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WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his world title when he takes on Oscar Escandón (24-2, 16 KOs) on November 14 from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Showtime will televise.
Gary Russell Jr: “It’s going to take all of my skills and my whole arsenal to defend my belt on November 14. Escandón is a strong, durable fighter with a lot of power. I will have to be on my A-game and I believe I will be able to showcase my skills when I get in the ring.”
Oscar Escandón: “I feel strong going into this fight. Moving up to featherweight has given me the added weight to be at my full strength. I’ve been training hard with Ruben Guerrero, who’s been doing a great job preparing me for Russell’s southpaw attack. I guarantee that I’m going to make it a rough fight.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $155, $105, $80, $55 and $30 and are on sale now. The evening’s co-main event and undercard will be announced shortly.
Denis Douglin is out, and the veteran Derrick Findley (22-16-1, 14 KOs) is in as the opponent for Star Boxing’s undefeated, Australian import Zac Dunn in the super middleweight main event on Saturday night at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Douglin perforated his left ear drum in a recent sparring session, and is not fit to fight under doctor’s orders, it was announced today by Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia. Due to the 11th hour injury, Dunn’s American unveiling will not be in defense of his IBO super middleweight championship, and is instead a 10-round contest.
Findley is certainly ring-ready, coming off a third round TKO of the veteran Antwun Echols just a week ago on October 17 in Indiana. He is a 31-year-old native of Chicago, fighting out of Gary, Indiana. Matchmaker Ron Katz says that Findley is “very tough, and always comes to fight.”
Dunn, the just-signed “Wonder from Down Under,” is in his final preparations at the nearby Academy of Boxing in Huntington Station, a stone’s throw from where he will make his United States debut. He is now ranked #8 by the WBC, and has reeled off 18 straight professional victories without defeat, including 15 by way of knockout. Fighting exclusively in Australia as a professional, Dunn will be making his American debut at The Paramount.
Fight week gets into full swing today in Omaha, Nebraska, as WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) and #6 rated contender Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (29-1, 20 KOs) will participate in a media workout starting at 1PM at the B&B Boxing Academy (3034 Sprague St.). Boxing fans are welcome to attend the workout free of charge to see Crawford and Jean demonstrate their skills before they clash for the world title on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center.
Below is the complete lineup for Saturday night’s big Top Rank show at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska:
WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs) defends his world title against Dierry Jean (29-1, 20 KOs) in the twelve round HBO-televised main event.
Unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr (25-0, 17 KOs) looks to keep his “O” intact against Raphael Zumbano (37-11-1, 30 KOs) in a scheduled eight round clash.
Welterweight contender Mikael Zewski (26-1, 20 KOs) meets Ayi Bruce (23-11, 9 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder.
Former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny “The Russian Mexican” Gradovich (19-1-1, 9 KOs) will face Aldimar Silva (19-8, 10 KOs) in a scheduled eight rounder.
Unbeaten welterweight Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (18-0, 13 KOs) goes against Angel Martinez (12-7-1, 8 KOs) is a scheduled six round bout.
Unbeaten super lightweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (10-0, 9 KOs) battles Alvaro Ortiz (7-4-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled six round bout.
In four round action, unbeaten super welterweight Zsolt Daranyi Jr (4-0, 4 KOs) takes on Sean Wilson (5-15-1, 1 KO) and unbeaten super lightweight Alfredo Martinez (4-0, 2 KOs) will trade leather with Darin Hampton (1-1).
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian featherweight Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) of South El Monte, California and hard-hitting unbeaten welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) worked out for media Tuesday afternoon at the Teamsters Gym in South El Monte for their upcoming bouts this Friday at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. The two will be featured in seperate bouts live on Estrella TV’s Boxeo Estelar.
“My upcoming fight against Ruben Tamayo at Fantasy Springs is against a tough veteran,” Diaz told Fightnews.com®. “He is very tall very sneaky in there, but me and my father have a good game plan and I will execute it really well and take him out.”
“Its a hard a fight, a very hard durable opponent. He can take a punch and give one,” Frankie Gomez told Fightnews.com®. “I watched tape on him. He’s a good fighter. he can box.” (more…)
Former world title challenger David “Dabo” Quijano (15-5-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico, will square off with formerly world ranked local favorite Daniel “Alacrán” Lozano (13-3, 10 KOs) of Bowling Greens, Florida, on Friday at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight interim title on the line.
Quijano is one of those fighters you can’t judge by his record. His last three opponents (Omar Narvaez, McJoe Arroyo and Emmanuel Rodriguez) consisted of a reigning world champion, a soon-to-be world champion and an unbeaten prospect with a combined record of 57-1-1 at the time he fought them. Quijano went the distance in all three fights and, in fact, has never even been knocked down in his pro career. His chin will be tested again against the biog-punching local favorite Lozano in a bout televised nationally on Telemundo. (more…)
Louis Smolka will be the betting favorite this Saturday when he faces hometown favorite Paddy Holohan at UFC Fight Night in Dublin, but the Hawaiian has the hungry mindset of an underdog looking to prove something in the flyweight co-main event. . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Hard Hitting Promotions is set to make their promotional debut in a big way at the PA Sheet Metal Workers Hall on Friday night, October 30th, with a Pennsylvania cruiserweight championship tilt as Garret “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (15-9-1, 9 KOs) puts his belt on the line against fellow Philadelphian Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (13-7, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening. In the six round co-feature, Philly super lightweight Angel Ocasio (7-0-2, 2 KOs) is set to face Bryne Green (7-8-1, 3 KOs). The undercard is filled with prospects from Philly and the surrounding region, along with some international flavor. (more…)
By David Finger
Boxing fans in El Paso, still recovering from the euphoria of Jennifer Han’s world championship winning performance in September, will have more reason to celebrate as two of the city’s most popular fighters headline a Roy Jones Jr. Boxing promoted card on November 14th at the Southwest University Event Center.
In the main event, local super lightweight prospect Oscar Valenzuela (9-1-1, 5 KOs) looks to finally make his mark in the world rankings as he takes on Demond Brock (9-3, 3 KOs) of Louisiana in a ten round fight for the vacant WBC USNBC lightweight title. Although the USNBC is not regarded as one of the more prestigious regional belts available, it is still seen as a first step in a fighter’s quest to move up the WBC rankings. (more…)
The undefeated and current WBC Intl Silver lightheavyweight champion Avni Yilderim, 7-0-0(4), from Turkey is currently recovering from a nose operation in a hospital in Istanbul.
Yilderim suffered a broken nose in his successful defence against Bernard Donfack last Oct 11 in Herne, Germany. The Turkish rising star had his best win last August when he outpointed former world champion Glen Johnson over 10 exciting and close rounds.
According to Prof dr. Mehmet Nur, who made the operation, Yilderim will be fit to make his next defence on Dec 18 in Dusseldorf, Germany against a still to be selected opponent.
Manager Ahmet Öner of Arena Box-Promotion will promote the show.
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk/ringpolska.pl
Undefeated heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (18-0, 12 KOs) was supposed to be a star in Saturday’s Wieliczka “Underground Boxing” Show – and he delivered. Zimnoch scored a second round knockout against Gbenga Oluokun (19-13, 12 KO) in the main event of the ninth edition of the most picturesque boxing event in the world — 400 feet below ground in an 800-year-old located just outside the historic city of Krakow, Poland. Unfortunately, Oluokun seemed happy to be out of the ring as quickly as possible. He went down from a right hand in the first round, and didn’t even try to continue after a similar punch in the second round.
The biggest disappointment of the evening was another defeat suffered by former WBA world title challenger Pawel Glazewski (23-5, 5 KO). After two straight losses, Glazewski was a heavy favorite against unheralded journeyman Bartek Grafka (15-19, 6 KO) but he lost on points over eight rounds. (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KOs) will not be fighting November 28 at the Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City. The Groupe Yvon Michel-promoted boxer injured his shoulder during training last week, forcing him to withdraw from his bout. Beterbiev is currently world rated at #2 by both the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO), as well as #3 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and #4 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).
The decision was made this morning (Tuesday) after the two-time Russian Olympian met GYM’s doctor, Francis Fontaine, and surgeon David Baillargeon determined Beterbiev needs minor but necessary surgery to his right shoulder. “Under my supervision, Artur had a magnetic resonance examination Friday,” Dr. Fontaine explained. “After a meeting this morning, we have decided that Artur’s surgery would be performed in the next few days by specialist Dr. Baillargeon. We expect a complete recovery followed by a return to the ring at the beginning of 2016.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
A number of notable names will see action on the undercard when WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford defends against Dierry Jean on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Former IBF featherweight champion Evgeny “The Russian Mexican” Gradovich (19-1-1, 9 KOs) will see action for the first time since losing his world title against Lee Selby in May. Gradovich will face Aldimar Silva (19-8, 10 KOs) in a scheduled eight rounder.
Unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz Jr (25-0, 17 KOs) is back in action against Raphael Zumbano (37-11-1, 30 KOs) in a scheduled eight round clash. World-rated Ruiz defeated Joell Godfrey last month, and is penciled in to fight again in December.
Welterweight Mikael Zewski (26-1, 20 KOs) returns against Ayi Bruce (23-11, 9 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder. It will be Zewski’s first bout since dropping a ten round unanimous decision to Konstantin Ponomarev in May.
Also, unbeaten welterweight Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (18-0, 13 KOs) takes on Angel Martinez (12-7-1, 8 KOs) in a six round bout, plus super lightweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (10-0, 9 KOs), super welterweight Zsolt Daranyi Jr (4-0, 4 KOs) and local super lightweight Alfredo Martinez (4-0, 2 KOs) are scheduled to face opponents to be named.
The undercard was announced today for the November 21 PPV mega-showdown between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez from The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title for the fifth time against unbeaten Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16 KOs) and undefeated featherweight Jayson Velez (23-0-1, 16 KOs) will face Ronny Rios (24-1, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder. An additional televised bout will be announced shortly. There has been media speculation that boxing superstar Andre Ward could be appearing in the co-feature, but as of now nothing is official.
David Itskowitch (Roc Nation Sports): “Bringing sports fans an event featuring what is likely to be the 2015 Fight of the Year in Cotto vs. Canelo is great, but adding a highly entertaining undercard makes it greater. The announcement of these two televised undercard fights brings additional excitement and value for fans watching the event live in Las Vegas or at home on HBO Pay-Per-View.”
Oscar De La Hoya (Golden Boy Promotions): “On November 21, the best fighters in boxing will gather for one epic night in Las Vegas. Audiences will not only see the two biggest stars battle, Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez, but every fighter featured on the card brings the highest caliber of talent propelling the sport further into a new golden age of boxing.”
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr. – dcobbjr.com
The Briscoe Awards again honored the best of the Philadelphia boxing scene on Sunday, but this year during the ceremony, some major breaking news was announced by heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham, a former two-time cruiserweight champion. “Can I have your attention?” Cunningham asked the crowd gathered at Xfinity Live! in South Philadelphia. “This is some breaking news right here. We’ve talked with the team and we made a decision. We’re going to go back down to cruiserweight and become a three-time world champion at cruiserweight. My next fight, in January, is going to be at cruiserweight.”
Cunningham cited his frustration at heavyweight, where he’s been on the wrong end of critical controversial decisions which have stalled his ability to secure a title fight. Cunningham most recently settled for a questionable draw against Antonio Tarver, and lost disputed verdicts against Vyacheslav Glazkov and Tomasz Adamek prior to that.
“These judges are not considering me a heavyweight,” Cunningham said. “They are not understanding what they are seeing in the ring, with me being 204 (pounds) fighting guys 230 (or more). I’m advised by Al Haymon and we’ve made the decision.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
In less than two weeks, the World Boxing Council will hold its 53rd Annual Convention in Kunming, China, from November 1st-7th. The host hotel will be the Intercontinental Hotel Kunming. This will be the second convention held in China by the WBC, the first occurring in 2008 at Chengdu. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, fresh off a slew of meetings and the huge card (Gonzalez-Viloria and Golovkin-Lemieux) at Madison Square Garden this past weekend, will head off to Kunming early next week, ahead of schedule to personally make sure every detail is attended to for what promises to be an epic convention. While Mauricio Sulaiman oversaw the 2013 convention in Bangkok, Thailand in place of his ailing father, the late Jose Sulaiman, this will be the younger Sulaiman’s second convention as president, after last year’s mammoth event in Las Vegas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to information received, fallen boxer Prichard Colon continues in a state of critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. On Monday, Prichard showed small signs of improvement at the neurological level. He exhibited reflexes in his left hand, but he remains in a coma. He is breathing on his own but has a fever. Colon underwent emergency surgery last Saturday night after suffering a subdural hematoma (brain bleed) in his nationally televised bout against Terrel Williams.
The popular series Boxeo Telemundo Ford continues its fall season on Friday from the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event, former WBO Latin Champion Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano (13-3, 10 KOs) of Bowling Greens, Florida will face David Quijano (15-5-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for ten rounds with the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight interim title on the line.
Seven more fights round off the show. The first bell at 8:00 PM. Telemundo Network will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US. Claro Sports will televise to all of Latin America. Tickets are already on sale at the A La Carte Pavillion 4050 Dana Shores Dr., Tampa or by calling 813-309-9991. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
In a 24-page ruling, United States District Judge John F. Walter has rendered a decision on Top Rank’s lawsuit against boxing powerbroker Al Haymon and his financial backers Waddell & Reed. Judge Walter granted Haymon’s Motion To Dismiss, but will allow Top Rank to refile an amended complaint with greater detail on or before October 30. The judge also granted Waddell & Reed’s Motion To Dismiss “without leave to amend,” so they appear to be off the hook.
Top Rank’s lawsuit alleged Haymon has engaged in at least four types of anticompetitive and tortious behavior: (1) inducing professional boxers to enter unlawful “tie out” agreements, which prevent the boxers from “freely” or “independently” contracting with legitimate promoters, (2) illegally acting as a promoter and fraudulently operating in the promotion business through a network of “sham promoters,” (3) blocking legitimate promoters’ access to major venues through fraud, overbooking, and other unlawful means, and (4) utilizing predatory “payola” practices, i.e.. preventing legitimate promoters from access to television broadcasters through exclusive dealing, overbooking. and other unlawful means.
Hedi Slimani, 22-2-0(12), was scheduled to defend his WBC Francophone lightweight title against Ghanian George Ashie, 25-4-1(18), on the undercard of the WBC female lightweight title defense of Delfine Persoon against EBU championne Maiva Hamadouche of France.
It seems that apart from some visa problems, the Ghanian got injured in training last night and he still has to receive green light from his Board doctor to fight on Nov 11 in Zwevezele, Belgium. Promoter/matchmaker Filiep Tampere is already looking for a replacement in case Ashie definetely pulls out of the fight.
On the same card unbeaten Yves Ngabu, 14-0-0(11) will face French champion Engin Karakaplan, 14-5-1(6) for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title. Ahmed Boussaidi, 8-1-0(3) faces Sasha Yengoyan, 33-2-1(22), over 10 rounds.
Date: Nov 11, 2015
Place: Zwevezele, Belgium
Arena: Sporthal de zwaluw
Promoter: Filiep Tampere / Paul Degroote DTT.be
TV: Sport 40, Belgium
By Robert Coster
Photo: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions
He may have lost a (controversial) verdict on Saturday against former world champion Lamont Peterson, but Felix Diaz won many hearts judging by feedback from boxing fans, who by large numbers consider that the 2008 Olympic Champion did enough to get the decision. The Bronx-based, Dominican-born Diaz seemed to take his first loss in 17 bouts with surprising composure, embracing Peterson and waving to the crowd. Fightnews.com® talked to Felix Diaz in the aftermath of his first nationally televised main event fight.
Felix, you lost your unbeaten record on Saturday, yet you seem to be taking it surprisingly well. You went over to embrace Lamont Peterson. Another fighter might have been furious at the verdict. Is that just the way you are?
Why should I blame Lamont Peterson for lousy judges? Lamont is a great boxer and an excellent person. I only have respect for him. Sure, I’m disappointed because I feel, like so many of the boxing fans who saw the fight, that I deserved the victory. But I’ve got to put it behind me. (more…)
Interview and photo: Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Leading Australian boxing trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews about who wins a GGG vs. Cotto showdown. Shaw was in the corner of Daniel Geale when he challenged both middleweight champions. Shaw also talks about his charge, former WBO-rated light middleweight Ryan Waters (24-4-1, 13 KOs) who will challenge Australian middleweight champion Dwight Ritchie (12-0, 1 KO) at the Cronulla Leagues club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on November 21. In addition, Shaw mentions heavyweight prospect and Rugby League great Paul Gallen (3-0, 2 KOs) and current WBC Youth welterweight champion Jack Brubaker (9-1-1, 4 KOs) who he also trains.
[On who wins a GGG v Cotto showdown] “If the fight happens at 160 pounds I see GGG winning. While Gennady is a great puncher he is also a complete boxer. I’m a Miguel Cotto fan. He has been a great champion. Great boxers like GGG only come along every twenty years. We are seeing a great middleweight at the moment in him.” (more…)
Junior middleweights take center stage as heavy-handed unbeaten Nathaniel Gallimore (9-0 ,8 KOs) takes on Urman Ryskeldiev (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in an eight rounder with the WBU title at stake. The fight will take place on Saturday night at the Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, California. Gallimore is a highly touted prospect based out of Illinois by way of Jamaica and will be stepping up in competition vs Ryskeldiev. “This is a big fight for Nathaniel, but our team feels he is ready and will come out on top,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
Some of Gallimore’s management stablemates will be on the undercard such as Ernest Muhammad Jr., Kelin Sharpe, Joshua Greer Jr., and the comebacking formerly world ranked heavyweight Razvan Cojanu.
Peter Rasmussen (PR Sports Promotions Inc) and James Toney (Lights Out Promotions) will promote the show titled “The Battle in Burbank.”
Before October 24th’s UFC Fight Night Poirier vs. Duffy at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, journalist Ralph Welch takes a look back at the last time the UFC visited The Emerald Isle from unique perspectives. Today, Aisling Daly provides her viewpoint of the last Dublin card from afar. Check back Oct. 19 for Paddy Holohan’s experience from inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana won the interim South African lightweight title when he scored a 12 round unanimous points decision over Sipho Taliwe at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night.
The original match was billed for the vacant title relinquished by Xolisani Ndongeni, but promoter Ayanda Matiti applied for a court interdict to stop the fight going ahead, as he felt that Boxing SA had ignored the claim of his fighter Xolani Mcotheli who is ranked at number three, in the most recent Boxing SA ratings, whereas Fana is only ranked at number five. The claim by Fana to the interim title is rather hollow as there is no such title or provision in the South African Boxing Act and Boxing Regulations. (more…)
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Fighting for the first time in 16 months, former WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius “BooBoo” Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs) made quick work of Argentinian Dario Fabian Pucheta (20-3) on Saturday night, then proclaimed himself ready for the “big boys” at 154 pounds, whether it’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Erislandy Lara, or anybody else in that weight class.
“No disrespect to any fighter because anyone who gets in that ring, I have high respect for, but it’s time for me to showcase what I really have against the guys everyone thinks is #1,” said Andrade, who was stripped of his world title for inactivity. “This layoff, I just took the time to get better physically, spiritually, mentally, just all around, to be better myself. Once I found out I was fighting October 17th, I always keep the synthetic oil in, but I had to get the motors running again. Here we go, man.”
Both Canelo and Lara are already booked for fights in late November. Andrade’s co-promoters Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo are working on lining up BooBoo’s next fight.
Undefeated Minnesota-based middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant (17-0, 11 KOs) says he’s nervous, but excited for his nationally-televised showdown against Louis “The Unknown” Rose (13-2-1, 5 KOs) on Friday at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
“I’m really excited and to be honest, there are a lot of nerves that come with it,” admitted Brant. “I’m stepping up from a supporting fight on a smaller network to headlining a ShoBox on Showtime. I’m really jumping up in class in two ways. I decided to take a slower track in pro boxing because I had a very strong amateur style and it’s taken me up to this point to shake that off and really start developing my professional style. I feel like I’m a solid pro now and this is my first time really stepping up against a truly tough opponent. So yeah, there are some nerves, but I’ll be fine when fight night comes.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBA #5 ranked super flyweight contender Norberto Jimenez has congratulated WBA champion Kohei Kono for his exciting win over countryman Koki Kameda in a nationally televised fight on Friday night in Chicago. But the Dominican boxer also challenged Kono to fight him in a rematch. “On December 31, 2014, you and I fought a draw in Tokyo but I had a point taken away by the referee. I say to the champion, you did good job but it should have been me in there with Kameda. Be a man champ, and let’s do it again. Let’s fight!”
The colorful, eccentric Jimenez (22-8-4,11 KOs) is slated to return to ring action in a ten rounder against Venezuelan veteran Freddy Beleno (26-9, 15 KOs) on November 14th in Sosua, Dominican Republic. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican boxer Prichard Colón remains at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, in an induced coma as doctors attempt to decrease inflammation in his brain. Colon underwent surgery on Saturday night for cerebral bleeding suffered in his nationally televised bout that day against Terrell Williams. Fightnews.com® is in contact with the Colon family. Unofficially, we hear a battery of tests are scheduled today to test Prichard’s reflexes and sense of touch. Thousands of boxing fans worldwide have sent messages of support. A public gathering is scheduled for Tuesday in the downtown square of Colon’s hometown of Orocovis, Puerto Rico at 6:30PM to pray for his speedy recovery.
WBA “interim” middleweight world champion Chris Eubank Jr. (19-1, 14 KOs) said he believes he possesses the tools to beat WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin as he prepares to defend his against Tony Jeter (20-4-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England. Eubank, who won the WBA belt in February, will be stripped due to inactivity after this fight. But he already has plans to face Spike O’Sullivan (21-1, 15 KOs) in London on December 12 and aims to land a world title fight in 2016.
“People see Golovkin as the top fighter in the middleweight division – and as the type of fighter I am, I want to fight the best,” said Eubank. “I want to prove that I can mix it and beat these guys. Anyone in the middleweight division that has a belt – I want to fight them. There is no reason that within the next two years, I can’t have all those belts. Golovkin has got weaknesses that I feel I can exploit, so the goal is to work towards that fight. It’s a huge fight down the line. I think he’s easy to hit and I can exploit that. I don’t think he’s had a defining fight. I don’t think he’s fought anyone who’s really been there to try and win. (more…)
WBA “regular” super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (21-2-2, 12 KOs) will defend his title against former world champion Jan Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) on ESPN November 25 from Hialeah Park Racing and Casino in Miami. “I’m very excited to be defending my title in my hometown of Miami,” said Lara. “Getting in the ring with a former world champion and an experienced fighter like Jan Zaveck is something I’m very much looking forward to. On November 25 I will put on a show for all my fans and especially all my Cuban fans watching on ESPN.”
Five-time world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs) vehemently refutes the results of his failed New Jersey Boxing Commission drug test taken prior to his 12-round draw with two-time IBF champion Steve “USS” Cunningham this past August 14th in Newark.
A report claims Tarver tested positive for synthetic testosterone. He categorically denies taking any banned substance before his fight with Cunningham. “I have no idea how my urine sample tested positive because I didn’t take anything illegal,” Tarver said. “Either the test was contaminated, or mixed-up with another sample. We believe in the process and I will fully comply. Further analysis will prove I’m 100-percent innocent because I’ve done nothing wrong.”
Former WBO junior welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov (24-4, 17 KOs) will fight unbeaten Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (13-0, 10 KOs) of Mexico in the headliner of the “Night of Champions” tournament in Monte Carlo on November 7. This bout replaces the WBA championship fight between Juergen Braehmer and Tommy Oosthuizen after the German sustained a hand injury in training. Frantic efforts to secure a highly-rated replacement for Oosthuizen were unsuccessful, although promoter Rodney Berman was delighted to get Provodnikov’s signature.
“He’s in great shape as he was in training,” said the South African, who reached an agreement with Art Pelullo of Banner Promotions. “Provodnikov is all-action, a made-for-TV fighter who will add great value. I’m disappointed the Braehmer-Oosthuizen fight has fallen through, but I’ve been around long enough to know that such things are an occupational hazard.” (more…)
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