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Tacoma middleweight Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski 16-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Californian Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (15-19-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. The action was fast paced with both fighters exchanging massive blows. Gavronski came out swinging to begin each round, while Johnson finished each of the ten rounds with flurries of his own. After a seventh round point deduction for pushing, Gavronski seemed defeated. But the hometown hero rallied back, winning a close unanimous decision victory in front of a packed house. Scores were 98-91, 98-91, 95-94.
In the co-feature, junior welterweight Virgil Green (10-3, 3 KOs) defeated Will Hughes (4-2, 3 KOs) via six round unanimous decision by scores of 60-54, 59-55, 58-56. (more…)
Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME
Unbeaten lightweight Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach (18-0, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Yakubu Amidu (19-6-2, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. Amidu was deducted a point for a low blow in round five. Redkach dropped Amidu twice in round six and Amidu chose not to continue after the round.
Unbeaten middleweight Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (8-0, 8 KOs) had target practice against previously unbeaten Maurice “The Natural” Louishomme (8-1-1, 4 KOs), Khytrov knocked Louishomme to a knee in round one but the game Louishomme remained upright the rest of the way until the bout was waved off :24 into round three.
In a clash of unbeaten junior middleweights, Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (14-0-1, 4 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Patrick Day (9-1-1, 5 KOs). After a tactical fight with little excitement, scores were 76-76 and 78-74, 80-72 for Fox.
Jr lightweight Tevin Farmer (18-4-1, 4 KOs) outpointed Viktor Chernous (15-2-1, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. 11 straight wins now for Farmer, who hails from Philadelphia. photos
Report: Golden Boy gives up promotional rights to most Haymon fighters including Broner, Garcia, Wilder, Maidana and Jacobs
Golden Boy Promotions has reportedly surrendered its promotional rights to Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia and “most” fighters associated with reclusive boxing manager/advisor Al Haymon. According to Yahoo Sports, the company will continue to promote Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse and Leo Santa Cruz.
Golden Boy has also reportedly reached an undisclosed settlement with former CEO Richard Schaefer, who left the company last summer after a bitter disagreement with GBP President Oscar de la Hoya.
Sports Illustrated adds that Golden Boy will also lose heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder and Schaefer cannot promote for 1-2 years. LA Times says Marcos Maidana and Danny Jacobs are also former Golden Boy fighters.
Golden Boy’s status with the likes of Peter Quillin, Lamont Peterson, Erislandy Lara, Gary Russell Jr., Omar Figueroa, Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter and Abner Mares are still to be addressed.
By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In the main event of the inaugural RocNation Sports promotion “throne” – and in front of attendees such as Carmelo Anthony, CC Sabthia, Rhianna and Beyonce at the Theater in New York City’s Madison Square Garden – Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (25-0, 13 KOs) persevered over 10 rounds to claim the vacant WBC-Continental Americas welterweight championship with a convincing points victory over Tommy Rainone (22-6-1, 4 KOs). Hernandez-Harrison was the aggressor throughout the fight, constantly pressing the action and landing the more stellar punches.
Hernandez-Harrison continued to bank the early and mid-rounds with his busier activity and punch output whereas Rainone seemed content to circle the ring and occasionally jab. Rainone continued to sustain Hernandez-Harrison’s series of hooks to the head (with a cross mixed in for good measure) in the seventh round, bringing a smile from Jay-Z and everyone else in attendance. Hernandez-Harrison continued to apply the pressure in the closing rounds and put the outcome at the hands of the judges at ringside. They all obliged and scored the fight 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 to Dusty Hernandez-Harrison.
Tureano Johnson claimed the vacant WBC Silver and WBA International middleweight belts with an annihilation of Alex Theran in their scheduled 10 round middleweight contest. Johnson banked all the early rounds, pushing Theran to his pain limit with devastating right books that seemed to land at nearly every occasion. As Theran began to slow down past the third round, Johnson unleashed a barrage of body punches that forced Theran to take a knee. Much of the same ensued shortly after the opening bell of the fifth round as Johnson, sensing that victory was near, targeted the body once more and landed a suspicious hook to the waist of Theran that forced him down once more. That was the last of the action as Theran was unable to make it out of his corner to start the sixth round under the advice of the ringside doctor. The official reason was that Theran had broken his ankle and could not continue. The official time of the stoppage was 0:01 in round 6. Johnson picks up the vacant WBC Silver and IBF International belts and moves to 17-1, 12 KOs while Theran tasted defeat again and moves to 17-2, 9 KOs. (more…)
Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions
In the final card promoted under the banner of Gary Shaw Productions, WBA Interim lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) retained his title with twelve round unanimous decision over Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Perez dropped Maicelo in round eleven and punished him in round twelve en route to scores of 118-109, 118-108, 120-107.
Welterweight contender Francisco Santana (22-3-1, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over previously unbeaten Kendal Mena (20-1, 11 KOs). Santana dropped Mena in round one, then laid him out cold flat on his back with a left hook. Time was 1:43.
Unbeaten 281-pound heavyweight Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller (11-0-1, 9 KOs) pounded on Aaron Kinch (5-4-2, 1 KO) for six rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Toprank
Jessie Magdaleno 121.8 vs. Erik Ruiz 120.8
Rodrigo Garcia 148.6 vs. Jailton De Jesus 150.4
Vic Pasillas 125.4 vs. Karl Garcia 124.2
Hollywood Jonathan Blue 175 vs. Zlatko Ledic 176
Venue: Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
Three-time world boxing champ Adrien Broner fiercely attacked Jay Z for what he says is a highly insulting offer to join Roc Nation Sports.
Adrien just appeared on “TMZ Hollywood Sports” and skewered the hop-hop mogul/sports titan for offering him a paltry $40 million for five years. Adrien reaffirmed his directive that Jay could “suck my…” Broner then went after Jay Z client Rihanna.
Broner is a client of Al Haymon, who is a bitter rival of Jay Z.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Javier Mendoza 110 vs. Mauricio Fuentes 110
Edivaldo Ortega 122 vs. Cristian Esquivel 122
Abner Jaeger López 147 vs. José David Mosquera 148
Mario Rodríguez 108 vs. Armando Torres 108.5
Sandra Robles 107.5 vs. Linda Soto 108
Eduardo Galindo 131 vs. Gregorio Pérez 132
Rafael Guzmán 144 vs. Pedro López 143.5
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
Light heavyweight contender Cedric “L.O.W” Agnew (27-1. 14 KOs) commented on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s power, Kovalev’s dominance of Bernard Hopkins and who he’d like to face next.
“Sergey has power, but it isn’t his power that makes him special. Yes, he can punch but what makes Sergey special is that he can also box. Like Hopkins, I thought I’d be able to use my footwork to control the distance and make him look bad, but he was able to use his size to cut off the ring to control the distance, which I didn’t know he could do,” said Agnew.
In addition to his ability to cutoff the ring, Agnew also praised Kovalev’s ability to use angles when attacking. (more…)
World-rated Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and contender Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, Ca. will weigh in today – Friday 5 pm – in the Houston Ballroom at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Magdaleno is putting all of his world ratings – WBO #2, IBF #4, WBA #7 – on the line against Ruiz in the main event of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card here Saturday night in the Texas Events Center.
Both fighters have top trainers – Magdaleno with Joel Diaz, Ruiz with Robert Garcia.
Diaz said at Media Day on Thursday that Magdaleno is “unbeatable at 122 pounds and after this fight we will take on any of the world champions.” It was Diaz who tweaked Magdaleno’s attack, saying “he always punched hard but was landing in the wrong spots. That has been corrected.” (more…)
As we near the epic return of world championship heavyweight action in the United States, WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) was a definite winner in the latest war of words with unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) in advance of their Showtime-televised showdown on January 17 in Las Vegas.
What do you think of your opponent, does anything he does concern you?
Bermaine Stiverne: I think Wilder is a clown. Wilder thinks this is the WWE. He acts like it’s the WWE. This is for real. It is going to hurt very bad.
Deontay Wilder: I have no thoughts about Bermane Stiverne. I’m just ready to fight and leave it all out in the ring.
What should the fans expect on January 17? Do you have a prediction?
Bermaine Stiverne: On Jan. 17 I will hurt Wilder and I will knock him out and it will be a lasting image in peoples’ minds for a very long time.
Deontay Wilder: Fans should expect a great night of boxing and everyone will see January 17. Be there or tune in on TV if you can’t. You don’t want to miss it!
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward tweeted today that he is happy to be part of the @RocNation family. Ward sat out all of 2014 and had just one fight in 2013 due to a dispute with his late longtime promoter Dan Goossen. Ward also posted an Intragram pic of him with rapper/promoter Jay Z apparently signing a contract.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that negotiations are underway for mandatory challenger Lee Selby to take on IBF Featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich this spring. The Welsh star dispatched Australian Joel Brunker inside nine rounds to land the shot at the Californian-based Russian, who has defended the title four times since wrestling it from Billy Dib in November 2013.
The IBF sent letters out on December 31 ordering the IBF champion to begin negotiations with mandatory challenger, and Hearn believes the slick stylist Selby will land the title, and will be aiming for that to happen on British soil. “We have already been in touch with Top Rank to make them an offer for a fight in the UK in the spring,” said Hearn. “Either way I expect to confirm the fight in the next few weeks. We are keen to stage the fight here and I’m very confident Lee will become the IBF champion in his next fight.”
In the opening bout of tonight’s ShoBox telecast, former amateur sensation Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (7-0, 7 KOs) will take on Maurice “The Natural” Louishomme (8-0-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout. Thus far in his career, Khytrov is showing all the signs of being a major star in boxing.
Ievgen Khytrov: “Training camp was great. We were sparring with Daniel Jacobs, Luis Collazo, Marcus Browne, the strongest guys in the division. We knew about this guy for about a week, but it doesn’t matter who I fight. I want to be champion of the world. I’ll do my best to knock him out. Fans want the knockout and I’ll try to give them a knockout. I can’t predict the future, but I’m going to do everything possible to get it done.”
Maurice Louishomme: “I have been training the past 10 years for this fight. I have constantly stayed busy in the gym with the hopes of being able to get this opportunity. My biggest strength in this fight will be my jab. I really utilize my jab well. I am looking to set the entire fight up with the jab, and then look for openings with my right hand and uppercuts. This is an eight round fight. I am looking to box, move and avoid his big shots. If I can catch him and hurt him I am definitely going to jump on him for the knockout.
The Malta Boxing Commission is taking a bite out of the British boxing market, once controlled under the iron grip of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).
Thanks to European Union free trade and anti-monopoly laws, national federations are free to operate in other E.U. countries. Currently the Malta Commission has licensed twelve UK-based promoters with five more recently requesting application forms. The Malta group expects to sanction a minimum of twenty (20) events in the United Kingdom in 2015.
Other national federations are making use of this rule include the Austrian Federation, which has sanctioned dozens of shows in Germany under the Sauerland banner. The Luxembourg Commission famously sanctioned the U.K. bout between David Haye and Dereck Chisora against the will of the BBBofC.
Mike Gavronski 171 vs. Dashon Johnson ??
Will Hughes 140.5 vs. Virgil Green 142
Jeremy McCleary 127.5 vs. Damen Wood 127.5
Marquice Weston 179.5 vs. Lamont Williams 178.5
Ron Pryce 154 vs. Antonio Neal 157.5
Andres Reyes 134.5 vs. Benny Vinson 134
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist
Note: Dashon Johnson was unable to weigh in on time and will instead be weighed in this morning.
Dusty Hernandez Harrison 145 vs. Tommy Rainone 146.8
Tureano Johnson 160 vs. Alex Theran 158.2
Chris van Heerden 145.4 vs. Cecil McCalla 149.6
Jerry Odom 168.2 vs. Andrew Hernandez 169.4
Wellington Romero 141.8 vs. Leo Kreischer 140.8
Kenneth Sims 140.4 vs. Christian Steele 140
Eduardo Martinez 125.4 vs. Rigoberto Miranda 125.6
Dustin Fleischer 142.4 vs. Frank Jordan 137.4
Venue: Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City
Promoter: ROC Nation Sports
TV: FOX Sports 1
Two of the heavyweight division’s most intimidating strikers will meet in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, March 14, as Roy “Big Country” Nelson takes on Alistair Overeem at UFC 185 in American Airlines Center . . . click here for more
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Photos: Gary Shaw Productions
Jonathan Maicelo 135 vs. Darleys Perez 133
(WBA Interim Lightweight Championship)
Francisco Santana 145 vs. Kendal Mena 147
Roman Morales 121 vs. Ernesto Guerrero 119
Manuel Romero 136 vs. Carlos Gonzales 140
Aaron Kinch 253 vs. Jerrell Miller 281
Paula Estrada 106 vs. Kayana Rain 108
Maria Suarez 109 vs. Jolene Blackshear 110
Venue: Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Ivan Redkach 137 vs. Yakubu Amidu 137
Patrick Day 154 vs. Alantez Fox 155
Ievgen Khytrov 163 vs. Maurice Louishomme 161
Venue: Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Photos: Craig Bennett – Hoganphotos / SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) of Los Angeles participated in a jam-packed open media workout Thursday at Who’s Next Boxing Academy as he continues to prepare for his title defense against Mexico’s Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (33-5-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday, Jan. 17, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Leo Santa Cruz, WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion
“Right now I am focused on this fight. I want to get this fight over with and get the win. We trained really hard to get this fight. Ruiz is a great fighter, a tough fighter. I think he has fought for a world title already. I know he always comes prepared to win and give a great show.” (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
World rated super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas said “…you will see a lot of power, timing and speed on Saturday night” on Media Day at the Top Rank Gym on Thursday. Magdaleno, 19-0, 16 KOs, is taking on Erik Ruiz, 13-1, 8 KOs, of Oxnard, Ca. in the main event on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas.
Magdaleno said “I’m ready to fight, to win, then fight for a world title. I want to prove to everyone that I will soon be a world champion.”
Trainer Joel Diaz added “…there isn’t a 122 pounder in the world who can beat Jessie right now. He is punching and hitting so hard. He has it all together.” (more…)
NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today some of the celebrities who will judge the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant, airing Sunday, January 25 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC. The Miss Universe contestants will be hosted in Doral, Florida and the pageant will air live from the FIU Arena. The first group of judges to join the Miss Universe panel includes Manny Pacquiao, along with Kristin Cavallari, William Levy, Lisa Vanderpump, and Louise Roe.
Due to the on-going construction at Harrahs Philadelphia, the January 31 fight card has been moved to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The main event will see undefeated Prichard Colon (12-0, 10 KOs) of Maitland, FL taking on Jonathan Batista (14-5, 7 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in the 8-round jr. middleweight fight.
Fight Club OC returns on February 5th with WBC #4 ranked heavyweight Mike Perez (20-1-1, 12 KOs) facing an opponent to be named. The Roy Englebrecht Promotions card takes place at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Perez has now joined the stable of elite trainer Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California.
On January 16 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino and on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, lightweight Petr Petrov will defend his NABA / NABO titles against the popular Hank Lundy in a 10-round bout. The fight will join the previously announced co-main event that will pit NABA / NABO Middleweight champion Willie Monroe Jr. defending his belts against Bryan Vera.
Lundy’s promoter Jimmy Burchfield commented, “This is a great opportunity for Hank Lundy to get back in the ring and back on track following a hard-fought bout against Thomas Dulorme in December. What the whole world saw last month is that Hammerin’ Hank won’t back down from a challenge. Most fighters would want a tune-up coming off a loss. Not Hank. He’s right back at it in another tough bout against a worthy opponent. This is what defines his legacy. No fighter puts it all on the line more than Hammerin’ Hank and we’re grateful for this opportunity to work with Banner Promotions and ESPN, two of the best in the business. Petr Petrov is as good as it gets in this weight class, but ESPN has been the home for some of Hank’s finest performances and we don’t expect Jan. 16th to be any different.”
While questions remain over which of their established boxing stars are still on the Golden Boy Promotions roster, Golden Boy has announced the addition of a host of local California talent as well as the signing of six international stars to exclusive promotional contracts.
Now competing for the Golden Boy Promotions team are top Californian prospects Abraham Lopez (17-0, 12 KOs), Roy “Pitbull” Tapia (10-0-1, 5 KOs), Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (8-0, 8 KOs), Emilio Sanchez (5-0, 4 KOs), Jesus Ivan Delgado (3-0, 1 KO) and Nick Arce (1-0, 1 KO).
In addition, now fighting under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be the exciting Japanese welterweight Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs), Filipino star Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (28-1-1, 16 KOs), Mexican knockout artist Gilberto “Flaco” Gonzalez (23-3, 19 KOs), top Mexican prospect Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (17-0-1, 7 KOs), two-time Brazilian Olympian Everton Lopes (0-0) and Columbian Oscar “Jaguar” Negrete (7-0, 3 KOs).
“I’m excited to kick off 2015 with the addition of these talented fighters to the Golden Boy roster,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Each of these fighters have the talent, skill, determination and desire that it takes to make it to the top.”
By Gabriel F Cordero
A third “Summit” meeting among the leaders of the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation will take place during the month of February according to WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
The three organizations have already met twice, both times in Quintana Roo, Mexico, to unify rules and reach agreements that allow them to work in the same context. “In 2014 there were two big meetings, and in February we seek to define the criteria for unification fights, the pre weigh-ins, scoring systems, and anti-doping tests,” said Sulaiman. “Also medical issues, one champion, appointment of judges, we’ll look at all these issues. And there is still an open invitation pending for the WBO.”
While WBC Interim and WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin is currently training in Big Bear, California, his February 21 challenger Martin Murray arrives in South Africa this weekend to set up camp ahead of their clash in Monte-Carlo on February 21. The Englishman is in the middle of a 12-week training program his advisor Andrew Mikhail describes as “pure hell” in anticipation of the toughest fight of his 31-bout career.
With no family in tow, Murray intends leading a Spartan training existence, going out only to former welterweight contender Harold Volbrecht’s nearby gym on the eastern side of Johannesburg for workouts. He will have trainer Oliver Harrison, two UK sparring partners and his chef alongside, leaving nothing to chance in his third championship crack. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBA/IBO and WBC interim middleweight champion Kazakhstan’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (31-0, 28 KO’s) met with media Wednesday afternoon at the Palms Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles as K2 Promotions held a press conference to discuss Golovkin’s upcoming bout with Martin Murray (29-1-1, 13 KOs) of England. Golovkin will take on Murray Saturday February 21 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“Thank you very much for being here. I also want to thank my team,” Golovkin said. “This fight is very important for my career. It’s a great fight. This is good that HBO is coming to Monte Carlo.” (more…)
Here’s how ridiculous the first month of 2015 is inside the Octagon: one event is already in the books – an event that boasted arguably the best fight of the month and a handful of additional quality matchups – and yet there are still enough standout contests left on the calendar to bring you this edition of The 10 . . . click here for more
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #10, WBO #12 heavyweight Joseph Parker (12-0, 10 KOs) who will clash with Jason Pettaway (17-1, 10 KOs) on March 5, departs for Las Vegas on Thursday to train with Kevin Barry and is excited to be working with the WBA, IBF, WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko in April.
“The Klitschko camp is definitely motivation for me,” Parker said. “Just getting the welcome to the camp is a great opportunity. But I know if I can’t beat Jason then I’ll definitely have trouble with Klitschko big time. So I’m just trying my best to get past this challenge and then looking at going over and sparring Klitschko who is the best in the world. You can’t get any better than that. (more…)
Britain’s “Best of 2014” centered around Amir Khan. More
Deontay Wilder gets a big send-off from his hometown. More
Kellie Maloney gears up for a return to boxing. More
Washington Post suggests that Manny Pacquiao should probably stop begging for a fight with Floyd Mayweather. More
World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (24-1, 21 KOs) has trained to hurt, not just knock out, undefeated, mandatory challenger Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs), January 17 in his first defense of the Vitali Klitschko-vacated title he captured last May with his sixth-round technical knocked of Chris Arreola (35-4).
“No, it (Wilder’s trash talk) doesn’t bother me,” Stiverne said. “I’m focused on beating him. I’m not going to just knock him out, I’m going to hurt that kid. His job, I guess, is to make himself big by talking; I feel like I’m fighting Muhammad Ali (Stiverne joked). He’s a great promoter, better than his or my promoter. There’s a lot of hype about him and that’s great for our fight because it’ll come down to everybody knowing who beat him after the fight.” (more…)
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