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Junior welterweight Hank Lundy (25-3-1, 12 KOs) isn’t impressed with NABF titleholder Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs), whom he faces in a 10-round primetime showcase Saturday night on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. “He’s basic,” Lundy said. “A lot of jabs. He likes to pump his jab and hook off his jab. Nothing special. He can’t fight on the inside and doesn’t have a chin. If he gets caught upstairs he falls apart.
“As far as him being a power puncher, I don’t see it. I’m not taking anything away from Mayfield, but Mayfield was right in front of him and he couldn’t stop him. If he’s such a puncher, why didn’t he knock out Mayfield? If you look at some of his knockouts, those were against lesser opponents. Who were they? They were nobody. Mayfield is a fighter that will be in your face. That’s what punchers want. They don’t want someone who’ll move around.”
“Those tall guys don’t have the tools I have. Once I get in front of you I can fool you. You don’t know where I’m coming from. They assume a lot because I’m short, but I’ve got a lot of tricks up my sleeve…once I get in that ring, I’ll see what he will give me and that’s what I’ll take. Everyone knows Hammerin’ Hank can box, and if I want to come get you, I’ll come get you…this is my championship right here. I’m just prepared to do what I have to do.”
A Purse Bid Procedure was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF bantamweight eliminator for the #1 ranking between bantamweight eliminator bantamweight eliminator between Ryosuke Iwasa and Sergio Perales. There was only one bidder. Teiken Promotions won with a bid of $72,100. The purse bid split is 60% to Iwasa and 40% to Perales.
Main Events and InterBox have officially announced that an agreement has been reached to present a fight between the reigning unified WBO, IBF and WBA light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (26-0-1, 23 KOs) and former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17 KOs). The fight is to take place in Montréal or Québec City on Saturday, March 14, 2015, but it is contingent on Pascal prevailing over Bolonti on December 6 and on the IBF granting Kovalev a special exception to postpone his mandatory title defense against Nadjib Mohammedi. This mega-bout will be televised live in the United States on HBO. Further details will be announced at a later date.
Photo: All Star Boxing
Former WBO Latin welterweight champion Edgar “Nene” Ortega is set to make his US debut on December 20 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Sheldon, Washington.
Ortega (15-2-10 KOs) will move up to the Jr. Middleweight division and face undefeated prospect Justin Williams (17-0-10 KOS) in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds.
Currently “Nene” is training in his native Torreon Coahuila, Mexico along side of his trainer Ismael Villarruel and plans to finish the last two weeks of camp in the high altitude of Mexico City. The bout will be part of the Showtime Showbox series and is being presented by Goosen Promotions in association with All Star Boxing, Inc.
“This is going to be an exciting fight for the fans and for everybody — and it’s going to be brutal,” promises Canadian KO artist David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs), who faces all action middleweight slugger “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) in what stacks up as a very fan-friendly fight on Saturday in the HBO-televised headliner from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“I’m very excited to be back in the ring,” said Lemieux in a recent conference call. “It’s the first time in the US as a pro so it’s going to be very interesting fighting at the Barclays Center on HBO for a main event. I’m very confident that I did everything I had to do. I’m not fighting for the fans. Me, I’m fighting for my family. I want to feed my children. So I know that whatever I do is going to reward the fans and make sure that the fans are always satisfied because, as a pro, I’m there to do the best I can do. So let’s get down to business on December 6th.” (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
The WBC Team is gearing up for their 52nd Annual Convention to take place December 14 to 20 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. More then 100 world champions, plus promoters, managers, current fighters, and media will be on hand to discuss current issues in the boxing World. “We are working day by day to have a extraordinary week with all the participants and to show to the world fans all about we do and could be doing for this sport,” said WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman.
All action middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) faces Canadian KO artist David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) on Saturday in the HBO-televised headliner from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Lemieux is currently a -240 favorite, but Rosado doesn’t see it that way. In recent a conference call, Rosado talked about replacing his long time trainer Billy Briscoe with veteran trainer Jesse Reid, his current losing streak, being the “B” side, his opinion of Lemieux, his BKB KO win against Bryan Vera, and much more.
Can you talk about the difficulty and maybe the hesitance in parting ways with a trainer you’ve worked with so long?
Yes, Billy Briscoe, he was my trainer for about 10 years. But it just kind of got to the point where I just felt that it wasn’t anything personal, it’s just business and I thought that in order for me to take it to that next level, I had to make a move. And Jesse Reid is one of the best trainers in the world. He’s trained 25 World Champions and it’s funny how it just worked out. (more…)
Traditionally speaking, Urijah Faber is at a point in his career where he should be slowing down and taking stock of the legacy he has crafted for himself in this sport . . click here for more
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This Friday night at Harrahs Philadelphia, undefeated Jarrett Hurd will now take on Eric “Murder” Mitchell in the 8-round Middleweight main event. Hurd steps in for Harry Joe Yorgey. Hurd of Accokeek, Maryland has a record of 13-0 with eight knockouts and will face his most experienced opponent. Mitchell of Philadelphia has a record of 23-11-2 with 11 knockouts. The show is promoted by King’s Promotions & XFE. (more…)
Four-time world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (34-4, 20 KOs) will appear in a special 10 round feature attraction on Saturday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. He will face Armando “Chiquito” Vasquez (21-11, 4 KOs). In honor of the occasion, local organizers have instituted “Hawaiian Punch Saturday” specials. Fans attending Glendale Fight Night VI will be treated to rock bottom deals on Hawaiian Punch infused drinks, Hawaiian Punch/Hubba Bubba bubble gum, Hawaiian Punch Licorice Twists, and one lucky fan will walk away with an autographed boxing glove signed by “The Hawaiian Punch” himself along with a vintage gift pack of Hawaiian Punch toys. Tickets starting at $40 can be purchased online at www.glendalefightnight.com or by calling (626) 388-8888.
Christmas will come early for fight fans in San Antonio, Texas, as Golden Boy Promotions and Leija-Battah Promotions have announced a card at Cowboys Dancehall on Monday, December 8. The card FREE to Texas boxing fans and professional fighters with the donation of a toy and will benefit the Children’s Shelter of San Antonio and St. PJ’s Children’s Home to give to the abused and neglected children from “Santa Claus.” Just bring a toy to the Leija Battah offices at 4310 West Ave. between 9am – 6pm Monday thru Friday and receive your free ticket.
Headlining is unbeaten 2012 United States Olympian Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs) who will face his most experienced foe to date in Jose Angel Beranza (36-31-2, 28 KOs) in a ten round featherweight clash. Jr welterweight Jose “Loco” Hernandez (14-8-1, 6 KOs) meets Justo Vallecillo (6-17, 3 KOs) in an eight-round matchup. WBC #7 bantamweight Ivan “Nino Maravilla” Morales (26-0, 15 KOs) takes on Timur Shailezov (17-8-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-rounder.
The team of WBA #8-ranked Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (18-2, 10 KOs) is confident that their man will spring an upset over former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (30-3, 16 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Horden Pavilion in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia.
“Jarrod has always felt he was a better fighter than Geale and now he finally has the chance to prove it,” said co-promoter Adam Wilcock. “He’s trained harder than I’ve ever seen him in preparation. This will be the best version of Jarrod Fletcher ever seen. He’s very pumped up for this.”
Co-promoter Greg Cohen added, “Jarrod wanted this fight for a long time. He’s convinced he has the stuff to beat Geale and a lot of the late money on the fight is saying there are many, like us, who believe him.”
Interbox has confirmed to RDS that unified WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev will face Jean Pascal at the beginning of next year provided Pascal defeats Roberto Bolonti on Saturday night in Montreal. Pascal=Bolonti can be seen in the USA on pay-per-view.
Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of cruiserweight prospect Alexey Zubov, a Russian-born boxer with a tremendous amateur predigree and 6-0 , 4 KOs mark as a professional, to the Star of David Promotions roster. The 28-year-old right-hander Zubov is 6-2 1/2, owns power in both hands, and will be moving to NYC to make his stand in the professional ranks. He debuted in April with a KO1 win, and Salita sees a bunch more of those type of victories coming in the near future.
“Alexey is one of the best prospects in boxing,” Salita said. “He has the skills, size and work ethic to be a cruiserweight and heavyweight champion. The invaluable experience he gained as an elite amateur will help him progress quickly in the pros. I am confident that Alexey’s aggressive style will make him very popular amongst boxing fans and in New York’s Russian community.”
Zubov will fight on a Salita pro boxing card January 22 at Webster Hall in Manhattan. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit will host promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas’ next presentation on Thursday, December 11. The eight round main event features a heavyweight match up as undefeated Ali Mansour of Windsor, Canada tangles with Detroit’s Damon McCreary. This match has been in the works for months with the fighters exchanging verbal barbs along the way. McCreary has been in with the better opposition including Deontay Wilder but at 41 it will be a question as to what he has left. Mansour is a natural heavyweight and will have that advantage going for him. Lack of conditioning has marred both guys recent performances and this one may very well come down to who is in the best shape. Interesting crossroads fight for local bragging rights.
In other matches Detroit favorites Darryl Cunningham and Willie Fortune look to bounce back after tough losses. Cunningham will take on Bruce Rumboltz while Fortune tangles with Skyler Thompson. Cunningham’s bout is scheduled for six, Fortune-Thompson is an eight rounder. (more…)
By Joanna Maj
Photos: Peter Frutkoff
Boxing.pl’s Joanna Maj recently conducted a terrific interview with heavyweight Malik Scott, who is back on the rise after an October 24 win over former heavyweight title challenger Alex Leapai.
Fight #40 against Alex Leapai, who was coming off the loss against Vladimir Klitschko, gave you a much needed win. During the press conference before, you stated that you are not only going to win, but you will stop him at the same time. If not, retirement it is. We don’t want you to retire yet, but jokes aside, did Alex surprise you in any way that night and how satisfied are you with your performance on October 24th?
Yes the win was very much needed and the plan was to take Alex into deep water and drown him. But I broke my hand on his head in the 4th round, so therefore I was only able to deliver a ten round ass kicking and not the stoppage I promised myself. (more…)
Robbie Lawler conducts interviews much like he fights. There are no wasted words (punches) and every sentence (strike) counts. So as his UFC 181 main event against welterweight champion Johny Hendricks approaches on December 6, let’s relive the career of “Ruthless Robbie” in his own words . . click here for more
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Former two-time world champion Joan Guzman will be back in action January 22. Like his last fight this past October 31, the venue will be the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant which is owned by Guzman’s manager Ramon Arellano and located in Nashville, Tennessee. The opponent for the main event bout will be determined shortly.
Guzman defeated a veteran journeyman this past October 31 which was met with some criticism in some social media networks. Arellano quickly came to the defense of his fighter and addressed this. “I read some people writing some negative comments and I personally told them that it didn’t matter who he fought. What matters is that he fought, won, got some rounds and came out of the fight injury free. Guzman hadn’t fought in nearly two years prior to this last fight.” (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Photo by Klaus Frevert
Australian heavyweight contender Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (27-1-2, 23 KOs) wants to fight current WBA world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) for his title in 2015. With the news surfacing that veteran Fres Oquendo allegedly tested positive for prohibited substances following his WBA world title fight against Chagaev in July, de Mori says if he gets the opportunity to be the next opponent for Chagaev, he is more than happy to undergo any testing from now until after the fight.
“Right now I am ranked number 9 by the WBA. Fighters testing positive ranked above me I assume will be dropped from the rankings” de Mori said. “I made myself available on 2 days notice when Oquendo was originally balking at turning up for the fight against Chagaev so I have no problem nominating myself with serious preparation time.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
When WBA #11, WBO #14 Heavyweight Joseph Parker (11-0, 9 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in New Zealand against Brazilian Irineu Beato Costa Junior (15-1, 13 KOs), it will be Parker’s fifth ring appearance of 2014. WBO #15 Costa is coming off a twelve round decision loss against Christian Hammer in October but in his only other 2014 ring outing he dominated Daniel Alejandro Sanabria over twelve rounds to successfully defend the WBO Latino title.
Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry says this is a ‘risk versus reward’ fight. “Everyone knows the last time Joe fought a tall Brazilian (Marcelo Luiz Nascimento) he got his ear drum busted. We were expecting an easier lead up to Christmas but have struggled attracting many of the top 15 rated guys and when one comes along we’ve got to take the fight, even if it is at a month’s notice.” (more…)
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