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Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

Report/photos Tony Mayger at ringside Robin Krasniqi outpointed Dariusz Sek in Munich to firmly plant himself in the light heavyweight mandatory challenger's position ...

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME Former featherweight title challenger 'Mr.' Gary Russell Jr. (25-1, 14 KOs) was way too fast for Christopher 'S.D. ...

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Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz Jr. (23-0, 17 KOs) remained unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision ...

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best Unbeaten McJoe Arroyo (16-0, 8 KOs) defeated Mark Geraldo (31-5-3, 14 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision ...

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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

By Dave Spencer at ringside Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO ...

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Krasniqi edges out Sek to set up Braehmer showdown in 2015

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Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains WBA interim featherweight belt

Russell dominates Martin, Cuellar retains

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Andy Ruiz beats Liakhovich to stay unbeaten, Valdez and McCumby crush foes

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Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF 115lb eliminator

Arroyo defeats Geraldo in IBF

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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

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Stiverne-Arreola Weigh-in Photo Gallery

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Bermane Stiverne 239.5 vs. Chris Arreola 239
(Vacant WBC heavyweight title)

Amir Imam 139.6 vs. Yordenis Ugas 140
DaVarryl Williams 240.6 v. Eric Molina 214.4
Adam Collins 194 vs. B.J. Flores 205.4
Levan Ghvamichava 141.4 vs. Abel Ramos 142.4
Jaxel Marrero 124 vs. Mario Berrios 123
Travis Davidson 160.6 vs. Caleb Planet 159.8
Rodricka Ray 217.2 vs. Razvan Cajanu 269.4

Venue: USC Galen Center, Los Angeles
Promoter: Goossen Tutor/DKP
TV: ESPN

More photos…



May 10th, 2014



Boxing News

Meza-Clay, Briggs headline May 17

Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in association with 8-Time world champion Roy Jones Jr. & TNT Promotions presents “Back With a Vengeance” live at The Harv on May 17. A full bill of professional boxing is on tap featuring the highly anticipated return of the ultimate toe-to-toe action warrior Monty Meza-Clay when he faces Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros of Mexico City, Mexico in the main event.

In the evening’s special attraction, the comeback of former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs continues when he faces spoiler Matt “Gator” Greer. (more…)



May 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Doberman Promotions makes Tijuana debut

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

First time Tijuana promoter Dobberman Promotions packed the house but left much to be desired as far as action inside the ring when the five scheduled bouts were completely devoid of drama last night at the Hangar 27 discotheque located in the Rio district of Tijuana, Mexico. In attendance was former champ Giovanni Segura who addressed the crowd and promised to knock out Juan Francisco “Gallito” Estrada if given the opportunity. Unfortunately that was as good as it was going to get in the ring in front of a packed house of about 500 fight fans.

In the main event, Tijuana middleweight Miguel “Maikito” Martinez Jr (4-0, 2KOs) made quick work of Ramiro Rosales (0-5) stopping him at 1:19 mark of the second round. It was all Martinez from the opening bell as he obviously carried the overmatched Rosales for the majority of the first round. An over hand right followed by a left uppercut sent Rosales reeling against the ropes and looked ready to go but Martinez let him live. Early in the second Martinez scored with a run-of-the-mill left but Rosales jumped through the air in his best Greg Louganis impression. Rosales beat the count and Martinez Jr looked annoyed the histrionics so he quickly stepped on the pedal landing a straight right and then another left uppercut, this time dropping Rosales for good. (more…)



May 9th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Cincinnati Weigh-in Results

UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Matt Brown and Erick Silva and the middleweight bout between Costas Philippou and Lorenz Larkin, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 2 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS members can see three early prelim bouts at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Erick Silva (170.5) VS Matt Brown (170.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Lorenz Larkin (185.5) VS Costas Philippou (185)
Daron Cruickshank (156) VS Erik Koch (155)
Tim Means (170) VS Neil Magny (170.5)
Ruan Potts (244) VS Soa Palelei (263)
Louis Smolka (126) VS Chris Cariaso (125.5)

FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Rafael Natal (185) VS Ed Herman (185)
Darrell Montague (125) VS Kyoji Horiguchi (126)
Zak Cummings (169.5) VS Yan Cabral (170.5)
Johnny Eduardo (136) VS Eddie Wineland (136)

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Nik Lentz (145) VS Manny Gamburyan (145)
Ben Wall (155) VS Justin Salas (155.5)
Albert Tumenov (170.5) VS Anthony Lapsley (174)

Watch the full weigh-in!
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT is live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Perez injury KOs HBO clash with Jennings

The WBC heavyweight eliminator between Bryant “By By” Jennings and Mike “The Rebel” Perez scheduled for May 24th at the American Bank Arena and telecast on HBO has been cancelled due to Perez suffering a shoulder injury while training. At the present time the entire show in Corpus Christi TX, has been cancelled.

“I was floored when I got the call this morning from Perez’s manager Patrick Thomas that he injured his shoulder in sparring,” Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “Mike is flying back to Ireland to see a shoulder specialist. I’m hoping to hear good news that the injury is not too serious and the fight can be rescheduled in the near future. I know Mike is devastated because of this setback but looks forward to continuing his dream of marching toward a WBC world title fight.”

“When I received the news this afternoon that Perez got injured I felt so bad for Bryant because I know how hard he trained for this fight and how much he was looking forward to fighting for this WBC elimination bout,” said Gary Shaw. “I’m hope for that Perez’s is minor and we can get these guys back in the ring in a timely manner.”



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Unbeaten cruiserweights collide May 15

On Thursday, May 15 Cruiserweight prospect Steve Bujaj (12-0, 9 KOs) looks to remain undefeated when he takes on fellow undefeated Junior Wright (10-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight for the WBC USNBC and the WBC International cruiserweight titles. The 23-year old native of Yonkers, New York has been training hard for the fight that could catapult him into title contention. “I am just ready to fight. This is a big opportunity with a lot on the line and I am ready to take care of business,”said Buaj. (more…)



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Chester, PA

Dhafir Smith 187 vs. Brian Donahue 192
Roberto Irizarry 126 vs. Benjamin Burgos 126
Patrick O’Çonnor 225 vs. Aaron Bratton 235
Antonio DuBose 130 vs. William Harris 134
Anthony Prescott 157 vs. Tyrell Boggs TBA

Venue: Harrahs Philadelphia
Promoters: Joey Eye Boxing and XFE
1st Bell: 7:30 PM



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Former U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez raising awarness about California water woes

As part of a special night dedicated to raising awareness about water shortages in the Central Valley, former U.S. Olympic boxer turned undefeated professional lightweight Jose Ramirez will throw out the ceremonial first pitch during The Fresno Grizzlies’ game against the El Paso Chihuahuas at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Chukchansi Park. Ramirez, the fighting pride of nearby Avenal, will also be available on the concourse to sign autographs throughout the game. (more…)



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Masternak to face Kalenga now on June 21

Golden Gloves has put the finishing touches to its “KO at the Casino” tournament in Monte Carlo on June 21, an event that now includes an intriguing WBA Interim cruiserweight title clash between Mateusz Masternak and Youri Kalenga. The card is headlined by Martin Murray of the UK against Max Bursak of Ukraine for the vacant WBC Silver middleweight belt.

WBA/IBO minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler will make his European debut against Pigmy Kokietgym and undefeated former IBO super-middleweight champion Tommy Oosthuizen will make his debut at light-heavyweight against former African champion Doudou Ngumbu. (more…)



May 9th, 2014

Boxing Result

Bermane Stiverne: “This fight is not going the distance!”

Stiverne 5By David Finger; Photos by Mary Ann Owen w/BoxingInLasVegas.com

Boxing fans have waited a long time for this, almost as long as Bermane Stiverne. On May 10th he will take part in a historic heavyweight fight that will see either boxing’s first Haitian born heavyweight champion or boxing’s first Mexican-American heavyweight champion. Regardless of who wins, it will be the first time in awhile that someone not named “Klitschko” will be holding a belt for one of the major sanctioning organizations.

For Stiverne, a lifetime dream is about to come true. All he has to do is repeat the performance he pulled off back in April of last year. All he has to do is beat Chris Arreola. (more…)



May 9th, 2014

UFC

Lorenz Larkin: There’s a monsoon comin’

The picture on Lorenz Larkin’s Twitter account may not be of the 27-year-old UFC middleweight, but in paying tribute to late WWE star The Ultimate Warrior, it does say a lot about the Californian’s approach to his job as a mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT is live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Sam defeats Treloar

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian heavyweight champion Hunter Sam (10-2-2, 4 KOs) clearly outscored Jarad Treloar (1-4) over ten rounds at the Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Sam controlled the action in all the rounds by scores Kevin Hogan 100-91, George Pelis 100-90, Will Soulos 100-92. Sam is scheduled to clash with former world title challenger Kali Meehan in Super 8 Tournament on June 4 in Auckland, New Zealand. Former IBF world title challenger Doug Sam is the father of Hunter. (more…)



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola undercard action

Fight fans watching ESPN can see the WBC heavyweight championship fight between top-rated contenders Bermane “B. Ware” Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs) and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs), plus the eight-round co-feature between undefeated junior welterweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (13-0, 12 KOs) and Yordenis “The Black Prince” Ugás (15-2, 7 KOs).

However there are also a few notable undercard fights that will be enjoyed by fans attending live at the USC Galen Center as heavyweight Eric Molina (20-2, 14 KOs) takes on DaVarryl Williamson (27-7, 23 KOs) in a ten round bout and cruiserweight BJ Flores (28-1-1, 18 KOs) meets journeyman Adam Collins (12-9, 8 KOs) in a six rounder.

Other bouts scheduled:
Abel Ramos vs. Levan Ghvamichava (super lightweight)
Trevor Bryan vs. TBA (heavyweight)
Mario Barrios vs. Jaxel Marrero (featherweight)
Caleb Hunter Plant vs. Travis Davidson (middleweight)
Razvan Cojanu vs. Rodricka Ray (heavyweight)
Steven Rapadas vs. TBA (lightweight)
Layla McCarter vs. Melissa Hernandez (female super welterweight)



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola goes nuclear

By Rocky Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

The last time #2 WBC heavyweight contender, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, was insulted at a press conference by an opponent, seemingly now missing person Seth Mitchell, it did not end up well for Mitchell who was knocked out in the very first round. So, while WBC #1 contender, Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne, already owns a convincing victory over Arreola and is in a different league than Seth Mitchell, it still came as a bit of a surprise when Stiverne ditched his usually calm and cool composure to go ballistic during his time at the podium of the final press conference at the University of Southern California Galen Center on Thursday afternoon for the highly anticipated rematch with Chris Arreola, this time for all the marbles, the WBC heavyweight championship vacated by Vitali Klitschko. (more…)



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Super 8 fighters finalized

The remaining names have been announced for the $500,000 $500,000 Prizefighter-style “Super 8″ tournament on June 4 in Auckland, New Zealand. Antz Nelson (33-5, 13 KOs), Brice Ritani-Coe (3-2-1, 3 KOs) and Alonzo Butler (30-2-1, 22 KOs) will join former WBC/IBF heavyweight champion Hashim “The Rock” Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KOs), Kali Meehan (38-5, 31 KOs), Michael Sprott (40-21, 27 KOs), Martin Rogan (16-4, 8 KOs) and Hunter Sam (11-2, 4 KOs). Sam recently replaced injured Samuel Peter.

The winner of the tournament will collect $200,000, the runner-up receives $100,000, semi-finalists earn $30,000, and opening round losers bank $15,000. Fighters can receive bonuses for KOs, best fights and fight of the night.



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Video: Arreola + Stiverne = Extreme Hatred

War broke out during the so-called “Fight for Peace” at the Cris Arreola vs Bermaine Stiverne press conference today. The WBC Heavyweight World Championship belt is on the line. Fighters are ready for the blows to fly May 10, 2014. USC’s famed Galen Center plays host to the historic fight. ESPN will air the fight live for millions around to see.



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Last bell for Natal’s Gary Gordon

By Ron Jackson

Former Natal lightweight champion and boxing journalist Gary Gordon has died. Gordon, who had been ill for some time, died at the age of 80 in a frail-care institution in Durban, South Africa, on Wednesday. In one of his 19 professional fights he lost on a technical knockout to Willie Toweel. He also lost in the second round to Hubert Essakow, only 16 days before Toweel stopped Essakow in the eleventh round. Essakow died 52 hours later. (more…)



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo: Lara disrespected all Mexicans

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

The Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara press tour hit New York City on Wednesday to continue to kickoff their July 12 PPV clash in Las Vegas. The fighters faced off for the third day in a row, this time at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Every day things have been getting a little more testy.

Canelo Alvarez: “Lara has talked a lot, [to the fans] you guys asked for the fight, and here it is. What you guys ask from me, I will give you. A lot have asked me, ‘Why did you take this fight?’ I say ‘Why not? I will fight anyone. Style doesn’t matter.’ The reality is that a year ago the fans didn’t really know Lara. Nobody really knew him. But he’s been talking so much that now it’s built up and the fans asked for it so I wanted to give them what they wanted. He disrespected me. But not only me, he disrespected all Mexicans. For him to be saying that he’s going to give me a boxing lesson and he’s going to take me to school…that’s very disrespectful.”

Erislandy Lara: “For the Mexican fans, we have a surprise for you July 12. I came from Cuba where I fought the best. I earned this in the ring, fighting the best in the division, not on a Mexican street corner. July 12 the best man is going to win. I’ve always done my job against the best fighters in the division. I’ve faced a lot of hard punchers so I’m not worried about his power. Canelo knows, just like everyone in the division knows. No one wants to fight me because I’m dangerous and I beat everybody. He took this fight because of the pressure I put on him.” (more…)



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on the Adrien Broner’s  suspension from the WBC.

WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade talks Floyd Mayweather. More

Manny Pacquiao gets a shot at basketball “playing coach.” More

Russian’s Alexander Povetkin signs a deal to fight Germany’s Manuel Charr on May 30 in Moscow. More



May 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Arreola heats up

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Emotions were running high at the final press conference for Saturday’s WBC heavyweight championship clash between Bermaine Stiverne and Cris Arreola on Thursday at the USC Galen Center in downtown Los Angeles.

After a lengthy Don King introduction (with co-promoter Dan Goossen doing a slow burn next to him), the normally reserved Stiverne started slow, but then ripped into Arreola.

Bermaine Stiverne: Ain’t nobody gonna beat me. They can talk that talk. I don’t talk. I talk in the ring. I let the media talk, even when they talk sh!t, cause most of them never been in the ring. I’m done talking. I do my talking in the ring. I know Cris likes to talk so I’ll give him the mic so he can do what what he does best. Talking. I don’t have any excuses, and if you think for one minute that I couldn’t knock you out the last fight, you’re so wrong. What you didn’t know is that was the plan to whoop your a$$. Not to knock you out but to whoop you. This fight I’m going to drop you. You’re going to get up. I’m going to whoop you, then I’m going to knock you out. You can have that silly face you have right now, that don’t matter. You know what’s gonna happen. Make a show and look at me and sh!t. Stare at me. It don’t matter, cause in the ring I’m going to shut down that mouth of yours. This time ain’t no joke. I’m gonna take your head off!

Dan Goossen: Where the hell were we? Twilight Zone for the last hour? What did we just witness? You don’t talk? You did a little talking there Bermaine.

Cris Arreola: I ain’t scared of you. Nobody’s scared of you. Trust me bro. You’ll see this Saturday. I’m gonna keep coming. I’m gonna f–k this guy up. F–k this guy! Now he’s yapping. Before I had respect for him. He was a quiet dude, but now I’m gonna f–k you up. You’re gonna remember me dog. I promise you.



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Debate breaks out at Crawford-Gamboa press conference in Omaha

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated world champions Terence Crawford and three-division champ Yuriorkis Gamboa, who share identical records of 23-0 with 16 KOs, today officially announced their June 28 clash for Crawford’s newly-won WBO lightweight title at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. In an unusual press conference, Gamboa made his statement, then Crawford spoke. But rather than having things wrap up, Gamboa wanted to come back to the podium to rebut Crawford and the debate was on.

Yuriorkas Gamboa: I came here to prove to everyone, my critics and fans alike that I’m willing to fight Terrance in his own backyard so everyone can witness a great fight.

Terrance Crawford: It’s going to be a good fight. I know that. Gamboa is a truly incredible champion. I have nothing bad to to say about the man. The only thing I can say is he shouldn’t have took this fight.

Bob Arum: OK. This is usually for a debate but I’m willing to go along with it…a rebuttal from the challenger Yuriorkas Gamboa.

Yuriorkas Gamboa: I didn’t make any error in choosing this fight. Before you speak you’ve got to compare the records and look at my record versus yours. Just measure the caliber of fighters you fought versus the caliber of fighters I fought.

Terrance Crawford: One thing. You ain’t fought me yet. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Feature Story

Chris Arreola: I want my revenge!

Arreola3ABy Felipe Leon; photos by Leonso Nunez

Redemption and revenge! The two actions that thirty-three year old hard hitting heavyweight title contender Chris “Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) is looking for this Saturday when he has a rematch with Bermane Stiverne (23-1-1, 2 KOs), the Haitian-born author of his last loss suffered in April 2013.

The bout will be broadcast live from the Galen Center located in the campus of USC in Los Angeles during a special ESPN telecast and presented by Goossen Tutor and Don King Productions. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya pulling no punches in return to spotlight

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime

Fightnews.com caught up with promoter Oscar De La Hoya Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles. The “Golden Boy” spoke about his return to the spotlight after taking time to deal with personal demons, his reconciliation with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, his reaction to Adrien Broner, and…oh yes, Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara.

“When I was said I was back, I meant I was off the canvas and up for victory,” said De la Hoya, “everything happens for a reason. Nobody is perfect.”

Oscar is on the upswing now. You can see it in his eyes, words and demeanor. He recently had a new addition to the family as his wife Millie gave birth to their daughter Victoria. “She and all my kids represent everything. They are my life,” he beamed. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF confirms Klitschko has to fight Pulev next

The IBF has stated that Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) must defend his titles against his Berlin-based mandatory from Bulgaria Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) in his very next bout. “That’s what I call a late birthday gift,” says Pulev, who celebrated his 33rd birthday last Sunday. “I was ringside when Wladimir defended his belts a few weeks ago. It was a walk in the park for him against Leapai. When Klitschko meets me inside the ring, I will cause him real problems to say the least. I will show the fans worldwide that Klitschko is no invincible machine and fulfill my dream.” (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Sam Soliman at Melbourne Airport

Photo: Team Soliman

Photo: Team Soliman


By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #1 middleweight contender Sam Soliman poses with trainers Dave Hedgecock and Boxer John, plus manager David Stanley just before departing Melbourne International Airport bound for Europe via Dubai on an Emirates Airlines flight.

Sam and team will complete their training preparation for the big IBF middleweight challenge and grudge match against world champion Felix Sturm at the KoenigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany on May 31.



May 8th, 2014

UFC

UFN Cincinnati Prelim Fantasy Preview

The upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Cincinnati has an undercard showcasing some seriously talented fighters, including a pair of flyweights hoping to get into the top 10 with a win, while a former Ultimate Fighter Brazil competitor looks for his second victory inside the Octagon following a very impressive debut . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT is live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 10 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more info



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Gavin Rees: My career finishes on May 17

Gavin Rees is set to retire after his rematch with Gary Buckland at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on May 17 – and the Welshman says he’ll pour his heart and soul into his last pro performance. The former WBA light welterweight champion brings the curtain down on a 16 year career that has seen him bag British and European honors after landing his world title, with a Prizefighter victory reigniting his career and seeing him grab a shot at becoming a two-weight world champion when he took on Adrien Broner in America for the WBC lightweight belt. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara: We’re going to take Canelo to Cuban school

Photos: Soobum Im – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

The Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara press tour hit San Antonio on Wednesday as the fighters faced off for the second day in a row.

Canelo made pretty much boiler plate comments. “I am going to prepare myself like always to give everyone a great fight,” he said. This is the fight the fans have been asking for and I am going to prepare myself for a great victory. I love it here and I’d love to fight in San Antonio later this year.”

Lara upped the trash talk level slightly saying “There’s nothing more to talk about, the fight is made. On July 12 we’re going to take Canelo to Cuban school.”

Canelo’s manager Eddy Reynoso stated “On July 12 all we’re going to do is give this guy here a beating!” (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Fans invited to Crawford-Gamboa presser

Undefeated world champions Terence Crawford, Omaha’s favorite son, and Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa, who both boast identical 23-0 (16 KOs) records, will host a news conference announcing their world lightweight championship fight TODAY (May 8) at the CenturyLink Center in the Bud Light Zone (455 North 10th St., Omaha, Neb. 68102). The news conference, which will be open to the public, will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT, with doors opening at Noon CT. Joining Crawford and Gamboa will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Roger Dixon, President/CEO of the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).

Crawford vs. Gamboa is the first world championship fight the city of Omaha has hosted in 42 years when Joe Frazier defended his World Heavyweight Championship crown against Ron Stander in 1972.



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Takayama keeps IBF 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

IBF minimumweight champ Katsunari Takayama (27-6-1NC), 105, kept his belt as he sent southpaw compatriot Shin Ono (17-6-2, 2 KOs), 105, to the deck in the tenth and final sessions to score a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Eddie Hernandez and Hilton Whitaker (both US) both 115-111, and Pawel Kaldyni (Poland) 117-109, all for the defending titlist. The referee was Larry Doggette (US).

It resulted in a much tougher defense for Takayama, a prohibitive favorite, than we had expected—due to Ono’s puzzling lefty style. Takayama, making his second defense since his third world coronation at the expense of IBF 105-pound champ Mario Rodriguez in Mexico thirteen months ago, made a good start in the opening session, but Ono, ex-OPBF champ, occasionally displayed invisible southpaw lefts to catch the busy-moving champ. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Full Report: Amnat retains IBF 112lb belt against two-class champ Ioka

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada

IBF flyweight titlist Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5 KOs), 112, from Thailand, successfully retained his throne as he displayed superior speed and sharpness to control the contest all the way, winning a lopsided “split” decision over previously unbeaten Kazuto Ioka (14-1, 9 KOs), 112, Japan, over twelve fast rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan.

Hilton Whitaker (US) and Pawel Kardyn (Poland) tallied 119-108 and 115-112 respectively for Amnat, but Eddie Hernandez (US) saw it 114-113 for Ioka. The referee was Mark Calo-oy (US). Some 8,000 spectators were in attendance at Bodymaker Coliseum.

Ioka, formerly WBC 105-pound and WBA 108-pound champ, failed to win his third belt in the 112-pound category in his fifteenth pro bout. He suffered his first setback to the Thailander who had beaten him on points in the King’s Cup amateur tournaments in 2008. Amnat, nine years his senior at 34, was a slick-punching footworker that took the initiative with whiplash counters in the opening session and maintained the pace all night. Ioka tried to come close to the shifty champ with a peek-a-boo guard, but Amnat, ex-Olympian from Thailand, was too elusive for him to catch up with. (more…)



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The “Viking Warrior” is back in the ring: More on the return of Mikkel Kessler.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez sides with Oscar De La Hoya in the Golden Boy power struggle. More

Anthony Ogogo talks future plans and recent Las Vegas win. More  

Speaking of Vegas fights, Ireland’s Jason Quigley looks ahead to a debut in the U.S. More

Ode to former champ Jimmy Ellis: Here and Here



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Ontario, CA on May 16

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing


Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif., on May 16 with a show featuring three title fights. In the main event, lightweight Jose Roman (16-1-1, 12 KOs) meets Luis Solis (12-2-4, 10 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the vacant WBC CABOFE belt. Super bantamweight Juan Reyes (10-1-2, 1 KO) faces Isaac Zarate (7-1, 0 KOs) in an eight-rounder for an NABF Youth title. Also, IBFA female light flyweight titleholder Sindy Amador (11-1, 1 KO) defends her hardware against Maria Suarez (8-0-1, 0 KOs) over ten two-minute rounds.



May 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Rodriguez opponent named: Raymond Ochieng

By David Finger

Pound 4 Pound Promotions, in association with Nino Bravo Productions, has just announced the main event for their upcoming “Southwest Fight Series” in El Paso on July 18th. The card will feature the comeback for former WBC heavyweight contender David Rodriguez (36-1, 34 KOs) as he takes on 6’4 Kenyan bomber Raymond Ochieng (24-17-3, 19 KOs) in a heavyweight special attraction.

Rodriguez, who hails from El Paso, has not fought in Texas since knocking out Owen Beck for the WBC Mundo Hispano Heavyweight title back in June of 2011 in El Paso. Rodriguez is coming into the fight on the heels of his first ever professional loss, and is eager to make a statement against Ochieng, who has struggled as of late, losing five of his last six. (more…)



May 7th, 2014

Boxing News

New date for Orozco-Honario

Originally scheduled to square off on April 26, rising star Antonio “Relentless” Orozco and Mexican veteran Martin Honorio will finally get their chance to take care of business in the ring when they meet in the main event of the special edition of “Ringside at Del Mar” on Thursday, May 15 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif. in the Golden Boy Live! FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast.

The previously announced main event fight between Manuel “Tino” Avila and David “Morita” De La Mora will now be featured in the 10-round junior featherweight co-feature and opening the telecast will be the six-round bantamweight bout between Paramount’s Manuel “Suavecito” Roman and Merida’s Jose “Cacho” Silveira.



May 7th, 2014




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