San Diego Chargers star and Detroit native, Antonio Gates is back promoting his second show in the Motor City as the Masonic Temple will be the scene for a night of pro boxing on Friday, February 6. Matchmaker Carlos Llinas has lined up Detroit’s Ronnie Austion versus Donald Ward in the main event in what could prove to be the toughest test of undefeated Austion’s pro career. Ward was last seen here getting overwhelmed by Tony Harrison but Austion is neither as big or as experienced as Harrison, making this a potential closer match up. AG Promotions are high on young Austion, going as far as to tout him as “the next Floyd Mayweather”. 20 year old Ronnie does have some skills and has garnered the support of fellow boxers such as Adrien Broner (Broner was ringside for Austion’s last fight) but has a bit more to prove before being crowned as the heir to Mayweather. Decisively beating Ward would be at least a small right step in that direction. The main event is scheduled for six rounds. Continue reading →
UniMas will televise this Saturday night’s big rematch between former IBF and WBO minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (16-2-1, 11 KOs) and Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7 KOs). The fight is taking place at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. The bout will take place at jr. flyweight.
Rodriguez and Fajardo battled to a ten round draw two months ago in Cebu City, Philippines.
“On that occasion I wasn’t very well prepared, but nevertheless I feel that I won the fight,” Rodriguez said. “What I can say to the fans is that I am not going to disappoint them, nor I am going to disappoint myself, and I will win…I feel very good, I had a very good high-altitude camp and you’ll see a totally different fight. My strategy against Fajardo will be to attack him with hooks to the body.”
Rodriguez vacated the WBO and IBF crowns to move up in weight. Once he settles the score with Fajardo, “Chihuas” wants to fight for the WBO 108lb title.
Undefeated, #1 WBO ranked cruiserweight Krzysztof “Head” Głowacki (23-0, 15 KO and Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (35-6, 22 KO) met today for the first time at press conference in Warsaw before Saturday WBO title eliminator in Toruń, Poland. Głowacki-Seferi is a second “semifinal” WBO cruiser eliminator. If everything will go according to the plan, the winner of Saturday’s fight in Poland will met Tony Bellew, who couple of weeks ago in Liverpool defeated his countryman Nathan Cleverly in the first part of WBO cruiserweight semifinal eliminator.
“I know what Seferi can do, but let’s not make him bigger than he is. He already lost two of the most important fights in his career – to Herbie Hyde and Marco Huck. I know also that he’s possibly the best fighter I ever faced. I don’t underestimate him and I will not make any predictions. It’s not my style. And I don’t even want to talk about a possible Marco Huck title fight – first Seferi, then possibly fight in England,” said Głowacki.
Seferi, who prepared for Głowacki working with Juan Carlos Gomez (Głowacki is a southpaw), is quietly confident. “I respect Głowacki and I also understand how hard is to win on the judges cards fighting in his backyard. This is why I hope for a knockout,” – said the “Albanian Tyson,” who after a 2008 loss to Hide won 15 consecutive fights.
A Little Rock, Arkansas judge has OK’d a request to move IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor from jail to an undisclosed “lockdown hospital” for a likely “full mental and health evaluation,” according to Arkansasonline.com.
Taylor’s legal team also asked that the champ then be moved to a treatment center rather than back to jail, which the court will consider at a future hearing. The judge indicated such a move would probably require electronic monitoring and drug testing. It’s not known if Taylor would be allowed to defend his world title under this scenario.
Per Nielsen Media Research, HBO’s third fight in the trilogy between welterweights Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado averaged 1,252,000 viewers, peaking at 1,316,000 viewers. This was the largest viewership among their three fights – all shown live on HBO. The TV opener between Gilberto Ramirez and Maxim Vlasov averaged 820,000 viewers, and peaked at 946,000 viewers.
Welterweight Frankie Gavin has signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing and will headline a show at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on May 9. In addition, Gavin will fight under Hearn for the first time on the undercard of Kell Brook’s IBF Welterweight World title defense against Jo Jo Dan at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on March 28 before heading home in May in front of a huge crowd with a brilliant line-up in support. World rated middleweight Matthew Macklin boxes in Birmingham for the first time in almost five years as he looks to bounce back from defeat to Jorge Sebastian Heiland, unbeaten super flyweight sensation Kal Yafai will be in title action on the card and his brother Gamal will continue his rise in the pro ranks. It’s the first major show in the second city for Matchroom Sport for 13 years since Nigel Benn and Prince Naseem Hamed featured on a bill in May 1992, and Hearn is delighted to be bringing big-time boxing back to Birmingham.
In what is great news for UK fight fans, the upcoming Carl Frampton-Chris Avalos super bantamweight title fight, set for Belfast on February 28th, will be shown live and exclusively on terrestrial TV channel ITV. This will mark the first time since Carl Froch and Jean Pascal engaged in an absolute thriller back in 2008 that ITV has shown live world championship boxing from the UK. Irish hero Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) will be making the first defense of the IBF title he won from Kiko Martinez in a war back in September of last year. Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) and the IBF mandatory challenger, will be having his first crack at a world title, as well as his first fight inside what is likely to be a very hostile Odyssey Arena. The undercard that night will go out on ITV sister channel ITV 4, before the main event action switches to the major channel.
HBO has the biggest telecast in the month of February, an afternoon clash with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s title defense against Martin Murray on February 21.
So far, Showtime has officially announced ZILCH for their boxing subscribers in February. There is an expected ShoBox card on February 20, but Showtime Championship Boxing might be on hiatus for a while. Possibly even until an April Adonis Stevenson fight. Let’s hope not.
On Fox Sports 1, IBF bantamweight champion Randy Caballero defends his belt against Alberto Guevara on February 27.
ESPN2 delivers with four Friday Night Fights telecasts during February. February 6 was to be a world title fight between IBF middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and Sergio Mora, however Mora will now face Abie Han after Taylor’s much publicized problems. The opening rounds of the Boxcino tournament will take place on February 13 and 20. The February 27 show is topped by jr lightweight Cletus Seldin against Johnny Garcia.
UniMas has a February 7 telecast featuring unbeaten lightweight prospects Ivan Najera and Saul Rodriguez in separate bouts, then on February 28 hot prospect Felix Verdejo begins his 2015 campaign against Marco Antonio “El Kua Kua” Lopez.
Azteca America, beIN Sports and ESPN3 often air live boxing with little advance notice. NBC, Spike TV and Telemundo won’t get going until March.
While no one can doubt the impact that Roc Nation Sports made on the boxing landscape with winning the purse bid to promote the mandatory defense of then-WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov (August 2014), many have wondered what’s next for the disruptive promotional outfit from JAY Z. Fresh off the January 9th Roc Nation Sports show at Madison Square Gardens, COO David Itskowitch took time out to discuss what the future holds for Roc Nation Sports and how they’ll continue with the momentum gathered thus far.
Roc Nation Sports had a great premier event. Tell me how it went and what we can expect going forward?
We felt everything went very well. We had a great crowd at The Garden, we had good fights, great press and good reviews and feedback from fans. FOX Sports was very pleased with the quality of the broadcast and production. Overall it was a success. Continue reading →
The second annual “Jose Sulaiman” Race of Champions took place this past Saturday on the famous Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. The event was organized by the World Boxing Council. Close to 7000 runners competed over distances of 6 and 12 kilometres. Special guests in attendance included world champions Julio Cesar Chavez, Jhonny Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, Ibeth Roca Zamora, Jessica Gonzalez, Humberto Gonzalez, Ana Maria Torres, Edgar Sosa, Cristian Mijares, and many others including Miguel Herrera, manager of the Mexican national soccer team.
“It’s a way of sharing between the world of boxing and sports in general,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman. “That was the thinking of my father, Jose Sulaiman.” This year, proceeds will be donated to the Angels with Autism Foundation.
According to Sydney publicist Max Markson, complications over the visit of WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather have to do with Mayweather’s plans to bring an entourage of 31, including five other boxers. Markson also noted that Mayweather hadn’t yet been granted a visa to enter the country. Mayweather will likely arrive next Monday or Tuesday if he comes at all.
In a WBC featherweight eliminator, WBC #5 Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (21-10, 13 KOs) punished WBC #4 Rocky Juarez (30-11-1, 21 KOs) over twelve hard fought rounds to become the WBC’s mandatory challenger on Monday night at Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas. Castellanos, who was busier throughout the fight, was credited with a knockdown in round five when he sent an off balance Juarez into the ropes. Castellanos scored three clear knockdowns in round twelve to erase all doubt. Juarez barely survived until the final bell. Scores were 118-106, 118-106, 118-107. Castellanos is now the WBC “silver” champion and mandatory challenger for WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez.
Unbeaten welterweight KeAndre Gibson (12-0-1, 5 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Nelson Lara (15-7-5, 8 KOs) in a competitive bout. Judges were harsh on Lara as scores were 80-72 on all three cards.
Unbeaten featherweight Javier “Pit Bull” Rodriguez (12-0-1, 2 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Quinice Wesby (2-7, 0 KOs). A left hook to the head laid out Wesby. Time was :49.
After a year of breaking records in ratings, Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will kick off their spring series March 6, 2015 from the Blackberry Auditorium in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event local favorite former WBO interim bantamweight champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (28-11-2-15 KO’s) of Mexico City, Mexico will face fellow countryman Martin “Pini” Casillas (15-4-9 KO’s) of Cocotitlan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds for the WBC FECARBOX Bantamweight Title.
Hernandez will be making his 9th appearance on the series, he won the WBO interim belt by defeating Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas by decision last June 14, in his last fight November 1, he lost a split decision to champion Tomiki Kameda for the absolute title in a bout televised by Showtime. Casillas lost to David Carmona last year on his debut on the series but rebounded back December 20 by stopping Victor Martinez in the 5th round in Mexico City. ‘Pini” also fought on bouts televised by Televisa and Cadena 3. Continue reading →
Golden Boy Promotions returns to San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, March 12 with a special HBO Latino Boxing two-fight live telecast co-promoted by Leija*Battah Promotions. In the headlining bout, 2008 Mexican Olympian, undefeated WBO International and NABF Junior Lightweight Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (21-0-1, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record and titles on the line when he faces off against Australian “Wild” Will Tomlinson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) from the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.
In the evening’s co-main event, Mexican favorite Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) will battle against the Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (18-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Star Boxing.
Floyd Mayweather’s visit to Australia has been postponed for one week. He is now scheduled for a February 5 dinner party and separate “after party” in Melbourne, with a repeat performance on February 6 in Sydney. All tickets sold for the original dates will be honored for the new dates.
Does this mean Floyd is remaining in the United States until the end of the month to finalize an agreement to fight Manny Pacquiao? Stay tuned.
Odds are close for the Fox Sports 1 main event tonight. The Greek sportsbook has Robinson Castellanos -130 and Rocky Juarez +110.
No too many U.S. boxing promoters scheduling action on Super Bowl weekend. We have Main Events’ ESPN2 show on Friday and Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions has a show Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.
Brandon Rios’ purse for Saturday night was $850,000. Mike Alvarado banked $785,000.
Former world title challenger Michel Soro (23-1-1, 13 KOs) will kick off his 2015 campaign this Friday night with a 10-round clash against Sandor “Mics K.O.” Micsko (25-7-1, 19 KOs) at the Salle Polyvalente Du Ramier in Blagnac, France.
Happy birthday to HBO’s Harold Lederman, boxing photographer Pepe Rodriguez, and the WBC’s Jill Diamond.
Before the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights’ live audience witnesses this week’s Dargan-Luis and Falowo-Lamour TV fights, they will be treated to an undercard that includes Shane Mosley, Jr. (2-1, 2 KOs), Cuban Sullivan Barrera (14-0, 9 KOs) and local prospects. Middleweight Mosley, Jr., of Pomona, CA, is taking on Rafael Machado for four rounds of action. Mosley has been training in Foxwoods with his father, Sugar Shane Mosley, as part of the reality television series Knockout. The 24-year old Mosley suffered his first career loss in his last fight against Marchristopher Adkins. Machado is still looking for his first career win.
As previously announced, Barrera is taking on veteran Jeff Lacy (27-5, 18 KOs) for eight rounds of action in the light heavyweight division. Continue reading →
Although not a big puncher, WBA world lightweight champion Richar Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs) says Derry Mathews (36-9-2, 19 KOs) is out of his depth against him and will get knocked out when they collide at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday March 6th. Abril travels to Mathews’s Merseyside hotbed to make the third defense of his world title and claims that the Liverpool hero has a weak chin and won’t be able to hold his heavy shots. “Mathews is a tough veteran and he is a smart fighter that pushes the pace….I rate him an 8 out of 10. He has a good jab, and good defense but I don’t think his chin will stand up to my punches,” said Abril. “He has fought tough competition and has a lot of ring experience. I believe I’ve fought more world class fighters than him, but he’s going to need every round of experience on March 6th. He is the one who has been KO’d 7 times in his career to my 0. He is the one who should be worried about his chin and my punching power. I definitely cannot leave it to the judges so I will be looking for the KO. There is no way Mathews is taking my title. I am coming to Liverpool to knock him out and I’m leaving with MY title.” Continue reading →
Middleweight Billi Godoy says he’ll draw on his wins over Jorge Sebastien Heiland and Carlos Baldomir as he challenges John Ryder for the WBO Inter-Continental title on Saturday in London at The O2 Arena. The Argentine is looking to upset Ryder’s plans of bursting into the top ten of the WBO rankings and he believes beating former World champion Baldomir and fellow countryman Heiland proves he has the class to defeat Ryder.
“I am in good shape for this fight because I’ve had some good wins,” said Godoy. “I had a high ranking when I beat Carlos Baldomir and Heiland. I have belief that if I win on Saturday I’ll be up there in the rankings again. I was already training for a fight in Argentina but they called me to fight over in England for a title, which interested me. So we accepted the fight. I know John is a southpaw, he has good technique and he’s a good boxer so I’ll have to be very intelligent in the way that I fight him. Continue reading →
Unbeaten Mexican super featherweight Adrian Estrella (20-0, 18 KOs) will reappear against Filipino Adones Aguelo (23-10-2 , 15 KOs) on February 7 in the Multipurpose Center in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. It is expected to be one of Estrella’s last tests before seeking a world title shot against WBC champion Takashi Miura.
Also, WBC flyweight female world champion Arely Muciño (21-2-2, 10 KOs) will make her first defense on March 6 against an opponent to be named in Veracruz, .
Both events are organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa.
A source revealed to Fightnews.com that four-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez could hook up with IBF welterweight world champion Kell Brook in London to discuss a possible fight. Marquez traveled Sunday night to England with his trainer Nacho Beristain. They will be in London for the fight between Beristain’s fighter Daniel Estrada and Kevin Mitchell for the WBC Silver lightweight title on Saturday.
Last Saturday at the Fitz Casino and Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi, fans were treated to a ringside appearance by five-time former champ Zab “Super” Judah. After chatting with a stream of fans and doling out pointers to main event winner Cody Williams, Judah filled in FightNews about his latest ventures in and out of the ring.
What have you been up to since you last fought Paulie Malignaggi in December 2013? Do you have any plans to retire?
I have a management company called SMG, Super Management Group, and we signed Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez, a 14-0 WBC United States champion. I’m staying active—I always stay ready so I never gotta get ready. So anytime when the call comes through, Super’s always ready. Since I fought, I’ve been like a gym destroyer for anybody who walks in the gym. I get busy. I think when it’s time for the retirement, we’ll make an announcement, but right now we’re having fun. I’m in great condition. My mind is right, my physical condition is great, and I’m ready for whatever happens. I sparred with Chris Algieri for the Pacquiao fight—so Zab’s been doing stuff quiet, but I’m sparring and working with guys, staying active. Continue reading →
Keandre Gibson 143.25 vs. Nelson Lara 144.25
Javier Rodriguez 125.75 vs. Quinice Wesby 126
Christian Santibanez 133.75 vs. Albert Romero 134.5
Armando Cardenas 147 vs. Alberto Espinoza 144.75
Arturo Esquivel 129 vs. Jesus Sandoval 128
Robert Vela 133.75 vs. Ramiro Torres 130.5
Venue: Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHisdtory.com
Saturday night at the GPG Event Center in Pennsauken, New Jersey, heavy handed heavyweight Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (32-3, 24KOs) continued his path toward world title aspirations with a dominant second round stoppage of Cory “The Cobra” Phelps 16-8-1, 8KOs).In the co-feature of the six bout card promoted by Silver Spoon Promotions in association with CMIS Enterprises LLC., highly touted amateur Vidal Rivera made his professional debut in convincing fashion, by dropping Jose Garcia (0-3) three times on his way to a first TKO victory.
The locals came out strong to support and were on their feet as Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon of nearby Woodbury, New Jersey entered the ring, followed by an entourage of over twenty strong. Witherspoon looked in great shape as he stepped into the squared circle at a fit and ready 236 pounds, while his opponent Corey “The Cobra” Phelps of Ashland, Kentucky came in at 234 pounds. Continue reading →
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Emiliano Marsili retained the European lightweight title on Saturday night in Bergamo, Italy, by TKO in round seven against Gyorgy Mizsei Jr in a rematch. The unbeaten Marsili (31-0-1, 14 KOs), rated IBF #3 and WBC #8, defended the title for the fourth time.
In the co-main event, Andrea Scarpa won the vacant Italian super lightweight title by unanimous decision against Francesco Acatullo in a very good fight.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with ITALIA 1 televising in Italy and Fightklub in Poland.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo
Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a second round KO over Argentinian Nestor Paniagua (25-8-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hotel Azul Convention Center in Ixtapa, Zijuatanejo, Mexico. Time was 1:16. Vargas is now targeting WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz.
In the co-feature, middleweight Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (33-2, 24 KOs) overcame a second round knockdown to win an eight round unanimous decision over David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-15-1, 23 KOs). Scores were 77-74 on all cards. photos
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Brenden Nasianceno
Saturday night in Tunica, Mississippi, Prize Fight Promotions’ long-running series Fights at the Fitz offered up five bouts with a smattering of controversy, a slew of knockdowns, and plenty of action and drama to keep the crowd–including special guest Zab Judah–entertained at the Fitz Casino and Hotel.
In the main event, a six-round cruiserweight bout that went the distance, undefeated Cody Williams (8-0, 3 KOs) found a game and evenly matched opponent in Nathan Bedwell (5-15, 4 KOs), despite the latter not having fought since July 2013. The entertaining scrap began with a center-ring staredown and continued with occasional flurries and moments of success from each fighter, but the first two rounds proved predominantly a technical battle. In the third, action heated up as they traded frequent right hooks, though Bedwell was looking to counter more than press the action. However, in the fourth and fifth, Williams began to find his target more consistently, particularly with right hands and uppercuts on his southpaw opponent (whose output had slowed until he shot out a slight head butt in frustration at the close of the fifth). With back-and-forth action in the final stanza, the crowd on its feet, and Bedwell’s nose bloodied, the two traded shots until the bell. But Williams had found more success, and more consistently, in more of the rounds, leading to the same score on all three judges’ scorecards: 58-56 for Williams. Continue reading →
Mike Alvarado Post-fight Quick Quotes: “I was still getting in my zone, moving and whatnot, but he hit my left eye with an uppercut. I couldn’t see. My vision wasn’t there so I made the call.
“I’m not done yet, at all. I was far from being at my best. I guarantee everybody in this place, I will be back.
“It was all in the preparation of my training. I wasn’t training like I should have been. That’s what I get. I gotta get back to the drawing board and get back on it. I ain’t done yet. I’m not making excuses for myself saying ‘at least I gave it all I got.’ I didn’t give it all I got, so that’s what I get. Whatever…I wasn’t prepared as I should have been. That’s what I get. It is what it is. Whatever.”
Brandon Rios Post-fight Quick Quotes: “I knew what I had to do. I had to come prepared because that could have been the end of my career. I don’t want that to happen. I still have a lot of gas in my tank and I did’t want it to end like this. I never thought it was gonna be easy. Alvarado’s a warrior and I knew he could bounce back with good shots. He’s got power in both hands so I had to take my time, be patient, listen to my corner, all the instructions, I followed the gameplan from camp, be disciplined and I came out victorious.
[What’s next] “Whatever (manager) Cameron Dunkin says I’m ready for. I don’t care who it is. The Russian (Provodnikov), Victor Ortiz if he wants to get it on, bad blood, whoever, I don’t care. I’m a fighter, I’m a warrior, I’ll fight anybody.”