. Thankful she's in Heaven and in no more pain." Boxing was a family affair for the Byrds. Chris' parents worked his corner for many of his fights. Three of Rose's other children, Ronnie, Patrick and Tracy, were professional boxers as well. In 1998, Rose told Philly.com, "my husband finally put me in the corner because he said I hollered so loud from ringside, it was embarrassing. I asked the boys if they minded and they said no, so I became a licensed second. And now they take it for granted that I'll be there.'' The Byrd family is deeply religious and always represented the sport with class. No doubt, Rose Byrd was one of the biggest reasons why. --Scott Shaffer
|Marcus Upshaw looks to shake gatekeeper label this wekeend|
Press Release: Marcus "Arillius" Upshaw (17-13-4, 8 KOs) is still chasing his boxing dream. The next installment of his unusual story is this Sunday against hometown favorite Lanell "KO" Bellows (17-1-1, 7 KOs) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "I'm chasing the dream but, at the same time, the dream is chasing me," Upshaw said. "My mind is finally right and now I have a great trainer (Orlando Cuellar) who has my back. It just wasn't my time before but this is it."
|Sunday: Barthelemy faces DeMarco|
This Sunday, Premier Boxing Champions will have two shows: Saturday on NBC features Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter, but there is a Sunday afternoon show on CBS highlighted by Rances Barthelemy (22-0, 13 KOs) facing Antonio DeMarco (31-4-1, 23 KOs). Coverage begins on CBS at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. Barthelemy gave up his IBF 130-pound title to move up in weight. DeMarco formerly held the WBC 135-pound title before losing it to Broner. Here is what Barthelemy and DeMarco had to say at a media workout on Wednesday:
|Broner, Porter talk to the press|
Press Release: With Floyd “Money” Mayweather looking on in his role as president of Mayweather Promotions, the boxers competing on this weekend’s Premier Boxing Champions cards at MGM Grand in Las Vegas participated in a media workout Wednesday at Mayweather Boxing Club. Coverage of Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC begins at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT. Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) faces “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs) in the main event. Broner, who considers Mayweather a mentor and “big brother,” has trained at the Mayweather Boxing Club for weeks, per Mayweather’s suggestion. Here are what the workout participants had to say:
|Pro boxing coming to Tahiti|
Press Release: Professional boxing takes center stage on French Polynesian island of Tahiti, when local super middleweight Cedric Bellais (17-6-3) faces United Kingdom's George Hillyard (12-6-1) on Saturday June 27th. They will fight at the Salle Babo Aitamai in beautiful Fautaua near the city of Papeete, on a show promoted by AS Te U´ino Manotahi, and sanctioned by the French Professional Boxing Federation (FFB). The 26-year-old Bellais was born in Tahiti but spent much of his career fighting in France. Exactly half of his bouts has taken place in France, while the other half were fought in French Polynesia.
|Jacobs-Mora set for Aug. 1st|
Press Release: Daniel Jacobs and Sergio Mora look to pen new chapters in their respective comeback stories when they face off August 1st at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, prior to Danny Garcia’s clash with Paulie Malignaggi.The fights air on ESPN beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. For Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs), the bout with Mora is arguably the toughest fight he’s landed since returning to ring after beating cancer in 2012. Jacobs, who will be fighting in his hometown, holds the WBA regular title at 160 pounds. Mora is a former WBC 154-pound title holder.
|Melson takes Fight To Walk to Washington|
Press Release: Since meeting Christian Zaccagnino and learning about her spinal cord injury, professional boxer Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson’s goal has been to see her walk again. In order to spearhead his efforts, Melson’s raised a significant amount of money by donating 100% of his fight purses to Team Fight to Walk while also helping run two successful charity galas. Having literally been punched in the mouth for his efforts during a seventeen-bout pro career, Melson’s active efforts to see Christian walk again and cure chronic spinal cord injuries haven’t been easy.
|Philadelphia update: Chambers signs with Haymon|
Philadelphia heavyweight/cruiserweight Eddie Chambers has tweeted that he signed with boxing's most influential manager/advisor, Al Haymon. Chambers is 41-4 but his carrer has stalled since a 2013 loss to African cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu. Chambers spent most of his career as a smallish heavyweight, gaining a 2010 shot at Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF/WBO heavyweight championships. He lost by twelfth-round knockout. In 2013, he moved down to cruiserweight and lost to Mchunu via decision. Since then, Chambers won five consecutive fights in England, albeit against insignificant opposition --Scott Shaffer
|Next week's Tru TV co-feature announced: Magdaleno vs. Gonzalez|
Press Release: Undefeated Mexican super middleweight Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez will headline next Friday, June 26th at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. Ramirez will be taking on Derek "The Black Lion" Edwards (27-4-1) in a ten rounder which will be televised live on truTV at 10:00 p.m. ET. Edwars is best know for knocking out current WBC titlist Badou Jack in one round. The telecast will open with Diego Magdaleno and Jose "Chelo" Gonzalez a twelve-round lightweight rumble. Magdaleno is 27-1 with the only loss coming against Roman Martinez in a WBO 130-pound title fight. Gonzalez is 24-1 and was stopped by Ricky Burns in a WBO 135-pound title fight.
|MSG to air Joe Smith's recent win tomorrow|
Press Release: MSG Network will air a tape-delayed broadcast of light heavyweight Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith, Jr. in his victory over Cory Cummings on Thursday night, June 18th, at 9 PM-11PM, with replays at 2 AM, 9 AM and 11 PM the following day. Smith's second-round knockout took place at The Paramount in Huntington, New York on April 18th.
|Hernandez to defend IBF cruiserweight championship in Argentina|
Press Release: IBF cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) will return to action on July 25th. The Cuban exile has fought almost exclusively inGermany, but this time there's a twist. In his first fight since an August 2014 win over Firat Arslan, Hernandez will "enter the lion’s den" to face his mandatory challenger Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-2, 17 KOs) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ramirez is a former WBO titlist.
|Broner extremely confident in training for Porter|Press Release:
The music doesn’t come on until Adrien Broner enters the room.
It’s a bit past 7 on a recent Monday night, and Las Vegas’ Mayweather Boxing Club is so quiet—and hot—that you can hear the barely audible rustle of a lady fanning herself as she sits ringside amid rows of beige plastic chairs.
A few fighters mill about silently as a museum-like hush envelops this museum-like setting, where framed Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight posters are positioned high on the mirrored walls and a half-colored mural of the Mayweather family awaits to be finished.
But then Adrien Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) walks through the door and the silence dissipates as swiftly as the steam rising from boiling water—which, in a way, is just what Broner does: bring things to a boil.
|Details emerge about Jermain Taylor rehab fight|
Details have emerged concerning an Arkansas drug rehabilitation center brawl last month involving former world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. It sounds like a very brief and damaging encounter for the Arkansas man who accused Taylor of assaulting him. According to police reports reviewed by Arkansas Online, the man suffered a total of five fractures in both eye sockets and right cheek. He was unconscious when the facility's staff took him to the hospital the night of May 13th. He reported significant pain in his neck, and his right cheek was reportedly swollen to near "golf-ball" size. The man had to undergo reconstructive surgery, according to an arrest affidavit. The man was in rehab after being caught with crystal meth. --Scott Shaffer
|Feigenbutz lands chief support slot on Abraham-Stieglitz IV|Press Release:
Germany's Vncent Feigenbutz (19-1, 18 KOs) will face Peru's Mauricio Reynoso (15-1-1, 11 KOs) as chief support for Arthur Abraham’s fourth WBO super middleweight title fight with Robert Stieglitz on July 18th at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.
At stake will be the
for the WBA interim belt at super middleweight. T
he 19 year-old Feigenbutz lost his second pro fight when he was just 17 years old.
|Golden Boy announces next LA Fight Club show|
Press Release: LA Fight Club returns to the Belasco Theater on Thursday, July 2nd with a broadcast on Fox Deportes. In the main event, Gilberto "El Flaco" Gonzalez (25-3, 20 KOs) of Mexico City will take on John Karl Sosa (13-0, 6 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a ten-round light welterweight bout. In the co-feature, featherweight Diego De La Hoya (10-0, 6 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico returns in a scheduled eight-round fight against Jose "Hollywood" Estrella (14-6-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico. Opening the telecast, Los Angeles transplant Oscar "El Jaguar" Negrete (10-0, 3 KOs) will face Ramiro Robles (12-3-1, 6 KOs) of Guanajuato, Mexico in an eight-round bout.
|Valdez-Tamayo added to next week's Bradley undercard|
Press Release: Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez will be featured in a ten-round featherweight bout, against Ruben "Canelito" Tamayo on June 27th under the stars at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The main event that night, Timothy Bradley Jr. vs. Jessie Vargas, will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
|Nordic update: Sweden's Otto Wallin to face ex-Olympian|
Press Release: Swedish heavyweightt Otto Wallin (11-0, 9 KOs) is eager to impress when he takes on former Olympian and World Amateur Championship silver medallist Oleksiy Mazikin (14-11-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday, June 20th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen.
|Roberto Duran to attend Trinidad & Tobago card|
Press Release: Living legend and former multi-division world champion Roberto Duran, who just turned 64 years old [Happy Birthday champ!], will be a ringside guest at Skinner Park in San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago on Friday June 19th. Headlining that night will be a light heavyweight bout between two locals, hard-punching Kirt Sinette (22-2) vs. Nigel Edwards (8-0-1). Sinette enters as the more experienced boxer, with several regional titles on his resume plus a 2011 stoppage victory over former British, Commonwealth and European champion Howard Eastman.
|Interview: Sergio Martinez headed for career on screen, By Ivan Montiel|
Boxingtalk caught up with Sergio Martinez on Hall of Fame weekend shortly after the former world middleweight champion announced his retirement from boxing. Ivan Montiel conducted and translated this interview in Spanish. Click here to see what the great Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez had to say about his big announcement.
|Mijares sees action in Mexico this weekend|
Press Release: Eager to continue on his road back, former 115-pound champion Cristian "El Diamante" Mijares looks to extend his current winning streak on Friday, June 19th when he faces Filipino slugger Vergel Nebran in a ten-round 130-pound main event from Ciudad Del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico. [Nebron is 13-8-1 and loser of four of his last six]. Claro Sports and Fox Deportes will televise. In the co-feature, scheduled for eight rounds in the bantamweight division, Mexico City's Irma "Torbellino" Garcia takes on Argentina's Marisa "La Nena" Portillo. Opening up the Fox telecast only, Luis May of Cancun and Oscar Moran of Torreon will fight in a ten-round all-Mexican bantamweight bout.
|Delvin Rodriguez won't rule out fighting again|
After a blowout loss to Erislandy Lara last weekend, Delvin Rodriguez has a career mark of 28-8-4. He is 0-2-1 in his last three fights and didn't win a single round against Lara, taking plenty of punishment in the process. However, the 35-year-old Rodriquez left the door open for a return to the ring despite the rigors of a forty-fight career that included several wars. "It's hard to say what's next right now," said Rodriguez. There are still some great fights for me. Just because I lost to a skilled, technical fighter like Lara doesn't mean there aren't great fights left for me." source: star boxing press release
|Danny Garcia vs. Paul Malignaggi set for Aug. 1st|Press Release:
Premier Boxing Champions returns to ESPN on August 1st with a showdown between former 140- and 147-pound titlsit Paulie Malignaggi and reigning Danny Garcia, who holds the world championship at 140 pounds but lately has fought above that weight.
Garcia defeated Lamont Peterson in his last fight at the Barclays Center on April 11th, and this fight will be at the same venue, which happens to be in Brooklyn, New York where Malignaggi lives.
|Prado claims he will upset Ceylan|Press Release:
Sergio Prado (11-4-1, 4 KOs) hopes to give Dennis Ceylan (14-0-1, 7 KOs) the fight of his life when the featherweights go toe-to-toe in a ten round contest on Saturday, June 20th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen.
Calling into question the London 2012 Olympian’s professional credentials, the confident Spaniard reveals his plan to spoil Ceylan’s undefeated record. "
Dennis is a talented boxer, with an extensive amateur background, but as a professional, he is untested and has certainly never fought anyone like me,’’ said the former Spanish 122-pound champion.
|Boxingtalk salutes Sergio Martinez on his retirement|
At the Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend in Canastota, New York this weekend, former world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez announced his retirement at age 40. If the retirement sitcks, and it seems likely to do so given Martinez's well documented knee problem, he walkas away from the sport 51-3-2 with a legitimate chance ato become a hall of famer in four years. Martinez, a talented and charismatic southpaw from Argentina, was avoided by welterweights and junior middleweights for much of his career. After signing with promoter Lou DiBella in 2007, Martinez finally got his opportunity as middleweight, and he made the most of it. After being robbed of a decision vs. Paul Williams in 2009, Martinez got a rematch the following year, and scored one of the most unforgettable knockouts in recent history, turning off Williams' lights with a single punch in the second round. In between the two Williams fights, Martinez defeated Kelly Pavlik to become world middleweight champion. Martinez always sought out the best competition, and always fought offensively, even though his cat-like reflexes would have allowed him to be a defensive stinker. For these reasons, Sergio Martinez will be missed by boxing fans the world over. He retires without having taken too much punishment and with universal respect in the boxing world. Martinez was a champion as a competitor as well as a human being. His anti-bullying campaign made boxing a better sport. Boxingtalk wishes him a successful and fulfilling retirement. --Scott Shaffer
|Robert Guerrero makes big donation to sick childrens' fund|
Press Release: Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero hosted the inaugural fundraiser for the BFC (Breathe For Caley) Foundation at Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park in San Martin, CA. Known for being a community leader, Robert Guerrero donated $100,000 to the non-profit organization, which helps chronically ill kids get to fulfill a wish of their choice. For example, 13-year old Maria Fajardo, who received a double lung transplant, was granted her wish to attend an Oakland Raiders game with her donor family. Together they will receive VIP tickets and field passes to a Raiders home game in 2015. "This was a very special day for everyone involved with the BFC Foundation," said Robert Guerrero. "We've all worked really hard to get this non-profit organization off the ground and I wanted to show my gratitude by donating to the cause. It brings me great pleasure to see these kids get a wish of their choosing. Caley Camarillo was dear to my heart and her love and legacy will live on through her foundation. The first event was a great success and many more will follow. I want to thank all the board members, volunteers, sponsors, and everyone who attended for making this a wonderful time."
|Baranyi KOs Dudas in all-Hungarian bout|
Richard Baranyi KO3 Zsolt Dudas... Richard Baranyi (12-1) won an all-Hungarian light heavyweight contest in spectacular fashion on Sunday, scoring a brutal knockout of Zsolt Dudas (7-1) in Budapest. Baranyi was very effective in countering wild attacks from Dudas, winning the first two rounds on two of the judges cards. In round three, Baranyi landed with some hard shots as Dudas came forward, and clearly hurt his man. Baranyi then switched to attack mode, and finished the fight with a huge right hand. Dudas hit the deck so hard that referee Bela Florian didn’t bother to count, instead calling for the doctor to attend to Dudas. The loser quickly regained his senses and congratulated Baranyi. Time of stoppage was 2:12 of round three. source: wbf
|Luke Campbell to face Tommy Coyle in Hull turf war|Press Release:
2012 Olympic gold medal winner
Luke Campbell (11-0) and Tommy Coyle (21-2) will clash in a WBC lightweight eliminator at Craven Park in Hull, England on August 1st, live on Sky Sports. The two were formerly friends, but it seems this event is putting pressure on their relationship.
“I was annoyed that he called me an associate, I think that was personal,” said Coyle. “He forgets the days when we didn’t have any money at all and we were selling toys for a pound a go, I travelled five hours to watch him in the ABA finals, shared a room with him in Australia – I think that’s a bit more than an associate.
|Wilder has tougher time than expected with Molina|
Deontay Wilder KO9 Eric Molina... Fighting in his home state of Alabama, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs), had to work harder than expected before dismantling Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-3, 17 KOs) with a ninth-round knockout. Wilder, who was born and still resides just 60 miles down the road in Tuscaloosa, dropped Molina, of Lyford, Texas, with a straight right hand 63 seconds in the ninth round, prompting referee Jack Reiss to call the fight off as a result of Molina’s fourth and final knockdown in front of a raucous sold out crowd of 9,347 at Bartow Arena on the campus of University of Alabama Birmingham. Wilder retained the WBC heavyweight title. [Though he won about seven of nine rounds, Wilder was briefly staggered by Molina, who was thought to be a no-hoper coming in. Despite the one-sided win, Wilder made enough mistakes to keep his critics unconvinced of his legitimacy]. source: showtime
|Pedraza breaks Klimov's nose to become IBF titleholder|
Jose Pedraza W12 Andrey Klimov... In the opening bout of the Showtime doubleheader from Birmingham, Alabama, Jose “The Sniper” Pedraza (20-0, 12 KOs) dominated Andrey Klimov (20-1, 9 KOs) from the opening bell to claim the vacant IBF junior lightweight Title with a unanimous decision victory. The puerto Rican Pedraza, making his 2015 debut, triumphed by the scores of 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. source: showtime
|Walters and Verdejo dominate at Garden, By G. Leon|
Nicholas Walters W12 Miguel Marriaga: Too big. Too strong. Too good. That pretty much sums up former undefeated featherweight champion Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters' ho-hum performance over the previously unbeaten Colmbian slugger Miguel Marriaga, (20-1). The world featherweight championship Walters lost on the scales is now vacant. Official scores from New York City's Madison Square Garden were 118-109, 117-110, 119-108. Boxingtalk scored it 118-109. Walters is now 26-0 and must decide what weight class he wants to campaign in.
Felix Verdejo W10 Ivan Najera: Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico dominated previously undefeated Ivan Najera over ten entertaining but one-sided rounds. Verdejo scored knockdowns in rounds five and seven but was unable to finish off the game Texan. Verdejo improves to 18-0, while Najera falls to 16-1. Official scores were 100-88 (twice) and 99-89. Boxingtalk scored the bout 100-88.
|Sho Extreme results: Zlaticanin TKOs Redkach, as he predicted|
Dejan Zlaticanin TKO4 Ivan Redkach... In a WBC lightweight eliminator between Dejan Zlaticanin (21-0, 14 KOs) made good on his predicition of a knockout, scoring a fourth-round technical knokout over Ivan Redkach (18-1, 14 KOs). Zlaticanin, from Montenegro, started fast and hard and dropped Redkach in round four to get the stoppage. The big punch was a left hook. Up next for Zlaticanin is a mandatory title shot versus Jorge Linares, who defended his WBC lightweight belt with a tenth-round knockout against Kevin Mitchell last month in England. source: wbc
Opening the Sho Extreme telecast from Birmingham, Alabama, Julian “J-Rock” Williams (20-0-1, 12KOs) of Philadelphia delivered a sixth-round TKO (2:43) over Armenia's Armen Ovsepyan (14-5, 11 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout.
Julian Williams TKO6 Armen Ovsepyan...
|Haskins stops Iwasa to claim interim belt|
Lee Haskins TKO6 Ryosuke Iwasa... England's Lee Haskins landed what he called the best punch of his career and defeated Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa in the sixth round of a bantamweight bout held in Haskins' home town of Britsol. Haskins career-best punch floored Iwasa in the sixth round, and although Iwasa continued for a little while, he did not make it out of the round. With the win Haskins (32-3) claims the IBF interim title, putting himself in line for a shot at the currently injured Randy Caballero. Another option for Haskins is a rematch with WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell, whom Haskins beat in 2008. Iwasa returns to Japan with his pro record reading 19-2. source: bbc
|Cunningham-Tarver nearly set for Aug. 14th|
Former world cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham strongly hinted that he will be fighting former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver in Newark, NJ on August 14th. Formal confirmation from Premiere Boxing Champions is expected shortly. Cunningham tried in vain for this fight a few years ago, but Tarver thought he was too well-known for a risky fight against Cunningham. Now Tarver, at age 44 has to get his career back on track after a positive test for performance enhancing drugs. Both men are heavyweights now. Here is what Cunningham wrote on social media: "A few years ago when Tarver was IBO champ and I had the IBF cruiserweight title, we tried to get him to make a unification bout. He said 'who are you' and 'nobody knows you' and to get twenty-thousand followers on twitter and he would make the fight. LOL. Sometimes when you run, your shoes wear down and you just gotta shut up and fight. #aug14th #newark #prudentialcente" --Scott Shaffer
|Lara floors inept Rodriguez in one-sided decision|
Erislandy Lara W12 Delvin Rodriguez... Erislandy Lara (21-2, 12 KOs) pitched a shutout against Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4) Friday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, winning 120-107 on all three cards. Lara, the WBA rgular champion at 154 pounds, used a counter left that befuddled Rodriguez, and made its home somewhere between the Dominican’s forehead and the bridge of his nose. [Rodriguez no longer puts on the wars he was once known for. After a bad loss to Miguel Cotto, a draw with Joachim Alcine and now this blowout effort, Rodriguez joins Daniel Geale on the list of guys Boxingtalk does not want to see in any more televised fights]. Lara landed at will and Rodriguez had precious few answers. And even when Rodriguez did try to mount an attack, Lara worked comfortably moving backwards, keeping Rodriguez at bay with the jab when he wasn’t baiting him in for the counter left. The steady diet of lefts took their toll in the sixth as Rodriguez visited the canvas near the end of the round. “It was very uncomfortable in there for me tonight,” Rodriguez said. [It was uncomfortable for fans too]. source: premiere boxing champions
|Beterbiev stops Johnson in seven|
Artur Beterbiev KO7 Alexander Johnson... Light heavyweight Alexander Johnson took Artur Beterbiev deeper than he’s ever been before-- into the seventh round-- but nothing changed for the Russian as Beterbiev's record is now 9-0, all nine win by knockout. Beterbiev pummeled Johnson relentlessly before finally getting him out at 1:38 of the seventh—the fourth time Johnson was on the canvas. Johnson (16-3, 7 KOs) clearly wanted to keep his distance and box Beterbiev, but the Russian had none of it, repeatedly launching an overhand right that he’d use as cover to bull his way inside. Once he closed the gap, Beterbiev did well on the ropes, hammering away at Johnson who only knew how to shove his way out and clear back to the center of the ring, where he could try to snipe at Beterbiev from the outside. But Johnson didn’t do much to press any kind of attack of his own and it caught up with him in the fifth round. Beterbiev caught him with a looping left hand that finally put Johnson on the deck. Johnson popped back up and took the standing eight count, but seconds later Beterbiev got Johnson on the ropes again, slipping a left uppercut through the gates to set up a right that put Johnson through the ropes. Johnson took the sixth by virtue of a resting Beterbiev, but the Russian was back at it in the seventh, first putting Johnson on the ground with a counter right, and then finishing him for good with a left that sent Johnson slumping, and an overhand right that crumpled him through the ropes in virtually the same spot he went through in the fifth. source: premiere boxing champions
|Solid bantamweight bout added to tonight's Solo Boxeo|
Press Release: Tonight's Solo Boxeo telecast on Unimas has added a six-round bantamweight bout between two Mexicans, Carlos "Memin" Carlson (17-1, 11 KOs) and Heriberto "Tremendo" Delgado (11-2, 6KOs). The show takes place in Hollywood, California's Florentine Gardens. Carlson has been fighting good opposition of late, including a unanimous decision victory over Javier Gallo (21-8-1) and then a majority decision win in a war with Jose Cen Torres (13-4). Delgado, started his professional career with 11 straight victories but has lost two straight. The Carlson vs. Delgado bout will be the televised opener of the broadcast. Here are the weigh-in results:
|Axe Man Walters loses championship on the scales|
Here are the weights from Madison Square Garden in New York City (to be aired tomorrow night on HBO Boxing After Dark), where world featherweight champion Nicholas Walters failed to make the 126-pound limit on his first try. Walters weighed in at 127.4 pounds. He had until shortly after 4 pm to shrink down to 126 but failed to do so, thereby vacating the championship. Challenger Miguel Marriaga came in at 125.2 pounds. If Marriaga wins tomorrow, he will gain recognition as the world champion. For the co-feature, lightweight Felix Verdejo tipped the scale at 133 pounds, and his opponent, Ivan Najera came in at 131.4 pounds. Meanwhile, in Birmingham, Alabama (to be aired tomorrow night on Showtime): WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder weighed in at 229 pounds compared to 239.25 for extreme longshot Eric Molina.
|Next up for Chavez Jr: Marcos Reyes at 168|
Press Release: [Coming off a debilitating loss to Andrzej Fonfara at light heavyweight], Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-2-1, 32 KOs) will return to the ring to face Marcos Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) in an all-Mexican main event on Showtime Championship Boxing (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) on Saturday, July 18th live from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. In the evening’s co-feature Puerto Rican Olympian McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) takes on Arthur Villanueva (27-0, 14 KOs) of the Philippines for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. Earlier that day, Premier Boxing Champions on CBS will present a card at the same Don Haskins Arena featuring an exciting battle between Carl Frampton and Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez.
|Frampton to face Gonzalez in El Paso|
Press Release: Britain's Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) makes his U.S. pro debut when defends his IBF 122-pound title against Mexico's Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (25-1-2, 15 KOs) on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS, Saturday afternoon, July 18th from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Televised coverage on CBS starts at 4 p.m. ET/2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT. Also featured will be heavyweight Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs), who will be returning to the ring for the first time since March. No opponent yet for Arreola.
|Price vs. Teper for Euro heavyweight championship|
Press Release: England's David Price (19-2, 16 KOs) will travel to Stuttgart, Germany on July 17th to challenge Germany's Erkan Teper (14-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant European heavyweight championship. Contracts have been signed and venue and ticketing details will be announced shortly. The title was recently vacated by Tyson Fury. Price is currently recovering from a minor neck injury that left the former British and Commonwealth champion unable to compete in a scheduled ‘homecoming’ fight at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on June 26th.
|Derrick Webster to face Arif "Mayhem" Magomedov on ShoBox in July|
Press Release: Undefeated southpaw Derrick "Take It to The Bank" Webster is not your typical fighter. He's not your typical anything, really. But with his enormous size, fast, powerful hands and wealth of athletic ability, he might be something special. Actor, model, business owner, singer, basketball player, college graduate and a 6'4" middleweight, Glassboro, New Jersey's Webster (19-0, 10 KOs) will face Arif "Mayhem" Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs) in a ShoBox quadrupleheader, scheduled for July 17th at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
|Star Boxing announces next Long Island show|
Press Release: Star Boxing's Cletus "The Hebrew Hammer" Seldin puts his 16-0 record on the line on his Long Island, New York home turf when squares off against Ranee Ganoy (38-12-2) in a ten-round light welterweight clash at The Paramount in Huntington on Friday night, June 19th.
|Isaac Rodrigues gets hometown bout in Brazil|
Press Release: Brazilian middleweight Isaac Rodrigues will see action on make his first title-defense on Friday June 19th in his hometown of Belem. His opponent, according to the WBF will be South Africa's Nkululeko Mhlongo. Coming off a kncokout win last December against Mexico's Jose Pinzon, Rodrigues (21-2) can look forward to a tough challenge from Mhlongo (13-2) who is moving up from 154 pounds. Rodrigues also holds a 2010 victory over the respected Brian Vera. Meanwhile, the hard-punching Mhlongo captured the South African light middleweight title in 2011, and made two successful defenses in 2013 before defeating countryman Sikhulule Sidzumo last August.
|Two more bouts added to Danish show|
Press Release: British light heavyweight Deion Jumah (4-0) is the latest addition to the Copenhagen boxing show scheduled for June 20th. The former two-time ABA Champion will face Karel Horejsek (3-2-1) in a six-round contest. Also added to the show was a new bout for Landry Kore (3-0). Following the withdrawal of fellow Dane Andreas Lynggaard, Kore takes on Hungary's Norbert Szekeres (16-41-3, 9 KOs) in a middlweight bout.
|Garcia vacates WBC title; Matthysse-Postol will determine successor|
According to the WBC, Danny Garcia informed WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman he will be relinquishing the WBC's 140-pound championship. According to the WBC, Garcia's difficulties making 140 pounds require him "to fight at welterweightand confirm his physical ability to compete in that division while assesing the possibility of returning to 140." Garcia is still listed as the WBA's super champion. Boxingtalk has recognized Garcia as the legitimate world 140-pound champion and will continue to do so until Garcia signs for another fight above 140 pounds. The WBC ordered Victor Postol to fight Lucas Mathysse for the now-vacant tile. Postol has been the divisions mandatory contender and had stepped aside in the past to allow Garcia to take other fights. Mathysse is coming off a big win over Ruslan Provodnikov. --Scott Shaffer
|Ill-advised? Bailey coming back at 154 pounds|
Edited Press Release: Randall "KO King" Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) returns to the ring June 20th after a long absence to fight veteran Gundrick "Sho-Gun" King (18-14, 11 KOs) in the ten-round main event at Riverdale Center of Arts in Riverdale, Georgia. He will be moving up to 154 pounds against King. The 40-year-old Bailey has held titles at 140 and 147 pounds and never retired. He hasn't fought in 1½ years, and has seen action only four times in nearly five years. In his favor, he enjoys a reputation as a very hard puncher. Bailey, fighting out of Miami, last fought November 23, 2013 in Tampa, after a 13-months of inactivity, defeating Ecuador welterweight Humberto "Bam Bam" Toledo (41-11-2, 25 KOs) by way of an eighth-round disqualification.
|Lara and Rodriguez make weight|
Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) challenger Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) in a twelve-round bout for Lara's WBA regular 154-pound title. The bout will take place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday night, June 12th with Spike TV televising. The weigh-in was held today and Lara came in at 153.6 pounds, compared to 153.4 for Rodriguez. source: star boxing
|Melinda Cooper added to LA show|
Press Release: Melinda Cooper (23-2, 11 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nevada will fight Carolina Arias (10-1, 4 KOs) of Costa Rica in an eight-round bout on July 11th at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. In the main event that night, Mauricio Herrera faces Hank Lundy.
|Provodnikov to appear at Box Fan Expo|
Press Release: Ruslan "the Siberian Rocky" Provodnikov has confirmed that he will appear at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday Sept. 12th. The Box Fan Expo will coincide with (as yet unnanounced) last fight of Floyd Mayweather Jr. as well as Mexican Independence weekend. Provodnikov is a Russian professional boxer who formerly held the WBO light welterweight title. He is a fan favorite because of his fighting style and owns a reputation for being an exciting, come-forward, aggressive warrior. His fight with Tim Bradley was named "2013 Fight of the Year" by Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
|Zlaticanin: "I'm going to knock Redkach out" on Sho Extreme|
Press Release: In an all-European match-up to be held on Saturday in the unlikely location of Birmingham, Alabama, Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach and Dejan “El Dinamita” Zlaticanin will square off in a twelve-round WBC lightweight eliminator. Sho Extreme will televise it as a prelim to Showtime Championship Boxing, which airs immediately afterwards on the Showtime parent channel. The relatively unknown Zlaticanin (20-0) had some strong words for Redkach (20-0). Here is what he had to say:
|Ismail Abdoul has been stopped only once in 92 fights|Press Release:
Micki Nielsen (17-0, 12 KOs) is relishing the chance to test his punching power against experienced cruiserweight Ismail Abdoul (56-34-2, 20 KOs).
The 22 year-old southpaw aims to become only the second man to stop the 38 year-old Belgian when they clash on June 20th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen.
In a career spanning almost two decades, Abdoul has fought a who’s who of cruiserweights including former world champion David Haye, IBF champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez and WBO champion Marco Huck.
|Forbes: Mayweather made $285 million in the last year|
According to Forbes.com, Floyd Mayweather has earned $285,000,000-- that's $285 million dollars-- in the last twelve months. Mayweather fought twice in that time span, a rematch against Marcos Maidana in September and of course, the pay-per-view blockbuster against Manny Pacquiao in May. According to Forbes, Mayweather-Pacquiao recorded 4.4 million pay-per-view buys (with the figure still rising as statistics trickle in), with additional grosses of $73 million from the live gate, and $13 million in sponsorships. The fight is expected to gross $600 million once everything is counted. --Scott Shaffer
|Walters-Marriaga, Verdejo-Najera set for NYC this Saturday|
Press Release: World featherweight champion Nicholas "Axe Man" Walters of Jamaica, and Puerto Rican lightweight hopeful Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo and their respective opponents, Miguel "The Scorpion" Marriage and Ivan "Bam Bam" Najera appeared at a media workout in New York City today. The four undefeated fighters headline this Satuday, June 13th in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, with television coverage on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Here is what they had to say:
|Main Events signs undefeated middleweight Arif "Mayhem" Magomedov|Press Release:
As Main Events continues its search across the globe for boxing talent, the New Jersey-based promotional company added another undefeated Russian to their lineup. Middleweight Arif "Mayhem" Magomedov (15-0, 9 KOs) has signed with Main Events as his co-promoter. This time, Main Events has joined forces with Gevorg Tatevosyan of the Russia-based Shamo Boxing Promotions to co-promote "Mayhem."
|Controversial pro-Canadian referee appointed to Lemieux-N'Dam|Press Release:
Gary Hyde, manager of middleweight contender Hassan N'Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) has objected to two officials named to work the June 20th IBF middleweight title fight between N'Dam and David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. A controversial Canadian referee plus a Canadian judge have been appointed, and Lemieux is Canadian.
"On June 2nd," Hyde explained, "I learned who the officials were for the June 20th fight at the Bell Centre. I contacted the IBF and objected to two officials who are from Montreal, Quebec, the same city Lemieux is from. Referee Marlon Wright has refereed five of Lemieux' fights and the judge in question, Benoit Roussel, has worked no fewer than 12 of Lemieux' fights.
I also objected to the Quebec Commission... The selection of two officials from the same city as one of the fighters in an international world championship bout indicates a flawed and unfair procedure and undermines the appearance of fairness and impartiality. In my experience in world championship bouts the officials must always be neutral.
We are hopeful that the Quebec Boxing Commission will replace both Canadian officials with a pair of neutral officials, so that we can concentrate solely on the job at hand, to beat Lemieux. In 2008, Wright showed egregious favoritism towards Lucian Bute, a Canadian boxer, when Bute was nearly knocked out in the twelfth round by Librado Andrade and Wright gave a VERY slow ten count to give Bute time to recover.
|Nicaraguan promoter seeking to gain international prominence|Press Release:
Marcelo Sanchez, of Nicaraguan promoter Pinolero Boxing, and Canadian lawyer Michael J. Schmidt, on behalf of public relations and marketing firm Jensen Strauss Agency Limitée jointly announced a strategic alliance to expand the Pinolero brand on an international basis.
"Both companies have short and long term goals that perfectly fit together," Schmidt said. "Pinolero Boxing Promotion's in the business of developing regional, national and world champions. Both companies will be looking at various means to move Pinolero boxers into a further international framework."
Promising prospects such as 20-year-old light welterweight Junior Ramirez (12-0, 9 KOs),
Nicaraguan welterweight champion
Roberto Arriaza (10-0, 9 KOs) and minimumweight Byron Rojas (15-2) are examples of Pinolero Boxing's talent.
|PBC announces full Chicago undercard for this weekend|
Press Release: The full slate of fights has been announced for the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, June 12th as heavyweight Artur Szpilka (18-1, 13 KOs) takes on Manuel Quezada (29-9, 18 KOs) in a ten-round undercard-topping bout. Also competing in undercard action is the explosive Anthony Peterson (34-1, 22 KOs) who battles Ammeth Diaz (32-11, 23 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout and undefeated rising contender Eleider Alvarez (16-0, 9 KOs), who battles Anatoliy Dudchenko (16-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight duel.
|WBC skips eliminator, names Hugo Ruiz mandatory|
Mexico's Hugo "Cuatito" Ruiz, has been designated as the WBC's mandatory 122-pound challenger, putting him in line for a shot at Leo Santa Cruz. Ruiz was supposed to have an eliminatory fight against former world 122- and 126-pound champion, Nonito Donaire but the Filipino didn’t accept, so rather than give another boxer the chance to fight in an elimination bout, the Mexico-based WBC simply named the Mexican Ruiz Hugo as the number one contender. Ruiz is 35-2, and lost a 118-pound title bid in 2012 to Koki Kameda by split decision in Japan. Ruiz said, “I really wanted to prove what I'm capable of, by fighting Donaire. Unfortunately that bout won't happen for now. So, I need to skip to the next chapter to think of what comes next. I want to fight Santa Cruz or whoever who has the title. For me the name doesn’t matter. I am currently ranked number one in the division and I think I have earned this opportunity."
|Martin Murray moves up to super middleweight|
Martin Murray (29-2-1) is moving up from middleweight to join a very crowded British filed at 168 pounds. Brits already camapigning at super middleweight include the great Carl Froch, who was recently stripped of two world titles for inactivity but is planning a summer comeback; James DeGale who holds the IBF title; George Groves; Rocky Fielding; and Callum Smith.
|Fernando Vargas signs on for Box Fan Expo|Press Release: Former junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas confirmed that he and the Feroz Fight Factory will appear and have a booth to meet an greet fans at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday September 12, 2015. The Boxing Expo will coincide with the expected date of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s last fight as well as Mexican independence weekend.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: http://www.boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com
|British update: Fielding predicts KO of Vera|
Press Release: British super middleweight Rocky Fielding (20-0) says he will make a big statement at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Friday June 26th by knocking out Brian Vera (23-9) on Sky Sports. Fielding faces the Texan on a huge night of action on Merseyside, with the super middleweight division firmly in the spotlight as Callum Smith (16-0) takes on former European champion Christopher Rebrasse (26-3-3) in the same weight division.
|The Weekly Boxing Memo, By Ben Dean|
Punishment Accumulation For Ghost: Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero won a very debatable split decision over the weekend against Aron Martinez. But the Ghost was roughed up by Martinez who came in with just 4 knockouts in his 19 wins. The combination with which Martinez put Guerrero down in round four was sick. Martinez threw something like 12 unanswered punches (body and head) and nearly everything landed, culminating with a huge left hook that seemed to put Ghost out on his feet. This was followed by two or three additional hard blows that knocked Guerrero down. Guerrero is a true warrior, not only recovering, but going on to win later rounds and squeeze out a win. But the bigger picture is troubling for Guerrero. Over his last four bouts (Floyd Mayweather, Yoshiro Kamegai, Keith Thurman and now Martinez), Guerrero has absorbed a tremendous amount of punishment. After watching him go down towards the end of the fourth round, it occurred to me that Guerrero returned to the ring too soon following his last bout in March. He received quite a beating from a very heavy handed Thurman through the first nine rounds of their bout just three months ago. Here's hoping Guerrero is okay and gets the proper rest and recovery.
|Ten fun facts about Deontay Wilder|
Press Release: WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., risks his title against Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), of Raymondville, Texas, this Saturday, June 13th on Showtime at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. To kickoff fight week events, below are 10 fast facts you should know about Deontay Wilder (with his comments):
|Lara to throw out first pitch at Wednesday's White Sox game|
Press Release: Erislandy "The American Dream" Lara will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before tomorrow night's (June 10) Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros game baseball at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. The Cuban Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) is making the publicity rounds of the Windy City in advance of his Premier Boxing Champions fight, televised live on Spike TV, this Friday (June 12) against Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs). Lara will defend his WBA regular title at 154 pounds.
|Masternak protests South African loss|
Press Release: On Saturday night, cruiserweight contender Mateusz Masternak (35-3, 25 KOs) lost via decision to Johnny Muller (19-4-2, 13 KOs) at the Emperors Palace in Muller's home country of South Africa. The result has led to an international outcry and both Masternak’s promoter Team Sauerland and Muller’s promoter Golden Gloves contacting Boxing South Africa to demand the decision is overturned. According to Sauerland, Masternak dominated the ten-round contest, flooring the South African in rounds five and seven, and looking well ahead as the final bell rang, but his dominance was not reflected in the result, with the judges scoring the fight 95-93 Masternak, and 95-93 twice for Muller to give Muller a split decision victory.
|Hungarian light heavyweights to fight in Budapest|
Press Release: Bragging rights will be on the line when Hungarian light heavyweights Zsolt Dudas and Richard Baranyi fight each other on Sunday June 14th at the Hotel Aquincum in Budapest. The 26-year-old southpaw Dudas puts his 7-0 record on the line against the more experienced, but two years younger, Baranyi on a show promoted by Zoltan Petranyi and his Profibox-Promotion. Baranyi brings an 11-1 record, and was coming off a good win in March in which he stoped Czech Rastislav Kovac in two rounds. However, a month later Petranyi was surprisingly stopped in round four by Argentinian Pablo Sosa, but in May he returned with a convincing victory over countryman Ferenc Torok.
|Haymon signs three Canadian-based boxers|
Press Release: Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) announced three of the boxers promoted by the company have signed long-term advisory agreements with Al Haymon. The three boxers are Artur Beterbiev, Eleider Alvarez and Oscar Rivas. They also have, at the same time, entered into new long-term promotions pacts with GYM. These agreements confirm that three talented pugilists will be settled in Montreal for many years.
|New opponent for Beterbiev ths weekend|
Press Release: Canadian-based light heavyweight Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) will face a new opponent, American southpaw Alexander "The Great" Johnson (16-2, 7 KOs) in a televised clash on June 12th in Chicago. That bout will be broadcast on the same show in which Erislandy Lara faces Delvin Rodriguez, as part of the series of Premier Boxing Champions, live on Spike TV. The world amateur champion and Russian Olympian Beterbiev was originally scheduled to be matched with Congo-born Frenchman Doudou Ngumbu, but Ngumbu was not able to have his passport in time for the fight.
|Julian Williams assesses Armen Ovespyan|
Press Release: This Saturday, June 13th, junior middleweight, Julian "J-Rock" Williams (19-0-1, 11 KO's) of Philadelphia will take on Armen Ovespyan (14-4, 11 KO's) in a ten-round bout. The bout will take place in Birmingham, Alabama and be part of the Deontay Wilder - Eric Molina WBC heavyweight title card. Williams -Ovespyan will be shown live on Showtime Extreme. "I wanted a bigger fight but if the other top guys are not available, I can't just sit around and be inactive. I'm still improving. I still have to work on my craft. I still have to make money. So sitting around is not an option for me. At one time people had high hopes for Ovespyan. He's not a bum and I'm definitely not overlooking him," said the 25 year-old Williams.
|Top Rank announces Bradley-Vargas will be for vacant WBO title|
Edited Press Release: Former two-division champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley Jr. is deep in training for his upcoming clash with Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs). According the bout's promoter, Top Rank, Bradley-Vargas will decide the vacant WBO welterweight title, which means Floyd Mayweather has been stripped by the WBO only one month after defeating Manny Pacquiao. Bradley hosted a workout that was open to hundreds of fans who packed Bradley's Gym late in the week. Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., has held a world title every year since 2008. He will be looking to extend that streak when he tries to regain the title he first won off Manny Pacquiao in 2012. Here is what Bradley and his trainer Joel Diaz had to say:
|This week's Solo Boxeo: Jose Felix vs. Yakubu Amidu|
Press Release: UniMas will air a Solo Boxeo card on Saturday, June 13th featuring Jose Felix Jr. (29-1-1, 24 KOs) of Mexico vs. Yakubu Amidu (21-6-2, 19 KOs) of Ghana in a ten-round lightweight contest. The show takes place in Hollywood, California's Florentine Gardens. Amidu is coming off back-to-back losses to Chris Rudd and Ivan Redkach. Felix in on a three-fight winning streak.
|WBO strips Mayweather; Bradley & Vargas to fight for a paper title, By Scott Shaffer|
The WBO has devalued its welterweight title, abruptly stripping the true world welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather in order to accomodate Timothy Bradley and Jessie Vargas with a vacant title. Bradley-Vargas is set for June 27th, and Mayweather added the WBO title to his collection of belts on May 2nd. Through attorney John Hornewer, Mayweather had made a reasonable request, that he be allowed until August 1st to decide his future plans, but the WBO has refused. WBO correspondence demanded that Mayweather pay $200,000 in past due sanctioning fees and also give up the WBA and WBC titles in order to keep the WBO version. (Mayweather is recognized by the WBA and WBC as the champion at both welterweight and junior middleweight). "The WBO reserves the right to protect its welterweight division from stagnation, proceeding in accordance with our rules and regulations and to afford the opportunity to other fighters, particularly of a younger generation." The claim of stagnation rings particularly false, since Mayweather unified the WBA, WBC and WBO titles just last month in his super fight against Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather plans to fight again in September. Bradley-Vargas is a good match-up, deserving of fan and media attention, but the winner will not be a legitimate champion.
|Cotto makes quick work of Geale to set up Alvarez super fight, By Scott Shaffer|
Miguel Cotto TKO4 Daniel Geale... Miguel Cotto retained the world middleweight championship with an easy fourth-round win over Australia's Daniel Geale in Brooklyn, New York. The fight ended in the fourth round, shortly after Cotto landed a spectacular left hook that put Geale on the ring apron. Geale beat the count, but the fight was essentially over. Cotto landed a few more hard punches, Geale went down again and told the referee he had enough. Cotto also won the first three rounds and outlanded Geale 68 punches to 33 according to Compubox. Geale, a former middleweight titlist has now been blown out of two straight fights. While the artificial 157-pound weight limit that Cotto forced Geale to accept likely contributed to Geale's poor showing, it is safe to say American audiences have seen enough of him. Despite the weak opposition, Cotto acquitted himself well, taking only one round longer than Gennady Golovkin needed to make Geale say uncle last year. Cotto credited his trainer Freddie Roach for reviving his career over the three fights they have worked together. On the HBO telecast, Roach appeared too weak to enter the ring to celebrate Cotto's win, but his between-rounds advice that Cotto should fight aggressively was certainly right on the money. While boxing purists want to see Cotto make his next championship defense against Golovkin, who most consider to be the top middleweight in the world, Cotto all but acknowledged that Saul "Canelo" Alvarez will be his next opponent. If Cotto-Alvarez becomes a reality, it would certainly make fans forget about Cotto-Golovkin for the time being. Cotto-Alvarez has several easy selling points: Cotto is a veteran Puerto Rican champion, Alvarez is a rising Mexican cross-over star. Alavarez would be coming up from junior middleweight, but Cotto admitted after the fight that he himself is not a true 160 pounder. source hbo
|Smells like some home cooking in South Africa|
Johnny Muller W10 Mateusz Masternak.... Johnny Muller was knocked down twice, and bleeding to the point where the ringside physician was asked to look at the South African's eye, yet somehow Muller won a split decision over cruiserweight contender Mateusz Masternak. Official scores were all 95-93, but two judged voted for Muller and one for Masternak. The fight was held in Muller's home nation of South Africa. Masternak, now 35-3, is from Poland. The 24 year old Muller was knocked down from what South African media called "no discernible punch" in the fifth round, and then was decked by a big right in the seventh. Muller bled from a cut over his left eye from the fourth round on. Muller, who's mostly fought as a light heavyweight, is now 19-4-2 following this career best win. source: super sportzone
|Robert Guerrero lucky to avoid loss, By Ben Dean|
Robert Guerrero W10 Aron Martinez... Robert Guerrero (33-3-1) and Aron Martinez (19-4-1) scrapped to a hard-fought, ten-round split decision in which Guerrero was fortunate to be chose as the winner. Martinez knocked Guerrero down but that was not enough for two of the judges. Official scores were 95-94 Martinez, 95-94 Guerrero and 97-92 Guerrero. The fans in attendance booed the decision. The 97-92 scorecard turned it by judge Jerry Cantu was ill advised. I'd like to know what fight he was watching. Boxingtalk scored the bout 95-94 for Martinez, with the knockdown being the difference. source: nbc
|Cuellar sends Darchinyan into likely retirement, By Ben Dean|
Jesus Cuellar TKO 8 Vic Darchinyan... Featherweight Jesus Cuellar (27-1) prevailed via eighth-round stoppage over former world 115-pound champion Vic Darchinyan (40-8-1). Cuellar holds the WBA regular featherweight title. In a bout that contained plenty of back-and-forth action, Darchinyan wobbled Cuellar with several huge lefts in the fourth round. As the bout progressed, however, Darchinyan became less aggressive as Cuellar grew more aggressive. The end would come in the eighth frame. Cuellar dropped Darchinyan with a right hook in round eight. As is customary of Darchinyan, the warrior got up but was very unsteady. As the referee called for action to resume, Darchinyan stumbled back and his corner signaled for a stoppage. But Darchinyan's corner was to the referee's back and the towel was thrown in very late. The referee couldn't see the corner's request, and Cuellar landed a few more flush power shots. The referee quickly decided he had seen enough, and jumped in shortly thereafter, halting the bout himself. Darchinyan, at 39 years old has now been knocked out in three of his last four bouts.
He's had an excellent career, but its time to retire. source: nbc
|More results from Stub Hub Center, By Ben Dean|
Alfredo Angulo TKO 5 Delray Raines... At StubHub Center in Carson, California, Alfred Angulo (23-5) prevailed over Delray Raines (20-11-1) in a middleweight contest. From the outset, Angulo stalked forward with volume punches. Raines boxed well at times from the outside, landing nice jabs, hooks and right hands. However, his power didn't seem to have much of an effect on Angulo. The bout reached a definitive point in the fourth and fifth rounds with Raines suffering knockdowns from Angulo's right hand. Both times Raines wasn't so much put down, but seemed to voluntarily take a knee after a hard shot. However, the third and final knockdown cleanly dropped Raines. Referee Jack Reiss got in and took a hard look and asked Raines if he was okay and wanted to continue. Raines shook his head no and said that he was done.
Dominic Breazeale TKO3 Yasmany Consuegra...
At the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California, heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (15-0 with 14 KOs) stopped Cuba's Yasmany Consuegra (17-1, 14 KOs) in the third round of a bout scheduled for eight. Breazeale has a rough first round, eating several hard right hands that seemed to shake him up. By the second, he adjusted and began blocking Conseguera's right it while firing off his own right hands. Once he got warmed up, Brezeale couldn't miss Consuegra's head and got a second-round knockdown. In the third, Brezeale put Consuegra down two more times. The referee ended the bout after the third knockdown when Consuegra stated he was okay but walked forward on wobbly legs. source for both results: nbc
|Velez wins at LA Fight Club|
Jayson Velez W10 Daniel Ramirez ... The main event at Los Angeles' Belasco Theater featured Jayson "Star" Velez (23-0-1, 16 KOs) against Daniel "Hurakan" Ramirez (11-3, 5 KOs) in a ten-round super featherweight bout. After a fairly sedate round one, Velez came out strong in round two landing a ring cross that had Ramirez on the ground. Ready for redemption, Ramirez dominated round three with two flurries of combos that knocked Velez off his game. Showing no signs of fatigue though, Velez entertained the crowd with his dance moves between rounds seven and eight, leading into a tough round for Ramirez. In the end, Velez's consistent accuracy, power and stamina earned him the win in a unanimous decision.
|Next week's Sho Extreme show topped by a battle of Eastern European southpaws|
Press Release: On June 13th, Sho Extreme will feature Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach and Dejan “El Dinamita” Zlaticanin in a twelve-round WBC eliminator taking place at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala. The Sho Extreme co-feature pits Philadelphia's Julian “J Rock” Williams (19-0-1, 11 KOS, 1 ND) against Californian-based Armenian Armen Ovsepyan (14-4, 11 KOs) in a ten-round junior middleweight bout. Time permitting, Sho Extreme will also air light heavyweight Ahmed Elbiali (11-1, 9 KOs which includes 1-1 in the WSB) versus Donta Woods (8-4, 7 KOs) in a swing match. After Sho Extreme is done, the action switches over to Showtime for WBC Heavyweight titlist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder's (33-0, 32 KOs) home state defense against Texas' Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs).
|Michael Katsidis gives inspirational lift in honor of Brayd Smith|
Press Release: Ex-lightweight contender Michael Katsidis returns home to be by Brendon Smith's side. "I WANT TO HELP YOU MATE." It was those six words that led to Michael Katsidis packing his bags and moving back to Toowoomba. And no it wasn’t Brendon Smith saying those words to Michael Katsidis - it was the other way around. It’s been well documented what Smith has been through with the loss of his son, Brayd Smith, who passed away from head injuries suffered during a boxing match earlier this year.. For many of us it’s a feeling we can’t even imagine let alone understand. That’s not the case for Michael Katsidis – he knows exactly what Brendon Smith is dealing with.
|Injury knocks David Price out of June 26th bout|
Press Release: Heavyweight David Price has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled bout at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on June 26th due to an injury sustained in training. The 31 year-old suffered a neck muscle injury, which will keep him out of the gym for two weeks and therefore unable to compete. The Matchroom Boxing show featuring Tony Bellew, Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding will continue as planned.
|Thurman-Collazo lands in Tampa|Press Release:
Keith "One Time" Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) will face Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday, July 11th on the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions ESPN broadcast. Thurman will defend his WBA regular welterweight title at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida, his home state. The broadcast will open up with Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) against Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs). Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. ET. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Sun Dome box office..
|Casamayor commits to Box Fan Expo|Press Release:
Former multi-division champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor has confirmed that he will appear and have a booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday September 12, 2015. The Box Fan Expo will likely coincide with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s (as yet unnanounced) last fight as well as Mexican Independence weekend. Casamayor was a great amateur boxer who won the gold medal for Cuba at bantamweight during the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. He then turned pro after defecting to the United States on the eve of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He is a former champion at 130 and 135 pounds.
Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at:http://www.boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com
|Norwegian turf war booked for Denmark|Press Release:
In a massive night for Norwegian boxing, middleweight Tim-Robin Lihaug (12-1, 7 KOs) will take on Arne Ernestsen (7-0, 3 KOs) in a domestic dust-up on June 20th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark.
With speculation building in the press, the verbal sparring between both camps has already begun. Now confirmed, the war of words has intensified as Lihaug and Ernestsen prepare for their all-Norwegian showdown.
|Jack Asis takes hometown bout to honor the late Brayd Smith|
Press Release: Jack Asis will defend his IBO 130-pound title against Indonesia's Hero Tito (9-6-1) at Rumours International in Toowoomba, Australia on June 27th. Asis claimed the vacant title in April by stopping Kye McKenzie, who was undefeated at the time. Asis explained why he wanted this bout in Toowoomba as opposed to chasing bigger riches. "I see this as being the most special fight of my career," Asis said. "First of all this night is all about my great friend Brayd Smith [Asis' stablemate who passed away from head injuries suffered in his last boxing match]. so I strongly asked Sir Brendon for the chance to fight here on June 27th.
|Sauerland trying to bring pro boxing back to Sweden|
Press Release: European boxing promoter Team Sauerland has applied to the Swedish Boxing Federation to allow Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) to box twelve rounds against Oleksander Cherviak (15-4-1, 5 KOs) on September 19th at the Nyköpings Arenor in Nyköping, Sweden. It would be a milestone for Swedish boxing should the application succeed, because Skoglund would become the first male boxer to participate in a major boxing on Swedish soil since the ban on professional boxing was imposed in 1969. (There have been occasional smaller bouts approved on an individual basis over the years).
|Fox Sports 2 picks up N'dam-Lemieux|Press Release:
The U.S. broadcast of the bout for the vacant IBF middleweight championship between the Quebec power puncher David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs) and France's Hassan N'Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) will be handled by Fox Sports 2 and Fox Deportes on June 20th at 10:00 p.m. ET from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The broadcast will be a triple-header also featuring Canada's Dierry "All In" Jean (28-1, 20 KOs) against Jerry "The Corpus Christi Kid" Belmontes (19-6, 5 KOs) of Corpus Christi, Texas in a ten-round lightweight bout. The third bout will mark
the return of Cuban heavyweight Luis "King Kong" Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) [who returns from a drug suspension] in the eight-round televised opener. No opponent yet for Ortiz.
|Herrera and Lundy preparing for battle|Press Release:
Junior weltereight contenders Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) and "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) hosted a press conference in Los Angeles last week to discuss their upcoming ten-round showdown on Saturday, July 11th. HBO Latino will broadcast what could be the last boxing match held at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena before it is demolished later this year.
Michael "The Artist" Perez (22-1-2, 10 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey and Las Vegas transplant Sharif "The Lion" Bogere (27-1, 19 KOs), will open up the HBO Latino Boxing telecast in a ten-round lightweight match.
Here is what the fighters, their promoters, and others had to say at the press conference:
|Showtime to offer online access for $11 per month starting in July|Press Release:
Beginning in early July, Showtime will be offered over the Internet as a stand-alone streaming service, with Apple as the network's first partner. Under the project, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV users will be able to subscribe to Showtime as a stand-alone service on the Showtime app anywhere in the U.S., for one monthly price ($10.99) to view on all Apple devices. To learn more about Showtime, go to: http://s.sho.com/1FTryf8
. Additional platforms and providers will be announced soon.
|Cruiserweight update: Masternak fighting in South Africa this weekend|
Press Release: Mateusz Masternak (35-2, 25 KOs) is oozing with confidence ahead of his ten-round cruiserweight clash with Johnny Muller (18-4-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emperors Palace in Gauteng, South Africa. Accompanied by his training team of Georg Bramowski and Ralf Lewandowski, Masternak arrived in the South African province on Monday, giving the Polish-puncher some time to adjust to the change in climate and altitude.
|Ben Dean's Mailbag, By Ben Dean|
Adrien Broner added a rehydrate clause so that Shawn Porter can only gain 10 pounds (up to 154 because the fight is set for a catch-weight of 144) in rehydration before they fight. This is a punk [move]. People will say "well Porter signed on for it." So what. It's a punk [move] by Broner's team or whoever is behind it. If this was at Porters regular 147 weight, we see guys on the average rehydrate like 15, 17, even 20 pounds. Now you are asking a guy to sweat off 3 extra pounds. His body's reaction is gonna tell him to feed it even more. So there is a strong chance he might not have a lot left come fight time. Punk [move]. But good move by Team Broner.-- Chip
|Shaw, Roach spar over catch-weights at Cotto-Geale presser|
Press Release: The final press conference was held on Tuesday for June 6th's world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto's defense against former titlist Daniel Geale. The bout will be contested at a catch-weight of 157 pounds rather than the usual middleweight limit of 160. It takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and will be televised live on HBO.Here's what press conference participants had to say:
|Terry Norris to appear at Box Fan Expo|Press Release:
Former world junior middleweight champion "Terrible" Terry Norris has confirmed that he will appear and have a booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the second annual Box Fan Expo that will take place Saturday Sept. 12, 2015. The Box Fan Expo will likely coincide with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s (as yet unnanounced) last fight as well as Mexican Independence weekend. A Hall of Famer, Norris will have merchandise to sell to his fans, as well as photos and memorabilia. Tickets to the Box Fan Expo are available online at: http://www.boxfanexpo.eventbrite.com
|LA Fight Club set for Thursday|
Press Release: The boxers on Thursday's LA Fight Club show at Los Angeles' Belasco Theater talked about what to expect on fight night as well as their favorite things about the upcoming summer season. Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes will air this Thursday's show, which is topped by a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico main event where Puerto Rico's Jayson "Star" Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs) of Juncos, takes on Sinaloa, Mexico's Daniel "Huracan" Ramirez (11-1, 5 KOs), in a ten-round featherweight bout that is sure to excite fans. The broadcast also will feature Carlos "The Solution" Morales (7-1-3, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles taking on Emmanuel Gonzalez (14-1, 7 KOs) of the Bronx, New York in an eight-round super bantamweight bout.
|Elin Tissen faces late replacement in Dortmund, Germany|Press Release:
Female featherweight Elin “The Machine” Tissen puts everything on the line against Hungarian underdog Gabriella Busa on Saturday June 6th in Dortmund, Germany.
After nine years as a professional inlcuing multiple titles, the 28-year old Tissen is 18-2. The 26 year-old Busa, a late replacement for Bosnia's Irma Balijagic Adler,
only brings a 3-2 pro ledger, but was an accomplished amateur and proved her worth when she stopped Bettina Granasi in three rounds in her most recent outing.
Her two defeats were on points against good opposition, one of them in Serbia against undefeated Nina Stojanovic who just beat Eva Voraberger in Austria.
|Ben Dean's Weekly Boxing Memo|
Curious About PBC's Matchmaking: The advent of Premiere Boxing Champions and boxing's return to network television was greeted with much fanfare in 2015. I'm a huge fan of boxing being accessible on a free-television platform to an increased fanbase. However, the matchmaking has to be solid to maintain the casual fans' interest. It is imperative that the right fighters are matched and the right fights made at the right time. There were a few things that puzzled me about the latest round of matchups announced for the PBC series. Prior to PBC's inception, Adrien Broner's competition was scaled back after he lost to Marcos Maidana in December of 2013. Once touted as an heir to Floyd Mayweather's pound-for-pound title, Broner was brought back at a lower weight class (140) and kept away from big fights. The result was three-stay busy fights since the Maidana bout, including the PBC debut show when Broner defeated John Molina, Jr.
|New featherweight titlist Lee Selby plans defense for Cardiff, Wales|
Lee Selby TD8 Evgeny Gradovich... Over the weekend in London, Lee Selby of Wales added his name to the list of world championship claimants. Selby won the IBF featherweight title from Russia's Evgeny Gradovich via technical decision. A seventh-round head clash caused a big cut over Gradovich's right eye, and the fight was stopped in the eight round. The score cards were consulted and Selby declares the winner by tallies of 79-73 (twice) and 80-72. Selby, now 21-1, handed Gradovich the first defeat of his career, and Gradovich now sports a 19-1-1 pro record. Selby said his first title defense would likely be in the Welsh capital, Cardiff in August or September. source: bbc
|Michigan boxers coming for Brooklyn show|
Press Release: Promoter Dmitriy Salita presents professional boxing at Brooklyn, New York's Paramount Events Center on Thursday, June 4th. The card will be topped by a heavyweight bout which pits Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (12-0-1) from Brooklyn against Detroit's Damon "Bulldog" McCreary (15-4).
|Jose Pedraza hoping to honor Puerto Rico by winning vacant title|
Press Release: On Saturday, June 13th, Showtime will air boxing from the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. In the co-feature, Jose Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico will meet Russdia’s Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the vacant IBF junior lightweight title. Here is what Pedraza had to say last week:
|Kosei Tanaka wins paper world title in fifth pro bout|
Kosei Tanaka W12 Julian Yedras... Over the weekend in Komaki, Japan, 19 year-old Kosei Tanaka won the WBO 105-pound title defeating Mexico's Julian Yedras. Although Tanaka won a vacant title against a hand-picked opponent, he sets the Japanese record by winning a world title in only his fifth pro fight. Tanaka is now 5-0, while Yedras drops to a manufactured 24-2. Yedras has never beaten a pro boxer of any note whatsoever. The title became vacant when the WBO stripped unified champion Katsunari Takuyama, who still holds the IBF championship. Last year, Naoya Inoue won the WBC 108-pound title in his sixth pro fight. source: japan times
|Garrett Wilson books next fight|
Press Release: On Saturday night, June 20th, King's Boxing will present a boxing show at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Casino Resort. In the main event, Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson (13-9-1 with 7 KOs) will take on Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4 with 10 KOs) in a ten-round battle for the Pennsylvania cruiserweight championship. In the eight-round co-feature, middleweight Keenan Collins (15-9-3, 10 KOs) of York, PA will take on Mexico's Pavel Miranda (19-10-1, 6 KOs).
|Sweden's Anthony Yigit looks to continue his pro run|
Press Release: Light welterweight Anthony Yigit (13-0-1, 5 KOs) will face England's Tony Owen (16-3, 3 KOs) on June 20th at the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. The Swedish southpaw returns to the ring following a one-sided points victory over Timo Schwarzkopf. "I think our styles will make for a great fight,’’ said the 23 year-old. "Tony is a tall southpaw, and like all British boxers, he will be coming to fight. He’s not going to back down, he won’t be scared to stand and trade, and that’s great because neither am I. I think this could be a real slugfest and a fight fans will be talking about for a long time.
|A look at the welterweight division, By Ben Dean|
Ranking the 147-pound division: With Floyd Mayweather saying he will fight again in September, my welterweight rankings look like this: 1. Floyd Mayweather (world champion); 2. Manny Pacquiao; 3. Timothy Bradley; 4. Kell Brook; 5. Keith Thurman; 6. Shawn Porter; 7. Amir Khan. Considering Khan hasn't tested himself against anybody in the top six, he's been resting on his junior welterweight laurels. Even at that weight, in his last big junior welterweight bout, he was knocked out by Danny Garcia. That situation should be rectified by Khan, as Garcia seems intent on moving up to 147 himself.
|Trey Lippe-Morrison runs record to 8-0 with 8 KOs|
Trey Lippe-Morrison TKO2 Thomas Jones... Heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison put his undefeated record on the line over the weekend at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Fighting in front of a sellout crowd, Lippe-Morrison faced Thomas Jones in the six-round main event. With respected trainer Jesse Reid in his corner for the first time, Lippe-Morrison scored a second-round stoppage of Jones, who is now 3-3. After dominating the first round, Lippe-Morrison unleashed a combination that badly staggered Jones, forcing his corner to throw in the towel just 35 seconds after the start of the round. Lippe-Morrison, who lives in Tulsa, is now 8-0 with all of his victories by knockout. source: holden productions
|Results from Europe|
Mischa Nigg TKO4 Ramazi Gogichashvili... On Saturday in Switzerland, local hero Mischa Nigg came through his biggest test so far as he outgunned Ramazi Gogichashvili from the Republic of Georgia, stopping him in four rounds. Nigg (9-1) proved the stronger man from the start and marched forward with power punches from both hands. Gogichashvili (17-6-2) proved to be a good boxer, and occasionally had some success with his left hook, but couldn’t keep Nigg at bay. After suffering a bloody nose in the first round, Nigg started to work well to the body, and in round four he send Gogichahsvili to the canvas twice with well-placed body shots. The second knockdown ended the fight at 2:00 of the round when referee Fabian Guggenheim waved it off.
Nina Stojanovic W10 Eva Voraberger... Female 115 pounder Nina Stojanovic pulled off a surpise (although not a true upset), defeating Austria's Eva Voraberger, as the 23-year-old Serbian proved too sharp and hungry and defeated the hometowner by split decision in Vienna. Stojanovic (8-0) looked to be on a mission, and got the better of most of the exchanges, and after ten rounds of boxing judges Tamas Sasvari and Ernst Salzgeber both had her winning by 97-93 and 97-94 respectively, while judge Rainer Gottwald scored it 97-95 in favor of Voraberger, who falls to 19-4. source for both results: WBF