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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

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Boxing News

Kindele – Nikarkhoev new main event in Ghent, Belgium

Bilal Laggoune withdrew from the show scheduled for April 29 in Ghent, Belgium. Former EBU challenger Laggoune was set to make his first fight at lightheavy but withdrew as he needs more time to prepare. Promoter Claude Vanden Heede wasted no time to find another fight. Matingu Kindele, 7-4-0(3), will defend his Belgian supermiddleweight title against undefeated 22 year old Timur Nikarkhoev, 8-0-0(7). Nikarkhoev is the current WBC Youth champion.

On the same show Ismail Abdoul will have his farewell bout. Sasha Yengoyan, Stephen Danyo and Jean Pierre Bauwens will all appear on the undercard. Danyo has 2 fights scheduled before the show in Ghent and Jean Pierre Bauwens might fight Franck Petitjean for the vacant WBC Francophone superlightweight title on March 12 on the huge Levallois, France, show.



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Rigondeaux: Nowhere for Frampton-Quigg winner to hide now

Former unified super-bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and popular Brit Jazza Dickens took questions from the world’s media last night ahead of their highly anticipated showdown on March 12, live and exclusive on BoxNation. Rigondeaux, renowned for his devastating hand speed and lightening quick reactions, made it clear that he is gunning for IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and WBA champion Scott Quigg and plans on taking their belts once he has beaten Dickens.

He said: “I’m going over to England to win and then I’m going to beat Frampton and Quigg. I want to make a point that I’m here waiting for them, they know where to find me! I am a warrior and I will fight anywhere; even in their own backyard. I commend Jazza for stepping in the ring with me.”

“This is the best fight for me at the moment. This is the fight that my promoters got me. If the kid has the guts to get in the ring with me then I respect him for doing so. I want to take on the winner of Frampton vs. Quigg, they have both been avoiding the best in their division and there’s nowhere for them to hide now.” (more…)



February 16th, 2016


Boxing News

Q&A: Orlando Cuellar

By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy Orlando Cuellar

Renown Florida-based trainer Orlando Cuellar, the mentor of six world champions, was in the Dominican Republic this weekend. He was flanked by his latest protege, 21-year-old welterweight Henrique Oliveira. Fightnews took the occasion to talk with the always amicable Cuellar and ask him a few pointed questions about the highs and the lows of his profession.

Orlando, what brings you to the Dominican Republic?

As you can see, I am accompanied by Henrique Oliveira, a young man who is making his pro debut in the Dominican Republic. I have prepared him physically, mentally and technically to take the big plunge into pro boxing. (more…)



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Oliveira featured Saturday in New Mexico

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Photo: Brandon Lluis

Light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (24-2-1, 22 KOs) of Brazil will make his 2016 debut this Saturday in New Mexico. Oliveira will take on power punching veteran Michael Gbenga (20-24, 20 KOs) of Ghana. The bout will be a 6 round featured attraction fought at a contracted weight of 182 pounds but Oliveira will be campaigning in the 175 division for other bouts. The show will be promoted by Eric Martinez (IMI Group) and take place at the Camel Rock Casino in Camel Rock, New Mexico. Oliveira’s management stablemate bantamweight Joshua Greer Jr. (4-1-1, 2 KOs) will be part of an undercard that will also showcase local unbeaten favorite super featherweight Jason Sanchez (5-0, 2 KOs). (more…)



February 16th, 2016


Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Mary Kom sees no hope ahead for Indian boxing

Floyd Mayweather to support Uganda’s boxers

Floyd Mayweatherposes for a photo” at the Red Light District in Amsterdam

Freddie Roach sees Manny Pacquiao as senator, boxer in the future



February 16th, 2016

UFC

Reasons to watch Fight Night Pittsburgh this Sunday

Donald Cerrone’s eight-fight win streak may be bookended by a pair of losses to current lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but let’s not forget about the star power and stopping power of “Cowboy.” . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, February 21 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

Unbeaten Avni Yilderim on the road to WBC glory

Avni Yilderim with promoter Ahmet OenerWBC #13 Avni Yilderim, 8-0-0(5), will take on WBC #15 Walter Gabriel Sequeira, 17-2-0(12), in a defence of his WBC International Silver title next Friday Feb. 26 at the the Stadthalle of Offenbach just outside Frankfurt, Germany. It’s an interesting fight between two WBC top 15 rated boxer and both seem to have some punch. So it is a make or brake fight for both of them. The winner can go further on his “road to WBC glory”. While the loser will have to start all over again. Sequeira is the current WBC Latino champion.

On the undercard Enad Licina, 28-4-0(17), will have Drazan Janjanin, 10-5-0(9) in the opposite corner who last time out lost at heavyweight against Alexander Dimitrenko. The vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title will be on the line.

Once promising welterweight Selcuk Aydin, 28-3-0(21), now campaigning at superwelterweight, is trying to get his career back on the rails in an 8 rounder against Dmytro Semernin, 10-1-1(4). It is Aydin’s 3rd comeback fight after losing a WBC eliminator against Viktor Postol who went on to win the WBC green and gold belt.

Heavyweight Mohamed Al Zein, 6-0-0(4), faces Gogita Gorgiladze, 28-10-0(23), over 10 rounds in a non-title bout. Robert Filipovic, 1-1-0(1), will try to avenge his defeat against Konstantin Airich, 22-15-2(18). Birkan Akyol and Yusuf Kanguel will complete this 7 bout card promoted by Ahmet Öner of Arena Box-Promotion.



February 16th, 2016

Boxing News

FS1 Weights from Las Vegas

Alexis Santiago 120 vs. Erik Ruiz 119.4
Lionell Thompson 177.8 vs. Paul Parker 178.5
Lanell Bellows 169.8 vs. Antowyan Aikens 168
Juan Heraldez 143 vs. Adam Mate 140
Ladarius Miller 137 vs. Rolando Chinea 137
Maurice Lee 142.2 vs. Ronald Rivas 140
Latondria Jones 153.5 vs. Latashia Burton 155.4
Kevin Newman 164 vs. Cory Dulaney 164
Charvis Holifield 143.8 vs. Azriel Paez 145.4
Trakwon Pettis 137.4 vs. Saul Montes 136.2

Venue: Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
TV: FS1



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Petrov pulls out of purse bid for IBF eliminator

A purse bid procedure was scheduled tomorrow (February 16) for an IBF lightweight elimination clash for the #1 IBF ranking between #3 Richard Commey and #9 Peter Petrov. However, the purse bid was canceled when Petrov’s team informed the IBF they decided to go in another direction.



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Heavyweight division heating up

There’s more excitement in the heavyweight division at the moment than there has been in years.

The latest development is the April 9 clash between IBF world champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs). To date, neither fighter has a signature pro win on his resume, but that will change April 9. Kudos to both for taking a risky fight.

On March 5, WBA “regular” champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1, 21 KOs) defends against unbeaten Lucas Browne (23-0, 20 KOs). Chagaev is an experienced top ten-level heavyweight, whereas this is a major step-up fight for Browne, so we’ll see what “Big Daddy” is made of.

On the same date, WBA “interim” champion Luis Ortiz (24-0, 21 KOs) takes on veteran Tony Thompson. Of all the current top-flight heavyweights, Ortiz had the most impressive KO in 2015 when he stopped Bryant Jennings. The crafty 44-year-old Thompson may still be capable of springing a surprise.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) should be facing mandatory challenger and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) this summer. After three voluntary defenses, this will be by far Wilder’s toughest opponent to date. Povetkin has four straight KOs since being manhandled by Wladimir Klitschko.

Also later this year, WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) will look to prove his upset win over longtime champion Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) wasn’t a fluke. Klitschko, who will be 40 years of age when the bell rings, seeks to show whether or not he still has it.

The X-factor in the division is unbeaten Joseph Parker (18-0, 16 KOs), who has somehow risen to number one in the WBO rankings despite facing no one resembling a legitimate contender. He’s scheduled to return on April 17 against TBA.



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Warrington, Hall land career-defining fights in Leeds

Josh Warrington (22-0, 4 KOs) will defend his WBC International Featherweight title against Hisashi Amagasa (30-5, 20 KOs) and Stuart Hall (19-4, 7 KOs) lands an IBF world bantamweight title final eliminator against Rodrigo Guerrero (24-5, 16 KOs) at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, on April 16, live on Sky Sports.

Warrington makes the second defence of his crown at his hometown fortress following his comprehensive win over Joel Brunker in September, and the Leeds star risks his title and unbeaten record against the dangerous Japanese visitor who floored Guillermo Rigondeaux twice in their clash in Osaka in December 2014. Hasegawa brings an ominous 20 KO wins from his 30 triumphs, and bags of experience from his 12 years as a pro. (more…)



February 15th, 2016

UFC

Anderson Silva’s greatest soundbites

Given his past history, in a war of words, soft-spoken former middleweight champion Anderson Silva would likely come out on the losing end to his opponent in the UFC FIGHT PASS main event in London on Feb. 27, the always loquacious Michael Bisping. But fights are won and lost in the Octagon, and that’s where Silva has built a resume marking him as one of the best to ever put on the gloves . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 15th, 2016

Announcement

Promoter Lou DiBella Ring 8 Guest Speaker Tuesday night in NY

ring8One of the most respected, influential and successful boxing promoter’s in the industry, Brooklyn’s Lou DiBella, will be the special guest speaker at Tuesday night’s (17) monthly Ring 8 meeting, starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.

“It’s an honor for us to have Lou as our guest speaker,” Ring 8 president Bob Duffy said. “Lou has done it all in boxing as a promoter, marketing advisor, matchmaker and television distributor. He has been a strong support of Ring 8, as well, for many years. Our members are really excited to hear Lou speak about boxing.” (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

“Lettuce Alone!”

Jose Ramírez: Fighting for Farmers' Water Rights Inside and Outside the Ring

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By Bill Dwyre

Boxing has brought us heroes, cons and legends. Also, more than its share of losers and bums. But not often a pied piper.

Meet Jose Ramírez, a super lightweight. If a fight is scheduled for him, they will hear and follow.

You can almost hear Michael Buffer, intoning: “In the Blue Corner, playing a flute…”

Ramírez is from Avenal in Central California. Five of his last ten fights have been in his home area. All five have sold out. He brought his record to 16-0 with a victory Dec. 5 in Fresno State’s Save Mart Center, capacity 16,182. They turned people away. Where he goes to fight, they will come.

Tim Bradley, who will fight Manny Pacquiao in the main event of an April 9 Las Vegas championship event — where Ramírez will be on the pay per view undercard — went to Fresno to watch that Ramírez fight. When he took a look at the packed house, for an event that didn’t even cause a ripple on the national boxing scene, Bradley’s reaction mirrored a familiar text message of the day: “(OMG) Oh my God.” (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

#1 rated super bantam Magdaleno back Saturday

Unbeaten #1 rated super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno (22-0, 16 KOs) of Las Vegas battles Edward Mansito (13-3, 7 KOs) of the Philippines in a scheduled ten round scrap this Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Magdaleno is rated #1 by the WBO, #3 by the WBA, #5 by the IBF and #10 by the WBC. The bout can be seen on the popular UniMas “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series at 11PM ET/PT.

Also featured is an eight round light heavyweight clash between unbearen Trevor McCumby (21-0, 16 KOs) of Phoenix and James Freeman (9-7, 7 KOs) of Texas.



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Freddie Roach talks about Bob ArumprotectingTerence Crawford

Former champ Andre Berto offers to help Ronda Rousey

The “muscle” behind Floyd Mayweather

Champion Ahmet Patterson is well read



February 15th, 2016

UFC

Historic Rousey nabs SI Swimsuit Issue cover

Ronda Rousey is a fighter, an actor and now a Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model.

The former UFC champion made history Saturday, Feb. 13, when she joined Ashley Graham and Hailey Clauson as the first trio of cover models for the annual SI Swimsuit edition. The three different covers were revealed during a television special Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed following the NBA Skills Challenge on TNT . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, February 21 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Undefeated “Big Chief” Fitch rolls at Mountaineer

Undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (16-0-1, 7 KOs) rolled to an eight round unanimous decision over a very game Timothy “The Boss” Hall (9-22, 5 KOs) in a fan friendly main wvent battle on Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Final scores were 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73. Also, bantamweight prospect Antonio “Carita” Nieves (15-0-1, 8 KOs) won by KO over Tibor Nadori (6-4-1, 3 KOs). (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Hard Rock

By Morrison Brandon at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster

There was certainly no love lost this Valentine’s Day weekend at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi, MS. Will Hunter of Rite Hook Promotions brought the Gulf Coast a very entertaining night of boxing, with all of the combatants displaying heart before their skills eventually separated the victors from the defeated, satisfying the lively crowd with sharp boxing, exceptional defense, and several adrenaline-charged knockouts.

In the main event of the “Valentine’s Day Massacre” event, Biloxi native Mike Bisset (10-8, 7 KOs) dominated Rodney Moore (17-11-2, 7 KOs) to earn a unanimous decision in a six-round cruiserweight encounter. The bout started out evenly contested, but in second round Bisset landed a nice left uppercut to set the tone for the round, although Moore valiantly finished strong in the final seconds. Moore seemed to have Bisset in a little trouble at the beginning of round three, as he connected with several looping left hooks. Motivated by his hometown crowd, Bisset stepped it up in the fourth round to land several power punches that appeared to wear Moore down. To make up for a lethargic fifth round, Bisset provided his fans with a walkout highlight when in final seconds of the sixth and last round he dropped Moore to end the contest with an exclamation point. Moore was able to beat the count, but with no time remaining the decision was cast. (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Adam Wows ’em in Royal Oak

By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder

Saturday night in the Royal Oak Music Hall, a 5-0 lightweight Muhammad Adam won a unanimous, four-round decision over the 0-5 Carl Currie. It was the main event on a card of four-rounders in the greater Detroit area that hasn’t seen anything beyond a 6-rounder in almost two years. The Greg Ahrens show was assembled by matchmaker Carlos Llinas. The hall got to jumping with a partisan crowd of Arab descent that evoked memories of Olympia Stadium when in late-70s Thomas Hearns rose to prominence.

Most of the attendees were not present when the first of the ten bouts began, an ugly affair pitting a now pot-bellied loser, Rubin Williams, who once fought for a legitimate world title, in a contest against the now 15-4, 41-year-old Scott Conner, South Bend, Indiana. Williams, who has eaten his way through several divisions on his way to a puffy 227, dropped his 22nd bout in succession, the pornographic details of which should not be revealed to children, but will be revealed to the salacious-minded in the next-to-last paragraph of this report. (more…)



February 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Oddsmakers list Joshua as a heavy favorite

Online sportsbooks already have some early betting odds on the just announced world title clash between IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) coming on April 9 in London.

Fighting in his backyard, hometown hero Joshua is a -700 to -800 favorite. Martin backers can get +500.



February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Charles Martin to defend IBF heavyweight title against Anthony Joshua

Photos: Emily Harney, Lawrence Lustig

It’s official. IBF heavyweight champion Charles Martin (23-0-1, 21 KOs) will travel to London to make his first defense against unbeaten Olympic star Anthony Joshua (15-0, 15 KOs) on April 9 at the O2 Arena.

Charles Martin: “I told my Team I wanted the best challenger possible for my first defense and Anthony Joshua’s name kept coming up. I’m coming to the UK to make a statement that I am the best heavyweight in the world and no-one is taking my title. I’m world champion, so that doesn’t mean just sit back and make easy defenses in the US, it means facing the biggest challenges out there. I respect Anthony Joshua and everything he has accomplished, but on April 9 he’s getting knocked out.”

Anthony Joshua: “Fighting for the heavyweight world title has been a dream of mine since I turned professional. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to turn that dream into reality. Not only that, having the chance to fight for it in my home town at The O2 and live on Sky Sports is unbelievably exciting. Charles Martin is a great fighter and a hungry competitor so I am going to have to produce the performance of my career to claim that belt.” (more…)



February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Santiago crushes Brown in Ocala, FL

Former world title challenger Danny Santiago (34-7-1, 20 KOs) scored a third round KO over journeyman Galen Brown (43-33-1, 25 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash on Saturday night at the Southeastern Lifestock Pavilion in Ocala, Florida. The bout was waved off as local favorite Santiago bashed Brown to the canvas with a barrage of punches. It was the 41-year-old Santiago’s first fight in more than two years.



February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Gutierrez, Periban victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Unbeaten WBC #6 featherweight Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez (34-0-1, 24 KOs) was victorious when game Manuel “Terrible” Echenique (14-4, 9 KOs) couldn’t come out for round ten due to cuts on Saturday night at the Palenque El Marqués in Queretaro, Mexico.

In the co-feature, former super middleweight world title challenger Marco Antonio Periban (24-3-1, 16 KOs) dropped Jose Miguel Torres (31-8, 27 KOs) in round four and the bout was abruptly stopped when Torres regained his feet.

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February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Edgar Sosa triumphs in return

Former longtime WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (52-9, 30 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over journeyman Orlando Garcia (17-23, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo Leandro Valle in Mexico City. In his first ring appearance since a two round destruction at the hands of WBC flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Sosa swept to a 60-54 verdict on all three cards.

Also, super lightweight Luis Jesus “Cotto” Vidales (8-4, 4 KOs) claimed the vacant Mexican domestic title with a first round KO over Luis “Chivo” Prieto (9-6-1, 4 KOs).



February 14th, 2016

UFC

Dos Anjos-McGregor, Holm-Tate offer contrasting title fights

Conor McGregor’s style, inside and outside of the Octagon, is flashy and full of bravado.

Holly Holm, while positioned alongside McGregor to defend her title for the very first time, is a polar opposite. She’s respectful and soft-spoken . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Carcamo demolishes Echeverria, Tornado Sanchez barely wins

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Super lightweight Fernando “Guerrero Yaqui” Carcamo (21-6, 16 KOs) scored a second round KO over Daniel “Tocado” Echeverria (19-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the CUM in Obregon, Mexico. Carcamo, runner-up in the 2014 Boxcino tournament, put Echeverria on the canvas with a powerful overhand left to the jaw and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:05.

In the co-feature, super featherweights Julio Barraza (13-0-1, 9 KOs) and Edson “Buba” Ramirez (13-2-1, 5 KOs) battled to a ten round majority draw. Scores were 94-94, 94-96 and 96-96.

Former world super flyweight champion, David “Tornado” Sanchez (30-3-2, 22 KOs) barely got past Eleazar “Tronco” Valenzuela (12-4-2, 10 KOs), taking an eight round split decision 77-76, 74-78 and 75-77.

Jr flyweight contender Gilberto “Parrita” Parra (21-3, 18 KOs) outscored Esteban Bermúdez (11-2, 6 KOs) over eight by scores of 77-75, 78-74 and 78-77.

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February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Saucedo defeats Booth in welterweight war

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

In a highly anticipated clash of welterweight prospects, unbeaten Alex Saucedo (21-0, 14 KOs), of Oklahoma City, won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over St Petersburg, Florida’s Clarence Booth (13-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportsmen’s Lodges in Studio City, California.

Saucedo worked at a distance in the opening round using the jab on the speedy Booth. Mixing it up inside Saucedo connected Booth solidly in round two. Booth connected Saucedo inside with an uppercut in round three. In round four Saucedo used combinations and followed with a left hook to Booth’s body. Halfway through in round five Saucedo continued to be effective inside, connecting solidly on Booth. Keeping his distance in round six, Saucedo boxed well connecting with some good punches. Booth’s nose was bleeding in round seven as he and Saucedo fought at close quarters. In the eighth and final round, Saucedo finished strong connecting with the left hook to the body as Booth pressed sensing the urgency the two exchanged at the final bell.

Judges scored the bout 79-73, 79-73, 78-74. (more…)



February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Ramirez Beats Avila in Rematch

Report/Photos by Felipe Leon

In front of a loud and enthusiastic crowd, Tijuana lightweight Roberto “Rifle” Ramirez (14-2-1, 11KO) did good on his promise to not let the decision go to the judges as he stopped Carlos “Chocolate” Avila (6-8-1, 4KO), also of Tijuana by way of Jamay, Jalisco, in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-rounder. The entertaining bout was the main event of a complete sell-out at the Perro Salado Hall in Tijuana, Mexico, of a fight card put on by the Fabrica de Campeones (Champion’s Factory) promotional company led by the Quirartes. Patriarch is trainer Romulo Quirarte who has led a number of fighters to world titles such as Juan Jose “Dinamita” Estrada, Raul “Jibaro” Perez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Antonio DeMarco and Kenia Enriquez among others.

The bout between Ramirez and Avila was a rematch of their first encounter back in August in the inaugural fight card of the new company. That fight of the night ended in a draw with many seeing Avila winning a close decision. At the pre-fight press conference, Ramirez vowed to knock out Avila to not let the decision go to the judges. (more…)



February 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Palmer pummels Saribekian

Photos: Emily Harney

Heavyweight Donnie Palmer (8-1-1, 7 KOs) scored a crushing second round KO over 40-year-old veteran Arthur Saribekian (23-9-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Royale Nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts. Palmer took care of business as expected, sending Saribekian to his sixth straight stoppage loss. The card was promoted by Danny Kelly and the Dorchester Boxing Club.

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February 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Charles Martin: Every punch I throw is supposed to hurt you

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

“I find it funny when people describe me as slow. Funny, because I know how many gears I have – enough to be different when I want to be. Ask fighters who’ve fought me. Ask what they think about my hand speed, and the power that this speed generates. Every punch hurts,” said IBF heavyweight champion “Prince” Charles Martin (23-0, 21 KOs) in an exclusive Fightnews.com interview. Martin can’t wait to once again prove his words in the ring…

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February 13th, 2016

UFC

Nothing slowing down Holloway – he just wants to fight

Over the last two years, the only thing that could slow down Max Holloway has been a jacked up thumb. And even then, the Hawaiian featherweight standout was already plotting his return days before getting the cast removed . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT PITTSBURGH 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, February 21 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



February 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. will fight a fan on March 20

47-year-old former world champion Roy Jones Jr. isn’t hanging up the gloves just yet. Jones (62-9, 45 KOs) will step into the ring against a selected boxing fan on a March 20 pay-per-view event with $100,000 on the line. If you’re interested, submit up to a 90-second video explaining why you’re worthy of stepping into the ring with Roy. If you knock him out, you get the $100,000.



February 13th, 2016

Boxing News

New opponent for Tatli: Massimiliano Ballisai

Report/Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen/Ammattinyrkkeily.net

European lightweight champion Edis Tatli (26-1, 9 KOs) will now defend against Massimiliano Ballisai (20-2, 12 KOs) on March 18 at the Espoon Metro Arena in Espoo, Finland. Tatli was originally slated to face Kevin Mitchell, but Mitchell abruptly pulled out of the fight and retired.

Also featured on the card is unbeaten WBC female super featherweight champion Eva Wahlström (16-0-1, 3 KOs) defending against Dahiana Santana (35-7, 14 KOs).

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February 13th, 2016

UFC

Silva, Bisping trade barbs with fight nearing

Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva are in the homestretch for UFC FIGHT PASS main event in London on Feb. 27, and they hugged it out in front of cameras and reporters at the UFC Gym here on Thursday . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 13th, 2016




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