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Former super welterweight world champion and Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez and former interim junior middleweight world champion Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo held an international media conference call Tuesday to discuss their PPV clash taking place on March 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez: We made the decision that Angulo had the best style for me. He’s strong, comes forward and is exciting. A good fight for the fans…I’m not taking him lightly.
[On losing to Mayweather] Nobody ever wants to lose, but I see it as a learning experience and I’m going to take the best out of it.
Alfredo Angulo: I have a very good game plan, we’ve been working hard and I think people are going to be very surprised…Canelo is a great fighter, but on March 8, the fans will find out which Mexican fighter will stay on top!
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley are poised to face each other in a rematch on April 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a source from the US told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin on Tuesday. The press tour will start next month with LA and New York as stops. More details will be revealed next week.
IBF Youth cruiserweight beltholder Dennis Ronert (19-0, 14 KOs) meets Shefat Isufi (12-0-2, 8 KOs) in a clash of unbeaten hot prospects on the big March 1 title card at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. The main event is the third match in the trilogy between WBO champion Robert Stieglutz and former two division champion Arthur Abraham. Unbeaten WBO/WBF female middleweight champion Christina Hammer will also defend her belts.
On Saturday, January 25th at the Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia will host a light heavyweight clash between Eric Watkins (10-5-1, 6 KOs) from Morgantown, WV, against undefeated Dustin Echard (8-0, 5 KOs) from Parkersburg, WV. The fight will be a ten-rounder for the State light heavyweight title and top a nine bout card promoted by Simons Promotions. “Everyone is excited to see the Watkins-Echard, a boxer vs. puncher match-up,” said promoter Steve Simons. “It was supposed to happen last summer but an injury delayed it until now. We are expecting a sell out.”
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Billy Briscoe
Gabriel Rosado, 21-7, 13 KOs, 1 ND, takes on undefeated Jermell Charlo Saturday night at the (Washington) DC Armory in a 10-round junior middleweight fight that offers the North Philly veteran a chance to go back to the days when a 154-pound championship looked like a foregone conclusion. That was before a rise in weight class and three big fights in 2013 all but brought the popular warrior to a dead end.
A victory against Charlo could put Rosado’s career back on the rails and return him to the top of the 154-pound division. But another loss could very well close the door on Rosado’s title dreams, and perhaps have him wishing that he had avoided that profitable path to the middleweight division.
About one year ago, after a trio of emphatic victories at 154, Gabriel Rosado gave up his #1 ranking as a junior middleweight for the opportunity to challenge middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on HBO. Few gave the North Philadelphian much of a chance of taking the 160-pound title. So the lucrative move upward – both in weight and in class – was understood to be a calculated risk with a huge upside if Rosado could manage to pull an upset. Even in the worst case scenario Rosado would just go back to 154. (more…)
Very few 20-year-old fighters have been thrust into the spotlight the way Sergio Pettis has since being signed by the UFC last summer . . . More
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By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr.
North Philly super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart gets 2014 underway on January 25th when he takes on Derrick Findley in a 6-round bout at Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. Hart, now 11-0 with 10 KOs, has zipped through every opponent put before him during his first two years as a pro, and made it look easy. The fighter certainly appears to have both the star power and the talent to take him a long way in the sport. However, Findley represents his first real test for Hart, after two years in the game.
Matchmaking in the first chapter of any promising pro career is a careful dance, an art form that requires finding foes tough enough to put up a decent fight, but soft enough to fold once the prospect starts throwing real leather.
Such has been the case with Hart’s first eleven bouts. The combined record of those opponents have been a below average 38-46-9. The best opposing record on Hart’s resume so far was that of his last foe, Tyrell Hendrix, 10-2-2, 3 KOs. As it turned out, Hendrix only lasted one minute and twenty seconds. (more…)
Tony Bellew (20-2-1, 12 KOs) will face former interim cruiserweight beltholder Valery Brudov (41-4, 28 KOs) in his first fight at the weight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on March 15. Bellew steps up a weight after challenging Adonis Stevenson for the WBC light heavyweight crown in November, and the 31-year-old doesn’t have an easy test in his debut at cruiserweight. Brudov is a former WBA interim belt holder and longtime contender with all four losses coming in world title fights, although the 37-year-old will be facing his first significant opponent in two years in Bellew.
In other action, Stephen Smith is expected to challenge Fernando David Saucedo for the Argentinian’s WBC silver featherweight title in a crunch eliminator bout. Stephen’s older brother Paul is is expected to fight for the outright ownership on the Lord Lonsdale belt with a british super middleweight title defense on the card. The youngest Smith, Callum, is also in action as he looks to build on an incredible year in 2013 where he raced to 9-0 with a stunning sequence of six first-round wins in the super middleweight division. Welterweight star Kell Brook and popular lightweight Kevin Mitchell will both be in action in tune-up bouts.
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Things heated up Monday in a heated Twitter exchange between current WBA interim lightweight champion Yuriorkas Gamboa and former champion Brandon Rios. Gamboa and Rios have some history as they were scheduled to fight in April 2012, but Gamboa never showed up at the press conference in Miami. Top Rank sued Gamboa for breach of contract, but that was dropped after an out-of-court settlement. Gamboa has recently been trying to stir something up with Rios’ stablemate Mikey Garcia, but the dispute between Rios and Gamboa has now erupted full scale. (more…)
Miami’s Joey Hernandez on the verge of a title shot. More
Australia’s Anthony Mundine is talking about running for prime minister. More
A showdown between Adonis Stevenson and Jean Pascal is in jeopardy. More
Plotting Floyd Mayweather’s last four fights. More
Junior middleweight contender Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez says he’s in the best shape of his life for his IBF elimination fight against former champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage this Friday, January 24th, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Hernandez just finished training camp in his hometown of Miami, Florida with chief second Herman Caicedo for what is the biggest fight of the 29-year old’s career. With a win Hernandez could secure his first world title shot against current champion Carlos Molina.
Hernandez (23-1-1, 13 KOs) has won eight bouts in a row since suffering his only professional defeat. He has also started to develop, and display more punching power, stopping five of those last eight opponents. The wins have done enough to earn him this opportunity to become the mandatory challenger for Molina. “A win against Bundrage could change my life,” Hernandez said. “I have worked hard to get here, and this is the chance to take my career to the next level. This is a dream come true.” (more…)
Due to inclement weather this month’s Ring 8 meeting, scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 21), has been postponed until next Tuesday (Jan. 28 – 5 pm ET) at historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, New York.
By Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO Jr. Lightweight champion and 2013 Fighter of the Year nominee Mikey Garcia arrives in New York City for his first defense of his new world title against two-time world title challenger and current #1 contender Juan Carlos Burgos of Tijuana, Mexico. Garcia vs Burgos will take place on Saturday, January 25 and will be televised live from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark. The Garcia-Burgos world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, Madison Square Garden and Tecate. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. More photos…
WBC Flyweight Silver Champion, Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (30-3, 22 KOs) risks his title against Mexican Carlos “El Divino” Fontes (17-1, 14 KOs) on Thursday, February 20 at Figali Plaza in Panama City, Panama. “It’s summer time and there are low possibilities of rain so we take the risk of presenting a boxing card outdoors by the Figali Convention Center where we have promoted years ago,” said Rogelio Espiño, President of Promociones del Istmo, during a press conference held at the Fantastic Casino Dorado.
If Concepcion defends successfully, his next fight could be against regular WBC Champion Akira Yaegashi from Japan. “We have started a conversation with Japanese promoters and we also offered Concepcion for a previous fight in case they want to use him to help promoting the Yaegashi clash,” Espiño added.
World ranked minimumweight Leroy Estrada (11-1, 5 KOs) and undefeated Jr. Welter Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (20-0-2, 13 KOs) are also scheduled to be part of the February 20 show.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
On Monday, a mass was held in honor of former WBC President Jose Sulaiman at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City. Hundreds of friends and members of the boxing fraternity were on hand to remember one the best known figures of contemporary world boxing. “It was very hard to be sad because the demonstration of affection of many people in all possible ways. My dad was a great fighter, so he tried and fought and dreamed and in the end it was worth his work,” said Mauricio Sulaiman.
Jose Sulaiman’s ashes will rest for a few days at his home in Lindavista, and then be transferred to French Pantheon where they will remain forever. Last October, Sulaiman had undergone a delicate heart operation, from which he never recovered. (more…)
By Steven J Canton
The SJC boxing gym in Fort Myers played host to a fun filled Saturday with its 4th annual open house and fundraiser. Approximately 150 fans came from all over the state to participate in the many activities, meet the VIP guests in attendance, enjoy the refreshments and see what has made the gym so successful during its 25 years in Southwest Florida. Several SJC boxers entertained the audience with lively sparring sessions, while others hit the speed bags, skipped rope, and trained.
There was a moving tribute and ten-count for former world champion Ezra Sellers, who trained at the SJC Gym and sparred with some of the fighters present while preparing for his title winning victory in Manchester, England against Carl Thompson in 2001. Ezra was just inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame last June and died suddenly of heart complications last month, leaving behind his wife and two sons. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
2013 came in like a lamb but went out with a bang, leaving a promise for an exciting 2014. A special thanks to all the promoters and venues which have persevered through the tough fiscal times to keep our great sport alive.
Brian Halquist and the Emerald Queen Casino’s “Battle at the Boat” series is now the oldest running show in the Northwest. Their commitment to the “Sweet Science” sustained many fans through lean years, and has remained a constant for hard core fight fans. Their signing of Zahir Raheem (35-3) has provided EQC fans with some much deserved excitement.
Likewise Ringside Ticket and Patrick Ortiz have resumed the great shows at the Seven Feathers casino in Roseburg,Oregon, as well as continuing the successful shows at the new arena at the Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington. (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.
Now that Artur Szpilka’s visa issues have been resolved and he’s successfully entered the United States, Philadelphian Bryant Jennings can fully focus on his upcoming HBO debut. Then again, Jennings barely took notice of his opponent’s problems while preparing for the biggest opportunity of his three-year career. He always keeps his nose to the grindstone.
“I trained,” Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, said a few days before it was clear that Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KOs, would be available to fight. “I’m fighting on January 25th. I haven’t even given it a thought.”
The anticipated 10-rounder between the two undefeated rising heavyweights happens at Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday night, just before the Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos championship main event. The fight could help to determine a future force in the heavyweight division, or at the very least, clarify the next generation of contenders that could make a run at a title shot. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photo: Gene Blevins/Top Rank
One of the problems with potential boxing superstars, if you can call it a problem, is that they can’t even begin the assignment in front of them before talk inevitably leads to the next biggest challenge. Junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, clearly one of the the best talents in the sport currently, is already suffering from this conundrum. “Mikey is one of the few American stars in boxing,” Garcia promoter Bob Arum explained last week on a teleconference call with reporters. “We have Mikey and Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather and Timothy Bradley and there are not many other Americans who qualify as superstars. Mikey is taking on a lot of these non-Americans in really big fights and where that takes him I am not sure.”
Saturday night should serve as a decent measuring stick as Garcia headlines a card at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in a HBO-televised bout. Garcia (33-0, 28 KO’s) will defend his WBO belt against Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KO’s). If Garcia is able to defeat the tough but limited Burgos he could move straight up in weight to bigger and better challenges. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former Beijing 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng (11-0, 5KOs) will clash with Rocky Fuentes (35-6-2, 20KOs) over twelve rounds at the Lippatapanlop Hall, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Wednesday. The vacant IBF flyweight title is up for grabs after the former champion Moruti Mthalene suddenly vacated the title on January 13. Ruenroeng was scheduled to meet Mthalene for the IBF title when the South African vacated the championship just nine days before there showdown but IBF #5 Rocky Fuentes, who had been training for eight weeks for another fight which was cancelled, stepped in as a replacement. IBF #7 Ruenroeng has an excellent amateur pedigree having been a bronze medalist in the world championships in Chicago in 2007, a Quarter finalist in world championships in Milan in 2009, bronze medalist at the Asian Games in China in 2010. At Beijing 2008 Olympic Games won two fights before losing in Quarter Final. Ruenroeng has had only eleven professional bouts against the experienced Fuentes who has only lost six of forty-three professional fights. (more…)
Patience. They say knockouts cannot be forced. You should never chase them. A finishing blow is about timing most of all and that can’t be rushed. One must wait for the opening to materialize, recognize the opportunity, and capitalize with devastating power and precision . . . More
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Over the weekend in South Philadelphia, cruiserweights Tony Ferrante and Anthony Caputo Smith met the media in advance their January 31st Pennsylvania State cruiserweight title fight at Harrahs Philadelphia. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions and XFE. Fighters on the card that were present included lightweights Naim Nelson and Chris Steele (who will compete in the co-feature) jr. lightweight Tevin Farmer, super middleweight Derrick Webster, featherweight Robert Irrazary and welterweight Anthony Prescott.
By Dave Spencer
They’ve both been two trains running a parallel course their entire careers, both drawing full houses and gaining their own audiences, both have risen to the top and most recently have found themselves former world champions looking up in the division to yet another Montreal light-heavyweight, Adonis Stevenson.
Saturday night in a fight that was announced nearly a year ago and had been both boxer’s destiny their entire careers, Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) and Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) stopped running alongside each other and finally collided head-on in front of 20,479 very loud, very ravenous, very passionate Bell Centre fans with Pascal steamrolling his local rival for close to the duration of the twelve round affair.
Pascal scored a dominating 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 unanimous decision win that was even more convincing in the ring than it was on paper. The former WBC champion dictated the pace, fought when he wanted to and had his opponent gun shy for the duration of the bout which captured Pascal the NABF light-heavyweight belt that previously belonged to Bute to go along with a Diamond Belt from the seemingly endless supply of trinkets from the WBC prize closet. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Teresa Giordano and Oscar Palomino
Light heavyweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (16-1, 9 KOs) picked up the vacant WBC FECARBOX belt and a valuable lesson in proper pacing during his eight-round unanimous decision victory over Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey (18-7, 14 KOs) last night at Casino Miami Jai Alai.
Augustama, the thirty-year old former 2008 Haitian Olympian and Golden Gloves champion, led the offense with higher volume and occasionally higher velocity on his shots against the flat-footed, arm-punching southpaw Mackey. After starting strong in the first three rounds behind double and triple jabs, left hooks to the body and straight rights down the pike, Augustama started to slow, allowing Mackey to mount a minor counterattack in the middle rounds.
Despite his apparent fatigue and a warning from referee Sam Burgos, Augustama accelerated again to score his biggest round in the fifth. A left-hook, straight right, left-hook combination dazed the resilient Mackey and he backed to the ropes in search of a brief reprieve. Sensing an opportunity, the “Hitman” started hitting with a blistering flurry of shots which racked up points but failed to floor the Bahamian. Reinvigorated after withstanding Augustama’s best, Mackey started digging blows to his opponents body to begin the sixth in an attempt to earn back lost momentum. (more…)
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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Two highly-touted Maryland prospects continued their journey toward national prominence with solid victories Friday night during the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
In the main event, Undefeated Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed scored a fifth-round TKO over a very game Jorge Marquez of Phoenix, AZ. The two men battled each other on the outside and especially on the inside throughout the contest. Reed’s speed may have given him the edge throughout the contest. (more…)
Jr middleweight Carson Jones has pulled out of his scheduled January 29 fight against Anthony Mundine citing the flu. According to news.com.au, promoter Khoder Nasser received an email from the Jones camp that included a doctor’s certificate. Nasser is desperately looking for another suitable opponent for Mundine and hopes he can salvage the Brisbane, Australia, card, which is just ten days away.
Photos: Pete Susens
Middleweight prospects Esquiva Falcao of Brazil and Ryota Murata of Japan bumped onto each other Saturday at The Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas as they prepare for their upcoming bouts. Murata and Falcao have some history as they met for middleweight gold in the 2012 London Olympics.
Now stablemates, Falcao is making his US debut February 15th in Hawaiian Gardens, California and Murata is taking on Carlos Nasciemento on February 22nd in Macao, China.
Om Saturday, Falcao sparred with Jessie Vargas and Murata worked with Brian Finney at The Top Rank Gym.
WBA #3, WBO #5 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez (24-2-2, 19 KOs) of Mexico scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Filipino Marcos Demecillo (19-2-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio del Estado in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Sanchez dropped the game Demecillo at the end of round four. Demecillo got about halfway up and then collapsed back to the canvas. Time was 2:56. With the win, Sanchez claimed the vacant WBA International super flyweight belt.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
In front of more than 20,000 spectators, former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) in an all-Canadian light heavyweight showdown at the at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pascal rocked Bute in round two with a right hand and was able to impose his will with wild flurries and relentless aggression that overshadowed Bute’s moments. Bute came out second best in virtually every exchange until round twelve when Bute somehow battered Pascal but couldn’t get the stoppage. Scores announced by ring announcer Michael Buffer as 116-112, 117-110, 117-111, however HBO later announced that the official judges scorecards were read incorrectly on-air and the revised final scoring totals were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111.
In his first fight since his brutal war against Magomed Abdusalamov in November, heavyweight Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) was lucky to get a ten round draw against underdog Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KOs). Perez suffered a bad cut over the left eye from an accidental headbutt in round three, but trainer Abel Sanchez was able to halt the bleeding. Takam clearly outworked Perez down the stretch. Scores were 96-94, 95-95, 95-95. Ring announcer Michael Buffer never identified who the 96-94 card winner. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Light heavyweight prospect Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (16-1, 9 KOs) picked up the vacant WBC Fecarbox belt by way of an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Bahamian Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey (18-7, 14 KOs) from Casino Miami Jai Alai tonight. Augustama was the busier man throughout, mixing up the velocity and volume of his power shots to keep Mackey behind on all three judges cards. The final tally read 80-72 and 79-73 (twice) for the thirty-year-old Augustama.
Unbeaten Mexican super bantamweight Horacio “Violento” Garcia (25-0, 17 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Filipino veteran Fernando “Trigger” Lumacad (29-6-3, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Complejo Panamericano de Voleibol in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The end came when a punch by hometown hero Garcia injured Lumacad’s left wrist and he couldn’t continue. Garcia claimed the vacant WBC Continental Americas belt.
In the co-feature, former super flyweight and bantamweight female world champion Yazmin “La Rusita” Rivas (29-8, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Calixta “Cali” Silgado (11-2-2, 8 KOs).
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Fast-moving southpaw Go Odaira (9-3-3, just a KO), 105, seized the vacant Japanese 105-pound belt as he defeated taller and more hard-punching Masashi Tada (11-4-1, 7 KOs), 105, by a unanimous decision (99-92 and 98-92 twice) over ten hard-fought rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The national title had been recently vacated by undefeated world contender Ryuji Hara, to whom Odaira lost in a four-round bout three years ago. It’s his last setback and Odaira had been unbeaten in seven bouts since. Odaira, a shifty southpaw, made good use of his footwork, kept his distance and scored with sharp southpaw lefts, piling up points steadily. Tada, in round two, badly hurt his foe with good shots, but he couldn’t display his expected aggressiveness again only to lose points in almost every round thereafter. (more…)
By Tracy Morin/MemphisBoxing.com at ringside
Photos by JD Meredith
On January 17 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, ShoBox launched its first The New Generation program of the year by testing the mettle of eight up-and-coming boxers (seven of them putting undefeated records on the line) and showcasing a host of local favorites in undercard fights. The main event saw a competitive, back-and-forth battle between Ukrainian southpaw Ivan Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs) and Canada’s Tony Luis (17-1, 7 KOs) for the USBA Lightweight Championship. More…
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