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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Team Szpilka
“Trainer Ronnie Shields is an outstanding man. I loved my first days at the Plex Gym in Stafford. It’s hard, but this is what I wanted all along. They kicked my ass during first conditioning training so much that I just went to sleep right after,” said 25-year-old Polish heavyweight southpaw Artur Szpilka (17-1, 12 KOs), who just arrived last Sunday from Poland to continue his boxing career in United States.
“This is what I always wanted,” said ‘The Pin’ (this is what Szpilka means in English). “To have a chance to leave and work in US. I know that everything here is harder, competition is the most challenging but the rewards – when you win – are also the biggest.” (more…)
Popular middleweight KO artist Ievgen Khytrov (9-0, 9 KOs) returns to face face fellow unbeaten Aaron Coley (9-0-1, 6 KOs) in the co-feature of an April 10 ShoBox tripleheader at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.
“The Brooklyn Rocky” Frank Galarza (16-0-2, 10 KOs) takes on Sheldon Moore (13-2-1, 9 KOs) in the super welterweight main event and middleweight Sergiy Derevyanchenko (4-0, 3 KOs) battles Alan Campa (13-1, 9 KOs) in the opener. All three bouts are scheduled eight-rounders.
Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on UFC® and other Plaintiffs’ claim that New York’s mixed martial arts (MMA) law is so vaguely written that reasonable people could not understand what it prohibited. (more…)
Light heavyweight Roberto Bolonti, last seen being carried out of the ring on a stretcher against Jean Pascal, will challenge for the IBO light heavyweight world title when he returns to the ring against Tommy Oosthuizen on June 6 in South Africa.
Bolonti’s controversial December 2014 bout against Pascal ended in a no-contest after Pascal fouled Bolonti in a clinch. Bolonti went down in a heap and barely moved. He was repeatedly urged by his manager to stay down, prompting many, including Roy Jones Jr., to accuse Bolonti of faking it to try to steal a DQ win.
By Felipe Leon
After a dormant first quarter in San Diego, Friday night hosted the second boxing event in as many weeks from the comfy confines of one of the many buildings inside the state-run Del Mar fairgrounds in the sleepy beach town of Del Mar, CA, just north of downtown San Diego. Paco Presents along with J&T Gym and Jorge Marron Productions showcased a six-bout fight card titled “Ringside at Del Mar” designed with the majority of the talent from out of town.
Only half of the fights featured a local fighter and none of them from actually San Diego but instead from either Tijuana, Mexico, or from the north county of San Diego. Despite of that, the gathered crowd enjoyed the action including the main event in which Merida, Mexico’s Elias “Latin Kid” Espadas (8-1, 4KO) looked impressive in stopping the tough Adan “Borrego” Leal (9-5, 7KO) of Nogales, AZ, in the fourth round of a scheduled middleweight six. (more…)
Roc Nation Sports has announced that the second edition of Throne Boxing is set for April 17 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1. Headlining the event will be undefeated cruiserweight sensation Murat “Iron” Gassiev (20-0, 13 KOs) defending his IBF Intercontinental title against Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (25-6-2, 14 KOs) in the twelve round main event.
Supporting the main event are welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (25-0, 13 KOs), super middleweight Junior “The Young God” Younan (6-0, 5 KOs) and super lightweight Wellington “W.A.R.” Romero (5-0-1, 3 KOs) in separate bouts.
Tickets priced at $90, $60 and $30, plus any Ticketmaster charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com, foxwoods.com or by calling (800) 200-2882. One dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to the Muhammad Ali Center.
On Saturday, April 18th, Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez 17-2-2 (8 KOs) of Salinas, CA will head the main event in a rematch against Ernesto Berrospe 13-6-0 (8 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California. The co-featured event will star Arturo Quintero 17-4-1 (10 KOs) of San Jose, Ca against Carlos Valenzuela 7-3 (3 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. (more…)
Anthony Joshua MBE says his injury layoff has made him even hungrier for success as he returns to action against Jason Gavern at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Saturday night.
A stress fracture of the back forced Joshua out of his January bout with Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, and the Olympic gold medal hero said it was tough not to capitalize on his rapid progress following another brutal KO win over Michael Sprott in Liverpool in November, but the 25 year old says he will be back and better than ever. (more…)
WBA interim world light flyweight champion Randy “Ultratune” Petalcorin (22-1-1, 17 KOs) will defend his title against Chinese top ten rated boxer Ma Yi Ming (12-5, 7 KOs) on April 24th at the 18,000+ seat Capital Gym in Beijing, China. The Top Rank/SECA promoted card billed as “Fist of power 3″ will be televised live in China.
Petalcorin’s manager Peter Maniatis reports that the champion is having a good training camp to date. “I really think Randy ‘Ultratune’ Petalcorin can win three world titles in three different weight classes by the time he finished with his boxing career,” said Maniatis. “He has everything to be a superstar of the sport.”
Former world champion Amir Khan has turned down a summer all-British showdown with IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook. “It’s all about timing. If I’ve got a different route and I want to face the likes of the Mayweathers and Pacquiaos out there, then Kell Brook will have to wait,” Khan told Sky Sports News. “We don’t want to rush this fight because it is going to be a big fight. It’s going to be a huge fight but it’s all about the timing.” Khan also stated that his next fight will be announced “in the next couple of days.”
The June 6 clash in New York City between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Jerge Sebastian Heiland could be announced as soon as today or tomorrow according to a report by El Vocero. The Puerto Rican newspaper cites a source in Argentina as saying the fight is almost certain, and although HBO isn’t interested in the fight, they’re willing to accept Cotto-Heiland under the condition that there is a preliminary agreement in place for Cotto to face Canelo Alvarez later in the year. Heiland is currently rated #1 at middleweight by the WBC and has a record of 25-4-2, 13 KOs.
Dave Ryan will defend his Commonwealth Light Welterweight title against John Wayne Hibbert on the huge May 30 bill at The O2 in London. The show already boasts two World title clashes plus a huge fight for Heavyweight favorite Anthony Joshua, and fight fans will be licking their lips as the in-form Ryan and Hibbert clash in a rematch.
Ryan landed the Commonwealth crown by taking talented Tyrone Nurse’s unbeaten record in Leeds in October, a result that followed his win over former world title challenger Paul McCloskey. Hibbert’s confidence is sky high after two great wins at The O2, landing the WBC International title in October with a fifth round stoppage of Leonardo Gonzalez and then defending it in style in January by stopping Tyler Goodjohn in eight rounds. (more…)
Like jazz music, mixed martial arts has a rhythm and sound that is often improvised on the spot. Fighters can come in to a bout with a strategy and a game plan but when your game plan isn’t working, you’ve got to be able to jam to a different tune, and Ron Stallings understands this better than anyone . . . click here for more
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The Wall Street Journal on Boxing’s magic number: 147
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao skips a training run due to a minor injury.
Jermain Taylor pleads not guilty, says “I’m no terrorist”
Kazakhstani boxer Isa Akberbayev on the rise
Photos: Amanda Kwok / PBC on CBS
Light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson held a public media workout on Monday at Place Fleur de Lys, a large mall in Quebec City, Canada. The hard-hitting Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) will defend his 175-pound title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) in the featured attraction of the first Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) event on CBS Television Network this Saturday, April 4 (3 p.m. ET, Noon PT).
In the co-main event from The Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, promising undefeated light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs) faces his toughest test when he takes on former light heavyweight world champion Gabriel Campillo (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout. (more…)
Undefeated former world champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa will host a press conference in Hidalgo, Texas to officially announce his showdown with two-time world champion Ricky Burns that headlines Premier Boxing Champions on CBS (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) on Saturday, May 9 from State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao goes thru early morning drills with strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune in Los Angeles for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and SHOWTIME PPV Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today marks the 72nd birthday of Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association since 1982. The WBA is the oldest world sanctioning institution in boxing.
In recent months Dr. Mendoza has been working with the World Boxing Council and International Boximg Federation to seek better conditions for the fighters and fans. He also continues the WBA’s charity work with the popular WBA KO to Drugs Festivals in various countries.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Fahlan Sakkreerin Junior IBF#9 (27-3-1, 15KOs) will challenge the IBF Mini flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (28-7-1, 11KOs) on April 22, 2015 at Body Maker Coliseum, Osaka, Japan. Sakkreerin Junior scored the upset of the year in Osaka, Japan in 2013 by knocking out former WBA champion Ryo Miyazaki (22-1-3) in round three on December 31, 2013. Sakkreerin Junior said. ” My father Fahlan Sakkreerin (54-4-3, 23KOs) was former IBF Champion at 105 lbs in 1990-1992. This is my dream to bring my father’s belt back to Thailand and it will belong to me. ”
Jimmy Chaichotchuang the manager of Sakkreerin Junior said. “I am proud to have been the promoter of Fahlan’s father and also Sakkreerin junior. I am excited to see Sakkreerin Junior will make his dream come true. This is a history making in the world of boxing when Father and Son become champion in same division in same belt. Takayama is a great champion who was former WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO in 105 lbs and IBF title holder three times. This is showdown at the little giant weight class.”
Junior welterweight stars Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) participated in an international media conference call on Monday to talk about their April 18 showdown at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Their twelve-round fight will be televised live as part of a split site doubleheader on HBO.
Lucas Matthysse: “I’m glad to be facing fighters of the caliber of Ruslan Provodnikov…I’m ready to fight a tough fight.”
“Come April 18 the world will know that the best 140-pounders will be fighting that night.”
Ruslan Provodnikov: “I’m not saying I’m better than Matthysse or anyone else. I just know I can beat anybody…I’m going to do my talking in the ring.”
[On Freddie Roach not being in his corner on fight night] “Everything is fine. It’s not the first time Roach will not be in my corner for a fight.”
truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May – all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event – along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year. The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.
The main event on Friday, May 1, will showcase Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Chiba, Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship. The undercard will include two undefeated fighters in action – Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec, Canada, vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Miass, Russia – in a 10-round bout for the NABF Welterweight Championship. (more…)
Puerto Rican contender McWilliams Arroyo will fight against a new Mexican opponent in “The War” when he faces Ismael “Sapito” Garnica on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico on the show presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will air on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all cable TV and satellite systems.
Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) was to face former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in the card, headlined by WBO jr lightweight champion, Orlando “Siri” Salido, and two-time former champion 130-pound WBO Roman “Rocky” Martinez, but Garcia Hirales group decided to take a fight in Mexico this Saturday and not travel to Puerto Rico for the April 11 bout. (more…)
The previously announced April 17th ESPN Friday Night Fights card has shaken up a bit. The card at the beautiful Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, was originally slated to be headlined by Sergey Derevyanchenko (4-0, 3 KOs) taking on Elvin Ayala (27-6-1, 12 KOs). With Ayala facing a legal situation, promoter Lou DiBella has elected to replace the feature bout, moving Derevyanchenko over to his April 10th ShoBox card, and sliding in red-hot undefeated junior middleweight Tony Harrison (20-0, 17 KOs) into the main event slot. Harrison is set to square off against Mexico’s Pablo Munguia (20-6, 11 KOs) in the 10-round feature bout. (more…)
By Jerry Glick at ringside
A packed house at Resorts Casino in Queens, NY, watched nine competitive fights, promoted by New Legend, with an assist from DiBella Entertainment and Star of David promotions on Saturday night during the latest installment of “International Fight Night” series.
In a main event, undefeated junior featherweight prospect Antonio Nieves (11-0, 5 KOs) of Cleveland, OH was the busier man in his toe-to-toe brawl with journeyman Saul Tejada (5-4-2, 1 KO) of Leon, Spain. Nieves was able to land fast whipping hard lefts to the body and more punches overall throughout the eight round encounter. (more…)
Light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (17-1, 14 KOs) will battle Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (18-8-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder headlining the 18th installment of the “Rockin Fights” series on April 18th from The Paramount in Huntington, NY. This will be the first main event for Smith at The Paramount. Hailing from nearby Mastic, Smith will have a large throng of supporters on hand as he steps up in class against Cummings.
By Karl Freitag
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) and challenger Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) had a conference call last week to discuss Saturday afternoon’s CBS-televised world title clash at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. However questions addressed to Stevenson repeatedly had to do with rival IBF/WBO/WBA champion Sergey Kovalev rather than his fight with Bika. “I’m very focused on Bika right now,” said Stevenson over and over. “Bika is in my face now. I don’t see Kovalev or anybody in my face now, just Bika.”
Bika’s trainer Kevin Cunningham finally commented “I want to thank the media on this conference call for getting my fighter fired up. I don’t have to do it because you guys have done it for me. He feels disrespected. He doesn’t even see the reason he needed to be on this conference call because the conference call was basically about Stevenson and Kovalev. So you guys have helped me out in terms of motivating my fighter and I appreciate it.” (more…)
By Craig Wick
Photos: Tom Barnes/Hitz Boxing
High drama and higher stakes were on the line at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN Saturday night as veteran Chicago fight promoter, Bobby Hitz, presented a ten-bout card that had major implications for local favorite and headliner, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez. A win by Jimenez, taking on the dangerous Kevin Engel, garnered him a coveted slot on the undercard of the May 2nd Mayweather vs Pacquiao blockbuster. An upset loss however would not only dash a career best payday, not to mention future big fight opportunities, but would relegate Jimenez back to Midwest, main- event status, taking on the kinds of opponents who aren’t household names even in their own households. High stakes indeed. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA treasurer Alberto Sarmiento passed away last Saturday in his native Venezuela at the age of 73. Sarmiento was always recognized as a friendly and respected representative of the WBA, which he joined the early 70s after working in boxing in Caracas, Venezuela. He was WBA supervisor for 30 world title fights. Fightnews.com joins in the condolences for the loss of a great man of boxing.
Some of the best, most important and most memorable fights in UFC history have taken place in the month of April. With four events rapidly approaching next month, here’s a look through the history books at 10 classics that truly stand out . . . click here for more
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Report and photos by Joe Koizumi
Japanese challenger Ryosuke Maruki (9-3-1, 7 KOs), 153.75, impressively captured the WBC Youth super-welterweight belt when he scored a dramatic come-from-behind knockout of defending champ Petchsuriya Singwangcha (22-12, 9 KOs), 153.75, from Thailand, at 1:20 of their rematch on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. It was a grudge fight since Petchsuriya defeated him by a hard-fought majority decision last July. Ryosuke, who celebrated his birthday on this fight day, is a son of his manager/trainer Takao Maruki, former world title challenger who unfortunately failed to win the WBA junior feather belt from Samuel Serrano via unanimous decision in Nagoya in 1978. Takao now handles Ryosuke as well as his elder brother Kazuya (18-3, 12 KOs), now JBC’s #11 super-light contender. (more…)
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