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Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing has announced a May 30 show at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany featuring four ...

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Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Powerful and pugnacious Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs), 121.25, impressively retained his IBF junior featherweight belt as ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he ...

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). ...

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Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Photos: Mary Ann Owen WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd "Money" Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday ...

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Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

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Boxing News

Solofra: Zamaro and Mizsei Jr make weight

Zamora versus Mizsei Jr
Moments ago in the beautiful 4-star Virginia Palace hotel of Mercogliano near Avellino, Brunet Zamora and Gyorgy Miszei Jr went to the scales for their fight tomorrow at the sala congressi Centro ASI, via Milito in Solofra.
Italian Brunet Zamora, 25-1-2(11), will make a voluntary defense of his EBU European Union lightweight title against limited Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr., 18-9-0(11).
The winner will face Belgian Jean Pierre Bauwens who is the official challenger. Team Bauwens will be ringside to have a close look at their next opponent.
On the undercard Carmine Tomasone will fight Nicola Cipolletta over 10 rounds.
Salvatore Annunziata from nearby Naples will fight Giuseppe Rauseo over 6 rounds.
Brunet Zamora, 60,6 vs Gyorgy Mizsei Jr, 60,7
12 rnds EBU-EU lightweight

The EBU has appointed Brit Ian John Lewis to referee the fight while Francisco Vazquez (Spain), Gregorz Molenda (Poland) and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) will score the fight. Italian Nori will supervise the titlefight.

10×3: Carmine Tommasone, 58,8 vs Mario Salis, 59,5
6×3: Giuseppe Rauseo, 70,2 vs Salvatore Annunziata, 71,0

The show is promoted by Mario Loreni and will be shown live on Raisport1



April 24th, 2014



Boxing News

Jones-Lebedev II Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA cruiserweight world champion in recess Guillermo “El Felino” Jones was apparently pressured to take a doping test on Wednesday in advance of his rematch Friday against WBA regular champion Denis Lebedev in Moscow, Russia. According to the WBA, the Swiss Laboratory for Doping Analyses (LAD) will be in charge of doping control tests. After Lebedev-Jones I in May 2013, Jones tested positive the banned substance furosemide in a doping test conducted by RUSADA, but the B sample was never opened and the WBA Championships Committee instead ordered a direct rematch.

In other news. the WBA announced that British judge Dave Parris has replaced Puerto Rican judge Cesar Ramos because of Ramos’ visa problems.



April 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Tony Thompson to face Carlos Takam

Heavyweight contender Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (39-4, 26 KOs) has confirmed that he will take on Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KOs) on June 6 in Paris. The bout will take place at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan. Thompson is coming off a good win over Odlanier Solis in Turkey in March. It will be the sixth straight fight on foreign soil for the 42-year-old Washington DC resident. Takam is coming off an HBO-televised draw with Mike Perez last January in Montreal.



April 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

SES Boxing has announced a May 30 show at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany featuring four German heavyweights in separate bouts.

In the main event, former world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) will fight for the WBO European belt. Also German champion Michael Wallisch (12-0, 8 KOs) defends his belt, Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) fights for the German International title (under new trainer Stephan Kühne), and 19-year-old prospect Tom Schwarz (5-0, 3 KOs) will also see action. Opponents will be announced shortly.

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April 24th, 2014

UFC

UFC 172 Prelim Fantasy Preview

The upcoming undercard for UFC 172 features the No. 2 flyweight in the world, as Joseph Benavidez looks to get back on track in the division when he faces Timothy Elliott in the featured bout on the prelims, while former Ultimate Fighter competitor Jessamyn Duke looks to pick up her second win in the Octagon when she takes on Brazilian striker Bethe Correia. . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Thurman, Matthysse Media Workout

Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime

Nine of the boxers who will fight on Golden Boy Promotions’ card this Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., participated in a media workout Wednesday at the Westside Boxing Gym. In Saturday’s main event, hard-hitting Keith “One Time” Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs) will defend his WBA interim welterweight championship against former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs). Also former world champion Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs) and John Molina (27-3, 22 KOs) clash in an important collision of power-punching junior welterweights in a 10-round bout, and unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) risks his 135-pound belt against a nemesis from his amateur days Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs). (more…)



April 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Tom Loeffler comments on Briggs antics

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“Shannon knows that he can make the most amount of money in a fight with Wladimir Klitschko – that’s why he’s been chasing him in Florida and in Germany,” K2 managing director Tom Loeffler told Fightnews.com. “He’s always a good self promoter. He did a great job of PR against Vitali, but he wound up in the hospital for over a week after that fight.

“Shannon looks like he’s in good shape again, but he was disrespectful to Leapai and his timing wasn’t good when Wladimir was talking about the serious situation the people in Ukraine are going through.”



April 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Bankruptcy Court reaffirms promoters’ rights

By Przemek Garczarczyk

A United States Bankruptcy Court recently issued a decision in proceedings related to the bankruptcy of light heavyweight Gregory Soszynski from Chicago that Soszynski’s filing for bankruptcy protection, and the automatic rejection of his promotional agreement with his promoter, Square Ring Promotions, did not result in a “termination” of the promotional agreement. Rather, the Court stated that Square Ring’s rights are left “for determination in a state court under the applicable state law whether or not any remedy may be sought by [Square Ring].” (more…)



April 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Martin Murray fails to impress in South Africa

By Ron Jackson

Martin Murray who was having his first fight under the Golden Gloves Promotions banner failed to impress as he made hard work of scoring a seventh round stoppage win over Ishmael Tetteh in a bout fought a super middleweight at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Wednesday night. The highly rated Englishman made a slow start through the first three rounds holding his gloves high and fighting from behind a tight defence as he won every round against the Ghanaian who was not expected to test him. Murray (74,38kg) fighting at a pedestrian pace throughout against the rather clumsy moving Tetteh (75, 38kg) left the spectators waiting for him to open up which he never did.

Tetteh complained of a head butt in round five after going down on one knee in an earlier exchange which was not ruled as a knockdown by referee Thabo Spampool. It came as a surprise when Tetteh decided not come out at the bell for the seventh round as he did not appear to be in any trouble. The world rated Murray improves his record to 21-1-1; 12 and Tetteh drops to 29-11-2; 16. (more…)



April 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Nonito Donaire has traded in Robert Garcia for his father Nonito, Sr., as trainer. More

The Ghana Boxing Authority is talking with Bernard Hopkins about staging a fight there. More

Can Amir Khan disrupt Floyd Mayweather’s plans? More

More on Kassim Ouma’s ghosts and recent arrest. More



April 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Huntington, New York

Photo: Star Boxing

Photo: Star Boxing


Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will present the 13th installment of the acclaimed “Rockin Fights” series in front of another expected standing room only crowd at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Cletus Seldin 143.8 vs. Wilfredo Acuna 144.8
Constantin Bejenaru 226.8 vs. Aaron Kinch 260
Jason Escalera 158.8 vs. Lekan Byfield 159.4
Courntey Pennington 153.6 vs. Marcus Beckford 154.8
Max Tassy 173.6 vs. Marlon Farr 174

Venue: The Paramount in Huntington, New York
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he displayed his strength in demolishing durable Belgian Stephane Jamoye (25-5, 15 KOs), 117.25, with four knockdowns at 0:11 of the ninth round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. Yamanaka had him on the deck in the second, twice in the eighth and once more in the fatal ninth canto.

The 31-year-old Japanese registered his sixth defense since he acquired the vacant WBC belt by dispatching Mexican Cristian Esquivel in eleven hard-fought rounds in 2011. Except in his initial defense over Vic Darchiyan on points, he collected five victims all within the distance by demonstrating his power-punching and technical improvement.

Jamoye, 24, showed his mental resilience despite lopsided proceedings as he came out fighting toe-to-toe even after hitting the deck time and again. His fighting spirit won the praise of some 13,000 spectators at the Osaka Castle Hall. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather sounds off on Pacquiao-Bradley

On a teleconference with reporters today, Floyd Mayweather commented that in his opinion both Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley fought like amateurs in their recent rematch. (Photo: Mary Ann Owen)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon

Miguel Sanchez 147 vs. Felipe Barrera*
Edwin Sandoval 122.25 vs. Ramon Gamboa 124.5
Guillermo Castillo 152.75 vs. Jose Torres*
Ronald Ellis 148.75 vs. Jose Luis Esparza 151
Angel Lopez 125.75 vs. Julio Castillo 122.25
Juan Dominguez 238.75 vs. Fernando Fernandez 264.5
Jose Toribio 115 vs. Pedro Palma 113.5
Mario Lara 119 vs. Mario Diaz*
Jorge Escalante 176.25 vs. Alejandro Casterona*

* = Will weigh-in at the venue tomorrow

WHEN: Thursday, April 24th, 8:00pm
WHERE: Hangar 27 Nightclub, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Gonzalez Boxing Promotions



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Promoter turned advisor inks Vivian Harris

By David Finger

Former WBA World Super Lightweight Champion Vivian Harris (32-9-2, 19 KOs) has signed an advisory agreement with former promoter Zeferino Ramirez (who spearheaded the promotional company Z Entertainment) and Peter Cruz, who will act as co-advisor. Although many boxing insiders had already closed the book on Harris after dropping six fights between 2009 and 2012, the cagy veteran has rejuvenated his career after winning three in a row, including wins over prospect Danny O’Conner (23-1) and Mexican contender Jorge Paez Jr (37-4-1).

“Vivian has reinvented and rededicated himself to his career,” Ramirez said of the recent signing. “He’s coming off three consecutive wins. We’re looking for an opportunity at the welterweight title.” Harris is currently ranked #23 by the WBC. Ramirez is confident that the former champion should be able to crack into the top ten by the end of the year.



April 23rd, 2014

UFC

Andre Fili: Express Yourself

With a nickname that inspires giggles and after walking to the Octagon at UFC 166 with a “piano key belt in JoeJitsu” around his waist, one can rightfully assume that Andre “Touchy” Fili knows how to enjoy himself and have fun in the moment. But make no mistake, once the Octagon door closes – the featherweight prospect is a stone-cold serious stoppage machine, something which was on full display against Jeremy Larsen inside the Octagon in Houston last October . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

WBC condemns Baldomir comeback fight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC has condemned Friday’s fight between 42-year-old former WBC world champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (49-15-6, 15 KOs) against unbeaten Andrey Meryasev (15-0, 11 KOs) in Kanasin, Yucatan, Mexico. The Argentina Boxing Federation and Fecombox have also objected to the fight due Baldomir’s 19 months of inactivity following his “embarrassing performance” against Marco Antonio Rubio. The bout has been sanctioned by an entity called the World Pugilism Commission. The WBC states that the local commission does’t care about minimum safety standards and they will be directly responsible in the event of a tragedy in this “high risk mismatch.”



April 23rd, 2014

UFC

Henderson vs. Cormier official for UFC 173

Former PRIDE® and STRIKEFORCE® champion (No. 6) Dan Henderson will take on surging title contender (No. 5) Daniel Cormier in a highly-anticipated light heavyweight clash at UFC® 173 on Saturday, May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Henderson-Cormier bout will serve as the night’s co-main event . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko-Leapai workout

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG

Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). About 3000 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship fight this Saturday, April 26. IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO Champion Klitschko and his contender Alex Leapai will face off at the König-Pilsener-Arena Oberhausen, Germany.

The fight will be shown live on RTL in Germany. ESPN will show the fight in the US.

Remaining tickets for the fight night are available on www.eventim.de and via phone under +49-18190-121314.

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April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Yamanaka retains WBC 118lb belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he displayed his strength in demolishing durable Belgian Stephane Jamoye (25-5, 15 KOs), 117.25, with four knockdowns at 0:11 of the ninth round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Yamanaka had him on the deck in the second, twice in the eighth and once more in the fatal ninth canto.

(More to come)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Floyd Mayweather Media Day, updated with Quotes and GIANT Photo Gallery

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

WBC Welterweight World Champion and #1 pound-for-pound fighter Floyd “Money” Mayweather hosted a Las Vegas media workout on Tuesday in advance of his PPV matchup against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place Saturday, May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“In 18 years I haven’t brought my best out yet,” said Floyd. “Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I’ve boxed my whole life. I’ve never worked a job. As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I’ve had enough fun.

“It feels good to be in camp. Everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best. This is a give and take type of sport. Al Haymon has done a good job. Leonard Ellerbe has done a good job. Now it’s time for me to go out and do what I do.

“Maidana deserves the opportunity. He’s a champion with an 80 percent knockout ratio. He deserves this fight. Everything isn’t about speed. Everything in boxing and life is about timing. I’m a fighter that likes to take my time and be smart. Some fighters like to be reckless. You see what happens when fighters are reckless. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Josesito Lopez: I need to take care of business

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon

Despite sharing a house with teammate Chris Arreola and trainer Henry Ramirez among others in the seaside town of La Jolla, California, you can tell from his daily work at the House of Boxing training facility twenty miles south in San Diego, welterweight contender Josesito Lopez (31-6, 18KOs) of Riverside, CA, likes to stick to himself. The lonesome aspect of the sport is one of the factors that at the age of eight attracted Lopez, now 29, to the sport, that and an older brother who boxed as an amateur. The third oldest of a family of six kids, the second generation Mexican-American Josesito has made a name for himself in the last three years as the “Riverside Rocky” anchored with his underdog win over then Golden Boy Promotions darling Victor Ortiz back in the summer of 2012. Since that win Lopez has suffered two tough losses at the hands of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Marcos “Chino” Maidana but has rebounded back with a solid win over veteran Mike Arnaoutis last December.

This week, Josesito Lopez is back from the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, and broadcast live in a special edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”, this time on a Thursday night, where he will face East L.A.’s Aaron Martinez (19-2-1, 4KOs) in a ten round welterweight bout. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Briggs stops Mireles in 27 seconds

Here’s VIDEO of comebacking former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs’ 27 second KO against 286-pounder Francisco Mireles last Saturday in Minnesota. It was Briggs’ 32nd career first round KO, and probably his easiest.



April 23rd, 2014

UFC

UFC 172 Main Card Fantasy Preview

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will go into UFC 172 looking to extend his already record-setting run as the best 205-pound title holder of all-time when he faces Glover Teixeira in the main event of the UFC’s first trip to Baltimore . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 26 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Browne hoping for Sheffield support

Heavyweight Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne is hoping Sheffield fight fans get behind him when he faces Eric Martel Bahoeli next Saturday, despite him defeating one of the city’s favorite sons. Browne, 35, set up his Commonwealth heavyweight shot by stopping the Steel City’s own Richard Towers in Hull last November, but believes he’ll have the support of the crowd at the Ponds Forge Arena. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Powerful and pugnacious Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs), 121.25, impressively retained his IBF junior featherweight belt as he dropped ex-WBC bantam and feather ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (33-5, 15 KOs), 122, three times and blasted him out at 1:20 of the seventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

The champ decked the challenger once in the second and twice more in the fatal seventh to show his strength and superiority. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm promises he’ll beat Soliman in rematch

Felix Sturm will put his IBF Middleweight World Title on the line on May 31, 2014 against Australian mandatory challenger Sam Soliman at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm, who won the title via second round TKO against Darren Barker last December, is making the first defense of his title against an old rival. Soliman and Sturm fought before, last February, with Soliman winning a disputed decision that was later overturned to a NC after the Australian tested positive for a banned substance. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

George Foreman: Bernard Hopkins should retire

By TMZSports.com

The legendary George Foreman tells TMZ Sports he has a message for Bernard Hopkins — HANG ‘EM UP … while you still have your health. Foreman — who famously fought until he was 48-years-old — says he was incredibly impressed with 49-year-old B-Hop’s commanding victory over Beibut Shumenov this weekend … but cautions, “Don’t tempt fate.”

“I fought all the way until I was about 50,” Foreman says … “Around my 56th birthday, I was gonna come back. I saw a path to the heavyweight championship. My wife said, ‘you’re not gonna do it.’ We all need someone like that. It was the best thing that could’ve happened to me.”

Foreman adds, “Leave while you can. When the curtain closes, you don’t want to be laying on your back in the middle of the ring.” When asked what he would say to Hopkins, Foreman told us, “Bernard, you looked great! Fantastic! Isn’t that the way you wanna go out? You looked unbeatable, now leave. I think Muhammad Ali would say the same thing. Get out and smell the roses. There’s life after boxing,” George adds … joking, “If he makes a Bernard Hopkins Grill, I’ll have all my kids buy one! I have 10 kids, 10 grandkids, and 2 great grandchildren. He can make a lot of money just off us!”



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Yamanaka, Martinez to defend WBC 118lb, IBF 122lb belts in Japan today

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

A world title twinbill will take place at the Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan, today (Wednesday). WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs), an unbeaten southpaw razor-puncher, will put his belt on the line against Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) from Belgium in the main event. IBF super-bantam titlist Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) of Spain will risk his throne against former WBC bantam and feather ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15 KOs), a Japanese lefty veteran, in the first title go.

All of them passed the weigh-in at the first trip to the scale yesterday: Yamanaka 118, Jamoye 117.25, Martinez 121.25 and Hasegawa 122. (more…)



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather’s engagement to Shantel Jackson is off. More

Nonito Donaire is “enjoying” his training in Cebu, Philippines, ahead of his May 31 showdown with Simpiwe Vetyeka. More

“I’m not letting my world title go,” says Stuart Hall, who will defend a minor belt against Paul Butler on June 7 in England. More

How Ruben “Hurricane” Carter wrote Oscar campaigning. More



April 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson-Fonfara undercard announced

Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1-0, 20 KOs) makes his SHOWTIME debut May 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal in defense of his WBC light heavyweight world championship against challenger Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2-0, 15 KOs). The Stevenson-Fonfara winner could be first in line to face legendary unified WBA/IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins

In the ten round co-feature, it was officially announced today that Montreal middleweight David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) will face former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs), of Sacramento, Calif. Also, world-ranked junior middleweights Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs), of Houston, and Charlie Ota (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Tokyo, Japan, by way of New York, will open the telecast in a 10-rounder.



April 22nd, 2014

Twitter Watch

Pacman vs. Canelo? Arum and Oscar initiate discussions over first major Top Rank-Golden Boy co-promotion in years

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank and Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya are discussing a possible megafight between boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez according to the Los Angeles Times. If the fight happens, it would be the first major co-promotion between the rival companies in five years.

Oscar also told the Times that his widely publicized internal squabble with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has been resolved with Schaefer getting an extended contract until 2018. “If anyone with Golden Boy has any differences with Bob, it’s on them,” De La Hoya stated. “I have nothing against Bob and I feel making fights with Bob is beneficial to the fans and the market.”



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Don King takes over Red Square

Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP

Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King paid a visit to the famous Red Square in downtown Moscow on Tuesday. And, as usual he was recognized by everyone.

The legendary King is in Russia to co-promote the rematch between WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) and champion in recess Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs), who collide Friday night at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye.

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April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Klitschko: Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!

Photos: KMG/Michael Sterling Eaton

IBF/IBO/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 52 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia by way of Samoa on Saturday at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The press conference Klitschko and Leapai took place Tuesday in Düsseldorf. The media presence was quite impressive with about 100 representatives and 20 camera crews.

Once more, Wladimir Klitschko pointed out the respect for his opponent: “I’m looking forward to the challenge. We can see that Alex is highly motivated and he is here to win. I will not underestimate him on Saturday evening,” said the 38-year-old but added: “Welcome to big time boxing, Alex!” (more…)



April 22nd, 2014

Boxing News

Heavyweight ‘Bolo’ Wills wins a million dollars in California Lottery

Photo: Brandon Lluis

Damian ‘Bolo’ Wills is an excellent example of the old cliche that you can’t keep a good man down. Wills’ name last appeared in boxing news when he was eliminated in the first round of the UK’s Heavyweight Prizefighter by a close to decision to a local UK fighter. Things didn’t get any better for Wills upon his return home as he was released by his then management team. Soon after he found himself struggling to make ends meet and to just put food on the table.

Things started looking up when Wills was signed by John Arthur of Journeyman Management with Andrew Zack acting as advisor. Then with a random play of a scratch-off ticket in the California Lottery’s “California Black Exclusive Scratchers” game, Wills won the million dollar top prize. A very humbled Wills spoke with Fightnews.com about his huge life changing experience. (more…)



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