Juanma passes all medical examinations

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Two-time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-5, 31 KO’s) passes the specialized medical examinations required of him for his planned fight on October 8 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente against former WBO super bantamweight monarch Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez (24-6-1, 19 KOs). This was announced exclusively to The Sport Press by Rosilvia Muñiz, head of the Medical Commission for the Professional Boxing Commission.

“He is fit to fight and has complied with the exams, they’re already done. There were neurological exams and we asked Dr. Edgar Hernandez, who evaluated him after the fight with Orlando Salido. (Juanma) had six fights after that losing three by knockout and Hernandez was evaluating him. I also evaluated him in my office and found him to be very well. So he’s fit to fight,” she said. Continue reading

De Carolis-Zeuge rematch set for Nov 5

Italian WBA super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) will return to Germany for the fourth consecutive time to take on a Sauerland Events-promoted fighter for the fourth consecutive time. In the latest installment on November 5, De Carolis will once again defend his title against Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. The bout is a rematch of their July 16 draw. Prior to the back to back world title fights against Zeuge, De Carolis split two world title matches with Vincent Feigenbutz.

Weights from Minneapolis

By Jesse Kelley

Philip Adyaka 123 vs. Brad Patraw 125.8
(Vacant MN State Featherweight title)

Ray Edwards 259 vs. Steven Tyner 208
Van Goodman 304 vs. Danyelle Williams 250
Ramiro Hernandez 128.5 vs. Homar Rios 128.5
Vincent Downwind 384 vs. James Roe 221

Venue: The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Driller Promotions
Stream: http://www.floboxing.tv/

Weights from Philly

By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale

Milton Santiago 140.4 vs. Ken Alvarez 141.4
Luis Lebron 125.9 vs. Tyrone Luckey 127.6
Christian Carto 117.3 vs. Johnathan Hernandez 118.7
David Murray 174 vs. Maurice Amaro 165.9
Ricky Lopez 125.2 vs. Josue Bendana 125
Angel Pizarro 121.8 vs. Marquis Pierce 121.4
John Joe Nevin 131.2 vs Jesus Lule 131.6
Alex Barbosa 124.5 vs. Edgar Cortez 123.5
Laurie Schiavo 110 vs. Mary O’Leary 107.6
Lamont Capers 210 vs. Pedro Martinez 270

Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
Venue: SugarHouse Casino

Guerrero-Peralta Flash Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Andy Samuelson/Premier Boxing Champions

Robert Guerrero: “We started off the year good with the Garcia fight. I thought I won that fight but after that fight we stayed in the gym. Camp was good we did a lot of good things in the gym. We sparred tall guys because this guy is really tall. He’s a tall lanky fighter. That’s all we know about Peralta. Sometimes those are the toughest fights. I want to give the fans a great show and let them know that I’m not done yet and will take care of business.”

David Peralta: “I feel this will be the most important fight of my career. This camp was good the preparation was great. I am nobody to judge Guerrero. He has given a lot to the sport and is always in good fights, but now it’s my time. I plan to show my style and show everyone what I’m about. I expect to give a great fight and leave it all in the ring!”

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Big boxing weekend scheduled for Chicago

Two boxing events taking place in Chicago, on September 30 and the following day October 1, were announced within hours of each other this week.

On Friday, September 30, undefeated light heavyweight and “Subway sandwich boxer” Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) faces Chris Traietti (21-3, 17 KOs) for the IBF-USBA title at the UIC Forum in downtown Chicago. The card, which will be televised live nationally on CBS Sports Network, is presented by Round 3 Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment.

On Saturday, October 1, at the nearby UIC Pavilion, unbeaten super lightweight Ramiro “El Lobito” Carrillo (11-0, 7 KOs) and unbeaten super welterweight Achour Esho (11-0, 7 KOs) will be facing opponents to be announced. The event resurrects the “Windy City Fight Nights” series of boxing shows and will be promoted by Warriors Boxing Promotions.

Robb vows to control fight with Marriaga

Featherweight contender Guy Robb assures he has the perfect plan and necessary confidence to control the action and come out with a big win on Saturday at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Robb (18-1, 8 KOs), from Sacramento, California, will battle for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) featherweight title against Colombia’s Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KOs) in the main event of the ‘Solo Boxeo’ card that will be presented by Top Rank, Let’s Get It On Promotions, and the city of Fallon.

“Marriaga has power and he likes to take control of fights. He also likes to fight at his pace, not mine. I will take control of the fight early with a hard jab and angles,” assured Robb. “My trainer is Ray Woods – Stepfather of Diego Corrales – and he has big pictures of ‘Chico’ at our gym in Fresno. Those photos from ‘Chico’ motivate me. Ray has been in big fights and he has trained me for a big fight this Saturday. Ray gives me all the necessary confidence for a fight like this.” Continue reading

Perrella-Ugas rescheduled for Sept 27

Hard-hitting welterweight standout Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) will face 2008 Olympic gold medalist Yordenis Ugas (16-3, 7 KOs) over ten rounds on Tuesday, September 27. The bout will air on Fox Sports 1 as part of Premier Boxing Champions’ “Toe-to-Toe Tuesday” series. Perrella and Ugas were slated to meet August 12 but the bout was scrapped by the athletic commission just days before the opening bell. “I’m really fired up for this because of the unfair circumstances causing the cancellation for the August 12 date,” said Perrella. “Now that we’ve got everything rescheduled, my frustrations will be taken out on Ugas. I’m looking forward to facing him and showing the world that I’m a serious player in the welterweight division!”

Update: The card will take place at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jose Benavidez Jr. shot In Arizona

By TMZSports.com

Undefeated welterweight Jose Benavidez Jr. — who’s 25-0 as a pro — was shot while out on a walk in Arizona early Tuesday morning … but we’re told he’s expected to survive. The 24-year-old Top Rank fighter is a rising star in the sport — and recently chalked up a high profile victory over Francisco Santana on the undercard of the Crawford vs. Postol fight in Vegas.

Sources tell us … Benavidez was out walking one of his pets near his home in Phoenix when he was approached by an unknown man who pulled out a gun and shot him in the leg. The Phoenix PD confirms the shooting and says the victim was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. However, one source with knowledge of the situation tells us Jose’s injuries pose a serious threat to his boxing career. So far, no arrests have been made.

Story developing …

Details announced for Oct 22 Super 4 final

By Ron Jackson

At a well-presented function at the Supersport headquarters in Randburg on Thursday afternoon, Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions announced details of the October 22 tournament to be held at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. In the main event in the final of the cruiserweight Super Four, in an all southpaw clash, South Africa’s junior heavyweight champion 24-year-old Kevin Lerena (15-1, 8 KOs) goes in against the 23-year-old WBC International cruiserweight champion Micki Nielsen (22-0, 14 KOs) from Denmark. The winner will receive an amount of $60,000 US dollars and the loser $40,000.

In the main supporting bout, in another clash of southpaws, former IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden returns from America and meets the interim WBO Africa welterweight champion Namibian Sacky Shikukutu in a bout for the vacant WBA Pan African welterweight title.

Also, former WBA “super” minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler returns to action when he faces fellow South African Siyabongo Siyo in a fight for the vacant WBA Pan African minimumweight title. Continue reading

Weights from Corona, CA

Danny Roman 122 vs. Enrique Quevedo 121.4
LaRon Mitchell 244.8 vs. Mario Heredia 274.2
Robert Arriaza 147.8 vs. Benjamin Whitaker 146.4
Scott Alexander 231.8 vs. Sergio Ramirez 199
Michael Norato 130.8 vs. Eder Amaro 131.8
Rudy Garcia 116.5 vs. Jorge Perez 117.4

Venue: Omega Products Events Center, Corona, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing

Oscar de la Hoya talks Canelo-Smith

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions


Oscar de la Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, had a lot to say on Wednesday about the September 17 pay-per-view showdown between Canelo Alvarez and WBO junior middleweight champion Liam Smith at the famed AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

[On fighting in Texas] Texas has been a natural choice for us, and for all Texas fans who love Canelo Alvarez, and the fan base are some of the most loyal for every fight. The fans have shown up in huge crowds wearing red and green, cheering Canelo and chanting his name. Texas is Canelo’s home away from home, and Canelo versus Smith will be a homecoming celebration for Canelo. We have witnessed some of Canelo’s most epic fights in Texas, from his match with Austin Trout at the Alamo Dome where he filled up 45,000 seats, and obviously when he fought James Kirkland, which was named Knockout Of The Year, at the Minute Maid Park in front of 31,000 screaming fans.

[On fighting at AT&T Stadium] Cowboys Stadium is a stadium created for larger-than-life fighters, just like Canelo. And the two other fights that have been fought there were headlined by legendary Manny Pacquiao. We’re excited to announce that ticket sales are going extremely, extremely well. It’s outpacing Manny Pacquiao’s last two fights, which we’re extremely excited about knowing that we will have a full house at the Cowboys Stadium. Tickets are still available, priced from $750 all the way down to $40. Continue reading

No GGG fight, but Eubank Jr vs. Langford is on

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren yesterday announced the bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Tommy Langford is on for Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on October 22nd. After the Eubank Team let a big money world title fight with unified middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin slip away, Warren snapped up the Eubank-Lanford clash at a purse bid for Eubank’s British middleweight mandatory.

The WBO #2 ranked Langford said: “We’ve sparred in the recent past and, though you can’t take too much into that, I know what he does well and what he doesn’t do well and believe my style exploits his. Sure, Chris Jr is dangerous but Billy Joe Saunders exposed his limitations with his quality and movement. I know I’ve got the tools to beat him. I’m delighted that he’s stepped up to face me after fears he could vacate.”

Angulo, Hernandez looking to steal the show

Fighters competing on Saturday night’s Spike card took part in a media workout Wednesday at RCVA Gym in Costa Mesa to officially begin fight week before they step into the ring at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Among those on hand were exciting middleweight brawler Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and his opponent Freddy “Riel” Hernandez, who meet in a ten round clash.

Alfredo Angulo: “I have the same hunger and passion that I had in the beginning of my career. ‘The Dog’ was asleep for a couple of years but he’s woken up now. Right now the only goal is to win this Saturday. I’m hoping that next year I can contend and fight for a world title. I have always fought the toughest fighters and I’ve never been afraid of a challenge. I feel strong and my weight is good. I hope my opponent had a great training camp. I want him to be at his best so that we can put on a great show for the fans. We are both tough Mexican fighters so you can expect us to stand and throw punches.”

Freddy Hernandez: “I had a good training camp and I’m going to surprise people in this fight. I know that I need a victory here to continue fighting at a high level. Everyone knows my style and everyone knows Angulo’s style. We both like to throw punches and we fight with our hearts. It’s going to make it a great fight Saturday night. I feel very strong at this weight and I think I have more to give to this sport. I’m going to leave my soul in the ring. I’m looking to hurt Angulo.”

The card is headlined by former multiple division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero taking on Argentine slugger David Emanuel “El Pirata” Peralta in welterweight action.

Q&A: WBO Champion Louisa Hawton

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Hawton

Newly crowned WBO light-flyweight female champion Louisa “Bang Bang Lulu” Hawton (7-0, 3 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com® about her world championship victory over Kei Takenaka in Hyogo, Japan four days ago and how her wish is to meet her idol Manny Pacquiao.

Tell me about your world title win in Japan…

It was a tough fight but I was in control in most of the ten rounds. Takenaka was very courageous boxing in her home country of Japan. I was strong in all the rounds and in round ten I had Takenaka down for an eight count but she finished the fight.

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Dogboe defends WBO Africa belt in Accra tomorrow

By David Finger
Photo: Paul Dogboe

Ghana Africa’s favorite son, undefeated WBO Africa Featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe (14-0, 9 KOs), returns to action tomorrow night at the Police Officer’s Social and Fitness Centre in Accra in what is already being called one of the most eagerly anticipated fights in Ghanaian history since the retirement of Azumah Nelson. The WBO #12 ranked featherweight will fight a regional unification fight with WBO #15 ranked Oriental Featherweight champion Neil John Tabanao (13-1, 9 KOs) in a ten round fight which will also be for the WBC Youth Featherweight title. Tabanao is seen as the first major test for the popular 21-year old former Olympian, as the Filipino is coming into the fight on the heels of a knockout over undefeated Ibrahim Balla back in June. However, there is no question that Tabanao will be coming into very hostile territory as Dogboe has already emerged as one of the most popular athletes in Ghana. Continue reading

Oosthuizen and Bruwer meet for vacant WBA Pan African title

By Ron Jackson

Thomas Oosthuizen and Daniel Bruwer meet in a scheduled 12 rounder for the vacant WBA Pan African light heavyweight title at the Birchwood Hotel and O R Tambo Conference Centre in Boksburg on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old former IBO super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion Oosthuizen who has a record of 26-0-2, 14 KOs, won the vacant IBO super-middleweight belt with a ninth stoppage win over Evert Bravo, and made seven successful defenses before relinquishing the belt in April 2014 and moving up to the light-heavyweight division.

He captured the vacant IBO light heavyweight belt in March last year when he beat fellow South African Ryno Liebenberg. This will be Oosthuizen’s first fight since June 6, 2015, when he was scheduled to defend his IBO light heavyweight belt against Robert Berridge. Even though he outpointed Berridge, he came in overweight and was stripped of the belt. Continue reading

Fight Club OC weigh-in results

Photos: Roy Englebrecht Promotions

Trent Rawlins 230.8 vs Enrique Gastelum 216.2
Curtis Millender 169.2 vs Ozzie Alvarez 169
Victor Ramos 127.8 vs Lupe Arroyo 128.2
Javier Garcia 154.2 vs Craig Plaskett 158
Gloferson Ortizo 138.9 vs Devonte Donaldson 137.8

Venue: The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Tickets: Sold Out – 50 SRO tix on sale, Show at 7pm

Golovkin: Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch are acting like clowns

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton, Neo Nostalgia

WBC, WBA, IBF middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin was unusually blunt during a media workout at The Summit High Altitude Training Facility in Big Bear Lake, California.

[On Kell Brook] “Right now my focus is on Kell Brook, he signed the contract and that’s who I’m ready to fight, I have a great deal of respect for him. This is my first fight in England and I’m very excited to fight in a new country.”

[On WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders] “Yes I want to unify the middleweight division titles but I don’t know if WBO Champion Billy Joe Saunders will fight me.”

[On moving to 168] “Move up to 168 for what? Who is going to fight me there? Which champion at that weight will agree to fight me for a big fight? Right now I make 160 easily so I’m comfortable here, look at me I’m regular size middleweight.”

[On other possible foes] “Just too much talking about fighting me, Canelo, Eubank, Saunders, Froch they are acting like clowns with no respect for the sport. I’m here now, sign the contract and fight me, any of them, doesn’t matter which one.”

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Canelo Alvarez Quick Quotes

Former two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) hosted a media conference call on Wednesday ahead of his showdown with WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on September 17 at the AT&T Stadium, home of the iconic Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

[Canelo on Liam Smith] I have looked at him, the style more than anything is what we look for. He’s a champion, is strong, he has a Mexican style. Part of the reason for choosing Liam was because he is a world champion, and I want to be the world champion in MY weight division…whether Liam Smith is a recognized name or not, he is still a very good fighter. I am preparing like I always do, giving 100%

[Canelo on a GGG bout being delayed] There are always going to be critics but at the end of the day, I have to do what is best for my career…I can’t be fighting this fight thinking of Golovkin, I have to stay focused on Liam Smith.

Crolla-Linares kickoff press conference

WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla and multi-division champ Jorge Linares faced off at a press conference in Manchester, UK, for their WBA and WBC Diamond lightweight world title clash at the Manchester Arena on September 24.

Anthony Crolla: “The Arena is going to be rocking and that’s my house, and I want to keep those three belts in Manchester. We’re working so, so hard in the gym because Jorge Linares is a phenomenal fighter, and I’m honoured to be fighting him in my house. I’ve done that ring walk so many times in front of a huge crowd and you can’t beat that feeling, the energy the crowd will give me is going to help me produce the career-best performance I will need to beat Jorge Linares.”

Jorge Linares: “It’s another big fight and big event that I’m grateful to God to be a part of. Anthony and I have similar styles, there’s lots of respect between us and we’re working very hard because I know it’s going to be a tough fight but I want to win those belts.”

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Pacman begins training for comeback fight

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao returned to the Elorde Gym in Pasay City, Philippines, to begin preparations for his November 5 world title challenge against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacman posted a message on Instagram saying, “Back to training with my friend and trainer Buboy Fernandez.”

Mitchell looking to extend KO streak on Friday

Unbeaten heavyweight LaRon Mitchell (13-0, 13 KOs) fights for the fourth time this year in the co-feature of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ boxing event this Friday at the Omega Products Events Center in Corona, California. The San Francisco-based Mitchell, who is a P.E. teacher at St. Elizabeth’s Elementary in Oakland, takes on Mexico’s Mario Heredia (14-4, 12 KOs) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds. “I’m ready to rock and roll,” Mitchell said. “I was ready to fight three weeks ago.”

In the main event, NABA champion Danny Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) defends his 122-pound title for the fourth time against Mexico’s Enrique Quevedo (16-7-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

Plant remains unbeaten, dominates De Angel

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated super middleweight prospect Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (14-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Juan De Angel (18-5-1, 17 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Plant dropped De Angel in round four end route to a 100-89 verdict on all three cards.

In the co-feature, welterweight David Grayton (14-1, 10 KOs) stopped previously undefeated Kareem Martin (8-1-1, 4 KOs) in round eight. Grayton dropped Martin in the eighth and final stanza, then moments later got a referee’s stoppage with a barrage of punches.

In a clash of undefeated light heavyweights, Carlos Gongora (6-0, 5 KOs) needed just 90 seconds to finish Ronald Mixon (7-1, 6 KOs).

Heavyweight Wesley Triplett (4-1, 2 KOs) halted Eric Newell (8-4-3, 5 KOs) in round three.

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PBC adds Sept 13 telecast on FS1

Undefeated super lightweight prospects are set to square off as Chicago’s Eddie Ramirez (13-0, 9 KOs) takes on Los Angeles-native Kevin Watts (11-0, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event of a Tuesday FS1 telecast from Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino in Nice, California. Undercard bouts will be announced shortly.

“It feels good to be fighting in my first main event,” said Ramirez. “I look at it as more motivation to keep working hard. I’m going to go in there and feel my opponent out and just push him every round. I go into every fight ready for a battle and I expect that on September 27.”

Del Valle aims to derail De La Hoya

IBF #8 super bantamweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) says he has what it takes to derail unbeaten and highly touted Diego de la Hoya (15-0, 9 KOs) when they collide on the September 17 Canelo-Smith pay per view telecast.

“The fans can expect fireworks on the 17th,” said Del Valle. “We’re both warriors and know that something bigger will follow if we win in a high profile fight like this. He is a good young fighter that has talent but I’m battle tested. I’ve fought former world champions and learned from my past bouts where I was matched tough. My experience will be a key for me in this fight. I can’t wait to put on a show for boxing fans all over the world!”

PBC adds Sept 3 telecast on NBCSN

Super lightweight prospects Darwin Price (10-0, 5 KOs) and Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KOs) will meet in an eight-round battle that headlines PBC on NBCSN next Saturday, September 3, from the Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. The telecast also features unbeaten super lightweights Rickey Edwards (11-0, 3 KOs) and Yordan Frometa (10-0, 7 KOs) competing in another eight-rounder.

Golden Boy parts ways with WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz

Golden Boy Promotions has issued the following statement:

“Today, Golden Boy Promotions and Luis Ortiz amicably parted ways,” said Stefan Friedman, spokesperson for Golden Boy Promotions. “We are proud of the work that Golden Boy and Luis accomplished together culminating in his WBA Heavyweight Interim Championship victory and subsequent title defenses. We wish Luis and his team all the best in the future.”

Team Ortiz reportedly coughed up more than a million dollars to buy out his contract from Golden Boy.

Głowacki-Usyk open training

By Przemek Garczarczyk

It’s unbeaten professional world champion vs. unbeaten Olympic gold medalist. WBO cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Głowacki (26-0, 16 KOs) of poland takes on 2012 Olympic star Oleksandr Usyk (9-0, 9 KO) of Ukraine on September 17 at the ERGO Arena in Gdańsk, Poland, but today in Warsaw Old Town the fighters showed a glimpse of what fans can expect.

Before open training, Usyk was very open and honest when talking to Polsat commentator Mateusz Borek on “Puncher,” the most popular Polish boxing TV show. “Głowacki fought boxing giants and defeated them. It’s hard to predict how tough fight with Głowacki will be. What I can say is that I’ll be very well prepared for the toughest bout in my career,” said Usyk. Continue reading

Six million see Spence-Bundu

By Karl Freitag

Sunday’s Spence-Bundu broadcast on NBC was a ratings knockout. With the Olympic basketball gold medal game as a lead-in, the fight drew a 4.6 overnight rating, a peak audience of 6.34 million viewers and averaged 4.8 million viewers for the entire hour.

It was a perfect telecast. They got right to the main event without forcing viewers to sit through boring prelims and the fighters delivered an entertaining fight which ended in a fan-pleasing brutal knockout. It was by far the largest audience to see a PBC fight to date.

Yildirim vs. Pryor Jr. this Saturday in Berlin

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WBC #4 rated super middleweight contender Avni Yildirim (12-0) returns to action on Saturday when he takes on US veteran Aaron Pryor Jr. (19-9-2) in Berlin, Germany. “This will be my next step on the way to the top”, says Yildirim. “I know that Aaron Pryor sr. was a tremendous fighter and a great champion but I haven’t seen much from his son. I don’t think that he can stand my power and agility.”

Yildirim has made quite some noise piling up an impressive eleven wins in the last 18 months including unanimous decisions over “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson in Miami one year ago and over world rated Argentinian Walter Sequeira in February in Germany. In his last bout on July 23rd, Yildirim stopped previously unbeaten WBC Youth Champion Timur Nikarkhoev. Continue reading

Chisora back in action on September 10

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora (25-6, 17 KOs) returns to the ring on September 10 with an eight-round contest against Drazan Janjanin (13-7, 12 KOs) at the Hovet in Stockholm. The former British, Commonwealth and European Champion is the latest addition to a card in the Swedish capital topped by the female grudge match between domestic rivals Mikaela Laurén and Klara Svensson.

After losing via split decision to Kubrat Pulev in May, Chisora is picking up the pieces with a keep-busy contest against Janjanin. “This is the fight game,” said Chisora. “If you lose, you have to rebuild and come back. I lost a close fight to Pulev, but I’m still in a good position. I want a rematch, but let’s see if they give it to me. Either way, there are a lot big fights out there for me, and I’m ready to fight anyone.”

Guerrero fighting to get back into title mix

Photo: Mario Serrano/PBC

Photo: Mario Serrano/PBC


Former multiple division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs), along with his trainer and father Ruben Guerrero, have put together another successful camp in the Bay Area as Robert fights to earn another opportunity against the top boxers in the sport. Rebounding from a 2-3 run that included decision losses to Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, Guerrero headlines Saturday night’s Spike TV telecast against Argentine slugger David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

“There’s been a lot of hard work that’s been put into this recent training camp,” said Guerrero. “My dad and I have been grinding daily to get ready for this fight. It’s been a productive camp though. I got a lot of rounds sparring with top guys. I’m in tip top shape and ready to go.”

Fight Week activities kick off on Wednesday.

The dispute over who can lead boxing into the near future may be over

By: Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos by: Emily Harney

That was the feeling Sunday afternoon at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Brooklyn after welterweight Errol Spence Jr. obliterated former world title challenger Leonard Bundu in the sixth round of a scheduled 12-round IBF title eliminator. Spence (21-0, 18 KOs) fighting for the second consecutive time in Brooklyn, was coming off an impressive destruction of former title-holder Chris Algieri in April. His dominance over Algieri was awe-inspiring and he continued to do so on Sunday when he viciously knocked out Bundu in six lopsided rounds. Click for full report plus new, never before published photos…

Featherweight contenders collide Saturday

WBO #4 featherweight Miguel Marriaga (23-1, 19 KOs) faces WBO #14 rated Guy Robb (18-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round crossroads fight on Saturday night’s “Rural Rumble” taking place at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Robb, from Sacramento, is riding an 11-bout win streak, while Colombian Marriaga is on a three-bout win streak since his lone loss to former world champ Nicholas Walters. The bout is for the vacant NABO featherweight title.

Also on the card: WBO #3 lightweight Jose Felix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KOs) of Mexico takes on “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (34-16-1, 7 KOs) of Denver in a 10-round lightweight contest. UniMas will televise.