WBC Statement: The World Boxing Council expresses complete rejection concerning the embarrassing fight simulation between Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga at their press conference yesterday. In a video that has been spread through media and social networks, a staged fight – previously agreed to – is shown between the fighters. Shane Mosley’s and Ricardo Mayorga’s actions could have generated more serious and unfortunate consequences. These actions are totally unacceptable for our sport. Our Lifetime President, Don Jose Sulaiman (may he rest in peace) suffered for many years after being injured during a fight between the camps of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, a brawl that was previously agreed to without awareness that other people were nearby. The World Boxing Council has a very special esteem for Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga due to their glorious achievements in the ring. But at the same time, we firmly regret these actions that only hurt their image and their legacy.
Last week light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KOs) had a choice between two mandatory offers: one from the WBC and the other from the IBF. The 28-year old from Malawi opted to take the offer from the WBC. Shortly thereafter, the IBF extended the mandatory fight offer to Main Events’ stablemate Sullivan Barrera (16-0, 11 KOs).
Yesterday, Chilemba formally accepted the the WBC elimination bout against Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (18-0, 10 KOs) of Apartado, Colombia and Yvon Michel, Alvarez’s promoter, formally accepted for Alvarez. The winner of this fight will be poised as the WBC’s mandatory challenger in the light heavyweight division and will have their shot at current WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs).
Last week, Barrera formally accepted his offer from the IBF to face Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) for the mandatory position in the IBF. The winner will face WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs).
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, who promotes Chilemba, Barrera and Kovalev, said, “We’ve been focused on the light heavyweight division for the past few years. I’m delighted that so many of our efforts are paying off at the same time and that Isaac and Sullivan are finally getting the opportunities that they’ve earned and have been waiting for. Yvon (Michel, who promotes both Beterbiev and Alvarez) and I have a lot to talk about! I’ve reached out for him and expect that we’ll begin negotiations over the weekend.”
In a clash of top light heavyweight contenders, Polish hero Andrzej Fonfara (27-3, 16 KOs) and former world champion Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KOs) will meet in a 12-round clash on Spike TV at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, October 16. Fonfara will be fighting at UIC Pavilion for the 14th time in his career and is fresh off a stunning performance against former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in April of this year. He now takes another tough fight against Cleverly.
“I’m excited to return to my hometown of Chicago on this big fight night against a world class fighter like Nathan Cleverly,” said Fonfara. “This will be a tough fight for both of us. Cleverly is a solid fighter and it’s no fluke that he was a world champion and that he defended his belt so many times. Our fighting styles guarantee that everyone can expect fireworks on October 16th. I want this fight to be a quick stop on my way to a rematch with Adonis Stevenson.”
Cleverly stated, “This is a major platform for me to prove that I am more than capable of becoming world champion again. If I beat Fonfara it’s a doorway fight to the world title and establishing myself as one of the best light heavyweights once again. Fonfara is a good fighter. He’s tall, has power and has moved up through the levels in his career. I am looking forward to coming over to Chicago and I am very confident that our styles will blend well for a really exciting fight.”
Former world champion Ricardo Mayorga told Nicaraguan journalists that the altercation with Shane Mosley and his girlfriend Trista during Tuesday’s press conference was preplanned – and that Mosley put him up to it.
“It was all a show,” said Mayorga. “Many people have labeled me as vulgar. It’s true that I gave a slap to the hip of the Mosley woman, but I told them I’m not a vulgar and disrespectful guy, it’s a mistake. I’m a man who admires women. It was part of the television. Mosley told me to do it to sell the fight. Mosley’s father reacted strongly because he was unaware that the stunt had been for publicity. I don’t need to sell the fight in Nicaragua because everyone will see it, but here in the United States they have to do everything. It was already planned that she would bend over and then Mosley would push me aggressively.”
By Karl Freitag
Fightnews.com has obtained a copy of the court ruling written by United States District Judge Kathleen M. Williams denying Don King Productions’ emergency motion for an injunction to stop Saturday’s pay-per-view clash between “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga. That document, summarized below, sheds some light on what went down during testimony in the case.
Hall of Fame promoter Don King didn’t testify. Representing DKP was Dana Jamison, the Sr. Vice President of Boxing Operations. She testified that in July 2014, Mayorga contacted DKP in order to discuss his career. She met with Mayorga in DKP’s offices on July 10, 2014, at which time Mayorga advised her that he wished to come out of retirement. That same day, she and Mayorga signed a Memorandum of Understanding and an Addendum to Mayorga’s Promotional Agreement — both of which were provided to Mayorga in Spanish and in English. The documents were notarized by Florida-licensed notary Grace Johansson.
Mosley and Mayorga made allegations that these documents were forged, however Williams noted that the court accepted the documents as valid. Continue reading
By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
By Miguel Cotto’s 25th birthday in 2005, the decorated amateur and Summer Olympian from Caguas, Puerto Rico, was already one of boxing’s brightest stars, having captured and defended his 140 lb. title five times against the likes of Randall Bailey, DeMarcus Corley, and the man who beat him in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Muhammad Abdullaev.
On that same day, October 29, 2005, a precocious 15-year old boy with a distinctive mop of red hair made his professional ring debut before a modest crowd just outside of his hometown Guadalajara, scoring the first of many knockouts on his way to stardom.
Nearly 10 years later, the red-headed youngster has become Mexico’s most popular active fighter, known to boxing fans around the world by the singular moniker, “Canelo.” Meanwhile, the superstar from Puerto Rico became a boxing legend, reinventing himself after a late-career slump to become the lineal middleweight champion of the world and joining the likes of Wilfredo Gomez, Felix Trinidad, and Hector Camacho in the pantheon of Puerto Rican boxing icons.
On November 21, 2015, Miguel Cotto, (40-4, 33 KOs), and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, (45-1-1, 32 KOs), will finally meet in the ring to contest not just Cotto’s WBC middleweight title, but for the status of lineal middleweight champion, which Cotto wrested from Sergio Martinez in 2014. In promotion of the upcoming bout, Cotto met with assembled media at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California, on the first stop of a four-city press tour that will include Mexico City, Puerto Rico, and New York. Continue reading
WBO jr welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford had the media pretty much to himself on Monday when his October 24 challenger Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean was a no-show at the kickoff press conference. It was explained that Canadian Jean was unable to find his passport and could not enter the U.S. for the press event in Omaha, Nebraska.
Terence Crawford: It’s gonna be a fun one. I could see it now. He’s a good fighter. I take nothing away from any fighter. October 24th I’ll be 100% ready, probably more than 100%. But mark my words. He will lose. And I’m not just talking. I’m serious.
Carl Moretti: This will be Terence’s first defense of his title at 140 pounds, we all know he was the lightweight champion of the world. He’s been to the ESPYs, he’s been to a bunch of premieres. And when you really look at it, the American landscape of boxing is Floyd Mayweather, who will be done fighting in September, there’s Andre Ward those career is somewhat stagnated, and then there’s Terence Crawford. What that means is Terence Crawford is the best American fighter and soon to be maybe the best fighter in the world. On October 24th, we’ll get our answer again inside the ring because the only one who can do the talking is Terence. He doesn’t take anybody lightly. He knows he’s got a big “X” on his chest because you beat Terence Crawford you made yourself a name. He’s not ready to let that happen yet.
Terence Crawford co-manager/trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre: This what I think about Dierry Jean. He’s going to be no factor in this fight…Dierry Jean is a solid opponent, but he opened his mouth and asked for this fight. He might as well asked for a can of ‘whoop ass.’ Terence is gonna do him in. Watch.
By Ron Jackson
Former South African light heavyweight champion Johnny Muller, 25, of South African has a tough one when he takes on Oleksandr Usyk from the Ukraine in Kiev on Saturday night in a challenge against the 2012 Olympic Games champion for his WBO intercontinental cruiserweight title.
Usyk has already beaten two other South Africans in advancing his record to 7-0. He stopped Daniel Bruwer in the seventh round and Danie Venter in the ninth last year. His five other opponents also failed to go the distance with the 28-year-old southpaw. Continue reading
by Lindy Lindell
An upset in the making was quashed when two of three Michigan judges awarded Nick Givan an unjust draw in a four-round bout Saturday night at the Hype Recreation Center in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, on Eddie Jaafar’s seven bout card that featured the return of featherweight James Smith.
Givan, who was reportedly signed to a promotional agreement by Lou DiBella shortly before the fight, was lucky to escape with a draw against a determined Freddy Durand, 8-1-2, Montreal, Canada. After a close first round, Durand seemed to have an answer for every foray that Givan, 15-0-1, Kalamazoo, could muster. Still fighting four-rounders after sixteen fights, Givan made no adjustments to the couterpunching Durand, whose shoulders slumped with disappointment when the verdict was read. Givan has decent speed, only fair power, and a porous defense with arms held scarcely higher than his waistline. The scores were 39-37 for each fighter and a 38-38 draw. Fightnews had it 39-37 Durand. Continue reading
By Ron Jackson
Jasper Seroka will make the second defence of his SA super-featherweight title when he faces Sibiya, who has probably been carrying a grudge for twelve years, when they meet on Sunday at the Orient Theatre in East London. They were a lot younger, probably faster, and certainly inexperienced when they met in April 2003. Seroka, now 33, won on points over four rounds; a result that the 34-year-old Sibiya has certainly not forgotten. Since then, Seroka has assembled a professional record of 24-4, including eleven wins inside the distance. Sibiya brings a record of 17-9, with four draws and two shortcut wins, to their little reunion.
The challenger is a better boxer than his record suggests. He was beaten several times early in his career but in his past ten fights lost only to Mzonke Fana – on a split decision in a clash for the vacant WBF intercontinental super-featherweight title in March this year. Continue reading
By Karl Freitag
Veteran featherweight Cornelius Lock (23-7-2, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over former IBF world title challenger and IBF #10 rated featherweight Alex Miskirtchian (25-4-1, 9 KOs) on Tuesday night at the outdoor MCU Park baseball stadium on Coney Island in New York City. In a strong performance, Locke won the first two rounds, then lowered the boom and dropped Miskirtchian twice in round three. The bout was waved off by referee Steve Willis at 2:10.
In other action, two-time Irish Olympian and 2012 silver medalist John Joe Nevin (4-0, 3 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Victor Capaceta (4-8, 2 KOs) in a bantamweight clash. Capaceta stayed on his stool after round three, claiming he was unable to continue after being hit in the back of the head. Nevin showed no obvious signs of two broken legs sustained in a brutal assault last year.
Former cruiserweight title challenger Junior Wright (14-1, 11 KOs), coming off a KO8 loss to Rakhim Chakhkiev last May in Russia, got back into the win column with a six round unanimous decision over journeyman Harvey “Candy Man” Jolly (14-23, 7 KOs). Wright dropped Jolly in round six, but the Candy Man weathered the storm until the final bell. Scores were 59-54 across the board. Jolly dropped his fourth straight fight. Continue reading
By Jeff Zimmerman
Light heavyweight Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson (15-3, 9 KOs) returns to the ring after an impressive win just last month against Jerry Odom, as the main event this Friday night in the Scott G. Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom, an annual fundraiser benefiting Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. Former 2x World Champion Paulie Ayala will promote the event that bears the name of his late, long time manager Scott Sherman.
Clarkson has strung together 5 consecutive wins, after losing to Jesse Hart for the jr super middleweight NABF title last April. Clarkson is as focused as ever to get another title shot as he takes on grizzled veteran Rayford Johnson (11-18, 7KO) in the main event. Continue reading
In a special edition of LA Fight Club at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles on September 18, Golden Boy Promotions will present a card featuring Puerto Rican phenom Jeffrey Fontanez (16-1, 12 KOs) against Mexican banger Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero (27-6, 23 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight main event. LA Fight Club will be broadcast live nationally on Estrella TV .
In the co-main event, scheduled for eight rounds, local super featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (11-1-3, 5 KOs) will put his nine-fight winning streak on the line against a yet-to-be-named opponent and opening up the telecast, fan favorite Angeleno Oscar Negrete (11-0, 3 KOs) will take on Jose “Hollywood” Estrella (14-7-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-round super bantamweight bout. Continue reading
By Karl Freitag
All three of the famed Japanese Kameda Brothers will be fighting in the United States on PBC cards in the coming weeks.
On September 6, former two-time world champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 18 KOs) takes on Victor Ruiz (19-5, 14 KOs) in a bantamweight fight at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. It will Daiki’s U.S. debut. On the same card, younger brother Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs) looks to avenge his only loss against WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs).
Then on October 16th, Koki Kameda (33-1, 18 KOs) is fighting Kohei Kono (30-8-1, 13 KOs) for the WBA super flyweight belt at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. It will be Koki’s second fight in the U.S. He is going for a world title in a fourth weight division after already winning bantamweight, flyweight and jr. flyweight titles.
All three Kameda brothers made history in 2013 by holding world titles at one time. It is the only time three brothers have held world boxing titles simultaneously.
Photos: Ernesto Perez – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Mexican icon Canelo Alvarez faced off Tuesday at a press conference in Mexico City. The event was day two of a four-day press tour to announce their world title PPV clash on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Next stop: Wednesday, New York City, Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, noon, fight fans welcome.
By Karl Freitag
All hell broke loose at the final press conference for Saturday’s pay-per-view rematch between Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga. During the face-off, Mosley’s girlfriend Trista Pisani dropped her glasses and when she bent over to pick them up, Mayorga slapped her on the rear end. Mosley tried to get at Mayorga but was held back.
Earlier, Mayorga stated “I’ll fight him for three rounds if he’s valiant enough to make it three rounds. If not I’ll knock him out in the first so that his son can pick him up after the fight. He’s not going to have a daddy anymore.”
Later Mayorga ripped off his shirt, vowed to weigh 158 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in, and proclaimed “I’m going to kill him.”
Mosley said, “I’m happy that Mayorga accepted the challenge. He called me and wanted to fight. We agreed and made the fight. Now it’s a problem trying to get down to weight. I don’t know if they’re gonna make weight or not. There’s a limit. You gotta be within seven pounds of the weight, so I’m trying to keep my weight up. I’m actually trying to make weight by getting heavier, not to lose weight. We’re gonna see what happens with ‘fat boy’ here. I can’t see him lasting with me. I’m too fast, I punch too hard and I have too many advantages. I can’t wait till Saturday night. He can’t wait till the weigh-in…it’s been two years. I’m just ready to fight. I just want to knock someone out right now.”
Mosley-Mayorga II takes place Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
There are reports out of Nicaragua that Shane Mosley and Ricardo Mayorga beat Don King in court and their PPV rematch is a go for Saturday. We’ll know more later today when Mosley holds a noon press conference for media and fans at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Mosley told FOX Sports that Saturday’s $49.95 PPV event will go ahead even if Mayorga is not available. Shane stated that he has a backup fighter who is “actually better than Mayorga.” The Mosley-Mayorga PPV will go head-to-head with an ESPN telecast of Leo Santa Cruz vs. Abner Mares, taking place up the road st Staples Center in Los Angeles.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, is set for his middleweight showdown against WBC champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico, taking place November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay per View. We caught up with “Canelo” at the Lowes Hotel as he talked about his upcoming showdown with Cotto.
“I am very honored and happy to be getting this fight against Miguel Cotto. He has accomplished so much in this sport,” Canelo told Fightnews.com “It will be a 50/50 fight. There are no advantages. The one that prepares himself well will win the fight.”
After previous failed attempts for a match-up between the two stars, both sides were finally able to reach an agreement setting the stage for the showdown. When asked about the demands and negotiations, Canelo wasn’t shy. “They were very difficult for a fight of this magnitude. That’s how they have to be, but we’re here now,” Canelo said. “These types of fights are negotiations that are complicated so both sides are comfortable and can come to an agreement.” Continue reading
“Boxeo Telemundo Ford” is once again the most watched boxing program on Spanish-language television year to date with an average of 455,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen. The fight between Mexico’s Aarón “Timmy” García and Puerto Rico’s Daniel Rosario Cruz for the WBO Latin super welterweight title on July 17, is the highest rated fight of 2015 with an audience of 603,000 total viewers. “Boxeo Telemundo Ford” holds a sizable lead over UniMás’ “Solo Boxeo” and TV Azteca’s “Boxeo Azteca”, beating them by +51% (455,000 vs. 302,000) and +292% (455,000 vs. 116,000) in total viewers year to date, respectively.
“Boxeo Telemundo Ford,” the longest-running boxing program on US Spanish-language television, was launched in 1989. Since then it has showcased 55 world champions, including Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., José “Carita” López, Oscar “Chololo” Larios, Ulises “Archie” Solís and Carlos Maussa, earning a reputation as the show “where champions are born.”
By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
On a typically warm, sunny California afternoon, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez kicked off their four-city press tour ahead of their November 21, 2015, showdown in Las Vegas before hundreds of vocal fans at the outdoor Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles.
Despite the promise of a crowd-pleasing, high-intensity battle in this latest installment of the storied Mexico vs. Puerto Rico boxing rivalry, restraint and professionalism was the order of the day as both fighters and their respective teams took turns complimenting each other and emphasizing their mutual desire to entertain their respective legions of fans.
Golden Boy Promotions chief Oscar De La Hoya, whose company brokered this fight with Roc Nation Sports, set the tone at the outset with a homage to the rivalry, as well as a prediction of fireworks inside the ring.
“Its going to be like two Mack trucks colliding, that’s the type of fight we’re going to see. Guaranteed action,” predicted De La Hoya. “Mexico vs. Puerto Rico inside the ring has been one of the most passionate rivalries we’ve ever had in the sport of boxing. Puerto Rico has produced some of the greatest fighters in the history of this sport, some of the biggest hearts inside the square ring. And Mexico, what can I say? In recent years some of the best action fighters have hailed from Mexico. When you put both of them inside that ring you’re going to get an explosion.” Continue reading
Alex Miskirtchian 127.2 vs. Cornelius Lock 125.6
Dimash Niyazov 134.8 vs. Ariel Duran 135.8
Gary Beriguette 149.4 vs. Anton Williamson 149.8
John Joe Nevin 135.6 vs. Victor Capaceta 135.2
Tresean Wiggins 146.4 vs. Kevin Womack Jr. 145.4
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 143 vs. Cory Baur 142.6
Junior Wright 198.8 vs. Harvey Jolly 185.2
Jose De La Rosa 148.8 vs. Kamal Muhammad 146.4
Giorgi Gelashvilli 142.8 vs. DeLoren Grayvs.Jordon 142.6
Emilio Salas 201 vs. Glenn Thomas 201
Venue: MCU Park, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: Dmitry Salita’s Star of David Promotions
Tickets for the highly anticipated showdown between WBC Middleweight World Champion Miguel Cotto and former two-time Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez will go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced at $2,000, $1,750, $1,250, $650, $350 and $150, not including applicable service charges, and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office, ticketmaster.com, mandalaybay.com, all Ticketmaster locations or by calling (800) 745-3000. Ticket orders are limited to four per person.
Cotto and Canelo faced off today in Los Angeles in the first leg of their four-city press tour.
Miguel Cotto: I’m here not asking for sympathy. Everything I have in life is because of my sacrifice. On November 21st, I’m going to show the world what Miguel Cotto is made of.
Canelo Alvarez: I’m gonna prepare the best I ever have. I want be ready for this fight and I want to win because like every Mexican we come here to be victorious.
Freddie Roach: Miguel will be in great shape for this fight and we will win by knockout.
Promoter Frank Warren has announced Liam Smith will now face ESPN “Boxcino” tournament winner John Thompson (17-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBO world super welterweight championship on October 10th at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Thompson, who won Boxcino after joining as a late sub, replaces Michel Soro. The title was previously held by Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, who was stripped for inactivity.
Promoter Frank Warren: “Having agreed and confirmed a deal with Soro’s promoter and then having announced the fight, I was very disappointed to hear there was an internal disagreement between him (Soro) and his promoter. We didn’t wish to be involved in this dispute and wait any longer for this to be resolved which would have held up the WBO title and Liam fighting for it. Therefore, we sought approval from the WBO for the next available contender which was John Thompson who jumped at the chance to fight for the World title. We’re still over six weeks’ away so Liam can adjust his training and strategy for Thompson who’s a tall, tough fighter and will be looking to cause a big upset by defeating Liam.”
Liam Smith: “I don’t care who’s in front of me, nobody is going to stop me from winning the world title. I’m not bothered about Soro, all I care about is Thompson and beating him and getting that belt around my waist. I’ve seen Thompson before as I keep my eye on everyone in the division as I might one day fight them. He’s tall and strong and can obviously bang a bit with his big upset in the Boxcino tournament. I’m more excited to be fighting an American as they bring that extra spice to the ring and it’s going to be cracker for the fans and viewers on BoxNation.”
John Thompson: “I am ecstatic at the opportunity. I will look to take advantage of it and ready to win and become world champion. It won’t feel like fighting the road. I have family in Scotland, who will be at the fight. I’ve been there before and that was a pleasure trip, I am coming this time for business.”
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Terence Crawford made his next world title bout against Dierry Jean official today during a press conference at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center in an event open to the public.
Dierry Jean Manager Camille Estephan: “I am happy to announce the rematch will be right back here in Omaha. Dierry asked for this fight and when we told him it would be in Omaha he said ‘all the better.’ Dierry has the style and power to beat Crawford. Dierry only wants to fight and beat the best.”
Dierry Jean Trainer Mike Moffa: “Omaha is a great city. It will be a honor for Dierry to take Crawford’s world title belt back to Canada where it really belongs”
Terence Crawford Trainer Brian McIntyre: “This is getting personal. All Dierry Jean will be getting is a good ass-whipping. He will be no factor against Terence.”
Terence Crawford: “Wow – he asked to fight me. That’s good. I like it. I will be 100% prepared -probably more than 100% because of the way Dierry’s team has been talking.”
Note: Dierry Jean lost his passport two days ago and was unable to board his flight. He will be issued a new passport this week.
Super middleweight Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-0, 16 KOs) of Santo Domingo, D.R. will now face Decarlo Perez (14-3-1, 5 KOs) in the 10-round super middleweight co-main event this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast. Cabrera’s original opponent, Mike Gavronski, is unavailable to fight after having injured his hand in his most recent bout on August 15. Unbeaten heavyweight Trevor “The Dream” Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs) faces Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), in the main event. In an eight-round televised opener, 280-pound heavyweight Natu “The Truth” Visinia (11-1, 9 KOs) will Joey “The Tank” Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs).
ESPN3 will carry promoter Dmitriy Salita’s “Brooklyn Brawl” event on Tuesday live from MCU Park in Coney Island. In the main event, former world title challenger Alex Miskirtchian (25-3-1, 9 KOs) faces Cornelius Lock (22-7-2, 14 KOs) in a featherweight clash scheduled for 10 rounds. Cruiserweight title challenger Junior Wright (13-1, 11 KOs) meets rugged Harvey Jolly (14-22, 7 KOs) in a bout scheduled for six rounds. Welterweight Bakhtiyar Eyubov (6-0, 6 KOs) faces Cory Vom Baur (2-3) of Spokane, Washington, also in six. And two-time Irish Olympian John Joe Nevin (3-0, 2 KOs) brandishes his 2012 silver medal skills for four rounds against bantamweight Mexican mauler Victor Capaceta (4-7, 2 KOs).
“Live coverage on ESPN3 will be tremendous exposure for boxing in New York City, and for the Brooklyn Brawl series,” said Salita. “I am grateful that the talented boxers under my banner will appear live before a national audience. I grew up watching boxing on ESPN and am very honored to be promoting a show on ESPN3.”
Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, TERENCE “Bud” CRAWFORD, Omaha’s favorite son, will make a homecoming defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight title against one-time world title challenger and current No. 2 world-rated contender, DIERRY “Dougy Style” JEAN, Saturday, October 24, at CenturyLink Center Omaha (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102). The championship event will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, tickets to the Crawford vs. Jean world championship event go on sale at 2:00 p.m. CT Today! Priced at $27, $52, $77 and $127, reserved seat tickets are available at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge-by-phone call (800) 745-3000. To order online, visit ticketmaster.com.
“I will be totally prepared for whatever Dierry Jean brings to the ring,” said Crawford. “I love this big event as it is not often Omaha fans get to attend a prize fight live on HBO.”
“I just can’t wait! I want this. I’m hungry,” said Jean. “Crawford is the HBO darling who is supposed to be the next big thing but I will hurt him. Mark my words! I will be crowned world champion on October 24th.” Continue reading
The WBC (World Boxing Council) has joined forces with VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) to initiate the “WBC Clean Boxing Program,” first proposed by the late WBC President Jose Sulaiman. Under the directive of current WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and VADA President Dr. Margaret Goodman, the program will start with participation in the testing funding for the upcoming super lightweight division world championship between Viktor Postol and Lucas Matthysse scheduled for October 3rd for the vacant WBC title. Continue reading
Undefeated two-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Year, Terence “Bud” Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, and one-time world title challenger and current #2 world-rated contender, Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean, will host a news conference today announcing their October 24 world junior welterweight championship fight at the CenturyLink Center. The news conference at the CenturyLink Center Bud Light Zone (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102), which will be open to the public, will begin at 1:00 p.m. CT, with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. CT. Joining Crawford and Jean will be Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. The press conference will be streamed live, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT, via www.toprank.tv. Continue reading
Photos: Hector Santos/ Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC
WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto landed in Los Angeles, California for the kick off of the 4 city press tour of his highly anticipated mega fight against Mexican Superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. The first stop of the Cotto vs. Canelo tour will be held at Hollywood & Highland Center and will be open to the public. Fan arrival is at 3:00pm and press conference starts at 5:00pm.
By Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba-Images
Less than two months ago, Chicago boxing promoter Bobby Hitz couldn’t buy a fight. Literally. His July 10th card at the Belvedere in Elk Grove Village, IL had more dropouts than the Chicago Public School District, resulting in a mere 3 fights and a combined nine rounds of action. This past Saturday night in Hammond, IN however, saw a complete reversal of fortune in which Hitz had so many fighters clamoring for action that he was simply unable to showcase them all. The end result was a ten bout card that, from top to bottom, was one of the best the Chicago area has witnessed in quite some time.
In the night’s featured bout, Genaro Mendez (10-2-1, 6 KOs) Chicago, IL once again bested Agustin “El Aguila” Cicero (5-8-3, 4 KOs) Fishers, IN after six rounds of super lightweight action. Mendez, who took a decision over Cicero nearly three years ago, also at the Horseshoe, won the fight going away however Cicero, who was cut over the right eye as a result of an accidental headbutt early in round one, refused to fold and made Mendez work hard for the victory. Continue reading
In a clash for the vacant WBA “interim” light heavyweight title, unbeaten Felix Valera (13-0, 12 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Stanislav Kashtanov (33-2, 19 KOs) on Sunday night at the Rixos Mriya Resort Hotel in Yalta, Crimea, Russia. Valera got off to a good start, but by the fifth round, the much more experienced Kashtanov was in command. The rugged Valera, who had fought all his previous fights in the Dominican Republic, looked to land one big punch that never came, but he outboxed the tiring Kashtanov down the stretch. After a long delay, the announcement came with scores of 117-111 for Kashtanov and 115-113, 116-112 for Valera, who now shares the WBA world title with Sergey Kovalev and Jurgen Braehmer.
Former WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (15-1-2, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over late sub Geard Ajetovic (26-13-1, 12 KOs). It was Chudinov’s comeback fight after losing his WBA belt to Chris Eubank Jr. in February.
Super middleweight Dilmurod Satybaldiev (9-1,2 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over two-time light heavy world title challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky 22-4, 16 KOs). Scores were 115-113 for Sukhotsky, 116-112 and an out of line 120-108 for Satybaldiev.
Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. performed a three number rap concert for the spectators before the main event.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Round 13 Boxing Promotions presented one of the best club level fight cards in recent years this past Saturday night, August 22nd, as part of a busy Tijuana, Mexico, fight scene summer that has seven boxing events scheduled this month. Ten fights were scheduled headlined by junior flyweight Victor “Pelon” Ruiz (19-5, 14KO) against Felix “Chapito” Rubio (3-12-1, 3KO), both of Tijuana, in a super flyweight six.
No round of study was needed between this two as after a few slow seconds after the opening bell they began to exchange heavy leather. Rubio pushed the taller Ruiz against the ropes and went to work throwing to the body and head. Ruiz looked comfortable in the pocket as he counter punched Rubio’s attack. Ruiz took it back to the center of the ring for a half a minute before he found himself again against the ropes. It didn’t matter because once there he was able to counter a wide right hand from Rubio with his precise hook to the chin of his opponent. Rubio went down like a ton of bricks, completely out, his head bouncing off the canvas. Referee Juan Morales Lee was on top of him, lifting his head and taking out the mouthpiece in a matter of seconds. After some tense minutes, Rubio was able to get to his feet among the cheers of his impressive number of supporters. Continue reading
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Undefeated Gaithersburg, MD welterweight Gerome “GQ” Quigley has had an almost perfect pro career, knocking out every opponent in his path except one — veteran Dontre “Pound For Pound” King of Cambridge, MD . The two men met in August of 2014 in Fort Washington, MD with Quigley winning a four-round unanimous decision.
Saturday night at North Hall at Eastern Market in Washington, DC, Quigley looked to obtain the knockout he didn’t get against King a year ago. Quigley accomplished the goal in the main event, stopping King at 19 seconds of the second round.
Quigley nailed King with two left hands to the face in the first and second rounds, dropping King twice to the canvas. On the first knockdown, King reacted as if he had been thumbed in the eye. The second knockdown was a clear punch to the same location. King could not beat referee Marshall Cunningham’s count and the bout was stopped. Continue reading
By Karl Freitag
Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland wants to make the long awaited all-German showdown between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and former middleweight champion Felix Sturm. The fighters have been rivals for years. “The fight must happen this year,” Sauerland told Bild am Sonntag. “Because after that, Arthur Abraham has other commitments. He has a mandatory defense and that takes precedence. It’s already late for the fight between Abraham and Sturm – but not too late. If it doesn’t take place in 2015, then it probably never will.”
Meanwhile, Abraham posted a message to Sturm in German on Twitter saying “Come on already @SturmBoxing – now or never!”