WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza today (Wednesday) made a significant press conference with influential Asian promoters in ...

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

Super featherweight veteran Dat Nguyen (20-3, 7 KOs) scored a stunning sixth round TKO over previously undefeated prospect Miguel Flores (21-1, 9 ...

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Fighters issued final reminder to enroll in CBP

The WBC has issued a final reminder to all rated fighters who have not enrolled in the Clean Boxing Program. The following fighters must enroll immediately or they will be removed from the official WBC upcoming rankings, which will be published in the first week of February:

Heavyweight

#3 Luis Ortiz (Cuba)
#13 Jarrell Miller (US)
#14 David Price (UK)

Lt. Heavyweight

#2 Sergey Kovalev (Russia)

Supermiddleweight

#6 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (Mex)
#8 Arthur Abraham (Ger)
#10 Martin Murray (UK)
#12 Rocky Fielding (UK)
#13 Jessie Hart (US)
#15 Ronald Gavril (Romania-US)

(more…)

The WBC has issued a final reminder to all rated fighters who have not enrolled in the Clean Boxing Program. …


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Vargas, Berchelt make weight

Photos: Ed Mulholland / HBO

Francisco Vargas 129.6 vs Miguel Berchelt 129.8
(WBC super featherweight championship)

Takashi Miura 129.8 vs Mickey Roman 129.2
(WBC super featherweight eliminator)

Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
TV: HBO

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Photos: Ed Mulholland / HBO Francisco Vargas 129.6 vs Miguel Berchelt 129.8 (WBC super featherweight championship) Takashi Miura 129.8 vs …



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Weights from Atlantic City

Thomas LaManna 154 vs Eduardo Flores 154
Chuck Muassachio 179.1 vs Michael Mitchell 177.1
Jose Valderrama 167.8 vs Gabriel Pham 167.1
Yurik Mamedov 147 vs Jose Jimenez 146.3
Dan Murray 137.8 vs Nahir Albright 139.2
Weusi Johnson 121.2 vs Dallas Holden 118.3
Thomas Romain 133.7 vs Jamil Simmons 138.5

Promoter: Rising Promotions
Venue: The Claridge Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey

Thomas LaManna 154 vs Eduardo Flores 154 Chuck Muassachio 179.1 vs Michael Mitchell 177.1 Jose Valderrama 167.8 vs Gabriel Pham …


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Khan-Brook Update

Will Amir Khan versus Kell Brook ever happen? Dennis Hobson is working behind the scenes on the fight and is hopeful it can eventually be made. “Khan against Brook is a fight I really want to see because I’m a big fight fan and it would be great for British boxing,” explained Hobson who, alongside Asif Vali, is working with American fight-figure Al Haymon in guiding Amir.

“Amir, in my opinion, is a much bigger draw then Kell, and I base that on the fact that Khan has been fighting in elite company for a while now. But I’m sure Kell will get there too.

“We believe we can make the fight work with Eddie [Hearn] and Kell and, in the process, Kell will make a guaranteed career best purse. The obstacle we have is that Terry, Kell’s father and manager, is hung up on percentages which has many legal and contractual complications.

“I’m hopeful that we will get there though and if the fight does happen then the big winner will be the fans!”

Will Amir Khan versus Kell Brook ever happen? Dennis Hobson is working behind the scenes on the fight and is …




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Judge rules Haymon is NOT a promoter

One of the charges often leveled against manager/adviser Al Haymon is that he’s illegally acting as a manager AND promoter, using licensed promoters merely as front men to slip around the Ali Act. Both Top Rank and Golden Boy used the term “sham promoters” in their complaints against Haymon.

United States District Judge John F. Walter addressed that situation this week and ruled that Haymon’s unorthodox and innovative arrangement with promoters is indeed legal.

Walter wrote:

It is undisputed that every single PBC event has a fully-licensed and experienced promoter affiliated with it. Haymon Sports pays a flat fee to those promoters for their services. To the extent that a promoter’s expenses exceed the revenues from the fight, Haymon Sports also reimburses those expenses, which often includes the boxers’ purses for the fight.

Despite the fact that every PBC event has an experienced and licensed promoter affiliated with it, Plaintiffs contend that Haymon Sports is the true promoter of the PBC fights because it performs certain traditional functions of promoters, including, for example: (1) contracting with the television networks for airtime; (2) facilitating the selection of the venue; (3) purchasing advertising on television and the internet to stimulate interest for PBC events; (4) entering into agreements with sponsors for television exposure; (5) receiving revenue from advertising sales and sponsorship sales; and (6) paying the boxer’s purse. (more…)

One of the charges often leveled against manager/adviser Al Haymon is that he’s illegally acting as a manager AND promoter, …


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Culay-Andrade set for March 11

Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) is set to defend his WBA World Super Welterweight title against former WBO World Champion Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs) on March 11 at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany. “Golden” Jack claimed the WBA strap with a unanimous decision over Maurice Weber in Frankfurt on May 9, 2015, and has made two defenses. Andrade is a former WBO world champion who was stripped of the belt due to inactivity. (more…)

Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) is set to defend his WBA World Super Welterweight title against former WBO World Champion …


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WBO orders Saunders-Khurtsidze clash

The WBO Championship Committee has given the camps of WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and mandatory challenger Avtandil Khurtsidze ten days to negotiate an agreement for a WBO middleweight championship bout. If an accord is not reached within the time frame, a purse bid will be ordered. The minimum acceptable bid is $200,000. Either of the parties involved may call for a purse bid at any time during the negotiation process.

The WBO Championship Committee has given the camps of WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders and mandatory challenger Avtandil Khurtsidze …


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Vargas, McDonnell 30-day WBC weigh-in

On February 25th, WBC #1 ranked super bantamweight Rey Vargas of Mexico will face #2 Gavin McDonnell of the United Kingdom, with the vacant World Boxing Council title at stake at the Hull Ice Arena.. Both fighters underwent the obligatory WBC 30-day pre-weighing, designed to encourage gradual, controlled and safe weight loss, in order to avoid excessive dehydration and serious associated health risks. McDonell weighed 133.4 being within the allowed limit (134 pounds, 10% of the division), while Vargas was a slimmer, less beefy 126.76 pounds.

On February 25th, WBC #1 ranked super bantamweight Rey Vargas of Mexico will face #2 Gavin McDonnell of the United …



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Boesel, Stieglitz headline March 18

WBO #2 light heavyweight (formerly #1) Dominic Boesel and European light heavyweight champion Robert Stieglitz will headline a March 18 card at the Arena Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany. Former world super middleweight champion Stieglitz (50-5-1, 29 KOs) will be making his first defense against TBA. Boesel (23-0, 8 KOs) will defend his WBA and WBO intercontinental titles but is reportedly having trouble lining up an opponent. According to BILD, Seanie Monaghan, Dimitri Chudinov and Karo Murat have all turned down the fight citing inadequate preparation time.

WBO #2 light heavyweight (formerly #1) Dominic Boesel and European light heavyweight champion Robert Stieglitz will headline a March 18 …


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Frampton-Santa Cruz final presser

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Undefeated featherweight world champion Carl Frampton and former three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before they enter the ring for their highly anticipated rematch that headlines a Premier Boxing Champions event this Saturday, January 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and live on Showtime.

Carl Frampton:

“Both Leo and myself enjoyed the fight, although more importantly, the fans enjoyed it. I have to give Leo credit for taking the rematch and making this happen.

“I think with this fight, there can’t be too much that goes differently. Our styles just gel together. Leo is a tremendous fighter who I have the utmost respect for inside and outside of the ring. (more…)

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Undefeated featherweight world champion Carl Frampton and former three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz went …


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Golden Boy lawsuit against Haymon dismissed

A U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles has dismissed the $300 million lawsuit filed by Golden Boy Promotions against Al Haymon/Premier Boxing Champions.

Statement from Michael Williams (Haymon lawyer): On behalf of our clients, Haymon Sports, LLC and its CEO, Alan Haymon, we are very pleased with the decision of the Court to grant summary judgment and dismiss all of the meritless claims filed by Golden Boy Promotions. The Court’s ruling makes clear that the efforts by Haymon Sports were intended to, and actually did, increase competition in the boxing industry, to the benefit of the boxers, other promoters, and the fans.

Golden Boy’s invocation of the Ali Act – which the Court recognized exists to protect boxers, not promoters – was especially hypocritical given that the Court cited evidence that confirms Haymon Sports has consistently looked to protect the interests of its boxers against one-sided and oppressive promoter contracts. (more…)

A U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles has dismissed the $300 million lawsuit filed by Golden Boy Promotions against Al …


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Weights from Studio City, California

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Erick Deleon 129.8 vs Jose Salinas 129.8
Arnold Barboza Jr 142.2 vs Johnny Rodriguez 142.2
Alexander Besputin 149.2 vs Gilberto Pereira 152.6
Robson Conceicao 139.8 vs Aaron Ely 129.4
Maxim Dadashev 140.2 vs Jerome Rodriguez 139.8
Gabriel Gutierrez 138.6 vs Kevin Valle 133
Jose Morales 119 vs Alexander Enriquez 120
Bryan Flores 157.2 vs Even Torres 158.2
Dean Risher 131.4 vs Devon Lee 139.6
Josue Obando 165 vs Bakhram Murtazakiev 160

Promoter: Top Rank
Venue: Sportsman Lodge, Studio City, California
TV: Solo Boxeo Unimas

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Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Erick Deleon 129.8 vs Jose Salinas 129.8 Arnold Barboza Jr 142.2 vs Johnny Rodriguez 142.2 Alexander …



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London Mayor paves the way for record crowd at Wembley heavyweight boxing clash

The biggest boxing crowd Wembley Stadium Connected by EE has ever seen – a record 90,000 capacity – will watch the heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua MBE and Wladimir Klitschko live on Sky Sports Box Office, the Mayor of London announced today.

Sadiq Khan stepped in to ensure the fight for Joshua’s IBF title and the vacant WBA Super and IBO Heavyweight crowns on April 29 will be seen by a post-war record crowd of 90,000.

Reaffirming his commitment to stage the biggest sporting events in the capital, Sadiq answered the call of boxing fans by boosting capacity for the fight by 10,000, after boxing promoter Eddie Hearn secured permission for 80,000. (more…)

The biggest boxing crowd Wembley Stadium Connected by EE has ever seen – a record 90,000 capacity – will watch …


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Islam-Assis is Jones-Gunn PPV co-feature

WBA #4, WBO #5, IBF #15 junior middleweight Kanat Islam (22-0, 18 KOs) will battle tough Brazilian Robson Assis (16-3, 9 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round co-feature bout on February 17th at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. The bout will support the previously announced 12-round WBF Cruiserweight title bout featuring legendary Roy Jones Jr. battling Bobby Gunn. The show will be show live on Pay-Per-View.

Also, in a 10-round battle for the WBF junior lightweight International championship, Frank De Alba (20-2-2, 9 KOs) will take on Ivan Najera (16-3, 8 KOs). (more…)

WBA #4, WBO #5, IBF #15 junior middleweight Kanat Islam (22-0, 18 KOs) will battle tough Brazilian Robson Assis (16-3, …


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Flores-Nguyen clash Feb 21 on FS1

Undefeated rising prospect Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) battles Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) in the 10-round super featherweight main event of Premier Boxing Champions TOE-TO-TOE TUESDAYS on FS1 and BOXEO DE CAMPEONES on FOX Deportes Tuesday, February 21 from Silver Street in Houston, Texas. Televised coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and will feature unbeaten prospect Brandon Figueroa (10-0, 7 KOs) in a six-round attraction and undefeated Darwin Price (11-0, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super lightweight matchup.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by King’s Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Undefeated rising prospect Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) battles Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) in the 10-round super featherweight main …


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WBA heavyweight update

The WBA Championships Committee has officially announced, through a resolution, the current plan to reach a single champion in the heavyweight division.

In the case of the WBA super championship, Wladimir Klitschko will fight Anthony Joshua on April 29 in London, England. The winner of this contest should meet Luis Ortiz, the current WBA intercontinental champion.

In principle, it should have been Klitschko against Tyson Fury in a rematch, but Fury had to vacate the title due to personal problems and a positive doping test. Because of this, the Committee decided that Klitschko will face Joshua, the reigning IBF champ and a confrontation worthy of super championship status. (more…)

The WBA Championships Committee has officially announced, through a resolution, the current plan to reach a single champion in the …



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Sulaiman and Mendoza met in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza recently met in Mexico City to discuss projects to improve boxing. They plan another meeting next March. “There is a good friendship between organizations and as people,” said Sulaiman. “That’s why we maintain a lot of communication to look together for the best situations and scenarios for boxing and take advantage of the good collaboration between us.”

Unofficially, it’s known that at their next meeting they will seek a consensus on clean boxing and doping. Both want to unify rules and make tournaments and unification fights.

By Gabriel F. Cordero WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza recently met in Mexico City to …


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Mundine: I am right physically

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine is right physically but will have to tune in mentally for his showdown against Danny “Green Machine” Green on February 3 at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia. Mundine also mentions the fight is big because of the race factor.

“The oppression we (indigenous) faced and we still continue to face as people today, it’s one of my motivations,” Mundine said to the Advertiser.

“The fight wouldn’t be so big if it wasn’t a race factor, it was so big the first time because of that, because of the system and the way they support Danny and portray me. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Former WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine is right physically but will …


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Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt Final Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) of Mexico City and fellow Mexican brawler and WBO Interim super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) of Yucatan, Mexico held the final press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Paseo Inn Restaurant at the Historic Olvera Street Plaza in downtown Los Angeles for their showdown this Saturday at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

Francisco Vargas: “I am happy to be back. I needed a rest but I am very motivated and ready to fight. This preparation was no different, We worked hard and stayed disciplined for this upcoming defense. Berchelt is coming with everything. Saturday we are ready to give a good fight. It has cost me a lot of hard work to win this title and I am not going to relinquish it, I will be victorious.”

Miguel Berchelt: “We come well prepared for this fight and I am ready. I am confident that I will win. We are coming with everything and I expect a war.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) of Mexico City and fellow Mexican …


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Parker’s Promoter Higgins: The stakes are high

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

David Higgins of Duco Events, who is the co-promoter of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, will be at WBO Head Office in San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 1 when the purse bid for Parker’s mandatory defense against WBO#2 Hughie Fury will be decided. Frank Warren, who is the promoter of Fury, is expected to be in Puerto Rico also when the envelopes are opened.

“The stakes are very high and it’s a nervous situation,” Higgins said. “You have to try and predict what the revenues are going to be and then bid the most you can. If you bid too much you could lose a lot of money very quickly. And if we don’t bid enough, we lose control. We want to fight in New Zealand because we want home advantage. Last year was an Olympic year and Joseph Parker was the most Googled of any New Zealander. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing David Higgins of Duco Events, who is the co-promoter of WBO heavyweight champion …


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Francisco Vargas defends Saturday

By Miguel Maravilla

WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday as he will be defending his title against fellow Mexican brawler and WBO Interim super featherweight champion Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt (30-1, 27 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino Events Center live on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Photo: Golden Boy Promotions

“I am excited to be back. This will be a good fight. Bertchel has a good record. He is unknown in the U.S. but well known in Mexico. We trained hard so we can come out with the victory,” Vargas told Fightnews.com. “This will be a tough fight, he is a good fighter.”

Vargas prepared for a total of three months training in Mexico City and doing his roadwork in the high altitude mountains of Toluca, Mexico conditioning as Vargas spend the holidays putting in hard work in preparation for Berchelt. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) returns to the ring this Saturday …


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Frampton and Santa Cruz public workout

Photos: Marcelino Castillo

Boxing fans had a chance to see Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, 18 KOs) up close and personal before this weekend’s WBA world featherweight title rematch in Las Vegas. On Wednesday both held public training on the casino floor near the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book. The first to climb in the ring was Santa Cruz, who did a little shadow boxing to the sound of Mexican music and applause of his people. Frampton did the same with a big smile as he felt the support of his Northern Irish backers.

The Nevada Commission has appointed Kenny Bayless as the third man in the ring. Judges are Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and Glen Feldman. WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza will be the supervisor.

Frampton beat Santa Cruz by majority decision in their first meeting last July.

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Photos: Marcelino Castillo Boxing fans had a chance to see Carl Frampton (23-0, 14 KOs) and Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1, …


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Parker-H. Fury purse bid set for Feb 1

A WBO heavyweight title purse bid for a clash between world champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 1 at WBO Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The minimum acceptable bid is one million dollars. The purse split will be 60% to Parker and 40% to Fury. WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel will be presiding.

A WBO heavyweight title purse bid for a clash between world champion Joseph Parker and Hughie Fury will be held …


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Oscar arrested on DUI charges

By TMZSports.com

Promoter and former world champion Oscar De La Hoya was arrested for DUI in Pasadena, CA Tuesday night … TMZ Sports has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us the 43-year-old was pulled over for speeding in a Land Rover around 2 AM and during the stop, officers suspected he was drunk. We’re told Oscar bombed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. He was cited and released to his manager. Earlier in the evening, Oscar was seen at multiple bars in the area, including Barney’s Beanery in Old Town Pasadena where he posed for a pic with a fan.

By TMZSports.com Promoter and former world champion Oscar De La Hoya was arrested for DUI in Pasadena, CA Tuesday night …


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Rigondeaux-Flores official as Cotto-Kirkland co-feature

More fights have been added to the televised pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland “The Return” on Saturday, February 25 at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. The co-feature bout will spotlight reigning WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) in a mandatory 12-round WBA title defense against WBA interim titleholder Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs).

Guillermo Rigondeaux: “I’m very excited, it’s my first fight back in the states in over a year. I want to show the world and my loyal fans that I am still one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. I will be defending my title on February 25. I’d like to thank Moises Flores for having the courage to face me in the ring. He is a tough fighter and will have all his fans in Texas cheering for him. It’s going to be a battle so fans, get ready to see me in action.”

Moises Flores: “I’m training hard and look forward to making the Mexican fans proud when I defeat the great Rigondeaux.”

Michael Yormark/Roc Nation: “Just when we thought the Cotto-Kirkland event could not get any more exciting for sports fans – Roc Nation Sports is thrilled to announce Guillermo Rigondeaux’s championship defense against Moises Flores on the televised undercard.”

The televised undercard will also include WBC Youth super bantamweight titleholder Diego De La Hoya (16-0, 9 KOs) against Yoandris “El Nino” Salinas (21-2-2, 14 KOs) in a 10-round super bantamweight contest.

More fights have been added to the televised pay-per-view undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. James Kirkland “The Return” on Saturday, …


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Boxing Buzz: Wawrzyk, Klitschko, Schaefer

Fightnews.com® had a big feature story scheduled to run today from the camp of heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk. Of course, it was done before it came out that Wawrzyk failed his drug test and his world title challenge against Deontay Wilder imploded. The perils of publishing. :(
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By the way, Wawrzyk’s trainer Fiodor Łapin stated, “We will ABSOLUTELY ask VADA for Sample B of recent tests – no question about it. I have to know.” (Przemek Garczarczyk)
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The 16-year-old son of former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was bitten in the hand by an alligator in south Florida where he volunteers at a national park. Egor-Daniel Klitschko needed quite a few stitches to close the wound.
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Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar Sports has inked another amateur standout. 2016 Mexican Olympian Lindolfo Delgado has signed with the Los Angeles-based promotional company.

Fightnews.com® had a big feature story scheduled to run today from the camp of heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk. Of course, it …


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Today’s EBU bids and updates

By Marco Bratusch

In the cruiserweight division, promoter Filiep Tampere has earned the rights to stage the vacant European 200lb title match between co-challengers Geoffrey Battelo (32-5, 28 KOs) and undefeated 28-year-old Yves Ngabu (17-0, 12 KOs). Tampere put in the envelope 31,137 Euros, while Europrom/Gérard Teysseron offered 18,200 Euros. No other bidders attended.

In the welterweight division, EBU-EU champion Mohamed Mimoune (17-2, 2 KOs) handler Malamine Koné won the bid offering 17,050 Euros topping 12,000 Euros from Finnish promoter Pekka Maki, who manages 33-year-old mandatory challenger Jussi Koivula (21-3-1, 8 KOs), a former EBU belt competitor that usually fights close to junior middleweight limit. No other bidders have participated. According to MK Events, Mimoune’s second defense of his belt will very likely be staged in Paris on Saturday 25th March.

By Marco Bratusch In the cruiserweight division, promoter Filiep Tampere has earned the rights to stage the vacant European 200lb …


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Fight Club OC: Mike Lee opponent named

Undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee (18-0, 10 KOs) faces Justin Thomas (18-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday, February 16 in the eight round featured fight at Fight Club OC at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, it was announced today. “With almost identical records and 17 knockouts between them, we’ll see action from the opening bell in one of the best main events we’ve had in our illustrious and long running Fight Club OC series,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht.

Lee is currently world ranked #12 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and #13 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF). He gained national exposure a few years back by appearing television commercials for the Subway sandwich chain. (more…)

Undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee (18-0, 10 KOs) faces Justin Thomas (18-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday, February 16 in the …


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Eggington and Malignaggi clash on Haye-Bellew bill

Sam Eggington will defend his WBC International Welterweight title against Paulie Malignaggi at The O2 in London on Saturday March 4, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Eggington landed the title in a fight of the year contender with local rival Frankie Gavin in October with an eighth round stoppage in Birmingham and the 23 year old is thrilled to be facing the former two-weight world king on a huge card in the capital.

“This is the big name and big card that I’ve wanted for some time,” said Eggington. “I’ve asked for these sorts of fights for a while, I got Frankie and now I’ve got Paulie. He’s going to be the biggest name on my record, you just have to look at what he’s won and who he has boxed to see that, but I have asked to fight him for a while now and I am confident that I can beat him, and beating him is a big scalp on my record and it puts me in that World bracket which is where i want to be. (more…)

Sam Eggington will defend his WBC International Welterweight title against Paulie Malignaggi at The O2 in London on Saturday March …


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Yafai defends world crown in Birmingham on May 13

Kal Yafai (21-0, 14 KOs) will make the first defence of his WBA World Super-Flyweight title at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Saturday May 13, live on Sky Sports.

Yafai became Birmingham’s first World champion with a dominant performance over Luis Concepcion in Manchester in December to claim the vacant strap, and the unbeaten 27 year old cannot wait to headline his homecoming show.

“It’s a dream come true to be topping the bill in Birmingham as a World champion,” said Yafai. “Winning the title in Manchester was amazing, but Birmingham is the place I want to fight and to turn the Barclaycard Arena into my hometown fortress.” (more…)

Kal Yafai (21-0, 14 KOs) will make the first defence of his WBA World Super-Flyweight title at the Barclaycard Arena …


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Liam Smith blames Liam Williams

Former WBO super welterweight boss Liam Smith has blamed long-term rival Liam Williams for costing him the chance of winning the Lord Lonsdale belt outright and has vowed to settle the score when they clash at the Manchester Arena on April 8th. “He was my mandatory challenger for over twelve months and he wouldn’t take the fight,” said Smith. “Fair play to his team, they openly said that he wasn’t ready to face me but it’s Liam Williams’ fault I haven’t got a British title outright. I’ll settle that score when I beat him in April. This is a fight that I’m massively confident of winning and it’s one that I’ll happily win and put to bed. I’m a bit curious as to why people are made up for this fight now and why they weren’t at the time I was British Champion but I’m happy to take it and settle the score.”

Smith vs. Williams features on the undercard of Terry Flanagan’s fifth WBO World Lightweight title defense against Petr Petrov.

Former WBO super welterweight boss Liam Smith has blamed long-term rival Liam Williams for costing him the chance of winning …


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Wanheng edges Jerusalem to retain WBC minimumweight world title

Unbeaten WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (45-0, 17 KOs) of Thailand retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Melvin Jerusalem (11-1, 7 KOs) of the Philippines on Wednesday afternoon in Phitsanulok, Thailand. Jerusalem got off to a good start, but after four rounds WBC open scoring revealed 38-38 on all three cards. Referee Celestino Ruiz deducted a point from Jerusalem for a low blow in round eight. The eight round open scoring update showed the champ opening up a 78-74, 77-74, 77-74 lead. Jerusalem came on down the stretch, but it was too little, too late. Wanheng prevailed 114-113, 115-113, 114-113. Turned out the point deduction cost Jerusalem a draw.

Unbeaten WBC minimumweight champion Wanheng Menayothin (45-0, 17 KOs) of Thailand retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision …


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Green: I punch harder than Mundine

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

Former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) has told the Courier Mail that he has the power and durability to defeat former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-7, 27 KOs) on February 3 at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, South Australia. “Stopping Choc (Mundine) inside the distance would be very satisfying but I’m not buying into the fact that I’m a heavy favorite,” Green said. “I have a great respect for all my opponents especially against a man who has already beaten me. He is a fierce competitor and a world class fighter. It’s not going to be an easy contest but I’m the better fighter. I’ve beaten better fighters than him, I’m tougher than him and I’ve got a better chin. I’m stronger and I punch harder.” (more…)

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing Former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (35-5, 28 KOs) …


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