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Pacquiao-Bradley undercard press conference

Pacquiao-Bradley undercard press conference

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Cinco de Mayo comes one month early with the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley welterweight championship pay-per-view ...

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Herring punishes Flores; Williams, Martin, Clark remain unbeaten

Herring punishes Flores; Williams, Martin, Clark remain unbeaten

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions Unbeaten 2012 Olympian lightweight Jamel Herring (15-0, 8 KOs) looked good in his first main event appearance, dismantling ...

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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Boxing News

Dirrell, DeGale make weight

By Karl Freitag

Both fighters make weight for Saturday’s NBC-televised super middleweight showdown for the vacant IBF title between Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) at the Agganis Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. DeGale weighed in at 167.2 lbs, while Dirrell weighed 167.8.

Other Weights:
Edwin Rodriguez 176 vs. Craig Baker 175.6
Danny O’Connor 147.4 vs. Chris Gilbert 146
Logan McGuinness 136.8 vs. Gerardo Cuevas 142
Ryan Kielczewski 127.6 vs. Anthony Napunyi 125.4
Gary O’Sullivan 159.6 vs. Melvin Betancourt 159.6
Jonathan Guzman 124.6 vs. Christian Esquivel 123.2
Danny Kelly 239.8 vs. Curtis Lee Tate 229.4
Immanuwel Aleem 159.2 vs. David Toribio 159.6
Edwin Espinal 171 vs. Alvaro Enriquez 123.2
Antonio Russell 117.2 vs. Brandon Garvin 118.6



May 22nd, 2015


Boxing News

Kudryashov stops Meroro in six

By Karl Freitag

Unbeaten cruiserweight KO artist Dmitry Kudryashov (18-0, 18 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Vikapita Meroro (28-5, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow. Meroro frustrated Kudryashov early. However Kudryashov came on and dropped Meroro in round six. He then finished Meroro later in the round with a body shot. Kudryashov retained his WBA International title.



May 22nd, 2015


Boxing News

Charr outpoints Leapai over ten

By Karl Freitag

In a crossroads heavyweight clash between former world title challengers, Manuel Charr (28-3, 16 KOs) won a comfortable ten round unanimous decision over Alex Leapai (30-7-3, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Luzhniki Arena in Moscow. Charr started to pull away midway as Leapai slowed down. The second half of the bout was one-sided. Scores were 98-94, 100-90, 97-92.



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Sanchez-Claggett collide in Salinas June 26

Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes will feature welterweight Alan Sanchez (15-3-1, 8 KOs) against Steve Claggett (21-3-1, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBA Americas title in a 10-round bout at the Salinas Storm House in Salinas, California on June 26.

In the co-main event, loal super middleweight Paul “El Gallo Negro” Mendez (18-2, 9 KOs) will take on David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-15-1, 25 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Also in a televised six-round lightweight bout, Andy “The Shark” Vences (11-0, 7 KOs) will face Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara (8-1, 3 KOs). Fighting for airtime, Oscar “El Tigre” Godoy (13-4, 6 KOs) will fight in a six-round welterweight bout against an opponent to be announced.



May 22nd, 2015


Boxing News

Weights from Atlantic City

Juan Dominguez 122.5 vs. Mario Antonio Macias 124
Antuwyan Aikens 175 vs. Edgar Perez 183
Gervonta Davis 132 vs. Alberto Mora 130
Keenan Smith ??? vs. Luis Rodriguez 142
John Magda 168 vs. Miguel Angel Munguia 166
Bryant Perella 152 vs. German Perez 157
Kareem Martin 150 vs. Donald Sanchez 150
Jermonta Clark 150 vs. Jonathan Garcia 152
Carlos Gongora 170 vs. Efigenio Perez 174

Venue: The Claridge
Promoters: King’s Promotions and DeeLee Promotions
1st Bell: 6:45 / Doors at 6:00 PM ET
Tickets can be purchased for $100, $75 and $50



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Donaire-Ruiz WBC Purse Bid on for today

By Gabriel F.Cordero

A WBC purse bid between Filipino icon Nonito Donaire and Mexican former world champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz to seek the official challenger for current WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz is scheduled for today at the offices of the WBC in Mexico City. Osvaldo Küchle, President of Promociones del Pueblo, said “Our company is interested and ready to participate in the purse bid and we also have the resources to stage the Donaire-Ruiz fight in Mexico or the United States.”



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Hobson: Stuart Hall needs to get on with it

After resurrecting Stuart Hall’s career and guiding him to a world title, Dennis Hobson is hoping he can do the same for bantamweight Ross Burkinshaw. Under Hobson’s stewardship, Burkinshaw has amassed the Commonwealth and WBO European titles, and is hoping to move a step closer to a world title shot on May 30 at Rotherham’s Magna Centre. Ross ‘The Boss’ will battle South African Klaas Mboyane for the WBO Inter-Continental crown.

Hobson also things “Stuey” still has something left despite losses Paul Butler and Randy Caballero.

“Stuart still has mileage in him, will trouble people at bantamweight, and there are some great domestic matches there for him. There’s one or two international fights I could get him but if he wants to do something domestically we’ve got Ross, there’s Ryan Farrag, and Jason Cunningham. So there’s fights there for Stuart but he needs to get on with it. (more…)



May 22nd, 2015

UFC

Weidman enjoying moment; Belfort believes

Chris Weidman was in a very good mood Wednesday afternoon. He kissed a baby, smiled and waved at the crowd who came to watch him work out at MGM Grand, then led fans in singing happy birthday to his head coach, Ray Longo, who turned 57 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

ESPN2 Weights from Corona, CA

Photos: Emily Harney / Banner Promotions

ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” final broadcast features ten-rounders in the heavyweight and junior middleweight divisions that will decide the 2015 Boxcino Champions.

Andrey Fedosov 220.5 vs. Donovan Dennis 219
(Boxcino Heavyweight championship)
John Thompson 153.2 vs. Brandon Adams 154.7
(Boxcino Jr. Middleweight championship)

Fernando Fuentes 122 vs. Isaac Zarate 122
Angel Martinez 131.8 vs. Andres Fabian Figueroa 132.2
Richard Tallmadge 118.4 vs. Humberto Rubalcava 120.7
Isaac Freeman 146.5 vs. Danny Leon 146.1
Adam Lopez 122.9 vs. Miguel Tamayo 121

Venue: Omega Products International Outdoor Arena
Promoters: Banner Promotions & Thompson Boxing
TV: ESPN 2 (10 PM ET/7 PM PT)
1st bell: 6:15 PT

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May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing News

Carl Froch interested in Gennady Golovkin fight at Wembley

Ghana’s Emmanuel “Game Boy” Tagoe moves up the ladder

Johnny Tapia’s widow and father rage trademark battle in Albuquerque

James DeGale on the brink of British history



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Las Vegas

Richard Commey 135 vs. Bahodir Mamadjonov 134.4
vacant IBF Inter-Continental Lightweight Title

Arif Magomedov 161 vs. Darnell Boone 157
Jesus Gutierrez 138 vs. Angel Hernandez 133.4
Kimdo Boykin 225 vs. Keith Barr 215.4
Michael Gaxiola 126.8 vs. Salvador Lopez 126

Venue: “The D” Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Promoter: Championship Title Boxing/Square Ring
TV: CBS Sports Network, Same-Day Tape Delay



May 22nd, 2015

Boxing News

Soliman-Wade confirmed for June 26

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman will fight up-and-coming Dominic Wade in Shelton, Washington, on June 26. Soliman, 41, who is making a comeback from a potential career ending knee injury is giving away 16 years to take on former US Olympic champion, 25-year-old Dominic Wade, who is undefeated in 17 professional fights, 12 by knockout.

“I live for the challenge and I have my sights set on regaining the world title,” Soliman said. “I was offered the fight with Dominic Wade and it’s not in my DNA to say no. It’s a dangerous fight because Wade is young and has nothing to lose. I’ve worked hard to overcome my injury and regain the form required to fight at the highest level. Now I’m back to my best, and hungry to be a two-time champion.”

The fight will be televised on the US’s Showtime Shobox New Generation, which is seen as a proving ground for young boxers looking for a world title tilt. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

FS1 Weights from Indio, California

Eric Hunter 126.6 vs. Antonio Escalante 129.4
Abraham Lopez 125.8 vs. Alfred Tetteh 125.6
Taishan Dong 284.4 vs. Lance Gauch 291.4 Lbs.
Antonio Gutierrez 158.2 vs. Paul Valenzuela 160
Joet Gonzalez 123 vs. Jose Beranza 123.4
Darius Ervin 148.4 vs. Abraham Calderon 149.2

Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Dirrell-DeGale final press conference

Photos: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions

The final press conference for Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card took place today at historic Fenway Park in Boston. Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) in a 12-round super middleweight showdown for the vacant IBF title at Boston’s Agganis Arena. Live televised coverage starts at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT.

Andre Dirrell: “A title means everything. It completes you as a fighter. That’s the top of the food chain in this sport, and that’s the pedestal we’re all trying to reach – world champion. Everybody wants to be a world champion. The greats had it and now we want it. It would mean more for my city, my family and my friends, and it’s something I’ll always be able to look back it. It would put me in the record books for life.

“DeGale is not quiet. Today he’s chilling, maybe because he’s a little out of his comfort zone. But there’s a lot of tension when you’re standing right there next to your opponent. He might just be a little cranky today. I like to lighten the mood and stay comfortable. This is all a part of the game. Let’s have fun now. It’s ass-kicking time when we get in that ring, but outside it’s all love.

“There was a time when I didn’t want to do interviews. I didn’t want to go to fights. I didn’t want to hear fans online and on social media. I closed all them down because I didn’t want to hear people ask, ‘When are you fighting again? Talking about talent wasted, or saying I’m glad he’s gone.’ It hurt because there was nothing I could do. I was powerless even with all the power in the world.”

James DeGale: “Andre says the belt doesn’t mean anything to him in the fight – well, the belt means everything to me and more. I am here to make history and it doesn’t happen without that title. I could win on Saturday night and retire a happy man – that’s how much I want to beat Andre Dirrell. But when I do win that title, I am going for the rest of the belts, creating a lasting legacy for my country, my fans and myself.

“Andre is a classy fighter and he showed in the press conference that he is a classy guy too – when two fighters who believe in their ability 100 percent and know they are going to win a fight, it is going to be explosive. There’s nothing but respect between us, but ultimately, we’re going to take each other to dark territory on Saturday night, it’s going to be a brutal battle – and one that I am going to win.” photos



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Povetkin-Perez undercard on ESPN3 also

ESPN3 will present live coverage in the U.S. of the 12-round WBC heavyweight title eliminator between contenders Alexander Povetkin (28-1-1, 20 KOs) and Mike Pérez (21-1-0, 13 KOs) on Friday. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s heavyweight belt. The card, from Moscow is presented by K2 Promotions. ESPN3 will also include additional live undercard bouts beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will televise Povetkin-Perez on tape-delay at 9 p.m. leading into the Boxcino 2015 finals on the series finale of ESPN Friday Night Fights.

The Povetkin-Perez undercard includes:

– The 12-round WBC World Cruiserweight title fight between titleholder Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) and Lukasz Janik;

– A cruiserweight bout between 2008 Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev (22-1, 17 KOs) and undefeated Junior Wright (13-0-1, 11 KOs);

– A cruiserweight matchup between undefeated Dmitry Kudryashov (17-0, 17 KOs) and Vikapita Meroro (28-4, 14 KOs).



May 21st, 2015

UFC

Anthony Johnson Strikes Back

Anthony Johnson is in a good place.

It took him a while to get there. It also took patience and faith and strength. When things were at their worst, when his depression made him think about quitting and doing something else, he found resolve and support . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

USA Olympian/NABF champion Jose Ramirez inks major endorsement deal

USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated professional boxer Jose Ramirez (14-0, 11 KOs), coming off a record setting 9,000 person arena sellout on May 9 in Fresno on a Top Rank Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing event on UniMas, has signed a five figure endorsement deal with Card City. Ramirez is now setting up a scholarship fund at Fresno State to help future students.

“There is no place like home and I am honored to have gotten the deal I did with Card City. I feel it is important to help future students as well by setting up a scholarship fund which my team will build as time goes on,” Ramirez said.

“Top Rank is very proud of Jose Ramirez. When he goes into the ring he fights for his community and helps those in need,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. “Sponsors like Card City have a special unique athlete in Jose, a future world champion.” (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Thurman-Collazo collide July 11

ESPN has announced that WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) will defend against Luis Collazo (36-6, 19 KOs) in ESPN’s first Premier Boxing Champions card on Saturday, July 11. The bout will take place in Thurman’s backyard of Tampa, Florida.

Unbeaten jr middleweight Tony Harrison (21-0, 18 KOs) meets Willie Nelson (23-2-1, 13 KOs) in the co-feature.

This telecast will kick-off a monthly primetime “PBC on ESPN” boxing series on the flagship network of the ESPN family.



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez opponent named: Derek Edwards

Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank

Unbeaten WBC #2, WBO #2, IBF #3 super middleweight contender Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez (31-0, 24 KOs) of Mexico announced at a press conference today that he will take on Derek Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs) of Las Vegas on June 26 at State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas. The ten rounder will be televised live on truTV.

“I see Edwards as a very tough, experienced boxer. He has quality wins and is a very dangerous opponent. He is the type of opposition I need to get my world title opportunity.

“I started training in my hometown of Mazatlan, Mexico. I am now training in Los Angeles to finish my camp and get the sparring I need. I’ve been going to Oxnard to spar at Robert Garcia’s Gym.

“This will be my third fight in Texas. The fans, and there are a lot of Mexican fans in Texas, have been great and really support me.

“I will give it my all in the ring June 26. Fans should expect a great, explosive fight. This is a great opportunity for me on truTV, an important network.”

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May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Haiti

By Robert Coster
Photos: Aladin Jean Louis

Evens Pierre 135 vs. Jesus Cruz Bibiano 134.5
(WBA Fedelatin lightweight title)

Azea Augustama 175 vs. Eduardo Mercedes 175
(WBA Fedelatin light heavyweight title)

Raphael Larose 206 vs. Carlos Pena 215
Frank Gedeon 153.5 vs. David Martinez 150
Juan Carlos Pena 129.5 vs. Aneury Matos 127

Venue: Karibe Hotel Convention Center, Petionville, Haiti
Promoter: Jacques Deschamps

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May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Complete Khan-Algieri undercard announced

A showdown between Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and Bryan Vasquez (35-1, 18 KOs) will open up the Premier Boxing Champions on Spike telecast taking place Friday, May 29 at Barclays Center. The 12-round junior lightweight bout between Fortuna and Vasquez will lead into the clash between former world champions Amir Khan and Chris Algieri.

Undercard action will also feature a slew of exciting local prospects competing in tough fights. 2012 U.S. Olympian “Sir” Marcus Browne (14-0, 11 KOs) of Staten Island will take on the experienced Cornelius White (21-2, 16 KOs) in a 10 round light heavyweight bout while Heather “The Heat” Hardy (12-0, 2 KOs) faces Noemi Bosques (8-2-2) in eight rounds of featherweight action. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Moscow

By David Robinett

Alexander Povetkin 231.75 vs. Mike Perez 240.5
(WBC heavyweight eliminator)

Grigory Drozd 199.75 vs. Lukasz Janik 200
(WBC cruiserweight title)

Rakhim Chakhkiev 199.5 vs. Junior Anthony Wright 198
(IBO cruiserweight title)

Dmitry Kudryashov 200 vs. Vikapita Meroro 200
Manuel Charr 252.5 vs. Alex Leapai 252.5
Svetlana Kulakova 141.5 vs. Marie Riederer 138.5



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham promises a conclusive finish in fourth fight with Stieglitz

Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) has vowed to bring an end to his feud with domestic rival Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) when the German super middleweights contest the WBO World title for a fourth time on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle. The fighters began their now familiar pre-fight routine with a kick-off press conference today, in which the reigning champion promised to provide a conclusive finish to their long-standing rivalry. ”Four fights with Robert is enough for me,” declared Abraham. ”Of course, victory is always the most important thing, but on July 18, I don’t just want to win, I want to win decisively and prove once and for all that I am the better man!” (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Matchroom Boxing announces new five year Sky Sports deal

Sky Sports and Matchroom Sport have extended their exclusive UK and Ireland broadcast partnership until 2021, offering up to 120 nights of live boxing over the next six years. The new agreement will bring even more exclusively live access to one of the strongest stables ever seen in world boxing, including James DeGale, Kell Brook, Lee Selby, Kevin Mitchell, Scott Quigg, Luke Campbell, Anthony Crolla and Anthony Joshua. Sky Sports viewers can look forward to watching 20 shows each year and follow all the build-up across its channels and digital outlets.



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Parker returns June 13 against Saglam

By Karl Freitag

New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker (13-0, 11 KOs) will return to action on June 13 against Yakup Saglam (34-3, 31 KOs) on June 13 at the Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North, New Zealand. The bout will be a twelve rounder for Parker’s WBO Oriental and PABA belts. Parker was one of world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko’s primary sparring partners for his recent defense against Bryant Jennings.



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

WBA #14 Cameron Hammond returns

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Jonathon Searle/Hatton Promotions

WBA #14 welterweight Cameron Hammond (11-0, 5 KOs) will be in action over ten rounds against Fijian Jesse Ravudi (4-1-1, 1 KO) at the Sands Tavern, Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. The former London 2012 Olympian talked to Fightnews about the Olympic bouts he contested and how he would welcome a bout against fellow world rated Australian Jeff Horn despite them being friends, especially if it was a world title bout. Hammond also thanks his promoter Ricky Hatton and all his team

You are rated WBA #14 welterweight – have you got any rated welterweights on your radar?

No not really, only Jese Ravudi on Saturday night. He’s talked himself up, saying it’s going to be an early night, but I’m happy to let him do the talking and try and convince himself that he has a chance. I’m happy to keep boxing who my management and Ricky Hatton tell me to box. I’m not one of those guys who likes to call out others and try and embarrass them to make a name for myself. I’d prefer to do my talking inside the ropes. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Lemieux: N’Dam has no clue of who he’s going to fight

By Karl Freitag

“Talk is cheap.” That was Quebec power puncher David Lemieux’s message for Hassan N’Dam after N’Dam said Lemieux was lucky and didn’t earn his shot at the vacant IBF middleweight title on June 20 at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada.

David Lemieux: “That’s only going to make him look foolish when I beat him on the 20th. There’s no luck in boxing. It’s a hard man’s sport and it’s life or death in the ring. It’s not a game and there’s no such thing as luck in boxing.

“I think he has no clue of who he’s going to fight on June 20. It’s just going to be to my advantage. I don’t concern myself about his opinion or what he has to say about who I’ve faced and the challenges I’ve had in my life or my career. Those are my personal issues. June 20 with be the day I prove otherwise. I’m very focused and I’m ready for anything.”



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

IBF Awards Banquet

IBF-2015-Logo
Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

The IBF awards banquet closed out the evening Wednesday at Le Centre Sheraton in Montreal, Canada during the 32nd annual IBF convention. Live entertainment, fine dining, more guest champs and of course, the annual awards made for a fun-filled event.

After the live music and the main course was completed, IBF president, Daryl Peoples addressed the gathering to signal a moment of silence for members of the IBF and boxing family who passed during the last year- Former president Hiawatha Knight, Barney Harrell, Dan Goossen, Luis Rivera, Joe Dwyer and Dr. Ruben Garcia. In honor of Mrs. Haiwatha Knight, the IBF’s Scholarship fund, known as SARB, was renamed the Knight Educational Fund. Her two children Craig and Allison accepted the declaration certificate. Peoples as well as board members Lindsey Tucker and Anibal Miramontes then bestowed awards for the best of 2014 in the IBF. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

UFC

Josh Burkman: Saving It All For The Fight

After 39 fights, Josh Burkman is finally coming to terms with the fact that mixed martial arts is a professional athletic endeavor, and he’s surrounded himself with professionals going into his UFC 187 fight against one of the best welterweights in the world, Dong Hyun Kim . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC 187 is LIVE on PPV Saturday, May 23 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Pro Boxing Returns to Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Hyannis native Jesse Barboza (9-1-1, 5 KO’s) is coming home to headline a pro boxing event August 8th at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center (HYCC) as he takes on Pennsylvania’s Jesse Oltmanns (10-5, 7 KO’s) in an 8 round fight for the vacant Northeast Heavyweight Championship. Barboza, a 2004 graduate of Barnstable High School where he excelled on the football field as a Fullback and Linebacker for the Red Raiders, will be fighting for the first time as a professional in front of his hometown crowd. It will also be his first main event and first pro fight for a title of any kind. (more…)



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Ronda Rousey attacks Floyd Mayweather’s history of domestic violence

San Antonio media on the life and death of Tony Ayala Jr.

Former fighter Dingaan Thobela in trouble with the law

Detroit’s Kronk Gym re-opens



May 21st, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

By Karl Freitag

The WBA Championships Committee has ordered an immediate rematch between WBA “regular” flyweight champion Kazuto Ioka and former champion Juan Carlos Reveco. Ioka won a majority decision over Reveco on April 22 in Japan. They have 30 days to reach a deal or a purse bid will be called with a 60/40 split for Ioka.

Promoter Frank Warren announced today that the clash for the vacant WBO lightweight title (formerly held by Terence Crawford) between WBO #1 rated Terry Flanigan and #2 Jose Zepeda will take place on July 11 at the Manchester Velodrome.

Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza says a welterweight clash between Sammy Vasquez and Wale Omotoso will land on CBS June 21.

Banner Promotions has announced the signing of undefeated and world ranked jr. welterweight Mauro Maximiliano Godoy to an exclusive promotional contract. Godoy a record of 19-0 with 8 knockouts and is the current Argentina super lightweight champion and WBO Latino titlist. He is currently ranked #9 by the WBO.

Iron Boy Promotions has signed Tucson-based junior welterweight Alfonso Olvera. Olvera, who fought for Iron Boy Promotions in El Paso last October, joins the up and coming promotional company with a professional record of 3-1, 1 KO.



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

Dirrell, DeGale workout quotes and pics

DeGale: Dirrell's team is trying to get in my head. They must be scared.

Photos: Carly Gillis Photography

Fighters took part in a media workout at The Ring Boxing Club in Boston Wednesday to kick off fight week for this Saturday’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card at Agganis Arena that is headlined by Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale.

See here what the participants had to say Wednesday:

Andre Dirrell: “I always knew my day would come. I put in the work, I love this sport so I give it what I owe. I’m happy to get a shot at another title. I’m not going to take it for granted. I’m going to put in my work and perform to the best of my ability and that will make me a world champion.

“I’m glad to be getting in there with somebody who believes he can win. I want someone who will test me like I’ll test them. That’s a real championship fight. I’m much hungrier than I was early in my career and I’m more focused mentally. With age comes wisdom. Everything I went through is all a blessing. My goals are set and I’m going to accomplish every one.”

James DeGale: “Dirrell’s team is trying to get in my head. They must be scared. I’m wound up and I’m ready. I’m obsessed with making history. It’s what drives me to work so hard in the gym and succeed in the ring. It’s been a 16-week camp come fight night, so it’s been a long time. My body and mind feel ready to fight, I am so sharp and in a very good place. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF convention Day 3 – Medical & Judges Seminars

IBF-2015-Logo
Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The medical seminar opened the day at the 32nd IBF convention in Montreal. Drs. Paul Wallace, Rick Weinstein, John Neidecker, Massimiliano Bianco and IBF Medical Director Emeritus Dr. William Lathan all delivered informative, if not entertaining talks. The judges seminar capped off the day of meetings. (more…)



May 20th, 2015

UFC

Joseph Benavidez: Same Goal, Different Focus

For the vast majority of fighters, the pursuit of championship gold is what drives them. Sure, there are numerous other internal motivators and secondary goals attached to their efforts, but at the end of the day, the desire to win a UFC title and be recognized as the best in their respective divisions is what gets them out of bed and into the gym each morning, afternoon and evening . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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