Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin

Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against WBA #8 Jarrod Fletcher who he says he can stop Geale inside the distance. Geale also mentions he would defeat IBF champion Jermain Taylor and WBC champion Miguel Cotto, and believes a Hopkins vs. GGG fight would be interesting.

You are scheduled to clash with WBA #8 Jarrod Fletcher on December 3rd in Sydney. You know him well as a regular sparring partner since you were both outstanding amateurs. Are you confident of victory?

I know a Jarrod Fletcher very well. We have been sparring each other since our amateur days at the Institute of Sport and I remember we had the conversation recently that we could meet in a world title bout or a very important contest. We have always sparred hard and not just going through the motions. It must be in the hundreds of rounds. We always knew we had to push ourselves in sparring and I’m confident of winning on December 3rd. He is rated WBA #8 and I am WBA #9. We are both in the process of rebuilding our careers after world title bout setbacks. (Geale lost to Gennady Golovkin and Fletcher to Daniel Jacobs.) Continue reading

Boxing coming to Westbury, NY on Nov 13

On November 13, Greg Cohen Promotions will present a card at the luxurious The Space at Westbury in Westbury, New York. The event will feature Plainview, New York’s Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (21-5-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the WBC Fecarbox welterweight title. On the undercard, Ireland’s hottest new boxing export, “Hurricane” Dennis Hogan (19-0- 1, 7 KOs), the undefeated junior middleweight sensation from Kildare, Ireland, will fight in an eight-rounder. Brooklyn, New York via Puerto Rico’s WBO world female lightweight champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (21-1-1, 16 KOs), will appear in an eight-round bout; and undefeated heavyweight KO artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (9-0-1, 9 KOs) will go 6 rounds.

Vargas featured Saturday in Toronto

Colombian-born local welterweight favorite Samuel Vargas (19-1-1, 9KOs) takes on Fouad El Massoudi (11-4, 1 KO) of France this Saturday at the Mattamy Events Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds and a contracted same day weigh-in max weight of 154lbs. Vargas’ managerial stablemate Mario Perez (15-6-4, 9KOs) will take on former world title challenger Jerome Arnould (25-6-1, 15 KOs) of France in a scheduled for 6 round featherweight bout. Continue reading

Goossen Promotions returns Nov 20

Professional boxing will return to the legendary Sportsmen’s Lodge in honor of Dan Goossen on Thursday, November 20th. Presented by Goossen Promotions in association with the world famous Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California, advance tickets for “live at the Lodge” priced at $104 (VIP), $53 (Ringside) and $33 (General Admission) are now on sale through the Goossen Promotions’ Office at (818) 817-8001.

Stated Craig Goossen, son of Dan, “My Dad was the ultimate San Fernando Valley guy and the continuation of this series is the perfect way to honor his devotion to the sport and passion for the Valley. “Live at the Lodge” will be a key ingredient to his legacy.”

Tom Brown, Dan’s brother in law and longtime matchmaker said, “Dan loved promoting high quality shows in his hometown. He’s been a staple in the Southern California boxing community going all the way back to the Reseda Country Club, where he first made his mark, up to major championship bouts at Staples Center.”

Headlining will be undefeated junior welterweight contender Lydell “Hackman” Rhodes of Las Vegas, Nevada. The 27-year-old Rhodes, 22-0-0 (11KO’s), will be making the fourth start of his 2014 campaign most recently stopping John Nater on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. Continue reading

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera and undefeated contender Jose Benavidez, Jr. hosted a Los Angeles press conference Monday to discuss their upcoming fights on December 13 at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Bradley, who will be making his ring comeback against one-time interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-2, 19 KOs), stated “I’m very happy to be back. I’m very happy to be fighting against another tough guy. Bring him on man…I’m very highly motivated!” Chaves, from Argentina, wasn’t present.

Herrera and Benavidez collide in the co-feature.

Herrera said, “I’m going to show everybody what the true Maestro does. I figure you out an I get my way…he has a great style, but I give problems to all the conventional boxers and he’s going to figure it out that day. It’s gonna be a great fight.”

Benavides commented, “Mario’s a tough guy, he’s been fighting tough opponents, but I think I’m ready for this….I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube, a lot of blogs saying Mario’s gonna take me to school…we’ll see who’s gonna take who to school that night.” photos

Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez Ticket Alert

Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. returns to the ring where he will battle one-time interim welterweight world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves in a 12-round welterweight clash on December 13, inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (3708 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109). The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The telecast will open with World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight world champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera defending his title against undefeated contender Jose Benavidez, Jr.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Bradley-Chaves/Herrera-Benavidez world championship event go on sale Friday, October 24 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Priced at $40, $60, $100, $125 and $150, tickets will be available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/ or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com/. Room/ticket packages will also be available.

Wladimir Klitschko uncensored, outspoken interview

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, the undisputed best heavyweight in the world, spoke at length with Polish sports commentator Mateusz Borek. There were no taboo questions. Dr Steelhammer voiced his opinions about his next opponent Kubrat Pulev and Pulev’s demands for Olympic drug testing, Wladimir also detailed his wishes to fight for the WBC belt, the development of Deontay Wilder, his motivation to stay on the top of the division, admiration for his brother Vitaly and the antics of Shannon Briggs. Video courtesy of Polsat TV and polsatsport.pl

WBC Convention set for December 14-20

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By Boxing Bob Newman

With 2014 coming to a close, the last of the sanctioning body annual conventions will take place in Las Vegas at the WBC holds it’s 52nd such gathering at the Mirage Hotel and Casino rom December 14-20. As with the last time the WBC held court in Vegas, 2011, fans will be invited to attend all meetings and functions during the convention. There will be a great opportunity to meet the 60+ champions expected to attend thi year’s convention. One of the highlights will be the honoring of the 34 current WBC champions (male and female) by issuing new WBC belts- unique to each of the 17 weight classes. Tables will be set up for photo and autograph opportunities with many of the champs, old and new. Fans can access convention info and reservations by clicking here.

On December 13, the night before the convention commences there are two major fight cards planned. Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr, meets former world champion Diego Chaves and WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera defends against undefeated contender Jose Benavidez at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The same night, former world champion Amir Khan is expected to headline a card at Mandalay Bay.

Mack to face Cummings on Saturday

Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions team is set to bring another night of boxing action to the famous Schuetzen Parkon on Saturday night in North Bergen, New Jersey with an action packed show featuring the return of Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (31-7-2, 17 KOs) in a six round light heavyweight battle against the hard hitting Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-7, 13 KOs). In the co-feature of the card titled “Boxing at the Park III,” welterweight prospect Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr (11-1, 5 KOs) looks to bounce back from his first loss as a professional, when he takes on undefeated Philadelphian Greg Jackson (3-1, 1 KO) in a six round clash. Continue reading

Rodriguez ready to bounce back on Friday night

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Ricardo “El Meserito” Rodriguez (9-2, 3 KOs) of Mexico takes on Edwin “El Puto” Rodriguez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico this Friday in the Boxeo Telemundo Ford main event. The bout is scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBC FECARBOX title. Site of the bout will be the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. In his last bout, Rodriguez impressed the Telemundo viewers with his game effort against David Carmona. Carmona had nearly twice as many pro fights as Rodriguez plus the experience of fighting for a world title, but Rodriguez lost a hard fought but respectable decision. He feels the experience gained from his last fight will only help him moving forward. Though his Telemundo main event debut didn’t end with a victory, Rodriguez is ready to seize the opportunity the second time around. Continue reading

JC Salgado ready to face Aoh in Japan

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA/IBF súper featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-3-1, 16 KOs) is in Tokyo, Japan to face local former WBC super featherweight champ Takahiro Aoh on Wednesday at Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium. “I’m ready to this new difficult fight five years after beating local ídol Jorge Linares and now I could beat Aoh,” said Salgado. “I’m training very hard for this fight because Aoh is a good fighter and former champ. I have to return to a top world rating and this is my chance. I know my last two fights were bad and sad nights but now is my new chance to clear these losses and I will not fail.”

WBC vows support for Navarrete

By Nick Giongco

By way of the Jose Sulaiman boxers’ fund, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has expressed its desire to lend a helping hand to former super-featherweight champion Rolando Navarrete, who is living a life of squalor in General Santos City. Fightnews and Manila Bulletin came out with a story about the sad and sorry tale of the now 57-year-old Navarrete last week and his troubles reached the Mexico City headquarters of current WBC big boss Mauricio Sulaiman, the successor of the late Don Jose, the long-time president of the world’s premier boxing body.

Mauricio, according to Mexican fight scribe Gabriel Cordero, wants Navarrete to be included on the list of destitute fighters who will be given financial assistance by the WBC. All Navarrete has to do is fill up an application form that will be submitted to the WBC and he even requested this writer to track down Navarrete in General Santos City. Continue reading

Cunningham-Visinia full report

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, PA former two time cruiserweight champion and USBA heavyweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-6, 13KOs) continued his rise up into the heavyweight ratings with a dominant seventh round stoppage of formerly undefeated Natu Visinia (10-1, 8KOs). In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by promoted by Main Events and Peltz Boxing in association with Bam Boxing, veteran lightweight contender Edner ‘Cherry Bomb” Cherry (33-6-2, 18KOs) bombed out Osumanu Akaba 24-7, 19KOs), dropping him three times en-route two a second round TKO victory. Continue reading

Late Results from Denver

By Chris Morris
Photos by Alan Velasquez

Poor Boys Pro Boxing and Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith put on a nice show for the NAIOP’s fundraiser (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) last Thursday at the Infinity Sports Complex in Denver. The proceeds go to Denver Active 20/30 Children’s Foundation. NAIOP also ponied up for a nice looking ‘championship’ belt to be awarded to the winner of the main event. Super-featherweights Jose Morales and Helario Medina waged a five round war in the main event with neither man willing to give in and wanting to be crowned the NAIOP champion. In the end Morales edged out a very close split decision. Continue reading

Golovkin-Rubio/Walters-Donaire wrapup

By Miguel Maravilla

WBA/IBO and newly crowned WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin accompanied by his promoter Tom Loeffler and trainer Abel Sanchez met with the media at the post fight press conference following his KO2 win Saturday night. The Kazakh superstar definitely did it Mexican Style in scoring a second round knockout over tough Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio in front of a sell-out crowd of 9,323 fans in what was another action packed night of boxing filled with knockouts from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California.

“I want to welcome you all to the post fight press conference I guarantee you the press conference will last longer than the fight did,” K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler opened, drawing laughs and head nods from media. Continue reading

POLL: Pound for Pound: Floyd or GGG?

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Has Golovkin eclipsed Mayweather as #1 pound for pound?

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By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone/Big Joe Miranda

WBC, WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather has ruled the pound for pound list for many years, but with 18 straight KOs and 12 world title defenses, maybe it’s time to give P4P consideration to WBA/IBO/WBC (interim) middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.

Record: Both are undefeated with Floyd at 47-0, 26 KOs, GGG at 31-0, 28 KOs

Style: Both dominate their opponents. Floyd with speed and boxing skills, GGG with concussive punches.

Level of opposition: Floyd has fought a higher level of opposition over the course of his career, but neither fighter can be said to have cleaned out their division. Floyd has seemingly avoided a showdown with Manny Pacquiao, while GGG has yet unify with any of the other middleweight champions. Continue reading

Rodriguez destroys Cartagena in one

One of Puerto Rico’s upcoming stars, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (10-0, 6 KOs) demolished Miguel ‘No Fear’ Cartagena (13-2, 5 KO’s) of Philadelphia in the first round to capture the vacant WBO Latino title at the bantamweight ( 118lbs ) division in a 10-round bout held at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. From the beginning of the bout, Rodriguez was the aggressor, connecting accurate straight right hands on Cartagena’s face, which gave Rodriguez an opening to land a powerful left uppercut to the chin that immediately ended the fight. Cartagena was in very bad shape after the fight. Continue reading

Golovkin targets Cotto, Canelo, Junior

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Photo: Big Joe Miranda

“I don’t like dancing. I like to fight. This was a true fight,” stated WBA/IBO/WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Glolovkin in the ring following his two round destruction of Marco Antonio Rubio. “I have three belts. I want to fight everybody. I think next year Miguel Cotto, I respect him, he’s a great champion…Canelo? Of course, I respect him too. He’s a good boy. And I challenge Junior too (Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.). I want that fight. But I think Miguel first.”

Golovkin annihilates Rubio

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) added the WBC Interim middleweight belt to his collection with a second round annihilation of Marco Antonio Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) on Saturday night before a huge crowd of 9,323 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Rubio bulked up to 181 while GGG entered the ring at 173. Both fighters landed hard shots in round one. Glolovkin laid out Rubio with a left hand in round two. Time was 1:19.

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Walters KOs Donaire in six

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In a clash for the absolute WBA featherweight title, WBA regular featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round KO over WBA super featherweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. In an intense fight, Walters dropped Donaire with an uppercut in round three. Donaire’s face was increasingly busted up before Walters dropped Donaire face first with a right hand at the close of round six. Time was 2:59.

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Cunningham stops Visinia; Cherry bombs Aqaba

By John DiSanto at ringside

Heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham (28-6, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Natu “The Truth” Visinia (10-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Outweighed by 73 lbs, the two-time cruiserweight champion was ruled down in round five. Cunningham laid a beating on Visinia in rounds six and seven. The bout was stopped by the ring doctor after round seven.

In the scheduled 10-round junior lightweight co-feature, IBF #11, WBC #15 contender Edner Cherry, 33-6-2, 18 KOs, dropped Osumanu Akaba, 24-7, 19 KOs, three times in round two, and won by TKO at 2:15 of that round.

In a scheduled eight-round middleweight bout, DeCarlo Perez, 13-3-1, 5 KOs, stopped Tyrone Brunson, 22-3-1, 21 KOs, at 2:29 of round five. Brunson, who opened his career with a then-record 19 consecutive first round KOs, has now lost three of his last four, dating back to 2009. Continue reading