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On Thursday night, fan favorite Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (34-4, 31 KOs) will attempt to make history again by taking a world title back home to Puerto Rico. Already a two-division world titleholder who has thrilled fans for years, Juanma will challenge Argentinian Jesus “El Jinete” Cuellar (24-1, 18 KOs) for his WBA interim featherweight belt at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Despite brutal stoppage losses in two of his last three fights, Lopez believes he has another great fight in him heading into his bout against Cuellar, who defeated Rico Ramos in May at this same venue. The bout will be the co-feature to the clash between heavyweights Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz and Lateef “Power” Kayode, who meet for the vacant WBA interim heavyweight world title. FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will televise.
Former World Champion Joachim Alcine (32-7-2, 21 KOs) confirmed to Fightnews that he would be fighting Charles Hatley (23-1-1, 16 KOs) September 26th at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas. The junior middleweight bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be the televised co-main event to be aired on FOX Sports 1. Alcine was all nearly all but written off about a year ago after dropping his fifth consecutive fight. Shortly afterwards he signed with Journeyman Management who took a chance on the former champ. After two tuneup bouts he stepped up majorly in class and took on former multi-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez. Rodriguez entered the bout as a huge favorite but it was Alcine who stepped up and nearly pulled off the upset but had to settle for a respectable draw. Alcine feels that he is still a force to be reckon with at 154 coming off his last fight. (more…)
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Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME and Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions
“MAYHEM: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ fight week is officially here as Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and all the fighters on Saturday’s PPV made their grand arrivals at a jam-packed lobby at MGM Grand this afternoon. Here is what the fighters had to say upon their arrivals in Las Vegas Tuesday:
Floyd Mayweather: “It’s all about excitement. Saturday is about giving the fans what they want to see. It could be round one or round 13, but it’s all about the fans. I’m pretty sure Maidana is going for the knockout. I’m going for the knockout so this is going to be an amazing show. I have a brilliant game plan and we’ll see how it plays out Saturday.
[On what the fans should expect Saturday] “Blood, sweat and tears.”
Marcos Maidana: “It feels great to be back here. I’m planning on winning on Saturday and I’d like to dedicate my future victory to all my fans out there, especially to all my Latino fans. I have 12 more rounds to finish the job, that’s what I’m here for. I’m well prepared and ready to show that Mayweather isn’t all that everyone thinks he is. When I first analyzed Mayweather I thought he would be too fast to hit. But that wasn’t the case during the fight, I was able to hit him and keep him against the ropes and I plan on doing the same thing again. I’m definitely going to look for the knockout like I always do but I will take the victory any way I can.” (more…)
The Jersey Boy, super welterweight contender Glen Tapia of Passiac, N.J., returns to the ring at Bally’s Park Place on Saturday, October 4. Tapia, 21-1 with 13 knockouts, will take on Donatas Bondorvas, 18-5-1, 6 KOs, of Lithuania in the 10 round main event.
Tapia, 24, is coming off a powerful performance here at Bally’s, blasting out Keenan Collin in one round several months ago. “I want to entertain. This is what I live for, I love boxing. I like being inside the ring more than anything,” Tapia said. Tapia is handled by Pat Lynch, the longtime manager of former superstar champion Arturo Gatti of New Jersey. (more…)
James McGirt Jr. (23-3-1, 12 KOs) has signed a management deal with Southern California-based Journeyman Management. His first fight under his new management will be September 20th in Orlando, Florida against veteran Rahman Mustafa Yusubov. The undercard bout will be fought at a contracted weight of 162 pounds. After years of fighting at 168 McGirt Jr. is working his weight down to 160. McGirt Jr. started his career off 18 and 0 and was considered a hot prospect at one time. His new management believes that he can still make some noise at 160.
“James McGirt Sr. trains many of our fighters so there was already a connection there. Our team truly believes that McGirt Jr. and can make a serious run in the middleweight division once he gets back active again,” said Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak. McGirt Sr. is no longer training his son but remains on as a consultant for him.
With a big upset win over undefeated Danny Kelly at Pechanga Casino on August 22nd, Lancaster’s Avery Gibson wants to ruin the return of top heavyweight prospect Alexander Flores when they meet in the featured bout of Roy Englebrecht Promotions Fight Club OC show on Thursday, October 16th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Flores who won his first 14 pro bouts until he was stopped by 18-0 Charles Martin back in April will be tested by Gibson who’s 4-4 record is deceiving, as he is 4-2 in his last six bouts and the record of his opponents in his last four bouts is 27-1. But Team Flores has secured the services of top trainer Henry Ramirez to work with Team Flores manager Michael Love, and they feel that the proper adjustments are being made to right the ship and get Flores back in the heavyweight chase.
The six bout card will also feature the Fight Club OC debut of 2-0 Jamie Robinson one of the top amateurs out of Scotland, and top prospect Rafael Espinoza who is 4-0 with 3 KOs and is managed by top boxing manager Frank Espinoza. Fight Club OC has sold out their last two shows. Tickets are available now at www.fightcluboc.com.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Throughout his two-week, 27.273-mile international media tour with boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, a lot of discussion centered on New York’s undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri’s belief in the power bracelets and pendants he wears outside the ring. Algieri believes they are a source of strength, energy and life improvement qualities.
At their final media tour press conference, which took place at the Liberty Theater in New York last Thursday, Team Pacquiao consulted with The Amazing Kreskin, arguably the world’s foremost mentalist, about Algieri’s cosmic accessories. Here is what Kreskin had to say: (more…)
On November 8, 2014, Polish heavyweights Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3, 29 KOs) and Artur Szpilka (16-1, 12 KOs) meet for the IBF International Heavyweight title in their own backyard at the Kraków Arena in Kraków, Poland. The fight, which will be telecast by Polsat via pay-per-view, is presented by Knockout Promotions, Main Events, and Ziggy Promotions.
The veteran Adamek, 37, returns to fight in his home country from the United States for the first time since he lost the WBC Heavyweight Title match-up with Vitali Klitschko in 2011. Earlier this year, Adamek faced undefeated stablemate Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov at Sands Casino Hotel in Bethlehem, PA. Czar managed to squeak out the decision after a brutal 12-round war for the IBF North American Heavyweight Title. Prior to the loss to Glazkov, Adamek had won his previous five fights in a row dating back to his fight with Klitschko (Mar. 24, 2012 – Nagy Aguilera, 10-round unanimous decision victory; Jun. 16, 2012 – Eddie Chambers, 12-round unanimous decision victory; Sept. 8, 2012 – Travis Walker, fifth round TKO; Dec. 22, 2012 – Steve Cunningham, 12-round split decision victory; and Aug. 3, 2013 – Dominick Guinn ten-round unanimous decision). When asked about the fight Adamek said, “It is good to be fighting in Poland. This will be the biggest fight in Poland since my fight with Vitali Klitschko. I look forward to satisfying my Polish fans with a knockout of Szpilka.” (more…)
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Former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight world champion and heavyweight contender Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-3, 29 KO), and 25-year old Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-1, 12 KO) met in Warsaw for the intital press conference before their highly anticipated in Poland fight on November 8 in Krakow. Adamek, with trainer Roger Bloodworth will prepare for the next 8 weeks at a training camp in Poland.
Artur Szpilka: “I will surprise a lot of people with my style and really don’t care about people seeing Adamek as a clear favorite. I learned a lot losing to Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden. There will be no distractions this time, I feel stronger and better than ever. Just watch me on November 8. You will not believe your eyes.”
Tomasz Adamek: “It really does not matter what we say two months before the actual fight. What only matters, is what we can do in the ring. I did not want to fight another Polish fighter, but the offer from Polsat TV was to good to refuse and I don’t know this boy, which makes it easier to fight him. And it makes sense for me to fight in Poland, get the juices flowing after my last, lost fight with Glazkov. I’m way more experienced, I’ll be faster than Szpilka. It will be enough to beat him.
If “Goral” looks good versus Szpilka, he still hopes for big fights in US.
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas and his company Airtight Boxing have announced the date for their next show being Friday, September 19th in Commerce City at the new home of Airtight Boxing, The Salon Madrid. This card has an ESPN/television worthy main event as both fighters have fought on television several times over. It’s the definition of a cross roads bout between two of Colorado’s best, ‘Red Hot’ Rob Frankel and Robert Rodriguez from Greeley. Additionally the under-card features some very good, well matched bouts, including a ‘someone’s ‘0’ must go’ bout between winless fighters. (more…)
Jr. middleweight Jonathan Batista (14-3, 7 KOs) has been tapped to fight undefeated Frank Galarza (14-0-2, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout that will headline a 10 bout card promoted by New Legend Boxing on September 20th at the Resorts World Casino New York City. (more…)
Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Former world champion Marcos Maidana hosted international media conference call during the build-up for his SHOWTIME PPV rematch against Floyd “Money” Mayweather taking place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Joining him on the call was trainer Robert Garcia.
Do you agree or disagree that the only way to beat Mayweather is probably by knockout?
No. I don’t agree with that statement. I think that I can win by decision or by knockout. The first fight was a very close fight. It was a decision that was a majority decision, so I feel that I just have to make a few adjustments, put a little more pressure on, land better punches, and yes I can win, I can win by decision. But obviously the knockout would be nice, and that’s a possibility as well. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #7, WBC #7, WBA #13 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne predicts winners to Fightnews of these future fights: Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev, Tyson Fury vs. Derrick Chisora and Brahame Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder plus talks about possible fights against Vyacheslav Glazkov and Steve Cunningham.
Photos: PR Best
International Boxing Federation (IBF) #1 flyweight ranked, McWilliams Arroyo (15-1, 13 KOs), weighed 111 pounds while the champion Amnat Ruenroeng (13-0, 5 KOs) weighed 109 pounds at the official weigh-in today at the V-ONE Hotel Korat in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, for their world title fight that will take place tomorrow at the Liptapanlop Hall. “Already did the weight, and I’m positive on my dream of becoming world champion,” Arroyo said. “I will give my best to take that title to Puerto Rico.”
One of the best parts throughout the history of The Ultimate Fighter is seeing the many different walks of life the competitors that make it to the show come from. In season one, Josh Koshceck entered the series as one of the most unknown and novice commodities on the show, but with his tremendous background in amateur wrestling, which included an NCAA championship, he made it to the semifinals and eventually had an extremely successful career in the UFC . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) has made a major addition to his team. Former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd will now train Briggs. The pair recently begin training together in sunny South Florida. Briggs has excelled offensively for years where Byrd was seen by many as a defensive specialist during his two reigns as world champ. Byrd himself is in superb physical shape scaling near a slim but fit 185 pounds. Both former world champs shared their thoughts on teaming up.
“Throughout my career I have been known for and successful with my offense,” said Briggs. “However, I will be the first to admit that defense has never been my strong point. I have been boxing professionally for over 20 years but I feel it’s never too late late to learn. (more…)
A PPV billed as “Clash of the Cruiserweights” features two cruiserweight world title fights on September 27 from the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) defends against Grigory Drozd (38-1, 27 KOs) in the main event and in the co-feature WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) puts his belt on the line versus undefeated Pawel “Harnas” Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs).
This Thursday night at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) will fight against fellow undefeated Luis Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) for the WBA interim heavyweight title. The fight will headline a card that will be televised on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 9:30 PM ET. Kayode has been training hard for this major opportunity under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. Roach is very optimistic about his fighter’s chances of joining Wladimir Klitschko and Ruslan Chagaev as WBA heavyweight champion.
Boxeo Telemundo Ford and All Star Boxing, Inc will kick off their Fall Series Friday, October 3rd, 2014 from the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. In the main event local favorite Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) of Bowling Greens, Florida will face Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds for the WBO Latin jr. bantamweight title. Lozano #15 WBO and interim champion won the belt last August 1 on the last series by stopping Antonio Tostado, this will be his 8th bout at the A La Carte having lost only once. Vidal #7 WBO and Latin Champion won the belt last July 18 by coming from behind and stopping Juan “Loquito” Kantun in 8 rounds, the winners of last series now meet for the absolute title and a change to fight for the world title. (more…)
Photo: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather hosted international media conference call in advance of his SHOWTIME PPV rematch against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana taking place Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Floyd discussed his feud with 50 Cent, his camp’s objection to referee Tony Weeks, his differences with Maidana trainer Robert Garcia, his relationship with Alex Ariza, the first fight with Maidana, the reason for the immediate rematch, and much more.
Do you think that 50 Cent crossed the line by suggesting that you have trouble reading in that Instagram video that he posted?
My thing is this, I try to focus on Maidana. I don’t really focus on that. I think people can believe whatever they want to believe. Intelligence and education are two different things. I’m happy with my career and I wish 50 Cent nothing but the best; when I’m in training camp I try to focus on my training. You have to realize that the circus is for clowns and my job is just to focus on my job, which is boxing. I know what I can and I can’t do, so I can care less. (more…)
Today it gets serious for WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham as trainer Ulli Wegner arrives at his Zinnowitz, Germany training camp. Abraham is preparing for his September 27 title defense against Paul Smith in the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel. Smith says he’s certain he’ll bring the belt back to England, but King Arthur says no way. “He can forget that,” said Abraham. “The belt and title will naturally stay with me in Germany!”
Open-to-the-public fight week activities for “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ commence on Tuesday with fighter grand arrivals taking place at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.
Below is the schedule:
1:45 p.m. – Humberto Soto & John Molina Jr.
2:00 p.m. – Alfredo Angulo & James De La Rosa
2:15 p.m. – Miguel Vazquez & Mickey Bey
2:30 p.m. – Leo Santa Cruz & Manuel Roman
2:45 p.m. – Marcos Maidana
3:00 p.m. – Floyd Mayweather
By Robert Coster
Colorful WBO #7 strawweight Ali Raymi has announced (in his own unique way) that he’s moving up to flyweight after compiling a 22-0 record with 22 KOs, including a record 21 straight first round knockouts in the 105-pound division.
As the reigning alpha male on the planet today, I can’t allow top P4P stars Roman Gonzalez, Naoya Inoue and 3 time Gold Medalist Olympic legend Zho Shiming to cartel glory for themselves at 112, while I am comfortable in 105, a division I subdued with ease (with exceptional respect for multi-time champion Kastunari Takayama and unified IBO/WBA champion Hekkie Budler who were willing to fight me but failed to do so due to factors out of their hand). (more…)
Juan Carlos Pelayo, the director of the Tijuana Boxing Commission who also oversees professional wrestling and mixed martial arts in the border city, was accused of corruption during a press conference last week by pro wrestling promoter Jose Luis Magaña. Magaña mentioned that his scheduled September 5th wrestling show set for the Municipal Auditorium was cancelled by orders of Pelayo after Magaña refused to purchase a plane ticket for a personal trip planned by Pelayo. Magaña also mentioned that he has filed a lawsuit against the commission and Pelayo since the director’s actions are obstruction with his business.
The position of commission executive director in the city is an appointed one with the director usually falling within the party line of the newly appointed city mayor. Usually appointed for three year stints, Pelayo is in his second term as executive director after the reigning PRI party retained the mayoral office. (more…)
When you think of Irish MMA, the first name to come to mind is that of “The Notorious” Conor McGregor. Close behind will likely be Cathal Pendred and probably Patrick Holohan. But the next name from the Emerald Isle that fight fans will be talking about is the first one who was in Dublin’s Straight Blast Gym – Aisling Daly, whose road to the UFC begins on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Alexey Lezin is the only man to beat both Wladimir and Vitaly Klitschko. The Russian is well known in the amateur boxing world. He won the World super-heavyweight (+91 kg) title in Berlin 1995 and was three times European champion. Lezin finished in third place at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, where was beaten in the semifinal by Wladimir Klitschko. Also among his victims is another former heavyweight champ Nikolay Valuev, who was beaten twice by Alexey Lezin. The former boxing star, now 41, is not involved in boxing anymore. He is working as head engineer in Ulyanovsk.
Mr. Lezin, your last win against Wladimir Klitschko was during the European championships in Vejle, Denmark, in 1996 (6:1). What do you remember from this fight?
It wasn’t the only time I fought with him. We have four fights and the verdict is two wins and two losses. When I beat him, I did just what I was able to and it was a success. (more…)
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