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Paul Mendez 164 vs. Ernesto Berrospe 164.5
Arturo Quintero 137 vs. Carlos Valenzuela 136.5
Andy Vences 129.5 vs. Sergio Najera 127
Ricardo Pinell 160 vs. Yusmani Abreu 156
Ryan Bourland 176 vs. Zlatko Ledic 173.5
Benjamin Briceno 122.5 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 121
Jonathan Zamudio 140 vs. Steven Zayas 138.5
Venue: Fox Theatre, Redwood City, California
Promoter: Don Chargin/Jorge Marron/Paco Presents
Weights and photos: Andy Newman
Milos Pantelic 197.8 vs. Leo Pla 193.8
Melissa Hernandez 138.2 vs. Ashleigh Curry 138.2
Lavisas Williams 130.4 vs. Santiago Bustos 130.8
Adam Willett 212 vs. Brock Arthur 214
Glenn Thomas 212.6 vs. Eric Cason 187.8
Sean Nurse 161 vs. Henry Beckford 160.6
Promoter: Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons (Pretty Girl Promotions)
Venue: Main Street Armory
Chazz Witherspoon 236 vs. Galen Brown 220
Malik Hawkins 146 vs. Darius Jackson 146
Obafemi Bakare 159 vs. Andrew Osborne 160
Antwaun Taylor 198 vs. Andrew Peurifoy 200
Vidal Rivera 120 vs. Tyron Stewart 119
Erik Kitt 156 vs. Rick Graham 159
Promoter: Silver Spoon Promotions
Venue: GPB Events Center
1st Bell: 7:30 PM
Undefeated IBF #11 cruiserweight “Iron” Murat Gassiev (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over super game Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (25-7-2, 14 KOs) on Friday nightt in The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Gassier punished Cora from the get-go, but the game Cora hung tough until the ninth round when the bout was finally halted. Time was 1:10.
Philadelphia southpaw “The New” Ray Robinson (20-2, 9 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Sherzodbek “The Lion” Alimjanov (22-3, 12 KOs). Robinson dropped Alimjanov in round four, en route to a 98-91, 99-90, 100-89.
Unbeaten IBF #12 jr middleweight Tony “Superbad” Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Pablo “Sepulterero” Munguia (20-7, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Harrison dropped the aggressive Munguia in round two and the bout was quickly waved off 11 seconds into round three.
In a action good scrap, jr lightweight Danny Aquino (17-2, 10 KOs) scored an eight round split decision over previously unbeaten Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (22-1, 6 KOs). Aquino aggressively pressed the action to win 78-74, 78-74 on two cards. Kielczewski was up 78-74 on the third card.
Jr lightweight Tevin Farmer (19-4-1, 4 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Angel “El Gato” Luna (10-1-1, 6 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Unbeaten WBA #12 and IBF #10 rated super welterweight “Hurricane” Dennis Hogan (21-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a questionable ten round unanimous decision over Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson (22-5-1, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota. Hogan won by scores of 96-94, 98-92, 97-93 in an unimpressive performance. Brunson gave at least as good as he got in the fight.
Heavyweight Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (12-0-1, 10 KOs) scored a first round KO over Raymond Ochieng (26-19-3, 21 KOs). Time was 1:40.
Unbeaten and world rated KO artist Ismael Barroso (18-0-2, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Ira Terry (26-14, 16 KOs). Barroso, who was scheduled to fight for a WBA interim belt this weekend before being derailed by visa problems, leveled Terry with a straight left at 2:49.
Undefeated middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant (15-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round KO over Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (22-10-2, 19 KOs). Miranda watched the referee count him out after a second round knockdown. Time was 2:40.
WBA/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, were both within the required weights at their WBC 30-day weigh ins. Both defend their titles on May 16th at the Forum in Inglewood, California. “GGG” weighed 169 pounds for his clash with Willie Monroe Jr., while “Chocolatito” hit the scale at 119.12 for his rumble with Edgar Sosa.
Fight Night New Jersey, which is headlined by the middleweight bouts between Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold and between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Chris Camozzi, airs live on FOX from Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey beginning at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. four prelim bouts will air live on FOX at 6pm ET / 3pm PT, and the first three prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 4:30pm ET / 1:30pm PT.
Luke Rockhold (185) VS Lyoto Machida (185)
FOX MAIN CARD
Chris Camozzi (185) VS Jacare Souza (186)
Max Holloway (146) VS Cub Swanson (145)
Paige VanZant (115) VS Felice Herrig (115)
Beneil Dariush (155) VS Jim Miller (156)
Patrick Cummins (205) VS Ovince Saint Preux (205)
Gian Villante (206) VS Corey Anderson (205)
Aljamain Sterling (136) VS Takeya Mizugaki (136)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Tim Means (170) VS George Sullivan (171)
Jimy Hettes (146) VS Diego Brandao (145)
Chris Dempsey (186) VS Eddie Gordon (186)
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC New Jersey Fight Night is live on FOX on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more
Saturday’s co-featured fight in Arlington, Texas, between world rated Diego Magdaleno (27-1, 11 KOs) and Luis Solis (15-6-4, 12 KOs) is off. Former world title challenger Magdaleno did his part, weighing in at 136.8, but Solis arrived a whopping TEN pounds overweight and the bout had to be cancelled. Diego will be back in the ring soon.
Terence Crawford faces Thomas Dulorme for the WBO jr lightweight title in the main event at the at College Park Center located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington. The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Just two days before the historic showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather Promotions will present the “Sin City Showdown” on Thursday, April 30 headlined by former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) taking on Cecil McCalla (20-1, 7 KOs) live on a special Thursday edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort. In the evening’s co-main event welterweight contender Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane (37-6-1, 11 KOs) will battle Mahonri Montes (29-4-1, 20 KOs). Also featured in televised action is exciting knockout artist Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril (11-1, 9 KOs) duking it out with Eddie Hunter (10-12-2, 3 KOs).
Further undercard action features a slew of Mayweather Promotions rising stars including Lanell “KO” Bellows (11-1-1 7 KOs) taking on Tyrell Hendrix (11-6-2, 4 KOs), plus Juan Heraldez (6-0, 5 KOs), Ladarius “Memphis” Miller (6-0, 1 KO) and Kevin “The Second Coming” Newman (1-0-1) competing in separate bouts against opponents to be determined.
By TMZ Staff
Legendary boxing promoter Don King is recovering from kidney surgery … after going under the knife last week … A rep for the World Boxing Commission confirmed King was hospitalized … but had no further details. The WBC says it’s wishing King a speedy recovery. We’re told King is still in the hospital — though the reason for the surgery is unclear. The 83-year-old was recently out in public to speak at an event at Howard University on March 28th and seemed fine. We’ve reached out to King’s family for comment — so far, no word back.
By Tracy Morin at the scale
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Lucas Matthysse 139 vs. Ruslan Provodnikov 139.5
Patrick Teixeira 160 vs. Patrick Allotey 157
Lamont Roach Jr. 133.5 vs. Jose Miguel Castro 133
Sidney McCow 146 vs. Paulo Souza 150.5
Vitor Freitas 135 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 133
Vitaly Kopylenko 160 vs. Lekan Byfield 158
Eddie Gomez 149 vs. Jonathan Batista 149.5
Venue: Turning Stone Resort, Verona, NY
Promoter: Golden Boy/Banner
By Przemek Garczarczyk at the scale
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 171.5 vs. Andrzej Fonfara 171.5
(Contract weight: 172 lbs.)
Amir Imam 140 vs. Walter Castillo 138
Oscar Escandon 121.75 vs. Moises Flores 121.25
(WBA interim junior featherweight title)
Omar Chavez 159 vs. Richard Gutierrez 158.5
Fabian Maidana 146.25 vs. Cory Vom Baur 145.5
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Goossen Promotions/Warriors
TV: Showtime, Showtime Extreme
By Jeff Zimmerman
Undefeated WBO lightweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (25-0, 17 KOs) and Thomas “Thunder” Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs) met at Media Day in Dallas at the DFW Hilton as they get ready to face off for their WBO jr welterweight clash this Saturday at College Park Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas Arlington in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The world championship fight will be televised as part of a split site doubleheader live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum praised Crawford for winning 2014 BWAA Fighter of the Year and declared that he will be the next superstar in boxing once Manny and Floyd hang up their gloves.
Also, both Crawford and Dulorme predicted victory in exclusive interviews with Fightnews and in another exclusive interview with long time boxing manager and the co-manager of Crawford, Cameron Dunkin, discussed Crawford moving up in weight as he looks to the future and the potential snag in opponents with Al Haymon managing many of the top 140lbers in the world. (more…)
By Jerry Glick
Photos: Craig Barritt / Getty Images Para Roc Nation
WBC world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) – a world champion in four weight classes – and former two-time world champion Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) hosted a roundtable with the media Thursday at the swank midtown Manhattan sports bar “40/40″ to discuss their June 6th showdown at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Miguel Cotto on how Geale was chosen to be his next opponent although he is one fight removed from a devastating three round stoppage at the hands of Gennady Golovkin (July 2014). “Sometimes it’s not easy to name an opponent,” Cotto graciously explained. “They have their own promoter, their own manager. Geale is with Gary Shaw, and everything came up good for us so we made the fight.” (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Terence Crawford 139.8 vs. Thomas Dulorme 139.2
(WBO junior welterweight title)
Terence Crawford: I’ve got all the tools to beat him.
Thomas Dulorme: I’m going to rip him apart tomorrow.
Diego Magdaleno 136.8 vs. Luis Solis TBA
Mike Tufariello 158.5 vs. Eddie Tigs 159
Anthony Barnes 169 vs. Martinez Porter 169.25
Ismail Muwendo 134.75 vs. Rolando Chinea 134.25
Medzhid Bektemirov 182 vs. Michael Gbenga 181.25
Skender Halili 148 vs. Benjamin Whitaker 148
Johnny Determan 118.25 vs. Alejandro Moreno 116.25
Venue: College Park Center, Arlington, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
Main Events, in conjunction with Ludonga Promotions, will be hosting the WBC world title eliminator in Thabiso “The Rock “Mchunu’s native Durban, South Africa, at the ICC Centre, against a very worthy opponent in who many say is Africa’s finest cruiserweight “Junior” Makabu on May 16. The two have been on a collision course ever since Mchunu won the Super 8 in devastating fashion. (more…)
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao will make yet another guest shot on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday (April 22) on ABC. This will mark the ninth time Pacquiao has appeared on Kimmel’s popular late-night talk show — more than any other active fighter — in their series of entertaining appearances together dating back to November 3, 2009 (the week before Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto). It was on that night that Pacquiao unveiled his singing chops, belting out a rendition of the Dan Hill-penned hit ballad “Sometimes When We Touch.” Manny and Hill collaborated on a remake which also became a hit. Subsequent appearances featured Pacquiao singing duets with Kimmel and Will Ferrell, and an uproarious send-up of HBO Sports’ “24/7″ reality franchise, starring Pacquiao and Kimmel sidekick Guillermo.
Below is Manny’s surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! following the March 11 Los Angeles press conference that announced the “Fight of the Century” between Manny and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former middleweight world champion and son of a Mexican legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) is ready to make his return as he takes on Andrzej Fonfara (26-3, 15 KOs) of Poland this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California headlining the Showtime Championship Boxing. We caught up with Junior at the final press conference Thursday afternoon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel LAX in Los Angeles.
“I am very excited for my comeback,” Chavez Jr. told Fightnews.com. “The preparation is going very well. I have felt good this camp and I am ready. I don’t have weight problems there is nothing to make excuses about. Training with Joe (Goossen) was good because he is a great person and motivator. He’s up there with the great trainers.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Fightnews.com has learned that WBO #3 super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (24-1, 8 KOs) of Hungary has signed a contract to face WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz in a televised bout on the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV telecast. “We got the contracts signed by them, then we also signed on our part and sent them back three days ago. The fight is ON!” Bedak’s promoter Felix Racz told Fightnews.com. “Bedak was supposed to fight today (April 17) an eight-rounder on a LIVE televised event in Hungary and then next fight a WBO super bantamweight eliminator against Filipino Genesis Servania. We cancelled both fights in order to concentrate only on the Santa Cruz fight which is a big opportunity for Bedak to show himself. Bedak likes the Mexicans as he’s 4-0 in his boxing career against Mexicans including two victories against Abner Mares (one in the Olympics). So Bedak is looking to continue his winning ways against Mexican fighters.”
WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is now training with Pedro Diaz after the sudden death of Fritz Sdunek. When and where Chagaev will make his first defense of the title will be announced in the coming days. The plan is a voluntary defense in Germany end of June before taking on mandatory challenger Lucas Browne.
Last week, the team of Fres Oquendo, Chagaev’s last opponent, issued a press release announcing that Oquendo had successfully sued a for a rematch against Chagaev in a New York court. “I don’t know how Oquendo can sue me in New York and how a US court can even rule on that,” said Chagaev promoter Timur Dugazaev. “As everybody knows the fight between Chagaev and Oquendo took place in Grozny. According to the bout agreement the jurisdiction regarding this fight is in Moscow. In addition to that Oquendo received the full agreed purse of $225,000 although he tested positive for banned substances after the fight. Actually, I just sued him in Moscow for returning the purse as stated in the contract. There will be no rematch between Chagaev and Oquendo – unless Oquendo earns his spot as mandatory challenger fair and square in the ring. He had his chance and he lost even though he used unfair tactics. Now he still tries to blackmail me. People like this have no place in boxing and should be banned.”
Tony Luis 134 vs. Derry Mathews 134
(WBA interim lightweight title)
Liam Smith 153 vs. David Ezequiel Romero 152
Stephen Lewis 142 vs. Reece Smith 142
Joe Selkirk 159 vs. Yuri Pompilio 152
Andrew Cain 114 vs. Patrick Bartos 115
Iain Butcher 116 vs. Brett Fidoe 118
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Joe Goossen (Julio Chavez Jr’s trainer), Julio Cesar Chavez Sr, Leon Margules, and last but not least Andrzej Fonfara and Julio Cesar Jr. speak during the Showtime Championship Boxing press conference Thursday in Los Angeles.
A lot has happened in the nearly two years since Chris Camozzi fought Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Camozzi saw the Brazilian snap his four-fight winning streak, sending him on a four-fight skid that put him out of the UFC late last year, while Jacare has won four straight in the Octagon (seven overall), putting him in the number one contender’s spot at 185 pounds . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC New Jersey Fight Night is live on FOX on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more
“We have a great idea of when and where we are going to attack Mayweather,” says Manny Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame Trainer Freddie Roach. “Both fighters have great experience, so I don’t believe that will be a factor in the fight. The biggest thing is that each fighter comes in with a different style. Floyd is a counter-puncher but Manny must be the one to enforce the fight. I believe that Manny being a southpaw will be a factor in this fight. Manny showed me tape of Floyd fighting a southpaw and told me that that is exactly what we are going to do in this fight. I can tell how much this fight means to Manny because he has watched tape on Floyd. Manny has never watched tape on any fighter before.
“This fight is much bigger than when Manny fought >Oscar De La Hoya. Manny is a different person going into this fight. He hit me so hard the other day that I believe it’s the hardest I’ve ever been hit by a fighter who I’m training. I don’t believe that Floyd ever wanted this fight, he was forced to take it by the public and the media. I wouldn’t be surprised if Floyd pulled out now.”
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