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Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Orlando Salido 130 vs. Terdsak Kokietgym 130 (WBO interim jr lightweight title) Javier Mendoza 108 vs. Ramón García 108 (IBF jr flyweight title) Angel ...

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Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Groves-Rebrasse make weight

Photos: Philip Sharkey George Groves 167.4 vs Christopher Rebrasse 167.5 George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KOs) both made weight ...

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Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Gonzalez, Arce face off in Los Mochis

Photos: Zanfer WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Jorge "Travieso" Arce faced off Thursday at the final press conference of their mini-tour to ...

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Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Salido-Kokietgym Final Press Conference

Photos: Zanfer The final press conference was held Thursday for the double world title card taking place Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal ...

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Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Mchunu-Wilson press conference

Photo: Daryl Bughman/Main Events NBC Sports Group's Fight Night presents its first afternoon broadcast of the year on NBC this Saturday, September ...

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Boxing News

WBC Mediterranean ratings as of April

The chairman of the WBC Mediterranean championships, Mr Houcine Houichi, has just released the latest ratings as of April 2014.
Click here to view the ratings



April 7th, 2014



UFC

Bruce Lee Steps Into the Octagon for the First Time with EA SPORTS UFC Launching June 17

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) announced today that Bruce Lee, “The Father of Mixed Martial Arts”, will make his historic first step into the Octagon® in EA SPORTS™ UFC, launching June 17, 2014. Fans can pre-order today to get instant day-one access to Bruce, or they can complete the game’s career mode at Pro difficulty to unlock him. Players can fight with the legend across four different weight classes and test his legacy against the best of the best in the UFC. To see Bruce Lee realized in game, watch the EA SPORTS UFC Gameplay Series: Bruce Lee Reveal, the first cinematic trailer from EA SPORTS UFC that was released today. For more information on the Bruce Lee pre-order offer, please visit http://o.ea.com/20562 (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Team Skipp Scott files protest over controversial KO loss to Gerald Washington

Hall of Fame Trainer Jessie Reid and promoter Kerry Daigle of Keeppunching Entertainment say the California Boxing Commission has a clear duty to correct the mistake made by referee Lou Moret in the Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott vs. Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington fight, held on Thursday, April 3, at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. With the FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes cameras rolling, Reid, who served as co-trainer for Scott, watched as his fighter was dropped to a knee by a legitimate right hand and then knocked out by a hard body shot a full second after his fighter had clearly taken a knee. The “knockout” victory for Washington came at 1:40 of round two, but according to Reid, the result is clearly in need of fixing. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyson, Holyfield, Leonard, Duran, Hearns meet 700 fans at the Steiner Store in NY

Photos: Tyson Sports Memorabilia

Mike Tyson hasn’t been in the ring in nearly a decade, but his popularity hasn’t waned. You would have thought that he had a championship fight on the horizon when 700 fans of the “Sweet Science” flocked to meet the former heavyweight champ at the Steiner Store on Saturday (April 5) in Garden City on Long Island. It took 12 security guards to escort “Iron Mike” from the signing because a massive crowd had gathered in Roosevelt Field Mall. The Tyson fans paid from $149 for a photo op to $2,000 for a VIP package with all five former champs. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

HBO to air “Road to Marquez/Alvarado”

HBO Boxing presents “Road to Marquez/Alvarado,” a special examining the upcoming welterweight encounter between legendary champ Juan Manuel Marquez and all-action former junior welterweight title-holder Mike Alvarado. The two are set to meet in one of the year’s most anticipated showdowns Saturday, May 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” special will premiere Saturday, April 19 at 12:45 a.m. ET/PT on HBO. It will preview the fast-approaching contest between these two ring warriors who are meeting for the first time ever in this high stakes battle.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cave-Gauthier heats up

By Dave Spencer
Photo by Paul Adams

Toronto’s Shaw Festival is an annual tradition that is now in its 29th year and is set to go Tuesday with super-bantamweights Tyson Cave (23-2 8KO) and Sebastien Gauthier (22-4-1 14KO) Held in the historic Royal York Hotel, a location that has housed Royalty and dignitaries alike, it is a key annual fundraiser for the arts. Packed with Toronto’s business elite, the event hosts over 700 CEO’s and senior executives from the countries top companies including those in the financial, legal and real-estate sectors. Patrons dress to the nines in the finest tuxedos and partake in the finest brandies and at one time, smoked the finest cigars. A philanthropic event that helps fund a summer arts festival producing the works of George Bernard Shaw, a wordsmith who donned the gloves himself back in the day.

In short, it is by and large, a gentleman’s event.

While Shaw may have introduced some memorable protagonists and antagonists to the public in his many works, it’s doubtful he have picked two that are more colourful than headliners Cave and Gauthier who headline the main event of the three bout card tomorrow.

No sooner than Gauthier’s interview had hit the pages of Fightnews, Cave was on the phone firing back shots of his own in rapid succession. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

WBC presents green belt to Hakamada, the “Japanese Hurricane Carter”

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By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC gave an honorary world belt to the “Japanese Rubin Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former Japanese fighter released last week, 48 years of being sentenced to death. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presented the green belt to the eldest sister of the 78-year-old Hakamada, who is recovering in a hospital after being on death row for four-and-a-half decades. A court ordered that Hakamada be released after DNA analysis suggested that the evidence against him was tampered with. He will finally get the retrial he and his supporters have sought since 1968.



April 7th, 2014

UFC

Newcomer White subs for Brown vs. Payan

Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown has been pulled from his April 19 matchup with Estevan Payan in Orlando due to injury, opening the door for UFC newcomer Alex White to make his Octagon debut against “El Terrible.”

Unbeaten in nine pro fights, Farmington, Missouri’s White is known for his striking, but that hasn’t stopped him from submitting five of his opponents. Former Strikeforce standout Payan is ready for anything though, especially as he seeks his first UFC win.

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April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley 2: Fight week is upon us

By Karl Freitag

Entering fight week, many Sportsbooks have Manny Pacquiao set as a solid -200 favorite to avenge his loss to Timothy Bradley, when they collide Saturday in Las Vegas on PPV. As for method of victory, Pacquiao by decision is by far the expected outcome, paying about even money. Bradley is +250 to win via the decision route. Manny by KO is at +350, while Bradley by KO is as much as +750.

As for fight week festivities, it all kicks off Tuesday at 1:30PM as fight fans are invited to Pacquiao’s and Bradley’s “grand arrivals” at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.

Coinciding with the big Pacquiao-Bradley fight weekend, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is holding a “Party With Boxing’s Legends” fund-raiser on Friday night at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The event will be a combination ‘meet and greet’, autograph and photo session. Among those confirmed to attend are Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum, Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelley, Clarence “Bones” Adams, Richard Steele, Kenny Bayless, Miguel Diaz, Al Bernstein, Harold Lederman and Colonel Bob Sheridan. The event starts at 8pm with tickets priced at $35 presale and $45 at the door.



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Cunningham-Mansour/Stevens-Johnson Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer

The fans at the Liacouras Center at Temple University witnessed a classic crossroads battle of wills, as Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6, 12KO’s) got off the canvas twice to win a come from behind ten round unanimous decision victory over the hard punching Amir “Hardcore Mansour (20-1, 15Ko’s), for the coveted USBA Heavyweight title. The seven bout card promoted by Main Events saw WBC #11 ranked middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20KO’s) snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, with a late tenth round stoppage of Tureano “The Bull” Johnson in the co-feature of the evening. The card was televised live nationally on the NBC Sports Fight Night. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Segura-Salguero/Rosas-Cobrita Jr. Full Report

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

A night of upsets and great fights were lived this past Saturday night in Tijuana when Zanfer Promotions brought their show home and presented yet another marathon fight card with eleven bouts scheduled at the Tecate Tour tent located at the Caliente Racetrack in the heart of the city. A nearly packed house were present to catch former title challenger and homegrown son Felipe Salguero (19-6-1, 14KOs) give everything he had but still fall against former world champion Giovanni Segura (32-3-1, 28KOs) in the ten round super flyweight main event which was broadcast live in all of Mexico by the Azteca network.

Segura is in line for a title shot against current reigning WBO and WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada and took the stay busy fight in Tijuana while he waits for Estrada to face him. Segura nearly got more than he could handle when Salguero, no stranger to big stages as he has challenged for a world title before including last October when he faced IBF champ Johnriel Casimero in Manila, Philippines, at times looked to be in control of the action. (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Escalante-Ruiz Full Report

By Robert Hough
Photo: Mariano Serrano

Bruno Escalante battled through fighting with a damaged left hand for eight rounds and scored a unanimous decision on Saturday over Victor Ruiz to retain his IBA Continental junior bantamweight belt. Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs), a southpaw, said he had to adjust as he struggled even to keep his left up and strong to block punches as Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs) fought aggressively throughout the 10-round bout at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.

“I had to use my feints and movement, and try to use my right more,” a visibly discomforted Escalante said after the fight, which headlined a card co-promoted by Paco Presents and Don Chargin Productions. “I had to change things a lot because I have power in both hands, but my left is my best. I saw he was focusing on my right as the fight went on so I had to put my left out there some, but not with anything on it.” (more…)



April 7th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Irish Silver Medalist John Joe Nevin was assaulted by a gang of men at his home in Mullingar, Ireland early Saturday morning, apparently over a family dispute. Nevin won the Silver Medal representing Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London boxing as a bantamweight. Nevin turned pro on March 17 in Boston with a six round decision victory. Nevin’s leg was broken in two places and he’ll be out of action for several months.

Billings, Montana, hopeful Jesus Vallejo is on the rise with a title win. More

Leo Santa Cruz is on Carl Frampton’s radar, with the Irishman’s latest win over Hugo Cazares. More

After his latest loss, Enzo Maccarinelli says his future is undecided. More



April 6th, 2014

UFC

Dustin Poirier: A Long Way From Fightville

Three years ago inside a darkened movie theater in Toronto, Dustin Poirier watched, slouched in his chair, as his career on the regional MMA circuit played out on the big screen . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Rocky Martinez is sick, will not face Raymundo Beltran this Saturday in Las Vegas

Former two time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martínez will not fight this Saturday, April 12, against Raymundo Beltran because he has been sick since last week and has not been able to train for a few days. The bout between the #11 ranked Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOs) and the #1 ranked Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) was for the WBO NABO lightweight title and for the chance for the winner to faceWBO 135 pounds champion Terence Crawford. Also, it was the co-main event of the HBO Pay Per View card featured Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao facing for the Bradley’s WBO welterweight belt, in a Top Rank presentation. Word is Martinez will be replaced by Arash Usmanee. (more…)



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Wilder’s first promotion a success

Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder didn’t get to see much of the action in his first promotion. He was too busy meeting fans and taking pictures as the mob at the Belk Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama followed his every step. “I sincerely want to thank everyone who came out to make the event such a success. It was great to meet and talk to everyone and hear their words of encouragement. They want the next heavyweight champion of the world to be from Alabama,” said Wilder.

In the main event, Tuscaloosa native Keandrae Leatherwood (14-2-1, 10 KOs) landed a picture perfect left hook to the body of Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-9, 8 KOs) halfway through the first round to score the knockout. Scarborough tried to beat the count but couldn’t. “It may have been the best body shot I’ve ever thrown,” said Leatherwood. “Fighting at home for the first time, there’s nothing like it.”

Other results:
Pierre Webster UD4 Michael Doyle
Keith Thompson UD4 Derek Walker
Tom Howard TKO1 Anthony Middlebrooks
Gary Kelly TKO3 Willie Kyles
Justin Brunetti UD4 Carlos Dumas
Rashad Jones TKO4 Corey Harris

Wilder promoted the event with longtime coach/manager Jay Deas.



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Clottey: I hope I’m still welcome in Australia after I crush their champion / Mundine: I refuse to lose

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) is confident of defeating former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs) when they clash on Wednesday over twelve rounds at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia with the WBA International light middleweight title up for grabs. Clottey is coming off a ten round points victory over Dashon Johnson in September 2013, and holds wins over Zab Judah, Deigo Corrales and Shamone Alvarez but lost decisions to Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao in world title challenges.

“People keep asking about my fitness, Clottey said. “I have never stopped training, I’ve had 5 months to prepare for this fight. I’m ready. Australia is such a beautiful place full of welcoming people, I hope I’m still welcome after I crush their champion.

“Mundine is fighting a prime beast, not a washed up guy like Mosley. I will crack him. I have no respect for anybody’s power. I have never been hurt in the boxing ring, ever. On April 9, I will meet Anthony Mundine in the ring. On April 10 I will be asking my promoter to arrange a world title fight for me.”

Mundine is also confident of victory over Clottey. “The Man” scored a major upset in 2013 when he stopped Sugar Shane Mosley and in his most recent ring appearance outscored New Zealand’s Gunnar Jackson in January. He is chasing mega-money bouts with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

“Clottey has fought the best, I have to beat him if I’m ever going to get a shot against the top dogs,” Mundine said. “Clottey is going to see my speed and power is world class come Wednesday night. I refuse to lose. This fight is getting more recognition overseas than it is here. Promoters are looking at this fight and the winner will be in a position to land a big fight, Clottey knows it and so do I.

“I’m going to another level in this fight. I’m going to step up from the work I did against Mosley. I respect Clottey but he’s standing in my way.”



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Inoue, 20, wins WBC 108lb belt in sixth bout

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten 20-year-old Japanese prospect Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5 KOs), 108, ultra-impressively captured the WBC light-flyweight throne when he battered defending champ Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (29-3-1, 18 KOs), 108, from the outset, withstood the Mexican’s desperate retaliation in round five, dropped him with a vicious right to score a finest TKO victory at 2:54 of the sixth session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue, seven-time national high school champ, did it in his sixth professional bout. It was much more lopsided than expected, even though Inoue had been favored to win this game with his superior speed, power and skills. Only one factor Inoue is inferior to Confesor in was ring experience, but Inoue’s aggressiveness from the start easily overcame it and made him a bloody mess. The youngster’s lethal right badly decked the champ, who barely regained his feet but couldn’t show his intention to go on as he only showed his back to referee Mike Griffin from Canada. It was really all Inoue tonight.



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Yaegashi keeps WBC 112lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Aggressive and agile Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs), 112, Japan, very impressively kept his WBC flyweight belt as he finished busy-punching Mexican Odilon Zaleta (15-4, 8 KOs), 111.75, with a beautiful countering right for the count at 2:14 of the ninth session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a picture-perfect one-punch knockout with British referee Ian John Lewis counting him out against the still wobbling challenger. It was a rather close affair though Yaegashi, making his third defense, was taking the initiative with his aggressiveness against the Mexican footworker. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated that Yaegashi was only slightly leading on points: 77-76, 77-75 and 76-76. The 31-year-old Yaegashi, usually dependent on his feet, tonight kept stalking the Mexican speedster who threw light but more punches to the onrushing champ. Yaegashi often scored with solid left hooks to effectively shake him up from the fifth on. The Japanese titlist will face unbeaten formidable Nicaraguan Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez in his next defense.

Promoter: Ohashi Promoitons in association with Teiken Promotions.



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Erick Ochieng Tweets he is feeling fine after “Prizefighter” collapse

By James Slater

British welterweight Erick Ochieng suffered an alarming collapse last night in the latest edition of “Prizefighter.” After defeating Paddy Gallagher in the tournament’s opening bout, in what was an absolute war that featured three knockdowns, Ochieng suddenly fainted after being awarded the decision victory. Paramedics put “The Eagle” in the recovery position and he was then taken to the hospital. Thankfully, Erick has fully recovered and he says he was suffering from the intense heat inside The York Hall and nothing more serious.

The following was Tweeted by Ochieng this morning:

“In all things I give Chris glory. I am fine and in good health, it was too hot in the venue for that cause I was felling dizzy after a great performance and the paramedics were doing their job for health and safety reasons and routine. God bless, Eagle.”



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Gonzalez halts Purisima in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

On the undercard of WBC world title doubleheader, former WBA 105-pound and 108-pound titlist, unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs), 112.25, easily halted Filipino Juan Purisima (11-3-1, 3 KOs), 112, at 1:20 of the third round in a supporting eight on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Gonzalez’s appearance in a tune-up go was supposed to be a publicity for his next schedule to have a shot at the winner of the WBC flyweight title bout which will be held next. The Nicaraguan battered the game Filipino upstairs and downstairs, dropping him on knees midway in round two. Accelerating his attack in the next session, referee Fukuchi quickly declared a halt.



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Abie Han beats JC Candelo for UBF belt

Photos: Mike Melendez

Middleweight Abraham “Abie” Han (22-1, 14 KOs) scored a second round stoppage of veteran Juan Carlos Candelo (32-14-4, 21 KOs) to claim the UBF Intercontinental middleweight title on Saturday night at the El Paso Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.

In round one, Han delivered a devastating right hook that dropped Candelo face first and Candelo shocked the entire building by somehow managing to get back to his feet. In round two, Han once again battered Candelo at will. Towards the end of the round, as Candelo was going down he grabbed onto Han and they both tumbled to the canvas. Only Han got back to his feet. Candelo had to be taken out of the ring by paramedics with a possible broken ankle.

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April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Manny Rodriguez still unbeaten

Photo: by Esdel Palermo/Fresh Boxing

Saturday night at the Moises Navedo Coliseum in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, super flyweight Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez (9-0, 5 KOs) defeated Felix ‘La Ardilla’ Perez (8-5, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision in the maint event. From the start, Rodriguez was able to establish the pace, connecting accurate combinations to the face and body of Pérez, who was active throughout the fight, but without success due to the effective defense of Rodríguez. The judges scored 80-72, 80-72 and 78-74.

“I followed the game plan as always. Perez is strong, and has faced good prospects. I did not feel his power. In this fight I was a little more aggressive, and the results speaks for itself,” said an excited Rodriguez. (more…)



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Escalante survives against Ruiz

Photo: Team Escalante

Photo: Team Escalante


By Robert Hough at ringside

Bruno Escalante battled through fighting with a damaged left hand for eight rounds and scored a unanimous decision on Saturday over Victor Ruiz to retain his IBA Continental junior bantamweight belt. Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs), a southpaw, said he had to adjust as he struggled even to keep his left up and strong to block punches as Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs) fought aggressively throughout the 10-round bout at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. (more…)



April 6th, 2014

Boxing News

Rubio KOs Spada to claim WBC interim middleweight belt

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) scored a tenth round KO Over Domenico “Vulcano” Spada (38-5, 19 KOs) to claim the WBC interim middleweight title on Saturday night at the Gran Estadio in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. Entering the tenth round, Rubio had delivered a workmanlike performance and was comfortably ahead by scores of 89-80, 90-79 and 88-81. The rhythm of the bout abruptly changed with one punch as a flush Rubio left hook laid out Spada motionless on the canvas to end it. Time was 1:38.

In the co-feature, middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (30-1, 24 KOs) knocked out journeyman Idiozan Matos (32-19, 26 KOs) in round two.

Super featherweight Edgar “Lic” Monarrez (17-2, 11 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (23-5, 14 KOs).

WBC female champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (20-5, 8 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over Judith “Peligrosa” Rodriguez (10-7, 3 KOs) in a non-title flyweight clash.

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April 6th, 2014




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