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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Superstar Manny Pacquiao and New York's undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri make ...

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME J'Leon Love 167.5 vs. Porky Medina 168.6 Badou Jack 169.4 vs. Jason Escalera 169.2 Ronald Gavril 166 vs. Thomas Falowo 166 Venue: Palms ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs

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Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

Pacquiao-Algieri grand arrival

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ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

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Boxing News

Official Alvarez vs Angulo anouncement

Four-Fight Pay Per View Event also includes Leo Santa Cruz vs. Cristian Mijares, Omar Figueroa vs. Ricardo Alvarez, Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo

Former World Champion and Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez returns to the ring on Saturday, March 8 to face the fierce and rugged Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo in the headline attraction of a stacked four-fight event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, presented live on SHOWTIME PPV.

Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, the pay-per-view card offers matchups that promise to be exciting, all-action bouts. The most anticipated match of the night features Canelo, as he looks to reassert himself as the best young fighter of this era. Rounding out the card are three outstanding 12-round world title fights: Two-Division World Champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight World Title against former Two-Time World Champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs); exciting young star Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (24-0-1, 17 KOs) will risk his WBC Interim Lightweight Title against Canelo’s brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (23-2-3, 14 KOs) and “King” Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) will defend his IBF Junior Middleweight Championship against undefeated Jermall Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs).

In main attraction preceding the pay-per-view telecast, former two-time World Champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares (35-3, 23 KOs) will face Nihito Arakawa (24-3-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight clash.

Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $600, $400, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges and taxes, with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. (more…)



January 17th, 2014



Boxing News

Florida Boxing Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2014.

Living inductees include former world champion Mike McCallum and top contenders Francisco Arreola and Jose Ribalta, trainer James “Buddy” McGirt, promoters Walter Alvarez, Luis De Cubas and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, historian Don Cogswell, boxing writer Santos Perez, boxing official Paul Herman, participants Ed Levine, Fred Levin and Leo Thalassites.

Those inducted posthumously include former world champion Kid Gavilan, contenders Tony Alongi, Carl “Red” Guggino and James Salerno, trainers Jose Caron-Gonzalez and Moe Fleischer and boxing official Alvin Goodman.

Jimmy Resnick and Peter Trematerra will receive Boxing Achievement Awards. (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Szpilka Clears Up Immigration Troubles, Fight vs. Jennings IS ON

The United States Embassy in Poland has granted heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-0, 12 KOs) the proper visa to enter the United States, and he will be landing in Chicago this evening. Szpilka had been denied entry on his first attempt to enter the country for his 10-round showdown against Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KOs) on January 25 in New York at Madison Square Garden Arena. Promoters Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions and Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing are both breathing a sigh of relief, now that fight will proceed as scheduled. The undefeated pair will both be making their HBO debuts in a televised doubleheader, headlined by “Mikey” Garcia’s first defense of his WBO super featherweight championship. Philadelphia’s Jennings is currently ranked #5 in the WBA and #4 in both the WBC and IBF. Szpilka, of Warsaw, Poland, is currently rated WBA and WBC #14.



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Fonfara to Fight Stevenson, Agnew Moves Into IBF Final Eliminator

By Sam Geraci

Andrzej Fonfara has notified the IBF that he will be fighting WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson instead of IBF #2 Dmitry Sukhotsky for the IBF Final Eliminator. As a result, the IBF will order the next highest rated available boxer, Cedric Agnew, to fight Sukhotsky for the new IBF #1 and mandatory challenger.

“On Wednesday night I was notified that Fonfara was not going to fight Sukhotsky but instead is fighting WBC Champion Adonis Stevenson. Now that I know Fonfara is out, the IBF will order the next highest rated available boxer to fight Sukhotsky for the new #1 and mandatory challenger. We will start with #3, Cedric Agnew to see if he is available,” said Lindsey Tucker, chairman of the IBF championship committee.

Although Agnew’s promoter, Malcom Garret, has not yet heard from the IBF, he is optimistic about Agnew’s prospects. (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Montreal

Jean Pascal 175 vs. Lucian Bute 173.6
Mike Perez 231.2 vs. Carlos Takam 256.2

Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Interbox/GYM
TV: HBO



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

More on UFC’s Dana White and his upcoming reality TV show on Boston boxing. More

Sight isn’t everything: A blind boxer from Kampala is making headlines. More

Boxing stages a big return in Taranaki, New Zealand on St. Valentine’s Day. More

Does boxing need a makeover? More



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Travis Kauffman Update

On Saturday night, January 25th, WBA #9 ranked heavyweight Travis Kauffman (27-1, 20 KOs) takes on Vincent Thompson (13-1, 2 KOs) in a 10-round bout for the WBU Intercontinental belt from the Sands in Bethlehem, PA. “Everything has been good in camp,”said Kauffman. “I have been working with Bryant Jennings, Steve Cunningham and Khalib Whitmore. This also is the 2nd camp that we have incorporated former cruiserweight champion Al Cole as part of the training team….Thompson is the toughest fight since my fight with Tony Grano. He is not a big puncher but he is very fast. The plan is to beat him down and show him what I already know that I am at a whole another level that he is at. I know that he is coming to attempt to win, but my experience and pressure will be the deciding factors in the fight.”



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Ten Count for Jose Sulaiman

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Much has been written about the passing of WBC “President For Life,” Don José Sulaimán Chagnón. Sulaiman died yesterday at UCLA Medical Center at 82, of complications following heart surgery. Most of it seems to have been lifted from the same one or two sources and slapped together for print. I wanted to put together, in some cohesive fashion, my thoughts on this “force of nature” in the tumultuous world of boxing.

Don Jose, or Don Pepe as he was called by those close to him, was an easy mark for criticism. Most powerful people are. Be it out of jealousy or justified, that’s what happens when you’re at the top. Sulaiman was at the top of his profession as president of the World Boxing Council for thirty eight years. His climb was relatively rapid once he entered the world of professional boxing. But prior to joining the WBC in 1968, Sulaiman’s journey was one of persistence, and dedication. (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Showtime back tonight with quadrupleheader

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

After more than a month’s hiatus, the first Showtime boxing telecast of 2014 kicks off tonight in downtown Memphis. In the main event, hard-hitting lightweight Ivan “The Terrible” Redkach (15-0, 13 KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line against once-beaten Tony “Lightning” Luis (17-1, 7 KOs).

“I feel that it is the biggest of my career,” said Redkach. “I am facing a very good opponent who I know is coming to win. I appreciate the nice things people say about me, but boxing is my life and I put pressure on myself to be a world champion someday. I watch tape every day because I know there is still a lot of work for me to do. I am very focused. I want to perform well on SHOWTIME because if you don’t perform well on television you don’t always get invited back. I always want to finish my opponents because I know they are trying to take something away from me.”

Luis stated, “This fight means everything to me. I know I can’t afford another loss on television, I can’t afford another loss – period. We all know about my opponent, but I have more experience and have been places as a pro that he hasn’t. There’s no denying his power or ability, but he hasn’t fought the caliber of me.” (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Reed, Hurd headline in Fort Washington, MD

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Two undefeated and highly-touted Maryland prospects will be in featured bouts on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card on Friday, January 17 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Waldorf, MD junior welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed will be in one main event contest as he takes on Jorge Marquez of Phoenix, AZ in a six-round encounter. Reed, the 2013 Beltway Boxing Rookie of the Year (6-0, four KO’s), is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Randy Fuentes on October 18 at Rosecroft. Marquez (4-1, two KO’s) has not fought since scoring a second-round TKO over Tito Jones in April of 2012.

The co-main event will feature undefeated Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd as he takes a nice step up in competition when he faces Chris Chatman of San Diego, CA in a six-round encounter. (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Geale-Wood heating up

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale (29-2, 15 KOs) will clash with hard punching WBA #11 Garth Wood (12-3-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds with IBF and WBA Regional belts up for grabs at the Hordern Pavillion in Sidney, NSW, Australia on February 19. Geale is coming off a disputed split points decision loss to Darren Barker in an IBF middleweight title bout during August 2013. Geale holds wins over Felix Sturm, Anthony Mundine and Sebastian Sylvester. Wood stopped Virgil Kalkoda in his most recent start in May 2013 and shocked the boxing world in 2010 when he scored a fifth round KO of Anthony Mundine.

Garth Wood: Geale called me a low fighter who milked the public. Geale is jealous that I KO’d Mundine in five rounds and in the two fights Geale had with Mundine he could not stop him.

Daniel Geale: I will defeat Wood and I will do it in impressive fashion and move onto bigger fights.

Daniel Geale has been mentioned a future opponent for Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler is on the record saying, “It could be Daniel Geale or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. next after Gennady fights Adama.”



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Pedroza-Ortega Draw in Panama

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World ranked strawweights, Gilberto “El Cacique” Pedroza (10-1-2) and Carlos “Arañita” Ortega (8-3-2), both from Panama, fought to a draw on the main event of the “Todo o Nada” boxing card presented by Promociones del Istmo at Fantastic Casino Albrook Mall in Panama City. After 8 intense rounds of action, Pedroza recovered from a point deduction in round 6 to escape with both the WBC Fecarbox and the Panamanian minimumweight belts. Most of the crowd agreed with judge Fernando Murray who scored 77-75 in favor of Ortega. David Singh voted a 76-76 draw and Jesus Aleman gave a 76-75 advantage to Pedroza who successfully defended the titles. (more…)



January 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Memphis, Tennessee

Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime

Ivan Redkach 134.25 vs. Tony Luis 134.5
John Thompson 153.25 Frank Galarza 153.5
Antoine Douglas 158 vs. Marquis Davis 159.5
Maurice Hooker 141.5 vs. Abel Ramos 141.5

Venue: Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn.
TV: Showtime
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment, in association with GH3 Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Prize Fight Boxing

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January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

R.I.P. Jose Sulaiman 1931-2014

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Edited WBC Press Release: Jose Sulaiman, the long-standing President of the World Boxing Council, passed away today in Los Angeles at the age of 82. He will be remembered as a man of integrity, honorability and pure heart. Inspired by his heroes, believed in unbreakable values and principles and lived a life to the fullest and he did it his way, as Frank Sinatra would sing on “My Way”. Always successful, a natural leader who would never give up, “there are no impossible tasks, some just take a bit longer.” That was the spirit of Don Jose. His life dedicated to the service of others, inspired by his parents education and example, led to a life full of satisfactions, he took tremendous joy by helping others, specially the underprivileged and the discriminated.

Many call him the father of boxing; he certainly treated all fighters as his sons and daughters, he suffered from their problems and worked every single day of his life to try to make boxing better and safer. Regardless if the boxer was an amateur or if he was Mike Tyson or Chavez, he would treat them the same and would relentlessly try to help each one at all times. (more…)



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez Jr-Vera Kickoff Press Conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Former WBC middleweight champion and Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez Jr. and Bryan Vera hosted a news conference on Thursday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas to officially announcing their eagerly awaited rematch on March 1.

Bryan Vera: I don’t want to talk too much about what happened before. I just know that I’m preparing, getting ready. I stayed in shape even between fights. My girlfriend is a professional runner, so I really don’t have a choice but to stay in shape. But I’m ready, I’m prepared, I stayed ready. I’ve changed my life the last couple of years and it’s starting to show in the fights. So come March 1 its going to be a great fight and expect to see my hand get raised.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: I’m very happy that we’re going to have a rematch. There was a lot of controversy after the first fight. A lot of people thought Vera won and that’s why we’re doing the rematch to get any doubts out of the way…I think March 1 you’re going to see a lot of doubts erased about my performance. And thank you Texas because it’s my home too!

Tickets to Chávez vs. Vera II go on sale tomorrow (January 17) at Noon CT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. photos



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Chisora challenger Rudenko out with achilles injury

Dereck Chisora’s challenger for the European Heavyweight title, Andrey Rudenko, has suffered a ruptured achilles tendon and has had to pull out of the fight. Ukranian Rudenko was scheduled to face Chisora at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 15th February, but suffered the injury this week during a training session. Chisora will still headline the show and defend his title against a new challenger to be announced. Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury also features on the show, plus WBO European Super-Middleweight Champion Frank Buglioni and Bradley Skeete who challenges for the WBA International Welterweight title.

Promoter Frank Warren said, “We’re disappointed to hear that Rudenko has suffered this serious injury and has had to withdraw, it’s very unfortunate but these things happen and we have to move on and secure Chisora a new challenger for his European title on the 15th February. We have some names that we are working and will look to announce the name very shortly.”



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Sasso Lopez takes on Mikito Soto

Undeafeated WBC CABOFE super featherweight champion, Edgardo “Sasso” López (8-0-1, 4KOs) is ready to take on the biggest challenge of his career when he steps into the ring with hard puncher Miguel “Mikito” Soto (12-1, 12 KOs) in an 8 round fight that showcases the season opener of the successful “Boxeo Boricua WAPA 2 Deportes” boxing season 2014 presented by Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment, in association with Top Rank on Saturday, February 1st from the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

“This a great show that we have put together for the fans; Sasso is facing his biggest test to date against Mikito Soto. It’s definitely a great fight”, promoter Héctor Soto said.

Also in action, KO artist and local heavyweight attraction Carlos “Chicano” Cotto will make his 2014 return after finishing 2013 with 5 fights. Top mini flyweight and undefeated prospect Angel “Tito” Acosta (5-0, 5KOs) takes on former world title contender Omar “Pastor” Soto in a 6 round bout. Boxeo Boricua WAPA 2: SASSO VS. MIKITO will be televised live on WAPA 2 Deportes in Puerto Rico and for the United States on WAPA America and is presented by Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment, in association with Top Rank.



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Andrade gearing up for first defense

The first title defense of WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) will be against WBO #1-rated mandatory challenger Brian “The Lion” Rose (25-1-1, 7 KOs). The WBO purse bid for Andrade vs. Rose is scheduled for January 23 at the WBO office in Puerto Rico, unless their respective promoters — Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing & Artie Pelullo’s Banner Promotions and Barry Hearn’s Matchroom Sports — reach an agreement prior to the already extended deadline.

“I’m not going to take anybody lightly,” promised Andrade, who was also a world amateur champion. “I’ve been working in the gym, sharpening my tools to get better, and be ready to rock ‘n roll for my first title defense. My goal is to eventually fight the top 154-pounders and unify the titles.”



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury apologizes, retracts statements made towards the WBC

Undefeated heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury has apologized to the WBC for any offense they may have taken regarding his recent comments.

“I would like to apologize to the WBC for the comments I made and any implications that resulted from them,” Tyson said. “Through no fault of my own I have been unable to fight since April with fights in September and February being cancelled. The entire situation and inactivity has left me extremely frustrated. The WBC title has meant a lot to me since I was a kid and I always wanted to fight for that green WBC belt and put my name with the greats like Ali, Leonard, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis who have held it. That passion to hold that belt and the frustration of being forced to be inactive for so long sometimes leads me to say things that I shouldn’t and I would like to take this opportunity to retract those comments I made. I do not believe that the WBC or any of its members acted improperly in the heavyweight division, but having fought a WBC eliminator (which I know and understand was not a final eliminator), and with the title being vacated, I genuinely believe I am the best heavyweight and deserving of a shot.”



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Ricardo Mayorga joins reality show cast

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Flamboyant three time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga has officially joined the cast of NUVOtv’s Knockout boxing reality show. Mayorga will make his return to the ring after a three year absence. The 40-year-old tried his hand at mixed martial arts but is happy to be returning to the sport that he loves. “I had a great time in MMA. It was something that I always wanted to do but boxing is my first love. I want to make one last run in boxing and I am now working with Ivaylo (Gotzev) and he will help get me to the championship fights. I will start by winning this television show,” said Mayorga.

The highly anticipated show highlights the 140, 147 and 154 pound weight class. World class trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr., Yoel Judah, and Ruben Guerrero will lead the fighters into competition against each other and the winners will then step up and fight a top 20 contender or blue chip prospect.



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez Jr Arrives in San Antonio

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr arrived in San Antonio for his big press conference Thursday 2 pm to announce his rematch with Bryan Vera at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Chavez Jr vs Vera II is set for March 1, live on HBO.



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

California Commission punts Golden Boy-Guerrero dispute to the State of New York

The California State Athletic Commission has sided with Golden Boy Promotions regarding the request for arbitration filed by former world champion Robert Guerrero in his attempt to break his promotional contract. The commission agreed with Golden Boy’s contention that the dispute must be decided in the state of New York as per the contract, rather than in California where both Golden Boy and Guerrero are based.



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Majewski ready to face Stevens

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik

Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (21-2, 13 KO) held an open workout at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen (NJ) before his January 24 clash against Curtis “Showtime” Stevens {25-4, 18 KO) at Resorts International and Casino . “Atlantic City is my American home. I work and train here and I know what I have to do to beat Curtis,” said Majewski. “My training for Stevens was about becoming a better boxer and accomplished just that.”

The main event and co-feature (cruiserweights Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu vs. Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola for the vacant NABF Cruiserweight Title) will be broadcast 10:00 PM ET on NBC Fight Night on NBCSN. photos



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Bernard Hopkins says he’ll fight WBA champ Beibut Shumenov next, either in Atlantic City or Brooklyn. More

2008 Olympic gold medal winner James DeGale is just one bout shy of a world title fight. More

Ruslan Provodnikov likes his chances against Manny Pacquiao in a possible April face-off in Las Vegas. More

Derric Rossy returns to the ring in Atlantic City. More



January 16th, 2014

UFC

UFC Atlanta: Rockhold Flawless in TKO of Philippou

It was a longer wait than he wanted, but at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold got his first UFC win, bouncing back from his May 2013 loss to Vitor Belfort with an impressive first round stoppage of Costas Philippou in Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night main event . . . More

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FOX UFC SATURDAY: Henderson vs. Thomson is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 and UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 78 PM ET/5 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Miami “Freedom Fights” Presser

Report/photos: Phil Doherty

Tiburon Promotions held the final press conference for this Saturday’s six-bout “Freedom Fights” card today from Casino Miami Jai Alai. Promoter Al Bonanni took the podium to recognize his own family’s Civil Rights struggles during the sixties in this very Miami neighborhood, thanking the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. for his own legendary freedom fight. Bonanni also announced the eight-round main event between Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (15-1, 9 KOs) and Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey will be for the vacant WBC Fecarbox light heavyweight title.

Twenty-year old Cuban prospect Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (9-0-1, 6 KOs) fought his own fight just to get to the press conference as Florida Statutes do not allow anyone under twenty-one into a casino. Fortunately, the fleet-footed Cuban found a way in through the kitchen just in time to promise fans a spectacular showing in his six-round co-main event against Jamal “The Mailman” Parram (7-9-1, 5 KOs). (more…)



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Redkach-Luis final presser

Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Earlier today at Memphis’ famed Jerry Lee Lewis Café in downtown, lightweights Ivan Redkach (15-0, 13KOs) and Tony Luis (17-1, 7KOs) met face-to-face at the final press conference before the two square off this Friday night in their 10-round lightweight showdown. The match-up will be the headlining bout on Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation premiere card of the 2014 season.

In co-featured televised bouts, unbeaten junior middleweights John Thompson (14-0, 5 KOs) and Frank Galarza (11-0-2, 7 KOs) collide in an eight-round matchup and fast-rising and highly regarded up-and-coming prospect Antoine Douglas (11-0, 7 KOs) squares off against Marquis Davis (8-0-2, 5 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight showdown. Opening the telecast will be hard-hitting Maurice Hooker (12-0-1, 9 KOs) fellow undefeated prospect Abel Ramos (8-0, 4KOs) in an eight-round junior welterweight matchup. The exciting four-fight telecast will be aired live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



January 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Jesse Hart media day

Photos: Tom Briglia / Top Rank

Powerful undefeated Super Middleweight Jesse Hart works out during media day in Philadelphia, Pa. in preparation for his upcoming feature fight against Derrick Findley, Saturday, January 25 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, on HBO Boxing After Dark.

The Hart – Findley bout will be featured on the undercard of main event Mikey Garcia – Juan Carlos Burgos world championship fight, 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.

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January 15th, 2014

UFC

UFC 171 Tickets on Sale Friday

Even Ultimate Fighting Championship® title fights are bigger in Texas! Having been narrowly defeated by Georges St-Pierre in one of the most controversial decisions in UFC history, Johny Hendricks returns to face hard-hitting Robbie Lawler for the UFC welterweight championship. After a five-year reign that saw Georges St-Pierre atop the welterweight division, the champion relinquished the belt, electing to take personal time away from competition. Now the top fighters in the division square off and a new champion will be crowned at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, March 15 . . . More

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FOX UFC SATURDAY: Henderson vs. Thomson is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 and UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 78 PM ET/5 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Jennings works out for media while opponent battles for US visa

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Story & photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 17-0, 9 KOs, held an open workout for the media today at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. Jennings kept the blinders on and continued to prepare for his January 25th HBO debut, despite reports that his opponent, Artur Szpilka, continued to obtain the proper clearance to enter the United States. Szpilka, 16-0, 12 KOs, was denied entrance over the weekend. “I haven’t even given it a thought,” Jennings said when asked about the possibility that Szpilka may not be available to fight. “We’ve kept our regular program. I’m not nervous at all. I do care deeply (about Szpilka’s status), but I just want to leave all that to the other side.”

Jennings gave interviews, posed for photos and went through a light workout with his trainer Fred Jenkins at the open media day. (more…)



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Szpilka working out waiting for US visa

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Undefeated Polish heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) held a surprising open workout today at the Knockout Gym in Warsaw. Szpilka hopes to receive all necessary entry documents in the next day to fly again to the U.S. and challenge Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO) on Top Rank’s show in Madison Square Garden Theatre on January 25. Jennings-Szpilka will be televised live on HBO on the Garcia-Burgos championship event.



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Bernard Hopkins hits 49 today

Current IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins turns 49-years-old today. He is currently the oldest champion in any major sport and one year shy of 50.

Hopkins’ biggest birthday wish: “My birthday wish is to be the undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world. I want big fights in 2014. I want to fight twice this year. I know I can do it and be victorious.”



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Kiko Martinez to face former champ Hasegawa in second title defense

With contracts signed and only the date and exact venue left to finalize, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Maravilla Box Promotions and Sampson Boxing have announced that IBF junior featherweight champion Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) will make the second defense of his title in April against former two-time world champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan. 27-year-old Martinez became the country of Spain’s first-ever world champion at 122 pounds by rising from obscurity to stop heavily favored Jonathan Romero in dramatic fashion in August of 2013. In his first defense, he announced his rightful place among the elite by defeating also-favored South African Jeffrey Mathebula by ninth-round knockout. A hero in his homeland despite the nation’s refusal to televise his fights, Martinez is managed World Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, no relation. 33-year-old southpaw Hasegawa, a former champion at featherweight and bantamweight, will be dropping down in weight to face Martinez and vie for his coveted third world title. He won the WBC bantamweight championship in 2005 and made 10 successful defenses, and then picked up the WBC featherweight championship in 2010. The exact date and venue will be announced very shortly.



January 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Mikey Garcia mocks Gamboa; vows to beat Burgos on January 25 at MSG

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins/Top Rank

Oxnard’s unbeaten WBO junior lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) is set to take on Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico on Burgos on Saturday, January 25 from the Theatre at Madison Square Garden live on HBO Boxing. We caught up with Mikey as he worked out with his trainer’s brother Robert and his father Eduardo Garcia at the Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, California.

“Training is going very well we have a very good camp. Hard work like always. I am motivated for this fight,” Garcia told Fightnews.com. (more…)



January 15th, 2014

UFC

Luke Rockhold: No One’s Second Fiddle

It would be easy, almost too easy, to look at Luke Rockhold, assume that he’s a California “surfer dude” and expect him to take a cavalier attitude toward his fighting career . . . More

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UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Duluth, GA. Click here for more info



January 15th, 2014




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