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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Boxing News

ShoBox tripleheader on April 18

During his career, former undisputed heavyweight champion and international star Mike Tyson fought on SHOWTIME 17 times, second only to Julio Cesar Chavez (21) for most appearances by a boxer in the history of the network. On Friday, April 18, Tyson returns in a different capacity when his Iron Mike Productions makes its promotional debut on the premium network with a three-fight card live on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME, 10:45 ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pa., located outside Pittsburgh.

The telecast will feature three of Iron Mike Productions’ most highly regarded unbeaten fighters.

In the 10-round main event, heavy-hitting Cuban lightweight Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-0, 16 KOs), of Miami, Fla., by way Cork, Ireland, and Havana, Cuba, will be opposed by his toughest opponent to-date, Pittsburgh-area crowd favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (18-3, 3 KOs), of Bunola, Pa.

In the co-feature, undefeated southpaw and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (14-0, 8 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., by way of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic will box Emmanuel Lartey (15-1-1, 7 KOs), of Brooklyn by way of Ghana, in an eight-round welterweight bout.

In the opening bout of the telecast, local favorite and war veteran Sammy Vasquez, Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs), of Monesson, Pa., will meet fellow unbeaten Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-0, 5 KOs), of Union City, N.J., in an eight-round welterweight bout.



March 27th, 2014



Boxing News

Cleverly returns May 17

Former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will co-headline a Matchroom Boxing show at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on May 17. Cleverly will make his debut at cruiserweight at the scene of his last outing, where he lost his 175lb world title to Sergey Kovalev in August, and the 27 year old is itching to get back into the groove. “I’m excited to get back into the ring on May 17,” said Cleverly. “There are some big fights in the division, I’ve had a great rest and had a chance to lead a normal life and I am ready now to start a new chapter.”



March 27th, 2014


Boxing News

Ruenroeng aims to beat Ioka again

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF Flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) was impressive in winning the title against Rocky Fuentes recently will now defend the championship against Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs) on May 7, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. The Japanese boxer has held world titles at 105 pounds as WBA and WBC champion and also at 108 pounds as the WBA champion and is attempting to become a three division world champion by defeating Ruenroeng to become IBF flyweight champion. The Thai world champion Ruenroeng defeated Ioka in the amateur ranks and has predicted to emulate that victory as a professional in Osakaon May 7.

“I defeated Kazuto Ioka in 2007 in Thailand and I am confident I will be victorious again on May 7 in Japan when we will clash for the IBF flyweight title,” said Ruenroeng. (more…)



March 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Returns to the Forum

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Boxing is back at the historic Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California as four-division world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) of Mexico, City is set to take on former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) on May 17 live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Marquez-Alvarado marks the return of boxing to the Forum, which hosted many great fights throughout the years. Some of the most memorable fights included unbeaten Mexican bantamweights Carlos Zarate vs. Alfonso Zamora, the rematch between Muhammad Ali and Ken Norton, Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Roger Mayweather 2, Chiquita Gonzalez vs. Michael Carbajal 2, Rafael Ruelas vs. Freddie Pendleton which was on the Gonzalez Carbajal undercard, and the birth of HBO Boxing After Dark when “The Baby Face Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera stopped Kennedy McKinney in a memorable fight.

“There wouldn’t have been a Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, or Chiquita Gonzalez without Forum Boxing,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said. Arum co-promoted Ali-Norton 2 at the Forum back in 1973 and he shared his memories with us about the legendary venue Wednesday afternoon. (more…)



March 27th, 2014

Boxing News

“Payasito” seeking to upset Mabait

“Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event this Friday will feature two time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico (26-10-2, 14 KOs) challenging current WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-1-2, 13 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Mabait’s title at stake. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event. (more…)



March 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Bottjer: Whoever wins Boxcino will establish himself as a world-class fighter and title contender

ESPN’s “Boxcino” tournament has been a critical success so far. One of the men behind the scenes responsible for identifying much of the talent that has been on display is Banner Promotions matchmaker Eric Bottjer. Bottjer has been one of the most distinguished boxing matchmakers for the better part of two decades, signing and developing many world champions. For “Boxcino,” Bottjer lined eight lightweights and eight middleweights to compete in a single elimination event, which resumes Friday night at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, when the lightweight semifinals take place with 8-round bouts featuring Petr Petrov (33-4-2, 15 KOs) fighting Chris Rudd (13-1, 8 KOs) and Fernando Carcamo (16-5, 13 KOs) taking on Miguel Gonzalez (23-3, 16 KOs). (more…)



March 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Good piece on Muhammad Ali and his trials with Parkinson’s. More

Amir Khan says he’ll consult with Ricky Hatton about his upcoming bout with Luis Collazo. More

“Gunfire” is how Manny Pacquiao’s punches are being described. More



March 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Governor Cuomo appointments David Berlin as Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of David Berlin to serve as Executive Director of the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC). Berlin’s appointment was unanimously approved by the NYSAC Board this afternoon. As Executive Director, Berlin will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Commission, including the administrative and event-driven functions. He will assume the role on May 1, 2014. (more…)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Thurman-Diaz Ticket Alert

Golden Boy has officially announced the April 26 tripleheader at StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the main event, Keith “One Time” Thurman defends his interim WBA welterweight belt against former lightweight titleholder Julio “The Kidd” Diaz. Also, Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse returns in a 10-round matchup against John Molina and Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. defends his WBC lightweight title against Jerry “The Corpus Christi Kid” Belmontes.

Tickets priced at $150, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, go on sale tomorrow/Thursday, March 27 at 10 a.m. PT and will be available online at AXS.com, by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849) and at StubHub Center Box Office (Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. PT to 6 p.m. PT).

Keith Thurman: “To headline a show like this against a former world champion is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and that day is here. I respect Julio Diaz and I will not underestimate him. He knows that this may be his last shot, and I expect the best from him, but I’ll be the one leaving with the victory.”

Julio Diaz: “This is a big opportunity for me to face a fighter that is feared by many, but not by me. I have been in the ring with far more dangerous and experienced fighters in the past, and everyone knows that I come to fight. My previous opponents Amir Khan and Shawn Porter will tell you that.” (more…)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Alvarado, Marquez Presser Quotes

By Miguel Maravilla

Four-division world champion and Mexican icon Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez and former world junior welterweight champion “Mile High” Mike Alvarado hosted a news conference Wednesday announcing their 12-round welterweight rumble and the return of boxing to the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Mike Alvarado: “I want to thank Juan Manuel for the opportunity. Retiring a legend is gonna be huge!”

Juan Manuel Marquez: “I need to prepare very well because Alvarado is a strong fighter. It’s a big challenge. I’m very happy to fight in the place where I began my career. On May 17, the fans will see a great fight!”

Promoter Bob Arum announced that tickets go on sale April 1 and any $150 and $75 ticket purchased on April 1 between noon and 4PM will get an accompanying ticket free. “Not an April Fools Joke, it’s real,” said the Hall of Famer.



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Donovan George returns April 18

Chicago’s very own super middleweight prospect Donovan “Don Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) will return to the ring on April 18, as he makes his “Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond” debut as the headliner at the The Venue. Joining George as co-features on the card are exciting Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Chicago and Russian heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (24-3, 19 KOs) who just relocated to the Windy City.

“Donovan is working hard and he is ready. There is no better place for him to return to the ring than The Venue and ‘Fight Night at Horseshoe Hammond,” said promoter Bobby Hitz. “This card is stacked with local fan favorites with great followings.” (more…)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan, Collazo Quick Quotes

By Karl Freitag

Former unified super lightweight world champion Amir “King” Khan and Luis Collazo hosted an international media conference call to discuss their recently announced co-main event bout of “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana” PPV event on May 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Amir Khan: “I really believe that I belong in the welterweight division…I’m going to own the welterweight division…I really believe that this fight between me and Luis could be the one that could steal the show.”

Luis Collazo: “It’s a fight that can take me to another level in the welterweight division and I’m humbled by the opportunity.”

Richard Schaefer: “This is the most expensive PPV card to ever be put together in boxing history…this is our sport’s version of the SuperBowl. I anticipate that any day we are going to announce a complete sellout.”

[On Khan-Collazo] “I see this as a real 50/50 fight. I can give you ten reasons why Amir Khan is going to win and ten reasons why Luis Collazo is going to win.”



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Sheer Sports announces signings

Photo: Pitch INK

Photo: Pitch INK


Newly formed management group Sheer Sports in Los Angeles signed amateur standout Edwin ‘The Hitman’ Sandoval of Bakersfield, CA, who will campaign at 122lbs and undefeated super middleweight Ronald “Akeem” Ellis (6-0, 5 KOs) of Boston, Mass., to a management deal.

“Team Sheer is very excited to add these two talented young men to our stable, we are looking forward to announcing their first outings under our banner very soon,” said Ken Sheer of Team Sheer.



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Kono KOs Kaovichit to win vacant WBA 115lb title

By Joe Koizumi

Patient and persistent Japanese Kohei Kono (30-8, 13 KOs), 115, impressively acquired the vacant WBA super-flyweight belt as he chalked up a fine KO victory over interim titlist Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-4-1, 26 KOs), 113.75, from Thailand, at 0:50 of the eighth round in an elimination bout on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.

Kono made good use of footwork to avert Denkaosen’s opening attack and occasionally scored with long rights to the face. The fourth saw Kono connect with a countering right, dropping the 37-year-old Thailander with good damage. Denkaosen came back hard to dominate the fifth and sixth rounds, but a trick happened early in round eight. Kono’s very well-timed right exploded at the face of Denkaosen, who fell face down until the referee Raul Caiz Sr. completed a fatal ten. The packed-house crowd at the Korakuen Hall celebrated his finest coronation.

(More to come)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Kuhne-Chamie Potsdam presser

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke

A press conference was held on Monday for Friday’s SES card at the MBS Arena, in Potsdam, Germany. In the main event, female super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne (21-1, 7 KOs) defends against unbeaten Hungarian Gina Chamie (8-0, 4 KOs) and former light heavyweight world title challenger Robin Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) meets unbeaten fellow contender Emmanuel “Tyson” Danso (20-0, 18 KOs) from Ghana with the winner moving closer to a world title shot. (more…)



March 26th, 2014

UFC

Searching for Ryan Jimmo

UFC light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo has an advantage over most of his opponents. It’s not the muscle the 6-foot-1 fighter holds on to as he cuts from a walking weight of about 230 pounds to the 205-pound limit for his division . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Combrink stops veteran Mokoena in two rounds

Dowayne Combrink stopped veteran Simon Mokoena in the second round in the main event of an action packed Box-and-Dine tournament produced by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Fighting at super middleweight, Combrink (73,92kgs) attacked from the opening bell and rocked the 42-year-old Mokoena (74,48kgs) with some big shots to the head.

Mokoena never recovered from the battering he received in the first round as Combrink continued to apply pressure before landing with a right to the jaw that dropped Mokoena against ropes where he was counted out by referee Phillip du Randt. Time 1:19. (more…)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Maccarinelli: I want this title more than anything in my career

Enzo Maccarinelli (38-6, 30 KOs) travels to Rostock, Germany to challenge Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) for the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship on April 5. Maccarinelli, the former WBO cruiserweight champion, knows what it takes to become a world champion and makes no secret of his desire to take the title from Braehmer in front of the German’s home fans. (more…)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Kono, Denkaosen to collide for vacant WBA 115lb belt today

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Ex-WBA super-fly champions Kohei Kono (29-8, 12 KOs) of Japan and Thailand’s Denkaosen Kaovichit (62-3-1, 26 KOs) will square off in a quest for the vacant WBA 115-pound belt today in Tokyo, Japan. The weigh-in ceremony took place at the fight venue Korakuen Hall yesterday with Kono tipping the beat at the class limit of 115 pounds to 113.75 for Denkaosen.

The WBA officials are as follows: referee Raul Caiz Sr. (US); judges Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa), Guillermo Perez (Panama), Pasquale Procopio (Canada); supervisor Yangsup Shim (Korea).

It will be telecast through TV Tokyo to Japan and Thailand as well. This show is presented by Watanabe Promotions.



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham looks to win over his “home” fans

Photo: Darryl Cobb Jr./Main Events

Philadelphia’s own Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) hopes to win over his hometown crowd at the Liacouras Center at Temple University on April 4th when he attempts to take the USBA Heavyweight Championship belt from the undefeated champion, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs), on NBCSN Fight Night. Cunningham, a two-time cruiserweight champion, learned to fight while in the United States Navy and has not fought in his home town since March 29, 2003 when he defeated Demetrius Jenkins at the Philadelphia Spectrum on the Tua-Rahman undercard. Cunningham said, “The last time I fought in Philadelphia, Philly didn’t know me. I learned to fight in the Navy so I didn’t have a following at home. I have always wanted to fight in Philly at this level or higher.” (more…)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Iwasa retains OPBF 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Only once beaten by current WBC bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka, WBC#1/WBO#4/IBF#10 Ryosuke Iwasa (17-1, 10 KOs), 117.75, kept his OPBF 118-pound belt by winning a majority but well-received decision (116-112, 116-113, 114-114) over top contender Richard Pumicpic (13-6-1, 4 KOs), 117, over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The much taller southpaw Iwasa’s height and reach was a nuisance for Pumicpic to bore in, but the Filipino challenger gamely kept going forward with occasional rights to the champ’s face regardless of precision, while Iwasa connected with light but faster combinations to the onrushing Filipino. (more…)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Houston hopeful Cedric Agnew gears up for his first title shot in Atlantic City when he takes on Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title on Saturday. More

Trainers are pushing Manny Pacquiao “to the limit” for his April 12 rematch with Timothy Bradley. More

Throwback history piece on former 60s featherweight Davey Moore: More

Donnie Nietes promises to knock out Moises Fuentes in their May 10 rematch. More



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Amagasa, Otake keep OPBF, Japanese belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Elongated Japanese, WBC#11/IBF#8/WBO#11 Hisashi Amagasa (26-4-2, 16 KOs), 125.75, retained his OPBF featherweight belt as he floored top contender Vinvin Rufino (34-16-3, 16 KOs), a southpaw Filipino, twice in the third round and finally halted him with a flurry of punches to prompt the referee’s intervention at 0:46 of the eighth session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. For Amagasa, it was his initial defense since he dethroned Retsuri Lee in a hard-fought battle last October. Amagasa, a head taller than the challenger, didn’t utilize his advantageous reach and height but mixed it up with the shorter hard-hitting lefty. Rufino showed his recovery in rounds five and six, but Amagasa displayed a fierce retaliation en route to a stoppage. (more…)



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Ioka to aim for third world belt in May

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Unbeaten formerly two-time champ Kazuto Ioka (14-0, 9 KOs), Japan, will have an ambitious shot at the IBF flyweight belt against also unbeaten Thailander Amnat Ruenroeng (12-0, 5 KOs) in Osaka, Japan, on May 7. Having already won the WBC 105-pound and WBA 108-pound titles, Ioka, still 25, will attempt to capture his third belt in the 112-pound category against Amnat who acquired the vacant IBF throne by defeating Filipino Rocky Fuentes on points in Thailand last January. It will be the first defense for Amnat, 34, who reportedly once beat Ioka when they were amateurs. Previously there were triple-class champions, but it might be the quickest should Ioka win the third in his fifteenth bout.

IBF minimum champ Katsunari Takayama (26-6-0-1NC, 10 KOs), a fast-moving Japanese, will make his second defense against compatriot Shin Ono (17-5-2, 2 KOs), a puzzling southpaw, in a supporting card of the same show.



March 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Michel: Adonis “Superman” Stevenson on Showtime because it was the best offer

Adonis “Superman” Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel has explained Stevenson’s move from HBO to Showtime on his Facebook page:

First we want to thanks HBO for the ride with Adonis in 2013. They gave him his first chance and they have raised him to the star status. We only have great comments for all HBO’s executive with whom we have worked very well and have established great relationship. I have presented what I believed was an excellent multi fight deal offer to Adonis from HBO with a deadline set for March 11th for approval. After discussions we have decided to pass and we got a better offer Showtime. HBO had the right to match any offers so we sent them a copy. They had until today to match it but have decided otherwise. This was pure business decision for all parties involved, nothing personal or immoral. We wish to praise M. Steven Espinoza of Showtime for his ambition to do business Adonis and GYM which was reflected into the offer he has presented, we are thankful to him. We are looking forward for a fruitful association. Adonis Stevenson was the fighter of the year for many websites and publications in 2013 and feels he is treated that way. His goals are to keep fighting and winning spectacular fights by knockout, to unify the light heavyweight titles and raised his recognition to the top 5 pound for pound this year. The next step is May 24th at the Montreal Bell Center against young #1 IBF/WBO and #3 WBC contender Andrzej Fonfara.



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather-Maidana PPV finalized

The four-fight May 3 SHOWTIME PPV event, “THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,” is now complete with the addition of two 10-round bouts. Opening the pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be a super middleweight matchup between unbeaten J’Leon Love (17-0, 10 KOs) and former title challenger and Mexican Olympian Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs), followed by a junior welterweight bout featuring former three-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) against Carlos Molina (17-1-1. 7 KOs). Note: this isn’t Carlos Molina the IBF jr middleweight champion who is currently incarcerated, but jr welterweight prospect Carlos Molina, whom Amir Khan fought in his comeback fight in 2012. Molina has not fought since the Khan bout.

“I had minor set back but I am back on May 3rd. Everybody needs to understand that I just took a loss. I haven’t lost it,” said Broner. “I’m still ‘The Problem and anyone CAN get it, whether you are AfriCAN, Puerto RiCAN, DominiCAN, CuBAN or MexiCAN.” (more…)



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Zurdo Ramirez gearing up for Lorenzo

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

World-ranked Top Rank super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (27-0, 21 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico worked out in Los Angeles Tuesday for his April 11 ten-round feature fight on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Ramirez will face former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (33-6, 24 KOs), of Bronx, New York. The fight will take place on the eve of Pacquiao-Bradley 2. Also on the card are Jesse Hart and Jessie Magdaleno. Unbeaten super middleweight Hart (12-0, 10 KOs) will face Samuel Clarkson (10-2, 6 KOs), while undefeated super bantamweight Magdaleno meets Cuatemoc Vargas (17-6-1, 11 KOs). Both bouts are eight rounders. Also featured is Russian Olympian light heavyweight Egor Mekontsev (2-0, 2 KOs), who goes against Lamont Williams (5-4-1, 2 KOs). photos



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA orders Moreno-Payano negotiations

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA has ordered bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno to start negotiations for the mandatory defense against mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Payano. According to WBA rules the negotiation period will be 30 days from March 25, 2014 until April 24, 2014. If representatives of Moreno and Payano do not reach an agreement, or are not willing to negotiate during this time, a purse bid will be called. Moreno received an approval from the WBA World Championships Committee for an optional fight last Saturday in Panama City against Javier Chacon on the condition that the winner face the highest ranked contender available.



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Stevenson jumping ship to Showtime

According to various reports, Showtime has snapped up the May 24 fight between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara that HBO was planning on airing. This likely scuttles HBO’s plans for an eventual Stevenson-Kovalev showdown. Stevenson was being developed as one of HBO’s next generation of boxing stars. He fought three times on the network in 2013 and even has a page dedicated to him on HBO’s website. However, the writing may have been on the wall when Stevenson recently signed a management deal with Al Haymon, who works primarily with Showtime.



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara-Smith card official for May 2

Las Vegas will be the center of the boxing universe Cinco de Mayo weekend and kicking it off a fight card at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes feature a tripleheader that includes two world championship bouts just one night before Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana” at the MGM Grand. In the 12-round main event, the WBA super welterweight title is on the line when Cuban star Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) defends the belt against Las Vegas’ own former world champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (25-6, 11 KOs).

Plus, lightweight Mickey “The Spirit” Bey Jr. (19-1-1, 10 KOs) will meet hard-hitting Mexican veteran Alan “Explosivo” Herrera (32-5, 21 KOs) in a 10-round matchup and in the televised opener, Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar (23-1, 18 KOs) squares off with former world champion Rico Ramos (23-3, 12 KOs) in a 12-round bout for Cuellar’s WBA interim featherweight world title.



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao Quick Quotes

Former multi-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted an international media conference call from Pacquiao’s Hollywood training camp Tuesday to discussing the April 12 WBO welterweight championship rematch between Pacman and undefeated two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley. This will also be Pacquiao’s first fight in the U.S. since 2012 as well as the first time he has ever challenged to regain a world title he formerly held.

Manny Pacquiao: We’re not focusing on a knockout. Our focus this time time is to put more aggressiveness and throw a lot of punches and if the knockout comes it comes. I just want to prove that I still have the hunger and the killer instinct.

Freddie Roach: Training is going very well. The Philippines worked out well. He’s really hungry. He’s sparred quite a few rounds. We had five different sparring partners and whatever Bradley brings to the table we’ll be ready for.

Bob Arum: This fight has been eagerly anticipated, a lot has been written about it, the two fighters are extraordinarily dedicated in their preparation. I really think this is going to be a monumental fight and I know from what I’m hearing from Freddie and Manny and watching at the Wild Card that Manny will be 100% prepared and will give a vintage Manny Pacquiao performance on April 12.



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Keith Thurman to face Julio Diaz

According to the Desert Sun, WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (22-0, 20 KOs) will face two-time former lightweight titleholder Julio Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs) on April 26 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Diaz, 0-2-1 in his last three, with a close decision loss to Amir Khan and a draw and loss to current IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter.

Also expected to be featured on the Golden Boy Promotions card, are light welterweight star Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs) vs. John Molina Jr. (27-3, 22 KOs) and WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa (22-0-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jerry Belmontes (19-3, 5 KOs).



March 25th, 2014

UFC

TUF: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn revealed

On Wednesday, April 16, Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) fans will get their fill of the UFC’s long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter®, as FOX Sports 1 showcases the season-ending The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale live from Quebec City, followed by the two-hour premiere of the hotly anticipated 19th season headlined by former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and two-division champion BJ Penn. (more…)



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

ARP to establish electronic medical record system

The Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP) has announced it will be establishing a electronic medical record system to hold fighter medical information that can be available to all commissions. Once in place, it will save fighters from undergoing redundant testing as they travel from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The group also issued recommendations for solving the problem of unhealthy and unsafe weight control practices. Read the full statement and discussion here.



March 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev-Agnew officials

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, March 29, in the world defense of the Light Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev against Cedric Agnew, to be held at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in a Main Events presentation.

For this fight, the second title defense of the Kovalev’s (23-0-1, 21 KOs) 175 pounds belt when he faces the #14 ranked Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs), the referee will be Samuel Viruet, from United States. Meanwhile, the judges for the fight between Kovalev, from Russia, and Agnew, from United States, are Julie Lederman, John Stewart and Alan Rubenstein, all three from United States. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jose Izquierdo.



March 25th, 2014




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