By Ron Jackson
Boxing is alive and well in Namibia and the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy have a number of fighters ready to challenge for world titles. The Academy run by promoter and trainer Nestor Tobias has been rated and awarded the “Best in Africa” by the World Boxing Organisation for the past four years and has produced two world champions. The latest WBO rankings suggest that they are well on their way to more world titles in the near future. Continue reading
By David Finger
In a teleconference that was defined by the mutual respect both fighters had for each other, Haitian-Canadian heavyweight Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KO’s) and Chris Arreola (36-3-1, 31 KO’s) held a telephonic press conference today to answer questions about their upcoming WBC world heavyweight title fight on May 10th at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles, California. Both fighters recognize the historical significance of the fight, with both alluding to not only the opportunity to bring the world title back to the United States, but also to the significance of the winner being either the first Mexican-American heavyweight champion of the first Haitian heavyweight champion in boxing history.
“I’m just happy to be a part of this,” Stiverne said of the upcoming fight, “Its personally it’s a long time coming. I’m already looking forward to making history. (First) to bring back the title to America, and also to be the first Haitian to be heavyweight champion of the world.” Continue reading
By James Slater
Photos: Scott Raven
Today in Newcastle, to officially announce a fight dubbed “Rampage” bantamweights Stuey Hall and Paul Butler came face to face at a press conference. Hall will defend his IBF title on June 7th and both men got a little heated towards one another during the press conference.
Frank Warren, Butler’s manager: “Paul Butler, in my opinion, is one of the best youngsters, not only in this country, but in the world. Stuart Hall I have tremendous respect for, he’s the IBF champion and he’s done it the hard way and he’s a proud man. I’m sure both will give it 100-percent and the fans will really benefit. This can’t be anything other than a great fight, the venue will be full on the night, and this has the potential to be The Fight of The Year.” Continue reading
Former 2004 Olympian Alex “El Pollo” de Jesus (20-1, 13 KOs), who was released from prison last December after serving four years and two months for domestic violence in the correctional institution in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will resume his career in a six-round bout against Mexican welterweight Gerardo Pipino Cuevas, Jr. (17-11, 5 KOs), the son of former world champion Pipino Cuevas, on Thursday night to Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Also, there was a change in the main event for the Iron Mike Productions card. Florida light heavyweight Rowland Bryant (17-3, 12 KOs takes on Pittsburgh veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (23-22-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Bryant is a late replacement for recently injured Dominican light heavyweight Lenin Castillo (11-0, 7 KOs). Continue reading
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs crashed today’s Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai press conference in Oberhausen, Germany, ripping off his shirt and hurling insults at Klitschko and Leapai for nearly ten minutes. Briggs repeatedly called Leapai a “bum” and declared that he’s the real champion while Klitschko is a fabricated champ. “Why you so scared of me?” Briggs demanded to know.
As Briggs became more agitated, he punched the podium and threw his shirt at Klitschko, who stayed steely calm throughout the incident. An enraged Leapai, however, challenged Briggs to fight right then and there, and had to be held back by Klitschko himself. The shirtless Briggs then did some pushups before he left.
“I’ve never had to hold back my own opponent at a press conference,” Klitschko commented.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that Mexican WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Mendoza Jr. are looking to bring the leaders of the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO together to discuss various issues in world boxing. Among the topics expected to come up are boxer safety, social causes, and the multitudes of interim world champions.
IBF World Bantamweight Champion Stuart Hall and undefeated challenger Paul Butler met head-to-head for the first time today to discuss their big summer “Rampage” showdown at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on June 7th. Hall puts his title on the line for the second time against a British challenger – in March he retained his title against Martin Ward on technical decision in round two after a clash of heads opened a cut above Ward’s eye – and is promising a devastating performance with a conclusive win against Butler.
Stuey Hall: I’ve grown into being a world champion and I’m not letting my world title go. Paul’s a good young fighter, but this opportunity has come too soon for him. I’m too big and strong for him and it will show on the night. I’ll never underestimate him, but I’ll guarantee that I’ll be leaving the ring with the world title on the night.”
Paul Butler: Since I was 10 years this is the moment I’ve dreamed of and to be fighting a British fighter, who’s the world champion, and for his world title is fantastic. I’m over the moon that the fight is in Newcastle, I wanted to fight him here in his backyard and beat him in his hometown in front of his own fans.
Cruiserweight BJ Flores has announced that his new team of manager Al Haymon and advisors Louie Decubas and Mike Boreo have landed him an eight-rounder the May 10th ESPN card headlined by Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC interim middleweight world champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio could defend his crown for the first time in late July in Mexico. Candidates mentioned are Bryan Vera, Bronco McKart and Ricardo Mayorga, with the most interest in a defense against Mayorga. For Mayorga to get the fight, he would be required to pass a full medical examination, then apply for a special permit which would be put to a vote before the WBC governing board.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams has been kicked out of the training camp of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. According to Williams, Klitschko’s trainers had to intervene to prevent the champion from being punished by Williams’ bodywork during sparring. “Every shot I’ve hit him with was clean body shots,” Williams told AAP. “I’ve hit him with vicious liver shots and he’s bawling, claiming he’s getting hit on his nuts. At the moment, I think he’s ready to be beaten. He’s ready to be knocked out. If Alex [Leapai] is prepared physically and he’s mentally and spiritually together, the Aussies can have a new champion come next week.”
In other “Tank” news, Williams has pulled out of his bout with unbeaten New Zealand prospect Joseph Parker (7-0, 6 KOs), which was to be the co-feature on the Klitschko-Leapai undercard this Saturday in Oberhausen, Germany. The Parker camp isn’t happy about the late scratch considering all the trash talking Williams did in the build-up, but they have now lined up Marcelo Nascimento (17-5, 15 KOs) as a replacement.
Former pro boxing champ Kassim Ouma was arrested for battery in L.A. on Friday — after knocking out a man who was allegedly making gay advances toward him … TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us … the former IBF junior middleweight champion is telling investigators … he was hanging out in Hollywood early Friday morning when he struck up a conversation with a guy he just met. Ouma says the two went back to the other man’s home for a drink … where the guy allegedly made a pass at the boxer. We’re told … Ouma claims he politely declined multiple advances … but says when he got up to leave, the guy made one final move — and Ouma shoved him away. The altercation then escalated … with Ouma allegedly knocking the guy out cold. Cops were called to the scene — where the victim was treated and transported to a nearby hospital. Ouma was ultimately arrested for felony battery causing great bodily harm.
The season opener for Fight Club OC which saw a sold out crowd of 1,421 fill The Hangar at the OC Fair and Event Center to see heavyweight Giovanni Serran (5-6, 1 KO) handed Jesse West his first professional loss in a five-rounder. Serran won by split decision. West fell to 3-1.
In the opening fight, middleweight Tony Thompson of Anaheim defeated Elliott Seymour by unanimous decision in a four-round fight. All three judges scored it 40-36. This was Thompson’s professional debut.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Neeco “The Rooster” Macias closed the show with a majority decision, 40-36, 39-37, 38-38, over Julian Cruz. Macias improves to 4-0.
The next Fight Club OC show is set for June 19th.
Photo: German Villasenor
On Saturday night, power punching Argentinian Lucas Matthysse, 34-3, 32KOs will be in the ring with John Molina, 27-3, 22 KOs in what looks to be an all-out war between two full-fledged KO artists. Molina will be looking for his third consecutive victory en route to a second world title attempt, while Matthysse is bouncing back from his first professional loss.
The match up will serve as a co-featured bout to the Thurman vs. Diaz WBA Welterweight world championship and will take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Matthysse is the clear cut favorite, but with both fighters in the midst of rejuvenating their careers, you can expect an all-out slug fest. Continue reading
By Przemek Garczarczyk
This Saturday in Legionowo, Poland, former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (57-13, 37 KOs), who just today became 49 years young, will fight Marcin Rekowski (13-1, 11 KOs), who is thirteen years younger. Danell “Doc” Nicholson, his Chicago trainer and former IBO heavyweight titleholder explains to Fightnews.com why this time McCall will not need a split decision to get his 58th career win.
Italian Referee Giuseppe Quartarone will referee to the title fight rematch for the WBA cruiserweight championship between the Russian “regular” champion Dennis Lebedev and Panamanian “champion in recess,” Guillermo Jones, to be held on Friday April 25 at Dynamo Palace of Sport in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia. The judges are César Ramos (Puerto Rico), Jean Legland (France) and Carlos Sucre (Venezuela). The Supervisor will be Carlos Chavez from Venezuela.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel today announced the officials who will work this Saturday in the world heavyweight title bout between the champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) and the #1 ranked Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) from Australia, to be held at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany in a K2 Promotions presentation. The referee will be Eddie Cotton from United States. The judges will be Glenn Feldman from United States, Zoltan Enyedi from Hungary, and Deon Dwarte from South Africa. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be President Paco Valcarcel himself.
After seven IBO World title super middleweight defenses, due to his difficulty in continuing to make the weight, IBO world super middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen (22-0-2, 13 KOs) has notified the IBO that he has moved up to the light heavyweight division. Oosthuizen was dropped earlier this year by promoter Rodney Berman after pulling out of a January 18 HBO appearance.
The vacant IBO world super middleweight title will now be sanctioned for the two leading available contenders.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP
A lot a big names are in televised action this week, but the best fight is likely taking place off U.S. TV on Friday night at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia, where WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) defends against champion in recess Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs).
The bout is a rematch of their 2013 Fight of the Year last May, spectacularly won by Jones via brutal 11th round KO. Jones was later stripped of the belt due to an alleged failed drug test and Lebedev was reinstated as champion. Promoter Don King later convinced the WBA to install Jones as champion in recess and here we are. Neither has fought since. If this fight is anything like their first encounter, it will be a war.
Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing and Art of Boxing Promotions will bring Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas to boxing-rich Ventura County on Saturday night at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, California. In a special feature attraction, Shane D. Mosley Jr., the son of ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley, will make his professional boxing debut. The younger Mosley, who got a late start in boxing at the age of 16, will have his legendary father in his corner as trainer for his much-anticipated first bout as a professional.
In the Solo Boxeo main event, super lightweights Jose Zepeda (19-0, 16 KOs) and “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (32-14-1, 6 KOs) meet in an eight-rounder. The co-feature is a featherweight clash between featherweights Saul Rodriguez (12-0-1, 9 KOs) and Miguel Zamudio (29-3-1, 16 KOs).
By Ron Jackson
The highly rated middleweight Martin Murray from England who recently signed a promotional contract with Golden Gloves Promotions makes his South African debut when he faces Ghana’s Ishmael Tetteh over ten rounds at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Wednesday night.
The highly regarded Murray, 31, from St Helens, Merseyside won the interim WBA middleweight belt in November 2012 with a sixth round stoppage win over Jorge Navarro. Continue reading
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs) will make his sixth defense in Osaka, Japan, where he will cope with Belgian challenger Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) on Wednesday. Both already entered the fight place Osaka, which is near to Yamanaka’s native place Shiga prefecture from which some 3,500 adherents will come to hail his homecoming. On the same show, formerly WBC bantam and feather titlist Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15 KOs) will attempt to acquire his third world belt as he will have an highly anticipated shot against IBF 122-pound ruler Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) of Spain. Continue reading
Johnathon Banks, trainer of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, discusses Klitschko’s world title defense on Saturday in Germany against mandatory challenger Alex Leapai.
By Hesiquio Balderas
Photo: Boxing Beat
Ethnicity is a very important part of the boxing world. Fighters always want to be attached to the country they were born, and the boxing fans want a hero that can represent their country. But when a fighter has double citizenship, when they are born in a country that is not from their original roots, the boxing fans seem a bit confused until things change.
As once happened to the legendary Oscar de la Hoya, Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez (first World Champion representing his father’s country El Salvador] just to name a few, Randy “El Matador” Caballero has been dealing with the same situation, fighting not just for pride but also for country. Continue reading
Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “Locked n’ Loaded” show on Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California features super bantamweight contender Efrain Esquivias (17-2-1, 10 KOs) of Carson, Calif. and undefeated junior welterweight prospect Giovani Santillan (11-0, 7 KOs) of San Diego in separate eight-round bouts. Esquivias, still riding high after his ninth round stoppage of Mexican legend Rafael Marquez in September, faces Mexican veteran Ruben Tamayo (22-5-3, 15 KOs), while Santillan battles undefeated Daniyar Hanyk (10-0, 4 KOs) of Ukraine. The card also showcases lightweight prospect Jose Roman (15-1-1, 11 KOs) of Garden Grove, Calif. in an eight-round fight against an opponent to be named later. Tickets priced $100, $60 and $40 are on sale now.
Standing 8 Promotions’ first “Bud Light Pro Fight Series” card of 2014 will feature undefeated Fort Worth super bantamweight Tony Lopez (9-0, 3 KOs) against Mission, Texas’ Isaac Torres (5-0-1, 3 KOs) for the WBC Intercontinental super bantamweight title on Saturday night at the landmark Amon Carther Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. In the co-feature, Tony Mack (9-1, 5 KOs), of Dallas, defends his Texas super middleweight title against Wichita Falls’ James “Boogie” Freeman 9-6, 7 KOs. Also, in a featured attraction British welterweight “Cracking” Craig Callaghan (4-0, 2 KOs) takes on Jerron Lockette 4-20 of Houston. Tickets start at $35.
By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder
Despite having an unheralded record of just 5-2 coming into his fight with the 11-0-1 Lane Staal, Patrick Boozer rallied after a slow start and was awarded something called the UBF US Mid-West Junior-Middleweight Title in a fight scheduled for just six rounds. Boozer, who came on (after a fashion, though never dominating or controlling) in round three seemed to turn the tide after a reluctant start, and was awarded a five-round technical decision win when an accidental head butt to Staal’s upper brow called for the stoppage. Continue reading
By Boxing Bob Newman
This is the post fight press conference after the Boxcino middleweight semi-finals from the Turning Stone resort and Casino in Verona, New York on April 18, 2014. Promoter Art Pelullo, winning boxers Nate Heaven, Brandon Adams & Willie Monroe, Jr. were present, along with their respective teams.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing returned to the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night for its popular “Battle of the Rising Stars” series, showcasing young Southern California talent. In the main event, super middleweight= Jose Hernandez (5-1-1, 3 KOs) of Antelope Valley, California won a unanimous decision over Canyon Country’s Jonathan Hayes (4-1-3) in a six round bout. Continue reading
By James Slater
Legendary 1960′s middleweight contender Ruben “Hurricane” Carter today passed away at the age of 76. Carter, who was famously and wrongfully imprisoned for a 1966 triple murder, lost his battle with prostate cancer. He was a fine fighter and he scored his biggest win in 1963, when he stopped past and future world champion Emile Griffith in the very first round of a non-title clash.
Carter’s career was suddenly curtailed due to the wrongful imprisonment, a sentence that saw him serve almost twenty years. Becoming a writer whilst in jail fighting for his freedom, Carter penned his autobiography entitled: “The 16th-Round – from number-one contender to number 45472.” Continue reading
By Karl Freitag
While Quillin-Konecny was one-sided, and Porter-Malignaggi was a blowout, the controversial scoring in the Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut Shumenov light heavyweight unification fight warrants some analysis.
Interestingly, all three judges agreed on nine of the twelve rounds contested. In fact, judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth scored all twelve rounds identically. Judge Gustavo Padilla was the “lone wolf” in just three rounds, but that was all it took to sway his card Shumenov’s way.
Shumenov won rounds one and two on all three cards. After four rounds, judges Dave Moretti and Jerry Roth had it even 38-38, while Padilla’s card read 39-37 for Shumenov. Hopkins swept rounds five to eight on Moretti’s and Roth’s cards, while Padilla split those middle rounds between Hopkins and Shumenov. So after eight rounds Moretti and Roth had Hopkins ahead 78-74, while Padilla had Shumenov ahead 77-75.
All three judges scored the final four rounds identically, giving Shumanov rounds nine and ten, and Hopkins rounds eleven and twelve, with a 10-8 eleventh round for the knockdown. In the end, Moretti and Roth ended with 116-111 tallies for Hopkins, while Padilla was odd man out finishing with a 114-113 score for Shumenov.
Photo: Mike Greenhill
After outclassing and schooling Beibut Shumenov to unify the IBF and WBA titles, record setting 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins spoke to Showtime’s Jim Gray in the ring.
On the bizarre split decision: “Listen, when you get into all that about the judges and all that stuff, they go to school. They have commissions to regulate all that. I don’t like to get into all of that. It’s not my job to deal with that. It’s my job to get ready and to unify the championship before 50.”
On his legacy: “I describe my legacy like a Joe Frazier. We get knocked down but we get back up. I’ll let the historians analyze and debate over the years as I grow a deeper gray beard watching soap operas. I’ll let them break down my legacy.”
On his future: “We are with SHOWTIME until I end my career. Stevenson, I am coming to Canada. I am getting my papers together. I want to be the undisputed light heavyweight world champion this year, period.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make history by schooling and thoroughly outclassing WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) to unify the titles on Saturday night in front of 6,823 at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Hopkins’ experience and awkward grabbing style totally befuddled Shumenov, who foolishly didn’t even have a trainer in the corner to advise him on tactics. Hopkins was able to mostly dictate the pace and for the most part easily counter whatever the 19 years younger Shumenov did. Hopkins floored Shumenov with a right hand in round eleven. Scores on two cards were 116-111, 116-111 Hopkins. Judge Gustavo Padilla somehow scored the one-sided route 114-113 for Shumenov!
In the most impressive performance of the night, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a brutal fourth round KO over former champ Paul Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KOs). Porter staggered Malignaggi in round two and dealt serious hurt to the “Magic Man.” Porter continued to punish Paulie in round three. Porter finally dropped Malignaggi in round four and then laid him out with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:14.
In a third world title fight, WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Lukas Konecny (50-5, 23 KOs). Quillin was mostly in command, but the uber-tough Konecny showed lots of heart and battled to the end. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 119-109. photos
Photo: Peter Amador / Top Rank
WBO #6 rated featherweight Gamalier Rodriguez (24-2-3, 16 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over former Olympian and world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-4-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida. Scores were 97-92, 97-92 and 96-93 for Rodriguez, who retained his NABO featherweight title.
42-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (53-6, 47 KOs) needed just 27 seconds to dispose of Francisco Mireles (17-9, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. A slapping left hook to the stomach dropped the 286lb Mireles to a knee where he stayed until referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout. This was Briggs’ second win in eight days. “I’m going to Germany tomorrow to chase down Wladimir Klitschko,” he said after the fight.
The fight was delayed from actually starting for 35 minutes after Briggs entered the ring and then broke it! Briggs climbed through the ropes, danced to the opposite side of the ring, bounced off the ropes and snapped a support causing the ropes to sag. Both fighters left the ring so repair work could be done. They then each returned after repairs were made and the nights action continued. Briggs rushed out of his corner at the opening bell and playfully dropped his hands and tapped Mireles with mocking punches. One of the shots glanced off the side of Mireles, putting the Mexican heavyweight down where he decided to stay. Time of the stoppage was :27 into the first round. Continue reading
Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank
Unbeaten lightweight Felix “Diamante” Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just 74 seconds to demolish Ivan “El Oso” Zavala (6-6-1, 2 KOs). The fight was the co-feature on Saturday night’s big UniMas card at the Bahia Shrine Temple, Orlando, Florida.
Unbeaten 2004 Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (23-0, 14 KOs) stayed unbeaten when Emill Gonzalez (11-8-1, 8 KOs) quit at the end of round six. Continue reading