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Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Paez edges Echeverria, Rivas tops Sandoval

Photos: Zanfer Welterweight Jorge "Maromerito" Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel "Tokado" Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) ...

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Undercard Results from Staples Center

Undercard Results from Staples Center

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photo: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions WBC rated #3 contender, Julio Cesar Ceja (29-1, 26KO), got up off ...

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Santa Cruz defeats Mares in “Battle of LA”

Santa Cruz defeats Mares in Battle of LA

By Rocky Morales at ringside Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1) turned in a career best performance in winning ...

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Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

Don King: Heavyweight boxing back to what it is supposed to be

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Cotto reveals secret weapon

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Photos: Gabriel Gonzalez - Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports/Golden Boy At age 34, WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto appears to ...

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Boxing News

Wilder favored to dethrone Stiverne

By Karl Freitag

In early lines, online sportsbooks have established WBC heavyweight champion Bermaine Stiverne as a slight underdog against unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder on January 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Wilder is running as an early -150 to -175 favorite to defeat Stiverne, whose backers can get “plus” money ranging from +120 to +130 with a Stiverne win.



December 29th, 2014


UFC

UFC By The Numbers: 2014 in Review

46: UFC events this year

12: PPVs

22: Events on FOX and FOX Sports 1 combined

12: UFC Fight Pass events . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Charr trains at Mayweather Gym and Wild Card

After WBC #10 rated heavyweight contender Manuel “Diamond Boy Charr” attended the WBC Convention in Las Vegas, Charr did some training at the Mayweather Gym with Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Roger Mayweather, then drove to Los Angeles for several training sessions with Freddie Roach. Yesterday Charr returned to Vegas for more training at the Mayweather Gym before returning to Germany.

“America is a dream for every European boxer, it’s also something special to train here,” sand Charr. “I can also imagine having a fight here in the US. Training with the world’s best trainers was a lot of fun, it shows me the American boxing style I’m trying to connect with my German boxing style. I’m very grateful that I could train here, and of course happy that everyone gave me so much attention.”

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December 29th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto camp denies Cotto-Canelo deal is reached

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

The Twitter announcement of Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, implying that an agreement has been made for WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto to fight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on May 2 has been denied by Cotto advisor Gaby Peñagarícano. “No. That is not correct. There is no agreement yet,” said the lawyer flatly. Talks have been ongoing for several weeks but according to Peñagaricano they have not finished nor can it be ruled out that Cotto could face Floyd Mayweather Jr. instead.

“The reality is that no agreement is there yet. None. For any fight. We are in talks, but announcing that we’ve reached an agreement for that fight is not true. And a fight with Mayweather has certainly not been ruled out. We need to first see what will happen (Mayweather-Pacquiao) and if it’s not happening as I believe, it (Mayweather-Cotto) could be a possibility. It’s an interesting fight.” (more…)



December 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Fight of the Year/KO of the Year Updates

By Karl Freitag

We still have Fightnews.com’s “Fighter of the Year,” “Fight of the Year” and “KO of the Year,” honors to announce, but with EIGHT world title fights still remaining in 2014 (all in Japan on December 30th and 31st), the year is far from over.

Below are the current bouts under consideration for “Fight of the Year:”

Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkas Gamboa
Orlando Salido vs. Terdsak Kokietgym
Lucas Matthysse vs. John Molina
Robert Guerrero vs Yoshihiro Kamegai
Francisco Rodriguez vs Katsunari Takayama
Monty Meza Clay vs. Alan Herrera

2014 was another great year for spectacular knockouts. “KO of the Year” contenders are:

Carl Froch vs. George Groves II
Alexander Povetkin vs. Carlos Takam
Andy Lee vs. John Jackson
Nicholas Walters vs. Vic Darchinyan
Nicholas Walters vs. Nonito Donaire
Amir Mansour vs. Frederic Kassi
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev
Rey Loreto vs. Nkosinathi Joyi
Marvin Sonsona vs. Akifume Shimoda
Tomoki Kameda vs. Pungluang Sor Singyu
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale



December 28th, 2014

UFC

UFC Top Ten: The Fighters of 2014

This is it – the Highly Unofficial awards season is coming to a close, and all that’s left is to determine the top fighters of 2014. Will your favorite be here? Read on to find out . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 182: JONES VS. CORMIER is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather: I’m materialistic and I’m motivated by money…but GOD is first in my life

WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight world champion Floyd Mayweather used his Instagram account to send a special message to his close friend Justin Bieber, who has apparently purchased a jet.

@JustinBieber Welcome to the Jet Club! Yes, I got a 14 passenger jet. Got to give them another reason to hate, but I will motivate the people that are ambitious and want to be winners in life. I am guilty! I’m materialistic & I’m motivated by money…but GOD is first in my life. GOD will not give you anything you can’t handle. That’s why GOD gave me the best hands in the business to pray with, box with and count money with. #AirMayweather



December 28th, 2014

Boxing News

Froch-Chavez Jr. Update

IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch is reportedly close to finalizing a fight with former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on March 28 in Las Vegas. According to the Daily Express, negotiations are taking place between Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn/Matchroom Sports and Chavez’ advisor Al Haymon.



December 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Suffering from TV boxing withdrawal symptoms?

With no live boxing television until January 9 in most the world, fight fans will have to settle for replays. To that end, HBO is planning to replay eight of the year’s standout fights over four consecutive nights, starting tonight. Featured are signature wins by Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Juan Manuel Marquez, Wladimir Klitschko and Terence Crawford.

Saturday, December 27 at 11:30 p.m.
Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale
Gennady Golovkin vs. Marco Antonio Rubio
Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley Jr. 2

Sunday, December 28 at 12:00 a.m.
Bernard Hopkins vs. Sergey Kovalev

Monday, December 29 at 11:30 p.m.
Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez
Terence Crawford vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa

Tuesday, December 30 at 11:30 p.m.
Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Mike Alvarado
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev



December 27th, 2014

Boxing News

2014 Boxing Prospect of the Year: Artur Beterbiev

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Amanada Kwok/SHOWTIME

The 2014 Fightnews.com Boxing Prospect of the Year is light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs), who separated himself from a talented pack of 2014 hot prospects by stepping up in class to demolish both former world champion Tavoris Cloud and previously unbeaten Jeff Page to close out the year. Two-time Russian Olympian Beterbiev, who has fought all his pro bouts in Canada, was 4-0 with 4 KOs in 2014 as he outpaced Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) who devastated a lineup of past their prime heavyweights in the UK.

Beterbiev also edged out Puerto Rican Olympian lightweight Felix Verdejo (16-0, 12 KOs), who was spectacular every outing in 2014, going 7-0 with 6 KOs. Verdejo looks to be a star in the making. (more…)



December 27th, 2014

UFC

UFC Top Ten: The Fights of 2014

2014 provided more than its share of thrills, and when it comes to the best fights of the year, here are ten of the most memorable . . . click here for more

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December 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Jeanie O’Grady, a boxing pioneer

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Photo: Juan Ayllon

By Billy Tibbs

Christmas can be a tough time of year if you are missing loved ones. This one will certainly be a tough one as former world lightweight champion Sean O’Grady had to say goodbye to his dear mother Jean who passed suddenly on December 23rd. Jean was in many ways a pioneer in the sport of boxing and worked very hard in an industry predominantly ruled by men. She worked in all aspects of the game and understood boxing very well. Without a doubt, her proudest moment in boxing would be watching her son Sean, whom she had worked with in all aspects of his career, become a world champion.

Jean O’Grady was the wife of Pat O’Grady, himself a former professional fighter. As long as Sean can recall growing up as a youngster his dad and Mom were working in boxing. She worked in media, promotions, match-making, training and every other aspect of putting on live boxing shows. They promoted boxing cards all over the south for three decades. The family was based out of Oklahoma City but would travel each and every weekend putting on fights. Pat, and wife Jean, would travel all over Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nevada, and Nebraska putting on shows. Jean was well schooled on every aspect of the sport. She was involved in running club shows every month with Pat and while her husband was the promoter of record, Jean was on board in every aspect of the game and she got the job done. (more…)



December 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Deontay Wilder is out to prove himself in 2015. More

For those who think Mayweather-Pacquiao is still a pipe dream, there’s Freddie Roach, who is already talking trilogy. More

Chris Algieri is one of the naysayers: “It won’t happen,” he says, meaning, of course, Mayweather-Pacquiao. More

Local El Paso boxer Joel Garcia gets popped over the holidays for DWI manslaughter. More



December 27th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxcino 2015 kicks off on February 13

The boxing elimination tournament, Boxcino 2015, will make its season debut, Friday, February 13, 2015. The tournament will feature four quarterfinal bouts in the junior middleweight division at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The entire Boxicino 2015 series will be televised live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

The participants of Boxcino will be announced shortly. The Boxcino 2015 season debut will feature four quarterfinal bouts with the winners moving on to semifinals which will take place on April 3. (more…)



December 26th, 2014

Boxing News

GGG working hard in Big Bear

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WBA/IBO and WBC ‘interim’ middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin spent Christmas Day training for his upcoming world title defense against two-time world title challenger Martin Murray, the WBC’s #1 ranked middleweight set for February 21 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte-Carlo. Golovkin is training at The Summit High Altitude Training Center in Big Bear Lake, California.

“It feels great to be back in camp,” said Golovkin. “We’re working hard with my Coach Abel Sanchez to put on another exciting show in Monte-Carlo against Martin Murray.”



December 26th, 2014

Boxing News

2014 Upset of the Year: Harris-Paez Jr.

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions

Former world champion Vivian Harris (32-9-2, 19 KOs), a +1600 underdog who took the fight on short notice, won a majority decision over Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (37-5-1, 22 KOs) in March at the famed Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The bout wasn’t televised in the United States, but it received extra scrutiny because Harris was the subject of an unflattering ESPN piece calling him a “badly shot fighter” and “damaged goods” while proclaiming Harris-Paez Jr. to be “a fight that should not be taking place” and “everything that is wrong with boxing.”

Apparently Harris didn’t get the memo. Instead he went on the road to Mexico where he convincingly beat the Mexican star — pulling off the “Fightnews.com Upset of the Year.”

Harris-Paez beat out five other worthy stunners. (more…)



December 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Chauncy Welliver

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron

Former WBO-rated American heavyweight Chauncy “The Hillyard Hammer” Welliver (55-10-5, 22 KOs) talks to Fightnews.com about his January 31st showdown against Rugby Union and Rugby League football star Sonny Bill Williams (6-0, 3 KOs) at the All Phones Arena in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Welliver says he is very confident of victory and also mentions that Williams’ best win over Frans Botha only happened because the South African was past his best. The American says that IBF #5, WBC #5,WBA #5 Lucas Browne who defeated him recently should get a world title shot and that he regards his own win over Lawrence Taussa as his best victory. (more…)



December 26th, 2014

UFC

UFC Top Ten: The Knockouts of 2014

It’s always the toughest category to whittle down to just ten picks, but it’s also the most enjoyable to work with, as watching these finishes over and over just never gets old. Here are this scribe’s top ten knockouts of 2014. Let the debates begin . . . click here for more

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December 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Retro piece on Madison Square Garden in the The Wall Street Journal. More

A look ahead of 2015 by the Los Angeles Times. More

Freddie Roach criticizes Floyd Mayweather’s love affair of a perfect fight record. More

British heavyweight hopeful Anthony Joshua looks ahead of clash with U.S.’s Kevin Johnson. More



December 26th, 2014

Boxing News

Merhy and Ngabu score wins in Izegem, Belgium

The 90th edition of the boxing shows in Izegem was a short one as all 6 pro bouts ended inside the distance.
Ryad Merhy scored a 5th round stoppage when experienced Shalva Jomardashvili retired claiming an injured left arm. The visitor got a standing count in round 3 when he turned his back to the action after a punch on his left elbow. In the 5th it happened again and after he was administrated again a standing count he told the referee he could not continue and it was waved off. Merhy stays unbeaten in 13 fights, 11 inside but seemed to have been tested for the first time. It was scheduled for 8.
In the other 8 rounder Yves Ngabu stopped Cedric Kalonji in the 2nd round when Kalonji withdrew in pain after dislocating his right shoulder. Ngabu is now 12-0 (9). Now everybody wants to see Merhy or Billal Laggoune against Ngabu for the Belgian cruiserweight title. (more…)



December 25th, 2014

Boxing News

2014 “Fighter of the Year” Update

By Karl Freitag

Close race for Fightnews.com’s 2014 Fighter of the Year recognition — and the year isn’t over yet. Seven fighters are currently still in the running.

Still to come is a very interesting fight on December 30 in Tokyo when former WBC light flyweight king Naoya Inoue takes on long-reigning WBO super flyweight champ Omar Narvaez. Inoue has already scored KOs over Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez and Samartlek Kokietgym in previous 2014 world title fights. If he can do the same to probable future Hall of Famer Narvaez, Inoue could steal “Fighter of the Year” honors.

WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was 2-0, scoring fifth round KOs over two mandatory challengers in his two 2014 appearances. Wlad’s win over Kubrat Pulev was particularly brutal.

WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev went 3-0 in 2014 with two KO wins followed by “Krusher’s” tour de force performance in a unification clash with Bernard Hopkins.

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto fought just once in 2014, but it was a big one. Cotto became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world titles in four divisions with a spectacular stoppage of longtime 160-pound ruler Sergio Martinez.

WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford was 3-0. He dethroned reigning champion Ricky Burns in Scotland, then made two impressive defenses at home against Yuriorkas Gamboa and Ray Beltran, respectively.

WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters scored brutal KOs against Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan in two impressive appearances.

Finally, WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez went 4-0 with four KOs, the most notable against highly regarded Akira Yaegashi in Japan.



December 25th, 2014

Boxing News

South African boxing roundup for 2014

By Ron Jackson

Hekkie Budler is the Supersport.com South African boxer of the year for 2014. And his mentor, Colin Nathan, is the SA trainer of the year. Budler, Zolani Tete and Moruto Mthalane were the outstanding boxers in a year marked by some world-class performances amid the usual disappointments. At the end of the year, nine South Africans were listed as “world” champions.

They were Budler (IBO strawweight and WBA minimunweight titles), Lwandile Sityatha (WBF super-flyweight), Thabo Sonjica (IBO super-bantamweight), Zolani Tete (IBF bantamweight), Luyanda Nkwankwa (WBF minimumweight), Zolani Marali (WBF junior welterweight), Lusanda Kominisi (IBO featherweight), Ali Funeka (IBO welterweight) and Danie Venter (WBF cruiserweight).

Budler was once again the most active champion, defending and retaining his IBO and WBA titles three times and enhancing his status as a crowd-pleasing role-model fighter.

Kominisi, who won the IBO featherweight belt and made a successful defence, was one of the other stars of the year. Despite tough conditions, the promoters kept the sport afloat. They staged 19 national title bouts, most of which were televised live on SuperSport. In four of the 17 divisions there were no title fights and in seven only one.

Twelve South Africans fought in 19 “world” title fights, winning 16 and losing three. Two of them finished the year as champions of leading sanctioning bodies, namely the WBA and IBF. The others competed for titles offered by organisations such as the IBO and WBF. (more…)



December 25th, 2014

UFC

UFC Top Ten: The Submissions of 2014

From the sublime to the spectacular, 2014 had more than its share of memorable submission finishes. Here are this scribe’s picks for the ten best of the year . . . click here for more

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December 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Injured Anthony Crolla is home for Christmas. More

The best boxing Christmas story just might be the tale of Billy Miske, as reprinted in Sports Illustrated. More

First look at heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko and actress Hayden Panettiere’s baby: More

Amir Khan dedicates his December title win to the victims of Peshawar incident. More



December 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Narvaez, Rossel, Rigondeaux arrive in Japan

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat, Joe Koizumi

Merry Christmas! Japan has become a house of world champions since the year-end world title shows are coming close with foreign titleholders and challengers having arrived here in Japan. WBO junior bantam ruler Omar Narvaez from Argentina arrived in Tokyo on Monday, WBA light-fly ruler Alberto Rossel of Peru on Tuesday and WBA/WBO 122-pound kingpin Guillermo Rigondeaux on Sunday. Narvaez will risk his belt against unbeaten 21-year-old ex-WBC 108-pound ruler Naoya Inoue at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on December 30. Rossel will put his throne on the line against former national champ Ryoichi Taguchi in Tokyo on the last day of the year. On the same December 31, in Osaka, unbeaten Cuban Rigondeaux will defend his diadem against 5’10” hard-puncher Hisashi Amagasa, who lately renounced his OPBF 126-pound belt to have an ambitious shot at the 122-pound championship.

Our fight scribes have been too busily occupied with many events such as public workouts at various gyms and welcome interviews at the airport of Tokyo (Rigondeaux landed in Tokyo and then will move to Osaka by a bullet train). As we see no less than eight world title bouts on the last two days of the year, there are sixteen public workouts of the contestants separately. (more…)



December 25th, 2014

Boxing News

Philly boxing card to celebrate B-Hop’s 50th birthday

On January 20, Golden Boy Promotions will celebrate Bernard Hopkins’ 50th birthday with a Golden Boy Live! show on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from the 2300 Arena in Bernard’s hometown of Philadelphia. In the main event, Philly’s own Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (19-3, 10 KOs) faces highly regarded Nicaraguan junior lightweight contender Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. In the super lightweight co-main 10-round event, rising junior welterweight star Michael “The Artist” Perez (21-1, 10 KOs) of Newark, New Jersey looks to extend his current unbeaten streak to eight fights, he will face a to be announced opponent. Plus, Opening the televised action is Washington, D.C.’s undefeated fighter Lamont Roach Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs) in a six-round junior lightweight battle against an opponent yet to be named.

“I’m so excited that Golden Boy has decided to honor my birthday in this way,” said Hopkins. “The best present that they can give me is to bring a great night of fights to my hometown and give Philly boxing fans something to celebrate.” Hopkins turns 50 on January 15. “The Alien” will attend the event held in his honor and will be featured on the television broadcast.



December 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Q&A: Evens Pierre

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Photo: Premium Boxing Promotion

By Robert Coster

One of the young boxers hoping to make a name for himself in 2015 is Haitian-born, Panama-based Lightweight Evens “The Sun City Kid” Pierre (24-1, 17 KOs) ranked 9th by the WBA. Evens’ lifestory is compelling; born in a sprawling slum on the outskirts of the Haitian capital (Port-au-Prince) called “Sun City” (Cite Soleil), the young boxer has become a source of pride and a model for the disenfranchised youth of the impoverished sector. Far from shunning his birthplace, Pierre has become its symbol. Last month in Haiti, Pierre won the WBA Fedelatin title and crashed into the WBA ratings, an event that was celebrated for days in Sun City. Fightnews caught up with Evens Pierre to talk about his struggles growing up and his hopes for his career in the coming year. (more…)



December 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Yorgey, Witherspoon top Jan 24 NJ card

On January 24 at the GPG Event Center (Formerly the Woodbine Inn) in Pennsauken, New Jersey, the inaugural boxing card will take place with local favorite Harry Joe Yorgey taking part in a bout for the WBU middleweight title. Yorgey of Bridgeport, PA has a record of 27-2-2 with 12 knockouts and is coming off a draw with Eric Mitchell on July 25.

In the 10-round co-feature, Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (31-3, 23 KO’s) will also be in action.

Witherspoon’s and Yorgey’s opponents will be named shortly. The show is promoted by Witherspoon’s Silver Spoon Promotions.



December 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Bailey takes aim at TV fight against Santana

Does “The Knock-Out King” still have it? Looks like power-punching former two-division world champion Randall Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) will be stepping in against Francisco Santana (21-3-1, 10 KOs) on January 9 at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. After not being able to line up a fight in all of 2014, the dangerous 40-year-old Bailey would be making his first start since November 2013.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Santana has won nine in a row, including a victory over previously unbeaten Eddie Gomez. He was originally slated to face Sebastian Lujan. ESPN2 will televise.



December 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson Fury opponent named: Christian Hammer

Undefeated heavyweight destroyer Tyson Fury face Christian Hammer on February 28th at London’s 02 Arena. Fury puts his WBO International title on the line against the WBO #4 ranked Hammer in a risky title defense ahead of a projected summer showdown with reigning world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fury dismantled Dereck Chisora for the second time last month to win the British and European titles and also secured the number one and mandatory position to Klitschko, who next fights in April, but must then defend his WBO title against Fury next.

German-based Romanian Hammer, who fights out of the EC Boxing team, is a former WBO European Champion who has 10 stoppages out of 17 wins, and will be looking to cause a huge upset on these shores by being the first to defeat Fury and earn himself a shot at Klitschko. In his last fight he defeated Irineu Beato Costa Jr, who until then had stopped 13 out of 15 opponents early, but Hamer showed that he can box as well as punch by winning every single round of the twelve rounder. (more…)



December 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Rocky Martinez to challenge Siri Salido?

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former WBO jr lightweight champion, Roman “Rocky” Martinez (28-2-2, 17 KOs), who had decided to campaign in the lightweight division after losing his 130-pound crown against Mikey Garcia, is considering a fight against current jr lightweight champ Orlando “Siri” Salido, provided there is a good purse according to reports. Then upon re-acquiring the belt he held for several years, Rocky would move up to 135 pounds to fight for the vacant title after Terence Crawford moves up to a higher division.



December 24th, 2014

UFC

UFC Top Ten: The Upsets of 2014

The upset. It’s why they fight the fights and why we keep watching, the idea that on any given night, an underdog can pull off what some said was impossible. Here are ten of the biggest upsets of 2014 . . . click here for more

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December 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Amir Khan talks family and Christmas. More

Former champ Ricky Hatton gets in the Christmas spirit. More

Buster Douglas favors Mayweather over Pacquiao in hoped-for showdown. More

Carl Froch tops the charts in Britain for most in-demand sporting event of 2014. More



December 24th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Port Hueneme, California

Top Rank, in association with Bash Boxing, Art of Boxing Promotions, and the Oceanview Pavilion, brings Solo Boxeo Tecate on Unimas back to Port Hueneme, California on January 17. “Boxing By The Beach” will feature the return of world-ranked Mexican-American knockout artist, Jose “El Chon” Zepeda (21-0, 18 KOs). Ranked #7 in the world by the WBO and #12 in the world by the IBF, Zepeda will take on Rafael Cobos (15-5-5, 3KOs). Zepeda is a Southern California native, born in Long Beach and residing in La Puente. Zepeda sports an 86% knockout rate and was last seen in a 1st round destruction of former Dominican contender Victor Manuel Cayo (32-6). Cobos was unbeaten in 7 bouts since July 2010 before dropping a unanimous decision to former World Champion challenger Josesito Lopez (33-6) in September. (more…)



December 23rd, 2014

Boxing News

Zhang Zhilei ready for a big bang in 2015

By James Slater

Chinese giant Zhang Zhilei, who captured, amongst other impressive amateur honours, a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics, is all set to make a big impression in the pro ranks in 2015. The 6’6” southpaw has done nothing since his pro debut but train and further perfect his craft in the gym. With a four-month spell spent on sparring, conditioning and strength work as well as on technique, Zhang is looking forward to his second pro outing.

Back in August of this year, the heavy-handed pro prospect made somewhat embarrassingly short work of one Curtis Lee Tate, who the 31-year-old crushed with a shot to the shoulder (yes, the shoulder!) after just 17-seconds in Fallon, Nevada. Zhang clearly needed more work – “agreed,” said Zhang’s co-trainer, the knowledgeable Harold “The Shadow” Knight when speaking with this writer after the effortless debut – and at Madison Square Garden on January 9th, more work will hopefully be what Zhang gets.

Set to face the debut-making Kaleb Slaughter of Cincinnati, Zhang will be boxing a scheduled four-rounds. Another quick KO could well be on the cards, but hopefully Slaughter will show more ambition than Tate did. Zhang has a great team around him and with his size, strength, power and talent, the big things that his team expect could well be on their way to being achieved in what should be an active year for the man mountain.



December 23rd, 2014




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