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IBF/WBA light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins was recently informed that he will be expected to begin negotiations for his mandatory defense against the winner of the June 21 IBF eliminator between Anatoliy “The Gladiator” Dudchenko (19-2, 13 KOs) and Nadjib Mohammedi (34-3, 20 KOs).
However, Hopkins has indicated he wants to unify with WBC champion Adonis Stevenson next and that can still happen before facing Dudchenko or Mohammedi. “It is possible for Hopkins to fight in a unification bout,” IBF Championship Chairman Lindsey E. Tucker told Fightnews.com. “Under our rules, a unification takes priority over the mandatory. This goes back to the 1980s when the three major sanctioning bodies (WBA, WBC and IBF) agreed that we wanted only one champion in each weight class. As you can see now, that is no longer true.
“If the IBF grants Hopkins the unification bout, one of the conditions that we normally request is that the winner does the IBF mandatory next. The winner of Dudchenko vs. Mohammedi would be #1 and the mandatory challenger.”
Tucker also dismissed the possibility of an IBF interim light heavyweight title, a gimmick that has been overused by other organizations. “We don’t have interim champions except in rare cases,” he stated. “We only want one champion per weight class.”
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Undercard fighters appearing on “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana” participated in a final press conference on Thursday afternoon in the MGM Grand Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas.
Here’s what they had to say:
Amir Khan: Training camp has gone really well. We’ve been working very hard on what we have to do on Saturday night. Even though I’ve not been in the ring for the last twelve months, we been in the gym for the last eight months…I’ve not ate my way up to this weight, I trained my way up to this weight…you’ll definitely see a different Amir Khan come into this fight.
Luis Collazo: Me and Khan, whoof, welcome to the welterweight division. We’re here. Once that bell rings you’re gonna see me. You ain’t gonna see nobody else but the best Luis Collazo you’ve ever seen.
Adrien Broner: If y’all thought a loss was gonna humble me or put me in my place, then y’all can just shove that up y’all a–. Listen, I’ve come to do damage man. I’m punching with bad intentions and I’m back on my “A” game…you put Carlos Molina in front of me? That’s kinda disrespectful to me. So I’m going to make an example out of this muthaf–ker. He’s talking something about going for broke. Sh-t. Ain’t he already broke? He’s getting the biggest payday he ever got and he’s about to get his a– whooped…no homo but he gettin’ it off the ding-ding.
Carlos Molina: We’re ready. Come Saturday night it’s pay-per-view, so we’re going to go fro broke on this one. We’re letting our hands fly and expect a great performance from Carlos Molina. photos
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Team Fonfara
“We chose a Big Bear training camp, because this is the place where you live and breathe boxing. Andrzej wanted this before the Stevenson fight, no home distractions, just the biggest fight of his life,” said Marek Fonfara, older brother and his manager of Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) in a Fightnews.com interview. “I have no doubt that Andrzej will knock Stevenson out. There it is – I said it.” Forfara challenges WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson on May 24 in Montreal. (more…)
Walter Johnson Promotions will present a pro boxing card on June 7 at the Greensboro Coliseum Pavilion. The main event pits middleweight Scott Cujo Sigmon (24-4, 14 KOs) against undefeated prospect DeAndre Robinson-Neal (13-0, 7 KOs) in an eight round bout. The co-main event will see undefeated cruiserweight Keith Tapia (10-0, 8 KOs) take on Paul Jennette (12-3, 9 KOs). In the heavyweight division, Kohn Wesley NoFire (14-0, 11 KOs) goes against veteran Earl Ladson (17-22, 10 KOs). Also on the card will be jr welterweight Cristian Dominguez (7-1, 5 KOs) taking on trial horse Richard Lee Hall (11-20, 7 KOs), and unbeaten lightweight Richard Rivers (9-0) meets TBA. Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now at the Greensboro Coliseum Box office or thru Ticketmaster.
Former world champion and promoter Ricky Hatton has been advised that he must apply for a Visa for entry into the US as the documents he intended to travel to the Mayweather-Maidana fight have been deemed insufficient for entry at this time. This was a huge surprise to Ricky but unfortunately nothing can be done to make the application in time for him to travel this week. Ricky had been looking forward to returning to Las Vegas once again, the home of many of his famous boxing occasions, and to working closely with BoxNation as a commentator at this Saturday’s event. There has been no indication that Ricky will not be able to travel to the USA in the future and he intends to apply for a new Visa as soon as possible.
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana may headline “The Moment” on Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the fight of the night may very well be the one between former world champions Luis Collazo (35-5, 18 KOs) and Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) in a welterweight contest scheduled for twelve rounds.
The bout is somewhat of a consolation prize for Khan, who was in the lead to win the “Mayweather Sweepstakes” before Argentine strongman Marcos Maidana upset Adrien Broner last December.
Khan eventually lost a fan poll to Maidana to determine who would be Mayweather’s next opponent, and had to settle for facing Luis Collazo on the main supporting bout. (more…)
Featherweight veteran Cole Miller called for him, and on July 19th in Dublin, he will get his wish as he faces Irish phenom and hometown hero Conor McGregor in the UFC Fight Night main event at the O2 Arena . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Two-time world champion Michael Katsidis (29-6, 24 KOs) will take on former world champion Graham Earl (26-4, 12 KOs) in a rematch of their explosive knockdown-filled first fight. The highly anticipated match up will take place in Toowoomba on July 4. The pair first met in 2007 when the then WBO world lightweight #2 ranked Michael Katsidis, travelled to London England to defeat local hero and then WBO world #1 Graham Earl for the vacant WBO lightweight world interim championship. This will be the 35-year-old Earl’s first fight in five years.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unsanctioned by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) to put his national belt at stake, Japanese heavyweight champ Kyotaro Fujimoto (8-1, 5 KOs), 232.75, was forced to square off against former WBA interim 154-pound champ Nobuhiro Ishida (25-10-2, 10 KOs), 206.5, in a non-title eight-rounder and was awarded a close but unanimous verdict (77-76 and 77-75 twice) in a see-saw contest on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Ishida was unsuccessful to win the WBA 160-pound throne as he was annihilated by Gennady Golovkin in three blitzkrieg rounds in Monaco thirteen months ago. The 38-year-old ex-WBA super-welter titlist jumped up some 50 pounds to make this ambitious encounter possible in several months. The JBC’s view is so logical that it saw Ishida had no credentials in the heavyweight class, so couldn’t sanction it as a national championship contest. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Formerly world-rated, Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (27-5-1, 8 KOs), 135, successfully kept his national belt as he survived a critical moment in the sixth session and scored a come-from-behind TKO victory over mandatory challenger Yuhei Suzuki (14-4, 11 KOs), 135, at 0:53 of the seventh round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a grudge fight since Kato, making his sixth defense, previously defeated Suzuki by a close but unanimous decision in February of the previous year. Kato, a shaven skulled infighter, took the leadoff with his opening attack, while Suzuki, who lately registered three stoppages in a row to show his good form, occasionally fought back with fewer but solid left-right combinations to the champ’s face. After the fifth, the interim tallies were: 49-46 twice and 50-45 all for Kato. (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Undercard fighters appearing on “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana” participated in workouts, signed autographs and posed for photos with fans on Wednesday afternoon in the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby in Las Vegas.
First up were Mayweather Promotions “Rising Stars” (Ashley Theophane, Ronald Gavril, Lanell Bellows & Andrew Tabiti) and Britain’s Anthony Ogogo, followed by Amir Khan and J’Leon Love, then Luis Collazo and Carlos Molina, and finally Adrien Broner and Marco Antonio Periban.
Josh Dubin and James Prince Statement on behalf of Andre Ward: Dan Goossen likes to put out press releases that confuse the issue – so on behalf of Andre Ward, we want to be crystal clear: the ‘legal issues’ that he referred to are only just getting underway. It is only after a California judge or jury speaks that the legal issues will be resolved.
Today’s decision from the California State Athletic Commission was not unexpected. From the very start, we do not feel that the commission has been looking out for the best interests of Andre Ward, the very boxer they are supposed to protect. To the contrary, for some inexplicable reason, the CSAC has continually bent over backwards to try to accommodate a promoter who we feel is taking horrible advantage of Andre and his career. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (53-6-1, 47 KOs) will be back in action May 17th. The last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title, Briggs will face veteran Matt Greer (16-12, 13 KOs) of St. Louis, Missouri in a scheduled for 10 round featured attraction. Site of the bout will be the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia with Roy Jones Jr and Tammy Ridgley (TNT Promotions) promoting. Briggs was a big hit in Germany last week. First he crashed the Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai press conference in his dogged pursuit of a showdown with Klitschko. The incident grabbed headlines on sports pages and TV broadcasts around the globe and a YouTube video quickly generated well over 300,000 views. Briggs also turned up at the weigh-in doing interviews and interacting with fight fans, and his presence was felt at ringside. After Klitschko easily dispatched Lepai, the crew on ESPN Sportscenter expressed interest in seeing Briggs get a shot against Klitschko, so Briggs’ campaign seems to be gaining traction.
Amir Khan talks Luis Collazo, his boxing future and being a family man. More
Speaking of Khan, Floyd Mayweather Sr. is saying he’d like to see Jr. whoop Khan . . . More
Birmingham, UK boxer Kal Yafai takes a shot at the super flyweight Commonwealth title. More
More on Oscar De La Hoya‘s notion to buy the Clippers. More
Roberto Garcia 146.2 vs. Victor Cayo 150 (third attempt)
Jonathan González 162.8 vs. Rogelio Medina 165.8 (second attempt)
Yunieski Gonzalez 176.4 vs. Jaison Palomeque 179.2
James McGirt Jr. 161.6 vs. Larry Smith Jr. 157.6
Juan Carlos Velásquez 128.2 vs. Rogers Mtagwa 127.8
Carlos Iván Velásquez 133.6 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 133.8
Vilier Quiñones 176.8 vs. Edgar Perez 178.4
Ahmed Elbiale 174 vs. Steven Chadwick Jr. 171.8
Jeff Souffrant 146 vs. Jorge Quintero 145.8
Venue: Hialeah Park Racing & Casino, Miami, Florida
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
TV: ESPN Thursday Night Fights
Tickets for “Noche de Combates,” are priced at $20, $35, $50 and $100 and are on sale now. They can be purchased at ticketforce.com, as well as hialeahpark.com, and also at the Hialeah Park Racing & Casino box office. For more information, call the special Boxing Hotline at 786-483-7444.
Promoter Dan Goossen has commented on the California State Athletic Commission ruling today, declaring his contract with Andre Ward “valid” and extended to November 2016. “It’s now time to sit down with Andre and his advisors to put these legal disputes behind us and concentrate on getting Andre back to fighting consistently, inside the ring,” said Goossen. “Andre and I have had success together; and there’s no reason not to get back on track as a team to secure his status as the top fighter in the world behind Floyd Mayweather.”
Goossen Tutor Promotions has once again had their contract with WBA 168lb champion Andre Ward upheld by the California Athletic Commission. The decision by arbitrator Andy Foster, the Commission’s Executive Director, ruled the contract valid and extended it to November 8, 2016.
Main Events has filed a lawsuit against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, manager Al Haymon, promoter Yvon Michel, Golden Boy Promotions, and Showtime for allegedly interfering in a planned fight between Stevenson and WBO champ Sergei Kovalev. According to si.com, Main Events is seeking damages “in the millions.”
A May 24 clash between former world champ Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) and Artur Beterbiev (4-0, 4 KOs) at the Casino de Montreal has been cancelled due to a broken finger suffered by Beterbiev, who will be out for six weeks.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The ‘Jersey Boy’ Glen Tapia is back in action, taking on Keenan Collins at Bally’s Atlantic City on Saturday, June 14. Fighting at junior middleweight, Tapia has a record of 20-1 with 12 KOs. Collins, from York, Pa., is 15-8-3, 10 KOs. The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds. This will be Tapia’s first bout since he took on and lost to James Kirkland in December here in Atlantic City. Tapia, from Passaic, NJ, has been training for weeks with ‘Trainer of the Year’ Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
“Glen is so happy getting back into the ring after a well needed rest. He is ready to achieve his goal of becoming a world champion,” said Pat Lynch, manager of Tapia. “Glen couldn’t be more happier training with Freddie. It’s something Glen wanted since meeting Freddie when he was in the Philippines training Manny Pacquiao before his fight with Antonio Margarito.” (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
The final press conference for “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana” took place Wednesday in the Hollywood Theatre inside the MGM Grand.
Here are the highlights:
Floyd Mayweather: Lately Marcos Maidana has been making a lot of noise. Is he one of the best guys in the sport? Yes he is. But I am THE best and that’s the difference. He’s tough, he’s rugged, he’s the champion. I respect him as a man, but come Saturday you have to make me respect your fight game.
We’re still wondering who’s going to solve the “May”Vinci Code. Everyone’s game plan is to come straight ahead, keep pressure, hit ‘em on the leg, hit ‘em on the hip, hit ‘em with a low blow, headbutt ‘em. I still find a way to win. They say this guy is super fast, I still find a way to win. This guy’s got a good left hook, this guy’s got a good right hand, this guy goes to the body good, I still find a way to win. This guy’s got good defense, this guy’s got the best jab, this guy throws combinations, I still find a way to win.
Saturday I’ll find a way to win.
Marcos Maidana: Nobody’s given anything to me. I earned this opportunity myself. I know it’s a very difficult fight, that’s why I trained like never before. Mayweather is an excellent fighter and a very difficult fighter. Like “la Raza” says, I don’t give a f–k about him! (more…)
The WBC has announced not only is Floyd Mayweather putting at risk his WBC welterweight world title against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana on Saturday in Las Vegas, he also risks losing the WBC super welterweight world championship if he is defeated in the fight against Maidana. WBC rules stipulate that any champion losing a fight in a lower division will lose his championship in the higher division, as well.
Maidana would only win the WBC’s 147lb title if he emerges victorious. The WBC 154lb title would become vacant.
Mayweather continues as a -1000 to -1600 favorite at various sportsbooks. Backers of Maidana can get +600 to +800.
Former world champion Joachim Alcine (35-7-1, 21 KOs) has reunited with his former trainer James “Buddy” McGirt. The pair worked together a few years back and have now had a very solid training camp ahead of Alcine’s upcoming crossroads fight against former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs). The junior middleweight bout will tale place on May 16th in ESPN2-televised main event at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The idea of the Alcone-McGirt reunion came from Alcine’s new handlers, Journeyman Management. “I felt it was the logical choice to have Buddy train Alcine again. They already had success together not long ago,” stated Journeyman Management CEO Andrew Zak.
HBO Sports debuts an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Saturday, May 17 at 12:30 a.m. (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, one of boxing’s elite pound-for-pound fighters. “2 Days: Sergio Martinez” premieres immediately following the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast from The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
“2 Days” is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights and the next edition will focus on Argentine Sergio Martinez. HBO cameras followed the engaging and compelling fighter prior to his memorable hometown showdown with Martin Murray last April in Buenos Aires. The outdoor event attracted more than 40,000 fans.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans may have made his first nod to 70s television classics with his Fred Sanford impression after knocking out Chuck Liddell at UFC 88, but “Suga” may want to channel The Jeffersons now, as he and Blackzilians teammate Anthony “Rumble” Johnson are movin’ on up in the official UFC Fighter Rankings following Johnson’s big win over Phil Davis last Saturday at UFC 172 in Baltimore . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Negotiations are complete and contracts have been signed for Patrick Nielsen’s world title challenge. The Danish middleweight (22-0, 11 KOs) will travel to Moscow, Russia to face Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) for the interim WBA World Championship at the Mytishchi Arena on June 1st. Nielsen is trained by former two-time world champion Joey Gamache. “Sure Chudinov is a tough guy,” said Gamache. “He is strong and he comes to fight but Patrick is the better boxer. For me Patrick has to be the favorite. He is young, he is hungry and he won’t let anything stand in his way.”
As the son of former welterweight champion turned top-level trainer “Buddy” McGirt, middleweight contender James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (22-3-1, 11 KOs) was once a promising young contender and a staple on televised boxing. But an admitted party lifestyle cost the talented southpaw and led to his three career losses and eventually to him stepping away from boxing for the past three years.
McGirt is now back, 31 years old, signed up with a new co-promotional group consisting of Leon Margules and Luis DeCubas of Warriors Boxing and Javier Arce and Armando Garcia Chavez of G&A Boxing Promotions, and ready to make his much-anticipated ring return this Thursday night, when he takes on Larry Smith Jr. (10-21-1, 7 KOs) of Dallas, Texas, in a middleweight six-rounder. (more…)
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