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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Boxing News

Stivens Bujaj headlines against Victor Barragan this weekend in Tacoma, WA

Unbeaten cruiserweight Stivens “Superman” Bujaj (11-0, 8 KOs) is set to make his next appearance this weekend when he takes on California’s Victor Barragan (12-7, 3 KOs) in the main event of Battle at the Boat 95 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Bujaj is a former two-time New York Golden Gloves champion and won the New York State cruiserweight title in his last bout.

Undercard bouts (all four-rounders):
Jeremy McCleary (2-0) vs. Corben Page (4-8-1) at 128 lbs.
Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Juan Carlos Rodriguez (1-2, 1 KO) at 156 lbs.
Jared Teer (1-1) vs. Sean Quinnett (0-1) at 154 lbs.
Harrison Bevens (debut) vs. Josh Solis (0-1) at 161 lbs.
Jon Jackson (debut) vs. Jared Torgeson (debut) at 200 lbs.
Cole Milani (debut) vs. Mark Garcia (1-1) at 161 lbs.

Doors for Battle at the Boat 95 open at 6 PM with the first fight scheduled for 7 PM. You must be 21 years or older to enter the casino. A limited amount of tickets are still available and can be purchased at the EQC box office and online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $25.



March 19th, 2014



Boxing News

Melendez, Verdejo PR press conference

Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank

Saturday’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’ card will take place at the sold out Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and will be broadcast at 12am ET / 11pm PT on UniMas. In the main event, KO artist Jorge Melendez (27-3-1, 26 KOs) will battle Colombia’s Richard Gutierrez (27-12-1, 17 KOs) in a 10 round light middleweight bout.

Also featured on the card is undefeated jr. lightweight Felix Verdejo (10-0) of Puerto Rico, versus Juan Santiago (14-11-1, 8 KOs), of Colorado in a six-round fight.

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March 19th, 2014


Boxing News

N’Jikam and Soro added to King Sports debut card

By Karl Freitag

Former WBO middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (29-1, 18 KOs) and former WBO jr middleweight world title challenger Michel Soro (22-1, 12 KOs) will fight opponents to be named on April 16 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The event will be the debut boxing card presented by King Sports, headed by former TV executive Michael King who is planning four quarterly boxing events at the Barker Hangar.

Other bouts include:
Levan Ghvamichava (11-1, 8 KOs) vs. Yorenis Ugas (15-2, 7 KOs), jr middleweights
Louis Rose (9-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. Mark Heffron (9-0, 7 KOs), middleweights
Chris Van Heerden (20-1, 11 KOs) vs. Ray Nahr (26-4, 21 KOs), welterweights
Charles Martin (15-0, 13 KOs) vs. Alex Flores (14-0, 12 KOs), heavyweights

Tickets are pricey at $150, $175, $200, $250, $300, $400 and $1000, and are available now. Call 1-800-745-3000.



March 19th, 2014

UFC

UFC International Fight Week Returns to Vegas in July

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Las Vegas are teaming up for the third annual UFC International Fight Week™ July 1-6, 2014. The weeklong celebration for fans around the world returns with its biggest plans yet and something for everyone including entertainment, dining, arts, charitable events, shopping and, of course, all things UFC. The event will also feature for the first-time ever, two huge fight cards in one weekend in the UFC’s hometown of Las Vegas – UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter® 19 Finale and multiple events offered around town every day . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham: If I can stop Mansour, I will

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Former cruiserweight champion-turned heavyweight Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6, 12 KOs) has more motivation than ever to defeat Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0, 15 KOs) on Friday, April 4th at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. “This isn’t about a belt or about winning, this time I need this for my family,” said Cunningham. “I need to make money. I have to get a new house for my daughter’s condition. I am fighting for another pay day and to keep going.”

“I know Mansour speaks about how hungry he is and how his time in prison made him so, but I don’t have time to waste either. I am fighting for something much more important.” (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Final four names confirmed for Prizefighter welterweights on April 5

The final four names in the line-up have been named for the Prizefighter Welterweights 4 at the sold-out York Hall in London on April 5. Former European lightweight champion Jason Cook (30-5-1, 16 KOs), unbeaten 20-year-old John Coyle (3-0-1, 2 KOs), Marc Douglas (8-3, 4 KOs) and unbeaten Johnny Garton (11-0, 1 KO) join former British light middleweight title challenger Erick Ochieng (14-4, 4 KOs), Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher (4-0, 3 KOs), Sam Eggington (8-1, 3 KOs) and Dean Byrne (17-3-1, 6 KOs) in the hunt for the trophy in the 33rd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament.

Topping the bill is middleweight John Ryder (16-1, 9 KOs) as he begins a second assault on the British title with an eliminator against Jez Wilson (11-1-1, 7 KOs). Popular unbeaten light welterweight Ricky Boylan (10-0, 4 KOs) is in eight-round action on the card, which also sees cruiserweight Wadi Camacho (11-2, 7 KOs) face a four-rounder as he ticks over in preparation for his grudge match with Stephen Simmons that is set to be rescheduled for the summer.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Odlanier Solis ready for “epic battle” against Tony Thompson

Photo: digital-sports.tv

Photo: digital-sports.tv


Cuban heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis has spent the last two weeks in Turkey to get ready for his WBC international heavyweight championship bout this Saturday (March 22nd) in Tekirdag against US veteran Tony Thompson. Promoter Ahmet Oner used the long and proud history of his home country to get Solis heated up for the clash of former Klitschko foes.

“We went to the cinema to watch ‘300: Rise of an Empire’. The next day I took Solis to ancient graves from the times of the Ottoman empire”, says Oner. “I wanted to show Solis that he is in a country which has seen a lot of big and important battles over thousands of years. I expect him to enter the ring on Saturday with the same attitude of old Ottoman fighters when they went to war. This is a do or die fight. If Solis beats Thompson I will lead him to another world title fight. But if he loses it might be all over.” (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Gary Shaw Productions’ newly signed amateur stars, Luis Paredes and Jean “Chapito” Rivera will be making their pro debuts this Saturday in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on the undercard of Jose Pedraza (15-0, 10 KOs) vs. Alberto Garza (26-6-1, 21 KOs).

RIP journeyman, ring warrior James Buggs. The Oakland boxer from Kings Gym was KO’d by a heart attack last night. He was 43. Read this touching writeup about him by Jerry Hoffman.

Deepest sympathies to HD Boxing’s Bobby Dobbs, who lost both of his parents in the past 31 days to cancer. “My dad who passed yesterday is the man who gave me my love of boxing and is the reason I do what I do,” Bobby told us.



March 19th, 2014

UFC

UFN Natal Main Event Fantasy Preview

Their first fight is arguably the greatest in UFC history, but once is rarely enough when there’s a chance to do it all over again, so Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will face off for a second time in the UFC Fight Night main event in Natal, Brazil this Sunday . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Hasim Rahman added to Super 8 lineup

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBC/IBF heavyweight champion Hashim “The Rock” Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KOs) has joined Samuel Peter, Kali Meehan, Michael Sprott and Martin Rogan in the $500,000 Prizefighter-style “Super 8″ tournament on June 4 in Auckland, New Zealand. It will be the 41-year-old Rahman’s first fight since a rather bad outing when challenging Alexander Povetkin for the WBA “regular” title in September 2012.

The winner of the tournament will collect $200,000, the runner-up receives $100,000, semi-finalists earn $30,000, and opening round losers bank $15,000. Fighters can receive bonuses for KOs, best fights and fight of the night. The other three “Super 8″ boxers are TBA. If you’re a heavyweight who wants to compete, they are taking applications.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Eric Hunter looks to shake his black cloud in Chester

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

To Philadelphia boxing fans, Eric “Outlaw” Hunter is without question one of the most talented boxers currently on the scene. As an amateur, he was outstanding. He won numerous tournaments, became an Olympic alternate, and amassed an astounding record of 187-4. Coming out of the amateurs, everyone believed that it was just a matter of time before Hunter became a world champion. However, with a 17-3, 9 KOs, record, and after nine years in the professional ranks, many would say that the West Philadelphian has yet to live up to his potential. Some predict that he never will.

On Friday night, Hunter gets another chance to take a step toward reaching his potential. He faces Yenifel Vicente, a Miami-based Dominican, for the vacant USBA featherweight championship. The fight is the 10-round main event on the latest Joey Eye Boxing show at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Clarkson is off Paulie Ayala card as Main Event this Saturday Signs with Top Rank for April 11th

By Jeff Zimmerman

Exciting super middleweight Samuel “The Main Event” Clarkson (10-2, 6KO) is no longer the main event on Paulie Ayala’s upcoming show this Saturday, March 22nd at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Top Rank came looking for an opponent for their hot prospect Jesse Hart (12-0, 10KO) for their ESPN card April 11 in Vegas ahead of Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley big rematch the following night and found one in the entertaining Clarkson. (more…)



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Boxers Adrian Firkins and Ricky Welsby recently fought to a draw in England, then celebrated by proposing to their girlfriends in the ring. More

Former great Evander Holyfield is talking about coming out of retirement to fight Gary Cornish in Scotland. More

Manny Pacquiao vows to show his killer instinct against Timothy Bradley. More

Carlos Molina is not finished, says promoter Leon Margules. More



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Humberto Soto returns Saturday in Los Mochis

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former multi-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (62-8-2, 35 KOs ) will reappear against undefeated Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (16-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday at the Sports Centenario in Los Mochis in an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Soto is the current WBC super lightweight International silver champion and if he beats Abreu, he could be in line for a world title fight. Abreu is managed by Sampson Lewcowickz and was previously training in Mexico City to be one of the participants in the WBC World Cup.

On the same card, local hero and former WBA world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz will meet Ramón “Cobra” Maas in a super bantamweight matchup and Mahonri “Russito” Montes faces Jesús “Cinco” Valenzuela in a super lightweight clash.



March 19th, 2014

Boxing News

Harris predicts KO win over Paez Jr

Photo: Zanfer

Photo: Zanfer


Former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (31-9-2, 19 KOs) has arrived in Monterrey, Mexico for Saturday’s clash with Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr (37-4-1, 22 KOs). In his first meeting with the press, the former world champion appeared confident, despite taking the fight on short notice.

“I’m not without training or anything,” he said. “I was preparing for a fight in the United States on March 29. I’m confident that I’ll silence all the Mexican fans with a knockout.”



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia vs. Herrera draws strong ratings, peaking at 1.1 million viewers

Last Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing telecast continued the flagship series’ upward ratings trend, with the main event between unified super lightweight world champion Danny Garcia and Mauricio Herrera generating a peak audience of 1.1 million viewers. Garcia’s star-power continues to rise with this appearance on SHOWTIME, with Saturday’s bout attracting nearly 20% more viewers than his last appearance on a Showtime telecast (April 27, 2013 against Zab Judah). The Garcia vs. Herrera bout attracted an average audience of 972,000 viewers.



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Freddie Roach: Bradley is still suffering from the concussion Provodnikov laid on him

After completing his first week of training camp at his Hollywood-based Wild Card Boxing Club with Manny Pacquiao, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach had a few observations he wanted to share as they prepare for their rematch challenge of undefeated WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. “Manny started the week a little slow due to jetlag but finished off strong on Saturday. He was just brilliant in his sparring on Saturday. His footwork was effortless, his hand speed was blazing and his power is as good as it’s ever been.

“We are training for big game in this fight. Manny knows he is going to have to hunt Bradley down and close the show this time. The first fight with Bradley was so easy for Manny that after six rounds he just took it easy on him. Not this time. Our mantra is ‘Close the show. No mercy.’ You don’t have don’t have to be a groundhog to know that Bradley’s days as welterweight champ are numbered. It’s last call for Bradley on April 12. (more…)



March 18th, 2014

UFC

The Ultimate Fighter 20 Tryouts Open To Strawweight Women

In the aftermath of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization’s 20th anniversary, the UFC is kicking off its next two decades with a fresh twist on its storied reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter®. For the first time ever, the series’ 20th season will feature an all women cast in the UFC’s newest weight division and a new title for the winner – that of UFC champion. (more…)



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Kovalev-Agnew Undercard Announced

WBA #8 light heavyweight contender Lionell “Lonnie B.” Thompson (15-2-0, 9 KOs) boxes unbeaten Radivoje Kalajdzic (14-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-rounder next Saturday topping the undercard for the HBO-televised WBO light heavyweight titel defense of champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) against undefeated challenger Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-0-0, 13 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Also in an eight-round junior middleweight match, Wilky Campfort (16-1-0, 9 KOs) takes on Khurshid Abdullaev (6-0-1, 3 KOs).

Local jr middleweight favorite Ismael Garcia (5-0-1, 3 KOs) and southpaw DuShane Crooks (6-0-0, 4 KOs) meet over six rounds.

Four round bouts: Wellington Romero (2-0-0, 1 KO), who represented the Dominican Republic in the 2012 Olympics, takes on Gerald Smith (3-0-0, 1 KO) in a junior welterweight match; popular heavyweight Adam Kownacki (5-0-0, 5 KOs) looks for his sixth knockout in six pro fights when he meets Excell Holmes (2-2-1, 1 KO); super middleweight Rafael Jastrzebski (4-7-1, 1 KO) faces Mike Mitchell (2-3-2).



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Chatman-Brewer on tap for March 28

Middleweight Chris Chatman (11-3-1, 5 KOs) will return against Grady Brewer (30-18, 16 KOs) on March 28th in the eight-round middleweight main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ upcoming professional boxing card at the Twin River Casino Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. This is Chatman’s fourth fight at Twin River where he has become a fan favorite. Brewer, the 43-year-old Season 2 winner of the ESPN reality show “The Contender” in 2006, is looking to snap a four fight losing streak.

The card also features heavyweight Jesse Barboza (7-1-1, 5 KOs), unbeaten middleweight KJ Harrison-Lombardi (5-0-1), welterweight Nick DeLomba (2-0) and undefeated welterweight Zack Rasmey (6-0, 3 KOs). Tickets for the event are priced at $41, $76 and $126. Call 401-724-2253.



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Cedric Agnew Camp Notes

By Sam Geraci
Photo: Main Events

On March 17, top rated light heavyweight Cedric “L.O.W” Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) completed his final preparations at the Main Boxing Gym in downtown Houston before departing to the East Coast to attend media engagements for his March 29th title fight in Atlantic City against WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) that will be televised on HBO.

“We’ve had our best camp. I’m ready and now it’s time to head to the East Coast for some press conferences before I show the world who I am and what I can do,” said Agnew.

Despite being an accomplished amateur and undefeated as a pro, Agnew is relatively unknown and has been depicted by many outside of his hometown of Chicago and his adopted hometown of Houston as merely a stepping stone on the path to a Kovalev-Stevenson mega fight. (more…)



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Undefeated middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (13-0, 7 KOs) tackles his first eight-rounder and his toughest foe when he boxes Ahsandi Gibbs (10-3, 4 KOs) on April 12 in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. The LaManna-Gibbs contest will serve as the semifinal to the 10-round junior lightweight main event which features Jason Sosa against Michael Brooks.

Condolences to promoter Lou DiBella, whose father Louis P. DiBella passed away on Monday morning at the age of ninety. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: Ronald McDonald House in Albany New York or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For information on the wake for Mr. Louis DiBella click here



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Pedraza: Puerto Rico is looking for a hometown champion they can call their own and I want to be that man

Photo: Gary Shaw Productions

Photo: Gary Shaw Productions


Undefeated super featherweight contender, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (15-0, 10 KOs) will battle Mexico’s, Alberto “Kichis” Garza (26-6-1, 21 KOs), for the vacant International Boxing Organization super featherweight title this Saturday at the Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Ranked WBC #9, IBF #8, WBA #11, and WBO #15, Pedraza stated “Puerto Rico is looking for a hometown champion they can call their own and I want to be that man. This Saturday I will continue to bring exciting fights to my fans. Garza is a very dangerous opponent, but that’s what motivates me to be the best. I’m ready for the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle. I want to fight the best and it starts with Garza.”



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Vargas battles Bergman for NABA belt

Former U.S. Olympic team captain Devin Vargas (18-2, 7 KOs) is set to challenge NABA-US heavyweight champ Jason “Ironman” Bergman (22-10, 15 KOs) for Bergman’s strap over 10 rounds on Friday March 28th at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. An accomplished amateur and professional, Vargas’ only two pro defeats have come at the hands of world title challengers Andrzej Wawrzyk (29-1) and Kevin Johnson (29-5). A 6’3 250 pound southpaw, Bergman captured the NABA-US title via a first round destruction of previously undefeated John L. Smith (13-1-1). The 10 bout Pro/Am card is being presented by Angelo Magnone’s MadeMen Promotions. For tickets ($30-$50) or tables ($300-$1000), call (304) 670-9406.



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Jones-Lebedev II set for April 25 in Moscow

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Panamanian WBA cruiserweight champion in recess Guillermo Jones informed Fightnews.com that his rematch against Russian WBA regular cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev will be held on April 25 at the Krylatskoe Sports Complex in Moscow, Russia. A source informed that last week Lebedev representatives were in Panama City to finalize contract details. It was previously thought the fight would go ahead on April 19.



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Euro title on the line in Chisora-Fury grudge fight

It was announced yesterday that Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will clash in a final eliminator for the WBO heavyweight title on July 26th at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester, England. The winner will get the number one spot for the right to fight WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. The vacant British title will also be contested and and now Chisora’s European title has been added to the mix after Kubrat Pulev pulled out of a purse bid freeing the way for Chisora to put it on the line against Fury, who already was the next in line to fight Chisora for the EBU title.



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Sabillo-Rodriguez officials named

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, March 22, in the world defense of the mini-flyweight titlist Merlito Sabillo facing Francisco Rodriguez Jr., to be held at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo leon, Mexico, in a Promociones Zanfer presentation.

For this fight, where Sabillo (23-0-1, 12 KOs), from Phillippines, is going to make the third defense of his WBO 105 pounds crown against the #9 ranked, Rodriguez Jr., from Mexico, the referee will be Eddie Claudio, from United States. The judges are Adalaide Byrd and Glen Feldman, both from United States, and Mexican Victor Salomon. The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Luis Perez.



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Arthur Abraham opponent named: Nikola Sjekloca

Having regained his WBO Super Middleweight crown from Robert Stieglitz, “King” Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KOs) will make his first title defense against Nikola Sjekloca (26-1, 8 KOs) on May 3rd at the Velodrom in Berlin, Germany. “Finally, I have the WBO belt back around my waist and I don’t plan on giving it up anytime soon,” said Abraham, who following a short break is back in training . I gave so much blood, sweat and tears for my last fight – and it made me a world champion again. I will need to do the same to prepare for Sjekloca on May 3rd.” (more…)



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Benefit Supporting Injured Boxer Angel Osuna on April 2nd at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino are pleased to be hosting a benefit supporting injured Coachella boxer Angel Osuna on Wednesday, April 2nd.

This past December, the middleweight fighter was severely injured during his boxing match at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Osuna spent the past several months recovering from his brain injury, where he was not able to support his young family. This fundraiser will help provide funds to Osuna and his family during this unfortunate time and alleviate strain with medical costs. (more…)



March 18th, 2014

UFC

UFC 171 shakes up welterweight rankings

With a new champion being crowned and five fights being held in the weight class, there was no doubt that last Saturday’s UFC 171 card in Dallas was going to shake up top 15 of the welterweight division. And with the release Monday of the latest edition of the official UFC Fighter Rankings, that was certainly the case. So who’s up, who’s down and who’s out? Let’s find out . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: RUA VS. HENDERSON is LIVE on FOX Sports 1 Sunday, March 23 at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT from Natal, Brazil . . . Click here for more info



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Nonito Donaire will be honored at the 14th Annual Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Memorial Awards on March 25 in the Philippines. More

Attorneys are working to free still-jailed contender Carlos Molina, who lost out on a PPV spot last weekend in Vegas. More

Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik declined a plea deal Monday on charges of driving while impaired. More

Forty-two-year-old Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas is looking for one more big payday before retiring for good. More



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Amir “Hardcore” Mansour: I am prepared to die before I lose in this ring

Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr.

Monday afternoon at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym in Philadelphia, PA members of the media gathered for the kick-off press conference for the April 4th fight at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA between Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs) of Wilmington, DE. The fight will be for the USBA heavyweight title and be broadcast live on NBCSN Fight Night.

Amir “Hardcore” Mansour: “It is ironic for me to fight Steve Cunningham; I was flabbergasted when they told me. When I got home in 2010 Steve was the first person I saw. He was fighting a southpaw and needed a sparring partner. I was so happy that I performed well with a world champion after an eight and half year layoff and I was literally crying. This is just a great opportunity for me to take advantage of. I know what kind of heart he has and what he brings to the table. I won this title with the flu, dehydrated and sick. I really hurt myself winning this title and I am prepared to hurt myself again before I lose this title. Gaining this title in the condition I was in, I’m just not willing to let anyone take it from me. Win, lose or draw we get to bring boxing back to Philadelphia. I am in great shape; I haven’t been in this great of shape since before the August fight. (more…)



March 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Edner Cherry teams-up with trainer Dan Birmingham for April 4th bout in Philadelphia

Hard-hitting junior welterweight Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry has teamed-up with 2-time Trainer of the Year Dan Birmingham. Cherry has spent the last 10 weeks at Birmingham’s St. Pete gym. “I’m so happy to be working with Dan,” said Cherry after a recent workout. “I’ve learned a lot and have improved so much over the last few months.”

Another thing that is helping Cherry is his spirited sparring sessions with interim Welterweight Champion, Keith Thurman, another Birmingham protégé. “Man, Keith is great,” said during a recent interview, referring to Thurman. “He’s been helping me a lot, too. There’s a great atmosphere at Dan’s gym and it’s been the best training camp of my career.”

Cherry (31-6-2 (17 KOs) will be back in the ring on April 4th, in Philadelphia, when he takes on the durable Robert Osiobe. (more…)



March 17th, 2014

Boxing Result

J-Rock Williams destroys Freddy Hernandez

Photos: Emily Harney

Undefeated jr middleweight Julian “J-Rock” Williams (14-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular third round destruction of former contender Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (30-6, 20 KOs) on a Monday night St. Patrick’s Day card at the House of Blues in Boston, Massachusetts. Williams knocked down Hernandez in round one, and put him down for the count in round three with a crushing left to the jaw. Time was :35.

Unbeaten heavyweight Alexis Santos (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Sylvester Barron (8-4, 3 KOs). A punishing three-punch combination put Barron down and out. Time was 2:08.

2012 Irish Olympian super featherweight John Joe Nevin won his pro debut against Alberto Candelaria (3-1-1, 2 KOs) taking a six round unanimous decision by a score of 59-55 on all cards.

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March 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Showtime is Back! Curtis Stevens will take on Tureano Johnson on April 4

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events

Less than three months after middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (26-4-0, 19 KOs) knocked out Patrick Majewski in the first round at Resorts International Casino and Hotel, he will take on the undefeated Tureano Johnson (14-0-0, 10 KOs) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, April 4th. The Stevens-Johnson ten round fight will be the co-feature on the NBCSN Fight Night card that features the heavyweight showdown between Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6-0, 12 KOs) and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0-0, 15 KOs).

Stevens, who just celebrated his 29th birthday on March 10th, vowed to stay busy this year, “This is my life and my job. I like to fight and I don’t want to have a break too long. I could get a little bit too relaxed. Hopefully I can go six times this year.” “Showtime” fought four times in 2013 with a 3-1 record with two knockouts. And after his first round knockout of Majewski on January 24th he is ready for Johnson, “I am back to the old Curtis. It looks like he likes to fight. He likes to stay in the paint, in the dog house and get it on. He looks like a more aggressive Derrick Findley so this fight I might just stay toe-to-toe.” (more…)



March 17th, 2014




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