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In the first round of this week’s ESPN “Boxcino 2014″ tournament this Friday, Chicago’s Donatas Bondorovas (18-4-1, 6 KOs) takes on Willie Monroe, Jr. (15-1, 6 KOs) of Ithaca, NY, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN.
Although the bout is scheduled for only six rounds, it is significant because it features two relatively unknown fighters trying to move from amateur standouts to legitimate contenders in one of the hottest divisions in boxing. (more…)
Junior middleweight Boyd Melson has a fight scheduled for tomorrow night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan against Donald Ward. It’s a fight that Melson (13-1-1, 4 KO’s) says he expects will be difficult, despite Ward being a late replacement for veteran Mike Ruiz. It’s a fight, however, that’s relatively small in relation to the one Melson fights on a daily basis.
That’s because Melson, an Army captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, is also battling a much tougher foe: spinal cord injuries. As a boxer who donates his full purses to spinal cord research, it’s easy to say he has a dog in this fight and it’s one where he’s continuing to punch, despite the odds. (more…)
By Matheson Sports Media
Photo: Noel Thornberry
The message from the judge was like one of his jabs.
Short and succinct.
The man in the dock was 25 years old. He’d had something of a charmed life. He had a beautiful wife – Theresa, his high school sweetheart. She had given him three of the most precious things in his life – daughters Cyanne, Maria and Menime.
But there he was, very quickly coming to terms with the fact that for the first time in a long time, his fate was no longer in his own hands.
It was 2005, and Alex Leapai was in the court room facing a grievous bodily harm charge after his brutal attack on a couple of local bouncers.
The judge said the brutality – which left one of the men badly injured – warranted a four year prison term – and that’s what was delivered – but with a caveat. The judge, taking into account Leapai’s children, wife and his good work record gave him some hope. “If you behave yourself inside for six months, you will be released…” (more…)
Luis Collazo feels good about where he is in his career. There was a time when the former WBA welterweight champion had to travel to his opponent’s backyard for a title shot or a lucrative bout on television. When such a high profile fight was unavailable, the Brooklyn native sat on the shelf for months at a time waiting for a fight to be offered. In fact, Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) did not see a squared circle unless he was a spectator for all of 2010 despite being injury-free.
A lot has changed since those days. Signed by Golden Boy Promotions in 2011, Collazo is now fighting for the fourth time in fifteen months. He is also headlining a main event on Thursday against a high profile opponent at the Barclays Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. (more…)
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect “The Notorious” Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) is not your typical boxer, not by a long shot.
In his 28 years of life, the Brooklyn native of Puerto Rican descent has experienced the passing of both of his parents, is cultivating a burgeoning boxing career, and is running a non-profit organization for at risk youth while holding down a day job as a personal trainer.
This Friday, from the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee, Galarza embarks on his biggest fight to date when he faces fellow undefeated prospect John “The Apollo Kid” Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) on a ShoBox telecast. (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo: John DiSanto
For the second year in a row, the main storyline of the Philadelphia fight scene had to be found with the local fighters and not with actual bouts that took place within the City of Brotherly Love. The reason was because fights in this famous boxing city were few and far between in 2013. A measly total of just four fight cards took place in Philadelphia during the year. That’s down from last year’s seven shows, which at the time seemed pathetic. Who would have guessed we’d only get about half that many in 2013? However, many Philadelphia fighters flourished during the year, especially the City’s current top dogs, Danny Garcia and Bernard Hopkins.
In addition to these champions, a number of rising stars made their way to the next level of success, while still another group of veterans fought in high-profile bouts on the national scene. In general, it was a good year, but the lack of local action was depressing. Luckily, neighboring shows in Chester, Bethlehem, Valley Forge, Essington, and Atlantic City helped to pick up the slack. It also helped that the Philly fighters who did well in 2013, did so in a big way. (more…)
The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host two of the borough’s favorite sons this Saturday when former five-time, two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah and former two-time, two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi battle to determine who is the true King of Brooklyn.
A former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion known as “The Magic Man,” Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) built an early reputation for talking a good game, but when the bell rang, his skills backed up his boasts. Despite his flashy style in and out of the ring, the 32-year-old has proven himself to be a true warrior, as evidenced by his victories over Juan Diaz, Lovemore Ndou, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano, and his battles with Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. Coming off of a razor-thin split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June, Malignaggi’s return to the ring has him more amped up than ever. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Undefeated strawweight boxer Ali Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs) broke Tyrone Brunson’s record of 19 consecutive first round knockouts at the beginning of a pro career, when he stopped Akram Jafwi (5-1) in the first round last Sunday at the 22 May Sports Stadium in Sana’a, Yemen. Raymi, 39, who speaks excellent English, has a huge personality to match his aggressive take no prisoners body attack that none of his opponents have been able to survive three minutes against. While none of his victims to date have been world class, Raymi is now ranked by the WBC at #15 and the WBO at #12, which would qualify him for a world title shot against WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong or WBO champion Merlito Sabillo. Should either of those world champions choose to make a defense against Raymi, it would certainly bring much needed attention to the 105lb division.
Ali, first of all congratulations for entering the boxing history books. You have scored 20 first round knockouts, the new record. Even so, as you can probably guess, there are many skeptics out there that say that there is no boxing tradition in Yemen and that all your opponents have been Yemenis. What do you say to these people?
Thanks Robert, I congratulate you for being my first interview and it only makes me more obligated to achieve boxing immortality, so you can be known as the first writer to interview me. I didn’t enter boxing history yet, the record you are referring to insults me more than anything. I didn’t KO people to challenge Tyrone “Biggums.” I shouldn’t be put in the same sentence with him. That said, I also don’t want to be compared to the great Edwin Valero because we are two different animals. Edwin Valero was more skilled than I am, but many times he chose to lure opponents into war like I always do. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
For six years, featherweight Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) has been chasing Nonito Donaire (21-2, 20 KOs), the man who took his undefeated status by crushing fifth round KO. Tonight, at age 37, “The Raging Bull” will finally have his chance for revenge.
The date was July 7, 2007 inside the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In the fifth round Donaire dropped Darchinyan with a clean left hook on the jaw. A dazed Darchinyan rolled over, struggled to his feet at the count of six, then careened across the ring into the ropes as his corner entered the ring, forcing referee Eddie Claudio to stop the fight.
“It was the only knockdown in my life – amateur or professional,” says Darchinyan. “Never been knocked down. I jumped up right away. If I take a couple of seconds on the floor to recover, maybe it would be a different outcome, you know? I had no experience with a knockdown. Now it is good – I have experience with it. I want to say to everyone I have been waiting six years. It was my mistake and I have good skills and I have power and I will not make the mistake again.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Team Adamek
“When next time fans will ask me why I thank God every time I finish the fight and cross myself every time I step into the ring, I will remind them about Magomed fighting for his life” said heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs), who in 10 days on November 16 will fight on NBC against undefeated Olympic bronze medalist from Ukraine Vyacheslav Glazkov (15-0, 11 KOs). “This is why, no matter what nationality we are, no matter what is being said before the fight, we are boxing brothers.”
Adamek, whose reputation is largely built on the extremely savage ring wars he had earlier in his career, offers a fighter’s perspective to the Magomed Abdusalamov tragedy. “What happened in New York is the reason why I treat every opponent with the greatest respect, wishing him the best,” the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion told Fightnews.com. “This is a war, almost literally, between two men. Everyone of us knows very well stepping into ring that this could be the last time we do that.
“Being a fighter you have to block the reality.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
In the north sphere of the world it is usually cold in winter, but Japan is ready to welcome a hot winter—in a fistic fashion. It’s not due to global warming. This country, holding eleven male champions and four female titlists, will watch many world title bouts with our great interests in the end of this year.
On December 31, the last day of the year, a couple of world title bouts will take place in Tokyo, where our WBA and WBC 130-pound champs will put their belts on the line against up-and-coming prospects to assure hot competition. WBA super-feather ruler, unbeaten Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs) will face fast-rising national titlist, #8 compatriot Daiki Kaneko (19-2-3, 12 KOs), while WBC kingpin in the same category Takashi Miura (26-2-2, 19 KOs), a hard-hitting southpaw fresh from his impressive initial defense over Sergio Thompson in Mexico, will risk his belt against another Mexican hard-puncher, #2 Dante Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs). If both champs are victorious, they are supposed to face again for unification next summer since Uchiyama had once halted Miura to retain his WBA throne despite hitting the deck in 2011. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) discusses his November 9th HBO showdown with 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight championship.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former world champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) of Armenia is eager and ready for his rematch against former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs). Darchinyan will get his shot at redemption when he takes on Donaire next Saturday November 9 the American Bank Center in Corpus Christy, Texas as part of a big HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader.
“This is an important fight for me. I am training good. I will be in the best shape,” Darchinyan promised when Fightnews.com caught up with him at the Glendale Fight Club in Glendale, California. The 2000 Armenian Olympian turned pro shortly after the Olympics and launched his pro career in Australia. He has been training in Glendale for the last two months.
“Everything is good, I am very happy with my training. We have 9 more days. This is the moment,” Darchinyan said about his training camp. (more…)
As one of the more heavily-hyped boxers to come out of New York in recent years, middleweight Curtis Stevens was expected to do big things.
A ferocious power-puncher in the ring with respectable connections outside of it, many of those who closely watched the Brownsville-born fighter predicted a world title in his future.
Unfortunately for Stevens, that never materialized and after losing a unanimous decision to former “Contender” star Jesse Brinkley in January 2010, he stopped fighting all together for two years. (more…)
For a long while Andre Ward’s been a Ford pickup guy, living a life of a man driving his truck to work in the pre-dawn light, staying late, keeping it humble. Ward still drives a Ford pickup and grinds it, but there’s another car in his garage — a Porsche Panamera – which reflects another side of the man who’s months from turning thirty.
On November 16th, four years after dominating Mikkel Kessler and winning the WBA super-middleweight title, Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), who drove his truck to that fight in Oakland when titles and German cars were hopes and dreams, faces Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) on HBO at Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, Calif. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/GeorgetownProductions.com
If Andre Ward felt hungry before his shoulder surgery in January, he said Monday that compared to where things stand now, the old hunger was like a mild interest in a small snack. Ward (26-0, 14KOs), who last fought on Sept. 8, 2013 when he scored a 10th-round TKO over Chad Dawson, is set to face Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) on Nov. 16 at the Citizen’s Business Bank in Ontario, Calif., in an HBO-televised fight.
“I had to find something deep within myself to stay ready,” Ward, said at a media event at King’s Gym in Oakland, Calif. “I’ve had a year of setbacks.”
In June, Ward, who will defend his WBA Super world super middleweight title, attempted to terminate his contract with promoter Dan Goossen, but his effort was rejected by the California State Athletic Commission.
Promoter and fighter said little about the matter.
Sitting next to his fighter, Goossen said, “We’re here and that’s all I care about.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (30-0, 12KOs) of Palm Springs, California and Mexican boxing legend Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) are five days away from their showdown taking place this Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay Per View. Bradley and Marquez kicked off fight week as they met with media on Monday morning at the Biltmore Millennium Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Fightnews.com caught up with the four-division world champion Marquez as he talked about his preparation for Bradley.
“It was a great strong preparation as we gear up for this Saturday, everything was different this training camp. We emphasized more on speed than power, which will be important for this fight,” Marquez said about his camp. “Bradley has a very difficult style with aggression that changes through the course of the fight. A tough style, but we have prepared ourselves for Bradley’s style which is speed and aggression.” (more…)
Report & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia, 26-0, 16 KOs, has been on quite a roll over the past two years. He’s captured world titles, won fights big fights, and watched his per fight price go up with each start. He’s accomplished a lot in a short time, but for some reason, has yet to breakthrough to the upper echelon of the boxing world. Garcia had a stellar amateur career, engages in exciting high-profile punch outs, and is running out of room to drape championship belts on his body. But still he struggles for respect.
On Saturday night at the MGM in Las Vegas, Garcia will face off with tough Lucas Matthysse, 34-2, 30 KOs, in a 12-round mega-fight on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez mega-mega -fight on Showtime Pay-Per-View. It is the biggest bout of his career thus far. (more…)
Photos by DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller
Thomas Dulorme (18-1, 13 KOs) continues his road to redemption as he goes for his third consecutive win on August 17th against Francisco Figueroa (20-5-1, 13 KOs) at the Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City.
Last year Dulorme was considered a sure-shot prospect and Puerto Rico’s fastest rising star. Dulorme showed the power, speed and poise that reminded some of his countryman of the great Felix “Tito” Trinidad. Unfortunately, the title of heir apparent was emphatically shattered on October 27, 2012, when Dulorme stepped up against Argentinean strongman Carlos “El Potro” Abregu for the vacant WBC International welterweight title. (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll
Photos: Wojciech Kubik
IBF #3 middlewqweight contender Darren Barker (25-1, 16 KOs) took time out to speak to FightNews about his upcoming IBF middleweight title shot against world champion Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday at the Revel Casino-Hotel, Atlantic City’s newest and largest casino resort. The bout will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
How does it feel to be back headlining a HBO show?
This is what I’ve worked towards since I was a boy, since I was 12 so it’s been 19 years and it has all led to this moment. It’ll be a bittersweet feeling actually being in Atlantic City, as you rightfully said I’m 0-2 if you’re counting my loss against Martinez and I was in Lee Purdy’s corner against Devon Alexander, it’ll be third time lucky. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Fightnews caught up with famed trainer Freddie Roach in Macau and discussed the upcoming fight of his prized ward from China, two-time Olympic gold winner Zou Shiming. Roach said it is imperative for Shiming to come up with a masterful performance as the hall-of-fame trainer felt the Chinese sensation had an unimposing debut last April in Macau. The Roach-Zou tandem is once again back in Macau to headline “Fists of Gold II” at the Cotai Arena of the posh Venetian Hotel in Macau.
For Shiming’s debut, the Chinese boxer scored a four-round decision shutout against a raw Eleazar Valenzuela of Mexico last April 6. The 32-year-old Shiming will face another Mexican Jesus Ortega (3-1, 2 KO’s) in a six-round main eventer. (more…)
This fight is for Russia: Interview with Andrey Ryabinsky, promoter of the mega fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrey Ryabinsky shocked the boxing world in April by offering $23,233,330 in the purse bid to host the heavyweight title fight between WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) and the WBA regular heavyweight champion, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated champion from Russia Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs). The fight between Klitschko and Povetkin is scheduled for October 5, 2013 at one of the largest sports-complexes in Moscow – the “Olimpiyskiy” Stadium. Ryabinsky’s bid, presented at the WBA’s headquarters in Panama City in April, more than tripled the bid from K2 Promotions of $7,130,000, while Povetkin’s German promoter, Sauerland Event, bid $6,014,444.
Sources close to the situation have confirmed that both HBO and RTL will be televising the event and that the selection of the Russian broadcaster is expected to be announced soon. For the Klitschko Management Group and K2 Promotions, this is a clearly a new experience to be on the sidelines for such an important and expensive event involving Wladimir Klitschko. Fightnews.com recently had the opportunity to catch up with Andrey Ryabinsky to ask him about his motivation behind his historic $23.3 million bid and the status of the preparations for the event. (more…)
By Sam Geraci
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Over 2,200 Chicago fight fans packed into the historic Chicago Theater to get a glimpse of the sport’s p4p king Floyd “Money” Mayweather and the Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, the latest Latin American hope to challenge Mayweather. According to several Chicago Theater staff members, fans began lining the entrances of the Chicago Theater on State Street shortly after 9:00AM to insure a good seat when the doors opened at 5:00PM. When the doors finally opened, fight fans scrambled to the best available seats and chanted “Mexico! Mexico!” or “Canelo! Canelo!” or the Mayweather mantra of “Hard work! Dedication!” until Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer took the podium shortly after 6:00PM.
“Love him or hate him, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather is the One. The question is, will he be the One at the end of September 14,” Schaefer added that Chicago was the loudest of all the stops thus far because of “Canelomania” and that Alvarez was a “Mexican James Dean and the One Mexico has been waiting for.”
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe attempted to speak after Schaefer but all that this reporter could decipher through the crowd’s chants of “Culero! Culero!” was that “when you think about winning, you think about Mayweather” and “Floyd Mayweather wanted it to happen. The fans have spoken.”
Just as it seemed that the Chicago crowd couldn’t get any louder, boxing legend and Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya took the podium. (more…)
By Arvin Nundloll
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Matthew Macklin is ready to defy all the odds and take on Gennady Golovkin for the IBO and WBA World Middleweight title. Fresh off his intense training camp in Spain, Macklin took time out to let everyone know why his third attempt at a world title will be successful. Speaking about Golovkin’s power, Macklin reminded everyone about how he fared to Sergio Martinez’s power.
“I’ve got a solid chin, I went down twice against Sergio, the first one I was off balance, the second one was a knockdown but got up straight away. I’ve got a lot of faith in my chin and anyone can get knocked out. I have 20 knockouts as well, I KO’d Alcine who just went 12 rounds with Jason Williams who was supposedly the biggest hitter ever. He’s obviously a bigger puncher, he’s heavy handed and I think he’s got good skills as well. I’m focused on what I have to do and the tactics that I want to try and impose on him.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Joel Colon/PR Best
Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) was impressive in his stoppage over Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) on Saturday night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. “Fans came to see a fight I gave the fans a good fight and a spectacular victory. It was a good night for me,” Mikey Garcia told media at the post-fight press conference. “It’s a good victory this shows that I have what it takes. This is a good satisfying victory. We have to go forward there is a lot more to accomplish.”
Testing each other out in the opening round Mikey Garcia boxed from the outside using his jab while Lopez searched for openings countering. “We worked all of camp to jab, step back, and right hand. We practiced hard and executed,” Mikey said. “We tried to be extra careful. He does have heavy hands. I was able to land my jab and stay outside comfortably so I was ready to keep that pace.” (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Joel Colon/PR Best
Undefeated WBO Featherweight Champion Mikey Garcia and former 2X world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez along with Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum and former Heavyweight Champion George Foreman took center stage at the final presser for this Saturday’s mega fight at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and also shown live on HBO.
The usual cheery Juanma, though, wanted to set the record straight about his career and the caliber of talent he has faced compared to Mikey. He believes everyone is so focused on his losses to Salido and how Mikey demolished Salido that he therefore has no shot in this fight. He made it very clear that this is not his first rodeo.
“If you go by Salido, Mikey should beat me by knockout. I knocked out Concepcion in 2 rounds and he beat him in 8 rounds. Salido was a great fight [against Mikey], but Salido was on his way out.”
All this Salido talk has really started to bother Juanma.
“Yea it bothers me because they don’t look at my whole work and I have been a 2x world champion. I have beaten some guys; he went 12 rounds with Lontchi and I knocked him out. There are other guys in there that you should be looking up besides that one fight.” Juanma also believes he has had the superior career to date. (more…)
Story & File Photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
It’s been nine months since Ronald Cruz, 17-1, 12 KOs, was last in the ring. On that night (September 21, 2012) in Bethlehem, PA, Cruz lost his first pro fight before his loyal hometown fans. It was a tough night for Cruz. The loss was a close 10-round split decision loss to Antwone Smith, of Miami. The setback was difficult for Cruz because victory and the continuation of his undefeated streak were both in reach, but Ronald couldn’t overcome Smith’s edge in experience.
“I made a lot of mistakes in my last fight,” Cruz said. “That’s the reason I lost.”
Cruz took the defeat with class and vowed to return right away. However his comeback was delayed due to a hernia that required surgery and an extended break from his training routine. So Ronald Cruz was forced to wait with that first loss hanging over his head before he could redeem himself. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., and former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico survived a hot day in Dallas as they made an appearance outside of Mark Cuban’s American Airlines Center in preparation for their Texas showdown Saturday. A ring was setup on the plaza in front of the arena where a couple hundred fans and media got to see the fighter’s close-up for pictures and autographs. Fightnews caught up with Mikey.
Hey Mikey, welcome back to Dallas, how you feeling?
I’m feeling good. I am used to the heat I guess, so I don’t feel too bad.
How’s your weight?
We’re always good on weight, I never have issues. I feel that I am strong, fast. I feel comfortable here. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., and former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico survived a hot day in Dallas as they made an appearance outside of Mark Cuban’s American Airlines Center in preparation for their Texas showdown Saturday. A ring was setup on the plaza in front of the arena where a couple hundred fans and media got to see the fighter’s close-up for pictures and autographs. Fightnews caught up with Juanma.
Welcome to the Dallas heat, how you feeling?
Glad to be here. It’s just as hot as Puerto Rico, but a little more dry than it is in Puerto Rico.
How has training camp come along? Are you ready for the fight?
Had a great training camp, very happy to be here. We are just maintaining the weight, that’s what it’s all about right now, keeping a good weight for the weigh-ins. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Top Rank Boxing has once again signed an Olympic star. A press conference was help Monday for the signing of Japan’s 2012 Olympic gold medalist middleweight Ryota Murata. The 27-year-old will be co-promoted by Japanese based Teiken Promotions along with Top Rank Boxing and will be managed by Dentsu, which is the largest advertising agency in the world (Murata is the first boxer they manage).
“It’s a great pleasure for us to announce today that Top Rank in association with Teiken Promotions will be promoting the boxing career of Ryota Murata,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “It isn’t very often that we get a young man who after more than 50 years wins a gold medal in boxing for his country and wins it in a division that is usually not associated with boxers from his country. Murata did what many people would regard as the unthinkable. He won a gold medal in the London Olympics in the middleweight division and world of boxing may never be the same again.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The well-known adage is that you can’t teach an old dog new trick. As far as the thirty-year old Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (22-2, 18KOs) he is neither old nor capable of learning something new. After nearly eight months in an immigration detention center, Angulo of Mexicali, Mexico, was released last July and instead of going back to his old haunts in Los Angeles and its surroundings, he looked north for his next trainer and hooked up with Virgil Hunter, best known for helming the camps of Andre Ward and Amir Khan among others.
On Saturday, June 8th, from the Home Depot Center and broadcast live on Showtime, they will participate in their third bout together when Angulo faces once-beaten slick Cuban boxer Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11KO) in a twelve round clash for the interim WBA light middleweight title. The bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions will be the semi-main event for the much anticipated welterweight face-off between Marcos “Chino” Maidana and Josesito Lopez.
“I come up for a couple of weeks and then Virgil goes down to LA for couple of weeks,” Angulo said when asked about the arrangement with his Oakland, CA, based trainer. “Thank God camp has been going great just like the other past two.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) looks sharp and ready. Garcia held an open workout for fans and media Saturday afternoon at the UFC Gym in Yorba Linda, California as he prepared for his upcoming featherweight showdown against former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) on June 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas live on HBO.
“He has a lot of power a lot of heart it is definitely going to be a good fight, I think he is more determined and hungrier this time so that makes for an exciting fight,” Garcia told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz (18-0, 12 KOs) of Mexicali has been working on “…hand, head movement and foot speed” to get wired in for his fight against Carl Davis (16-5, 12 KOs) at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 8. Ruiz is working with chief trainer Big Jeff Grmoja at the Bones Adams Gym in Las Vegas. Ruiz says he has one goal: “I am doing all of this to win the world heavyweight championship. I have good chemistry with my team and I will make the sacrifices to become one of the few instead of one of the dreamers,” Ruiz said. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo by Robert Hughes
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight and featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico discusses his June 15 showdown with undefeated WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, California . Their HBO-televised collision will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
How do you feel coming into this fight?
I feel really good; I have good preparation for this type of fight.
Stepping in against Garcia after tough losses to Salido
It’s all about styles and I think are styles are going to match and I have a great opponent. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo by Robert Hughes
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, California discusses his June 15 showdown with former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico. Their HBO-televised collision will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Any concerns on fighting Juanma
Not a concern but the most thing you have to watch out for is his power, heavy handed, both hands. He is very powerful and strong so that is something you have to watch out for.
Confidence from beating Salido so easily while Juanma lost twice
Not necessarily, because styles make fights and he’s a different style than Salido, I have to prepare for Juanma not Salido this time, so I have to make sure I am in the best shape possible. (more…)
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