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Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

Enthusiastic Crowd Heartens New Promoter in Motown

By Lindy Lindell Photos: Bob Ryder The Medium-sized hall in Detroit's Masonic Temple was rocking Saturday night. Billed as the Detroit Brawl by Brooklyn ...

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Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Ocampo-Navarro Full Report

Story and photos by Felipe Leon For the second weekend in a row, Zanfer Promotions and Mexico’s Azteca channel returned to Baja California ...

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Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

Machado, Cotto annihilate foes in one

https://youtu.be/YfHmMvE82qk Photos: Israel Gonzalez/Miguel Cotto Promotions Any hope that the experienced Mexican Jose Araiza might make Alberto "Explosivo" Machado work on Saturday night vanished ...

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IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

IBF #6 Iwasa sinks Filipino Tubieron

By Joe Koizumi Photo: Boxing Beat IBF#6 ex-OPBF bantam ruler, Japanese lefty Ryosuke Iwasa (21-2, 13 KOs), 123.75, decked his second victory on the ...

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Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

Hernandez demolishes Silvestre, Barby victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Pepe Rodriguez WBC #4 light flyweight Juan "Churritos" Hernandez (30-2, 21 KOs) scored a devastating second round TKO over ...

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Joseph Parker in hot demand



January 15th, 2016


UFC

Ed Herman has gone back to basics in return to light heavyweight

As his Sunday bout with Tim Boetsch approaches, Ed Herman is back in the Pacific Northwest and back in the light heavyweight division. About the only thing missing is a throwback fight in the Sport Fight promotion . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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January 15th, 2016


Boxing News

WBA KO to Drugs XXXIII weights

Dayana Cordero 117.6 vs. Sayda Mosquera 117.6
(WBA female interim bantamweight title)
Robert Barrera 108 vs. Julio Mendoza 108
(WBA Fedebol mini-flyweight title)
Aristides Quirero 146.6 vs. Roberto Arrianza 147
(WBA Fedecentro welterweight title)

Venue: Centro de Convenciones El Cifco in El Salvador
Promoter: Sergio Chams/Cuadrilatero



January 15th, 2016

Boxing News

Battle at the Boat 104 Weights

Dashon Johnson 166 vs. Izaak Cardona 167
Jeremy McCleary 133 vs. Marco Cardenas 132
Rob Diezel 126 vs. Marcelo Gallardo 126
Zach Cooper 147 vs. Will Fernandez 145.5
Andre Keys 157 vs. Lexus Pagampao 157
Isaiah Najera 113.5 vs. Nestor Hernandez 111.5

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



January 15th, 2016


Boxing News

“Fly Boy” Johnson returns against Cardona Friday

By Ricardo Ibarra

Super Middleweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson is set to return to the ring this Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. In his first fight back since his winning effort against Mike Gavronksi last November, Johnson will headline Brian Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 104” as he takes on the hard hitting Izaak Cardona in the ten round main event.

A long time journeyman with a wealth of experience against top-tier opposition, Johnson (18-19-3, 6 KOs), of Escondido, California, recently overcame a six fight losing streak, racking up three wins in a row, two of those wins against notable opponents. His successful run began last May when he won a six round unanimous decision over journeyman Chris Aucoin. He followed that up in August with an eight round unanimous decision victory over Mexican prospect Elias Espadas to claim the California State Jr. Middleweight title. His unbeaten run culminated in November when he stopped rising prospect Mike Gavronksi in the eighth round, avenging an earlier defeat to the Tacoma native. It was a career-reviving win for Johnson and one that had eluded him for some time. Johnson will look to add another victory to this recent streak when he faces the hard-hitting Cardona. (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder-Szpilka Final Presser Quotes

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

A dramatic fight week continued Thursday as WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder and bruising Polish contender Artur Szpilka participated in the final press conference before they enter the ring this Saturday live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Here is what the participants had to say Thursday:

Deontay Wilder: “People who know me know that if I say I’m going to do something, I’m doing it. I am hungry. I am determined. I’m not playing with anybody in 2016. I don’t say things just to sound good. My actions will speak for themselves. This is a great card. Two heavyweight title fights in one night. It doesn’t get much better than that. The heavyweight division is exciting again. Having someone like me, it’s only going to get better. I take pride in what I do and what I have. I’m very honored to have the WBC belt. I even have the belt tattooed on my body. It’s not going anywhere. But there are more belts that I want. It’s going to be a long journey and a tough path to fulfill. But I’m that man. When people say the heavyweight champion of the world, I want one person to be recognized. I wish my opponent and all future opponents good luck, cause they’re going to need it.

Artur Szpilka: “I know you have to have a great respect for your opponent and I used to have respect for him. But after what he has said about me, I have a problem. You have to prove it in the ring. He has to do it in the ring, not outside the ring. He can say whatever he wants, but we will see it in the ring. I will fight hard and after the fight you will hear ‘The New Heavyweight Champion of the World.’ ”

Charles Martin: “I’m happy and excited. I’m looking forward to this fight on Saturday and taking what’s mine. I’m so sick of talking about what Glazkov does well, I just want to see if he can do it well against me.”

Vyacheslav Glazkov: “Everything is in place for me to become world champion. Charles is a big guy. He’s a lefty but he hasn’t fought good opponents. He’s a big strong guy, but it’s the heavyweight division. Everyone is strong. This will be a good fight. All of my past fights have helped me get ready for this one. I want all of the belts. This is the first step towards my dream.” (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Sulaiman: Wilder-Szpilka will be about heart

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“(Size) is irrelevant. Mike Tyson was very short. Rocky Marciano was very short. If you know how to use this to your advantage, these circumstances (being smaller), could be your advantage, not disadvantage. It will be all about the heart in the ring,” says World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman, when asked about how decisive the height and reach advantage of Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO) could be when defending his WBC title vs. Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO) this Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Robert Guerrero Media Day

Photos: Brett Ostrowski / Mario Serrano Team Guerrero

With fight week just days away, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero hosted a media workout in the Bay Area Wednesday to discuss his primetime welterweight world title showdown with Danny “Swift” Garcia on Saturday, January 23 that headlines Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The card features a welterweight battle between undefeated Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez and Los Angeles’ Aron Martinez plus a heavyweight attraction pits 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic Breazeale and rugged contender Amir “Hardcore” Mansour. Televised bouts begin at 4 p.m. PT inside of the arena.

The media day took place at the Hollister Boxing Gym and featured Guerrero’s father and trainer Ruben Guerrero. Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday:

ROBERT GUERRERO

“All the hard work is done. We got one more day of sparring before we head out to Los Angeles next week. My dad and I are putting the final touches of our game plan together. We had great sparring and everyone is going to see a great fight on FOX January 23. (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Pacquiao-Bradley 3 press tour next week

Tuesday, January 19 -- Los Angeles, Thursday, January 21 -- New York

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, will begin their promotional roadwork next week when they announce their world championship showdown at press conferences in Beverly Hills, Calif., and New York City. The two fighters will be joined by their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Teddy Atlas, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the reigning Fighter of the Decade, collides with five-time world champion Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., in a 12-round welterweight championship battle. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Pacquiao vs. Bradley will take place Saturday, April, 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Ex-champ Carlos Molina returns January 23

Former IBF junior middleweight world champion Carlos “King” Molina (23-6-2, 7 KOs) returns to the ring January 23 at the Domo CARE in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Molina will face Colombian Agustín Feria (20-2-1, 13 KOs). Molina grew up in Chicago, but was deported to Mexico in 2014 after some legal problems. He has fought in Mexico ever since. “I will go out looking to make an offensive fight,” said Molina. “Always with a winning mentality, trying for a knockout while paying close attention to my defense. I’m proud to fight in Mexico again and defend my flag in a fight of international character. I know very well this could be the ticket to a fight for the championship, so this must be the best version of Carlos Molina on January 23.”



January 14th, 2016

UFC

Rosa still prospect with plenty of upside despite 1-2 UFC record

A record without context never tells the whole story.

Alexander Gustafsson is 1-3 in his last four fights, but just from those results, you wouldn’t know that the talented Swedish light heavyweight lost to the top three fighters in the weight class, losing a pair of close decisions in championship fights that could very well be the two best fights in the history of the division . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Garcia, Mansour Philly Workout

Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./dcobbjr.com

Before they travel across the country for their Saturday, January 23 showdowns, Danny “Swift” Garcia and Amir “Hardcore” Mansour held a Philadelphia media workout Wednesday to discuss their Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on FOX and FOX Deportes bouts taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Garcia faces former multiple-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in a welterweight world title fight while Mansour takes on 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale in heavyweight action. Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and also features a welterweight battle between Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez and Aron Martinez.

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions in association with Swift Promotions, are priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable fees and service charges, and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 or at STAPLES Center.

The workout took place at Garcia’s DSG Boxing Gym and the undefeated star was joined by his father and trainer, Angel Garcia. Here is what the participants had to say Wednesday: (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Interview: Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #3 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne talks to Fightnews.com® and says he’s confident he’ll defeat Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA championship on March 5 in Grozny, Russia. Browne also says Mark de Mori can cause an upset victory over David Haye and mentions WBC champion Deontay Wilder who he says will be found out when he meets Browne in a future unification bout. Browne also talks about WBA #14 Solomon Haumno who could be a future opponent.



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Determan: It’s going to be my breakthrough fight

By Bill Green

While most of us were telling anyone and everyone willing to listen our New Year’s resolutions, former Omaha Nebraska native and undefeated bantamweight prospect, Johnny “The Law” Determan (10-0, 8 KOs), now residing in Fort Worth, Dallas, Texas, decided to act upon his goals. His goals are no different than any young upcoming prospect. Stay active, sharpen their skills and to get that “breakthrough fight.” This Saturday night on the undercard of a Top Rank show at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, Determan has a chance to make good on those goals as he steps up in class and faces former WBC USNBC contender and current Texas State Champion, Oscar Mojica (8-1, 1 KO), of Dallas, Texas. Determan was a prized amateur and so was Mojica, who was a semi-finalist at the Nationals in 2010. Ironically, the two never squared off as amateurs with Mojica being in a lighter weight division. (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Big Baby Miller takes time out for kids

Big-Baby
By Bob Caico

Wednesday afternoon, Heavyweight contender Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller took some time out from training to sign autographs and talk to the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, NY. Miller (15-0-1, 13 KOs) is currently training in Rochester for his upcoming WBA NABA title fight against Donovan Dennis (12-2-0, 10 KOs) on January 22nd at the Casino Del Sol in Tuscon, AZ. This will be Miller’s second straight appearance on ShowBox and his first scheduled 10-round contest.

“Now that I’ve made Rochester my training home, I wanted to share my story with the Rochester youth. Hopefully, some of my life lessons can help the Boys & Girls Club kids and give them a positive path to succeed in life through hard work,” said Miller who is from Brooklyn, NY. “Big Baby” is managed by Steve Nelson and Michael Mihalitsas both from Rochester. He is promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions and Salita Promotions.



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

“The other guy” de Mori is ready to fight

By Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing
Photo: Tony Mayger

When Mark de Mori decided he wanted to be a boxer, he watched videos of boxing legends like Pernell Whitaker, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. He practiced their moves in his father’s garage with a punch bag and gradually built up the speed and power he is now well known for.

In recent times, without the support of a keen promoter (although he was signed for many years with Don King, probably the most famous promoter boxing has ever known), de Mori has been fighting on small hall shows against limited opposition.

In contrast, David Haye has made millions from fighting fellow countryman Dereck Chisora, losing to Wladimir Klitschko and twice defending the WBA world title he won by beating Nikolay Valuev in 2009. He didn’t do too badly as a cruiserweight either, unifying the division with three of the sanctioning bodies.

So heading into Saturday’s clash at the O2 Arena in London, few are giving De Mori much more than a puncher’s chance, but that’s exactly the way he likes it. (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

The Guardian’s 2016 boxing predictions

Floyd Mayweather heading to Manchester

Amir Khan leaning toward Danny Garcia rematch?

Lennox Lewis inside his mansion



January 14th, 2016

UFC

Mitrione: ‘It’s do or die for me’ Sunday vs. Browne

Matt Mitrione lives his life in the here and now.

While the former NFL lineman turned mixed martial artist appreciates all the steps taken to get where he currently stands, the heavyweight knockout artist doesn’t linger in the past. Setbacks and successes alike have combined to make the 37-year-old Indiana representative the fighter and person he is, and it’s taken every bit of what he’s experienced to shape him into his current form . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Szpilka: I know I have to fight Wilder in the ring

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“I will not do anything crazy. I understand that to be a world champion, I have to beat Deontay Wilder fair and square, inside the rules, in the ring on Saturday. It was just a moment when I had to show Deontay, that I will never back off the fight. That I will never be afraid,” – said heavyweight contender Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO) in a Fightnews.com interview. He and his friend, light heavyweight challenger Edwin Rodriguez, talk about the brief altercation with reigning WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO).



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Beltway Boxing 2015 — The Year of Accomplishment

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Beltway Boxing 2015 was a year where the big question was whether boxers from Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia would be able to build on the advancements made in 2014.

The answer to that question was a resounding yes as a number of locals moved from prospect to contender and, yes, to champion status. This is why Beltway Boxing 2015 is being called “The Year of Accomplishment.”

No accomplishment was bigger than Gary Russell, Jr. capturing the WBC Featherweight championship on March 28 with a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez in Las Vegas, NV. The year turned out to be a huge one for the Russell Family as younger brother Antonio made his pro debut and the youngest of the boxing Russell brothers — Antuanne — became the first local since Gary, Jr. to make the United States Olympic Team.

Former world champion Lamont Peterson became a mainstay on the new Premier Boxing Champions TV series with two quality bouts — a majority decision loss to Danny Garcia and a majority decision victory over previously-undefeated Dominican Republic Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz that was held in Fairfax, VA on October 17. (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

Jean Pascal Media Workout Quotes

Former world champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KOs) and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach hosted a media workout at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California, on Wednesday in preparation for Pascal’s rematch January 30 rematch with unbeaten WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1, 25 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Jean Pascal

[On working with Freddie Roach] “I like Freddie. Freddie is a good man. He is a great boxing coach. One thing that I like about Freddie is he is a coach who likes to listen. He is gonna ask me questions. He is going to try to see my point of view. He gonna explain to me his point of view. He has a good ear. He has great experience and that is the quality of a good coach. I am my own boss. I need a partner. Freddie is the right partner right now. I’m a veteran. I went to the Olympics. I became world champion. I am about to become two-time world champion in a few weeks. I need more like a partner to evolve than a boss.” (more…)



January 14th, 2016

Boxing News

WBA KO Drugs Festival coming to El Salvador

Photos: WBA

Promoter Sergio Chams/Cuadrilátero and Cadejo Brewing Company of El Salvador, in association with the World Boxing Association (WBA), will be presenting their next WBA KO to Drugs Festival on Friday (January 15) at the CIFCO Amphitheater in San Salvador, El Salvador. The WBA “KO to Drugs” program is dedicated to turning young people away from drugs through sport, which the WBA’s philanthropic wing develops in different countries, particularly in the Latin America region. The movement is spearheaded by WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The international fight card on Friday will be headlined by a WBA female interim bantamweight world title clash between Panamanian Sayda “La Bomba” Mosquera and Colombian Dayana “El Diamante” Cordero.

On Wednesday afternoon, the final press conference was attended by promoter Chams, businessman Martin Falkenstein, WBA leaders Miguel Prado and Aurelio Fiengo, American promoter Gary Shaw and the main fighters who will see action. Also at the table of honor was El Salvador’s great former world champion Carlos “El Famoso” Hernández, who offered words of welcome and support for the event. (more…)



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Margarito could return to boxing

By Gabriel F. Cordero

37-year-old former world champion Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) could return to the ring for the first time since 2011. He is tentatively slated to face Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (39-7-2, 23 KOs) on March 5 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City. Margarito’s last fight was KO10 loss against the legendary Miguel Cotto in their grudge rematch in December 2011. 13 months prior to that, he was defeated by Manny Pacquiao, suffering heavy damage to his right eye.



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

“Yori Boy” Campas Takes on Bonsante in Farewell Fight

By Ricardo Ibarra

After amassing over one hundred professional prize fights, taking on some of the best fighters of the last two decades, the nearly 30 year long career of former world champion Luis Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas is finally coming to an end. The 44-year-old will close out his noteworthy run on Saturday, January 23rd at the Butte Civic Center in Butte, Montana, taking on Anthony Bonsante in the ten round main event of Dee Lee Promotions’ loaded nine-bout fight card.

Campas (105-17-3, 81 KOs), who is originally from the Northern Mexico city of Navojoa, Sonora, began his career in 1987 at the age of 15, going undefeated in his first 56 fights, winning 50 of those by knockout and claiming the Mexican National Welterweight title and the NABF 147 lbs. strap in the process. He got his first chance at a world title at the age of twenty-three against Felix Trinidad in 1994. Campas lost to the Hall-of-Famer via TKO in the fourth round, but had Trinidad on the deck in the second round of a grueling back and forth battle. “I look back on that fight with a lot of happiness and some sadness, when I lost to “Tito” Trinidad,” said Campas from his training camp in Three Forks, Montana. “He was a great fighter.” (more…)



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Sauerland wins Abraham-Ramirez purse bid

Team Sauerland won today’s WBO purse bid to stage the fight between WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (44-4, 29 KOs) and undefeated mandatory challenger Gilberto Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs). The winning bid was $1,563,057, edging out Top Rank’s bid of $1.5 million. The proposed date of WBO championship fight is April 9 in Berlin, although there is also a possibility that it could land on the Pacquiao-Bradley 3 card in the USA.



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

It’s on! Wilder – Szpilka brawl at the top the world!

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Deontay Wilder and Artur Szpilka posed for photos on the 57th floor of 4 World Trade Center. Across from 4 World Trade Center is the “heavyweight champion of Manhattan skyscrapers”, One World Trade Center- standing 1,776 feet tall. As the event came to a close, Wilder and Szpilka exchanged shoves and verbal jabs and they had to be separated by their respective teams. They will go face-to-face again tomorrow afternoon at the final press conference before Saturday’s championship showdown.



January 13th, 2016

UFC

Reasons to watch Fight Night Boston this Sunday

The ghost of Dominick Cruz has haunted the bantamweight division ever since he was forced to relinquish his championship title because of injuries . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Garcia-Guerrero for WBC welter title; Charlo-Jackson for WBC super welter belt

Following the retirement of Floyd Mayweather, the WBC has formulated a plan for activity in the welter and super welterweight divisions:

Welterweight Division.

1. Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero will fight for the WBC welterweight championship.

2. Amir Khan is ratified as mandatory contender.

3. Lamont Peterson vs. Andre Berto for a final elimination bout to determine the second mandatory.

4. Sammy Vasquez vs. Aaron Martinez, semi-final elimination.

5. Miguel Barrionuevo vs. Azael Cosio semi-final elimination.

6. The winners of the two semi-final elimination fights to determine the wildcard.

7. Ray Robinson, who is currently injured, is positioned as wildcard.

Super Welterweight division

1. Jermell Charlo vs. John Jackson will fight for the WBC superwelterweight championship.

2. Demetrius Andrade vs. Charles Hatley for the first mandatory.

3. Vanes Martirosyan vs. Julian Williams semi-final elimination.

4. Ishe Smith vs. Jorge Cota semi-final elimination.

5. The winners of the two semi-final eliminations will fight each other for the wildcard.

6. Austin Trout placed as wildcard.



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder talks Szpilka: I don’t play around. Knockout!

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Video: Polsat TV

“Szpilka is facing one of the most dangerous guys in the division. One of the hardest hitting guys in the division with the biggest, 97 percent knockout ratio. I don’t play around when I get in that ring. If he changed, we’ll see. I love you guys (Polish fans) but it will be AND STILL… on Saturday night,” said WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO) before his Saturday night (Barclays Center, live on Showtime Boxing) title defense vs. Poland Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO).



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Haye-De Mori Final Press Conference

The final press conference between comebacking former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and Mark De Mori took place Wednesday in London. They meet Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London.

Mark De Mori: I’m sure most people turned up to speak with David Haye. I’m the other guy. That’s my role here. The other guy. The guy that’s supposed to make David Haye look good so he can come back and fight Joshua. All I can say is I’m ready to fight. I’ve turned up, I’ve trained extremely hard, I’ll do whatever it takes to win…I am the unknown. I have explosive power. I’m here to win, ready to knock David Haye out, ready to fight.

David Haye: 1,282 days I think it is. A long time not to be active…this for me is the start of something amazing. Mark de Mori, solid operator, explosive power, but I believe the levels between genuine world class and the unknown will tell. I don’t believe he’s fought as an amateur or professional anybody that will give him the technical knowhow to navigate through my speed, power and punch variety, but I’ve never been in a situation when I’ve been out so long…to be part of the heavyweight division at the moment is a good thing. It’s a very healthy division worldwide. Titles are all over the place at the moment and I want them, but they won’t happen unless I get through Mark and get through him in spectacular fashion.



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Wilder/Szpilka/Martin/Glazkov workout

Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./ Dcobbjr.com

A huge fight week featuring the first two heavyweight world title fights in Brooklyn in 115 years kicked off Tuesday with media workouts at world famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.

This Saturday, January 16 at Barclays Center, WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder will make the third defense of his title against Polish bruiser Artur Szpilka while unbeaten heavyweights Charles Martin and Vyacheslav Glazkov battle for the vacant IBF Heavyweight World Championship. The doubleheader will air live on Showtime.

Here’s what the fighters had to say Tuesday:

Deontay Wilder:

“I’m just happy to be here in New York. There’s so much great history, especially in the heavyweight division, in this city so I’m really happy about the opportunity. It’s the media capital of the word and I get to fight at Barclays Center. It’s an exciting time.

“2016 is going to be a huge year for Deontay Wilder. The fans are going to be very excited and impressed with what I do this year. I’m not playing around. My goal is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and whoever has those belts is going to have to deal with me.

“We’re on a mission. Everything that has happened has been planned. Everything seems to happen at the right time in my career and my life. I was meant to do this. Boxing was my calling in life. (more…)



January 13th, 2016

UFC

Gamechangers McGregor, Holm set to risk it all at UFC 197

The fight game changed forever in the final two months of 2015.

Holly Holm began the shift with a stiff left head kick that knocked out the biggest MMA star on the planet, Ronda Rousey. And Conor McGregor closed out the year by doing what he predicted since walking through the Octagon door for the first time: delivering a first-round KO of Jose Aldo, the longest reigning champion in the UFC at the time . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT BOSTON 2016 is LIVE on FOX SPORTS 1 on Sunday, January 17 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . . . . Click here for more



January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

New date for Nielsen-Fragomeni

Micki Nielsen (20-0, 14 KOs) will defend his WBC International Cruiserweight title against former World Champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (33-5-2, 13 KOs) on March 19 at the Albertslund MusikTeatret in Copenhagen, Denmark. The new date and venue comes following the postponement of the February 6 Nordic Fight Night due to an injury sustained by rising featherweight star Dennis Ceylan, who will undergo surgery on his left hand.



January 13th, 2016

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January 13th, 2016

Boxing News

Flores, Elbiali, Perrella still unbeaten

Photos: Francisco Perez/Premier Boxing Champions

Undefeated featherweight prospect Miguel Flores (19-0, 9 KOs) won an entertaining ten round unanimous decision over game Mexican import Mario “Maca” Briones (27-5-2, 20 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas. It was a good action fight despite the one-sided scores of 98-92, 100-90, 100-90.

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali (14-0, 11 KOs) pounded out a competitive and hard fought eight round unanimous decision over rugged Andrew Hernandez (10-4-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 77-75, 77-75.

Undefeated welterweight prospect Bryant Perrella (13-0, 12 KOs) battered Ramon Ayala (23-6-1, 11 KOs) for two rounds, after which Ayala remained on his stool.

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