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Fonfara, Kameda workouts

Fonfara, Kameda workouts

Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images Hometown favorite Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara, France’s Doudou Ngumbu, WBO Bantamweight World Champion Tomoki Kameda and Interim ...

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Soliman: I will be back early in 2015

Soliman: I will be back early in 2015

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF middleweight champion Sam "King" Soliman spoke to Fightnews.com and revealed that he ...

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Vazquez Jr. and Arellano ready for UniMas clash

Vazquez Jr. and Arellano ready for UniMas clash

Photos: Cotto Promotions, LLC Former super bantamweight world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is back and ready to take his career to another level. ...

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Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

Photos: Rich Kane - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Golden Boy Promotions returns to its East Coast home - Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on December ...

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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day One Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day One Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel Colon/WBO The World Boxing Organization 27th Annual Convention kicked off in full force this morning at Caesars Palace in ...

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Soliman: I will be back

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Lemieux-Rosado kickoff presser

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Boxing News

Lara elevated to WBA 154lb champ

Super Welterweight sensation, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) has been elevated to World Champion by the WBA (World Boxing Association) after successfully defending his interim title against Afredo Angulo (22-4, 18 KOs) and Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOs). The Cuban born fighter, who now resides in Houston, Texas, is happy that the WBA has made their decision to make him a World Champion.

“I applaud the WBA for their decision to make me a world champion and I want to send a special thank you to a good friend of mine Gilberto Mendoza from the WBA,” said Erislandy Lara. “I’ve never had anything come easy to me. I’ve fought everyone that has been offered to me with no hesitation. All I want is an opportunity to prove I’m the best fighter in the division. I’ve worked my entire life to become a world champion and now the dream has come true. I’m truly living the American Dream and I love this country that I now call home.”



March 13th, 2014



Boxing News

Opponents announced for March 21 Broadway Boxing card

Next Friday, DiBella Entertainment’s popular Broadway Boxing series returns to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, for an eight-bout card headlined in separate eight-rounders by undefeated female attraction Heather “The Heat” Hardy (8-0, 2 KOs) and middleweight contender Lamar Russ (14-1, 7 KOs). Hardy is set to square off against Bronx’s Nydia Feliciano (7-4-3) in their female junior featherweight matchup, while Russ takes on Tony Hirsch (15-6-2, 6 KOs).

Returning to action for the third time in just four months since signing with DBE will be hard-hitting light heavyweight Joe Smith (14-1, 11 KOs) against Newton Kidd (8-8-2, 5 KOs). Another featured bout on the card will see highly regarded junior lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (14-0, 12 KOs) put his undefeated record on the line against 37-year-old veteran Jose Angel Beranza (36-26-2, 28 KOs). (more…)



March 13th, 2014


Boxing News

NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” fighters face-off

By Przemek Garczarczyk

NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” main attractions, light heavyweights Issac Chilemba (21-2, 9 KOs) and Denis Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs) and “crossroads” main event heavyweights Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KOs) and Vyacheslav Glazkov (16-0, 11 KOs) faced off after their press conference in the Sands Casino in Bethlehem. PA. The sold out event is promoted by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Ziggy Promotions and available live only on NBC Sports Network, Saturday night starting 9PM ET/6PM PT.

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March 13th, 2014

UFC

UFC 171 Prelim Fantasy Preview

Former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum will try to keep his undefeated record intact when he faces the ultra tough Rick Story in the featured fight of the UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler preliminary card on Saturday. . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Marquez-Alvarado lands at the Forum in LA

Word is that the Juan Manuel Marquez-Mike Alvarado fight, which was confirmed by Zanfer last night for May 17th, will take place at the iconic Forum in in Inglewood, California, which has recently been refurbished. The bout will have a 143-pound catchweight and the winner has been promised a shot at the Pacquiao-Bradley winner for the WBO welterweight champion.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Daniel Ponce de Leon: I am here to fight and it will be a fight

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime

Mexican slugger and former two-division world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (45-5, 35 KOs) is ready for his shot at redemption as he takes on former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (33-3, 30 KOs) in a rematch on Saturday from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. We caught up with Ponce De Leon at his gym the Ponce De Leon Boxing Club in Montebello, California when he was the final stages of camp in preparation for the fight.

“Everything is going well. We have done a great preparation. I have been training hard for six weeks,” Ponce de Leon told Fightnews.com. “This time I was relaxed in training camp. The last time I fought him, I overtrained. That is the error I have made in some fights. Now I am much more experienced. Now I work more on strategy. I’m up early in the morning at 5 am doing my conditioning, running the mountains, as well as doing my gym work.” (more…)



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Dino Duva launches Dynasty Boxing

Photo: Teddy Blackburn

Boxing promoter Dino Duva has announced the launch of Dynasty Boxing, his latest promotional venture. Duva will be joined by the brothers Tommy and Terry Lane, sons of Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane, as partners in the enterprise.

Zhang Zhilei, the 6’6 Chinese super heavyweight who captured the Olympic Silver Medal in Beijing in 2008 and also participated in the 2012 games, will be the first fighter to be promoted by Dynasty. For Duva, it has been a long journey of four years, hundreds of flights, and thousands of miles traveling between his New Jersey home base and China to cultivate the relationships with the Chinese Boxing Federation. Dynasty Boxing will announce additional signings in the coming weeks, with the major focus being to develop Chinese boxers and the Chinese market.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Carlos Abregu to return on April 4th

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #1 world ranked welterweight Carlos “El Potro” Abregu (35-1, 28 KOs) of Argentina is expected to return to the ring on April 4 against unbeaten #12 rated Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada (30-0-1 21 KOs) at a venue TBA. It will be Abrgu’s first fight since April 2013 when he defeated Canadian Antonin Decaire for WBC silver belt at the Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Mthalane hopes to win second world title

By Ron Jackson

Former IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane will be hoping to win his second “world” title when he meets Filipino Jether Oliva for the vacant IBO flyweight belt at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday night. Mthalane, 31, possibly the best fighter pound-for-pound in South Africa relinquished his IBF belt when his management could not come to terms to defend the belt when offered a ridiculously low purse.

Very little is known about the 26-year-old Oliva (20-1-2, 10 KOs) who is ranked at 98 by the IBO and has been fighting as a pro for seven years. The seasoned Mthalane (29-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since he successfully defended the IBF belt against Ricardo Nunez in Panama City on September 1, 2012. (more…)



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez Press Tour wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

After stops in Puerto Rico and New York City, former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 31 KOs) and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KOs) concluded their short press tour for their June 9 middleweight showdown on Wednesday afternoon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. The two will square off June 7 live on HBO Pay per View from the Mecca of boxing Madison Square Garden in New York City.

We spoke to both fighters. (more…)



March 13th, 2014

UFC

Myles Jury: The Fury and the Dream

Myles Jury is a difficult fighter to categorize. From a stylistic view point, the 25-year-old is a bold representative of the “next wave” of mixed martial artists, as he’s showcased proven talents in all facets of the game inside the Octagon. “Fury” has a dogged tenacity on the wrestling grind, slick submission skills when the action is on the canvas, and the ability to settle the opposition with the power in his striking attack . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

SA flyweight boxer stabbed to death

Mbulelo Mpendu from Mdantsane near East London who fought in the flyweight division was allegedly stabbed to death over the past weekend. It was reported that the 25-year-old Mpendu was stabbed after an incident in a shebeen (unlicensed drinking establishment) in Mdantsane. Evidently he was the son of former South African flyweight champion Mveleli Luzipho but never adopted his father’s surname. Mpendu who had a reported record of 5-5-2, 1 KO fought to a second round technical draw against former South African flyweight champion Xola Sifama in his last fight on October 13, 2013.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Las Vegas gambling pioneer, John “Jackie” Gaughan, who helped bring boxing to Sin City, passed away at the age of 93. More

Sergio Martinez not only dislikes Miguel Cotto, but promises to take him out by the ninth round. More

Timothy Bradley promises to “kick” Manny Pacquiao out in their upcoming rematch. More

Good retro piece on jailhouse boxer James Scott and his battle for redemption. More



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez Face Off with Kellerman

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and WBC world Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from Argentina ‘face off’ with HBO host Max Kellerman (ctr) during the taping of HBO’s “Face Off with Max Kellerman.” Cotto and Martinez are preparing for their eagerly-anticipated World Middleweight Championship collision which will take place on Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden.

Promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions, Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Boxing, in association with Maravilla Box, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, the Cotto – Martínez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.



March 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Josesito Lopez to return in April

Josesito Lopez (31-6, 18 KO) is set to fight against Aaron Martinez (19-2-1, 4 KO) on April 24th at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes will televise. Lopez, although having lost two of his last three fights, returned to the “win” column during his match against Mike Arnaoutis this past December. Lopez settled for a technical decision win when the fight was stopped after the eighth round. Arnaoutis received a cut over his eye and was deemed unfit to continue the fight.

“I’m really excited to get back in the ring. I am training harder and longer than recent fights not only because I think Martinez will be a tough challenge but because that is what’s needed from me to be where I want to be.”, Lopez stated.

Tickets will be on sale starting Saturday at 8AM PT and can be purchased at www.hotwatercasino.com and also at the Agua Caliente Casino box office.



March 12th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Zanfer: Marquez-Alvarado on May 17



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Ennis to face Gonzalez in Philly

Middleweight Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-4-1, 13 KOs) returns to his hometown Of Philadelphia, PA, when he faces the upset minded Emil Gonzalez (11-6-1, 8 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at the PA Sheet Metal Workers Hall. Ennis took some time off after his close majority decision loss to loss to Jonathan Gonzalez and has quietly refocused himself. Gonzalez comes in riding a six fight winning streak.

In the co-feature of the Cool Boxing Promotions card, undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (15-0, 8 KOs) risks his undefeated record against Lester Gonzalez (12-11-4, 6 KOs) for the IBS national super middleweight title. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

ESPN buys Stiverne-Arreola rematch

ESPN appears to be getting into the big fight business to compete with HBO and Showtime. The network reported that ESPN, it’s main network (not ESPN2 or ESPN3), has bought the rights to televise the fight for the vacant WBC heavyweight title between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola. The event will take place May 10 on a Saturday night at a venue to be named.



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Herrera Press Conference

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Danny Garcia, his father/trainer, Angel, and other participants for the big fight card this Saturday, March 15, on SHOWTIME and SHO EXTREME participated in the final press conference Wednesday at Braulio Castillo Theater, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. In Saturday’s main event, undefeated unified super lightweight world champion Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs), of Philadelphia, will defend against Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) of Riverside, Calif., from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

What the fighters said Wednesday:

Danny “Swift” Garcia: “I had a tremendous camp. This Saturday I’m going to win for my people in Puerto Rico and take my belt home with me. I love it here in Puerto Rico. I love the weather and the beautiful people. Everything about the culture is like where I grew up in Philadelphia. It’s just like Puerto Rico but it’s just the city life. But it’s the same thing. We eat the same food. We listen to the same music. Everything is the same but it’s just a little part of North Philadelphia. Everything is the same except for the snow.

“I trained in Philadelphia. I had a good training camp in Philadelphia. I did everything I was supposed to do. I didn’t take shortcuts. I came to Puerto Rico a week before the fight for my training. I’m 110 percent. I’m in the best shape. I am ready. I did what I always do and I’m ready.”

Mauricio Herrera: “I started boxing with my two brothers when I was 13 with no gear, bare hands. My father used to watch and get a good laugh out of it. My older brother got me my first punching bag but my mother was the first one that took me to the gym, to a gym at a church. I truly have the support of my family. I trained well, very well. I don’t take this fight lightly; fighting Danny is not something to take lightly. But I’ve fought guys tougher than him for peanuts. My biggest purse before this fight was $30,000. I’ve worked in construction and other handy jobs. This is my opportunity. This is my chance and I’m not about to let it pass me by.” (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Manuel Charr opponent named: Kevin Johnson

WBC #6 heavyweight Manuel Charr will face Kevin Johnson on April 12 at the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. The fight will be a clash between former Vitali Klitschko WBC title challengers. Charr (25-1, 15 KOs) has won four straight by KO since losing to Klitschko, while Johnson (29-5-1, 14 KOs) has dropped three of his last four, all by decision. Cruiserweight Enad Licina will appear in the co-feature.



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Hopkins-Shumenov NYC Presser

Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins and WBA super world champion Beibut Shumenov continued their media tour on Wednesday at Lucille’s Bar & Grill inside B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York to formally announce their world championship unification on April 19 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C. At 49-years-old, “The Alien” Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), of Philadelphia, is looking to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles, while Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs), of Shymkent, Kazakhstan, is aiming to become the fastest fighter to unify the light heavyweight division with only 15 professional fights under his belt.

In the co-main event, undefeated WBO Middleweight World Champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (30-0, 22 KOs), of New York, will defend his title for the third time when he meets former interim WBO Junior Middleweight Champion Lukas Konecny (50-4, 23 KOs) of the Czech Republic.

Below is what the participants had to say at Wednesday’s presser:

Bernard Hopkins: Look at your age and look at mine. You want to risk this being done again, that you’ll be living to witness it? That’s like waiting for another black president. I wish you luck. I’m not risking that. You talk boxing. I live boxing. One thing that’s important to live in boxing is the lifestyle. So there’s noting that I’m doing that you haven’t written, because most of you have been writing about me for 10 years or more. I could have come out here with a walker, taken my teeth out, and then have him help me up to the seat there and play right into the old man syndrome. But I’m not going to play games with you. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

UFC

The Belt Chase Starts Now for Bermudez

It didn’t take long for UFC featherweight Dennis Bermudez to get back in the gym following his November win over Steven Siler. That’s just the way he does things these days . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Cotto-Martinez Press Tour Concludes

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez concluded their coast-to-coast media tour in Los Angeles with a press conference Wednesday at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Tickets went on sale this morning for their eagerly-anticipated world championship collision on June 7 at Madison Square Garden and it was announced that 87% of the tickets have already been sold (remaining seats are at the $750, $500 and $200 price points).

Miguel Cotto: It’s going to be the best show of the year and the best fight of the year. This is the last stop and I’m planning to go back to Puerto Rico and then LA to train and I want to start my preparations for this fight. I’m going to be as always working hard to win this fight and I know I’m going to do it.

Sergio Martinez: This fight happened because I gave up all my rights as a champion. Like to walk out first instead of second, to be Cotto-Martinez (instead of Martinez-Cotto), all these details Cotto demanded to make this fight. [Martinez spent the rest of his time talking about school bullying.]

Cotto Promotions’ Bryan Perez addressed some of Sergio Martinez’ concerns about the negotiations. “Being in the pay-per-view business since 2006, Miguel Cotto has sold millions of pay-per-view buys, selling out the garden in nine events, 120,000 seats sold, that means a lot. That’s why the event is called Cotto-Martinez. That’s why Miguel Cotto deserves to be first because he has earned it in the ring.” photos



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Border war brewing in San Diego

By Felipe Leon
Photo: Paul Gallegos

California Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Bobby D. Presents is ready to announce the second edition of his very successful live boxing series set for Friday, April 4th, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in the Kearny Mesa suburb of San Diego. Slated for the main event of a very special “San Diego Fights: Border War”, Tijuana’s own undefeated Kenia Enriquez (10-0, 5KOs) puts her perfect record on the line as she takes on the experienced Jolene Blackshear (8-4, 3KOs) of San Diego for the vacant NABF junior flyweight title in an eight round championship bout.

“Our last two shows have been some of the best I’ve done in over thirty years of boxing, I am sure this next one will not disappoint,” Bobby DePhilippis said regarding his next fight card. “Kenia has all the makings of a world champion and this will be her first shot at a junior title, we are really looking forward to it.” (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing back in Springfield, VA

This Saturday night at the Springfield ABC in Springfield, Virginia, Gulfstream Promotions presents a boxing card featuring middleweight Brandon Quarles (11-2-1, 4 KOs) against Travis Davidson (2-1, 2 KOs) in the six round main event. In the eight round co-feature, undefeated welterweight Anthony “Juice” Young (9-0, 4 KOs) takes on veteran Reggie Nash (10-36-1, 2 KOs). (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Still waiting for a response from Floyd Mayweather or his PR people on a report from TMZ alleging that Floyd orchestrated and was present at a savage “Breaking Bad” -like beating of two of his employees he suspected of stealing his jewelry. According to the report, the men were hospitalized with broken arms and legs and have hired a lawyer, however there is no mention of any arrests or other police involvement.

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Roy Englebrecht Promotions has unveiled their new logo. “After 20 years of no real logo, and with the success of our Fight Club OC series, I thought it was time to finally have a company logo,” said Southern California promoter Roy Englebrecht. “Our new Roy Englebrecht Promotions logo captures the history of the fight business when the announcer’s microphone was dropped from the ceiling, so I wanted to capture that look and pay respect to the great history of our sport.”

With tickets sold out for the much-anticipated heavyweight battle between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (49-2-0, 29 KOs) and Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (16-0-1, 11 KOs) at Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa., the only place to catch the fight for the IBF North American Heavyweight Title and IBF #2 Eliminator is on NBC Sport Network Fight Night.



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

IBF approves Porter-Malignaggi, winner must fight Kell Brook next

The IBF have ruled that Shawn Porter may risk his IBF welterweight title against Paul Malignaggi on the condition that the winner must make his next defense against mandatory challenger Kell Brook this summer. Both men must confirm in writing that whomever emerges as champion has the obligation to face Brook next. Porter-Malignaggi must take place by April 19, with the winner required to face Brook 90 days thereafter. If Porter-Malignaggi fails to materialize by April 19, Porter’s next defense must be against the unbeaten Sheffield star. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn explained the findings and expressed his delight for the 27 year old, who faces Alvaro Robles in a ten-round clash at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Former ABC president Sirb proposes second weigh-in limiting fighter weight gains

Gregory P. Sirb, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and former President of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), has presented the following proposal to the ABC:

This past Saturday the weigh-in for the Salido vs Lomachenko bout was a “classic” example of what is horribly wrong with the current weigh-in procedures. Most people in boxing know that I think the day-before weigh-ins are a JOKE. But everyone seems to agree that this is how it should be. So I really feel that we should at least agree on a “mandatory” second weigh-in in the AM on the day of the fight. For the past (10) years Pennsylvania and most recently the IBF have mandated a second day weigh-in – currently stating that no boxer can gain more than 10-lbs at this second weigh-in. By using this procedure it keeps both boxers weight gain in check.

My statistics have shown that the average weight gain is about 6.4 pounds. (most Boxers gaining between 5-7.5lbs) Without a second day weigh in there will be more and more abuses to the current system – what Salido did on Saturday night was disgraceful and the bottom line is he really did not suffer too many consequences. He does not win the belt and I am sure was fined a certain amount of money but in the long run he gets the WIN and by virtue of this win he could get ranked and be in line for another title shot by another ranking organization. So by missing weight and clearly having a weight/size advantage in his bout Salido really come out of this OK – and that is what bothers me. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Garcia-Herrera WBA officials

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. will be the third man in the ring when WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) defends against Mauricio Herrera (20-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The three judges are Carlos Colon (Puerto Rico), Alejandro Rochin (U.S.) and Gustavo Padilla (Panama). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento from Venezuela.



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Martinez: On June 7th there won’t be any more excuses

By Mariano A. Agmi
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

“This fight will happen because despite being the champion, I will be the first to enter the ring, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. I will be in the blue corner, despite being the champion. It doesn’t matter to me, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. They will announce me first in the ring despite being the champion, because if not, Cotto wouldn’t take the fight. I imagine that on June 7th he will ask for a trail of rose petals to get into the ring or else Cotto won’t fight. On June 7th there won’t be any more excuses and any more stupidities. On June 7th, I’m going to win and Argentina is going to win.” - WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on some of the concessions he had to make to land the Miguel Cotto fight on June 7th at Madison Square Garden

WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) was riled up on day two of the press tour announcing his mega-bout against former three division champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs). The Argentine champion took the podium and expressed his frustration and indignation as he listed out the concessions he had to make to get the Puerto Rican superstar to agree to fight him. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Vanes Martirosyan Media Day

By Rocco Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Goossen Tutor Promotions showed off their recent signing, former Olympian, once beaten world title challenger, Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1), at the Ten Goose Boxing Gym in Van Nuys, CA. The 27 year old, Glendale, CA, native, Martirosyan not only gained a new promoter in Goossen Tutor but also a new trainer in Joe Goossen, parting ways with long time trainer Freddie Roach. Martirosyan hinted that Roach was not able to give him the necessary attention due to his commitments to Manny Pacquiao and that this had a detrimental effect on his past training and performances.

Martirosyan will waste little time in making his debut for Goossen Tutor Promotions Friday, March 21st, as he headlines the main event on Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 as he takes on Mexican slugger, Mario Lozano (28-4-2), a winner of nine of his last ten fights, at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA. The bout will be for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title and a win would put Martirosyan immediately back in title contention including for the WBO world light middleweight title. Current WBO light middleweight world titlist, Demetrius Andrade, handed Martirosyan his only defeat last November by split decision. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

UFC

UFC 171 Main Card Fantasy Preview

The welterweight landscape will forever change this Saturday night, as a new champion will be crowned when Johny Hendricks faces Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 171 in Dallas, while former interim titleholder Carlos Condit looks to regain the top spot when he takes on Tyron Woodley in a de facto No. 1 contender’s bout . . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler is LIVE on PPV on Saturday, March 15 from Dallas Texas, at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. Click here for more info



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Avila seeking redemption on Telemundo

Boxeo Telemundo begins its 25th year on the air this Friday when Mexican Guillermo “El Borrego” Avila (12-1, 9 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (23-3, 16 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latino super bantamweight title at stake. Site of the fightcard will be the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida, Promoting will be All Star Boxing presentation, in association with PR Best boxing Promotions (PRBBP), which will be broadcast on Telemundo’s successful series Boxeo Telemundo Ford. The 21 year old Avila opened a lot of eyes with his performance against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. last year in a main event aired by Boxeo Telemundo. Though Vazquez Jr. left with the decision, it was Avila who made some new fans with his spirited effort. Fightnews spoke with Avila just shortly after he arrived to Florida from his flight from Mexico Tuesday evening. (more…)



March 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Tenkai, Yoshikawa, Hanagata win OPBF belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Ex-WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (20-9, 9 KOs), 118, seized the vacant OPBF bantamweight belt as she battered Japan-based Filipino girl Honey Katsumata (AKA Honey Mae Bermoy) (6-3, 6 KOs), 117.75, from all angles at will and prompted the referee’s intervention at 1:41 of the seventh round on Friday (March 7) in Tokyo, Japan. Tenkai, formerly a football player, utilized her footwork and body movement to nullify almost all punches Honey desperately threw, and outjabbed and outpunched the hard-punching opponent. Accelerating her attack in the fatal seventh, Tenkai had the ref Yoshida wisely halt the lopsided affair to save the loser from further punishment. Tenkai previously exchanged gloves with such outstanding Mexican girls as Mariana Juarez, Janeth Perez, Zulina Munoz, Jessica Chavez and Arely Mucino, and lost all on points in Mexico. But some were very controversial decision losses, through which Tenkai became more experienced and more tactical than when she, in 2012, forfeited her WBA 115-pound belt to compatriot Naoko Yamaguchi (who recently lost hers to Naoko Fujioka). The 5’3″ Tenkai, who can fight at three weights from 112 to 118, will return to Mexico where she is tremendously popular with her frequent appearances and good performances. (more…)



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