Pacquiao and Algieri take over AT&T Park

On their media stop in San Francisco today, WBO welterweight champion and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri will participate in a Q&A media session on top of the visitor’s dugout at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. In addition, the fighters will take batting practice and participate in a hitting contest on the field. Pacquiao and Algieri will then each to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s Giants-Brewers game.

Huck aiming to tie Nelson’s record for most defenses

On Saturday night, WBO cruiserweight champion “Captain” Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) will attempt to equal Johnny Nelson’s record for the most title defenses in the cruiserweight division when he faces Mirko Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle/Westphalia, Germany.

“Nelson was an exceptional athlete who did not back down from any challenge. I am no different,” said Huck. “His style of fighting was not the most spectacular but it was successful. It’s an honor to get the chance to equal his record. But in contrast to Nelson, I will not struggle against an Italian in my thirteenth defense. My aim is to beat Larghetti first, then Nelson’s record!”

Joshua to face Bakhtov after Airich

Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua fights for his first pro title on October 11 at The O2 in London where he faces Denis Bakhtov for the WBC International Heavyweight title. Joshua returns to the venue he made his pro debut to take on the Russian who is a two-time holder of the title who most recently claimed an eight-round win over Konstantin Airich – who Joshua faces at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13.

JC Salgado-Takahiro Aoh in November in Japan

By Gabriel F Cordero

In a clash of former world champions, Juan Carlos Salgado, will face Takahiro Aoh in November in Tokyo on the same day as WBC super featherweight world champion Takashi Miura defends against challenger Edgar Puerta according to Promociones del Pueblo. “I have the opportunity to get back to the top of world boxing,” said Salgado. “The fight will be at lightweight, it’s a chance at a different weight.” The ex-IBF super featherweight world champion is looking to snap a two fight losing streak.

Love looking to avoid Porky’s revenge

Undefeated super middleweight contender J’Leon Love steps into the ring on Saturday against Rogelio “Porky” Medina at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The ten rounder will headline a ShoBox card. The unbeaten Love (18-0, 10 KOs) will risk his unbeaten ledger against the heavy-handed Medina (32-6, 26 KOs) who lost to Love’s stablemate Badou Jack last year.

“If my opponent feels that just because I lost to Jack then he will have an easy night, then he’s in for a surprise,” said Medina. “My trainer and I have been watching a few of Love’s fights and have been working on some things in the gym that we can take advantage of. I think Love was actually given too much time to recover from the knockdown against [Marco Antonio] Periban. I know that he can be hurt and when I hurt him I plan to be more aggressive than Periban was. I need to take advantage of that.”

Love stated, “Badou isn’t just a training partner; he’s like a brother to me. He told me I can’t take Medina lightly, he told me to be careful because this guy can put you down. He’s tough, he’s going to bring it and I have to stay sharp…The guy has a lot of power but your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see.”

Walters optimistic for Nonito

Report/Photo by Hector Villarreal

After the the confirmation of his next bout against WBA featherweight super champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs), as co-feature of Golovkin vs Rubio on October 18 in Carson, California, Jamaican Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) showed optimism about his chances of winning the most important fight of his career.

“Including Golovkin and Rubio, Nonito is the most famous fighter on the card and he represents my opportunity to be recognized as one of the top names on the game, not only on featherweights but pound for pound” said the Panama-based Walters at the annual dinner of the Panamanian Boxing Commission.

The regular WBA featherweight titlist expressed his thanks to the Commission for the special invitation to the dinner, also attended by former champions Ismael Laguna, Roberto Duran, Eusebio Pedroza, Hilario Zapata, Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero and the new WBC Silver straweight titlist Carlos “Arañita” Ortega.

“I’m very happy about the announcement and I want to thank my manager Jacques Deschamps, my promoter Bob Arum and my entire team for getting this great opportunity for me. I still have seven weeks to complete my preparation and I’ll be ready to beat Nonito” added Walters.

Boxing back at Fantasy Springs Oct 9

FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will return to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on October 9, as the latest edition of Golden Boy Live! features unbeaten local favorites Ronny Rios and Antonio “Relentless” Orozco in separate bouts in their toughest matchups to date.

In the 10-round junior lightweight main event, Santa Ana’s Ronny Rios puts his perfect 23-0 record on the line against former WBC Silver Featherweight Champion Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos. Plus, undefeated welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego meets meet former World Champion Steve “2Pound” Forbes in the 10-round co-main event.

Also in action will be unbeaten phenom Diego De La Hoya who will make his fourth appearance in Indio in a six round opening televised fight against an opponent to be announced. Cousin Oscar, the Hall of Famer and head of Golden Boy Promotions, will also be on hand.

Golovkin-Rubio/Donaire-Walters Ticket Alert

Tickets are now on sale for “Mexican Style” headlined by the World Middleweight Championship between WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC Interim Middleweight Champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio set for Saturday, October 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and televised Live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The co-feature is a WBA featherweight title clash between Nonito Donaire and Nicholas Walters.

Advance tickets priced at $210, $105, $53 and $27, plus applicable service charges will be available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at the StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).

Travieso Arce-Jhonny Gonzalez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Multiple world champion Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce used his Twitter account to report that he signed the contract for the fight against Jhonny Gonzalez, the WBC current featherweight champion on October 4 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. “Ready at last to sign the contract to fight Jhonny Gonzalez, no turning back on Televisa.” There was talk of both Televisa and TV Azteca broadcasting the fight but based on what Arce wrote, it seems that the event will only be transmitted by Televisa.

Beterbiev-Cloud confirmed for Sept 27

Former world amateur champion and two-time Russian Olympian Artur Beterbiev (5-0-0, 5 KOs), who moved to Montreal more than a year ago when he first turned professional, will face former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-2-0, 19 KOs), Saturday night, September 27 at Bell Centre in Montreal.

In the co-feature, former world title challenger Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (26-1-0, 18 KOs) will defend his NABF lightweight title against Mexican invader Daniel “Cañerito” Ruiz (32-7- 2, 22 KOs). Continue reading

Campbell-Brizuela, Coyle-Katsidis on for Oct 25

Luke Campbell takes on Daniel Brizuela and Tommy Coyle faces Michael Katsidis on a huge night for both men at the Ice Arena in Hull on October 25.

Campbell boxes for his first title in his first 12-round fight, with the dangerous Brizuela standing in his way of landing the vacant WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight belt. The Argentine returns to the venue where he shared the ring with Coyle in a fight of the year contender in February, where both men hit the canvas four times before Coyle stopped Brizuela to defend his IBF International title.

Coyle defends that crown once again as Australian star Katsidis returns to Britain to tackle the rising Hull talent, and the former two-time WBO interim champion is looking for a repeat of his stoppage win over Kevin Mitchell.

Golovkin-Rubio kick off press conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (30-0, 27 KO’s) and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) met Wednesday afternoon at the El Paseo Inn at the historic Olvera Street Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, officially announcing their October 18 showdown. The two will square off at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California headlining the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast.

K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler welcomed everyone at the press conference and talked about the matchup. “We have had a great response for bringing Golovkin here to the Los AngeIes area. I want to give credit to Marco Antonio Rubio and his entire team for taking the challenge we are really excited about that,” Tom Loeffler said. “It’s a perfect setting October 18, southern California, outdoor venue, the Stub Hub Center is known for fantastic fights and all action that is what this fight promises to deliver.” Continue reading

Unbeaten super welterweights collide Sept 13

Unbeaten super welterweight Torben Keller (10-0-1, 3 KOs) faces fellow unbeaten Arman Torosyan (12-0-1, 9 KOs) at the Nordic Fight Night on September 13 at TAP1 in Copenhagen. Keller will be hoping to avenge countryman Reda Zam Zam’s defeat KO defeat to Torosyan last year. “I remember that fight,” said Keller. “Reda outboxed Arman in the first five rounds, but then things went wrong for Reda. Arman has a good jab and a dangerous left hook, but I feel well prepared, and I feel that I’m the better boxer.” In recent months Keller has teamed up in camp with Mikkel Kessler, Abdul Khattab and physical trainer Thomas Macon.

Former SA featherweight champion dies

By Ron Jackson

Former SA featherweight champion Norman Bromfield has died at the age of 56. Bromfield, who suffered a heart attack and passed away in Pretoria last Saturday, won the SA featherweight title when he beat Israel Khonkhobe at the Badminton Hall in Pretoria in 1984. He was also an SA amateur champion, winning the featherweight title in 1975 and the lightweight championship in 1977. As a professional he had 27 fights, winning 21 – 13 inside the distance – and losing six. Continue reading

Algieri Arrives in San Francisco

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri arrives in San Francisco with trainer Tim Lane on ‘Day Three’ of his worldwide tour with superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao and Algieri , along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., are on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, that began on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. photos

Donaire-Walters collide October 18

By Miguel Maravilla

The WBA featherweight title will be on the line when Nonito Donaire takes on Nicholas Walters on the October 18 Golovkin-Rubio card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The bout will open the telecast as HBO returns to active boxing programming with a great card following an unusual 2.5 month midyear hiatus.

Kayode gearing up for WBA title clash

World Boxing Association number-five ranked heavyweight, undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) has been working hard preparing for his WBA interim heavyweight championship bout against fellow undefeated contender Luis Ortiz ((21-0, 18 KOs) on September 11 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The resident of Hollywood, California and native of Lagos, Nigeria is training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach.

Despite moving up from cruiserweight, Kayode is not at all intimidated by Ortiz who will have close to a three-inch and 20-plus pound weight advantage.

“He is strong and big. I know that and it doesn’t concern me at all. I spar a lot of big guys out here and I am used to it. I have been doing my job as I know this is a big opportunity. This fight will give me a heavyweight title belt and that will only lead me into bigger fights…They say nobody wants to fight Ortiz. Well I am not scared and I will be there. I am not scared of anybody.” Continue reading

WBC, WBA, IBF plan September Summit talks

After the Summit meeting between the WBC, WBA and IBF on June 21-24 in Cancun, Mexico, all three boxing organizations have continued to work on several important topics, which will be further discussed at a new meeting confirmed to take place on September 24 in Playa del Carmen, at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel. WBC, WBA and IBF representatives have confirmed their attendance to this second meeting and the WBO has been invited to attend as well.

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Mayweather to attend ShoBox fights Saurday

Exactly two weeks before WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight boxing champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather faces Marcos “El Chino” Maidana in the main event of “MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ on September 13, Floyd will be at ringside to watch three of his Mayweather Promotions boxers top a ShoBox telecast at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

“It’s great to be putting on another great card with Mayweather Promotions stars from top to bottom,” said Mayweather, president of Mayweather Promotions. “Even though we will be two weeks away from my rematch against Maidana, there is no way I would miss this. These guys all live by the motto of ‘Hard work, dedication,’ and I look forward to seeing that hard work pay off on August 30.”

In the featured attraction, undefeated super middleweight contender J’Leon Love will meet Rogelio Medina in a 10-round bout. In other ShoBox bouts, all featuring super middleweights, hard-hitting Badou Jack will take on Jason Escalera in a 10-round match and Ronald Gavril faces Thomas Falowo in an eight-rounder.

Taylor released, Soliman fight could still happen

Former world boxing champion Jermain Taylor has been released on $25,000 bond after pleading innocent to first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault charges after allegedly shooting his cousin Tuesday at his home outside Little Rock, Arkansas. It looks like Taylor may be allowed to go to Florida to train for a scheduled October 8 title fight with IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman. According to the Arkansas Journal, Taylor has previously had problems with his cousin and another man involved and the pair had shown up uninvited at Taylor’s home.

Klitschko-Pulev rescheduled for November 15th

The title defense of world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against Kubrat Pulev has been rescheduled for November 15th, 2014 at o2 World Hamburg, Germany. Originally, the fight was supposed to take place on September 6th, also in Hamburg, but had to be postponed due to an injury of Wladimir Klitschko. All tickets will remain valid.

“I am very happy that we have found a new date for the fight in Hamburg so quickly. Since the arena was already sold out, we are particularly glad for the fans of Wladimir Klitschko. Our thanks go to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and our partners RTL and o2 World Hamburg, who both enabled the new fight date in the originally planned arena,” Klitschko manager Bernd Bönte said.

“I am delighted that the title defense can still take place in Hamburg, the atmosphere here is always gigantic. Due to the injury, I am taking a break from training now and will then start again with the preparation for the fight against Kubrat Pulev,” Wladimir Klitschko said. Continue reading

Heavyweight Boxing Buzz

Former heavyweight contender Jameel McCline was unsuccessful in his bid to become a U.S. Congressman in Florida. McCline came in third in the District 20 Primary election on Tuesday, netting 6.56% of the vote.

Undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz (22-0, 16 KOs) meets former world champion Sergei Liakhovich (26-5, 16 KOs) in a 10-round bout on September 20th at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.

WBC, WBA and IBF to use instant replay

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman announced Tuesday that an agreement had been reached with the WBA and IBF to use instant replay in world championship fights and that this is one of the results of the meeting between the three sanctioning organizations last June in Cancun, Mexico. The instant replays will be used in world championship fights as well as fights for regional WBC, WBA and IBF titles. The WBC has used uses instant replay for eight years in an effort to prevent or resolve controversial actions that can alter the outcome of a fight.

Joshua to face Airich next

Anthony Joshua MBE will face Konstantin Airich at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on September 13. The Kazakh-born German Heavyweight is tasked with stopping Joshua’s run of seven KO wins from seven pro fights, and the 35 year old brings a wealth of experience to the table, with 21 wins from 35 fights and having shared the ring for the full distance with Odlanier Solis and Denis Bakhtov and returns to Britain having reached the semi-finals of the Prizefighter International Heavyweights at Alexandra Palace in May 2011.

“This fight signifies the first real step up for Anthony,” said Hearn. “Airich has plenty of experience at the top level, he’s a lively competitor and can punch. Anthony is fresh from his visit to spar Wladimir Klitschko and fans in Manchester can expect an explosive performance. Joshua’s clash with Airich is part of an exciting night of action in Manchester, led by Scott Quigg’s WBA World Super Bantamweight title defence against Stephane Jamoye with chief support coming from Anthony Crolla’s WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title defense against Gamaliel Diaz.

Maidana: I won the first fight and I’ll win again

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Argentinian slugger and former world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana (35-4, 31 KOs) held an open media workout Tuesday afternoon at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California in preparation for his rematch with pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs). The two will meet once again Saturday September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime Pay-per View.

“I am very well prepared. I have trained very well. We have made some adjustments to capitalize on this fight,” Marcos Maidana told Fightnews.com. He looked very sharp hitting the pads as his trainer Robert Garcia and media looked on. Continue reading

Zhakiyanov faces Edisherashvili Sept 10

Bantamweight powerhouse Zhanat Zhakiyanov will face Georgia’s unbeaten Gagi Edisherashvili at the Moulin Rouge Club in Minsk, Belarus on September 10. Zhakiyanov is the reigning European champion but will this time contest the WBC’s vacant EPBC crown. As he is already ranked at number two in the world, victory should push the Kazakhstani puncher closer to a clash with current WBC ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka.

“As Zhanat is so close to a world title fight we could have looked for an easier fight that this, but I think he performs at his best when he’s given a test,” said Zhakiyanov’s trainer and promoter Ricky Hatton. “Although this Georgian might not be very well known, he’s unbeaten in seven fights and anyone who doesn’t know how to lose is always dangerous.”

Daniel Dawson reviews his bout with Austin Trout

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #15 light middleweight Daniel “The Rock” Dawson talks to Fightnews about his exciting ten round bout with former WBA 154-pound champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout, which he lost on points at the Pechanga Casino and Resort in Temecula, California last Friday. Dawson dropped the former world champion twice in round three with right hand bombs, but was dropped himself in round eight. Dawson suffered an injured leg during the bout.

“Fantastic match and my team and I felt we put together some great moments before tearing my calf in the fifth and the even worse in the seventh,” Dawson said. “Bit of an uphill struggle in the second half of the fight with only one leg but it has actually boosted my career and profile in Australia and the USA.” Continue reading

Yes Floyd Mayweather can read

By Kelly Swanson

I have worked with Floyd Mayweather since 2005 and feel it is only right that I come to his defense. The unfair reports that Floyd cannot read, which have been posted on social media by various individuals and reported by certain media outlets, are simply not true. The proof is in the pudding. This video that was recorded by Floyd for promotional purposes (which included taping a spot for a CBS College Football game and a spot promoting his fight against Marcos Maidana). I believe it is extremely unfair for people to make claims against others that are unfounded and hence, filled with malice. Help me right this wrong and report “the rest of this story” with these facts.

Jermain Taylor arrested in shooting incident

Former middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor has been arrested after alleged involvement in the shooting of a man identified as his cousin. The shooting took place at Taylor’s home in Maumelle, Arkansas. According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor was charged with first degree domestic battering and aggravated assault and is currently being held without bond. Details are sketchy, but according to Arkansas Online, the cousin has been hospitalized in serious condition after being found at a nearby variety store.

Taylor is currently scheduled to challenge IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman on October 8 at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi, but these developments seemingly put that fight in jeopardy.

Huck-Larghetti officials

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, August 30, in the 13th title defense of the cruiserweight champion Marco Huck against Mirko Larghetti, to be held at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, in a Sauerland Event presentation. For this fight, when Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) will defend his belt versus Larghetti (21-0, 13 KOs), who is the #12 ranked, the referee will be Jack Reiss (USA). Judges are William Lerch (USA), Carlos Ortiz Jr. (USA), and Alfredo Polanco (Mexico). The WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Handelaar.

Maidana rips into Floyd: Don’t be a little b*tch

Former world champion Marcos Maidana ripped into current WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather during an international media conference call in advance of their PPV title clash on September 13 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Marcos Maidana: For the second fight he can come out differently, have a different game plan. I’m not gonna change. I’m gonna come and I’m gonna put the pressure on and I’m going to try to force him to fight. I’m hoping that he doesn’t start running like a little b*tch all over the ring.

The way to counter his defense moves, the shoulder rolls, and the arms and all that is I’m going to hit him there. I’m gonna hit him in the shoulder, I’m gonna hit him in the arms, and come the eighth or ninth rounds he’s going to be so tired from all the punches that he’s not going to be able to defend himself anymore.

I’m preparing for anything. I hope that he stands and fights but if he’s going to run like a little b*tch, I’m going to have to chase him.

It doesn’t bother me [that Floyd thinks he's a dirty fighter]. There’s things he does in there, as well. It’s better for him to stop crying and just fight.

I’m going to do my job. I’m going to come and fight. I want him to come and fight. To stand and fight like a man. Don’t be a little b*tch like a woman running around. Fight like a man. Stand and fight like a man!

Fight Promoter University Announces 10th Anniversary Session

Roy Englebrecht has announced that his 10th session of Fight Promoter University which will feature back-to-back Fight Club OC shows. Set for December 3rd-6th, FPU X will be a day longer and now with the two shows all FPU students will be able to work both shows and get twice the hands on experience. “What a way to end 2014 so that future or current fight promoters can get the knowledge and hands on experience in the fight promotions business that they need to be successful,” said FPU founder Englebrecht. “Two great shows for students to work and observe what it takes to put on a quality fight show.” Continue reading