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George-Davis final press conference

George-Davis final press conference

Photos: Tom Barnes, Tomba-Images Just days before from the highly anticipated "B96 Boxing at the Ballpark" event set for this Saturday night, August ...

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Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Abraham-Smith: kick-off press conference

Photo: Sebastian Hagler On September 27 in Kiel, Germany, Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) puts his WBO World Super Middleweight title on the ...

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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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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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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

Boxing News

Adama is getting hot in frozen Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

There was enough snow and bitter 35 degrees below zero temperatures to stop WBA/IBO title challenger Osumanu Adama (22-3, 16 KOs) from flying from Chicago to California for a press conference and first face-to-face showdown with middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) but not enough to stop training. Adama, with his trainer Joseph Awinongya, spent more than 2.5 hours working out and sparring in the Windy City in preparation for his February 1 fight against Golovkin in Monte Carlo. “Everything works fine, we are getting ready for the GGG challenge. There’s not much more to say. Talk is cheap,” said Awinongya.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Caparello replaces Erdei on Jan 31 FNF

On Friday, January 31, DiBella Entertainment, in association with GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions, will host that week’s edition of ESPN Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra from the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, NJ. The card, which will be taking place on the much anticipated Super Bowl weekend at MetLife Stadium, will be headlined by highly regarded undefeated Australian light heavyweight contender Blake Caparello (18-0-1, 6KOs) squaring off against former world title challenger and longtime contender Elvir Muriqi (40-5, 24KO’s) in a 10-round light heavyweight matchup. Caparello stepped in to replace former world champion Zsolt Erdei, who pulled out.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Frank Warren announces deal with Tyson Fury

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury has agreed to a promotional deal to fight on promoter Frank Warren’s February 15 Copper Box Arena show in London. Warren stated “We’re looking for an eliminator fight between [Dereck] Chisora and Fury in June, to be in a football stadium…We look forward to working with Tyson, Peter Fury, Mick Hennessey, Hughie Fury and the rest of the team.” Fury previously outpointed an out of shape Chisora in July 2011, however Chisora displayed a newfound dedication in 2013, going 4-0 with 4 KOs. Del Boy will defend his European heavyweight title against Andriy Rudenko on the Copper Box show. Hughie Fury also features on the card.

The deal however is not done. After the announcement, Tyson’s manager/trainer Peter Fury tweeted “Our promotor is still Mick Hennessy!! We are currently awaiting the contract in a co-promotion with Boxnation. Only then the deal is done!!”



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Juan Carlos Gomez targets Yoan Pablo Hernandez

Last year former WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez successfully returned to his old weight division at 200 lbs. after campaigning at heavyweight for more than 10 years. Now “The Black Panther” is eyeing another world title shot for 2014. “I would love to fight against Marco Huck because I think he is the best cruiserweight in the world right now – at least until I beat him,” states Gomez. Because Huck is set to defend his WBO championship against Firat Arslan on January 25 in Stuttgart, Gomez is now calling out fellow Cuban defector and IBF titlist Yoan Pablo Hernandez. “I heard that Hernandez is looking for an opponent,” says Gomez. “His search is over. I’m right here. The ‘Black Panther’ is hungry for gold. It’s Showtime!” (more…)



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Golovkin, Perez LA Press Conference

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

K2 Promotions held a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the View Restaurant at the Manhattan Beach Marriott in Manhattan Beach, California. WBA/IBO middleweight champion Kazakhstan’s Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) and unbeaten Cuban heavyweight contender Mike “The Rebel” Perez (20-0, 12KOs), were on hand to speak with media on their upcoming bouts. The press conference began as K2 Promotions Managing Director Tom Loeffler welcomed media and discussed the matchup.

“I will like to welcome you all to today’s media luncheon for Gennady’s upcoming bout with Osumanu Adama in Monte Carlo. He made such a splash in Monte Carlo last year in his fight with Ishada they wanted him back,” Loeffler said. “The purpose of this fight is stay active. Adama is a very credible challenger. He is number three in the world by the IBO. We are looking capitalize on what Gennady did last year. He really had a breakout year in 2013. With the help of HBO, we are looking to build on what he accomplished in 2013 and move forward to 2014.” (more…)



January 8th, 2014

UFC

Ten Best: The UFC Fighters of 2013

The highly unofficial awards season concludes with the top fighters of 2013…

10 – Jon Jones: Ascending to the top of the pound-for-pound throne in 2013, light heavyweight boss Jon Jones had another big year with a first round romp over Chael Sonnen in April and a classic gut check win over Alexander Gustafsson in September which made it clear that even though Jones is human, he’s still the best in the game at the moment. – Watch on UFC Fight Pass . . . More

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January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Abril to defend WBA lightweight belt in Moscow

Promoter Vladimir Hrunov has announced that WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) will defend his 135lb world title against Eduard Troyanovsky (17-0, 14 KOs) on March 15. The bout will take place in Moscow. It will be the 31-year-old Abril’s second defense. The 33-year-old Troyanovsky, who enters with seven straight KOs, is rated WBA #4.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Martin Murray pulls out of WBA interim defense

WBA #3 middleweight Jarrod ‘Left Jab’ Fletcher announced on his Facebook page that WBA interim beltholder Martin Murray has pulled out of their scheduled February 1 clash in Monte Carlo. Fletcher will now apparently face TBA for the vacant WBA interim middleweight belt, which Murray went 14 months without defending. “I’m a little disappointed but there is no point in getting down,” Fletcher commented. “I’m still fighting which is the main thing. I just have to focus on my preparation which is going well. Just over 3 weeks to go until fight time. It doesn’t matter who I fight, I’m focused and ready for this!”

It was the second major pullout to plague the card in as many days, coming on the heels of Nathan Cleverly’s abrupt withdrawal from his fight against Junior Makabu. WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin defends against Osumanu Adama in the main event.



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Yamanaka named Japan’s Boxer of the Year

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), in association with Sports Writers Club, selected our outstanding boxers to be awarded various citations for their excellent performance in the previous year on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka was named Boxer of the Year by a unanimous decision (Yamanaka 21, Uchiyama 11 and Ioka 2 out of 34 total votes) because of his three successful defenses all within the distance. (more…)



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Floyd Mayweather’s path grows clearer with Amir Khan on deck . . . . More

Tyson Fury is eying a return to the ring in February . . . More

Michael Koncz, Manny Pacquiao’s legal counsel, is now being blamed for Pacman’s tax mess by an attorney who works as chief of staff for the congressman-fighter. More



January 8th, 2014

Boxing News

All Star Boxing/Boxeo Telemundo Schedule 2014

Telemundo’s 2014 TV schedule has been announced. For the second year in a row, the boxing series will take place in “seasons.” All cards will be promoted by Tuto Zabala Jr.’s All Star Boxing, Inc. Half of the fight cards will take place in Florida and half will take place in Mexico City.

March 14 – Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
March 21 – A La Carte Pavillion Tampa, Florida
March 28 – Foro Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico
April 4 – Foro Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico

July 18 – Foro Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico
July 25 – Foro Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico
August 1 – A La Carte Pavillion Tampa, Florida
August 8 – Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida

October 3 – A La Carte Pavillion Tampa, Florida
October 10 – Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
October 17 – Foro Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico
October 24 – Foro Polanco, Mexico DF, Mexico



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Rubio-Spada in the works for March

Mexican Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio will face Italian Domenico Spada for the WBC middleweight interim title in March. This was decided because the current champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez is still recovering from injuries and been unable to defend his title. Their promoters Oswaldo Kuchle and Salvatore Cherchi are in negotiations to define the venue of this championship fight and it is expected that they’ll reach an agreement soon.



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Khusnulgatin added to Jan 24 AC card

Main Events has announced that Russian light heavyweight prospect Ilshat “The Sheriff” Khusnulgatin (10-0, 6 KOs) is set to take his next step up the 175-pound ladder when he takes on Larry Pryor (7-7, 4 KOs) at Resorts International Hotel and Casino on January 24th in Atlantic City. “The Sheriff” a rangy, 6’3 boxer-puncher will make his first start under the Main Events banner as part of a growing light heavyweight stable that includes fellow Russian and WBO world champion Sergey Kovalev. Khusnulgatin’s eight-round bout will be part of the off-TV live undercard on a nationally televised doubleheader that features knockout artist Curtis “Showtime” Stevens, 25-4, 18 KOs, against pressure-puncher Patrick “The Machine” Majewski, 21-2, 12 KOs, in a ten-round middleweight fight, and Thabiso Mchunu, 13-1, 9 KOs, versus Olanrewaju Durodola, 15-1, 14 KOs, in a ten-round cruiserweight contest for the NABF title. These two main bouts will be broadcast on Friday, January 24th’s NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night.



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Eleider Alvarez Update, plus opponents named for Zewski, Ulysse and Bouchard

Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) are in discussions with HBO to find a new opponent for Eleider Alvarez (13-0, 8 KO). Alvarez was set to fight Thomas Oosthuizen in the semi-final bout on HBO on January 18th at the Montreal Bell Centre when Lucian Bute (31-1-0, 24 KO) and Jean Pascal (28-2-1, 17 KO) will finally square off in their much anticipated duel, but Oosthuizen pulled out of the bout.

Meanwhile opponents were announced for Mikael Zewski (22-0, 17 KO), Yves Ulysse Jr (Pro Debut) and Sebastien Bouchard (8-0, 2 KO). Zewski will face Krzysztof Szot (18-9-1, 5 KO), Ulysse meets Evaggelos Tsirimokos (6-3, 1 KO) and Sebastien Bouchard takes on experienced Giuseppe Lauri (53-16, 31 KO).



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

New FNF main event: Rodriguez vs. Vicente

The new main event for this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA, will be Juan Antonio Rodriguez (25-4, 23 KOs) taking on Dominican fighter Yenifel Vicente (25-1-2, 17 KOs), in an eight round super featherweight bout. Vicente replaced Arash Usmanee after Usmanee sustained an ankle injury while sparring over the weekend. Rodriguez had a very successful 2013 going 3-0 with three knockouts while Vicente also went undefeated in 2013 with two early stoppage victories while winning the WBC FECARBOX super bantamweight title in June against Jorge Diaz. Jr welterweight Zahir Raheem (34-4, 21 KOs) will make his return to national TV when he takes on Bayan Jargal (17-4-3, 11 KOs) in thetelevised co-feature.



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Algieri-Taylor meet on Feb 14 FNF

Unbeaten jr welterweight Chris Algieri (18-0, 8 KOs) returns to action on February 14 challenging IBF #4 ranked Emanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor (17-1, 12 KOs) in the ten round junior welterweight main event live on ESPN Friday Night Fights at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.

Joe DeGuardia, President and Founder of Star Boxing announced that tickets go on sale this Friday 10:00 am. (more…)



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Japanese boxer Okada passes away

By Joe Koizumi

Sad news. A young Japanese boxer named Tesshin Okada, 21, passed away because of brain hemorrhage (subdural hematoma) on Monday after he suffered a TKO defeat in his four-round pro debut in Tokyo on December 20. Okada was stopped by Masafumi Kamiyama, 32, in the fourth and final session at the Korakuen Hall. For each it was the first pro bout, which ended in such a ring tragedy.

This reporter didn’t expect the first article of this year to be so tragic and so trembling as to force us to reconsider the status quo of our boxing fraternity. Having staged some 300 shows a year, our boxing world boasts of strict medical control and detailed administration, but the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) says Okada is the 38th victim caused by ring tragedies. (more…)



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Mares Update

The new date for the rematch between WBC Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez and former three-division world champion Abner Mares will be announced once Mares is cleared to resume training. Mares was forced to pull out of their scheduled February 15 fight in Los Angeles following a rib injury suffered in training. “It’s never a good thing when injuries like this occur, and I know Abner tried to fight through it, but it’s best that we postpone this event and reschedule it so that both fighters are at their best on fight night,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “The fighters’ safety is always paramount and both Abner and Jhonny understand this completely.” Refunds may be obtained at the point of the original purchase.



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Berman slams ‘injured’ Cleverly

Rodney Berman has reacted furiously to former world champion Nathan Cleverly’s abrupt withdrawal from his February 1 fight against Junior Makabu in an international 10-rounder on the Monte-Carlo Boxing Bonanza card. Berman was reacting to reports, corroborated by Frank Warren, that Cleverly had injured himself – for the second time – ahead of his cruiserweight debut against the big-hitting African.

“I knew he’d pull out,” fumed Berman. “He’s not a true champion, I always felt that. Whatever excuse Cleverly is making, I know he hasn’t been injured. He pulled out because he realised he had no chance against Makabu. Everyone said that when the fight was signed and it obviously dawned on him. I always suspected he was molly-coddled. Frank Warren clearly shot his bolt by doing the deal and now has to accommodate his fighter wanting out.”

Berman said he would secure a replacement for Makabu, who will be seeking his 16th win in 17 fights. The card is topped by WBO/IBO middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, who will defend his belts against Osumanu Adama. Also featured WBA interim middleweight champion Martin Murray defending that version of the WBA middleweight world title against third-ranked Jarrod Fletcher.



January 7th, 2014

UFC

Undefeated Olympians Collide as Champion Ronda Rousey Meets Sara McCann at UFC 170

In what could prove to be her toughest challenge yet, UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (8-0, fighting out of Venice, Calif.) squares off against undefeated wrestling sensation Sara McMann (7-0, fighting out of Gaffney, SC) in a battle of Olympic medalists at UFC® 170 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Feb. 22. A bronze medal winner in Judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Rousey recently defeated her bitter rival Miesha Tate at UFC 168 to retain the women’s bantamweight belt and remain the divison’s only champion. Now she takes on McMann, who comes in as the most decorated wrestler in the weight class, having also earned Olympic silver at the 2004 games in Athens in free-style wrestling. (more…)



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Nathan Cleverly suffers another injury, out of Feb. 1st fight with Illunga Makubu

By James Slater

For a second time, Nathan Cleverly’s cruiserweight debut has had to be postponed due to injury on the part of the former WBO light-heavyweight champion. Cleverly, last seen being stopped inside four-rounds by powerhouse puncher Sergey Kovalev, has had to pull out of a planned February 1st fight against Illunga Makuba, which was to have taken place in Monte Carlo on the Gennady Golovkin-Osumanu Adama bout. (more…)



January 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury says the WBC froze him out

“I don’t want to say too much because I’ll be froze out completely, but the WBC have done a little sly trick,” said heavyweight Tyson Fury on espn.co.uk’s Buncey podcast Monday. “Don’t know if you’re already on to it, but there was three people eligible to fight for the vacant WBC title. One of them was me because I beat Kevin Johnson in a WBC eliminator. Another one was Bermane Stiverne because he beat Chris Arreola in an eliminator. And Chris Arreola won a semi-final eliminator against Seth Mitchell. But instead of letting me fight Bermaine Stiverne for the vacant WBC, they’ve only gone and put him against a man he’s already beaten. Bermaine Stiverne’s last fight was against Arreola, and he already beat him comfortable, so I don’t know what the crack is there that someone’s paying a lot of money to somebody. They’ve frozen me out there.”



January 7th, 2014

UFC

Cruz out; Barao-Faber II for Bantam Crown

The bad luck for Dominick Cruz continues, as it was announced by UFC President Dana White Monday that after being sidelined since late-2011 with a knee injury, Cruz has suffered a groin tear, forcing him out of his UFC 169 main event in New Jersey against interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao . . . 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



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