Olympian Dogboe making U.S. debut

2012 Olympian Isaac Dogboe (2-0, 1 KOs) will make his U.S. debut tonight. Dogboe represented his native Ghana at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Dogboe will take on SoCal local Ronald Rodriguez in a scheduled 4 round lightweight bout. The bout will be on the undercard of the Bobby D. Presents Card at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley in San Diego, California. Because of the short notice of this fight, Dogboe agreed to fight a few weight divisions higher than he normally would. Some Olympians tend to take the safe route when starting out their career fighting before friendly crowds in their native country. This isn’t the case with Dogboe as this is the third different country he has fought in just his third professional fight. His management is impressed by his willingness to fight regardless of the circumstances. Continue reading

Korobov-Lee added to Dec 13 Bradley-Chaves card

The exciting world championship boxing event, featuring the Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley vs. Diego “La Joya” Chaves 12-round welterweight rumble and the Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera vs. Jose Benavidez, Jr. World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world championship, taking place Saturday, December 13, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109), has added another world title fight to its stellar card. Top-rated contenders Matt Korobov and Andy Lee will battle for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight world championship. The tripleheader will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

“Matt Korobov and Andy Lee will thrill fans in their battle for world middleweight championship at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Adding this bout to the already stacked December 13 show featuring Timothy Bradley vs. Diego Chaves and Jose Benavidez vs. Mauricio Herrera makes this an incredible triple header and a wonderful way to close out the year,” said Todd duBoef, president, Top Rank.

Weights from Fort Washington, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing card on Friday, October 24 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:

Kevin Rivers, Jr. 127 1/2 vs. Karl Garcia-Rios 127 1/2
Venroy July 198 vs. Tony Ferrante 198 1/2
Patrick Harris 136 1/2 vs. Jeffrey Ramos 136
Shaborn Ryals 173 vs. David Rohn 166
Marcus Bates 125 vs. Edgardo Marin 122
Mario Flores 180 1/2 vs. Marcellus Yates 176 1/2
Cobia Breedy 128 1/2 vs. Thomas Herrera 131

Weights from Somerset, NJ

Antoine Douglas 162 vs. Jose Medina 163
Jorge Diaz 127 vs. Jose Haro 125
John Magda 167 vs. Edgar Perez 174
Bienvenido Diaz 131 vs. William Harris 131
Leon Johnson 200 vs. Ray Santiago 228
Glenn Dezurn 125 vs. Raymond Chacon 124
Caleb Hernandez 146 vs. Anton Williamson 147
Anthony Cintron 126 vs. Rennard Oliver 125

Promoter: GH3 Promotions
Venue: Ukrainian Cultural Center
1st Bell: 7:30 PM

Former IBF President Hiawatha Knight Passes

IBF Statement: Unfortunately, this morning we received the sad news that Hiawatha Knight passed away yesterday. We are deeply saddened by this loss and she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Knight family during this difficult time. Hiawatha was a founding member of the organization, held the position of President for a couple of years, and served on our Board of Directors until recently.

WBA KO Drugs Barranquilla Weights

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Darleys Pérez 132 vs Jaider Parra 134.20
(Interim WBA lightweight world title)

Liliana Palmera 121.55 vs Ana Lozano 121.45
(WBA interim female super bantamweight title)

José San Martín 119.25 vs Franklin Manzanilla 121
Alexis Díaz 103.75 vs Luis De La Rosa 103.85

Venue: Gimnasio de la Universidad del Norte de Barranquilla
Promoter: WBA & El Cuadrilátero

Kayode camp wants TKO loss erased

Greg Cohen, promoter heavyweight Lateef Kayode, says the WBA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission have a clear duty to his fighter, should WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz’s positive post-fight drug test for the steroid nandrolone stand at an upcoming NSAC hearing and his WBA title be stripped. “I think it’s only fair that my fighter’s loss be erased by the Nevada Commission. And I believe the WBA should reinstate Lateef to his former position in the ratings and let him fight again for the interim championship against a fighter that isn’t cheating. Lateef earned his place into a title fight and he deserves the chance to compete for it on a level playing field.”

Kayode ‘earned’ his WBA title shot with wins over Travis Fulton (22-37-1, 21 KOs) and Jonte Willis (9-10-1, 3 KOs) after moving to heavyweight from the cruiserweight division. He was stopped in the first round by Ortiz. Continue reading

Adamek-Szpilka face off in Krakow

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“It will not be my last fight – you don’t worry about that,” said former two division world champion Tomasz Adamek (49-3, 29 KO) to his November 8 opponent Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO) when both fighters met today in Krakow. Poland. Adamek’s response was to Szpilka’s claim that he will finish “Goral’s” career in Poland. “I was thinking about this fight for the last three years, and you know that this is to be or not to be for both of us,” said “The Pin.” Adamek-Szpilka will be the main event for a Polsat Boxing Night gala in a most likely sold out (already 16,000 tickets sold) Arena Kraków.

Pacquiao, Roach, Arum Quotes from the Philippines

By Karl Freitag

World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call on Thursday. All three are in General Santos City, Philippines, where Pacquiao has been in deep, rigorous training for his November 22 title defense in Macao, China, against undefeated WBO junior welterweight world champion Chris Algieri (20-0, 8 KOs), which is now less than a month away.

Manny Pacquiao: I’m excited to fight again with a tall opponent like Algieri. I know what I’m doing in the fight. We practiced hard in the gym different techniques. I’m confident that I’m going to win the fight in Jesus’ name. He’s doing his best in training and I’m doing my best in training so it’s really gonna be a good fight.

Freddie Roach: My first day with Manny we went twelve rounds (with pads) and Manny wasn’t even breathing. We had a great start, maybe the best start we’ve ever had and sparring’s been going really well. We have over 34 rounds of sparring so far. We’ve got some great sparring partners with Victor Postal, #1 contender in the world, Mike Jones, a big 147-pounder (and others). All guys tall, I think some better than our opponent, but we’ll see very soon.

Bob Arum: [On Pacquiao playing pro basketball in the Philippines] Professional basketball, no matter where the country is that you play, is a rugged sport and a player can turn an ankle very, very easily. These NBA players are fantastic physical specimens and yet they get injured all the time, so an injury would have really wreaked havoc with the fight, so I was not very pleased. But Manny has assured Freddie, Freddie has assured me that that’s it. After he does the fight on November 22, if he wants to try out for the New York Knicks, it’s OK with me.

Martin Murray: I want to be Number One

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Team Murray

“I understand why reporters, fans will ask me about Gennady Golovkin, although I’m not fighting GGG but Domenic Spada this Saturday in Monte Carlo. I understand that well, but this is what happens when you’re #1 in our sport. I want to be #1. I know I’ll be ready,” says Martin Murray (28-1, 12 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. Murray is in Monte Carlo, where he will be challenged by Italy’s Domenico Spada (35-5, 19 KOs) with a likely February 2015 clash with GGG on his mind…

You were just introduced to me as the “#2 middleweight in the world.” Do you see yourself that way?

No doubt. We all know who is #1, but I think my skills, my dedication to the sport give me right to call myself that. I fought tough opposition, developed as fighter, mentally and physically, to have the right to think that. Continue reading

Boxing returns to Arena Coliseo in Mexico City

By Gabriel F Cordero

The legendary Arena Coliseo in the historic center of Mexico City will once again host a professional boxing card when Mexican Nery “Pantera” Saguilán defends his WBC International super featherweight crown against Japan’s Shoki Sakai in an event called “War of Nations” on November 1.

The co-main event will local undefeated prospect Rey Vargas in a rematch with Filipino Sylvester Lopez. Former Olympian Javier “Intocable” Molina will be facing to Michoacan’s Luis Donaldo Prieto, Javier Prieto’s brother. Also in action is Lourdes “Little Lulu” Juarez, sister of the “Barbie” and Jacqueline “Jaky” Calvo, a student of WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.

Erik Morales to work with WBC Committee

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has announced that Mexican four-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales has accepted a position as manager of a WBC Training Committee, which is prepares boxers for their activities outside the ring. “We will conduct courses for the fighters to understand and learn about food, fitness, management, and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. We look to soon do a diploma for managers and boxers at Anahuac University,” said Sulaiman. “We will make the course mandatory, even for boxer licensure and have contacted the local commissions. If they want to be champions of the WBC, we would have to approve the seminars and courses.”

Rodriguez brings nickname controversy to Telemundo telecast

Unbeaten super flyweight Edwin “Puto” Rodriguez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico takes on Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (9-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico this Friday in the Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event. The bout is scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBC FECARBOX title on the line. Site of the bout will be the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Rodriguez will be fighting for the first time out of his native Puerto Rico and and this will be his first scheduled ten round bout. Rodriguez however doesn’t view any of this as a distraction mentally as he is just days away from the fight.

What has been the topic throughout the promotion for this fight has been his nickname. In Puerto Rico the word “Puto” is used as a slang term for a male gigolo. However, in some other Latin countries it’s a very derogatory and offensive expression denoting a gay male. Added to the mix is that Rodriguez may even have his nickname on the back and front of his shorts, something that may not sit well with Telemundo executives or many of the viewers. Continue reading

Budler, Liebenberg defending belts in Monte Carlo

By Ron Jackson

Hekkie Budler and Ryno Liebenberg don’t have to go near Monaco’s gambling tables to strike it rich this weekend. Whatever happens in the boxing ring in the Salle des etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco on Saturday night will determine what 2015 holds in store for the two South Africans. Impressive victories should elevate their earning potential no end and bring them the kind of popularity rugby and cricket stars enjoy in South Africa. Continue reading

Fonfara: If I want to think about a rematch with Adonis, I must beat guys like Ngumbu

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Crowd-pleasing Windy City fan favorite Andrzej “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-3, 1 NC, 15 KOs), who’s been training in Big Bear, Calif., participated in an open media workout Tuesday in preparation for his “Homecoming” fight against Congo’s Doudou Ngumbu (33-5, 12 KOs) in the main event on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, live on SHOWTIME.

Fonfara, who turns 27 on Nov. 4, worked out for 90 minutes Tuesday without an extended break. FHe will be returning to the ring after a valiant effort in a 12-round decision defeat to WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson on May 24. Here’s what the world-ranked Fonfara, and his trainer, Sam Colonna, had to say.

Karpency Bros headline Nov 21 in WV

Undefeated American heavyweight prospect Jeremiah “Bo” Karpency (11-0) returns to the ring Friday November 21 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. The younger brother of former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (24-4), who recently defeated former WBC champ Chad Dawson (32-4) on Showtime, Jeremiah Karpency looks to remain unbeaten versus an opponent to be named in the 8 round main event. In the co-feature, the youngest brother, Dan Karpency (3-0), looks to impress in his first six-rounder vs TBA in a junior middleweight bout. Continue reading

WBA interim heavyweight champ Ortiz fails drug test

Unbeaten WBA interim heavyweight champion Luiz Ortiz has reportedly tested positive for steroids following his first round destruction of Lateef Kayode last month in Las Vegas. The agenda for the Nevada State Boxing Commission’s October 27 meeting lists both a request for a temporary suspension of Ortiz and a motion from the Ortiz camp to request a continuance and/or extension of time to prepare for a hearing. Ortiz shares a portion of the WBA title with Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev. however he would likely lose that belt if the result of the bout is changed.

“Renegade” Robles Back in San Diego this Friday

By Matt Thompson

San Diego fight fans will be in for treat this Friday night, October 24th, at the new home for professional boxing, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley in San Diego, when Bobby D. Presents “San Diego Fights: Back in Business”, a night of five professional fights. In the main event, the interim WBC Latino junior welterweight champion Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (11-0-1, 3KO) of San Diego will face tough Ciudad Obregon, Mexico’s Carlos “Guerrero” Valenzuela (6-1, 3KO). Continue reading

Tyson Fury removes gag and calls out Anthony Joshua, says he’ll fight Joshua in December “after smashing Chisora!”

By James Slater

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury’s recent self-imposed “gagging” has come to an end. Back in July, after a foulmouthed rant The BBB of C did not in any way find amusing, Tyson was to find himself being fined £15,000 ahead of his ultimately postponed return bout with Dereck Chisora.

The return clash then set for November, Fury turned up at the press conference with tape across his mouth and he would not, his uncle and trainer Peter Fury stated, talk to the media lest it get him in more trouble. Fury kept silent for a while, but yesterday evening Fury broke his vow of silence. Angered at the way promoter Eddie Hearn claimed 2012 Olympic gold winner and current 9-0(9) contender Anthony Joshua would “destroy” Fury “right now,” Fury called out Joshua on Twitter:

“I challenge @Anthony Joshua @EddieHearn to fight in December after I smash chisora. If u don’t want to fight say sorry for mentioning me!?” Continue reading

Murray-Spada Press Conference

Middleweight Martin Murray of the UK says he plans to “do a job” on Domenico Spada on Saturday, using the opportunity to demonstrate that he is one of the best middleweight fighters in the world. Murray was speaking at the media conference for the weekend’s “Title Tornado” tournament in Monte Carlo where the eight boxers came face to face for the first time on Wednesday evening in the famous 151-year-old casino.

It was a veritable United Nations with boxers representing the UK, South Africa, China, the US, Colombia and Italy in attendance.

Having gained momentum in the past year, Murray says he wants to make a major move in 2015 – “there are some big fights out there” – but must first deal with Spada. The Italian himself pleaded only that Murray not be too defensive. “I hope he will fight . . . I want to give the fans a good show.” Continue reading

Jean Pascal vs. Donovan George set for Dec 6

InterBox has announced that WBC diamond belt holder Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KO) from Canada has signed on to face current IBO super middleweight champion Donovan George (26-4-2, 22 KO) from the USA. The two will lock horns on December 6th at the Montreal Bell Centre. This bout will mark the first of a multi-fight agreement reached between Jean Pascal, Jean Pascal Promotions and InterBox.

This bout will be combined with the Lucian Bute vs. Roberto Bolonti bout to offer local and international boxing fans a very interesting double feature on December 6th at the Bell Centre. “Two big fights such as Bute vs. Bolonti and Pascal vs. George on the same card is a very rare occurrence in Quebec,” stated InterBox president Jean Bedard. Continue reading

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he floored official challenger Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (37-6-1, 16 KOs), 117.25, from Thailand, three times to win a unanimous decision (114-110, 116-108, 115-109) over twelve hard-fought rounds. Yamanaka, making his seventh defense, failed to extend his KO streak to six, but displayed his superiority in exchanging hot rallies, dropping the game and gallant Thailander in the seventh, eighth and ninth sessions.

On the undercard, formerly two-class world champ Takahiro Ao (27-2-1, 12 KOs), 137, defeated two-time world titlist Juan Carlos Salgado (26-4-1-1NC, 16 KOs), 135.75, by a unanimous decision (97-94, 97-93, 98-92) over ten hot frames. Ao, an aggressive southpaw, had the taller Mexican on the verge of knockdown with a barrage of punches in the closing seconds of the final round. photos

More on Amateur Boxer who KO’d Referee

By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today

Croatian amateur fighter Vido Loncar, who knocked out the referee after his bout against Lithuanian Algirdas Baniulis, was arrested. The scandal took place following a 81 kg division match during the European Youth Championships in Zagreb, Croatia. Loncar was dragged from the ring by the officials and then was handed over to the police authorities. Currently he is in jail.

8 hours after the brutal beating, the Croatian Boxing Federation has banned the hooligan for life.

“This is the worst thing that could happen,” said the general secretary of the Croatian Federation Marko Marovic, as quoted by HINA agency. “This is a disgrace to Zagreb and Croatia. All our efforts that we put into organizing the event were trashed. The boxing image of Croatia was destroyed in seconds.” Continue reading

Rivers Headlines in Fort Washington, MD on October 24

By Gary “Digital” Williams

The Keystone Boxing card for Friday, October 24 iat Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD is now complete. Undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. returns to action in the six-round main event. Rivers (9-0, six KO’s) will take on Karl Garcia-Rios of Caguas, Puerto Rico (4-2, one KO).

Rivers is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Xavier Montelongo on June 13 at Rosecroft. Garcia-Rios won a four-round split decision over previously undefeated Pedro Vicente on March 15 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Garcia-Rios will be led to to the ring by former two-division WBO champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon who is making his debut as a head trainer. Continue reading

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten WBA super-featherweight ruler Takashi Uchiyama (21-0-1, 17 KOs) will participate in his ninth defense against Israel Perez (27-2-1, 16 KOs) from Argentina over twelve rounds. WBA super-fly titlist Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), a Japanese veteran, will risk his belt on the line against Norberto Jimenez (20-8-3, 10 KOs) from Dominican Republic in the semi-windup title go. The first title bout will see Peruvian Alberto Rossel (32-8, 13 KOs) defend his WBA light-fly belt against Ryoichi Taguchi (20-2-1, 8 KOs), a Japanese speedster, over twelve. This deluxe show will be presented by Watanabe Promotions to be telecast nationwide through TV Tokyo.