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Hopkins, Kovalev NYC Presser Quotes

Hopkins, Kovalev NYC Presser Quotes

Photo: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy WBA & IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins and WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey ...

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Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Hopkins and Kovalev hold court in Philadelphia

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Light Heavyweight kings Bernard Hopkins, 55-6-2, 32 KOs, the WBA/IBF 175-pound champion, and Sergey Kovalev, ...

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Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

Leo Santa Cruz is preparing for Roman; but is ready for anyone

By Miguel Maravilla Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo "Terremoto" Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of ...

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Porky’s revenge: Medina KOs Love

Porky's revenge: Medina KOs Love

By Karl Freitag Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME In a huge upset, super middleweight Rogelio "Porky" Medina (33-6, 27 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO ...

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WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

WBA #1 superfly Sanchez TKOs Salas

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBA #1 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (26-2-1, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over WBA #10 rated flyweight ...

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Boxing News

Official Chavez-Vera II announcement

Former World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend Julio César Chávez Jr., his opponent, Top-Five contender and tough Texan Bryan Vera, Houston’s former world lightweight champion Juan Diaz, Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum, Zanfer Promotions’ Fernando Beltran, two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman and Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions, will host a news conference announcing the eagerly-awaited rematch — Chávez Jr. vs. Vera II — This Thursday! January 16, in the Alamodome (Stadium Floor – South end.) Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. CT with the news conference beginning at 2:00 p.m. CT.

The press conference will be open to the public. (more…)



January 14th, 2014



Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“Nothing can stop me,” says Lucien Bute about his upcoming bout against Jean Pascal, Saturday night. More

Washington DC’s Lamont Peterson looks to get back in the win column when he takes on Dierry JeanJan. 25 in Atlantic City. More

Is the UFC more exciting than boxing? More competitive? More

Kell Brook looks to keep the rust off ahead of a 2014 showdown against champ Shawn Porter. More



January 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Lamont Peterson workout quotes & pics

Photos: Delane Rouse – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson held a media workout ahead of his January 25 title bout against Dierry Jean, which will take place at the DC Armory and headline a live Showtime telecast.

Lamont Peterson: “I intend to continue to be the champion after my fight on January 25. I don’t worry about comments from him [Dierry Jean]. At the end of the day he’s got to get in the ring with me. He can say whatever he wants, but he’ll see when he gets in there that it’s not an easy task. It’s always a great thing to fight at home. When the crowd is cheering for you, it gives you the extra energy to pull out the close rounds and close fights. I’m glad to be fighting at home. I never really left the gym since my last fight. I’ve been doing a lot of strength and conditioning, although at this point it’s mostly boxing. Right now, I’m working on the game plan and making sure I execute when I get in the ring.

“I try to put that [loss] behind me. Boxing is for a thinking sportsman. [Boxing] It’s not a sport where you should be letting those things get to you. You have to fight smart and the best way to do that is to clear your mind. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

New opponent for “Tornado” Sanchez

WBA #3 super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez (23-2-2, 18 KOs) of Hermosillo, Mexico will now face Marcos Demecillo (19-1-1, 14 KOs) of Iligan City, Philippines, in Saturday’s UniMas-televised main event. The twelve round bout for the WBA International super flyweight championship will take place at the State Gym in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Demecillo steps in for WBA #14 rated Breilor Teran.



January 13th, 2014

UFC

UFC on FOX hits Orlando in April

The UFC returns to the The Sunshine State on April 19 for a FOX UFC Saturday event at the Amway Center in Orlando. Two bouts have been confirmed for the just-announced card: Second-ranked heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum will face third-ranked heavyweight contender Travis Browne with the winner likely securing a heavyweight title shot. Plus second-ranked bantamweight Miesha Tate takes on seventh-ranked Liz Carmouche in a battle of women’s MMA stars. Tickets for the event are expected to go on sale February 14. More details will be available in coming weeks on UFC.com.

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January 13th, 2014

Boxing Result

“Tremendo” Delgado Stops Alvarez, “Memin” Defeats Mendoza

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

This past Friday night Tijuana, Mexico, one of the busiest fight towns in Mexico if not the world, opened up their 2014 season with a club level show presented by PM Promotions led by former super flyweight champion Diego “Pelucho” Morales. The seven-bout fight card was everything but competitive as five fights ended in the first round and another in the second. Only one of the contests went the distance and in fact was the best fight of the night.

In the main event, rumored recent signee to southern California’s Thompson Boxing Promotions’ Heriberto “Tremendo” Delgado (10-0, 6KOs) of Tijuana earned an easy win with a TKO over unskilled Hector Alvarez (0-1), also of Tijuana, in the first round of a scheduled six. Delgado, a pro since the summer of last year, has never faced an opponent record with a winning record. In a busy 2013, he scored six wins, four of them within the distance, against overmatched opposition and Friday night was no exception. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Orozco-Huerta undercard announced

The full undercard lineup for the Jan. 24 installment of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! Series headlined by Antonio Orozco vs. Miguel Angel Huerta has been announced. The night of fights at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. will feature featherweight phenomenon Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez in a co-main event matchup against the always tough Derrick Wilson in an 8 round fight, as well as undefeated heavyweight prospects Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale in the televised opener against Homer Fonseca and in non-televised action, the popular and exciting Gerald Washington will also be featured in undercard action. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero ready to return

By Gabriel F. Cordero

In a phone conversation, Panamanian former WBA and IBF world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero spoke to Fightnews.com about his current and future situation in boxing. Caballero stated that he maintains a promotional contract with TMT, but hasn’t had a fight or any communication with them in a long time. The 37-year-old Caballero has only been able to fight five times in the last 36 months, during which he had a controversial situation where he should had defended his WBA world title against WBA mandatory challenger Mikey Garcia, but wouldn’t sign for the fight after Sampson Boxing (which won a purse bid) was unable to stage the fight by the original deadline and was granted an extension by the WBA.

“At the moment I only ask for a chance to fight with any company that can give me the opportunity and show my ability as unified world champion and two-division world champion. I need to fight and want the promoters give me a chance. I’m aware of my age but I take care of myself and try to stay near the gym. I hope to return to the top and become world champion,” said Caballero.

Caballero doesn’t have any fight scheduled for the in the first six months of 2014. He’s looking for any chance to fight in Panama or abroad and hopes to begin talks to get back in the ring soon. His last fight was in Colon, Panama on November 30 when he won by TKO 2 against the Nicaraguan Jimmy Aburto in a bout for the WBC Latino featherweight title.



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Hollywood Fight Night returns Feb 6

The 2014 opener to the “Hollywood Fight Night” pro boxing series will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the intimate and historic Florentine Gardens Nightclub in Hollywood, California. The February 6th show will mark the seventh installment of the Hollywood Fight Night series. Highlighting one of the most internationally diverse fight cards in years will be the U.S. debut of current IBO welterweight champion, South African Chris Van Heerden (19-1-1, 10 KOs), and the return of undefeated British prospect, Sheer Management’s Johnny Quigley (10-0, 2 KOs). (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Eddie Hearn says Froch-Groves II could sell out 80,000 arena in UK – says Froch-Ward II, Froch-Golovkin, Froch-Chavez Jr also possibilities

By James Slater

Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn spoke with Sky Sports today, on the subject of whether or not we will see a return bout between bitter British rivals Carl Froch and George Groves. Fans everywhere have craved a sequel ever since the November clash between the two super-middleweights thrilled and then ended controversially, with Froch retaining his super-middleweight titles via what was widely viewed as a premature 9th-round TKO.

Hearn says he feels a return will take place. “I think there’s a great chance,” Hearn told Sky Sports on the possibility of a Froch-Groves II. “I think it comes down to pride and ego at the end of the day, and of course a lot of money. As a fan and a promoter it’s the biggest fight out there. I know we could have this at a huge stadium and have 60, 70, 80,000 people. It was a tremendous fight last time and taking away the controversy, it was one of the best fights I’ve ever seen. A rematch could be even bigger. If I was a betting man I think we are going to get there. I hope we do.” (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Kiko Martinez: I’d love to fight Donaire and Rigondeaux

By Robert Coster
Photo: Tundra Promotions

In a span of four months, Spanish boxer Kiko Martinez has emerged from relative obscurity to becoming the IBF super bantamweight champion with a recent successful title defense. Certainly, Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) had held the European title on two occasions and was seen as a strong puncher. However, he had been stopped by Englishman Carl Frampton and when he traveled to the United States to face unbeaten IBF champion Jhonathan Romero, he was the underdog in that fight. On August 13th in Atlantic City, Martinez dominated and kayoed Romero in six rounds. Last December 21st, the 27-year-old champion defended his title against touted former titleholder Jeffrey Mathebula in Alicante, Spain. Again, Kiko was not the favorite but he stopped his opponent in nine rounds, proving the pundits wrong and showing that he is a force to be reckoned with the 122lb division. Fightnews reached Kiko Martinez – the new kid on the block – to ask him a few pointed questions. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Mendoza: The purpose of the super champions

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA executive vice president Gilberto J. Mendoza discusses the topic of world champions and the state of boxing.

What do you think of the current state of boxing?

It the past, boxing was appreciated a a noble art, the art of punching and defending. In this time it’s more about entertainment to make large profits. Boxing is actually in the middle between marketing and sensationalism. The scenario is similar to the environment of the Roman Coliseum where each group defends its own interests.

What about the champions?

There is a perception in some journalistic sectors and many diehard fans, who criticize the existence of more than one champion in a division. To some extent I understand and respect the position, but their reasons are rigid and inflexible. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

UFC

UFC Atlanta Prelim Fantasy Preview

The undercard for the upcoming UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou show is filled to the brim with former Ultimate Fighter competitors, Strikeforce veterans and returning fighters all looking to make a big impression come Wednesday night in Atlanta . . . More

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January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Michaloudis added to “Freedom Fights” card

Tiburon Promotions chief Al Bonanni confirmed the addition of undefeated Greek heavyweight Thanasis Michaloudis (7-0, 6 KOs) to this Saturday’s “Freedom Fights” card from the Casino Miami Jai Alai. Born in the birthplace of democracy, the twenty-five year old Greek prospect now based in Florida fought all seven of his professional bouts last year. He is slated for a six-round contest against an opponent to be named.

Headlining the show is thirty-year old light heavyweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (15-1, 9 KOs) against Bahamian southpaw former super middleweight Jermain “Choo Choo” Mackey (18-6, 14 KOs) for eight rounds. The co-feature will showcase twenty-year old Cuban prospect Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (9-0-1, 6 KOs) against lefty Jamal “The Mailman” Parram (7-9-1, 5 KOs) of St Louis in a six-round super bantamweight battle. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

New foe named for Makabu

Argentine puncher Ruben Angel Mino has answered the call to fight WBC Silver cruiserweight champion Junior Makabu in a cruiserweight 10-rounder on the Monte Carlo Boxing Bonanza bill in Monte Carlo on February 1. Promoter Rodney Berman was forced to scramble to find a replacement for Nathan Cleverly after a succession of potential opponents backed out. “I had agents all over the world working on this, but it seems almost no-one is willing to fight a banger like Makabu,” said Berman. “His reputation makes it increasingly difficult to match him.” Mino (20-0, 20 KOs) turned professional three years ago, but hasn’t wasted time in gaining experience. Last year alone, he had 10 bouts, cutting a swathe through the division in South America. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Jorge “Travieso” Arce Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A source has told Fightnews.com about the possibility that the Mexican former multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will return to the ring on March 8 in Nogales, Sonora. According to the source, Arce is seeking a new opportunity in the super bantamweight or featherweight divisions. Apparently for Arce, this would be his last year in boxing and he expects two to three fights in 2014, although he had previously announced his retirement from boxing. There are rumors of a potential Arce vs Juanma Lopez on the Miguel Cotto vs. Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez card if that event comes together in June.



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Guerrero tight-lipped on promotional situation

By Robert Hough

Robert Guerrero, who is attempting to terminate contract with Golden Boy Promotions, repeatedly refused to comment about his decision. Guerrero, who appeared at a weekend event to encourage people to register as possible bone marrow donors, will have an arbitration hearing with the California State Athletic Commission in an effort to end his business relationship with the Los Angeles-based promoter because, his attorney has said, the contract is invalid under California law.

“I can’t say anything,” Guerrero said at the event in Hollister, Calif., some 100 miles southeast of San Francisco. “My lawyer has said everything.”

Attorney Bruce Zabarauskas has said the contract is too long to be valid under California law, but Golden Boy has said the contract is valid because it was signed and filed in New York and complies with that state’s requirements. (more…)



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Jennings Camp hopeful Szpilka can resolve visa problems

Gary Shaw Productions, Antonio Leonard Promotions and Team Bryant Jennings are all hoping Artur Szpilka can resolve his visa problems as the Polish fighter was deported back to his native land after he was stopped by the Department of Homeland Security at O’Hare International Airport. Bryant Jennings is scheduled to face Artur Szpilka on HBO January 25th. “Team Jennings along with myself and Antonio Leonard are well aware of the visa problems Szpilka is having at the moment,” said Gary Shaw. “We are monitoring the situation very closely with Warriors Boxing Promoter Leon Margolis and hope this problem can get resolved very fast. This is a great fight between two undefeated ranked heavyweights and it would be disappointing if they are not able to fight. We are working endlessly to get Artur’s proper documents approved so they can meet January 25th on HBO.”



January 13th, 2014

Boxing News

“The Hawk’s Flock” renews with Sampson and 340 Boxing

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing, along with Lesley Comissiong and Jose Rosario of U.S. Virgin Islands-based 340 Boxing, proudly announce the re-signing of “The Hawk’s Flock”, the sons: John “Da Rock” Jackson (18-1-15 KOs) and Julius “The Chef” Jackson (17-0 13 KOs), and nephew, Samuel “Rock City Cobra” Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs), of former three-time world champion Julian “The Hawk” Jackson to a long-term promotional agreement.



January 13th, 2014

Twitter Watch

Szpilka stopped by Homeland Security at O’Hare



January 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

UFC’s Dana White honors his boxing roots in Boston on reality TV. More

The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s Keith Kizer was a miscast from the opening bell. More

While the New York State Athletic Commission launches an investigation, heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov clings to life. More

Middleweight Kieran Leinster steps up the competition in his next bout. More



January 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Huck taunts Arslan: Dream on, I’m the champion

January 25 will see WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck to fight compatriot Firat Arslan for a second time. Prior to the rematch of their first fight nearly 15 months ago, which saw Huck escaping with a narrow win on points, the tension is rising. Arslan was first to put forward, stating at last Wednesday’s media day: “I am feeling like the world champion since my first fight against Marco, which I actually won. Now it is time to collect my belt from him.”

However, Huck is not having any of it and counters: “Dream on, Firat – I am the champion! But as I am not heartless, I did make a picture of my belt and signed it with a personal dedication for you!”

The 43-year-old Arslan is hoping to become the oldest man in boxing history to win the cruiserweight championship.



January 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Nakatani Upsets Kato: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Who is the best photographer among active boxers? Within this reporter’s limited knowledge, the champion is Nonito Donaire who often take pictures in Top Rank shows and whose photographs are excellent enough. The top contender is the OPBF lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato, a shaven skulled Japanese who makes it a rule to take photos of his stablemates at the ringside in Kadoebi Jewel Promotions’ shows. His good pics of the fight scene are usually seen in the Promotions’ website.

The defending champ, WBC/WBO#10 ranked Kato (26-5-1, 7 KOs), 135, lost his OPBF 135-pound belt when unbeaten underdog Masayoshi Nakatani (7-0, 5 KOs), a 5’11″ fast-rising prospect from Osaka, defeated him by an upset majority decision (116-112 twice and 114-114) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Previously a classmate of the current WBA light-fly champ Kazuto Ioka in Kokoku high school, Nakatani had annihilated Shuhei Tsuchiya, the champ’s stablemate then with a good mark of 14-1, 13 KOs, into a shocking and stunning KO defeat in front of the photographer Kato at the ring apron last July. It obviously had such a bad influence on Kato that the champ paid too much respect to Nakatani’s power punching, kept inexplicably defensive and fail to display his trade-mark aggressiveness as usual. (more…)



January 12th, 2014

Boxing Result

Mexico-Philippines rivalry continues in Veracruz

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Mexico went 3-0 vs. the Philippines in the latest installment of the Mexico vs. Philippines rivalry on Saturday night at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Veracruz, Mexico.

In the main event, former WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (42, 14-1, 28 KOs) scored a hard fought eighth round KO over Vergel Nebran (11-7-1, 7 KOs). Former WBO light flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia (20-4-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Mark Duran (11-10-2, 5 KOs) in a lackluster twelve rounder. And, super featherweight Nery Saguilan (27-4-1, 10 KOs) outpointed Adones Aguelo (20-8-2, 12 KOs) over ten by scores of 97-93, 96-94, 96-94. (more…)



January 12th, 2014

Boxing Result

DeMarco destroys Gurrola in two

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (30-3-1, 23 KOs) scored a second round annihilation of Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (20-6-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tecate Tour Arena in Tijuana, Mexico. DeMarco hammered Gurrola in round one with a right hand and was credited with a knockdown as the ropes held up Gurrola. DeMarco rocked Gurrola again early in round two and later floored him again to get a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:58.

In a high-intensity welterweight grudge match, Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (17-3, 15 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decision over former world champion Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (25-6, 20 KOs) . Scores were 96-93, 97-93 for Lopez, 95-94 for Gutierrez. Gutierrez, a former WBC interim super featherweight titlist, was accused of being “fat” by Lopez in the pre-fight build-up. (more…)



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Mike Tyson Makes Las Vegas Appearance

By Butch Gottlieb
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Former World Heavyweight champion turned entertainer and boxing promoter Mike Tyson made a special appearance Saturday in his local community to speak to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and the Las Vegas Police Athletic League Kids Boxing Program. The event took place at former referee Richard Steele’s Gym.

Mike spoke with the kids and Metro police officers, demonstrated some of his signature techniques, led group exercises along with his former cornerman Steve Lott, and posed for pictures. Each child received a Tyson training DVD.

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January 11th, 2014

Boxing Result

Miskirtchian defeats Takoucht in IBF eliminator

Belgian featherweight Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs) pounded out hard fought majority decision over France’s Sofiane Takoucht (27-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night in an IBF featherweight final eliminator at the Country Hall of Sart-Tilman in Liege, Belgium. Scores were 117-111, 114-114, 115-113. Miskirtchian becomes the mandatory challenger to IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich. Fightnews scored it 116-112 for the local star.

Undercard:
Ryad Merhy knocked out Patrick Berger in the 2nd. Berger survived a count in round 1 but was down again in round 2 and moments later for more then the full count.
Geoffrey Battelo was wobbled early in the fight but regrouped and knocked out Mario Lakatos in round 5.
Bilal Laggoune was slow in action but still won a wide points decision against Tamas Bajzath over 6.
Herve Hubeaux WUD04 Gabor Fargas
Sanae Jah WUD06 Sandy Coget in a rematch.



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Allen overwhelms Linenfelser in Philly

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

It was an explosive night of boxing as Cool Promotions put on their first card of professional boxing on Friday night at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in Philadelphia, PA which featured some of the top prospects in the area against regional competition. In the main event of the evening, undefeated junior welterweight Damon Allen raised his record to 5-0, 2 KOs with an impressive fourth round stoppage of Anthony “The American Assassin” Linenfelser (3-6). Heavy handed welterweight Emmanuel Folly battered Angel Carvajal (2-3, 1 KO) en-route to one sided third round stoppage in the co-feature. (more…)



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Tyner Lights Up the House With Sensational Knockout

By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder

Two, big overhand rights saved Leonardo Tyner from sure defeat. There is an expression in boxing: can the fighter pull the six-shooter out from his holster and “shoot” his man. The expression has been around for a while and I last heard it from a boxing-savvy citizen from the East Coast who, in recalling the Michael Moorer-Leslie Stewart fight, said, “Moorer was losing the fight, but in the eighth round, he took his gun out and shot him.”

In a sense, this is what Leonardo Tyner did last night in the main go at the Masonic Temple in Detroit in winning the vacant WBU Welterweight Title. The two big rights landed flush on Gary, Indiana’s Angel Hernandez (16-13-1), the second of which landed with just 15 seconds to go in the final round, a contest almost totally dominated by Hernandez. The program in Masonic’s medium-sized venue was the second in a series by Darkside Promotions, and if last night’s roaring approval of the main go was any indication, promoter Nasser Beydoun, clearly elated with the way the show transpired, is looking to pack the place next time. (more…)



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Hatton Promotions Statement on WBC title and Alvarez versus Angulo

Hatton Promotions would like to address rumours suggesting that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s March 8 clash with fellow Mexican Alfredo Angulo will be made for the WBC light-middleweight title should that belt be vacated by Floyd Mayweather who currently holds both the WBC 154lb and WBC 147lb belts. At the present time, undefeated Sergey Rabchenko is the WBC’s number one ranked contender and holds the sanctioning body’s silver title. Rabchenko’s rating places him one position higher than former holder Saul Alvarez, while Angulo lost his last fight by stoppage and does not appear in the ratings at all. Both Rabchenko’s promoter, Ricky Hatton, and his manager, Philippe Fondu, are determined to stake Sergey’s claim to a shot at the title and will be holding discussions with the WBC. (more…)



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Underdog Nakatani upsets Kato to win OPBF 135lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten elongated Japanese youngster Masayoshi Nakatani (7-0, 5 KOs), 134.5, captured the OPBF lightweight belt as he upset WBC/WBO#10 defending champ Yoshitaka Kato (26-5-1, 7 KOs), 135, by a majority decision (116-112 twice and 114-114) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

(More to come)



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Former Heavyweight Contender Larry Middleton Passes

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Former heavyweight contender Larry Middleton died on Thursday, January 9. No word on the cause of death. Middleton reportedly was 68 years old. Mr. Middleton boxed out of the famous Mack Lewis Gym in Baltimore, MD and was a pro from 1965-1978. After going 1-1-1 in his first three bouts, Middleton reeled off 19 straight wins including a big 10-round unanimous decision victory over fellow contender Joe Bugner on November 24, 1971 in Nottinghamshire, England.

Middleton would go on to face some legendary names in the heavyweight division including Jerry Quarry), Ron Lyle (twice), Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Duane Bobick and Scott LeDoux. While Middleton was a top 10 heavyweight, losses to this impressive type of competition in an extremely competitive division would keep him from gaining a world title shot. (more…)



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

#10 Kato to risk OBPF 135lb belt against Nakatani today

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBC/WBO#10 ranked OPBF lightweight champ, Japanese tough guy Yoshitaka Kato (26-4-1, 7 KOs) will risk his regional belt against unbeaten hard-punching compatriot Masayoshi Nakatani (6-0, 5 KOs) over twelve sensational rounds today (Saturday) in Tokyo, Japan. The first title bout here in Japan is a good card to be greatly expected by our hardcore aficionados. Nakatani, belonging to Ioka Club along with current WBA 108-pound champ Kazuto Ioka and ex-WBA 105-pound ruler Ryo Miyazaki, is regarded as a very dangerous challenger to the defending titlist Kato, making his second defense after his coronation by defeating compatriot Motoki Sasaki last May. (more…)



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Vetyeka title defense against Shimoda is off

By Joe Koizumi

Teiken Promoitons has announced that a once-informed world title shot of Akifumi Shimoda, a Japanese southpaw speedster, against newly crowned WBA featherweight super champ Simpiwe Vetyeka on Top Rank’s February 22 “Ring of Gold” show in Macao was cancelled since Vetyeka will have to face WBA regular titlist Nicholas Waters, an unbeaten Jamaican, who acquired the vacant belt by halting Daulis Prescott in his native country in 2012. Vetyeya lately dethroned previously unbeaten Indonesian Chris John in six upset rounds this December. Shimoda, who once briefly held the WBA 122-pound belt, may have an opportunity to have his coronation in prospect in the near future after Vetcheka faces Walters by April due to the WBA’s order.



January 11th, 2014

Boxing News

Ex-Olympic medalist Murata takes on Nascimento

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, Japanese middleweight prospect Ryota Murata (2-0, 2 KOs) will take on a more experienced Brazilian, ex-world challenger Carlos Nascimento (29-3, 23 KOs) in a show dubbed “Ring of Gold” in Macao on February 22, Teiken Promotions of Japan announced yesterday (Thursday). Murata, a hard-punching six-footer, decked a fine victory in his pro debut, dispatching current OPBF 160-pound ruler Akio Shibata in two pulsating sessions with his promoter Top Rank CEO Bob Arum in attendance last August. His second appearance resulted in a tough but eventually successful triumph as he finally caught Dave Peterson from Minnesota en route to an eighth and final round stoppage in December.

His third opponent will be the Brazilian veteran who once had an ambitious crack at the WBO 154-pound throne against Serhiy Dzinziruk, succumbing in eleven rounds in Germany in 2007. Nascimiento has won his last four bouts after he failed to win the vacant WBA inter-continental 160-pound belt via third round TKO defeat in 2010. It is fun for us to watch Murata’s steady improvement under the tutelage of Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, who coaches the bright prospect in Las Vegas. Murata will stay and train there for a month there as he left Tokyo for Vegas yesterday.



January 11th, 2014




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