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UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones isn’t just the best fighter in the world, pound-for-pound; he’s also a quote machine with a unique outlook on his place in the MMA world. Here’s just a sample before his April 26 title defense against Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC 172 in Baltimore . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Kurt Wolfheimer and Sam Geraci at Ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Saturday night before a near sellout crowd (2,416) at the Ballroom inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NG, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) retained his WBO light heavyweight title and continued his destructive path through the division with a seventh round knockout of Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs). In the co-feature, #2 WBA junior welterweight Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Karim Mayfield (18-1-1, 13 KOs).
Photos: Peter Frutkoff
A sold-out crowd turned out this past Sunday night to honor 20 members of the Class of 2014 inducted into the third-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“This was our largest crowd we’ve ever had with more than 500 people,” Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. “Everyone was so receptive, commenting about how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and there was a lot of emotion displayed. The whole point of starting the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame was to recognize New Yorkers in boxing and to honor them for their contributions. New York has been the centerpiece of boxing for the past 50 years. Some of our inductees may not have been international stars, but they helped make boxing what it is in New York. We wanted to do the right things and recognize the New York guys who made boxing was it is today.”
Living boxers inducted into the NYSBHOF were Tracy Harris (63-8-2, 43 KOs), the former WBC/IBF Super Featherweight Champion from New Paltz; former WBC/WBA Welterweight Champion Billy Backus (49-20-5, 23 KOs), of Canastota; former WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley, of Flushing, Queens; former WBC Featherweight Champion Juan LaPorte (40-17, 22 KOs), of Brooklyn; Huntington’s World Heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney (28-3, 24 KOs), Brooklyn’s two-time World Middleweight title challenger Mustafa Hamsho (44-5-2, 28 KOs) and Glen Cove’s Howard Davis, Jr. (36-6-1, 14 KOs), a 1976 Olympic gold medalist as well as Outstanding Boxer, and a three-time World Lightweight title challenger. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: La Voix du Nord
“Boxing is in our genes. There’s nothing we can do about it,” says former WBC super-bantamweight champion Thierry Jacob. The unusual story of the fighting Jacob family, spanning 3 generations, started in the late 50s in Calais, a northern city of France, with bantamweight Jacques Jacob, the (now deceased) patriarch. “He inoculated us with the boxing virus,” claims Thierry. Today, the standard-bearer of the battling French clan is junior lightweight and IBF 15th ranked Romain Jacob (21-0, 7 KOs), who happens to be Thierry’s son.
The 25-year-old Romain recently added to the family museum of boxing belts by winning the European title. (more…)
Two interesting fights have been added to the big April 25 fight card at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow headlined by the anticipated rematch between reigning WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) and former champion Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs).
Former IBF super middleweight world champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio (34-6, 30 KOs) of Colombia takes on Russian Alexey Stakanchikov (3-1, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
Also, world ranked and undefeated Alex Theran (16-0, 9 KOs) of Colombia will take on Russian Arif Magomedov (10-0, 7 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at the middleweight limit.
Joebert “Litttle Pacman” Alvarez of General Santos City, Philippines (13-0-1, 6 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Julien “Chicano” Rivera of Mexico City, Mexico (13-8-1, 2 KOs) in “Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event this Friday. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the vacant WBC Continental Americas flyweight title. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event.
There is much said these days about the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry, but the Philippines vs. Mexico boxing rivalry is very much holding its own. Last week’s “Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event saw world ranked Filipino bantamweight Marvin Mabait upset by two-time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico. The unbeaten Alvarez, who is from the same hometown as Manny Pacquiao, will be fighting for the first time out of his native Philippines and he will be looking to avoid the same fate of his countryman Mabait last week at the same venue. Fightnews spoke with Alvarez with the fight just days away. Special thanks to Alvarez’ trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. who stood in as translator for this interview and chimed in as well. (more…)
IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm will face #1 contender Sam Soliman in a grudge rematch on May 31. The bout will take place at the KoenigPalast in Krefeld, Germany. More information will be announced today.
Unbeaten bantamweight Randy “El Matador” Caballero (20-0, 12 KOs) of Coachella, California will travel to Kobe, Japan to fight Kohei Oba (35-2-1, 14 KOs) at Sambo Hall in a 12-round IBF Bantamweight title elimination bout on Friday, April 4. “This is the fight I’ve been waiting for, and after beating Oba, I’ll get my title shot,” said Caballero. “I’m not concerned about the travel time it took for me to get to Japan or any scoring issues; I’m trained to dominate, and I won’t leave any doubts this Friday, April 4.”
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Newly acquired Top Rank prospect Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (R) of Mexico makes a special guest appearance on “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Ramirez talked about his upcoming 10-round middleweight feature fight on “Friday Night Fights” on ESPN, Friday, April 11 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Orlando Cruz to challenge for title; unbeaten Olympian Felix Verdejo in action on big card in Orlando on April 19
Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico returns to the ring to challenge NABO featherweight champion Gamilier Rodriguez on a fight card which will include the undefeated, electrifying Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo at the Bahia Shriners Event Center on Saturday, April 19. Top Rank and All-Star Boxing made the official announcement today.
Cruz, stopped by world champion Orlando Salido in October, said he is anxious to get back into the ring.
“I want to thank Top Rank and All-Star Boxing for this opportunity to redeem myself by getting me this title fight with Rodriguez. By winning this fight, I will be right back on the verge of another world title opportunity and conquer my dream of being a world champion,” Cruz said. (more…)
Former UFC® heavyweight champion and pro-wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar is back in the public consciousness this week, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s digital subscription service UFC FIGHT PASS is premiering a retrospective on the 280-pound beast’s unique legacy as a mixed martial arts fighter. (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc and “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will close their Spring season this Friday, April 4th at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.
In the main event, #9 WBO, #10 WBA, undefeated prospect Jobert “Little Pac-Man” Alvarez of General Santos City, Philippines (13-0-1, 6 KOs) will face former world title challenger and National Champion Julian “Chicano” Rivera (13-8-1, 2 KOs) of Barrio Tepito in Mexico City in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant WBC Continental Americas Flyweight Title at stake. This will mark Alvarez’ debut on Telemundo and his first outside his native country. Rivera returns for the 4th time on the series.
First bell at 7:00 PM, 6 more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM in HD. Tickets are already on sale at Foro Polanco (Moliere #328, Col. Polanco, Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo and also at ticketmaster.com.mx. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones.
Curtis “Showtime” Stevens took a relaxing vacation after his first round knockout of Patrick “The Machine” Majewski on January 24 at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ and now he is faster, stronger, rested and ready to take on Tureano Johnson Friday, April 4 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. Stevens, who vowed to stay busy this year, spent two weeks in Mexico and Jamaica following his fight at Resorts. However, even while he was having fun in the sun, he stayed in constant contact with Main Events’ Matchmaker Jolene Mizzone, “While I was away Jolene kept in contact with me. She asked me if I wanted to fight and I told her I was off for two years so now I want to get right back into it. I wasn’t playing around.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Elijah McCall (12-3, 11 KOs), son of former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “Atomic” Bull McCall (57-13, 37 KOs), strongly denies Sauerland Event’s information about an April 5 fight between him and #1 IBF contender Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs). “Nobody will pressure me to take a fight with not true information four days before the fight,” said Elijah, who works out with his father Oliver and Fres Oquendo in Chicago’s Southside Gym.
Unbeaten Jayson Velez, Prichard Colon and John Karl Sosa were added to the show that will headlined by the Puerto Ricans Michael “The Artist” Perez and McJoe Arroyo in separate fights on April 28, to be held at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a Golden Boy Promotions presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Makazole Tete of Mdantsane won the vacant WBA Pan African flyweight title when he outpointed former South African flyweight champion Doctor Ntsele from Thabong, Free Staete over 12 rounds at the Orient Thetare in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete did well in the first three rounds but let Ntsele come back into the fight in the middle rounds. However, Tete finished strongly to take the decision as the judges scored it 117-112, 117-111 and 116-111. Tete improved his reported record to 9-0-1, 6 KOs and Ntsele’s record dropped to 17-6-1, 11 KOs.
On the undercard former South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi (22-3, 18 KOs) outscored Tello Litebe whose record was unavailable, over eight rounds.
The newly crowned WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight champion Bilal Laggoune, now 14-0-1(7), will be back in action on May 31 in Ninove, Belgium on a show promoted by his brother Ezzedine Laggoune. Ezzedine, momentarily hospitalized has vowed to promote the first defense for his brother on his next show. Ryad Merhy, Geoffrey Battelo, Ismael Abdoul and Elfi Philips will also be on the card.
For the first time, 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez (8-0, 6 KO’s) will fight in the main event of a nationally televised fight in a major SMG Arena production in Fresno, Calif. “It’s an honor to fight in the Central Valley,” Ramirez. “It’s always been a dream of mine to fight in this arena. I went to Fresno State here. This fight will be big, but no fight is bigger then the one for water for our valley. This fight is about bringing attention to the struggle and daily fight our people have for water that creates jobs and is the lifeline of our area.”
“Jose Ramirez deeply cares about his community and its battle for ‘Fight for Water,’ said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “He is a wonderful young man and is on his way to stardom in the sport of boxing.” (more…)
According to Barry McGuigan, the biggest superbantamweight fight out there is between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz. More
Nonito Donaire is back in the gym, opening up official training camp for his May 31 fight against Simpiwe Vetyeka. More
Manny Pacquiao says he “took it easy” on Tim Bradley, the first time around. More
Who’s next in line for a shot at Ireland’s Stuart Hall? More
Belgian Herve “Double hache” Hubeaux, now 16-1(7), is scheduled to defend his WBC Youth heavyweight title on May 31 in Brussels on a promotion of Elite Enghien and Van Ghyseghem. In the co-main event Sanae Jah will fight for the vacant EBU flyweight title against Corina Carlescu.
By Scott Foster
Photos: Scott Foster
Nate Campbell (37-11, 26 KOs) made a successful return to the ring Saturday night, dispatching an over-matched Gilbert Venegas (12-13, 8 KOs) via unanimous 8-round decision. With the win, the ex-lightweight champion Campbell earned the NBA 154lb title. Campbell controlled the pace of the bout throughout, with steady, thumping bodywork and a long, stiff jab. Venegas attempted a mid-round rally, forcing Campbell to increase his tempo, landing heavy, looping right hands over the top. Both fighters enjoyed a solid final frame, with Venegas landing a flush left hook early that seemed to incense Campbell, who finished the final 2 minutes in complete command.
“I felt a little rusty after the long layoff,” Campbell admitted, “and going up to 154 was a hard thing for me. I felt like I was proficient on my basics, but I’m going back down to 140lbs where I’m supposed to be.” (more…)
On Friday, April 11, UFC Fight Pass subscribers will have the opportunity to see one of MMA’s true heavyweight greats, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, step into the Octagon to face popular knockout artist Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi. But before the action shifts to the Octagon, there’s no better time to fire up that UFC Fight Pass membership and check out some of Nogueira’s most memorable moments in the UFC and PRIDE . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Top rated heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) of Riverside, California is ready to get a crack once again at top contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs), of Miami by way of Haiti. Arreola will get his shot at redemption in a rematch Saturday May 10 at the Galen Center on the campus of the USC in Los Angeles live on ESPN. We caught up with the “Nightmare” at the Bashor Lounge at Heritage Hall on the campus of USC at the kickoff press conference officially announcing the fight.
“We are fighting at USC as a kid I always wanted to play football here but now I will box at USC in front of an LA crowd,” Chris Arreola told Fightnews.com
“The Nightmare” will head off to training camp as he will be training in San Diego with his longtime trainer Henry Ramirez. Staying home to train has been Arreola’s biggest weakness. He trained in Phoenix for his last fight coming in to the fight in top shape and making a statement. (more…)
By Graham Houston
The unsatisfactory ending to the Stuart Hall vs Martin Ward IBF bantamweight title fight on the weekend had sporting types feeling somewhat aggrieved. Under U.K. betting rules, the technical draw result meant that all wagers on either man were considered losing plays. (Under Nevada rules a draw is a “push” or “no bet” as there was no winner in the contest; under U.K. rules a player loses his money if a bout ends in a draw unless he or she has bet on the draw as a separate wager.)
The head clash that occurred in the opening round that resulted in a severe cut over Ward’s eye might have robbed Hall backers of a winning result.
Hall looked much the bigger, stronger man and, as I saw it, he was getting to Ward much earlier than I had expected, although no one can say for sure what would have happened with 10 rounds to go.
The second-round technical draw result was a big disappointment. (Players who bet on “fight won’t go distance” or any of the “under” propositions, or who had money on the draw, came out of this OK. It’s an ill wind etc.)
Why, you might ask, was this a technical draw and not a “no contest” when the IBF title was at stake? (more…)
By Matheson Sports Media
Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams has served up a volley of abuse as the countdown to his clash with unbeaten New Zealander Joseph Parker on the world’s biggest stage in Germany draws near. And Williams doesn’t just have the young Kiwi boxing phenomenon in his sights. He’s singled out Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry and promoters Duco Events for having the audacity to pair him with the 22 year old on the April 27 undercard of the world heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai in Germany.
“They should have done some research before agreeing to put him in the ring with me,” said Williams, who can claim to be one of the heavyweight division’s most durable boxers having only been stopped once in 52 fights. “At the end of this fight Joseph and all the people who like talking for him – people like Kevin Barry – are going to have to start their planning all over. They are going to have to figure out how to market a guy coming off a loss following his first fight against a decent fighter. I question their management because they are pushing him into the fire. (more…)
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