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Second largest cable company to drop Showtime?

UPDATE: Time Warner and CBS have reportedly agreed to an extension that will allow Time Warner subscribers to continue receiving CBS programming through July 29 at 2PM PT, so it looks like Berto-Karass is a go for this weekend after all. The main argument is between Time Warner and CBS, Showtime’s parent network. If no deal is reached by the time the current contract expires, CBS and its owned networks including Showtime will “go dark.”

Official Statement from Time Warner Cable: “[We are] willing to pay for CBS, and we have offered them significant fees. But their current demands don’t represent a good value for our customers.”

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Subscribers of the second largest cable company in the U.S. could now be missing out on even more boxing. Time Warner Cable, which has yet to strike a deal with FOX to carry the new Fox Sports 1 network which debuts in mid-August and also doesn’t offer Wealth TV, is now threatening to drop SHOWTIME. The premium network has notified subscribers via Facebook that the ax could fall AS SOON AS TOMORROW and Time Warner customers might not get to see the Andre Berto vs. Jesus Soto Karass fight this Saturday night!

Time Warner Cable serves customers in 29 states including portions of major markets like New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, San Diego, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Milwaukee among others. Note: Time Warner Inc., owner of HBO, previously owned Time Warner Cable, but sold off that division in 2009.

July 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Melbourne, Australia

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Lucas Browne 265.6 vs. Travis Walker 256.8
(PABA light heavyweight title)
Blake Caparello 174.7 vs. Daniel McKinnon 174.7
(Australian super middleweight title)
Jake Carr 167 vs. Serge Yannick 167
(Victorian State light welterweight)
Qamil Balla 139.6 vs. John Ford 139.6
Ibraham Balla 121.8 vs. TBA
Daniel Smith 170.4 vs. Henry Torres 173.5

Venue: Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Brian Amatruda Promotions

July 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Hobbs, N.M.

By David Finger

Boxing returns to Hobbs, New Mexico this Saturday night (July 27th) as undefeated super middleweight prospect Gerardo Quintana (3-0-1, 3 KO’s) takes on fellow undefeated prospect Robert Josh Chavez (2-0, 0 KO’s) in a four round fight. 22-year old Quintana is already considered one of the best prospects to ever come out of Southeast New Mexico, and has electrified the local boxing scene after winning his first three fights by way of knockout. However, Quintana struggled in his last fight, being held to a draw on the undercard of the James Toney-Kenny Lemos by fellow undefeated prospect Chris Leyva. Still, few saw the draw as a major setback, and many local boxing fans are expected to come out in full force for Quintana’s homecoming. The 23-year old Chavez turned pro back in April, winning a decision over Mike Quezada. He followed up his victory with another decision over Quezada in June and is widely seen as the a legitimate prospect in his own rights with the skills to upset the local boy. (more…)

July 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Pulev-Thompson clash waiting for IBF approval

Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer has updated on the status of the highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between IBF #1 heavyweight and European champion Kubrat Pulev and two-time world title challenger and #4 rated Tony Thompson. “We signed the contact for Thompson to fight Pulev on August 24. The only matter left open is the approval of the IBF to sanction the bout as a final eliminator. Such sanction is the condition for both fighters to face each other.

“I have no clue why the IBF has not yet approved the bout. #1 versus #4 with #2 vacant and #3 rated Jennings refusing the bout is the natural eliminator. Pulev was left inactive as he participated in the first eliminator bout versus Ustinov in September 2012, and then had to wait for his opponent for a final eliminator. Adamek took 3 months for his bout versus Cunningham in December 2012, only to pull out some weeks later. Then Pulev waited for Tyson Fury who first had to box (also vs Cunningham) and then also pulled out. And so on.

“Pulev was treated badly by the IBF throughout these months. And now when there is a legitimate opponent in Thompson, the IBF doesn’t pick up the matter and leaves our request unanswered. They don’t even reply to letters of Pulev’s manager Wilfried Sauerland. I mean the bout is scheduled to be in one month. How can the fighters honestly prepare for such bout and we promote the event and generate the sufficient funds to pay for it? In any case, we’re ready to go. We’re waiting for the IBF to perform!”

July 24th, 2013

Feature Story

This fight is for Russia: Interview with Andrey Ryabinsky, promoter of the mega fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Andrey Ryabinsky shocked the boxing world in April by offering $23,233,330 in the purse bid to host the heavyweight title fight between WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) and the WBA regular heavyweight champion, 2004 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated champion from Russia Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs). The fight between Klitschko and Povetkin is scheduled for October 5, 2013 at one of the largest sports-complexes in Moscow – the “Olimpiyskiy” Stadium. Ryabinsky’s bid, presented at the WBA’s headquarters in Panama City in April, more than tripled the bid from K2 Promotions of $7,130,000, while Povetkin’s German promoter, Sauerland Event, bid $6,014,444.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed that both HBO and RTL will be televising the event and that the selection of the Russian broadcaster is expected to be announced soon. For the Klitschko Management Group and K2 Promotions, this is a clearly a new experience to be on the sidelines for such an important and expensive event involving Wladimir Klitschko. recently had the opportunity to catch up with Andrey Ryabinsky to ask him about his motivation behind his historic $23.3 million bid and the status of the preparations for the event. (more…)

July 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Odlanier Solis hits Germany

Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis (19-1, 12 KOs) arrived in Hamburg, Germany, today. The 2004 Olympic gold medalist will defend his IBF Intercontinental Championship against hard-hitting Turk Yakup Saglam (29-2, 26 KOs) this Saturday (July 27th) in Cuxhaven, Germany. Solis flew in from Miami along with Osvaldo Nordelo and Jose Perez and was welcomed by promoter Ahmet Oner who is presenting Saturday’s card which will be broadcast live on Eurosport (21.00h/9pm Central European time).

In March, the Cuban – who is probably best known for the bad injury he suffered in the first round when challenging WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 – outworked previously unbeaten Norwegian Leif Larsen in Berlin over 12 rounds. He is currently ranked on #10 by the IBF and #13 by the WBC. If “La Sombra” beats Saglam this Saturday he might be in line for an IBF elimination bout against #1 contender Kubrat Pulev who has been avoided by many big names over the past months. “Solis is certainly not ducking anybody. He is ready to take on Pulev anyplace, anytime,” says Oner. “But he has to take care of Saglam first.”

July 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Emile Griffith Remembered

By Robert Coster

A great Champion has left us: Emile Alphonse Griffith deceased at the age of 75. Griffith was 3 times welterweight champion, Junior Middleweight champion and Middleweight Champion, a Hall of Fame great. He marked boxing with his unforgettable battles with other boxing greats: Luis Rodriguez, Dick Tiger, Nino Benvenuti, Carlos Monzon.

But, behind the ring greatness of Emile Griffith the boxer, there was also the personal tragedy that marked and dramatically changed the life of Emile Griffith the man. It happened on March 24th 1962 when Griiffith mercilessly pummeled his arch-rival Benny Kid Paret to his death in the 12th round of their third and final battle. Emile’s ferocious beating of his opponent was attributed to Paret’s homophobic taunts at the weigh-in. (more…)

July 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Video: Mauricio Sulaiman discusses WBC investigation into alleged glove tampering by female boxer

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC is investigating is investigating allegations that the team of Japanese female boxer Riyo Togo could have tampered with her gloves by removing some of the protective padding before a rematch with Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez. Togo’s gloves were confiscated prior to the July 13 bout and Juarez went on win a unanimous decision over Togo. The glove development casts suspicion on the first Juarez-Togo fight which ended in a first round TKO win for Togo.

July 24th, 2013

Boxing News

Michael Oliveira-Omar Chavez clash October 12

By Matt Cleary
Photo: NLPGimages

MO Productions hosted a press conference this week at Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach, Florida for Michael Oliveira in anticipation of his upcoming fall bout with Omar Chavez. The evening featured dinner and cocktails at one of Miami’s finest restaurants in anticipation of the planned October 12th fight between 23 year old light middleweight prospects Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (21-1, 16 KOs) and Omar “El Businessman” Chavez (30-2, 22 KOs). Chavez and his famous father Julio Cesar Chavez were unable to attend in person although Julio Cesar Chavez did send a taped message. Michael Oliveira is a fascinating boxer who unlike many in the sport already has wealth, sports cars, and a college education. Oliveira doesn’t fight for fortune, rather he fights for a passion and love for boxing. Throughout the evening it was stressed that although the upcoming battle would be an international Brazil vs. Mexico contest, ultimately it would be Olivera vs Chavez in the ring. (more…)

July 24th, 2013


Liz Carmouche: Business as Usual

After surviving the whirlwind that was her historic UFC debut against Ronda Rousey in February, you would assume that things have calmed down considerably for Liz Carmouche when it comes to Octagon bout number two against Jessica Andrade this Saturday in Seattle. Not so, says the bantamweight contender . . . Liz Carmouche: Business as Usual. . . .

Coming up next: UFC on FOX 8 is live from Seattle on Saturday, July 27 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more

July 24th, 2013

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