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Margarito-Alvarez kickoff press conference

Margarito-Alvarez kickoff press conference

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former IBF welterweight world champion Antonio "The Tijuana Tornado" Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) faced off with Canelo's older brother Ramon ...

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Santa Cruz, Frampton NYC media workout

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Dimitrenko: I am confident of defeating Parker

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Frampton: Santa Cruz fight “may be brutal”

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Boxing News

Dat Nguyen planning ring return

Vero Beach, Florida-based featherweight Dat Nguyen (17-3, 6 KOs) is looking to get back in the ring for the first time in over two years. “I was looking to get a fight but couldn’t secure one,” said Nguyen, 33. “Everyone likes to catch you by surprise and give you last minute fights. Like booking a last minute flight, you might get a good deal but you’ll be waiting at the airport. I’m in the process of looking for a manager and once that’s done, my manager will know what to do. Then I’ll be able to train full-time with a trainer. Eat, sleep and train like what professionals do then you’ll see me at 100%. No excuses.”



November 6th, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley explains changes to his team

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBO welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley has made a number of major changes in his team. At Thursday’s press conference for Saturday night’s HBO-clash against Brandon Rios, he explained why.

“I honestly want to tell you guys, how dumb, but smart I really am. I have a great team of people around me. And I feel that sometimes people don’t really understand what I have around me and what goes around me.

“I want to make it live a little bit to some of you folks out there who aren’t believers in Tim Bradley that I’m very intelligent. And I’m gonna tell you why.

“I signed with the best promoter in the boxing business, Top Rank. Inking up with one of the best managers in the business Cameron Dunkin. Then I tell my wife learn everything you can from Cameron Dunkin because someday you’re gonna be my manager and we’re gonna save 10% of my purse. Which we’re doing. We’re still not intelligent, we’re still dumb. (more…)



November 6th, 2015


Boxing News

Showtime will keep Nov 14 TV date

In light of the injury Gary Russell Jr. suffered while training, Showtime Sports will now present a ShoBox: The New Generation telecast on November 14. The previously announced co-feature between undefeated super welterweights Frank Galarza (17-0-2, 11 KOs) and Jarrett Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs) will serve as the 10-round ShoBox main event. Additional details on the fight card and telecast from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas are forthcoming.



November 6th, 2015

Boxing News

Unbeaten Yigit to face Corley Dec 19

Anthony Yigit (15-0-1, 6 KOs) faces the toughest test of his career on December 19 when he takes on former world champion DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley (42-25-1, 25 KOs) at the Rosvalla Arena in Nyköping, Sweden. The Stockholm fighter represented Sweden in the London 2012 Olympics. The 41-year-old Corley has lost three straight, most recently a decision to Bahodir Mamadjonov last Saturday. Yigit-Corley is the first fight confirmed for the undercard of Erik Skoglund vs. Derek Edwards.



November 6th, 2015


Boxing News

Sherrington poised for “make-or-break” fight

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

WBA #12 middleweight Les “Lock N Load” Sherrington (35-7, 30 KOs) will try to buck the trend in what recently has been a terrible run of losses in international competition by Australian boxers in recent times. Sherrington, fighting outside of his homeland for the first time and making his U.S. and 2015 debuts, will take on unbeaten WBA #6 Antoine “Action” Douglas (18-0-1, 12 KOs) tonight on Showtime at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC).

“I definitely feel they’re underestimating me in his fight,” stated Sherrington, of Burleigh, Gold Coast, Australia. “They think I’m the same fighter that got knocked out in his pro debut and was just 4-3 after seven fights. But I’m not that fighter at all. I’ve gone through hard times, had different promoters, trainers and I learned a lot of lessons. I had my fair share of setbacks and injuries in my career. But this is my opportunity, one I’ve been waiting my whole career for. The timing is perfect, fighting for the first time in the United States, in the mecca of boxing, Las Vegas, where I’ve always dreamed of fighting, and on Showtime. I’ve been here since last Thursday, trained at the Mayweather Gym and at the old Johnny Tocco Gym. (more…)



November 6th, 2015

Boxing News

Today’s Bradley-Rios weigh-in open to the public

Two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, both who have fought in Fights of the Year in 2013 and 2012, respectively, will step on the scale for the official weigh-in today in the Margaux Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV. 89109). The fighters will step on the scale beginning at 3:00 p.m. PT. Fans are invited to attend!

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs), of Odessa, Ukraine, his opponent, #7 world-rated contender Romulo Koasicha (24-4, 14 KOs), of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and 2012 Olympic gold medalist and undefeated #5 world-rated middleweight contender Ryota Murata (7-0, 5 KOs), from Tokyo, in his U.S. debut, are in the featured undercard bouts.



November 6th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Sao Paulo 2015 Fantasy Preview

The UFC travels to Brazil this weekend for a star-studded card littered with legends, top 15 fighters and future contenders from the top to the bottom of this 13-bout card from Sao Paulo . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT SAO PAULO is LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, November 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 6th, 2015

Boxing News

Siberian Rocky meets the Princess of Monaco

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On Thursday, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov had the honor of meeting royalty as he was able to meet Charlene, The Princess of Monaco just two days before his steps into the ring against Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez (14-0, 11 KO’s) in Monte Carlo. Provodnikov will attempt to be the King of the Ring on Saturday when he and Rodriguez will headline a big night of boxing that is promoted by Golden Gloves and Banner Promotions.

This event is exclusively distributed internationally by boxing rights distributor and sports marketing firm, Protocol Sports Marketing. The company is presently in conversation with broadcasters worldwide to ensure that the November 7 telecast can be seen by sports fans everywhere. No takers in the USA have been announced.



November 6th, 2015

Boxing News

ShoBox Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Antoine Douglas 158.25 vs. Les Sherrington 159.5
Taras Shelestyuk 145.75 vs. Aslanbek Kozaev 147
Keenan Smith 141.75 vs. Benjamin Whitaker 146.25
O’Shaquie Foster 136.5 vs. Sam Teah 137

Venue: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC)
Promoter: Banner/GH3
TV: Showtime

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November 6th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxing trainer Freddie Roach talks about a comeback for former UFC champ Georges St. Pierre

Freddie Roach claims Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will fight again

“I’m a prisoner in my own body but my mind is good,” says Muhammad Ali.



November 6th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Los Angeles

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions

Martin Honorio 137.2 vs Miguel Angel Huerta 139.4
Joet Gonzalez 123 vs Marcos Rios 123.2
Jonathan Navarro 144.6 vs Shaun Henson 148.5
Hector Tanajara Jr. 134.4 vs Ricardo Alvarado 138.2
Damon Allen 136.4 vs Oscar Santana 136.2
Alan Campa 162 vs Paul Valenzuela 162

Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
TV: Estrella TV

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November 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley-Rios Final Press Conference

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios hosted their final press conference Thursday afternoon at Wynn Las Vegas. Also on hand were two-time Olympic gold medalist and WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (4-1, 2 KOs) and his challenger Romulo Koasicha (24-4, 14 KOs).

The HBO-televised fight card takes place Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Timothy Bradley: I’m more than ready for this fight. I prepared very well mentally, physically, spiritually. I’m well in tuned. I’m just focused for this. Everything that’s said here today doesn’t mean anything. The only thing that matters is what goes on and happens in that ring Saturday night. I know now that I have control of that. I have control of me. Teddy has taught me that. If I have control of myself and we do what we trained to do, I should come out victorious.

Brandon Rios: I’m just ready for this fight. It’s about time I got back in the ring. I know people are saying Timothy Bradley’s punch drunk…that don’t mean stuff to me. I’m training for the best Timothy Bradley out there…I still got the fire in me. I’m still young. I got a lot of gas in my tank. I’m not going nowhere yet…if he wants to box we’re ready for that. If he wants to brawl, we’re ready for that. We’re ready for anything he brings to the table.

Teddy Atlas (Bradley’s trainer): I think they got the odds wrong. We did not prepare for a 5:1 underdog. We prepared for a guy that’s even money. We are as prepared as possible and we’ll show it Saturday night.

Robert Garcia (Rios’ trainer): We’re just ready for a great fight. Brandon followed instructions, did everything he was supposed to do and Saturday night he’ll show the world what we’re talking about.

Vasyl Lomachenko: I hope my opponent prepared for this bout real good because he just announced that he wants to show the whole world who he is. So we’ll see on Saturday night.

Romulo Koasicha: Lomachenko is a great fighter and I am too. Many people don’t know me, but this Saturday they’ll see who Romulo Koasicha is! photos



November 5th, 2015

Boxing News

2015 WBC Convention Closing Ceremonies

Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The World Boxing Council’s 53rd annual convention closed today at the InterContinental Hotel. 750 members of the world boxing community were in attendance – 550 who traveled from abroad and 200 from China.

WBC President Mauricio Suliaman opened the morning’s general assembly meeting by saying, “I am very proud of the champions that have come here and shared this week with us. They’re family men, kind, and we’ve seen how they are this week with their beautiful wives – Badou Jack, Leo Santa Cruz, Viktor Postol, Gennady Golovkin – and our female champion, Raja Amasheh. I would not like to miss any names, but simply, boxers who are with the WBC are our pride. I’m very proud of you, Badou, and very proud of all of you who have been with us this week. We hope that you carry back the understanding of what the WBC is, what we’re made of, what kind of family we are. You go out and represent the WBC in every single day that you go through life. That’s one of my major, major satisfactions – to have witnessed the beauty of our current boxers, the way they are in their life.

“To have given Floyd Mayweather the Lifetime Achievement Award and the official farewell to a great career was also a highlight for us because Floyd, without a doubt, has been one of the most loyal and closest fighters to the WBC, and to all of us, in his 17 years as champion. (more…)



November 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Back at MotorCity Casino-Hotel

By Bob Ryder

Boxing returns to the Sound Board theater inside the MotorCity Casino-Hotel in Detroit on Thursday November 12. Promoter Greg Ahrens in association with the MotorCity Casino-Hotel, has a scheduled card of ten bouts lined up with Carlos Llinas making the matches. Local favorites Pete Cantu (17-7-1, 10 KO’s) and Willie Fortune “500” (19-2-0, 10 KO’s) share the co main events. Cantu ends his nearly four year retirement to give it at least one more try as he tangles with old foe Eric Hall (7-9, 3 KO’s) in a scheduled six for these super welterweights. “Pistol Pete” stopped Hall in the final round of their 2008 contest. In a co-main event middleweight eight rounder Willie Fortune takes on Dedrick Bell (12-25-1, 7 KO’s) of Memphis. Bell was last seen in these parts going the distance in dropping a decision to Detroit’s undefeated Ronnie Austion. Fortune always entertains with his volume punching style.

Also on the card is Darryl Cunningham (30-8, 11 KO’s) taking on Jeremy Marts (12-19, 9 KO’s) in a middleweight match up , super welters Alejandro Hernandez (4-1-1 2 KO’s) vs Chris Tickle (pro debut), and light heavyweights Anthony Sims (6-0, 5 KO’s) vs Robert Guerra (2-1, 1 KO). Five more scheduled four rounders featuring some new faces on the pro boxing scene round out the program.

Tickets for “Night of Knockouts VI” are available at ticketmaster.com or at the Sound Board box office or at motorcitycasino.com.
Doors: 7 PM
First Bout: 7:30 PM



November 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Hyppolite recharged and ready

By Dave Spencer

In a sport that at the best of times is filled with more stops and starts than a rainy NASCAR race, five months seems like an insignificant amount of time, but after four fights in less than year all going ten or more rounds, #7 ranked (WBC) super-middleweight Schiller Hyppolite needed a break.

“I took three months off because I needed to focus on other things in my life,” the Montreal fighter who returns to action Friday told Fightnews. “Everything is definitely better now because I took the time to fix a few things. I moved apartments, I went back to school, I’ve fixed everything and everything is better. My batteries are definitely recharged.”

It could very well be the calm before the storm as Hyppolite (16-1 10KO) meets Victor Palacios (12-10-2 8KO) as the co main-event Friday in Trois Rivieres, Quebec before coming back to Montreal less than a month later to headline. “He’s not a complicated boxer but he’s strong,” says the Hatian born fighter about his Mexican opponent. “I know he’s going to make me work, he’s not that easy.” (more…)



November 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Washington D.C.

Photo: Eric Bottjer/Roc Nation

Javier “El Chino” Flores 146.2 vs. Jaime Herrera 145.2
(For the vacant WBC USNBC welterweight championship)

Venue: Washington D.C. Hilton
Promoter: Fight for Children
Date: Nov. 5

Tonight is the 26th annual “Fight Night” event for the Fight For Children non-profit organization at the Washington D.C. Hilton. Nearly 2,000 heavyweights of business, government, philanthropy, sports, and entertainment will gather for an evening of fundraising to benefit the health and education of at-risk children in D.C. and Baltimore area. (more…)



November 5th, 2015

UFC

Corey Anderson: 100 Percent Fighter

Corey Anderson is one of the top young fighters in the UFC today, a light heavyweight with enormous potential who, if you recall, didn’t even want to fight after finishing up his college wrestling career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT SAO PAULO is LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, November 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 5th, 2015

Boxing News

GIANT Video Report: Miguel Cotto Media Day

Video: Ed Keenan/EMC Events

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) hosted Media Day at Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles ahead of his Nov. 21 middleweight world championship showdown against former WBC and WBA super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs).

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November 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Anthony Mundine celebrates his boxing longevity 

Bob Arum blames negotiation on Amir Khan for Pacquiao showdown

John Duddy turns actor



November 5th, 2015

Boxing News

Knee injury knocks Ward off Cotto-Canelo card

Roc Nation Sports has announced that due to an injury sustained while training, Andre Ward will be unable to participate in his previously scheduled Saturday, November 21 bout at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas. A replacement fight for the HBO Pay-Per-View produced and distributed event is currently being worked on. Ward has been suffering from significant inflammation and constant pain in his right knee that is severely restricting his mobility. He has been advised by his physician to immediately rest and begin rehab on the knee to reduce the inflammation.

“I’m extremely disappointed that I’m missing this opportunity on November 21, but at the same time, I’m encouraged,” said Ward. “Anytime I have had a minor or major setback in my career, by the Grace of God, I’ve come back stronger and this will be no different. I’m looking forward to a big 2016. Thank you to all my fans for your support and patience.”

“Andre’s injury is a huge disappointment not only to him, but all of us involved with this promotion,” said David Itskowitch, COO Boxing of Roc Nation Sports. “We have no doubt that Andre will come back stronger than ever once his knee heals and that he will be a force in the light heavyweight division. We are working diligently to make an intriguing fight that will deliver a level of excitement commensurate with this great event.”



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Lubin added to Charlo-Campfort telecast

Undefeated rising star Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (12-0, 9 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line when he takes on Alexis Camacho (21-5, 19 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight bout on Saturday, November 28 as part of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC from the Bomb Factory in Dallas. PBC on NBC coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT and is headlined by super welterweight world champion Jermall Charlo (22-0, 17 KOs) as he faces “Silky” Wilky Campfort (21-1, 12 KOs). Also featured is Dallas-native and 2012 Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (18-0, 15 KOs) as he squares off against Mexico’s Alejandro “El Elegido” Barrera (28-2, 18 KOs) in a 12-round contest.



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Bradley, Rios, Lomachenko grand arrivals

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., former world champion Brandon Rios made their grand arrivals for their upcoming world title fight on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on HBO.

Also arriving was two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, who is defending his WBO featherweight world title against Top-10 world-rated contender Romulo Koasicha of Mexico to open the HBO telecast.

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November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Povetkin chops down Wach

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside

WBC #1 rated heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Mariusz Wach (31-2, 17 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Basket Hall Arena in Kazan, Russia. In preparation for his mandatory challenge against WBC champion Deontay Wilder, Povetkin dominated the 6’7 Wach, although he had problems with Wach’s size and was cut over the left eye. Referee Jay Nady finally waved it off in round twelve on the advice of the ring doctor.

The WBC today approved another voluntary defense for Wilder in January, so Wilder-Povetkin likely comes in April or May.



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Lebedev TKOs Kayode to retain WBA title

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside

WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (28-1, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided eighth round TKO over Lateef Kayode (21-1, 16 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Basket Hall Arena in Kazan, Russia. Lebedev patiently broke down Kayode, finally dropping him in round seven, then twice more in round eight. Referee Steve Smoger waved it off after Kayode took more punishment in round eight.



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Afolabi shocks Chakhkiev; Durodola upsets Kudryashov; Trojanowski dethrones Cuenca

By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside

In another huge upset, Ola Afolabi (22-4-4, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over IBO cruiserweight beltholder Rakhim Chakhkiev (23-2, 18 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Basket Hall Arena in Kazan, Russia. Chakhkiev teed off on Afolabi with hellacious punches early, but started running out of gas. Afolabi clearly dropped Chakhkiev in round five, but the ref called it a slip. Afolabi then knocked Chakhkiev out cold.

In a massive upset, cruiserweight Olanrewaju Durodola (23-2, 20 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten WBC #2/WBA #4/WBO #5/IBF #8 Dmitry Kudryashov (18-1, 18 KOs) in round two. A barrage of shots from Durodola prompted a stoppage from referee Jay Nady.

Edward Trojanowski (23-0, 20 KOs) dethroned IBF jr welterweight champion Cesar Cuenca (48-1, 2 KOs) by bizarre sixth round TKO. After both fighters tumbled to the canvas, Cuenca didn’t make a move to continue and the bout was waved off by referee David Fields. Up to that point, it was a tactical, uneventful fight. Afterward, Cuenca’s corner was furious and tried to raise the referee’s hand. Cuenca failed to match Mayweather and Marciano at 49-0.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Dmitry Bivol (5-0, 5 KOs) stopped Junior Jackson (19-5, 17 KOs) in round four. Bivol dropped Junior in round two and finished him with another knockdown in round four.

Unbeaten welterweight Viskhan Murzabekov (12-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Solomon Bogere (13-3-2, 10 KOs). Murzabekov dropped Bogere at the end of round two, and three times in round three to end it.



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Results from Kunming, China

By Boxing Bob Newman

The China Boxing Federation hosted a six bout card topped off with both a female and male WBC-CBF vacant title bout. The card was held in the center of the Wanda Plaza shopping mall in downtown Kunming. Free tickets were given to WBC convention goers, but the mall shoppers were treated to standing room only fisticuffs from floor level up five circular balconies high! In the main event, China’s Adili Abulimiti took the vacant WBC-CBF middleweight title stopping Russian Egorov Artem in four. China’s Cheng Jing took apart Thailand’s Srililai Marasri in six for the WBC-CBF Super Flyweight vacant belt. (more…)



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Frank Warren dumps Dereck Chisora

Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren has cut ties heavyweight Dereck Chisora, whose career he has managed for years. Not much information, just a short statement released:

STATEMENT RE. BOXER DERECK CHISORA
Queensberry Promotions will no longer be promoting or working with Dereck Chisora.



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC 53rd convention report: Day 3 – Mandatory Defenses and More

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman/Alma Montiel

Day three of the WBC 53rd annual convention in Kunming, China was largely taken up by the mandatory defenses meeting. Each weight class was discussed, including some complex situations, among the board and the representatives of either the champions or potential mandatory challengers. It should be noted that being ranked #1 in a division does not guarantee mandatory challenger status. According to the WBC rules, a final eliminator must be fought between the two highest available contenders to determine the mandatory challenger to the title. There were some instances however, where the board voted and mandatory status was granted to long time #1 rated contenders. The list of champions, their mandatory defense status and challenger situations follows:

Heavyweight: Deontay Wilder
Mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin will take on Marius Wach tonight in Russia in defense of his WBC Silver title. If Povetkin wins, he will be ready sometime after April or May to challenge Wilder. Wilder has been granted a voluntary defense tentatively scheduled for January 16th.

Cruiserweight: Grigory Drozd
Mandatory challenger Ilunga Makabu has been waiting for his shot to materialize. The WBC has stated it will assist in making the proposed March 2016 fight come to fruition.

Light Heavyweight: Adonis Stevenson
At the last convention in Las Vegas (December 2014), the WBC anointed WBO/IBF/WBA champion Sergey Kovalev as the mandatory challenger to Stevenson. Based on this being the most anticipated fight in the light heavyweight division for some time and a fight sure to satisfy the fans, this unique decision was made. The fight, up to now has failed to materialize. Representatives for both camps are present at this convention and assured the WBC that negotiations are still in ongoing to make the fight happen. However, a final eliminator between Eleider Alvarez and Isaac Chilemba for the mandatory status, as well as the NABF and Silver championship has been set for November 28. After that fight has resolved, a determination will be made based on the status of the Kovalev-Stevenson negotiations. (more…)



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Joel Diaz promises to make Provodnikov champ again

There was a moment, a few weeks ago, when trainer Joel Diaz knew he had made the right move in agreeing to coach former junior-welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov. The likeable Russian, who knows only a smattering of English, raised his arms in the gym and bellowed, “I am champion! I am champion!”

Diaz called him over. “Ruslan, I promise I will make you champion again – if you listen.”

“Coach,” said Provodnikov, “I will listen. I will sleep on the floor of the gym if I have to. I’ll do whatever it takes.”

Boxer and trainer are now in Monte Carlo preparing to fight unbeaten Mexican Jesus Alvarez Rodriguez, who is officially 13-0, but claims to be 20-0, on the Golden Gloves tournament headliner on Saturday. (more…)



November 4th, 2015

UFC

Rousey wants to show boxing skills vs. Holm

No one likes a challenge more than Ronda Rousey. It’s her motivation, her reason for driving herself inside and outside the Octagon . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT SAO PAULO is LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, November 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton vs. Scott Quigg: A tantalizing prospect

Frampton says he’ll prove he’s the best in the world

Yusaf Mack admits he lied about gay porn movie



November 4th, 2015

Boxing News

Ola Afolabi in Kazan: I’m going for it!

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi (21-2-2, 10 KOs) talks about Wednesday’s showdown with fearsome Rakhim Chakhkiev (23-1, 18 KOs) for the IBO title in Kazan, Russia.



November 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Russell Jr. injured, Pacman-Khan not done

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. (26-1, 15 KOs) has suffered a training injury and has pulled out of his November 14 defense against Colombia’s Oscar Escandón (24-2, 16 KOs) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Showtime is undecided whether to proceed with a telecast.

Top Rank has flatly denied reports in British media that there is a deal finalized for Manny Pacquiao to fight Amir Khan on April 9.

Unbeaten middleweight Jason Quigley (8-0, 8 KOs) has a new sponsorship deal with Everlast.



November 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

PBC planning big Dec 12 card in San Antonio

By Karl Freitag

Premier Boxing Champions has a big December 12 NBC telecast in the works. The card is headlined by former WBC lightweight champion Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs) against former world champion Antonio DeMarco (35-5-1, 23 KOs). That bout was originally slated for September 26, but was postponed when Figueroa pulled out with an elbow injury.

Also on tap are three very interesting heavyweight clashes. Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (16-0, 14 KOs) against Charles “Missouri” Martin (22-0-1, 20 KOs), Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs) vs. Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1-1, 16 KOs), and Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) against Travis “My Time” Kauffman (30-1, 22 KOs).

The event will take place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.



November 3rd, 2015

Boxing News

Teper, Helenius Helsinki Workouts

By Pasi Taavitsainen

European heavyweight champion Erkan Teper (15-0, 10 KOs) and former #1 contender Robert Helenius (21-0, 13 KOs) held media workouts today in Helsinki, Finland. They collide December 19 at Hartwell Arena in an attractive battle of unbeatens.

Erkan Teper:

Robert Helenius:



November 3rd, 2015




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