WBO mandatory heavyweight mandatory title challenger Tyson Fury says he’s spurred on by the fear of losing. He will have a lot to lose if he comes up short against 15:1 underdog Christian Hammer tonight in London on BoxNation. Earlier this week Fury stated, “Once you get done over there is no point in carrying on, is there? Boxers bounce back after a defeat, but are they the same? Are they really that good? When you think you’re unbeatable like I do now and get splattered all over the ring, you are not the man you were. You’re a beaten shell of yourself. Continue reading
WBF female super welterweight champion Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) retained her title by the skin of her teeth on Friday night at the Espace Venise in Sarcelles, France, when her defense against former WBO world champion Oxandia Castillo was declared a split draw. Mathis had problems with the skilled and determined 20-year-old Dominican challenger from the start, and looked hurt by hard shots from Castillo several times in the first three rounds. The 37-year-old Mathis seemed to find her rhythm better from round four on. After a ten rounds, judges’ scores were 95-95, 96-94 for Mathis, and 96-94 for Castillo. A rematch seems likely. Promoter was Abdelila Rahilou and Etoile Verte Production.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Heavyweight “Bangin'” Ben Edwards (5-0-1, 4 KOs) clearly outscored Hunter Sam (11-3-2, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian title at the Hellenic Club in Woden, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on Friday. Sam is a former holder of the national title with his best performance in 2014 when he held former world title challenger Kali Meehan to a split decision (Meehan lost split decision to Lamont Brewster in WBO title bout in 2004). Edwards was held to a draw in 2011 by Michael Kirby in an Australian title bout. In 2007 Edwards made his debut with a knockout in round one over John Hopoate. Both Hopoate and Kirby had at one time held the national title.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Former WBA interim super lightweight titleholder Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (29-4-1, 21 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over Juan Carlos “Merengue” Abreu (18-2-1, 17 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Cano’s boxing pedigree showed in a exciting fight as he won most the numerous exchanges with the willing Abreu. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 97-93. Cano previously fought just 20 days ago in a quick first round demolition of Jorge “Pantera” Silva.
In an entertaining eight round brawl, unbeaten super bantamweight Diego “The Golden Kid” de la Hoya moved to 9-0, 6 KOs against former world title challenger Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-4-3, 6 KOs). The bout featured lots of two-way action action with Oscar’s cousin usually getting the best of it. Scores were 80-72 across the board.
Seven-foot Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (3-0, 2 KOs) went the distance for the first time in a four round unanimous decision over Roy McCary (3-3, 3 KOs). Taishan dropped McCary in rounds two and three en route to a 39-35, 40-34, 40-34 verdict. Continue reading
Unbeaten jr Welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (16-0, 13 KOs) scored an impressive and exciting fifth round TKO over Johnny Garcia (19-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY. Local hero Seldin battered Garcia in round four and got the stoppage in round five after a brutal assault. The game Garcia took some huge shots but never went down. Time was 2:29.
Welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (21-2, 9 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (17-5, 7 KOs). Bryan dropped Serrano at the end of round three. Serrano knocked down Bryan at the end of round five. Scores were 94-94, 97-91, 96-92.
In a clash between undefeated junior welterweights, Daniel Gonzalez (8-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Ken Alvarez (6-1-2, 3 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Alvarez in rounds four and six. Scores were 59-53, 58-54, 58-54.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Martez Potter 159 vs. Ahmed Tuba 159.6
Aleem Whitfield 194.6 vs. Eric George 195
Chad Hayden 167.4 vs. Francisco Cruz 163
Mikey Rycraft 166.8 vs. Vincent Brown 167
Jimmy Garcia 154.4 vs. Jonathan Jeter 154
Tony Brinson 160.4 vs. Godson Noel 164.8
Usiel Hernandez 130.4 vs. Michael Gargouri 131.6
Venue: Holiday Inn Convention Center
Promoter: Jay Johnson (JKJ Championship Promotions)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
In tragic news, popular former welterweight contender Oscar “El Torito” Diaz passed away on Thursday at the age of 32 in San Antonio, Texas. Diaz, an exciting, all-action fighter with a career mark of 26-3 with 12 KOs, last fought in July 2008 against Delvin Rodriguez in an ESPN2-televised TKO loss. Diaz underwent brain surgery and spent months in a coma after that bout and never really recovered. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the cause of death was complications arising from pneumonia.
Promoter Ahmet Oner, for years the most loyal and supportive backer in the disappointing career of former amateur standout Odlanier Solis, finally lashed out after the Cuban boxer’s dismal performance in his TKO9 loss in a rematch opportunity against Tony “The Tiger” Thompson. “I have wasted a lot of time, nerves and money on Solis,” said Oner. “He has all the talent in the world but he just blew it. I cannot believe how bad he looked today. He is a shame for Cuban boxing. The guy is done. And I’m done with him. He’s still under contract with me but today he made the step from contender to journeyman. I will throw him to the wolves and feed every young and hungry prospect with him who is ready to pay some money.”
“Tony looked good and got the job done”, added Oner. “I have options on him and I am sure that I will be able to land some more big fights for him. He will jump up in the ratings. There are some guys up there constantly looking for trouble. I think Tony still is a serious threat to numerous contenders. I don’t know what Manuel Charr has lined up but he keeps on calling out everybody. That might be an interesting option. We’ll see what’s next.” Continue reading
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Jackie Nava 122 vs. Mayra Gómez 122
Kenia Enríquez 109.5 vs. Melissa McMorrow 112
Luis Nery 117 vs. Jether Oliva 117
José Uzcátegui 171 vs. Daniel Yocupicio 171
Venue: Centro de Convenciones Baja Center de Rosarito, Baja California
TV: beIN Sports Espanol/TV Azteca
Julian Rodriguez 141.4 vs. Raul Tovar 144.6
Clarence Booth 142.4 vs. Osenohan Vazquez 142.2
Esquiva Falcao 157.8 vs. Mike Tufariello 156.6
Christopher Diaz 126.6 vs. Luis Ruiz Jr 126.6
Neslan Machado 125.8 vs. Ernesto Garza 126
Venue: Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Top Rank
By Karl Freitag
In a rematch, heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over former Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (20-3, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Gloria Sports Hotel in Antalya, Turkey. Thompson outworked Solis throughout the fight and got the win when Solis quit at the start of round nine. The 272lb Solis actually got off to a good start, but quickly ran out of gas. Thompson won the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title.
Thompson entered the fight rated WBC #14, while Solis was rated WBC #15. Eleven months ago, Thompson defeated Solis by split decision. Now at age 43, Thompson looks headed toward another meaningful fight, while the boxing future of the 34-year-old Solis is in serious doubt.
Heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison (6-0, 6 KOs) faces his toughest opponent to date when he battles Richard Dawson (5-2-2, 3 KOs) on March 7 in the six round main event of “Four State Franchise” at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Lippe-Morrison is the son of the late WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison. So far, Trey has shown impressive punching power having stopped each of his last five foes in less than two minutes. Dawson has never been stopped and scored a huge upset by besting Ty Cobb (16-3) in June 2013. Interestingly enough, Dawson’s father Anthony Cooks was scheduled to fight Tommy Morrison November 3, 1996 in Japan but was replaced due to out of the ring issues.
Also on the card is heavyweight hopeful Kenzie Witt-Morrison (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. TBA. Witt-Morrison, also a son of Morrison, is Lippe-Morrison’s half brother. Continue reading
Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, March 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The card features a pair of exciting main events as Andre Berto goes up against Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter battles Roberto Garcia on the debut of PBC on Spike TV. “I’m itching to get back in the ring and show that I’m still going after my dream of being heavyweight champion of the world,” said Arreola. “This is a wonderful platform for me to fight with Premier Boxing Champions and I couldn’t be more excited to fight in front of my fans here in California.”
This will be the 33-year-old’s fifth time fighting at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena and his tenth time fighting in Ontario, Calif. The fight card is promoted by Goossen Promotions, which has promoted all of Arreola’s professional fights.
WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday, April 4 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City to defend his title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs). The April 4 event marks the debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS (3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT). Tickets go on sale Saturday. Ticket prices range from $25 to $250 on the floor.
Adonis Stevenson: “I am excited to be the headliner for first PBC event on CBS. I know Bika will stop at nothing, so the fight will be spectacular and extremely offensive-minded. I predict that Bika will lose by knockout for the first time in his career.”
Sakio Bika: “After all these years fighting at 168 pounds, it was becoming increasingly difficult to make weight and that was a major factor in my defeats. I see no problem making the jump to light heavyweight to face Stevenson and I do not feel I’ll be at a disadvantage because the champion made this transition successfully himself less than two years ago against Chad Dawson. I promise you that I will be the new champion on April 4.”
Golden Boy Promotions returns to its Coachella Valley home at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on March 20 with another Golden Boy Live! event. Headlining the night, former world title contender Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico takes on Japanese breakout star Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight bout set to air live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. In the evening’s co-main event Santa Ana, Calif. slugger Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KOs) is scheduled for a 10-round featherweight bout against Mexicali’s Jesus “Kalaka” Navarro (23-9-1, 16 KOs) and former Irish national championship fighter Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh (17-1-1, 8 KOs) will compete in an eight-round televised lightweight match against an opponent yet to be named. In the non-televised undercard, the undefeated Abraham Lopez (17-0, 12 KOs) of La Puente, Calif. will risk his perfect record in an eight-round featherweight contest against Mexico’s Juan Carlos “El Pez” Martinez (20-15-1, 7 KOs) and Albert “Baby Dynamite” Herrera (9-10-1, 5 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. will fight in a six-round welterweight brawl against a yet to be announced opponent.
By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
While preparing for his upcoming light welterweight bout against John Molina on March 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Adrien Broner took time out to reflect on the birth of his new son, Adrieon, and to speak about how this life changing event will shape his career and personal life going forward.
Speaking on Adrieon’s birth, Broner has already shared his vision for new-born son
“He’s going to be a world champion!”
Broner also shared how he’s changed as a person over the past few years.
“It made me settle down a little bit more, I’m not the same guy that I was two or three years ago. I was a young kid adjusting to the fame and all the money that it came with. Now you know, I’m comfortable and I’m just settling down, I’m mature.” Continue reading
IBF super bantamweight Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) and top contender Chris “Hitman” Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) both made weight for their showdown on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Frampton weighed in at the division limit of 122 lbs., and Avalos weighed 121.9 lbs.
The bout will be televised in the USA on AWE TV.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #4 Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 20 KOs) is ready to capture the WBA title from Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) when they clash for the WBA regular championship. “I’m ready for any heavyweight fighter in the world including Ruslan Chagaev and I think it is going to be the year when Australia finally gets a world heavyweight champion of its own,” said Browne.
Three time world champion Jeff Fenech who trains Browne said, “The world champion is obviously an experienced guy. Lucas only started boxing in 2009 so he’s still very inexperienced by comparison. What Lucas lacks in experience he makes up for in power. He is a terrific puncher and I’ve been teaching him how to throw punches in combinations rather than relying on just one big punch. He’s obviously in good form and the chance at a title will make him fight better than ever.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
During the deep freeze of 2015, Syracuse, NY is looking to heat things up and return to it’s former status enjoyed in the 50s and 60s as a red hot fight town. Long gone are the heroes named Basilo, De John and Backus. Jay Johnson’s JKJ Championship Promotions is looking to bring back the glory days and heat up the local fight scene again this Saturday night, February 28th, promoting it’s fourth show at the Liverpool Holiday Inn in ten months.
Headlining for the fourth straight time is Syracuse middleweight Martez Potter, 6-0, 1 KO, taking on Ahmed Tuba, 1-2, over six rounds. Tuba will be familiar to Syracuse fans as he took on Potter’s stable mate Jimmy Garcia on the September 11, 2014 show, losing a hard fought four round majority decision. Garcia will be looking to go 3-0 on Saturday against winless Jonathan Jeter. Continue reading
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz is waiting for the opportunity to fight current WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz. “I trust in Promociones del Pueblo and Sampson Boxing,” said Ruiz. “They will know what to do and I hope they will get that title shot. We’ll see how the division shakes out and whether we’ll face Santa Cruz, which for me would be an honor, or if I have to face with the highest rated contender to prove that I can be the new champion.”
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Zanfer Promotions along with Mexican TV network Azteca hosted the final press conference prior to the mega fight card planned for this Saturday night, February 28th, at the sprawling new Rosarito, Mexico, Metropolitan Convention Center about 20 minutes southwest from downtown Tijuana. The fight card will be televised on TV Azteca in Mexico and Azteca America and Bein Sports in the United States.
Guillermo Brito, vice-president of operations for Zanfer, led the proceedings as he presented the main event of WBC and WBA interim super bantamweight champion Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava (31-4-3, 13KO) of Tijuana against the current WBA interim WBO bantamweight champion Mayra “La Guapa” Gomez (16-3, 4KO) of Argentina. Nava will be defending both her titles at limit of 122 pounds. Continue reading
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has indicated that for the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega fight the WBC is thinking of a “very special and different WBC belt and is working on its design. It will be something at the highest level that the fight deserves and looks forward to reporting when something definite. The new WBC belt could be emerald and platinum.”
Boxing fans had to wait for a long time to finally see the rematch between US ring veteran Tony Thompson and former Cuban amateur standout Odlanier Solis. On Friday Thompson and Solis will finally step into the ring in Antalya, Turkey. Both fighters not only arrived on the site but also went on the scale on Thursday afternoon. Thompson weighed in at 261 lbs. (118 kg) while Solis brought 272 lbs. (123 kg) to the scale. Interestingly, Thompson weighed 4.5 lbs. less than in their first fight, while Solis was 15 lbs. heavier!
On March 22 2014 “La Sombra” Solis was looking to get in line for another shot at the world heavyweight championship by beating the American gatekeeper. But the mission failed when Thompson, a two time world title challenger against Wladimir Klitschko, shocked Solis and got a well deserved split decision win. The “Tiger” proved to the world that he can still bite at the age of 42. One year later – and after numerous postponements – Solis and Thompson meet again in a long anticipated rematch. Of course, the Cuban wants to make up for the loss instead of being surprised by Thompson a second time. Continue reading
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Team Fonfara
“It was a great experiment coming to Texas before my fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Different ideas, everyone wants to help. In a couple of days I’ll be back in Chicago to start my sparring sessions in the best possible physical shape,” light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara said in a Fightnews.com interview.
Fonfara (26-3, 15 KO) will meet former WBC middleweight champ, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1, 32 KO) on Showtime April 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The bout will be at a 172lb catch weight. Fonfara said he’s “not giving away anything” fighting below the 175 light heavyweight limit and offered an interesting story from Houston… Continue reading
Golden Boy Promotions today announced an updated card for LA FIGHT CLUB for the premiere of the sold-out FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes series on Friday, March 6 at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Headlining the night, undefeated super bantamweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. (14-0, 9 KOs) is scheduled for 10-rounds against new opponent, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez (17-4-1, 9 KOs) in the night’s main event. Fight fans can still catch all the action live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes (10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT).
On March 14, DiBella Entertainment, Ring of Fire Promotions and FDNY Bravest Boxing will present a boxing show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The card, entitled “McMayhem in Midtown”, will feature both professional and amateur bouts, and is headlined by former world title challenger Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (29-1, 13 KO’s) taking on Manuel de los Reyes Herrera (21-15-1, 15KO’s) in an eight-round featherweight matchup.
The co-feature sees the return of popular light heavyweight Will “Power” Rosinsky (17-2, 9KO’s) squaring off against Paul Gonsalves (7-5-1, 3KO’s) in another eight-rounder matchup. The amateur portion of the card will mark the third meeting between the FDNY Bravest Boxing team and Garda Siochana Boxing team of the Irish National Police Force.
Despite having only six professional fights under his belt, Zou Shimiing, the two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist and three-time world amateur champion is ready for his close-up. Just 23 months removed from his professional debut, WBO #1 Zou (6-0, 1 KO) will challenge amateur rival and defending IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng (14-0, 5 KOs) at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.
“Expect me to be champion,” said Shiming during a recent media workout at Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. “This will be the biggest test for me. I am very calm, not nervous. I have been prepared for this moment for a long time. I am focused on myself — on executing Freddie’s gameplan. I felt a lot more pressure when I was in the Olympics. This time the pressure is on Ruenroeng. I feel very confident with the professional fighting style now. In my last fight, which went 12 rounds [12-round unanimous decision victory over Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym], I really felt like a professional fighter. That was a turning point for me — a landmark fight. Continue reading
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto says he will not be pressured into a fight. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated this week that “Miguel Cotto may have a voluntary defense. He can choose his opponent, but the winner will have to face Golovkin.”
However Cotto told elnuevodia.com. “No organization owns my career. I will do what is best for me and what I want to do.”
The Puerto Rican superstar hasn’t made a decision on his next fight yet but said “everything points to June.”
As to picking a Mayweather-Pacquiao winner, Cotto said “Both camps know what they have to do. They will put it into practice and we will see a great fight.” He added that he will be in training and will not attend that fight in person.
The Boxcino 2015 jr. middleweight & heavyweight semifinals will take place on April 10th at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.
In the Jr. Middleweight division:
Brandon Adams (16-1, 11 KOs) will fight Vito Gasparyan (15-3-5, 8 KOs) while Stanyslav Skorokhod (9-0, 7 KOs) battles John Thompson (15-1, 5 KOs).
In the Heavyweight division:
Andrey Fedosov (26-3, 21 KOs) will take on Lenroy Thomas (19-3, 9 KOs) and Razvan Cojanu (13-1, 7 KOs) squares off with Donovan Dennis (13-2, 10 KOs).
The show will be televised live on ESPN2.
Heavyweight division world champion Wladimir Klitschko would be an “easy fight” according to brash-talking Tyson Fury. The Manchester heavyweight takes on Christian Hammer this weekend at the O2 Arena in London, live and exclusive on BoxNation, and has claimed that a matchup with Klitschko would be a straightforward affair. 26-year-old Fury is the mandatory challenger for Klitschko’s WBO belt, and is expected to face the Ukrainian legend in his next bout, should he prevail this Saturday night.
The heavyweight division has seen a resurgence of late following the crowning of a new champion in WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, with the charismatic American keen to share the ring with Fury, who has his own thoughts on how he wants the coming year to turn out. “To be honest I’m the man in the division to beat. Everyone wants to fight me because they know I generate interest. People are interested in me probably for the wrong reasons, or the right reasons, but they’re still interested – that’s why people want to fight,” said Fury.
“They want to come to the UK to fight me. [Deontay Wilder’s] the world champion but he’s the guy who first said he wants to fight Tyson Fury after winning the title. So I must be doing something right, I must be on the right track. I would like to fight Wladimir [Klitschko] first because number one he’s my mandatory, number two he’s the best in the division and number three because he is an easy fight. Then I’ll fight Wilder. I won’t be taking any interim fights I’ll unify straight away,” Fury said. Continue reading