Cuadras, Salgado make weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Carlos Cuadras 114.40 vs. José Salgado 114.75
(WBC super flyweight world title)

Irma García 115.75 vs. Simone Da Silva 117.70
(This fight is no longer an WBA bantamweight world title fight as Garcia has relinquished the title.)

Venue: Estadio de Beisbol de Guamuchil,Sinaloa,México
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130
(WBO interim jr lightweight title)
Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108
(IBF jr flyweight title)

Angel Rodríguez 130 vs. Edgar Ramírez 131
Alejandro González 126 vs. Alen Robles 125.5
Elvis Torres 127 vs. José Pech 128
Máximino Flóres 112 vs. David Godínez 112

Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: beIN SPORTS en Español


NBC Weights from Foxwoods


Photos: Daryl Bughman/Main Events

Thabiso Mchunu 199 vs. Garrett Wilson 193
Karl Dargan 134 vs. Angino Perez 134

Sullivan Barrera 173 vs. Eric Watkins 175
Joseph Perez 132 vs. Agustine Mauras 134
Piotr Apostol 133 vs. Tyrell White 136
Charles Foster 174 vs. Robert Jackson 182
Anthony Everett 153 vs. David Wilson 158

Venue: Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: Main Events

Golovkin-Rubio standing room tix available

Due to demand, “Standing Room Only” tickets priced at $27 for the October 18 “Mexican Style” card at StubHub Center in Carson, California will go on sale Today at 1PM PT it was announced this morning by K2 Promotions. The card is headlined by WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio. The co-feature is a WBA featherweight championship showdown between Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and undefeated Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters.

“The response to this event has been unprecedented for boxing at the StubHub Center as four weeks to go we’re virtually sold out of tickets,” said Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions. “Therefore, we’re putting a limited number of Standing Room Only tickets on sale to meet the demand. With the addition of Donaire vs. Walters this card will stand among the very best presented to boxing fans in 2014.”

Abril, Tatli make weight

By Pasi Taavitsainen

Richar Abril 134.7 vs. Edis Tatli 134.7
(WBA world lightweight title)

Juho Tolppola 146.6 vs. Emanuele De Prophetis 145.9
Eva Wahlstrom 132.9 vs. Halanna Dos Santos 130.5
Juho Haapoja 185.1 vs. Attila Palko 182.9
Niklas Rasanen 169.9 vs. George Beroshvili 170.1
Henri Kekalainen 161.5 vs. Ahmed El Ghoulbzouri 161.8
Eemeli Katajisto 185.4 vs. Mustafa Chadlioui 184.5
Arne Ernstsen ?? vs. George Kandelaki 155.2

Venue: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: Pekka Maki

Caribe Promotions wins Rigondeaux-Avalos WBO purse bid

Caribe Promotions, promoter of WBO/WBA jr featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, won today’s purse bid for the WBO mandatory defense between Rigondeaux and official challenger Chris Avalos. Caribe was the only participant, winning the right to promote the fight with a bid of $317,777.77. The tentative date is November 22 in Miami or the Dominican Republic.

Results from Manchester, NH

Vermont junior middleweight Chis Gilbert (12-1, 9 KOs) edged previously undefeated Steven Matthews (4-1, 2 KOs) by way of an eight-round decision in Thursday night’s main event on the 13th annual Fight To Educate Pro-Am show at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Matthews, fighting out of Greensboro (NC), held a decisive advantage early in the fight until Gilbert caught him with a powerful right that sent him to the canvas for the lone knockdown of the evening. Matthews barely beat the count and was saved by the bell. The two fighters went back and forth the remainder of the fight in which the single knockdown was the difference (76-75 on all three judges’ scorecards. Continue reading

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer

WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge “Travieso” Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to promote their historic October 4 showdown at the brand new 8,000 capacity Multipurpose Center in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Arce is aiming at a world title in a sixth division.

Jhonny Gonzalez: “I respect the championships that Arce has won, his career, his dedication in the ring, but I want to say to him that on October 4, I will come with a preparation and force like never before and will defeat a boxing great in front of his own people. He has the heart of a warrior that has given him key victories in his career, but he’s taken many blows. I’ve faced several opponents with similar characteristics to “Travieso” and for that we prepare ourselves.”

Jorge Arce: “You are welcome to this land of champions Los Mochis, Sinaloa. On October 4 you’ll bring the title and you’ll get well looked after, but you’ll be defeated and leave without the belt because I’ll win. You cannot defeat me in front of my people and all those who have supported me and have made this historic boxing event possible. Winning on October 4, it is the only word that’s in my mind and I will not retire because I will win.”


Lange-Jeter II takes place November 15

It’s on. Jimmy Lange vs. Tony “Mo Better” Jeter — Part Two.

Two of the DMV’s most popular boxers will square off again in a highly anticipated, 10-round rematch on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at Patriot Center, Jimmy Lange Boxing officials announced Thursday. The North America Boxing Association’s (NABA) vacant USA Middleweight belt, as well as the possibility of moving up in the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) ratings, will be on the line as well. The middleweights first faced off on October 27, 2012 in Fairfax with Jeter pulling off the upset of the former Contender TV series star by way of split decision (91-94, 94-91, 93-92). The controversial back-and-forth battle sparked immediate debate and conversation throughout the region, setting the scene for a return engagement. Continue reading

Iron Boy 16: El Paso lineup

On the heels of its fourteenth consecutive event in Phoenix, Iron Boy Promotions branches out to El Paso, Texas, where it promises to deliver the same quality boxing cards as it has in Arizona. Fight night is set to take place Friday, October 10th at the El Paso Coliseum. In the main event bout, Michael Finney (12-1, 10KO) returns to the ring to showcase his devastating punching power. “I competed in Texas as an amateur, and am really looking forward to fighting in front of a Texas crowd,” said Finney on fighting for the first time as a professional in Texas. “It’s a privilege to be fighting in the main event, and I’m going to put on a great show for the fans in Texas.” Continue reading

Cuadras-Salgado WBC officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

American Jay Nady will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos Cuadras (30-0, 24 KOs) defends against his compatriot challenger and former champ Jose Salgado (34-2-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday at the Estadio de Beisbol in Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. The three judges are from Mexico: Porfirio Gomez, Victor Cervantes and Juan Carlos Pelayo.

Ali Raymi issues ultimatum to Chocolatito: Roman Gonzalez fight or retirement by October 1

“I am giving Roman Gonzalez till October 1, 2014 to officially confirm fighting me and face his fate vs. me in the ring — in the location of his choice,” says WBO #7 strawweight Ali Raymi who recently announced that he’s moving up to flyweight after compiling a 22-0 record with 22 KOs, including a record 21 straight first round knockouts in the 105-pound division.

“He has no excuse to duck me other than pure fear. After intimidating Roman Gonzalez I no longer have anything to prove. Cowards will still find excuses for Roman to feast on journeyman Luis Concepcion, but my place in history is secured as The Greatest Ever puncher who KOed every human he faced and pushed pretenders and the so called master boxers into hiding. My decision to retire in the event of uneventful peace is proper, as I no longer have anybody to fight and the pretenders are not brave enough to face me.”

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer

The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. In the main event, Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs) faces Terdsak “Pit Bull” Kokietgym (53-4-1, 33 KOs) for the vacant WBO interim jr lightweight belt (ordered due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia).

In the second world title fight, Javier “Cobrita” Mendoza (21-2-1, 18 KOs) meets Ramon “Principe” Garcia Hirales (20-4-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF jr flyweight title (vacated when John Riel Casimero lost the title on the scale in May).

Orlando Salido: “I come with excellent preparation, ready for a war because I know that my opponent is strong and aggressive and I don’t want to disappoint the demanding and noble fans of Tijuana that have received me marvelously.

Terdsak Kokietgym: “I had a very strong preparation, a lot of physical work and tactics and I will do everything to achieve my goal of becoming the world champion. Respect to Salido, who is a brave Mexican who has faced the world’s best, but now this is my time.” Continue reading

Weights from Horseshoe Hammond

Antonio Canas 140 vs. Rafael Hernandez 140
Ramiro Carillo 144 vs. Thomas Amaro 144
Sam Horowitz 178 vs. Albert Harkins 178
Will Coix 149 vs. Ryan Hogans 150
Nick Asberry 224 vs. Ricardo Chavez 235
Nick Ramirez 147 vs. Termaine Pride 147
Joey Hefferle 137 vs. Andrew Greening 139
Nate Galimore 158 vs. Brandon Davis 157
Fred Bowen 135 vs. Carl Currie 133

Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing

Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Photo: Daryl Bughman/Main Events

NBC Sports Group’s Fight Night presents its first afternoon broadcast of the year on NBC this Saturday, September 20th, at 3 p.m. ET. The fourth afternoon network boxing broadcast since the Fight Night series premiered in 2012, the show will feature South African heavy-hitter Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) against unorthodox Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs) for the NABF Cruiserweight Title and in the co-feature, undefeated Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (16-0, 8 KOs) will take on Angino “The Nightmare” Perez (16-5, 14 KOs).

The final press conference took place today.

Thabiso Mchunu: Thanks to Main Events, NBC and Kathy Duva for this opportunity to showcase my skills. I know Garrett Wilson is a tough opponent. I just have to do my magic and put on another great show.

Garrett Wilson: I want to thank Main Events for having me back on the card and Foxwoods for hosting this event. I have nothing but respect for Mchunu, he is an awesome fighter. He beat Eddie Chambers and I have the utmost respect for Eddie Chambers, so if he can beat Eddie I know he is a great fighter. I didn’t lose my belt. To me it is still MY belt. This to me is a defense of my belt. I trained hard. I am looking forward to an exciting fight. I want to once against become the NABF champion. Continue reading

Siberian Rocky vs Pittsburgh Kid?

By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing

Sources close to the Paul Spadafora camp have disclosed that a contract has been received to fight Ruslan Providnikov in Russia on December 6th, with a venue to be disclosed at a later date. Provodnikov would be looking for a dance partner to get back on track after losing to Chris Algieri earlier in the year. Provodnikov has one fight left with HBO and this would not be that fight. The enigmatic Spadafora made a nice comeback run that culminated with a loss in a WBA eliminator against Johan Perez. Spadafora was 48-0-1 before the Perez loss.

Thomas Dulorme inks with manager Cameron Dunkin

Jr welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KO) has signed with famed boxing manager Cameron Dunkin. “Several managers offered me good deals,” said Dulorme, “but Cameron Dunkin was the one I liked. By the end of the year I’ll be back in the ring. I can’t give a date because they are squaring up a few details, but soon you’ll hear a lot from me.”

Dulorme, currently ranked WBA #2, WBC #4, IBF #4 and WBO #5, is coming off a unanimous decision over Karim Mayfield last March on HBO. His trainer is Robert Garcia.

Chemito Moreno update

By Héctor Villarreal

WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno invited the press to his last public workout on Thursday morning at his own gym Chikibox in Panama City, Panama prior to his travel to Texas to face Dominican challenger Juan Payano. “I will travel on Sunday morning along with my main trainer Celso Chavez, assistant Raul Rodriguez and Carlos Gonzalez from my managerial team. I’m planning to travel on 120 pounds after almost four months of preparation.”

Moreno’s wife and manager, Rouss, expressed her confidence on the team of officials named by WBA, headed by Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon and judges Alfredo Polanco from Mexico, Rafael Ramos from USA and Cesar Ramos from Puerto Rico.

Rod Salka returns on Nov 14

“Lightning” Rod Salka (19-4, 3 KOs) returns to lightweight to defend his WBC Fecarbox belt in a scheduled ten rounder against Monty Meza Clay (36-3-2, 22 KOs) on Friday, November 14th at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburg, PA. Salka is looking to get back into the win column in front of the hometown crowd following his brutal KO loss to junior welterweight king, Danny Garcia on August 9th in Brooklyn. Meza Clay returns after an epic tenth round stoppage of Alan Herrera on August 8th at the same venue. In the main event, undefeated southpaw Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez Jr. (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his newly attained IBF/USBA welterweight belt against Alberto “Matralleta” Mosquera (21-1-2, 14 KOs) in a ten rounder. Tickets start at $42, available Saturday.

Andrade Camp waiting for phone to ring

Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) and his team are patiently waiting to hear about his next fight. Negotiations are ongoing between Andrade’s co-promoters, Banner Promotions and Star Boxing, with Top Rank and HBO officials regarding a potential fight for a vacant WBO middleweight title fight against No. 1 contender and unbeaten Russian Olympian, Matt Korobov. Andrade was also mentioned by Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar de la Hoya as one of three potential candidates to fight junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

“We want to thank all of loyal fans for their support,” Andrade’s head trainer and father Paul Andrade said. “They are the only ones who understand how our backs have been put against the wall. Everybody in boxing seemed to react to the news about Demetrius fighting Korobov for the vacant 160-pound WBO title. I’d like to get the facts straight. We were not aware of that fight, nor were we aware of the petition to the WBO to move up to fight for its middleweight title. I spoke to Artie Pelullo (Banner Promotions), who informed me that an opportunity had popped up, and that he wanted to beat (Bob) Arum (Top Rank) to the punch. He couldn’t get a hold of us in advance but he has left us an option to take a fight. Continue reading

Tarver injured, Banks fight off, Diaz-Hidalgo new main event

The recently announced junior featherweight bout between Southern California favorite Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz and Mexican warrior Raul Hidalgo has been elevated from the co-main event to the main event for the Monday, Sept. 29 Golden Boy Live! fight night from the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas due to an injury suffered by former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver. Tarver, who was scheduled to face Johnathon Banks in a 10-round heavyweight bout on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, injured his thumb during training camp. “The injury actually happened two and a half weeks ago and I’ve been trying my hardest to work through it. Finally my doctor ordered an X-ray and we found out it was a fracture,” Tarver said of his injury.

Tarver added, “I’m very disappointed I won’t get to face Johnathon Banks, but hopefully we will be able to reschedule this fight with him for a later date. I was ready to make a statement with this fight, and I’ll be back as soon as I can.” Tarver still plans to be in Texas, however, to witness his son Antonio Jr.’s professional debut. The remainder of the televised portion of the card will feature a co-main event between New Mexican junior welterweight Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado Jr. (18-2, 15 KOs) and an opponent to be determined, as well as junior welterweight Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-3, 13 KOs) in the televised opener against an opponent to be determined.

“The show must go on,” said Oscar De La Hoya, founder and president of Golden Boy Promotions. “The loss of the Tarver vs. Banks fight is a disappointment, but fans in the State Farm Arena and those watching at home on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will not be disappointed.”

Pacquiao-Algieri PPV undercard packs Int’l intrigue

World champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Jessie Vargas and China’s most iconic athlete, undefeated Top-Five contender Zou Shiming, will be featured in exciting battles on the Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri world welterweight championship pay-per-view undercard. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao-Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

Six different nations will be represented by the eight fighters on the live pay-per-view telecast.

Lomachenko, of Ukraine, will make the first defense of his WBO featherweight title against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand. Vargas, of Las Vegas, NV., will be defending his WBA super lightweight title against former world champion Antonio DeMarco, of Mexico. Top-five contenders Zou, of China, and Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym, of Thailand, will be battling in a 12-round WBO flyweight world title elimination bout.

“We are very proud to present these three significant international fights on the pay-per-view undercard. Boxing is a worldwide sport and this card reflects that,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Continue reading

Burns opponent named: Leonardo Gonzalez

Former two-division world champion Ricky Burns will face Leonardo Esteban Gonzalez (22-5-1, 15 KOs) in his first bout at light welterweight at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on October 4. Burns moves up to 140lbs following a tough run in the lightweight division after surrendering his WBO world title despite a gutsy display against talented Omaha star Terence Crawford in March, and his subsequent split decision loss to Dejan Zlaticanin in June made Burns make the decision to move up. Burns meets the 32 year old Argentine over ten rounds.

“I believe that the move up in weight will really benefit me,” said Burns. “The lightweight limit was proving tougher to make in my last few fights so that’s now behind me and I can concentrate on working on my boxing in the gym with Tony Sims. It has been a tough year following the Raymundo Beltran fight but I’m feeling great in the gym and the fire and desire is still there to achieve big things. I’m looking to show in Leeds that I’ve still got the goods to challenge for major belts and ultimately, win another world title.”

Pacquiao says Mayweather is “all talk”

Manny Pacquiao, training in General Santos City, Philippines, for his November 22 fight against Chris Algieri, has once again called out Floyd Mayweather. “He’s all talk,” Pacquiao told AFP. “Until now he has not yet agreed to fight me. Instead of blabbing, he should face me atop the ring…I’m tired of his alibis. If he really wants to fight me, he knows how to reach me. We can fight anytime, anywhere.” Pacman also stated he felt Mayweather lost his rematch with Maidana. “Mayweather’s face and lips were swelling compared to Maidana’s unblemished face,” he stated.

Playa del Carmen poised for first ever female boxing convention

By Boxing Bob Newman

History will be made next week in Playa del Carmen, Mexico as the first ever female boxing convention will convene at the Princess Hotel and Resort. The Jose Sulaiman WBC Women’s Convention will run from September 24-27. Several past and present female champions are expected to attend from current stars Cecelia Braekhus (female boxing’s first four-belt-unified champion), Jackie Nava, Ana Maria Torres, Jelena Mrdjenovich, Momo Koseki to former champions Laila Ali, Mia St. John, Christy Martin and more.

The Female convention agenda will include the same layout as always with gala opening ceremony, awards ceremony, ratings and mandatory defenses meetings, reports by regional bodies (NABF for example and others), cocktail and banquets. A live boxing event will close out the convention on Saturday, September 27, headlined by Javier Prieto vs. Ivan Cano for the WBC Silver Lightweight title. This will be a rematch of their May 17 draw in which Prieto barely kept his belt.

The WBC female convention will also mark the first convention presided over by Mauricio Sulaiman as president of the Council. The younger Sulaiman held court over the WBC convention last November in Bangkok, Thailand while his father, then president Jose Sulaiman was recovering at UCLA Medical Center from heart surgery. He passed the following January 16, 2014 at 82 years of age, having helmed the WBC for 39 years.

Funeka makes first defense of SA title

By Ron Jackson

After 19 years as a professional boxer, 36-year-old Ali Funeka has another title defense on his job card. The veteran SA junior welterweight champion has to make the first defense of his belt against Boitshepo Mandawe at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon. As a former SA junior lightweight champion and former holder of the WBC international lightweight and WBF junior welterweight titles, Funeka knows all about tricky first defenses.

Mandawe is after the national title Funeka won when he knocked out Mzolisi Yoyo in the fourth round on May 31 this year. The challenger, from Meadowlands in Soweto, has failed three times to win SA titles. He lost twice to Chris van Heerden in fights for the welterweight belt and once, in August 2012, to Tsiko Mulovhedzi for the vacant welterweight title. Continue reading

Return of the Saint: Groves-Rebrasse undercard

on Saturday night, ‘Saint’ George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) returns following his Wembley Stadium blockbuster and is straight back on the World title trail with a European championship challenge and WBC world title final eliminator against Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Alongside the ‘Return of the Saint’, fans can look forward to an undercard featuring up=and-coming talent. Continue reading

Galarza headlines Saturday in NYC

Boxing returns on Saturday at Resorts World Casino New York City. The card which is promoted by New Legend Boxing will feature unbeaten jr middleweight Frank Galarza (14-0-2, 9 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY against Jhonathan Batista (14-3, 7 KOs) from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Galarza, who has appeared twice this year on Showtime ShoBox series, won the NYS title in 2013 and the WBC Latino title in 2014. Also being featured on the card will be junior middleweight Altantez Fox (12-0-1, 4 KOs) of Forestville, Maryland and super bantamweight Danny Aquino (15-2, 10 KOs) of Meriden, Connecticut (by way of Mexico). Both fighters were recently signed to a co-promotional agreement between New Legend Boxing and DiBella Entertainment.

Arum says Mayweather-Maidana 2 had fewer PPV buys than Pacquiao-Bradley 2

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum says WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is losing his fan base. “His PPV numbers have been going down considerably,” Arum told the South China Morning Post. “For example his numbers from the Maidana fight were considerably less than the first fight and less than Pacquiao did when he fought Bradley. What that tells us is that people are getting disgusted with Mayweather and his base is eroding, particularly his urban base in the United States because he’s fighting with very popular rap stars, the urban population is not happy with a lot that goes on in his personal life.”

Arum also stated Mayweather should consider fighting Manny Pacquiao in Macau. “Top Rank would be amenable to Macau but whether Mayweather would agree to have it in Macau that’s something I rather doubt because Mayweather is not the most sophisticated guy. In his mind, all Asians are the same, doesn’t matter whether you’re Chinese, Japanese or Filipino, you’re Asian and you’re the same. In his mind, fighting Manny in Macau would be like fighting on Manny’s home court.”

Weights from Brooklyn

Amanda Serrano 125.6 vs. Jackie Trivilino 125
Junior Wright 197 vs. Kamarah Pasley 198.2
Dimash Niyazov 136.8 vs. Jamell Tyson 137
Gary Beriguette 142.8 vs. Rapahel Luna 141.8
Peter Reyes 163 vs. Maurice Amaro 161
Peter Dobson 147 vs. Mack Babb 146.8

Promoter: Star of David Promotions
Venue: Master Theater in Brooklyn, NY
1st Bell: 7:45 PM ET

Weights from Manchester, NH

Chris Gilbert 147 vs. Steven Matthews 158
Mark DeLuca 163 vs. Gundrick King 165
Russell Lamour 167.5 vs. Dennis Ogboo 171
Brandon Berry 141.5 vs. Theo Desjardin 137

Venue: Verizon Wireless Center, Manchester, New Hampshire
Promoter: 13th annual Fight To Educate Pro-Am Boxing

Proceeds will benefit SEE Science Center, The Bobby Stephens Fund for Education, and New Horizons for New Hampshire.

‘Next Tyson’ George Arias set for pro debut

New York Golden Gloves heavyweight gold medalist George Arias of the Bronx, N.Y. will turn pro on Top Rank’s big fight card Saturday, October 4 at Bally’s Park Place, Atlantic City, N.J. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum made the announcement today. Arias, an explosive puncher, will fight on an event headlined by Glen Tapia of Passaic, N.J. Tapia will take on Donatas Bondoras of Lithuania. In the co-feature, popular super middleweight Jesse ‘Hard Work’ Hart of Philadelphia will face Roberto Acevedo of Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Arias, whose favorite fighters are Mike Tyson and Joe Frazier, is trained and handled by Leon Washington of New York. “My father (Leon) and myself know Bruce Trampler at Top Rank. We called Bruce and told him George is prepared and ready for professional boxing,” said Washington. “We call him ‘Gentleman George’ because he smiles and shakes everyone’s hands going into the ring. But then he goes in and destroys, shaking hands again as he walks down the ring steps.” Continue reading

Trouble on The Money Team

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Photo: Naoki Fukuda

WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather sounds like he’s about to clean house. Mayweather told Fighthype that he and Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe are “outgrowing” each other and “no longer on the same page mentally.” Floyd also stated that there are issues with longtime cutman Rafael Garcia and he’ll have “a totally new team” in May. Whether Ellerbe is out or simply “on punishment” from Floyd remains to be seen, as they have patched up differences before. Ellerbe was unavailable for comment.

Also the presence of former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer looms as a possible replacement if something can be arranged with Golden Boy, which claims to have Schaefer under contract until 2018. Schaefer attended Mayweather-Maidana as Floyd’s guest.

We do know that at least one member of the Money Team is safe. Floyd confirmed “Al Haymon ain’t going nowhere.”