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Photos/Quotes: Kovalev-Caparello Press Conference

Photos/Quotes: Kovalev-Caparello Press Conference

Photos: Larry Levanti/Main Events The final press conference was held today for the August 2 title fight between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 24-0-1, 22 ...

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Lamont Peterson Holds Media Workout

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Boxing News

Laurence Cole to ref Broner-Maidana

Laurence Cole will be the referee between WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana. This will be the main fight on Saturday night program at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The judges will be the Levi Martínez (USA), Nelson Vázquez (Puerto Rico) and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa).



December 11th, 2013



Boxing News

Gamalier Rodriguez ready for Dos Santos

Photos: Cotto Promotions

In addition to the main event starring Gamalier Rodriguez who will defend his NABO featherweight championship for the World Boxing Organization against Aldimar Dos Santos (19-5, 10 KOs) in a 10 round fight; theres a 6 round battle in the flyweight division between Juan ‘Cowi’ Herrera (9-6, 4 KOs) and Erickson Martell (11-4-1 8 KOs) in another great show presented by Top Rank in association with Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment this Saturday, December 14th from the Roger L. Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas which could be seen live on Unimas as part of the successful series “Solo Boxeo Tecate.”

“I am ready for Martell I know him very well, everybody knows the way I fight and I am willing to have a great win,” Juan Herrera said. Erickson Martell confessed that he is in excellent condition and ready for a great fight. “I trained really hard for this fight, I know Juan Herrera very well. But he hasn’t felt my power.” (more…)



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Bergman headlines WV Card

NABA-US Heavyweight champ Jason Bergman (21-10, 14 KOs) returns to action on Friday December 13 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. Bergman will face former IBF title challenger Rubin Williams (29-21) over 8 rounds in the main event. A winner of 11 of his last 12 fights, Bergman captured the NABA-US title in October by 1st round KO over previously undefeated John L. Smith (13-1-1). Also on the card, undefeated prospects Travis Clark (3-0) and Cian Dalton (2-0) will appear in separate bouts, Clark in a six rounder and Dalton in a four. The Pro-Am card is being presented by Angelo Magnone’s MadeMen Promotions, and tickets can be purchased by calling (304) 670-9406.



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Derric Rossy opponent named

This Saturday night at Pacplex in Brooklyn, NY, heavyweight Derric Rossy (28-7, 14 KOs) will take on Jonta Willis (9-7-1, 3 KOs) in the eight round main event of a boxing card promoted by Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing.

In an eight round heavyweight co-feature, Natu Vasinia (9-0, 8 KOs) of Lakewood, CA battles Jon Bolden (6-7, 5 KOs) of New York, NY. (more…)



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Pavlik pleads not guilty to drunk driving

Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea on an OVI (operating vehicle under the influence) charge on Wednesday in Austintown, Ohio. According to local newspaper, The Vindicator, Pavlik was pulled over by a state trooper on Monday and according to the trooper showed signs of impairment. Pavlik refused to take a breath test, but rather than being arrested Pavlik was given a traffic citation.



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr: Everyone wants to beat a legend. I will not let it happen

Interview and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk

On December 21 in the Dynamo Palace in Moscow, former P4P king, legendary Roy Jones Jr (54-8, 40 KOs) will fight Frenchman Zinedine Benmakhlouf (17-3, 8 KOs). But for RJJ there’s a bigger picture – 2014 should be the year when he faces another current legend from another sport – Anderson “The Spider” Silva, considered one of the best – if not the best – MMA fighter in the world.

Fightnews.com asked Jones jr. about fighting in Moscow and of course fighting Silva, possibly in the first part of 2014. (more…)



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Martin Murray: I think I can beat anyone on my day, including Golovkin

Former WBA interim middleweight beltholder Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) returns against against former sparring partner Sergey Khomitsky (28-9-2, 11 KOs) at the ExCeL London on Saturday night, but WBA champ Gennady Golovkin is on his mind.

“I’d definitely be up for a fight with Golovkin,” says Murray, who according to the Golovkin camp has previously turned down a shot at Golovkin. “I want that fight but when it comes round I want to be a big as it can be to generate the most money. If the money is right the fights are there. Golovkin is definitely someone I’m looking at as a future opponent. I think I can beat anyone on my day, including Golovkin, I truly believe that. He is bound to say he can’t be beaten because of the way he dealt with Matthew Macklin and there’s a lot of hype around him and rightly so. But I think that he looked better than he really is against Macklin.” (more…)



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Update: Javier “Chatito” Jauregui has died

Update: Sad to report that Chatito passed away at 3PM Wednesday.

Former IBF lightweight champion Javier “Chatito” Jauregui (54-17-2, 37 KOs) has suffered a stroke and been declared brain dead in Jalisco, Mexico. As of now Jauregui remains connected to life support apparatus. He is just 40 years of age.



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Hall: Big crowd will spur me on to world title

Stuart Hall has revealed how big a part the crowd will play in helping him to lift the vacant IBF world bantamweight crown. Hall bids to become the UK’s next world champion after Carl Froch, Scott Quiqq and Ricky Burns, and only the second man from the North East ever to win boxing’s top prize, when he takes on Vusi Malinga at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on December 21. The Darlington fighter knows he is in deep against the South African visitor. With just four defeats in 26 outings, Malinga enters the contest as the far more experienced man. And, with two failed world title attempts already behind him, the Gauteng man will be determined to get it right this time.

Hall’s story reads like a fairy-tale. After a hedonistic spell in Ibiza, the 33-year-old returned to his native North East and dedicated himself to boxing. Now with just 18 fights under his belt, including a spell as British champion, ‘Stuey’ gets the chance to make history after a career-best win in May against Sergio Perales for the IBF Inter-continental belt. (more…)



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Soliman stops Sherrington, takes aim at Sturm

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #1 Sam Soliman (43-11, 18 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over WBO #8 Les Sherrington (33-7, 19 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Soliman dropped Sherrington in rounds eight and nine at which point Sherrington’s corner pulled their man out. After the fight Soliman called out newly crowned IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm.



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Leo Santa Cruz: I will go out there and leave it all in the ring

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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

WBC Super bantamweight champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Michoacan, Mexico is ready for Saturday’s fight against Puerto Rico’s Cesar Seda (25-1, 17 KOs) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

“I feel good. I am in good condition. We are ready for December 14,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com when we caught up with him after an intense workout with his trainer and father Jose Santa Cruz at his training headquarters at the Who’s Next Boxing Academy in Industry, California. His brother Jose Armando Santa Cruz, a former lightweight world champion has also been instrumental in his development as a world champion but the inspiration comes from his brother Roberto Santa Cruz, a former boxer who won his biggest fight as he was diagnosed with Lupus and overcame his illness. (more…)



December 11th, 2013

UFC

Fox 9 Main Card Fantasy Preview

For the second time in just over a year, Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez will face off with the UFC flyweight title on the line, this time as the headliners of the UFC on FOX 9 card Saturday night in Sacramento . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FOX 9 is live on FOX Saturday, December 14 from Sacramento, Calif., at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT Click here for more



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Marcos Maidana Enters the Danger Zone

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

On Saturday night from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Marcos “Chino” Maidana (34-3, 31 KOs) challenges undefeated rising star Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) in a twelve round bout for the Broner’s WBA welterweight title. The 30-year-old power puncher from Argentina spoke to fightnews only days before one of the biggest fight of his career about his training, Broner’s personality, and what a win against Broner could mean for his career.

How is training camp going for your bout against Adrien Broner?

Everything is good; I’m just waiting for the fight on Saturday. We trained well, with good sparring. I’m in the best shape possible. I’m working on a few things: my jab, straight punching, and not standing in front of Broner so that he doesn’t get off. (more…)



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

British Boxing Buzz

Guess who Amir Khan is picking as a future champ? Brother Haroon Khan, of course. More

“I’ll beat Tony Bellew again,” says Nathan Cleverly about an upcoming rematch. More

British hopeful Paul Smith looks forward to a dynamite year in 2014. More

Billy Joe Saunders is hoping for a shot at fellow Beijing 2008 Olympian James DeGale. More



December 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Minto-Cameron Press Conference

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron

The Press Conference was held for the vacant WBO Oriental Heavyweight championship contest between Shane” Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-3, 22 KOs) of New Zealand and Brian “The Beast” Minto (38-7, 24 KO’s) of Butler, Pennsylvania, USA, to be staged at The Trust Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday promoted by Dean Lonergan (Duco Events). Matchmaker Stuart Duncan. In attendance were Ken Reinsfeld who trains Shane Cameron and Kevin Barry who trains Brian Minto.

Cameron is coming off a twelve round points loss to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green and Minto coming off a semi-final loss to Michael Sprott in the Prizefighter tournament in London.

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December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Adrien Broner talks about Marcos Maidana

WBA welterweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner talks about his fight on Saturday against former WBA jr. welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Andy Lee wants all-Irish showdown with Matthew Macklin

Irish middleweight star Andy Lee, (31-2, 22 KOs) is targeting a showdown with fellow Irishman Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) in 2014. Lee, presently ranked WBC #7, WBA #12 and WBO #14 believes that an all Irish barnstormer with Macklin is what boxing fans want to see. “Matthew and I have both fought recently, we’re both from Ireland, we’re both middleweights, we’re similarly rated, we’re both in a similar position in our careers. So let’s give the boxing public the fight they crave for and let the best man win. This is a massive fight in Ireland, Boston, Chicago or New York and will pack any venue. I am ready for the fight, we both have the same promoter, Lou DiBella therefore the fight can easily be put together.”



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

IRS says Pacquiao owes $18 million in U.S. taxes

By TMZSports.com

Manny Pacquiao has 18 MILLION new tax problems … in addition to his $50 million tax fight in the Philippines … and this time, it’s Uncle Sam that’s trying to force Manny to pay up. TMZ Sports has obtained official documents which show the IRS claims Manny owes federal income taxes from 2006 to 2010 totaling $18,313,668.79.

Here’s the yearly breakdown:

2006 — $1,160,324.30
2007 — $2,035,992.50
2008 — $2,862,437.11
2009 — $8,022,915.87
2010 — $4,231,999.01

Interesting note — Manny had 3 big fights in 2008, including a match against Oscar De La Hoya in which MP reportedly banked $15-$30 million in guaranteed cash. In 2009, Manny famously fought Ricky Hatton and earned a $12 million purse. Manny’s U.S. tax problems come on the heels of a nasty tax war in his home country, The Philippines … where the govt. claims he evaded paying $50 million in taxes in 2008 and 2009 stemming from fights that took place in the United States. Philippines officials have frozen the bank accounts Manny has in the country … and even placed a lien on one of his most expensive properties, located in Manila.



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Soliman, Sherrington make weight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

IBF #1 Sam Soliman (42-11, 17 KOs) needed three tries to make weight for his bout Wednesday night against WBO #8 Les Sherrington (33-6, 19 KOs).

Sam Soliman 159.75 vs. Les Sherrington 160
(PABA interim middleweight title)

Adrian Campbell 147.2 vs. Samuel Colomban 147.2
Patrick Murphy 146.1 vs. Alex Ah Tong 145.5
Cameron Hammond 153.3 vs. Dennapan Bigshotcamp 147.7
Braydon Smith 126.3 vs. Erick Diaz Siregar 123.9
Damian Hooper 174.3 vs. Dechapon Suwunnalird 175.2

Venue: Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: David Stanley

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December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Malignaggi-Judah Full Report

By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Emily Harney

In a clash between former multi-division champs from Brooklyn, Paulie Malignaggi rose from a second round knockdown to win a dominant twelve-round unanimous decision against Zab Judah Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn , New York . Judges’ scorecards read 117-110 (twice) and 116-111 all for the rejuvenated Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KOs ). More…



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Malignaggi issues a reminder

By Graham Houston

It’s easy to forget what a good boxer Paulie Malignaggi can be when he’s really focused and ready to fight. Paulie was practically run out of the ring by Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan — although very game — but on his good nights he is always going to be difficult to beat. Malignaggi had one of his good nights on Saturday when he outboxed and almost outclassed Zab Judah in the main event on Showtime.

I edged towards Judah in this welterweight Battle of Brooklyn, and Judah was the betting favourite, but apart from suffering that somewhat dubious knockdown in the second round it was Malignaggi all the way. (more…)



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Promoter Eddie Hearn and trainer Tony Sims say Darren Barker’s career in doubt

While former IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker hasn’t made any official announcement, he reportedly told promoter Eddie Hearn that his career is over following his second round TKO loss to Felix Sturm in Germany last Saturday. “He told me he was done, that’s my lot, in the changing room but if it’s something that heals after six weeks he may go again,” Hearn told the Mirror. “My gut feeling is that could be it for him. He’s not going to go into a rematch half-heartedly, he would rather just quit. He’s had two orthoscopies, with his hips shaved down, and told he has the hips of a 95-year-old.”

Barker’s trainer Tony Sims stated after the fight, “I don’t really think you’ll see him in a ring again now. He’s had all these problems with his hips before, he’s had them operated on and they’re just not right. He’s completely gone.”

Hearn stated that a rematch clause with Sturm expires in May 2014.



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Don King hits Berlin, Brähmer-Oliveira ready to collide for WBA light heavyweight belt

Photo: Team Sauerland

Here are statements from today’s press conference at the Kempinski Hotel Bristol in Berlin ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Jahnsportforum Neubrandenburg, Germany for the vacant WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship between leading contenders Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KOs) and Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs).

Juergen Braehmer: “I’m well prepared, in perfect shape and ready to go for Saturday’s world championship fight. It won’t be Don King fighting me with his words on Saturday but Marcus Oliveira, who will feel the power of my fists. I never make a prediction ahead of a fight but I can tell you that it’s going to be massive at the Jahnsportforum!”

Marcus Oliveira: “Like Braehmer said, this will be a fight to remember this Saturday. I believe in my strengths to guide me to victory here in Germany. I know I have the tools to beat him and become a world champion.”

Kalle Sauerland: “The first words coming to my mind when talking Juergen Braehmer is ‘What a great comeback!’. Now he has the chance to really make those words count and crown himself a world champion in Neubrandenburg. It’s going to be tough but believe me when I say that Juergen Braehmer will become the WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion this Saturday! ”

Don King: “Christmas comes early this year in Germany. All of you watching the fight between Oliveira and Braehmer will be presented with a great fight. Juergen Braehmer is a tremendous fighter but when Marcus Oliveira steps inside the ring of the so-called Four-Gate-City, all portals will be closed and he has nowhere to go. It’s going to be packed, it’s going to be weird – you have never seen before such a spectacle in here!”



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

50 Cent moves from James Kirkland to Big Apple Boxing

Boxing promoter/rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson intends to parlay the excitement from James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland’s awesome performance this past weekend into a memorable evening of boxing on Friday night, December 20 as his company, SMS Promotions, presents “Big Apple Boxing” at Resorts World Casino NYC in Jamaica, Queens, New York. Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs), who is the most recent boxer signed by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, destroyed previously unbeaten and world-rated Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia on HBO last Saturday night from Atlantic City. Fighting for the first time since March 24, 2012, when he defeated current IBF junior middleweight champion Carlos Molina, Kirkland’s SMS Promotions debut stole the entire show in an thrilling, all-out war that mercifully ended in the sixth round as referee Steve Smoger halted the action with Kirkland unloaded powerful shots on an overmatched Tapia. (more…)



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Chisora: When I’m fit and in shape, nobody in the division can beat me

Heavyweight Dereck Chisora headlines promoter Frank Warren’s first event of 2014 when he makes the first defense of his European title on another title-packed extravaganza at London’s Copper Box Arena on Saturday 8th February. Chisora, who has turned his career around this year, is on course for a second world title shot and needs another crucial win to keep in prime position and awaits news of who will be in the opposite corner.

“I’m excited to be entering 2014 with a potential world title shot on the horizon. I’ve shown this year that I mean business and when I’m fit and in shape, nobody in the division can beat me. The hunger and desire is there burning away and I won’t stop until the world title is strapped around my waist. I’m disappointed that David Price vacated, that was a great domestic showdown for the fans, but he’s gone another route, and Fury is looking at other options, and Wilder doesn’t want to know about me. Either way I’m on course for the world title and I’ve just got keep doing what I’m doing and win.”



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Rodriguez to face former world title challenger Quijano

One of Puerto Rico’s upcoming stars, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (7-0, 5 KOs) from Vega Baja, will face former world title contender David Quijano (15-3-1, 9 KOs) from Caguas in the duel scheduled for eight rounds in the super flyweight division on December 21 at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez trains in Guaynabo, under the tutelage of former world champion Iván Calderón and Félix Pagán Pintor. Quijano last fought in December 2012 against WBO world champion Omar Narváez, who dominated the Puerto Rican for 12 rounds in a fight held in Argentina .

Manny Rodriguez: “I recognize the experience and dedication of Quijano, but I know I have the talent to dominate him and prove my caliber on fight night.”

David Quijano: “I have in my favor the experience and desire to win. The people of ‘Manny’ will realize the mistake they made by facing me. I’m nobody’s steppingstone, I’m the one who’s gonna defeat in a wide margin Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez.” (more…)



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing legend Mike Tyson banned from entering UK – London book signing scrapped

By James Slater

U.K fight fans who were looking forward to meeting heavyweight legend Mike Tyson this week in London will be disappointed by the news that Tyson has been banned from entering the UK due to a change in UK immigration law. According to a news story in today’s Independent newspaper, Tyson has had to scrap his planned book signing at Waterstones book store and will instead appear in Paris, France to fulfil his UK media obligations.

Tyson was to have appeared in London this week to meet with the press and then with the public for the book signing. But now plans to promote his book “Undisputed Truth” have had to be changed. (more…)



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Anselmo Moreno targets Leo Santa Cruz

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Panamanian WBA bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno will reappear in February or March of 2014 and likely fight at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. According to Rouss Laguna, Moreno’s wife and manager, they will meet this week in Panama City with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to discuss next Moreno’s fight. Word is Moreno is targeting WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) and hopes to entice Golden Boy Promotions to do a Moreno-Santa Cruz showdown in Panama. Moreno is without an opponent after WBA “regular”bantamweight champion Koki Kameda gave up his title and moved down a division rather than face Moreno in a WBA-mandated fight.



December 10th, 2013

Announcement

27th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony

Fighter of the Year Danny Garcia

942(Photos by Stanley Janousek) The 27th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony was held Sunday afternoon at the famed Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.

2013 Ring 8 Award Winners

  • Fighter of the Year: Danny Garcia
  • Uncrowned Champion: Gasper Ortega
  • Official of the Year: Deputy Commissioner Robert Orlando
  • Amateur Official of the Year: Dan Gant
  • Member of the Year: Carmine Rastelli
  • Professional Judge of the Year: John McKaie
  • Prospect of the Year: Seanie Monahan
  • Professional Trainer of the Year: Bob Jackson
  • Amateur Trainer of the Year: Joe Higgins
  • Emile Griffith Good Guy Award: Sal Corrente
  • Long & Meritorious Service: Dr. William “Bill” Lathan
  • Special Presentation: Bobby Bartels & Lenny Mangiapane
  • (honoring the 50th anniversary of their classic main event fight at Madison Square Garden) (more…)


December 10th, 2013

UFC

Mac Danzig: Still Chasing Perfection

Prone on the canvas in the center of the Octagon, Mac Danzig started crying. Moments earlier, a blistering short left hand from Melvin Guillard rocked the former Ultimate Fighter winner. His survival instincts kicked in, but Guillard was unrelenting. More punches followed as Danzig shelled up on all fours. As he tried to roll onto his back, a series of powerful hammerfists brought the fight to a close, with Danzig laid out on the mat, his face spotted with blood . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Leapai ready to “bring back boxing” in WBO-ordered fight with Klitschko

By David Finger
Photo provided by Noel Thornberry

Boxing has no shortages of underdogs, and no shortages of inspirational stories about the underdog bucking the odds. whether it be James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo or Hasim Rahman in South Africa, it seems like there is always some guy who refuses to accept the conventional wisdom that he is outmatched. Sure, most of these guys fall short. But ever once in awhile there is that fighter who has that perfect balance of grit, determination, and everyman likeability and who finds lightning in the bottle against the heavily favored champion. Needless to say, boxing is long overdue for a Cinderella story in the heavyweight division, but for boxing fans down under, the next James Douglas is already here. Samoan-Australian puncher Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) has just been named the mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and has all the tools in place to give boxing one more “Rocky” moment.

“For me it’s all new,” Leapai said in an interview with Fightnews, “with the media…its just gone crazy over here. It’s been a while since an Australian heavyweight has had the chance to fight for a world title. It means a lot to Australia and Samoa.” (more…)



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Gamalier Rodriguez back in action

WBO #6 featherweight Gamalier Rodríguez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) returns to action Saturday at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Rodríguez will take on Aldimar Dos Santos (19-5, 10 KOs) in a ten-rounder to be televised on UniMas.

“He’s a fighter who knows what he’s doing,” says Gamalier on his opponent. “I mean, he’s not a madman in there throwing punches. I do not know if he’ll be the toughest fight of my career based on what he did in the fight with Juanma, because sometimes fighters are preparing different for another fight, but it’s a good fight for me to measure myself.”



December 10th, 2013

Twitter Watch

Mago is out of coma



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

More Boxing Buzz

UFC’s Dana White is telling the media that he’ll consider a bout between Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. should Silva defeat Chris Weidman in their rematch at UFC 168. Stay tuned.

The latest controversy from the Philippines involving Manny Pacquiao is the question whether the former pound-for-pound great has a green card from the U.S., and if not, should he have been allowed to run for political office. More

Joe Frazier’s former manager recalls Nelson Mandela’s gift. More

Recently KO’d Glen Tapia vows a comeback. More



December 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Sugar Shane Mosley has reportedly decided to retire again after his loss to Anthony Mundine.

Manny Pacquiao has been installed as the #1 contender for Floyd Mayweather in the new WBC welterweight ratings.

Happy Birthday J Russell Peltz.

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