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UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Chad Mendes and Ricardo Lamas and the lightweight bout between Jorge Masvidal and Al Iaquinta, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virgina beginning at 1pm ET / 10am PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 11am ET / 8am PT.
Ricardo Lamas (145.5) VS Chad Mendes (145.5)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Al Iaquinta (155.5) VS Jorge Masvidal (156.5*)
Mitch Clarke (155) VS Michael Chiesa (155.5)
Milana Dudieva (135.5) VS Julianna Pena (136)
Robbie Peralta (145) VS Clay Guida (146)
Diego Ferreira (155.5) VS Dustin Poirier (155.5)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Lauren Murphy (135) VS Liz Carmouche (134.5)
Alexander Yakovlev (155.75) VS Gray Maynard (155)
Timothy Johnson (263.5) VS Shamil Abdurahimov (255)
Justin Jones (185.5) VS Ron Stallings (185)
* Masvidal has two hours to lose a half-pound
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After fighting all 13 of his pro fight in Russia, the WBA’s #3 and WBO’s #9 ranked middleweight in the world Arif Magomedov got welcomed to the USA with a hard fought win over very game veteran Derrick Findley Thursday night. Before another sold out crowd of 1,432 at Roy Englebrecht Promotions bi monthly Fight Club OC show, Magomedov, who is now promoted by Main Events, remained unbeaten and moved to 14-0 by connecting more often and more solidly than the experienced Findley who drops to 21-15. (more…)
The banter between welterweight rivals Kell Brook and Amir Khan continues.
Kell Brook to BBC 5 Live: “If someone said to me you can get five million quid, a world title, fight at Wembley with a fight that every fan wants to see, it’s a no-brainer for me. He’s fighting Algieri who didn’t win a round against Pacquiao, a feather puncher, not a big puncher. It doesn’t make sense to me. I’m world champion, I’m calling him out, we want the fight, there’s a world title and a bagful of money and it doesn’t make sense that he’s fighting this guy who’s bringing nothing to the table.”
Amir Khan on Twitter: “Can everyone please wake up. I said the fight between me and Kell Brook will happen. When I think it’s right. Look at who Kell fought last. If it is Algieri (only beaten once by pacquiao at 147 and still 140 WBO world champion) he’s still a better opponent than No No Dan. Seems to me Kell Brook is dying to fight me for the big payday before he faces a half decent opponent and loses that IBF title.”
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Amanda Kwok/PBC on CBS
A lot of talk about knockouts between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and challenger Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika, who collide on Saturday afternoon on CBS television.
“I’m a knockout artist,” proclaimed Stevenson. “I can do a lot in the ring, but first and foremost I’m a knockout artist…my mentor Emanuel Steward always told me that as soon as I enter the ring the knockout is what sells. I’ll definitely be going for the knockout this Saturday on CBS.”
Bika stated, “He’s knocked people out, but I’ve never been knocked out. On Saturday I’ll be the one to knock him out.”
Stevenson, who has stopped 11 of his last 12 opponents, is about a 15:1 favorite. But will he get the KO against Bika who has gone the full twelve in four straight fights?
Adonis Stevenson by KO. TKO or DQ: -150
Adonis Stevenson by decision: +162
Sakio Bika by KO, TKO or DQ: +1200
Saki Bika by decision: +2000
Still no tickets available for the May 2 megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but between 600 and 700 tickets are expected to go on sale to the general public next week. Prices start at $1,500 per ticket.
The retail price for the Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV telecast has been set at $89.95 with high definition available at $99.95.
Boxcino 2014 lightweight tournament winner and former junior welterweight world title challenger Petr “El Zar” Petrov (35-4-2, 16 KOs) will meet former junior lightweight titlist Gamaliel “El Platano” Diaz (39-11-3, 18 KOs) in the 10-round lightweight main event on tonight’s ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Omega Products Center in Corona, Calif.
Petrov, as you may remember, was scheduled to fight Hank Lundy in January on ESPN2, but the fight was cancelled due to Lundy’s inability to make weight. Prior to that, Petrov scored an eighth-round TKO win over Fernando Carcamo to win the Boxcino 2014 lightweight tournament.
Diaz is looking to get back to his winning ways following a third-round technical draw against Anthony Crolla.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
WBC super flyweight world champion Carlos “Príncipe” Cuadras is ready to face mandatory challenger and former world champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion on Saturday at Meteoec Municipal Auditorium in Mexico State. At public workout this week, Cuadras reiterated that he will score a resounding victory over Concepcion. The card is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo and will be broadcast in Mexico on Televisa.
If life was fair, Julianna Pena might be in line for a shot at UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey right now, or at least two or three fights into her UFC career. Instead, she travels to Fairfax, Virginia to face Milana Dudieva this weekend as a prospect making her first appearance since winning season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter in November of 2013 . . . click here for more
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Report and photo by Joe Koizumi
Two-time ex-world champ, Japanese southpaw Takahiro Ao (pronounced as Are-Oh; 26-3-1, 12 KOs) will square off against Mexican warrior Raymundo Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) in quest of the vacant WBO lightweight belt in Las Vegas on May 1 — on the eve of the Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown. Teiken Promotions, in association with Top Rank, Inc., announced that it would take place at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to be telecast by True TV.
Ao, formerly WBC feather and super-feather titlist, aims to win his third world belt, saying, “The third crown will motivate me very much and I’m confident to acquire it with my best effort.” Beltran, two years his senior at 33, is a tough battler who failed to win a belt via controversial draw with Ricky Burns in England and via unanimous nod by Terence Crawford in Nebraska. It will be a good matchup between the shifty lefty (Ao) and the game willing mixer (Beltran). For Ao, it won’t be more difficult to win the belt than to have American people correctly pronounce his name, Ao.
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By Miguel Maravilla
Unbeaten featherweight Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (14-0, 8 KOs) pounded out a oe-sided ten round decision over Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (23-13, 17 KOs) on Thursday night at the Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California. Ramirez, the nephew of the late great former world champion Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez, won by scores of 100-90 on all three cards.
Unbeaten featherweight Joet Gonzalez (9-0, 4 KOs) scored a second round KO over Ali Gonzalez (6-6-1, 1 KO). A hook to the liver ended the fight. Time was 2:55.
In an entertaining fight, Brazilian 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist Yamaguchi Falcao (5-0, 2 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Deartie Tucker (2-1, 2 KOs) by scores of 69-54, 59-54, 58-55. Falcao was deducted a point for a low blow in round three.
Two-time Brazilian Olympian Everton Lopes (2-0, 1 KO) scored a first round KO over Robert Seyam (2-3) in a lightweight bout. Shortly after both fighters left their corners, Lopes floored Seyam with a strong body shot, which Seyam couldn’t recover from. Time of the stoppage was 1:24.
Petr Petrov 132.9 vs. Gamaliel Diaz 132.9
(NABA & NABO Lightweight title)
Taras Shelestyuk 145.3 vs. Juan Rodriguez 145
Emmanuel Robles 138.2 vs. Wilberth Lopez 137.6
Isaac Freeman 150 vs. Darius Ervin 150
Michael Norato 129.5 vs. Sopuan Rin 128.5
Humberto Rubalcalva 119.7 vs. Christian Lorenzo 120.8
Venue: Omega Products International
Promoters: Thompson Boxing & Banner Promotions
Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward announced on Twitter Thursday that he’s returning to the ring on June 20th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The opponent is TBA. It will be Ward’s first fight since November 2013.
— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) April 2, 2015
On May 9 former three-division world champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will take on one of boxing’s most prized prospects, East Los Angeles native, Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez as the televised co-main event of the highly anticipated Canelo vs. Kirkland at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.The super lightweight 10-round bout will be televised live on HBO.
“The addition of Frankie ‘Pitbull’ Gomez and Humberto ‘La Zorrita’ Soto as the co-main event for Canelo vs. Kirkland further adds to the excitement and fireworks we are going to see in the ring on May 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Founder and President of Golden Boy Promotions. “The undefeated Gomez will be put to the test May 9 against the seasoned Soto, and I’m sure the fans won’t forget this war in the ring.”
Listed below are weights for all of the participants in Friday night’s CES professional boxing card at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., titled “The Revival.” Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.
Shelito Vincent 122 vs. Christina Ruiz 121.5
Angel Camacho 168 vs. Chris Chatman 166
Jean Pierre Augustin 217 vs. Solomon Maye 226
Nick Delomba 145.5 vs. Joe Wilson Jr. 145.5
Khiary Gray-Pitts 159 vs. Greg Mccoy 162
Briam Granado 140.5 vs. Freddy Sanchez 140
Ray Oliveira Jr. 157.5 vs. Luis Felix 157
By James Slater
Today, via the official You-Tube channel of his wife, Faryal Makhdoom, Amir Khan announced his next fight, date and hoped for venue: Khan will face former WBO 140-pound ruler Chris Algieri on May 30th with the plan being for “King” Khan to fight in New York (exact venue yet to be finalised).
Khan said Algieri, (20-1 8KOs), who is coming off that heavy, knockdown-filled points loss to Manny Pacquiao, is an “A-class fighter,” who has “decent power.” Khan added how he hopes a win over Algieri – which will take place at 147-pounds – will get him closer to the “big fights” he really wants: against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. (more…)
The WBC and Ring 8 will honor the late Joe Dwyer and Tony Mazzarella at the fourth annual New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, Sunday afternoon (12:30-5:30 p.m. ET), April 26 at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman will make a special presentation to Dwyer’s family. Ring 8 will make presentations to the Dwyer and Mazzarella families. Dwyer and Mazzarella, both longtime Ring 8 members, passed away earlier this year. Dwyer was president of the North American Boxing Federation (NABF). Mazzarella, who served many years as Ring 8’s treasurer, was a major influence in the founding of the NYSBHOF. (more…)
Promoter Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions says there is no possibility of a WBC Interim title being on the line for the upcoming Matthysse-Provodnikov showdown. Pelullo stated to FightNews: “We will not be fighting for the WBC interim title. The fight is contracted for a 12 round bout at 140 Pounds. There is no title on the line.”
Chairman Houcine Houichi has released the April ratings of the WBC Francophone championships.
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By Jose E Santiago
Undefeated light-heavyweight prospect Mike “Cannonhandz” Seals (19-0 14KO) signed a managerial contract with Al Haymon on Wednesday. As the list of Al Haymon fighters continues to grow, it was how Seals reacted in celebration that has social media noticing the undefeated contender. Seals posted the following blurb and video on his Facebook page then took to the streets of Atlanta to feed the needy in an act of gratitude.
As you guys know, I signed my contract with Al Haymon today. So, I was asked how I wanted to celebrate my accomplishment. Party? Nah… Club? Nah… Frivolous spending? Nah. I thought to myself, “Man, God is really blessing me right now.” All I could think about was being a blessing in some else’s life today. So, I went back to give more today. There’s no such thing as giving too much. Treating myself isn’t what makes my heart smile, but giving and seeing how appreciative a person is, not that does it for me every time. When God runs your cup over with blessings, let some spill over into someone else’s life.
Last Thursday night, Seals won his 19th bout with a dominant six round unanimous decision performance over Carlos Reyes on the undercard of the ESPN2 televised card.
Photos: Vitaly Shilnikov
Russian promoter Vladimir Hrunov announced at today’s press conference in Germany that the May 9 clash between former middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-3, 18 KOs) and WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Fedor Chudinov (12-0, 10 KOs) will be for the WBA’s ‘regular’ super middleweight world title. “Just a few hours before the press conference we received confirmation from the World Boxing Association that Fedor Chudinov’s fight with Felix Sturm will be for the full WBA title as Andre Ward and Carl Froch couldn’t agree on a fight in due time,” said Hrunov. Sturm also confirmed that the bout at the Festhalle in Frankfurt will be for the full WBA belt.
Felix Sturm: “Fedor Chudinov is a very worthy opponent. We’ve watched videos of his fights and I can say with confidence that he comes from a very good school of boxing. In spite of all his power and speed, I’m sure that I can defeat him. We chose sparring partners with a style similar to the style of Fedor and I can honestly say I have no doubt of victory.”
Fedor Chudinov: “Felix Sturm is considered as one of the best boxers in Germany, he has a good record, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t win…at the moment I’m in my best shape. I want to show all that I am capable of. And if need be, even more.”
Middleweight Adam Etches has a simple message to the army of fans who turned out in their hundreds to see him lose his unbeaten record last Saturday – “Make no mistake, I’ll be back, only better.” Etches was felled in the fourth round of his clash with Sergey Khomitsky on Saturday at the Sheffield Arena, but the 24-year-old is absolutely convinced he will learn from his split second lapse in concentration and return to the ring both wiser and stronger. (more…)
Undefeated WBO Inter-Continental beltholder Dominic Boesel (18-0, 6 KOs) will take on Norbert Dabrowski (17-2, 6 KOs) and WBO female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (17-0, 8 KOs) defends against Kali Reis (7-3-1, 3 KOs) topping the SES boxing event on May 2 at the Sparkassen Arena in Jena, Germany. A kick-off press conference took place earlier this week.
Dominic Boesel: That I can box again so quickly is the absolute bomb! To box near my home, already three complete blocks have been sold to my fans. To box against Norbert Dabrowski is very awkward. He’s a southpaw which makes the task more complicated. Since I only recently started training, all I know about him is that he has shorter hair and he comes from Poland. But it’ll all be clear in a few days.
Cruiserweight Micki Nieslen (17-0, 12 KOs) will defend his WBC International title against Junior Anthony Wright (13-0-1, 11 KOs) on May 2 at the Frederiksberg-Hallerne in Copenhagen. Wright replaces Felix Cora Jr. (25-6-2, 14 KOs) who withdrew from a scheduled bout to take another fight. The American challenger represents a tough test for Nielsen’s first championship defense. Promoted by former professional boxer Dmitriy Salita, the Illinois-native is undefeated in fourteen professional contests and boasts an impressive 78.5% knockout ratio.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/K2 Promotions
Undefeated Nicaraguan WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) and top rated Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs) of Mexico met Wednesday afternoon at the Palms Restaurant in downtown LA to announce their upcoming May 16 flyweight showdown at the Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“We are excited to bring this fight. It’s reminiscent of all the fights they’ve had here at the Forum,” K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler said in starting off the press conference. “With all these great fighters on the show and these two great champions this will be a special night.” (more…)
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