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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Photo: Team Beltran NABO lightweight titleholder "Sugar" Raymundo Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) signed a contract Thursday to battle unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion ...

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) boxed beautifully in compiling a ...

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions WBC #1 heavyweight Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder (32-0, 32KO) kept ...

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

By Rocky Morales at ringside Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions In a hard fought IBF welterweight championship bout, Kell "The Special ...

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions Anthony "The Dog" Dirrell (27-0-1, 22KO), by way of unanimous ...

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Beltran signs to fight Crawford

Beltran signs to fight Crawford

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Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez

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Wilder, Linares halt foes

Wilder, Linares halt foes

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Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

Brook wins IBF welterweight title,

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Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains

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Boxing News

Broner eyes late April comeback

Looks like former WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner will return to the ring a week or two before Floyd Mayweather’s May 3 PPV fight. On January 8, Broner tweeted: “A y’all bout to see me back in the ring in some weeks….. And I ain’t fighting nobody until I fight @ChinoMaidana again ….. I’m a warrior. I give props when it’s due and @ChinoMaidana out hustled me that night but this rematch will be different!!!!”

If Broner-Maidana II is indeed on, it removes Maidana from the Mayweather sweepstakes, which is good news for Amir Khan.



January 10th, 2014



Boxing News

Mike Tyson to make Las Vegas appearances

Hall of Famer and former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will meet with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and The Las Vegas Police Athletic League Kids Boxing Program at two special, interactive events on Saturday. Mike will speak with the kids and police officers and demonstrate some of the techniques that he was taught by his late trainer and mentor Cus D’amato

Saturday, January 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. PT – 12:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet and Demo at Richard Steele’s Gym
1:00 p.m. PT- 3:00 p.m. PT: Meet and Greet and Demo at Barry’s Boxing



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Rossy-Dawejko collide Jan 25 in Atlantic City

On Saturday, January 25th, Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing presents a card at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. In the featured bout of the evening, Heavyweight Derric Rossy (28-7, 14 KOs) will see action against former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko (8-3-2, 3 KOs) in the 10 round main event. In an eight round co-feature, undefeated Heavyweight Natu Vasinia (9-0, 8 KOs) will take on Jon Bolden (6-7, 5 KOs). In a six round bout, the son of the former Heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, Isiah Seldon (7-1, 3 KOs) will see action in a middleweight bout against an opponent to be named. (more…)



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Popular NY boxing venue closing; last card Feb 12

After the most successful and entertaining year in the series’ 11+ year existence, DiBella Entertainment will kick of the 2014 season of Broadway Boxing with the final boxing card ever to take place at NYC’s famed Roseland Ballroom, with an event titled “The Last Dance”. Having promoted a number of cards at the venue over the years, the historic ballroom will be closing its doors in April after more than 50 years of operation at its current location.

Featured bouts on the card will see New York fan-favorites Heather “The Heat” Hardy, an undefeated super bantamweight (7-0, 2KO’s), and West Point graduate junior middleweight Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (13-1-1, 4KO’s) in separate eight-round bouts. An opponent for Hardy will be announced shortly while Melson is set to go toe-to-toe against Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9KO’s) in what promises to be an all-action affair.

“I am sad that Roseland is closing and that this is the last boxing card we will ever promote there. ‘The Last Dance’ will not only be a celebration of New York boxing, but a celebration of a legendary hall. This boxing card will help say goodbye to Roseland in style,” stated promoter Lou DiBella.



January 10th, 2014

Scale Watch

Miskirtchian and Takoucht make weight

Belgian Alex Miskirtchian and French Sofiane Takoucht made weight at the hotel Crowne Plaza in Liege for their IBF featherweight Final Eliminator tomorrow at the Country Hall of Sart-Tilman in Liege, Belgium. The winner becomes the mandatory challenger to IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich. Miskirtchian, 23-2-1(9), and Sofiane Takoucht, 27-2-1(12), both made 56,600kg. Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, will be working Miskirtchian’s corner and former victim Andreas Evensen is expected to be ringside to support the local boxer.

The fight can be seen via livestream on internet at 22:15 CET

The IBF appointed the following officials:
Referee: Benny Decroos, Belgium
Judges: Miroslaw Brozio, Poland; Remigio Rugieri, Italy; Francesco De Ruva, Italy.
Supervisor: Roberto Rea, Italy

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January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Fres Oquendo: Szpilka can stop Jennings

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“If he will keep his good work, he has a chance not only to upset Jennings, but to stop him,” said #5 WBA ranked heavyweight Fres Oquendo (36-7, 23 KO) after his first sparring sessions with Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) in Warsaw (Poland). The 25-year-old Polish heavyweight will be fighting on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series on January 25 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden against another undefeated heavyweight, Philadelphia’s own Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO). Oquendo hopes that a heavy dose of sparring will help him prepare not only for his next fight in February, but possibly to land a Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO) bout for the WBA regular belt in May on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard. “Al Haymon, Mayweather’s adviser, contacted my manager Nate Jones about the possibility to fight Wilder for WBA regular championship. I hope that this fight could be made,” said Oquendo.

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January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

DeMarco-Gurrola pre-fight press conference

Photos: Zanfer

Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio “Tony” de Marco (29-3-0, 22 KOs) and Jesús “Pantera” Gurrola (23-5-0, 9 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for their UniMas-televised showdown on Saturday night in Tijuana. The bout will be a ten-rounder with a contract weight of 144 lbs.

DeMarco stated that he respects Gurrola, whom he referred to as a “brave fighter.” He said he expects great things to come with his new promoter Zanfer and stated that new trainer Freddie Roach is very demanding and he feels much better than in his last fight. Gurrola said his fight with De Marco is of great importance because a win would open “the doors of success to the big fights.”

However it was co-feature welterweight fighters Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (25-5, 20 KOs) and Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (16-3, 15 KOs) who stole the show.

Lopez: I have prepared to face a world champion, which ‘Betillo’ was. It’s true that he has talent but he’s also fat, has fought very overweight and now no longer has the just hunger to fight but the hunger for pozole and tamales!

Gutierrez: My weight is good and will be tomorrow. It’s not true that I’ve neglected the gym or I was out partying. I went to spend New Year with my family, and having seen my wife and my child motivated me to train hard and I will win this fight at all costs. They say Abner hits hard, but I’ve faced tougher fighters than he has.

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January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Canelo-Angulo Update

Former world champion Canelo Alvarez confirmed his bout with Alfredo Angulo Thursday via a series of tweets.

My next fight will take place on March 8 … I chose an opponent (ALFREDO ANGULO) I will give them what they want to see … a great fight … Thank you for your support and see you 3/8/2014 … MGM Las Vegas Nevada … See you there!

The Alvarez vs. Angulo pay-per-view undercard isn’t finalized, but it could include Canelo’s brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez challenging WBC interim lightweight beltholder Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz defending against Cristian Mijares, a lightweight clash between Nihito Arakawa and Jorge Linares and a super bantamweight eliminator between Hugo Cazares and Andres Gutierrez.

Canelo will be training for the fight in San Diego.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Usmanee discusses injury and FNF pullout

IBF #8-ranked Afghani-Canadian Arash Usmanee says he’s very disappointed to be missing out on his scheduled main event tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) was scheduled to face Mexican KO artist Juan Antonio “El Mozo” Rodriguez (25-4, 23 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight battle before suffering an injury in training earlier this week, forcing him to withdraw. “My feet got tangled in sparring. I had injured it before in my last two fights. I twisted it when my feet got tangled and I fell,” explained Usmanee. “I’m babying it. It’s a sprain, so it could take a while. Sometimes it heals quickly and sometimes it takes a bit. It’s starting to feel better. I have to wear a brace.”



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

January 25 PR Best card is off

The January 25 PB Best card in Puerto Rico that was to feature the return of former lightweight world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) plus flyweight contender McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (20-2, 16 KOs), has been postponed for the second time. The card was originally scheduled for December 7, 2013. There is no new date for the card, which was to be a pay-per-view telecast in Puerto Rico.



January 10th, 2014

UFC

Sam Sicilia: Learning on the Fly

On his LinkedIn page for life, UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia should be endorsed for skills such as “strategy,” “Octagon experience,” and “getting things done” . . . More

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Cleverly to return on March 1 now

After two false starts, former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly finally makes his long-awaited cruiserweight debut on promoter Frank Warren’s March 1 show at the historic Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Cleverly pulled out of a November fight in London citing a back injury, then pulled out of a February 1 card in Monte Carlo claiming an undisclosed “minor injury.”



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Bursak replaces Murray on Monte Carlo card

Middleweight Max Bursak (29-1-1, 12 KOs), ranked in the top 10 of the WBC, WBA and WBO, has replaced Martin Murray as WBA #3 rated Jarrod Fletcher’s opponent on the Golden Gloves’ Monte Carlo boxing card on February 1. The headliner features undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in defense of his titles against Osumanu Adama. The bout will be for Bursak’s WBA Continental middleweight belt, not the WBA interim middleweight title. “I’m very satisfied with him as a replacement,” said promoter Rodney Berman. “I had an inkling Murray would pull out, probably for fear of losing to Fletcher, who is dangerous.” Fletcher (17-1, 10 KOs) has accepted the change with good grace and is said to be training up a storm in Australia.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

New opponent for Price, Airich replaces Orlov

David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) will face Konstantin Airich (19-7-2, 15 KOs) in Stuttgart on January 25. The German heavyweight replaces Evengy Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs), who was originally billed as the opponent for Price’s ring return. Price, who will be making his debut under the Team Sauerland promotional banner, will be the co-feature to the much-anticipated rematch between WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs). Airich has dropped three straight, most recently a 44 second KO loss to Manuel Charr. Price re rebounding from consecutive KO losses to Tony Thompson.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Condolences to trainer Dan Birmingham

Sad to report the passing of James Birmingham, 85, the father of top trainer Dan Birmingham. “My father passed away on Monday at home in Youngstown, Ohio,” said Dan. “He was an avid boxing fan, traveling to my fighters fights. I will miss him very much, he was my hero and the greatest man I’ve ever known, raising five boys by himself.” Fightnews.com staff sends our sympathies to the Birmingham family.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Paterson, N.J.’s Ossie Duran is relevant again at the age of 36. More

Freddie Roach is hoping for Manny Pacquiao to face Robert Guerrero before Floyd Mayweather. More

Trainer Johnny Lewis talks Garth Wood vs. Daniel Geale. More



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez vs. Gonzalez on Feb 7 FNF

ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights returns to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on February 7 with a ten-round middleweight main event as Puerto Rico’s undefeated Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (17-0-1, 14 KOs) faced Monterrey, Mexico’s Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-2, 13 KOs). In the 10-round, televised co-featured bout, red-hot undefeated featherweight prospect Kamil Laszczyk (15-0, 7 KOs) of Warsaw, Poland, takes on Managua, Nicaragua’s Daniel “El General” Diaz (20-5-1, 14 KOs).

Opening the telecast will be high-profile 18-year-old welterweight prospect Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs), the 2012 National Golden Gloves gold medal winner and former Team USA’s #1 overall prospect for the 2016 Olympics before recently turning professional under the Iron Mike Productions promotional banner.



January 10th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Tacoma, Washington

Yenifel Vicente 129 vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez 129
Contract Weight: 130

Zahir Raheem 139 vs. Bayan Jargal 139
Contract Weight: 140

Lateef Kayode 222 vs. Jonte Willis 219.5
Contract Weight: Heavy

Undercard
Jeremy McCleary 126.5 vs. Gerardo Reyes 129
Contract Weight: 129

Jared Teer 153.5 vs. *Cameron Sevilla – Rivera 156
Contract Weight: 154

Eduardo Alicea 166.5 vs. Jas Phipps 164
Contract Weight: 167

* Rivera weighed heavy, but Teer’s camp still agreed to the fight

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino. Tacoma, Washington
Promoter. Brian Halquist
TV: ESPN2



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights From Detroit

Story and photos by Bob Ryder

Lanardo Tyner 146 vs Angel Hernandez 145.8 (WBU World Title)
Dwayne Williams 177.8 vs Terry Van Every 170.8
Ronnie Austion 142.4 vs Namah Daghir 137.6
Thad Berkhousen 190.6 vs Darius Harris 196
Rick Graham 152.6 vs Will Hill 156.2
Christopher Franks 153.8 vs Mponda Kalunga 153.8

Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: Darkside Boxing (Nasser Beydoun)
Tickets: ticketmaster.com
Doors, 6 PM, First Bell, 7:30

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January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Javier Molina fractures right hand

Highly regarded welterweight prospect Javier Molina suffered a fractured right hand in sparring on Wednesday afternoon and has withdrawn from his ESPN Friday Night Fights appearance on January 24 with former world champion Kendall Holt it was announced today by Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions. The new main event for the ESPN Friday Night Fights/”Little Creek Brawl IV” event at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington, will be a ten round NABO light heavyweight championship clash between top undefeated prospect Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. of Fort Washington, Maryland and Houston based world-contender Cornelius White.

“It’s truly an unfortunate situation for Javier who has been saddled with hand injuries since the beginning of his professional career,” said Goossen. “This is the fourth fracture of his hands he’s had to endure. I feel terrible with what this good young man has had to overcome so early in his career.” (more…)



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Tijuana named as host for the first ever all-female convention

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Renzo Novara

This coming June the city of Tijuana will make history when it hosts the first ever all-female dedicated boxing convention hosted by the World Boxing Council. Some of the topics to be discussed are better purses for the fighters, round duration from two minutes to three and for title fights to be pushed from ten to twelve rounds with a focused emphasis on medical issues.

A big catalyst for Tijuana to be chosen as the first host city falls on the shoulders of local club promoter Guillermo “Memo” Mayen of Mayen Promotions. Mayen made his name in the sport in the 80’s and after a hiatus came back a couple of years ago with a monthly series of boxing events with a special focus on female bouts. In the twenty-four months, Mayen has promoted twenty-three female fights from which world recognized talent has emerged like the WBC #7 rated flyweight Kenia Enriquez as well as the #25 Brenda Flores. (more…)



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Peterson, Jean Quick Quotes

IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson, top-rated junior welterweight contender Dierry Jean, USBA Junior Middleweight Champion Jermell Charlo and top junior middleweight contender Gabriel Rosado hosted an international media conference call to discuss their January 25 bouts which will take place at the DC Armory.

Dierry Jean: I’m in the best shape of my life. We’re going to go out there are do the job. We are on a mission to go out there and win the belt…I think in his mind he’s not 100% OK, so it’s going to be a great opportunity to strike him again to remind him of the nightmare he took last time.

Lamont Peterson: Who cares about the the knockout? It’s part of boxing. That’s what happened. You pick yourself up and you move on. At this point, it’s in the past. Who cares? As a fighter, you have to block it out you keep moving. I’m a fighter.

Jermell Charlo: I’m hitting everything…not just his eye. I’m coming to destroy and demolish.

Gabriel Rosado: It’s no secret, I gotta knock Charlo out, and that’s what’s going to happen.



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

“Wizard” Palacios is back

wizardorlando300 By Przemek Garczarczyk Photo: Legacy Fitness Former two-time WBC belt cruiserweight challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-2, 13 KO) will be back in the ring on January 25 at the Bahia Shrine Temple in Orlando, Florida. “The Wizard,” whose two 12-round losses are against very hard hitting former IBF and current WBC champ Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KOs), hopes that with new management, Victory Sports & Entertainment, he can quickly be back in the mix for championship fights. “I know what I can do. I know who the champions are. January 25 will be just a beginning of the road back,” said Palacios, whose name is mentioned as a possible opponent for April fight in Poland against #3 WBO/#7 IBF ranked Krzysztof Głowacki (21-0, 14 KOs).



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Sturm: No offer made for Martin Murray fight

IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm has denied a report by the Daily Mail that Martin Murray has been offered a rematch after Murray pulled out of a February 1 fight against Jarrod Fletcher in Monte Carlo. “There is no truth to the current rumor that an offer was made to someone for my next fight,” stated Sturm via Twitter.



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Ring of Gold fighters invade the Wild Card

Photos: Pete Susens

It was a star-studded day with an Asian flair on Wednesday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Flyweight Zou Shiming, a two-time Olympic gold meadlist, did some spirited sparring with former world champion Brian Viloria, while lightweights Dennis Shafikov and Stan Martniouk did some good work and super welterweight Ik Yang traded leather with with Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez. Also making an appearance was WBA super lightweight world champion Ruslan Provodnikov.

Shiming, Shafikov and Yang will all appear on Top Rank’s February 22nd “Ring of Gold” card at Cotai Arena at The Venetian Casino Resort in Macau, China. Shafikov is preparing for a world title battle against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Angel Vazquez, Yang meets Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan, and Chinese boxing icon Shiming headlines against Yokthong Kokietgym.

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January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Nick Casal ready to make ring return

Niagara Falls, NY boxer Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) returns to the ring on February 27 after a 28-month layoff. Casal had a fight lined up against Ruslan Provodnikov in June of 2012 but a vicious, cowardly attack not only cost him an important bout but almost cost him his life. The 28-year-old is now poised and ready to step back into the squared circle. “I was back in the gym a month after the incident, have no hesitation and I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,” said Casal.

Ray Casal, the fighter’s father and trainer, has typical mixed feelings, “As a father I have concerns, but as a trainer none because I have seen him training, I have seen him spar, seen his reaction time and I don’t see any difference. He has been cleared by doctors so we have no concerns.” The injuries while severe did not take two years to heal, more misfortune has led to this extended layoff. “I had a few matches tentatively scheduled last year but they ended up falling through,” he explained. (more…)



January 9th, 2014

UFC

Trevor Smith: Ready for Battle

There are plenty of factors that can create a sense of turbulence in a fighter’s career. In a contact sport such as mixed martial arts, injuries lurk around every corner, and rough patches can keep the bigger picture from ever coming into sharp focus . . . More

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC #3 Zurdo Ramirez Wild Card workout

Photos: Pete Susens

WBC #3 middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (25-0, 20 KOs) got in a good days work Wednesday at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Ramirez sparred with Shane Mosley, Jr. and Chicago’s Mike Jimenez in preparation for his fight February 1st at The Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas.

Ramirez will face power punching Don Mouton (12-7-1, 10 KOs) of Houston in the main event of the UniMas televised event.

Also, USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) will also see action in a special six round feature bout against Javier Perez from Miami. photos



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Braehmer returns April 5

WBA light heavyweight champion Jürgen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) will his defend world title on April 5 in Rostock, Germany. “The Hundred Year Talent” will be making the first defense of the vacant belt he won in December. The opponent will be announced shortly.



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former boxer Steven Gamache, son of former champ Joey Gamache, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge. More

Tyson Fury has signed with Frank Warren and is being lined up for a showdown with Dereck Chisora. More

Brit Enfield Guglioni is focusing on boxing full-time now. More



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Guerrero makes move to bolt from Golden Boy

It’s being widely reported that Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has made a move to break his promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. Legal representation of “The Ghost” have filed for arbitration with the California State Athletic Commission. Golden Boy, however, disputes whether the California Commission has jurisdiction in the matter. Guerrero, who signed a contract extension with Golden Boy last year, is rumored to be seeking a fight with Manny Pacquiao.

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Meanwhile, Guerrero and the City of Hollisterwill join forces on Saturday to help save lives by adding people of all races to the “Be The Match” marrow registry. The event will take place at The Vault located at 452 San Benito St. in Hollister California from 3:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. The goal is to register as many people as possible and raise money in a quest to save the lives of patients with diseases like leukemia, lymphoma or sickle cell anemia. Robert Guerrero was the 2013 “Ambassador of Hope” for Be The Match, a nonprofit organization that connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. (more…)



January 9th, 2014

Boxing News

Suleymanov-Morales March 7th FNF

World ranked bantamweight Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6 KOs) will look to put the first blemish on unbeaten Ramon Morales (17-0, 9 KOs) when the two will square off March 7th in the state of Washington on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. The super bantamweight bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. Suleymanov has done a 180-degree turn in his career after losing three of five and has now won three in a row. This is in large part due to support from his new upstart manager Journeyman Management, based out of Southern California and new trainer Phil Paolina. Paolina himself has been on a streak lately of reviving careers. Just recently it was Paolina who was intensely training former cruiserweight world champion Juan Carlos Gomez near Los Angeles resulting in a nice Gomez weight loss prior to his recent return to Germany and constantly pushing him to return to cruiserweight to become relevant in boxing again.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC responds to Tyson Fury’s defamatory statements

WBC Statement: It is unacceptable to allow defamatory statements to remain unanswered. The WBC therefore must provide the facts regarding false and defamatory statements made by Tyson Fury.

The facts in Mr. Fury’s case are plain and simple:

• Hennessy Promotions requested the WBC’s support to officially sanction an elimination fight between Tyson Fury, then WBC ranked #3, vs. Kevin Johnson, who was then ranked only #32 by the WBC.

• The WBC accepted to support this promotion with the clear understanding that this was in no way a final elimination, nor would there be any specific implications for the winner.

• Fury won by unanimous decision in 12 rounds on December 12, 2012, more than 12 months ago.

• Fury then proceeded to fight Steve Cunningham, but in an official elimination for the #2 spot in another organization, the IBF.

• Tyson Fury has been inactive since the Cunningham fight in April 2013.

• Tyson Fury is currently ranked only #8 by the WBC.

• Tyson Fury’s appeal to the WBC Ratings Appeals Committee to be moved from #8 to #2 was not approved. His current rating is based on his relative inactivity and lesser quality of opposition, noting that he could have been excluded for unavailability based upon his competing for another organization.

While these facts are clear, according to press reports and audio recordings, this week Tyson Fury falsely stated and implied that the WBC acted improperly in the heavyweight division, specifically because “someone’s paying a lot of money to somebody.” The WBC has notified Mr. Fury that his defamatory and insulting statements violate the WBC Constitution’s prohibitions on using the communications media to defame other members of the boxing community and thereby damage the sport itself. Further, the WBC Rules & Regulations specifically subject boxers and their representatives to discipline for slurring, insulting, or bringing disrepute to the WBC or the sport of boxing. The WBC has advised Mr. Fury that absent a specific retraction and apology, the WBC will proceed with imposing disciplinary sanctions against him, including potential suspension, fine, and withdrawal from the WBC ratings.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Geale returns Feb 19 against Wood

Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) will return on February 19 against Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) at the Horden Pavilion in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It will be Geale’s first fight since losing the world title to Darren Barker last August. Wood is best know for knocking out Anthony Mundine in 2010. He worked as Geale’s sparring partner last year.

The Geale camp claims they have already have an agreement for an April/May fight with WBA middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Hooker to face unbeaten Ramos; Jan 17 ShoBox quadrupleheader now complete

On January 17, DiBella Entertainment will present the premiere show of the 2014 ShoBox: The New Generation season with a quadrupleheader filled with hot prospects. Opening the telecast will be hard-hitting Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KOs) going against Abel Ramos (8-0, 4 KOs) in an attractive eight-round clash between unbeaten junior welterweights.

Headlining the card will be lightweight Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs), who takes on once-beaten Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event. In the co-features, unbeaten junior middleweights John Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) and Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) collide in an eight-round matchup and fast-rising and highly regarded prospect Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KOs) squares off against Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown.

The card will take place at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.



January 8th, 2014




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