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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

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By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the ...

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Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

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Cotto talks about training with Freddie

Photo: Hector Santos Guia/ Miguel Cotto Promotions & Roc Nation Sports

Photo: Hector Santos Guia/ Miguel Cotto Promotions & Roc Nation Sports


WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto talks about his special relationship with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach.

“Freddie brings the confidence back to Miguel. He comes every day no matter what he feels and gives his best to me. When you have this kind of person in front of you giving you his best and making sure that you are going to do your best, the only way you can pay him back is bringing your best too. We only talk about boxing when we are in the gym. He’s my trainer there, but as soon as we finish our training session, he’s my friend.”



June 3rd, 2015


Boxing News

Treacy: Geale will defeat Cotto

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF and WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale is poised to upset Miguel Cotto and become the new WBC champion on June 6 at the Barclay Centre, Brooklyn according to the Australian’s manager Bill Treacy.

“Daniel Geale has shown he is at his best with sensational sparring sessions with world rated welterweight Francisco Santana, world rated light middleweight Dennis Hogan and world ranked middleweight Tureano Johnson,” said Treacy, who is in New Jersey with Geale. “Santana, Hogan and Johnson agreed that Geale has the skills to defeat Cotto next Saturday. Geale has his weight right and there will be no problem for him to make the 157 pound limit. Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw has never seen his charge in better physical or mental shape with no injuries at all.. The sparring sessions have finished and he will be now tapering down and come it at his absolute best at the Barclay Centre to score an upset victory. We are very confident that Daniel Geale will be bringing the WBC belt back to Australia the same way he did when he defeated Sebastian Sylvester for the IBF belt and Felix Sturm for the WBA belt. Freddie Roach is a great trainer, but he has made a mistake in selecting Daniel Geale for Miguel Cotto.”



June 3rd, 2015


UFC

Brian Ortega: Big Game Hunter

This next generation of mixed martial artists is savage, and ready to lead its charge is Brian Ortega.

At 24, Ortega is an undefeated pro making his second Octagon appearance, he’s a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt from the legendary Gracie Academy and he’s been helping the famed Rener Gracie teach self defense to law enforcement for the past seven years. If that wasn’t enough, “T-City” believes his UFC Fight Night opponent Thiago Tavares is part of the “old school” that needs to step aside for the young guns . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW ORLEANS is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, June 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

More weekend results

Heavyweights Trey Lippe-Morrison and Kenzie Witt, both sons of the late great heavyweight Tommy “The Duke” Morrison, remained unbeaten on Saturday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Lippe-Morrison (8-0, 8 KOs), with trainer Jesse Reid in his corner for the first time, scored a second round stoppage of Thomas Jones (3-3, 1 KO). Witt (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time with a four round unanimous decision over Lucas Overcast (1-2). Witt is the half brother of Lippe-Morrison.

Super bantamweight Danny Roman (14-2, 5 KOs) scored a one-sided, eight round unanimous decision over Christopher Martin (28-6-3, 9 KOs) Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Scores were 80-71 across the board.



June 3rd, 2015


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Froch ready to shelf retirement plans for British showdown with James DeGale

Will it be Amir Khan or Juan Manual Marquez for Floyd Mayweather?

Celebrating Sergio Martinez

Yes, they’re still talking about it: Don’t blame Pacquiao for fighting with injured shoulder, says Ray Mancini



June 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Khan says Mayweather fight is close

British welterweight star Amir Khan says a fight with Floyd Mayweather fight is very close. “Who else is out there for Floyd Mayweather to fight?” Khan stated in a BBC interview. “Floyd wants the fight to happen, I want the fight to happen, so I hope we get it done now.”

As for IBF champion Kell Brook? “I’ve got no interest in Kell Brook just yet. If I’m calling out the likes of Floyd Mayweather, then how would I be scared of Kell Brook?”

Regarding his harder than expected win over Chris Algieri. Khan stated he overtrained and entered the ring “very flat.” He also stated there are a few things he’s going to change, such was not having such a long training camp. He emphasized that Virgil Hunter was still his trainer.



June 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Cotto-Geale Press Conference Quotes

Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and challenger Daniel Geale faced off at today’s final press conference in advance of their HBO-televised clash on Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Miguel Cotto: I think people are making a big issue that doesn’t need to be a big issue. A catch weight is nothing I made up. In 2009, Freddie (as Manny Pacquiao’s trainer) made me go down from 147 to 145. Did anyone hear Miguel Cotto disagreeing with the catch weight? No, I was a gentlemen the whole way. Catch weight was our main point to make this fight happen. They knew. His group had agreed to go down to 157 and I hope he can be at 157 on Friday.

Freddie Roach: Gary’s making a big deal about the catch weight, but they’ve been around for a long, long time and he knows how to read a contract and he’d had that contract for a long, long time now. So I don’t think it’s an issue.

Daniel Geale: I can’t wait to walk away with another title. I’m going in there very confident. I know a lot of people aren’t giving me much of a chance, but I’m very excited. I have a huge amount of confidence in myself knowing that I’ve done a great training camp and knowing I put everything I possibly could into it.

Gary Shaw: I’d like to do away with catch weights. They’re fine if there’s not a title, make up whatever fight you want. But to me there’s enough confusion in boxing without further confusing the boxing fan as to what they’re watching.

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June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Zurdo Ramirez looks sharp in workout

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and No. 2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez works out for his upcoming all-action card which he will headline on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. Ramirez will be taking on DERECK “The Black Lion” EDWARDS in a 10- round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.

Promoted by Top Rank and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Nord Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions, tickets to the Ramirez-Edwards boxing event are priced at $35, $25, $15, plus VIP tables of ten (10) at $800, $650 and $550, tickets can be purchased at the State Farm Arena box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (956) 843-6688.

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June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Fans invited to Timothy Bradley workout

Former two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., deep in training for his June 27 clash with undefeated WBA super lightweight world champion Jessie Vargas for the vacant WBO welterweight world title, will host an open workout for fans and media this Saturday (June 6) at Bradley’s Gym (45090 Golf Center Dr., Unit C, Indio, Calif. 92203), beginning at 10AM. Joining Bradley will be his trainer Joel Diaz and his father Ray Bradley.



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Golovkin to be ringside for Cotto-Geale

WBA/IBO middleweight champion and WBC interim beltholder Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) will travel to New York City this weekend to watch Miguel Cotto and Daniel Geale fight for the WBC middleweight title at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Golovkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBC middleweight title, which Cotto will be defending.

“I want to watch this fight in person and look forward to fighting the winner to show who the real WBC middleweight champion is,” said Golovkin. “A unification fight with the winner is very important to me.”



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

McJoe Arroyo to face Arthur Villanueva for vacant IBF super flyweight belt

After the South African Zolani Tete vacated the IBF super flyweight title, #1 ranked McJoe Arroyo, from Puerto Rico, will face #3 ranked Arthur Villanueva, from the Philippines, for the vacant belt, possibly on July 18 in the United States.

Tete (20-3, 17 KOs) would defend his belt against Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) this summer, but negotiations were unsuccessful and after an IBF purse bid held recently- won by Golden Boy Promotions- the African boxer didn’t accept the terms for the fight and vacated the title.

“We are already negotiating with the promoter of Villanueva (ALA Promotions), with whom we have already worked before and there should be no problem for the fight to take place,” said Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), company representing Arroyo, who is also ranked number seven by the WBO in the super flyweight division. “We have a tentative date, which is July 18 in the United States, which is what we are working.” (more…)



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Gavronski Demolishes Hendrix in Tacoma

Gavronski-Hendrix 2ABy Ricardo Ibarra; photo by Mike Blair

This past Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino of Tacoma, WA, Tacoma’s own Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski continued to build on his career momentum with a resounding ninth round stoppage over former foe Tyrell Hendrix of Los Angeles. The two had fought to a draw four years ago (April 15, 2011) and tension between the fighters had continued to grow over the years, leaving a need to settle the dispute of who was the better fighter.

Gavronski was able to settle that argument, leaving no doubt. (more…)



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Shaw: I don’t believe in catch weights

By Karl Freitag

When WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto defends his title against Daniel Geale on HBO Saturday, according to the contract neither fighter can weigh over 157 lbs. Geales’ promoter Gary Shaw isn’t a fan of the arrangement.

“The catch weight for this fight is 157,” said Shaw. “We agreed to that in order to make the fight. I as a promoter do not believe in catch weights. I believe if you’re a middleweight, you can fight at whatever weight you want to, but the other fighter should be allowed to fight at middleweight, which is 160 pounds. And that goes for jr middleweight, welterweight, whatever. We wonder what’s wrong with the sport. It’s because we confuse people.

“I just read an article quoting Freddie Roach, and I have a world of respect for Freddie as a person and as a trainer, but he said “it’s part of a new world of boxing.” I don’t believe that for one minute. I just don’t think there should be catch weights unless the sanctioning bodies want to change the rules that they fight under.

“Daniel will make 157 on Friday, the day of the weigh-in.”



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Mauricio Herrera aiming to dominate Lundy

Photo: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

Photo: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy


By Miguel Maravilla

Former WBA interim super lightweight world champion Lake Elsinore’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) is set to face super lightweight contender “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (25-4-1, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia on July 11 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in headlining live on HBO Latino. We caught up with “El Maestro” as he talked about last year, training camp and upcoming fight with Lundy.

“This is a great matchup coming at a perfect time both me and Lundy have similar careers. We are both at our peak, this is to show who is who to establish something at 140,” Mauricio Herrera told Fightnews.com.

Herrera has been training in his hometown of Lake Elsinore in preparation for Lundy. (more…)



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Terry Flanagan: From gate crasher to contender

Ten years ago, 15-year-old Terry Flanagan sneaked into ringside for Ricky Hatton’s epic fight against Kostya Tszyu and he now looks to be crowned world champion himself. Flanagan challenges for the vacant WBO lightweight title against Jose Zepeda on July 11 at the Manchester Velodrome (National Cycling Centre).

Flanagan tells how he attended Hatton-Tszyu. “There was absolutely no way I could have bought tickets as they were too expensive for a 15-year-old kid!” said Flanagan. “But it was a fight that I had to be at, no matter what, and I made it my target to get into the M.E.N Arena so I said ‘I’ve got to try and get in.’ I went down with a mate of mine and I managed to get inside the entrance which was the first obstacle out of the way, but I lost my mate and from then on it was a solo mission. (more…)



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Molina: I’m confident I can win the title

Photo: Joel Martinez/SHOWTIME

Photo: Joel Martinez/SHOWTIME


Heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), of Raymondville, Texas, plans to surprise a lot of people when he challenges unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) on Showtime June 13 at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. “We’ve studied a lot of Wilder, and expect a very physical fight,” said Molina. “I think a lot of people are underestimating my strength and power. They know Wilder can punch but they are underestimating the power that I possess.

“We know it’s going be a hostile environment, fighting in basically his backyard, but he’s now the champion and with that he gets an opportunity in his optional title defense (to fight who he wants, where he wants). He gets to enjoy those opportunities, but that’s where I come in.

“Of course, I’m confident I can win the title. I think people look at my record and think this or that, but I don’t feel they understand my entire career, the things I have gone through and overcome, the different angles of boxing that more than meets the eye.

“Nothing against Deontay, who has worked hard to get to where he is, but he doesn’t represent the kind of fighter, in general, that I am.”



June 2nd, 2015

UFC

TUF Brazil 4 – Episode Nine Preview

It was a bittersweet week for Team Shogun on the last episode of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4. After winning their sixth straight fight, as Joaquim Silva defeated Team Nogueira fighter Erick da Silva, the group also had to say good bye to Giovanni “Soldado” Santos after a litany of injuries prevented the Brazilian from staying in the competition any longer . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW ORLEANS is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, June 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Um stops Lee in South Korea

By Victor Lee
Photos: Mi-Kyung Lee

The sunny spirits of boxing fans were in harmony with the temperate weather this weekend at the Outdoor Music Hall in Dongducheon, South Korea for the first open-air boxing show of the year. Prior to the main event, Korean Boxing Commission (KBC) Chairman Soo-Hwan Hong entered the ring to address the crowd. Many local fans were no doubt surprised when former WBA bantam and super bantam titlist Hong broke into fluent English to extend a special welcome to members of the American military from nearby Camp Casey. Although this was a small show featuring five out of ten boxers making their pro debuts, there was a palpable atmosphere of renewal here amidst the unprecedented third KBC show of the month. Other boxing luminaries in attendance included former IBF flyweight champion Soon-Chun Kwon and former IBF super bantamweight Champion Sung-In Suh. (more…)



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

British Boxing Buzz

Nick Blackwell targets Jamie Cox for British title

Anthony Joshua is on a roll

Can Amir Khan tempt Floyd Mayweather?

Or is Amir Khan running scared from Kell Brook?



June 2nd, 2015

Boxing News

Wilder gearing up for first defense and beyond

Photo: Bill Hoffman

Photo: Bill Hoffman

Unbeaten heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will make the first defense of his title when he meets Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs), of Raymondville, Texas, on June 13 at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. “We have a lot of other opponents, but Molina was the one to understand the opportunity that lies at hand,” said Wilder. “Some people can price themselves out and some teams make it so difficult that the fight won’t happen. They can really block themselves out from getting the fight. You can have the money or the opportunity. Molina understands what the situation is, and he stepped up to the plate and understands the opportunity at hand to be the world heavyweight champion.

“My last fight I proved to everyone what I was capable of. I can go 12 rounds and take a punch. I can be just as fresh in the 12th round as the 1st. The sky’s the limit in what we’re trying to do. I represent the state. Even though I’m from Tuscaloosa, it’s not just where my gym is in Northport or Coffeeville. I represent the state of Alabama. I need a home territory and a home state not only where we can bring in local people, bring in the nation, but also bring in the whole world.”

Wilder also recently raised some eyebrows when he accused mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin of steroid use! “I think he’s juicing. He’s looking too big,” Wilder told USA Today’s Bob Velin. “I have people that have trained him and know him, and being from a different country, they have different techniques that they use. He’s on some kind of steroids. But you know, that’s just my opinion.” The WBC has ordered Wilder and Povetkin to begin negotiations in mid-June.



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Lara-Rodriguez clash on Spike next Friday

No televised boxing on Friday night this week, but SPIKE returns to the airwaves next Friday (June 12) when WBA “regular” super lightweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) faces Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-4, 16 KOs) at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Additionally, light heavyweight knockout artist Artur Beterbiev (8-0, 8 KOs) is set to square off against Doudou Ngumbu (34-6, 13 KOs) in the co-feature.

Last week’s Khan-Algieri fight on SPIKE averaged 772,000 viewers. The first PBC show on SPIKE (Josesito Lopez-Andre Berto) did 869,000 viewers in March, then Badou Jack-Anthony Dirrell drew 569,000 viewers in April.



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Wilson, Caputo Smith meet 6/20 for PA title

On June 20, King’s Boxing will present a boxing card at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In the main event, Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-9-1, 7 KOs) will take on Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the Pennsylvania cruiserweight championship.

In the 8-round co-feature, Keenan Collins (15-9-3, 10 KOs) will take on Pavel Miranda (19-10-1, 6 KOs) in a middleweight bout.



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

DeGuardia says Algieri a legit contender

Promoter Joe DeGuardia says that Chris Algieri “clearly established himself as a legitimate contender” in the welterweight division in spite of the 12-round decision loss to Amir Khan last Friday night (May 29) at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. In the most aggressive performance of his 22-fight professional career, Algieri was moving forward throughout the 12-round tilt, putting the pressure on Khan from the outset. In Khan’s unanimous decision win, judges Joe Pasquale and Benoit Roussel both scored the fight 117-111. But Don Ackerman’s card had it much closer at 115-113, and many ringside observers, and those watching on television, also scored it close (Spike TV televised as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series). (more…)



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Nicholas Walters

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


By Robert Coster

Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) is training hard in preparation for the defense of his WBA featherweight title against Miguel Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 13th. In 2014, the Jamaican-born Walters burst into the boxing limelight with brutal knockout victories over Vic Darchynian and Nonito Donaire. Now, “The Axeman” will be facing the challenge presented by the Colombian Marriaga, who is little-known but said to be extremely dangerous. It will be a showdown between two unbeaten KO artists. It will also be a grudge fight in view of the fact that Walters lost to Marriaga in the pre-Olympic trials in 2008. Fightnews asked Walters a few pointed questions regarding the upcoming battle. (more…)



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Tijuana

Report/Photos by Felipe Leon

Twenty year Tijuana straw weight sensation Abraham “Choko” Rodriguez (12-0, 5KO) kept his unbeaten record and proved that he is ready for the next step as he completely dominated his toughest opponent to date when he took a unanimous decision over Armando “Chiquita” Vazquez (23-15-1, 6KO) in the ten round main event Saturday night. The fight card, presented by Gonzalez Boxing Promotions in association with Round 13 Promotions, took place at the Carnitas Tepatitlan Music Hall in the Mariano Matamoros neighborhood of Tijuana, Mexico.

Rodriguez landed the week of the fight from the mountains near Mexico City where he was part of the IBF jr. flyweight champion Javier “Cobra” Mendoza’s camp while Vazquez of Mexicali, Mexico, had faced the better opponents between the two with fights against the likes of former champions Brian Viloria and Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez and current champs “Cobra” Mendoza and Donnie Nietes. (more…)



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Miguel Marriaga

Photo courtesy King Sports

Photo courtesy King Sports


By Robert Coster

Featherweight title challenger Miguel Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) of Cartagena, Colombia is largely unknown in the United States where he has fought only once – an impressive 6 round stoppage of Christopher Martin in 2014. On June 13th, he’s facing WBA champion Nicholas Walters and some boxing pundits see Marriaga as a sleeper that presents a real danger to the reigning champion. The two have met before and Marriaga won a decision over the Jamaican at the pre-Olympic Trials in 2008. Now the 27-year-old Colombian is saying that on June 13th history will repeat itself. Fightnews.com contacted Marriaga with questions about the upcoming battle.

Nicholas Walters says he doesn’t remember the fight he lost to you. Do you remember it?

He doesn’t remember me, does he? Well, I do remember beating him and I’m doing it again on June 13th. (more…)



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Nieves headlines in Erie, PA

Bizzarro Promotions is ready to bring back professional boxing to Erie, PA for the first time in over three years at the luxurious Presque Isle Downs Casino with a star studded card featuring some of the top prospects in the region. Headlining the show will be an international eight round super bantamweight contest as Cleveland Ohio’s Antonio Nieves (11-0, 5KOs) is set to tangle with tough Hungarian Gabor Molnar (16-7, 10KOs). (more…)



June 1st, 2015

UFC

Dropkick Murphys headline UFC International Fight Week

UFC® and the Fremont Street Experience today announced that multi-platinum recording artists Dropkick Murphys will headline the Fremont Street Experience concert on Friday, July 10, as part of the 4th Annual UFC International Fight Week™. The concert, which is free to the public, will be located at 425 Fremont Street on the 3rd Street Stage. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT NEW ORLEANS is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, June 6 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report: Tanaka wins WBO title in 5th pro bout

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

19-year-old unbeaten Japanese, Kosei Tanaka (5-0, 2 KOs), 105, very impressively acquired the vacant WBO 105-pound belt as he kept outspeeding and outpunching Mexican Julian Yedras (24-2, 13 KOs), 105, to win a unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Komaki, Japan.

The official tallies read: Salven Lagumbay (Philippines) and Sawang Thaweekoon (Thailand) both 117-111, and Luis Ruiz (Puerto Rico) 115-113, all in favor of Tanaka, who thus won the world throne in his fifth pro bout. The referee was Samuel Viruet (US) who also moved so well as the busy-moving contestants. Tanaka, whose amateur mark was 46-5, 18 stoppages, displayed fast jabs, quick combinations and effective left hooks, and maintained the initiative despite the game Mexican’s occasional retaliation. Tanaka proved a real thing with such a fine performance as he looked like a young and small Sugar Ray Leonard. (more…)



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

New WBC Francophone ratings as of June 2015.

WBC Francophone Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the June ratings of the WBC Francophone championships. The full set of ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.

The next activity for the WBC Francophone title will take place on June 20 in Montreal between Hypolite Schiller and French Kevin Thomas Cojean. At stake will be the vacant supermiddleweight title.
On the same day, June 20, will also be held the first WBC Francophone title in France between Sebastien Madani and Islam Teffahi. They fight for the superwelterweight title. This fight will take place in Rumilly.

The WBC Francophone title with chairman Houcine Houichi was accepted at the last WBC Convention and started activity on January 1 of this year with so far 2 champions crowned.

The first was Hedi Slimani from Belgium who won the lightweight title and the second Herve Hubeaux, also from Belgium, won the heavyweight title.

ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The hype builds for heavyweight hopeful Anthony Joshua.

Heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder returns home for a title defense

Kell Brook eyes defense against Brandon Rios

Brook claims Amir Khanmust be scared



June 1st, 2015

Boxing News

Zurdo Ramirez meets and greets fans

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated Mexican knockout artist and #2-world-rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez meets and greets fans during an event for the WBC: World Boxing Cares in East Los Angeles. Ramirez will headline Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. Ramirez will be taking on Dereck “The Black Lion” Edwards in a 10-round super middleweight bout which will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank, and produced in association with HBO Sports.

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May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Verdejo thrills fans at Bronx Festival

Video/Photos: Top Rank

The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated #3 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo celebrated his upcoming HBO Boxing debut by pressing the flesh and throwing some leather for his fans in New York. He appeared at The Bronx Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday for a “meet & greet” session with fans, then ended the day with a public workout.

Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) International Latino lightweight title against Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-0, 8 KOs), of San Antonio, Saturday, June 13, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The card will also feature World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), of Jamaica, defending his world title against Top-10 contender Miguel “The Scorpion Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), of Colombia.Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)



May 31st, 2015

Boxing News

Rodriguez KOs Hinojosa in third round

Photos: Esdel Palermo

Last night in Cataño, Puerto Rico, WBO Latino bantamweight champion Emmanuel Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round KO over former world title contender and WBA #11 rated Luis Hinojosa (27-9, 17 KOs). A solid straight right hand on Hinojosa’s face, immediately ended up the fight. Hinojosa was unconscious for a while.

“The training camp went very well and here are the results. I didn’t expect the fight to end so early but I just took the opportunities that were available at the time, and delivered my punches,” Rodriguez, who is ranked #11 by the WBC and #9 by the WBO. (more…)



May 31st, 2015

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Joshua has July date in Manchester

Unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KOs) became the first fighter to stop Kevin Johnson, ending it inside two rounds on Saturday. “People say that guy will test me, this guy will test me. It is only going to get tough,” said Joshua, “and I will fight tougher opponents, the game doesn’t stop.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “That was devastating. We witnessed the future Heavyweight champion of the world. We have to do things right and we will progress him at the right pace. He will be out in July in Manchester and you will love the fight we have here for September 12. He is a great fighter and he is Great British. We have a few names there but we will fill this place again. This guy is going to beat every single Heavyweight in the world. We have a chance for a heavyweight to fly the flag for Great Britain and let’s all enjoy the journey of Anthony Joshua.”



May 31st, 2015




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