WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Skoglund favored to beat Liebenberg

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg faces the toughest test of career when he meets the unbeaten Erik Skoglund of Sweden for the vacant IBO International light heavyweight title at the Johanneshov in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday night. The 24-year-old Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs)has been at the forefront in the revival of Swedish boxing. On September 19, 2015, he made history when defending his IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title against Oleksandr Cherviak; the first championship fight on Swedish soil since the ban on professional boxing in Sweden since 1969. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg faces the toughest test of career when he meets the unbeaten Erik Skoglund …


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2012 Olympian Opetaia in action Saturday

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian 2012 London Olympian heavyweight Jai Opetaia (3-0, 1 KO) will be in action against Orlando Vazquez (2-0) at the Centro de Usos Multiples, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on Saturday on the undercard of the WBC super flyweight title clash between champion Carlos Cuadras (34-0-1, 26 KOs) and Richie Mepranum (31-4-1,8KO’s). The 20-year-old Opetaia was Australia’s representative at the London Olympics at only 16 years losing narrowly to Teymur Mammadov of Aberbajan by a score of 11-12. Opetaia, who is managed by Hall of Famer and three time world champion Jeff Fenech, was recently chief sparring partner to Lucas Browne before his victory over Ruslan Chagaev to capture the WBA heavyweight crown.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian 2012 London Olympian heavyweight Jai Opetaia (3-0, 1 KO) will be in …



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Lomachenko-Martinez official announcement coming next week

World champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Roman “Rocky” Martinez, plus undefeated #2 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will host a New York press conference next Thursday to announce a Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend championship card on June 11 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Lomachenko (11-1, 3 KOs), of Ukraine, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion, will be moving up to challenge Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), a three-time world champion from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, for his WBO junior lightweight world title. Verdejo (21-0, 14 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be defending his WBO Latino lightweight title against an opponent to be named. Both fights will be televised live on HBO.

World champions Vasyl Lomachenko and Roman “Rocky” Martinez, plus undefeated #2 world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo and Hall …


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Sam Watson: Wade wanted GGG…and he will beat him!

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“We pick winners! It’s not about the money for Dominic. Both of these guys will fight on Saturday. And Wade will figure it out and win. I’m ready for an upset,” said the Face of PBC Sam Watson when asked by Fightnews.com® about his protégé during Thursday’s final Golovkin-Wade press conference in Los Angeles. “It’s his time now. Just watch what I’m saying, you watch this miracle! Just like the upcoming Khan vs. Canelo – watch that, because we only pick winners!”

By Przemek Garczarczyk “We pick winners! It’s not about the money for Dominic. Both of these guys will fight on …




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Golovkin-Wade, Gonzalez-Arroyo face off in LA

Video: Przemek Garczarczyk

Video: Przemek Garczarczyk


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Wilder: No concerns about fighting in Russia

Photo: Scott Foster

Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder hosted a media workout Tuesday at the Skyy Gym in Northport, Ala. as he prepares to become the first reigning American heavyweight champion to travel to Russia to defend his title. In exactly one month, on Saturday, May 21, Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will put his world title on the line against mandatory challenger and native Russian, Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs), in Moscow.

Here’s what Wilder said at his Media Workout day on Tuesday:

(On his expectations going to Russia…)

“My expectation is, of course, to win. To come back with that victory for America. This is a big fight, not just for myself, for America. It’s like Russia vs. America. I’ve been getting nothing but positive feedback from fans all over. Even if they weren’t a fan of Deontay Wilder they are now for this very fight. Hopefully I can win them over to stay a fan of Deontay Wilder after this fight. I think it’s a great fight. I think it’s a great thing that we’re going over to Russia defending my title in somebody else’s backyard. (more…)

Photo: Scott Foster Undefeated WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder hosted a media workout Tuesday at the Skyy Gym in …


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Eric Molina targets Anthony Joshua

Interview & photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

“I don’t think Joshua fought somebody who does that AND is a smart fighter. Can he go out and look good, for one, two, three, four rounds? Yeah – we know that. But it doesn’t prove he’s a championship caliber fighter. Lots of fighters can do that. What I want to exploit? His inexperience when not everything goes your way,” said heavyweight contender Eric Molina (25-3, 19 KOs) in a Fightnews.com® interview.

Molina, the IBF Intercontinental titleholder, is staking his claim to be the next in the ring against undefeated new IBF world champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs). (more…)

Interview & photo: Przemek Garczarczyk “I don’t think Joshua fought somebody who does that AND is a smart fighter. Can …


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Donaire-Bedak on PPV in the USA

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2012 Fighter of the Year and five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) is in Cebu City, Philippines, where on Saturday he’ll defend his WBO junior featherweight world title against the #4 world-rated contender Zsolt Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs), of Hungary.

The fight will be televised live on pay-per-view in the USA on Saturday, beginning at 8AM ET/5AM PT. For more information on the pay-per-view go to: http://www.indemand.com/event/boxing-donaire-vs-bedak/.

[Donaire On fighting in the Philippines] “They tell me over 30,000 are coming to my fight Saturday night in Cebu. Everywhere I go, like in the mall in Cebu, people surround me four or five deep asking for pictures and autographs. I am so excited and so blessed for all of this to happen.

[On his opponent Zsolt Bedak] “He is banking on his ability to outbox me. He’s not going to brawl with me.” (more…)

2012 Fighter of the Year and five-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (36-3, 23 KOs) is in Cebu …



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Barboza getting inside help for fight vs. Pettis

In what could be one of the greatest stand-up matchups seen in the UFC lightweight division in years, Edson “Junior” Barboza will take on former champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis at UFC 197 Jones vs Saint Preux on April 23 in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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In what could be one of the greatest stand-up matchups seen in the UFC lightweight division in years, Edson “Junior” …


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Skoglund overcomes injury doubts, ready for Ryno

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt

Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) has overcome his injury doubts ready to tackle a tough twelve-round test against South African fighter Ryno Liebenberg (17-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hovet in Stockholm.

‘’My training couldn’t have gone better,’’ said Skoglund. ‘’I’ve had some of my toughest sparring sessions and felt perfect afterwards – not only physically, but also mentally.’’

This may sound like a cliché statement from a boxer trying to intimidate his opponent, but for Skoglund, who underwent a serious back operation last year, this is important news. (more…)

Photo: KGZ Fougstedt Erik Skoglund (24-0, 11 KOs) has overcome his injury doubts ready to tackle a tough twelve-round test …


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Golovkin: Every fight is a big test for me

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chria Farina/K2 Promotions

We caught up with unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) prior to Saturday’s showdown with undefeated IBF mandatory contender Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO. “I am very excited,” Golovkin told Fightnews.com®. “This is my second home and fighting at the Forum, I know what it means. There are fans that are there for boxing and are true fans.”

Golovkin held training camp at his trainer Abel Sanchez’s Summit headquarters in Big Bear, California, where he finds comfort training in the high altitude surroundings. “Camp has gone very well. Saturday was my last day. I’m relaxing now and waiting for the fight,” Golovkin said. “I am focused and ready.”

Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez told us “We’ve had a little more time than normal, so he came in for nine weeks. It’s usually eight weeks, but because we had six months off we decided to train a little more. It went well and he is just anxious to get back in the ring.” (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Chria Farina/K2 Promotions We caught up with unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (34-0, 31 …


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Joshua’s first world title defense set for June 25

Anthony Joshua MBE will defend his IBF world heavyweight title at London’s O2 Arena on June 25. Joshua landed the belt at the same venue last month, dispatching Charles Martin inside two rounds. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist returns to the scene of that win for his first defence, with further information on his opponent and ticket sale dates to be released next week.

“If there is a date to get in your diary its June 25th – first title defense, The O2,” said Joshua. “Opponent to be announced but I just spoke to coach and I told him I am feeling great and I can’t wait to get back in to camp. I want to be active so that is why I chose the closest date. I appreciate you guys and I can’t wait to see you again and put on a great performance.”

Anthony Joshua MBE will defend his IBF world heavyweight title at London’s O2 Arena on June 25. Joshua landed the …



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Big card set for East London, South Africa

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Simphiwe Vetyeka meets Tsuyoshi Tameda of Japan in the main event of a bumper tournament at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa on Friday night. The event, which is presented by Andile Sidinile of Sijuta Promotions, will be televised live on SS9.

Also on the bill are two International fights with former Japanese super flyweight champion Yohei Tobe against Luzuko Siyo in a bout for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super flyweight title and the unbeaten Xolisani Ndongeni facing Tanzanian Emilio Norfat in a ten round lightweight clash.

The 35-year-old Vetyeka (27-3, 16 KOs) who has held the South African bantamweight title, two International titles and three world belts must be rated as one of the top three fighters in South Africa at present. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s Simphiwe Vetyeka meets Tsuyoshi Tameda of Japan in the main event of a bumper tournament …


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WBC to review Kimweri-Petalcorin fight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Promoter Peter Maniatis has received conformation that the WBC will review the controversial fight between former WBA interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin and Omar Kimweri. Kimweri claimed the WBC flyweight silver title by split decision in the April 15th bout, but the Petalcorin camp argues that referee Malcolm Bulmar did not credit Petalcorin with four knockdowns in the fight.

A letter from WBC Secretary General Robert Lenhardt reads:

Please receive this confirmation that the WBC has received and registered an official protest from Mr. Peter Maniatis, co-manager of Randy Petalcorin, regarding the WBC Silver Championship held April 15th in Melbourne, versus Omari Kimweri.

In response, the WBC has created a committee that will review this case, as it is our duty to review the matter and issue a ruling to resolve the controversies in this matter. The committee is headed by the undersigned WBC Secretary General, Robert Lenhardt. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Promoter Peter Maniatis has received conformation that the WBC will review the controversial …


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Retired Nick Blackwell plans to remain in boxing

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Retired Nick Blackwell plans to remain in boxing Blackwell’s story is boxing’s untold story Amir Khan believes he can ‘outfox’ …


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UFC 197 Cheat Sheet: Breaking Down Fights

The men considered to be the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport will be back in action at UFC 197, as Jon Jones returns to battle Ovince Saint Preux while Demetrious Johnson looks for his eighth straight title defense win while facing Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more

The men considered to be the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport will be back in action at UFC …



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Amagasa thanks for English sandwich after fight

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi

Any loser is dejected and disgusted after a bitter defeat. Japanese featherweight Hisashi Amagasa lost a unanimous decision (117-111, 118-111, 120-107) to unbeaten defending champ Josh Warrington in quest of the WBC international 126-pound belt las Saturday in Leeds, UK. The 5’11” Amagasa was the game warrior that surprisingly decked prohibitive favorite Guklermo Rigondeaux twice prior to his eleventh round stoppage on the New Year Eve in 2014. Even though the Sky TV saw it so close as 115-113 for the local favorite, Amagasa himself and his team all admitted Warrington’s victory as well as his defeat. The victor Josh kindly visited Amagasa’s dressing room afterward to congratulate his good fight and encourage the loser’s future.

No less than one hour and a half after the fight for having his optical cut sewed and a doping test taking time, Team Amagasa, all tired and hungry, barely returned to Radisson Blu Hotel, a gorgeous hotel for visitors from Japan, just before 1 AM after midnight. All restaurants had been already closed and they had no other choice but to order some food and drinks by room service. Only five minutes after the battered and bruised Amagasa came into his room, a hotel waiter brought plenty of deluxe sandwiches on big plates supplied by the promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Promotions. Team Amagasa truly appreciated such unexpectedly warm post-fight treatment. (more…)

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi Any loser is dejected and disgusted after a bitter defeat. Japanese featherweight Hisashi Amagasa lost …


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Bryant “Peewee” Cruz wins on Broadway Boxing

On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged its popular Broadway Boxing series “off Broadway” in the suburbs of Westchester County with an exciting card, in front of a passionate and lively crowd at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY.

In the evening’s main event, junior lightweight prospect Bryant “Peewee” Cruz returned for the first time since his ShoBox appearance in December, decisioning Mexican Moises Delgadillo in a thrilling eight-round war of attrition. Cruz’ conditioning was key as he overcame a few moments of adversity against a very determined foe, who kept the pressure on throughout. (more…)

On Wednesday night, DiBella Entertainment staged its popular Broadway Boxing series “off Broadway” in the suburbs of Westchester County with …


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Donaire-Bedak Officials Named

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced today the referees, judges, and supervisors that will work the two WBO championship contests to be held on Saturday at the Cebu City Sports Complex in Cebu, Philippines, as part of a promotion billed “The Time Has Come.”

WBO Asia Pacific Vice President, Leon Panoncillo, Jr. will be the supervisor in attendance for the evening’s main event featuring 5-time world champion and current WBO jr. featherweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire defending his title against WBO #4 Zsolt Bedak, of Budapest Hungary. Judging the fight will be Hernando Steidel of Yabucoa, PR, Robin Taylor of Brooklyn, NY, and William Lerch of Chicago, IL. The third man in the ring will be Russell Mora of Las Vegas.

In the co-main event, pitting former WBO Youth Champion Mark Magsayo and former world championship contender Chris Avalos with the vacant WBO international featherweight belt in the line, the supervisor will also be Panoncillo, Jr. while the appointed judges are Salven Lagumbay, Katsihiko Nakamura and Greg Ortega. Danrex Tapdasanwill be the referee.

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced today the referees, judges, and supervisors that will work the two WBO championship contests …


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GGG Open Media Workout at Wild Card West Gym

Report/Video/Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk

WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) decided to do his usual (almost) nothing to hide, full fledged training session with Abel Sanchez, while his opponent Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) hopefully wanted to save his best for Saturday night when both fighters will face each other at The Forum in Los Angeles (live on HBO, 10 PM ET).

The same happened with the co-main event, but this time the champion, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44-0, 38 KOs), just went through the motions. However, his 10 minutes of very slow-motion tempo of shadowboxing will not discourage anyone from watching always explosive Chocolatito against his Puerto Rican rival McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs). Arroyo went the opposite way – for more than an hour he was trying to convince more than 50 reporters why he, like Wade, is ready for an monumental upset.

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Report/Video/Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) decided to do his usual (almost) nothing to hide, …


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Gamboa, 50 Cent reconcile as Gamboa sets sights on world title in 2016

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By David Finger

The at times acrimonious contract dispute between former featherweight champion of the world Yuriokis Gamboa and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s SMS Promotions has ended amicably this month, with Gamboa and SMS Promotions having reconciled their differences.

Gamboa, who will continue to fight under the SMS banner, did however shake up his management team. Gamboa recently split with advisors Ricardo and Luis De Cubas as part of an amicable settlement, and has subsequently signed Zeferino Ramirez to take over as advisor. Ramirez was able to find a compromise to the contract dispute that left all parties happy and looking forward to the future.

“There are not a lot of win-win situations in boxing,” Ramirez said, “but this certainly classifies as one of them. SMS Promotions is a tremendous organization and we are looking forward to continuing our relationship with them. I am very excited about the future and I think both SMS and Gamboa will have a breakout year in 2016.” (more…)

By David Finger The at times acrimonious contract dispute between former featherweight champion of the world Yuriokis Gamboa and Curtis …


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Beltran-Najera Kickoff Press Conference

Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank

Lightweights Ray Beltran and Ivan Najera were at Top Rank’s press conference today at the Laredo Energy Center to announce their fight here Saturday, May 21. Beltran vs Najera will headline Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate event on UniMas.

Beltran said, “I am so happy to get back into the ring and take on a tough Texas fighter like Najera.

“This fight is very important to me. This is the first step to get back on track to win the world championship. I want the title this year so I am staying focused and training hard. There will be no missteps. I perform for the fans, who I love, but most of all I fight for my family, they are my inspiration.”

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Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank Lightweights Ray Beltran and Ivan Najera were at Top Rank’s press conference today at the Laredo …


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More fights added to Canelo-Khan undercard

Golden Boy prospects Diego De La Hoya (13-0, 7 KOs) and Jason “El Animal” Quigley (10-0, 9 KOs) will top the preliminary undercard on the May 7 Canelo-Khan PPV event at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In defense of his WBC Youth super bantamweight title, De La Hoya will face off against Rocco Santomauro (13-0, 1 KOs) in an eight or ten round showdown. Quigley will take on the experienced “King” James de la Rosa (23-3, 13 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight event set to open up a live stream before the pay-per-view event.

Additionally, welterweight Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis (14-0, 11 KOs), super featherweight Lamont Roach Jr. (10-0, 3 KOs) and super lightweight David Mijares will see action.

The PPV fights include Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan, David Lemieux vs. Glen Tapia, and atrick Teixeira vs. Curtis Stevens.

Golden Boy prospects Diego De La Hoya (13-0, 7 KOs) and Jason “El Animal” Quigley (10-0, 9 KOs) will top …


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Live Stream: Golovkin, Wade, Chocolatito, Arroyo workouts

Fight week workouts preparing for Saturday’s April 23 doubleheader at The Fabulous Forum live on HBO.

Golovkin (3:30 pm ET)
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Chocolatito (3 pm ET)
Arroyo (2 pm ET)

Fight week workouts preparing for Saturday’s April 23 doubleheader at The Fabulous Forum live on HBO. Golovkin (3:30 pm ET) …


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UFC Minute: Jones finally returns to Octagon at UFC 197

Take a look at the main event of UFC 197 between the returning Jon Jones and Ovince Saint Preux for the interim light heavyweight title. UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles breaks down a few numbers for the fight . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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Redkach, Cruz discuss knockdown-filled draw

Lightweights Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) and Luis Cruz (22-4-1, 16 KOs) fought to a split draw in a bout where both scored knockdowns Tuesday night at Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA. Here’s what they had to say afterward:

Ivan Redkach: “I think I won, but it was a good fight. The knockdown I suffered was me losing my balance. I felt I controlled the fight because I knocked him down twice. I thought I could have stopped him after the first knockdown. I am not going to argue with the decision but I feel I won the fight.”

Luis Cruz: “I thought the last knockdown was a slip. That was the difference between the draw and my win. I hurt him. I had the power. I tried to work round-by-round. I feel that I won six rounds and that the knockdown cost me the win. I thought I fought well. The draw was better than a loss. Why not a rematch? He is strong and dangerous. He hits hard but I know I am better than him.”

Lightweights Ivan Redkach (19-1-1, 15 KOs) and Luis Cruz (22-4-1, 16 KOs) fought to a split draw in a bout …


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Wade aims to shut down GGG-Canelo plans

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WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) is currently a whopping 125:1 favorite to defeat IBF mandatory challenger Dominic Wade (18-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday night in Los Angeles, but amidst all the talk of a potential GGG-Canelo matchup, Wade thinks he’s being overlooked.

“No one is expecting what I got, or what I can do,” Wade told reporters. “So I think everybody’s kind of underestimating what I can do and how I perform…it kind of motivates me a little bit due to everybody’s just looking past me already. Nobody really gave me a chance, so everybody’s kind of looking past trying to see the GGG and Canelo fight, but you know you never know what happens in this fight. Maybe I’ll be the one to shut it all down!”

WBA/IBF middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin (34-0, 31 KOs) is currently a whopping 125:1 favorite to defeat IBF mandatory challenger …


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Terry McGroom R.I.P.

By Johnny B’

Sad to report that former cruiserweight world title challenger Terry McGroom died this past Sunday, April 17th, from bone cancer. McGroom, a terrific amateur, was a three-time National Golden Glove light heavyweight champion. As a professional, he won an WBO/NABO title in 1999 and challenged Vassiliy Jirov for a world title in 2001. He retired in 2004 with a final record of 19-9-3, 10 KOs. Terry just turned 50 last month. The Illinois favorite will be missed by many in the boxing fraternity. R.I.P. Champ.

By Johnny B’ Sad to report that former cruiserweight world title challenger Terry McGroom died this past Sunday, April 17th, …


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Reasons to watch UFC 197 this weekend

UFC Pay-Per-View events are always packed with big fights and storylines to watch and UFC 197 is no different . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more

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Conor McGregor pulled from UFC 200

UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been pulled from his UFC 200 main event against Nate Diaz on July 9. White revealed that the decision was made by the promotion after McGregor informed UFC officials that he would not participate in any promotional activities, including a commercial shoot and press conferences . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC 197 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, April 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more

UFC President Dana White announced Tuesday that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has been pulled from his UFC 200 main …


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Redkach, Cruz battle to a draw

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos: Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions

In the main event, lightweights Ivan Redkach, 19-1-1, 15 KOs, and Luis Cruz, 22-4-1, 16 KOs, fought to a 10-round draw. Cruz, of Puerto Rico, dropped Redkach in round two, and Redkach, Los Angeles, returned the favor in rounds eight and nine. It was a close fight, but Redkach’s power appeared to give him the edge down the stretch. However the official scores were deadlocked at 94-93 for Redkach, 94-93 for Cruz, and 94-94 even.

In a brutal middleweight slugfest, Immanuel Aleem, Richmond, VA, won an 8-round unanimous decision over rugged New Yorker Jonathan Cepeda to remain undefeated, 16-0, 9 KOs. The fight was a two-way war. However in the second half, Aleem landed freely and hurt Cepeda, 17-2, 15 KOs, several times. The game fighter from NY stayed in the fight with his own hard punches, but could not do enough to win rounds. All three judges favored Aleem 79-73.

In the first of three nationally televised (FOX Sports 1) bouts from the Sands Event Center, middleweight Junior Castillo, Houston, TX, edged Kyrone Davis of Wilmington, DE in their 8-round match of undefeated prospects. Castillo, (10-0, 9 KOs), dropped Davis, (10-1, 4 KOs), with a left in round four, but Davis fought back well to make the bout close. In the end, Castillo won the unanimous decision by scores of 76-75, 77-74 and 78-73. (more…)

By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos: Leo Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions In the main event, lightweights Ivan Redkach, 19-1-1, 15 KOs, …


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Weights from Rye Brook, New York

Bryant Cruz 132.8 vs Moises Delgadillo 132.4
Noel Murphy 144.8 vs Ariel Vasquez 145
Alantez Fox 159.8 vs Josue Obando 159.8
Stivens Bujaj 193.6 vs Harvey Jolly 197.8
Billel Dib 132.6 vs Jose Salinas 132
Wesley Ferrer 137.6 vs Luis Alberto Pelayo 137.6

Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Venue: Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, NY

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Canelo Alvarez: GGG is in my future plans…I’m just not sure when

By Karl Freitag

WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) hosted a media conference call on Tuesday ahead of his clash with former two-time world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) on May 7 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

[On the fight with Amir Khan] There’s always going to be critics. There are people who are supporting you, there are always people who are against you. I really don’t worry about that. I never underestimate anyone in the ring because anything can happen. My job is to be prepared for the best possible fighter so I can give a great performance.

[On watching Golovkin-Wade on HBO Saturday] If I have the time, if I’m free on Saturday night I’ll watch it. If not, I’ll probably record it and watch it later. I follow boxing so most likely I’m gonna watch it.

[On fighting GGG next] It’s in my future plans. It’s definitely in my future plans. I want to have that fight. That’s the fight I want. I want to give that to the fans. I’m just not sure when. Right now I’m focused on Amir Khan. That’s my fight. I want to fight three times this year. That’s my plan, but anything can happen in this fight with Amir Khan. Sometimes you have a plan and it changes. So I’m focused 100% on Amir Khan, and we’ll see right after that.

[On possibly getting stripped if he doesn’t fight GGG next] I’m not even thinking about that. I’m preparing for this fight on May 7. I’m not even thinking about that. After the fight we’ll see. We’ll decide what’s the best course of action. As of now it’s not even on my mind, hasn’t crossed my mind.

By Karl Freitag WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) hosted a media conference call on Tuesday ahead of …


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Russell-Hyland Photo Gallery & Full Report

By Jason Marchetti at ringside; photos by Emily Harney

“Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) destroyed Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Russell, Jr. dropped Hyland three times in the second round en route to a TKO which left Hyland face down on the canvas. An enthusiastic Russell banged his chest in celebration as he retained his WBC featherweight title. The official time of the stoppage was at 1:33 of the second frame. The Russell versus Hyland contest was the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing. Click here for new, never fore published photos

By Jason Marchetti at ringside; photos by Emily Harney “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. (27-1, 16 KOs) destroyed Patrick Hyland (31-2, …










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