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There’s no better fighter to talk about upcoming WBC light heavyweight championship between Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) and Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) than Donovan George. “Da Bomb” fought Stevenson, and training and living in Chicago has a unique insight into Fonfara’s career. “Nobody hits harder than Stevenson,” said George in a Fightnews.com interview. “He is the best light heavyweight in the world. At least until May 24.” The Stevenson-Fonfara WBC light heavyweight championship clash is promoted by Yvon Michel/GYM and will be televised live by Showtime. (more…)
WBO #1 rated middleweight Billy Joe Saunders (19-0, 10 KOs) says he’ll cut through unbeaten Emanuele Blandamura (22-0, 5 KOs) for the European title and then he wants WBO king Peter Quillin. Saunders, the British, Commonwealth and WBO International beltholder, faces Italian Blandamura on July 26 at Manchester’s Phones 4 U Arena as chief support to the heavyweight showdown between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury.
“Of course, Blandamura is the only thing on my mind at the moment, but I know that I will have to put on a class performance to show that I’m ready to fight Quillin for the world title next,” said Saunders. “That’s the golden carrot for me, I’ve got to shine on the night and show I’m the best out there. Quillin is there for me to beat and I reckon he’s the most beatable of the champions. The way he fights will suit my style and I’d beat him 100% and I’d fight him anywhere, in his backyard or even a stable! (more…)
Former heavyweight title challenger ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers (38-4, 20 KOs) will be back in action on Saturday night at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, England. Chambers takes on journeyman Carl Baker (10-7, 7 KOs) in an eight rounder.
“I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever felt – strong, focused and determined to get back to where I need to be in this sport,” Eddie said. “I’m going to give you a reason to come and support me because I’m planning on taking this straight to the title, there’s no question about it and we’ll make some history on the way.” (more…)
Boxing – not basketball – is my top priority, Manny Pacquiao assures fans. More
Callum Johnson returns to ring, fullfils a dream. More
Tony Bellow says he’ll “put the record straight” against Nathan Cleverly. More
Holland, Michigan, boxer Johnny Garcia prepares for a minor title fight. More
After requesting a showdown with longtime bantamweight contender Urijah Faber, Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres will get his wish, as he meets “The California Kid” at UFC 175 in Las Vegas on July 5th . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Mariano A. Agmi
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Brooklyn’s own “The Notorious” Frank Galarza (13-0-2, 9 KOs) returns to the ring this Friday night for the third time this year, when he takes on fellow undefeated prospect Sebastien Bouchard (8-0, 2 KOs) in a junior middleweight contest scheduled for eight rounds. The bout will serve as the co-feature of a ShoBox telecast live from Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Galarza hopes to make his second ShoBox appearance as memorable as his first, when he scored a spectacular knock out of the previously undefeated John Thompson in two rounds last January. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Just days away from their showdown, four-division world champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) and former WBO junior welterweight champion Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) held separate workouts Wednesday afternoon at the Azteca Boxing Gym in Bell, California. Marquez-Alvarado marks the return of boxing to the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California as the two will square off this Saturday night live on HBO World Championship. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF will kick off the 2014 sanctioning body convention season with it’s 31st annual convention in Atlantic City at the Resorts Hotel and Casino from May 18-22. This year’s convention boasts the theme of “Back where it all began,” as the IBF formed in 1983 during the USBA convention in Atlantic City. Starting in late 1983 and continuing over the next year, the IBF staged inaugural title fights around the world in all of boxing’s weight divisions, even creating the Super Middleweight division along the way.
The highlight of this year’s convention will surely be the gathering of many of those inaugural champs from lightweight up to heavyweight so that they maybe recognized as the first IBF world champions in their respective weight classes. Champs such as Charlie “Choo Choo” Brown, Donald Curry, Mark Medal, Murray Sutherland, Michael Spinks, Marvin Camel and Larry Holmes will be on hand to receive their recognition at the awards banquet on Wednesday, May 21st. (more…)
Antonio Orozco 141 vs. Martin Honorio 140
Manuel Avila 122 vs. David De La Mora 121.5
Manuel Roman 120 vs. Jose Silveira 120
Elias Espadas 160 vs. Jamal Harris 159
Prince Smalls 127.5 vs. Victor Serrano 128
Jorge Ruiz 126 vs. Walter Santibanes 126
Tevin Watts 152 vs. Elliot Seymour 153
Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Steve Bujaj 198.4 – Junior Wright 198.6
(WBC International cruiserweight title)
Jarrell Miller 263 vs. Joshua Harris 213
Steven Martinez 153.8 vs. Antonio Chaves Fernandez 154
Dimash Niyazov 134 vs. Jose Del Valle 133
Mikkel Lespierre 148.6 vs. Rapahel Luna 150
Akil Auguste 161.8 vs. Juan Zapata 163
Marcos Suarez 136 vs. Ian James 136
Alexey Zubov 200 vs. Glenn Thomas 204
Promoter: Star of David Promotions
Venue: Millennium Theater
1st Bell: 7:00 pm
By Gary “Digital” Williams
WIBA (Women’s International Boxing Association) Welterweight champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA will defend her title against one of the more recognizable names in female boxing — former world champion Mia “The Knockout” St. John of Oxnard, CA — on Saturday, May 17 at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA.
This will be the second title defense for Nelson, the 2013 Beltway Boxing Co-Boxer of the Year (8-0-3), who won a 10-round unanimous decision over Kali Reis on November 7 in Cockeysville, MD in her first defense. This will be Nelson’s sixth consecutive time competing in a world title bout. (more…)
It was officially announced today that former four-division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) will return to the ring to face Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (24-1-1, 21 KOs) in a 12-round welterweight bout on June 21 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. Guerrero has been on the shelf for over a year since his fight against Floyd Mayweather on May 4, 2013. Following an unsuccessful bid to get out of his promotional contract with Golden Boy, he signed with powerful boxing manager Al Haymon and is back headlining on premium television.
Robert Guerrero: “I’m excited to be making my ring return on June 21, especially for my fans in California. Although I’ve been out for a while, make no mistake about it, I’m in great shape. I’m hungry and I’m looking forward to the challenge Kamegai presents. I am just happy to be fighting again while bringing excitement to the hottest division in boxing, the welterweight division. I have no doubt that I will be victorious in my return.”
Also on the card, Gary Russell Jr. will face face Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO featherweight title and former champion Devon Alexander faces off against Jesus Soto Karass. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. PT!
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former Jr. Welterweight champion Mike Alvarado of Denver,Co. and four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico took part in a special media day at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, in advance of their 12-round welterweight elimination battle on Saturday.
Also on hand was two-time Méxican Olympian and undefeated Featherweight Óscar Valdez (10-0, 9 KOs) who is featured on the Márquez-Alvarado undercard, as well as former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley. (more…)
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman says WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will have to wait for unification clash against current champion Bermane Stiverne, because Stiverne must first face his mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder. “The agreements must be respected,” said Sulaiman in a statement on the WBC’s official website. “We made that decision at the last Convention and Deontay Wilder is the mandatory challenger. So Bermane Stiverne has to face him first.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA informs that its Championships Committee has decided to call to a purse bid for a bout between Panamanian “super” world bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and his mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Payano of the Dominican Republic. The auction will take place on May 23 at World Boxing Association Headquarters in Panama City with vice chairman Aurelio Fiengo presiding.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
A Ukrainian newspaper made quite a stir today, saying that there are ongoing negotiations between Vyacheslaw “Czar” Glazkov (17-0, 11 KO) and Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KO) about a possible HBO date in July. “We have not been approached by HBO nor have we been approached by Gary Shaw about such a fight at this point,” said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva in a Fightnews.com interview. But she did reveal a big, life changing development in the “Czar’s” future. (more…)
Just when his critics were about ready to close the book on him, former WBA light welterweight champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (32-9-2, 19 KOs) has clawed his way back into the world ratings, and he is looking to make a statement in the welterweight division. After winning his last three, including upset victories over prospect Danny O’Connor (23-1) and contender Jorge Paez Jr. (37-4-1), Harris has been rated #24 by the WBC and his team is targeting other rated welterweights.
“We are calling out everyone in the top ten,” said advisor Peter Cruz.
Advisor Zef Ramirez added “We know what we need to do right now. We need to kick the door wide open and take the title, because nobody is going to hand it to us.” (more…)
On Thursday night, cruiserweight prospect Steve Bujaj (12-0, 9 KOs) looks to remain undefeated when he takes on fellow undefeated Junior Wright (10-0, 9 KOs) in a 10-round fight for the WBC USNBC and the WBC International titles. The 23-year old native of Yonkers, New York has been training hard for the fight that could catapult him into title contention.
“I am just ready to fight. This is a big opportunity with a lot on the line and I am ready to take care of business,”said Buaj.
When asked about his opponent, Bujaj is ready for anything. “I don’t know much about him, but I trained as this was a world title bout.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Bethuel Ushona has a high hurdle to clear this week before he can repeat his challenge to Manny Pacquiao. The Namibian welterweight will make the fifth defense of his WBO Africa title when he takes on Ebenezar Lantei Lamptey of Ghana on Friday night. Ushona is #1 in the WBO’s rankings list and the mandatory challenger for Pacquiao’s title. He has said the Filipino, who has held titles in eight divisions, should fight him or be stripped of the belt. His fight against Lamptey will take place at the Omuthiya Park in the Oshikoto region of Namibia and it could be a tricky obstacle. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
“The Mike Alvarado that you’ll see on Saturday is the best trained Mike Alvarado that you’ve seen in years,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum Tuesday. “He really devoted himself to training for the fight without some of the nonsense that took place in the past with some of his training.”
Alvarado’s manager Henry Delgado apologized for Alvarado’s performance in his loss to Ruslan Provodnikov last October. Alvarado came into that fight weight-drained. “Our preparation for the fight wasn’t where it needed to be,” said Delgado. “That wasn’t the Mike Alvarado that everybody had gone to see fight. This time it’s completely different.”
Delgado said moving Alvarado’s training camp from Denver to Los Angeles, California made a huge difference in Mike’s preparation for Saturday’s clash against Juan Manuel Marquez. “There are too many distractions in Denver,” said Delgado. “Denver is a hotbed of sports. They’ve got all these sports figures and they’re like gods. You can’t go anywhere and eat, they were pulling him too many different places. In Los Angeles, he’s just another guy. We’re getting our training done and taking care of business.”
Super featherweight Tyler Asselstine (14-1, 7 KOs) takes on unbeaten Joel Diaz Jr. (15-0, 12 KOs) this Friday at the Foxwoods Resort, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The scheduled ten round clash will be the main event on Showetime’s popular Shobox fight series. You could say this is a bit of unfinished business. Asselstine and Diaz were scheduled to fight a little over a year ago but Diaz pulled out a about a week before the fight with hand injury he suffered from a fall. (more…)
At least according to Wikipedia, the sheer amount of nicknames is impressive: JoJo, Cyborginho, Dr. Kneevil. But the best moniker for The Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor Joanne Calderwood may be one not even listed on her Wiki page: . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photo: Visual Delight/Danian Brierty
As announced Tuesday, WBA #2 middleweight Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher was named as mandatory challenger for WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. The WBA has given the camps of both boxers 30 days to agree to terms for a fight to be scheduled within 120 days.
Upon hearing the news, Fletcher was upbeat on the prospect of facing a boxer regarded as one of the hottest properties in the world right now. “I believe in myself, always have and I’ve been waiting for my chance. To prove I’m the best in the world I need to beat those at the top, whether that be Martinez, Geale, Sturm or Golovkin. I know I’ve got what it takes and I will now prove it,” vowed Fletcher. (more…)
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Get ready for big names and/or world title fights every weekend in June. Here’s the scheduled lineup:
June 7 — PPV
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez
(WBC middleweight title)
June 14 — HBO
Ruslan Provodnikov vs. Chris Algieri
(WBO jr welterweight title)
Demetrius Andrade vs. Brian Rose
(WBO jr middleweight title)
June 21 — Showtime
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Gary Russell
(WBO featherweight title)
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai
Devon Alexander vs. Jesus Soto Karass
June 28 — HBO
Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa
(WBO lightweight title)
Finally! The all-action fights of exciting WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (37-2-1, 26 KOs) could soon be enjoyed by boxing fans in the United States. HBO Sports president Ken Hershman recently met with “Kapt’n Huck” and his promoter Kalle Sauerland in Hamburg, Germany, and Hershman is very interested in bringing Huck to the U.S. market. According to Sauerland, plans call for Huck to make a few more cruiserweight defenses before moving up to heavyweight. In Huck’s one heavyweight fight to date, he lost a very close majority decision to then WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.
The WBA has ordered the camp of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) to start negotiations for his next mandatory fight against #2 rated Jarrod Fletcher (18-1, 10 KOs) of Australia. The parties will have 30 days to reach an agreement or the WBA will call a purse bid. There were serious negotiations for a pay-per-view clash between Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., however Junior balked at the terms of the deal, which included a contract extension with Top Rank.
Former heavyweight world champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Mike Tyson will return to Turning Stone Resort Casino on June 6 for an ESPN Friday Night Fights event promoted by Tyson’s Iron Mike Productions. Tyson will participate in a series of on-site events at Turning Stone in the lead-up to the fights. The upcoming ESPN event will be Tyson’s second at Turning Stone over the last year. He made national headlines last August when he debuted as a promoter and provided intensely personal revelations at the event’s press conference.
The two main events at Turning Stone’s June 6 ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcast will be a 10-round light middleweight bout featuring Yudel Jhonson (15-1, 9 KOs) and an 8-round welterweight bout featuring Sammy Vasquez Jr. (14-0, 10 KOs). The June 6 event will also feature a special attraction with Ievgen Khytrov (4-0, 4 KOs) in an 8-round middleweight bout.
Tickets will be available on Ticketmaster, and by visiting the Turning Stone box office or calling (315) 361-7469.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Four-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico signs gloves during a conference call Tuesday for his upcoming 12-round welterweight battle against former jr. welterweight champion Mike Alvarado of Denver, Colorado. Promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, Márquez Boxing and Tecate, Márquez and Alvarado will collide at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday live on HBO. Tickets are still available and are priced at $400, $250, $150, $100, $75 and $35. Tickets can be purchased at the Forum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (800-745-3000), and online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.fabulousforum.com. (more…)
The Pod Index, LLC conducted an official scoring review of the April 16th WBC lightweight title bout between Omar Figueroa and Jeremy Belmontes in Carson, California. The three assigned officials scored the fight as follows…
Hubert Minn: 115-113 for Belmontes
Burt Clements: 116-112 for Figueroa
David Mendoza: 118-110 for Figueroa
Five experienced championship judges were asked to score the fight on TV with the sound muted. The chart below compares the scores of all eight judges. All five review judges, who shall remain nameless, scored the fight extremely close, with no margin of victory greater than one round.
Overall, the median average score of the eight judges was 114-114. Hubert Minn’s 115-113 score for Belmontes was the closest to that average. David Mendoza’s 118-110 score for Figueroa was the farthest from the average of the eight scores.
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