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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

Report / Photos by Boxing Bob Newman There was high drama in the main event of the Shobox 200 card at Turning Stone ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

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Boxing News

Interview with legendary Referee Richard Steele (2014 Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee)

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo: Robert Hughes

The wait is over for legendary referee Richard Steele as he has been elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for their 25th anniversary induction ceremony that will take place June 5-8, 2014. A boxing career that spans 50 years and started in the Marines as a teammate with former Heavyweight Champion Ken Norton, Steele is the 3rd Nevada referee to be elected in the last 4 years, following the path of Joe Cortez in 2011 and Mills Lane in 2013.

Steele called his last major fight when Floyd Mayweather Jr beat Zab Judah in 2006 and continues to run the Richard Steele Foundation & Boxing Club (www.richardsteelefoundation.org), a non-profit, where he utilizes boxing as a tool for at risk youth to learn self-discipline and positive thinking as well as take advantage of educational opportunities and develop healthy lifestyles. (more…)



December 4th, 2013



Boxing News

IBF Officials named for Barker vs. Sturm

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF officials selected to work IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker’s defense of the title against Felix Sturm on Saturday at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany are:

Supervisor: Lindsey Tucker
Referee: Mark Nelson (USA)
Judges: John Madfis (USA), Michael Fitzgerald (USA), Manuel Oliver Palomo (Spain)



December 4th, 2013

Twitter Watch

It’s official. Wladimir Klitschko must defend his WBO title against Alex Leapai



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Agbeko: I want Rigondeaux to come in as a fighter and let’s kill each other

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Ed Mulholland/Top Rank

Undefeated WBA/WBO 122-pound world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux, returning to the ring fresh from his career-best victory over 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito Donaire, and his opponent, former two-time world champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko hosted their final press conference Wednesday at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City for their HBO-televised clash on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City.

Joining Rigondeaux and Agbeko were local favorite and undefeated junior middleweight contender Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia, knockout artist James Kirkland, three-time world title challenger Matthew Macklin, undefeated contender Lamar Russ and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.

Guillermo Rigondeaux: I’m not a person who likes to be in front of cameras and talk. Training camp was great and the fight’s Saturday and I’m ready to go.

Joseph Agbeko: This is not amateur boxing where you punch one punch and you can get away with it for the whole round. This is professional boxing. You come into the ring to give the crowd what they want to see. So you go in, take a punch and punch and at the end of the day the crowd enjoys the fight. I want Rigondeaux to prove to me and to the whole boxing world that he’s just not a boxer but he can come in and fight, as well. I want Rigondeaux to come in as a fighter and let’s kill each other. Let’s punch and at the end of the day everybody’s gonna know that Rigondeaux has got the heart to come forward, not just to run in the ring…I know I’m gonna beat him! (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

De La Hoya, Trinidad, Calzaghe to be inducted into IBHOF; Graham Houston also to be enshrined

The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include two division champion “The Pride of Wales” Joe Calzaghe, six division world champion “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya and three division champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad in the Modern category; promoter Barry Hearn, referee Richard Steele, journalist Graham Houston (a regular Fightnews.com contributor) and photographer Neil Leifer.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Chris John poised for record-tying 19th WBA featherweight defense

By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Tony Tolj

Current undefeated World WBA super featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) faced off with IBO world featherweight champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka (25-2, 14 KO’s) in their final press conference ahead of Dragon Fire Promotions’ world championship boxing event this Friday Night at Metro City in Perth, Western Australia. The press conference was originally scheduled to be held at the Indonesian consulate in Perth, but due to the recent spying saga, the Indonesian Government body cancelled the planned press conference following the strained relations between the Indonesian and the Australian governments. The presser was instead held today at Metro City, the venue for this twin world title fight this Friday night.

Chris John will defend his WBA World Featherweight Title for the 19th time in a battle of Featherweight Champions. If Chris John is successful on Friday night, he will create history and equal Eseubio Pedroza’s long standing record of 19 WBA world featherweight title defenses. And the “The Dragon” is confident he will once again retain his title. “We’ve have seen Veteka fight, I can handle him once we are in the ring,” John said. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

David Price vacates British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles

By James Slater

Sauerland, the new promoters of British heavyweight David Price, have announced how the twice-beaten giant has officially vacated his British and Commonwealth titles. Therefore Price will not be meeting Dereck Chisora, the mandatory challenger for British heavyweight honours. A Price-Chisora clash had been mooted for some time next year, but Price’s promotional team have announced how their charge will instead “concentrate on rebuilding.”

The Sauerland Tweet reads as follows:

Confirmed:@DavidPrice_1 relinquishes British and Commonwealth titles – concentrating on rebuilding moving up world rankings.

(more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Wilder’s response to Chisora

Via a series of tweets…

Here’s how its going: vitali is retiring no doubt I maybe fighting 4 vacant wbc if not then fury if not him def YOU I ACCEPT…No BS I’m very serious Mr. D .Chisora in the end of this Maze w/the belt&fury if it’s not you then I don’t want to fight…and your titles will be put on the line just so you know k thanks



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Confirmed: Glen Johnson vs, Bobby Gunn on December 18 in Bethlehem, PA

The Wednesday, December 18th card at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, will now feature Glen Johnson vs. Bobby Gunn for the fringe WBU cruiserweight belt. The late change of opponent for Gunn, who was originally scheduled to face Roy Jones Jr., came about after Jones Jr. announced yesterday that he was going to fight in Russia on December 21 instead. In announcing the revised main event, WBU President Don “Moose” Lewis called Johnson-Gunn “a sure candidate for worldwide ‘Fight of the Year.’”



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Nielsen Ratings: 1.3 million tune into Stevenson/Kovalev twinbill on HBO during Thanksgiving Weekend.

From Nielsen Media Research:

HBO’s telecast from Quebec City featured Adonis Stevenson scoring a 6th round TKO over Tony Bellew and attracted 1,305,000 viewers. That surpasses both of Stevenson’s prior HBO bouts (11% above Stevenson vs. Cloud 1,177,000 viewers on September 28 and 27% above Stevenson vs. Dawson 1,024,000 viewers on June 8). Stevenson vs. Bellew ranks as HBO and cable TV’s 5th most watched bout in 2013. Stevenson vs. Bellew peaked at 1,358,000 viewers. In the TV opener, Sergey Kovalev registered a 2nd round KO over Ismayl Sillakh to retain his light heavyweight crown. The fight attracted 1,254,000 viewers. That’s 242% above Kovalev’s first-ever appearance on HBO last August 17 vs. Nathan Cleverly (367,000 viewers). Kovalev vs. Sillahk ranks as cable’s 8th most watched bout in 2013. Kovalev vs. Sillakh peaked at 1,327,000 viewers.

18 of the top 19 performing fights on cable TV this year have aired on HBO. HBO Boxing’s fall season concludes with a tripleheader from Atlantic City on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Josesito Lopez Media Day Workout

By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Welterweight contender Josesito Lopez (30-6, 18 KOs) of Riverside, California worked out Tuesday afternoon for the media at the Ponce De Leon Boxing Gym in Montebello, California for his upcoming bout against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-1, 11 KOs) of Queen’s New York by way of Athens, Greece. Lopez vs. Arnaoutis will take place Friday December 13 at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Events Center in Indio, California headlining the Golden Boy Live series on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes.

“My preparation has been great I am anxious to get back in the ring,”Josesito Lopez told Fightnews.com. “Mighty Mike is a tough fighter he has been in with world champions so I am expecting a tough fight.” (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Pics & quotes from Malignaggi and undercard fighters media workout at Gleason’s Gym

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Brooklyn favorite Paulie Malignaggi plus IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander, WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika, WBA interim super welterweight beltholder Erislandy Lara, welterweight contender Shawn Porter, super middleweight contender Anthony Dirrell, rising light heavyweight and 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne, and undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali participated in a Brooklyn media workout at the famed Gleason’s Gym in advance of their fights on Saturday night at Barclays Center.

Paulie Malignaggi, Two-Time and Two-Division World Champion: “I expect the best Zab Judah. [I expect] a Zab Judah who is going to be fighting for his boxing career. I feel the same way. If we saw each other in the gym, we would try to knock each other out. There’s no love taps. With this much on the line you can bet we’re both going to have it out on Saturday. You have to be stubborn to have longevity. One or two losses can quickly demote you to a second level fighter, but you have to have the stubbornness to keep going. There’s a lot of emotion, but at the end of the day we gotta do what we gotta do to win. I want that Broner vs. Maidana winner, first things first. I have to get through Saturday night. A win over Zab Judah is what I want for Christmas. That suffices. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Chisora rips Wilder: “You are grossly overhyped for knocking over nobodies…when are you going to step up and fight a real contender?”

British heavyweight star Dereck Chisora has sent an open letter challenging undefeated American hope Deontay Wilder to a showdown next year:

Dear Deontay,

I’m asking you man-to-man and hope that you have the honour and courage to accept my challenge and fight me.

I’m in this business to prove that I’m the best and to become a world champion which I’m sure you are too, so take me up on my challenge and let’s do this and get it on early next year.

I’ll be honest, I don’t rate you. You’ve put together a record of 30 knockouts from 30 fights, but I believe that you are grossly overhyped for knocking over nobodies – which is understandable for the first two years as a pro when you’re learning – but after 30 fights you’re still knocking over nobodies. As a guide I fought Vitali Klitschko for the world title in only my 18th fight. When are you going to step up and fight a real contender? (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Pacman fights at MGM Grand April 12

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao’s much-awaited return to the ring on April 12, 2014 will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Top Rank chief Bob Arum told Fightnews and the Manila Bulletin. Arum said the identity of Pacquiao’s foe will be known before Christmas. Tim Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and even Ruslan Provodnikov, who is also being trained by Freddie Roach, are being considered. But Bradley, who won an unpopular split decision over the Filipino in June last year, and Marquez, who stopped Pacquiao in their fourth fight in November of the same year, are the leading candidates. Pacquiao is fresh from a convincing win over Brandon Rios in Macau.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Pianeta set for comeback after Klitschko fight, faces unbeaten Teuber

Heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (28-1-1, 15 KOs) is set to return from his world title challenge loss to world champion Wladimir Klitschko last May. Pianeta will take on unbeaten Robert Teuber (8-0, 7 KOs) for the German International belt this Friday at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. Pianeta and Teuber faced off during Tuesday’s press conference at the famed ESV Boxing Gym, the former training facility of Axel Schulz and Henry Maske.

Francesco Pianeta: I’ve already spent nine months training in Frankfurt/Oder. That was a good time with beautiful memories. About the Klitschko fight, everything has been said. That was for me a super experience. Now I am hot on Frankfurt and look forward to the international German championship.

SES-Trainer Dirk Dzemski: We can draw many conclusions from the Klitschko fight. Francesco has made a great leap. In sparring he was particularly strong. We now want take on the best!

Robert Teuber: As an unbeaten fighter, I must use this big chance to win against such a well known guy like Francesco. He’s a southpaw and I’m well prepared for him.

Trainer Hartmut Schröder: We’ll let our actions speak in the ring. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Edgar Sosa’s big date with fate on Friday

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By Robert Coster
Photo: Team Sosa

His career has been marked by strange twists of fate and trials and now Edgar Sosa is ready for yet another daunting challenge. This Friday in Tokyo, the former Mexico City cab driver will try to become a two-division world champion at the expense of WBC titlist Akira Yaegashi. “I know it’s quite a task fighting the champion in his backyard,” says Sosa (49-7, 29 KOs), “but I have overcome challenges and difficulties before.”

Between 2007 and 2009, Edgar Sosa was the WBC jr flyweight champion, defending his title 11 times in two years. On Friday, the 34-year-old Sosa will be competing in his 14th title fight and he knows it might be his last chance. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

UFC

UFC Returns to Chicago with Former Champions Benson Henderson vs Josh Thomson – On-Sale Friday Dec 6th

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to United Center in Chicago, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 with a battle of former champions looking to get back into the title hunt. Former UFC lightweight champion and No. 1 ranked contender Benson Henderson (19-3, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) takes on the former STRIKEFORCE® lightweight king and No. 4 Josh Thomson (20-5, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) with the winner moving closer to a date with reigning champion Anthony Pettis. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Strawweights headline Friday in Las Vegas

United States national amateur champion for 2012 Santos Vasquez of Reno, Nev., headlines a professional boxing card presented by Pochiro Boxing Promotions, “Throwdown at Sam’s Town—Round 1,” Friday, Dec. 6, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nev. The 22-year-old Vasquez faces 23-year-old Yosigey Ramirez of Las Vegas in a four-round strawweight bout. Leon Spinks III had been scheduled to fight, but the bout is postponed after his original opponent withdrew and there was not adequate time to find a suitable opponent.

This is the second boxing card for burgeoning Pochiro Boxing Promotions of Las Vegas, and the first at a Boyd Gaming property. Pochiro Boxing Promotions held its inaugural card during August at a non-gaming facility. Its success paved the way for even bigger and better cards. “We were delighted and enthused by our first card, and Sam’s Town recognized what we achieved and what we will be doing,” said Pete Pochiro, CEO of Pochiro Boxing Promotions. (more…)



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Manny Santos passes

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Dave Cameron

Former 1967 commonwealth lightweight champion Manny Santos has passed away in New Zealand at the age of 72 years. Manny was born in Tonga but moved to New Zealand where he boxed in amateur and professional ranks. He turned professional in 1965 and in 1967 defeated world rated Bunny Grant to capture the Commonwealth lightweight title by 15 round split decision. In 1971 he outscored highly regarded Australian based Scotsman John O’Brien. In 1972, Manny held world rated Héctor Thompson to a 15 round draw. In 1974, former Australian champion Matt Ropis was stopped in eight rounds. In Santos’ final ring appearance he lost a Commonwealth title challenge over 15 rounds to Percy Hayles in Kingston Jamaica. Santos scored 32 wins, lost 9 with 3 draws and 14 KOs.



December 4th, 2013

Boxing News

Włodarczyk, Fragomeni, Fonfara media training in Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (48-2, 34 KOs), his mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-3, 12 KOs) and #1 IBF rated light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) were a big part of today’s open media training in Chicago. The only missing part was Fonfara rival, Samuel Miller (26-7, 23 KO), who will arrive for Wednesday press conference.

Tickets for “World Championship Boxing: Wlodarczyk vs. Fragomeni 3″ are priced at VIP $201, VIP Ringside $151, Ringside $101, Box Mezzanine $76, Reserved Mezzanine $51, and General Admission $31 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices: 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office: 312-413-5740.



December 3rd, 2013

Feature Story

The ‘Battle of Brooklyn’ is on!

Exclusive photos of a Malignaggi workout at the Fight Factory

011 IMG_8777APhotos by Tom Casino/Showtime

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host two of the borough’s favorite sons this Saturday when former five-time, two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah and former two-time, two-division world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi battle to determine who is the true King of Brooklyn.

A former junior welterweight and welterweight world champion known as “The Magic Man,” Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) built an early reputation for talking a good game, but when the bell rang, his skills backed up his boasts. Despite his flashy style in and out of the ring, the 32-year-old has proven himself to be a true warrior, as evidenced by his victories over Juan Diaz, Lovemore Ndou, Vyacheslav Senchenko and Pablo Cesar Cano, and his battles with Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan. Coming off of a razor-thin split decision loss to Adrien Broner in June, Malignaggi’s return to the ring has him more amped up than ever. (more…)



December 3rd, 2013

UFC

Rockhold vs Philippou On-Sale Friday Dec 6th – Event Debuts at the Arena at Gwinnett Center

Top 10 UFC® middleweights take center stage when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® heads to The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. In the night’s main event, former STRIKEFORCE® middleweight champ and current No. 6 contender Luke Rockhold (10-2, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) meets the ninth-ranked Costa Philippou (12-3, 1 NC, fighting out of Long Island, N.Y.) in a five-round bout. (more…)



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

Weights from New York City

Boyd Melson 158 vs Gundrick King 158
Luis Rosa 124 vs Andre Wilson 124
Craig McEwan 167 vs Dashon Johnson 166
Bryant Cruz 130 vs Joshua Arocho 129
Travis Peterkin 175.8 vs Tylon Burris 171.5
Antoine Douglas 159 vs Colby Courter 158.5
Junior Younan 166 vs Travis McClaren 166
Neuky Santelises 130 vs Joseliz Cepeda 129
Danny Gonzalez 145.5 vs Kamal Muhammad 147.5
Francy Ntetu 167.5 vs Julio Garcia 167
Jerry Odom 167 vs Eric Moon 168

Venue: B.B. King Blues Club & Grille



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

Roy Jones Jr. to fight in Moscow on December 21

Square Ring Promotions and Hrunov Promotions announced today that Roy Jones Jr. (56-9, 40 KOs) would be back in the ring on December 21, 2013 in Moscow, Russia in a 12 round WBU Cruiserweight title fight against Frenchman Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-3-1, 8 KOs).

“Roy is excited to be coming back to Russia to fight, and we are very happy that we were able to put this together so quickly with our good friend and partner Vlad Hrunov,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “We are disappointed that the fight with Bobby Gunn didn’t happen, but there were just too many loose ends, and it was taking far too long. Vlad came forward and closed the deal on Monday. We have a longstanding relationship with him and his team and knew that he could make it happen.”

“I told Bobby that I would fight him. I meant it then and mean it now,” said Roy Jones. “On Saturday, John told me that they were still trying to make changes to the contract, but that he could make a deal with Vlad, so I told him that the first one to close a deal was where I was gonna go and Russia won. That’s why we’re calling this fight ‘Winner Take All.’” (more…)



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

Broner, Maidana Quick Quotes

WBA welterweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and former WBA jr welterweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana hosted an international conference call Wednesday in advance of their December 14 grudge match at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Adrian Broner: “I really can’t trash talk with someone who doesn’t speak English. All I can say is that I hope he is at 100%…I don’t watch no tape. I know he’s gonna come to fight and isn’t gonna lay down until I make him lay down!”

Marcos Maidana: “I’m convinced Adrien Broner has never fought someone like me. It won’t be easy for him…the thing I really want in my career is the welterweight belt and it just so happens he has it.”



December 3rd, 2013

Twitter Watch

Will Alex Leapai become Wlad’s mandatory? WBO will announce mandatory status tomorrow

Heavyweight contender Alex Leapai will jump from #8 to #1 in the December WBO rankings, but does this mean he is mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko? We’ll find out tomorrow.



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

Manuel Charr vs. James Toney? Charr says it’s on

WBC #6 heavyweight contender Manual Charr (25-1, 15 KOs) announced today on his Facebook page that he will be fighting ring legend James Toney (76-9-3, 46 KOs). He also added “Ich hoffe der zieht sich nicht zurück!” (I hope he doesn’t pull out!). The fight would headline a December 20 show at the Messehalle Schnelsen in Hamburg, Germany and be televised by Eurosport. The 45-year-old Toney competed in the Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament last Month in London, losing to Jason Gavern in the semi-final.

The Hamburg card is confirmed to feature cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (33-6, 20 KOs) against former world champion Steve Herelius (21-4-1, 12 KOs) and heavyweight Christian Hammer (14-3, 10 KOs) against Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-3-1, 14 KOs. (Big Thanks to Andrij)



December 3rd, 2013

Twitter Watch

Leapai to jump to #1 in next WBO ratings

Following his big win over WBO #1 rated Denis Boytsov, #8 rated heavyweight Alex Leapai will leap past seven fighters into the #1 position in the WBO’s December ratings.



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

Manny Perez Open Work Out

By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Chris Morris

On a beautiful winter day in sunny Colorado, Manny Perez and coach Jake Ramos opened up their training camp to fellow fighters and fans who showed up in force. Fellow Colorado fighters Alfred Romero, Rob Frankel and JC Candelo showed up in support in addition to many ‘Manos’ fans.

First Perez warmed up with some shadow boxing. Next was focus mitt work under the watchful eye of his lead trainer Jacob Ramos.

Perez and top 10 MMA rising star, Justin Gaethje, sparred for the gathering crowd at the Grudge Training Center. Grudge is the home gym of Perez and is ran by world respected trainer, Trevor Wittman. (more…)



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

Golovkin opponent named: Osumanu Adama

Unbeaten WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) will defend against Osumanu Adama on February 1 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo. Adama has a record of 22-3 with 16 KOs and is currently ranked #14 in the WBA ratings. He previously challenged for the IBF middleweight belt in March 2012, losing a unanimous decision to then champion Daniel Geale in Tasmania, Australia. Adama is promoted by CFC Promotions of Chicago.

Gennady Golovkin: “I’m very happy to return to Monte Carlo and excited to face Adama. I know he’s a very tough opponent and I’m looking forward to putting on another great performance for the fans in Monte Carlo and those watching around the world.”

Osumanu Adama: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to challenge boxing’s best,” said Adama. “I’ve already begun training and I will bring the titles with me back to Chicago on FEBRUARY 1.”

Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: “Gennady is committed to staying active and fighting the toughest opponents willing to get in the ring with him. He’s anxious to make a quick return to the ring and looking forward to the challenge of defending his titles against Adama in Monte Carlo on February 1. Gennady has distinguished himself as among the most popular and most watched boxers in the world, far surpassing many other world champions in TV ratings this year.”

Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves: “Gennady is one of the hottest sporting athletes in the world and we’re honored to promote his return to Monte Carlo. His debut here in March was attended by celebrities from all over Europe including Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco as well as boxing legend Marvin Hagler, who all watched from ringside. With his spectacular power and amazing knockout ratio, Golovkin represents the very best of boxing. I couldn’t think of a more exciting fighter to top the bill in Monte Carlo, particularly as he did so well last time. And credit to the challenger, who is one of the few fighters willing to step in against Golovkin.”



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

#1 Kubrat Pulev to face Sherman “Tank” Williams

IBF #1 heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) returns December 14 in Neubrandenburg, Germany against 41-year-old Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs). Pulev is mandatory challenger to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Williams is coming off a four-rounder on November 18 in North Carolina after pulling out of the Prizefighter Heavyweight tourney.



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

Daiki Kameda loses, but retains title; Tomoki Kameda and Katsunari Takayama retain belts

Results from the world championship tripleheader at the Bodymaker Colosseum in Osaka, Japan are as follows:

In what was supposed to be a WBA/IBF super flyweight unification bout, IBF super flyweight champion Daiki Kameda (29-4, 10 KOs) lost a twelve round split decision to Liborio Solis (16-3-1, 7 KOs), but retained his IBF title since Solis, who lost his WBA belt on the scale, couldn’t make weight. The WBA title remains vacant. Scores were 115-113 Kameda, 116-112, 116-112 for Solis.

WBO champion bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (29-0, 18 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Immanuel Naidjala (17-1-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 117-111.

IBF minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama (26-6, 10 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Vergilio Silvano (17-3-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-108.



December 3rd, 2013

UFC

UFC Brisbane Main Card Fantasy Preview

Two heavyweights who also happen to be former training partners will lead the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Australia when Mark Hunt fights close to home against former title contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the main event, while Mauricio “Shogun” Rua looks to stop his recent two fight skid when he takes on local fighter James Te Huna . . . click here for more at UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 Friday, December 6 from Brisbane, Australia at 9 PM ET/6 PM ET Click here for more



December 3rd, 2013

Boxing News

New Faces: Richard Commey

By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy of Michael Amoo-Bediako

Ghana is a country that has been prolific in producing talented boxers like Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, David Kotey, Joshua Clottey etc. The latest and most promising boxer to hail from the West African nation is 26-year-old lightweight prospect Richard Commey (16-0, 16 KOs). Not surprisingly, Commey comes from Bukom, a township that has been the birthplace of Ghana’s greatest boxing stars. In March 2014, Commey is scheduled to fight Derry Matthews in the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth title and a victory will no doubt propel him into the world rankings. (more…)



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