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Jardon, Lopez victorious in Mexico City

Jardon, Lopez victorious in Mexico City

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Promociones del Pueblo Boxing was back in Mexico City on Saturday night at the famed Arena Coliseo. In the ...

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Rodriguez defeats Fajardo in rematch

Rodriguez defeats Fajardo in rematch

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former IBF and WBO minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (17-2-1, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over ...

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Luis upsets IBF #15 rated Dargan; Barrera stops Lacy in four

Luis upsets IBF #15 rated Dargan; Barrera stops Lacy in four

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Weights from Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

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López, Figueroa public workout

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Rey Vargas ready to return on January 24

By Gabriel F Cordero

Unbeaten WBC #4 rated super bantamweight Rey Vargas (22-0, 19 KOs) returns to action on January 24 against the Argentinian Nestor Paniagua (25-7-2, 17 KOs) in an event billed as “Peligro en el Paraíso” (Danger in Paradise) at the Convention Center in Hotel Azul Ixtapa in Zijuatanejo, Mexico presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Paniagua has previously faced world champions Yuriorkis Gamboa, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno and Alberto Rossel.

Vargas is preparing for the fight in Mexico City’s Romanza Gym under Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain who says Vargas has all the tools to be world champion. “I am in great physical shape,” said Vargas. “I have followed my work plan according to the instructions and I am ready for the challenge that comes. I know I can’t think beyond January 24, but each victory puts me nearer to a title fight world and fulfilling my dream.”

The co-feature will be a very interesting middleweight crossroads showdown between Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (32-2, 24 KOs) and David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-14-1, 23 KOs). Reyes is rebounding from a decision loss to Abie Han in October, while Lopez was stopped by Jose Uzcategui last March.



January 12th, 2015



Boxing News

Wilder remains favored to dethrone Stiverne

By Karl Freitag

Entering fight week, online sportsbooks continue to list WBC heavyweight champion Bermaine Stiverne as a slight underdog against unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Wilder is running as a -140 to -200 favorite to defeat Stiverne, whose backers can get “plus” money ranging from +120 to as much as +160 with a Stiverne win.



January 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Mendoza-Fuentes Full Report

Report and photos by Felipe Leon

The Tijuana, Mexico, boxing season got off with a bang last night at the city’s Municipal Auditorium with a marathon-like twenty bout fight card witnessed by a near capacity house. Despite originally announced as a card that would feature a world title defense, a junior title and a female world title, none of the championship fights came into fruition. Despite of that, about three thousand boxing hungry fight fans gave their newly crowned IBF junior flyweight champion Javier “Cobra” Mendoza (23-2-1, 19KO) a hero’s welcome as he quickly dispatched of over matched Mauricio Fuentes (17-4, 11KO) in the ten round main event. The night was broadcast live on the Azteca channel in Mexico and beIN Sports in the U.S.

After a two-year exile from the sport, “Cobra” Mendoza came back last September to capture the vacant IBF strap in an impressive performance against former world champion Ramon Garcia. Fuentes no stranger to the world stage having challenged for the same world title Mendoza now holds back in May of last year when Johnriel Casimero in the Philippines stopped him. Fuentes was stopped in one by Casimero and thus the title went vacant. (more…)



January 12th, 2015

UFC

The Quotable Mr. McGregor

Everything changed in the UFC on April 6, 2013, the night Conor McGregor stepped into the Octagon for the first time against Marcus Brimage. Since then, the brash Irishman has captured the imagination of the fight world, and whether you’re with him or against him, odds are that you can’t stop watching to see what he’ll say or do next . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Amir Khan is giving Floyd Mayweather Jr. five days to decide if he’ll fight him. More

Stiverne-Wilder puts focus back on American heavyweights. More

Will this month see the announcement of the long-awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown? More

John Duddy says he begged to be hit more than 20 times below the belt in playing Ken Buchanan on screen. More



January 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Andre Ward comments on Roc Nation signing

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward discusses his new promotional pact with Roc Sports. It is expected that Ward will be back in the ring this spring after sitting out all of 2014 over a contractual dispute with Goossen Promotions.

Andre Ward: “I want to thank God for giving me the strength to get through these last two years. The fight that I’ve been involved in both professionally and personally has been one of the toughest seasons of my life, but I feel that it has only made me stronger as a person and a fighter.”

“After I met with the Roc Nation team, I was blown away by their passion and hunger and I left the meeting a believer. I also saw the kind of work that they’ve done for their other athletes and I believe that Roc Nation is going to be a major player in the sport of boxing sooner than people think. They not only have a vision for their athletes but also the power and resources to bring it to fruition.”

“I’m excited to focus completely on boxing knowing that I have the machine behind me to handle everything outside of the ring. At this stage in my career, that brings me piece of mind.”



January 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Q&A: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Peter McDermont

WBO #5, WBC #6, WBA #7 Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews and has promised he will be champion again. Geale also says he would give IBF #3 Felix Sturm a rematch and would also fight IBF #7 Sam Soliman if his Team think it would get him in best position. Geale also predicts GGG to defeat Martin Murray and Jermain Taylor to defeat Sergio Mora in their February fights.

Were you satisfied with your 12 round decision victory over WBA rated Jarrod Fletcher in December?

I was happy with my performance. There were people who asked me why didn’t I chase the stoppage a bit harder but I wanted to get the rounds and I wanted to try certain moves and practice against Fletcher. (more…)



January 11th, 2015

Boxing News

2015 Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductees

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2015 was announced Saturday at the SJC Boxing Gym in Fort Myers, Florida. The full list of inductees is as follows:

Fighters: Uriah Grant, Phil Jackson, Tony Licata*, Benny “Kid” Paret*, Nick Spanakos, Pete Spanakos, Tony Tucker
Trainers/Managers: Mac Goodman*, Chuck Talhami*, Harold Wilen
Promoters: Julio Martinez, W. H. Peeples
Media: Jorge Hidalgo, Harold Lederman
Participants: Ed Gersh*, Leon Margules
Officials/Commission: Jimmy Resnick, Mike Ross, Frank Santore, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel
Special Awards: Shea Bailey, Arcadio Castro

Induction weekend is June 19-21 at the Tampa Holiday Inn Westshore in Tampa.



January 11th, 2015

UFC

Providence’s Sean Soriano is Boston Bound

Boxing legend Marvin Hagler said it best when he declared that it was tough to get up in the morning to do roadwork when you’re sleeping in silk pajamas. You could also say that Providence’s Sean Soriano and Boston’s Charles Rosa will have a tough time thinking about a New England rivalry while training under the sunny skies of south Florida . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Magdaleno still unbeaten, defeats Ruiz

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Unbeaten WBO #2, IBF #4, WBA #7 super bantamweight contender Jessie Magdaleno (20-0, 15 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Erik Ruiz (13-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Southpaw Magdaleno, trained by Joel Diaz, got off to a good start against Ruiz, trained by Robert Garcia. Ruiz had his moments in rounds three and four launching some good multi-punch attacks. Magdaleno started moving more in round five and took over the fight from there to win by scores of 80-72 on all cards. The bout was for the Junior NABF 122b title.

Unbeaten welterweight Rodrigo Garcia (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular first round knockout over Jailton De Jesus (13-4, 11 KOs). A left hook laid out De Jesus. Time was 1:17. (more…)



January 10th, 2015

Boxing News

IBF 108lb champ Mendoza mauls Fuentes in non-title fight

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

IBF light flyweight champion Javier “Cobra” Mendoza (23-2-1, 19 KOs) scored a second round TKO over former world title challenger Mauricio Fuentes (17-4, 11 KOs) in a non-title bout at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Mendoza dropped Fuentes twice in round two and Fuentes’ cornerman entered the ring after the second knockdown to end the fight. Mendoza is slated to make his first defense will be against #1 rated Milan Melindo later this year.

Undefeated super bantamweight Eduardo “Indio” Ortega (20-0, 11 KOs) scored a third round KO over Cristian “Italiano” Esquivel (27-6, 20 KOs) in a clash for the NABO belt. A rapid fire barrage of punches put Esquivel down and out at 1:30.

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January 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Redkach and Khytrov talk about KOs

Working for the first time with new trainer Robert Garcia, undefeated lightweight prospect Ivan Redkach (18-0, 14 KOs) was impressive in a sixth-round knockout victory over Yakubu Amidu (19-6-2, 17 KOs), who failed to get off his stool following the sixth round in Friday’s main event of ShoBox: The New Generation from Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.

Ivan Redkach: “I was getting ready to knock him out. I was going to finish him before his corner stopped the fight. I would have finished him in the next round. I hadn’t been in the ring for sixth months, so I had to feel him out in the beginning before we attacked. That was the game plan with Robert Garcia. I was in perfect physical condition. I will be a world champion very soon. That is my dream.”

Yakubu Amidu: “I hurt my knee in the last round when I fell on it. I was OK after the knockdown, but when I stood up I felt something in my knee. I didn’t stop fighting because of the punches; I stopped because I hurt my knee.” (While Amidu complained of a hurt knee after the fight, the California State Athletic Commission stated that the bout was stopped due to punches. By rule, the commission rules that a knockout.) (more…)



January 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez, Maicelo postfight quotes

WBA interim lightweight titlist Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) won an impressive unanimous decision against Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.

Darleys Perez: “I was prepared for a tough fight. Maicelo is an incredible competitor. It took me a few rounds to settle into a rhythm, but once I did, I was able to land whatever I wanted. After a few rounds, I was able to time his movements and connect with a variety of punches. I want to be the best in the lightweight division. That’s what drives me. I put my heart and soul into every fight and I’m going to keep preparing the same way.”

Jonathan Maicelo: “I did my best tonight but was up against a better man in Darleys Perez. He did a good job of using his reach to keep me off balance. It was very difficult to land my shots. He’s a great champion and I take my hat off to him. I still want to fight and see if I can work my way back to the top. This is not the end of my career. I know I can get back in there and compete at a high level.”



January 10th, 2015

UFC

Sterling battles Gamburyan in Newark on April 18

New York’s Aljamain Sterling will face the stiffest test of his career on April 18 in Newark, New Jersey when he takes on veteran Manny Gamburyan at the Prudential Center . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



January 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Gavronski defeats Johnson

Tacoma middleweight Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski 16-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Californian Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (15-19-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. The action was fast paced with both fighters exchanging massive blows. Gavronski came out swinging to begin each round, while Johnson finished each of the ten rounds with flurries of his own. After a seventh round point deduction for pushing, Gavronski seemed defeated. But the hometown hero rallied back, winning a close unanimous decision victory in front of a packed house. Scores were 98-91, 98-91, 95-94.

In the co-feature, junior welterweight Virgil Green (10-3, 3 KOs) defeated Will Hughes (4-2, 3 KOs) via six round unanimous decision by scores of 60-54, 59-55, 58-56. (more…)



January 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Redkach, Khytrov batter opponents

Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

Unbeaten lightweight Ivan “El Terrible” Redkach (18-0, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Yakubu Amidu (19-6-2, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. Amidu was deducted a point for a low blow in round five. Redkach dropped Amidu twice in round six and Amidu chose not to continue after the round.

Unbeaten middleweight Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (8-0, 8 KOs) had target practice against previously unbeaten Maurice “The Natural” Louishomme (8-1-1, 4 KOs), Khytrov knocked Louishomme to a knee in round one but the game Louishomme remained upright the rest of the way until the bout was waved off :24 into round three.

In a clash of unbeaten junior middleweights, Alantez “SlyAza” Fox (14-0-1, 4 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Patrick Day (9-1-1, 5 KOs). After a tactical fight with little excitement, scores were 76-76 and 78-74, 80-72 for Fox.

Jr lightweight Tevin Farmer (18-4-1, 4 KOs) outpointed Viktor Chernous (15-2-1, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. 11 straight wins now for Farmer, who hails from Philadelphia. photos



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Report: Golden Boy gives up promotional rights to most Haymon fighters including Broner, Garcia, Wilder, Maidana and Jacobs

Golden Boy Promotions has reportedly surrendered its promotional rights to Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia and “most” fighters associated with reclusive boxing manager/advisor Al Haymon. According to Yahoo Sports, the company will continue to promote Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse and Leo Santa Cruz.

Golden Boy has also reportedly reached an undisclosed settlement with former CEO Richard Schaefer, who left the company last summer after a bitter disagreement with GBP President Oscar de la Hoya.

Sports Illustrated adds that Golden Boy will also lose heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder and Schaefer cannot promote for 1-2 years. LA Times says Marcos Maidana and Danny Jacobs are also former Golden Boy fighters.

Golden Boy’s status with the likes of Peter Quillin, Lamont Peterson, Erislandy Lara, Gary Russell Jr., Omar Figueroa, Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Shawn Porter and Abner Mares are still to be addressed.



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Hernandez-Harrison tops Rainone, Johnson stops Theran, Van Heerden defeats McCalla

By Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In the main event of the inaugural RocNation Sports promotion “throne” – and in front of attendees such as Carmelo Anthony, CC Sabthia, Rhianna and Beyonce at the Theater in New York City’s Madison Square Garden – Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (25-0, 13 KOs) persevered over 10 rounds to claim the vacant WBC-Continental Americas welterweight championship with a convincing points victory over Tommy Rainone (22-6-1, 4 KOs). Hernandez-Harrison was the aggressor throughout the fight, constantly pressing the action and landing the more stellar punches.

Hernandez-Harrison continued to bank the early and mid-rounds with his busier activity and punch output whereas Rainone seemed content to circle the ring and occasionally jab. Rainone continued to sustain Hernandez-Harrison’s series of hooks to the head (with a cross mixed in for good measure) in the seventh round, bringing a smile from Jay-Z and everyone else in attendance. Hernandez-Harrison continued to apply the pressure in the closing rounds and put the outcome at the hands of the judges at ringside. They all obliged and scored the fight 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 to Dusty Hernandez-Harrison.

Tureano Johnson claimed the vacant WBC Silver and WBA International middleweight belts with an annihilation of Alex Theran in their scheduled 10 round middleweight contest. Johnson banked all the early rounds, pushing Theran to his pain limit with devastating right books that seemed to land at nearly every occasion. As Theran began to slow down past the third round, Johnson unleashed a barrage of body punches that forced Theran to take a knee. Much of the same ensued shortly after the opening bell of the fifth round as Johnson, sensing that victory was near, targeted the body once more and landed a suspicious hook to the waist of Theran that forced him down once more. That was the last of the action as Theran was unable to make it out of his corner to start the sixth round under the advice of the ringside doctor. The official reason was that Theran had broken his ankle and could not continue. The official time of the stoppage was 0:01 in round 6. Johnson picks up the vacant WBC Silver and IBF International belts and moves to 17-1, 12 KOs while Theran tasted defeat again and moves to 17-2, 9 KOs. (more…)



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Perez retains WBA interim belt against Maicelo

Photos: Carlos Baeza / Thompson Boxing Promotions

In the final card promoted under the banner of Gary Shaw Productions, WBA Interim lightweight champion Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs) retained his title with twelve round unanimous decision over Jonathan Maicelo (21-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Perez dropped Maicelo in round eleven and punished him in round twelve en route to scores of 118-109, 118-108, 120-107.

Welterweight contender Francisco Santana (22-3-1, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over previously unbeaten Kendal Mena (20-1, 11 KOs). Santana dropped Mena in round one, then laid him out cold flat on his back with a left hook. Time was 1:43.

Unbeaten 281-pound heavyweight Jerrell “Big Baby” Miller (11-0-1, 9 KOs) pounded on Aaron Kinch (5-4-2, 1 KO) for six rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.

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January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Las Vegas

Photos: Mikey Williams / Toprank

Jessie Magdaleno 121.8 vs. Erik Ruiz 120.8
Rodrigo Garcia 148.6 vs. Jailton De Jesus 150.4
Vic Pasillas 125.4 vs. Karl Garcia 124.2
Hollywood Jonathan Blue 175 vs. Zlatko Ledic 176

Venue: Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas

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January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Broner rejects insulting offer from Jay Z

From TMZ

Three-time world boxing champ Adrien Broner fiercely attacked Jay Z for what he says is a highly insulting offer to join Roc Nation Sports.

Adrien just appeared on “TMZ Hollywood Sports” and skewered the hop-hop mogul/sports titan for offering him a paltry $40 million for five years. Adrien reaffirmed his directive that Jay could “suck my…” Broner then went after Jay Z client Rihanna.

Broner is a client of Al Haymon, who is a bitter rival of Jay Z.



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Tijuana

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

Javier Mendoza 110 vs. Mauricio Fuentes 110
Edivaldo Ortega 122 vs. Cristian Esquivel 122
Abner Jaeger López 147 vs. José David Mosquera 148
Mario Rodríguez 108 vs. Armando Torres 108.5
Sandra Robles 107.5 vs. Linda Soto 108
Eduardo Galindo 131 vs. Gregorio Pérez 132
Rafael Guzmán 144 vs. Pedro López 143.5

Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)

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January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Agnew discusses L.A.K. (Life After Kovalev)

Photo: Team Agnew

Photo: Team Agnew


Light heavyweight contender Cedric “L.O.W” Agnew (27-1. 14 KOs) commented on Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev’s power, Kovalev’s dominance of Bernard Hopkins and who he’d like to face next.

“Sergey has power, but it isn’t his power that makes him special. Yes, he can punch but what makes Sergey special is that he can also box. Like Hopkins, I thought I’d be able to use my footwork to control the distance and make him look bad, but he was able to use his size to cut off the ring to control the distance, which I didn’t know he could do,” said Agnew.

In addition to his ability to cutoff the ring, Agnew also praised Kovalev’s ability to use angles when attacking. (more…)



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Jessie Magdaleno, Erik Ruiz weigh in today at Texas Station

World-rated Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas and contender Erik Ruiz of Oxnard, Ca. will weigh in today – Friday 5 pm – in the Houston Ballroom at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Magdaleno is putting all of his world ratings – WBO #2, IBF #4, WBA #7 – on the line against Ruiz in the main event of Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo Tecate boxing card here Saturday night in the Texas Events Center.

Both fighters have top trainers – Magdaleno with Joel Diaz, Ruiz with Robert Garcia.

Diaz said at Media Day on Thursday that Magdaleno is “unbeatable at 122 pounds and after this fight we will take on any of the world champions.” It was Diaz who tweaked Magdaleno’s attack, saying “he always punched hard but was landing in the wrong spots. That has been corrected.” (more…)



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Latest Stiverne-Wilder trash talk

As we near the epic return of world championship heavyweight action in the United States, WBC heavyweight world champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) was a definite winner in the latest war of words with unbeaten challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) in advance of their Showtime-televised showdown on January 17 in Las Vegas.

What do you think of your opponent, does anything he does concern you?

Bermaine Stiverne: I think Wilder is a clown. Wilder thinks this is the WWE. He acts like it’s the WWE. This is for real. It is going to hurt very bad.

Deontay Wilder: I have no thoughts about Bermane Stiverne. I’m just ready to fight and leave it all out in the ring.

What should the fans expect on January 17? Do you have a prediction?

Bermaine Stiverne: On Jan. 17 I will hurt Wilder and I will knock him out and it will be a lasting image in peoples’ minds for a very long time.

Deontay Wilder: Fans should expect a great night of boxing and everyone will see January 17. Be there or tune in on TV if you can’t. You don’t want to miss it!



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Ward says he’s signed with Roc Nation

WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward tweeted today that he is happy to be part of the @RocNation family. Ward sat out all of 2014 and had just one fight in 2013 due to a dispute with his late longtime promoter Dan Goossen. Ward also posted an Intragram pic of him with rapper/promoter Jay Z apparently signing a contract.

It's official!! #NextChapter Happy to be a part of the @rocnation family. #RocNationSports #SOG

A photo posted by Andre Ward (@andresogward) on



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Gradovich-Selby negotiations underway

Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that negotiations are underway for mandatory challenger Lee Selby to take on IBF Featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich this spring. The Welsh star dispatched Australian Joel Brunker inside nine rounds to land the shot at the Californian-based Russian, who has defended the title four times since wrestling it from Billy Dib in November 2013.

The IBF sent letters out on December 31 ordering the IBF champion to begin negotiations with mandatory challenger, and Hearn believes the slick stylist Selby will land the title, and will be aiming for that to happen on British soil. “We have already been in touch with Top Rank to make them an offer for a fight in the UK in the spring,” said Hearn. “Either way I expect to confirm the fight in the next few weeks. We are keen to stage the fight here and I’m very confident Lee will become the IBF champion in his next fight.”



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Khytrov: I’ll do my best to knock him out

In the opening bout of tonight’s ShoBox telecast, former amateur sensation Ievgen “Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (7-0, 7 KOs) will take on Maurice “The Natural” Louishomme (8-0-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight bout. Thus far in his career, Khytrov is showing all the signs of being a major star in boxing.

Ievgen Khytrov: “Training camp was great. We were sparring with Daniel Jacobs, Luis Collazo, Marcus Browne, the strongest guys in the division. We knew about this guy for about a week, but it doesn’t matter who I fight. I want to be champion of the world. I’ll do my best to knock him out. Fans want the knockout and I’ll try to give them a knockout. I can’t predict the future, but I’m going to do everything possible to get it done.”

Maurice Louishomme: “I have been training the past 10 years for this fight. I have constantly stayed busy in the gym with the hopes of being able to get this opportunity. My biggest strength in this fight will be my jab. I really utilize my jab well. I am looking to set the entire fight up with the jab, and then look for openings with my right hand and uppercuts. This is an eight round fight. I am looking to box, move and avoid his big shots. If I can catch him and hurt him I am definitely going to jump on him for the knockout.



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Malta Boxing Commission takes aim at UK market

The Malta Boxing Commission is taking a bite out of the British boxing market, once controlled under the iron grip of the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC).

Thanks to European Union free trade and anti-monopoly laws, national federations are free to operate in other E.U. countries. Currently the Malta Commission has licensed twelve UK-based promoters with five more recently requesting application forms. The Malta group expects to sanction a minimum of twenty (20) events in the United Kingdom in 2015.

Other national federations are making use of this rule include the Austrian Federation, which has sanctioned dozens of shows in Germany under the Sauerland banner. The Luxembourg Commission famously sanctioned the U.K. bout between David Haye and Dereck Chisora against the will of the BBBofC.



January 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Tacoma: Battle at the Boat 99

Mike Gavronski 171 vs. Dashon Johnson ??
Will Hughes 140.5 vs. Virgil Green 142
Jeremy McCleary 127.5 vs. Damen Wood 127.5
Marquice Weston 179.5 vs. Lamont Williams 178.5
Ron Pryce 154 vs. Antonio Neal 157.5
Andres Reyes 134.5 vs. Benny Vinson 134

Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist

Note: Dashon Johnson was unable to weigh in on time and will instead be weighed in this morning.



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