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Provodnikov-Algieri kickoff presser

Provodnikov-Algieri kickoff presser

Photos: Peter Frutkoff World Championship boxing returns to Barclays Center when the "The Siberian Rocky" Ruslan Provodnikov makes the first defense of his ...

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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

By Sam Geraci Photos: Bob Ryder Unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over ...

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Late Results from Tijuana

Late Results from Tijuana

By Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Leonso Nunez The much anticipated test of Tijuana female flyweight Brenda Flores (7-2, 2KOs) went down last Friday ...

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

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Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

Pacquiao to Mayweather: “The Line is Open.”

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Undercard Report/Photos from Chicago

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Late Results from Tijuana

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Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

Report/gallery: Pacquiao vs. Bradley II

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Boxing News

Callum Smith to meet Patrick Mendy for English title on September 21

Callum Smith will face Patrick Mendy for the vacant English Super Middleweight title at the sold-out Liverpool Olympia on Saturday September 21, live on Sky Sports. Smith continued his stunning run of first round stoppage wins with a fifth in a row in Glasgow on Saturday night, and challenges for his first title on home soil in just his eighth pro contest.

The 23 year old boxes on Merseyside for just the second time in his burgeoning career, and says he is ready to step up to title action against the Reading man. “It’s brilliant to be fighting for my first title in front of a Liverpool crowd,” said Smith. “The Olympia is a great venue for the fans and I’m sure they’ll get behind me and roar me on. Patrick has been around for a long time even though he’s younger than me, so he’ll fancy his chances of beating me but I’m flying at the moment and I’m ready for the longer fights.” (more…)



September 13th, 2013



Boxing News

Today: Mayweather vs. Canelo final weigh-in

Fight fans are invited to attend the final weigh-in today for Saturday’s Mayweather vs. Canelo megafight. The weigh-in will take place inside the MGM Grand Arena. Doors open at noon. Fighters will be one the scales at 2:30PM. If you’re planning on going, you’d better get over there soon. The line is already long.



September 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Maidana-Broner confrontation in Las Vegas

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel

During Thursday night’s fight card at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana exchanged strong words and challenged each other to fight on Decemeber 14th.

Broner then tweeted, “Man I almost just knocked @ChinoMaidana out just now!!!”

Maidana responded, “This liar Broner said he almost knocked me out today. What a liar! He was white like the snow. I told Broner to talk in the ring December 14.”



September 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Huck vs. Arslan II official for January 25

A decision has been made: WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) will rematch Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs) on January 25 in Stuttgart, Germany. Actually, the second encounter between Huck and Arslan should have gone forward on September 14. However, the defending champion suffered a hairline fracture to his left elbow in his final sparring session and was not capable to fight this weekend.



September 13th, 2013

Boxing News

“Hollywood” Jimenez: I’m not just a club show fighter

By Sam Geraci

Tonight at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN, one of Chicago’s most popular fighters, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (11-0, 8 KOs), intends to continue capturing Chicago’s Latin fan base as he attempts to prove that he is more than a club show fighter when he takes on the always tough and rugged Derrick “Superman” Findley (20-11-1, 13 KOs).

Findley is a true journeyman who has faced dozens of top fighters and gone the distance with Andre Ward and stopped Andrzej Fonfara. Although Findley has shared the ring with some of the sport’s top fighters and is fighting steps from his hometown of Gary, IN, “Hollywood Jimenez of Chicago, IL, who has built a Canelo-like following in the Chicagoland area among Latino fight fans, is expected to be the fighter with his named cheered come September 13. In the following interview with Fightnews, Jimenez discusses his fan appeal, style, opponent, future and thoughts on Mayweather-Canelo. (more…)



September 13th, 2013

UFC

Renne Forte: Looking to Build Momentum

Momentum can make all the difference in mixed martial arts. Every fighter dreams of one day establishing themselves as one of the elite competitors in the sport, and one of the necessary elements of making this a reality is putting notches in the win column in consistent fashion . . . More at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 165 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT Click here for more



September 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Gonzalez-Mares rematch in December?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source informed Fightnews.com that Golden Boy Promotions is looking to stage a rematch between Jhonny Gonzalez and Abner Mares for December 14 in Las Vegas, on the same card projected for an Adrien Broner-Marcos Maidana fight. According to the source, Golden Boy has make a good offer to Gonzalez.



September 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Q&A: Dmytro Kucher

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By Alex Potapov
Photo: Elite Boxing

WBC International cruiserweight champion Dmytro Kucher (21-1, 15 KOs) gave an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he spoke about the first defeat in his career in the fight against Ilunga Makabu for the WBC Silver cruiserweight championship, his plans for the future and more.

Dmytro, in your last fight you lost a majority decision to Ilunga Makabu. Tell us about it.

Yes, I lost, but nothing catastrophic happened. I’m sure that I’ll return and I’ll be stronger and better than I was before. (more…)



September 13th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC Statement on Mayweather-Alvarez



September 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Mexican Independence Day heats up Las Vegas for the Mayweather-Alvarez fight. More

Danny Garcia’s father adds fuel to the Lucas Matthysse fight this weekend. More in the LA Times

Don Chargin on the Mayweather-Alvarez fight: More

Tucson, Arizona, boxing community remembers fallen fighter Alexis Urbina: More

 



September 13th, 2013

Boxing Result

Porter defeats Diaz in rematch; Jack and Periban battle to draw

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

After battling to a draw in their first fight, unbeaten welterweight Shawn “Showtime” Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) and former world champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (40-9-1, 29 KOs) went ten hard round rounds again on Thursday night in the Premier Ballroom located in the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. This time, Porter outworked Diaz to win by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 97-93. The NABO and USBA welterweight titles were on the line.

Unbeaten super middleweight Badou Jack (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and Marco Antonio Periban (20-1-1, 13 KOs) fought to a ten round majority draw in a clash for the NABF title. Periban suffered a nasty cut over his right eye midway. Scores were 95-95, 95-95 and 96-94 Periban.

A clash of unbeaten 154-pounders ended in a no-contest after a head clash in round four opened cuts on both Julian “J-Rock” Williams (13-0-1, 10 KOs) and Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. (19-0, 10 KOs) in a bout for the WBC International super welterweight title. Williams was in command to that point. (more…)



September 13th, 2013

Boxing Result

O’Connor cruises to 9th win in a row

By Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
Photo: Emily Harney

The 12th annual “Fight to Educate” charity event returned to the Verizon Wireless Arena in Downtown Manchester, NH on Thursday night. Headlining the 7 bout pro-am card was 2008 U.S. Olympic Alternate Danny O’Connor, fighting for the second time in three weeks, taking on fomer amateur foe Raul TOVER in an 8 round welterweight contest. O’Connor walked away with a unanimous decision, winning by scores of 80-73, and 79-73 twice.

It was a bout that lacked any significant action or drama, but O’Connor was able to work behind his jab on the outside, and had success working downstairs when the action was close on the inside. O’Connor’s best moment came in the 7th round when he landed a nice left hook and followed it up with a fast 4 punch combination. Tolver managed to weather the storm, but it got the pro-O’Connor crowd, who is from nearby Framingham, MA, excited enough to make some significant noise for the first time of the evening. Tover proved to be a game opponent, despite being outlanded and outworked, but up a valiant effort in returning solid punches in the exchanges, but simply didn’t have the skill to match O’Connor. With the win, O’Connor improved to 23-1 (7), while Tover, of Mission, TX, drops to 11-8-1 (4). (more…)



September 13th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Newark, NJ

John Thompson 153.7 vs. Brandon Quarles 152.7
Anthony Young 145.6 vs. James Harrison 144
Jerry Odon 168.9 vs. Antonio Liles 176.9
Rickey Edwards 136.4 vs. Christian Steele 135
Danny Kelly 231.3 vs. Jamal Woods 249.6
Tyrell Wright 201 vs. Alex Rozman 249.6
Godson Noel 160 vs. Charles Kirby 164
Shakur Jackson 148.6 vs. Malik Jackson 150
Samuel Teah 139.8 vs. Larry Yanez 139.3

Promoters: GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions
Venue: Robert Treat Hotel



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Hammond, Indiana

Mike Jimenez 166.2 vs. Derrick Findley 168
Genaro Mendez 144 vs. Damon Antoine 142
Jose Arambula 135.6 vs. Markel Muhammad 132.6
Rob Menigoz 136 vs. Fred Bowen 135.6
Donatas Bondas 160.4 vs. Skylar Thompson 163
Russell Fiore 135.2 vs. Ronnie Jordan 136
Simon Buettner 171.4 vs. James Denson??
Nick Ramirez 147.8 vs. Ricky Smith 147.8
Jose Romero 135 vs. Chris Jackson 134.4

Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing



September 12th, 2013

UFC

TUF 18 Weekly Recap – Episode 2

The episode opens up at The Ultimate Fighter house with people rushing to claim bedrooms. There doesn’t appear to be any problems other than Peggy wondering how five girls sharing one bathroom will turn out. Then, in record timing that would make any Real World participant envious, we jump straight to some hot tub action. Chris Holdsworth speculates about the people hooking up while Julianna Pena dismisses that notion claiming she just, “came here for business.” . . . More at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 165 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT Click here for more



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Juan vs Juan: Diaz vs Santiago collide on Alvarado-Provodnikov undercard

By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing

According to Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas local pug Juan ‘El Chago’ Santiago, 14-10-1, 8KOs, will face the toughest test of his career on the Alvarado vs Provodnikov undercard when he faces the come-backing Juan ‘Baby Bull’ Diaz, 37-4, 19KOs.

Diaz is two wins into his comeback after nearly three years away from the ring. He beat Pipino Cuevas Jr. in April and Adailton De Jesus in August. Santiago is coming off a much needed win, a split decision over Terry Buterbaugh in a six rounder back in June.

This bout will not be televised.



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Garcia-Matthysse Presser; Angel Garcia goes ballistic in epic rant

By Karl Freitag
Photo: Alma Montiel

The final press conference for Saturday’s pay-per-view semi-final world 140lb world championship showdown between Danny “Swift” Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) and Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) took place today in the MGM Grand’s Studios A & B.

Lucas Matthysse spoke first, staying at the dais for 51 seconds (including Robert Diaz’ translations). He thanked everyone imaginable, then stated “I’m very well prepared and just want to let you know I’m ready.”

Danny Garcia spoke for 49 seconds. “I had a great camp, trained very hard, I’m really prepared for this fight. I did everything I had to do. I left everything in the gym and come Saturday night I’m gonna have another epic performance. It’s already my fifth championship fight. I’m already starting to feel like a young veteran. I’m only 25 years old, but I’m a lot smarter in the brain now, had a lot of tough fights, been counted out a lot of times but always find a way to win.”

As usual Danny’s father/trainer Angel Garcia provided the most interesting moments in an 8:50 long rant. (more…)



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Full Report: Miyazaki barely keeps WBA 105lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

WBA minimumweight champ Ryo Miyazaki (20-0-3, 11 KOs), 105, Japan, barely kept his belt as he eked out a hairline majority decision over interim titlist Jesus Silvestre (27-4, 20 KOs), 105, from Mexico, over twelve sizzling rounds on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. Erkki Meronen (Finland) and Ignacio Robles (Panama) saw the hard-fought battle 115-114 and 115-113 respectively, both for the defending champ Miyazaki, and Reina Urbaez (Venezuela) saw it 114-114. The referee was Lahcen Oumghar (Netherland).

It was such a close affair that Miyazaki was seemingly winning with his better precision—not with the volume of his punches—until after the ninth canto, but Silvestre swept the last three sessions with his last surge. Problem was whether Miyazaki, three inches shorter at 5’1”, had been leading more than three points after the ninth prior to the Mexican’s desperate retaliation. (more…)



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Matthysse: I am going to win, I am confident

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

WBC Interim super lightweight champion Argentinian slugger Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse (34-2, 32 KOs) is ready for battle as he will take on WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) of Philadelphia, on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Fightnews.com caught up with “The Machine” Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino as he talked about his preparation and upcoming fight with Garcia.

“I feel great. There is little time left for the fight. I am ready for this fight,” Matthysse told us. “I am happy to be fighting on a card of this magnitude.” (more…)



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Malinga, Mokwana meet for vacant SA lightweight title

By Ron Jackson

Patrick Malinga and Thompson Mokwana both from Gauteng meet in a return match for the vacant South African lightweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Their fight on March 23 this year at Carnival City near Brakpan ended in a controversial draw with the judges handing in way out scorecards of 119-110 Malinga, 117-112 Mokwana and 114-114 in a fight which Malinga appeared to have won quite comfortably.

However, this fight should not have ended in a draw anyway as Boxing SA erred by not applying Rule 35(4) of the Boxing Act 2001 which states “In a championship bout for a vacant title, each judge shall nominate a winner and the winner of the bout shall be the boxer nominated as the winner by the majority vote of the judges.”

The 36-year-old Malinga (27-8-3, 24 KOs) who has been fighting as a pro for 16 years will be meeting Mokwana (18-8-1, 10 KOs) for the fourth time. (more…)



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Pianeta and Krasniqi return October 26

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Photo: P. Gercke/Team SES

Former world title challengers Francesco Pianeta and Robin Krasniqi will be back in action on October 26 at the Brandenburg Hall in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany on a card billed as “Night of the Heavy Boys.” Pianeta (28-1-1 15 KOs) is coming off a challenge against WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in May, while Krasniqi (40-3, 15 KOs) challenged former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly two weeks earlier. Both are now looking to get back into the world title picture. Opponents will be announced at a press conference next week.



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Gerber: I will knock Chisora’s lights out

Photo: Photo Wende

Edmund Gerber (23-1, 14 KOs) feels ready to become the European Heavyweight Champion. On September 21, the 25-year-old German will get his very first title shot at the Copper Box Arena London, England. That night, Englishman Dereck Chisora (17-4, 11 KOs) will stand in the opposite corner as he tries to get his hands at the EBU Belt on his second attempt. However, Gerber will not let it get to that point in the first place. In the following interview, Gerber tells how he will be able to beat Chisora.

Edmund Gerber, on September 21 you will be challenging Dereck Chisora for the vacant European heavyweight title. How is your preparation for this fight going?

All I can say is that I am currently dedicated and joyful when working out at the gym. When I am in such a good mood in training, a top performance can be expected of me come fight night. My coach Karsten Röwer and I have especially put emphasis on my stamina. I had fun to torture my body and can hardly wait to step into the ring. (more…)



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Full Report: Ioka keeps WBA 108lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Don’t easily abuse a word of “genius” for any unbeaten prospect. It seems a misapplication that the word “genius” is used to all but Sugar Ray Robinson. In comparison with Robinson, even Mayweather (who can’t punch as he), De La Hoya (less sweet) or Leonard (flashy but less sophisticated) wasn’t worth being called genius—to this stubborn reporter’s eyes. But people here in Japan call a fast-rising, already two-class world champ named Kazuto Ioka, 24, genius although he fought merely thirteen times as a professional. Unbeaten Ioka (13-0, 9 KOs), 108, of Japan successfully kept his WBA 108-pound belt by a fine knockout over ex-WBA 105-pound titlist Kwanthai Sithmorseng (43-2-1, 22 KOs), 107.75, from Thailand, at 2:17 of the seventh round on Wednesday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)



September 12th, 2013

UFC

Champs and challengers meet the press before UFC 165

One really has to give a tip of the cap to the marketing wizards for UFC 165’s catchphrase. It works on a litany of levels. Is it referring to the UFC light heavyweight title defense record or, simply, the championship gold itself? Is it furthering an unbeaten streak and a claim as the top in the division or is it a reuniting a former champ with a belt he was the first owner of? From whose perspective is the “greatness” almost within their grasp? . . . More at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 165 is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT Click here for more



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Promoter Oscar De La Hoya is “haunted by old foes,” just days before what may arguably be the biggest promotion of his career: More in the NYT

Floyd Mayweather Jr. counts on experience to take out rising star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. More

British boxer Ashley Theophane on Mayweather and his Vegas fight this Saturday. More

A reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment on anyone responsible for the death of  fallen amateur star Alexis Urbina-Ochoa has been offered in Arizona. More



September 12th, 2013

Boxing News

Algieri return, Clottey comeback presser

Opening with a ten seconds of silence to remember the fallen victims on the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, Joe DeGuardia hosted the Press Conference today for Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights 10″ set for this Saturday, SEPTEMBER 14 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. The Press Conference was held at Meehan’s of Huntington, directly across from The Paramount.

Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing: “This is a day that is important to all Americans and we remember those lost on September 11, 2001 with boxing’s silent ten count. We’ve got a terrific card of professional boxing headlined by ‘The Fighting Pride of Huntington’, Chris Algieri in the main event and former world champion Joshua Clottey in the co-main.”

“As Babe Ruth built Yankee Stadium, Chris Algieri has built The Paramount into one of the premier venues for boxing in the country, Joshua Clottey is a former world champion who has fought the top names in boxing including Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. His fight against Cotto at Madison Square Garden was a sensational war that most had him winning.” (more…)



September 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Vazquez Jr. holds a media workout in anticipation to his return to Kissimmee on September 20

Photos: Joel Colon

Former WBO super bantamweight champion and son of a legend Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez held an open media workout today at former longtime WBO champion Ivan Calderon’s gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in anticipation of Vazquez’ highly anticipated “Road To Redemption” appearance when he returns home to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida on September 20. Wilfredo “Papito” Vazquez, Jr., (22-3-1, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will face undefeated prospect Guillermo “Borrego” Avila (13-0, 8 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds for the World Boxing Organization International super bantamweight title. (more…)



September 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Photos: THE ONE Final Press Conference | Mayweather: Canelo just another stepping stone | Alvarez: On Saturday night I will be victorious

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

The final press conference for Saturday’s pay-per-view showdown between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez took place today in the MGM Grand’s KA Theatre, located on the casino floor across from the Wolfgang Puck Cafe.

Canelo took the dias first and was disappointingly brief in his comments, speaking just 41 seconds. He thanked various people, stated he had great preparation and vowed to be victorious.

Floyd’s talked for 2:20, and in addition to the obligatory ‘thank yous,’ he stated “I’ve been here before, so I know what it takes. A guy, 42-0, he hasn’t faced 42 Floyd Mayweathers because he’d be 0-42. I don’t worry about who he has faced. Whatever any fighter can do good, I can do great. I was born to be here. I was born to be at this level. I’m at the pinnacle. I’m the face of boxing and I’m dedicated to my craft. It took hard work, prayers and dedication, and a good team.

“…September 14 is just another stepping stone, just another opponent to me. He knows he’s facing Floyd Mayweather, I’m facing just another opponent. (more…)



September 11th, 2013

UFC

BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar sign on as coaches of TUF; Set sights on trilogy match-up

Faced with the challenge of outdoing its current historic, adrenaline-charged season of The Ultimate Fighter®, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) today confirmed that the next season of its long-running reality series will feature former champions “The Prodigy” BJ Penn and Frankie “The Answer” Edgar as coaches. The storied foes will coach a cast of middleweight (185 lbs.) and light heavyweight (205 lbs.) fighters in their quest to win the title of Ultimate Fighter and a six-figure contract with the UFC. (more…)



September 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Shawn Porter 147 vs. Julio Diaz 147
Badou Jack 168 vs. Marco Antonio Perriban 168.5
Julian Williams 154 vs. Hugo Centeno Jr. 153
Jermall Charlo 156 vs. Rogelio De La Torre 153
Errol Spence Jr. 148 vs. Jesus Tavera 156
Diego De La Hoya 122 vs. Luis Cozme 124
Robert Easter Jr. 136 vs. Lance Williams 133
Terrell Gausha 160 vs. Bruce Runkle 158
Dominic Breazeale 248 vs. John Hill 235

Venue: MGM Grand Premiere Ballroom
Promoter: Golden Boy/Mayweather Promotions
TV: FOX Sports 2

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September 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Carlos Molina: This fight is everything

By Sam Geraci
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

On the undercard of Mayweather-Canelo, “King” Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs) takes on Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (25-5, 11 KOs) for Smith’s IBF 154 pound world title. Before getting to the Q and A with Molina that discusses that bout, the event and what it is that makes him special, a few paragraphs are provided from a writer who has interviewed and covered both fighters in order to illustrate why that bout between Molina and Smith might be the most real fight of the night for true fight fans and aficionados everywhere.

Although there can be no denying that the main event between Mayweather and Alvarez and the co-main event between Matthysse and Garcia are entertaining matchups and the reasons fight fans are willing to shell-out 75 dollars for the pay per view, there is also no denying that the bout between Molina and Smith represents what it means to be a real fighter and a real champion. (more…)



September 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Klitschko-Povetkin referee Luis Pabon: Judges sometimes suffer from delusions of grandeur

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By Przemek Garczarczyk

Experienced referee Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico) will be third man in the ring when WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 52 KOs) from Ukraine defends his belts against 2004 Olympic champion and still undefeated as a professional Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) from Russia on October 5 in Moscow. The biggest heavyweight boxing event of the year, organized by Russian businessman Andrey Ryabinsky, CEO of investment and construction company “MIC” and also vice-president of Russian Professional Boxing Federation, has already sold more than 11,000 of around 14,000 seats prepared for boxing fans at Moscow’s Olympic Stadium. Pabon knows both fighters, working most recently Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck (March 2012) and Alexander Povetkin vs. Marco Huck (February 2012). (more…)



September 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Javier Fortuna returns October 19

On Saturday, October 19, at the Palacio de los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, former WBA Interim Featherweight Champion Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (22-0-1, 16 KOs) will headline a show that also includes three women’s world championship fights. Fortuna, from La Romana, Dominican Republic, will be looking to rebound from the only blotch on his professional record, a draw with former Olympian Luis Franco in August of this year. Fortuna will also be giving fans a first look at the work he’s done with new trainer, Hector Bermudez from Troy, New York.

In separate 10-round bouts, three different women from Santo Domingo: IBF Female Featherweight World Champion Daihana Santana (32-6, 14 KOs), IBF Female Super Bantamweight Champion Katy Pamela “La Super Baby” Wilson (18-1, 11 KOs), and former women’s super-bantamweight world champion Marilyn “La Cachorrita” Hernandez (24-9, 15 KOs) will either defend or challenge for world championships in the same night.

Scheduled for the undercard are Santo Domingo’s undefeated WBA Fedelatin Bantamweight Champion Jonathan Guzman (14-0, 14 KOs); undefeated Santo Domingo super featherweight KO artist Braulio “El Chavo” Rodriguez (14-0, 14 KOs), as well as several other local favorites.

All opponents will be announced shortly.



September 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Off-TV undercard for Mayweather vs. Canelo

Before Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez, as well as Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia, step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, Luis “Cuba” Arias, Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril, Lanell Bellows, Andrew “Beast” Tabiti, and Chris “Sweet” Pearson will see action. (more…)



September 11th, 2013

Boxing News

O’Connor & Redkach in action this weekend

While most of the boxing world will be focused on the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez this Saturday in Las Vegas, DiBella Entertainment’s Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (22-1, 7KOs) and Ivan Redkach (14-0, 12KOs) will also be seeing action in separate bouts.

O’Connor is scheduled to take on the always-tough Raul Tovar (11-7-1, 4KOs) in an eight-round welterweight matchup in the feature bout of the 12th annual “Fight to Educate” charity card on Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Center, in Manchester, NH. The night before, at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI, Redkach will square off against Antonio Sanchez (5-1-2, 3KOs) in a six-round junior welterweight matchup.



September 11th, 2013




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