Golovkin opens camp for Feb 21 defense

Following a world wind International Press Tour with stops in Monte Carlo, Astana, London and Mexico City, WBA/IBO and WBC ‘Interim’ Middleweight World Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has opened training camp in Big Bear Lake, California for his upcoming world title defense against two-time world title challenger Martin Murray, the WBC’s #1 ranked middleweight.

Under the watchful eye of longtime trainer Abel Sanchez, Golovkin is slated to defend his titles on February 21st at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.

“It was a very busy time these last few weeks but I liked spending time with the media and fans all over the world,” said Golovkin on Monday, speaking from the World Boxing Council Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. “I look forward to starting training camp with my coach and putting on another great show in Monte Carlo.” Continue reading

Stevenson-Sukhotskiy Press Conference Quotes and Photos

Photos: Amanda Kwok/Showtime

WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Russian challenger Dmitry “The Hunter” Sukhotskiy held a main event final press conference on Tuesday in Quebec City, Canada, as they prepare for their showdown on Showtime on Friday. Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) and Sukhotskiy (22-2, 16 KOs) will square off in the 12-round main event from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec.

Joining the main event fighters at Tuesday’s press conference was super middleweight contender Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (23-1, 16 KOs), who will face Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs) in a 12-round IBF super middleweight elimination bout. Continue reading

Rigondeaux public workout Wednesday in Miami

Caribe Promotions & Versailles Cuban Restaurant will host an open workout for media and fans on Wednesday from 12pm to 2PM for two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WBA/WBO jr. featherweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux. Rigondeaux is preparing to defend his undefeated and undisputed record against Hisashi Amagasa on December 31st in Osaka, Japan.

Versailles Cuban Restaurant is located at 3555 SW 8th in Miami, Florida.

Pacquiao: Money is not the issue

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has responded to the comments made by WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather last Friday night on Showtime.

In a statement on his official website, Pacman stated, “Mayweather can get the amount he wants. As early as January this year, I challenged him to a charity fight. Until now, he has not agreed to it. So, money is not the issue in our fight. This fight is about legacy, this is about making the fans happy and, above all, this is for the good of boxing.”

We go to the scorecards … Uh oh!

By Graham Houston

Disputed decisions have long been a part of boxing but they seem to coming thick and fast these days.

Some of these controversies are, I believe, TV-driven in that fans just go along with the commentaries.

I think too much attention is paid to the punch stats. These don’t measure the effectiveness of a blow and, as Al Bernstein has pointed out more than once, if a boxer lands several more punches in, say, three rounds, but his opponent outlands him significantly in another round, the stats are going to be skewed.

Commentators — Al Bernstein is an exception — don’t remind viewers often enough that the judges might be seeing a different fight to the one the commentators are describing. I liked it when Max Kellerman alerted HBO viewers to the possibility that the Timothy Bradley-Diego Chaves fight might be close on the cards. As Kellerman noted, there were a couple of early rounds that were hard-fought and could have gone to Chaves. With Chaves coming on strongly at the end, Kellerman suggested — correctly — that the fight could be a lot tighter than the commentary made it appear to be.

I thought Bradley won, but he finished the welterweight fight looking the worse for wear, with his left cheek a misshapen lump after a second-round head clash started the problem.

When a fighter is damaged like this it has a two-fold effect. One boxer is fighting under a handicap. His opponent is energised. No matter how tough things might be for the opponent, he will have the thought in mind: “If I hang in there, maybe the guy’s eye will close completely and I will get a TKO win.”

Julie Lederman’s score of 116-112 in favour of Chaves surprised me, but Lederman was in agreement with at least one of the other two judges in every round, so from a judging-seminar perspective Lederman’s score would have been 100 per cent. Continue reading

Daud Yordan starts mission for the WBO title

By Jeff Pamungkas

IBO lightweight champion Daud Yordan of Indonesia is now chasing a world rating in that division with the WBO in order to challenge the champion of the division. To start the mission, Yordan (32-3, 23 KOs) is in the final preparation to fight for the WBO Asia Pacific interim title against durable Filipino Ronald Pontillas (17-6-3, 8 KOs) on December 20 at Pontianak City, West Borneo Province in Indonesia,

“I’m well prepared for this bout, and I will win this fight,” promised Yordan. Yordan’s only losses have been against Celestino Caballero in Florida April 2010, legendary Chris John for the WBA featherweight title, and after becoming IBO featherweight champion, Yordan was dethroned by Simpewe Veteka of South Africa. He then moved up and became the IBO champion in the lightweight division until today.

ESPN2 FNF kicks off January 9

Gary Shaw Productions’ super-welterweight contender Francisco Santana (21-3-1, 10 KOs) returns to the ring against Sebastian Lujan (43-8-2, 26 KOs) on January 9, 2015 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. The 10-round bout will serve as the co-feature to the Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs) vs. Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs). Both fights will air live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”.

Boxing back in Puerto Rico Saturday

The full undercard is set for Saturday’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight elimination bout between contenders McJoe Arroyo and Mark Anthony Geraldo at the International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, to be broadcast on DIRECTV Pay Per View. In the main event, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Arroyo (15-0, 8 KOs), the #2 IBF ranked at 115 pounds against Filipino Geraldo (31-4-3, 14 KOs ) who is ranked #9 by the IBF.

There are two main support bouts. Former two-time WBO junior lightweight king Roman “Rocky” Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOs) will face an opponent to be announced in a 135 pound 10 rounder. Also former world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) meet Antonio Joao Bento (27-14-2, 15 KOs) in a ten rounder for the WBO Latino lightweight title. Continue reading

WBC 52nd convention opening ceremonies

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The opening ceremonies of the 52nd WBC annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada were held today at the Mirage Hotel and Casino. A capacity crowd of nearly 1600 delegates, including over 90 champions present took in the pageantry, pomp and circumstance that has become synonymous with WBC events. Convention organizer Chuck Williams was the first to take the microphone and welcome everyone. He soon turned over the mic to event emcee and hall of fame ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr.

The theme was an expected one- paying homage to WBC president for life, Don Jose Sulaiman Chagnon who passed away at the beginning of the year on January 16th at the age of 82. NABF president Duane Ford paid tribute to the fallen WBC leader with the biblical tale of Jacob and the quote, “Look for the light.” Ford related the Sulaiman had shown the light in boxing and that his path will continue to be followed in the WBC, led by Mauricio Sulaiman. Continue reading

Burns to appeal

Having successfully defended a claim of nearly £2m by Frank Warren last month, Ricky Burns was disappointed to have been ordered to pay an element of costs towards Warren in relation to the far smaller award in Warren’s favour for unpaid management commission. Burns will be appealing the decision to the Court of Appeal.

Whilst the Judge did not believe Burns should be responsible for Warren’s costs of nearly £800,000, he did, however, require Burns to pay £100,000 to Warren as an interim payment. It is hoped that this sum will be set off against the monies due to Burns from Warren once the matter has been dealt with by the British Boxing Board of Control. Burns remains owed the sum of £102,000 from his fight against Kevin Mitchell over two years after Frank Warren’s wife put his promotional company, Frank Warren Promotions Limited, into Administration.

“Battle of the Losers”

By Robert Coster

It happened on a boxing card Saturday in Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital. Two of Dominican boxing’s most popular perennial losers squaring off over four rounds. 38-year-old Rafael De La Cruz, a record of 3-65, going against 39-year-old Joselito Del Rosario, a record of 2-67, in the welterweight class. Says promoter Jose Rafael Lantigua (Papin) with a chuckle “The fans actually flocked to see that one fight, not the main event. And I can tell you that the bets were going strong.”

Both veterans gave it their all to please their followers and at the end of the four rounds, Joselito Del Rosario got the nod. One extra factor was added to spice up the fight as both parties agreed that the loser of this “Battle of the Losers” would hang up the gloves. And true to his word, Rafael De la Cruz tearfully announced his retirement, putting an end to a 14 year career that saw him fight from the featherweight to the super middleweight class.

Court awards Warren damages from Burns

The Court today confirmed that boxing promoter Frank Warren won his claim against boxer Ricky Burns. The Judge found that there was no basis for Burns to walk away from his promotional and management agreements. Rival promoter Eddie Hearn advised Burns that Warren had no claim at all, saying last March, “we’ve been provided with a letter from Burns as confirmation that he has terminated his agreement… We have advice from our lawyers and I’m very comfortable. There is no contract now.”

However this advice proved costly to Burns who must now pay £200,000 of his own legal fees and a further £170,000 by the end of January to pay Warren’s damages and costs, with other substantial sums to follow.

Sityatha retains IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

Despite being ill in the dressing room before going into the ring, Lwandile Sityatha from Mdantsane near East London managed to retain his IBO junior bantamweight belt on a 12 round split decision against Filipino Michael Dasmerinas at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The judges scored it 118-110 for Dasmerinas and 116-112 on the other two scorecards for Sityatha. In a closely fought contest Sityatha managed to win some of the early rounds but as he tired towards the end the southpaw Dasmarinas came back into the fight to score with counter punches. Continue reading

Q&A: Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera

By Boxing Bob Newman and Tracy Morin
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Controversially dethroned WBA Interim Super Lightweight champ Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera is still trying to figure out how he is without his belt after it was slipped from around his waist and adorned around that of his opponent on Saturday night- Jose Benavidez. In a questionably scored bout that raised the eyebrows of many- Herrera lost a unanimous decision by scores of 116-112 twice and 117-111 to the undefeated Benavidez. A dejected Herrera graciously took the time to talk to Fightnews at the Japonais Restaurant in the Mirage Hotel and Casino nearly twenty four hours after his fight.

Mauricio, thank you or taking the time to talk to Fightnews after your controversial loss to Benavidez. What are you thoughts about how the fight went at this point?

I was feeling sad. I don’t know why, but I had a feeling that something was gonna go wrong when they announced the score cards. Then they announced Benavidez…I heard “Jose Benavidez,” and I wasn’t angry, I was just numb. I just, I’ve been there like three times in my career- three robberies-I was just shocked. I didn’t know how to react. It hurt me. It hurt me more than feeling angry. It hurt me to hear them call his name, he won the belt, they were screaming. I didn’t know what to think. I was speechless. Continue reading

Aussie 2014 Review

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Review of Australian activity during 2014 of Australia’s world rated boxers also prospects and leading promoters “Down Under.”

IBF #5, WBC #5, WBA #5 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) was in action three times during 2014, capturing the Commonwealth title in April stopping Canadian Eric Martel Bahoeli in five rounds before outpointing previously unbeaten Andriy Rudenko in August.Former WBC rated Chauncey Welliver was stopped in five rounds in November.Promoted by Ricky Hatton and trained by Jeff Fenech. Continue reading

Q&A: Boxing Manager Egis Klimas

By Robert Coster
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich – a trio of talented young boxers and world champions hailing from the former Soviet Union. And behind them, their mentor and manager Egis Klimas, born in Lithuania. Klimas himself was never a boxer but he certainly was a lover of boxing, who at one point in his life decided that he wanted to guide the careers of young boxers. As Klimas tells it, his ascent as a manager was a mix of great luck, opportunity, human touch and good business sense. Fightnews had the pleasure to meet up with Egis Klimas and have him tell the story of his rise as one of boxing’s most successful boxing managers.

Egis, a couple of weeks ago, your boxer IBF champion Evgeny Gradovich was held to a controversial draw by Jayson Velez. What’s your reaction to this verdict?

It was a ridiculous decision. Verdicts like that are really bad for boxing. Everybody knows who really won that fight. Continue reading

Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson: I will leave it all in the ring, all the blood, sweat, and tears

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By Miguel Maravilla

Top rated junior lightweight contender Mexican slugger Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (30-3, 26 KOs) of Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico is looking forward to his showdown with Costa Rica’s interim WBA world super featherweight champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez (33-1, 17 KOs). Thompson and Vasquez clash on Saturday night in Cancun, Mexico live on Fox Deportes. We caught up with “Yeyo” Thompson at Elite Pro Boxing in Santa Fe Springs, California, and he talked about his upcoming showdown with Vasquez.

“It’s a competitive fight because of our styles. He likes to box and can punch. I like to come forward. My fight will be to close the gap and punch,” Thompson told Fightnews.com. Once again, Thompson is working with trainer Clemente Medina. The duo is going on their fourth fight in two years. “Everything is going well we are one-hundred percent ready right now we are just working on our speed and timing as well as maintaining the weight,” Thompson said about his training camp. “The camp was a very strong camp, we worked very hard.” Continue reading

Rigondeaux, Takayama title bouts added to year-end rush of world title shows in Japan

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBA/WBO 122-pound champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs), an unbeaten southpaw originally hailing from Cuba, will come to Japan to put his belts on the line against OPBF feather ruler Hisashi Amagasa (28-4-2, 19 KOs), an elongated Japanese, in Osaka, Japan, on the last day of the year. Also, former champ Katsunari Takayama (27-7, 10 KOs) will dispute vacant IBF/WBO 105-pound titles lately renounced by Francisco Rodriguez Jr. with a compatriot Go Odaira (11-3-3, only a KO) on the same show. These two title bouts have been added to the already announced six world title contests in the capital Tokyo on December 30 and 31, as written below.

The Rigondeaux-Amagasa matchup was beyond our imagination and expectation, since Amagasa, standing 5’10 1/2″ is a full-fledged 126-pounder and hasn’t fought in the 122-pound category since his debut in 2004. Amagasa himself says, “I’ll have no problem to make the weight” and we hope he will make a good condition to show a good performance.

December 30, Tokyo
WBO junior bantamweight title bout
Omar Narvaez (Argentina) vs. Naoya Inoue (Japan)
WBC title bout for the vacant light-flyweight championship
Pedro Guevarra (Mexico) vs. Akira Yaegashi (Japan)
WBC title bout for the vacant lightweight championship
Jorge Linares (Venezuela/Japan) vs. Javier Pierto (Mexico)
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Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (Japan) vs. Jessie Nicklow (US)

December 31, Tokyo
WBA super-featherweight title bout
Takashi Uchiyama (Japan) vs. Israel Perez (Argentina)
WBA super-flyweight title bout
Kohei Kono (Japan) vs. Norberto Jimenez (Dominican Republic)
WBA light-flyweight title bout
Alberto Rossel (Peru) vs. Ryoichi Taguchi (Japan)

Results from Montreal

By Dave Spencer at ringside

A pair of Ontario fighters made the trip from Toronto and posted victories Saturday night while headliner Francisco ‘Hitman’ Cotroni rode a first round knockdown on his to a convincing victory at Club de Boxe de L’est in east end Montreal. The small pro-am show featured four professional giving the participants a chance to keep busy and get some much needed work.

Light-middleweight Cotroni (10-3-1 5KO) scored with a right hand upstairs and left hook to the body that brought Pawel Seliga (4-5 1KO) to his knees to end the first round. Cotroni pressed for the remainder of the fight but Seliga of Poland was able to absorb much of the onslaught, hanging on and tying up and making it to the scorecards where he won a convincing 60-53 unanimous decision on all the scorecards. Continue reading

Vetyeka wins WBA International title

By Ron Jackson

In East London at the Orient Theatre, Simpiwe Vetyeka beat Arturo Santos Reyes on points to claim the WBA international featherweight title. The South African won 120.5-108.50, 119.50-112.50 and 119-109, with the new half-point system being tried by the WBA being used. Reyes, from Mexico, was unable to stop Vetyeka from scoring throughout the 12-round bout. Vetyeka, a former triple “world” champion, had not fought for six months, but looks ready to extend his career after turning 34 on Christmas Eve. His record now stands at 27-3, including 15 wins inside the distance. Since his professional debut in January 2002 he has won the SA and IBO bantamweight titles, as well as the IBO featherweight, WBC international super-bantamweight and WBA “super” bantamweight titles. The 28-year-old Reyes dropped to 18-4, with 5 knockouts, after winning his previous six fights since losing to the highly regarded Hosumi Hasegawa in December 2012. Continue reading

Cave Camp’s reaction to loss to Escandon

Update: All parties supporting Tyson Cave have agreed to work collectively together. A review of the fight by the WBA is still expected to take place. Whether its the WBA’s decision to mandate an automatic rematch or if another major fight is made for Tyson next, all parties are now on the same page for the best interest of Cave’s immediate future.

Garcia beats Garcia again

By Gabriel F Cordero

Former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia (37-3, 22 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Andrés “Bombita” Garcia (9-4-3, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Municipal Auditorium in Los Cabos in Baja California Sur. Garcia’s bodywork paid dividends as the bout progressed and he nearly got a late stoppage. The two previously fought early in their careers with “Rayito” winning an eight round decision. He later went on to capture both the IBF and WBO minimumweight titles.

Ex-champ Smith suffers upset loss

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former female IBF welterweight champion Daniella Smith (13-6,1KO) suffered upset five round stoppage at the hands of Gentiane Lupi (2-1-1, 1 KO) in the scheduled main event ten round bout at the ABA stadium in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday. Referee John Conway crowned Lupi at 1:45 after Smith had visited the canvas in round five. The 42-year-old Smith captured the IBF title in 2010 when she defeated Jennifer Retzke by ten round decision in Berlin, Germany. Continue reading

Chauke retains South African featherweight title

By Ron Jackson

Oscar Chauke retained his South African featherweight title for the second time when he outpointed Bonakile Bhikitsha over 12 rounds at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The decision was unanimous with judges Simphiwe Mbini, Lulama Mtya and Andile Matika scoring it 115-111, 117-111 and 116-109. Early in the first round the 34-year-old Chauke (56.65kg) dropped Bhikitsha (57.15kg) with an overhand right to the head but referee Siya Vabaza-Booi ruled it as a slip. Through rounds two to nine the fight never rose to any heights as both boxers were missing badly and more so the challenger. However, in round ten a short right to the jaw sent the challenger down but Bhikitsha managed to beat the count and fought back bravely as he backed up the champion to the end of the round and also in the eleventh round. In the twelfth and final round a bloodied, gutsy and tiring Bhikitsha, 36, managed to hold on to the final bell despite being dumped on his pants in the neutral corner from an overhand right. Chauke improved his record to 31-8-3; 11 and Bhikitsha saw his reported record drop to 9-8; 7. Continue reading

52nd Annual WBC Convention kicks off today

By Gabriel F Cordero

WBC will celebrate its 52nd annual convention from today through December 20 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. “The WBC is ready for the Convention in Las Vegas,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. “We have a number of surprises and events and it’ll be some very special days. The WBC is in a great moment. It’s a tribute to the memory and work of Jose Sulaiman and a tribute to all world champions. My father has inspired us to go ahead and with all the enthusiasm.” A large turnout of current world champions such as Floyd Mayweather, Gennady Golovkin and Jhonny Gonzalez and historical legends like Julio César Chavez, Oscar de la Hoya and Mike Tyson will be on hand.

Review of three interesting scorecards

By Miguel Maravilla

An interesting night of scoring in all three HBO-televised bouts on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Opening the show, Jose Benavidez Jr. won the WBA interim jr welterweight title from Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in a bout many felt Herrera did enough to win. All three judges had Benavidez winning handily. Max DeLuca and Eric Cheek had it 8-4 in rounds for Benavidez, while Dave Moretti had it 9-3 for the challenger.

In the second bout, Andy Lee was behind on all three scorecards before stopping Matt Korobov to claim the vacant WBO middleweight title formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title (and a $1.4 million payday) as a favor to his advisor Al Haymon. Judges Don Trella and Tim Cheatham had Korobov ahead 5-0 in rounds, while Dick Houck had Korobov ahead 3-2 before Lee ended the bout suddenly and dramatically.

In the main event, the prevailing view at ringside was that Timothy Bradley won clearly despite a game effort by Diego Chaves. Not so, according to judge Julie Lederman who had Chaves ahead 8-4 in rounds. Judge Craig Metcalfe scored it 6-6 in rounds, awarding Chaves the last four rounds to pull even at the end. Judge Burt Clements saw the bout 7-5 in rounds for Bradley.

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Caparello wins in comeback fight; WBO #15 Dunn halts Ramallo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world light heavyweight challenger Blake Caparello (20-1-1, 6 KOs) scored a ten round decision over Argentina’s Maximiliano Jorge Gomez (15-4, 6 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Caparello was coming off a second round loss to WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev after having the champion on the canvas in round one in August. Caparello defeated former world rated American’s Elvir Muriqi in 2014 and Allan Green in 2013.

On the same night, WBO #15 super middleweight Zac Dunn (16-0, 14 KOs) stopped Argentina’s Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo (16-6-1, 11 KOs) in seven rounds of scheduled twelve round WBO Oriental title bout at the Royal Exibition Building at Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Ramallo was coming off win over Juan Damian Alvarez in October and had lost to IBF #1 Hassan N’Dam N’Jkam in February. Promoter Barry Michael, the former IBF 130 pound champion, said “Zac Dunn has the skills and power to reach the top in boxing. He reminds me of former world super middleweight champion Michel Kessler.”

Kell Brook says he wants to hurt Amir Khan

By James Slater

Amir Khan certainly lived up to his “King” nickname last night in Las Vegas, all but shutting out Devon Alexander over 12 hugely impressive rounds. And, as Khan has stated before many times, he wants that massive fight with the pound-for-pound number-one, Floyd Mayweather Junior. Khan, now 2-0 as a welterweight and fully showing the benefits of the hard work he has put in with ace trainer Virgil Hunter, says he hopes for a huge 2015 after having closed out 2014 “with a bang.”

Of course, Mayweather has come out and called out the fellow superstar all boxing fans have wanted him to fight for the longest time, in Manny Pacquiao, and this could leave Khan out in the cold as far as the mega-fight is concerned. But there are plenty of other big options for Khan – including a domestic super-fight with current IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook.

Unbeaten Brook was a studio guest in the Sky Sports studios to call Khan-Alexander, and though he was impressed with Khan’s performance, he doesn’t think his would-be rival deserves a shot at “Money.” Continue reading

Khan-Alexander post fight presser quotes

By Boxing Bob Newman

Several of the fighters from the televised portion of Golden Boy’s “Royal Battle” show appeared and spoke at the post fight presser. Abner Mares, Leonard Bundu, Keith Thurman and Amir Khan all gave their thoughts on their fights as well as answered questions from the assembled media.

Oscar: I know that Mayweather-Pacquiao is the fight the fans want, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. If it doesn’t then Amir is the fight Floyd HAS to make.

Amir Khan: I fought my game plan tonight. Devon is a good fighter. He beat Maidana easily and Maidana gave Floyd a tough fight. I just beat Devon easily. Virgil Hunter has made me a more complete fighter. I don’t stand there to get hit any more. I believe I’m the best fighter in the world. I know the fans want Mayweather-Pacquiao, But I have the style and speed to beat Floyd. If the fight can’t be made for May, I’m sure Oscar will make the right plans for me.

Oscar de la Hoya: You saw a great fighter tonight in Amir Khan. The welterweight division is the best division in boxing right now. The top three guys are Pacquiao, Mayweather and Khan. I know that Mayweather-Pacquiao is the fight the fans want, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. If it doesn’t then Amir is the fight Floyd HAS to make. Where else is he gonna go? Amir’s only getting better. Thank you for coming and Merry Christmas!

Keith Thurman: Everybody thinks of me since my amateur days as a knockout artist. But I want to be a complete fighter, a smart fighter. You can’t knock everybody out. I fought my game plan and won every round. It’s called “Boxing” first! (Giving his thoughts on the Khan-Alexander fight)- Khan fought a smart fight. He stuck to his game plan. I would love to fight him in 2015. Continue reading

Stiverne-Wilder officially announced

The most significant heavyweight matchup in the United States in years between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) was formally announced on Saturday night. The bout takes place on Saturday, January 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised by Showtime. The event is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and will feature undefeated WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) defending his belt against a challenger to be announced. Ticket information for the event will be announced shortly. Continue reading

Bradley-Chaves ends in draw

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In an entertaining fight, former world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (30-1-1, 12 KOs) and former interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Chaves came out throwing bombs, but hit mostly air. Two unintentional headbutts in round two left both fighters cut. More meaningful punches were landed by Bradley although Chaves had his moments also. Judge Julie Letterman scored the fight 116-112 for Chaves, Burt Clements scored it 115-113 for Bradley, and Craig Metcalfe scored it even 114-114.

“I thought I won eight rounds,” said Bradley. “We clashed heads right away I feel I may have a fracture in my left cheekbone.”

Chaves commented, “I thought it was a close fight. I thought I won the fight. I am not surprised what happened in the score.”

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Khan schools Alexander, wants Mayweather

By Boxing Bob Newman and Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

In a welterweight clash between former world champions, Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) pitched a twelve round near shutout over Devon Alexander “The Great” (26-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Khan was quicker and more accurate, never deviating from his game plan. He methodically outjabbed and outboxed Alexander, who was never really in the fight. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 120-108.

“I believe I have earned my shot against Floyd Mayweather,” said Khan afterward. “It would be huge and I would walk out with the belt…I think it was one of my best performances. I’m the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world. I’m getting better.” Continue reading

Oquendo Files Lawsuit in Federal Court in Manhattan over July WBA title fight against Chagaev

Fres Oquendo has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Manhattan against Hamburg-based promoter Terek Box Event seeking damages of $5 million and an injunction to prevent the promoter from promoting Ruslan Chagaev in any bouts until it first gives Oquendo the rematch he was promised. On July 6, 2014 in Grozny Chechnya, Oquendo fought Chagaev for the vacant WBA regular World Heavyweight Title that became vacant after Wladimir Klitschko defeated Alexander Povetkin in October 2013. Chagaev, the home town favorite and adopted son of President Kadyrov, was awarded a majority decision with one judge ruling the fight a draw and the other two judges finding for Chagaev by only one round. Continue reading

Lee wins WBO middleweight belt, Benavidez dethrones Herrera at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Middleweight Andy Lee (34-2, 23 KOs) scored a sudden sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Olympian Matt Korobov (24-1, 13 KOs) to claim the WBO middleweight belt formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title rather than to face Korobov. The close fight ended abruptly after Lee rocked Korobov with a right hook and then got the stoppage from Kenny Bayless with a barrage of punches. Lee was behind on all three scorecards before the TKO win.

WBA interim jr welterweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) was surprisingly dethroned by Jose Benavidez Jr. (22-0, 15 KOs). Herrera outboxed Benavidez early, but the challenger adjusted his tactics and turned the tables. In the end, it was Benevidez prevailing by scores of 116-112, 116-112, 117-111, raising some eyebrows at ringside. A scoring controversy for the second time this week in a WBA interim title fight. Continue reading