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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

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Boxing News

Pacquiao sparmate arrives

By Nick Giongco

Ghislain Maduma, a 31-year-old Canadian by way of Congo, is already in Manny Pacquiao’s hometown of General Santos City to begin sparring with the Filipino icon. Maduma arrived in Manila Sunday morning and was joined by trainer Reginald Laguerre after a lengthy flight from Montreal. Pacquiao kicked off training camp almost two weeks ago and is making heads turn lately under Freddie Roach.

Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, told Fightnews that it is likely that sparring will start Thursday after Maduma’s luggage was left in Los Angeles during transit.



February 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Sturm considering retirement

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Photo: Sumio Yamada


After winning his fifth world title on Saturday night in Oberhausen, Germany, newly crowned WBA super middleweight champion Felix Sturm isn’t making any long-term commitments. “Maybe today was my last fight,” said the 37-year-old Sturm after the fight. “Once again, I’ve had everything taken out of me and showed everyone that it’s better behind the microphone or on TV!”

[On whether he’ll hang up the gloves] “That decision won’t come today. I’ll let my wounds heal and then discuss it with my family and my team. Maybe I’ll have two or three more fights, maybe I’ll say goodbye.”

If this is the end for Sturm, he would be hard-pressed to go out on a higher note. Then again, there’s always that long overdue showdown with Arthur Abraham.



February 21st, 2016


Boxing News

Chudinov: I don’t agree with the decision

Photo: Sumio Yamada

Photo: Sumio Yamada


Former WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) isn’t happy with the result of his rematch against veteran Felix Sturm, which took place Saturday night in Oberhausen, Germany. “Felix fought well, very well,” said Chudinov diplomatically. “There were a few clashes of our heads. Sometimes it was his fault, sometimes mine, but I don’t agree with the decision.”

The punch stats seem to support Chudinov’s conclusion. He outpunched Sturm 1022 to 605 over the twelve rounds, landing 297 punches overall to Sturm’s 184. As for power shots, Chudinov connected on 226 of 698, while the new champion landed 143 of 349.



February 21st, 2016

UFC

It’s always showtime for ‘Cowboy’

A lot of fighters just go through the motions at open workouts. But as UFC fans know, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is not like most fighters and fans in attendance at the Fight Night Pittsburgh Open Workouts in the Stout Training gym on Friday got exactly what they came for . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 21st, 2016


Boxing News

Guevara and Guevara both triumph

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones Del Pueblo

In his first fight since losing his WBC light flyweight title by split decision to Yu Kimura in November, former world champion Pedro Guevara (27-2-1, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Jether “General” Oliva (23-5-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Lobodome in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were 100-91 across the board. Guevara is gunning for a rematch with Kimura.

In the co-feature, Pedro’s brother and two-time world title challenger Alberto “Metro” Guevara (24-2, 9 KOs) won a harder than expected majority decision over Edward “Nightmare” Mansito (13-4-2, 7 KOs) in an eight round super bantamweight clash. Scores were 76-76, 77-75 and 78-75. Mansito was originally slated to face Jessie Magdaleno in Phoenix, but took this bout instead due to a visa problem entering the U.S.

In other notable action, former female world champion Ava Knight (13-2-4, 5 KOs), from Chico, California, and local favorite Jasseth “Dinamita” Noriega (17-3-2, 5 KOs) battled to a six round draw in a super flyweight contest.

Super featherweight Rodolfo “Rudy” Flores (12-3, 5 KOs) won a close eight round split decision over Jairo “Doberman” Lopez (18-6, 12 KOs). Scores were 77-76, 77-75 for Flores, 77-75 for Lopez.

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February 21st, 2016

Boxing News

Truax stops Betancourt in four

Report/Photo by Jesse Kelley at ringside

WBA #7 ranked middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax (26-2-2, 16 KOs) of Osseo, MN stopped Melvin Betancourt (29-4, 23 KOs) in the fourth round on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Truax and Betancourt mixed it up in the first and second rounds but Truax began to take over in the third with flush shots to the head. A hard right hand to the jaw by Truax dropped Betancourt to the canvas in the fourth round. Betancourt made it to his feet by the count of seven but said he could not continue when asked by referee Scott Erickson. The time of the stoppage was 2:31 of round four.

In other action, Jerren Cochran (11-0-1, 4 KOs) and Duarn Vue (8-0-2, 3 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw. One judge saw it 79-73 for Cochran while the other two saw it 76-76, 75-75. (more…)



February 21st, 2016

Boxing News

“Chihuas” Rodriguez defeats “Principe” Garcia

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

In a flyweight clash between ex-world champions, Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (18-4-1, 11 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Ramon “Principe” Garcia (20-8-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Jose Sulaiman in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. “Chihuas” dropped Garcia twice in round seven and once in round eight en route to a 99-88, 96-91, 99-89 win.

In the co-feature, unbeaten super featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (19-0, 10 KOs) recovered from a first round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over Ulises “Perro” Perez (15-4, 7 KOs). Perez looked ready to go late, but Diaz mercifully took his foot off the gas and cruised to a 96-93, 98-91, 98-91 verdict.

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February 21st, 2016

Boxing News

#1 Magdaleno KOs Perez in seven

Unbeaten #1 rated super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over late sub Rey Perez (20-8, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Magdaleno, rated #1 by the WBO, #3 by the WBA, #5 by the IBF and #10 by the WBC, dominated the first six rounds, then floored Perez with a body shot in round seven to end it. Time was 2:51.

Unbeaten WBO #7 ranked light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (22-0, 17 KOs) demolished James Freeman (9-8, 7 KOs) in less than two rounds. The power punching McCumby dropped Freeman in round one with a body shot and finished him with more body work in round two. Time was 1:38.

Unbeaten super lightweight Carlos Castro (15-0, 6 KOs) and Rafael Reyes (6-6, 5 KOs) slugged it out over six entertaining rounds. When the dust cleared, Castro won by scores of 59-55, 59-55, 60-54. The game effort by Reyes won over the crowd, which booed the decision.



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Shocker: Mollo massacres Zimnoch

By Przemek Garczarczyk

In a huge upset, Chicago heavyweight “Merciless” Mike Mollo (21-5, 13 KOs) scored a first round KO over previously unbeaten Krzysztof Zimnoch (18-1, 12 KO) on Saturday night in Legionowo, Poland. Mollo dropped Zimnoch twice to shock the partisan spectators. Mollo, coming off two wars with Artur Szpilka in 2013, scored his first victory since 2010.



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Sturm dethrones Chudinov to win the WBA super middleweight world title

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Sumio Yamada

Former world middleweight champion Felix Sturm (40-5-3, 18 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super middleweight “super” champion Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) via twelve round majority decision on Saturday night at the Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. The 37-year-old Sturm, who was attempting to become the first ever five-time German world champion, got off to a good start. Chudinov landed the heavier shots, but Sturm absorbed them and continued to score to the delight of the home crowd. Sturm suffered a cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt in round ten. Many rounds were close, with Chudinov having the higher workrate while Sturm landed the cleaner shots. Sturm closed strong in round twelve and that made the difference. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113 for Sturm.

With the win, Sturm avenged a split decision loss to Chudinov last May. It also set up a potential all-German showdown with fellow world champion Arthur Abraham, should he retain his WBO title against Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez on April 9 in Las Vegas.

Two-time heavyweight title challenger Francesco Pianeta (33-2-1, 18 KOs) was too much for Hasan Olaki (6-3, 3 KOs). Pianeta floored Olaki hard in round three, but the gutsy Olaki beat the count then survived the round. Pianeta blasted Olaki to the canvas again in round five and the bout was stopped at the request of Olaki’s corner. Time was 1:50.

Former light heavyweight title challenger Konni Konrad (23-2-1, 11 KOs) outpointed Andrej Maurer (6-3-1, 4 KOs) over six.

Other Results:
Alem Begic TKO3 Leo Tchoula (light heavyweight)
Ibrahim Guemues KO3 Yesilat Berkta (middleweight)
Evgeny Shvedenko W6 Slim Ben Khalifa (super middleweight)
Alex Born W6 Mazen Girke (super middleweight)

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February 20th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night Pittsburgh at the scales

UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh, which is headlined by the UFC weltweright clash of the Cowboys, Alex Oliveira and Donald Cerrone, and the middleweight fight between Roan Carneiro and Derek Brunson, airs live on FS1 from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sunday, February 21 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and the event’s first three prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT.

Main Event – UFC welterweight five-round fight
Alex Oliveira (171) vs Donald Cerrone (170)

FS1 Main Card
Roan Carneiro (184.5) vs Derek Brunson (186)
Augusto Mendes (142) vs Cody Garbrandt (140.5) *Catchweight*
Tatsuya Kawajiri (146) vs Dennis Bermudez (146)
Joe Riggs (186) vs Chris Camozzi (185.5)
Shane Campbell (156) vs James Krause (155.5)

FS1 Prelims
Sean Strickland (170.5) vs Alex Garcia (171)
Oluwale Bamgbose (185.5) vs Daniel Sarafin (186)
Leonardo Augusto Leleco (184.5) vs Anthony Smith (185.5)
Nathan Coy (170) vs Jonavin Webb (169.5)

UFC FIGHT PASS Early Prelims
Ashlee Evans-Smith (135.5) vs Marion Reneau (135)
Kelly Fasholz (135) vs Lauren Murphy (135.5)
Shamil Abdurakhimov (254) vs Anthony Hamilton (260)
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February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Mazatlan

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Pedro Guevara 111 vs. Jether Oliva 111
Alberto “Metro” Guevara 122 vs. Edward “Nightmare” Mansito 123
Ava Knight 114.40 vs. Jasseth “Dinamita” Noriega 114.40
Rodolfo Flores 130.50 vs. Jaime “Doberman” Lopez 131

Venue: Lobodome, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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February 20th, 2016

UFC

Third time a charm for Camozzi

The old saying is that the third time can be the charm. Chris Camozzi didn’t have much choice in the matter. He had to make this one work . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, February 21 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Hughie Fury vs. Alexander Ustinov?

Team Fury is trying to line up a world ranked opponent for unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury (18-0, 10 KOs), cousin of WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Contracts have gone out to WBA #5, WBO #5 rated Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs).

Peter Fury @peterfury We not looking at world titles for Hughie. But good learning fights we not afraid of him mixing in the top ten. Ranking don’t matter.

Peter Fury @peterfury We now offered Ustinov ranked no 5 WBA WBO. & contracts gone out. Frank Warren trying to make this happen. Awaiting news from Frank.

Peter Fury @peterfury As you know Fedisov asked for a price & was agreed. He’s ranked 7 WBA IBF. They declined.



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Video: Browne spars with former amateur champ

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Unbeaten WBA #3 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (23-0, 20 KOs) shows his form sparring with former world junior amateur champion and 2012 London Olympian Jai Opetaia. Browne challenges WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs) on March 5 in Grozny, Russia.

In addition to the recent Fightnews.com® interview with Browne, we also spoke to Opetaia about his amateur career where he lost to Teymur Mammadov 11-12 at the London Olympics at 16 years of age. He is unbeaten as a professional in three bouts.



February 20th, 2016

UFC

Objective Bamgbose ready for second fight

If there was one major takeaway from Oluwale Bamgbose’s UFC debut against Uriah Hall last August, it was one you’ve probably never heard before . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, February 21 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Averlant defeats Wanyonyi

Light heavyweight Tony Averlant (23-8-2, 4 KOs) outpointed Daniel Wanyonyi (22-9-2, 18 KOs) over twelve tactical rounds on Friday night at the Palais des Sports in Saint-Quentin, France. Scores were 117-113, 117-111 and 118-110 for Averlant, who retained his WBF 175lb title for the second time. It was Averlant’s fifth straight win, all by decision, since being demolished by Jurgen Brahmer in April 2013.



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Mike Keta defends “Albanian Fortress” and EPBC middleweight championship in Tirana

Mike Keta with WBC EPBC beltMike Keta successfully defended the “Albanian Fortress” and his WBC Eurasian Pacific Middleweight Champion on Saturday night in Tirana by forcing Turgay Uzun to retire after the fifth round.

Uzun – who had come in as a late replacement for Goekalp Oezekler – tried his best to back off Keta but the 32-year-old Albanian was just too powerful and wore down his opponent with a lot of hard hooks to the body and head.
All judges had it 40-36 after four rounds. Keta also clearly dominated the fifth and landed clean until Uzun had enough and gave up right after the bell.

The atmosphere at “Asllan Rusi” Sport Palace couldn’t have been any better. 3,500 enthusiased Albanians turned the venue into a madhouse cheering for their hometown hero but also respectfully applauding the brave challenger.



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Narvaez wins IBF Latino bantamweight title

Former two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Jesus Vargas (14-4-1, 10 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF Latino bantamweight belt on Friday night at the Nuevo Palacio Aurinegro in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina. The 40-year-old Narvaez took over in the second round and dominated Vargas, who didn’t come out for round eight.



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Luis dominates Amoako

Former lightweight world title challenger Tony Luis (21-3, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Samuel Amoako (21-8, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the WinnaVegas Casino & Resort in Sloan, Iowa. Luis’ non-stop punching earned him every round on the judges’ cards, 80-72 across the board.

In the main event, unbeaten super welterweight John Vera Jr. (13-0, 8 KO) scored a fourth round TKO over journeyman Ayi Bruce (23-13, 15 KOs). Bruce down three times in round four. Time was 2:00.

WBA #13 cruiserweight and former world title challenger Junior Wright (15-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO over Jim Franklin (10-18-2, 5 KOs).

Journeyman super featherweight Jose Silveria (17-19, 6 KOs) surprised previously unbeaten Kevin Lavallee (14-1-1, 10 KOs), taking a six round unanimous decision.



February 20th, 2016

Boxing News

Lopez defeats Munoz to remain unbeaten

Photos: Rosie Cohe / Showtime

In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, Adam “Mantequilla” Lopez (15-0, 7 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Mario “Yayo” Muñoz (16-1-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom inside of historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.Lopez landed the more effective punches to win 97-93, 98-92, 98-92.

Unbeaten super middleweight Ronald “Flatline” Ellis (12-0-1, 10 KOs) and Jerry “The King’s Son” Odom (13-2-1, 12 KOs) fought to an eight round majority draw. The early rounds were exciting and filled with exchanges. The action slowed in the second half of the fight. Scores were 78-74 Ellis, 76-76, 76-76.

Lightweight O’Shaquie “Ice Water” Foster (10-1, 7 KOs) scored an upset seventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Lavisas “Red” Williams (8-1-1, 3 KOs). Foster dropped Williams at the end of round two. Foster was also credited with knockdowns in rounds three and four. Williams’ corner finally stopped it after “Red” was floored again in round seven. Time was :52.

Unbeaten super middleweight John “Madman” Magda (11-0-1, 7 KOs) and Christopher “Ice Cold” Brooker (7-1-1, 5 KOs) battled to an eight round split decision draw. Brooker seemingly outworked Magda, but judges scored it 78-74 Brooker, 77-74 Magda, and 76-76.

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February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

De La Hoya bashes Badillo

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tristan Bellisimo/Golden Boy Promotions

Undefeated featherweight prospect Diego De La Hoya (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Arturo Badillo (20-10, 18 KOs) in the LA Fight Club main event at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. De La Hoya attacked the body of Badillo in the opening round. In round two De La Hoya appeared to be cut above the left eye and landed a low blow on Badillo to earn a referee’s warning. De La Hoya tagged Badillo in round three with big punches as he boxed pressed forward. Finally, a crunching left hook to the body by De La Hoya did it in round four as referee Jerry Cantu reached a ten count at 1:11.

In the co-main event, super featherweight Carlos Morales (13-1-3, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles scored a clear cut ten round unanimous decision over Omar Tienda (14-3, 8 KOs) of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Morales and Tienda fought at a very fast pace, and both fighters suffered cuts above the eye. In the end, the judges saw it 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 in favor of Morales. (more…)



February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

UniMas Weights from Phoenix

Jessie Magdaleno 126.7 vs. Rey Perez 131
Carlos Castro 126.7 vs. Rafael Reyes 127
Trevor McCumby 174.4 vs. James Freeman 174.2
Jesse Garcia 131.2 vs. Derick Bartlemay 130.9
Luis Olivares 137.2 vs. Omar Garcia 136.3
Luis Espinoza 112.9 vs. Luis Guerrero 112
Paul Romero 122 vs. Jamie Gutierrez 119

Venue: Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas



February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Carlton, Minnesota

By Jesse Kelley

Caleb Truax 160 vs. Melvin Betancourt 160
Duarn Vue 125.8 vs. Jerren Cochran 124.8
John Franklin 117.4 vs. Vicente Alfaro 117.2
Joe Amouta 166.8 vs. Deangelo Curtis 165.6
Daniel Placeres 133.6 vs. Trevor Marmon 135
Homar Rios 135.8 vs. Gavino Guaman 134

Venue: Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions



February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Truax returns home to Minnesota

By Jesse Kelley

Middleweight contender “Golden” Caleb Truax (25-2-2, 15 KOs) of Osseo, MN returns to action this Saturday at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Truax will battle Melvin Betancourt (29-3, 23 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in the ten-round main event of the “High Stakes Boxing” event presented by Tony Grygelko of Seconds Out Promotions.

Truax – the #7 ranked middleweight by the WBA – made neighboring Chicago, Illinois his battleground in 2014 at the UIC Pavilion where he picked up wins against Derek Ennis and Scott Sigmon. Those victories set up a title challenge to WBA champion Daniel Jacobs on April 4, 2015. Truax put forth a spirited effort throughout the contest before being stopped on his feet in the closing minutes of the twelfth and final round.

Truax was ready to bounce back from the defeat to Jacobs in September of 2015 with a showdown against respected southpaw Fernando Guerrero but a mix up and issue with Truax’s medicals at weigh-in put an end to that fight before it could begin. (more…)



February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Weights from Monterrey

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Francisco Rodríguez 110 vs. Ramón García 111.3
Carlos Díaz 132 vs. Ulíses Pérez 132
Edivaldo Ortega 121 vs. Alexander Cázarez 121.5
Sergio Puente 135 vs. Brandon Acosta 135
Jesús Hernández 122 vs. Humberto Santiago 123
Filiberto Tovar 220 vs. Juan Pablo Olivos 257

Venue: Arena José Sulaiman, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer
Tv: TV Azteca, beIN Sports, Azteca América

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February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Porter: I’m ready to knock out Thurman

Photos: Premier Boxing Champions

Former IBF welterweight titleholder “Showtime” Shawn Porter opened up his training camp to media Thursday at Porter Hy-Performance Center in Las Vegas as he prepares for his primetime showdown with reigning WBA welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman on March 12 on CBS presented by Premier Boxing Champions from Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut.

“I have faced a tougher opposition than Keith Thurman,” said Porter. “I feel like that may work most to my advantage. I think that there will come points in this fight where I will put him up against things that he has never been up against. It is all about how he reacts to what I throw at him. My plan is to go in there and shake him up, make him uncomfortable and carry the fight just like that. I am ready and whatever Thurman has to bring. I’m ready for 12 rounds, I’m ready to knock him out. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to win. I’m ready. (more…)



February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Rocky Martinez Update

Three weeks before his defense against Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, WBO junior lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez, is working hard in the gym and hopes to travel to Mexico between March 6th and 7th for the clash, to be held on Saturday, March 12, at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan in Mexico.

Peter Rivera, Vice-President of PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Martinez’s (29-2-3, 17 KOs) promoter, said today that he expects to receive from Promociones Zanfer the confirmation of the travel to go to Mexico. “We hope to go to Merida between Sunday, March 6th or Monday 7th to acclimate Rocky there. Although we know that Merida is at sea level, we want Rocky sit well with the weather too,” said Rivera. “We also hope they (Promociones Zanfer) send us the date of Rocky’s flight because there is a group of Puerto Rican fans who will make the trip to Mexico to see the fight.” (more…)



February 19th, 2016

UFC

Worry-free Carneiro ready to make impact in UFC return

Fighters are not like the rest of us.

Example No. 3675: Think of fighting one fight against one opponent. That would be stressful enough. Now think of fighting three opponents. In one night . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, February 21 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Mollo outweighs Zimnoch by 21.6 lbs

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Unbeaten Polish heavyweight Krzysztof Zimnoch (18-0, 12 KOs) weighed 220.4 lbs. for Saturday’s clash with Chicagoan “Merciless” Mike Mollo (20-5, 12 KOs), who scaled in at 242. Also, in a noteworthy clash between unbeaten middleweights, Kamil Szeremeta (12-0, 1 KO) weighed 157.4, while Artem Karpets (21-0, 6 KOs) came in at 158.2.

Location: Legionowo, Poland
Promoter: Babilon Promotion/Sferis KnockOut Promotions



February 19th, 2016

WBA

Chudinov and Sturm Make Weight

In advance of Saturday’s fight at Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, WBA world super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (14-0, 10 KOs), from Serpukhov, Russia, and former WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-5-3, 18 KOs), from Cologne, Germany, both made weight.

At the official weigh-in today, the champion came in at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds. The challenger came in a pound under at 167 pounds.

After the weigh-in, Julio Thyme (the WBA official overseeing the bout), accompanied by WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, reviewed the rules concerning tomorrow’s rematch.

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February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Martin vs. Joshua tickets gone in 90 seconds

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

Tickets for the IBF world heavyweight title blockbuster between world champion Charles Martin and Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua sold-out in just 90 seconds on Friday ahead of their clash at The O2 in London on April 9, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Martin travels to England for the first defense of the title that he landed in Brooklyn in January against Vyacheslav Glazkov, and the California-based St Louis powerhouse has told Joshua that he’ll knock him out to retain his title – and take his fans in the process.

“I’m strong and I’ll be ready to KO him and win over his fans,” said Martin. “The boxing scene here is booming and I want to be a part of it. It’s just business – and I’ll show on the night that I mean business. I will return to the UK in April in phenomenal shape, ready for battle. He’s a pretty specimen and those muscles are fine and dandy, but when he gets tired, I get stronger, when he starts to go downhill. There’s no fear in me. I’ve been walking this earth for 29 years now, I am afraid of no man. I want what he’s got – the praise, the attention and the fans – plain and simple.” (more…)



February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Margarito Returns

Photos: Zanfer

He’s officially back. The comeback of former world champion Antonio “El Tornado” Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) is on for March 5 against Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr (39-7-2, 23 KOs) at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City. “I’m ready to return after four years. I have no economic problems,” said Margarito “I just want my children to see me fight, to know who their father is.” He added that his right eye is healthy after suffering a serious injury in his bout against Miguel Cotto in 2011.

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February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

4 new African Boxing Union (ABU) regional titles

ABU Chairman Houcine HouichiIn order to enforce the ABU championships and to promote its title and to discover new African talents, ABU chairman Houcine Houichi has created with immediate effect 4 new regional ABU titles.

1. North ABU title which responsable is Mr Rafik Ouennoughi (Tunisia).
2. South ABU title which responsable is Dr Peter Ngatane (South-Africa)
3. East ABU title which responsable is Mr Celestino Mindra (Uganda)
4. West ABU title which responsable is Mr Remi Aboderin (Nigeria)

The champions of these 4 African zones will fight for the ABU title in their respective divisions.

Mr Houichi explains that the main point is to encourage and promote regional ABU title in order to select the best boxers for the main ABU Championship title



February 19th, 2016

Boxing News

Kuzmin overpowers Hernandez

By Rocky Morales at ringside

In the featured 10 round heavyweight attraction, Russian fighter Sergey Kuzmin (6-0, 3KO) played the bull while fleet footed Rodney Hernandez (9-4-1, 2KO) played the matador, doing well to stay out of harms way but fighting backing up and dodging for most of the fight. Kuzmin seemed content to box for the first half of the fight but by the time he tried to apply real pressure, Hernandez was nowhere to be found and Kuzmin had to settle for a comfortable unanimous decision victory by scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 97-93. Kuzmin, a decorated former amateur fighter who won the 2010 European next returns to Russia for a showdown with an 18-0 fighter in April. (more…)



February 19th, 2016




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