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WBA welterweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner talks about his fight on Saturday against former WBA jr. welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Irish middleweight star Andy Lee, (31-2, 22 KOs) is targeting a showdown with fellow Irishman Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) in 2014. Lee, presently ranked WBC #7, WBA #12 and WBO #14 believes that an all Irish barnstormer with Macklin is what boxing fans want to see. “Matthew and I have both fought recently, we’re both from Ireland, we’re both middleweights, we’re similarly rated, we’re both in a similar position in our careers. So let’s give the boxing public the fight they crave for and let the best man win. This is a massive fight in Ireland, Boston, Chicago or New York and will pack any venue. I am ready for the fight, we both have the same promoter, Lou DiBella therefore the fight can easily be put together.”
Manny Pacquiao has 18 MILLION new tax problems … in addition to his $50 million tax fight in the Philippines … and this time, it’s Uncle Sam that’s trying to force Manny to pay up. TMZ Sports has obtained official documents which show the IRS claims Manny owes federal income taxes from 2006 to 2010 totaling $18,313,668.79.
Here’s the yearly breakdown:
2006 — $1,160,324.30
2007 — $2,035,992.50
2008 — $2,862,437.11
2009 — $8,022,915.87
2010 — $4,231,999.01
Interesting note — Manny had 3 big fights in 2008, including a match against Oscar De La Hoya in which MP reportedly banked $15-$30 million in guaranteed cash. In 2009, Manny famously fought Ricky Hatton and earned a $12 million purse. Manny’s U.S. tax problems come on the heels of a nasty tax war in his home country, The Philippines … where the govt. claims he evaded paying $50 million in taxes in 2008 and 2009 stemming from fights that took place in the United States. Philippines officials have frozen the bank accounts Manny has in the country … and even placed a lien on one of his most expensive properties, located in Manila.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
IBF #1 Sam Soliman (42-11, 17 KOs) needed three tries to make weight for his bout Wednesday night against WBO #8 Les Sherrington (33-6, 19 KOs).
Sam Soliman 159.75 vs. Les Sherrington 160
(PABA interim middleweight title)
Adrian Campbell 147.2 vs. Samuel Colomban 147.2
Patrick Murphy 146.1 vs. Alex Ah Tong 145.5
Cameron Hammond 153.3 vs. Dennapan Bigshotcamp 147.7
Braydon Smith 126.3 vs. Erick Diaz Siregar 123.9
Damian Hooper 174.3 vs. Dechapon Suwunnalird 175.2
Venue: Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: David Stanley
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Emily Harney
In a clash between former multi-division champs from Brooklyn, Paulie Malignaggi rose from a second round knockdown to win a dominant twelve-round unanimous decision against Zab Judah Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn , New York . Judges’ scorecards read 117-110 (twice) and 116-111 all for the rejuvenated Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs ). More…
By Graham Houston
It’s easy to forget what a good boxer Paulie Malignaggi can be when he’s really focused and ready to fight. Paulie was practically run out of the ring by Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan — although very game — but on his good nights he is always going to be difficult to beat. Malignaggi had one of his good nights on Saturday when he outboxed and almost outclassed Zab Judah in the main event on Showtime.
I edged towards Judah in this welterweight Battle of Brooklyn, and Judah was the betting favourite, but apart from suffering that somewhat dubious knockdown in the second round it was Malignaggi all the way. (more…)
While former IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker hasn’t made any official announcement, he reportedly told promoter Eddie Hearn that his career is over following his second round TKO loss to Felix Sturm in Germany last Saturday. “He told me he was done, that’s my lot, in the changing room but if it’s something that heals after six weeks he may go again,” Hearn told the Mirror. “My gut feeling is that could be it for him. He’s not going to go into a rematch half-heartedly, he would rather just quit. He’s had two orthoscopies, with his hips shaved down, and told he has the hips of a 95-year-old.”
Barker’s trainer Tony Sims stated after the fight, “I don’t really think you’ll see him in a ring again now. He’s had all these problems with his hips before, he’s had them operated on and they’re just not right. He’s completely gone.”
Hearn stated that a rematch clause with Sturm expires in May 2014.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Here are statements from today’s press conference at the Kempinski Hotel Bristol in Berlin ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Jahnsportforum Neubrandenburg, Germany for the vacant WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship between leading contenders Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KOs) and Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs).
Juergen Braehmer: “I’m well prepared, in perfect shape and ready to go for Saturday’s world championship fight. It won’t be Don King fighting me with his words on Saturday but Marcus Oliveira, who will feel the power of my fists. I never make a prediction ahead of a fight but I can tell you that it’s going to be massive at the Jahnsportforum!”
Marcus Oliveira: “Like Braehmer said, this will be a fight to remember this Saturday. I believe in my strengths to guide me to victory here in Germany. I know I have the tools to beat him and become a world champion.”
Kalle Sauerland: “The first words coming to my mind when talking Juergen Braehmer is ‘What a great comeback!’. Now he has the chance to really make those words count and crown himself a world champion in Neubrandenburg. It’s going to be tough but believe me when I say that Juergen Braehmer will become the WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion this Saturday! ”
Don King: “Christmas comes early this year in Germany. All of you watching the fight between Oliveira and Braehmer will be presented with a great fight. Juergen Braehmer is a tremendous fighter but when Marcus Oliveira steps inside the ring of the so-called Four-Gate-City, all portals will be closed and he has nowhere to go. It’s going to be packed, it’s going to be weird – you have never seen before such a spectacle in here!”
Boxing promoter/rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson intends to parlay the excitement from James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland’s awesome performance this past weekend into a memorable evening of boxing on Friday night, December 20 as his company, SMS Promotions, presents “Big Apple Boxing” at Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), who is the most recent boxer signed by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, destroyed previously unbeaten and world-rated Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia on HBO last Saturday night from Atlantic City. Fighting for the first time since March 24, 2012, when he defeated current IBF junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina, Kirkland’s SMS Promotions debut stole the entire show in an thrilling, all-out war that mercifully ended in the sixth round as referee Steve Smoger halted the action with Kirkland unloaded powerful shots on an overmatched Tapia. (more…)
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora headlines promoter Frank Warren’s first event of 2014 when he makes the first defense of his European title on another title-packed extravaganza at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday 8th February. Chisora, who has turned his career around this year, is on course for a second world title shot and needs another crucial win to keep in prime position and awaits news of who will be in the opposite corner.
“I’m excited to be entering 2014 with a potential world title shot on the horizon. I’ve shown this year that I mean business and when I’m fit and in shape, nobody in the division can beat me. The hunger and desire is there burning away and I won’t stop until the world title is strapped around my waist. I’m disappointed that David Price vacated, that was a great domestic showdown for the fans, but he’s gone another route, and Fury is looking at other options, and Wilder doesn’t want to know about me. Either way I’m on course for the world title and I’ve just got keep doing what I’m doing and win.”
One of Puerto Rico’s upcoming stars, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (7-0, 5 KOs) from Vega Baja, will face former world title contender David Quijano (15-3-1, 9 KOs) from Caguas in the duel scheduled for eight rounds in the super flyweight division on December 21 at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez trains in Guaynabo, under the tutelage of former world champion Iván Calderón and Félix Pagán Pintor. Quijano last fought in December 2012 against WBO world champion Omar Narváez, who dominated the Puerto Rican for 12 rounds in a fight held in Argentina .
Manny Rodriguez: “I recognize the experience and dedication of Quijano, but I know I have the talent to dominate him and prove my caliber on fight night.”
David Quijano: “I have in my favor the experience and desire to win. The people of ‘Manny’ will realize the mistake they made by facing me. I’m nobody’s steppingstone, I’m the one who’s gonna defeat in a wide margin Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez.” (more…)
By James Slater
U.K fight fans who were looking forward to meeting heavyweight legend Mike Tyson this week in London will be disappointed by the news that Tyson has been banned from entering the UK due to a change in UK immigration law. According to a news story in today’s Independent newspaper, Tyson has had to scrap his planned book signing at Waterstones book store and will instead appear in Paris, France to fulfil his UK media obligations.
Tyson was to have appeared in London this week to meet with the press and then with the public for the book signing. But now plans to promote his book “Undisputed Truth” have had to be changed. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian WBA bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno will reappear in February or March of 2014 and likely fight at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. According to Rouss Laguna, Moreno’s wife and manager, they will meet this week in Panama City with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to discuss next Moreno’s fight. Word is Moreno is targeting WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) and hopes to entice Golden Boy Promotions to do a Moreno-Santa Cruz showdown in Panama. Moreno is without an opponent after WBA “regular”bantamweight champion Koki Kameda gave up his title and moved down a division rather than face Moreno in a WBA-mandated fight.
2013 Ring 8 Award Winners
- Fighter of the Year: Danny Garcia
- Uncrowned Champion: Gasper Ortega
- Official of the Year: Deputy Commissioner Robert Orlando
- Amateur Official of the Year: Dan Gant
- Member of the Year: Carmine Rastelli
- Professional Judge of the Year: John McKaie
- Prospect of the Year: Seanie Monahan
- Professional Trainer of the Year: Bob Jackson
- Amateur Trainer of the Year: Joe Higgins
- Emile Griffith Good Guy Award: Sal Corrente
- Long & Meritorious Service: Dr. William “Bill” Lathan
- Special Presentation: Bobby Bartels & Lenny Mangiapane
- (honoring the 50th anniversary of their classic main event fight at Madison Square Garden) (more…)
Prone on the canvas in the center of the Octagon, Mac Danzig started crying. Moments earlier, a blistering short left hand from Melvin Guillard rocked the former Ultimate Fighter winner. His survival instincts kicked in, but Guillard was unrelenting. More punches followed as Danzig shelled up on all fours. As he tried to roll onto his back, a series of powerful hammerfists brought the fight to a close, with Danzig laid out on the mat, his face spotted with blood . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By David Finger
Photo provided by Noel Thornberry
Boxing has no shortages of underdogs, and no shortages of inspirational stories about the underdog bucking the odds. whether it be James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo or Hasim Rahman in South Africa, it seems like there is always some guy who refuses to accept the conventional wisdom that he is outmatched. Sure, most of these guys fall short. But ever once in awhile there is that fighter who has that perfect balance of grit, determination, and everyman likeability and who finds lightning in the bottle against the heavily favored champion. Needless to say, boxing is long overdue for a Cinderella story in the heavyweight division, but for boxing fans down under, the next James Douglas is already here. Samoan-Australian puncher Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) has just been named the mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and has all the tools in place to give boxing one more “Rocky” moment.
“For me it’s all new,” Leapai said in an interview with Fightnews, “with the media…its just gone crazy over here. It’s been a while since an Australian heavyweight has had the chance to fight for a world title. It means a lot to Australia and Samoa.” (more…)
WBO #6 featherweight Gamalier Rodríguez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) returns to action Saturday at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Rodríguez will take on Aldimar Dos Santos (19-5, 10 KOs) in a ten-rounder to be televised on UniMas.
“He’s a fighter who knows what he’s doing,” says Gamalier on his opponent. “I mean, he’s not a madman in there throwing punches. I do not know if he’ll be the toughest fight of my career based on what he did in the fight with Juanma, because sometimes fighters are preparing different for another fight, but it’s a good fight for me to measure myself.”
Just spoke with Mago's Neurosurgeon he's out of the coma and will be moved to a regular room tomorrow. He's awake but not fully aware yet
— Nathan Lewkowicz (@Nlewkow1) December 9, 2013
UFC’s Dana White is telling the media that he’ll consider a bout between Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. should Silva defeat Chris Weidman in their rematch at UFC 168. Stay tuned.
The latest controversy from the Philippines involving Manny Pacquiao is the question whether the former pound-for-pound great has a green card from the U.S., and if not, should he have been allowed to run for political office. More
Joe Frazier’s former manager recalls Nelson Mandela’s gift. More
Recently KO’d Glen Tapia vows a comeback. More
Sugar Shane Mosley has reportedly decided to retire again after his loss to Anthony Mundine.
Manny Pacquiao has been installed as the #1 contender for Floyd Mayweather in the new WBC welterweight ratings.
Happy Birthday J Russell Peltz.
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Boxing champ Andre Ward is once again picking a fight with his own promoter — claiming he was illegally trapped into staying with Goossen Tutor Promotiona for the rest of his career … and Andre wants out. TMZ Sports has obtained legal docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court … in which the reigning WBA super middleweight champ claims Goossen Tutor Promotions broke the law by signing him to a series of contracts that lock him up until 2016. Ward says he signed the initial deal back in 2004, and because CA labor laws prevent companies from signing people for more than 7 years at a time, he should be able to leave Goossen for greener pastures. He wants a judge to void the contract ASAP. In fact, Ward is turning to Oscar De La Hoya for support (at least, in his legal docs) claiming ODLH filed a similar lawsuit against Top Rank Boxing back in 2001 … AND WON … so he should get the same result.
Earlier this year, Ward filed for an arbitration hearing to void the same contract and the California Commission ruled in favor of Goossen Tutor.
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Pictures by Cynthia Valdez and Lorenza Garcia
On a blistering cold Colorado night, Airtight Boxing teamed up with American Dream promotions to produce an action packed event. Inside a ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel, fans braved the cold weather and showed up to support Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing. Fans were treated to a few stunning knockouts and a wild, give and take, main event.
Armando Rodriguez wins an exhilarating spilt decision over a game Raymond Nichol. In a give and take first round, the more accurate Rodriguez took the round. Nichol applied pressure but Rodriguez was pin point with his shots. Rodriguez was the busier fighter in round two as Nichol seemed a little winded. Nichol came on strong late but Rodriguez easily won the round with his body attack in the first two minutes. Nichol had a good round three but he is unable to out hustle the accurate Rodriguez. Nichol is fighting in spurts while Rodriguez is fighting complete rounds. (more…)
A cruiserweight world title clash has been added to the February 1 “Monte Carlo Night of Champions” event headlined by Gennady “GGG” Golovkin defending his WBA/IBO middleweight world titles against Osumanu Adama. South African-based knockout artist Ilunga “Junior” Makubu (15-1, 14 KOs) and undefeated Polish contender Pawel “Hamas” Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) will battle for a vacant interim cruiserweight belt it was announced today by Rodney Berman, President of African promotional giant, Golden Gloves of South Africa. Another title fight on the undercard will see former IBF minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi (24-2, 17 KOs) contest the vacant IBO light-flyweight title against Rey Loreto (17-13, 9 KOs) of the Philippines.
Detailed ticket information for “Monte Carlo Night of Champions” at the beautiful Salle des Etoiles venue will be announced shortly. As far as television, HBO which normally televises Golovkin’s fights is apparently not picking up Golovkin-Adama. TV rights distributor Octapixx LIVE is currently shopping the event around to various networks worldwide.
Fight fans are invited to attend two public events on this week’s Broner-Maidana Fight Week schedule, both taking place at Market Square in downtown in San Antonio, Texas.
On Wednesday there will be media workouts starting at 4:30PM:
4:30PM – Hardy Paredes, J C Candelo, Jose Silveira & Lance Williams
4:45PM – Rod Salka, Jamell Herring, Robert Easter Jr. & Rau’shee Warren
5:00PM – Tamas Kovacs & Jermain Taylor
5:15PM – Ricardo Alvarez
5:30PM – Beibut Shumenov
5:45PM – Jesus Soto Karass & Cesar Seda
6:00PM – Marcos Maidana
6:15PM – Keith Thurman
6:30PM – Leo Santa Cruz
6:45PM – Adrien Broner
On Friday, the official weigh-ins will take place at 3PM in the same location.
Note: St. PJ’s Children’s home toy drive; Bring a toy to donate and receive a ticket to the fight at either event.
A new opponent has been announced for IBF #1 rated heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) on Saturday in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The IBF’s mandatory challenger Wladimir Klitschko was to face Sherman “Tank” Williams, however Williams pulled out with a hand injury. Pulev will now face Joey Abell (29-6, 28 KOs). “I don’t care who I have to fight,” said Pulev. “For me there is only one goal. To go against Wladimir Klitschko and take his world title.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Only once beaten Japanese welterweight, IBF #11 Yoshihiro Kamegai (23-1-1, 20 KOs), 146.75, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF 147-pound belt as he carefully probed the aggressive style of OPBF#1 and PABA champ Tim Hunt (16-4, 6 KOs), 146.5, from Australia, in the first three sessions, accelerated his body bombardments and finally flattened him with a flurry of punches en route to a fine TKO win at 0:53 of the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a competitive game since the outstanding welterweights of the two countries hotly squared off by displaying what each had—Hunt’s quick combinations and Kamegai’s effective body attacks. (more…)
A virus picked up in training camp has forced David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) to postpone his December 14 scheduled bout with Evengy Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs). “It is unfortunate but these things happen and one has to act responsibly,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “This is a minor set back and has no effect on our plans for Pricey. He will be back in the ring at the beginning of the New Year.”
“Obviously I am disappointed,” said Price. ”I was looking forward to my first fight back but I wouldn’t be doing myself or my fans justice by taking the fight when I am anything less than 100%.”
Despite the news, boxing fans still have a stacked bill to look forward to on December 14 in Neubrandenberg. Headlined by Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KOs), who faces Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBA World Light Heavyweight title, the show also features IBF mandatory Heavyweight challenger Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) and WBA Intercontinental Champion Jack Culcay (15-1, 10 KOs).
The date and location of Price’s rescheduled bout will be announced shortly.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Former middleweight champion Daniel Geale earlier today in a Fightnews.com interview called out WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm. “I’d love to fight Sturm for the IBF title but would also like to fight Gennady Golovkin for the WBA title. Curtis Stevens gave Golovkin problems. He done it easy against Mathew Macklin, but again my style would be a problem for him,” said Gaele.
We decided to contact the WBA/IBO champion’s promoter Tom Loeffler for a response. It was a quicker than GGG left hook and also painful. “Gaele can fight GGG anytime for the WBA belt he gave up,” said Loeffler. “We actually made an offer to his promoter for the fight on February 1 in Monaco, but it was turned down. Right now Genady is focused for his fight against Osumanu Adama but if everything goes well, he can certainly get the next shot if Gaele is really ready to step up to the plate!”
Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout is looking forward to welcoming Cody McKenzie back to the lightweight division.
The London, Ontario lightweight faces the TUF alum in FS1 prelim action on the UFC on FOX 9 card on December 14th. The bout marks McKenzie’s return to the division after going 1-1 during his two year run at featherweight.. . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/GeorgetownProductions.com
Bruno Escalante (11-1-1, 5 KOs) used precise power and effective energy to defeat Michael Ruiz Jr. (9-4-1, 3 KOs), and claim the IBA junior bantamweight championship with a majority decision. Judges scored the high-action fight 95-95, 98-92 and 97-93 for the native of Cebu, the Philippines, who fights out of San Carlos, Calif.
The fight Saturday night at the Sports House in Redwood City, Calif., about 20 miles south of San Francisco and a few miles from San Carlos, featured a considerable measure of action; Ruiz Jr., came forward consistently with free-swinging aggression and Escalante mixed things up in response. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #1 Sam Soliman will clash with WBO #8 Les Sherrington on Thursday but talked with Fightnews.com to say he was not impressed by Felix Sturm’s win over Darren Barker on Saturday and that he cannot wait to get the German back in the ring again so he can punish more than he did in their first fight. “I am the happiest man alive to see that Felix Sturm beat a boxer of Darren Barker’s calibre who had defeated Daniel Geale for the IBF middleweight championship and also gave Sergio Martinez problems.” said Soliman.
“I absolutely flogged Sturm when we boxed. He had me down which was a flash knockdown but I got up to punish him until the last bell. For Sturm to stop Barker in two rounds makes my victory over the German so much sweeter. Sturm was a walk in the park for me. After the fight Sturm’s face was a mess and I did not have mark on me. I have been waiting over 18 months rated IBF #1 contender and soon Sturm will have to fight me again and cop a second beating. I know he will do his best to avoid fighting me but under IBF Rules he will have no other options. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 9KOs) retained his WBA and WBO super bantamweight titles with a lopsided but tedious twelve round unanimous decision victory over former two time world champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOs), Saturday night at Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Boardwalk Hall In Atlantic City, New Jersey. What the main event lacked in action, the co-feature of made up for as super welterweight James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) came from the brink of defeat to outslug and stop formerly undefeated Glenn “Jersey Boy Tapia in the sixth round in what looked to be a fight of the year candidate. The eight bout card was promoted by Top Rank in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Caribe Promotions, SMS Entertainment, and Dibella Entertainment and Tecate.
The much anticipated co-feature of the evening pitted top ten ranked super welterweight sensation Glenn “Jersey Boy” Tapia against hard hitting James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland in a ten round contest that that went well beyond expectations. (more…)
Light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (14-2, 9 KOs) continues on his personal path of retribution this Saturday night as he takes on Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (21-1, 9 KOs) at Resorts International Hotel & Casino, Superstar Theatre, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “I’m ready to destroy this kid,” 28-year-old Thompson said. “I’m excited and looking forward to Saturday night. I can’t wait to fight. I’ve learned how to be a professional boxer. I’m sky-high and in top-top shape. I take every opponent seriously. I respect Ryan Coyne but he has been built-up and protected. I’ve heard a lot of people are picking Coyne or that it’s a 50-50 fight at best. A lot of people don’t know how good a fighter I am but they will Saturday night. I’m going to give fans the type performance they really want to see. I’m stepping up to prove myself.
Thompson vs. Coyne is the 10-round co-feature on a Main Events-presented event, “Road To Redemption,” airing live on NBCSN and headlined by a heavyweight clash between Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and Kelvin “Price Is Right” Price.
Heavyweight Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KOs) has been forced to postpone of his clash with Dorian Darch on December 14 at the ExCeL London with a shoulder injury. The Olympic Gold medal hero was set to return to the ExCeL in London to face the Welshman, returning to the scene of his London 2012 triumph for his fourth pro contest, hunting another KO win. Sadly for the 23 year old, a shoulder issue has flared up and after consultation with medical staff it has been decided he will now meet Darch in Cardiff on February 1. British Super Middleweight champion Paul Smith has been added to the bill.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Luke Buras/Team Fonfara
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk and IBF #1/WBO #2 rated Andrzej Fonfara made a cold evening in Chicago’s UIC Pavilion a hot Polish affair, winning their fights in impressive fashion. This is what the fighters and their promoters had to say to Fightnews.com:
Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KOs) defended his WBC cruiserweight title for the sixth time and for the third time in front of him was the always ready to brawl Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-4, 12 KOs). Diablo was in total control from the first second of the first round, being faster, more precise and hitting Fragomeni with basically every punch in the book. Paradoxically, it was a problem. “I was just average tonight, because I took Giacobbe too lightly. I just knew that I can’t lose to him. I love his heart, he wants to fight and never quits but deep down I was thinking that I don’t have to give my best to beat him. (more…)
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